Digital gadgets, maaaring makasama sa kalusugan ng mga bata – DSWD

admin   •   April 30, 2013   •   117562

FILE PHOTO: Isang batang naglalaro ng isang smartphone game (PHOTOVILLE International)

FILE PHOTO: Isang batang babae na naglalaro ng isang smartphone game. (PHOTOVILLE International)

MANILA, Philippines – Maaaring makaapekto sa kalusugan ng isang bata ang sobrang paglalaro gamit ang mga digital gadget tulad ng smartphone, tablet at iPad.

Sa Southeast England, isang apat na taong gulang ang naitalang pinakabatang digital addict sa Britanya dahil sa pagkakalulong sa digital games gamit ang ipad ng kanyang magulang.

Sumasailalim ngayon ang naturang bata sa digital detox sa clinic ni Dr. Richard Graham sa London matapos kakitaan ng widrawal symptoms na gaya ng dinaranas ng isang adik sa alkohol at droga.

Gagastos ng 16,000 pound o halos 1-milyong piso para sa digital detox program.

Ayon sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), dapat ay limitado lamang ang oras ng pagpapagamit ng digital gadget sa mga bata.

“Pati pagkain niya hindi nakakain that is very detrimental then halimbawa yung pati pagwiwi niya pinipigil na niya basta wag lang siya maputol sa games niya, may effect din sa health niya kasi baka magkaroon din siya ng UTI,” pahayag ni Cheryl Pacao-Mainar, DSWD-Protective Services Bureau.

Mapanganib din sa mga bata ang paglalaro ng mga marahas na internet games lalo na’t nasa developmental stage pa lamang ang isang bata.

Ayon sa DSWD, posibleng gayahin ng mga bata ang mga ginagawa ng mga character sa mga online games.

“We’ve seen and we’ve heared stories ba dahil nakaaadik ganung types ng games, tapos pag nakakakita yung tipong namamaril parang feeling nila madaling gawin yun kasi barilan nga yung kanilang pinaglalaruan.”

Bukod dito, maaari ding maapektuhan ang pagaaral ng isang bata kung hindi makokontrol ang kanyang paglalaro.

“Yung grades niya pwedeng maapektuhan, pwedeng bumaba or yung school participation niya maaapektuhan din kasi he’d rather play than interact with other children.”

Ayon pa sa DSWD, posible ring magtulak sa isang bata na magnakaw para lamang makapaglaro sa internet shop.

Payo ng ahensya, kung gustong pagbigyan ang mga bata na gumamit ng mga digital gadget, magdownload na lamang ng mga application na maaaring makatulong sa paglinang ng kaisipan ng mga bata gaya ng mga instruction sa pagbabasa.

Kailangan ding bantayan ang oras sa paglalaro nito at limitahan ang mga bata sa pagpapagamit sa mga digital gadget.

“Kailangan lang iregulate ninyo like you allow them to play foe about 30 min then tell them na maglolowbat kasi anak. There are limitations din sa ginagamit niyang gadgets,” pahayag pa ni Pacao. (Rey Pelayo & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, beggars

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the public not to give alms to street beggars including street children, homeless people, and members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups.

The DSWD said this is in pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

The department advises the public to think of other means to help in order to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

“DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs),” the DSWD said in a statement.—AAC

DSWD, DILG to clean up 4Ps beneficiary list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

A Filipino family ride on a makeshift trolley along a street in Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will begin their clean up of the list of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The two departments seek to narrow down legitimate and qualified 4Ps beneficiaries following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Listahanan 3.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, there had been reports of unqualified 4Ps beneficiaries.

Marami ng mga report na nagsasabi na may mga pamilya na hindi naman mahihirap ang nabibigyan ng tulong mula sa 4Ps, at ito ang nais nating iwasan sa pamamagitan ng Listahanan ng DSWD (There are reports saying there are families that receive beneficiaries from 4Ps but are not really poor. This is what we are trying to avoid through the DSWD’s Listahan),” he said.

Año added that through the Listahan 3, there will be a guarantee that no non-poor families will benefit from the programs of the government such as the 4Ps.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the department will coordinate with local government units (LGU) in completing this database of poor families.

Mahalaga na marating ng mga surveyor mula sa DSWD ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa mga pamayanan upang masiguro na makakarating sa kanila ang tulong ng pamahalaan (It is important for DSWD surveyors to reach poor families in communities to ensure they can receive aid from the government),” Malaya said.—AAC

Increasing age for statutory rape seen to help curb prostitution – lawmakers

Maris Federez   •   August 30, 2019

Close to five proposed bills had been filed in the Senate that seek to amend the age covered under statutory rape in the Philippines.

Under the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, statutory rape occurs when a child age 12 or below engages in sexual intercourse, be it with consent or coerced.

Under the existing law, children under 12 do not have the capacity to give consent.

This prompted Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to file a bill seeking to increase the age from 12 to 15 years old.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian’s version, on the other hand, wants to elevate it to 18 years old.

Gatchalian said the age of majority in the Philippines is 18, when an individual can enter into a contract and begin to enjoy the right to vote.

“Consequently, the age of majority should also be considered as the proper age in terms of giving sexual consent,” he added.

Gatchalian believes that increasing the statutory rape age to 18 will address the prostitution problem among young people.

In other countries such as the United States, the legal age of consent is between 16 and 18.

And like Canada and Australia, the Philippines set the age of consent to 16.

Meanwhile, the Center for Women’s Resources said more than 52,000 rape and attempted rape cases had been recorded from 2005 to 2014.

A very significant number of this (75%) have children as victims.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, on the other hand, showed that between 2012 and 2014, rape cases in the country were on the uphill.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, said of the more than 2,000 cases of child abuse recorded, 539 were done sexually.

The lawmakers believe that it is high time to amend the law to further protect the youth, especially young children, from abuse. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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