A Bangon Capiznon beneficiary shows off fish harvest for the month of October.

    Capiz fisherfolk reap benefits from Pilmico fish farm training

     Earlier this year, beneficiaries of Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico’s Bangon Capiznon initiative reaped the benefits of technical assistance provided by Pilmico, following the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula in Capiz.

    This aid has consistently helped them weather the challenges of COVID-19, allowing them to earn more and post better fish growth amid the health crisis.

    Last February, the Pilmico Aqua Feeds team turned over 1.3 million bangus fry to help Capiz fishermen rebuild their typhoon-depleted fish stocks. Roxas City was one of the areas severely affected by the December 2019 Typhoon Ursula.

    Capiz fishermen and fish cage owners were provided with technical knowledge to promote a better fish-growing environment.

    Because of this technical assistance, the fishermen were able to secure additional earnings from February to October 2020. Compared to other brands, Pilmico’s aqua feeds facilitated faster and better growth, with an average of 15 to 20 days earlier harvesting time. The Bangon Capiznon beneficiaries were able to harvest 15 tons of fish or approximately 13,607 kilograms.

    Aside from the training, Pilmico also provides consistent support through flexible feed payment terms, speeding up business recovery, and by helping close technical knowledge gaps in proper fish cage management and aqua feeds ratios.

    Aboitiz unveils expansion plans for West Cebu Industrial Park

    West Cebu Industrial Park (WCIP) hosts 11 locators from medium to heavy industries.

    Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc. (CIPDI)—a joint venture between the Aboitiz Group and the Tsuneishi Group of Japan— is set to expand West Cebu Industrial Park (WCIP) to take advantage of strong demand from foreign and local locators for industrial spaces.

    WCIP, strategically located in the industrial belt west side of Cebu, is currently a 540-hectare mixed-use development, anchored by a 283-hectare Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) registered zone that has complementary commercial, institutional, and residential components. It hosts 11 locators from medium to heavy industries, some of which are the biggest shipbuilding firms in the world, making Balamban the Shipbuilding Capital of the Philippines. It recently landed its third shipbuilding firm, Advanced Catamaran Composites.

    With the proposed new development, WCIP is set to grow by an additional 30 hectares over the next three years, allowing for more industrial spaces, commercial centers, transport terminals, dormitories, and even leisure components for tourists. New locators and businesses that will be brought in are expected to yield up to 5,000 new jobs for the community.

    The initial success of WCIP enabled the estate to grow from 202 to 540 hectares. More than 14,000 skilled workers are being employed by its industrial and commercial locators. The expansion hopes to continue WCIP’s growth story and turn Balamban into a vibrant city.

    The Joys of Christmas at SM MOA


    Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano (second from right) led the lighting ceremony of the 60 ft. Giant Christmas tree at the SM Mall of Asia. She is joined by SM Mall of Asia’s SAVP for Operations Perkin So (left), and SM Mall of Asia’s Mall Manager Amy Gonzales and (second from the right) and SM SVP for Marketing Jon Jon San Agustin (right).

    MVP Group ramps up relief efforts

    Companies and foundations under the leadership of Manuel V Pangilinan recently reached out to communities and survivors of Typhoon Rolly  by providing immediate relief assistance.

    Assistance included relief packs, medical, remediation work as well as communication  aid from  Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc., One Meralco Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Smart Sales Team, TV5 News Team and Maynilad Water Services Inc.

    Shopee taps MultiSys as technology partner

    Shopee recently sealed a partnership with leading software solutions and system integration company Multisys Technologies Corp. to expand its online services—creating a one-stop-shop online system to add more features within the e-commerce platform.

    Through the partnership, MultiSys is now providing technology support and system integrations to one of Asia’s largest online shopping platforms, incorporating more e-services to its application. This will enable Shopee users to utilize the platform beyond shopping as they will now have the option to settle their daily obligations in the comfort of their homes.

    Starting  November 9, users can access the new services right from their mobile phones.

    Shopee is currently offering Coins Cashback promo for those who will utilize the new services. Users may log in to the Shopee app and enjoy up to 250 Coins Cashback.

    Honda gives customers a P5K  treat

    Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) offers a great treat to Honda owners through its referral program for the BR-V and All-New City.

    Until Dec.31, 2020, all current Honda owners who are interested to refer a BR-V and All-New City buyer may download the referral here and submit the necessary requirements to the referee’s preferred dealership. Upon every successful referral, Honda customers will receive P5,000 worth of e-gift certificates.

    Launched last October 22,  the All-New City is available with special all-in low downpayment offers.

    Pinoy ‘heroes’ take the spotlight

    To celebrate its 10th anniversary as one of the world’s leading apps for free and easy communication, Viber brings their users to the spotlight by launching Heroes of Viber, a mini-video series that features 14 unique stories of how the app impacted people’s lives around the world.

    Among the featured Viber heroes are Filipino superadmins KG Sison and Celina Payawal, whose Communities became two of the most popular ones amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sison is the founder of Homebaking Community, which was initially dedicated to bakers who were looking for supplies before evolving into a support group for baking enthusiasts during quarantine. Payawal, meanwhile, is the creator of Gym & Fitness Marketplace MM, which helps sellers of workout equipment connect with potential buyers who want to stay fit and healthy especially in a pandemic.

    The video campaign marks Viber’s 10th year anniversary and celebrates the company’s growth into one of the world’s most widely used messaging apps.

    Since its debut 10 years ago, Viber has offered breakthrough features such as free VoIP calls, group video chats, fun stickers, and top-notch security protocols by default to preserve user data privacy.

    New kojic acid technology

    Kojiesan, the country’s number one kojic acid soap, has created the latest  innovation, the Zero Pigment Light, that offers the  lightening benefits of kojic acid  on  dark spots, age spots, scars, melasma, and hyperpigmentation for a lighter even skin tone.

    The innovation is now available in Kojiesan’s dermatologically tested and paraben-free line of soaps Kojiesan Skin Lightening Classic Soap and Kojiesan Skin Lightening HydroMoist Soap, and new body wash variant Kojiesan Skin Lightening Body Wash with HydroMoist.

    Kojiesan’s Zero Pigment Light innovation goes with its Command Beauty campaign that shuns restrictive beauty standards

    Kojiesan  products are available in supermarkets and drugstores nationwide, as well as Kojiesan’s official LazMall on Lazada and Beauty MNL.

    Ford PH goes virtual to celebrate Global Caring Month

    Ford Philippines turned to virtual volunteer activities to celebrate Global Caring Month last September as part of its commitment to give back and support community service projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The annual social responsibility event sees thousands of Ford employees and dealer employees from around the world take time to participate in various community projects.

    Ford employees served as virtual volunteers in different learning sessions under Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) Paraisong Pambata program that benefitted the kids from GK Diageo-Yolanda Village in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Through video conferencing, the employee volunteers conducted activities such as storytelling, art and crafts making, board games, and tutorials to learn more about health and safety during the pandemic.

    Two virtual learning sessions benefitted over 50 kids from the GK community. Aside from virtual volunteer activities, Ford employees also donated school and art supplies to the kids for their use in their online classes.

    Ford PH CSR. To commemorate Ford Volunteer Corps’ 15 years of serving communities, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund recognized 15 global “All-Star” employee volunteers for their passion, leadership and commitment to volunteering.

    One of the recipients of the prestigious recognition is Josephine Gonzalez, Government and Corporate Affairs Director, Ford Philippines. Gonzalez spearheaded Ford’s relationship with GK, American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Philippines Foundation and other NGO partners, engaging employees and dealers as Ford Philippines’ Volunteer Corps to drive programs focused on four basic needs: accessible healthcare, community housing, clean water and meals for school children.

    Ford Philippines has been recognized in recent years for its corporate social responsibility activities by AMCHAM Philippines, the U.S. Embassy and the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists.


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