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BDO Foundation completes rehab of RHUs in CamSur

BDO Foundation has turned over three newly rehabilitated rural health units (RHUs) in Camarines Sur, Bicol region this month.

The RHUs, located in the municipalities of Nabua, Gainza, and Goa are expected to benefit a combined 177,000 individuals in 67 barangays with primary and maternal health services, that include consultation, laboratory and dental services, immunization, and pre- and post-natal services.

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, said the rehabilitation efforts on the Nabua RHU 1 Lying In Facility, Gainza RHU – Family Planning Center, and Municipal Health Office of Goa, focused on refurbishing and improving the facilities, offices, clinics, consultation and treatment rooms, waiting lounge for senior citizens, and play areas for children.

These enhancements will not only elevate the standard of healthcare delivery to the communities but also provide more comfortable areas for both health workers and patients.

“We are happy to begin the new year with initiatives that directly impact the health and well-being of communities in need,” said BDO Foundation president Mario A. Deriquito.

To date, the BDO Foundation has rehabilitated 163 RHUs since it started to improve healthcare facilities and access in various communities of the country in 2012.

DDB Group Ph named Agency of the Year

DDB Group Philippines won the highly coveted “Agency of the Year” title at the recently concluded 59th Anvil Awards of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

The agency group garnered six Gold and 13 Silver Anvils from its entry submissions this year, comprising the group’s impactful campaigns with some of its valued client partners, namely, Mang Inasal Philippines, Jollibee Philippines, PepsiCo Philippines, PLDT, and Asian Hospital.

DDB Group Philippines chairman and CEO Gil Chua said the Anvil recognitions are a testament to the passion and dedication of both their client and agency teams to work together and come up with impactful campaigns that deliver excellent results.

DoE, partners laud JG Summit’s Merbau solar energy project

The Department of Energy commends JG Summit’s Merbau solar project, the largest consumer-driven rooftop solar installation in the country at 13.811MWp. Merbau Corp., JG Summit’s Renewable Energy arm, completed nine roof-mounted solar projects on its integrated petrochemical complex in Batangas City, reducing power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The successful inaugural project highlights the close collaboration between Merbau and its EPC contractor, Upgrade Energy Philippines, a leading player in solar and wind solutions in the Philippines.

PLDT, Smart Dynamic Learning Program promotes inclusive education

The School in a Bag is a portable digital classroom that is often deployed to geographically isolated disadvantaged and conflict affected areas

The creator of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation Dynamic Learning Program (CVIF DLP), Dr. Christopher Bernido, sees the crisis-resilient strategy helping advance inclusive quality education amid classroom shortages in the country.

“The CVIF DLP addresses different learning needs – from challenged learners to advanced learners. The beauty of the program is that students can learn even in the comfort of their homes,” said Dr. Bernido, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, who developed CVIF DLP together with his wife and fellow Magsaysay awardee, the late Dr. Maria Victoria Bernido.

Tucked under PLDT and Smart’s flagship education program – School-in-a-Bag (SIAB) – the CVIF DLP is a module-based teaching instruction that simplifies complex topics into one-page activity sheets called the CVIF DLP Learning Activity Sheets. The pandemic-tested teaching pedagogy allows students to learn at their own pace with minimal teacher intervention.

The School-in-a-Bag is a portable digital classroom that is often deployed to geographically isolated, disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas. Each package contains a laptop and 10 tablets pre-loaded with DepEd curriculum-based learning materials, mobile Wi-Fi, and expandable storage devices. The initiative also includes teacher training and year-long monitoring support for better implementation.

New features of Bossjob

Bossjob, the chat-first career platform revolutionizing professional hiring in Southeast Asia, has added features designed to make career opportunities more accessible than ever for talents in the region, including the Philippines.

This significant update includes a feature enabling recruiters worldwide to seamlessly connect with talents across Asia.

Bossjob also now has a dedicated remote jobs hub, making it easier for talents to search for the opportunities that best suit them.

Bossjob said these innovative features are poised to empower both companies and job-seekers, facilitating the discovery of ideal employment matches and setting the stage for a prosperous start to the new year.

Starting in Q3 of 2023, Bossjob began supporting hybrid and remote job opportunities, leading to a significant increase in such listings. The number of jobs posted in these categories has since doubled, underscoring a growing trend in the employment market.
Key industries embracing this trend include Information Technology (IT), sales, and emerging web3 sectors. Remote roles in high demand range from sales representatives and accountants to administrative assistants and business development managers.

The introduction of these flexible work options has led to a substantial increase in job seeker interest. Bossjob reports a sevenfold rise in the number of candidates seeking remote or hybrid work arrangements, with about 32 percent of its over 3 million active job seekers exploring these options.

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