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foodpanda shops now features your beauty and wellness essentials from Watsons

July 19, 2021

Take self-care to the next level as you stay safe at home. It’s now more convenient to get your glass skin basics and other beauty essentials from Watsons as foodpanda shops now includes its extensive catalogue of your favorite brands. Choose from the wide array of skin care products, hygiene needs, and wellness aids by browsing on the foodpanda shops section and have these delivered to your doorstep in as fast as 20 minutes!   Skincare secrets Any beauty routine starts with flawless skin. The Watsons selections on foodpanda shops has many choices of cleansers, serums, masks, and moisturizers to suit your skin’s needs. These can help you soak, scrub, buff, and soothe all the stress away, with cool ingredients for effortless, poreless, glass skin that needs no filters for that next selfie.   Makeup matters The latest makeup trends go for expressive eyes, glammed up pouts, and barely-there foundation. Try out these looks on palettes that suit your skin tone with Watsons’ beauty products on foodpanda shops. Pop in those lashes, get your brows on fleek and play around with the new look you love, then show it off on that next Zoom call.   Hair highlights Give your crowning glory the royal treatment with products that lock in healthy, shiny hair. Give your locks a good color rinse or deep condition it to get rid of frizz. These products are available online with just a few taps on Watsons on the foodpanda shops section.    Healthy habits While taking care of your appearance, make sure that your health is placed in utmost importance. Find your health supplements in the Watsons catalogue on the foodpanda shops section and supercharge your immunity and beauty by beating off free radicals and staying stress-free.   On foodpanda shops, ordering your health and beauty aids is not only as easy as a few taps on the app, but you can also save on your favorite Watsons products by availing of the 10% off promo on a minimum order of P499! Save on that beauty budget and stay glam while having easy access to your skin care secrets, makeup kit must-haves, and hygiene basics. This is also the best time to try that beauty hack you found online because you now have the products at your fingertips.      With the recent addition of Watsons on foodpanda shops, consumers will now have an easy access to stay-at-home essentials from personal care, medicines, to make up, including their in-house brands. Find out the nearest branch near you and our friendly foodpanda riders will deliver them straight to your door,” says Daniel Marogy, foodpanda managing director.   To stay updated on foodpanda Shops’ latest promos and products, go to the app and tap mo na yan.You can also visit foodpanda’s official Facebook page and Instagram for more details.       

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Build, Build, Build: Better Infrastructure, Bigger Impact, Brought Closer to Communities in Northern Mindanao

July 7, 2021

Even the farthest communities in Region X, Northern Mindanao, are now reaping the benefits of infrastructure projects implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways under the Build, Build, Build Program. Over 2,917.09 kilometers of roads were opened, constructed, maintained, widened and rehabilitated; a total of 950 bridges, flood control structures, and building projects were completed; and 9,459 classrooms were built from the year 2016 to 2020. Indeed, implementation never ceases to create bigger impact to various communities through better quality of infrastructure. Northern Mindanao’s regional center, Cagayan de Oro City (CDOC), houses the CDO Coastal Road and CDO Civic/Convention Center – two of the most controversial projects that has been intermittently constructed and has been the subject of critics over a long period of time. Under the Build, Build, Build Program, these projects have finally reached its settlement and thereupon resumed. The CDO Coastal Road is implemented in two phases. Phase I of the project stretches 17.95 KM from Barangay Gusa in CDOC to Barangay Igpit in the Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental. The project, which started in year 2010, encountered long overdue Road-Right-of-Way issues that has finally come to settlement in 2017, thus, its partial opening to traffic in the said year. Despite its ongoing status, it has tremendously aided the traffic congestion along the city’s main streets for about 40%, diverting passenger buses, cargo trucks and other heavy-loaded equipment to the coastal road. Moreover, the coastal road project continues for its Phase II implementation this year 2021. “This project will be extended by 9.30 KM from Barangay Puerto to Barangay Gusa which will further reduce travel time to and from Puerto and Igpit from the usual 1 hour and 30 minutes via main road, Butuan City-CDOC-Iligan City Road (BCIR), to only 25 minutes via coastal road,” Secretary Mark A. Villar disclosed. Another job-generating project that will soon ignite further development, boost tourism and increase the economic value of land and properties in the city is the CDO Civic/Convention Center. The project is located in the highlands of Barangay Indahag deemed perfect for overseeing the city of Cagayan de Oro. The project received partial fund releases since year 2000 until it was put on hold in the year 2012 due to questions in land ownership. After its resolution in 2016, the project was funded under CY 2017 and 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the provision of powerhouse, monument and landscape, parking and perimeter road, fence, as well as partial works for its architectural, electrical, mechanical, electronics and communication components of the building. “The CDO Civic/Convention Center main building is now completed while 41% of the whole complex has been accomplished based on the total project cost. DPWH X will further request fund for the construction of additional amenities and support facilities like the multi-level carpark building with helipad, restaurant, pavilion, administrative building, viewing deck, access roads, street lights, Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP), Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and the TIEZA office building,” DPWH 10 Director Zenaida T. Tan said. The entire 10,500-square meter main arena can accommodate up to 7,700 spectators during various events such as competitions, concerts, seminars, and conventions while the function rooms can hold up to 700 guests. The strategic location of Region 10 serves as the common link between the other regions in Mindanao. In fact, an inter-regional road network is in the works that will link regions 11, 10 and 12. The construction of Puntian-Arakan Road starts at the junction of Davao-Calinan-Bukidnon Road in Barangay Puntian, Municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon and traverses southward passing through various barangays of the Municipality of Kitaotao and onwards to the provincial boundary which will then end in the Municipality of Arakan, North Cotabato. The Arakan-Antipas National Secondary Road, portion of Paco–Pres. Roxas–Antipas–Arakan Road, which is being proposed for implementation with the financial assistance from Japan Bank International Cooperation (JBIC), connects the project road to Digos-Cotabato primary national road. “We envision this project to uplift vast agricultural lands and empower the community by providing access to basic social necessities and to improve their means in the delivery of their farm produce. This will also provide access to potential tourism spots and facilitate in ending armed insurgency in the area,” Secretary Villar expressed. Another ongoing project in the region is the two-lane Malaybalay-Gingoog Road that will traverse three Legislative Districts – Misamis Oriental 1st and 2nd LD and Bukidnon 2nd LD. This 139.65 KM road project will serve as an alternate route without passing the already congested Sayre Highway and BCIR. This will develop vast agricultural land and will provide a road link between farmers and to its potential market, which are the trade centers of Malaybalay and Gingoog. As per result in the conducted Feasibility Study, the project will generate an Economic Internal Rate of Revenue of 18.92%, which is beyond the prescribed economic feasibility threshold of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Meanwhile, Iligan City will soon enjoy its own coastal road with four lanes stretching 5.37 KM. The road project will start at Barangay Sta. Filomena and will connect to the existing road going to Barangay Tambacan in Iligan City. From the usual 1 hour and 30 minutes, travel time will be significantly trimmed down to only 25 minutes through the coastal road. The project is pegged at 2.8 Billion and is now at 22.77% accomplishment based on the total project cost. “The challenges we encounter in the implementation of projects are never easy, but the impact that the community enjoys after every project completion always outweighs the hindrances. We will continue until we achieve the Golden Age of Infrastructure where travel time is reduced, roads are improved and lives and properties are protected from natural disasters,” Director Tan concluded.          

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The Running Justice, Gabriel T. Ingles

July 7, 2021

The Court of Appeals Visayas Station Executive Justice, Gabriel T. Ingles, former President of IBP Cebu City Chapter took time out from his busy schedule to share with us how he got into running, the Cebu Executive Runners Club and his memorable running events.     Justice Gabby: " I have always loved and been involved in sports. Since my elementary days I played softball in school, backyard basketball, loved watching boxing with my father, but enjoyed more track and field. During my high school and college days at Christ the King Mission Seminary I played basketball and was chosen a varsity member. While studying law I shifted to playing lawn tennis and after more than ten years of it I decided to shift to long distance running.  It was during this time that I was able to join the Cebu Executive Runners Club.  Memorable were the times that I joined races outside of Cebu City, even going home to Bohol to run, but most memorable were the times that I finished a number of 21-kilometer races. Unfortunately, I was not able to join a full marathon and ended my running when I suffered a torn achilles tendon forcing me to shift to brisk walking after more than ten (10) years of active distance running. How  were you able to do running despite your work, as a lawyer, law professor, and during your early years as an RTC judge? Justice Gabby: The answer is simple.  Self-discipline. What motivated me to discipline myself is what I learned from my seminary days.  “Mens sana in corpore sano.”  A healthy mind in a healthy body. Discipline means waking up early or finding time to do practice runs and take rest when necessary; knowing your pace and mastering, if possible, the necessary arts of nutrition and fluid replacement. What is your message for those who are starting with the sport and those who are joining the 1st law and justice virtual run? Justice Gabby: On the day of the run shepherd your energy and run at your own pace. At water stations, walk while you drink to make sure you get enough fluid.  As your run progresses keep aware of how you feel. Listen to your body and yourself.  Be patient and do not be carried away by others because sometime along your run you will realize you have passed other runners not so much because you increase your speed, but because they slowed down.   According to a Zen proverb: “Just move and the way will open.” Always remember that it is not about winning, but enjoying the time finishing the race.   “It's not your finishing that's important but the kind of time you have finishing” (Art Castellano, Director of New Jersey Marathon). Always keep in mind, “it is not the mountain or the distance we conquer but ourselves” (Edmund Hillary).  “Just finishing will have a profound effect on your confidence and self-esteem” (Henry Gibble). See you all at the finish line! Enjoy your run!    

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Anne Curtis Enjoys Great Delivery Deals on foodpanda

July 5, 2021

Multi-talented actress Anne Curtis is tickled pink to share the good news about foodpanda’s great promos that will feed your appetite and fit your budget while you stay safe at home. She shares great deals and discounts in the foodpanda app, where you can find a wide variety of good food discoveries coupled with the convenience that foodpanda’s delivery service brings. Think: shops for groceries and pandamart for everyday essentials to keep you worry-free from sunrise to sundown.     It-girl Anne amps up the fun as she keeps you updated on everyday savings, with foodpanda promos such as Super Sundays that lets you feast with your family at 40% off and more on thousands of restaurants if you book between 12 noon to 6 pm; while Mega Mondays can be a great way to jumpstart your week with 30% off and more on your favorite restaurants and thousands of other choices for new cuisines to try if you book from 12 noon to 6 pm. Find Epic Deals every day on different brands with 50% off, and pandapro members can also enjoy up to 40% off on exclusive deals with only P50 a month!   Ever the go-getter, Anne enjoys the convenience of ordering through foodpanda, as it allows her to have more time to spend with her family. “With so many restaurant choices, it’s so easy to find what I am craving for on the foodpanda app and there are great deals to choose from every day! As a new mom, I also find it important that our food delivery is reliable and safe. With foodpanda, I am assured of quality service from our friendly riders that put safety as a priority. Kaya, tap mo na yan!”            “We are happy to have Anne on board to share the great deals and discounts we have for our foodpanda customers. We believe that she represents our savvy foodies who want to enjoy a wide variety of cuisines that can be delivered straight to your doorstep from our thousands of partner restaurants” shares foodpanda Philippines managing director Daniel Marogy.   It’s a comeback for sure, as the multi-hyphenate entertainer stages AnnePagbabalik with her popstar persona as she shares foodpanda’s promos, with video clips and more exciting appearances on the app. Catch Anne as she shares more of the great deals that are only a few taps away on the foodpanda app. For more details, visit the official foodpanda Facebook page or its official website www.foodpanda.ph

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Pag-IBIG Fund members save record-high P10.7B in MP2 Savings in Jan-May 2021, up 109%

June 25, 2021

Pag-IBIG Fund members collectively saved P10.67 billion under the agency’s voluntary Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Savings program in the first five months of the year, setting another record-high despite the ongoing health crisis, top officials of the agency said on Monday (June 21). “We are happy to report that despite the impact of the pandemic to our economy, the amount saved by our members in the MP2 Savings from January to May of this year has reached P10.67 billion. This amount is a record-high for any January to May period in our history and hence, speaks highly of the trust that our members have in Pag-IBIG Fund. We would like to assure our members that we will continue to safeguard their savings and do our best to gain the best possible return for every hard-earned peso they save with us. This will also go a long way in helping us serve more members by providing funds for their cash loans and home loans, all in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to help uplift the lives of more Filipinos especially during these difficult times,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development and Chairperson of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees. The MP2 Savings is Pag-IBIG Fund’s voluntary savings program that has a 5-year maturity period and a minimum savings requirement of only P500. Made available to members in 2010, the MP2 Savings has seen phenomenal growth over the last 5 years due to the program’s consistently high dividends. In 2020, amid the pandemic-induced economic slowdown, the program still posted a 6.12% annual dividend rate. Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti cited the MP2 Savings’ remarkable growth, noting that even in midst of the pandemic, more members continue to save in the program. “It was only in 2017 when collections from our MP2 Savings surpassed the P1 billion-mark, which was then a historic feat. By the end of 2020, in a span of just three years, MP2 Savings reached a record-high P13.28 billion, surpassing the previous high of P12.01 billion saved by our members in 2019 - an 11% growth. This year, despite the ongoing health crisis, MP2 Savings continue to increase as collections in January to May are up by 109% compared to the same period last year. In fact, the amount of MP2 Savings collected in the first five months of 2021 is already equivalent to 80% of the P13.3 billion saved in MP2 for the entire year of 2020. We thank our members for their continued support and enduring trust that despite the challenging times, they opt to save voluntarily in our MP2 Savings Program," said Moti. (END)

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5 Practical Tips for Picking Your Toddler's First Movies and TV Shows

June 25, 2021

5 Practical Tips for Picking Your Toddler's First Movies and TV Shows   As a parent, you probably already know that letting your child have too much TV screen time—and too much exposure to the wrong kind of material—can result in numerous detrimental effects, from increasing the risk of obesity and attention problems to developing aggressive and risky behaviors. While these harmful effects should be taken seriously, it is worth pointing out that watching movies and television shows can also be beneficial to kids. Besides providing fun and entertainment, watching TV can also help toddlers improve their literacy skills and behavior for as long as parents limit their viewing time and choose age-appropriate shows.   Perhaps you have decided that your little one is ready to have their first viewing experience, which is why you even purchased a new smart TV after looking at the best TV deals in the Philippines for months. If that is the case, then you should know that setting up your entertainment device is just the first step. What is most important is finding the ideal movies and TV shows that will benefit your child. Here are practical tips you may want to consider for picking high-quality programs for children:   Choose Simple Programming   As you go through different films and TV shows, try focusing on slow-paced options instead of high-action content. Besides giving your child enough time to think and absorb what they are watching, slower-paced educational programs are also less likely to have detrimental effects on your preschooler’s executive functions, which include self-control, attention, and working memory.   On the contrary, the rapidly presented or fast-paced programming could be too taxing for a young child’s brain to process. One study published in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that watching fast-paced cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants could, at least temporarily, impair a young child’s attention span, memory, and inhibitory control. In any case, such programs are not meant to be seen by very young children anyway.   You may also want to choose shorter types of content so that it is easier for you to manage your kid’s screen time. Keep in mind that it’s typically best for toddlers to watch no more than an hour’s worth of TV each day. When you choose shows with short episodes, you can turn the TV off naturally without leaving your child discontented.   Opt for Interactive Programs   Apart from educational content, you may also explore interactive movies and TV shows where the characters encourage the viewer to answer questions, create art, sing, or dance. Interactive programs are intellectually stimulating. They also foster better understanding and learning because children are most likely to appreciate what is going on when they respond to the character’s interactive questions.   Dora the Explorer is one example of an interactive show that can help your toddler observe situations, solve problems, learn basic Spanish words, count, and read a simple map. You can also try interactive films on Netflix that will encourage your child’s creativity and imagination, such as Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. Such movies give your kid the power to choose the characters and direction of the story, which means your little one is practically the screenwriter of their own show. Isn’t that an exciting and fun way to encourage story-telling and love for reading?   Check the Content First   Although checking reviews and MTRCB ratings can help you determine the suitability of films or TV shows for your child, it is best to preview the shows yourself before watching with your toddler. Make sure that the content, language, graphics, and message are appropriate for children. Don’t be complacent just because the programs you are considering are presented in the form of cartoons or animation. Keep in mind that there are numerous animated films and TV content that are not appropriate for kids.   For instance, the animated movie Sausage Party might appear perfect for children since it features cute sausages and hotdog buns, but it is actually for adult viewers, as you can imagine. The same is true with the Filipino animated film Hayop Ka. Be vigilant. Protect your little one from shows that feature sexual activity, violence, offensive language, and other themes that are inappropriate for kids.. More importantly, do your due diligence to discover programs that educators and child specialists consider most beneficial for kids.   Look for Shows that Promote Values and Good Behavior   TV programs and movies are not only helpful for teaching numbers and ABCs but also in imparting desirable behavior in children. As such, look for shows with positive stories and themes, and also feature characters who treat each other with kindness and respect. Stay away from programs that glorify violence and bad attitudes.   In the past. local TV shows like Wansapanataym and Hiraya Manawari were good examples of family-oriented programs that focus on traditional Filipino values, such as courage, honesty, humility, and discipline. Perhaps one of the best things about having your child watch such shows is that you can always make a reference to the characters and scenes to reiterate the importance of good behavior long after they’ve seen the shows.    Be Wary of Advertisements   While commercials seem fun and exciting for young kids because of their catchy tunes and colorful presentations, it is best to choose programs that don’t show them. According to the report by the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Advertising and Children, exposure of young kids to advertisements may result in overconsumption of unhealthy foods, increased risk of obesity, and positive attitudes toward consumption of undesirable products like alcohol and cigarettes later in life. That said, you may want to subscribe to premium streaming services like Netflix and YouTube Premium to view ad-free movies and TV shows. Just make sure to set the parental controls.   Choosing good-quality movies and TV programs for your toddler is as essential as feeding them healthy meals. You wouldn’t give your child junk foods because they are bad for their physical health, right? Inappropriate films and TV programs essentially produce similar effects. However, instead of your kid’s body, they harm the mind, behavior, and emotions. As such, make sure to take the time and effort to screen all the content that you are planning to show your child.

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