Meralco gets 2 bronze wins at Asia-Pacific Stevie

    Following five bronze wins for its 2019 sustainability report and One Meralco Foundation initiatives during COVID-19 at the prestigious 2020 International Business Stevie Awards, Meralco won an additional two bronze trophies at the recently concluded 2020 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

    The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier international business awards program, and the Asia-Pacific competition pits the best communications campaigns and business innovations from 29 nations in the Asia-Pacific region.

    One of Meralco’s wins was for a communication campaign called, Energy Efficiency, a Mandate: Understand. Comply. Profit, a narrative on the utility’s understanding of its role in nation-building and sustainability beyond power distribution. Meralco has evolved into an end-to-end energy solutions provider via services offered by its subsidiaries like solar and energy efficiency solutions.

    Meralco’s second award was for its digital publication, with entry title, Power Club: Brighter Partnerships for Tomorrow.

    Winners in the seventh annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards were announced last July 2020. The list of Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners is available at

    In spite of the pandemic and the resulting restrictions in movement, Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric distribution utility, has been relentless in communicating the relevance and benefits of energy efficiency solutions in the form of webinars and virtual meetings and digital platforms, such as Power Club.

    Project Karinderya nourishes communities

    Karinderya owners are provided training on food preparation, food safety, and customer service.

    COVID-19 Civil Society Sector Organizations (CSO) & Private Sector Coalition (NGO Collab) and member Bayanihan Musikahan have tapped Jollibee Group Foundation in their advocacy of keeping karinderyas alive during this pandemic.

    Under Project Karinderya, every karinderya that is part of the project serves meals to 20 families in their community for a period of 30 days. Families receive vouchers which they use to claim the food from the karinderyas.

    “Aside from ensuring food access in depressed communities, the hope is for Project Karinderya to help ensure that local economic activities in the target communities can continue, especially as these karinderyas have had to stop their operations when the lockdowns were put in place,” said Jollibee Group Foundation executive director Gisela Tiongson.

    Jollibee Group Foundation on the other hand provides training on systems for food preparation, food safety, and customer service to help further empower and capacitate karinderya owners.

    As of November, Project Karinderya has served 30-day meal subsidies in the form of meal vouchers to 1,000 families through 50 karinderyas. Currently, 240 more karinderyas are providing meals to 4,800 families until December.

    Kabataang Digital campaign launched

    Google joins the National Privacy Commission (NPC) in launching Kabataang Digital, a local advocacy that enjoins parents and educators in promoting a safe online environment for the youth.

    YouTube, together with content creators, will serve as the project’s main platform, focused on digital citizenship, online safety, and children’s data privacy rights protection.

    The official Kabataang Digital YouTube channel will creatively tackle topics on responsible digital citizenship, value of protecting personal identifiable information and the role of parents in safeguarding their child’s data privacy.

    Aside from its YouTube channel, Kabataang Digital will have its own website where other content will be available including interactive games for children. Google is also supporting “Safe Space”, a privacy book for the youth created by CANVAS, commissioned by Globe Telecom in partnership with the National Privacy Commission.

    Nike, 3M collaborate on new collection

    Nike and 3M have teamed up for a highly anticipated, design-led collaboration that features best-in-class 3M innovation applied to iconic sneaker franchises like Force, Air Max and Blazer.

    Brian Rice, 3M’s vice president of brand and design, said the collaboration highlights the value of design in bringing our world-leading 3M technologies to life in a way that improves the customer experience.

    The Nike premium collection offers great features in both technology and design integrating new materials and style that make these a must-have.

    Asticom provides job opportunities

    Support and shared service provider Asticom Technology has redoubled its efforts to offer more opportunities that would generate jobs suited to what the market currently needs.

    Various initiatives such as Project Alalay, an online platform for talents searching for employment opportunities, has allowed Asticom to provide job opportunities for Filipinos even amid trying times.

    Despite government restrictions especially during the first few months of the community quarantine, Asticom was able to open 2,814 opportunities to job seekers, a quarter of which were given to fresh graduates, employees with no prior working experience, and skilled workers. These range from a wide variety of specializations that may be categorized under IT, sales and marketing, engineering, and other administrative support functions.

    Asticom is prioritizing a holistic approach by upskilling its people and managing business operations to adapt to the new normal.

    The company provides shared services from entry level to managerial roles to a multitude of industries including telecommunications, financial technology, information technology, retail, health, logistics, automotive, banking, education, real estate, and aviation.

    Holcim helps Marawi build over 200 houses

    More than 200 houses for families displaced by the conflict in Marawi have been built under the partnership of Holcim Philippines Inc., the United Nations Human Settlement Program  and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  to support the rebuilding of the city.

    The houses will benefit 1,275 individuals who were displaced due to the 2017 conflict in Marawi.

    Close to 40,000 bags of general purpose cement Holcim Excel were used to build the structures assisted by the 116 workers who underwent masonry training under the company’s Galing Mason program. This is part of the Phase-1 of the project the UN-Habitat in partnership with the Government of Japan, the Task Force Bangon Marawi, and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development. The next phases are expected to commence next year.

    Online shopping made better with McDonald’s

    McDonald’s LazMall store was officially opened to connect more people to the brand’s  offers, alongside select premium merchandise that will only be available through LazMall.

    The LazMall store can be a great way to buy McDo favorites in bulk for group selections, Christmas McCeleb bundles, and McDo Party Box packages.

    Mega Meals Bundle, Group Selections, McDo Party Box, Secret Menu are also featured in LazMall.

    Some of the ollectible items available are the McDonald’s Fries Pillow, graphic apron, pencil case, etc.

    Filipino contractors send relief, equipment to worst typhoon-hit areas

    The Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) mobilized its member construction firms, chapters, and affiliates to provide relief goods for the families affected by the recent typhoons Rolly and Ulysses and 50 units of equipment, including dump trucks, back hoe, skid hoe, and payloaders, and manpower to operate the machines for clearing the streets blocked by in Marikina and Bulacan, among others.

    The group created the PCA Task Force to respond to the needs of the different provinces and mobilized the delivery of much needed construction materials to help rebuild damaged houses in the Cagayan Valley region.

    Among those who have extended help were DDT Konstract Inc., EEI Corp., DATEM, C.M. Pancho Construction, DDT Konstract, Megawide Construction, EEI, J.E. Manalo Construction, Will Decena and Associates Inc., Monark, PCA Marivalley Chapter (Big Boy Construction, JAPCON, and Numerit), PCA Metro (MAC), Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors Inc., and Tokwing Construction.

    PCA General Counsel Atty. Ellen Francisco tapped the UST Law Alumni Foundation for 110 sacks of rice sent to Cagayan.

    Other contributors to the PCA relief efforts were CW Home Depot, DM Wenceslao, LIVAN Trade, Bulakeño General Contractors Association, Inc., Contractors Association of Negros Oriental, Inc. (CANOI) – RACCT Construction, Cebu Contractors Association (CCA), Davao Constructors Association Center Inc. (DCACI), PCA Metropolitan, PCA Pangasinan (with CA Dion Construction), Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors Inc. (ACEL), Women in Infrastructure (WIFI), Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Constructors and Suppliers Inc. (SPECS), and American Concrete Institute Philippines (ACIP).

    SKY Fiber’s AlterNet offers backup plan for a crisis-proof business

    Having a back-up internet plan is a way to avert the costs of sudden loss of internet connectivity of one’s primary internet plan. This is the basic entrepreneurial advice that Chinkee Tan, a financial coach, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, lives by.

    “As an entrepreneur or homemaker, we cannot afford to lose our internet since we cannot miss inquiries, meetings, and online transactions because it will cost us. So what solution would be perfect? I tell my entire team: ‘We need to have a backup internet plan,” said Chinkee in his latest vlog.

    SKY Fiber shares his sentiment as it recently introduced the AlterNet plan, the country’s first postpaid backup home internet product. By subscribing to SKY Fiber AlterNet, work-from-home professionals, and online business operators won’t have to miss virtual meetings, product orders, inquiries, and other digital transactions even if their primary service provider experiences technical issues or signal fluctuations due to extreme weather conditions.

    Subscribers can access unlimited internet connection worth P199 and with a base speed of up to 1.5Mbps, which is enough for basic online activities such as sending light emails, replying to a chat message and browsing through the web or social media sites.

    The plan also offers top-up speed options for more demanding work tasks. Subscribers can opt for speeds of up to 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps with a 5 to 15-day duration for a minimal cost.

    SKY Fiber AlterNet plan is now available in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Cebu & Davao.


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