COVID-19 quarantine, may positibong epekto sa bawat pamilya ayon sa isang relationship expert

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2020   •   2784

MANILA, Philippines – Isang linggo nang nasa ilalim ng community quarantine ang milyun-milyong mamamayan dahil sa patuloy na banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ngunit sa halip na mangamba sa nakaka-alarmang sitwasyon ngayon, sinabi ng relationship specialist na si Aiza Caparas-Tabayoyong na mas mainam na isipin ang positibong epekto nito sa bawa’t pamilya.

Aniya, maraming taong laging abala sa trabaho ang nagnanais na magkaroon ng sapat na oras sa pamilya, at tila nabigyan ito ng katuparan sa ipinatutupad ngayong quarantine.

“You know, I’ve been talking with our colleagues that this is really a magical time. A lot of people have been also praying that they would have more time to be with their families without the distraction of work,” ayon kay Tabayoyong.

“Of course, the circumstances are very sad and very alarming but since we have little control of the disease itself, let’s maximize this time we have at home,” dagdag niya.

Sinabi rin ng relationship coach na mas maiging samantalahin ang pagkakataon upang muling maka-bonding ang pamilya.

“Let’s maximize this time to really get to know each other better, to learn, especially those who have lost touch with their partners and their families because of the ‘busy-ness’ of life,” ani Tabayoyong.

Mainam rin aniya ang panahong ito para makapag-usap at muling ibalik ang dating pagtitinginan para sa mga mag-asawa na nagkakatampuhan at tila nawawalan na ng gana sa isa’t isa.

“It’s time to reconnect with our loved ones… You know, we vowed to love each other but sometimes there are partners who live in the same house who don’t like each other,” ani Tabayoyong.

“Be there for each other, hold each other’s hands, hold each other spiritually and emotionally through all this and really become closer,” dagdag pa niya.

Maganda rin ang pagkakataong ito upang rebyuhin ng mag-asawa o ng pamilya ang kanilang financial reserve at sources of income upang higit na mapaghandaan ang mga krisis sa hinaharap.

“This is also a good time for financial review wherein you need to simplify certain things now that it’s hard to earn a living kasi hindi makatrabaho ang mga tao. How to simplify your lifestyle and check-up all your reserves financially or different sources na pwedeng pagkunan,” ani Tabayoyong.

Sinabi rin ng relationship specialist na sa kinakaharap na public health crisis, dapat magkaisa ang bawat pamilya upang malampasan ang pagsubok na ito.

Huwag ring kalilimutang magdasal sa Panginoon para sa karagdagang lakas at pag-iingat laban sa kumakalat ngayong coronavirus disease.

“Hard times can be a great time to be uniting against a common enemy, which is the disease. Let’s try to find an ally in each other and not another enemy at home,” aniya.

Si Tabayoyong ay isang kilalang relationship coach mula sa AMD Love Consultants for Families and Couples. – RDG

Metro Manila to likely transition to GCQ after May 31 —Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

Metro Manila has a possibility to transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) after May 31, according to the Malacañang.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there is a chance that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions might ease in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) held a meeting on Wednesday (May 27) to determine if the MECQ should continue after May 31.

“Chances are we will, in fact, be transitioning to GCQ in Metro Manila, according to the chief implementer and the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government] Secretary,” Roque said in a statement.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) is also recommending to the IATF to put the National Capital Region under GCQ.

Once Metro Manila transitioned to GCQ, Roque said public transportation will resume operations but will have limited capacity.

He also appealed to the private and public sectors to finalize their work scheme where 50% will resume in worksites and 50% will work from home.

“We are appealing to both private and public sectors to ensure at least 50-50 workforce,” he said. –AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Mandaluyong City beefs up rapid testing after COVID-19 infects 277 tricycle drivers

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City government cannot decide yet on whether or not to allow tricycle drivers to operate come June 1.

This, after 277 of the 3,115 tricycle drivers who underwent rapid testing were confirmed positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Mandaluyong City Health Office is continuously conducting rapid tests among 7,000 tricycle drivers in the city to ensure their safety and the safety of their passengers.

Those who were infected are now under isolation in the city’s quarantine facility while waiting for the confirmatory tests using the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

“Nagko contact tracing pa ho kami kasi scattered po ito eh. Hindi po ito kasi by area. So mina-map out pa po namin kung saan sila marami (We are doing contact tracing because these are scattered. It is not just in one area. So we are mapping out where the most number of cases are),” said Dr. Alexander Sta, Maria of the city health office.

The LGU, meanwhile, clarified that the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the city is a result of the mass testing which allowed for the immediate tracking of COVID-19 probable patients and their prompt isolation to curb further spread.

“This is coordinated kasi meron po tayong in-charge sa buong TODA. Then before po ito ni-launch, na-meeting po ang lahat ng presidente ng kanilang mga TODA so binigyan po sila ng schedule (This is a coordinated effort. There is someone in charge of the whole TODA. Before this was launched, we held a meeting with their respective presidents and all of them were given a schedule),” Sta. Maria added.

The city government will test jeepney drivers next once the tests among tricycle drivers is completed. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

House panel approves P1.5-T fund to create jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2020

The House Defeat COVID-19 Committee has approved a bill seeking to provide a P1.5-trillion fund to create sustainable jobs amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

House Bill 6709 or the proposed “COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020″ is set to fund infrastructure projects in rural areas to help curb unemployment amid the pandemic.

The CURES Act of 2020 shall also be undertaken with the “Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program” and the immediate funding of CURES projects shall target the construction of health centers, school buildings, vocational learning centers, as well as improving fish ports and trading centers at barangay levels.

The House Bill is expected to be sponsored on Thursday (May 28) for its 2nd reading approval in the plenary on Thursday afternoon. It will have to go through a 3rd and final reading before it can hurdle the House.

Meanwhile, representatives of other government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also endorsed the approval of the proposed CURES Act of 2020. –AAC

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