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Construction Workers Solidarity Party-list: Dedication to Public Service

Published 2 day(s) ago

IN December, many people became busy shopping, and devoting their time to family and friends, attending various gatherings and so on. But according to Attorney DJ Jimenez, Construction Workers Solidarity Party-list Legal Counsel, and Spokesperson, public service is a 24/7 job dedicated to serving Filipinos in general, and that’s what they focus on at CWS.

PDDS leader to give Duterte list of presidential candidates

Published 15 day(s) ago

PEDERALISMO ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS) President and Senatoriable Greco Begica bared during his recent visit in Cagayan de Oro that their party will submit three names of presidential candidates to President Rodrigo Duterte for him to pick and endorse as his next successor.

Woven Network Grants now open to support craft communities for forest conservation

Published 15 day(s) ago

THE British Council in the Philippines and Forest Foundation have teamed up for Woven Networks - Craft changemakers conserving forests.

#BrigadangAyala to deliver 15K food packs, water, meds to Typhoon Odette victims

Published 25 day(s) ago

AMIDST the holiday rush, #BrigadangAyala conducts relief operations in areas severely affected by Typhoon Odette.

PCSO PROVIDES VARIOUS ASSISTANCE IN KIND TO NORTHERN PROVINCIAL LGUs

Published 27 day(s) ago

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma together with NCL OIC Department Manager Maria Lourdes S. Soliman, Isabela Branch Manager Reynaldo Martin and her Assistant Branch Manager Jennifer C. Sunga together with newly introduced Quirino Branch Head Jesusa S. Avena distributed various assistance in kind to Local Government Units (LGU) beneficiaries in Isabela and Quirino Province at the Cabarroguis Capitol Gymnasium at San Marcos on Sunday, December 19, 2021 shortly after the ribbon cutting and inauguration of PCSO’s 71st branch office.

PCSO ESTABLISHES BRANCH OFFICE IN QUIRINO PROVINCE

Published 27 day(s) ago

Cabarroguis, Quirino. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Vice Chairperson and Genreal Manager Royina Marzan Garma together with Team PCSO headed to the Provincial Capitol of Cabarroguis, Quirino in San Marcos, to grace the opening of the Agency’s 71st Branch Office on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

AirAsia intensifies vaccination campaign against COVID-19

Published 27 day(s) ago

Manila, 28 December 2021 – AirAsia Philippines, in its bid to add an extra level of protection for its crew and guests, intensifies its vaccination campaign for all its employees. With all of its employees being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, AirAsia Philippines now zeroes in on the booster shots for the Allstars. As of today, 20 percent of AirAsia employees have been inoculated with the booster shot, a number the low-cost airline company targets to significantly grow in the next few weeks.

NGO pushes for active enforcement of ASEAN ban on mercury in cosmetics

Published 1 month(s) ago

MERCURY in cosmetics remains a serious threat to human health and the environment 14 years after the ASEAN regional bloc decided to ban it in cosmetic product formulations.

1 in 2 Filipinos believe a BBM or Robredo win will bring back traditional politics – survey

Published 1 month(s) ago

ONE in every two Filipinos believe that should Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. or Vice President Leni Robrero win the presidency, it will mark the return of traditional politics in the Philippines.

GO FILIPINAS RECEIVE FOOD PACKS AND MEDICINES FROM PCSO

Published 1 month(s) ago

Mandaluyong City. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma represented by Ms. Marie Louise Serojales of the Office of the General Manager donated medicines worth Php50,000.00 and 700 food packs to Go Filipinas Foundation, Inc. representative Shaine Papasin, at the lobby of the Conservatory building, Mandaluyong City on Tuesday, December 07, 2021.

PCSO GRANTS PCU 585 FOOD PACKS FOR GLOBAL COMMUNITY PROJECT

Published 1 month(s) ago

Mandaluyong City. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma represented by Ms. Emilyn F. Ubales of the Office of the General Manager handed over five hundred eighty five (585) food packs to the Philippine Christian University at the PCSO Executive Extension Office at the Ground Floor, Sun Plaza Building, Mandaluyong City on Tuesday, December 07, 2021.

CWS party-list distributes joy across Luzon

Published 1 month(s) ago

THE people of Zambales, Bulacan, Laguna, and Batangas have been blessed with the CWS Party List for their spread of fun, as Christmas approaches.

Groups find toys’ labeling wanting, tell consumers to seek properly labeled, non-toxic toys

Published 1 month(s) ago

TWO non-profit advocacy groups found the mandatory labeling of toys awfully wanting eight years after Republic Act 10620 was signed into law and two years after its Implementing Rules and Regulations were belatedly promulgated, prompting them to push for the effective enforcement of the law.

PCSO DONATES MEDICINES TO SAN JUAN, BATANGAS

Published 2 month(s) ago

Mandaluyong City. Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma represented by Ms. Joanne Alonzo together with Ms. Ellen Shermaine Lomibao of the Medical Services Department (MSD) handed over assorted medicines for adults and pedia worth Php20,000.00 to the Municipality of San Juan, Batangas on Thursday, December 02, 2021 at the Ground Floor, Conservatrory Building, Mandaluyong City.

WWF calls for ready-to-scale solutions to reduce plastic waste leakage in Philippine ports

Published 2 month(s) ago

WORLD Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) today launched a call for social entrepreneurs to submit solutions in improving waste management systems in Philippine ports.

What’s next for the Philippines after COP26?

Published 2 month(s) ago

THE UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) ended in overtime and on a disappointing note despite the urgent calls for world leaders to make commitments on crucial points, including the phasing out of fossil fuels.

Top medical researchers convene for the first PH Covid Summit

Published 2 month(s) ago

TOP American researchers with stellar publication records and Filipino medical experts had shared the latest scientific evidence and best treatment protocols during the first Philippine Covid-19 Summit on Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., organized by the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph).

PH tightens regulations on highly toxic Cadmium and Hexavalent Chromium

Published 2 month(s) ago

THE government of the Philippines has imposed new policies tightening regulations on the industrial uses of cancer-causing cadmium and hexavalent chromium to protect human health and the environment.

DALAWANG INSTANT MILYONARYO NG LOTTO 6/42 KUMUBRA NA!

Published 2 month(s) ago

By: Leila N. Valencia November 3, 2021. Nakubra na ng dalawang bagong milyonaryo ang jackpot prize sa magkasunod na Lotto 6/42 draw na binola noong ika -28 at 30 ng Oktubre 2021.

CWS Party List - Gains Support in Bulacan, Batangas, and Bohol

Published 2 month(s) ago

THE representatives and nominees of the Construction Workers Solidarity Party List (CWS Party List) kicked-off their visit to the three provinces in recent days.

TP releases new wave of digital solutions for first-rate CX in the new economy

Published 3 month(s) ago

Manila, Philippines – Teleperformance, a global leader in digital integrated business services, has been supporting the surge of the new digital economy through an array of customer experience or CX solutions developed from its Technology, Analytics, and Process Excellence (T.A.P.™) innovation framework.

Shopee Launches 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, its Biggest Sale of the Year, with Unbeatable deals and Nonstop Fun

Published 3 month(s) ago

MANILA, NOVEMBER 3, 2021 – Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, kicks off its annual 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, the most anticipated shopping festival in the region. The 11.11 Big Christmas Sale headlines a year where more people and businesses use the platform to connect with each other. In fact, the number of sellers and brands on Shopee surged by 60% in 2021, while 1 in 3 shoppers at its recent 9.9 event was new to the platform.

Senior citizens are automatic members of PhilHealth

Published 3 month(s) ago

IN line with the recent observance of the Filipino elderly Week, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) have again reminded Filipinos 60 years old and above that they are mandatorily covered under the National Health Insurance Program pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 10645, and as reiterated under RA 11223 or the Universal Health Care Law of 2019.

Ayala Group successfully vaccinates 90% of regular employees

Published 3 month(s) ago

AC HEALTH has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, breaching the halfway mark of its 1 million dose target.

87th PCSO anniversary celebration kicks off with grand photo exhibit

Published 3 month(s) ago

By Justin B. Santos | Photos by Arnold T. Ramos | Ericson L. delos Reyes THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office celebrated its 87th year Anniversary festivities and kicked off with the flag honoring duties facilitated by the Charity Assistance Department.

AirAsia named Best Low-Cost Airline for 10 consecutive years by Business Traveller Asia Pacific

Published 3 month(s) ago

Hong Kong and Macau, 27 October 2021 - AirAsia has once again won the Best Low Cost Airline award in the 2021 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, for the 10th year running.

Be inspired by the success story of businessman and Axie Infinity manager Nathan Ocampo.

Published 3 month(s) ago

At the age of 30, businessman Nathan Ocampo has gone full circle. He has had his share of life’s ups and downs—sweet victories that came from sheer determination, resourcefulness, and hard work were matched by bitter failures brought by the inevitable circumstances and his nature to be too trusting on people.

AirAsia brings back P1SO fare as more destinations provide enhanced mobility for fully vaccinated travelers BOHOL and BORACAY no longer require RT-PCR tests!

Published 3 month(s) ago

Manila, 25 October 2021 – AirAsia Philippines is kicking off today another round of its P1SO fare discount with Caticlan (Boracay), Kalibo and Bohol joining other top destinations such as Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Tacloban, which have previously scrapped the RT-PCR test for fully vaccinated guests.

CDC Ph calls on DOLE to enforce guidelines against unlawful no vaccine, no work policies

Published 3 month(s) ago

THE Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) recently called on the Department of Labor and Employment to enforce its current guidelines prohibiting employers from mandating vaccinations as a prerequisite for employment.

AirAsia awarded Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2021 & Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew 2021 at 28th World Travel Awards

Published 3 month(s) ago

SEPANG, 21 October 2021 - AirAsia has been awarded Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year and Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew for the sixth year running, at the 28th World Travel Awards 2021.

Marshall Rocking Holiday Shopee Christmas in our carts

Published 3 month(s) ago

Shop and enjoy up to P6,490 OFF on Marshall Holiday Gift Bundle - Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth Speaker and Marshall Minor II Bluetooth Earphones for only P26,990.

Farmer group: Cash gift for rice farmers ‘too little too late’

Published 3 month(s) ago

THE Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) welcomed the plan of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide cash assistance to rice farmers affected by the fall in palay prices following the enactment of the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL) in 2019.

AirAsia Philippines hailed Best Reservist Unit by the Philippine Air Force

Published 3 month(s) ago

Manila, 13 October 2021 – AirAsia Philippines Air Force Reserve Unit - 1st Airlift Wing has been recognized by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as the Best Reserve Unit among all other reserve units from across the country.

Exciting destinations and new adventures await you with airasia Thrills!

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, 12 October 2021 – Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the thrill and adventure of visiting your favorite travel destinations as AirAsia Philippines brings you its newest web series – airasia Thrills!

All Sogo Staff Fully Vaccinated

Published 4 month(s) ago

Hotel Sogo's New Normal campaign with the theme "We are fully vaccinated, Para kayo ay ProtekTODO" promotes that all Hotel Sogo staff have completed two jabs of vaccine to secure the safety of its guests as early as July 2021.

DENR-BMB renews call for stronger measures to combat illegal wildlife trade

Published 4 month(s) ago

ON World Animal Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reiterated its call for the approval of two Senate bills that seek to strengthen Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

Celebrate 20 years of Samahang Pina-easy with TM

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, Philippines; September 2021 - As a brand made by Pinoys for Pinoys, TM has continued to celebrate two decades of uplifting and connecting Filipinos across the country. Since June, TM has showered its loyal subscribers with weekly prizes, offers, and exciting activities.

Heritage preservation and sustainable dev’t should co-exist

Published 4 month(s) ago

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang emphasized that the planned Pasig River Expressway (PAREX) project takes into full consideration the presence of historical sites along its alignment--even as he cautioned against misinformation being spread to undermine the many benefits of the project to the greater number of Filipinos, even this early in its development.

SM Supermalls is set to open VAXCertPH booths nationwide

Published 4 month(s) ago

SM Supermalls has inked a deal with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to become the first official venue partner of the digital vaccination certificate program, VAXCertPH, during its launch in SM City Clark today, October 4.

Go the airasia way these Ber months with P1 one-way base fare AirAsia supports eased mobility for fully vaxxed travelers

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, 5 October 2021 – AirAsia Philippines is giving Filipinos more reasons to fulfill their travel plans these Ber months from as low as PhP1 one-way base fare to any AirAsia destination beginning October 4 to 10, 2021.

CDCPH asks DOH to specify criteria in determining “credible” studies, experts for Ivermectin use

Published 4 month(s) ago

THE Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) is asking the Department of Health (DOH) to make publicly available the criteria used by the government agency to determine which studies and experts are credible.

EU Ambassador visits young people of Pasay City to support sexual and reproductive health drive

Published 4 month(s) ago

EUROPEAN Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron visited adolescents and youth who benefit from an EU project to support universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by young people in Pasay City.

AirAsia Philippines celebrates Phenomenal women, awards UNLIMITED roundtrip tickets for 2 to Miss Universe Philippines 2021 and Miss AirAsia

Published 4 month(s) ago

MANILA, 1 October 2021 – Combining beauty, intelligence, and passion, Beatrice Luigi Gomez of Cebu City wowed the judges to unanimously win the prestigious Ms. Universe Philippines 2021 crown.

AC Health starts flu vax for Taguig’s priority beneficiaries

Published 4 month(s) ago

AYALA Ayala Corporation, together with its healthcare arm, Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health), has donated 1,000 flu vaccine doses to the City of Taguig as part of #Brigadang Ayala.

209 LGUs nationwide join NAPC in fight against poverty

Published 4 month(s) ago

THE administration’s drive to fight poverty has received huge support from a total of 209 local government units (LGUs) nationwide – 25 in Luzon, 90 in Visayas, and 94 in Mindanao.

National synchronized mall voter registration day held

Published 4 month(s) ago

COMELEC recently held the National Synchronized Mall Registration Day at 40 SM Malls to accommodate more voter applicants before the voter registration deadline.

RFox Labs x Miss Universe Philippines

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, Philippines (September 20, 2021) — RedFOX Labs, prolific Southeast Asian venture builder, has joined forces with Miss Universe Philippines in making history as the world's first-ever beauty pageant to drop an NFT collection.

Marcventures celebrates 2021 World Bamboo Day

Published 4 month(s) ago

Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) joined the “Simultaneous Bamboo Planting” event organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in celebration of World Bamboo Day.

REDy to fly the Phenomenal Women AirAsia Philippines is the Official Airline Partner of the Miss Universe Philippines 2021

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, 26 September 2021 – AirAsia Philippines is set to fly 28 gorgeous and phenomenal women from all parts of the archipelago to God’s Little Paradise, Bohol this weekend for the grandest and most anticipated pageant in the country---the Miss Universe Philippines 2021!

EcoWaste Coalition cites UN Rapporteur’s findings, recommendations on toxic plastics

Published 4 month(s) ago

THE environmental health group EcoWaste Coalition renewed its call on the government and the industry to decisively act to solve the plasticization and toxification of the country and the planet due to unbridled plastics production, consumption and disposal.

SMC, gov’t break ground on Pasig River hybrid expressway project

Published 4 month(s) ago

IT’S all systems go for the much-anticipated Pasig River Expressway (PAREX), touted to be the country’s first green, hybrid expressway, as proponent San Miguel Corporation (SMC), together with the government broke ground recently for the 19.37-kilometer project.

AirAsia Philippines makes travel seamless with the Health Travel Icon on the airasia Super App

Published 4 month(s) ago

Manila, 22 September 20201 - In its continuing commitment to make air travel better and even safer in the new normal, AirAsia Philippines’ guests will soon experience seamless verification of vaccine information through airasia Super App in collaboration with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

18 YEARS OF GENERIKA DRUGSTORE: A commitment to the health of Filipino Families continues

Published 4 month(s) ago

Generika Drugstore was founded on a compelling need to make medicines more affordable to Filipino families. Its founders, Teodoro L. Ferrer and Julien B. Belo, saw a common struggle among many Filipinos to keep up with the rising cost of medicines and set out on a mission to address this need by providing them access to the more affordable generic medicines. This vision led to the opening of the first Generika Drugstore 18 years ago in Montillano, Alabang, the pioneering generics drugstore in the country.

Partido Federal fortifies itself for the 2022 elections

Published 4 month(s) ago

A THREE-YEAR old political party, whose ideology is traceable to legendary federalists Pedro Paterno and Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, is now being reinvented and fortified in preparation for next year’s local and national elections.

It’s 100 Days ‘til Christmas and it’s all about caring and giving at SM Supermalls

Published 4 month(s) ago

The past years have always had us counting down to the most wonderful time of the year when the ‘ber’ months roll in; Christmas carols fill the air, dazzling tree lights dot the streets, shopping for gifts becomes a sport, and everyone else goes on a diet to make way for Christmas feasts.

Dick to Duterte: Hit me but spare Phil. Red Cross

Published 4 month(s) ago

SENATOR Richard Gordon has refuted Sunday, Sept. 19, the accusation of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte against the Phil. Red Cross (PRC) as he appealed to the chief executive to criticize him but spare the humanitarian organization from verbal attacks.

2021 Hybrid National Food Fair 10 Days of Activities and Learning Opportunities

Published 4 month(s) ago

As part of the year-long series of events for the 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair, the Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau od Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP), in cooperation with the DTI-Regional Operations Group is formally opening the National Food Fair Digital Mall hosted on the UnionBank GlobalLinker e-commerce platform.

PSALM turns over Malaya Thermal Power Plant to Romero’s Fort Pilar subsidiary after confirming payment of Php4.185 Billion

Published 4 month(s) ago

15 September 2021, Manila, Philippines -In a handover ceremony, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) turned over operating documents of the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya Thermal Power Plant (MTPP) to Fort Pilar Energy Inc. subsidiary, Belgrove Power Corporation (Belgrove). With the media attending virtually, the handover ceremony was led by PSALM President and Chief Executive Officer, Irene Besido-Garcia and Belgrove Chairperson Sheila B. Romero.

SMC places first trainsets on MRT-7 line

Published 4 month(s) ago

SAN Miguel Corporation (SMC) has unloaded and installed the first trainset for its Metro Rail Transit-7 or MRT-7 project in Quezon City, Saturday morning, with the second trainset scheduled to arrive at the project site Sunday morning.

Group calls resto owners segregation plan as unscientific, discriminatory

Published 5 month(s) ago

THE Concerned Citizens and Doctors of the Philippines (CDC Ph) opposed the recommendation of a group of restaurateurs to allow only vaccinated individuals to dine in restaurants, calling the plan unscientific, discriminatory, and segregationist.

Romero power company invests Php1.5B for acquisition of 40MW solar power plant in Digos

Published 5 month(s) ago

Manila - Fort Pilar Energy Inc., a company owned by the family of Rep. Mikee Romero, recently acquired Alterpower Digos Solar, Inc. (“ADSI”) for the sum of Php1.5B from the joint venture of Hanwa Global Asset Corporation and Alterpower Specialist, Inc. ADSI owns and operates the Digos Solar Power Plant which has a current capacity of 28.59 MW. The plant has been operating since March 2016.

CDC Ph: Ivermectin safe for human use

Published 5 month(s) ago

WITH the recent announcement of the Department of Health advising against the use of Ivermectin in treating Covid-19, the Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) once again needs to set the record straight about the efficacy of this medicine.

Globe, DepEd, Sen. Villanueva make digital learning more accessible with GoLearn

Published 5 month(s) ago

A GAP in access is a gap in learning. With this in mind, Globe joined hands to give educators, parents, and students access to highly engaging programs and affordable digital solutions so there will be no reason for learning to stop.

PhilHealth clarifies issue on claims payment

Published 5 month(s) ago

IN relation to the issuance of PhilHealth Circular No. 2021-0013 suspending payment of claims that are subject of investigation pertaining to fraudulent, unethical acts, and/or abuse of authority, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. PhilHealth) clarified that this policy has been in place since 2016 (PhilHealth Circular 2016-026), said Dr. Shirley Domingo, vice president for corporate affairs and official spokesperson.

Youth organizations urge senators to junk vape bill

Published 5 month(s) ago

YOUTH and student organizations on Monday urged Senators to junk a measure that relaxes regulations on the sale, manufacture, and marketing of vapes and e-cigarettes in the country.

Doctors, civil group seek PRRD’s support in giving citizens alternative choices to deal with Covid-19

Published 5 month(s) ago

THE Concerned Doctors and Citizens of the Philippines (CDC Ph) urges the government to allow broad data-based public discourses and be open for alternative medical solutions to fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

To boost its flood mitigation efforts in Bulacan: SMC, Taliptip relocatees team up with gov’t in coastal cleanup

Published 5 month(s) ago

Former residents of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan town--where the country’s future premiere gateway is to be built--have joined efforts to help address widespread flooding in Bulacan province, after San Miguel Corporation (SMC) partnered with government to initiate a coastal cleanup that will complement its river rehabilitation initiative, and provide extra income for locals.

AirAsia Philippines strengthens chartered repatriation flights Z2 flights bring home stranded Overseas Filipino Workers from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China and Malaysia

Published 6 month(s) ago

MANILA, 11 August 2021 – AirAsia Philippines has strengthened its chartered repatriation flights to service more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who are stranded abroad and are eager to be reunited with their families. The timely shift to expand chartered operations comes as restrictions on commercial flights are observed for the duration of the stricter quarantine measures in NCR Plus and other leisure destinations.

RSA gifts Olympic medalists P22 million for successful Tokyo campaign

Published 6 month(s) ago

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang will give Tokyo Olympics medalists, led by the country’s very first gold medal winner, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, a total of P22 million in incentives for accomplishing the Philippines’ best Olympic performance to date, in 97 years of competing in the foremost international competition.

SMC takes initial delivery of own vaccines to inoculate all 70,000 in its workforce

Published 6 month(s) ago

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has started administering company-procured vaccines to its workforce, after taking delivery of 150,000 vaccines it acquired from Astra Zeneca under its P1 billion Ligtas Lahat vaccination program. The vaccines are good for 75,000 individuals, enough to cover all direct and indirect workers across SMC’s nationwide network.