Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Best CBD Products For The Modern Filipino

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We all know that we Phillipinos are number one for fun. Whether we are cooking with our titos and titas, or chasing around our little cousins, we are always doing it with a smile. Filipinos are always looking for happiness and health, and to experience the absolute best that life has to offer. Well, when it comes to CBD, CBDfx gummies are known as the best, and the best is exactly what we are looking for.

There is an almost never ending sea of CBD manufacturers these days, and it can be quite difficult to sort through them all to find the best fit for you and your lifestyle. So many CBD companies market themselves as having the highest quality CBD around, but when you actually order and try the product it falls short. Fortunately we have done a whole bunch of research in regards to CBD companies and found the one we think is the absolute best. CBDfx is number one for fun in our eyes and number one in quality. CBDfx has so much variety to choose from it can make your head spin(in a good way).

With such high quality CBD and an amazing variety of interesting and exciting products, you are sure to find the perfect CBDfx product to compliment your busy life. This company is the best in our eyes. Their products are the highest quality we have come across, and their product line makes this super high quality CBD accessible to everybody, no matter what their prefered method of dosing is. The CBDfx gummies were the tastiest little treat I have had in years.

These little guys pack a real punch when it comes to flavor. The very enjoyable fruity flavors, combined with the natural, rich, aromatic, earthy flavor that comes from the hemp plant. This in my opinion is the perfect balance of nurture and nature. The blend of flavors is one that man has created, but only using the heavenly flavors that we are so lucky to exist naturally here on earth. Such a combination is sure to make any mouth water. We Filipinos know fruit, and we know fruit well, so when I say these fruity flavors really stand out, you know I mean business.

When I was a little girl growing up in Manila, I would always find trees to climb to pick fruit, my ina(mom) was always telling me to get down from the trees because I might hurt myself. But she was always hiding a smile when she found me so I knew that she was proud of her little girl. All the boys in my class would climb trees and bring bags of fruit home to their families, but they always said I couldn't because I am a girl. One day I asked my ina if I could borrow a shopping bag to go collect fruit with the boys, she said ok but I had to be sure to be home by dinner. I ran off into the jungle, smiling from ear-to-ear. When I arrived my best friend Princess was laying on the ground hurt. She had fallen out of the tree while trying to collect fruit and twisted her ankle. I picked Princess up and put her on my shoulders to carry her home. I was a very strong little girl. Not just physically, but mentally. I gave up on my dreams of picking fruit with the boys and focused my time on Princess. Over time Princess and I grew closer and closer.

Years later Princess is the one who turned me on to the best CBD company around. CBDfx has been my go-to for my daily dose of CBD since I first tried the CBDfx gummies. I had been a regular CBD user and advocate in my little Phillipino community in Arkansas, and had tried just about everything out there. Plenty of products were good, and like everybody, I had my favorites, but one day that all changed, and now I use only CBDfx products because they are the best, and when you’ve found the best you can forget the rest. I'll never forget the first time I slipped one of those supple fruity little gummies in my mouth.

Princess and I had been out to a fairly late dinner one warm Arkansas summer night. The restaurant was empty, we had paid the check, and were ready to call a cab because we had a couple drinks. I was starting to get a headache but it had been a while since Princess and I had seen each other and she wanted to keep the night going. She could tell that I was starting to drag a little bit and asked me if I would like to try a CBDfx gummy before we go back to her place. Well, hanging out with Princess has always been my secret little escape, and CBD has become one of my secret little treats for my body as well, so I figured I would mix the two and see what happened.

I agreed, and Princess pulled her little bottle of CBDfx gummies out of her purse and handed me one. As soon as the gentle gummy hit my tongue my mouth began to water. The flavor was amazing! The texture was perfect! “What brand did you say this is?” I immediately asked Princess. “CBDfx” she replied. “They are the only brand I use now”.

I was completely blown away. And not only that, but I was invigorated and excited. I had never had such an amazingly tasty CBD gummy. The powerful but subtle flavor of fruit took me right back to the trees in the jungle where Princess and I truly found each other. The night was magic again, I completely forgot about my headache, and Princess and I were able to enjoy the rest of what we had planned for the evening. Since that day I have never bought anything but CBDfx.

Smok Nord Pod Kit Review 2020

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This Sleek, portable and lightweight Pod kit is one of the best pod kits available in the market right now. Though the competition between all the vaping companies is so tough, it becomes very hard to choose one best pod kit for 2020.

Smok Nord Pot kit is the best choice for both MTL and DTL vaping. Its brand new 2020 model comes in the market with a lot of improvements. Let's find out what the hype is about and look at its specs, design, and performance.

Smok Nord Pod Kit is easily available on for customers in the UK and other parts of the world.

Smok Nord Specs and Design:
Smok Nord is the lightweight sleek pod kit system that comes with the dimensions of 94 x 30 x 18.8 mm. It means it can easily get into your pocket and it’s highly portable.

Its weight is around 80 grams and The cobra-style panels along with rounded rectangular shape are highly comfortable for your hands. Unlike many other pod systems, Smok Nord comes with a fire button. Pressing it  5 times turn the system on. The fire button looks perfect on the sleek body.

Its outer body is made up of strong plastic, which makes it lightweight. It comes in different vibrant colors like red, blue, yellow, black, white and soon. You can select the one that suits best to your requirements.

Smok Nord Pods and Coil:
The SMOK Nord Pod cartridge (TPD Edition) has a strong plastic shell with the capability to hold  2ml of e-juice. These SMOK Nord tanks with an augmented duck-charged mouthpiece include the basic side e-juice filling framework.

You canu different nicotine salt e-juices and standard e-fluids. The filling port is sufficiently enormous to use with most dropper bottles. pods are easy to refill and are highly portable.

4 different kinds of replacement coils are best for Smok Nord Pod including The 0.6ohm Nord, DTL Mesh Coils, 1.4ohm Nord Regular, and MTL Coils.

Other coils are sold separately. The refilling and changing coils process are so easy even for the beginners as well. Itis suggested soaking cotton into e juices for 5 minutes after refilling. It gives a whole new experience of taste and flavor.

Battery Life:
The Smok Nord Pod kit system has a powerful battery. It comes with a 1100mAh battery that gives output wattage from 10Watts to 15 Watts. The battery life depends upon the coil you are using.

But a fully charged battery is enough to use for 24 hours with a minimum of 2 refills. The battery charging time is 2 hours approx. you can switch the pod system on by pressing the power button 5 times. There are 3 LED lights that will indicate battery life.

Green Light means 70 - 100%
Yellow Light means 30% - 70%
Red Light means Below 30%

Pros Of Smok Nork Pod Kit:
Smok Nord Pod kit is best to use in 2020 as it has the following pros.

1100mAh powerful battery that is enough for one day vaping.
Sleek and portable for a comfortable grip
Compatible with both MTL Pods and DTL Pods. 6ohm Nord Mesh Coil for massive vapor production enriched in flavor.

Compatible with regular e-juice and nic salt
wider side refill design without leakage
Various colors with resin edition for you to choose like red, yellow, blue, green, white and black. The LED indicator shows the battery life 10/10 value of money
Highly durable

Cons Of Smok Nord Pod Kit:
The following are some of the drawbacks of this pod system kit.

It is difficult to adjust the airflow.
It has quite a longer charging time i.e. 2 hours. Flavour restriction is disliked by most people.

Precisely, the Smok Nord pod system is one of the best vaping kits that you need to use in 2020.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

FDCP releases Memorandum Order 3 in line with the Enhanced Community Quarantine and the Stringent Social Distancing Measures

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In line with the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary released March 16, 2020 directing agencies to coordinate, and implement guidelines on the imposition of an Enhanced Community Quarantine and the Stringent Social Distancing Measures over the entire Luzon, including NCR effective March 17, 2020, FDCP hereby adopts the following relative to the audio-visual industry and community:

1. All productions and activities on film, television programs, and other audio-visual contents are SUSPENDED in the entirety of Luzon, including NCR, for the duration of the quarantine.

2. As only those private establishments providing basic necessities related to food and medicine shall be open, companies, establishments, and organizations in the audio-visual industry, from pre to post-production and film exhibition must close their offices and adopt work from home arrangements for workers. This is with the exception of media outlets for the purposes of news coverage who must adopt stringent social distancing measures and skeletal work force as well.

3. Pursuant to the Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 13, S. 2020, the FDCP is adopting a work from home setup for all its employees. Hence, the FDCP Office will be closed and will not receive documents until further notice. All transactions and communication shall be taken online.
Failure to abide by these set guidelines and those announced by the national government shall be subjected to appropriate action, including criminal, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

For everyone’s guidance.

PHP 16 a day | Senior citizens vulnerable to COVID-19 with meager pension need more support - AKBAYAN

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"P16 a day for a month!"

This the amount indigent senior citizens have to survive on during the lockdown. Akbayan's Etta Rosales warned that our current social pension system of P500 a month for indigent senior citizens will starve them without immediate government support.

Rosales also lamented that there are more than 3 million senior citizens in the country who receive no pension at all amid COVID-19, leaving them with no financial capacity to prepare for the pandemic.

"Our senior citizens are dying in this battle with no support to prepare for the pandemic. 9 senior citizens have died due to COVID-19 from the 14 reported deaths as of Tuesday," Rosales said.

Rosales is citing data from the 2017 Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) study that shows 40% of 8 million senior citizens have no pension.

"If our workers are laid off or forced to stop working and will receive no wages, where will our senior citizens get their money for food and medicine? These senior citizens rely on their working family member to give them support," Rosales added.

"Don't leave the senior citizens behind. They are retired and rely on pension. They have worked years on end supporting our economy, we need to support them too. Our community is only strong against sickness if our senior citizens are strong too," Rosales added.

"The government should increase the cash aid to P10,000 for the employed and informal workers affected by the lockdown and ensure that 4Ps payout continues for the month. Barangays should help provide their health care and other needs. We can't abandon our senior citizens with just scraps of the budget," Rosales said.

DOTr extends deadline for renewal of permits, licenses, franchises to April 2020

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Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has ordered the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to extend the deadline for the renewal of permits, licenses, and franchises to April 2020.

“LTO and LTFRB will extend the deadline for renewal of permits, franchises, licenses until April 2020. We know and understand that our country is now in a difficult and trying situation. We have to step up and extend our help to the Filipino people the best way we can," Secretary Tugade expressed.

The move came after Secretary Tugade's dialogue with Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

In a message sent to the media today, 18 March 2020, Senator Sotto expressed his gratitude to Secretary Tugade, for agreeing to extend the renewal of licenses, franchises, and permits, until the end of April.

“Just talked to DOTr Secretary Tugade, he will issue extension of renewal of licenses for LTO and LTFRB till end of April. Thank you, Sec. Art!" Sen. Sotto shared.

Secretary Tugade has instructed LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante to reiterate and update the memorandum that the latter issued earlier this month directing LTO Regional Directors not to collect penalties for late registration of motor vehicles, and for the renewal of driver's licenses that will expire during the enhanced community quarantine period. The validity of all student permits will also be extended.

Meanwhile, based on the guidelines issued by the LTFRB, all PUVs with plate numbers ending in 3 and 4 will be allowed to confirm their units until 15 May 2020 with all penalties being waived.

In this regard, the insurance policy under the Personal Passenger Accident Insurance Program (PPAIP) will also be automatically extended until 15 May 2020 without any additional fees on the part of the operators.

Applications for Extension of Validity for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) that will expire from 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 can be filed until 15 May 2020 also with waiver of penalties.

Provisional Authorities (PA) and Special Permits (SP) issued to TNVS, PUBs, TH, Taxi, and UV Express, with expiry dates covering the period of 17 March 2020 to 15 April 2020, will also be extended until 15 June 2020 with waiver of fees.

Meanwhile, the Compliance Orders, Resolutions, and Decisions which direct operators to comply within a certain period and that fall between 17 March 2020 until 15 April 2020, will be allowed to comply until 15 May 2020 with waiver of penalties, if there is any.

The guidelines will apply to the Central Office and the National Capital Region-Regional Franchising and Regulatory Office, and all Regional Franchising and Regulatory Offices in Luzon.

DOTr rolls out 74 units, increases new routes to 13 for the Free Ride Program for health workers affected by Enhanced Community Quarantine

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) continues with the mission to ferry health personnel to their workplaces daily, as its free ride for health workers rolls out on its third day. The free ride is being done amid the implementation of an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

The free bus service, which started Tuesday, 18 March 2020, is in line with the instruction of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to DOTr road sector agencies to help ferry health workers who are now at the frontline of the country’s fight against the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

From only three (3) routes during its initial deployment, the free bus service now serves health workers on thirteen (13) routes:

Northwest Area
Revised ROUTE 1

Meralco (Malanday)*
Valenzuela City General Hospital
MCU Hospital (Monumento)*
Caloocan City Medical Center
Tondo General Hospital
Our Lady of Fatima
Metropolitan Medical Center
San Lazaro Hospital
Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
University of Sto. Tomas Hospital
Chinese General Hospital
United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Northwest Area
Revised ROUTE 2

Valenzuela Gateway Complex*
Quezon City General Hospital
MCU Hospital (Monumento)*
Our Lady of Fatima University
Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
Philippine Orthopedic Center
United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Northeast Area
Revised ROUTE 3

SM City SJDM (Bulacan)
Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial (Caloocan)
SM Fairview*
Diliman Doctors Hospital
Veterans Memorial Medical Center
Lung Center of the Philippines
Philippine Heart Center
East Avenue Medical Center
Philippine Children’s Hospital
Centris Station (EDSA / Quezon Ave.)*

*Pick-up/transfer points

East Area

SM City Masinag*
Marikina Valley Medical Center
Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
BFCT East Metro Transport Terminal*
Quirino Memorial Medical Center
Araneta Center Bus Terminal
Robinsons Galleria*
The Medical City – Ortigas

*Pick-up/transfer points

East Area

Ortigas Hospital & Healthcare (Cainta)*
SM City East Ortigas
Pasig City General Hospital
The Medical City Ortigas
Robinsons Galleria*
VRP Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center*
Rizal Medical Center

*Pick-up/transfer points

Central Area
Revised ROUTE 6

Centris Station (EDSA / Quezon Ave.)*
Providence Hospital
Capitol Medical Center
Philippine Orthopedic Center (Banawe)
United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*
National Children’s Hospital
De Los Santos Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center (E. Rodriguez)
UERM Memorial Medical Center
MRT-3 Cubao / Araneta Center*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Central/East Area
Revised ROUTE 7

Pasig City General Hospital
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral*
Pasig Rotonda
Rizal Medical Center
The Medical City (Ortigas)
Robinsons Galleria*
Cardinal Santos Medical Center
VRP Medical Center
National Center for Mental Health
Makati Medical Center*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Southeast Area
Revised ROUTE 8

Starmall – Alabang*
SLEX Sucat Exit*
Bicutan Exit
Makati Medical Center*
St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Southwest Area

Vista Mall, Daang Hari*
Perpetual Help Medical Center (Las Piñas)
Las Piñas General Hospital
Baclaran Market*
San Juan de Dios Educational Medical Center
Pasay City General Hospital
Adventist Medical Center
Makati Medical Center*
Philippine General Hospital
Manila Doctors Hospital
United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Southeast Area
Feeder route

Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Muntinlupa City Hospital
Starmall – Alabang*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Southeast Area

Starmall – Alabang*
SLEX Sucat Exit*
Bicutan Exit
San Juan de Dios EFI – Hospital
Gil Puyat Station LRT-1*
Philippine General Hospital
Manila Doctors Hospital

*Pick-up/transfer points

Southeast Area

SM Molino
Imus Transport Plaza
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
Baclaran Market*
San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Hospital
Gil Puyat*
Adventist Medical Center Manila
Philippine General Hospital*
Manila Doctors Hospital*

*Pick-up/transfer points

South Area

Seaoil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
Imus Transport Terminal*
Las Piñas General Hospital
Perpetual Help Medical Center
Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Muntinlupa Hospital
Starmall Alabang*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Buses will transport passengers to these designated routes, and vice versa at 5:00AM, 7:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:00PM, and 7:00PM.

Seventy-two (72) buses and two (2) modern Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) have committed to transport health workers for free along the specified routes, which are still subject to change depending on the data and requests coming from the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, transport officials clarified that the free ride is not restricted to doctors and nurses only. This will also be made available to other hospital workers such as administration personnel, utility workers, security officers, and other health workers such as pharmacists, caregivers, and the like.

The bus service will likewise comply with DOH containment protocols such as the observance of social distancing, body temperature checks, and regular disinfecting of vehicles. Drivers and health workers will also be given food and water.

“Of all the distress this virus has caused, one of the good things it has brought forth is the indomitable bayanihan spirit of the Filipino people. Our frontline health workers have sacrificed so much, leaving the comfort of their homes to fulfill their sworn duty to save lives. And now, we have our drivers too to safely bring our warriors to the battlefield. Saludo ako sa inyong lahat!”, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed.

The same bus service scheme is also being advised to be replicated for all regions in Luzon while the enhanced community quarantine is being enforced.

The free bus service is implemented in cooperation and close coordination with the Office of the President, Office of the Solicitor General, Supreme Court, House of Representative, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), and private bus companies such as HM Transport, San Agustin, MetroExpress, RRCG, Precious Grace, Ceres, Jac Liner, St. Rose, Pamana, Jasper Jean, Pascual, Hi-Star, Ube Express, Hafti Transport, G-Liner, Thelman Transit, and automotive company Foton.  

DOST reminds graduating scholars to serve the country well

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Servant Leaders. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, S&T Services Usec. Renato Solidum, Jr., DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo, and DOST-SEI Deputy Director Albert Mariño encourage graduating science scholars to lead in serving the public at the 2020 Exit Conference for NCR-based scholars. Photo courtesy of Mr. Teddy Amante.

“When you signed up for the DOST Scholarship Program, you know that there is a patriotic reason behind it,” said Science Chief Fortunato de la Peña.

This message was addressed to more than 800 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholars who attended the 2020 Exit Conference for DOST-SEI NCR Scholars held on February 21, 2020 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The event, now on its third year of implementation, is organized to keep graduating scholars in the loop of their scholarship obligation.

“The main rationale is, of course, to produce more science and technology professionals to help us meet the demands of the country and the world. But beyond that, we envision you to become instrumental figures in nation building,” de la Peña added.

The DOST has been providing science and technology scholarships, through the DOST-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), to increase S&T workforce in the country.

After a refresher on the terms of scholarship agreement, scholars were given the opportunity to ask questions, especially on service obligation which requires scholars to render service equivalent to the length of time the scholar enjoyed the scholarship.

Top DOST officials including Sec. de la Peña, S&T Services Usec. Renato Solidum, Jr., DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo and Deputy Director Albert Mariño joined the Q&A session to further enlighten scholars on their responsibilities.

The Exit Conference also served as venue to provide scholars with information about the DOST-SEI graduate scholarship programs.

“Looking for jobs is always a rational choice. But you can also continue nurturing your capabilities by studying some more,” said Usec. Solidum in his inspirational message.

DOST-SEI offers local graduate scholarships such as the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) for those who want to take their master’s or doctoral degrees in priority S&T areas; the Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPSME) for students pursuing graduate degrees in science and mathematics education; and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) for graduate students in various fields of engineering.

The Institute has also partnered with international organizations and academic institutions to provide foreign graduate scholarships to qualified Filipino scientists and engineers.

The whole-day exit conference likewise featured talks by notable guest speakers from both government and private sectors, and successful graduate scholars. Mr. Reggie Obos, former scholar and now Senior IT Manager at Procter & Gamble Philippines and Ms. Hilda Gaurino, Chief of the Human Resource Management Division at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), shared career tips to help scholars start their S&T careers.

“We hope to continue doing the Exit Conference as part of our commitment to our scholars,” Dr. Biyo said. Other DOST regional offices have started conducting similar event for DOST scholars in the regions.

DOTr to distribute 100K face masks to hospitals, frontline employees, health workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to distribute 100,000 face masks to hospitals, its frontline employees, including those involved in port and airport operations, enforcers, drivers, persons involved in the DOTr Free Ride program, and health workers.

This, after a Good Samaritan donated the face masks to DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade yesterday, 20 March 2020.

"To the one who donated these hundred thousand face masks, I, on behalf of the DOTr and the entire country, express our sincerest gratitude. This will greatly help our frontline employees, and of course, our health workers. These people are leaving their homes to fulfill their sworn duty -- to serve the country, and to save lives. Thank you for your utmost concern and compassion to our countrymen," Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed.

According to Transportation Undersecretary for Administrative Service and DOTr representative to the IATF Artemio Tuazon, Jr. the face masks will be distributed as soon as possible to swiftly help those that neeed it the most.

“The face masks that will be used by frontline employees, especially those in port and airport operations, enforcers, drivers, health workers and those involved in the DOTr’s Free Ride program, will be distributed today. Those that will be given to the skeletal workforce of the DOTr Central Office and its attached agencies will be distributed starting on Monday, 23 March 2020,” Usec. Tuazon said.

The DOTr will likewise donate bulk of the face masks to public hospitals on Monday, 23 March 2020. To be provided with face masks are health workers assigned at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa, San Lazaro Hospital, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, among others.

"We're currently facing a battle against something that we can't see -- and that distress taught us that it is high time for Filipinos to show the world that we still have that indomitable bayanihan spirit," Secretary Tugade added.

To help health workers with their commuting needs, amid the enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the entire Luzon, the DOTr has been deploying buses -- in coordination with several government agencies, and private companies since 18 March 2020.

The free ride initiative of the department involves the deployment of 72 buses, and two (2) modern Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs), all of which are sent out in compliance with the disease containment protocols set by the Department of Health (DOH) such as the observance of social distancing, checking of body temperature, and regular disinfecting of vehicles.

The shuttle service has 14 routes, which ferry passengers at 5AM, 7AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, and 7PM.

HIV advocacy group asks government support re: COVID-19

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The LoveYourself, Inc., a community-based non-profit primary health care facility for people living with HIV (PLHIV), appeals for the support of the government for the continued and uninterrupted access of PLHIV to anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs.

Primarily, LoveYourself asks for the help of concerned national agencies, the local government units, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to ensure smooth delivery of health services to the PLHIV community.

The organization understands the government's precautions, and fully abide with the directives of the Department of Health (DOH) to help contain the spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), but the continued delivery of its services is crucial in addressing another kind of pandemic, which is HIV.

Pagtakhan explained that "People living with HIV have become more vulnerable to contracting any diseases due to limited access to their life-saving medication, following the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine and declaration of the entire Philippines under a state of calamity amidst the COVID-19 situation."

"On behalf of all our clients and even other HIV treatment facilities, we humbly request the government authorities to help us deliver our services not only to our clients but also to anyone who needs to take their ARVs. These life-saving medicines support their health requirements because missing out on taking ARVs poses a danger to their health and in achieving an undetectable status," said Pagtakhan, who is also a Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World for Humanitarian Leadership awardee in 2018.

In responding to this public health crisis, LoveYourself already shifted its HIV treatment services from onsite to online processing called Xpress Refill program with the delivery of life-saving medication or ARV drugs through couriers that are currently operational.

Clients enrolled in LoveYourself treatment services and even PLHIV who have not enrolled in its treatment services but near to any of its centers are catered through the Xpress refill program: Clients can also call any of these hotlines:

· Anglo (Mandaluyong): 0920 502 1007 | 0999 529 2330 | 0956 615 1230 | 0915 310 7336

· Victoria (Pasay): 09995292399 | 09153107339 | 0915 831 8715

· Lily (Parañaque): 0917 155 5955 | 0928 689 6422

· Welcome (Manila): 0967 207 1976

· Hero (Bacoor, Cavite): 0956 490 3747 | 0906 483 9040

· White House (Cebu City): 0961 573 6493

LoveYourself can also be reached through e-mail at Other hubs across the country can be accessed through this:

Based on the latest report of the DOH, there were 3,029 newly confirmed HIV cases in the Philippines from October to December 2019. The new cases brought the total cases of HIV in the country to 74,807 since January 1984.

LoveYourself is serving more than 5,000 PLHIV for their life-saving medications.

Together with its partner community-based organization, LoveYourself hopes for all clients to be served for their life-saving medications unimpeded while ensuring the maximum health and safety measures in availing of these services.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Finding a Trusted Online Paper Writing Service Is Easy

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It may not matter the college that you are attending or the class that you are majoring in – essays and other kinds of papers need to be written. While some students are great writers, no matter the subject of the paper or the essay – others are struggling with writing a simple passage. Luckily the era that we live in provides us with many services that students couldn’t have imagined before. A reliable online paper writing service, such as AdvancedWriters, is one of those modern miracles that many students are incredibly grateful for. However, if you do not trust us, you may think, “Is there another way to determine if an online service that you are referring to is a legit one?’ That is precisely what we are going to try to help you with. We are going to point out the main factors that define an excellent service and an expert writer on offer.

Why the Mistrust Issue Exists?

The truth is that the popularity of custom writing services is both a blessing and a curse. The fact is that the number of cases when a professional company providing quality writing services have turned out to be a scam website is vast. That is why, even when a student is in a great need of online professional assistance, there is that fear that the choice he or she makes would not be the expected one. so, here is a list of things to consider before ordering an essay or paper from any online custom writing service:

The subjects on offer. When you are looking for a pro writing service to help you out with your written assignment, the first thing to look for is the number of subjects that the service claims to provide skilled writers in. If there are only a few subjects to choose from, that should be the primary warning that you need to keep on looking. All the trusted sources provide a great variety of subjects so that no student feels left out.

Paper types. Just like in the case with subjects, so it is with examples of papers that service can assist you in. The best custom service would be the one to cover all existing paper types.

The format. Every paper requires not only a particular structure but also citing format to be written in. This means that if you come across a company that claims to be proficient in MLA style or APA style only – you should not entrust your task to its writers. Only the services that know well all the formatting styles are the reliable ones.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

DOTr releases guidelines on social distancing, community quarantine vs COVID-19 spread

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released its guidelines on the community quarantine and social distancing measures yesterday, 14 March 2020, following the earlier order of President Rodrigo Duterte to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under community quarantine to stop the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"We all have to bear the burden, carry personal inconveniences and sacrifices for the common good and our nation's interest. These protocols are temporary. The deeper we cooperate and unselfishly carry our share, the faster we shall overcome!" Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stressed.

During the quarantine period, the aviation sector has announced that there will be no general aviation flights within Metro Manila. As such, flights will be diverted to Sangley Airport in Cavite or to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

However, cargo flights; air ambulance and medical supplies; government/military flights; weather mitigation flights; and maintenance and utility flights will still be permitted.

For international flights, the aviation sector stressed that there will be special airport-to-airport trips arranged by the airlines in coordination with airport authorities.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will also encourage local airlines to operate sweeper flight/s out of Manila and into other airports.

The aviation sector will also implement the one (1) meter social distancing measure. Signages reminding its stakeholders to observe proper social distancing will also be posted in strategic points.

Moreover, the sector adds, only passengers and essential personnel can enter and exit the airport terminals.

The rail sector meanwhile announced that trains will be loaded at reduced capacity to minimize the concentration of passengers per train.

Train station personnel will also regulate the entry of passengers into stations, and will implement measures for orderly and distanced queuing both inside and outside stations.

A passenger showing COVID-19 symptoms or having a body temperature of 38 degrees centigrade and above will be refused entry to the stations and trains. This is pursuant to the guidelines imposed by the Department of Health (DOH).

The women’s and senior citizens section of train cars will be further separated, designating a subsection for senior citizens.

The rail sector added that PNR operations from Alabang to Calamba and vice versa will be suspended during the community quarantine period.

For the road sector, it has reminded Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS), including airport taxis, to transport not more than four (4) passengers.

Multiple bookings for a single trip provided by the TNVS, and the pilot implementation of Motorcycle Taxis will be temporarily suspended, it added.

As for the UV Express, the road sector stressed that it should not have more than six (6) passengers; while old units of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) should carry not more than half of their regular capacity; and as for Omnibus Franchising Guidelines (OFG) compliant units (Class 2 and 3), they should not have more than half of the seating capacity, without standing passengers;

Public Utility Busses (PUBs), meanwhile, should not have more than 25 passengers, which includes the driver and conductor, and without any standing passenger.

The guideline further states that terminal operators will not allow any person to enter their premises if that person is showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

For all PUVs entering and exiting Metro Manila, drivers and conductors will have to request passengers to present one (1) valid ID (which indicates the address of work place, and residence) to comply with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) procedures and protocols at all entry/exit points.

Meanwhile, Point-to-Point (P2P) buses from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Clark International Airport and Sangley Airport will be allowed to operate as scheduled.

For the maritime sector, crew members of cargo vessels originating from COVID-19 affected ports identified under relevant IATF Resolutions will be subjected to stringent quarantine procedures and will not be allowed to disembark.

Passenger traffic in all ports going in and out of the National Capital Region (NCR) will be suspended during the period of community quarantine. However, ferry services within the NCR will continue its operations provided that it will follow the 50% reduced capacity as prescribed by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

Ships normally plying routes within the NCR will be allowed to call at ports outside of the same on application for the issuance of a Special Permit with the MARINA during the period of the community quarantine.

The maritime sector meanwhile has assured that movement of cargo to and from the NCR will be unhampered. All cargo trucks/vans going in and out of the Port of Manila shall secure a Cargo Entry/Withdrawal Permit (CEWP) from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), which shall be presented for validation at designated checkpoints.

Meanwhile, there will be a "No Sail” policy for all vessels carrying passengers calling to and from any ports of Metro Manila except foreign ships subject to CIQS procedures and domestic cargo, fishing and government vessels subject to health screening pursuant to DOH advisories and guidelines.

The maritime sector adds that posting of materials regarding the observance of the one (1) meter social distancing measure in ports, terminals and onboard vessels and water craft will be in place.

There will be an establishment of entry and exit controls in ports and other maritime areas and waters as identified by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The DOTr also pointed out, that the policy will be subjected to daily review and revision, as necessary.

Five PH Films Scheduled to Screen in 15th Osaka Asian Film Festival

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A selection of five Filipino films will be screened in this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF). Crisanto Aquino’s Write About Love (2019) and Rae Red’s Babae at Baril will screen in the Osaka Asian Film Festival’s official competition section. Meanwhile, Metamorphosis (dir. Jose Enrique Tiglao, 2019) and Sunshine Family (dir. Tai-sik Kim, 2019) join Jade Castro’s official 2019 PPP entry LSS (Last Song Syndrome) in the festival’s “Special Program: New Action! Southeast Asia.”

Write About Love and Babae at Baril, among the 15 films competing in the OAFF’s main competition, will be making their international premieres in Osaka. In the festival’s main competition, a group of international jurors—including Filipino filmmaker Jade Castro—will select the winners of the Grand Prix and Most Promising Talent Award.

Babae at Baril participated in the ‘First Cut Story Development Lab’ in FDCP’s 2019 ‘First Cut Lab.’ This lab, which held its first edition in the Philippines supported 16 projects under various workshops. Through the four-day story development lab, Red’s film underwent script treatment from a variety of international industry veterans. The film has seen success since its premiere and director Rae Red bagged the ‘Best Director Award’ from the QCinema International Film Festival in 2019. Write About Love has been successful as well having won various awards from the Metro Manila Film Festival including the Special Jury Prize for the feature films category.

The festival’s “Special Program: New Action! Southeast Asia” highlights new movements in Southeast Asian cinema and features a wide variety of films from the region. Under this program, LSS and Metamorphosis will make their international premieres and Sunshine Family will make its Japan Premiere.

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño expressed joy for the films selected. “The selections for this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival are particularly important because two of the projects—Babae at Baril and LSS—were part of previous FDCP programs. Their international premieres in Osaka points to their continued progress and promoting Philippine movies on the international stage.”

The OAFF runs this year from March 6 to 15. This is the 15th edition of OAFF as it continues to “facilitate human resources development and exchange, invigorate the Osaka economy, and promote Osaka as a gateway for Asian films.”

The Osaka Asian Film Festival has consistently screened several Filipino films in previous iterations. Last year, the festival had a selection of five Filipino movies that included: (The Girl in the Orange Dress, Tanabata’s Wife, Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus, Billie & Emma, and The Eternity Between Seconds).

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Truth about Long Distance Relationship

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While most of people say that long distance relationship doesn't work. Some may disagree and some may not. If you encounter this kind of scenario some part of your life. Your family may say do not pursue it, or some of your friends would say to play it safe. Keep your options open!

But to tell you the truth its hard as well. I've seen people would trade long distance relationship to the closer partner. You can just be simply friends or can a travel partner. I did it before and its kinda normal. And Its hard to be lonely when you are a hundred miles or a country even continent away from your partner. 

In today's internet world, I can say its not anymore. Because people from far side of the world would fly or sail just to pursue you. I meet this local girl and told her about my relationship that would fall for a certain lady. Which is actually 10 thousand miles away form home. 

Instead she also open her relationship to different parts of the world. Some are in Asia and some are in Europe and Middle East. And told me that if the partner would really pursue, both of you will find a way to meet each other. And the rest of the dating stories goes on. 
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The further the better, because If you could just imagine if that guy or lady would travel that far for a day or two. Meaning to say he or she is really wanted to risk almost everything for you. And that's the true meaning of love.  Or how far can you go beyond that friendship or activities that you enjoy like sports, club, music, movie or travelling together.

Like looking for a gold or diamond, its not easy but its worth it. Time and effort would be a test aside from money. The more effort and sacrificed that you've made, the more memorable and juicier it become.  Also I've seen friend whose thousand miles away from a boyfriend. Took the next level of relationship by doing a daily voicemail and video-call. 
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If the partner is busy and in work. She will left and message or voicemail. It not then they constantly doing a video-call. I said that was awesome, the level of trust and excitement with each other were kinda great into the next level. 

Honesty and loyalty is being rewarded. I can attest into that, your partner would really love and appreciate you if you are honest to each other. Like with this scenario, My friend would say, I've hang out with this guy I meet in facebook or any singles dating site. And his trying to bring me to this place. Would you agree?  And the boyfriend would say yes or no or whatsoever. 
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That kind of honestly made me feel loved. Even in small or big things the partner would tell so you can calibrate with each other limitations and expectations. Just like make your contract and terms with your employer or boss. Either you stick to the terms or you break it. Its up to you which bridge you wanna burn or build and then next!

If you stick and honest with it your boss would reward you. Same here with the relationship, honesty and loyalty were given a big return.  I mean a great reward. Stay positive in that long distance relationship even in your loneliness moment. But you need to understand that the sweetest fruit to reap are those who are ripen thru blood and thirst of seeing each other.                 
As you close your eyes you will remember heaven. Because you know that, this kind of relationship is more than just sex or even distance. As an Asian guy, Personally I really like how James Bond dated women in different parts of the globe. 

It may sound exciting, some are tragic and romantic.  But in today's would everything is so easy. Since No time to die movie is fast approaching you may try The Bristol Dating Site and try to feel the double O some part of your life. And feel the difference of  Mature Bristol Dating a you hang out or Date Bristol Singles.   

Mixed Martial Arts Legends Miesha Tate and Brandon Vera Visit US Troops In Guam

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and current ONE Championship Vice President Miesha Tate joined ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera in the US territory of Guam recently to visit American troops stationed at Andersen Air Force Base.

The visit was done in coordination with the United Service Organizations (USO) which saw the two superstars participate in various activities with service members who are assigned far from home.

Both Tate and Vera are globally recognized ambassadors of the sport of mixed martial arts, and regularly partake in corporate outreach initiatives.

“This trip has been spectacular. We love to do this stuff for the military. It’s so cool to see their faces light up for a second after so much sacrifice that they do,” said Tate.

“I got to go on a submarine, which literally blew my mind. I have so much more respect for what they do, if that’s even possible. To go in that tiny submarine and spend all that time they have to spend there, and the dedication they have to stay on point and defend our country it’s just crazy.”

The two martial arts superstars received the opportunity to tour both the Air Force Base and the Naval Base at Andersen, meet-and-greet with service members, sign autographs and take pictures, share meals, and even some time on the beautiful beaches of Guam.

“It’s my first time in Guam, so for me it’s like a new experience. I love it so much I want to come back,” said Tate.

“I love to be able to meet the troops and just show them our gratitude. Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything that you do. It means a lot, the sacrifice you are willing to give if necessary to protect what we enjoy on an everyday basis.”

Vera, who has residency in the country and divides his time between living in the Philippines and in Guam was blown away by the amount of focus the United States has placed in its defense systems to protect its allies.

“I had no idea, and I’ve been here four years,” said Vera.

“You hear these stories and you’re almost crying because it’s about passion, and family, and about connecting with each other and staying connected and helping each other.”

Vera previously served the United States Air Force from 1997 to 1999. There, he joined the wrestling team and trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Years later, he was introduced to the sport of mixed martial arts and has built a legendary career ever since.

Today, Vera is one of ONE Championship’s longest-running World Champions and holds the ONE Heavyweight World Title.

Taal Lake Rises from the Ashes thru Watersports

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Watersports like sailing holds hope for Batangueños affected by Taal Volcano’s recent phreatic eruption that started on January 12, 2020. Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC) and the Philippine Home Boatbuilders Yacht Club (PHBYC) are organizing the first major sailboat race or regatta on Taal Lake barely three months after the seismic event. The Oz Goose National Championships 2020 will happen in the town of Talisay, Batangas on 28-29 March 2020.

Taal Volcano’s phreatic eruption displaced many of Batangueños, families were moved to evacuation centres and residents of Pulo or Volcano Island had to be resettled as no one is allowed on the island for the foreseeable future. Many residents around Taal Lake rely on tourism for their livelihood, through boat trips to the volcano, volcano tours and horseback rides.

With the Volcano on semi-permanent lockdown, tourism income from volcano trips is no longer an option for these Batangueños, alternatives are needed to bring tourism back to Taal Lake. PHBYC and TLYC believe that this can be through Watersports. This is the reason why both clubs decided to hold the Oz Goose Nationals in Talisay, Batangas. PHBYC’s original plan for 2020 was to hold the regatta in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte where there is a new Oz Goose fleet managed by the Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club. However, recent developments on Taal Lake made them decide to hold the event in Taal Lake again where it has been held for three years running.

According to Michael Storer of PHBYC and a resident of Batangas, “It is important to have activity on the lake to give the residents hope for their future and illustrate how sailing and other watersports can be a sustainable form of tourism income. The layer of volcanic ash that covered Talisay is almost all gone and the vegetation is starting to grow back, changing the color of the surroundings form grey to green.” Mr. Storer added.

The Batangas Tourism Office is equally enthusiastic with the first regatta to be held on the lake after the January 2020 eruption. Ms. Sylvia Marasigan, Provincial Tourism Officer of the province of Batangas said that: “Taal Volcano’s eruption has really stifled tourism income in this area; Taal Lake is the largest body of fresh water in the Philippines conducive to watersports, PHBYC and TLYC’s initiatives to hold this regatta is a great start to reviving sports tourism on Taal Lake.”

More than 20 sailors from all over the Philippines are expected to arrive in Batangas on the last weekend of March to compete in the2020 Oz Goose Nationals. Peter Capotosto of TLYC commented that: 90% of TLYC income is derived from Volcano tours and it is great that corporate sponsors like, Broadwater Marine, Pioneer Adhesives and Imperial Homes chipped in to make sure that this regatta will be a success, all we need to hope for is better weather” .
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