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SM donates PhP170M for PPEs and medical supplies

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

Through SM Foundation, SM is donating over PhP 170 million towards the fight against COVID-19, surpassing its initial allocation of PhP 100 million.

The initiative is to help ensure that Healthcare workers in hospitals nationwide are armored with personal protective equipment (PPEs) – full protective suits (including for ICU use), face shields, gloves, N95 masks, surgical masks, goggles, and including raincoats as requested by some hospitals as back-up alternatives.

Testing is made more widely available, by supporting and donating the local Manila Healthtek test kits developed by the UP-NIH team (upon DOH approval), providing the testing needs of RITM, and donating FDA-approved PCR kits sourced from Korea, and by providing ICU-grade ventilators to help hospitals manage patients with severe cases.

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

PPEs and medical equipment arrive for SM Foundation on chartered aircraft via Airspeed Logistics.

Among the hospitals that received PPE donations as of March 27, 2020 are University of the Philippines PGH, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and major Government hospitals like Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), National Kidney and Transplant Institute, San Lazaro Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Children’s Hospital and Rizal Medical Center.

SM distribute PPEs to hospitals in PH during Coronavirus Pandemic Feature Image

Dr. Gam Legaspi, Exec Director of PGH, receiving the first batch of ICU-grade ventilators.

Other hospitals include, Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Ospital mg Muntinlupa, and more.

Several shipments of PPEs are also on their way to provincial hospitals nationwide, including Rizal, Pampanga, Bataan, Quezon, Pangasinan, Catanduanes, Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Tacloban, Surigao del Sur, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Marawi, Zamboanga, and more.

SM has committed to be of service to the Filipino public, its hospitals, and its government, in ensuring that we all contain and overcome the COVID-19 crisis together.

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ILOILO CITY LOCKDOWN: 25 Things You Should Know

Iloilo City Lockdown

(Updated March 21, 2020) ILOILO CITY is under enhanced community quarantine or a lockdown starting March 20 until April 14, 2020, announced by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas on Thursday, March 19, 2020 issuing an Executive Order No. 055 implementing Regulation Ordinance No. 2020-056, Series of 2020 in relation to the practice of Enhanced Community Quarantine applicable to all commercial and business establishments, government offices and in residential areas, and for other purposes.

“We have to call this enhanced community quarantine (lockdown). We have to put in minds of everyone nga indi na sila pwede ka gwa sang basta-basta (that they are not allowed to go out anymore),” Treñas emphasized.

“We are doing this to limit mobility. We are trying to limit mobility because we are trying to lessen the number of persons going around the city, whole of Panay and Guimaras,” he added.

“We are at war with something that we cannot see. These are extraordinary times, we have to meet this war with extraordinary measures.” the mayor explained.

With this, here are major things all Ilonggos should know about this Iloilo City lockdown.

1. ‘Essential businesses’ will still be open.

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • 24/7 Convenience store
  • Banks, and other related financial establishments
  • Hardware stores
  • Health Clinic, Diagnostic Centers and Laboratories
  • Restaurants with dine-in, take-out or delivery services

2. No Public Utility Jeepneys starting March 21, 2020 while Tricycle and Taxi Ban starts 8PM on March 22, 2020.

Transportation was initially retained only to follow social distancing policy. However on Friday, the mayor also suspended transportation operations after observing most of the riding public and drivers would not follow social distancing, or keep at least one meter apart, to prevent potential contact with the virus.

3. Social Distancing Ordinance is implemented with curfew from 8PM to 5AM.

4. Prohibition from staying and standing by individuals along highways, public alleys, commercial establishments, malls/shopping centers or any places outside their private homes.

5. The following individuals are excluded from number four (#4).

  • People coming from work (essential businesses, #1)
  • People working within curfew hours (essential businesses, #1)
  • Health or medical workers, or working for humanitarian reasons
  • Authorized government officials
  • People who provide basic services (essential businesses, #1)
  • People who deliver food and medicines (essential businesses, #1)
  • Public Transportation Services dependent on the assessment of Public Safety and Transporation Management Office (PSTMO)

6. Implementation of the curfew

Personnel from the institution and public offices will participate.

  • Philippine National Police
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Punong Barangay, Barangay Council, and Barangay Tanods
  • Task Force on Moral Values
  • City Health Office
  • Public Safety and Traffic Management Office

7. P98-million funds for preventive measures against COVID-19 was approved. 

The funds will be used for laboratory materials/testing kits, rental of medical equipment for the quarantine center, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), disaster response supply and equipment, as well as livelihood support. – City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) / Iloilo City Government Facebook Page

8. The EO prescribed general mandatory conditions and precautionary best practices to be followed by establishments mentioned in #1 which includes:

  • Posting of Covid-19 hotline
  • Observance of social distancing
  • Constant disinfecting
  • Provision of hand sanitizers and/or alcohol
  • Use of non-contact thermal scanners
  • Employees to accomplish daily health interview cards
  • Have sanitation protocol in place

9. Prohibition on liquor which includes the following:

  • the selling, dispensing, and transporting of liquor or alcoholic beverages
  • whisky, brandy, gin, rum, cordial, liquor, cocktail, wine, champagne, vermouth, basi, tuba, saki, beer, ale, and stout

10. Resistance to the implementation of the Iloilo City Lockdown or disobedience to its guidelines can constitute a “resistance and disobedience to a person in authority or the agents of such person” under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, which punishes a person who “shall resist or seriously disobey any person in authority, or the agents of such person, while engaged in the performance of official duties.”

The penalty of imprisonment from one (1) month and one (1) day to six (6) months and a fine not exceeding 500 pesos shall be imposed upon any person who not being included in the provisions of the preceding articles shall resist or seriously disobey any person in authority, or the agents of such person, while engaged in the performance of official duties.

11. Five (5) entry/exit points and checkpoints of the city.

  1. Ungka
  2. Balabago
  3. Buhang in Jaro;
  4. Hibao-an in Mandurriao
  5. Mohon in Arevalo

Via Iloilo City Public Safety and Transportation Management Office

12. Buses are operating within the city as an alternative transportation.

Route of Buses (5:00AM) *Check the photos for routes.

Additional bus/es:

  • LAPUZ – Bo. Obrero – Lapuz – Jalandoni – Rizal Street – Iznart – J.M. Basa – Parola City Mall and Vice Versa.

13. ALL Health Workers are FREE of charges on the bus transportation. They just have to present their IDs. As for other riding public, P10 for the fare will be implemented. 

Via LTFRB-6

14. Esplanade and plazas are closed to joggers and zumba dancers, but remain open for people to water and cultivate the plants, and for mobility.

15. Metro Iloilo Water announced that penalties for late payments for the billing period of March 2020 shall be waived.

It is encouraged however that consumers to pay their bills on time or ahead of the due date to avoid possible congestion in collection and to practice social distancing.

16. Temporary closure of Festive Walk Iloilo starting March 20, 2020 until further notice while some establishments will continue to operate for the basic needs of the community.

*Supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and medical services, convenience stores, select restaurants with take-out and delivery services, and other essentials will remain open to cater to the needs of the community.

 Festive Walk Mall

  • Festive Market – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Mercury Drug – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Jollibee – 6 AM to 8 PM
  • Pizza Hut – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Watsons – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • KFC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Starbucks – 8 AM to 7 PM

 Festive Walk Annex

  • Marketplace – 8 AM to 7 PM
  • LBC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Bureau of Immigration – 9 AM to 6 PM

 Festive Walk Parade

  • ShareTea – 11 AM to 8 PM
  • Sunny Side Up – 6 AM to 8 PM

 Nadej – 7 AM to 7 PM
 Pan De Manila – 24 hrs Open
 7/11 Convenience Store – 9 AM to 10 PM
 Mc Donalds – 7 AM to 9 PM

17. Shops at Atria will be temporarily closed for operation effective March 20, 2020, until further notice.

18. Temporary closure of SM City Iloilo starting March 21, 2020 until further notice while some establishments will continue to operate for the basic needs of the community.

✅ North Point

  • Starbucks – 8 AM to 6 PM
  • BDO – 10 AM to 12 NN (Closed on Sundays)

✅ Main Mall

  • SM Supermarket – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Watsons – 9 AM to 7PM (inside SM Supermarket); 11 AM to 7 PM (Upper Ground)
  • Bills Payments – 9 AM to 7 PM (inside SM Supermarket)
  • Life Extension – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Perimeter Parking – 9 AM to 7 PM
  • BDO – 10 AM to 12 NN (Closed on Sundays)
  • Rose Pharmacy – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • GNC – 11 AM to 7 PM
  • LBC – 10 AM to 7 PM (Traveller’s Lounge)
  • Iloilo Doctors Clinic – 10 AM to 4 PM

✅ SM Strata

  • Akamon – 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • SM Supermarket – 9 AM to 7 PM

19. One (1) Quarantine Card or Pass per household through a designated member.

A quarantine card or pass designates a household member as the representative of his or her household in procuring necessities. This disallows other family members to buy goods and conduct transactions outside their homes.” via philstar.com

NOTE: Quarantine Card or Pass is not applicable during curfew hours. (Schedule in #3)

20. Quarantine Cards or Passes are for FREE.

Report to DILG / Mayor’s Office any local executive or barangay officials who will charge fees on quarantine cards or passes. DILG Emergency Operations Center hotlines 02-8876-3454 local 8806/8810.

21. If you are sick or not feeling well after your travel, call or report to Iloilo City Health Office through (033) 333-1111 loc 212 or to Western Visayas Medical Center Iloilo (033) 321-2841 to 45.

22. Mayor Jerry P. Treñas highly recommend a footbath to be installed in all entrances of essential establishments.

23. Guidelines for Travellers

Iloilo City Lockdown

24. Guidelines for Barangays

Iloilo City Lockdown

25. Guidelines for Barangay Health Emergency Response Team

Iloilo City Lockdown

Amidst all these, let us all calm down and stay home. Prepare all essential needs for the next 26 days during the Iloilo City lockdown. Keep safe everyone and share this your family and friends!

*This is a developing article and will be updated for more information.

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National Museum closes nationwide due to COVID-19 in PH

National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) closed its facilities nationwide starting March 13, 2020 until further notice as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19. Director-General Jeremy Barns issued the order in support after the President raised public health alert to Code Red Sublevel 2 per advice of the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on March 12, 2020.

The order closed indefinitely the NMP flagship museums National Museums of Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History and Planetarium in Rizal Park Complex, Manila. Also ordered closed are its regional, area and site museums located all over the Philippines.

Relatedly, all previously announced public programs, including the demonstration, workshop and lecture on the Bobbin Lace-Making Tradition of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, are indefinitely postponed.

Meantime, NMP Central Office maintains a skeletal working force to continue its administrative operations in compliance to Civil Service Commission guidelines. Those in the regions that are not under community quarantine are maintaining regular working hours. Follow NMP Facebook Page: NM Western Visayas Regional Museum for updates.

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Iloilo Province on Travel Restriction due to COVID-19 threat

COVID-19

The Iloilo provincial government will fully implement its border restriction starting March 18, 2020 amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. met with Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) Director Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas on Tuesday relative to the conduct of boundary checkpoints.

Five borders connecting Iloilo to the neighboring provinces of Antique and Capiz were identified namely:

  • Brgy. Poblacion in San Rafael (boundary Dumarao, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Aglalana in Passi City (boundary Dumarao, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Malitbog Centro in Calinog (boundary Tapaz, Capiz and Iloilo)
  • Brgys To-og and Sinogbuan in San Joaquin (boundary Antique and Iloilo)
  • Brgy. Kinalkalan in Balasan (boundary Pilar, Capiz and Iloilo)

Each border will be manned by police personnel; three municipal responders who will perform the temperature scanning; and three health workers. “We will start tomorrow and we hope to perfect it in the next few weeks,” Defensor said.

Roughly 150 police personnel will be deployed to augment in the border control. Police Colonel Lucas said police forces who will man the checkpoints will be equipped with protective gears. “All police personnel in Western Visayas, including in IPPO, are on alert level,” he said.

To recall, Governor Defensor issued Executive Order 28-C placing Iloilo Province under a community quarantine. A restriction on travel of persons is imposed except the following:

  • government officials and employees travelling in the performance/pursuit of their functions;
  • medical personnel and health workers/humanitarian workers who shall be performing functions in relation to COVID-19 in the province;
  • residents of Iloilo City travelling therefrom and into the province;
  • returning residents of the province and Iloilo City, provided that they shall only have until March 17 to enter the province.

On March 17, Defensor issued Executive Order No. 28-D, amending EO 28-C and including residents of Guimaras Province who will be allowed access to Iloilo Province. The travel restriction is imposed until April 14 to limit COVID-19 threat.

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The Blatant Signs of Unemployment

Unemployment

I have been a freelance brand and marketing consultant for local brands in Iloilo City, Philippines for two years now. I started with a blog and a Facebook Page, then expanded to brand and marketing strategies. Earlier this year, I jumped in as a life coach on leadership, brands, and personal development. Basically, I left employment to pursue a passionate career.

During that stretch of 730 days, I would like to believe I have reached a handful commendable milestone:

  • Created a viral post for a local brand on their product relaunching.
  • Increased sales of a local aesthetic spa brand.
  • Built brand value on one of the most innovative coffee shops in the city.
  • Increased sales on the new cake of a local pastry shop.

I also would like to think that I have made progress in what feels like “blink-of-an-eye” timespan.

I have written a considerable number of articles and social media posts. I discovered new traits and abilities about myself. I also have observed and took note of the ins and outs of the social marketing industry.

I also learned that anyone can lose one’s self in this game of glamour and online popularity contest.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage the globe, I reflect on how I have become today and where I started.

I left my office work three years ago to pursue a freelance marketing job. Although it was my own doing, I found myself living day by day with a whole lot of prayers and a depleting P2,000 in my pocket monthly.

In my days of lack, I learned how to pray for my daily bread to arrive. When supplies diminish and demand rises beyond the border, I learned how to pray, “Thy will be done.”

As my money goes thinner by the day, I remind myself of the vision I saw for myself in the next ten years. It can’t be seen now but I believed that I was planting little by little to see it coming in the future.

There are days that not only lack money but lacks hope. These are the days when I have to cry myself to sleep thinking whether I had the right decision or I only had a delusion. Tough nights to find myself asleep with my mind floating around for answers to suffice my unemployment.

I realized that my strong belief in the vision of myself kept me whole in those nights despite the reality of lack, losses, and lamentation.

While lamenting on my situation, I pushed myself to be creative and resourceful. Amid doubts and fear, I convinced myself of the good future I am aiming for. 

I found out that in desperate times, no one can ever convince us to survive and thrive but ourselves.

In writing this, I remember the story of the Prodigal Son. In his lowest low, no one was ever convincing enough to lead him back to his father. It was his own words spoken to himself that made him come back to his home. 

I learned that in our pits, only our words to ourselves can pick us up to go back to the goodness of God and life. Not our friends nor our family’s words.

When I picked myself up from the mire of self-doubts and fear, I saw limitless potentials standing upfront. The horizon is just too wide to even comprehend. Believe in the plans God has for our lives. No matter what happens in the world, God stays as God.

I learned to believe in the goodness of God and that His mercies are really renewed every morning.

Think about that! I had no enough money. I am unemployed. I was learning the ways of this industry having suffered from unemployment. I was a nobody. But someone saw the same vision as I have. My first brand partner was a home to me.

I learned to keep on moving despite some hurdles that made me fall sometimes. I learned how to get up time and time again.

One by one, my vision of myself is coming to pass piece by piece. I kept my ground intact. I have to see the totality of myself in the next five years. 

I knew that I had to respect the process and to understand the element of time. 

Just like any other story, there can be hundreds of instances where I may have let go of the rope and just let myself drown in the ocean of desperation to die. 

There were times I had to cave in myself from people, potentials and more so from predators. But these days are different now.

After meditating on this article for a bit, I now know that its purpose is two-fold.

  • For one, it is a reminder for me to keep the vision and continue the run. It is a ‘sticky note’ on my forehead on what I have undergone and what I now become. This article is a reminder that the same God who was with me then, is still the same God who is with me now and will with me tomorrow.
  • It also serves as a reminder to you. My vision is paired with a mission to also inspire and motivate a community – that community includes you. Yeah, that community is ‘you’. I hope that despite the global crisis today, you are still up to pursue the vision you have for yourself. I hope you are closer to kicking off the self-doubt and fear from yourself and building the life God has destined for you.

Don’t lose sight of why you are chasing the vision despite the challenges.

Don’t lose hope while you are running the race of life.

Don’t forget to rest when you face exhaustion.

Don’t hesitate to pray when you are overwhelmed.

Don’t doubt yourself and what God has gifted you.

Don’t give up even if you are unemployed now for whatever reason. Trust God. Trust the process.

Remember that.

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SM Group allocates P100M towards COVID-19 outbreak support

SM Group SM Mall of Asia COVID-19
SM Group allocates Php100M towards COVID-19 outbreak support to PGH, RITM, and other government hospitals after several community quarantine is implemented on some areas of the country with President Duterte announcing an ‘enhanced community quarantine’ status. Part of the president’s speech was asking big businesses to help in the process.
“To ensure the safety of medical frontliners, SM is bringing in personal protective equipment (PPE) – face masks, gowns, visors, hoods, gloves, and shoe covers, as well as urgent medical supplies to help government hospitals who badly need them,” said SM Prime’s Hans Sy.
Assistance has also been extended to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) for their urgent needs and for improving their laboratory testing capacity.
SM has also allocated PPEs and medical supplies to the UP Medical Foundation Inc. to reach a wider network of hospitals.
To improve the availability of tests, SM has reached out to Manila Healthtek Inc. to distribute 20,000 tests for free to government hospitals, once approved for use.
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Atty. Babayen-on on MORE’s Lawful Takeover?

MORE Power Iloilo

ILOILO CITY – MORE Electric Company started its operations after a ‘writ of possession’ was issued to Panay Electric Company four days ago by Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23, allowing newcomer MORE Electric Company to takeover PECO’s distribution assets. Contrary to the claims of lawyers from PECO’s side, Atty. Allana Babayen-on, one of MORE Power’s legal counsels, stressed out they had a lawful takeover as provided by Section 2 of Rule 67 of the Rule of Court. 

“Let a Writ of Possession be issued to plaintiff More Power Corporation, in order to place MORE in possession of the enumerated properties above under categories A and B. The Sheriff of this court or other proper officer is hereby ordered to place the plaintiff in possession of the properties enumerated above under categories A and B. The Sheriff of this court or other proper officer is hereby ordered to place the plaintiff in possession of the property above enumerated and submit a report thereof to the court, with service of copies to the parties pursuant to Section 2 of Rule 67 of the Rules of Court,” excerpt from the Writ of Possession taped on the entrance of the Panay Electric Company building.

Category A includes properties that PECO did not contest as ‘distribution assets’, such as the Baldoza, La Paz Substation; General Luna, City Proper Substation; and the Tabuc Suba, Jaro Substation, among others having a total assessed value of Php 217,940,870. Category B includes properties that the court initially deems as part of the distribution assets being listed under PECO’s distribution plant in the ERC record, and maybe necessary for MORE to have an uninterrupted operation once the writ is implemented. The properties include meter lab, power plant building, and switchboard housed within the General Luna PECO compound. The properties have an assessed value of Php 14,792,680. – Feature Iloilo News

MORE Power Iloilo

“We have a writ of possession which was delivered by the sheriff to be executed under the ministerial duty.” said Atty. Babayen-on. “As far as I know, the court ordered to maintain peace.” she added. 

As for the temporary restraining order pointed out by PECO, “There was only an application of TRO, not an implementing TRO from the Supreme Court. As far as I know, only a TRO from the Supreme Court can stop us from implementing the ‘writ of possession’.” Atty. Babayen-on added.

MORE Power Iloilo

“We recognize their rights to apply for TRO or to go as far as to any legal option that may serve them. And we are happy that they are undergoing any remedies for their side.” said Enrique Razon Jr. President of MORE Elecrticity and Power Corporation. “But I hope, after exhausting all options, there will be acceptance.” he added.

For more questions, please visit MORE Power’s Customer Services Office at General Luna Street, Brgy. Inday, City Proper, Iloilo City or you may call their hotline numbers.

PLDT:
(033) 323-66-19
(033) 327-29-85

GLOBE:
0917-637-5214

SMART:
0919-072-0626

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Easy Guide: MORE Power Iloilo Accepts Applications

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ILOILO CITY – MORE Electric Company is now open for consumers applications and inquiries after a ‘writ of possession’ was issued to Panay Electric Company four days ago by Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23, allowing newcomer MORE Electric Company to take over PECO’s distribution assets. Here are things consumers should know when applying for an account or meter connection.

For consumers who are applying for new meter connection, kindly secure an application form, government ID, proof of occupancy and Certificate of Final Electrical Inspection. Should there be no available proof of occupancy, secure a Barangay Certificate of Residency and Permit for Temporary Service Connection & Oath of Undertaking.

MORE Power

For consumers who are living in the house owned by a deceased relative and you don’t have any proof of occupancy document under your name, you can still apply for an electric connection. These are the requirements you need to comply: Application Form, Government ID, Barangay Certificate of Residency, and Permit for Temporary Service Connection & Oath of Undertaking.

The electric meter in the house is named under a deceased father. You can update the details of your account. You need to submit the following requirements for us to update your account: Government ID, Proof of Ownership, Previous monthly bill from the previous DU (or previous monthly electric bill of MORE Power), and Proof of billing from other utilities that states your name and address.

MORE Power

In cases you still receive the bill from the previous DU, where should you pay? MORE Power encourages you to pay the bill at the previous DU’s office or at their authorized collecting agencies. For payment transaction, you can pay the bill deposit in available payment centers. You can pay at BDO, Landbank, Robinsons Bank, PNB, Palawan Express, RD Pawnshop, LBC and SM Supermalls. MORE Power office is also accepting applications and payments on weekends.

For consumers who have 15 years-old meters which seems to be unreliable, MORE Power has MORE KOREK. It is a program of MORE Power that targets the replacement of all defective and aging meters without any cost.

For more questions, please visit MORE Power’s Customer Services Office at General Luna Street, Brgy. Inday, City Proper, Iloilo City or you may call their hotline numbers.
PLDT:
(033) 323-66-19
(033) 327-29-85
GLOBE:
0917-637-5214
SMART:
0919-072-0626

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Patnongon Gets Animal and Livestock Feed Production Facility

Patnongon

Members of the Patnongon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC) were all smiles and excited for the launching and inauguration of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) for Animal and Livestock Feed Production at Brgy. Magsaysay in Patnongon, Antique.

PMPC Chairperson Antonieta B. Crianza said that this is the cooperative’s first engagement in a government project. The government has reached out to the community and addressed their needs by putting up the facility.

The PMPC is the co-operator of the P900,000 worth of machineries and equipment under the SSF Program of the DTI, and funded through the efforts of Deputy Speaker Loren B, Legarda.

On Thursday, DTI VI Industry Development Division Chief Ma. Dinda R. Tamayo and DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young together with Patnongon Mayor Evohn Nee B. Baldestamon, PMPC Officers and members, among others led the launching of the SSF.

The DTI provided machineries and equipment comprising of one unit of horizontal mixer with accessories, one unit of hammer mill, two units of platform weighing scales and two units of bag closer.

Mayor Baldestamon commended the agency’s efforts of establishing the facility, especially with the presence of a Negosyo Center in Patnongon that provided opportunities to small entrepreneurs to register their business names, and eventually securing business permits.

PMPC Manager Anecar M. Vera Cruz said that the facility will give swine growers “fresh, excellent and affordable feeds for livestock,” and to have a stable market and farm gate price for their corn farmers.

Aside from the facility, the DTI will likewise provide mentoring to the cooperative on the operation of the feed mill, while the Department of Agriculture will provide effective technology for crop and livestock production.

About the cover photo:
The Shared Service Facility for Animal and Livestock Feed Production was launched at Brgy. Magsaysay in Patnongon, Antique on February 20. It was attended by the officers and members of the Patnongon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PMPC), as the co-operator, provincial and municipal officials, Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, DTI official sand staff, and representatives from other line agencies. (from left) PMPC Vice Chairperson Tomas R. Osumo, PMPC 2nd Vice Chairperson Emelyn C. Estaris, PMPC Chairperson Antonieta B. Crianza, Patnongon Municipal Mayor Evohn Nee B. Baldestamon, Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda staff Marnee Payne, Father Jose Tubianosa Sr., DTI VI IDD Chief Ma. Dinda R. Tamayo, DTI Antique Provincial Director Mercedes A. Young, PMPC Manager Anecar M. Vera Cruz, and Patnongon Negosyo Center Business Counsellor Gracelyn N. Berte.

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Love Camp 2020 – Love Revolution Has Began!

Love Camp

ILOILO CITY – Love Revolution has began as Love Camp 2020 kicked off with a theme #NoMoreHeartbreak and a full packed hall of hundreds of youth and young professionals last February 14, 2020 at the Philippine Red Cross Bldg., Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.

Love Camp is pioneered by a group of young entrepreneurs being Nile on Weekends as the official partner on digital media. It is a community to campaign and to educate youth and young professionals in the management of love and relationships these days. 

Love Camp

Love Camp 2020 as an event was composed of music, games, giveaways, and talks on the three major topics; Finding Your Lifetime Partner Testimonial Love Story of Pastor Ryan and Sharon Valenzuela, Mental Health on Relationship by Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia, and Preparing for a Family Life by Pastor Tony Carnaje.

“Boys, do not violate the privacy of your girlfriends.” a friendly reminder by Pastor Ryan. “If you think that person is your God-given partner, the first thing you should is to pray for God to protect your partner for you.” he added. 

Love Camp

Pastor Ryan and Sharon Valenzuela

“At the age of 10, I received a vision from God. Years passed by and I got married. I learned that my husband also had the same vision like mine. When you ask for a relationship, ask God for a lifetime partner who has the vision as you have. Then, God will be the center of your relationship.” as reminisced by Mrs. Sharon Valenzuela, wife of Pastor Ryan Valenzuela.

This is followed by a mental health discussion by Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia. “Love relationship is not always a sunshine. There are times that your relationship will go through tough times and tension. Learn how to manage the tension to survive the stress. You have to be mentally well and spiritually healthy to keep a relationship. ” she emphasized.

Love Camp

Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia

Pastor Tony Carnaje capped the event with a commitment challenge. He raised the question on the most intriguing topic in this generation, “Is sex before marriage ok?” He answered with a very serious tone, “Your greatest gift to your partner during your wedding day is your abstinence and purity.” Also, premarital sex may lead to the unpreparedness of having early pregnacy. “We are not created for this kind of system. God made sex as a good thing for married couples to enjoy. We need to know our boundaries. Wait for the right time.” He added.

Love Camp

Pastor Tony Carnaje

With over 240 youth and young professionals that night, Iloilo City is seeing a love revolution in the most connected generation ever, millennials and generation Z! Love Camp is envisioned to be a yearly event of Feb 14 to gather youth and young adults in the most emotional day of the year as everyone is looking for someone to have a date with. Do you want to join this revolution? Like and follow the official Love Camp Ph on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovecampPH/ .

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