SMC reselling program, AEV for women empowerment, NICKEL ASIA at UNGC, XTREME Appliances, MAYNILAD honors 19 water champions, GBP school electrical maintenance project, NOVO NORDISK Philippines #BeatObesityWithMe


    Relocatees  join SMC reselling program

    Over a hundred former Taliptip coastal residents are eyeing to become micro entrepreneurs under a program by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) that will provide them training and capital to become the company’s business partners, as community resellers of the food and beverage giant’s products.

    The program is part of a host of financial, housing, skills training, and livelihood assistance given by SMC to former settlers at the future site of its P740-billion Manila International Airport project.

    Under the community reseller program, SMC will provide the initial inventory of Purefoods and Magnolia frozen products, equipment to qualified relocatees, who will be formed into cooperatives with the help of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). SMC will also train relocatees in running the business.

    So far, 180 relocatees have signified their interest in joining the program. A total of 48 individuals have already undergone a two-day entrepreneurship training.

    AEV backs coalition for women empowerment

    Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV) joins the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) as one of its newest members.

    AEV is the first holding firm to be part of the coalition of large and influential companies committed to gender equality in the workplace.

    AEV joins the 10 member-companies of PBCWE in leading efforts towards building a business case for gender equality, creating knowledge on best practices in the workplace, communicating the benefits of empowering women in the workforce, and institutionalizing policies based on best practices.

    AEV is committed to institutionalizing initiatives that promote equal access to opportunities and decision-making power for both men and women in the workplace.

    To date, 57 percent of AEV’s team members are women; while 43 percent are men. Women occupy 55 percent of top-level positions.

    Nickel Asia is first PH mining company accepted at UNGC


    Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), announced that it has been acknowledged as the first Philippines mining company to be accepted among the newest members of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

    The world’s largest sustainability initiative, UNGC “supports global companies that are committed to responsible business practices in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and corruption ”.

    Officially launched at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York in 2000, UNGC is based on a series of Principles that UN believes must be followed in order for a company to maintain its environmental and social responsibilities.

    Having voluntarily signed up for the compact, NAC has agreed to uphold these principles.

    “This is a huge deal for all of us at NAC because it effectively binds us to the proverbial umbilical cord of what UNGC represents to the world,” says Dennis Zamora, President and CEO of NAC.

    Zamora, youngest President and CEO in the mining industry, son of mining icon Manny G. Zamora and founder of NAC, recently took the helm from Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) and current NAC Chairman, Gerry H. Brimo.

    JB Baylon, NAC VP for Corporate Communications, says the standard operating procedures in all the mining companies under the NAC umbrella have long been setting the stage for the UNGC membership.

    “The UNGC principles have been integrated in our corporate strategies and day-to-day operations and our membership to this global pact exposes the NAC companies to a more intense peer review… and UNGC will help demonstrate our track record as we publicly report on how effectively we manage environment, social and governance issues,” Baylon elaborates.

    Mining cannot exist without social acceptance and responsible mining companies like NAC have taken it upon themselves to commit to sustainable business strategies in all aspects of operations.

    XTREME Appliances presents discounts

    Discounts up to 57% await shoppers at XTREME Appliances as they participate in Lazada’s 9th Birthday Blowout and Shopee’s Mega Free Shipping Sale on March 27! Shoppers can gear up their homes with appliances from the one-stop-shop appliances brand by checking out products and adding them into their cart days prior to the big sale event

    On Lazada, the most affordable 43” XTREME X-Series Android TV can bring together all entertainment needs by allowing streaming movies and shows in different applications from Google Play Store. The set is Dolby Audio certified for dynamic sound quality and cinema-like speakers.

    Other XTREME products to check out are Cool Front Load Combo Washer & Dryer with an energy-saving feature that allows saving of up to 70% on energy cost; the 90cm XTREME Home Gas Range that has 5 burners and a spacious oven best  partnered with the 90cm Home Rangehood; 6.0L XTREME Home countertop dishwasher with 7 different programs; 20L full touch Microwave oven; and XTREME Cool Air conditioners.

    Meanwhile, XTREME Appliances on Shopee will offer amazing whole day deals with up to 40% discount during their Mega Free Shipping Sale on March 27!

    Shopee tip: Visit XTREME Appliances on Shopee between 12 midnight until 12 noon on March 27 to get extra discounts (up to 47%) on appliances.

    On-going XTREME Summer Xtravaganza bundle promo is something that shouldn’t be missed.

    Maynilad honors 19 water champions

    West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc.  together with the National Water Resources Board  and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, honored 19 “water champions” during the 6th World Water Day Awards 2021, the culminating event of the country’s celebration of World Water Day.

    Recognized this year for their exemplary water management and environmental conservation efforts were the water districts of Metro Naga, Silay City and Davao City.

    Also awarded were LAPOSA Irrigators Association Inc., Padada Irrigators Association Inc. (both from Davao Del Sur), Anopog Paglaum Irrigators Association Inc. in Cebu, Macagatal Irrigators Association in Pampanga, and the Cagayan River Basin Management Council for their excellent management of the irrigation systems and river basins in their areas.

    The Municipality of Kalayaan in Laguna and San Pedro City’s Sub-Water Quality Management Area—were honored for their solid waste management projects in Laguna Lake. Antipolo City was also recognized for its Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape Project.

    The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology  Quezon City Female Dormitory was recognized for its support of the DENR-led Battle for Manila Bay program, through its La Mesa Watershed protection and conservation activities, as well as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ Museo El Deposito, for its water education efforts.

    Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte was conferred the Maynilad Water Warrior Award for Advocacy Leadership for her strong advocacy for climate justice, and excellent environmental management initiatives.

    Water conservation initiatives and environmental projects were also recognized: Tubig Load Program (Villages Water Supply System), Walk the Line Project (BP Waterworks), Watershed Protection Project (Masungi Georeserve Foundation), “Adopt-a-Site” Watershed Rehabilitation Program (Davao City Water District), and Project Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future (NexCities).

    GBP conducts school electrical maintenance project

    Global Business Power Corp.(GBP) subsidiaries Panay Energy Development Corp. and Panay Power Corp. initiated the electrical maintenance of school buildings at NJ Ingore Elementary School in Iloilo City as part of their Social Development Program (SDP) and in support of the country’s fire prevention campaign.

    GBP’s electrical maintenance initiative aims to fix the electrical system of the said public elementary school in Barangay Ingore, La Paz – the power generation company’s host barangay – to ensure everyone’s safety especially from possible dangers such as fire or explosion. After performing an inspection, GBP’s Panay subsidiary re-modified the electrical lines and installed conduits in 11 out of 13 school buildings that were amenable for repairs to avoid impending risks due to the faulty and overloaded electrical system.

    Novo Nordisk Philippines launches #BeatObesityWithMe movement

    To mark World Obesity Day last March 4, the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight & Obesity (PASOO), Philippine Society of Hospital Pharmacists (PSHP), Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA), Association of Nursing Services Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP), Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP) and the Royal Danish Embassy Manila, in partnership with Novo Nordisk Philippines, held a special edition of its Kalingang Novo Nordisk webinar to the general public.  Multi-disciplinary group — doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and nutritionist-dietitians — gathered together and shared their knowledge and insights about the lesser known, but just as grave, global pandemic of obesity.

    The webinar was hosted live on The Body of Truth Facebook page aiming to serve as an obesity advocacy campaign centered on giving people the myth-busting points about obesity and enable those who suffer from the disease to find a support system to effectively combat obesity in the country.

    Dr. Ivan Cudal, an Endocrinolgist, hosted the webinar where experts shared their professional opinions and provided more information to help shed light on the complexity of the disease. Panelists included Dr. Mia C. Fojas (President, PASOO), Ms. Cecini Rose Pare (EduCare Nurse Educator), Ms. Hazel F. Docuyanan (Immediate Past President, PSHP), Ms. Ma. Gilda Sebua-Silja (President, PPHA) and Ms. Zenaida F. Velasco (President, NDAP).

    Guest speakers were Ambassador Grete Sillasen of Denmark, VP & GM, Novo Nordisk Philippines Mr. Cihan Serdar Kizilcik, and Senior Medical Manager Novo Nordisk Philippines Dr. Cyrus Pasamba.

    #BeatObesityWithMe aims to show that it is easier to shoulder a burden and solve a problem together with others.


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