Filinvest forges partnership with NGO to produce locally-made hollow blocks

August 16, 2019

FILINVEST’S FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental has forged a partnership with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to produce locally made-hollow blocks.      FDC Misamis and the Pinaghiusa alang sa Panginabuhian ug Kalinaw-Misamis Oriental (PPK-Misamis Oriental) recently inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the utilization of the power firm’s by-product fly ash.      Under the MOA, FDC Misamis will allow PPK-Misamis Oriental to haul its fly ash for the latter’s hollow block-making venture at Barangay Baluarte in Tagoloan town.      PPK-Misamis Oriental is a two-year-old NGO duly accredited by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).      It engages in social enterprise projects under DOLE’s Kabuhayan Program.       One of its initiatives is the “Building Blocks for Peace” that employs around 30 informal workers along with their respective families.      PPK-Misamis Oriental President Alfredo Mapano thanked FDC Misamis for such generosity.      “This is one great help for our members because we now have access to free raw material,” he claimed.      According to a study conducted by their group, fly ash is a cost-effective substitute to ordinary cement in hollow block or brick-making.      When used in concrete mixes, it improves the strength and segregation of the concrete and makes it easier to pump, the study further revealed.      FDC Misamis’ Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager Kishler Pascual also bared that based on the recent chemical profiling and analysis, fly ash released by FDC Misamis is not hazardous.         Aside from hollow block or brick-making, revealed Pascual, fly ash nowadays can also be used as major material for earth filling and gypsum production.      “Our group is thrilled for this endeavor because we found a partner with a notable cause that can utilize our by-product – fly ash, which is economically viable, hence, advantageous for the community,” said Pascual.        Analiza Miso, the power firm’s Community Relations Specialist, notes that this initiative is another manifestation of the company’s commitment to economically empower its host communities.       “Engaging into this partnership is another way of showing to our neighboring community that FDC Misamis strives to support startup entrepreneurs in our own little way,” said Miso.      FDC Misamis hopes that the partnership would yield beneficial outcomes uplifting the economic status of the beneficiaries.

No Success Without Succession

August 12, 2019

From last year's highly successful Family Business Governance Conference organized by Wong + Bernstein Advisory Group featuring Prof Eric Soriano and Group CEO Kevin Tan of Alliance Group Global, we're taking it a notch higher this 2019.      We've assembled the best of the best! We are proud to present the full spectrum of Family Business Governance from the best practitioners not just in the country, but also in Asia.      Prof Eric Soriano will discuss how a Family-Run Business can Last Forever. He is the Executive Director of Wong & Bernstein Advisory Group, one of the leading Family Business Governance Firms in the ASEAN region. He is also a World Bank IFC Governance Consultant and Board advisor to dozens of Family owned businesses in the region.      William Tiu Lim will discuss about Leadership and Legacy. How he bested the Sardines Competitor who's been number 1 for the past 60 years and what's next for Mega Global. He is the CEO of Mega Global, famously known for Mega Sardines. He is also the President of Harvard Business School Owner President Management Group in the Philippines.      Alfredo Pascual will articulate the powerful link between Stewardship and Corporate Governance. He is the President of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Independent Director of SM Investments Corp.      Jet Pampolina will discuss the Risk Management side of Family Business Governance. He is the Head of Risk Advisory from one of the Big 3 accounting firms in Asia, Deloitte.      Jia Yu Chan will discuss global best practices related to Wealth Preservation. She will be flying in from Singapore to represent one of the leading Private banks in Asia, Bank of Singapore and OCBC.      Seats are very limited.      For Inquiries, please contact:      (02) 655 2686 / 0922 860 3186 and look for Ms. Flor or email us at:

SM Prime partners with AboitizPower

August 9, 2019

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has chosen AboitizPower to supply 15 of its facilities with reliable and cost-effective power.      During a ceremonial signing at Conrad Manila in Pasay City on August 7, SM Prime entered into a Retail Electricity Supply (RES) contract with AboitizPower to supply the Company with an aggregate demand of 50 up to 110 megawatts (MW) for three years.       "With our continuous expansion in the coming years, we need a power supplier that will enable us to support our existing and future partners with reliable and cost-effective power. We believe that AboitizPower, with its extensive power generation assets, can provide what we are looking for," SM Prime Holdings President Jeffrey C. Lim said.      Emmanuel V. Rubio, AboitizPower Chief Operating Officer, said the Company is delighted to be SM Prime's power partner of choice, with the two entities sharing the same goal of leaving a positive impact on their communities.      "We are more than honored to be chosen by SM Prime as its supplier of choice. We are excited to more than just provide reliable and cost-efficient power supply, but to also work with them in looking for better solutions to support SM Prime's thrust in providing its customers with top quality products and services," he said.      With its portfolio of renewable energy and thermal power plants located all over the country, AboitizPower, together with its partners, currently has a net sellable capacity of 4,471 MW.

Liyab AoV Team, Liyab SC2’s Enderr seeded in Esports national team pool Sibol for 2019 SEA Games

August 9, 2019

In a testament to their vast potential and in recognition of their superior skills, several members of Liyab Esports, an esports organization powered by Globe and Mineski, were chosen to form part of the national training pool for a chance to become part of Sibol, the official Philippine esports team for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in November.      Liyab standouts Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon, Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo, Jervan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony “Rubixx” Gatmaitan and Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag were picked to be part of the training pool for Arena of Valor (AoV).      Veteran Caviar “Enderr” Acampado was also selected as one of the two possible medal hopefuls in StarCraft ll.      Aside from the six Liyab players, several other esports athletes were also drafted to form the training pool that will compete in the biennial games which is recognizing Esports games such as Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Tekken 7 and Hearthstone, along with AoV and StarCraft ll, as medal sports for the first time in its history.      “Being named to the national training pool alone is already a big honor to Team Liyab. It’s a glowing accomplishment to our boys who have come a long way from relative obscurity to now as potential SEA Games gold medalists,” Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, says with pride.      Several other players can still qualify to join Sibol as long as they hurdle several qualifiers in the run-up to the 2019 Sea Games.      At least two players will represent the Philippines in Tekken 7, Hearthstone and StarCraft ll, while seven players will compose the team for Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor.

PDMEX 2019 - Your Gateway to Technology Advancement

August 5, 2019

The Philippines’ largest and focused metal working event will hold its 9th Philippine Die & Mould Machineries and Equipment Exhibition (PDMEX 2019) on August 28-31, 2019 with the theme “Your Gateway to Technology Advancement” at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.      This biennial event – now on its ninth (9th) series is organized by the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) which will bring together allied leaders and stakeholders in the industry, and will discuss the latest technology and practices that guide the development of die- and mold-making around the world.       This year, the trade event will occupy over 13,000 square meter of exhibition space and will feature around 400 local and international exhibitors, which will showcase latest technologies and developments in the die and mould, machine tools, metrology, automation and welding industries.       The die and mold is the "backbone of any industry," said Mr. Louie T. Fuster. "It is the key to all process in manufacturing," he added, noting that "everything people encounter" --- from IC MOULDS for the electronic industry, automotive parts, plastic moulds and dies for plastic bottles and various plastic parts in different industries, medical instruments and equipment, including farming implements for the agricultural industries. Die casting and forging for the automotive transmission parts also goes through the process of die and mold design and processing.       "In other countries, they have different specialization, from design to die and mold making, to sampling of actual product.       That is why our group has been very active in personnel training so that local producers may be able to cope up with the demand in terms of expertise in die and mold making," added Mr. Fuster.       Die and mold industry and education experts are working to develop special courses on die and mold engineering in order to further develop the industry in the Philippines.       The previous event, PDMEX 2017, saw 9,932 trade visitors and buyers from coming from different industries and neighbouring countries.      187 registered participating companies and 383 combined local and international exhibitors.       19 simultaneous seminars attended by about 1250 attendees.      Support from 16 industry associations, organizations and government agencies.      98% favourable response from both exhibitors and visitors.      Organized by PDMA Inc.—the Die and Mould Association of the Philippines—in partnership with MAI Events Management Philippines, PDMEX 2019 will feature the following co-exhibitions: •    7th AUTOCOR 2019 •    7th OUTSOURCING & ENGINEERING 2019 •    9th MACHINE TOOLS 2019 •    6th METFIN 2019 •    7th METROLOGY 2019 •    6th PHILPLAS 2019 •    6th PHILWELD 2019 •    9th SHEET METAL 2019      Manufacturing Industry Focus from machine tools, metrology, automation, and welding, PDMEX 2019 will host solutions for a wide spectrum of the manufacturing industry.      Apart from the die and mould sector, visitors from the aerospace, building and construction, iron and steel production, manufacturing and processing, mechanical engineering, oil and gas, and sheet metal industries are expected to attend.       We are also expecting immense delegation from the Federation of Asian Die and Mould Associations (FADMA), a regional grouping of die and mould manufacturers and precision engineering associations with eleven (11) member associations from China, Chinese Taipei, Chinese HongKong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Altogether, there are about 4,000 constituent member companies located within the economically dynamic Asian region.      The event is also participated by different international pavilions and companies such as China, Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain,  Singapore, Taipei, Thailand and a lot more.       PDMEX 2019 aims to highlight activities designed to benefit the die and mould sector, as well as its related industries. Apart from the products and machineries to be displayed, the event will feature technical presentations and seminars.

SciTech Caravan Highlights SETUP in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental

August 2, 2019

The Department of Science and Technology region X (DOST-X) highlighted its banner program, the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), to mostly 400 participants during the Science and Technology Caravan at the Tagoloan Municipal Dome, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on July 30, 2019.      SETUP is a nationwide strategy aimed at improving the productivity and competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It provides a wide range of solutions which include technology transfer and commercialization, technical consultancy services (e.g. Manufacturing Productivity Extension, Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement, food safety, energy audit, cleaner production, etc.), packaging and labeling assistance, technology trainings, calibration and laboratory testing services, and equipment acquisition through the innovation-enabling fund (i-fund).       SETUP helps firms buy appropriate technologies, the acquisition cost of which to be amortized by the latter in equal monthly installments for three years, without interest.      From 2002 to 2016, the program enabled a total of 341 micro-scale enterprises to graduate to small-scale; 20 firms leaped from being micro to medium enterprises; 90 from small to medium enterprises; and one from medium to large enterprise.      Aside from promoting SETUP as assistance to MSMEs, the caravan also served as an avenue to promote some of the region’s SETUP-assisted products.       Exciting games for students and pre-testing sessions for the entrepreneurs and locals gave the participants the chance to enjoy boxes of Vjandep Pastels, Monk’s Peañato, and Slers Chicharon.      Other programs and services of the agency such as Scholarship and Consortia, STARBOOKS, Consultancy and Training, Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL), and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) were also exhibited.      The S&T Caravan is a three-leg activity hosted by the DOST regional office X to showcase its programs and services throughout the region. The first leg was conducted on February 28, 2019, at Linamon, Lanao del Norte while the third leg will be conducted at Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental in September 2019.


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