FunO bags award

    (From left)  URC Thailand marketing manager Porntip Leelalertwong, senior advisor Premchai Navarasuchitr, general manager Tanant Suwanraks, Bernardo, and brand manager Vipa Vanlopnusorn.

    Jack n Jill Fun-O came out as the most popular brand in the category of biscuits and crackers in Thailand, a nationwide survey conducted among thousands of Thai consumers showed.

    The survey was conducted by Marketeer Magazine in partnership with Kadence International (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Japan’s leading Market Research Agency.

    Thus, Marketeer Business magazine awarded Fun-O as No.1 Brand Thailand for 2019-2020, Biscuits & Crackers categories.

    “This award inspires us even more to continue delighting our Thai consumers with innovative and world-class products, said Universal Robina Corp. Thailand’s marketing director Jane Bernardo.

    One of the largest food and beverage manufacturing companies in the Philippines, URC has expanded its presence in the Asean and Oceania regions. It also exports to markets like the US, Europe and New Zealand. URC is known for well-loved brands like Chippy, Great Taste, Magic Crackers, Piattos, Cloud 9, C2 and Nips.

    For 20 years now, its Thailand arm has been producing and distributing a broad range of snack and confectionary products such as Fun-O, Tivoli, Roller Coaster, Dewberry, Cream-O, Lush, Dynamite and Wiggles.

    Farm-to-market road

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the farm to market road in Barangay San Rafael, Rodriguez was held last August 28 in the province of Rizal.

    The project involves rehabilitating an existing 5-km road consisting of clay and limestone that turns muddy and unpassable during the rainy season. The farm to market road passes through Sitio Sapa, Sitio Kayrupa going to the communities of Sitio Inigan up to Sitio Casili.

    “WawaJVCo is committed to improving the lives of our host communities. Corporate social responsibility forms an integral part of our operating model. We build structures that will bring hope and improve lives. Each project includes a specific social and environmental program that ensures we focus our attention to the area requiring most support and foster the right culture to create a sustainable impact to the communities we serve,” said Melvin John Tan, Water Sector Lead of Prime Infra.

    WawaJVCo Inc. is a joint venture between Prime Metroline Infrastructure Holdings Corp. (Prime Infra) and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders and Developers Group, Inc.

    Globe, Mano Amiga bring STEM  to underprivileged students

    Globe Telecom and Mano Amiga, a school that provides affordable, high-quality K-12 education to disadvantaged learners,  have joined hands in developing the “Globe Maker Lab and Innovation Hub,” a program designed to enhance the delivery of world class STEM education to underprivileged K-to-12 students.

    For formal education, the program adopts Project-based Learning (PBL) approach where students from as early as Kindergarten, undertake projects based on real-world context and problems, and implement their solutions beyond the classroom.

    Apart from learning the fundamentals, there will be challenges and exercises that will allow students to practice grit and perseverance through constant trial and error in order to eventually master the subjects. While there is still a pandemic, learning modules will be delivered via scheduled Zoom sessions and participants will be provided with tasks and worksheets that they are to accomplish in between Zoom calls.

    Globe and Mano Amiga also prepared after school programs to provide students an opportunity to continue learning a variety of skills in a less formal environment and without being restricted by the pressure of getting high grades. Exposing students to more enriching and hands-on activities gives them more freedom to pursue a particular interest and provides them a chance to meet mentors and STEM professionals who may serve as inspiring role models. Frequent participation in after school STEM programs leads to greater STEM interest and more importantly, better retention of the knowledge acquired.

    Thomson Reuters reshapes  the workplace

    Thomson Reuters Manila recently shared strategies on how it has successfully looked after its employees during this pandemic.

    In a recent webinar organized by Shell Business Office Manila on creating the “new norm” through the COVID-19 response of companies, Thomson Reuters Manila site lead and senior director for Vendor Strategy and Relationship Management Tes Veloso said the company  quickly transitioned their work arrangements without major disruptions, as well as ensuring that all team members are equipped and engaged to work under new circumstances.

    Veloso shared that it was relatively easy for their teams to transition to a work-from-home arrangement, as everybody had laptops. The company provided assistance to ensure that all team members had what they needed in a new work arrangement.

    “We have an Employee Assistance Program, focused on mental, emotional, physical, and financial issues for our employees and their dependents,” she said.

    Thomson Reuters Manila  also holds regular town hall meetings and various activities to address different employee needs.

    The company also raised its corporate social responsibility activities and raised over P400,000 to fund test kits.

    Huawei rises to 49th on Fortune Global 500

    Huawei has ranked 49th on the Fortune Global 500 list in 2020. This is the first time that the telecommunications giant has broken into the top 50, continuing a multi-year track record of acceleration.

    “Huawei’s net profit rose 5.6% in 2019, and revenue grew a further 13.1% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, despite the company’s persistent geopolitical entanglements,” said the Fortune report.

    The Fortune 500 list ranks companies according to their revenue and profit, focusing on the size of the companies compared with other lists. The Fortune 500 rankings have become an important indicator that renowned companies use to measure their own strengths, size and international competitiveness, a parameter of global economy that transcends beyond borders, nationality and cultural differences.

    OPPO warranty

    OPPO launched the special Reno4 warranty program available in all OPPO Service Centers nationwide. The program gives consumers a special warranty valid for six months upon purchase and aims to provide users a more convenient way to enjoy the exclusive OPPO customer care service from discounted repair services to VIP-level treatment, and more.

    All Reno4 customers can get 15 percent off for spare parts replacement under out-of-warranty repair status units at any of the authorized OPPO Service Centers nationwide.

    Clients residing in Metro Manila can book a door-to-door service from any of the authorized OPPO Service Centers anytime during business hours.

    Walk-in Reno4 customers will enjoy “Priority Repair” privilege across all authorized OPPO Service Centers nationwide. All they need to do is present the OPPO Reno4 unit along with the receipt or proof of purchase.

    The Flash Fix service provides customers with a quick smartphone repair and consultation, all under a one-hour duration. The service is free of charge


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