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Near. Duterte and government officials open Pampanga Hospital in Clark

A provincial hospital that aims to provide affordable and accessible healthcare services will rise in Clark Freeport as President Rodrigo Duterte and other key government officials recently broke ground on the medical facility.

“Allow me to congratulate the provincial government of Pampanga and the other partner agencies who have helped us achieve this significant achievement. I am honored to be with you as I commemorate my last Labor Day as President. I urge you to remain firm in your initiatives to advance the government’s holistic approach to social development,” Duterte said as he expressed his delight at the development of the Pampanga Provincial Hospital in Clark.

The president also cited the suitability of this Freeport as a prime location for the project.

“The strategic location of this hospital will make our services and support programs more accessible to surrounding communities,” he added.

According to the Governor of Pampanga, Dennis Pineda, the medical facility will be established on a 9,259 square meter plot at the Changi Gateway in Clark Global City (CGC). The provincial government provided 200 million pesos and an approved additional loan of 500 million pesos from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the development of the three-story health facility, parking lot and service road.

The national government, through the Department of Health (DOH), has also allocated 50 million pesos for the construction of a two-story support services building that will complement the hospital.

Other key government officials who witnessed the revolutionary rites include former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Senator Lawrence “Bong” Go, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, Vice Governor of Pampanga Lilia Pineda, Member of the Congressman Carmelo Lazatin II and local Metro Clark leaders, including Angeles Mayor Carmelo. Lazatin, Jr., and Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo.

Best in Class

Nestlé Philippines, through the Nestlé Wellness Academy, recently recognized the Claremont School of Valenzuela as its Best in Class winner, topping the program’s inter-school competition among private schools across the country for the school year. 2021-2022.

The Best in Class award is given to a private school that is able to qualify and perform at the highest level in two categories: the Wellness Educator of the Year category for teachers who have not only used the modules , but also applied their creativity and skills to drive awareness and appreciation of the importance of health and nutrition; and the Wellness Movers of the Year category for the school which showed how their students practice the 7 healthy habits to “lead them to wellness” via a fun, energetic and creative dance routine.

As this year’s winner, Claremont School in Valenzuela received a cash prize of P150,000, which it donated to the school’s foundation to support scholarships and community outreach programs. In addition, the school received training in urban gardening, one of three advocacy programs offered by the Nestlé Wellness Academy to help the school grow.

Other advocacy programs offered were solid waste management and nutritious and tasty cooking.

On May 6, representatives from the winning school officially received their prizes and urban gardening kit at the Lipa Integrated Coffee Center, where they also learned more about good techniques and innovations they can apply to start and manage their own urban garden at school. . Exclusive training webinars and learning modules have also been made available to help equip the Claremont School of Valenzuela with the proper tools and knowledge.

CDC and ARTA sign an agreement for the Unified Logistics Pass

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) and Joint Circular (JMC) for the pilot implementation of the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) ) which will simplify the requirements and procedures for transporting goods within this Freeport.

Manuel R. Gaerlan, President and CEO of CDC, and ARTA Deputy General Manager for Usec Operations. Ernesto V. Perez signed the agreement in a simple ceremony held at CDC headquarters.

According to ARTA, the application of the ULP will streamline the requirements for a unified quick response (QR) code that will eliminate the variable and separate passage stickers required by economic zones, ports and local government units (LGUs). ). The use of the ULP will also facilitate the movement of products and ease port entry restrictions.

The implementation of the ULP supports Republic Act 11032 or also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Delivery of Government Services of 2018, which was enacted during the Duterte administration. This law aims to streamline the current systems and procedures of government departments. It also compels all government offices and agencies to adopt streamlined processes that will cut red tape and speed up government transactions.

Other officials who witnessed the signing include CDC Assistant Vice President for Business Enhancement Group Atty. Noelle Mina Meneses, CDC manager for the Public Safety Division, BGen. Antonio Rosario, CDC-PSD Deputy Director Robin Cenzon, CDC IV Realtor Joseph Robert Franco, CDC Deputy Corporate Planning Division (CPD) Director Elizabeth Magat and CDC III DPC Officer Yolanda Pinlac.

Also in attendance were ARTA V Project Development Manager Luminada Rotol and ARTA IV Project Development Rudyard Dominick Hipe.

Supported in-person community engagement

Volunteers and attendees of I am MAD’s first in-person community engagement at Tampayan Elementary School.

I am MAD (Making A Difference) has relaunched its award-winning flagship program called “MAD Camp” with its first face-to-face community engagement held recently at Tampayan Elementary School in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, in Romblon.

Awarded as one of the ten accomplished youth organizations in 2016 for culture and the arts, peace and human development, I am MAD regularly organizes a MAD camp in key areas of the country. The community outreach program brings together volunteers to lead values ​​education activities and engage schoolchildren aged 10-12 in games, team building, storytelling and workshops. These activities are designed to promote the positive traits of Filipinos, inspiring them to see themselves as dreamers and future leaders with a heart for service.

The 71st edition of MAD Camp in Romblon this year brought together 30 passionate volunteers from all over the country, including six new recruits from Sibuyan Island. It was attended by 53 school children who each received a “Bag of Dreams” gift box filled with school supplies and their own activity booklet titled 10 MAD (Munting Aksyon na Dapat) Gawin ng Batang Pilipino.

Spread of smiles

Smile Train and Miss Universe Queens ambassadors Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Iris Mittenaere (2016) and Demi-Leigh Tebow (2017) pose with Smile Train recipients during their special meet and greet.

Before hosting the grand coronation evening of the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 pageant, Miss Universe queens Pia Wurtzbach, Iris Mittenaere and Demi-Leigh Tebow met with Smile Train recipients under the care of her partner, Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines , Inc. (NCFPI). The queens came together for this special gathering to raise awareness about the slots, continuing their important work as advocates for Smile Train.

Smile Train, the world’s largest slot-focused organization, hosted them in the Philippines and organized the visit with the support of the Miss Universe Philippines organization.

In the Philippines, Smile Train continued to provide comprehensive cleft care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, March 2020, until April 2021, Smile Train has supported 5,490 cleft surgeries in the Philippines.

Bayad, UBX interoperability

Bayad, the country’s bill payment authority and full-service fintech subsidiary of Meralco, has partnered with UBX, the Philippines’ leading open finance platform.

Under the agreement, i2i, UBX’s banking-as-a-service business, will leverage Bayad’s biller network, enabling i2i’s banking agents to process payments for Meralco and Home Credit, among others. .

Other than that, Bayad and UBX are constantly recalibrating its interoperability as they want to expand their ecosystem of billers from basic utilities such as electricity and water, cable and internet, to government contributions and loan repayments, tuition fees, online shopping, insurance. , and many more.

This vision to provide a one-stop-shop solution will deliver more open and accessible financial services to individuals and thousands of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

With this, sari-sari shop owners, carinderia operators and public market stall owners can rely on Home Credit Loans to maintain their businesses, easily pay their Meralco bills and access other payment services. invoices that respond to constant change. needs of Filipinos in the fast-paced environment created by the new normal.

Building lives through bangus farming

Therma Luzon, Inc. (TLI), in conjunction with Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI), has partnered with BFAR-National Brackishwater Fisheries Technology Center (NBFTC) and Fisheries Iringan Samahan sa Hanapbuhay (FISH) Primary Service Cooperative to provide Fishermen Organization of Grande Island (FOGI) members in their host community in Pagbilao, Quezon with a more sustainable and secure livelihood.

With the Bangus Grande Enterprise project, TLI provided three 5×5 fish cages and 4,370 fingerlings to help these fishermen start their new livelihood. The first batch of fry was released on March 23, 2022 and will be ready for harvest at the end of May.

BFAR-NBFTC and FISH, meanwhile, provide technical assistance to fishers, including a series of trainings on marketing and post-harvest value-added production.

Jack L. Goldstein