Teacher Insights:Coca-Cola says ‘thank you’ to our Tagahatid Pasko

The holiday season is often marked with its trademark rush – people hustling through their shopping lists trying to complete it before Christmas Eve and passengers crowding bus stations, airports, and other terminals to get home in time for noche buena. But it’s not the same for everyone, as every Christmas season, thousands of people work tirelessly just to make sure that everyone else can celebrate and feel the yuletide spirit.

This year, Coca-Cola paid tribute to people more popularly known as “Tagahatid Pasko”, highlighting how their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice has made it possible for everyone to have the merriest celebrations this season. All throughout December, the Company gave gifts and surprises to over 15,000 Tagahatid Pasko around the country as their way of thanking the various unsung heroes of Christmas who tirelessly work to bring a merry season for everyone else.

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On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, several Tagahatid Pasko were surprised by Christmas carolers and associates with ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola at their workplaces. Over 15,000 Santa packs filled with food items and special gifts greeted the unsung heroes of Christmas who were still in their workplaces.

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This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the people who help us make Christmas happen in our own homes – be it the grocery clerk who makes sure the shelves are well-stocked, or the gift-wrapping teams who work until midnight at department stores, or the toll booth operator who works overtime just so everyone can come home in time for Christmas. To all of you, thank you!” said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

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One of the Tagahatid Pasko is Carla Dominique Diego, who works in the gift-wrapping section of a leading department store. Since the onset of the Christmas season, she has been working longer hours in order to accommodate all the customers. “Pag Christmas season, napakarami po talagang nagpapagift-wrap. Nakakalungkot lang isipin na hindi ko manlang naaasikaso yung mga regalo para sa family ko dahil busy ako sa pagbabalot ng mga regalo ng ibang tao,” she said. 

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Wait staff are also one of those who tirelessly work overtime during the Christmas season to allow others to celebrate the festivities with their loved-ones and friends. Jerico Gonzales, who works the night-shift at a restaurant, says that the holiday rush makes its more challenging for them. “May mga guests ako na bumabalik-balik, at naiisip ko, ang saya nila, sana ganyan din nararanasan ko ngayon. Paskong-pasko, di ko manlang nakakasama ang pamilya ko,” he said.

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24-year-old Red Cross volunteer and Tagahatid Pasko Brenda Paule recalls joining her team in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda to bring the spirit of Christmas to typhoon survivors and other relief workers.

Sharing the joy of Christmas is more than gifts; it’s about being there for others. There is no joy like seeing the smile on the face of others because of something that you have done. And that for me is the priceless reward of what we do,” a misty-eyed Paule said. For the past four years, Paule has spent her noche buena in the streets, ready to respond to any untoward incident that may arise.

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The Coca-Cola Christmas campaign did not stop with giving out Santa sacks, celebrities also joined the celebration by being this year’s Tagahatid Pasko during the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Parade by giving out ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola. While a Christmas Concert, top-billed by the country’s best musicians and most popular love-teams, together with Coca-Cola Ambassadors James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Enchong Dee, Ylona Garcia and Bailey May, serenaded and performed for over 300 unsung heroes of Christmas from partner companies earlier this month.

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Together with Coca-Cola in thanking all our Tagahatid Pasko this year are partner organizations Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Rotary Club Philippines, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Grab, iFlix, Robinsons Mall, Jollibee, Zomato, 5by20 Women Artisans of Tondo, 7-Eleven, Shell, Select, Mini Stop, Metro Manila Development Authority, Djarn Manpower, Sentinel, Tropical Hut Pasay City, the Philippine National Police, and VXI.

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To see how Coca-Cola paid tribute to our #TagaHatidPasko, check out the video https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPhilippines/videos/1254441844601851/ on their official Facebook page. 

 

Teacher’s Insights:PLDT Smart SME Nation puts the focus back on MSMEs as part of nation-building mission

MSMEs—or micro, small, and medium enterprises—are driving the Philippine economy to an interesting direction: inclusive growth. 

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As of 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recorded 937,327 businesses falling under the MSME category, which accounts for 99.6 percent of all registered enterprises in the country. The micro segment is the largest segment, with over 800,000 registered entities that provide 2.3 million local jobs and generate 25 percent of the country’s total exports. 

These figures highlight a new economic landscape where more and more people—even those with little to no capital or those typically excluded from the job market—generate and gain productive employment. Students, housewives, retirees, and individuals with limited physical abilities can participate in income-generating activities through starting their own micro-enterprises. 

“PLDT Smart SME Nation believes in empowering individuals to become modern entrepreneurs,” said Mitch Locsin, PLDT VP and PLDT Smart SME Nation Head. “Entrepreneurship is not only about helping one’s self, but also about contributing to families and communities. Collectively, MSMEs contribute to an economically stronger Philippines.”

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Despite the increasing number of Filipino entrepreneurs and their growing economic impact, an overwhelming majority is missing out on profit and expansion opportunities.

“Only one percent of over 900,000 MSMEs have online presence,” noted Locsin. “With the rest of the world quickly moving to a more digital-centric business direction, MSMEs—especially the micro-enterprises—need to catch up, fast.”

A group dedicated to amplifying the business potential of MSMEs, PLDT Smart SME Nation offers the right digital tools to future-ready micro-entrepreneurs. Through a reliable landline and high-speed DSL connection, the SMART BizKit, and an online store powered by Tack This!, a micro-enterprise can reach and serve more customers with lower overhead costs.

“The digital arena is where MSMEs can directly compete with large enterprises,” added Locsin. “That’s why we support our entrepreneurs and help them conquer the digital landscape with our products and services.”

Gearing up for a digital future

Last April 22, 2016, PLDT Smart SME Nation gathered over 1,400 modern Pinoy entrepreneurs at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for a day filled with revolutionary insights and key learnings from the country’s industry stalwarts. Dubbed TechIsland 3.0, the event is the first SME Nation business convention to be open to the general public.

To help MSME owners embrace a digital future and put their learnings into practice, PLDT and students from Pampanga’s St. Mutien College developed websites for each TechIsland 3.0 attendee. The students developed 30 percent of the websites, and will continue to work with PLDT Smart SME Nation for future projects to benefit MSMEs.

SME Nation also rolled out the TechMobile, a caravan of digital tools and solutions specifically designed for MSMEs, in several key provinces, including Negros and Cavite. Through this initiative, PLDT and Smart’s tech expertise can easily reach entrepreneurs wherever they are in the country.

Locsin added, “By empowering MSMEs to participate in the digital disruption happening in business right now, we also empower them to become active players in the journey towards nation-building through inclusive economic growth.”

To find out how you can become a digitally savvy micro-entrepreneur, visit www.smenation.com.ph.

Teacher’s Insights: Innovative transportation now with Bay Area Shuttle Service

 Most Filipinos today are having a real hard time to our transporation here in metro manila. Heavy traffic and short number of buses available for easy transport is such a burden. But Another milestone for public commuters is now available at the Central Business Park (CBP) – Pasay City.

 

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 Froehlich Tours Inc. in cooperation with Central Business Park Management and the Central Business Park Stakeholders launch a new transportation project BAS (Bay Area Shuttle) with effective of May 30, 2016.

 The new BAS service will connect up to 18 bus stops within the Central Business Park, Pasay City for a hop on and hop off bus service. The 2 initial routes will connect Mall of Asia, Bay Area, SMDC Condominium Projects, SMX, Convention Centre, Parking Areas, E-COM Centers, Office Buildings and Commuter Hubs. The service will start with 2 – 4 busses in a 5 minutes interval on a 30 days free trial period and will increase by 1st of July 2016 to 10 busses in a 5 minutes interval per stop. The new service will be charged with a fare of PHP 5.00 per ride and a PHP 300.00 monthly ticket with unlimited rides for one calendar month.

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 The busses operated by Froehlich Tours Inc. will be a mix of MAN Lion’s City low floor entry busses and HIGER 6129G low floor entry busses with wheelchair ramps and PWD facilities. All units will be powered by low emission EUR 4 and EUR 5 engines with speed limiters on 40 km per hour maximum speed, GPS monitoring System and CCTV security system within the busses.

 BAS will offer soon connections to MRT / LRT end stations, airport terminals, Coastal Mall bus terminal, Pasay bus terminal, SM Jazz Makati, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA and SM BF by using brand new dedicated 8 – 12 seater vans and premium mini busses as well as our MAN Lion’s City and Higer 6129G low floor entry busses for frequented routes.

 Our aim is to offer a reliable and affordable transport solution for Central Business Park‘s residents, visitors and office workers, by providing modern and reasonable services to decongest the traffic situation and attract more people to use an advanced transport system for a greener Central Business Park Area.

By this innovation and change of these advance transport system, we hope for more convenient and fast transport for all.

Teacher’s Insight: STI holds first Senior High graduation

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Every student’s dream is to graduate and make his/her dreams happen outside classroom borders. And as we continue to journey with our young generation; to give them the best education we can give, we are facing some uncertainties of how the K-12 Education Programs can make it possible. Well looking at what STI Education did to that matter, I believe as an educator that IT IS possible.

YEARS AHEAD of the national implementation of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or known as the “K to 12 program” this coming school year, STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI), the largest pioneer in Senior High School (SHS) in the country, has taken up the challenge, and is paving a brighter path for the Filipino youth as early as June 2014 during the initial roll-out of its SHS program.

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Two years later, STI celebrates another historic event as it welcomes the pioneer batch of Grade 12 students in the 1st Senior High School Graduation with 779 graduates from 26 STI campuses nationwide. Out of the total SHS graduates, 228 are from eight STI schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas who will be honored on April 8, 2016 at theSTI Academic Center Global City in Taguig.

“STI is one of the pioneer schools that implemented Senior High program in the country. We see this as an opportunity for the students to meet the demands of the 21stcentury as part of our goal to equalize regional competencies in line with the ASEAN integration. We are proud of the first batch of Senior High graduates and we wish them to succeed in their ventures,” STI President & CEO Monico V. Jacob shares in a statement.

In 2014, out of 92 private schools nationwide accredited by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer Senior High School for school year 2014-15, sixty-seven (67) or 73% are STI schools. As of today, all 78 STI schools including STI West Negros University have been granted the DepEd permit to offer Senior High School.

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Designed to ensure that Senior High School graduates are prepared for higher education, entrepreneurship or employment, STI opened its doors to Grades 11 and 12 students with various strands and specializations under the academics and technical-vocational-livelihood tracks. STI Senior High Schools have been preparing for this transition since June 2013.

Among the 8 STI campuses in NCR with SHS graduates were from STI Colleges in Caloocan, Fairview, Las Piñas, Makati, Muñoz-EDSA, Ortigas-Cainta, Pasay, and Tanay. The graduation ceremony was attended by the DepEd Regional Director for NCR Dr. Ponciano Menguito and STI Alumni Association President Hernan Alar. Inspirational words were given to the fresh graduates by DepEd Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Mr. Elvin Uy.

The first graduation event of STI Senior High is another milestone in STI’s pursuit of excellence. The institution looks forward in the advancement of education in the country, and welcomes the implementation of Senior High with readiness to produce graduates who are college-ready, job-ready, and life-ready.

Under the new curriculum, the enactment of K to 12 program mandates students to undergo Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education comprising six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School.

DepEd reports that around 1.3 million students have already registered for senior high school since the launch of the Early Registration period last September 2015.

For more inquiries and updates on how you can enroll to their curriculum programs, just visit their website at www.sti.edu

Teacher Insights: STI holds Youth Convention for Innovators

Driven to motivate young minds and future innovators, STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) gathered over 28,000 STIers from Metro Manila and nearby regions during the 21st STI National Youth Convention (STI NYC) from February 1 to 5, 2016 at the Aliw and Star Theaters, Star City Complex in Pasay City. 

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With the theme #iWillLeadInnovation, STI NYC sets the stage to spark creativity and inspire innovation as industry movers and shakers shared their valuable insights and practical lessons about productivity, competitiveness, and knowledge on the current trends. Designed to foster youth developments, this year’s STI NYC focused on the latest creativity and innovations in various fields that are relevant to the job market today.

Our students live in this age where applicable knowledge of innovation is an edge. The qualifications industries look for are always taken a notch higher and students need to have a gift for creativity and originality. We fuel our students with the capability to innovate by expanding beyond the classroom and inviting mentors who are mavericks in their respective fields. These mentors, by giving their imaginations full rein, have discovered several ways to make innovation possible and pass their knowledge on to future creators. That is why the NYC is a valuable experience — it extends our students’ horizons of the real world,” shares STI President and CEO Monico V. Jacob

Some of the speakers who talked in the youth convention were David Tapang of Microsoft Philippines; Joey Ayala, award-winning singer-songwriter and artist; Michael Angelo Lobrin, best-selling author, and TV and radio personality; Spanky Enriquez, social media celebrity; Weena Cortes, Managing Director of ConsultAsia; Pocholo Gonzales, radio broadcaster and CEO of Creativoices; Arun Gogna, Founder and President of Creative House, Inc.; Goldy Yancha, Associate Director of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc.; and Dr. Ricky Bunag, an IT mentor from STI College – Bacoor to name a few. These individuals leveraged creativity and innovation to transform and make an impact in their respective industries. Their stories offered important lessons on technology-driven innovation, adaptability, and productivity, among others.

The convention opened with the topic #iWill Lead: The Innovator’s Character which looked into the DNA of an innovator, his qualities, and attributes. It was followed by a talk that focused on the variety of tools an innovator can use to become creative and productive with the topic #iWIll Innovate: The Innovator’s Creativity. Lastly, #iWill Rise: The Innovator’s Spirit stimulated the students’ flexibility to the ever-changing world, especially with the challenges brought by the ASEAN integration.

The 21st STI NYC kicked off in Baguio City on December 8, 2015 and already travelled to different key cities nationwide including Mo2 Hotel Grand Ballroom in Iloilo on January 5, Garden Royale Bacolod on January 7, and CAP Auditorium in Cebu City on January 12. After its Manila leg, the convention will go to Green Leaf Hotel in General Santos City on February 24 and CAP Development and Convention Center in Davao on February 26. It will culminate on March 3, 2016 at the SM City Cagayan De Oro.

The STI NYC is an annual congress that spans for more than 20 years where thousands of STI students from all over the country expand their knowledge in their chosen fields of study as part of their training to become job-ready and life-ready in the constantly growing professional world.