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Typhoon, quake-resistant schools in Concepcion

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ILOILO – Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization, is helping the province transform five typhoon-ravaged schools in the island-barangays of Concepcion into stronger ones.
The reconstruction plan will benefit the elementary schools of Barangays Polopiña, Salvacion, Igbon, Malangabang, and Bagonggong.

According to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, the organization committed to retrofit a total of 32 classrooms and reconstruct 16 classrooms in the areas.
The new classrooms are designed to resist earthquake and whenever there will be another typhoon that has wind speed of up to 300-kilometer per hour.
Concern Worldwide is also active in helping the residents improve their utilization of ground water sources through the development of spring water catchments and wells.
They currently have this project in Igbon, Polopiña, Salvacion and Tambaliza. It was conceptualized after the island-barangays’ water system sustained serious damage due to Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The orga…

Ministop is in Iloilo; store chain open to franchising

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Through the years, Iloilo City has caught the convenience store bug and the opening of two branches of the famous Ministop here generates more positive vibes for our booming metropolis.

One Ministop branch opened at the Robinsons Place Iloilo while another opened in front of the West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo. This makes the total number of branches in the Philippines at 400 and all over Asia at 4,400.
It is a mini-grocery store or combo-store where you can enjoy a little bit of everything. Ministop also offers ready-to-eat products prepared in their built-in kitchen. These products include Chillz, Float, Toppers, Siomai, Hotdog, Ham and Cheese Kariman, siopao, sandwiches and Uncle John’s Fried Chicken.
Its services include cellphone charging, internet and Wi-Fi.




Meanwhile, no less than Robina Gokongwei-Pe, President and Chief Operating Officer of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.,  graced the Ministop Iloilo opening last July 24, 2014. 
After the colourful presentation of t…

Sun Life’s Dynamic Fund

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Filipinos who are eager to take advantage of the Philippines’ promising economic outlook and positive financial markets have a means to do so with the latest offering of Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc. (SLAMCI), the Sun Life Prosperity Dynamic Fund.
“The Sun Life Prosperity Dynamic Fund is a one-decision mutual fund which considers the best trade opportunities in the market and employs a tactical approach to asset allocation, promptly adapting to market conditions by switching from fixed-income investments to equities and vice-versa, as needed,” goes Sun Life’s press release.


“This is for investors who would like to make the most of their money through stocks and bonds, but don’t have the time or expertise to do so,” said SLAMCI President Valerie Pama during a press conference with Ilonggo media and bloggers last July 22, 2014.
“When markets move, our clients need not worry about reallocating their funds themselves. Our team of expert fund managers will do it for them.”
She added t…

Defying stereotypes

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Sharing this article from Maricar M. Calubiran  of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Construction site is no place for a woman, but not for the 24-year-old Monica Nama, who works side by side with men, and two other women, in the building of Kalahi-CIDSS-funded health station in Guinatuan, Madalag, Aklan.
Her mere presence in that male-dominated workplace exudes empowerment and defies gender bias, a glaring message that the desire to help and be of help to the community knows no bounds.
Monica giggles when asked what it feels like to work in a construction site.
“Indi man ini bag-o dahil gina-obra ko man ini sa balay. Ginabuligan ko akon asawa sa pag kaayo sang amon balay (The experience is not new to me because I also help my husband when he repairs our house),” she says.


Wearing a shorts and a t-shirt, she fetches water from a tiny hole dug near the structure, not minding that her lower part of the body is soaking wet.
“Ang pagsag-ob ginaobra ko man adlaw-adlaw sa ba…

Garbage and glamor

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Recycled materials and accessories will be worn in an upcoming fashion show designed to showcase the Ilonggo talent and creativity in making useful things out of garbage.

The fashion event “Glamour in Trash” facilitated by the General Services Office (GSO) of the City Government and sponsored by Love Our Own Brethren (LOOB), Inc. is one of the activities in line with the celebration of the city’s 77th Charter Day anniversary in August.
“Recycling is highly encouraged in the city, especially for enterprising individuals who can literally make money out of garbage; it’s environment-friendly and gives income to less fortunate Ilonggos,” Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.
According to Engr. Raul Gallo, assistant general services officer, 16 Japanese models, together with local ones, will grace the catwalk in Robinsons Place on August 24. They will wear accessories made from recycled materials done by members of the Uswag Calajunan Livelihood Association (UCLA).

UCLA is the organization of wast…

Ministop opens first two stores in Iloilo

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Ministop, one of the country's leading and fastest-growing 24/7 convenience store chains, continues to expand its presence across the country with the opening of its first two stores in Iloilo City at Robinsons Place Iloilo and La Paz, Iloilo.


The inaugural ceremonies commemorating the opening of the Ministop stores will be held on July 24 at the Ground Floor, Ledesma Wing, of Robinsons Place Iloilo at 12:00 NN and IPSTA Building, Luna Street, La Paz, Iloilo at 3:00 PM. Iloilo is the second province in the Visayas region where Ministop will have stores. Ministop first entered the province of Cebu in the Visayas region last 2012. It now has twelve stores in Cebu.
Having been in partnership with Japan's Ministop Co. Ltd. for 14 years, Ministop Philippines is now ranked as the second largest convenience store in the Philippines both in terms of store count and systemwide sales. It takes pride of its wide variety and range of affordable quality food products and excellent customer s…

Improving education via mobile technologies

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Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has expanded its Smart Schools Program as it rolls out new initiatives in support of its advocacy to utilize mobile technologies for basic to tertiary education.
The SWEEPx Mobile Applications Development and Tablet 101 are the latest initiatives of Smart in the mobile education space.



SWEEPx, an extension of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), is a training program on mobile applications development designed for faculty members in tertiary level schools. Meanwhile, Tablet 101 is a training module maximizing the use of tablet technology for teaching and learning designed for faculty members in public elementary and secondary level schools.  Both are also open to representatives of local government units (LGUs).
“Smart is pushing the boundaries in the mobile education space to optimize the use of wireless technologies in enhancing the learning and teaching experience from basic to tertiary education,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of …

Unified map urged to address climate change

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By Marie Katherine Villalon


Can the Philippines increase its food production despite agricultural losses caused by climate change so that it can feed all its citizens by year 2050? From typhoons alone, the Philippines has incurred a damage of P1 billion while climate change cost has amounted to P799 billion.

 We can try, by implementing multi-hazard risk integration through unified mapping, according to an Ilonggo scientist and geospatial expert during the Western Visayas Climate Change and El Nino lecture forum organized by the Panay Organic Producers Association last July 8, 2014.

“Climate change has caused extreme weather events, decline in crop yields, loss of rich forests, and damage to coastal resources, which also threaten national security,” said Dr. Esteban Godilano, technical adviser of the Department of Agriculture on Climate Change, geospatial expert of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Climate Change Commission (CCC) Ecotown Project, and resident scientist of the Office o…

Cebu Pacific bans Shark Fin carriage

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Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) announced that the airline no longer accepts carriage of shark fin. The airline has formalized a freight policy for immediate implementation and strict compliance across Cebu Pacific stations.
The ban also extends to meals inflight or during corporate events. Cebu Pacific does not serve shark’s fin soup inflight or at corporate events or meals organized and hosted by the airline.

“Cebu Pacific values biodiversity and marine life sustainability. We are banning shark fin carriage effective immediately as we learned that unsustainable shark fishing and our carriage of shark fin is not aligned with CEB’s position on sustainable development. We have been working closely with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in our efforts to address some of the most pressing environmental concerns including climate change and marine life preservation,” said Atty. Jorenz Tanada, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs.
"WWF welcomes this development," said WWF-Philippines Vice-chair …