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Almost 600 doctors and nurses in the Philippines volunteer to help fight COVID-19

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With the pandemic that we are facing right now, what are you doing as a concern citizen to help solve the invisible enemy? DOH had been calling healthcare workers to volunteer to help with this crisis. The decision of responding on that call is risking their own life for the others welfare. 

Reported on Saturday,brave individuals and modern heroes reach up to 593 health warriors (as of 6pm this Saturday) to help fight the deadly disease. They have been supporting the Department of Health as the number of cases in the Philippines continue to rise. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, they signed up and will be distributed in the three different government hospitals assigned by the Department of Health (DOH) for the COVID-19 patients. The Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City are the three hospitals mentioned by Vergeire. 

The DOH will implement a “two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off” policy for the volunteers. As explained by Vergeire, those volunteer frontliners will undergo a two-weeks of quarantine after serving the COVID-19 patients for two-weeks. 

“Sa bawat dalawang linggong duty, ang healthcare worker ay kailangang sumailalim sa two-week qurantine period pagkatapos,” she explained. 

As of Saturday, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 1,075 with 68 deaths and 35 recoveries.

These brave modern heroes deserve to be praised. They are not after of money in responding to the call of the DOH. They are willing to sacrifice their lives in service of their fellow Filipino suffering from that highly infectious disease. Taking yourself up to volunteer in that call is a big decision not just for the healthcare worker but also including their families. 

As a Filipino citizen, what is your share to help solve COVID-19? What are your thoughts for these health warriors? Let us hear from you through putting your comments below.

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A wake up call? Food vendors sa Virgin Island ng Bohol, ‘out for good’ na

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Ang alkalde ng Panglao, Bohol ay nagdesisyon nang hindi na papayagan ang mga nagtitinda, o vendors, sa kanilang Virgin Island matapos ang viral na social media post kaugnay sa napakamahal na pagkaing ibinebenta sa mga turista sa popular ilang sandbar.

Matatandaan na noong unang linggo ng Agosto ay isinara pansamantala ang isla matapos ang mag-viral ng isang Facebook post na nagsaasabing ang grupo (13 katao) na bumisita sa isla ay nagbayad P26,100 para sa seafood at mga inumin na kanilang inorder mula sa local vendors noong July 29.

Ayon kay Mayor Edgardo “Boy” Arcay, ang desisyon ng lokal na pamahalaan na ipagbawal na ang pagtitinda doon ay upang mapanatili ang pagdagsa ng mga bumibisita sa kanilang bayan.

Aniya, “Tourists come here, not only because of our beautiful beaches, but also because of honest people. If food prices are overpriced, no one will visit Panglao again.”

Sinabi rin ni Mayor Arcay na hindi na umano kailangang i-regulate ang presyo ng pagkain sa Virgin Island  pagkat ang lahat ng 18 vendors ay pinagbawalan nang muling mag-set up ng kanilang food stalls doon.

Dagdag pa niya, ang operasyon ng vendors doon ay hindi legal pagkat ni wala silang business permits. Naglabas na umano sila ng closure notice noong ika-3 ng Agosto.

Tungkol naman sa boat trips sa Vitgin Island, sinabi rin ni Mayor Arcay na ang mga ito ay sinuspinde lamang sumandali habang iniimbestigahan ang mga reklamo mula sa mga turista kaugnay sa isyu ng ‘overpriced food.’ Ang mga bumibisita sa isla ay welcome na welcome umano sa Virgin Island upang ma-enjoy ang kanilang sandbar at malinaw na katubigan sa kanilang island hopping toiurs.

He said tourists are welcome to stop on Virgin Island and enjoy its sandbar and clear waters during their island hopping tours.

“It’s paradise once again,” ito ang nasabi umano ng isang turistang Norwegian na dati nang nakapasyal sa isla taong 2018. Nawala na kasi ang mga nakatayong tindahan sa sandbar ng isla.

Pahayag naman ni Bohol provincial administrator Aster Caberte, marapat na matutunan g mga vendors ang leksyon sa pangyayaring iyon para hindi mawalan ng ganang dumayo roon ang mga turista, lokal man o international guests.

“This is a wake-up call for them,” ani Caberte.

Sa panig naman ng nag-post kaugnay sa isyu ng overpricing, aniya, “It is not my intention to destroy any businesses on the island but purely awareness, especially for the local tourists who are planning to relax from the crowded city and toxic jobs whose budget is very limited. If ever I offended everyone, my apology to you all.”

Read: ‘Overpriced food’ in Virgin island goes viral; Panglao mayor orders investigation to check food prices

Samantala, may FB post naman ang isang netizen na Boholano, si ML Tagupa, tungkol sa pangyayari sa Virgin Island.

“This is not the first time that this happened, it doesn’t happen only in Bohol too.

“Let’s put in mind that everything happens for a reason. With God’s grace and guidance, the 26k bill is actually a blessing for this administration.

“The 26k Virgin Island thing now leads to a direction where the local government can rectify what hasn’t been given attention during the previous administration.”

Dagdag pa niya, Let us all be responsible in taking care of Mother Nature, after all, we don’t want nature to destroy us.”

Tama nga naman!

Samantala, huwag alalahanin ang mga vendors na nakaugnay sa pagbabagong ito. Sila ay ililipat sa ibang lugar na naaayon sa pagpili ng municipal governement, pahayag ni Leigh Sinica, municipal tourism officer, ayon sa Bohol Chronicle.

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Lydia De Vega’s daughter announces the passing of her iconic mother at age 57

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The Philippine track and field legend Lydia de Vega, ‘Asia’s fastest woman in the 80’s,  has returned to our Creator at the age of 57.

This piece of very heartbeaking news was announced by De Vega’s daughter, Stephanie Mercado de Koenigswarter, through a Facebook post on the evening of August 10.

On behalf of our family, it is with absolute grief that I announce the death of my mother, Lydia De Vega, this evening, August 10, 2022, at the Makati Medical Center.

“She fought the very good fight and is now at peace.

“Wake details will be announced very soon but for now, I would wholeheartedly appreciate your prayers for the soul of my mother.

“Maraming salamat po!”

Lydia’s daughter had earlier shared on her FB wall a video of a mass being held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Project 8 for the healing of her mother; hours before her announcement of her mother’s passing.

It was on July 20, 2022 when Stephanie disclosed to the public that her mother was in critical condition due to complications of the latter’s Stage 4 breast cancer.

She said in her post, “My dearest mother, Lydia de Vega, is in very critical condition due to complications caused by her Stage 4 Breast Cancer condition. She was diagnosed with this in 2018 and has been silently fighting the disease for the past 4 years. As the disease is progressing, her condition is quickly worsening despite undergoing many procedures including brain surgery.”

She then requested everyone “to please pray for her in this desperate time of need.”

Stephanie also asked for financial assistance to help cover her mother’s medical expenses and  whole-heartedly thanked everyone in advance.

In another post, she expessed gratefulness for the outpour of support and donations sent their way.

“The overwhelming support we have receiving for my mom so far has been unbelievable. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you for your prayers and donations,” she said with utmost gratitude.

Even Pinoy Olympian and pole vault World No. EJ Obiena and his team contributed to Lydia’s medical expenses.

He shared in a post right after the World Championships, “On the flight back to Italy, it occurred to me that despite my own training needs, Mam Lydia needs this money more than I do. So, I am hereby pledging to gift these 250,000 pesos once paid, directly to the family of Lydia De Vega for her medical expenses.” 

Read: EJ Obiena ibibigay kay Lydia de Vega ang incentive na kanyang matatanggap mula sa PSC

“In total, Team Obiena will pledge 500,000 pesos to Mam Lydia and her family. We hope this makes a difference and gives Mam Lydia added strength to battle this horrible disease. God bless you and give you strength Mam Lydia,” he added.

Let Your Will Be Done

Eleven days after  her mom’s tracheotomy and paracentesis, Lydia bade her last farewell. It was the Lord’s will to free her from pain and  suffering.

The legendary Lydia De Vega was a native of Meycauayan City, Bulacan. She earned the tagline as Asia’s fastest woman in the 1980s.

Thank you for the honor you have given to the Filipinos. Rest in peace, Lodi. Salute!

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Sen. Sonny Angara sa kanyang birthday celeb, nakalikom ng P3M para sa PGH Foundation

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Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-50 kaarawan ni Senador Sonny Angara, na dinaluhan ni Pangulong Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., ay nakalikom siya ng P3-milyon para sa Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Foundation.

Ang birthday celebration ni Angara ay tinawag na isang party na may layunin dahil ang mga dumalo ay hinimok na mag-donate sa kanyang napiling kawanggawa sa halip na magdala ng mga regalo, ayon sa kanyang Communications Director na si Dennis Legaspi.

Nag-post naman si Angara sa kanyang Instagram account noong Linggo Agosto 7 kaugnay dito. “Best part of the night is that we raised over P3 million for the PGHFoundation — our chosen beneficiary in lieu of gifts,” aniya.

“God bless all of you for giving generously, madami po kayong matutulungang mahihirap na pasyente,” dagdag pa niya.

Ipinaliwanag ni Legaspi sa mga mamamahayag sa isang mensahe na taon-taon, sa tuwing kaarawan umano ng senador, ay nagdo-donate talaga siya.

“In lieu of gifts po kasi, we exhorted the guests to instead donate to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation, Inc. Yearly po tuwing birthday ni Sen (Angara), nagdo-donate talaga siya dyan,” pagbabahagi ni Legaspi.

Bukod sa Pangulo at sa First Lady na si Liza Araneta-Marcos, dumalo rin sa pagdiriwang ng kaarawan ni Angara ang iba pang opisyal ng gobyerno.

Kumalat online ang isang video ni Pang. Marcos na kumakanta kasama ang iba pang mga senador na umani ng papuri at batikos mula sa mga netizens.

Ang video ay ipinost sa Facebook ni Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla, asawa ni Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, “Happy 50th Bday Sen. Sonny Angara! What a treat! All Senators sang together with Pres. Bongbong Marcos on your special day.”

Ikinatwiran ng mga kritiko na habang ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno ay nagpa-party, ang mga Pilipino ay dumaranas ng epekto ng mataas na inflation at iba pang mga isyung sosyo-ekonomiko.

Samantala, higit na mas marami naman ang nagpahayag ng kasiyahan na makitang magkakasamang nagse-celebrate ang mga government officials; tila isang senyales umano ng unity.

“First time ko makakita ng ganito kasaya mga senators magandang pangitain kung magkasundo lahat mga senators at bumabanat ang pangulo natin hehehe ang saya saya. God bless to all.”

“Happy bday Sen Angara what a nice bonding with .our govt officials and with our beloved pres PBBM. Ang sayang tingnan di ba.. ganyan dpat eh united Ang mga govt officials natin.”

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