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Indoor Summer Fun at Toy Kingdom

May 16, 2020

With more kids staying home this summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a break, rest and spend some quality time with the whole family. Stay at home and let Toy Kingdom bring the fun into your doorstep with their wide variety of amazing toy finds now available for purchase at Lazada.     Little chefs will love the Kid’s Dough Cooking Set, Ice Cream Set and Motion Air Sand Deluxe Cookie Maker. Ryan’s World Treasure Chest, on the other hand, will surely thrill the little pirates.      Keep your kids’ minds creative and inspired with games from Cogo in city and farm themes. Board games like Uno, Monopoly, and Pictionary Air are great for family bonding and fun; while table games like Air Spring’s pinball shoot and air soccer will keep kids active and sporty.     Tech-savyy kids, on the other hand, can also enjoy an ultimate home entertainment experience with Toy Kingdom’s PS4 mega pack and various home video games.     Experience an enjoyable summer fun at home with these toys from Toy Kingdom. Check out these amazing finds and more available at https://www.lazada.com.ph/ and wait for your items to be delivered right into your doorsteps.  Also, don’t forget to stay home to help in the fight against COVID-19.     For more updates visit www.toykingdom.ph and follow ToyKingdomPH at Facebook and Instagram.

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Fraternitas Scintillas Legis donates hygiene kits to Oro trash collectors; Amaya View and Andreya provide meals

May 6, 2020

A different kind of frontliner. Count the garbage collectors as one of the frontliners of the COVID-19 crisis. They may not be in hospitals tending to the sick but they have been diligently doing their job and exposed to public places since Day One of the pandemic so there will be no clogging of trash here in Cagayan de Oro. Here in our beloved city, the contracted garbage firm is IPM. Last Wednesday (May 5), Fraternitas Scintillas Legis donated a total of 100 hygiene kits to IPM garbage collectors and for that, they were grateful. “A big thank you to Scintilla Legis fraternity of Xavier University College of Law for sharing your blessings to us. It is so heartwarming that you look up to us as one of the unsung heroes in this war against COVID,”  IPM stated in its Facebook account. The hygiene kits that IPM donated contain five kilos of rice, a bottle of vitamins, alcohol, rubberized gloves, soap and toothbrush. “Sila bya ang exposed kaayo yet wala silay saktong na recognition from us. Grabi ni sila ka exposed sa mga unwanted substances bisan basura from the hospital sila ghapon ni,” Scintilla Legis Fraternitas Xavier University chapter grand chancellor Jasper Alon said. Amaya View and Andreya’s Restaurant also provided 100 meals to the recipients. “Time and time again, our humanitarian capabilities our tested. We in Fraternitas Scintilla Legis believes that this is the best time to give a little of what we have to a particular sector which is instrumental in these trying times,” Alon said. The Fraternitas Scintilla Legis, otherwise known as Scintilla Legis, or simply FSL, is a law school-based fraternity in the Philippines. The name of the fraternity is derived from the Latin words scintilla which means spark, and legis which means law. It was founded in 1974 by seven students at the College of Law of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. At present, the fraternity is composed of five chapters consisting of, Liceo de Cagayan, Silliman University, Bukidnon State University and Western Mindanao State University.

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LANDBANK rolls out SAP, relief packages for Bayanihan Law with zero service/handling charges

April 21, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) supports government agencies in the distribution of various social protection programs to poor households most affected by the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the COVID-19 threat.      In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), LANDBANK released cash grants totaling P16.34 billion to 3,721,833 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) household-beneficiaries nationwide. The amount of P3,650 to P6,650 per beneficiary was credited to their LANDBANK Cash Cards.      Also together with the DSWD, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), LANDBANK started distributing to 18,602 Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers in the National Capital Region amounting to P 148.816  million with each driver receiving P8,000 to help tide them over in these difficult times.       Under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), a total of P1.2 billion in financial assistance will be released to an initial batch of 250,000 beneficiaries from 2,773 private companies at P5,000 per worker. LANDBANK has already started releasing to the workers from the National Capital Region. It is also working with DOLE on the cash assistance for displaced land-based and sea-based OFWs due to COVID 19 pandemic under the DOLE AKAP for OFWs Program.      Meanwhile, through the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), LANDBANK has started releasing to 52,043 small rice farmer totaling P260.215 million at P5,000 per farmer.  LANDBANK will continue releasing to the remaining farmers in the coming days.      Likewise, the social amelioration funds from DSWD to local government units (LGUs) have already been released through LANDBANK to DSWD and the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) Regional Offices for release to the LGUs.      “LANDBANK is one with the national government in carrying out urgent measures to support our people as we collectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the immediate delivery of social protection interventions and much-needed financial relief during these difficult times,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said.      LANDBANK also clarified that it is not charging or collecting any service or transaction fee in its SAP partnerships with the DSWD, DOTr, LTFRB, DOLE and DA. Aside from this, withdrawal in any LANDBANK Branch or ATM is free of charge. Likewise, online fund transfers thru InstaPay and PESONet are also free of charge during the ECQ period.      These LANDBANK programs were introduced in partnership with government agencies after it was designated as the disbursement arm of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government for the implementation of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”      This is in compliance with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2020, which specifies the guidelines for the provision of social amelioration measures, jointly issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture, Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).      Last month, LANDBANK rolled out relief packages to clients in the form of payment moratoriums. For credit cardholders and salary loan borrowers, as well as mortgage and housing loans, there is a 60-day grace period for payments falling due from March 18 to April 30, 2020, and a 30-day grace period for business loans and project finance loans for the same period. Loan amortizations of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries were also granted a one-year moratorium.      For details and updates, please refer to the official LANDBANK social media accounts   @landbankofficial (Facebook and Instagram), @LBP_Official (Twitter), and www.landbank.com.

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SSS taps PayMaya for Small Business Wage Subsidy and other loan disbursements

April 21, 2020

[18 APRIL 2020] Eligible employees under the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) program will be able to conveniently receive the cash assistance straight to their PayMaya accounts once disbursements commence in May.   State pension fund Social Security System (SSS) has tapped digital financial services leader PayMaya for an easier and more convenient way to disburse proceeds from the national government's SBWS program and its other loan offers to more than 3 million member-employees affected by the current COVID-19 public health situation.  Eligible employers and their respective employees can now link their PayMaya accounts in the My.SSS online portal, so that they can conveniently receive their wage subsidies when the disbursements start next month. Depending on their location, eligible employees stand to receive P5,000 to P8,000 in subsidies from the government through the SSS. Employers have until April 30, 2020 to submit their applications at the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph).  To successfully receive their wage subsidies via PayMaya, employees must make sure that their PayMaya accounts are upgraded. For information on how to upgrade your PayMaya account, visit www.paymaya.com/upgrade.  The government has set aside a P51 billion fund in wage subsidies for small businesses whose employees were affected by the enhanced community quarantine and unable to work due to suspension of business operations in some industries.  “This is especially convenient and beneficial for employees in small businesses who were unable to work during the enhanced community quarantine period. More than ever, fast and easy access to funds for their daily necessities becomes critical at this time. We are happy to be part of government's thrust in using e-Money as a convenient tool for cash distribution,” said Orlando Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya.   The disbursement of wage subsidies and other loan proceeds is an expansion of the partnership between SSS and PayMaya, which together launched a more convenient way to pay for member contributions using the SSS mobile app in late 2019.   Promoting safe and convenient payments   After receiving their wage subsidies or loan proceeds in their PayMaya accounts, employee beneficiaries may immediately use the funds to pay bills, buy airtime load, send money to family, or shop online for basic necessities using their PayMaya app.   They may also opt to withdraw the funds at any Bancnet ATMs currently available using their physical PayMaya card or through the more than 30,000 Smart Padala centers nationwide.   Aside from offering convenience, utilizing PayMaya for various digital transactions is also a safer way to pay as part of physical distancing and health measures.  To sign up for a PayMaya account, all they have to do is download the PayMaya app in the Google Play Store or the Apple App store and register using their mobile number. For more basic information about opening and using a PayMaya account, visit www.paymaya.com/quick-guide.   PayMaya is the leading digital financial services company in the country that offers end-to-end payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. 

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DOST-X Continues to Produce Face Shields, Donates them to Front Liners

April 21, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City - The Department of Science and Technology regional office 10 continues to produce additional Face Shields for COVID-19 front liners within the region. The agency's employee-volunteers were able to produce 1,000 pieces of Face Shields in their second-round of production on April 8, 2020. The distributions were done on the days that follow until April 17, 2020.      The face shields were donated to the City Government of Cagayan de Oro; Philippine National Police-X; Office of Civil Defense-X; Philippine Information Agency-X; Local Government Units of Lugait, Laguindingan, Magsaysay, and Jasaan; and Provincial Science and Technology Centers in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, and Lanao del Norte.      Aside from the face shields, 3-ply and 6-ply Face Masks were also given to the four above-mentioned LGUs.      “Face Shields and Face Masks are very important to our responders and front liners in different critical areas in the province of Mis. Or. LGUs in both ends of the province: Lugait and Magsaysay are entry points of all persons and cargos coming to Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City, it is but right that those manning the quarantine areas are also well protected and equipped to efficiently do their tasks.”, said Misamis Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Director Junelyn-Louvena B. Ruiz.      The employee-volunteers were also able to come up with an infographic step-by-step procedure on how to make Face Shields using locally-available materials.      “The face shield is made of PVC Cover, PE insulation foam, and garter.”, Ms. Shevanie E. Magallanes, one of DOST-X’s employee-volunteers who helped in producing the face shields. (Julie Anne H. Baculio, DOST-X)

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Heartwarming Globe digital film shares message of hope and connection amid isolation

April 20, 2020

Today, April 18, could have been our Day Four. But with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to April 30, people will still have to stay home as the whole country continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Life in isolation and physical distancing has changed everything in the way we live and connect. In the midst of challenging times however, there is hope --- with increased recovery rate, increased capacity of health units to accommodate patients, and as the country begins its COVID-19 mass testing. Through these, Globe remains committed to standing with the Filipinos in this fight and shares its message of hope through a video that shows support and faith that we will all overcome this crisis: “Dyan ka muna. At dito ako. Magkalayo. Kasi close tayo.”   https://youtu.be/AZNnrEKbyJ4 The story talks about the “pain” that Filipinos are experiencing. Social and physical distancing, while a solution to help flatten the curve, continue to bring families and loved ones apart. The video attests to how Filipinos continue to show support to one another and become part of the communities they belong to. Human connections prevail as friends and families bond; show love and concern; trade stories, workout, dance, laugh and cry together albeit on virtual grounds. Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO assures customers, "While we go through this crisis together, Globe will do what it can to provide uninterrupted connectivity especially during these times.” Since the start of the ECQ, Globe has been supporting its customers with various solutions from free access to Covid-19 hotlines and government websites, free WiFi in hospitals, groceries and quarantine facilities, telemedicine services through KonsultaMD, mental health support through HOPELINE, humanitarian aid through Globe Rewards and up to 60-days credit extension for its postpaid mobile and broadband customers. Globe continues to respond to COVID-19 with initiatives for its customers to stay connected, informed and #SafeAtHome. For more information on how you can take part in #OneGlobeVsCOVID, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/SafeAtHome.  

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