Learning About Safety at MMDA Childrens Road Safety Park

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Jael went to 3 places for his field trip one being the MMDA Childrens Road Safety Park. MMDA created the park which features bike lanes, road signs, a footbridge, sidewalks with curbs, a drainage system, waiting shed, hospital, fast food carts, a comfort room and a gas station. Patterned after Singapore’s Road Safety Park, the area is 4,600 sq. m. Traffic rules and road safety can be taught in this controlled environment.

In the Philippines it’s all the more important that kids learn this because it can literally be a hazard to your health crossing the streets. Though there are pedestrian lanes some people still cross where they want. Also, footbridges are provided but people still choose to cross the street which leads to accidents.

The purpose of the park is to teach road safety and the potential dangers on the road. They are also taught the importance of observing traffic rules and regulations.


Children learned about road signs and what they mean. They were also taught a cool Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light song.


After the lesson the kids got to tour the park but they had to follow the rules and regulations. Here’s Jael on a miniature foot bridge.







The MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park is located at Adriatico Street cor. Quirino Avenue, Manila City. For bookings, reservations and other inquiries: Tel. no.: (02) 882-0927; Fax no.: (02) 882-2637; Metrocall: 136

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Cebuana Lhuillier to Provide Free Microinsurance to One Million Filipinos

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Cebuana Lhuillier has established itself as the go to institution for those in need be it for their pawning, pera padala or other services. A business that earns but serves with a heart and has provided multiple campaigns for the betterment of the Filipino.

To further strengthen its campaign to protect Filipinos from the onslaught of calamities and other unforeseen events, the country’s largest microfinancial institution, launched the National Pilipino Protektado Day, an initiative that promises to provide more security to families across the Philippines.

During the unveiling of the project on June 1 at the Fairmont Hotel Makati, the company, in partnership with Pioneer Insurance, announced that it will be giving away free microinsurance covers to ONE MILLION Filipinos within the days leading up to July 21, National Pilipino Protektado Day.

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Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier, said “Through this campaign, Cebuana Lhuillier aims to make microinsurance part of disaster preparation for Filipinos since the Philippines is struck by multiple disasters every year. It is about time that we all come together to help those in need, especially during times of crisis. We at Cebuana Lhuillier have been pushing for financial inclusion and this is just one of the many ways that we believe would get us closer to that goal. Disasters wreak havoc to different communities in the country, resulting to loss of life and livelihood, so it is imperative that everyone is properly protected. More than having the usual emergency kits, obtaining microinsurance is another practical way to be prepared,” he said.

The first batch of microinsurance covers will be given to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippine Red Cross, Oxfam International, Global Peace Foundation, Girl Scouts of the Philippines, and Boy Scouts of the Philippines. The groups were also awarded with emergency relief kits, life vests and lifebuoys to be used in rescue and relief endeavors. The rest of the free microinsurance covers will be given out to various individuals, groups, and communities across the country.

I was incredibly touched by the stories shared by the Yolanda victims in Tacloban. I can only imagine the grief and despair these survivors endured and thankfully with their investment in Cebuana Lhuillier’s microinsurance they were able to recover and live on.

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Aside from its campaign to insure one million Filipinos, Cebuana Lhuillier also announced the launch of several other groundbreaking initiatives during the event.

Cebuana Alerto- an Android app that harnesses the digital mobile platform to provide vital information in disaster preparedness

OurHelp- a website dedicated to donating microinsurance, and the institutionalization of Microinsurance Agents Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MIAAPI)

“National Pilipino Protektado Day and the rest of our initiatives are geared towards heightening microinsurance awareness especially for the low-income sector. Considering the severity and frequency of calamities in recent years, we believe that we are now facing the New Normal. Cebuana Lhuillier deems it necessary to emphasize disaster preparedness through microinsurance given the country’s vulnerability. To mitigate the impact of these disasters, we now have quality and affordable microinsurance products to protect the lives and livelihood of the Filipinos. We are proud to have covered more than 6 million Filipinos to date through microinsurance”, Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutions (CLIS) General Manager Jonathan Batangan .

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Your Home Pest Solutions by Jardine Distribution

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From the meaning pests- a destructive insect or annoying thing- you know how hard it can be to keep those pesky insects away. Always on the lookout for home pest solutions, it seems like an unending task of keeping them at bay. My afternoon with Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Jardine Distribution was both informative and enjoyable! We were introduced to Jardine Distribution’s new line of Home Pest Solutions.

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) is a leading multinational company distributing and marketing pest solutions products such as the commonly known, Solignum wood preservative. They have now launched their line of home pest products called Home Pest Solutions by Jardine Distributions.

“Pests in the home represent a threat to the health of the entire family. Some pests are carriers of serious diseases that can even be fatal, as in the case of dengue fever that is spread by the bite of the dengue virus-carrying mosquito. Exposure to mice and rats urine can cause leptospirosis.  Cockroaches bring with them bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasitic worms. Unfortunately, these pests easily make their nests in our homes. When we see just one rat or one cockroach, it means there could be dozens of them in our house, hidden from sight. Parents are understandably concerned for the entire family’s health and so they are looking for solutions that will help them get rid of these dangerous pests,” said Peachy C. Tiu, Marketing Manager of Jardine Distribution, Inc.

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Our luncheon was at Kimpura at Trinoma where we dined over a selection of Japanese dishes and had a discussion about pests. Yes, pests. Mommies are pretty much made of steel being used to changing diapers and having to take care of everything imaginable when it comes to kids so a discussion about insects, cockroaches and mice was tolerable.

We are very much aware of the different home pest brands available but what was interesting was how these home pest solutions by Jardine were presented. Jardine Home Pest Solutions by JDI include Klerat Single Feed Rodenticide; Optigard Roach and Ant Bait; and ZAP aerosol insecticide which comes in multi-insect and cockroach, killer variants.

“Safety is a top priority in our home pest products. When used regularly and properly according to the directions on their labels, Jardine Home Pest Solutions will eliminate home’s pest problems while also protecting the health of family members. With the expansion on the distribution of our Home Pest Solutions, we are happy that more households will enjoy the protection and safety it provides,” said Tiu

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The effectivity of these products have yet to be seen as it will take at least a couple of months to see just how successful it is. The explanation though of how these products work and how effective they are have me believing that it will do it’s job.

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ZAP AK (All-Knockdown) Mosquito Killer 

Dengue is a serious, sometimes fatal disease caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The dengue virus destroys our red blood cells and may cause high fever, rashes, headaches, and joint pains, and even internal hemorrhage. If it’s a severe case, dengue may even kill the patient.

I’m am such a stickler for making sure that there are no mosquitoes in my home. Jael has an extreme sensitivity to mosquito bites and they mark up his body which makes me enraged when I see those little buggers.

Here are some tips to ensuring a mosquito free home:

Eliminate breeding sites.  Get rid of any stagnant water in flower vases, basins, etc. Make sure that your water containers—drums, pails, etc.—are covered. Dispose of junk that may contain stagnant water, like old tires, and discarded plastic containers, for example.

General cleaning.  Mosquitoes are attracted to the junk that may have accumulated in your garage or any spare space in the house. Old newspapers, old toys, old shoes—all the things no longer used but allowed to stay in the house.  These serve as hiding places for dengue-mosquitoes.

Putting screens over windows and doors will prevent dengue mosquitoes from entering the house. I have screens up in my home and growing up this has always been the case.

ZAP AK (All-Knockdown) Mosquito Killer can eliminate any dengue mosquitoes that have entered. It knocks down and kills dengue mosquitoes faster than regular insect sprays and leaves no irritating smell. It is also water-based making it environment-friendly.

  • Longer Lasting- up to 3 months protection
  • Effective- 2-in- 1 attract and kill action
  • Value for money- more kill per application
  • Convenient- no mess and safe application

Klerat Rat and Mice Killer 

Klerat Rat and Mice Killer is rodent bait that kills more in less feeding.  It is the only rodenticide in the market that can kill both rats and mice in one feeding.  Surprisingly, other advertised brands cannot do the same. Check their labels to see the difference!

Only less than 3 grams of Klerat is needed for a 250gram of rat to get killed.  Klerat’s 25g pellet tray pack can kill up to 9 rats. It comes in two forms—wax block and pellet. Klerat Pellet is recommended for indoor use while Klerat Wax Block is recommended for outdoor use, because it can stand wet and moisture. It can also be nailed or tied to make sure it will stay in one place.

Optigard Ant Bait

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Ants have been a problem in my house lately, black ants that is. There are hundreds of ant species in the Philippines but households usually get invaded by three types of ants : the black garden ant, the brown Pharaoh ant, and the tropical fire ant.

Ant bites are not only painful but can cause swelling or even rashes. There are ants, like the tropical fire ant, that sting and inject venom. These are more dangerous; people who are allergic to ant venom may need emergency treatment. Depending on its severity, an allergic reaction to ant venom can be fatal. Jael gets a big swelling when bitten by red ants and it’s also another reason I detest them.

There didn’t seem to be a way to rid my home of these ants until I found out about Optigard Ant Bait. It contains thiamethoxam, a powerful ingredient that both attracts and kills ants at the same time, eliminating ant infestation for up to 3 months. Optigard Ant Bait has dual action – first, it attracts ants so they take the bait. Second, the ants exposed to the bait bring it back to their nests. This will expose more ants in the nest to the bait’s killing action, including the colony’s queen.

It comes in a colorless gel form, so there’s no staining or dripping. The gel is contained in a syringe applicator. All that we have to do is push the syringe to apply the gel to target areas in the home. It’s best to apply Optigard Ant Bait in areas where you observe ants frequently passing through.

  • Longer Lasting- up to 3 months protection
  • Effective- 2-in- 1 attract and kill action
  • Value for money- more kill per application
  • Convenient- no mess and safe application

Home Pest Solutions by JDI  are now available in Rustan’s Supermarkets, Wellcome Supermarket, and Shopwise SuperCenters. These products are also available in Ace, Citi and Wilcon Hardwares and selected supermarkets, pharmacies and groceries in Cebu, such as Gaisano Grand, Gaisano Country Mall, Prince Warehouse, White Gold, Rose Pharmacy, and others.  For more information, visit their website.


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