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SM and Pasay LGU to build one of the biggest vaccination centers in the Philippines

May 12, 2021

SM, together with National University, and the local government of Pasay City have partnered for ‘Vacc to the Future’ program to build one of the biggest vaccination centers in the country which will accommodate around 2,000 individuals per day.   "We are very happy to partner with the Pasay local government unit for this project," said SM Supermalls president Steven Tan. "With the vaccine center, this will greatly help in doubling efforts to hasten the vaccination of our community members, especially the medical frontliners, the elderly, and those who have co-morbidities."     Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said that the partnership with SM Supermalls is a win for the city as they work hard to accommodate as many people as they can for COVID-19 vaccinations with this milestone project.   "We hope that our partnership with SM will encourage more people to sign up and get the vaccine so that we can slowly return to our normal lives. We all want to live safely and connect with our families and friends in person. We would like to thank SM Supermalls for making this possible," said Calixto-Rubiano.    The facility is also fitted with an air-conditioning system and will soon feature a drive-through section for vaccination.  SM, in partnership with various LGUs, has rolled out multi-mall vaccination program with over 30 SM malls nationwide which were identified as partner vaccination sites. SM has ongoing vaccination activities in over 10 malls but will activate more and resume others once vaccines in some areas have arrived and become available. Since the start of the pandemic, SM Supermalls has been at the forefront of helping Filipinos. Many SM malls have served as COVID-19 testing sites in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.   The company has also donated beds, linens, and pillows to schools, such as Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, and other institutions who turned some of the classrooms and dormitories into COVID-19 facility wards.

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Enjoy staycation at home with foodpanda’s feel-good summer promos

May 12, 2021

The summer break seems so different because spontaneous road trips and other vacation plans are put on hold for safety reasons. This does not mean, however, that you can’t experience new adventures from the comfort of your home. foodpanda helps you have that FUNSUMMER vibe with exciting promos to help enjoy new cuisines or maybe try out the season’s latest skincare trends on social media.   There are still several ways to chill out while staying at home. Here are some ideas to help you have a cool summer:   ●      Sundae funday -- You can gather the family and have an ice cream party, with each person scooping their favorite flavors and topping them with an assortment of ingredients such as nuts and sprinkles and their choice of strawberry or chocolate sauce.   ●      Watch party – Create your own home theater with blackout curtains and a speaker setup. Don’t forget to have a hefty supply of snacks such as pizza and burgers plus cold drinks on hand. ●      Grill out – Nothing says summer like a fun barbecue. Play some summer tunes and fill up your inflatable pool. You can fire up your grill and lay out family favorites such as steaks and hotdogs, or you can simply have your fave flame-grilled food delivered. ●      Taste trip – Eatsplore an exciting new cuisine such as healthy Meditarranean or hearty Italian. Try a new Chinese dish or go Korean. While travel plans may have been cancelled, you can still take your taste buds on a trip around the world while you are at home.      ●      Mask up – Have a pampering day by trying on the latest trends and beauty hacks. Cooling face masks are a great way to refresh those pores on a hot summer’s day.      You can try out all these fun summer activities with foodpanda and it doesn’t need to burn your budget! For the whole month of May, foodpanda users can key in these cool promo vouchers to enjoy discounts and free delivery on their favorite services. Get your favorite cool concoctions or try out dishes from that hot new restaurant with the FUNSUMMER voucher code for delivery that gives new customers P100 off for a minimum spend of P299.   New customers who want to pick up their meal choices can tap PICKUPSUMMER when they order to avail of P100 off for a minimum spend of only P450! foodpanda shops also makes summer shopping fun and convenient with choices ranging from pantry essentials to the latest beauty and wellness trends – what’s more is that customers can avail of free delivery with SHOPSFD with a minimum spend of P150. Get more out of summer, even if you stay safe at home with the hottest foodpanda promos. Tap mo na yan and stay updated with the latest foodpanda promos and discoveries. Visit the official foodpanda social media pages for more details.        

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NMMC’s on “yellow alert,” braces for COVID surge

May 12, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: All medical staff of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) here were mobilized this week as the hospital was placed under "yellow alert" status.   Dr. Jose C. Chan, the NMMC Medical Director, said that the alert status was a direct response in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 cases in the region.   Chan said that the “ yellow alert” status was a measure to “preemptively respond to the current increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Northern Mindanao.”   On Tuesday the NMMC has admitted a total of 111 COVID -19 cases, one of the highest admissions on COVID cases in Northern Mindanao.   Chan said that under the “yellow alert” status, the hospital addresses the surge preparedness requirement to “space, staff, supplies and system" or 4s.   All hospital medical staff were also mobilized for direct response to COVID cases while non-essential travel, leaves, vacation and trainings are suspended, Chan said.   According to Chan, the 14-day “yellow alert” status started Tuesday as the hospital's critical care capacity for COVID -19 cases was enhanced by increasing the bed capacity to severe and critical care capacity.   As a tertiary hospital with 700-bed capacity, the NMMC operates as the government's only modern and COVID -19 referral hospital in Northern Mindanao.-0-  

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10 NPA rebels in Sultan Kudarat avail of amnesty program

May 11, 2021

SULTAN KUDARAT – The amnesty program of the Duterte administration is ongoing and hundreds of the country's rebels have availed of the continuing program. In Sultan Kudarat, at least 10 members of the New People's Army, who have long been fighting the government, have availed of the amnesty program. The rebels voluntarily surrendered to government authorities in Lebak, this province, according to the local PNP here.  Major Rodney Binoya, police chief of Lebak, said the rebels who surrendered were members of the Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR) Cherry Mobile Platoon. “We are going nowhere, our leaders provided us with lip service, we were duped, we are tired of war,” Ka Goy, one of the guerrillas who yielded in Barangay Tibpuan on Monday afternoon said. The army official said the surrenderers included teachers of schools in the mountains under the influence of NPA. It was learned that ex-rebels have received financial assistance from the government under the End Local Communist Armed Conflict program in exchange for the firearms they handed over to the police. “The surrenderers are still undergoing debriefing at the Lebak municipal police station,” he said. - with PNA  

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P61-M 'shabu' burned in Cagayan de Oro

May 11, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The government burned a total of P61-Million worth of illegal drugs known as 'shabu,' according to PDEA regional office 10 here. PDEA-10 said the P61-Million worth of illegal drugs were burned at a mortuary in Cagayan de Oro City. Benjamin Recites, assistant director of PDEA-10 based in this city, revealed that most of the incinerated drugs were confiscated in Ozamiz City. Among those burned were the illegal drugs seized by PDEA operatives from Gaudencio and Melodina Malingin,  all residents of Ozamiz City. Based on the revelation of the military official, Melodina is the sister of the late Reynaldo Parojinog who was killed in 2017 during a police raid. Reynaldo Parojinog was the mayor of Ozamiz in 2017 and he was killed along with his family members and bodyguards during an encounter with the raiding team of the government. According to reports, Melodina and her husband were arrested in 2017. In September 2020, Melodina died of heart failure. After two days of her death, her brother Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog reportedly  committed suicide inside a detention facility in Ozamiz. - PNA      

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Cops probe village official's killing

May 11, 2021

ISABELA CITY, Basilan - Police investigators are now conducting investigation into the killing of a village official in this city, authorities reported Monday. The victim was identified by police authorities as one Jamirun Amigos, a barangay official at Marang, Sumisip Town in Basilan province. While the suspect is still unidentified at press time. Lieutenant Colonel Junpikar Sitin, police chief of Isabela City, said the victim was walking in front of a food chain when the incident happened. "At around 2:00pm last Monday, the victim Jamiron Amigos, the victim was walking near a food chain when an unknown assailant alighted from the crime scene and without provocation shot him which also caused the victim's untimely demise, the police official said. Sitin said after seeing the victim bathed in blood the suspect immediately fled from the crime scene to elude arrest from responding lawmen. Sitin theorized the incident could have been pointed to a family rido which usually happened in the province.  Rido is local term for a "family feud" which usually ended in killing between members of the family. Many of the residents, report said, were keeping illegal guns and ammos which they would also used in 'rido' situations.  - PNA

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