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The Power of Purpose: A Salute to our Frontliners

March 25, 2020

As our society fights with the profound implications of Covid-19, corporations must step up and help support the government in taking action.   As the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases rises every day in the Philippines, hundreds of front-liners such as doctors, nurses, and janitors are working together to save lives and stop the spread of the virus. Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) through its Primavera Sales Office expressed support the front-liners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) last March 20 & 24, 2020. "Every front-liner working with these patients is potentially putting their health at risk, and we feel it is our duty to support  and thank them, in any which way. A simple meal is a good expression of gratitude ," said Frances Mae Galvez, IDC - Brand Manager. IDC shared a simple appreciation by giving hearty lunch meals for the health workers of NMMC. A simple gesture that the company hopes to lift the spirits of our brave front-liners. NMMC served as the Region’s most advanced medical center and served as the front line in Northern Mindanao’s fight against Covid-19. So every time you think about breaking the restricted movement order, think about our exhausted medical teams. And think that a single case can lead to a few thousand in less than a month.  The medical teams on the frontlines of this war against this virus are our lifesaving defense. Let’s not make their work any harder, because they are the only line we have. ---------STAY SAFE KAGAY-ANONS---------

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Globe turns over P14M in cash donation to PGH for purchase of medical supplies and personal protective equipment

March 25, 2020

Globe successfully raised and turned over P14M to the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc. (PGH-MFI). The amount was gathered through the joint efforts of loyal Globe customers who donated over P9M via their Rewards points, and the company’s initial pledge of P5M in cash donation. This is part of the telco’s comprehensive efforts in providing immediate aid to medical frontliners at PGH, which is now a designated exclusive COVID-19 hospital by the Department of Health (DOH). The funds were utilized by PGH-MFI to purchase much-needed test kits, alcohol, and complete sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as surgical masks, face shields, and surgical gowns. Globe also turned over 50 mobile phones preloaded with unlimited calls and texts to all networks valid for 30 days to serve the communication needs of healthcare workers and frontliners at PGH. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude to all customers who stand together with us in our ongoing fight against the pandemic,” said Ernest Cu, President and CEO at Globe. “We also hope that this can show our kababayans that in times like these, doing simple acts of kindness even within the safety of our homes can truly make a difference.” Last March 5, Globe also donated P5M worth of surgical masks to the Philippine Red Cross. Further, it has provided free unli internet connection via its GoWiFi services since March 13 to 68 public and private hospitals across the country. Mobile and broadband customers are also encouraged to stay updated on the developments on COVID-19 with access to the official sites of DOH, NDRRMC and PIA free of data charges. Download the Globe Rewards app to donate to PGH Medical Foundation and other partner medical institutions. Learn more about how you can help in the fight against COVID-19 via https://www.facebook.com/globeph/.

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AMA Online Education Launches Learn Online Now, Pay Later Program

March 25, 2020

Students and professionals can now continue learning online through a deferred payment option March 25, 2020–AMA Online Education (AMA OEd), the country’s first full online educational platform, today launched a program aimed to address the need of students and professionals for continuous learning while staying indoors due to the enhanced community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through its “Learn Online Now, Pay Later” scheme, students and professionals can enroll and get access to a variety of programs and short courses offered by AMA OEd without having to pay any tuition fee until April 15, 2020. Even with the enhanced community quarantine in place until April 14, 2020, students can now enroll in AMA OEd for Senior High School, Undergraduate, and Master’s programs. Professionals who are looking for continuous professional development (CPD), can also take short courses on the platform that are accredited to give them the CPD points they need for professional license renewals.  “This Learn Online Now, Pay Later Program is our own way of ensuring that learning never stops. As we stay indoors for the time being, we wish to empower students and professionals with more knowledge through the various courses offered on our platform, which they can take at their own pace from home and online,” says Dr. Amable C. Aguiluz IX, Vice-Chairman and CEO of AMA Education System.  To avail of this program, students must first log on to the AMA OEd Website, at www.amauonline.com. Then, they must do the following steps:  Step 1: Choose any program from Senior High School, Undergraduate, Master’s or short courses. CPD enrollees can enroll up to a maximum of three short courses.  Step 2: For Senior High School, Undergraduate, and Master’s programs applicants will be required to submit a scanned copy of their transcript of records from their previous school. For Master’s applicants, an endorsement email from an immediate professional supervisor with contact details is needed.  Step 3: Once enrollment is confirmed, you can start studying through AMA OEd’s platform!  Access is then free until April 15, 2020. To continue studying after that date and to get certificates for the programs and courses enrolled in, students will need to pay the assessed tuition fee.   For more information about AMA OEd and its current program and short course offerings, log on to www.amauonline.com.

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Honda Unveils 600th 3S Shop in the Philippines

January 7, 2020

Tarlac City, Philippines; January  2020– Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, strengthened its presence again as it officially unveiled its 600th Honda 3S (Sales, Service & Spare Parts) Shop in the Philippines recently in San Sebastian, Tarlac City.      Honda Philippines’ 600th 3S shop provides motorists a one-stop-shop featuring high quality Honda Motorcycle units with advance technologies, best service facilities, well trained mechanics and genuine spare parts that will surely cater total consumer satisfaction.      The grand opening is led by Mr. Susumu Mitsuishi-HPI’s President and Mr. Kensuke Masuda - Assistant Vice President together with valued dealer partner, Powercycle Inc. headed by  Atty. Juanita “Neng” Sy - President of Powercycle Inc. and Managing Director Nonoy Siycha.      Main highlights of the opening was the awarding of the 600th branch recognition plaque and turnover of wall maker. In addition, Honda’s 600th branch conduct fun games and activities such as raffles, test ride activities, and overflowing freebies. Discounts  of Php600 for down payments, free helmet, and LTO registration, as well as various motorcycle peripherals.      “At Honda, we have always been committed to providing the best of what we can offer. Our 600th 3S shop is a testament to our continued commitment for excellence, as well as the loyalty entrusted to us by our Filipino customers. With this new shop, more motorists can now access Honda's best products and services, close at hand,” said Mitsuishi.      The opening of the 600th 3S is in line with Honda’s ONE DREAM campaign, which aims to make Honda Motorcycles serve as tools in achieving one’s dream and, to unite all Filipinos through meaningful projects and activities.      To know more, please follow Honda Philippines, Inc.’s Facebook page and Instagram account at @hondaph_mc.

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Beyond steelmaking

November 22, 2019

The current administration’s Build! Build! Build! program has fueled the significant growth of the Philippines’ infrastructure sector and along with it, the demand for quality and cost-effective steel.      This presents a great opportunity for the steel industry. But for Melters Steel Corporation (MSC), one of the major steel manufacturers in the country, growth is not just about being able to leverage the booming demand and capturing a significant market share, but most importantly, it is about helping the community.      On November 15, MSC, together with AboitizPower and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., embarked on a medical mission for its host community in Pampanga. Around 85 residents of Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga underwent free medical and dental consultations, as well as received medicines with a total worth of Php 200,000.      "We are very thankful to Melters that as their host barangay, we are able to reach out to them to address our needs, and they have always been willing to help," Randie Flores, San Isidro Brgy. Chairman, said.      Apart from the medical mission, other corporate social responsibility initiatives of MSC include disaster relief efforts, computer donation, and cement donation for the rehabilitation of the community church.      "We try to help as much as we can. Anything with regard to the community, we're always here to help," Lance Lim, MSC Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, said.      MSC also recognized the value of its long-standing partnership with AboitizPower to community and nation-building.      "It's a win-win situation. We can always do it on our own but it's a lot better with the support of Aboitiz. We're very happy with our partnership and when the time comes, we want to expand our business with Aboitiz and grow together with Aboitiz," Lim added.      AboitizPower supplies reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable electricity to MSC’s smelting plant in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga.      "AboitizPower is very professional and we want to deal with people like that. They know what they're doing. They know what they want, and they know the direction that they're going to. We're thankful that we did not make a mistake in choosing them," Nena Lim, MSC President and Chief Executive Officer, said.      The partnership between MSC and AboitizPower is built on their shared values and common goal of advancing business and communities.

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Xavier Ateneo Chemistry prof ranks second in inter-regional research paper presentation tilt

November 22, 2019

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan Chemistry professor Dr Dorothy Caminos-Peruelo won second place in the inter-regional competition for oral research paper presentation (professional category) during the 13th Philippine National Health-Related Research System’s (PNHRS) Week celebration held recently in Cagayan de Oro City.      Her winning paper was titled “Preparation, Characterization of Chitosan bamboo charcoal/poly(methacrylate) Composite Beads for the Capture of Creatinine.”      This research involves the preparation and elucidation of the chemical properties of composite beads for future biomedical applications. The beads can be used as a column adsorbent in a kidney-assist device like in blood dialysis to remove blood toxins.      Caminos-Peruelo represented not just Xavier Ateneo’s Department of Chemistry, but also the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Health Research and Development in the said tilt.      Other presenters were from the University of the Philippines - Manila (NCR), Western University Philippines (Region 4B), Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (CAR), Bicol University (Region V), and University of the Immaculate Conception (Region XI).      The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 invited Caminos-Peruelo to attend the closing and awarding ceremonies of the 2019 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) last November 13 in Valencia City, Bukidnon.       The RSTW bears the theme “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development” and will dedicate the celebration for the recognition of exemplary contributors to the advancement of science, technology, and innovation in the region.

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