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With a strong barcode system, GS1 Philippines introduces “GS1 Activate” to accelerate digital transformation in the retail industry

Aims to introduce to over 30,000 retailers nationwide by the end of 2024


The photo features representatives from GS1 Philippines present during the organization’s Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting (from left to right): Public Relations Officer Teodoro Padilla, representing the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines; Corporate Secretary Anna Marie Anastacio, representing the Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines; Trustee Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., representing the Philippines Exporters Confederation; President/CEO Roberto Claudio, representing the Philippine Retailers Association; Chairman Atty. Pablo Gancayco, representing the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Vice President Comm. Joseph Ross Jocson, representing the Packaging Institute of the Philippines; Carlos Cabochan, representing the Philippines Consumer Centric Association; and Trustee Antonio Sayo, representing the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization.

The premier organization for local barcode standards, GS1 Philippines, recently unveiled GS1 Activate, a web-based tool designed to make barcode generation and symbol creation easier for companies and transform the retail supply chain through digitalization.

GS1 Activate was introduced on January 30, 2024, during the GS1 Philippines Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting. It simplifies the process for businesses to generate barcode numbers and symbols, digitizing product data and identification and enhancing the visibility and efficiency of supply and demand chains both internationally and across sectors.

By adhering to GS1 standards and services, GS1 Activate enables businesses to achieve accurate product identification with global trade item numbers (GTINs) and seamless data sharing, enhancing customer service and operational efficiency. With GS1 Activate, businesses can easily obtain barcode numbers for their products, allowing for their global distribution. Additionally, the service provides expert guidance on printing and placing barcode symbols to ensure optimal scanning performance. By leveraging GS1 Activate to share product data, companies can expand their reach to retailers and marketplaces worldwide, enhancing the visibility and accessibility of their products on a global scale.

GS1 Philippines targets to introduce GS1 Activate to over 30,000 retailers nationwide by the end of 2024. They are currently serving over 5,000 retailers.

“In an economy where the Philippines’ e-commerce market is estimated to reach $24 billion (approx. Php 1.3 trillion) through 2025, GS1 Activate is a game-changer. This new service revolutionizes business barcode generation, reducing the time required compared to traditional product identification methods and eliminating common errors, saving costs on label reprinting and minimizing the need for extensive personnel training. By dramatically simplifying the process, GS1 Activate also enhances efficient data sharing, crucial for strengthening both local and global trade. This launch is a testament to our dedication to advancing digital integration within the Philippines’ supply chain ecosystem, reinforcing our role in the global economy,” GS1 Philippines, and Philippine Retailers Association President Bobby Claudio said.

Aligning with the annual gathering’s theme, “Unified Unlocked: Activating Integrated Digitalization,” GS1 Philippines’ conference marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the barcode system and highlighted GS1’s focus on shifting to the 2D migration of barcodes to QR codes while calling for global retail Point of Sale (POS) scanners to be capable of processing 2D barcodes by 2027.

In his remark, GS1 Philippines Chairman Atty. Pablo Gancayo shared, “We are now focused on evolving the barcode into the next level we call the 2D migration, which is expected to revolutionize further commerce. GS1 will guide the industry towards 2D migration, which it hopes to achieve and implement comprehensively by the year 2027.”

The annual gathering hosted insightful discussions, networking, and collaboration opportunities among key government figures, industry players, and GS1 members. Among those present was Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco, who emphasized GS1 standards’ pivotal role in enhancing supply chain efficiency and visibility for Philippine industries competing globally. During her talk, she discussed the government agency’s three-year food logistics action agenda aimed to revolutionize the food distribution system by addressing critical supply chain gaps and integrating ICT to enhance logistics performance. Undersecretary Pacheco expressed eagerness for collaborations with GS1 Philippines to achieve these goals.

Other government leaders and industry experts also shared their perspectives on the impact of global standards in the digital age, including Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Ivan John Enrile Uy; De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Environment and Design faculty member and packaging designer and consultant Prof. Ana Maria Veronica Solano; and CLASSchool Founder and Nutraways Manufacturing Corporation General Manager Love Emmanuel Agudo.

GS1 Global Office President and CEO Renaud De Barbuat, GS1 Philippines Trustee and Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr., and GS1 Global Office GS1 Registry Platform Global Deployment Lead Joe Horwood were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization (PHILFOODEX), the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), the Philippine Consumer Centric Traders Association (PCCTA), the Packaging Institute of the Philippines (PIP), the Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines (CCIP), the Soap and Detergent Association of the Philippines (SDAP), and the Beverage Industry Association of the Philippines were among the notable industry groups in attendance at the conference.

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Fujifilm Increases Presence in Cebu City with New Office


L-R_ FUJIFILM BI PH Hideaki Kato and FFPH President Masahiro Uehara at the ribbon cutting ceremony

FUJIFILM Philippines Inc. (FFPH) and FUJIFILM Business Innovation Philippines Corp. (FUJIFILM BI PH) have announced that they would be moving to a larger location in Cebu City due to the increased demand for their goods and services.

For the world’s leading innovators, the new office, which is ideally located at Mercedes Benz Tower, Mindanao Ave. Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, represents a major step. With this growth, Fujifilm hopes to solidify its position in the area and improve customer satisfaction by better serving the local market.


L-R_FFPH President Masahiro Uehara, Cebu City Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia, and FUJIFILM BI PH Hideaki Kato, at the ribbon cutting ceremony

The Cebu City office will serve as a hub for after-sales support, featuring a local repair center for digital cameras and endoscopy products. Additionally, it will host a showroom showcasing advanced cameras, cutting-edge printing machines, and business software solutions, offering customers an interactive experience with Fujifilm’s latest innovations in imaging and document management technology.

Mr. Masahiro Uehara, President of FFPH, expressed confidence in the strategic move, stating, “This relocation reinforces our commitment to swiftly expand our local operations, making our products and services more accessible to the southern part of the country.”

Adding his perspective, Mr. Hideaki Kato, President of FUJIFILM BI PH, mentioned FUJIFILM BI PH has almost 60-years’ experience in the Philippines and continuously provides document process innovation for Cebu customers. He also highlighted the synergy between the two entities, stating, “We are proud to unveil this new office, bringing us closer to our customers in Cebu and emphasizing the collaboration between FUJIFILM Business Innovation Philippines and FUJIFILM Philippines.”

Fujifilm, known for its unwavering commitment to technological innovation and customer-focused solutions, uses its knowledge of the photographic industry to propel growth in the fields of materials science, healthcare, and business innovation. “Giving our world more smiles,” the company’s new group purpose, highlights its dedication to building a more promising future for society.

Go to www.fujifilm.com/ph & www.fujifilm.com/fbph for additional details.

Food, Lifestyle

The world’s second-fastest-growing restaurant brand is Jollibee


Expertise in Building Brands. Jollibee’s 51% brand value growth is a testament to the Jollibee Group’s expertise in building brands that can be scaled across markets globally.

The world’s premier independent brand valuation firm, Brand Finance, has released its annual brand ranking study, which ranks Jollibee as the second fastest-growing restaurant brand globally. In the current year’s Global Restaurant Rankings, Jollibee jumped from position 20 to rank 17, demonstrating an incredible 51% increase in brand value to USD 2.3 billion.

By placing fifth in the strongest restaurant brand category, the brand significantly strengthened its position and increased its grade from AA- to AAA. Furthermore, Jollibee is the only Philippine brand that appears in the Top 10 Strongest Restaurant Brands and the Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands for 2024.

“We thank our loyal customers for their love for Jollibee, allowing us to grow the brand further and reach more people in various parts of the world,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong. “Being ranked as the second fastest growing brand in the world validates the effective work of all the leaders and teams of Jollibee—past and present—whose commitment to the brand and its customers has helped drive the brand’s sustained growth over the years.”

Confidence in Jollibee’s Strategic Direction

Jollibee, the flagship global brand within the Jollibee Group’s extensive portfolio of 18 brands, originated in the Philippines in 1978. The brand has since grown to encompass 1,668 locations across 17 countries as of January 2024.

Richard Shin, Chief Financial Officer of Jollibee Group, expressed confidence in the brand’s strategic direction, stating, “This valuation from Brand Finance gives us confidence that we are on the right track in our strategic goals for the brand. Jollibee’s ability to resonate with consumers across diverse markets and cultures opens opportunities for further expansion and growth, enhancing the potential for better shareholder value to investors and franchisees.”


Global Appeal.
Jollibee continues to captivate global audiences with its great-tasting products at affordable fare, supported by a cohesive restaurant system that positions the brand for success across markets.

Jollibee’s Growth Momentum

Brand Finance’s latest report attributes Jollibee’s remarkable financial performance and sustained momentum to its robust expansion initiatives, particularly in international markets. Emphasizing a diverse menu of exceptionally tasty, high-quality, and affordable fare, the brand continues to captivate global audiences.

The Chief Marketing Officer of Jollibee Group, David Beal, emphasized, “Jollibee’s impressive brand value growth is a testament to the Jollibee Group’s expertise in building brands that are craved globally. Our growth is underpinned by delicious offerings, a compelling brand proposition, and a cohesive restaurant system that positions us for success across markets.”

To sustain its growth momentum, Jollibee remains steadfast in expanding its store network in key markets such as the United States and the Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia (EMEAA) region, while sustaining market leadership in the Philippines.


Sustained Growth. Jollibee is now present in 17 countries with 1,668 store locations – and counting. The recent milestone opening in Canada is the brand’s 100th store in North America and is part of the Jollibee Group’s aggressive growth plans for 2024.
 

Strong Brand Love for Jollibee

The brand has recently marked a significant milestone by inaugurating its 100th store in North America, with the first customer lining up for 20 hours before the store opening.

Massive crowds have been waiting in line for extended periods of time—some camping out the night before or enduring freezing temperatures—to be the first to sample Jollibee’s famous crispy and juicy fried chicken, known as Jolly Crispy Chicken in North America and Chickenjoy in the Philippines and other markets. This fervent display of brand love has been consistent across store openings in new markets. In markets around Asia, Europe, and North America, this best-selling product has been chosen as a fan favorite.


Brand Love Across Geographies and Generations. The support of loyal customers across generations and locations has solidified Jollibee’s position as a well-loved global restaurant brand.
 

Other best-sellers that win over people to Jollibee’s faithful following are the Peach Mango Pie, which is constructed with peaches and Philippine mangoes nestled in a warm, crispy crust, and the Chicken Sandwich, which is a crispy, juicy chicken breast fillet with umami mayo in a toasted brioche bun.

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Wealth-Building Product’s Availability Extended by Allianz PNB Life, Step Up 7

With the state of the nation’s economy right now, protecting and growing money are two crucial factors to take into account. To be prepared for their future demands, Filipinos should increase their savings and make sure that their assets grow.

With its STEP UP 7 financial product, Allianz PNB Life (AZPNBL) is still dedicated to its goal of guaranteeing the financial future of more Filipinos by assisting them in accumulating wealth for their families and as a means of protection. The acronym for the Short-Term Endowment Plan with Uniform Payouts is STEP UP 7. It is a seven-year-maturing, single-pay, non-participating endowment life insurance plan. Stable income stream

Stable income stream

The STEP UP 7 is ideal for individuals who want to add another stable and guaranteed stream of income to boost their savings while enjoying the benefits of insurance coverage. The plan offers guaranteed protection, maturity benefits, and an additional annual payout of 3.25% for 7 years.

Since its launch in 2019, it has garnered the attention of customers becoming one of the most availed products of AZPNBL. Its popularity among customers led to the roll-out of the product’s third tranche with an allocation of 2 billion pesos.

AZPNBL opened the third tranche in May 2023 with an adjusted coupon rate to adapt to current market trends and prevailing yield rates. It garnered even faster sales due to the attractive coupon rate offered to both new and repeat customers.

Opportunity to build a legacy

Given its success, AZPNBL has decided to extend the STEP UP 7 offer starting January 15, 2024, until supplies last. This extension allows more customers to avail of this plan and take advantage of its benefits of boosting their savings.

Allianz PNB Life Chief Product Provider Officer Leo Tan, Jr. says, “I am immensely proud and excited to reintroduce our special proposition, STEP UP 7. It is tailored specifically to the unique financial needs and preferences of Filipinos and is designed to provide guaranteed savings and protection for those seeking medium to long-term financial solutions.

Our proposition includes a guaranteed payout feature that allows customers to save up over time with the additional payout every year, while providing a level of protection with insurance coverage. This ensures that Filipinos can achieve financial stability and security while they work towards their financial goals. We understand the importance of financial security for Filipinos, and we have designed the STEP UP 7 propositions with this in mind. We take into account the long-term outlook and affinity of Filipinos towards financial planning, ensuring that our proposition aligns perfectly with their needs.”

Customers of PNB get exclusive access to the STEP UP 7 product. Visit the closest PNB branch to learn more about the product through AZPNBL Life Changers.

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We can’t get enough of the LGBTQIA+ couples in Quezon City who are “preposing” to each other with Right to Care Cards

Although conventional rings can be used by any couple to express their commitment to one another, the LGBTQIA+ community is not influenced by this since marriage equality is not yet legalized in the Philippines.

Nevertheless, a few same-sex couples in Quezon City are making a difference and are genuinely taking the next step forward by “preposing” to their partners using a Right to Care Card!

Similar to typical prenuptial videos, each couple has shared videos on social media demonstrating how they proposed to their partners using a Right to Care Card, which formally enables LGBTQIA+ partners to make decisions for their partners in the event that they are hospitalized or require medical attention. Previously, this right was only available to heterosexual married couples, if they were not their immediate family.

Rea Leen shared the preposal video of her long-term partner via Facebook post, thanking Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for giving them an opportunity like this. “For [those] outside Quezon City, I hope your city will have this too soon, and maybe in entire Philippines. Let’s spread love and enjoy!”, she shares.

Watch Rea’s Preposal here: [https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1766519250491149]

Winch, who also shared their preposal to their partner, Anne, also expressed similar sentiments while thanking the Quezon City government for this initiative. “Isa itong malaking step para sa lahat ng LGBT couples na magkaroon ng karapatang legal na maalagaan ang aming mga partners,” they said through the caption posted.

Watch Winch’s Preposal here: [https://www.tiktok.com/@kain.mars/video/7336049700245605637?_r=1&_t=8jvQBzzgjBK]

Both couples also attended the fourth iteration of Quezon City’s commitment ceremony, with over 200 LGBTQIA+ couples participating. Mayor Joy Belmonte reiterated during the ceremony that this is a way to fulfill the city’s promises since it passed the Gender-Fair Ordinance a decade ago.

Fifteen couples received their Right to Care Cards during the event, marking the first time they had done so since registering a year ago. More information will be dispersed shortly, according to the Gender and Development Office in Quezon City. In the meanwhile, individuals who have not yet received their card can provide a copy of their Special Power of Attorney contracts at hospitals.

Being the first city in Asia to do so, Quezon City created a stir when it introduced the project during Pride month in 2023. Over 700 LGBTQIA+ couples had registered for the Right to Care Card as of February 2024. You can register for the card online bit.ly/RightToCareReg or at the Quezon City Gender and Development Council office.

More proposal videos:

https://www.facebook.com/share/v/zTGtfAJiFdhnwUda/?mibextid=w8EBqM

https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=952309522922798&id=100058742288463&mibextid=w8EBqM

https://www.tiktok.com/@mailabarleta/video/7335883669778844934?_r=1&_t=8juR4nvBk7G

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=266943226439223

For Additional reference and postings:

X: https://twitter.com/RightToCareCard/status/1759787227947901303

FB: https://www.facebook.com/RightToCareCard/posts/327409023598934

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Security Bank uses Avaloq to spearhead the digital revolution of the wealth management industry

One of the best-capitalized private universal banks in the Philippines, Security Bank offers a range of services including asset management, leasing, foreign exchange, stock trading, and customized finance. The bank increased its clientele by a CAGR of 40% and increased its wealth management assets under administration by a CAGR of 44% since establishing its wealth management division in 2017. Based on these findings, Security Bank has been named Best for HNWs (high net worth) in the Philippines by Asiamoney for three years running (2023, 2022, and 2021). Security Bank has teamed up with Avaloq to advance the bank’s digitalization, streamline its front office, and lay the groundwork for long-term growth in response to the growing demand for customized wealth management services.

With the help of its new wealth management platform, Security Bank will be able to provide its wealthy and high net worth clientele with a comprehensive range of customized investment advising services and products by automating and standardizing operations. Security Bank will see increased operational efficiency as a result of high straight-through processing (STP) and service accuracy rates for payments, securities, and money processing provided by the Avaloq Core Platform’s native automation capabilities. As a result, Security Bank will have greater resources to devote to offering individualized service, developing fresh, cutting-edge products, and branching out into new markets and customer groups.

Avaloq’s intuitive RM Workplace solution will provide Security Bank’s relationship managers with a complete overview of client profiles and portfolios, ensuring more targeted communication and simpler transaction management to boost productivity and foster closer client relationships. This will also enable the bank’s relationship managers to offer tailored investment advisory services to a larger, more diverse client base. The solution can be fully customized based on the bank’s needs and is seamlessly integrated with the Avaloq Core Platform.

Arnold Bengco, Financial Markets Head at Security Bank, said: “The bank’s strategic partnership with Avaloq will strengthen our wealth management capabilities even further. We continue to innovate our financial markets products to meet the evolving needs of our clients. With this acute focus to deliver tailored solutions and distinct BetterBanking service, we’re confident our new platform will attract incremental investment AUM and help deepen customer relationships with our Bank.”

Lucose Eralil, Executive Vice President Head Enterprise Technology & Operations at Security Bank, said: “This new partnership with Avaloq reflects our commitment to digitally transforming our bank to deliver exceptional value to our clients and stakeholders and to become the most customer-centric bank in the Philippines. With Avaloq’s specialized wealth management platform and RM Workplace solution, we can further expand our wealth management business to help individuals and businesses in the region grow and preserve their wealth. I look forward to strengthening our partnership with Avaloq over the years to come.”

Pascal Wengi, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa at Avaloq, said: “We are firmly committed to supporting Security Bank on its digitalization journey across the front, middle and back office. By automating end-to-end processes, from order entry to reporting, the Avaloq Core Platform will provide the operational foundation for the future growth and success of the bank’s wealth management business. At the same time, our RM Workplace solution will empower the bank’s relationship managers, helping them to build lasting relationships with their clients. We are proud to work closely with Security Bank to support the growth of the Philippines’ wealth management sector.”

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Enchanted Kingdom: Promoting travel and providing top-notch service

During the CALABARZON tourist Excellence Appreciation 2023, which took place in the Twin Lakes Hotel in Laurel, Batangas, last January, the Department of Tourism honored Enchanted Kingdom—the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines—for its significant contribution to the travel and tourist sector.

 Along with Local Government Units (LGUs), partner National Government Agencies (NGAs), private tourism businesses, the academic community, media partners, institutional partners, and well-known locals, Mario O. Mamon, Chairman and President of EK, and Dr. Cynthia R. Mamon, COO, accepted the award.

“This recognition is an affirmation that Enchanted Kingdom is in the right direction towards our vision to be a world-class integrated attractions destination in Asia, and as the Philippine leader in wholesome family leisure and entertainment,” said COO Dr. Mamon.

Dr. Mamon, an advocate of tourism in Laguna, is also the president of Laguna Tourism Council Philippines. “EK is committed to contribute to the growth of the tourism industry. It is our mission to create and provide magical experiences and memories that last a lifetime, both for our domestic and foreign guests,” Dr. Mamon furthered.

EK’s Learning and Development Manager, Pauline C. Barreiro also received an award for her participation as a trainer for the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) Training program for 2023. Currently, 90% of Enchanted Kingdom’s Cast Members (employees) are FBSE trained. “The FBSE Training Program has deepened our appreciation of the culture of service excellence in the Philippines. In EK, all cast members take the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence to heart as we greet every guest with a passionate Mabuhay, magical day!,” shared Ms. Barreiro.

The Laguna government also recognized EK last year for bringing in the most same-day visitors in 2022. According to DOT’s most current Regional Distribution of Overnight Travelers data, the City of Santa Rosa, where EK is located, recorded 40,188 overnight foreign travelers and 92,728 overnight domestic travelers.

Famous Laguna delicacies were on display at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Hub, which EK and DTI Laguna built in 2022. The Pugad Shop at EK’s Cultural Village zone also featured gift packs of coffee and tea, as well as locally made bags and accessories. AGILA the EKsperience, the first and only flying theater in the Philippines that honors the splendor of Philippine travel destinations, goods, and people, is also housed at EK. Enchanted Kingdom has been actively promoting travel and local goods for the past 28 years.

Lifestyle, Tech

Ayala Foundation and Globe’s Hapag Movement feed 4,500 people in Basilan


Globe’s Hapag Movement and the Ayala Foundation, with the help of local community organizations, brought meals to students in 21 Basilan schools December 1, 2023 to January 10, 2024.

The nation’s hunger rates are still rising, and millions of people are having everyday difficulties obtaining food. According to the most recent Social Weather Stations study, hunger rates increased by 12% in December 2023, especially in Mindanao, which is home to some of the nation’s poorest regions.

The Hapag Movement has targeted Basilan, a province that has long struggled with poverty and conflict, in an effort to remedy this. A 2023 study by the Philippine Statistics Authority states that 46.9% of Basilan’s population lives in poverty, making it a “relatively high” rate.


Globe’s Hapag Movement and the Ayala Foundation, with the help of local community organizations, brought meals to students in 21 Basilan schools from December 1, 2023 to January 10, 2024.

The Hapag Movement and its implementing partner Ayala Foundation recently provided supplemental nutrition to 4,500 students in 21 schools spread over 4 municipalities in Basilan, thanks to the assistance of local community groups.

Just last month, alumni of the Ayala Foundation’s Basilan Leaders initiative–Leadership villages (BYLP–LeadCom) initiative assisted the Hapag Movement in providing supplemental nutrition to isolated villages, indigenous peoples, and families of former soldiers. There were 2,500 beneficiaries of this endeavor.

Support also extended to livelihood, with the Hapag Movement providing seeds and fertilizers to farmers in Lantawan town and Lamitan City with the help of LeadCom alumna Nurhati Tangging.

“What we’re doing in Hapag is providing opportunities na mas ma-expand pa ng ating partner farmer beneficiaries sa Basilan ang kanilang pagsasaka. The Hapag project is providing them vegetable seeds at ibang pananim, at the same time fertilizer na magsu-support sa kanilang pananim,” said Tangging.


The project has also reached families of former combatants who have returned to the fold and is reintegrating with the community– a critical component in achieving lasting peace in the conflict-stricken province.

“We identified the different beneficiaries we have in Basilan sa pamamagitan ng kung sino po ‘yung active farmers na nangangailangan ng support lalo sa mga seeds. This Hapag project is also an opportunity to provide foods sa families ng former combatants at kani-kanilang pamilya,” Tangging said.

One notable project was led by community leaders Adzhar Baluan and Saddam Pacio, and teacher Nur-aisa Anilon, all of whom are also BYLP–LeadCom alumni, who organized a feeding program for nearly 1,000 students in December 2023.

“In Globe, we are fully committed to working alongside communities, stakeholders, and local leaders to deploy sustainable solutions that will significantly benefit Filipino families grappling with the harsh reality of involuntary hunger. Through the Hapag Movement, we are determined to secure a more promising future for our less fortunate kababayans,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.

The stories of Basilan communities and their support for the Hapag Movement are a powerful reminder of the impact that collective action can have in making a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

As millions of families continue to grapple with hunger, the Hapag Movement needs your support. Those who would like to send help may donate via the New GlobeOne app using Globe Rewards points. Just follow these steps:

Donations may also be made using GCash through the following steps.

On the Globe of Good website, credit card donations are also accepted.

Visit to find out more about the Hapag movement. globeofgood#gref; https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability/globe-of-good#gref.

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The town now has a new night market! Estancia’s Mercato Centrale and The Strip Circulo Verde open

The weekly food market you love is now located at Ortigas Malls. Mercato Centrale is now open at Capitol Commons, Estancia, and The Strip at Circulo Verde.

Mercato Centrale, widely regarded as the nation’s top food and lifestyle night market, serves as a central location for entrepreneurs to showcase their goods to food enthusiasts worldwide. Customers at The Strip and Estancia Mall may now savor a variety of foods and beverages all day long as of this month.

The schedule for Ortigas Malls’ Mercato Centrale is as follows:

  • The Strip at Circulo Verde: February 8 to 29, every Thursday to Sunday from 3pm to 11pm (If you purchase a bucket of Heineken Silver, you’ll get a free 0.0 Heineken Cap)
  • Estancia, Capitol Commons: February 14 to March 10, every Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm

Visit Mercato Centrale in Estancia and The Strip if you’re looking for a place to relax with your loved ones throughout the weekend or during your lunch break. Allow Ortigas Malls to contribute to your “Larger Than Life” eating encounter.

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The Ortigas Malls app is your one-stop shop for all your larger-than-life experiences. Register for the Ortigas Community Card to receive exclusive offers, discounts, and benefits.

Make sure to like and visit the Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia Mall official Facebook pages for additional details and updates on the activities held by Ortigas Malls.

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Enercon Asia Presents Energy Solution with Smart and Renewable Remote Energy Monitoring to Help with Reporting and Carbon Reduction

(L-R) Enercon Asia Executive Chairman Dr. Azhar Othman, Enercon Asia CEO Roland Lim, and Enercon Systems International Philippines Corporation Country Manager Dexter Carinugan

In response to the increasing market demand for sustainability innovations, Enercon Asia, a premier supplier of all-inclusive energy and power system integrator solutions, is happy to announce the expansion of its services into the Philippines and the launch of an advanced smart energy assessment and monitoring system.

Businesses all around the world are adopting more energy-efficient technologies to reduce their use of energy in the face of the global issue of achieving energy sustainability. Since the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has acknowledged the need for more energy-efficient usage, this trend is particularly noticeable there.

Enercon has launched its Remote Energy Monitoring System in response to the pressing need for cutting-edge energy saving solutions. The power grid, solar panels, batteries, generators, and other energy sources are all easily connected to an Internet of Things (IoT) power monitoring system. It also comes with a data-driven platform to help organizations become ready for sustainability reporting and management.

Dr. Azhar Othman, Executive Chairman, Enercon Asia, “Our goal is to advance towards a more intelligent and sustainable energy landscape while assisting businesses in navigating the complexities of energy efficiency. We aim to empower businesses to actively monitor their energy consumption, address challenges in establishing carbon reduction goals, and most importantly, achieve a significant reduction in power consumption costs.”

In addition to catering to commercial and industrial sectors, Enercon strategically positions itself to support rapidly growing industries such as microgrids and data centers. Projections from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) indicate a fivefold increase in data center capacity by 2029. Enercon’s timely launch of the Remote Energy Monitoring System, combined with their proficiency in integrating Data Centre Power system solutions, is well-positioned to support businesses in adapting to the ever-changing landscape of energy consumption efficiency.

“Recognising that power consumption constitutes a significant operating expense for many facilities and building owners, we are committed to helping them better manage their energy usage. Through site verification, measurement, monitoring, and analysis with state-of-the-art smart energy monitoring equipment, our teams ensure that clients have a thorough understanding of their energy consumption patterns, on top of meeting compliance requirements. By incorporating preventive and predictive measurements, our solution furnishes businesses with insights into their energy consumption patterns. Moreover, it facilitates remote monitoring of facilities’ energy usage, empowering businesses with enhanced control and efficiency in overseeing their energy resources,” said Roland Lim, CEO of Enercon Asia.

Enercon has been a leader in power generation and control for the commercial, industrial, and rising sectors for the last fifty years. Enercon provides more than just energy audits; its services also include asset management, which includes routine preventive maintenance, updating and retrofitting electrical equipment, as well as comprehensive commissioning, testing, and training. Power systems’ continued longevity and efficiency are guaranteed by this all-encompassing strategy. With the support of a group of energy experts and auditors, Enercon is already an ESCO registered business in the Philippines, helping businesses adhere to RA-11285, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

For more information, visit https://enercon-asia.com.