Saturday, December 9, 2023

Buy Bitcoin With Cash: Understanding the Pros and Cons

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Bitcoin is a well-known virtual currency that has a large global user base and is seeing an increase in everyday transactions. All purchasing channels for Bitcoin, however, have their own special qualities, advantages, and disadvantages. Comprehending these variables is crucial in selecting the optimal approach that complements your trading and investment objectives while optimizing increased profits. We will examine the benefits and drawbacks of purchasing Bitcoin using cash in-depth in this article.

Benefits of Cash Bitcoin Purchases

To buy Bitcoin with cash has some appealing advantages. They are listed below:

Fast speed of transaction

One advantage enjoyed by everybody who buys Bitcoin with cash is quick transaction speed. This is due to important components that function in tandem with one another. These factors include the ability to settle a transaction immediately without the need for a middleman, removal of banking procedures, decentralized nature of the transaction, reduction of verification procedures, minimization of technical dependencies, instant availability of funds, the process's simplicity, and its independence from banking hours.

These components enable cash buyers to expedite transactions by eschewing the traditional procedures and technological requirements connected with digital transactions.

Privacy and anonymity

Every cryptocurrency buyer and investor who chooses to buy Bitcoin with cash benefits unmatched degree of anonymity and privacy. This gives them a significant advantage.

The confidentiality and anonymity of Bitcoin cash purchase transactions are facilitated by a number of factors. Avoiding the exchange platforms, reducing KYC requirements, avoiding the provision of personal information, having a decentralized transaction procedure, limiting the digital trail, and having the option for in-person transactions are some of the components. All of these elements work together to provide a way to purchase Bitcoin that is more discreet and private than using other options.

Cons of Purchasing Bitcoin with Cash

The following are the cons of purchasing Bitcoin with cash.

Counterparty risks

Counterparty risk is one of the biggest obstacles that Bitcoin investors and traders who buy Bitcoin with cash must overcome. This is because there is no middleman in this transaction channel. This raises the possibility of running into unscrupulous sellers, which could lead to conflicts or fraudulent transactions. Purchasing Bitcoin at a Bitcoin store with cash, however, is a strategic approach to avoid falling prey to these scams. This protects you against counterparty risks as well as dishonest merchants.

Limited accessibility

One drawback of purchasing Bitcoin with cash is its limited accessibility. There were several variables involved in this. Regulatory restrictions, security issues, transaction limits, price volatility, and a lack of public education and awareness are some of the factors that contribute to the limited availability of Bitcoin ATMs that facilitate the purchase of Bitcoin and Bitcoin businesses. These all put restrictions on traders and investors looking for a more accessible and practical way to buy Bitcoin with cash. Limited accessibility, particularly for those in rural places, is still a drawback, even if efforts are being made to expand the number of Bitcoin ATMs, Bitcoin businesses, and other channels via which investors can buy Bitcoin with cash.


This article has examined two pros and cons of buying Bitcoin with cash. Purchasing Bitcoin with cash is a smart option if you want a simpler, safer, and faster method.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

How To Boost Sales By Understanding Buying Intent

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You've probably heard the term 'buying intent' floating around sales and marketing circles, yet many businesses fail to fully understand and utilise this crucial concept. As an effective means to predict potential customers' next move, understanding buying intent could be the key to smashing your sales targets. Not only can it help refine your marketing strategy, but it can also aid in optimizing your resources. Keep reading to see how buying intent can transform your sales efforts. 

Understanding Buying Intent To Catapult Sales

First and foremost, what does 'buying intent' really mean? In layman's terms, buying intent refers to the probability that a consumer will purchase a product or service. By understanding this aspect, businesses can more accurately predict and influence purchasing decisions. By studying visiting behavior on your website or analyzing keyword searches, you can gauge a customer's level of Buying Intent. These insights allow you to focus marketing efforts on leads most likely to convert, thus maximizing profitability. Monitoring how clients interact with your business can reveal their buying intent. For example, a customer who inquiries about specific services exhibits a higher buying intent than someone just browsing. Understanding buying intent requires tools and expertise. Intelligent platforms with predictive analytics and machine-learning abilities can aid in this process drastically, making it more straightforward than ever before to discern who's likely to make a purchase. 

The Direct Relationship Between Sales and Customer Buying Intent

There is a direct and significant correlation between sales and understanding buying intent. Once businesses comprehend a customer's intent, they can personalise their approach, leading to increased satisfaction and a higher likelihood of closure. Consider a business that accurately discerns customer buying intent, knowing when and what the customer will buy. Such insight can decrease lead conversion times, reduce marketing costs, and streamline the sales process. Furthermore, by knowing customer tendencies, proactive adjustments can be made to ensure stock availability, thus removing potential hurdles in the purchasing process. Misjudged buying intentions can lead to extravagant marketing spending with little return on investment or even a dwindling customer base due to perceived harassment. Alternately, understanding buying intent can bolster sales success, fostering lucrative, lasting customer relationships. Coupling buying intent understanding with an effective customer relationship management system can create a potent blend for sales growth. The ability to target customers with high buying intent increases conversion rates and customer satisfaction, thereby driving sales.

Techniques for Harnessing Buying Intent To Drive Sales Growth

To fully capitalize on buying intent, businesses must actively track and analyze customer behavior. Utilizing predictive analytics and AI, businesses can discern patterns and continually refine their understanding of customer buying intent. A customer who frequently visits a page or product category on your website is likely to have a high buying intent. Directing targeted advertising and personalized offers towards these individuals can prompt them into action, turning browsing into buying. CRM systems prove advantageous in managing and analyzing customer behavior. Advanced platforms can provide valuable insights into buying intent, allowing businesses to segregate their potential customers based on buying intent levels. This segmentation can further streamline marketing strategy, aiding in personalized campaigns and budget allocation.

Businesses can also leverage content marketing based on buying intent. Blogs and articles that answer common customer queries or provide in- depth product information can satisfy potential customers in the research phase, making them likely to convert. Altogether, understanding buying intent can provide a significant edge in today's competitive market. By recognizing the signals that indicate a customer is ready to purchase, businesses can hone their marketing strategies and tailor their offerings, leading to increased sales and customer satisfaction. Real-world examples from companies like Amazon, Best Buy, and Netflix highlight the power and potential that understanding buying intent holds.

Umalohokan Influencers and Content Creators Fest 2023 to be held at the World Trade Center on December 14

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It's common knowledge that content creation can be an immensely rewarding career. However, what's less commonly known is how much strategy, hard work and resilience are required to reap those rewards.

Whether you are a blogger, podcaster, video maker, or influencer, you know that content creation is not always easy. You may face challenges such as finding your niche, growing your audience, monetizing your work, and staying consistent and creative.

Professional content creators specialize in creating compelling, performance-based content that helps the companies that they work for to build their authority, build trust with their target audience, and ultimately generate more sales. Content creation comes in all shapes and sizes.

You are producing content that can educate, motivate, or entertain people. And you get to use your own creativity to do it. The words you choose for an article or the transitions that you pick for your video all flow from your creative mind and work to create a completed work that others will appreciate.

One of the biggest perks of being a content creator is the creative freedom you have over your work. Unlike other jobs where you may have to follow rigid guidelines, a content creator can express themselves in any way they see fit.

Join us for the Umalohokan Influencers and Content Creators Fest on December 14 , 3pm to 5pm, at the World Trade Center!

Unleash your creativity, connect with fellow influencers, and elevate your content game!

Save the date and be part of this gathering for influencers and content creators!

The event is organized by Wazzup Pilipinas and Ganda Negosyo

Umalohokan Fest Influencers and Content Creators Year-end Meetup: A Celebration of Creativity and Collaboration

On December 14, the World Trade Center Manila will be buzzing with excitement as the Umalohokan Fest Influencers and Content Creators Year-end Meetup takes center stage. Organized by Wazzup Pilipinas and Ganda Negosyo, this event promises to be a vibrant celebration of creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the digital space.

The gathering of Influencers and Creators:

The Umalohokan Fest meetup aims to bring together influencers and content creators from various niches, creating a dynamic space for networking, idea exchange, and collaboration. Attendees can look forward to engaging discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions that delve into the latest trends and strategies in the ever-evolving world of digital content creation.

The meetup provides a conducive environment for influencers and creators to network with like-minded individuals, fostering new connections and potential collaborations. From photographers and vloggers to social media influencers, this event caters to a diverse range of content creators.

As the event takes place in December, the Umalohokan Fest meetup doubles as a year-end celebration. Attendees can enjoy festive vibes, entertainment, and perhaps some surprises that add a touch of celebration to the gathering.

Wazzup Pilipinas, a prominent online portal, and Ganda Negosyo, an organization dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs, join forces to organize this spectacular event. Their commitment to supporting the influencer and content creator community is evident in the careful curation of the Umalohokan Fest meetup.

The Umalohokan Fest Influencers and Content Creators Year-end Meetup at the World Trade Center Manila is set to be an exciting and enriching experience for all attendees. With a focus on collaboration, learning, and celebration, this event reflects the vibrant spirit of the digital content creation community in the Philippines. As influencers and creators come together to share their stories and expertise, the Umalohokan Fest meetup is poised to leave a lasting impact on the ever-expanding landscape of digital influence and creativity.


Friday, December 1, 2023

Get ready for The Ultimate Shopping Experience this December!

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The much-anticipated World Bazaar Festival (WBF) 2023 is set to captivate avid shoppers and enthusiasts alike as it unveils the grand spectacle of retail therapy at its finest. With the theme Shop til you pop, the 23rd edition of World Bazaar Festival promises an unparalleled shopping experience that celebrates the diversity of global merchandise in the country.

The World Bazaar Festival has long been revered as a premier destination for those seeking a one-of-a-kind shopping adventure during the Holiday Rush. With an extensive array of international and local “bazaaristas”, visitors can expect a curated selection of RTW’s, shoes and bags, pre-loved items, pet accessories, artisanal goods and organic produce, food options and a whole lot more - all uniquely styled for your shopping glee!

Woobie, the official WBF mascot, will shop with visitors through the labyrinth of choices, offering a curated selection of the latest trends and exclusive deals on budget friendly choices! So get ready for a Christmas Shopping Wonderland where you can explore pavilions dedicated to showcasing products from various corners of the country. Experience our star studded activities and witness the extravagant performances of Drag Queens at the POPDiva: Colors of pride. Meet cosplay characters that came to life in COSWALK: Parade of Characters and get ready to meet the newest boy band sensation at The World Stage!

Get it, let it roll! Get ready to witness our HALLYU contestant as they set the dance floor on fire with the kpop hits! From dancing to singing, get ready to sing the holiday tunes the only at the "Christmas Carols with the Angels". Put up your painting brush, and start coloring your dreams here at this year’s Woobie’s ArtFest!

The World Bazaar Festival 2023 promises an unforgettable fusion of Chritsmas and pop culture. Join us as we navigate the shopping universe together at the World Trade Centre From December 13-22, 2023. Get ready to "Shop 'til you pop" and discover the joy of finding the extraordinary amidst the ordinary. This event is organized by Worldbex Services International and for the benefit of ABS CBN Foundation Inc.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Advocates launch Media Guide and ‘Visibility is Key’ Campaign Empowering Stories on HIV

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In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, a network of advocates on Wednesday launched a media guide on HIV that will help Filipino journalists and media outlets produce ‘truthful, empowering, and human rights-based’ reporting on the issue. HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus.

‘Empowered Stories: Media Guide on HIV Reporting’ contains up-to-date information about HIV in the Philippines as an effort to encourage members of the media to veer away from sensationalized reporting.

“Sensationalizing and assuming shame in HIV reporting prevent people from getting tested and availing treatment,” said Anastacio Marasigan, President of TLF SHARE Collective, Inc., one of the organizations behind the media guide.


In the latest data released by the Department of Health- Epidemiology Bureau, the country posted the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific region with a 418% change in new infections between 2010 and 2022 and 518% change in AIDS-related deaths between the same period. There are now an estimated 164,400 people living with HIV in the country and 24,400 new infections are estimated to be added in 2022 alone, and nearly half (47%) are among the youth ages 15-24 years old.

“Public conversations surrounding HIV should inform the public of the latest developments and equip them, especially the youth, with accurate information to protect themselves,” he added.

‘Visibility is Key’

The media guide is part of the larger ‘Visibility is Key’ campaign, together with a series of videos featuring PLHIVs from different backgrounds. “The campaign seeks to break down barriers by putting a spotlight on the lives of courageous individuals who have been living with HIV and leading the country’s HIV response,” said Dr. Louie Ocampo, Country Director of UNAIDS Philippines.

“Persons living with HIV can lead healthy and happy lives and can contribute to nation-building,” he added. “Highlighting their stories will dispel misconceptions, foster empathy, and create an environment of acceptance.”

Letting communities be seen and lead

Mara Quesada, Executive Director of Action for Health Initiatives, Inc. (ACHIEVE), said that it will be difficult to address the rising incidence of HIV in the country without the meaningful participation of affected communities in decision-making processes, including in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HIV programs and services.

“Understanding the realities faced by affected communities helps ensure that the national HIV response is relevant and effective. It is time to let communities be seen and lead. It is time to change genres in storytelling about HIV from horror stories into stories of hope. We need a stronger stance against stigma and discrimination,” she added.

“Fostering a climate of openness for dialogue and education is the media’s unique contribution to achieving a world without AIDS by 2030,” Dr. Ocampo also said.


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

DepEd, Go Negosyo link up to implement school garden project ‘Pampaaralang Taniman ng mga Agribida’

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The Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc. - Go Negosyo on Monday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement a School Garden Project dubbed as the Pampaaralang Taniman ng mga Agribida (PTA).

Aimed at advancing entrepreneurship skills in agriculture among the Filipino youth, the PTA project will establish and institutionalize school gardens in public schools, focusing on the cultivation of short-duration, specific-location crops and commodities.

With private sector assistance, the partnership will also enable various Parent-Teacher Associations to take the lead in planning, implementing, managing, and monitoring the school gardens and encourage active participation of the learners.

During the ceremonial signing of the partnership, Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Z. Duterte stressed that the country must instill innovative mindsets in the Filipino youth to achieve a truly progressive nation.

“We are excited about the partnership. We are excited for the children. It will develop a responsive curriculum for agribusiness and entrepreneurship. By incorporating real-world examples and hands-on activities, we will help learners grasp theoretical concepts and foster and an entrepreneurial spirit,” VP-Sec. Duterte said.

The MOA between DepEd and Go Negosyo also have other program components, including Curriculum Integration for Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Education, Mentoring the Mentors Session, Youthpreneur Mentorship Programs, Stakeholder Partnerships, Showcase Agribusiness Events, and Self-liquidating Activity (Adopt-a-School Program).

“It is in education that I think we can make a big difference, and I’m calling your support. 

And this time, let’s help the Department of Education through our Vice President Sara to help, teach, and inspire our students to be the next entrepreneurs,” Go Negosyo Founder and Private Sector Advisory Council Lead for Jobs Sector Joey Concepcion noted.

DepEd highlights learner rights and protection measures in 2023 NCM culmination

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To culminate the celebration of National Children’s Month (NCM), the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday highlighted its significant measures in championing Learner Rights and Protection. 

In her keynote speech, Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of DepEd underscored the importance of providing children with safe space, which is vital in their development. 

“Today, we conclude the observation of National Children’s Month, reminding us that we are tasked to provide our children with a safe, nurturing, and loving life that allows them to play, learn, and grow into responsible, productive, and well-rounded individuals," VP-Secretary Duterte said. 

“This task is binding and requires our will, commitment, and a strong sense of unity of purpose as a community of elected leaders, policy makers, educators, advocates, development partners, business development supporters, and parents all working together to champion Filipino Children," she added.

Meanwhile, the Learner Rights and Protection Office (LRPO) launched the Learners Helpline Jingle and Theme Song titled Karapatan ng Kabataan: Kilalanin, Iparating, Itaguyod.

The jingle aims to introduce the mandates of the LTCCH and ensure easy recall of helpline numbers to learners, parents, and stakeholders. 

Atty. Suzette Gannaban-Medina, OIC-Director of the LRPO, presented the Learner Rights and Protection Policy, which is the enhanced version of DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012, including recent laws and issuances in relation to learner protection.

She also discussed the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Safe Spaces Act in Basic Education, a measure to ensure a positive and safe learning environment free from gender-based violence, especially gender-based sexual harassment.

Moreover, Atty. Gannaban-Medina explained the Protocols on the Handling of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC) Learners, which shall guide all DepEd personnel and stakeholders on the appropriate handling and treatment of CSAC learners, ensuring the protection of all our learners in times of armed conflict.

The NCM culmination was attended by partner-organizations and allies for learner rights and protection advocacies.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

CALAX Silang Aguinaldo now serving over 10,000 Motorists

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MPCALA Holdings Inc., the concessionaire of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), has announced that, in less than a month, it has already surpassed its targeted daily traffic for the recently opened Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange, with the highest daily traffic exceeding11,000 vehicles—well beyond the projected 5,000 cars.

This 4km segment of CALAX, which directly connects to Aguinaldo Highway, seamlessly transports motorists towards tourist destinations in Tagaytay, Silang, Dasmarinas, and other nearby cities and municipalities in the province of Cavite.

Meanwhile, MPCALA states that construction for the remaining portion of the CALAX Cavite Segment continues in full swing. The next interchange will be a 7.9km 2x2 lane expressway that will extend from Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange to Governor’s Drive in General Trias.

As of the date, more than 95% of the right-of-way for this segment has already been acquired, and the team has already begun earthworks and bridge constructions.

“Governor’s Drive will be the second-longest segment of CALAX, spanning almost 8km in length. We target to open it to the motoring public before the end of 2024. Through this interchange, we aspire to revolutionize our motorist travel experience, by connecting communities and helping improve the economy of the region,” shared Mr. Raul L. Ignacio, President, and General Manager of MPCALA.

Looking forward, CALAX is set to reach a total length of 45 kilometers by 2025, featuring eight strategically positioned interchanges: Technopark, Laguna Boulevard, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Silang East, Silang (Aguinaldo), Governor's Drive, Open Canal, and Kawit Interchange. CALAX will seamlessly connect with the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) in Kawit, further unifying key regions. Presently, operational segments span from Mamplasan Rotunda up to the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange.

MPCALA, a Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) subsidiary, is the leading mobility infrastructure and solutions provider in the Philippines. As the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), MPTC's portfolio includes the concession rights for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), NLEX Connector Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu, in addition to CALAX and CAVITEX.

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Postmaster General Luis Carlos attends North Luzon PHLPost employee’s assembly

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) Postmaster General Luis D. Carlos, Chief of Staff Marc Laurente, Area 1 North East Luzon Regional Director Dr. Melody Olavidez and Executive Assistant Jocelyn Cacho attended the Postmasters Assembly held at Hotel Mills and Rain in Ilagan City, Isabela.

Postmasters from Cagayan, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Nueva Ecija and Aurora Provinces were present to express their support to the ongoing program of PHLPost most especially in the rehabilitation of the Manila Central Post Office building.

PMG Carlos also discussed the financial condition of the Post, its current projects in the mail operations, the Barangay Postal Station and the implementation of the New Zip Code. He thanked the Office of the President for prioritizing the release of Franking Privilege reimbursement which is needed to boost the improvement in mail systems and to pay other current obligations.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

PHLPost release stamps to mark National Children’s Month

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has launched new stamps featuring artworks and illustrations dedicated in the observance of National Children’s Month (NSCM).

The stamps were unveiled by National Authority for Child Care (NACC) Undersecretary Janella Ejercito Estrada, Postmaster General Luis Carlos, Ms. Beth Parrocha, book illustrator and author, SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Operations Engr. Bien Mateo and Vice President for MBBU Operations Queenie Rodulfo during the three-day stamp exhibit in celebration of the 256th founding anniversary of the Philippine Postal Service and National Stamp Collecting Month (NSCM) held at Music Hall, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“The National Children’s Month or “Buwan ng mga Bata” special stamps, souvenir sheets, and official first-day cover were brought to life through the artistic brilliance of Ms. Beth Parrocha, a renowned book illustrator to have this beautiful masterpiece put into stamps”, PMG Carlos said.

Estrada lauded the efforts of PHLPost led by Postmaster General Luis Carlos to promote the well-being and development of the child by issuing the special stamps in celebration of National Children’s Month.
The Award winning collectors’ composed of Rey Ong, Jimmy Ang, Dodjie Lutera, Hans Becker, Alfredo Roxas, Robert Tan, Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak, Josie Cura and Benjamin Respecio exhibited their rare stamp collections, as well as those stamps recovered in the recent fire that gutted the Manila Central Post Office.
The historic “Manila Central Post Office” and “Dogs in Philippine History” commemorative stamps were both launched during the event. PHLPost in-house graphic artists’ Jose Antonio Jayme and Israel Viyo both designed the historic stamps.
Under Republic Act No. 10661, the National Children’s Month (NCM), also known as the “Buwan ng mga Bata” in the Philippines, the month of November of every year, is being commemorated pursuant to the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 1989 which seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness and to sustain the promotion and protection of children’s rights.
The 31st observance of the NCM this November 2023 focuses on children’s survival rights, particularly on healthcare and nutrition, with the theme “Healthy, Nourished, Sheltered: Ensuring the Right to Life for All’.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

CHRISTMAS ALERT: Kiddie bouncy and squeaky plastic toys sold in local markets contain toxic chemicals

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With Christmas fast approaching and shoppers gearing up for their gift-giving, safe toy advocate BAN Toxics issued a warning to the public concerning the sale of bouncy (also known as inflatable hoppers) and squeaky plastic toys that might contain toxic chemicals. Chlorinated paraffins are widely used in various plastics, especially in children’s toys, and pose severe health risks. They have been linked to liver and kidney damage, disruptions in the endocrine system, potential cancer risks, developmental brain impairments, and threats to reproductive health.

Recent market surveillance conducted by BT Patrollers revealed the sale of these risky toys in stores along Baclaran, Pasay City. The bouncy toys were priced between Php 300-350, while the squeaky plastic toys ranged from Php 60-150.

Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), utilized as flame retardants, adhesives, sealants, and secondary plasticizers, were banned globally under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants back in 2017.

A study published by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) in October this year revealed alarming levels of these toxins in toys. Analysis conducted at a certified laboratory of the Institute of Food Analysis and Nutrition at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czechia, confirmed that all plastic toys tested contained both SCCPs and MCCPs (Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins). Concentrations of SCCPs ranged from 1-60,400 mg/kg., while MCCP concentrations varied from 1-73,800 mg/kg. The highest concentrations of both SCCPs and MCCPs (48,800 and 91,700 mg/kg) were found in inflatable plastic bouncing toys.

“The manufacture, sale, and use of these toxic chemicals in plastic toys should be prohibited in the Philippine market since it is already banned under the Stockholm Convention to prevent potential health risks to children,” said Thony Dizon, Toxics Campaigner of BAN Toxics.

Calling for immediate action, Dizon added, “We urge the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to take necessary measures to eliminate the use of SCCPs and MCCPs in plastic toys, safeguarding children from harmful exposure.”

As a signatory to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) since 2004, the Philippines is mandated to eliminate, restrict, and reduce the production, use, and trade of listed POP chemicals, which include SCCPs. This mandate also necessitates environmentally sound management of POP stockpiles and wastes.

The lack of adequate and proper labeling exacerbates the issue, given the widespread global production of chlorinated paraffins. This highlights the critical need for transparency and traceability in plastic product materials to facilitate informed decision-making throughout the product value chain.

“We urge our lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting the use of toxic chemicals, especially in children’s products including toys. Transparency and traceability measures in the production of plastic toys are crucial. Banning the manufacture, sale, and use of these toxic substances is paramount to safeguarding children’s health and the environment,” BAN Toxics added.

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Friday, November 24, 2023

PSCS, PHLPost invites public to visit “Stamps Bazaar”

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The Philippine Stamp Collectors Society (PSCS) in cooperation with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) invites the public to join the “PSCS Stamps Bazaar” in celebration of 2023 National Stamp Collecting Month and the 256th Anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine Postal System on November 25, 2023 (Sat.) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to be held at the lobby of Quezon City Central Post Office located along NIA Road in Quezon City. Carrying the theme: “Affordable Stamps, Fun for Everyone”, stamp collectors in the Philippines will gather to reaffirm its support for the Post Office in propagating the enjoyable hobby of stamp collecting.

Open to the public, lots of raffles and fun-filled activities await those who will visit the event.

Veteran and young generations of stamp enthusiasts have proven that the popularity of stamps in everyday life of Filipinos has not disappeared even with the popularity of the internet.

“Whatever area of collecting you wish to collect; there is an enormous amount of information available to help you enjoy the hobby. The best place to start is by joining a stamp club. Online groups on messenger or viber can be reached anytime and real-time.

After reaching the first step, now you can try and decide which kinds of stamps or envelopes you'd like to collect”, Melai Macasero (Prince King Seville) said in a statement.

Philately or stamp collecting has been around for over a hundred years in the country and has enticed millions of people from all over the world. Postage stamps could be likened to a miniature art collection, library or museum of world icons.

Stamps are categorized into topics such as the environment, world cultural celebrities and national heritage, landscapes or animals, sports and heroism among others.

“Good luck, and remember—enjoy yourself, because the main reason for collecting stamps is for the fun of it”, Jorge Cuyugan, President, Philippine Stamp Collectors Society said.

VP Sara leads Last Mile School buildings simultaneous inauguration in Bicol, Leyte

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Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Z. Duterte on Thursday led the simultaneous inauguration of newly-constructed buildings of Last Mile Schools (LMS) in Bicol region and the island of Leyte.

VP-Secretary Duterte, together with Senator Imee Marcos, personally turned over the LMS building in Dororian National High School in Gigmoto, Catanduanes in the morning and Cristo Elementary School in Donsol, Sorsogon in the afternoon.

Aside from the two schools, seven more LMS buildings were inaugurated, including Bato RDHS in SDO Catanduanes; San Miguelay Elementary School and Himokilan Elementary School in SDO Leyte; and Amaga Elementary School, Cat-iwing MG Elementary School, Bulawan Primary School, and Carnaga Elementary School in SDO Southern Leyte.

“Ang Last Mile Schools program po ay programa ng Department of Education kung saan hinihiwalay natin ang kanilang budget dahil sila ay priyoridad ng Department of Education. Ito po ‘yong mga lugar na GIDA areas o Geographically Isolidated and Disadvantaged Areas na pinapa-prioritize ang pagbigay ng pondo para sa kanilang pasilidad, kasama na ang classroom,” VP-Sec. Duterte said.

Last Mile Schools are those with less than four classrooms, usually makeshift and non-standard ones; with no electricity; and are usually located more than an hour away from the town center, only accessible through difficult terrains, and are located in far-flung mountains and isolated islands, among others.

In her speech, Duterte also emphasized the importance of peace and collaboration among community members to strengthen development efforts.

“Paalala ko lang po sa ating mga residente dito sa Gigmoto, dito sa Catanduanes, na kailangan po ang suporta natin ay ibigay natin sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Gigmoto, sa ating Mayor, sa ating Vice Mayor, sa ating mga konsehal, sa ating mga bagong pili na Barangay Captain para po isa lang ‘yong direksyon kung saan papunta o gusto ninyo kung saan ninyo gusto pumunta ang inyong municipality of Gigmoto dahil po kapag nagkakaisa ang lahat sa isang lugar ay nagiging malakas ‘yong lugar at nakikita ninyo ‘yong pagbabago at kaunlaran doon sa inyong lugar,” she said.

Navigating Motorcycle Accidents and Compensation: A Comprehensive Guide

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The road's inherent vulnerability makes motorcycle accidents a significant rider concern. 

Despite cautious riding, unforeseen circumstances or the actions of other drivers can lead to collisions. Understanding the intricacies of these incidents and the avenues for seeking compensation in personal injury cases is paramount.

Grasping the Reality of Motorcycle Accidents

Regrettably, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon. Riders' exposure on the road makes them susceptible to various risks. While adherence to safety measures is crucial, external factors such as distracted driving or adverse weather can significantly impact safety.

Prioritizing Medical Attention

Immediate medical attention following an accident is imperative, regardless of perceived injury severity. Often, injuries may not manifest immediately, necessitating professional assessment. 

Besides ensuring personal well-being, medical records are crucial when pursuing compensation for accident-related injuries.

Collecting Pertinent Evidence

When circumstances permit, gathering evidence at the accident scene holds substantial value. 

Photographic documentation of the incident, involved vehicles, road conditions, visible injuries, and obtaining witness statements can substantially bolster the compensation case.

Legal Counsel and Insurance Navigation

Engaging a car accident attorney San Diego specializing in personal injury cases, particularly motorcycle accidents, is advised. These professionals adeptly navigate legal procedures, communicate with insurance entities, and advocate for fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, emotional distress, and motorcycle damages.

Comprehending Compensation Dynamics

Compensation in personal injury cases covers a wide range of expenses related to post-accident recovery. It may include medical costs, lost income due to incapacitation, rehabilitation expenses, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, and restitution for motorcycle damages.

Variables Influencing Compensation

Numerous factors impact the compensation quantum. The severity of injuries, their impact on daily life and employability, the assignment of fault among involved parties, the extent of insurance coverage, regional legal statutes, and the efficiency of legal representation all collectively influence the compensation outcome.

Statute of Limitations and Timely Action

Understanding the statute of limitations for filing claims after an accident is pivotal. Adherence to these timelines would ensure one's eligibility for seeking compensation. Hence, swift action following an accident is crucial to safeguarding one's rights.

Being well-informed about post-accident procedures, seeking medical attention promptly, preserving evidence, and considering legal counsel are pivotal steps. Safeguarding one's rights and pursuing equitable compensation for injuries and damages incurred in an accident is paramount.

Select a skilled lawyer with a proven track record

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is pivotal for a successful case. Look for an attorney with expertise in the specific type of injury, a solid track record of favorable settlements or verdicts, and a willingness to dedicate time to your case. Prioritize lawyers with clear communication skills who listen attentively and explain legal complexities in understandable terms. A compassionate yet assertive lawyer who prioritizes your best interests and understands the nuances of personal injury law will significantly increase your chances of obtaining fair compensation.

Moreover, seek a lawyer who operates on a contingency fee basis, ensuring payment only upon winning the case. Assess their accessibility and commitment to your case's progression, providing regular updates and responsiveness to queries. Conduct thorough consultations to gauge comfort levels and ensure alignment with the lawyer's approach and strategy for your particular situation.

"1xBet: Elevating Asian Gaming with Innovation and Culture"

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1xbet: New Casino Sets its Sights on the Thriving Markets of Asia

In the ever-evolving landscape of the global casino industry, one region stands out as a beacon of opportunity and growth – Asia. With a rich history of gaming and an increasing appetite for entertainment, the Asian market has become a focal point for casino developers looking to capitalize on its booming demand. In this article, we delve into the emergence of a new player in this exciting arena – 1xBet.

The Rise of Gaming in Asia

Asia's love affair with gaming is not a recent phenomenon but a historical journey that has evolved over the years. From traditional games deeply rooted in culture to the modern casino experience, Asia has embraced gaming in all its forms. Recent statistics further underline the region's prominence, with Asia accounting for a substantial share of the global gaming market. The allure of high-stakes gambling, coupled with a growing middle class, has fueled this upward trajectory.

The Birth of 1xBet

Nestled strategically within the heart of the Asian gaming scene, 1xBet emerges as a promising contender. Founded with a vision to redefine the casino experience, 1xBet brings a fresh perspective to the table. Boasting unique selling points that set it apart from the competition, the casino aims to create an immersive and unforgettable experience for its patrons.

Market Research and Analysis

Understanding the intricacies of the Asian market is pivotal for success. 1xBet has invested significantly in comprehensive market research to identify and target its audience effectively.

As we explore the competitive landscape, it becomes apparent that the casino is not merely aiming to coexist but to dominate, with a keen eye on opportunities and a strategic plan to navigate challenges.

1xBet: A Technological Marvel

At the core of 1xBet's strategy is the integration of cutting-edge technology. This includes the development of the 1xbet mobile app, which exemplifies their commitment to mobile-first solutions. From state-of-the-art gaming platforms to immersive virtual reality experiences, the casino is dedicated to staying ahead in the technology race. The 1xbet mobile app is a testament to this, offering easy access and a seamless experience for users on the go. Catering specifically to the preferences of the discerning Asian gaming community, 1xBet, with its advanced mobile app and other technological innovations, promises a technological marvel that sets new standards in the industry.

Cultural Sensitivity and Adaptation

Recognizing the diverse cultures within Asia, 1xBet places a premium on cultural sensitivity and adaptation. The casino understands that a one-size-fits-all approach won't suffice in a region rich in cultural nuances. Through case studies of successful cultural adaptation in the gaming industry, 1xBet aims to forge connections that go beyond entertainment, resonating with the cultural identity of its patrons.

Responsible Gaming Initiatives

In a world where ethical considerations are gaining prominence, 1xBet is committed to responsible gaming. Acknowledging the importance of providing a safe and secure environment for patrons, the casino has implemented a range of initiatives. These include educational programs, support systems for those facing challenges, and collaborations with organizations dedicated to promoting responsible gambling practices.

Marketing and Outreach Strategies

1xBet understands the significance of a well-crafted marketing strategy. Leveraging the power of social media and influencers in the Asian market, the casino aims to create a buzz that transcends geographical boundaries. By building partnerships with local businesses and influencers, 1xBet seeks to establish itself not just as a casino but as an integral part of the community.

Regulatory Compliance and Legal Landscape

Navigating the complex web of gaming regulations in Asia is a challenge that 1xBet has met head-on. By understanding the legal landscape of key markets, the casino ensures strict compliance with regulations. This commitment to transparency and adherence to legal requirements forms the foundation for a trustworthy and sustainable presence in the Asian Gaming industry.

Future Prospects and Expansion Plans

Looking ahead, envisions a future where it plays a pivotal role in shaping the Asian gaming landscape. Despite potential challenges, the casino remains steadfast in its commitment to growth. With expansion strategies tailored to the unique characteristics of each market, 1xBet aims to replicate its success in other Asian countries, further solidifying its position as a key player in the industry.

As 1xBet prepares to make its mark on the thriving markets of Asia, the casino's commitment to innovation, cultural sensitivity, and responsible gaming positions it as a formidable contender. The journey ahead is not without its challenges, but with a strategic vision and a dedication to exceeding expectations, 1xBet is poised to become a transformative force in the dynamic and lucrative world of Asian gaming. The stage is set, and the world watches with anticipation as 1xBet unfolds its cards in the gaming oasis of Asia.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Saving the Planet One Movie at a Time

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Tree planting fulfills the environmental cause of the Spanish film fest PELÍCULA>Pelikula

Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain, Acciona and Haribon Foundation held a tree planting activity in Tanay, Rizal last November 21 as a fulfillment of the Pelicula en verde, the green initiative of the 22nd edition of the PELÍCULA>Pelikula Spanish Film Festival.

The tree planting activity was led by Spanish Ambassador Miguel Utray, Instituto Cervantes’ Director Javier Galván, Acciona Southeast Asia Director Rubén Camba, and Haribon Foundation’s Chairman Dante Ang. Also present in the ceremony were Rizal Province vice governor Reynaldo H. San Juan, DENR Assistant Secretary Arleigh Adorable, Tanay Rizal Municipal Administrator Jeffrey Pino, and Haribon COO Anna Rita Varona.

This initiative is a first for the PELÍCULA>Pelikula Spanish Film Festival, which is organized by Instituto Cervantes every October. For this year, in an effort to increase awareness on the importance of protecting our environment while at the same time complying with its mission to promote Hispanic culture, Instituto Cervantes created a pledge scheme wherein for every spectator of a film in the Pelicula en verde section, a tree will be planted.

Instituto Cervantes, the cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy, therefore collaborated with Haribon Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, and among whose activities include tree planting, and Acciona, a leading Spanish company in the field of sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, to sponsor the planting of the trees. Acciona’s Southeast Asia regional headquarters is in Metro Manila, with projects in construction and water in the Philippines including the Cebu cable-stayed bridge, Putatan II water treatment plant, and parts of the railway linking the town of Malolos with the Clark International Airport in support of efficient mobility towards a low carbon economy. Acciona’s advocacies are geared towards sustainability.

According to Ambassador Utray, one of the main concerns of Spanish society today is the protection of the environment. According to Director Javier Galván, “Through the powerful medium of cinema, the recent film festival was partly programmed to focus and highlight environmental films and issues. Culture is a catalyst of human relations, and Instituto Cervantes acted as a matchmaker between actors in the field of sustainability and the environment, such as Haribon and Acciona. This project is an example of how Spain and the Philippines are working hand in hand for a common concern that has no borders.”

Cover photo caption:

Behind: Mr. Frandel Recto (Board Member, Haribon Foundation), Ms. Anna Rita Varona (COO of Haribon Foundation), Mr. Dante Ang II (Chairman of Haribon Foundation), Ms. Erika Bergara (Chief of Strategic Partnerships of Haribon Foundation)

Front: Dr. Jeffrey Pino (Municipal Administrator of Tanay, Rizal), ASEC Arleigh Adorable (Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Director of the Forest Management Bureau), Dr. Javier Galván (Director of Instituto Cervantes), Hon. Reynaldo San Juan (Vice Governor of Rizal Province), H.E. Miguel Utray (Ambassador of Spain), Councilor Alvin Balderrama (San Andres, Tanay, Rizal), Mr. Ruben Camba (President of Acciona Philippines), Mr. Manuelito Aran (President of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka ng San Andres Inc.), Forrester Thaddeus Martinez (Chief of the Natural Resources Management Department of Haribon Foundation)

BingoPlus turns on Holiday Spirit with support of Star Magical Christmas 2023and Inspire Music record label

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BingoPlus, the first and only live streaming bingo in the Philippines, continued to fulfill its mission of providing joy and positive vibes by pushing for memorable, worthwhile entertainment to Filipinos.

It supported two key activities of ABS-CBN, helping it empower local artists and deliver top-tier enjoyment to the community.

This November, BingoPlus and its mother company DigiPlus, a leader in providing world-class multi-gaming platforms, products, and games with a strong distribution network of entertainment facilities, spread early Christmas joy by participating in and supporting Star Magical Christmas 2023, an annual marquee Kapamilya event where glittering Star Magic celebrities and artists dressed up in holiday-inspired fashion and glammed up for the occasion to entertain fans and the public.

The leading entertainment gateway for Filipinos joined the excitement of the star-studded event and provided a total of P400,000 cash prizes that were awarded by DigiPlus president Mr. Andy Tsui and BingoPlus President Jasper Vicencio.

Among the awardees were celebrity couple Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio, who won Best in Costume for both male and female categories. Rising Pinoy-pop boy group, BGYO received the trophy for Best in Costume As A Group is given to the talented and Numerous artists like Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, Raven Rigor, Sean Tristan, and others were also awarded by the BingoPlus Foundation for the “exceptional magic” they shared that night. Their winnings were donated to selected charity beneficiaries, such as the Ephesus House for Girls, Pawssion Project, and Sherwin Buennevida who is a stage-4 cancer survivor.

Earlier this month, BingoPlus joined the unveiling of Inspire Music, ABS-CBN’s newest record label in a press conference at the Academy of Rock in Quezon City. The record label of uplifting fresh tunes was created to inspire people and generate strong faith, love, and hope especially in the face of hardships and trials. Esteemed Kapamilya artists such as Jed Madela, Jamie Rivera, Francine Diaz, KD Estrada, and more took part in the project and are expected to release uplifting spiritual tunes soon.

“Extending support in these events shows BingoPlus’ unwavering commitment to help elevate the local music and entertainment landscapes, nurturing local artists to cultivate and share their crafts to deliver top-tier enjoyment and excellent quality entertainment to Filipinos. It also shows the brand’s steadfast dedication in honoring the value of charity and gift giving during the holiday season, of extending a helping hand to those in need,” said BingoPlus president Jasper Vicencio.

“BingoPlus continues to spread jolly Christmas vibes in its newest Sure Bingonaryo Round, where a total of more than P222 million pesos will be gifted to lucky winners! Play, enjoy, and win this coming December 8 and December 30,” Vicencio added.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

VP Sara credits Filipino learners for inspiration of her first children’s book, Isang Kaibigan

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As part of the 2023 Pambansang Buwan ng Pagbasa at Araw ng Pagbasa celebration, Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) Sara Z. Duterte launched her first children’s book titled “Isang Kaibigan.”

VP-Secretary Duterte shared that the Filipino children inspired her to write her book and when she was invited for a book reading session, a close friend of hers noted that she should read books by Filipino authors. 

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga batang Pilipino because they gave me the inspiration to write the book [Isang Kaibigan],” VP-Sec. Duterte said.

Isang Kaibigan follows the story of Kwago and Loro and teaches how the power of true friendship can overcome even the toughest challenges that may befall anyone. 

VP-Sec. Duterte first read Isang Kaibigan when she was invited to be the mystery reading ambassador of Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Central Elementary School in Davao, City as part of National Reading Month on November 11.

The official book launch was conducted during the culmination program of Araw ng Pagbasa as the VP-Secretary conducted a live reading session to selected Grade 3 learners of Esteban Abada Elementary School in Quezon, City last November 21, 2023. 

“Ang pagbabasa ay nagpapalago ng inyong imahinasyon, nagpapalawak sa inyong kaalaman, at nagbibigay sa inyo ng kakayahan na makita ang mas malawak na posibilidad sa gitna ng inyong mga limitasyon. Tandaan, sa ating mga kabataan, na ang pagbabasa ay ang pintuan patungo sa isang maligaya at matatag na kinabukasan,” VP-Sec. Duterte reiterated. 

Duterte also shared that she will soon donate copies of her book to the school libraries around the country. 

The book was illustrated by Janina Simbillo and Joseph Caligner of the Public Affairs Service- Creative Media Unit of the Department.

Envi groups dismayed over hijack of plastics treaty negotiations by petrochem and plastics interests

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As the third negotiations (INC3) for a global plastics treaty closed earlier this week, civil society organizations from different countries were disappointed over the seeming failure to move closer to a strong and binding global plastic agreement to end plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution has reached a critical global scale. Annually, over 280 million tonnes of short-lived plastic products are discarded, as reported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). An estimated 19-23 million tonnes of this waste seeps into aquatic ecosystems, relentlessly polluting lakes, rivers, and seas.

According to environmental justice group BAN Toxics, instead of endorsing a mandate for the initial draft, Member States chose to revise the Zero Draft, expanding it and making progress more difficult. The draft emerged after the second round of talks in Paris earlier this year, intended to facilitate the negotiations in formulating an international legal instrument. It was a balanced document with a range of views presented as options before the start of INC3.

“Petrochemical and plastics industry-leaning governments successfully undermined the talks by raising procedural objections, stalling the negotiations, and introducing low-ambition language to dilute the push for a globally binding agreement,” said Jam Lorenzo, research and policy officer of BAN Toxics currently in Nairobi. Lorenzo joined other civil society organizations, many coming from global networks such as the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), and the Break Free from Plastics (BFFP) movement.

Civil society strongly criticized the open-door policy accorded to the industry during the talks. As per the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) report, 143 lobbyists from the fossil fuel and chemical industries registered to attend INC-3. This group surpassed any national delegation or civil society organization in size and acquired significant access to government representatives worldwide.

Certain member states exerted considerable effort to weaken the directive for a treaty encompassing the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, which starts at raw material extraction. They aim to concentrate solely on waste management strategies, asserting that the issue does not stem from plastic itself but from its management and disposal.

“Member States in the room have the moral obligation to prioritize planetary boundaries, human rights and just transition for fenceline communities and waste pickers. A handful of countries must not hold the planet hostage and prevent an ambitious treaty addressing the full life cycle of plastics, which starts at raw material extraction,” said Merrisa Naidoo, Plastics Campaigner at GAIA Africa.

All plastics are made of chemicals. More than 13,000 chemicals have been identified as associated with plastics and plastic production across a wide range of applications, based on UNEP studies. Some of these chemicals are toxic that harm human health and the environment.

Plastics production also significantly fuels the climate crisis. It is among the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes globally, deriving from fossil fuels like crude oil. In 2019 alone, plastics accounted for 1.8 billion metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing 3.4% to the global total.

“The health and environmental impacts of plastics, especially problematic ones containing toxic materials and unnecessary single-use products, are being ignored in these discussions, and giant plastics and fossil fuel industries continue to promote false solutions, block scientific progress, and influence the negotiations with problematic definitions of key concepts such as reuse and circularity. The level of plastic production remains excessive,” Lorenzo said.

Member States failed to reach a consensus on intersessional work, resulting in the closure of INC-3 without a structured plan to address crucial elements of the treaty. These include the gradual elimination of hazardous chemicals, plastic polymers, and microplastics, as well as the expansion of reuse initiatives before the upcoming negotiations at INC-4. This setback will impede progress in advancing the treaty process during INC-4, according to the group.

“We anticipate fierce resistance in the coming negotiation against the call to reduce virgin plastic production, despite the undeniable truth that the plastics life cycle continues to bring harm. The combustion of fossil fuels stands as the primary driver of the climate crisis, its use exposes populations to harmful chemicals, and the management of plastic waste remains a globally significant health and environmental problem,” added Lorenzo.

“We need a systemic change in the global plastics economy and we must not be hindered by diversionary tactics and false solutions. We echo the calls of civil society groups from across the world to adhere to the zero-waste hierarchy by prioritizing reduction and reuse before recycling. A fair and equitable transition is necessary so that wealthier countries and major polluters take responsibility for the disproportionate mess they have created,” Lorenzo concluded.

BAN Toxics is collaborating closely with various civil society organizations in the region and globally, gearing up for the INC-4 in Canada next April, aiming for a plastics treaty that advocates human rights and environmental justice. #


VP Sara reminds learners the importance of developing passion for reading in Araw ng Pagbasa celebration

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Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of the Department of Education Sara Z. Duterte reminded learners the importance of developing reading habits during the culmination program of the 2023 Pambansang Buwan at Araw ng Pagbasa last Tuesday.

In her keynote speech, VP Sara underscored the importance of reading and developing the right reading habits of learners to achieve literacy, as well as the support and encouragement of parents that will play a vital role in building the habit.

“Sa mga batang nanunuod, gusto kong malaman ninyo na ang pagbabasa ay magbibigay sainyo ng pinakamalakas na sandata upang harapin ang inyong kinabukasan,” VP Sara said.

“You hold a vital role in shaping the reading habits of the children around you. Your influence in invaluable and I urge you to inspire and encourage the young ones to embrace the power of reading,” she added.

With the theme: Pagbasa: Pag-asa para sa Matatag na Kinabukasan, Sec. Sara highlight the immense power that lies within the simple act of reading and how urging the learners can make the impact for increased literacy.

The Secretary also formally launched her very own children’s book titled “Isang Kaibigan.” She shared that her inspiration for the book are the Filipino children.

Additionally, Sec. Duterte also bared the plans of the Department in increasing literacy in classrooms. For 2024, the Department will be implementing a “catch-up” Friday program which aims to foster reading habits among learners.

Through this program, schools will allot a free day for learners to read, thereby encouraging reading habits and cementing the importance of reading for their overall learning experience.

The program was attended by the Quezon City LGU headed by Vice Mayor Gian Carlo Sotto, DepEd NCR, DepEd SDO Quezon City, DepEd Central Office Officials, teachers, and parents.

A simultaneous reading session was also conducted by some DepEd Central Office Officials and teachers from SDO Quezon City to end the program.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Flawless Face & Body Clinic continues to redefine personal success through the art of self-care

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There was a time when it was unthinkable for ordinary people to spend even half a day getting pampered; today, Flawless Face & Body Clinic stands strong on the principle of accessible beauty, cutting through the many misconceptions surrounding self-care.

In that regard, Flawless founder and CEO Rubby Sy is a pioneer. “I have always seen [self-care] as foundational to a person’s success in the world,” she says. “I believe in putting one’s best face forward, and that to achieve that is evenly split between what you put on and how you feel inside. And one always affects the other.”

In the two decades since Flawless built its first branch in the bustling halls of SM Megamall, Sy’s rose-colored empire has both shaped and evolved with the times—as much as its services have literally shaped and sculpted many satisfied customers. As the “Beauty BFF” of the Philippines, employs treatments and procedures backed by scientific research to ensure top results at a fraction of the average cost. “I did not have the same luxuries as my peers growing up, so I know the value of feeling your best,” recalls Sy. “I have gotten as far as I have because I did what I could for myself at the time. Now, I can rely on experts who care about what I want to achieve in terms of beauty. So my goal was to bring those experts to people like who I was while growing up—to help them start what I call their beauty [aspect of their self-care] journeys.”

Such journeys are best embarked on with someone you can trust, and Flawless is no stranger to holding Filipinos’ hands as they discover and uncover their unique beauty. But self-care varies from person to person, as the doctors and aesthetic experts at Flawless know all too well. “We know everyone has different goals, and more importantly, different needs,” adds Sy.

 “That’s why I insist that the consultations are free. You deserve to know where you are on your journey and to have access to that sort of expert-approved information.”

BFFs (the clinic’s in-term for customers) old and new can also kickstart their own journeys with 3+1 or 4+1 Medical and Non-medical Services Package, featuring Facials and Microdermabrasion services—including the ever-popular Clarifying Facial, Age Defy Facial, and Nano PowerPeel—available until the end of 2023. For November in particular, Flawless also highlights the follow-through aspect of self-care with their November Flash Sale:

● 50% off a second session with every session of Nano PowerPeel with Mask

● 50% off a second session with every session of Advanced Facial (Clarifying/Flawless White/Age Defy)

● 50% off a second session with every session of Shape & Sculpt

● 50% off a second session with every session of Cellutite

● 50% off on Accutite Nose

● 50% off on Laser Hair Removal

“Some might call what we offer ‘indulgent’, but I could not disagree more,” concludes the founder. “Joy is as essential to success as anything else, and anything we do to create the best version of ourselves gives us joy. I don’t think Flawless would be hitting a 22-year milestone if that were not true.”

Celebrate 22 years of beauty excellence and embark on the next chapter of your beauty journey; Flawless Clinic is still the Filipinas’ secret to timeless, accessible, and radiant confidence. Learn more via their website, Facebook page, Instagram, and TikTok.

About Flawless Face & Body Clinic

Flawless Face and Body Clinic, Incorporated (Flawless) is the preferred aesthetic beauty clinic for face, body, and medical services in the Philippines. Founded on December 8, 2001, Flawless was well received by the local market and has expanded to over 27 clinics strategically located in major malls nationwide, each boasting well-trained and experienced skin professionals.

Today, the Flawless brand stands stronger with its clinic expansion, aesthetic breakthroughs, exceptional customer service, and outstanding achievements in the beauty industry— thanks to the leadership of its equally flawless owner and CEO Rubby Sy, Flawless was awarded Outstanding Retailer of the Year twice in 2009 and 2012. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) also recognized Sy for the exceptional use of various media to heighten the company’s prominence, earning her the 2012 CEO Excel Award.

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