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     Career opportunities at Mondelez Philippines amid the pandemic

    With parts of the country still under quarantine, tech-savvy companies and organizations like Mondelez Philippines have successfully transitioned to a work-from-home (WFH) setup and have retained a sense of continuity. Amid the pandemic, the organization continues to hire people for critical roles, having recently welcomed aboard eleven new employees who are part of the Company’s EDGE Stars.

    Fresh graduates Carrell Calderon, Gia Supetran, and Celine Co have recently been accepted for Mondelez Philippines’ EDGE Stars program, having been absorbed into the company during the lockdown. They are the 13th batch of Mondelez Philippines’ graduate trainees picked for having the right stuff, the right leadership competencies and learning agility. The leadership development program started in 2009 and has since welcomed 166 fresh graduates. Its alumni now comprise the managers and leaders of the Company.

    Calderon is a Management Engineering graduate from Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU). Gia Supetran is an Industrial Management Engineering graduate from De La Salle University (DLSU). Celine Co is an Industrial Engineering graduate from University of the Philippines Diliman (UP).

    Mondelez Philippines offers many opportunities to “make it” inside the Company, one of the highlights of this being the opportunity to “Make it with Pride” by working with beloved brands that people have grown up with.

    The company builds community partnerships as it searches for gems in the pool of great talents across the Philippines. It’s strongly committed to developing future leaders from its early careers program. At the same time, the Company aims to contribute to the Philippines economy even while on lockdown by offering great products and brands for consumers to enjoy at home, helping alleviate unemployment, and provide exciting career opportunities for its people.

    Former Taliptip residents start moving into new, safer homes

    A sitio Kinse resident in front of his new house

    Former settlers of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan, Bulacan have started moving into their new homes following the lump-sum cash assistance from San Miguel Corp.

    This allowed them to voluntarily relocate to safer areas paving the way for the construction of the P734-billion Manila International Airport project.

    SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the company has been constantly in touch with former settlers in the coastal area where the airport will be built, to monitor their progress.

    Ang said many Taliptip residents preferred to receive financial assistance which has enabled them to voluntarily transfer to places of their choice, with some choosing to go back to their home provinces.

    Most of the former Taliptip residents worked as caretakers or workers at privately-owned fishponds that have gone out of business. They used to live in shanties or houses built on stilts in the coastal area.

    Ang said  those who were even more prudent about their cash assistance have started their own small businesses, paid off debts, and set aside money for the education of their children.

    A total of 277 owners of concrete and shanty houses in Barangay Taliptip qualified for financial assistance. SMC provided owners of non-concrete houses or shanties P250,000 each, while owners of concrete houses were given the appraised value of their homes, multiplied by two, plus P100,000.

    SMC also provided cash assistance to 92 others who were disqualified, for a total of 369 beneficiaries.

    The Company also distributed the total appraised cash value of the abandoned chapels in Sitio Pariyahan, Sitio Dapdap, Sitio Bunutan, and Sitio Capol to the residents of these sitios. From this, a total of P2,253,000 was given to the 242 residents.

    Those who have opted to stay in Bulacan may learn skills they can use to get jobs at the airport, or to start their own small business.

    BPI, BPI-Philam offer P200K free COVID-19 life insurance coverage

    Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), in partnership with BPI-Philam, recently launched a program featuring free life insurance coverage for Php200,000 to a select group of 1 million clients.

    The free COVID-19 Life Insurance Cover is offered to qualified BPI account holders with BPI-Philam individual or group insurance coverage, including clients who have active coverage under BPI’s Pamana deposit account, PamanaPadala remittance, and Save-up deposit account. Those qualified started receiving their free COVID-19 Life Insurance coverage last June and will go on until September.

    “Many of our clients are facing formidable uncertainties brought about by these unprecedented times… By working together with BPI-Philam, we hope to give our valued clients peace of mind by gifting them with free life insurance coverage should they be afflicted by the COVID-19 virus. It’s our way of showing care and appreciation for them, timed together with our 169th anniversary,” said BPI Sales and Service Channels (SSC) Head Angelie King.

    BPI-Philam Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon said,“BPI-Philam has always remained committed to create easily accessible solutions that will help Filipinos live healthier, longer, and better lives. And as we face this global pandemic, it is only fitting that we provide our clients with the care they need to ensure that they have a brighter future to look forward to.

    ”Clients can contact their BPI Business Managers, Relationship Managers, Relationship Associates or Direct Sales officers. With BPI, you are ready today, and covered for your tomorrow.

    Tour package sale event to boost tourism

    The  Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Philippines, with the support of the Tourism Promotions Board, is holding the September Online Sale (S.O.S.),  a two-week online sale of 89 hotel accommodations and other offerings across the country.

    To be held on September 15 to 30, S.O.S can be accessed through HSMA’s website,www.hsma.org.ph .

    “We  will see the opening of domestic travel corridors by October, and more by December,” said HSMA vice president Benjie Martinez. “Come summer of 2021, we can expect the hospitality sector to be in a fairly better situation.”

    Some of the promos are valid for up to a year, while the others have no expiration.

    “For travelers, the S.O.S. is both a limited-time offer that can help them save on their next trip, and a chance to help the Philippines’ tourism industry bounce back from new coronavirus virus disease 2019.

    HSMA chair Margarita Munsayac said S.O.S. buyers can be assured  all properties featured in the event have passed stringent health and hygiene safety protocols, all of which are also being communicated through their respective social media and digital platforms.

    “Most hotels and resorts are ready with all health, safety, sanitation protocols, and are well-prepared to welcome guests again,” Munsayac said. “Months of quarantine have enabled these properties to plan carefully and in detail all these protocols to ensure safety of guests as well as employees.”

    S.O.S. offers options from 89 hotels and resorts all over the country, across eight key destinations: Manila, Pasay, Makati/Bonifacio Global City, the Ortigas Business Center,  Quezon City, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Boracay, Visayas, and Palawan/Mindanao.

    GBP president named outstanding leader in Asia

    Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) president Jaime Azurin was selected as one of the Outstanding Leaders in Asia at the 2020 Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards, organized by the MORS Group.

    The Outstanding Leaders in Asia Award is presented to inspiring leaders and sustainability advocates across various industries in the region, who lead organizations with high brand value and exhibit an ideal blend of business acumen, innovation, market adaptability, and astuteness. Out of the 37 nominations throughout Asia, only ten were chosen as winners under the said category.

    Azurin has been with GBP since it started with only 15 employees in 2003. Prior to becoming President in 2017, he was the company’s chief finance officer and executive vice president for Business Development and Commercial Operations.

    GBP is a leading power producer in Visayas, with operations in Mindanao and Mindoro islands. Under Azurin’s leadership and with the help of its 954 employees, GBP’s total gross capacity increased sixfold – from 185.5 MW in 2003 to 1,091 MW as of today.

    Blended learning the STI way

    Even before the shift to digital learning, STI Education for more than five years has implemented the use of an eLearning Management System (eLMS) to facilitate classes where students can experience studying with a blended learning approach.

    Aisa  Hipolito, vice president for Academics of STI Education, said that STI’s ONline and ONsite Education or the ONE STI Learning Model is the company’s  solution on how to bring back classes and how to make education more engaging, accessible, and most importantly safe. This mode employs the main use of  eLMS, combined with face-to-face online instruction, to foster a dynamic learning experience that will achieve the desired learning outcomes.

    On the eLMS, teachers can hold classes and upload modules, video lectures, educational motion graphics, and other learning materials that students can access, stream or download safely from home. Assessments in addition to online quizzes and timed tests, are done through the use of polls, online surveys or by video submission and chat.

    STI Education has made sure that all students are equipped with the necessary tools to learn productively and efficiently by partnering with PLDT Enterprise to provide them a free SMART GIGA Study Plan, a SIM card with a 35GB monthly data plan.

    CAM, Globe partner for safe learning

    Through Globe, CAM secured Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) licenses and incorporated it into the CAM Virtual Classroom. The program is aligned with the Department of Education’s prescribed most essential learning competency (MELC) for online distance learning (ODL). The system will help teachers in facilitating classes and tracking the progress of students’ learning.

    School officials said the CAM curriculum paired with Brightspace guarantees that students will be given an individualized and superior learning experience. The system features assistive technologies, gamification, video-based assessment, and video conferencing which is in line with the instructional delivery of classes through synchronous and asynchronous learning. The institution offers educational courses for these levels: Toddler class and Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High School, and Senior High School. CAM also offers a Special Education Program for children with special needs and accepts international students.

    Globe myBusiness is helping institutions integrate technology through mySchoolSURF, a lineup of internet promos designed to help students and instructors. mySchoolSURF plans start at P199, which comes with 34GB of data allocation valid for seven days, when paired with a Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi device.

    All plans come with 4GB daily data allocations for pre-defined apps useful for learning. These include video conferencing tools like Zoom, and research and productivity platforms such as Office 365, Canva, Blackboard, and Course Hero. Plans also come with access to instant messaging apps like Viber, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger. Institutions can allot data for other platforms for exams, special projects, or other learning needs.

    SNAP welcomes new batch of BRIGHTS scholar

    Renewable energy company SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) has reaffirmed its commitment to support education in its host communities as it welcomed 12 incoming college freshmen students to their scholarship program.

    The students hail from SNAP’s direct host municipalities of Bokod and Itogon in Benguet; Alfonso Lista, Ifugao; and Ramon, Isabela where their hydro power generation facilities are located. The scholars will each receive funding for their tuition fees, school fees, and living allowances.

    “These scholarships are especially significant because COVID-19 has made it even more difficult for students to pursue their educational goals. We believe that education is a key component to powering positive change, so we continue to partner with parents and educators in helping our scholars realize their dreams,” said Joseph  Yu, SNAP president and chief executive officer.

     SNAP held a virtual screening in July for 78 applicants, the most since they launched the Bridging Gaps in Higher Education through Tertiary Scholarships (BRIGHTS) program in 2017.

    SNAP conducted a combination of virtual and face-to-face orientations for the new scholars and their parents and guardians, culminating in the signing of memorandums of agreement in August. All face-to-face activities were conducted according to COVID-19 safety measures.

    BRIGHTS is a scholarship initiative under SNAP’s corporate social responsibility program. It targets deserving students with limited means from the company’s immediate host communities. The program has produced eight graduates while the new batch brings the number of active scholars to 48.  Its current university partners are Benguet State University, Cordillera Career Development College, University of Baguio, and the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City; Ifugao State University in Lamut; Isabela State University in Echague; and PLT College, Inc. in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

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