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PR: Smile Train Bags a Silver at the 57th Anvil Awards

March 11, 2022

 


Smile Train Bags a Silver for the First-Ever Filipino Mobile Speech Application at the 57th Anvil Awards


Smile Train Philippines’ Virtual Telehealth and other Speech Therapy programs were recognized for the second consecutive year in the recently concluded 57th Anvil Awards


MANILA, PHILIPPINES - In the Philippines, where more than 5,000 babies are born with a cleft palate every year, access to various cleft-related treatments such as speech therapy remains vital. This is especially true during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when ensuring patients can continue their speech therapy sessions became a pressing concern. 

Standing by its commitment to continue promoting comprehensive cleft care, Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft organization, endeavored to bring its speech therapy programs direct to patients by launching the country’s first Filipino speech therapy mobile application. The platform allows more patients and families born with cleft to continue receiving comprehensive cleft care with greater ease using their smartphones. (The Smile Train Filipino mobile speech application is free and downloadable on both Apple and Google Play Store. Visit https://smiletrainspeechapp.com/ for more feature details.)

The impact of this innovative application as well as Smile Train’s telehealth services was recognized at the 57th Anvil Awards, bagging the Silver Award.


“As Smile Train strives to create a brighter future for Filipinos born with a cleft, we are grateful to receive this recognition for the second time as this is a testament of our organization’s efforts to bring uninterrupted care and convenient access to patients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Vice President, Smile Train South East Asia. 


Since the programs were launched, Smile Train’s speech telehealth and therapy programs in the Philippines have treated over 300 patients, providing them with more than 2,000 cleft care-related sessions—including speech therapy, nutritional support, breastfeeding guidance for mothers of babies with clefts, pre-surgical consultations, and psychosocial care. From 2020 to 2021, Smile Train and its 26 partners supported a total of 2,125 sessions for over 223 individuals for speech services alone. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, patients still have access to Smile Train’s services and are still able to schedule surgeries in partner hospitals.

“Smile Train has always been committed to exploring various avenues and utilizing technology to provide comprehensive cleft care to reach more patients and communities in the country,” shared Flaviano. “All these programs built on the earlier successes of Smile Train’s efforts at the onset of the pandemic, notably Speech Camp 2020, which is a series of virtual therapy classes and discussions conducted by speech-language pathologists and medical professionals.”

To know more about Smile Train’s global efforts and to donate, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines and to refer a patient in need, please visit smiletrain.ph/get-help. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.


How to Get a PSA Online Appointment 2022

March 10, 2022

 


The pandemic has driven most government agencies to find ways and means to continue providing services to the public while helping minimize the need to personally transact at government offices. Online service platforms were designed and activated to provide Pinoys the option to file their transactions, claims, inquiries, and follow-ups online. However, there really are some transactions that require the applicant to be physically present at the government agency’s office. In such cases, applicants are required to set an appointment with the agency to avoid overcrowding offices and long lines of people waiting to be attended to.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has recently fully implemented the online appointment system for Civil Registration Services. This means that if you are planning to get a copy of a PSA birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, or CENOMAR at a PSA office, you need to create an appointment online. Yes, very similar to creating an appointment for your passport application and renewal with the DFA.

If you need a copy of your PSA birth certificate, PSA marriage certificate, or CENOMAR, or would like to request for the PSA death certificate of a family member, you can do so by setting an online appointment to visit the nearest PSA outlet in your area. 

Setting an appointment online:



STEP 1: Log on to https://appointment.psa.gov.ph/ and click on the CRS Appointment System image to view the Privacy Notice. Tick the I Agree button to indicate your agreement and proceed. Important Reminders for setting an online appointment is shown on a pop-up screen. Click the Next button.



STEP 2: Choose the PSA CRS outlet where you wish to set an appointment. If you are requesting for a PSA certificate that underwent Court Decrees and Legal Instruments for the first time, book an appointment at East Avenue.


STEP 3: Input your name, a working email address, and your mobile number. The PSA will send a copy of your appointment sheet via email. For urgent updates on your appointment, they may also call you on your mobile phone. If you agree to the collection and use of your personal data, tick the box below the form and click on Next.


STEP 4: The system will send a 6-digit verification code to your registered email address. You must get that code and type it on the OTP Verification field. Click the Verify button to continue.



STEP 5: You will be asked for the type of PSA certificate you are requesting for, including your relationship to the owner of the document. Provide your complete name as well. There is an option to add another certificate if you need more than one type. Otherwise, click the Next button.


STEP 6: Select the date and time of your appointment and click Next.


STEP 7: You will be shown the important details of your appointment. Please take note of the date and time you chose, your email address, and your mobile number. If all are in place, click on Confirm.

SETP 8: When your appointment is confirmed, you will be shown a Civil Registration Service Appointment Slip with a barcode. The same will be sent to your email as a digital copy. 


STEP 9: Be at your chosen PSA outlet on the date and time of your appointment to get your PSA certificate.



Important reminders when visiting your chosen PSA outlet:

  1. Present the CRS Appointment Slip to the Information Marshal for validation. You may present the digital copy or a print-out.

  2. Get your Application Form and a Queue Ticket Number and present this to the transacting window with your payment, valid IDs, authorization letter/SPA if you are requesting for another person, and other supporting documents.

  3. Get your Official Receipt and check that all information is correct.

  4. Claim your PSA certificate on the scheduled date and time of release. Proceed to the Releasing Area. If you are requesting for another person, you may be required to present the OR, valid IDs, authorization letter/SPA, and other supporting documents to the Releasing Officer.

  5. Check the correctness and completeness of the documents you receive.

Important Reminders:

  1. Be at the PSA CRS outlet at least 30 minutes before your appointment schedule.

  2. Bring valid IDs (document owner/s and authorized representative) that match the names encoded.

  3. Basic fees are:

    1. Copy issuance, Authentication, and Annotation of Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates: Php 155.00 per copy.

    2. CENOMAR – Php 210.00 per copy

  4. An authorized representative is not allowed to delegate to another person under his/her authority to request for the civil registry documents.

  5. An authorized representative is only allowed to request for 2 unrelated individuals.

  6. Minors are not allowed to book an appointment.

  7. Securing an appointment is free of charge and a CRS appointment slip is non-transferrable.

  8. For concerns and inquiries, transact only with authorized PSA personnel.

You also have the option to order your PSA certificates online and have these delivered to you. PSAHelpline.ph is an online channel authorized by the PSA to receive orders for PSA birth, marriage, death certificates and CENOMAR through their website. To order, click on this link

Google launches Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines

November 27, 2021

 


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, NOVEMBER 23, 2021--Google has announced the official launch of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines. 

Be Internet Awesome is Google’s free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and online safety. Particularly, it is focused on five important topics: how to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave on the internet. It contains several teaching materials and related resources that can help teach digital literacy concepts to children with the help of teachers and parents. 




"The internet is a crucial part of everyday life. For kids and students, it opens up many opportunities to play, learn, and connect. However, it also exposes them to risks that adults face too. With Be Internet Awesome, we hope to help parents and educators in promoting and teaching digital responsibility inside and outside of the classroom--to raise the next generation of netizens who’s more smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online. We will continue to work closely with the Department of Education and other partners from across sectors to bring Be Internet Awesome to more students and communities nationwide," said Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines.




Together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Google implemented a pilot run of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines to test it and gather feedback that could help improve the program further. The pilot run was conducted in more than 20 schools from across Antipolo, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Nueva Ecija. With over 50 teachers, a total of 2,014 students from grades four to eight were taught about the lessons of Be Internet Awesome. 

The results of the pilot run were encouraging. The students gave a high rating between 90% and 94% across key attributes of Be Internet Awesome. They said that it helped them learn valuable internet safety tips and it is essential for them to learn it in the digital age. Meanwhile, the teachers found the content highly relevant and said that they have more ideas to further build it. 


"Educating students about digital responsibility is imperative and using Google's Be Internet Awesome is an effective way to do this. We’d like to thank Google for launching an important program that will equip our teachers and parents with the accessible resources they need to teach digital citizenship. Coming from the success of the pilot run, this program holds great potential to educate more students nationwide. The Department of Education will continue to work closely with Google to potentially integrate Be Internet Awesome into the national curriculum so it can be formally taught in the classroom," said Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary of the Department of Education. 

Be Internet Awesome’s website in the Philippines is available in English and Filipino. Visit them to learn more about the program and access its resources. 





Stay FOCUSED! - The perfect supplement for your homeschoolers!

September 20, 2021

 


Hiya, mommies! Are you and your kids school-ready this coming School Year? I hope so!


One of the challenges every parent has to deal with during this pandemic is schooling. It’s challenging enough having to deal with regular school stuff but the sudden shift from physical schooling to homeschooling or distance learning probably raised our stress-level a few more bars. Diba?!


I know all of you can relate when I say that it’s been one crazy day having to juggle our day-to-day activities between house chores, work, homeschooling, zoom meetings and online classes, etc. Whew! But, despite all of that, our current situation forces us to spend more time with our family, building closer and meaningful relationships within our home.


Arya and I have already started with our homeschooling and she’s been exposed to a lot of digital screens since then. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not the type of mom who is very strict with gadgets and all. I allow her to play on her iPad, console, mobile phone as long as she’s finished with her school work. She knows when to stop so it’s actually a reward system for us. But as we turn to Youtube for some of our lessons, I find it that she is more exposed than usual. I didn’t have to worry for too long though, thanks to FOCUS - a plant-based brain * eye power for our future-ready kids!



Focus Syrup

Focus syrup is a food supplement that helps improve our children’s memory and protects their eyes from high-energy blue light emitted by digital screens.


  • Made with plant-based active ingredients such as: Bacopa monniera, Centella asiatica, Lecithin, Choline, DHA, Lutemax 2020.

  • No parabens

  • No artificial coloring

  • No artificial sweeteners

  • Sweetened with stevia


Helps Improve Memory and Concentration

The powerful blend of ingredients works synergistically to make sure our child reaches their optimum learning capacity.



Protects Against Blue Light Damage

As kids engage with digital devices for a long period of time. FOCUS Syrup has Lutemax 2020 which is a clinically-proven to help prolonged exposure to blue light-emitting digital screens.


Supports Better Sleep Quality

Exposure to blue light can affect circadian rhythms by suppressing the secretion of melatonin. Studies show that sleep quality improved significantly within a 6-month supplementation of Lutemax 2020.



DID YOU KNOW?


10 YEARS OLD

The most common age for a FIlipino child to own a smartphone

82 HOURS

The average number of hours Filipino kids spend on the internet

8 OUT OF 10 KIDS

Choose the internet over TV

76 PERCENT

Percentage of Filipino kids who use tablets (the highest in the study)

*Source:https://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/wp-content/upl-loads/2016/10/GSMA_Report_Childrens-use-of-mobile-phones-An-international-comparisons-2015.pdf



Focus is good for kids ages 3-12 years old. It is FDA-approved and has passed standards of safety and quality as it is a natural product that only contains ingredients that are proven effective and safe for use. Focus comes in natural caramel flavor and is sweetened with stevia.




Focus 60ml bottle has an SRP of Php 165 while the 120ml bottle has an SRP of Php 320.


Follow Focus PH official social media channels below!

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FocusPhilippines

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/focusphilippines/


Focus  Syrup is available in Mercury Drug as well as on your fave online shop here

Lazada: https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/greenleaf-herbals-inc

Shopee: https://shopee.ph/greenleafherbals









Online Toy Shopping with KidsCompanyPH!

June 1, 2021


Hiya, mommies! How are you holding up since the start of the lockdown? How are our kids doing?
For myself and Arya, there have definitely been a lot of struggles and anxieties since I am still a full-time work-at-home mom and a homeschooling momma. 

But hey, I'm grateful that online shopping has been a breeze so whenever I and Arya are feeling bored, we just shop online!

Have you heard about #KidsCompanyPH? This online toy store from the Philippines is the official online store of Richprime Global Inc., one of the country's top toy and baby brand distributors in the country. Their brands include Barbie, Hot Wheels, Chicco, Joie, Nuna, Shopkins, VTech, Fisher-Price, and many more!


Shopping at #KidsCompanyPH puts my mind at ease. Not only am I sure that I will receive authentic brands but there's also a free shipping promo for Metro Manila orders above PHP 1,000! They also accept a wide range of payment methods which makes it more convenient for me as a shopper.

So if you're planning to shop for toys and playsets for your little ones, or to complete your nursery essentials, I'll show you 5 shopping hacks at #KidsCompanyPH that will save you money on your order!


1. You can get 15% off on your purchase!
Right off the bat, we'll let you in on a shopping hack that's mostly overlooked by us shoppers. When you subscribe to their newsletter, you will receive an email for a 15% welcome coupon code that you can use on regular-priced products on their website, excluding their New Arrivals, Pre-orders, items from Merchants, and items from Nuna and Masters of the Universe.
Now the trick here is you can use the coupon code even if it's not your first purchase. As long as the items in your cart are part of the inclusions of the code rule, you'll get 15% off of the total amount! Keep in mind though that the code is available only for a single use per account.


2. Or watch out for their 15% monthly coupon code!
If you missed out on their subscription code, you can score another 15% off code by just browsing their website, reading their newsletters, and scrolling through their social media accounts!


3. Markdown prices all year round!
Can't wait for the next sale? Why not enjoy discounts and markdown prices all year round! KidsCompanyPH manages 2 Facebook groups where they sell new merchandise with discounts and clearance items at a lower price. If you're looking for toys, join the KidsCompany Moms and Dads group. If you're looking for baby gears and infant toys, you can join the Richprime Mom Club group


Or if you want a lower markdown price and are not too particular with the packaging, you can join their KidsCompanyPH Dented Community on Viber where they post items as low as 70% off!


P.S: You can join both groups and the Dented Community if you like!


4. They reward loyal customers!
With their newly-launched Grow with KidsCo program, if you reach a minimum PHP 15,000 order for 1 year, you can join the rewards program and enjoy the following perks:


-A special coupon code for 15% off on regular-priced items excluding Nuna, MOTU, New Arrivals, items from Merchants, and Preorders.
-A separate coupon code for New Arrivals and Preorders at 10% off!
-Another 5% coupon code that you can add on top of sale items with a maximum discount of 30% off!
-A gift for your child on his/her birthday month!


Curious to know more about their loyalty program? Send them an email to marketingteam@kidscompany.com.ph to see if you qualify for their Grow with KidsCo membership!

5. Free gift wrap for orders above PHP 1,500!
At #KidsCompanyPH, they offer a gift-wrapping service that comes with a gift tag for only PHP 100. However, if you reach a single-receipt order of PHP 1,500, the gift-wrapping service is free! You can send a message to their chat agents to help you with this!




Keep in mind though that the gift-wrapping service is for one order and not for each item in your cart.


So that's it for my shopping hacks! Save money when you buy toys and baby items online at #KidsCompanyPH.


Have you tried shopping at #KidsCompanyPH? How's your shopping experience? Share in the comments below!




Sharing the Gift of Education in the Now Normal

December 17, 2020

 


Sharing the Gift of Education in the Now Normal

My Dream in a Shoebox continues to make dreaming for every Filipino child possible 


Education in the now normal continues to be a struggle for many Filipino children, especially those in the marginalized sector. The crisis and disruption brought by the pandemic do not only add to the existing education disparities, but also hamper the learning process and opportunities of the youth. Thus, ensuring learning continuity is imperative now more than ever.


As the education sector pivots and innovates from the impact of the pandemic, new approaches and different learning modalities have been developed to better support it. For My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS), education is the one thing that must not be taken away from a child, most especially in times of need. For 2020, it shifts its gears to help answer the changing needs of students today.


As annual education campaign spearheaded by TeamAsia, MDIAS aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with educational assistance and help them make their #BiggerDreams come true. Innovating its dream kits and scholarships for its 12th year, MDIAS transformed its Do-It-Yourself shoeboxes and adapted the calls of the Department of Education to cater to the needs of distance learning. Aside from school supplies, MDIAS has added calls for donations of solar-powered and rechargeable transistor radios, old or new tablets, old usable computers with mobile internet dongle, working printers with ink tank and refillable ink, and photocopy machine with affordable toners to help make learning sustainable for students and teachers in the now normal.



For partners of MDIAS like the Yellow Boat of Hope (YBH) Foundation, the pandemic has surely changed educational efforts. Seeing as the resources that beneficiaries urgently need are educational support to 


help them implement the Distance Modular learning approach, YBH quickly pivoted from their yellow school boats bringing kids to school to delivering educational modules to the doorsteps of the learners to ensure that no child will be left behind. Through MDIAS, their scholarship program for 100 vulnerable elementary school kids will continue. 


According to Father Didoy Molina, one of MDIAS’ beneficiaries from Christ the King Parish, school supplies given out to their parish scholars greatly improve their capacity to study, increase their confidence and performance, and enhance their self-esteem. He explained that the tools do not only help the children do well in their studies, but are also instruments of love and care shared with them by their parents and by the generous donors, telling them that they are cared for, and that their dreams are supported.


"I am looking forward to seeing more smiles and grateful faces as they receive beautiful boxes filled with school supplies, wrapped with care by generous donors. These memorable experiences really stay with me for life and inspire me to hope for our young people," Father Didoy shared.


For Bea Lim, Managing Director of TeamAsia and MDIAS Chief Dreambuilder, corporate social responsibility is not just about giving back to the community when things get tough. It is a continuous commitment to inclusive growth, progress and development that will ultimately lead to a stronger, sustainable and thriving society.



"This now normal we are in today highlights the importance of bayanihan and malasakit to work together to fight this pandemic and push for economic recovery with compassion, empathy, and faith that we can all get through this together," Lim emphasized.


Through the years, My Dream in a Shoebox has equipped over 400,000 children across the Philippines with the necessary tools they need to chase their #BiggerDreams. With the communities facing even greater challenges today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MDIAS wants to make its impact not only bigger but more efficient and safe. MDIAS is open to more individuals and corporate partners to join them in giving more underprivileged children the gift of education and to help in making their dreams come true.


For more information on making #BiggerDreams come true, log on to www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign, call +639178813724, or email shoebox@teamasia.com.