Wednesday, December 28, 2022

PHINLA holds National Stakeholders Conference, calls for joint effort to continue improving solid waste management in the Philippines


Waste is a problem that has an impact on economics, the environment, and people's lives and livelihoods. Because a huge amount of garbage is openly disposed of or burnt in low-income nations, the poor and most vulnerable people suffer disproportionately.


Under the rapidly expanding urbanization, the solid waste management industry in emerging nations will experience rising strain. The pursuit for progress and economic growth by developing countries like the Philippines has resulted in the manufacture, distribution and use of products and generation of waste, more than half of which is openly dumped in landfill sites. This contributes to environmental degradation and poses negative implications to health and prosperity. 


In response, World Vision Development Foundation and EcoWaste Coalition, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Global Development (BMZ), are implementing the PHINLA Project, a global program to develop livelihood for poverty affected population through a multi-sectoral established and monitored waste management system. PHINLA (an acronym for Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka where the program is being implemented) aims to assist the government in the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the National Framework Plan for the Informal Waste Sector in the Philippines, specifically in three pilot barangays in the country: Bagong Silangan in Quezon City; Cugman in Cagayan De Oro City; and Mintal in Davao City. 


To address the issues surrounding high urbanization and the massive increase of waste products in the island states of three implementing countries, a multi-country Solid Waste Management (SWM) program was designed and is currently being implemented for four years from 2019. This global program intends to develop livelihood for poverty-affected populations through systematic waste management systems sustainably established and monitored through multi-sector cooperation,” said PHINLA Global Program Director Giorgi Devidze.


PHINLA’s interventions are two-pronged: one deals with the barangay’s SWM system and one with waste workers. Through PHINLA, the Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC), a multistakeholder body which is mandated by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 or Republic Act 9003 to oversee the barangay’s ESWM program, was revived and restructured. Furthermore, Mintal Resource Collectors’ Association, Bagong Silangan Resource Collectors’ Association, and Kabulig sa Kinaiyahan Association are formalized and are included in the BESWMC of their respective barangays.


PHINLA also conducts series of training activities that build the technical capacities of its beneficiaries, including training on financial literacy that later gave birth to the establishment of the three barangays’ own Community-Managed Savings and Credit Association (CoMSCA). Randy Irog, one of the beneficiaries in Mintal, shared that he was able to build a pig pen and triple his earnings monthly because of CoMSCA and PHINLA. “Ang PHINLA, blessing kayo sa pamilya ko, sa aming lugar. Lumuwag talaga ang buhay ko. Dito sa PHINLA ko naranasan na ako naman ang magbigay (PHINLA has really been a blessing to my family and my community. My life has been better. This is where I’ve experienced being the one to give to others),” Irog shared.


PHINLA Stakeholders’ Gathering

Three years after its launch, PHINLA held its National Stakeholders Conference on November 23, 2022 at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City. This one-day conference brought together international and national key officials and resource collectors from the three project sites. It aimed to discuss policy and adaptation gaps, highlight community savings and livelihood in implementing RA 9003, and formally recognize the achievements of resource collectors in the three areas.


In the said conference, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro Chairman Wendelyn Escobia admitted that there had been problems in their waste management system before PHINLA came. They had delayed collection and improper waste management. There was no permanent materials recovery facility, and they only had one dump truck for waste collection. Residents were not fully aware of proper waste disposal.


“Through PHINLA’s guidance, we were able to craft policies in the barangay about proper solid waste management that support the construction of an MRF and the procurement of an additional dump truck for efficient garbage collection. Also through the help of PHINLA, our waste collectors in Cugman no longer spend a lot of time segregating wastes because it’s being done already in the household level,” Escobia shared. Escobia also amazed the crowd when he shared that more sand and less plastics can now be found in their drainage system, a clear indication that the residents are now properly disposing their solid waste.


Meanwhile, Chairman Rey Amador Bargamento of Barangay Mintal, Davao City shared that as early as 2013, Mintal has already been intentional in intensifying segregation at source. There was high compliance, but logistic limitations took a toll on their campaign. They had no clear collection schedule and had only one mini dump truck catering to 23 areas.


"When we started, we were lacking knowledge, equipment, and personnel. That's why we are grateful that PHINLA partnered with us. We had training activities already. We have the tools that we need. Our partnership with PHINLA helps us in making segregation at source an ultimate goal in Barangay Mintal. It makes our dream for a clean barangay closer to reality,” said Chairman Bargamento.


For Barangay Bagong Silangan, Joshua Asne, Sangguniang Kabataan Councilor and a member of Bagong Silangan’s BESWMC, shared that through PHINLA’s help, more than 500,000 kg of waste have been diverted in their barangay and it exceeded their target diversion for 2022 by 29%.

“The success stories of our beneficiaries from Cugman, Mintal, and Bagong Silangan only prove that with proper support, waste workers can work safely and productively with dignity,” said World Vision Development Foundation Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.

What is next for PHINLA?


A few more months remain in the current phase of PHINLA implementation, but there’s no stopping the project management team from doing more. In fact, the Philippine delegation for the Global Waste Management Committee has been selected from among the conference participants. This is in line with the program’s goal of replicating what PHINLA has been doing to establish good solid waste management policies and good SWM practices at the national and even global level.


“PHINLA Program will continue collaboration with relevant national and local government representatives, private sector, and individual material collectors to further improve the waste management sector function as well as enhance income generation around recyclable materials to ensure sustainability of the activities and community-based waste management model. We will further strive to nurture relationships of the three implementing countries—the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka—on the common issue of waste management for better collaboration as well as for joint planning and implementation process of improved waste management practices” Devidze ended.



Friday, December 23, 2022

Style Meets Warmth in UNIQLO’s Latest HEATTECH Collection

HEATTECH is UNIQLO’s line of thermal clothing made from bio-warming material that converts body moisture into heat. It retains warmth without adding bulkiness, making it the perfect piece to add to your winter ensembles. The collection comes with three different levels of warmth retention: HEATTECH, HEATTECH Extra Warm, and HEATTECH Ultra Warm.

The brand’s HEATTECH products are the perfect companion for winter holiday travel. It keeps users warm while enjoying different activities, both for the active traveler who loves to move around; or the mellow traveler who loves to sightsee and take it slow. 

It is also the perfect piece to complement different looks. Users can keep themselves warm while they don stylish looks with their HEATTECH pieces. Some items also add the perfect pop of color to their layered looks, which are also perfect for local use like in the office, airconditioned malls or in movie theaters. 


Men’s HEATTECH Ultra Warm Tights

UNIQLO listened to customer feedback and updated the HEATTECH Ultra Warm Tights with an improved stretch for more effortless movement. A deodorization feature that gives security of all-day freshness was also added. Its stitching and skin-hugging fit are well thought out, allowing one to wear it comfortably under pants.

Men's and Women’s HEATTECH Cotton Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt

The soft stretchy fabric of this shirt has a brushed interior made of 100% cotton. It has been updated with a smoother fabric with DRY technology making it more comfortable to wear. The classic crew neck makes this a versatile piece and can be layered or worn as inner wear.

Men’s HEATTECH Cotton Tights (Extra Warm)

The high-performance fabric of these tights has ultra-stretch properties and a 100% cotton lining for exceptional comfort. It has also been updated with a deodorization feature for added freshness. These tights have a perfect fit in which it stays hidden under outer layers.

Women’s HEATTECH Seamless Ribbed Turtleneck

The ribbed fabric of this turtleneck is thin yet warm to the touch. Its seamless design produces a comfortable and stretchy fit and it softly hugs the neck to give added warmth. There are different hues to choose from so the turtleneck adds a pop of color when layered under jackets.

Women’s HEATTECH Ultra Warm Leggings

These leggings are UNIQLO’s warmest leggings so far. It offers superior comfort with its fuzzy brushed lining and soft and stretchy fabric. These can be worn even under slim-fit pants without feeling unwieldy.

Women’s HEATTECH Ultra Warm Crew Neck T-Shirt

UNIQLO upgraded its fabric with a flat knit for a more comfortable and flattering look as its stretchiness and fluffy brushed surface were kept. Its narrow collar can be hidden under layers of clothing or shown as an accent.

Women’s HEATTECH Cotton Leggings

The brushed surface of these leggings is made of 100% cotton which is gentle on the skin. UNIQLO improved the brushed texture to make it even softer. The leggings’ full-length coverage will keep anyone warm down to the ankles.

Women’s HEATTECH Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt

The HEATTECH Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt has been revamped with a high gauge, denser, less transparent, and beautifully knit fabric. It is also soft and stretchy for maximum comfort and the t-shirt style collar gives it a casual look.

For more updates on the collection, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at You can also download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store to experience the benefits of UNIQLO shopping anytime and anywhere, including the click and collect and self-checking of inventory features.

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About UNIQLO LifeWear

Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.3 trillion yen for the 2022 fiscal year ending August 31, 2022 (US $16.6 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2022 rate of $1 = 138.7 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. 

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. In 2010 UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank and currently there are around 20 Grameen-UNIQLO stores, mostly located in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Check na Check ang Pasko with RiteMED


Christmas is coming and RiteMED is just as excited as the rest of us. Like many Filipinos, RiteMED loves the holidays. And after the past few years, we’re all looking forward to celebrating with friends and family.


To celebrate the season RiteMED launched their Christmas campaign “Sa Pasko mag Check with RiteMED!”  to promote a happy and healthy Christmas this 2022.


Sa Pasko Mag Check!


We Filipinos love getting together during Christmas. But, this comes with a lot of preparations. So let’s follow Santa’s lead to make a list and check it twice!

Is the house decorated and ready for guests? CHECK!

Are the gifts wrapped and ready? CHECK AGAIN!

Is the Noche Buena feast cooked properly? CHECK na CHECK!

Do we have soap and alcohol to wash our hands before we eat? Double CHECK!

Are the games safe for lolo, lola, and all the apos? CHECK din 'yan!


Tara na at mag Self-Check!

They say that Christmas is the season for giving, and we’re all excited to share and receive gifts on the special day. But before we go out, let’s check on ourselves to be sure we aren’t sharing anything except the Christmas spirit.

Are we feeling good; no coughs and no fever? That’s a CHECK!

Are we well rested, we don’t feel too tired or lethargic? Another CHECK!

Have we been eating well, exercising, and taking our vitamins! CHECK again!


I-Check Natin Ang Isa’t Isa!


We love Christmas, but it has changed for everyone. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t share the holiday spirit with our loved ones who are far away. Let’s check on them, by sending messages and greetings full of smiles and good vibes. 

No matter how we celebrate it, the holidays will always be special. And for bigger and better Christmases to come, always remember sa Pasko mag check with RiteMED!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

How to make your holiday break more awesome


There’s only a limited number of days we can spend away from deadlines every year. Sure, we get days off on long weekends or special holidays, but it’s only during Christmas time that we get to truly pause, spend quality time with our loved ones, and catch up with the things that we love to do.

The holiday season is an excellent time to relax and forget about work and school, even for just a short while. A two-week break may pass by quickly, so it’s important to make every day count and be intentional with your time. This way, you get to have a more productive and meaningful break that you’ll always remember.

Catch-up with family and friends

Holidays are hectic, but they’re also the most fun with the company of the people you care about. Attend get-togethers and reunions as much as you can. Stay connected with your family members who are miles away from home through voice calls and video chats. These moments are great reminders that you are loved, no matter how much time you spend apart.

Carefully decide what gifts to get for your loved ones

You ought to sit down and think about what your loved ones would actually like to receive if you want to give them the most meaningful presents this year. Make a list of everyone who helped make this year particularly great, and use this as a moment to give them gifts to show your appreciation and love. Spend less time wandering through the mall and more time creating memories.

Pamper and spoil yourself, too

And finally, never forget the most important person that should be on your holiday list: you. Maximize the time you have this season by treating yourself with a well-deserved me-time—get to the hobby you’ve always been putting off, visit your favorite massage place, or buy yourself something new. It’s always a good idea to take breaks every once in a while, especially if it means doing things that make you happy.

Let this holiday season be a reminder that the best things in life don't have to be the most expensive ones. Oftentimes, you find awesomeness in your family's smiles, simple occasions shared with friends, and quality time with yourself. Of course, these moments are best remembered when you capture them with a reliable smartphone, just like Samsung’s latest Galaxy A Series devices.

Whether it’s for your loved ones or for yourself, the Galaxy A04s, A04, and A04e are ideal smartphones to make every moment count this holiday season. These devices will let you maximize your experience and do more as you embrace awesome moments. The Galaxy A04s is packed with a 50MP Triple Camera and 128GB expandable storage of up to 1TB perfect for taking snapshots with loved ones on Christmas Eve. While the Galaxy A04 and A04e sport a MediaTek Helio P35 Octa-core processor and 5,000 mAh long-lasting battery life ideal for daily-drivers who love to be productive over the holiday season.

The Galaxy A04s, A04, and A04e are available for as low as PHP 6,490 SRP at, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee,, MemoXpress Online, and other accredited retailers.

To know more about the latest best-value Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones, visit


Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks, and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.


Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.




About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, memory, system LSI, and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Why going “clean” can be better for your skin health and the environment


For many skincare gurus today, effectiveness is no longer the strongest barometer in choosing what goes into their daily beauty regimen. Most of them are also choosing clean beauty.


While there’s no official definition of clean beauty, skincare experts agree that these products are free from harmful toxins like parabens and phthalates—known to interfere with hormone functions—that can be absorbed by the skin. This is why many clean beauty brands opt for natural ingredients to avoid industrial chemicals that can be carcinogens or even pesticides. 


Choosing clean beauty also helps divert toxic chemicals away from water sources like streams and rivers, helping reduce marine pollution that can threaten wildlife and ecosystems. Clean beauty products aren’t only good for you, they can also be great for the environment and are made cruelty-free. One of the significant tenets of clean beauty philosophy would be traceability, as beauty experts, safe personal care product advocates, and even environmentalists believe that transparency in business is one of the best ways to ensure that a beauty brand is delivering on its promise.


Filipino skinthusiasts can experience a new approach to skincare, one that promises healthy beauty without compromises, with Artistry Skin Nutrition™, the clean, traceable, certified vegan skincare line from the global leader in health and wellness, Amway.


Artistry Skin Nutrition works like supplements for the skin, thanks to its cutting-edge skin science and the infusion of powerful phytonutrient botanical ingredients like acerola cherry, pomegranate, and spinach from Amway’s Nutrilite, the only vitamin brand in the world to grow, harvest and process plants from their own organic farms which are maintained using sustainable, chemical-free methods with the careful guidance of Amway’s own agricultural experts and scientists. 


This makes Artistry Skin Nutrition the only brand in the world that can truly claim traceability from seed to skin so you’re sure that the products are pure, safe, and effective. This also means that the beauty brand can identify the manufacturing location, extraction location, all the way to the specific crop of the raw material for every final product that touches your skin.


Every Artistry Skin Nutrition formula is infused with White Chia Seed grown in certified-organic Nutrilite farms, the line’s star ingredient, which is a nutrient-dense, ancient grain superfood packed with omega-3, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to effectively achieve healthy-looking skin.


Artistry Skin Nutrition products are also formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and over 1,300 other iffy ingredients that discerning clean beauty followers may be concerned about. The brand also conducts clinical, consumer, safety, in-vitro and ex-vivo testing to support its safety and efficacy claims for its formulas. These studies are performed to ensure the products are well-tolerated and effective and satisfy consumer expectations.


As a responsible beauty brand, Artistry Skin Nutrition formulas are free from animal-derived ingredients and are registered with The Vegan Society, one of the oldest vegan organizations in the world that are based in the United Kingdom and work to educate consumers about the value of going vegan.


The brand has also taken concrete steps to improve operational sustainability. Artistry Skin Nutrition cartons are produced from paper, a renewable resource. The paper comes from sustainably managed forests practicing responsible forest management. These products are also produced in a 90% landfill-free facility. It can also be highlighted that 100% of the electricity required by Amway to manufacture Artistry products in the United States is offset by the company’s continuing investment in sustainable wind power.


Skincare routines don’t have to feel like selfish acts of indulgence. With brands like Artistry Skin Nutrition that takes the responsibility offering healthy beauty seriously with clean, traceable, vegan skincare products, you can achieve your skin goals without causing harm to animals, communities, and the environment.


To learn more about Healthy Beauty and Artistry Skin Nutrition’s new approach to skincare, follow @OfficialAmwayPH on Facebook, @artistryph on Instagram, and the Amway website at


About the Artistry Brand

The Artistry™ brand reveals Healthy Beauty with no compromises by offering skincare, makeup, and other beauty products that work like supplements for skin. Building on a combined 145 years of experience in nutrition, wellness, and beauty, Artistry™ products are powered by cutting-edge skin science and plant-based botanicals to target every person’s unique needs. Healthy Beauty is also Clean Beauty with a goal to formulate all future Artistry™ products according to the Artistry™ Clean Guidelines with Vegan* formulas, pure, safe ingredients, better manufacturing processes, and more. With Artistry™ products, beauty no longer has to be a choice or a compromise. Artistry™ products are sold through Amway Business Owners in more than 50 countries and territories worldwide.


*Refers to the global Artistry Skin Nutrition™ formulations


About Amway

Amway is an entrepreneur-led health and wellness company based in Ada, Michigan. It is committed to helping people live better, healthier lives – across more than 100 countries and territories worldwide. According to Fortune magazine, it is among the Top 50 privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. Top-selling brands for Amway are Nutrilite™, Artistry™ and XS™ energy drinks – all sold exclusively by entrepreneurs who are known as Amway Business Owners. Global sales of $7.9 billion made Amway the No. 1 direct selling business in the world, according to the 2020 Direct Selling News Global 100. For company news, visit


Don't let sickness, emergencies steal your holidays!


The holidays are here! Finally, it is the time of the year to relax, unwind, and enjoy all the festive activities with your family and friends. And perhaps, you are now busy listing all the possible gifts that would spark joy in your loved ones, regardless of whether they have been naughty or nice. 


As everyone is eager to celebrate this season, keep in mind that it can be a risky time as well. The holidays frequently attract unwanted guests, such as illnesses and accidents ranging from road accidents to fireworks injuries.


A January 2022 report by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed there were 85 cases of fireworks-related injuries as the country celebrated the 2022 New Year. While the numbers continue to decrease each year, it pays off to be ready always for unforeseen emergencies that can steal your holiday celebrations.


MediCard RxER: The best gift you can give this season

To help you put one of the best gifts under the Christmas tree, MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the Philippines, brings you MediCard RxER so you can ensure that your loved ones are prepared for any unexpected situations while savoring the joy of the festive season.


The RxER provides a brand-new, specialized healthcare maintenance service that includes emergency, preventative, and outpatient treatment and is created to give members of all ages the maximum value and convenience.


In hospitals recognized by MediCard, the overall cap for patients requiring emergency trauma care is PhP20,000. ER costs, professional fees, and urgent drugs connected to the condition of accidents, burns, animal bites, and accidental chemical poisoning are also included in emergency care charges if it is within six hours from the time of the incident.


Emergency diagnostic procedures and lab tests up to PhP5,000, including MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound, are also covered. Additionally, coverage will be provided for tetanus toxoid, anti-tetanus serum, and current rabies vaccination. Regular casting and splint are also included.


Is it a one-time-use thing? No. Members may use emergency services more than once for the said circumstances if the limit has not yet been reached.


The gift that keeps on giving

Members of the RxER card are also entitled to an annual physical exam in any MediCard free-standing clinic and Uro Industrial Clinic (UROIC). This includes a complete blood count, a chest X-ray, a urinalysis, a fecalysis, and a general check-up for the entire year.


In addition, members get unlimited access to outpatient consultations with primary care physicians, including general practitioners, general surgeons on a clinic-to-clinic basis, obstetricians for non-maternity-related check-ups, pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and medical internists. For other specialists and sub-specialists, on the other hand, the RxER covers a flat rate of PhP350 for consultations.


Other benefits of RxER include a 30% discount on outpatient laboratory and diagnostic tests, outpatient surgeries and other services, and procedures at the Skin & Body Clinic. It also gives its members dental services, such as one-time oral prophylaxis, dental consultations, and a 30% discount on dental procedures.


All these may be availed of at any MediCard free-standing clinic in key cities nationwide


There is no time to lose! Gift your loved ones these wonderful benefits now for only PhP1,998 with no age limit and no medical check-up required, available on MediCard’s websiteShopeeLazada, Medicard free-standing clinics, Maria Health, and more.


MediCard is a leading HMO founded and managed by doctors. Over the years, it has provided the most comprehensive and innovative healthcare programs and fitness activities to help people achieve healthier lives. 


To learn more about MediCard Philippines, visit its website at

Monday, December 19, 2022

HONOR foldable phone coming to PH soon?


Leading global smart devices provider, HONOR, announced the launch of the HONOR Magic Vs. This all-new foldable flagship pushes industry benchmarks in design, display, performance and user experience – making it the perfect companion for business and entertainment. Empowering young budding creators to fulfill their creative potential.


“We are thrilled to introduce our next-generation foldable flagship, the HONOR Magic Vs, which packs groundbreaking innovations and exceptional user experience into an elegant and stylish design,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President for Marketing. “The HONOR Magic Vs will be our very first foldable flagship to debut in overseas markets and we are confident that it will deliver huge advancements, transforming how people all around the world use their smartphones.”


An Industry-leading Foldable crafted with a Groundbreaking Hinge Design and Large Dual Display


Exceptionally slim and lightweight, the HONOR Magic Vs is 12.9mm thin when folded and weighs just 261g, making it the industry’s lightest foldable smartphone currently, and a delight to carry around. It also packs with a super-light gearless hinge carefully crafted with a single-piece casting processing technology, which drastically reduces the number of components of supporting structure used in the hinge while maintaining its durability and sturdiness. The HONOR Magic Vs is able to withstand over 400,000 folds, equivalent to more than ten years of use with 100 folds per day, creating a new first in foldable smartphone design.


Outperforming existing foldables that often come with a long and narrow external screen, the HONOR Magic Vs boasts a 6.45-inch display when folded, with a user-friendly 21:9 aspect ratio and a 90% screen-to-body ratio, allowing users to view content and input text with remarkable ease. When unfolded, the HONOR Magic Vs delivers a tablet-like experience with an extra-wide 7.9-inch internal display, perfect for users who seek effortless multi-tasking and more screen real estate to enjoy all their favorite content.

Computational Photography and Unrivaled Day-long Performance


The HONOR Magic Vs features the proprietary AI-enabled HONOR Image Engine and triple-camera system comprising a 54MP IMX800 Main Camera, a 50MP Ultra-Wide & Macro Main Camera, and an 8MP 3X Optical Zoom Camera, allowing users to capture captivating images in stunning detail, delivering a superior photography and videography experience.


HONOR’s new foldable phone delivers flagship performance with Qualcomm® Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, and enhanced GPU and CPU performance that enables a faster and smoother user experience. It also supports the 66W Wired HONOR SuperCharge enabling the battery to be fully juiced up to 100 percent within just 46 minutes.


The HONOR Magic Vs comes in stunning colors: Orange, Cyan and Black and is set to be available in the Philippines very soon. For more information and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: (



About HONOR 

HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR’s portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enable people to become a better version of themselves. For more information, please visit the HONOR official social media pages:






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Takeda Healthcare Philippines’ holds Access to Medicines Summit, strives for universal healthcare in the Philippines by 2030


Biopharmaceutical leader Takeda Healthcare Philippines has recently concluded its Access to Medicines Summit held in Makati, envisioning universal health coverage made accessible to all without creating any financial hardships by 2030.

With the overarching theme of “Onward to a Transformed Healthcare System by 2030”, the event was joined by stakeholders across the healthcare sector to share best practices, identify possible opportunities for collaboration, and fulfill their shared aspirations of improving the country’s access to healthcare and medicines.

Participants include representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of the Interior and Local Government, healthcare professional societies, patient organizations, and more. The summit is also in collaboration with RiseAboveNow Business Consulting as co-convenor and technical partner.

The Access to Medicines Summit is an opportunity to bring together the different sectors of the healthcare industry for our unified vision of universal healthcare. Healthcare is one of the fundamental rights of every human being, but it is still incredibly inaccessible in many countries like the Philippines. Through this summit, we hope that everyone will be made more aware of the obstacles we face, as well as what we can do in our respective sectors and as an industry to help realize this goal of universal healthcare,” said Country Manager of Takeda Healthcare Philippines Loreann Villanueva.

Challenges of universal healthcare in the Philippines

Dr. Valerie Gilbert Ulep, senior research fellow from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies, introduced several challenges that prevented the realization of universal healthcare in the Philippines, with the biggest one being the procurement of these medicines.

He discussed that some medicines are not made equally available throughout the whole country due to high transaction costs, with certain regulatory, economic and political factors also potentially disincentivizing pharmaceutical companies from introducing new drugs in certain areas. Dr. Ulep also shared that problems in the supply chain lead to an untimely distribution of medicines in communities.

“The private sector has already perfected its system when it comes to supply chain even in far-flung areas, and I think that the public sector needs to adopt that through genuine private-public partnerships. We just need to sit together to design the appropriate incentive mechanisms,” he said.

Aside from these, Dr. Anna Guerrero, Director of the Pharmaceutical Division of the Department of Health, also brought up how the coronavirus pandemic uncovered the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of our current healthcare system before she introduced the Philippine Medicines Policy as the country’s roadmap.

“The Philippine Medicines Policy is not just learning from the barriers and challenges that we have had over the past decade on the access to medicines, but it’s also applying everything that we learned from the pandemic to create a more effective plan for the country. That’s why the policy has strategies that are targeted toward pandemic resiliency. We must make sure that the healthcare system is not just prepared to fulfill universal healthcare, but also prepared for any shocks that might come in the future,” she stated.

By 2030, the Philippine Medicine Policy’s vision is sustainable access to quality and affordable essential medicines and reduced out of pocket spending aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Care agenda.

Achieving access to healthcare

Takeda, together with its partners, underscored that achieving access to universal healthcare will require a collective collaboration, not only by the government but also the members of the health sector, including private institutions.

Likewise, Dr. Guerrero presented a framework to encapsulate the recommended measures in the health sector through an acronym A.C.C.E.S.S—Assurance of safety, efficacy and quality; Collaboration on availability and affordability; Commitment to the rational use of medicines; Effective networking, partnerships and good governance; Sustainable financing and resources; and Strengthening health systems.   

The framework presents an improved healthcare system for the Philippines through the strengthening of medicinal regulatory systems, promotion of self-sufficiency through collaboration and local production, rational distribution and use of medicines, mainstreaming of traditional and complementary medicines, good governance and transparency among stakeholders, and a more aggressive research agenda to inform future policies and medicine acquisitions.

“Access is our aspiration—a joint aspiration of not only the government, but also the private sector, and the healthcare professionals—and I’m very happy that you all have embraced this. I hope you take it to heart because that is the goal of universal healthcare—that our patients will have access,” said Dr. Guerrero.

Apart from the series of talks, the summit conducted open forums that inspired shared commitment to improving access to medicines by striving for advancement in supply chain and research and development as well as produce innovations including affordable and accessible medicines needed by the public.

Coming from the insights and expertise of the participants of the AtM Summit 2022, a Catalogue of Partnership Opportunities will be produced. This catalogue will detail out possible collaborations among different health stakeholders, both from the public and private sectors. The catalogue will be published and shall be made accessible to all with the goal of improving access to medicines to every Filipino.

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