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TESDAMAN on PhilHealth rate hike: “Perwisyo kaysa serbisyo”

TESDAMAN on PhilHealth rate hike: “Perwisyo kaysa serbisyo”

Mindanaoan Update
Sen. Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to answer unresolved issues and controversies as the agency is set to increase contributions this June. “Ngayong magtataas sila ng singil, dapat rin nating singilin ang PhilHealth ng sagot sa mga isyu na natalakay natin noon sa mga hearing sa Senado. Ano ang mga hakbang na ginawa at ginagawa ng PhilHealth upang matugunan ang mga anomalya sa pondo na naungkat natin sa mga nakaraang Senate hearings? Nabayaran na ba ng PhilHealth ang mga utang nito sa ospital nitong pandemya? Dapat may report at accounting sila bago pa man sila magpatupad ng mas mataas na singil,” said Villanueva. In addition, Villanueva said that the mandated increase in PhilHealth contributions starting next month shoul...
Shopee extends aid towards Typhoon Agaton survivors

Shopee extends aid towards Typhoon Agaton survivors

Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Last April 24, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, together with its logistics arm Shopee Xpress, teamed up with NORVIC Drugs Corporation and NutriAsia to collect and deliver sanitation kits and refreshments to Visayans affected by Typhoon Agaton. The donations were repacked and distributed by Shopee Xpress volunteers in the area. For those looking to help victims affected by Typhoon Agaton, Shopee invites users to donate through its partner charities found on the app.  Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time. 
Senatorial frontrunner Escudero endorses Suan for CDO 1st District Congressman

Senatorial frontrunner Escudero endorses Suan for CDO 1st District Congressman

Cagayan de Oro City, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Politics
Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, who is seeking a Senate return, has endorsed Atty. Lordan Suan for First District Cagayan de Oro Congressman. Escudero said that he believes Suan is motivated, passionate and has great plans for CDO's 1st District. Escudero and Suan met in Cagayan de Oro, during the former's recent trip to the city. Escudero remains one of the leading candidates according to the Laylo senatorial survey made available less than two weeks before the national elections on May 9, 2022. Escudero, who served two full terms in the Senate from 2007-2019, was preferred by 39 percent of 3,000 likely voters who were polled during Laylo’s national survey conducted from April 14 to 20, ranking him in 4th to 6th among the pre-listed senatorial candidates. The veteran l...
PayMaya now has cryptocurrency feature

PayMaya now has cryptocurrency feature

Announcements, Business, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Filipinos can now dip their toes in the world of virtual assets and cryptocurrencies (crypto) with the help of the trusted e-wallet brand PayMaya. PayMaya has announced that it launched its cryptocurrency (crypto) feature through its all-in-one finance app experience, enabling Filipinos to easily buy and earn digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum for as low as P1. For many of us, crypto can be challenging. Usually, you need to download and register for a crypto account and subject yourself to a verification process. You also need to have a bank account or e-wallet app as a fund source. With this development, however, PayMaya now makes it easier than ever for all of us to get into crypto by providing an all-in-one experience. There is no need to register for another account,...
Chiz Escudero: Deploy more doctors to the barrios, health resources for Universal Health Care in Mindanao

Chiz Escudero: Deploy more doctors to the barrios, health resources for Universal Health Care in Mindanao

Agusan del Sur, Basilan, Cotabato, Mindanaoan Update, Sarangani, Tawi Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte
Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said the country’s implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act will be useless if it does not benefit the poorest provinces, especially in Mindanao. Escudero, who is running for senator, said local government units (LGUs) in the south tend to be neglected when it comes to support for infrastructure development and health care, which explains why the municipalities and provinces there remain the poorest in the Philippines. “You cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy constituency. And there can be no true UHC if the people in Mindanao continue to have little or no access to quality health care. That requires adequate supply of medicines, health equipment and health workers,” Escudero said. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) ...
Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Mindanaoan Update
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is pushing to suspend fuel excise tax, in the midst of skyrocketing fuel prices sparked by Russia’s war on Ukraine. Further, he is calling for stronger implementation of the Biofuels Act, as an option for alternative fuels. “With these prices, we should consider the temporary suspension of the fuel excise tax to give our people some welcome respite from the weekly increase of fuel,” said Zubiri. “Especially PUV operators and drivers, who are still trying to recover from the pandemic.” “Just when the economy is beginning to open back up and they finally have a chance to recoup, here comes an oil price surge to kill their momentum. “But suspending excise tax is a short-term solution. We need to think long-term, to avoid coming to another si...
Help spark the energy with multivitamins and minerals (Berocca performance)

Help spark the energy with multivitamins and minerals (Berocca performance)

Mindanaoan Update
As we continue to stay productive and power through the humdrum of our hybrid work schedules,we’re also finding ways to address the inevitable burnouts and daily energy gaps. Sometimes all ittakes to relieve that stress is a quick breather away from our work desks to refocus or to stepoutside for a change of scenery or to try something completely new so we can push the pace oncemore and bounce back. Giving you your much-needed boost of positivity to help you feel at your best, one effervescenttablet of Multivitamins and Minerals (Berocca Performance) helps enhance your physical energyand mental sharpness, so you can #SparkTheEnergy in whatever you need to do! With B Vitamins,Ascorbic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, a glass of Multivitamins and Minerals (BeroccaPerformance) is clinic...
Does The IQ Battery Meet Your Needs?

Does The IQ Battery Meet Your Needs?

Mindanaoan Update
In addition to its microinverters, Enphase also produces solar batteries. In 2006, Enphase was established in California, as well as the first microinverter system was developed in 2008. Although Enphase has seen its good days and bad days, the firm hasn't looked back since late 2017. Its market capitalization was $6.39 billion at the end of February 2020. Enphase backup battery models A few things to bear in mind if you're contemplating Enphase's IQ battery versions are as strong as they are: First and foremost, you'll need to use many IQ cells to operate heavy-duty equipment like that of an air conditioner since the batteries' output is lower than typical. Alternatively, you might use a more powerful battery like the Kohler Power Reserve. Solar systems utilizing Enphase microin...
Australian yogurt drink specialty shop Koomi opens Cagayan de Oro branch

Australian yogurt drink specialty shop Koomi opens Cagayan de Oro branch

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Reviews
I’m a certified yogurt fanatic so you can just imagine how excited I was now that Koomi Philippines has opened a branch in Cagayan de Oro! Koomi, a natural yogurt drink specialty shop from The Land Down Under , serves guilt-free yogurt treats. Every cup of Koomi is made FRESH DAILY! I also absolutely enjoyed the Waterberry Wonder Tartness is perfect and the fruits they use are fresh and delicious Not only are these yummy, they’re healthy, too! They use a natural sweetener which is fruit honey and of course, our tumtums love the probiotic yogurt that aids our digestive system. Now that’s what we call #GuiltlessGoodness. Check out Koomi CDO at the G/F of SM CDO Downtown Premier (by the main entrance) or you can order via FoodPanda and GrabFood
At the Mura Bora (“Like Boracay”) Initao white sand beach

At the Mura Bora (“Like Boracay”) Initao white sand beach

Features, Leisure, Mindanao, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Tourism, Travel
It's named "Mura Bora," shortcut for "Murag Boracay" or "Like Boracay" and it's my family and I's new fave white sand beach getaway. I suppose not a lot of people have really discovered the place yet (it's either that or the owner isn't in a hurry to develop Mura Bora) because as of this writing, this white sand beach property just has a couple of huts under coconut trees, a few friendly dogs who have seemingly been trained to melt your heart with their eyes so you can share your food and a rudimentary bathroom and shower area. I know this description doesn't sound much but for my family and I, we liked Mura Bora and its rawness. Like a virgin beach spot. Mura Bora is located at Initao, Misamis Oriental, about an hour and a half from either Cagayan de Oro City or Iligan City. It's ...
Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

Features, Health, LifeStyle, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews
Here's a brand of isopropyl alcohol that my family and I have been using for months now - Defensil! With many establishments slowly re-opening and allowing people to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles, Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol encourages Filipinos to live safe. With the nationwide vaccination program in full force, Filipinos can slowly enjoy various activities such as more dining options as well as doing physical activities by going to the gym. However, health experts continue to remind everyone to not let their guards down even as we gradually go back to normal. As there are reports of new and potentially more contagious variants, everyone must remain vigilant through following established health protocols and getting vaccinated so we can all continue to live safe and prevent ...
Play classic Solitaire online – no fuss, no hassle, no need to download any app!

Play classic Solitaire online – no fuss, no hassle, no need to download any app!

Mindanaoan Update
I don't know about you but mental health has become one of my major priorities these days. Ever since the onslaught of this pandemic, I have changed my lifestyle a lot. I have also undergone some kind of shift in perspective. Paradigm shift, if you will. I also try not to stress out too much especially over little, nonsensical things. If I think I can just chill, just let things take their course and don't get angry, then I will. Also, if there are things that I can do that can make me feel at ease, then I'll choose that, too. Life, to me, has become unpredictable because of this pandemic. And, yes, life's too short to fuss over things you don't really need to! One of the ways that has helped me mentally and emotionally is to take small breaks and either eat or drink whatever I want (n...
JOIN FOR FREE! Ford Philippines Brings Driving Skills for Life in Mindanao

JOIN FOR FREE! Ford Philippines Brings Driving Skills for Life in Mindanao

Events, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Ford Philippines is bringing its Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program in Mindanao this month as part of its commitment to create better and safer drivers on the road. With the theme “Safe Driving in the New Normal”, this year’s DSFL will cover timely topics including pandemic car care and maintenance tips, car sanitation and disinfection, and driving techniques during the rainy weather. These are in addition to the existing DSFL training module which covers basic vehicle dynamics and handling, driving in various conditions, anti-distracted driving, and fuel-efficient driving. This year’s DSFL sessions will be conducted virtually in order to foster a safe and physically-distant learning environment. The DSFL is back this year after its postponement in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pande...
How to protect your blog from viruses and hackers (writing from personal experience)

How to protect your blog from viruses and hackers (writing from personal experience)

Business, Events, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, News, Technology
A few days ago, I shared via an Instagram post that some of my websites recently incurred malware and were down for days. Not a lot of people knew about this and I also didn't really have the energy to share because, at the time, I mostly felt exhausted and disappointed in myself. It was truly a horrible time and I was so downtrodden. Truth be told, the worst part of that entire experience was realizing that the cause of the downtime was actually preventable! If only I spent a minute or two every month to do routinary tasks! Alas, that’s now in the past and I now just consider that an expensive learning experience. Now, I'm extra careful especially when it comes to data privacy, online security and digital protection measures. Cybersecurity threats are real, folks! And it can be finan...
Senator Joel Villanueva: Surge of passport applications in the millions expected as COVID retreats

Senator Joel Villanueva: Surge of passport applications in the millions expected as COVID retreats

Features, Government, Mindanaoan Update, News
As the easing of COVID-19 cases prompts OFWs to job-hunt again, the government should open more off-site passport processing centers in malls outside of Metro Manila, Sen. Joel Villanueva said. Villanueva said the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs to open six Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (DFA-TOPS) in NCR last month is “a great solution that should be replicated and scaled up” nationwide. Passport processing, the senator added, is “an important employment  assistance not only to OFWs but to first-time job seekers.” “Well, in a sense, you can view it as job generation activity,” Villanueva said. As travel restrictions get rolled back globally, this will open up economies that will take back furloughed workers, many of whom were Filipinos, the chair of the S...

Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz joins BDO as financial education champion

Business, Consumer, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, News, Sports, Technology, Zamboanga City
BDO Unibank has formally welcomed Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic Gold medalist, to its family of brand ambassadors. Three months after ending the country’s nearly 100-year quest for Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Zamboanga City native joins forces with the Bank to champion financial education, not only for her fellow athletes but also for the unserved and underserved markets including overseas Filipinos. Though unexpected, Hidilyn is thankful for having received a string of incentives and gifts for her historic feat. With this in mind, she sees the golden value of handling these incentives responsibly, which BDO has been espousing through its financial education advocacy. “Importanteng magbukas ng account sa bangko, kahit maliit lang ipon mo sa simula. Pa...
New partnership in town: Kenny Rogers Roasters and Coca Cola

New partnership in town: Kenny Rogers Roasters and Coca Cola

Business, Consumer, Corporate, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update
A cheerful toast is in order! Kenny Rogers Roasters, one of the country’s largest restaurant chains and one of my personal favorite places for rotisserie-roasted chicken, has partnered with Coca-Cola, the leading beverage company in the country, to deliver perfect dining pairings to Filipinos across the Philippines. After more than a decade, these 2 powerhouse brands reunited for diners to enjoy their favorite Kenny Rogers Roasters meals with their favorite Coca-Cola products. Kenny Rogers Roasters’ unique recipes for rotisserie-roasted chicken, complemented by a rich variety of hot and cold side dishes and beloved corn muffins, are now paired with much-loved Coca-Cola products. The partnership supports the restaurant chain’s commitment to innovating their product offerings and con...
Cagayan de Oro solon Suan victim of fake news, decries smear campaign

Cagayan de Oro solon Suan victim of fake news, decries smear campaign

Cagayan de Oro City, Controversial, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, News, Northern Mindanao, Personalities, Politics, Technology
Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Atty. Lordan Suan has called out a smear campaign against him. A Facebook page, which ironically intends to sell shoes, posted fake news against him and mayoral aspirant Jose Gabriel "Pompee" La Viña claiming that the duo plans to change the name of JR Borja General Hospital to Vicente Emano Memorial Hospital.  "For the record - I never said this. Fake news! This is nothing more than a blatant lie and a smear campaign from a page that purportedly promotes shoes. This page is obviously created for political agenda and merely aims to disinform the people of Cagayan de Oro. This post is to create hate and divisiveness," Suan emphasized. "Fake news has no place in a decent, democratic country. We must fight that with truth and facts," Suan said. Suan also a...
#Eleksyon2022: Lacson – Sotto officially file COCs

#Eleksyon2022: Lacson – Sotto officially file COCs

Mindanaoan Update
Senator Ping Lacson has officially filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president in the upcoming 2022 elections. He was joined by his vice presidential running mate, Senate President Tito Sotto. The Lacson - Sotto tandem filed their COCs today, October 6, 2021. The tandem officially launched their 2022 bid last September 8, presenting themselves as a viable option to ensure that the country would arise from difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their filing officially debunks fake news that has been circulating in the provinces, saying that Lacson and Sotto are backing out of the national elections. To this, Lacson replies, “Laban kung laban, hindi susuko!” In his speech after the filing, Lacson, who earlier declared that the Philippines needs a president that w...
Coffee at the Abbey

Coffee at the Abbey

Mindanaoan Update
The Monastery of Transfiguration, located in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, also known as the Benedictine Transfiguration Monastery, is my most favorite place for spiritual refuge. It's an ideal place if you want to go on a spiritual retreat. The centerpiece of this Mindanao monastery is a popular cone-shaped chapel, designed by the late National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin. There are no entrance fees. Just make sure that you're appropriately dressed. They have a dress code. I've written extensively about the monastery and what you can see and do there (READ: Revisiting the Monastery and 3 Things You Can Do At the Monastery of Transfiguration) but there's a new and nice development there. They have a new coffee shop slash gift shop! It's called the Abbey Giftshop and now ...
Panagatan Restaurant Opol now offers breakfast

Panagatan Restaurant Opol now offers breakfast

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Restaurant, Reviews
Breakfast with a view? Yes, please! Panagatan Restaurant, considered as Northern Mindanao's culinary gem and everyone's favorite seafood restaurant in this side of Northern Mindanao, Philippines, now offers breakfast and now opens at 8 AM (closes at 8 PM). For only Php 150 (US $3.00), your main viand (choose from bacon, corned beef, beef tapa, crispy danggit or daing na bangus) comes with 2 eggs and rice (or toasted bread). Value for money! Enjoy your breakfast by the bay! Panagatan Opol is atop the water so you can enjoy the morning sea breeze with delicious breakfast. Want to reserve tables or have inquiries? Just call Panagatan Restaurant Opol - 0917 713 1436 Other Panagatan Restaurant branches:  Ayala Malls (Centrio) - 0923 087 2418 / landline 323 1390SM Downtown -...
Join this year’s Virtual European Higher Education Fair 2021

Join this year’s Virtual European Higher Education Fair 2021

Mindanaoan Update
The COVID-19 pandemic has given us many challenges but this does not mean that the pursuit of higher education should stop. In fact, let's go higher with the EU! The European Union Delegation to the Philippines in collaboration with the EU Member States’ Embassies, education services and Institutes, will hold again this year the “Virtual European Higher Education Fair 2021” from 1 to 2 October.   Since last year, the Fair has embraced the digital transformation by staging the most exciting higher education fair online. This makes the event more accessible to Filipino students, academicians, researchers and university officials from across the country.     This year’s theme, “Go Higher with EU” puts the spotlight into the EU as the Fair bec...