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Surrounded with God’s Favor

Christmas-Party-Homechoice-2016Psalm 5:12 for surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

To favor means to give special regard to; to treat with goodwill; to show exceptional kindness to someone. Sometimes, it means to show extra kindness in comparison to the treatment of others; that is, preferential treatment.

The year 2016 has brought so much favor for Homechoice Planners & Construction Corporation. Doors of opportunities have opened as the company expands its point of view in the business. With the construction of 2 school buildings, and other construction prospects, Homechoice has opened doors of employment to local residents of Cagayan de Oro and the neighboring municipalities. Homechoice-Christmas-Party-2016Not only that, the company has extended its services through other forms of corporate ventures without compromising its vision and mission, but instead enhancing and supporting its quality objectives and core values.

Though there were challenges along the way, the company has stood up within its ground, with God as the ultimate solid rock where the company stands. Indeed, the Lord has surrounded the company with favor among men, in all its dealings inside and out the organization.

In gratitude for the year of abundant favor, grace and mercy, Homechoice had a thanksgiving and Christmas party held last December 22, 2016 at N hotel Cagayan de Oro City. Together with all the employees, from the top management down to its laborers, affiliate companies, suppliers, service providers and clients. Homechoice-Thanksgiving-Party-2016 A day before that, the employee’s wives and children were treated to a children’s party with lots and lots of give a ways, games and fun activities, where they also had a glimpse of bible stories, and Christian songs.

Looking back, 2016 has been a great year, with lessons to learn, and so many things to be thankful for. This year 2017, Homechoice Planners & Construction Corporation continues to aim high with its vision of becoming the leading company in providing customer satisfaction. Declaring that 2017 is the year of the Lord’s favor. We are favored and we are blessed, and continue to be a blessing to others.

By: Geramie S. Morales

Update: Carmen Project 2

13912778_1037240729664278_1973270352508783219_nHomechoice Planners and Construction Corporation has started working on its newest project at barangay Carmen. Last August 6, its groundbreaking and lot dedication was conducted at the said site; it was ministered by the company’s church partner – First Assembly of God church led by Pastor Elpie Taboclaon. After the groundbreaking service, it was followed by a kick off meeting in HPCC’s office wherein the construction flow and process were presented to the client.

Day 1 of this certain project started last August 8. They have cleared out the site from some of the demolition’s debris and rubbish. And as of yesterday’s progress, on-going layout and excavation works are being done. Every development of this project is a thing to look forward to by the family concerned for it’s a step closer to seeing their dream house in its tangible form. And with the company’s use of Plaswall Technology, construction of the house will only take six months or less unlike the traditional way that sometimes it takes almost a year to finish. With Plaswall technology, turnover will definitely be fast and with durable and high quality finish.

Thanks to the owner of this project for trusting HPCC to build their dream house. Also, congratulations for the step they have made in realizing their dream; and HPCC is grateful to be of service in this realization. As for the project’s progress, we’ll keep you posted!

HPCC’s 6th Project at Hillsborough Pointe

hpcc-hillsborough-project-2016A year or so has passed since Homechoice Planners’ last project at Hillsborough Pointe and now the company has a comeback project in the said subdivision. Thanks to the family who has chosen HPCC to be the builder of their future home.

Last 28th of July was the scheduled groundbreaking and lot dedication service of HPCC’s project 6 at Hillsborough Pointe. The service was ministered by HPCC’s church partner – First Assembly of God church that was headed by Pastor Elpie Taboclaon. This project is a two storey residential that has a total floor area of 165 square meters; and consists of living room, dining area, kitchen area, and maid’s room, guest room with bathroom, music room, two bedrooms, master’s bedroom with walk in closet and bathroom, and two common bathrooms.

Soon enough, HPCC will start its full swing construction of this certain project. And after six or seven months of construction, from its perspective, this house will be in its tangible form. Congratulations to the family for this breakthrough. And in behalf of HPCC, thank you to the family for trusting the company in building their dream house. Updates soon!

R3 Marketing conducts its 1st Aggregation Event

R3-Marketing-and-BuildersIt has been three months already since R3 Marketing and Builders Supply has opened its business here in Cagayan de Oro City. And in the months that it has started its operation on marketing and selling retail hardware supplies, R3 Marketing has already expanded its business outside Cagayan de Oro City; catering to cities and municipalities such as Tagoloan, Villanueva, El Salvador and Laguindingan.

As part of R3 Marketing’s further expansion, they have reached out to the contractors, builders, local developers, engineers and architects of this city by conducting their very first Aggregation Event last 23rd of July at Mallberry Suites; an event exclusively for the aforementioned individuals. Its theme focuses on the “MODERNIZATION & INNOVATION ON CONSTRUCTION APPROACH”. This event is a collaboration with R3 Marketing’s sister company – HomeChoice Planners and Construction Corporation. Presented by Holcim Philippines, the leading cement manufacturer in the country; also supported by the leading brands in construction industry such as James Hardie Philippines makers of HardieFlex fiber cement boards, Neltex, Magna Prime, Firefly Electric & Lightning Company (FELCO), marketing and sale of various lighting and electrical products in the country, and Asian Coatings manufacturer of Rain or Shine and Welcoat; where in the event, they have highlighted their products, features and benefits to the targeted delegates.

R3 Marketing maybe a newbie in the industry but their baby steps have taken them to being the progressive company they are right now. R3-Marketing The company shows commitment to their clients by rendering excellent customer service, providing quality products, and timely delivery with their efficient and competent teams. And to better serve their clients, R3 Marketing supports its staffs through continuous trainings and customer service enhancement.

To R3 Marketing and Builders Supply, kudos! Last Saturday’s event was indeed a successful one. And we’re definitely looking forward to your company’s future events. Until then!

The difference: ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015

image002ISO is an independent membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO 9001 is managed by the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland. It is known and commonly used standard for quality management system.

A new version of ISO 9001 appears about every seven years. The first standard was issued in 1987 and at that time you had to describe in detail what your business did. In the 1994 version, it was all about “say what you do and do what you say”. The 2000 version was focused on processes in order to continually improve and thereby increase customer satisfaction. There was nothing added in 2008 but it was more precise about the interpretation of the standard. And then on the 23rd of September 2015, ISO 9001:2015 was published.

With the new edition of ISO 9001, the question is what are its differences from the predecessor? For one, ISO 9001:2015 has ten clauses instead of eight. The first three clauses in ISO 9001:2015 are largely the same as those in ISO 9001:2008, but there are considerable differences from the fourth clause onwards. The last seven clauses are now arranged according to the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. Clauses 4, 5, 6 and 7 of ISO 9001:2015 come under Plan, clause 8 comes under Do, clause 9 comes under check and clause 10 is covered by Act. With this new procedure, the new ISO 9001 edition strives to give additional momentum to the continuous and systematic improvement of processes within organizations.

ISO 9001:2015 has a high level structure as all standardized management systems. It puts more focus on input and output; measuring and properly assessing the input and output of processes. Risk based thinking is at the core of ISO 9001:2015; encouraging organization to use risk analysis for better management of business processes. Context of the organization is also important for ISO 9001:2015. It now requires an organization to construct its quality management system from the specific context within which it is active. There is extended engagement of interested parties such as the suppliers, personnel, shareholders, legislative bodies, society etc. unlike in the ISO 9001:2008 which was only focused with the customers. Also, there is more emphasis on leadership and management commitment; requiring greater involvement by top managers and business leaders in controlling the quality management system. In ISO 9001:2015, obligatory documented procedures or quality manual is no longer required. It is now referred to as “documented information”; there is no longer any mention of “records” neither, but of “retaining documented information”. There’s also a change of terminologies used in ISO 9001:2015.

Knowing the differences between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015, the question now is, how can companies transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015? There are recommended steps to follow in complying with ISO 9001:2015. Assuming a company is already ISO 9001 certified; first, the organization needs to perform baseline measurement; make a complete overview of the quality management status. Secondly, draw up a plan based on the baseline measurement. Then implement changes in accordance with the plan of approach. Fourth step will be the auditing and process analysis. It is to measure whether the changes have had the desired effect. Then have your organization certified according to ISO 9001:2015. Lastly, communicate with interested parties; show your certificate and results with pride. Let them see how well your company or organization manages its processes and continuously improves them.

ISO 9001:2015: An Overview

logo-iso-9001-2015ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular and most commonly used standard for quality management system. To keep it current and relevant for the marketplace, its revision was published late last year – ISO 9001:2015. All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it up-to-date and on trend. Thus, the revised version is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems.

The ISO 9001:2015 revision had undergone different stages before it was officially published last year. It was proposed on May and June 2012 then had its preparation from June to October of the same year. It was forwarded to the committee stage and the process started from June to October of 2013. On the year 2014, it was processed in the enquiry stage from May to October. Then it was approved on July 2015 and finally published on September 2015.

This new version of ISO 9001 follows a higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increase importance given to risk. It is less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance. This was achieved by combining the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels in the organization.

Before releasing the new edition of ISO 9001, it underwent through many processes because the organization wanted to publish more concrete and polished version of ISO 9001; conforming to the latest trends and modern needs. The ISO 9001:2015 replaces previous editions and certification bodies and organizations are granted a three-year transition period to migrate their certificates to the new version.

Breakthrough Project at Westwoods Village

imageIt’s a first for HPCC as the company ventures in a new project at Westwoods Village. The said subdivision is one of Pueblo de Oro’s recent developments and HPCC is privileged to be having a project built in the said place. This certain project is a breakthrough project for HPCC as this will be it’s very first construction at Westwood Village; thanks to the family for giving HPCC the opportunity to build their dream house.

This breakthrough project at Westwoods Village will be a modern designed two – storey residential building; designed according to the client’s desire. The house is designed with spacious living room, dining room, balcony and four bedrooms; the master’s bedroom having its own walk-in closet and bathroom. Following the subdivision’s standard and restrictions, the house may have adapted most of the subdivision’s houses look but it has its own unique touch.

imageTo celebrate the partnership of HPCC and client in constructing the house, a groundbreaking and lot dedication service was conducted last 2nd of July at the project’s site. The service was led by CDO First Assembly of God church; and it was attended by the family and relatives of the client and some staff of HPCC.

Both parties are anticipating the start of this project’s full swing construction and eager also to see its completion. This will soon be included in HPCC’s roster of projects and it’ll be first in the company’s portfolio of Westwoods Village projects. Surely this project will not be the first and last but just the first of the many projects that will come. Updates and developments will be posted at the start of its construction. Until then!

The sweet escape to Mapawa Nature Park

13001289_971809739540711_16479921718014900_nWorking eight hours for six days a week can be stressful and tiring; especially with those workers doing heavy labor under the heat of the sun. And when we’re tired and stress from work, all we want to do is have a day off from work just to let our body rest and do some recreation. In what way can we relieve the stress? A sweet escape from work.

As for rest and recreation, HPCC together with its sister companies RPM Realty, Carniella General Merchandise and R3 Marketing held its joint team building activity at Mapawa Nature Park last 16th of April. The staffs and workers of the aforementioned companies took a one day off from work and spent their rest and recreation at the said nature park. The team building activity was facilitated by the Mapawa Nature Park team. There were five challenges prepared each with different objectives and goals. Even with different objectives and goals, in the end, the challenges taught the participants one thing – teamwork. There may have been some clash of characters and a little misunderstanding in the duration of the activities but it all ended well. The participants have indeed brought home good learning from the activity.

13006652_971812039540481_9070960465201017679_nThe rest and recreation didn’t just end with the activities that were given by the facilitators of Mapawa Nature Park team. As a reward for the teams’ effort in accomplishing the challenges; the participants were given the opportunity to try out Mapawa’s amenities such as ziplining and 20ft water jump. It’s really good to see that even for just one day of sweet escape, the workers and staffs had enjoyed their time off from work. In a way, even if the team building was all challenging, it has helped them to somewhat alleviate their stress and let them thought of things other than work.

The team building was indeed a great sweet escape. Thanks to Mapawa Nature Park for the warm accommodation. Kudos to the teams! HPCC, RPM Realty, Carniella General Merchandise and R3 Marketing. Until then!

Lead me to the Cross: HPCC’s holy week special

imageLast March 23, as an annual practice of HPCC, its Holy Week activity was held at CDO First Assembly of God church. This year’s Lenten activity was themed “Lead me to the Cross”, emphasizing the significance of the cross. One of the significant things happened on the cross was Jesus Christ’s seven last words. It has been a tradition for churches to commemorate the seven last words that Jesus has uttered when he was hanging on the cross.

And for this year’s holy week service, Jesus’ famous seven last words were preached and elaborated by different speakers. It was a refreshing holy week activity in a way that some of the speakers were fresh pastoral graduates and some were first time speakers in a large group of people. The seven last words were also a refresher for some imageof the attendees and for some it was their first time to hear about it. The activity has touched and blessed the hearts of the attendees. They were physically, emotionally and spiritually satiated.

The cross is the symbol of Jesus Christ’s unconditional love for us. Despite of our iniquities, transgressions and sins, God has sacrificed His son for our salvation. We were saved by grace and we should be grateful that we’re alive because of that grace. Surely no words can express that can be amounted to what the Lord has done for us; but still we want to say thank you Lord for everything. To God be the glory!

It’s more fun in Mapawa Nature Park

mapawa-adventure-park-hpccIt’s a whole new adventure for Homechoice Planners and Construction Corporation as they took the time off from work and spent their holiday at Mapawa Nature Park last 25th of February. They say that you only live once and so you shouldn’t miss every opportunity that comes your way. And with this, the HPCC staffs and RPM Realty agents didn’t miss the opportunity to conquer the extreme course of river trekking and canyoneering. Along the river trek course, there were four different challenges to face; the 25ft water slide, rappelling, 20ft water jump and 65ft canyoneering. It wasn’t an easy course for the staffs and agents as some of them have fear of heights and some doesn’t know how to swim. The course that took them longer to accomplish was the 20ft water jump. It was indeed a very tough one because it has to do with the person’s decision to jump or not to jump. Others may have taken long to decide but in the end, everybody was able to take that leap of faith.

mapawa-adventure-park-hpccThe different challenges may have cause stress and anxiety due to the staffs and agents’ fears but they were able to conquer it all. They haven’t missed out the chance to face the test in conquering their fears. It has been a realization for everyone that in life, one cannot proceed to the next course if they won’t face the trials or problems that comes their way. There are only two choices, it’s either they face everything and rise or forget everything and run. And as for the HPCC staffs and RPM Realty agents, they chose to face the challenges and rise at the end of the activity.

The Mapawa Nature Park adventure was indeed a YOLO moment to treasure. Extreme adventures like sliding from a 25ft waterfalls, jumping from a 20ft cliff or 65ft canyoneering are things that shouldn’t be missed. It’s not every day that you get to do all these extreme adventure stuff. Thanks to Homechoice Planners and Construction Corporation for giving their staffs the opportunity to experience those extreme adventure. Extreme fun and extreme adventure at its best; it’s definitely more fun in Mapawa Nature Park. Congratulations conquerors and overcomers! Till the next adventure!