MERALCO PATULOY ANG SERBISYO, SINISIGURO SA PUBLIKO ANG 24/7 NA SUPPLY NG KURYENTE NGAYONG PANAHON NG ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

Nagpahayag ang Manila Electric Company (Meralco) ukol sa operasyon nito ngayong panahon ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Siniguro ng Meralo sa publiko ang pananatili ng kanilang 24/7na operasyon upang masiguro ang tuluy-tuloy na serbisyo ng kuryente sa loob ng 30 araw ng kuwarentina na nagsimula noong ika-15 ng Marso hanggang ika-14 ng Abril 2020.

Bago pa man ipinatupad ang ECQ ay naghanda na ang Meralco ng plano kung paanong magtutuloy ang operasyon nito sa kabila ng kinakaharap na pandemya ng bansa. Kasama rin dito ang pagpapahalaga sa kalusugan at kaligtasan ng mga empleyado habang patuloy ang operasyon nito.

Muling binanggit ng Meralco na pansamantala nilang kinansela ang kanilang mga scheduled maintenance habang ipinapatupad ng pamahalaan ang ECQ maliban na lamang sa mga lugar na matutukoy na mabigat ang demand at nang may pahintulot ng Department of Energy (DOE). Siniguro ng Meralco sa publiko na maliban sa mga mahalagang aktibidades na ito na makakaapekto sa maliit na bilang ng mga konsyumer sa maikling oras, ay halos walang mga pagkaantala ng serbisyo ng kuryente na naitatala sa kasalukuyan sa kanilang mga lugar na nasasakupan.

Sinabi ni Meralco SVP & Head of Networks Engr. Ronnie L. Aperocho, “During these challenging times, Meralco remains always ready and will continue working with the energy sector so as to ensure that electric power services remain uninterrupted. Meralco is implementing its business continuity plan and emergency measures to distribute power around the clock, especially to crucial installations such as hospitals. At the same time, we are one with the power sector in our total compliance with the directives of the DOH in order to arrest the COVID 19 situation. Our customers can rest assured that safety is also of paramount concern to us and we will continue to cooperate with the government in ensuring that we will provide the best level of service expected from us.”

Ipinaliwanag din ni Engr. Aperocho na, “Meralco’s triple-redundancy of its Control Center ensures continuous real-time visibility 24/7 of the entire distribution network, even in the midst of the enhanced community quarantine. This flexibility affords us to spread deployment of personnel critical to our business operations, not only to assure their well-being, but more importantly, to ensure that power across our franchiseis uninterrupted during these critical times.”

Kabilang sa mga operational highlight ng Meralco ngayong lockdown ay ang pagkakabit ng kuryente sa Cavite City Hall at sa pasilidad ng Maynilad sa Cavite noong ika-21 ng Marso. Nagkabit din ng kuryente sa Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office noong ika-23 ng Marso. Ilan din sa mga nakabitan ng kuryente ay ang Urban Homes na siyang gagamiting pansamantalang libreng tirahan ng mga health worker na pumapasok sa St. Luke’s Hospital sa Bonifacio Global Center (BGC) noon ding ika-23 ng Marso.

Nabigyan naman ng serbisyo ng kuryente noong ika-25 ng Marso ang COVID-19 regional evacuation center ng Quezon City. Tinitiyak ng Meralco sa publiko na marami pang mga gusali na nakatakdang gamitin ng gobyerno at ng lokal na pamahalaan ang prayoridad kabitan ng kuryente ng Meralco.

Tiniyak ni Meralco President & CEO Atty. Ray C. Espinosa sa publiko na, “all hands are on deck to ensure Meralco runs like clockwork. Our company continues to keep up the good fight and sustain our mission to keep the lights on for each and every single customer in our franchise area. Going beyond the power and light we deliver, this current crisis that our country faces calls for us to be a beacon of reliability and hope. We are keeping the lights on for our customers as we also provision for the safety and comfort of our employees.”

Para sa kaligtasan at kalusugan ng mga customer ng Meralco ngayong panahon ng ECQ, hinihikayat nila ang mga ito na gamitin ang Meralco Online na serbisyo para sa mga transaksyon at iba pang mga bagong impormasyon. Maaaring i-download ng mga customer ng Meralco ang Meralco Online application sa anumang smartphone gamit ang link na ito: http://onelink.to/meralcomobile. Maaari ring malaman ang iba pang opsyon ng pagbabayad ng bill sa link na ito: bit.ly/MeralcoPaymentPartners.

Para naman sa iba pang impormasyon at mga anunsyo, maaaring bumisita ang mga customer ng Meralco sa mga sumusunod na link:

Meralco Website: www.meralco.com.ph

Meralco FB page: www.facebook.com/meralco

Meralco Twitter Account: @meralco

Call Center: 16211

 

 

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DR. GREG MACASAET, DEDICATED COVID – 19 FRONTLINER

APAT na araw na ang nakalipas nang i-post sa Facebook ng isang obispo ang panawagang ipagdasal ang “internal repose” ng isang manggagamot, si Dr. Israel Bactol.

Si Dr. Bactol ay namatay dahil sa sakit na novel coronavirus – 2019 o COVID – 19.

Siya ay 34-taong-gulang.

Nagkaroon siya ng COVID – 19 habang inaasikaso ang mga taong tinamaan ng naturang virus.

Si Dr. Bactol ay isa sa mga Pilipinong manggagamot na kasama sa tinatawag na “COVID – 19 Frontliners.”

Nailagay sa FB account ang sinapit ng batang doktor matapos i-intubate (lagyan ng tubo ang isa ring doktor upang makahinga nang maayos).

Ang doktor na iyon ay si Greg Macasaet.

Huling pahayag ng “dedicated frontliner” laban sa COVID -19

NGUNIT, namatay din si Dr. Greg Macasaet bandang alas-kuwatro ng umaga.

Si Dr. Greg ay isang anesthesiologist.

At bago siya pumanaw, si Dr. Greg ay inilarawan ng isang kaibigan bilang “dedicated frontliner in the fight against COVID – 19.”

Mabilis na kumalat ang virus ng COVID – 19 sa kanya nang mahawaan siya ng mga pasyenteng inaasikaso at ginagamot nila ng asawang si Dr. Eva Macasaet, isa rin anesthesiologist.

Ayon sa impormasyon, inilagay si Greg sa ICU ng ospital dahil nagkaroon na siya ng pneumonia at pasikip nang pasikip ang kanyang dibdib, dahilan upang unti-unti siyang mahirapang makahinga.

Habang nasa ICU, kinontak niya ang kanyang pamilya, mga kamag-anak at kaibigan.

Isa sa mga mensaheng naipadala niya ay ganito ang nakasaad: “Good evening, my beloved brethren! The turn of events is just no longer going in my favor. The feeling you get, aside from extreme pains all over [my body], difficulty of breathing and as if all life is being sucked from your body! They will be putting cutdown lines and central tubes on me anytime soon! If they intubate me and place me on ventilator, then the game (referring to life) is almost over!”

“If Ateng (referring to his wife) survives, then my wish for her and Raymond (their son who has autism) for a long and happy life will bear fruition! Raymond, however, needs medical, financial and emotional care for the rest of his life! Something I may no longer be able to fulfill! It is my fervent hope that all of you may assist the rest of my Family in our difficult times!”

Hindi nagawa ni Dr. Eva na makita, masilip man lang, makausap, makamusta, mahawakan man lang kahit ang kanyang palad at mabulungan, sapagkat kahit siya ay ipinasok na sa isang kuwarto upang hindi na makahawa ng COVID – 19.

Si Dr. Eva ay nagkaroon din ng COVID – 19, ngunit hindi kasing lala ng sinapit ng kanyang asawa.

Mahirap pala talaga kapag nagkaroon ka ng COVID – 19, sapagkat literal na bawal kang lapitan at kausapin ng kahit sinong tao – kahit doktor na hindi nakatalaga sa ‘yo.

Ang masakit sa dinanas ng mag-asawang frontliner laban sa pandemyang COVID – 19, hindi madadalaw at makikita ang bangkay ng kanyang asawa.

Ang higit na kahabag-habag ay ang kalagayan ng kanilang anak na si Raymond.

‘Bagong Bayani ng Kasalukuyang Henerasyon’

ITINURING ng administrasyong Duterte ang frontliners bilang  “Bagong Bayani ng Kasalukuyang Henerasyon.”

“These selfless and dedicated countrymen of ours who man the ramparts against this scourge of an unseen invader that threatens the very survival of our nation are the new heroes of this generation. To them goes our prayers to shield them from the dreaded disease and our eternal gratitude for their selfless and heroic deeds,” pahayag ng tagapagsalita ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na si Salvador Panelo.

Ayon pa sa kalatas ni Panelo nitong Marso 21: “The Office of the President supports these frontliners and commits itself to throw the resources of its office to ensure that these frontliners will continue to get the assistance they need in the performance of their duties.”

Ang konteksto ng pahayag ni Panelo ay ang kahandaan at walang takot na pagganap ng mga manggagamot at nars sa kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin para sa mga Filipino kahit sa panahong kumakaharap ng pandemyang COVID -19 ang Pilipinas at maraming bansa sa daigdig.

Ang pagtugon nila sa kanilang trabaho, tungkulin at obligasyon ay walang karagdagang benepisyo, kundi karagdagang sakripisyo.

Ibigay ang pangangailangan ng health workers

WALANG reklamo at hindi sumagi kahit isang segundo sa isipan ng health workers ang tumigil, umatras at iwan ang pagtulong at pag-asikaso sa mga biktima ng COVID – 19.

Ang kanilang panawagan na isinapubliko nitong Linggo ay ibigay ang mga pangangailangan ng  health workers upang magampanan nila nang husto ang kanilang gawain, tungkulin at obligasyon.

Ipinaliwanag ng Coalition for People’s Right to Health (CPRH) “From experiencing mandatory quarantine to severe cases of respiratory distress and now even death, health professional and workers are literally giving their lives in the service of the nation and its people during this pandemic.”

“Beyond PUIs and surveillance, health workers must be regarded as a high-risk population that is tested regularly (such as every two weeks), in order to guide hospitals and facilities in monitoring and rotating the already overburdened frontliners, of whom the medical community cannot afford to lose any further,” patuloy ng CPRH.

Idiniin ng asosasyon na ang tamang pasahod, hazard pay, makataong oras sa pagganap ng trabaho at probisyon sa PPEs (gowns) ay pawang napakahalagang isyu sa health workers kahit walang COVID – 19.(NELSON S. BADILLA)

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GSIS ADVANCES RELEASE OF PENSION

In response to Senator Bong Go’s appeal for GSIS to help its members and pensioners, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet today assured the public that the state pension fund will extend all the necessary assistance to its members and pensioners.

Senator Go, who chairs the Committee on Health and Demography, specifically asked GSIS to (1) waive penalties for delayed remittances, (2) release pensions early and (3) grant emergency loans.

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa concern ng ating butihing Senador para sa kalagayan ng aming mga miyembro at pensionado. Nais ko pong ipabatid kay Senador Go na nagawa na po ng GSIS ang dalawa sa tatlong kahilingan niya. Una, nagbigay na po kami ng extension o ‘grace period’ sa lahat ng premium remittances at loan payments na dapat bayaran nitong Marso. Puwede po itong bayaran sa May 10 na walang karampatang penalty,” Macasaet said.

GSIS likewise extended the due date for housing loan payments and rental payment for investment properties falling due this March. “Babayaran din po ito sa May 10 na walang penalty,” Macasaet said.

“Para naman po sa mga pensyonado, maaga po nilang matatanggap ang mga pensyon nila ngayong Abril. Karaniwan po sa April 8 dumadating ang pensyon. But we will release it before April 8,” the GSIS chief added.

“Doon naman po sa Emergency Loan, maglalabas po ang GSIS ng emergency loan para sa aming mga myembro at pensionado. Humihingi lang po kami ng konting panahon dahil inaayos namin yung aming systems para ma-activate ang nationwide implementation nito.”

GSIS offers a Php20,000 emergency loan to active members and pensioners with an interest rate of 6%, payable in three years.

At present, all GSIS offices nationwide are closed to the public until 12 April 2020. However, GSIS continues to accept loan applications for Conso-loan, Policy Loan and Pension Loan through the GSIS kiosks. GSIS has nearly 1,000 kiosks installed in government agencies, GSIS branch offices, provincial capitols, city halls, and municipal offices as well as selected SM and Robinsons malls all over the country. Loan applications of active members require prior approval by Agency Authorized Officers or Liaison Officers (AAOs / LOs) before GSIS can credit the loan amount to the individual borrower’s account.

 

 

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Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) Official Statement on the COVID-19 Response

March 20, 2020

As the situation on COVID-19 remains to be uncertain, Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines), majority owned and operated by Dr. George T. Yang has announced the release of a response fund of P500 million pesos to enable the company to provide assistance for its employees and communities it serves.

For company employees, the fund covers:

o Restaurant crew and managers whether they are unable to come to work or not, and head office employees’ salaries to be released for the period of the quarantine.

o A special premium pay package will be provided for crew and managers who are able to come to work in selected stores that remain open to serve the community in enhanced quarantine areas.

o Special benefits like provision of care kits (face masks, alcohol and vitamins) to ensure employee safety in the workplace as well as provisions for premium pay.

For communities: the fund covers food to be donated by the company to front liners like medical health workers, LGU workers, NGO volunteers, and the marginalized sector who are challenged to have access to food during this time.

According to McDonald’s Philippines Chairman and Founder Dr. George Yang, “amidst any crisis, people must come first; we do what we can to ensure their welfare. We also have a responsibility to our partners to ensure that they can continue doing business and be able to care for their own people. Finally, as a Filipino company, we have a duty to be a partner of the government in serving the public in whatever way we can.”
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McDonald’s Philippines master franchise holder, Dr. George T. Yang, opened the first McDonald’s store in Morayta, Manila in 1981. Since then, McDonald’s in the Philippines has been a strong and relevant player in the country’s quick service restaurant industry, having grown a store network of over 670 across the country, and will continue to grow in the years to come. McDonald’s Philippines continues to elevate its community relevance through Ronald McDonald House Charities and customer experience through its NXTGEN stores. In 2017, McDonald’s was awarded the prestigious ‘‘Best Employer for Commitment to Employer Brand” and “Best Employer for Commitment to Generation Y” distinctions at the Aon Best Employers Philippines Awards 2017. Aon recognizes organizations that receive outstanding results from random employee opinion surveys and people practices index

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Manila Water extends payment due date for customers

Manila Water announced that it is extending the due date of payment of customers’ water bills for 30 days. This is in response to the month-long enhanced community quarantine imposed on the entire Luzon. The extension will apply to water bills whose due dates will fall within the quarantine period.

Manila Water President and Chief Executive Officer Rene Almendras assures that the company values the customers’ welfare in these trying times. “The welfare of our customers is our primary concern as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our concern is for them not to go out and risk infection just to pay.  We encourage them to follow President’s call to stay home,” Almendras adds.

This also comes with the assurance that there are available payment options that will not require the customers to leave home, such as online banking and other online payment channels such as GCash for those that wish to pay their bills.

Manila Water also ensures that there is adequate and continuous water supply for all customers, except during emergency repairs and necessary maintenance activities.

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SSS issues service guidelines amid community quarantine in Metro Manila

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The Social Security System (SSS) issued temporary service guidelines for its Metro Manila branches after the region is placed under community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to the guidelines, the SSS will form a skeletal workforce in all of its branches in Metro Manila to continuously serve its members – Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Transactions, however, will be limited to applications for non-medical benefits such as retirement, death, funeral, and unemployment; sickness and maternity notifications; employer reimbursement claims for sickness and maternity; maternity claims for self-employed and voluntary members; Pension Loan Program application; and contribution and loan payments.

Medical Evaluation Centers in the said region will only be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for sickness and disability benefit claims.

Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) card applications and other transactions will temporarily be unavailable.

Members are advised to avoid unnecessary trips to SSS branches.

For accessing records, viewing of eligibility and documentary requirements for benefit and loan programs, inquiry on the status of benefit claims, and other transactions, members may use the My.SSS portal on the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph, download the SSS Mobile App or use the Text-SSS facility at 2600.

SSS branches outside Metro Manila will continue with normal operations to serve the public.

The said guidelines will take effect starting 16 March 2020. The SSS will issue an advisory should there be any changes.

The health and safety of its members, employees, and other stakeholders are always a top concern of the SSS. It hopes that everyone will be guided accordingly.

 

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MERALCO ASSURES PUBLIC OF 24/7 SERVICE DURING COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) today assured the public that it will continue to serve its customers and operate 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted distribution of power during the 30-day community quarantine (15 March to 14 April 2020).

The distribution utility stated that it has taken all precautions to preserve the safety and health of its employees while also sustaining its continuous operations in the franchise area.

Meralco clarified that it will defer its earlier scheduled maintenance activities during the community quarantine period  except for those deemed as critically loaded areas, as approved by the Department of Energy (DOE).

Meralco SVP & Head of Networks Engr. Ronnie L. Aperocho said “During these challenging times, Meralco will continue working with the energy sector so as to ensure that electric power services remain uninterrupted.

Meralco is implementing its business continuity plan and emergency measures to distribute power around the clock, especially to crucial installations such as hospitals. At the same time, we are one with the power sector in our total compliance with the directives of the DOH in order to arrest the COVID 19 situation. Our customers can be rest assured that safety is also of paramount concern to us and we will continue to cooperate with government in ensuring that we will provide the best level of service expected from us.”

 

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HOTEL SOGO UNVEILS NEWEST BRANCH IN THE NORTH

Located in one of the busiest roads of Quezon City and focus of booming industries, Hotel Sogo Mindanao Avenue branch officially opens its doors to the public highlighting its vibrant atmosphere and a more sophisticated place to stay in the metro.

“At Hotel Sogo, our task is to continuously provide our guests with the best first-class hotel experience they can get from a very affordable price. With pride in authentic Filipino hospitality and innovation in our services, we believe that we can keep up with what our guest wants – a home away from home,” Ms. Sue Geminiano, Marketing Manager of Hotel Sogo said.

Hotel Sogo launches its 41st branch filled with energetic and exciting vibes forefront by its modernized and new room designs. From deluxe to the regency, all rooms are perfectly designed for couples, families, or solo-stay who want the comfort of staying at home while having the leisure to easily access shopping malls, restaurants, and even fitness centers.

“Our newest branch focuses on serving passion-oriented people within the economic hub of Quezon City. This won’t be like any other hotel, just from the look of our facade, lobby, modernized rooms, and with top-notch customer service, there’s more reason to enjoy staying with us here at Hotel Sogo Mindanao Ave.,” Ms. Sue added.

“As cliché as it may be the ‘New year, new me’ also applies with us – New Year, new opportunities and a bright future awaits the company. With Hotel Sogo Mindanao Ave. opening the year 2020, there will be more branches to open. In the pipe is the one in Davao,” Ms. Sue stated.

Hotel Sogo’s continuous innovation on its amenities and masterful craft on its clean and sanitized room summarizes its “so clean…so good” experience in all of its branches. Truly, Hotel Sogo’s strength lies in its services by creating first-rate quality and affordable stay fit for young professionals, digital natives, travelers, and families.

So what are you waiting for? Get charmed by Hotel Sogo Mindanao Avenue’s sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere. For more details, visit www.hotelsogo.com or like and follow Hotel Sogo on Facebook (facebook.com/hotelsogo), Twitter (@hotelsogo), and Instagram (@hotelsogo).

 

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GSIS CHIEF MACASAET INAUGURATES GWAPS KIOSK IN AYALA, ZAMBO CITY

Zamboanga City.  GSIS Acting President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet inaugurated a new GWAPS machine today in Barangay Ayala, Zamboanga City, which will serve more than 2,500 members and pensioners based in the area.

“This GWAPS kiosk is a big help to our old-age pensioners and members residing in Ayala, because they no longer have to spend time and money to go to our GSIS Branch Office in Baliwasan,” Macasaet said during simple inauguration rites held at the barangay hall of Ayala.

“Dito na po mismo sa lugar nila sa Ayala, puwede na silang mag-apply ng loan sa GSIS – sa pamamagitan ng GWAPS machine na ito,” Macasaet added.

With the installation of the new machine in Ayala, GSIS now has eight (8) GWAPS Kiosks operating in various barangays of the city such as Vitali, Curuan, Sangali, and KCC Mall.

To date, GSIS has 905 GWAPS machines deployed in shopping malls and government offices nationwide.

GWAPS, which stands for GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System, is an ATM-like machine which allows pensioners and government employees to access their membership records and loan data from the state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Pensioners can also renew their active status online via the GWAPS kiosk.

Aside from saving members’s time and money for travel, the GWAPS machine also encourages “paperless transaction” since GSIS pensioners and members can now transact and submit their loan applications to GSIS electronically via the internet.

 

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