Mang Inasal welcomes back diners, puts strict safety protocols

Missed Mang Inasal? You can now dine in at your favorite restaurant following strict safety measures.

As parts of the country steadily ease restrictions on community quarantines, the well-loved Pinoy diner has joined other restaurants in resuming dine-in services, which have been placed on hold because of the extended lockdown. 

Knowing how much people have missed their favorite Mang Inasal meals and seeking to allay their fears, Mang Inasal has set in place strict protocols to ensure delicious food and safe dining experience for their customers.

Anyone who wants to enter the store must wear a face mask. The customer’s temperature will be checked and only those with a body temperature of 37.5-degree Centigrade and below will be allowed to enter.

A footbath disinfection mat is also placed at the entrance. Only a limited number of customers are allowed inside the store at any given time. Sanitizers are provided for customers at the door entrance, counter table and wash area for their use.

In keeping with the Department of Trade and Industry guidelines, Mang Inasal is requesting customers to fill out a Customer Health Form before being allowed to enter the store.  

For in-store safety, physical distancing is closely monitored as floor markers set one-meter distance for counter queues. Contact-less payment is enforced with the use of acrylic cash tray and acrylic barriers. Meanwhile, foot knobs are used as restroom doors, and regular disinfection of facilities and the sanitation of workers form part of Mang Inasal’s stringent safety protocols.

Dine-in customers are enjoined to be seated apart for physical distancing purposes. One-meter table-to-table distance segregates diners while in selected Mang Inasal stores a table barrier is placed for face-to-face dining.

Store crew sanitize the door and door handles every 30 minutes even as they pursue intensified cleaning and sanitation of fixtures and facilities.

Similarly, heightened safety protocols for food preparation and handling—on top of existing procedures that are already thorough—are also being implemented. These include the crew wearing face mask, face shield, and gloves; handwashing and sanitation every hour and when necessary; and the appointment of a Hygiene Ambassador – a crew member wearing an identifying button pin and personal protective equipment and who go around reminding crew and diners of the safety measures.  The Hygiene Ambassador himself cleans and disinfects the tables after every use.

Even the serving of unli-rice has been modified for safety purposes. Those who place unli-rice orders will be automatically served two cups of rice. Should they ask for more rice, the crew in charge will provide extra wrapped rice. Meanwhile pre-portioned condiments are served together with the ordered meal.

All these show that Mang Inasal not only serves good food enjoyed by many, but it also has the safety and well-being of its stakeholders as a priority. 

“We know how much everyone has missed dining at Mang Inasal,” says Business Unit Head Jojo P. Subido. “As we work towards the gradual return of in-store dining, we make sure to put our stakeholders at ease by placing their welfare as our top priority. In instituting all these precautions, we kept in mind our customers’ needs and concerns so that they can enjoy the Mang Inasal experience once again—safely and comfortably. We look forward to welcoming you back to our stores.”

As of this writing, over 80 per cent of Mang Inasal stores around the country are open for dine-in.

Meanwhile, customers from Metro Manila can continue enjoying Mang Inasal meals by placing their orders through #7-3333 or via Grab, Food Panda, and Lalamove. They can also place their orders through Jose, the Mang Inasal Chatbot in Facebook Messenger. 

URC, GBF design face shields for essential workers

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) and the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) are currently producing much-needed face shields using URC’s available resources.

The Gokongwei-owned food firm has temporarily repurposed some parts of its production line to manufacture 100,000 reusable face shields vital to frontline health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

According to GBF Director Grace Colet, these will go to some of the hospitals that have been at the forefront of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

GBF is targeting over 25 beneficiaries including: Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, San Lazaro Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, The Medical City and Chinese General Hospital.

“We (GBF) were experiencing problems securing our personal protective equipment (PPE) orders from suppliers,” related Colet “Sometimes they’ll back out a day or two even after placing the order. And prices were increasing. It was a struggle to secure the very valuable PPE that we needed for donation to our health workers.”

Colet related, “Being an engineer, David Lim of URC got inspired to study the design and make it more efficient in terms of using available resources. We consulted doctors and specialists from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to ensure we are providing appropriate PPEs.”

URC senior vice-president for quality engineering, sustainability and technical services David Lim created the face shields, taking into consideration the urgency for these protective gears. “Some face shields are generally disposable. That’s why they had to make a lot. Our team decided to come up with a face shield design that can both be easily manufactured and is reusable,” he said.

For Dr. Maria Julieta Germar from PGH’s obstetrics and gynecology department, disinfecting URC’s face shield is easy because it doesn’t have foams. “The distance from the mask makes it easy for us to use goggles, loop and N95 masks underneath it. It is also not prone to fogging which is important when we do our surgeries,” she added.

According to Dr. Germar, the face shields are used by their medical personnel but later on, they intend to provide to patients who may need additional protection. URC’s face shields are made from just three basic materials, making mass production easier: a polypropylene (PP) strip that is 14mm thick and about a meter long; an 8-by-13-inch PET sheet; and some staples.

The company buys the PET sheets and staples, but it produces the PP strips in its facility in Calamba, Laguna. With minimal materials needed, URC is able to produce 3,500 face shields a day at two of its production facilities in Laguna. To date, it has delivered 40,000 to various hospitals and will complete deliveries by May.

According to Lim, the demand for the face shields is continuously growing. “This COVID fight is a battle for everyone. It is an honor for URC to be able to contribute and collaborate with GBF and hospitals, with safety, quality and sustainability in mind. That is the URC way.”

The Gokongwei Group’s URC is one of the largest food and beverage manufacturing companies in the country, producing Filipino favorites like C2, Great Taste and Jack ‘n Jill snacks. Also from the same parent company is GBF, a foundation dedicated to contributing to the country’s progress by helping educate its workforce in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Makati City used GCash to disburse P2.7B financial aid during COVID-19 crisis

At a time when social distancing is a must, technology is definitely one of our best allies.

Mobile wallet app GCash has once again proved its worth by empowering Makati City with contactless solutions to efficiently disburse roughly P2.7 billion in economic aid to the 500,000 residents of the city.

Under this strengthened partnership, GCash is providing a digital disbursement facility for the expanded Makatizen Economic Relief Program, which aims to provide relief to city residents who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of manually disbursing the financial aid through city hall employees or through physical disbursement facilities, Makati City will be leveraging the GCash platform to efficiently and safely provide aid to its constituents. This reduces the risk of transmission of the disease, as it limits physical contact among people.

“Makati City has always been one of the most forward-looking local governments in the Philippines, and GCash is ready to help it achieve its goal. We are happy to see our platform being used by government units to fight Covid-19 and ultimately flatten the curve. GCash provides a quick, safe and secure data-driven disbursement platform for the city,” GCash Vice President for Enterprise Luigi Reyes said.

Makati City Mayor Abby Binay announced the expansion of the Makatizen Economic Relief Program, now called the MAKA-tulong 5K for 500K+ Makatizens, to help its citizens cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To qualify as a beneficiary of MAKA-tulong program, one must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Makati or of any of the relocation sites managed by the city government of Makati in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan and Calauan, Laguna. One must also be registered either as a Makatizen Card holder, or as a Yellow Card holder under the Makati Health Program, or as a voter in Makati City.

The financial assistance is on an individual basis, which means that a household with five qualified individuals will get P25,000 in aid.

“The MAKA-tulong 5K for 500K+ Makatizens program, which will cost P2.7 billion, is intended to provide much-needed financial assistance to residents on an individual basis, not per household, as we begin to emerge from the prolonged community quarantine,” Binay said.

Previous beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), including senior citizens, persons with disability, informal workers, and solo parents, are still qualified to receive the P5,000-financial assistance.

Residents seeking to avail of the program must fill out an application form through the Makatizen app (available in iOS and Android) or through the Makatizen website (www.proudmakatizen.com). They may also submit their application forms in their respective barangays or through Makati Action Center (MAC) personnel. Each application form must be supplemented with a valid government-issued ID.

Once an application has been approved, the financial assistance will be sent to the GCash account of the beneficiary. Those without GCash accounts will be assisted by the local government to set up one.

The economic relief may be withdrawn from GCash Cash In/Cash Out agents or through ATMs using their Makatizen Cards. Beneficiaries may also use the financial assistance that they received through GCash for online and offline transactions, bills payment, and fund transfers, among others.

“We have been an active partner of Makati City for years now, and most recently, we helped in the disbursement of the financial aid to its student scholars and transport stakeholders. We at GCash vow to continue to support the government to prevent the further increase of Covid-19 patients by empowering Filipinos with digital solutions to help them stay at home,” Reyes said.

Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.

GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/.

Maxi-Peel bridges frontliners and their loved in new video

With the many challenges we face everyday–especially now that there is a global health pandemic going on–a call for encouragement and a message of gratitude can go a long, long way.

Even though nothing can ever beat the comfort of being at home with their families, we can help boost the morale of our brave frontliners by continuously expressing our appreciation for their hard work and sacrifices.

Maxi-Peel has taken the initiative to become the bridge between our modern heroes and their loved ones who they might not have seen over the past weeks or maybe even months. Through the online video Gaganda Muli Ang Bukas, individuals whose moms, dads, relatives, and even friends are able to reach out to their loved ones who are continuously fighting for a better tomorrow.

The video offered an opportunity for these people to send our modern day heroes messages and reminders to take a rest when they can, to also look out for themselves, and to express how much they are missed.

Moreover, through a short speech, these loved ones were able to share the pride and happiness of knowing that their family member is able to help a significant amount of those who are in need.

Hope has always been something that Maxi-Peel believed in, and just like our brave frontliners and their families who remain strong as they keep fighting, Maxi-Peel also urges everyone to not give up with the hashtag #WagMongIsukoAngLaban.

The brand’s encouraging message of hope has always stood as an inspiration for women across the Philippines even before the pandemic happened. By bringing hope to consumers who may have felt bullied or dejected in the past because they lack the confidence to face the world, have found a partner in Maxi-Peel to give them a brighter outlook.

Now, Maxi-Peel is doing the same for the entire country as it pushes for encouragement in these trying times.

Watch the full video of Gaganda Muli Ang Bukas below:

Enjoy and learn through PLDT Home’s #StayHomeSeries

Now that the enhanced community quarantine has been officially extended until May 15, in parts of the country including Metro Manila, we need to come up with more ideas to make life at home more meaningful.

Turn your family’s quarantine time to quality time by getting together for shared activities with the whole family. PLDT Home has launched its #StayHomeSeries in collaboration with wellness experts to make time at home worthwhile.

Among the activities are live motivational talk and counselling sessions with psychologist and family life specialist Dr. Michele Alignay. She shares tips on how to get through cabin fever and overcome this crisis together as a family by encouraging interpersonal communications.

Dr. Michele Alignay

Maintaining a good mental health is very important during this time when everyone is forced to change their usual daily routine of going out and exploring the world. By strengthening family relationships, getting through this crisis can become much more bearable for everyone.

Physical well-being is also very important during a crisis, so the #StayHomeSeries has also included content to help you exercise at home. Join the Weekday Wellness livestream exercises and community workouts featuring a variety of online zumba, crossfit, boxing, or yoga classes facilitated by experts from Pretty Huge Obstacles.

This home quarantine period is the perfect time to get into new hobbies together with your kids. Put on those creative thinking hats and sit down with them for some arts and crafts activities. You can also teach them a few cooking skills and share easy recipes that they can do in the kitchen.

For more fun and interesting activities, you can check out the Friday Fam Day of #StayHomeSeries with Philippine Educational Theater Association. PLDT Home has tapped the organization for live arts and crafts workshops and music lessons for the whole family.

The Manila String Machine

And when you simply want to wind down and relax, The Manila String Machine is set to entertain the family with soothing music that is perfect to accompany your weekend activities at home. Listen to well-loved show tunes and movie soundtracks in the most soothing string renditions.

PLDT Home’s #StayHomeSeries partners will be streaming live on their official Facebook and YouTube pages.

Catch a quick coffee break with Dr. Michele Alignay on 27, 9:30 AM for Mindful Mondays.

Exercise with the fambam together with Pretty Huge Obstacles on April 28 to 30 at 10:00 AM. Get creative with PETA on April 24 and May 1 at 3:00 PM.

Listen to The Manila String Machine as they play renditions of your favorite tunes on April 26 and May 3 at 9:00 AM.

With PLDT Home Fibr, you can enjoy reliable and unlimited access to the Internet that enables you to conveniently stream online for the family’s entertainment. Visit www.pldthome.com for more details.

Where to watch Holy Week Masses online

As we all continue to abide by the guidelines of the Enhanced Community Quarantine to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the Catholic Church has explored new innovations so churchgoers can still observe Holy Week even at home.

At the Vatican City, the Pope is celebrating daily masses at 2:00 PM and is shared with the rest of the world through the Vatican News English channel on YouTube.

Starting Palm Sunday, April 5 until Easter Sunday, April 12, some of the Philippines’ major churches will also be broadcasting its masses and other Holy Week activities online through their respective social networking sites.

Following is the schedule of masses in various Philippine churches:

Manila Cathedral

Time: Sunday – 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM; Monday to Friday – 7:30 AM, 12:10 PM; Saturday – 7:30 AM
Where: Manila Cathedral’s Facebook page

Quiapo Church

Time: Daily – 5:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM
Where: Quiapo Church’s Facebook page

Diocese of Kalookan

Time: Sunday – 6:30 AM, 7:45 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 3:00 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:00 PM; Monday to Friday – 6:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Where: Diocese of Kalookan’s Facebook page

Diocese of Cubao

Time: Sunday – 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 6:00 PM; Monday to Saturday – 8:00 AM
Where: Diocese of Cubao’s Facebook page

Diocese of Pasig

Time: Sunday – 6:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM; Monday to Saturday – 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Where: Pasig Cathedral’s Facebook page

Philippine Jesuits

Time: Daily – 8:00 AM, 1:00 PM
Where: Radyo Katipunan Facebook page and Radyo Katipunan YouTube channel

Radio Veritas

Time: Daily – 6:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Where: Radio Veritas’ Facebook page

Sambuhay TV Mass

Time: Saturday (anticipated mass) – 5:00 PM; Monday to Friday – 6:15 AM
Where: Sambuhay’s Facebook page

Online masses led by Singapore Archbishop William Goh

Time: Sunday – 10:00 AM; Monday to Saturday – 1:00 PM
Where: Archdiocese of Singapore’s YouTube channel

For lag-free streaming of masses through any of these channels, use PLDT’s free speedboost for Fibr subscribers. Staying at home as we pray with people online can be our most meaningful contribution in stopping the spread of the dreaded virus.

SM Supermalls adjust schedule for Holy Week amid ECQ

In observance of the Holy Week and the ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine enforced by the national government to curb the spread of COVID-19, SM Supermalls is adjusting its operation schedules this week.

On April 9, Maundy Thursday, all SM Supermalls will be CLOSED the whole day, including all SM Markets establishments: Supermarket, Hypermart, and Savemore.

Meanwhile, on April 10, Good Friday, all SM Supermalls will be closed except for the following:

SM Hypermarket

Open on April 10 (Friday) from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at SM Cherry Congressional, SMDC Light Mall, SM Hypermarket Lapu-Lapu, SM City BicutanSM City FairviewSM City ClarkSM City MarilaoSM Center MuntinlupaSM City North EDSASM Mall of Asia, SM Center Las Piñas, SM Center PasigSM City RosalesSM City SucatSM City TaytaySM City Valenzuela, SMDC Sun Residences

SM Supermarket

Open on April 10 (Friday) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at SM Cherry Antipolo, MAAX, SM City Bacoor, SM City Dasmariñas, SM Center ImusSM City LegazpiSM City MasinagSM City Olongapo CentralSM City PampangaSM City RosarioSM City San Fernando DowntownSM City San Jose Del MonteSM City Telabastagan, and SM City Tarlac.

Open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at SM Cherry ShawSM Aura PremierSM City BacolodSM City CebuSM City DavaoSM City FairviewSM City ManilaSM City Cagayan De OroSM City ConsolacionSM Lanang PremierSM City San MateoSM MegamallSM City MarikinaSM City North EDSASM City NovalichesSM Center SangandaanSM City San LazaroSM SouthmallSM City Masinagand SM City Sta. Mesa.

And open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at SM City BaguioSM City CalambaSM City LipaSM City Santa Rosa.

Savemore

Open on April 10 (Friday) from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at SM City Telabastagan.

And from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at SM Savemore Apalit.

Regular ECQ schedule

SM Supermalls, including all SM Markets and other tenants offering necessities, will continue to observe its ECQ operations schedule from April 6 to 8 (Monday to Wednesday) and will resume on April 11 (Saturday).

For more information about SM Supermalls’ ECQ schedule, click here.

Stay clean and safe from COVID-19 with Hygienix

The COVID-19 has definitely become a global pandemic and the only way to stop it from spreading any further is through the help and cooperation of every single person.

Among the things that ordinary citizens like us can do is to stay home while the enhanced community quarantine is in place. We also need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adhere to good hygiene practices.

The best way to stay clean is through sanitizing our hands regularly since we are always bound to touch things that may have been contaminated and unwittingly contract the virus ourselves or pass it on to someone else.

Keeping our hands clear of bacteria and viruses can be accomplished through proper handwashing using soap and water. Even before, and more so at this time of COVID-19, Hygienix has been making products that aim to protect people from disease-causing bacteria. Hygienix products effectively eliminate viruses, kill germs, and destroy harmful bacteria, while keeping the skin energized and moisturized at the same time!

In the frontline for Hygienix in the battle against COVID-19 is the Hygienix Germicidal Soap. Hygienix Germicidal Soap kills 99.99% of germs and common disease-causing bacteria with every use! And because it has a non-drying formula and refreshing scent, frequent handwashing with Hygienix Germicidal Soap turns out to be a pleasure, not just a necessity.

Apart from soap, Hygienix also has two alcohol products that’s proven to fight off COVID-19. Its two alcohol variants: the Hygienix Germ Kill Alcohol and Hygienix Germ Kill Alcohol with Moisturizer both effectively kill 99.9% of germs. That’s because both variants also boast of disinfectant and antiseptic properties! What’s more, it’s safe for frequent use because it does not dry the skin. Hygienix Germ Kill Alcohol is available in 60ml, 150ml, 250ml, and 500ml sizes, while Germ Kill Alcohol with Moisturizer is available in 250ml and 500ml––perfect to keep handy around the house or bring with you wherever you go. 

Hygienix assures that it is working double time to keep pace with the stronger demand for soap and alcohol. More than ever, Hygienix fully knows how crucial its role is in helping arm people with the best defenses possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19.