Building a self-sufficient cooperative
The Aboitiz Foundation Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement with the Paknaanon Multipurpose Cooperative (PAMULCO) for the cooperative capacity building training last August 5 at Paknaan, Mandaue City, Cebu.
Through the Cooperative Capacity Building Project, Aboitiz Foundation organizes livelihood and skills training programs as well as social service formations and digitization training programs for this year.
PAMULCO is a cooperative whose primary means of livelihood is broom-making. As of 2021, it has 596 active members with assets worth millions of pesos. From a simple cooperative, it has now become a multi-enterprise business providing several opportunities that have changed people’s lives.
“Aboitiz Foundation’s capability-building training program is designed to strengthen and enhance our partner beneficiaries’ management and leadership skills. It also ensures that our partner organizations’ projects are self-sustaining and that they are equipped with the necessary skills and tools to manage the projects and their respective businesses,” said Aboitiz Foundation president and chief operating officer Maribeth Marasigan.
Bayad wins bronze
Bayad, the biggest and widest multi-channel payment platform in the Philippines and a subsidiary of Manila Electric Company (Meralco), emerged among renowned marketing brands during the 2022 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, a premier award-giving program rewarding and celebrating the positive contributions of organizations and professionals across 29 nations of the Asia Pacific region.
Judged by an independent panel of industry leaders and marketing experts, Bayad bagged the Bronze Stevie in the Innovation in Rebranding category, where it articulates its brand transformation in its essay entry titled Meralco’s Bayad Center to Bayad: How a traditional bills payment brand authority in the Philippines adapted to the digital age.
The essay underscored how the company transformed itself from a traditional over the counter payment center franchisor (Bayad Center) into a full-service fintech company (Bayad), offering a full suite of financial products and services which introduces its own digital channels, the Bayad App and Bayad Online.
TPB names OIC
The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), recently named Charles Aames Bautista as the officer-in-charge of the agency to succeed former chief operating officer, Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones now serving as an undersecretary of the Department of Migrant Workers.
Bautista passed the bar exam this year and is considered the next highest-ranking executive of the TPB as its deputy chief operating officer for marketing and promotions. He was nominated and unanimously voted by the TPB’s Board of Directors, chaired by DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, at special board meeting to temporarily head the agency.
Prior to joining the TPB, Bautista was former department manager for communications and creative services of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions. He spent a third of his career as the digital manager and concurrent online editor of Tatler Philippines.
Maynilad bags eight Quill awards
The International Association of Business Communicators Philippines (IABC Philippines) recognized eight communication initiatives of West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. during the 19th Philippine Quill Awards held recently online.
Maynilad received Awards of Excellence for its “Project STREAM” process improvement program under the Change Communication category, and advocacy campaign “Spreading the Gospel of Proper Handwashing” under the Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communications category.
The water company also received Merit Awards for its digital campaigns and tools, namely: “Pay Your Way: Maynilad’s Digital Payment Push”, “Taking the Discussion on Wastewater Management and Sanitation Online”, Maynilad Simpleng Ginhawa Videos, and “Mayni-LAD to the Rescue!” Wastewater Digital Campaign Video Series Part 4.
The company’s official newsletter, Ripples, and issues management campaign “Effects of Typhoon Ulysses on Maynilad Operations” also earned Awards of Merit.
Armscor holds TACS Expo in Davao City
Armscor Global Defense Inc. (AGDI), the Philippines’ leading manufacturer of world-class firearms, ammunition and defense products, successfully held its 14th Tactical, Survival and Arms (TACS) Expo at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premier in Davao City from August 4 to 7.
The four-day event served as an opportunity to spread awareness among Mindanao-based defense enthusiasts and consumers about the importance of preparedness against natural as well as man-made disasters.
According to AGDI executive vice president and chief operations officer Felino Neri, the TACS Expo is their company’s initiative to help the government through information dissemination regarding defense, security and survival, which dovetails with their advocacy of spreading awareness on preparedness for emergency situations.
The expo offered free seminars on fire and flood survival techniques; urban preparedness and survival; civilian response on active shooter events (CRASE), home emergency and disaster preparedness. The latest firearms from Armscor such as the STK 100 and RATAC22 were showcased, along with traditional weapons that include knives. The exhibit also featured the search and rescue capabilities of the military, survival gear, and tools especially designed for people who have made disaster preparedness an integral part of their routine.
Aside from big discounts, firearms enthusiasts also benefited from the services provided by the Philippine National Police that include the LTOPF (License to Own and Possess Firearms) Caravan, and the express releasing of purchased firearms. In addition, applications for Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) were also accepted for the duration of the exhibit.
TCS wins Gold Stevie
Global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Philippines, bagged the Gold Stevie Award for Company of the Year for Computer Services in the recent 19th Annual International Business Awards.
The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2022 IBAs received entries from organizations in 67 nations and territories.
TCS Philippines earned praises from the panel of judges because of its remarkable performance, leveraging on its global presence and expertise, in providing value to the Philippine market. The company has also shown sustainable growth and consistent performance for the past 14 years in the Philippines despite the global pandemic.
All winners of the Stevie Awards will be celebrating their achievements during a gala on October 15 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel in London, England – the first live IBA awards ceremony since 2019.
Future-ready with Globe
To equip STI West Negros University with the right business solutions to deliver quality education, Globe Business supported the setup of a Managed WiFi solution, which allocates bandwidth appropriately to ensure students and teachers can connect seamlessly wherever they are in school, allowing them to achieve maximum productivity; and Direct Internet, which has an uptime of 99.8 percent that allows them to efficiently run their platforms, systems, and learning tools.
The University has also been generously providing Internet Connectivity Assistance to all its students via prepaid load cards that complement the overall learning experience within the school premises.
Since data privacy is an equally important priority, the school decided to securely maintain its student records through Globe’s Managed Firewall.
Like STI West Negros University, Globe Business encourages more educational institutions to take the digital leap and invest in their technological future.
Allianz PNB Life bags triple honors
Allianz PNB Life recently received recognition for three of its programs and campaigns, entered under three separate categories, at the 19th Philippine Quill Awards. A virtual awarding ceremony took place on August 18.
The award-winning programs were Allianz PNB Life’s Work Well Program, a human resource initiative intended to foster a healthy working environment for its employees during the pandemic, which was entered into the category Internal Communication; Allianz Ride Safe, the company’s advocacy campaign encouraging a healthier lifestyle through biking while also addressing the mobility issue caused by the pandemic, which was entered into the Corporate Social Responsibility category; and the No Filter campaign, the company’s Audio/Visual entry that was intended to convey the brand message of sustainability and environmental awareness through a digital film.
“Our campaigns convey Allianz PNB Life’s purpose of securing the future for all Filipinos clearly,” said president and chief executive officer of Allianz PNB Life, Alexander Grenz. “The Work Well Program communicates how we value the engagement of our people, as well as a safe and productive working environment. Ride Safe is our active contribution to the cycling revolution, because we believe that physical and mental wellness go hand in hand. No Filter is the result of our commitment to sustainability and our desire to inspire others to focus on this relevant issue. Earning not just one, but three Quill awards, reinforces that we are able to share our message effectively.”
HP Philippines is working with non-government organization Atayde Foundation to reach 150 children in three remote communities in the country to encourage continuous learning while finding ways to improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
This collaboration includes distributing printed learning kits that focus on reading, writing, and art therapy to children in Sagada, Mountain Province; Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; and Isabela City, Basilan.
The initiative is a continuation of HP’s education-focused efforts in the Philippines with one example being its donation of over 400 units of HP Neverstop Laser Printers to support public schools across the country in reproducing educational modules for distance learning at the start of the pandemic. Globally HP has committed to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.
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