Saturday, December 8, 2018

Coca-Cola Statement Regarding the Coke Studio Christmas Concert

On December 07, 2018, the Coke Studio Concert organizers, Philippine National Police, the City of Pasay, and SM Mall of Asia decided to reschedule the Coke Studio Christmas Concert to early next year to prioritize the public’s safety.

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present.

There were some who sustained minor injuries and were immediately given medical attention. After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public’s cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay, and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.

We thank the PNP, the local government of Pasay, and SM MOA for their full support in helping ensure everyone’s protection, the artists for their passion and fully supporting the decision to prioritize their fans’ welfare, and lastly, to the concert goers for their understanding and support. We recognize that a lot of them have traveled far to see their favorite artists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured that we will continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding and their continued support.

Coca-Cola PH

Friday, December 7, 2018

DTI Chief sees more Job Opportunities in Trucking Industry

Manila — At the first Logistics Services Philippines Conference held on 6 December, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez revealed that there are more job opportunities in the domestic trucking industry, which has expanded so fast because of the country’s growing economy.

“The growing investments in the country, especially in the manufacturing sector, increased the demand for trucking, shipping, and other logistics services. Many have invested in these sectors and are now looking for people to be part of their operations. This means more jobs for our people,” said Sec. Lopez.

During the event's press conference, Marilyn Alberto, President of the Philippine Multimodal Transport and Logistics Association, Inc. (PMTLAI), shared that there is now a shortage of drivers and truck helpers in the country.

Sec. Lopez said that those interested to join the workforce can get training from the Academy of Developmental Logistics, Inc., led by Sam Bautista, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“It is a given that you have to train well to provide good service. But the opportunity is there, we just have to let the people know so we can link them to the proper training institutions,” said Sec. Lopez.

Nestor Felicio, President of the Supply Chain Management of the Philippines (SCMAP), agreed with the Secretary’s assessment and said that proper training is required before one enters the trucking business.

“Not everyone can put up a trucking company; it’s about effectiveness. We’re willing to pay for quality service and choose good and reliable truckers,” said Felicio. SCMAP is composed of companies that avail trucking and logistics services.

The two-day conference, which was themed “Trabaho and Negosyo: Creating Opportunities in the Logistics Services Sector,” gathered around 500 participants from the logistics services industry, government sector, and development partners.

"Logistics is the lifeblood of businesses and the economy as a whole. And as our manufacturing industry grows, the demand for logistics services grows with it,” said Sec. Lopez.

The conference, organized by the DTI and the Board of Investments (BOI), was attended by stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Ten Commitments of the Philippine Logistics Services Sector.  The DTI Secretary also enjoined the stakeholders to follow through with the solutions to issues that came up during the summit.

Sec Lopez said that the overall goal is to lower the cost of logistics in our country, since according to the policy brief, logistics cost in the Philippines comprised 27.16% of total sales, higher than other ASEAN countries like Indonesia (21.40%), Vietnam (16.30%), and Thailand (11.11%).

“This can be done with the ongoing aggressive infrastructure development program of the Duterte administration, the hard and soft infrastructure development, more capacity building and training, and working on addressing the various regulatory frameworks that affects logistics competitiveness and efficiencies,” Sec. Lopez said.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Experience the Best of Urban Living in Quezon City

Nothing feels quite as nice as living comfortably in a city where everything is within reach. And for Filipinos who plan to move to the north side of the metro, Quezon City is the place to be for the best experience of premier lifestyle and residential living.

Quezon City has become a progressive and modern metropolis where all major lifestyle hot spots are found. From diverse food scenes, to exciting shopping malls and convenient facilities and centers, it is no doubt that the city has a lot to offer to satisfy most wants, needs and luxuries.

So if you’re eyeing to move in The North, here are some things you can enjoy when you live there:

Perfect hub to satisfy the foodie in you
Living in Quezon City means having access to the country’s best restaurants and food parks. Here, the food scene is lively and interesting - always offering something new to the taste buds. If the barkada is planning to go on a budget food trip, you can book your stops at StrEat Maginhawa Food Park, Boxpark, and Z Compound. You can also take the whole family on a fancy night out at any dining options you can discover along Katipunan Avenue, Tomas Morato, Banawe Street, and Congressional Avenue.

Center of best hangout locations
Weekends are never dull when you are in The North. After a long and hectic work week, you can relax and find solitude in nature at the center of a bustling city by visiting La Mesa Ecopark, Balara Filters Park, or Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. You can also unwind at Art in Island Museum or get tickets to the hottest concerts happening at The Big Dome. Quezon City is also home to two of the biggest television networks in the country and if you’re lucky, you can score entrances to enjoy live shows and see your favorite stars in person!

Second home of shopping enthusiasts
Shopaholics can also get their fashion fix with the abundance of shopping complexes and bargain shops in Quezon City. You can search for the trendiest items in department and high-end stores at SM North Edsa, UP Town Center, Gateway Cubao, or TriNoma. If you’re looking for the best finds under a budget, you can visit weekend bazaars in Eton Centris or explore hidden ukay-ukay stores within the city.

Thriving academic neighborhood
Another benefit of settling down in Quezon City is that you can send your kids to some of the reputable schools in the country. From elementary to college, your child can learn from world-class institutions like Miriam College, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines. There are also outstanding pre-schools and grade schools in the area so your child can get started on the best education.

Excellent medical and wellness centers

Quezon City keeps up to its name as the City of New Horizons as the biggest and leading medical institutions and services can also be found here. Residents can be assured that their health is put first as hospitals like St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, World Citi Medical Center, and National Kidney Center are present to service any emergency needs.

Live at the center of everything
What’s exciting about Quezon City is that it has various residential options which you can avail to have access to all the best things about the city. With its spacious area of over 161 square kilometers, the metropolis is rapidly developing more housing opportunities such as townships, high-rise condominiums, and community villages to cater to Filipinos.

At Capitol Hills, Primehomes is bringing LAROSSA to provide the perfect location where you can live at the center of all the city’s hot spots. LAROSSA is an urban sustainable community composed of mid-rise, 10-storey condominiums that are elegantly designed to provide comfort and practicality to city dwellers. It also boasts of a 3.6-hectare land that showcases one of the greenest areas in the metro while offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.

So what are you waiting for? Invest in a LAROSSA property now so you can enjoy convenient and quality living where many great opportunities lie.