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Cebuana Lhuillier’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2014

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Making its headway as impetus towards giving happiness to the people, Cebuana Lhuillier, the country’s leading micro financial company, kicked off its third “Search for the Happiest Pinoy”, this time, with a wide scope, new special awards, and bigger cash prizes.

A P1-million tax-free cash prize awaits for the grand winner of this year’s Search for the Happiest Pinoy while nine runners-up will receive P50,000.

Aside from cash prizes, Cebuana Lhuillier will also give special prizes to the chosen Happiest Student and Happiest Overseas Filipino Worker.

“Through this Search for the Happiest Pinoy, we want to recognize the happiest Filipino who is able to overcome life’s challenges and still chosen to become optimistic,” said Jonathan Batangan, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) General Manager. “In this way, we are bringing the models that may inspire other Filipinos’ lives to positively impact lives with their positive outlook in life.”

This year’s search is set out to target more than 50,000 nominees worldwide.

 

Cebuana Lhuillier's staffs, officials, invited media and bloggers pose during the photo opportunity of the launching of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2014.
Cebuana Lhuillier’s staffs, officials, invited media and bloggers pose during the photo opportunity of the launching of the Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2014.

Nomination to the Search

The search is open to public. Everyone, especially OFWs, who has life-inspiring stories, can join the competition.

You can be nominated as long as you are a Filipino, 18 years old and above with good moral character.

The nominees will be screened by the Happiest Pinoy Board of Judges composed of CNN 2009 Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Maria Leonor Robredo, McCann-Erickson Chairman Emeritus Emily Abrera, Assistant Secretary Anne Corominas, CLIS General Manager Jonathan Batangan, Happiest Pinoy grand winners Winston Maxino and Rommel Arellano, inspirational speaker and corporate trainer Francis Kong, and broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdez.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.happiest-pinoy.com and are available in any of Cebuana Lhuillier’s store branches.

Accomplished nomination forms can be mailed together with supporting documents to: Search for the Happiest Pinoy Secretariat, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, Inc., 2/F Annex 2, PJL Corporate Centre, 1782 N. Garcia cor. Candelaria Sts., Makati City 1209.

Scanned copies of the accomplished nomination forms and supporting documents can also be emailed to www.happiest-pinoy@pjlhuillier.com.

The deadline of the nomination entries is until March 31, 2015.

The search has been awarded to two deserving individuals who were Winston Maxino, a corporate executive who was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a degenerative and incurable bone disease, was declared the first Happiest Pinoy grand winner in 2010; and Rommel Arellano, a guidance counselor who was afflicted with polio at age 1, was declared Happiest Pinoy in 2012.

The Search for the Happiest Pinoy was started in 2009, and bested more than 13,000 nominees nationwide last 2012.

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CCCI GMM and Annual Election

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The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold its General Membership Meeting and Annual Election on February 23 at 11:00 am at the Ballroom B & C, Summit Galleria Hotel, Cebu City.

This event is in partnership with UnionPay International (UPI), a global payment network with a wide range of world-class payment products and services. UPI is committed to providing access to value and secure payment solutions that are tailored to the needs of the local market, to enable choice and ease of payment for consumers and businesses alike.

With over 7 billion UnionPay cards issued in 48 countries and regions, over 51 million merchants and 2.57 million ATMs accepting UnionPay cards in 168 countries and regions, UnionPay serves the world’s largest cardholder base and is one of the fastest growing payment networks in the world.

Bannering the theme “Land & Air Transport Updates for Cebu”, this month’s GMM will be graced by the presence of Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Ador Canlas and GMR Megawide Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Harrison as esteemed speakers of the event.

For this year’s CCCI Annual Board of Trustees Election, there are eleven (11) positions to be filled. In the service sector, there are four (4) open positions; three (3) for industry; two (2) for trade; one (1) for sectoral and one (1) for the ICT.

All CCCI members are enjoined to actively participate in this coming General Membership Meeting and Annual Election. CCCI members are further encouraged to cast their votes by submitting their filled out and signed ballots on or before 12NN of February 23.

For more inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232 1421 local no. 111 and look for CCCI Membership Development Division Head Joy Lorena Amador.

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CCCI, DOST holds Training on Industrial Calibration on March

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With an aim to leverage the capabalities not just of its members but also the business community in Cebu, CCCI holds a training program dubbed as Training on Industrial Calibration on March 7 to 9 at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

In partnership with DOST, the training program aims to introduce its participants the Laws on Metrology in the Philippines and the method on the calibration of the common measuring instruments for mas, temperature, pressure and length.

It further seeks to equip the participants with better understanding of calibration system and the advantages in their production systems.

Registration fee costs Php 6, 000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,500 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training/ seminar kits, certificate of attendance and meals. Interested participants are required to bring their own laptop for the exercises.

For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Divison.

Join CCCI’s two-day HACCP Training!

CCCI is set to conduct a two-day Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training on March 14-15, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 7 located in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

This training intends to provide businesses in the food industry sector the necessary knowledge and skills on the fundamentals of HACCP.

HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and pharmaceutical safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. HACCP is also used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so the key actions, known as Critical Control Points (CCPs) can be taken to reduce or eliminate the potential risks of the identified hazards.

Moreover, the system is used at all stages of food production and handling processes including packaging, distribution, among others.

Registration fee costs Php 5,000 for CCCI Members while Php 6,000 for Non-CCCI Members, which includes training kits, Certificate of Attendance and meals.

For further inquiries, one may call CCCI at 232-1421 to 24 local no. 109 and look for Ms. Jessa Mae L. Abapo of CCCI’s Business Development and Management Services Division.

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South Star Drug Now Accepts GCash in Metro Manila Outlets

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South Star Drug, one of the biggest drugstore chains in the Philippines, becomes the first drugstore in Metro Manila that allows customers to purchase medicines and other items using GCash scan to pay mode of payment.

The medicine retailer has over 450 stores nationwide and still growing.  The use of GCash in South Star Drug’s Metro Manila outlets is being piloted in six branches – two in Pasig (C. Raymundo cor. F. Legaspi, Dr. Sixto Ave.), two in Makati (Herrera, Guadalupe Unimec), one in Pasay (Balabag Merville), and one in Las Pinas (Philamlife).  By end of the year, all South Star Drug outlets are expected to accept GCash scan to pay.

GCash is being operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp. “Mynt’s partnership with South Star Drug is part of our company’s efforts to make payments more convenient, safer and easier.  This brings us another step closer to our goal of making the Philippines a cashless country,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.

Christine Tueres, General Manager of South Star Drug said:  “South Star is always working to improve customer experience and find ways of doing things better – that includes giving our customers more payment options. With GCash QR code feature, even without cash or credit card, our customers can make a purchase in any of our stores with just a few taps on their smart phones”.

Using GCash is easy.  A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone only needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund  their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. This includes Robinsons Business Centers. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and key in the amount to be paid.

 

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Manila Water to expand in Thailand

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Ayala-led Manila Water Company Inc. is venturing into the water industry of Thailand as part of its ongoing expansion in Southeast Asia.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Manila Water said it signed Monday a share purchase agreement with Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) to acquire its 18.72-percent equity in Thailand-based Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited.

The company intends to finance the transaction through internally generated funds and bank debt.

It said the closing of the acquisition is still subject to the “fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.”

“We recognize the opportunities this new market presents for us, and we are eager to share the technical expertise and service quality which Manila Water has developed over the last 20 years. From the conglomerate perspective, Ayala sees this development as a strategic entry point into Thailand. With Manila Water leading the way, we hope to leverage our various capabilities to enlarge our footprint in the country,” said Ayala President and Chief Operating Officer and Manila Water Board Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

East Water’s operations are strategically located along the Eastern Economic Corridor which is targeted to be a leading economic zone in the Southeast Asian region.

East Water, a publicly listed company whose shares are traded in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, is engaged in the provision of raw and tap water supply services in the eastern region of Thailand and home to a number of heavy industries, including automotive, electronics and petrochemicals.

“Our entry into the Thailand water space aligns squarely with our internationalization strategy, with focus in Southeast Asia. East Water presents great potential, as its future growth will mainly come from the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the Thai government’s initiative to further develop the country’s eastern seaboard into a leading economic zone in ASEAN,” said Manila Water President and Chief Executive Officer Ferdz dela Cruz.

Manila Water’s entry into Thailand comes after its foray into bulk water and concession projects in Vietnam.

It has also completed pilot projects in Bandung, Indonesia for a non-revenue water reduction program; and in Yangon, Myanmar for leakage reduction.

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