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Petron fuels fight against COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Petron Corporation through Petron Foundation joins in the country’s collective efforts to help health workers standing at the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. Petron announced that Petron Value Card (PVC) holders can now donate their points to fund personal protective equipment (PPE), masks, and relief packs for health workers from the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, and Sanitarium San Lazaro Hospital.  These hospitals have been designated as COVID-19 referral hospitals by the Department of Health.   To donate, simply text DONATE<space>COVID19<space>16-DIGIT CARDNUMBER<space>AMOUNT and send to 0917-567-1111 with no minimum amount required.  Petron has pledged an initial contribution of P1 million to support the PVC donation drive. Steadfast in its commitment to nation building, the Philippines’ largest oil refining company has also donated free fuel to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Libreng Sakay program. Through this, frontliners can avail of free transport for the duration of Luzon’s month-long Enhanced Community Quarantine. Petron also distributed pre-loaded PVCs to doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff as a token of appreciation for their invaluable service and sacrifice.  “These are challenging times but we will get through this together. We are tirelessly working and thinking of ways how we can make things easier for our fellow Filipinos, especially those at the frontlines,” Petron President and CEO Ramon S. Ang said. The company continues to work with government agencies and LGUs to extend much-needed assistance to Filipino workers and communities most affected by COVID-19. Petron has affirmed its commitment to ensure sufficient and stable fuel supply, while emphasizing that the health and safety of its people remain its top priority. (30)

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DA-NorMin continues COVID-19 response, distributes veggie seeds

April 2, 2020

To enable families to attain food security in the different households of the province amid the current health outbreak, Department of Agriculture - Northern Mindanao continues the distribution of vegetable seeds (300 packets), amounting to Php52,000.00 to the Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Misamis Oriental.  Such initiative is in support to the agency’s overall pending request of Php31-billion approval of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19, which is at the moment, already approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and for consideration and approval by President Duterte. Of which, will expedite the provision of assistance to farmers and fisherfolk as well as the public, in general, to help escalate the food adequacy level of the country during this period of emergency health crisis. #

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DA chief updates on agri-fishery via videoconference

April 2, 2020

Due to community quarantine, social distancing and work-from-home arrangements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture department has opt to meet through a teleconference meeting on March 31, 2020. Presided by DA chief William D. Dar, the meeting tackled on agri-fishery updates and concerns such as the monitoring of food supply and provision of financial assistance to farmers, among others. The said meeting was participated by DA officials from its central and regional offices, including DA- Regional Field Office 10 headed by OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and program focal persons. # (AMBManto)

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DAR Ilocos coop opens “panic lista” to help community cope up with Covid-19

April 2, 2020

To help the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) deal with the crisis caused by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) of Banna, Ilocos Norte offered a “buy now, pay later” services to their customers who do not have money at the moment. Dubbed as “panic lista”, Bagnos MPC Project Manager Amelia Bautista said the customers, especially their farmer-members, can just get rice and other goods from the cooperative and allows them to pay when the health crisis is over. “The cooperative understands their plight that most of them are unable to make money at the moment because the quarantine period and covid19-scare has affected their livelihood situation. In response to their needs, we also decided to lower the prices of our products and cancel the penalties on late payments of loans,” Bautista said. Aside from the "panic lista," Bagnos is also rationing snacks for the local frontliners and barangay officials manning the checkpoints in Banna and nearby towns, like Pinili and Nueva Era. They do this, Bautista said, as a gesture of appreciation to those who sacrifice their time and own security just to maintain the health and safety of the community. "The philosophy of Bagnos is 'helping one another', a philosophy we must strictly follow especially during these rough times," Bautista stressed. Bagnos MPC is a multi-awarded agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) under the care of the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Ilocos Norte. Bagnos, widely known for their rice coffee product called Banna Blend, is a multi-millionaire cooperative. From a mere P4,457 capital in 2000, their asset ballooned to around P29 million due to their services which include rice coffee production, palay trading, consumer store, agri-input trading, credit and savings services, goat and hog raising, butchering, meat processing and farm equipment rental. Among the awards they have received are: 1st place, National Level, IT Enabled Maturity Assessment; 2018 Most Outstanding Cooperative Award from the Cooperative Development Authority; 2018 Outstanding Local Product Award from the Department of Tourism and Most Progressive ARBO (Luzon) – National Level.  (Jorge Richard P. Guerrero, PIO DAR Ilocos Norte)

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KonsultaMD hosts live webinars on COVID-19, mental health etc.

April 2, 2020

KonsultaMD is hosting live webinars on COVID-19, mental health, and other health issues as a way to assist Filipinos staying at home who may have queries concerning their physical and mental well-being. The webinars will be aired via KonsultaMD’s Facebook account on April 3, 17,  and 24 at 8pm and will feature Dr. Gia Grace B. Sison, a practicing medical doctor specializing in Occupational Medicine and is currently the Philippine Leader for Livestrong Foundation and the National Adviser of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition.  She is a co-founder of #HealthXPh which promotes the responsible use of social media in healthcare. “We understand the need of many Filipinos to know more about what is happening  about COVID-19 and how they can cope with the stress that this situation is giving us, among other matters.  That is why we are offering free webinars to make health advice easily accessible to everyone especially with the proliferation of fake information,” said Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc. which operates KonsultaMD. The pilot episode will center around COVID-19 ---  updates on cases, preventive measures, natural ways to boost the immune system, how people can help flatten the curve of the virus, and what makes a person vulnerable, among other related topics.  Part of the program will be devoted to answering questions from the viewers. For mental health, which is the focus of the second episode, Dr. Sison will explain the causes of cabin fever, how COVID-19 affects a person’s mental health and how to lessen anxiety, stress, and depression in view of the current situation. With the onset of summer, the last topic will be about heat stroke --  causes, symptoms,  treatment, and complications as well as how to prevent it from happening. KonsultaMD is a 24/7 health hotline service manned by skilled and licensed Filipino doctors who provide medical services over the phone.  They provide advice to health-related questions including COVID-19 and mental health first aid support.   The telemedicine company currently offers 30 days of free subscription to new customers who will sign up on or before April 13, 2020.  Likewise, calls to the 79880 mobile hotline are free for Globe and TM subscribers.  Customers of other networks are subject to charges of their mobile phone providers.  KonsultaMD may also be reached via (02) 77988000.   KonsultaMD is an affiliate of 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  For more information, visit https://www.konsulta.md/ or https://www.facebook.com/konsultamd/

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Globe creates chatbot to monitor employees’ health while on enhanced community quarantine

April 2, 2020

To ensure that its workforce remains safe and healthy while on enhanced community quarantine, Globe Telecom has created a chatbot that automatically checks on the health status of each of its over 8,000 employees everyday. Called Digital Usher for Disasters and Emergencies or DUDE, the chatbot makes a friendly visit in the morning to inquire if the employee is well or not.   Employees are asked to choose between the two options provided - “I’m good” and “Not so well.”  Those not feeling well may key in their symptoms and DUDE will forward the information to the appropriate support team. There is also a COVID-19 Helpdesk and hotline to assist the employees. “We are committed to protect our workforce while we continuously bring telecom services to the country.  We value the safety and welfare of our employees so we decided to implement a daily health check to ensure that all of them are looked after even with the full work from home and critical skeletal force in place,” said Renato Jiao, Globe Chief Human Resource Officer. DUDE provides accurate information about COVID-19 through links to official health news sources such as the World Health Organization, Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;  policies, advisories, COVID-19 FAQs, and safety tips. It can also capture the frontliners’ needs such as personal protective gear, accommodation, and transportation and swiftly inform the company’s COVID-19 Response team members who are on standby. "The insights that we have been receiving from DUDE really give us a good picture of where our employees are at," said Nico Bambao, Director for Globe's Wonderful Employee Experience Team. "When we ask them if they are unwell, they don't just reply with their symptoms, they tell us if they're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even feeling lonely or depressed." The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted daily living routines, causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially, prompting Globe to make sure that aside from ensuring the physical well-being of its workforce, employees are also given a chance to consult with psychologists from Mind Nation for their mental wellness.

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