On May 23, 2023, Symph, a dynamic software development consulting company in the Philippines, conducted their #SymphAI30x30 Media Party at BGC. On May 18, 2023, a news conference was held at The Company Cebu just a few days previously. It was now Manila’s turn to host this amazing occasion.
Symph is committed to empowering people and advancing knowledge of the place of AI in society. An important step in achieving these goals was marked by the event. Symph expresses its sincere gratitude to the media representatives who enthusiastically supported the occasion, helping to inform the public about the effects of AI on society and addressing potential issues.
Our Chief Operating Officer, Jarrhey dela Peña stated during the event, “We have this theme, Build Openly with AI. We share our AI apps as work-in-progress. More importantly, we invite the community to try the apps and we listen to their feedback. Together, we are building the future we want to create.”
During the press conference, Symph showcased the AI apps developed by its talented team based in Manila. Edson Carreon, our full-stack developer, introduced Grognak, an AI Caveman app that simplifies complex topics for better understanding. This app holds great potential for museums and tech or science-related events, making learning a fun and effortless experience for kids.
Ragan Lamoc, our full-stack developer, demonstrated Fitplanr. It is an AI-powered personal trainer app that generates custom gym programs. By seamlessly integrating with gyms and fitness amenities, Fitplanr empowers both gym-goers and beginners to kickstart their workouts with confidence.
In addition, Michael Suarez, our AI and Fullstack engineer stationed in Cebu, presented a Prompeteer, which Jarrhey dela Pea built. Jarrhey himself makes daily use of the tool that enables users to make chatbots powered by AI without knowing any programming. After Jarrhey demonstrated the app, media members were able to quickly construct their own AI apps. With the use of an AI tool from Prompeteer, companies can present their brand identity to customers while guiding them through interesting conversations about purchases.
With its future AI events and projects, Symph is eager to enthrall audiences. The business is committed to altering the AI environment and is always looking for new opportunities and pushing the limits of technological development. Symph welcomes everyone to embark on this thrilling adventure with them as they remain steadfast in their mission to #BuildOpenlyWithAI. Prepare to be amazed and inspired!
Want to see the cool AI apps we’ve built so far? Check out https://www.symph.ai/ Keep an eye out for more of our AI apps we will continue to build! Know more about Symph here: https://www.symph.co
By endorsing the 59th Binibining Pilipinas
beauty pageant, scheduled for May 28, 2023 at the New Frontier Theater,
BingoPlus once more reaffirmed its commitment to supporting projects and
endeavors that highlight Filipino culture, Filipino pastimes, and Filipino
The first live-streaming bingo in the
Philippines is the competition’s presenter, and by including viewers and
pageant enthusiasts in the voting process, they have increased the contest’s
excitement. The public can vote for their favorite candidates on a voting page
that BingoPlus has set up on its official website. The candidate who receives
the most votes will immediately go up to the Top 12 of Binibining Pilipinas
2023 and win a P100,000 cash reward from BingoPlus.
Forty lovely ladies from all over the
country will vie for the four prestigious titles of Binibining Pilipinas
International, Binibining Pilipinas Grand and Binibining Pilipinas Globe at the
All that beauty contest fans have to
do is register and log in on the BingoPlus website (www.bingoplus.com) and cast their votes. When they do, they get the chance to win
BingoPlus credits and tickets to witness the Binibining Pilipinas coronation
night live. The more votes cast, the more chances of winning in the lucky draw.
Voting started April 29 and will run through May 26. Lucky draw winners will be
announced every Friday up to May 28.
The Binibining Pilipinas candidates
recently visited and toured the newly built and biggest studio of BingoPlus in
Quezon City where many of the grand, star-studded BingoPlus Nights are held.
The lovely ladies gave a glimpse of what audiences can expect on finals night
by putting on a mini show, introducing themselves per province, greeting
audiences via livestream and inviting them to cast their votes for their
candidates on the BingoPlus website.
Since its debut in January 2022, BingoPlus
has been fervently promoting businesses and initiatives that share its goal of
giving Filipinos access to high-quality entertainment. In addition to
aggressively promoting Filipino festivities including Sinulog in Cebu,
Dinagyang and Pintados de Pasi in Iloilo, and MassKara in Bacolod, BingoPlus
served as the presenter of Ms. Philippines Earth 2022. Along with sporting
leagues, teams, and special events, BingoPlus is a fervent supporter of musical
performances and concerts.
“BingoPlus will continue
to support activities that showcase our Filipino tradition and culture. As a
promoter of leisure and quality entertainment, we will be part of many more
initiatives that express our Pinoy love of merriment and recreation,” said Jasper
Vicencio, AB Leisure Exponent, Inc. President, the company that introduced the
In furtherance of its goal to improve farmers’
agricultural and entrepreneurial abilities, SM Foundation, Inc. The Kabalikat
sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) was recently
introduced by the organization in several Calabarzon locales.
The initiative was first introduced on April
13, 2023, in Padre Garcia, Batangas, and has since been expanded to Silang,
Cavite, Batangas City, San Pablo, Laguna, and Calamba City. In order to assist
other recipients in improving their families and communities, SMFI is also
planning to offer free agri-skills training to local farmers in other areas of
The local farmer-beneficiaries
will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca
Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.
The said program kicked
off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants
with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training
curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity
building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities.
Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance
farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth.
As a highlight of the program’s first phase, KSK-SAP farmers will join the SM Sunday Market, a collaborative initiative between SM Foundation and SM Supermalls. This platform offers trainees a valuable opportunity to showcase their agricultural produce and gain firsthand experience in institutional selling. Through this market opportunity, participants can not only generate income but also cultivate their expertise and experience in the sales and marketing aspects of their agri-businesses.
To prepare for the second phase of the program, SMFI will also assist the farmers in formalizing their respective groups. To boost their earning capactiy and contribution to economic growth, the foundation will support them in creating a sustainable and profitable farming community through the assistance of its partner agencies.
Henry “Tatang” Sy Sr., the creator
of SMFI, had a goal for KSK-SAP to be a sustainable effort that would improve
the farming abilities, food security, and livelihood knowledge of low-income
Filipino farmers. The program has grown over time into a thorough training
program that creates chances for skill development, employment, and
More than 28,000 marginalized farmers from
rural and urban areas around the nation have benefited from KSK-SAP since its
founding in 2007, enhancing their capacity for farming and entrepreneurship.
Some program graduates have consequently evolved into seasonal vendors for the
SM group and other neighborhood markets.
KSK-SAP is carried out by the SM Foundation in
collaboration with partner agricultural schools, SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA,
DSWD, DOST, DTI, and DOT.
Three international award-giving organizations have
recognized SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the top integrated
property developers in Southeast Asia, for excellence in transparent
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual
Integrated Report titled “Together, We Rise.”
Even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in
the Philippines made sustainability reporting mandatory, SM began publishing
its sustainability reports in 2013. By alerting investors and other
stakeholders on its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making procedures,
and competitive positioning value in the industry, SM Prime further encourages
transparency and accountability.
“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of
our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices.
We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of
the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.
At the summit of
international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most
coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The
Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire
Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly
anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety
of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all
kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze
Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver
Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).
Additionally, the business received a Silver Rank in the
National Center for Sustainability Reporting’s (NCSR) 2022 Asia Sustainability
Reporting Rating (ASRRAT), a ranking system for sustainability reports. The GRI
Standards compliance, GHG disclosure transparency, alignment with and support
of the UN SDGs are just a few of the criteria used in the ASRRAT rating system.
The awards and recognition from other countries are proof of
SM Prime’s active engagement in promoting sustainability throughout its
activities. SM Prime continues to be a driving force behind economic growth by
creating sustainable lifestyle cities that improve the quality of life for
millions of people.
SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), in collaboration
with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), and the Department of Education (DepEd),
has recently worked to construct two new school buildings in Laguna and
Batangas, as part of its commitment to helping upgrade the country’s education
Two two-story four-classroom school buildings
will be donated to the Laguna Resettlement Community School in San Pedro City,
Laguna, and the San Antonio Elementary School in Sto. Tomas City is located in
To ensure that children, particularly from
low-income neighborhoods, have access to contemporary, secure, and conducive
learning environments, each of the school buildings is planned to be furnished
with instructional materials, chairs, handwashing facilities, emergency
equipment, and PWD-friendly amenities.
At the signing of the memorandum of
understanding on April 28, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the
Philippines (NEAP) in Malvar, Batangas, representatives from the SMFI, DepEd,
and the local government units of the aforementioned provinces formalized the
Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd in various
educational programs. This social good initiative aims to
promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it
has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.
NegoSentro Media has named veteran automotive
industry specialist Mark Saberola as the new Editor-in-Chief for
its Auto &
Tech website, which is an exciting move for the Auto & Tech
sector. Additionally, they are launching a brand-new video podcast series in
which Saberola will play the role of “Kuya Mark”
Saberola, widely known as “The Talyer Mentor,” brings a remarkable
depth of knowledge in the automobile industry to his new position at NegoSentro
& Tech platform. Saberola’s professional history displays a
distinctive blend of practical expertise and leadership skills, starting with
his early years at Ford Motor Company and ending with the establishment of the
Auto Service franchise. His technological business, AutoServed,
which showcases his extensive understanding of innovation and technology within
the automotive industry, serves to further support his credentials. The
different perspectives and experiences of Saberola are expected to
significantly enhance the Auto & Tech platform of NegoSentro Media.
The podcast will include insightful
discussions with figures from the auto and IT industries as well as other
relevant fields. The mission of Saberola is to build a platform for many
viewpoints while fostering innovation, business knowledge, and motivational
The Kuya Mark video
podcast will be a highlight of Saberola’s role at NegoSentro. The twice-monthly
podcast will cover a broad spectrum of topics, from insider insights into the
auto industry to discussions on tech innovations and beyond. Each episode,
lasting approximately 8-10 minutes, will feature Saberola’s engaging style and
in-depth knowledge, making it a must-watch for enthusiasts and professionals
Nievera, NegoSentro’s Chief Digipreneur, said, “Mark is the perfect choice for me. Besides being a co-alumnus at the
Asian Institute of Management, his years of balanced experience in the motoring
industry are commendable. We are thrilled to have Mark spearhead this new
initiative. His knack for engaging storytelling, will make ‘Kuya Mark’ a
standout addition to our lineup of digital content.”
his excitement about this new venture: “I’m
thrilled to join NegoSentro
Media and launch the Kuya Mark podcast. It’s a fantastic platform to
share insights, engage with our audience, and discuss anything and everything
about cars and the tech space.”
“We have been searching for a year now for an EIC for our
motoring niche, and Mark is a perfect fit. As someone who’s well-versed in both
motoring and tech, he will drive the publication to new heights,” adds Nievera.
The selection of Saberola by NegoSentro Media
and the debut of the Kuya Mark podcast are smart moves to improve their Auto & Tech
content, providing a novel and interesting viewpoint to their audience. Keep an
eye out for Kuya Mark’s video podcast, which promises a special mix of
knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment in its debut episode.
is a leading digital platform dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and
providing resources for business growth and development. With a strong
commitment to fostering innovation, Negosentro Media offers relevant news,
articles, and insights across various industries, including automotive and
technology. Visit www.negosentro.com for more details.
Kuya Mark, also
known as Mark Saberola, is a seasoned automotive industry professional who
recently joined Negosentro Media as the Editor-in-Chief for their Auto &
Tech website. Beyond his editorial role, Mark also serves as the General
Manager and Franchisor at ValuePlus Auto Services, the founder of AutoServed,
and the inspirational figure behind Talyer Mentor. Known for his unique blend
of practical experience and leadership skills, Kuya Mark shares his knowledge
and passion for cars and technology through engaging content, including his
innovative video podcast series. As a mentor and subject matter expert, Kuya
Mark is dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses succeed in
the dynamic world of automotive and technology. Visit www.talyermentor.com and www.autoandtech.com for more details.
In the Philippines, SATO, the social
business arm of the LIXIL Group, has just begun operations. SATO offers
consumers and institutions in rural and peri-urban regions who require off-grid
solutions innovative, aspirational, and cost-effective sanitation and hygiene
products. SATO presented its product range to decision-makers, corporate
executives, and potential partners in the nation on May 17, 2023 at the Okada
Manila. As we witness the meaningful event, we are delighted to know more about
SATO and how beneficial the product they have for the people. I’m also excited
to try and get to know more about them as I trust their efficiency. As we
strive to better our lives, SATO is here to help us and give us the choices
that would make our lives safe and healthy.
The launch is in line with SATO’s mission
to inspire people to live a better life, every day, and enjoy a brighter future
through innovative sanitation and hygiene solutions, which also happens to be
the brand’s 10th anniversary. The launch in Southeast Asia is a further step in
LIXIL’s mission to enhance 100 million lives by 2025.
sanitation and hygiene products offer a practical and affordable solution to
around 7 million Filipinos who still open defecate or use
unimproved toilets. In
addition, more than 20 million people
have inadequate hand washing facilities at home, according to WHO/UNICEF
Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP).
new range of products will also be instrumental in supporting the country as
the Philippine government works to attain Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) status
and achieve universal access to safe and adequate sanitary facilities by
The SATO series is produced in the
Philippines by Manly Plastics, the largest supplier of end-to-end plastic
solutions and a company that has been active there for more than 59 years. It
is reliable, economical, water-saving, and easily accessible. Manly is a
reputable and trusted brand with capabilities ranging from mold engineering to
fabrication, mass production, and more. Manly has cooperated with businesses
across the globe to produce and supply plastic components and products.
The SATO pan, stool, I-trap, and a hand
washing station called the SATO Tap that enables handwashing with as little as
100 ml of water are just a few of the toilet solutions that Manly will produce
for SATO. The SATO-developed trap door technology is used in the toilet
solutions to minimize odor, keep insects at bay, and conserve water, providing
freshness, comfort, and safety to homes and establishments without access to
running water and sewage systems. Customers who want to build their first
toilet or upgrade an existing one can utilize the goods in off-set settings or
“The launch in the Philippines is a proud moment for SATO and
LIXIL as we serve more consumers and institutions and expand our reach and
impact into a new region. SATO solutions are already making a difference in the
life of millions across the world as the brand works with partners who believe
in our mission of sustainable and safely managed sanitation and hygiene” – Says Suguru Sakata, Leader,
Jonathan Co from
Manly elaborated about the partnership, saying: “Simple solutions can create
a large impact. We
are thankful to LIXIL for bringing SATO Toilet; this is a much needed
hygiene solution for the country, and at the same time, it will help the
economy by choosing to manufacture locally, creating jobs for our citizens. We
are committed to helping LIXIL make SATO toilet solutions a success in the
Philippines. SATO is a great example and that’s why
we are proud to add this innovative and
affordable range of sanitation and hygiene solutions to Manly’s portfolio of
offerings to its many customers.”
With the construction of its dealership in Barangay
Langlangca II, Candon City, Ilocos Sur, Toyota Ilocos Sur will soon be able to
meet the mobility demands of clients in the Ilocos Region. This will be the
74th dealership for Toyota Motor Philippines.
A “3S” facility, Toyota Ilocos Sur will offer
sales, service, and replacement components. The dealership will have a total
floor size of 5,868 square meters and be situated on a 2-hectare property. A
workshop with 37 General Service & Body Repair Bays and a showroom with
four vehicles on display are both included.
are confident that with the strong guidance of our next generation leaders and
their team, along with the supervision and partnership with TMP, we can lead in
offering the best possible customer experience in Ilocos Sur and further expand
our market in the whole of Region 1,”
said Rene So, President of Toyota Dagupan Inc. Group during the groundbreaking
“With the construction of Toyota Ilocos
Sur, Toyota looks to maintain its position in the industry as the top-of-mind
car brand. We are excited to welcome this new dealership as we create mobility
and happiness for all our customers in the province of Ilocos Sur,” said TMP Senior Vice
President for Marketing Division Masando Hashimoto.
The Philippine government has awarded
contracts to SunAsia Energy Inc. and Blueleaf Energy to construct and manage
the largest floating solar project in the world, with a total capacity of more
than 610.5 megawatts (MW).
The Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the
first batch of Solar Energy Operating Contracts (SEOCs) for a total of 1.3
gigawatts (GW) in floating solar projects, marking a significant development in
the nation’s energy sector.
During President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s state
visit to Singapore in September 2022, Blueleaf Energy, a standalone portfolio
company of Macquarie, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI). In the Philippines, the
firm promised to considerably increase its investments in sustainable
In partnership with SunAsia Energy,
Blueleaf Energy is jointly developing the large-scale floating solar facility
on Laguna Lake, spanning the growing cities of Calamba, Sta. Rosa and Cabuyao,
and the towns of Bay and Victoria.
During the contract turnover ceremonies,
Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla reiterated his promise to strengthen the
renewable energy sector and declared the DoE’s strong support for the
commercialization of floating solar facilities as an emerging technology.
Australian Ambassador HK Yu PSM and
Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong were among those who attended the
event at the DoE office in Makati City. The program echoed the need to
accelerate the realization of the country’s decarbonization targets by 2040.
Raghuram Natarajan, CEO of Blueleaf Energy, said that “as an active investor in sustainable infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region, we believe the Philippines holds great potential to add significant renewable energy capacity to its energy mix and at the same time delivering green energy at an affordable cost compared to fossil fuels.”
The recent announcement of the removal of
foreign ownership restrictions, Mr. Natarajan said, “is an important step in attracting the much-needed foreign direct
investments in Philippine Renewable Energy (RE) sector to accelerate the energy
transition for meeting the country’s decarbonization and net zero targets.”
After the signing of the SEOCs, Blueleaf
Energy’s top executive said his company would push for cooperation among public
and private stakeholders to ensure the successful development of the project.
This will “not only contribute to the country’s RE goals, but also spark green job growth locally during construction and the long-term operations of these floating solar projects, enable local supply chains through the manufacturing of critical components and bring about notable benefits to the local community,” Mr. Natarajan said.
The SEOC is a testament to the viability of this emerging technology. Tetchi Capellan, president and CEO of SunAsia Energy, noted that “land use is becoming a big issue for renewables.”
are worrying about competing uses of land, and in some markets, you might
struggle to find land,” Capellan said. “There is a strong incentive to build on
water as the Philippines gears up for an ambitious 46 GW solar energy
installations in 2040 and at the same time, increase power supply in the
She said that this first 610MW floating
solar project “is our collective legacy, our immeasurable contribution to the
body of knowledge in the renewable energy space and to the growing solar energy
built, we are certain that it will stand as one of the engineering wonders of
the world. It will capture the imagination of developers, it will be published
in multiple journals, shared in social media, visited by hundreds of
practitioners, and studied by academics,” Capellan
Since 2019, SunAsia Energy has been
operating a testbed on Laguna Lake to study the behavior of waves, the movement
of wind, the intensity of the sun, as well as the variability of the
temperature in the locality. The wealth of experience has contributed to the
growing knowledge of floating solar panels on the lake.
SunAsia Energy further explained that
like land-based systems, floating solar panels generate electricity from the
sun’s rays. But the bodies of water that these farms rest on also help to cool
the panels, allowing them to be more efficient than terrestrial solar,
according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
Solar-on-water will definitely boost
clean power as the world races to cut carbon emissions. Massive solar farms can
now be found atop bodies of water in South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand,
Singapore, and Portugal.
Developing solar-on-water projects, in
the country’s largest lake, will help achieve not only the government’s
ambitious decarbonization target but also much needed power to run industries,
light homes, and energize cities.
More importantly, it will be a legacy of
the Philippines to the global renewable energy space, SunAsia Energy said.
In the last two decades, Blueleaf Energy
has developed and built almost 2 GW of solar capacity across the globe,
including 250 MW in the Philippines. It currently has over 7 GW of solar, wind
and storage projects project pipeline across the Asia Pacific region.
Since its founding in 2013, SunAsia Energy, a national
developer of renewable solar energy, has collaborated with numerous
organizations to create solar projects, such as the 20 MWp Dagupan solar
project in Pangasinan and the 60 MWp Toledo solar project in Cebu.
The Jollibee Group unveiled its Joy for Tomorrow Global Sustainability
Agenda on March 16 of last year with the intention of reaffirming the
organization’s dedication to ethical business practices.
Despite having made significant progress over the course of its 45-year
history in a number of social and environmental projects, Jollibee Group is now
deliberately integrating all of its sustainability initiatives into a more
cohesive framework that unites the Jollibee Group community, including its
employees, business partners, suppliers, vendors, and other stakeholders,
toward a set of common sustainability goals.
With Joy for Tomorrow, Jollibee Group continues to uphold its commitment
to its objective of giving the joy of eating to everyone, while also
understanding that this mission extends beyond the current generation of
customers and stakeholders. The business is aware that in order to contribute
to a more sustainable future for people and the environment, it must make use
of its worldwide scope, resources, and experience.
“Our challenge in
Jollibee Group is how to sustain our success while creating positive impact to
our society and planet. As one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in
the world, and with our vision to become one of top companies in our industry,
we recognize that we have a significant role and responsibility in impacting
positive change,” said Jollibee Group President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong.
for Tomorrow Sustainability Agenda centers on three pillars namely Food,
People, and Planet. These pillars consist of 10 focus areas: Food Safety, Food
Quality, Nutrition & Transparency, Employee Welfare, Farmers Livelihood,
Community Support, Good Governance, Packaging & Recycling, Waste Reduction,
and Energy & Water Efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives
that contribute and align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
to Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot
Miñana, Joy for Tomorrow serves as the company’s roadmap for
achieving the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.
“It’s a call to action
for everyone in Jollibee Group, amid the pursuit of our sustainability pillars
of Food, People, and Planet. It is our commitment to future generations to
preserve and improve natural resources from which they can benefit,”
Serving food that people trust
Group prioritizes food safety and quality to maintain the trust of its
2022, the company conducted over 15,000 Food, Service, and Cleanliness (FSC)
Audits across its stores worldwide, while over 125,600 online training hours
were devoted to Food, Service, Cleanliness & Condition. Moreover, 100% of
its stores, commissaries, and logistics facilities have undergone rigorous
Quality Management audits. The group also achieved a global Net Promoter Score
of 82, exceeding industry benchmark of 50, showcasing customer satisfaction and
loyalty for the various brands.
Helping make people’s lives better
Group recognizes the invaluable role in fostering an inclusive work environment
for its employees, partners, farmers, and communities.
2022, women made up 59% of management positions and 51% of the total workforce.
Through training courses on Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, and
Anti-Discrimination, the company educates its employees on the value and
benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. As a measure of high employee
engagement, the group achieved the 70thpercentile of Gallup’s Q12 percentile
of the organization, Jollibee Group Foundation’s Farmer Entrepreneurship
Program (FEP) has enabled over 700 smallholder farmers across the Philippines
to deliver their produce directly to Jollibee Group. Today, the white onions,
green bell peppers, tomatoes, calamansi, ginger, and other vegetables that the
company uses in Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, and Mang Inasal products come
from FEP farmers.
Treating the planet responsibly
terms of environmental sustainability, Jollibee Group focuses on the key areas
of packaging and recycling, energy, water, and waste.
the end of 2022, Jollibee Group manufacturing sites in the Philippines achieved
21% reduction in energy use ratio, 23% reduction in water use ratio, and 38%
reduction of waste, with almost 50% of waste now being recycled versus the
company’s 2020 benchmarks. On the store level, each solar panel installed
reduces about 3-7% of consumption form the grid.
Progress over perfection
“We understand that
assessing our impact is a continuous process of ambition and refinement. We
will track the success of our strategies over the coming years, and
periodically review our material topics and stakeholder engagement process. We
will set agile goals and targets to help us significantly impact society and
the environment in more meaningful ways,” Tanmantiong said.
To make sure that its business operations are in line with the
sustainability goals, the Jollibee Group established an Environmental, Social,
and Governance (ESG) Council in addition to creating a unit devoted to
sustainability and adding a Chief Sustainability Officer to its Executive Team.
Sustainability Agenda represents our belief system in conducting business more
ethically. As a global food company, we are responsible and deliberate with our
actions and their impact, and we are making our sustainability measures the way
of the future,” added Miñana.