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ABS-CBN Shows Resonate with more Filipinos in July

ABS-CBN Shows Resonate with more Filipinos in July.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 2nd, 2019

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail: sensonnyangara@yahoo.com| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Survey shows 44% oppose Charter change, 37% are for, 19% are undecided

There are more Filipinos opposing Charter change than are supporting it, a Pulse Asia survey held last July 2-8 disclosed. The nationwide survey found that 37 percent of the 1,200 respondents in the sample supported Charter change, 44 percent were against.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2016

President Dutertes SONA shows his sincerity to ease the plight of Filipinos according to solons

QUEZON CITY, July 28 - Lawmakers lauded the first State of the Nation Address SONA (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte, which according to them showed his sincerity and sense of clarity in leading the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 27th, 2016

& lsquo;Ang Probinsyano& rsquo; not ending in April; airs on TV5 with three other Kapamilya shows& nbsp;

ABS-CBN Entertainment, Cignal, and TV5 have joined forces to bring the best content to more Filipinos with the airing of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Ang Sa Iyo ay Akin, Walang Hanggang Paalam, and Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Connect on TV5......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated News2 hr. 1 min. ago

Filipinos Track Health, Prioritize Retirement Planning — New Manulife Survey Shows

A year on since COVID-19, Filipinos are taking greater interest in their fitness and well-being as they take more control of their health and finance, including insurance and retirement planning, as the country comes to terms with the longer-term impact of the pandemic, according to new research from Manulife. The latest version of the “Manulife […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

ABS-CBN inspires Filipinos with Valentine plug

ABS-CBN brings back its yearly “Feb-ibig” campaign to inspire Filipinos to make their love felt by those special to them despite the present limitations. The Valentine-themed plug, featuring stars from hit Kapamilya programs, shows that distance and pandemic notwithstanding, love always finds a way......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2021

Gov’t sets inspection of cold storage facilities

For COVID-19 vaccines The government will conduct an inspection starting next week of existing cold storage facilities as it prepares for another tripartite logistics suppliers agreement for an integrated shipment, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said this as he assured that inputs from the private logistics providers will be considered in organizing an end-to-end service for the vaccines’ rollout. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN) “Next week we will inspect all available cold chain storage. We are coordinating with a consortium so that they will make sure that all vaccines from 2-8-degree celcius to negative 70 will be taken care of,” he said. This developed as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), told Manila Bulletin that the industry is still awaiting for the government to accept the industry’s offer to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. CCAP is a multi-sectoral group of companies involved in the handling, storage, and distribution of chilled and frozen food, among other products.                Galvez assured that the logistics system for the vaccines will be in coordination with the vaccine suppliers, the cold storage provider and the government. Galvez explained the government has to establish an integrated logistics system for the vaccines to ensure there is no wastage of the new vaccines, which have different storage temperature requirement. “We have seen some reports that we have 30 percent wastage in some areas in Europe. With acute shortage of vaccines we cannot afford wastage,” he stressed. He further said that the cold storage facilities are part of their agreement with vaccine suppliers for an end-to-end service solution. The after sales service is part of this long commitment with the vaccine suppliers and as a requirement under the government’s universal health system. “We will make sure that the vaccine that will be coming here has an integrated coordination with vaccine maker, the local government units and the private sector so that includes after sales service,” he said. Meantime, the Go Negosyo which spearheaded the private sector donation drive “A Dose of Hope” said there are ongoing consultations to help Galvez in coming up with an integrated shipment, storage and distribution system for the vaccines. Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector donors would rather live the logistics aspect to the vaccine supplier Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the national government to ensure smooth implementation. Concepcion has secured 17 million doses from the private sector that are expected to inoculate 8 million Filipinos in June-July this year. Meantime, Royal Cargo Inc., one of the country’s leading logistics providers, has expanded its cold storage facility at its Paranaque head office so it can accommodate the different temperature requirements of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier, CCAP President Anthony Dizon said the Philippine government is yet to formally tap the country’s cold chain industry for the handling and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.            According to Dizon, the industry, “individually and collectively”, has more than enough capacity to participate in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program.Right now, he said the cold chain industry’s total cumulative capacity stood at 500,000 pallet containers, while the initial 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will consume only less than 200 pallets.            “Our initial estimate is that even if we are called upon to play a role in the storage of the vaccine, it will constitute a small portion of our capacity,” Dizon said.“The industry is just waiting for the government to approach us,” he added.   In a previous report,. said the government is now in discussion with the private sector regarding the state-led distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.             “I’m thankful to the private sector for throwing their support to us, like what they did when we ramped up our testing capacity,” said Galvez.  On the part of CCAP, however, Dizon said no official dialogue has so far taken place between the organization and the government regarding this matter......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Blue Xmas for many Filipinos, SWS says

Only half of the country’s population will be celebrating a happy Christmas in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a recent survey released by the Social Weather Station (SWS) shows......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020

5 Unique Stays Inspired by Your Imagination for Your Next Weekend Getaway

Dreaming of your next adventure? Agoda.com’s search data shows that people are hungry for travel whether they’re flying solo, as a couple, as a group, or with family. And Filipinos in particular, are keen to explore more domestic destinations once able to safely take trips again. Having stayed indoors for a good part of the […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Sans vaccine, boost testing

From what could have been delivery of 10 million doses this January, Filipinos hoping to get the COVID vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech will now have to wait until July at the earliest for the shots......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2020

Google reveals top search queries in PH

Google announced today the local lists—trends, news, personalities, shows, events and more—that topped Filipinos’ search queries in 2020......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Providing enhanced entertainment service for Filipinos worldwide

ABS-CBN is providing an enhanced entertainment experience for Filipinos who are craving to watch movies, shows, and uniquely Filipino content wherever they are in the world as it launches the bigger and better iWantTFC, the home of Filipino stories and the first Filipino streaming service available worldwide.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2020

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Filipinos nix Netflix and the like to pirate shows, movies

Nearly half or 49% of Filipinos access video content off of pirated streaming websites, a new poll commissioned by Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and conducted by YouGov pollster showed......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

ABS-CBN Entertainment marks another milestone as most watched YouTube channel in PH

ABS-CBN Entertainment’s YouTube channel marked another major milestone by becoming the first YouTube channel in the Philippines to hit 30 million subscribers, as Filipinos worldwide continue to watch fresh new episodes of ABS-CBN shows, exclusive interviews, and original digital shows on the channel......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

ABS-CBN continues to find ways to reach more Filipinos

More Filipinos will be able to enjoy ABS-CBN shows as direct-to-home satellite TV service GSAT adds Jeepney TV, Cinemo, and Metro Channel to its line-up of channels to bring more entertainment starting today......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Help Yourself Financially With Side Hustling

The COVID-19 pandemic is still making daily life hard for everyone. Despite businesses slowly opening again, job opportunities are still hard to find as entrepreneurs try to limit their employees. According to a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS), 27.3 million Filipinos are jobless as of July 2020, many of those are “millennials” or young […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

SWS says more adult Pinoys see worse yet to come

More than half of the adult Filipinos recently surveyed by Social Weather Stations said the worst was yet to come because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 10-point increase from 47 percent in May to 57 in July this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Amway Philippines turns to technology to bring health-centered products closer to Filipinos

Six months into this pandemic and we’ve seen multiple businesses come up with innovative solutions to address new demands and work around constraints. Cocktail bars are offering bottled drinks that can be delivered straight to houses, fashion designers are holding virtual fashion shows, event agencies are streaming live concerts – and these forms of innovation have become essential as families continue to stay home and opt for contactless experiences in fear of contracting diseases. In fact, a Rakuten Insight study last May showed that 49% of consumers all over the world have started purchasing more online since the crisis......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Remittances increased 7.8% in July & mdash; BSP

Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas rose for a second straight month, growing by 7.8 percent in July to $2.783 billion from $2.581 billion a year ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Tuesday......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020