Saturday, June 29, 2024

Viola Natividad Inspires Listeners to Embrace Hope and Purpose with New Single, “Dahil Sa ‘Yo”

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Singer-songwriter Viola Natividad offers a message of hope and redemption with the release of her new single, Dahil Sa ‘Yo—out now on all digital streaming platforms worldwide.

In Dahil Sa ‘Yo, the Christian contemporary artist speaks transparently about her personal relationship with God and takes the listeners on a journey of healing, embracing hope, and rising from the rubble. It’s the newest anthem to finding one’s meaning and purpose.

“I wrote the song ‘Dahil Sa ‘Yo’ reflecting on the kindness and faithfulness of God in my life. It's about how He transformed my shameful past into a life filled with hope and purpose,” Viola revealed. “When I look back on my previous feelings of failure and shame, I am reminded of how God turned things around, redeeming me from those dark and painful moments.”

Arranged by Stephen Tan, mixed and mastered by Jan Levi Sanchez, with backing vocals by Carlo Natividad and Stephen Tan, this hopeful ballad is Viola’s debut project with Reverb Worship PH, CBN Asia’s music arm.

Viola’s brand of music is no stranger to messages like these—as she has written and performed songs about faith—Muli, Ah Basta, and Bawat Tagumpay, Ikaw ang Nagbigay, to name a few. She hopes that with Dahil Sa ‘Yo, her ruminations about faith and personal experiences will also comfort anyone seeking truth and redemption.

“I hope that those who listen to the song are reminded that no matter how tough, shameful, or painful life may seem, there is always hope in the Lord. Life becomes meaningful and valuable through Him. He has the power to turn the ugly into beautiful, mend what's broken, bring clarity to confusion, and provide healing and restoration,” she said.

Join the journey of finding hope and purpose. Listen to Viola Natividad's Dahil Sa 'Yo—now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and all major streaming platforms worldwide. Follow Reverb Worship PH on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok for more updates.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Coffee Adventures in Vietnam

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Vietnam, the world's second-largest coffee producer, is a haven for coffee enthusiasts. The country's rich coffee culture, unique brewing techniques, and picturesque coffee farms provide a coffee adventure like no other. From bustling urban cafes to serene highland plantations, Vietnam offers an unparalleled coffee experience that blends tradition, innovation, and natural beauty.

The Historical Roots of Vietnamese Coffee

Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by French colonists in the 19th century. Initially grown in the northern regions, coffee cultivation spread to the central highlands, where the climate and soil proved ideal for robusta beans. Over time, coffee became an integral part of Vietnamese culture and economy, with the country becoming one of the largest coffee exporters globally.

Unique Vietnamese Coffee Culture

Ca Phe Sua Da: The Iconic Iced Coffee

One of the most beloved Vietnamese coffee beverages is Ca Phe Sua Da, or iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. This drink epitomizes the fusion of bitter and sweet, robusta and dairy, hot and cold. It is made by brewing strong, dark coffee using a traditional Vietnamese drip filter, known as a phin. The hot coffee slowly drips into a glass containing sweetened condensed milk, which is then stirred and poured over ice. The result is a rich, creamy, and refreshing drink that is perfect for Vietnam's warm climate.

Egg Coffee: A Unique Culinary Delight

Another intriguing Vietnamese coffee creation is Ca Phe Trung, or egg coffee. This Hanoi specialty features a creamy, meringue-like froth made from egg yolks, sugar, and condensed milk, which is whisked together and poured over robusta coffee. The drink, often enjoyed hot, combines the bitterness of coffee with the sweet, velvety texture of the egg mixture, creating a dessert-like experience that has captivated locals and tourists alike.

Coffee Lounges and Cafes

Vietnam's cities are home to a vibrant coffee scene, with numerous cafes offering a wide range of coffee styles. In cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you can find everything from traditional coffee houses to modern cafes serving innovative coffee concoctions. Many of these cafes provide a cozy atmosphere, where patrons can relax, socialize, or work while enjoying their coffee.

Exploring Coffee Plantations

The Central Highlands: The Heart of Coffee Production

For those looking to delve deeper into the world of Vietnamese coffee, a visit to the coffee plantations in the Central Highlands is a must. The provinces of Dak Lak, Lam Dong, and Gia Lai are the epicenters of coffee cultivation, producing the majority of the country's robusta beans. The region's lush, green landscapes and cool climate create ideal conditions for coffee growing.

Buon Ma Thuot: The Coffee Capital

Buon Ma Thuot, the capital of Dak Lak province, is often referred to as the coffee capital of Vietnam. Here, you can tour coffee farms, learn about the cultivation and harvesting processes, and sample freshly brewed coffee right at the source. Many farms offer guided tours, allowing visitors to experience the entire coffee production process, from bean to cup.

Dalat: The City of Eternal Spring

Dalat, located in the Lam Dong province, is another key coffee-growing region. Known for its temperate climate and scenic beauty, Dalat is often called the "City of Eternal Spring." The region produces high-quality arabica beans, which are prized for their mild flavor and aromatic profile. Visitors to Dalat can explore coffee farms, visit local roasteries, and enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

Coffee Festivals and Events

Vietnam celebrates its coffee culture with various festivals and events throughout the year. One of the most notable is the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival, held biennially in Buon Ma Thuot. This festival showcases the region's coffee heritage, featuring exhibitions, competitions, and cultural performances. Visitors can participate in coffee tastings, barista workshops, and farm tours, making it an immersive experience for coffee lovers.

The Future of Vietnamese Coffee

As Vietnam continues to grow as a major player in the global coffee market, there is a growing emphasis on quality and sustainability. Many farmers are adopting sustainable farming practices to protect the environment and ensure the long-term viability of their crops. Additionally, there is an increasing focus on specialty coffee, with producers experimenting with different processing methods and cultivars to create unique and high-quality coffees.

Vietnam's coffee industry is also benefiting from a new generation of entrepreneurs and coffee enthusiasts who are passionate about promoting Vietnamese coffee both domestically and internationally. This dynamic and evolving coffee scene promises to offer even more exciting coffee adventures in the years to come.


Vietnam's coffee adventures offer a rich tapestry of experiences, from savoring traditional coffee drinks in bustling city cafes to exploring the serene beauty of highland plantations. The country's unique coffee culture, combined with its commitment to quality and sustainability, makes it a must-visit destination for any coffee lover. Whether you're a seasoned coffee aficionado or a curious traveler, Vietnam's coffee journey promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

TRB gives green light for toll free trips starting July 01, 2024

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We will fully implement a 30-day toll holiday in all CAVITEX exits - CIC

“We will fully implement a 30-day toll holiday in all exits of the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) for all vehicle classes, supporting the decision of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB). This will help our motorists with the rising cost of fuel and inflation.” Thus declared Raul L. Ignacio, president and general manager of the Cavite Infrastructure Corporation (CIC). 

CIC received the decision of TRB after prior consultation with the joint venture partners of the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) -- namely CIC and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA). 

Implementing President Marcos’s directive. It will be recalled that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. announced the granting of a toll holiday for all expressway segments under the stewardship and management of the Cavitex joint venture firm, in his speech at the recent inauguration of the CAVITEX C5 Link Segment 2,

“We welcome TRB’s policy and operational decision guided by the general directive of the President – which was arrived at after considering all the implementation details and systems preparation that must be in place,” Ignacio pointed out. “

We commend TRB for the due deliberation that had taken place as part of our Regulator’s decision-making process,” he added.

Tollway segments covered. The tollway segments which will enjoy toll-free journeys for all vehicle classes are expressway exits in Kawit, Paranaque, C5 Link segment Merville and Taguig exits, and newly inaugurated Segment 2 (Sucat Interchange).

Transport industry sources say this suspension of toll collections covering all the exits will result in foregone toll revenues amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos. Transport experts said that, as industry logic dictates, expressway firms need toll receipts to pay lenders, recoup huge investments, assure road safety at all times, and pay operational and administrative personnel.

Aware of such effect on toll receipts, Ignacio nevertheless said: “We support the President’s decision and that of the TRB, so our motorists can enjoy the seamless expressway journeys brought about by modern tollway structures and systems.”

TRB commended amidst criticisms. TRB was earlier criticized by some quarters for a few days’ delay in issuing the directive for a toll holiday. CIC’s Ignacio cited the deliberateness and sober approach of TRB in finally arriving at a major decision. “There is no place for hasty decision making and action-taking for major policies and moves like this,” he added.

CIC is the private developer, builder, and financier of CAVITEX, in partnership with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement.

Prior consultation among partners. PPP advocates said that prior consultation among partners in a joint venture is essential to maintaining goodwill between and among these partners, citing productive results from various infrastructure projects.

Under this partnership concept, private firms continue to provide financing and expertise, while the government counterpart lends moral and administrative support. It would be ill-advised for one partner to take action unilaterally, without prior consultation with the other partner.

These industry experts also cited the crucial role of a regulator – like the TRB – in assuring that the PPP investment scheme works over the long term, and in safeguarding the well-being and welfare of stakeholders – specifically motorists and riders –benefiting from the joint venture.

BAN Toxics joins poison prevention week awareness activity, highlights need to protect children

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"Poison prevention should start at home and in the community.” This was the main message of environmental NGO BAN Toxics as they joined the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) Toxicology Referral and Training Center’s lecture-forum in celebration of National Poison Prevention Week.

Titled “Community and Collaboration: Uniting to Prevent Poisoning,” the lecture forum was held in Brgy. Sto Niño, Galas, Quezon City, and was attended by about 70 households from the barangay. National Poison Prevention Week is observed every 4th week of June by virtue of Proclamation No. 1777 issued in 2009.

BAN Toxics’ advocacy and campaign officer Thony Dizon spoke at the event about their efforts to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals, as well as sharing tips on how to prevent poisoning at home and in school.

“Aside from common household items that are explicitly hazardous, there are also everyday children’s items such as toys, school supplies, and care products that may seem harmless but actually contain toxic chemicals,” Dizon said.

Dizon was referring to children’s products available in the market, especially in bargain shops, that are found to contain hazardous chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as phthalates, triclosan, and parabens, among others.

“First and foremost, when buying children’s products, check the product label and information to verify that no hazardous substances are used. Do not buy products that have no label or information. Also, check if the product has been notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via As much as possible, buy from reputable stores that are duly registered,” Dizon added.

The group also said that while the government should intensify its efforts in preventing the production and importation of children’s products that contain hazardous chemicals, households and communities also have an obligation to exercise vigilance when purchasing these items and ensure a safe environment for children.

In a statement earlier this week, BAN Toxics urged the government to pursue the “Safe and Non-Hazardous Children's Products Act,” a bill that was unanimously passed by the 18th Congress in 2017 but was never enacted as law by the Duterte Administration.

“Children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and it is everyone’s duty to safeguard them from toxic and poisonous chemicals,” Dizon said.

Unleash Your Creativity with These Must-Try Newspaper Fonts

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Picking the right font for your newspaper goes beyond aesthetics. Typography can influence perception and set the overall tone, making it a crucial part of your newspaper's design and branding. We've curated popular newspaper serif fonts and discussed their potential as a headline or newspaper title font. Whether you're diving into fonts or simply curious about typographic terminology, our concise guide will help you make the best choice in the end.

Newspapers have been a part of our culture for centuries, almost since Gutenberg invented his groundbreaking printing press. Selecting the right newspaper font for your project or graphic design is a significant part of the process. A well-chosen newspaper font can stylize your project, making it reminiscent of a broadsheet newspaper. Whether you're a publisher looking to find the perfect font for your digital newspaper or simply interested in what kind of font pairing to use on your next editorial project, continue reading to discover the ideal newspaper fonts.

Times New Roman:

One of the most iconic fonts ever, Times New Roman, was designed for The Times of London newspaper. While it has many classic attributes, it remains highly readable and is widely used in books, magazines, reports, professional use, and, of course, in newspapers. Its narrow shape is narrower than most other newspaper fonts, even when bolded, making it ideal for documents that need to fit more text on a single line. Due to its popularity, Times New Roman has become the default font for many platforms and professions.

However, due to its ubiquity, it can sometimes seem overused. Nevertheless, Times New Roman remains a popular choice and has one of the widest ranges of international and scientific printing characters. For a safe and professional choice, Times New Roman could be perfect for you.


Helvetica is a highly versatile and popular sans-serif font created by Swiss designer Max Miedinger in 1957. Originally designed for the Haas Type Foundry in Switzerland, the font's name comes from the Latin name for Switzerland, Helvetia. One of the most accessible neutral newspaper fonts, Helvetica can be used in various settings and easily adapts to modern and classic designs. It's simple and clean lines made it a popular choice for graphic designers; Helvetica quickly became a global sensation and debuted in the US in 1960. It has become the most common font in graphic design and is often compared to Arial, another popular sans-serif font.


Lobster is a bold, eye-catching font that makes a statement in any design. This font, created by designer Pablo Impallari, has strong contrast areas and a chunky appearance that gives it a unique and distinctive look. While Lobster may not be the ideal choice forzx sentences and paragraphs due to its condensed nature and muscular styling, it is a popular choice for a variety of other design projects. Its thick and bold letters make it a great choice for creating headlines,titles, and logos that need to stand out and make an impact.

Built Titling:

Built Titling is a font designed specifically to create bold and compact headlines on-screen. Its wraparound shapes lend a newsy voice to your headlines, and the subtle curves add a hint of nostalgia without appearing outdated. This clean, versatile slab-serif font family will give your newspaper a professional and polished look.

Franklin Gothic:

Franklin Gothic is a san-serif typeface that provides a modern focus for your newspaper. The term 'Gothic' was used to describe fonts that are sans-serif in the past, but it has yet to be used.

Due to its fuller and bold look, it's most considered commonly found as a newspaper title font or in advertisements. Franklin Gothic is less suitable for longer text since it's extra bolded and doesn't save space. It helps users remember a classic newspaper look, so it's used even for digital newspapers now.


Fonts ideal for newspapers generally have a large x-height, are not overly ornate to have high readability and legibility, and have heavy serifs. Some fonts work well for newspaper titles and should be paired with another font for the body, while options like Nimrod, Perfect World, and Exceptionally Old Style can be used for both.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Free medical checkup, legal clinic, and vaccines at 'Luntian at Pula'

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The UPMV K9 Corps joins the the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter and the UP Diliman Department of Military Science and Tactics in a day of service and community spirit with Luntian at Pula on June 29, 2024 (Saturday) from 8 AM to 5 PM at the UP Diliman DMST Complex.

Open to the public, the free event includes:

· Blood Donation Drive

· Medical Mission

· Operation Tuli

· Legal Clinic

· Bazaar/Garage Sale

· Soup Kitchen

· Anti-Rabies Vaccination Drive for Pets with UPMV K9 Corps

Luntian at Pula is made possible by the UP Cadet Alumni Organization, UP Corps of Sponsors, UPMV K9 Corps, Serving Hearts, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, UERM Beta Sigma, UP Vanguard Gun Club, RiteMed, and JoeMag's.

Established in 2017, the UP-MMDA-Vanguard K9 Corps (UPMV K9 SAR Corps) is a non-profit partnership between the University of the Philippines, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the UP Vanguard Inc. To date, there are already close to a hundred volunteers and K9s in the program, with Batch 11 already in training.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Get ready for world-class expositions headed to Iloilo City!

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Worldbex Services International is proud to bring back its expos to Iloilo for the second time! ILOILO TRIO: The Philippine Building and Construction Expo Iloilo 2024 (PHILBEX Iloilo), the Travel and Leisure Expo Iloilo 2024 (TLEX Iloilo), and the Iloilo Foods and Beverages Expo 2024 (IFBEX) are all returning this 2024!

Iloilo City continues to evolve through the years, welcoming thousands of business opportunities from here and abroad. This great resurgence in business sectors has created a huge impact in the city’s development growth, opening new opportunities from various industries and improving sustainable movements for a greener city. With efficient government units, Iloilo City has been named as the country’s “Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit “ for 2023 given by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Today, Iloilo has served as an economic powerhouse of the country, becoming a highly urbanized city outside of Metro Manila. 

While the city has welcomed thousands of local and foreign visitors, the Iilo LGU’s together with the private sectors, come together to boost more tourist arrivals and business opportunities in the city. With this, Worldbex Services International continues to bring its three world-class exhibitions back in the city to significantly attract international networks and business ventures, championing community partnerships in multi-sectoral progress. 

Now in its second year, PHILBEX (Philippine Building and Construction Expo), IFBEX (International Food and Beverage Expo), and TLEX (Tourism and Leisure Expo) have come together to host an impressive showcase of over 200 exhibitors spanning the construction, food, and tourism sectors. ILOILO TRIO 2023 has garnered significant attention with a substantial foot traffic of more than 10,200 featuring not less than 300 exhibition booths . This collaborative effort shows the importance of these sectors in driving economic growth and innovation within the Philippines and beyond.

This July 11 to 14, WSI is proud to be back in Iloilo to bring exciting events and expos at the ICON - Iloilo Convention Center. Come experience what Iloilo has to offer when you register now FOR FREE!

PHILBEX Iloilo 2024, TLEX Iloilo 2024, and IFBEX 2024 are events organized by Worldbex Services International. For inquiries and concerns, you may reach us at (02)8656-92-39, or email us at

Envi Group Urges PH Government to Prioritize Children's Health and Safety Laws

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As the country commemorates National Poison Prevention Week, environmental NGO BAN Toxics highlights the need to intensify efforts to protect children from exposure to highly hazardous chemicals found in everyday items designed for them, such as toys, school supplies, childcare and personal care products, and clothing.

“Our regular market monitoring and product testing reveal that children’s items containing toxic chemicals remain pervasive and unaddressed. Lead, mercury, cadmium, short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as phthalates, triclosan, and parabens, are among the harmful substances found in consumer products that pose a significant threat to the health of our children. These toxic chemicals are prohibited for use in children’s products, and yet are still found widely available in the market,” said Thony Dizon, BAN Toxics campaign officer.

From 2023 to the first half of this year, BAN Toxics has monitored about 1000 toys and 600 school supplies (bags, lunch bags, water containers, rain gear, pens and pencils, crayons, erasers) available in the market, some of which contain toxic chemicals.

Dizon said that most of the items they tested for toxic chemicals can be purchased cheaply from bargain shops and wholesale stores. “These products typically lack proper information labels, or are mislabeled, and are not regulated.”

Under RA 10620, otherwise known as the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013, toys and games are required to comply with toy labeling information such as the license to operate (LTO) number, age grading, cautionary statements/warnings, instructional literature, manufacturer’s marking, and item model stock-keeping unit (SKU) number.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, BAN Toxics disclosed the results of an Asian survey on the presence of EDCs in children’s care products. The survey, conducted by South Korea-based Wonjin Institute for Occupational & Environmental Health (WIOEH) in 2023, revealed that in three products- a brand of kiddie toothpaste, an infant tooth gel brand, both manufactured in the Philippines, and a baby body wash brand made in China, contained propylparabens (PPs) or butylparabens (BPs).

EDCs have been linked to various negative health effects in children, including impacts on intrauterine growth, changes in neurobehavior, developmental issues, and increased rates of diabetes and metabolic abnormalities.

“BAN Toxics has consistently advocated for the protection of children from hazardous chemicals and has continuously called on regulatory agencies and the general public to take action. Despite the country having established laws and regulations to safeguard Filipino children, there is an urgent need to enhance government efforts in addressing this issue, particularly concerning the unregulated production and import of hazardous children's items,” Dizon said.

Dizon also called on the current administration to prioritize the enactment of a “Safe and Non-Hazardous Children's Products Law” that would further enhance regulation on the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children’s toys, school supplies, and childcare products containing hazardous chemicals.

In 2017, House Bill 6702, the "Safe and Non-Hazardous Children's Products Act," was unanimously passed by the 17th Congress. However, the bill was never enacted by the Duterte administration.

“We urge our lawmakers and the Marcos Jr. administration to pursue this legislative agenda once again, as it is clear that not enough is currently being done to protect our children from hazardous chemicals,” Dizon concluded.

On June 27, BAN Toxics will join the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) Toxicology Referral and Training Center for a community outreach activity in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Quezon City. The event aims to emphasize poison prevention at home and in schools, as part of the National Poison Prevention Week activities organized by EAMC. Proclamation No. 1777 issued in 2009 declares the 4th week of June every year as National Poison Prevention Week.

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Instituto Cervantes Celebrates Filipino Artist Melecio Figueroa's Enduring Legacy

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Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural center, is presenting a lecture on Melecio Figueroa, a pioneering Filipino artist, renowned for his profound contributions to both Philippine medallic and numismatic art. The talk, which will be delivered by researcher Gerard Wassily Y. Clavecillas, is scheduled to take place on June 27 at the Makati branch of Instituto Cervantes, at 5:30 p.m.

Melecio Figueroa (1842-1903) was a celebrated and highly decorated scholar of the Spanish artistic tradition, an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando (Madrid), and a long established bastion and incubator of European creative potential. He was appointed the Chief Engraver of the Manila Mint and was, without a doubt, the Islands’ foremost medallic artist. Becoming a founding father later in life, he was one of the signatories of the first constitution in Asia. Undoubtedly, he was one of the most important Filipino Masters of the 19th century. Tragically, however, compared to his more famous peers, namely Luna and Hidalgo, his legacy has since been relegated to mere historical footnotes, his hard won contributions; forgotten and sadly ignored.

In this lecture, Filipino antiquarian, researcher Gerard Wassily Y. Clavecillas, will discuss Figueroa's remarkable artistic career. The conference will feature a presentation exploring Figueroa's life, art and enduring influence.

The lecture is open to scholars, students, artists, collectors, and anyone with an interest in art history and Filipino culture. Attendees are encouraged to register early through this link:

This event is organized by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, with the support of PTC-Philippine Transmarine Carriers. Admission is on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. For more information about this event, visit Instituto Cervantes’ website ( or its Facebook page:

Mandatory use of payment reference numbers for SSS housing loan payments starts this June

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The Social Security System (SSS) announced that SSS housing loan mortgagors or borrowers must present a Payment Reference Number (PRN) for their loan payments beginning this month, making it easier for them to pay their housing loans and have it posted on the same day on their loan accounts.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet highlighted that this transition to Real-Time Processing of Loans (RTPL) is designed to enhance the convenience of housing loan borrowers.

Macasaet said that it enables the real-time posting of housing loan payments to individual loan accounts, ensuring a seamless and efficient process.

“The PRN for loans is a system-generated number corresponding to a loan billing statement of the individual loans by the borrower, which contains certain characters to distinguish the housing loan from other SSS loan programs,” he said.

He added that borrowers with outstanding loan obligations in the Direct Individual Housing Loan Program and the Direct Housing Loans for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Workers’ Organization Members, and Trade Union Members (TUM) should have a PRN whenever they pay their loan payments.

SSS Senior Vice President for Lending and Asset Management Group Pedro T. Baoy said that SSS will send a monthly billing containing the PRN to the mortgagors’ registered email addresses and mobile numbers.

“We strongly advise our housing loan borrowers to take responsibility for keeping their contact details with the SSS up-to-date. This will ensure they receive the PRN they need for every housing loan payment transaction, contributing to a smooth and timely payment process,” Baoy emphasized.

Baoy added that borrowers can also get a PRN at the SSS Housing and Acquired Assets Management Department, SSS Investments Accounting Department, or SSS Member Loans Department in the SSS Main Office, Quezon City.

Baoy explained that mortgagors will have one PRN for each outstanding SSS loan. “For example, if a borrower has an original housing loan and a Housing Repair and Improvement Loan, he/she will get two separate PRNs for each loan.”

He said borrowers can obtain the PRN every 10th day of the month, so their PRN for June 2024 will be generated on June 10.

Baoy clarified that once the PRN expires, the borrower needs to get a new PRN that contains the past due and current amounts, noting that an expired PRN will no longer be accepted for payment.

“Mortgagors can pay their monthly housing loan amortizations over the counter at SSS branch offices with tellering services or through SSS-accredited collecting partners such as Union Bank of the Philippines, Philippine National Bank, Bayad Center, and SM Mart, Inc. SSS will notify them through their registered email address and mobile number to confirm their payment and its posting on their accounts,” Baoy said.

As of December 2023, SSS has 3,744 mortgagors with housing loan collectibles amounting to P6.83 billion.

Harvard Spotlight: UN Laureate Glenn Banaguas – From Science to Soul

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In the hallowed halls of Harvard, where intellect and aspiration converge, a celestial symphony unfolded—a harmonious blend of science, service, and unwavering faith. Science Diplomat Glenn Banaguas, the multi-awarded scientist and esteemed UN Sasakawa Laureate from the Philippines, illuminated the Harvard Climate Action Week (HCAW) during the event held from June 10-14, 2024. He stepped onto the stage, not merely as an emissary of knowledge but as a vessel of divine purpose.

Imagine the ethereal moment when the invitation arrived, an envelope bearing the Harvard insignia, its fibers infused with centuries of wisdom. Banaguas, the only Filipino bestowed with this honor, felt the cosmic alignment, the universe conspiring to amplify his voice. It was more than an accolade; it was a cosmic covenant, a promise to elevate humanity through resilience.

Banaguas’ magnum opus, the “Climate Smart Philippines: Science for Service”, resonates like a celestial score. Its notes echo across archipelagos, whispering to the wind-swept palms and coral reefs. But this symphony is no solo act; it thrives on multi-stakeholder participation. Government, academia, communities—all harmonize in a chorus of purpose. Their voices blend, creating a crescendo of hope, peace, and unity.

1. Multi-Stakeholder Participation: By bringing together government agencies, local communities, academia, NGOs, and private sectors, it fosters dialogue and shared decision-making. This approach ensures that diverse perspectives contribute to resilient solutions, empowering communities to actively engage in their climate resilience journey.

a. Collaboration and Inclusivity: Climate Smart Philippines recognizes that addressing climate challenges requires collective effort. It brings together various stakeholders, including government agencies, local communities, academic institutions, NGOs, and private sectors. By fostering dialogue and shared decision-making, it ensures that diverse perspectives contribute to resilient and sustainable solutions.

b. Empowering Communities: Through this participatory approach, Climate Smart Philippines empowers communities. Rather than being passive recipients of climate resilience measures, they become active agents in their own journey. Their insights, experiences, and local knowledge play a crucial role in shaping effective strategies.

c. Resilient Solutions: By incorporating diverse viewpoints, Climate Smart Philippines enhances the robustness of its solutions. It considers not only scientific evidence but also the practical realities faced by communities. This holistic approach leads to more adaptive and sustainable outcomes.

2. Science and Evidence-Based: Climate Smart Philippines is the brainchild of Glenn Banaguas. It stands firmly on the bedrock of rigorous scientific research. Here’s how it leverages science:

a. Data-Driven Approach: Climate Smart Philippines collects and analyzes data related to climate change impacts, vulnerabilities, and risks. By understanding these factors, it tailors its strategies to address specific challenges faced by different regions within the Philippines.

b. Models for Decision-Making: The program employs predictive models to simulate various scenarios. These models help policymakers and stakeholders anticipate the consequences of different actions. For instance, they can assess the effectiveness of early warning systems or evaluate the impact of sustainable practices.

c. Empirical Evidence: Climate Smart Philippines relies on empirical evidence—real-world observations and measurements—to validate its strategies. Whether it’s designing resilient infrastructure or promoting eco-friendly practices, evidence-based decision-making ensures effectiveness.

d. Policy Guidance: Scientific findings guide policy formulation and implementation. Climate Smart Philippines collaborates with government agencies to integrate climate resilience into national and local policies. This alignment ensures that science informs practical actions.

3. People-Centered Approach: Climate Smart Philippines acknowledges that true resilience extends beyond physical infrastructure—it encompasses the well-being of individuals and communities. Here are the key aspects:

a. Gender Sensitivity: The initiative recognizes gender differences and ensures that climate actions consider the unique vulnerabilities and needs of women, who often bear the brunt of climate impacts.

b. Cultural Awareness: Climate Smart Philippines respects cultural diversity. It tailors solutions to specific contexts, considering local practices, traditions, and knowledge.

c. Community-Driven: Rather than imposing top-down solutions, the program actively involves communities. It listens to their voices, understanding their challenges and aspirations.

Banaguas’ insights at HCAW 2024 resonated with attendees, emphasizing the urgent need for climate action. His voice represented the indomitable spirit of a nation committed to the fight against climate change, and his contributions were a valuable addition to the global conversation on sustainability. His message echoed themes of peace, resiliency, and sustainability, urging us all to take meaningful action, navigate the challenges with compassion, innovation, and a shared vision for a climate-smart world.

Glenn Banaguas concluded with a profound perspective on how God answers our prayers amidst disasters:

· Yes - Yes: “I am going to give it to you because it is good for you.” Sometimes, our prayers are answered exactly as we hope, and it’s a clear affirmation that what we desire aligns with our well-being.

· Yes - No: “I am going to give it to you, but not the way you want it.” This response reminds us that God’s wisdom transcends our understanding. Even when things don’t unfold as we expect, there’s a purpose, a different path that leads to growth and fulfillment.

· No - Yes: “I am not going to give it to you today, but you will have it someday.” Delayed answers teach us patience and trust. What seems like a denial now may be preparation for a better outcome in the future.

· No - No: “I am not going to give it to you because it is not good for you.” Sometimes, what we desire isn’t aligned with our highest good. God’s refusal protects us from harm and redirects us toward what truly matters.

Banaguas’ words resonate beyond faith, they echo universal truth about peace, resilience, sustainability, acceptance, and divine wisdom.

New PHLPost Chairman/Postmaster General Planas vows to re-energize the country’s post office

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) Board of Directors announces the election of Chairman Mike Planas as its new Postmaster General and CEO during the annual election on June 18, 2024. His oathtaking and assumption of office also on June 18, 2024 marks the start of new leadership that vows to reenergize the country’s post office.

“With a wide network of more than 1,200 post offices in the country, there is an untapped potential and challenge to bring the post office up to pace with modern delivery practices while servicing the most remote or missionary areas. You don’t expect commercial couriers to deliver mail and packages to far flung areas, but The Post Office can and will continue to serve the public—wherever they are,” said Mike Planas.

With the support of the PHLPost Board, the Chairman and Postmaster General/CEO is set to upgrade and create new product lines and build alliances across the logistics value chain to boost PHLPost’s revenues. “Logistics is the backbone of modernization by effectively moving forward the flow of goods and mail. We have to revitalize and upgrade the postal service to meet the daily needs of the Filipinos and make its mark as a top earner GOCC,” he said.

Chairman and Postmaster General/CEO Mike Planas has an impressive academic background from the University of the Philippines (UP Diliman, American University and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He previously served as Councilor in Quezon City and as Consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

PHLPost is a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) where the CEO is elected annually by the members of the Board from among its ranks consistent with the GOCC Law or Republic Act No. 10149. Since his appointment as Chairman by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. in May 2024, the hardworking and hands-on leader has visited various post offices, including Davao City Central and Tagum post offices. He has since committed to lead by example, promote “malasakit” among the employees, and rehabilitate the 100-year-old main post office in Manila destroyed by fire last year. Chair Planas aspires to upgrade and upskill the workforce of PHLPost to provide the public with enhanced and efficient services.


Chairman and Postmaster General/CEO Mike Planas takes his oath and assumes office on June 18, 2024. With him are Director Ernesto O. Severino (not in photo), Vice Chairman Justice Stephen Cruz (Ret.), Commodore Raul B. Leyritana (Ret.) , Director Patrick David R. De Leon, and Director Maura M. Baghari-Regis.

𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐤 𝐔𝐡𝐚𝐩 𝐀𝐰𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐮: 𝐀𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐬 𝐬𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐲-𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐚

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Idinaos noong 18 Mayo 2024 ang Amak Uhap Awlung Pagtatapu (Araw ng Pagtatapos sa Bahay-Wika) ng ika-6 na batch ng mga bata sa Bahay-Wika at mga Apprentice sa Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program (MALLP) sa Bangkal, Abucay, Bataan. Mayroong 18 batang Ayta Magbukun na nakapagtapos sa Bahay-Wika ngayong taon at anim na mga magulang (apprentice) na Ayta Magbukun na natuto ng kanilang katutubong wika. Naidaos ang programa katuwang ang Provincial Government ng Bataan sa pamamagitan ng Provincial Tourism Office at Cultural Heritage and Preservation Division.

Ang Bahay-Wika at MALLP sa Bangkal, Abucay, Bataan para sa wikang Ayta Magbukun ay ang kauna-unahang Language Immersion Program para sa pagpapasigla ng mga nanganganib na wika ng Pilipinas. 

Sinimulan ito noong 2018 at nagpapatuloy hanggang sa kasalukuyan dahil sa pagsusumikap ng komunidad na mapasigla ang paggamit ng kanilang katutubong wika at dahil na rin sa pagtutulungan ng iba’t ibang institusyon ng pamahalaan gaya ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Pamahalaang Lalawigan ng Bataan, Pamahalaan Bayan ng Abucay, at DepEd-Bataan.

𝐔𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥, 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬

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As one of the advocates of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and in celebration of the National Disability Rights Week on the third week of July, the Rotaract Club of Calumpit brings you a project that aims to break stereotypes, foster inclusivity, and celebrate the unique talents and empower every individual, specifically Person with Disabilities (PWDs).

Get ready to dive into the world of PWDs as we tackle topics to broaden your knowledge and awareness at . Join the three exciting sub-events we have in store for you!

Breaking Barriers 2024 sub-events:

- (podcast discussion)

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- (community service)

What are you waiting for? Please tune in live at our facebook page to learn, unlearn and relearn.

𝐂𝐨-𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲:

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𝐈𝐧 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡:

The Coffee Session

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𝐈𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡:

Axl Powerhouse

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