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Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 24th, 2020Related News

Execration survives nail-biting series against Cignal Ultra to take first semis spot

Photo from Execration’s Facebook page Execration averted disaster against Cignal Ultra, pulling off a 3-2 escape to advance to the semifinals in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League-Philippines (MPL-PH) Season 6 on Thursday night.  Jaylord “Hate” Gonzales’ Helcurt ran riot in the deciding Game 5 to carry the top-seeded Execration past the hard-fighting Warriors.  The Billy “Z4pnu” Alfonso-coached team will face the winner between Smart Omega and Blacklist International which are squaring off as of writing time.  Cignal wound up at the 5th-8th place and got $1,500 (P72,800).  Cignal drew first blood in the best-of-five series as it came through with a 31-minute come-from-behind victory.  The double core setup of Jaymark “Hadess” Lazaro’s Ling and Vail “tsujin” Alejo’s Wanwan sparked the comeback for the squad in red.  Execration retaliated hard to take the next two games, with Patrick James “E2MAX” Caidic’s Selena and Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales’ Roger leading the charge in Game 2.  A “Chak Mamba” play was witnessed in Game 3 as Joshua “Ch4knu” Mangilog on his Jawhead threw DJ “ImbaDeejay” Astibe’s Pharsa to the Lord pit to deny a base defense.  That allowed Hate’s Roger and Jeff “S4gitnu” Subang’s Uranus to finish off the game in the 15th minute.  However, Cignal–the second season champion–refused to go down without a fight, hammering out another comeback victory in Game 4 behind the triple threat of Hadess’ Ling, tsujin’s Angela and Jhones “RHEA” De Leon’s Leomord that powered the Warriors.  But then Hate on his Helcurt did not want to disappoint Execration’s legion of fans, taking charge of the squad’s demolition job in Game 5.  Armed with Blade of Despair, Endless Battle and Demon Hunter Sword, Hate ripped Cignal one-by-one as he racked up nine kills and five assists against three deaths. .....»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: NewsOct 22nd, 2020Related News

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesOct 19th, 2020Related News

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Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesOct 18th, 2020Related News

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Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsOct 17th, 2020Related News

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 16th, 2020Related News

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SA rami ng shows na ginawa ni Billy Crawford bilang host ay napakalaki raw ng pagkakaiba nitong bago niyang programa sa TV5 na “The Masked Singer.” Unang-una, pawang mga performers ang contestants na hindi niya kilala, kaya pati siya ay makikihula kung sinu-sino ang mga ito at iyon ang mas nagpapa-excite sa kanya. Tsika ni […] The post Billy bilang tatay: Tinupad ko na ang pangarap ni Kuya Germs, ‘walang tulugan!’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2020Related News

Billy Crawford breaks down in tears to say goodbye to ABS-CBN for TV5

Former Kapamilya TV host Billy Crawford turned emotional as he bid farewell to ABS-CBN to move to TV5......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 30th, 2020Related News

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 29th, 2020Related News

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NAKA-RECOVER na nang bonggang-bongga ang Kapamilya actress na si Coleen Garcia tatlong linggo matapos siyang manganak sa pamamagitan ng water birth. Sa unang pagkakataon, sabay na humarap sa madlang pipol ang mag-asawang Coleen at Billy Crawford para ikuwento ang kanilang mga experience bilang first time parents sa panganay nilang si Amari Jaden. “Everything is good. […] The post Sa buong buhay ko, hindi ko ipagpapalit ang araw na ipinanganak si Baby Amari appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 28th, 2020Related News

Piolo, Catriona, Alex, Billy, Dimples bibida sa mga bagong show ng TV5

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2020Related News

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Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2020Related News

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‘These past few days have been the biggest life changing experience I’ve ever had in my entire life!’ The post New dad Billy Crawford shares his first days of parenting appeared first on Manila Bulletin......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialSep 13th, 2020Related News

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 13th, 2020Related News

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Source: Pinoyparazzi PinoyparazziCategory: NewsSep 12th, 2020Related News

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  BY STEPH BERNARDINO     Celebrity couple Coleen Gar­cia and Billy Crawford are now officially parents. Coleen gave birth to their first child, a boy, today, Sept. 10. “There’s so much I wanna say, but for now, I just want to praise God for being so, so good. Thank you, Lord, for our beautiful […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 11th, 2020Related News

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HINDI sapat ang anumang mga salita sa nararamdaman ni Billy Crawford nang makita ang bagong silang na anak nila ni Coleen Garcia. Kahapon, Sept. 10, isinilang na ni Coleen ang panganay nila ni Billy na pinangalanan nilang Baby Amari sa pamamagitan ng water birth. Ibinahagi ng TV host-actor ang kanyang na-feel nang unang masilayan ang […] The post Billy kay Coleen: I’m so proud to be your husband and to be the father of our angel appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 11th, 2020Related News

Coleen Garcia nanganak na: Thank you Lord for our beautiful Amari!

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Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 10th, 2020Related News

Billy may pa-tribute sa nalalapit na panganganak ni Coleen: ‘I love you, my Queen!’

    RAMDAM na ramdam na ni Billy Crawford ang kakaibang excitement sa nalalapit na paglabas ng panganay nila ni Coleen Garcia. Ayon sa TV host-actor, handang-handa na siyang i-welcome ang first  child nila ni Coleen na any moment now ay manganganak na. Sa kanyang Instagram page, nag-post si Billy nang litrato nila ni Coleen […] The post Billy may pa-tribute sa nalalapit na panganganak ni Coleen: ‘I love you, my Queen!’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News

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The Oklahoma City Thunder said Tuesday that Billy Donovan won’t return as head coach after five seasons with the team that exited the NBA playoffs last week. The Thunder said in a statement that the parties have “mutually agreed” to part ways. Donovan took over for now-Wizards head coach Scott Brooks in 2015 after the […] The post Thunder part ways with head coach Donovan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 9th, 2020Related News