Friday, May 24, 2024

Jollibee Foods Corporation launches an employee-led mangrove reforestation project

“JFC’s 45th anniversary last year marked a special milestone that inspired us to step up our effort in creating value for our stakeholders and in giving back to the environment. Through this mangrove reforestation program, we aim to help restore the mangrove ecosystem and build a more resilient future for our fellow Filipinos living in coastal communities. We are grateful for their assistance and for guiding us throughout the activities, as well as the People’s Organization in Cebu for the mangrove seedlings. ~Gisela Tiongson, JGF President 
Employee Volunteerism. Employees from Jollibee North Luzon District 1 participate in a mangrove tree planting project in Alaminos City, Pangasinan.


Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) continues to drive change through its corporate social responsibility arm, the Jollibee Group Foundation, Inc. (JGF), which led a mangrove reforestation program with a series of tree-planting events in three coastal provinces.

JFC employees have planted nearly 4,000 mangrove trees, including 2,250 propagules along the coasts of Alaminos, Pangasinan, and Carmen, Cebu, and 1,700 seedlings in Lemery, Batangas. 


To bolster its commitment to expand its Mangrove Reforestation project in 2024, Jollibee Foods Corporation and Jollibee Group Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR). Present during the signing were (L-R) Jollibee Group Foundation’s President and Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Jollibee Foods Corporation’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, and Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Atty. Raul Academia


JGF President Gisela Tiongson emphasized that the reforestation initiative is part of JFC's increased efforts to advance its global sustainability agenda, Joy for Tomorrow, which aligns with the Planet pillar's goal of helping treat the planet responsibly.


Strengthening collaboration 
JGF has worked with national agencies and local community partners to ensure that mangrove planting activities are carried out correctly, with the right species planted in the correct location and season—all of which are critical to ensuring mangrove survival and propagation.

Tiongson acknowledged the assistance offered by DENR SCIS-Strategic Alliance and Environmental Partnership Division, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, DENR Region 7, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cebu City and Carmen, and CENRO Calaca, Batangas. 


Fostering employee engagement
 
The reforestation program began in 2023, with over 200 employee volunteers from Jollibee, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Zenith Foods Corporation, and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics. This was also part of the company's employee engagement program and JFC's 45th anniversary celebrations.

To support the project, JFC President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong and JGF's Tiongson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga on April 19. 

“We are cognizant of the climate emergency we are in, and hence, we are taking steps to contribute to climate mitigation in the work of JGF, together with the company. To this end, we will be investing in mangrove reforestation initiatives with the help of our employee volunteers. And we will be supporting communities in mangrove management. mobilize volunteer employees to participate in the conduct of environmental programs and activities in mangrove reforestation and extend its support to community-based mangrove protection and reforestation activities.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, JFC’s President and CEO

This year, JGF will also be working on establishing the project as a sustained program in a move to further broaden the skill set, experience, and knowledge of JFC employees beyond their work. To further increase the area of mangrove habitat in the country, JGF is also planning to conduct mangrove planting activities in Visayas and Mindanao under strong community management.


Protecting shorelines. Last year, 212 employee volunteers participated in a string of tree-planting activities. The photo shows some Jollibee employees who volunteered planting mangrove propagules in Lemery, Batangas. 


This year, JGF will also work on establishing the project as a long-term program to broaden JFC employees' skill set, experience, and knowledge outside of work. To increase the area of mangrove habitat in the country, JGF intends to conduct mangrove planting activities in Visayas and Mindanao under strong community management.





















About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. The Company also established a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. Recently, the Jollibee Group signed agreements to own 10% ownership in Botrista, a leader in the beverage technology space.  The Company also owns a 90% participating interest in Titan Dining Partners II Ltd to further grow Asia Pacific food service brands and/or bring strong global food service brands to Asia Pacific.

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the Company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' Most Admired Company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The Company is also a three-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award and was recently cited in TIME’s List of the World’s Best Companies.  

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com



Thursday, May 23, 2024

ArenaPlus starts NBA playoffs with Magic Tickets



ArenaPlus, your 24/7 sports betting app, introduces the ArenaPlus Magic Ticket to make NBA playoffs more enjoyable and entertaining. ArenaPlus Magic Ticket, which runs from April 20 to June 27, is a campaign designed to improve the NBA fan experience by offering prizes and activities both online and on-ground.

Everyone can now watch NBA playoffs from the comfort of their own homes using the live streaming feature on arenaplus.net while winning magic tickets. ArenaPlus users can earn magic tickets by registering as new users, logging in daily, inviting friends to play, and betting on games with no limits. The more tickets users purchase, the better their chances of winning.

These magic tickets entitle users to daily raffle draws at 10:00 p.m. beginning April 20, with the grand draw taking place live on ArenaPlus.net on June 27. The prizes included cash credits, a brand new car, motorcycles, iPhones, an Air Jordan 1, and more, as well as a grand cash pool of 30 million pesos. Users can earn prizes and additional magic tickets for lucky draws by completing tasks across different zones and meeting registration and deposit requirements.

Aside from winning tickets through ArenaPlus.net, everyone can earn more tickets by participating in on-ground activities set up in various zones throughout Metro Manila. Starting May 18, ArenaPlus will launch the “Magic Shoot Challenge',' the "1-on-1 Street Basketball Challenge," and the “3-Point Shooting Challenge,” all designed to bring fun and entertainment to the designated barangays during this campaign. Everyone can also enjoy the "ArenaPlus Jeepney," which features a basketball board on top and travels through Quezon, Caloocan, Makati, Manila, and other cities. Drivers and commuters can also pose-to-post at the locker-room-themed “Magic Bus Stop'' on Commonwealth Rd. in Quezon City. All activities are created to bring more fun and entertainment on-ground while giving them more chances to score prizes such as additional magic tickets and a chance to attend the ArenaPlus NBA Finals event.


ArenaPlus Magic Tour Event Map


The ArenaPlus NBA playoffs campaign will conclude with a five-day exhibit called "Magic Land," which will include a magic ticket reception center, a basketball fan dream house, a gaming area, an ArenaPlus Live viewing space, and an art creation area. During the NBA Finals, ArenaPlus Live hosts will also be present, with basketball challenges and an after-party for qualified and winning users.

To know more about the campaign, visit ArenaPlus’ social media pages and website at www.arenaplus.net.








DigiPlus is the fastest-growing digital entertainment company in the country. It operates the country’s leading digital platforms BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker, with more to come. ArenaPlus, the leading sports betting app that provides various sports live streaming in the Philippines, serving as the leading sports entertainment gateway of Filipinos. For more information, visit: www.arenaplus.net.

To combat cyber threats in Asia, a whole-of-society approach is required

“A harmonious whole-of-Asia and whole-of-society approach to fight cyber threats in the region has to be orchestrated among government and private sector leaders in ASEAN and Japan, along with other countries in the region. Asian countries face the same threats, and all countries attending confirmed that their respective government’s digital infrastructure along with Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) are also being attacked constantly by international and even local threat actors. When government and private sector organizations work hand-in-hand to fight cyber threats, citizens will benefit the most. We already see the positive dynamics and impact of this cybersecurity community in the region.” ~Lito Averia, President of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT)


Stronger and more collaborative public-private partnerships will result in responsive and proactive initiatives to protect Asia's citizens and critical information infrastructure from global and local cyber threats.

Leaders from the Philippine Cybersecurity and Data Protection Communities of Practice who attended the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Technical Working Group joint meeting emphasized the importance of all government and private sector organizations collaborating to combat cyber threats in Asia.

PH-CERT and NADPOP estimate that the Philippines requires 180,000 trained and validated cybersecurity professionals to protect its critical infrastructure assets proactively and effectively. Both communities agreed that the Philippines requires a comparable number of Data Privacy and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) trained and validated professionals.

“The constantly increasing cyber attacks on government digital ecosystems and CIIs call for nations in the Asia region to establish concrete solutions such as an Information Exchange Network which will serve as a cyber weather station that will receive, verify, then send out threat alerts to everyone that will impacted in the region. In parallel, each country should continue to produce new cybersecurity professionals and to upskill current cybersecurity and information security personnel that are already working in government and private organizations. What is emerging through these meetings is a regional force for good that will serve as a shield for countries and citizens against threat actors, who are now using AI in their attacks. We are inviting all active Communities of Practice in the region to collaborate with our regional community, the AJCCA, as threat actors are also organized in their actions. During these times, we truly need a whole-of-region, whole-of-society, and even whole-of-community cooperation to effectively respond to cyber threats.” ~Sam Jacoba, Founding President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP), and PH-CERT Vice President

PH-CERT and NADPOP are also attending the fifth board meeting of the newly formed ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Community Alliance (AJCCA), a community event co-located with the 2024 2nd ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Working Group Meeting organized and hosted by the Cambodian government.

The 2nd Joint Government-Industry-Academia (J-GIA) CA meeting between AJCCA and government cybersecurity representatives from ASEAN and Japan emphasizes the importance of harmonious regional collaboration, with a focus on the five pillars of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union's Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI). The five cybersecurity pillars are: legal, technical, organizational, capacity building, and cooperation.

Averia and Jacoba stated that joint initiatives between the government and the private sector will be implemented soon as a result of these quarterly regional meetings. These initiatives have the potential to close major gaps in the GCI Cybersecurity Pillars for each country and the region as a whole.













About PH-CERT
Organized at the turn of the century, the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team or PH-CERT is a non-stock, non-profit organization institutionalized in March 2001 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines (RP). Its primary purpose and advocacy are the following: to increase the awareness for Information Security and Cybersecurity; develop an inclusive Information Security (InfoSec) and Cybersecurity Workforce; and adopt InfoSec and Cybersecurity standards, and best practices to uplift their practice in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region.

 
About NADPOP
The National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP) is the Philippine’s first community of Data Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Practitioners in the Philippines. Established and institutionalized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines in 2018, NADPOP is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose vision is a Cyber, AI and Data Resilient Philippines. It aims to transform the Philippines into a Global Center of Excellence in Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity. NADPOP will do this by inspiring, empowering, and prospering Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity Professionals and Practitioners in the Philippines, and in the Asia-Pacific Region.


About AJCCA
The ASEAN Japan Cybersecurity Community Alliance (AJCCA) is a collaborative initiative formed by nine leading cybersecurity communities from ASEAN nations and Japan. AJCCA is dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity capabilities, information sharing, and mutual support among its member nations to address the evolving challenges in the digital landscape. AJCCA’s Vision is a dynamic and resilient cybersecurity community in our region through trustworthy and respectful collaboration.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Jollibee Group Recognized with Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the third time

“This recognition was made possible by the countless men and women of the Jollibee Group around the world who contribute and shape our uniquely joyful work culture. Our three-time recognition is timely as it comes at the heels of our best year yet in 2023: a clear manifestation that our business success is deeply interconnected with our people’s success. We remain committed to helping our talents build a career where they can live out their purpose, build meaningful relationships at work, and contribute with their unique talents to our mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone. We strive hard to make our people not only successful but also happy.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer


Jollibee Group Recognized with Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the third time.

Jollibee Group, a homegrown restaurant company, has received the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA) for the third time in 2024. This award recognizes the company's dedication to people engagement as an essential component of its business strategy. The Jollibee Group is the first and only Philippine company to receive the award.

The GEWA covers 2.7 million employees in 100,000 teams across the globe. It is based on Gallup's extensive and rigorous workplace research and recognizes world-class organizations that have integrated engagement into their workplace culture. 

Gallup Chief Executive Officer Jon Clifton congratulated winning organizations for redefining what it means to be a great place to work amid continuing workplace challenges.

“Your commitment to creating environments where employees are listened to, valued, and positioned to use their strengths every day is what sets you apart. Thank you for setting a new global standard in what it means to be a thriving workplace.” ~Jon Clifton, Gallup Chief Executive Officer

A Joyful Work Environment

Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023. 

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

The Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its workplace through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All.” The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members that power its organization and the consumers and stakeholders that are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

The Jollibee Group first received the GEWA in 2020 amid the pandemic. It was the first time a Philippine-based company had been given such distinction. The company received its second GEWA accolade in 2023, the same year it was included in TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies.

Forbes Magazine has also listed the Jollibee Group among the World’s Best Employers for three straight years, from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, Forbes also cited the company in the inaugural listing of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.  


















A Joyful Work Environment
Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023. 

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

The Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its workplace through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All.” The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members that power its organization and the consumers and stakeholders that are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

The Jollibee Group first received the GEWA in 2020 amid the pandemic. It was the first time a Philippine-based company had been given such distinction. The company received its second GEWA accolade in 2023, the same year it was included in TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies.

Forbes Magazine has also listed the Jollibee Group among the World’s Best Employers for three straight years, from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, Forbes also cited the company in the inaugural listing of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.  

DOLE MIMAROPA and the Palawan Group of Companies: A Partnership to Empower Unbanked Beneficiaries in the Region

"With Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala as our trusted partner in processing payments to beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and Government Internship Program (GIP), we experience seamless and hassle-free transactions, ensuring that funds reach their intended recipients promptly. Huge thanks to Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala for being our partner in providing meaningful assistance to our clients." ~Rosemarie Hupanda, the chief of the Internal Management and Services Division of the DOLE MIMAROPA Region, sees the partnership as an efficient way of keeping their beneficiaries’ funds safe and secure
Members of DOLE MIMAROPA and Palawan Group of Companies stand in solidarity for the residents of MIMAROPA


The historic partnership ensures that beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment's various programs receive funds in a timely, secure, and hassle-free manner.

As part of its commitment to providing digital financial services to all sectors, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable, the Palawan Group of Companies has collaborated with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA Region.

Palawan's collaboration with DOLE MIMAROPA has significantly improved and streamlined the department's disbursement processes for distributing stipends and salaries to the many beneficiaries of its various programs, including Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and the Government Internship Program.

Since 2019, this collaboration has benefited more than 37,000 DOLE recipients, including marginalized workers, financially disadvantaged but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and other underserved communities. Beneficiaries can now visit Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala branches in MIMAROPA or anywhere in the Philippines to cash out their disbursements using Palawan's e-wallet app, PalawanPay. This eliminates the need for lengthy waits to claim their funds.

"I extend my sincerest appreciation to Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala for being our partner as a remittance service provider in facilitating financial transactions for various programs under DOLE. Your support has been invaluable in the successful implementation of our programs aimed at uplifting disadvantaged workers and empowering the youth through employment opportunities.” She added, "Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala’s reliable services have been instrumental in ensuring smooth and speedy disbursement of funds for our programs. Tunay ngang ang inyong serbisyo ay “mura, mabilis, at walang kuskos balungos. May our partnership continue to flourish in the coming years to benefit workers in the MIMAROPA region.” ~Naomi Lyn C. Abellana, the regional director of the DOLE MIMAROPA Region, is optimistic that their beneficiaries, some of whom had never had proper access to a regular bank's financial services, will enjoy Palawan's efficient and dependable  “mura, mabilis, at walang kuskos balungos” brand of service
(L-R) IMSD Chief Rosemarie Hupanda, Regional Director Naoimi Lyn Abellana, Palawan Group of Companies’ Lisa Lou Castro-Sabado and Palawan Group of Companies Missy Baldemor


Users who have yet to try PalawanPay's services are encouraged to download the app and see for themselves how easy and convenient it is to navigate and use the app to pay bills, transfer funds online, buy mobile load, renew pawns, and perform other services with just a few taps on their mobile phones — it is a win-win situation for everyone! PalawanPay has over 18 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

Download PalawanPay App now and be a verified user to enjoy an increased monthly transaction limit of up to P250,000, seamless and instant fund transfers to other banks and e-wallets, and no account expiration. 















ABOUT PALAWAN GROUP OF COMPANIES: 
The Palawan Group of Companies is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, Palawan Credit, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 38 years, PGC  is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is the market leader in the industry and has over 25,000 branches, Pera Padala outlets, and PalawanPay Money Shops nationwide.

Palawan Group of Companies offers pawnbroking services, domestic and international remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements. 

Palawan Group of Companies introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load top-ups,  and scan-to-pay QRPH codes. The app now features integrated functionality for pawn renewal and claiming of international remittances.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites

New Food Choices at SM



With a focus on providing unforgettable shopping experiences, SM Malls in Valenzuela, Sangandaan, and Grand Central are introducing new offerings that will delight foodies year-round. 

SM City Valenzuela's gastronomic scene is growing with the addition of two popular Japanese restaurants. Tokyo-Tokyo, known for its affordable yet authentic Japanese cuisine, has recently opened with a diverse menu featuring sushi rolls, tempura, ramen, teriyaki burgers, and Japanese-style fried chicken. Signature dishes like Beef Misono, Chicken Karaage, and Pork Tonkatsu, served with steaming rice and savory sauces, are highly recommended. The welcoming atmosphere and diverse menu options make it a must-visit for anyone who enjoys Japanese cuisine. 



Yaki-Yaki Sumo has joined the lineup at SM City Valenzuela! This food spot, located in the busy SM Foodcourt, is ideal for a quick bite on the go. Savory delights include pan-fried gyoza, cheese-melted tokoyaki, and crispy chicken karaage burgers. For a more substantial meal, try their kachi rice bowls, which feature a satisfying combination of flavors and textures. Whether you're in a hurry or need a quick bite between shopping trips, Yaki-Yaki Sumo promises a mouthwatering experience that will keep you coming back.



Foodies have also been delighted by SM Center Sangandaan's opening of Kanzen Sushi Roll on the mall's second floor. With a delightful offering, the lively sushi restaurant promises to satiate all of your sushi cravings. A variety of sushi and fusion dishes are available on their menu, such as the intriguing Flaming Roll, Crabby Mango, and Cheesy Maki. Kanzen Sushi Roll is a great option for any celebration because it not only offers stunning Sushi Prime Platters and Sushi Mix Platters, but it is also perfect for parties. 



Now that Max's restaurant has joined the roster of delectable dining options at SM City Grand Central, foodies can celebrate. Max's, which is well-known for its Fried Chicken prepared the old-fashioned way, offers the coziness and friendliness of traditional Filipino dining to the mall. Classic favorites like Lumpiang Shanghai, Pancit Canton, Sinigang, and Kare-Kare are available to guests. To satiate any sweet tooth, the restaurant also serves a variety of desserts, such as the well-known Caramel Bar. 



SM City Valenzuela, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Grand Central are transforming the dining experience and offering a sanctuary for food enthusiasts with these exciting new additions. These restaurants promise a tasty and enjoyable experience for all patrons, whether they are searching for a light snack or a substantial meal. So, gather your loved ones and friends and visit SM Supermalls to create memories of an amazing summer filled with unforgettable experiences. 

Watsons volunteer moms bring their compassionate hearts and healing hands into communities through their dedicated volunteer work.

“We have been seeing a rise in employee participation in support of  Alagang Pangkalusugan in each area as more and more patients benefit from this initiative. We’re very happy that our employees are taking part in this.” ~Sharon Decapia, Watsons Senior AVP for Marketing, PR & Sustainability
Watsons employees and mom volunteers gather at the Alagang Pangkalusugan Medical Mission in Camarines Sur


It takes a village to organize a Watsons Alagang Pangkalusugan medical mission. There are volunteer doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Watsons also invites its suppliers to donate medicines and medical supplies while also witnessing community work. Then there are Watsons employee volunteers who give back on their days off rather than resting and spending time with their families. 

A number of the Watsons volunteers are mothers. Many good volunteers have patience and leadership skills, and if there is one person who possesses all of these qualities, it is a mother. 

Volunteerism is a commitment for the Watsons mothers who participate in Alagang Pangkalusugan medical missions. Since 2013, Alagang Pangkalusugan has helped more than 6,500 Filipinos. Watsons is proud to support Filipino families on their path to good health.

Editha "Meg" Aguila has been with Watsons for eight years. She began volunteering with a medical mission last year. 

“It is my 2nd year this year in Watsons with MNDC Metro Naga Development Council but in my store, we already conducted simple community services to the elderly way back in 2017.  We would share our time and help provide the elderly with essential needs and also gave them food from our Christmas caroling fund. I am a mother too, I felt the same pain and anxiety of the mother's patient. I will lead them to the attending doctor and if ever they need my advice on how to interpret the prescription, I will help them so they may be guided correctly. I am sad that because of poverty,  they cannot have regular check-ups for their kids. Their kids are malnourished. I always tell them to take care of their children and give them proper care. I also remind them about giving the kids healthy food and vitamins.” ~Editha “Meg” Aguila, a Watsons store manager and mother of three

One of Aguila's favorite volunteer experiences was visiting her hometown of Libmanan with the medical mission. But working with children makes it even more meaningful and special for Aguila.

Eden Valenzuela, a pharmacy manager at Watsons with more than 13 years of experience, likewise views working with children as a privilege. 

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager with twenty-one years of Watsons experience, explained that her motivation for volunteering stems from her sense of civic duty and her belief in the common good.

“Helping other people is a life fulfilling duty. It is also fulfilling to help meet the health needs of the less privileged especially in far-flung barangays.” ~Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years

For Meg Aguila, her motivation is to help others and make an impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.

Eden Valenzuela said she is happy to see the happy faces of people when they have free check-ups and medication.

Watsons' social purpose tagline "Look Good Do Good Feel Great" has guided the company in inspiring its employees and customers to achieve their sustainability goals. This social purpose is built into the company's DNA. The Watsons' culture is deeply ingrained with a spirit of doing good. In 1841, A.S. Alexander Skirving Watson, the founder of Watsons, provided free medicine to the needy in the first dispensary.

You can help support Watsons medical missions by visiting any Watsons store near you or shop online via Watsons App.

For more information, follow https://www.instagram.com/watsonsph on Instagram, like https://www.facebook.com/WatsonsPH on Facebook, and follow https://www.tiktok.com/@watsonsphilippines on TikTok.