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Ormoc City declared under state of calamity after Leyte earthquake

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


LEYTE, Philippines — The local government of Ormoc City may now use its emergency fund for its earthquake-affected residents following the declaration of a state of calamity in the area on Tuesday.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said 20 percent of the city’s calamity fund will be used for the purchase of food, water and materials for the construction of shelters of residents whose houses have been badly damaged by the earthquake.

The declaration of a state of calamity will also allow the imposition of price freeze to prevent businessmen from raising the prices of their basic commodities.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) is in need of 70 million pesos for the rehabilitation of damaged classrooms in Ormoc City.

DepEd says there are 14 totally damaged classrooms, 59 with major damages, while 47 others with minor damages.

Public school teachers are now holding office outside of campus buildings as these already have cracks, and also due to aftershocks.

The Dolores National High School sustained the most damage as ten of its classrooms are totally damaged. It is currently cordoned off.

Teachers of Bagong Elementary School have no idea yet when to resume classes as six of its classrooms can no longer be used, while others have big cracks.

“President Duterte, if this news reaches you, I hope you could give us temporary solution to this problem. I hope you could help us hold makeshift classes so that students won’t be left behind in the lectures,” Bagong Elementary School teacher Lilibeth G. Codong said.

DepEd will set temporary learning spaces especially in schools with totally damaged classrooms so that classes will continue.

Meanwhile, DepEd vowed to immediately conduct stress debriefing to the students who panicked and are traumatized by the strong 5.4 in magnitude aftershock.

“Actually, our nurses together with the NGO’s non-government organization particularly save the children we have the SRA-E we have the LGU also and of course DOH and the DepEd nurses we already instructed them to conduct the stress de briefing particularly in the most affected areas in district 4,” education program specialist Dr. Elvin H. Wenceslao Sr. said.   — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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Deped: Public schools to accommodate 1,100 displaced Lumad students

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Department of Education Davao Region said the 1,100 displaced Lumad students will be accommodated by public schools.

These students are from the 55 suspended Lumad schools operated by the Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, they already directed Salugpungan to facilitate with the transfer of students to different provinces.

“We will also be doing everything that we can do just to make sure that all of these children will be accepted. We will accept them even without credentials,” he said.

Atillo added that they will also accept Lumad teachers applying as public school teachers. However, he clarified that these teachers will still have to go through proper application process.

“We will be very willing to cater to them as applicants but we will not ‘short-cut’ the application,” he said.

The 55 Lumad schools were temporarily suspended by Deped due to reports submitted by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Esperon said these schools are teaching ideologies that are advocating against the government.—AAC

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Deped suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Department of Education (Deped) temporarily suspends 55 ‘Lumad’ schools in Davao region after receiving reports from National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

The said school are operated by Salugpungan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center Inc.

According to Deped XI Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo, the National Security Council has reported the involved schools are allegedly teaching ideologies that advocate against the government.

“Number one, allegedly they do not teach in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the department. Number two, allegedly they are using children in rallies and number three they teach the children ideologies that advocate against government,” he said.

A testimony from a former teacher of Salugpungan School also verified the allegation.

Atillo said they will temporarily revoke the schools’ permission to operate while investigations on the report is on-going. “We would like to give them the democratic process of due process,” he said.

Deped XI already received reports about schools teaching ideologies of the New People’s Army rebels.

Meanwhile, Deped is prepared to assist the Lumad students and teachers affected by the suspension.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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Dengue on the rise: How to protect your family against dengue virus

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday declared a national alert due to spiking dengue cases in several regions.

READ: DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

Data from the DOH showed that from January 1 to June 29, 2019, there have been 106,630 dengue cases this year. This is 85 percent higher than the 57,564 cases reported in the same period in 2018.

Regions where the dengue alert was raised include Regions 1, 2, 4A, 5, 8, 9, 11, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection commonly occurring in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, including the Philippines.

The dengue virus (DEN) comprises four distinct serotypes (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4) which belong to the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue. The viruses are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.

How dengue virus affects your body?

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Cybele Abad, in an interview with UNTV Digital program Lifesaver, said that when dengue virus enters the human body, it spreads through blood and infects the cells by binding itself to the cell membrane.

When this happens, an infected person may feel sudden, high fever followed by severe headaches, pain behind the eyes and severe joint and muscle pain. A person may also feel fatigue, nausea and skin rash which would appear two to five days after the onset of fever.

Watch this online episode of Lifesaver for more information on how dengue affects your body.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of dengue typically last two to seven days. Most people infected by the virus will recover after about a week.

However, some people who get sick with dengue may develop severe dengue, a more serious form of disease that can result in shock, internal bleeding and even death.

Symptoms of severe dengue include stomach or belly pain, bleeding from the nose or gums, vomiting blood or blood in the stool. Warning signs generally begin in 24-48 hours after your fever has gone away.

If you or a family member develops any of the following symptoms, immediately go to the nearest hospital.

How to prevent dengue?

To protect yourself and your family from dengue, the DOH advises the public to follow the 4S strategy: Search and destroy, Self-protection measures, Seek early consultation and Support fogging/spraying.

The DOH said it is important to search and destroy the breeding sites of mosquitoes such as containers that can store water; employ self-protection measures by installing screen on windows and doors in homes and schools, wear long socks, clothes with long sleeves and daily use of mosquito repellent.

It is also vital to seek early consultation when a person is starting to experience the symptoms. The public is also urged to support fogging or spraying only in areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

Experts said dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes are usually active from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Lifesaver is a UNTV Digital program that offers basic first aid training essential to anyone who happens to be a bystander to an accident or emergency. It also educates viewers of imperative emergency response lessons and indispensable disaster preparedness tools to be able to save lives in times of calamities.

For more information on dengue, other basic first aid and emergency response tips, visit Lifesaver’s Youtube and Facebook accounts.

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