Friday, May 26, 2023

SM Prime’s second annual integrated report receives multiple recognition from international organizations


SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has been recognized by three international award-giving bodies for excellence in transparent Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual Integrated Report entitled "Together, We Rise".

SM published its sustainability reports since 2013 even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated sustainability reporting in the Philippines. SM Prime further promotes transparency and accountability by informing investors and stakeholders of its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making processes, and competitive positioning value in the sector.

“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices. We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.

At the summit of international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).

Also, in the regional scene, the company won a Silver Rank in the Asia Sustainability Reporting Rating (ASRRAT) 2022, a sustainability report ranking by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR). ASRRAT’s rating system employs criteria based on GRI Standards compliance, GHG disclosures transparency, and alignment with and support of the UN SDGs, among other factors. 

The international recognitions are a testament to SM Prime’s active role in championing sustainability across its operations as it continues to be a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. 

A Boost in Delivering Quality Healthcare

In 1971, the Philippines launched the Community Health Organization Program to classify health services into primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. As part of this initiative, barangay health stations were created to ensure that primary healthcare improves the overall health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. 

Since then, these local health centers have played a crucial role in improving the health outcomes of Filipinos. They have not only provided general healthcare services but also served as agents during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped with the vaccination rollout. Additionally, they continue to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Adequate facilities for improved healthcare

SM Foundation (SMFI) has made it its mission to provide adequate facilities and upgraded equipment to boost health centers as they fulfill their mandate of delivering quality health care, even amid the pandemic.

Pursuing its mission, SMFI and UNIQLO Philippines traveled to the cities of Tuguegarao and Cauayan in Cagayan Valley and upgraded two health facilities serving thousands of Filipinos. Beyond the new infrastructure, health workers see it as a chance to put forth the services they have always drawn from the heart.

In Brgy. District 1, Cauayan, Midwife Tarita Ann Ballasteros has tended to patients from low-income households, who barely have money to spare for the fare going to the facility and to buy medicine. She would then give the best care she can offer to compensate for the limitations of their center.

A resident of Cauayan City, Isabela undergoes a routine checkup in Brgy. District 1 Health Center

“Nakikita ko ang sitwasyon nila na ultimo pamasahe, wala sila. Iniisip ko, wala man lang akong maibigay na gamot sa kanila. Para sa akin, hindi ko man sila lubos na mapagaling, lalabas sila sa facility na magaan ang pakiram dahil sa tinatawag nating TLC (tender loving care),” she said.

Before, they had to use curtains as improvised medical partitions or lock the health center’s door to provide comfort to women seeking reproductive health care or pregnant mothers coming in for prenatal checkups.

“It takes time to prepare and attend to the next patient. Kailangan pa namin takpan ng kumot o ilock ang pinto ng center para magkaroon ng privacy ang mga pasyente. Dahil dito, isa lang ang naaaccommodate namin. Minsan, hindi sila komportable dahil nakikita ng iba yung procedure na ginagawa namin sa kanila,” she said.

Through the upgrade, the Brgy. District 1 Health Center had its own room for maternal and child health services, equipped with necessary medical tools. It was also fitted with a breastfeeding area and a designated space for immunization.

Health workers of Brgy. District 1 Health Center provides free prenatal checkups in the newly renovated health center

The upgrade served as the boost they needed to complement the TLC they have always given their community.

“Malaki ang connection ng renovation ng center sa pagsasaayos ng kalusugan ng aming komunidad. Kaming mga health workers ay mas eager na sa pag-pasok sa trabaho at mas marami na kaming pasyenteng mabibigyan ng serbisyo at matutulungan,” she said.


Through the newly renovated health center, residents of Brgy. District 1 health center enjoy free medical checkups.

“Dahil maganda na at maaliwalas, nakakatulong ito para gumaan ang pakiramdam ng pasyente bago pa man sila gamutin,” she added.

A change for the better

Sharing the same passion for health care service is Corazon Tanguilan, a Barangay Health Worker from Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center in Tuguegarao City. 

“As a healthcare provider, hindi po namin gaano iniisip ang kalakihan ng aming health center. Ang importante po ay taos pusong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa patients namin. Nasa kalooban po namin kung paano namin gagawing maayos pagpapatakbo ng aming operasyon,” she said.

Through their dedication, they strived to accommodate the healthcare needs of their patients despite unfortunate working conditions–from broken tiles, cracked wall paint, and damaged cabinets to limited electric fans for ventilation.

“Sira po ang aming mga tiles. Mahirap po ito dahil baka madulas o mapaano ang aming mga pasyente na kadalasan ay buntis at mga bata. Kaya nilagyan na lang po namin ito ng masking tape para makaiwas sa aksidente,” she recalled.

Due to the center’s layout and space limitations, it became even more difficult for them during the pandemic. With sick children, pregnant women, and TB-DOTs patients, it felt like a weight was pressed against their chests as they hoped to safely accommodate all patients while implementing social distancing.

Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center health workers cater to the general medical needs of its community in the newly renovated health center.

“During immunization days, may mga pregnant mothers na darating for prenatal check-up. Ine-entertain namin sila dahil hindi namin puwedeng pauwiin ulit at pabalikin pa. Mahalaga po ang sapat na espasyo para maisagawa ang infection prevention and control measures. Kaya mainam po ang ginawa ng SM Foundation na pagpapalawak ng health center namin para sa kaligtasan ng patients namin,” she explained.

As their center was rebuilt from the ground up, they felt relief and gained renewed optimism to improve their operations.

Pregnant mothers from Cataggaman Pardo, Tuguegarao City can now get comfortable prenatal care in the newly refurbished health center.

In addition to the installation of new equipment and facilities, complemented by cosmetic improvements such as fresh paint and tiles, the upgraded health centers now include designated rooms for maternal care, medical check-ups, and TB-DOTs treatment. The spacious and well-ventilated lobby provides a warm welcome to the people of Tuguegaraonos, encouraging them to pursue healthy living and become valuable contributors to the growth of their city. 

“27 years na po ako sa serbisyo at bihira po ang health center na naka-aircon at well-ventilated. Kaya ngayon pong naisaayos na po ito, tiyak po ako na mas maeengganyo ang constituents ng  namin na pumunta sa aming Center,” she said.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

BDO Network Bank Morong, Bataan Market Day Activity

Nag-sagawa ang BDO Network Bank Morong, Bataan ng kanilang Market Day Activity ngayong araw, May 25, 2023. 

"San ka man sa Bataan, abot ka ng BDO Network Bank"

Mainit ang pag-tanggap ng komunidad sa isinagawang marketing at outreach program ng mga tauhan ng BDO Network Bank. Marami silang natanggap na inquiries at tanong ng mga kababayan natin mula sa Bataan. Lahat naman ng kanilang  mga katanungan ay natugunan ng BDO Network Bank ng dahil sa kanilang market activity.  

Patuloy na pag-assist at pag-alalay ng mga tauhan ng BDO Network Bank sa mga mamamayan ng Bataan para sa karagdagang kaalaman sa pag-save ng pera upang mapalago nila ito. 

"Ang BDO Network Bank (BDONB) ay ang rural bank subsidiary ng BDO Unibank, Inc. na naglalayon tulungan ang ating mga kababayan na nasa malalayong lugar sa Pilipinas na kadalasan ay hindi naaabot

ng iba’t ibang financial services. ‘Kami ang BDO sa inyong bayan'."

Sa dami ng serbisyo at produkto ng BDO Network Bank siguradong may mapag pipilian na tutugon sa  bawat pangangailangan ng ating kababayan.

Kabilang na dito ang mga sumusunod: 

  • Kabuhayan Loan
  • Teacher's Loan
  • BDO Kabayan Savings 
  • BDO Cash Agad

Sa video na ito, na-itanong natin ang mga detalye ng mga serbisyo ng BDO Network Bank katulad ng; 

Kabuhayan Loan para sa mga MSME's at Salary and Teacher's Loan na para naman sa mga teachers. 

Elmer T. Santos- MSME Regional Sales Head- North Luzon and 
Charmaine Lae D. Lacap- SLG Team Leader, Bataan and Zambales

BDO CASH AGAD ay isang serbisyo ng BDO Unibank na nag-ooffer ng Cash Withdrawal Services ka-partner dito ang mga nag nenegosyo katulad ng mga sari-sari store, general merchandise stores, botika, at marami pang iba.  

JP Garcia- Cash Agad Area Sales Manager ng Pampanga, Bataan, at Zambales and 
Sir Nash- Cash Agad Head Region 1,2,3. 

Sa video na ito, ipinaliwanag ni Sir JP at Sir Nash ang buong impormasyon patungkol sa serbisyong Cash Agad. 

Dagdag kita, maging CASH AGAD partner agena na! Alamin ang mga requirements at maka pag apply dito - 

BDO Network Bank at mayroong pa-promo- Apply na sa BDO para may chance manalo! 
Get one(1) raffle entry with your initial deposit of P1,000 and above may chance na manalo ng Yamaha Motorcycle and/or 10 winners og P500 SM Gift Pass. 

Promo runs from May 8- June 3, 2023. 
For more information on BDO, visit BDO Kabayan and BDO Unibank's FB page. 

Ang BDO Network Bank ay matatagpuan sa Ground Floor Unit DML1 Divimart Barangay Binaritan, Morong, Bataan. 

Maraming salamat sa BDO Network Bank- Morong, Bataan! 

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