Going bike-friendly at the Mall of Asia

    SM’s Bike-Friendly MOA initiative is part of a comprehensive plan to make communities where SM malls are located more inclusive, livable, and sustainable, will be implemented in stages across all SM Malls nationwide in the coming months.


    Tiger CrackersRise Against Hunger share snacks with frontliners

    Tiger Crackers recently brought a ‘food trip’ to those needing ‘good trips’ now more than ever, in the time of the pandemic. With the support of partner Rise Against Hunger, Tiger Crackers shared delicious snacks with 1,200 front liners in Metro Manila.

    Tiger Crackers is the latest snack which gives Filipinos a food trip that’s also a good trip. It comes in delicious local flavors of Leche Flan, Ensaymada and Plain and contains only 120 calories per pack of three crackers. It’s the latest product from snack maker Mondelez Philippines, that aims to promote mindful snacking, or eating with intention and focusing on the experience of snacking to fully enjoy your food.

    “Tiger Crackers salutes our health, food and transportation frontliners – our heroes…  through our own way, we wanted to bring a ‘good trip’ to their day,” shares Kristine Enriquez, Senior Brand Manager for Biscuits of Mondelez Philippines.

    “With the support of Tiger Crackers, we were able to share snacks with the health workers and patients of Quezon Institute, a Mild Covid-19 isolation facility; 400 7-Eleven staff, and 400 jeepney drivers members of the Parañaque Integrated Transport and the Del Pan Pier South PEJODAP,” adds Jomar Fleras, Executive Director of Rise Against Hunger Philippines. “Our mission (is) to help feed communities in need… That’s why we thank Mondelez Philippines and our other partners for joining us in this initiative.”

    To support Rise Against Hunger’s initiatives, visit their website

    Manila builds new molecular lab with Ayala Group

    Unveiling the commemorative plaque at the entrance of the facility were (from left) BPI vice president Mariana Zobel de Ayala; Ayala Corp. chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala; Ayala Corp. president Fernando Zobel de Ayala; Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, Department of Health director Dr. Corazon Flores and Director of Sta. Ana Hospital Dr. Grace Padilla.

    The City of Manila has partnered with the Ayala Group of Companies in the construction of a new molecular laboratory inside Sta. Ana Hospital.

    The Manila Molecular Testing Laboratory at Sta. Ana Hospital will support the city’s ongoing efforts against the pandemic by increasing its testing capacity. Free serology testing is now being offered in its various barangays to serve the community, especially workers who are required to pass through required health protocols.

    The hospital is the only local government unit district hospital to house two types of molecular laboratories. One is the Xpress Xpert SARs COV2 Testing Laboratory using cartridges and the other is the RT-PCR molecular laboratory.

    Ayala Foundation Inc. and Ayala Land’s construction arm, Makati Development Corporation (MDC) led the specialized construction of the molecular laboratory to prepare for the installation of new equipment which the City of Manila has procured for the district hospital.

    MDC has been instrumental in the transformation of a number of buildings into COVID-19 facilities since March 2020.

    MDC has so far built eight COVID-19 facilities in the country including the Sta. Ana laboratory.  

    Bloomberry, Pagcor turn over mega quarantine facility

    Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc.(BCFI)  and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) have completed and turned over the country’s largest COVID-19 quarantine facility, the Solaire-PAGCOR Mega Quarantine Facility, to the Integrated Agency Task Force (IATF).

    The facility, funded by BCFI, Solaire Resort and Casino’s corporate social responsibility arm, is currently the National Capital Region’s largest quarantine facility.

    Built by Prime BMD of the Razon Group, the facility is capable of comfortably housing 600 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.  They will be housed in eight air conditioned tents with 75 beds each tent.  It is intended mainly for patients who cannot quarantine themselves at home effectively.  Each patient gets his own private and enclosed cubicle with a bed, desk, chair and outlets.

    Aside from beds, the facility also has separate toilets and showers for male and female patients.  There are also laundry facilities for hand washing of clothes.

    A separate tent houses a clinic for patients whose symptoms are progressing.  The clinic is designed to stabilize a patient for transport to a hospital should his symptoms worsen.

    The entire area is further divided into clean and hot zones.  The clean zones are for staff manning the facility, who also have their own tented quarters, toilets, showers, lockers as well as a tented mess hall.

    Aside from this mega facility, BCFI has also supported the retrofitting of quarantine facilities at the Philippine General Hospital, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

    CPG pioneers use of new generation antigen test

    Century Properties Group (CPG) has announced that the latest antigen test from the United States, the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay, is now part of the testing protocols for its on-site company employees and construction workers.

    CPG is adding the antigen test to its three-level personnel screening protocols as a second-level test after the Cellex rapid test (which detects IgG and IgM antibodies) and prior to the RT-PCR swab test, to further improve safety in the workplace. “Fast and accurate results from this new test will allow us to act swiftly and prevent the spread of infection in our construction sites, communities, and offices,” said CPG president and chief executive officer Marco  Antonio.

    Sofia 2 detects active COVID-19 virus in less than 20 minutes through painless swabs with 100 percent specificity and 96.7 percent accuracy.

    CPG’s outpatient medical arts facility, Centuria Medical Makati, has partnered with LabX to open a drive-thru service for Sofia 2 in Century City for individuals and companies.

    From May to July, CPG conducted COVID-19 rapid tests to more than 1,700 workers and site personnel before resuming construction of its projects.

    Eagle Cement rolls out feeding program 

    A child from San Ildefonso, Bulacan receives his Nutribun package from Eagle Cement Corporation’s 120-day feeding program. The company distributed Nutribun packs and other healthcare packages to households, schools and various communities in Bulacan amid pandemic

    Eagle Cement Corp. supports its communities anew as it launches a 120-day feeding program for the children of its host community and neighboring barangays in various areas in San Ildefonso and Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan.

    “We’ve been supporting our neighboring communities even before the pandemic struck and COVID-19 has only magnified our role in helping them survive and get back up,” said Annaline Buizon, community relations officer of Eagle Cement. “There was fear and uncertainty in the community so we immediately had to act,” Buizon added.

    On the early months of the pandemic, Eagle Cement mobilized to distribute food packs to its partner communities in San Ildefonso as well as in Malabuyoc, Cebu. Since the first distribution leg in March, the company has shared over 21,000 food packs to 21,000 families as a form of first-aid to address the early economic challenges brought on by the new normal.

    Eagle Cement continues to fortify its support to its communities with the launch of a 120-day feeding program for the children of select barangays (Akle, Alagao and Talbak) in San Ildefonso and neighboring town Dona Remedios Trinidad. The program, which started in August this year and will run until February 2021, will feed 250 children through a weekly distribution of Nutribun packs along with vitamin and milk packages.

    Vertiv Revitalizes Partner Program for Asia, AustraliaNew Zealand

    Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, unveiled the revitalized Vertiv Partner Program, its award-winning program that provides channel partners with tools to help them succeed in their businesses.

    A key feature of the Partner Program is the relaunch of the Vertiv Partner Portal, with gamification features that enable partners to navigate their way through Vertiv’s offerings, trainings and marketing support.

    “Our mantra for the Vertiv Partner Program is simple: ‘See More. Win More. Sell More.’ As our partners do more, they will climb the gamification leaderboard faster, allowing them to upgrade their status as a Vertiv partner. This leads to mutual success,” said Daniel Sim, senior director for channel business, Vertiv in Asia.

    Partners are classified according to different tier levels: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Black Diamond. Each tier corresponds to access to different benefits, such as rebates and trainings. Those  who achieve the coveted status of being a Vertiv Black Diamond Partner – the highest tier in the partner status – will get exclusive access to benefits, participate in executive meetings, and attend global channel conferences.

    Through the revamped Vertiv Partner Portal, Vertiv partners can access tools and resources to help them upgrade their status as a Vertiv partner.

    “The Vertiv Partner Portal is a reloaded portal that gives our partners an all-access pass to a wide range of features that make Vertiv easy to do business with,” said Sim. “We have incorporated a gamification approach that our partners will need to unlock to maximize their user experience in our Vertiv Partner Portal.”


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