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PCSO approved Php122.654 Million medical assistance

May 9, 2020

Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) approved various medical assistance in the total amount of Php122.654 million for 13,236 indigent Filipinos across the country for the month of April.      The approved medical assistance covers confinement, chemotherapy, dialysis, hemophilia and post-operative medicines under the Medical Access Program (MAP) of the agency.      “Amid the COVID-19 virus threat, the charity agency is taking the necessary steps in order to continue providing medical assistance to the increasing number of indigents seeking help from PCSO, through its flagship Medical Access Program (MAP). Rest assured that the Agency will find ways to meet the medical and health-related needs of all Filipinos especially the marginalized “ GM Garma said      Of the Php122.654 million approved assistance, Php113,236,328.95 came from various PCSO offices nationwide for 12,445 patients while Php9,417,575.88 was approved for 791 patients thru the different hospitals with Malasakit Centers where PCSO is a partner.      From April 15-30, 2020, when PCSO resumed operations for its Medical Access Program (MAP), the National Capital Region (NCR) approved a total amount of Php 12,046,480.00 for 887 patients, Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region (STBR) allocated Php21,562,835.93 for 2,442 indigent patients, Northern and Central Luzon (NCL) with Php31,744,092.00 for 3,591 beneficiaries, Php27,803,845.00 for 2,793 recipients in the Visayas Region and Php20,079,076.22 for Mindanao Region with 2,732 qualified individuals.      On the other hand, hospitals with Malasakit Centers nationwide assisted 791 indigent individuals with medical assistance in the total amount of Php9,417,575.88.  Malasakit Center hospitals from NCL approved Php1,370,000.00 for 129 patients while STBR allocated Php 578,400.00 for 43 indigents.  For hospitals with Malasakit Center in NCR, Php1,324,700.00 was approved for 46 clients, Visayas Region with Php4,379,371.68 for 362 qualified individuals and Mindanao Region with 211 patients with total assistance of Php1,765,104.20.      It can be recalled that on April 15, 2020, the agency resumed the processing of medical assistance amidst suspension of PCSO operations due to COVID-19 situation throughout the Philippines brought by Corona Virus, while the online services started on April 22 ,2020.      “We are physically distant today, but we must come together to fight this invisible corona virus so that tomorrow we can stand close to each other again, “ added by GM Garma.      PCSO Main Office and all PCSO Branch Offices nationwide are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm only to accept and process request for medical assistance.  In addition, patients from the National Capital Region (NCR) may also file their request through online application by accessing the PCSO official website www.pcso.gov.ph, go to E-Services and click the NCR Online Application.

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NorMin Muslim group to benefit DA's veggie seeds

May 9, 2020

Through DA's Plant, Plant, Plant Program, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) - Region 10 received 100 packets of assorted vegetable seeds from the regional office of the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10), thru OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado. The NCMF is a government agency, which promotes the rights of Muslim Filipinos, pushing them to become active participants in Philippine nation-building under the supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government. NCMF-10 Administrative Assistant III Mohammad G. Naga received the assistance comprising of eggplant, ampalaya, monggo beans, okra, string beans, squash and pechay which will be distributed to the Muslim women in Barangay Balulang of this city, as part of their planned activities amid the community quarantine. "Aside from the women's organization in Balulang, the NCMF also considers to include the veggie seeds along in the distribution of food packs to Muslim families, in some areas of Misamis Oriental," Naga said. The Plant, Plant, Plant Program also known as "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) kontra COVID-19 is one of DA's immediate moves to scale-up the country's food production and sufficiency amid emergency crisis.# (EMB)

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XU Contra COVID-19: Xavier Ateneo offers facilities as quarantine stations

May 8, 2020

SEARSOLIN In March 2020, Xavier University, in partnership with the Department of Health - X offered its SEARSOLIN facility inside the Manresa Compound as a quarantine facility for medical frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center, the COVID-19 referral center for Region 10. This was one of XU’s responses under #XUKontraCOVID19, especially on the needs of frontliners to undergo DOH’s mandatory quarantine after having served a seven-day period at the NMMC Hospital.  From March 17 until April 26, 100 frontliners have completed their required seven/14-day quarantine periods, depending on their degree of exposure.  XU through its SEARSOLIN facility continues to cater to frontliners for the purpose of containing and mitigating possible contaminations. MANRESA TRAINING CENTER Additionally, Xavier Ateneo recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Local Government for the use of three (3) dormitories at the Manresa Training Center as isolation/quarantine stations for Suspect and Probable COVID-19 cases within the City.  The City LGU anticipates a surge of people to be quarantined once the port and airport resume operations.  Medical experts for both quarantine facilities oversee the medical and health protocols to be observed in the daily operations. Xavier Ateneo‘s #XUKontraCOVID19 institutional engagements continue to operate through the headship of Fr Roberto C Yap, SJ, the Chief of Mission, focusing on responding to the needs of frontliners and the vulnerable sectors in the City.

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Globe, DepEd to tackle “new normal” in high education learning

May 8, 2020

In the past few months, educational institutions—especially higher education systems—have shown their capacity to quickly adapt to learning challenges in the midst of a health crisis. Although the shift towards online learning was made at short notice, it has accelerated new forms of pedagogy and digital initiatives from the government in the form of new e-learning tools. Educators and families have embraced technology to foster learning and productivity while staying #SafeAtHome. However, questions still remain: how to meet higher education learning gaps during the COVID-19 crisis, and how to apply these momentary solutions to improve resilience in higher education in the years ahead. To answer these questions, Globe myBusiness is teaming up again with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the third installment of their E-skwela webinar series to discuss the current state of higher education in the Philippines and how this particular situation is changing the landscape of higher education in the country. The webinar will be held on May 8, Friday at 10AM via Zoom. E-skwela is intended for higher education professionals, faculty members, administrators, policy makers and parents to help them understand the value of connectivity and technology to higher education. Moreover, the series also aims to position interactive, experiential, collaborative and reflective learning, to maximize remote learning at this time. Joining this Friday's discussion are a diverse panel of educational experts and thought leaders: Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Dr. Caroline Marian “Doc Carol” S. Enriquez, Board member and President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU); Atty. Joseph Noel “Atty Erap“ M. Estrada, Managing Director and Counsel Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA); and Dr. Grace “Gigi” Javier Alfonso, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University. Mark Arthur Payumo Abalos, Education Industry Lead at Globe myBusiness and Learning Technologies Scholar will be returning as a speaker and moderator. Key topics during the webinar include a) potential government policies and plans for higher education, b) school management strategies to support colleges and universities with regard to meeting needs related to learning experiences at the time of COVID-19, c) opportunities in remote learning that leverages on integrating technology for higher education institutions, and e) long-term impact of these teaching practices on the future of education in the country. As the country perseveres to fulfill the promise of 21st century learning, Globe myBusiness extends its support by joining forces with expert authorities from different sectors to share knowledge and expertise for policy-making, innovating teaching models, and in addressing modern issues in education. Register to the webinar for free via glbe.co/eSkwela3. For more information on Globe’s ongoing efforts to make everyone connected, informed and #SafeAtHome, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/stay-safe-at-home.html.  

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COVID-19 Accelerates Digital Adoption In PH

May 8, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world sought to bring a semblance of normalcy in their lives. Filipinos are no different and have looked towards technology to bridge the gap  between how things were versus what they are now.       The ECQ and travel restrictions thrust the internet and digital applications into the forefront of the average Filipino. We have seen an accelerated adoption to critical applications that would allow people to enjoy things that can be easily taken for granted - a favorite dish, a hobby, a wanted toy, or just the simple joy of being connected to a friend.     In the recent Digital 2020 April Statshot report of Hootsuite and We Are Social, the Philippines showed increased reliance on the internet as a means to cope and to safely shop for essentials. 64% of Filipino internet users reported spending more time on social media, while 23%  of users shared that they are spending more time shopping online.     “The current circumstances could be more devastating if we did not have digital tools to support us.  Two years ago, we started to push the organization to adopt all things digital especially in our operations.  We felt it was the right thing to do,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.     Now Globe is doing the same thing for its customers, pushing various digital applications including digital payments for easier and more convenient ways to do transactions. Whether paying bills, buying load, looking up data usage or pulling up a monthly statement, all these are served up through Globe’s mobile apps - the Globe One and TM app for mobile users and the Globe At Home app for broadband users.  There’s also the Globe Rewards app so customers can redeem their loyalty points through several partner merchants or services.  So far, customers are embracing the new ways of doing things as seen by the increasing daily app downloads since the start of the quarantine period.     As more companies, whether big or small enterprises pivot towards work from home arrangements, there will be a  significant reliance on internet access and e-commerce  to keep businesses afloat.       “As we emerge from this crisis and collectively shape our new normal, the telecommunications sector must find new ways to serve customers.  We are looking at more self-serve channels to empower our customers more,” adds Cu.     How the sector will address the challenges remain to be seen.  For sure, one thing remains clear, the internet alongside food, shelter, and clothing is the new essential.  Going digital may yet be the new normal.

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IATF okays food security development framework

May 8, 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA), as chair of the Task Group on Food Security (TGFS), recently got the nod of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to pursue its Food Security Development Framework (FSDF) as it leads the country’s agriculture sector towards the ‘new normal’ era.     Agriculture Secretary William Dar said “the framework aims to provide the overall vision and high-level goals for the sector to attain in the immediate and short-term. It focuses on five objectives of food production, namely: availability, accessibility, affordability, price stability, and food safety.”     In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSDF identifies strategic areas for each TGFS member-department to focus on in the next six months and onto 2021.     Chaired by the DA, the TGFS is currently composed of 20 national departments and agencies, to name a few: the departments of trade and industry (DTI), interior and local government (DILG), social welfare and development (DSWD), agrarian reform (DAR), environment and natural resources (DENR), budget and management (DBM), education (DepEd), science and technology (DOST), energy (DOE), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).     “To attain the overall vision of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers, we will operate on five core strategies on farm consolidation, modernization, industrialization, export promotion, and infrastructure development. Each member-agency of the TGFS will implement these based on their mandate,” Secretary Dar said.     He added that they will put a premium on inter-agency resource complementation and coordination through the TGFS cross-functional sub-groups to expand the government service reach and time period.     At present, the TGFS has four sub-groups: food resiliency, energy, food value chain and logistics, and water.     “We expect these sub-groups to work in harmony so that we could maximize our resources in reaching out to more beneficiaries as we go through our planning and operations.     “The concepts we are using incorporate the eight paradigms of the ‘new thinking for agriculture’ that we introduced early on, aimed at modernizing the agriculture sector, increasing productivity and profit and, mainstreaming smallholder farmers and fisherfolk in the food supply chain,” he said.     Upon assuming the DA post, in August last year, he introduced the ‘eight paradigms’ in agriculture that include broad strokes on intensive crop diversification, farm clustering and inclusive agribusiness, science-based farming, soil health and water management, integrated post-harvest processing, and value chain integration.     “As the food security development framework outlines the national government’s immediate action points and ‘rebound’ mechanisms, we will strengthen partnerships with local government units, farmers’ groups and cooperatives, agricultural state universities and colleges, and the private sector. Also, we will localize project management and establish responsive feedback at ground-level to capacitate the underserved and vulnerable communities, at all times,” Dar added.     Finally, the TGFS will outline an operational plan that puts all concepts into specific programs, projects, and activities that translate into action the Duterte government’s response to address the disruptions and challenges, including inefficiencies in the supply chain, losses in incomes and livelihood opportunities, and health risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.     “Together, we can do this. Together, we will act, win, and heal as one,” the DA chief concluded. ### (Myriam Layaoen, DA StratComms)

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