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    Del Rosario (right) turns over  Smart Pocket Wi-Fis to the student scouts of Conde Labac Integrated School.

    Metro Pacific supports student scouts

    Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), through its Foundation, provided support to the student scouts of Conde Labac Integrated School in Batangas City, by donating Smart pocket Wi-Fi units to prepare them for education in the new normal.

    MPIC, with the assistance of Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc., turned over 50 units of Smart Pocket Wi-Fi to the school in preparation for their school opening on October 6.

    These student Scouts served as volunteers for the Batangas Dive Association (BaD Ass) Community Kitchen, catering to evacuees situated in the Dreamzone inside the provincial capitol when the Taal Volcano erupted.

    “Aside from valuing their right to education, we are extending this aid to the Conde Labac student scouts to express our gratitude for their selfless efforts in helping their disadvantaged community,” said Melody del Rosario, vice president for PR and Corporate Communications at MPIC.

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    Synnovate expands Sekaya line

    Synnovate Pharma Corp., the natural products company of Unilab, expands its lineup with the introduction of Sekaya Food Supplements and Sekaya Botanicare line.

    Sekaya is intent on prescribing nature through plant-based functional products that take advantage of all the benefits that nature provides, while backing these up with strong scientific research and pharma-grade processing.

    Sekaya Food Supplements is a line of natural food supplements that is designed, formulated, and tested with pharma grade standards and 100 percent sourced and manufactured in the Philippines. First on its roster of products is Sekaya Food Supplements Organic Moringa, a science-based supplement tested with pharma grade standards, and safe for breastfeeding moms and their babies.

    Synnovate has also  introduced its Sekaya Botanicare line, with its first offering, the aloe ferox Skin Repair Gel, a multifunctional, natural skin repair gel can help moisturize dry skin and repair damage caused by sunburn, acne and wound scars, and stretch marks.


    Aboitiz Group ensures continued learning under ‘new normal’

    The Aboitiz Group, through its various business units (BUs), is helping Filipino teachers and students ease into the new normal of learning amid the  pandemic.

    Aboitiz banking and financial services unit Union Bank of the Philippines and its subsidiary, City Savings Bank, for one, has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) to help train 800,000 public school teachers in using digital tools for blended learning through HEROES2021 (Help Educators Rise to Online Education for School Year 2020-2021).

    Designed to help train public school teachers, UnionBank team members have volunteered to design webinars that complement HEROES2021 training modules.

    HEROES2021 is a two-stage intensive training program aimed at rapidly building public school teachers’ capability for online teaching.

    Microsoft-certified UnionBank team members have volunteered to design easy-to-understand web seminars (webinars) that complement HEROES2021 training modules. Webinar topics include flexible learning, engaging online learning activities, measuring learning outcomes, and exploring a live online class.

    Aside from UnionBank and CitySavings, HEROES2021 includes learning partners EduRescue Philippines, Akadasia Singapore, and Thames International.

    Meanwhile, AboitizPower and its various generation and distribution units have also been active with their respective education initiatives

    In Sablan and Bakun, Benguet and Sabangan, Mountain Province, AboitizPower recently launched online capacity-building activities for parents and teachers in partnership with the education foundation Synergeia.

    AboitizPower unit Hedcor has distributed P150,000 worth of school supplies in Benguet. It also donated school supplies, a container van-turned-daycare center, refurbished classrooms, and medical supplies in areas outside Benguet.

    Geothermal unit AP Renewables, Inc. and solar unit San Carlos Sun Power, Inc. also donated school and health supplies such as alcohol and thermal scanners to their respective beneficiary communities.


    Ford PH takes part in donation drive

    Ford Motor Company Fund announced Ford employees and others contributed $1,133,447 million to COVID-19 related relief efforts around the world, surpassing its goal.

    The COVID-19 Donation Match Program was established in April to provide Ford employees, their families and friends a way to help fight the growing pandemic that kept them at home and unable to volunteer in traditional ways.

    Through the match program, 47 nonprofits and community groups in 20 countries and 14 US states received funds donated by Ford employees and others that were then matched by $500,000 from the Ford Fund and personal contributions from Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford.

    In the Philippines, Ford has raised over $12,000 or roughly P600,000 which helped fund Gawad Kalinga’s relief and rehabilitation operation “Walang Iwanan, Walang Hawaan” program, providing food packs to thousands of vulnerable and less-privileged families in Gawad Kalinga communities in the Visayas.

    The donation also funded the purchase of personal protective equipment , tools and medical supplies such as alcohols, sanitizers, and thermal scanners needed by volunteers who will facilitate the relief efforts on-ground to ensure their own safety and protection.

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    RSA receives highest honor at Asia CEO Awards

    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang was given the prestigious Lifetime Contributor Award for the private sector at the 2020 Asia CEO Awards, touted as the largest business awards in the country and Asia in recent times. Cited for this award were ‘ his visionary leadership, significant and long-term contributions to the country, and unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic.’

    Under Ang’s leadership, SMC has emerged on top of the list of the country’s biggest and most consistent private sector partners against the pandemic.

    With its considerable resources, and with the help of employees, volunteers, and its partner non-profit organizations and charitable institutions, SMC initiated numerous projects to help disadvantaged sectors and communities, medical front liners, local governments, and even the national government, better cope with the impacts of COVID-19.

    Its total COVID-19 response has reached P13.187 billion. This includes the largest-ever food donation drive in the country, massive donations of disinfectant alcohol from its reconfigured liquor plants; life-saving medical equipment and supplies such as RT-PCR machines and test kits, which have raised the Philippines’ overall testing capacity.


    New direct-selling platform

    NiXY, a new platform  that incorporates technology to the traditional way of  direct selling,  offers eworld-class beauty products of iFace Inc,  distributor of the best names in beauty  like Korean skincare line Deoproce, Australian cosmetics company BYS, and Greek fragrance group STR8, among others.

    NiXY’s business structure only has two levels: franchisees and business partners.

    The  products move from the NiXY headquarters to the former, who then handles the orders of the latter for selling to customers. NiXY gives franchisees the privilege of exclusive territory. They can also earn either by catering wholesale to business partners or dealing retail with customers.


    Globe provides connectivity solutions for online learning
    at STI Education Services

    STI Education Services Group Inc. Has partnered with Globe for their Load Up service to give students’ access to learning management systems, websites, and various apps needed for online education.

    Globe’s Load Up service gives unlimited prepaid credits to multiple recipients. The Load Up service can only be accessed via a secure web-based platform where recipients of the prepaid load credits or promos from Globe are managed in real-time.

    STI Education Services has launched its own eLearning Management System (eLMS), which is an online platform that contains resources from handouts, modules, and assignments needed by students to enable learning.

    Globe is helping institutions integrate technology through mySchoolSURF, a lineup of internet promos designed to help students and instructors. Plans start at P199, which comes with 34GB of data allocation valid for seven days. 


    Samsung tops brands in PH

    Samsung has once again achieved the top spot in both the Philippines’ Top 100 brands and Asia’s Top 1000 brands of 2020 based on Campaign Asia’s reports on consumer opinions surveyed across 14 markets in Asia-Pacific.

    Samsung’s brand philosophy of pushing beyond its limits, to “Do What You Can’t”, always puts innovation through design and function at its core. This philosophy has consistently been the driving force behind Samsung to never shy away from big ideas and for their immense contributions across multiple industries over the years.

    Innovation comes in many forms, from thoughtfully addressing opportunity areas and needs of their consumers, to reimagining and elevating the quality of everyday needs, Samsung has had a hand in nurturing Filipinos and their families through their innovations.

    “We at Samsung are thankful for all the Filipinos who believe in us. This only proves how far putting innovation at the core of a business can go. Innovation is not just found in the technology behind Samsung’s beloved products but also in the way the company creates unique and lasting experiences,” said James Jung, president of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.

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