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2GO Travel Offers Free Accommodation Upgrade To Fully Vaccinated Passengers

July 9, 2021

MANILA – Present your vaccination card and instantly get an accommodation upgrade up to business class when you sail with 2GO Travel, the largest premier sea travel provider in the Philippines. Free upgrades are offered to passengers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.     2GO Travel has made it easy to avail of the offer in just three steps! First, passengers must have received their jabs more than or equal to two weeks after having received the second dose in a two-dose series or have been inoculated more than or equal to two weeks after having received a single-dose vaccine. Second, passengers just need to present to front desk their vaccination cards with complete details, first and second dosage dates for double dose vaccines, and first dose date for single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson only), including signature/s of the vaccinator. Last but not the least, 2GO Travel’s front office will facilitate and arrange for transfer of passengers in the upgraded accommodations. Upgrade is on a first come, first served basis, and will only be offered if accommodation is available. The free upgrade is applicable to all 2GO Travel destinations from Batangas to Caticlan and Roxas, including Manila to Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Coron, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Butuan, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga, and vice versa. This offer is until August 31, 2021. Enjoy fun and safe travels with 2GO’s new ships, upgraded onboard accommodations and amenities as well as strict health and safety protocols from terminal check-in all the way to boarding the vessel and disembarkation. To book your tickets, please call our hotline (02) 8 528 7000, visit 2GO Travel’s Facebook and Instagram, email travel@2GO.com.ph, or visit any 2GO outlet and SM Business Centers near you!  

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Globe Business to Filipino SMEs: Tuloy Tayo!

July 2, 2021

  Empowering businesses to forge ahead fearlessly into the digital future Every business that has survived and beaten the pandemic odds carries an inspiring story of creativity, grit, and resilience worthy of recognition. By capturing and telling these stories, Globe Business honors the local micro, small and medium business owners through this year’s Saludo SMEs campaign, cheering them on with the message “Through The Changing Times, Tuloy Tayo!”, and supporting them as a trusted partner does so that they can confidently move their business forward. The ‘Saludo SMEs’ campaign is Globe Business’ annual initiative to recognize the contribution to sustainable economic development made by micro, small and medium businesses. It was first launched in 2019 to shine a spotlight on SME challenges and successes and inspire other entrepreneurs facing similar struggles to keep going, and coming off a troubled 2020, the campaign message feels more poignant and emotionally-charged than ever. This year’s campaign kicked off with a virtual event featuring special messages from Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu and Ayala Corporation President and CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala. In their messages, the respected business leaders highlighted how they collaborate to empower MSMEs with the right tools and skills to reinvent their business and own their success.   Cited was the tri-pillar program between Globe Business, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and the Ayala Enterprise Circle (AEC) which helps SMEs retool and shift to digital in order to thrive in the post-pandemic digital era. The three organizations work hand-in-hand to curate services that complement one another to give SME owners a perfect set of tools to confidently navigate the changing business landscape. Globe Business offers an array of digital business solutions to equip MSMEs in their digital journey including products, platforms, learning programs, and technology assistance. BPI SME Loans, on the other hand, has developed Biz Tech, a loan program specifically for Globe Business MSMEs who need a financial boost for their business, while AEC extends exclusive perks and benefits from other Ayala companies to help Globe Business customers save on expenses. “The commitment and the resilience we have witnessed among MSMEs as they navigate the challenges brought on by the pandemic inspires us to continue developing innovative ways to support our local entrepreneurs and carve pathways for them to succeed as the backbone of our economy,” said Ayala. For his part, Cu stressed that Globe Telecom remains focused on its role as an enabler of digital transformation for all Filipinos, including businesses, by providing them with technology and agile and affordable solutions. “As businesses begin their journey to economic recovery, we will continue to extend our hand to entrepreneurs to give them meaningful and life-enabling innovations and access to opportunities and growth,” said Cu. Supporting MSMEs in their digital transformation journey with back-to-back activities Among the activities that Globe Business will roll out for SMEs this month is the Digistore, supported by the DTI Negosyo Center and the DTI Bureau of SME Development, which was developed to boost the sales of partner entrepreneurs through cross-selling on Globe’s digital platforms. The Digistore will encourage Filipinos to support local MSME brands by buying from the live-selling activities hosted by Globe Business on its Facebook page. Globe Business is also launching a search for MSMEs that have tapped into the power of digital technology to pivot their operations and survive the pandemic. Five businesses will be chosen by the telco giant from among the stories shared to an SME showcase worth P50,000 to help boost their business and expedite their digital transformation.   Lastly, new and existing Globe Business customers will also benefit from Globe Business Upstart—a loyalty program designed to empower micro, small and medium business owners through three core pillars: digital leadership, business enablement, and exclusive partnerships. Members will have access to this starting July 5 when they register to the program. Owning business success through “Tuloy Tayo!" Globe Business is a staunch supporter of the MSME sector and is committed to be their partner for success in every way possible.

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2GO Makes Traveling to Cebu Easier, Affordable, And Convenient For Tourists

June 18, 2021

MANILA, 17 June 2021 – The province of Cebu, which is open for travel and tourism, heartily welcomes tourists from the National Capital Region. “The Gateway to a Thousand Journeys” makes it easier,more affordable, and convenient for travelers to set foot in the island once they secure their travelrequirementsin advance, such as their confirmed hotel bookings, S-PaSS registrations, and 2GO Traveltickets. “With Cebu’s less stringent community quarantine, visitors can enjoy luxurious island resorts in Mactan; stroll the unspoiled white sand beach of Bantayan; go on a canyoneering adventure in Kawasan Falls; dive and see the rich marine life in Malapascua; watch dolphins and whale sharks in Oslob; and have a unique sardine run experience in Moalboal. They can book their voyages to Cebu, and immediately start their vacation onboard 2GO Travel,” 2GO Assistant Vice President for Marketing Blessie Cruz said. For as low as ₱399, the Philippines’ premiere sea travel provider, can take their passengers from Manila all the way to the historical Queen City of the South aboard its newest ship, MV 2GO Maligaya. The traveling public can start booking their promo tickets today until June 20, 2021 to travel from July 15 to December 15, 2021. The discounted rate also applies to Cebuanos who are planning to sail from their hometown to the nation’s capital, including passengers from Manila to Bacolod, Coron, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Puerto Princesa and vice versa. “It’s fun and it’s safe with 2GO Travel. We amplify the passenger experience by upgrading our fleet, our terminals, and our onboard accommodations and amenities. At 2GO, we strictly implement and comply to health and safety protocols imposed by the government, while aiding our passengers to adhere to travel advisories,” Cruz added. In addition, tourists from Batangas and Caticlan and Roxas (and vice versa) can avail tickets for only ₱299, while routes from Manila to Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Ozamiz, Zamboanga and vice versa are for ₱499. All tickets are inclusive of accommodations and 50 kg baggage allowance, exclusive of meals and other fees, and subject to free unlimited rebooking. To book and rebook your tickets, please visit 2GO Travel’s website, https://travel.2go.com.ph/, call our hotline (02) 8 528 7000, email us at travel@2GO.com.ph, or visit any 2GO outlet, authorized agent, and SM Business Center near you!     ABOUT 2GO TRAVEL 2GO Travel is one of the largest premier sea travel providers in the Philippines. It constantly strives to push boundaries in providing travelers a wide selection of reasonably-priced hotel accommodations, tours, and event packages to make for unforgettable trips. 2GO Travel is backed by over 148 years' worth of combined history in the travel industry, making it a local leader in setting sea travel standards and trends. The company is present in more than 2,000 outlets nationwide, operating in 18 ports of call in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to bring you easy, comfortable, and economical travel-whether you are bound for the sunny beaches of Boracay, the gastronomic wonderland that is Cebu, or the alluring pockets of paradise in Palawan. By integrating its fleet with top-notch tours and accommodations, breathtaking destinations, and warm hospitality from an experienced and dedicated crew, 2GO Travel continues to redefine sea travel in the best ways possible so you can be rest assured that for every trip you plan with us, you are always #Ready2GO. ABOUT 2GO GROUP, INC. 2GO Group, Inc. is the Philippines’ largest integrated transportation and logistics provider, at its core has five business units, namely, 2GO Sea Solutions, 2GO Special Containers, 2GO Logistics, 2GO Distribution, and 2GO Express.  

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ABB supplies Southeast Asia’s largest battery energy storage system

June 2, 2021

With the global energy storage system market expected to reach $17.9 billion by 2027 1 , battery energy storage systems (BESS) are emerging as the strongest solution to increase grid flexibility and reliability. With rapid growth rates of 31.4 percent CAGR by 2027 1 projected, countries around the world are increasingly switching to BESS to drive greater grid reliability and broader adoption of renewable energy sources. Battery energy storage systems are particularly suitable for regions that are impacted by grid instability, such as the Philippines. To help improve grid performance in the country, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), one of the major suppliers of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install BESS facilities as part of its nationwide BESS Project, the region’s largest BESS project. As part of a multi-million-dollar contract won in 2019, ABB will support two 20MW sites which will be installed by June 2021, with a further 40MW site in July 2021. The remaining sites will be completed in 2022. Alessandro Palin, President of ABB's Distribution Solutions Division explains: “Battery energy storage systems are transforming the market, driving wider adoption of renewable energy solutions, and helping to improve grid performance across the globe. In support of ABB’s 2030 sustainability commitments, pioneering solutions like the one in the Philippines will ensure that grids are more stable and will satisfy the reliability challenges associated with moving to a stronger mix of renewables.” This project will support the Philippines’ ambitious plans to build a more sustainable future for its communities, by decarbonizing energy generation and ensuring that 54 percent of its energy mix comes from renewables by 2040 2 (a sizeable increase from 29 percent of renewables in 2019). To meet these targets, the country faces several challenges to ensure grid stability, including the length of power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago, as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator. ABB has provided a packaged BESS solution to strengthen the reliability and stability of the local grid on Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago, and the island of Visayas. Both these fast- developing regions will benefit from BESS as part of the government’s ‘Build, build, build’ program that aims to establish a ‘golden age of infrastructure’ to boost industry and tourism. The solution is designed to avoid large frequency deviations which can result in costly equipment damage and disruptive power system failure. The Philippines project uses ABB’s proprietary software platform ABB Ability™ Zenon to act as the intuitive interface to the BESS, allowing users to make real time decisions based on grid parameters to ensure performance stability. To satisfy the complicated needs of the scheme and ensure easy and quick installation, ABB developed a complete solution that uses standardized building blocks that are scalable and modular. The building block ABB SUPPLIES SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LARGEST BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM 2/2 designs include an integrated combination of Energy Storage Modules and power distribution equipment, that can be increased or reduced in capacity to suit specific site location requirements. The BESS includes the provision of battery enclosures, ABB EcoFlex eHouse, UniGear ZS1 medium-voltage switchgear, integrated skid units, transformers and inverters in one single skid, with a connection to the grid. Installation and energization periods were reduced by up to 30 percent, as all equipment was delivered fully integrated and pretested before arriving on site. Adopting this philosophy also ensured a reduction in site works and associated costs for the customer. Palin concludes: “By combining the knowledge of our Packaging and Solutions Global Execution team, based in Manila, with the local grid knowledge of the SMC team, we are proud to support the most ambitious BESS project in South East Asia.” ABB plans to use learnings from these installations to implement further high-profile BESS projects across the globe. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit https://go.abb/electrification                            

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JobStreet goes hyperlocal, launches microsites and virtual career fairs in several regions

April 24, 2021

Living up to its commitment to provide jobs that matter across the country, leading online job portal JobStreet is going hyperlocal as it launches its dedicated microsite for Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao as well as its upcoming virtual career fair with the selected Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices in time for the upcoming Labor Day.  The initiatives also help boost the job market in provinces as the public is encouraged to decongest Metro Manila following the on-going pandemic.  Jobseekers from Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao can now browse thousands of jobs available in their locality through the respective microsites. Candidates can also learn from work-life guides and advice from JobStreet’s career hub which will be written in their local dialect.   “Many Filipinos recently returned to their provinces because of layoffs or the new work from home arrangements and this caused a shift in the labor market. We’ve also observed that candidates from major provinces have increased their activities in terms of platform website visits, which is why we really targeted to promote local employment and provide them valuable support in their career through their own dialect,” said JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca. Hyperlocal microsites The microsite for Cebu offers opportunities from the top industries namely Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (12.5%), Manufacturing/Production (7.6%), Healthcare/ Medical (6.5%), Education (5.5%), and Construction/Building/Engineering (5.2%). The average salary reported in Cebu is Php 31,487.  Candidates from Davao can apply for jobs with an average salary of Php 28,500 as top industries continue hiring such as Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (8.7%), Healthcare/Medical (7.8%), Education (7.2%), Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.6%), and Retail/Merchandise (5.3%).  Meanwhile, thousands of jobs are also found in Iloilo microsite with an average salary of Php 27,370. Top industries include Healthcare/Medical (13.6%), Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (9.2%), Education (8.3%), Construction/Building/Engineering (5.6%), and Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.3%).  As of 2021, JobStreet earned a 13% growth in average platform visits from Cebu, 56% from Davao, and 44% in Iloilo. Moreover, hirers from the said provinces are gradually picking up. Based on JobStreet Database as of March 2021, job offerings based in Central Visayas grew by 9% from a sharp decline in 2020. Western Visayas recently jumped to 44% increase in job openings, while Davao Region is also recovering with 26% job postings this year.      Ensuring that the initiative will be advantageous for both local hirers and candidates, JobStreet is also establishing a local team in each province to accommodate queries.  Labor Day Virtual Career Fair  JobStreet continues to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in providing livelihood among Filipinos during this period. Following the success of the recent Virtual Career  Fair, JobStreet partners with selected DOLE regions to launch another Virtual Career Fair on May 1 to 3.  Over 100 companies from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have participated in the upcoming Virtual Career Fair, offering thousands of jobs nationwide. Candidates from different regions will also have a chance to experience engaging features such as live chats, on-the-spot interviews with HR representatives, and companies’ virtual booths. In addition, DOLE Regional Offices will accommodate concerns and questions from candidates via chat in the platform.  Jobseekers can join the online raffle as JobStreet goes live on its official Facebook Page on the first day of the Virtual Career Fair on May 1 at 5:00PM. “We appreciate DOLE and the participating regions for trusting to partner with JobStreet in this initiative. We’re hoping that the Virtual Career Fair would be able to reach out to more jobseekers across the country who are looking for opportunities at this time,” shared Gioca. The Virtual Career Fair is now open for pre-registration through http://bit.ly/JobStreetDOLEVCF.  Provincial microsites are also accessible via http://bit.ly/JobStreetIloilo, http://bit.ly/JobStreetCebu, and http://bit.ly/JobStreetDavao. About JobStreet  JobStreet is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database. 

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