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Baguio landlords urged: Help students on mental health

BAGUIO CITY — A mental health expert on Wednesday appealed to landlords and landladies in the city to be the second parents to the students who are non-Baguio residents who temporarily residing at their boarding houses. During a dialogue at the Baguio City Hall, Baguio City Health Services Office Mental Health coordinator Dr. Ricky Ducas said they can help a lot to ease the depression among the students especially those who have no families and relatives that they can run to. He added that many of the young people who committed suicide are actually non-residents of Baguio, however, he did not elaborate on the number of suicides cases among the non-Baguio residents. According to Ducas, the owners and the operators of the boarding houses should lend their ears and understanding to the students who needs help, adding that most of the students who are busy thinking about their studies do not have the luxuries of time to go to mental health clinics and facilities or some of them are hesitating to consult the experts because they are not comfortable. Ducas also appealed to the teachers as they are considered the second parents of the children outside their homes to always be available to listen to their pupils or students. The post Baguio landlords urged: Help students on mental health appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 4th, 2023

England, Wales grapple with growing teen knife violence

Elianne Andam was headed to school like any other teenager in London last month when she was stabbed to death, becoming the latest victim of rising knife crime in England and Wales. The 15-year-old suffered a "brutal attack" in Croydon, south London, shortly after she and her friends had stepped off a public bus on a Wednesday morning, prosecutors have said. A 17-year-old boy arrested nearby just over an hour later will stand trial for her murder next April. One of the latest tragic cases of teen-on-teen violence in the British capital, it has become an increasingly common problem nationwide over recent decades. A few days after Andam's death, 16-year-old Taye Faik died in Edmonton, north London, following another knife attack. He was the 14th teenager to be killed with a blade in the city this year. The UK government, and mayors in some of its biggest cities and regions, have repeatedly vowed to tackle the persistent scourge of youth violence, but appear to be failing. Between 2012 and 2022, the number of knife and offensive weapon offences amongst children aged 10-17 increased by 19 percent across England and Wales, according to the Ministry of Justice. That compared with an eight percent increase among adults. 'Social issue' With the sale of guns strictly controlled in Britain, teenagers intent on violence typically turn to blades, including machetes and so-called "zombie" knives. Inspired by horror films, they often have one smooth blade and one serrated edge, and feature graphics or text on the blade or handle glorifying violence. Possessing them has been illegal since 2016, but some manufacturers have managed to evade this quasi-ban by altering their design. The government unveiled plans in August to outlaw them entirely and give police more powers to seize the weapons, which it said "seem to be designed to look menacing with no practical purpose". The new legislation will also increase the maximum penalty for their "importation, manufacturing, possession and sale" from six months to two years. However, machetes and zombie-style knives can be bought with relative ease for less than £50 ($60) on social media platforms like TikTok or Snapchat, circumventing online age restrictions, according to anti-knife crime campaigners. They urge more focus on the roots of the problem. "Knife crime isn't just a law-and-order issue, it's a social issue," Patrick Green, president of the Ben Kinsella Trust, told AFP. The anti-knife crime charity is named after a London teenager murdered in 2008. "When you start to unpick knife crime, you start to look at social deprivation, poverty, the lack of social mobility, mental health probation for young people," Green said. 'Awful weapons' Youth knife violence is more prevalent in Britain than many other European countries, he noted. "It's difficult to determine why exactly," Green added. London mayor Sadiq Khan's office blamed the austerity policies of successive Tory governments in power since 2010, which it argued have "decimated youth services" in the capital and beyond. As many as 130 centers offering sports and arts activities in the city have closed over that period, its statement noted. The pandemic and the country's worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation, driven by decades-high inflation, are also seen as contributing to the problem. Following the recent knife crime deaths in the capital, the Labour mayor urged the Conservative government in a letter "to speed up the legislation so we can ban these awful weapons as soon as possible". "The proposals also need to be toughened up to close the loopholes that could still allow the sale of these weapons," Khan added. He also wrote this month to London's 500 secondary schools reiterating that wand metal detectors to screen pupils for weapons were available, as well as police officers to deliver knife crime prevention talks. His opposition Labour party -- well ahead in polls for over a year -- has pledged to spend up to £100 million if it wins power in an election expected next year on a "Young Futures" program. It would fund new youth mentors and mental health hubs in every community, youth workers in schools set up for troubled students and hospitals, alongside wide-ranging public sector reforms. The post England, Wales grapple with growing teen knife violence appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2023

Youth urged: Strive for academic excellence

Recognizing the crucial role that quality education plays in the development of individuals and society as a whole, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reaffirmed his commitment to improving the country’s education sector. This comes as the lawmaker also encouraged the youth to strive for academic excellence as they are the future of the country. “We are still prioritizing education,” said Go, adding that he is giving his unwavering support for educational initiatives and stressed the need to prioritize education in budget allocations. In line with his vision to improve the education system in the country, Go filed Senate Bill 1864, also known as the “Student Loan Payment Moratorium During Disasters and Emergencies Act.” The measure seeks to defer student loan collections for a reasonable period during and after the occurrence of disasters and other emergencies. Go co-sponsored Senate Bill 1964, or the Kabalikat sa Pagtuturo Act, which seeks to institutionalize teaching supplies allowances for public school teachers. The measure has already been passed on final reading in the Senate. The senator also filed SBN 1359, or the “No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act,” which proposes to penalize the implementation of policies such as the “no permit, no exam” policy that prevents students from taking examinations or similar assessments due to unpaid tuition or other school fees. Go played a role in expanding the coverage of the tertiary education subsidy by co-authoring and co-sponsoring SB 1360. This bill seeks to amend Republic Act 10931, also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. In addition, Go introduced SBN 1190, which aims to broaden the purposes and applications of the Special Education Fund. Under this bill, the SEF could be used for the operation and maintenance of public schools, payment of salaries and benefits for teaching and non-teaching personnel, competency training for teaching personnel, operation of the Alternative Learning System and educational research. Recognizing the importance of providing a safe and supportive environment in schools, Go also introduced SBN 1786 to address mental health issues in private higher education institutions. This proposed measure mandates PHEIs to establish Mental Health Offices and hire, deploy, and train additional mental health service personnel within the institutions. The post Youth urged: Strive for academic excellence appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 14th, 2023

Family support for mental health urged amid rising youth suicides

Family support for mental health urged amid rising youth suicides.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

MSU blast victims receive medical, burial assistance

In response to the bomb explosion at the Dimaporo Gymnasium of Mindanao State University–Main Campus in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, victims received medical and burial assistance. Officials from the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) and other Bangsamoro Government agencies, including Barmm Chief Minister Ahod “Al-Hadj Murad” Ebrahim, visited victims at hospitals. Six patients received financial aid through MSSD’s Bangsamoro Critical Assistance for Indigents in Response to Emergency Situations program. Additionally, injured patients at the MSU Infirmary received financial aid for transportation and medical needs. The MSSD workforce also visited the bereaved families of the deceased victims to provide cash assistance and support. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support will be provided for MSU-Main Campus Marawi students, and interventions for deceased victims' families will be determined by MSSD. Officials from various agencies, including the university and security sector, held a meeting and inspected the site of the incident. Related stories include the naming of MSU Marawi bombing suspects and statements from officials condemning the attack......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2023

Repatriation, reintegration efforts must be prioritized for returning OFWs — Bong Go

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has reiterated the urgency of providing repatriation support and eventually, reintegration plans for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning from Israel and Lebanon, in the light of escalating tensions in the region. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, said a comprehensive repatriation and reintegration program should be in place to cater to the varying needs of returning OFWs. “Unang una, siguraduhin natin ang kanilang kaligtasan. Tulungan dapat silang makalikas sa ligtas na lugar at maiuwi sa kanilang mga pamilya dito. Pagkatapos ay dapat mayroon tayong handa at maayos na sistema ng suporta na makakapagbigay ng job counseling, skills retraining, at mga serbisyo sa mental health, at iba pa. It's about empowering our OFWs to restart their lives here with dignity and hope,” Go remarked. “Mahirap ang pinagdaanan nila doon. Nawalan na sila ng trabaho, may trauma pa yan dahil sa kaguluhan na naranasan nila. Ibigay dapat sa kanila ang sapat na suporta at pag-aaruga pag-uwi nila sa kanilang inang bayan upang makabangon muli,” he stressed. Once the OFWs return home, Go called on the government to ensure that reintegration programs are made readily available for them to overcome the trauma they experienced and be able to recover. “Our kababayans are coming home under distressing circumstances. It is the government's responsibility to extend all possible support to these modern-day heroes," said Go. “Aside from possible employment opportunities, the government must be ready to provide assistance for their physical and psychological well-being, temporary housing if needed, and the welfare of their families as well,” he added. The Philippine government has approved voluntary repatriation for Filipinos in Lebanon amid brewing tension in the region while the situation in Israel is particularly concerning, with Israel intensifying its bombings in Gaza. With this, Go emphasized the need for both the government and OFWs to take proactive steps to ensure their safety. The senator urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and other relevant agencies to closely monitor the situation and provide timely updates to OFWs and their families. “Our OFWs are hailed as modern-day heroes, and it's only fitting that we ensure their safety wherever they are in the world. Once they return to the Philippines, the government must also be prepared to provide them with the necessary support as they reintegrate into society, bringing with them skills and experiences acquired overseas,” he said. Furthermore, the senator emphasized the need for local government units (LGUs) to play an active role in the reintegration process. He encouraged LGUs to work closely with national agencies in identifying the needs of returning OFWs within their respective localities and to develop localized reintegration programs. Go said the reintegration support should be a priority as it greatly impacts not only the returning OFWs but also their families and the local communities they will be rejoining. The senator also conveyed his condolences to the families of OFWs who have lost their lives in the conflict. The remains of Loreta Alacre, an OFW killed by Hamas militants, recently arrived in Manila. Another Filipino caregiver was wounded but managed to escape the Hamas attack. Go has been a staunch supporter of the welfare of OFWs and was one of the authors and co-sponsors of Republic Act No. 11641, which led to the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). "The DMW Act was designed to protect our OFWs. Now, more than ever, it's time to put this law into action to protect our kababayans," Go emphasized. Go also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2414 or the "OFW Ward Act.” If passed into law, every hospital under the Department of Health (DOH) across the country will have a specialized ward for OFWs and their family members who require hospitalization. Go has also filed SBN 2297, which seeks to institutionalize the OFW Hospital in Pampanga and ensure its continuous operation by providing sufficient support through necessary funding, personnel, and equipment. The bill aims to improve healthcare services for OFWs and their families by strengthening the existing facility and allocating necessary funds for its maintenance and operation. The post Repatriation, reintegration efforts must be prioritized for returning OFWs — Bong Go appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 25th, 2023

Davao students urged: Wear masks

DAVAO CITY — The local government’s City Health Office here recently issued an advisory in partnership with the Department of Education urging parents to let their children wear masks. In a letter to the local DepEd last week, CHO officer-in-charge Tomas Miguel Ababon also urged school personnel to wear masks and the non-admission to class students manifesting flu-like symptoms such as coughs and colds. He also requested the DepEd-Davao to remind everyone of the importance of proper hand hygiene and coughing or sneezing etiquette to reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses. “We issued the advisory because schools are asking us what to do as some students have manifested cough, colds, and fever, so the most effective way for us is to find preventive measures that are applicable for all and are proven scientifically,” said Dr. Margie Roa-Rubio, the assistant City Health Officer for operations. Rubio added that masks also prevent the spread of seasonal flu, which has the same symptoms as Covid-19. “We already knew that based on our experience with Covid-19, wearing a mask is really effective against respiratory infection. Our office also advised that the memo on wearing masks could also be extended to tertiary schools,” Rubio said. Rubio disclosed that the City Epidemiologic and Surveillance Unit has coordinated with DepEd clinics for the conduct of active surveillance so that the number of active cases would be determined. “Those in workplaces and those using public transport are also encouraged to wear masks for protection voluntarily,” Rubio said. The post Davao students urged: Wear masks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2023

Australian Indigenous rights vote fuels racism

A referendum aimed at elevating the rights of Indigenous Australians has instead triggered a torrent of racist slurs and abuse, with toxic debate spreading online and in the media. The October 14 vote will decide whether to finally recognize First Nations peoples in the constitution. Their ancestors were in Australia for 60,000 years before British colonial rule began in the late 1700s. The reform would give Indigenous communities the right to advise parliament -- a so-called "Voice" -- to help address entrenched inequalities including poorer health, weaker education, and higher rates of incarceration. But recent surveys indicate support for the referendum has plummeted over the past year and will likely fail. The debate has stirred uncertainty about the reform's scope and impact. It has also stoked racial tensions. "It has involved personal attacks, labelling of people as 'un-Australian' and perpetuating racially based stereotypes," Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan told AFP. "I am disappointed that the way some people have engaged in the debate has stoked racial tensions and caused harm to First Nations peoples." Racist conduct had gone largely unchallenged in the public domain, he said. "Racism should never be accepted as part of the exchange of ideas in public debate." Voters have to choose one way or the other, and recent surveys indicate the "yes" camp is at just over 40 percent and the "no" side at nearly 60 percent. It is a near reversal of the situation a year ago. Opponents have criticized the proposal for a lack of detail and for creating unnecessary bureaucracy. But opposition leader Peter Dutton, one of the leading campaigners against the Voice, also warned it would "re-racialise" Australia. Referendum supporters accused Dutton of disinformation and scare-mongering. 'Catastrophic breakdown' Indigenous-related racism reports have spiked since July, according to University of Technology Sydney criminology professor Chris Cunneen, who leads a project that documents such incidents. The share of racism complaints in the "Call It Out" register related to the referendum had climbed to about 30 percent since July, he said. In previous months, the rate was eight percent. "We have also seen an increase in reports of racism online on social media and in the media during the same period," Cunneen said. "Combined these make roughly more than half of all reports." A national mental health helpline for First Nations peoples, 13YARN, painted a similar picture. It recorded a 108-percent increase in callers reporting abuse, racism and trauma from March-June compared to a year earlier, a spokesperson said. University of Queensland communications professor Timothy Graham examined thousands of Voice-related posts on X, formerly Twitter. He found a "catastrophic breakdown of public communication about the referendum across the entire Australian media ecology". "X/Twitter is overrun with confusion, misinformation, and incivility -- this occurs in what can only be described as a vicious feedback loop between politicians, partisan media, and social media," he told AFP. Online abuse Samala Cronin, an Indigenous woman of Butchulla heritage in Queensland, knows how it feels. In August, an old video of her went viral. It showed her in a heated row with an elderly couple about a parcel of land over which Aboriginal people have "exclusive native title". "I got about 3,000 notifications from Facebook and I thought: 'Oh my God'," she told AFP at the time. It has since racked up thousands more reactions on the platform. The comments were littered with racist insults. The country's online safety watchdog, the eSafety Commission, said it had recorded a small but noticeable rise in the proportion of adult cyber abuse complaints from First Nations people in the first half of this year. "We're also hearing from community stakeholders that online abuse is ratcheting up as we approach the referendum," eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told AFP. She urged all Australians to "discuss and debate this issue respectfully, without stooping to slurs, racist remarks, hate speech or abuse". The post Australian Indigenous rights vote fuels racism appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2023

‘Senior High’ and ‘Fractured’: Youth is not wasted on these young stars

The shows Euphoria, Elite and 13 Reasons Why offer depictions of the so-called Generation Z that baffle, shock and titillate their audiences. The young people in these shows succumb to the call of their sexual urges, wantonly take prohibited drugs and drink themselves to catatonia. Raging hormones fuel their pursuit of YOLO (you only live once) moments and defiance of authority figures. That same sense of edgy, confused, tension-filled environment of sex and drugs are also in the local shows Senior High and Fractured, which follow the footsteps and narratives of their international counterparts in highlighting the many versions of truths and lies in the lives of their young characters. Central hook In Senior High, the stories of teenagers of different economic backgrounds in a private high school, their struggles with authority figures, and a big tragedy-mystery that needs to be resolved are the central anchor and hook. The made-for-TV campus that is Northford High looks and screams “mahal ang tuition.” Students are all in crispy Ivy League-inspired uniforms, and the typical school cliques are well- represented. What has been presented so far in the show’s 25 episodes are a tragic death, bullying, mental health, video scandals and online gossip accepted as gospel truth, homoeroticism, drugs, sexual predation and anger issues with parental and other authority figures. In the acting department, top-tier performances come from Andrea Brillantes, who plays the roles of twin sisters; JK Labajo, who brings a true rich-boy sophistication to his role; Elijah Canlas and Miggy Jimenez, both lending juicy and saucy touches to their juvenile delinquent characters; Kyle Echarri, exuding a becoming softness and knight-to-the rescue vibe; and Daniela Stranner, a delicious alpha mean girl. Among the authority figures, Angel Aquino, Mon Confiado, Anna Abad Santos and Baron Geisler -- in a career-defining performance – are superb. Senior High scratches the surface of teen troubles. As more episodes come, one hopes the problems of today’s youth get a more thorough dissection an a broader, more compassionate perspective. [caption id="attachment_191711" align="aligncenter" width="525"] The cast of ‘Fractured’[/caption]   Trapped vloggers In Fractured, a group of popular, influential vloggers are invited to an is island resort to make content about it. The vloggers get their biggest plot twist when they are all marooned in what seems like a deserted part of the island resort. Aside from the elements, they have to contend with scarce food and water, the uncertainty of rescue and other looming dangers. Three episodes on, what makes Fractured an interesting watch is the deft manner by which the personal lives, problems, insecurities and dark sides of the vlogger characters are revealed. Since tensions among them are at an all-time high, catfights between femme vloggers erupt. Two of the macho vloggers assert alpha status, while a different and groovy kind of love blossoms between two male vloggers. Aside from the writing and glossy look of the show, the acting by Seth Fedelin, Francine Diaz, Kaori Oinuma, Daniela Stranner, Raven Rigor and Sean Tristan are also compelling come-ons. For all the chaos and darkness in Senior High and Fractured, we also witness real friendships forged by the young characters, love at its most romantic or bittersweet, and realizations and redemptions even. Youth is not wasted on the younger ones, after all. The post ‘Senior High’ and ‘Fractured’: Youth is not wasted on these young stars appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

Bong Go pushes for increased Cancer Assistance Fund

Senator Christopher "Bong Go" emphasized the importance of allocating sufficient funds for specific healthcare programs, such as those addressing cancer, tuberculosis, and mental health disorders, during the Committee on Finance hearing for the Department of Health's (DOH) budget on Thursday, 28 September. "We must also give enough focus and ensure funding for our programs to address other diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, and mental health disorders," Go said. He pointed out that the Cancer Assistance Fund (CAF) for this year was set at P500 million through the collective efforts of lawmakers last year. Go proposed for this to be doubled to P1 billion for the next year. However, he expressed concern over the current reported underutilization of the fund. "Pakisilip po ninyo ito. Sa dami ng cancer patients na nangangailangan ng tulong, sigurado naman pong mauubos yan at hindi katanggap-tanggap na hindi ninyo magastos ang pondo sa pagtulong sa kanila," he added. Drawing from his previous advocacy, Go has been a consistent voice for increased funding for the CAF. "Dapat patuloy na pataasin ang budget para sa cancer assistance fund," he said in an earlier interview. He also stressed the financial burden that cancer places on families, stating, "Talagang pipilayan ang pamilya tuwing nagkakanser ka, pilay na po ang inyong pamilya, halos hindi na po nakakatrabaho 'yan, nakafocus na po sa pagpapagamot." The senator's call for increased funding aligns with the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA), under Republic Act No. 11215, signed by former president Rodrigo Duterte in 2019. Within NICCA, CAF plays a pivotal role in offering financial support to cancer patients across the nation. "The more na dapat po ay dagdagan natin ang pondo para sa cancer assistance fund, the more we should invest sa ating healthcare system," Go urged. He also emphasized the need to bridge the gap between the high cost of cancer treatment and the financial means of those who need it most. "It is for this reason that he continues to advocate for a larger allocation for the CAF and recognizes that every peso invested in cancer assistance is an investment in the health and well-being of countless individuals and their families," he said. Furthermore, Go expressed his support for a proposed cancer fund intended to aid Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), a project championed by the late Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). "This initiative highlights the urgent requirement to offer aid and compassion to the modern-day heroes who are confronting cancer while working far away from their homes," he concluded. The post Bong Go pushes for increased Cancer Assistance Fund appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2023

Bong Go reminds DOH to release healthcare workers’ benefits

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health, has once again called upon the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure the timely release of necessary allowances for the country’s healthcare workers, in accordance with the law considering their sacrifices and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Go reminded DOH Secretary Teodoro "Ted" Herbosa during a Commission on Appointments (CA) hearing on Tuesday, 26 September, that some healthcare workers have not yet received their allowances. He, likewise, urged DOH to implement a more efficient and streamlined process to expedite the release of allowances for healthcare workers in accordance with the law. “Marami po talagang mga backlog pa po na mga payables ng health emergency allowance. Yung mga HEA nila na hindi pa nababayaran, baka may mga backlog pa po from the previous years. Kaya parati akong nananawagan sa DBM, sa Department of Health na bilisan natin (ang paglabas) nito,” urged Go. “Pasado naman ito sa Kongreso noon. Ipinasa natin ito. Napakaliit lang po niyan na halaga (para) sa sakripisyo na ginawa nila para sa ating bayan sa panahon ng pandemya." The senator, likewise, stressed that the least the government can do is to ensure that healthcare workers receive the allowances they rightfully deserve without delay. Go emphasized the importance of continuously supporting the frontliners even after the state of public health emergency had been lifted. Go is one of the authors and co-sponsored Republic Act No. 11712, which grants continuing benefits and allowances to healthcare workers during public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Public and private healthcare workers covered by the law are entitled to HEA for every month of service during a state of public health emergency based on the risk categorization. Previously, Go expressed his gratitude to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for showing his unwavering commitment to the welfare of healthcare workers. The senator specifically praised the President for urging the prompt release of the much-needed COVID-19 emergency allowance during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July. “Natutuwa at nagpapasalamat tayo na napakinggan ng ating Pangulo ang mga hinaing ng ating healthcare workers at tinugunan niya ito sa kanyang SONA. Even with the lifting of the State of Public Health Emergency, unahin po natin ‘yung mga medical frontliners natin na nagsakripisyo para sa ating mga kababayan,” Go said. Earlier, Go also stated that “with or without the State of Public Health Emergency, the government should fulfill its obligations to protect the lives of Filipinos, safeguard their health, and give what is due to them, especially to medical front liners.” Moreover, Go also previously expressed his support for the proposed Salary Standardization Law 6, which aims to increase the salaries of government workers, including medical professionals in the public sector. “Healthcare workers have been facing enormous challenges on multiple fronts. Apart from the physical demands and risks of treating COVID-19 patients, they have also grappled with emotional and mental tolls, and many have had to cope with the loss of colleagues and patients alike,” expressed Go. “As co-sponsor and author of Salary Standardization Law 5 during the 18th Congress, sana po ay magkaroon pa ng bagong Salary Standardization Law 6. I’m one with the government in seeking to provide another increase in salaries for those working in the public sector,” he added. The post Bong Go reminds DOH to release healthcare workers’ benefits appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 28th, 2023

Bong Go urges DOH to intensify info drive on health programs

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has made an urgent appeal to the Department of Health (DOH) to intensify its information dissemination efforts in light of a recent national survey, which showed that most Filipinos are unaware of the various health programs intended to benefit them. The survey, conducted by data analytics firm Capstone-Intel Corp., found that while 83 percent of the 1,205 participants were aware of DOH's functions, only 50 percent were aware of the government's HIV/AIDS programs. Awareness levels for other programs like Universal Health Care, National Tuberculosis Control, and mental health were even lower, ranging from 28 to 45 percent. Go, who has been an advocate for better access to healthcare services, urged DOH to take these findings seriously. "The lack of awareness is a reflection of lives that could be at risk. We need to step up our information campaigns, especially in far-flung areas," said Go. “Lagi nating tandaan na ang katumbas ng kalusugan ay buhay ng bawat Pilipino! Tayong mga nasa gobyerno, ilapit natin ang serbisyo sa mga taong nangangailangan nito lalo na pagdating sa kanilang kalusugan,” he stressed further. Go emphasized the importance of utilizing various platforms, including social media, to reach a wider audience. "We need to be where the people are. Gamitin natin ang teknolohiya at gawing abot-kamay sa lahat ang impormasyon tungkol sa ating health programs," he suggested. Go also stressed the need for collaboration with local government units (LGUs) to ensure that information reaches even the most remote areas. "Mahalaga ang papel ng mga LGU sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon. They are our partners in making sure that every Filipino is aware of the health services available to them," he said. “Bukod sa impormasyon, dapat ilapit natin talaga ang serbisyo at tulong, kasama na dyan ang gamot, konsultasyon, primary care at early detection of diseases sa mga komunidad,” he added. Meanwhile, the senator also highlighted his ongoing efforts to bring services closer to the people through initiatives like Malasakit Centers, Super Health Centers, and Regional Specialty Centers. Malasakit Centers bring together representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. These one-stop shops aim to support impoverished patients in reducing their hospital costs to the least possible amount. Go is the principal author and sponsor of Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which institutionalized the Malasakit Centers program. To date, 159 operational centers have helped more than seven million Filipinos nationwide, according to DOH. He likewise reiterated his commitment to support the establishment of more Super Health Centers across the country, considering how they can significantly help reduce hospital occupancy rates while bringing government medical services closer to the grassroots. Services offered in Super Health Centers include database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation centers, and telemedicine. Go also principally sponsored and is one of the authors of Republic Act No. 11959, also known as the Regional Specialty Centers Act, which was signed into law by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on August 24. The law mandates the establishment of regional specialty centers within existing DOH regional hospitals. It stands as a testament to the commitment of the government to uplift the nation's health infrastructure. Go then emphasized that the ultimate goal is to bring both vital information and actual services closer to the Filipino people. "We have to bridge the gap. Let's make healthcare not just something people hear about but something they can actually experience and benefit from," he concluded. The post Bong Go urges DOH to intensify info drive on health programs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2023

Higher penalties on road rage incidents sought

The viral video of a road rage incident in Quezon City has prompted senators to probe similar incidents that happened throughout the country, noting that misuse of firearms endangers peace and security and harms innocent lives. Senator Raffy Tulfo along with Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday jointly filed a resolution directing the Land Transportation Office and other relevant authorities to implement stricter regulations and impose penalties “pertaining to road rage incidents involving threats to pull firearms in public.” Senate Resolution 769 was cited after Wilfredo Gonzales, a dismissed police officer, was caught on video assaulting and brandishing a gun at a cyclist in Quezon City last 27 August. “The alarming rise in road rage incidents has posed a serious threat to public safety and the well-being of citizens,” the resolution read. “It is crucial to take immediate and effective measures to address this issue and ensure the safety of all road users. Tulfo and Zubiri jointly proposed the revocation and permanent ban on obtaining a License to Own and Possess Firearms for individuals found guilty of such offenses. The resolution stated that the LTO and concerned agencies should work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive monitoring system that identifies individuals who engage in road rage incidents, including the brandishing of firearms. Such individuals shall be prohibited from acquiring or renewing their driver's licenses Tulfo and Zubiri pointed out that law enforcement agencies are urged to collaborate with mental health professionals to provide counseling and anger management interventions for individuals found guilty of road rage offenses, with the goal of preventing future incidents. Earlier, Zubiri and Senator Pia Cayetano jointly introduced a resolution urging a senate committee to conduct an inquiry on the viral road rage incident involving a retired policeman and a cyclist in Quezon City. The lawmakers introduced the Senate Resolution 763 before their colleagues during the chamber’s plenary session on Tuesday. Zubiri expressed alarm over the incident noting that it would have gone “unnoticed” if concerned citizens did not take the video. “I know that every day there are incidents like this. I wish that we teach these people a lesson, especially on what type of case should be filed against them,” Zubiri said in Filipino. Cayetano, meanwhile, pressed the weight of the incident. "This is a serious case involving public order and safety, which cannot simply be settled amicably and swept under the rug," she said. The post Higher penalties on road rage incidents sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2023

5,000 non-teaching jobs are available at schools nationwide

The Department of Budget and Management has approved creating 5,000 non-teaching positions in various Department of Education (DepEd) schools nationwide. In a statement on Wednesday, Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman explained that the non-teaching positions would help provide more workforce and support to our educators in giving quality instruction to learners. "Under the leadership of our Vice President and concurrent DepEd Secretary Inday Sara Duterte, they had recently released the roadmap called the 'MATATAG Agenda,' " Pangandaman said. "The agenda outlines the various aspects that we need to address, such as buildings, teachers, facilities, and more. Everything is laid out in their roadmap. So, we just want to be consistent with that," Pangandaman added. The 5,000 non-teaching items created consist of 3,500 Administrative Officer (AO) II positions intended to relieve teachers of administrative tasks that support operations and 1,500 Project Development Officer (PDO) I positions which shall complement the AO II and other non-teaching personnel in schools by facilitating the implementation of various programs, projects, and activities initiated by schools or mandated by the DepEd Central Office. AO II and PDO I positions are entitled to a basic salary of Php 27,000 (SG-11) based on the Fourth Tranche Monthly Salary Schedule for Civilian Personnel of the National Government. The said items will be deployed in various Schools Division Offices (SDOs) in the following regions: Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), CARAGA, National Capital Region (NCR), Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII. The appropriate funding requirements for the filled positions out of said created positions shall be charged against the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the FY 2023 General Appropriations Act (GAA), while the Retirement and Life Insurance Premium is chargeable against Automatic Appropriations. "This is a big help for our teachers as it allows them to be unloaded from administrative work and to focus on teaching the students. By hiring non-teaching staff, our educators will be able to save a lot of time and effort," Secretary Pangandaman added. For context, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said during the 2022 Presidential campaign that many teachers were performing tasks that were unrelated to their job which resulted in fatigue and burn-out that affected their quality of teaching. He said reducing the non-teaching load of teachers will help maintain a high quality of education in public schools and will help protect their mental health. “We need to hire more non-teaching personnel who are qualified for the job, what I'm referring to are the tasks that teachers are currently burdened with that they shouldn't actually be doing,” the President said in a statement. "We can give teachers more time to prepare their lesson plans. Sometimes, our teachers also serve as the librarian, nurse, we even receive reports that some are also in charge of the canteen," he added. The post 5,000 non-teaching jobs are available at schools nationwide appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 30th, 2023

Principal Sponsor Bong Go lauds signing of Regional Specialty Centers Act

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, principal sponsor and one of the authors of the Regional Specialty Centers (RSC) Act, commended the signing of the measure into law by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. for recognizing the importance of this legislation and signing it into law. His support has been instrumental in bringing specialized medical care closer to our fellow Filipinos,” said Go. "Walang Pilipino ang dapat mapag-iwanan pagdating sa kalusugan. Ang bawat Pilipino ay may karapatan sa de-kalidad na serbisyong medikal, kahit saan man sila sa bansa," he stressed. The law aims to create additional specialty centers in various regions, ensuring that Filipinos have access to specialized medical services. “With the signing of this law, we are taking a giant leap in improving access to specialized medical care and bringing these services closer to Filipinos in need," said Go. "Now, our countrymen suffering from severe illnesses won't have to travel to Manila for treatment at specialty hospitals like the Philippine Heart Center or Lung Center,” he added. The newly enacted law includes provisions for the establishment of specialty centers within existing government-controlled corporations or specialty hospitals. It also outlines the specific service capabilities that the Department of Health (DOH) will implement in regional hospitals. “By setting clear standards, we are ensuring that these specialty centers will have the necessary expertise and resources to cater to patients' specialized medical needs effectively across the country,” Go added. The law also details the medical specialties that DOH must prioritize in the establishment of these centers. Go also expressed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts of his fellow legislators in crafting a comprehensive law. “Isa pong malaking tagumpay para sa atin ang pagiging ganap na batas ng SBN 2212, o ang Regional Specialty Centers Act. Isa po tayo sa author at tayo rin ang principal sponsor nito sa Senado. Nakakuha ito ng 24-0 na boto sa Senado dahil sa pagsang-ayon ng aking mga kasamahan na makakabuti ito para sa lahat,” Go shared. “Ang mga pasyente na nangangailangan ng special medical care ay kinakailangan pang bumiyahe at gumastos para lang magpagamot sa mga specialty hospitals na ito. Pero hindi naman dapat mahirapan ang ating mga kababayan na maka-access sa serbisyo ng gobyerno lalo na pagdating sa usaping kalusugan. Ang gobyerno dapat ang maglapit ng serbisyo sa mga tao. Kaya sa ilalim ng bagong batas ay dadalhin na ang ganitong specialized medical services sa bawat rehiyon,” he added. “Umaasa tayo na sa pagtatayo ng specialty centers sa buong bansa ay lalo nating mapalalakas ang ating healthcare system at magiging accessible sa bawat Pilipino ang serbisyong medikal na kailangan nila para magkaroon ng malusog at matiwasay na buhay,” the senator explained further. According to DOH’s timeline, the establishment of specialty centers in the National Capital Region will take place in Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Tondo Medical Center, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Valenzuela Medical Center, Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, Rizal Medical Center, and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium. In Luzon, specialty centers will be established in Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Region I Medical Center, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Region II Trauma and Medical Center, Southern Isabela Medical Center, Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center, Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center, Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital, Batangas Medical Center, Ospital ng Palawan, Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, Bicol Medical Center, Bicol Region General Hospital, Geriatric Medical Center, Bicol Medical Center, and Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center. The Visayas region will witness the creation of specialty centers in Western Visayas Medical Center, Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center, and Eastern Visayas Medical Center. In Mindanao, specialty centers will be established in Zamboanga City Medical Center, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Davao Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Caraga Regional Hospital, Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center, and Amai Pakpak Medical Center. “These specialty centers will reduce the need for travel to Metro Manila for specialized treatments. Our people will now have access to these services in regional DOH hospitals, enhancing their overall well-being and quality of life,” Go stated. “Ang batas na ito ay simbolo ng ating pagkakaisa at determinasyon na gawing abot-kamay ang specialized healthcare services para sa lahat," concluded Go. The post Principal Sponsor Bong Go lauds signing of Regional Specialty Centers Act appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023

Bong Go extends aid to Kalinga typhoon victims, calls for greater disaster vigilance

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go had his team provide grocery packs to 500 Typhoon Egay victims in Kalinga on Thursday, 10 August, in coordination with Governor James Edduba. In Tabuk City, Kalinga, the relief operations were held at Purok Isla and Purok 2 in Barangay San Juan, and Purok Vicente in Barangay Magsaysay. Recognizing the heightened vulnerability that comes with the onset of the typhoon season, Go emphasized the importance of preparedness and cooperation within communities. He urged citizens to stay informed about weather updates and heed the advice of local authorities to ensure their safety and that of their families. “Sa gitna ng panahon ng tag-ulan, nais ko po kayong paalalahanan na manatiling ligtas at handa sa anumang pagbabago ng panahon. Ang bagong hamon na dulot ng bagyong Egay ay nagdulot ng pagsubok sa marami nating kababayan,” Go said. “Hinihikayat ko ang bawat isa na maging handa at maging responsible sa inyong kaligtasan. Huwag kalimutang makinig sa mga abiso at paalala ng mga lokal na awtoridad. Ang ating kaligtasan ay nasa ating mga kamay,” he urged. As part of his commitment to ensure the welfare of Filipinos, Go also reminded the beneficiaries that there are six Malasakit Centers in the Cordillera Administrative Region if they require assistance to cover their medical expenses. These Malasakit Centers are located at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Benguet General Hospital in La Trinidad, Far North Luzon General Hospital & Training Center and Conner District Hospital in Apayao, and Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital and Bontoc General Hospital in Mountain Province. With a total of 158 centers established nationwide, the Malasakit Centers program has already provided assistance to more than seven million indigent patients. This initiative was spearheaded by Go and later formalized under Republic Act No. 11463, a legislative measure he principally authored and sponsored. “Patuloy po akong tutulong sa pagpaparami ng Malasakit Centers sa bansa. Andiyan na po sa loob ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno para sa mga available na medical assistance programs. Target po nito na pababain nito ang inyong hospital bill to the lowest amount possible,” Go explained. “Huwag ho kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa mga Malasakit Centers. Para po yan sa Pilipino. Nalulungkot po ako tuwing may mga nagaalangan magpatingin sa doctor dahil natatakot sila sa babayaran sa hospital. Pangalagaan niyo po ang inyong kalusugan at ang Malasakit Center ay handang tumulong sa inyo,” he added. Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also supported the construction of a Super Health Center (SHC) in Lagawe, which will offer basic health services, such as database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, which makes remote diagnosis and treatment of patients possible. “Sa panahong ito, magtulungan tayo upang maipagpatuloy ang pagbangon at pag-asa. Patuloy nating ipagdasal ang isa't isa at patuloy na magmalasakit sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino,” said Go.   The post Bong Go extends aid to Kalinga typhoon victims, calls for greater disaster vigilance appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 14th, 2023

Mental health awareness conversations for student-scholars

PLDT and Smart, through their Better Today program, recently partnered with Passerelles numériques Philippines on a three-part mental health awareness conversation series for the benefit of the student-scholars of PNPh. The talks centered on key topics that impact the mental state and wellbeing of today’s youth such as stress, fatigue, anxiety and managing strong emotions. The series also discussed topics on self-care, self-worth and self-love and delved on topics such as the effects of the Internet and social media on mental health, as well as how to manage social media consumption to protect one's mental health and wellness. The speakers included Dr. Gia Sison, content creator Macoy Dubs and Riyan Portuguez or “Your Millennial Psychologist.” “We are grateful to Passerelles numériques Philippines for collaborating with us to promote safe spaces and raise mental health awareness among their scholars. These collaborations remain guided by the goal we had when we launched Better Today in 2020, and that is to create and cultivate a culture of safe spaces, highlighting digital wellness and mental health. We hope this series has served as a reminder to the PNPh students that there are people and spaces that can bring them a sense of comfort,” said Stephanie Orlino, assistant vice president and head of stakeholder management at PLDT and Smart. “This event is a platform for us to explore more insights and learnings about mental health, and later on, about technology which we will use in doing community service for our senior citizens. These conversations will drive us into a brighter future and we thank PLDT and Smart for doing this wonderful series,” said Marilou “Luchi” Flores, country representative of Passerelles numériques Philippines. Promoting digital wellness is a key part of PLDT and Smart’s continuing commitment to help the Philippines contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal #3: good health and well-being. The post Mental health awareness conversations for student-scholars appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 14th, 2023

Bong Go to DBM, DOH: Deliver on PBBM’s 2nd SONA commitments

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go appealed to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that the commitments made by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his second State of the Nation Address are met. The senator particularly stressed the urgent necessity to expedite the disbursement of risk allowances to healthcare workers who have been at the forefront of the nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "Bilisan po ang backlog, ibig sabihin yung mga previous years na dapat ibigay na mga risk allowance para sa mga health workers," Go said in an ambush interview on July 27, after assisting students in Biñan City, Laguna. He added that these health workers risked their lives and made significant sacrifices during the pandemic. "Hindi po natin mararating itong kinararatnan natin kung hindi po dahil sa sakripisyo at tulong ng ating mga medical frontliners. Tulungan po natin sila, ibigay po ang nararapat para sa kanila," he said. Go urged the said agencies to speed up their efforts, saying, "Nakikiusap po ako sa DBM, sa DOH, bilisan n’yo po. May pondo naman po aprubado sa 2023 budget, which is about P19 billion. Unahin n’yo po ang previous years, bayaran n’yo po what is due to them, bilisan n’yo." "Kung maaari ihatid n’yo nga po sa kanilang mga tahanan. Bilisan n’yo thru ATM, ipasok n’yo na agad sa mga account nila dahil napakaliit ito na halaga kumpara sa sakripisyong ginawa ng ating mga medical frontliners," he said. During his SONA, Marcos committed to disbursing the allowances of health workers, as prescribed by Republic Act No. 11712, of which Go is one of the authors and co-sponsors in the Senate. While the State of Public Health Emergency has been lifted, the senator emphasized the increased need to provide what is due to the healthcare workers. Go lauded the President's promise of helping poor Filipinos and generating job opportunities, combating illegal drugs, and ensuring medical assistance for the needy as key aspects towards national development. "Maganda ang layunin ng ating gobyerno tungo sa pangarap na Bagong Pilipinas," he said. "Kaya dapat magtulungan ang lahat ng mga ahensya na maisakatuparan ang mga ito upang mapakinabangan ng mga kababayan nating mahihirap—lalung-lalo na ang mga hopeless, helpless at walang ibang malalapitan maliban sa pamahalaan," concluded Go.   The post Bong Go to DBM, DOH: Deliver on PBBM’s 2nd SONA commitments appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2023

Kuya Bong drills integrity, leadership on Malabon grads

During the 28th commencement exercises of the City of Malabon University on Friday, 28 July, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go stressed the qualities of malasakit (concern), integrity and leadership as guiding principles for future undertakings. “Your time at the City of Malabon University has not only equipped you with the academic proficiency required for your chosen fields, but it has also molded you into well-rounded individuals who possess the virtues of compassion, integrity, and leadership,” he said to the graduating class. As the graduates prepare to enter a world of limitless possibilities, Go reminded them of their critical role: “Graduates, you are not merely leaders of tomorrow; you are leaders of today.” He also emphasized the importance of their prospective contributions and distinctive perspectives in a variety of fields, including business, science, the arts, and public service. The senator also challenged students to take advantage of every chance to positively impact others, noting that success is determined not only by personal accomplishments but also by the communities inspired and lives affected. Go’s statements also demonstrated his dedication to public service, even in the face of peril. He recalled traveling to the most remote parts of the country, including Basilan, Batanes and Jolo, to respond to disasters and emergencies. He emphasized his commitment to working for improved access to high-quality education. He stated that the Duterte administration made the enactment of Republic Act 10931, commonly known as the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,” a law that exempts qualifying college students from paying tuition and other school expenses, a top priority. He also mentioned the approval of RA 11470 by the last Congress, which resulted in the founding of the National Academy of Sports, which provides world-class training and education to qualified student-athletes. Go, head of the Senate Committee on Health, spoke about his health initiatives, including RA 11463, the Malasakit Centers Act, which aimed to increase access to medical assistance programs. Go urged anyone in need of medical attention to visit any of Metro Manila’s Malasakit Centers, particularly those at the Ospital ng Malabon and San Lorenzo Ruiz General Hospital. The Malasakit Center aims to make medical assistance programs more accessible by bringing together all relevant agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, under one roof. Along with this, Go mentioned the recent passage in Congress of the Regional Specialty Centers Bill, which he supported as one of the authors in the Senate. The bill, which is pending the President’s signature, intends to make specialty health services available in all regions of the Philippines. Go announced the construction of three Super Health Centers in Malabon, which will improve local health facilities. Database management, out-patient, childbirth, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: X-ray and ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit are some of the basic services provided by SHCs. Eye, ear, nose, and throat services, oncology facilities, physical therapy and rehabilitation institutes, and telemedicine are all provided. The senator expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to the City of Malabon University, while also praising its dedication to providing outstanding education and fostering graduates who will mold the future. He reminded students that education is a lifelong path of discovery, self-discovery, and progress, and he encouraged them to embrace it with open hearts and minds. During the event, Go and his crew presented tokens, such as gift packs and pencils, to 666 graduating students, with a special emphasis on those who received honors. He also commended local politicians for their dedicated commitment to the community, particularly Malabon City Mayor Jeannie Sandoval and Vice Mayor Bernard dela Cruz. The post Kuya Bong drills integrity, leadership on Malabon grads appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 29th, 2023

UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives

  Given its record harvest of legislation, the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez concluded the First Regular Session of the 19th Congress on a high note.   Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez Speaker - 19th Congress, House of Representatives   First Regular Session Legislative Accomplishments   BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   LEDAC Priority Bills: SIM Registration Act (RA 11934) Postponement of Barangay and SK Elections to October 2023 (RA 11935) Amending the Fixed Term of the AFP Chief of Staff and other High-Ranking Officials (RA 11939) Agrarian Reform Debts Condonation (RA 11953) Maharlika Investment Fund (RA 11954) Magna Carta of Seafarers E-Governance Act / E-Government Act Negros Island Region Virology Institute of the Philippines Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Reserve Corps Philippine Passport Act Internet Transaction Act / E-Commerce Law Waste-to-Energy Bill Free Legal Assistance for Police and Soldiers Apprenticeship Act Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers Valuation Reform Eastern Visayas Development Authority Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery National Citizens Service Training Program Rightsizing the National Government National Land Use Act 30-Year National Infrastructure Program Department of Health Specialty Centers Act/Regional Specialty Hospitals Ease of Paying Taxes Local Government Unit Income Classification Amendment to Universal Health Care Act Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act Philippine Salt Industry Development Act   Social Impact Bills: HB 5001 - No exam fees in private HEIs for underprivileged students who rank in the top 10 in high school HB 00005 - On-site, in-city, near city, and off-city resettlement program based on people's plan HB 0227 - Protection and welfare of caregivers HB 00988 - Increasing service incentive leave HB 00454 - Enhanced protection, security, and benefits for media workers HB 4477 - Greater responsibility and accountability from private employment agencies, amending Batas Kasambahay HB 04479 - Expanding prohibited acts of discrimination against women on account of sex, amending Labor Code HB 06416 - Strengthening mental health services of state universities and colleges HB 06483 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" practice in college HB 06509 - Free legal assistance to uniformed personnel for the performance of duty HB 06492 - Freedom of Religion Act HB 00206 - Lowering the optional retirement age of government workers from 60 to 56 HB 06574 - Promotion and delivery of mental health services in basic education HB 06572 - Establishment of public schools of the future in technology HB 06680 - Free full insurance coverage to all qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries HB 01270 - Protection and promotion of the welfare of workers in the film, television, and radio entertainment industry HB 06716 - Mandating the establishment of fisherfolk resettlement areas HB 06718 - Protection and incentives for freelance workers HB 07354 - Evacuation centers in every city and municipality HB 04605 - Right of married women to retain their maiden surnames HB 06772 - Presidential power to suspend or adjust PhilHealth premium increases HB 07387 - Expanding the services for crop insurance HB 07535 - P1 million for centenarians HB 07561 - Mandatory insurance coverage and benefits for all line workers HB 07584 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" in elementary and secondary classes HB 07909 - Extension of estate tax amnesty HB 07718 - Strengthening the law against illegal recruitment     Quote (SFMGR):   “As the House of Representatives amply demonstrated, we remain committed to implementing policies that will further stimulate economic activity, attract investments, and generate employment opportunities for our fellow Filipinos. We will not allow any distraction to derail our efforts at finding appropriate and timely solutions to the problems affecting the lives of our people.”   House Leaders:   Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio "Dong" D. Puno Deputy Speakers: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Isidro T. Ungab Roberto V. Puno Camille A. Villar Kristine Singson-Meehan Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza Ralph G. Recto Vincent Franco "Duke" D. Frasco Majority Leader Manuel Jose "Mannix" M. Dalipe Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander "Sandro" A. Marcos The post UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2023

Baguio PWDs undergo stress management seminar

BAGUIO CITY ­— The Persons with Disability Affairs Office of the Baguio City Government and the Philippine Mental Health Association of the Philippines Baguio Chapter treat 144 persons with disabilities, their guardians, and their families to a Stress Management Seminar last 19 July. The program aimed at guiding participants to what stress really is and its effects to health and relationships in the family. PDAO Baguio chief Samuel Aquino stressed that it will also let them deeply comprehend on the impact of stress to the PWDs which is one of the focus points in the observation of the 45th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week this year. Meantime, PMHA Baguio-Benguet chief executive manager Christine Gina Dailay-Camsol explained to the participants that stress should be handled properly so that it will not lead to a greater risk like depression and anxiety. She added there are different coping mechanisms of every individual on how they handle stress depending on the kind of stressor or the causes of their stress. The post Baguio PWDs undergo stress management seminar appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 20th, 2023