Hotel Sogo rolls out approved New Normal policies in all branches

Hotel Sogo rolls out approved “New Normal” policies in all branches

Hotel Sogo CEO Reynaldo Malaca announcedthat the company has prepared its new normal policies to be implemented in all of its branches nationwide in lieu of the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ) in some areas of Luzon.

“With the pandemic at hand, we have adapted quickly to the changes. I’m proud to say that the company foresee and swiftly implemented these safety measures for the welfare of our employees and guests especially the frontliners, OFWs, and seafarer repatriates who are currently staying in our hotel. We wanted them to feel secure and comfortable,” Mr. Malaca said.

As part of their “So Clean, So Good, So Safe” campaign under its Sogo So Safe Program, Hotel Sogo showcases its new normal policies via its New Normal Playbook that were sent to different agencies like the Department of Health (DOH), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Tourism (DOT). 

“I would like to acknowledge the support and assistance of the DOH, OWWA, and DOT to make our new normal be fully recognized and to be implemented in our hotels. We are grateful that they have trusted us to be their partner of choice in taking care of the OFWs and frontliners in this time of crisis. Indeed, we are one with the government to create a better life with this new normal,” Mr. Malaca added.

To highlight their new normal, Hotel Sogo adapted the use of Ultraviolet (UV) light, which are modified in cash registers, keycard cases, elevator buttons, and its ceiling, room door handles, as well as in food preparation for an enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes. UVC light will be also used to disinfect the room from bedsheets, cabinets, mirrors, tables, and chairs, and even in bathrooms.

According to studies, the use of UVC lights is highly effective at disinfection as it kills bacteria, germs, and viruses. These UVCs are also less harmful to human skin since they are particularly installed in features like door handles, which are not handled for a long time.

Contactless doors and elevator buttons through the use of key chains, and automatic faucets and urinals will also be part of the new norm to avoid the spread of the virus in commonly touched areas.

Safety measures such as temperature screening, placement of sanitizers in common areas, and social distancing will still be implemented. Employees are required to wear PPE uniforms, face masks, face shields, gloves, and boots when cleaning. And also, guests are also required to wear a face mask upon entering the hotel.

Various medical professionals and LGUs commended Hotel Sogo as they are the first to implement these innovative safety measures in response to the House Bill 6623 “New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act”.

“Magandasiya at informative. You’re the first in doing these. Good job!,” a representative from the Manila City Mayor’s Office shared.

“Actually, gusto naming i-adapt siyanglahatng hotels dito. [Iyon] angmagiging benchmark parasalahatng hotels,” a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Quezon City cited.

Hotel Sogo will continue to keep track on the government’s safety protocols and will stay in giving its guests not only a So Clean So Good stay but, also So Safe.

To find out more about Hotel Sogo, visit its website at www.hotelsogo.com or like and follow us on Facebook page HotelSogo Officia Page, Twitter and Instagram @hotelsogo, and Youtube account @OfficialHotelSogo

Hotel Sogo provides P60M worth of rooms to medical frontliners

Hotel Sogo provides P60M worth of rooms to medical frontliners

With the prolonged Luzon-wide lockdown, Hotel Sogo realizes, even more, the importance of their core value –Pagmamalasakit. Even though a lot of businesses haveclosed down, Hotel Sogo continued its support to the frontliners and LGUs who risk fighting against COVID-19. 

 

As of now Hotel Sogo, the largest hotel chain in the Philippines has provided over 850 hotel room accommodations with a value of PhP 60 million for the frontline medical workers from 11 hospitals in different key cities in the country. Ten Hotel Sogo branches are dedicated todoctors, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare providers who need a place to rest and sleep until the end of the quarantine phase, for free.

 

Meanwhile, in cooperation with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM),Hotel Sogo Alabang branch, just minutes away from RITM, is fully occupied by our fellow frontliners for easier access to safe accommodation and to get the right amount of rest from everyday’s fight against COVID-19.

 

It all started with the company’s coordination to Manila City Mayor Isko Morenoin providing temporary shelter for our healthcare workers particularly living outside the city since mass transportation is suspended.

 

“On behalf of everyone here in RITM, we would like to say thank you for the accommodations in Sogo. It’s meant a lot for us. We really appreciate this and it’s been so helpful. This is the time that the doctors can come and sleep, because in other accommodations we have only with bunk beds and mats; it’s been such a treat to be able to sleep in a private bed. And also, sleep is absolutely important for your immune system. So, we would like to say thank you because you are saving lives –saving our lives,” Dr. J.P. Prado of RITM shared in a Facebook post. 

 

The hotel management has also been in touch with the local government of Muntinlupa, especially with Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, in providing the necessary measures in taking care of the city’s frontliners.

 

“We don’t want our healthcare workers to just sleep in the hospital corridors after long shifts, as they can’t go home and no public transportation.  We want to support their dedication in taking care of the COVID-19 patients, and for that, we want them to have safe, cleanand a nice place to stay, and this is our small way to help them, they are truly our heroes,” Ms. Sue Geminiano, Marketing Manager of Hotel Sogo said.

 

Hotel Sogo is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak as the management makes sure and strictly implements firm measures and enhanced cleaning protocols to prevent the transmission of the said virus. All employees and guests should pass the disinfection tent and all are subject to body temperature checks before entering the hotel.  Also, hand sanitizers have been placed in common areas and information dissemination has been rolled out as well. Social distancing steps are also being taken seriously to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

Truly, Hotel Sogo lives up to its so clean…so good state maintaining the cleanliness and providing suitable accommodation to all frontliners making it their home away from home. To find out more about Hotel Sogo, visit its website at www.hotelsogo.com or like and follow us on Facebook page HotelSogo Officia Page, Twitter and Instagram @hotelsogo, and Youtube account @OfficialHotelSogo

Hotel Sogo provides immediate help after Taal Volcano eruption​

Hotel Sogo provides immediate help after Taal Volcano eruption

Sogo Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of Hotel Sogo, headed immediately to the south last January 15 to provide aid such as blankets, pillows, bath towels, new clothes, and mineral waters to more than 1,200 displaced families of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

Sogo face masks were also distributed to protect affected residents from harmful emissions of the Taal Volcano, which is now on alert level 4.

In coordination with the AFP Malasakit in Humanity, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, and Philippine Air Force, Hotel Sogo’s Sogo Cares program conducted a one whole day caravan to bring all the needed assistance in seven evacuation sites in Lipa City and Municipality of Rosario in Batangas.

“Aside from its 24/7 hotel services, Hotel Sogo is also working around the clock in this time of crisis. We immediately deployed our very own Sogo medical bus in coordination with the AFP to bring our relief goods for our fellow kababayans in Batangas,” said Ms. Sue Geminiano, Marketing Manager of Hotel Sogo.

After 40 years of dormancy, the Taal Volcano has started spewing magma and hot ash last January 12, forcing thousands of people in Batangas province to evacuate.

Since the calamity arises, Sogo Cares already helped different private groups and NGOs to augment the needed supply of relief goods. Another 1,000 blankets, bath towels, and new clothes were also donated to the Philippine Red Cross Batangas Chapter.

Apart from the 1-day activity with the AFP, Navy, and Air Force, Sogo Cares continues to assist and help the people affected by the calamity. To date, there are already 20 barangays and 10,000 families that benefitted from the Sogo Cares program.

To find out more about this and other Sogo Cares activities, like and follow us on Facebook page @sogocares and Instagram @sogo.cares.

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Hotel Sogo: A hotel like no other

Hotel Sogo: A hotel like no other

 For almost four months that the Philippines has been hit by a dreaded disease, the country has witnessed various events from the rising numbers of COVID-19 confirmed cases, death tolls, recovered patients, the heroism of frontliners, lockdown implementations, different situations of every Filipino family, and many more. 

We have recognized the full meaning of solidarity from the smallest act of staying at home up to saving and sacrificing the lives of our frontliners, and the act of sharing by ordinary citizens and biggest companies in the country.

Many big companies have taken the extra mile not only for the welfare of their employees but as well as for sharing a timely and efficient contribution to the community. Hotel Sogo, one of the leading lodging chains in the country is working around the clock to shelter our healthcare frontliners amidst the crisis.

Hotel Sogo continuously protecting the ones who are protecting us.

More than just a slogan

Donation of relief goods to stranded Indigenous People (IP) in the metro in coordination with National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) due of the pandemic.

“So Clean, So Good!” The famous slogan that Hotel Sogo has been upholding over the years of providing top-notched services and amenities to its guests. 

Not known to many, alongside this tagline is their commitment and compassion to give back to the community through its “Sogo Cares” under their corporate social responsibility program. Hotel Sogo never fails to deliver timely services to help the indigent communities and fellow Filipinos who are in need.

Since week one of the community quarantine, Hotel Sogo has donated P80-million worth of room accommodations to our medical frontliners. In coordination with 25 hospitals and mayors from different key cities, more than 800 rooms were provided, for free, to the doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other healthcare providers in the country. To date, Hotel Sogo served as the home of the frontliners as it now accommodates also our fellow overseas Filipino workers and seafarer repatriates.

 

Series of donation activities in collaboration with other NGOs and local barangays have been conducted amidst the ECQ.

The game-changer

Hotel Sogo unveiled new measures to re-establish confidence in the hotel industry as they adapt to the “new normal” state.

 

As part of their “So Clean, So Good, So Safe” campaign under its Sogo So Safe Program, Hotel Sogo continuously achieving meaningful action plans by optimizing hotel protocols across its branches nationwide. This immediate response was established to fully secure the safety of its employees especially all the frontliners, OFWs, and seafarer repatriates who are currently sheltering in their hotels.

 

Health Check

Mandatory screening by thermal scanners to all employees and guests is required before entering the hotel premises.

“So Clean, So Good!” The famous slogan that Hotel Sogo has been upholding over the years of providing top-notched services and amenities to its guests. 

Not known to many, alongside this tagline is their commitment and compassion to give back to the community through its “Sogo Cares” under their corporate social responsibility program. Hotel Sogo never fails to deliver timely services to help the indigent communities and fellow Filipinos who are in need.

Since week one of the community quarantine, Hotel Sogo has donated P80-million worth of room accommodations to our medical frontliners. In coordination with 25 hospitals and mayors from different key cities, more than 800 rooms were provided, for free, to the doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and other healthcare providers in the country. To date, Hotel Sogo served as the home of the frontliners as it now accommodates also our fellow overseas Filipino workers and seafarer repatriates.

 

Series of donation activities in collaboration with other NGOs and local barangays have been conducted amidst the ECQ.

Contactless hotel features

Less physical contact and manual frisking are being modified at doors and elevator buttons through the use of key chains.

Foot door opener as well as automatic faucets and urinals are also installed.

UV-light disinfection 

It is also used to disinfect the room from bedsheets, cabinets, mirrors, tables, and chairs, and even in bathrooms. According to studies, this UV light disinfection is a rapid and effective process of eliminating bacteria and viruses, and also less harmful to human skin since they are particularly installed in features like door handles, which are not handled for a long time.

Plastic barriers in front desk stations are being installed and there are markers on the floors to ensure physical distancing is observed at all times.

Sanitation

All facilities will be constantly sanitized and hand sanitizers are situated in common areas. Foot disinfectant mats are being set up in hotel entrances, as well.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPEs are being incorporated in uniforms of hotel employees by wearing face masks, face shields, gloves, and boots during their duties and cleaning activities. All guests are also required to wear a face mask upon entering the hotel.