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Suzuki Philippines maintains growth in Q3 and introduces New Vitara

November 4, 2019

Consistent with its strong performance for the first two quarters of the year, pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) finishes the third quarter with positive growth yet again, enabling the company to post 19 percent sales growth for the first nine months of the year over the same period in 2018.      The continued sales increase is the result of the brand’s strategic marketing efforts, which emphasize numerous promotions and interactive events and are aimed at boosting product visibility. SPH hopes to ride on this strong market and brand momentum to further strengthen its position in the market through the remaining months of 2019.      “Suzuki’s current standing in the Philippine automotive industry is a significant milestone for the brand. After securing the 4th spot in the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI) ranking – the highest rank in the brand’s history – and climbing to the 5th spot in the local automotive industry roster last quarter, we at Suzuki Philippines can definitely say that 2019 has been a monumental year for the brand,” shared SPH Director and General Manager for Automobile Division Keiichi Suzuki.      “These back-to-back achievements further fuel our drive to deliver on the brand’s promise of quality driving experience with every Suzuki vehicle,” he added. Top sales drivers: Ertiga, Swift, Celerio      The Ertiga, Swift and Celerio continue to excite and stimulate the market as Suzuki’s best-selling vehicles. The three award-winning models combined accounted for 56 percent of total sales from January to September this year.      The well-loved family vehicle Ertiga still dominates the Suzuki auto sales chart with a 34 percent share. This 7-seater vehicle fortified its position as the top-favorite Suzuki vehicle with the release of the Ertiga Black interior version, which drove sales up even further.      Aside from its fuel efficiency and spacious interior that complement the body’s elegance and modern style, the Ertiga demonstrates good engine performance that is powerful and cost-efficient, making it an ideal vehicle for practical Filipino families.      Swift kept its position as the second top-selling Suzuki model with an 11.4 percent share of total sales. This hatchback remains the millennials’ top choice among Suzuki vehicles. With its sleek and stylish design that is very recognizable on the road, millennials can definitely identify with this fun and compact Suzuki hatchback.     Accounting for 11 percent share of sales, the Celerio ranks third among Suzuki’s top-selling vehicles. This hatchback, known for its space and roomy dimension, can accommodate up to 254-liters worth of cargo with an uncompromised 5-seater capacity. Alongside its remarkable fuel efficiency that ups the ante for its category.  SPH debuts New Vitara to Philippine driving arena      Another vehicle from Suzuki Philippines that stunned the market this year and won the 2019-2020 Auto Focus Media’s Choice Awards’ Compact SUV of the Year: Best Value for Money award is the Suzuki Vitara. Committed to continue its legacy and stand firm to its promise to provide value-packed and affordable products to more Filipinos, Suzuki proudly debuts the improved and upgraded New Vitara. This CBU Unit from Magyar Suzuki Corporation (MSC HUNGARY) is available in GL+, 6 speed Automatic Transmission and GLX, 6 speed Automatic Transmission variants.       Suzuki has made several improvements and upgrades in both the exterior and interior of the New Vitara. It is now equipped with newly designed grills, lower bumpers and new rear combination lamps, all of which create an expressive exterior. The new stylish suede front and rear seats, cluster meter and premium-feel cabin create a comfortable yet stylish interior vibe.      “The New Vitara will surely appeal to car enthusiasts looking for an improved version of the classic Suzuki vehicle. It is our pleasure to bring another modified Suzuki vehicle to the Philippines. The New Vitara will certainly deliver an exceptional driving experience to Filipinos – the Suzuki way,” shared Keiichi Suzuki.      For more information about Suzuki Philippines and its automobiles, please visit www.suzuki.com.ph and like them on www.facebook.com/SuzukiAutoPH.

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Bataan Gets Free High-Speed Internet from GoWiFi

October 21, 2019

Orani to be the first municipality in Bataan to enjoy high-quality connections powered by GoWiFi   The historic municipality of Orani in Bataan will soon be able to boast an internet connection that’s easier, faster, and free! With free Internet powered by GoWiFi, constituents of Orani can enjoy more of their favorite content and online activities within key areas in the municipality with speeds of up to 100Mbps.       Recently cementing this landmark partnerships were GoWiFi Business Development Manager John Timothy Ang and Jonnelle Tan of Globe Telecom Enterprise Group, together with Orani Mayor Hon. Efren Dominic Pascual Jr. GoWiFi services will be available within the year at the Orani Municipal Hall, Town Plaza and Multi-Purpose Gym.       GoWiFi, the country’s largest WiFi service, continues its expansion plans nationwide, particularly in high-traffic areas like malls, hospitals, and schools to make high-quality internet connection accessible and affordable to more Filipinos. As of the first half of the year, GoWiFi is now accessible in 2,500 sites nationwide, up by 500 sites from the previous year.      GoWiFi services are available in regular (free) GoWiFi and premium (paid) GoWiFi Auto, both available to all users with any WiFi-enabled device regardless of network service provider and even international numbers. Subscription to GoWiFi allows users to enjoy connection speeds as high as 100Mbps depending on location. To connect to Free GoWiFi, just open the Wi-Fi-enabled device’s WiFi settings, connect to the SSID “@FreeGoWiFi” or “@<site>_FreeGoWiFi,” register and wait for the SMS verification code, then select a WiFi offer, confirm and start surfing.      As a bonus, Globe Prepaid & TM customers can enjoy 1GB of free GoWiFi for every registration of GoSAKTO, GoSURF & EasySURF worth P50 and above that they can use in any GoWiFi hotspot! Globe Prepaid GoSAKTO90 users can enjoy 1GB free GoWiFi access on top of 2GB mobile data, 2GB for GoWATCH&PLAY, 1 GCash voucher and unlimited all net texts valid for 7 days for only P90. On the other hand, TM EasySURF50 users automatically get 1GB free GoWiFi access, 1GB mobile data, 2GB for EasyWATCH&PLAY, 300MB for an app of their choice and unlimited allnet text all valid for 3 days.       Learn more by visiting https://www.globe.com.ph/gowifi.html.

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GSIS to offer Php10k educational subsidy to 10,000 children, dependents of members

October 21, 2019

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is set to open a yearly Php100 million educational subsidy program for children or dependents of its low-income members through the GSIS Educational Subsidy Program (GESP).      “In support of the social development policy of President Duterte to provide wider access to quality college education to the marginalized sector, GSIS aims to augment the means of its  low-income members in sending their children or dependents to college through the grant of  a P10,000 yearly allowance through GESP. It  complements Republic Act No. 10931 or the 2017 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education which provides free tuition and miscellaneous fees to enrolees of state colleges and universities. To extend aid to more recipients, we are offering GESP to a wide number of members. We will select 10,000 children or dependents of  members with the lowest annual basic salary from among the applicants nationwide, ” GSIS Chairman and  concurrent Acting President and General Manager  Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said.      The pension fund chief said that the program is open to all active GSIS members with permanent employment status who are occupying salary grade 24 (or its equivalent) and below; with updated GSIS premium payments and no unpaid or underpaid loan amortization for more than three months for the duration of the grant; and have college student dependents in any year level who have been  accepted in or taking up any four- or five-year course in any university or college recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).        “The grantees will continue to receive educational subsidy until they finish their college course for as long as they meet the scholastic requirement of 80% general weighted average with no failing grade or incomplete mark incurred in any subject within the preceding semester or term of the academic year,” Macasaet added.      GSIS will release the allowance to the students through electronic crediting to their account at the Land Bank of the Philippines  that will be opened by GSIS for the purpose.      Interested members may apply by submitting the GESP application form that may be downloaded from the GSIS website (www.gsis.gov.ph), dependent’s birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority, and certificate of employment of the member and/or certified true copy of service record duly signed by the Agency Authorized Officer of the member’s employer.      In addition, they should submit an affidavit stating that the student is not a recipient of any other educational or financial assistance program (including the GSIS Scholarship program) for the duration of the grant, a certification from the school stating that  that the student is accepted or enrolled during the current academic year along with the student’s  course, year level and the duration of the course, and a report card or school certification stating that the general weighted average of the applicant’s dependent is at least 80% with no failing grade and incomplete mark incurred in any subject within the preceding semester or term of the academic year.      Application forms, requirements, and terms and conditions are available online through the GSIS website, www.gsis.gov.ph.      Interested members may email gsisscholarship@gsis.gov.ph or call (02) 8-976-4970 for inquiries or clarifications.

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A Brown eyes possible buyout of Vires Energy

October 7, 2019

A BROWN Co., Inc. said on Thursday that it had signed a deal to possibly acquire control of a company proposing to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification terminal with a floating power plant in Batangas City.      In a disclosure to the stock exchange, the Cagayan de Oro City-based company said it had signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Argo Group Pte. Ltd. “for the possible acquisition” of approximately 99.995% of the outstanding capital of Vires Energy Corp.      The listed company said the MoA entered into “is a preliminary agreement and the prospective acquisition will be concluded after the completion of the customary due diligence period of a maximum period of 180 days.”      A Brown said Vires, which is owned by Argo Group, is the proponent of an integrated floating LNG storage and regasification terminal and a 506-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant.      The facility is located in Barangay Simlong, Batangas City. Vires has already secured registration with the Board of Investments.      Based on data from the Department of Energy (DoE), Vires had been cleared as early as 2016 to undergo a study that will assess its power plant project’s impact on the grid, or the country’s network of interconnected power transmission lines and substations.      Sought to confirm a pending application for a floating storage and a regasification terminal, the DoE’s Ma. Laura L. Saguin said in a text message: “As of now, we did not receive any application from Vires.” Ms. Saguin is chief science research specialist at the DoE’s natural gas management division.      Aside from its real estate business, A Brown is also into oil palm nursery and seedlings distribution, palm oil milling, operation of hotels, real estate brokerage, power generation, and investment in gold mining assets.      In 2014, it put up Peakpower Bukidnon, Inc., which has a 15-year build-operate-maintain-and transfer agreement with the Bukidnon II Electric Cooperative, Inc. The two have a power purchase and transfer agreement for a 10.40-MW diesel/bunker-fired power plant in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.      A Brown’s disclosure comes after the DoE on Sept. 20, issued a “notice to proceed” (NTP) to US-based firm, Excelerate Energy L.P. to develop an LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) facility in Batangas province.      The NTP requires Excelerate to comply within six months with construction permitting requirements, including the submission of permits from various government agencies and endorsements from local government units. The company is also required to submit proof of financial closing to the DoE.      In March, the DoE announced the signing of an NTP for First Gen Corp., which in December last year signed a joint development agreement with Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. to develop an LNG facility. The Lopez-led company said last month that its immediate focus is to complete a detailed study on modifications on its existing jetty in Batangas to allow bringing in an FSRU.

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Toyota Fortuner Gets Updated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

October 7, 2019

Top automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) updates the infotainment system of its best-selling midsize SUV, the Toyota Fortuner. Starting this September, all six (6) variants of the Toyota Fortuner will now have the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile compatibility features pre-installed.      Aside from this software upgrade, the head unit’s hardware also receives significant changes such as a new dedicated SD card slot for multimedia, 6.75-inch total screen size, and 512 MB of RAM with 8GB of ROM (both previously at 256MB). The updated Toyota Fortuner is now available in all 70 Toyota dealerships nationwide.      “Toyota listens to the demands of the local market, and we are always on the lookout when it comes to adapting technologies that make driving easier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone,” said TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo. “Equipping the Fortuner with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is something our customers will surely appreciate.”      Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both smartphone mirroring services that allow drivers to focus on the road with quality-of-life features such as GPS navigation, music playback, and managing texts and calls, all through the vehicle’s built-in display.      Their common goal is to minimize driving distractions by making it easy for drivers to control these factors by using voice commands, touchscreen panels, and traditional knobs or buttons in their car’s infotainment setup.      “We’re confident that this much-anticipated set of software and hardware improvements will make the Toyota Fortuner even more appealing to its target market,” she added.      Year-to-date, the Toyota Fortuner already sold a total of 12,519 units, again cementing its status as the SUV of choice among Filipinos. Next to Metro Manila, Toyota Fortuner sales in terms of volume are strongest in Calabarzon (Region IV) and Central Luzon (Region III) areas.      For the latest Toyota news and information, visit TMP’s official website at www.toyota.com.ph and follow the official Facebook page at www.fb.com/ToyotaMotorPhilippines. To know more about the updated Fortuner, please go to any of Toyota’s 70 dealerships nationwide.

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Suzuki Introduces Two New Workhorses for the Filipino Entrepreneur: the All-new Carry and the Dzire GA

October 7, 2019

Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH), the country’s pioneer subcompact car distributor, introduces its newest breed of workhorse vehicle, the all-new Suzuki Carry.      Designed to meet the needs of commercial businesses, the all-new Carry is packed with upgraded features and a lightweight yet fuel-efficient engine, making it a tough and reliable partner to drive every Filipino business owners to success.      “Filipinos are a hard-working people. The all-new Suzuki Carry is engineered to match the level of dedication Filipinos put into their businesses. We designed this new workhorse vehicle to deliver any business requirements with efficiency and power to do more. With the all-new Suzuki Carry, we extend the Suzuki Way of Life! to small and medium enterprises and be a part of their journey to success,” Suzuki Philippines Director and Automobile Division General Manager Keiichi Suzuki shares.      Succeeding the Suzuki Super Carry, which bagged the 2016 Best Commercial Utility Vehicle by Car Awards Group, Inc., the all-new Carry amps performance with a stronger and fuel-efficient K15B 1.5-liter engine, providing more power to carry out every task in any road conditions with ease. This upgrade delivers more output power at 96hp/5,600rpm and torque at 135N.m/4,400rpm over the entire range, giving business owners the confidence to deliver on their business commitments.      The all-new Carry stays true to its nature as a reliable and functional workhorse with its exterior design exuding simplicity, durability and a good sense of balance. It has a wider and longer body with access to side gates opening from all sides, making loading and unloading cargo of any size and shape easier. The new truck is also packed with 22-rope hooks to secure any cargo during transit.      Supported with a bed 365mm longer and 75mm wider than its predecessor, the all-new Carry boasts a greater loading capacity of 940kg with better weight distribution when fully loaded. Its cabin space now features a more spacious design to ensure a more comfortable seating position with ample distance between the hip point and the center of the accelerator pedal. Aside from the added storage in the dashboard and the cabin, the shift lever is now situated on the dashboard to provide extra legroom for an optimum driving experience.      The all-new Suzuki Carry can be converted and modified to suit any business needs. It can be used as a utility van, cargo truck, or pick-up truck with the same reliability and functionality expected of a trusted workhorse.      The All–New Carry price starts at:      • 509,000 – Carry truck      • 576,000 – Carry Cargo Van      • 614,000 – Carry Utility Van      Alongside the all-new Carry and to support Filipinos’ diverse business and transport requirements, SPH also introduces the latest variant of its signature compact sedan – the new Suzuki Dzire GA.      SPH hopes to provide Filipino commuters with additional ride-sharing options with the all-new Suzuki Dzire GA. Suzuki’s signature sedan gets a fresher look with easy-to-handle compact dimensions and expanded storage capacity, making it an ideal addition to a taxi fleet business. The all-new Dzire GA features a more compact K12M engine under its hood with increased fuel efficiency. Its interior and engine performance are guaranteed to givecomplete comfort for all the passengers traversing the busy streets of the metro.      Added in their Dzire vehicle list Suzuki Dzire GA price starts at:      • 549, 900 – Dzire GA 1.2L – Manual Transmission

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