Toyota executives receive the SPMJ awards.

    Toyota recognized for CSR programs

    Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP), together with its social and humanitarian arm TMP Foundation, received awards for outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs during the recently concluded 4th Driven to Serve Awards bestowed by the Society of Philippine Motoring Journalists (SPMJ).

    During the virtual awarding ceremony, Toyota bagged two Gold Awards, specifically for implementing the Vegetable Garden Project in its adopted school in Santa Rosa, Laguna, and for initiating the nationwide Start Your Impossible: National Mangrove-Planting and Coastal Clean-up activity among TMP employees and Toyota dealers across the country.

    Toyota also received a Silver Award for its Breast Cancer Awareness Project for female faculty and staff at its adopted school. These programs are testament to Toyota’s long-term commitment to extend assistance to partner communities and ultimately help uplift the lives of more Filipinos. Receiving the awards for Toyota are (from left) TMP vice chairman and TMPF president Dr. David Go, TMP first vice president for Corporate Affairs Group Rommel Gutierrez and TMPF assistant vice president Ronald Gaspar.

    SoKor antigen test kit  meets DOH guidelines

    South Korean antigen test kit brand, SD BIOSENSOR has shown enough performance to meet the guidelines set by the Department of Health (DOH) in the recent evaluation conducted by local health authority Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

    The evaluation report was prepared by RITM Senior Science Research Specialist Ava Kristy D. Sy, RMT, MSc, and noted by RITM Department of Virology head Mayan U. Lumandas, MD.

    The report is based on the DOH department memorandum 2020-0468 stating that only antigen test kits validated by the RITM, the WHO-Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and other DOH-designated institutions are recommended for diagnostic testing in communities with confirmed outbreaks where RT-PCR is not immediately available. These test kits must have a minimum of 80% sensitivity in a specific real-time reverse transcriptase plymerases chain reaction (rRT-PCR) Cycle Threshold (Ct) value (e.g. 28 or 30) and 97% specificity.

    The RITM performance test found that, for samples with virus cycle threshold (Ct) values of less than 30, the SD Biosensor antigen kit has a 93.10% sensitivity while for samples with Ct values of greater than 30, the sensitivity drops to 23.08%

    The South Korean antigen test kit is currently the only antigen kit that shows enough performance on RITM evaluation to meet DOH and WHO guidelines, giving Filipinos affordable and reliable option for Covid-19 testing.

    NGCP donates over P37M to provinces hit by typhoons

    Following the passage of destructive triple typhoons, including the world’s strongest typhoon for 2020, Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni), NGCP commenced relief and restoration efforts to hard-hit provinces in Luzon.

    Over P37 million worth of grocery packs and t-shirts are being distributed to provinces hard hit by super Typhoon Rolly in the Southern Tagalog and Bicol Regions, and to flooded areas in the Cagayan Region and NCR in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses.

    “Many families and communities in the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions were displaced by the passage of three strong tropical cyclones over the past few weeks. Many others were inundated by massive floods brought about by Ulysses in the Cagayan Region and in the NCR. As a Filipino corporation operating across the country, we felt that it was necessary to go beyond our line of business and help those badly affected.  More than just restoring vital power transmission services, we wanted to do more and extend relief to these areas,” said NGCP. Thousands of sacks of rice and t-shirts, as well as tens of thousands of canned goods, bottled drinking water, noodles and other food items were distributed to about 100,000 families through local government units.

    Simultaneous with relief operations were restoration activities for the power transmission lines affected by the typhoons. NGCP deployed 4 choppers and over 1,000 personnel working in shifts, when weather and safety conditions permit, to expedite restoration works. NGCP was able to restore transmission services to all areas affected, ahead of schedule.

    National PR Congress goes digital

    The post-pandemic Philippine PR landscape, industry recovery efforts and pressing issues such as mental health in the workplace, resiliency and sustainability, equality and diversity, and leadership and communication during times of crises headline the upcoming 27th National Public Relations Congress.

    Spearheaded and organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the annual gathering of communication professionals from all over the country will  look into how practitioners can maximize the changing market dynamic to boost the industry at the same time outline trends and opportunities moving forward.

    The upcoming Congress will be held virtually for three days in February 2021. The upcoming Congress has the theme “Transcend” to communicate how the industry remains united in rising above the challenges not just to recover but also, and more importantly, to contribute to nation-building.

    Holiday celebration at Alviera

    Alviera Country Club in  Alviera Estate in Pampanga is offering activities and promos to make holiday celebrations at the club even more this year.

    Guests can enjoy first-rate club amenities and indoor and outdoor sports facilities of the club as well as the authentic Kapamangan dishes and other treats at Manyaman restaurant, Sabyan Cafe and Galo Sports bar.

    The sports bar also doubles as an event space. Also available for pickup or delivery (within the Pampanga area) are party sized platters.

    Making Spirits Bright at Novotel Manila

    ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Novotel Manila welcomes the season that keeps on giving with the Holiday Booth at the Gateway Mall Activity Area, Level 1 starting November 15 until December 15 only.

    Don’t miss out on this chance to do early Christmas shopping for you and your loved ones as we make available our best sellers and curated holiday goodies, packages, hampers and platters that will surely spark that Christmas spirit!

    For inquiries, please call landline number +632 8990 7999 or mobile number +63949 886 5591 or email

    #ItsALotBetterAtNovotel #NovotelManilaAranetaCity #CityOfFirsts #GratefulHeartists #MakingSpiritsBrightAtNovotelManila

    PH business leaders, Bill Gates to speak in World Fintech Festival

    The biggest names in the technology industry, both on an international and national level, are set to appear virtually in the World Fintech Festival (WFF), one of the most highly anticipated global online tech events which will be held from December 7-11.

    The Philippine version, also known as WFF-Philippines, will have industry icons like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, its current CEO Satya Nadella, UnionBank Vice-Chairman Tito Ortiz, Lazada President and CEO Ray Alimurung as well as tech investor Manny Pacquiao speaking during the same week. These talks can be accessed by WFF participants from all over the world, including the Philippines.

    The WFF is the globalized version of the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF),the most prestigious event in the fintech industry which in 2019 drew 60,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state, policy makers, and financial and technology (fintech) leaders.

    From the international arena, leading the discussion on how to leverage game-changing trends in fintech are legends like Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Eric Yuan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zoom Video Communications, Inc.; Akon, Founder of Akoin; NASDAQ President and CEO Adrena Friedman; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Nandan Nikelani, Infosys Co-founder and Chairman; and Dan Schulman, President and CEO of Paypal.

    Joining the WFF-Philippines to cement the industry’s digital global footprint are the country’s leading tech disruptors who have created massive ripples of change within their industries.

    The speakers include Mynt President and CEO Martha Sazon; Commissioner Dennis Funa of the Philippine Insurance Life Commission; Lazada President and CEO Rey Alimurung; GreatDeals CEO Steven Sy; Commissioner Raymund Liboro of the National Privacy Commission; Anton Bonifacio of Globe; Esquire Financing Chairman and CEO Rajan ‘Piku’ Uttamchandani; Cooperative Insurance President and CEO Roy

    Miclat; Managing Partner of the Disini Law Office Atty. J.J. Disini; President and COO of auditing firm KPMG Noel Bonoan; Vice Chair and CEO of Kickstart; Minette Navarette; MFT Group of Companies President and CEO Mica Tan; Ayala Corporation’s Managing Director, CHRO & Group Head, Corporate Resources JP Orbeta; AC Education’s CEO Fred Ayala; AC Healthcare’s President and CEO Paolo Borromeo; President and CEO of Singlife Rain Hermans; and Globe’s President and CEO Ernest Cu.

    A first in the country, the WFF-Philippines is organized by Geiser-Maclang Communications Inc. (GMCI), in partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the SFF.


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