Mandaue adopts law mandating feeding of undernourished children

TO COMBAT malnutrition in Mandaue City, the City Council passed a resolution adopting Republic Act 11037, an act institutionalizing a national feeding program for undernourished children. The Mandaue City Council approved the resolution sponsored by City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz during the 124th regular session on Sept. 15, 2021. In an interview, Ruiz endorsed the resolution […]

Children under 2 should not wear face masks due to suffocation risks

WEARING of face masks for children younger than two years old is not recommended, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Department of Health (DOH) 7 chief pathologist, reminded parents and the public. During her Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center briefer on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, Loreche explained that there are special considerations for the pediatric population. She […]

Editorial: Vilomah

Strange that despite the archetype image of Christianity’s Pieta, humanity seems to have persistently avoided the task of naming parents who lost a child. We have a word for the reverse—child who lost both parents—orphan. There seems to be no word for the inconsolable mother on whose arms her child’s body slumps. Orphan comes from […]

Kids, 5 and up, may go out in GCQ, MGCQ areas

CHILDREN five years old and above are now allowed to go out in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced Friday, July 9, 2021. But they are not allowed in malls and other mixed use indoor/outdoor buildings and facilities, based on Resolution 125 of the Inter-Agency Task Force […]

SMD: A Father’s Day special

Secretary Michael Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, is one proud father to six sons ranging from ages 19 to 29: Shaun Mikael (Shaun), Lorenzo Miguel (Enzo), Paolo Mikel (Paolo), Christian Mikaelo (Mico), Angelo Mikhail (Gelo) and Anton Mikkelo (Anton). Their second names are all derivatives of their Dad’s first name. Here’s a close look […]

Osec cases in PH rise in 2020 amid pandemic

DESPITE the limitations and health risks induced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the conviction rate for Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (Osec) cases in the Philippines has increased by 177 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of the DOJ Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (Iacat), in her brief comments and […]

Editorial: Preventing teen pregnancy

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has focused the attention and resources of stakeholders for more than a year, deflecting attention from other issues that have an impact on society. In 2019, the rising number of adolescent girls giving birth made Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia declare teenage pregnancy as a “national social emergency.” As […]

Nalzaro: The Lumad 19 and the legal fronts

We won’t be surprised why left-leaning organizations and the legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (NPA) showed concern and sympathy to the plight of the 19 indigenous children, or Lumad, who were recently rescued by authorities inside a university campus. These communist allied organizations are using the children to advance […]