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Bagong Bayani: Filipino’s guide in the new normal

Sharing this very timely info from Doc Ted Esguerra, a Covid19 survivor himself. Words to live by amidst the pandemic. Thanks, Doc.

“As we are recovering, there are ‘old ways’ which we do not bring anymore in our usual lives. We are now in the NEW NORMAL and we are to adapt to its new norms to survive. “Reopening is not back to normal. It is trying to find ways to allow people to get back out to do things they want to do, and business to do business,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. “We can’t pretend the virus has gone away. The vast majority of the population is still susceptible.”

I made this mnemonic B.A.G.O.N.G. B.A.Y.A.N.I. as a guide for Filipinos how to ‘stand up’ again in the new normal times — renewed and more resilient.

Let’s all be the BAGONG BAYANI SA BAGONG BANSA PARA SA BAGONG PANAHON

B – BE FIT – Physically, physiologically, Psychologically, Spiritually
– We must realize that indeed health is wealth

A – ALWAYS IMBIBE GOD-FEARING & FAMILY-CENTERED WAY OF LIFE – Be responsible parent, husband, wife, son or daughter
– Going back to the basic unit of the society
– Moral decadence has started when we detach ourselves from the values taught to us by our parents

G – GO CLEAN, GREEN AND CONSERVATION – Support and practice proper waste disposal, clean energy, forest restoration programs, preservation of culture and the arts, conserve water and electricity
– Involvement of our country in the global campaign for climate change adaptation and low carbon usage
– Imbibe the true cultural richness of our country

O – OBSERVE THE ‘SEVEN WONDERS’ AND OTHER SAFETY PRACTICES – observe the 7 Wonders of Safety : Always wear mask, Observe Physical distancing, Washing of hands with soap and water, avoid crowded areas, observe coughing/sneezing etiquette, do not go out unless necessary, and avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes
– Developing the safety culture and enhancing the safety-security-survival (S3) psyche and practices

N – NEW LIFE, NEW HABIT, NEW TECHNOLOGY – Be prepared for any eventualities, Be flexible, Be more aware, Be learned and educated in accessing information on-line, Adapt to technological advancement suited to our national platform

G – GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH NEIGHBORS & VISITORS – Locally and Internationally. Be tolerant to diversity. Be kind to everyone

B – BE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN – As a Voter, Tax Payer, Manager/ Employer, Worker, Student, Netizen, road user.
– Report Crime and corruption
– Video tape and report abuses,

A – ALWAYS GIVE RESPECT AND PRIORITY TO SPECIAL PEOPLE – Elderlies, PWDs, women and pregnant women, Children, Tribes People, and other marginalized members of the society

Y – YIELD TO THE RULES OF THE COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY – from simple pedestrian crossing to not participating in corruption

A – ADVOCATE AND SUPPORT OUR OWN – Produce of our own Farmers/Fishermen; support products of our craftsmen; support obras of our own artisans; support our local tourism

N – NEVER BE LAZY AND NEVER PROCRASTINATE – Early at work and leave in right time

I – INSTILL NATIONALISM – Patronize anything that is about our Country
– Deepen our understanding to the RIGHT part of history
– Change some ‘defeated’ aspects in history
– Renew reverence to flag and anthem
– Foster UNITY
– It doesn’t take much being a hero

By: DR TED ESGUERRA

Teach kids to protect themselves: Say No!, Run, Tell

Be alert to sexual abuse. If you’re a mom you’ll do anything to protect your kids from harm. Here are some things that kids need to know about tricks offenders do before the abuse begins. And if in case your child spotted a potential abuser teach them to say No! Instruct them to Run as quickly as possible away from the would-be abuser. And be able to Tell parents, guardians or someone who could be trusted about their experience until someone helps them.

  1. Offender says you are special, different or the only one who really understands him.
  2. Treats you differently  from other kids. Gives you special privileges. Treats you like an adult while he acts like a kid.
  3. Wants to take you pictures.
  4. Says he is teaching you sex education by showing you pornographic pictures or movies. He shows his body or touches yours.
  5. Puts lotion or ointment on you when your mother or others are not around (even when you don’t need the ointment).
  6. Offender hangs around school, yard or park where children play. Tells you “not to tell”. Asks you to keep a “secret”.
  7. Does not let you have friends or does not let you do things that other kids your age do.
  8. Comes into your bedroom for no reason.
  9. Asks  you to do things that involve physical contact or touching of private parts.
  10. Offenders wants to spend time alone with you. Makes excuses  for you to go places with him.
  11. Asks questions or make accusations about sex between you and your boyfriends.
  12. “Accidentally” comes into the bathroom when you are taking a bath. Not respecting your privacy.
  13. May fool your parents into allowing you to be “friends” through bribes and other tricks.

Some tell tale signs here could give you a cue and save a kid you know from the trap of an abuser. Please listen to every story your kids are telling you.

Profile of abuser

The sexual offender can be of any age, gender, and from any race, culture, religion, income level, or profession. Most abusers are men (80-85%), are well known to the child and frequently have a position of responsibility and trust for the care of the child. Studies indicate that only about 10% of the offenders are strangers to the abused child. 20% of the offenders are pedophiles (who tend to have a large number of victims).

Help line
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Hotline 117
Or call your local PNP Office
 
Rescue
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Call your local DSWD office
 
Bantay Bata
Hotline : 163

Don’t wait for the AIDS vaccine

I posted this on my other blog in September 2009 but had to erase it when I changed the blog’s name and niche.

My heart skipped a bit when I heard over the radio that an experimental AIDS vaccine in Thailand is showing remarkable result to patient volunteers. Experts said the vaccine has reduced the rate of infection by 30 percent. I’m thrilled to know that there is hope for my friends who are living with HIV for years especially those who depend on dole outs to support the cocktail medicine to keep them healthy.

The cocktail medicine I’m talking about is a combination of three or four different medicine people with HIV/AIDS take to keep their immune system stronger and protect them from easily getting germs or bacteria.

Dr. Eric Tayag who is at the helm of the National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health (Dr. Tayag is now serving as the Assistant Secretary of the DOH) welcomed the much-awaited development in the AIDS vaccine.

However, the soft-spoken DOH official reminds us that we don’t have to wait for the AIDS vaccine to be available in the country and for the number of cases to increase before we learn the simple steps to avoid getting the virus.

While we are all anticipating for the full development of the AIDS vaccine and for it to be available in the market which I hope would be in the near future, let’s pause for a while and learn the ABCs of AIDS prevention…as easy as…

A – Abstain

B – Be faithful

C – Condom use