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SSS launches contribution payments through the SSS Mobile App with PayMaya

December 29, 2019

State-run Social Security System (SSS) has tapped digital financial services leader PayMaya to allow members to conveniently pay their contributions through the SSS mobile app.   With this partnership, individual members of the pension fund such as Self-employed, Voluntary, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) can now pay their contributions using their PayMaya account or any Visa, Mastercard, or JCB credit, debit, or prepaid card. In the next phase, PayMaya will accept employer's contributions (regular and household) and salary loan payments.   SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio and PayMaya Philippines, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Orlando Vea formally signed the agreement, making PayMaya as one of the 85 accredited collecting and paying partners of SSS, 35 of which are already Real-Time Processing of Contributions (RTPC) system compliant.   “We are very glad that we were able to add another accredited collection partner that will ensure fast, convenient and secure way of remitting the hard-earned money of our members for their future contingencies and retirement options to the pension fund,” Ignacio said.   “The public has been very much aware that we have been exerting all efforts to make SSS transactions hassle-free through our gradual shift to the digital platforms. This is one of our options to eliminate long queues in automated teller services in branches and other accredited partner agencies. In just one tap on your mobile phones, your contribution payments are remitted to the SSS,” Ignacio said.   For his part, PayMaya Chief Executive Officer and Founder Orlando Vea said: "Using digital technology in delivering social services to all Filipinos is a big leap for SSS and we are proud that they have tapped us in this initiative. Making public service more accessible to all Filipinos through digital financial services is in line with our thrust at PayMaya to push for digital and financial inclusion."   PayMaya is providing its universal payments platform to SSS to allow it to accept PayMaya as well as all card and mobile wallet payments through its mobile app and soon in its other online channels and branches.   For those without a card, they can simply sign up for a PayMaya account by downloading the PayMaya app on their iOS or Android devices and use the mobile number associated with their account when they pay via the SSS mobile app.   The Social Security Commission (SSC), the policy-making body of the SSS, approved the accreditation of PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, after it had submitted and passed the standards and requirements of the RTPC system.   Members of the SSS who will use their PayMaya accounts or their debit and credit cards for paying their contributions should first download the SSS Mobile App in Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Huawei App Gallery. They can log-In using their existing My.SSS account’s user ID and password and generate their Payment Reference Number or Statement of Account in the SSS Mobile App by clicking the “Generate PRN/SOA” icon.   After the member has created his PRN, he needs to click the Pay button to display the two options: “Pay with PayMaya Account” or “Credit/Debit Card”.   If the member opted to pay using his PayMaya account, the screen will display the Payment Reference Number, amount, and convenience fee. The member is required to input his email address and password. PayMaya will send a One-Time Password (OTP) to proceed with the payment.   On the other hand, if the member opted to pay using his credit/debit card, the screen will display the monthly contribution, convenience charge and total amount. To complete the payment, the member is required to input the following: First Name, Last Name, Card Number and Expiry Date of the card.   For confirmation of successful payment, a pop-up message will display the PRN, amount, convenience fee and payment reference number. For credit/debit payment, the member has the option to indicate the member’s email address or mobile number to receive an email notification or Short Message Service (SMS) as confirmation of successful payment.   A convenience fee of 1.75 percent of the total amount to be paid will be charged to the member if he opted to pay using his debit/credit card while a P10 transaction fee will be charged for those who opt to use the e-wallet.   “This is only the beginning of our continuous effort to provide quality and convenient services to our members. Hopefully, we can soon use PayMaya for loan repayments and payments from employers not only in the SSS Mobile App but also even on the SSS website,” Ignacio said.   Based on the latest data, the SSS Mobile App has been downloaded 2.93 million times in Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei App Gallery as of November 2019.   Aside from PayMaya, SSS members may pay their contributions conveniently thru online transactions offered by partner-banks and other collection partners. For the official list of online payment channels, members may visit the SSS website.

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Hedcor turns waste to funds through Balik Baterya Program

November 20, 2019

A COMMON GROUND. Hedcor, OMMC, and PBSP sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their partnership geared towards advancing communities and the environment. Some wastes, like batteries, can be toxic to human health and the environment if mishandled when they are disposed. Because Hedcor continues to look for ways to improve the state of the community and the environment, it has forged a partnership with Oriental and Motolite Marketing Corporation and Philippine Business for Social Progress, Inc. for the Balik Baterya program. In this program, Hedcor gets to trade its Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULABs) to OMMC for proper disposal under accredited recyclers. Each ULAB disposed holds a trade-in value which will then be forwarded to PBSP to fund projects identified by Hedcor. Among various health and socio-economic projects, PBSP actively endorses projects on education such as the Learning Enhancement Assistance Package, known also as Project LEAP. This goal aligns with Hedcor’s desire of advancing communities through education. “This program doesn’t only help fulfill a company’s responsible business practices but also helps in terms of funding projects for the community,” said PBSP Regional Manager Garibalde Alvin Enriques. "The Balik Baterya program has been around for more than 10 years already, with over 260 partner companies." OMMC Representative Mark Lopez also expressed his gratitude over the interest in their program. “We really welcome companies who actively take part in the Balik Baterya program because it helps address community and environmental issues. I hope our partnership will be more harmonious in the long run,” said Lopez. In his message, Hedcor’s Assistant Vice President for Operations Leo Lungay also shared how program participants share goals. “Our operations depend on the status of mother nature, thus we are very active and dedicated in initiatives that ensure that sustainability is met,” Lungay noted. “Involvement in this program is one of those. And seeing the goals of your organization and this project, it appears that we all have the same objective--we are all for the betterment of the environment and the communities,” he added. Hedcor is a run-of-river hydropower arm of AboitizPower. It currently operates 22 hydropower facilities in North Luzon and Mindanao and holds a total gross capacity of 277.36MW of clean and renewable energy.

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APC PR: Beyond Steelmaking

November 18, 2019

COMMUNITY PARTNER. Since establishment in 2008, Melters Steel Corporation (MSC) has sustained its efforts to better the quality of life of its host community in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga. The current administration’s Build! Build! Build! program has fueled the significant growth of the Philippines’ infrastructure sector and along with it, the demand for quality and cost-effective steel. This presents a great opportunity for the steel industry. But for Melters Steel Corporation (MSC), one of the major steel manufacturers in the country, growth is not just about being able to leverage the booming demand and capturing a significant market share, but most importantly, it is about helping the community. On November 15, MSC, together with AboitizPower and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., embarked on a medical mission for its host community in Pampanga. Around 85 residents of Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga underwent free medical and dental consultations, as well as received medicines with a total worth of Php 200,000. "We are very thankful to Melters that as their host barangay, we are able to reach out to them to address our needs, and they have always been willing to help," Randie Flores, San Isidro Brgy. Chairman, said. Apart from the medical mission, other corporate social responsibility initiatives of MSC include disaster relief efforts, computer donation, and cement donation for the rehabilitation of the community church. "We try to help as much as we can. Anything with regard to the community, we're always here to help," Lance Lim, MSC Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, said. MSC also recognized the value of its long-standing partnership with AboitizPower to community and nation-building. "It's a win-win situation. We can always do it on our own but it's a lot better with the support of Aboitiz. We're very happy with our partnership and when the time comes, we want to expand our business with Aboitiz and grow together with Aboitiz," Lim added. AboitizPower supplies reliable, cost-efficient, and sustainable electricity to MSC’s smelting plant in Brgy. San Isidro, San Simon, Pampanga. "AboitizPower is very professional and we want to deal with people like that. They know what they're doing. They know what they want, and they know the direction that they're going to. We're thankful that we did not make a mistake in choosing them," Nena Lim, MSC President and Chief Executive Officer, said. The partnership between MSC and AboitizPower is built on their shared values and common goal of advancing business and communities. About AboitizPower AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities. The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the baseload and peak energy demands of the country. The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the second and third largest private utilities in the country. For further queries on this Press Release, please contact

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Cagayan de Oro teachers hone their skills through Ayala Foundation’s CENTEX education program

November 13, 2019

As part of its sustained efforts in helping improve teacher effectiveness across the country, Ayala Foundation recently completed intensive training sessions for educators in Cagayan de Oro City, under the CENTEX Training Institute program. Forty teachers and a school head from Bongbongon Elementary School participated in a three-day training session organized by Ayala Foundation, in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Education Division of Cagayan de Oro. Held from October 21 to 23, the intensive training sessions focused on the following essential elements for lifelong learning: “Classroom Pedagogy and Methodology, Values Clarification, and Use of Technology in the Classroom.” The development of thinking skills does not only play a big role in improving the learning experience, but also has a lasting impact in the growth and development of children. CENTEX Training Institute prepares Cagayan de Oro City educators to become collaborative agents of change who will guide children of today and tomorrow live and lead more successful lives. Among the topics discussed during the learning sessions were 21st-century learning skills and 21st-century learning environments, classroom management, socio-emotional learning, visible thinking, teaching with technology, and values clarification. Ayala Foundation develops and implements its education initiatives through CENTEX. CENTEX started in two public schools in Manila and Batangas, providing high-quality public education for children from economically disadvantaged families. Over the years, the program has evolved, as it emphasized that a child’s holistic development is the shared role of teachers and school heads, parents, and members of the community. Through the CENTEX Training Institute, Ayala Foundation brings the CENTEX experience of holistic and quality public education to different parts of the country. To date, Ayala Foundation has trained hundreds of public school teachers from 17 areas in 11 provinces nationwide, making an impact in the lives of thousands of students. About Ayala Foundation As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation's main program areas are Education, Community Leadership, Suitable and Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. For more information, visit www.ayalafoundation.org.      

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Host communities can now directly access revenue shares from Therma South Power Plant under ER 1-94 MOA 

November 8, 2019

FORGING PARTNERSHIPS. AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) enters a memorandum of agreement with its host communities Brgy. Binugao and Brgy. Inawayan for ER 1-94 last October 11, 2019. The host communities of AboitizPower’s Therma South power plant can now directly access their share from the revenue of the facility, thanks to new revisions to Energy Regulation 1-94, implemented by the Department of Energy. In a signing ceremony last October, barangays Binugao, Toril, Davao City and Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur have agreed to set up their bank trust accounts where TSI will regularly download their revenue shares. Similar trust accounts will also be set up for the city of Davao, the municipality of Sta. Cruz, and the province of Davao del Sur. The local government units can use the money to fund environmental, livelihood, and electrification projects in their locality. ER 1-94 is a mandate under law that requires Generation Companies (GenCos) to remit at PHP 0.01 / kWh of revenue to its host communities. AboitizPower Coal Business Unit President and Chief Operating Officer Danel Aboitiz inked the MOA with Brgy Captain Remegio Saniel of Binugao and Brgy Capt. Danilo Baquia during TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program this year. Now on its second year, TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program aims to gather and show appreciation to the various agencies and groups that have been the company’s partners for progress throughout the years, since the plant’s inception and now during its operation.  Heads and representatives from both Davao and Davao del Sur coming from government agencies, business councils, environmental management groups, the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, the academe, and the Matigsalug tribe among others all participated in the event and bore witness to the ceremonial MOA signing.  PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS. Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte and AP Coal BU President and COO Danel Aboitiz share a light moment during TSI’s Partners Fellowship Program.   “AboitizPower is here for the long-term. We are excited for our host beneficiaries to utilize their ER 1-94 funds and will accelerate what we can to help the communities utilize the available funds that are rightfully theirs,” said Danel Aboitiz. The company’s good relationship with its partners has allowed them to responsibly operate the 300-megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant and positively impact its host communities of Barangay Binugao in Toril, Davao City and Barangay Inawayan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.      Since the start of TSI’s operations, the internal revenue allotment of its host communities has more than doubled. With the trust and support of its partners, TSI has also contributed to the development of Mindanao by providing 260 megawatts of energy to more than 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities, all the while doing so with zero exceedance of environmental standards since the start of its operations in 2016.  Wholly-owned AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is the owner and operator of the 300-Megawatt Davao Baseload Power Plant located in Binugao, Toril, Davao City. TSI is also certified in three ISO standards, namely Quality Management (ISO 9001:2015), Environmental Management (ISO 14001:2015), and Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSAS 18001:2007). Along with Therma Luzon, Inc. and Therma Visayas, Inc., the three primarily form the Coal Business Unit of AboitizPower.        About AboitizPower AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.  The company is one of the largest power producers in the Philippines with a balanced portfolio of assets located across the country. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy with several hydroelectric, geothermal and solar power generation facilities. It also has thermal power plants in its generation portfolio to support the baseload and peak energy demands of the country. The company also owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, including the second and third largest private utilities in the country.  

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4ID camp open to National Children’s Month activities 

November 8, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – In its aim of protecting and securing the future of the young generation, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division once again open its doors to the different activities in connection with the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration with the theme: “Karapatan Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan this November 2019.    4ID through its “Peaceful War” campaign had long been conducting activities such as Youth Leadership Summit trainings, sports activities, camp tours, static displays and information and education campaigns among others.     Further, various schools from elementary, high school and colleges in Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces have also conducted their activities inside 4th ID headquarters and letter requests continue to pour in.    MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the 4th ID, said “We are happy to continue to open our doors to the public for we want to nurture, educate, empower and protect our children as well as the youth against unscrupulous organizations such as the New People’s Army (NPA), their recruitment and deception schemes.”     “As we continue with the implementation of the Executive Order 70 or the “Whole-ofNation Approach” in Regions 10 and Caraga, we are nearing with our goal of achieving sustainable peace and development. Children’s future is crucial, we must protect it by all means. Saving our children’s future, is saving the future of our nation” Gacal added.   

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