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Phoenix fuels offered at 80% off on Limitless

December 26, 2020

Motorists can avail of Phoenix fuels at 80% off through discounted digital vouchers on Limitless, an app-based loyalty program. On December 28, 2020, from 12 AM to 11:59 PM, vouchers in denominations of P1,000, P500, and P100 can be purchased at discounted prices of P200, P100, and P20, respectively. “We want to end a challenging year on a high note by offering motorists a special treat. And by partnering with Limitless, on top of the huge discount, we’re also giving our customers utmost convenience and safety since the transaction is contactless, and the vouchers can be used anytime. That means you can avail of the discount now, and gas up using your voucher whenever you’re ready so that traffic congestion at stations can be avoided,” said Phoenix President Henry Albert Fadullon. The promo is available to all Limitless members who may purchase the discounted Phoenix fuel vouchers under the SHOP section in the app using GCash or GrabPay. The vouchers have no expiry, and can be redeemed anytime by presenting it at participating gas stations upon gas-up. The list of participating stations and the full mechanics of the promo are available on the Limitless app. Offering rewards and benefits for purchases at partner merchants including Phoenix, Phoenix SUPER LPG, and FamilyMart, Limitless is a lifestyle rewards program launched earlier this year. Aside from offering reward points for valid purchases, the program also gives members access to a directory of establishments and exclusive privileges. Those who are not yet Limitless members may download the app for free on the App Store, Google Play Store, and the Huawei App Gallery.

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Globe Rewards: Converting points into purpose

December 26, 2020

Globe prides itself with enabling customers to participate in ways to do a #GlobeofGood.  The recent calamities provided  new opportunities  for people to share their blessings with the typhoon victims in various parts of the country.  At least P1.5M Globe Rewards points were converted into cash donations for the victims of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses through ABS-CBN Foundation and Ayala Foundation, Inc.    Year round, customers are able to use their rewards points to extend help to others.  As of end - November 2020, Globe customers have collectively raised P17 million by donating their Globe Rewards points to  benefit organizations and advocacies under Globe's roster of partners that customers have chosen to support. These advocacies champion the company’s vision towards national development and advancement: environmental sustainability, disaster relief, reforestation, child protection, hunger mitigation, education, animal welfare, marine biodiversity, mental wellness and medical support. Overall, Globe Rewards has provided 14,710  meal packs to underserved families within Metro Manila and those affected by the recent calamities; enabled the planting of 9,115 indigenous trees in Mindanao, helped provide medical care to 3,594 rescued animals, provided medical support to 631 cancer patients, provided 350 educational materials on marine biodiversity to youth leaders, provided connectivity to 239 public school teachers, helped with scholarships of 7 former drug dependents, facilitated the training of mental health frontline responders, supported child welfare programs and supported the LGBTQ+ community during Pride celebration. “We try to give our loyal customers as many options as possible to maximize their Rewards points, from data promos, food treats and digital vouchers. But we also know that together, these points matter and can help others. That’s why we are always on the lookout to support beneficiaries that represent our customers’ advocacies. We believe that the best reward for our customers is knowing that they made a difference.” shares Joey Kilayko, Head of Globe Rewards. This is one of the ways Globe  engages its customers by casting a wider net to create positive societal value and practice sustainable living. By simply donating the Globe Rewards points, each customer is able to pay it forward wherever they are.    For customers who want to help others, you may donate your Globe Rewards points to any of the 11 active beneficiaries in the Globe Rewards app.  Download the Globe Rewards app on your mobile device and click on the “DONATE” banner. Select your chosen organization and corresponding denomination then press “REDEEM”. A confirmation message will be sent by 4438 upon successful donation. Download the app via https://www.globe.com.ph/rewards.html#GRewardsApp. Globe remains committed to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. To know more about Globe’s sustainability initiatives, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.

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CCC: Choose local, sustainable products over single-use plastics this holiday season 

December 26, 2020

MANILA, — The Climate Change Commission (CCC) encourages the buying public to purchase locally-made and sustainable products over plastics to contribute to efforts to solve the climate crisis.   As the festive season nears, the CCC urges the public to reduce solid waste and the accumulation of unnecessary plastic packaging and excessive purchase of plastic products by buying only those made of sustainable materials, including the ones created by our indigenous peoples (IP) and local communities. The climate agency stressed that purchasing these products not only boosts the local economy but also increase appreciation of our culture, heritage, and identity which have been passed down through generations.   Moreover, buying IP products ensures quality and promotes sustainability as most of these are made by hand with the absence of harmful chemicals that may pollute our lands and waters, if inappropriately disposed. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastics have been produced over the decades, and 6.3 billion metric tonnes has become plastic wastes. Only 9% of this has been recycled, while about 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — are accumulating in landfills, dumps, or the natural environment, particularly our oceans. If the current trend continues, oceans are projected to carry more trash than fish by 2050. A study by the Center for International Environmental Law states that current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the plastic lifecycle threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C – the ask of the Paris Agreement. By 2050, the GHG emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatons—10-13 percent of the entire remaining carbon budget. Our IPs are also among the most affected sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. The CCC emphasized that purchasing their products contribute to strengthening their resilience to future shocks, and preserve their cultural wealth and indigenous knowledge, systems, and practices that we Filipinos can be proud of.   This holiday season, let us maximize this opportunity to bring pride and joy to our IP brothers and sisters as we ensure that our country’s path to sustainable development is inclusive and equitable. ###

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DARAB to resolve protests, disputes, or claims to speed up distribution of government-owned lands under EO 75

December 26, 2020

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has authorized the DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB) to resolve protests, disputes, or claims that will arise from the distribution of government-owned lands (GOLs) under Executive Order No. 75, Series of 2019. DAR Secretary Brother John R. Castriciones signed Memorandum Circular No. 28, Series of 2020 to ensure that due process will be observed in the resolution of protests, disputes, or claims arising from the distribution of government-owned land. Executive Order No. 75, series of 2019, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, February 2019, directs all government instrumentalities to accelerate and ensure the immediate identification and segregation of all unclassified lands of public domain and all government-owned lands (GOLs), devoted to or suitable for agriculture and which are no longer actually, directly and exclusively used or necessary for the purpose for which they have been reserved or acquired, shall be used for agrarian reform for eventual distribution to qualified beneficiaries “The Memorandum Circular shall apply only to all protests, disputes, claims, or controversies arising from the coverage and distribution of GOLs in favor of qualified beneficiaries,” Brother John said. In case there is a petition or protest involving the implementation of EO 75, the Office of the Secretary or any other DAR office shall refer the case to the Executive Director of the DARAB Secretariat, who in turn shall issue an order directing the Field Operations Office to submit a comment within a specified period and raffle the case to the Board Members for review. The Board Member assigned to the case shall issue an Order directing all parties to submit their respective position papers for resolution or may schedule a hearing for investigation. The assigned Board Member shall submit its recommendation for the Secretary’s consideration, on whether to grant or deny the petition or protest. The Secretary’s decision shall immediately be forwarded to the DARAB Secretariat Executive Director for releasing to all concerned parties. A party involved may file a motion for reconsideration (MR) or an appeal, within fifteen (15) days from receipt of the decision. Castriciones reiterated in the Circular that: “Notwithstanding the filing of the appeal, the identification, validation, segregation, transfer, and distribution of coverable GOLs shall proceed up to the issuance of a title in the name of the Republic of the Philippines, if the coverable GOL is a titled property. ”However, if the GOL is not titled or is covered by a proclamation, the process will proceed up to the generation of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) unless the Office of the President enjoins DAR from continuing with the process of distribution. The decision of the Secretary shall become final and executory 15 days after all parties have received an official copy and that no MR nor appeal was filed against the said decision. Only then can the DARAB Executive Director will issue a Certificate of Finality to the case. Qualified beneficiaries under EO 75 are farmers, tillers or farmworkers who are landless or who own less than three (3) hectares of agricultural lands; Filipino citizens; residents of the barangay (or the municipality if there are not enough qualified beneficiaries in the barangay) where the landholding is located; at least fifteen (15) years of age at the time of identification, screening, and selection of the farmer beneficiaries; and with willingness, aptitude, and ability to cultivate and make the land as productive as possible as provided under Section 22 of RA No. 6657, as amended. DARAB reresolbahin ang mga protesta, pagtatalo o pag-aangkin upang mapabilis ang pagpapatupad ng EO 75 Pinahintulutan ng Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ang DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB) upang resolbahin ang mga protesta, alitan o pag-aangkin na magmumula sa pamamahagi ng mga lupang pagmamay-ari ng pamahalaan o government-owned lands (GOL) sa ilalim ng Executive Order No. 75, Serye ng 2019. Nilagdaan ni DAR Secretary Brother John R. Castriciones ang Memorandum Circular No. 28, Serye ng 2020 upang matiyak na angkop ang proseso sa pag resolba ng mga protesta, alitan o pag-aangkin na magmumula sa pamamahagi ng lupa napag-aari ng pamahalaan. Ang Executive Order No. 75, Serye 2019, na nilagdaan ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nuong Pebrero 2019 ay nag-aatas sa lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan upang pabilisin at siguraduhin ang agarang pagtukoy, paghiwa-hiwalay ng lahat ng hindi pa nauuring pampublikong lupain at mga lupain na pag-aari ng pamahalaan na nakatuon o angkop sa agrilultura at hindi na ginagamit sa pangunahin nitong layunin, ay ilalaan sa repormang agraryo upang maipamahagi sa mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo.  "Ang Memorandum Circular ay para lamang sa lahat ng mga protesta, pagtatalo, pag-aangkin, o kontrobersya na nagmumula sa pagsaklaw at pamamahagi ng mga GOL pabor para sa mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo," ani Brother John. Kung sakaling magkaroon ng mga petisyon o protesta kaugnay sa implementasyon ng EO 75, and Opisina ng Kalihim o kahit anong opisina sa DAR ay isasangguni ang kaso sa Executive Director ng DARAB Secretariat, na siya namang mag-iisyu ng kautusan para sa Field Operations Office upang magsumite ng komento sa loob ng itinakdang panahon at ira-raffle ang kaso sa mga miyembro ng DARAB para sa pagsusuri ng kaso.   Ang Board Member na naitalaga sa kaso ay mag-iisyu ng kautusan para sa mga sangkot na partido upang sila ay magsumite ng position papers para sa resolusyon o maaaring mag-iskedyul ng pagdinig para sa imbestigasyon ng kaso. Ang naitalagang Board Member ay magsusumite ng rekomendasyon para sa pagsasaalang-alam ng Kalihim, kung ipagkakaloob o hindi ang petisyon o protesta. Ang desisyon ng Kalihim ay agad na ipapasa sa DARAB Secretariat Executive Director upang maipalabas sa lahat ng sangkot na partido. Ang partido ay maaaring magsampa ng motion for reconsideration (MR) o apila sa loob lamang ng 15 araw mula ng natanggap ang desisyon. Sinabi ni Castriciones na: “Sa kabila ng pagkakaroon ng apila, magpapatuloy ang pagtutukoy, pagpapatunay, paghiwa-hiwalay, paglilipat at pamamahagi ng mga nasakop na GOL hanggang sa pagpapalabas ng titulo sa pangalan ng Republika ng Pilipinas, kung ang GOL ay isang pag-aari na may titulo.” Subali’t kung ang GOL ay walang titulo o sakop ng isang proklamasyon, ang proseso ay magpapatuloy hanggang sa pagsasagawa ng Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs), maliban lamang kung ang Opisina ng Presidente ay nag-utos sa DAR na ipagpatuloy ang proseso hanggang sa pamamahagi. Ang desisyon ng Kalihim ay pinal at ipapatupad 15 araw pagkatapos matanggap ng bawat partido ang opisyal na kopya ng desisyon at kung saan walang naisampang MR o apila laban sa nasabing desisyon. Duon lamang maaaring magsasagawa ang DARAB Executive Director ng Certificate of Finality sa kaso.   Ang mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo ay magsasaka o manggagawa sa bukid na mga walang lupa o nagmamay-ari ng mas mababa sa tatlong ektarya ng mga lupang agrikultura; mga mamamayang Pilipino; mga residente ng barangay (o ang munisipalidad kung walang sapat na kwalipikadong mga benepisyaryo sa barangay) kung saan matatagpuan ang pag-aari ng lupa; hindi bababa sa 15 taong gulang sa panahon  ng pagkakakilanlan at pagpili ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo; at may kakayahan linangin at gawing mas produktibo ang lupa na nakasaad sa ilalim ng Seksyon 22 ng RA 6657, na sinusugan.  

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Legarda urges Filipino youth to be leaders in climate action

December 23, 2020

MANILA, — Deputy Speaker and Antique Representative Loren Legarda today called on the youth to use their power to spark movement and raise awareness on environmental justice, sustainability, and climate action.Legarda made the call during her virtual speech titled "On Climate Action and Accountability: The Journey Towards Environmental Justice" at the EcoSummit 2020: The First National Youth Environmental Forum organized by the official student government of Ateneo de Davao University. “Our country is no stranger to the impacts of climate change. But averting loss and damage and coping in the aftermath of these extreme weather events, which have become more intense and damaging in the last decade, are an additional burden against limited resources of a developing, fast growing nation. Climate-related disasters are undoing years of development gains,” Legarda stressed. The Philippines was recently hit by typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses in the past months, which massively destroyed infrastructure and agricultural lands and submerged the communities in floodwater. It ranked fourth among countries most affected by climate change from 1999 to 2018 in the 2020 Global Climate Risk Index by the Germanwatch. An annual average of 0.5% of GDP has been lost due to climate change impacts.Coupled with the challenges of COVID-19, Legarda said that the country needed to push for a pandemic recovery that also strives for climate resilience in order to protect vulnerable communities. “As we have declared in the Global Commission on Adaptation, the matter of accelerating adaptation measures has also never been more important. Climate shocks are happening now, intersecting with and exacerbating impacts of COVID-19. Building resilience to climate impacts will be critical to response and recovery efforts. We have been on the receiving end of extreme weather events at the expense of our fellow Filipinos’ lives, livelihoods, and resources,” added Legarda. Legarda also co-authored House Resolution No. 1377 declaring a climate and environmental emergency to ensure “enhanced and coherent climate actions in the executive and legislative agenda of the government,” which was sponsored by the House Committee on Climate Change and unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on November 25, 2020. “In the name of climate justice, we will continue calling for greater leadership and action from the developed countries that have caused this climate crisis. Climate justice is to demand for what is right and just for the Filipinos. It is to improve our capacity to adapt and mitigate. It is to commit to upholding the right of every Filipino to a better life,” Legarda said. “But within our country, we also need to exhibit leadership and action. We need to build on our progress so far and identify gaps within our systems in order to spur and normalize climate action on the ground and down to the last mile,” Legarda added. Citing the 2017 Philippine Climate Change Assessment Report of the Climate Change Commission and PAGASA projections, Legarda said that regions in the Philippines, including Mindanao, are experiencing seasonal aridity and recurrent droughts and manifest conditions and effects of desertification processes, and will continue to experience large decreases in rainfall and longer drier periods which will affect the amount of water in watersheds and dams, thereby limiting agricultural and energy production. The observed temperature in the country is projected to increase by as much as 0.9°C to 2.3°C by 2050, entailing drastic changes in weather patterns, increase in frequency, intensity and duration of floods, and increase in frequency and intensity of droughts, according to PAGASA,Sea level rise in the country is projected to be at 60 centimeters or three times the global average of 19 centimeters, with 60 percent of local government units at risk to storm surges, flashfloods, and saltwater intrusion. “These and many more are a stark reminder that climate change is a clear and present threat to the lives of all Filipinos, particularly our most  vulnerable sectors of our society. I am talking about our local communities, the lumad, farmers, fisherfolks, persons with disabilities, women, children, and the elderly,” Legarda emphasized.Legarda underscored the need for participation of all sectors, especially the youth, in addressing the climate emergency. Legarda then challenged the youth to raise awareness, inspire people, and find solutions to the emerging challenges of the world today.“Our youth will not just simply inherit this world. You are part of this process of building our nation and our planet. You have the passion, skills, creativity, and energy to effect positive change. You are not just the leaders of tomorrow. You are already the leaders of today,”

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Hontiveros questions capacity of NTF,  DOH to deliver vaccine to marginalized communities 

December 23, 2020

Senator Risa Hontiveros questioned the capacity of the National Taskforce on COVID-19 (NTF) and the Department of Health (DOH) to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) given the unsolved difficulties in existing immunization programs.  “A documented difficulty by the DOH in the Sabayang Patak Laban sa Polio is the low immunization coverage in some areas, owing to the difficulties in terrain. Magkakalayo ang mga bahay at mahirap ang mga dadaanan. Hindi pa ito matugunan ng DOH ngayon, so paano natin masisiguro na itong COVID-19 vaccine ay makakarating sa mga nangangailangan given na napaka-sensitibo ng bakuna sa temperature changes?” she asked.  “I support Senator Pangilinan’s call for a hearing by a Senate Committee of the Whole to iron out all the details from preparations, to roll-out, to finish. As I said before, public trust is crucial in a public health crisis. This is a massive project that should be made clear to the whole of government, whole of society. Everyone has to be confident in the game plan.”  Hontiveros also called for government to begin creating a post-vaccination COVID-19 response plan after an editorial published in November in the Nature Journal showed that vaccinated individuals can still spread the coronavirus to others. “To my layperson’s ears, it means you can be protected from COVID-19 but you can pass it on to others. I imagine that there are specific populations that cannot be vaccinated, like the very young. They will continue to be vulnerable to COVID. We cannot let our guard down and the protocols should be maintained,” she said.  “Vaccination is not the magic bullet to putting an end to the pandemic. We must create sustainable strategies for safely co-existing with COVID-19 while we roll-out vaccination,” she added. “It is of the utmost importance that we think of the end in mind, if not we might see a whole new wave of infections.”  Hontiveros added that after the vaccination of the indigent groups, it is important to begin securing and allocating funds for mass vaccination. “We can only achieve herd immunity if 60-70% of the population gets vaccinated. If the DOH and NTF foresee the process to take the next 4 to 5 years, are we financially prepared to make it happen? The threat of a hiccup in our plans might cost lives,” she said.    “Ito ang pinakamalaking vaccination program in the history of our country. If we don’t do it right, we'll waste billions of pesos and risk millions of lives,” she concluded.

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