PHILHEALTH ID number, MONDELEZ vaccination, NICKEL ASIA addresses anti-vaxxers, TOYOTA hatchback, EASTERN Communications bags Quill, LUNA ACADEMY-Microsoft tie-up, ARISE PHILIPPINES online forum on women leaders, COCA-COLA film, FOODPANDA for gender balance, PIZZA HUT Holy Week services


    PhilHealth ID number required for COVID-19 vaccination

    State agency Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) called on all Filipinos to know and have their PhilHealth Identification Number (PIN) ready as this is now a requirement prior to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

    The Department of Health (DOH) recently released its Department Memorandum 2021-0099 entitled “Interim Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of the National Vaccine Deployment Plan for COVID-19” which prescribes among others, that all potential vaccine recipients need to be registered using the unique identifiers and one of which is the vaccinee’s PIN.

    “In order to avoid delays and problems during vaccination, we encourage our members to know and keep their PIN,” PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Dante A. Gierran said. He added that “for those who do not know their PIN or not yet registered with PhilHealth, they should coordinate with any PhilHealth office or call us so we can provide them their PIN or facilitate their registration.”

    Members can verify their PIN through any of the following: by calling (02) 8441-7442 (office hours only) or sending an SMS to our callback channel 0921-630-0009 using the format “PHIC callback PIN VERIF <space> Mobile Number or Metro Manila Landline <dash> Details of your Concern”. Members can also visit any Local Health Insurance Office or PhilHealth Express near them.

    For those still unregistered with PhilHealth, members have to fill-out the PhilHealth Member Registration Form or PMRF that can be downloaded from downloads/ membership/pmrf_012020.pdf.  The filled-out PMRF (in pdf or jpeg format), together with a scanned copy or clear photo of any of the member’s valid IDs, can be sent to (with subject: “Register <space> Name <space> City/Province, Region”).  Upon processing, their assigned PIN will be sent to the email address they have indicated in the PMRF.

    Mondelez PH to vaccinate employees, family members

    Snacks maker Mondelez Philippines has announced that they are providing protective vaccines against COVID-19 for their people and their families.

    “Our frontline essential workers have continued to make, ship and sell our food products during the pandemic, to ensure Filipino consumers always have continued access to the brands they love,” shares Ashish Pisharodi, country director of Mondelez Philippines. “When the pandemic started, we strengthened our safety procedures in our plant and office.” He said these inluded enhanced protocols on sanitization, masks and face sheild use and social distancing, as well as  on-site testing protocols.

    This support has also extended to sharing expert guidance to adopt safe practices when commuting to and from work and at home.

    “Experts are clear that safe and effective vaccines are what will end this pandemic,” adds Ashish. “We will cover the cost of vaccines for each employee as well as two of their chosen beneficiaries.” Mondelez Philippines has placed an order for vaccines from Moderna through a Tripartite Supply Agreement signed by the latter, a private sector representative, and the Philippine government.”

    Mondelez Philippines is anticipating the arrival of the vaccines in a staggered manner through this year and is preparing its teams for vaccination day.

    Nickel Asia addresses anti-vaxxers

    Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) has stepped up to connect employees from all its subsidiaries across the country in a virtual conference that directly tackles all issues about the vaccines against COVID 19.

    Former Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, who heads the Philippine Red Cross Molecular Laboratories, addressed all issues, contentious and otherwise, to answer varied questions from NAC employees from Cagdianao Mining in Dinagat Islands; Cordillera Exploration from Ilocos Sur; Dinapigue Mining in Isabela; Emerging Powers from Subic; Hinatuan Mining and Taganito Mining from Surigao del Norte; and Rio Tuba Mining in Palawan.

    Dr. Ubial’s statement that “the best vaccine is the one in your arm” resonated with all NAC employees and the company hopes that after 2 hours of detailed discussion with Dr. Ubial, this number will improve.

    “We at NAC believe that an information campaign on something so important like the vaccine can impact the lives of our employees and the residents in our mining communities,” explains Gerardo B. Ongkingco, NAC VP for Human Resources.

    Darien Bas, Social Media and Communications Specialist at Dinapigue Mining Corp. (DMC), says misinformation can sow fear and confusion among the employees and the people in the communities.

    According to news reports, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has allowed mining companies to re-align their social development funds to help the government purchase additional Covid-19 vaccines through the initiatives of the mining industry.

    Toyota’s most anticipated hatchback is coming

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) announced the arrival of the GR (Gazoo Racing) Yaris in the Philippines.

    Retailing at P2.65 million, the GR Yaris will be launched soon and reservation information will be made available thereafter.

    Following the recent launch of the Vios GR-S, and the announcement of the return of our premier motorsports and e-motorsports program – Gazoo Racing Vios Cup and GR GT Cup, Toyota Gazoo Racing gets even bigger in the country with the entry of the GR Yaris to the local market.

    Eastern Communications bags Quills

    Eastern Communications received four recognitions at the recently concluded 18th IABC Philippine Quill Virtual Awards Night.

    Their winning entries include Happy Eastern: Supporting Employees Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic for Communication Management Division, garnering awards under both the Internal Communication and Employee Engagement Categories; Connected: Eastern Communications’ #SafeAndStrongAtHome video series during the COVID-19 pandemic under Communication Skills Division, Audio/Visual Category; and Celebrating Customer Loyalty: The Eastern Link VIP Club Anniversary Event under Communication Skills Division, Special and Experiential Events Category.

    LUNA Academy to collaborate with Microsoft in upskilling Filipinos

    DITO CME, the communications, media, and entertainment arm of the Udenna Group and CloudSwyft, one of the first Philippines-based global education technology businesses, announced it is working with Microsoft to push digital transformation through online education platform LUNA Academy.

    LUNA Academy is a Philippines-focused platform, initially anchored on job-ready digital skills, that facilitates the timely upskilling of Filipinos by providing them world-class certifications, preparing them for exciting career opportunities in the new economy.

    Microsoft has been tapped as one of the primary technology skills content and certification partners of LUNA Academy, and will support the delivery of premium online technology skills training to Filipinos.

    Donald Lim, chief operating officer of DITO CME has underscored the importance and value of digital upskilling, and up-schooling.

    Andrés Ortola, country manager, Microsoft Philippines said, “Improving skills and increasing employability in the digital economy is a critical imperative of ours… We’re thankful to be part of this initiative and look forward to contributing to the timely re-skilling and up-skilling of millions of Filipinos.”

    LUNA Academy, as developed by DITO CME and CloudSwyft, provides an avenue for affordable and convenient learning, skills training and online certifications that are tailor fit for Filipinos seeking more opportunities forward.

    Women leaders in building disaster resilience

    ARISE-Philippines, the local network of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, in cooperation with SM Cares and, is hosting a free two-hour online forum on WOMEN LEADERS IN BUILDING DISASTER RESILIENCE today, March 31, at 10 A.M. The forum, in celebration of  the National Women’s Month, follows the theme #WomenMakeChange and will spotlight women leaders who contribute in developing and implementing policies, programs, and projects in building  disaster resilient communities.

    In attendance will be Mami Mizutori, head of UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga, Zuellig Family Foundation trustee, board member ARISE Philippines; Engr. Liza B. Silerio, VP for Corp. Compliance, SM SUpermalls, ARISE Global board member; Adelina Kamal, executive director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management; and Atty LEsley Jeanne Y. Cordero, senior Disaster Risk Management specialist, World Bank.

    Film by Coca-Cola challenges unconscious biases against women

    This Women’s Month in the Philippines, Coca-Cola is reappropriating ‘Kababae mong tao…’ by re-telling and re-casting the narrative in an inspiring way. The simple yet powerful online film advocates for uplifting women and fighting against gender biases.

    The film features women from different walks of life who choose to challenge societal norms by showing how their perceived ‘faults’ are actually their strengths.

    Recognizing the important role of women in society and in the economy, Coca-Cola set a decade ago its ambitious “5by20” global goal of economically empowering 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Localizing this goal to the needs of Pinays, Coca-Cola Philippines partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  to create the Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources (STAR) program – a comprehensive program designed to unleash the potential of women micro-entrepreneurs.

    The STAR Program begins with a gender sensitivity module designed to help women understand that they are free to go beyond the roles placed upon them by society or by their families, beyond being ‘mother’ or ‘wife’ and inspiring them to pursue their ambitions and aspirations.

    foodpanda champions a gender-balanced ecosystem  

    foodpanda superstar rider Maria Gepayo

    foodpanda Philippines creates a balanced arena that benefits everyone. This includes nurturing a gender-balanced workforce and delivery ecosystem.

    At foodpanda Philippines, women account for over 50 percent of the total employee population, many of which are at the helm of their teams. Female employees thrive as leaders at foodpanda as they make up around 40 percent of the company’s senior managers and 45 percent of its team leaders. Around 54 percent of other managerial level roles are also taken up by women.

    Among the different departments of foodpanda, the commercial team has the most women employees. Almost 64 percent of the team, which handles sales operations, account management, and partner vendor acquisition, is made up of women. The same team is considerably one of the obvious drivers of growth in the company as more customers and businesses sign up on the foodpanda platform.

    Pizza Hut services this Holy Week

    This Holy Week, Pizza Hut is ensuring uninterrupted take-out and delivery services  through the hotline 8911-1111, through Pizza Hut’s official website or through delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo.

    Orders are accepted on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

    Aside from uninterrupted take-out and delivery services, Pizza Hut will also be offering two special pizza-and-pasta bundles: Cheesy Bites Pizza and Tomato and Herb pasta.  Combo A comes with one Regular Ultimate Cheesy Bites Cheese Supreme Pizza and one Regular Tomato and Herb Pasta, and  Combo B comes with one Large Ultimate Cheesy Bites Cheese Supreme Pizza and one Regular Tomato and Herb Pasta.


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