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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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)

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Evacuation advisories not effective — DSWD Usec. Leyco

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — “Ngayon ang mga babala na ibinigay natin na may bagyo at may taglay na maraming tubig malakas may hangin, ito po ay hindi naging masyadong, sa aking palagay, ay hindi po masyadong naging epektibong babala para lumikas ang ating mga kababayan sa mga nasalantang lugar natin sa Mindanao,” said Department of Social Welfare and Development OIC Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco regarding the forced evacuation advisory issued by the government to the public.

(I think, the warnings citing the storm may bring heavy rains and strong winds had not been very effective in motivating residents of affected areas in Mindanao to flee for safety.)

Leyco said, despite the advisory, many people remained stranded while more than 100 individuals have died because of the storm.

If warnings and advisories are effective, the DSWD can prepare and extend quick assistance to those affected.

Leyco added that there are almost 60,000 evacuees staying in more than 200 evacuation centers in MIMAROPA, Region 9, Region 10 and Caraga.

DSWD plans to help concerned agencies such as the NDRRMC to revised its mechanism in issuing advisories and warnings

“Kung kaya pinag-aaralan po natin mula doon sa pagbibigay natin ng babala noong una at bago pa dumating ang bagyo magland fall. Tinignan po natin kung sa susunod na pagkakataon ang ating mga babala ang ating mga pagkilos ay maging mas epektibo,” Leyco said.

(That is why we are studying the release of initial advisories and before the storm’s landfall. We are observing if our warnings and mobilization will be effective next time.)

“At kung hindi ito mapakinggan ay magkaroon po tayo ng mobilisasyon na ang mismong mga local goverment units kasama ang kapulisan at sundalo ay ipatupad ang paglikas ng ating mga mamamayan sa mga lugar na maapektuhan,” he added.

(And if our warnings are not heeded, we will have a mobilization initiated by the local government units wherein the police and the armed forces will enforce the evacuation of citizens in affected areas.)

At present, DSWD continues to send relief goods to the victims of the storm

DSWD also called on volunteers to help pack relief goods in the National Relief Operations Office in Pasay City.

For interested volunteers, they can contact the DSWD hotline number 553-9864. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte signs P3.7-T budget for 2018, Tax Reform Bill

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the P3.7-trillion proposed national budget and the first package of the tax reform bill or TRAIN Bill.

The Department of Education (DepEd) still received the biggest budget at P553.3-billion. Next to DepEd with the biggest budget is the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) with P170-billion.

Under DILG’s budget, the Philippine National Police (PNP) gets the biggest fund at P132.3-billion.

The Department of National Defense (DND) gets a budget of P149 billion followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with P141.8 billion.

This also means that the first reform in the country’s tax system will also take effect on the first of January next year.

These include tax exemption for individuals earning more than P250,000 yearly; P90,000 tax exemption for 13th month pay and other bonuses.

The government will also begin to implement next year the first branch of the imposition of excise tax on petroleum products.

There will be a P1.00 increase in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), 2.50 centavos for diesel, P7.00 for regular, unleaded and premium gasoline.

The government also simplified the tax system it implements on automobiles.

The excise tax on coal, which is expected to affect prices of electricity, will also have an increase in taxes at P50 per metric ton beginning next year.

With these additional taxes, the government is expected to earn an additional of P120-billion.

The administration vows to use 70% of the amount for its infrastructure projects.

Although the imposition of higher taxes might affect the prices of products, electricity and even public transportation fares, 30% of the amount the government will collect will go to poor families.

“Revenues from the TRAIN will fund our priority projects to ensure equality, education, including free tuition in state universities and colleges, equally, quality healthcare, social protection, unconditional cash transfer, improve infrastructures to the Build Build Program and the reconstruction of Marawi,” President Rodrigo Duterte said.

He has ordered the Department of Finance to prepare the package 2 of the Tax Reform Bill that is expected to contain changes in corporate taxes. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Usec. Badoy speaks on her new role at PCOO

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_103117_Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy

MANILA, Philippines – Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy said President Rodrigo Duterte did not give her any marching order but he cited why he transferred her to a new department.

“Very brief: he needed me. That’s it, basically . . . I’m just a good soldier. I just really believe in the President and support him and this is so way out of my comfort zone,” Badoy said.

From being an official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, she was appointed by President Duterte as Presidential Communications Undersecretary for new media.

Usec. Badoy said she is not used to media interviews but after touring the press office in Malacañang, she entertained questions from the Malacañang press corps for the first time.

During the said interview, she maintained that she will not become the spokesperson for PCOO.

When asked about working with the outspoken PCOO Asec. Mocha Uson, Usec. Badoy stressed that her role does not include exercising control over Asec. Uson.

Instead, she promised to combat fake news and to serve as a bridge between President Duterte and members of the press.

“I don’t see my role as undersecretary of new media to control Asec. Mocha … but the way I see it, our office is building alliances. That would include the press,” Badoy said.

Badoy said she will officially start at her new post on November 1. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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