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Food rationing starts in Davao City

March 25, 2020

DAVAO CITY – The city government rolled out food rations to some 50,000 families beginning Monday (March 23), as part of the aid package for those affected by the restrictive measures adopted to prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).      Mayor Sara Duterte said those who qualify to receive the food rations are the indigents and out-of-work head of a family, contractual workers whose no pay and out-of-work head of a family, self-employed and out-of-work head of a family, and low-income head of family with significant loss or reduction of income.      “To those who are not residents of this city, do not worry because we [mayors in Davao Region] agreed to give food rations in our respective constituents,” Duterte assured.      She added that in order to avail of the relief goods, ration cards are distributed through the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) and the barangay leaders.      “During the distribution of the relief goods, we still have to observe social distancing,” she said, adding that a system will be in place to ensure the smooth distribution of the rations.      Mayor Sara said barangay chairpersons distributing the ration cards are monitored by team leaders consisting of the members of the City Council to ensure that the rationing is properly implemented, as well as to manage the issues in the barangays.      The mayor also called on members of the private sector that are providing relief goods to coordinate with Task Force Davao to avoid crowding or worse, chaos.      "We are prohibiting the private sector from giving relief goods directly to the people because this will cause chaos; this will be disorganized, and this will cause people to gather around," she said.      “Rest assured that your donations will reach the people. We do this to avoid mass gathering,” Duterte added. (PNA)

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Go hits irresponsible media accusations

March 25, 2020

SENATOR BONG GO, in a message yesterday, lashed out at some print media outfits for coming out with a story that criticized his visit to Butuan City last March 14. The news report, he said, was very irresponsible.        “Sa aking pagbisita po sa Butuan City noong March 14, nais ko pong klaruhin muli ang mga pangyayari:       - Totoo na dumaan ako sa isang Evacuation Center para dalawin ang mga nasunugan, magbigay ng tulong, pakinggan ang kanilang mga hinaing, maghanap ng solusyon sa kanilang pang araw-araw na mga problema, at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati.       - WALANG MASS GATHERING NA SADYANG INORGANISA. Evacuation Center po ang pinuntahan ko. Doon na po sila pansamantalang nakatira bago pa ako dumating. Hindi ko sila sinadya na itipon sa lugar na iyon.       - Sa kooperasyon ng mga pulis at pati na rin ng mga evacuees, ipinaliwanag ko na kahit gusto ko man sila yakapin, kamayan, kamustahin, at lapitan, sinigurado ko na kaming galing Maynila ay NAKA-DISTANSYA sa mga taga Butuan City para rin po sa kaligtasan ng lahat kahit na wala naman kaming sakit. May barriers pa nga pong inilagay.       - Sinigurado ko po na ang tulong at serbisyong ibinigay namin ay sa pamamaraan na HINDI MAKAKASAMA sa kanilang kalusugan at mananatiling ligtas sila sa anumang karamdaman.       - Pinayuhan ko rin ang local officials at national agencies na MADALIIN ANG PAGBIGAY NG TULONG lalo na ng tirahan sa mga nawalan ng bahay dahil paano naman po sila susunod sa “Social Distancing measures” kung wala naman silang ibang matitirhan kundi doon sa evacuation center na kumpol-kumpol sila.       Para sa inyong kaalaman, March 9 nangyari ang sunog sa Butuan City. 444 na pamilya o 2,292 na indibidwal ang apektado at humingi ng tulong sa atin. March 12, nagpa-test kami ni Pangulong Duterte para malaman kung infected kami ng COVID-19. March 13 lumabas ang resulta at sinabing negatibo kami sa sakit at pwede kaming magserbisyo sa publiko. March 15 naman magiging epektibo ang “Community Quarantine” sa Metro Manila base sa inanunsyo ng Pangulo noong March 12 sa kanyang presscon.       Dahil dito, nagdesisyon ako na pumuntang Butuan City ng March 14 — isang araw matapos sinabing negatibo ako sa COVID-19, at isang araw bago ipagbawal ang paglipad mula Maynila — para magpadala ng sarili kong tulong sa mga nasunugan.       Hindi ko matiis na hindi tumulong sa kapwa. Ipinangako ko ito sa taumbayan na kahit saan man, basta kaya ng oras at katawan ko, pupuntahan ko kayo. Hindi ko po makakaya na ipagpaliban o ipagkait sa kanila ang tulong na kanilang hinihingi mula sa atin.       Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na sumaklolo sa hinaing ng mga biktima ng sunog at pati na rin sa mga LGUs na nagbigay rin ng tulong. Napaka-importante po ang pagtutulungan ng national government at mga LGUs sa panahon ng sakuna. Isa po ito sa aking prayoridad bilang isang Senador at public servant.       Nagpapasalamat rin ako sa mga artista na sumama sa akin at kusang nagsakripisyo para pasayahin ang ating mga kababayang nangangailangan. Sila Robin Padilla, Philip Salvador, at Victor Neri ay tumugon sa tawag dahil alam nila na sa kanilang sariling paraan ay nabigyan nila ng saya at pag-asa ang kanilang kapwa. Si Robin, tumakas pa ng bahay para iparamdam ang kanyang pagmamalasakit.       Sa mga bumabatikos, tumulong nalang sana kayo. Hindi po nakakain ang inyong batikos. Hindi rin iyan nakakatulong sa mga naghihirap. Dumadagdag rin lang kayo sa problema. Puro dada, wala namang nagawa.       Wala po kaming ibang interes kundi tumulong at alagaan ang kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino. Hindi po kami takot mamatay. As always, I will continue to serve and I will die serving the Filipino people.      Now more than ever, we, as elected officials should do everything we can to be of service to the Filipino people. The government as a whole should still do its job in a manner that will not put the health of others at risk. Hindi pwedeng ipagpaliban ang tulong sa kapwa Pilipino, tuloy-tuloy dapat ang serbisyo.

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Holcim cement production to use more waste as fuel

March 24, 2020

HOLCIM Philippines, Inc. is increasing the use of waste materials as alternative fuel in cement production, the listed cement manufacturer said on Monday.      In a statement, the company said it was committing to increase its consumption of the coal alternative in its operations to help lower costs.      The move means that the company will boost its co-processing operations of alternative fuels and raw materials through waste management unit Geocycle.      “Aside from its business benefits, our Geocycle unit enables us to further contribute to Philippine development in a sustainable manner,” Holcim Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer John Stull was quoted as saying in the statement.      “Through our co-processing operations, we are able to lower our carbon footprint and help ease the waste management challenges of the country while producing an essential building material for development,” he added.      Holcim Philippines reported using more than 170,000 tons of waste materials last year as alternative fuel and raw material for its production. This translated to 38 days of avoiding coal in cement production, and therefore, lower carbon emissions from the company’s operations.      The process works by using segregated wastes from local governments near Holcim Philippines’ plants in Luzon and Mindanao. The waste is pre-processed to become fuel that will be used in cement production.      “In co-processing, qualified waste materials (are) pre-processed as alternative fuel and fed into the high-temperature kilns along with other raw materials to produce cement. This process transform wastes to alternative fuel and converts them into energy for cement production,” it said.      “The technology is recognized globally and is approved by the Philippine authorities due to its proven advantages in environmental and safety performance,” it added.      Holcim Philippines has plants in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao. Its earnings last year rose 41% to P3.59 billion due to its efforts to increase efficiencies and lower costs.      The company is in the process of being acquired by listed conglomerate San Miguel Corp. The $2.15-billion deal is being reviewed by the Philippine Competition Commission.

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Jollibee sets P1-B emergency fund for employees amid Covid-19

March 24, 2020

JOLLIBEE Foods Corporation (JFC) has allocated an emergency response fund amounting to P1 billion to provide its employees with the needed financial support to cope with the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in the whole of Luzon due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.      “This public health crisis challenges us as a company and as a nation in ways we’ve never seen before,” JFC chairman and founder Tony Tan Caktiong said in a statement Thursday.      The employee package covers all work teams of Jollibee Group’s offices, stores, commissaries, and logistics centers, including the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) assigned to stores under the joint employment program with local government units.        The assistance will also be extended to JFC's partner employers in the stores and other sites to provide financial support to their respective employees during this time.       “In these times, we know how people are worrying about their safety and how to take care of their families. We want to help lessen their worries and we are setting up this fund to help them through this difficult time. We are moved by how different individuals and sectors are taking action to help one another and we are one with them in supporting the government as we fight Covid together. We will overcome these challenges together,” Tan Caktiong said.      With this emergency fund, employees will continue to receive their full month’s salary for the March 15 to April 15 period. They will also receive their 13th month pay by April 30.       Affected employees can also convert their leave credits in advance and may file for personal leaves when necessary until the situation normalizes.      In a letter to employees, JFC chief executive officer Ernesto Tanmantiong said “we know that this is a very unsettling time for everyone, but let me assure you that we are doing all we can in JFC to help you and your families and our customers during this period.”       Tan Caktiong earlier said JFC is donating P100 million worth of food from its brands to healthcare workers and on-ground checkpoint personnel who are at the frontlines in the fight against Covid-19. (PR)

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DTI sets limit in buying food, non-food products

March 24, 2020

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a Memorandum Circular (MC) on Thursday setting a limit in buying food and non-food products to avoid hoarding and panic buying amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.       The MC No. 20-07 also aims to prevent unreasonable price increases in basic goods as well as products intended for health protection such as face masks, medical devices, alcohol, sanitizers, and disinfectants.      Retailers shall limit the selling of the following food products per transaction:      •    5 pieces per type per brand for locally produced instant noodles;      •    5 cans per type per brand for regular size and 3 cans per type per brand for big size for locally produced canned sardines;      •    5 cans per type per brand for small size and 2 cans per type per brand other than small size for canned regular milk;      •    2 bundles per brand for powdered milk in sachet;      •    2 bundles per brand of instant coffee in sachet; and      •    10 small bottles, 8 medium bottles, 5 large bottles, and 2 extra-large bottles of any brand of mineral water      For non-food products, consumers can only buy the following per transaction:      •    2 pieces for 70 percent solution antiseptic or disinfectant alcohol, regardless of volume;      •    2 pieces for hand sanitizer, regardless of size;      •    2 pieces for disinfecting liquids, regardless of size;      •    5 bars for bath soap if individually sold and 1 pack if sold as pack;      •    10 pieces for toilet paper if sold per roll and 1 pack if sold as pack; and      •    5 pieces for any type of surgical and N95 face masks      Retailers are directed to post notices about the allowed quantity of goods to be sold to customers per transaction, the MC stated.      According to the MC, violators may face penalties “prescribed under relevant ordinances issued by local government units, and if circumstances warrant, charges and penalties under the Price Act and Consumer Act will be applied”.      Under the Price Act, hoarding is punishable with a fine ranging from P5,000 to P2 million and imprisonment not less than five years but not more than 15 years. (PNA)

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Abundance in Space and Versatility - All-New Suzuki XL7

March 23, 2020

The XL7 is Suzuki’s most dapper SUV yet with its bold face and front fenders with garnish that creates a bold and robust exterior styling. On the inside, the XL7 is just as impressive with its dynamic interior with flexible seating arrangements where even passengers at the third row get to enjoy wide leg room. With a 199L maximum luggage capacity, groceries, travel bags, camping equipment, and other adventure essentials won’t be a nuisance at any cost.      The All New XL7 boosts its performance with a K15B engine, allowing for a desirable speed to and from every destination. The XL7 delivers an output power of 103hp/6,000 rpm and torque at 138N-m/4,400rpm that will surely make road trips and even city driving a breeze.      Advanced and sleek convenient features are available as well for the All-New XL7. These features include rear parking sensor and rear parking camera to ensure safety in every drive, advanced multi-information LCD display that will make viewing current conditions of the vehicle easy, automatic aircon controls and keyless push start function. A 10-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto makes for an entertaining and comfortable passenger experience, not to mention ventilated cup holders to add on to daily convenience.      With its 7-seater capacity, safety is not compromised as it comes with dual airbags backed up by Anti-lock Brake Sytem (ABS) with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), to make the whole driving experience more secured.      The XL7 is equipped with a new generation HEARTECT platform that will make for an optimum driving experience when driving, turning, and stopping due to weight reduction. This technology will also allow for a quiet drive due to improved NVH performance. With the new generation HEARTECT platform, cabin and luggage area are maximized with the increased available space. The HEARTECT platform effectively disperses energy during collision for better safety and gives the XL7 high maneuverability by its greater front wheel turning radius.      The All New XL7 is priced at an SRP of Php1,068,000.00 and comes in desirable colorways with new additions, Brave Khaki and Snow White both in pearl finish, while Magma Gray and Sunrise Orange in metallic finish.

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