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More AC Energy Relief Packs to Ilonggos

RISE ACEPH AC Energy Philippines Relief Packs Iloilo City Feature

Iloilo City – As Ilonggos are settling back to their homes, AC Energy Philippines (ACEPH) continues its commitment to assisting the affected families from the recent oil spill in Bo. Obrero, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, ACEPH turned over 1,500 Fortified Meal Packs distributed to the residents of Bo. Obrero, Manduriao, and Jaro. Each Fortified Meal pack is composed of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and fruits enriched with vitamins and minerals. Moreover, each pack is can feed a family of 8 to 12 members. Also, Ayala sent in boxes of face masks together with the goods.

Ayala group and the Philippine Air Force supported ACEPH to continue to provide the needs of the affected communities. Ayala Foundation and Ayala Coop donated the meal packs from Rise Against Hunger Philippines, a hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to vulnerable communities.

Philippine Air Force helped in flying in the donated boxes July 30, while the other Ayala business units, namely, Ayala Business Club, Seda Hotels, Globe Telecom, and AC Motors, provided logistical support during distribution. After the boxes were unloaded from the carrier, the goods were disinfected to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

This is a continued effort in response to the oil spill that happened last July 3, 2020 in Bo. Obrero, Iloilo City. From submitting the Environment Management Plan which included (1) completion of oil spill cleanup and ensuring that water quality is restored to safe levels; (2) continued monitoring of air quality and ensuring that air quality is safe before affected families are allowed to return to their homes; (3) proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes; and (4) rehabilitation plan for the affected mangrove areas and fisheries to community support especially now during a pandemic. This is complimented with an effort for the safe return of affected families to their homes.

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Train to Busan Peninsula in Festive Walk Cinemas

Festive Walk Mall Cinemas Iloilo Business Park Train to Busan Feature Image

Festive Walk Cinemas becomes ‘first indoor cinema to reopen in PH’ featuring Train to Busan 2 Peninsula

Stringent safety protocols welcome moviegoers in the new normal for the exclusive advance screening of ‘Train to Busan 2: Peninsula’

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls welcomes back moviegoers at Festive Walk Mall as Festive Walk  Cinemas becomes the first-ever indoor cinema in the country to reopen under the new normal.

To mark its reopening, Festive Walk Cinemas will be holding an exclusive advance screening of Train to Busan 2: Peninsula, the much-awaited sequel of the hit Korean zombie film Train to Busan.

Currently the no. 1 movie in South Korea with the biggest opening day-record this year, the 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection starring Kang Dong Won, Lee Jung Hyun, Kwon Hae Hyo and Lee Re will have a two-day advance screening both scheduled at 5 p.m. on August 1 and 2, 2020 ahead of its nationwide release.

With safety of moviegoers as its top priority, Festive Walk Cinemas will be implementing stringent health and safety measures including the following initiatives:

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks and submission of health declaration forms;
  • Footwear and hand sanitation;
  • Observance of 50% seating capacity;
  • Strict implementation of social distancing (one-seat apart);
  • Deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas before and after screening using UV technology;
  • Designated entry and exit points, and pathway for moviegoers;
  • All theater personnel are required to wear face masks, face shields and gloves, and submit daily health declarations before deployment.

Deep cleaning and sanitation of seats, touchpoints, and common areas are set to assure moviegoers about the safety in the cinemas.

Movie fans can buy tickets online at www.blockbusterseats.com or buy cashless using GCash, PayMaya, WeChat, and Alipay at the cinema ticket booth at the 3rd floor of Festive Walk Mall. Tickets are priced at P270, inclusive of bottled water and popcorn.

Train to Busan 2: Peninsula will resume regular screening at Festive Walk Cinemas on August 12.

Festive Walk Cinemas boasts seven state-of-the-art cinemas, which include Dolby Atmos theaters equipped with the latest sound and big screen technology. It also carries Megaworld Lifestyle Malls’ pioneering VIP cinema, which features relaxing seats equipped with adjustable footrest, food tray and led lamp, unlimited popcorn and drinks, and a butler service – a first in Iloilo and the entire Western Visayas.

For more information on cinema schedule and ticket reservations, visit www.blockbusterseats.com.

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308 families returned home after oil spill

AC Energy Philippines Families Return Home Oil Spill

Iloilo City – After developing and executing the set of parameters for the reintegration of the community, the last remaining 41 households were cleared and passed the reintegration parameters and have returned home on Saturday, July 18 after the oil spill. Confirmed return are 70 families from Mansaya on July 15, 102 Families – Obrero Zone 2 on July 16, 95 Families – Obrero Zone 3 on July 17 and 41 Families – Obrero Zone on July 18.

The set of parameters used for the reintegration of the community after oil spill happened was developed and executed by a multi-stakeholder task force composed of the various barangays in Iloilo City, the Iloilo City Government and its various offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, and AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines and cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., to ensure the safe return of the evacuated families to their homes.

Moreover, AC Energy Philippines initiated the distribution of 2,350 food packs to communities of Loboc, Mansaya, and Obrero, in collaboration with the various barangays in Iloilo City.

AC Energy Philippines Iloilo Oil Spill

Environmental Management Plan for Guimaras

Gabby Mejia and AECOM Philippines presented their action plans on the effects of oil spill in Guimaras in a meeting last Saturday, July 18 with representatives of the Guimaras government led by Gov. Samuel T. Gumarin MD, MPH, and Vice Gov. Atty. John Edward G. Gando.

AC Energy Philippines together with AECOM presented its spill assessment update and criteria called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) similar to the action plans and commitments made for Iloilo City. Based on international standards, the method will include surveying and documenting the impact of spills on shorelines, and the effectiveness of cleanup activities and conduct post-cleanup inspections and evaluations. The whole assessment includes fisheries and mangrove rehab after the oil spill had encroached the aquatic ecosystem.

Mr. Mejia also met and discussed the action plans with Mayor Ruben Corpuz, Municipality of Jordan, Hon. Ma. Lucille Nava, Congresswoman of Lone District of Guimaras, and Mr. JC Rahman A. Nava, Former Congressman of Lone District of Guimaras.

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Stakeholders, Serious Cleanup Efforts on Oil Spill

AC Energy Philippines Iloilo Oil Spill

Iloilo City – A meeting was held by the multi-stakeholders task force composed of the various barangays in Iloilo City, the Iloilo City Government and its various offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, and AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines and cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., to conduct a walkthrough to assess the progress of the cleanup of the various barangays affected by the oil spill of July 3, 2020.

AC Energy Philippines and AECOM Philippines presented their action plans on the coastal clean up front in a meeting organized by the CENRO which was attended by various stakeholders such as the PENRO, EMB, the DENR regional office, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), and other government agencies together with Dr. Rex Sadaba of U.P. Visayas.

Oil spill assessment update and criteria called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT) was also presented by AECOM Philippines. The SCAT is an internationally-recognized method used to survey and document the impact of spills on shorelines, and the effectiveness of clean-up activities and conduct post-cleanup inspections and evaluations.

The commitment of AC Energy Philippines was regarded as making sure that the cleanup efforts are not only compliant with international standards but also involves all stakeholders in a collaborative approach to the oil spill response.

“We are grateful to everyone for participating in this multi-stakeholder process and we look forward to your continued support for the cleanup, relief and rehabilitation efforts”, said Gabby Mejia, Head of AC Energy Philippines for Plant Operations. “With this strong collaboration among the various stakeholders, we are confident that we will be able to achieve our common objective restore normalcy in the lives of everyone”, he added.

A set of parameters was developed by the task force for the reintegration of the community back to their homes. The initial survey was done on 37 out of the 323 relocated households while the task force will continue to assess the other families in the coming days. It starts the safe return of families to their homes after the community clean-up activities for the oil spill response are done.

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MORE Power aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

MORE aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) earns support from Iloilo City business and transport leaders for its operations as the new utility distributor.

In a separate media statement, business and transport leaders considered MORE Power’s effort to correct the current state of disrepair of the city’s electricity distribution system is a commitment they promised, which naturally resulted in scheduled power outages.

Moreover, the old utility Panay Electric Co. (PECO) was asked by several business leaders to accept it’s lost the electricity distribution business and move on to spare the city the ongoing struggle.

The president of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA), Raymundo Parcon, praised MORE Power for “diligently doing their upgrading and comprehensive preventive maintenance in all its substations and upgrading its distribution lines.”

This statement debunked the claims of the old utility Panay Electric Co. (PECO) that the new service provider, MORE Power, has caused power outages to hit Iloilo City in recent weeks due to its lack of experience in running such an operation.

The Iloilo Economic Development Foundation (ILEDF), a group of Iloilo City’s varied business associations, stated through its Executive Director, Francis Gentoral, that ILEDF “is confident that MORE Power remains true to its commitment to provide transparent service and has never shied away from informing the public of the unscheduled power interruptions, their durations, and causes.”

ILEDF said PECO could best serve Iloilo’s interests if it accepts it has lost the power distribution business.

”ILEDF calls for unity in the face of the global health crisis and for PECO to accept the things it can no longer change — expired franchise, revoked CPCN, revoked Mayor’s Permit — for the whole of Iloilo City to move forward and level up as envisioned by the city government.”

ILEDF said the city’s power distribution utility should have “a demonstrated capability, track record, and financial capability to operate and maintain a distribution utility for a fast-growing metropolis; make significant investments in infrastructure; systems and technology; and human resources; and maintain a long-term commitment to Iloilo.”

MORE aligns to Iloilo City as Investment Destination

The business group noted that for the first time, “Iloilo City consumers … finally, enjoy(ed) a (per) kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate of less than Php10 when MORE Power took over as distribution utility” as Iloilo City had recorded one of the highest power rates in the entire Philippines for more than 15 years under PECO.

They also noted the experience of Iloilo City’s businesses and residents in the first few months of MORE Power’s operation that it ” supports efforts to address public welfare concerns particularly on the eradication of theft of electricity, fire prevention, and overall improvement of services to the Iloilo City consumers.”

Meanwhile, Western Visayas Transport Cooperative general manager Halley Alcarde is satisfied that MORE Power “is really committed to delivering the needed upgrades in all aspects of their operations, from upgrading the capacity of every substation to their distribution lines, and replacements of old meters of its consumers.”

He also noted the uproar from Iloilo City’s consumers before MORE Power took over in March this year over PECO’s overbilling of its customers and the proliferation of illegal connections that resulted in a higher rate of systems loss that caused Ilonggos’ monthly power bills one of the highest in the Philippines.

In particular, the general manager commended MORE Power President Roel Castro for being “very open and transparent with most of its dealings and on handling the operations down the line as consumers are updated of the current power distribution situation in the city as well its current limitations, something that we don’t know from the previous one.”

The business group regarded that this position was in line with the vision of the city’s business leaders to promote Iloilo as a preferred investment destination and underscoring the urgency for the world-class electricity service for Iloilo City.

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On Oil Spill and Environmental Management Plan of AC Energy Philippines

AC Energy

AC Energy Philippines submitted last Friday, July 11, its environmental management plan (EMP) to the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to highlight the company’s plan in addressing the environmental impact of the oil spill that occurred on July 3, 2020.

The EMP is focusing on the details of the company’s plan and the relevant timeline for the implementation of such plans in relation to the following key areas which the DENR-EMB stressed and highlighted during the technical conference last July 8, 2020:

(1) completion of oil spill cleanup and ensuring that water quality is restored to safe levels;

(2) continued monitoring of air quality and ensuring that air quality is safe before affected families are allowed to return to their homes;

(3) proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes; and

(4) rehabilitation plan for the affected mangrove areas and fisheries.

AC Energy

Even with the submission of the EMP to the DENR-EMB, AC Energy Philippines commits to work closely and coordinate with the DENR together with the various government bodies and agencies. This includes the local governments of Iloilo City and Guimaras, and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), in implementing the EMP accordingly and to take into account comments and other recommendations from these government units and agencies.

AC Energy Philippines has not received a copy of the criminal complaint filed by the PCG and cannot make any specific comment at this time. The complaint is about the alleged violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998) as amended by RA 10654 for aquatic pollution.

AC Energy

Even with the filing of this case, however, AC Energy Philippines and management undertakes and commits to continue cooperating in good faith with the PCG and the other government units and agencies to ensure that the oil spill clean-up is done properly and completed soon, and that the needs of the affected communities and groups are provided for.

In the efforts of submitting its EMP together with the various clean-up activities that were organized in coordination with industry and local government partners and the community assistance provided since the incident of oil spill, AC Energy Philippines hopes to have proven its serious commitment to do what is right for the affected communities and the environment, including to address the finding of aquatic pollution by the PCG.

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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.

SM Foundation

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.

SM Foundation

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

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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