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PLDT, Smart inspire hope through mental health campaign

The project is a platform where today’s generation of changemakers and mental health advocates create capsules of self-reflection and creative expressions. It is part of a series of mental health initiatives to be implemented all through May, in celebration of the Mental Health Awareness Month.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic posing an extraordinary impact on our world today, PLDT and Smart, through its Better Today program, launched the “Time Capsule Project”.

The project is a platform where today’s generation of changemakers and mental health advocates create capsules of self-reflection and creative expressions. It is part of a series of mental health initiatives to be implemented all through May, in celebration of the Mental Health Awareness Month. 

The Time Capsule Project champions mental health awareness amid the pandemic. It empowers the youth to take a deep dive into their current mental health state by expressing these thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams through the power of art. These can be done through various forms such as drawings, paintings, poetry, or prose. PLDT and Smart recognize these as important and valid reflections of our time today. These serve as valuable lessons to learn in hopes for a better tomorrow. 

This project is one of the key components of Better Today, which is a collaborative initiative and platform of PLDT and Smart in line with its advocacy to educate and empower Filipinos towards digital well-being, family and child online safety, and youth empowerment and changemaking. 

The creation of time capsules is anchored on Better Today’s key narrative, which include passion and purpose, resilience, empathy and hope. These are things that enable us to become better versions of ourselves, enabling us to cope amid these dark and uncertain times. 

Aside from art entries, the Time Capsule Project also include other mental health initiatives such as the visual arts and writing workshop and a virtual storytelling series on mental health called, “Better Today Conversations”. 

Some of the changemakers and storytellers who will provide their messages of hope, include Words Anonymous, clinical experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) and advocacy groups such as MentalHealthPh and Youth for Mental Health Coalition. 

To know more about the Time Capsule Project and the details on how to join the art festival, please follow Better Today PH at (@bettertodayph) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Free P200k insurance for BPI-Philam, BPI clients; registration ‘til June 30 only

BPI-Philam has allotted Php200,000 in life insurance each to one million clients, equivalent to Php 200 billion. Any qualified BPI accountholderor BPI-Philam policy owner can sign up for the free insurance. For the latter, this is an additional benefit on top of their existing plan’s benefits.Overseas Filipinos may also register, as long as they meet the requirements.

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Bancassurance leader BPI-Philam and its partner Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) have extended the registration for the free COVID-19 life insurance coverage for their clients until the end of June this year. The coverage is effective for 90 days.

BPI-Philam has allotted Php200,000 in life insurance each to one million clients, equivalent to Php 200 billion. Any qualified BPI accountholderor BPI-Philam policy owner can sign up for the free insurance. For the latter, this is an additional benefit on top of their existing plan’s benefits.Overseas Filipinos may also register, as long as they meet the requirements.

“We would like to reassure our clients that we are one in this fight. BPI-Philam is dedicated to delivering the life, health, and financial protection needs of Filipinos at this critical time. Amid all the uncertainty and anxiety that came with the pandemic,let us remember that the most important thing is that we take care of our loved ones and protect what matters most before it becomes too late,” said BPI-Philam Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon.

Latest statistics from the Department of Health puts the nationwide tally at over 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with death toll at over 20,000.In addition, the government’s vaccination plan spans three years, highlighting the need for urgent interventions. BPI-Philam’s free life insurance is for BPI clients aged 18 to 64 who are not a probable/suspect/confirmed COVID-19 patient at the time of application.The registration can be fully completed via the website <bpi-philam.com> or through Bancassurance Sales Executives (BSE) via phone or in person at the branch.

BPI-Philam is the bancassurance arm of AIA Philam Life in the Philippines. At the onset of the pandemic, it was among the first in the country to offer free COVID-19 life insurance, with one of the longest periods of coverage at 90 days and the highest coverage amount at Php 200,000. First launched in June 2020, the program has since covered over 700,000 lives, with 19 claims filed for a total payout of Php 3.8million to date.

Among the first beneficiaries of the program was Janice of Kalibo, Aklan. In their family’s ordeal with COVID-19, the biggest realization was how the virus can affect just about anyone and even lead to death. The financial assistance from the program helped them deal with the grief over their deceased family member without the anxiety that came with financial expenses.

“I believe that loving your family includes giving them a sense of security and peace of mind when it’s time for you to go.This is why I strongly encourage people, especially the young generation, to secure an insurance plan while they are still young and able,” said Janice.

Clients are also encouraged to extend the program to their family and friends who can register as long as they are also qualified BPI account holders.Non-BPI account holders can grab the opportunity by easily opening an account before the registration period ends.

Meanwhile, those who wish to extend their protection coverage beyond the allotted amount and for other insurable claim may get the full protection of BPI-Philam’s affordable and accessible life and health insurance products. This can include financial assistance for hospitalization costs, income protection, accidental death/dismemberment/disablement benefits, and more.

“Most importantly, however, peace of mind is the singular invaluable benefit that people can get from insurance.As such, we would like to invite everyone to take advantage of this offer and protect their loved ones in case of the unthinkable,” Menon said.

Interested customers can talk to a BSE or BPI branch officer for further assistance.More information about BPI-Philam’s products and services is also available at the website <bpi-philam.com> or on Facebook <fb.com/BPIPhilamOfficial>.

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Pru Life UK underscores women’s health with breast cancer protection

Pru Life UK has launched its latest health protection product designed for the independent and empowered women in our lives, the PRUHealth Prime – Select Breast Cancer, through Pulse, the company’s all-in-one health and wellness app.

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Pru Life UK has launched its latest health protection product designed for the independent and empowered women in our lives, the PRUHealth Prime – Select Breast Cancer, through Pulse, the company’s all-in-one health and wellness app.

“This protection product, designed for the women in our lives, be it our mother, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, or grandmother, goes a long way for less than Php 2 a day. With it Pru Life UK underscores women’s health by giving hardworking and caring Filipinas financial protection from breast cancer, currently the most common cancer among women in the Philippines and worldwide1,” shared Pru Life UK Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

PRUHealth Prime – Select Breast Cancer comes in two packages. A one-time premium of Php 150 provides a lump sum amount of Php 10,000 upon diagnosis, while a one-time premium of Php 425 offers a lump sum amount of Php 10,000 upon diagnosis and a guaranteed lump sum amount of Php 20,000 when undergoing Mastectomy or Lumpectomy. This is valid for one year.

PRUHealth Prime – Select Breast Cancer protection is the first cancer-specific product offered in the market. The protection is available for purchase through Pulse, which can be downloaded for free on any Android or iOS mobile device. To get this product, visit this link.

Last month, Pru Life UK also introduced two new optional supplemental critical illness (CI) benefits or riders, the Select Top 42 and Select 523 Critical Illness riders to PRUHealth Prime, an insuravest plan with critical illness coverage against all forms of cancer.

The Select Top 4 Critical Illness Benefit provides for top 4 covered late-stage critical illness conditions, while the Select 52 Critical Illness Benefit provides for 52 covered late-stage critical illness conditions.

Customers who are availing of PRUHealth Prime but would want to be covered against other critical conditions can purchase either of the two new critical illness riders during the new business application process and/or after policy issuances. 

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Holcim launches Phl’s first water repellent cement

Called Holcim Aqua X, the new product is designed to protect structures such as homes from damage and deterioration caused by water. The Company developed Holcim Aqua X after a study showed 70% of homeowners and contractors identified water protection as an important consideration in projects.

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Holcim Philippines, Inc. launched in March the country’s first ever water repellent cement in response to customers’ demand for a product that can help protect structures against excess moisture.

Called Holcim Aqua X, the new product is designed to protect structures such as homes from damage and deterioration caused by water. The Company developed Holcim Aqua X after a study showed 70% of homeowners and contractors identified water protection as an important consideration in projects.

Concrete walls and foundations with poor protection are prone to cracks after steel rebars rust and expand as water seeps in. Painted walls may also develop imperfections due to water seepage. Unaddressed, these can cause serious damage to a structure.

Holcim Aqua X contains Active Water Repellent Boosters that prevents such damage. These make it easier to build water-resistant structures compared with current practices, where builders apply a repellent on walls or include a water-proofing compound to the concrete mix.

Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “This new product highlights our great advantage in developing exciting products. It also shows that we listen to our customers to understand what they need so we can develop innovative products that help them build better.”

Aside from showcasing Holcim Philippines’ strength in innovation, Holcim Aqua X supports the Company’s commitment to keep its business respectful of the environment.

“Being a blended cement, Holcim Aqua X is more environment-friendly than others in the market because it uses less clinker thus having lower carbon footprint. This continues our proud legacy of producing sustainable products that deliver superior performance,” added Adrian.

The new product was launched to key customers in Davao and will be available throughout Mindanao by the end of the year. Holcim Aqua X is the latest product the Company has launched as it steps up the roll out of specialized construction solutions that address specific needs of builders in the country.

In 2019, the Company introduced road infrastructure cement Holcim Solido as an alternative to ordinary Portland cement. Due to its durability and performance advantage, Holcim Solido has become a significant part of the Company’s product mix.  Holcim Philippines followed this up last year with Holcim Multifix, an easy-to-use and multipurpose mortar product that can help contractors and masons improve the quality of walls, floors, and tile installation in their building projects.

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