Southeast Asia gears up for Green-City Drive

With new partnerships and greater content, BEX Asia 2013 is set to lend strong support to Asia’s green agenda

Manila, July 18, 2013– As part of the plan for sustainable development of its built environment, Singapore rolled out its second Green Building Masterplan in 2009, with focus on greening the large stock of existing buildings by 2030. Also, early this year, Singapore launched the Sustainable Blueprint under the Sustainable Singapore drive which aims to make the city a lively and livable one. This blueprint consists of strategies and initiatives needed for Singapore to achieve that goal and encourages individuals, companies and the government to all play their part.

At home, the government has also embarked on the Philippines Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) under the Department of Energy (DOE). In partnership with Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), DOE hopes to demonstrate the potential environmental benefits and financial savings through a series of energy efficiency efforts on commercial, residential and public projects.

PHILGBC has also recently introduced the revamped Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE), a national green building rating system that aims to help decision makers in the industry in designing, constructing and operating greener buildings.

“The PHILGBC was entrusted to carry, the National Voluntary Green Building Rating System for the Philippines, to provide for a recognition program, a green building rating system for the industry. We have upgraded the BERDE rating system with the Efficient Building Initiative of PEEP and came up with a more holistic program that is now becoming more responsive to different occupancy type and the different priorities we now have in the property sector,” said Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, CEO of PHILGBC.

As the region forges ahead with its green agenda, regional green shows like BEX Asia and its co-located events play an important role in providing the industry a platform to exchange ideas and technologies.

“[T]he development of the BERDE green building rating system for the Philippines, is harmonized with the work of other National Green Building Councils in the Asian region. As more eco-friendly buildings are built in Asia, use of natural resources are more efficient, green jobs are created, the shift to a greener economy is facilitated. We envision for Asia becoming the global hub for green building leadership, “ said Mr. de la Cruz.

“In line with our vision of “Transforming the Market,” the PHILGBC strongly advocates activities that help promote green building and sustainability. Through events such as the International Green Building Conference and BEX Asia Build Eco Expo happening in Singapore this September, the latest updates on green initiatives, products, technology, and innovation will be showcased not only to build awareness but to inspire local professionals, companies, and industries to come together to exchange ideas, experience, and expertise in this advocacy. By integrating and complementing the initiatives and programmes of various organizations and sectors in the region, we come closer to achieving Sustainability” added Mr. de la Cruz.

Mr. de la Cruz will be sharing Philippine’s green efforts and ideals at the International Green Building Conference (IGBC) this year, an event held in conjunction with BEX Asia 2013.

The green movement cannot be looked upon as independent efforts by individual countries or entities, Singapore in particular, has repeatedly highlighted the importance of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for its green-city drive to gain greater momentum. A city can only be considered truly green if infrastructure in the form of residential, industrial and commercial buildings all consciously incorporate green elements into design and functionality.

“Since 2009, BEX Asia has taken the lead to drive the industry’s green movement by providing a platform for regional interaction,” said Ms. Louise Chua, Project Director of Reed Exhibitions which organises BEX Asia.

She added, “Through the provision of this platform which facilitates the exchange of technologies and ideas, we hope to be able to help propel the industry to its next stage and encourage companies to take a more integrated approach in terms of adopting green technologies and methods.”

BEX Asia 2013 – Greater emphasis on energy efficiency solutions

As a key green show in the region that promises a diverse showcase of the latest green solutions for residential and commercial developments, it is imperative for BEX Asia to be always aware of the latest market trends. Noting an increase in demand for energy efficiency solutions, BEX Asia 2013 will see the Energy Efficiency Trail offer a comprehensive range of green solutions from green system software to Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems.

BEX Asia 2013 – New participation and collaborations

In addition to the greater depth in the energy efficiency content this year, BEX Asia 2013 will also provide greater business opportunities and see new country participation from Japan. Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government-affiliated organisation, will be leading more than 15 Japanese companies to BEX Asia 2013 at the JETRO pavilion (Japan).

BEX Asia 2013 will be held in conjunction with the inaugural edition of the World Engineering Expo (WEE) 2013, World Engineers Summit (WES) 2013 and also the IGBC 2013, making it a truly holistic and all-encompassing green show.

While BEX Asia 2013 offers green solutions for residential and commercial properties, WEE focuses mainly on engineering services, consultancy and products, and WES touches on larger issues like infrastructure, industrial developments and climate change. Together, they complement each other to provide a comprehensive platform of thought leadership and practical architectural, design and engineering solutions for the industry in the region.
To be held between 11 and 13 September 2013 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, BEX Asia 2013 will see more than 300 international exhibitors come together, showcasing the largest range of green products in Southeast Asia.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 41 countries. In 2012 Reed brought together seven million active event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 34 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider.

About BEX Asia

BEX Asia is Southeast Asia’s premier business platform for the green building and construction industry. It is a one-stop sourcing destination for cutting-edge products, innovative technologies and sustainable designs in building materials, energy efficiency systems, fittings and fixtures, and much more. It is an event that enhances your competitive edge in the world of Build Green. BEX Asia brings together skilled professionals, key industry practitioners, major specifiers and buyers from the region to build networks and create business opportunities, in support of the global trend to build greener communities for a greener future.

Swipe to drive new RAV4 in Caltex-Visa promo

P100, 000 in free fuel will be raffled daily

MANILA, Philippines – Big prizes are up for grabs for customers who will join the Caltex-Visa E-raffle promo from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2013. Customers have the chance to win P100,000 worth of free fuel daily or a brand new Toyota RAV4 during the grand raffle draw. Customers fuelling up at participating Caltex stations nationwide using their locally issued Visa credit, debit or prepaid cards are qualified for the promo.

To join, a minimum fuel and/or lubricant purchase of P1,000, single receipt, within the promo period is required. Once the purchase is made, customers will need to register their transaction details through SMS sent to 3456 or online at and . A customer can make multiple entries based on different transactions. For each successful entry, a confirmation message will be sent promptly.

The thirty winners of P100,000 Caltex fuel cards will be drawn starting August 19 to September 27, Mondays to Fridays. The grand draw on October 1, 2013 will announce the lucky winner of the brand new Toyota RAV4 that comes with P 100,000 Caltex Cash cards.

Caltex will call the winners for confirmation and instruction on how to claim their prizes. Per DTI-NCR Permit No 7250, Series of 2013. See flyers for more information or, for updates on other Caltex promos and activities, visit

About Chevron Philippines Inc.
Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 85 years under its retail brand, Caltex™, offering high quality products and services. There are close to 800 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at

Talent2 is a leading player in emerging APAC region

According to Everest Group’s lates tresearch:

“Multi-Process Human Resources Outsourcing (MPHRO) – Annual Report 2013: The Sun is Rising in the East”

Latest research results from Everest Group position Talent2 as a leader in the Everest Group PEAK Matrix, published in the Multi-Process Human Resources Outsourcing (MPHRO) — Annual Report 2013: The Sun is Rising in the East. The findings place Talent2 as the second largest MPHRO service provider in Asia Pacific with a 16 per cent market share in the emerging APAC region.

The report named Talent2 as one of the ‘providers of choice’ in APAC for single-country deals or deals by the Asia Pacific-headquartered multi-country companies. “We are thrilled with this outcome as we strive to grow on the successful working partnerships we have with our clients. This report highlights the importance of the SMAC (social media, mobile solutions, analytics and cloud/SaaS) phenomenon to buyers in MPHRO and Talent2 will continue to build our capabilities in these identified areas to optimize our offerings, and ensure strong growth for 2013-14 and beyond,” Mary Sue Rogers, Global Managing Director of HR Managed Services said.

Everest Group outlines the emergence of the Asia Pacific region as a growing market. Its figures reveal that the global market for 2012 grew at a modest pace of 2 per cent (reaching US$3.18 billion in revenue), while the APAC region grew at a much higher rate of 8 per cent. This momentum is expected to continue with nearly a quarter of all new deals signed in 2012 originating from APAC, and the emergence of Australia, India, Japan and Singapore as epicentres of new activity in the region. “As the APAC economy continues to show higher growth compared to the western economies, there is an increasing interest among organizations operating in this market to leverage MPHRO to create a scalable HR service model based on best practices and robust technology access. The appropriate solution, however, will need to take into account the diversity and uniqueness of this market,” said Rajesh Ranjan, Vice President at Everest Group.

The report identifies that buyers in these newer markets are cautious in their approach, which results in a relatively short-term contract around transactional processes. Buyers are also driven by cost reduction, scalability, standardization, access to better technology and accelerated time-to-market.
“At Talent2 we realize that as well as cost reduction as a key driver for buyers, there are other factors such as cutting-edge technology, streamlined processes along with the ability to provide consultancy services to better support our clients’ needs – this is the valued-added approach we strive to provide,” Rogers said.
For more details on this report , visit the Everest Group website here.


About Talent2
Talent2 is a leading Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (HR BPO) and Managed Services organisation in the Asia Pacific region, delivering end-to-end talent management solutions that put people first. These include HR Advisory, Payroll, Recruitment, RPO and Learning.
Founded in 2003, Talent2 operates from 38 offices providing services in 30 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East, UK and USA.

In 2012, Talent2 was privatised by its founders, Geoff Morgan and Andrew Banks in partnership with Allegis Group, Inc. Allegis Group, a private company founded in 1983, is the largest staffing provider in North America and the fourth largest staffing firm in the world, with offices in over 300 cities throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

The combined strength of both businesses further cements Talent2’s position as a global organisation and gives it a unique capacity and platform to fulfil the rapidly evolving needs for talent management across the globe.

Talent2 in the Philippines
In March this year, Talent2 expanded on its near-decade long experience in the Philippines by opening a new, 500-seat, state-of-the-art Shared Service Centre (SSC) that is the central hub for its Asia Pacific operations. The SSC supports all of Talent2’s Asia Pacific operations, allowing the organization to boost front- and back-end service levels for clients in recruitment, learning, HR and payroll.

The centre reinforces Talent2’s ongoing development of innovative, market leading HR BPO technology and service delivery, as well as supporting its expansion and focus on the fast-growing Asia Pacific region.

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Thakral One Awarded HID Partner of the Year, 2013

Thakral One plays a pivotal role in extending HID’s ID Assurance reach across APAC

Manila, Philippines, July 1, 2013 – Thakral One, an IT consulting and services organization focused on emerging markets, today announced that it has won the prestigious Partner of the Year award for the ID Assurance business of HID Global, the trusted source for secure identity solutions.

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) market is growing exponentially and is expected to reach US$ 12.3 billion by 20141, a massive increase from US$ 3.7 Billion in 20102. By the end of 2013 the IAM Asia Pacific market will witness the fastest growth3. “Businesses are eager to adopt the best-in-class IAM and it is Thakral One’s aim to bring world class solutions and services to meet these requirements. The proven methodologies that the HID – Thakral One partnership brings to the table will enable our customers to adapt to the increasingly complex compliance mandates as well as fortify their authentication processes,” Santie Heydenrych, VP – FSI Solutions at Thakral One shared.

Thakral One’s strengths lie in its local presence across Asia Pacific, strong partnerships with leading software providers and a focus on offering end-to-end solutions.

Tim Phipps, VP Sales at HID Identity Assurance, APAC spoke about the relatively new partnership that has emerged to be favourable for both the companies. “The HID – Thakral One partnership aims to deliver the best authentication solutions to our clients, across Asia Pacific. Thakral One’s continuous endorsement and strategic focus to develop the Asia Pacific IT Authentication market in absolute alignment with HID Identity Assurance is much appreciated. We congratulate Thakral One for winning the well-deserved partner award for the business segment of ID Assurance, and look forward to a continued and successful association,” he shared.

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  1. Identity Management Market Forecast: 2007 To 2014, cited on
  2. IAM Market Forecast to 2013 by Market, cited on
  3. Identity and Access Management Market Forecast to 2012 by RCNOS, cited on




About Thakral One
Thakral One aims to bridge the gap between business and information technology in emerging markets by ensuring that its offerings are customized and the applications are well adapted to the needs and realities of emerging markets. Backed by the $1.5b Thakral Group, Thakral One draws on its pan-Asian presence and a specialized pool of skill-sets to offer robust IT infrastructure solutions and services, carefully selected enterprise applications and reliable long-term managed support to its clients. Thakral One is present in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Bhutan and Afghanistan. To know more about Thakral One, please visit

About HID Global
HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications.  Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit



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Gear up for the rains

Suzuki Philippines shares tips on how to stay safe when wet-weather driving

Manila, Philippines. July 8, 2013 – For the past weeks, Metro Manila and nearby provinces experienced heavy rains that flooded major thoroughfares and submerged some vehicles. Floods pose danger to health and properties but damage to vehicles can be lessened, if not avoided, if proper preparation is made.

Suzuki Philippines, the only integrated motorcycle and automobile in the country, shares tips on how best to avoid damage to vehicles during the rainy season.

Assess the situation

Postpone going out in rough weather if there is a huge chance of flooding. If you cannot avoid it, know the terrain. Listen to the news or research the Internet. Find out if your destination is prone to flooding or not. Never drive through flood that is above the center of your tires as this will cause huge damage and can put you in danger if the flood gets deeper.

“If the vehicle gets submerged, immediately remove the battery terminal (positive and negative) to prevent damage to the ECU (Engine Control Unit) which serves as the “brain” of the vehicle”, Suzuki Philippines’ Service Supervisor Randy Santos said.

Move out

“If a motorist is trapped in a flood, he/she must get out of the unit and get to safety. Find higher ground away from the flood,” Santos shared.

Check your vehicle’s condition

Prior to any journey, all motorists should check their headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals are working properly. “Wet-weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls – steering, clutch, brake and accelerator – and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. When you begin a journey in the rain, your shoes will be wet and liable to slip off the pedals. Scuff the soles on the rubber matting or carpeting of the car before you start the engine,” he added.

All cars are suitable for the rainy season, but not all tires are. Motorists must check the condition of their tires before going on the road. Pressure of the tires must be checked and adjusted once a week or after a long travel.

Under inflation has immediate effects on vehicle handling (as well as fuel consumption), but its potential impact on overall safety and tire life are even greater. It results in premature and uneven tread wear on the outer edges. Under inflation also increases stress on the tire itself, through flexing and overheating, which can lead to structural failures such as tread separation.

Motorists should look for excessive or uneven tread wear in the tire, cracks, or bulges on the sidewalls or tread, chunking of the tread or any indication of tread separation, and signs of puncture, or nails, screws, glass, pieces of stone or any foreign object embedded in the tire to avoid any danger.  If any of these conditions are identified, motorists should immediately go to a tire specialist to have their tires checked.

Suzuki stressed that motorists should always take care of their vehicles whether it’s rainy or summer season.  “Vehicles can achieve their highest performance if they are properly maintained and taken care of. It is important to visit automobile specialists for proper check up and maintenance of vehicles to ensure the motorists’ safety on the road, whatever the weather may be,” Santos said.

For more information about Suzuki Philippines and their services, please visit

About Suzuki Philippines, Inc.

Suzuki Philippines, Inc. is a Japanese multinational firm highly recognized in the vehicle manufacturing industry. The company specializes in producing and distributing distinguished models of motorcycles and as well as in the distribution of compact vehicles.

Suzuki has established its reputation worldwide for quality, versatility, and innovation and has created a heritage of trust and reliability.