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    Citi PH provides P200k free COVID-19 life insurance to qualified customers

     Citi Philippines provides free BPLAC COVID-19 life insurance coverage amounting to P200,000 to almost 70 thousand customers, without any need for them to enroll or register.

    Citibank and BPI-Philam Assurance Corporation (BPLAC) has given free COVID-19 life insurance coverage to all checking and savings bank account holders, including their joint account holders, as well as to Citibank credit cardholders with active BPLAC insurance policies.

    This new benefit is given for free and qualified customers have automatically received via email the COVID-19 Life Insurance Coverage policy details which is effective for a period of 90 days from October 16, 2020 until January 13, 2021.

    “We understand that many Filipinos are facing uncertainty in these challenging times.  We are committed to support our customers at every step of the way, by providing them life, health, and financial protection when they most need it,” said Citi Philippines Consumer Bank Head Manoj Varma.

    BPLAC Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon said, “In this most trying of times, we need to provide our customers with the care and protection they and their families must have. We remain committed to being there for them no matter what, and, right now, that commitment has never been more important.”

    Under this policy, BPLAC will cover confirmed COVID-19 deaths with a Php200,000 death benefit. For current BPLAC policy owners, this is an additional Php200,000 on top of their existing plan’s benefits.

    LG announces organizational changes

    LYU JAE-CHEOL

    LG Electronics (LG) has announced organizational commitments designed to transform the global consumer electronics and appliance brand into a company that is able to better weather the coming year by turning challenges into opportunities.

    Initiatives such as promoting customer value innovation through LG’s digital transformation strategy, creating a cross-function Quality Management Center, establishing a North America Innovation Center, bolstering each company’s R&D function and giving the nascent Robot Business Division a new home in the Business Solutions Company, are some of the changes in store for the new year and beyond.

    Dan Song, president and CEO of the Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company, who took on the role at the end of 2016, leaves the company stronger than it has ever been.

    Under his leadership, the 37-year veteran of LG Electronics, steered LG’s H&A Company to the highest sales figures in its history which is a key reason for LG’s strong performance this year despite the cloud of the pandemic.

    Taking over the reins of LG’s largest company will be Lyu Jae-cheol, a 32-year veteran of LG and head of its Living Appliance Business since 2016.

    In addition to focusing on customer value, quality control, innovation, R&D and robots, LG will be creating more opportunities to reinforce its competitiveness, encourage disruptive thinking and better prepare for future uncertainties.

    All appointments are effective Dec. 1 with promotions taking effect Jan. 1, 2021.  

    Allianz PNB Life, San Juan City launch first solar-powered bike stop in PH

    Allianz PNB Life, through its Ride Safe Movement, has partnered with the local government of San Juan City for the country’s first solar-powered bike pit stop .

    The company said the bike pit stop was designed after race car pit stops at Formula 1 races and is equipped with bike parking, bikers’ resting area as well as a small footprint bike repair station complete with hanger arms, repair tools, and air pump.

    “…Through this pit stop and other safety infrastructure we have put in place in partnership with the city, we hope that more people will be encouraged to use bikes,” said Alexander Grenz, Allianz PNB Life president and chief executive officer.

    The company chose San Juan as the city has designated bike lanes with corresponding safety infrastructure along its major thoroughfares and deployed bike patrollers. It was recognized as one of the most bike-friendly cities in Metro Manila by the Mobility Awards.

    Last month, Allianz PNB Life also partnered with the local government of San Juan City to put up signage and safety bollards in the city’s biking lanes.

    PLDT, Smart reaffirm support for MSMEs

    PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. continue to recognize the hard work of local entrepreneurs in helping keep the economy afloat amid the global COVID-19 crisis.

    At the invitation of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Global Compact Network Philippines (GCNP), PLDT and Smart presented actionable solutions and policy recommendations at the GCNP – UNIDO Sustainability Summit 2020: Uniting Business to Support MSME Recovery and Resilience. The virtual event highlighted the resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have been the most impacted sector in the Philippines in this time of pandemic.

    The 2020 Sustainability Summit followed PLDT and Smart’s participation in the organization’s exclusive Business Expert Group Meetings. PLDT-Smart chief sustainability officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla shared the Group’s inputs for understanding the challenges in, and possible solutions to, the recovery and resilience-building of MSMEs amid the COVID-19 crisis.

    All Business Expert Group ambitions are anchored on the pillars of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships, and aligned with the Philippine Socio-Economic and Peace Building Framework of the United Nations and the Philippine government.

    Among the topics discussed by Cabal-Revilla was the GCNP’s goal to encourage and stimulate investments that will enable industries to contribute to the sustainable development agenda.

    “Future advocacy efforts and multi-stakeholder discourses can look at practices such as the unified multi-purpose lending program, a ladderized approach to MSME lending, sector-focused supply chain finance, and the BSP-initiated Credit Surety Fund Program, sustainability reporting, among others,” she explained.

    The PLDT Group’s support for MSMEs amid the pandemic includes the release of stimulus packages to help the sector get their businesses back on track. The offers are founded on connectivity solutions that feature PLDT Enterprise’s newest fiber broadband service BEYOND FIBER and wireless broadband Smart Biz LTE.

    Audi becoming a ‘Dementia Partner’

    Caring for loved ones with dementia is a matter of the heart for many people. At the same time, it is without doubt an enormous strain for them – especially for those who are also employed. Audi supports its employees in this challenging situation and is cooperating in this area with the Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V. (German Alzheimer’s Association). The company is the first car manufacturer in Germany to join in the “Dementia Partners” initiative.

    “We want to raise awareness of dementia,” said Ute Röding, Head of Corporate Citizenship at AUDI AG. “Our aim is to initiate an open dialogue about dementia and the care of loved ones and to remove any possible psychological barriers. As a company, we want to provide support to employees in a caregiving situation in their efforts to balance work and caregiving.” As Sabine Jansen, Executive Director of the German Alzheimer’s Association, emphasizes: “ We are pleased that Audi is becoming a part of this worldwide movement and in so doing is sending a clear signal of its social commitment.”

    Individual Audi employees can also become a Dementia Partner. This involves training to learn learn about the disease and how to deal with people living with dementia. In addition, Audi offers its employees regular lectures on “Career and caregiving” that revolve around the issue of dementia. More about the initiative at www.demenz-partner.de.

    Filipino PR executive wins People of the Year 2020 in Beijing

    PAGEONE Group chief executive officer Ron Jabal, APR has been recognized as People of the Year  2020 in the  Golden Flag Awards (GFA) – the most prestigious award-giving body for public relations and communication professionals in China. The recognition was announced during the awarding ceremonies held in Beijing, China.

    The  GFA People of the Year Award is bestowed on visionary, strategic, and innovative communication professional elites who lead the development of PR and communication professions in China and the Asia Pacific. Winners were chosen among nominees based on their contributions, achievements, reputation, team influence, PR thoughts, and innovations in the marketing field.

    Jabal is the first and only Filipino awardee and one of the only two from Southeast Asia who received the prestigious award. The other six awardees were leading PR and marketing professionals in China.

    Prior to the awarding ceremonies, Jabal was one of the keynote speakers in the Upright Influence and Sustainability Summit also held in Beijing participated by leading PR professionals in Asia Pacific.

    New Vitamin C supplement

    Sodium Ascorbate Rani-C, a non-acidic Vitamin C supplement was specifically manufactured to provide Filipinos the added daily dosage they need at an affordable price and without the discomfort many get when they take the acidic counterparts available in the market.

    At only P4 per capsule, Rani-C is one of the most affordable supplements available in the market. This ensures that Filipinos can safeguard their and their family’s immune health without hurting their wallets, especially during the pandemic.

    To further assist Filipinos’ from the threats of the virus and other infections, Rani-C is offering a limited edition Rani-C Defense kit.

    Available until supplies last, you may now get the Rani-C Defense Kit, which includes one Rani-C box with 100 capsules and a free 500ml Sure-Guard 75 percent ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer gel for only P400.

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