The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR’s) four Entertainment City licensees have once again stepped up to respond to the call of service amidst the corona virus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Resorts World Manila, Solaire Resort & Casino, City of Dreams Manila, and Okada Manila all teamed-up with PAGCOR, through their charitable institutions to provide quick aid for the country’s frontliners, healthcare workers, and local communities.

Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc. (RWPCHFI) recently turned over 16,000 personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gloves, goggles, shoe covers, as well as 40,000 N95 face masks to the Philippine General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Pasay City General Hospital, and Ospital ng Parañaque.

RWPCHFI also donated a total of 40,000 face masks and 400 infrared thermometers to the LGUs of Pasay and Parañaque, and the National Capital Region Police Office.

A second batch (144,000 pieces) of PPEs will soon be delivered to facilities that handle COVID-19 patients.

Apart from medical items, RWPCHFI donated 15,000 grocery packs to underprivileged barangays in Pasay. An additional 15,000 grocery packs will be delivered to more barangays in the city and other neighboring communities in the coming weeks. These donations are part of RWPCHFI’s P50 million pledge to the government’s efforts against the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Solaire Resort’s Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI) donated a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine – a device used for COVID-19 testing – to the Lung Center of the Philippines. It has also procured PPEs, ventilators, rapid test kits, more PCR machines, medical equipment, and essential supplies for donation to hospitals.

Likewise, BCFI retrofitted the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Stadium, which will serve as quarantine and treatment facilities for COVID patients. BCFI also procured P100 million worth of essential goods for distribution to indigent Filipino families.

Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corporation, the charitable arm of City of Dreams Manila also procured 125,000 food packs worth P50 million. The donation consists of 625,000 kilos of rice; 500,000 pieces of bottled water; 500,000 cup noodles; 500,000 cans of sardines and 250,000 cans of tuna.

Heeding the request for further assistance, the Foundation donated an additional P100 million worth of food packs for distribution to vulnerable and indigent families.

The Okada Foundation, Inc. meanwhile, has directly donated P25 million each to the Philippine Heart Center and the Lung Center of the Philippines. The hospitals will use the donation to procure necessary machines, equipment, and medical supplies.

In addition, Okada Foundation, Inc. pledged to donate P100 million worth of relief goods for distribution to indigent families.

According to Atty. Juanito Sañosa, Jr., PAGCOR’s Vice President for Compliance and Governance Group, the state-run gaming agency has authorized the Entertainment City licensed casinos to use a portion of their Foundation funds to help fund the government’s COVID-19 efforts. In the light of the COVID pandemic, 70 percent of these foundations’ funds are now allocated for healthcare programs.

“With the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, we can buy more time to flatten the curve and boost our country’s COVID-19 testing capacity. Rest assured that PAGCOR and our licensees are doing our best to help the government, healthcare frontliners, and LGUs as fast as we can,” Sañosa said. #


Pisay main campus, pinahiram ang pasilidad sa Philippine Children’s Medical Center para sa mga health workers

Ang Philippine Science High School (PSHS) o Pisay na isa sa mga institusyon na kabilang sa Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ay ipinahiram ang kanilang campus sa Quezon City upang magamit ng mga pasyente at empleyado ng Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).
Sa panahon ng pandemic dulot ng sakit na COVID-19, ang alok ng Pisay na maggamit ang kanilang campus ay isang inisyatibo na napakahalaga sa gitna ng kakulangan ng mga medical facilities tulad ng mga ospital o klinika at mga gusaling maaaring gamitin pansamantala ng mga health workers.
Ang Pisay Quezon City campus ay magsisilbing pansamantalang tahanan para sa mga health workers at ibang frontliners na hindi makakauwi bilang karagdagang pag-iingat sa COVID-19. Isa itong paraan upang maiwasan ang pagbibiyahe ng malayo ng mga health workers at sa gayun ay mabawasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa panahon ng Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Ayon kay Lawrence Madriaga, campus director ng PSHS main campus, nagpasya ang Board of Trustees ng paaralan na tumulong sa panahon ng COVID-19 pandemic at ipahiram ang gymnasium nila upang magamit ng mga health workers ng PCMC.
“We are in the midst of a health crisis that is possibly the worst in our history and allowing a part of the campus to be used by PCMC is our way of contributing to the fight against COVID-19, on top of what our colleagues are already doing now,” pahayag ni Madriaga.
Sinabi naman ng pamunuan ng PCMC na sisiguraduhin nilang palaging malinis ang mga gagamiting pasilidad ng Pisay upang ito ay maging ligtas naman sa virus matapos at mapangalagaan ang kaulusugan ng mga mag-aaral, mga guro at kawani ng naturang paaralan.
Ang balitang ito ay lugod naman tinanggap ng pamahalaan bilang isang magandang halimbawa ng bayanihan sa panahon ng kagipitan o ng COVID-19 pandemic.
Ayon kay Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles ito ay magsisilbing isang huwaran para sa ibang organisasyon a institusyon na magtulungan. “May we all be inspired by their examples and open our hearts to those stricken by COVID-19 and those who care for them,” pahayag ni Nograles.
Sa isang pahayag naman ng pamunuan ng Philippine Science High School, ibinalita rin nila na ang kanilang mga faculty members at kawani sa walong (8) campuses sa bansa ay kasalukuyang gumagawa ng mga “face shield” para sa medical workers at iba pang COVID-19 frontliners (Rudy de Guzman, DOST S&T Media Service)

𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗼𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲

It has only been the first quarter of a new decade, yet the world has already been confronted with disasters. Just recently, the world was stricken by a novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19.

The COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can cause illnesses ranging from a mild cough to severe symptoms such as fever and difficulty in breathing. Older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions like hypertension and diabetes are more susceptible to develop the severe illness that may result in death.

With the rise of positive cases of the coronavirus in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila, some neighboring provinces, and other major cities nationwide, everyone is seriously advised to practice proper hygiene and social distancing and stay healthy.

Moreover, the island of Luzon is already under enhanced community quarantine that prompted people to stock up on grocery items. For people who are in the comfort of their homes, it is important to purchase food items packed with essential nutrients to keep ourselves healthy and boost our immune system.

Here are some food items they can purchase:

1. Rootcrops
Aside from rice, root crops are excellent sources of carbohydrates for energy. Sweet potatoes and cassava are cheaper and more nutritious. They can be stored longer in the pantry. Root crops are also good sources of vitamin C that can aid the body in fighting infections and diseases. They are safe alternatives for people with hypertension and diabetes because of their high fiber content and low glycemic index.

2. Eggs
Eggs are affordable and great sources of protein, vitamins A, B, E, and K. These nutrients are essential in maintaining bodily functions and immunity.

3. Legumes
Legumes like munggo, kadyos, kidney beans and nuts are also good sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. They are less perishable and can be added to a variety of dishes.

4. Vegetables
Stock on vegetables such as squash and carrots that have long shelf-life and are rich sources of beta-carotene and antioxidants.

5. Fruits
Vitamin C aids the body in fighting infections. This nutrient is abundantly found in citrus-fruits like guava, dalandan, and oranges. Other options that can be bought are raisins and dried mangoes that have longer shelf-life.

These food items can complete your daily needs for Go, Grow, and Glow foods! These can be bought aside from canned goods and instant noodles that are high in sodium
and artificial ingredients.

Try these healthy and nutritious food items to complete our diet and keep ourselves healthy. Use the Pinggang Pinoy as a guide in eating a balanced diet. Exercise, get enough sleep, and avoid stress during this quarantine period. Always wash hands before and after preparing food and eating!


For more information on the nutrition survey results or other food and nutrition concerns, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, DOST-FNRI Director, FNRI Building, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila; Direct Telephone Lines: 837-2934, 837-3164; Email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph , mar_v_c@yahoo.com ; Website: www.fnri.dost.gov.ph; Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.