PLDT-Smart advocates support for mental health

    The PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) recently provided 2,000 psycho-social wellness kits for frontline healthcare workers and patients in isolation at various COVID hospitals and quarantine facilities.

    The wellness kits include recreational materials, hygiene items and information, education, communication (IEC) materials on coping with COVID-19.

    The health facilities that received these kits include Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Quarantine Facility, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Marine Corps.

    This mental health advocacy is in support of the Makati Medical (MakatiMed) Center Foundation’s Week of Wellness (WOW) Program.

    In partnership with the MMC Section of Psychiatry, the MakatiMed Foundation recently organized Project NaSHOEnalism. The project is designed to advocate the true spirit of altruism while celebrating our health heroes.

    From the period of June 12 to 19, frontline workers nominated a health organization or uniformed sector of their choice as a way to recognize the brave efforts of our health heroes.

    Four frontline MMC health workers and their nominated public sector partners were chosen as winners. These were Ofelia Abayan who nominated the Philippine National Police, Ormalyn Bayting who nominated the Philippine Army, Jessica Cruz who nominated the National Center for Mental Health and Vina Seno who nominated Ospital ng Malabon.

    Globe helps Sarangani student-athletes, teacher-coaches

    Globe has boosted Sarangani Province’s Sulong Karunungan and Sulong Atleta Development Programs by giving much needed access to communication tools to help student-athletes, teachers and coaches cope with the challenges of online learning..

    In a simple ceremony held recently at the provincial capitol in Alabel, Globe turned over 80 units of mobile phones, sim cards and at least P640,000 worth of prepaid cards to Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon in support of the Sarangani National Sports Academy (SaNSA), the first of its kind in Region 12,  for the start of the new school year.

    Sulong Karunungan is the educational component of the flagship  Sulong Sarangani program of Governor Solon.  It includes innovation in the K-12 Program of the Department of Education while Sulong Atleta trains student-athletes in various sports disciplines such as combative sports, swimming and athletics in the SaNSA.

    Globe has provided  communication support for DepEd skeletal teams during the pandemic aside from hosting several online conferences to highlight government efforts for students and teachers.

    The company, in cooperation with the Department of Education, has launched a free e-library,  designed for public school teachers and students to have access to hundreds of free international and local titles appropriate for K-12 learning.

    Aside from helping students and teachers, Globe has been very supportive in assisting health and other medical workers, military and security frontliners even at the start of the implementation of travel restrictions and quarantine protocols in mid-March this year. 

    BPI sees remittance growth with strong partnerships

    Prior to the return to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) saw an increase in remittances during the ECQ. This follows the bank’s strengthened partnerships with various remittance centers, in response to the needs of Overseas Filipino (OF) workers for  convenient and safe options to remit money amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    BPI strengthened partnerships with select remittance companies, most of which were in the digital space. “We also took the opportunity to promote ‘credit to other banks transactions’ via Instapay hence the increase in transaction count,” the bank said.

    BPI partner remittance centers include I-Remit, WorldRemit, Western Union, Kookmin Bank, Tahweel Al Rajhi, NCB Quick Pay, Enjaz and Bank Albilad, Moneygram, and Remitly.

    Even as OF workers were also severely affected by the pandemic, with most of them facing several employment challenges, the BangkoSentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) remains optimistic in terms of remittance projections. OFs remittance is still forecast to grow by 2%.

    BPI also encourages OF clients to use the bank’s digital tools for remittances, which allows them to track their remittance through online banking. BPI also offers BPI PamanaPadala, a remittance account for OFs to remit to their own account, and transfer funds to their beneficiaries, anytime anywhere.

    For sound financial advice during these challenging times, BPI also provides financial guidance for OFs and  conducts weekly webinars to discuss the best ways on how they can manage their finances.

    Honda PH donates water pumps for Rizal Park

    Marilyn A. Rubio, Department Manager of HPI Corporate Services and Jezreel Gaius A. Apelar, deputy executive director of NPDC.

    Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), the No. 1 motorcycle manufacturer and distributor of Honda’s power product in the Philippines, recently donated Honda power products to help restore and maintain the Japanese Garden at the Rizal Park, Manila.

    The Japanese Garden, found in the middle of the Rizal Park (Luneta Park), was built to promote the friendship between Japan and the Philippines. Known for its lagoon and bridge, the Japanese Garden brings serenity and beauty to the bustling city of Manila.

    Coinciding with the Philippines-Japan Friendship Day, Honda donated a Honda WX10T and a WL30XH water pumps for the cultivation and preservation of the garden.

    “Through this initiative, Honda aims to show our support in maintaining the Japanese Garden, which is not only a national attraction but also one of the symbols that represent the ties between the Philippines and Japan,” Susumu Mitsuishi, HPI President said.

    The donation is also part of HPI’s thrust of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential” through Honda Power Tools like the WX10T and WL30XH pumps—both models will help the Japanese Garden caretakers in doing their daily tasks to maintain the area.

    Pilipinas Shell trains students for pandemic-ready leadership

    Shell Young Leaders Program participants with a Shell representative.

    The challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic transformed into a training ground for the nation’s next generation of industry leaders when members of 15 student organizations from the country’s’ top universities completed Pilipinas Shell’s Shell Young Leaders Program (SYLP) last July 27.

    Beginning its pilot run in September of last year, SYLP is an intensive 8-month program that aims to strengthen leadership skills at the university level to produce well-rounded and future-ready Filipinos once they begin pursuing their respective career paths.

    “The main intent of the program is to encourage students and academic institutions to provide adequate focus on leadership, on extracurricular activities, and out-of-classroom learning experiences in order to help shape and develop graduates that are more competitive in the workforce,” said Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar Romero.

    Under the tutelage of some of Shell’s senior leaders, students went through capability building workshops and mentorship sessions covering a wide range of organizational skills such as branding, internal relations, strategic planning, communications, sustainability, and nation-building.

    A communications award was awarded to De La Salle University’s Industrial Management Engineering Society (DLSU-IMES) for their excellence in executing social media communication campaigns.

    Other student organizations that participated include the University of the Philippines’ Chemical Engineering Society, Engineering without Borders, the UP Career Assistance Program for Engineering Students, and UP Gears and Pinions. UST’s Operations Research Society of the Philippines also participated, along with DLSU’s Economics Organization.

    High-tech air purifier neutralizes coronavirus

    AtmosAir,  a state-of-the-art air purification system that  uses a sanitizing technology that can significantly reduce the risk of virus contamination indoors, was recently launched in the Philippines.

    AtmosAir neutralizes up to 99.92 percent of the coronavirus. More than 7,500 properties across the globe are already utilizing these systems among them the Empire State Building, Google, JLL, Hilton, Marriott, the Los Angeles International Airport are all satisfied customers, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Cowboys, and New England Patriots.

    “We look forward to collaborating with various companies, property owners, and government agencies to ensure that the indoor air in their respective establishments is as clean and safe as can be,” said Michael Dargani, chief executive officer of Ananta Industries Inc., exclusive Philippine distributor of AtmosAir.

    Even prior to the pandemic, AtmosAir’s proactive approach of deploying ions into workspaces, stadiums, airports, and other habitations has been showing a 99 percent rate in removing inhalable particles and pathogens, including dust, allergens, airborne and surface bacteria, germs, and viruses. It can remove 90 percent of harmful volatile organic compounds, which are gases emitted from certain solids and liquids, as well as 95 percent of ultra-fine particulates.

    TendoPay launches Employee Benefit program

    TendoPay has introduced Employee Benefit program, a packaged product allowing employees to have access via their employers a relatively large credit limit and low-interest rates.

    Shopping online has become a necessity but people remain uncomfortable exposing themselves in public and going out to buy their needs. During this period, TendoPay’s client base more than quadrupled as employers strived to offer their employees the financial help they needed.

    “Our usage is now at an all-time high of 73 percent of the workforce of new employers we sign-on. Our virtual credit card has been very successful with employees at every level of organizations,” said Kacper Marcinkowski, president of TendoPay.

    With their wide selection of merchants, TendoPay helps boost the online sales of its retail partners while empowering Filipinos financially. The Employee benefit program assures employers that their employees are borrowing and spending credit productively.

    Filipinos, regardless of their income or savings, can apply for TendoPay which provides financial inclusion for Filipinos nationwide through an easily accessible installment plan solution that gives customers the convenience to buy now and pay later for online purchases in 2 to 24 months installments.

    TendoPay offers installment payment options for online retailers via a virtual credit card and has more than 45 retailers signed on including Lazada, Zalora, 7-Eleven.

    OWWA partners with NTT DATA to launch DOLE-AKAP 

    The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) launched the DOLE-AKAP (Embrace) initiative which provides a one-time financial assistance of P10,000 or $200 for displaced land-based and sea-based OFWs.

    Since OWWA partnered with NTT DATA to start their digital transformation journey years ago, hosting their applications in Microsoft Azure, OWWA was able to optimize their existing assets across both on-premises and cloud sources, and migrate key services to cloud.

    NTT DATA Philippines was one of the organizations recently recognized by Microsoft, beating 3,000 entries from 100 countries, with the Community Response Award – a new global award category that recognizes partner organizations providing innovative support or services to customers and the community. This year, the award acknowledges innovative solutions to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Through the technology solution provided by NTT DATA using Microsoft Azure, OWWA was able to provide fast, secure, and contactless financial assistance for displaced OFWs due to COVID-19 via the DOLE-AKAP (Embrace) portal.

    Within three days of launch, OWWA received 54,000 online applications through the DOLE AKAP portal. The OWWA IT personnel was able to configure, deploy the application, and modify updates remotely using DevOps and Azure providing flexibility at an instant with minimal downtime.

    Ayala CEO urges speed, scale &  stamina in COVID fight

    Ayala Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala believes the private and public sectors should continue working together with “speed, scale and stamina” to help the country overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Zobel shared his views yesterday in a private online session with the Makati Business Club titled “Leading in Extraordinary Times.”

     “We need (speed, scale and stamina] because the enemy we face, similarly, has all of these attributes. The pandemic has been unprecedented in speed and scale; and shows little signs of surrendering. In fact, I propose that we supercharge our response — to be faster, broader, and more enduring; to push the virus back, defeat it and reset to a better normal,” Zobel said.

    On March 17, 2020, Zobel and Ayala Corp. announced an emergency response package worth P2.4 billion to help the group’s employees and extended workforce cope with the disruptions brought about by the pandemic.

    The group also adopted a structured work-from-home arrangement to keep majority of its 56,000 employees safe.

    Zobel cited the unprecedented level of collaboration within the private sector, and between the private sector and government, to execute relief activities with a much wider reach.

    One  is Project Ugnayan, a P1.7 billion partnership of 270 private companies, which distributed  PHP1,000 vouchers to 1.7 million families, with additional food aid from various programs of ABS-CBN, ADB and Jollibee.

    The Ayala Group participated in Task Force T3 to increase the country’s national testing capacity, and joined other companies to help government expand quarantine facilities.

    The Ayala Group companies also came together for Project Health and other health initiatives such as building testing laboratories and other health facilities.

    Ayala Malls now offer DriveBuy, a curbside pickup system for customers to quickly and safely claim their online purchases.

    AC Health and Globe’s 917 Ventures’ HealthNow offer digital teleconsultation platform.

    For its network of some 250,000 micro, small and medium enterprises the Group launched the Ayala Enterprise Circle as a platform to provide its partner MSMEs with training modules, networking opportunities, and support services.


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