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ABB supplies Southeast Asia’s largest battery energy storage system

June 2, 2021

With the global energy storage system market expected to reach $17.9 billion by 2027 1 , battery energy storage systems (BESS) are emerging as the strongest solution to increase grid flexibility and reliability. With rapid growth rates of 31.4 percent CAGR by 2027 1 projected, countries around the world are increasingly switching to BESS to drive greater grid reliability and broader adoption of renewable energy sources. Battery energy storage systems are particularly suitable for regions that are impacted by grid instability, such as the Philippines. To help improve grid performance in the country, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), one of the major suppliers of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install BESS facilities as part of its nationwide BESS Project, the region’s largest BESS project. As part of a multi-million-dollar contract won in 2019, ABB will support two 20MW sites which will be installed by June 2021, with a further 40MW site in July 2021. The remaining sites will be completed in 2022. Alessandro Palin, President of ABB's Distribution Solutions Division explains: “Battery energy storage systems are transforming the market, driving wider adoption of renewable energy solutions, and helping to improve grid performance across the globe. In support of ABB’s 2030 sustainability commitments, pioneering solutions like the one in the Philippines will ensure that grids are more stable and will satisfy the reliability challenges associated with moving to a stronger mix of renewables.” This project will support the Philippines’ ambitious plans to build a more sustainable future for its communities, by decarbonizing energy generation and ensuring that 54 percent of its energy mix comes from renewables by 2040 2 (a sizeable increase from 29 percent of renewables in 2019). To meet these targets, the country faces several challenges to ensure grid stability, including the length of power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago, as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator. ABB has provided a packaged BESS solution to strengthen the reliability and stability of the local grid on Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago, and the island of Visayas. Both these fast- developing regions will benefit from BESS as part of the government’s ‘Build, build, build’ program that aims to establish a ‘golden age of infrastructure’ to boost industry and tourism. The solution is designed to avoid large frequency deviations which can result in costly equipment damage and disruptive power system failure. The Philippines project uses ABB’s proprietary software platform ABB Ability™ Zenon to act as the intuitive interface to the BESS, allowing users to make real time decisions based on grid parameters to ensure performance stability. To satisfy the complicated needs of the scheme and ensure easy and quick installation, ABB developed a complete solution that uses standardized building blocks that are scalable and modular. The building block ABB SUPPLIES SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LARGEST BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM 2/2 designs include an integrated combination of Energy Storage Modules and power distribution equipment, that can be increased or reduced in capacity to suit specific site location requirements. The BESS includes the provision of battery enclosures, ABB EcoFlex eHouse, UniGear ZS1 medium-voltage switchgear, integrated skid units, transformers and inverters in one single skid, with a connection to the grid. Installation and energization periods were reduced by up to 30 percent, as all equipment was delivered fully integrated and pretested before arriving on site. Adopting this philosophy also ensured a reduction in site works and associated costs for the customer. Palin concludes: “By combining the knowledge of our Packaging and Solutions Global Execution team, based in Manila, with the local grid knowledge of the SMC team, we are proud to support the most ambitious BESS project in South East Asia.” ABB plans to use learnings from these installations to implement further high-profile BESS projects across the globe. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit https://go.abb/electrification                            

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JobStreet goes hyperlocal, launches microsites and virtual career fairs in several regions

April 24, 2021

Living up to its commitment to provide jobs that matter across the country, leading online job portal JobStreet is going hyperlocal as it launches its dedicated microsite for Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao as well as its upcoming virtual career fair with the selected Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices in time for the upcoming Labor Day.  The initiatives also help boost the job market in provinces as the public is encouraged to decongest Metro Manila following the on-going pandemic.  Jobseekers from Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao can now browse thousands of jobs available in their locality through the respective microsites. Candidates can also learn from work-life guides and advice from JobStreet’s career hub which will be written in their local dialect.   “Many Filipinos recently returned to their provinces because of layoffs or the new work from home arrangements and this caused a shift in the labor market. We’ve also observed that candidates from major provinces have increased their activities in terms of platform website visits, which is why we really targeted to promote local employment and provide them valuable support in their career through their own dialect,” said JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca. Hyperlocal microsites The microsite for Cebu offers opportunities from the top industries namely Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (12.5%), Manufacturing/Production (7.6%), Healthcare/ Medical (6.5%), Education (5.5%), and Construction/Building/Engineering (5.2%). The average salary reported in Cebu is Php 31,487.  Candidates from Davao can apply for jobs with an average salary of Php 28,500 as top industries continue hiring such as Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (8.7%), Healthcare/Medical (7.8%), Education (7.2%), Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.6%), and Retail/Merchandise (5.3%).  Meanwhile, thousands of jobs are also found in Iloilo microsite with an average salary of Php 27,370. Top industries include Healthcare/Medical (13.6%), Call Center/IT-Enabled Services/BPO (9.2%), Education (8.3%), Construction/Building/Engineering (5.6%), and Food & Beverage/Catering/Restaurant (5.3%).  As of 2021, JobStreet earned a 13% growth in average platform visits from Cebu, 56% from Davao, and 44% in Iloilo. Moreover, hirers from the said provinces are gradually picking up. Based on JobStreet Database as of March 2021, job offerings based in Central Visayas grew by 9% from a sharp decline in 2020. Western Visayas recently jumped to 44% increase in job openings, while Davao Region is also recovering with 26% job postings this year.      Ensuring that the initiative will be advantageous for both local hirers and candidates, JobStreet is also establishing a local team in each province to accommodate queries.  Labor Day Virtual Career Fair  JobStreet continues to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in providing livelihood among Filipinos during this period. Following the success of the recent Virtual Career  Fair, JobStreet partners with selected DOLE regions to launch another Virtual Career Fair on May 1 to 3.  Over 100 companies from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have participated in the upcoming Virtual Career Fair, offering thousands of jobs nationwide. Candidates from different regions will also have a chance to experience engaging features such as live chats, on-the-spot interviews with HR representatives, and companies’ virtual booths. In addition, DOLE Regional Offices will accommodate concerns and questions from candidates via chat in the platform.  Jobseekers can join the online raffle as JobStreet goes live on its official Facebook Page on the first day of the Virtual Career Fair on May 1 at 5:00PM. “We appreciate DOLE and the participating regions for trusting to partner with JobStreet in this initiative. We’re hoping that the Virtual Career Fair would be able to reach out to more jobseekers across the country who are looking for opportunities at this time,” shared Gioca. The Virtual Career Fair is now open for pre-registration through http://bit.ly/JobStreetDOLEVCF.  Provincial microsites are also accessible via http://bit.ly/JobStreetIloilo, http://bit.ly/JobStreetCebu, and http://bit.ly/JobStreetDavao. About JobStreet  JobStreet is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database. 

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AIA Philam Life provides comprehensive health protection for every Filipino family

March 3, 2021

If there was one thing we learned from 2020, it’s making sure that health is a top priority. The rising number of cases and deaths caused by the pandemic served as a wakeup call for Filipinos to safeguard their family's wellbeing.   In a recent online event held for the media, AIA Philam Life tapped its protection ambassadors Gary Valenciano, his son Paolo Valenciano and wife Sam Valenciano, to share their personal stories of protection and the importance of passing on the legacy of protection to the younger generation.   Protection is at the core of AIA Philam Life’s mission—to race against risk and protect every Filipino family and empower them to live healthier, longer and better lives. In fulfillment of this mission, AIA Philam Life launched innovative products within the last two years, referred to as the Protection Trinity, designed to help address the basic protection needs of Filipinos: life, critical illness, and medical.   AIA Critical Protect 100 was launched in 2019, providing coverage from 100 critical illnesses, from age 0 to 100. Within the same year, AIA All-In-One was introduced—an affordable non-participating whole life insurance plan which provides financial protection from death, accident, disability, and critical illness, offering comprehensive and guaranteed protection benefit against risks (including natural calamities and riding public transportation) that may be experienced now or in the future.   Last year, the trinity was completed with the launch of AIA Med-Assist, designed to help manage the financial burden of Filipino families due to unexpected medical expenses. AIA Med-Assist bridges the expense gap between HMO and life insurance coverage to ensure savings remain untouched despite hospital confinement for more than 12 hours.   To further strengthen its Protection Trinity portfolio, AIA Philam Life recently launched the newest addition, AIA Health Cover, a peso-denominated variable life insurance plan which provides all-around health and critical illness protection. Tennyson Paras, AIA Philam Life Head of Products, explains, “In developing AIA Health Cover that offers comprehensive health and protection benefits, we give Filipinos a product that can cover them in case they are diagnosed with any of the 91 critical illnesses or get benefits like a daily allowance if they are hospitalized for at least 24 hours.”   Leo Tan, AIA Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer, shares the rationale for the development of the Protection Trinity portfolio, “With the huge protection gap in the country coupled with the low insurance penetration rate, there’s a lot of work to be done in the fulfillment of our mission of racing against risk, and developing the Protection Trinity products was one of the best ways we can achieve that. This is the basic financial need that Filipinos have not been paying attention to these past few years, and with the pandemic bringing into focus the importance of protection, we want to make sure we are offering them the best and complete suite of products to meet that need. By making sure that we have the right products, we go a long way in helping our customers live Healthier, Longer and Better Lives.”   Know more about AIA Health Cover and AIA Philam Life’s protection products by visiting the AIA Philam Life website at philamlife.com, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AIAPhilamLife/, email philamlife@aia.com or call (02)8528-2000.

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Globe announces full year 2020 results

February 17, 2021

AS a testament to Globe’s commitment to provide internet access to all Filipinos, the Company invested a total of ₱60.3 billion in capex in 2020, surpassing last year’s record level spending by 18%. Also, 2020 capex represented 41% of gross service revenues and 82% of EBITDA. Majority of the capex or about 86% went to data-related requirements to meet the growing data demands of Filipinos nationwide. Full year 2021 cash capex is expected to reach a new record of ₱70.0 billion to execute the Company’s network roll-out strategy that includes aggressive cell site builds, upgrade of all its sites to Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution technology (4G/LTE), and fast-tracking the fiberization of Filipino homes nationwide. This record-breaking capital expenditure supports Globe’s continuous modernization of its network to make 5G as well as fiber technology available to customers in more areas in the country. Globe’s massive network investments likewise prove its strong support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Despite the continuing impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Globe was able to build close to 1,300 new cell sites or cell towers, up from 1,100 the previous year. Also, the aggressive modernization of its existing network infrastructure resulted to a total of 11,529 site upgrades to 4G/LTE this year, higher than the 10,135 in 2019. Moreover, Globe deployed 5G sites in Metro Manila, as well as certain cities in Visayas and Mindanao making 5G available in 1,045 areas in the country. These network improvements enhanced the customer experience and the Filipino digital lifestyle, and addressed the challenges of the new normal. The new site builds and network upgrades all over the country were validated by an increase in mobile consistency scores across all regions as indicated in the recent report from an independent analytics firm, Ookla®. Its quarterly data shows that Globe's overall Consistency Score in the fourth quarter of 2020 improved to 60.82% from previous quarter’s 56.83%. Globe’s regional mobile Consistency Score™ also improved from the previous quarter in 16 out of 17 regions. In addition, Globe registered increases as high as 10 PPTs (percentage points), with Consistency Scores ranging from 39% and 65% in the last quarter of 2020. Globe financial and operating results for 2020 reported consolidated service revenues of ₱146.4 billion, a moderate decline of 2% from the record level of ₱149.0 billion reported a year ago.

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GET AMPED UP WITH AMPALAYA PLUS AND DANCE ON TIKTOK FOR A CAUSE 

December 2, 2020

Move to the rhythm of the latest online dance craze that gets your heart pumping and fuller in goodwill while keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level.  Nattural Quality Corporation (NQC), the makers of Filipino herbal dietary supplement Ampalaya Plus, invites students and social media influencers to dance on TikTok for a chance to donate educational tablets to students in need through the “AMP UP Dance Challenge” (ampup.ampalayaplus.com).  In partnership with Christian radio station Radio Veritas, the campaign promotes holistic well-being while providing students with educational tools during this challenging time of alternative learning. Ampalaya Plus will be giving away learning tablets to ten entries with top social media engagement, while schools that encourage their students to take on the challenge will also be rewarded with gadgets for online teaching. To make it even more exciting, social media influencers with more than 1,000 followers are welcome to join on behalf of their chosen beneficiaries. How to join? A participant must upload a dance video of themselves together with family members on Tiktok, performing the official AMP UP dance steps. Complete the entry with the caption and hashtag #AmpalayaPlusDanceUp and the name of their school. The group representative must also send a copy of the entry via direct message to the Ampalaya Plus Facebook page to qualify. The campaign is championed by celebrities RJ Agustin, Kristoff Garcia, and Sisi Rondina, three young people who aim to highlight the importance of  a healthy diet and regular exercise among young adults, especially against diabetes. “The AMP UP Dance Challenge hopes to raise awareness among the youth about their vulnerability to diseases, particularly diabetes, through an engaging and collaborative activity for them and the older members of the household,” said Benson Sian, founder, and CEO of Nattural Quality Corporation. “Their video entries to this online challenge will also serve as a lasting record of their bonding moments during this time of the pandemic.” According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas, diabetes accounted for 4.2 million deaths last year and was responsible for 10% of the global total health expenditure on healthcare at $760 billion. Despite the staggering figures, 1 in 11 adults aged 20-79 have diabetes, while 1 in 2 adults who have it remain undiagnosed. Tagged as “Nature’s Wonder Superfood for Diabetes,” Ampalaya Plus can help manage high blood sugar levels naturally. The natural dietary food supplement contains three of nature’s most potent wonder herbs, namely, bitter gourd (ampalaya), lagerstroemia speciosa (banaba), and turmeric (luyang dilaw).  Ampalaya is among the 10 medicinal plants promoted by the Philippine Department of Health that help maintain blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, studies show that banaba contains corosolic acid, which has numerous anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, turmeric, or the “Golden Spice,” has been traditionally used in ancient medicine for its numerous health benefits.  For more details on Ampalaya Plus and NQC, visit gonatural.com.ph. To know more about the AMP UP Dance Challenge, from the video tutorial of the dance moves and official jingle to the full mechanics of the contest, go to ampup.ampayalaplus.com.  

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Out with the Old, In with the New: Doña Elena Olive Oil Introduces its Latest Look

November 30, 2020

The nourishment that we’re craving right now is all about healthy, affordable, and easy to create home-cooked meals. And why not? In this period of the new normal, most people will agree that cooking is a way we can bring some order and a sense of pleasure in our lives right now.  Whether you’ve been looking for ways on how to cook deliciously affordable meals or wanting to feel empowered in the kitchen, Doña Elena, the country’s no. 1 olive oil inspires you with some thoughtful ideas that won’t only sustain, but will also bring comfort during this time of corona.    A new look that you’ll love: Introducing the new Doña Elena Olive Oil bottle that’s recognizable for patrons and accommodating for first-time users  Celebrated for its perfected combination of premium-quality olives directly sourced and harvested from the farms of Andalucia in Spain, Doña Elena Olive Oil has been dominating the market for a full decade now. We break down what makes Doña Elena Olive Oil the ideal choice in preparing home-cooked, restaurant-quality meals that will inspire you to cook healthily at home! Packed with the good stuff What separates Doña Elena Olive Oil from the rest of the field is its ability to take an already-healthy dietary staple up a notch and make it even fuller in flavor. Extracted from the fruit of olive trees, olive oil defines the Mediterranean diet. Countries like Spain and Greece that have it as part of their native cuisine touts some of the world’s healthiest populations, thanks in large part to the health benefits of olive oil.   Doña Elena Olive Oil is a blend of high-quality hojiblanca and picual olives Doña Elena’s offerings, in particular, are rich in good fats and oxidants through the combination of two types of olives, hojiblanca and picual. Each bottle contains 80% monounsaturated oleic acids, which is proven to regulate insulin and support weight management according to research. The heart-friendly fat is also known for supporting the health of the heart and enhancing brain function. These two organs could be hit by COVID-19, studies say.  Doña Elena Olive Oil comes loaded with high levels of antioxidants like polyphenols and is packed with vitamins E, K, and A that helps lower bad cholesterols. Everything for anything As diverse as the health advantages of olive oils are in its applications, Doña Elena Olive Oil comes in three variants to make any type of dish shine with flavorful and aromatic taste. There’s Extra Virgin for dips and salad dressing; Pure Olive Oil for pasta and everyday cooking; and Pomace for roasting and frying. What’s more, Doña Elena Olive Oil is the only brand that offers the most comprehensive sizes. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen rookie, Doña Elena’s Pure, Extra Virgin, and Pomace are conveniently available in 250 ml, 500 ml, 1 Liter, and 5 Liter PET bottle sizes so you have all the options for every purpose and need. As tasty as it looks To make sure that the packaging of Doña Elena Olive Oil does justice to its quality, a renowned French designer was tasked in 2017 to create a new bottle befitting a well-loved premium quality product. The result is a strengthened brand identity that is at the same time recognizable to patrons and accommodating to first-time users.   Doña Elena Olive Oil’s carefully curated bottle design is a stand-out for its elegant and functional design The new packaging includes two significant, fine engravings on the bottle that are exclusively Doña Elena: the Doña Elena insignia near the top, and the olive fruit near the base. Another detail that customers enjoy is the usage recommendation per variant that is printed on the label, making it easier to choose the right olive oil for your cooking needs.  For whatever occasion, Doña Elena Olive Oil comes through as the perfect culinary companion in preparing delicious meals that are good for the health and light on the wallet. Doña Elena Olive Oil is available in all groceries and supermarkets nationwide. Buy online beginning November 20 at www.AceMarket.ph.   --- Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit www.flyacecorp.com. Doña Elena Olive Oil is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation in the Philippines. It is the consistent no. 1 Olive Oil brand according to A.C. Nielsen. Available in three (3) variants, Extra Virgin, Pure, and Pomace which comes in 250 ml, 500 ml, 1 Liter glass bottles, and 5 Liter PET bottle sizes. For more tips, recipes, and promos visit @donaelenacuisineraclub on Facebook and Instagram.          

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