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Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro provides food

June 17, 2020

CIVIC groups are now assisting the government in alleviating the hassles experienced by locally stranded individuals (LSIs) at a holding facility in Cagayan de Oro City.   The spacious gym at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) - known within the campus as the Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras Memorial Hall - has been transformed as a drop zone for LSIs coming from Laguindingan airport and the Port of Cagayan de Oro where local government units (LGUs) from all over including as far as Digos City would fetch them home.   The phenomenal influx of arriving LSIs was attributed to Cagayan de Oro being the gateway to Mindanao for passengers from virus-hit Luzon and Visayas.   Thus, PPA Port of Cagayan de Oro manager Isidro Butaslac Jr. conceived a plan along with the USTP management for DRERM Hall to be transformed into a holding facility.   Butaslac then rallied fellow Rotarians to redirect their civic-mindedness to help the LSIs.   Since June 12, the mother Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro has distributed 900 food packs to the LSIs.   "We also provided 10 gallons of purified drinking water which will be replenished when they are all consumed. We have coordinated with Pepsi Cola Philippines Cag de Oro Plant under GM Bob Flores for the installation of a dispenser for Lipton Ice Tea and Gatorade for the LSIs free consumption," remarked RC Cagayan de Oro past president and project director Cris Parojinog. "Del Monte Philippines also assisted us with pack fruit cocktails for our LSIs."   Mindanao’s biggest club, also recognized as The Mother Club, was organized on April 22, 1948. From a small group 17 charter members, it has constantly grown over the years.   The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro is made up of distinguished professionals, business and community leaders who share the common passion of serving the community selflessly. It is a non-religious, culturally diverse and non-political club that strives to promote equality and high ethical standards among men through project and activities that cater to various sectors of society advocating the importance of education, health improvement, and poverty alleviation are prioritized and regularly carried out by the club and its members.

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Toyota Motor Philippines Online E-Sports program – GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines

June 15, 2020

This move was brought about by the latest situation where safety is of highest concern to everyone and mass gatherings like physical races are foreseen to be limited in the coming months. “Safety of our customers, employees, and fans are always at the top of our priority,” expressed TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto.  “But we also recognize the value of waku-doki spirit in everyone!  This is a great way to sustain the excitement of motorsports program in the Philippines in a safe environment.” The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines, an e-racing event under Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports program, will be fully held online and will be open to the public, ages 18 and above.  “Finally, Toyota fans can participate in our sports program at the comfort and safety of their own homes.  We also expect this activity to reach a wider and younger audience, based on the profile of gamers.”  The online e-race, using Toyota’s legendary sports car icon, the GR Supra, is expected to start in July 2020.  Winners of the e-race will get a chance to participate in the regional finals, the GR Supra GT Cup – Asia. E-Sports in the Philippines have grown in popularity over the years. The addition of E-sports programs in various international competitions, producing Filipino medalists, have further legitimized the sport. The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines is Toyota’s fun and safe alternative to holding the country’s number one motorsports program, The Vios Racing Festival. Usually held in 3 legs from the second to the fourth quarter, the current situation makes it very challenging for Toyota, the racings teams, the drivers, and public spectators to do this physical event. “We look forward to a better 2021 Vios Racing Festival Season where we can go back to the tracks again and feel the heat and excitement.  But for now, we invite everyone to join the GR Supra GT Cup Asia E-Sports Program,” Okamoto concluded. More details of the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines will be announced soon.  Stay tuned at Toyota.com.ph and facebook/ToyotaMotorPhilippines to get updates.

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Hino Reopens Dealerships Nationwide

June 15, 2020

Hino Motors Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Hino trucks and buses in the country, recently reopened its doors to Filipinos as the national quarantine guidelines eased up. All of Hino’s 21 dealerships nationwide are back in operations. With the majority of the country now in General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Modified GCQ (MGCQ) and many business establishments are already reopening, Hino resumes operations to help the economy recuperate from the hit it took from the COVID-19 pandemic. Hino’s reopening of its dealerships is in line with the provisions and guidelines of community quarantine on each area. To ensure the health and safety of its customers, workers and partners, Hino observes strict cleanliness and health protocols such as the regular checking of temperature. All dealerships nationwide will undergo regular and thorough sanitization to maintain a safe and clean environment. Those entering the dealerships are required to hand sanitize with alcohol and to keep their face masks on during their entire stay inside. In compliance with physical distancing guidelines, only a limited number of customers will be allowed at a time. Hino will also be stringent in limiting human contact for all customer transactions. Hino has 21 3S dealerships across Metro Manila and key provincial cities. Below is the list of operational Hino 3S dealerships: NCR: Hino Balintawak Hino J. Abad Santos Hino U.N. Avenue Hino Pasig Hino Paranaque Luzon: Hino Isabela Hino Nueva Ecija Hino Pampanga Hino Carmona Hino Laguna Hino Batangas Hino Naga   Visayas: Hino Leyte Hino Panay Hino Negros Hino Cebu Hino Mandaue   Mindanao: Hino Butuan Hino Cagayan de Oro Hino Davao Hino Gen. Santos To access Hino’s full list of dealership centers and contact numbers, customers may refer to this link. More announcements are updated in Hino’s official website and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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The New Normal of Personal Mobility

June 15, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect in people’s lives, as well as, the global economy.  With that, a “new normal” that requires maintaining physical distancing and safe hygienic practices has been established by the government. Although the Philippines was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine since March 17, the government recently announced new guidelines to gradually ease the lockdown and slowly open up the economy starting May 16, moving the NCR to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).  With the shift in status, still, mobility will remain limited, particularly public transportation, due to government measures to limit the virus from further spreading. According to an article by Moovit, the world experienced a decline in public transportation from about 70 percent to 90 percent among commuters from January to April this year. Another study also said that the greatest risk for a person to get ill is exposure to mass gatherings, particularly public transportation, because of exposure to crowds or contact with surfaces touched by people such as handrails and door handles. This reinforces the importance of not only physical distancing but minimized travel aside from staying at home. So when you can finally go out, it will be important to consider clever ways of commuting. One such way will be investing in motorcycles as a means of solo transportation. Motorcycles can become a reliable and convenient mode of transportation, especially during these trying times that commuters need to remain safe from crowds along with the added protection of full-face helmets and face masks. Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) joins the country as it works to meet the challenges posed by the global health crisis through promoting physical distancing and providing a safe and convenient mode of mobility. “This pandemic is expected to remain with us throughout the year. So, we must ensure the safety of Filipinos by providing the possible transportation solutions that will allow mobility at a reasonable price, yet keep them safe,” said Susumu Mitsuishi, President of HPI. The array of cutting-edge motorcycles busy on the streets, such as the Honda BeAT, Genio, CLICK, and the PCX150 is an indication that Honda’s AT bikes are becoming predominant.  This signifies that the company has been true to its “ONE DREAM” campaign, which is helping fulfill people’s dreams while experiencing the joy of mobility. And in today’s reality, provide a safer way for people staying home to still access badly needed necessities and return to work for their living. “It brings us great fulfillment that our motorcycles are of great importance especially during these days, bringing safety for people against the dangerous virus,” Mitsuishi said.

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LANDBANK releases second wave of cash grants to 1.3M beneficiaries

June 13, 2020

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) fully disbursed the second round of cash grants worth P6,741,409,650.00 to 1,335,711 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to support families heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The payout for the second wave of cash assistance to the LANDBANK Cash Cards of intended beneficiaries was completed on Thursday, June 11, 2020.  The beneficiaries may withdraw from more than 2,000 LANDBANK ATMs available nationwide free of charge, and the more than 20,000 ATMs of BancNet-member banks. They may also use their cash cards for cashless purchases in groceries, supermarkets and drugstores through the Point-of-Sale (POS) machines at the cashier or check-out counters. “Through the LANDBANK Cash Cards, we already delivered the second wave of cash grants to 1.3 million beneficiaries in an immediate, safe and secure manner. Rest assured that LANDBANK will continuously work with the national government to ensure that future beneficiaries will receive their emergency subsidies quickly, while strictly adhering to the quarantine measures in place,” LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo said. LANDBANK’s distribution of cash grants is in line with the passage of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One” Act and the issuance of DSWD-DOLE-DTI-DA-DOF-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2020 or the “Special Guidelines on the Provision of Social Amelioration Measures.” For more updates, please follow, like, and share the official LANDBANK social media accounts—for Facebook and Instagram: @landbankofficial, and for Twitter: @LBP_Official, and the LANDBANK website: www.landbank.com.

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MG Philippines Implements Safety and Hygiene Protocols in Dealerships Nationwide

June 13, 2020

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) — MG Philippines — In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, MG Philippines has taken special action to place the safety of its clients at the forefront of the business. More stringent safety protocols involving unit disinfection and sanitization have been put in place with regards to the pre-delivery inspection (PDI) of each brand new MG unit, while MG dealerships nationwide heighten the levels of their existing safety and hygiene practices. During PDI, each brand new MG unit will undergo a disinfection treatment system, where an atomized anti-bacterial solution fumigates and deeply penetrates areas of the car’s cabin such as the ventilation system, carpets, cushions, and beddings to kill bacteria in hard to reach places. It will also target, in particular, the air conditioning system of each car, removing bacteria, spores, mold, and micro-organisms. This treatment offers non-toxic, long-term protection against the regeneration of germs and microbes. Existing MG clients may likewise bring their already-purchased MG units to select dealerships nationwide to avail of these services for a minimal fee. Aside from the disinfection of MG units, each MG dealership in the Philippines heightened its existing hygiene and sanitization protocols. This will lessen the chances of dealership structures—including the showroom floor, service bays, and admin offices—being affected by viral traces, bacteria, and contaminants. MG dealership personnel have also been fully briefed on the do’s and don’ts with regard to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will put these into practice when while dealing with clients and among themselves at the workplace, and also in their homes with their families. The following enhanced safety measures are progressively put in place at MG Philippine dealerships nationwide: *Foot pad disinfectants at showroom main entrance and service workshop entrance *Hand sanitizer dispensers available around the showroom floor and in the admin offices *Body temperature scanning for all who enter the dealership premises *Scheduled vehicle and parts delivery (with disinfection) *Appointment-based service transactions *Sanitized consultation areas for clients *Scheduled daily and weekly sanitization of all areas in dealership facility These dealerships strictly follow the new health guidelines enumerated above, while also encouraging social distancing and limiting the number of clients and vehicles being serviced each day. Each dealership also encourages clients to call ahead or use the My MG mobile app to schedule an appointment before making a visit, as this will ensure that the needs of each client are fulfilled while adhering to the recommendation to practice safe social distancing and limiting the amount of people in the dealership at any given time. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it is our duty to provide solutions that safeguard our clients and all who work in our dealerships, our warehouses, and everyone else affiliated with the MG brand,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President and CEO of MG Philippines. “We are also focused on delivering each brand new MG with the assurance that these vehicles are thoroughly sanitized and will not pose a health risk to anyone who rides in them.” MG Philippines’ aftersales complements also address the need for social distancing and limiting interaction with crowds. The Mobile Garage service sends a certified MG technician to addresses any major technical and mechanical issues you may have with your MG. The My MG App, on the other hand, allows you to schedule a PMS from your smartphone, saving you trips to and from the dealership. The My MG App also allows you to check parts and make reservations for these, and allows you to locate the dealership nearest to you using your smartphone’s built-in GPS. You can also talk to one of our capable operators through the 24/7 MG Hotline (+632-5328-4664) and make inquiries about MG products, promos, and sales, and also schedule aftersales services. MG Philippines encourages everyone to engage in pro-active health and hygiene practices, especially with regard to their cars. Left unchecked, cars can become a breeding ground for disease. Simple things like regularly wiping down high-contact areas like your steering wheel, doors, and dashboard; regularly changing your air filter (or hosing it down if you have a washable type); and disinfecting your seats will go a long way in the fight against the spread of germs and bacteria.

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