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Pangasinan’s Fourth District Representative Christopher de Venecia donated educational materials for Day Care Centers in Dagupan City with proceeds from a fundraising activity he initiated through a theater show.TURN OVER. Pangasinan 4th district Rep. Christopher de De Venecia turns over educational materials for Dagupan City Day Care Centers.
On April 17, De Venecia handed over to Day Care workers monobloc tables, chairs, flash cards, first aid kits, learning materials, visual aids, among others. He was joined by Mayor Belen Fernandez and Councilor Marvin Fabia.
De Venecia said this was an initial response to the needs of day care centers he gathered during a consultation meeting with them in January.
“I really worked hard for this….I was really touched and sad when I learned about your needs and I told myself I have to provide a solution,” he said.
Due to scarce government funds, or the long process of procurement required by concerned agencies, De Venecia had to seek the help of friends, like his fellow congressmen, senators, artists who bought tickets for a theater show.
The stage play, titled Buwan at Baril, that starred Cherry Pie Picache, Jackie Lou Blanco, JC Santos, among others, narrated and dramatized the injustices or atrocities during the Marcos regime. It was shown on Feb. 28 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center in Quezon City. It was directed by Andoy Ranay and written by Chris Millado.
De Venecia, a theater/stage play director before entering politics, solicited the help of his friends to buy tickets, with proceeds from the stage play benefiting Day Care Centers in Dagupan.
He said he helped the Day Care Centers and also his colleagues in theater with this play.
“I have to go outside from my being congressman for (this) fundraiser. As a public servant, I have to do everything in my power to help you, that’s why I’m proud to share it with you because I really worked hard for this,” he told kids, parents and workers of Day Care Centers here during the simple turn-over rites.
Meanwhile, De Venecia said there are rehabilitation and construction of more day care centers in Dagupan, especially in populated areas, that are already in the pipeline.
He noted that some use their own house as day care centers to accommodate children eager to learn.
De Venecia also lauded Dagupan City government headed by Mayor Belen Fernandez for the grant of P4,000 each monthly honorarium to its Day Care workers.
He added that he is working on a Magna Carta for day care workers to ensure their rights would be respected and observed.
“We can really help our Day care center workers here,” he said.
De Venecia also said that plans are in place for training of Day Care workers based on a program he had read that is being implemented by The Philippine Star under Dr. Preciosa Soliven.
The training of Day Care workers is ongoing in Batangas, according to de Venecia, who is also a Young Star section editor of The Philippine Star.
The program, he said, prepares students to make them ready and perform excellently as they enter K12 because of the best quality of teaching of Day Care workers who undergo the training.
DAGUPAN CITY – With the intense heat being felt this summer season, the Provincial Health Office warns of diseases that may be experienced by people especially children.
Nurse Ammiel Carino of the Non-communicable Diseases Unit of PHO, said people who love to frolic under the sun and go to beaches at this time of the year must be wary of several diseases that could be fatal when not treated adequately.
Heatstroke, when not attended to properly, could cause much harm including severe dehydration which could result to kidney destruction, Carino said.
Another illness to be monitored is hypertension whereas too much exposure to heat could decrease water in the body and cause blood pressure to rise.
“Ugaliin nating uminom ng maraming tubig para mapalitan ang nawalang tubig sa katawan natin dahil sa sobrang init,” Carino said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.
Food poisoning is also expected during this time because food spoil easily due to the heat.
Carino said when in doubt if food is spoiled, people better throw it out otherwise this could result to another disease called diarrhea.
Chicken pox or ‘bulutong’ is also widely monitored during summer so the health office advised parents to have their children immunized.
Two more cases that are not considered disease but are often associated with heat are sunburn and sore eyes.
“it is always best to wash your hands properly para maalis and mga germs and bacteria at kapag lalabas ng bahay ay magdala ng pamproteketa sa init tulad ng payong at shades,” Carino said. (PIA-Pangasinan)
DAGUPAN CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines assured post-earthquake grid stability, as it extends assistance to power plants affected by earthquakes last April 8.
In a statement, NGCP said it will be providing support to First NatGas, which operates the San Gabriel Combined-Cycle Power Plant (CCPP). The company reported damage to its equipment in San Lorenzo Units 50 and 60, San Gabriel Unit 70, Avion Switchyard, and Sta. Rita Switchyard. Among the affected high-voltage components are circuit breakers, disconnect switches, and current and combined current/voltage transformers.
“NGCP will be looking to provide any on-hand equipment as needed by San Gabriel CCPP. NGCP is also ready to extend all forms of assistance to other generation companies in order to speed up the restoration, energization, and eventual synchronization of their power plants back to the Luzon grid,” NGCP said in the statement.
Due to the forced outage of earthquake-affected power plants, yellow and red alerts were raised by NGCP due to insufficient operating power.
“NGCP’s facilities within the vicinity of Batangas are all stable and ready to transmit power. The assistance to the generation companies will expedite the normalization of the power situation,” the NGCP said.
After an extensive inspection in Batangas and nearby areas, NGCP declared its lines and facilities as cleared of damage and awaiting energization pending the return of affected power plants. The foot patrols and aerial inspections were conducted despite the numerous aftershocks experienced following the magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 earthquakes with an epicenter in Mabini, Batangas.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto Jr.
People cool themselves as they frolic at the clear waters of the Lingayen Beach last April 15.CESAR RAMIREZ
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