World Vision helps empower more children with Chosen, through partnership with PascualLab

Brithanie Urquico writing a letter

Six months after international non-profit organization World Vision joined hands with
Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (PascualLalb), the organization has been able to help 77 more children to enable themselves to choose their future via the program Chosen™

Chosen™ the campaign which was launched last year in various World Vision offices, has been changing lives around the world by empowering children to contribute to the course of their future by giving them the power to choose their sponsors.

PascualLab, one of the top-of-mind pharma companies for health and wellness products and manufacturing services, known for its unwavering passion for health and life, shares in World Vision’s belief that every child deserves access to healthcare, nutrition, and quality education.

Roy Gerona from PascualLab’s manufacturing plant shares. “It is emotionally rewarding. We feel so blessed that we are given a chance to sponsor a child. We were created by God for a mission,” Wife Almerlyn who also works for PascualLab affirms that one of these missions is charity work: “It is a great feeling to be able to help others”. As parents, they are also happy to show their kids the value of education through Child Sponsorship.

Corporate social responsibility has always been a part of PascualLab’s values and the partnership with World Vision allows employees to live out this value.

“It is an honor for me to be a part of a company that is able to hold on to its commitment for social responsibility despite the pandemic,” testifies Juan dela Cruz (not his real name), one of the employees of PascualLab’s subsidiary Leonie Agri Corp.

Although the pandemic has affected Chosen’s™ launch in early 2020, World Vision was still able to help 255 children find sponsors. The Chosen™ Campaign created a venue for PascualLab staff to help change the lives of children, even at the height of the spread and challenges of COVID-19.

“When the pandemic broke out, it unveiled the great divide between rich and poor in our country. Many have struggled and many are still struggling. Being able to assist someone in our own little way could impact their lives more than we could ever know,” Brithanie Urquico from PascualLab’s corporate office agrees. “I am content and happy to be able to make a difference, especially now that even the smallest of efforts truly counts,” she adds.

The partnership is also part of PascualLab’s 75th anniversary celebration, wherein the Pascual family and employees were inspired to share some #PascualLove by giving back and doing something meaningful for their hometown, Malabon. Through the partnership with World Vision, PascualLab’s employees experienced being chosen by children from the child-focused, assisted community in Malabon.

The partnership was sealed in a Memorandum of Agreement signed last April, where 125 PascualLab employees committed to sponsoring children. This new and effective way in child sponsorship through Chosen™ is not only transforming the lives of the sponsored children but also of the sponsors.

“Giving a child the power to choose is like allowing them to create the future that they want. It’s a critical part of our self-development, and each one of the choices that we make shapes our experiences and brings us to where we want to be in our life,” says Angelie Paje of
Pascual Consumer HealthCare, Corp.

Currently, both World Vision and PascualLab are also endeavoring to make the holiday season more meaningful for the children through letter-writing and other initiatives in the pipeline.

“We at World Vision are grateful to PascualLab for becoming a part of the Chosen™ child sponsorship campaign. This collaboration is a blessing as we achieve hope, joy and justice for all children,” says World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte.

To know how you can change a child’s life by signing up to be Chosen™, you may visit https://www.worldvision.org.ph/chosen/.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Stay fit and healthy on your way to P2.5 million with Pru Life UK’s raffle draw

Taking care of one’s health by carefully watching food intake, diet, and exercise has become a top priority especially as Filipinos continue to live in the middle of the pandemic and with stricter quarantine protocols being implemented again.

For some, making sure that the body and mind are at their healthiest state at all times can be a challenge. Thankfully with Pulse, an all-in-one AI-powered health monitoring app by leading life insurer Pru Life UK, staying in tip-top shape gets easier and even rewarding. Users can even earn a chance to win exciting weekly prizes such as e-gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos and iPhone 12 mini 64GB, and 2.5 million pesos in the grand raffle this September as the company culminates their 25th anniversary in the Philippines.

“Now more than ever, it is important to put greater importance on health and wellness. This inspires us at Pru Life UK to boost our Pulse app with helpful features and a rewarding user experience, as a way to support Filipinos to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. We continue to motivate them to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they use the app and join the ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

Among Pulse’ primary features is Healthcheck, an AI-driven health assessment powered by Babylon, a healthcare technology and services company based in the United Kingdom. Healthcheck gives users insight on their wellness including a look at risks of developing diseases and how to prevent or postpone them.

For those who actively engage in daily exercises, Pulse also enables users to connect their fitness device and use the Fitness Tracker feature to monitor their body’s activities including the amount of calories burned, steps and distance taken, heart rate, and sleep.

Equally important to people having regular exercise is making sure that the routines they do are correct. The Exercise Buddy feature of Pulse Fit is the perfect companion to ensure that the right posture and movement is implemented to avoid any injuries and that the workout is optimized.

People who are keen on taking their fitness to another level can keep track of their daily calorie intake with My Food Journal and My Meal Planner which recommends recipes, provides detailed nutritional values, and curates meal plans based on their food preferences.

Users also have an unlimited chat access and one video-call consultation with a licensed dietitian through Pulse Gold, a full-suite subscription program which gives subscribers 24/7 access to exclusive AI-powered features of the app.

Pulse’s user-friendly features help people monitor the level of their fitness and nutrition every day, anywhere, and allow them to understand what is needed to further improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information on how you can join the raffle and check if you are one of the lucky winners, visit here.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

About Pulse

Pulse is an all-in-one digital health app and the first of its kind in the region to offer holistic health management to consumers. Using AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information, the app serves as a 24/7 health and wellness partner to users, helping them prevent, postpone, and protect against the onset of diseases. Pulse is part of Prudential’s region-wide strategy to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone across Asia by leveraging digital technologies and best-in-class partnerships.

Following the regional launch of Pulse in Malaysia in August 2019, Pulse is now available in a total of 11 markets in Asia and includes a growing suite of value-add services, such as a symptom checker and health assessment, personal wellness services, and video consultations with certified doctors and specialists.

Since its launch, Pulse has been downloaded more than 26 million times* in Asia. Pulse is currently available on the Apple/Google Play stores in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For more information, and to download Pulse, log onto www.wedopulse.com

It’s Raining Maxime Deals and Discounts this 9.9!

It’s the time of the year when days are filled with rain showers, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. Get ready as Maxime Dog Food also lets it rain discounts and deals for Maxime-mum nutrition and care for your doggos!

The best way we can show our love to our doggos is to provide them with the best nutrition possible. Maxime Dog Food, your partner in pethood, gives value-adding care to your doggo as it is carefully formulated by a team of experts who are equally passionate about dogs. It is enriched with essential nutrients and minerals, such as antioxidants and prebiotics for a stronger immune system and sharper mind, omega 3 & 6 for better nutrient absorption, and a shinier fur and coat. Maxime provides optimum nourishment for your doggo to keep them at their best health from puppy to adult.

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, get ready to add to cart, get big savings, and enjoy up to 40% off Maxime products for your doggos! Save even more when you claim shop vouchers exclusively on Shopee.

Extend the best care to your fur friend with Maxime-mum nutrition and make more memories together, whether rain or shine, and #LiveYourBestLifeTogether.

About Pilmico

Pilmico Foods Corporation & Gold Coin Management Holdings are the integrated agribusiness and food companies of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV). Gold Coin is now fully-managed and owned by Pilmico International and to date, it is the largest investment in the Asia-Pacific region in their shared history.

Pilmico comprises four divisions: Flour, Feeds, Farms, and Trading; enabling growth to its partners through its consistent quality products and unparalleled supporting services. Meanwhile, Gold Coin is a pioneer in animal nutrition and the manufacturing of scientifically-balanced animal feed in Asia.

Pilmico and Gold Coin represent one of the largest privately-owned agribusinesses in the region, with over 2,900 partners throughout the multitude of production facilities across 11 countries in Asia. Armed with the mission of feeding humanity, they aim to take a leadership position in innovating the food value chain in the Asia Pacific.

Know more about Pilmico at pilmico.com/.

About Maxime

As pioneers and experts in animal nutrition, Pilmico and Gold Coin launches its pet food brand, Maxime.

The integrated food and agribusiness company, with a longstanding history of providing scientifically-balanced animal feed, understands the strong bond between pet parent and their dogs. This is why Maxime is formulated with high levels of prebiotics for better absorption of nutrients and DHA for brain development. It is also fortified with omega 3 & 6 for a healthy heart and shinier fur and coat.

Using only high-quality ingredients and nutrients, Maxime ensures that pets maximize their full potential and help them become happy, active, tough, and smart (HATS).

Visit the official Maxime Facebook page at facebook.com/MaximePhilippines to stay updated on Maxime deals and announcements.

Shopee 9.9 kicks off with their latest Brand Endorser

International Superstar, Jackie Chan
With non-stop entertainment and the biggest deals, including free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, Shopee is the only place to be

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the most exciting year-end shopping season starting with its signature 9.9 Super Shopping Day. As part of its biggest and most action-packed shopping season, Shopee also welcomes international superstar Jackie Chan, who will be featured in a range of activities across Shopee’s end of year shopping festivals.

Jackie Chan said, “I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces. It’s exciting to partner with Shopee to celebrate the action-packed year-end festival and bring more joy to my fans and Shopee users. I had a lot of fun working with Shopee and I think people of all ages will enjoy the activities and content that we have prepared together. I hope everyone can join us to make the year-end shopping season a memorable one.”

Shopee pioneered the first 9.9 Super Shopping Day in 2016. Each year, it marks the start of a highly anticipated year-end shopping season across the region. A survey conducted by Shopee revealed that over 90% of users across the region proactively seek out information to make better purchase decisions during the campaigns. The mega shopping season also tends to attract new online shoppers, with 43% of shoppers making their first-ever online purchase during the year-end campaigns.

From now till September 9, Shopee has lined up the best deals and activities. Shoppers can satisfy all their shopping needs, win exciting rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes, and enjoy non-stop entertainment with special appearances by their favorite celebrities.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The pandemic continues to affect both individuals and businesses. As communities continue to live, work, shop, and play from home, we have stepped up our efforts to ensure users have access to their daily essentials through our shopping campaigns. We are also committed to supporting local MSMEs and have launched a series of support initiatives as well as Support Local campaigns to generate greater visibility and enable users to easily identify and support local businesses. We look forward to bringing some joy to our local communities during this year-end season.”

1. Find the biggest deals, all in one place

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, on top of these amazing perks:

Lowest price deals – Users can find the hottest products with the biggest discounts all in one place at Shopee’s special ‘Daily ₱1 Deals’ microsite, which they can easily locate from Shopee’s home page.

Mega Midnight Sale – Following its success during the inaugural 4.4 Mega Shopping Day, Shopee brings back the 2-hour Midnight Mega Sale. Shoppers can grab unbeatable deals on thousands of products, including those from Shopee Mall, from 12AM to 2AM on September 9.

Greater rewards with ShopeePay – As part of Shopee’s commitment to provide a convenient, secure, and rewarding shopping experience, users can enjoy exclusive promotions and deals by using Shopee’s in-app e-wallet, ShopeePay. All users have to do is to use ShopeePay to pay for their purchases, both online and offline, at thousands of branches from participating merchants nationwide. Until September 8, shoppers can Buy Load and get ₱5 mobile data for only ₱1; Pay Bills to enjoy up to 50% cashback when they pay for Meralco, Maynilad, and more; and Scan to Pay to score ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and more.

2. Satisfy all shopping needs

From daily essentials to premium items, Shopee offers a wide assortment of products. With millions of brands and sellers, as well as a wide network of online and offline partners, there is something for everyone at Shopee.

Shopee Mall Big Brand Discounts – In addition to everyday products, users can expect great deals from their favorite brands on Shopee’s dedicated in-app portal for authentic brands. 91% of shoppers say the mega shopping campaigns enabled them to discover and buy brands they never tried before, while 75% indicated they were more likely to continue using these new brands rather than switching back to their usual ones. At the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can expect up to 30% off brand vouchers and up to 90% off on leading brands such as Abbott, Havaianas, Maybelline, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Breyleemall.ph, Del Monte, Unilever Beauty, Adidas, P&G Beauty, Enfagrow, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, Realme, and Xiaomi.

Support Local – Local businesses have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. This shopping season, users can give these local sellers the boost they need to recover and grow. Through the Pili Pinoy campaign, users can help preserve local culture and play their part in supporting the local economy by patronizing shops such as Abubot PH, Joy Marcelo RTW Clothing, Via Christi, Tazanna, and Tala by Kyla.

3. Experience non-stop entertainment with your favorite celebrities, exciting games, and attractive rewards

Shopee’s in-app engagement features continue to entertain and delight users. In the first half of 2021, Shopee recorded over 200% uplift in time spent on Shopee Live year-on-year. This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee will deliver upsized excitement through a line-up of the biggest superstars, exciting games, and attractive rewards.

Jackie Chan to thrill and entertain shoppers – This year, Shopee brings on international superstar Jackie Chan to be a part of its year-end shopping season, sparking tremendous excitement across the region. Users can catch him in exclusive content on Shopee Live and in-app games such as Shopee Spin & Win, Shopee Shake, and the latest Shopee Collectibles.

Big giveaways and performances during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special – Viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this September 9 for a chance to win millions worth of cash prizes and giveaways, including two house and lot packages. Fans can also expect performances from a leading K-Pop group.

Exciting rewards from games on Shopee Prizes – Users can look forward to earning rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes.
A key highlight this year will be Shopee Collectibles, where users stand a chance to win super-sized prizes by collecting a full set of in-game items.
Users can collect items by playing popular games such as Shopee Farm and Shopee Candy, or trading items with their friends.

Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day here: https://shopee.ph/m/99.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

World Vision concerned by trending Covid-19 cases among children

With latest health reports of increasing number of COVID-19 infection among children, World Vision urges family members especially the parents and adult caregivers to be mindful of the prescribed minimum health standards even while at home to also protect children and prevent viral transmission amidst the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
World Vision, an international child-focused NGO, also expressed its support to all stakeholders in upholding everyone’s welfare especially of children amidst the ECQ and heightened restrictions in selected areas threatened by the more contagious Delta variant.
World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte raised the need for adults to take this development seriously and be aware of children’s risks if they remain complacent.
As of August 12, the Department of Health (DOH) records 87,663 active COVID-19 cases, making the overall total number of cases in the Philippines since last year to 1,700,363. Infected children nine years old and below comprise 4% or 65,558 cases while those between 10 to 19 years old represent 7% or 116,035.
Nationwide, the top six most affected regions are the National Capital Region, Region II Cagayan Valley, Region III Central Luzon, Region IV-A CALABARZON, Region VI Western VIsayas and Region VII Central Visayas.
“While there is urgency for adults to be vaccinated, we also call for the government to hasten the testing and immediate availability of safe and effective vaccines for children,” he added.
“Together with our partners, we pray that the global milestones in fighting this pandemic can be realized here in our country as well,” hopes Fuerte, who is also a Board Member of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Recently, a study by World Vision revealed that during lockdowns, children and their households suffer from a significant lack of access to basic health care services, increasing the risk of maternal and child morbidity.
During this pandemic, the child development agency also stressed the need to ensure babies’ proper nutrition. World Vision technical program manager for health and nutrition Carleneth San Valentin, underscores the need to promote, protect and uphold the exclusive breastfeeding among mothers, as a practical defense for infants zero to six months old against dreaded and preventable diseases
“The Implementing Rules and Regulations of laws that support breastfeeding are clearly provided in Executive Order No. 51 or the Philippine Milk Code and Republic Act 11148 or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-nanay Act”, the Health and Nutrition expert said while warning that breastmilk substitutes that undermine breastfeeding should not be included in the general distribution of emergency food packs.
San Valentin also added that everyone comply with guidelines from DOH Nutrition Cluster Advisory No. 1, Series 2020 which states that family food packs should contain age-and culturally-appropriate, clean and nutritious food items to promote proper nutrition of children.
As stricter community quarantine protocols are implemented, children, based on the same Rapid Assessment, have expressed negative emotions such as sadness, fear and worry. It stated that almost half of the respondent parents and caregivers admitted that they have used physical or psychological punishment to children.
“A number of children are unaware or unsure about child protection services in their communities,” shared World Vision Technical Program Manager for Child Protection Jezreel Domingo, “so we urge the government to activate and ensure the functionality of Violence against Women and Children Desks and Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, as stated in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advisory of April 2020.”
She also said that ensuring the continued functioning of child-friendly reporting mechanisms such as SOS hotlines allow concerned citizens to report any incident of abuse or exploitation.
The Child Protection Expert also reminded community stakeholders to enforce and monitor the DILG-CWC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001, which provides for the reiteration of protocols on reaching out to children in street situations, in need of special protection, at risk, and in conflict with the law during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
One of the recommendations of the said study is to also assist families in ensuring children are “in school”, which, for World Vision Technical Program Manager of Education Geomel Jetonzo, is crucial to all Filipino learners’ safe, impactful and sustained education. As most school-aged children and students are now adapting to distance learning mode, it remains imperative that parents and children are made aware of the risks and measures to protect themselves from Covid-19 even while studying at home.
To know more about World Vision and its other initiatives, you may visit www.worldvision.org.ph or follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram, and @worldvisionph on Twitter.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Hotel Sogo embracing the new normal: Innovation that lasts

The impact of Covid-19 has slammed businesses and different industries instantly in just a short period of time, despite the efforts made in making the economy move forward, there are still businesses and establishments that feel its continuous effects just like in the hospitality industry.

These affected businesses has doubled its efforts to develop and adapt to the new normal by following heightened safety measures and investing on technological advancement for the protection of all guests and employees, just like the largest and fastest-growing Filipino-owned hotel chain in the country did across all of its branches.
“Here at Hotel Sogo, we are trying on things to help improve the situation in our hotels as early as March 2020 last year. From that point on, we continued to research, invest further and develop innovative ways to upgrade our safety protocols especially in cleanliness and sanitation.” Ms. Sue Geminiano, Hotel Sogo Corporate Marketing Manager said.

Aside from the enhanced new normal protocols such as no contact fixtures and thermal scans, some remarkable changes and innovations that the Hotel Sogo management applied across its branches such as, UVC disinfection in rooms, lobbies, and air-conditioning units, increased ventilation, microbial testing (method to indicate the presence and amount of microorganisms), Covid sniffer dogs, reduced touch points, and application of anti-microbial coatings in frequently touched surfaces.

Through Hotel Sogo’s 11 So Safe Innovations, the safety and wellness of guests as well as its employees are set first.
“This on-going pandemic has helped us to take further steps in giving importance to safety. The innovation that I speak of are the development and improvement of amenities that revolves around the 4 major ways to prevent the spread of the virus and protect our guests like reduction of touch points, improve air quality, disinfection and testing. It is important to test all these protocols to make sure that all these innovation are really effective to keep our guests safe; we want our guests to feel safe and secured whenever they stay at Hotel Sogo. We will continue to protect our guests and develop more upgraded protocols even after the pandemic,” Ms. Geminiano added.

More than just a hotel
Aside from the hotel innovations that has implemented, Hotel Sogo is also ramping up its effort in helping fellow countrymen through its Corporate Social Responsibility program, Sogo Cares. Hotel Sogo is helping indigent communities who are in need of basic necessities, such as food, medicines and water.

“Recently, we donated food packs with linens and towels to the fire victims at Manila. We also donated essential needs such as bottled waters, linens, pillows, surgical masks, pillow cases, and mattresses to the Philippine General Hospital with the help of AFP and we also gave assistance in different community pantries in Bulacan and Quezon City. Our team will definitely help those who are in need in these trying times. Even this time of GCQ, Hotel Sogo is still accepting frontliners, essential, repatriated OFW, seafarers and economic workers across all Hotel Sogo branches. We are also accommodating those who prefer long-term stay for their work purposes,” stated by Ms. Geminiano.

Over the course of six (6) years, starting from 2015, Hotel Sogo through its Corporate Social Responsibility program Sogo Cares has conducted over 400 medical missions with 100,000 plus beneficiaries, led over 600 donations with more than 170,000 beneficiaries.

For more details, visit www.hotelsogo.com or like and follow Hotel Sogo on Facebook (facebook.com/hotelsogo), Twitter (@hotelsogo), and Instagram (@hotelsogo).

Astrotel Donation to Port Area

Astrotel lends a helping hand to the affected families of the fire incident that damaged several houses in the Port Area, Manila.

Nearly a month since the fire incident, life has not yet returned to normal for Barangay 650 Zone 68 Pier 15 Port Area Manila residents. The affected families temporarily stayed in their tent along 11th Street Railroad Drive, located behind the Philippine Red Cross office.

Astrotel Avenida, through Mr. John Henry Lacanilao, Branch Manager, and Mr. Marlon Hermosa, Sector Head, volunteers to donate about 1,000 linens, 150 bottled water, five boxes of clothes, and 1,000 hygiene kits to the affected families.

With the help of Barangay Chairman Salik Arongo and his constituents, the donations became successful last July 9, 2021.

Astrotel is one of the brands under the umbrella of Global Comfort Group Corporation (GCGC). It is a group of companies handling different hotels with advocacy to extend help and provide assistance to our fellow Filipinos who are in need.

Last, ECQ Astrotel opened its doors to healthcare workers and OFW’s. The hotel offered free accommodation for modern heroes to ensure their safety against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Truly, Astrotel is not just a location to unwind and relax. It is your home away from home; with Astrotel, you have your place and your space.

To know more about Astrotel, you can reach them at 0998-510-1000 or visit them on www.astrotel.ph. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @astrotel_ph.

Teleperformance Philippines is certified Great Place to Work® for fourth year in a row

Celebrating 25 years of growth and leadership in the country, Teleperformance Philippines recently earned a re-certification as Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. It is the first and only company in the country to have accomplished this feat.

The Trust Index® Survey had the highest participation rate ever in Teleperformance Philippines’ 45,000 workforce coming from its 22 business sites located across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among those programs is the company’s vibrant Diversity and Inclusion program championed by the executive leadership who actively drive a culture of respect and acceptance. Advocacy is promoted through institutionalized policies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and HIV in the Workplace Policy. Learning and Development is another Teleperformance strength, as it offers its online learning platform called myTP Learning to all employees.

In addition to the comprehensive Great Place to Work® certification process, Teleperformance operations in the Philippines are regularly visited and reviewed by third parties including independent industry analysts. These reviews include in-depth management and client interviews, physical site and facilities tours, operations inspections and employee focus groups among other activities. The findings are frequently cited in industry best practices awards, ratings and studies conducted by business analysts.

The company’s various initiatives are implemented across their business sites nationwide, the most recent being the roll-out of the TPVac vaccination program, in support of the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and aiming to protect Teleperformance employees and the communities where it operates.

Teleperformance Philippines has stood resilient and committed through all the challenges of the global pandemic. The company has provided essential support for both local and global organizations and has kept them connected with their customers through various platforms. One of these is the game-changing Teleperformance Cloud Campus – an innovative solution for enabling the ‘new normal’ work-at-home (WAH) environment. Amidst an unprecedented global crisis, Teleperformance was able to launch Cloud Campus hubs in its sites in Aura, Taguig City and in Fairview, Quezon City to serve as the operational command center of virtual teams. Moreover, Teleperformance opened its 22nd site in Molino, Cavite in October 2020, continuing to generate jobs for more Filipinos.

The Teleperformance Group recently announced the Great Place to Work® certification of subsidiaries in 60 countries, including the Philippines, for 2021. This means that over 90% of Teleperformance employees worldwide now work for a Great Place to Work® company.

The announcement was made by Teleperformance Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Julien who noted that “to have more than 90% of Teleperformance employees, all around the world, working in a subsidiary certified with the Great Place to Work® label is a testimony to Teleperformance’ Passion for People commitment.”

Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operations Officer Joey Marquez underlined the significance of this achievement: “The Teleperformance journey in the Philippines has always been a strong commitment to Filipinos across the nation, for the last 25 years. This certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our team members who work tirelessly to truly create a Great Place to Work® for All”

On its 25th year, Teleperformance Philippines celebrates its four-peat Great Place to Work® certification and looks forward to helping re-energize the industry and country’s growth, being able to advance the position of the country as a safe, secure place for customers, as well as ensuring that they provide a safe place for people to work.

ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: TEPRF.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), a leading global group in digitally integrated business services, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in many industries. It offers a One Office support services model combining three wide, high-value solution families: customer experience management, back-office services and business process knowledge services. These end-to-end digital solutions guarantee successful customer interaction and optimized business processes, anchored in a unique, comprehensive high tech, high touch approach.

The Group’s 383,000 employees, based in 83 countries, support billions of connections every year in over 265 languages and 170 markets, in a shared commitment to excellence as part of the “Simpler, Faster, Safer” process. This mission is supported by the use of reliable, flexible, intelligent technological solutions and compliance with the industry’s highest security and quality standards, based on Corporate Social Responsibility excellence. In 2020, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €5,732 million (US$ 6.5 billion, based on €1 = $1.14) and net profit of €324 million.

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs over 45,000 people in the country and operates over 30,000 workstations in 22 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Cavite, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

From 2012 to 2020, Teleperformance has received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Circle of Excellence at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority.

In 2020, Teleperformance Philippines was again certified as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to receive this certification from the Great Place to Work® Institute for three years in a row. This 2021, Teleperformance celebrates its 25th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the nation’s IT-BPM sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.

For further information, visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph

TELEPERFORMANCE Media Contacts:

Mark Pfeiffer
Mark.Pfeiffer@teleperformance.com

Jeffrey Johnson
Jeffrey.Johnson@teleperformance.com

Marilyn Romero-Ventenilla
Marilyn.Ventenilla@teleperformance.com

Pru Life UK adds two general agency offices in Metro Manila

From left to right) Red Lion Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc. Unit Manager Tine Quijano, General Agency President Marco Quijano, and Unit Manager Felipe Nabong

With the continuing efforts to make life insurance more accessible to Filipinos and bring its comprehensive portfolio of protection and investment-linked products within reach of customers in Metro Manila, leading life insurer Pru Life UK has added two general agency (GA) offices in Makati and Pasig City.

Red Lion Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc., headed by General Agency President Marco Quijano, opens its doors anew for Pru Life UK customers in KDC Plaza, 2212 Don Chino Roces Ave., Brgy Pio del Pilar, Makati City, while Infinity Ace Summit Life Insurance Agency Inc., headed by General Agency President Joanne Sardona, opens in Unit 2005-06 Pacific Center Building, 33 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center Brgy. San Antonio, Pasig City. Both offices are under Alexandrite II District headed by District Manager Jonash Go.

Celebrating its 25th year in the Philippines, Pru Life UK is going from strength to strength as it expands its footprint and opens more general agency offices to fulfill its promise to help more Filipinos live healthier and wealthier lives.

Since its establishment in 1996, the company has expanded its footprint by opening more than 190 branches and general agency offices in the Philippines and has grown its life insurance agency force to become the country’s largest with more than 35,000 agents, emerging as the top life insurer in the country based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent.

About Pru Life UK
Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol launches official Shopee and Lazada stores so you can Be Safe Now

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brings safety right to your doorstep as they launch their new Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.
More than a year in quarantine has made Filipinos anxious to go out, meet up with family and friends, and once again do their favorite recreational activities and hobbies.

As the country continues to roll out its vaccination program, experts continue to remind us of the importance of following health protocols to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

From regular washing of hands, maintaining physical distancing to always disinfecting with at least 70% alcohol solution, proper sanitation remains key to helping us prevent the spread of the virus – and that includes choosing the right rubbing alcohol to keep your hands free from germs, viruses, and bacteria.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM) as it kills 99.9% of germs and starts to kill them on contact, so you can be protected while doing your regular activities even amid the pandemic. It also provides you and your loved ones up to 12 hours of protection with constant use. Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is now available in its online stores in 60 mL, 250 mL, 350mL, 500 mL, 1L, and 3.7 L or 1 GaL bottles.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brand ambassadors, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, who are parents to two boys, Zion and Kai, shared how getting Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol online has been a big help to them.
“Right now, we do most of our shopping online for food, clothes, toys, and a lot more as we really think it’s safer and minimizes risks, not just for us but for our kids as well. That’s why we got excited when we heard that Defensil has launched an online store. It has been such a big help as it allows us to safely and conveniently purchase isopropyl alcohol anytime, especially since we use it a lot even when we’re just at home,” shared Sarah.
Sarah also loves how the alcohol is hypo-allergenic and has moisturizing properties to keep her and her family’s hands from getting dry.

Be Safe Now and visit Defensil’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores for all your isopropyl alcohol needs. For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.

*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans