Watsons, SM Cares Trash to Cash; PLDT Enterprise speeds up digital transformation; SMC donates fishing boats; AboitizLand proprietary app; PLDT HomeWifi to DepEd; Converge provides broadband service; Training on German biogas technology; Maynilad desludging services; Coffee Project new locations


    Watsons, SM Cares partner for Trash to Cash recycling market

    Watsons, in partnership with SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, will give their customers access to exclusive discounts in exchange for their empty packaging of health and beauty products through SM’s Trash to Cash recycling market.

    Watsons customers can enjoy a 10-percent discount for a minimum single-receipt purchase worth P500 at Watsons, or a 20-percent discount for a minimum single-receipt purchase worth P300 of Naturals by Watsons and Nutrabliss products.

    Customers may bring their empty plastic packaging of health and beauty products at designated drop-off areas in select SM malls during the “Trash to Cash” schedule on March 5 and 6, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating SM malls are SM Aura Premier, SM City Bacolod, SM City Bacoor, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City Naga, SM City North EDSA, and SM Southmall.

    PLDT Enterprise accelerates e-industries’ digital transformation

    PLDT Enterprise, the business-to-business arm of PLDT Inc.,  has pledged its support for e-industries by providing digital technologies like end-to-end fixed, wireless, and ICT technologies and services to help businesses cope with the signs of the times.

     In 2021, PLDT Enterprise will focus on providing tailor-fit digital solutions to the emerging and growing e-industries such as e-healthcare for virtual consultations and online booking appointments; e-Commerce for retailers and small businesses and; e-BPOs that support work-from-home setup among others.

    For e-travel, solutions include  Traveler Digital Journey while in e-government, PLDT Enterprise ’s  suite covers  eGovernment Applications and Kiosks, Online payment Gateways, Contact Center Solutions, Citizen ID and Community App, Command Centers, CCTV Surveillance, Traffic Management, Smart Wifi on certain public centers, WFH solutions, and Emergency 911 Dispatch System.

    In e-Learning, ongoing programs include Giga Study, BEYOND FIBER, and Microsoft for Education.

    SMC donates boats to Sariaya fisherfolk

    Just a few months after opening the Sariaya Fishermen’s Dock, San Miguel Corp. (SMC)  turned over to them 36 fishing boats.

    The donation will benefit some 69 fishermen, who used to live in at-risk areas that will form part of SMC’s planned P352 million agro-industrial complex investment in Sariaya, Quezon.

    They are among the residents of the SMC-built and funded 450-housing unit San Miguel – Christian Gayeta Village gated community that features environment-friendly homes made of “Green Tough” panels that are better than conventional concrete and hollow blocks, are sound-and heat-insulated, and earthquake-proof.

    The donation consists of 33 large fishing boats, to be co-owned by two fishermen, and three small ones for single owners. The boats are just the latest assistance given by SMC to families in the village, which includes construction of various livelihood facilities and skills training programs.

    AboitizLand to launch updated proprietary app

    AboitizLand Inc. announced it will update its Vecino Portal,  a mobile application that offers its homebuyers efficient end-to-end online servicing.

    The tool leverages technology to enhance information accessibility and allow its home buyers to track the construction status of their investments and payments remitted, receive home construction updates, access documents, and schedule acceptance and turnover dates.

    The Vecino app will be expanded to an end-to-end system that streamlines the contactless home-buying process, making it easier for buyers and sales partners to reserve units, submit documentary requirements, complete monthly amortizations and easily apply for a housing loan.

    The real estate arm of the Aboitiz Group intends to create a more enhanced customer experience and end-to-end service delivery through digital business this year as part of its key objectives for 2021.

    PLDT turns over Home WiFi Prepaid units to DepEd

    PLDT Home, through the PLDT Smart Foundation (PSF), recently turned over to the Department of Education (DepEd) 1,000 units of Home WiFi Prepaid for the use public school teachers as they conduct online classes.

    The Home WiFi Prepaid units form part of the proceeds from the PLDT Home-sponsored virtual concert, At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind, held in July last year. PLDT Home supports the No Learner Left Behind movement which aims to maintain quality education of students and youths affected by the pandemic with projects and partnerships positioned to deliver the needed tools and proper learning environments.

    Converge provides broadband service to PRO-FRIENDS Communities

    Converge ICT Solutions Inc. and real estate developer PRO-FRIENDS on February 23 signed a memorandum of agreement where the former will digitally enable various residential projects of the property developer in Cavite.

    The deal will initially cover more than 20,000 households in Lancaster New City.

    PRO-FRIENDS’ various developments in Cavite host more than 50,000 households,Converge aims to connect around 15 million households by 2025, around 55 percent of the projected number of Filipino households by that time. The company has set aside more than P30 billion to expand its broadband network nationwide.

    Training on German biogas technology held

    The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), the German biogas technology provider Lipp GmbH and the German Biogas Association kicked off a comprehensive training series last March 2 on the functionality, use and maintenance of biogas system.

    The training is part of a German government initiative to support the renewable energy transformation in the Philippines by adding biogas to the renewable energy mix.

    Lipp GmbH, in partnership with MetPower Venture Partners, is building the first industrial-scale biogas plants in Mindanao to process Dole Philippines’ pineapple waste and convert it into biogas. Once fully operational, the two plants will generate clean energy to replace fossil fuel for power, steam and heat generation.

    The training was attended by current and future Dole staff as well as participants from government agencies, such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology, and the academe represented by De La Salle University Manila and the Technological University of the Philippines Taguig Campus.

    Maynilad offers desludging services this March

    West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is offering septic tank cleaning services to its residential and semi-business customers this March in select parts of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City, Valenzuela, and in Cavite Province at no extra cost.

    Customers residing in Barangay 13, 15, 16, 53, 59, 63, 88, 93, 106, 109, 112, 152, 154, 160, 162, 165, 171, 176 and 177 in Caloocan; Brgy. Almanza Uno and Dos, BF International, Daniel Fajardo and Elias Aldana in Las Piñas; Brgy. Bangkal, Palanan and San Isidro in Makati; Brgy. Acacia, Bayan-bayanan, Hulong Duhat and Potrero in Malabon; barangays under Binondo, Paco, Pandacan and Sta. Ana in Manila; Brgy. Alabang in Muntinlupa; Brgy. Baclaran in Parañaque; barangays under Don Carlos, Malibay and Pildera 1 in Pasay City; Brgy. Baesa, Bahay Toro, Balong Bato, Greater Fairview, Payatas and Santol in Quezon City; Brgy. Canumay West, Dalandanan and Maysan in Valenzuela City may avail of Maynilad’s desludging service.

    Some Maynilad customers in Cavite Province, particulary in Brgy. Aniban I, Banalo and Bayanan in Bacoor City; Brgy. Malagasang I-A and I-B in Imus City; and in Poblacion and Santa Rosa I in Noveleta, Cavite may avail of the company’s septic tank cleaning services at no extra cost. Septic tank cleaning service normally costs around P5,000 per truck.

    Coffee Project new locations offer Instagrammable café experience

    Currently found in 56 locations nationwide, Coffee Project is a proud homegrown brand that has elevated the cafe experience for Filipinos since its first introduction in 2014.

    During its early days, Coffee Project focused on the rapid growth of its network of branches all over the metro.

    In a span of only 7 years, the local coffee chain quickly grew from only one to 27 branches in Metro Manila alone. Apart from its impressive growth rate, Coffee Project’s real trump card was when it unveiled its “organized chaos” visuals that filled its stores to the brim with flowers, foliage, and fun little trinkets all displayed in beautiful harmony. Thus, creating the signature Coffee Project aesthetic.

    Other features and offerings that continue to impress customers are the availability of free Wi-Fi and generosity with charging outlets.

    With its current network of stores, Coffee Project now has a community of nearly 500 inspired baristas and personnel all over the country.

    Much like how every Coffee Project is unique in its own way, no branch will ever have the same layout, decorations, and visuals, every individual is also different—different in their preferences, different in their ambitions, and different in their lifestyle. However, every Coffee Project location and Coffee Project patron has these in common—great coffee and a great sense of taste.

    Coffee Project branches are open for dine in, pickup and delivery.


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