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Parsons calls Thomasians ‘future change-makers,’ urges gov’t to be fair to health workers

Parsons calls Thomasians ‘future change-makers,’ urges gov’t to be fair to health workers

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THE THOMASIAN nurse who administered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine dose called students of the University “change makers" and "future leaders" and encouraged them to work hard and to stick to their values. Filipino-British nurse May Parsons, who obtained her nursing degree from UST in 2000, said Thomasians should maintain integrity, honesty, compassion and dedication, values that she said shape their identity.   "We were told constantly that Thomasians are the cream of the crop, and have been proudly preceded by our countless Thomasian pioneers and fire-starters. We are future change-makers,” Parsons said at a press conference held in the UST Main Building on Monday, August 22. “Keep your values tight and close to your heart. This is what sets you apart from the rest. Kee...
Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

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WHILE PEOPLE have the right to free expression, those who staged the Liwasang Bonifacio protest against mandatory vaccination last January were arrested or were bombed with water cannons.  However, the individuals who protested against what they called “medical martial law” were dispersed not for expressing what is now an unconventional view but for violating quarantine protocols. According to the police, the protesters, which numbered about 150 people,  refused to wear face masks or present their vaccination cards, violating city ordinances and minimum health protocols set by the government.  But for JJ Villanueva, the dispersal was inconsistent with the freedom of speech guaranteed to Filipinos.  “They told us we had every right to express our opinions, and [then] one day th...
Ate Jovy: Happy to be back

Ate Jovy: Happy to be back

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“What’s the best thing about selling flowers?” Syempre kikita ka [...] at tsaka syempre kapag passion mo ang ginagawa mo, masaya ka at masarap sa pakiramdam na kumikita ka sa [trabaho na] gusto mo. At syempre, kukuha ka ng mga tauhan mo na tutulong sayo, syempre makakatulong ka rin—malaking achievement ‘yon.  “How did the pandemic affect your flower selling business?” Mayroong time na talagang nagsara [kami], kaya nag-online selling nalang. Sobra kaming naapektuhan. Kahit walang income, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ‘yung bayad ng renta ng pwesto. Sa dami rin ng mga pangangailangan, mahal na rin ang bilihin!  Ngayon, masaya kami na nakabalik na.                 - Ate Jovy of Enrico’s Flower Shop Interview by PATRICK V. MIGUEL
Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

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THE YEAR 2011 was the last time Hannah “Hans” Joy Baquiran physically celebrated Christmas with her father. This would be the tenth year they will celebrate the holidays with an unfilled seat by the dining table.  As Hans and her mother Liza Baquiran prepared food and gifts for their relatives, her father Baroy Baquiran would set up his device in time to see his family’s smiles back home.  Liza’s phone would eventually ring, she would answer and would be greeted by her husband’s voice.  From Qatar to the Philippines, a virtual connection allows them to share the joy of celebrating the Holidays. From screen to screen, they would endure the longing that precedes their situation—all in hope for their family in these coming years. Holidays Remembered After Hans’ elementary gradu...
Artlet works as a COVID-19 swabber

Artlet works as a COVID-19 swabber

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by RY PHILIP JACO T. GALVAN IN THE peak of community quarantines and mass hysteria, news broke out that Niño Jay Jusay’s parents tested positive for COVID-19. The world has not yet fully adjusted to the pandemic, and for Jay and his family, the future was not looking bright. Jay and his siblings immediately isolated themselves in their condominium in Manila. Meanwhile, a nurse tended to their parents at their house in Quezon City.  Nevertheless, they still found ways to continue their family traditions. With the parents on the other end of the video call, the Jusay family prayed earnestly as ever—hoping for a miracle. In between prayers, Jay shared in an online interview that he begged God for grace.  He prayed, “Buhayin mo lang ‘yung mom and dad ko... i-extend mo pa ang...
‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

‘Weak states’ lead to ‘ineffective’ COVID-19 responses—PolSci chair

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY POLITICAL SCIENCE department chair Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion said Tuesday that the institutional weakness of the Philippines led to the Duterte administration's failure to control the pandemic. “We cannot blame this all on President Duterte kasi kahit gaano pa siya kalakas na leader, I think given the enormity of the problem—the pandemic, kahit sinong leader ang ilagay mo diyan, he or she is bound to fail kasi we have weak state institutions,” Coronacion said in a webinar. He said that the country has a defective public health system and weak public health institutions, mentioning Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's corruption and the “inefficient” hospital system. Coronacion also cited the “securitization” or the “military solution” as one of ...
Duterte extends Metro Manila class suspension

Duterte extends Metro Manila class suspension

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By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES   President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52. A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region. The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...