Fully Vaccinated

Are you one of those who took the available vaccine in your locality? Congratulations! You did a great job in protecting yourself and the people around you. Covid19 vaccine provides an extra layer of protection in the absence of Covid19 medicine.

Taken at a vaccination site inside a mall in Quezon City

Besides the administration of the Covid19 vaccine, people are encouraged to observe the minimum health protocol: such as the washing of hands; wearing of face mask; and social distancing when you are in a public place.

At home, our family practices the minimum health protocol. We wear face masks when we are a little under the weather. We don’t know what afflicts us, so we wear a face mask to be safe. We don’t eat together. And we sleep in separate rooms.

Taken inside a public school in Quezon City

Hubby, myself, and our daughter are fully vaccinated. Our son will have his second dose on the 26th. I’m glad that we were allowed to get the vaccine at the right time. Many still await their vaccine schedule in our area.

Three of us belong to the A3 category, so we must be vaccinated to avoid possible hospitalization due to severe Covid19.

Get the available Covid19 vaccine if you are not vaccinated yet. Protect yourself, the people you care about, and those you meet outside your homes.

Children Expose the Harms of Tobacco Using Art

Twelve Filipino child artists were awarded on Thursday by children’s rights groups in a poster-making competition aimed to demonstrate the dangers of tobacco companies and their products. 

The competition ‘Sigarilyo: Panganib sa Bayan Ko’ (‘Cigarettes: Danger to My Nation’) was launched by Child Rights Network (CRN) Philippines, Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), Gitib, Inc., and ImagineLaw this August. The said competition received more than 200 entries from age groups 10-14 years old and 15-17 years old for both digital and traditional poster-making categories. 

‘Paralyzing Addiction’ by 12-year-old Kaye Sarmiento of Cavite wins first place in a digital poster-making competition by children’s rights groups to illustrate the death caused by the tobacco industry. 

Twelve-year-old Kaye Sarmiento won first place in her age group in the digital category for ‘Paralyzing Addiction’. Jun Ivanne Dalman’s digital poster ‘Tobacco Destroys, Destroy Tobacco’ placed first in his age group. 

In the traditional poster-making category that allowed the use of physical materials such as watercolor and acrylic, 12-year-old John Henry Luna Jr.’s poster ‘Mulat na Bulag’ won first place in the 10-14-year-old age group while Errol Caringal’s ‘The Outturns of Ash’ gained the top prize in the 15-17 age group.  

“Tobacco companies are targeting children and young people as the next generation of consumers of their deadly products to sustain their business,” said Romeo Dongeto, executive director of PLCPD and co-convener of CRN Philippines. 

“These artworks remind us to take time and listen to children and young people in their clamor for a  tobacco-free future,” he added. 

“We have to remind grown-ups constantly: there are 117,000 deaths every year due to tobacco-related illnesses in the Philippines, 269 billion pesos in annual socio-economic losses, 12.5% student-smokers as of 2019, and 23.8% adult smokers,” said ImagineLaw Executive Director Atty. Sophia San Luis.

‘Mulat na Bulag’ by 12-year-old John Henry Luna, Jr. of Quezon City exposes the harms caused by the tobacco industry.

“Children can reduce complex problems into the simplest truths: tobacco companies are harmful and deadly. Tobacco companies are neither friends nor allies,” she also said. 

The other finalists in the traditional poster-making category are the following: Second Place, 10-14-year-old Age Group: ‘Pag-iwas sa Mapanganib na Sigarilyo, Isang Babala para sa Sambayanang Pilipino’ by Elyzza Jane V. Caringal (13 years old) of Batangas; Third Place, 10-14-year-old Age Group: ‘Nagkakaisang Kabataan upang Sigarilyo ay Wakasan’ by Kyle Brondial Espinosa (13 years old) of Bataan; Second Place, 15-17-year-old Age Group: ‘Don’t Let Tobacco Burn Your Future Into Ashes by John Estrael J. Ballera (17 years old) from San Pedro City, Laguna; and Third Place, 15-17-year-old Age Group: ‘Deadly stick’ by Zara Gen G. Velasco (16 years old) from Nueva Ecija.

The other finalists in the digital poster-making category are the following: Second Place, 10-14-year-old Age Group: ‘Sigarilyo ay huwag susubukan dahil ito ay magdadala ng kadiliman sa sarili at sa bayan’ by Bai Alija Zacaria (14 years old) of North Cotabato; Third Place, 10-14-year-old Age Group: ‘Ill Effects of Cigarettes’ by Gerald Timothy M. Cruz (11 years old) of Zamboanga City; Second Place, 15-17-year-old Age Group: ‘Ang Industriya ng Tobacco’ by Lander John Salango (17 years old) of Cavite; and Third Place, 15-17-year-old Age Group: ‘Cremation’ by Imma Christel Ehlan Carranza Quimbo (16 years old) of Cavite. 

Winners received cash prizes and certificates.

Lake Management Tips

If you have a lake or pond on your property, you may be wondering how to take care of it properly. Maybe you have noticed an unpleasant smell or excessive algae growth and wonder how to fix these problems. You need a lake management plan. Consider these tips as you develop your plan.

Determine the Purpose of the Lake or Pond

Lakes and ponds are created for a number of reasons. On ranches and farms, these bodies of water serve as irrigation resources. They are also used to water livestock. Your pond may be for visual appeal only. However, most of the more than 5 million private lakes and ponds in the US were built for recreational purposes. Your first step is to determine the purpose of your body of water. Do you hope to use it for fishing, attracting wildlife, watering crops or livestock, swimming, or simple aesthetics?

Learn About Lake Challenges

Your next step is to learn about the problems that plague lakes and ponds. For example, improper aeration results in dead fish, rotting organic matter, toxic water, unpleasant smells and excessive algae growth.

Test Your Water

Your next step is to test your water. You need to know what your oxygen, pH and nutrient levels are. You should also check the algae and bacteria species that are growing in your water. Your initial testing results will help you create your initial management plan, but you should continue regular testing and adjust your plan as necessary.

Create Your Plan

Now, it’s time to create the management plan for your lake. First, you may decide to properly aerate your water by installing a fountain. This fountain will need regular maintenance. You may also consider aquatic weed control and watershed management techniques that prevent runoff from contaminating your water. For example, native plants positioned three to five feet from your lake’s borders will prevent runoff from entering your water. If your water feature has unwanted fish, you may add removal to your plan. You may start checking for erosion and taking erosion control measures, such as living shorelines.

With a proper management plan, your lake will give you years of entertainment and relaxation.