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Wars of ancient history were about territory, power, family or lover's quarrel, politics and sometimes religion.

But we are in the Modern era and supposedly more educated and enlightened .

Think about this. Don't just brush off these questions.

  • Why is RELIGION still involved in WARS? Isn't religion supposed to be about PEACE?
  • Ask yourself; What religion is always involved in wars and consistently causing WARS, yet insists that it's a religion of peace?

WHY??

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How to get the best out of the Malunggay
Moringa (Malungay) leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion
Nutrient Moringa Leaves Other Foods
Vitamin A 6780 mcg Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C 220 mg Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium 440 mg Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium 259 mg Bananas: 88 mg
Protein 6.7 gm Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

QC teachers to undergo disaster risk reduction training

(PNA), CTB/QC-PAISO-PR/LSJ

MANILA, March 31 (PNA)--It is now mandatory for all private and public school teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Quezon City government to undergo risk reduction training as preparation for calamities and emergency situations, whether it is man-made or natural.

As provided in Ordinance 2262, all public and private schools operating in QC are given six months from the date of passage of the ordinance to ensure that all their faculty members are given proper training and seminars on disaster and emergency preparedness.

Any establishment violating the provisions of the ordinance shall be dealt with a fine not exceeding P5,000 and possible cancellation or revocation of business permit.

The ordinance stipulates that if the offender is a corporation, partnership or association or other juridical party, the penalty shall be imposed upon the officer responsible for the violation, without prejudice to the cancellation or revocation of business permit.

The measure also provides that the city’s department of public order and safety, through the local disaster risk reduction and management office, has been tasked to oversee the conduct of the safety trainings and seminars.

The ordinance was signed by QC mayor Herbert Bautista last March 10.

It was principally authored by Councilor Don de Leon.

“What the city government is doing right now is broaden its emergency response network so that the city can become more efficient in responding to the needs of its constituents, especially during calamities, be it natural or man-made,” said Councilor de Leon.

De Leon’s ordinance is pursuant to Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010,

It may be recalled that mayor Bautista had underscored the urgency of strengthening the city’s disaster-response capability for any emergency situation on lives and properties.

More indigent QC pupils, HS students to receive more benefits

By Leilani S. Junio [(PNA), CTB/LSJ]

MANILA, March 30 (PNA)--The Quezon City government said over the weekend that it will be providing benefits, including contingency educational supplies and materials to indigent students aside from free education, in the city’s public elementary and high schools.

According to QC mayor Herbert M. Bautista, he recently signed Ordinance SP 2269 S- 2014, establishing a basic education enhancement program to be known as “the Basic Education Enhancement Program of QC.”

Bautista said the new ordinance was authored by majority floor leader Jesus Manuel C. Suntay, which basically aims to encourage more children to study.

Under the ordinance, the city government will give indigent students, who will apply under the program, complete educational and miscellaneous school supplies and materials depending on their grade or year level.

Among the school supplies or materials to be provided are complete school uniforms with socks and shoes; Physical Education uniform with shoes; prescribed work books; school bags; school supplies including, but not limited to crayons, eraser, ruler, protractor, pencils, sharpener, long and short folders and envelopes, pad paper, and notebook for kindergarten and elementary students.

Spiral notebooks, pad paper, ballpens, rulers and pencils are for high schools; miscellaneous needs such as rain coats, rain boots and towels for kindergarten, while those in elementary and high school will be provided with additional laboratory gowns and nutritional meals.

Graduating students who will apply for the program will receive additional benefits and will entitled to graduation toga lending with hood and cap.

Qualified applicants for the program should be enrolled in public schools of the city; bonafide city residents; and member of underprivileged family whose monthly family income is not more than P15,000.

To be eligible for the benefits, certain requirements need to be submitted at the city social services development department (SSDD), or Office of the mayor, office of the vice mayor, or Office of the city councilors in the district where the requesting party resides.

Among these requirements are personal request; certification of indigency from barangays or school principal or any individual having personal knowledge of the financial capability of the requesting party and his family; and proof of enrollment.

Suntay said that the program does not require standard grade of students in order to avail of the benefits, it is enough that the applicants has complied with the requirements set forth by the ordinance.

“The city government shall promote the right of every individual to relevant quality education, regardless of sex, age, and economic status. The City government shall promote and maintain equality of access to education as well as basic educational materials,’ Suntay said.

QC gov't expands efforts to 'capture' Earth Hour

By Catherine J. Teves [(PNA), SCS/CJT/RSM]

MANILA, March 29 (PNA) -- Quezon City government spearheaded late Saturday afternoon a free basic photography workshop for 17- to 21-year-old college students residing in the city to help them document activities related to the annual celebration of Earth Hour.

Led by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is an annual global event during which individuals, businesses and governments turn off non-essential lights for an hour to signify commitment on helping save the planet from climate change and other environmental challenges.

"We want to give students basic skills that'll enable them to capture images showing how their families and communities marked Earth Hour," the workshop's facilitator Lea Siy said on the side of the session at the city's landmark Quezon Memorial Circle.

She said the workshop's participants can email their Earth Hour pictures to Quezon City government's Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) at epwmd_ppdd@yahoo.com for uploading in this office's Facebook account.

"Sharing the uploaded images online can help encourage more people to support Earth Hour's environmental advocacy," she said.

For the 2014 Philippine Earth Hour celebration on March 29, lights off was set from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia.

WWF said observance of Earth Hour already spread to over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide, including a number of those in the Philippines.

The worldwide event "has always been more than just about turning lights off - it's about people from all walks of life coming together throughout the year to show what they can do to protect the planet," WWF cited Earth Hour Co-Founder and CEO Andy Ridley as saying.

Earlier, WWF reported the Philippines has been heralded as an 'Earth Hour Hero Country' for topping Earth Hour global participation levels from 2009 to 2013.

The Philippines contributed over 1,500 of the world's 7,000 Earth Hour hubs for 2012, WWF continued.

Siy noted the photography workshop is the second of its kind which Quezon City government spearheaded for Earth Hour through EPWMD.

She said at present, there are no plans of scrapping future similar workshops for Earth Hour.

"Public interest in the workshop is increasing," she said.

Over 80 students pre-registered for the 2014 workshop, she noted.

Such count is almost twice the number of students who registered for the same workshop in 2013, she said.

"The workshop is a unique way of supporting Earth Hour," she added.

For the workshop, participants brought their own cameras and camera-equipped smartphones.

Quezon City government prepared Earth Hour T-shirts andcertificates of attendance for students who joined this year's workshop.

Earlier this week, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretsry Ramon Paje urged public participation in Earth Hour to help support the global campaign against climate change.

He said the onslaught of super typhoon 'Yolanda' (international name 'Haiyan') in Central Philippines last year raised urgency for such campaign.

Devastation from 'Yolanda' "serves to remind us that climate change is a serious issue that we can't simply ignore," he said.

Earth Hour is a "valuable tool to raise awareness of climate change and environmental issues," he added.

Government earlier reported over 6,000 people died from 'Yolanda' which also brought multi-million-peso damages to Central Philippines' agriculture and infrastructure.

Congress to celebrate 11th Women with Disabilities Day

(PNA), LAM/PR/JSD

MANILA, March. 28 (PNA) -- The House Committees on Women and Gender Equality (CWGE) will host the celebration of Women with Disabilities Day (WDD) on Monday, March 31, at Rooms 3 and 4 of the Mitra Building at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

The committee is chaired by Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica (4th District, Bulacan) and Rep. Arturo Robes (Lone District, San Jose Del Monte City).

Villarica said this year’s theme is “Isulong: Pantay na Karapatan Para Kay Juanang May Kapansanan”.

Villarica said those joining in the celebration are the representatives of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), Optical Media Board (OMB), Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc., Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Leonard Cheschire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LCDPFI).

Rep. Erlinda M. Santiago (Party List, 1 SAGIP), vice-chairperson of CWGE, said the WWD Day is an important event as provided under Presidential Proclamation 744 issued on December 6, 2004 declaring every last Monday of March of every year as Women With Disabilities Day.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya Jr. has been invited to grace the occasion.

Highlight of this year’s celebration is the formal presentation of actress Marian Rivera as the Ambassador for Women and Children with Disabilities by NCDA Acting Executive Director, Ms. Carmen R. Zubiaga.

The celebration will also feature Dr. Louie Miranda of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), who will conduct a lecture on the rights of women with disabilities to secure a driver’s license.

A lecturer from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall update the participants on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10524 (An Act Expanding the Positions Reserved for Persons with Disability, amending RA7277, as amended, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability) and salient features of DOLE ‘Kabuhayan’ Program.

The Optical Media Board (OMB) jointly with Leonard Cheschire Disability Philippines Foundation, Inc. (LCDPFI) will present a film showing of stories of women with disabilities.

Ronie Asero, Officer-In-Charge of Assistance and Witness Protection Division, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will conduct a lecture on empowering women with disabilities.

QC schools to keep students’ health data

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

All public elementary and high schools in Quezon City will soon serve as repositories of their students’ medical and dental records, according to a newly approved ordinance.

Mayor Herbert Bautista signed into law on March 20 the ordinance designating schools as health database collection centers for more than 400,000 students in the city’s public school system.

An initial budget of P1 million from the office of the city mayor was allocated to launch the initiative in 99 public elementary schools and 48 public high schools.

While in the schools’ safekeeping, the records will be treated as confidential. “The records custodian, faculty member or any school staff member who divulges the records without the consent of the parents or an order from a competent authority shall be held administratively liable,” the ordinance said.

The council observed that while the local division of city schools and the health department had been regularly conducting medical and dental examinations on students, they have no existing record-keeping system to monitor their health condition.

Aside from serving as bases for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, “in extreme cases, these records can be used to identify persons (killed in fires) who are burned beyond recognition.”

The school doctor and dentist or medical personnel from the city schools division, city health department or from private hospitals or clinics are to administer, within six months after enrollment, the required medical and dental tests conducted on students in the presence of their parents or guardians.

A student is exempted when his parent or guardian objects to the medical and dental tests due to their religious beliefs.

The doctor and dentist who conducted the medical and dental examinations should submit the results to the school principal. They are also tasked to update the students’ health records every two years.

According to the measure, the school principal is to set up the database collection and safekeeping system and may designate a custodian for the students’ medical and dental records.

The division of city schools as well as the local health and legal departments were tapped to draft the implementing rules and regulations for the ordinance which is to take effect 15 days after it is published in a newspaper of general circulation.

All public elementary and high schools in Quezon City will soon serve as repositories of their students’ medical and dental records, according to a newly approved ordinance.

Edsa opens bicycle lane in Quezon City

By Joel E. Zurbano

The Metro Manila Development Authority is opening a new bicycle lane along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Quezon City.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the lane spans about 2.105 kilometers long from Ortigas to Santolan (northbound), along EDSA.

“These bike lanes were conceptualized to promote and enhance street and neighborhood identity, increase foot and bike traffic, and reduce vehicle congestion and air pollution along the major thoroughfares as well as promote healthy living and well-being,” he said.

A bike lane along White Plains from EDSA to Temple Drive (eastbound) about 982.6-meters long will also be launched.

The lanes are painted in red markings and furnished with traffic signs and safety devices.

The other bike lanes are located along Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila; Marcos Highway from Evangelista Street to Sumulong Highway in Marikina City; EDSA from Magallanes to Ayala Avenue in Makati City; and Commonwealth Avenue from University Avenue to Tandang Sora in Quezon City.

Tolentino said the use of non-motorized facilities also improves environmental quality and physical fitness. He added the public can use these bicycles for free under the agency’s bike-sharing system.

Users of MMDA bikes need to present a valid identification card and will be issued in turn a plastic card indicating the bike number, which should be surrendered to the control area upon return of the bike.

The MMDA will also launch the ‘Bike-Kadahan’ with the inauguration of the new lanes.

“The ‘bike-kadahan’ is designed to promote the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation,” Tolentino said.

MMDA launches 5th & 6th bicycle lanes in EDSA Wednesday

(PNA), FPV/CLTC

MANILA, March 25 (PNA) – To encourage the commuting public to use other alternative mode of transportation, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino will led the inauguration of the agency’s two more bike lanes on Wednesday along Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.

Tolentino said the fifth bike lane is from Ortigas to Santolan (northbound) along Edsa and the sixth bicycle lane from White Plains from EDSA to Temple Drive.

He said it is more convenient to use bicycles as an alternative and eco-friendly mode of transportation nowadays amid the monstrous traffic gridlock caused by the overlapping construction of 15 major road projects.

"We will be adding more bicycle lanes to promote street and neighborhood identity, increase foot and bike traffic and reduce vehicle congestion along major roads," said Tolentino.

To date, the MMDA has four bicycle lanes in the cities of Makati, Quezon, Manila and Quezon.

The bike lane along Magallanes area to Ayala Avenue in Makati provides free use of MMDA bikes in Makati but the public must have to register at the logbook of MMDA personnel at designated control areas along Magallanes, Pasay Road and Ayala Avenue.

Users of the MMDA bikes should present a valid identification card to be issued a plastic card indicating the bike number. The issued card will then be surrendered at the control area where they will exit.

The Makati bike lanes have been installed with traffic directional signs and safety features to aid bike riders as the bike lane is designed to be shared with pedestrians.

The third bike lane from University Avenue up to Tandang Sora in Commonwealth, Quezon City, which also has been installed with traffic directional signs and safety devices to aid bike riders.

The second bike lane was the 4.58-kilometer bike lane from Santolan station of LRT 2 up to Imelda Avenue in Marcos Highway, Marikina.

The MMDA opened the first bike lane in Manila, the 1.755-km bicycle lane from Remedios Circle up to Paraiso ng Batang Maynila on M. Adriatico Street which include the 550-meter lane from Quirino Avenue up to the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Roxas Boulevard.

“These dedicated lanes are intended to ensure the safety of the bicycle riders who traverse Metro Manila’s major roads,” Tolentino said.

Tolentino said the creation of bicycle lanes along major thoroughfares aims to promote the use of bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation.

“Apart from being environment-friendly, biking is also good for the health,” he said.

The MMDA had warned of the monstrous traffic once the construction of the government's flagship infrastructure projects will start simultaneously.

Tolentino stressed that these road projects will at least help decongest Metro Manila's traffic.

Bernardino scores perfect 10 in QC simul chess exhibition

(PNA), CTB/LOR

MANILA, March 24 (PNA)--Filipino and United States chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. captured all his games to score a perfect 10 in a chess simultaneous chess exhibition versus top Philippine Nuclear Research Institute-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute Employees Union (PNRI/PNRIEU) on Monday at the PNRI Auditorium in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

The rare 10-board simultaneous chess exhibition aims to promote camaraderie and strengthen friendship with other employees of PNRI/PNRIEU, said 3rd vice president, Jorge R. Sahagun, PNRIEU chair of the Social, Cultural and Sports Committee.

“This rare 10-board simultaneous chess exhibition is not about winning dueling with invited chess masters but to give you an opportunity to gather, to know each other and to have fun in sports,” Sahagun said.

It coincided with the PNRI/PNRIEU Intercolors Sportsfest 2014 where Bernardino, Sahagun, engineer Ricardo Paragua (father of chess grandmaster Mark Paragua), Dr. Vangeline K. Parami and Dr. Christina Petrache graced the opening rites.

Bernardino, an incoming sports consultant of the office of Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is fresh from back-to-back Bangkok, Thailand chess title last month.

He is also the head coach of Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA) Villamor Airbase, Pasay campus chess team which won four goldsd, one silver and one bronze medal during the SCUAA-NCR chess team championships last December.

Philippine Veterans Week kicks-off via free public screening of film ‘Death March’ March 24

(PNA), PDS/LSJ

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA)--A free public screening for the film "Death March" will be held on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Theater, Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The free public viewing of the movie, directed by Adolfo Bornaga Alix Jr and written by Rody Vera, is a part of the 2014 Observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and the "72nd Araw ng Kagitingan" which will be commemorated from April 5-11.

Tickets are available for free at the Veterans Memorial and Historical Division of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The film narrates the events of the infamous Death March, in which thousands of Filipino and American troops perished during a long, arduous trek of about 104 kilometers (65 miles) in 1942 from Mariveles and Bagac in Bataan to Camp O-Donnel in Capas Tarlac due to atrocious Japanese invaders during World War II.

The movie stars Sam Milby as "Roy Cook", Zanjoe Marudo as "Alex", Jason Abalos as "Carlito", Sid Lucero as "Miguel", Felix Roco as "Fidel", Carlo Aquino as "Claudio", Jacky Woo as "Hatori", Luis Alandy, Benjamin Alves, among others.

A short program will be held prior to the screening wherein Defender Edmundo F. Nolasco, a prisoner of war and a Death March survivor, will share his personal experiences, ordeals and realizations during the war, to be followed by a tribute song number by artist Fame Flores, a scion of a World War II veteran.

For this year, the theme for the celebration is “Balik Tanaw sa Sakripisyo, Beterano, Gabay sa Landas ng Pagbabago”.

QC gov't eyes implementation of dual training of high school students (Metro News)

(PNA), SCS/LSJ

MANILA, March 22 (PNA) -- The Quezon City Council has said it is in favor of starting negotiations between QC Hall and private establishments for the skills development training of high school students in the city, in compliance with Republic Act No. 7686 or the Dual Training Act of 1994.

In line with this, the City Council has passed a resolution urging Mayor Herbert M. Bautista to initiate the negotiations in coordination with the QC Division of City Schools and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“Cooperation and partnership with private establishments will ensure that all city secondary students under the K plus 12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) will get the combined in-plant and in-school training or dual training before graduating from high school,” said District 5 Councilor Alyson Medalla, the author of the resolution.

Under the resolution, the partnership with private establishments will enable the high school students to avail of on-site training where they can apply what they have learned inside the classroom.

Expecting more than 40,000 Grade 11 students in 2016, QC will have to aid the schools in identifying and coordinating partnerships with private establishments for the implementation of the dual training system in consonance with the guidelines set by the TESDA, Medalla said.

The QC government is also providing scholarship to deserving underprivileged students through the QC Scholarship and Youth Development Program.

‘Nurture Run’ set on April 13 to promote breastfeeding during emergencies

(GMA News Online)

When mothers are expected to be successful not only in their careers but also in child-rearing, women often find themselves giving up breastfeeding to save time and be free of discomfort. For the go-getter mom, attending to office backlogs after a maternity leave is top priority.

Yet research shows that skipping on breastfeeding is akin to skipping on its wonderful benefits. The World Health Organization emphasizes that breastfeeding, and not formula feeding, has to be the standard way of nourishing babies.

“Breastfeeding has always been the physiological norm. However, over the past hundred years or so, artificial feeding had become so ubiquitous in many developed world settings, as to be widely viewed as the standard way to feed infants,” according to a 2008 WHO report.

The WHO found that breastfed infants from various ethnic backgrounds in numerous locations in the world are more likely to grow and develop healthier than their non-breastfed counterparts. The richest yet cheapest source of nutrients for infants, breastfeeding lessens your child’s risks of being counted among 186 million malnourished children in the world, according to a 2010 World Health Statistics estimate.

Breastfeeding and UNICEF advocate Iza Abeja believes every mother, including career women and professionals, must choose to practice breastfeeding as benefits significantly outweigh inconveniences. “Breastfeeding is the most natural and richest source of nourishment for children yet it’s becoming just an option and not the norm. It is normal to breastfeed our kids, it’s always been. And yet we are made to think that alternative sources of milk are better than it. Breastfeeding scientifically produces more intelligent and more balanced individuals.”

Abeja, who practiced breastfeeding for her son and daughter until they were 6 years old, was named UN Millenium Development Goals Ambassador on Child Food Security and Nutrition in 2012. She is executive director of Beauty, Brains & Breastfeeding, Inc., a nonprofit and lactation consulting organization, which was the main proponent of the DILG memorandum circular urging all local government units to strengthen their breastfeeding campaign. BBB will hold its 2nd Annual Breastfeeding Run called “Nurture Run” on April 13, 2014, Sunday, 5:30 AM at the Quezon City Memorial Circle with the theme “Awareness for Breastfeeding during Emergency and in the Workplace.”

In a 2000 study published on Pediatrics, S. Arora et. al. investigated why women decide for or against breastfeeding. In order of importance, the top five reasons women give for deciding to breastfeed are (1) its benefits for the infant’s health, (2) it is “natural,” (3) it strengthens bonding with their infant, (4) is convenient, and (5) has benefits for their own health.

By contrast, the top five factors discouraging breastfeeding are (1) opposition by the baby’s father, (2) concerns that the baby is not getting enough milk, (3) the need to return to work, (4) discomfort while breastfeeding, and (5) the misconception that breastfeeding will adversely change the appearance of the breasts.

Turns out that the latter set of reasons are mostly based on misconceptions, and that an extensive body of research favors breastfeeding for mothers and children alike:

1) Build your child’s stronger immune system.

Consultants from UNICEF Philippines (www.unicef.ph), public health nutritionist Ali Maclaine and nutrition specialist Elham Monsef, found that in ordinary and crisis settings, breastfeeding protects infants “by providing them with the right balance of nutrients and fluids and contains anti-infective properties that protect an infant from pathogens in the environment.”

Non-breastfed infants, on the other hand, are “extremely vulnerable especially during emergencies” as they are 50 times more likely to be hospitalized from diarrhea and suffer from malnourishment which leads to death.

2) Save your child from weight-related diseases in adulthood.

The 2008 WHO report also emphasizes how breastfeeding can be a long-term investment on children, saving them from negative later-life health consequences. “In developed world contexts, infants who are not breastfed are much more likely to become adults who are overweight, obese, hypertensive and suffer from elevated cholesterol.”

3) Develop a bond that makes your child healthier and happier.

The emotional bond created between the mother and child during breastfeeding helps improve children’s emotional quotient (EQ). Even when it’s limited to the infant’s formative years, breastfeeding develops more mature and confident adults, which lessens risks of depression and the psychological and physical complications that come with it.

4) Lose weight and enjoy other benefits yourself.

Breastfeeding isn’t a one-way affair, because as much as infants benefit from the mother’s milk, changes in the woman’s body also put her to an advantage. Exclusive breastfeeding works as a natural contraceptive (98% effective) as it delays return of fertility even when the uterus returns to its normal size, also a benefit from breastfeeding.

As the woman’s body also prepares itself for feeding an infant, it burns an average of 500 calories a day, resulting in a one-pound weight loss per week. Breastfeeding mothers also effectively reduce their risks of breast and ovarian cancers, and osteoporosis and bone fracture.

5) Save money from hospital bills and work absence.

A local study by UNICEF and WHO estimated that an average of PHP 4,000.00 is spent on an infant per month. It usually covers for formula milk, plus feeding paraphernalia like bottles, teats, and safe water. Compared to breastfeeding which is free and develops healthier babies, the use of artificial milk puts financial pressure on families for higher risks of spending more on hospital bills, physician visits, and medicines.

Healthier breastfed infants also save parents of absences at work, which contribute to higher productivity for working mothers and the companies they work for. On top of all that, breast milk is also most environmentally-friendly feeding choice that requires no packaging, shipping or disposal.

“As we urge mothers to practice breastfeeding, we also invite fathers, relatives and friends of these mothers to provide encouragement to them,” says Abeja. “Breastfeeding is not easy, but with the right environment and with supportive and loving people around them, mothers will find the most fulfilling and rewarding experience.”

To register for the Nurture Run on April 13, Sunday, 5:30 AM at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, visit the website. For more details about BBB and the advocacy, visit the website and like their Facebook page.


QC ready for diamond jubilee celebration

(PNA), CTB/LSJ

MANILA, March 20 (PNA)--Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Thursday has called for utmost cooperation by all sectors in efforts to maintain QC’s status as premier city of the Philippines.

The City Mayor made the call during the 1st stakeholders forum for the celebration of the city’s 75th founding anniversary held at the University of the Philippines-Ayala Techno-hub Tech Portals A and B.

“The QC diamond jubilee is a celebration of QC’s big leap towards becoming a global city,” said Mayor Bautista in his welcome remarks during the forum.

QC Diamond Jubilee Commission officials led by executive director Tadeo M. Palma gave a preview of the planned highlights of the celebration to representatives of 80 institutions and corporations.

In his speech, Palma urged the stakeholders to also plan their own activities for the celebration.

He stressed that the celebration has to be participatory, and a partnership between the QC government and all sectors of the city’s population.

Vice mayor Joy Belmonte, who also sits as co-chair of the city’s Diamond Jubilee Commission, also appealed for support to ensure the success of the city’s diamond jubilee year celebration.

“Sana lahat tayo ay maging kabahagi sa gagawin nating pagdiriwang,” (We hope that everyone will do their share in this forthcoming celebration) vice mayor Belmonte said.

She recalled that five years ago, the QC government was preparing for the grand celebration of its 70th year anniversary.

“Unfortunately, there came typhoon “Ondoy” and the city government deemed it proper and fitting to extend its helping hands to those affected by the typhoon,” she added.

She said that since the planned celebration five years ago did not take place, it is a more meaningful moment to do it in the city’s jubilee year this coming October 12, 2014.

Among the expected stakeholders to join the jubilee celebration are universities and public schools, private corporations, including shopping malls, media and entertainment companies and medical institutions, among others.

QC was founded on October 12, 1939 by then Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon.

Quezon City lawmaker seeks teaching of foreign languages to out-of-school youth

(PNA), CTB/SFM

MANILA, Mar. 19 (PNA) -- Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo on Wednesday sought the possibility of teaching foreign language and culture he described as “alternative academic and enrichment programs for out-of-school youth.”

Under House Resolution 937, Castelo urged the House leadership to mandate and direct the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture and the Committee on Higher and Technical Education to conduct the exploratory study following reports that persons with skills on foreign languages are in great demand here and abroad as translators, interpreters, and call center agents.

Castelo also quoted TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva, who earlier said: “Foreign language translation is fast emerging to be the next hot job.”

He further quoted Villanueva as saying, “The ability to speak another language is an advantage in the global market and the Filipino youth will meaningfully be empowered to equip them with the necessary language skills.”

“Studies have shown that Filipinos possess a unique aptitude for language acquisition and this ability can be put to a lot of good use.” – Castelo added.

Castelo even cited a provision in the constitution, which upholds “the policy of the state to recognize the vital role of the youth in nation-building and to promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.

BFP, Mercury Drugstore partners on fire prevention campaign

(BFP/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 18 March (PIA) – This Fire Prevention Month, one of the nation’s leading drugstores joins the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in its fire prevention campaign.

Mercury Drugstore has extended its support by allowing BFP to play videos on fire safety and prevention in their big screens situated in different areas in Metro Manila.

Fire safety tips and reminders can now be viewed at Mercury Drug’s big screens located in Quiapo, Libis, Ortigas, Cubao and St. Luke’s Medical Center until April 13, 2014.

Aside from safety and preventive measures against fire, the campaign also includes an Audio-Visual Presentation on BFP’s programs and accomplishments.

The partnership is aimed at increasing the awareness of the public on fire prevention especially this summer season.

QC councilor files resolution backing amending economic provisions in Constitution

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — A Quezon City alderman has asked his peers at the local council to support a resolution from both houses of Congress that seeks to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

The congressional resolution batting for charter change was filed July 2013 by former Quezon City mayor and now House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. It was recently approved by the House committee on constitutional amendments.

In his proposed resolution, District 3 Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes said that the amendments to the Constitution would only be on certain economic provisions under Articles XII pertaining to national economy and patrimony; XIV on education, science and technology, arts, culture and sports; and XVI or general provisions.

Belmonte had proposed that the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” be added to certain provisions in the articles particularly in those limiting the land and business ownership of foreigners, which would enable Congress to enact laws that would modify or lift the restrictions.

The draft measure states: “In order to realize the full benefit of inclusive growth, the Quezon City government shares the conviction of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte that the restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Philippine Constitution hamper the flow of foreign capital investments and must be lifted to enable Congress to pass new laws on matters of foreign ownership of lands, areas of investments, educational institutions, media and advertising organizations and the operation of public utilities in the country.”

It further states that with the President enjoying the nation’s trust and confidence, particularly in his sincere efforts in institutionalizing government reforms, it is now the ideal time to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution.

Once confirmed by the council, a copy of the resolution will be furnished the offices of the President, Speaker Belmonte, and the Senate President.

Moms donate breast milk to PGH Lactation Unit

By George P. Moya (Rappler.com)

MANILA, Philippines – Milk matters. It’s the main message of the milk-letting drive organized by the Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of the UP College of Medicine, in partnership with the Medela House, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Human Lactation Unit, and lady councilors of Quezon City.

Maria Angela Villa, Head of the Service Arm of Phi Lambda Delta, said “Milk Matters” is their sorority’s pilot project. They plan to conduct more milk-letting drives and outreach programs in various communities in Metro Manila.

“We want to raise breast feeding awareness and empower communities to support their mothers in their breastfeeding practices,” she added.

The milk-letting drive also included a public health lecture and lactation counseling by Medela Mom Joyce Martinez Zaragoza.

At least 83 nursing mothers from different barangays in Quezon City participated in the milk drive. Four to 16 ounces of milk were collected per mother, generating a total extraction of 4.5 liters. On-site donations also reached 704 ounces.

“I also want to help other mothers,” says Minerva Pascual of Brgy. Tatalon. Minerva says she witnessed how her niece had a difficult time raising her child because she did not generate enough breast milk.

The collected milk will be turned over to the milk bank of the PGH for pasteurization, further processing, proper storage, and distribution. The immediate beneficiaries are the babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

World Water Day 2014 to focus on water-energy link

(PNA), SCS/PR/RSM

MANILA, March 15 (PNA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will bring together the country’s water and power sectors to raise public awareness on the close link between water and energy consumption as the nation joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Water Day (WWD) on March 22.

DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said this year’s celebration, which has a local theme “Water is Power,” will focus on the growing awareness that saving water may be one of the most effective ways to save energy – and vice versa.

“We wish to highlight the important link between water and power, and how they are highly dependent on each other,” Paje said, noting that producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. He said both processes face growing limits and problems.

He added: “In fact, much of our generated power relies on water, while many Filipinos rely on electrical power for domestic water supply.”

Paje said that aside from providing Filipinos access to clean water and electricity, “the efficient use of both water and power is also an urgent issue the government is trying to address.”

According to statistics, about 17 million people in the Philippines have no access to safe drinking water and over 15 million still have no access to electricity.

To mark WWD 2014, the DENR, its attached agencies and partners have prepared a week-long program from March 17-22.

On March 17, a kick-off event will be held at the Angat Hydroelectric Power Plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Expected to attend are Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and National Power Corp. president Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita.

These officials, along with other representatives from Napocor, National Irrigation Authority, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, will be treated to a “Water Energy Tour Nexus” of the Angat, Ipo and La Mesa dams.

On March 18, the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will hold a day-long World Water Day Exhibit at the Activity Center of the Glorietta 2 in Makati City. At 5 p.m. on that day, there will be a free four-hour concert that will feature pop and alternative rock artists to draw attention to current efforts to revive Manila Bay, and major rivers and creeks in Metro Manila.

On March 19, the EMB will hold an on-the-spot poster-making contest for elementary and high school students at the SM North EDSA, while their teachers undergo a Water Education workshop at the Air Quality Training Center inside the DENR compound in Quezon City.

On the same day, employees of the Laguna Lake Development Authority will lead tree-planting activities in Antipolo City and Taytay, Rizal. They will also hold a river clean-up in the nearby towns of San Mateo and Rodriguez the following day.

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, led by its chairperson Gina Lopez, will conduct an “estero tour” featuring the rehabilitated Estero de Aviles in San Miguel, Manila on March 20.

Employees of the DENR and Maynilad will hold a “Plant for Life” mangrove tree-planting activity along Cavite shores on March 18 in Bacoor and March 20 in Kawit.

The DENR will also host “Water is Power” lecture series in selected schools in Pateros and the cities of Quezon, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, and Taguig from March 18 to 20.

All activities will culminate on March 21 at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia, where a two-kilometer walk will be held outside to raise awareness on various water-related issues.

The celebration of March 22 as “World Day for Water” was declared in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s international theme is “Water and Energy.”

DOH-NCR launches campaign vs. HIV/AIDs in QC

(PNA), SCS/ANP

MANILA, March 14 (PNA) -- Condoms were handed out in various massage centers, clubs and KTVs in Quezon City on Friday as part of a campaign to prevent and control human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

The campaign was launched by the Department of Health- National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) in partnership with the city government and SAMACKA (Spa’s Massage Center Club’s and KTV’s Association).

Under the campaign, each of the leisure businesses in the city will be given a box full of free condoms and flyers where essential information about HIV/AIDS can be read. Customers can get from the box which will be strategically placed in the entrance or front desk.

Health Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said in a statement that the campaign started in Quezon City because it has the most number of AIDS patients with six cases and 54 asymptomatic cases.

Following Quezon City is Manila with 34 asymptomatic and four confirmed cases; Pasig with 34 and four confirmed; Makati with 15 asymptomatic cases; Caloocan with 14 and 1 confirmed case; Mandaluyong, 10 and two confirmed; Pasay, 11 asymptomatic cases; Taguig, 7/3; Paranaque, 6/2; Marikina, 7/1; Malabon with six asymptomatic cases; and Las Pinas, 5/1. San Juan City has 4 cases, both cities of Muntinlupa and Valenzuela have three recorded cases each, Navotas City has two and Pateros with one, all asymptomatic cases

Dr. Herbosa further said that the DOH-NCR is targeting entertainment hubs in the city by also providing them the proper information and educating them on the prevention and control of the disease.

“We will be flooding Metro Manila with condoms if it is the only way we can prevent the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS,” Herbosa said.

“It is a critical and the only effective element in the prevention and control of the disease and available tool in reducing the transmission of sexual infections and diseases,” he added.

According to the DOH-NCR, the only way a person can avoid HIV is through ABCDE: A-abstinence, B-be mutually faithful, C-correct and consistent use of condoms, D-don’t use drugs/used needles and E-education, early diagnosis and treatment.

Data showed that the HIV/AIDS Registry for January 2014 showed a total of 224 confirmed cases as reported by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL).

The figure is 23 percent higher compared to the same period last year with 182 confirmed cases. Majority (90 percent) were asymptomatic, disease carriers but experience no symptoms of the disease.

Ages of cases ranged from 17 to 68 years. Most of those affected were the 25 to 29 years age-group and majority were male. Most of the patients acquired the disease through homosexual practices.

It also noted that at least 28 of the cases were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). There were 23 confirmed male AIDS patients and 197 asymptomatic male and four female.

Predominant modes of transmission were homosexual at 114 cases (51 pct) and bisexual 88 cases (39 pct). Heterosexual transmission accounted for 22 cases (10 pct ).

Every two hours, a Filipino becomes infected with HIV/AIDS for life or a total of 13 new cases daily with the NCR contributing 50 pct of the total HIV cases in the country.

There were a total of 7,843 cases reported from 1984 to present. Majority (93 pct) were asymptomatic and ages ranged from 1 to 81 years (median 28). Most (33 pct) of those affected belonged to the 25 to 29 years age-group.

Majority (94 pct) were male and 51 percent were acquired through homosexual practices. A total of 974 (12 pct) were OFWs.

Special cashier counters set for elderly, disabled, pregnant women in QC

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City malls, groceries and other commercial establishments are now required to set up special cashier counters for elderly people, persons with disability (PWDs) and pregnant women under pain of a P5,000 fine or having their businesses closed down for a year.

Mayor Herbert Bautista signed into law on March 10 the ordinance that would make it mandatory for malls, groceries and other stores to put up special cashier lanes for senior citizens, differently abled persons and pregnant mothers as a means of prioritizing their needs.

While privileges are ensured the elderly under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, the measure ensures that some of the concessions, including special lanes, allowed them are also extended to PWDs and pregnant women.

According to data from the Quezon City government, there are 14,471 PWDs registered in the city’s persons with disability affairs office while there are 332,358 elderly residents in the locality. In 2009, the local health department registered 101,424 pregnant women in Quezon City.

Under the ordinance, “All malls, groceries and other business establishments… are hereby directed to designate a special lane for differently abled individuals, pregnant women and senior citizens to give priority to them.” The special lanes refer specifically to cashier counters.

A business establishment operator, manager or owner who violates the measure will be fined P5,000 while a second offense would mean a P5,000 fine plus the revocation of the commercial establishment’s license to operate for a year.

The Quezon City business permits and licensing office to monitor, inspect and ensure its strict implementation.

DOST acquires electron gun facility

By KIM LUCES (TJD, GMA News)

Scientists and researchers at the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) have a new toy to play with: an "electron gun" that can actually help improve the standard of living for many Pinoys.

A first in the country, the PNRI's new 2.5 MeV electron beam accelerator is intended for full-scale research and development as well as semi-commercial E-beam services. It is currently stored at the PNRI compound in Diliman, Quezon City.

The device is a notch more advanced than the current Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility, which uses gamma-rays for use by food, packaging, medical products, and pharmaceutical industries.

The new E-beam accelerator can deliver the same energy as its Cobalt-60 predecessor, but does so in mere seconds rather than hours. This makes the E-beam far safer, because it minimizes potential exposure.

Faster irradiation also opens the doors to more potential applications, such as improving the quality of automobile parts, plastics, fibers, semiconductors, nanotechnology, and jewelry, as well as better waste management.

Practical applications of radiation

In agriculture, electron beams are used in irradiating food products for sprout inhibition, delaying fruit ripening, pasteurization and microbial decontamination.

It is also used in the medical field for sterilizing medical pharmaceuticals and “high-purity” equipment such as scalpels and syringes. Electron beams can also be used for synthesizing nanogels and microgels such as PNRI’s recently commercialized hydrogels for wounds and burns, a press release said.

The device can also be used to cross-link polymers, a process used to increase the toughness of lighter materials.

“You can practically increase the toughness of much lighter materials such as carbon fiber or reinforced plastic,” said Jordan Madrid, science research specialist from PNRI’s Chemistry Research Section, in a press release.

The higher dose rates would allow for faster irradiation of food and medical products, said Biomedical Research Section head Zenaida De Guzman.

Research initiatives

The Biomedical Research section will be actively involved in research and development studies on the effects of the E-beam on fully cooked meals such as chicken and pork adobo developed for patients needing clean or sterile diets.

“We aim to be able to extend the shelf-life of meals such as adobo compared to our previous results with gamma rays. With electron beams, we could even get faster results at even lesser doses of radiation,” De Guzman said.

Their more recent research on rice-in-a-box style emergency meals for calamity victims consists of fried rice and chicken adobo. The experimental meal may also be developed to serve as military and relief rations.

Fighting pollution

The accelerator’s capabilities are also a welcome development in fighting pollution, particularly the E-beam’s potential in “hygienizing” sewage sludge and in treating or reprocessing waste water and flue gases.

With enough doses, electron accelerators are able to alter the color and composition of gemstones, proving itself useful to the jewelry industry.

The establishment of the electron beam facility in the Philippines received financial support from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Japanese and US governments, and the Department of Science and Technology.

After completing the installation and commissioning of the electron beam facility targeted in the middle of this year, PNRI will conduct trial runs on different samples and products.

QC school hosts forum for Competitive Science curriculum

(RJB/AKG-PIA-NCR/QC-PAISO)

QUEZON CITY, March 11 (PIA) - The Philippine Science High School (PSHS), the country’s premiere science school, will host on March 15 an orientation on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum, which aims to strengthen science and technology courses in the Philippine educational system.

The orientation seminar is offered to all public school teachers in Metro Manila and will be held at the PSHS auditorium.

It is part of the ten-week training program based on Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in January by the PSHS system and the US embassy.

The Philippines and the US have been implementing a bilateral Science and Technology Agreement since 2012.

Made possible through the Embassy Science Fellowship Program, the STEM curriculum training program will be conducted by Dr. David Campbell, an expert in the said curriculum and a US fellowship recipient and scientist from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Research on Learning.

Dr. Campbell stressed the importance of the curriculum. “The whole future of the workforce in scientific enterprise depends on a good education, a good foundation on a basic level. In today’s age we need to move from teaching science as a bunch of facts to teaching student how to actually practice science.

It’s a big challenge and it’s very important for global enterprise,” she said.

PSHS was chosen as a partner for the project for its efforts to ‘continually revise and update its science curriculum’.


Quezon City’s top students to get cash gifts

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The Quezon City government has set aside over P3 million in cash incentives for the Top 3 students in its public schools and to subsidize the expenses of 147 public primary and secondary schools for their graduation ceremonies.

Mayor Herbert Bautista recently approved a P1.42-million budget for the cash rewards that would go to the valedictorian, salutatorian and first honorable mention in all its public elementary and high schools. An additional P1.695 million was also allocated for their commencement rites.

The class valedictorian will receive P5,000, the salutatorian, P3,000 while the first honorable mention will get P2,000. As for the subsidy, big schools will each receive P20,000; medium-sized schools, P15,000 each; and small schools, P10,000 each.

In a statement, Quezon City schools division superintendent Dr. Ponciano Menguito assured parents that no cash would be collected for the commencement exercises in public schools. He said that he had also asked schools to strictly comply with the Department of Education directive of requiring their graduates to wear their school uniforms instead of togas on graduation day.

Quezon City passes 'Live in QC' ordinance

(Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

THE Quezon City Council approved a proposed ordinance mandating event organizers to use the phrase "LIVE in Quezon City" instead of "Live in Manila" in promoting events within its city.

The new law, which is awaiting for the signature of Mayor Herbert Bautista, will require event producers to use the phrase "Live in Quezon City" in promotional materials like posters and billboards, among others, whenever an event will be held in the Araneta Coliseum or in any other venue in the city.

“In order to promote Quezon City as an ideal place for such events and in line with the city’s effort to promote Quezon City as an important tourist destination, advertisements and promotions of these concerts, events and other similar exhibitions shall include such phrase as ‘Live in Quezon City, Metro Manila’ or simply ‘Quezon City, Philippines,'" the measure read.

The ordinance also covers the inclusion of the Quezon City logo.

Violators will pay P5,000 as fine, which will be used to fund the city's tourism program.

Firm posts P281M in revenues last year

By Reuel John F. Lumawag

THE Sun Life Asset Management Company Inc. (SLAMCI) posted a total of P281.823 million in gross sales in Davao City last year.

SLAMCI president Valerie N. Pama, during a press briefing on Thursday at Bistro Rosario, said the company's revenue in 2013 increased by around 300 percent as compared to P95.591 million in gross sales in 2012.

She attributed the growth to the increasing purchasing power of the Dabawenyos on the back of the robust economic growth that propels economic activity in the city.

"It is evident with the gross sales that Davao City is one of the areas in the country experiencing high growth rate," she said.

SLAMCI also hit 121 percent increase in gross sales for Visayas and Mindanao areas.

In a press briefer, SLAMCI's gross sales in Visayas and Mindanao grew from P488 million in 2012 to P1 billion in 2013.

"The numbers prove that more and more Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao are warming up to the idea of investing and we're happy that they're putting their trust in SLAMCI as they take major steps in their finances," Pama said in a statement.

Also, she also attributed the company's whopping sales increases to the 456 agents that allowed them to get a wider reach and better penetration within VisMin.

She also said the increased in purchasing power spurred by the economic growth in Vismin also contributed to the increase.

"Last year, we started to become more active in the Vismin area and now it has already borne fruit," Pama said.

SLAMCI also reported that its assets under management (AUM) grew by 28 percent, contributing P2.35 million AUM to the company's total AUM of P41.13 billion as of December 2013.

QC gov't urges residents to participate in Earth Hour March 29

By Leilani S. Junio [(PNA), CTB/LSJ]

MANILA, March 7 (PNA)--The Quezon City government on Friday called on all city residents to join the annual observance of Earth Hour as part of the worldwide movement to raise awareness on global warning.

According to QC mayor Herbert M. Bautista, the switch-off will start at 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 29.

Earth Hour is a grassroots movement involving more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide.

It aims to help reduce the effects of climate change, including global warming.

During earth hour, individuals, households, communities, and even business establishments are encourage to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

In support of this environmental action, the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, said it will conduct a free photography workshop for QC college students, with a short training seminar and a photo tour inside the Quezon Memorial Circle.

Among the initiatives taken by the city government in its advocacy to reduce the effects of climate change include spearheading the Green Building Ordinance with incentives for land conservation and sustainable water, energy and material use.

Through this ordinance, building work permits now in QC require green building certification.

The city government had also implemented some ordinances which regulated the use of plastic bags as a measure to reduce plastic waste in the city’s waterways and drainage systems, and thus prevent clogging and floods.

It also initiated the conversion of streetlights to more energy-efficient LED lighting, as part of the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Capacity Building Program.

Among the country’s cities, QC has been regarded as the first Urban Center to comply with the country’s Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

AFPMBAI donates entertainment, sports equipment to PNP

(PNP-PIO/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)

QUEZON CITY, 6 March (PIA) – The Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI) recently donated entertainment, sports and gym equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP chief Alan Purisima formally accepted 24 sports equipment packages, 12 entertainment packages and three gym packages during the turn-over ceremony Tuesday, March 4 at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

The PNP chief thanked AFPMBAI and said that the equipment will significantly boost the efforts of the PNP to provide the needs of its units and personnel in providing services to the public.

Purisima also assured that the donated equipment will be put to good use.

According to the PNP, the sports equipment packages will be distributed to selected provincial offices nationwide while the entertainment packages will be distributed to selected National Support Units.

DSWD, Ateneo partner for sustainable livelihood programs

(Rappler.com)

MANILA, Philippines – In the first of many hopeful partnerships with the academe, DSWD has teamed up with the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) to provide financial literacy trainings for partner-beneficiaries of the department's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPPP).

Financial literacy is a critical component of DSWD's Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). It focuses on capacity building and encourages savings and proper money management among partner-beneficiaries. This component assists poor families in managing their own enterprises and income

With the said partnership, ADMU will become a key player in SLP and will provide livelihood interventions to communities in Culiat, Escopa, Commonwealth, Old Balara, and Tandang Sora, in Quezon City, and Fortune in Marikina.

Social development efforts

AdMU has created various programs that incorporate the issues of hunger, poverty, and livelihood into their National Service Training Program (NSTP) (READ: Contractual labor: A dead end?)

Included in the updated NSTP curriculum are household modules on financial literacy taught by students from the John Gokongwei School of Management (JGSOM). These modules, called "Wais sa Pera, Wais sa Buhay," help beneficiaries to anticipate expenses, and save for future needs.

Since the start of the program, around 1,000 individuals have opened a BPI-Globe BanKO savings accounts with a minimal balance of P50. Opening an account serves as the culmination of the module but beneficiaries are encouraged to save resources even long after the program has ended.

Another program, conducted by the university's Development majors, provide pre-employment assistance to partner communities. Students guide partners through the job application process and in answering job application forms from the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The modules also include planning livelihoods based on existing interests and skills.

Eradicating poverty

PPPP focuses on the development of health and education among poor households, particularly of children 0 to 14 years old. It was created to address the first UN Millenium Development Goal (MDG) – to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

With the Philippines' high unemployment rate, DSWD said education programs on financial literacy and livelihood have big roles in fighting poverty in the country.

The social welfare department added that the partnership with AdMU demonstrates the convergence effort between the public and the private sectors. DSWD plans to create more partnerships with the academe to help 4P partner-beneficiaries.

World Kidney Day: Preventing Kidney Disease

(PNA), CTB/SGS-OJT/UTB

MANILA, March 4 (PNA) -- The head of the Methology Section, Medical City Dr. Noel Castillo on Tuesday discussed ways on how to prevent Kidney disease in preparation for the World Kidney Day to be held on March 13, 2014.

In a health forum at Annabel's on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Dr. Castillo said "Every year millions of people worldwide die prematurely because of the complications related to Chronic Kidney disease and cardiovascular diseases.

Castillo shared eight golden rules in preventing kidney disease: Keeping fit and active, control blood sugar level, control blood pressure level, eat healthy and keep your weight in check, adequate fluid intake, do not smoke, avoid intake of unnecessary drugs, supplements, toxins, check your kidney function if you have any of the high risk' factors like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and family members with kidney diseases.

"The eight golden rules in preventing Kidney disease, especially for patients who are diabetic to observe is very difficult but I think it is very important.," Castillo said, pointing out that we need to qualify kasi hindi ito applicable sa lahat. He said this would be different from patients who have heart failures kasi kelangan muna i clear sa doctor kung pwede sayo yung in glasses of water but in general, if the heart is normal this is advisable.

Of course, do not smoke because it has direct effect on kidney functions and then avoid intake of unnecessary drugs, supplements or toxins. Eto napaka popular ngayon yung alternative drugs kahit sino nagpe prescribe like kapitbahay, kamag anak so we have to be very careful sa mga tinetake na gamot, Castillo said.

For her part, Dr. Susan Dela Rama asked patients to check their kidney functions if you have any of the high risk' factors like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity and family members with kidney disease.Dr. Dela Rama also emphasized the three simple tests to screen for Kidney disease which are Blood Pressure Measurement, Urinalysis, and Serum Creatinine.

"Blood Pressure Measurement, Urinalysis, and Serum Creatinine, ito yung tinetest. If you think about it, hindi siya mukhang related sa kidney but if you can defect at an early stage may mga makikita na kayong mga information that would probably prevent patients from ending to a dialysis or transplant," Dela Rama said.

Through this forum, Dr. Dela Rama and Dr. Castillo asked for greater support from the government for dialysis and transplant patients, as well as encourage people for altruistic organ donation.

QC mulls ordinance to ensure right amount of cooking gas in tanks

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines—The Quezon City council is deliberating an ordinance that, if passed, would require cooking gas delivery personnel to bring weighing scales with them so customers can make sure they are getting the right amount of gas in every cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas they purchase.

The proposed ordinance has been referred for study to the council’s committees on trade, commerce and industry; on energy, water and other natural resources; and on laws, rules and internal government.

Under the measure an LPG dealer or distributor who does not comply with the requirement would be fined up to P5,000 or have his business permit revoked.

District 1 Councilor Alexis Herrera, who proposed the ordinance, cited the right of every consumer to get his money’s worth, saying, “It is the right of every consumer to demand for an accurate weighing method of the consumable goods that he is buying. This is because the price one has to pay will depend on the weight of the said article.”

He pointed out that in the sale of LPG, consumers have to rely on “the honesty and goodwill of the distributor or dealer,” thus the need to require LPG delivery personnel to bring along weighing scales to assure customers that they are paying for the weight they are actually buying.

Under the draft ordinance, “Every retailer of LPG is required to have a weighing scale or weighing machine during delivery in order to give the buying public an opportunity to check the correctness of the weight of every LPG tank that they are buying.”

“In the event that the weight is lesser than what appears to be indicated in the LPG tank, the price shall be correspondingly reduced by the seller,” it said.

If the ordinance is passed, the Quezon City business permits and licensing office would draft the measure’s implementing rules and regulations and enforce its provisions.

QC to distribute iPads, books in 37 public schools

By Jeannette I. Andrade (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the distribution of nearly P17.2 million worth of learner’s kits, including iPads and books, for the use of grades IV and V pupils in 37 local public schools.

The purchase of over 35,400 learner’s kits was authorized by a January 27 council resolution allowing Bautista to ink a deal with a winning bidder.

In a statement, Bautista said that 35,458 learner’s kits would be initially distributed to each grade IV and grade V pupil in 37 of the 99 city-operated elementary schools.

A learner’s kit is composed of a board foldcote sandwich-type iPad with plastic lamination and a “Magsanay Tayo sa Filipino,” Sanayang Aklat sa Pilipino (Wika) textbook for grades IV and V pupils.

According to Bautista, a kit will be given to every pupil in the pilot schools to test their effectiveness as teaching aids during classroom lessons in the Filipino subject.

The move, he said, has been part of the city government’s programs to improve the quality of education in the city’s public school system and make the Filipino subject “much easier to learn in Grade IV and Grade V.”

QC gov't to distribute learner’s kits to public elementary schools

(PNA), SCS/LSJ

MANILA, March 1 (PNA) -- Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered over the weekend the distribution of 35,458 learner’s kits for public elementary school children in the city.

The mayor said the learner’s kits were purchased by the city government to make learning much easier for Grade IV and Grade V pupils in the first 37 of the pilot beneficiary schools in QC.

According to Bautista, his administration has allotted about P17,197,130 for the acquisition of the learning materials to raise the quality of education in the city's public elementary schools.

The handy learner’s kit is a fold cote sandwich-type IPAD with 160 plastic laminated pages size 7”x10” that contain text of "Magsanay Tayo sa Filipino" and "Sanayang Aklat sa Filipino" for Grade IV and Grade V children.

The notepad-like learning materials were produced to make Filipino as a subject much easier to learn in Grade IV and Grade V.

The Bautista administration has made a vow to provide a learner’s kit per student in the city’s 96 public elementary schools.