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Aboitiz allots P1.82 B for COVID-19 mitigation efforts

May 12, 2020

THE Aboitiz Group has committed a total of P1.82 billion for COVID-19-related efforts including P388 million in donations for medical frontliners and relief goods for poor families.     The amount includes the P220-million donation from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (the Aboitiz family-based foundation) and personal donations in Cebu.     The Aboitiz group also donated P100-million donation to Project Ugnayan led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation with other major business groups for the distribution of crockery vouchers to urban poor families in Greater Metro Manila.     The group also donated personal protection equipment, thermal scanners, alcohol, folding beds, tents and food packs worth P67.56 million consisting of P50.7 million from Aboitiz Foundation, P4.5 million from Aboitiz business units, P2 million from KINDer, P176,000 from employees for Davao frontliners, and P10.2 million from offline donations via Unionbank transfers.     For its workers, the Aboitiz group has allotted P900 million in financial assistance while its employess have also chipped in P1.3 million for the group’s “no work, no pay” utility and security personnel in the group’s Taguig and Cebu offices.     Aboitiz Power Corporation has also remitted P536 million to its power plant host local government units under Energy Regulation 1-94.     Last April 6, the Energy Department issued Department Circular 2020-004-00080, dictating that ER 1-94 funds received by host communities of power generation companies may now be used in full for efforts towards managing the effects of COVID-19.     This is, to-date, the contribution of AboitizPower to host communities where its power facilities are located.     “As the COVID-19 situation remains uncertain, the Aboitiz Group will continue to deploy assistance nationwide. Simultaneous with ensuring that our team members’ needs are covered, we also focused on our in-kind and monetary donations to communities that need them the most,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer.     Extending its campaign, the Aboitiz Group has also poured in significant aid efforts in Visayas and Mindanao through the initiative of Aboitiz business units (BUs) based there.

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POGOs, service providers must pay taxes: Dominguez

May 12, 2020

FINANCE Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has reiterated that Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) and their service providers must pay their 2019 tax liabilities before they are allowed to operate.      Aside from paying the POGO franchise tax, Dominguez said: “both service providers and licensees must also remit to the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) all current 2020 withholding tax liabilities.”     In a Viber message to journalists Thursday, he said these businesses “must also execute an understanding to pay the BIR all their arrears.”     “Once these are complied with, the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) will issue a tax clearance to enable them to operate,” he added.     POGO operations were halted along with most businesses after Metro Manila was placed under community quarantine last March 15, which was expanded to an enhanced community quarantine for mainland Luzon on March 17 to arrest the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).     The government is training its eyes on POGOs and their service providers after some have been found to be operating illegally.     The sector is regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), which forecasts the government’s gaming-related revenues from this sector to exceed the P75.54 billion collected last year.     BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa earlier said there are about 60 POGO licensees to date that are “mostly registered with Pagcor.” (PNA)

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Globe, DepEd to tackle “new normal” in high education learning

May 8, 2020

In the past few months, educational institutions—especially higher education systems—have shown their capacity to quickly adapt to learning challenges in the midst of a health crisis. Although the shift towards online learning was made at short notice, it has accelerated new forms of pedagogy and digital initiatives from the government in the form of new e-learning tools. Educators and families have embraced technology to foster learning and productivity while staying #SafeAtHome. However, questions still remain: how to meet higher education learning gaps during the COVID-19 crisis, and how to apply these momentary solutions to improve resilience in higher education in the years ahead. To answer these questions, Globe myBusiness is teaming up again with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the third installment of their E-skwela webinar series to discuss the current state of higher education in the Philippines and how this particular situation is changing the landscape of higher education in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, Friday at 10AM via Zoom. E-skwela is intended for higher education professionals, faculty members, administrators, policy makers and parents to help them understand the value of connectivity and technology to higher education. Moreover, the series also aims to position interactive, experiential, collaborative and reflective learning, to maximize remote learning at this time. Joining this Friday's discussion are a diverse panel of educational experts and thought leaders: Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Dr. Caroline Marian “Doc Carol” S. Enriquez, Board member and President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU); Atty. Joseph Noel “Atty Erap“ M. Estrada, Managing Director and Counsel Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA); and Dr. Grace “Gigi” Javier Alfonso, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University. Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos, Education Industry Lead at Globe myBusiness and Learning Technologies Scholar will be returning as a speaker and moderator. Key topics during the webinar include a) potential government policies and plans for higher education, b) school management strategies to support colleges and universities with regard to meeting needs related to learning experiences at the time of COVID-19, c) opportunities in remote learning that leverages on integrating technology for higher education institutions, and e) long-term impact of these teaching practices on the future of education in the country. As the country perseveres to fulfill the promise of 21st century learning, Globe myBusiness extends its support by joining forces with expert authorities from different sectors to share knowledge and expertise for policy-making, innovating teaching models, and in addressing modern issues in education. Register to the webinar for free via glbe.co/eSkwela3. For more information on Globe’s ongoing efforts to make everyone connected, informed and #SafeAtHome, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.

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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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