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Participants Sit on the Floor in Alleged Overpriced and Disorganized CPD Seminar

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law has received much flak from professionals, mostly because the seminars are not just expensive but only provide a few points. Thus, they have to spend a lot of money to complete the required number of points for their profession.

Most professions required 45 points while others require 30; however, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are required a total of 120 points.

Now, the points you gain from an accredited seminar vary.

Recently, a civil engineer aired his grievance on Facebook via blogger Thinking Pinoy. The engineer asked to remain anonymous; though he shared a photo taken from a CPD seminar for civil engineers he recently attended.

Photo credit: Thinking Pinoy / Facebook

The engineer did not mention the name of the seminar he attended but said that the event was so disorganized that many participants had to line up for 1-2 hours just to enter the venue, causing many of them to miss several sessions.

But missing a session is bad news because attendance is checked per session by having your ID scanned. The engineer slammed how the scanners allowed several ‘handlers’ to scan multiple IDs at a time.

This engineer pointed out that though they paid Php3,500 for the seminar, meals were not provided and the chairs were lacking; this led to many participants sitting on the floor because they can’t also go out as they did not dare miss one session or risk losing their points for this ‘overpriced’ seminar.

Another participant commented on the post, saying that though the organizers did not provide food, there was also none for sale inside the venue. Because they can’t go out due to the strict ID scanning as they might miss the sessions, many participants were hungry throughout the seminar.

But was the seminar worth the trouble they experienced? The engineer claimed it wasn’t.

Unrelated ang mga topics pero hindi ka puwedeng mag absent kasi chinecheck ang ID bawat session. May mga topics na architectural. Walang bago. Parang nagkekwento lang! Mas marami pa matutunan sa TED talks sa youtube,” the engineer wrote.

Do you agree that the CPD law should be abolished?

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Netizen Simply Makes Use of MS Excel to Create Amazing Painting of Luneta Park

Using a total of 87,346 cells on MS Excel, one netizen made a rather impressive painting of Luneta Park! His masterpiece would soon go viral, with many other netizens saying that they might also start doing this to get their minds off the community quarantine.

Luneta Park Painting with MS Excel

On March 20, Robert Stephen Nuñez shared the painting he was able to make on MS Excel. It impressed so many netizens who could not believe that this could actually be done. After all, MS Excel is not something that you associate with painting – you have MS Paint or some other tool for that.

MS Excel is a tool for making spreadsheets, calculations, reports, and other mathematical items, not something you use for painting! But Nuñez proved us all wrong after he managed to accomplish this impressive feat.

Photo credit: Robert Stephen Nuñez / Facebook

The painting of Luneta Park looks so nice, with the monument looking so grand in the middle while people could be seen hanging out at the foreground. Just like the real park, there are plenty of trees and flagpoles with Philippine flags flying up high.

Perhaps he did some copy-paste of the cells so the flagpoles are identical. But copy-paste or not, this artwork is so impressive! Many netizens were also amazed by the details in the painting, including the distinct appearance of the people and animals.

And if you look closely, you can see a drama about to unfold in some of the characters in the painting… Did you see it? It’s wonderful how Nuñez was able to also add a story into the artwork, even without putting any words in or adding a hint on his post.

Painting with Excel

While Nuñez impressed many Pinoys, he’s not actually the first one to think of creating a painting with MS Excel. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi went viral some years ago for using the same media to create. It’s hard to believe that Horiuchi’s works are made from MS Excel because he actually makes lifelike illustrations.

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Hospital Staff Use Garbage Bags, Plastic Bags as Improvised PPEs

Staff at a hospital in Los Baños had to improvise using garbage bags and plastic bags to protect themselves against COVID-19 because there are no Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) available for them to use.

Improvised PPEs

Tes Depano, a health worker at St Jude Hospital Los Baños in Los Baños, Laguna shares some heartbreaking photos of people working at the hospital wearing the improvised PPEs. In the photos, the health workers could be seen moving medical equipment into the hospital and posing for photo ops in their rather heartbreaking suits.

staff at hospital use improvised PPE
Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

We are calling the attention of DOH or kung sino mang ahensya na maaaring makapag-supply sa amin ng Personal Protective Equipments. Naubos na po kasi ang PPE namin sa kaming hospital at wala na aming mabilihan. Kaya nag improvise na lang kami para kahit papaano mapanatiling ligtas ang aming mga staff. Salamat sa lakas ng loob at dedikasyon ng aming mga staff para makatulong sa mga pasyente,” wrote Tes.

As frontliners in the battle against COVID-19, these health workers deserve to have the best equipment to protect themselves from the virus, yet they have no other choice but to improvise.
staff at hospital use improvised PPE
Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

It is heartbreaking to see that they are wearing garbage bags to cover their bodies. Yellow sando bags cover their feet, hands, and head. The black plastic material of their ‘suits’ and the yellow plastic bags make the health workers look a bit funny in their improvised PPEs, but their plight is absolutely heartbreaking.

At Greater Risk

staff at hospital use improvised PPE
Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

The improvised PPEs might protect these health workers at some level but take note that medical workers in hospitals with better equipment have contracted the virus and many lost the battle. The ones in the improvised PPEs are at a greater risk of getting sick but they have no other choice.

Many netizens could not help but feel angry about the situation.

Buti pa yung nagsasanitize/nagdidisinfect sa kalsada kasama ni mayor naka medical grade PPE. Yung humaharap sa Covid+ na pasyente nakabalot sa trashbag… 😑” one wrote.

staff at hospital use improvised PPE
Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

A lot praised the health workers for what they are doing but still felt bad about their situation.

Naiiyak and natatawa ako kita mo namn kahit anong problema may solusyon ang pinoy.. kung di lang kami lockdown pinuntahan ko na tong mga to eh! 😣” another netizen commented.

What is a PPE?

PPE means personal protective equipment, defined as protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. These often include helmets, goggles, and other garments, such as safety boots.

Different PPEs are made using different materials to protect the wearer from various hazards, including physical, chemicals, biohazards, electrical, heat, and airborne particulate matter.

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Private Company Goes Viral for Giving Employees 1 Month’s Supply of Groceries, Other Benefits

Amid the problems that many businesses and workers face in the lockdown implemented as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a lot face the uncertainty in the coming days. What will they feed their families amid the 1-month lockdown? Will they be terminated if they don’t report the work because there are no transport options from their home to work?

A company went viral for giving employees 1 month’s supply of groceries, plus other benefits.

Employee Benefits

Thanks to businesses like Ezential Corporation, the company that sells Redjuice, a number of workers are rejoicing. In a memo sent last March 16, the company announced that it understood perfectly well what the workers are going through.

Photo credit: Yelp

So, the management decided to follow the lockdown announcement by the government, suspending all their office activities until April 14, 2020, the last day of the lockdown.

Even if they won’t be reporting to work, the employees will receive the following benefits:

  • 1 month supply of basic grocery items such as canned goods and instant noodles
  • 1 bag of rice (25kg)
  • 2 cutoffs Advanced Salary for every regular employees and 1 cut-off for every newly hired employees
  • Php 8,000 COVID-19 cash assistance for regular employees and 4,000 for newly hired employees
  • Php 10,000 cash advance – for salary deduction starting on May 15, 2020 which will deduct P500 per cutoff, zero interest
  • Php 1,000 hazard pay for every event that requires attendance
  • Php 7,000 vacation allowance for every regular employees; however, 90% of attendance from January to March 15 is required to qualify
  • Additional Php15,000 medical assistance for those who have not yet availed their previous privilege

Impressive package, right?

Employees Required to Stay at Home

Photo credit: The Daily Sentry

But there’s a catch – it’s reasonable, of course. Because the company is paying its employees to stay at home, they should stay at home! Anytime from March 17 to April 15, the management will conduct a random surprise visit to employees’ homes. During the visit, if the employee is not at home, he/she may be terminated for cause, unless he/she has a compelling reason for being out of the house.

Should the employee need to go out of the house to buy food, medicines, or undergo medical check-up he/she must inform his immediate superior.

Sounds reasonable enough.

COVID-19 Lockdown

In many parts of the world, including the Philippines, governments ordered a lockdown across its borders, prohibiting non-essential trips via land, sea, or air to limit people’s movement. This is done to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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