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  • Who is this man?

    Who is this man?

      Share * He prophesized that a big calamity will happen in Cagayan de Oro CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital) - This foreign national is reportedly a preacher, as he was often seen at the Provincial Hospital, this city, preaching with the patients at the hospital and their relatives. His recent prophesy about Cagayan de Oro caught the attention of city residents and many shared it on their FB pages. Some got angry as his revelations are really scary. He prophesized that he saw dark clouds and this means that something bad will happen to the city, people will suffer from pain, and many will be dead as a result of a huge downpour of rain that will happen soon. Watch this video below and you be the judge who is this man. Sendong typhoon Many years ago, a typhoon named Sendong hit Cagayan de Oro. Many people were dead and thousands were also homeless. Prior to the said typhoon, an environmentalist group were frequently having a rally in front of SM Cagayan de Oro, denouncing the DENR for not taking actions to truckloads of logs transported from Tagaloan I in Lanao via Talakag and Cagayan de Oro. The environmentalist group claimed that the city is part of a river basin and if illegal logging continue near Talakag Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro will suffer from big floods. People did not listen until Sendong happened and hundreds of people have died. ###   ---  ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

    June 17, 2019

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  • Manhunt on against KAPA founder Joel Apolinario 

    Manhunt on against KAPA founder Joel Apolinario 

      Share GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MDN National News, June 17) - The National Bureau of Investigation reported that they are now tracing the whereabouts of Kapa founder Joel Apolinario, his wife and other officials to execute arrest. Since the NBI raided companies and groups allegedly involved in "Ponzi schemes" no one has yet been arrested for violating government regulations. Lawyer Regner Peneza, NBI district office chief in Sarangani, said they can arrest Apolinario "even without an arrest warrant" as they (Kapa) continue to violate government regulations by operating even with the government's shutdown orders President Rodrigo Duterte has also earlier said Kapa is allegedly doing a continuing crime and they must be stopped right away. Priliminary Injunction Duterte's orders were also considered by Kapa as not according to the rule of law citing priliminary injuction they got from the court. Danny Mangahas, Kapa spokesperson said since they have secured a priliminary injuction, the government should follow the law and not harass their members by executing massive arrests on Kapa offices nationwide. "It is very clear my president that we have secured an injuction from the court and why harass us by raiding our offices? We will follow the law and we will not run from our obligations," Mangahas claimed. He challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to file cases in court so they can answer at the proper forum. "I am challenging SEC to file cases in court. In this way, we can present our side and our proof that we are not a "scam company" that the government has been tagging us," Mangahas said. OTHERS ALSO RAIDED Aside from the Kapa Community Ministry, Inc., the National Bureau of Investigation also raided offices of other companies also tagged as using as a "Ponzi scheme" in their business. Those raided were Rigen Marketing, Alamico and other groups allagedly offering investment schemes in Tagum City without securing a secondary licese with SEC.      During the raid, NBI operatives seized computers, printers, vital documents and undetermined amount of cash money in vaults. ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

    June 17, 2019

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  • Chinese embassy denies Filipino fishermen victims of hit-and-run

    Chinese embassy denies Filipino fishermen victims of hit-and-run

    METRO MANILA (MDN national news digital) - The twenty two Filipino fishermen were not victims of a hit-and-run collision according to the Chinese embassy on Friday. The Chinese embassy in a statement, which was also deleted Friday on the same day it was posted, said that based on initial investigation, the Chinese fishing vessel Yuemaobinyu 42212 was reportedly "berthed just near the Recto Bank when it was suddenly besieged by 7 to 8 Filipino fishing boats."  The statement on Facebook said "During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat and its steel cable on the lightning grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered."  The embassy statement said the captain of the Chinese fishing vessel tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen but they were afraid of being attacked by other fishing boats in the vicinity also owned by Filipino fishermen. "Therefore, having confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene. The above shows that there is no such thing as 'hit-and-run'," the embassy said in a statement. Meanwhile, Senator-elect Bong Go condemned the alleged ramming of Filipino fishermen's vessel and putting the lives of 22 Filipinos in danger at sea as the Chinese vessel that rammed them allegedly went away after the incident. Go told reporters in Davao City: "Kinokondena ko po ang nangyari. Dapat naman kung nasagasaan o nabangga ninyo ang barko natin kayo mismo dapat ang mag-save ng Pilipino, 'wag niyo pabayaan. Buhay rin 'yan ng mga Pilipino." ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter    

    June 16, 2019

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  • Duterte warns arrest of erring custom officials on imported trash issue

    Duterte warns arrest of erring custom officials on imported trash issue

    DAVAO CITY (MDN National News digital) - President Rodrigo Duterte warned erring officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Saturday that they will get arrested if found involve in the shipments of garbage from other countries. Duterte issued his warning amid heated arguments on the reported imported garbage coming from Korea, Canada, as well as contraband and narcotics from entering into the different ports of the country. In the last months, garbage from Korea was docked at Mindanao International Container Port, as well as in other ports in the country, which got the ire of lawmakers in the lower and upper houses. Duterte warned “I will not allow it and anybody — any Customs employee o opisyal (or official). ‘Pag pumirma ka sa release papers niyan, sabihin mo hindi niyo alam, you go out or I will even arrest you.”  “Toxic ‘yan eh. Hospital waste pati ‘yung plastic (It’s toxic. It’s hospital waste and plastic). Those are toxic materials. Plastic is the toxic material. The ones that they use in the chips are toxic materials.”  The president said those customs officials would be thrown into the Manila Bay if they don't follow his order. “Well, this time [I will have containers made as your coffins. I will throw you into the bay],” Duterte warned. Meanwhile, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette T. Uy would refile a bill that would ban all imported garbage from entering into the country. The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines. There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries. “It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly the Filipino people. House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage. “We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement. Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress. Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.”  Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources. “I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ### ---      ABOUT JOEL Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events.  Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter  

    June 16, 2019

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D-MAX Boondock Debuts in ‘Open House’ as Part of the “I Love Isuzu” Campaign

June 4, 2019

Motoring

By: , A month after the festive and successful launch of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign last April 25 at the Festival Supermall in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) shifts the celebration a bit further south at Isuzu Santa Rosa.      The focus of the “Open House” has now been the launch of the new Isuzu D-MAX Boondock.      The “Open House” concept, part of the “I Love Isuzu” campaign, makes Isuzu Santa Rosa dealership, its vehicle roster and aftermarket services, closer to its customers and potential buyers by way of fun and engaging activities, contests and promotions; the introduction of the new D-MAX Boondock.      The festivities started early with the motorcade of 24 vehicles drumming up excitement along the designated route from a Shell station in Biñan going to the dealership.      The D-MAX Boondock was finally revealed after IPC Product Planning Head Robert Carlos described the new and exciting details about the pick-up. Based on initial feedback by customers and members of the D-MAX Club coming from Team Isuzu Pilipinas and Team ICE in attendance, the D-MAX Boondock Edition packs in more of the tough, durable, and powerful persona that truly befits its name, its intended natural habitat.      The D-MAX Boondock Edition fits the utilitarian vehicle profile sought after by the premium lifestyle, with its higher ride height of 247 mm, 1, 900 mm overall height, off-road look, and a muscular stance that looks tough enough for anything that comes its way.      Based on the popular D-MAX 3.0L LS, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is fitted with 265/70 R 17 All-terrain tires wrapped around black alloy wheel R17 rims. This all-terrain tire has been engineered to provide ultimate traction across various conditions, whether rolling down the highway or leaving the pavement behind.      Monotube nitrogen-charged performance shock absorbers ensure instantaneous response to changing road conditions and offering faster damping reaction. As a result, improved steering control on different terrain and driving conditions is achieved.      The steel side steps not only give easy access but offer valuable protection to the pick-up body. The honeycomb design with the Boondock logo also helps in no-fuss cleaning and provides better traction during ingress and egress.      To complement the overall look, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is equipped with roof rail, cargo extender, rocker panel, over fender, and a massive Boondock decalinstalled at the tailgate.      Of course, the D-MAX Boondock Edition walks the talk, with its powerful, Euro-4 emissions rated 4JJ1-TCX 4-Cylinder in-line Blue Power 3.0-liter diesel engine with turbo intercooler and VGS Turbo Charger mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with gearshift indicator or a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. The D-MAX Boondock Edition is able to generate maximum power outputs of 177 PS at 3,600 RPM and 380 Nm of torque at 1,800 to 2,800 RPM.      Available in Cosmic Black and Galena Gray colors, the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition is priced at P1.390 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS MT Boondock, and P1.455 million for the D-MAX 3.0 4×2 LS AT Boondock.      Beyond the debut of the Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition, the “Open House” in Isuzu Sta. Rosa underscores how valuable Isuzu customers and the Filipino motoring public are to IPC, and it shows once more in the “I Love Isuzu” campaign in the dealership.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has entailed months of research, planning, and collaboration among IPC and its dealers, business partners, suppliers, and the various Isuzu auto clubs across the country. The campaign perfectly represents IPC and continues the good relationship with long-time clients and partners.      The “I Love Isuzu” campaign has hinged on not just Isuzu vehicles’ exceptional durability, reliability, power, performance, and fuel-efficiency, but also on the entire motoring lifestyle experience of their owners and their families and friends, the kind of lifestyle experiences that have evolved into fond memories throughout the decades.      Isuzu Sta. Rosa’s “Open House” as an integral part of the campaign, has lined up various activities and rewards schemes for its clients, customers and stakeholders, including: Special 10K worth of Isuzu Parts Coupon for closed transactions, 3K worth of SHELL Fuel Voucher for every successful referral offered to existing clients and 20% Isuzu Genuine Parts Discount. In addition to this, a whole day of bankers’ and client test drive, Fleet Service Clinic and open service shop for clients.      To know more about IPC’s “I Love Isuzu” campaign, upcoming Isuzu Dealer Open House schedules, and the D-MAX Boondock Edition as well as the complete roster of Isuzu commercial vehicles and light commercial vehicles, visit your nearest Isuzu dealer or log on to www.isuzuphil.com.

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Yamaha Sight Saferun South Luzon Edition Concludes with a Record-breaking 147 Kilometers Per Liter

June 3, 2019

Motoring

By: , Yamaha Motor Philippines Inc. concluded the South Luzon edition of the Yamaha Sight Saferun Challenge. The Grand Finals was held in Naga, Camarines Sur with the Top 10 finishers of each leg. The best record was achieved in Legaspi with 147 Km/L and the outstanding fuel efficiency of Yamaha Sight was a feat bound to repeat itself.      This challenge was a partnership among Yamaha Motor Philippines, Motortrade Nationwide Corporation, and Adventure Team Pilipinas, which facilitated the competition. All with the goal of providing the Filipino rider the best in fuel efficiency. The Yamaha Sight combines its practical design with specialized technology to save riders as much as possible in their trips without sacrificing performance. Its fuel-injected engine and powerful disc brake are precisely crafted for a highly efficient ride.      The finals presented a 189 KM route that stretched from RevZone Naga to Polangui, then looping back after reaching Legazpi. Miguel Ocinar, the youngest rider in the competition and broke the previous record, accomplished the feat again with 147 Km/L to set the bar of the South Luzon chapter. He was followed by Junmark Geronimo who bested his old record of 137 Km/L in the 3rd leg and upped it to 141 Km/L, Andrew Roman rounded out the top three with an impressive 140 Km/L.

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MAXXIS PH Launches New Set of Motorcycle Tire Patterns at the Onset of Rainy Season

June 3, 2019

Motoring

By: , Staying true to its promise of providing premier products that cater to every kind of customer, MAXXIS comes out with a fresh set of tires specially designed for braving both wet and dry weather. The M6161-W, MA-G1 and MA-ST all feature enhanced grip on wet roads while the Extramaxx M6233 and M6234 are equipped with an aggressive tread pattern designed for easy water dispersion.      “MAXXIS Tires is more than happy to bring its top-of-the-line products, which highlight safety and performance, to the Philippines, a country that has diverse terrains. Knowing that we can address the specific usage conditions of Filipinos makes us more eager to broaden our local product portfolio. We are confident that our new motorcycle tires are just what Filipino riders need for them to go further,” shares MAXXIS Tires Sales Director, Jaybee Atanacio.      The M6161-W, which was launched in the country last March, leads the pack with its directional tread pattern for greater maneuverability on both wet and dry roads. This underbone fit also features good water dispersion and cornering traction.      The all-new MA-G1 and MA-ST, the latter is an improvement on the MA-F1 tire, are ideal for scooter enthusiasts and meet the needs of both urban and sports riders. Designed with superior cornering grip and traction for better control and stability, these tread patterns ensure safety even during high-speed rides. They are built with a special rubber compound that provides strong pull and grip when cornering in all angles.      The Extramaxx M6233 and M6234 are the tires motorcycle sports challengers need to own the race track and highways. Their exceptional grip, control and stability guarantee safe and smooth rides, thanks to the modified solution-styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) reinforcing agent used in the tire material. Their tread pattern is designed specifically for instant water dispersion, enabling the wheels to overcome bad weather. These tires are recommended for scooters and underbone bikes.      The M6161-W, MA-G1, MA- ST, and Extramaxx M6233 and M6234 are the latest in the MAXXIS Motorcycle Tires product line in the Philippines, joining the current top choices for underbone motorcycles, MA-FD & MA-ST2.

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Nissan Seals Partnership with Shell to Give Customers a Chance to Win 5-year Fuel Supply

June 3, 2019

Motoring

By: , Nissan, the Philippines’ third largest automaker in automotive sales, is partnering with Shell Fuels to give customers in the Philippines a chance to win free fuel for five years. The initiative is part of several customer-focused activities developed by the two global brands.      “Today, it’s all about the customers. It’s about giving them our best products and services – cars and fuels that work best together,” said Kit Bermudez, Shell National Sales Manager and Marketing Manager for Retail. “If you have an entry level vehicle that needs fuel efficiency, we have Shell FuelSave. If you have a Nissan Patrol and need power and performance, we also have the Shell V-Power. There’s always a Shell fuel that works great with whatever your drive is.”      Nissan Philippines General Manager for Marketing Dino Obias, said that this partnership will create significant impact for both brands, particularly recent with fuel price rises, through initiatives that show how Nissan and Shell can collaborate to make journeys even better for motorists.      “At Nissan, our customers always come first. And that is why we are supporting them by creating a retail campaign that gives them a chance to win free fuel for five years,” explained Obias. “Starting with this, we are subsequently looking forward to continuing our partnership with Shell in the months to come.”      Under the Shell-Nissan partnership, all customers who purchase a participating Nissan model via cash or bank purchase order of financing will be automatically entitled to join the raffle promo.      A customer will get a chance to win Free Shell Fuels with the corresponding prizes (whichever comes first):      –Five years or P500,000 worth of Shell Fuels      –Three years or P300,000 worth of Shell Fuels      –One year of P100,000 worth of Shell Fuels      This raffle promotion can be availed on top of all other existing or ongoing Nissan Promotions from April 1 to June 30, 2019. For more information on this offer, visit www.nissan.ph/latestdeals.

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AboitizPower geothermal unit earns ISO certification for Asset Management

June 13, 2019

Corporate

By: PR, AboitizPower subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) earned its Asset Management System certification with zero non-conformance, covering the widely recognized and adopted ISO 55001:2014 standard. The certification audit, which was recently conducted by DQS Certification Philippines Inc., covered both APRI’s Tiwi and MakBan geothermal power plants in Albay and on the border of Laguna and Batangas provinces, respectively. APRI President and Chief Operating Officer Alexander B. Coo said that the certification is a reflection of the company’s continuous efforts to optimize the life cycle of its electricity generating assets. “The Asset Management System ensures that we are able to balance costs, opportunities, and risks related to our assets to achieve our organizational objectives,” Coo added. During the awarding of the certificates last June 10, DQS Philippines Managing Director Romeo Zamora revealed a secret behind APRI's success and gave kudos to APRI employees for this feat. He said, “If not for the teamwork and support of all the employees of APRI, the certification could have not materialized.” APRI is also certified for the Integrated Management System that includes the 2015 version of ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environment), and the 2007 version of OSHAS 18001 (Health and Safety). The company is one of the leading producers of clean and renewable energy in the Philippines, generating baseload power from its geothermal facilities.  

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Solar Philippines – expanding its reach nationwide

June 12, 2019

Corporate

By: PR, SOLAR Philippines, the leader and expert in solar in the country, has cemented its reach in Mindanao by recently entering into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with St. Jude Chicken Slaughterhouse and St. Jude Chicken Dressing Plant for a 1.570MWp solar project in its vicinity in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental - aiming primarily to generate millions of savings annually. This project is expected to decrease the carbon emission footprint of their operation by 1,400 MT per annum. Solar Philippines is a 100 percent Filipino-owned company founded by visionary entrepreneur Leandro Leviste, integrating development, manufacturing, design, procurement, construction and operations and maintenance with its own strategically located plan. Here, it produces world class solar photovoltaic systems and serve clean energy at the lowest cost to its customers all over the country. Leviste’s goal is to eradicate poverty by making the Philippines a first world country through the aid of solar energy. Solar Philippines believes that solar and battery storage will supply the majority of the world’s energy over the coming decades – ending poverty, alleviating climate change and enabling emerging economies to leapfrog decades of development. Their mission is to accelerate this global transition towards a solar powered future, to provide energy at the lowest cost and to make the Philippines a leader not only among the economies of Southeast Asia but the world at large. The story of Solar Philippines began in March 2016 when it completed its Calatagan solar farm, the largest in Luzon. By February, Solar Philippines rolled out its first homegrown solar panels from its factory in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. In August of the same year, it already got its ISO 9001 certificate and a month after, it was awarded as Power Company of the Year by the Asian Power Awards. Solar Philippines produces the highest standard of module manufacturing for in-house demand and OEM partners and is capable of producing the highest quality modules with different sizes (60c/72c) and technologies (mono/multi/PERC/bifacial etc.). That’s because Solar Philippines deploys the latest technologies in solar energy generation from a 1KW residential system to tens of megawatts of farm system. It has an annual capacity of 800MW and ships high quality and fully certified PV modules to domestic and international customers. The factory also provides OEM services to Tier 1 PV module manufacturers in the world aside from producing PV modules for Solar Philippines’ solar projects. To date, the total generating capacity of the solar systems installed by Solar Philippines is at 84.5MW, the biggest of which is the 63.3MW Calatagan solar farm, a joint venture with Korean Electric Corporation. It has likewise partnered with Meralco for its Concepcion solar farm which spans over 150 hectares and can produce up to 150MWp solar power production. Using over 199,000 panels, it is expected to generate clean renewable power for the next 30 years. These systems already saved 7.5 million trees and avoided 181,225 tons of CO2 emission per year. Its Philippine-based operations guarantee availability of critical parts to meet its customers’ increasing solar-powered needs now and in the future. With a team of 200 highly skilled in-house engineers, Solar Philippines provides high quality and lowest cost solar installations, utilizing world class design tools and lean concept sin supply chain and construction methods. The first to deploy the largest operating solar-battery minigrid project in Southeast Asia and hundreds more in the pipeline locally and globally, Solar Philippines serves electricity directly to paying households and businesses in far-flung underserved areas. Solar Philippines’ portfolio of quality projects include those atop SM, Robinsons, CityMall and Toyota, among others. Solar Philippines has also been exploring the international market especially in the Asian and African regions. Entities in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar have already been incorporated to cater the company’s ongoing foreign transactions. Pilot projects are currently being developed in Vietnam, Nigeria, Kenya and India – each targeting different market segments.

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Holcim: Co-processing with PEF saved 60,000 MT of wastes from going to landfills

May 25, 2019

Corporate

By: Mike Baños, Imported PEF from Oz conform with DENR AO on Alternative Fuels & Raw Mats for Cement Kilns Co-processing of plastic and other industrial and agricultural wastes actually helps ease the pressure on the environment, instead of further aggravating it. This is the gist of the statement posted on its website dated 23 May 2019 by cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines which said the recent importation of nine container vans of what it termed as “processed engineered fuels (PEF) comply with DENR Administrative Order  2010-06 ( Guidelines on the Use of Alternative Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Kilns.) Holcim also said the Central Office of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) had already sent an official letter to Bureau of Customs Port Collector John Simon dated May 21, 2019 informing Simon EMB has no objections to the importation and use of PEF as alternative fuels in cement kilns since it is declared as a product that underwent processing prior to shipment to the Philippines.  Simon earlier asked Region 10 EMB Director Reynaldo Digamo if the importation of processed engineered fuels (PEF) requires an Importation Clearance from the EMB Central office. “We are hoping that this clarifies the confusion regarding this matter. Our company maintains that the materials are PEF and these were accurately and truthfully declared as such. Acutely aware of the public outcry against the export of wastes to the Philippines and irresponsible and damaging waste disposal practices, Holcim Philippines’ importation and use of PEF as alternative fuel for its cement kilns is pursuant to its objective of contributing to the ongoing efforts to address the global waste problem.” Holcim Philippines further declared in its statement that it has been a partner in the drive to address the waste management problem in the country. “The company uses co-processing technology, wherein qualified materials such as non-recyclable plastics, rubber, textiles, cardboard and wood are used as an alternative to coal in making cement through waste management unit Geocycle.” The cement maker further declared that Geocycle has actually saved 25,000 metric tons of non-recyclable plastic wastes from various industrial partners and local governments from ending up in landfills by using these as an alternative fuel to coal in its kilns. Together with agricultural and industrial wastes, Geocycle has co-processed 600,000 tons of alternative fuel since 2015. “Aside from providing a safe and environment-friendly waste management solution, co-processing is also an important part of Holcim Philippines’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions and consumption of non-renewable resources such as coal.” Holcim explained how through co-processing, alternative fuels made from plastic, rubber, cardboard and wood are fed into the high-temperature, long residence time kilns along with coal and other raw materials of cement. “This process completely transforms alternative fuel to energy for cement production. The technology is approved by the Philippine authorities and is widely used all over the world for waste management due to its proven advantages in environmental and safety performance.” Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said, “Geocycle is stepping up engagement with the private sector and studying possible collaboration with a number of local governments on providing its co-processing services.” “Holcim Philippines is a committed partner in the country’s development and we are contributing more beyond building materials. Our Geocycle business is a clear example as it helps alleviate the country’s waste management challenges, which is expected to grow along with the economy,” he added. Geocycle is looking to have pilot projects with a number of local governments in 2019 to demonstrate the advantages of its waste management service over current alternatives such as land filling.  Sustainability In a related post on its website, Holcim Philippines stressed Sustainability as among their core values. “We believe it is a key driver of our business success and we strive to practice this every day in our operations. With this, we look to make a lasting positive impact and contribute more than building materials to the development of our country. This can be seen in our efforts to be respectful of the environment, ensure the health and safety of our people and partners and help uplift the communities that host us.” “To be a better partner for progress, our company has set ambitious improvement targets within our operations and beyond our fences covering four focus areas: climate, circular economy, water and nature, and people and communities. These follow the LafargeHolcim Group’s 2030 Plan, which provides a long term road map to contribute to addressing key global challenges identified by the United Nations. Not so fast However, LGU officials from Misamis Oriental are not buying Holcim’s explanation. In a report published in another daily newspaper (not Mindanao Daily) recently elected provincial board member Gerardo Sabal III said he would ask the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to probe the shipment of nine container vans consigned to Holcim Philippines containing the controversial PEF which were unloaded at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Orientalon May 3.  Despite the letter from EMB Central Office clearing the shipment, Bureau of Customs MCT Collector John Simon reportedly said the broker who facilitated the importation of the nine vans from Australia would also be held accountable due to some “committed infractions.” A related report from another local daily said a joint inspection team from the Misamis Oriental and the BOC reportedly found “municipal wastes,” consisting of shredded garbage made from plastic, wood, and glass which would require an import permit prior to its importation. The bureau also recommended that the shipment be issued a warrant of seizure and detention order, citing possible violations of Republic Act 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000); RA 6969 (“Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990);” RA 8749 (“Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999); and RA 10863 (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act).

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Economic expansion drives utility’s growth

May 19, 2019

Corporate

By: , The AboitizPower-led Davao Light and Power Co. (Davao Light) sees bright prospects in its franchise area in the next three to five years as robust economic growth continues to spread across the country. Davao Light forecasts to grow its peak demand from 421 MW in 2018 to 546 MW by 2023, which the distribution utility attributes to the growth in real estate businesses, sprouting huge universities, commercial complexes, and business process outsourcing offices. Apart from this, Davao posted an impressive double-digit economic growth of 10.9 percent in 2017, the highest in the region’s history, which can be attributed to the positive performance of the service and industry sectors. “We expect to serve more customers from these industries this year, especially in light of the government’s Build, Build, Build program. The construction boom in the city is a win-win for all sectors,” said Davao Light Director, President, and Chief Operating Officer Rodger S. Velasco. Among the utility’s big customers coming in between 2019 and 2021 are several residential buildings, a hotel, a business park, a multipurpose indoor arena, a factory, and schools. For this year alone, Davao Light’s franchise area will welcome two manufacturers, a mall, a food complex, a business park, and real estate development. The utility also sees an increase in annual MWh sales from 2,468,191 MWh in 2018 to 3,137,336 MWh in five years. By 2023, Davao Light also estimates to grow its customer base to 504,911 customers from 404,574 last year. To keep up with the development within the respective franchise areas of its utilities, AboitizPower has set aside P3.1 billion in 2019 to modernize its existing distribution assets across the country in the next few years. “We want to take advantage of the robust economic growth in our franchise areas by making sure power is delivered to our customers reliably, sustainably, and at the most cost-effective way. The initiatives we have mapped out for this year and beyond are part of our effort to become world-class and the best at what we do,” said Jaime Jose Y. Aboitiz, EVP and COO of the AboitizPower Distribution Group. Part of this modernization program is the construction of facilities in Davao Light’s franchise area that will add 424 MVA in transformation capacity, further improving network efficiency and reliability. The Davao-based utility is also set to string a total of 228 circuit kilometers of combined sub-transmission and backbone distribution lines to reinforce the existing system. To help improve its efficiency, Davao Light will also implement distribution automation and its advanced distribution management system. In terms of reliability, Davao Light reduced the average duration of power interruptions a customer experiences in a year from 315 minutes in 2017 to 301 minutes in 2018, which can be attributed to faster response time on the utility’s end. However, the average number of interruptions a customer experiences increased from 4.4 in 2017 to 5.2 in 2018, mainly due to ongoing construction works in the city, which affect the utility’s distribution lines. Davao Light is the third largest privately owned electric utility in the country. It holds the franchise for distributing electric power to Davao City as well as Panabo City and the municipalities of Carmen, Dujali, and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte. AboitizPower is currently one of the largest electricity distributors in the Philippines with ownership interests in seven distribution utilities including the second and third largest in the country. The distribution subsidiaries of AboitizPower include Visayan Electric Company in Cebu and Cotabato Light and Power Co. in Cotabato, among others. Through the Aboitiz Group, AboitizPower has more than 80 years of experience in the Philippine power distribution sector and has been known for innovation and efficient operations.

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Short on cash?

June 13, 2019

Money Matters

By: PR/Ruel, IT is time to bid your money woes goodbye. Farewell to the scenario where you have to face the reality of an empty wallet on your next shopping trip, or to the sinking feeling of not having enough cash to pay your bills until the next paycheck. Short on cash? In dire need of funds in an instant? Within a click’s reach is your saving grace -- the GCash app. Emergencies are stressful no more with the GCash’s “request money” feature. Aside from saving people the problem of lugging around money in a bulky purse or wallet, GCash eases the transfer from one mobile wallet to another. At the drop of a hat, friends can easily request money from each other in times of distress and ask for money. Requesting for more moolah in your mobile wallet has never been this easy. The request money feature is readily visible in the app’s dashboard once you open it. Just enter your friend’s name or mobile number, the amount you need, and the problem already solves itself. If you’re in the mood to explain your situation or deliver an advanced message of gratitude, the GCash allows you to do just that.  Responding to a friend’s financial SOS is a breeze, too. Simply check your app’s notifications and sending help is as mindless as clicking a button on your smartphone. Plus, there is also a special tab to track your history of requests for reference. The cherry on top? It doesn't matter if you’re a Smart, Sun, or TNT subscriber. Now, all it takes is a SIM card and smartphone, and you can take advantage of whole array of GCash services through your mobile phone. It’s as easy as grabbing the free app on Google Play Store or iOS App Store and registering for an account.  In the eyes of GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), no network should be left behind. Even though it is a company led by Globe Telecom Inc., Ayala Corp., and Ant Financial, this new financial technology wonder is out to pave the way towards a cashless society by adopting a policy of inclusivity.  Long gone were the days where GCash was exclusive to one network. Now, anyone can participate in the cashless revolution and have access to greater convenience through the GCash app.  “We believe in the power of inclusivity. As we lead the push for financial inclusion across the different sectors of the society, we believe that providing a telco agnostic platform will help more Filipinos participate in the digital economy,” Mynt Vice President for Money Transfer Fred Levy said.  GCash is the new must-have in an age where technology reigns supreme. It is a mobile money service, regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, where you can buy load, purchase items, send and receive money, pay bills, and more using Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, or TNT -- or the future telco player that everybody is raving about.  GCash, the leading and revolutionary mobile wallet in the Philippines, is designed to help users navigate through the modern, agile world of finance. So the next time that you find yourself knee deep in money troubles, just remember that your fellow GCash users are literally one tap away.

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Economic managers announce growth catch up plan

May 28, 2019

Money Matters

By: , MANILA – Economic managers have agreed to further strengthen coordination with other agencies, especially on acquiring permits and other requirements, to fast-track implementation of infrastructure and socioeconomic programs to meet 2019 growth targets amid the impact of budget delay.      Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, in a statement after the meeting of the Economic Development Cluster at the Department of Finance (DOF) Friday, said officials of both the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are optimistic of meeting their disbursement program for this year.      "To enable them to attain their targets, it would require close cooperation and support of other government agencies by expediting the approval of permits and other requirements,” he said, as he expressed hope that “no major weather disturbance will disrupt the implementation of the projects.”      The social protection programs that were agreed to be implemented faster include the national ID System, 4Ps, social pension, unconditional cash transfers, and fuel marking program.      Dominguez said that aside from these programs, the government will also “double its efforts in the agriculture sector, which should expand by at least 2 percent per year.”      He explained that if the 2018 national budget was approved on time, growth in the first quarter of the year would have risen between 6.6 to 7.2 percent instead of the four-year low of 5.6 percent.      President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed this year’s budget only last April after the impasse in Congress.      Dominguez said that since the government worked on a re-enacted budget in the first quarter, there was about PHP1 billion underspending per day.      He, thus, stressed the need to put in a “carefully crafted and bold expenditure catch-up plan to enable us to hit a GDP growth rate of above 6 percent this year.”      He said spending from January to March this year reached PHP778 billion, little moved from year-ago’s PHP772 billion.      The programmed spending for this year amounts to PHP3.774 trillion, or about 19.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) while total infrastructure disbursement was set at PHP1 trillion or about 5.2 percent of domestic output.      Dominguez also noted the need for the participation of the private sector to help boost economic growth, thus, the enactment of the Ease of Doing Business in May 28, 2018 to entice more businesses.      He also said that “the Executive and the Legislative branches of government also need to work together in passing legislation that allows for a business-friendly environment, such as the Public Service Act, Foreign Investments Act, and the Retail Trade Act.”      The continued deceleration of domestic inflation rate, which declined to 3 percent last April after peaking at 6.7 percent in September to October last year, is also positive for the economy, he said.      "We will intensify our efforts to restore last year’s upward momentum in our growth rate,” he added.      Relatively, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, during a press briefing after the EDC meeting, said economic managers are still studying whether to adjust this year’s economic targets.      "We still have to do some number crunching to have more realistic numbers regarding growth rate and related numbers so it is better that we wait until we are more confident with what we can tell you,” he said.      Among others, GDP target this year has been lowered to between six to seven percent while deficit target is at 3.2 percent of domestic output.      Meanwhile, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) acting chief Janet Abuel said that because of the delay in the approval of this year’s budget, it will be hard to fully implement the cash-based budgeting system, which requires all state agencies to pay within the year all the contracts they need to accomplish.      She said deadline for the infrastructure projects and payments for these contracts has been moved to December 31, 2020 while those for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) will be on June 30, 2020.      "We hope that will lessen the worries of the agencies in paying their contractors,” she added. (PNA)

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Peso seen to remain firm vs. USD amid correction

May 28, 2019

Money Matters

By: By Joann Villanueva, PNA, MANILA – The Philippine peso is projected to trade between 52.00 to 52.10 against the US dollar this week after its recent correction following a two-week rally, Michael Ricafort, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Economics and Industry Research Division head, said.      The peso depreciated by PHP0.47 or 0.9 percent week-on-week against the greenback last week and closed at a two-week low of 52.16.      He explained that amid the peso’s slight weakness, several factors are seen to continue lifting it up, including the report of the government’s record-high budget surplus last April amounting to PHP86.9 billion.      He said this particular factor is positive for the country’s credit rating, which received a notch upgrade to BBB+ with Stable outlook from S&P Global Ratings last April 30, after the credit rater noted the country’s "healthy external payments position, contained fiscal deficits and stable public indebtedness”.      Another plus factor for the peso is the drop to two-month low of crude oil prices in the international market because of concerns on the US-China trade issues, which, in turn, also resulted in lower US government bond yields.      The recent cut in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas‘ (BSP) key policy rates and on domestic banks’ reserve requirement rate (RRR), the seasonal increase of remittance inflows from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in line with the school enrollment period, and the tail-end of vacation spending will further boost the local currency’s strength, Ricafort said.      Recent issuances by the Philippine government of foreign currency-denominated bonds in Europe and in China are also positive for the peso, he said, adding that in recent years the local unit started appreciating against the US dollar since 2016. (PNA)

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Higher alcohol, tobacco taxes to fund Universal Health Care: Duque

May 28, 2019

Money Matters

By: By Ma. Teresa Montemayor, PNA, MANILA -- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday stressed the importance of passing the pending sin tax bills in the Senate to ensure sufficient funding for the Universal Health Care (UHC) program and improve health condition in the country.      In a press brifieng at the Department of Finance, Duque said the DOH envisions the Philippines as one of the healthiest countries in South East Asia by 2040.      “This can only be done if we keep Filipinos healthy and we provide affordable health care to those who get sick, and these are the two main reasons why we need to increase tobacco and alcohol taxes once more,” he added.      More than being a means to raise funds, Duque said increased alcohol and tobacco taxes are a health measure which would keep Filipinos especially the youth away from smoking and drinking alcohol.      “It is harder for the youth to buy these harmful products for the youth when the prices of alcohol and cigarettes are higher. We can only reduce consumption by making these ‘sin’ products less affordable to consumers,” he said.      Citing that a million smokers quit in 2015 following the passage in 2012 of Republic Act 10351, the Sin Tax Reform Law, Duque said the alcohol and tobacco taxes must be raised once more to stop putting the lives of 250,000 Filipinos at risk every year.      “The revenues gathered from sin taxes provide the much-needed financing to realize our health reforms. More people, especially the poor, are now covered by the national health insurance program and it enabled us to scale up our non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention program and to assist our tobacco farmers,” he said.      The DOH and Philheath need a total of PHP257 billion to improve the health insurance coverage of all Filipinos and expand the benefit packages they provide.      “We need to secure sufficient and sustained resources to ensure that the health system will be set up and transformed as envisioned in the next 10 years,” said Duque, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte and the Cabinet members have approved the DOH’s proposal on increased alcohol and tobacco taxes.      Duque also urged civil society organizations, medical communities, and health advocates to continue supporting the DOH in its campaign against alcohol and tobacco.      “Three out of four Filipinos agree that tobacco taxes must be raised based on the recent Pulse Asia Survey. There is clearly a demand from the people to get this done,” he said.      There are still nine days remaining in the 17th Congress for the pending bills on increased alcohol and tobacco taxes to be passed.      According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the bills could reduce prevalence of tobacco use nationwide while providing additional revenue to fund the government’s UHC program.      The WHO said a tax of PHP90 per pack of cigarettes is projected to achieve the most substantial decline in the rate of people using tobacco.      “This translates to 14.5 percent by the end of the current administration’s term, from the 23.8 percent in 2015. A PHP60 increase, meanwhile, is expected to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use to 17.0 percent,” WHO said. (PNA)

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E-recruitment in PH remains stable, HR talent most in-demand

June 4, 2019

Billboard

By: MDN/PR, MANILA--E-recruitment in the Philippines witnessed positive year-on-year growth of 11% between April 2018 and 2019, according to the latest Monster Employment Index (MEI). The Consumer Goods/FMCG industry led the demand with a 22% annual rise in April. This was closely followed by the Hospitality industry, which recorded a 21% year-on-year growth. The IT, Telecom/ISP industry ranked among top growth industries for the first time in 2019, experiencing year-on-year growth of 14%. Other industries monitored by the index recorded significant positive growth as well, with the exception being the Education sector, which saw a 6% decline between April 2018 and April 2019. The Monster Employment Index (MEI) is a gauge of online job posting activity compiled monthly by Monster.com. It records the industries and occupations that show the highest and lowest growth in recruitment activity locally. When looking at specific job roles, all 10 of the occupations monitored by the Index recorded positive growth in April. HR & Admin professionals received the highest spike in demand with the double-digit 19% year-on-year growth for the month of April, followed by Finance & Accounts talent with a 18% growth in yearly demand. “The job market reported a stable momentum despite the 5.6% growth in the 1st quarter of 2019, and with the ongoing trade war and other economic headwinds businesses will remain cautiously optimistic,” said Abhijeet Mukherjee, CEO of Monster.com – APAC and Middle East. “As traditional roles continue to evolve, digital competency remains high in demand. In fact, employers have a huge responsibility to empower employees with the right set of skills development initiatives. Organisations creating personalised learning paths to upskill employees in their current and future roles command a huge competitive advantage.” “More importantly, to attract top talent in a competitive labor market like the Philippines, it is crucial for organizations to cultivate a strong employer brand by clearly articulating why their company  is a great workplace.” The Monster Employment Index is a monthly look at online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career websites and online job listings across the Philippines. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry. PR

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SWU PHINMA Invests P800M to upgrade, renovate school facilities

May 3, 2019

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By: , Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA has allocated P800 million for the overall improvement of the campus and facilities. In 2018, the upgrade efforts saw the completion of the renovated School of Medicine building (formerly MHAM, now PHINMA Hall) and Phase 1 of the Southwestern University Medical Center. For 2019, SWU PHINMA is spending P460 million for school facilities that will be built or upgraded between summer and August. Construction will include the second phase of the Main Campus, the Dentistry Building, the School of Health and Allied Health Sciences (SHAHS) Mock Hospital and Nursing Arts Laboratory, and the K-12 Library. The university is also developing other campus facilities including the flooring and ventilation of the University Coliseum, Main Campus’ Dietary, School of Design + Communication’s Tech Hub, and the foreign students’ lounge. “We want to do more in providing our students with the best facilities. The P800-million budget we are spending is partly a manifestation of our belief that education is a passport to a better life and that quality education is one that leads to good jobs that can improve the lives of our students and their families,” said SWU PHINMA Chief Operating Officer Albert Gamboa. The SWU community also recently inaugurated the new seven-floor Dentistry Building slated to be called the SWU Villa. Last year, SWU PHINMA completed the construction of the PHINMA Hall and the first phase of the SWU Medical Center through a budget of P150 million and P185 million, respectively, still taken from the P800-million budget SWU PHINMA had put in to enhance their students’ overall learning environment. “The ongoing construction and facilities upgrades are part of SWU PHINMA’s thrust to provide high-quality hands-on learning experience for our serious and driven students. With the new building and facilities, the students’ learning experience within the university will be significantly enhanced, and will help them achieve their goals of becoming the best that they can be,” Gamboa added. The university improvements is also an integral part of a long-term plan of developing the university town with the university as the focal point in the neighborhood. The integrated community master plan for the SWU Town is a result of the collaboration of Barangays Sambag I and II and SWU PHINMA.  It will also feature a P200-million socialized housing project that will house more than 145 informal-settler families, service centers, and commercial spaces. For more information about SWU PHINMA’s academic programs and admission processes, contact +63 (32) 415 5555 or visit www.swu.edu.ph.

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Nominations for the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards Now Open

May 3, 2019

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By: , Nominations for the 3rd Philippine Sports Tourism Awards are now open to all sports and tourism-related associations, event organizers, companies and local government units that have excelled in supporting, organizing and managing sports events to attract visitors to their destinations. The prestigious awards will from this year be given annually to the various categories in the private and government sectors for domestic or international events. Introduced by Selrahco Management, a marketing and promotions company focusing on destination and sports marketing, the PSTA is a spin-off of the Sports Tourism Forum which was formed in 2004. PSTA is now managed by Selrahco-Primetime. Previous honorees include Sunrise Events, Inc (2015-2017) as private event organizers, Dumaguete City (2017) and Municipality of Lubao, Pampanga (2017) as government event organizers; Tabuelan 111(2015) and Visit Davao Summer Festival (2017) as domestic event of the year; Ironman 70.3 Cebu (2015) and Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship (2017) as event of the year;  Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (2015) and Philippine Football Federation (2017) as national sports association of the year; Province of Cebu (2015) and Cebu Pacific Air (2017) for destination marketing; Resorts World Manila Masters (2015) and Century Tuna Ironman (2017) for event sponsorship of the year; Fat Boy 10s Rugby (2015) and Fundlife International (2017) were named charity events of the year, Philippine Airlines was named 2017 airline of the year while Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa romped away with the hotel of the year 2017 award. The prestigious award of destination of the year was won by Clark Freezone in 2015 and Subic Bay in 2017.   Nominations for events held only in 2018 will be considered. The categories are: Destination of the Year, Organizer of the Year (LGU), Organizer of the Year (Private), Event of the Year (Domestic), Event of the Year (International), Destination Marketing of the Year, NSA of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Event Sponsorship of the Year, Airline of the Year, Charity Event of the Year Four new categories are added for this year - Tour Operator of the Year, Sports Venue of the Year, Sports MICE event of the Year, and Media Coverage of Year. Deadline for nominations will be on June 30, 2019. Nomination forms are available online on the PSTA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePSTAwards/. There is no fee in nominating an entry. Only shortlisted nominations will be announced. For more information, call Mr. Gabe Tomboc at +639064067051   or email gabe.selrahco@gmail.com

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Whirlpool launches new products for the Philippine market

May 1, 2019

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By: , Whirlpool and Excellence Appliance Technologies, Inc. (Exatech) recently introduced three new products in the Philippines.      For twenty-seven years, Whirlpool and Exatech have joined together to bring quality US appliances to Filipino consumers. Coming from a humble beginning as a local appliance retailer, Exatech has grown into an international distributor after its partnership with Whirlpool in 1992.      Now, three new products were launched at the Marco Polo Ortigas Manila Hotel ballroom. Special guests included Mr. Blanco Wong, Managing Director of Whirlpool Southeast Asia, and Mr. Rodrigo Salamoni, Marketing Director of Whirlpool Southeast Asia. Hosted by Ms. Donita Rose, the program consisted of demonstrating the unique product features to the audience.      The first product to be revealed was the MWP 305 ES Vancouver microwave oven. Built with an integrated handle and touch-screen design, this model is perfect even for first-time users. The 30-liter capacity including the grill and steam function also makes it flexible for all kinds of cooking needs.      The next product was the new and improved Bloomwash Inverter Plus washing machine. The Zen Direct Drive Inverter Technology allows a quiet yet high wash performance and ensures high energy savings. Its Hot Wash feature heats up the water up to 45°C to remove different types of stubborn stains and allergens. This was further supported by the lab test done by FAST Lab that showed the low bacterial count after just one wash cycle.      The final product to be launched was the revolutionary Quattro French Door Refrigerator. Equipped with Whirlpool’s patented 6th Sense Technology, it is able to maintain the optimal environment of your food. The Fresh Lock automatically adjusts the temperature to maintain the freshness of fruits and vegetables while the Freeze Lock reduces freezer burns. Meanwhile, its FlexiFreeze compartment allows you to choose three different temperature levels depending on what food you are storing.       Mr. Blanco Wong said, “We are happy to see that Whirlpool is always warmly welcomed here in the Philippines. The products we present today are meant to increase the comfort and security of every Filipino. It’s our goal to provide energy efficiency along with the high quality performance that Whirlpool has been known for for over 100 years. Our future plans will definitely include innovative features and better quality suited for the different needs in the Filipino market. With the support of Exatech, Whirlpool will surely continue to bring delight to our consumers in the years to come.”      The latest Whirlpool Vancouver Microwave Oven, BloomWash Inverter Plus Washing Machine, and Quattro French Door Refrigerator is now available to the public through all leading appliance stores nationwide.  You may check their website at www.whirlpool.com.ph for more information.

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