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XU Contra COVID-19: Xavier Ateneo offers facilities as quarantine stations

May 8, 2020

SEARSOLIN In March 2020, Xavier University, in partnership with the Department of Health - X offered its SEARSOLIN facility inside the Manresa Compound as a quarantine facility for medical frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center, the COVID-19 referral center for Region 10. This was one of XU’s responses under #XUKontraCOVID19, especially on the needs of frontliners to undergo DOH’s mandatory quarantine after having served a seven-day period at the NMMC Hospital.  From March 17 until April 26, 100 frontliners have completed their required seven/14-day quarantine periods, depending on their degree of exposure.  XU through its SEARSOLIN facility continues to cater to frontliners for the purpose of containing and mitigating possible contaminations. MANRESA TRAINING CENTER Additionally, Xavier Ateneo recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Local Government for the use of three (3) dormitories at the Manresa Training Center as isolation/quarantine stations for Suspect and Probable COVID-19 cases within the City.  The City LGU anticipates a surge of people to be quarantined once the port and airport resume operations.  Medical experts for both quarantine facilities oversee the medical and health protocols to be observed in the daily operations. Xavier Ateneo‘s #XUKontraCOVID19 institutional engagements continue to operate through the headship of Fr Roberto C Yap, SJ, the Chief of Mission, focusing on responding to the needs of frontliners and the vulnerable sectors in the City.

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SMC’s “nutribuns” are saving lives, fighting hunger in the age of COVID-19, production reaches 600,000

May 8, 2020

In the 1970s, it was the solution to malnutrition among young public school children. Today, as the country battles the Covid-19 global pandemic—which has put the economy and people’s lives on hold—the humble “nutribun” is back and is helping fight hunger in the poorest communities. San Miguel Corporation (SMC), which decided to revive and produce the nutritious bread to solely donate it to vulnerable sectors of society, reported that total production has breached 600,000 pieces —more than double its previous production of 284,171 during the closing weeks of April. “While our food donations consisting of rice and San Miguel food products continue, there are still many who have limited or no access to sufficient nutrition--the most disadvantaged in our society, especially children. That is why we continue to work to increase production of our ‘nutribun’, so we can distribute them for free and provide essential nutrition for them,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang. Health benefits The new iteration of “nutribun”, like its predecessor, is packed with many health benefits, especially for young people. Made with San Miguel Mills’ King Hard Wheat Flour and its Star Margarine, the reformulated Nutribun was developed by the company’s flour technology team. Unlike the normal pandesal, usually made of 30 grams of dough, SMC’s nutribun is denser, with 85 grams of dough. Each bun has 250 calories and is also high in dietary fiber and is a good source of iron and iodine. “It is really designed to provide energy and essential nutrients, so that our disadvantaged youth can avoid hunger and hopefully maintain good overall health during this pandemic,” Ang said. Children, the most vulnerable “The quarantine is still far from over, and while we worry about the spread of the virus, we also cannot disregard its impact to families already saddled with poverty, whose children are the most vulnerable." Data from “The State of the World’s Children 2019” released by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reveal that one out of three children under the age of five are stunted in growth as many children in poor families are threatened with undernutrition and hunger. Given the pause in economic activity and lack of income sources for most poor families, this figure is expected to increase and should be addressed. Donation through organizations SMC’s nutribun donations have already reached some 85 communities, as well as the homeless, through its partnerships with non-profit groups. These include  institutions like Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA), Caritas, Puso ng Ama, Jesuit missions, other NGOs, as well as through military and police installations, parishes, convents, barangays, and local health offices. Ang said the company is able to produce some 29,000 nutribuns daily at its food business San Miguel Foods Inc.’s new ready-to-eat food manufacturing facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and its Flour Development Center in Ugong, Pasig City. Since the start of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine throughout Luzon, San Miguel Corporation has launched what has now become the largest food donation drive in the company’s history.  It has donated some P491.4 billion worth of food, including rice, canned meats, poultry and fresh meats, flour, dairy, coffee, and biscuits. Its total contributions to the country’s anti-Covid-19 efforts--which also includes donations of life-saving medical equipment and supplies, free disinfecting alcohol manufactured from its reconfigured liquor plants, and free fuel and toll to transport medical front liners, among many others--have reached over P1.1 billion and is still growing.  

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0917 launches ‘Creative Xchange’ online learning series

May 6, 2020

While the outside world used to provide us with avenues to relax and unwind, the new norm we are currently facing has subjected us to a repetitive routine that leaves most of us emotionally distressed. Although it is important to keep a vigilant eye on what is happening with the rest of the world, it is also equally important to search out silver linings for our own mental and emotional well-being. 0917 recognizes the inherent need of its users to feel productive, while staying #SafeAtHome. To help foster a creative and engaging environment for Filipinos, 0917 in partnership with Globe Studios and Wonder, is launching Creative Xchange—a series of online classes and talks that viewers can stream from the comfort of their homes. Scheduled to run from May 5 to May 8, Creative Xchange will feature workshops and discussions to keep creativity flowing. There will also be a talk on stress management, to give viewers moments to reflect and check up on their emotional health and well-being. “With the extended lockdown, more Filipinos have become restless and uninspired given the lack of social interaction. At 0917, we want to provide an outlet for anyone seeking a creative refuge within their homes, to help them cope during times of isolation,” said Beng Ochoa, Acting Head, 0917. “Through Creative Xchange, people will have the opportunity to learn alongside others and regain their momentum to stay productive.” Speakers and experts from the different industries will each hold a creative session to talk about their passions and expertise on a range of topics from art and film to self-care and mental health. This will be followed by Q&A to allow viewers to interact with the speakers. For the schedule of events: fashion designer - Carl Jan Cruz, will talk about “Creation in Fashion  and Fashion Design” on May 5; followed by a discussion of “Film and Video Content” on May 6, led by the award-winning director - Jade Castro. On May 7, world-renowned graphic designer and illustrator - AJ Dimarucot, will share his insights on “Creativity in Uncertainty”; while life and corporate coach - Kimi Lu, will talk about “Managing Stress and Anxiety through Creative Visualization,” on May 8. The series will be hosted by Quark Henares, an award-winning digital content creator and the head of Globe Studios, and Sarah Santiago, Business Head and Editor of digital platform for youth culture Wonder.ph. Interested participants can choose which workshop or talk they would like to attend by registering at https://globe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Oixng8VSXuULZgbtWCFaw. A link and password will be provided via email after registration.

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Globe myBusiness to hold special webinar for mompreneurs in time for Mother’s Day

May 6, 2020

Amid challenging times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs try hard to remain optimistic and continue to operate even under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Times are tougher, which makes it even more important to show support for and encourage fellow business owners. Globe myBusiness is harnessing the power of technology for mompreneurs with Invite Calm, a free and interactive webinar in time for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Attendees can learn from noted femmepreneur and women transformologistⓇ Rezza Custodio-Soriano who also founded Femme Power PH.  Femme Power PH enables and transforms women through seminars, workshops, and coaching sessions. The pre-Mother’s Day webinar will discuss how mompreneurs can fight anxiety and juggle the demands of motherhood at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. “Each year, we host a special activity for female business owners to celebrate Mother’s Day. The quarantine will not stop us from supporting small and medium enterprises, even if we have to shift our events to all-digital,” says Gaile Guevarra, Director of Regional Marketing Services at Globe myBusiness. “Many have been voicing out their restlessness so we aim for this to delight them and ease their anxiety about the coronavirus.” “Mothers and femmepreneurs are already superheroes for dealing with so much on any given day.  Now, they have the extra challenge of balancing everything while coping with the effects of a global pandemic. Hopefully, our webinar will create a community where these wonderful women can have a little bit of their much desired me-time,” adds Guevarra. Invite Calm is part of Globe’s commitment to being a reliable and trusted partner of SMEs in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, 2020 at 4 PM- 5:30 PM. To join, visit bit.ly/3bPfQY2 or scan the QR code in the invitation above. Limited slots are available. For more information on Invite Calm and other webinars and activities by Globe myBusiness, visit facebook.com/globemybusiness/.

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Repatriated seafarers on 2GO quarantine facilities stay in touch via Smart

May 5, 2020

[28 April 2020] Repatriated Filipino seafarers can now stay in touch with their families as they complete their mandatory quarantine periods through the help of Smart Communications, Inc (Smart).  Smart has donated a thousand pre-loaded SIM cards to shipping and logistics company 2GO Group, Inc., which is working with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Health (DOH) and Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) to facilitate the 14-day quarantine of repatriated seafarers.  These SIMs  help returning Filipino seafarers on these 2GO sea vessels that have been temporarily turned into shelters, to connect with their families. Aside from this, Smart has also provided ten (10) mobile phones to the ships so that the seafarers can call their loved ones for free.  Meanwhile, PLDT will also provide free WIFI on board so that these returning OFWs and quarantine facility personnel can access the internet.  “This is part of our commitment to help our repatriated Filipino seafarers stay connected with their families during this pandemic. Through this, we hope that we can ease their worries or homesickness while undergoing quarantine,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and head of Consumer Business Wireless at Smart.    2GO has converted two of its ships as quarantine facilities in response to the call of DOTr. These will be manned by the Philippine Coast Guard and social distancing will be strictly enforced. 2GO will also provide the technical crew and housekeeping staff to maintain the facilities.  For more information, please visit www.smart.com.ph.

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CEB intensifies sanitation protocols for flight restart Rolls out new Contactless Flights guidelines

May 5, 2020

Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) plans to implement new sanitation protocols and intensified preventive measures, as it prepares for the resumption of commercial passenger operations following quarantine restrictions caused by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19).   All pilots and cabin crew will undergo rapid antibody tests before they are assigned to operate flights. All operating crew will don Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on duty.    All ground staff are likewise required to don PPEs while on duty. Cleaning and disinfection procedures have been ramped-up for all CEB facilities and equipment such as self check-in kiosks, check-in and bag drop counters and shuttle buses. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be provided for all passengers and staff at the airport and inside the aircraft.  “We are implementing additional procedures to assure our passengers and give them the confidence to travel again. Rolling out ‘contactless flights’ will minimize face-to-face contact between our ground staff and our passengers and observe physical distancing,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience at Cebu Pacific.  CEB urges all passengers to check-in for flights online. They will also be required to hold their own boarding passes with the barcode facing the staff for scanning. Queues and boarding procedures will be managed according to physical distancing guidelines. All passengers will also be required to wear face masks upon entry at the airport terminal and for the duration of the flight.  All CEB aircraft will undergo extensive daily disinfection, which includes the misting of the cabin using a disinfectant approved for Airbus jets that is effective in eradicating viruses including the Novel Coronavirus. This process is aligned with International Air Transport Association guidelines, and ensures that all surfaces (such as passenger seats, overhead bins and cargo compartments) are covered and sanitized.  On top of thorough cleaning before and after operations for the day, all surfaces inside the lavatories--from the walls, sink, mirror, knobs, toilet bowl and floors will be cleaned and disinfected in between flights. All lavatories will also be sanitized every 30 minutes during a flight.    CEB’s fleet of Airbus jets are also equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filters that are capable of filtering microscopic bacteria and virus clusters, including the Novel CoronaVirus with 99.99% efficiency, similar to what is used in hospital operating rooms.  “We hope for our passengers’ understanding as we implement new measures for our restart. Please rest assured that we will continue to review these processes and continue to deliver the warm, friendly service Cebu Pacific is known for,” Iyog added.  CEB is planning to restart commercial operations after almost two months of temporary suspension.  The carrier may initially restart with a limited number of domestic flights.  

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