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Construction materials for AFP

The GMA Network, through the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF), handed over construction materials to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on April 23 as part of the GMAKF Operation Projects Bayanihan: Odette and Kapuso Para Sa Kawal.

GMAKF’s donation will benefit Philippine Army units that were also severely affected by Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

A handover ceremony was held at Canopy Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, presided over by AFP Chief of Staff General Andres Centino, together with GMA Foundation Executive Vice President Kapuso and Director of the Rikki Escudero-Catibog operation. Also present at the ceremony were Brig. General Raoul Rommel Honasan, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, and Major General Gerardo Catindoy, Chief Engineer.

The 30th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division and 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army received 780 light bulbs, 1100 corrugated roof sheets, 114 pieces of ridge rolls, a heavy duty GI double truss unit and nine boxes of roofing nails. These military divisions worked closely with GMAKF in disaster relief distributions for Typhoons Odette and Agaton. The military provides the transportation, manpower, and security that enables the GMAKF to reach disaster and remote areas.

Japan awards decoration to Villar

The Government of Japan announced on April 29 the awarding of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to the Honorable Manuel Bamba Villar, Jr., former President of the Senate and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the economic bilateral relations between Japan and the Philippines.

During Villar’s tenure as Senate Speaker, the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) and the “Protocol Amending the Convention Between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of tax evasion with respect to income tax” were ratified in October and September 2008 thanks to its judgment. As a senator, he supported the ratification of the “Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Republic of the Philippines”, which was adopted in a Senate resolution in March 2011. Japan highly appreciated his efforts to support and promote bilateral relations and economic relations between Japan and the Philippines.

In a statement, Villar said, “I am deeply honored by their recognition of my humble efforts to promote and ‘strengthen the bilateral economic relationship’ between the Philippines and Japan…Our ‘common goals of ensuring peace and stability, to promote economic growth and human security” bind our two countries and our peoples as we continue to face global challenges.

CEB transfers

Cebu Pacific (CEB) has announced that starting May 2, all Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights to and from Clark will operate from Terminal 2 at the newly opened Clark International Airport.

CEB currently flies daily between Clark and Cebu.

Notifications have been sent to all affected passengers. Those who booked through a travel agency or other third party are encouraged to update their details through CEB’s Manage Booking portal to receive email notifications about flight recalls and updates.

Before traveling to the airport, passengers are advised to check travel requirements, security protocols and frequently asked questions (FAQs) at

Globe appoints Raul Macatangay as CIO

Globe, the leading digital solutions platform, has appointed Raul Macatangay as chief information officer (CIO) effective May 1, 2022. Macatangay previously served as vice president of corporate financial control.

Returning to Globe five years ago, Macatangay has over 25 years of leadership experience. He has held key positions in information technology, technology risk consulting, systems implementation, business transformation, customer intelligence and analytics, marketing, research, finance and enterprise risk management.

Outgoing CIO Carlo Malana will take on a new challenge as CEO of KarmanEdge Inc., Globe’s joint venture with ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (STT GDC) and Ayala Corporation.

Macatangay, a magna cumlaude graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, led Globe’s postpaid operations and devices, portfolio management, business intelligence, revenue assurance and internal audit for wireline businesses and carriers, business centers and shops.

Macatangay also served as Vice President, Controller of Marketing and Head of Customer Analytics at One Food Group Management Services, Inc.; product marketing manager for Samsung Electronics Philippines TV and audio video business; and Director of Technology Risk Consulting at SGV & Co.

Defense of speed for tourism

Airspeed Group of Companies recently launched KHPH or Kahanga-hanga Pilipinas, an e-commerce promotion program that is supposed to boost tourism.

KHPH takes online shoppers on a virtual tour of local Philippine provincial attractions, activities, and products that can be purchased for gifting, pasalubong, and other purposes.

Here, KH-PH will help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to sell their creative and “Proud Pinoy” products.

Airspeed’s digital arm, Amazing Philippines Digital Economy Corp. (APDEC), will lead the KHPH program and, with the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), hopes to develop an ever-growing list of MSMEs and government partners across the country.

NGCP donation

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to hand over projects from its pledged one billion peso donation in response to the pandemic.

The NGCP provided donning and doffing chambers to frontline physicians at East Avenue Medical Center and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

The 2 million peso prefabricated facility was built from four container vans equipped with washroom facilities and changing rooms where healthcare workers can safely put on and take off personal protective equipment (PPE) before and after their shift. The NGCP is also expected to hand over two other donning and doffing rooms to Rizal Medical Center and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, while the isolation rooms are also expected to be handed over to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Last year, the NGCP also donated ambulances, mechanical ventilators, RT-PCR machines and other medical equipment to key hospitals across the country, as well as medical supplies to more than 300 hospitals and units. local health.

Digital GCs now available

Sodexo Philippines’ official e-commerce site, GC Regalo, is back to offer physical and digital gift certificates.

The website has been optimized with a new look and navigation capabilities.

Launched in 2015, GC Regalo is the go-to rewards store for SMEs in the Philippines and the more than 2 million consumers Sodexo serves.

The newly improved website now also offers a wide range of payment options, including e-wallets, for a more convenient shopping experience. Overseas Filipino workers who wish to send GCs to loved ones here in the Philippines can purchase gift certificates using any Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card issued anywhere.

In GC Regalo, one can choose between the Premium Pass, the SM Gift Pass and digital GCs in the form of Sodexo+ credits.

Sodexo clients can also take advantage of the best offers with the “Better Together” campaign, which runs until June 30, 2022.

Shopee 5.5 Brand Festival

For Shopee’s 5.5 Brand Festival, through May 7, Shopee users can get up to 50% off select brand bundles, free shipping capped at 50P with no minimum spend, and 10% off discount per day.

Shopee is offering users free daily sitewide shipping with a minimum spend of P199 until May 5th.

Gamers can look forward to the new Realme 9 Pro + Free Fire edition while self-care enthusiasts can score the new Colgate electric toothbrush. Other participating brands include Unilever Beauty, GSK, innisfree, Belo Essentials, Johnson & Johnson and Nestlé.

Signing up for the brand membership program entitles you to welcome gifts and brand loyalty points for every purchase.

‘Aletang Ayala’ pioneer

The Ayala Center for Excellence in Sport (ACES) on April 30 named eight National Athletes selected for its Atletang Ayala Pilot Program.

Launched last March, ACES is part of Ayala’s commitment to nation building by providing holistic support to the country’s emerging athletic Olympic bets.

These include: Jasmine Alkhadi, two-time Olympic swimmer and SEAG gold medalist, two-time major in marketing and management; Andrea Robles, Filipina’s first Indoor Archery World Series gold medalist, Dean’s Lister in Management; Prince Alejo, the youngest nationally ranked karateka, is studying mechanical engineering; Pia Bidaure, world-class archer and SEAG medalist, student in Civil Engineering; Xiandi Chua, Nationally Ranked Swimmer and SEAG Silver Medalist, Dean’s Lister in Business Entrepreneurship; Nat Perez, top foiler in the Philippines, aspiring entrepreneur; Abby Bidaure, world-ranked national archer, psychology student and Noel Jose, world-ranked fencer, cum laude graduate in physical education BS.

Under the Atletang Ayala program, participating Ayala Group companies will provide part-time employment opportunities to selected national athletes while they train for the 2022 Asian Games and the 2024 Olympic Games.

Athletes selected for the program will also enjoy free access to the world-class training facilities at Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub.

Connectivity for Youth Advocacy Group

PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) in collaboration with Smart Communications Inc. recently donated 50 sets of Smart LTE Pocket WiFi with 150,000P charging cards for students and youth beneficiaries of Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Makati .

The initiative is part of PSF and Smart’s #NoLearnerLeftBehind advocacy that aims to bridge the gap between digital education and teachers, students and schools nationwide.

The Smart LTE pocket Wi-Fi units and charging cards will allow recipients to connect to the nationwide Smart LTE network, allowing them to access the Internet for their learning needs.

The PLDT Group and the YMCA are also exploring opportunities for hyper-collaboration in their joint advocacy on children’s rights, cyber-wellness and safety, education, livelihoods and mental health awareness. .

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