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Short on cash?

June 13, 2019

IT is time to bid your money woes goodbye. Farewell to the scenario where you have to face the reality of an empty wallet on your next shopping trip, or to the sinking feeling of not having enough cash to pay your bills until the next paycheck. Short on cash? In dire need of funds in an instant? Within a click’s reach is your saving grace -- the GCash app. Emergencies are stressful no more with the GCash’s “request money” feature. Aside from saving people the problem of lugging around money in a bulky purse or wallet, GCash eases the transfer from one mobile wallet to another. At the drop of a hat, friends can easily request money from each other in times of distress and ask for money. Requesting for more moolah in your mobile wallet has never been this easy. The request money feature is readily visible in the app’s dashboard once you open it. Just enter your friend’s name or mobile number, the amount you need, and the problem already solves itself. If you’re in the mood to explain your situation or deliver an advanced message of gratitude, the GCash allows you to do just that.  Responding to a friend’s financial SOS is a breeze, too. Simply check your app’s notifications and sending help is as mindless as clicking a button on your smartphone. Plus, there is also a special tab to track your history of requests for reference. The cherry on top? It doesn't matter if you’re a Smart, Sun, or TNT subscriber. Now, all it takes is a SIM card and smartphone, and you can take advantage of whole array of GCash services through your mobile phone. It’s as easy as grabbing the free app on Google Play Store or iOS App Store and registering for an account.  In the eyes of GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), no network should be left behind. Even though it is a company led by Globe Telecom Inc., Ayala Corp., and Ant Financial, this new financial technology wonder is out to pave the way towards a cashless society by adopting a policy of inclusivity.  Long gone were the days where GCash was exclusive to one network. Now, anyone can participate in the cashless revolution and have access to greater convenience through the GCash app.  “We believe in the power of inclusivity. As we lead the push for financial inclusion across the different sectors of the society, we believe that providing a telco agnostic platform will help more Filipinos participate in the digital economy,” Mynt Vice President for Money Transfer Fred Levy said.  GCash is the new must-have in an age where technology reigns supreme. It is a mobile money service, regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, where you can buy load, purchase items, send and receive money, pay bills, and more using Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, or TNT -- or the future telco player that everybody is raving about.  GCash, the leading and revolutionary mobile wallet in the Philippines, is designed to help users navigate through the modern, agile world of finance. So the next time that you find yourself knee deep in money troubles, just remember that your fellow GCash users are literally one tap away.

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AboitizPower geothermal unit earns ISO certification for Asset Management

June 13, 2019

AboitizPower subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) earned its Asset Management System certification with zero non-conformance, covering the widely recognized and adopted ISO 55001:2014 standard. The certification audit, which was recently conducted by DQS Certification Philippines Inc., covered both APRI’s Tiwi and MakBan geothermal power plants in Albay and on the border of Laguna and Batangas provinces, respectively. APRI President and Chief Operating Officer Alexander B. Coo said that the certification is a reflection of the company’s continuous efforts to optimize the life cycle of its electricity generating assets. “The Asset Management System ensures that we are able to balance costs, opportunities, and risks related to our assets to achieve our organizational objectives,” Coo added. During the awarding of the certificates last June 10, DQS Philippines Managing Director Romeo Zamora revealed a secret behind APRI's success and gave kudos to APRI employees for this feat. He said, “If not for the teamwork and support of all the employees of APRI, the certification could have not materialized.” APRI is also certified for the Integrated Management System that includes the 2015 version of ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environment), and the 2007 version of OSHAS 18001 (Health and Safety). The company is one of the leading producers of clean and renewable energy in the Philippines, generating baseload power from its geothermal facilities.  

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Solar Philippines – expanding its reach nationwide

June 12, 2019

SOLAR Philippines, the leader and expert in solar in the country, has cemented its reach in Mindanao by recently entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with St. Jude Chicken Slaughterhouse and St. Jude Chicken Dressing Plant for a 1.570MWp solar project in its vicinity in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental - aiming primarily to generate millions of savings annually. This project is expected to decrease the carbon emission footprint of their operation by 1,400 MT per annum. Solar Philippines is a 100 percent Filipino-owned company founded by visionary entrepreneur Leandro Leviste, integrating development, manufacturing, design, procurement, construction and operations and maintenance with its own strategically located plan. Here, it produces world class solar photovoltaic systems and serve clean energy at the lowest cost to its customers all over the country. Leviste’s goal is to eradicate poverty by making the Philippines a first world country through the aid of solar energy. Solar Philippines believes that solar and battery storage will supply the majority of the world’s energy over the coming decades – ending poverty, alleviating climate change and enabling emerging economies to leapfrog decades of development. Their mission is to accelerate this global transition towards a solar powered future, to provide energy at the lowest cost and to make the Philippines a leader not only among the economies of Southeast Asia but the world at large. The story of Solar Philippines began in March 2016 when it completed its Calatagan solar farm, the largest in Luzon. By February, Solar Philippines rolled out its first homegrown solar panels from its factory in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. In August of the same year, it already got its ISO 9001 certificate and a month after, it was awarded as Power Company of the Year by the Asian Power Awards. Solar Philippines produces the highest standard of module manufacturing for in-house demand and OEM partners and is capable of producing the highest quality modules with different sizes (60c/72c) and technologies (mono/multi/PERC/bifacial etc.). That’s because Solar Philippines deploys the latest technologies in solar energy generation from a 1KW residential system to tens of megawatts of farm system. It has an annual capacity of 800MW and ships high quality and fully certified PV modules to domestic and international customers. The factory also provides OEM services to Tier 1 PV module manufacturers in the world aside from producing PV modules for Solar Philippines’ solar projects. To date, the total generating capacity of the solar systems installed by Solar Philippines is at 84.5MW, the biggest of which is the 63.3MW Calatagan solar farm, a joint venture with Korean Electric Corporation. It has likewise partnered with Meralco for its Concepcion solar farm which spans over 150 hectares and can produce up to 150MWp solar power production. Using over 199,000 panels, it is expected to generate clean renewable power for the next 30 years. These systems already saved 7.5 million trees and avoided 181,225 tons of CO2 emission per year. Its Philippine-based operations guarantee availability of critical parts to meet its customers’ increasing solar-powered needs now and in the future. With a team of 200 highly skilled in-house engineers, Solar Philippines provides high quality and lowest cost solar installations, utilizing world class design tools and lean concept sin supply chain and construction methods. The first to deploy the largest operating solar-battery minigrid project in Southeast Asia and hundreds more in the pipeline locally and globally, Solar Philippines serves electricity directly to paying households and businesses in far-flung underserved areas. Solar Philippines’ portfolio of quality projects include those atop SM, Robinsons, CityMall and Toyota, among others. Solar Philippines has also been exploring the international market especially in the Asian and African regions. Entities in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar have already been incorporated to cater the company’s ongoing foreign transactions. Pilot projects are currently being developed in Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya and India – each targeting different market segments.

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D-MAX Boondock Debuts in ‘Open House’ as Part of the “I Love Isuzu” Campaign

June 4, 2019

A month after the festive and successful launch of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign last April 25 at the Festival Supermall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) shifts the celebration a bit further south at Isuzu Santa Rosa.      The focus of the “Open House” has now been the launch of the new Isuzu D-MAX Boondock.      The “Open House” concept, part of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign, makes Isuzu Santa Rosa dealership, its vehicle roster and aftermarket services, closer to its customers and potential buyers by way of fun and engaging activities, contests and promotions; the introduction of the new D-MAX Boondock.      The festivities started early with the motorcade of 24 vehicles drumming up excitement along the designated route from a Shell station in Biñan going to the dealership.      The D-MAX Boondock was finally revealed after IPC Product Planning Head Robert Carlos described the new and exciting details about the pick-up. Based on initial feedback by customers and members of the D-MAX Club coming from Team Isuzu Pilipinas and Team ICE in attendance, the D-MAX Boondock Edition packs in more of the tough, durable, and powerful persona that truly befits its name, its intended natural habitat.      The D-MAX Boondock Edition fits the utilitarian vehicle profile sought after by the premium lifestyle, with its higher ride height of 247 mm, 1, 900 mm overall height, off-road look, and a muscular stance that looks tough enough for anything that comes its way.      Based on the popular D-MAX 3.0L LS, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is fitted with 265/70 R 17 All-terrain tires wrapped around black alloy wheel R17 rims. This all-terrain tire has been engineered to provide ultimate traction across various conditions, whether rolling down the highway or leaving the pavement behind.      Monotube nitrogen-charged performance shock absorbers ensure instantaneous response to changing road conditions and offering faster damping reaction. As a result, improved steering control on different terrain and driving conditions is achieved.      The steel side steps not only give easy access but offer valuable protection to the pick-up body. The honeycomb design with the Boondock logo also helps in no-fuss cleaning and provides better traction during ingress and egress.      To complement the overall look, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is equipped with roof rail, cargo extender, rocker panel, over fender, and a massive Boondock decalinstalled at the tailgate.      Of course, the D-MAX Boondock Edition walks the talk, with its powerful, Euro-4 emissions rated 4JJ1-TCX 4-Cylinder in-line Blue Power 3.0-liter diesel engine with turbo intercooler and VGS Turbo Charger mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with gearshift indicator or a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. The D-MAX Boondock Edition is able to generate maximum power outputs of 177 PS at 3,600 RPM and 380 Nm of torque at 1,800 to 2,800 RPM.      Available in Cosmic Black and Galena Gray colors, the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition is priced at P1.390 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS MT Boondock, and P1.455 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS AT Boondock.      Beyond the debut of the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition, the “Open House” in Isuzu Sta. Rosa underscores how valuable Isuzu customers and the Filipino motoring public are to IPC, and it shows once more in the “I Love Isuzu” campaign in the dealership.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has entailed months of research, planning, and collaboration among IPC and its dealers, business partners, suppliers, and the various Isuzu auto clubs across the country. The campaign perfectly represents IPC and continues the good relationship with long-time clients and partners.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has hinged on not just Isuzu vehicles’ exceptional durability, reliability, power, performance, and fuel-efficiency, but also on the entire motoring lifestyle experience of their owners and their families and friends, the kind of lifestyle experiences that have evolved into fond memories throughout the decades.      Isuzu Sta. Rosa’s “Open House” as an integral part of the campaign, has lined up various activities and rewards schemes for its clients, customers and stakeholders, including: Special 10K worth of Isuzu Parts Coupon for closed transactions, 3K worth of SHELL Fuel Voucher for every successful referral offered to existing clients and 20% Isuzu Genuine Parts Discount. In addition to this, a whole day of bankers’ and client test drive, Fleet Service Clinic and open service shop for clients.      To know more about IPC’s “I Love Isuzu” campaign, upcoming Isuzu Dealer Open House schedules, and the D-MAX Boondock Edition as well as the complete roster of Isuzu commercial vehicles and light commercial vehicles, visit your nearest Isuzu dealer or log on to www.isuzuphil.com.

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E-recruitment in PH remains stable, HR talent most in-demand

June 4, 2019

MANILA--E-recruitment in the Philippines witnessed positive year-on-year growth of 11% between April 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI). The Consumer Goods/FMCG industry led the demand with a 22% annual rise in April. This was closely followed by the Hospitality industry, which recorded a 21% year-on-year growth. The IT, Telecom/ISP industry ranked among top growth industries for the first time in 2019, experiencing year-on-year growth of 14%. Other industries monitored by the index recorded significant positive growth as well, with the exception being the Education sector, which saw a 6% decline between April 2018 and April 2019. The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a gauge of online job posting activity compiled monthly by Monster.com. It records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity locally. When looking at specific job roles, all 10 of the occupations monitored by the Index recorded positive growth in April. HR & Admin professionals received the highest spike in demand with the double-digit 19% year-on-year growth for the month of April, followed by Finance & Accounts talent with a 18% growth in yearly demand. “The job market reported a stable momentum despite the 5.6% growth in the 1st quarter of 2019, and with the ongoing trade war and other economic headwinds businesses will remain cautiously optimistic,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of Monster.com – APAC and Middle East. “As traditional roles continue to evolve, digital competency remains high in demand. In fact, employers have a huge responsibility to empower employees with the right set of skills development initiatives. Organisations creating personalised learning paths to upskill employees in their current and future roles command a huge competitive advantage.” “More importantly, to attract top talent in a competitive labor market like the Philippines, it is crucial for organizations to cultivate a strong employer brand by clearly articulating why their company  is a great workplace.” The Monster Employment Index is a monthly look at online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry. PR

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Yamaha Sight Saferun South Luzon Edition Concludes with a Record-breaking 147 Kilometers Per Liter

June 3, 2019

Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. concluded the South Luzon edition of the Yamaha Sight Saferun Challenge. The Grand Finals was held in Naga, Camarines Sur with the Top 10 finishers of each leg. The best record was achieved in Legaspi with 147 Km/L and the outstanding fuel efficiency of Yamaha Sight was a feat bound to repeat itself.      This challenge was a partnership among Yamaha Motor Philippines, Motortrade Nationwide Corporation, and Adventure Team Pilipinas, which facilitated the competition. All with the goal of providing the Filipino rider the best in fuel efficiency. The Yamaha Sight combines its practical design with specialized technology to save riders as much as possible in their trips without sacrificing performance. Its fuel-injected engine and powerful disc brake are precisely crafted for a highly efficient ride.      The finals presented a 189 KM route that stretched from RevZone Naga to Polangui, then looping back after reaching Legazpi. Miguel Ocinar, the youngest rider in the competition and broke the previous record, accomplished the feat again with 147 Km/L to set the bar of the South Luzon chapter. He was followed by Junmark Geronimo who bested his old record of 137 Km/L in the 3rd leg and upped it to 141 Km/L, Andrew Roman rounded out the top three with an impressive 140 Km/L.

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