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Saturday, March 5, 2022

SSS branches at 100% capacity to address influx of members, claimants


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The Social Security System (SSS) said all its 281 branches nationwide under Alert Level 1 will be in 100% operations to address the expected influx of transacting members, particularly in certain SSS branches in the National Capital Region (NCR).

SS said all transacting members were accommodated by the branches, particularly those some 100 members who were reported to have camped outside the SSS Diliman Branch along East Avenue in Quezon City.
 
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said the state fund agency will continue to monitor the number of members personally transacting in SSS branches. “We will evaluate the situation to determine if there is a need to further extend service hours and hold special operations on Saturdays,” she added.
 
“With the reduction in Covid-19 alert levels, we are now in 100% operational capacity since all our employees are tasked to their offices,” Ignacio explained.
 
As this developed, SSS emphasizes its call for members, claimants, and the transacting public to use the agency’s online facilities such as My.SSS and SSS Mobile App for their various transactions with the state pension fund.
 
“We continue to recognize the health, safety and security concerns of our members even if the Covid-19 alert levels have been reduced. We urge them to make full use of the agency’s online facilities, especially the My.SSS portal. There are more than 30 member services available on My.SSS. They can even access some of these services on the SSS Mobile App,” Ignacio said.
The SSS president explained that there is priority given to online branch appointment holders. Members may use the appointment system in My.SSS to indicate the preferred date and time that they want to be accommodated in their chosen SSS branch.The branches have been tasked to set up special lanes for those holding online appointments.
 
SSS has been accepting online submissions for several transactions through My.SSS since 2011. My.SSS is the pension fund’s online service portal which can be found on the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph).
 
The “File Anywhere” policy of the state pension fund remains in effect. This allows SSS members to transact at the nearest branch of their choice. Currently, there are 58 branches in NCR, about 135 branches in Luzon, 44 branches in Visayas, and 44 branches in Mindanao.
 
SSS also explained that the agency has digitalized all processing of claim and loan applications in all its 281 branches nationwide, not just in the SSS Diliman branch.
 
Ignacio, however, pointed out that processing of SSS transactions is based on the documents submitted by transacting members.
 
“I urge the members to make sure to present all required documents to speed up the processing time. The full list of requirements for SSS transactions may be found in www.sss.gov.phhttps://www.facebook.com/SSSPh.
 
“We want to assure our members that we are continuously finding ways to improve our processes to better serve our members,” Ignacio concluded.

PLDT Enterprise honored with Geographical Region Award as Managed Services Partner of the Year at Cisco Partner Summit 2021


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PLDT Enterprise today announced that it is the recipient of a Cisco Partner Summit Geographical Region award for Managed Services Partner of the Year. Cisco announced the winners during its annual partner conference held digitally. 

Awarded to partners who rise to business challenges, the Cisco Partner Summit Global awards are designed to recognize superior business practices and reward best-in-class methodologies. Areas of consideration include innovative processes, architecture-led successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, seizing new opportunities, and sales approaches.

“Cisco is proud to work together with leading partners to drive the digital transformation, creating powerful solutions and fresh approaches to meet the needs of our customers,” said Vicki Batka, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Japan and China, Partner Organization at Cisco. “It’s a privilege to recognize PLDT Enterprise with a Cisco Partner Summit Geo-Region award as the Managed Services Partner of the Year winner, further underscoring its outstanding accomplishments in the Asia Pacific, Japan and China region.”

Virtually present in the Cisco APJC award celebration were Jojo Gendrano, FVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise and Fay Ocampo, AVP and Head of Enterprise Strategic Partnerships and Alliances to represent the group and receive the award.

"It is our aspiration at PLDT Enterprise to become a trusted technology partner who can deliver real business valueand make a positive impact on our customers. Our strategic partnership with Cisco has enabled a multitude of enterprise customers in the country to transform digitally in the light of global pandemic. We are proud and glad of this award which is a strong testament of that aspiration," said Jojo Gendrano, FVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise.

Cisco Partner Summit Geographical Regional awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across the geographical region. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner Organization and regional executives.

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your enterprise, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. 

For more information, visit pldtenterprise.com.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Maritime projects, initiatives support sea travel full passenger capacity under Alert Level 1


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With completed projects and ongoing initiatives in the maritime sector, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is ready to support and address the 100% passenger capacity for sea travel as parts of the country are placed under Alert Level 1 effective on 01 March 2022, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said.
According to Secretary Tugade, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has completed port development projects nationwide, while the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are continuing with initiatives to boost maritime operations.

“Mr. President, converting from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1, masasabi ko ‘ho sa mga nagawa na at gagawin pa namin handa na ‘ho ang Department of Transportation. We support the move to lower the alert level following the guidance and mandates of the IATF,” Secretary Tugade said during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Talk to the People on Monday.

Secretary Tugade said 13 completed port projects are ready for inauguration under Alert Level 1 to accommodate seaport passengers.

Some of the ports ready for inauguration are the Ports of Currimao in Ilocos Norte; Bulan in Sorsogon; Legazpi and Tabaco in Albay; Basiao in Capiz; Banago in Negros Occidental; Baybay and Palompon in Leyte; Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte; Mati in Davao Oriential; and Dapitan and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte.

He added that two more priority projects are for completion this March: The Port of Batangas' new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) will accommodate 3,616 passengers, while the Calapan Port's new PTB will have a 3,500-passenger capacity.

“Ang mga terminal na itinatayo natin, ang capacity hindi na sa one hundred one hundred, thousand thousand na. Merong 3,000, merong 4,000,” Secretary Tugade said.

Aside from addressing the increase in capacity, Secretary Tugade said the PPA and MARINA are also solving port operations concerns for a seamless movement of passengers and cargo, including those in the Port of Matnog.

“Ang queueing diyan ng mga buses, nagtatagal ‘ho iyan from 16 hours to two days, ngayon po because of the system that we have organized in the Maritime Sector kasama ang PPA, PCG, MARINA, LGU, DILG, ngayon ‘ho iyong queueing time is three to five hours na lang,” Secretary Tugade explained.

To further manage the port arrival of vessels, the MARINA will be issuing around 20 additional travel permits for roll-on/roll-off vessels to cater to the growing number of sea passengers under thr more relaxed Alert Level 1.

Meanwhile, Secretary Tugade said the arrival of first of two 97-meter long Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) from Japan will also bolster maritime patrols in the country’s borders.

According to Secretary Tugade, as an additional maritime asset, the PCG-acquired BRP Teresa Magbanua can conduct patrols for three weeks in the West Philippine Sea, in the Benham Rise, and in the southern part of Mindanao. The second PCG MRRV is set to arrive in May 2022.

The PCG workforce likewise saw a significant increase with the addition of at least 22,000 Coast Guard personnel and an additional 33,000 Auxiliary members, Secretary Tugade reported.

Part of PCG and PCGA's personnel will be realigned for the heightened visibility and patrolling at various transport hubs nationwide, Secretary Tugade said.

President Duterte lauds Briones for advancing PH education reforms


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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauded Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones for her ‘splendid work’ in advancing reforms in the basic education system of the country.

 

Alam ko 'yung fervor mo sa edukasyon ng mga batang Pilipino and I have always relied on your wisdom to do what is next, kung anong gagawin. And so far, I said, that is splendid work done by you to further the cause of education,” President Duterte said during the “Talk To The People” briefing on February 29.

 

Pres. Duterte also acknowledged the Education Chief’s commitment to advance the education sector in the country and her genuine concern for Filipino learners.

 

“Hindi talaga rin ako nagkamali sa pagkuha sa’yo. I knew that you would be of great help – this is not to flatter you – to the education of the Filipino young people. And again, I thank you also for your dedication,” he added.




 

Secretary Briones expressed gratitude to the President for trusting her knowledge and expertise and supporting her decisions and vision for the Department.

 

“We are grateful to President Duterte for recognizing our efforts and work in DepEd. Your constant affirmations help us boost the morale of the whole Department from our top officials to our regional directors, school heads, and teachers on the ground,” she said.

 

During the briefing, Sec. Briones shared that one of her administration’s major contributions is strengthening regional offices by giving them the authority to decide based on their analysis of the actual situation and solve specific problems in their units.

 

Isang malaking contribution ‘yan, the strengthening of the regional units because we have to decentralize dahil napakalaki ng Department of Education. The superintendents are empowered. That is our policy, and I think it’s a major contribution of the department that we have developed very strong regional units,” Briones noted.




 

Moreover, DepEd hopes to continue the blended learning approach and implement protocols for face-to-face classes as NCR and 38 other areas are put under the Alert Level 1 starting on March 1.

 

“This Friday, mag-usap ang Department of Health at saka ang DepEd para pag-usapan kung alin ang mga protocols na puwedeng i-relax kasi right now6,145 ang nag-qualify. Pero sa tingin namin, baka dadami pa ‘yan kasi Level 1 na tayo. Wala na tayong Level 3,” Briones said.

 

“Itong Alert Level 1, will be aligned to ‘yung sinasabi nating impending return to normalcy sa ating ekonomiya, sa ating society, dahil luluwag din ang mga requirements natin para sa edukasyon,” Sec. Briones added.

 

StackLeague 2022: Pioneer eSports for Programmers Announces First Weekly Rankings


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The competition has begun! StackLeague 2022 opens its second competitive season with a bang with cash prizes for the players who dominated the first week of the StackLeague Treasure Chest Individual and Team categories.


Go Big or Go Home

 

StackLeague - The Philippines’ Largest Online Programming League, is going for the big bucks as it breaks off the first bit from its Php 10 Million cash prize pool to reward the programmers who dominated the first week of competition.

In the first week of the StackLeague Treasure Chest Individual category, Mark Kevin Ong Yiu, a student of BS Applied Mathematics - Master in Data Science at Ateneo de Manila University, ranked first with 4, 510 points. Rae Gabriel Samonte came in a close second with 4, 373 points, while Raphael Jose Montemayor came in third with just 314 points off Samonte at

4, 060 points.

The StackLeague Treasure Chest Team category, on the other hand, saw Doki Doki Coding Team on top of the leaderboard with Hack of All Trades and Can This Please Work trailing tightly at 2nd and 3rd respectively.

All players and teams who emerged on top of the ranking in the first week also received multipliers on their cash prizes, increasing their take-home prize by 1.5x.



The StackLeague Challenger Level-up which rewards players each time they conquer different levels also sees great turnout as more programmers reach Master Level Challenges - the league’s not-so-secret secret boss level.



What’s Next in the Competition

The year-round programming league expects major movements in the ranking as more programmers from all over the Philippines continue to join even weeks after the competition started. Rankings are determined by the number of points accumulated by each player after solving coding challenges, giving latecomers the chance to catch up and rise through the ranks. In the end, those who can stay on top in this marathon of coding challenges get the biggest reward.


Beyond the League

Behind the virtual arena, StackLeague continues to inspire the nation into coding by connecting the league’s players to career growth opportunities. Challenges are designed to push them to their limits and explore what skills they have yet to unleash, which equips them to compete in the real world - the ever-evolving tech industry.

Coupled with thousands of tech job opportunities from some of the biggest names in tech, including Microsoft, AWS, Deltek, Coding Chiefs, and Apper.ph, StackLeague players are set to dominate not just competition rankings, but also the Philippines’ biggest tech teams.

 

Join the League!

Be a part of the country’s biggest programming competition and see what doors open for you in tech! Register via stackleague.com to start solving challenges.

Mercury Drug’s spirit of service continues at Enchanted Kingdom with the Summer Suki Splash Promo


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In celebration of the 77th anniversary of the country’s leading drugstore, Mercury Drug Corporation partners with your favorite theme park in the Philippines for one magical treat this season! All Mercury Drug Suki and My Wallet card holders can get a dose of fun and thrill when they avail of Enchanted Kingdom’s discounted tickets for only P877.00 with a FREE Philusa product.

 

Mercury Drug’s Summer Suki Splash promo runs from March 5 to April 3 2022!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  1. Promo may be availed upon presentation of your valid Mercury Drug Suki Card or Mercury Drug My Wallet Card.
  2. Maximum of ten (10) discounted tickets may be availed per card.
  3. Promo is available at the Makati Sales Office, Group Sales Office, and the Park’s Front Gate ticket booths.
  4. Discounted tickets are not valid for rebooking
  5. Promo is not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing promos or with a senior/pwd discount

 

Visit Enchanted Kingdom’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/enchantedkingdom.ph and website www.enchantedkingdom.ph for more information.

FDCP’s Film Ambassadors’ Night Returns to Physical Attendance; New Film Ambassadors Grace the Newly Reopened MET


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After holding the Film Ambassadors’ Night virtually last 2021 because of the pandemic, the celebration finally returned as an in-person event at the newly renovated cultural treasure, the majestic Metropolitan Theater, last Sunday, February 27. Filmmakers, performers, artists, film workers, members of the media, and supportive friends and family celebrated a night of cultural pride at the 6th edition of the Film Ambassadors’ Night, hosted by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).


From left to right: Representatives of Feature Film Honoree, Midnight in a Perfect World, Glaiza de Castro, Betti Lapus, Dodo Dayao, Patti Lapus, Armi Cacanindin

The 77 new Film Ambassadors were feted on stage in recognition of their success for connecting Filipino talents to the world in showcasing quality and worthwhile films in the global cinema scene.

FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño welcomed guests remarking, “It is truly incredible to be able to celebrate in hybrid and in person for the first time in the last two years. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to finally meet all of you personally and hear your stories of challenges, of coping, and of creating amazing stories out of all kinds of inspiration."

There were 25 honorees for the Short Film category, 9 for documentaries, 2 creative awards, 7 actors, 3 directors, 9 feature films, and 2 special citations were awarded and given their well-deserved moment.

Among the notable celebrities and distinguished names in the industry who graced the event were Glaiza de Castro, Janine Gutierrez, Snooky Serna, Director Khavn de la Cruz and Director Joel Lamangan.

Dito at Doon star Janine Gutierrez shared, “Never po kasi kami naka-attend ng actual film festivals for Dito at Doon, so this is actually the first time that there’s a physical event na mapupuntahan ko with regards sa mga nagawa kong pelikula – sobrang excited po ako.”

 

In 2021, the country received 13 hard-earned spots at A-List Festivals which are already a recognition itself. Some of the most prestigious in the global festivals are Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, and Venice International Film Festival, where Filipino films won in various categories. To give merit to these victories, Gensan Punch by Brilante Mendoza, Whether The Weather Is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon) by Carlo Francisco Manatad, and Mr. John Arcilla were all awarded as A-Lister Film Ambassadors.

Mendoza and Manatad weren’t able to be present physically but were able to send their acceptance videos to share the stories of their big wins, while Arcilla graced the event and received his award on stage.           

The FDCP also conferred the Gabay ng Industriya Award to individuals who have made outstanding accomplishments during their long careers, becoming respected pillars of the Philippine film industry. Tribute videos were presented for each of the Haligi ng Industriya and Ilaw ng Industriya Awardees which inspired heartfelt messages from friends from the industry and beloved family.

Councilor Jana Ejercito shared his father Mr. Jesse Ejercito’s message of thanks to the audience for his Haligi ng Industriya Award. Ms. Rosa Rosal’s daughter, actress Toni Rose Gayda and grandnephew, news anchor William Thio shared the stage to receive the Ilaw ng Industriya Award for Ms. Rosal.

The highest honor granted by the FDCP for exceptional films or individuals that blazed new trails in various fields of cinema is the Camera Obscura Excellence Award which was bestowed on Mr. John Arcilla.  His film On the Job: The Missing 8 (OTJ) was also awarded the Camera Obscura which was received by producer Dondon Monteverde who also gave a few words about their OTJ journey and shared the recognition and congratulations to their director, Erik Matti and to their world-class actors.

Monteverde said in his speech, “Mahaba talaga ang naging journey ng project na ito. Masayang masaya kami sa mga naabot namin, being acknowledged at prestigious festivals like Venice is already a big honor for us. Dahil dito, we want to continue doing content like this. As I always tell my peers: continue dreaming, never give up, dahil world-class talaga ang mga Pilipino.”

Mr. John Arcilla was physically present to personally receive his Camera Obscura Award which he dedicated to his family, colleagues in the project, mentors from the industry, and those who brought him to winning his Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the prestigious Venice Film Festival

“An actor is a mirror of everything that is happening within and outside him. An actor’s work is a reflection of everything that surrounds him. A film should entertain and liberate minds. Nawa po ay patuloy tayong gumawa ng mga pelikula na lalong magpapakilala sa makulay na kultura at kasaysayan ng Pilipinas sa mundo, upang makita nila iyong sinasabi ko na hindi tayo naiiba sa kanila,” Arcilla said as he expressed his gratitude to the industry.

Capping the night is FDCP Chairperson Diño’s spiel emphasizing that the organization draws inspiration from its filmmaker-honorees.  “Thank you for the films that form our cinematic culture. May the success of all the Film Ambassadors in the last five years and up until today crystallize our place in world cinema.”

This year’s Film Ambassadors’ Night highlighted the dedication of these filmmakers for overcoming a challenging year of creating films because of the global health issue. The theme “Beyond Limits” magnifies that despite the restrictions that caused setbacks, these filmmakers persevered and were still able to show the world what Philippine cinema is all about.

Actress and host, Kakki Teodoro brought glitter to the show as the master of the ceremonies. Performances from the Dance Royalties, Pogi Boys, and the youngest member of the Philippine Opera Company, 13-year-old Alexa Isobel Kaufman, afforded the socially-distanced live audience quite an entertaining evening.

This 6th Film Ambassadors’ Night was made possible through a partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). In his short video of support, NCCA Chairperson Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso sent his warmest felicitations to the FDCP and all who contribute to the nation’s art and culture. FDCP also partnered with CMB Film Services for their assistance with technical facilities and crew for the grand celebration. The event was directed by singer-songwriter and film and event director Ice Seguerra.

The 6th Film Ambassadors’ Night will have its telecast exclusively via the FDCP Channel on March 12, 2022, Saturday, at 8PM. Stay tuned to the social media pages of the Film Development Council of the Philippines for access and instructions.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

SSS launches its pilot Digital Branch in San Pedro City, Laguna


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The Social Security System (SSS) recently launched its pilot Digital Branch located at the 2nd floor of Robinsons Galleria South in San Pedro, City, Laguna to offer multi-channel service delivery platforms to its members, employers, pensioners, and the general public from its 27 barangays.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said that the pilot branch will help members and pensioners to get acquainted with the various SSS digital platforms.

“As we continue our digital transformation, the SSS is aware of the current situation where some of members and pensioners need assistance in using our My.SSS Portal and SSS Mobile App. Hence, we created a digital branch to encourage members to enroll in the My.SSS Portal. Branch personnel can personally guide them in exploring the electronic services available and proceed with online transactions. Members and pensioners will later be comfortable in using our online services so that they can finally transact on their own at the comfort of their homes and workplaces. We will continue to convert regular branches to digital in National Capital Region and selected provinces nationwide.” Ignacio said.

SSS San Pedro Digital branch has three sections: the E-center, Mobile App Learning Center and Customer Care Center.

The E-Center is the venue for employers and individual members to learn or avail SSS online services such as:

a. My.SSS Registration and Profile Maintenance;
b. Registration Services;
c. Inquiry on Membership and Coverage like Membership Status, Contributions, Employment History, Payments;
d. Filing and Status inquiry of Loans and Benefit Claim Transactions like Funeral Claim, Retirement Claim, Sickness and Maternity Notifications;
e. Generation of Payment Reference Number for the payment of contributions and loan premiums; and
f. Auxiliary Services such as Disbursement Account Enrollment, Appointment System and Request for Records.

Meanwhile, the Mobile App Learning Center is where members can learn how to access the SSS online service portals using their mobile phones and tablets.

Lastly, the Customer Care Center is for other transactions which are not yet available online (over-the-counter/face-to-face transaction) including the presentation or confirmation of original documents and Death and Disability claim applications.

SSS San Pedro Digital Branch is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm following a number coding system for walk-in clients wherein their transaction day will depend on the last digit of their social security number. Walk-in clients however, are also advised to follow the basic health and safety protocols within branch premises.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Cheap Plus Size Full Lace Wholesale Camouflage Wedding Dresses


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When purchasing wholesale wedding dresses, make sure to find a reliable supplier. Choose a company that offers good quality products and timely delivery. It is important to check the manufacturer's website and the quality of the products. Be cautious and take the time to compare the prices of different wholesale suppliers. You will be able to save on shipping and tax. These are the most profitable and the best wholesale clothing vendors options for the newlyweds. WONA Concept is a well-known and reliable brand. It has been in the industry since 2002 and offers affordable bridal gowns in various styles and colors. Apart from wedding dresses, this designer brand offers formal and special event attire. You should check out the company's website and read customer feedbacks before you purchase the dress. It is also important to check the online reputation of the supplier before making a final decision.

Finding an affordable plus size wedding dress doesn't have to break the bank. Besides online stores, thrift shops, and seasonal sales can help you find a dress without breaking the bank. Some even offer color and length options for under $100. Remember, it is not necessary to go overboard with your wedding budget to find a gorgeous and elegant dress. It is important to choose one that looks great and feels good on you. You can find a perfect dress for your wedding day. Whether you're looking for a traditional, elegant, or nontraditional style, there is a style to fit your personality. There are so many options available online. Choosing the right dress is easy and affordable. You'll find the perfect dress for your wedding day. A great wedding dress will make you feel beautiful and confident. They will enhance your overall appearance.

For the perfect wedding dress, you need to do your research. A stylish dress doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars. A plus size wedding dress can easily fit any budget. By shopping around, you can choose the best wedding attire. A few websites offer beautiful dresses for less than $100. WONA Concept has a unique style that makes it one of a kind. If you want to save money, you can find cheap plus size full lace wedding dresses in different styles and colors.

WONA Concept is a company specializing in the manufacturing of wholesale bridal dresses. Its production is concentrated in the Ukraine and ensures the quality of its products. Each dress is handcrafted from appropriate quality fabrics. The products are made with great care and attention to detail. You can easily find a cheap plus size wedding dress online. A camo wedding dress is a great choice for a camo wedding.

A Five-Tip Guide to Summer Ready #OOTDs Anytime, Anywhere


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·        Philips Domestic Appliances shares five tips on building the perfect summer wardrobe, as well as innovative garment solutions to keep your clothes clean and fresh.

 

The Philippines is a tropical country characterized by relatively high temperature and humidity. While most places across the archipelago enjoy warm weather almost all year, the heat and humidity always seem to intensify in the summer months.

As the country braces for another sweltering summer, Philips Domestic Appliances introduces innovative solutions designed to help people feel better, live healthier, and take care of what matters most to them. With temperatures set to soar, here are five tips to achieving the perfect summer #OOTDs anytime, anywhere:

 

1.      Embrace a “natural” look

 

When the heat is on, breathability is key when it comes to your clothes. Natural fibers such as cotton, rayon, and linen help draw heat away from the body – keeping you comfy when summer starts to get into full swing.

 

2.      Stick to light colors

 

Light colored clothes reflect light and heat. Wearing outfits built on light and neutral tones can help provide extra relief in the warmer months.

 

3.      Keep it loose

 

Clingy, sweaty clothes in the summer heat is not advisable. Loose-fitting clothing can go a long way towards helping you stay cool. Experiment with flowy dresses, cropped pants, loose shirts, oversized blouses and skirts with room to breathe.

 

4.      Step up your athleisure

 

Technical fabrics used in workout gear are usually moisture-wicking, but most of them can be pretty tight and form-fitting, which isn’t always great for summer. If athleisure is your style, swap out the tights for bike shorts and sweatshirts for loose-fitting tanks and crop tops.

 

5.      Minimize the accessories

 

While accessorizing can be one of the easiest ways to make your style stand out, a lot of dangling accessories like necklaces and bangles can stick to your skin in the heat. When it comes to accessories in the summer, go for one statement piece that stands out, like hoop earrings.

 

A powerful garment care solution in the palm of your hand

 

Whatever the outfit, garment steamers are a convenient way to keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free. Research has shown that a steamer can help rid clothes and accessories from common household germs, bacteria[1], as well as flu viruses when exposed to high heat above 75° C (167° F)[2].


For easy, everyday de-wrinkling, the Philips Easy Touch Stand Steamer is designed to be compact yet powerful. This essential steaming solution is great for quick de-wrinkling every day.  It is 20% more powerful compared to previous models. Its 1.4L detachable water tank comes with an 80% larger filling hole[3] for easier refilling and cleaning. With 35g/min of powerful continuous steam concentrated through the nozzles, de-wrinkling any garment becomes easier and more efficient thanks to a steam plate made 40% larger.

 

With comfort, convenience, and cleanliness in mind, Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 Series is an ideal companion to ensure fresh outfits anytime and anywhere. Designed to be light and foldable, the Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 Series delivers 1000W of power that generates 20g/min of steam and is ready to use in as little as 30 seconds.  The Philips handheld steamer 3000 Series comes with a pouch, useful for when you travel or just to easily store it at home.

 

It features an easily detachable 100ml water tank to steam up to a full outfit without refilling - removing 99.9% of bacteria[4] and odors. Safe for use even on delicate fabrics like silk, the steam plate of the Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 Series is safe for use on any kind of clothing with no risk of burning.

 

The Philips Easy Touch Stand Steamer is available on Lazada and the Philips Handheld Steamer 3000 is available Lazada and Shopee. Follow us on our Facebook (Philips Home Living) and Instagram Pages (@PhilipshomelivingPh).

 

For more stories about Philips Domestic Appliances, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

 

 

[1] https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-sanitize-fabric-with-a-steamer-36736318

[3] Compared with GC509

[4] Tested 1 minute stationary by external body for bacteria types Escherichia coli 8099, Staphylicoccus aureus. ATCC 6538, Canidia albicans ATCC 10231.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

SSS receives Silver Trailblazer Award for Performance Governance System (PGS)


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The Social Security System (SSS) received the Silver Trailblazer Award after passing the 1st stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS) during the virtual revalida on November 23, 2021.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio presented the basic elements of the Initiation stage: strategy design that SSS has adopted for its PGS transformation journey. The strategy design includes SSS position statement and the corresponding objectives, and impact indicators that will gear SSS towards the attainment of its vision.


“The PGS award conferred to SSS is a significant milestone in our continuous effort to provide world-class quality service to our members and stakeholders which is at par with global standards. It is also a testament of the commitment of the men and women of SSS who continue to strive for the excellent performance of each employee in accordance with SSS' mandate and corporate vision," Ignacio said.


The PGS is a framework for transformation that empowers institutions to deliver breakthrough results. It has four stages consisting of Initiation, Compliance, Proficiency, and Institutionalization.


SSS as a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) needs to align the execution of its mandates with the principles of transparency and accountability as stipulated under Republic Act No. 10149 known as the GOCC Governance Act of 2011. This is in tune with the current administration’s thrust and AmBisyon 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay.


With the help of PGS, SSS carried out these principles by installing an effective planning framework and performance monitoring system, as well as, by designing and developing various channels to serve its members and engaging its stakeholders in public governance.


Currently, SSS passed the Initiation stage of the four-stage pathway designed to create, execute, and sustain effective transformation strategies. The Silver Trailblazer award means SSS has exceeded the expectations in its compliance with the required basic elements of the Initiation stage.


The PGS is exclusively administered by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, a non-government organization, whose main advocacy is good governance practices among government agencies and local government units for a better Philippines.

For accurate information and updates on SSS programs and services, visit and follow SSS on Facebook and YouTube at “Philippine Social Security System,” Instagram at “mysssph,” Twitter at “PHLSSS,” join its Viber Community at “MYSSSPH Updates,” or visit the uSSSap Tayo Portal at https://crms.sss.gov.ph/.



Learn How to Become a Home Health Aide (HHA)




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Home health aide training is becoming an increasingly common career choice. If you wish to provide a needed service for those in need, becoming a home health aide may be the right fit for you. Get info on what it means to be a home health aide, and start your career today.

Health aides at home offer basic care to sick, elderly, or disabled people. They can be a part of a multidisciplinary team or work independently. A home care aide can provide a range of services from personal home health care to nursing and more. The idea is to give the patient sores, serve meals, transport them and take their vitals without incurring billing costs. Study and review HHA questions and answers. You'll be able to take the state exam faster, and it will help you with the certification process.

Home health aide certificate programs include everything from basic medical care through patient care, to private duty and respite care, to chronic care management. The job of an HHA is to provide treatment and care for those in need, at home or in the hospital. Home health aides will assist the patient in their day-to-day activities, including taking vital signs, giving medications, and preparing meals. They may perform light housekeeping duties such as laundry and bathing.

Most HHA programs are 60 hours long and may also require clinical experience or observation. The coursework covers the aging process, anatomy and physiology, skin care management, infection prevention, bloodborne pathogen prevention, and universal precautions. Coursework may also include CPR for the healthcare professional.

There's no need for any education beyond a high school diploma or equivalent to become a licensed home health aide, but you must complete a training program. Training programs can be as short as two weeks, but most states require three to four months of training. Remember that the standards for HHA certification may differ from one state to another. Please ensure that you know the qualifications for your state before beginning the application process.

The cost of a home health aide certification program is usually between $300 and $650. You can choose from online programs, weekend or evening classes, or in-person courses. Online courses are usually more economical than weekend or evening classes because they require fewer contact hours with instructors and other students on a physical campus.

To become licensed, you must pass a certification exam. The exam for a home health aide is in two parts. The first part is the written exam, which tests your basic medical and personal care tasks. The second part is the skills exam, which tests your ability to perform a range of tasks. Most states require you to pass both parts of a certification exam before getting a license.

Applicants must pass the test with a 70 or 80% score, based on the state they're trying to obtain certification for. You must retake the home health aide test if you fail any section. The certification is valid for three years, and you can take it up to three times if you fail each attempt.

After passing the exams, home health aides must contact a register to record their certification. They can use this information to apply for jobs at a local health agency or hospital. Home health aides are in high demand because of the aging population and because there are far more people with chronic diseases who need care at home or help with day-to-day tasks. They're typically employed by either a community agency or an individual client's family.

In the United States, a home health aide earns an average of $13.83 per hour, roughly $27,000 per year. Typically, a home health aide will work an average of 40 hours per week during normal business hours and may also be expected to work overtime or on-call shifts. Private duty nursing aides and certified nurse assistants may qualify for this position.

If you're considering becoming a home health aide for your reasons, keep in mind that it's an honest and rewarding career. Home health aides contribute to people's lives, whether they need help with medical care or emotional support from someone who understands them.
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