Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Choice for 2013 Elections (The leaders I worked with and why I chose them)

The 2013 Senatorial Candidates
The 2013 Mid-term Elections is fast approaching and time and again I have been asked of who will I support for both national and local offices. Honestly, I am still in the process of scrutinizing some of them. But I have worked with some of them personally already and perhaps I will include them in my list because of their dedication to either help the nurses, pursue Universal Health Care or upholding young people's meaningful participation in governance.

The list that I will publish will include the people I have currently and previously worked with or those whom I believe because of their track record.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

[ACD Daily 003] Ignoramus

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Dear Cuties,

Today I learned how to activate my Google Analytics and to track my readers through it. Honestly, I have no idea how to do it and that I'll die an instant death trying to find my way in without any assistance. 

But I'm glad a colleague of mine who is into blogging for quite a time now went an extra mile to help me. He coached me how to do it online. He's Nurse Hussein of http://www.nursehussein.com/. He was patient with me and guided me through the rough terrains of blogging. Although I have been writing for over a year now, I'm still new to blogging and that there are still quite a lot of things I need to learn about.

Call for applicants: Lead Like Jesse Youth Leadership Training Program


Calling all young Filipinos aged between 16-23 years old! 

Looking for something exciting and worthwhile to do this summer? 

Join our Lead like Jesse Youth Leadership Training Program this coming April 25-27,2013! For more information, you can send an email to jmrfyouth@gmail.com or call (02) 990-3282.

Friday, March 29, 2013

[ACD Daily 002] Good Governance

Dear Cuties,

YESTERDAY I had a good talk to a small group but formidable young leaders of the Adventist Inter-Collegiate Association of the Philippines (AICAP) about the changes young people can bring should we start employing the virtues of good governance. 

We arrived in the morning with Dave and Joey, AYHA's President. Joey discussed the basics of Good Governance while I gave a talk on young people's participation in governance and policy reforms. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

[ACD Daily 001] Uncertainty

Dear Cuties (Readers), 

I decided to write more often and write some light things about my thoughts, experiences and anything that catches my interest. Aside from the regular column I write about health and youth and of course my commentaries on certain issues, I'd like to keep this one a bit more personal but less like a diary. I call this ACD Daily ^_^.

Well today wasn't a very busy day for me. I just had a meeting with Usec. Leon Flores III, Chairman of the National Youth Commission on some of the things I'm currently doing and to mainstream some of them to the Commission's activities. We also had a small chitchat, as what friends usually do when we don't meet that frequent. I was with my partner Dave and Joey, AYHA's President. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

#RHLaw Young people's challenges & hopes on RPRH Law


THE R. A. 10354 also known as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 was recently signed last December 2012. Following a 60-day timeline, the DOH Secretary appointed members to form the Drafting Committee of the RPRH Law's Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The Drafting Committee is composed of different national government agencies, leagues of cities, municipalities and provinces and from the civil society groups. The Drafting Committee is supported by the DOH's Technical & Advocacy Working Group (TAWG).

From Villar to Gapuz: Ignorance of the Nursing Profession goes on

Ray Gapuz's statement regarding the role of the nurse
FILIPINO NURSES were not over yet with the Cynthia Villar statement recently and surprisingly now coming from a nurse himself and owner of a nursing review center - Ray Gapuz.

His initial question "RNs where should we be?" started his statement then goes on telling his followers the stereotypical view of teachers, priests, soldiers, doctors and nurses by saying their "primary" duties.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#RHLaw Copy of SQA order of the Supreme Court on the RPRH Law implementation

Sign the Petition! Let's ask SC to reverse SQA order on the implementation of RPRH Law.

Sign here: https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/100k-against-stoppage-of-rh#
SQA Order of RPRH

NYC: The temporary setback on RH Law implementation is a great disservice to young people


Reproductive Health Care is and has always been a right. The temporary setback on RH Law implementation is a great disservice to young people.

The National Youth Commission, as the voice and advocate of the youth, is confident that Reproductive Health Law (R.A. 10354) will still prevail despite the Status Quo Ante (SQA) order of the Supreme Court last March 19, 2013.
 


Voting 5-10, the Supreme Court of the Philippines stops the implementation of the RH Law for 120 days through a Status Quo Ante (SQA) order as a verdict to the eight (8) petitions filed by Pro-Life groups. 

RH law implementing rules clarifies gender sensitive provision of health services


From the Philippine Commission on Women, Office of the President
For many women and families, the long wait is finally over. The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law was finally passed on December 21, 2012 after a “long and contentious battle” in Congress. Last March 15, 2013, its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was signed at the Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila. Indeed, a very “fitting” venue considering that the RPRH law aims to assist the marginalized sectors of society, particularly in reducing maternal mortality in the Philippines.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lagman: I believe RH constitutionality will sustain


The status quo ante order issued by the Supreme Court is only a temporary delay in the implementation of the Reproductive Health law to enable the High Court to fully assess the merits and demerits of the pending petitions challenging the constitutionality of the RH law.


I firmly believe that eventually the constitutionality of the RH law will be sustained.


The RH advocates had prevailed in the legislative and executive departments, and they will likewise triumph in the High Court.

Monday, March 18, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] Forgiveness and Justice

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Nurse's Notes
By Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
April 1-15, 2013 Issue

The online outrage of Filipino nurses resulted an issuance of an apology by senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar. In an online post, she said:
"I have only the deepest respect and admiration for Filipino nurses. Kung nakasakit ako ng damdamin ninyo, humihingi po ako ng dispensa. Nagkulang kasi ng oras sa aking pagsagot sa medyo komplikadong tanong. Sa lahat ng mga nursing students at mga nurses natin, iginagalang ko kayo at ang nais ko lang ay hindi maipit ang pag-aaral ng mga nursing students dahil sa hindi pagkakaunawaan ng mga may-ari ng eskwelahan at mga pinuno ng CHED noong mga panahon na yon."

I easily forgive Mrs. Villar but sadly I do not easily forget. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Statement of the National Anti-Poverty Commission-Youth and Students Sectoral Council on the Death of a UP-Manila Student Allegedly Triggered by Unpaid Tuition


Poverty kills. 


The National Anti-Poverty Commission Youth and Students’ Sector (NAPC-YSS) mourns the death of a University of the Philippines-Manila (UP-Manila) student allegedly due to deeply-rooted family and financial problems which forced her to take a leave of absence from UP-Manila. Kristel, a 16 year-old Behavioral Studies student, committed suicide and was found dead early morning of March 15. 

NAPC-YSS calls on the Philippine government to re-assess its education programs towards making the system more accessible to the youth. As duty-bearers, the government and its agencies must make education responsive to the needs and situation of young people, especially those coming from the poorest of the poor.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The New People Power


A good friend of mine and a very pro-active young leader said that the "People Power" should now be transformed into the actual votes where people are voting for the right people. Usec. Leon Flores III, Chairman & CEO of the National Youth Commission spoke to the attendees of the EDSA27 Bloggers' Meet held last February 25, 2013 in celebration of the 27th year of the Filipino People Power that overthrew the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and installed Cory Aquino to presidency.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Anti-Poverty Youth calls to stop misinformation of RP-RH Law

Manila, Philippines - The Youth & Students Sectoral Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission reiterates their stand on the recently signed Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Act of 2012 or R. A. 10354. 

The Council, assembled by virtue of the Social Reform & Poverty Alleviation Act of 1998, is formed by different youth organizations from the country being appointed by the President of the Philippines to serve as one of the bodies that reviews the government's poverty reduction programs. 

Saturday, March 09, 2013

[Vital Signs Column] Dissecting Cynthia Villar's "Room Nurse" Issue (Villar Vs Filipino Nurses Part 2)

Cynthia Villar meets the nurses
Vital Signs Column
NURSE'S NOTES
By: Alvin Cloyd Dakis, RN
March 15-30, 2013 Issue


Before anything else, I would like to ask all my readers to have an open mind on this issue. I raised several points in our short meeting and was cordial in our conversation. 

Prior to our meeting yesterday, March 8th, I was already talking to Senator Pia Cayetano's Chief of Staff who relayed that Senator Pia would like to ask me if I would be open for a dialogue with Mrs. Villar. She knew that I would keep an open mind about the issue and hear Mrs. Villar objectively. I told Senator Pia that I am open for a dialogue from their camp (Senator Pia and I have been together during the RH Bill's campaign and the issue of nurse exploitation). Noting my previous article I said that I knew the pressure on being in national TV, having a very limited time in responding and other factors that might have affected Mrs. Villar's careless response. 

Sunday, March 03, 2013

From "Room Nurses" to "Idiot Nurses": Filipino nurses wage against demoralization

My attention was called again when a certain Grace Delacruz Manabat said that those nurses who are "accusing" her senatorial bet are 'idiots'.


Well I do expect some supporters to rally behind their senatorial bet but to call those nurses who just wanted to ask Mrs. Villar to properly address the profession as idiots, then clearly someone is not understanding the real issue here. 

Misis Villar apologizes to nurses; Dakis, no excuse for ignorance

Saw this poster entitled: Dakis Vs Villar
The online outrage of Filipino nurses resulted an issuance of an apology by senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar. In an online post, two hours ago, she said:
‎"I have only the deepest respect and admiration for Filipino nurses. Kung nakasakit ako ng damdamin ninyo, humihingi po ako ng dispensa. Nagkulang kasi ng oras sa aking pagsagot sa medyo komplikadong tanong. Sa lahat ng mga nursing students at mga nurses natin, iginagalang ko kayo at ang nais ko lang ay hindi maipit ang pag-aaral ng mga nursing students dahil sa hindi pagkakaunawaan ng mga may-ari ng eskwelahan at mga pinuno ng CHED noong mga panahon na yon."

Saturday, March 02, 2013

[Vital Signs Guest Editorial Piece] Nurses (and the public) deserve better than Cynthia Villar (Villar Vs Filipino Nurses Part 1)

This is Vital Signs' Guest Editorial piece chosen by the publisher for their March 15, 2013 Issue. Visit http://vitalsigns.ph/.
I was out of Manila when I received messages from Filipino nurses about the remarks made recently by senatorial candidate and former Las Pinas City Representative Cynthia Villar. 

It was during one of the episodes of "Pagsubok ng mga Kandidato" aired by GMA News TV last February 23, 2013 when Cynthia Villar was asked by Winnie Monsod regarding the issue of the CHED & the Technical Committee on Nursing Education's (TCNE) attempt to close down low performing nursing schools during her term as the chair of the House Committee on Higher & Technical Education.