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Young kids get enchanted over biotech success story

August 1, 2019

MORE than fifty students recently trooped to the Department of Education (DepEd) Library Hub in Davao City to watch the said animation which talks about a town in Mindanao that was totally devastated by a typhoon but recovered and prospered when the town folks started planting biotech corn. This as the animated version of the only children’s book in the country which attempts to explain agricultural biotechnology to young kids continues to captivate public elementary school children from Magallanes Elementary School and Bolton Elementary School in Davao City. The story which was authored by Legacy Monsanto Philippines Corporate Affairs Lead, Chat Garrido-Ocampo, was inspired by the true story of Aling Conching Reyes from Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. Aling Conching lost everything to Typhoon Frank  in 2008 but still stuck to farming and was able to recover and succeed in life. When Ocampo met Aling Conching, she was moved to write about the latter.“ I really felt Aling Conching’s inspiring story had to be told because not only did she get herself out of the claws of poverty through farming but she was also able to help an entire town transform from a life of poverty to that of prosperity,” Ocampo said.      Meantime, DepEd Library Hub Librarian Rosalie Antipuesto said that the animation is a creative way of helping children have a basic understanding of agricultural biotechnology while stirring them to look at agriculture as an interesting and promising field. “By listening to the story, the kids were able to appreciate better the work of our farmers.” Said Antipuesto. “The kids were also inspired by how Aling Conching became successful through hard work and because her unfailing faith in God. The story effectively shared a lot of important lessons to guide these kids.”     It has been eight years since Legacy Monsanto Philippines first conducted story-telling sessions based on Aling Conching’s story. “When the book came out in 2011, we started our story-telling activities and we have already reached more than 10,000 kids since then,’ said Ocampo. ‘Hopefully, Aling Conching’s story will find it’s way in classroom discussions as an excellent example of how people and communities can prosper through modern agriculture.” (PR/RP)

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News today | Good news for Starbucks customers as GCash introduces new mobile payment option

July 30, 2019

GOOD news for Starbucks customers. This as the GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, made it easier for Starbucks customers to get a cup of their favorite handcrafted beverage with Gcash new mobile payment option.      With the new Scan to Pay with GCash QR, a QR scanner integrated into the coffee shop's point of sale (POS) scans the GCash customer's generated QR code, this creates a convenient payment process by eliminating multiple steps and adding to a more positive customer experience. “Starbucks offers locally relevant digital payment options to its customers, and GCash complements the experience in every Starbucks store through the convenience and features of our mobile wallet. Further enabling Starbucks to create positive customer experience is also exactly what we envisioned for this partnership.” Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and President of Mynt, said. To use GCash’s STP via QR scanner, Starbucks customers need to generate a QR code through their GCash app when the barista completes taking their orders. The customer will scan the QR code to the QR scanner and will receive notification of payment via SMS while the barista will receive payment via the POS. There is no need for a QR key card or handset to receive a GCash reference number as proof of transaction. Furthermore, Starbucks customers do not have to input the amount due for payment in their GCash app because it will be automatically deducted from their account.   As of September 2018, Starbucks had 373 licensed stores nationwide. It opened its first branch in the Philippines in 1997 at the 6750 Ayala Building in Makati City, making the Philippines the third overseas market for Starbucks. “As a fintech company, our goal is to promote a cashless lifestyle that will make financial transactions less complicated for more people. Just as Starbucks is committed to innovative digital experiences, we too, are committed to bringing convenience with mobile innovations like our STP via QR scanner.,” Thomas said. GCash’s partnership with Starbucks comes in the heels of the mobile wallet app’s partnership with Asia United Bank (AUB). AUB and GCash will collaborate to enable more than a million traditional and non-traditional merchants in the Philippines to accept QR payments. GCash, the Filipinos’ preferred mobile wallet, has 20 million users and over 50,000 partner merchants. It offers a suite of financial services and merchant and enterprise solutions accessible through the app.

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100 war-affected families in Iligan City remain at evacuation centers

July 30, 2019

ILIGAN City--More than a hundred households in hinterland barangays of Iligan are still staying in three evacuation centers after an encounter on Thursday, July 25, in sitio Duwa-duwa with the troops of the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion and members of the New People’s Army (NPA). Kalilangan Barangay Chairman Alimoding Mansumayan on Tuesday (July 30) said these households are coming from two sitios of his barangay which were affected by the recent armed conflict and tension between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the NPA. Two mosques and a barangay hall are being used as temporary stay of the families who left their houses for fear of being caught in cross fire. “They are not yet returning to their houses because the military is still pursuing the armed men. They are afraid there will be fire fight again,” Mansumayan said. A soldier of the 51IB was wounded during an encounter on July 25 with the armed men during their visit to the village for their Community Support Program (CSP) according to Col. Alex Aduca, deputy commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. In a dialogue on July 30 with the barangay officials, leaders of the Indigenous People in the hinterland barangays and the security sectors in Iligan City, Barangay Rogongon Chairman Randy Pugoy, expressed woes that due to the armed conflict, about 130 elementary learners in his barangay were affected and that they continue to host displaced residents. However, Grace Saquilabon, chief of Iligan City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), said the local government unit have not yet delivered emergency relief assistance to the displaced families because the barangay council of Kalilangan have not yet submitted to them the master list of the evacuees. “There should be masterlist of the evacuees so that we will know the profile of the legitimate evacuees that we are going to give relief assistance,” Saquilabon said in a phone interview.

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Health expert urges parents to shield children vs vaccine-preventable diseases

July 28, 2019

VALENCIA City--A health expert is asking parents to submit their children for immunization to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. Karen Yee-Garces, regional immunization program coordinator of the Department of Health in Region 10 (DOH-10), said vaccines are necessary as she allay the fears of parents from Dengvaxia. Garces said parents are now precarious about vaccines following the Dengvaxia issue, but explained that the program is distinct and has proven to be effective for decades now. Last July 24, the health has intensified its “Kalasag ng Kalusugan Karavan (Health Shield)” vaccination campaign here in Valencia City. The activity aimed at creating awareness and develop a deeper understanding that vaccines act as a shield to help protect and save lives. "It is also in preparation for the 'Back to Bakuna' school-based immunization program for public schools set on July to September this year," said the health department in a press statement, a copy of which was obatined by Mindanao Daily News online. It said the campaign called on parents to let their schoolchildren be immunized to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases with the use of vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria, as well as the use of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Human papillomavirus or HPV is a virus that can cause fatal diseases such as cervical cancer among women. It can also cause anal cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, and genital warts. The “Back to Bakuna” routine school-based immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria vaccines are administered to Grades 1 and 7 students; while the two doses of HPV vaccines are for Grade 4 girls aged nine to fourteen years old—with the second dose given after six months. -With reporting from Bernadith G. Epan/RLRB, PIA Bukidnon

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62-year-old man found dead inside car

July 27, 2019

ILIGAN City--Authorities found a 62-year-old man dead inside an abandoned car Friday evening (July 26) inside a van parked along Ubaldo Laya Avenue in Barangay Palao this city. Police Major Allan Abalde said the cadaver was identified as Saidale Buale Aragasi, 62, married, driver and owner of the van, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte. Abalde said the police learned about the incident after a concerned person reported to Iligan City Police Station 5 about the abandoned van bearing plate number ACU 6601. He said that upon the conduct of an ocular investigation, police investigator found the body at the front seat with stab wounds at the left side of the body. "Our investigator on case is checking on any CCTVs in the area to aid in the investigation," Abalde said. Police is initially looking into robbery and "rido" or family feud as motives of the incident.

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Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental installs free wifi

July 26, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Tech-savvy here has finally found a new place where they can occasionally surf the Internet following the installation of Free Wifi at the municipal hall grounds. Last July 25, the local government of Villanueva under Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has conducted the Internet Media and Information Literacy Training to beneficiaries of the Free Wi-fi Internet Access in Public Places Project at Audio Visual Room (AVR) of this town. Mayor Uy said the participants  were mostly senior high school students from barangays Kalingagan, Tambobong-Balacanas, and San Martin, all in Villanueva town. She said some junior high school students from Villanueva National High School also attended the training conducted by DICT. This training provides basic knowledge and user experience on the Internet and its uses, applications and benefits to the public, according to Mayor Uy. Among the highlights of the training is a discussion on the use of e-government services, email and social media, as well as tips on how to secure personal information when in cyberspace, the local chief executive stressed.

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