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DSWD Field Office 10 installs monitoring system to track payout for Marawi siege survivors

April 16, 2019

Marawi City – Information and Communication Technology experts of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) Field Office 10 have developed and installed a monitoring system to track payout development for Marawi siege survivors here.      Members of the Regional Information and Communication Technology Management Section of DSWD Field Office 10 ran its pilot test of the monitoring system during the payout for the Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) and Transitory Family Support Package (TFSP) and it was successful.      The monitoring system shows a real-time update of the payout, both served and unserved beneficiaries of a certain barangay in this city.      Unserved beneficiaries are those verified recipients who failed to claim the LSG and TSFP grants during the scheduled payout while served beneficiaries are those who successfully claimed the assistance.      The program is fed by a database from the Kathanor (biometric profiling) which is the baseline data for the payout.      DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, lauded the development of the information system of the RICTMS because it gives the user a real-time update of the payout.      Director Dollaga-Libang said the development has made the monitoring easy among rehabilitation partners of the city.      The system is hosted by a local server and can be accessed through a web browser using a computer or a smart phone.

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The Night Stalker: Botoy’s forays into resto business with Big Tummy’s

April 16, 2019

The Johnny-come-lately-that-could from Bulua is stepping up its game with a foray into the restaurant business.      Botoy’s Litson Manok, BBQ and Liempo will be opening up its first ever restaurant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in about a month’s time.      During a briefing held for CDO Bloggers officers 2nd Quarterly Meeting held at their flagship store in Bulua, Joan M. Delatado, D.M., CEO of McAlba Foods Corporation said the new resto dubbed Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) will be a casual dining, self service establishment similar to big fast food chains that would serve as a template for future franchising opportunities.      “McAlba Foods is our company for our Botoy’s kiosks while Big Tummy’s will be under Paragon Foods & Catering Corporation which will handle all our company owned restaurants,” Delatado said. “Franchising for both will be handled by Botoy's Lechon Franchising Corp.”      The new resto is under construction at the site of the existing Botoy’s outlet in Tagoloan, which she said is a very promising location that’s near big industries facing the public plaza, near the church and municipal hall, and schools where there are currently no fast food chains or restaurants, and no other function rooms except for Paula’s hotel, so those wishing to have business or social functions often have no other choice than go to Cagayan de Oro city, a good hour’s commute away.      From the artist’s renderings of Big Tummy’s shown to us by Ms. Joan, a Botoy’s To Go counter will be standard for all future restos.  Big Tummy’s Tagoloan will be complemented by another in Gingoog City. Parking is available and so will the ubiquitous free Wifi.      “We also plan to expand this flagship store in Bulua to another Big Tummy’s,” she added, though a timeline for the expansion as yet to be set.      The all Filipino menu will have a fixed set menu for the ground floor restaurant serving the usual Botoy’s grilled staples BBQ, lechon manok, liempo, as well as grilled  seafood like panga, tuna belly, shrimps, kinilaw, calamares, boneless marine bangus from Balingasag.  Take note to look for the sintra board for specials. Affordable combo meals will also be available as well as family boodles fights for Sunday.      Beverages served include Coca Cola drinks, frappes and fruit shakes.      Its target demographic range from kids to adults and it will be open as early as 5AM to serve breakfast and close at 9PM.  Deliveries of call-in orders will be shared between the Tagoloan store and the Bulua store, whichever can serve the orders fastest. Catering for outside events will also be entertained.      Besides the restaurant on the ground floor, both restos will also have 2nd floor function room which can accommodate up to 100 persons.  It will also have a coffee shop serving pastries, coffee and the like when no function is scheduled as well as a kiddie’s corner, becoming a chill place to unwind on weekends with live acoustic music.      Besides the CDO Bloggers officers, we were also entertained by Romnick B. Morcina, who now supervises Botoy’s Divisoria and Tagoloan.      Ms. Joan has invited us to cover the opening of Big Tummy’s (The Foodies Den) in Tagoloan either this month or early May. We can’t wait!

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SWU Now Offering 5-Week Coding Courses

April 16, 2019

·         Beginner and advanced courses available ·         Beginners’ course for those with little background in programming, advanced course offers immersive boot camp-style courses ·         SWU PHINMA to address demand for skilled IT professionals Southwestern University PHINMA’s College of Information Technology’s new 5-week Coding Program is now open for enrolment.  The program covers information technology (IT) courses geared towards both beginners and advanced IT professionals who wish to enhance their computer skills.  According to Rigan Ap-apid, Dean of SWU’s College of Information Technology, it “offers an opportunity for people wanting to acquire meaningful skills to make their lives better.” Dean Ap-apid envisions the program to help companies find great developers, and for developers with great potential to be discovered by companies in need of such personnel.  The Coding Program will feature the best programmers in the country as trainers and mentors, which will give participants great value for money, as they will be learning from and working with highly respected gurus of the industry.  Dean Ap-apid added that participants can also benefit by growing exponentially in their professional and industry network. Participants in the program will be working on real-life projects, with a series of activities that will team them up and require them to solve programming-related issues by writing the needed software. Another feature of the new program is that companies can choose to be involved in the training of these future developers. They can do this by sponsoring course projects as well as by lending their ace coders and IT personnel to participate as trainers. Companies are also encouraged to provide incentives such as providing opportunities for participants to get hired. “We are targeting new companies with small in-house development teams needing additional programming muscle for say, getting an important product launch. We are also looking at established organizations with existing products that they want to see leveraged in a new way," Dean Ap-apid said, describing some of the program’s additional goals.  “In any case, the coding program will provide access to innovative coders to create amazing things that these companies may not have thought of yet," he added. The program’s pilot run will focus on Google Cloud and Web Applications such as Git and Python. It will run for five weeks.  Interested individuals may message 0927-487-5761 or visit the SWU PHIMA College of IT.

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Irresistible Staycation Deals this Holy Week

April 16, 2019

The Holy Week is a special time for Filipinos. For devout Catholics, it’s a longstanding tradition to take part in different rites and rituals that commemorate one’s faith. While for others, the extended break is always a good opportunity to slow down from the hustle and bustle of daily life, reflect, and relax with loved ones. Either way people choose to spend their vacation, it’s good to know that there are awesome places – within or just a few hours away from metro – where one can go to for some quick (or lengthy!) respite. For those who want an easy but equally memorable escape this Holy Week, here’s a round-up of the best accommodations that won’t require a plane ticket nor a long drive. Apo View Hotel Davaoeños need not go far just to enjoy the long break. Situated in the heart of the city, the Apo View Hotel offers guests with modern accommodations and luxurious service that has since been the hallmark of the heritage hotel. Dubbed as the second oldest hotel in the country, Apo View Hotel has maintained its grandeur and continues to be a primer choice for the most discerning staycationers. This summer, Apo View Hotel offers promos that make it much more irresistible to overlook. These include a 50% off promo on all its Superior and Deluxe rooms with breakfast buffet which runs until May 30, 2019. Meanwhile, its Weekend Getaway promo offers Superior and Deluxe Rooms with breakfast buffet at 50% year-round.   Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar For those who don’t mind a couple of hours’ worth of driving, a gem of a resort lies 125km northwest of Manila in Bagac, Bataan. More than just a Filipino heritage site to behold, Las Casas Fipinas De Acuzar is a world-class resort that pays homage to the grandeur of Spanish-Filipino architecture amidst the backdrop of a sprawling beach and a grandiose natural landscape. Las Casas takes pride in being the only Philippine hotel to have received several international acclaims which include being recognized as part of the Historic Hotels Worldwide, being awarded as Asia’s Most Excellent Destination in 2017, and being included in Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Peninsula Hotels Pencities Luxe Guide. Go ahead and indulge this Easter break by booking a stay in any of its Deluxe Rooms that come with various inclusions such as breakfast as well as free heritage and workshop tours. During weekends, Deluxe Rooms for two are available for P5,000 and comes with a heritage and workshop tour while the rate of P5,500 includes breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour. On Weekdays, Deluxe Rooms are available at P4,600 and comes with breakfast as well as a heritage and workshop tour.   Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila The idea of enjoying the peace and serenity of the city during the Holy Week is also very inviting. Without having to go so far, one can easily unwind and relax in any of the city’s best hotels. One of which is the Golden Phoenix Hotel. Located less than a mile away from SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the hotel offers contemporary and elegant accommodations, a great view of the cityscape, and an array of premium features such as free WiFi access throughout the property, en suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, and free toiletries, as well as an iPod dock, a personal safe, electric kettle, minibar, and a flat-screen TV with cable and satellite channels. This summer, the hotel is offering a special rate of P6,800 nett until June 30 for an accommodation for two which comes with free buffet breakfast, Phoenix Wellness Lounge credits, unlimited hot and cold chocolate at Ground Up coffee, and food and beverage credits worth P1,000 or choice of house wine. Interested to book a stay in any of these hotels and resort even after the Holy Week? These hotels will also be offering exclusive discounts and promos at the upcoming Travel and Leisure Expo Davao 2019. Organized by Worldbex Services International, TLEX Davao 2019 will be held simultaneously with PHILBEX Davao 2019 on May 9 to 12 at the SMX Convention Center Davao in SM Lanang Premier. For more information, call (02) 656-92-39, email inquire@worldbexevents.com, visit www.tlex.ph, or follow @tlex.ph on Facebook and Instagram.

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DOST Misamis Occidental brings Enhanced Packaging to Awezamiz Complementary Food

April 16, 2019

Words of gratitude and glee filled the City Mayor’s Office of Ozamiz City as the Supervising Administrative Officer of the Local Government Unit, Ms. Maria Lucy R. Cabalit together with the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility (CFPF) Head, Ms. Lelita G. Navarez received the 60,000 pieces of Rice Mongo Sesame (RMS) Baby Food Blend packaging material last 08 April 2019. In 2016, LGU Ozamiz City was one of the beneficiaries of the DOST-Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) project on the roll-out of complementary food production facility to address malnutrition of young children ages 6 to 59 months old. Ozamiz City CFPF is capable of producing RMS baby food blend for 6 to 24 months old toddlers and Rice Mongo (RM) Crunchies for 25 to 59 months old children. To continually improve and hasten production of these complementary food products, DOST Region 10 through the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Misamis Occidental headed by Ms. Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon extended additional support to the facility amounting to more than P300,000.00. Mechanical bean roaster and electric double deep fryer were turned over last 11 February 2019. To compete with the existing commercial brands of baby food products in the market, DOST also provided assistance on the packaging and labelling design and initial execution of the RMS baby food blend. “Naa na gyud maka compete sa commercial brand (RMS baby food blend can now compete with the commercial brands)” Ms. Cabalit said. To support waste management, Ms. Navarez eagerly said that discounts will be given to the next purchase of the customers who will return the used packaging materials. These will then be utilized to produce eco bags, wallets and other novelty materials. The Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City was grateful to DOST’s assistance. “DOST are the people behind the scene”, Ms. Cabalit added with sincere gratitude. (Joanne Katherine R. Banaag, DOST-X) About the picture (IMG_0956-2.jpg) Turnover of 60,000 pieces RMS Baby Food Blend packaging to LGU Ozamiz City with Ms. Maria Lucy Cabalit representing the City Mayor, Ms. Lelitha G. Navarez head of the Ozamiz City Complementary Food Production Facility, and PSTD Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon and the PSTC staffs The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.

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Personal Remittances Reach US$5.3 Billion for the First Two Months of 2019

April 15, 2019

Personal remittances from overseas Filipinos (OFs) amounted to US$2.56 billion in February 2019, higher by 1.2 percent from US$2.53 billion in February 2018. This brought the cumulative remittances for the first two months of the year to US$5.30 billion, representing a 2.3 percent year-on-year growth, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno announced today.1Personal remittances from sea-based and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year rose by 8.5 percent to US$0.57 billion in February 2019 from US$0.53 billion in February 2018. This compensated for the 0.43 percent decline in the personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more, to US$1.93 billion from US$1.94 billion. Meanwhile, cash remittances from OFs coursed through banks posted a 1.5 percent growth to US$2.30 billion in February 2019 from US$2.27 billion last year. For the first tw o months of 2019, cash remittances amounted to US$4.78 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent compared to the US$4.65 billion level in the same period last year. This growth was supported by the increase in remittances from both land-based (US$3.73 billion) and sea-based (US$1.06 billion) workers, which rose by 1.0 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. By country source, the United States registered the highest share of overall remittances for the period at 35.5 percent. It was followed by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Germany.2 The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 77.3 percent of total cash remittances for January to February 2019.

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