MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Media OutReach - 9 December 2019 - Twenty outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations from the Philippines were honored at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 or APEA, led by Megawide Construction Corporation's Chairman and CEO, Mr. Edgar Saavedra and Robinsons Land Corporation's President and CEO, Mr. Frederick D. Go.
An initiative by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia, APEA is the largest regional recognition program, with over 3,000 nominations received each year, and less than one tenth of that receiving the awards in all 14 markets. With the theme of 'Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship', over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries.
Leading the list of winners includes PHILUSA Corporation who received the award under Corporate Excellence Category.
About PHILUSA Corporation
PHILUSACorporation is a 100% Filipino-owned company that is engaged in the marketingand distribution of fast- moving consumer goods and pharmaceutical products.The company's vision is to be the leading Filipino-owned company that providesworld-class quality and affordably priced health and wellness, baby care,personal care and home care products, locally and internationally, resulting inbeing a source of pride for its customers, business partners, employees andshareholders. PHILUSA's mission is to make its main products the preferredbrands by the consumers, to develop own globally-recognized productscompetitive in quality and price, to be a well-managed organization that usesthe best business processes and latest technology, to provide its employeeswell-defined, challenging and fulfilling career opportunities with competitivewages and benefits and to be a principled and socially responsible corporatecitizen.
NeoginEvangelista, President and General Manager of PHILUSA, shared: "Winningthis award reflects PHILUSA's outstanding performance in being a leader inproviding affordable and accessible healthcare products to the Filipino people.We have built a relationship with Filipino families from generation togeneration, and we are looking forward to providing more quality and affordableproducts to families outside our country," Evangelista said. "Ourinitiatives and efforts are bearing fruit, and we take pride in thisachievement," he added.
PHILUSAcompetes in both multinational and local arenas. The 62-year old company hasachieved market leadership in the categories of cotton and cotton buds (Cleeneand Babyflo), wound management (MEDIPLAST), petroleum jelly (Apollo), householddeodorizer (ALBATROSS) and cooling gel pad (Koolfever).
PHILUSAcontributes to the community by partnering with several foundations for its CSRinitiatives such as with Manila Water Foundation's programs to donatehandwashing and drinking facilities to schools and its yearly GlobalHandwashing Day, World Oral Health Day and World Toilet Day. The company alsopartners with Mercury Drug Foundation in various medical outreach activitiesunder Operation Bigay Lunas and Bantay Kalusugan. In addition, it supports thePharmaceutical HealthCare Association of the Philippines Cares Foundationthrough various donations of medicines and other products. PHILUSA employeeslikewise voluntarily make financial donations to selected charitableinstitutions on the company's anniversary.
In just five years, from 2013 to 2018,PHILUSA, with its almost 300 employees, had expanded its business more than ithad achieved in the 56 years it had been in operation prior to 2013. Its salesgrew by more than 50%, outpacing the growth of the market.
PHILUSA successfully launched RHEA Generics, a brandof generic medicines developed in partnership with global leaders in thepharmaceutical industry namely Pfizer, Sanofi, GSK, Otsuka, Merck and FreseniusKabi. These game-changing and noble partnerships help Filipino patients to haveaccess to world-class quality and affordably priced generic medicines.
About Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards
Launched in 2007, the Asia PacificEntrepreneurship Awards is the region's most prestigious awards for outstandingentrepreneurship, continuous innovation and sustainable leadership. The Awardprovides a platform for companies and governments to recognize entrepreneurialexcellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices andgrowth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leadingentrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as aby-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 14countries and markets all over Asia. For further information, visit www.apea.asia.