Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mary Jane Veloso’s message to Filipino women and children

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Image credit: My daughter. The image appeared in People’s Tonight, May 1, 2015 edition.

Mary Jane Veloso wrote a letter to the Filipino women and children while she was at the Nusa Kambangan Island in Indonesia. It was the island where the execution of prisoners take place.

Veloso’s execution was scheduled on April 29, 2015. Indonesian authorities said she was involved in drug trafficking.

Mary Jane also wrote a letter to President Aquino and VP Binay, but I chose to just mention the ones that she addressed to Filipino women and young people.

For women who want to try their luck abroad, Mary Jane advised them to apply only to legitimate employment agency.

“Para sa mga mahal kong kababayang babae sa Pilipinas, gusto kong ipaabot sa inyong lahat na kung gusto ninyong magtrabaho o pumunta sa ibang bansa, huwag kayong papayag kung hindi kayo gagamit ng agency o legal na paraan para maiwas kayo sa kapahamakan at nang hindi ninyo abutin ang sinapit ko,” she said in a handwritten letter.

Mary Jane also warned young people not to involve themselves in drugs and other illegal activities as this can ruin their lives and education.

“Sa limang taon na pananatili ko sa loob ng kulungan marami akong nalaman, araw-araw kong kasama ang mga taong nalulong sa ipinagbabawal na gamut, karamihan sa kanila ay mga kabataan at dahil sa maling pakikihalubilo o pakikipagbarkada sa mga taong gumagawa ng ipanag-babawal na gawain, marami ang nagiging biktima at nalilihis ng landas, karamihan sa kanila ay itinatakwil ng kanilang pamilya, napapariwara, nasisira ang pag-aaral, meron ding nagkakasakit…at namatay dahil sa sobrang paggamit ng drugs.”

Credit: The DFA Facebook page for the handwritten letters of Mary Jane Veloso.

Update:

Mary Jane, who is due to be executed on the Nusa Kambangan Island this morning (April 29), got a last-minute reprieve. She was spared after the one who allegedly recruited her and tricking her into carrying drugs to Indonesia turned herself in to the National Bureau of Investigation.

Music lesson for summer

One of the best things kids can do this summer is to learn how to play a musical instrument. A good friend of mine whose kids are taking up guitar lessons are happy with the progress of his kids. With just a few weeks of practice the kids can now play simple songs with the guide of lyric and chord sheets, and fender amp parts. The music school where his kids are enrolled also offers lessons for playing Banjos and other musical instrument.

Health Calendar for 2015

Important health events and programs to observe this year. Source

January 

Deworming of School Children (Grades 1-6) round 1
National Cancer Consciousness Week -3rd week
Goiter Awareness Week -26-30
World Leprosy Day -25
Liver Cancer and Viral Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention Month Awareness Month
ZERO Waste Month

February 

Heart Month
Oral Health Month
National Health Insurance Program Month
National Mental Retardation Week – 1-5
National Rare Disease Week – 4th week

March 

Rabies Awareness Month
Burn Injury Prevention Month
International Women’s Month
International Women’s Day – 8

April 

World Health Day – 7
Head and Neck Consciousness Week – 4th week
World Malaria Day – 25
World Immunization Week – 24-30

May 

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Road Safety Month
World Asthma Day – 7
Safe Motherhood Week – 10-14
AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day – 17
World No Tobacco Day – 31

June

Dengue Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
No Smoking Month
World Blood Donor Day – 14
ASEAN Dengue Day – 15
Safe Kids Week – 14-18
DOH Anniversary – 23
National Patient Safety Day – 25
National Poison Prevention Week – 4th week
International Day Against Drug Abuse
and Illicit Trafficking – 26

July

Deworming of School Children (Grade 1-6) Round 2
National Blood Donors Month
Nutrition Month
National Disaster Consciousness Month
Schistosomiasis Awareness Month
National Allergy Day – 8
World Population Day – 11
National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week – 3rd week
National Diabetes Awareness Week – 4th week

August

Family Planning Month Celebration
National Adolescent Immunization Month
National Lung Month
National Tuberculosis Awareness Month
Sight-Saving Month
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Week -2-6
National Hospital Week -6-12
Phil. National Health Research System Week -12-14
National Tuberculosis Day -19
Brain Attack Awareness Week -3rd week

September

Generics Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Week – 1-7
Obesity Prevention and Awareness Week – 7-11
National Suicide Prevention Week – 9-13
World Suicide Prevention Day – 10
World Heart Day – 27
World Rabies Day – 28

October

National Children’s Month
National Newborn Screening Week – 1-7
National Mental Health Week – 7-11
World Sight Day – 8
World Mental Health Day -10
Bone and Joint Awareness Week -11-15
Garantisadong Pambata Week -14-18
Global Handwashing Day -15
Health Education Week -18-22
National Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder Awareness Week -18-22
Food Safety Awareness Week – 25-29
World Psoriasis Day – 29
National Health Research Forum for Action – 3rd week

November

Filariasis Awareness Month
Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month
Malaria Awareness Month
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Day – 25
National Food Fortification Day – 7
National Skin Disease Detection and Prevention Week – 2nd week
Deaf Awareness Week – 8
World Diabetes Day – 14
Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week – 15-19
National Consciousness Week Against Counterfeit Medicine – 21-25
National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC
(Republic Act 10398) – 25
Population and Development Week – 22-26
8-Day Campaign To End Violence Against Women (VAW) – Nov. 26-Dec. 12
World Toilet Day – 19

December 

Firecrakers Injury Prevention Month
World AIDS Day – 1
Ear, Nose and Throat Consciousness Week – 3-9
National Health Emergency Preparedness Day – 6
Linggo ng Kababaihan – 2nd week
National Youth Health Day – 10