Hypertension

In both developing and developed countries, hypertension is the leading cause of mortality. It was estimated by World Health Organization (WHO) that more than 1.56 billion people worldwide are expected to have hypertension by 2025, making the disease more alarming to healthcare providers. According to the Department of Health (DOH), about eight out of ten people who had their first stroke are diagnosed with hypertension – responsible for worsening the quality of lives of some 14 million Filipinos. Unhealthy life style such as drinking, smoking, eating foods high in cholesterol, because most Filipino’s are always for survival in everyday life. They tend to go for the food in fast food, or food which are instant or ready to eat, they forgot of the nutrients and contents of what they eat. Mostly go out for celebration as if they were no more tomorrows, enjoy now suffer the consequence later
The DOH also revealed that more than 276 Filipinos die of heart disease on a daily basis and at least one Filipino suffers from stroke every nine minutes. Survivors have a 75 per cent chance of becoming permanently disabled. “You can have high blood pressure for many years without symptoms surfacing every now and then—what people don’t know is that the disease comes like a thief in the night,” . He added, “This makes regular monitoring of blood pressure all the more important. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important whether you are already hypertensive or not; the challenge comes recognizing the disease and taking action before it leads to stroke.”

No signs of early symptoms
What makes the numbers worse is that most people diagnosed with the condition have neither signs nor symptoms of the disease until they reach its life-threatening stages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every five adults with hypertension is unaware of his or her disease, making prevention to deadly consequences such as stroke more difficult than ever. “Hypertensive patients may experience frequent headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs won’t occur until their blood pressure rises to its peak,” said Nazal. “When left untreated, their high blood pressure may cause them serious health problems, including heart attack

DOH Program

Filipinos were encouraged to participate in the Department of Health’s (DOH) initiative to screen the blood pressure (BP) of 1.7 million adults for the whole month of May as part of Hypertension Awareness Month. “Prevention is better than Cure” According to the DOH, hypertension is a leading cause of illness and is a primary contributor to premature death in the country, with 200,000 deaths yearly attributed directly or indirectly to high blood pressure. One in four or five Filipinos, or more than half of the 12 million hypertensive Filipinos are unaware of their condition, with some unsuspecting hypertensive individuals considered “walking time bombs” due to their susceptibility to comorbidities

Changing lifestyle
Uncontrolled high blood pressure may trigger excessive pressure on a person’s artery walls, damaging the blood vessels and the body’s organs. “The first step to achieving lifestyle change is to set an appointment with your healthcare provider. If you suspect that you have hypertension, nothing comes more important than having your blood pressure checked to address it immediately. “Furthermore, prioritizing lifestyle modifications such as quitting smoking and staying physically active will go a long way in preventing high blood pressure and its complications. “Hypertension is both preventable and treatable, only if you follow the right treatment procedures as prescribed by your doctor,” he said. “When you’re at home, it is best to cut down on salt, eat a balanced diet, and avoid harmful use of alcohol. More importantly, taking your medication to curb hypertension will help you minimize it.” Walking and drinking water 8-10 glass of day. Avoid Fatty and cholesterol food. Consume more on leafy vegetables.

Climate change

The Philippines has two main seasons, characterized mainly by the amount of rainfall experienced during each one. The dry season runs generally from November to April, while the wet season persists from May to October. Seasons are not always particularly distinct, however, and many parts of the country experience rainfall all year round.

Storms usually enter the country around June and increase in frequency over the course of a few months. Frequency peaks in August and drops as the rainy seasons draw to a close. Nonetheless, many of the country’s deadliest and most destructive storms made landfall late in their respective seasons, in the range of September to November.

The Philippines has long been particularly vulnerable to extreme weather. But in recent years the nation has suffered from even more violent storms like Typhoon Haiyan (Super Typhoon Yolanda). On average, about 20 tropical cyclones enter Philippine waters each year, with eight or nine making landfall. And over the past decade, these tropical storms have struck the nation more often and more severely, scientists believe, because of climate change. In addition, two factors unique to the Philippines—its geography and development—have combined to exacerbate both this threat and its devastating consequences.

Climate change is happening now. Evidences seen support the fact that the change cannot simply be explained by natural variation. The most recent scientific assessments have confirmed that this warming of the climate system since the mid-20th century is most likely to be due to human activities; and thus, is due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and land use change. Current warming has increasingly posed quite considerable challenges to man and the environment, and will continue to do so in the future.

This is not an easy problem to fix, but we need to try. The first step is educating citizens both in the Philippines and around the world about what the nation is facing and about the practical clean-energy solutions available that can begin to address the harmful effects of climate change in the Philippines and beyond.

The smoke-belching jeepneys that thickens Manila’s traffic-choked streets around the clock are blamed for clogging the roads, compounding the dismal traffic problem and dirtying the city’s air. Southeast Asian countries are ranked among the most polluted in the world on Verisk Maplecroft’s Air Quality Index, which assesses the atmospheric concentration of particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers, known as PM 2.5. Nations including Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam are classified as extreme risk, with the Philippines and Singapore medium risk. The Philippines last year upgraded its fuel standard to Euro IV diesel, a grade containing four times more sulfur than China’s benchmark fuel, while Indonesia plans to apply Euro IV for motor vehicles in 2018.

The most popular public transport in the Philippines is now being targeted for the scrap heap as President Rodrigo Duterte tries to modernize the nation and clean up its air. Duterte, in a recent speech, gave the owners of old jeepneys “until the end of the month or until the end of the year” and threatened them with arrests if they would still ply their routes using old jeepneys

Filipinos modified the Army Jeep, making it artsy by customizing the vehicle with Filipino touches such as chrome horses, banks of colored headlights, radio antennae, paintings of the Virgin Mary and unique artwork inspired by rustic scenes.

The jeepney was often called the “King of the Road” because of their sheer numbers on the city streets or rural roads, but Jeepney drivers are notorious for never following traffic regulations.

Indeed, the jeepney has become the symbol of Filipino creativity, ingenuity and innovativeness, making it one of the most recognizable icons of Filipino pop culture.

According to LTFRB: The January 1 deadline President Rodrigo Duterte gave for the phase out of old jeepney units was simply an “expression of urgency”

Angel 70

Angel our oldest worker became 70 years of age today.
Angel is already working in Bahay Aurora since he was 45 years of age, so 25 years !
Every day Angel is walking to his job, approx. 3 km in the morning and at 5 PM he will walk home.
A good example for other workers who could also use the exercise. People in the Philippines don’t move enough and it gives a lot of problems on older age.
Luckily Angel is strong as a horse and very healthy so hopefully he will be with us for many years to come.
Angel carries great value for Bahay Aurora, he is an engineer and he is a very talented craftsman who has many different skills.
If the car breaks down Angel will fix it, if we need to construct a building Angel will advise how, the covered court was build and constructed by him together with only one helper. He knows everything from electric and has put the electrical systems in all the buildings. He designed and build the playground of the kids.
Since Angel is an older person he is very much respected by the children and the workers. He is “the soul” of Bahay Aurora and in that sense Bahay Aurora is a very complete place to live for the kids. We had all the good reasons to celebrate and show our respects to him. In order to do so we send several video’s with congratulation wishes , he watched it together with the staff in the presentation room. After that Brother June and Brother Emer organized a prayer meeting, a sign of thanks giving upon reaching this milestone of his 70th birthday. Last but not least it was time to eat ! No party in the Philippines without lots of food so all enjoyed. Thank you so much Angel for those 25 years of service and we wish you will stay with us for many years to come. God Bless

Halloween

Every Halloween season,the children of Bahay Aurora were gage in different kinds of Halloween activities like making of creepy arts,lanterns and exciting-thrilling games and challenges.It usually held between 31st of Oct.till Nov.2nd in observance of the departed souls including saints (hallows).

To keep these kids in a bustling day,the staffs prepared activities and games.To fired it up,they started in a Best creepy make-up.The children were grouped into two.They are challenged to create by their own imagination of a creepy character.The mechanics was,they group will pick 2 co-members to have their make up on and to represent their team.The score will be judge by the all staffs by votes.The staffs voted via fb messenger wherein the photos are sent for reference.Louie and Mary Mae represented the group 1 while Daniel and Micah are in Group 2.The second group won in this game.

The thrilling part of the second activity was “straw hunting”.The unit of 1 and 3 were set up into a scary dark building.The pictures of a ghost and other creepy characters were posted on the wall.Big Kids and staffs were also there to look after and to scare them a bit.The mechanics,the leader will enter alone and the other two member will be together will hunt to collect the straws which are placed in different areas inside the unit.They can get a chance of winning if they will get more of it.Some of them backed out some of them still have a courage to continued to finished the game.It ended in a funny and a frightening night of experience which they truly have enjoyed a lot.

The goal of this game is to challenge them and to teach them to face (their struggles) and conquer their fear no matter what happen even in the reality of their life.

All Saints Day

During All Saints’ day in the Philippines everybody visits the graves of love ones and place candles and flowers on the grave and also called the Day of the Dead( Araw ng mga Patay ) involves visiting tombs to clean and repair them ,and make offering food ,flowers or candles, sometimes all relatives and friends are making a fellowships with songs
and greetings to one another.
Though celebration differ from all over the world they all have same features, visited the graves, prayer to the soul and leaving offerings to the dead.
All saints’ day is the Holiday immediately after Halloween was called also (all Hallows day),In some areas where Halloween is celebrated ,it may get less attention than secular Halloween celebrations. In areas with a historically high Catholic population.
All saints day still has a deeply important cultural relevance. All Saints’ Day occurs every November 01,it is a Holiday celebrated by Catholics and some Protestants (Philippine Independent church ) or called Aglipay, which celebrates all those who have entered heaven, though there are many saints that may not be recognized by the Catholic church ,Catholic celebrates focus on those who have been officially canonized only, according to the Scriptures ( Bible ) says those who Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we are Saints in other word Holy or Santo.
All Saints Day was first recorded in the fourth Century ,around the Feast of Lemurs on 13 of May in celebrating the anniversary of the Martyrs execution but there eventually were too many Catholics Martyrs for each one to have their own separate day, All Saints ‘day celebrating on November first became official in the Seventh Century, when Pope Gregory III founded as repository for the relics of all the Apostles, Confessors, Martyrs and Saints.
in the Ninth Century, the church measured the day as starting sunset ,in accordance with the Florentine Calendar. Although All Saints Day is now considered to occur one day after the Halloween, the two holidays were at that time celebrated on the same day.

Abortion

Abortion in the Philippines is not legal in the mind of most of the Filipino’s but in some instances if it requires the safety and the health of the mother and child in the womb in great danger there is an exception.. There is a medical term for that excludes it from being not legal. Some women mostly who are not prepared or those who are afraid of responsibilities using abortion as an option to escape from it.
The Child is a God Given Gift from heaven so if a woman got pregnant or plans to engaged with sex she must do it after the wedding. Mostly couple wanting to have a child they were unluckily not given a gift but those who were not asking and not wanting to have those who were given.
Based on research mostly teenager ages from as young as 14 up to 22 makes abortion an option. That’s why they engaged with not knowing it is a mortal sin in the eyes of our God. In the eyes of the people. It is a life that you kill not giving a chance for the fetus to live. Not their chance to but the parents’ choice for them to live. Life is God’s give from above and it is important to accept and give praise to him Almighty God…

Family and working abroad

 

Included in Filipino Family Values is the “ Pagpapahalaga sa Pamilya” (Prioritizing Family). Truly, the family is the basic unit of society where every individual is being molded to become an adult. And as children develop from infants to teens and to adults they go through a series of developmental stages that are important to all aspects of their personhood including physical, intellectual, emotional and social. Within these stages of development, their parents are playing the most significant roles. However, with the high demand to survive a living, member/s of family are now very much open to work abroad thinking that this as a solution to seek for a job opportunity which can support not only to the family’s basic needs but most importantly to secure the education of their children.
Based on 2016 Survey of OFW the number of OFW who worked abroad anytime during the period of April – September 2016 is estimated 2.2. million. For the entire 2016, cash remittances reached the record of $26.9 billion up 5 from 25.69 billion in year 2015. The solid growth in remittance flows continuous to be a major driver of domestic demand – Guinigundo. But how about the circumstances and the family stages where these OFW’s are not present? How about the important roles parents do have for their children? Employment rate from 2016 to 2017 moved only in one digit from 93.3 to 93.4 . And there are only two probable reasons – inadequate skills and insufficient jobs. Thus, is it really the answer to encourage employment abroad? Or there is really a solution thru creating job and placing matched education to employment?