Shopee partners with DTI to support community-owned food businesses through the National Food Fair

From May 10 to 16, shoppers can look forward to up to 30% off on select local products As entrepreneurs continue to find ways to thrive amidst the challenges posed by health and safety protocols, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to…

Bacolodnon college student snaps Smart’s grand prize, heads home for good

It was the biggest surprise for nineteen-year-old Cloe Anne Marie Malaga who received a text message from Smart Communications on her birthday. Cloe won the P100,000 Grand Prize in Smart’s “Balik-Tuition” Promo. She had just made the switch to Smart when online classes began. Now, the prize money is reuniting her with her family in…

New fire substation opens at Cebu Business Park

As the community grows within Cebu’s premier business districts, one of the priorities of developer Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI) is the safety of the estate and its nearby areas. The Cebu Business Park Fire Substation was opened yesterday at the Cebu Business Park (CBP) by the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 7, in coordination with…

RAFI OTT partners with GCash for reforestation project

With the Philippines being one of the most severely deforested countries in the tropics due to climate change, the private sector and civil society are working together to urgently address this massive threat to humanity.  As part of its mission to encourage more people to become biodiversity champions, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI), through…

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Ramon Duterte Memorial NHS last stop for Smart and DepEd Cebu City’s school caravan

Connectivity support for 22 Cebu City schools in ‘new normal’ PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. in partnership with the Department of Education-Cebu City Division has capped off its year-long school caravan at Ramon Duterte Memorial National High School (RDMNHS). RDMNHS holds the biggest population of students in Cebu City, and is among the 22…

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…