Demand for home-based caregivers on the rise

Demand for home-based caregivers in the country is growing amid the continuing rise in COVID cases, the Department of Labor and Employment reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 6th, 2021

After 30 years, a farmer now owns three gardens and provides jobs amid crisis, part 2

In part 1, Mary Ann Cogollo, a farmer from Iloilo, shares about how her 30-year gardening story began and evolved. Here, she talks about the hurdles she had to face that molded her for who she is today.   Trials behind the triumphs At the back of her success is an unsteady, challenging voyage that she had to endure. “It’s 30 years in the making and looking back to what I’ve been through and endured, my heart is full,” said Cogollo. Growing up, Camille, her eldest daughter, saw how she fell and risen many times, she says, “I witnessed how she carried the pails from our wells to water her plants, pull the weeds every day, carried potted plants to hide them because of the heavy storms, how she failed and endured everything, how she learned from her experiences, and how she managed to be a farmer, a gardener, and a mother to us.” A throwback photo of Cogollo taken in 1994 with her 5-year old daughter. Before the birth of the gardens, Cogollo had been gardening alone for 10 years. She did the propagation, watering, and application of fertilizers. It was a challenge for this gardener to find suppliers and to travel the plants from the city to their place, but the hardest to deal with is the weather. “Typhoons and extreme summer are two of the most difficult situations to handle as well as dealing with plant diseases and pests. I failed a lot, some of my plants weren’t a success, but I learned from them,” Cogollo added. Blooming profits The price for the plants in the flower farm ranges from P25 to P10,000 and up. On normal days, they get to sell hundreds of plants every month that differ based on the demand. Most of it is purchased by co-gardeners too. Cogollo said that this season has the highest sales so far to the point that they travel some plants to the other garden to fill the demand. When they opened last month, they were able to dispose of 3000 to 5000 pots, which allowed them to generate a minimum of 50k per day from all the gardens. A mother, farmer, and businesswoman As a mother of two, she lets her children participate in farmwork and immerse themselves in nature at a young age. As per Camille, Cogollo taught her how to plant when she was four and let her have her mini garden at home. Their youngest also helps in raising livestock since he was in grade six. “They let us oversee the farm the same way that my lolo did before. She’s taught me how to plant and to marcot, how to fertilize and water correctly, and educated me what plants can grow from cuttings and what plants need to be in full sun or in shade,” Camille added. Despite the crisis, Cogollo added that God still made a way to provide for her family and their farm workers. She finds herself staring at the sky and thanking God for not leaving her family and the families working for them after two months of farm closure. When many people began growing plants to improve lifestyle amid the crisis, her children told her, “Nay your dream is coming true, farming and gardening are taking its shape, gakatabo na nay (it’s finally happening).” Cogollo only hopes for the public to continue appreciating nature and to start growing plants.   Farming has been her life ever since. The life she chose is the same life lived by her parents and grandparents and according to her, to be able to help others while pursuing your passion is a blessing.  Current situation As the government implemented enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to halt the spread of COVID-19, they had to close their gardens for two months. Since they only allow walk-ins and do not offer delivery services, they had no income from the garden. For Cogollo, those two months were the hardest; there were no landscaping projects but they had to give salaries to the employees every weekend. They thought of stopping their daily farm operations, but their musings brought them back to their primary goal, which is to provide the workers’ livelihood. They hired five more people who lost their jobs during those two months and didn’t stop propagating and maintaining the gardens. All smiles on her farm – As per Cogollo, the crisis allowed them to pause and see what they can do better. Living on a farm is an advantage because it’s COVID-free and their staff live nearby so they carry on with their daily work in the gardens and farm. Fortunately, after two months, a sudden increase in demand for plants began. The crisis has become as she calls it, “a ‘plantdemic’ for Ilonggos.” Their gardens re-opened for visitors when Iloilo was placed under GCQ (general community quarantine). From then on, the farm was amplified by different networks through social media and word of mouth. Despite their location, they were shocked that people kept visiting or asking about their gardens’ location. At some point, they were afraid due to the increasing numbers of visitors and of the risks it can entail that might harm their whole community. However, it was all worth it because according to Cogollo, “We know our dream is coming true. Farming/Gardening is taking shape.” They were also supposed to put up a garden café and park last May but due to these circumstances, things didn’t go as planned. In the future, they see the garden as a haven where people can stroll and appreciate and realize the beauty of nature. Photos from Dafalongs Flower Farm. For more information, visit the Dafalongs Flower Farms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Home Credit launches credit card with QR payment feature

As the country transitions to the new normal and the demand for safer, contactless payment options continue to rise, Home Credit—the first non-bank institution in the country to issue a credit card to its customers—is introducing another first:  the Philippines’ first credit card that allows consumers to make cardless payments through the use of quick response or QR codes. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

Shopee supports development of tech talent with Shopee Code League

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has launched Shopee Code League, a first of its kind 'Code from Home' challenge made available across the region. This initiative offers tech enthusiasts an opportunity to learn and upgrade their skills as the demand for tech talents continues to rise......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 19th, 2020

Beef mechado pinasarap sa taba ng baboy

Hindi pa ako nagsasalita, ang sabi ng tindero sa home-based carindera sa Quezon City, “ayan na si Ate na mahilig sa beef mechado.” The post Beef mechado pinasarap sa taba ng baboy first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Ventaja continues to innovate services

Launched in 2004, Ventaja International Corporation began operations as a PEZA-registered IT company. The company developed platforms to serve the huge demand for long-distance calls by exporting telecom prepaid cards from the Philippines to Filipino migrant workers based overseas......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Globe sees strong demand for connectivity post pandemic

Globe Telecom Inc. anticipates strong demand for fiber connectivity to continue post pandemic, with competition among players in the home broadband segment seen to intensify further......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2021

IP filings rise 21% in first 4 months

Filings for intellectual property grew 21 percent in the four months to April from a year ago on heightened demand for protection, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

Cybersecurity Tips You Should Follow at Home

Cyberthreats are undeniably on the rise as we navigate the new normal mainly through the Internet. With individuals opting for cashless transactions, staying home to work, or attending classes online, being on guard is key to maintaining our digital security. Eastern Communications, one of the premier telecommunications companies in the country, recognizes this challenge as […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Cirtek& rsquo;s US unit to hike 5G antenna production

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corp. said Tuesday its US-based unit will ramp up production of 5G antennas on expected increase in demand from telecommunication companies......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Demand for reinsurance on the rise

Reinsurance demand in Asia-Pacific has increased amid rising natural calamities that affect economies in the region......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

New home for Philippine athletes rising

A new home for athletes and coaches in the national pool will soon rise in Mariveles, Bataan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Long overdue Philippine sports training hub to be built in Bataan

A new home for national athletes and coaches will soon rise in Mariveles, Bataan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Home Base: Freestyler Scalia Nethanial is hometown hero for Pangasinan town

Scalia Nethanial, a five-time Freestyle champion based in Malaysia, always makes sure to give back to his Filipino community in Basista, Pangasinan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

Getting an OLED TV in 2021? Here& rsquo;s what to know about screen burn-in

The demand for OLED TVs is still on a steady rise in 2021. According to Consumer Reports, more brands are expected to come out with entry-level OLED sets to make it more accessible to people looking for affordable TVs with 4K quality......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

It’s a rainbow surprise from the Waterfront!

The year 2020 was undeniably one of the most challenging years to date. But despite all the challenges and miseries the past year has brought, one special treat by Cebu’s premier city hotel, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, has brought joy, hope and color to one’s home during the pandemic. Due to public demand […] The post It’s a rainbow surprise from the Waterfront! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

PLDT offers bigger, faster Home Biz Plans

PLDT introduces the all-new Home Biz Fibr Asenso Plans with faster speeds and better e-commerce solutions especially designed for home-based entrepreneurs to better help them in mastering their businesses at home......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

GMA Network ties up with iQiyi for global video streaming service

Singapore-based on-demand video streaming service iQiyi International and GMA Network Inc. have entered a multi-year partnership to bring the Philippine media giant’s content to the global online video streaming platform......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

First Yaya, Legal Wives, Nagbabagang Luha, iba pang show ng GMA mapapanood na sa iQiyi

MAS pinalawak pa ng GMA Network ang kanilang audience reach sa pamamagitan ng bonggang multi-year partnership sa itinuturing na isa sa world’s largest online streaming platforms. The Kapuso network has teamed up with iQiyi, the international on-demand video streaming service that is home to a diverse line-up of content mostly from Asia. Ibig sabihin nito, […] The post First Yaya, Legal Wives, Nagbabagang Luha, iba pang show ng GMA mapapanood na sa iQiyi appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Pag-IBIG home loan releases up 33% in Q1

Demand for home loans remained robust despite the pandemic as seen in the 33 percent year-on-year growth of home loan releases by state-run Home Development Mutual Fund in the first quarter......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Meralco bills rise in April as power demand spikes on warm weather

For a typical household consuming 200 kWh, the increase would mean P17 in additional charges in monthly bills......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021