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RC Cagayan de Oro turns over global grant to Philippine Red Cross

October 30, 2020

THE Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro turned over a global grant to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter in ceremonies held Wednesday. Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships. Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. In this case, the global grant was applied during the time of immediate past president Julino Dulfo in 2019. Past RI District 3870 governor and district Rotary Foundation chair Manuel Along recalled that it was during a training among fellow Rotary Foundation district chairs in Clark last March 2019 that they were encouraged to apply for the global grant. Along, who is organic to the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, then met with Dulfo so they could apply for a global grant. It so happened that Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter chair Antonio Soriano also happened to be a member of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro. And so it was decided that the global grant, once approved, will be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter. The global grant that they applied for was to be used to install a blood bank refrigerator, a plasma freezer, an incubated platelet agitator, a tube sealer and a T-seal mobile. These are equipment that will increase capacity to store blood at the blood center and replace antiquated equipment. Soriano is grateful to the Rotarians, saying the global grant is timely in the light of COVID-19. 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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RC Cagayan de Oro turns over global grant to Philippine Red Cross

October 29, 2020

THE Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro turned over a global grant to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter in ceremonies held Wednesday.   Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.   Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions.   In this case, the global grant was applied during the time of immediate past president Julino Dulfo in 2019.   Past RI District 3870 governor and district Rotary Foundation chair Manuel Along recalled that it was during a training among fellow Rotary Foundation district chairs in Clark last March 2019 that they were encouraged to apply for the global grant.   Along, who is organic to the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro, then met with Dulfo so they could apply for a global grant.   It so happened that Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter chair Antonio Soriano also happened to be a member of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro.   And so it was decided that the global grant, once approved, will be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross CDO-MisOr chapter.   The global grant that they applied for was to be used to install a blood bank refrigerator, a plasma freezer, an incubated platelet agitator, a tube sealer and a T-seal mobile. These are equipment that will increase capacity to store blood at the blood center and replace antiquated equipment.   Soriano is grateful to the Rotarians, saying the global grant is timely in the light of COVID-19.   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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A look into education’s new normal: DepEd shares insights on the first weeks of classes

October 29, 2020

VARIOUS industries in the Philippines are already on their slow but steady path to recovery and that includes the education sector. Despite the compromises and major changes made in the educational system to navigate through the now normal, the Department of Education (DepEd) has successfully opened classes for SY 2020-2021. “DepEd recognizes the challenges of the school year ahead, but if we opted for an academic freeze, we would have lost many months of the childrens’ learning,” said DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones. “The opening of the school year has generally been very successful, and we will continue to face any challenge that lies ahead with great resolve to continue education in the country.” For the first few weeks of classes, the Department has been focusing on the proper implementation of the alternative learning delivery modalities and providing the necessary psychosocial support for the academic community. Learning in the new normal Following the DepEd’s successful implementation of the different learning modalities across the country, Regional Offices (ROs) are working hard to continuously provide students with learning materials. With the vision of making education accessible to every student in the country, DepEd reports that 690,578,576 Self Learning Modules (SLM) have already been printed.  Distribution of the said learning materials has also been successful, with 465,225,636 SLMs being distributed to students nationwide for the first quarter of the school year. Learning materials for Online Distance Learning students have already been prepared in time for the first quarter of the academic year, with 3,841,474 digitized SLMs, e-books, online video lessons, and the like ready for rollout. The DepEd also shared that 7,740 Radio-based instruction (RBI) learning materials are ready for roll out across all regions in the country. These materials include teaching scripts and learning episodes, which will help educate and engage with students in far-flung areas. Currently, DepEd has partnerships with 309 radio stations all over the Philippines. Meantime, preparations for Television-based learning have also been successful. The Department reports that 9,207 Television-based instruction (TBI) learning materials like video lessons and learning episodes have been prepared for students in all 17 regions in the country. A total of 259 television channels are partaking in TBI, making education more accessible and easier to consume this school year. Recently, DepEd also announced the DepEd Error Watch initiative. The goal of this initiative is to receive and collate reports of errors found in different learning materials so that the DepEd can forward these to the appropriate offices for validation and correction. The initiative allows the Department to be more open to public feedback in order to further improve the learning experience of every student in the country. Parents and students can use various platforms such as email (errorwatch@deped.gov.ph), Facebook messenger (@depederrorwatch), and text message (0961-680-5334) to report any discrepancies, and are also encouraged to use the hashtag #depederrorwatch when submitting reports. Training has also been conducted nationwide to help equip teachers and parents for the changes that are bound to happen this school year. The Department has trained 804,272 teachers, and they have also reached out to 14,944,593 parents in all 13 regions. In total, 45,321 schools have helped the Department in conducting seminars to educate both teachers and parents. Putting emphasis on mental health The mental health of the academic community also continues to be one of DepEd’s top priorities for this school year. Prior to the opening of classes, DepEd trained teachers to provide support to students who may be struggling to cope with education’ new normal. The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) program gives learners the necessary support they needed during the first week of remote learning. Likewise, DepEd’s stakeholders also enjoy wellness checks to also help them cope with working at such a peculiar time. DepEd also issued the Parents’ Handbook for the New Normal in Basic Education to serve as a guide for SY 2020-2021. The handbook helps parents further understand the alternative learning modalities and provides information on where parents can seek help should they encounter difficulties in understanding the learning modules. Practical tips for parents of learners with disabilities and positive parenting and discipline tips when facilitating home learning are also included in the handbook. Parents can secure a copy of the handbook by downloading it online. “The millions of learners who are doing their best to learn despite the pandemic are truly inspiring and encouraging,” said Secretary Briones. “The Department remains steadfast in its commitment to provide all learners with the quality education they deserve, and we will continue to work hand in hand with our stakeholders to continue education for Filipinos across the country amid these trying times.” (PR)

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Children take part, speak up to save planet and future, says group

October 29, 2020

CHIDREN are taking action and speaking up on climate emergency as extreme weather events continue to pose threats on their right to survive, access education, and well-being according to a survey conducted by Save the Children Philippines.   The child rights organization marks the World Sustainability Day highlighting calls for a unified action and strengthening of public awareness to address the harsh impact of climate emergency. Save the Children has launched the #RedAlertonClimate to inform the public about the climate emergency during the pandemic and provide a platform for children to speak up to change the future.   According to the survey of 41 children and youth from Metro Manila, Eastern Visayas and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) conducted from October 8-17, 2020, children said their well-being is also affected by frequent flooding, droughts and heat waves which prevent them to do things that they used to do, including going to school.   “I can’t play outside. Flooding and air pollution make me sick,” said one of the child respondents.   “Children are speaking up. We have to listen and consider their perspectives in the actions and decisions that we do in preventing climate and environment catastrophe,” said Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines.   The child rights organization said the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the situation of children and their families who were affected by the series of extreme weather events including Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) which flattened farmlands, destroyed houses and public infrastructures in the Bicol region and nearby provinces in Luzon.   Save the Children Philippines advocated the passage of Republic Act 10821 or the Children's Emergency Relief and Protection Act that directs national and local government agencies to implement and sustain comprehensive emergency program to protect children, pregnant and lactating mothers from disasters and emergencies.   “The most vulnerable children are paying the price of climate crisis as they suffer from irreversible, life-long, health and social impacts of missing school, and malnutrition, we have to listen and work to fulfill their right to live in a safer and sustainable world,” said Muyot. (PR)

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RHR unveils balikbayan promo for GOH, Summit hotels

October 29, 2020

SINCE the start of quarantine, OFWs have slowly returned to the country to reunite with their families during these tumultuous times. To make the balikbayan process easier and more comfortable, Robinsons Hotels and Resorts unveiled its Balikbayan promo for both Go Hotels and Summit Hotels in major branches across the country. From June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020, balikbayans can have a comfortable, safe, and affordable stay in Summit Hotels or GO Hotels while they wait for their medical test results and be one step closer to reuniting with their families. GO Hotels Balikbayan promos from Php 1,300 (room only) to Php 1,900 (full board, inclusive of 3-meals) are in store exclusively for returning OFWs who wish to stay in GO Hotels branches Mandaluyong, Ortigas, and Otis-Manila. Besides the option for room only or full board accommodation, all balikbayan guests will enjoy GO Hotels signature 100% cotton sheets complete with chiropractic and hypoallergenic pillows; this along with the brand’s strengthened health and safety protocols to ensure a safe and secure stay. For more information, visit the GO Hotels website at www.gohotels.ph. Summit Hotels For OFW guests opting to stay at a Summit Hotel, balikbayan promos of Php 2,800 for Summit Magnolia and Greenhills and Php 2,500 for Summit Galleria-Cebu are also up for grabs. All offers include a full-day meal but guests may also opt for room only accommodations. Also employing stringent health and safety protocols, guests at a Summit Hotel will enjoy a safe and secure premium hotel experience without the added expense. For more details, head to the Summit Hotels website at www.summithotels.ph.   Guests who avail these offers need to present their travel documents (passport or copy of boarding pass or an equivalent thereof and BOQ affidavit of undertaking) upon check-in. Book direct at www.gohotels.ph and www.summithotels.ph or call +63 919 071 3699, +63 917 326 2700, +63 977 103 1854 for phone reservations. Robinsons Hotels and Resorts (RHR) Circle of Clean protocols: All Go Hotels implement the Circle of Clean protocols to ensure guests have a safe, secure, and worry-free staycation. The Circle of Clean protocols refers to RHR’s elevated standards of health and safety in their properties as prescribed by the World Health Organization and Department of Health’s new normal protocols. This ensures that all guest touchpoints are safe and clean; from pre-arrival all the way to post-departure. The protocols include requiring hotel staff to don PPEs while in the properties, strict observation of deep cleaning in the facility, and strict compliance of social distancing guidelines in all restaurants and function venues. (PR)

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P13-B subsidy for employers sought

October 24, 2020

Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez  has urged the national government to subsidize distressed employers in the amount  of P13.7 billion to enable them to pay their workers their 13th-month salary or Christmas bonus.      Our workers in the micro, small and medium enterprises have suffered so much since March 15 from layoffs or reduced working days up to now, and it will be cruel to deny Christmas to them by not giving their 13th month pay, Rodriguez said.       His appeal, contained in Resolution No. 1310, is specifically addressed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).      Rodriguez said employers in the micro, small and medium-scale business sector particularly need help amid this pandemic.      He said data from the DOLE and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that between 1.5 million and 5.1 million SME workers have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.      Rodriguez said that In Cagayan de Oro alone, more than 16,000 workers have been laid off because of Covid 19 pandemic.      He said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lll estimates that P5 billion to P13.7 billion would be needed to subsidize distressed MSME employers so they could pay their personnel their Christmas bonus.      “The government, specifically the DOLE, should come in to implement a subsidy program and provide funds for qualified and distressed employers, particularly micro, small and medium-scale enterprises,” Rodriguez stressed.      He pointed out that the due to economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, many employers “are suffering losses and do not have the funds to pay the mandatory 13th-month pay even if they are willing to do so.”      In fact, the pandemic has forced scores of businesses to close shop, some temporarily, others permanently, he said.      Rodriguez said in the case of workers, millions have lost their jobs, while those who remain employed find it very difficult to make both ends meet.      “2020 has been a very bad year for most Filipinos because of Covid-19 and its effects on their health, employment and income,” he added.

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