The Consumer : Leak-proof cloth diapers
First posted 09:01pm (Mla time)
Dec 21, 2005
By Marietta Velasco Giron
Editor’s Note: Published on Page D3 of the December 22, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
WE received this interesting e-mail from two enterprising friends, Jen CC Tan and Ella Ampongan, who are engaged in the sale and production of cloth diapers.
They announced they had come up with a new line of fabric diapers which, unlike traditional ones, were leak-proof and dry. The main objection to cloth diaper is that it gets easily saturated with liquid. It also leaks and gets the baby and crib all wet.
“My friend and I are now producing better cloth diapers here in the Philippines,” Tan explained in her e-mail. The new diapers, according to her, were lined with fleece, which absorb all the liquid. Called Tushy Wushy, the diapers come in different sizes and colors such as red, yellow, blue and army green.
Tan said cloth diapers were more economical, healthier for the baby and better for the environment.
She added, “We believe we should all do our share in [protecting the] environment for the sake of our children… we’d [also] like our babies’ [skin] to touch materials that are chemical-free.”
Readers who want to know more about cloth diapers can e-mail Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call business partner Ella at 0917-5325643.
Dulce M., a resident of Gamban Street, Pasay City, sent us this desperate plea: “Please call the attention of Maynilad regarding the [dark-colored and smelly] water coming out of our faucets. We have repeatedly called Maynilad. The repairmen who came here didn’t fix the problem.
“Please help us [get] Maynilad [to look at the problem in] our neighborhood in Barangay 138, Zone 15. We hope they will not use the holidays as an excuse not to solve our water problem.”
(We talked to Maynilad’s customer service officer who asked for a copy of the complaint. The officer said he would personally call the attention of the officer-in-charge of Maynilad’s Pasay branch.)
Social Security System chief executive officer Corazon de la Paz assured SSS pensioners recently that their 13th month pension, or Christmas bonus, would be released in time for Christmas.
De la Paz also reminded pensioners about the need to confirm annually their eligibility for benefits. “Avoid temporary suspension of your pension by confirming your entitlements once you receive an official notice from SSS,” she said.
There are several ways to reconfirm eligibility. A handicapped pensioner can request for a home visit by an SSS representative. Or a pensioner can simply respond to the SSS letter, or send a certification that he/she is alive and eligible to receive pension.
The certification can be endorsed by: a regular SSS employee who has been with the institution for at least five years; a teller in the bank where pensioner has an account; the local postman or a barangay chair.
De la Paz said the procedure was part of the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners program to delete from the roster of beneficiaries those who have died, remarried or recovered from their disabilities.
We wish our fellow consumers a Merry Christmas!
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