SECURITY BANK expansion; SMC MM-wide food donation drive; LCC, GLOBE webinar; CIBB Bank to power GCredit; HOLCIM for more women in workforce; MSMEs digital journey; GUESS at the Outlets at Lipa; INLIFE changing of the guards; KOJIE.SAN new product; UNAHCO Bangon Kaagapay; PCPPI free vaccines

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    From left Matthew Ortiz, Jake Jamito, branch channel manager Lerry Evasco, business manager Rodel Nuqui, EVP and branch banking head Leslie Cham, Arra Chershey Opiniano, Genevieve Sueta and Danielle Julianne Silva.

    Security Bank continues branch expansion

    Security Bank recently opened its 314th branch in Eton Centris, Quezon City.

    Security Bank is looking to open at least 6 new branch locations nationwide for 2021. As of March 11, 2021, Security Bank has a total of 314 bank branches and 788 ATMs nationwide.

    SMC launches anew MM-wide food donation drive

    SMC has committed to deliver 148,200 packs of nutribun bread to Pasig City for soup kitchens, hospital front liners, and villages on granular lockdowns, and to distribute thousands of canned goods for poor families in Metro areas as an initial effort.

    San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is mounting another food donation drive to benefit poor communities throughout Metro Manila, as government imposes stricter measures following record number of COVID-19 cases.

    SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang said that the food donation drive has already begun, with hundreds of boxes of canned goods already sent out by the company, to boost local government units’ efforts to provide food for vulnerable communities.

    Initially, the company is donating 86,400 pieces of canned goods that can benefit 17,280 families in all 16 Metro Manila LGUs. SMC also committed to deliver 148,200 packs of nutribun bread to Pasig City for soup kitchens, hospital front liners, and villages on granular lockdowns.

    “This is just our initial effort. We will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with the LGUs. If there is a greater need from the communities, we will adjust and give more,” Ang said.

    Last year, when the pandemic first struck, SMC mounted the largest food donation drive in its history, with over P516 million worth of food donated.

    LCC, GLOBE to host webinar on vaccine-ready cities

    As the government begins to roll out its vaccination program against Covid-19, the Liveable Cities Philippines, the League of Cities of the Philippines, together with partners Boston Consulting Group, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, and Globe Telecom will hold the webinar “Vaccine-Ready Cities: The Road to 500K Daily Vaccinations”.

    Scheduled for March 30 from 3-5pm, the LCC series will focus on how to help cities achieve mass vaccination for their constituents and citizens in the soonest possible time once the coronavirus vaccines become available.

    The regular 2021 Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC) Labs webinar will give local chief executives, their officials and other stakeholders the knowledge, preparation and strategies to carry out a massive medical solution against the biggest health emergency that hit nations globally.

    Expected to join the panel discussion are Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oca Moreno, Dr. Ricardo D. Audan of Southern Philippine Medical Center and Janette Jakoselem of Zuellig Pharma.

    Anthony Oundjian, Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group and former Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit will moderate the event.

    CIMB Bank to power GCredit

     GCash and CIMB Bank Philippines further strengthen their partnership as GCredit transitions from a micro-lending innovation to being a full digital lending facility supported by the most awarded digital bank in the Philippines. This is in line with the partnership’s objective to push financial inclusion and to promote cashless transactions to more Filipinos.

    CIMB Bank Philippines will now officially power GCredit, as the digital bank employs its credit evaluation and analytics expertise as well as its funding capabilities for GCash customers. This will help GCredit to reach more Filipinos with monthly loan interest rates for as low as 1 percent.

    Over time, the partnership will also offer an increased credit limit of up to P100,000 coming from the initial P10,000 limit.

    Also, good paying GCredit customers will have the opportunity to access bigger credit lines through CIMB’s personal loans where they can digitally apply for a loan of up to P1,000,000.

    Holcim pushes for more women in workforce

     Holcim Philippines Inc. has been recognizing employees who significantly contribute to business performance aligned with its core values.

    In over a decade that the company has implemented its Saludo employee recognition program, four women have won the top prize—the Mahusay Employee of the Year award.

    The latest female Holcim Philippines employee to win this top award is Luningning Donato, a chemist heading the quality assurance team of the company’s plant in Norzagaray Bulacan. Donato was recognized last January for leading 2020 initiatives that improved the quality of products, raised efficiency of operations, and generated substantial savings.

    Conferring its highest employee award to a female employee is important in Holcim Philippines’ efforts to attract and retain more women. It shows that in a company with over a thousand employees who are mostly men, women are provided the same opportunities to excel and be recognized for their contributions.

    MSMEs share digital journey

    Shopee provides an ideal avenue for micro, small and medium enterprises to quickly shift their businesses to e-commerce, the tools to upskill entrepreneurs, and engagement features to reach even more customers.

    Shopee shares two business owners’ success stories on the platform.

    Jhoanna Tabije joined Shopee shortly after she lost her job in 2018 and within a year, her ready-to-wear clothing apparel business was thriving. Richard Salvo (randashoesofficial) has over 87,000 followers on Shopee and an overall star rating of 4.92 out of 5. Salvo  signed up on Shopee in August of 2019 and in the same year his company achieved more than P2 million sales on Shopee despite the lack of manpower and storage capacity

    GUESS opens outlet store at ‘The Outlets at Lipa’

    American clothing retailer GUESS recently opened its first-ever outlet store in Batangas at ‘The Outlets at Lipa’.

    One of the most famous clothing brands in the world, GUESS offers shoppers high quality apparel and fashion accessories such as watches, jewelry, perfumes, bags and shoes at discounted rates.

    GUESS joins other big lifestyle brands at ‘The Outlets’ such as Adidas, Nike, H&M, Puma, Cotton On, Ipanema, Samsonite and Speedo.

    Changing of the guards at InLife

     The Insular Life board of trustees in its March 2021 meeting accepted the retirement of the company’s president and chief executive officer Mona Lisa dela Cruz, effective June 7, 2021.

    Dela Cruz has served Insular Life (InLife) for 41 years, rising from assistant manager in Mass Marketing to heading Actuarial and Administrative Operations to  CEO in 2018.

    Succeeding Dela Cruz as president and CEO is Raoul Littaua  InLife’s senior executive vice president and head of the Insurance Distribution Group.

    Littaua joined the company in 2018 as chief agency officer. He is currently the chief distribution officer in charge of Agency Operations and Bancassurance.

    Kojie.san launches first-ever line of facial cleansers

    Kojie.san now has a complete range of face care products. Each product in this face care range of cleansers, toners, and creams is formulated with Zero Pigment Light and HydroMoist.

    These latest Kojie.san skin innovations zero in on dark spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation, while locking-in moisture for a light skin that stays soft and supple for hours.

    Kojie.san’s first ever line of facial cleansers come in three different cleansing actions: the Skin Lightening Facial Wash w/ HydroMoist is a soap-based facial wash that deeply cleanses the skin; the Skin Lightening Facial Cleansing Gel w/ HydroMoist is a gel-based facial wash that gently cleanses skin to remove dirt and excess surface oil and the Skin Lightening Foam Wash w/ HydroMoist is a skin-calming facial foam wash with a light and airy texture that effectively cleanses while soothing stressed and tired skin.

    UNAHCO launches Bangon Kaagapay in Nueva Ecija

    Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Co. (UNAHCO) in collaboration with the local government of Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija conducted a one-day demo session to educate backyard hog raisers on the basics of biosecurity to curb the threat of African swine fever (ASF) in the Philippines last March 17.

    Titled “Bangon Kaagapay Sanib Pwersa sa Pagbangon,” the demo was led by UNAHCO and attended by LGU representatives from Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija, suppliers, veterinarians, and backyard hog raisers from different barangays.

    Hog raisers were taught how to implement proper biosecurity measures in their backyard farms to protect their pigs from acquiring viruses such as ASF. The participants were shown the four-step process of disinfection—clean, wash, disinfect, and dry—on their pig pens, farm equipment, as well as on their vehicles used to transport hogs and their surroundings.

    PCPPI to provide free vaccines to  employees

    Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) said it will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all its employees who will voluntarily receive them.

    The company purchased the vaccines as part of the tripartite agreement between the private sector, the government and vaccine manufacturers.

    PCPPI ordered a total of 20,000 doses of vaccine, half of which will go to the government.

    The vaccination program is part of “Dose of Hope” initiative which purchased 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

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