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)
Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated receives renewal of registration from DSWD
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has renewed the registration and license of the Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated (KFI).
DSWD has recognized KFI as one of its licensed foundations, and partners in providing aid and care to our compatriots in need, especially the poor.
The DSWD awarded KFI a certificate of registration and license for its continued support to the government’s good advocacies.
With this, the KFI can finally receive funds from DSWD and donations from international organizations or groups that it can use in bringing more aid to those in need.
“What’s important is that we are able to establish the legitimacy of organizations. We saw their capabilities and willingness to cooperate with the DSWD. As a partner of the DSWD, we can finally share our resources with them so they could help more Filipinos,” DSWD OIC Director USec. Emmanuel Leyco said.
The DSWD noted itis not easy for a charitable foundation to secure a license especially since it needs to undergo thorough screening of its qualifications and requirements.
The KFI, meanwhile, has expressed deep gratitude to the recognition and privilege it received from the DSWD.
“We are very happy and thankful to God because it proves that our goal is not only to help others but also to comply with the requests of the agencies of the government.”
“We are thankful to DSWD because it recognized our efforts to continue in helping those in need, not just those without shelters, but also those who are with disability, those who have been hit by calamities and others who are in need of help,” KFI Board of Trustee Bro. Danny Navales said.
The Kamangagawa Foundation Incorporated is a non- profit organization that aims to help and improve the lives of the poor, senior citizens, people suffering from illnesses, persons with disability, and orphaned Filipinos, through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon.
For now, the KFI is exerting more efforts in assisting and supporting various charitable activities of UNTV, like medical missions, feeding programs, and free college education, among others. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
Earthquake victims in Ormoc City calls for immediate relocation from government
ORMOC, Philippines — About a week has passed since a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Ormoc City, but many affected residents are still staying in temporary shelters until now.
In Brgy, Cabaon-an, residents continue to stay in tents.
Authorities said the shelters of the affected residents are no longer safe as these stand only on the ground with no foundation.
Because of this, earthquake victims are calling on the government to help them find a safer place to relocate to.
They said they are in a very difficult situation as their children are already getting sick in the temporary shelters.
Some parts of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) are still closed. This is aside from a mall that was recently engulfed by a fire. The mall workers call on the government to also provide them with livelihood and financial assistance.
They also called on the Department of Health to supply them with medicines for stomach ache, fever, and diarrhea as these are their common health concerns at the tent city.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, continuously supply the earthquake victims with food.
Earthquake affected residents at the tent city in Ormoc are hoping that the president would act at once on their request for immediate relocation so they could gradually go back to their normal lives. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue
Displaced Marawi residents find ways to earn for their daily needs
“We earn a bit of money then we have something to buy for our children,” said Solaica Macaorog, an evacuee in Marawi City.
Some evacuees are selling junk foods and other basic needs at evacuation centers to earn money.
Another evacuee, Mercy Dibay, said she’s doing it so that her family won’t always have to depend on the aid the government gives.
“If we will not do this, we will have no money. We have children who go to school. We have no source of income. That’s why we think of something to help us survive,” said Dibay.
Other evacuees are now asking for additional capital from donors.
“We are calling on those who want to help us improve our mini store,” said evacuee Zenaida Mesama.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is glad with the initiative and positive outlook of the “bakwits”.
DSWD noted this is an indication that they are rising up from the tragedy they have experienced.
“I am happy that the displaced people have creativity and resourcefulness. We really need to act. What the IDPs (internally displaced persons) are doing is a positive step. I believe and I trust that the people of Maranao, that they can stand and build back their lives better,” DSWD Undersecretary Hope Hervilla said.
DSWD assured the Maranaos that the government will do all it can to bring back their lives to normal. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue