Isuzu PH turns over  PUVs

    Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) on November 20, officially turned over five Isuzu QKR Class 3 modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to the New Bayambang UV Express Transport Corp. as part of the latter’s modernization.

    Ideal for longer routes, the front facing units will ply the roads of Bayambang – Dagupan via Malasiqui.

    The turnover ceremony was held at the Bayambang Town Plaza, with IPC officials led by its president Hajime Koso.

    The activity marked the resumption of a series of turnovers of modernized PUVs from IPC to the various transport groups and cooperatives across the country, after the government eased the community quarantine restrictions that aimed to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    JG Summit cited for digital transformation

    Carlos Santos,  JG Summit Holdings Inc. group chief information officer  and Corporate IT Shared Services leader Carlos Santos was recently named by the International Data Corp. (IDC) as the 2020 DX Leader for the Philippines at the 4th IDC Digital Transformation Awards Philippines.

    Santos bagged the award for leading the overall strategy, implementation, and operations of the Corporate IT (CIT) group from a consulting organization into a CIT Customer-focused organization for JG Summit. This approach is aligned with IDC’s definition of Digital Transformation (DX) in which organizations drive changes in their business models and business ecosystems by leveraging 3rd-Platform technologies and competencies.

    Santos and JG Summit successfully adopted and migrated to a cloud platform and saw the implementation of cloud-based collaboration, productivity, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions across the conglomerate’s business units using SAP solutions.

    JG Summit started using SAP Solutions in 2007 to start its digital transformation. As a DX leader, Santos and his group embarked on an SAP S/4HANA Roadmap to upgrade all their systems to S/4 HANA Enterprise, and fully maximize all of its capabilities and features by 2026.

    Aboitiz steps up relief efforts

    Aboitiz Foundation, together with the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), turned over drinking water, relief packs and 1,000 sleeping kits to affected families in Marikina and Rodriguez, Rizal.

    Medicines worth P1.2 million have also been purchased by Aboitiz Foundation for distribution to Cagayan Isabela, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya. Apart from this, the Foundation also earmarked P1.5 million to purchase roof construction materials for the typhoon-affected families that lost their houses in various municipalities in Albay.

    AboitizPower subsidiary and renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power is currently distributing P3.5 million-worth of relief packs in Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan.

    Aboitiz integrated food business unit Pilmico assembled additional relief packs for distribution in Quezon and Camarines Norte for the benefit of around 600 families.

    Aboitiz Foundation immediately set up donation pages in its crowdsourcing platform ‘KINDer by Aboitiz’ to raise additional funds to enable continuous flow of relief goods to the affected areas.

    LRMC to launch ‘Bayad Center sa LRT-1’

    The Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) has announced a new partnership with outsourced payment collection pioneer, Bayad Center.

    Under this partnership, bills payment is made easier and more accessible for LRT-1 commuters with over 300 types of bills accepted from utilities, telecommunications and cable, government contributions and loan payments, travel, and airline ticketing companies.

    LRT-1 Balintawak station is the pilot site for the Bayad Center sa LRT-1. A ticket booth will be transformed into a Bayad Center lane where commuters can pay their bills.

    The Bayad Center sa LRT-1 at Balintawak Station will be open to the public by December. Bill payments can be made daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and only cash payments will be accepted for the meantime.

    LRMC and Bayad Center made their partnership official in a virtual signing ceremony of the memorandum of agreement .

    Cebu Pacific further enhances self-service options
    through online Manage Booking

    Cebu Pacific continues to add self-service features to its online Manage Booking portal, to make it more convenient for travelers. Passengers can now easily update their information, including name, birthday, nationality and salutations through


    Requests to correct misspelled names and other details are often raised through the airline’s call center and chat support. They will be able to make corrections to their first or last name within 24 hours from the time the booking is made, as long as they have not yet checked in for the flight. This does not make bookings transferrable, but having this feature enables guests to easily correct details on their own, making the whole experience hassle-free.

    Similarly, information such as birth date, nationality, and salutations may also be corrected one time, at no cost. These may be updated until two hours before scheduled time of departure, prior to checking in for the flight.

    In cases of change of birth year resulting to an upgrade in passenger classification, such as infant to child or child to adult, corresponding fees may be paid online as well.

    For information that need to be updated due to legal reasons, such as change in civil status, guests will only be required to submit documents supporting such for manual processing of our agents. Apart from the above, passengers may also update their contact information and addresses multiple times as necessary, provided that they have not yet checked-in for their flights.

    Delta to resume service to US from Manila

    Delta will resume service between Manila and the United States on Jan. 2, 2021.

    The flights to Seattle and Atlanta from Manila will be operated via Seoul-Incheon, Delta’s trans-Pacific hub with its joint venture partner Korean Air.

    The Manila-Incheon route will be operated with Delta’s latest widebody aircraft, Airbus A330-900neo, which offers premium products and services, including all four Delta seat products: Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, and Main Cabin.

    The Incheon-Atlanta route continues to be operated with Delta’s International flagship aircraft, Airbus A350-900, which first introduced Delta One Suites and Delta Premium Select to the trans-Pacific market in October 2017.

    PCPPI extends aid to typhoon victims

    Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc.—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines—donated thousands of hydration drinks to benefit various areas in Luzon, as part of the company’s post-disaster food relief operations for areas severely affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

    PCPPI distributed almost two thousand cases of Pepsi Cola products, or around 40,000 bottles, to respond to the needs of families and communities from Bicol, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and North Luzon.

    “The consecutive typhoons have greatly affected our countrymen in Luzon. This is while the country reels from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. To help them recover, PCPPI is sending those products to continuously hydrate and refresh them as they slowly aim to get back on their feet. And we hope to let them know that we are thinking of them and that we are here ready to help,” said PCPPI president Frederick Ong.

    The company distributed to some municipalities in Albay, Isabela, and Cagayan, which were some of the most adversely affected provinces by the recent disasters. PCPPI has also been closely coordinating with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices for an efficient distribution system of the products to the target communities. 

    Umá, Gourmet Gypsy launch Farm to Feed

    iFarms Inc. and Gourmet Gypsy (GG) have partnered on an initiative to feed and serve hot-meals to thousands of evacuees affected by Typhoon Ulysses through a donation drive called Farm to Feed.

    As of November 17, the donation drive has provided 5,000 meals to three major barangays in Marikina and given 1,000 kilos of fresh produce to Cainta, Rizal. The team will continue its donation efforts until it has best reached its targets.

    Fresh harvest and timely supply was mobilized through the Umá app, where they work with partner growers from Nueva Vizcaya and other adjacent regional farms to ensure supply into the GG commissary.

    Umá- your local farm access – mobile app was recently launched on the Google Play store to serve as an online agri-marketing tool that enables independent family farms/growers to provide consumers access to timely harvest. The key features of this application include providing harvest forecast for its stakeholders, simplifies ordering process, and enables a more efficient payment system.

    Donations made to the Farm to Feed donation drive  will be used to procure vegetables and other produce from Umá growers and transport them to Gourmet Gypsy’s commissary in Maginhawa, Quezon City, who is in charge of preparing ready-to-eat meals for the evacuees. From Gourmet Gypsy, the meals will be dispatched to targeted communities by their partners, Land Rover Club of the Philippines.

    The proceeds may be used to sponsor Farm to Feed boxes, which cost P500 per box. One box makes about 15 meals and contains eggs, beans, carrots, taro/gabi, potatoes, wombok, garlic, red onion, kamote, pomelos, and tomatoes.


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