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Power Mac Center offers UpTrade to Uplift program

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

To address the shortage of devices among students taking online classes, Power Mac Center has partnered with Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation for the UpTrade to Uplift program.

According to official figures, there are 21.7 million students who enrolled for the upcoming school year and only a little over 500,000 electronic devices available to lend to teachers and public school students. While the opening of classes has been delayed to October, online learning during the pandemic may still be difficult to attain because of the lack of devices among students and schools.

“Power Mac Center is one with the education sector in upholding the need for education even in the face of COVID-19. We hope that through our UpTrade to Uplift program, the Filipino bayanihan spirit flourishes, helping us recover and move forward from this crisis. We invite everyone to lend a hand by donating their old devices, and together, we can elevate the lives of students in need,” said Joey Alvarez, Power Mac Center Director of Product Management, Marketing and Space Planning, in a press statement.

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Power Mac Center, Gretchen Ho launch ‘Pay It Forward’

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the "Pay it Forward" campaign.

Power Mac Center has partnered with TV personality Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action advocacy project to launch the “Pay It Forward” campaign.

This campaign will help provide bicycles to those who commute even in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Part of Power Mac Center’s 26th anniversary celebration, “Pay It Forward” will acquire bikes and other protective equipment using the proceeds from purchases of participating products.

“We at Power Mac Center are one with those affected by the current health crisis. We applaud and support those who still find the courage to go to work to support their families despite the dangers of outside travel and the limited commuting options under quarantine. As a way to show them our appreciation and support, we would like to do the little we can to make their daily commutes a lot easier and healthier. Through Gretchen Ho’s Woman In Action project, we are able to create a venue for our partner brands and customers to help in the donation of bicycles so they can use it as their main mode of transportation,” said Joey Alvarez, Power Mac Center Director of Product Management, Marketing and Space Planning, in a press statement.

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Solar power brings brighter future to Filipino communities

Brighter Communities Founder Luis Baring is spreading kindness through solar power
Brighter Communities Founder Luis Baring believes in spreading kindness

(Editor’s note: A different version of this article on solar power was originally published on TessDrive.com. Reposted with permission.)

Solar power can bring a brighter future, indeed.

In the Philippines, close to 2.4 million households still do not have access to electricity. This is based on data as of December 2017. Advocacy group Brighter Communities, however, is helping address this problem by donating portable solar kits to off-the-grid communities.

“They had no electricity and very limited access to a lot of things most of us take for granted,” Brighter Communities Founder Luis Baring said, recounting his visit to a poor community five years ago. “I felt that there were a lot of opportunities that the children were missing out on and that we are missing out on the biggest opportunity to help these children become future innovators and leaders.”