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SM Builds Seven Emergency Quarantine Facilities in Metro Manila

SM Foundation

SM, through SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), recently constructed seven (7) insulated emergency quarantine facilities (EQFs) in Pasay and Quezon City to house and treat patients affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Built by the SM Engineering Design and Development (SM EDD) team, and WTA Architecture and Design Studio, these include four facilities in Camp Crame and two facilities at the AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna in Quezon City; as well as one at the Air Force General Hospital – Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

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The interior of one of the Camp Crame facilities, which like the rest features beds, airconditioning units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, restrooms, shower areas, and nurse lounges

Completed within a span of six to ten days, these feature a total of 156 beds, air conditioning units, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, restrooms, shower areas, and nurse lounges. The EQFs are set to accommodate COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.

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Each bed in the Camp Crame EQFs has a built-in call system and patients will
have access to Wi-Fi connectivity

In the Camp Crame EQFs, each bed has a built-in call system and patients will have an access to Wi-Fi connectivity. PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa thanked SM Engineering Design and Development President Hans ‘Chico’ Sy Jr. and WTA Architecture and Designs for their contributions to the facility.

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SM EDD and WTA Architecture and Design Studio built four facilities in Camp Crame in Quezon City

Apart from contributing to the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, this social initiative also served as a platform for volunteeriSM for SM employees, especially those from SM EDD. Through the EQF project, SM EDD employees were able to volunteer their time and expertise in constructing the insulated EQFs, an initiative that has received encouragement and strong support from the President of SM EDD, Hans ‘Chico’ Sy Jr.

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One of two EQF built at the AFP Health Service Command – V. Luna in Quezon City

SMFI’s Leadership Team expressed gratitude to SM EDD volunteers for carrying out its purpose and commitment to provide EQFs to its partners in the uniformed service. “We have courageous employee volunteers from SM EDD, sharing their expertise and time amidst COVID-19. We’re proud to support their contribution during this time of incredible need,” the team added.

SM Foundation also thanked its partners, the Air Force General Hospital, AFP Health Service Command and the WTA Architecture and Design Studio, as “saving lives is critical during this pandemic.”

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The EQF at the Air Force General Hospital at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City

The building of insulated EQFs is one of SM’s initiatives in line with its commitment to be of service to the Filipino public, its hospitals, and government during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, SM, through SM Foundation donated over PHP170 million worth of personal protective equipment, testing kits, and intensive care unit (ICU-grade) ventilators to over 100 hospitals and medical institutions.

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The EQFs are set to accommodate COVID- 19 patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms

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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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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

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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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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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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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8 Valentine Gift Ideas at the SM Store

Valentine at The SM Store

Share the love with Valentine gifts for everyone at The SM Store.

There are classic forever pieces for her – jewelry,  fragrances and beauty essentials to gifts of style – accessories, shoes and bags. He, on the other hand, will love the laid back luxe of elegant timepieces, weekend warrior backpacks and shoes.

Check out The SM Store Real Beauty catalogue filled with great gift ideas in-store this Valentine.  Don’t forget the voucher next time you’re in the store to get the special discount.

Valentine at The SM Store

1. The blush brigade: SM Accessories bag, Dickies girl sunglasses, F&C jewelry heart pendant with chain, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, and Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Intense Satin Lipstick from The SM Store.

Valentine at The SM Store

2. Be date night-ready with these chic dangling earrings. Your Valentine’s Day must-haves are at The SM Store now.

Valentine at The SM Store

3. Saying it with flowers: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette, SM Accessories blossom earrings, and Parisian Avery shoes.

Valentine at The SM Store

4. For the girl who loves her basics, stick to something classic – SM Accessories bag and headband, and MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili.

Valentine at The SM Store

5. Athleisure glam. Vans Retro Sport Style Sneakers, Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste Eau de Toilette, and MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Double Gleam. Check them out at The SM Store today.

Valentine at The SM Store

6. Gifts of timeless style from The SM Store – Parisian Blair Bag, Kenneth Cole Watch, Clarins Joli Rogue Lipstick, F&C Jewelry Love Necklace, and MyBurberry Eau de Perfum.

Valentine at The SM Store

7. Casual and cool presents for guys – Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette, SM Accessories Bucket Hat, Sunnies Studio Sunglasses, Kenneth Cole Classic Watch, SM Accessories Belt Bag, and Givenchy Gentleman Only Eau de Toilette.

Valentine at The SM Store

8. Laid-back luxe: Travel Basic Quill Backpack, Ralph Lauren Polo Eau de Parfum, Kenneth Cole Transparency Silver Watch, SM Accessories Blue Tracker Watch, and Sprint Quavo Basketball Shoes. Catch the hottest men’s fashion essentials at The SM Store today.

Visit The SM Store today and share the love this Valentine.  Follow The SM Store on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Face Masks Available Here – Doctor Jack Opens in Guimaras

Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic

“MAY FACE MASKS DIRI” (There are face masks here.) says Mr. Jack Tanaleon as he opens the Flagship Pharmacy and Clinic Store in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras last February 9, 2020, Sunday!

Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic was born out of the conviction of a young, visionary entrepreneur, Mr. Jack Tanaleon, that health is the greatest wealth and, therefore, high quality products and services should be accessible to people, particularly those who are marginalized economically and geographically.

The business model of Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic is simple yet relevant and practical: the pharmacy, which sells affordable medicines and other related products, is integrated into the branch medical clinic, operated by professional licensed doctors for the convenience and satisfying experience of patients and their families.

In response, Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic aims to encourage doctors and allied health professionals to practice and serve people in their own communities by offering them an opportunity to own and manage their own revenue generating clinic. Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic is rising to the challenge of bringing health services closer to the people and seeks to establish a presence in chartered and component cities, capital towns and first and second class municipalities across the country.

This value adding enterprise in the health services sector traces its roots to Guimhealth Pharmaceutical Distributors, which was established in Jordan, Guimaras on July 8, 2006 by Jack Tanaleon, then a 22-year-old entrepreneur. The company has been named Guimhealth because the owner-manager resides in the island-province of Guimaras and the line of business is health-related.

Mr. Tanaleon started with a low start-up capital in the amount of Php 24,000 only but with high hopes that his investment in drugs distribution and drugstore would grow significantly in the subsequent years.

Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic

In the photo: (left to right) Nile on Weekends, Feature Iloilo, and Iloilo Today

Last Sunday, he finally opens up first Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras. This will be the only branch which will be company owned as he looks forward to having 100 franchises for 2020. The franchise model will amplify his passion and root to why Doctor Jack was initially formed. For franchises, contact them thru their Facebook Page, Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic.

Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic

When asked about the recent nCoV epidemic, he positively said, “Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic has clinical face masks to address current shortage.” There you go!

Doctor Jack Pharmacy and Clinic

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Affordable Online LTE Smartphones Best for Globe LTE Sim Cards

Globe Reduces Environmental Impact thru Mobile Services

The accessibility of smartphones has made it easier to adapt to a digital lifestyle. Digital consumption continues to expand as more and more people are browsing social media, using mobile apps, and watching online videos as part of their everyday life. Buying groceries, booking a laundry service, and monitoring your expenses are just some of the activities that can already be done online these days. With constant innovation, more features are expected to be developed in the future.

There are an estimated 76 million internet users in the Philippines or 71% of the total population (Digital in 2018, We Are Social and Hootsuite).  Moreover, in 2018, the data traffic of Globe grew by 59% compared to 2017*.

There is an LTE smartphone for every digital user. Budget is one consideration, and the availability of flexible pricing enables more people to own one. There are also varying features to consider, from the basics such as a camera, to sophisticated ones like facial recognition. There is an LTE smartphone that matches one’s level of digital fluency.

More importantly, these digital experiences are made better with LTE-capable smartphones that work best with Globe LTE SIM cards compared to the obsolete and old 3G SIM cards. They enable customers to enjoy the benefits of having a digital lifestyle. Having an LTE smartphone and an LTE SIM makes downloading a favorite game, movie, or pictures easier and faster. It also lets them download and store bigger files, giving more games or movies to enjoy.

Check out the latest affordable LTE capable phones at shop.globe.com.ph., Lazada and Shopee.  You can also have your  old SIM cards upgraded to LTE for free at any Globe store. It is a fast and convenient way to make the most out of your digital experience.

*Globe Integrated Report 2018

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On Valentines: FoodPanda is now in Iloilo City – City of Love!

FoodPanda in Iloilo

Iloilo CITY, Philippines – foodpanda, the biggest online food ordering and delivery service in the Philippines, has finally landed in the city of Iloilo. Founded in May 2012 in Berlin, Germany and operating in more than 40 countries with 45,000 restaurant partners globally. The delivery service is currently active in more than 500 cities, and the first addition to their growing list this 2020 in Visayas is the City of Love – Iloilo City.

FoodPanda in Iloilo

Ilonggos do not need to memorize delivery numbers for restaurants anymore – as foodpanda has over 100+ restaurants  in the city to choose from the app. With the wide array of cafes and restaurants , people in Iloilo can now enjoy a hint of international cuisines from American, Chinese and Japanese to the well-loved local food La Paz Batchoy of Iloilo right on their doorstep. Whatever it is you’re craving, foodpanda has it.

“We are very happy to add Iloilo to our list of cities that we provide delivery for. The team believes that the city is an underserved market with lots of potential for food delivery. And as always, we intend to bring the best experience in food delivery to consumers – we are excited to see very eager and encouraging feedback from partner restaurant and customers,” says Tricia Garcesto, Iloilo City Manager for foodpanda Philippines.

FoodPanda in Iloilo

 Using the foodpanda app is hassle-free – just log on to the foodpanda website or download the app (available in the AppStore and Google Play Store) and follow these simple steps  to enjoy fast and dependable service.

  1. Create an account or login using your Facebook account.
  2. Select your current location, then choose your preferred restaurants.
  3. Simply select the food you want to order and add them to your basket.
  4. Review your order in the basket then click on proceed to check out.
  5. On the checkout page, you can enter a discount voucher code if you have one. Payment options include Cash on Delivery, Online Payment (Credit Card) or Paypal.
  6. After placing your order, a confirmation message will be sent to your mobile number.
  7. After your order has been confirmed, all you have to do is wait for the foodpanda rider to deliver your food and enjoy.

foodpanda’s delivery service is available in Iloilo starting from January 2, 2020! From then, Ilonggos do not need to stress out looking for parking or walking in the scorching heat on a sunny day or  in rainy weather as foodpanda will bring what you are craving for – fresh as good as dining-in – in the comfort of your home!

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