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Local gov’t issued photocopying machines to speed up learning modules production amid pandemic
The Office of Sto. Tomas City Mayor has lent its local teaching force 32 units of photocopying machines and 986 units of external HDD in order to speed up production and distribution of learning modules during this pandemic.
Said equipment sought to help students without internet connection and financial means to be given copies of learning materials. Distribution transpired through officers of the Department of Education (DepEd) residing in the City.
Currently, students are not allowed for face to face learning as a prevention for further spread of the infectious disease COVID 19.
Sto. Tomas, Mayor Edna P. Sanchez, along with Administrator Salvador Geling, Dr. Guillerma Bilog, and Dr. Olive Deocariza of DedEd Sto. Tomas -North and South Districts, directly returned the lent equipment to the Office of the City Mayor in Oct. 2.
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From Home to School Parenting
Parenting foundation of the child rests upon home. The school serves as its extension, which reinforces personality development, and the totality of human development. It is for this reason that home and school parenting became part of the primordia rights of the child as provided for under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
When the child is deprived of school parenting for reasons of economic and others, that child is not only denied of right to education, but the right to total human development.
The first five years of the child, from the point of view of Child's Psychology, is the critical formative years. It is where the physical, motor, cognitive, and emotions start to develop, as illustrated in the following stages:
a) germinal stage - once the implantation of zygote is completed, about two weeks after conception;
b) embryonic stage - till 8 weeks following conception, critical period where embryo is most vulnerable to damage and defect, the first trimester of pregnancy almost all birth defects occur and they become permanent; embryo develops webbed fingers and toes, eyes, ears, mouth, a heart and circulatory system, and a spinal cord;
c) fetal stage - embryo now call fetus, begins after eight weeks;
d) newborn and infancy - totally dependent, but not inert and passive; has built-in reflexes, automatic behavior for survival instinct such as sucking, grasping, crying when hungry or discomfort; can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste, and even "converse" rudimentality; this stage extends up to two years;
e)motor development - average of two to four months, starts to turn head in direction of touch, lifts chin when lying on stomach, sits with support, can transfer an object from one hand to another ; at an age of 7-10 months, can sit alone and get into sitting position, can stand with help and can crawl, at 11-12 can stand and walk with support;
f) cognitive development - from 2- 4 months starts to hear sounds, looking, familiarizing faces and things around, as researches show. Understanding, recalling of faces and things around, and even meaningful words following depth perception at one year;
g) emotional development - alongside cognitive, emotional development starts, manifesting imitations of adult facial expression, cries when distressed, smiles and shows interests in slightly unfamiliar objects, may express distress when objects are too familia, fear of visual cliff starts to appear, facial expression of anger prevails in response to frustration especially when not being fed, shows first sign of distress, anxiety, sadness upon loss of attachment figure, like mother.
All these development milestones covering motor, cognitive and emotions laid down the basic foundations of learning when the child reaches five years old, prepared to grasp, acquire, develop, explore aspects of human development. It becomes necessary that a home should, being the basic foundation of child's total development, lays the mantle of invulnerable battleground of learnig.
This is where the school plays significant role as venue for parental extension of the child, as a family.
Hardships, problems met along the educational formative years of the child mostly are attributed to home parenting. However, in some cases these are healed, cured in school parenting , thereby restoring the child's right to human development.
Under the present system of education, there appears to be continuity of formation following the five-year critical formative years at home that requires substantial degree of learning development where the major areas are prepared to fill the vacuum - intellectual/physical and moral/spiritual primarily during the early childhood spanning 6 to 12 years old.
Effective school parenting requires primarily in the building up of a just and sound conscience cognizant of religious morals and beliefs, in conjunction with the basics of education like reading, understanding, mathematical figures and abstraction in feeding the needs of intellectual faculties. It is where the formation of values of the child starts following what is being learned at home.
The very aim of school parenting is not only confined to academic skills of the child. It is in moral and religious upbringing to become of them responsible citizens of our country, sensitive to the needs of other, law-abiding, and God-fearing.
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"Not all heroes wear capes, not all heroes are truly good."
Filipino movies and teleseryes have raised us to believe that heroes are infallible (and, in some cases, bulletproof). In real life, however, it’s not so black-and-white. Our national heroes were flesh and blood who made mistakes just like any other Filipino during their time.
The Luna brothers had a violent streak.
While Juan Luna is known for his award-winning and haunting "Spoliarium," history books often forget to tell us that he killed his wife. Yes, the country’s most famous painter and hero murdered his wife (and his mother-in-law!) in a fit of jealous rage. And there is also evidence that suggests his family used their connections so that he would get preferential treatment while in prison.
His brother Antonio was no better. The hot-headed general almost killed their friend, Jose Rizal. Once, again it was jealousy that drove Antonio to almost duel to the death with Rizal.
Luna refers to the moon, which is often associated with madness. Could this just be a coincidence?
Rizal and Goyo were known womanizers.
One of the first things we learn about Jose Rizal is that he was linked to a lot of women during his lifetime. In fact, almost everywhere he would go, he would find a suitable paramour. When his heart finally settled on the Irish beauty, Josephine Bracken, he had already earned a reputation of being a ladies’ man. (Initially, Bracken’s adoptive father was against the union of the 18-year-old girl and the doctor who was in his 30s.)
Despite this, Rizal was very strict with his sisters, especially with the boys they date. In a letter to Soledad, he scolds her for not introducing her “sweetheart” to their family. Now before we accuse Rizal of being anti-feminist, let’s not forget that the hero also supported women’s right to proper education, as he had written down in his letters to the Women of Malolos.
Quezon was a bit vain and shut down his critics.
Manuel Quezon was your typical charismatic politician whose mestizo looks captured the heart of a nation. It seems as though he was aware of this and he made the effort of having his sleek flat-top hairstyle groomed to perfection for his public appearances. Some even say that he had a personal barber. His efforts were not in vain (pun intended) because even at 5’6” he managed to impress almost everyone he met. A foreigner even said that he was “as handsome as a Roman god.”
This vanity, however, proved to be his heroic flaw. While history credits Quezon for being the “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa” and praises him for his open-door policy for Jewish refugees during WWII, there is also a dark chapter in this hero’s life.
The movie Quezon's Game depicted him as a puppet of the U.S. government and the ruling class. During his time in government, big businesses and landowners were favored over workers and farmers.
This depiction was not far-fetched. In fact, one of the most harrowing episodes during his governance was the Cabuyao Massacre. The Constabulary opened fired at Sakdalistas, a faction of government critics led no less than by Quezon's former ally. What made it worse was that this massacre happened in a church.
(The Sakdalistas later splintered into two groups. One group partnered with the Japanese and eventually became the Makapilis. The other group formed the Hukbalahap, which was later accused of killing Quezon’s wife, Doña Aurora.)
Aguinaldo ordered the killing of the Bonifacio brothers, was implicated in the murder of Antonio Luna and his followers, and pretty much sold the country.
Emilio Aguinaldo was more of a politician than a hero. Though we cannot deny his contribution during the Philippine-Spanish War, we also cannot avoid the dark deeds that made historians openly call him a traitor.
The start of his infamy in the history of the Philippines was at the Tejeros Convention. Though he wasn’t physically present, it was said that he conspired with his allies to corner Andres Bonifacio.
By giving the Supremo a meager role in the revolutionary government (nothing more than the equivalent of a treasurer), he angered Magdiwang, the Tagalog faction of the Katipunan. This is what further stirred animosity between Magdalo and Magdiwang.
Of course, it was revealed that he was the mastermind behind the murder of the Bonifacio brothers and General Antonio Luna, all of whom did not share his point of view in governance and also posed as threats to his leadership.
In his letters that were auctioned off to private buyers in 2019, he admitted to the murder of the Supremo. In his own words, he stated, “I had to yield,” which was said to be his concession to the advice of his allies that Bonifacio was more trouble than he’s worth.
Regarding Antonio Luna, his hit biopic depicted Aguinaldo as the mastermind behind the general’s gruesome death. Whatever really happened, many historians assume that it couldn’t have happened without Aguinaldo’s knowledge. Because of this, he was partly responsible for Luna’s death and of his aide, Paco Roman. (Luna’s loyal followers were also later tracked down and killed.)
The biggest betrayal of all, however, was the fact the Aguinaldo simply gave up the Philippines after all the lives that were lost for its freedom. When Cavite fell, his revolutionary government capitulated to Spain and accepted P1,700,000 as payment (he later said this was used to buy arms to take back the country, we can never really trust this). How’s that for a betrayal?
Did you know that?
Cyberviolence affects almost half of Filipino children aged 13-17
(According to the UNICEF study)
According to UNICEF, one in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five saying they skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, according to a new poll released today by UNICEF, the United Nations organization working for children’s rights.
In the Philippines, latest national data show that cyberviolence affects almost half of children aged 13-171. The prevalence of cyberviolence for males (44 per cent) is almost the same for females (43 per cent).
One-third of cyberviolence experienced by Filipino children are in the form of verbal abuse over the internet or cellphone, while a fourth are through sexual messages. More females received messages of sexual nature or content than males. However, twice as many males than females reported having their nude body or sexual activities, whether real or falsified, shown on the internet or cellphone.
Violence against children, in all forms including online bullying or cyberbullying, has devastating effects on the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people. This can create lasting emotional and psychological scars, even physical harm. It is particularly challenging to address since children are vulnerable and have easy access to the internet, making them easy targets of online violence.
In the UNICEF U-Report poll conducted in June 2019, almost three-quarters of young people from 30 countries said that social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are the most common platforms for online bullying. Being connected online means that school no longer ends once a student leaves class, and neither does bullying.
The U-Report further revealed that 32 per cent believe that the government is mainly responsible in addressing online bullying, 31 per cent said that young people are responsible, while 29 per cent said internet companies. These show that opinions are equally divided on who should be responsible for ending online bullying – highlighting the need to involve children and young people in the shared responsibility.
UNICEF is calling for urgent action to implement policies that will protect children and young people from bullying – both online and offline. Addressing the problem requires action from all of us.
Establishing and equipping national helplines to support children and young people in reporting violence is a concrete step. Training teachers and parents to respond to and prevent bullying will ensure the safety of children and young people, particularly the most vulnerable ones.
Gathering better data about the online behavior of children and young people, and how criminals are using the internet, will guide policies and action plans.
UNICEF is also urging social media and social networking service companies to improve ethical standards and practices in collecting and managing information of children.
Red Tagging in the Philippines
Redtagging in the Philippines refers to the malicious blacklisting of individuals or organizations critical or not fully supportive of the actions of a sitting government administration. This blacklisting takes the form of being "tagged" as either a Communist or terrorist or both, regardless of one's actual political beliefs or group affiliations. Such blacklisting is a form of incitement and has pernicious effects on its targets. Redtagging may be performed by either public servants or shills.
Is the CPP-NPA a terrorist organization?
The CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) was listed as a foreign terrorist organization in the United States in 2002.
On Dec. 5, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the CPP-NPA a terrorist organization.
The Human Security Act of 2007 (HSA) or Republic Act 9372 defines a terrorist organization as any group of persons that commit certain crimes in the Revised Penal Code--like rebellion, coup d’etat, kidnapping, and murder, among others--to sow “widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace in order to coerce the government to give in to an unlawful demand.”
However, section 17 of the HSA requires the government to seek clearance from the court before an organization is officially declared “terrorist.” The Department of Justice filed a petition with a Manila regional trial court on Feb. 21, but the court has yet to decide the case.
What could happen if you’re red-baited?
Should the court rule in the government’s favor, persons and groups that are suspected—not necessarily proven—to be associated with the CPP-NPA may be put under surveillance, have their assets frozen, or even be detained without charges.
The risks of being tagged:
If the court declares the Communist Party of the Philippines a terrorist group, victims of red-tagging may be subject to:
▪️Interception and recording of communication
Sec. 7: Upon written order of the Court of Appeals (CA), police may record and interpret any communication (spoken or written) of a person suspected or charged with committing or conspiring to commit an act of terrorism, with the exception of communicating with one's lawyer and/or doctor, and journalists.
▪️Detention without charges
Sec. 19: In the event of an actual or imminent terrorist attack, persons suspected of terrorism or conspiracy may be detained without charges, as long as it is approved by a judge of the municipal/regional trial court, the Sandiganbayan, or CA nearest to the place of arrest.(Also refers to the Anti-Terror Law)
▪️Restricted travel and personal liberties
Sec. 26: Persons charged with terrorism or conspiracy--even if granted bail for lack of strong evidence--may be restricted to one's municipality or put under house arrest, and/or prohibited from using cellular phones, computers or other means of communication with those outside of the residence.
▪️Examination of bank records
Sec. 27: Provided there is probable cause, the CA may authorize law enforcement to examine the bank/financial records of persons charged or suspected of committing or conspiring to commit terrorism.
▪️Seizure and sequestration of assets
Sec. 39: Deposits, outstanding balances, businesses, transportation and communication equipment, and other assets and possessions of persons charged or suspected of committing or conspiring to commit terrorism shall be seized, sequestered and frozen.
The Human Security Act(HSA) lists four types of terrorism charges.
Four types of terrorism charges:
Any person who commits an act punishable by select provisions of the Revised Penal Code--such as rebellion, coup d'etat, murder, kidnapping, and arson--to sow widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace to coerce the government to give in to an unlawful demand.
Those found guilty will serve 40 years of imprisonment without parole.
Conspiracy is when two or more persons come to an agreement to commit a crime of terrorism.
Conspirators shall also serve 40 years of imprisonment without parole
Any person who, not being the principal actor or conspirator, cooperates in the execution of a crime of terrorism.
Accomplices shall serve 17 years, four months and one day to 20 years of imprisonment.
Any person who is not part of the execution of the crime, but participates by a) profiting or assisting the offender to profit in the crime's effects; 2) concealing/destroying the body of the crime, effects, or instruments used; or 3) harboring, concealing or assisting the escape of the principal actor or conspirator/s of the crime (with the exception of spouses and legal and blood relatives).
Accessories to the crime shall serve 10 years and one day to 12 years of imprisonment.
Red-baiting in its most extreme can lead to warrantless arrests, torture, enforced disappearances (ED), or worst, extrajudicial killings (EJK), according to IPON’s 2012 study.
“Although Red-Baiting does not necessarily end in these human rights violations, many cases of EJK and ED involve Red-Baiting (sic).”
Has red-baiting occurred in the past?
One of the military’s primary strategies against the CPP-NPA under then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was “dismantling civil society organizations” that were purportedly “CPP front groups,” though with little to no proof, based on the 2008 report of United Nations human rights special rapporteur Philip Alston. He called it the “vilification of enemies.”
This resulted in a spate of extrajudicial executions of leftist activists, including human rights defenders, trade unionists and land reform activists, since Arroyo sat in office in 2001, he said.
In a news report, Arroyo’s executive secretary, Eduardo Ermita said the killings were “not a national policy.”
Leonen’s dissenting opinion cited Alston’s findings on red-baiting instances.
The HSA, the country’s principal counter-terrorist legislation, was enacted during Arroyo’s time.
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The evolution of online casinos has been especially interesting, and the top casinos these days provide a truly excellent gaming experience. One development in particular has provided a completely new way to play casino games online, and that is live dealer games.
Live dealer games have made playing over the Internet about as close to playing in a real casino as it possibly could be. They have proved to be hugely popular with many players; and if you haven't tried them yet, you really should consider giving them a go.
In this article, we explain how live dealer games work and look at the differences between them and traditional online casino games.
The way live dealer games work is actually very straightforward. Online casinos that offer them use real casino equipment and human dealers to run certain games. These are played in exactly the same way as they would in a real casino, with all the action broadcast over the web in real time.
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In practical terms, there are not many differences between playing live dealer and traditional online games. They both work in essentially the same way, and you have the same chance of winning. However, there are a few key differences that may affect which you prefer to play.
Live dealer casinos only have a limited number of tables, so there may be occasions when you can't get a seat. This is just like in a real casino, of course, but it can be a little frustrating if you have to wait a while before being able to join in. This is not an issue with traditional online games as there are unlimited tables running at any given time.
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One of the big advantages of playing online games is the speed of play. Typically it will be a lot faster than playing live, and this appeals to many players. With live dealers, things slow down a bit, so this may not be ideal if you like to play at a fast pace.
The above points highlight a couple of the negative aspects of playing with live dealers, but they are pretty minor all things considered. The main advantage of live dealer games is the overall experience they offer. In our opinion, it is simply that much more enjoyable since you feel far more involved than when playing the graphic-based equivalents.
We mentioned earlier how some sites offer the ability to chat with dealers and other players. This may not be what you are interested in, but it does add a little something. Gambling can be a lot more fun if you get to have a laugh and a joke with others now and then.
Some players find it difficult to fully trust the outcome of online casino games. Even though they have nothing to worry about if they are using a reputable casino, it is not all uncommon for players to fear that the games may be manipulated or fixed in some way. With live dealer games, this is not an issue at all, as you get to see the action unfold right before your eyes.
MarLiCa Art Gym reopens after long lockdown
By: Julius Antonio
Lipa City—MarLiCa Art Gym reopens its doors after 6 long months of lockdown
After Batangas was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), a lot of business establishments and organizations have reopened, operating with only half of their usual workforce after months of lockdown. One of these organizations is the MarLiCa Art Gym which resumed operations on Sept. 18, after 6 months of quarantine.
MarLiCa Art Gym is an establishment offering free art lessons to the public. It is located in Inosluban, Lipa City.
The reopening of MarLica Art Gym is relevant to those who want to take some break from life's daily hassles. “No time to feel down in these COVID days,” said Dr. Carstensen, organization founder. More so, it provides an opportunity for aspiring artists in improving their skills and talent. Under the new normal, there are designated areas for people in line, observing mandated health protocols such as wearing facemasks and face shields.
“MarLiCa Art Gym was founded 20 years ago to give the public free access to materials and courses about basic drawing, painting, sculpting, mosaic making, pottery, and candle making for the young artists.”
Why hire a freelancer?
Today's work environment is changing nowadays. While traditional office pace is tied to eight- hour workdays, modern workers opt for a more flexible work schedule. This has paved the way for what we now know as Freelancing. It’s not a surprise to see why people from all over the world are gravitating towards the freelance set-up, given its freedom and autonomy. But working with freelancers offers lots of growth potential for businesses, too.
Here are some benefits why should you hire a freelancer?
1. Cost- Effectiveness
One of the top reasons why many companies hire freelancers is because they are more cost-effective than full-time employees. Sometimes, the work that needs to be filled isn’t routine or it could be a one-time task. Freelancers can accomplish the job and get paid only whenever you need them to do a project.
2. Access to top- tier talent
Freelancers are highly specialized professionals, many of them is devoted to hone their craft and enhancing their skills and knowledge. The freelance industry is not tied to industry's bureaucratic agencies, and instead prefer to work with their own terms, especially with the high value of their work.
Freelancers are very diverse- varying from different educational backgrounds, different working styles, ethnicity and such.
4. Options in Expanding your Team
Expanding your team depends on your industry's needs. Full time Workers, Part- time Workers, and Freelancers.
5. More Innovative
Freelancers tend to be more innovative and receptive to new technology, cutting edge ideas and suggestions. Whilst large firms could also offer wonderful and innovative ideas, freelancers, as they are not typically burdened with some pre-conceived attitudes, could step in and install cutting edge solutions to your business design issues to challenge even the best of your professionals.