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#BlendAnywhere with Jamba Juice’s new Ready-to-Blend and Frozen Fruit Kits

October 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines —. Now more than ever, we are encouraged to be more mindful of our habits and how they contribute to our overall wellness.   Luckily, getting to a healthier place just got easier as Jamba Juice introduces its new product line that encourages everyone to live a Life #BetterBlended. #BlendAnywhere with the all-new Live Fruitfully Kits and Superfood Smoothie Tubs – the first of its kind in any Jamba Juice around the world, both designed to help you start living healthier wherever you may be, and however you want to.   Better-for-you Goodness Anytime, Anywhere  The Live Fruitfully Kits contain fresh frozen fruits vacuum packed into various bundles, depending on your need or preference.   Get creative and mix these fruits into a smoothie combination of your choice relishing in the delicate balance of zesty, sweet, and even earthy flavors from our selections.   Want different flavors per day? The Daily Mix pack may be your best pick. For PHP 300, a Daily Mix pack contains 5 packs of 100g fruit mixes: two packs of strawberry and banana, blueberry and banana, peach and banana, and mango.     The kits are also available in 500g Big Packs for those looking to experiment with different flavors or want to stick with their favorites. Starting at PHP 299, The Big Packs comes in four different fruit combinations: blueberry and banana, strawberry and banana, five fruit mix (with blueberry, mango, peach, banana, and strawberries), and the kale and mango mix.   Your Jamba Favorites served however you want it and enjoy wherever you want it.  The Superfood Smoothie Tubs are creamy frozen versions of your all-time favorites – carefully blended to enjoy at your convenience.   Add more fun and express yourself by combining these smoothie tubs with other ingredients and blending them into a whole new smoothie! You may also enjoy the flavors the way you you’ve grown to love them or even just grab a spoon and eat it as is.   For PHP 225, choose among four different flavors: Creamy Strawberries Wild, Banana Berry Blush, Mango-a-go-go Whirl’d, and PB is a Moo’d. Jamba has also launched new flavors to give you new refreshing experiences: The BGV – Berry Good Vibes, PB But Better, and Tropical Dreamin’. Try them soon these are only out for a limited time!   These frozen superfood smoothie tubs combine different fruits, frozen yogurt, juice or dairy bases like apple-strawberry juice, and other ingredients that are excellent sources of vitamin C, protein, and calcium.   “Jamba has always advocated a healthy and active lifestyle. With the pandemimc, how can we keep supporting those who want to drink life up?” says Jamba Juice Marketing Manager Steph Elumba. “As we transition into a new way of living that puts a premium on wellness, our Blend Anywhere products allow us to blend creativity, fun, and goodness into our lives.  These are the perfect companion to complement our daily routines, wherever we may be, and whenever we want to—now that is a life better blended.”   Get moving and start enjoying these treats at your convenience. The Live Fruitfully Kits and Smoothie Tubs are now available in all Jamba Juice stores, and can be ordered through dine-in/ take-out and via delivery through https://delivery.jambajuice.ph, Grabfood, and foodpanda. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jambajuiceph/.

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P13-B subsidy for employers sought

October 24, 2020

Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez  has urged the national government to subsidize distressed employers in the amount  of P13.7 billion to enable them to pay their workers their 13th-month salary or Christmas bonus.      Our workers in the micro, small and medium enterprises have suffered so much since March 15 from layoffs or reduced working days up to now, and it will be cruel to deny Christmas to them by not giving their 13th month pay, Rodriguez said.       His appeal, contained in Resolution No. 1310, is specifically addressed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).      Rodriguez said employers in the micro, small and medium-scale business sector particularly need help amid this pandemic.      He said data from the DOLE and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that between 1.5 million and 5.1 million SME workers have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.      Rodriguez said that In Cagayan de Oro alone, more than 16,000 workers have been laid off because of Covid 19 pandemic.      He said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lll estimates that P5 billion to P13.7 billion would be needed to subsidize distressed MSME employers so they could pay their personnel their Christmas bonus.      “The government, specifically the DOLE, should come in to implement a subsidy program and provide funds for qualified and distressed employers, particularly micro, small and medium-scale enterprises,” Rodriguez stressed.      He pointed out that the due to economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, many employers “are suffering losses and do not have the funds to pay the mandatory 13th-month pay even if they are willing to do so.”      In fact, the pandemic has forced scores of businesses to close shop, some temporarily, others permanently, he said.      Rodriguez said in the case of workers, millions have lost their jobs, while those who remain employed find it very difficult to make both ends meet.      “2020 has been a very bad year for most Filipinos because of Covid-19 and its effects on their health, employment and income,” he added.

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MAFAR distributes machineries to improve farmers’ income, productivity

October 23, 2020

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) started Oct. 21 the initial mass distribution of the 72 units farming machineries allotted for farmers’ cooperatives in the five provinces of the Bangsamoro region. First to receive was the province of Maguindanao with 32 farming equipment worth Php9, 588,460.00. Included in the machineries are corn sheller (3 units), farm tractor (1), vacuum pack sealer (2), generator (1), hand tractor (1), floating tiller (1), thresher (2), rice combine harvester (1), rice mill (2 units), and an open-source pump irrigation system (18 units). MAFAR Minister Dr. Mohammad Yacob led the turnover ceremony held at the ministry’s compound inside the Bangsamoro Government Centerin Cotabato City. He also signed a memorandum of agreement with the 36 agricultural and business cooperatives, farmers association, and Agrarian Reform beneficiaries from the province. Yacob said agricultural mechanization aims to improve the farmers’ income and productivity, and thus ensure food security and poverty alleviation in the region. The minister also said the turnover ceremony was supposed to be a region-wide event wherein beneficiaries from the other four provinces were expected to come. “Due to the threats of Covid-19, the island provinces beneficiaries, including those from Lanao del Sur, were not able to attend. But in the coming weeks we will provide their share as the restrictions ease by,” Yacob said. “We need to strive further especially in the midst of (pandemic), and that’s the reason why Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim advocates bringing the Bangsamoro Government closer to the communities,” Yacob added. One of the beneficiaries Hamdan Abdullah, coop president of Al-Mustaqbal for Sustainable Livelihood Marketing Cooperative in Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao, said he was thankful that assistance from the Bangsamoro Government continues to flow. “Kaya pinili ng BARMM na matulungan ang cooperative dahil para mas maraming miyembro pa ang matutulungan nito. Nagpapasalamat tayo lalo na’t mas dumarami pa ang blessings mula sa gobyerno natin,” (BARMM chose to help the cooperative because it can help more members. We are grateful that more blessings are coming from our government)," Abdullah said (BPI/PIA-ICIC)  

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BARMM Health Ministry steps up fight against measles, rubella, polio, COVID-19

October 23, 2020

Health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are strengthening its effort to prevent a possible outbreak of measles-rubella, including polio, in the region, and to encourage Moro people to take an active role in the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). BARMM’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced in a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 21 that it will start its supplemental immunization against measles-rubella and polio across the region on October 26. OIC Minister Amirel Usman said 506,448 children under five years old are set to receive free and safe vaccination. Measles campaigns were conducted in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, and recently in 2019 when the country had more than 40,000 measles cases and 615 deaths owing to the rising number of unimmunized children. In the Philippines, more than two million children under the age of five are susceptible to measles. Measles or tigdas is one of the most contagious diseases in the world. About 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to the measles virus will contract the disease. It can cause high-grade fever, rashes, cough, eye infection, and can lead to complications such as pneumonia, ear infection, blindness, severe diarrhea, and swelling of the brain. Deputy Minister Zul Qarneyn Abas said threats of impending outbreaks, such as those of the measles-rubella, should be prevented and given serious and urgent attention as the country is still fighting the COVID-19. Polio, on the other hand, is a potentially debilitating disease that causes fever, neck stiffness, muscle weakness and can eventually lead to lifelong paralysis. A total of 803,516 children were vaccinated against the polio virus, reaching its 95 percent target all over the region during the two-week long polio immunization campaign ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio’ (SPKP) from July 20 to August 9. Presently, there are no new recorded cases of polio in the region. The campaign shall continue until the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the Philippines as polio-free. Assistant Secretary Abdulhalik Kasim assured that community-based public health practitioners assigned for the polio-vaccination will strictly observe health and safety measures during the entire conduct of the campaign in response to the health crisis brought about by COVID-19 The BARMM’s “BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19”, a nationwide behavior change campaign that centers on mandating masks, ensuring sanitation, practicing physical distancing, and fighting fake news was also launched. Sadaila Rakiin, MOH’s technical division chief, said despite information campaign about COVID-19, many Filipinos still do not comply with minimum public health standards set in order to prevent the virus from spreading in the community. As of Oct. 20, the Bangsamoro region recorded a total of 391 active cases and 1,030 recoveries from its 1,477 total cases. (BPI/PIA-ICIC)

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BIDa - Officials of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Bangsamoro Government announces in a press conference that it will start its supplemental immunization against measles-rubella, including polio, across the Bangsamoro region on October 26.

October 23, 2020

Following the recent spike of coronavirus disease 2019 ()COVID-19 cases in Lanao del Sur that prompted national government to place Lanao del Sur and its component city, Marawi, under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) through its Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (LDN2 DEO) turned-over a 60-bed capacity Isolation Facility located at Brgy. Matapoli, Marantao town in Lanao del Sur. The simple turn-over rites was held at the open grounds of Marantao Municipal Hall on October 20, 2020.   Lanao del Sur and Marawi City are now the only areas in the country under the strictest level of community quarantine from October 1 to 31 while neighboring Iligan City has been downgraded to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the same period.   According to Assistant District Engineer Maria David, the new isolation facility can accommodate 60 COVID-19 patients who are symptomatic or with mild symptoms. Each cubicle in the facility has its own hospital bed, electric fan, and convenience outlet.  There are also four restrooms and four shower rooms for the confined male and female patients. “We hope that this facility will be put to good use as we strive to prevent another surge of COVID-19 cases and aim to lower local transmission here in Lanao del Sur," said David. Project Manager Yacob Mambuay who represented Undersecretary Emil Sadain of DPWH Task Force to Augment Local and National Healthcare Facilities stressed the importance of the isolation facility in ‘flattening the curve’ during this pandemic. Primarily, the isolation facility will slow the rate of infection within the community and it will help prevent the local healthcare system from being overwhelmed. “Hindi po ito madaling laban (This is not an easy fight). Wag na nating hintayin na mahirapan na tayo (Let’s not wait until we will be overwhelmed)," Mambuay urged. DPWH Project Engineer Norodin Batabor who was tasked by District Engineer Alykhan Ali to complete the COVID-19 facility within 10-days was burning the midnight oil to successfully beat the deadline by two days. For his part, Marantao Mayor Akira Alonto expressed his gratitude to DPWH for fast-tracking the construction of the isolation facility. “In behalf of all the good people of Marantao, taos puso po kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga ahensyang bumubuo ng programang ito para mapuksa ang banta ng COVID-19 (we are wholeheartedly expressing our gratitude to all the agencies working against the threat of COVID-19," Mayor Alonto said. Among those who witnessed the ceremony were PNP Provincial Director Police Colonel Rex Ordono Derilo, MILG Provincial Director McMillan Lucman, 1Lt. Chris Anthony Cayaba of 82ndInfantry Batallion, IPHO Chief Alinader Minalang, heads of various national line agencies, and department chiefs of Marantao LGU. (VNL/DPWH-PIO/PIA-ICIC)    

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Andanar supports restart of domestic tourism to aid displaced workers

October 23, 2020

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS)-X, is looking forward to the gradual reopening of leisure travel and tourism in Northern Mindanao. “As we all know, our tourism industry is one of the leading contributors to our economic development nationwide. So, I am looking forward to the safe and gradual reopening of the tourism destinations here in Region 10,” he said in one of his site visitation activities in Bukidnon with the regional Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 on Wednesday. According to Secretary Andanar, this will help displaced workers to finally return to their work and source of income. “The landscape of our leisure travel experiences has been adversely affected because of this COVID-19 pandemic. But with our continuous efforts, I also hope to finally witness our displaced workers in the tourism sector return to working and earning again and be able to provide for their families,” he said. “I hope the people of Bukidnon and the rest of Region 10 can have the confidence to visit the beautiful places in Northern Mindanao,” he added. He reminded the public to be vigilant in order to protect themselves from infection and everyone around them, while commending the strict quarantine implementation in Bukidnon. He said that while cases of COVID-19 are still reported locally, people should do their part in ensuring that the key strategies of the government in prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and reintegration are enforced. The PCOO chief visited the Monastery of the Transfiguration, the home of Benedictine monks in the province. He also went to the Impasug-ong Municipal Communal Ranch, a 640-hectare government-owned land often visited by tourists because of its panoramic view of Bukidnon mountain ridges. The DOT-10 is preparing for a tourism bubble by replicating Baguio City’s current strategies for the gradual and safe revival of the sector to tourists from nearby provinces this year. The DOT-10 have partnered with PCOO for the promotional video of some of the leisure travel destinations in Bukidnon, apart from its "Tourism in the New Normal" series featuring the preparation and compliance with the “new normal” health and safety guidelines by local accommodation establishments. (PCOO)  

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