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    Technology and Security Leaders Unite at Tech Talk 2018

    November 21st, 2018

    Check out these TechSec industry leaders as they talk about the current trends.

    Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event.

    THE tech industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace and if people are not fully invested in keeping up with the latest developments, they might feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information available.

    This is why WOCEE and WOSAS 2018, the biggest technology and security expo in the country respectively, are bringing together leaders from the industry to give valuable Tech Talks on different aspects of the tech scene to help people stay on track with current trends in technology and security. Here are a few interesting topics which the experienced speakers will talk about during the two-day event.

    Nowadays, it is best to be prepared for any attacks, may they be physical or digital, in every company. Knowledge on how to deal with these dangerous scenarios may save companies and individuals from disasters that may occur.

    A talk on crisis management will be given by Munnies Pillai, a 35-year veteran of the security industry.

    Prakash Christiansen, a 20-year veteran in the business, will also elaborate on the topic of “Cyber Security Threat in Today’s Economic Condition.”

    Dr. Lois Reyes and Michael Datuin will each give a talk on the importance of Campus Security and Health.

    Carlo Ople, a known name in the YouTube and digital marketing industry will talk about the ins and outs of “How to be a Youtuber,” from a business perspective.

    Sean Si, a search engine optimization expert, will talk about how to build “Digital Influence” in today’s over saturated digital market.

    Dean Armada and Angel Redoble will also be giving their own talks about the unknown threats in national and cyber security.

    The Tech Talk will be happening December 6 and 7 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. Join other exciting events at the 2nd World of Consumer Electronics Exposition (WOCEE) and the 2nd World of Safety and Security (WOSAS), which will be on going until December 8!

    Grounds are open from 10am up to 8pm and. Skip long queues! Pre-register online at www.wocee.ph or www.wosas.ph. Learn from experienced figures in the industry at Tech Talk 2018.

    Sources: https://www.globale2c.com.sg/munies-pillai/

    https://www.ifsec.events/philippines/agenda/speakers/mr-prakash-christiansen

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcHRUtEO1xAuhGFoaorY8pA

    https://seo-hacker.net/who-is-sean-si/

     

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    Eat right & live right with HealthyMealsPH!

    November 20th, 2018

    EATING a healthy diet doesn’t have to boring, bland and complicated. It’s about eating the right amount, right calories without depriving ourselves to enjoy our food. Food must help us feel great, have more energy for the day, to improve our health, to be physically fit and even helping our mood to become happy and healthy all throughout the day!

    HealthyMealsPh does just that! We deliver fresh reaching as far as Caloocan to Quezon City, Pasig , Valenzuela, Makati, Marikina, Navotas and a lot more! For as low as PhP2,000.00 to PhP2,400.00 (depending on the calories) per week, you will enjoy the goodness and freshness of food delivered right in your door step and you can bring with you anywhere you want!

    We also serve High Protein which gives you the energy to get up and go, Ketogenic Meals which is one of the most popular meals worldwide to shed excess weight and improves health and of course sweet treats that you can indulge in without the guilt feeling!

    HealthyMealsPh is highly recommended by a lot of celebrities, social media influencers, health enthusiasts, athletes, young professionals and business owners who are always on the go everyday! They’ve experienced total transformation in a matter of less than 60 days and are very happy that HealthyMealsPh food keep them healthy, young, vibrant and full of energy despite and inspire the hectic schedule.

    As they say when you’re cutting of unhealthy food in your diet, it’s very important that we replace them with real healthy food and focus on how you feel after eating. You must feel great and this is what HealthyMealsPh is all about!

    Rad Pelayo, owner & founder of HealthyMealsPh says “ Healthy Food is meant to be enjoyed by everyone that’s why we do not only deliver, we also open our doors to catering services for parties, special occasions or gathering that will truly enjoy from main course to dessert and soon our first store will be opened to cater to those who are on the go and if you want to have your own business, we are franchising HealthyMealsPh very very soon, we will definitely keep you posted! Eat right and live right, thats our goal for HealthyMealsPh”.

    HealthyMealsPh Catering and Stores was officially launched on November 08, 2018 at The Ark by Unionbank in Ayala Avenue, Makati City with special guests celebrity singers Lance Edward and Moira Lacambra who are HealthyMealsPh ambassadors as well.

    Pelayo further adds “We are thrilled to share our mission of promoting a holistic lifestyle by serving complete and balanced meals, prepared fresh daily by our seasoned chefs”

    We are happy to announce that we are launching catering services especially now that the Holiday Season is just around the corner, we need to make sure that even if you eat a lot in parties, you are eating healthy food! We are also excited to launch our first HealthyMealsPh Store April St. Congressional Village in Quezon City.

    For more details on food delivery, catering services and store franchising call 09175424015 or message us on Facebook www.fb.com/healthymealsphBRT.

     

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    QC urges SC to designate a special court to handle local law offenses

    November 19th, 2018

    TO deliver speedy disposition of local cases and help declog municipal and regional trial courts, the Quezon City Council passed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to designate a special court in all cities and municipalities to handle cases of violation of local ordinances.

    City Resolution 7601-2018, introduced by Councilors Gian Carlo G. Sotto and Godofredo Liban II, states that infractions of city or municipal ordinances is a perennial occurrence in barangays that contribute to the heavy workload of trial courts.

    The lack of special courts that exclusively handle, hear, and decide all cases of infractions of City or Municipal Ordinances unduly forces longer imprisonment of suspects, the City Council said.

    Inordinate delay in the resolution of cases involving infraction of city or municipal ordinances causes the clogging of detention cells, vulnerability of inmates to illnesses, and injustices for languishing in jail more than the penalty to be imposed on them,” the resolution reads.

    Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code, provides that cities and municipalities may impose minimal fine and a shorter period of imprisonment on ordinance infractions.

    A municipal ordinance offender may be fined up to PhP2,500 or imprisoned of up to six months while a city ordinance may be fined up to hPP5,000 pesos or imprisoned of up to a year.

     

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    South Korea, take your garbage back- EcoWaste Coalition

    November 18th, 2018

    Ecowaste members during Thursday’s protest action in front of the South Korean embassy

    THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, asked the South Korean government to act with dispatch and take back its garbage which was brought to the country using bogus importation papers.

    The demand was aired Thursday by the coalition while holding a peaceful protest action outside the Embassy of the Republic of South Korea. The group submitted a letter to Ambassador Han Dong-man urging his government to act decisively to ensure the speedy return of tons of its waste that are now sitting at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, and in a warehouse in Cagayan de Oro City.

    Dubbed as the “Korea: Basura Out of the Philippines Action (K-BOP),” the event drew the public’s attention to the 5,100 metric tons of plastic and other waste materials, including used dextrose tubes, diapers, batteries, bulbs, and electronic equipment, impounded at the MICT.

    According to the Bureau of Customs, the waste materials were mis-declared as “plastic synthetic flakes” and was hidden among the hundreds of giant bales of garbage found at a Cagayan de Oro warehouse.

    To underline their demand for environmental justice, coalition members brought with them a big garbage-filled box marked “Back to Seoul, while brandishing a banner that says “please take your garbage back” complete with Korean translation. The protesters blew whistles to draw attention to this latest dumping scandal.

    “As the first ASEAN country to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea in 1949, as an active supporter of the peace and reconciliation efforts in the Korean peninsula, as a major trading partner, and as the nation of some 66,000 Filipinos working or living in South Korea, we strongly believe that the Philippines, a sovereign country, deserves not to be treated as a garbage dump,” wrote EcoWaste Coalition President Eileen Sison.

    “In fact, we believe no country or community should be debased as a dumping ground for garbage.”

    1,200 tons of South Korean trash smuggled into Mindanao port | News …
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    Meanwhile, EcoWaste Coalition National coordinator Aileen Lucero expressed concern about the practice of exporting toxic garbage.

    “We are concerned that plastics that are difficult or are costly to recycle in your country are being dumped in low- and middle-income countries such as the Philippines in the guise of ‘recycling,’” Lucero noted.

    With China shutting its doors to foreign waste imports effective January this year “to protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health,” the EcoWaste Coalition expressed its fear that plastic wastes from developed economies like the Republic of Korea are getting diverted to other low- and middle-income countries that are already burdened by mounting waste problems and other critical socio-economic and developmental challenges.

    “The Philippines has a serious plastic waste problem that is already spilling into the world’s oceans, and the export of plastic scraps and mis-declared waste materials from the Republic of Korea is only exacerbating our plastic dilemma,” Lucero emphasized.

    The EcoWaste Coalition pointed out that this is not the first incident of garbage from South Korea being dumped in the Philippines.

    In February 2017, some 5,000 metric tons of mixed wastes, mis-declared as “solid granular particles of wood chips and synthetic resin,” arrived at the Port of Cebu and were subsequently shipped back to South Korea upon the order of the Philippines Bureau of Customs and the Cebu Port Authority.

    To make sure that garbage dumping will never occur again, the EcoWaste Coalition called upon the South Korean government to strengthen regulatory controls that will prevent the export of its garbage to low- and middle-income countries in the name of “recycling.”

    “Any trade in plastic waste should be subjected to strict controls based on the numerous negative experiences of Southeast Asian countries, and responsibility for dealing with them must be shouldered by manufacturers, following extended producer responsibility, and close to the source as possible,” the group emphasized.

    The group further urged the South Korean government to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries even for recycling purposes.
    As head of the South Korean foreign mission in the Philippines, the EcoWaste Coalition requested Ambassador Han Dong-man to raise the matter to the immediate attention of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae.

     

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    Christians: the only Bible that non-Christians will ever see

    November 17th, 2018

    By Khushbakht Peters*

    I belong to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is a Muslim majority country, where out of the population of 193 million only five per cent are religious minorities. 2.5 per cent are Christian, with the remaining 2.5 per cent comprising of Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’i, Kalasha, Parsis and Buddhists. Living in any country as a religious minority has its challenges. These appear in educations, finances and social status, and even more troublesome challenge comes in the form of intolerance, a generalised unacceptability towards religious minorities.

    Times are changing, and with more awareness by the media, education and emphasis on human rights, this intolerance is reducing day by day. But still in many parts of the country narrow-mindedness prevails, more in the rural areas than in the cities. This bigotry can also be seen to greater extent when a person goes higher up in their studies and career. A common example of this is the minority seats in professional government colleges, one seat per college, for which many students of the religious minorities apply. Through this there is an assurance that only those few who end up receiving an education on those seats would excel, a strategic way of not allowing many other students who are from a different faiths to succeed.

    Another challenge that we face as Pakistani Christians is that most of us are financially weak. As we progress in our studies, fewer and fewer families are able to support their children in their college and university studies. As a result only a few Christians get to a professional level.

    With all the challenges, the ones who cannot face them end up leaving the country. No doubt, it is an easy option. But to stay in the country and face the everyday challenges requires guts. I feel it as a courage that only God is able to provide. These are the people who truly make a difference, an impact in the society. They are ones who bring about a revolution where they are placed.

    When I got into the medical college, I was the only Christian in a class of 250 students. After my graduation, I started working at a state tertiary care hospital where I was the only Christian doctor in the entire hospital. Now, as most of you would be able to relate, being the only Christian in your class or college or working place, this become quite pressurising sometimes. One of the reasons for this is that you are under a constant scrutiny. Others whenever talking about you will usually refer as “that Christian girl / boy”. It can be quite uncomfortable some times. But why not take up such a situation and make something great out of it?

    Dr. Seuss said “Why fit in when you were born to stand out”. We as Christians, in a non-Christian working environment, can sometimes not totally fit in. So instead, why don’t we use this to our advantage?

    Where I come from, most of the people rarely have an interaction with Christians in a position of authority in the working place. Like I said before, since many Christians are not able to get higher education and therefore cannot reach to good jobs. The few who do receive an education and reach a position of authority are respected by the people around them, but are also scrutinised greatly, which makes their working environment twice as hard.

    As a Christian, in most cases we are the only Bible that non-Christians will ever see. So it is essential to try to live according to the guidance that is provided in the New Testament or in other words, become the living Bible. It is written in Colossians 3:23:

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

    It is essential for us to work with compassion and with all our heart. This will not only bless us, but will bless those around us, as the work will be done in time and with God’s favour. We should learn to adopt the character of Christ, to be humble as He was, and treat people at our workplace with love and empathy, with respect and kindness regardless of their social status, or faith. It is not easy to do all this, and be out there by yourself. But it is said in Philippians 4:13:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Another important role that Christians having professional jobs contribute is, in making character of the people who are junior to them; becoming a role model. By behaving in a way as the Bible teaches us, with compassion and kindness, we are able to lift up and encourage them, something that is not common in the world nowadays, where everyone is busy in trying to concentrate on himself only.

    It is then these people who respect Christians because of the impact with the one Christian they had; they tell their families about their experiences. And so this respect gets passed on from them to their families, and more religious tolerance develops in the society. However, that being said, there will always be those still that will say that a religious minority, or more specifically a Christian should not be in a place of authority. But such people are always a few. Because of them we should not lose confidence in ourselves.

    The lives that we manage to change along our journey are more important and more in number than those who disapprove of us. We should continue live like “a Living Epistle of Christ” with utmost faith in God, and always remember that the Holy Spirit is with us.

    This piece was published with permission from the author.

    *An eye surgeon from the united Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Peshawar. She writes about the challenge of living as a Christian in a minority context.

     

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    Eight reasons not to miss the 18th World Bazaar Festival

    November 17th, 2018

    Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event.

    NOW on its 18th year, the World Bazaar Festival – the country’s longest running annual charity bazaar is back to present another unforgettable holiday experience with a “Boogie Woobie” Christmas!

    At WBF 2018, bazaar goers can expect to find a cool, retro-themed bazaar ambiance along with an array of event highlights that will surely evoke the same unfiltered happiness that we often associate with bygone holiday memories.

    For a complete rundown of what to expect, here are the must-see pocket activities and signature event highlights that are set to unfold at this year’s WBF!

    A shopping extravaganza like no other

    Housing over 800 booths made up of local and foreign exhibitors from countries such as Thailand, India, and Singapore, easily find all your holiday shopping needs at WBF 2018! What’s more is that, aside from the wide array of products and gift ideas, there will also be specialized shopping sites within the venue such as the Designers Avenue, the Christmas Village, and the Department of Agriculture Pavilion.

    Kid idols are back to bring magic and joy in our hearts

    Guaranteed to tickle the hearts of many and put a smile on everyone’s faces are the participating kids at this year’s Woobie’s Kid Idol Competition which is set to happen on December 15 at WBF 2018.

    Holiday hymns and beats

    A series of music-filled events will be happening throughout the 10-day bazaar such as the Street Dance Competition on December 16, the Himig ng Pasko choir singing competition on December 20, and the Christmas Carol with the Angels singing charity event.

    Delectable holiday goodies to go

    Find all your favorite pinoy goodies like Chocovron, Poland Hopia, Tita Ely’s products, and so much more at Woobie’s Goodies.

    Up your style game at Bloggers United

    Coming together for a holiday edition of the Bloggers United are some of the country’s top fashion and beauty bloggers. To be held on December 15 at WBF 2018, this season’s BU is a great opportunity to score awesome and affordable finds from the most stylish influencers in the metro.

    Shop your favorite star’s closet

    At this year’s Celebrity Pavilion, not only will visitors get the chance to meet their favorite showbiz personalities but also, shop their closets.

    A pet affair to remember

    Pet parents are sure to enjoy a fun-filled day with their pets with the series of pet-centered events happening at WBF 2018. On December 15, dress up your pets for a chance to win prizes at the 12 Dogs of Christmas. Meanwhile, Woobie’s Pet Expo is a one-day shopping event that will feature a diverse selection of all things pet-related.

    Shop and dine to your heart’s content

    After a long day of shopping, head on over to Woobie’s Food World to rest, relax, and bond with your loved ones over good food and drinks such as Yellow Mango, World of Fries, Snowcone, McDonald’s, King Sue, Sushie Kenzie, and Chops to Go to name a few.

    A time for giving

    At the heart of WBF is its desire to make every holiday season meaningful for every Filipino. Just like in the past, this year’s WBF visitors are given the chance to take part in humble acts of charity as part of the proceeds from the show will be for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.

    Organized by Worldbex Services International, the 18th World Bazaar Festival in partnership with ABSCBN is officially opening its doors from December 12 to 22, 2018, from Sunday to Thursday (12nn -10pm) and Friday to Saturday (10am -12 MN), at the World Trade Center Manila. For more information, follow World Bazaar Festival on Facebook and @worldbazaarfestival on Instagram or go to www.worldbazaarfestival.com.

     

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    ‘That’s Reality’: Duterte Tells US South China Sea is Now in ‘Beijing’s Hands’

    November 16th, 2018

    By Sputnik News

    PH President Rodrigo Duterte © AP Photo / Aaron Favila

    BEIJING currently controls the vast majority of islands, reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, which are also claimed by a number of other nations in the region, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Washington against bickering with Beijing over the South China Sea, which he conceded is already possessed by China.

    “China is already in possession [of the South China Sea]. It’s now in their hands. So why do you have to create frictions […] that will prompt a response from China? That’s a reality, and America and everybody should realise that China is there,” Duterte told journalists on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore.

    He also suggested that the South China Sea-related conflicts could best be settled by means of direct talks between China and the ASEAN countries.

    Such negotiations should be held without the US and its allies, which fuel tensions by conducting “freedom of navigation exercises,” according to Duterte.

    “Everything’s been excellent between China and the rest of ASEAN, except for the fact that there’s friction between the Western nations and China,” he pointed out.

    His remarks came after leaders of ASEAN countries adopted a binding code of conduct on the South China Sea, in a move that was earlier initiated by Washington.

    Although the US has repeatedly voiced concern over Beijing increasing its clout in the South China Sea, it mostly limited its reaction to verbal reproach.

    The war of words come as US Navy ships continue to carry out “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea, with US Air Force bombers sometimes conducting “flyovers” over the area.

    Apart from China, the Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands, which are among the more frequently disputed territories, are also claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. China has exerted de facto control over the Paracels since 1974.

    (Read More: https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811151069838732-duterte-south-china-sea-beijing/)

     

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    Enhancing the Peoples’ Voice at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference 2018

    November 14th, 2018

    THE ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2018 took place in Singapore early this month .

    Held a week before the 33rd ASEAN Summit chaired by Singapore (Nov. 2 to 4), the event was an intensive 3-day meeting with plenaries, workshops and diverse cultural and film screenings focused on ACSC/APF thematic spaces.

    The conference, organised in Singapore for the second time since 2007, saw more than 200 participants from civil society organizations (CSOs) from 10 ASEAN member states and Timor Leste.

    Convened in collaboration with Think Centre and Task Force for ASEAN Migrant Workers, project partners from Function 8, Project X and UNI-Apro/ASETUC developed this year’s overarching theme “Empowering Peoples’ Solidarity Against All Forms of Discrimination”, centering around convergence themes developed in the Philippines in 2017 with the addition of a sixth new theme “Against All Forms of Discrimination.”

    The key objectives of the ACSC/APF 2018 were to bring to the forefront marginalised and vulnerable groups (migrant communities, transgendered persons, sex workers, youths, persons with disabilities) not previously mainstreamed in the conference while recognising efforts at removing barriers to access and portraying vulnerable groups and marginalised persons favourably and visibly. To encourage greater listening in policy-making than top-down approaches between the authorities and civil society, the Town Hall Meeting comprising ASEAN and European parliamentarians and CSOs was convened on Day One (2 November) with the aims of providing a unique and open space for civil society, parliamentarians, government representatives to engage in human rights and democracy issues in Southeast Asia.

    The meeting discussed ways to work together to build bridges between civil society and policymakers.

    Plenaries comprising local and international speakers centred around topics on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), urban planning and environment, democracy, civil society space and ASEAN community aspirations.

    About 20 workshops were organised across six thematic spaces, including reporting and tracking the implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprints for 2025 and the SAPA (Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy) submission in 2015 for CSOs to engage in the various ASEAN processes.

    The workshops also allowed participants to immerse themselves in creative role-play debating topics such as flexible employment frameworks and minimum wage proposals. Concrete actions were strategised, such as endorsement of a global charter on universal, transformative social protection, increasing the visibility and participation of women and girls, and fighting the normalisation of stereotypes that perpetuate sexual violence in areas of peace and security, trafficking, economic migration and socio-political conflict, resonated across a number of thematic spaces.

    In addition, there were workshops oriented towards migrant worker communities addressing the need for active involvement of ASEAN stakeholders e.g. governments, employers, trade unions, informal workers’ organisations and civil society. Delegates agreed on the collective need to effectively implement recommendations laid out in the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers and the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) report.

    Rights to communicate with families and freedom to travel were emphasised as part of the larger framework for access to justice, social and legal protection of migrant and domestic workers. Information-sharing, dialogue and cooperation amongst CSOs and member governments in human security, climate change, conflicts in the South China Sea and ethnic solidarity movements pertaining to the Rohingya community were identified as essential priorities in the region’s strategic interests in sustainability, peace-building, justice and enhancing the peoples’ voice.

    Environmental issues concerning land use, the Mekong river system, and public-private-peoples’ partnerships were also regarded as instrumental in meeting SDG priorities and ASEAN economic community blueprint goals. Cultural and Social Programs Participants were treated to an array of choir performances, poetry reading, film-screenings and tours to various alternative sites in Singapore including Bukit Brown, community gardens and refugee trails. Films which resonated with convergence space topics in human rights and democracy, migrant livelihoods, corporatism and social protection such as “The Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone”, “Tea Land” and “Drug$: The Price We Pay” enjoyed premiere screenings in Singapore.

    The 3-day event concluded with the drafting of the ACSC/APF 2018 statement summarizing recommendations from the six convergence themes, before a handover ceremony introducing the Regional Steering Committee member and CSO representatives from Thailand who are part of the organizing committee hosting us at the ACSC/APF 2019 next year coinciding with the Thai government chairing of the 34th ASEAN Summit.

     

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    New Queen of Quezon City vows to push for LGBT rights

    November 14th, 2018

    Casey Banes Paculan (2nd from the left) flanked by the other winners of the Queen of QC Pageant. Photo by QC PAISO

    CASEY Paculan of Barangay Pinyahan was crowned the Queen of Quezon City last Saturday during the coronation night of the Queen of QC Pageant at the University of the Philippines Theater.

    Paculan topped 23 other candidate-representatives from Quezon City’s 142 barangays.

    The Queen of Quezon City Pageant is a venue for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community to empower themselves and stop discrimination.

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/10/11/quezon-city-introduces-queen-of-qc-2018-candidates/)

    I am so thankful that we have this kind of pageant, this kind of competition for LGBT. It is a stepping stone towards equality. Pagbubutihin ko po ang pagiging Queen of Quezon City,” Paculan said.

    The pageant winner received PhP300,000 as cash prize and will serve as Quezon City’s chief LGBT rights and welfare advocate.

    Paculan promised she will use her title to spread her message of love to those who discriminate or are ignorant of LGBTs.

    I will pursue my advocacy about proper gender norms because most of the time we are being discriminated not because we are LGBT but because of how we act. I would like to educate the community on proper gender norms,” Paculan ended.

    The newly-crowned Queen’s court include Lady Equality, Ghen Antolin of Barangay Sta. Monica; Lady Respect, Pams Diaz of Barangay Gulod; Lady Pride, Rami Hannash of Barangay Sta. Lucia who each received PhP100,000 as cash prize.

    Aside from the pageant’s four major titles, several special awards were also given, namely: Best in Creative Costume, Ms. Friendship, Best in Talent, and Queen of Social won by Pamcee Diaz, Samantha Garcia, Naomi Monteros, and Luis Manalo, respectively.

    Paculan won the Best Evening Gown, Most Photogenic, Darling of the Press, and Best Swimsuit categories.

    Under the administration of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the city made major advances in creating a gender-fair and gender-sensitive environment when it passed Ordinance 2357-2016 or the ordinance providing for a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) with corresponding Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

     

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    WOSAS 2018 Leads the Way Towards a Safer Future

    November 14th, 2018

    WOSAS 2018 is an avenue for self-defense and protection of oneself.

    Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event.

    RECOGNIZING The ever-evolving nature of safety and security, the World of Safety and Security Expo or simply WOSAS, is back to showcase the latest innovations in safety and security for the second time around.

    Now on its 2nd year, WOSAS aspires to lead Filipinos “Towards a Safer Future” with another groundbreaking installment which will center on technologies and strategies that will not only ensure the safety of our homes and offices but also, our virtual networks. Countries like Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Czech Republic will also be joining the technology and security event.

    Indeed, WOSAS 2018 is shaping up to be the most significant safety and security trade show of the year. The edge of WOSAS lies not only in its expansive showcase of products but also in its line-up of pertinent and insightful event highlights.

    To start off, a Business Park will be housed at WOSAS throughout the show’s duration to foster productive B2B opportunities. Here, WOSAS will be offering assistance for both local and foreign investors who are seeking to establish business connections and investment opportunities.

    Make sure that your office is secure! Biometrics are available at WOSAS 2018.

    Headlining the WOSAS 2018 event highlights is the Tech Talk, which is a series of seminars that unite industry leaders to share knowledge and information regarding the latest trends concerning the technology and security industries.

    Those who are in the process of applying for NBI clearance and firearms license will benefit from the LTOPF and NBI Caravan that will be hosted throughout the four-day run of WOSAS. Attendees will find state-of-the-art innovations on CCTV & Biometrics, Smart Home Technology and Fire Safety and Protection. Health and Medical Technology products, Transport Safety and Security, as well as Investigation and Protection matters are also available during the event.

    Among the association partners of this year’s WOSAS include the Safety Organization of the Philippines Inc., the World of Safety Organization, the Chartered International Institute of Security and Crisis Management, and the PSIS International.

    Meanwhile, the government partners of this year’s WOSAS are the Firearms and Explosives Office, the Philippine navy, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Metro Manila Development Authority, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine Red Cross.

    Organized by Worldbex Services International, the country’s leading events and expositions organizer, WOSAS 2018, which will be co-located with the 2nd World of Consumer Electronics Exposition, is happening on December 5 to 8, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.

    For more information, call (02) 656-9239, email inquire@worldbexevents.com, or follow World of Safety and Security on Facebook and @wosas.ph on Instagram. Pre-register now at www.wosas.ph for free admission.

     

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    The World Mourns as Legendary Marvel Comics’ Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

    November 13th, 2018

    By Sputnik News

    Stan Lee and one of his creations, Spiderman. Photo © AP Photo / Reed Saxon

    THE world-famous writer and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four.

    TMZ reported, citing Stan Lee’s daughter, that the legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics has died at the age of 95.

    The cause of his death has not yet been reported, while TMZ said that “an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died.”

    In February 2018, Lee was hospitalized with irregular heartbeat and a shortness of breath.

    Lee, who founded Marvel in 1969 jointly with Jack Kirby, is believed to have created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and other iconic cartoon characters.

    People around the world rushed to Twitter to express their condolences.

    (Read More: https://sputniknews.com/us/201811121069746298-marvel-stan-lee-death/)

     

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    A Retro-tastic Christmas awaits at WBF 2018

    November 12th, 2018

    Celebrate your X-mas with us at WBF

    Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event.

    NOW on its 18th edition, the World Bazaar Festival (WBF), the country’s longest running annual charity bazaar is back to elevate our holiday experience like never before. That is, by inviting everyone to travel back in time to experience the simple joys and unfiltered pleasures of yuletide pasts through a “Boogie Woobie” Christmas!

    Each year, WBF never fails to offer an unforgettable presentation with a series of themes that aim to give bazaar goers something new and exciting to look forward to. And this time around, WBF adds another spectacular concept to its roster as it offers everyone a chance to relive an awesome retro holiday.

    Upon stepping inside, visitors are sure to be amazed by nearly 800 booths of the most diverse array of shopping finds and fabulous gift ideas from top brands, local makers, and even foreign retailers from countries such as Thailand, India, and Singapore – easily making it the most incredible one-stop shop for all of one’s holiday shopping needs.

    There’s so much in store for everyone with the fantastic bazaar highlights that await at WBF 2018. For style stars and fashionistas who are looking to snag the best deals, not to be missed is the Designers’ Avenue for a wide range of branded apparel and accessories at affordable prices. The holiday edition of Bloggers United, an in-house shopping event that gathers the country’s top fashion and beauty bloggers to give fans a unique opportunity to meet their favorite influencers and even shop their closets!

    Another star-studded affair at WBF 2018 is the Celebrity Pavilion, a designated area within the bazaar where local celebrities set up their own booths to sell their personal clothes and belongings. Apart from the unique shopping finds, the Celebrity Pavilion is also a great way for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite showbiz personalities. Other bazaar zones to check out include Woobie’s Pet Expo, the Christmas Village, and the DA Pavilion which will be presented in partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

    WBF is determined to give bazaar goers the complete yuletide bonanza with music-filled and family-centered events such as the Streetdance Competition, the Himig ng Pasko, Woobie’s Kid Idol, Christmas Carol with the Angels, and the 12 Dogs of Christmas.

    Bazaar goers can easily recharge or unwind over a plethora of mouthwatering food choices and drinks over at Woobie’s Food World. Before heading home, bazaar goers are encouraged to drop by at Woobie’s Goodies, a massive food shop where one can find a delectable array of holiday sweets and treats.

    Organized by Worldbex Services International, the 18th World Bazaar Festival is happening on December 12 to 22, 2018, from Sunday to Thursday at 12:00nn to 10:00pm and Friday to Saturday at 10:00am to 12:00mn at the World Trade Center Manila. The bazaar is for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. For more information, follow World Bazaar Festival on Facebook and @worldbazaarfestival on Instagram.

     

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    Ampalaya Monologues to Restage Bitt3rd Anniversary Show

    November 12th, 2018

    AFTER the success of its anniversary show last October 27th, Ampalaya Monologues is going to restage its newest collection dubbed as “Bitt3rd.”

    The Ampalaya Monologues’ Bitt3rd collection is about the two kinds of people; those who drink and those who cause the urge to drink.

    It asks, “Which one will you be?” As the night unfolds, interconnected stories of those who have taken chances find themselves to be both, through their own and others’ experiences.

    The collection received positive reactions, with most audience describing it as a “roller coaster ride of emotions”, an “iyak-tawa kinda night”, and “super fun yet super hurtful.”

    Written and directed by Mark Ghosn, the pieces will be given to life by Monologista Inc., the Philippines’ premier, pioneer group of monologists which includes Janine Lloce, Abe Herma, Jerome Dawis, Sonson O., Justinne Punsalang, Ristichen, among others.

    To add more heart to the special evening are Spoken Word Artists Carlo Hornilla, Antonio Bathan Jr., Daniel Baja, and more.

    Grab your last chance to catch #Bitt3rd – The Ampalaya Monologues Anniversary show on November 18th, 4PM to 7PM at Arts Above, Quezon City with tickets at PhP300 each.

    Message Ampalaya Monologues at www.m.me/ampalayamonologues to reserve your tickets or go to www.ticket2me.net (https://ticket2me.net/e/1061/bitt3rd-ampalaya-monologues-3rd-anniversary-show)

    Catch Ampalaya Monologues online through the following pages:

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmpalayaM

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/AmpalayaMonologues

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmpalayaMonologues

    YouTube: www.youtube.com/AmpalayaMonologues

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    QC increases teachers’ rice allowance

    November 12th, 2018

    QC Mayor Herbert Bautista Photo by Get Real Philippines!

    QUEZON City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has recently approved an ordinance increasing the rice allowance of public school personnel from PhP1,500.00 to PhP2,000.00 in recognition of their valuable services to society.

    City Ordinance 2754-2018, introduced by Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla, amends City Ordinance 2312-2014 that grants a PhP1,500.00 rice allowance per quarter for teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Division of City Schools of Quezon City (QCDCS).

    Starting in the first quarter of 2019, QC teachers and non-teaching staff under the QCDCS will receive PhP2,000.00 rice allowance quarterly.

    This ordinance aims to increase the rice allowance to PhP2,000.00 as assistance and in recognition of the contribution of our public school personnel as they nurture the future leaders of our country,” the ordinance reads.

    Under the administration of Mayor Bautista, the city has been providing for the needs of the education sector, specifically for the benefit of teachers and non-teaching personnel.

     

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    What does our faith look like?

    November 10th, 2018

    WHAT does faith look like? How does faith connect to power and wealth? What part do I play as we seek to trust in God? These are some of the questions that are evoked by the Lectionary readings for this week. They challenge our alliances, our use of our resources, our care for the most vulnerable in our world, and the extent to which we are willing to “gamble” all on God’s Reign.

    Our Gospel from Mark 12:38-44 examines the dynamics between those who are powerful from a human perspective and those who are poor and weak, but who trust in God. In Mark’s Gospel the religious leaders, who should be sacrificing for the sake of others, are rather using their position for self-elevation and corruption.

    The message is clear – human power is limited, often corrupt and ultimately fails those who trust in it. God’s care, protection and justice is sure and eternal, and through the self-offering of Jesus Christ, all people can find security within the grace of God. The challenge is to ensure I place my trust in the right place, while also endeavoring to be faithful and righteous in whatever power or leadership I may exercise.

    What this means is that, as Church, I need to be very careful of aligning ourselves with any political party, government structure or position of power and wealth. To do so is to betray my trust in God, and to fail in our mission to proclaim and embody God’s Reign. Rather, as I work for justice, I am called to place my trust in God and God’s ways, and remain independent of such authorities, in order to be able to work with them, while still speaking in challenge or confrontation of them when necessary. It also means that, whatever authority or wealth I may have must be used for the sake of bringing justice to the least, and not for any kind of self-elevation.

    I must be careful how I measure the “success” of our churches – not by wealth and power, but by commitment to God’s Reign – and I must ensure that I embody in my neighborhood, the compassion and generosity of Christ.

    The question I ask has to do with where I place our faith, and how this impacts how I live. The Scriptures contrast our trust in human leadership and resources with trusting in God. Whatever I may do to ensure that I have life’s necessities, I always need to remember that it is ultimately God in whom I must trust –as the poor widow did.

    The Rev. Isaias Ginson is priest of The Episcopal Church. He is currently priest in charge of the Episcopal church of St. Margaret’s in Plainview, NY.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Adolescent mental health

    November 10th, 2018

    Key facts

      • One in six people are aged 10–19 years.
      • Mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10–19 years.
      • Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated.
      • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
      • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15–19 year olds.
      • The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
      • Mental health promotion and prevention are key to helping adolescents thrive.

    Introduction

    Adolescence (1019 years) is a unique and formative time. Whilst most adolescents have good mental health, multiple physical, emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Promoting psychological well-being and protecting adolescents from adverse experiences and risk factors which may impact their potential to thrive are not only critical for their well-being during adolescence, but also for their physical and mental health in adulthood.

    Mental health determinants

    Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; taking regular exercise; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions. Supportive environments in the family, at school, and in the wider community are also important.

    Multiple factors determine the mental health of an adolescent at any one time. The more risk factors adolescents are exposed to, the greater the potential impact on their mental health. Factors which can contribute to stress during adolescence include a desire for greater autonomy, pressure to conform with peers, exploration of sexual identity, and increased access to and use of technology. Media influence and gender norms can exacerbate the disparity between an adolescent’s lived reality and their perceptions or aspirations for the future.

    Other important determinants for the mental health of adolescents are the quality of their home life and their relationships with their peers. Violence (including harsh parenting and bullying) and socio-economic problems are recognized risks to mental health. Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to sexual violence, which has a clear association with detrimental mental health.

    Some adolescents are at greater risk of mental health conditions due to their living conditions, stigma, discrimination or exclusion, or lack of access to quality support and services. These include adolescents living in humanitarian and fragile settings; adolescents with chronic illness, autism spectrum disorder, an intellectual disability or other neurological condition; pregnant adolescents, adolescent parents, or those in early and/or forced marriages; orphans; and adolescents from minority ethnic or sexual backgrounds or other discriminated groups.

    Adolescents with mental health conditions are in turn particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma (affecting readiness to seek help), educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical ill-health and human rights violations.

    Mental health conditions in adolescents

    Worldwide, it is estimated that 1020% of adolescents experience mental health conditions, yet these remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. Signs of poor mental health can be overlooked for a number of reasons, such as a lack of knowledge or awareness about mental health among health workers, or stigma preventing them from seeking help.

    Emotional disorders

    Emotional disorders commonly emerge during adolescence. In addition to depression or anxiety, adolescents with emotional disorders can also experience excessive irritability, frustration, or anger. Symptoms can overlap across more than one emotional disorder with rapid and unexpected changes in mood and emotional outbursts. Younger adolescents may additionally develop emotion-related physical symptoms such as stomach ache, headache, or nausea.

    Globally, depression is the ninth leading cause of illness and disability among all adolescents; anxiety is the eighth leading cause. Emotional disorders can be profoundly disabling to an adolescent’s functioning, affecting schoolwork and attendance. Withdrawal or avoidance of family, peers or the community can exacerbate isolation and loneliness. At its worse, depression can lead to suicide.

    Childhood behavioural disorders

    Childhood behavioural disorders are the sixth leading cause of disease burden among adolescents. Adolescence can be a time where rules, limits and boundaries are tested. However, childhood behavioural disorders represent repeated, severe and non-age-appropriate behaviours such as hyper-activity and inattention (such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or destructive or challenging behaviours (for example, conduct disorder). Childhood behavioural disorders can affect adolescents’ education, and are sometimes associated with contact with judicial systems.

    Eating disorders

    Eating disorders commonly emerge during adolescence and young adulthood. Most eating disorders affect females more commonly than males. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are characterised by harmful eating behaviours such as restricting calories or binge eating.

    Anorexia and bulimia nervosa also include a preoccupation with food, body shape or weight, and behaviours such as excessive exercise or vomiting to compensate for calorie intake. People with anorexia nervosa have a low body weight and a heightened fear of weight gain. People with binge eating disorder can experience feelings of distress, guilt or self-disgust when binge eating. Eating disorders are detrimental to health and often co-exist with depression, anxiety and/or substance misuse.

    Psychosis

    Disorders which include symptoms of psychosis most commonly emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. Symptoms of psychosis can include hallucinations (such as hearing or seeing things which are not there) or delusions (including fixed, non-accurate beliefs). Experiences of psychosis can severely impair an adolescent’s ability to participate in daily life and education.  In many contexts, adolescents with psychosis are highly stigmatized and at risk of human rights violations.

    Suicide and self-harm

    It is estimated that 62 000 adolescents died in 2016 as a result of self-harm. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in older adolescents (1519 years). Nearly 90% of the world’s adolescents live in low- or middle-income countries but more than 90% of adolescent suicides are among adolescents living in those countries.

    Suicide attempts can be impulsive or associated with a feeling of hopelessness or loneliness. Risk factors for suicide are multifaceted, including harmful use of alcohol, abuse in childhood, stigma against help-seeking, barriers to accessing care, and access to means. Communication through digital media about suicidal behaviour is an emerging concern for this age group.

    Risk-taking behaviours

    Many risk-taking behaviours for health, such as substance use or sexual-risk taking, start during adolescence. Limitations in adolescents’ ability to plan and manage their emotions, normalization of the taking of risks that have an impact on health among peers and contextual factors such as poverty and exposure to violence can increase the likelihood of engaging in risk-taking behaviours.

    Risk-taking behaviours can be both an unhelpful strategy to cope with poor mental health, and can negatively contribute to and severely impact an adolescent’s mental and physical well-being.

    Harmful use of substances (such as alcohol or drugs) are major concerns in most countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of heavy episodic drinking among adolescents aged 15-19 years was 13.6% in 2016, with males most at risk. Harmful substance use in adolescents increases the likelihood of further risk-taking such as unsafe sex. In turn, sexual risk-taking increases adolescents’ risk of sexually-transmitted infections and early pregnancy – a leading cause of death for older adolescent girls and young women (including during childbirth and from unsafe abortion).

    The use of tobacco and cannabis are additional concerns. In 2016, based on data available from 130 countries, it was estimated that 5.6% of 1516 year olds had used cannabis at least once in the preceding year [1]. Many adult smokers have their first cigarette prior to the age of 18 years.

    Perpetration of violence is a risk-taking behaviour which can increase the likelihood of low educational attainment, injury, involvement with crime, or death. Interpersonal violence was ranked the second leading cause of death of older adolescent boys in 2016.

    Promotion and prevention

    Interventions to promote adolescents’ mental health aim to strengthen protective factors and enhance alternatives to risk-taking behaviours. Promotion of mental health and well-being helps adolescents in building resilience so that they can cope well in difficult situations or adversities.

    Promotion programmes for all adolescents and prevention programmes for adolescents at risk of mental health conditions require a multilevel approach with varied delivery platforms – for example, digital media, health or social care settings, schools, or the community.

    Examples of promotion and prevention activities include:

    • one-to-one, group-delivered, or self-guided online psychological interventions;
    • family-focused interventions such as caregiver skills training, including interventions which address caregivers’ needs;
    • school-based interventions, such as:
      • organizational changes for a safe, secure and positive psychological environment;
      • teaching on mental health and life-skills;
      • training staff in detection and basic management of suicide risk; and
      • school-based prevention programmes for adolescents vulnerable to mental health conditions;
    • community-based interventions such as peer leadership or mentoring programmes;
    • prevention programmes targeted at vulnerable adolescents, such as those affected by humanitarian and fragile settings, and minority or discriminated groups;
    • programmes to prevent and manage the effects of sexual violence on adolescents;
    • multisectoral suicide prevention programmes;
    • multilevel interventions to prevent alcohol and substance abuse;
    • comprehensive sex education to help prevent risky sexual behaviours; and
    • violence prevention programmes.

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    Early detection and treatment

    It is crucial to address the needs of adolescents with defined mental health conditions. Avoiding institutionalization and over-medicalization, prioritizing non-pharmacological approaches, and respecting the rights of children in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights instruments are key for adolescents.

    Interventions for adolescents should consider:

    • The importance of early detection and provision of evidence-based interventions for mental and substance use disorders. WHO’s mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) provides evidence-based guidelines for non-specialists to enable them to better identify and support priority mental health conditions in lower-resourced settings.
    • Transdiagnostic interventions – for example, those which target multiple mental health problems.
    • Delivery by supervised staff who are trained in managing adolescents’ specific needs.
    • Engaging and empowering caregivers, where appropriate, and exploring adolescents’ preferences. Face-to-face and guided self-help methods, including electronic mental health interventions. Due to stigma or the feasibility of accessing services, unguided self-help may be suitable for adolescents.
    • Psychotropic medication should be used with great caution and should only be offered to adolescents with moderate-severe mental health conditions when psychosocial interventions prove ineffective and when clinically indicated and with informed consent. The treatments should be provided under the supervision of a specialist and with close clinical monitoring for potential adverse effects.

    The WHO response

    The Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to support country implementation was published by WHO in 2017. It aims to assist governments in responding to the health needs of adolescents in their countries, including mental health. It emphasises the benefits of actively including adolescents in developing national policies, programmes and plans.

    The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030 emphasises that every adolescent has a right to attain physical and mental well-being and identifies adolescents as central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.

    WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020 is a commitment by all WHO Member States to take specific actions to promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, provide care, enhance recovery, promote human rights and reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability of persons with mental disorders, including adolescents.

    WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), provides evidence-based technical guidance, tools and training packages to expand countries’ health services, particularly in low-resourced contexts. It considers issues related to adolescents throughout, including a specific module on Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioural Disorders.

    In the context of emergencies, WHO has developed tools for:

    all of which consider issues related to young people.

    (Read More: http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/adolescent-mental-health)

     

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    QC one of the best governed city in the country this year — DILG

    November 7th, 2018

    QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista receives the Seal of Good Local Governance award from Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Operation Epimaco Densing III during an awarding ceremony early this month at the Manila Hotel.

    The DILG conducts a yearly national validation of local government units on integrity and good performance through continuing governance reform and sustained local development.

     

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    Sammy Martin writes 30

    November 7th, 2018

    Sammy Martin. Photo from Facebook.

    VETERAN broadcast and print journalist Sammy Martin on Wednesday died in his home in Valenzuela City due to a lingering illness. He was 62.

    Martin worked for People’s Journal, ABS-CBN, Manila Times and most recently Philippine News Agency, and covered almost all major beats, from the police to Malacañang. His wake will be at Funeraria Paz, Araneta Ave. in Quezon City.

    Please say a prayer for him and his family.

     

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    Who benefits from the lack of a law on premature campaigning?*

    November 6th, 2018

    A FEW days ago, the Commission on Elections solicited the support of netizens, who were asked to post images of premature campaigning, particularly the posting of electoral paraphernalia in public cemeteries as the Filipino people remember their dead last All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

    This appeal by the Comelec spokesperson seeks to ostracize these over-eager candidates in the absence of a law that prohibits premature campaigning.

    At the surface, the proposal seems commendable as the sanctity of the electoral process is sought to be a shared responsibility between the Comelec and the voting population. But to goad the public into posting such infractions would only satisfy the attention-seeking crusade of traditional politicians, who are all hustling for public space, including cyberspace.

    Bad publicity is still publicity for candidates, especially the affluent ones who could produce millions of electoral paraphernalia without denting their lined pockets. These aspirants would actually gain from such postings as they intend to increase their awareness levels in the surveys in the early part of the campaign before converting awareness into preference at the official start of the campaign period.

    This sorry predicament by Comelec provides a glimpse into an electoral exercise that is skewed towards the affluent few. Case in point is the landmark case of Rosalinda A. Penera v. Commission on Elections and Edgar T. Andanar, where the Supreme Court ruled that “a candidate is only liable for election offenses only upon the start of the election period”. Therefore, technicality would be in favor of incumbent candidates who could speak before official functions such as barangay assemblies in the guise of “freedom of expression” or “official business”.

    It is truly a travesty that we have a Constitutional commission that, in paper, is free from political interference by other governmental bodies. But could not interfere against infractions to its very own mandate for a free, fair and honest elections.

    The absence of the law makes premature campaigning legal. It is a glaring loophole in the SC ruling but would not be plugged by lawmakers, who are so used to not-so-hidden campaigning before the official campaign period. They go around barangays, donate all sort of implements, attend all public functions, and worse, use public funds and facilities to advance their candidacy but are not charged nor convicted because they would not enact a law that would be contrary to their selfish political motives.

    The best example of this shameless (but not illegal) practice is use of pork barrel fund allocations by now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo who in 2009 alone spent PhP459 million to fund thirty two (32) infrastracture projects in the second district of Pampanga. It is thus not surprising that she won as its district representative the following year.

    Moreover, legal premature campaigning also takes the form of political advertisements of already popular candidates. By simply deleting the term “vote”, and because it is done before the official campaign period, broadcast companies could not be tagged as guilty accomplices to premature (but profitable) campaigning that gives undue advantage to wealthy politicians, who do not represent the ranks of the toiling and impoverished majority..

    It is also an open secret that programs that allegedly empowers the electorate by “knowing their candidates” have a price tag on their guest list. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) keeps track of unscrupulous media practices during elections.

    The electoral system is flawed. The calls for delicadeza against premature campaigning, which is not prohibited by law, would only fall on deaf ears of power-hungry affluent officials and profit-driven media outfits.

    And so, the responsibility for fair elections should and would be borne by the voters themselves. We should not only raise our standards by rejecting a choice for a lesser evil. More so, the masses should not be content by merely choosing their representatives in government as their sole responsibility in the body politic.

    The Filipino people, particularly the workers and the poor, should use their numbers not just as voters but as active participants in all levels of governance. Democracy and sovereignty resides in the people; and such authority is inexistent if they are not organized during and after the electoral exercise.

    The midterm elections next year is the most opportune moment to mobilize the people towards their constant and consistent participation in politics, which is the crucial element to affect genuine and meaningful change in Philippine society.

    For if we fail in doing this, then the succeeding elections would be more of the same, a system that merely breeds a new generation of opportunist, careerist, and exploitative bureaucrats from the ranks of the privileged and powerful few as ordinary folks remain their mere voters and taxpayers.

    It is a strata whose sons and daughters are so content with their social status that they do not strive for excellence or competence. More importantly, they would not endeavor to pursue the welfare of the masses.

    The people have no one else but themselves to rely on if they want their champions in the august halls of government. We deserve better.

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    Ka Leody de Guzman, 59, is the chairman of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino and a senatorial aspirant under Partido Lakas ng Masa. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    QC Council supports healthcare for all

    November 6th, 2018

    (File photo) Quezon City council. Image © http://quezoncitycouncil.ph

    THE Quezon City Council approved a resolution expressing support to Senate Bill No. 1458 or the Universal Healthcare for all Filipinos Act.

    City Resolution SP 7605-2018, introduced by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, states that the proposed measure makes it possible for every Filipino to enjoy the benefits of a universal health care where preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health services are guaranteed for everyone.

    The bill, authored by Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, is an amendment to Republic Act No. 7875, known as the National Insurance Health Care Act of 1995, and it is also a counterpart of House Bill No. 5784 or the Universal Health Coverage Act.

    The bill encourages local government units and the private sector to fund and improve basic health care service delivery in government and private hospitals as well as health centers at the community level.

    In Quezon City, a community-based Mental Health Care Program of 2015 has been approved under Mayor Herbert Bautista’s administration.

    The program aims to provide available, accessible, affordable and equitable quality mental health care and services to the constituents of the city especially the poor, underserved, and high-risk populations.

     

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    Building Safety Must-Haves Available At WOSAS 2018

    November 5th, 2018
    Beyond Deadlines is a media partner of this event.

    DUE to overwhelming public demand, WOSAS (World of Safety and Security) and WOCEE (World of Consumer Electronics Exposition) are back again this year to provide the consumers the latest and most cutting-edge technology in the safety and security industry.

    The importance of safety in the workplace has been a trending topic in Philippine current affairs for the past year. Filipinos workers now realize how integral it is to have a safe environment at work in order to provide efficient service and produce quality products. Many consider having the peace of mind brought by security technology to be a priceless and essential commodity in the workplace.

    In response to this, the event organizer, Worldbex Service international, and the WOSAS event curators primarily concentrated on bringing a diverse set of brands that are the movers of today’s building safety industry. Some of the brands that have answered the public’s call include:

    • Amerex fire extinguishers that offer both wet and dry chemical options for your preference
    • Pelican Kinglights for sudden blackouts that often occur during storm season
    • Bassbeat fingerprint biometrics for easy and secure building access
    • JVA Alarm Systems for real time security updates and 24/7 business protection
    • My Solutions metal detectors and x-ray systems for thorough yet non-intrusive inspections
    • Honeywell CCTV cameras for around the clock surveillance and reliable recording

    WOSAS 2018 is a haven for various and innovative building safety products

    Both the 2nd World of Safety and Security (WOSAS) will be held this December 5 to 8 at World Trade Center Manila and the 2nd World of Consumer Electronics Exposition (WOCEE). The grounds are open from 10 am up to 8 pm, and tickets are only PhP100.00 for walk-in visitors. Interested visitors can also pre-register online at www.wosas.ph to get in absolutely free. Catch the future of technology and security at WOSAS 2018!

    For more information, do not hesitate to contact WOSAS on their social media pages: World of Safety and Security (Facebook) and/or on @wosas (Instagram) or contact them by calling 02) 6569239 and or emailing them at inquiries@wosas.ph.

     

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    Learning to love really is the best way to discover the abundant life that Jesus offers

    November 3rd, 2018

    NOT much introduction is needed for this week’s Lectionary. It’s all about love for God and love for neighbor. Whether I explore this through Jesus’ conversation with the legal expert or through Ruth’s commitment to Naomi, the message remains the same: if I am seeking life, I must go by the way of love.

    The two themes that come together in this week’s readings are the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor, and the protection and prosperity that is enjoyed by those who follow God’s laws. In Ruth’s story, it is her love for Naomi that cements their relationship and ensures that they are both, in a sense, protected as they face the tough journey back to Naomi’s home.

    The message of the Lectionary, then, is that in obedience to God’s commandments I find a life of goodness and I am protected from much of the evil and brokenness of our world. This is not in a “reward for good behavior” sense, but in the simple sense that God’s commands point us to the way that life works best both for the individual and for the collective. And, of course, all of God’s commands can be summarized in the simple, but difficult, calling to love God and neighbor.

    So many of the world’s problems ultimately stem from a lack of love: economic crises as a result of greed and stinginess; war and conflict as a result of hatred and exalting the needs and agendas of the self and one’s particular group. In our culture of ‘ me first”, personal autonomy our social structures break down because we simply forget the skill to love and hold people together.

    In every life and every community we know the pain of our inadequate love. Where is this pain felt most sharply in your community today? Do the rich ignore the poor who live right beside them? Are families and marriages falling apart through carelessness and neglect.

    The paradox is that, when I begin to truly love, and start to put the needs of others before my own, my own needs are more easily and fully satisfied. Learning to love really is the best way to discover the abundant life that Jesus offers.

    The Rev. Isaias Ginson is priest of The Episcopal Church. He is currently priest in charge of the Episcopal church of St. Margaret’s in Plainview, NY.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

    November 3rd, 2018

    Air quality monitoring → Air quality monitoring in low- and middle-income countries needs to be strengthened, especially in areas close to hospitals, schools, and workplaces. Low-cost sensors and other new technologies can expand air quality monitoring and forecasting to areas that are currently underserved. New protocols and standards are needed to guide the effective use and interpretation of data produced by low-cost sensors in citizen science and other applications. – Flickr/Leniners

    EVERYDAY around 93 percent of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

    A new WHO report on Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air examines the heavy toll of both ambient (outside) and household air pollution on the health of the world’s children, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The report is being launched on the eve of WHO’s first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health. 

    (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/05/04/nine-out-of-10-people-worldwide-breathe-polluted-air-world-health-organization/)

    It reveals that when pregnant women are exposed to polluted air, they are more likely to give birth prematurely, and have small, low birth-weight children. Air pollution also impacts neurodevelopment and cognitive ability and can trigger asthma, and childhood cancer. Children who have been exposed to high levels of air pollution may be at greater risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease later in life.

    “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfill their full potential.”

    One reason why children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution is that they breathe more rapidly than adults and so absorb more pollutants.  

    They also live closer to the ground, where some pollutants reach peak concentrations – at a time when their brains and bodies are still developing.

    Newborns and young children are also more susceptible to household air pollution in homes that regularly use polluting fuels and technologies for cooking, heating and lighting

    “Air Pollution is stunting our children’s brains, affecting their health in more ways than we suspected. But there are many straight-forward ways to reduce emissions of dangerous pollutants,” says Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at WHO.

    “WHO is supporting implementation of health-wise policy measures like accelerating the switch to clean cooking and heating fuels and technologies, promoting the use of cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing and urban planning. We are preparing the ground for low emission power generation, cleaner, safer industrial technologies and better municipal waste management, ” she added.

    Key findings:

    • Air pollution affects neurodevelopment, leading to lower cognitive test outcomes, negatively affecting mental and motor development.
    • Air pollution is damaging children’s lung function, even at lower levels of exposures
    • Globally, 93% of the world’s children under 15 years of age are exposed to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels above WHO air quality guidelines, which include the 630 million of children under 5 years of age, and 1.8 billion of children under 15 years
    • In low- and middle-income countries around the world, 98% of all children under 5 are exposed to PM2.5 levels above WHO air quality guidelines. In comparison, in high-income countries, 52% of children under 5 are exposed to levels above WHO air quality guidelines.
    • More than 40% of the world’s population – which includes 1 billion children under 15 –  is exposed to high levels of household air pollution from mainly cooking with polluting technologies and fuels.
    • About 600’000 deaths in children under 15 years of age were attributed to the joint effects of ambient and household air pollution in 2016.
    • Together, household air pollution from cooking and ambient (outside) air pollution cause more than 50% of acute lower respiratory infections in children under 5 years of age in low- and middle-income countries.
    • Air pollution is one of the leading threats to child health, accounting for almost 1 in 10 deaths in children under five years of age.

    WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, which opens in Geneva on Tuesday 30 October will provide the opportunity for world leaders; ministers of health, energy, and environment; mayors; heads of intergovernmental organizations; scientists and others to commit to act against this serious health threat, which shortens the lives of around 7 million people each year. Actions should include:

    • Action by the health sector to inform, educate, provide resources to health professionals, and engage in inter-sectoral policy making.
    • Implementation of policies to reduce air pollution: All countries should work towards  meeting WHO global air quality guidelines to enhance the health and safety of children. To achieve this, governments should adopt such measures as reducing the over-dependence on fossil fuels in the global energy mix, investing in improvements in energy efficiency and facilitating the uptake of renewable energy sources. Better waste management can reduce the amount of waste that is burned within communities and thereby reducing ‘community air pollution’. The exclusive use of clean technologies and fuels for household cooking, heating and lighting activities can drastically improve the air quality within homes and in the surrounding community.
    • Steps to minimize children’s exposure to polluted air: Schools and playgrounds should be located away from major sources of air pollution like busy roads, factories and power plants.

    (Read More: http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/29-10-2018-more-than-90-of-the-world’s-children-breathe-toxic-air-every-day)

     

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    Strong typhoon batters Northern Luzon

    October 30th, 2018

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    STRONG Typhoon Yutu battered the northern Philippines on Tuesday, and officials were hopeful that successful evacuations would help avoid a repeat of the death and destruction wrought by a powerful storm last month, AP reports.

    More than 10,000 villagers moved to safety in the Philippines’ northern provinces before Yutu hit.

    The typhoon slammed into Dinapigue town in northeastern Isabela province before dawn Tuesday with sustained winds of 150 kph (93mph) and gusts of up to 210kph (130mph). It knocked down trees and power posts and ripped roofs off small houses. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Forecasters say Yutu slightly weakened after landfall and was expected to blow out of the northern Philippines later Tuesday after barging westward across provinces that were damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut in mid-September.

    Yutu hit the Philippines after tearing through the US Pacific territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, where it destroyed homes and delayed elections.

     

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    Rico J. Puno dead @ 65

    October 29th, 2018

    By PDI

    ORIGINAL Pilipino Music singer Rico Puno has taken his final bow with his passing Tuesday morning. He was 65.

    Puno’s death was announced on social media by his sister-in-law Anna Puno.

    “I am seized with deep emotional shock when I found out that our OPM King – Kuya Rico J. Puno – has passed away this morning (Tuesday),” Anna said on her Instagram account.

    Also popularly called Rico J., the singer, who was known for his husky voice and at times playful songs, recently celebrated his 40th year in the industry.

    “It was serendipitous that Starmedia prepared a solo 40th Anniversary concert for him and a US tour with the OPM stalwarts and colleagues just recently,” Anna said.

    “Little did I know that this is his Final Bow in the live entertainment world. We will forever miss the TOTAL ENTERTAINER…but his songs will forever cherish in our hearts,” she added.

    Read more: https://entertainment.inquirer.net/301594/breaking-singer-rico-puno-dead-at-65#ixzz5VMmcmwwJ

     

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