Thursday, April 30, 2020

HERBALIFE NUTRITION : Nutrients to Keep You Healthy, While You #StayAtHome

By Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition.


While we shelter in place and practice social distancing, many of us may feel wary of the one errand we’ve generally taken for granted-- the grocery run.

Now, going to the grocery store takes even more planning as the visits are less frequent and options are more limited. Because of these restrictions, it’s easy to make selections that are not the healthiest or to be tempted by high-calorie comfort foods - which often contain too much fat, salt and sugar.

Now more than ever, our health should be a top priority. This means making choices to nurture our bodies even more so than we did before COVID-19 impacted our lives. When we make poor choices – such as selecting foods that are high in calories but short on important nutrients – we can be overfed and yet undernourished. Starches and sugars may fill our bellies, but we may be lacking many important nutrients that support overall health, including the health of the immune system. 

Nutrients We Need More Of

Every few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases data that reveals the state of the American diet. Reports have previously highlighted that many of us are eating plenty, yet lacking certain nutrients from our meals. In particular, we are losing out on what can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Here are essential nutrients we should pay more attention to:
·         Fiber - Best known for helping with regularity, high fiber foods are filling and relatively low in calories, making them one of the best allies when it comes to weight management. Certain fibers can also encourage the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your digestive tract. These beneficial bacteria help support immunity because they serve as an initial line of defense, by crowding out potentially harmful bacteria that might enter the digestive tract. You can get more fiber by including more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Use fruits and veggies as snacks, add them to smoothies, sandwiches, salads, soups and stews, and replace refined grains with whole grains.
·         Magnesium - While it’s not a mineral we typically think about, magnesium contributes to hundreds of bodily functions. Magnesium supports the health of your immune and nervous systems, supports muscle function, and assists your cells in producing energy.  Magnesium is abundant in plant foods like leafy greens, nuts, beans and whole grains, so try snacking on nuts, or toss some beans into a leafy green salad.
·         Vitamin D - Most people associate calcium with healthy bones, but your bones need Vitamin D too, since it helps your body absorb calcium from your diet.  Vitamin D is also needed for proper muscle function and supports the activity of the immune system. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs and fortified dairy products; a daily walk outside can help too, since your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
·         Potassium – This mineral supports the function of nerves and muscles and helps regulate blood pressure. Potassium also supports chemical reactions in the body that generate energy from food. One reason many people don’t get enough potassium is because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables – the most abundant sources of this important mineral.

Many women also don’t get enough calcium or iron:
·         Calcium - Calcium is critically important for bone health. Adults need at least 1,000 mg of calcium each day, or the amount found in three glasses of milk. However, many women don’t eat enough dairy products, either because they simply choose to avoid them, are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or because they are sensitive to lactose. However, calcium can also be obtained from leafy green vegetables and some fortified foods.
·         Iron - One of iron’s key functions is to support the transport of oxygen to cells and tissues. Women who are premenopausal lose iron routinely with their monthly cycle, which is why it is so important to ensure they have adequate intake. Meat is an excellent source of iron, but those on a plant-based diet can obtain iron from beans and fortified cereals.

Eating for Wellness

The great news is that most of these nutrients can be found in foods that are easy to buy in bulk and maintain a long shelf life until your next essential grocery run.

Dry goods like oatmeal, lentils and whole grain pastas and cereals can be great sources of fiber, iron and magnesium, and some cereals are also fortified with Vitamin D. The most important feature is to ensure that you’re buying “whole grain” to get the full benefit, so read labels carefully.

Produce that lasts the longest includes apples, citrus, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and carrots.  And keep in mind that frozen fruits and veggies pack the same nutritional punch as their fresh counterparts, so  stock up on them when you find them.  Fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber and potassium and a single carrot provides a days’ worth of beta-carotene, which helps protect the health of cells, including cells in the immune system. The body also converts beta-carotene to vitamin A which supports the health of the skin, including the specialized immune cells that reside there. 

Finally, fermented foods are also great options that provide beneficial probiotics (the ‘good bacteria’) to the digestive system. Some fermented foods, like tempeh or Greek yogurt, are also excellent sources of plant-based protein (and yogurt is a great source of calcium) and both foods have relatively long shelf lives. Protein supports immune function in a number of ways – among them, the body uses protein to manufacture antibodies, and protein supports the health of the skin and the cells lining the digestive and respiratory tracts. 

How Supplementation Can Help

A well-balanced diet should provide the essential nutrients to optimize your body’s healthy functions. However, the reality is that even with a balanced diet, no one eats perfectly every day – particularly during these uncertain times when our usual foods may not be as readily available.  That said, this is when the right supplementation can really help. For example, if you can’t get the recommended 25 grams of fiber from fruits, veggies and whole grains, or enough calcium from your usual foods, you can work in fiber or calcium supplements. A daily multi-vitamin or the use of fortified foods -  like cereals or meal replacement shakes or bars - can be consumed to help supply the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform at its best.



During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, use it to your advantage to take care of yourself and your body. Plan out your grocery list and stock your freezer, refrigerator and cupboards with healthy staples. Focus on the important nutrients you may need to increase in your diet and choose foods accordingly. It’s a great time to start getting creative in the kitchen--you may even be surprised at what tasty meals you can put together with what’s already in your pantry!



About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

For more information, please visit IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com.

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Grab these immunity-boosting foods on your next grocery run

Natural foods are your best source of immune system boosters. 


The advent of COVID-19 has served as a reminder of our vulnerability, and has pushed us to re-evaluate how we live and maintain our health. While there is no cure or vaccine against this pandemic yet, there are some things we can do to grant our bodies extra protection. On top of the list is building up our body's immunity, which, as medical experts point out, is best achieved by consuming healthy food.

Produced by Unilab’s natural products company Synnovate Pharma Corp., Sekaya is a brand that’s committed to prescribing nature by doing scientific research to develop pharma-grade health products such as food supplements and botanic infusions – all of which are from plant-based ingredients that have long been backed by tradition and undergone exacting measures to ensure purity and potency. With a mission to educate and help Filipinos come up with informed decisions about the food they consume, Sekaya underlines that there's no better source of immune system boosters than natural foods.

Dr. Oyie Balburias, who takes a holistic approach to wellness as one of the functional medicine pioneers in the Philippines, further explains that eating nutrient rich foods is vital in making sure the immune system functions properly. “A healthy immune system will be able to perform its role of defending and repairing our body,” he says.



Here are immunity-boosting foods Dr. Balburias recommends you should get on your next trip to the grocery to help protect you and your household in these uncertain times.

Fruits and leafy greens. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a superhero when it comes to boosting the immune system. Because ascorbic acid inhibits NLRP3 inflammasome activation, clinical trials have found that Vitamin C shortens the frequency, duration and severity of the common cold and the incidence of pneumonia. Oranges, kiwi, strawberries, red bell peppers, broccoli, malunggay or moringa, and kale are rich in vitamin C, giving your body the antioxidants it needs to renew itself and fight free radicals, the molecules that damage the immune system. If you’re under stress, these foods are especially helpful in protecting your immune system from becoming susceptible to viruses.




Seafood. Vitamin D is another must-have when living through a global pandemic. It helps activate your body’s immune system defenses with its anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties. Vitamin D is so important in immune function that low levels of this have been associated with increased susceptibility to infections, diseases, and immune-related disorders. You can find vitamin D in several kinds of seafood, particularly sardines, salmon, tuna, mackerel or tanigue, halibut, and swordfish. Eggs, beans, avocado, and lettuce are also rich in vitamin D. However, there are studies that show that Vitamin D should be taken with caution and perhaps discontinued if you already have symptoms of infection.

Meats and nuts. Now is a better time than ever to load up on your protein, because it promotes the growth of new cells. Protein has arginine, which is an amino acid that heals damaged tissues. So make sure to include chicken, pork, and fish in your cart, as well as nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as monggo or mung beans, for plant-based sources.

Fermented fruits and veggies. Probiotics and prebiotics stimulate the immune system by inhibiting toxins and stopping bad bacteria from infesting your body. You can get your daily dose of probiotics from fermented vegetables or fruits like kimchi, kombucha, miso, natto and atchara or papaya relish, while prebiotic food sources include eggplant, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onions, and nuts.

When it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19, a strong immune system is like having a good insurance plan. While staying at home and practicing hygiene is a must, being smart with your food choices and keeping a healthy diet gives your body the edge it needs to fight the disease

“Let’s find ways to support how our immune system can induce, enhance, suppress, regulate and if needed, strengthen its responses to viruses and infections,” Dr. Balburias says.

Get more science-based health tips and information by following @SekayaPH on Facebook and Instagram. To know more about Sekaya, visit www.sekaya.com.ph

World Vision and Shell Foundation distribute tons of fresh vegetables in Metro Manila and CDO


World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF) today provides 16,800 kilos of vegetables to the residents of Quezon City, Malabon City, Manila City and Cagayan de Oro City, four of the hard-hit cities under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In collaboration with Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI), the child-focused organization packed and distributed fresh vegetable packs containing okra, sayote, cabbage scorpio, wombok, potatoes, squash, eggplant, onion, garlic, tomatoes, bitter gourd, string beans, carrots and chili pepper to 5,750 households and 60 frontliners in Quezon City, Malabon City, Manila City and Cagayan de Oro City.

PSFI’s Ani Para sa Bayani (translated Harvest for Heroes) project aims to help struggling small farmers sell their produce and to also ensure that frontliners and the vulnerable communities have access to nutritious foods.

"Nutrients in vegetables could help strengthen our body's immune system to fight diseases including COVID-19. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables," shared Carleneth San Valentin, World Vision's technical manager for health.

San Valentin explains that while we continue to implement interventions on COVID-19, programmes that address undernutrition and malnutrition especially among children under-5 years old in the country, whether nutrition specific or nutrition sensitive, need to continue.

Nanay Nerissa, a mother of two from Malabon City shares that since the implementation of the extended community quarantine, his husband is not able to drive his pedicab and even get extra work and earn a living because they cannot go out. She adds “Umaasa kami ngayon sa paminsang minsang kita dito sa ulingan. Mahirap din para sa dalawang anak ko na bata pa, 10 at five years old dahil kung walang kita, sa relief lang kami umaasa.” (We are currently relying on the irregular income from selling charcoal. It is especially difficult for my two young children, 10 and five years old, while we do not have a stable source of income, we rely on relief goods.)

Her 10-year old son Ric, who is a World Vision sponsored child says he misses going to school but since classes are suspended, he sometimes helps his mother repack charcoal aside from cooking rice and cleaning the house.

PSFI Executive Director Sebastian Quiniones Jr. says, "This pandemic is allowing all to show the best of humanity, especially during this season of Lent where we are commanded to love one another. We at PSFI have always believed in the power of unity and collaboration, and this successful partnership with World Vision and Filipino farmers has manifested that." While the collaboration begins by supporting farmers in Luzon and assisting vulnerable communities in Metro Manila and Cagayan de Oro City, the organizations hope to extend their collaboration to other areas in need of assistance.

"Thanks to Pilipinas Shell Foundation for partnering with us in sending much needed help to families especially their children affected by COVID-19. We pray that God will continue to bless you even more as you generously give back to our communities," World Vision national director Rommel V. Fuerte said.

As of today, World Vision has provided 458 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits catering to 2,140 frontliners. It also helped install nine (13) tents to be used as isolation and triage areas for COVID-19 referral hospitals in Metro Manila, Misaims Oriental, Pangsinan and Bicol Region and two (2) huge mobile storage units each with an area of 320 sq meters for the Quezon City Risk Reduction and Management Council and Office of the Civil Defence. At least 2,000 families have also received sanitation kits that include bath soaps, alcohol, toothbrushes for children and adults, toothpaste, face mask and mouthwash. World Vision has also reached over 1.4 million people nationwide on awareness raising on COVID-19 including infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.

In a recent advisory, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) gave the go signal to local governments to use a portion of their development fund to address the threat of the pandemic, which includes the provision of food assistance and relief goods for affected households.

Meanwhile to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the Philippine government has extended the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to May 15, 2020.

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. https://www.worldvision.org.ph

Monday, April 27, 2020

Teleperformance offers new upskilling opportunities for its people, launches TP Analytics Academy

 TP Analytics Academy scholars have the full support of the TP senior leadership team led by Chief Operating Officer Mike Lytle.
 

Teleperformance in the Philippines, the global leader in digitally integrated business services, officially launched its latest people-development program called Teleperformance Analytics Academy last February 12, 2020 at the Makati Diamond Residences.

The Teleperformance Analytics Academy aims to grow the skills and expertise of TP employees on data science and analytics, and build a critical mass of Data Science and Business Analytics professionals in the company who will support a forward-looking data culture to address the challenges of the workplace of the future.

The pioneer batch of scholars are composed of 46 employees who passed the program’s application and screening process for the course tracks of Business Analytics and Data Science. At the launch event, University of the Philippines Associate Professor Dr. Rex Jalao, who is the lead instructor of the Academy, presented the course outlines and expounded on the learning journey that the scholars are about to undertake.

Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operating Officer Mike Lytle congratulated the scholars and articulated the entire leadership’s support. He underlined how the academy serves as key enabler that will help the company harness the power of digital technology and structured data coupled with deep human insight to deliver gains to the company and excellent experience to customers.

The Teleperformance Analytics Academy is a joint program of the Learning and Development (L&D) team and the Capability Development and Process Excellence team which are both committed to support the development goals and career growth of TP employees with dynamic programs that make use of the company’s strengths in technology, analytics, and process excellence.

To learn more about Teleperformance Philippines and their business solutions, you may visit their website at www.teleperformance.ph/en-us or their Facebook page at /teleperformance.philippines.


ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: ROCH.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), the global leader in customer experience management, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in a wide variety of industries. Its customer care, technical support, customer acquisition, consulting and analytics, digital integrated business service solutions, and other high-value specialized services ensure consistently positive customer interactions that are reliable, flexible and intelligent. The company has established the highest security and quality standards in the industry and uses proprietary deep learning technology to optimize flexibility on a global scale.

The Group’s 300,000 employees, spread across 80 countries, support billions of connections annually in 265 languages and enhance the customer experience with every interaction. In 2018, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €4,441 million (US$5,256 million, based on €1 = $1.18).

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs around 48,000 people in the country and operates over 34,000 workstations in 21 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

From 2012 to 2018, Teleperformance received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded in 2017 as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

In 2018 and 2019, Teleperformance Philippines was certified as a Great Place to Work® and is the first organization in the country to receive this certification from the Great Place to Work® Institute. This year, Teleperformance celebrates its 23nd year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the nation’s ICT-BPO sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.


For further information, please visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

METROBANK Mobile Banking App Makes Life Easy Specially This COVID-19 ECQ


Things happen for a reason or two. And the present COVID-19 pandemic may stop us from some of our physical activities, but it sure won’t stop us from attending to our responsibilities.  Considering the applied Enhanced Community Quarantine where we have to comply, it surely affects our movements. We are all encouraged to stay home. Not being able to go out and about freely has made some essential tasks a bit more challenging. Errands such as going to the grocery, paying bills, deliveries of goods and maintaining a steady cash flow through banking is a part of our major concern.

Good thing about the advance technology, it has provided us the convenience of doing some of our important transactions online in the comfort of our home. And doing online banking to avoid long lines just to get my turn is a sweet relief. Just need to go online and things can be done without sweat. 

With Metrobank Mobile App, I can easily do my bank duties. Sending money through bank transfer is just a breeze. You can transfer funds to same bank and even to other banks. I just need to log in and go straight to my account and choose transaction. The first thing you need to do is to download the app and you're way to go.






I’ve been banking with Metrobank for awhile, and it’s during the ECQ that I fully utilized (and appreciated) all of the Metrobank Mobile App’s conveniences. Definitely saves my time and energy. Plus it helps me follow the ECQ guidelines to stay at home.

If you do have a Metrobank account and would like to sign up for the mobile app, please check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdkBMrx70YY to know more. Or you may contact Metrobank via their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/metrobank















Tuesday, April 21, 2020

GALILEO ENRICHMENT LEARNING PROGRAM GOES ONLINE


Parents have full-time jobs, lots of things to do both at work and at home. On the other hand, the kids need to be educated and they have a lot of time in their hands for this. What is a win-win solution to this? Here is one suggestion.
The Galileo Enrichment Learning Program has turned to online learning for kids with the recent launching of GO Learning. Through the use of modern technology, GO Learning is able to connect the Galileo community online and provide them with teacher-guided tasks and self-learning activities.
Rowie Matti, CEO of Galileo explains that online learning does not require parents to drive their kids to school. “And since this requires minimal parental supervision as well, the parents can now focus on their jobs and daily household routine. On the other hand, the kids can choose the time and pace by which they can plunge into Go Learning. Thus, they can still do other things that interest them. This flexibility gives them control of their education!”
She adds that GO Learning was designed to encourage interaction and active engagement through the use of online games, assignments, and personalized activities. “This builds the kids’ confidence and lessens frustrations as they are encouraged to contribute solutions and answers in a fun way. The kids want a classroom ambiance once in a while? No problem! Video conferencing through the Google Hangouts allows real-time teacher-students interaction that is intended to build the kids’ confidence, both in and out of the classroom. So we can practically say goodbye to passive or shy students!”.




Studies have shown that nowadays, kids are tech-savvy and can easily navigate the internet and find their way through various apps. Rowie adds that GO Learning allows them to do just these, at their own time and pace to boot! “However, there are final deadlines to be met, time limits for accomplishing certain activities and responsibility for online content used. This promotes time management, self-discipline, independence and a sense of responsibility. These are traits that will serve the kids well as they go offline after finishing the GO Learning Program”.

For more information about Galileo Online Learning, you may call us at 0917 -8130674 or visit our website at https://galileoenrichment.com/programs/galileo-online-learning/

Hanabishi Donates Appliances, Food Supplies to PGH, ABS-CBN'S Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig


Hanabishi joined individuals and other organizations in heeding the call of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and ABS-CBN for donations to help the countrys frontliners and families amidst the coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The appliance maker donated water dispensers, electric fans, and ovens to the PGH, one of the COVID-19 referral centers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Hanabishi also sent 10,000 cans of sardines for ABS-CBNs Pantawid ng Pag-Ibig donation drive aimed at helping families whose livelihood were affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Let us look for ways to help each other out during these challenging times. We should put our best practices and resources to respond to the needs of our fellow Filipinos,” said Jasper Ong, Hanabishi President.


The sardines were distributed to the local governments units (LGUs) of Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon, Navotas, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Manila last March.

Apart from donating to the PGH and ABS-CBN, Hanabishi likewise sent 40 stand fans for the enhanced quarantine facility tents built by Architect William Ti. The tents will be donated to different hospitals in Metro Manila.

"We have been supporting ABS-CBN in their charity projects and we share their mission to strengthen the family, especially in these trying times. We shall be there to fortify every home, make every home a comfortable place for the family," Ong concluded. 





About Hanabishi:

Spanning more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products that lasts, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner from Start to Forever.” Hanabishi Home Appliances are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, 

Monday, April 20, 2020

JOINING FORCES ALLIANCE ON THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN - PHILIPPINES






In fact, 3 in 5 children have experienced some form of physical violence, the 2016 National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children revealed. Sixty percent of these cases happened in their own homes, with 1 in 2 children experiencing corporal punishment. 


“This disturbing figure can exponentially increase, especially now that parents and caregivers are experiencing added stress,” said Rowena Cordero, Joining Forces Alliance Convenor and Save the Children Philippines Chief of Programs. “Children should be protected from experiencing violence at home. And parents need to be supported in coping with stress and in ensuring that parenting practices respect and uphold children’s rights.”

While the quarantine measures imposed by the government help in controlling the spread of COVID-19, it may also unintentionally expose children to increased protection risks.

The economic, health, and security problems resulting from the pandemic may take its toll on the mental health of parents and caregivers. Hence, they may be unable to effectively manage their stress and frustration. As a result, these adults may resort to using physical, humiliating, and degrading punishment on their children.

To prevent this from happening, we urge the government to:
        Ensure timely delivery of social protection and amelioration programs.
        Establish accountability and feedback mechanisms for families and children.
        Provide mental health and psychosocial support for parents and caregivers, through online platforms or hotlines, in coordination with private groups.
        Set up hotlines and online platforms where children and the public can send complaints about child abuse cases.
        Regularly assess child protection risks throughout the COVID-19 response, including disaggregated data of children based on age, sex, and disability.
        Closely monitor children at increased risk of violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

In particular, we call on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to:
        Activate child protection programs and response and referral mechanisms.
        Ensure that protection and social welfare services are adequately funded and are central throughout all the stages of the COVID-19 response.




We also urge all local governments to:
        Set up child-friendly hotlines for reporting and psychosocial counseling.
        Ensure compliance with the DILG Advisory (2 April 2020) on the activation of the Barangay Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
        Disseminate information by dovetailing informative leaflets in relief distribution i.e., stress management, how to report child abuse, among others.


“The rights of children to be protected from all forms of physical, humiliating, and degrading punishment in all settings should be everyone’s concern, especially of the government,” said Cordero. “As much as we don’t want children to be exposed to COVID-19, we also don’t want them to be vulnerable to any form of violence.”
                
                                                                                             

About the Joining Forces Alliance

The Joining Forces Alliance on the Elimination of Violence Against Children is a global alliance of child-focused international non-governmental organizations. We are advocating for a renewed commitment of governments to achieve the rights of children. We are composed of ChildFund Alliance, Educo, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Terre des Hommes International Federation, and World Vision.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Become a plant parent with Assembly Grounds at TheRise




Among the many stress-relieving activities people have turned to during quarantine is tending to their plants. Even before the virus outbreak, caring for plants was already a popular pastime among millennials, who found that the activity could be emotionally rewarding and enjoyable. Now, when the appetite for wholesome, simple recreation is at an all time high, plant parenting—as many call it—can be a useful remedy for stress and anxiety.

Assembly Grounds at The Rise in Makati enables mall guests to get into this fun pastime through Gardening 101 with Jennie Agcaoili, an online series about growing plants while living in the city. With three 45-minute episodes to be streamed from www.facebook.com/AssemblyGrounds, Jennie Agcaoili, nature therapy advocate and founder of creative nature business Plant Project PH, shows people how to make the most out of their quarantine time through gardening.

#AGGardening101 kicks off on April 18 at 4PM with Urban Gardening Essentials, a beginner course about the basics of raising an urban garden. On April 25 at 4PM, kids and parents can enjoy some quality time together with Urban Gardening for Kids, a session that will bring out every child’s green thumb. On May 2 at 4PM, Jennie teaches everyone how to grow plants out of their leftovers with Re-growing from Kitchen Scraps.



Let’s grow #BetterStrongerTogether by learning new things and staying productive this quarantine period. With #AssemblyGroundsAtTheRise, time can always be spent wisely! 

For inquiries, visit www.assemblygroundsattherise.com. Follow Assembly Grounds on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @assemblygrounds.