PLDT lauds ‘unbreakable spirit’ of PH enterprises amid challenging times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented immense challenges to industries around the world. With mobility restrictions in place, business owners had to rethink their operations and adjust to navigate the uncertainties in the new normal. Although some companies were able to adapt and seamlessly shift to the new norm, the process was not easy with many struggling with financial losses and temporary business closures. A survey from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released September last year reported that the Philippine economy experienced the worst impacts of the pandemic. The Philippines logged the highest number of business closures and layoffs among its peers in Southeast Asia. Despite that, Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP and Head of PLDT & Smart Enterprise and International Business Groups, said that resilience is one of the core values that helped businesses conquer the challenges of the pandemic. This ‘unbreakable spirit’ of enterprises allowed them to embr

Palaweño students undergo SM Scholarship screening



Coming from different private and public high schools in Palawan, Palaweño students took the SM College Scholarship qualifying examination at SM City Puerto Princesa, Feb. 17.
Twenty-two scholarship applicants from Quezon, Sofronio Española, Aborlan, and Puerto Princesa City successfully passed the preliminary evaluation through the online application required by SM Foundation and proceeded to take the written examination and further screening.
“The college scholarship program aims to uplift lives of less-privileged but deserving student applicants,” said Eleanor Lansang, SM Foundation Scholarship Programs assistant vice president.
Applicants who passed the paper and pencil test composed of English Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning were further screened through an interview.
“We do these screening process to make sure the right and more deserving students get the chance to pursue their dreams and excel academically with help of SM,” said Russell Fernandez, SM City Puerto Princesa public relations officer.
Six Palawan student applicants qualified for the final evaluation stage.
The final list of SM College Scholars will be released before the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.
The SM Foundation scholars will enjoy their choice of specialization in accounting, information technology, engineering and education, full tuition, monthly allowance, part-time job opportunities during semestral and Christmas breaks, exclusive job offers with the SM group upon graduation, and other fun-filled activities and enrichment programs. (PR)

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