Monday, October 19, 2020

Bouncing back with Cash Agad


Both entrepreneurs and workers in MSMEs are the hardest-hit by the economic disruption resulting from the pandemic. There are nearly 1 million MSMEs in the country and data from the Department of Trade and Industry indicated that more than 50% of this number or around 525,000 have closed their businesses. This has left millions of Filipinos unemployed.

On the macro level, the Asian Development Bank said the Philippine economy had bottomed out in May or June and that for the rest of the year, economic contraction is projected at 7.3% by end of 2020. Recovery is expected to happen by 2021 when the pandemic is hoped to be contained and the economy is expected to bounce back by 6.5%.

Cash Agad Partner Agent

Even with the prevailing economic slowdown, the country has been observing signs of gradual recovery especially in some of the MSMEs.

 
One of them is Krystal Bantic of Quirino province in the Cagayan Valley region. Krystal runs a grocery store in her town and she became a Cash Agad partner agent last year.

Cash Agad is a service provided by BDO to far-flung and unbanked communities where residents have little to no access to bank services. Many faraway places in the country do not have banks or ATMs where residents may conveniently get cash. This is due to several reasons.

It could be that communities are located in distant islands where motorized boats are the only means of transportation. Some towns and barrios are located in mountainous or hilly areas with rocky and uneven terrain. Others are separated by sheer hundreds of kilometers from urban areas and have no concrete roads nor highways. All of these factors and more prevent banks from building and maintaining physical branch offices in these faraway towns.

The Cash Agad service provides a simple, elegant, and practical solution to all that. By partnering with stores and shops already established in the community, BDO turns them into community-based ATM terminals. The shop owner receives a POS terminal for use in transacting locally-issued ATM cards, whether debit or prepaid and facilitates basic transactions like cash withdrawals and balance inquiries.

Best of all, Cash Agad accepts transactions using ATM cards from different local banks and non-bank financial institutions in the Philippines, not only those from BDO. It's really a service that benefits entire communities.

According to Krystal, she actually had few customers availing of Cash Agad in her grocery store in the year before the pandemic struck. This was because at that time, people were used to traveling all the way to Candon City in Ilocos Sur province, which is more than four hours away from Quirino, in order to go to banks and ATMs, enjoy fast food restaurants, and buy essential goods.

"People would make the trip to Candon even though it's quite far because it was a mix of both business and leisure for them. Also, goods are priced lower in Candon because over here in Quirino our shops are simply getting our goods from there as well," said Krystal.

The trip to Candon is quite far and the transport available are passenger vans. It takes more than four hours across 289 kilometers. The fare costs at least 200 pesos and even more if a person was also loading some baggage in the van for the trip. When going to Candon, residents of Quirino would have to allot an entire day and at least four hundred pesos for a two-way trip. They would spend more if they included food expenses.

From lockdown to opportunity

The pandemic caused subsequent lockdowns and quarantines which prevented people from leaving Quirino as they were used to. This meant that their usual access to cash (banks and ATMs) and goods in Candon was closed off. But fortunately, Krystal and her Cash Agad kiosk at her grocery store was available.

"Grabe po, noong nagka-lockdown dito sa amin. None of us could leave. The local government ordered all transportation to stop. No one was allowed to go out. People had nowhere else to go to get needed cash to spend for food and other basic needs. So more and more people come to my store not only to withdraw cash but also to buy essential goods," said Krystal.

 

Krystal Bantic, owner of Ivee’s Sari Sari Store and a Cash Agad partner agent in Quirino, Cagayan Valley facilitang a withdrawal transaction.


Krystal faced her own challenges as a Cash Agad partner agent. She was also covered by the travel ban so she could not easily replenish the cash reserves meant for Cash Agad withdrawals. She was able to solve this by either renting a private vehicle to go to the BDO branch in Candon to get cash or she would get the help of the local government to provide transportation to Candon. After all, Krystal had become a frontliner and essential worker since she was the only source of cash for the residents in her town.

Soon enough, practically everyone in the communities around Krystal's store became her customers. Teachers, government workers, policemen, and even farmers and construction workers all depend on her store and its Cash Agad service to get their salaries. Her store also became the official channel for the government cash assistance given to 4Ps beneficiaries. This was done with the help of the local government.

It's not just Krystal's store that benefits from Cash Agad. Other business owners in the area, from other sari-sari stores to eateries, to hardware shops, and even stalls for vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish at the wet market--all of them thanked her for being able to provide cash to the community. This is because the amount of local spending had become greater than ever. People were spending their cash on local businesses instead of those in faraway Candon City.

"Krystal's experience really shows how the Cash Agad service expands financial inclusion in far-flung, hard-to-reach areas in the country. The result is a boost to the local economy. Established businesses earn more. More businesses are set up. The engine of local economic activity is revved up and eventually, there's improved quality of life for the residents.

"If the country's economy is ever going to bounce back from the pandemic, it will take all of us--big businesses, MSMEs, and both urban and rural communities and their local governments--to help each other and do our part. There's a certain inspiration, a beautiful sort of hope when you see communities working together to rise up and recover from a crisis. BDO is doing its part in helping communities recover economically through the Cash Agad network," said Mr. Jim Nasol, Head of Agency Banking, BDO Unibank.

For more information about Cash Agad, go to www.bdo.com.ph/cash-agad or send an email to cashagad@bdo.com.ph  for inquiries. ###

Krystal Bantic, owner of Ivee’s Sari Sari Store and a Cash Agad partner agent in Quirino, Cagayan Valley facilitang a withdrawal transaction.


 

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Gardenia Celebrates Happy Bread Day with ‘Laging Kasama’ Virtual Concert




Gardenia Philippines is throwing a free online concert billed as “Laging Kasama” on October 24, 8PM via Facebook live. The virtual music gathering is meant to bring fun and entertainment to everyone with some of the best stage acts in the country. No matter what your taste in music is, there’s a number that you can surely enjoy during the event—just like how Gardenia has a wide variety of products that anyone in your family can enjoy.


The Laging Kasama online concert will  feature your favorite artists like Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles who have made their mark on stage and television with their work in Rak of Aegis, Jowable, and Ang Pangarap Kong Holdap; Gloc-9 who is best known for his rap music and collaborations with various OPM artists; Ebe Dancel, former frontman of Sugarfree and a well-known writer of some of the best poignant OPM songs; and Keiko Necesario, an electronic-folk singer and songwriter who also creates her versions of her favorite songs.


Sharing delight is exactly what Gardenia has been doing and delivering to our homes. For more than two decades now, Gardenia products have been a staple in Filipino households. Whether it’s the breakfast table, school lunchbox, work baon, midnight snack as well as in parties and celebrations, Gardenia is always present (Laging Kasama) as the family’s choice of bread and bakery products. The company is also known for being visible and ready to participate in various philanthropic activities and corporate social responsibility programs especially in challenging times, staying true to its Laging Kasama campaign. This year, Gardenia wants to elevate its message on Happy Bread Day by sharing the spirit of togetherness even during the toughest of times through a powerful medium: music.


Besides the great music, the event—which is open for everyone to join and enjoy—Gardenia will also be raffling off special packs to its viewers. Register now by visiting http://bit.ly/GardeniaHBD2020 and get a chance to win exciting prizes!


Visit Gardenia’s official FB page at https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph for more details about the event.


Cash Agad: Ka-partner sa muling pagbangon


Naging matindi ang epekto ng pandemic sa mga pamilya at komunidad sa bansa hindi lang  dahil sa takot na naramdaman ng marami mula sa banta ng COVID-19 kundi pati na rin sa epekto nito sa kabuhayan. Maraming nagsarang negosyo at maraming nawalan ng trabaho. At yun namang mga kumikita pa rin, hindi makapag-withdraw ng cash dahil pinatigil ng mga lockdown ang pampublikong transportasyon.

Mabuti na lamang at andiyan ang mga Cash Agad partner agents, naka-antabay para matugunan ang banking needs ng bawat Pilipino sa gitna ng pandemya. Naapektuhan man sila noong nagdeklara ng community quarantine, sila naman ay nakatulong sa barangay, nakakabawi at patuloy pang bumabangon upang muling umunlad ang kanilang mga negosyo.

 


Ang network ng Cash Agad partner agents ay binubuo ng mga maliliit na negosyante sa Luzon, Visayas, at Mindanao na nagpapatakbo ng sebisyong Cash Agad sa kani-kanilang komunidad. Layunin ng sebisyong ito na bigyan ng access sa cash ang mga malalayong komunidad, lalo na ang mga liblib na lugar, mga lugar na kailangan pang umakyat ng bundok o tumawid ng dagat. 

Ang Cash Agad ay solusyon mula sa BDO Unibank na kung saan ang pinakamahahalagang serbisyo ng bangko - tulad ng withdrawal at balance inquiry - ay nakakarating sa isang liblib na lugar nang hindi na kinakailangang magpatayo pa ng isang branch o maglagay ng ATM.


Tindahan na, ATM pa

Ang may-ari ng isang tindahan (pwede ring salon, drugstore, hardware store, etc.) ay maaaring maging Cash Agad partner agent na seserbiyso sa isang komunidad. Dahil ang negosyanteng ito ay matagal nang bahagi ng komunidad, malapit ang pwesto, kilala at pinagkakatiwalaan, mas madali sa mga tao na sa kanya lumapit para kunin ang kanilang pera.

Kapag naging Cash Agad partner agent, ang may-ari ng tindahan ay bibigyan ng POS terminal na may kakayanang tumanggap ng mga transaksyon gamit ang Philippine-issued ATM card, mapa-debit o prepaid man ito. At kahit pa BDO Unibank ang nagpapatakbo sa Cash Agad, tinatanggap ng POS terminal ang mga ATM cards ng lahat ng bangko sa Pilipinas.


Cash Agad at mga LGUs

Isa pang maganda sa Cash Agad ay hindi ito nakadepende sa oras ng bangko. Habang bukas ang tindahan ng Cash Agad partner agent, pwede mag-transact dito. Yun nga lang, binago lang ang mga schedule ngayon dahil sa pandemic at community quarantine. Ang mga lokal na opisyal ang nagbibigay ng schedule kung kelan pwede mag- withdraw sa isang tindahang may Cash Agad. Ito ay para masigurado ang physical distancing at kaligtasan ng bawat partner agent at mga customers nito.

Maging ang mga LGU ay umaasa rin sa Cash Agad para maparating sa mga nangangailangan ang mga supporta ng gobyerno. Halimbawa, ang mga benepisyaryo ng 4Ps ay sa Cash Agad na nagwi-withdraw ng kanilang monthly cash assistance. Ang mga IPs o indigenous people din ay tumatanggap ng kanilang cash assistance at iniwi-withdraw dito. Lahat ng ito ay naging posible dahil sa pagtutulungan ng Cash Agad at LGU.

Maski ang mga empleyado ng munisipyo, mga pulis, at mga teacher sa isang lokalidad ay sa Cash Agad na nagpupunta para makuha ang sweldo nila. Ang mga pribadong empleyado, mga pamilya ng OFWs, lahat sila ay pwedeng sa Cash Agad na mag-withdraw.

Ito ay malaking ginhawa para sa kanilang lahat dahil noong nagkaroon ng mga lockdown at checkpoints, hindi na makaalis ang maraming tao sa kani-kanilang baranggay para magpunta sa mga dati nilang dinadayong mga bangko at ATM na malayo.

Tulong sa negosyo

Lorna Taruc, owner of Jan Pau convenience store and a Cash Agad partner agent in San Simon, Pampanga facilitang a withdrawal transaction

Ayon kay Lorna Taruc, may-ari ng Jan Pau convenience store at Cash Agad partner agent sa San Simon, Pampanga, malaking tulong sa negosyo niya at sa komunidad niya ang Cash Agad.

"Malaking convenience para sa mga tao yung dito na lang sila sa tindahan magwi-withdraw ng cash. Hindi na nila kailangan magbiyahe ng malayo. Lalo na noong lockdown ang hirap kumuha ng sasakyan. Bukod dito, dumami rin ang customer sa tindahan ko.

Roselyn Abela, owner of FBA Merchandise and a Cash Agad partner agent in Pitogo, Bohol facilitating a withdrawal transacon for a local security guard.

Ayon naman sa isa pang Cash Agad partner agent, si Roselyn Abela ng Pitogo, Bohol, maraming natakot lumabas ng lugar nila noong nagkaroon ng community quarantine dahil nabalitaan nilang may mga Covid positive doon sa bayan kung saan sila pumupunta para mag-bangko at mag-ATM.

Ang bayan na ito ay napakalayo sa Pitogo. Sasakay pa ng habal-habal tapos tatawid ng dagat gamit ang lantsa sa kabilang isla. Tapos habal-habal na naman. Aabutin ng kalahati hanggang isang araw para lang makapag-bangko o ATM. At mga limandaang piso ang gastos sa pamasahe kung balikan.

"Kaya noong nagkaroon ng quarantine, nagpasalamat ang mga tao sa lugar namin dahil may Cash Agad ako sa tindahan ko. Dito na sila nagwiwithdraw. Tapos, dito na rin sila bumibili ng mga kailangan nila pagkatapos mag-withdraw kaya nadadagdagan ang kita ko," sabi ni Roselyn. 


Financial inclusion

Ayon kay Jim Nasol, Head of Agency Banking (Cash Agad) ng BDO, ang pagkakaroon ng mga Cash Agad partner agents sa mga liblib na lugar ay matagal nang plano ng bangko. Ito ay dahil sa pagnanais nito na mapalaganap ang pag-unlad sa mga kanayunan sa buong Pilipinas.

"Maraming mga Pilipino ang masipag, matalino, mapagsumikap, at nangagarap na mapabuti ang kanilang kabuhayan. Kaya lang, napipigilan sila ng kawalan ng access sa cash at kapital. Marami ang mga Pilipinong nahihirapan pagkasyahin ang pera dahil dun pa lang sa pagkuha ng cash, mahabang oras at malaking gastos ang kailangan.

"Ang mga Cash Agad partner agents natin ang nagiging daan para mapalaganap ang financial inclusion, o yung mapalawak ang sakop ng mga serbisyong pinansyal. Nakikita natin sa mga lugar tulad ng Pitogo na malaki ang nagagawa ng financial inclusion para mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang mga Pilipino sa malalayong komunidad," paliwanag niya. 

Dagdag pa ni Arnold Katipunan, Head of Sales ng Cash Agad mula sa BDO, lalong mahalaga ang financial inclusion at access sa cash ngayong panahon ng pandemic, kung kailan maraming mga tao at negosyo ang kailangang bumangon mula sa epekto ng krisis sa kalusugan at ekonomiya.

Patuloy pa rin ang pagdami ng mga Cash Agad partner agents sa bansa. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa Cash Agad, puntahan ang BDO website http://www.bdo.com.ph/cash-agad  o kaya ay magpadala ng email sa cashagad@bdo.com.ph.    




 

 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Xiaomi brings Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T to The Philippines


●       Starting from PHP 19,990, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T offer impressive cameras, AdaptiveSync display, powerful processor and long-lasting battery 

●       Mi Fans and consumers who purchase Mi 10T Pro or Mi 10T will be entitled for premium services** including a 24-month warranty and Screen Protection Guarantee

●       Mi Watch will also arrive in The Philippines on a later date

 

Xiaomi launched the Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T in The Philippines. The flagship Mi 10T Pro takes creating and exploring to the next level, with unmatched specs in its class. Mi 10T continues to push boundaries, delivering top-notch experiences for everyone from working professionals, to streaming enthusiasts and mobile gamers.

Priced at PHP 19,990 for Mi 10T and PHP 24,990 for Mi 10T Pro, the flagship models are amongst the best-in-class high-performance smartphones.

Along with the local announcement of the two smartphones, Xiaomi’s very first smart watch, Mi Watch, and Mi 65W Fast Charger with GaN tech were also introduced into the Filippino market, further expanding the brand’s range of technologically advanced IoT-connected smart hardware products.

Mark Li, General Manager of The Philippines, Xiaomi, announced Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T, and said, “Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T were born to be wonderful in all aspects; they are next-level 5G flagship devices designed to shake up the status quo in the global flagship smartphone market with their premium specs and accessible pricing points. Their uncompromised performance, elegant design and innovative capability once again demonstrate Xiaomi’s commitment to offering Filippino customers and Mi Fans superior user experiences and empower their creativity.”


Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T: Taking mobile creativity and exploration to the next level

Continuing Xiaomi’s category-defining ultra-high resolution legacy

Xiaomi played a pivotal role in defining the 108MP camera segment – from debuting the world’s first 108MP smartphone camera to introducing countless photography software innovations in the past year alone. Mi 10T Pro continues the brand’s ultra-high resolution legacy with OIS and 8K video support. Mi 10T offers an impressive 64MP main camera. Both Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T offer a triple camera setup with a 13MP ultra wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera and a 20MP front camera.

Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T also flaunt new and dynamic photography software features. Six standalone Long exposure modes let anyone capture artsy shots, from Moving crowd – which focuses on an idle subject while blurring dynamic surroundings – to Star trails – which creates a swirling starry sky effect. Photo Clones captures four of you in a single shot. Plus, Timed burst feature offers endless opportunities for fun, allowing users to set up photos with a time gap that can also be converted into video, while three new photo filters – Cyberpunk, Gold vibes and Black ice – help bring the desired mood to life.

Pushing the boundaries even further, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T also offer compelling new video features. Video Clones capture “two selves” in one video, while Dual Video can record from the device’s front and back cameras simultaneously. Finally, Time-lapse selfie video lets users create a fast-forward effect for more engaging vlogs.

 

A smooth future with 144Hz AdaptiveSync TrueColor display

Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T feature one of the best flat displays available in any smartphone today, with an industry-leading 144Hz refresh rate to boot. Xiaomi’s AdaptiveSync display automatically matches the content’s frame rate, from enjoying your favorite movie at 48Hz to watching TV series at 50Hz, from streaming video at 30Hz or 60Hz to scrolling social media feeds or gaming at up to 144Hz – it guarantees a smooth experience and optimum battery usage. And with Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology, the devices insert more frames to make video smoother and better viewing.

With a P3 color gamut and TrueColor, the display offers extremely wide range and accurate colors. Reading mode 3.0 simulates a paper texture to protect your eyes, while Sunlight display 3.0 automatically enhances contrast and adjusts dynamic color saturation outdoors. With a 360° ambient light sensor built in, the screen can intelligently adjust brightness – even in backlit conditions.

 

Power your creative genius and get your game on with Qualcomm® Snapdragon 865™

Anchored by the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T offer extreme power efficiency, performance, and 5G connectivity. Xiaomi packed in a wide range of 5G bands, ensuring compatibility with more networks in more locations than before.

Users will also experience desktop level gaming thanks to the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 650 GPU. Together with UFS3.1 and LPDDR5, the devices tout the industry-leading smartphone ROM and RAM available today.

Massive 5,000mAh (typ) battery with added features to keep you powered up all day

Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T boast one of Xiaomi’s biggest flagship series batteries: a massive 5,000mAh (typ). With battery power optimization technology baked in, the smartphones release more power for longer battery life. When a juice up is needed, no one will miss a beat thanks to MMT (Middle middle tab) technology and an exceptionally fast and uniquely designed 33W wired charging process – made even more convenient by the included 33W charger.

 

Sales Info of Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro

Mi 10T will be initially available in two colors, Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black, whereas Mi 10T Pro will be available in three colors, Aurora Blue, Lunar Silver and Cosmic Black.

Starting from October 16, Mi 10T will be retailed at PHP 19,990 for 6GB + 128GB variant and at PHP 20,990 for 8GB + 128GB variant, whereas Mi 10T Pro at PHP 24,990 for 8GB + 256GB variant.

As part of the first sale on Lazada on October 16, a flash sale campaign will be held starting from 00:00. 6GB + 128GB variant of Mi 10T will be available at PHP 17,990, a drop from PHP 19,990; and 8GB + 256GB variant of Mi 10T Pro will be available at PHP 24,990 and each buyer of this product will receive a FREE set of Premium Speaker Gift* which is worth PHP 1,399. Additional vouchers of PHP 1,000 in limited quantity will also be given to consumers of Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro.

At the official online store on Shopee, Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T will be available for purchase starting from October 23.

Pre-order: these new smartphones will be available for pre-order at official offline channels from October 16 to 22:


*Gifts come in limited units and are on a first-come-first-served basis only. Standard terms and conditions apply.

In addition, each buyer of Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T will be given:

●      a six-month Netflix mobile subscription as a complimentary gift, with which users will be able to binge watch their favorite shows on their new smartphones, and

●      **Premium Services which include a 24-month local warranty plus a single accidental damage coverage on the screen within 6 months of purchase from October 16, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Standard terms and conditions apply.

Mi Watch: Empower an active life with styles and features to love


Making its debut, Mi Watch is Xiaomi’s very first smartwatch model for the global market. As a brand new addition to Xiaomi’s wearable product lineup, Mi Watch is made to empower active lifestyles of all kinds.

Featuring a 1.39’’ bright AMOLED panel and a dedicated sports button on the side, Mi Watch provides users instant access to a smorgasbord of 117 exercise modes. To comprehensively oversight one's health, it packs six different sensors and GPS to offer key health metrics and environmental data, for example, heart rate, blood oxygen level, and air pressure. The device is ultra light-weight and long lasting – perfect for continuous everyday use. After only two hours of charging, it offers an outstanding 16 days of battery life. Additionally, Mi Watch supports an array of features including over 100 watch faces, camera remote function, native emojis on notifications, voice control, and more.

Mi Watch will arrive in The Philippines at a later stage, when its price and sales channels will be announced.

Mi 65W Fast Charger with GaN tech

To keep up with your power needs, Xiaomi also launched Mi 65W Fast Charger with GaN tech. Packing a powerful punch into a compact design that is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, Mi 65W Fast Charger is able to swiftly charge your smartphone, laptop, and game console. Starting at a recommended retail price of PHP 1,399, Mi 65W Fast Charger will be available for purchase on October 23.

For product images please refer to Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, Mi Watch, Mi 65W Fast Charger with GaN Tech

For product one-pagers please refer to the link here.

For more information on the launch of Mi 10T Pro and Mi 10T or on Xiaomi Philippines, please visit Xiaomi official website and information portal at https://www.mi.com/ph/, or drop by their official social media pages at https://www.facebook.com/XiaomiPhilippines (Facebook) and https://www.instagram.com/mi_philippines/ (Instagram) for other exciting updates.

 

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About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet of Things (IoT) platform at its core.

With an equal emphasis on innovation and quality, Xiaomi continuously pursues high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

Xiaomi is currently the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand, and has established the world’s leading consumer IoT platform, with 271 million smart devices connected to its platform, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 90 markets around the world.

In August 2020, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the second time, ranking 422nd, up 46 places compared to last year. It also ranked 7th among internet companies on the list. In May 2020, the company made the Forbes Global 2000 List again, and its ranking jumped to 384th.

Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index and Hang Seng TECH Index.

For more information about the company, please visit https://blog.mi.com/en/.

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Mondelez Philippines Gives Weekly Vegetable Packs to 300 Students

 

Home schooling = Home cooking

A lot has changed with the way schools are operating these days. Instead of face-to-face classes, students and parents are adapting to learning at home via online and module-based means. And instead of school-based feeding programs, the Joy Schools program of Mondelez Philippines is adapting as well. From daily lunch meals cooked inside school kitchens, the program now provides weekly vegetable and rice packs to 300 students in its adopted schools.

The Joy Schools Program is an adopt-a-school initiative aimed at empowering children to take positive steps towards overall well-being. The program was established in 2011 in the Philippines, and has since expanded to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Locally, the program has directly benefited 4,500 students through its daily lunch feeding program, which runs for 9 months every school year. 

Due to the lack of physical interaction caused by COVID-19, Mondelez Philippines has had to adapt its program to be able to provide for the nutritional needs of its adopted students. Starting this October, 300 students, enrolled at 4th Estate Elementary School, Don Galo Elementary School, and Balara Elementary School and their families, will receive weekly food packs of rice and vegetables. The food packs will differ every week, to ensure students receive all the nutrients they need to continue learning and growing. Here’s a sample of what they will get every week, from this month until April 2021

Week 1 Menu: Ginisang Monggo, Saute Petsay, Adobong Kangkong, Ginisang Dilis, Malunggay Soup (1 kg of Rice, 1 pack of Monggo, 1 tali Malunggay, 1 tali Petsay, 1 pack of Dilis, 1 pack Toyo, 1 tali Kangkong, and 5 pcs of Bananas)


Every week these packs will be directly delivered to the schools for the students’ families to pick up, and families will be requested to bring their own containers. More importantly, schools will be asked to adopt a claiming system following social distancing protocols. In addition to this, the content of the food packs will be supplied by local farmers. Aside from providing nutritious food to students and their families, Mondelez Philippines, together with its partner the Philippine Business for Social Progress, thought to use this opportunity to provide livelihood to farmers who have also been struggling during these times.

 “Schooling has not stopped; but has rather evolved. The nutritional needs of students have similarly not gone away; but must be supported especially during this pandemic,” shares Toff Rada, Mondelez Philippines’ CGA Country Manager. “As a snacks company, it is important for us to promote mindful snacking, by partnering with communities to provide for the nutritional needs of children. Through the 9 years of implementing our feeding program, we have seen that it not only improves nutrition and wellbeing. It also strengthens students to continue their learning and education. They can participate and benefit from their classes more if they are well nourished. With these weekly vegetable and rice packs, we hope our students will be empowered and energized to continue learning and growing, even at home.

Mondelez Philippines’ Joy Schools Program has continuously evolved and innovated. Apart from the food packs, they have also provided home learnings kits and laptops to their adopted schools. These students still have a long way to go, and it’s comforting to know that the Company will continue to shower them with support. Despite the uncertainties during this time, one thing remains sure. Mondelez Philippines will stay committed to sparking meaningful change in these students’ lives.

 

 

About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

 

About Mondelez Philippines

Mondelez Philippines Inc. has been providing consumers with delicious snack products for the past 57 years - since 1963. Its product portfolio includes Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger energy biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City. Visit https://ph.mondelezinternational.com/home.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lamoiyan Corporation donates 3M worth of hygiene products for DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan

 


DepED Region IV-A led by Regional Director Wildfredo Cabral received Lamoiyan hygiene products to be distributed in several schools.

Lamoiyan Corporation, a leading manufacturer of personal hygiene and home care products in the country, has donated over three million worth of Lamoiyan products to Department of Education (DepEd) as it celebrates Head Lice Awareness Month and 5th year of Kilusang Kontra Kuto (Movement Against Head Lice) initiative.

In support of DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan amidst the pandemic, Lamoiyan Corporation distributed packs of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, Hapee Toothpaste, and Dazz Dishwashing Liquid to selected regions for distribution among the students.

Selected regions in Luzon are Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and National Capital Region. Whereas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Davao are the beneficiary regions for Visayas and Mindanao.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo initiated Kilusang Kontra Kuto in 2016, a coalition that has been battling head lice infestation nationwide for a kuto-free Philippines. The campaign includes yearly nationwide shampoo activity in schools in its commitment to fight head lice infestation or pediculosis and eliminate the social stigma associated with it.

DepEd NCR School Health and Nutrition Unit Head Dr. Genapayao as they received the donations from Lamoiyan Corporation.


In light of the 5th year of this initiative, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz aimed to support DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan in the time of COVID-19 (BE-LCP). This is the department’s response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 which covers the most essential learning competencies, multiple learning delivery modalities for teachers, school leaders and learners, required health standards in schools and workplaces, and special activities like Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela, and partnerships.

“We are grateful for the Department of Education for being very supportive of our Kilusang Kontra Kuto campaign. With our long-running partnership with DepEd, we were able to visit several schools, do shampooing activities among students, and share the correct way of combatting head lice since 2016,” said Lamoiyan Corporation Vice President for Marketing Bing Cavestany.

“Although students now are practicing distance learning and we temporarily cannot do our annual activities due to the COVID-19 crisis, Licealiz would like to consistently promote health and personal hygiene through our humble donation as children or even family members are still susceptible to head lice infestation no matter the circumstances, especially with many staying at home and in close quarters during the pandemic,” she added.


DepEd Region III Regional Director Nicolas Capulong and Regional Director Assistant Rhoda Razon as they received  Lamoiyan hygiene products for the students of Central Luzon


Aside from encouraging good oral hygiene, Lamoiyan is also advocating the correct way of treating head lice infestation, which is considered the second most common health problem of public school children after tooth decay.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo effectively kills lice and nits after two weeks of use and prevents lice infestation from recurring. Its active ingredient, pyrethrin, a natural extract from chrysanthemum flowers, is clinically tested and proven safe and successful in killing lice and nits, while its conditioning formula keeps your kid’s hair soft, smooth and fragrant.

For more information on head lice prevention and other Lamoiyan products, log on to www.facebook.com/licealiz or visit www.lamoiyan.com.