At the handover of the 3M donations are (from left): Reynaldo Antonio Laguda, president and CEO, PBSP; Asuncion Balisado, chief nurse, Ospital ng Maynila;  Malaya Capulong, chief admin officer, Ospital ng Maynila; Bettina Luz, president and country leader, 3M Philippines; and Dr. Ma. Cecilia Cuaresma-Cruz, chief of clinics, Ospital ng Maynila.

     3M, PBSP donation

    3M and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) recently donated 200 personal protective equipment, including hazmat suits, respirators, and face shields to Ospital ng Maynila. The set also included 200 hygiene kits for patients and frontliners.

    In partnership with United Way (UW) Worldwide, this donation is part of a $100,000 corporate grant from 3M to the Philippines to support relief projects for the vulnerable people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ospital ng Maynila is one of the 16 hospitals to receive this grant, while PBSP is the local UW organization.

    Maynilad acquires 19 sanitation trucks

    Maynilad officials led by (second, first and sixth from left, respectively) president and chief executive officer Ramoncito  Fernandez,  chief operating officer Randolph Estrellado, and Wastewater Management head Apollo Tiglao, present the new VTUs to (from left) MWSS Administrator Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat (Ret.), Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, and DENR Assistant Secretary Daniel Nicer.

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) has spent more than 179 million pesos to acquire 19 new vacuum truck units (VTUs) that will help boost its septage collection.

    The 19 newly acquired 10-cubic meter capacity VTUs can clean around 190 septic tanks per day, and will reinforce Maynilad’s delivery of sanitation services for customers who are not yet connected to the sewer network.

    In 2019, Maynilad was able to clean more than 147,900 septic tanks and treat nearly 233 million liters of septage. The septage that it collects is brought to the water company’s Septage Treatment Facilities for processing and treatment. Its by-product is then transported to a processing plant so it can be converted to organic fertilizer.

    Maynilad’s wastewater infrastructure network currently includes 19 Sewage Treatment Plants, two joint sewage and septage treatment plants, and one septage treatment plant, with a combined treatment capacity of an estimated 664,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day.

    SMC readies food relief effort

    San Miguel Corp.(SMC) is mobilizing its resources to quickly deliver much-needed food relief to the Bicol region and other provinces hit by super typhoon Rolly.

    SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said the company is channeling, initially, food products for Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon Province, Romblon, Marinduque, Laguna, and Batangas.

    The company, according to Ang, expects the amount of food donations to go higher as it looks to deliver aid to more affected provinces in the coming days.

    The super typhoon also affected many other areas in Luzon, including Cavite, Metro Manila, and parts of Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan, Rizal, Mindoro among others.

    MVP Group launches livelihood  projects

    In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PLDT has recently initiated a livelihood program to support Solidarity with Orphans and Widows (SOW), a community of sewers from the Payatas district in Quezon City. The group was commissioned to produce washable and reusable face masks included in the hygiene kits that PLDT distributed to its adopted public schools and some communities.

    Maynilad through its Kapwa-Green Badge Pivot,  activated its STM or Samahang Tubig Maynilad clusters for various livelihood programs. STM is a pro-poor service delivery scheme where informal settlers are organized and trained to effectively manage small-scale water service systems in their areas.

    Smart is pushing to continue giving incentives to hardworking prepaid load retailers by revamping its annual Smart Ka-Partner Rewards Program. With the theme ‘Simple Umasenso, Ka-Partner,’ the online retailer assembly series underscores the goal to help partner-retailers hurdle the challenges of the global health crisis.

    Meralco allowed its SMEs and big business customers to continue their operations with a waived Guaranteed Minimum Billing Demand, where commercial and industrial accounts under fixed-cost payment contracts that used to pay a set amount whether that electricity is used or not were just billed for actual energy consumed.

    PayMaya has partnered with non-profit organization Go Negosyo and the Department of Trade and Industry  to establish the Sulong Negosyo campaign, which aids MSMEs in their transition to digitalization.

    Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. has said there will be no job cuts in its roster of tellers reassigned to handle customer service for RFID, and those deployed in different site offices in ongoing road constructions.

    The MPIC Hospital Group has an ongoing project-based urgent hiring of nurses. Successful applicants will be offered attractive packages and guaranteed COVID insurance and transportation costs for those coming from the provinces.

    Hiace Commuter Oil-In offer

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is helping drivers and operators of Hiace Commuters being used in business restart their livelihood so they can in turn serve more Filipinos in need of reliable and safe way of getting to their destinations.

    TMP has announced its Oil-In promo which entitles owners of commercially used Hiace Commuter vans discounted change oil and filter services from any Toyota dealer nationwide. With this offer, Hiace Commuter models being used as school bus, UV Express, ambulance, tourist shuttle, airport shuttle, and in courier or delivery, etc. can be serviced by Toyota’s expert technicians with as much as P1,170 savings.

    The Oil-In promo for Hiace Commuters being used in businesses is available until Dec. 29 to owners of Hiace Commuters bought from any Toyota dealer since 1996. Models bought from 1996-2005 can get the change oil and filter service for only P1,599 (from original price of P2,553), while those bought from 2005 – present (except Hiace Commuter Deluxe) can be serviced for only P1,999 (from original price of P3,169).

    Everise empowers BPO agents

    Everise, a next-gen business process outsourcing (BPO) company, recently partnered with Microsoft to transform the customer experience (CX) across all touchpoints for its clients.

    To deliver an experience that matches expectations of its customers, the company has empowered its agents with the tools and intelligence they need to succeed, as well as the flexibility to work from anywhere. Everise has chosen Microsoft 365 to meet its goals, because of the productivity, security, and mobility features it offers. Today, Everise provides crisis-resilient, anywhere/anytime support to some of the world’s top B2C brands with the help of its globally dispersed teams.

    Focusing on providing services that transform customers into fans, and products into passions, Everise is adopting a strategy that blends the flexibility of work-at-home with the stability of a brick-and-mortar office to empower its employees to work from anywhere while continuing to deliver a consistent performance.

    With the help of Softline, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, Everise has successfully adopted Microsoft 365 and moved to the cloud. Now, it uses Microsoft Teams to create a more secure and high-performing work-at-home environment.

    KTM 200 Duke launched

    KTM Philippines offers the new generation 200 Duke as the perfect introduction for Filipinos aspiring to own their first KTM.

    Perfect for riders who want to upgrade to their first KTM motorcycle, the new generation 200 Duke offers a standout look and best-in-class features that will make it the Filipinos’ motorcycle of choice.

    Dubbed as The Light Heavyweight, the 200 Duke now comes out in an incredibly lighter yet hefty package with its fresh frame, enhanced ultra-compact single cylinder engine and Euro 4 emission.

    Aside from the improvements, the new KTM 200 Duke retains its defining standard features such as the halogen lamp, LED light, alloy swing arm, light torque and WP suspension.


    It is also now equipped with an undetectable ABS system that helps you brake smoothly and keeps your ride safe. And with the SuperMoto mode on, you also have the option to turn off the ABS in the rear tire. User experience also boasts of precise steering coupled with comfortable ergonomics.

    With the competitive introductory price of P159,000, it comes out in Orange and White colors. The new generation KTM 200 Duke is now available at selected KTM Authorized Dealers nationwide.

    ABS-CBN  movies now on streaming platforms

    ABS-CBN Corp. said its newly produced local movies will be released globally through streaming platforms and local cable providers while most cinemas remain closed due to the pandemic risk.

    ABS-CBN Films has partnered with streaming platform iWantTFC and digital site to reach Filipino communities around the globe, and Philippine cable companies SKYcable and Cignal to serve film buffs in various parts of the country.

    For only P150 per film, audiences will get 48-hour access to new movies in their chosen platform.

    Smartmatic tech enables LA County Fil-Ams to vote in Filipino

     For the 2020 United States Presidential election, Los Angeles County deployed its voter-centered Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP). Using touchscreen ballot marking devices (BMD) built by Smartmatic, Filipino-American  voters were able to select their native language in order to choose their leaders.

    More than half of LA County’s population speaks a language other than English at home. To make the voting process as inclusive as possible, voting instructions and ballots were made available in 13 languages on the BMD’s touchscreen, as well as in audio instructions provided for those with disabilities.

    This was the first deployment in a presidential election of the VSAP system. With this voter-centered solution, the county replaced its previous system with an entirely new model, overhauling nearly every aspect of the elections, including processes, locations, voting days, and registration procedures.

    Smartmatic was hired by the county to manufacture 31,100 ballot marking devices, develop the backend software to manage the devices, and provide systems integration services.


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