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    Shell bags seven wins in 2020 Stevie Awards

    Shell Companies in the Philippines (SCiP) took home seven Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards (ASPA).

    SCiP companies Shell Philippines Exploration B.V (SPEX) and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) received one gold, two silver, and four bronze awards across five of the eight total categories in the ASPA, highlighting the leaps and bounds made by Shell’s operations in the Philippines in innovative practices and positive community impact.

    The Stevie Award is a global premier business award that recognizes the achievements and positive contributions of businesses around the world.

    The Gold Stevie Award in Innovative Management was conferred on SPEX’s managing director Don Paulino. SPEX operates the Malampaya Deep-water Gas-to-power platform in the West Philippine Sea.

    The PSPC, for its part, won the bronze in the Innovation in Events category for its technology forum The Road Ahead.

    SPEX’s Access-to-Energy project (A2E) in North Palawan won for the company the Silver Stevie Award for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications .

    The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (MBCFI) won for Shell the Bronze Award for Innovation in Non-profit/NGO Publications for its launch of the Mindoro TREASURES Teaching Reference for Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Use of Resources.

    PSPC also won a Bronze Award for Innovation in Consumer Events for Shell Rimula’s Tsuperstar singing competition, a campaign that recognizes jeepney drivers for their hard work and dedication.

    SPEX won a Bronze Award for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications for its information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign for prepare coastal communities.  

    DBP, DA and fintech firm forge alliance to back agripreneurs

    State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and leading financial technology firm PayMaya Philippines to provide accessible financing to aspiring entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.

    DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel G. Herbosa said DBP would serve as a settlement bank to the lending conduits of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council and PayMaya in the implementation of the Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA) loan program of the DA.

    KAYA is DA’s first digitized financing program to support the capital requirements of start-up or existing agri-based projects of young entrepreneurs. The program targets entrepreneurs aged between 18 to 30 years old and offers interest-free loans of up to P500,000, which can be repaid in five years.

    Herbosa said this tie-up is in line with DBP’s efforts to promote financial inclusion by providing essential banking services especially to unbanked and underserved communities which are located mostly in rural areas of the country.

    He said this partnership builds on the successful disbursement of funds to the farmer-members of NMI Agri-Coop and tobacco farmers in Isabela province, who have since transitioned to bonafide bank account holders.

    Predator launches Predacast All-Star Masterclass

    Premier gaming laptop brand Predator has recently launched the Predacast All-Star Masterclass—a series of online workshops especially geared toward gamers of all levels.

    “Our longstanding commitment to supporting the gaming community extends beyond providing gamers the tools and venues to sharpen their skills,” said Sue Ong-Lim, General Manager, Acer Philippines.

    “We want them to feel that amid the global health crisis, the esports community is alive and kicking and we must take this disruption as an opportunity to learn from each other and encourage others to be part of this tight-knit community.”

    At the pilot livestream entitled “Kickstarter,” popular celebrity gamers Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao, Paulo Sy, Lon Marcelo, Gab Benito, and Joebert Yu gave a primer on the world of esports. They provided an overview of the size of esports and how it has grown over the years: from a mere hobby to a multi-billion dollar industry.

    The Predator Masters also revealed other opportunities that gamers can explore apart from playing games. The gaming industry has created different branches of opportunities in different — but still related — opportunities including content creation such as vlogging and streaming, cosplaying, esports event management, streaming technical providers, and professional esports athletes.

    The discussions include Vlogging, Power Animations and Editing, Casting Methods, Streaming Basics, Tekken Techniques, Winning Chicken Dinners at PUBG, and DOTA 2 Dominance.

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