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Cebu Landmasters set to launch its flagship economic housing brand to four more VisMin cities in 2021

March 8, 2021

Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) recently announced the 2021 rollout of its flagship economic housing brand Casa Mira to four more key cities in the Visayas-Mindanao region as the response to the massive demand for safe and secure value housing heightened by the pandemic.      A study from Leechiu Property Consultants disclosed that by 2022, housing backlog is estimated to reach 6.8 million housing units, 44% of which is from the economic segment catered by the Casa Mira brand.      CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III observed that the housing backlog in the Visayas Mindanao region became very apparent in 2020 as infections from COVID-19 surged highlighting a need for economic housing in secure and well-planned communities.      He said: “Many new residential seekers met that need by purchasing Casa Mira homes. As demand in other parts of the region continues to be largely unmet, we’ve made it our mission to roll out more Casa Mira projects in more VisMin cities to fill that gap.”      Ten Casa Mira communities with a development cost of P10.24 billion and a total of over 10,000 housing units are currently in five VisMin locations: Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Sibulan, Negros Oriental.      New developments will be launched in Dumaguete this month and in other key cities in VisMin in the next few months particularly in Ormoc, Puerto Princesa and Davao City.      At the height of the pandemic in 2020, Vismin residents purchased in record numbers CLI’s Casa Mira housing units priced from Php 1.6 M. They altogether accounted for 69% of CLI’s reservation sales of P14.23 billion, the firm’s highest to date. This robust sales figure indicates the level of revenue CLI will be recording in the future of which Casa Mira has always been a significant contributor with 30% share.      “We believe that an expansive mood and lessons learned from the pandemic–where homes in well-planned communities provided a safe haven–will drive Casa Mira forward for the balance of the year,” says Soberano.      Through Casa Mira, CLI has maintained the largest residential market share in Visayas and Mindanao by upgrading the lifestyle of its residents with generous community amenities usually packaged with higher-priced developments. Thus, Casa Mira townhouses with floor areas from 40 sqm. to 62 sqm. or residential condominium units with floor areas from 20 sqm. to 36 sqm. are perceived to offer great value.      Casa Mira communities also offer more value to the buyers by providing more open spaces and more amenities such as a clubhouse with multi-purpose halls, chapel, swimming pool, basketball court and children’s playground. Casa Mira is also envisioned to be a complete community with retail spaces inside the subdivisions where residents can purchase their basic necessities.      Casa Mira homes have been warmly received in every city, even in Dumaguete where it was recently launched. Casa Mira Home Dumaguete offers a gated and well-planned community located near a transport hub, schools and churches; and has 586 townhouse units a short walk away from a community clubhouse, swimming pool, multi-purpose court, and play area.      As much as 60% of the development’s 6.1 hectares in phase 1 has been earmarked as open space allowing residents breathing and leisure space. Moreover, the community is protected by a 24-hour security system and enjoys professional property management services offered by a CLI affiliate.      “We envision each Casa Mira project to provide the most ideal community for the average Filipino Family. It’s a place where families can grow and live their best lives,” explained Soberano.      Casa Mira projects have won various awards. Casa Mira South in Cebu was named Best Housing Development in the province by PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards 2018. The same development was named as the Best House of the Year in the Visayas and Mindanao during the Outlook Awards 2018 by Lamudi. In 2019, Lamudi named Casa Mira Towers in Labangon as the Best Affordable Condo of the Year.      The brand’s rapid expansion from its first developments in Cebu, to Negros Oriental, to Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod in the past seven years attests to its ability to meet its promise “to give more to the Filipino family.”      With the rapid development of CLI, the stockholders of the company have approved the 123% stock dividends during the special stockholders’ meeting. The purpose is to strengthen the capital base of the listed company that now has more than P50 billion total assets, and to prepare the firm for any significant equity raising opportunities. The aforementioned stock dividends will be sourced from the increase in authorized capital stock of CLI upon approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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‘Boracay of the South' reopens for business

March 8, 2021

KORONADAL City — Mindanao’s “version of Boracay,” the coastal town of Glan in Sarangani province, has started accepting guests from within and outside Region 12 (Soccsksargen), Glan Mayor Vivien Yap said.      Visitors need to book first with the resorts so they will be allowed entry to the town famous for its fine white sand beaches in Gumasa district, among others.      “Guests shall stay within the resort they’re accommodated as we don’t allow beach hopping,” she said.      A bucolic town at least an hour’s ride away from General Santos City, Glan is considered the top tourism destination in Sarangani and is marketed as the “Boracay of the South.”      For tourists from within Soccsksargen, they need to present the DVY Cares quick response code that can be accessed at www.glan.ph and the booking confirmation slip from the resort they will be staying in.      For those from other regions, they need to present medical certificates aside from these two requirements.      Yap reminded visitors to always observe proper health protocols such as hand washing or sanitizing, wearing of face mask and social distancing to avoid spreading the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).      She said resorts are allowed to accommodate only 50 percent of their capacity in line with the directive of the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases .      Glan hosts the annual Sarangani Bay Festival, or simply SarBay Fest for locals, the biggest beach party in Mindanao launched in 2006.      The SarBay Fest has become the ultimate summer beach party scene in Mindanao, attracting thousands of visitors. Night-long music by popular bands and water sports-related activities are among the main features of the festival.      In 2016, SarBay Fest organizers recorded 150,000 tourists who joined the event.      Last year, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.      The event was also suspended in 2017 due to security concerns following the siege staged by Islamic State-aligned militants in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.      Glan has over two dozen beach resorts catering to different budget needs. (Bong S. Sarmiento / MindaNews)

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Army hospital frontliners in CDO vaccinated vs COVID-19

March 8, 2021

A HUNDRED medical front liners at the  Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Barangay Patag here were vaccinated Friday afternoon with CoronaVac, a vaccine against COVID-19 manufactured by China’s Sinovac Biotech.      Elsewhere in the city, inoculation also started on Friday for the 1,400 medical front liners at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the main regional referral center for COVID-19 cases.      The Army 4th Infantry Division received 300 doses of CoronaVac,  a small part of the initial batch of 600,000 doses donated the country by China. China’s donation, which arrived in the Philippines on February 28, specifies 100,000 doses are a gift of the Chinese military to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.      Army spokesperson Major Rodulfo Cordero said the medical front liners vaccinated on Friday would get their second or last dose on April 4 also at the station hospital.      Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he has secured 90,000 doses of anti-COVID 19 vaccines for the 130,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines and its 60,000 paramilitary personnel nationwide.      Lorenzana said this would be shipped to all Army divisions, battalions and forward military camps including Kalayaan Island, which has 50 Philippine Marines at its station.      “Vaccination is mandatory for all soldiers and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he told reporters here on Friday.      But Lorenzana said soldiers and personnel who do not want to be vaccinated with the Chinese-made vaccine will have to pay for the vaccine of their choice. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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Andanar: Normin poverty incidence drops to 17.3% with ELCAC

March 8, 2021

Prioritizing conflict-affected and poverty-stricken areas, Communications Sec. and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-10 Martin Andanar said the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)-10 marked a substantial reduction of poverty rate in the region from 32.3 percent among families in 2015 to 17.3 percent in 2018.      “The coming together of stakeholders, and the transformation into peaceful and productive communities were made possible with the implementation of CAPDev (Convergence Areas for Peace and Development), our enabling umbrella program that has been institutionalized at all levels of governance,” Andanar said during the Joint NTF-ELCAC and RTF-ELCAC-10 Meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, March 5.       The secretary also highlighted the Barangay Development Program, which he cites as a way to revisit and reorient one’s self on who and where the enemies operate; and recognize the fundamental tenets of good governance, citizen participation, and synchronized action by all sectors, not in combat, but in conviction to achieve the marching order of the President.       For his part, National Security Adviser Sec. Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. thanked the secretaries, LGU officials and national agencies as they continued to manifest their commitment to end the local communist armed conflict.       He said the government is very proud of the Regional Task Force Region 10 under Andanar for accomplishing a lot for the region.       "We start this to collectively battle the pandemic, to ensure peace and safety for our people in northern Mindanao and Mindanao as a whole," Esperon said.       Assuring Esperon of the continued support for the President’s goal on ending local communist armed conflict, Andanar said, “The work continues and must be pursued with greater commitment and passion as the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to ELCAC is by 2022, meaning less than two years from now or to be exact around 480 calendar days.” (RTP/PIA10)

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Top soft skills that recruiters are looking for in young professionals

March 8, 2021

A lot of recruiters nowadays, place a high value on the hard and soft skills of applicants. Soft and hard skills are easy to distinguish, but soft skills are harder to measure. Soft skills are also known as ´people skills´, those skills measure how a person interacts with other people. In addition, hard skills are teachable abilities and easy to quantify. Each person possesses soft skills, but which soft skills are in demand for the role you are aiming for?       Here are insights of the top skills that recruiters are looking for in young professionals. Communication      Communication is key to excellent team building and overall performance. Successful leaders make sure to facilitate effective communication in order for their team to reach a common goal. Misunderstandings are prevented, and the employees have clear responsibilities and are able to determine how they will perform those responsibilities. Good communication is not only key within an organization itself, but also with its clients.  As communication will lead to an insight of the customers´ wants and needs. Being able to communicate well in both writing and speech will help you gain a competitive edge in the job market. Problem solving      Problem solving is the basis for continuous improvement and one of the most important soft skills that recruiters are looking for in professionals. Recruiters are seeking for professionals who are able to analyse and find solutions, since the internet and new technologies make it easy to search for a solution online. Problem solving is not only about searching for a solution, but also about innovating and creating the changes towards a desirable environment. Team work      Effective listening, building business relationships, culture driven, common interests, motivation… Those are some important aspects that contribute to effective relationships between team members. Why is it so important to not only be a team but also being able to act as a team? Teamwork is required in almost each industry from the technology sector to the food sector. Teamwork maximizes strengths, as each individual possesses their own unique skills, in this way each skill will contribute to the skill of another team member and make them a strong and equal unit! Time management      Last but not least, is the ability so successfully manage time within the organization. Effective time management allows employees to accomplish more within a shorter time period and lower stress. You can start with prioritizing which tasks are of importance and schedule them within your available time. Shortly, you will find out that you will have more energy and satisfaction due to the knowledge you gained about what matters to you and what does not.       So make sure to highlight your strengths during a job application. As soft skills can´t be really measured try to use example of situations in which you were able to express them.

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Looking for bad news or 'doom scrolling'

March 8, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I keep on scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. I find myself in bed at night scrolling news sites and knowing this is not healthy for me… so why am I doing this?” Easy to explain: I am looking for (somehow) good news.      It’s a question many doomscrollers have been asking themselves. There are multiple reasons why the urge to read may be so strong: the feeling of safety in knowledge, especially during difficult times; the design of social-media platforms that constantly refresh and boost the loudest voices; and, of course, the human fascination aspect.      Beyond knowing intuitively that doom scrolling makes us feel awful, studies conducted during the pandemic have corroborated this, linking both anxiety and depression to the consumption of Covid-19 related media and increased time spent on smartphones. So, why do we keep endlessly scrolling ­– and why can the practice feel oddly soothing? And could there actually be surprising upsides to keeping our eyes locked on our feeds?      “The precursor to going online was that people would watch the 11 o’clock news, [which] was terrifying,” says Dean McKay, a Fordham University psychology professor who specialises in compulsive behaviour and anxiety disorders. That terror, when witnessed from the comfort of the viewer’s home, however, had a potentially calming effect. McKay describes the attitude as people acknowledging “things are pretty horrible, [but] I’m comfortable, so I'm going to be able to sleep well tonight knowing that [I can feel good about] my station in life”.      McKay suggests doom scrolling could be a “modern equivalent”. But, unlike the 2300 news, it doesn’t stop at a fixed hour. During the uniquely uncertain and scary times of 2020, it’s no surprise that people like Bernstein scrolled well into the night. They needed information – at first because little was available about the virus, and then because they got sucked into the never-ending news cycle about it.      As Pamela Rutledge, director of the California-based Media Psychology Research Center, puts it, doom scrolling “really just describes the compulsive need to try and get answers when we’re afraid”.  After all, we do have to assess whether new information constitutes a threat. “We are biologically driven to attend to that,” says Rutledge.      Doomscrolling really just describes the compulsive need to try and get answers when we’re afraid – Pamela Rutledge      “Unfortunately, journalism to some degree plays to that tendency,” she adds. Provocative headlines and stories draw in readers because they elicit fear and urgency. “There’s a sense of, if I know all the latest news, I can better protect myself and my family.” Pamela Rutledge, I strongly agree with you!      Anyway, I am still looking for "somehow" good news to write about. Maybe, I'll be getting a chance in the near future. +++      Email: doringklaus@gmailcom or follow me on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter or visit my www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot.com or www.klausdoringsclassicalmusic.blogspot.com.

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