Wednesday, October 28, 2020

AccuLab MNL Swabbing Facility Now Open

AccuLab MNL

The global COVID 19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly over the vast population worldwide, leaving a trail of devastation in both social and commercial fronts. 

With this increase in COVID cases in the Philippines, access to medical and testing is becoming insufficient, and as the period of uncertainty lingers while we wait for the development of a working vaccine, AccuLab MNL, a privately-owned swabbing facility for personal and occupational COVID-19 testing and certification officially opened last Thursday.

Hon. Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso graced the Grand Launch and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last Oct 22, 2020. In support of Manila government’s action plan dubbed as CODE-COVID-19 (Contain and Delay), 200 Antigen Rapid Testing Kits were donated to the Hon. Mayor that same day. Mayor Isko, who’s celebrating his birthday personally received the gift vouchers.

AccuLab MNL is a team of professional and highly-trained swabbers consisting of medical technologists and nurses operating at the highest standards and is committed to providing efficient and accurate testing with fast and reliable turnaround times.
AccuLab MNL’s swab test ranges from 4500 to 11500 depending on the turnaround time for results. AccuLab MNL’s also offers Antigen Rapid Testing at a very low price of P1,400. We accept walk-in, drive-through and remote collection.

AccuLab MNL mainly offers the gold standard in coronavirus testing, the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). This is a highly technical process that not only involves having the right machine and kits, but also the proper safety infrastructure, like a biosafety level 2 (BSL2) laboratory. That is why, AccuLab MNL partnered with PHILIPPINE AIRPORT DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY, a duly licensed and DOH-accredited molecular diagnostic testing facilities, also considered as one of the early responders to the government’s call for unity in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

At AccuLab MNL, we are committed to delivering your COVID-19 test report and certification with Accuracy, Consistency and Efficiency. We at AccuLab MNL, we ACE in the trace.

For more details, Contact Anne Chico-Vicente and/or visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/acculabmnl/
580 P. Ocampo St. 1004 Malate, Philippines
0995 654 2223

Baygon, Glade, FamilyGuard, Mr. Muscle, Pledge, OFF, Kiwi, Ziploc Now on Shopee!

SC Johnson in Shopee

This time more than ever we are required to make sure that aside from our good health  we also have to make sure that our homes are in tip top shape by ensuring the cleanliness and safety in it. Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) there were necessary measures that our government have been trying to keep the virus from spreading up to a point that we have to be on lock-down in our own homes. By now, more and more businesses are opening up to  help recover our economy but that doesn't mean that we have to take our guards down bur rather be more careful on what we do outside and even inside our residence.

Making our homes clean and free from any virus will be the solution, and with that being said there will be some things or products that can help out, and the good news is, they are all available in our favorite shopping app. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan were can order conveniently from wherever you are using your phone at a really good price  that sometimes can even be lower than department store prices. Here are the list of essentials that are available in Shopee.

Glade Automatic Primary - Ocean Escape

Glade Automatic Primary - Ocean Escape

Each is infused with essential oil extracts and comes in a variety of fragrances, ensuring yours will always be an open home. Eliminates odour and freshens the air. Instantly freshen the air in your bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom, study. Available in a wide variety of fragrances. Order Glade Automatic Primary - Ocean Escape directly in Shopee.


FamilyGuard Disinfectant Room & Multi-Surface Spray Aerosol Fragrance Free 280ml

FamilyGuard Disinfectant Room & Multi-Surface Spray Aerosol Fragrance Free 280ml

FamilyGuard Disinfectant Aerosol is a versatile product that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and combats odors of several different surfaces, through a fresh scent, so you can touch, feel and explore the world each day without worries. FamilyGuard Disinfectant Aerosol can be used across various surfaces such as shoes, clothes, sofas, trash cans, closets, car interiors, kitchen areas, and other closed environments. Order FamilyGuard Disinfectant Room & Multi-Surface Spray Aerosol Fragrance Free 280ml directly in Shopee.


Baygon Multi Insect Killer Kerosene-Based - 500 ml

Baygon Multi Insect Killer Kerosene-Based - 500 ml

Kills and Keeps on Killing mosquitoes and flies for up to 3 weeks when mosquitoes and flies land on treated surfaces. Provides up to 4 weeks of residual control on roaches too. Order Baygon Multi Insect Killer Kerosene-Based - 500 ml directly in Shopee.


Mr. Muscle All Purpose Cleaner 2L - Wild Lavender

Mr. Muscle All Purpose Cleaner 2L - Wild Lavender

Mr Muscle® All Purpose Cleaner is the universal solution for the entire home so you can clean less and do more. Removes tough dirt & grim. For use on most hard, non-porous surfaces. Order Mr. Muscle All Purpose Cleaner 2L - Wild Lavender directly in Shopee.


Pledge Furniture Lemon - 330 ml

Pledge Furniture Lemon - 330 ml

There’s nothing more impressive than a home that gleams. Pledge® Lemon Enhancing Polish improves the appearance of most hard surfaces by removing dust and fingerprints and providing a protective, glossy coating without leaving a waxy buildup. It provides a fast, easy shine on multiple surfaces, including wood, leather, granite, stainless steel, laminate and quartz*. Leave a beautiful shine and a refreshing scent that will illuminate your home and welcome people in. Order Pledge Furniture Lemon - 330 ml directly in Shopee.

The above SC Johnson products are available in Shopee and you can go directly to the Official SC Johnson store in Shopeemall by going to: https://shopee.ph/scjohnsonofficialstore.

Download the SHOPEE app for FREE via the App Store or Google Play.


About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.


About SC Johnson

A leading manufacturer of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. SC Johnson brands include Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF! ®, Pledge®, Mr Muscle®, Duck®, Baygon® and Raid®.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Converge ICT and UP Fighting Maroons to Provide Free Internet Connection to Remote Learning UP Students through Kaagapay UP, UP CHK


The University of the Philippines Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT), through the NowheretogobutUP Foundation, and its newest supporter, Converge ICT Solutions, have pledged to help scholars from the National Capital Region and other parts of Luzon cope with the demands of remote learning.

Officers of UP’s Kaagapay Sa Pag-Aaral Ng Mga Iskolar Ng Bayan program, the UP College of Human Kinetics (UP CHK), and the UP Varsity Council have helped the fastest growing fiber internet service provider in the country to identify deserving students and student-athletes who will benefit from the project.

Kaagapay Sa Pag-Aaral Ng Mga Iskolar Ng Bayan or #KaagapayUP is a fundraising and resource generation campaign of the UP System that aims to help more than 5,600 UP students who are in danger of not being able to continue their education because of the COVID-19 crisis due to the demands of remote learning. Converge ICT will subsidize the internet connection of UP scholars from the NCR and Northern and Southern Luzon.

“We plan to support the most challenged UP students throughout the duration of the remote learning setup, or at the very least, for two semesters. Phase 1 of the initiative will provide internet connection to 30 student-athletes for the whole academic year. As the first semester has already begun, we will begin installation of pure fiber internet in their homes, as soon as possible,” said Converge ICT Solutions Founder and CEO, Mr. Dennis Anthony Uy.

UP, alongside other universities in the country, shifted to remote learning and online classes this school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and some students have expressed they are having a hard time adjusting to the new set up, largely due to lack of connectivity.

“The transition to remote learning is no easy feat, especially for those who lack the ample resources to study from home. We hope to ease the burden of those Iskolars ng Bayan who are most in need, some of whom are student-athletes, by providing them with fast and reliable internet connection so they can adjust well to remote learning. This is one way of showing our commitment to uplifting Filipino lives, by helping them #ExperienceBetter. This is why we are supporting #KaagapayUP,” said Uy.

“We hope that, through this project, we can make this academic year more productive for the students. We at Converge and the UP Fighting Maroons have the students’ welfare in mind and we will join hands so we can all get through this hard time together.”

UP CHK dean Francis Diaz thanked Converge and the UPMBT for their thoughtful initiative to help student athletes. “Converge ICT’s offer to help is laudable and very well-timed because of the crucial need for connectivity during this remote learning phase of our new normal. Internet connection is at the heart of today’s learning process and is key to achieving institutional and personal educational objectives. This development is definitely deeply appreciated and most needed. The generosity of Converge will directly benefit a number of UP student-athletes who badly need this connectivity for their remote learning,” said Diaz.

For his part, UPMBT manager Atty. Agaton Uvero thanked Converge for their generosity to the UP community and their support for the Maroons. “We welcome Converge ICT as a new sponsor of the team and we thank them for thinking of the needs of many students and scholar-athletes during these trying times. The team is very happy to be a part of the project because they can directly help UP students and their fellow student-athletes. This is just the start of a fruitful partnership between the UPMBT, Converge, and the UP community,” Uvero said.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Canva Launches Canva for Negosyo to Empower Filipino Entrepreneurs as they take their Business Online

Filipinos are so naturally creative that even the realities and challenges of the pandemic could not hinder the so-called diskarteng Pinoy. Amidst losing jobs, declining sales, closing of physical stores and businesses, Filipinos are resourceful and able to find solutions to make ends meet. To keep up with the rapidly changing times, Pinoy MSMEs are now transitioning their businesses online.

Many business owners find themselves in an unfamiliar environment where they have little to no experience but with Canva for Negosyo, Filipino entrepreneurs now have an ally to take their first steps. Canva for Negosyo is the Filipino business owner’s partner in creativity and productivity for their digital presence. It aims to empower local entrepreneurs to create everything their negosyo needs in one easy-to-use collaborative space. 

Canva for Negosyo offers a wide selection of resources useful for designing, marketing, and managing a small business online: from video tutorials on branding and graphic design to customizable marketing templates and toolkits.

“With Canva for Negosyo, Filipino entrepreneurs now have a headstart in bringing their businesses online. Madaling intindihin, mabilis matutunan. In minutes, kayang-kaya gumawa ng magaganda, engaging at patok na brand materials using our marketing toolkits and templates. Siguradong mag-eenjoy ang mga Pinoy na nag-nenegosyo with Canva's new hub of essential business resources, articles, and expert advice from fellow local entrepreneurs,” Maisie Littaua, Head of Growth for Canva Philippines said.

For those who are in need of photos for their businesses but have limited budget for hiring professional photographers, Canva for Negosyo offers a huge library of free photos and product shots that business owners can draw inspiration from or use on their designs and marketing materials.

Those who've turned their passion for food into a business during the lockdown, Canva for Negosyo offers photos of Pinoy dishes, from street food, local bakery breads, to everyday merienda. There's also a collection of fashion photos perfect for those with local clothing and accessory stores.

“Canva for Negosyo is more than just a tool, we also aim to highlight other successful local entrepreneurs who use Canva for their businesses, to inspire them and share expert advice to fellow entrepreneurs. Dahil kung kaya nila, kaya mo rin,” Littaua shared.

Canva is currently holding a series of webinars covering entrepreneurship topics such as Intro to Canva and Designing 101, Branding for your Business & Social Media Mastery, and Designing Your Marketing Materials on Canva. On October 28, Canva will be hosting Canva for your Negosyo, an online design workshop focusing on content categories relevant to branding one’s business. This includes designing storefront, product features, and design feed. It will also discuss the Canva resources and toolkit for newbie entrepreneurs. To join the webinar, tune in to Canva’s live session on their Facebook page.

Canva also introduces Canva for Negosyo Facebook community, where entrepreneurs can interact with each other and start conversations in growing their business online.

If you are a local entrepreneur, visit https://www.canva.com/canva-for-negosyo/ to know more about Canva for Negosyo.

Canva Photos


ABOUT CANVA

Launched in 2013, Canva is an intuitive online design and publishing platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates ranging from presentations, social media posts, posters, invitations to videos, a huge collection of stock photography, illustrations and fonts, anyone can take an idea and create something beautiful. Canva is available on web, iOS and Android.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE: ROG ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 CREATOR’S EDITION – 10 UNITS ONLY, NATIONWIDE

ROG ZEPHYRUS

PASIG CITY, Philippines (October 25, 2020) – 
ASUS Philippines has finally announced the arrival of the most-anticipated ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition on Philippine shores! The widely sought-after dual-screen gaming laptop will extend its line-up to cater to content creators. Known for its ultrahigh-resolution display and 132% sRGB + 100% Adobe RGB, artists and gamers can experience an entirely new visual experience. Pre-orders will be open from October 25 to November 13, with only ten (10) pieces available nationwide!

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Creators will surely relish the ultrahigh definition detail and wide color gamut of the 4K UHD display that the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition (GX550LXS-HC021TS) offers— factory calibrated for accuracy across 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. Together with the ScreenPad Plus, creative work on-the-go has never been easier with the portable dual-screen display setup this notebook offers. Coming in with the latest and most powerful technologies packed in a gaming laptop today, the Creator Edition comes with an Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK processor paired with an NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™, together with 32GB of RAM and M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 1TB + 1TB SSD with RAID 0 support, creators can expect the best performance as they rip through any render time their creation demands.

 

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

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With only ten (10) units available in the Philippines, the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 Creator’s Edition (GX550LXS-HC021TS) is priced at PHP 254,995 and will come with PHP 29,000+ worth of bundle items: ROG Delta Headset, ROG Eye External Web Camera, ROG Gladius II Gaming Mouse, ASUS 60W PD Adaptor, ROG Ranger Backpack, and pre-loaded Windows 10 Home & Student 2019. Successful pre-orders from October 25 to November 13 will be given bonus freebies of an ROG Warranty Extension Program and a rare collector’s item, the ROG Building Block – all in all a total of PHP 31,000+ worth of bundles for the 10 lucky future owners of the Zephyrus Duo Creator’s Edition. To sign up for pre-order follow this link: http://bit.ly/Pre-Order_ZephyrusDuo15CE. Claiming of the product may start on November 16, depending on the arrival of units per store location.

For further information and updates on other ASUS and ROG products, stay tuned to the ASUS and ROG pages.


FULL LIST OF SPECIFICATIONS

Category

Specification

Processor

Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK

Graphics

NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™

8GB GDDR6 VRAM (Boost Clock: 1330MHz, 90W)

RAM

32GB DDR4 up to 3200MHz SDRAM

Storage

M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 1TB + 1TB SSD with RAID 0 support

Display

15.6-inch, Non-glare UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS panel 60Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, Pantone® Validated, G-SYNC™ with 14.1-inch (3840 x 1100) touchscreen

Operating System

Windows 10 Home

Speakers

2 x 4W speakers with Smart AMP technology

ESS, High-res certified

I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C with DisplayPort™ 1.4, Thunderbolt™ 3 and Power Delivery

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A

1 x HDMI 2.0b

1 x 3.5mm Microphone-in jack

1 x 3.5mm Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack

1 x RJ45

Power

240W Power Adaptor

Support Type-C PD 3.0 up to 65W

Connectivity

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 with Gig+ performance (802.11ax)

Bluetooth 5.0

*Bluetooth version may vary as the OS upgrades

Dimension

Width: 36.0cm

Depth: 26.8cm

Height: 2.0cm

Weight

2.4kg

 


 

About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers, and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Ensuring Workplace Wellness for a #BetterNormal

Sante Barley workplace wellness

Pasig City, Philippines, October 24, 2020— The current global health crisis has taught us an important lesson. Now more than ever, it is integral for everyone to take good care of our overall health and wellbeing, especially amid the “new normal.”

Due to the need for social distancing and isolation, companies across various industries have adopted flexible working setups so their employees can work remotely or at home. These changes, however, led to unexpected mental and physical health problems, such as anxiety, demotivation, body aches and pains, weight gain, sedentary lifestyle, and even overworking, to name a few.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the feeling of anxiety—fear, worry, and stress—are common responses to perceived or real threats, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with new realities of working remotely, as well as the lack of physical contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues, we must ensure that we look after everyone’s mental and physical health.

For Santé, a provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, ensuring a #BetterNormal is important for companies to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees.

“Santé has always been dedicated to provide health and wellness products and services to help inspire people to live more and do more. Amid the current pandemic, we want to help companies to ensure #BetterNormal for their teams through our Santé Wellness program,” said Joey Marcelo, chief executive officer of Santé.

That is why through its Santé Fitness Lab (SFL), a premier fitness & sports performance training center that offers a wide spectrum of services from fitness coaching, physical therapy and nutrition services for south-based communities, the company introduces the Santé Workplace Wellness programs, a set of online and onsite solutions, tailor-fitted to the needs of your team.

Nutritional Solution

The Santé Workplace Wellness programs aim to provide potent nutritional support to keep your team healthy for stronger immunity. This nutritional solution includes providing supplements, such as Vitamin C and barley grass to level up their health.

Santé has been a household name in providing world-class nutritional supplements, such as its Santé Pure Barley and Daily C.

Santé Pure Barley is a pure organic barley grass powdered drink. Blended with one of nature’s most potent sweeteners, Stevia, this product is best taken before meals. It also easily dissolves in water and contains A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, and E (per serving).

Daily C, on the other hand, is Santé’s non-acidic vitamin C, which contains 568mg of Sodium Ascorbate in vegetable capsules. Its non-acidic form makes it gentler on the stomach and safer for daily use. When taken daily, this vitamin C supplement can be your immune system aide.

Wellness Solution

To keep your team engaged and informed on maintaining fitness and wellness amid the new normal, SFL provides evidence-based fitness, movement, health and nutrition programs that can be tailor-fitted to any organization’s needs.

With SFL’s expertise, you can engage employees with relatable online wellness coaching and talks, workplace fitness programs with a choice of online or onsite delivery of their innovative training system, movement and nutritional consultation sessions—all these are now the latest adaptations that companies can subscribe to and make available for employees.

The SFL is composed of a synergistic team of fitness specialists, sports physiotherapists and a sports nutritionist.

The Santé Workplace Wellness program is among the new offerings of Santé and its official fitness arm, SFL, which resumed operations to serve fitness enthusiasts in Cavite starting October 5.

Living up to its tagline, “Home of Champions,” SFL has always been providing fitness programs that help everyone achieve their best-fit selves. As part of its #BetterNormal practices, the facility adheres to the safety protocols, including social distancing, checking of temperature, providing alcohol and hand sanitizers, among others, as set by the authorities.

This fitness center is at par with the country’s premium fitness brands with its complete top of the line and Olympic-graded equipment for cardio, strength, speed, and agility. Unlike any other gyms, SFL boasts of its expert programming and coaching, as well as their innovative recovery and rehabilitation facilities.

With SFL’s distinct programming system, where baseline assessment and progress monitoring are critical, and scientific principles and methods are applied by coaches, you can ensure that you will achieve your goals safely and effectively as everything is well thought of and planned for, whether it’s for jumpstarting your fitness, weight loss, recovering from an injury or training for your sports.

To know more about Santé Fitness Lab, visit its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Santéfitnesslab/ or its website, https://santefitnesslab.com/.

Friday, October 23, 2020

OWTO: A Fairly Priced Ride-Sharing App in PH

OWTO

In our new normal due to this pandemic our health and safety has become top in our priority which affected too many industries and for those that had little effect the next challenge for the workforce is commuting safely to their destination with as much comfort and at a good price. This is particularly understandable because we do not want to endanger the lives of our love ones when we get back home from work. As much as possible, we want our experience to be comfortable, less hassle, safe and fairly priced especially on this challenging times.

With that being said, OWTO took those into consideration and  that we can take advantage their services that meets our standards in commuting safely. They are a new TNC or a RIDE SHARING Company which is made by Filipinos for Filipinos. As they are made by Filipinos, they know the struggles that we face especially in commuting. They have also made their rates lower than their competitors.

OwtoPhl page is a platform wherein drivers/partners sent in their concerns and inquiries wishing for a swift response that will help sustain their livelihood in this time of Pandemic. It is a venue wherein they give jobs through announcements and that is also widely used for customer service to the riders. They need our help in sending an appeal to Facebook about the restoration of their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/owtophl/

OWTO Riding App

You can download OWTO from Google Play and Apple App Store and also visit their website for more details. Owtoph.com

DTI, CHED sign MOU in promoting world-class HEIs

DTI CHED

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the promotion of performance excellence in higher education institutions (HEIs) through the alignment of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Program and the Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA).

Recognizing it as a significant milestone in the education system, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez highlighted how aligning the internationally comparable framework of PQA and CHED’s quality assurance program to audit HEI quality systems will further promote a culture of quality and competitiveness among Filipinos and organizations in the country especially in the midst of the pandemic.

“The PQA Program is an integrated approach for performance management that sets the standard of excellence to help our organizations achieve world-class performance. Hence, this partnership between DTI and CHED will help in shaping our Filipino youth to become empowered and economically productive citizen of our country. We not only want to create a mindset of quality in every Filipino, we want to turn the Philippines into a worldwide brand that benchmarks quality and excellence,” Sec. Lopez said.

The DTI Secretary also emphasized that the partnership of the two agencies will increase the capabilities of the country and the university-educated workforce to become globally competitive and respond to the challenges and opportunities in the digital and inter-connected new economy.

Meanwhile, CHED Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III encouraged HEIs to develop and strengthen their internal quality assurance systems as this will prepare their programs to become adaptable to new challenges in the future. By giving them incentives, Chairman de Vera explained that this will help HEIs appreciate and participate in voluntary assessments and evaluations.

“The ISA is anchored to the core mandates and responsibilities of HEIs which are teaching, research, extension, and production. Since it is voluntary in nature, we observed that HEIs that applied for the ISA process are the same HEIs that appreciate external evaluations, and we see less application from those considered as developing in terms of their organizational approach. By aligning the instruments of ISA and PQA, we are providing a pathway for the HEIs to proceed to the PQA assessment once it has gone through the process ISA,” Chairperson de Vera explained.

Under the signed memorandum of understanding, DTI and CHED shall collaborate in harmonizing or integrating quality management programs to further develop assessment policies, standards, and guidelines. The partnership includes review and promotion of the alignment of PQA Criteria and ISA requirements as well as provision of technical assistance in implementing and improving respective programs.

The ceremonial signing, which was witnessed by DTI Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Group Rafaelita M. Aldaba, PhD., Competitiveness Bureau Director Lilian G. Salonga, CHED Commissioner Lilian A. De Las Llagas, PhD., and Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance Director Luisa S. Valencia, and attended by different academic institutions, was conducted virtually via Zoom and livestreamed on the official Facebook pages of DTI and PQA Program on October 22, 2020, 1PM.