Pattaya – Pattaya City has continued to sponsor and participate in food giveaways to hundreds of needy people at the Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya during the Covid -19 crisis this week. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, thousands of businesses are forced to close currently in Pattaya and Chonburi, including the cities lifeblood tourism, hospitality, and entertainment industry. Unfortunately, cases continue to rise overall and there is no sign of loosening restrictions or easing closure orders anytime soon. On top of this, according to many people who have been laid off or lost their jobs, there has been little to no financial aid from the central government. Major Jeerawat Sukhontasap, the head of Pattaya City Law Enforcement, told The Pattaya News, “This area at the Bali Hai Pier was previously used for people to do activities like skateboarding and before that tourism arrivals. However, during Covid-19, this area has not been used due to Covid -19 measurements and we have ... » Learn More about Pattaya City residents continue food giveaways to hundreds of needy people during Covid-19 crisis around Pattaya
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
The pandemic has drawn families, including pets, closer together. Being stuck inside a bedroom-turned-classroom has turned our pets into classmates as well. I live with my four dogs, Obi (a German Shepherd), Snow (a Labrador), Chewy (their son – what we call a “Huskador” or “Labsky”), and Solo (a Beagle). A year and a half into this pandemic, and being at home has given me an opportunity to rekindle my fondness for dogs. There’s science behind the effect of dogs on mental health. Most of these studies were conducted on patients undergoing in-house long-term care. Given the current circumstances, our being on lockdown for the duration of the pandemic provides evidence enough of the help our dogs can offer us. Owning a pet is a give-and-take relationship. Throughout the time I've continued to spend with my dogs, I’ve paid more attention to their needs, and they, in turn, have helped me to reflect on the way I take care of myself. It takes a lot of steps to take ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Self-care, as told by dogs
Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
54 olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were released into the ocean on Saturday Puerto Princesa City by the Palawan Medical Society (PMS) to increase awareness and participation in environmental protection. The olive ridley sea turtles have been classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Photos contributed by Johann Fabello PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines —Fifty-four olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were released into the ocean on Saturday, in Barangay Simpocan, a coastal village in this city. Dr. Paul Saludez, president of the Palawan Medical Society (PMS), said this was the second activity of the medical organization to increase awareness and participation in environmental protection. “We are hoping to sustain these efforts by involving Palawenyo doctors and their families to pass on the idea of protecting wildlife,” Saludez said. The activity was done in ... » Learn More about 54 baby sea turtles released back to sea in Puerto Princesa City
KORONADAL CITY—Retired Maj. Gen. Agustin Dema-ala, a bemedaled, battle-hardened Army officer in Mindanao, who rose from the ranks, passed away due to illness. He was 70. Dema-ala, who was suffering from a liver ailment, died at a hospital in Davao City Tuesday afternoon. He mostly fought the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the dreaded kidnap-for-ransom Pentagon Gang in Central Mindanao, and the Abu Sayyaf terrorists during his colorful military stint. Before retiring in 2006, Dema-ala was commander of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division based in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, the stronghold of the MILF. He also served as chief of the Joint Task Force Jolo on the island-province of Sulu, a known bailiwick of the Abu Sayyaf. Dema-ala, a native of South Cotabato, was not a product of the premiere Philippine Military Academy. He entered the Philippine Army through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. After retiring from military service, he forayed into politics ... » Learn More about Bemedaled ex-Army general Dema-ala passes away
Resident Jon Cappleman prepares to defend his home during the Dixie fire in Twain, California on July 24, 2021. AFP TWAIN, United States — Even as dense smoke from an enormous wildfire blows closer to Jon Cappleman’s home in rural northern California, the 60-something man rebuffs calls to evacuate. “A lot of people think we’re foolish,” he says. But if it comes down to it, Cappleman has a plan: he will fight the flames of the Dixie Fire himself. Cappleman and his wife, whose home lies nestled in a pine forest near the town of Twain, hope they have thought of everything, down to the minute details. For several days, they have used a pump and blue pipes to siphon water from a nearby creek in an effort to keep the ground around their house damp. And Cappleman and his wife have spent all year keeping the surrounding area clear of flammable brush. Their goats take care of the spots they have missed. ‘Nerve-wracking’ “It’s a simple operation, but it works,” Cappleman, ... » Learn More about Refusing evacuation, California resident plans to fight fire himself