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The Quezon City health department will be extending to the shopping malls the city’s efforts to encourage more blood donations for patients with dengue fever and other high-risk illnesses.


            Coordination with the different malls in QC is now being undertaken to set up blood donation booths at three SM malls in QC — at North Edsa, Cubao and Fairview— and also at Trinoma and the Ever Gotesco mall at Commonwealth Avenue, according to city health officer Dr. Antonieta Inumerable.


            Institutions and hospitals to benefit from the QC expanded bloodletting drive are the Philippine Blood Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Phil. Heart Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, QC General Hospital and the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Proj. 4, which have registered the most number of confinement for dengue cases.


            The city health department regularly conducts mass blood donation activities at the QC Hall and district health centers.


On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the QC health department has been continuously conducting a massive anti-dengue information dissemination campaign in an effort to encourage city residents to participate in efforts to control dengue, which is transmitted by the day-biting Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes.


            The information campaign underscores the importance of maintaining cleanliness and sanitation in reducing the number of potential breeding grounds for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes, which usually thrives on stagnant water on old tires, roof gutters, refrigerator drainers and indoor plants. 


From August 1 to 20, the epidemiology and surveillance unit of the city health department reported about 3,948 dengue cases, with 29 death cases.  This year’s cases registered a 125.2% change in the number of cases as compared with the same period last year. 


However, despite the increase, Quezon City only managed to register the ninth highest number of dengue cases among Metro Manila’s 17 cities and municipalities, taking into account its population.            


Barangays registering the most number of dengue cases are Bagbag, San Bartolome, Commonwealth, Batasan Hills, Gulod, Holy Spirit, Sauyo, Sta. Monica and Novaliches Proper.    


To date, the city health department has declared the areas of Bagbag, San Bartolome, Novaliches Proper, in District II, and Barangays Pansol and Matandang Balara, in District III and Barangay Bahay-Toro, in District I, as dengue hotspots.


In addition, larvitraps were also set up in some barangays to alert the public on the index of mosquitoes. Likewise, an ovilarvicidal traps from the Department of Science and Technology were set up in the dengue hotspots to control the density of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.  Precy/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 31, 2011 at 5:28 am


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Quezon City’s tag as carnapping capital may well be a case of mistaken identity, after all.

According to the statistical report of the Highway Patrol Group, Manila registered the most number of wanted vehicles from January 1 to July 31 with 368 as against QC’s 291.

While both cities posted the highest number of carnapping incidents in July, Quezon City’s number was lower than that of Manila with 64 as against the 84 cases registered in Manila.

The report also indicated that other police districts in the National Capital Region, like Pasig and Marikina, also registered a higher number of carnapping incidents.

“This is a vindication on the part of our city police. All along, for the past seven months, QC has to live with this label as if the city police is doing nothing”, said Mayor Herbert Bautista during a meeting with members of the QC peace and order council.

During the meeting, the Mayor assured QC Police District director P/CSupt. George T. Regis of the city government’s continuing support in the peacekeeping efforts of the QCPD, especially in solving carnapping incidents in the city.

To date, Regis said, the QCPD has been continuously reinforcing its patrol operations to prevent bank robbery and carnapping incidents and has strengthened surveillance capabilities and intelligence network on the identified members of carjacking groups and their modus operandi. Precy/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 31, 2011 at 5:26 am


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Children’s rights must be protected to ensure a good future for them.


            This is the main thrust of the Quezon City government’s partnership with non-government organizations (NGOs), private organizations and civil society groups led by Miriam College which are advocating for the transformation of every communities into a  a better place for children.


            QC officials led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte will sign a covenant for the protection of children’s rightrs on Saturday (Aug. 27) at Miriam College campus in Katipunan Avenue in line with QC’s child-friendly policies.


            The child-friendly movement in QC is anchored on the concept of the United Nation’s Child-friendly Cities which intends to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


            The movement is also aimed at creating a better environment where children can live, play and study for their good future.


            Among the gifts that the movement is committed to deliver for children are: Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC); Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC); Local Code on Children; and Local State of Children Report (LCSR).


            The movement will tap the strength and resources of families and communities in promoting the well-being of children. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm


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Dapat magkaroon ng kahit tig-isang Special Education Center (SPED) ang bawat distrito sa Quezon City para sa mga batang may special needs.


Hinikayat ni Konsehala Aly Medalla ng 2nd district ng QC si Mayor Herbert Bautista na maglagay ng mga District SPED centers upang mapangalagaan ang karapatan ng mga children with special needs sa pagkakaroon ng de kalidad na edukayson.


Ayon kay Medalla, ang paglalagay ng SPED centers sa bawat distrito, lalo na sa mga lugar na wala nito ay makakatulong sa mga magulang  na makatipid sa gastos sa pagpapaaral ng bata sa special schools.


Kailangan din aniya na maglaan ang pamahalaan ng suporta at tulong sa bawat bata na may special needs.


Ang mga SPED Centers, dagdag ng konsehal, ay magsisilbi ring lugar para madibelop ang abilidad, talento, interes, at lahat ng aspeto sa kanilang paglaki upang maging mas responsable sa kanilang paglaki at maging epektong kabahagi sa pagsusulong ng bansa.


Naniniwala ang konsehala na ang paglalagay ng mga SPED centers ay makapagbibigay ng positibong pananaw sa publiko ukol sa mga batang may disability. Divine/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm


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Quezon City should have at least one Special Education Center (SPED) for children with special needs in each district.


Councilor Aly Medalla of the 2nd district of QC has urged Mayor Herbert Bautista to establish District SPED centers to promote the rights of children with special needs to be given quality education.


Medalla said that establishing the SPED centers for each district, most especially in areas with no existing SPED classes, will help lower the costs of sending children to special schools.


She said that there is also a need to provide support and assistance to every child with special needs.


SPED Centers, the councilor added, could serve as venues to ensure that children with special needs will fully develop their abilities, talents, interests, and all aspects of their development so they can become more responsible for their lives and more effective partners in all the affairs and concerns of the country.


She believed that establishing SPED centers will also create awareness and positive attitude effect towards disability. Divine/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm


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The Quezon City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has turned over 79 folding beds to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) in Proj. 4 to help it accommodate more patients, especially those who have contracted dengue fever.


            Aside from the new beds, QC also provided additional electric fans to provide comfort to the patients, some of whom were already occupying the hospital hallways.


            QMMC medical director Angeles de Leon personally received the donation from officials of the QC health department, which was represented during the occasion by Dr. Mary Rochel Paulino, Medical Specialist I.   


            Receiving the bulk of the QC donation is QMMC’s pediatric ward.


            From August 1 to 15, QMMCs department of pediatrics reported an admission of 74 dengue cases from Quezon City.


            Barangay Old Balara accounts for the most number of admissions, said Dr. Bella Vitangcol, chair of QMMC’s pediatrics department.


            To date, the city health department, headed by Dr. Antonieta Inumerable, has been   taking all the necessary precautionary measures to avert possible dengue outbreaks in the city.  


            The measures include a continuing information dissemination campaign to raise the level of awareness of city residents in curbing the spread of the dreaded disease.


            The department also launched an emergency mosquito control program by distributing larvae traps to schools and by targeting adult mosquitoes during supervised and space spraying activities.


            Meanwhile, the Mayor has mobilized barangay officials to assist city health workers in the information drive, which underscores the importance of maintaining cleanliness in reducing the number of potential breeding grounds of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.


            As of August 20 this year, the city health department reported about 3,948 dengue cases from January to August, which was 125.2 % higher than the 1,753 cases reported during the same period last year.  To date, the disease has already claimed 29 lives, mostly from urban poor communities in District II.    


                Barangay Bagbag registered the most number of dengue cases with 227 and one death.


            Barangay Batasan Hills registered the most number of deaths with four, and Barangay Commonwealth had three deaths. Precy/ Jonah/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO

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August 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm


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Katulad ng maraming nasa hanay ng media nagsimula din si Tony Falcon bilang isang simpleng manggagawa o ‘runner’ sa radyo hanggang sa nabigyan ng pagkakataong maging Field Reporter ng iba’t ibang radyo sa bansa noong 1987


Sa loob ng isang taon ay tinagurian nya ang kanyang sarili bilang isang ‘Freelance Reporter’. Hanggang sa subukang magsarili sa DZME noong 1988 bilang isang Brodkaster.


Napansin ang angking galing sa pagmamahayag sa himpapawid hanggang sa kunin ang kanysang serbisyo ng Crusaders Broadcasting Service-DWAD si Tony bilang isang ‘Announcer’.


Taong 1989 nang magdesisyon si G. Falcon na magsarili ng kanyang programa sa radyo na binigyan naman ng bendisyon ng pamunuan ng CBS-DWAD na hindi saklawan ang kanyang pagpapaimbubulog sa himpapawid.


Palibhasa isang ‘Field Reporter’ nakita nya ang tunay na mukha ng buhay sa lipunan kaya higit pa nyang isinulong ang pagtulong sa kapwa sa munti nyang kakayahan gamit ang angking galing sa pakikipagtalastasan.


Inilunsad nya ang pahayagan ng Lingkod Bayan Balita at linggguhang labas sa telebisyon sa Channel 13. Nagsagawa sya ng ‘Medical and Dental Mission’ sa iba’t ibang panig sa bansa sa pakikipag-ugnayan na rin nya sa pamahalaan katuwang ang ibang sector sa lipunan na handing tumulong sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan.


Bagaman natigil ang dyaryo at telebisyo pinanatili ni Tony Falcon ang radyo magpahanggang sa kasalukuyan.


Isa sa mga unang grupo ng ‘reporters’ ng Lingkod Bayan na magpasahanggang ngayon ay nananatili kay Tony Falcon ay si Clemen Andrade.


Umabot ng halos 200 kasapi ang organisasyon ng Lingkod Bayan ni Tony Falcon Inc. subalit ilan lamang sa mga ito ang matatag na nakasama ng masipag na brodkaster. Kabilang dito sina Raffy Rico, Boy Cruz, Jimmy Camba, na kasabayan ng ngayo’y Co-Host ngayon na si Vea Corpuz.


Palibhasa galing sa pagiging ‘Freelance Reporter’ kaya tuwina ay bukas palad sya sa mga ‘reporters’ na pawing nagsimula at nahasa rin sa Lingkod Bayan sa pamamahayag sa himpapawid. Ilan sa mga ito ay sina Ricky Sulla, Greg Fernando, Cathy Cruz, Ernie Dela Cruz, Allan Aguire, Edmond Pangilinan, John Nacion, Erwin De Lara, Fred Salcedo, John Nation at Boy Morales.


Abril 2011 nang muling magdesisyon si Tony Falcon ng TV program na ngayon ay mapapanood sa ZOE 33 tuwing Biyernes 5-6 ng hapon at Linggo 4-5 ng hapon.


Layunin ni Tony Falcon na makatulong sa mga maralitang kakabayan sa bansa kaya naging tema ng kanyang mga programa ay pawang ‘public service’. Ang kanyang mga Medical Mission ay naging kakaiba dahil ay kahalong ‘entertainment’ at banda.


Palibhasa isa ring artista noong kanyang kabataan kaya tumutulong sya sa mga kabataan na madiskubre sa larangan ng pag-arte. Kabilang sina Angelica Jones, Willy Garte at Jericho Rosales na isa lamang sa mga artistang ngayon ay kinikilala na sa establado.


Noon magpahanggang ngayon ay patuloy sa pagseserbisyo ang Brodkaster na si Tony Falcon gamit ang kanyang 23 taong nang programa at paglilingkod sa bayan ng programang ‘Lingkod Bayan’.


Hindi naging sagwil kay Tony Falcon ang hamon ng panahon kaya magpahanggang sa kasalukuyan ay mapapakinggan pa rin ang kanyang programa sa DWAD na nagsilbing ugat na rin na ngayong pumapalaot nang mga reporter sa iba’t-ibang istasyon ng radyo maging ng mga artistang nabanggit. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila


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August 24, 2011 at 10:52 am


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