Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PWDs assert their right


20% discount on medicine

and Accessibility Law implementation


The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 10% of given population has disabilities. In Philippines, with around 90 people, an estimate of nine million Filipinos affected with some form of disability. While 90% of this 9 million are poor and 80% of them are living in the rural areas where programs and services are not available or are inaccessible due to the prohibitive cost.

Medicines are vital to the day to day existence of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) including children with ADHD, autism, seizure disorder and other developmental disabilities who rely on their daily maintenance to stabilize their condition. Cancer survivors with resulting impairment consume daily doses of medicines.

In 2006, Republic Act 9442, an amendment to RA 7277, known as the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities mandates all drug stores and pharmacies to provide 20% discounts for every purchase of medicines similar to that of the senior citizens. It has been more than a year since the Department of Health issued Administrative Order No. 2009 – 0011 that mandates the full implementation of this law. However, to this date the Drug Store Association of the Philippines (DSAP) led by Mercury Drug Corporation (a company operating more than 450 drugstores) continuously violates the aforementioned law. Only Watson complies with the law.

The RA 7277 is an act providing for the rehabilitation, self-development and self-reliance of persons with disabilities and their integration to the mainstream of society and for other purposes.

Members of Disabled People’s Organization (DPOs) around the country have numerous reports on the refusal of drugstores to provide the discount. For this reason, PWDs from different DPOs joined ranks and filed their complaint against drugstores violating the provision in R.A. 9442 to the Commission on Human Rights.

BP344, also known as the Accessibility Law, is an act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments, and public utilities to install facilities and other devices. This law is in effect for almost three decades now but has been violated in numerous instances. The complaint pointed out the inaccessible footbridges which were all built in violation of the provisions of the Accessibility Law.

In some footbridges, there are futile attempts to include accessibility features. These efforts made it more dangerous for PWDs to use them. The footbridge in EDSA corner Quezon Avenue is one example. One of the approaches of the ramp is not cemented and most of the time is wet and muddy. The ramp is too steep that even with assistance it would be an arduous task to go up plus the dangerous downhill trek. The structures of the steps are also not helpful for blinds using walking canes. There are no tactile markings for directions. All these and the other flaws are more of hindrances and not in consonance with the Accessibility Law.

After submitting the formal complaint letter to the CHR, the group went to the Mercury Drugstore in Philcoa. The press people witnessed the violation continuously being committed by Mercury drugstore with regards to the implementation of R.A. 9442. Even after presenting the requirements for purchasing medicine, no discount was given.

The group then proceeded to inspect the EDSA/Quezon Ave. footbridge. The press people experienced the difficulty of using the ramp on a wheelchair and the life-threatening alternative of crossing EDSA worming through the traffic.

PWDs are part of our society. It is their hope to be heard and be included in the mainstream of humanity.


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

DOST council fetes best thesis, dissertation winners

by Framelia Anonas

The Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD) of the Department of Science and Technology awarded winners in the 2009 PCASTRD Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards in Advanced S&T on Dec. 18, 2009 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Makati City.

Clinching the awards in the dissertation category are Proceso L. Fernandez, Jr. of the Ateneo de Manila University for “On the complexities of the block sorting and Poset cover problems” (Computer Science and IT) and Gay Jane P. Perez of the University of the Philippines Diliman for “Understanding the dynamics of unassisted group egress” (Physics). Advisers are Dr. John Paul C. Vergara and Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, respectively. Fernandez and Perez received a plaque and P75,000 each while their advisers received P25,000 each. Meanwhile, all finalists received P25,000 each.

In the thesis category, winners are the following: Banyuhay P. Serrano of the University of the Philippines Los Baños for “Isolation and Partial Characterization of Prolamin-like Proteins and Molecular Analyses of Its Genes in Storage Roots of Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz)” (Biology and allied fields); Kevin B. Dagbay of the University of the Philippines Diliman for “Polyhydroxylauric acid maleate-co-sebacic anhydride : synthesis, characterization, in vitro degradation and drug release behavior (Chemistry/Biochemistry); Lawrence Phoa Belo of the De La Salle University-Taft for Measurement of the sediment oxygen demand in selected stations of the Pasig River using bench-scale benthic respirometer (Earth Science and Space Technology Applications). Advisers are Drs. Antonio C. Laurena, Florentino C. Sumera, and Pag-asa D. Gaspillo and Jose Marie U. Lim, respectively.

In Microelectronics/Mechatronics, Oliver Jay B. Viloan of the De La Salle University-Taft bagged the award for “Decision support system for agricultural process management” with Dr. Elmer P. Dadios as adviser. Meanwhile, in the Physics category, Jesus Felix B. Valenzuela of the University of the Philippines Diliman bested other entries with “Segregation and aggregation in a convecting bidisperse particle suspension” under the advisership of Dr. Christopher P. Monterola.

Sharing the award in the Mathematics category are Alva Benedict C. Balbuena of the University of the Philippines Diliman for “On stable sets, orbits and digital topologies” with Drs. Evelyn L. Tan and Eduardo R. Mendoza as co-advisers; and Wemer M. Wee, also of the University of the Philippines Diliman, for “High order multi-level methods for Helmholtz-type equation arising in image denoising” with Dr. Jose Ernie C. Lope as adviser.

In Statistics, two winners bagged the plum, namely Nellwyn M. Levita of the University of the Philippines Los Baños with “Empirical analysis of the statistical properties of NEI's standard genetic distance and Cavalli-SFORZA and Edward's distance” and Ruby Anne E. Lemence of the University of the Philippines Diliman for “Testing for the presence of structural change and spatial heterogeneity in spatial-temporal model.” Advisers are Drs. Consorcia C. Reaño and Erniel B. Barrios, respectively.

Winners in the thesis level received a plaque and P60,000 each, except in case of ties wherein winners received P37,500 each. Advisers received P15,000 each, except in the case of ties wherein advisers shared the prize equally. Meanwhile, all finalists received P15,000 each.

PCASTRD launched the Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Awards in Advanced S&T in 2001 to encourage graduate students to undertake researches in fields relevant to PCASTRD's priority areas. The annual award also serves to recognize researches that have potential impact to the society, said Ms. Ermie Bacarra, PCASTRD’s Human Resource and Institution Development chief.

PCASTRD is the lead agency in the Philippines that develops, integrates, and coordinates the national research systems for advanced science and technology. For more information on PCASTRD, its awards and services, please log on to http://www.pcastrd.dost.gov.ph

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Nasi Lemak (Singapore Food Republic) welcomes Chinese New Year 2010


Nasi Lemak in Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
NASI LEMAK Singapore Food Republic hails the Year of the Tiger (the Chinese New Year 2010) by grand launching its new location at the second level of East Lane of Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City.
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This Asian food fusion restaurant announces their new food offerings and its now in full gear operation at its best!
Prosperity for the year of the Tiger Celebration!
From left to right: Juliet Z. Cruz cheers with Cora Lelina (Operations Manager, Nasi Lemak) & HK Tan (Food Consultant, Nasi Lemak)

Mr. Hung Kwang Tan, the executive chef and consultant of Nasi Lemak said that with the new location they will become closer to their customers. While Cora Lelina who is the operations manager, a former OFW and the one who started the business in the Philippines in the late 2008 at Tomas Morato Quezon City is optimistic in embracing the challenge of the new year’s business environment.
From left to right: Joining the celebration are Che Soler (CEO, Crystal Clear), Juliet Cruz, Asun Soler (Communications Manager, Crystal Clear) & Dr. Tini Tiosejo
All the food enthusiasts and overseas Filipinos who would like to taste something different, something Asian, and something interesting and exciting may try the sumptuous viands and delicacies in this restaurant and experience more the distinct flavor. Here are some options to savor:
Singapore Hainanese Chicken


Oatmeal Prawns
New things and new food ideas are coming with this eatery in Galleria so hurry up and visit this interesting place.


Kung hei fat choi!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

LT makes a clear choice

Crystal Clear teams up with Lorna Tolentino (second from left) with Che Soler, CEO of Solerex Water Technologies, Inc. (right)

A
ward-winning actress Lorna Tolentino recently renewed her endorsement deal with Solerex Water Technologies, Inc, for Crystal Clear Purified Drinking Water. The actress has been the brand’s endorser since 1997.


According to Solerex's Corporate Communications Manager, Asun Soler, “Lorna Tolentino is someone who has consistently projected a clean, wholesome image, has excellent work ethics, loves her work and values trust and friendship. These are the very qualities that Crystal Clear stands for. We are honored and happy to continue our relationship with her.”

Crystal Clear is one of the country’s leading Water Refilling Franchise with over 400 outlets in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

For franchise information, you may contact: Solerex Water Technologies Inc.
at (632) 642.4489 and (632) 642.3448.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ARELLANO Grand alumni homecoming


The Arellano (Manila North) High School will celebrate its 65th annual general alumni reunion on February 6 at Palacio de Maynila, 1809-1813 M.H. del Pilar St., Malate, Manila (along Roxas Boulevard). Registration will start at 4:00 PM. The event has the theme “Recalling our youth, reliving high school days, sharing our blessings!” Our guest of honor and speaker is Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno from Class 1956. For more information, call 0927-4648513 or 0920-9060583. Visit www.arellanoalumni.com


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Thank you for supporting our cause and thank you for announcing and forwarding this message to all friends in the media (print, radio, TV and online).

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