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75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Cagayan de Misamis

May 18, 2020

Today, quarter of a century ago, our esteemed veterans from the 10th Military District led and cleared the way for the returning Allied Liberation forces to put an end to the cruel Japanese occupation of the country, particularly in Cagayan de Misamis, now Cagayan de Oro City.     Armed only with basic infantry weapons from the defunct USAFFE forces and captured enemy firearms and a handful modern armaments supplied by American submarines, but their raw courage, patriotism and iron determination to be emancipated from the brutalities and barbarisms of the occupation forces that earlier promised benevolent independence from Western colonization, made all these a reality.     Their Filipino and American aggressive defense in Bataan and Corregidor has upset the timetable of Japan in their conquest of the entire Pacific, to include Australia and New Zealand, and the resistance activities during the occupation period made the return of the allied forces much easier and tremendously reduced their expected casualties in their most parts of the country as compared to other occupied countries of Asia.       Unfortunately, seventy-five years later, there is still a dearth in written stories about the Second World War in Mindanao from a Filipino perspective that needs to be known especially by today’s generation.      We, however, are privileged that a non-government organization is vigorously pursuing the thankless job documenting the selfless sacrifices of our heroes that has earned for us the freedom we fondly enjoy today. They are the movers of a commemoration activity that should have transpired today had it not been for the pandemic that is also producing heroes of our time.     To our heroes of the Second World War in Cagayan de Oro City and Mindanao, thank you for your service to our country and people. Likewise, I would like to extend my salute to Mr. Raul Ilogon and Mr. Mike Baños for your perpetuating the memories of our heroes.  

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Pia, Gazini and Catriona headline the country’s first online AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 18, 2020

MANDALUYONG CITY (May 14, 2020) – Advocacy queens Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray will be leading side by side the first-ever online concert ceremony of the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (IACM) on Sunday, May 17, at 4PM.     Dubbed as “Light Up,” the online concert ceremony has two parts: Commemoration and Celebration.     UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will head the Light Up’s commemoration part alongside community movers, government officials, and private institutions. One of the highlights of the commemorative event is a ceremonial candle lighting to be led by Miss Universe - Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados.   Staunch HIV advocate, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, will top bill Light Up’s celebration part, showcasing a free online concert. Performing at the show are exceptional Filipino artists: Katrina Velarde, Nina, 4th Impact, Jed Madela, The Company, Ice Seguerra, Zeus Collins, Anna Ramsey, Phi Palmos, Adrian Lindayag, Addlib Divas, Nicole Asensio, Arman Ferrer, Globe Voices@Work, and drag queen performers and with special participation from Lea Salonga, Morissette Amon, Jed Madela, Radha, and many more.   Hosted by Tim Yap and Patrixia Santos, the Philippine IACM online concert ceremony will be live on Facebook at bit.ly/LightUpPH2020. The country’s 2020 IACM shift to an online concert ceremony was in response to the government’s imposition of social distancing protocols as the nation grapples with the COVID19 pandemic.   This year’s celebration also includes a photo essay contest featuring the HIV story of any Filipino who is part of the advocacy. Interested participants may still join until May 15, at 6PM. Visit this link: bit.ly/LightUpMyHIVStory for the mechanics and win as much as PhP25,000.00. It will also benefit the Duyan Program of The Project Red Ribbon Care Management Foundation (TRR) that aims to provide care and support to children living with HIV in the Philippines.   The Department of Health (DOH) reported that since 1984, 3,730 Filipinos have died of HIV-related complications and 74,807 have contracted the virus. In the same DOH report, 3,029 newly diagnosed people living with HIV were recorded for the last quarter of 2019. It has to be noted that HIV testing and effective HIV treatment therapy are given by the government and community-based organizations for free. Light Up is presented by the DOH, TRR, and The LoveYourself, Inc.; sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Camber Pharmaceutical Inc. by Hetero, Champion Community Centers, Frontrow Cares, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Premiere Condoms, Teleperformance Philippines, and Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia (SKPA); and supported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, EON Foundation, the National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), PhilHealth, Positibong Marino Philippines, Inc., The Red Whistle, Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines, and UNAIDS. The IACM happens every third Sunday of May to commemorate the courage of the people who succumbed to AIDS. It also celebrates the continuing battle by the people living with HIV and the progress the community has made through the years.

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Globe employees volunteer as customer service reps during crisis

May 18, 2020

In a pandemic, how can a company continuously serve its millions of customers with the closure of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies and other vendor partners? The answer is malasakit and volunteerism.     Globe put into action an employee volunteer program to  fill the void caused by the temporary shutdown of its outsourcing partners when the enhanced community quarantine took effect in Metro Manila last March 16.     The employees, belonging to different teams in Globe, were reskilled and trained to properly handle back office requirements and after sales support.  Some were tasked with responding to customer concerns sent through private chats and public posts on Globe’s official social media channels while a group was  assigned to process requests for broadband service, among others.     Jenny Kho-Villon, an employee volunteer, makes use of her experience as Retail Manager of  the Globe Store in J.Center Mall Mandaue City to perform her new role effectively.  “It’s a good thing I am from the Store as I have the background on how to do this. Also, Globe made sure that we undergo training prior to giving us applications to encode,” she said.     Although the current number of volunteer employees only represents a fraction of the company’s regular manpower requirement, the team works untiringly to deliver the necessary services.     “I welcomed the task. Before the ECQ, I had installed all the web tools required to work from home. I applied the agile mentality, made mistakes early and adapted quickly to become an expert encoder so I can help others by sharing my best practices,” said 39-year old Rainer del Rosario, an analyst for Customer Service Management Operations. “We were needed due to the backlogs so I made extra effort to give back to Globe for all the blessings I received.” Jennifer Anne M. Misa, a Globe Assistant Retail Manager who has been with the company for 17 years, said:  “ I took on this job because I really wanted to help after I found out that there were a lot of pending wireline applications.  I saw this as an opportunity to give back, make good use of my time by using my stock knowledge in a productive way.  What was most rewarding is that this experience gave me a sense of fulfillment knowing that I was able to help other groups in the organization.” Training employees as backup for different  business functions  is  part of the company’s business continuity plan in case unexpected events such as a pandemic occur. “Knowing that telecommunications is an essential service especially at this time, we can’t afford not to be there for our customers.  We want to ensure that our customers are continued to be cared for by providing them with connectivity and by responding to their other needs.  We are thankful to our employees who selflessly offered their time and effort to keep our after sales services running despite the difficult situation that we are all in,” said Rebecca Eclipse, Globe Chief Customer Experience Officer. Globe, for its part,  keeps the employees safe through various health protocols it is implementing and makes sure that employees have unlimited access to licensed doctors for medical advice and information. Meanwhile, Globe encourages its customers to use self-service apps such as GlobeOne (https://www.globe.com.ph/apps-content/globeone.html) and TM App to keep track of data usage, pay bills, and subscribe to promos; Globe At Home https://www.globe.com.ph/apps-content/globe-at-home.html) for all account-related concerns; and GCash App (https://www.gcash.com/) to buy load, pay bills, send money, and book movies, among others.  

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Schools help students transition to online classes

May 18, 2020

When the coronavirus disease was declared a global pandemic, Ateneo de Davao University immediately responded by preparing to hold classes online.     For several weeks, university officials, professors, and programmers met online to discuss and develop tools that would be needed by both students and teachers so that learning could continue while schools were closed. Teachers prepared instructional content in digital and video format, while student government officials helped in the dissemination of details to their schoolmates.     The university’s experience since 2013 of using the digital platform as one of its learning modes also helped students and teachers readily shift to online instruction for their summer classes on April 22, following the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in the region.     The students and their teachers met via Google Classroom and Moodle, and used social media, videoconferencing, and chat apps to communicate with each other. At home, their laptops, tablets, and mobile devices were connected to a reliable internet source.      “With the Covid-19 pandemic, people have to get used to a different way of interacting with one another. Through the internet, students have more freedom to think deeply about the learning material and do the tasks needed to accomplish their learning goals,” said AdDU executive vice president Jeremy S. Eliab.     Davao Christian High School encountered the same difficulty when it had to stop its classes six weeks before the end of its academic year. Like Ateneo, DCHS had also planned ahead.     Teachers were trained on the use of Google Classroom, and accounts for students were set up. The school had also been using the Dynamic Learning Program, where students answer questions on worksheets based on discussed lessons, helping them continue their classes even with minimal teacher intervention.     “Our online classes are far from perfect but I am very much encouraged with the discipline, hard work, and understanding our students and teachers have shown. The parents have also been very helpful in supporting the kids’ learning from home,” said Desi Dario Magnaye, junior high school principal of DCHS V. Mapa Campus.     To further support learning, AdDU provided their students and teachers with PLDT Home Prepaid Wi-Fi units, which could help them connect online and ensure uninterrupted learning. Ateneo also distributed 155 tablets and digital pencils to its scholars and financially challenged students.   With classes being accessed at home, studying has become easier for their children, according to Dr. Francis Ho and Phany Castillo-Ho. Their brood of three is all enrolled at DCHS.   Despite the lockdown, the couple remain busy at work, with Dr. Ho specializing in internal medicine and endocrinology and his wife running a hospice, palliative care and nursing home, and a small hotel. The hotel is being rented by a private firm as housing for its employees during the ECQ.   While the couple oversee the homeschooling of their children, they appreciate online learning. “Becoming our kids’ teachers and making sure they accomplish schoolwork on time and correctly can be quite a challenge. We have to relearn lessons we took more than 30 years ago. But it’s an opportunity to be more involved in their daily lives,” said Dr. Ho. “The children are frustrated that they’re not allowed to leave the house and don’t have regular interactions with their classmates and teachers, but being able to spend more time together as a family helps,” added Ms Ho. In a statement, AdDU president Fr. Joel E. Tabora SJ said staying at home was an opportunity for genuine academic growth. “In a dialogue with our students, in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Education, we firmly believe that if we must stay at home to help preserve life, we must use the time at home productively,” Tabora said.

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Globe employees raise P27.5M for COVID-19 assistance; includes PPEs, face shields for 50 hospitals

May 4, 2020

Globe Telecom employees have raised over P27.5 million from a fundraising initiative primarily aimed at providing much-need personal protective equipment, face shields, and face masks to healthcare workers in 50 hospitals across the country.     The #OneGlobeVsCOVID project of the company’s over 8,000 workforce realized a total employee donations of P13.79 million which was 100% matched by Singtel and Globe.  Singtel is one of the shareholders of Globe.     “We are extremely proud of our employees for their generosity.  Our efforts as OneGlobe have seen support for our fellow Filipinos coming together not only from our employees and shareholders but even our customers as well,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.     The list of intended beneficiaries of face shields, face masks,  and/or PPEs  include:  Sta. Ana Hospital, Veterans Hospital, National Kidney Transplant Institute, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Manila Naval Hospital, General Trias Doctors, UHBI- Parañaque Doctors’ Hospital, Perpetual Succor Hospital, UST Medical Center, San Juan De Dios, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Manila East Medical Center, Las Pinas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, National Center for Mental Health, San Lorenzo Ruiz General Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Ortigas Hospital and Health Center, St. Lukes BGC, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Hospital, and San Juan Medical Center. Others are:  Ospital Ng Makati, Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Tondo, Pasig City General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital, Caloocan City Medical Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, Notre Dame Hospital Baguio, St. Pascal De Baylon, Bicol Regional Training & Teaching Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Roxas Memorial Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, The Medical City, UERM Memorial Hospital Cardinal Santos, Ace Medical Center Pateros, Marikina Valley Medical Center, Perpetual Help Medical Center- Binan, South City Hospital and Medical Center, Bataan General Hospital Catarman Doctors, Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Dr. Ricardo Y Ladrido Memorial District Hospital, Lambunao Iloilo, and Zamboanga Medical Center. “Maraming maraming salamat po sa Globe Telecom. Kasama po namin kayo sa mabigat na laban na ito. Sabi po nila ang COVID-19 Virus ay INVISIBLE, pero po pag tayong lahat ay sama sama at tulong tulong, INVINCIBLE po tayo. Muli maraming salamat po sa suporta. Mabuhay po kayo,”  said Dr. Fernando Santos, Caloocan City Medical Center.   On the other hand, in her letter to Globe, Joy C. Luna, Head, Central Supplies Department and Member, Board of Directors of Manila East Medical Center said that the hospital  “has been lucky to be chosen as one of your beneficiaries of your generous donations. Today, you blessed our frontliners again with your generosity and thoughtfulness. Your donation of 100 pcs. PPEs and 100 pcs face shields will be of great value in helping us protect our frontliners and health workers. God bless your hearts for these! On behalf of the Management of Manila East Medical Center, please accept our heartfelt gratitude to your company. May God reward you more for your generosity.” Aside from the PPE donation to hospitals,  part of the employee donations went into the AC Health project involving the construction of a COVID-19 facility for Ayala Group of Companies employees in Nuvali EvoLiving.  At least P5 million was also donated to Project Pananagutan, a program led by Ayala Foundation, Inc. to provide assistance to no work, no pay talents of partner companies as well as frontliners and partner communities.

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BAYANIHAN the SM APPLIANCE CENTER WAY

April 19, 2020

The Bayanihan Spirit was alive and well when SM Appliance Center and its brand partners recently brought positivity, hope and inspiration to the frontliners and patients of the hospitals in the Philippines with donations of electric fans, mosquito zappers, and washing machines.     With summer days ahead electric fans from  Imarflex, Asahi and 3D will bring cool comfort to frontliners and patients. These were donated to the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital’s (Tala Hospital), Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Mary Chiles Hospital.     SM Appliance Center also provided environmentally friendly mosquito zappers from Daimaru to keep hospitals safe and free from harmful insects and flies. Insect killers from Imarflex and 3D brands were also given for further protection and assistance.     In order to help hospitals with their heavy wash load, SM Appliance Center partnered with Whirlpool to donate inverter front load washing machines.  The  MegaTransport Logistics Corporation delivered  these to the  Rizal Medical Center, Las Piñas General Hospital, Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, San Juan De Dios Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, San Lazaro Hospital, Mary Chiles Hospital and Jose Reyes Medical Center.      Tysons Global Exchange Inc. also joined in SM Appliance Center’s initiatives with donations of Speed Queen heavy duty washers for the Lung Center of the Philippines and Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center.     For more updates on SM Appliance Center and its CSR initiatives, you may want to visit our SM Appliance Center website at HYPERLINK “http://www.smappliance.com” www.smappliance.com or like us at facebook.com/smappliance     Please see below the photo captions:     1.  Cool comfort. SM Appliance Center donated Asahi stand fans to the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital’s (Tala Hospital). 2. SM Appliance Center’s donation of Imarflex insect killers to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center will help keep their rooms free from harmful insects.  3. These 3D Insect Killers received by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute from SM Appliance Center will help to alleviate their situation within their COVID-19 complex tents. It uses ultra-violet light tubes to effectively kill flying insects anytime and anywhere..   4. The bayanihan spirit was alive and well when SM Appliance Center and Whirlpool donated washing machines to the Rizal Medical Center. These were delivered by MegaTransport Logistics Corporation.

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