New schoolbuilding to be turned over to Balanga ES

Balanga Elementary School is receiving this Friday (May 31) the newly-built two-storey, 4-classrooms schoolbuilding from SM Foundation, the 93rd schoolbuilding built and donated by the foundation throughout the country.

Funded by SM Prime, the schoolbuilding is fully-furnished with 200 armchairs, 4 sets of teachers’ tables/chairs, 16 wall fans, 8 blackboards, 4 wall clocks and four toilets inside the classrooms plus a toilet at the ground floor for the disabled. Four school desks per classrooms will be made available for left-handed students to make learning (writing especially) more convenient for them.

The armchairs and teachers’ desks and chairs were all built…

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SM Foundation holds 1st medical mission in Mindanao

SM Foundation Inc. held alast May 22 its first medical mission in Mindanao in Butuan City, a province which is not frequented by doctors and medical missions.

This even if SM Group is still establishing its presence in the province, through SM City Butuan, which is set to open in November yet.

The mission was participated by 818 patients—many of them senior citizens and children below 10—who all showed up as early as 7 a.m. so that they could be attended to at once. It seemed that the province is not that regularly visited by a doctor or medical mission,…

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CNBC features the global rise of Jollibee



By Rose de la Cruz


To be featured by the world’s leader in business news and real-time financial market change means a million to businesses. But home-grown Philippine brand, Jollibee Foods Corp. had its share of global interest and viewership when it was featured and written about by US satellite TV, CNBC last April 30.


The network spoke of how McDonald’s entry in the Philippine market in 1981 motivated Tony Tan Caktiong (now chairman of JFC) and his brother, Ernesto Tanmantiong (president/CEO) to establish a food brand that would compete head on with this international giant.…

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Severe heat is no deterrent to KSK trainings



By Rose de la Cruz


Despite the severe heat caused by climate change, the 12-week program, Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan rural and urban farmers’ trainings of SM Foundation Inc. forged ahead with the harvest festival and graduations of trainees, the latest of which was Batch 196 in Cauayan, Isabela last May 22.


The KSK program provides farmers identified by the local government unit new farm technologies and techniques to better earn from high value crops like green leafy vegetables and fruits that have huge demand in local markets and for export even to Metro Manila.



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 Think-tank calls for review of DICT’s functions, scope of authority


By Rose de la Cruz


Think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies is urging policymakers to revisit and rethink the scope of power of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, created in 2015, because DICT has “insufficient guidance on the scope of its authority.”


In a press release, the PIDS study, written by consultant Lai-Lynn Barcenas noted that some of the functions of the DICT overlap or are incompatible with those of other departments. For instance, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) still governs the promotion of trade and investments on e-commerce, the improvement of…

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