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‘No Vaccination, No Enrollment’ Policy Eyed in Measles Outbreak

With the cases of measles going up by over 300% because many parents chose not to have their children immunized after the Dengvaxia mess, the Department of Health (DOH) now wants to keep parents from enrolling their children in the public schools unless they immunize their kids.

The DOH has recorded 11,459 cases of measles just within the period from January 1 to February 20, 2019. Of this number, 189 were fatalities. The number is 329% higher than the same period last year, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III revealed.

The number has risen swiftly due to many parents foregoing the free vaccinations given by the government after the Dengvaxia issue. But parents should understand that the Dengvaxia is different from the measles vaccine which has long been proven to be safe, said Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

Duque wants the DepEd to implement a ‘No Vaccination, No Enrollment’ so that parents would have to vaccinate their children or else the kids could not go to school.

But Briones is not as enthusiastic about the idea as Duque, saying that though this would surely increase the chances of parents having their kids immunized, not allowing the kids to enroll because they were not immunized could be a violation of their human rights.

We have to look at the human rights aspect. We will study it on the aspect of the Constitution, human rights,” Briones said.

Duque pointed out that the immunization of children had long been mandatory before they enter pre-school and elementary. The executive order was issued back in 2007 by then president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

But even with the existing policy, there are actually no sanctions for those who fail to comply. Duque hopes the DepEd would help impose the policy and that lawmakers will look into this as the immunizations will surely save lives.

We are looking at countries where immunization is mandatory. We have no law yet on this but this is something that merits serious consideration,” Duque said.

Briones pointed out that the parents still have the right to opt out of the vaccines under the present guidelines on the school-based immunization program.

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Due to Internet Lag, Girl Accidentally Places Same Order 42x on FoodPanda

A 7-year-old girl was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house carrying the same order. Apparently, she placed the same order 42x due to internet lag!

Internet Lag Causes Multiple Orders

These days, it is easy for us to order food from our favorite restaurants at the comforts of our own homes, thanks to the many apps that offer food delivery options. But such systems are not 100% fail-proof, as exemplified by the experience of a girl who was brought to tears after dozens of FoodPanda riders arrived at their house to bring her order.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

An app glitch caused by internet lag led dozens of riders to the house of a 7-year-old girl at Brgy. Mabolo, Cebu City. Her name is withheld for her privacy and safety.

Apparently, the girl’s parents who are both working left her a smartphone she can use at home to order some food for lunch. Using the phone, the young girl had ordered a box of 2-piece chicken fillet with rice and French fries.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

The order just costs Php189. But due to an app glitch due to internet lag, the girl kept clicking the order because it kept failing. What she did not know is that though the order appeared to fail, each one was actually sent to the system.

Imagine her fright when riders began to arrive at their house. Living by a narrow alley, the commotion caused the neighbors to come out – and they were surprised to learn about the girl’s situation. With the girl left at home with her grandma, the two can’t possibly eat all the chicken fillets.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

Moreover, with 42 orders sent, the girl would have to shell out a total of Php7,938! Taking pity on the child and her grandma, knowing she didn’t do it on purpose, the neighbors pitched in to help. Many bought several orders from the riders, though there were riders who simply left as they also took pity on the child.

Photo credit: Dann Kayne Suarez / Facebook

It was a good thing the neighborhood helped out as much as they could, but others said this should serve as lesson for parents not to leave their smartphones with kids to make online orders.

How to Fix Internet Lag

Internet lag is a common problem, particularly in the Philippines where most internet providers have slow service. There are some ways to fix internet lag. Some joke that this is best fixed by moving to a different internet provider, but the problem appears to be applicable to all ISPs.

To reduce lag, stay as close to the router as possible. Also, put the router in a central place in the house, with less walls to block the signal. If possible, connect your device directly to the router using an ethernet cable.

Refreshing the router by turning it off for a few seconds might also do the trick.

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Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River, Fundraising Goes Viral

Giant bamboo will be planted along the banks of the Marikina River. What’s so amazing is that the fundraising project has gone viral, with so many people offering to help donate money for the cause and also in planting the bamboo as part of a natural flood-control barrier! Wow.

Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River

So many floods ruined Metro Manila and other areas due to deforestation and other activities that ruined nature. It is sad reality that humans have cut down most of the world’s forests and removed many plants to convert these areas into roads, subdivisions for houses, factories, and other structures.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

With many of the watersheds destroyed through mining and other forms of deforestation, more severe floods are experienced in many areas. In 2017, then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez warned about the destruction that could happen from floods due to the denuded watersheds, but no one listened.

After Typhoon Ulysses brought Ondoy-like floods to Metro Manila recently, the people are finally listening!

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran is among those leading the fundraising so that they can plant Philippine Giant Bamboo along the banks of the Marikina River. While the project won’t have an immediate effect on the area, this will truly have long-term benefits as the plants will save so many people from floods in the future.

Dendrocalamus Asper – we will plant the Philippine Giant Bamboo along the river banks of the Marikina River and its tributaries along the Marikina Watershed. We already ordered seedlings from Bukidnon. Take a look at the shoot I am holding! In ideal conditions, it’s poles can reach up to 14 inches at the base. Help us purchase more cuttings of the giant bamboo, pretty please?” the priest shared in a post on Facebook.

The post has since gone viral, gaining nearly 20k shares and more than 16k reactions. Thousands of people promised to help plant the bamboo, once the project is launched. Wow.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

What’s a Watershed?

A watershed is a land area, often several hectares in size, that collects and drains off water into a body of water, such as a river, lake, or bay.

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Task Force Illegally Confiscates GrabFood Rider’s Key for Traffic Violation

The GrabFood rider admits that disobeyed the traffic rules but this does not give the task force any right to confiscate his motorcycle key! Tsk. Tsk. His fines also amounted to Php5,150!

Task Force Illegally Confiscates Rider’s Key

It is true that there are a lot of hard-headed motorists out there who disregard traffic signs, especially if they don’t see any traffic police or barangay task force along the way.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

Though they have to be fined for the violation, of course, getting their driver’s license is actually against the law. Moreover, confiscating the vehicle key is also illegal!

Recently, GrabFood rider Ramil Romaraog figured in altercation with a Task Force of Brgy. San Antonio, Makati. The GrabFood rider admits that he made a mistake in entering the one-way road from the opposite direction, but things got complicated when he asked the Task Force to give him a ticket then and there so he could get his license back.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

According to Romaraog, he followed another delivery rider who entered the one-way road. Both of them got caught by the Barangay Task Force.

The other delivery rider readily left his driver’s license but Romaraog wants to get his back because he still has to work that day. It would be easier for him to just pay the fine. But the group didn’t have a ticket stub. They insisted on confiscating his license.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action
Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

When he insisted on getting a ticket, one of the Task Force guys illegally confiscated his motorcycle key! The Task Force was identified to be someone named John May, as confirmed by Ronald Ferrera, the Barangay Admin of Brgy. San Antonio.

According to Ferrera, John May is part of the Bantay Bayan augmentation team.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

After his story went viral, the rider was informed that the barangay captain will pay for his ticket to help him out. But everyone was shocked that he received fines amounting to Php5,150!

Aside from getting a fine for disregarding the “No Entry Sign” that amounted to Php2,000, he was also fined for DTS (Php500), obstructing roads (Php500), reckless driving (Php2,000), and being arrogant (Php150)! Netizens think this is too much – the fines are redundant.

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What is DTS?

DTS is a traffic violation that means “Disregarding Traffic Signs”. This is one of the most common violations in the Philippines and carries a fine of Php500.

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