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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How can OFW win Condominium, Toyota Vios and Gift Certificate worth Php200,000 for FREE

Manila - Have you heard of the new program by the Department of Tourism which allows Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) including expats to win amazing prizes such as 7-Million worth of condo unit, a brand new car,  Php200,000 worth of gift certificates and a chance to win a trip to top tourist destinations in the country?

The Department of Tourism just launched its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) program, which aims to give Filipinos working and residing abroad rewards and incentives when they invite their foreign friends to come and visit the country. 

The DOT said, it will give overseas Filipinos opportunity to participate in a raffle draw that  can have them the chance to win attractive prizes. 

"In order to entice Overseas Filipinos to participate in the program, we will appeal to their sense of nationalism and love of country while providing them the chance to win attractive prizes in the raffle draws for the Sponsoring Overseas Filipinos and their Invitees/Foreign friends," DOT said.

The program has already been started last October 2017 and will run up to April 2018. 

For interested participants, just access the BHAF official website, go to the mechanic tab and follow the instructions given. 

Winners will be selected through electronic raffle draw from the electronic randomizer housed at the DOT IT Department to be witnessed by DTI and DOT. 

The grand raffle draw will be held in April 2018.

Winners in the grand raffle draw will be notified by the DOT through email and SMS. List of winners will also be posted on DOT website and social media accounts.

For more information about this program, please visit the official website of BHAF at


Monday, December 18, 2017

New attraction in Botanical Garden: 5-feet tall elephant statues from Thailand

Philippines-Thailand Friendship Garden - Elephant statue. Photo Courtesy: PIA Cordillera
Baguio City - The local government of Baguio city under the leadership of Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the Ambassador of The Kingdom of Thailand to the Philippines, H.E. Thanatip Upatising finally opened the elephant statues during the official hand-over ceremony at the Botanical Garden on December 18th.

The sculpture which was donated by the Thai government and designed by Thai sculptures shows an elephant family with four members. The construction that was started in July this year was originally composed of three elephants but it was changed to four.

Thai elephant is the official national symbol of the Kingdom of Thailand. Elephants are animals known for their power and strength which symbolizes endurance, prosperity and good luck. In Thailand, elephants have been an important figure in their culture for centuries. 

In the blockbuster film "Ong Bak" of Thailand, elephant plays an important role in the movie. 

Called The Philippine-Thailand Friendship Garden, the five feet tall elephant sculpture symbolizes the good bilateral relation between the Philippines and Thailand. The design of the garden emphasizes the elements of a close family relationship in which Filipinos and Thais can call themselves brothers.

A stroll in this serene place in the heart of Botanical Garden will bring one to appreciate the long-lasting friendship between the Philippines and Thailand. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jollibee Foods Corporation to open its first store in Tabuk, Kalinga

Cordillera - Philippine biggest fast food chain Jollibee Food Corporation announced today the opening of its new store on February 18, next year in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

During the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall, Franklin Papala of North Luzon Ultimate Foods Corporation said that a local recruitment activity (LRA) is scheduled today at the Public Employment Service Office to hire 200 potential service crew. 

He said that the LRA will also orient interested applicants of their expected work and compensation. 

He revealed that service crew are paid P290.00 daily or 36.25 per hour for a maximum of eight-hour working schedule.

Papala said that as part of their selection criteria, service crew should at least be high school graduate or college undergraduate. He said that the store sets no age qualification as long as the applicant is flexible, can work for long hours, willing to work in shifts, competent and honest.

He also mentioned the possibility that additional store managers will come from the newly-selected service crew themselves.

Papala told that the first batch of service crew and store managers hired by Staff  Search Asia Service Cooperative in July 2016 who already underwent training at Jollibee Roxas and Tuguegarao City branch and Manila respectively will still be interviewed, oriented and trained.

The two-storey Jollibee Tabuk which is a company-owned and not a franchise of any Jollibee will rise in Bulanao operating from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM to feature a drive thru, catering and party, dine in-take out and big order.

(By Darwin S. Serion/CIO) via Tabuk City Kalinga FB page.


Friday, December 8, 2017

No Dengvaxia vaccine recipient in Cordillera - DOH-CAR

Cordillera - Parents, students and concerned citizens in the Cordillera region has nothing to worry about the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine as the Department of Health Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said it has not conducted mass vaccination to children with Dengvaxia.

Dr. Alexie Marrero, DOH-CAR Medical Officer IV expressed confidence the region will not be faced with problems because it has not conduct mass vaccination among the students due to low incidence of dengue in the region.

The mass vaccination program by the Department of Health only qualifies those regions with the higher incidence of dengue, according to Dr. Marrero.

The Department of Health has created a task force to manage problems caused by the controversial Dengvaxia vaccines which recently been found out to be harmful if given to  those without a history of dengue. 

On November 29, Sanofi Pasteur, the pharmaceutical company that manufacture the vaccines admitted that Dengvaxia is not recommended for people who have no prior dengue infection. Otherwise, they may develop more severe forms of dengue after the cycle of vaccines shots runs its course, according to PhilStar.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III yesterday said, they are demanding the refund of the P3.5 billion spent by the Philippine government for the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine to be used to "cover the hospitalization and medical treatment for all children who might have severe dengue".

Duque III also said PhilHealth is ready to cover the expenses of any child who may have been hospitalized for severe dengue. Under PhilHealth's Medical Case Program, dengue case rate can cover up to P16,000 which includes hospitalization and doctor's fee.

"We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring our children for any adverse event following immunization and will strengthen the readiness of our public hospitals in attending to any severe dengue cases that my occur," Duque said.

Photo: AFP pic

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