QC public school students to receive Samsung Galaxy tablets

    A total of 176,000 public school students from Quezon City (covering Grades 7 to 12) are set to receive their own Samsung Galaxy tablet, to assist their virtual learning environments for school year 2020 to 2021.

    “Our goal is to ensure that our public school students have learning continuity resources that are at par with their private school peers,” noted QC Mayor Joy Belmonte.

    “We are glad that our city was able to acquire such high-quality tablets from a leading global brand, at a remarkably reasonable cost,” she added.

    The quad-core Samsung Galaxy Tab A runs on an Android 9 operating system, with an internal memory of 32GB ROM + 2 GB RAM, a microSD storage capacity of up to 256GB, and a 2 megapixel and 5 megapixel front and rear camera, respectively. The tablets also have WiFi or WLAN connectivity, and a USB port for external storage support.

    In order to ensure that the gadget can only be used for learning purposes, each unit comes with pre-installed safety and privacy features, and automatically denies access to prohibited extensions.

    The P1.2 billion supply and delivery contract was awarded to Trireal Enterprises, and its joint venture partner Radenta Technologies Inc.

    “With all the challenges that our public school students face under these new learning conditions, at least we are assured that their Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices will be able to meet the demands of long term use. They are a leading technology brand for a good reason,” Belmonte concluded.

    Pru Life UK advocates digital health in PH

    Pru Life UK recently launched the Digital Health dialogue for PRUWise Webinar, a series of virtual fora that aims to boost financial education among Filipinos. Its first segment, Healthscape PH: Harnessing the Power of AI and Mobile Health in Transforming PH Healthcare, examined the challenges and opportunities in mobile digital health (mHealth) and artificial intelligence in the country.

    “We are pleased to have gathered key stakeholders as we continue to make mHealth services such as Pulse app more accessible and beneficial to Filipinos,” shares Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer JumbingDe Rosas.

    De Rosas was joined by Prudential Corporation Asia Chief Health Officer Andrew Wong, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer and Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga, Babylon Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mobasher Butt, Department of Health Director IV, Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service Dr. Eric Tayag, and PLDT Group First Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer Angel Redoble. They shared their industries’ contributions to improve the country’s digital health presence and healthcare system.

    The webinar also highlighted key features and successes of Pulse, including its most used digital tools. According to Pru Life UK, most app users access Healthcheck, a feature that allows them to better understand their health needs without having to go out and see a healthcare professional. Users also have something to look forward to as Pulse will soon introduce telemedicine and e-prescription deliveries, so users can connect with doctors and proactively monitor their health virtually.

    “Healthscape PH and Pulse are part of our We DO Health and We DO Innovation advocacies to encourage a healthy lifestyle for Filipinos. Through Pulse, we aim to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, empowering Filipinos to prevent and postpone the onset of diseases, and ultimately protect their lives,” De Rosas says.

    Foodpanda spreads good vibes to riders through safety, well-being

    As the country continues to adapt to new behaviors, Foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery service in the Philippines, has been continuously spreading good vibes by ensuring the safety and well-being of their delivery riders who many people now consider as modern day heroes especially during this pandemic.

    During the quarantine, the demand for food deliveries skyrocketed, which unfortunately, came with a steady rise in order cancellations and no-show customers. However, foodpanda riders are never expected to shell out any money as the company itself shoulders these expenses.

    To make sure that they can always stay connected, Foodpanda has partnered with telecommunications providers Globe, PLDT-Smart, and Cherry Prepaid for exclusive deals to help its riders save up on their data consumption and communications expenses.

    Foodpanda riders are provided with weather gear for the rainy season.

    Lastly, to make sure that their riders really have good vibes, Foodpanda has their insurance covered through its partnership with insurance company Manulife and Cebuana Lhuillier.

    “Rise Brighter PH”: Sun Life Foundation’s response to pandemic challenges

    Sun Life Financial-Philippines Foundation,Inc. (Sun Life Foundation), the philanthropy arm of Sun Life Philippines, is responding to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic with a program that promotes financial security and health.

    Dubbed “Rise Brighter PH,” the program will consist of Sun Pera-Aralan 2020, a financial management program specifically created for public school teachers, and Sun Life Barangay Health Stations to serve as accessible sources of primary healthcare in poor and distant municipalities. Each program aims to touch 125,000 lives in the next five years.

    “As Sun Life Philippines marks its 125th anniversary this year, Rise Brighter PH is our way of honoring our lifetime partnership with the Filipino people and letting them know that we remain at their side in these trying times,” said Sun Life Philippines CEO and Country Head Benedict Sison who is also Chairman of the Sun Life Foundation.

    Sun Pera-Aralan 2020, a behavior-based financial management program, uses the Peso Sobre tool in helping public school teachers manage their budget, extend their salary until the next pay day, and eventually lessen indebtedness. It also provides access to volunteer Sun Life advisors and a Facebook community where they can share experiences and find inspiration in their fellow teachers.

    This year, Sun Pera-Aralan will be implemented in public schools with the help of AHA Behavioral Design, Inc. and in coordination with the Department of Education.

    In partnership with Health Futures Foundation, Inc., Sun Life will also endeavor to provide basic services to the poorer sectors of society through the Sun Life Barangay Health Stations.

    A total of eight Sun Life Barangay Health Stations will be constructed throughout Batangas within the year, each providing curative services, and preventive and promotive initiatives such as immunizations, consultations, follow-ups and health lectures.

    “The Sun Life Foundation’s projects are anchored on our company’s purpose of helping Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives… Rise Brighter PH will empower beneficiaries in their journey towards recovery,” said Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. and Sun Life Foundation President Alex Narciso.

    Ace Hardware toasts frontliners with Special Sale

    ACE Hardware celebrates today’s new frontline heroes with a special sale now ongoing until September 30. This will give shoppers spending more time at home a chance to clean, organize, and redecorate their surroundings, as well as grow their urban gardens.

    What’s in-store and on-line? Up to 50% off savings and an extra 10% off discount on all items (except chemicals and batteries) for a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2000.

    You can avail double points on all ACE branded items using Ace Rewards Card when shop.

    There are Black and Decker Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners to help you clean up your home thoroughly through the use of the HEPA filter that removes airborne, smart shelves to keep your stuff organized, and high quality gardening tools like the ACE Hedge Shear and Floral Trimmer to maintain the beauty of your garden.

    Shop smart in all ACE stores nationwide. You can also avail these thru ACE

    Hardware’s Call & Collect service or shop online at, ShopSM, Lazada or Shopee. For more details, you may also want to like our official Facebook page at or follow our official Instagram account, @acehardware_ph.

    PhilHealth denies allegations

    The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in a statement to media has denied allegations recently reported that the agency has paid out P600 million in amnesty to hospitals for denied claims.

    The agency stated that the claims being considered “for payment under an amnesty program are still subject to issuance of a signed Board resolution as well as specific guidelines thereafter.”

    “All of these have not yet been realized, and therefore no fund release to speak of. PhilHealth has committed to provide Congress with the documents pertinent to this matter to completely shed light on the issue. The Agency defers to their good judgment to see that no such amount has been paid out yet,” said the statement.

    “Time and again, PhilHealth has committed itself to cooperating to all the investigations and it will continue to do so to ferret out the truth for the benefit of the Filipino public that it serves,” the statement concluded.

    Pilmico partners with Shopee to make feeds, pet food more accessible online

    As part of their digitization efforts, Pilmico Foods Corporation (Pilmico), one of the country’s top feeds and flour producers, has partnered with Shopee to make their products more accessible to the market.

    The community quarantine measures implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a shift in people’s buying habits. As going out became less of an option,more people turned to online platforms for all their needs, ranging from groceries and personal items to pet food and poultry necessities.

    “We started this partnership with Shopee in May 2020, because we saw their platform’s potential in expanding the current reach of our products,” said Joeben Gamatero, II, Pilmico’s Vice President for Branding and Marketing. “With Shopee’s strong consumer base and engaging promotions like the 9.9 Super Shopping Day Sale, we see how this partnership will make top-quality products more accessible for them. As households continue to adjust to the new normal, we want to be there — bringing quality products that are conveniently available to our consumers,” he added.

    Pilmico is one of the hundreds of merchants joining Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day, a platform-wide event featuring promos, discounts, and other offers across many product categories. The Aboitiz-owned food and agribusiness unit offers its Salto Gamefowl feeds, Maxime dog food, and animal health products available for deliveries nationwide.

    The 9.9 Super Shopping Day runs until tomorrow September 9.

    Shopee Philippines is one of the top online shopping markets in Southeast Asia. As a brand, it has dominated the mobile app-based shopping market with over 200 million app downloads, with almost equal amount of active users, as of press time.