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CDO joins The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' #LightTheWorld celebration

November 30, 2020

THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints celebrates the birth and life of Jesus Christ through the #LightTheWorld by caring for individuals one by one throughout the month of December. For more than 30 years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been lighting the Manila Philippines Temple grounds as a Christmas tradition and usually expects thousands of members and friends of other faiths to visit as the Yuletide holiday draws near. However, since visitors will not be able to visit the temple grounds due to the pandemic, the Philippines Area Presidency has decided to bring the lighting event online. In the Philippines, the Church currently has two operating temples, one in Quezon City, the Manila Philippines Temple and another one in Lahug, Cebu City, the Cebu City Philippines Temple. Two temples are under construction as of this writing, one in the greater Manila area and another one in Urdaneta. Three more temples have been announced and are scheduled to be constructed in Cagayan de Oro City, in Davao City, and in Bacolod City.  All over the world, there are 168 dedicated temples (160 currently operating; and 8 previously dedicated, but closed for renovation), 31 under construction, and 32 announced (not yet under construction). #LightTheWorld is an invitation to transform Christmas into a season of service. It’s a worldwide movement to touch hearts and change lives by doing the things Jesus did: feeding the hungry, comforting the lonely, visiting the sick and afflicted, and showing kindness to everyone. Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). #LightTheWorld is the perfect way to let our light—and His light—shine brightly. Each year during the Christmas season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes a monumental effort to spread the message and mission of #LightTheWorld. However, you can do it all year by thinking about who you can serve each and every day.

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CDO Filipino-Chinese community donates living quarters for Red Cross

November 29, 2020

THE Filipino-Chinese community in Cagayan de Oro City donated a two-storey living quarters for medical technologists of the Philippine Red Cross who are manning their molecular laboratory here at the provincial capitol compound, this city. During the turnover November 28, the CDO Filipino-Chinese community also donated 300 personal protective equipment (PPE) and 1,500 pieces of KN95 face masks. In his acceptance speech, Philippine Red Cross local chapter chairman Atty. Antonio Soriano thanked the CDO Filipino-Chinese community, saying this is a morale boost for their medical technologists who have been working every day since the COVID-19 crisis began. According to CDO Filipino-Chinese community spokesperson Efren Uy, they have already donated more than P4 million in medical supplies at two public hospitals in the city which are catering coronavirus cases in this part of Mindanao - NMMC and JR Borja General Hospital. The Filipino-Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro includes 21 community organizations, including family associations, chambers of commerce, schools, martial arts, civic and religious fraternities.  These include the following: Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.;  Mindanao Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China in the Philippines; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro You We Tong Civic & Religious Fraternity, Inc.; Oro Christian Grace School; Misamis Oriental Liong Tek Fraternity Association, Inc.; Sejo-Lim Family Association-Northern Mindanao Chapter; Cagayan de Oro Bell Church Foundation, Inc.; Kong Hua School; Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade, Inc.; Phil. Wushu Federation-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Phil. Kim Mun Association-Misamis Oriental Chapter ; Cagayan Gospel Church ; Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Amity Club;  Cagayan de Oro San Lorenzo Filipino-Chinese Catholic Community; Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.-Misamis Oriental Chapter; Philippine Chinese High School Alumni Association-Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Misamis Oriental Progressive Mason Temple, Inc.; Kong Hua School, Inc.; and the Chee Kung Tong Chinese Free Mason Misamis Oriental Branch.

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AIA Philam Life continues Save Lives Mission, launches new funds

November 28, 2020

AIA Philam Life continues to fulfill its purpose-driven mission to race against risk and protect every Filipino family and empower them to live healthier, longer, and better lives.    The Philam Group (AIA Philam Life and BPI-Philam combined) rallies behind its Save Lives commitment achieving 67 per cent of its target of lives saved, and 61 per cent in terms of basic sum assured coverage. Despite challenges of the current pandemic, Philam Group was able to stay the course by quickly strengthening its digital capabilities, initially with the Facebook chatbot, the enhanced digital selling (EDS), and now Coffee Closing is fully operational, allowing digital selling to be completed within 20 minutes.    AIA Philam Life CEO Kelvin Ang said, “While it has been a challenging year, the pandemic has given us a stronger purpose to fulfill our mission. We remain committed to fulfilling our Save Lives targets and will work towards its completion by the end of the year. It helps immensely that we are well-positioned to fully embrace the shift to digital in response to the physical restrictions. With our digitally enabled agency force, we are ready to continue addressing the protection needs of Filipinos, now at a faster rate. As we continue to adapt to the situation, this also means technology, digital and analytics will be at the center, becoming our enablers in the fulfillment of our mission.”    AIA Philam Life remains financially strong and stable despite the local economic challenges. “Our financial strength, through our assets and net worth, remained robust throughout 2020 with no significant impact from the pandemic. Our new business results (measured as annualized new premiums) continue to improve in the third quarter, reflected in the strong double-digit growth vs the previous one,” said Gary Ogilvie, AIA Philam Life Chief Financial Officer (CFO). “Furthermore, we are pleased with our product mix and shift to protection and related improvement in our new business margins. We remain confident of the opportunities ahead, with the low insurance penetration rate, and our strategy coupled with an increased awareness of health risks and the value of protection following the pandemic.”   The year showed continued customer patronage for AIA Philam Life’s protection products, with its protection trinity offering making it to the top four bestsellers of the company: AIA Critical Protect 100, AIA All-in-One, and AIA Med-Assist. “Our focus on protection products has allowed AIA Philam Life to achieve a more balanced portfolio, with high protection products accounting for almost half of the mix,” said Leonardo Tan Jr, AIA Philam Life Chief Marketing Officer. “Customers who now have ample coverage for medical emergencies, critical illness and untimely passing, would want to look for solutions for their long-term savings needs, which is why we are now launching new funds that will address this new demand.”   Taking Your Investment Global    With an already strong protection portfolio, AIA Philam Life introduces the global fund range that will be made available through its suite of variable insurance products aimed at addressing the long-term savings needs of customers, with support from AIA Investment Management Pte. Ltd. (AIA IM).    AIA IM is an AIA-affiliated company that was incorporated in 2016 as the hub for regional investment management, solely managing the assets of the AIA entities within the AIA Group and providing investment solutions for customers.    “A first to market approach in the Philippines, the Elite Fund Portfolios Range provide unit linked customers access to global investment strategies managed by best in class fund managers. The Elite Funds combine the different strategies to match client risk profiles and focus on delivering long term investment returns. AIA’s experienced team of investment professionals monitor the funds and strategies in the same way we manage our own money. We invest alongside our customers using the same best in class fund managers and apply consistent standards of professional oversight, providing our customers with the reassurance and consistency they expect from AIA.” said Mark Konyn, AIA Group Chief Investment Officer.   With the support from AIA IM, AIA Philam Life launches the Elite Funds, offering options to customers depending on their risk appetite: Adventurous Fund, Balanced Fund, and Conservative Fund. These funds are sub-managed by leading global investment managers Baillie Gifford, Wellington Management, and Blackrock.     “Through our partnership with AIA IM, we are able to give our clients access to a global portfolio of professionally managed funds that can help them grow their money in the long run,” said Arleen Guevara, AIA Philam Life Chief Investment Officer. “By giving them more investment options, we are empowering them to achieve their long-term savings objective, thus bringing to life our brand purpose of helping Filipinos live Healthier, Longer and Better Lives.”   Find out how you can invest in these funds by visiting the AIA Philam Life website at philamlife.com, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AIAPhilamLife/, emailing philamlife@aia.com or calling (02)8528-2000.

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Villar pushes BIDA for Boracay Island

November 28, 2020

CITING the combined weak implementation of the environmental laws and indifference to them by the people, Sen. Cynthia A. Villar pushes for the creation of the Boracay Island Devopment Authority (BIDA) to sustain its rehabilitation done by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.  In filing Senate No. 1914 or an “Act Creating the Boracay Island Development Authority (BIDA),” Villar noted that despite the existence of landmark laws such as RA No. 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act” and RA No. 9275 or the “Philippine Clean Water Act,” the environment continues to gravely suffer from degradation.  “The Boracay Island, which is one of the best beaches in the world and considered a world-famous jewel of Philippine tourism, was not spared from environment degradation,” said Villar as she sought for the approval of her proposed measure.   “Through the years, Boracay Island gained popularity and became a top tourism destination in the Philippines, thereby ushering in developments, such as hotels, restaurants, bars and rental houses that were built over the island to provide  accommodation  to the ever-growing number of tourists,” also said Villar.  The exponentially increasing number of tourists, Villar stressed, became unsustainable and breached the island’s carrying capacity.  “The apathetic concern for the environment amidst the thriving development on Boracay, along with the weak implementwtion of the environmentsl laws by authorities eventually led to the polluted Boracay Island then,” she said. In 2018, there were several news reports exposing the environmental problems besetting Boracay Island, particularly the improper solid waste management and deficient sewerage system. Due to the sorry state of the island’s sewerage system, President Rodrigo Duterte said “Boracay is a cesspool”.  The persistent environmental degradation of Boracay prompted the President to issue Proclamation No. 475 on April 26, 2018 declaring a temporary closure of the island as a tourist destination for six months so that it would be rehabilitated. The President also issued Executive Order No. 53 creating the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) to ensure the rehabilitation and ecological sustainability of Boracay.  For fhe long term sustainability and rehabilitation done on the island, tne BIATF proposed the creation of BIDA, attached to the Office of the President.  It will promote and accelerate the sustainable development and balanced growth of Boracay Island. The composition of BIDA will include representatives from DENR, DILG, DOT, DPWH. DOH, DOJ, Aklan Governor, Malay mayor, all ex-officio members, a general manager to be appointed by the President and 2 representatives from the private sector.  Earlier, Villar received a letter from DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu requesting her to sponsor the BIATF’s draft bill on the creation of BIDA. Cimatu said the creation of BIDA is seen to be a long-term solution to address the root cases of environmental degradation in the island as the existence of BIATF will expire on May 8, 2021.  “In its two years of existence and steadfast efforts in rehabilitating Boracay Island, the BIATF has had to undo the decades of mismanagement of the island’s resources, and rampant violation of environmental laws.

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Continuous Improvement of Riverdrive Project to Ease Flooding, Traffic Woes in Las Piñas

November 28, 2020

[From the present 24 kms, five km more to be constructed next year] Senator Cynthia Villar, the proponent of the Las Piñas Zapote River Drive project, is confident that its completion is preventing flooding and solving the traffic problem in Las Piñas City. So far, 24 kilometers have been completed for the last 9 years starting in 2012 until 2020 and five (5) kms more is slated to be built in the next two years (2021 & 2022).      “The project is being completed in phases and we have seen the improvements so far in terms of flood prevention and traffic flow in the river drive areas. So, we will continue to extend the coverage of the project to 29 kilometers in next two years,” (2021-2022) said Villar.      For next two years (2021-2022), the Molino Riverdrive phase will be built, stretching a total of 5kms, from Daanghari road to the river along Barangay Molino III & Molino VI until it connects to Zapote River.       The very first phase of the Riverdrive Project was the 18-km Zapote Riverdrive along Zapote River aimed at preventing flooding in the city and solve the traffic congestion along Zapote-Alabang Road because It serves as alternate road.       The Riverdrive Project started at the end of C-5 Extension Road in Barangay Pulanglupa I to Alido Bridge and continuing to an underpass in Zapote Bridge in Barangay Zapote on to Barangays Pamplona I, Pamplona II, Talon II, Moonwalk, Talon I, Almanza II then to Daang Hari Road connected to the MCX Expressway.      The second phase was the 6-km Las Piñas Riverdrive which started at C-5 Extension Road in Barangay Pulanglupa I then to Barangay Pulanglupa II, Pamplona III up to CAA Road.      In 2021-2022, the 5-km Molino Riverdrive from Daanghari to Barangay Molino III and Molino VI in Bacoor, Cavite will be constructed. It will connect to Zapote Riverdrive to Manila Bay area.      The Zapote and Las Pinas Riverdrive as well as the Molino Riverdrive, according to Villar, do not only ease flooding and traffic woes. “With the river drive, we also closely maintain the cleanliness of the river, which can be considered as the ‘artery’ of the city and nearby areas too. The people living along the river cannot throw their wastes anymore into the rivers because there is a road and the houses are fenced,” Villar cited.      Villar has spent decades since 2001 ensuring the cleaning, maintenance and rehabilitation of the Las Piñas Zapote River, which used to be clogged with garbage impeding the flow of water that cause massive flooding. She put up livelihood projects that now use wastes such as water hyacinths, waste coconut husks and plastic wastes (that used to pollute the river) as raw materials. Her Sagip-Ilog project won for her the United Nations “Best Practices Award” in 2011, which recognized the project for protecting water resources and providing livelihood to Filipinos.

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Ozamiz motorcab drivers receive P3,000 cash assistance via TUPAD, AICS

November 27, 2020

About 3,961 motorcab drivers in 51 barangays in Ozamiz City received P3,000 each from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 and the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 to help them cope with financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second District Representative Henry Oaminal also extended help to the said beneficiaries. “The financial assistance is part of its mitigating measures brought about by the social distancing in motorcabs, which resulted in a huge income loss to affected drivers," Oaminal said. Due to limited funding from national agencies and to help distribute the P3,000 cash aid to each driver in the city, Deputy Speaker Oaminal and Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal will also provide personal funds to help the drivers with their daily needs. Mass transport operations were affected because of the health protocols as a measure against the further spread of the coronavirus disease, the representative added. In the entire district two in Misamis Occidental, nearly 6,000 motorcab drivers have received the P3,000 cash assistance through the efforts and assistance of Deputy Speaker Henry Oaminal. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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