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Tanggulang Demokrasya to file petition in Congress to adopt "People's Draft"

September 21, 2021

Tanggulang Demokrasya, a people's organization that seeks to defend democracy, by pursuing electoral reform and advocating system change, announced this week that their group is set to file a petition in the Lower House to adopt the "People's Draft. In a press statement, the group said the draft constitution called the People's Draft has been silently making the rounds through social media for many years now. The group said they have become popular among those pushing for constitutional reforms in the country. Lawyer Dindo Donato, general counsel of Tanggulang Demokrasya (TanDem), the lead proponent of the People's Draft said their petition, which is to be filed in both houses of congress, seeks action from the lawmakers to deliberate, approve, adopt and endorse the draft to the Commission on Elections for the conduct of a plebiscite "simultaneous with the national and local elections” next year. “Tandem has sought the advice of many groups and individuals in writing this draft for many years. We now believe we have a draft that best reflects the reforms our people desire for their future,” the lawyer said. There are several moves to reform the constitution already resulting in several drafts in the past. Most recently, there are the Bayanihan Draft written by a constitutional committee formed by President Rodrigo Duterte, and the PDP Laban Draft written by members of the political party to which the President belongs. However, Donato said, the People’s Draft is the only one that claims to be crowd-sourced, having gone through different revisions over the years from comments and suggestions from “crowds.” The People’s Draft is also the only one that comes from the ground up, meaning it is not initiated by government officials or institutions but by ordinary people, hence its name. ###

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Singer-composer of "Pusong Bato" dies at 61

September 21, 2021

MANILA - Renee "Alon" dela Rosa, 61, died of illness on September 15th inside an ambulance, due to lack of oxygen. He was also rejected by 40 hospitals and those rejections, according to the immediate family, also contributed to the untimely demise of the singer-composer. Dela Rosa was the original composer of "Pusong Bato" which became a hit song many years ago, and it was first sung by Aimee Torres. On September 14 in her Facebook page, Alon's daughter Justine dela Rosa said: “Hello po, humihingi po kami ng kahit kaunting tulong pambili lang po ng oxygen para sa aking papa na si ‘Alon.’ Nandito po kami ngayon sa district hospital. Any amount will do po and prayers na rin po. Salamat po.” Later, around 5:00 p.m. her daughter also asks for help again. She said her father needs oxygen.  “ASAP: Need Oxygen Tank na may laman. at Private Hospital na rin po around QC na may avail na room po, please.” Her daughter also said three hours after that her father badly needs a hospital room. “Badly needed, private hospital with available room. Or baka may kakilala po kayo na tao na marrefer nyo po sa amin. Please po need ma-admit sa ospital ng papa ko." REJECTIONS It was learned that there were 40 hospitals who denied her father admission, even though he was already at the critical stage of his life. “Grabe po, 40+ na hospital po ang pinuntahan namin at maski isa po, wala man lang po nagbigay ng first aid, dextrose at yung oxygen tank po. Yung iba po tinataboy pa po kami at sinusungitan po. Na-record po namin yung ibang trato po sa amin ng mga ospital, kung paano kami sinungitan.” The daughter said she's been begging to hospitals to admit them considering the critical condition of her father but no hospitals accepted him. She said she cannot understand why hospitals were denying them. She's been requesting to use even the hospital premises or just outside the wards. Nadsla dela Rose, Alon's niece also claimed the singer-composer became so ill after they travelled many places just to look for a hospital that will accept him. “In behalf of dela rosa family grabe ginawa ng mga hayop na doctor at hospitals na tumanggi sa tito ko Renee Alon grabe grabe! “In short napaka worst almost 48hrs na." she narrated sadly. Nadsla said hospitals were too harsh and no humanitarian considerations even a critical patient won't be accepted for no enough reasons. "Sana wag mangyayari sa mga pamilya nila yung nangyari sa amin," Nadsla said.  

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Guinness World Records may recognize a Filipina grandma the oldest living person

September 21, 2021

MANILA - The Guinness World Records people may come to the Philippines and recognize the oldest living person in the world. Lola Francisca Susano, 124, was born in 1897. And the current holder of the oldest living person was born in 1903, known as Kane Tanaka, a Japanese.     The oldest living "Pinay" from Negros Occidental had just celebrated her 124th birthday last September 11, this year. Representative Rodolfo Ordanes of the Senior Citizen Partylist said the Guinness World Record has already received the needed documents supporting the country's claim to the oldest living person in the world. Rep Ordanes also filed a resolution urging the House of Representatives to honor Lola Francisca and grant her the supercentenarian award of P1 million for her remarkable achievement and great honor to the country if she will be cited by Guinness soon. "Dapat nating ituring na pambansang yaman ang mga gaya ni Lola Francisca Susano. Nasaksihan niya ang mahahalagang  yugto sa kasaysayan ng ating bansa sa nagdaang mahigit isang siglo. Mas matanda pa nga siya kaysa sa deklarasyon ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas mula sa Espanya," Rep. Ordanes pointed out. Based on records, a certain Jeanne Calment from France was the oldest living person at the age of 122 but she passed away in 1997.    

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Stock up and Save on Your Essentials with pandamart

September 17, 2021

Pantry staples, fresh & frozen items, household products, and your favorite snacks are just a click away! Stay safe at home and stock up on your essentials by ordering your groceries and having them delivered in as fast as twenty minutes to your doorstep with pandamart. Choose from the wide array of items to fill your pantry, beauty, and home aid needs and order them with just a few taps on the app. Get your fresh items and other ingredients without any hassle so you can plan your daily meals ahead or when you suddenly run out. You can also order your stash of snacks for the weekend or make sure that you don’t run out of cleaning and disinfecting products to keep your home clean and safe. Of course, you can also add in your cravings of the moment such as chocolates, cold drinks, and ice cream! Check out what these smart shoppers are stocking their virtual grocery cart: Cooking Ingredients: “I don't remember the last time I went to a grocery ‘cause I've been too scared. Thankfully @foodpanda_ph has pandamart. They offer on-demand delivery for daily essentials like my grocery! It's pretty quick too, got here in 30 minutes!” - Ava Daza (https://www.instagram.com/p/CSyH1nHLtns/)         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph)   Breakfast and pantry essentials: “There are so many good deals on the app and there's a variety of products and brands to choose from. What I like best is it doesn't require me to pay for the shopper fee!” - Gwen Serrano (https://www.instagram.com/p/CQXq9rRBGd8/) ”foodpanda's pandamart offers quick, on-demand delivery service of daily essentials such as groceries, fresh produce, household essentials, beauty products, and over-the-counter medication. pandamart doesn’t charge a shopper fee which is a major delighter for me.” - Dette Zulueta (https://www.instagram.com/p/CQc6709raDi/) Snacks: “I got my groceries delivered within 20 minutes without a shopper fee. It's so convenient and safe.” - Maebel Chan (https://www.instagram.com/p/CQTVCCLH28_/) “Essentials and Groceries can now be delivered in as fast as 20 minutes. ✌🏻😮‍💨 I guess we're not driving today thanks to Pandamart 👌🏻🐼” - DG Razon (https://www.instagram.com/p/CSaqho_BmWI/) Moms’ Picks: “Check out pandamart! They have a variety of grocery items to choose from and it is very convenient to use.” - Kal Calaquian (https://www.instagram.com/p/CQXly40tg9m/) “Hesitant to go outside to buy your essentials because of this pandemic? Don't worry mare @foodpanda_ph (PANDAMART) got your back! All your essentials like snacks, beverages, and dairy products are just a tap away at pandamart!” -Jean Musa (https://www.instagram.com/p/CTivMQ_pboi/)           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph)   Fresh Ingredients:         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph)   Health and Wellness:         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph)         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph)   Ice Cream:         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by foodpanda Philippines (@foodpanda_ph) You can also save as you shop by using pandamart’s vouchers that you can add upon checkout. Key in STOCKUP100 to get P100 off with a minimum order of P1000, STOCKUP150 for P150 off with a minimum spend of P1500, and STOCKUP200 to get P200 off for a minimum spend of P2000. The promos are valid until September 30, so stock up now! “We are always looking for ways to make grocery shopping more convenient for our customers. By offering our promo codes for bulk buying, we want to help them make sure that they don’t miss out on anything from their essentials list while they shop safely from their homes,” says Daniel Marogy, foodpanda Managing Director. Get your groceries delivered conveniently and safely in 20 minutes with pandamart. Tap mo na ‘yan and enjoy big discounts on your bulk buys! For more information about pandamart promos, visit foodpanda Instagram and foodpanda Facebook. ###

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Five Things to Look for in a Retail ERP System

September 13, 2021

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems were initially designed for companies in the manufacturing industry to manage their production processes and integrate them with the rest of operations. These management integrations, however, are also valuable to other types of businesses so the system has been adapted for different kinds of business operations. Retail ERP systems are configured to address the particular needs of retail setups, which tend to be more focused on sales and customer management. Retail operations often involve multiple sale locations, a wide inventory of products sourced from different suppliers, and hundreds of customers. Additionally, the popularity of online shopping has further increased the reach of retail operations and emphasized the importance of having adaptable and efficient business processes. If you have a retail company and are looking to improve your processes, investing in a retail ERP system is the logical next step for your business. To ensure that your choice of software is up to par with retail systems Philippines businesses use, check that it can support these important retail process integrations. Accounting Software Integration Accounting is a basic operation in any organization. Its ability to properly manage the company’s books and finances is dependent on access to timely and accurate information on its sales and purchases. Current accounting systems run on software instead of a manual accounting process because this minimizes the margin for errors. A good retail ERP system should be able to integrate with your accounting software so there’s no need to transfer the data from your accounting system to the ERP. This makes the data collection efficient and its reporting accurate. It also enables access to the most up-to-date information as the data is collected from all points of operations in real-time instead of having to wait for the different units to make their reports. Inventory Management Retail operations usually have a wide variety of products that they may source from different suppliers. Inventory is stored at the main warehouse before being delivered to various retail locations. Apart from physical in-store displays, retail businesses may also have to allot inventory for online selling. Managing stocks can be tricky with a big inventory list and having the products in different locations, so the retail ERP system should be able to keep track of the location and quantity of all retail products. It should also store information about product expiration dates and shelf lives so that store promotions can prioritize these items and ensure inventory movement. Good inventory management can also help your business identify when stocks are running low or products are high in demand. The retail ERP consolidates this data with sales and financial records so you can forecast demand and adjust supplier orders accordingly. POS System Integration In physical stores, these machines are operated by a cashier who punches purchases and collects payments, but an entire point of sale (POS) system is actually triggered by these operations. Most POS systems are fitted with a barcode scanner so that the sold goods can be accurately tracked for price, applicable discounts, and inventory levels. Once scanned, the POS creates a record of the transaction to reflect on sales and removes the purchased items from the store’s inventory. This helps to ensure that the numbers are accurate and are reported immediately to the ERP, as opposed to being manually counted at the end of the day. The retail ERP system also allows the store to better assist customers by being updated on stock availability and resolving issues they may have with their purchases. Customer Relationship Management Depending on the scale of retail operations, a single store can have hundreds of customers. A good retail ERP system helps your business serve them better by building a customer database that includes their profiles and purchase history. With this information, you can create relationship programs that reward customer loyalty and enhance their shopping experience. This encourages continued patronage of your business and also gives you marketing insights for your products and services. E-Commerce Integration Retailers cannot afford to skip having an online sales portal for their operations. These electronic commerce or e-commerce integrations can be hosted on your own platform or as part of a larger online marketplace. Whatever platform you decide to use, your retail ERP software should be able to integrate that into your system so that you can also track online transactions for sales and inventory updating. This also helps you preserve the customer’s positive experience of your brand through different sales channels, which increases customer satisfaction and gives your company a competitive advantage. Investing in a retail enterprise resource planning system helps your company remain competitive and bring better value to your customers. A good retail ERP system should be able to adapt to your company’s growing needs and provide a seamless solution that makes doing business easier. The key lies in being able to collect all your data in one place, so you can see the whole picture and utilize resources appropriately.

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Quarantine Recipe Ideas from “Foodies of Instagram”

September 10, 2021

Proof that healthy can still be deliciously affordable If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught many home cooks, it’s that you can never have too many non-perishables in the pantry. Take, for instance, these foodies of Instagram: they prove that stocking up on high-quality ingredients like Doña Elena Olive Oil elevates and adds variety to their everyday meals! Check out these recipe inspirations which are most likely to provide you and your family a different taste of the quarantine life:    10 MIN RECIPES WITH 200 BUDGET OR LESS   If running low on budget and looking for a meal that’s ridiculously easy to make, try this Grilled Cream Dory. Not only does this recipe pair seamlessly with other kinds of fish such as tilapia or bangus, it also utilizes any type of herbs that have been sitting in your pantry. With the help of a little salt, pepper, and Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil, this dish will be your next go-to when looking for a savory pair with stir-fry veggies.   Grilled Cream Dory https://www.instagram.com/p/CR0lEBPF3r9/   Say goodbye to store-bought dips and spreads, these recipes are easy to throw together and got your cravings covered! Herb Bread https://www.instagram.com/p/CSvTsjBBhT6/   Spinach Dip https://www.instagram.com/p/CSG8iachfUk/   20  MIN  FANCY RECIPES FOR 300 EACH   If looking for something a little bit special for the weekend, try these hassle-free but fancy dishes. Plus, they’re proof that all three variants of Doña Elena Olive Oil not only adds a level of sophistication to various dishes, but it also provides a big payoff in terms of taste and flavor. Olive Oil Garlic Tuna Pasta https://www.instagram.com/p/CRoE_2jFB9R/ Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta https://www.instagram.com/p/CRqwzLxJL8a/   Pasta Arrabiata https://www.instagram.com/p/CRlr9E5j4rx/   30 MIN NEXT-LEVEL RECIPES FOR P400 BUDGET EACH   It’s no surprise that chicken is a great ingredient to have 24/7, but it doesn’t mean it has to be boring.  All these recipes utilize Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil for an umami-rich and ultra-flavorful meal! Break out your comfort zone as these hearty chicken recipe ideas are your ticket to sprucing up lunch or dinner and everything in between. Chicken and Mushroom Salpicao https://www.instagram.com/p/CR2kNmmq7gy/ Chicken Pesto Pizza https://www.instagram.com/p/CSYPiCaBwEU/   40 Cloves Garlic Chicken https://www.instagram.com/p/CSEapgIB1pH/ Chimichurri Chicken https://www.instagram.com/p/CS1GSeKnagg/ Travel through food with these Spain and Italy-inspired recipes.  Cooking these dishes in big batches provide the convenience of a fancy meal that you can reheat anytime from the fridge. A mélange of colorful veggies and plenty of herbs, these recipes are bathed in Doña Elena Pure Olive Oil for a burst of flavor in every bite. Arroz Ala Cubana https://www.instagram.com/p/CR57ZkeDBI3/ Focaccia Bread https://www.instagram.com/p/CSIhV5_h8RV/ While the challenge of quarantine is no easy feat, being stuck at home provided an opportunity to become a different kind of home cook:  make more meals that are efficient, not too complicated, and of course, affordable. Thanks as well to Doña Elena Olive Oils that are packed with Vitamins E and K, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats, these recipe ideas yield flavorful and nourishing meals for the whole family. Doña Elena Olive Oil is available in all groceries and supermarkets nationwide. Buy online at www.AceMarket.ph, Lazada, and Shopee.

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