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Eastern Communications teams up with Internet Watch Foundation against child abuse online

August 16, 2021

Eastern Communications, one of the premier telecommunications companies in the Philippines, teams up with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a global non-profit organization based in the UK that focuses on fighting child sexual abuse and exploitation in the digital space. Dedicated to making the online environment safe for children, Eastern Communications was recently announced as a member of IWF, alongside global companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Tiktok, and more. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the global charity responsible for finding and removing videos and images of child sexual abuse from the internet. This step from the telco also follows the order from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) which instructs Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access and filter websites that contain child sexual abuse. According to a report from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in the Philippines, cases involving online sexual exploitation of children spiked to 1.2 million in 2020, three times higher than reports received in 2019. “We have witnessed how usage of the internet really has increased especially during this pandemic, and it is imperative for telecommunications companies like us to help mitigate content on child sexual abuse online. As more Filipino families gain access to the internet, we aim to make a digital space that is safe for children and free from online sexual predators and exploitation,” shared Eastern Communications Co-Coordinator Atty. Aileen Regio. Under this joint initiative, Eastern Communications will be getting access to IWF’s master list of URLs and webpages promoting online child sexual abuse for easier blocking in their network. A spokesperson for the IWF said “Working together is the key to making sure criminals who would profit from the rape and sexual abuse of children have nowhere they can perpetrate their crimes.” “By working with industry partners, we make the internet a stronger, safer place, and we take a further step to creating a world where anyone can go online safely.” “We laud the IWF for helping nations eradicate unsafe online content and helping victims of abuse and exploitation. Joining the IWF in these efforts is just one of the many initiatives that Eastern Communications is planning to achieve a better and safer online space for everyone,” shared Eastern Communications Co-Coordinator Hermi Hizon. For more information about their services, visit eastern.com.ph.  

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BIR “TAX VARIANT” THREATENS HEALTHCARE SUPPLY MANUFACTURERS

July 24, 2021

Senator Imee Marcos has sought to protect local manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), surgical masks, and other medical supplies from a “tax variant” that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) released in June. Marcos was referring to BIR regulation 9-2021 canceling a 12% value added tax (VAT) exemption that used to lower the costs of raw materials, packaging supplies and other services for exporters including makers of critical healthcare supplies. “This mutation of tax regulation threatens to cancel gains some exporters have already made toward economic recovery and will push them back into a critical state,” Marcos said. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, cited the case of garments exporters who have been coping with the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic onslaught by shifting their production from ready-to-wear to PPE, lab gowns, and surgical masks. However, Marcos said that their meager profits averaging less than 5% may be wiped out by the new BIR regulation imposing the 12% VAT. For more than a year now, Marcos has been advocating tax exemptions for local makers of critical healthcare products during a health emergency, as proposed in Senate Bill 1708 or the “Healthcare Manufacturing and Pandemic Protection Act.” The bill will not only attract foreign investors but also preserve local jobs, Marcos said. “During health emergencies, local sales of critical healthcare goods produced by exporters will be treated as export sales. So, these will be exempted from VAT, duties and fees, with export incentives kept intact,” Marcos explained. If demand during a health emergency so requires, manufacturers in special economic zones can devote as much as 80% of their production to local sales which will be credited to their export sale requirements under government rules. The Marcos bill also mandates the government to procure healthcare supplies from local manufacturers first, as long as their bid prices do not exceed a foreign bidder’s lowest price by 25%. “The Department of Health could have avoided the controversy over allegedly overpriced PPEs amounting to Php1.8 billion, had it procured from local manufacturers who can produce the same goods for a much cheaper price,” Marcos said.  

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Senate Pushes for Piloting Face-to-Face Classes

February 25, 2021

Senators are pushing for a return of face-to-face classes on a limited basis, following President Duterte’s directive to postpone them until the government can roll out its vaccination program against Covid-19. In a hearing of the Senate committee on basic education on Wednesday, its chairman Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said that face-to-face classes can still be piloted even if the government policy was to put them on hold. “This is a good way for our scientists to study what can be done to mitigate the effects of Covid,” Gatchalian said. Senator Imee Marcos, who pushed for face-to-face classes as early as December last year, cited health statistics to allay fears about schools causing widespread infection. Marcos cited that those 20 years old and below made up “less than 10% of infections and diagnosed cases” and that the pandemic’s total fatality rate remained low at about 2%. The return of face-to-face classes would also allow parents to resume work full-time or to find jobs, Marcos added. Senator Nancy Binay said the Department of Education should have been “more persuasive” in its recommendation to the President to let students return to the classroom while observing health and safety protocols. Meanwhile, Senator Francis Pangilinan said that the lessons drawn from piloting face-to-face classes would be helpful in expanding their application when more people get immunized.

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Why BigCommerce Is The Right Business Solutions For You?

January 8, 2021

DOING BIGCOMMERCE BUSINESS In this article you will know why BigCommerce is the right business solutions for you. We will look at information on the positive side to give us better ideas of why BigCommerce will make you a successful e-commerce store.   Below is solid evidence of why BigCommerce is the best e-commerce platform on the internet: Pricing is very affordable – With BigCommerce monthly subscription of $29.99, we can say, it’s the best value compared to other platforms. With this current price offer, BigCommerce business is available to any new business owner. BigCommerce offers businesses with a tight budget many features like selling on Facebook and Instagram. At the benefit, BigCommerce offers great features without the extra expense.  You can upgrade functionalities to maximize your marketing strategy. BigCommerce themes are easy to navigate and install – You can change themes with a click of a button. With BigCommrce drag and drop editor it has never been easier to modify a website. You don’t have to be tech savvy to work with BigCommerce.     Search engine optimization. (SEO) – BigCommerce is SEO-optimzed to help find customers. BigCommerce allows custom URL with a product name in the URL making it SEO friendly. This is the number reason why BigCommece beats out Shopify. Google likes to find product names in the URL. Leverage – BigCommerce leverages tools to help your business become more effective. Facebook and Instagram only have integrations with BigCommerce and Shopify. This gives BigCommerce leverage over many other platforms for social growth. Your success depends on you – With BigCommerce business, you have the tools to become an enterprise business without the expense of Shopify Plus.  BigCommerce Enterprise Plans start out at $500 a month compared to Shopify Plus at $2000 a month. Success is within your reach contact NuEthic to see how we can help you grow.  

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Typhoon-affected farmers, fishers in Catanduanes get more than P200-M worth of agri-fishery assistance

November 18, 2020

Agriculture Secretary William Dar on November 10, 2020, handed over more than P200-million worth of farm and fishery assistance, benefiting thousands of farmers and fishers in Catanduanes, particularly in the municipality of Bato, where typhoon “Rolly” hit hardest, and in the capital town of Virac. The agri chief joined Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and three other department secretaries — Francisco Duque of health, Silvestre Bello of labor and employment, and Rolando Bautista of social welfare and development — who also extended their respective financial aid, food packs and other forms of assistance to Catandunganons, who felt and experienced the brunt and devastation of the strongest typhoon that visited the country this year, according to DOST-PAGASA. Senator Go led the handing of assistance to typhoon victims through Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua, Bato Mayor Juan Rodulfo, and Virac Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento, Jr., during a simple program held at the Bato Central Elementary School and at Virac municipal multi-purpose auditorium that were both partially damaged by typhoon “Rolly.” The various DA assistance for typhoon-affected farmers and fishers in Catanduanes and Bicol region, respectively, consist of: ·      P121 M – to rehabilitate abaca farms in Bicol region through the DA’s Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA); ·      P23-M worth of seeds of hybrid and inbred rice, corn and assorted vegetables, urea fertilizer, 4-wheel tractor, and farm implements for Catandunganon farmers; ·      P25 M – for fishing boats and engines, nets and other paraphernalia, marine plywood and other materials for boat repair, tilapia fingerlings, canned sardines, and other forms of assistance from the DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for Bicol region, of which P5.5M will go to Catanduanes; ·      1,000 metric tons or 20,000 bags (50 kg each) of rice from the DA’s National Food Authority (NFA) for the Province of Catanduanes; ·      Crop, livestock or fishery insurance payments, ranging from P10,000 to P15,000 per insured farmer, from the DA’s Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), alloting a total of P592.4 M as insurance payments for 32,761 Bicol insured farmers affected by super typhoon “Rolly;” and ·      Emergency and rehabilitation loan, worth P25,000 per borrower, from the DA’s Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC), under its Survival and Recovery (SURE) loan program. The DA-ACPC allotted an initial P100M for Bicol under the SURE program. The loan is non-collateral, has zero interest, and payable in 10 years. During the program in the town of Bato, Senator Go also handed over P10-M financial assistance from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the province of Catanduanes. He also distributed hundreds of face masks and shields, boxes of medicines, and dozens of bicycles and computer tablets. Last week, Secretary Dar also visited Polangui, Albay, where he led the distribution of P90-M worth of various assistance to typhoon “Rolly” affected farmers and fishers. The initial estimate of the agri-fishery damage in Bicol due to typhoon “Rolly” amounts to more P3 billion, said DA Bicol Regional Director Rodel Tornilla. During the visit in Catanduanes, Secretary Dar was joined by DA Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan, NFA Administrator Judy Carol Dansal, BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, PhilFIDA Administrator Kennedy Costales, and DA Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Noel Reyes.  (DA StratComms)  

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As the school year begins, Bong Go distributes tablets to selected student in Paranaque City; extends additional assistance to their families

October 12, 2020

  PASAY CITY, Oct.11 -- After numerous calls for help from citizens received by his office, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go’s team distributed aid to 150 individuals in Brgy. Merville, Paranaque City on Saturday, October 10, to help them cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic. His team provided meals, food packs, masks and face shield to beneficiaries. “Nandiyan po ang aking staff, meron po akong ipinadalang pagkain, mga food packs, pananghalian n’yo po. Meron din akong ipinadalang mga mask at face shield,” Go told the beneficiaries in a virtual message. “Pakiusap ko lang sa inyo, pakisuot po ito dahil delikado pa ang panahon. Suotin n’yo parati ang mask at face shield dahil hindi pa normal ang sitwasyon. Hugas ng kamay parati at kung ‘di kailangan, ‘wag umalis ng pamamahay. Ingat lang tayo parati,” he reminded them. Selected students also received tablets from the Senator’s team to help them participate in their blended learning. Go reminded the students to study hard as a way to show gratitude for their parents’ hard work and sacrifices. “Sa mga estudyante, pakiusap ko lang po, please lang po, mag-aral kayong mabuti. ‘Yan lang ang nagpapasaya sa ating mga magulang,” Go reminded the students. “Alam n’yo, kaligayahan naming mga magulang kapag nakikita namin ang mga anak namin na nag-aaral at makatapos. Ang mga magulang, nagpapakamatay para lang makapag-aral ang mga anak kaya bilang ganti, mga estudyante, mag-aral kayong mabuti para po ang ating mga magulang sumaya naman,” he added. Go also gave away bicycles to the most needy beneficiaries identified by their barangay officials citing that these will help them in their daily commute to work. The Senator also highlighted in his video call that once the COVID-19 vaccine is available, he and President Rodrigo Duterte will make sure the poor and vulnerable sectors will be prioritized. “Konting tiis lang, ‘wag kayong mag-aalala kapag meron na pong vaccine at safe na po ang vaccine, na-certify na safe na po, kami ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte, uunahin namin ang mahihirap para makabalik na tayo sa normal na pamumuhay kung saan po pwede nating mayakap ang ating kapwa Pilipino,” he said. Representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present during the aid distribution as the agency provided additional assistance to the residents. The Senator also urged the residents to go to the nearest Malasakit Center at the Ospital ng Parañaque for medical and financial assistance. “Bago ko po makalimutan, kung sino po kailangang magpagamot sa inyo, magpa-dialysis, magpa-ospital, meron po tayong mga Malasakit Centers.” “Nakapaloob na po sa ospital ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno, PhilHealth, PCSO, DOH at DSWD para po hindi na kayo kailangang lumabas ng ospital. Meron na kayo sa Parañaque, meron d’yang Malasakit Center sa Ospital ng Parañaque, lapitan n’yo lang po,” he added. Go also mentioned that all Filipinos are qualified to seek assistance from the centers. “Walang pulitika dito, basta Pilipino, poor and indigent patients, qualified kayo sa Malasakit Center, inyo po yan,” he said. For patients who have severe medical conditions that need critical operation, Go asked them to approach his team so he could assist them. “Kung hindi po kaya sa Malasakit Center, kailangan n’yo po sa Heart Center, Kidney (Institute), ano pa man, lapitan n’yo lang ang mga staff ko, sabihin n’yo lang, kami na po ang tutulong para mabayaran ang hospital bills sa ospital at operasyon n’yo,” he said. Ending his message, Go asked residents not to hesitate to seek his and President Duterte’s help because it is their job to serve Filipinos and provide a more comfortable life for all. “Huwag po kayong mag-atubiling lumapit sa akin dahil trabaho po namin ‘yan ni Pangulong Duterte. ‘Wag n’yo po akong tawaging senador, Bong Go lang po. Kahit ano pong maitutulong namin sa inyo, sabihn n’yo lang po. Mula noon hanggang ngayon, bisyo ko po ang magserbisyo sa bawat Pilipino,” he said. “Maraming salamat po sa inyong pakikinig. Ipinapaabot lang namin sa inyo ni Pangulong Duterte ang pangamusta sa inyo, mahal po namin kayong mga kapwa naming Pilipino,” he ended. (OSBG)    

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