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Eskwela, hindi selda! No to lowering the age of criminal liability to 9

Jun 18, 2019 | Published by: Aileen Villanueva, RN

I am deeply concerned about the ongoing efforts in Congress to lower the minimum age of criminal liability in the Philippines which is below 15 years of age. The proposed lowering vary from 9 and 12 years, and goes against the rights of child. There is a lack of evidence and data that children are responsible for the increase number of crime rates committed in the Philippines. Lowering the age of criminal liability will not prevent adult offenders from abusing children to commit crimes.

The Philippine governments must make sure that children grow up in a safe environment protected from crime and violence. Sadly, lowering the age of criminal liability is an act of violence against children. Children are already victims of circumstances, mostly because of poverty and exploitation by adult and crime syndicates. Children who are exploited and forced by adults to commit crimes need to be protected, not further penalized. Instead they should be given a second chance to change and to educate.

Scientific studies show that brain function reaches maturity only at around 16 years old, affecting children’s reasoning and logical thinking. Proposals to lower the age of criminal liability argue that children as young as 9 years old are criminally mature and are already capable of judgment. If this was the case, then why is the legal age to get married, employed, apply for driver’s license in the Philippines is at 18 years old? A 9-year old child has not yet even reached the age of puberty and their brains are not developed to understand the consequences of their actions.

The current proposal is to delay sentence up to a maximum age of 25 years. If a child is jailed at 9 years old it means that they may have to waste away their life for 17 years under imprisonment. Detaining children will not teach them accountability for their actions. In order to maximize their potential to contribute to nation-building, children must grow up in a caring, nurturing, safe and protective environment. This requires strong parenting support programs and access to health, education and social services, The Departments of Education and Social Welfare and Development deserve full support of Congress, particularly on increasing life skills of adolescent learners; establishing responsible parenthood program. We call on the government and civil society to focus on strengthening the implementation of free educational program and uplifting lives of community.

Teenage Pregnancy

Apr 8, 2019 | Published by: Aileen Villanueva, RN

Gone were the days when teenagers were still playing street games like patintero and luksong-tinik and when they were running after one another playing hide and seek.

Teenagers seem to be more engrossed with a lot of other things – technology and internet, malling and night-outs, shopping and make-up and love and romance.

These days, teenagers look very open and proud holding hands in public places and publicly displaying affection anywhere. They seem to have lost the sense of discretion and modesty that at a very young age they are not afraid at all to do PDA’s even if old folks are around.

Go to the town plazas and parks and you will see at lot them who are still wearing school uniforms late at night roaming around with a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Some are even hiding in the bushes doing more than what we could imagine.

As a result, teenage pregnancy seems to be a common thing. We can hear of a 7th grader or 10th grader who would eventually stop school to give birth to a baby out of marriage – and the father is also a teenager like the mother.

Teenage pregnancy is soaring to 9% of women aged 15-19 already becoming mothers as of 2018. Statistics would show that at this rate, this early pregnancy is one of the teenage problems that should be given top priority solutions.

There are many factors that can contribute to early pregnancies as such, family support, financial status, values system, home and community environment, social media and personal preferences.

It is very important that educational institutions do their part religiously in order to educate these young people with proper manners and attitude and help in strengthening family values.

The family and the school are the prime social institutions to educate these young people about the pros and cons of early pregnancies and how they can divert their attention to other more important priorities in life.

Depression Among Teenagers

Mar 15, 2019 | Published by: Aileen Villanueva, RN

Depression is among the topmost emotional and mental struggles most young people go through nowadays.

Depression has been very rampant. As a result, these young people resort to many activities to like drug addiction, suicides, vandalism and many other juvenile acts.

Police reports usually have a share of a few teenage suicide attempts and those which have succeeded, many cases on drug addiction and alcoholism which are all results of depression.

It is very saddening that these things are happening at the time when there are so many platforms which can be used for diversion and enjoyment. The digital and technological environment that surround our young people seem to be affecting their emotional and mental more negatively than positively.

As we try to scan our Facebook walls, and if we have many young people “friends”, we will notice that many of them post “hugots” which are usually silent screams of their loads of depression.

Teenagers seem to have very low tolerance of pain – whether physical or emotional. And when they cannot take the pain anymore, it leads them to depression and eventually to some other serious and worse acts.

Depression is a very dangerous mental state because it can strongly dictate on people to do things which they wouldn’t do under normal state of mind. Depression triggers low self-esteem self-pity, anger and so many more negative emotions. And as depression builds up, it will eventually destroy the right track of mind of a person and who knows what happens next.

It is high time that the society pays attention to this problem. Depression is not only the problem of the teenagers. This is a problem of the whole society because when these young people are disturbed by their depression, the things they do out of depression can affect the whole community where the young person lives in starting with his/her family and circle of friends.

Depression has to be remedied if we want to save our young people – the future of our nation.

Childhood Immunization

Feb 2, 2019 | Published by: Aileen Villanueva, RN

The country is facing now with the controversial issues about commonly used vaccine among children and it has a big impact on health workers on how to gain back the trust of the community when it comes to childhood immunization. Immunization is a lifesaving intervention used to control and potentially eliminate vaccine preventable diseases. Immunization has important health benefits and can lead to eradication of diseases. The health allies shall work hard again to emphasize the importance of immunization programs. Some of the things to consider are the parents views about immunization, other parents may have limited information or incorrect information that can be corrected by the health workers, proper communication and counseling can fill the gaps in parent’s knowledge about potential benefits and harms associated with both immunization and choosing not to immunize. Parents have a duty to make decisions in the best interests of their children.

Health care practitioners play an important part with this issue, public educational campaigns and information dissemination should be the main priority. Parents consider health care professionals one of the most trusted sources for answering questions and addressing concerns about their child’s health. A health care practitioner must be equipped with knowledge, expertise and advice vital in creating a safe and trusted environment for discussing childhood immunizations. Reinforcing that vaccines are safe and effective can go a long way towards assuring parents that they are doing the best thing for their children. Establishing trust with parents is by asking open ended questions to identify and address concerns they may have about vaccines, restate their questions and acknowledge concerns with empathy. A strong recommendation from health workers can also make parents feel comfortable with their decision to vaccinate. Always emphasize that prevention is better than cure.

The government and policy makers should consider reforming compensation systems if a child suffer from a vaccine related injury so that the community feel safe and secure when it comes to health issues and benefits.

The Annual schedule immunization is developed by the Philippine Pediatric Society and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, together with the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination is as follows:

The Right to Education

Sep 10, 2017 | Published by: Teacher Gracia D. Rubiano

Every children practice different rights. The right of education is a basic human right that everyone should have. Free education is provided by our government at different levels to achieve education for all. Education should be affordable to all, with proper facilities, textbooks and supplies provided to students at no additional costs. Our government also provides free and compulsory primary and secondary education accessible to all. Free higher education usually comes to students in the form of scholarships and grants. Alternative Learning System (ALS) program shall be intensified for individuals who have not completed primary education.

The right of education is fundamental human right but many children and adults deprived of educational rights which result of poverty. Because of poverty, some parents are held responsible for not sending their children to school. On the other hand, many successful individual came from the poor family. Hardship inspires them to dream big and strive to reach that point. Poverty serves as challenge to them to overcome and to have a successful life.

Education can help us to be a knowledgeable one. Through that knowledge we should find wisdom to be a better person. Our parents are the one who will motivate our children to study and dream. Government, Civil Society, NGO’s, parents, school personnel, and media must work together to help every child to realize their right to education.

Teachers Play the Role of Second Parents

Sep 9, 2017 | Published by: Teacher Gracia D. Rubiano

Some people believe that the teachers’ primary role is to teach children to behave and to judge what is right and wrong. But on the other hand, teachers play the role of second parents to the pupils. It is they who correct the pupils if something went wrong like what they do on their own children. The teachers also play significant role in shaping the life of the pupils under their care.

Talking to a pupil can help a teacher understand a pupil’s life situation better. Some of them are from a broken family, while others don’t have parents and live with immediate relatives. Sometimes they are experiencing problems and difficulties in school and the teacher as a second parent will decide to have a home visit to somehow solve the problem. Home visitation also helps teachers to understand why pupils behave in different ways. There are circumstances that some pupils are voluntarily sharing their problem at home to their teacher. Teacher as a second parent will support their pupils by giving proper guidance. Once a pupil feels that the teacher appreciates what they do, they will trust their teacher more. Pupils spend quality time in school than in home. We need to make pupils to feel that they are safe enough and never let fear be your image but love. In return, pupils should give respect to their teachers through disciplined behavior and putting in good efforts in their studies; pupils can attain success in their life and also make their parents and teachers proud of their success.

Major Problems in Public Education

Sep 8, 2017 | Published by: Teacher Gracia D. Rubiano
  1. Poverty- Pupils living at or below poverty level tend to have the highest dropout rates. Poverty also causes pupil’s absenteeism and forces them to work and earn a living to sustain their daily needs. Pupils who do not get enough food or sleep are less likely to perform at their full academic potential in school.
  2. Family Factors- Issues at home has an impact on pupil’s academic performance. Issues like annulled/divorced parents, single parents, poverty, and violence are challenges that a pupil bring to school.
  3. Technology- Pupil’s love of technology like I pad, laptop, computer and other gadgets also tends to distract pupils from school work. It is difficult for the teachers to keep pupils interest and attention to properly teach new concept without using technologies. Teachers are engaged in Computer Literacy Training Program to bring education and technology together to attain quality education.
  4. Bullying- Some pupils experience different types of bullying in school. It can be physical or verbal bullying. It is not a new problem but it is one that has a strong impact on the learning of many pupils today. Bullying also affects pupil’s sense of security, health and sometimes victims are suffered from depression. They also experience psychological distress and can’t concentrate on schoolwork.
  5. Parent Involvement-Some parents won’t be seen for the whole school year, no matter what problems about their children might encounter. Lack of parent’s involvement in school was one of the most serious school problems because they don’t even monitor their child’s situation/problem in school.
  6. Pupils attitudes- Disrespect for teachers is the one of a major problem facing schools today. Issues like absenteeism, tardiness, and disrespect were seen more frequently on higher level than in primary level. It is the right time for the principals, teachers, parents to work together to find solution for the benefits of all pupils.
  7. School distance from Home – Being late or number of absenteeism caused by far distance of home from school. Some leave in far distant hills or mountains and took several hours walking or riding a bicycle or motorcycle. Some needs to ride a boat or trek a cliff and river.
  8. Hygiene and Nutrition – you will notice the student in poor nutrition is inactive in school activities even in discussions. Some of them finished the day just sitting and listening without any participations. Lack of personal hygiene even it was taught in the school. Parents should always consider it as their daily routine for their children before coming to school.
  9. School Supplies and Resources – being in a modern technology of teachings and many new gadgets and equipment invented still many of public school are not evenly received or distributed. Some still doing the old style one book for two or three students. A common chair for two person but three, a share room with blackboard in the middle as a division.
  10. Teachers and Pupils Ratio – A big size of 55 students in one teacher do you think a perfect ratio for a good quality of education? A teacher cannot accommodate the inquiry or questions of the students in this size. You cannot even hear the voice of the teacher at the back row and the focuses of discussion was not equally heard and understand. In some case blurred visions and with hearing impaired should be given a sit in the front.

Why they are not just hobbies?

Mar 7, 2017 | Published by: Teacher Jay Mark D. Sinag

Music and Arts are probably the two most underrated subjects taught in schools, as they are categorized by many as mere hobbies; things that people who are only good at it would enjoy. Those who do not excel in these practices tend to just let the information pass into one ear and out of the other. The expectations they give the subject is very minimal, and there is the limitation they set in which they think they can provide only as much as the subject is not within their capabilities.

But there is actually a lot of benefits a student can get out of studying Music and Arts. Read the rest of this entry »

What a Man’s Body Needs

Mar 7, 2017 | Published by: Teacher Jay Mark D. Sinag

Why should we teach Physical Education in schools?

A lot of people are finally acknowledging the need to be physically fit, as it undeniably adds to their aesthetic qualities as a man or a woman. Indeed, gym rats have finally taken over Instagram and some of Facebook, flooding their friends’ timelines with buff biceps and swollen abs.

But is there more to being fit than the good looks and the admiration from people from various parts of the globe?

There is.

People are made aware of the importance of getting fit at an early age, and there are a lot of benefits in this activity that we should never look the other way when discussing about it. The importance of exercise, for instance, is that it can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to betterhealth.vic.gov.au. It is also enumerated in the website the benefits of regular physical activities, such as; reduction of the risk of heart attack, better weight management, lower blood cholesterol level, and lower risk of diabetes and cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Points Never Say To Your Boss

Aug 20, 2016 | Published by: Teacher Laila M. Carlos

Everybody has a boss. Even if we “work for yourself,” we’re still an employee to our client.

A big part of maintaining the boss-employee relationship is to never allow a boss to think you dislike your work, are incapable of doing it, or worse consider it beneath you.

These sound like no-brainers, but many statements heard commonly around the workplace violate these basic rules. Looking for an example? Here are five heard in workplaces all the time. They may seem ordinary, even harmless. But try reading these from your boss’s point of view. You’ll see right away why it’s smart to never allow these five sentences to pass your lips: Read the rest of this entry »

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