GLOBE at ACES Awards, INLIFE-LAZADA for happy LIFE, PLDT-Smart innovations, CEB brings 531 home, NAT RE among best, Battling COVID-19 in multiple fronts, BOSCH appointment

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    Globe honored at ACES Award 2021

    Globe was honored as Industry Champion of the Year and Asia’s Best Workplace of the Year by the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) 2021 for sustaining its position as market leader and ensuring that its employees are enabled and empowered.

    The ACES awards are presented to companies around the region that have championed the new ideals of leadership — investing in employees and espousing causes that strengthen corporate social responsibility.

    During the ACES Awards three years ago, Globe earned the distinction of being the only company in the award’s history to win the top workplaces in Asia three consecutive times.

    As Industry Champion, Globe showed its distinct competitive edge as an industry trendsetter with commendable best practices in place, and also showcased its ability to evolve its focus along with the dynamic changes of the industry that it serves.

    Globe was hailed as Best Workplace for its people-centric approach and proving its strong commitment towards employee empowerment and enrichment by investing in people, improving employee’s job satisfaction, practicing fair communication, and promoting work-life balance.

    Globe remains committed to sustainability in the workplace through diversity, promoting employee empowerment, and ensuring employee engagement through a 24/7 mental health consultation service via HopeChat.

    In supply chain management, Globe’s partner vendors and suppliers are encouraged to commit to support the economic, social, and governance aspects of sustainability that the company espouses to help contribute to sustainable development.

    Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer of the MORS Group, which organized the awards, said 2021 has proven to be a continuation of the challenge that was 2020.

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    InLife-Lazada videos make LIFE ahappy reality

    Insular Life (InLife) has partnered with the Lazada Marketplace to offerlow-priced and easy-to-understand protection and accident products that one can obtain in as fast as afew clicks.

    “This pandemic has made many realize that sickness and death may befall anyone anytime… At InLife, we want to let people know that LIFE really meansLife Insurance is Fast and Easy. And this is what our Lazada products are here for,” said InLife DigitalDistribution Head Geraldine G. Pascual.

    She added that in order to help Lazada users purchase what could be their first insurance, InLifeproduced three videos that would explain to them how the products work.

    The videos may be accessed via InLife’s YouTube account. They are about: InLife Lazada Protect Plans,which are term life insurance plans with accidental death and disability benefits, as well as accidentalhospital income benefits; the InLife Premium Protect Plans, which are term life insurance plans withhospital income benefits, and the InLife Shield Plans, which are comprehensive group accident planswith medical and surgical expense reimbursement benefits.

    InLife’s Lazada products may be bought from the Insular Life LazMall Flagship Store.

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    PLDT, Smart innovations

    PLDT and wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. are boosting e-learning in the new school year with two new courses on the Innovations Academy for Disaster Awareness, Preparedness, and Training (iADAPT) platform.

    Powered by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, iADAPT houses interactive courses developed by industry leaders on risk reduction and management, business continuity, and climate change adaptation. This school year, two new e-learning courses, the CyberSmart and the Central Visayan Institute Foundation-Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF-DLP) will be made available to Smart partner schools and the Department of Education (DepEd) divisions on the iADAPT platform.

    The first 300 registrants on the site will be able to access the courses for free.

    Centered around the CyberSmart Investigation Agency, the cybersecurity course includes topics on online child safety, data privacy and security, gadget protection, spotting and combating fake news, and responsible use of social media, as well as digital wellbeing and mental health.

    Accredited by the DepEd as a supplementary resource, the CVIF-DLP works well with blended learning whether students are at home or in a limited face-to-face setting. The program develops them into independent learners through the self-directed CVIF-DLP Learning Activity Sheets (CVIF-DLP LAS).

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    Cebu Pacific brings home 531 Filipinos

    Cebu Pacific brought home last week 531 Filipinos from Dubai via two Bayanihan flights stranded in the Middle East.

    The special commercial flights on October 6 and 8 were mounted by CEB in coordination with the Philippine government’s special working group.

    Aside from meal upgrades, each passenger on these flights received an additional 25 kg baggage allowance.

    Since July, CEB has safely flown more than 5,000 Filipinos from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, India, Vietnam, Lebanon and Bahrain through bayanihan and DFA-arranged charter flights.

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    Nat Re cited among best insurance-regulated firms

    The National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines (Nat Re), the country’s national reinsurer, was recently recognized by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) with two Golden Arrows for its good corporate governance practices, based on the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS).

    Nat Re was named one of the country’s Top 15 Insurance Commission (IC)-Regulated Companies (InsCos) out of a 119 total.

    Nat Re and the other InsCos were assessed by the ICD based on their performance on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development principles of rights of shareholders, equitable treatment of shareholders, role of stakeholders, disclosure and transparency, and board responsibility.

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    Battling COVID-19 in multiple fronts

    As the largest private hospital operator in the Philippines with 18 hospitals all over the country, the Metro Pacific Hospital Group (Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. or MPHHI) has been forging on in the frontlines, battling the new coronavirus disease 2019 in multiple cities across the nation.

    Despite operational challenges and industry-wide staffing constraints, the Group expanded its total dedicated COVID beds to 1,100. Medicines and medical supplies, including PPEs, were stocked up. Emergency Rooms were expanded to accommodate more isolation beds, and hospital zoning was improved further to control infection.

    All of its more than 26,000 frontliners were fully vaccinated by June. Thirteen out of 18 of its hospitals opened FDA-approved molecular labs for Covid testing, which have since swabbed over 500,000 patients, of which more than 16,000 confirmed cases were eventually admitted and cared for in its hospitals.

    Many of the MPHHI hospitals launched teleconsult services, mobile laboratories for blood works and swabbing, e-pharmacy and remote care services, which included constant monitoring, mobile chest x-rays, vaccinations, I.V. assistance, and other health support services.

    MPHHI established five mega vaccination centers with a total maximum capacity of 4,500 per day in NCR to host the vaccination of essential workers from Group companies such as PLDT, Smart Communications, Meralco, and Maynilad.

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    Bosch appointment

    Bosch has appointed Paulo Duarte as its newest managing director to helm the company’s overall business in the Philippines.Duarte will also be the country sales director of the automotive aftermarket division, in addition to his current role.

    Duarte’s key focus area as the newly-appointed country head is driving the expansion of Bosch’s business locally, specifically on sustainability and innovation.

    He brings here his decades-long experience to expand Bosch’s diversified business.