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

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      

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.  

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.   


November 6, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – As the “fastest-growing fitness franchise of all time” on a global scale, Anytime Fitness always stays true to its brand values – to provide a safe space whereeveryonecanbethemselves withoutany judgments,intimidation,or discrimination. In line with their current global campaign, ‘You’re Welcome,’ Anytime Fitness Philippines launches a digital movement that aims to spark inspiration through various fitness and wellness stories from its club members. Purple Champion What was previously dubbed as The Search for the Next Digital Ambassador, this year’s competition focuses on redefining what being a ‘champion’ means. “We want to go beyond just celebrating the fitness journeys of our members. It’s their lives, as a whole, that we want to highlight—whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. The label “champion” has so much weight on it. It sounds intimidating and daunting, right? So we want to break that and go further than the physical aspect of it. One doesn’t need to be the strongest or the fittest to be a champion,” says Jap Angeles, Anytime Fitness Asia Regional Marketing Manager. “Fitness looks andmeans differently for everyone.A PurpleChampionbelieves thatevery little push is worth being proud of and that here at Anytime Fitness, you have a safe place to keep trying and reaching your goals,” adds Jap. Together with this year’s Purple Champion search is the international franchise’s “fitainment” series that seeks to bring wellness closer to communities through fun and enjoyable activities. Sweat and have a good time with Anytime Fitness on the following dates: November 16-17 at SM Seaside Cebu, November 23-24 at SM Davao, and November 30-December 01 at TriNoma. Anytime Fitness’ search for the Purple Champion is now open for entries. Visit to nominate. Mechanics

Diwata-2 marks anniversary with demo of localized technologies and applications

November 5, 2019

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES — “Translating knowledge into local technologies and applications” was the chosen theme for the simple celebration marking the first anniversary of Diwata-2 in space, which was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI) on October 29, 2019.   A Year in Space. STAMINA4Space researcher Shielo Namuco summarizing the microsatellite’s status and operations during the morning program. Diwata-2 is a 50-kilogram Earth observation microsatellite built by a team from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI), in cooperation with Tohoku University and Hokkaido University in Japan. It was successfully deployed into 600 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit on October 29, 2018. Development of the microsatellite began under the research program, “Development of the Philippines Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat)” and was completed under the “Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space)” program, which continues to operate the microsatellite along with its predecessor, Diwata-1. Both programs are funded by the DOST Grants-in-Aid (DOST-GIA) and monitored by DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD). It is the Philippines’ third satellite sent to space, following the 50 kg. Microsatellite Diwata-1 (deployed to space April 27, 2016) and the 1 kg nanosatellite Maya-1 (deployed on June 29, 2018). As a “science satellite” built in an academic environment, Diwata-2 is primarily intended to conduct scientific measurements and experiments for environmental assessment and monitoring, which can be carried out by its on-board cameras. In its first year in space, Diwata-2 has acquired images covering 46.06% of the Philippines, which are being distributed in the website Current registered users on the website have reached over 800, which span researchers, academic institutions, government, non-profit organizations, industry groups and the general public. Diwata-2 also carries an amateur radio unit (ARU), which can be used by amateur radio hobbyists and first responders as an alternative means of communication during disasters. The ARU payload has seen increasing uptake from various users, with ham radio enthusiasts actively posting and sharing their experiences with Diwata-2 in social media and online platforms. The STAMINA4Space team continues to conduct outreach activities to further promote the use of the Diwata-2 ARU.       Key messages delivered by (clockwise from top) UP-EEEI Director Director Dr. Michael Pedrasa, current DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Guevara (middle) and former Undersecretary Dr. Amelia Guevara (rightmost), DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, and STAMINA4Space PHL-50 Project Leader Dr. Marc Talampas. In her opening message, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Guevara said, “The event’s theme, ‘Translating knowledge to local technologies and applications’ captures what the team has been doing since then,” and later added, “We hope to continue this momentum by fostering more local and international linkages and choosing more skilled and passionate researchers in this field in paving the way for future satellites, not only future Diwatas but possibly even more sophisticated satellites that bear the names of more Philippine icons that can proudly symbolize how far the Filipino stamp of ingenuity and innovation can take us.” The researchers’ presentations aimed to show just that, which STAMINA4Space PHL-50 Project Leader Dr. Marc Talampas afterwards summarized in numbers: 13, the number of satellites that are either in orbit, in the lab as engineering models, or under development nurtured by Filipino hands; 46.06%, the percentage of Philippine land area Diwata-2 has captured; 672, the number of screws that had to be checked after every vibration test during Diwata-2’s development (an example of meticulous engineering rigor needed); 3, the “trinity of vision” — light source, object, and detector (basic principles that Diwata-2’s optical payloads operate under); and 101 — for Philippines-Oscar 101 (PO-101), which was designated by AMSAT to Diwata-2’s ARU on April 11 this year.     Morning presentations from (left to right): STAMINA4Space Diwata-2 Project Manager and head of DOST-ASTI’s Solutions and Services Engineering Division Embedded Systems Group Engr. Gerwin Guba on developing Diwata-2, STAMINA4Space OPTIKAL Project Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Atchong Hilario on payload development and local partners, and STAMINA4Space STeP-UP Embedded Systems Engineer Mary Ann Constante on the Amateur Radio Satellite Station and satellite communications. Guided tours of the University Laboratory for Small Satellite and Space Engineering Systems (ULyS3ES) facility were also opened to the public in the afternoon to interactively showcase the technologies on-board the microsatellite, as well as the localization efforts being made by the STAMINA4Space Program’s different project teams. Over 40 people were accommodated, including grade school to college students, faculty members from some Metro Manila schools, and general STEM enthusiasts. STAMINA4Space Optical Payload Technology, In-Depth Knowledge Acquisition and Localization (OPTIKAL) Project Leader Dr. Maricor Soriano weighed in on what she believes is the most important output of the continuous development of satellites like Diwata-2.   Some of the demo stations showing (from left to right) the OPTIKAL team’s payload development, the PHL-50 team’s gamified Star Tracker demo, STeP-UP scholars showing how Maya-1 works, GRASPED researchers discussing Diwata data applications, and the PEDRO ground receiving station operations streaming live from DOST-ASTI. “More than having our own satellite, I would like to emphasize that what’s more important… ay hindi iyung satellite — it’s the people. Kasi po pag marunong gumawa ng kahit ano itong ating team, kahit ano pa iyung ipagawa mo sa kanila, kaya nila. It’s really the investing in the people na ang pinakaimportante na output nitong program na ito,” she said. STAMINA4Space Program Leader and DOST-ASTI Acting Director Dr. Joel Marciano, Jr. also highlighted the importance of space technology research in developing people, data and industry, representing three innovation thrusts of the STAMINA4Space program. “If we don’t start and sustain this, we will forever be consumers of technology and data provided by other countries,” he said, and offered perspectives on how space technology can feed into the local innovation ecosystem. “We aim to derive economic benefits from space — getting data, building electronics and instruments that can feed into industry through differentiated products and services, training people like the young people that you see here — so that we are not continuously left behind. The future lies in getting data and information from wherever we can get it (and) that includes the strategic vantage point of space.”


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