Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lalaki na may sukbit na badil arestado



SORSOGON CITY - Sarong lalaki an inarestar kan pulis pakatapos na maheling siyang may darang badil na may bala na pig issue kan US Army, kasuodma sa Ciudad kan Sorsogon.

An suspechado iyo si Jerry Enteria, 47 anyos, residente kan Irosin, Sorsogon.

Na alarma an mga residentes kan Barangay Bibingcahan, kasuodma na alas 12:00 nin mag-omagahon, sabi sa report na pinadara sa police.

Dinakop kan mga pulis si Enteria asin nakua sa saiyang poder an badil na M11911Ai na pig issue kan US Army, sarong USA 45 auto bullets, 4 na 45 auto bullets asin 2ng 45 auto fired cartriges cases.

Pig aaram pa ngonian kun pano nagkaigwa kan siring na pistol asin mga bala an lalaki na nadakop kan mga awtoridad.

Kakasohan si Enteria nin pagbalga kan RA 10591, na bistado sa apod na Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act asin pag lapas sa Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.
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1 Army gadan, 3ng CAFGU irido sa ambush sa Libmanan


LIBMANAN, CSur--Sarong miembro kan army asin tulong CAFGU an nalugadan sa ginibong ambush kan mga miembros kan NPA sa Libmanan, Camarines Sur kasuodmang hapon.

Sabi ni Col Paul Regencia, an para taram kan 9th ID kan Philippine Army, an ambush nangyari sa may boundary kan Barangay Malinao asin Pag Oring Nuevo, kasuodmang alas 4:45 nin hapon.

An mga soldados pig destino sa lugar paga magtabang sa pag mantinir kan katuningan sa gigibohon na election kan barangay asin SK sa Lunes, sa nasambit na lugar.

Sampulong mga NPA an naghipa sa mga soldados, asin nag gamit nin improvised explosive devise sa agihan kan mga army.

Nakipag badilan an mga army na nagdurar nin 15 minutos.

Sabi pa ni Regencia na pwedeng may tinamaan man na mga rebelde sa nasambit na baradilan.

An Barangay Pag-Oring Nuevo an saro sa 18ng barangays sa Libmanan, Camarines Sur na pig babanwayan ngonian kan mga awtoridad ta yaon ini sa Category 2, bilang election hot spot sa maabot na pirilian.

An lugar consideradong nasa Category 2 election hotspot kun igwa nin makusog na ralaban an mga kandidato, igwa nin estorya nin kariribokan sa panahon kan election, o may presencia kan mga armadong grupo asin may peligro sa buhay kan mga tawo.
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2 banwaan sa Masbate, mainit an ralaban



MASBATE CITY – Nagpahayag kasuodma an Regional Special Operations Task Group sa Masbate na makuri an ralaban kan mga politico digdi, orog na sa duwang banwaan na igwa nin mga minahan.

Segun ki P/Supt. Frande Echaluce, an parataram kan RSOTG digdi, mansay na maray an mainit na ralaban kan mga lokal na opisyal sa Aroroy asin San Fernando, an duwa sa mga banwaan na mayaman sa bulawan.

Base sa report, ngonian pa sanang election sa barangay, an mga darakulang politico na gustong magkandidato sa duwang banwaan an nagpoon nang magpakusog kan saindang fuerza, sa paagui kan pag suporta nin mga kandidato sa barangay, na iyo an pwede nindang makatabang sa 2019 election.

Nin huli kan siring na sitwasyon, nakabantay na entero an mga tawohan kan Commission on Elections (Comelec) asin an mga pulis, para maibitaran an pagkaigwa nin madugong comprontasyon.

Pig lalaoman kan mga awtoridad na magiging mainit an ralaban, kaya nagtaltag sinda nin dugang na fuerza na mamantinir kan seguridad kan mga tawo, nin huli kan pirilian.
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Mga Bikolano inangat kan PACC makipagtabang laban sa corruption


LEGAZPI CITY –  Inangat ni Commissioner Greco Belgica, spokesman kan Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) an publiko na makipagtabangan sa sainda, sa paagui kan pagsumbang kan mga official kan gobierno na imbuelto sa corruption.

Sabi ni Comm. Belgica, igwa nin tagamang premyo sa informante na kabaeng kan kantidad na 25% kan total na mababawi na kantidad, na hale sa hinabonan na cuarta kan imbueltong opisyal.

Nagpaluwas nin asigurasyon si Belgica na itatago an pangaran kan masumbong, kaya mayo sinda na dapat ikahandal sa pagsumbong kan anomaliya.

Itinao niyang ehemplo an pagsumbong kan pangaran kan mga politico na makiki-sawsaw sa maabot na pirilian sa Barangay asin sa Sangguniang Kabataan, orog na si mga lantadan na magamit nin fuerza asin curate para pabotohan an saindang manok na kandidato.

An sabi ni Belgica, kaipohan sanang magtipon nin mga evidencia siring kan retrato, affidavit na pwedeng ipresentar sa Commission on Elections, antes kan pirilian.

Kun mapatunayan na nagbakal nin boto an kandidato, tangani na botohan sa election, pwede sindang ma-disqualify bilang kandidato o elihidong opisyal.

Sinadon kan nasambit na opisyal kan PACC an publiko na makipag tabangan sainda para sa malinig na pirilian asin maibitaran dagos an corruption sa gobierno.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Japan grants Sorsogon town P4.1-M fund for learning center


By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

MANILA -- The Japanese government, through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), has provided a municipality in Sorsogon province a PHP4.1 million grant, it was learned Thursday.

According to the Japanese Embassy in Manila, the grant covers the construction of a two-storey, two-classroom learning center, with furniture and equipment, that would provide a proper and safe learning environment to approximately 950 students in Magallanes.

The town has a high incidence of drop-outs and out-of-school children, largely due to poverty.

To resolve the issue, the local government implemented an educational program called the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

However, the only available building to hold classes in is in poor condition, with its leaky ceiling expected to collapse anytime. It also lacks learning materials and training equipment, compromising the learning process and the safety of the students.

Last Tuesday, Manabu Yasukawa, the embassy's first secretary, attended the turnover ceremony on the “Construction of Community Learning Center in the Municipality of Magallanes, Sorsogon”.

The ceremony was also attended by Magallanes Mayor Augusto Manuel Ragragio, members of the Municipal Council, Department of Education Division Office officials, and the project’s beneficiaries.

An estimated 2,895 residents who are willing to avail of the free education program stand to benefit from the project once it is done.

Japan, as the country’s top Official Development Assistance donor, launched the GGP in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities.

At present, 533 grassroots projects have been implemented under the initiative. (PNA)
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Namfrel seeks volunteers for May 14 polls


By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA -- The National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) is looking for volunteers for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

The election watchdog group, which was recently accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) together with Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting as its citizens’ arm in next week’s polls, urged the people to take part in the poll activities.

“Namfrel has issued a general call for volunteers to observe the Barangay and SK elections this month,” the group said in an advisory.

Their work will involve observing in the barangay, where they are registered to vote. They are also required to commit to be non-partisan throughout the election process.

Volunteers will be guided by an observation manual for each step in the election process. They also need to fill out observation forms in the manual, and send back to Namfrel.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer observer should sign-up at http://bit.ly/NAMFRELBSKE.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday. (PNA)

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Salceda launches P100-M pilot tech-voc training program in Albay


MANILA -- Albay pilots this school year a PHP100-million technical-vocational training program under the newly implemented Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) or Republic Act 10931. The program, which targets 6,300 youth beneficiaries, focuses on the tech-voc aspect of the new law.

Albay Second District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, the principal author of RA 10931, recently launched the pilot program in Albay. He said the program aims to address the “diverse range of skills and learning styles” of his youth constituents, some of whom may not avail of the free four-year standard college courses. The pilot program targets some 8,300 student beneficiaries.

RA 10931, he explained, was designed to highlight not only the free four year college courses, but also technical-vocational education, which was not given equal focus previously, even with the Technical Vocational Education and Training or TVET program in effect.

He said his pilot program aims to improve, maximize and enhance the services of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Albay, the Daraga Human Resources Development College, the Daraga Community College — as pilot institutions — and later on all other accredited LGU-run tech- voc schools in the province, under the UAQTEA.

The lawmaker said his office has allocated 5,000 slots for Training for Work Scholarship (TWSP) with a budget of PHP25 million; and 1,500 slots for the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), with PHP15 million, administered by TESDA. Another 1,800 slots will also be allocated by June, with a budget of P54 million for the free TVET under RA 10931.

Salceda said giving special attention to the tech-voc aspect of the UAQTEA will allow the country’s educational program to address the emerging global trend that seeks to bring back and revitalize technical-vocational training in schools. Citing recent findings on global educational trends, Salceda said the focus on vocational training is hinged on the fact “that people have a huge and diverse range of different skills and learning styles.”

An article published by Forbes Magazine titled Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools notes that “Not everyone is good at math, biology, history and other traditional subjects that characterize college-level work… And not everyone goes to college.”

The latest figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that only “about 68% of high school graduates (in the US) attend college; this implies that over 30% of them end up with neither academic nor job skills.” The same report said “almost 40% of students who begin four-year college programs don’t complete them, which translates into a whole lot of wasted time, wasted money, and burdensome student loan debts.” Salceda noted that the Philippines may share the same predicament, and free technical-vocational training would effectively address the issue.

Salceda formulated the UAQTEA based on the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education program he carried out when he was Albay governor for nine years before he returned to Congress in 2016. He subsequently filed the free college tuition bill that became RA 10931. Now Albay stands to benefit from that pioneering effort, with an initial batch of 30,000 enrollees under UAQTEA for the current school year. Of this number, about 17,000 will enroll in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and another 12,000 in local universities and colleges (LUCs).

“Free tuitions and miscellaneous fees in state-run universities and colleges, as well as TESDA-accredited technical vocational schools is no longer a dream. I am humbled to have been the principal author of its enabling law,” Salceda said.

There are 112 SUCs and 78 LUCs presently accredited by CHED and about 122 technical vocational institutions accredited by TESDA in the country. (Johnny Nuñez/PNA)
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Pulis binadil sa Sorsogon, gadan



SORSOGON CITY 5/7/18 (BICOLSTANDARD) – Hinipaan sa dalan dangan binadil kan mga pig tutubodan na miembros kan New People’s Army (NPA) an sarong pulis na nakadistino sa Castilla Municipal Police Station, kasubagong alas 5:50 nin hapon.

An victima iyo si PO1 Darwin Borsin, 34, nakalunad sa motorsiklo na siya ratraton nin bala kan limang mga armadong lalaki sa Barangay Naspi, Pilar, Sorsogon.

Segun sa pahayag ni Sr. Supt. Marlon Tejada, an Provincial Director kan PNP sa Sorsogon, nagadan tulos an victima sa pinangyarihan kan krimen nin huli sa tama nin mga bala sa saiyang lawas.

Idinagdag pa ni Tejada na si Borsin pabwelta na sa hepatura kan pulis, hale sa saindang harong ta binisita an saiyang harong sa Barangay Lourdes, Pilar, Sorsogon.

An pinagsarong miembros kan Pilar asin Castilla police an nagresponde sa lugar na pinangyarihan kan incidente asin nag conducer nin hot pursuit operations.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Barangay and SK candidates urged to stay away from guns, goons, gold… and garbage


As the campaign fever heats up, the EcoWaste Coalition today advised aspiring Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan leaders to shun the four, not three, “Gs” of Philippine politics.

“Guns, goons, gold, as well as garbage, are the bad ‘Gs’ of the country’s political life, especially in time of elections,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coodinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“We therefore call upon the good candidates not to resort to these bad ‘Gs’ to get their chosen posts in the barangay or youth councils,” she said.

“Please spurn violence, calm your supporters and do not use money to buy allegiance and votes to achieve your political ambitions,” she said.

“Also, please do not dirty the walls, streets and the trees with your campaign materials. Keep your campaigning activities garbage-free,” she added.

With few days remaining before the last day of the campaign period on May 12, the EcoWaste Coalition again sought the cooperation of all candidates and their backers in keeping local communities safe from campaign trash and pollution.

“Every campaign material used to woo voters – from paper to plastic – has to go somewhere after the election frenzy is over. Some of these materials may be reused, repurposed and recycled, and, regrettably, most may end up being buried or burned and wasted forever,” Lucero said.

"Hope candidates will stick to the rules and be mindful of the environmental consequences of their campaigning efforts,” she said.

The EcoWaste Coalition likewise appealed to the candidates to voluntarily remove their campaign materials immediately after the polls on May 14.

“We urge candidates who truly care for their constituents and their shared environment to conduct a post-election clean-up on May 15. Win or lose, please get out of the streets and remove your campaign posters,” Lucero pleaded.

“Instead of hanging boring ‘thank you’ tarpaulins, please express your gratitude to the electorate by leading neighborhood clean-up activities. Please do retrieve whatever can be reused, repurposed or recycled,” she added.

The EcoWaste Coalition further reminded candidates and their supporters not to dump or burn the removed campaign materials as this is against Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, that barangay and SK leaders are supposed to enforce.
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HEALTH | Hand hygiene



by Ma. Janice C. Martires
In the mid-1800s, scientific studies revealed the link between the spread of diseases and the hands of health care workers. This was a revelation at that time, because for a long period, the link had not been established and the belief that small microorganisms on dirty hands can cause infections was not widespread. All that changed as two studies by Ignaz Semmelweis in 1846 and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. in 1843 proved that there was indeed a link. Thus, handwashing slowly became the norm not only for health care workers but also for regular individuals.

Hand hygiene, defined as the cleaning of hands through washing or the use of antibacterial sanitizers in between washing sessions, remains today as the important measure for preventing the spread of diseases. Yet there are still many misconceptions surrounding hand hygiene that confuse not only regular people but also health workers.

The first misconception is that one needs to use antibacterial soap when cleaning hands. This is a myth because any good hand soap will do the job. Non-antibacterial soaps also have the advantage of being cheaper than antibacterial ones. That said, antibacterial soap is good for particular instances, such as when there are pets inside the household, or in hospitals or clinics where the immune system of people are compromised or weak.

The second misconception is that if one uses antibacterial soap, one does not need to wash as often. The kind of soap one uses does not affect the frequency by which one needs to wash hands. Whether one uses antibacterial soap or regular non-antibacterial soap, one needs to wash hands often. Some instances when handwashing is important is after going to the restroom, after changing a child’s diapers, before eating, after touching animals, before putting on contact lenses, after getting soil on one’s hands, before and after handling meat, fish or poultry, and before taking medicines.

The third misconception is that using warm air dryers helps reduce bacteria on one’s hands. This is a myth was dispelled just as recently as 2008. It was discovered by a study in the United Kingdom that paper towels are a much more effective way of reducing the amount of bacteria on one’s hands, as opposed to warm air dryers or jet air dryers.

The fourth misconception is that hand sanitizers eliminate all types of germs. This is false because hand sanitizers, even when they contain 60 percent alcohol, cannot break down grease.

The last misconception is that the toilet is the dirtiest area inside the house. There are, in fact, other areas that often harbor more germs, such as cutting boards, stove knobs, kitchen counters, pet toys and bowls, toothbrush holders, kitchen sinks, and dish sponges. These areas were found to have the presence of yeast, mold, and coliform bacteria on them.

Arming ourselves with proper and verified information can help us stay well and prevent the spread of infection. Remember that handwashing, although an underrated aspect of health care, can be our shield against sickness and must therefore never be taken for granted in our quest for health.
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EVENT | Robinsons Place Naga and Salingoy Art Group present Alfrescoes at the Alfresco


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4 cops hurt in IED blast in Masbate


by Jorge Hallare
LEGAZPI CITY ---At least four members of the Police Regional Special Operations Task Group (RSOTG) deployed in Masbate on Monday were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off along the provincial road of Barangay Cajunday in Baleno town Saturday morning.

The injured policemen were taken to the Masbate Provincial Hospital for immediate medical attention due to shrapnel wounds in different parts of their bodies. Their superiors withheld their names.

Senior Inspector Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, the PNP Bicol spokesperson said on Saturday that around 9:50 a.m., RSOTG-Masbate personnel, together with Baleno Municipal Police Station, implemented a joint search operation against some suspects in the area.

But while on their way back to the Masbate Police Provincial Office in Camp Bonny Serrano in Masbate City on board their police vehicle, an improvised explosive device set by unidentified suspects along the road exploded, hurting four policemen.

The team were part of the at least 2,000 police officers deployed by the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) to Masbate province last Monday. (PNA)
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Naga City People’s Mall celebrates 7th year


by Bernee Lim, CEPPIO

Also known as “An Mall Kan Masa”, the Naga City People’s Mall (NCPM), situated in Dinaga Street, Barangay Igualdad, celebrated its 7th year anniversary with the theme, “Presko… Dakol… Barato. May dagdag na, may tawad pa! Igdi na kita saod.”

The first day of celebration began with a thanksgiving mass at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel early in the morning, followed by the “Pamahawan kan Banwaan” held in the NCPM Activity center and NCPM one-day free Promotional Activity. The day finished with the Walk for a Cause. Other line of events for the month- long celebration prepared by the Market Enterprise and Promotions Office (MEPO) include the NCPM Anniversary Discount Sale, NCPM Videoke Challenge 2018, MEPO Employees’ Day, PAVENAS Super Mom 2018, Consumer’s Welfare Day, and the Awards Night and Socials. 

The old public market was considered to be the largest single-roof wet market in Asia when it was inaugurated in 1969. However, the old market experienced hostile image due to continued rise in criminality within the area, complaints of lack of access, problems on management, and the growing culture of mall mentality of present day consumers. 

These circumstances led to the re- branding of the Naga City Public Market to its current name— the Naga City People’s Mall on May 1, 2011— less than a year before the start of Mayor John Bongat’s term. 

According to Jessie Robles, administrative officer of MEPO, for the past seven years, they focused on improving the market’s cleanliness, security, service quality, and discipline among stallholders.
Now, one of the milestones being celebrated by the NCPM is their being selected as one of the finalists in the Galing Pook 2017— truly proving their determination in improving the market facilities and services for the consumers.
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Naga celebrates Farmers Week 2018

Various agricultural produce are on display during the Agri- Fair of the Naga Farmer's Week 2018.

by Hazel Ann M. Garchitorena, CEPPIO

Continuously giving honor and taking pride in the local farmers and the crucial role they play in the community and the city, the Naga City Farmer’s Week 2018, led by the City Agriculture Office (CAgO), opens again this year.

The celebration started off with a parade from the City Hall Grounds to JMR Museum and back— joined by 10 agricultural barangays in the city, clad in their creative costumes and props.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the 3-day Agri-Fair at the City Hall Grounds where each of the 10 participating barangays constructed their respective bahay-kubo and displayed their own, local produce consists of fruits, vegetables and other organic crops and products as part of the Agri-Fair.
To help improve farming methods in the city, a book launching of an agricultural guide by Ernesto Asence III, an agricultural technologist, was conducted as part of the celebration.
Farmers also enjoyed various fun games prepared by the CAgO as part still of the celebration.
A graduation of the Farmer Field School (FFS) involving the barangays of San Isidro, Cararayan, Carolina and Concepcion Grande was also held.
The celebration concluded with the awarding ceremony of the best decorated booth coming from the participating agricultural barangays in the Agri- Fair.
With this year’s theme, “Agrikultura, Satuyang Padangaton, Para Dai Magutom,” the activity aims to promote agriculture as an indispensable activity and industry in the community.
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HEALTH | Infection control


by Ma. Janice C. Martires

Many illnesses can be prevented as well as lives saved through the control of the spread of infection. Some of these illnesses include chickenpox, common cold, mumps, hand foot and mouth disease, worms, hepatitis A, head lice, scabies, tetanus, botulism, rabies, HIV-AIDS and cholera, among many others. This is why a crucial part of the infrastructure of health care is infection control.

Infectious diseases spread in a number of ways, including through airborne droplets from the nose and throat, through the ingestion of microscopic fecal particles, via urine and other bodily fluids, through the skin or mucous membrane, through the mishandling of food and water, and via contact with animals.

In healthcare settings, there are several practices that are adopted to control the spread of infection. These are through hand hygiene, cleaning, sterilization, disinfection, the use of personal protective equipment, and the maintenance of antimicrobial surfaces.

Hand hygiene refers to the washing of hands and drying them using paper towels after washing. It also refers to the use of hand sanitizers to keep hands clean in between washing sessions. Hand hygiene is critical after defecation, after cleaning a child’s rear, before feeding a child, before eating, and before handling raw meat, fish, or poultry.

Cleaning, sterilization, and disinfection are processes that kill microorganisms through heat, steam, ultraviolet light or cleaning chemicals. In addition, garbage should be disposed at regular intervals to prevent germs from multiplying in trash bins. Garbage, especially hospital waste and other items used by infected persons, must also be disposed properly to prevent the spread of microbes.

Personal protective equipment such as gowns, surgical masks, gloves, and shoe covers protect against exposure to bodily fluids that can spread infection.

Surfaces such as bed rails, bed trays, and bathroom fixtures are also kept clean so that microbes may not thrive on them and cause infection.

Apart from these, health care workers are also vaccinated, and practices like isolation and quarantine are conducted, depending on the type of infection involved.

Infection control is often underestimated but its effectivity in the infrastructure of health should never be taken for granted. Because infection spreads in many ways, it is crucial not only for health workers but also ordinary individuals to practice these methods as much as possible to prevent the spread of infection in the home, hospital, workplace, and other establishments.

As a health advocate, I encourage the government and the private sector to go hand-in-hand in educating the public about how infections spread and how they can be controlled. Knowledge, as they say, is power, and against the growing threats of diseases and infection, we can arm ourselves with the proper information to keep these threats at bay and protect our health.
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Health and nutrition




by Ma. Janice C. Martires

Good health and nutrition are the bases for a happy and fulfilling life. Many people miss opportunities in life just because they were unable to get proper health and nutrition during crucial periods. Conversely, persons who make good health and nutrition choices often reach their goals and live longer and happier lives, and even have the chance to serve their families, friends, and the community to the best of their ability.

Before a child is even born, good health and nutrition already begins. A child’s health is first determined by the conditions within and outside of the womb. Because the child gets nutrition from the food intake of the mother, the mother who is responsible must select healthful food and drink and stay away from harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and dangerous drugs. Before she gives birth, the responsible mother obtains access to a maternal and child health program. She enlists the service of a skilled birth attendant at a safe birthing facility. After birth, she engages in exclusive breastfeeding, subjects the baby to immunizations, and provides the child with micronutrient supplements. She also encourages the full support of the child’s father in providing the family with safe and healthful food choices. Together, the parents nurture the child at the crucial period when his or her body is still developing.

As the child grows up, the parents and other family members promote proper hygiene and sanitation. They wash their hands, use hygiene items such as soap, water, toothbrush, and toothpaste, drink from clean water sources, prepare food carefully by adhering to safety standards, and keep sanitation facilities clean.

The child further develops into an adolescent, and his or her body adjusts according to the hormones. Teens like children must be given guidance and attention so that they are able to cope well during this time of many physical, emotional, and mental changes. They must be provided with information on reproductive health and puberty issues.

As the individual grows to be an adult, his or her attention on health should not wane. Though the bodily changes will not be as pronounced at this stage as in childhood or adolescence, the adult still needs much care and concern as regards his or her health. Stress and anxiety often set in as he or she juggles numerous tasks. Lifestyle choices such as the lack of exercise, or high intake of fat, sugar, and sodium, and frequent smoking and drinking may hamper the achievement of goals. Lack of sleep and rest is also common, especially among those who have various roles to play.

The bottom line is that health and nutrition should never be taken for granted, at whatever point in life. Whether in the womb, during infancy, childhood, puberty, or adulthood, it is important to maintain good health habits so that one reaches his or her full potential.
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Higher honoraria, no tax, more benefits for poll volunteer teachers urged


Upholding the welfare and protection of teachers who will choose to serve in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataanelections on May 14, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones petitioned to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the increase of honoraria and allowances and exemption from the imposition of withholding tax on such compensation.

“DepEd teachers and personnel have long been at the forefront of every electoral exercise in the country; with their immense experience in carrying out this enormous task in clustered precincts of huge populations, we deem that evaluation and discussion on the possible increase in honoraria and allowance are just and necessary," Briones said.

Last April 23, the Education chief also appealed to Comelec that teachers who opt to render their time, energy, and safety to ensure the integrity of the ballot must not be encumbered by tax on their meager allowance.

The Secretary pointed out that prior to the effectivity of ESRA, no poll honoraria were ever subjected to income tax. Now that Republic Act No. 10756, or the Election Service Reform Act (ERSA) has improved the compensation package of volunteer-teachers, it is only fitting that they truly benefit from their hard-earned compensation.

ESRA currently provides for higher honoraria, additional travel allowance, service credits, legal indemnification package, medical assistance, and death benefit for teachers and personnel who will volunteer poll services.

The Secretary further requested Comelec to permit the designation of authorized disbursing officer who will be allowed to draw cash advance for medical expenses of teachers who will serve in the Electoral Boards. If granted, this will replace the common practice of medical reimbursements and help teachers who may need immediate hospital treatment and/or admission.

On top of the five days service credit mandated by ESRA in view of the manual conduct of elections, Briones also called for the grant of additional two days service credits.

Earlier today in Davao City, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua and Assistant Secretary for Procurement Field Operations Revsee Escobedo shared the news during the 1st Regional Assembly of Educational Leaders, wherein more than 3,000 delegates applauded the DepEd chief's efforts.

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Comelec urged to train teachers serving as BEIs for May polls


By Perfecto Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to intensify the training of public school teachers who will be serving as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in manual voting.

The call was made nine days prior to the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election on May 14, 2018.

In a statement on Saturday, DILG Assistant Secretary and Spokesman Jonathan E. Malaya said teachers need to be oriented again of the rules in appreciating and counting the ballots, considering that the voting and counting for the May 14 elections will be manual, as opposed to the automated elections in 2016.

“It is always a huge challenge for teachers serving as BEIs, especially with all the pressure from poll watchers, supporters of the barangay and SK candidates, and even voters. They should, therefore, know their duties like the back of their hands to ensure that there will be no glitches come election day,” Malaya said.

The DILG official said the training would be beneficial for the teachers who had served as BEIs in previous elections, as well as for those who would be doing election duty for the first time.

Malaya said he had spoken to some teachers in Pangasinan, who requested special training on the appreciation of ballots prior to the barangay elections.

“The important thing is that they will be able to learn and go through the whole process, so that they will be able to address and resolve any issue that may come up during the election proper,” he said.

The last manual election in the country was held during the barangay elections in November 2013. Automated elections were conducted during the May 2013 mid-term and May 2016 presidential elections. (PNA)

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Public alerted against bogus DSWD validators in Bicol


By Samuel Toledo
LEGAZPI CITY--The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has alerted the public, particularly the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), against bogus validators selling various medicines and distributing complimentary raffle tickets that could allegedly win them house and lot from Camella.

DSWD Bicol Director Arnel Garcia said the culprits are visiting the houses of 4Ps recipients and posing as validators of the department by also asking information about the household’s profile.

DSWD is presently conducting validation of households in Bicol Region.

At the end of their interviews, the bogus validators will sell medicines at only PHP499 as they convince their victims that their promo sale is being offered only to 4Ps beneficiaries, Garcia said.

He said these persons already victimized some 4Ps beneficiaries in Barangays Sagrada and San Vicente in Iriga City.

Garcia said the modus operandi of the suspects is to introduce themselves as DSWD staff whose job is to get the 4Ps beneficiaries’ profiles, then at the end of the survey, would start selling their medicine at a promo price of PHP499, convincing their victims that its real price in the market is PHP1,499.
He said that once the victims already bought the medicines, they would give them a “complimentary raffle ticket” with house and lot from Camella as prize.

To further lure their victims, the fake validators would tell them that the promo is exclusive only to 4Ps beneficiaries, Garcia added.

“DSWD does not collect any fee or sell products to the public to make them eligible beneficiaries to any program of the agency,” he said.

Garcia also said that their official validators wear big identification card with their name, photo and is duly signed by him as DSWD Bicol director.

The DSWD validators are presently conducting house-to-house interviews to update and check the information of the households to be included as beneficiaries of the unconditional cash transfer (UCT), Garcia said.

He advised the public to report any similar case to the Area Supervisors and Area Coordinators assigned in the provinces or thru the Municipal/ City Social Welfare and Development Offices. (PNA)
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