Monday, September 15, 2014

One of the best DOH TV Ad I've seen

The Philippines' Health Department sets the stage for the widest nation-wide measles and polio vaccination campaign the entire month of September. 

The Department of Health's 2014 Anti-Measles Campaign is "MAGKAISA, MAGPABAKUNA" with the hashtag #ligtastigdas. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

[Vital Signs Column] Why Filipino nurses won't get the pay they deserve

Photo source: Carl Balita
Vital Signs Column
Nurse's Notes
September 2014 Issue

Filipino nurses are world-class professional health care provider, extremely hardworking, and the world's most caring professionals but at the same time one of the most overworked, underpaid, and under-appreciated workers in the Philippines.

Recently the Department of Budget and Management responded to an inquiry from Ang Nars Partylist regarding the non-implementation of Republic Act 9173 otherwise known as "The Philippine Nursing Act of 2002" mandating the government to provide a base pay of nurses to at least Salary Grade 15 (approximately PhP 25,718, Step 4). The DBM through Assistant Director Edgardo Macaranas responded last May 26, 2014 and a response which is not shocking, but expected - the national government cannot implement the 2002 Nursing Law's provision on SG 15.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Classic #BestFriendZoned: "Pare, mahal mo raw ako, pero kaibigan lang tayo."

Screenshot from OMV of "Pare, Mahal Mo Raw Ako."
Have you heard this line before? Classic isn't it? Yet it hurts just as much.

Such as this song composed by Joven Tan for his entry to the 2014 Himig Handog Love Song songwriting competition, where one guy fell for his bestfriend. The song captured what was the most painful of all, being told by the person you love that they do not love you as much or worse they don't love you at all. What is more painful is when you fall for the person you are not supposed to fall for --- your bestfriend.