Thursday, January 28, 2021

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

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Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

DOTr-LTFRB To Mandate Operators To Waive Card Fees For Public Transport Commuters

DOTr-LTFRB To Mandate Operators To Waive Card Fees For Public Transport Commuters

Spotlight

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

With these new assessment tests, we'll finally know if distance education is indeed effective amid a pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Following the implementation of cashless fare payments among Metro Manila buses and public utility vehicles (PUVs), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are now directing operators to stop charging commuters for the smart cards being used to facilitate transactions.

DOTr through LTFRB is set to release a memorandum circular that will mandate all concessionaires of Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) to subsidize system costs of cashless transactions, said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddess Hope Libiran.

“Passengers should only be responsible for paying their load or fare for each trip. Sinabi ni Secretary Art Tugade na isa sa pinakamatinding tinamaan ng pandemya ang mga komyuter, pagbabayarin pa nila?. Sec. Tugade said they should be spared from the burden of having to pay the price of the beep card on top of their fares. This is the position of DOTr,” Libiran said.

Libiran clarified that PUV operators choose what AFCS they will use in their operation, following the directive of the LTFRB for them to implement cashless transactions in public transport. In the case of EDSA Busway, Mega Manila consortium, which is composed of the bus operators plying the route, chose AF Payments Inc. Beep Cards for their AFCS since the card was already being used by the Metro Rail and Light Rail Transits and the Philippine National Road (PNR).

“LTFRB did not require a specific AFCS. PUV operators solely decide on which system to use in their units. Also, cashless system in public transport is not limited to the use of cards, some PUVs have been using other payment methods such as GCash, PayMaya, Squidpay and even QR codes, among others,” she added.

DOTr and LTFRB is currently in discussion with the Mega Manila Consortium and AF Payments Inc. to come up with a solution to resolve the financial burden on commuters. She added that the agency is lobbying for AF Payments to shoulder all cost for the cards, and to lower the minimum load fare or to even allow passengers to load whatever amount.

The EDSA Busway System, along with some modern PUVs, began collection of fares last Thursday through the use of Beep Cards to facilitate the transition towards a cashless payment system. However, many passengers were quick to report that the additional P30 to P50 cost of the stored value cards for the EDSA Busway, on top of the minimum fare load, was burdensome on their part as returning workers and employees.

Libiran also warned Beep card sellers to properly disseminate information among public transport users. She advised commuters to purchase only from authorized sellers as their agency have been receiving reports from passengers mentioning sellers declaring that existing cards were not allowed on the EDSA Busway.

“Beep cards that have been bought prior the implementation of the busway system can still be used on EDSA buses, along with other PUVs using Beep’s system,” she clarified. “They can be purchased with a one-time card fee and are reloadable.”

“During the pandemic, the DOTr is encouraging the implementation of a cashless system as part of added measures to protect the health and welfare of commuters,” emphasized Libiran. “Limiting the passing of fare or change between commuters can be a mode of combatting the spread of the virus during the pandemic.”

BFAR-7’s New Reefer Vans To Help Transport Marine Goods

BFAR-7 acquires two refrigerated vans to help transport marine products in the region.

Gatchalian Seeks Senate Review Of ‘Mother Tongue’ Policy To Improve Quality Of Education

Sen. Win Gatchalian seeks to review the effectiveness of the use of 'mother tongue' in the Philippines basic education system since the implementation in 2012.

Borongan City Eyes 90K Covid-19 Vaccine Doses

Borongan Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda said the city plans to purchase the AstraZeneca vaccine, hoping to be included in the second batch of procurement.

SYKES Asserts BPO Leadership With 3rd Asia Leaders Awards Nod

Congratulation SYKES! SYKES once again bagged the 'BPO Company of the Year Award.'

LGUs Urged To Step Up Covid-19 Vaccine Info Campaign

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges Local government units (LGUs) to exert more efforts informing the public about the government's Covid-19 vaccination program.

DOH Sets Feb. Measles, Polio Vaccination In C. Luzon

Free measles, rubella, and polio vaccines for children aged 0-59 months will roll out in Central Luzon on Feb.1!

Cold Storage Facilities For Covid-19 Vax Adequate: DOH

Alamin kung saan-saang storage facilities sa bansa ang pwedeng paglagyan ng mga Covid-19 vaccines na aprubado ng DOH base sa temperatura.

VP Leni Robredo Led The Formal Turnover Of The Shared Service Facility For Farmers

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Pangasinan Celebrates Bible Week Amid Pandemic

Philippines Bible Society (PBS) distributed 300 Bibles to front-liners in line with the celebration of Bible Week in Pangasinan.

Legazpi City Prepares Storage Facility For Covid-19 Vaccines

Legazpi city government partnered with the Glacier Liberty Refrigeration Services Corp. to secure cold storage facility to store the Covid-19 vaccines once they arrive.

Spotlight

Synergeia Rolls Out Assessment Tests To Gauge Learning During Pandemic

With these new assessment tests, we'll finally know if distance education is indeed effective amid a pandemic.

Save The Children Philippines, BARMM Forge Partnership To Fulfill Children’s Rights

Save the Children Philippines brings hope to protect children from the horrors of gun battles especially in parts of Muslim Mindanao.

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Lifestyle

The Life-Long Impact Of Brain Development In A Child’s First 5 Years

Interesting! Let's know how the first five years of a child's brain determines his success in the future.

Hendrick’s Gin Celebrates Love And Romance With The Perfect Pair This Valentine’s Day

Hendrick’s has something for you this coming Valentine's Day!

POND’S And Shopee Deliver ‘Smarter Skincare’ With First AI-Powered Chatbot

Customers can now interact with PONDS chatbot in Shopee as they launch their 'Smarter Skincare Just For You!'

Yellow Cab Introduces Its New Thin Crust Pizza, Starting At Just P249

New year new taste. Yellow Cab's New York Style Thin Crust Pizza is now available. The price starts at P249!

Entertainment

8 Family K-Dramas You Can Enjoy Over Lunas New Year

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Award-Winning Film “Quezon’s Game” To Stream Worldwide On iWantTFC This January 27

Atin 'to! The historical movie "Quezon's Game" finally comes home to the Philippines and streams globally on iWantTFC beginning January 27.

Jamie Lends Her Voice For Inspirational Song “We Give Our Yes”

Diva Jamie Rivera's "We Give Our Yes" is the official song of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines celebration.

More Stories

Salceda Files Bill To Modernize Gov’t Services

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Palace Tackles Proposed Price Cap On Pork, Other Food Products

Mas magmamahal pa kaya ang presyo ng baboy?

DA To Mass-Produce New Test Kits For ASF In February

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Duterte Wants Kids Aged 10-14 To Stay Inside Homes

Dapat nga bang hindi muna lumabas ng bahay ang mga batang ang edad ay sa pagitan ng 10-14?

LGUs Urged To Step Up Covid-19 Vaccine Info Campaign

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urges Local government units (LGUs) to exert more efforts informing the public about the government's Covid-19 vaccination program.

Travel

Bicol Int’l Airport Now 72.2% Complete

Malapit nang magkaroon ng airport sa Bicol!

Vaccinated People Still Need To Follow Travel Protocols

Nabakunahan man o hindi tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsunod ng travel health protocols, ayon kay Duque.

Panagbenga 2021 Postponed Due To Pandemic

Walang Panagbenga ngayong taon. 🙁

Radisson Hotel Group Rises Above Challenges To Add 84 New Hotels Across Asia Pacific

Radisson Hotel Group adds 84 new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

Motoring

MRT-3 Now Equipped With Touchless Temperature Scanners

“Automatic” and “touchless” temperature scanners are installed for passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) as part of the rail service’s measures against the Covid-19.

13 Ilocos Region Bus Routes Resume Operations

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) now resumes point-to-point public transport in 13 modified routes.

Over 421K OFWs Served Via ‘Hatid Tulong’

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) transports stranded OFWs in Metro Manila back to their provinces by the ‘Hatid Tulong’ government program.