Academic assistance

    Alsons Power Group – Mindanao’s first private sector power producer and 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz are partners for a scholarship program that benefits young aspiring athletes. The program is part of the company’s commitment to help provide more educational opportunities for young people in Zamboanga City, where Alsons Power is the primary supplier of electricity thru its 100-megawatt) Western Mindanao Power Corp. power plant in the eastern portion of the city.

    The partnership between Alsons and Diaz aims to produce world-class Filipino weightlifters and support the country’s efforts in eventually winning gold in the Olympics. To date, 15 power scholars have been inducted into the program. The initial batch of five power scholars were named in 2017 and have gone on to participate and win medals in international competitions.

    Alsons Power currently has a portfolio of four power facilities serving over eight million people in 14 cities and 11 provinces in Mindanao.

    SM Investments cited among best-managed companies

    SM Investments Corp.  (SMIC) was cited among the best-managed companies in the Philippines by Alpha Southeast Asia magazine based on its 10th annual corporate-institutional poll for 2020.

    SMIC topped Best Senior Management Investor Relations Support and has been cited for this award for the sixth consecutive year. SMIC was ranked first in the Best Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility category, its sixth straight year for this award.

    Other awards included Most Organized Investor Relations for the ninth year in a row; Most Consistent Dividend Policy for the fourth straight year. SMIC was also the only Philippine company to receive Best Annual Report, its second time to receive the award.

    “We thank Alpha Southeast Asia for this recognition and the investor community for its confidence. This gives us much encouragement as we endeavor to uphold good governance and sustainability across our businesses,” SMIC president Frederic . DyBuncio said.

    “As one of Asia’s leading conglomerates, SM Investments Corporation is among a handful of companies that is well positioned given its diversified retail network and company-wide commitment to sustainability, inclusive growth and value creation,” said Siddiq Bazarwala, Publisher, Alpha Southeast Asia.

    “Walang Maiiwan”

    At a time when small businesses are closing their doors and sending their employees home, Ayala Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala encourages “like-minded” business groups to help resuscitate micro, small and medium enterprises, thereby preserving and creating jobs.

    In this year’s Sustainability Summit hosted by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Philippines, Zobel, 2017 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals pioneer, urged businesses to increase collaboration on issues of overarching national importance. “I believe that all businesses, big or small, stand to benefit during this time if we all collaborate on a shared goal rather than stick to the traditional business instinct of maximizing competitive advantage,” he said.

    At the onset of the pandemic and quarantine, the Ayala Group took the pain together with the 250,000 small enterprises within its ecosystem via rent condonation, waiving of fees, and payment extension. To this day, Ayala Land offers significant rent support for partner merchants (P5.6 billion as of end- September). BPI BanKo waives P24-million of fees and offers loan restructuring to 5,500 businesses. Meanwhile, Manila Water and Globe implement flexible payment terms for utility bills. Even Ayala group employees took money out of their own pockets and raised P149 million to support staff under no-work, no-pay arrangements.

    URC-Thailand among best companies to work for in Asia

     Universal Robina Corp.’s (URC) subsidiary in Thailand has been named as among the “Best Companies to Work for in Asia”, for a work culture that values its employees as key resources.

    The award was given by HR Asia, regarded as an authoritative regional publisher on human resources.

    URC (Thailand) Co. Ltd. was among 38 companies to be recognized out of a field of 138 firms.

    The companies were selected through a survey that measured different aspects of employee engagement. These covered culture and ethics, leadership and organization, active initiatives, emotional engagement, employee intention and motivation, behavior and advocacy, collective consciousness, workplace sentiment and team dynamics.

    “One of the reasons for our company’s sustainable momentum is the high priority we place on all our employees as key resources,” said Matthew Dy, URC-Thailand’s HR director, who received the award.

    Established over 20 years ago, URC Thailand manufactures and exports brands such as Jack ‘n Jill Fun-O, Tivoli, Roller Coaster, Lausanne, Dewberry, Dynamite and Lush.

    It has a factory, research and development center and warehouses at the Samutsakorn Industrial Estate, and a head office in Bangkok.

    Changing the face of direct selling

    “Improving lives through rewarding business opportunities”. This is the mission of

    TAYO Direct Sales, the direct selling business unit of Prime Global Corp., aims to be the preferred direct selling company for personal care, household and health and wellness by the Filipino people.

    TAYO introduces and launches innovative and quality home care, protective skincare, nutraceuticals, and baby care products into the direct sales market that are geared toward the well-being of consumers.

    It offers products from high quality brands like HauzPro, Pedia Treats, Seriously White, Ultra C, Active Joints, Growfast, and Gentle Baby.

    TAYO Direct Sales advocates community development, self-reliance and financial independence by building a group of business operators who are given the highest earning opportunity in the direct sales industry. With a team of highly experienced and passionate individuals at the helm, coupled with ready access to modern technology, the company aims to provide direct sellers seamless commercial transactions and robust social media interactions through soon-to-launch-proprietary digital platforms.

    The brainchild of Dr. Rolando B. Hortaleza and Dr. Rosalinda Ang Hortaleza of Splash Corp., TAYO Direct Sales  has vowed to empower their operators and their dealers with fast-selling relevant products, the highest earning potential and responsive digital channels.

    WorldRemit waives  transfer fees

    WorldRemit, a leading digital payments platform, is waiving their fees on money transfers to the Philippines in light of the recent typhoon.

    Customers will be able to send money from across the world to the Philippines with no WorldRemit service fees on Nov. 10.

    Through the WorldRemit website or mobile App, customers can send support to their family and friends in the Philippines free of charge using the code “PHRolly” to complete the transaction. Terms and Conditions will apply.

    Miniso now online

    Shopping with Miniso is now more fun, safe, and convenient with their multiple online platforms.

    Miniso’s everyday essentials can be ordered through their Call & Shop service where customers nationwide can call the nearest participating Miniso branch to place their orders. Customers can pay online using debit or credit cards or via Miniso’s partner payments centers and wait for their items to be delivered. The list of participating branches and other details can be accessed through

    Customers can also check out Miniso’s wide variety of creative and affordable finds through Shopee and Lazada.

    Metro Manila residents can also maximize the use of Miniso’s Facebook Order Form where they can check out Miniso’s latest offerings and conveniently place their orders.

    Miniso is also now with Foodpanda categorized under the “Shop” section. Manila based customers can place their orders through the mobile app and get their items delivered fast and easy.