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    A TMP Tech instructor conducting online lecture using a specialized learning management platform.

    TMP Tech creates opportunities for tech-voc education

    Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) has shifted to blended learning modalities.

    The premiere technical-vocational training institution has updated its curriculum, combining online teaching and face-to-face instruction for hands-on learning at the TMP Tech workshop.

    For courses that require theoretical foundation, TMP Tech instructors create and conduct their modules online. With this transformation, the school is able to prioritize safety, sustain learning of students at home, and advance technical know-how of both students and teachers. Students who have digital connectivity limitations have been identified to attend a catch-up program, which has been designed for when face-to-face classes are permitted by government authorities.

    As TMP Tech opened its admissions this year for new batch of students for Automotive Servicing General Job course, it announced that entrance examination will be free and accessible online. It also introduced easier payment schemes and online channels.


    SM wins 15 awards from HK’s CG Asia magazine

    SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) and its subsidiaries, BDO Unibank, Inc. and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. won 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

    SMIC, BDO and SM Prime were awarded Asia’s Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Best Investor Relations (IR) Company.

    SMIC, BDO and SM Prime executives were named as Asia’s Best Chief Executive Officers, namely, BDO chairperson Teresita Sy-Coson; SMIC president Frederic DyBuncio; BDO president and CEO Nestor Tan and SM Prime president Jeffrey Lim. Awarded Asia’s Best Chief Financial Officer is Dalmacio Martin, BDO executive vice president and treasurer.

    Named Best Investor Relations (IR) Professionals were Tim Daniels, IR consultant for SMIC and Luis Reyes Jr. , vice president of IR & Corporate Planning at BDO.

    SMIC and SM Prime were cited for Best Corporate Communications.

    The Asian Excellence Awards were designed to recognize the achievements and excellence in management acumen, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and investor relations.


    GSIS launch apps

    The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is set to launch two mobile applications (apps) by the end of the month so that clients can access their GSIS records and file their motor vehicle insurance claims using only their smartphones anytime and anywhere.

    GSIS has been pursuing a digital transformation program with the deployment of “GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System” ([email protected]) kiosks in 2006 to improve its processes and services. In 2014, the state pension fund further introduced web-based applications such as the “Electronic GSIS Member Online” (eGSISMO) and the “Electronic Billing and Collection System” (eBCS).

    The GSIS Touch and MV Claim will enable clients to have continuous access to GSIS services despite the travel restrictions and safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The two apps are now available for download on both Android and IOS (Apple) smartphones.

    GSIS Touch shall initially feature three service nodes, namely; the eGSISMO (mobile version; the GSIS Citizen’s Charter, and the directory of all GSIS ranches. The MV Claim- allows GSIS vehicle insurance policy-holders to submit/send photos of their motor accident and insurance claim documents thru their cellphones.


    Teko provides convenience and job opportunities amid pandemic

    Startup Teko has seen an uptick in business both for software and services for appliance repair during the pandemic, a trend that it expects to be sustained even after the lockdown.

    Teko said it now serves businesses and works with both technicians and manufacturers to provide consumers with a wider range of services.

    Farah Barre, Teko chief executive officer and co-founder, said the company offers job opportunities for hundreds of technicians who they transitioned out of low-paying wages into solo-preneurs.

    Teko’s proprietary technology enables its partner technicians to focus on their careers, while the startup provides the necessary business support such as back office processes, marketing, and business development.

    Being in the aftersales business, instead of competing against the manufacturers’ service centers, Teko offers itself as a third-party aftersales service provider.

    With the backing of Concepcion Industrial Corp., its first manufacturer-partner, Teko introducd two Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions specifically for manufacturers and distributors, to cost effectively streamline their aftersales.

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    PhilConstruct to showcase Euro innovations in building materials

    Fifty companies will explore business opportunities in the Philippines and other markets in Southeast in construction.

    The Construction and Building Technologies business mission, under the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia program, will showcase the latest products and technologies virtually in PhilConstruct on November 5 to 8.

    The business mission will showcase European innovation in building materials, installation systems and products, robotisation techniques, energy efficiency solutions, quality monitoring and control, smart and green building solutions, and many more. Many of these can help to increase productivity and efficiency, thus reducing cost for construction companies, such as automation system, robotics for solar panel cleaning, software to improve communications and software for data collection,” said Thomas Wiersing, chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

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    Inteligente Publishing gears up to help schools shape young minds

    Schools and universities are among the most affected sectors during the pandemic as they remain in lockdown, leaving the education system in a difficult situation.

    Students, teachers, and schools are facing education-related problems, and finding alternate means for online classrooms, and the numerous requirements that cost time, money, and effort.

    On its fifth year and as a run-up to its 10th anniversary, The Inteligente Publishing, Inc., is helping private schools committed to rethink education, to transform their services through technology, and upgrade the delivery of quality education.

    With the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC,) The Inteligente Publishing, Inc. will provide financial assistance to private schools that are making the transition to online learning via RECAST: Rethinking Education, Championing and Accelerating School Transformation. With RECAST, any private basic education institution recognized by the Department of Education, is eligible to apply for a grant of Php150,000 that will cover the implementation of the approved proposal related to online learning.

    The first batch of grantees will be composed of two schools each from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region. Chosen schools must fully commit to implementing their approved proposals for one year and at the end of one year, they must be able to demonstrate: (1) the progress made by the school; (2) how the program helped the school community and its learners; and (3) their achievement on their intended outcomes for sustained delivery of online learning.

    Interested schools may submit a cover letter, the project proposal cover, project proposal in the prescribed format, and a copy of the school recognition from the Department of Education to the PEAC National Secretariat email: [email protected] The correct format for the subject line must be used and additional requirements that the Selection Committee may require must be on hand. Forms can be downloaded from https://peac.org.ph/recast/

    Proposals must be submitted no later than November 11. These will be evaluated by the Selection Committee comprised of the PEAC Executive Director, representatives from The Inteligente Publishing, Inc., and an expert in online learning. Their assessment will be based on: relevance, effectiveness, institutional capacity and commitment, and sustainability.

    The grantees will be notified through email before the formal awarding of the grant on November 20, 2020.

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    DOT Leadership Excellence Series returns as tourism rebuilds
    and redefines business practice

    The groundbreaking online learning event dubbed the “Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2020” returns to the screen amid a tourism industry grappling to rebuild consumer confidence and redefine standards in the Filipino brand of service.

    Scheduled today, October 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., LES 2020 will feature the millennial guru and proud Filipino winner of The Apprentice Asia, Jonathan Yabut, and best-selling author and top ranked multinational speaker and one of the two John Maxwell hi-impact trainers in the country, Ardy Abello.

    DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. (Photo collage: Malaya Business Insight)

    Completing the powerhouse lineup of speakers is Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, with CNN news anchor, and lifestyle and business personality, Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo as moderator.

    Spearheaded by the Department of Tourism under the auspices of its National Capital Region (DOT-NCR) office, LES 2020: Rebuild & Redefine aims to spotlight on 21st century leadership and business acumen in a trailblazing discourse built on a solid pedagogical foundation.

    LES 2020 forms part of a collection of courses offered by the DOT—the brainchild of the tourism chief herself—which collectively seeks to retool, reskill and re-boot tourism stakeholders and tourism workers in the new norm.

    According to DOT-NCR Regional Director Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr., this online activity is open to the public, free-of-charge, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

    Simulcast via Zoom and livestream across the DOT-NCR’s digital assets @TourismMNL, LES 2020 vows to raise the bar anew for online learning as it integrates live and full production of the world-renowned TED Talk format and with industry captains and thought leaders taking center stage.

    Interested participants may register here for free: bit.ly/DOTNCRLeadershipExcellenceSeries2020 . To qualify for a DOT certificate of participation, registrants are required to finish the entire online learning program and complete a feedback form.

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