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    Prioritizing health.  Repatriated overseas Filipinos at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) waiting to be transported to their home provinces receive hygiene kits. In coordination with BDO Foundation, BDO Remit turned over hundreds of bags of hygiene kits to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and the PITX, which were then distributed to returning OFWs. The repatriated workers, who have already tested negative in the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and completed their required quarantine period.
    Partner retail store frontliners receive assistance from Smart. Retail personnel of select partner groceries, convenience stores, and pawnshops received assistance from Smart Communications, Inc. to help them cope with the COVID-19 health crisis. These stores and shops are valued partners of Smart and make available to their own customers the products and services of Smart, Sun, TNT, and PLDT Home. Smart provided load, rice subsidy, relief goods, and other assistance to cashiers and staff in partner outlets of Ultra Mega, 7-Eleven, Metro Retail, USSC, Palawan Pawnshop, San Roque Supermarket, Ministop, and others.

    Pilmico-TESDA webinars keep home bakers, SMEs learning amid pandemic

    Aboitiz food business unit PIlmico Foods Corp., in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) leveraged its digital preparedness to bring baking and cooking lessons to the public through digital platforms Facebook and Zoom.

    The Pilmico-TESDA Bake/Cook with Chef Webinar Series is a free, online avenue for learning and skills development for Pilmico customers including small and medium bakery owners and home bakers, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Pilmico and TESDA’s combined social media following of more than a million individual users helps get more people to make the most of this free online learning sessions.

    Aside from utilizing online platforms such as virtual and e-customer visits for business consultations and business guidance for Pilmico farms customers, Pilmico addressed the learning needs of its customers through other virtual engagement initiatives.

    The webinar series, which started last April and officially launched last May 26, airs on Zoom and Pilmico Flour’s Facebook page thrice a month.

    InLife, IHC offer 3-in-1 COVID-19 cover

    Insular Life (InLife) and its HMO subsidiary, InLife Health Care (IHC) recently launched a total protection plan that combines term life insurance, hospital income, and health care solution.

    Called “Total ProtectER,” it is a timely insurance package with three main benefits: six-month term life insurance, daily hospital income for six-months, and a one-time emergency care health plan.

    InLife said Total ProtectER is ideal as a safety precaution because COVID-19 is covered under the term insurance and hospital income benefit of this product.

    For the emergency care element, although pandemic diseases such as COVID-19 are not coverable under standard insurance policies, IHC has taken this on under an ex-gratia basis at least until Aug. 31, 2020.

    Total ProtectER provides life insurance benefits of P500,000 upon death due to natural or accidental causes, a P3,000 daily hospitalization income for up to 15 days if confinement is at least four days due to accidental injury or sickness (up to 15 days per hospital confinement, and a maximum of 90 days total hospitalization) within the six-month coverage period, and a one-time coverage of up to P100,000  on outpatient and inpatient care for emergency cases due to accidents, viral and bacterial illnesses, and specific conditions.

    Coca-Cola provides water access

    Coca-Cola Philippines has partnered with local NGO Water and Life Philippines to take part in their Water Relief Fund, aimed at providing access to potable water to families in need during the pandemic.

    Coca-Cola through The Water Relief Fund has so far provided potable water access, good for two months, to over 2,000 families with each family receiving a 7-cubic meter water subsidy per month.

    This participation in water relief efforts follows the reallocation of the earlier announced P150 million advertising budget of the company towards COVID-19-related mobilizations.

    Upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coca-Cola Philippines immediately forged partnerships with like-minded organizations for various relief efforts. Combined, these partnerships have so far yielded PPEs for more than 50,000 medical workers, food packs for over 39,000 vulnerable families, and 500,000 liters of beverages distributed to 125 hospitals, 99 local government units, 53 national government agencies, and 50 non-government organizations and foundation.

    Jollibee Group Foundation partners with community groups
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    help feed families in need

    Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) has partnered with the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP) and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-East Asia Pacific (ANSA-EAP) to distribute some 215,000 food packs to families in need across 42 cities and municipalities in Luzon and Visayas.

    SNPP is an independent organization composed of parent-leaders who are also members of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It has around 80,000 household-members across the country. ANSA-EAP, on the other hand, is an inter-country resource facility for social accountability, and is SNPP’s institutional partner for providing leadership and skills-building seminars.

    SNPP and ANSA-EAP’s established network enabled JGF to systematically identify affected communities that became direct beneficiaries of food packs from Jollibee Group.

    The food distribution effort is part of Jollibee Group’s FoodAID Program wherein the company earmarked P220 million-worth of food donations. From March 15 to May 10, 2020, the Jollibee Group and its non-government partners have already served over 3.8 million meals to frontliners and families all over the country.

    To give the public a convenient way to actively take part in the FoodAID Program, the JGF has recently taken the coin banks that used to be found only on the counters of Jollibee Group stores and made them available online.

    UnionBank provides COVID relief via ‘phygital’ channels

    Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has extended its free Instapay transfers or instant transfers between accounts of participating central bank-supervised banks and non-bank e-money issuers in the Philippines until the end of the year.

    The bank is leveraging its “phygital” (physical-digital) banking leadership – providing the best combination of both physical and digital channels – to achieve this goal.

    Since the start of the quarantine period, UnionBank boosted its mobile and web banking platforms for retail and corporate customers namely UnionBank Online and The Portal, respectively, to enable clients to safely do their banking transactions from home.

    UnionBank’s fintech arm UBX, has facilitated the release of cash subsidies through the deployment of mobile automated teller machines (ATMs) to its rural bank partners and financial cooperatives where beneficiaries of the government’s Social Amelioration Program can withdraw their money quickly.

    UBX has also begun linking its rural bank members to its new network that includes Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC, Palawan Express and PeraHub.

    MYEG helps gov’t create contactless solutions

    MYEG Philippines Inc. (MYEG PH) has developed the MyEGuard app enables each user to do an in-app Health Awareness Scan that will include a facial biotechnology scan that will check the vitals and provide diagnosis questionnaires to update your health status.

    Frontline agencies will be able to validate the identity and health status of individuals by just simply scanning the unique QR code assigned by the MyEGuard app upon registration. Another core feature of the MyEGuard app is Trace It! Using the smart Bluetooth technology, this will allow the app to track you if you are in contact with any COVID-19 patients that have been confirmed by the MyEGuard app. The in-app Alert Initiator will allow relevant government agencies to request validated Covid-19 patient information to track and contact individuals that possibly they came in contact with.

    Aside from MyEGuard, they also developed the MyQR which is a simple and seamless digital identification mobile application designed to monitor and track individuals entering restaurants and business premises.

    The Scan & GO! feature of the MyQR will have minimal impact to their operations allowing faster recording and entry to the premises of their customers.

    MYEG PH has also been one of the trusted partners of private and government agencies in the Philippines, banks and local government units and handles over 30,000 daily transactions.

    Operation Smile mobilizes global efforts to support medical frontliners

    Operation Smile, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive care to children and young adults with cleft lip and cleft palate, refocused its efforts towards extending assistance to frontliners, while supporting patients and their families in new ways amid the pandemic.

    With the suspension of its medical missions worldwide due to COVID-19, the organization undertook a pandemic-focused campaign called “Care Never Stops” aimed at keeping people safe and healthy by mobilizing resources towards relief efforts.

    Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) utilized the $10,000 grant from the headquarters to purchase 1,000 complete sets of PPEs consisting of face shields, gowns, gloves and foot covers that were distributed to 19 hospitals in Metro Manila and three in Quezon Province. In addition, OSP provided $10,000 worth of medical supplies to its partner hospitals in Cebu and its partner cleft center in Davao.

    A total of 66 OSP volunteers composed of 22 medical doctors and 44 nurses are working in the frontlines battling the pandemic.

    Globe myBusiness, LMS providers team up for digital learning 

     Globe myBusiness, Globe’s center of excellence in Education, has partnered with Learning Management Services (LMS) providers to ensure that schools are supported in deploying learning platforms to their students and teachers. Together with D2L-BrightSpace, Edmodo, and Google Education, the telco giant makes sure that flexible learning options are accessible to institutions with various needs.

    LMS is a software application that administers, documents, and tracks educational courses and training programs. Since it is accessible online, it serves as a viable alternative resource for institutions looking to offer lessons without holding physical classes.

    Globe has recently provided LMS services for partner institutions such as Indiana Aerospace University in Cebu, Top Achievers Private School, Cebu Doctors University, Bukidnon Faith Christian School, Rosemont Hills Montessori, San Pablo Colleges and St. Peter College of Ormoc. They add to the roster of institutions already enjoying the benefits of Globe’s services, joining Emilio Aguinaldo College and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

    Through interactive, experiential, collaborative, and reflective means, Globe myBusiness pushes to maximize digital learning.

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