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9:40 PM

J&T Express and PDEA partner to safeguard logistics and protect SME customers

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 J&T Express and PDEA partner to safeguard logistics and protect SME customers 

 

Safety protocols enhanced as transactions rise during the holidays 



Following the boom of e-commerce and the heightened demand for courier services, J&T Express Philippines is continuing their commitment to uplift the Filipino as the fastest-growing and farthest-reaching logistics company by officially partnering with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). 

 

A memorandum of agreement was signed in an effort to strengthen the growing number of transactions and to avert any illegal transactions, especially in light of the holiday season rush. With PDEA having already destroyed 6.25B php worth of confiscated drugs just last October, the agency is now looking to private stakeholders to help avoid a likely surge in illegal smuggling as deliveries increase.  

 

With the signing of this memorandum, J&T is heightening their crusade against such criminal activities, especially drug smuggling. This latest measure is just one of many that the company has taken to discourage criminals and to eliminate unlawful affairs. 



 

J&T Express Philippines is dedicated to protecting their customers along with the Philippine trade and industry. Furthermore, they are enthusiastic to champion the local SMEs and their patrons who relies on their services for safe and fast deliveries no matter the distance or location. That’s why they are working alongside a government agency such as PDEA who wants to erase all crime from logistics. 

 

Aside from receiving more stringent training for their team members and adding more safety protocols to identify erring packages, J&T is also reminding customers to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Guidelines which are stated in-store and online at J&T platforms. 

 

These include open checking, declaring the correct value, and filling in the item description of the packages.  

 

Expecting delivery transactions to increase in demand through the holidays and into 2021, J&T Express wants to bolster the online SME industry and help the country usher in an economic bounce-back without threat from drug smugglers and their ilk.  

 

J&T Express Philippines is poised for brighter days in the next year, and wants to assure everyone that J&T will help pave the way for an even better future for logistics. 






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12:35 AM

Making Your Christmas Travel Safe and Secured

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 Making Your Christmas Travel Safe and Secured 



Pasig, Philippines—December 21,2020— Like many traditional holidays, Christmas will be completely different this year as Filipinos brace for a non-traditional celebration since mass gatherings and parties remain restricted due to the pandemic. 

 

As quarantine guidelines loosen, on the other hand, people can now visit malls, restaurants, and shops if they abide by specific safety protocols to prevent the further spreading of the virus.  

 

With travel still possible for Filipinos, Prestone Philippines, the leading manufacturer of cutting-edge coolants and brake fluids in the country, reminds motorists of the importance of keeping their vehicles in good shape to have safe journeys this holiday season. Before embarking on your trip, the company encourages us to check on your vehicles and if possible, undergo preventive maintenance. 

 

Following your vehicle's preventive maintenance schedule (PMS) can help ensure that it stays safe and in tiptop condition. It maintains that it has no engine leaks or irregular noises that can be signs of problems, as well as keeps its oil and coolant at the right levels. It also reminds you to charge your vehicle's battery and keep its terminals clean. 

 

Other than engine parts, PMS also helps make certain other parts of your vehicle are in good shape. For instance, ensuring your tires are fresh or still in good condition, inspecting your vehicle's auto lights, and ensuring that your vehicle's brake is not too loose and ready for road travel. 

 

Prestone also ensures that motorists' products are high-quality and dependable fluids to ensure your vehicle remains safe and in good condition. For instance, the company's Asian Coolant Range provides instant protection to all Asian-made engines. It optimizes engine temperature and protects parts from rust and corrosion. 

 

They also provide an Auto Transmission Fluid (ATF) designed to meet or exceed many cars' needs on today's road. It can help delay or eliminate the need for costly repairs by assisting to stop leaks and condition dry and cracked seals. Their Power Steering Fluid (PSF) also helps maintain smooth power steering operation while fighting leaky seals for vehicles. 

 

One of the company's best products is its Prestone DOT 4 Synthetic Hi-Temp Brake Fluid built for systems that require high-temperature DOT 4 brake fluid. It exceeds specifications, provides excellent performance in high-temperature braking systems, and provides corrosion protection for all metals within the braking system. It is suitable for disk, drum, and ABS brakes. 

 

Prestone also wants to remind motorists to stay cautious with the products they use on their vehicles, especially brake fluids that are possibly old or counterfeit. Using fake brake fluids can permanently damage or overheat your vehicle's engine and cause it to lose its brake, leading to accidents.  

 

To know its authenticity, check the product's details and look for any imperfections, and ensure it has a PS mark or ICC stickers issued by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Philippines. Many counterfeit products also have 900ml packaging. 

 

"We all surely want a joyful and warm Christmas celebration this year, especially with all the challenges we have experienced. So, we should make sure the products we use in our vehicles are high-quality and safe. Watch out for brake fluid sellers whose products come from unknown sources. Familiarize yourself with the product's original price to know products with suspicious prices and discounts. High-quality products are more important than cheap but low-quality products to ensure safe travels," said Paolo Lao, marketing director of Prestone Philippines. 

 

To know more information about Prestone Philippines, visit their website, https://www.prestone.com.ph/ and follow their Facebook page, Prestone Philippines. 




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12:00 AM

Bo’s Coffee Brings the Cheer for the 2020 Holidays

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Bo’s Coffee Brings the Cheer for the 2020 Holidays 

 

This holiday season, a new selection of food and drinks, together with holiday favorites are up for grabs at Bo’s Coffee through their stores nationwide and online stores in Manila and Cebu. 

The holiday offers include specially curated coffee gift sets and sweet treats. The gift options include beans of your favorite homegrown brew that you can make at home, DIY kits using their signature blended coffee mixes, and delicious locally-sourced snacks and beverages. These holiday gift bundles, and other goodies are available in select stores and through their website(Gift sets start at P500).





Bo’s Coffee also launches the 2nd design of their reloadable gift card Philippine Coffee Edition. Like last year’s card featuring Sagada, the new design incorporates the T’boli pride through the Matutum reloadable Gift Card.



You can also shop for eGift certificates through their Facebook page. The electronic gift voucher value starts at P300 which the recipient can use at participating store locations nationwide. It’s a perfect and convenient gift to send to friends and loved ones far away. With aunique code and your personalized message, your family and friends will surely enjoy their gift of coffee at their own convenience.

 

The Filipino-owned coffee chain features their new drink, the Matcha Hazelnut Freeze, a blended non-coffee beverage with matcha powder and hazelnut syrup, topped with whipped cream and a dash of green tea powder (Tall - P178, Medium - P190, Large - P205)

 

Bo’s Coffee also brings back their holiday specials, the Dark Mocha Macadamia Froccino and Hazelnut Mocha Froccino(Tall - P165, Medium - 180, Large - 195). 

These limited edition Holiday Beverages are available in all Bo’s Coffee stores nationwide until January 15, 2021. These delicious beverages and new items may be ordered for delivery via FoodPanda, GrabFood, LalaFood or Order Ahead via Messenger.

To pair with your favorite homegrown brew, the local coffee chain releases their freshly-baked Christmas Chocolate Mousse with a Filipino Twist - arranged and styled into the image of a Parol. (P800/Whole)


And from your crowd-favorite Carrot Bar comes the Premium Carrot Cake, generously coated with cream cheese frosting and topped with crushed walnuts. (P1,500/Whole, P150/Slice)


These special cakes are also available for pre-order in all Luzon and Cebu store locations. 


More seasonal food items in gift boxes to pair your favorite Bo’s Coffee beverage with are: 

Merry Doughnuts (P500/Box of 6, P85/Slice)

Soft and moist ringed doughnuts, coated with Christmas colored chocolate glaze and decorated with white, red, and green accents to spread the cheer to your celebrations


Cookie Crisps (P220/150g)

Delicate and thin cookies with a crispy and crunchy texture that are made with rolled oats. Bo’s Coffee Cookie Crisps are available in white couverture chocolate and dark coverture chocolate. 

Your favorite baked goods are also available in gift boxes such as:

Biscotti (P270/Box of 6)

Delicious twice-baked cookies dipped in chocolate that can be paired with your favorite homegrown brew.


Bars and Brownies

 

The crowd-favorite Carrot Bar (P300/Box of 4). Moist, lightly spiced and full of fresh carrots, and topped with heavenly cream cheese frosting.


Crispy, chewy, creamy, fudgy, Chocolate Revel Bars (P300/Box of 4)

Moist, dark chocolate Fudge Brownies, topped with walnuts. (P300/Box of 4)


 Craft Cookies (P250/Box of 5)

Available in dark chocolate, oatmeal and raisin, double dark chocolate, and white chocolate and almond.





For a taste of savory, Bo’s Coffee offers its signature butter and spreads from your favorite food items. 

Herb Butter (P240/200g)


Bo’s House Dressing (P260/200g)

Bo’s Coffee Pesto Sauce (P295/200g)


You can also grab these three sauces as a set from their Fantastic Flavors Gift Box (P750/set)


In addition to Bo’s Coffee’s Bottled Drinks Collection, introduces their Ready to Drink Cold Brew Tea. Available in Peach Black flavor. (P170/Bottle) 


Bo’s Coffee has the perfect treat for this holiday season.Try them all or give as gifts. Order from for delivery via FoodPanda, GrabFood, LalaFood or pick-up from stores through Order Ahead via Messenger. More items are available in the Bo’s Coffee Online Shop. Check out their website at shop.boscoffee.com



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8:23 AM

Legarda Commends Cebu, Zonta Club of Cebu 2 As Leading In Child Online Protection Efforts In The Country

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Legarda Commends Cebu, Zonta Club of Cebu 2 As Leading In Child Online Protection Efforts In The Country

 
CEBU CITY – A prominent lawyer who specializes in family law and an advocate for the rights of women and children has cited and praised Cebu and the Zonta Club of Cebu II for leading in the efforts of protecting Filipino children from online sexual abuse and trafficking.

 


“Cebu has the political will and NGOs such as the Zonta Club of Cebu II are involved in the fight against online sexual exploitation.  Most of the conviction cases on online child trafficking and sexual exploitation come from here,” Atty. Katrina Legarda said in a webinar culminating Zonta’s 18 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women (VAW) on December 12 this year.

 

Legarda added that the capture of an American ‘sex offender’ in Ginatilan, Cebu last December 11 showed how serious and resolute Cebu is in this fight against child online sexual exploitation and trafficking.

 

Legarda went on to cite the Cebu’s Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) as a “champion of child protection” as it coordinates overall programs among law enforcement, justice, the courts and other agencies, especially during surveillance and rescue operations.

 

 

Gaps in efforts on COP

 

Despite these leading protection efforts, there are still gaps in Child Online Protection (COP). In her webinar presentation entitled “The Perils of Technology: Easy Access and Target of Human Trafficking”, Legarda stressed that community-level involvement is deficient.

 

This lack of involvement and vigilance at the community level is due to various factors like a lack of awareness, hesitance to get involved as these activities are treated as family issues, inadequate number of experts trained and dedicated to pursue Online Sexual Abuse/Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) cases, and a shortfall in personnel, funds and specialized skills.

 

Red flags when OSEC is committed

 

According to Legarda, it is vital that the people in the communities must know how OSEC is committed and note the “red flags”.  She went on that children are usually recruited by people they know such as their relatives, family members and neighbors. She advises local leaders to watch and check for these red flags that include the presence of “Padala” shops even in remote communities and the regular presence of the same people in the shops or at the area almost every day and normally they are senior citizens.

 

“You may find that money is sent to the same person, same address and the same barangay all the time but the sender is almost always different.  Check out the barangays with the presence of huge satellite dishes and why such a large bill for the internet,” Legarda bared.

 

She also said that to check on the address or homes of possible OSEC perpetrators such as no visible means of livelihood, lots of children inside the house playing and lots of devices such as laptops, cellphones and other gadgets.

 

 

Legarda quoted the 2013 study by the End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism that OSEC is committed more often in children’s own houses while payments are usually facilitated via bank and money transfer services and traffickers provide children sex services for an international audience via online transmissions.

 

Legarda added that usually victims of OSEC and child sexual abuse and trafficking don’t even report these cases because it’s their only source of income; easy to commit, difficult to detect. Low-cost overhead and perpetrators almost always say that there is no damage done to the children, “no penile penetration.”

 

 

Cyber Child trafficking and violence situation

 

Legarda Commends Cebu, Zonta Club of Cebu 2 As Leading In Child Online Protection Efforts In The Country

Based on the victims assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that since 2015 there have been 16,250 victims of child trafficking in the country and 65 percent of them are females and 21 percent were children sold for as low as P500.


“With the number of victims, the conviction rate is very low with only 560 cases for trafficking and 99 cases of OSEC convicted from 2005 to the present,” Legarda lamented.

 

Legarda cited the 2015 Baseline Study on Violence Against Children (VAC), both boys and girls are almost 50-50 as victims of cyber violence, 50.4 percent for boys and 46.7 percent for girls or one in two children experienced cyber violence.

 

The survey also showed that children with boyfriends/girlfriends are more likely to experience cyberviolence than those who have none.  Alcohol drinking and internet addiction among children increases the odds of cyber violence and if parents have less income or gamblers, there is a higher likelihood of children engaging in cyber violence.

 

Legarda concluded her presentation with some practical advice; that girls/women must go to school and finish college; limit internet usage among children or better still children must not be given cellphones, other gadgets or places that allow them to use the internet.

 

“Your children and grandchildren are very vulnerable to ICT-enabled sexual abuse, exploitation and cyber violence that may affect privacy infringement, alienation and or isolation and child online abuse and violence. Don’t give them smartphones and always supervise and monitor what they watch online,” Legarda added.




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10:08 PM

Bringing the Cheer with Bo’s Coffee

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 Bringing the Cheer with Bo’s Coffee


This time of the year, the streets would have been filled with cheers and children singing Christmas carols celebrating the festive season. But 2020 came with a string of events making everyone celebrate the holidays a lot more different than usual. Now the streets are quiet and festivities are muted.

Despite the challenges and difficulties this year, one thing is for sure, Filipinos will still find a way to celebrate life and the season of giving.

Filipinos are known to be resilient and optimistic, and as a Filipino-owned company, Bo’s Coffee is no different.

The Filipino-owned chain of coffee shops recently launched its holiday campaign amidst the country’s continuous recovery from months of pause during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And from recovery stems the way to adapt to the new normal.

Bo’s Coffee urges Filipinos to “Bring the Cheer” and keep the celebrations simple yet joyful with intimate gatherings in the comfort of their own homes and let the Gift of Coffee bring everyone together. “Bring the Cheer”, be the spark of the season and enjoy the company of loved ones over a cup of your favorite Philippine Coffee paired with delicious desserts.

The holiday offers which are available in Bo’s Coffee Online Shop include specially curated coffee gift sets and sweet treats. The gift options include beans of your favorite homegrown brew that you can make at home, DIY kits using their signature blended coffee mixes, and delicious locally-sourced snacks and beverages.

              

Bo’s Coffee also launches the 2nd design of their reloadable gift card Philippine Coffee Edition. Like last year’s card featuring Sagada, the new design incorporates the T’boli pride through the Matutum reloadable Gift Card. The design elements showcase Mount Matutum in South Cotabato, the T’boli T’nalak weave, and their local coffee beans painted digitally by hand.



To celebrate with your family and friends at home, Bo’s Coffee brings new holiday cakes to the table. From your crowd-favorite carrot bar comes the Premium Carrot Cake, and their Christmas Chocolate Mousse reimagined into a Filipino Twist - the image of a Christmas Parol. These cakes are freshly-baked and ready to be delivered to your homes for Noche Buena or even for your virtual Christmas parties.


Along with delectable cakes, comes the new Merry Doughnuts for you to enjoy when you decide to dine in safely at your favorite Bo’s Coffee branch or pre-ordered for delivery in time for the holidays. These ringed doughnuts are moist and soft, coated with Christmas colored chocolate glaze and decorated with white, red, and green accents to spread the cheer to your celebrations.


This year, Bo’s Coffee brings back their specialty Christmas beverages, the Dark Mocha Macadamia Froccino and Mocha Hazelnut Froccino, along with the new Matcha Hazelnut Freeze. 

The Matcha Hazelnut Freeze is a delicious matcha beverage blended with decadent hazelnut syrup. It’s graciously topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of matcha powder.

These limited edition Holiday Beverages are available in all Bo’s Coffee stores nationwide until January 15, 2021. These delicious beverages and new items may be ordered for delivery via FoodPanda, GrabFood, LalaFood or Order Ahead via Messenger.

“While we are looking forward to the end of a challenging year and the beginning of a better one, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to our team members who helped keep our doors open to serve your favorite cup of Philippine Coffee and most especially to the frontliners who worked tirelessly to serve and protect those affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.”, said Steve Benitez, Bo’s Coffee Founder and CEO.



Bo’s Coffee partners with select hospitals in Manila and Cebu by giving health care workers a special treat in the form of gift certificates for them to enjoy their favorite homegrown brew and dessert and bring in the cheer this Holiday season.

At the height of the pandemic, Bo’s Coffee gave away brewed coffee, bottled coffee drinks and food to frontliners and partnered with organizations supporting hospital health care workers.



Bo's Coffee will continue to “Bring the Cheer” with its coffee and support for Philippine coffee farmers through the sourcing of coffee beans from Sagada, Benguet in the Mountain Province, Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon, Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato, and Mt. Apo in Davao.

The Filipino-owned coffee chain recently opened branches in SM Butuan and two more in Cebu City. This coming 2021, Bo’s Coffee aims to open more stores including digital coffee brands.



 

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