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Au Revoir, Kuya Ken: Xavier Ateneo nursing alum in UK succumbs to COVID-19

May 7, 2020

Kenneth Lambatan, a Xavier Ateneo nursing alumni (batch 2007), passed away Monday evening, April 27 at St George’s Hospital, United Kingdom, one of many frontline health workers worldwide to have lost their lives to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   Kenneth previously informed his family he was experiencing symptoms of the disease over a week after his assignment. Days later, the family learned about his condition from a close colleague. He had to be intubated and placed in the intensive care unit.   Their mother, Ludivina, read the Bible and sang gospel songs moments before Kenneth was taken off life support with his family virtually beside him. He was 33 years old He is survived by his parents, Joy (older sister), Ezel (younger brother), nephews, and niece. “For 18 days, he fought the greatest battle we could ever imagine” shared Ezel. A Loving Son and Sibling  Kenneth’s journey is detailed by his brother, Ezel Lambatan in this Facebook post . Born second of three children, Kenneth was a bright boy with big dreams.   Ezel recalls how Kenneth, his ‘hero’, chose to take up nursing to please their mother. To help the family, Kenneth “made sure that Mama wouldn’t have difficulty sustaining him by securing a scholarship for 2 years.” Seeking greener pastures, Kenneth was overjoyed when his visa to work in London was approved. He was able to support the education of his niece aside from providing for his family.   A Committed Health Worker Kenneth was a dedicated public servant in Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) for eight years before becoming a cardiac research nurse at St George’s Hospital.   So it was no surprise when he was among those brave enough to respond to the call of healthcare frontliners in St George’s Hospital. Though his family was apprehensive, Kenneth heeded the nurses’ oath to his last breath.   In a post on their official Facebook page, the Xavier University Council of Nursing Students (XUCN) remembers their fallen alumni.   Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan extends her heartfelt prayers and condolences to Kenneth and his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace as we hope for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. (XUComms)

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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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Globe myBusiness to hold special webinar for mompreneurs in time for Mother’s Day

May 6, 2020

Amid challenging times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs try hard to remain optimistic and continue to operate even under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Times are tougher, which makes it even more important to show support for and encourage fellow business owners. Globe myBusiness is harnessing the power of technology for mompreneurs with Invite Calm, a free and interactive webinar in time for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Attendees can learn from noted femmepreneur and women transformologistⓇ Rezza Custodio-Soriano who also founded Femme Power PH.  Femme Power PH enables and transforms women through seminars, workshops, and coaching sessions. The pre-Mother’s Day webinar will discuss how mompreneurs can fight anxiety and juggle the demands of motherhood at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. “Each year, we host a special activity for female business owners to celebrate Mother’s Day. The quarantine will not stop us from supporting small and medium enterprises, even if we have to shift our events to all-digital,” says Gaile Guevarra, Director of Regional Marketing Services at Globe myBusiness. “Many have been voicing out their restlessness so we aim for this to delight them and ease their anxiety about the coronavirus.” “Mothers and femmepreneurs are already superheroes for dealing with so much on any given day.  Now, they have the extra challenge of balancing everything while coping with the effects of a global pandemic. Hopefully, our webinar will create a community where these wonderful women can have a little bit of their much desired me-time,” adds Guevarra. Invite Calm is part of Globe’s commitment to being a reliable and trusted partner of SMEs in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, 2020 at 4 PM- 5:30 PM. To join, visit bit.ly/3bPfQY2 or scan the QR code in the invitation above. Limited slots are available. For more information on Invite Calm and other webinars and activities by Globe myBusiness, visit facebook.com/globemybusiness/.

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PLDT sponsors high-level decontamination services to RITM and NKTI

May 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – COVID-19 hospitals and their health workers have received a fresh dose of help in the form of decontamination services and packages of hygiene and food items from telecoms and digital services provider PLDT Inc. and the Makati Medical Center Foundation.     PLDT sponsored the provision of high-level decontamination services using Steramist Asia’s Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) for The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City.     BIT is a powerful disinfectant that has been certified by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) as being effective in eliminating the novel coronavirus.  This is applied in parts of the hospitals in need of specialized sanitation such the laboratories, COVID wards, ambulances and even the reprocessing of N95 masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs).      Working with the Makati Medical Center Foundation, PLDT also turned over care packages containing hygiene and food items to the personnel of these hospitals including their sanitation team, maintenance staff and security officers.     The rest of the care packages will be distributed to the frontline staff of quarantine facilities of the National Task Force.     The company also donated 210 blankets to Paco Catholic School which serves as a temporary shelter for over 200 people. This includes street dwellers and stay-in volunteers and staff. PLDT also gave financial assistance to the school to procure some immediate needs such as medicines and food supplies.      Moreover, PLDT is supporting the Kaagapay: Protect our Healthcare Heroes project. This is a fundraising initiative that provides life-saving medical equipment which includes PPEs, test kits and ventilators for the healthcare sector. This is spearheaded by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Zuellig Pharma, ABS-CBN, Metro Drug and Go Negosyo.     To know more about the efforts of the PLDT Group in beating the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://beta.pldt.com/covid19/.

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DA gains more partners for Plant, Plant, Plant program; priest encourages households to plant

May 6, 2020

With the imposed community quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the agriculture department gains more partners in implementing its Plant, Plant, Plant, Plant program, as it seeks to scale up the production of food through expansion of areas.     Otherwise known as Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19, the DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) has also solicited support from the different households across the region, as most are driven to stay in their homes, pursuing to become more productive through backyard gardening.     Fr. Gary D. Igot of St. John Marie Vianney Church of Xavier Heights Subdivision in Cagayan de Oro City, is no stranger in producing food at the comforts of his home. This was further intensified, being one of the recipients of the agency’s distribution of free vegetable seeds.     “Times are tough and I wanted to show and motivate my neighborhood to spend their spare time in worthwhile activities such as gardening, making them more productive during this ongoing health crisis,” Fr. Igot remarked.     “His humble garden is a good model to bare the department’s Plant, Plant, Plant, Plant program. It only shows that anyone can grow their own food, thus ensuring food security at the household level,”     DA-10 Regional Technical Director Carlota S. Madriaga said, who has visited in the priest’s garden.     Since the COVID-19 crisis broke out, the region, as of April 30, has distributed a total of about 483 kilograms of assorted vegetable seeds to the local governments through its agriculture offices and walk-in clients through the DA-10’s ALPAS COVID-19 center for distribution.     “In a few days, I will have fresh eggplants and bell pepper to harvest from my garden, of which I can share to my neighbors,” Fr. Igot concluded. # # # (DA-RFO X, RAFIS)

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DA – Caraga’s Kadiwa on Wheels hits two birds with one stone

May 6, 2020

Showcasing public service at its best, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels Program benefits both the consuming public and the farmers, fishers, and other Agri product suppliers.     Through the Kadiwa mobile market, the consumers are given an opportunity to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and other fishery products, fresh and frozen meat and poultry products, as well as some dry goods, right at the premises of their barangay     On the other hand, farmers, fishers, and other goods suppliers are ensured of a market for their products and continue to earn an income despite the implementation of the community quarantine in the city which limited the mobility of the people and businesses.     The Kadiwa on Wheels started rolling out earlier this month to chosen barangays in the city that does not have easy access to the markets.     The DA in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department Of Trade and Industry, and the City Government of Butuan, facilitates the conduct of the activity. Farmers Associations, cooperatives, individual farmers, distributors, or retailers of fresh and frozen and meat products, as well as the small and medium enterprise has been participating in the Kadiwa.     As of April 30, Kadiwa on Wheels has rolled out eight times already serving 13 barangays in Butuan City and has generated an accumulated sales of P694,406.14.     Larry Abuzo, Chairperson of Brgy. Agusan Pequeño, one of the communities visited by the Kadiwa on Wheels they really appreciate this program of the government. “Residents of our Barangay don’t need to go to the market or grocery store anymore since their needs were already brought here,” he said.     On the other hand, Nida De Castro Chen, a resident of Brgy. Pangabugan said that she is delighted with her Kadiwa on Wheels experience. “I was able to buy some fish at a low price. This is a very good program because now we don’t have to go far to buy our basic needs, so there is less risk of being exposed to COVID19,” Chen said.      In addition to the Kadiwa on Wheels, the DA-Caraga’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) also conducts the Kadiwa Direct Selling at the DA Regional Office every 15th and 30th day of the month.     The Kadiwa on Wheels is one of the initiatives of the Department to help control the spread of the Coronavirus disease. (Vanessa P. Sanchez/DA13-RAFIS)

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