Cebu Business Park sets up bike lanes for safer roads

Cebu Business Park (CBP), Cebu’s central business district, has designated bike lanes within estate roads to ensure a safe and convenient ride for those cycling to work. The move is a respond to the growing trend of bike commuting as a sustainable mode of transportation. The 7-kilometer bike lane network spreads on the main streets…

Nestlé strengthens partnership with DepEd 7, inks MOA for health, wellness program

Nestlé Philippines and the Department of Education-Region 7 (DepEd-Region 7) have strengthened their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support public elementary schools through the Nestlé Wellness Campus. The advocacy program highlights the importance of teaching healthy habits to young Filipino students.

CCCI president named among top 3 outstanding COVID-19 volunteer

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Felix Taguiam was hailed as one of the Most Outstanding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Volunteer in Central Visayas by the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7. The search involved those who have volunteered and made significant contributions in addressing the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Felix…

PLDT, Smart employees embrace online child safety with CyberSmart digital caravan

Smart, the wireless unit of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT, takes on the role of the youth’s champion against cyber criminals through its CyberSmart: Cyber Security Beyond Digital series. The digital caravan has been adapted for PLDT-Smart employees to help them secure their families, especially their children, against the dangers lurking in the world…

Phoenix typhoon relief operations in full swing

In the wake of multiple typhoons wreaking havoc in different parts of Luzon within the last few weeks, Phoenix Petroleum, a home-grown and leading independent oil brand, has mobilized various relief initiatives through its network of brands and partnerships. In coordination with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Phoenix has donated over 100,000 liters of free…

Visayan Electric sends team to help restore power in Albay

In the past week, linemen from the Visayan Electric Co. have been working tirelessly to help restore power in the province of Albay, which bore the brunt of the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year. The Cebu-based electric distribution utility sent two teams comprising 11 linemen who arrived in the province on Tuesday,…

PLDT-Smart donates 10K SIMs to DepEd Cebu City

PLDT-Smart turned over 10,000 LTE SIM cards to the Department of Education Cebu City, the biggest ever donation to the academe in the region, as their way of supporting teachers and students in over 50 Junior and Senior High Schools under DepEd Cebu City in the “New Normal.” The unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic…

CIB.O committees help chart industry growth in new normal times

From coming up with programs to ensure there are enough quality graduates from universities to promoting Cebu as a global IT-BPM hub, the different CIB.O committees presented strategies and other innovations to further develop the industry under new normal conditions. Called the Strat 8 Super Committees of the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O), the groups were…

PLDT and Smart help boost livelihood programs by Archdiocese of Cebu’s Caritas

The Archdiocese of Cebu’s Commission on Service- Cebu Caritas Inc. has partnered with the country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, for their livelihood programs dubbed Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm. Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm, pilot programs under Caritas’s Cebu Archdiocesan Integrated Farming Program, aim to promote organic…

PLDT-Smart Foundation, PDEA distribute Happy Packs to children

PLDT-Smart Foundation, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office VII, recently distributed “Happy Packs” to children of persons under the Balay Silangan Reformation Program in Cebu. “Bringing happiness to children has always been a source of joy for us in PSF. Especially during these times of the pandemic, even simple pleasures…

PLDT Group, PLDT-Smart Foundation respond to call for help of Cebu’s frontliners

In support of Cebu’s fight against COVID-19, PLDT Inc., PLDT-Smart Foundation and Tulong Kapatid, in coordination with ZTE Corp. and Leads Agricultural Corp., donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face masks, disinfecting kits, and carboys of ethyl alcohol. Tulong Kapatid is the social responsibility consortium of the companies led by Manuel V. Pangilinan. The group and…

Smart webinar presents digital tools to help LGUs adapt to new normal

Local governments and communities in 32 provinces of Luzon participated in a webinar that showcased various digital solutions to help them respond to challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Billed as #WeHealAsOne, the virtual forum organized by leading mobile operator Smart Communications discussed digital innovations in education, livelihood, and agriculture to help communities adapt to…

DOT, Grassroots Travel, Smart join hands to mount Kulinarya sa North Cebu Webinar

Smarter tourism in the new normal In the Philippines, Culinary Tourism and Farm or Agritourism have been identified by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as two of the niche markets it would like to tap and promote. It is for this reason that the DOT, Grassroots Travel, and PLDT-Smart recently organized a two-day webinar entitled…

Google Philippines launches site for COVID-19 terminologies in Filipino, Cebuano

True to its mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, Google Philippines is marking Buwan ng Wika with the launch of Isang Gabay sa mga Salitang Kaugnay ng COVID-19. The initiative recognizes the significant role of local languages in creating an understanding among Filipinos regarding the most commonly used…

Basilan school shows the way in distance learning

Once a thriving trading center in Mindanao, Basilan has had a troubled history in the last half-century, marked by clashes between the military and Moro secessionists and attacks by terrorist groups. But while communities are constantly displaced, residents brave hardship and strive to survive. Now faced with yet another challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic, Basilan reaffirms…

Bike-friendly parking at SM Supermalls

With more and more people turning to biking as a mode of transportation during the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), SM Supermalls has created bike parking facilities across its malls. With organized and secure parking zones designated solely for bicycles, SM hopes to make the riding experience safe and convenient for the growing number of…

Technology enables disaster resilience in communities

The new normal posed by COVID-19 has fast-tracked the adoption by local government units and organizations of technology-based programs to keep people informed and help students resume their studies despite the pandemic. Nagiel Banacia, Officer-in-Charge of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, has been at the front and center of the ongoing health…

Smart-backed Dynamic Learning Program to benefit DepEd ALS Butuan’s ‘second-chance’ learners

Riding a motorcycle to different learning centers in hinterlands, sustaining the attention of distracted learners, and handling a multi-grade classroom are just some of the challenges that Alternative Learning System (ALS) mobile teachers face every day. The COVID-19 health crisis has made it even tougher for them, as they had to look for ways to…

Shangri-La partners with local communities to produce reusable masks

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa has donated enough linen to make up to 10,000 reusable face masks for Cebu The Shangri-La Group has partnered with Diversey, a leading global hygiene and cleaning company, and the Municipality of Cordova to provide vulnerable Cebu residents with reusable face masks, an item now mandatory when one is out…