Binalot delivers free food to Covid-19 frontliners

KEEPING true to its core values, Filipino fast food chain Binalot has been very busy since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented Luzon-wide on March 17 by President Rodrigo Duterte. Binalot Operations Manager Judee Morente says that free meal packages have been sent and will continue to be sent to hospitals and medical facilities in Metro Manila for health care workers serving as frontliners in the war against Covid-19. “For these modern-day heroes, Binalot can do no less,” she explains.

Binalot Fiesta Foods has always had a heart for corporate social initiatives. Since it put in place its Dahon Program in 2006, Binalot has always been concerned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), particularly SDG 1 which aims for No Poverty and SDG 2 which targets Zero Hunger. Binalot’s Dahon Program has adopted a community in Nagcarlan, Laguna to supply its banana leaves with which to wrap its products for serving and recently even trained them on doable livelihood projects like the production of salted eggs, another Binalot staple food.

Cristina Martinez, Binalot marketing manager adds that in times of crisis like today where ready-to-eat meals are needed, Binalot has always been ready to heed the nation’s call.

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UPDATED! As of March 27, here are the restaurants in Metro Manila taking orders for takeout and delivery

Where to order food for takeout and delivery during enhanced community quarantine. By ANCX

| Mar 18 2020

With the announcement last March 17 of the enhanced community quarantine, Metro Manila and Luzon-wide restaurants have had to reassess whether they should remain open or not, given the many operational challenges (staff and customer safety, limited delivery capability, reliability of supplies) they must face. In fact, most restaurants in the metro have decided to temporarily close.

But Luzon residents still need to be fed, especially those with limited options for cooking at home. While most major fast food and pizza chains (Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking, KFC, Greenwich) remain open, here are a few more that have so far declared open for takeout and delivery:

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LOOK: This is Why We Should Wash Our Hands for 30 Seconds

BY  MARCH 5, 2020

Hollywood actress Kristen Bell just shared a photo on Instagram that proves why washing your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap makes a difference. Trust us, it will shock you when you see it.

The photo contained a collage of different pictures of hands after washing with soap at various lengths of time under a blacklight. Noticeably, only when the hands are washed for 30 seconds that they are clean of germs, dirt, and bacteria that you don’t know are actually there.

“30 SECONDS WITH SOAP YALL!!!” Kristen said in the caption.

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20 Tips for a Waste-Free New Year, According to Local Eco-Entrepreneurs

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It’s the start of a new year and a new decade, and our hearts are ever fervently hoping for the change we need in our world and in our lives. As you reflect on the year that was and is to come, make sustainable living and making greener choices part of your new year resolutions!

Here are 20 tips from eco-entrepreneurs on how to have a waste-free year.

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The inspiring tandem of Binalot and banana leaves

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

Little is known how the lowly banana leaves have helped ease the lives of many until the restaurant chain Binalot popularizes the use of the leaves as its food wrapper.

Entrepreneur Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Food, Inc., saw the opportunity to provide livelihood to some families when he put up Binalot’s DAHON CSR program dubbed DAHON (Dangal at Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon).

Famous for its classic Filipino meals wrapped in banana leaves, Binalot provides livelihood for at least 30 families in Barangay Buhanginan in Nagcarlan, Laguna. From an initial 120 bundles of banana leaves in 2006 this number has grown to 300 bundles each week.

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Binalot’s DAHON program expands

Binalot officers with members of Embrace, representatives from the local government of Nagcarlan, and residents of Barangay Buhanginan enjoy a classic Pinoy boodle fight to celebrate the launch of the Eggciting Harvest Project.

The fruitful relationship between Binalot and Barangay Buhanginan in Nagcarlan, Laguna, started after the devastation of Luzon by Typhoon “Milenyo” in 2006. Harsh winds and heavy rains damaged most of the banana leaves which were being supplied to the fast-food chain.

“Banana leaves are very fragile and most of the trees and leaves were ripped by the strong typhoon. We were then forced to import our leaves from Iloilo but the costs were not sustainable. That was the time we decided to go straight to the source,” recounts Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Food, Inc.

And so the search for the source started, leading Juan to the quaint town of Nagcarlan nestled at the foothills of the mystic Mount Banahaw in Laguna.

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Banana leaves, salted eggs empower Laguna barangay

(The Philippine Star) – November 9, 2019 – 12:00am

LAGUNA, Philippines —The story of Binalot and Barangay Buhanginan of Nagcarlan, Laguna began in 2006, when Typhoon Milenyo struck the Philippines and drastically depleted Luzon’s supply of banana leaves – the trademark packaging for Binalot’s food offerings. Recognizing the need for a steady supplier come typhoon, floods or other natural calamities, Binalot decided to go straight to the source in Nagcarlan.

On his search, Rommel Juan, CEO of Binalot Fiesta Foods Inc., happened to pass by Buhanginan and there met Rodney Oriel, whose team of four agreed to produce 3,000 pieces of cut banana leaves for Binalot. This partnership eventually grew to involve the whole township and became Binalot’s own corporate social responsibility (CSR) program called the DAHON (Dangal At Hanapbuhay para sa Nayon) Program, which they formally launched in 2007.

Since its genesis, the DAHON Program has not only become a reliable form of livelihood for the inhabitants of Barangay Buhanginan; it has also helped build the barangay’s own dahunan where the townspeople regularly gather to socialize and prepare Binalot’s weekly orders, and has even provided financial support to both students and teachers at the local daycare center. The success of the program has also opened doors for expansion in Pila, Laguna, although main operations remain in Nagcarlan.

Last Oct. 18, Binalot officially launched Eggciting Harvest, a livelihood project under the DAHON Program in partnership with EMBRACE in pursuit of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With the introduction of salted egg production to the program, both parties strive to form long-term partnerships to further empower the community of Barangay Buhanginan.

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DENR To Ban Single-Use Plastics Soon

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to issue an order on a nation-wide ban of single-use plastics. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu announced the intent this December 5 during a Stratbase forum in Taguig City.

“We [DENR] are about to complete department order on [banning] use of plastic. I think within the next two weeks siguro [probably],” Cimatu told reporters. This move is based on the Philippines ranking as the third-highest source of ocean plastic pollution with an “estimated 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste.”

The order will also tackle methods of proper waste disposal and recycling. Climatu added that, based on a 2019 report from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, 140 in 178 local government units in Metro Manila, Region III, and Region IV-A already have an approved solid waste management plan.

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What should I consider before buying a franchise?

1. Ask yourself why you want to own a franchise.
2. Begin the search. Look for opportunities that are in harmony with you and that greatly interests you.
3. Do your own research:
• Have a complete understanding of the business.
• Check on the business experience and track record of the franchisor.
• Check your personal resources – experience in running the business; the hours and personal commitment to run the franchise; and, how much money is to be invested.
• Determine the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement.
• Get information on the franchise by visiting stores and interviewing existing franchisees.
• Check on necessary government and other related permits.
3. Concept – Look into the product or service and discern what makes it stand out among other businesses.
4. Location, location, location – Ask about the territory rights. Make sure that you get a good site selection.

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A Nationwide Ban On Plastic Might Soon Be Coming

According to reports made by Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte is currently considering a nationwide ban on the use of plastic. Spokesman Salvador Panelo mentioned that the president made such a remark during a cabinet meeting last November 6. “The President floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” said Panelo in a statement.

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