foodpanda expands shops service in Mindanao with Fit Mart

January 24, 2021

foodpanda Philippines receives a huge boost to its grocery delivery service in Mindanao as it partners with Fit Mart, one of the biggest grocery chains in the southern part of the country.   With foodpanda shops, grocery items are conveniently categorized, orderly presented, and are just a few taps away from being delivered in the comfort and convenience of your home. The Fit Mart and foodpanda partnership serve as a major addition to the broad offerings of the on-demand food and goods delivery service. Now, foodpanda will be able to meet the grocery delivery needs of even more online shoppers.   “foodpanda is delighted that Fit Mart is now in foodpanda shops,” says Ezra Espina, foodpanda Mindanao Cluster Head. “The partnership strengthens the shared mission of foodpanda, the country’s on-demand food delivery service, and Fit Mart, one of the biggest grocery chains in the region, to deliver everyone’s needs with quality service and offerings.”   Fit Mart was introduced in 1980 as a simple shoe store, named after the everyday lingo “Fit” was coined for every customer who deserved satisfaction. Since then, the business has grown to become a General Santos staple in grocery shopping, carrying a wide variety of everyday essentials and other items.               The partnership between foodpanda and Fit Mart reflects the commitment of foodpanda to having food and more delivered right in the safety and comfort of your doorsteps at home and workplaces. The tie-up also makes Fit Mart Gensan the first supermarket branch to be launched in foodpanda shops in Mindanao, with its many offerings now available on the user-friendly platform.             “We are hoping that this partnership will serve more people in General Santos City who rely on accessibility in terms of getting their essential needs,” says Retchie Santiago, FitMart Gensan Operations Manager.               As foodpanda continues to grow and develop its offerings, say goodbye to the inconvenience of physical shopping, and welcome the many rewarding experiences of grocery delivery with just a few taps and clicks.   To shop at Fit Mart through foodpanda, and to enjoy all the unmatched food and grocery delivery deals and promos of the on-demand food delivery service, download and order through the foodpanda app now at Follow foodpanda’s official social media pages on Facebook at and Instagram at

Bambi leads in Misamis Oriental Agriculture Development Complex inauguration; Villar sends congratulations

January 22, 2021

ANE-I, Claveria, Misamis Oriental – Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano led in the blessing and pledge of support ceremonial signing for the seven-hectare Misamis Oriental Agriculture Development Complex located here. This, as Sen. Cynthia Villar – the chair of the Senate committee on agriculture – hailed the new development, saying it is timely for the usage of the facility due to the recent passage of the Coco Levy Act in Congress, waiting for signature by President Duterte into law. Villar assured her full support of the project which was mainly courtesy of cigarette giant Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation. Atty. Cancio Nicanor Guibone, PMFTC Inc. head of corporate affairs for Mindanao, said the company granted the provincial government of Misamis Oriental last October a deed of grant of usufructuary rights to use the seven-hectare facility for agricultural purposes and even build minimal structures therein. Also on hand gracing the event last Friday (January 22) and expressing his full support to the project was Misamis Oriental first district Rep. Christian Unabia who said that usage of the facility will complement his many agricultural outreaches in his district. According to Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on agriculture chair Fredrick Khu, the complex – strategically located at the agricultural heartland of Misamis Oriental – will primarily be a venue for the processing of various agricultural produce in the province. “This will address value-adding needs by farmers, fisherfolk and agri-entrepreneurs and most especially, address the rampant issue of post-harvest loss,” Khu said. Provincial agriculturist Jose Apollo Pacamalan said that the complex will be a state-of-the-art facility which would cater various food processing technologies such as drying, bottling and preservation, among others. Moreover, a post-harvest laboratory will be present for research and development on the lengthening of shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Waxing, application of edible coating and modified atmosphere are among the processes that will be done, ensuring preservation of both pre-finished and finished products. A nursery for the production of lettuce, bulb onion, cabbage, cacao, coffee, mulberry and different varieties of coconut will be established. To diversify the options of farmers, the creation of an inland fish hatchery is already ongoing that when in full operational capacity could produce 500,000 fingerlings for the benefit of 300 backyard farmers. And lastly, the most important service the complex and its facilities will give is research. On top of Pacamalan’s list are hydrophonics, expansion of the tissue culture laboratory, study on the black soldier fly, bioethanol production from cassava and face mask production using abaca. “In this facility, let us teach farmers how to innovate so they will prosper more,” Emano said.

Uplifting ways on helping out communities

January 20, 2021

  foodpanda helps local communities thrive amidst typhoon and pandemic   Year 2020 truly has been a year of ceaseless challenges, foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery service, embraced the opportunity to make a difference by delivering much-needed help to those in need. Its fleet of golden-hearted riders answered calls for help and led the charge in assisting people through various efforts all year round, from serving those affected by natural disasters to supporting medical frontliners in the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Through thick and thin, foodpanda takes care of its community of customers, riders, and vendors with its core business and Corporate Social Advocacy programs. We desire to help underserved populations and move toward economic empowerment and inclusion through equal access to every possible opportunity,” said Daniel Marogy, foodpanda Philippines’ managing director.   When Taal Volcano erupted early in the year, for example, foodpanda riders in the area were quick to respond and scrapped their schedules that day to bring immediate help to affected families. The company also mobilized relief efforts for the victims of the series of typhoons in recent months, providing relief packages to affected communities all over the country.    Moreover, foodpanda rolled out several initiatives to support medical workers nationwide who were manning the front lines against COVID-19. In April, the company partnered with restaurants in Baguio, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro to deliver warm meals and refreshments to healthcare workers in hospitals and checkpoints. The following month, foodpanda joined hands with The Philippine Army to provide food assistance to COVID-19 response teams and frontline workers such as street sweepers, garbage collectors, waste management teams, and local government unit personnel in Quezon City, Mandaluyong City, and Taguig City.   The company also introduced the PandaTODA project to welcome tricycle drivers, whose livelihood was severely affected by the pandemic, into the foodpanda family as delivery riders. Tricycle drivers under the program were given the option to work on their own hours or be part of the foodpanda full-time. With the support of local government units like Manila, Pasig, and Quezon City, displaced drivers were able to  find a sustainable source of income  during this time of crisis.   “foodpanda raised the bar by reaching out and extending help to everyone, especially to those in need,” Marogy said. “Our goal with these initiatives goes beyond providing immediate relief. We hope to leave a lasting and inspirational impact on communities all over the country.”   Despite having achieved much this year, foodpanda recognizes that more can always be done in terms of helping people and building stronger communities. The company remains committed to improve its efforts to deliver the promise of embracing a local responsibility and a unique opportunity to be a force of good.

foodpanda rides for a bigger, brighter, better 2021

January 18, 2021

Exciting promos and surprises await customers, vendors, and riders     Year 2020 is truly one for the books. Amidst a global pandemic and natural disaster, everyone is expecting and looking forward to a new year. Thus, this 2021, foodpanda, the country's on-demand food delivery service, promises to deliver just that (and more)!  What’s even better? foodpanda is more than ready to bring you an unmatched experience that goes beyond delivering delicious food. From a cultural shift towards providing consumers with more options, this year’s expanded services will surely take things to a cult status. Whether you’re in Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao, foodpanda makes 2021 Over the Tap with brighter, better, and bigger campaigns-- all complete with access to deals, discounts, and surprises like no other! Brighter days ahead with our amazing  foodpanda riders and vendors Is there a greater convenience than having food delivered to your couch or your cubicle? Thanks to all partner restaurants and riders who made life easier, safer, and more comfortable.  With foodpanda, their hard work and sacrifice never go unnoticed. While it’s been an emotional roller coaster ride in 2020 that we’re ready to depart from, foodpanda starts the year with stories of thanksgiving, optimism, hope and a lot of fun. Get ready to learn more about these modern heroes as foodpanda rolls out a series of digital videos called kapanda adventures honoring their hard work, services, and efforts. Watch out for the special twist in the end! For foodpanda, this year is all about small and doable goals with a big impact both for its restaurant partners and riders. Power food that you love with better choices from lunch, merienda, to dinner No need to look further as foodpanda brings you closer to a lot of your favorite restaurants with just a tap away. Go crazy on all your go-to orders from noon to evening at unmatched discounts using foodpanda’s three new promos.   1.    Get all your favorite midday meals on a sweet P80-discount from 11 am to 1 pm using the code “LUNCHDEAL” at a minimum order value of P399.  2.    Fight the afternoon slump by using the code “MERIENDEAL” on a minimum order value of P250 from 2 pm to 5 pm 3.    Enjoy P100 off on a minimum value order of P499 from 6 pm to 9 pm by using the code “DINNDERDEAL.” The Pink Lining: We go bigger with our partnerships and activations Life will never be the same again as foodpanda has already become part of Filipinos’ new normal. That is why this 2021, be prepared as they expand to more cities, partner with bigger companies and vendors, and lastly, execute the coolest on-ground activations. foodpanda is sure to give you Over the Tap offerings so you don’t have to leave home or the office to experience an exciting catered meal you deserve.  Be sure to watch out for more thrilling promos, irresistible deals, and other offerings that will make your life easy, exciting, and more meaningful. Download the foodpanda app now at Follow foodpanda’s official social media pages as well on Facebook at and Instagram at     About foodpanda: foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers their favorite meals from curated local restaurants in the Philippines. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 170,000 partner restaurants in more than 325 cities across 13 Asian and Central Europe foodpanda Philippines currently operates more than 50 cities across the Philippines anc continuously expanding. foodpanda is a subsidiary under Delivery Hero, a worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit   How it works: Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their address and view a curated list of restaurants and shops serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their choice, they can place an order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda’s secure platform or via cash-on-delivery The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant or shop, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep.  

Safety Technical Institute & Driving Academy serves 3,000 drivers in 8 years

January 18, 2021

SAFETY Technical Institute & Driving Academy in Cagayan de Oro City celebrated its eighth year anniversary last Monday. According to school president Jun Tupag, the LTO and Tesda-accredited institution has already served a total of more than 3,000 enrollees in its driving courses through the years. The school offers two driving programs – the three-day theoretical driving course and the two-day practical driving course. Tupag said the theoretical driving course (which costs P2,500) is a prerequisite to the practical driving course. It consists of 15 hours of lecture divided into three days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the practical driving course is a prerequisite to securing a student driving license. The course itself is divided into two – one for manual and another for automatic vehicles. The manual course is worth P4,800 while automatic driving lessons cost P5,800. But would-be students need not worry for the tuition cost, they just need to apply for Tesda scholarship, Tupag explained. In a practical driving course, students are taught at Safety Technical Institute & Driving Academy’s own wide expanse of range in Cala-cala, Macasandig. After they have passed the lessons there, they will be allowed to drive in the city with their instructor. Safety Technical Institute & Driving Academy employs six instructors, including two lecturers. It deploys a total of five vehicles for its students – all of them are sedans. Safety Technical Institute & Driving Academy is located at No. 10 Velez Arcade, Zone 7, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City.

Mindanao bus company reappoints Leo Rey Yanson as prexy, chairman

January 17, 2021

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Leo Rey Yanson has once again been appointed as chairman and president of Mindanao Star Bus Transport Inc. (MSBTI) as the company has remained committed to ensure the safety of the riding public amid the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Yanson was reappointed as MSBTI head during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting held Saturday (Jan. 16). He is also the chief executive officer and president of the Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC), considered as the biggest bus conglomerate in the Philippines with seven subsidiaries operating all over the country. In Mindanao, the YGBC subsidiaries are Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI), Bachelor Express Inc. (BEI), and Mindanao Star Bus Transport Inc. (MSBTI). The other subsidiaries are Vallacar Transit Inc., Ceres Transport Inc., Southern Star Bus Transport Inc., and Sugbo Transit Inc. As the subsidiary’s newly elected leader, Yanson said the company “continues to be steadfast in its goal to serve the Filipino people. MSBTI remains committed to providing the riding public with the most reliable means of public transportation for all.” During the meeting, Yanson, Ginnette Dumancas, Charles Dumancas, Rey Ardo, and Arvin John Villaruel were re-elected as members of MSBTI’s board of directors. Following the election of the directors, the board also held an organizational meeting wherein Yanson was re-appointed as chairman of the board and president of MSBTI, while his mother Olivia was re-appointed as the company’s corporate secretary and treasurer. The company said the newly appointed Board is excited to see how they can continue to push boundaries to provide quality transportation to every Filipino in this great nation despite the challenges of the pandemic. Despite proper and timely notice, stockholders Roy Yanson, Ricardo Yanson Jr., Emily Yanson, and Ma. Lourdes Celina Lopez were absent. All are YGBC leader’s siblings. In a press statement sent to reporters, the company said Roy, Celina and Ricky are believed to be unable to attend the meeting because they are currently hiding abroad as fugitives from justice together with their sister [Celina]. The company added that as of this writing, there are several outstanding warrants of arrest against the four Yanson siblings, known as the “Y4,” for carnapping and for grave coercion issued by the courts of Bacolod City. Just recently, warrants of arrest have also been issued against Emily for the crimes of Perjury and Falsification of Vallacar Transit Inc.’s (“VTI”) General Information Sheets (“GIS”). It is those same questionable GISes that are being used by Y4 to claim their majority ownership of VTI, the company said.


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