SM SUPERMALLS celebrates indigenous people, HOLCIM HELPS campaign, SECURITY BANK golden arrow citations, METRO PACIFIC hospital group vaccination, TOYOTA’s free motorist assistance, Expansion works at PLARIDEL bypass, Inaugural LAZADA Forward Women Awards, OXFORD Business Group appointments

    (L to R): National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Executive Director Rogelio Francisco Bantayan, Jr., Commissioner Norberto Navarro, Cong. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin, Commissioner Jennifer Pia Sibug-Las, Pablo de Castro of DILG, National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., DSWD Dir. Janet Armas, Cheryl Suarez of DA and AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during the launch at SM Aura Premier.

     Celebrating the vibrant culture of indigenous people at SM

    “Project Epanaw” or “Journey” – a collection of three coffee table books on Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/Indigenous Peoples (IPs) was simultaneously launched at SM Aura Premier and SM Lanang Premier last March 14, along with a photo exhibit featuring the lives and practices of Filipino ICCs/IPs.

    “SM Supermalls has always championed the Philippines’ diverse culture…We hope that through the photo exhibit, along with the launch of the three coffee table books, more people will be more aware of the rich heritage of our indigenous brothers and sisters,” said SM Supermalls president Steven Tan.

    Project Epanaw is a joint project of The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) under the Department of Tourism.
    To bring the vibrant culture of the indigenous culture communities closer to more people, the photo exhibit will tour select SM malls nationwide starting March 21, to stay in each mall for two weeks.

    The select malls include SM City North Edsa, SM City Baguio, SM City Urdaneta Central, SM City Cauayan, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Tarlac, SM City Lucena, SM City Naga, SM City Legazpi, SM City Puerto Princesa, SM City Iloilo, SM City Cebu, SM City Mindpro Zamboanga, SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City General Santos, and SM City Butuan.

    Holcim sustains HELPS campaign

    Holcim Philippines assisted more than 160,000 people in 2020, diverting more resources to community health and sanitation projects in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The company continued its corporate citizenship campaign Holcim HELPS, which benefitted 164,913 individuals in 2020.

    Community health and sanitation projects accounted for 35 percent of total Holcim HELPS expenditures as the company focused more on this area to help strengthen host communities against the disease.

    Infrastructure projects, which previously cornered the biggest allocation of the Holcim HELPS budget, slid to second in 2020 with 26 percent share followed by community donations (21 percent), and community water projects (11 percent).

    The centerpiece of this year’s Holcim HELPS campaign is on water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for schools and communities in partnership with the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) and the Manila Water Foundation.

    Security Bank Corp. receives 2 golden arrow citations

    Security Bank Corp. was recently feted by the Institute of Corporate Directors in a virtual awarding ceremony last Feb. 19, 2021 with two golden arrows for its ranking in the 2019 Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard.

    The Asean Corporate Governance Scorecard is an assessment based on publicly available information and benchmarked against international best practices on corporate governance. This is supported by a rigorous methodology developed by corporate governance experts across the region to assess the corporate governance standing and performance of publicly listed companies in the six participating Asean member-countries namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Metro Pacific hospital group vaccinates 13K frontliners

    More than 13,000 workers in the Metro Pacific hospital group have received a vaccine for COVID-19 as of  March 12.

    The network’s three largest hospitals in terms of employee population—namely Makati Medical Center, Asian Hospital, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center—have been able to vaccinate majority of their workers.

    MPHHI has likewise vaccinated more than half of its healthcare workers.

    Based on vaccine stocks currently on hand, the network is expected to vaccinate over 10,000 more individuals in the coming days.

    Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and its logistics arm MetroPac Movers Inc., also initiated the storage of the initial 487,000 vials of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and the 600,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine from the Beijing-based bio-pharmaceutical company Sinovac.

    Toyota offers free motorist assistance

     Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) is offering free motorist assistance to Filipinos travelling from March to April. The assistance is available at any of its 75 dealers and service centers nationwide from March 15 to April 10.

    TMP is also bringing back the Free Emergency Repair Assistance.

    From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday (April 1 to 4) select dealers nationwide will be available to assist the motoring public. The service teams will provide free roadside assistance and repairs to all vehicles with emergency concerns, regardless of makes and models. The Emergency repair assistance offers free labor and 10 percent discount on Toyota Genuine Parts and Chemicals.

    Expansion works for 2.22 KM segment of
    bypass completed by March 31

    Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that widening works from two lanes to four of some 2.22-kilometer portion of the 24.61-kilometer Arterial (Plaridel) By-Pass Road in the Province of Bulacan is almost complete.

    The two additional road lanes will alleviate the slow traffic movement due to increasing volume of vehicles utilizing the existing two-way – two lane bypass road that connected North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas with Daang Maharlika Highway in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael, said Secretary Villar.

    The new lanes will be ready for inauguration anytime in April.

    The widening of Plaridel Bypass Road will cut the average travel time of about 15,000 motorists per day between Burol, Balagtas and Maasim, San Rafael in Bulacan from 69 minutes to 24 minutes.

    With a total cost P1.092 Billion, Contract Package 3 was funded by the derived project savings from Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass Road Phase 2 financed by a loan agreement between the Philippine government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

    Inaugural Lazada Forward Women Awards
    celebrates outstanding women sellers

    Lazada hosted its inaugural Lazada Forward Women Awards 2021 (the Awards) on International Women’s Day that recognized six outstanding women across Southeast Asia who are trailblazers in the eCommerce space, and showcased resilience and innovation in their journeys as entrepreneurs.

    The Awards celebrates the range of accomplishments and milestones women in the region have achieved by overcoming challenging circumstances in their personal lives, communities and cultures. Comprising three award categories, namely the Creative Seller Award, Enterprising Seller Award and Inspiring Seller Award. The first-ever six award recipients have demonstrated their different approaches to overcoming and embracing new ideas when building an online business.

    The winners are: Creative Seller Award: Anne Ong, Owner of Anne’s Secret Recipes, Singapore; Thi Xuan Hong, Owner of PinkShopGiayDep, Vietnam; Enterprising Seller Award: Georgianna Carlos, Owner of Fetch, Philippines; Lalilla Thamnita, Owner of AggieHome, Thailand; Inspiring Seller Award: Hanna Suhardi, Owner of Shopping Shoes, Indonesia; Annie Chia, Owner of NLWK Florist, Malaysia

    During the awards ceremony, Chun Li, Chief Executive Office of Lazada Group, said, “I am honored to be among such inspirational women today… Lazada is proud to be your partner and have the opportunity to be part of your successful journey.”

    Oxford Business Group announces new appointments
    for Asia-Pacific, Middle East

    Oxford Business Group (OBG) has named Patrick Cooke as its new Managing Editor for the Middle East and Asia.

    In his new post, he will be overseeing research and production of the group’s business intelligence across the dynamic and high-potential markets of the Gulf and Asia-Pacific, as well as developing new content ideas and features aligned with the many opportunities that the regions offer.

    Cooke’s promotion paved the way for Jade Currie – who has produced economic analysis for dynamic markets across three continents since joining OBG in 2018 – to advance to his previous position.

    In her new role, she will be commissioning the research, directing the analysis and overseeing the editorial output of business intelligence tools across the Asia-Pacific region, while also managing data-driven analysis projects within the OBG Advisory division.


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