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DA-NorMin continues COVID-19 response, distributes veggie seeds

April 2, 2020

To enable families to attain food security in the different households of the province amid the current health outbreak, Department of Agriculture - Northern Mindanao continues the distribution of vegetable seeds (300 packets), amounting to Php52,000.00 to the Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Misamis Oriental.  Such initiative is in support to the agency’s overall pending request of Php31-billion approval of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19, which is at the moment, already approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and for consideration and approval by President Duterte. Of which, will expedite the provision of assistance to farmers and fisherfolk as well as the public, in general, to help escalate the food adequacy level of the country during this period of emergency health crisis. #

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DA chief updates on agri-fishery via videoconference

April 2, 2020

Due to community quarantine, social distancing and work-from-home arrangements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture department has opt to meet through a teleconference meeting on March 31, 2020. Presided by DA chief William D. Dar, the meeting tackled on agri-fishery updates and concerns such as the monitoring of food supply and provision of financial assistance to farmers, among others. The said meeting was participated by DA officials from its central and regional offices, including DA- Regional Field Office 10 headed by OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and program focal persons. # (AMBManto)

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DAR Ilocos coop opens “panic lista” to help community cope up with Covid-19

April 2, 2020

To help the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) deal with the crisis caused by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) of Banna, Ilocos Norte offered a “buy now, pay later” services to their customers who do not have money at the moment. Dubbed as “panic lista”, Bagnos MPC Project Manager Amelia Bautista said the customers, especially their farmer-members, can just get rice and other goods from the cooperative and allows them to pay when the health crisis is over. “The cooperative understands their plight that most of them are unable to make money at the moment because the quarantine period and covid19-scare has affected their livelihood situation. In response to their needs, we also decided to lower the prices of our products and cancel the penalties on late payments of loans,” Bautista said. Aside from the "panic lista," Bagnos is also rationing snacks for the local frontliners and barangay officials manning the checkpoints in Banna and nearby towns, like Pinili and Nueva Era. They do this, Bautista said, as a gesture of appreciation to those who sacrifice their time and own security just to maintain the health and safety of the community. "The philosophy of Bagnos is 'helping one another', a philosophy we must strictly follow especially during these rough times," Bautista stressed. Bagnos MPC is a multi-awarded agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) under the care of the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Ilocos Norte. Bagnos, widely known for their rice coffee product called Banna Blend, is a multi-millionaire cooperative. From a mere P4,457 capital in 2000, their asset ballooned to around P29 million due to their services which include rice coffee production, palay trading, consumer store, agri-input trading, credit and savings services, goat and hog raising, butchering, meat processing and farm equipment rental. Among the awards they have received are: 1st place, National Level, IT Enabled Maturity Assessment; 2018 Most Outstanding Cooperative Award from the Cooperative Development Authority; 2018 Outstanding Local Product Award from the Department of Tourism and Most Progressive ARBO (Luzon) – National Level.  (Jorge Richard P. Guerrero, PIO DAR Ilocos Norte)

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KonsultaMD hosts live webinars on COVID-19, mental health etc.

April 2, 2020

KonsultaMD is hosting live webinars on COVID-19, mental health, and other health issues as a way to assist Filipinos staying at home who may have queries concerning their physical and mental well-being. The webinars will be aired via KonsultaMD’s Facebook account on April 3, 17,  and 24 at 8pm and will feature Dr. Gia Grace B. Sison, a practicing medical doctor specializing in Occupational Medicine and is currently the Philippine Leader for Livestrong Foundation and the National Adviser of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition.  She is a co-founder of #HealthXPh which promotes the responsible use of social media in healthcare. “We understand the need of many Filipinos to know more about what is happening  about COVID-19 and how they can cope with the stress that this situation is giving us, among other matters.  That is why we are offering free webinars to make health advice easily accessible to everyone especially with the proliferation of fake information,” said Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc. which operates KonsultaMD. The pilot episode will center around COVID-19 ---  updates on cases, preventive measures, natural ways to boost the immune system, how people can help flatten the curve of the virus, and what makes a person vulnerable, among other related topics.  Part of the program will be devoted to answering questions from the viewers. For mental health, which is the focus of the second episode, Dr. Sison will explain the causes of cabin fever, how COVID-19 affects a person’s mental health and how to lessen anxiety, stress, and depression in view of the current situation. With the onset of summer, the last topic will be about heat stroke --  causes, symptoms,  treatment, and complications as well as how to prevent it from happening. KonsultaMD is a 24/7 health hotline service manned by skilled and licensed Filipino doctors who provide medical services over the phone.  They provide advice to health-related questions including COVID-19 and mental health first aid support.   The telemedicine company currently offers 30 days of free subscription to new customers who will sign up on or before April 13, 2020.  Likewise, calls to the 79880 mobile hotline are free for Globe and TM subscribers.  Customers of other networks are subject to charges of their mobile phone providers.  KonsultaMD may also be reached via (02) 77988000.   KonsultaMD is an affiliate of 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  For more information, visit https://www.konsulta.md/ or https://www.facebook.com/konsultamd/

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Globe creates chatbot to monitor employees’ health while on enhanced community quarantine

April 2, 2020

To ensure that its workforce remains safe and healthy while on enhanced community quarantine, Globe Telecom has created a chatbot that automatically checks on the health status of each of its over 8,000 employees everyday. Called Digital Usher for Disasters and Emergencies or DUDE, the chatbot makes a friendly visit in the morning to inquire if the employee is well or not.   Employees are asked to choose between the two options provided - “I’m good” and “Not so well.”  Those not feeling well may key in their symptoms and DUDE will forward the information to the appropriate support team. There is also a COVID-19 Helpdesk and hotline to assist the employees. “We are committed to protect our workforce while we continuously bring telecom services to the country.  We value the safety and welfare of our employees so we decided to implement a daily health check to ensure that all of them are looked after even with the full work from home and critical skeletal force in place,” said Renato Jiao, Globe Chief Human Resource Officer. DUDE provides accurate information about COVID-19 through links to official health news sources such as the World Health Organization, Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;  policies, advisories, COVID-19 FAQs, and safety tips. It can also capture the frontliners’ needs such as personal protective gear, accommodation, and transportation and swiftly inform the company’s COVID-19 Response team members who are on standby. "The insights that we have been receiving from DUDE really give us a good picture of where our employees are at," said Nico Bambao, Director for Globe's Wonderful Employee Experience Team. "When we ask them if they are unwell, they don't just reply with their symptoms, they tell us if they're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even feeling lonely or depressed." The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted daily living routines, causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially, prompting Globe to make sure that aside from ensuring the physical well-being of its workforce, employees are also given a chance to consult with psychologists from Mind Nation for their mental wellness.

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Here's how you can send money to the province from your PayMaya account to Smart Padala during the quarantine

April 2, 2020

With the enhanced community quarantine currently in effect in the whole of Luzon and in other provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, many Filipinos have been looking for ways to send money to family, friends, or organizations they want to support within and outside Metro Manila.  Fortunately, PayMaya allows its users to send money directly to a Smart Padala center anywhere in the country. And with more than 30,000 Smart Padala touchpoints nationwide, it’s easy to locate one that’s near your street or barangay so you can continue to receive remittances from friends or family--even without having to step out of the house to be able to send money, which can help you and your family practice strict social distancing during the quarantine.  Employers who want to support the families of their kasamabahay in the province or those who want to mobilize resources in their hometown can quickly use the Send Money feature of PayMaya to transfer funds to virtually anyone in the country.   Here’s how: Check if the Smart Padala center near you is open and ask for their 16-digit account number. Log in to your PayMaya account and click Send Money. Enter the account number in the field provided, followed by the amount you wish to send to your recipient, then click “Continue” Review and verify the transaction details, then click “Send” To claim the money transfer, the recipient must proceed to the Smart Padala center you sent the funds to and present (1) valid ID, his/her mobile phone number, as well as the reference number of the transaction as proof.  To be able to send money to another PayMaya user or to a Smart Padala center, you must have an upgraded PayMaya account. This will also raise your monthly transaction limit to P100,000, from just P50,000 for non-upraded accounts.  To upgrade your account, simply click the “Upgrade My Account” button in the menu, fill in the required details, and upload any of the following IDs for fast and seamless review and approval of your application: Driver’s License, Passport, UMID, Postal ID, SSS ID, or PRC license.  Make sure that you have also entered the same full name and birthdate details as reflected in the ID that you uploaded, and that the photo of the ID is clear and unobstructed.  Meanwhile, for those who want to send money to other banks, they can do so by clicking the "Bank Transfer" button in the PayMaya app. The transfer fees for this service have been waived until further notice.  To know more about PayMaya’s products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com. For information about Smart Padala, visit www.smartpadala.ph.    PayMaya is the only financial technology company in the country that offers end-to-end payment solutions, providing a more convenient and rewarding cashless lifestyle for all Filipinos. For those who don’t have the app yet, it’s easy to start—just download PayMaya for Android or iOS and register an account to use the fastest, safest, most rewarding, and hassle-free way to pay for anything both online and in stores. 

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