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THE BODY SHOP’S COASTAL CLEAN-UP WITH PLANET CORA

March 28, 2020

Conscious of the social and environmental problems the society of today exposes its inhabitants, The Body Shop has been one of the pioneers of sustainability. With that, it constantly seeks for new projects in order to help the world we live in.  In the Philippines, as well as the rest of the world, piles of our mismanaged wastes wind up on our shores.  Plastics and other non-biodegradable wastes may be low-cost and convenient but they stay long in our environment and may kill marine animals as they mistaken plastics for food. Single-used plastics such as plastic straws, plastic bottles and plastic bags are big contributors to pollution.  In line with this, The Body Shop Philippines partnered with Planet CORA a non-profit organization dedicated in protecting the planet in gathering almost 200 volunteers for a Coastal Cleanup in Las Piñas, Parañaque Critical Habitat Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA). This cleanup helped in physically reducing wastes as well as creating awareness and inspiration for the volunteers to instill change in their lifestyles. A total of 2.29 tons of waste were collected in just a span of two hours wherein majority of the collected were plastic bottles.  The Ocean Cleanup with Planet CORA is just one of the many advocacies of The Body Shop Philippines.  ———— About The Body Shop​  The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Little Hampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet. All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.

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Keeping the network running for people to remain connected

March 28, 2020

“This is the biggest challenge for us so far.  With typhoons, we can see the damage, assess if restoration works are possible or not, and plan how to attack and solve the problem. Covid-19 keeps us blind, not knowing if it will hit us or not,” said said Reden Jobil, Globe Sr. Network Operations Engineer. Reden is part of the critical skeletal force composed of installers, repairmen, network engineers, and other personnel who relentlessly work to keep telecommunications facilities running and the country connected despite the virus threat. They are the nation's unsung heroes. “Facing the uncertainties of the pandemic, the possibility of getting us infected after long exposure outside, lining up to get through checkpoints, being shooed away while doing restoration works, trying to enter places with total lockdown -these are the challenges that we have to endure just to ensure that we deliver the best network experience to our customers,” he said. Now, more than ever, telecommunications plays a vital role in the lives of Filipinos who have to abide by the enhanced community quarantine.  Data connectivity is necessary for work-from-home employees, for students who need to continue with their lessons, for hospitals to communicate with doctors and patients, and even for national and local government to run. Thus, telecom companies like Globe continue to deploy its critical skeletal force so that those at home may remain productive, connected, and informed. Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, leads the company in extending its gratitude to these people who brave the risks of possible exposure to COVID-19 to repair telecom lines, install internet facilities, and man critical infrastructure, among other things. “We would like to thank our engineers, installers and other critical skeletal force for holding the fort so that we can  continue to provide services to the country with minimal disruption. We can’t thank you enough for the ultimate sacrifice and act of kindness,” he said. For its part, Globe provides its skeletal force with meals, accommodations, transportation, insurance, medical expense assistance, and personal protective equipment.  

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DOTr, Globe launch COVID-19 hotlines

March 28, 2020

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) through its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has launched the DOTr COVID-19 hotlines in partnership with Globe Telecom to help motorists, commuters, and the general public with their road, aviation, and maritime concerns during the virus outbreak. All calls to the hotline are free of charge for all Globe and TM customers whether they are using Globe landline or mobile phone service. Health workers in Metro Manila may call (02) 7980-2387, (02) 7980-2390, (0917) 876-8635, and (0917) 876-8523) for their transportation questions while inquiries about the aviation sector, particularly, the airports, may be directed to (02) 7980-2391, (02) 7980-2392, (0917) 876-8573, and (0917) 802-2224.  The public may contact (02) 7980-2394 and (0917) 876-8594 for any concern related to the operations of ports, cargo, and sea vessels. "The DOTr is always ready to listen and help the public especially now that the country is facing a huge challenge and we are thankful to Globe for providing us with the tools to make it easier for them to reach us,” said DOTr Emergency Operations Center Head Asec. Eymard Eje. “We also advise our kababayan to always follow the government’s rules and regulations so that we can all be safe and protected from COVID-19." “Globe continuously strives to assist the government in providing services to our fellow Filipinos.  We hope that through this partnership with DOTr, we are able to do our share in connecting the people to the government for that much-needed information and assistance in this time of crisis,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO. Aside from DOTr, Globe also allows toll-free calls to the 911 emergency hotline, Philippine National Red Cross (143), DOH Hotline (02-87111001, 02-87111002), NDRRMC Trunk Line (02-89115061, 02-89115062, 02-89115063, 02-89115064,02- 89115065), NDRRMC Operations Center (02- 89111406, 02-89122665,02-89125668, 02-89111873), Red Cross Emergency Response Unit (02-87902300), NCOV Hotline (02-86517800) and DOH COVID Hotline (02-89426843).

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DA-NorMin: 1,483 Foodlane conduct passes issued

March 27, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City, March 26 – The Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10) drums up the processing of Foodlane applications  with the issuance of  1,483  conduct passes to suppliers and truckers of food and agri-fishery products as of 8:00 p.m. on March 25. DA-10 started its receipt of applications on March 19 with the issuance of memo circular from DA Secretary William D. Dar to ensure unhampered movement of agri-fishery commodities within the region and the country, as a whole, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis with the issuances of community quarantine in different areas. “This [initiative] is in response to the agriculture secretary’s directive of ensuring unhampered and unimpeded transit in all quarantine checkpoints, so that Filipino households will have access to safe and affordable food amid the COVID-19 crisis,” Carlene C. Collado, the regional executive director of DA-10 said. Of the total, the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) of DA-10 reported that issuances were done throughout Northern Mindanao. At the regional office alone which is situated here in the city, 1,200 foodlane passes were released;  83 from the DA-10 research stations in Bukidnon province (57 from Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex in Malaybalay City and 26 from the Research Center for Upland Development in Dangcagan). For the provincial operations centers (POCs) across the region, Misamis Occidental has also issued 30, Lanao del Norte 8, and Bukidnon with 100 while 48 are still on process. Attached bureaus and agencies in the region, have also contributed to the overall number of issuances – 43 from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at Macabalan, CdeO; and 19 from the National Meat Inspection Service in El Salvador City. “Initially, we have only processed the applications in our main office at Antonio Luna Street and thru online submissions. However, to seamlessly cater to our increasing number of applicants, we have also put in place processing centers across NorMin through our POCs and research stations, including our Regulatory Division at Macabalan, also here in CdeO,” the DA exec noted. The strategy addresses the clamor of the increasing applicants from the provinces that are posed with challenges in securing the foodlane passes with the declaration of many local governments under community quarantine throughout the region. DA-10 through its regional office and identified processing centers across NorMin, together with its attached bureaus and agencies, is still open in accepting foodlane applications. For information and guidance, one may access the following links - https:/bit.ly/3aYJKBQ and https://bit.ly/38Z71sc while online submissions should be forwarded to this email: amad1northmin@gmail.com. “With the good turnout of applicants, they too have played a significant role in contributing to DA’s three-pronged objectives of food productivity and availability, food accessibility and mobility, and food price stability,” the directed pointed out. #            

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CARAGA FABLAB PRODUCES FACE SHIELDS FOR COVID-19 FRONTLINERS

March 27, 2020

BUTUAN CITY – Seeing the need to help the communities be safe as the country is put into a state of calamity because of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Fabric Laboratory (FabLab) Caraga is printing protective gears for the frontliners. FabLab Caraga, one of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has started producing face shields last March 23 and continues to donate more to the different agencies in the region. “This initiative is a collaborative effort of the FabLab community in the entire country as a means of support to the real heroes of this crisis, our frontliners,” said Engr. Isagani Roma, FabLab Caraga manager. As of press time, the laboratory has already printed a total of 220 protective gears using three dimensional (3D) printing and aims to reach the production rate of 200 every day as they shift their production by utilizing a laser cutting machine. The laboratory has already provided face shields for the Philippine Medical Association, local government unit of Butuan City, DTI, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Caraga State University (CSU). Roma said that they would willingly accept written requests from various agencies and organizations as well as financial and material donations. “The laboratory is self-sustaining so we call for donations so we can replenish our materials and produce more,” Roma added. DTI Caraga has already donated acrylic sheets, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets, and industrial glue that are needed for the production of the face shields. FabLab Caraga is a space for innovation by providing coaching, mentoring, and access to digital fabrication tools. Through CSU, the laboratory seeks to develop pool of designers to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in product design and development. In 2017, DTI Caraga provided assistance worth P12 million for the purchase of two units of 3D printers, laser cutter and engraver, wood milling machine, computer numerical control (CMC) machine for metal crafts, and large format printers. Nationwide, SSF is a project of DTI that targets to give MSMEs access to better technology and sophisticated equipment to become more competitive in the field (DTI Caraga).  

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WestMinCom proposes quarantine area for Filipino returnees

March 27, 2020

The military proposed building on Sibakel Island a quarantine area for 200 Filipino passengers stuck on vessels that were refused entry in western Mindanao.             The inspection team of Western Mindanao Command dropped round and checked on the conditions of Sibakel Island in basilan on March 19.  Col. Leonardo Peña, the chief of WestMinCom’s unified command staff, led security forces and representatives of lead agencies during the inspection.             Sibakel Island is an isolated area with no existing infrastructure nor water source, but the island can house 200 persons.               “The military’s intervention was brought about by reports of Filipinos returning from Malaysia. Under the presidential proclamation, we have to accept them, but they have to undergo quarantine procedures,” said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana. “That is why we organized a team that did the reconnaissance and inspection, and we decided that Sibakel is the most conducive.”             Soldiers account at least 10 children on the stranded vessels. The passengers will have to undergo medical screenings to determine whether they are persons under monitoring or investigation.             The military intends to install 100 tents on the island, fifty of which will be transported here today. The Department of Health IX, meanwhile, said it will deliberate on the military’s proposal as resources will have to be rationalized.             “Coronavirus Disease-19 is an “ILLNESS” that starts with ’I’. We have to change the ‘I’ to ‘We’ to make it “WELNESS.” Let us continue to work together towards wellness to defeat the illness and make things happen,” said Lt. Gen. Sobejana. The commander chaired the meeting with line agencies including DOH Region IX Director Emilia Monicimpo, DPWH IX Director Cuyamombao D. Dia and OCD Region IX Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena in Camp Navarro on March 19. Meanwhile, the body has set another meeting to discuss the quarantine setup on March 20.

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