Wednesday, December 26, 2012

GMA News Online awarded by OFW network



GMA News Online has been recognized by a support group for OFW families for its "dedication to advancing the cause of Overseas Filipino Workers."



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OFWs and their families were polled online about their media preferences and GMA's news website was chosen for "OFWs' Gawad Parangal," according to Fe Nicodemus, chair of KAKAMMPI, which conducted the poll.

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"GMA News Online is pro OFW, totoong mga balita, dekalidad at walang kinikilingan," said Nicodemus in a text message Thursday.

Nicodemus said most of their respondents came from the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong. The other media awardee was Susan K, an Inquirer columnist who writes the "Ang boses ng OFW" column. KAKAMMPI, or the Kapisanan ng mga Kamag-anak ng Migranteng Manggagawang Pilipino, also gave awards to several NGOs and institutions. Editor-in-chief Howie Severino accepted the award on GMA News Online's behalf last Monday evening.

More than half of GMA News Online's audience reside overseas, with a large number in Saudi Arabia. One of the website's more prolific sections is Pinoy Abroad, which aside from news about OFW issues, posts content related to Filipino achievers overseas as well as self-help articles that Pinoys far from home can use. It also publishes articles by overseas content partners The Filipino Reporter and The FilAm.

The section is headed by Veronica Pulumbarit, with staff writers Drei Medina and Gian Geronimo. -- GMA News

Thursday, December 6, 2012

12.12.12 is Pag-IBIG Day at SM




For the second year in a row, Pag-IBIG members will be treated to special discounts in all SM Department Stores nationwide.  Shoemart Inc., the country’s leading retail establishment, will celebrate Pag-IBIG Day on December 12, 2012 to mark the Fund’s 32nd anniversary.

On the said day, SM will grant a 5% discount to all Fund members who are non-SM Advantage Club (SMAC) members, while SMAC members, SM Prestige or BDO Rewards members will get a higher discount of 10%.

The one-day discount can be availed of for a minimum purchase of P500.  Shoppers need to present their Pag-IBIG transaction card or their UMID.

The special offer is available in all SM department stores nationwide, except SM Quiapo.  Discounts do not apply to items purchased at the Snack Exchange, Camera Shop, and Customer Service Counter, as well as to items like chemicals, toiletries, diapers, pharmacy, small appliances, business machines and other promo items.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PhilHealth assures benefits of affected OFWs in Riyadh


THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has announced that the affected Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the recent accident in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are assured of their health benefits.
A total of 11 Filipinos were injured including one casualty has been reported when an oil tanker crashed into a freeway flyover triggering an explosion.
PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon said that "tutulungan ng PhilHealth ang mga kababayan nating Pilipino na naospital sanhi ng aksidenteng ito sa Riyadh."
Affected OFW-members and/or their families are encouraged to file their claim at any local PhilHealth office within 180 days upon discharge of the patient. Documents should include medical records (medical certificate) in English stating the diagnosis, services rendered and date of confinement; and proof of payment such as hospital receipts, statement of account, or discharge summary records. These documents should be accompanied with a request letter duly signed by the member.
PhilHealth will still reimburse benefits due the member even if their employer paid for the total hospital bill subject to the compliance of the above-mentioned documents.
For more details on claims for overseas confinements, OFW-members may contact PhilHealth Overseas Workers Program at (02) 441-7444 local 7416; 0917-512-9149 or 0918-963-5396; or email at owp@philhealth.gov.ph.

PhilHealth, DSWD Forge Partnership for the Poor

PhilHealth, DSWD Forge Partnership for the Poor

PhilHealth, DSWD Forge Partnership for the Poor






The death toll from a powerful typhoon


NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a powerful typhoon in the southern Philippines climbed to more than 200 people Wednesday and officials feared many more bodies could be found as rescuers reach hard-hit areas that had been isolated by landslides, floods and downed communications.
At least 151 people have died in the worst-hit province of Compostela Valley since Typhoon Bopha began lashing the region early Tuesday, including 66 villagers and soldiers who perished in a flash flood that swamped two emergency shelters and a military camp in New Bataan town, provincial spokeswoman Fe Maestre told The Associated Press.
About 80 people survived the deluge in New Bataan with injuries, but an unspecified number of villagers remain missing. On Wednesday, the farming town of 45,000 people was a muddy wasteland of collapsed houses and columns of coconut and banana trees felled by Bopha's ferocious winds.
Army Maj. Gen. Ariel Bernardo said 51 people died and 98 others are missing in nearby Davao Oriental province.
Disaster-response agencies reported seven other typhoon-related deaths elsewhere.
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