PRC drive-thru saliva testing in Lipa City; BDO FOUNDATION rehabs 6 health centers; INSULAR LIFE earns 4 Golden Arrows; ALSONS POWER helps host communities; GLOBE, AMDOCS provide 130 teachers with prepaid wifi; PLDT Enterprise partners with Megaport; Educators upskill with BUNCEE; PRU LIFE UK marks 25th year; 12 start-ups  join EY FOUNDRY


    First drive-thru saliva test collection site in Lipa City

    The Philippine Red Cross’ Saliva RT-PCR Test Collection Site at ‘The Outlets at Lipa’ was launched last February 17.

    The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has partnered with ‘The Outlets at Lipa’ to offer drive-in saliva RT-PCR test collection.

    With the convenient location of ‘The Outlets at Lipa’ in LIMA Estate, strict COVID-19 protocols, and wide open spaces, the employees at the industrial hub as well as residents of Lipa and neighboring areas can now take advantage of a more convenient, less-invasive, and safer way to get tested. The collection process only takes about 10 minutes and costs P 2,000.

    Clients may book their appointments online at and select ‘The Outlets at Lipa’ in the map.

    On site, clients are limited to 10 people per hour to minimize and control the crowd. There are currently two PRC volunteers assigned at ‘The Outlets’ – one encoder and one specimen collector. Results will be sent directly to the email address provided by the client during registration within 12 to 40 hours after the test.

    BDO Foundation rehabs 6 health centers

    BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, recently completed the rehabilitation of six rural health units as part of its contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all people at all ages.

    Despite constraints caused by the pandemic, the foundation renovated the Municipal Health Office of Aurora in Isabela, Calbiga Rural Health Unit and Birthing Facility in Western Samar, and Rural Health Unit Dapa in Siargao, Surigao del Norte. In Iloilo, it renovated Dueñas Municipal Health Office, Barotac Viejo Municipal Health Office and Birthing Facility, and Mina Municipal Health Center.

    BDO Foundation improved the layout and interior design of the six health centers, their lobby and waiting areas, offices, clinics, consultation rooms, treatment rooms and facilities. The foundation installed new furniture and fixtures to help health workers accommodate more patients. It also constructed play areas where children can read books or play with toys. In Mina Municipal Health Center and Rural Health Unit Dapa, available space enabled BDO Foundation to build waiting areas for the comfortable use of senior citizens.

    With these improvements in place, the doctors, nurses and midwives of the rural health units in Aurora, Barotac Viejo, Calbiga, Dapa, Dueñas and Mina are now better equipped to provide primary healthcare services to thousands of constituents. BDO Foundation’s corporate citizenship initiatives in the aforementioned municipalities are expected to help improve the health and well-being of more than 197,000 people from 198 barangays.

    Insular Life earns 4 Golden Arrow awards

    Insular Life, the country’s largest Filipino-owned mutual life insurer, was recently recognized by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) with 4-Golden Arrows for its good corporate governance practices, based on the Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS).

    This is the 3rd consecutive year where InLife’s Corporate Governance was recognized by the ICD.

    In 2017 and 2018, the company earned 3-Golden Arrows Award (out of 5).

    For the 2019 ACGS Golden Arrow Awards, InLife earned the coveted 4-Golden Arrows as the company tries to breach top mark on a par with the world’s best Corporate Governance

    Alsons Power equips host communities

    The Alsons Power Group, Mindanao’s first private-sector power generator, recently turned over more than P10 million worth of medical equipment and emergency response vehicles to its host communities in Sarangani Province and Zamboanga City to help the local government units in both areas in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The group’s Western Mindanao Power Corp.  (WMPC) delivered an emergency response vehicle, a utility vehicle, face masks for 7,000 beneficiaries, several laptop and desk top computers, as well as bags of rice and other items to residents and officials of WMPC’s host barangay of Sangali in Zamboanga City.

    WMPC operates a 100 mega-watt (MW) diesel power plant supplying electricity to Zamboanga City and nearby areas.

    In another part of Mindanao, Alsons Power’s Sarangani Energy Corp. (SEC) handed in a fully-equipped ambulance to the Provincial Government of Sarangani.

    The ambulance will be assigned to the newly inaugurated community hospital in the Municipality of Glan.

    Globe, AMDOCS provide 130 teachers with prepaid wifi

    Globe and its technology partner, Missouri-based software company AMDOCS donated Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi (HPW) units with free data to 130 teachers of five public schools across the country, as the resurgence of COVID-19 cases further delayed the resumption of face-to-face classes.

    AMDOCS donated Globe HPW modems while Globe provided a free data package for one whole month to ensure that the teachers are well-equipped with the necessary technology to fulfill their role in distance learning.

    Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) identified the beneficiaries of the donation:   40 teachers of General Juan Araneta Elementary School, 24 teachers of Catabla Baybay Elementary School, and 14 teachers of Bubog Elementary School, all in Negros Occidental and 40 teachers of H.N Cahilsot Central Elementary School in General Santos City and 12 teachers of Bongbongon Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City.

    AMDOCS also provided food packages that were distributed by AFI to underprivileged people in the said communities.

    PLDT Enterprise partners with Megaport

    PLDT Enterprise announced s its partnership with Megaport, one of the world’s leading Network as a Service providers, to deliver a multi-cloud service platform that aims to bridge enterprise networks in the Philippines to major public cloud service providers in different countries such as Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud, among others.

    The collaboration leads to the launch of PLDT Cloud Connect, an enterprise-grade networking solution that provides dedicated connectivity to leading cloud services with secure and dependable network performance.

    Founded on PLDT’s international Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, PLDT Cloud Connect also delivers resilient virtual connections: in the event of link loss on a primary path, the network will automatically route traffic to a secondary path for continuity.

    Enterprises will get better reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security with PLDT Cloud Connect as it bypasses the public internet, reducing the likelihood of malicious security attacks.

    Educators upskill with Buncee

    Microsoft recently partnered with Buncee, a global E-learning tool provider, to upskill 1,700 educators across the Philippines as part of Microsoft’s Education Ambassadors (MEA) Program.

    The Microsoft Education Ambassadors Program aims to ensure that educators and students have the necessary tools and knowledge to adapt to this challenging situation.

    Used in over 188 countries around the world, Buncee is an all-in-one digital multimedia solution designed to help educators give personalized learning and help their students achieve learning goals with ease. Buncee fosters creativity, engagement, and is integrated with Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Microsoft Word and Immersive Reader, making it a seamless experience for both teachers and students.

    Microsoft’s Education Ambassadors Program for the Philippines seeks to empower schools, educators, and students to be future-ready through the proper use of technology. So far, the initiative has a footprint in all 17 regions in the country, enabling over 400,000 (and counting) educators and 50,000 schools.

    Pru Life UK marks 25th year

    Pru Life UK is  expanding its footprint and opening more general agency offices .

    Operations in Metro Manila, Batangas and Cagayan De Oro are also being beefed up.

    Since it was established in 1996, Pru Life UK has expanded its footprint by opening more than 190 branches and general agency offices in the Philippines and has grown its life insurance agency force to become the country’s largest with more than 35,000 agents, emerging as one of the top life insurers in the country.

    12 start-ups join EY Foundry

    EY announced 12 winning start-up participants selected as part of the fourth cohort of EY Foundry (EY Foundry cohort 4).

    EY Foundry is a dedicated incubation program for early stage start-ups in the accounting, tax, fintech, legal tech, regulation tech and HR tech space.

    EY Foundry cohort 4 will be a virtually run program and this year is the first to include expanded geographic coverage. Previously, EY Foundry covered only Sydney and Singapore in Asia-Pacific. This year the program covers Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

    Over 270 applications were submitted – mostly from the Asia-Pacific region. This is the most that the EY organization has received to date.

    Cohort 4 begins this month for a period of six months and the participants will receive $120,000 worth of Microsoft Azure credits, part of the ongoing support from Microsoft for Start-ups.


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