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Globe myBusiness to hold special webinar for mompreneurs in time for Mother’s Day

May 6, 2020

Amid challenging times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs try hard to remain optimistic and continue to operate even under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Times are tougher, which makes it even more important to show support for and encourage fellow business owners. Globe myBusiness is harnessing the power of technology for mompreneurs with Invite Calm, a free and interactive webinar in time for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Attendees can learn from noted femmepreneur and women transformologistⓇ Rezza Custodio-Soriano who also founded Femme Power PH.  Femme Power PH enables and transforms women through seminars, workshops, and coaching sessions. The pre-Mother’s Day webinar will discuss how mompreneurs can fight anxiety and juggle the demands of motherhood at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. “Each year, we host a special activity for female business owners to celebrate Mother’s Day. The quarantine will not stop us from supporting small and medium enterprises, even if we have to shift our events to all-digital,” says Gaile Guevarra, Director of Regional Marketing Services at Globe myBusiness. “Many have been voicing out their restlessness so we aim for this to delight them and ease their anxiety about the coronavirus.” “Mothers and femmepreneurs are already superheroes for dealing with so much on any given day.  Now, they have the extra challenge of balancing everything while coping with the effects of a global pandemic. Hopefully, our webinar will create a community where these wonderful women can have a little bit of their much desired me-time,” adds Guevarra. Invite Calm is part of Globe’s commitment to being a reliable and trusted partner of SMEs in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, 2020 at 4 PM- 5:30 PM. To join, visit bit.ly/3bPfQY2 or scan the QR code in the invitation above. Limited slots are available. For more information on Invite Calm and other webinars and activities by Globe myBusiness, visit facebook.com/globemybusiness/.

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Repatriated seafarers on 2GO quarantine facilities stay in touch via Smart

May 5, 2020

[28 April 2020] Repatriated Filipino seafarers can now stay in touch with their families as they complete their mandatory quarantine periods through the help of Smart Communications, Inc (Smart).  Smart has donated a thousand pre-loaded SIM cards to shipping and logistics company 2GO Group, Inc., which is working with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Health (DOH) and Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) to facilitate the 14-day quarantine of repatriated seafarers.  These SIMs  help returning Filipino seafarers on these 2GO sea vessels that have been temporarily turned into shelters, to connect with their families. Aside from this, Smart has also provided ten (10) mobile phones to the ships so that the seafarers can call their loved ones for free.  Meanwhile, PLDT will also provide free WIFI on board so that these returning OFWs and quarantine facility personnel can access the internet.  “This is part of our commitment to help our repatriated Filipino seafarers stay connected with their families during this pandemic. Through this, we hope that we can ease their worries or homesickness while undergoing quarantine,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and head of Consumer Business Wireless at Smart.    2GO has converted two of its ships as quarantine facilities in response to the call of DOTr. These will be manned by the Philippine Coast Guard and social distancing will be strictly enforced. 2GO will also provide the technical crew and housekeeping staff to maintain the facilities.  For more information, please visit www.smart.com.ph.

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CEB intensifies sanitation protocols for flight restart Rolls out new Contactless Flights guidelines

May 5, 2020

Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) plans to implement new sanitation protocols and intensified preventive measures, as it prepares for the resumption of commercial passenger operations following quarantine restrictions caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19).   All pilots and cabin crew will undergo rapid antibody tests before they are assigned to operate flights. All operating crew will don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on duty.    All ground staff are likewise required to don PPEs while on duty. Cleaning and disinfection procedures have been ramped-up for all CEB facilities and equipment such as self check-in kiosks, check-in and bag drop counters and shuttle buses. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be provided for all passengers and staff at the airport and inside the aircraft.  “We are implementing additional procedures to assure our passengers and give them the confidence to travel again. Rolling out ‘contactless flights’ will minimize face-to-face contact between our ground staff and our passengers and observe physical distancing,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience at Cebu Pacific.  CEB urges all passengers to check-in for flights online. They will also be required to hold their own boarding passes with the barcode facing the staff for scanning. Queues and boarding procedures will be managed according to physical distancing guidelines. All passengers will also be required to wear face masks upon entry at the airport terminal and for the duration of the flight.  All CEB aircraft will undergo extensive daily disinfection, which includes the misting of the cabin using a disinfectant approved for Airbus jets that is effective in eradicating viruses including the Novel Coronavirus. This process is aligned with International Air Transport Association guidelines, and ensures that all surfaces (such as passenger seats, overhead bins and cargo compartments) are covered and sanitized.  On top of thorough cleaning before and after operations for the day, all surfaces inside the lavatories--from the walls, sink, mirror, knobs, toilet bowl and floors will be cleaned and disinfected in between flights. All lavatories will also be sanitized every 30 minutes during a flight.    CEB’s fleet of Airbus jets are also equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters that are capable of filtering microscopic bacteria and virus clusters, including the Novel CoronaVirus with 99.99% efficiency, similar to what is used in hospital operating rooms.  “We hope for our passengers’ understanding as we implement new measures for our restart. Please rest assured that we will continue to review these processes and continue to deliver the warm, friendly service Cebu Pacific is known for,” Iyog added.  CEB is planning to restart commercial operations after almost two months of temporary suspension.  The carrier may initially restart with a limited number of domestic flights.  

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Globe extends free unlimited WiFi to more LGUs and hospitals nationwide

May 4, 2020

With the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and other high risk provinces to May 15, Globe is extending its free unlimited Internet via GoWiFi, in government designated quarantine areas, residence areas and more hospitals for the benefit of medical frontliners and patients. Free unlimited GoWiFi will be available in the following locations until further notice: DOH quarantine areas World Trade Center, Pasay City Philsports Arena/Ultra Quezon Memorial Circle Rizal Memorial Stadium Additional quarantine area Francisco Felix Memorial National High School Residence areas for frontliners Quarto Residences - Manila My Rainbow Place - Quezon City Victory Fort - BGC St. Mary's College Amoranto Sports Complex Immaculate Heart of Mary College Santa Isabel College Additional hospitals Metro Manila Fe Del Mundo Medical Center Jose N. Rodriguez Hospital Las Pinas Hospital Ospital ng Sampaloc  Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc. - Quezon Institute San Lazaro Hospital  VRP Hospital World Citi Medical Center  “There is no greater time than today when Globe can share its mission of doing good for the public and express its solidarity in supporting the government’s call to ensure the health and safety of everyone. As endeavors to flatten the curve have escalated, connectivity in quarantine areas and more hospitals are more critical than ever. By offering free and unlimited connectivity, we hope to boost the unflagging service and commitment of our medical frontliners and government employees,” said Janis Racpan, Director for Digital Solutions Group at Globe. GoWiFi services have been available since March 13 in select medical institutions and supermarkets nationwide as support to healthcare frontliners and communities affected by the pandemic. Free unli WiFi can also be accessed at NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3 for the duration of the extended ECQ. Globe also recently deployed Cell Site on Wheels (COW) in two designated COVID-19 quarantine areas at Rizal Memorial Stadium (RMS) in Manila and at the Philippine International Commercial Complex (PICC) Forum in Pasay City. With this installation, medical staff and patients accommodated at the RMS and PICC Forum will have the capability to remain connected and be updated on the latest government efforts against the pandemic. To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 developments, Globe mobile and broadband customers are given free access to the official websites of the Department of Health (DOH) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). For more information, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/gowifi.html.

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AboitizPower net income down in Q1 this year

May 2, 2020

ABOITIZ Power Corp. recorded lower net income in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.      In a statement Thursday, AboitizPower said its net income reached P2.1 billion in January to March from P3.6 billion recorded in the same months in 2019.     The company attributed the decline to lower earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA); higher income taxes for its Therma South and GNPower Mariveles power plants following the expiration of the tax perks of these two facilities; and additional interest payment from the parent bond and loan that were taken up late last year.     Outages in Therma South and GNPower Mariveles and lower selling prices also affected the firm’s performance in the first three months of the year.     “With the additional capacities in our portfolio, we have fortified our bench and have further strengthened governance across different parts of the business,” AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio said.     In the first quarter of 2020, total capacity sold of its generation business increased to 3,445 megawatts from 2,974 MW sold in January to March 2019.     EBITDA from the firm’s generation and retail supply business reached P7.4 billion in January to March, a decline from P8.6 billion recorded in the same period last year.     AboitizPower’s EBITDA from its distribution business, on the other hand, went up to P2.1 billion from P1.9 billion.     The company said energy consumption from both residential and commercial users increased in the first quarter, as well as the higher number of customers from the industrial segment.     Energy sales of AboitizPower’s distribution unit increased to 1,429 gigawatt-hours in January to March this year from 1,343 GWh sold in the same period last year. (PNA)  

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SanMig starts selling farmers’ produce in Petron stations

May 2, 2020

SAN Miguel Corporation (SMC) is leveraging the extensive service station network of its fuel subsidiary, Petron Corporation, to further boost food accessibility throughout the country.      To date, 30 stations have been utilized for the company’s efforts to bring food products closer to communities and provide people a safe, convenient, alternative way to buy essential goods during the quarantine. It is looking to mobilize 60 more stations.      It has also started identifying key stations in Metro Manila that will sell farmers’ produce such as fruits and vegetables under the Department of Agriculture’s “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” rolling market program.      The company is looking to utilize as many stations to bring more produce to more communities.      “Petron’s major stations will become a lifeline for farmers in the province struggling to find a way to sell their fresh farm harvest. With this program, we are able to help them sustain their livelihood in this time of crisis. At the same time, we’re also making available fresh fruits and vegetables to people in Metro Manila to complement the products we offer,” SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said in a statement Thursday.     Ang said food accessibility was also an issue the company worked to address early into the Covid-19 crisis.      “With physical distancing and business restrictions, many Filipinos have had to line up for hours at supermarkets and public markets to get food supplies. While it’s a necessary activity, it also increases the risk to people’s health,” he added.      Thirty Petron stations now serve as sites for the SMC Logistics reefer van-cum-rolling stores San Miguel deployed throughout Metro Manila.      The food trucks come loaded with frozen poultry products, fresh and processed meats, and ready-to-eat goods.      The initiative is an expansion of San Miguel Foods Inc.’s Manukang Bayan rolling store concept. Stations located in Pasig, Paranaque, Quezon City, Caloocan, Taytay, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Pasay, Taguig, Manila, Las Pinas, and Makati, are among those that host the reefer van rolling stores.    These rolling stores are also now in the Visayas starting with five Petron stations in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.    Meanwhile, six Petron Treats convenience stores now serve as pick-up points for products ordered via SMC’s new online ordering system, order.sanmiguelfoods.com.    The system further minimizes time spent in queues or outside homes as it lets customers order products under the company’s roster of brands, and later pick them up and pay for them at select Treats stores.   Participating branches include Treats Commonwealth, Diego Silang Katipunan, Santolan in Pasig, J. P. Rizal in Marikina, and Litex Road in Quezon City. SMC is looking to add 50 more stations. (PR)  

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