Miyerkules, Agosto 31, 2011
On August 26, that tiny, quiet corner in Visayas Avenue was turned into a hotspot of sort for government employees from different agencies in Metro Manila. That day, the headquarters of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) was indeed the most happening place in the Diliman area as civil servants from NCR flocked the PIA lobby with one intent in mind: to donate blood.
The ocassion for the blood letting was to respond to the growing need for blood of dengue victims.
Dengue is known to be endemic in a tropical country like the Philippines. World Health Organization officials warned about climate change and how it is increasing the incidence of dengue fever and other infectious diseases in the country. And this year, dengue has made its presence strongly felt especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) where the number of cases has nearly doubled, according to the Department of Health - from 5,416 cases to 10,487 recorded cases during the first seven months of 2011.
The increase is overwhelming especially since the bulk of the cases came from low-income residents, putting a strain on public health facilities and forcing hospitals to make use of available spaces like hallways and covered courts to accommodate patients.
The growing number of dengue cases saw a growing demand for other commodities, and aside from facilities, hospitals saw a high demand for blood supply for those who will undergo blood transfusion. At the forefront of all this activity was the Philippine Red Cross — the institution in the forefront in providing humanitarian services-- blood donations included-- called for more blood donors.
In response to the call and to the dengue inflation itself, the Philippine Information Agency collaborated with the Department of Health and the Philippine Red Cross-Quezon City in conducting a mass blood donation drive last August 26 at the PIA central office.
The bloodletting activity entitled “Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay” is a means of addressing the dwindling supply of blood which much sought after not only by dengue patients but by those with other serious illnesses.
The whole-day bloodletting activity registered a total of 60 blood donors, mostly civil servants coming from different agencies such as the PIA, MMDA, AFP, PNP, NBN-4, and PBS.
Meanwhile, Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, in a forum held at the PIA Conference Room last week, called for the cooperation of everyone in the community in the war against dengue.
He urged families, barangay leaders, school officials, and teachers to spearhead and sustain community clean-up activities in their respective surroundings. He also reminded the public to immediately seek medical help in case they have the symptoms of dengue which include high fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and skin rashes.
Huwebes, Agosto 25, 2011
Wala nang dapat alalahanin pa ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan na tatamaan ng dengue kung gastusin lang naman sa ospital ang pag-uusapan.
Ito ang pahayag ni Kalihim Enrique Ona ng Department of Health (DOH) sa panayam sa kanya kamakailan lang sa Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX) ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Ngunit nilinaw ni Ona na ito ay para lamang sa mga iniisponsoran ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa programa nitong Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) o ang tinatawag na 4Ps o Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Ipinaliwanag ni Ona na dahil sa lumalaking bilang ng kaso ng dengue sa bansa, lalo na sa mga maralitang lugar, sinusugan ng DOH ang pagbibigay ng libreng pagpapa-ospital sa mga tinaguriang “poorest of the poor” na matatamaan ng dengue at ng iba pang nakakahawang sakit.
Nilinaw din nya na ang “no billing policy” o libreng pagpapagamot ay para lang sa mga pampublikong ospital o pagamutan. Kailangan din na miyembro ng Philhealth ang mga natukoy na benepisyaryo ng CCT.
“Kailangan pa ring i-file ng mga miyembro sa ospital ang kanilang claim para maipadala sa PhilHealth at maiproseso,” dagdag ng Kalihim. Mababayaran naman ito ng PhilHealeth sa loob ng 90 araw.
Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 5.3 milyong pamilyang 4Ps ang naka-enrol sa Philhealth at inaasahang makikinabang ng malaki ang mga pamilyang ito lalo na sa aspektong pangkalusugan.
Magsisimula ang libreng pagpapa-ospital sa susunod na buwan (Setyembre).
Samantala, mariing pinaalalahanan ni Ona na panatilihing malinis ang kapaligiran at siguraduhing walang tubig na hindi nagagalaw na maaaring pugaran ng mga lamok. Ito ay upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng lamok.
Pinaalalahanan din ng Kalihim na iulat sa kinauukulan ang mga basurang hindi naitatapon ng maayos at iwasan paggamit ng “fumigation” dahil hindi na ito epektibong pamuksa ng lamok at nakasasama pa ito sa kalusugan ng tao.
Dengue patients need not worry anymore about hospital expenses as they will be exempt from hospital fees starting next month (September).
This is what the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique Ona said during an interview in the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) Communication and News Exchange Program (CNEX) held earlier today.
He, however, clarified that only those who are beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) would benefit from the free hospitalization program.
Ona explained that they saw the need for free hospital sevice after they had observed the increasing number of cases of dengue among the poorest communities.
He added that the free service, also called the “no billing policy” is applicable only in government hospitals. 4Ps beneficiaries should also be a Philhealth member to avail of the free service.
“hey also need to file their claim for sending and processing by the PhilHealth,” Ona said. PhilHealth will pay the fees within 90 days.
There are around five million identified CCT beneficiaries all throughout the country who are already enrolled in PhilHealth. They are expected to benefit immensely as far as health is concerned.
Meanwhile, Ona is reminding everyone to keep his or her surroundings clean and to be sure that there is no stagnant water within his or her area. This is to prevent mosquitoes and dengue-carrying mosqitoes from spreading.
The Secretary is also advising household members to report to the authorities undisposed garbage in the area. He also stressed that people should avoid indiscrimate fogging especially in public areas as aside from not being effective mosquito-busters, fumigation also poses health risks to people.
The Department of Health (DOH) continuously puts the country’s dengue situation under surveillance as this is key to putting a stop to the increasing number of dengue cases in the country.
DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, during the Broadcasters’ Forum held earlier today at Hotel Rembrandt, said that surveillance and sanitation of dengue fever patients are the means to curb the increasing number of patients, most of whom are children.
Dr. Rose Capending of the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) said that the Philippines, most especially, needs to be vigilant in its monitoring of dengue cases since “dengue is endemic in the country” with all the four types—types 1, 2, 3, and 4—existing in the Philippines and in most tropical countries.
Capending said that the most common dengue type in the Philippines is the type 3 virus. However, the type 1 dengue is already increasing in number, sending an early signal of a dengue outbreak.
Capending said that since children are the ones highly susceptible to the disease, it is advisable to have children vaccinated by the tetravalent dengue vaccine which has been proven to be effective against all dengue types.
However, the DOH is still advising the public to seek hospital help in case of signs of dengue infection rather than rely on emerging herbal cures, like the Tawa-tawa leaves, which do not have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Meanwhile, due to the outbreak of dengue, hospitals especially government hospitals have been experiencing shortage of doctors, nurses, blood, etc. In this regard, Agham Patrylist Representative Popoy Pagayon calls for a mandatory Philhealth enrolment amongst all Filipinos which will help in solving the healthcare woes of the country.
The “universal” health program would provide solution to the dwindling number of health services and service provider in the country.
Miyerkules, Agosto 24, 2011
In recognition of the efforts of local government units (LGUs)in improving their nutrition programs, the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) gave awards to outstanding performance of several individuals and LGUs in Metro Manila.
Hosted by Mandaluyong, the Nutrition Awarding Ceremony was held August 18 at the Isla Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City and showcased outputs and programs from representative individuals and groups from their respective areas.
This year’s recipient of the Green Banner Award is Mandaluyong City. The award is given to the city with the most outstanding nutrition implementation and management program. Manila and Pasig City were named first and second runner-up, respectively.
Other awards were given to LGUs with impressive programs in some areas:
Mandaluyong received the Best in Documentation of nutrition reports and programs; Taguig, Most Effective in Improving the Nutritional Status of Preschool Children; Makati for Most Effective in Improving the National Status of School Children; both Caloocan and Marikina took home the Best Infant and Young Child Feeding Initiatives; and Las Pinas for the Most Improved MELLPI Scores from 2008-2010.
For the individual category, Ma. Theresa Candelario of Mandaluyong city was awarded the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar for her dedication and hard work in the implementation of their city’s nutrition projects.
Concepcion Benosa of Makati and Nilda Aguilar of Pasig were first and second runner-up, respectively.
The awarding of the winners in the poster-making contest and the jingle-making contest also took place during the event.
For the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest which was held last July 16, Elmer Grefaldo of Moonwalk National High School in Paranaque took home the grand prize. Reinhart James Torres of Highway Hills Integrated School in Mandaluyong was second placer, and Reymond Malarnas from Rajah Soliman Science and Technology High School took home the third prize.
The Poster-making Contest was a showcase of the students’ interpretation of the significance of breastfeeding in the promotion of nutrition among children.
Present in the event were Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin Abalos, members of the RNC, nutrition teams of the 17 LGUs in Metro Manila, barangay captains, and representatives national government agencies.
The event closed with the presentation of the award-winning jingles in the recently-adjudged Jingle Singing Contest. The teams from Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan showcased their rendition of nutrition-inspired jingles. San Juan bagged this year’s top prize in the Jingle Singing contest.
Nutrition being the primordial driving force toward having intelligent, healthy, and productive citizens in a progressive world, served as the central theme during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) held August 18 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City.
In due recognition of the invaluable service of nutrition scholars as well as the individual nutrition programs of the local government units in Metro Manila, the Regional Nutrition Committee awarded several prizes to outstanding performances.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos praised the efforts of the participating areas in NCR for giving importance to the nutrition awareness initiative of the National Nutrition Council. He also encouraged his constituents to uphold their dedication for the city’s nutrition advocacy as Mandaluyong was awarded the Most Outstanding LGU in Nutrition Implementation and Management.
Office of Political Affairs Assistant Secretary Rolando Cuccio underscored the importance of nutrition in the mental and intellectual development of children who will eventually be the economy’s driving force. “Kamalayan at karunungan kaugnay sa nutrisyon ay mahalaga dahil ito ang nagtataguyod ng maunlad na pamayanan,” Cuccio added.
Nutrition programs, according to Department of Health Secretary Enqirue Ona, through his representative DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, acknowledged the nutrition-related services done in each LGU in Metro Manila. He noted the dedication and ingenuity of Filipino civil servants in implementing nutrition initiatives that would be lead the road toward progress.
Ona added that teamwork is necessary in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Aquino administration’s goals for the country. “Kailangan ang sama-samang pagkilos upang makamit ang MDG at ang Universal Health program ng Pangulo,” Ona said.
The awarding ceremony also served as venue to emphasize the advocacy on breastfeeding of the Nutrition Council.
Mothers must breastfeed their children as this is one way of solving malnutrition among children. Breastfeeding, too, is seen as the best food for infants to achieve optimum physical, mental, and intellectual growth.
The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), led by this its chairman Dr. Eduardo Janairo, has been active in engaging LGUs in their active implementation, management, and innovation of nutrition projects to promote healthy living among their constituents.
The Regional Nutrition Evaluating Team, chaired by Philippine Information Agency’s Lucia Broño, took the lead in evaluating the nutrition programs of the various LGUs in the National Capital Region and in selecting the most outstanding and effective programs.
Biyernes, Agosto 5, 2011
Ito ang ipinahayag ni General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas sa programang Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
Mariing pinabulaanan ni Rojas ang mga alingawngaw na ihihinto na ng nasabing ahensya ang pagbibigay ng tulong nito sa Center for Life Improvement and Health Development House Project o mas kilalang Child House. Sa halip, patuloy pa rin ang kanilang suporta sa nasabing programa sa kabila ng pagkakalayo ng tanggapan ng isa't isa.
Nilinaw ni Rojas na hindi maapektuhan ng paglipat ang tulong na iginagawad ng ahensya sa Child House sa kabila ng pagiging pribadong proyekto nito. Sa kabilang banda, aniya, mas magiging epektibo pa ang pangkalahatang serbisyong pangkalusugan ng PSCO dahil nasa loob ito ng isang pagamutan.
Ang Child House, isang pansamantalang tuluyan ng mga batang may sakit na kanser o ibang lubhang karamdaman, at proyekto ng kilalang hair stylist na si Ricky Reyes, ay nakapaloob sa Quezon Institute (QI) kung saan dating nangungupahan ang PCSO. Dahil sa isang milyong pondong inilagak ng PCSO sa proyekto, nananahan ang Child House sa isa sa mga gusali ng QI nang walang bayad.
Ang pag-alis ng PCSO as QI ay nangangahulugan din ng paglipat ng Child House ng kanilang tanggapan gayundin ng kanilang mga pasyente.
Ipinabatid naman ng ahensya na ipagbigay-alam lamang sa ahensya ang alinmang problema o konsern ng mga pasyente sa Child House at agaran nilang sosolusyunan ang kanilang mga hinaing.
This vow of ongoing service to needy health patients was made by PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas in the government program Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX) at the Philippine Information Agency.
Rumor has it that the PCSO will stop giving support to the Center for Life Improvement and Health Development House Project, also known as Child House, after the agency decided to transfer its office from the Quezon Institute (QI) to a more structurally-sturdy building.
The move was made by PCSO officials after receiving reports that the QI buildings are already susceptible to damage and collapse.
The Child House, a private project initiated by renowned hairstylist Ricky Reyes, is a temporary shelter for children with cancer and those who are in critical health condition.
The said project has been receiving support from the PCSO, with their office lodged at one of the QI buildings free of charge, courtesy of the PCSO, through its more than P1 million fund.
The fear of discontinued support by the PCSO stemmed from the relocation of the agency's operation which meant relocation of the space-dependent Child House.
To allay the fear of Child House patients, PCSO, through Rojas, made it clear that it would not stop giving support to Child House patients, and whatever concerns they have, they should directly contact the PSCO, through the Executive Office or the Office of Board Directors, and the agency will provide viable solution in the soonest possible time.
Lunes, Agosto 1, 2011
Wika ng isang post-kolonyalistang teoriko na si Edward Said: "Kaalaman ay kapangyarihan ("Knowledge is power"). At sa likod ng bawat matagumpay na paglinang ng kaisipan ay ang isang sandatang sinasabing pinakamakapangyarihan sa lahat-- wika.
Mula sa iba't ibang panig ng mundo, ang bawat bansa ay may tinituring na opisyal na wika. Ang Estados Unidos at Inglatera ay may Ingles; ang Hapon ay may Nihonggo; ang Tsina ay may Mandarin. Bawat kalinangan ay hinuhubog ng wika, at ang kalidad ng kaisipan ng mamamayan ay nakasalalay sa kahusayan niya sa wika.
Ang Filipinas ay binubuo ng mahigit pitong libong pulo, at hindi kataka-taka na ang heograpikal na sitwasyon natin ay nagdulot ng pagkakaroon ng iba't ibang wika o lenggwahe; ang bawat lengguwahe ay may tinatawag na varyant o dialekto. Sinasabing mayroong higit 120 na lengguwahe at dialekto ang bansa. Sa kabila ng pagkakaiba-iba sa aspektong heograpikal, kultural, at lingwal, bakit nagkakaunawaan pa rin ang mga Filipino?
Wikang Pambansa ang tinaguriang opisyal na wika ng lahat sa anumang transaksyon: sa paaralan, sa negosyo, sa pamahalaan. Mahaba-haba at masalimuot ang kasaysayan ng pagkakatatag ng ating wikang pambansa. Nabuksan ang kamulatan ng mga mamamayan ukol sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng wikang panlahat nang ipainaloob sa Konstitusyon ng 1935, sa pangunguna ni Pangulong Manuel Quezon, ang pagkakaroon ng isang wikang pambansa na gagamitin sa lahat ng transaksyon sa bansa.
Taong 1937 din naitatag ang Surian ng Wikang Pambansa na pangunahing layunin ay ang pumili mula sa mga katutubong wika ng gagamiting batayan sa pagpapalaganap at pagpapatibay ng wikang pambansa ng Pilipinas. Sa taong ding iyon, sa pamamagitan ng Executive Order No. 134 s. 1937, nahirang ang Tagalog bilang batayan ng ating wikang pambansa. Ginamit din ang Pilipino bilang wikang panturo sa mga paaralan at sa sirka ring ito nabuo ang Balarila ng Wikang Pambansa ni Lope K. Santos na siyang naging opisyal na talasanggunian ng mga mag-aaral sa balarila o gramatika at istruktura ng wikang Pilipino. Ang pamantayan sa pagpili ng wikang pambansa ay nagdulot ng malawakang protesta at diskusyon mula sa mga akademiko hanggang sa mga pulitiko sa iba't ibang panig ng bansa. Lalong naging maugong ang diskusyon nang itinagubilin ng Komite ng Wika sa nakaraang 1973 Kumbensyong Konstitusyunal na bumuo ng wikang pambansa mula sa pinagsanib-sanib na wikang katutubo ng mga Filipino.
Naresolbahan lamang ang isyu sa pambansang wika nang maliwanag na ipinaloob sa 1987 Konstitusyon na Filipino ang pangunahin at opisyal na wika ng bansa. Nakasaad sa Artikulo XIV, Seksyon 6 na:
"... the National language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages."
sa Seksyon 7, nakasaad na:
"For purposes of communication and instruction, the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and, until otherwise provided by law, English. The regional languages are the auxilliary official language in the region and shall serve as auxilliary media of instruction therein."
Kung kaya't mula sa orihinal na tawag na Tagalog ni Pangulong Quezon noong 1939 hanggang sa tawag na Pilipino noong 1959, ang opisyal na wikang pambansa ng Filipinas ay tinawag na Filipino mula 1973 hanggang sa kasalukuyan.
Yumabong ang Filipino sa larangan ng panitikan, agham, at teknolohiya, at kasama ng pagyabong nito ay nagkaroon ng wikang nagbibigkis sa mga mamamayan ng bansa. Samantala, ginagamit pa rin ang ibang rehiyunal na wika sa mga lokal na transaksyon. Ang Ingles naman ay tinaguriang lingua franca o wikang ginagamit sa pakikipagtransaksyon sa mga dayuhan sa bansa.
Patunay ang pagpapahalaga sa ating wikang pambansa nang ilabas ni Pangulong Corazon Aquino ang Proklamasyon Blg. 19 noong ika-12 ng Agosto 1988 na nagdedeklara ng pagdiriwang ng Linggo ng Wika mula ika-13 hanggang ika-19 ng Agosto kada taon. Upang higit na mapaigting ang pagmamahal ng mga Filipino sa tinaguriang wikang pambansa, idineklara ni Pangulong Fidel V. Ramos ang buong buwan ng Agosto bilang Pambansang Buwan ng Wika sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyon Blg. 1041 noong ika-15 ng Enero, 1997. Hanggang sa ngayon, ipinagdiriwang ng buong Filipinas ang Buwan ng Wika sa buwan ng Agosto.
At sa taong ito, sa pangunguna ng Komisyong Wikang Filipino (KWF), ating ipinagdiriwang ang Buwan ng Wika na may paksang-diwa na, "Ang Filipino ay Wikang Panlahat, Ikaw at Lakas sa Tuwid na Landas".
Sa buong buwan ng Agosto ay maraming nailapat na gawain ang pamahalaan upang maipagdiwang ang Buwan ng Wika. Ilan sa mga programang naitakda sa buwan na ito ay ang sumusunod:
Agosto 1: Pagpupugay sa Watawat at Pambukas na Palatuntunan
Panauhing Tagapagsalita: Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa,
Malacañang Grounds, Maynila
12-13 Pambansang Worksyap sa Filipino: Wikang Filipino sa Ika-150
taon ni Rizal, University of Perpetual Help-Rizal,
13 Forum Pangwika
Philippine Information Agency Auditorium
Visayas Ave, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon
14 Araw ng Pagkatatag ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
1610 Gusaling Watson, J. P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Maynila
19 Gawad Sagisag Quezon 2011
Panauhing Pandangal, Pangulo Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, III
Heroes Hall, Palasyo ng Malacañang, Lungsod Maynila
Pag-aalay ng Bulaklak at Paggunita
Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Pangulong Manuel L. Quezon
Quezon Memorial Shrine, Lungsod Quezon
30 Kumperensiyang Pangwika
Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Lungsod Maynila
31 Pampinid na Palatuntunan
Gawad Dangal ng Wikang Filipino
Gawad Komisyon sa Sanaysay
Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Lungsod Maynila