WALTERMART service excellence, LOPEZ Group vaccines, MPIC joins TFND, ASTRAZENECA 10M milestone, EPLDT cloud-based system, SHOPEEPAY seamless experience, VERTIV recognition, ABOITIZ Group vaccination, LEXUS way


    Service excellence

    WalterMart, SM Retail Inc.’s Luzon-based supermarket chain, is bringing convenience closer to neighborhoods with its brand of service “with a heart” as it opens two new stores in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) for the remainder of the year.

    The company recently opened its 41st store in Antipolo, Rizal and will soon open another in Bacoor, Cavite by the end of October.

    WalterMart also recently reopened its legacy 7,000-square meter branch in E. Rodriguez Sr. avenue, Quezon City this year, WalterMart is growing its online grocery format through

    In September, it launched #14388 or the CallMeWally service. CallMeWally is WalterMart’s “same day pabili (to buy) and delivery “ service.


    Vaccines for Batangas

    A health worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine shot during a vaccination activity inside the FPIP.

    Three Lopez Group companies — First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP), First College and First Balfour — have re-allocated 10,000 doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to the cities of Santo Tomas and Tanauan in Batangas which used the vaccines  to conduct the vaccination of their respective constituents between September 30 and Oct. 4, 2021.

    FPIP helped in coordinating the vaccination, which also benefited over 3,000 workers of companies located inside FPIP’s ecozone in Santo Tomas and Tanauan.

    The vaccines for the two LGUs come on top of, and separate from, the Covid-19 shots that Lopez Group companies are administering for their own employees. Other Lopez Group companies, like First Gen Corporation, are also re-allocating thousands of Covid-19 vaccines to various LGUs.


    MPIC joins TF on  reporting of nature-related risks

    Metro Pacific Investments Corp.  (MPIC) has recently become the pioneer company in Southeast Asia to join the TNFD (Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures) Forum, a global and multi-disciplinary consultative network of institutional supporters who expressed willingness to contribute to the work and mission of the Taskforce.

    The Forum provides an important complementary role in the TNFD governance structure, including supporting the development of the TNFD Framework in its five phases – building, testing, consulting, launch and dissemination, and uptake.

    Over the next two years, MPIC will champion the TNFD in the Philippines to encourage the country’s corporate and financial institutions to embrace the importance of reporting and acting on evolving nature-related risks. Successively, the company will adopt the Framework once it is launched in 2023.

    “We are committed to fully support the work of the Taskforce and contribute to the ultimate goal of curbing nature loss in any way we can,” MPIC chairman of the board Manuel V. Pangilinan declared.

    “MPIC has always made strategic and calculated efforts to conduct its businesses with nature-related risks and impacts in mind,” shared MPIC chief finance, risk and sustainability officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla.


    AstraZeneca reaches 10M dose milestone

    AstraZeneca delivered another 661,100 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca to the Philippines in October, reaching the more than 10 million dose milestone in support of the country’s mass vaccination programme.

    AstraZeneca, in partnership with the national government, local government, and the private sector is on track to deliver millions more doses between now and early next year directly and through the COVAX facility.

    Since the first deliveries in early 2021, the vaccine has helped prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and helped save tens of thousands of lives.1

    In clinical trials, COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca demonstrated 100 percent efficacy against severe disease and hospitalisation after two doses, and real-world evidence shows the vaccine is around 80 to 90 percent effective against severe disease due to WHO-identified variants of concern.


    Cloud-based phone system service

    ePLDT recently launched a new, cloud-based phone system called ePLDT Calling for Microsoft Teams, which allows businesses to combine their communication and collaboration systems in a single platform.

    ePLDT, in partnership with Microsoft and AudioCodes, developed ePLDT Calling for Microsoft Teams—a  modern enterprise voice solution that combines both business communication and collaboration systems to enable employees to seamlessly integrate calls into their workflow.

    The service aims to help boost the efficiency of businesses to improve overall business outcomes while reducing costs, application overload, and worker fatigue.

    Businesses are also able to get real-time insights on the quality of calls made to ensure smooth communication and customer satisfaction. Calls are also protected with built-in security and privacy from Microsoft 365.


    ShopeePay drives growth for merchants

    ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one mobile wallet, recorded a 57X uplift in the number of ShopeePay partner merchants last 9.9 Super Shopping Day compared to the 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale.

    Among the growing list of ShopeePay partner merchants, Gong cha, National Book Store, and Moonleaf share how ShopeePay helps drive their brand’s growth through enhanced promotional strategies.

    For National Book Store, customers enjoy a safe and seamless experience with Shopeepay through its scan-to-pay features and exclusive promos.

    Gong cha said  partnering with ShopeePay allowed them to showcase their products and reach a broader audience through regular participation in ShopeePay promos and campaigns. Through the acceptance of ShopeePay QR payments in their stores, Gong cha was able to grow their daily transactions via ShopeePay by 33X since launch.

    Moonleaf also saw a 50x uplift in customers who use ShopeePay since the partnership was launched due to the exclusive discounts and promos they are able to offer.


    Great place to work

    Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has received the Great Place to Work® certification for 2021 in the Philippines.

    This recognition underscores the importance Vertiv gives to building a strong employee culture built on trust, collaboration and engagement.

    Great Place to Work®, a global authority on workplace culture, conducted an online survey of 571 Vertiv employees and analyzed the data. According to the 2021 Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey, 77 percent of its employees in the Philippines ranked Vertiv as a Great Place to Work with the results showing that Vertiv employees trust their leaders, take pride in what they do, and benefit from a thriving work culture.

    Vertiv has over 700 employees in the Philippines,l.


    Aboitiz Group hosts mass vaccination drive

    In partnership with the city government of Davao and Department of Education Region XI, the Davao-based Aboitiz business units are providing Davaoeños with more access to COVID-19 vaccines by conducting a mass vaccination drive across the three congressional districts of Davao City from October to November 2021.

    Through Aboitiz Foundation,Inc., Aboitiz business units namely Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc., Davao Light and Power Co. Inc., Hedcor Inc. and Therma South

    Inc. will spearhead the initiative to help combat the impact of the pandemic on the community’s health and accelerate economic recovery.

    This extends the Aboitiz Group’s commitment to help protect its team members from the pandemic, to its wider community.


    Luxury the Lexus way

    Lexus is offering financing deals for  the month of October.

    The 2020 LS 500h, RX 350, RX 350 F Sport and RX 450h hybrid can be had through special financing packages from 30 to 50 percent down payment, and zero Interest for up to 36 months.

    The flagship LS 500h (P9,458,000) brings together the virtues of a long-wheelbase four-door sedan with a low, coupe-like profile, positioning the LS perfectly across the growing sedan and coupe segments.

    The RX 350 (P4,498,000) fits right into an active lifestyle with a sophisticated blend of the comfort of a luxury car, and the driving pleasure and added convenience of a high-riding SUV.

    The RX 350 F Sport (P5,158,000) is a package that was created so that drivers can enjoy the essence of ‘F’ driving–the epitome of which is the LFA supercar.

    The RX 450h (P5,398,000) features Lexus Hybrid Drive which draws power from both electric and petrol motors, resulting in instant torque and rapid acceleration.