9 Practical tips to prevent heat stroke

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2019   •   3410

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Enjoy the summer heat without having to worry about heat stroke.

Heat stroke happens when your body overheats due to severely high temperature. There are cases when heat stroke can cause death.

Here are some tips to prevent heat stroke:

  1. Water is your best friend, stay hydrated.
  2. Tea, coffee, and alcohol are your enemies, they make you more thirsty.
  3. Wear chill clothes: they are brightly colored, loose and made of light materials.
  4. Dark clothes: not chill. Don’t join the dark side.
  5. Wear hats, or bring an umbrella. Less direct sun exposure the better.
  6. Unleash your inner vampire. Don’t spend too much time in the sun.
  7. If you’re going to do strenuous tasks, do it at night if possible.
  8. A fan or a mini-electric fan is a must-have.
  9. Improvise. Create a home-made air-con made out of plastic bottles. Poke a few holes around the bottle before filling it with ice. Place at the back of the electric fan. Voila! Instant air-con.

READ: M. Manila temperatures to hit 38 degrees Celsius in April — PAGASA

With temperatures rising up to 38 degrees, it is better to do these preventive measures to stay cool in the summer heat.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Victim: My credit card was used to buy movie tickets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2019

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Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jayson Cabuslay had an outstanding balance of over P40,000.

“Isang lang naalala, ko isang beses ko siya ginamit nagpa-gas kami, nakalimutan ko iyong place basta diyan lang sa may San Juan. Iyon lang, isang beses ko lang siya ginamit sa gas station (One thing I can remember is, I used it to pay for gas. I forgot where but it is around San Juan. I only used it once to pay for gas),” he said.

He was still in Saudi Arabia at that time when he received a text message informing him that his card was being used.

Jayson was in shock upon knowing that most of the transactions are for paying movie tickets at Robinsons Movie World in Ugong Norte, Quezon City.

The bank also reported all the movie tickets were purchased in one day.

He also cannot understand how the One-Time-Password (OTP) —that only he can access — had been breached.

“Since OTP iyon, OTP message iyon kampante ako na hindi nila magagamit kasi nasa akin iyong code pero lahat ng OTP na iyon lahat ng online transaction na iyon may OTP nag-proceed. Hindi ko alam kung bakit, (Since it’s an OTP, I was confident that they wouldn’t be able to use the code because only I have the access to it. But all the OTPs and transactions went through. I don’t know why),” he said.

Another victim, Amalynn Hadap also had the similar experience. Her credit card was also used to purchase movie tickets in the same area in Valenzuela.

Jayson also found out that there was a Facebook post selling discounted Robinson’s movie tickets amounting to P150.

How to prevent credit card fraud?

According to the National Privacy Commission (NPC), syndicates for credit card fraud have accomplices at gasoline station and malls.

These syndicates will attempt to get credit card information including:

  • Card number
  • Name
  • Expiry Date
  • CCV number (three digits at the back of the credit card)

When doing transactions, the NPC advises the public to:

  • Monitor the cashier when your credit card is being swiped.
  • Use complicated passwords for your internet accounts.
  • Don’t dump your account details in your computer or on the internet to prevent hacking.
  • Only give your personal details to trusted websites with ‘https’ on the address bar. Website address with only ‘http’ are not reliable.
  • Be careful in clicking links from suspicious emails because they can take you to ‘phishing’ websites.

Jayson will file a credit report dispute letter to question the unauthorized transactions.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2019

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

Tips to protect home from intruders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019

People plan an out of town vacation to remove stress, whether it is from work or other things. But if they’re stressing about their home being robbed, what’s the point?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) released its guidelines to assure the public that this year’s summer vacation is peaceful and secured.

Here are a few more reminders to ensure that your home will be safe from intruders.

  • Make sure all the doors and windows are locked
  • Leave old slippers or shoes outside your door to make it seem like someone’s at home
  • Ask neighbors if they are willing to check on your house every now and then
  • Leave a light on outside your house
  • It is advisable to install a burglar alarm
  • If it still fits your budget, purchase CCTV cameras with motion detectors
  • Make sure to put all your valuables in a safe place

For other emergencies, the PNP encourages the public “to provide the police with relevant and timely information through social media (Twitter @pnppio and @pnphotline or PNP official Facebook page) and Isumbong Mo Kay OCA text line at 0917-8475757”—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)


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