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PCSO helps cover the cost of COVID-19 patients treatment

April 6, 2020

Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is working with PhilHealth to help ensure that coronavirus disease-2019 or COVID-19 patients are assisted in paying for treatment.  Earlier, PhilHealth announced that it will shoulder the full cost of COVID-19 treatments until April 14, 2020 and that it will issue new guidelines for COVID-19 packages based on accepted protocols. According to PCSO General Manager (GM) Royina Garma, the agency transferred PhP420.585 million to cover COVID-19 related packages of PhilHealth.  At a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise, PCSO’s contribution will reinforce the capability of PhilHealth to respond to the pandemic. “For COVID-19 patients and their families who battle with uncertainty, knowing that the cost of hospitalization is one less worry is a big relief,” GM Garma said.  As early as February this year, PCSO pro-actively allocated funds to support the government’s efforts in relation to COVID-19. “To the PCSO gaming enthusiasts, this is your money,” GM Garma reminded.   “Every time a ticket is purchased, 30% of the amount automatically goes to the PCSO Charity Fund. That’s why even if you do not bag the jackpot prize or any of the prizes, you are still a winner by helping your fellow Filipinos through the various Charity Programs of PCSO,” GM Garma explained.  PCSO is one of the government’s strong partners in the delivery of healthcare services and nation-building.

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PCSO to release P447 Million financial assistance to various government hospitals

April 3, 2020

Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to release anew the amount of P447 Million as financial assistance to various government hospitals across the country. General Manager Royina M. Garma said in a statement that the Board in its meeting held on March 31, 2020, approved the assistance to mostly provincial hospitals across the country. The financial assistance aims to augment the financial capability of the  hospitals in catering to COVID-19 patients. The financial assistance is over and above the P420 Million funds to be released to Philhealth as announced last week, GM Garma added. The coverage of the assistance is specifically limited to COVID-19 cases and shall be utilized for Testing Kits; Reagents; Medical / Diagnostic Equipment; Confinement; Medicines; Laboratory/Diagnostic procedures; and Personal Protective Equipment.  The newly approved financial assistance will be charged to the Agency's Charity Fund under its Calamity Assistance Program (CAP) budget. As procedural requirement, upon receipt of the assistance, the hospitals are required to submit Hospital Profile and DOH license or shall execute an undertaking to submit the said documents on a later time. The additional Php447 Million is in compliance with the Memorandum issued by the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on March 28, 2020, with the subject Implementation of the Temporary Emergency Measures under the Republic Act (RA) No. 11469, otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which orders government bodies to work together in protecting and supporting health workers and front liners; providing supplies and equipment necessary for detecting the disease and caring for those infected; deliver essential necessities such as food and medicine to the most vulnerable; and, mobilize all state assets to sustain the operations of the government. To our fellow Filipinos, please know, that PCSO will always be here, ready to provide health and medical related assistance. Let us also do our part as individuals by cooperating and following orders so that we can flatten the curve and put an end soon to this invisible enemy, GM Garma stated.

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DA-10 reports food security initiatives amid COVID-19

April 3, 2020

To ensure availability of food in light of the COVID-19 crisis, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 reports on its food security measures during a video conference meeting with DA Mindanao regions today, April 2, 2020. Said meeting was presided by DA Undersecretary for Regulations Zamzamin L. Ampatuan, who is at the same time the head of the Western Mindanao Cluster for regions 9, 12 and BARMM. The meeting was attended by DA regional offices heads in Mindanao along with Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit Evelyn G. Laviña and the Eastern Mindanao cluster head for regions 10, 11 and 13 with Assistant Secretary for BARMM Abdula E. Sailila. OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado reported that Region 10 is self-sufficient on rice and vegetables.  He also noted that provincial government offices have already started buying palay directly from farmers at a higher price compared to traders. On price monitoring, he shared that local price coordinating councils have been activated and the implementation and monitoring of prize freeze on basic agri-fishery commodities. Further, he cited that in Cagayan de Oro City, traders who set prices beyond the Standard Retail Price were apprehended in coordination with the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG-10). Meanwhile, Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga reported that the region has started collaborating with the local governments in mobilizing its ‘Kadiwa on Wheels,’ of which the agency provided logistics support on the delivery of vegetables to markets and food terminals.#

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Rice techno forum promotes adoption of hybrid rice technology

April 3, 2020

Kahapunan, Valencia City, April 1, 2020 - Fifteen seed companies throughout the country showcased various hybrid rice varieties in the 10th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF) of the DA, Rice Board in partnership with PhilRice and the local government of Valencia City. Launched on December 5, 2019, the NRTF is an initiative of DA with an aim to promote the latest technologies in rice production, especially on hybrid rice developed by the government and the private sectors. Three months after its launching, the City Agriculture Office of Valencia City started its crop cutting and data gathering activities to determine the projected yield and the characteristics of each rice variety planted in the 100-hectare demo farm. The NRTF is one of the strategies of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to attain rice sufficiency through the adoption of hybrid rice technology. DA-Regional Field Office 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado, said that such activity allows local farmers to identify which rice variety best suits their area, which in turn, will augment their productivity and income. In Region 10, RD Collado emphasized also the farm mechanization component to effectively make farming more efficient and reduce postharvest losses. The use of farm machineries include combine harvester, mechanical transplanter - riding type, drone seeder, direct seeder - riding type and the walk-behind transplanter.#

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SEC FLAGS GROUPS RIDING ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO SCAM INVESTORS, CONSUMERS

April 3, 2020

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning the public against individuals and groups taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud investors and consumers. In separate advisories, the Commission has flagged at least 14 groups engaged in unauthorized investment-taking activities and other fraudulent activities since the declaration of a national public health emergency following the confirmation of local transmission of the new coronavirus disease in early March. In its most recent advisories, the SEC urged the public to stop investing in MAGINVESTKA.ONLINE (MIK.O), which purportedly trades Bitcoin against the US dollar, and Azenzo-Online, which supposedly operates as an independent crowdfunding platform.  MIK.O is operated by a person or persons using the pseudonym “Mag Forex.” It entices the public to invest with a guaranteed 2% return daily or 200% in total for a period of 100 days. Azenzo-Online, meanwhile, boasts about a “Deposit-Donation, Withdrawal-Blessing” scheme similar to that of Kapa-Community Ministry International. It promises a 30% return in as early as five, 10 or 15 days and a 100% “Donation Return” after 20 days. Based on the records of the Commission, neither MIK.O nor Azenzo-Online registered as a corporation or partnership. Furthermore, they did not secure prior registration or license to solicit investments from the public, as required under Sections 8 and 12 of Republic Act No. 8799, or the Securities Regulation Code. The SEC also flagged the activities of individuals and groups using the names of certain foundations or representing themselves as such. The Commission particularly warned the public against a text scam using the name of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Under the scheme, one would receive a text message stating that he or she won P750,000 from the President: Rodrigo Duterte Charity Foundation through an electronic raffle. Based on the Commission’s records, President: Rodrigo Duterte Charity Foundation was not registered as a corporation. Those who act as salesmen, brokers, dealers or agents of fraudulent investment schemes may be held criminally liable and penalized with a maximum fine of P5 million or imprisonment of 21 years or both under the Securities Regulation Code. Those who engage in text scams also face criminal prosecution for violation of the Revised Penal Code, the Cyber Crime Law and Data Privacy Act. In addition, Republic Act No. 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, penalizes those participating in cyber incidents that make use or take advantage of the current crisis to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts with two-month imprisonment or a maximum fine of P1 million or both. “We encourage the public to carefully study and examine offers and invitations to participate in schemes promising easy money especially in these difficult times,” SEC Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino said. “On our part, the Commission will continue monitoring investment-solicitation activities online and on the ground to stop unscrupulous groups from putting any other burden on Filipinos, especially the vulnerable, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Davao de Oro gives 8-in-1 vegetable seeds and bio-fertilizers

April 3, 2020

Davao de Oro Province--- With the serious threat brought by COVID 19, boosting our immune system while the communities are at home quarantine remains a challenge. Due to the strict implementation of the Regional Lockdown and Enhanced Community Quarantine brought by the dangers imposed by Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), access to fresh and healthy goods may now be limited and may compromise opportunities of getting a well-balanced diet. Through the initiative of the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office (PAGRO) of Davao de Oro in partnership with the Department of Agriculture XI- High Value Crops Development Program, an 8 in 1 Vegetable (Pinakbet) seeds and Bio Fertilizers were given to homes who are willing to cultivate vegetables in their backyards. For more access to everyone, PAGRO coordinates with every Municipal Agriculturist as well as officials in the barangay level following guidelines of the Community Quarantine for a much safer and equitable distribution of the seeds. A total of 954 clients coming from Pantukan, Maragusan, Montevista, Laak, Maco, Mabini, Nabunturan, Women’s Sector, walk-in and social media clients were already accommodated. The catered figure since the first distribution up to the present are expected to grow in the coming days. The limited access to fresh goods especially vegetables directly equates to the consumption of highly processed foods, which tend to be high in fats, sugar and salt and are not essentially good for the body. “Pinaagi sa akong gulayan, dili lang nako masiguro nga healthy ang ginakaon sa akong pamilya apan nahimo napod nako ni nga stress reliever. Malipay pod ko makahatag ug gulay sa akong mga silingan sabay pag-awhag kanila sa pag pananom niini.” said Anna Rose Gauiran Lomigo, the Federation President of Davao de Oro Women Farmer’s Association. Davao de Oro ensures the welfare of its constituents in a bird’s eye perspective encouraging them to cultivate vegetables and hit two birds; relieving stress and providing a healthy meal to upgrade the body’s defense system. (JasteenAbella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)

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