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    Metrobank employees join hands for greater cause 

    In celebration of Metrobank’s 58th anniversary, Metrobankers nationwide decided to skip their traditional anniversary meal allowance and instead donated it for a greater cause. Over 14,000 Metrobankers gathered as one community to raise the donation amount of P2,358,158.58 for the benefit of communities identified to have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

    Born out of malasakit and a meaningful anniversary challengeMetrobank and the Metrobank Foundation boosted this employee initiated donation with an additional P1,000,000.00, which form part of the P2,000,000.00 grant that the Metrobank Foundation pledged in the Anniversary Grants Turnover Ceremony.

    The employee donation drive will be able to feed more than 67,000 individuals through the Kindness Kitchens of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

    The total donation amounting to P3,358,158.58 was formally turned over to McDonald’s Philippines Managing Director and RMHC Vice President Margot Torres and RMHC Executive Director Marie Angeles. The virtual turnover ceremony was led by Metrobank Executives namely, Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto Sobrepeña, Human Resources & Management Group Heads Vivian Tiu and Gerboy Ortega, Chief Marketing Officer Digs Dimagiba, and Operations Group Head Bob Murga. Representatives from the bank’s Corporate Affairs, HR, and the Metrobank Foundation witnessed the turnover. 

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    Shell shares three Cs for business continuity amid pandemic


    As the economy slowly starts to reopen after months of lockdown due to COVID-19, Pilipinas Shell is sharing its three-fold recovery strategy for business continuity with companies that are looking to jumpstart recovery.

    During the 52nd FINEX Conference recently held virtually Pilipinas Shell’s Chief Financial Officer Jose Jerome Pascual said the ability to manage needs and knowing the market well can help overcome uncertainties amid the pandemic. He added that the company managed to further enhance business resilience by adapting relevant business models to the current environment and new customer needs through Shell’s 3 Cs approach: care, continuity, and cash.

    Under the pillar of care, Shell extends holistic support to its employees and beneficiaries through financial assistance and programs that take care of their mental health or their current status working at home.

    Continuity means that Shell has taken steps to ensure seamless, efficient, and undisrupted operations at the height of the pandemic.

    Pascual said that Shell’s approach to cash hinges on ”setting up a robust cash governance framework and implementing cash management strategies including great reductions in costs, enhancing collection efforts, and being prepared to capture market opportunities as the economy bounces back.”

    Shell Business Operation Manila’s Vice President for Global Finance Process Lorelie Osial emphasized the need for the company’s financial transformation in a world that is evolving because of technological advancements and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The pandemic, Osial added, has pushed the company’s boundaries in its own digital transformation.


    STI Holdings launches robust learning management systems

    STI Holdings, owner of one of the country’s largest network of schools, has quickly responded to the needs of its students under the new normal of education through its robust learning management systems (LMS).

    In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the group said that the LMS is being used by 70,223 students across its network for school year (SY) 2020-21.

    Aside from the students, 1,885 teachers use the platforms to access 18,794 courses or uploads of subjects, modules, and orientation materials across the network.

    STI Education Services Group (STI ESG), the largest of the group’s subsidiaries, and STI WNU were swift to strengthen their existing blended learning methods and introduced the Online and Onsite Education at STI (ONE STI) Learning Model for this school year.

    STI launched its blended learning model which uses its eLearning Management System (eLMS) in 2014. Under this system, students are able to continue with their studies at home uninterrupted despite any physical classroom disruptions.

    In addition, STI ESG and STU WNU have begun implementing the Parent Partnership Education Program (PPEP) to help parents and guardians support their children in their education amid the new normal. They are also given their own eLMS accounts to monitor their children’s progress.

    The first webinar, entitled “Role of Parents in Supporting Students’ Online Learning” will be livestreamed on November 23, aiming to explain the implication of distance learning on parenting and their role in supporting their children’s’ psychological well-being.

    This episode would be followed by “Data Privacy: Protecting Our Online Learners,” which aims to discuss the importance of data for educators and how parents and guardians can protect the privacy of their children.


    Cargill PH launches 360° Protection against ASF

    Cargill Philippines recently launched Cargill 360° Protection, a holistic solution composed of products, programs and services designed to help protect pig farm businesses from the African swine fever  virus in all ways possible.

    The Cargill 360 Protection program offers a holistic approach that will reduce the risk of diseases in local farms and strengthen the immunity of the herd in four main areas: Farm Biosecurity, Feed Hygiene, Enhanced Immunity, and Pig Growability.

    This solution has been implemented in other countries like Vietnam and China with similar circumstances to ours. Studies have been conducted by the Cargill research team, and an end-to-end solution like this would be our best bet in lieu of a vaccine.

    From the environment to the feeds and animals, business and consumes, the Cargill 360° Protection works to protect all stages of swine business as Cargill continues to stay committed to help farmers succeed.


    Alagang Unilab holds forum on steam inhalation

    Unilab Inc.  through its Alagang Unilab: HealthierPH Series launched a virtual symposium that talked about the pros and cons of steam inhalation recently.

    Dubbed “To steam or not to steam: A discussion on Steam Inhalation as a Health Remedy,” pulmonologist and biochemist Dr. Earl Louis A. Sempio helped shed some light on the various misinformation surrounding the treatment modality.

    Steam inhalation, tuob or suob in local parlance, is the process of inhaling water vapor to relieve stuffy nose brought by a cold or sinus infection.

    While steam inhalation alleviates the symptoms of nasal congestion, Sempio stressed that it is not a cure as the steam does not address the virus that caused it.

    Amid the pandemic, Sempio strongly discourages steam inhalation for coronavirus patients. He also discourages the use of steam inhalation with patients suffering from an infectious condition like tuberculosi

    Alagang Unilab: HealthierPH Series is part of Unilab’s initiatives in reaching out to the public to provide relevant health information on primary healthcare and chronic conditions.