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Here's to LGUs supporting and learning from one another!
The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined what Bayanihan and "kopyahan" means for Filipinos. The most important thing, as many netizens point out, is that LGUs and civilians work together and share best practices in preventing the further spread of the coronavirus and its socio-economic consequences ...
 
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It's time to champion local employment.
It wouldn’t be the first time you’ve read or heard about the country’s economy during the COVID-19 crisis. In March, businesses had to temporarily close and everyone would have to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of the respiratory ...
 
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It was supposed to end today, June 30.
Comelec has announced that the suspension of voter registration will be extended to August 31, due to the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.“The suspension was previously set only until June 30 but was extended for two more months in ...
 
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While they had to make some adjustments, it’s not all hopeless.
The COVID-19 pandemic proved that it’s not just a global health concern. Its effects are also felt in different fields and industries. Businesses are closing down, individuals are losing jobs, and economies are failing. Career-wise, it’s not as easy to set out ...
Olivert Ong Jun 18, 2020
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The Philippines has the second highest number of active cases in the region.
The whole world has seen the wrath of COVID-19. Nations are scrambling left and right to contain the virus and have met mixed results. While other countries continue to see a rise in cases, some are seeing a steady decline, with other ...
 
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LalaJeep is now available for your heavy-hauling needs.
Amid the continuing jeepney ban under the general community quarantine, jeepney drivers based in Quezon City finally get a reprieve: Lalamove and the Quezon City local government have launched LalaJeep, to provide a more affordable option especially for businesses that rely on ...
 
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School hours seem pretty short.
While they’re facing a possible second wave of COVID-19 resurgence, South Korea is one of the nations that are seeing positive results from the efficient measures they’re taking in response to the pandemic. As of June 13, 2020, the country has 12,051 ...
 
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The shot is given yearly for both adults and children.
While there is still no specific vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infectious disease expert is saying that the flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine can protect against the severe complications of the disease.According to Dr. Lulu Bravo, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination ...
 
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Insomnia, headaches, and more may be subtle signs that your mental health is suffering.
The modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ) have eased restrictions in the country somewhat, but we cannot deny how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us. While some are coping well and adjusting to the new normal, others ...
Karen Mei Caro May 20, 2020

This COVID-19 pandemic came and we are not ready. Suddenly, everything has changed and it was never the same again. There's chaos almost everywhere. Hospitals are crowded and people die. Some lost their family and friends without saying goodbye. It's truly a lonely sight. But behind this terrifying situation are lessons learned.

FAMILY TIME IS EVERYTHING.

I am a working mom with two small kids. I have always wanted to be with them and just be a stay-at-home mom but we have lots of bills to pay so it was next to impossible. Though this crisis upsets me, I am thankful that I have more time with my children these days. We may not be able to go out like we used to do but we can still have fun together. They enjoy riding their bicycles while enjoying the morning sun, building blocks and many other things.

YOU CAN GIVE UP SOMETHING IF YOU WANT - LIKE SHOPPING.

I'm not proud to admit it but I was a certified shopaholic. Almost everyday, I had deliveries from different shopping apps. I had also frequented malls and felt the urge to buy things immediately. I knew it was an addiction that was difficult to resist. So, even if these were not included in our budget, I would buy them. Then, later on, I would just regret the things that I bought because I didn't really like them. Just a waste of time and money. And now, since the lockdown happened more than a month ago, I was able to overcome the feeling to buy something I don't really need. The excitement is no longer there. I realized that I can still survive even without those new clothes, bags and shoes. And those material things are momentary and meaningless. Of course, these can make you happy but family and health are more important because not everyone has them.

WE ARE BLESSED IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

I have learned to be thankful for what I have, to stop complaining and to be patient to wait for my own breakthrough to come. This crisis opened my eyes to the harsh realities of life. It is heartbreaking to see other people looking helpless and struggling to find food for their families. I may not have lots of money but I have learned to give and help others in my little ways. It made me understand that even if I am not rich, I have a job, a home and food on our table. And these are priceless.

HONOR AND APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICES OF OUR BRAVE AND SELFLESS FRONTLINERS - OUR EVERYDAY HEROES.

I know that their situation is not easy at all but they willingly endure the challenges and difficulties just to save and protect us from this deadly virus. Their families are also waiting for them to come home but they would still have to delay it until the pandemic ends. Yes, they are strong but exhausted - because even heroes also get tired. I know how it feels because my husband is a hero, too.

IF WE WANT TO STOP THE VIRUS, STAY AT HOME.

We are safe there and we cannot catch the virus if we practice good hygiene and social distancing, wear masks and not go outside. It is not boring to stay at home; it is a luxury that many people cannot have that's why I am grateful. So, let us do our part in our fight against this COVID-19. It is time to show our solidarity to end this pandemic because this is everyone’s battle.

WE HAVE A BIGGER AND MORE POWERFUL GOD.

There seems to be a lot of fear right now but I believe that Jesus is greater than this virus. And time will come when He will take it away. We do not know when it happens but God has a purpose - that is to love Him first and not anything else, to be humble, to repent and to turn back to Him and be saved. I also learned to be brave because God is my strength. And that Jesus, my Lord and Savior, can heal everything including corona virus. This morning, the sun was radiant and beautiful. It's like a symbol of hope. Of a new beginning. Of healing. And I believe that after this pandemic, we will rise again and heal as one.

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Andre Ragonton May 17, 2020
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No romantic strolls just yet.
It's official. Come May 16, less strict general community quarantine measures will be in effect in low-risk areas.Yep, that means you can finally stretch your legs by taking walking, jogging, and even biking outside your house. Thinking about enjoying a sweet stroll ...
Lia Reoma May 13, 2020

"Time" (Something to Ponder on Quarantine)

By Lia Reoma

Have you asked yourself what have you been doing lately? Are you one of the people saying they're bored in their house? Nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs on their phones, day and night. Wishing that time would go faster, where all of these are over and they can hang out with their friends. Has time run slow lately because there's nothing to do? Or maybe you're just doing nothing?

Complaints about being quarantined are all over the internet. Why not look on the bright side. Let's be positive, but not with COVID-19. There are good things that quarantine has done to us. Not only is it the reason why we are safe inside our homes but it also has given us something precious, something that has always been there but often took for granted, time. "Time" that you've been wanting to have but couldn't because you're too busy in school and at work. But today, time had been given to us. A time to take care of ourselves. Take that long rest you've been wishing for. We all know you deserve to sleep and relax, there's nothing wrong with that, just make sure it's not the only thing you'd do for the whole day. Bond with your family. Let's admit it, we haven't been able to give time for our loved ones for a long time. And this quarantine period has been the longest time you've been with your parents and siblings. Why not catch up with them. Watch a movie and eat together. Enjoy the company of your family. Because if everything goes back to "normal", you won't be able to spend much time with them. Cherish ever second and enjoy the little things. Time may have been running slow lately. But why not use that time before it slowly runs out, before it's too late. Spend it with the right people. We really don't know how much time we have left. For now, we are given a lot of it. So let's not waste it. Jay Shetty, a motivational speaker once said, "Time flies, but we're still its pilot". So today let's fly!

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‘MUSIC OF THE PEOPLE’: WHY STUDENT VOICE PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS

Words: Darryl Banay Peñaredondo

Allowing students to cope up with the changes brought by the coronavirus disease, several schools and professors opt to cancel requirements and pass their students. As an act of compassion, top performing universities including Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila gave out passing mark to all their students with proper directives and guidelines that brought questions to other universities that can’t do the same.

Students and teachers, admit it or not, are the soul of any institutions (schools, universities or colleges). The development and growth of the students reflected to the quality of education they offer. Hence, quality education only grows if universities can give proper care to their learners specifically a help to ask students’ concerns about their struggles during this time of crisis. It is worth listening and involving the students, also non-regular employees we wish to help because their views and discernment is the tool to accurately respond to what the institution need in this time of quarantine.

Over the past few days, students’ sentiments and perceptions became an important determinant to show how a Higher Education Industry (HEI) imbibes the values of progressive leadership — whether they acknowledge the need to open their ears and hearts to self-awareness or not. Emotionally coping with this strange invisible enemy named COVID-19 was a challenge for all. Online classes is done in normal situations, we’re in the middle of a crisis. It is impossible for ‘all’ students to fulfill their requirements, communication and learning-wise. It is so unfair to not take considerations, especially in state universities, where over half of the population is living in a life of “one scratch, one peck.”

According to the Philippine Constitution, higher education institutions are mandated, whether public or private, to operate within an environment of laws and policies that aim to guarantee and protect the right to education of all citizens by ensuring that institutions of learning promote access, equity.... Going back, I believe that giving bunch of works and requirements in this outbreak doesn’t promote enough access and equity.

Another option is providing learning materials for students who don’t have enough resources such as gadgets, internet etc… But what if they lend it as future investment for facilities, laboratories and equipment that they lack of? Another reason to think. Still, we cannot deny the fact that we are not yet ready for this situation, and so, flexible learning.

According to Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Prospero de Vera, months of May to July should be used to ‘prepare’ for the flexible learning system, which will be implemented for the coming academic year. Needless to say, rolling out flexible learning at this moment is unnecessary ?again, we are not yet prepared. But in an unfortunate instance, everyone is not just physically dealing with their health, but also mentally. In this unexpected time in history, we might develop feelings of fear, anxiety and stress in that plays and overwhelms their overall welfare. According to The University of British Columbia, to understand stress and the stress response, one needs to recognize someone else’s stress.

Students’ mental health is one major problem, as they grapple between prioritizing their welfare and their academic requirements. In a published article of Anjali Hazari, a research conducted over the past 30 years has shown that students learn better when they perceive the learning environment ? refers to the social, psychological context in whixh learning occurs ?positively. In that, I believe schools need to adhere this problem Generation Z and Alpha (which we call millennial) facing right now. What doesn’t seem a problem for a person might be a major problem for another. If a student from a university has infected with the virus, I hope none, how is he gonna fulfill his academic requirements? Is he gonna fail his subjects? With all the privacy and discrimination to the victims of the deadly virus, I’m crossing my fingers that you won’t leave them behind.

Student-driven solutions to educational inequity is all we want. Involving students’ sentiments into the process of decision making is vital in the light of COVID-19, because they can give clues on how effective a university is, especially their feedbacks about the institution’s present condition. Their comments can reveal the institutions’ weakest points, and if enough of them share the same discernment, maybe it’s time to re-calibrate and reassess. Students’ criticism should be taken constructively. It’s not yet late to change the imposed guidelines and policies for new normal. I believe that change isn’t just a diversion, but a proper way of learning. Dropping some ego will not make an HEI less competent during this crisis. If HEI still pursue to give boatload of academic works, in a life where the main reason to study is to afford a ticket to our dreams, we have nothing to do but follow and be a slave of our dreams in this uncertain time.

To understand the students on a deeper level, higher education institution must learn how to listen without judgement. We are locked in a cell that has no bars and we became prisoners of the threat that is beyond our control. This is not a crusade of the slaves, but it’s the perfect time to listen to the collective voices of the people ? we are your learners, not your slaves.

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What patterns do you see and where is the 'epicenter' of the epidemic?
A map produced by the Uniervsity of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technolgy shows hotspots where COVID-19 is most prevalent in Metro Manila. The map was posted on Facebook by biological data scientist Darwin Bandoy.The map shows a concentration ...

The Melancholic Cry of the nation

By Lhorie Faith L. Wakat

Losing our loved ones is always a painful journey that we have to face, but what makes a painful journey more dreadful? Is it remembering the good old days you’ve spent with them or the remaining days you wished to spend with them?

As you step outside, it's like you've entered a movie scene where roads are all empty, the whirling of the wind was louder than before, and silence broke the rowdy streets. Despite the quietness of the city, lies the fear and agony of the people. The silent cries of the grieving family and the unfortunate deaths of COVID-19 victims. The death that startled and frightened everyone. Thousands of fighters that have lost their battles. The pandemic has taken the lives of every child, mother, and father of a family. Just like Liza, who expressed her grief in losing her mother whom she described as healthy and fit before she tested positive for the virus. "My mother Nida Cortes Paqueo died shortly after her 67th birthday," and described the tragic demise of her mother, "My beautiful mother, Nida was cremated. She died alone without her loving family and friends around her. She was cremated, alone without ceremony or tribute.”

This scenario portrays the situation of thousand families who're bereaving from the deaths of their loved ones, it made them felt like someone grabbed all opportunity they had to be with them and now they’re left with nothing but a heavyweight that they have to carry. The scariest part of dying is being buried to death having the feeling of restlessness. The thought of having no one to talk to and only loneliness lingers the room. What saddens me the most are the words left unspoken turned into tears as they knowingly faced death, alone.

Victims suffered not just physically but also emotionally. They're isolated within the four walls, yearning for their family's affection; entertaining themselves as they watch nurses and doctors countlessly enters the room. It’s like their sadness is eating them alive, wishing for this misery to end but it didn’t. Every weeping family’s despair is having the desire to caress the hands of their precious ones and reassure them with endless support in times of their despair; longing to give them warm hugs and stay with them during their darkest times, but it only happened when they bid each other goodbyes, as they grasp the jar of ashes.

COVID-19 gives us eerie memories of tragic deaths and unsettling situations that are depriving us of living our ordinary lives. A dolorous battle against an unseen foe, living life as if every day is an uphill struggle that we have to face. The sad state of affairs that's hovering our beloved country, how many more lives will it take for this catastrophe to end?

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Celeste Legaspi May 8, 2020
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Four students from different schools share their thoughts and experiences on the issue.
Ever since COVID-19 forced colleges and universities to fully commit to online modes of learning, students have faced the repercussions of shifting to a new mode of education in the middle of a major multi-sectoral threat. While they worry about their futures, they ...
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I was, but I am not. Desperately, I am trying to reach you – my hope. I am in this particular space in my own constructed world where doubts and frustrations recur. Emphasizing how scared I am being here, I never explored this area before. I was always in those places filled with benevolence, hope shining like the light the sun and the moon possess. And I didn’t have any plans to visit a ‘dark’ place, as how I described it then. But, as funny as how my world suddenly flipped, I am now here, completely lost with monsters persuading me to go insane.

How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.

LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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