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.
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