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UPS to increase presence in the Philippines

MANILA, Nov. 8 (PNA) – Logistics provider United Parcel Service (UPS) announced that it will be increasing its presence in the Philippines despite the pullout of its regional hub in Clark Field, Pampanga late last year.

UPS was able to do this by transforming its hub into a business processing outsourcing unit that supports the logistics needs of its affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region, UPS general manager for shared services Rolly Nierva said.

“We now employ around 600 people and the facility serves as the back office of UPS in the region,” he added.

The UPS official further stressed that UPS was able to maintain the number of grants that it gives to several non-government organizations in the country.

Nierva, who also handles the company’s corporate social responsibility operations in the country, said UPS was able to maintain the number of grants that its US-based foundation gives to several community groups and NGOs in the country despite the overall decline of its donations.

So far, UPS Foundation gave some USD42,000 (around P1.78 million) grant to Aweca Foundation, a Pampanga based NGO that supports the Aeta community in the province; and around USD10,000 sponsorship grant to Philippine National Red Cross Paranaque Chapter as its seed fund.

The logistic providers also handed out monetary grants to Operation Smile Philippines and Batangas-based Pusod Inc., but the amount has not yet been finalized, Nierva pointed out.

Over the weekend, the company’s employees conducted its volunteer activities in Sapang Bato Elementary School Annex in Angeles City, one of the sites that Aweca Foundation serves.

Last year, UPS established its Asia post sales customer support center in Clark after the company expanded its field stocking locations in India to more than 130 outlets.

“UPS’ network of field stocking locations provides critical logistics support to companies that must respond quickly to customer service needs, such as high-tech electronic firms,” the company stated.

The facility in Clark uses the UPS’s post sales technology to manage customers’ forward stocking inventory at multiple locations, with the ability to view inventory of its field stocking locations around the world, the company said.

The system also provides value-added services such as inventory planning and returns management services in India and globally.

Last year, UPS announced the pull out of its hub in the country, which had about 200 employees, and transfer most of its equipment in Shenzen, China.

UPS has about 24 flights weekly going in and out of the Philippines, mostly in Manila, Clark, and Cebu.

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