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XU Contra COVID-19: Xavier Ateneo offers facilities as quarantine stations

May 8, 2020

SEARSOLIN In March 2020, Xavier University, in partnership with the Department of Health - X offered its SEARSOLIN facility inside the Manresa Compound as a quarantine facility for medical frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center, the COVID-19 referral center for Region 10. This was one of XU’s responses under #XUKontraCOVID19, especially on the needs of frontliners to undergo DOH’s mandatory quarantine after having served a seven-day period at the NMMC Hospital.  From March 17 until April 26, 100 frontliners have completed their required seven/14-day quarantine periods, depending on their degree of exposure.  XU through its SEARSOLIN facility continues to cater to frontliners for the purpose of containing and mitigating possible contaminations. MANRESA TRAINING CENTER Additionally, Xavier Ateneo recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Local Government for the use of three (3) dormitories at the Manresa Training Center as isolation/quarantine stations for Suspect and Probable COVID-19 cases within the City.  The City LGU anticipates a surge of people to be quarantined once the port and airport resume operations.  Medical experts for both quarantine facilities oversee the medical and health protocols to be observed in the daily operations. Xavier Ateneo‘s #XUKontraCOVID19 institutional engagements continue to operate through the headship of Fr Roberto C Yap, SJ, the Chief of Mission, focusing on responding to the needs of frontliners and the vulnerable sectors in the City.

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Globe, DepEd to tackle “new normal” in high education learning

May 8, 2020

In the past few months, educational institutions—especially higher education systems—have shown their capacity to quickly adapt to learning challenges in the midst of a health crisis. Although the shift towards online learning was made at short notice, it has accelerated new forms of pedagogy and digital initiatives from the government in the form of new e-learning tools. Educators and families have embraced technology to foster learning and productivity while staying #SafeAtHome. However, questions still remain: how to meet higher education learning gaps during the COVID-19 crisis, and how to apply these momentary solutions to improve resilience in higher education in the years ahead. To answer these questions, Globe myBusiness is teaming up again with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the third installment of their E-skwela webinar series to discuss the current state of higher education in the Philippines and how this particular situation is changing the landscape of higher education in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, Friday at 10AM via Zoom. E-skwela is intended for higher education professionals, faculty members, administrators, policy makers and parents to help them understand the value of connectivity and technology to higher education. Moreover, the series also aims to position interactive, experiential, collaborative and reflective learning, to maximize remote learning at this time. Joining this Friday's discussion are a diverse panel of educational experts and thought leaders: Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Dr. Caroline Marian “Doc Carol” S. Enriquez, Board member and President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU); Atty. Joseph Noel “Atty Erap“ M. Estrada, Managing Director and Counsel Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA); and Dr. Grace “Gigi” Javier Alfonso, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University. Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos, Education Industry Lead at Globe myBusiness and Learning Technologies Scholar will be returning as a speaker and moderator. Key topics during the webinar include a) potential government policies and plans for higher education, b) school management strategies to support colleges and universities with regard to meeting needs related to learning experiences at the time of COVID-19, c) opportunities in remote learning that leverages on integrating technology for higher education institutions, and e) long-term impact of these teaching practices on the future of education in the country. As the country perseveres to fulfill the promise of 21st century learning, Globe myBusiness extends its support by joining forces with expert authorities from different sectors to share knowledge and expertise for policy-making, innovating teaching models, and in addressing modern issues in education. Register to the webinar for free via glbe.co/eSkwela3. For more information on Globe’s ongoing efforts to make everyone connected, informed and #SafeAtHome, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.  

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COVID-19 Accelerates Digital Adoption In PH

May 8, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world sought to bring a semblance of normalcy in their lives. Filipinos are no different and have looked towards technology to bridge the gap  between how things were versus what they are now.       The ECQ and travel restrictions thrust the internet and digital applications into the forefront of the average Filipino. We have seen an accelerated adoption to critical applications that would allow people to enjoy things that can be easily taken for granted - a favorite dish, a hobby, a wanted toy, or just the simple joy of being connected to a friend.     In the recent Digital 2020 April Statshot report of Hootsuite and We Are Social, the Philippines showed increased reliance on the internet as a means to cope and to safely shop for essentials. 64% of Filipino internet users reported spending more time on social media, while 23%  of users shared that they are spending more time shopping online.     “The current circumstances could be more devastating if we did not have digital tools to support us.  Two years ago, we started to push the organization to adopt all things digital especially in our operations.  We felt it was the right thing to do,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.     Now Globe is doing the same thing for its customers, pushing various digital applications including digital payments for easier and more convenient ways to do transactions. Whether paying bills, buying load, looking up data usage or pulling up a monthly statement, all these are served up through Globe’s mobile apps - the Globe One and TM app for mobile users and the Globe At Home app for broadband users.  There’s also the Globe Rewards app so customers can redeem their loyalty points through several partner merchants or services.  So far, customers are embracing the new ways of doing things as seen by the increasing daily app downloads since the start of the quarantine period.     As more companies, whether big or small enterprises pivot towards work from home arrangements, there will be a  significant reliance on internet access and e-commerce  to keep businesses afloat.       “As we emerge from this crisis and collectively shape our new normal, the telecommunications sector must find new ways to serve customers.  We are looking at more self-serve channels to empower our customers more,” adds Cu.     How the sector will address the challenges remain to be seen.  For sure, one thing remains clear, the internet alongside food, shelter, and clothing is the new essential.  Going digital may yet be the new normal.

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IATF okays food security development framework

May 8, 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA), as chair of the Task Group on Food Security (TGFS), recently got the nod of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to pursue its Food Security Development Framework (FSDF) as it leads the country’s agriculture sector towards the ‘new normal’ era.     Agriculture Secretary William Dar said “the framework aims to provide the overall vision and high-level goals for the sector to attain in the immediate and short-term. It focuses on five objectives of food production, namely: availability, accessibility, affordability, price stability, and food safety.”     In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSDF identifies strategic areas for each TGFS member-department to focus on in the next six months and onto 2021.     Chaired by the DA, the TGFS is currently composed of 20 national departments and agencies, to name a few: the departments of trade and industry (DTI), interior and local government (DILG), social welfare and development (DSWD), agrarian reform (DAR), environment and natural resources (DENR), budget and management (DBM), education (DepEd), science and technology (DOST), energy (DOE), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).     “To attain the overall vision of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers, we will operate on five core strategies on farm consolidation, modernization, industrialization, export promotion, and infrastructure development. Each member-agency of the TGFS will implement these based on their mandate,” Secretary Dar said.     He added that they will put a premium on inter-agency resource complementation and coordination through the TGFS cross-functional sub-groups to expand the government service reach and time period.     At present, the TGFS has four sub-groups: food resiliency, energy, food value chain and logistics, and water.     “We expect these sub-groups to work in harmony so that we could maximize our resources in reaching out to more beneficiaries as we go through our planning and operations.     “The concepts we are using incorporate the eight paradigms of the ‘new thinking for agriculture’ that we introduced early on, aimed at modernizing the agriculture sector, increasing productivity and profit and, mainstreaming smallholder farmers and fisherfolk in the food supply chain,” he said.     Upon assuming the DA post, in August last year, he introduced the ‘eight paradigms’ in agriculture that include broad strokes on intensive crop diversification, farm clustering and inclusive agribusiness, science-based farming, soil health and water management, integrated post-harvest processing, and value chain integration.     “As the food security development framework outlines the national government’s immediate action points and ‘rebound’ mechanisms, we will strengthen partnerships with local government units, farmers’ groups and cooperatives, agricultural state universities and colleges, and the private sector. Also, we will localize project management and establish responsive feedback at ground-level to capacitate the underserved and vulnerable communities, at all times,” Dar added.     Finally, the TGFS will outline an operational plan that puts all concepts into specific programs, projects, and activities that translate into action the Duterte government’s response to address the disruptions and challenges, including inefficiencies in the supply chain, losses in incomes and livelihood opportunities, and health risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.     “Together, we can do this. Together, we will act, win, and heal as one,” the DA chief concluded. ### (Myriam Layaoen, DA StratComms)

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Go clarifies “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” Program should be voluntary for those willing to start anew in the countryside

May 8, 2020

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go clarified in an interview on Thursday, May 7, that while the long-term goal of the “Balik Probinsya” program aims to encourage urban dwellers and businesses to relocate to the provinces to promote equitable distribution of opportunities and economic development throughout the country, it should still be implemented as “voluntary” for Filipinos who are willing to consider relocating to their respective home provinces.      “Walang pilitan ito, hindi pwedeng pilitin ‘yung mga tao na umuwi na ng probinsya. Hinanda po ito para sa mga may gustong lumipat o umuwi na. Bibigyan sila ng gobyerno ng magandang oportunidad na magsimula ng maayos na pamumuhay sa kanilang mga probinsya pagkatapos ng COVID-19 crisis,” Go said.     “Ngayon po ito pwedeng mangyari dahil maraming gustong umuwi so unahin natin ‘yung mga gustong umuwi. Kung gusto nila manirahan dito sa Maynila, respetuhin po natin. Sino ang gustong umuwi, ‘yun ang unahin,” Go reiterated, citing many Filipino families who have expressed willingness to relocate to their home provinces after their experiences during the current COVID-19 crisis.      In relation to this, Go also mentioned that initial talks with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and other key officials of concerned government agencies had already resulted to the signing of Executive Order 114, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 6, institutionalizing the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program” with the creation of its council to oversee its implementation.     “Nag-meeting sila Executive Secretary Medialdea along with other departments secretaries o undersecretaries po para paghandaan ang mga plano, tulad nung executive order na pinirmahan na po ni Pangulong Duterte para po magkaroon ng Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Council,” Go explained.     “Lahat ng agencies po mag-aalign ng kanilang mga programs, activities and projects na pwedeng makatulong sa mga kababayan nating nais umuwi at para rin ma-encourage ang iba na mag-relocate sa mga probinsya sa tamang panahon,” he added.      “Ang mga local government units ay naghahanda na rin po para tumanggap ng mga magsisibalikan para mabigyan sila ng sapat na tulong, pabahay, kabuhayan at iba pa,” he further emphasized.      Last Monday, May 4, Senator Go filed Senate Resolution No. 380, urging the Executive branch to formulate and implement a Balik Probinsya Program.  It was adopted by the Senate on the same day.  President Duterte’s order came days after the said resolution was adopted.      EO 114 was issued and will make the Balik Probinsya Program a priority after the national health crisis. Preparations for the long-term plan are underway while programs are also in place for immediate implementation for those who wish to move now, according to concerned officials from the Executive branch.      “Para sa mga gustong umuwi na ngayon, may nakahanda nang protocols daw ang gobyerno para siguraduhin na ligtas ang pagbyahe at hindi ito magdudulot ng lalong pagkalat ng sakit. May transportation assistance at transitory package na ipapamahagi,” Go said.      The EO will constitute the creation of the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Council which tackles policies for balanced regional development. Go cited the EO saying that the body will provide an over-all direction for all the policies and implementation for the Balik Probinsya Program, especially in developing regions.     Go also emphasized that as a legislator, he will help formulate long-term plans and push for key legislative measures necessary to encourage more Filipinos to go home to the provinces and start their lives anew. He said in the interview that he is studying proposed laws that will encourage investors and businesses to expand their operations in the provinces and grant them incentives to boost development and availability of economic opportunities in the countryside.      “Bilang isang mambabatas ay isusulong ko po ang iba’t ibang batas na makakatulong... halimbawa ‘yung mga negosyante at businesses, to encourage them at bigyan sila ng incentives. (This is) to encourage them to put up businesses dun sa probinsya para pag maraming trabaho, maraming negosyo, plantasyon, factory at iba pang kabuhayan ay maraming trabahong pwede nating ibigay sa mga Pilipino sa probinsya,” he explained.     With regard to the issues of land use, Go also mentioned that concerned government departments and agencies, such as the National Economic and Development Authority and the National Housing Authority, will help in planning out available land that can be converted for the use of the beneficiaries for housing, businesses and agriculture.      “Halimbawa, hindi lang po lupa gaya dun sa mga farmers o sa mga agrarian reform na kasalukuyang ginagawa ng gobyerno. Marami pa palang lupa para dito sa mga urban dwellers (na magrerelocate). Halimbawa, may mga government lands tay

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DTI’s Negosyo Center launches ‘One Stop Tindahan on Wheels’

May 8, 2020

JABONGA, AGUSAN DEL NORTE – As a means to help consumers in remote areas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Negosyo Center (NC) in Agusan del Norte, partnered with the local government unit of Jabonga in bringing basic and prime commodities close to the communities.     The DTI-Agusan del Norte started last April 21 the One Stop Tindahan on Wheels in Brgy. San Vicente of the municipality.     According to DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Brenda Corvera, the initiative aims to provide easier access of basic necessities and other grocery items to the residents of Jabonga, thus avoiding the need for the people to travel downtown.      “It is also designed to help suppliers mobilize their goods as the municipality of Jabonga, together with the rest of the nation, fight against COVID-19,” Corvera added.      The rolling store catered around 200 individuals in Brgy. San Vicente. Basic food items such as rice, noodles, coffee, milk and sugar became a hit among the residents of the said barangay.     NC Jabonga invited suppliers from the municipality to supply the needed grocery items for the rolling store.     LGU Jabonga, headed by Mayor Napoleon Montero, also supported the One Stop Tindahan on Wheels and provided two vehicles to be used by the rolling store, which is set to cater more barangays in the succeeding days.     The Negosyo Center is a major program of DTI that caters to the entrepreneurs’ need in processing requirements to establish a business, and in accessing information essential for their growth.      The program is implemented by the DTI-Regional Operations Group spearheaded by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona. To date, there are now 1,125 NCs nationwide.

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