RWM LOVE, NCIP coffee table books, PHILHEALTH online payment, Batangas in LCC webinar thru GLOBE, SMC waives millions in toll fees, NCIP coffee table books, GRANT THORNTON webinar, TOUCHPAY for ShopeePay, MakatiMED vaccination drive, MALAYAN Insurance new product, PSBank Silver Anvil Award

    RWM chief operating officer Stephen Reilly (third from left), RWM chief human resources officer Terri Llamas (third from right), and Roque Baytan of Tzu Chi Foundation (second from right) with the RWM CSR and HR Organization Development Teams during the donation turnover.

    RWM steps up to save the seas

    Almost 3 tons of PET bottles and other recyclables were donated by the Resorts World Manila (RWM) League of Volunteer Employees (LOVE) to Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation during Green Day, a company-wide monthly recycling activity at RWM.

    With 9 out 10 plastic products ending up in the oceans and threatening marine life, RWM’s Green Day encourages employees to collate recyclable materials, including PET bottles, that will otherwise end up in landfills and donate them instead to the foundation for the production of blankets and shirts.  These relief materials are donated to disaster-stricken communities in the country.

    Through such programs, RWM continues to strengthen its commitment as an organization that actively supports the country’s environmental management efforts.

    PhilHealth offers online payment for self-paying individuals

    The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced that self-paying members can now pay their health insurance contributions using the recently launched PhilHealth Member Portal.

    Using the Portal’s payment management module, members can generate their Statement of Premium Account (SPA) that serves as their billing statement. After determining the desired payment range (1 month to 3 years), the module will automatically compute the total contributions due for payment based on the declared income. Payment due date will be indicated.

    The payor then chooses the accredited collecting agent (ACA) for their payment. PhilHealth has engaged IPAY-MYEG Philippines, Inc. as its payment partner. Other partners such as PayMaya will soon be added.

    The payor will be directed to the ACA’s domain to make the payment using Visa or Mastercard credit, debit, pre-paid cards, or GCash. Minimal convenience and service fees will be applied per transaction. Per successful payment, members will receive their electronic PhilHealth Acknowledgement receipt or ePAR and an e-mail or SMS confirmation.

    This payment option will soon be available to Overseas Filipino Workers.

    PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Dante A. Gierran said  “Now, they can conveniently pay their contribution in the comfort of their homes… Sa PhilHealth online payment facility ay ginawa din nating ligtas ang pagbabayad ng kontribusyon.”

    Self-paying members who prefer to pay over-the-counter may still do so at any PhilHealth office or its accredited collecting agents nationwide.

    Batangas on spotlight in first local lab webinar series by LCC, Globe

    The province of Batangas will be the focal point of the latest webinar series conducted by the Liveable Cities Labs. Considered the first-ever Local Lab, the webinar aims to give provinces a platform for sharing good practices, innovation, appropriate technology, urban planning and LGU management.

    The webinar series is presented by Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC) Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines in partnership with Globe.

    Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas will keynote and present the plans and accomplishments of Batangas province as it responds to the challenges of COVID-19 and the looming threat of another explosion of Mt. Taal.  He is also expected to give an update on efforts for a centralized network for the province with improved health information management systems, document automation systems, and a provincial ID system.

    Governor Mandanas will be joined by Mayor Beverly Rose Dimacuha of Batangas City, Mayor Eric Africa of Lipa City and Saturnino Belen of the Metro Batangas Business Club.

    Joining them is Ayala Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Peter Maquera, senior vice president for Enterprise Group at Globe Telecom Inc.

    The first Liveable Local Lab (Batangas Province) will be on Wednesday, March 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Reserve a seat in the Zoom room by signing up at

    SMC waives close to P200M in toll fees for medical frontliners

    One year since the COVID-19 global pandemic hit the country, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has waived P190.7 million worth of toll fees for medical front liners passing through expressways it operates.

    SMC, which operates the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Skyway system, including the newly opened Skyway Stage 3; NAIA Expressway, and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, is the only toll operator in the country that continues to implement “no toll fees” policy in support of COVID-19 medical front liners.

    A total of 10,402 COVID-19 medical front liners—including doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and other medical workers—currently benefit from the program, first announced by SMC at the start of the lockdown last year. Signups for the program continued for six months, and were closed in September last year.

    The free toll privilege was among numerous efforts by SMC to help the medical sector last year.

    Indigenous peoples’ own story takes spotlight as
    NCIP unveils coffee table books

    NCIP Commissioner Jennifer Pia S. Las, joined by NCIP Comm. Norberto Navarro, NCIP ED Rogelio Francisco Bantayan, Jr., Cong. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin, Mr. Pablo de Castro of DILG, NSA Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., DSWD Dir. Janet Armas, DA Ms. Cheryl Suarez of DA, AFP Vice Chief of Staff, and Lt Gen Erickson Gloria PAF, at the opening of the photo exhibit as part of the launching of the three coffee table books.

    The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) recently launched three coffee table books under Project “Epanaw” or “Journey.”

    The three coffee table books “Pagkilala” (Recognize), “Paggalang” (Respect), and “Pagtaguyod” (Promote) were simultaneously unveiled at SM Aura Premier and SM Lanang Premier, along with a month-long photo exhibit that features the profiles and lives of ICCs/IPs.

    NCIP Commissioner Norberto Navarro, a member of the Ivatan tribe himself, said the coffee table books, authorized by the communities themselves, are “probably the most comprehensive anthology of ethnographic information we have.”

    Grant Thornton webinar

    The member affiliates of Grant Thornton in the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are organizing a webinar on March 24  to give insights on the current market landscape and growth opportunities for the property industry in Asean.

    Sarkunan Subramaniam, managing director of Knight Frank Malaysia, along with tax experts from Grant Thornton Philippines and other Asean offices, will be speaking in the informative webinar.

    The webinar is part of Grant Thornton’s initiatives to offer seamless cross-border services across medium and large businesses looking for growth opportunities in the property industry in the region.

    TouchPay locations for ShopeePay top up

    ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, now provides Filipino shoppers a more convenient way to top-up their mobile wallets.

    They can do so at TouchPay automated payment machines (APM) located in over 600 locations nationwide.

     TouchPay also allows shoppers to top up their mobile wallets using cash, should they not own a bank account or a credit/debit card. TouchPay APMs can be found in malls, drug stores, grocery stores and gas stations.

    MakatiMed vaccination drive

    Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), is one with the medical community in encouraging Filipinos to get vaccinated against the coronavirus strain.

    On March 5, the hospital started the vaccination of its healthcare workers and employees with the 300 doses of Sinovac vaccines it received from the Philippine government through the Department of Health (DOH). MakatiMed also received 8,700 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX global facility on March 7.

    MakatiMed has vaccinated 4,628 of its staff including nurses, paramedical workers, trainees, corporate staff, and outsourced employees.

    Malayan new insurance product

    Malayan Insurance raises the bar in protection by offering Renter’s Protect, a packaged protection product focused on the tenant and their belongings for when the unexpected occurs.

    Under Renter’s Protect, apartment dwellers, and lessees of shared space like dormitories or dormitels, as well as condominium unit renters, are provided insurance coverage of up to P1 million for their belongings and themselves as the package includes personal accident (PA) coverage, fire cash assistance of up to P100,000, comprehensive personal liability (CPL) for damages done in common areas or to third parties, as well as burglary and housebreaking assistance, to policyholders.

    The Renter’s Protect product is available in a three-month period under the short-term premium plan, six months for mid-term, and 12 months or one year under the annual-term premium plan, to accommodate the varying needs of customers.

    PSBank annual report bags Silver Anvil Award

    Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) recently won a Silver Anvil for its 2019 Annual Report at the recently concluded 56th Anvil Awards.

    The PSBank 2019 Annual Report entitled Redefining Journeys – Crossing Another Decade, showcased the significant changes the Bank made in its processes and systems, the way it effectively harnessed data and technology, and how it was able to engage its customers more actively by embedding a culture of service across all levels of the organization — all geared towards making a positive impact in the lives of its customers.

    The report’s theme Redefining Journeys conveys how the bank sets itself apart by elevating customer experience through employee enablement.