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JP Marzan Project Ventures Inc. eyes to help Phl grow its economy while building sustainability

For JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc., one of the country’s major logistics companies, efficient logistics can help solve challenges, especially with the robust construction activities.

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As a country composed of over 7,641 islands, the Philippines will always be plagued with geographic challenges. Transporting equipment and construction materials remain an issue, not only for the infrastructure industry but also for businesses in all sectors.

For JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc., one of the country’s major logistics companies, efficient logistics can help solve these challenges, especially with the robust construction activities. With numerous infrastructure projects still in the pipeline, opportunities for companies offering specialized logistics services are ripe for the taking, as it offers expertise to local builders and the government.

The logistics in infrastructure

JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc.’s Jay Marzan, chairman, said that the government’s focus on its infrastructure projects gives a promising future for the logistics industry. With its expertise, the company aims to help the government can fulfill its goal of improving the country’s economy.

JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc. is present in some of the major projects in the country. For example, they are responsible for the delivery of girders for the building of skyways, and they are also working closely with its partners for the Manila subway project.

“The best solution for the government is to work closely with logistics companies, thus making the construction projects around the country more efficient and finish faster,” Marzan said. “As for us, we are ready to show how logistics can help through intensive research.”

Before closing a deal with its partners, JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc. makes it a point to conduct surveys and researches to assess whether they can execute the project, given the difficulty of the task, as well as the risk factors that surround it. This mindset has led to their service offerings to expand and cater to the needs of builders and organizations across the country. 

Among its services include heavy-lift support, trucking, forwarding, logistics, domestic distribution, warehousing, rigging works, plant transfer, factory machine installation, powerplant assembly, project consultation, equipment rental, civil engineering, and trading of industrial equipment and services.

“All the research is necessary not just for the quality of the services we offer but also for the safety of our experts and workers. In our kind of business, there is no room for accidents and so, we always ensure due diligence in doing our projects,” Marzan added. 

For instance, the preparation they need to do to facilitate the delivery of turbines, which could weigh about 160 on average and cost millions of dollars. That is why they need highly skilled drivers, as well due to the deliveries they need to make. 

Another project was the transportation of the train coaches for the MRT-7 project, which required specialized trucks to deliver. This project is one of the company’s ways of showing its commitment to nation-building by helping to provide Filipinos good and efficient transportation. 

Continuing the progress

JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc. and the government have one goal in common and that is to ensure that the economy flourishes and competes globally at a high level. With the government’s infrastructure push, the company expects more opportunities not just in NCR but also in other regions in need of logistics services.

Regions like Bicol in 2017 had infrastructure boom, and most of the growth that happened there was credited to the logistics services. The province became the fastest-growing region in the country with multiple sectors like agriculture, trade, and commercial having an uptick performance. 

The latest Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2018 revealed that the Philippines rank 60th from 71st in 2016. LPI also indicated that the country scored from 2.55 to 2.73 in infrastructure while 2.70 to 2.78 in logistics competence for the same period, respectively.

“It only goes to show the importance of both industries and the need for them to grow even more,” Marzan said. “We hope to continue the country’s progress in infrastructures and transportations. To date, we have established our corporate center in Carmona, Cavite as a way of showing our support for our partners, who are mostly in the southern part of Luzon.”

The corporate center is accessible from Manila and, has enough parking space and easy deployment for trucks. It has an estimated development cost of Php30million to Php32million. The company expects to move there in December this year.

Working together for the country

However, the entire world has been recently consumed to a dangerous pandemic, the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) put everybody’s lives in danger and caused considerable damage to the world economy. The Philippines is not exempted from the damages, especially that the government decided to put the entire Luzon in enhanced community quarantine from March 15 to April 14.

“We are ready to serve and help the country rise from the pandemic because we are hopeful that when all our partners’ infrastructure projects are finished, it will bring good news for the country and give witness to a beautiful transformation,” Marzan added.

As one of the country’s leading logistics providers, JP Marzan Project Ventures, Inc. is dedicated to meet the challenges of the globalized market and serves as a reliable partner for the country’s economic growth.

The company started in 1972 as RV Marzan Brokerage and used to handle customs brokerage and deliveries around Luzon. Since then, it started the separate logistics company, we know today and has established itself as a reputable logistics company consistent with the best business practices. 

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Men with sensory loss are more likely to be obese

The association between physical activity and obesity was higher in men with hearing loss, who were 2.319 times more likely to be obese than women who reported difficulty hearing. Obesity in those with sight loss was 1.556 times higher in inactive men than women.

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Men who suffer sensory loss, particularly hearing loss, are more likely to be physically inactive and obese than women, according to a new study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

Researchers analysed data from more than 23,000 Spanish adults, and examined associations with physical inactivity and obesity in people with vision and hearing loss, and explored differences between men and women.

Results suggest inactive people with hearing loss were 1.78 times more likely to be obese compared to those who did not have any hearing loss. In people who had difficulty seeing, the odds ratio is slightly smaller, with a likelihood of obesity being 1.375 times higher than those who did not report vision loss.

The association between physical activity and obesity was higher in men with hearing loss, who were 2.319 times more likely to be obese than women who reported difficulty hearing. Obesity in those with sight loss was 1.556 times higher in inactive men than women.

Those with combined seeing and hearing difficulties had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity (44.8%) and obesity (26.1%). Analysis showed a significant association between physical inactivity and obesity in men with vision or hearing loss, but not in women.

Around 62% of adults in Spain are overweight, with 26% reporting as obese. In the UK, the figures are broadly similar at around 64% and 28% respectively, suggesting strong similarities between the countries.

A total of 11.04% of the people surveyed self-reported vision loss, 6.96% reported hearing loss, and 3.93% reported suffering both vision and hearing loss.

Lead author Professor Shahina Pardhan, Director of the Vision and Eye Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “It is clear from our study that there are significant differences between genders.

“Although women were overall less physically active than men, we found an association between physical inactivity and obesity in men, but not in women. This indicates that, especially in people with vision and hearing losses, exercise and being active has a very important role in preventing obesity for men.

“Adults, especially those with sensory losses, should be encouraged to be as physically active as possible but there are obviously challenges, strongly suggesting that intervention and encouragement would play a very important role.

“An effective strategy to increase the levels of physical activity in this population group would be through targeted intervention programmes based on health awareness on the importance of physical activity.”

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Dad tips we take for granted but go a long way

With all the pressure that comes with responsibilities, dads also need to look after their own wellbeing too.

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There is no one-size-fits all way to being a father, but most working dads want to do the best to support their loved ones. With all the pressure that comes with these responsibilities, dads also need to look after their own wellbeing too. 

Donato Avellana is the Health and Wellbeing Lead for the Vibe Team at Canva Philippines, and as a father himself, he acknowledges the importance of work-life balance. He has helped build programs at Canva that empower employees to have a healthy work-life balance, with holistic programs for all domains of wellness. Taking his learnings from this, he shares some helpful and practical tips to help dads to develop healthy habits that can boost their happiness at work and at home. 

1. Rest and recover well

Rest and relaxation is crucial to improve our overall health. Try your best to get at least 7 hours of sleep, go to bed an hour before you go to sleep, and stay away from your TV or mobile phone, as several studies show that the blue light from screens can disrupt sleep. Sleep is often a neglected component of overall well-being, but this is where the body repairs itself to get ready for another day. Remember that you deserve to rest.

2. Start your day with a cold shower 

Showering can also offer more benefits than many realise.  By using water that is a little cold, you can improve blood circulation, with the lower temperature causing blood to run to the skin’s surface. Good blood circulation plays an important role in our health for proper nutrient distribution throughout our body.

This is also a good time for dads to have their ‘me’ time. Breathing exercises are a great way to start the day, by offering the opportunity to regroup and reflect. 

3. Move more, make it a habit

The health benefits of movement have been scientifically proven time and time again. Your body is connected to your brain and your movement habits can positively impact how you think and feel. Inactivity can make you feel sluggish and tired, making it hard to find motivation and deliver on responsibilities.

Add regular walks, stand often, or follow stretching routines that you can commit to during the day. Taking time for a short 10-15-minute walk is a great way to have a mental and physical break.

4. Eat smart: practice a mindful eating habit. 

We have been educated about what healthy eating is since we were kids. Eating intuitively on a regular schedule is very important. Eating with no structure creates mindless eating that can lead to poor nutrition choices. Think of nourishing your body with healthy fuel for efficient performance instead of just eating. Eat a variety of whole foods, have fruits and vegetables, and hydrate smartly.

5. It’s okay to ask for help

This shortlist might not be easy for everyone, so I encourage dads to seek help when they need it. You might want to start at home with your spouse, ask for help from co-workers, peers, fellow fathers, professionals such as your doctor.

Showing appreciation to your father

If you’re still looking for heart-felt gift ideas for your dad, you can browse through Canva for free design ideas and inspiration. 

Make your dad, grandfather or any other special figure feel loved and appreciated by designing personalized cards. A wide variety of photos, customizable templates, and full-color professional layouts are available. You can also find Filipino templates by changing the language settings to Tagalog and searching for the word ‘tatay’.

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Sun Life Philippines holds ‘Tiny Habits’ workshop

The interactive event carried a fitness theme and was conducted by certified Tiny Habits Coaches TJ Agulto and Claire Limof AHA! Behavorial Design.They shared tips on creating tiny habits in a continuous period of two weeks and also emphasized the importance of celebrating small wins.

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Members of Sun Life Philippines’ Bright Habit Starters community were recently treated to an exclusive workshop on Tiny Habits, the breakthrough method for building habits by world-renowned Behavior Scientist Dr. BJ Fogg.

The interactive event carried a fitness theme and was conducted by certified Tiny Habits Coaches TJ Agulto and Claire Limof AHA! Behavorial Design.They shared tips on creating tiny habits in a continuous period of two weeks and also emphasized the importance of celebrating small wins.

The event was followed by one-on-one coaching sessions to help the participants commit to their habits. This was supervised through the Bright Habits Chatbot, which prompted them to perform daily check-ins for two weeks. This led to the participants achieving 93% success rate in practicing their Bright Tiny Habits.

Following the launch, a second batch of participants is now undergoing the same program, this time with the goal of creating habits to improve their relationships.

The Tiny Habits workshop is just one of the many perks enjoyed by the Bright Habit Starter community. Members are also provided with helpful tips, exclusive promos, and other activities designed to create a sustained behavior change in the present so they can reach their goals in the future. Launched just last March as part of Sun Life’s Ito Ang Araw Mo campaign, the community now has over 3,000 members.

Those interested to be a part of the Bright Habit Starters Community simply have to join via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/itoangarawmo.

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