Tips to protect home from intruders

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 16, 2019   •   1835

People plan an out of town vacation to remove stress, whether it is from work or other things. But if they’re stressing about their home being robbed, what’s the point?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) released its guidelines to assure the public that this year’s summer vacation is peaceful and secured.

Here are a few more reminders to ensure that your home will be safe from intruders.

  • Make sure all the doors and windows are locked
  • Leave old slippers or shoes outside your door to make it seem like someone’s at home
  • Ask neighbors if they are willing to check on your house every now and then
  • Leave a light on outside your house
  • It is advisable to install a burglar alarm
  • If it still fits your budget, purchase CCTV cameras with motion detectors
  • Make sure to put all your valuables in a safe place

For other emergencies, the PNP encourages the public “to provide the police with relevant and timely information through social media (Twitter @pnppio and @pnphotline or PNP official Facebook page) and Isumbong Mo Kay OCA text line at 0917-8475757”—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MMDA implements 30-min heatstroke break for traffic enforcers, street sweepers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has implemented a 30-minute break for traffic law enforcers and street sweepers to prevent them from having heatstroke.

The country has been experiencing intense heat in the past few days. On Thursday (May 6), the heat index in Science Garden in Quezon City reached 40 degrees Celsius. Due to this, the MMDA will be implementing a 30-minute heatstroke break policy.

For traffic law enforcers on duty from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. can take their 30-minute break from 10:00-10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For traffic law enforcers on duty from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., they can take their break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Street sweepers assigned from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. can take their break from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while personnel on duty from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., can take a break from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, in a statement, said one of the agency’s main concerns is the safety and welfare of its personnel. Apart from the 30-minute break, there will also be an additional 15-minute break if temperatures rose to 40 degrees Celsius.

“Our personnel’s safety is our paramount concern. This special heat stroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protect them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and heat cramps,” he said.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 18 areas in the country hit dangerous levels in the heat index with temperatures ranging from 41 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The state weather bureau also reminded that individuals can experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke if the temperature further rises to 54 degrees Celsius. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

 

COVID-19 epidemic in Japan raises public concern about upcoming Olympics

UNTV News   •   March 2, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak in Japan has triggered division in public opinion over whether the 2020 Olympics which is scheduled to be held in July could or should go ahead.

So far, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Japan, including foreigners, has risen to more than 960, with over 700 of them stemming from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in the port city of Yokohama.

The preparations for the event have already been delayed due to scandals and repeated venue changes. And now threats to the Olympics are getting more real as the coronavirus outbreak spreads in Japan.

“Though I hope it will subside by July, I’m not sure to what degree will it subside,” a pedestrian told CGTN reporter.

“When the coronavirus was first reported, I thought it might not continue for that long as the Olympics will be held in summer. But if it lingers on, that would be bad. However, I don’t think the government is considering postponing or letting other countries hold the Olympics,” said a pedestrian.

“The athletes are from different countries and regions around the world. If they are infected, they may make it spread in the country. So I wonder whether it’s possible not to host the Olympics,” another pedestrian said.

However, others are more optimistic and say the public is now taking more reasonable precautions

“I think it is quite safe to hold the Olympics here. I am from the Netherlands and when I look at the normal flu, for example, far more people get normal flu than the coronavirus. And there are more casualties than the coronavirus as well. So at the moment, I am not concerned that the coronavirus will stop the Olympics,” said a foreigner.

Meanwhile, there are worries that some countries or athletes may decide it’s not worth the risk to come to Japan.

“In a word, we should take all possibilities into consideration and take measures. If all efforts fail, then we should think about postponing or canceling the Olympic Games. But first, I believe it is essential to fulfilling what we can do,” said a pedestrian.

“I think we should see how things develop by the end of March or April. If we see it subside, we should prepare clear data and disclose it to the world,” another man said.

Although Tokyo residents are still split over the issue, most say the Games would boost morale and possibly the country’s economy. ( CCTV / CGTN VIA REUTERS CONNECT)

Tara drawing tayo! 5 ways to make your long weekend memorable

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

It’s almost the end of the year, have you gone on vacation yet? Have you been anywhere else besides your bed or the kitchen?

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It’s not bad to unwind once in a while especially with all the stress from work or school. We have listed a few fun activities you can do with your friends, loved ones, or by yourself—self-love.

Take a hike!

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Spend time with nature. Hiking has been one of the popular activities today because of the breath-taking views to enjoy with good company. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the local culture.

READ: Shinrin-yoku: How to remove stress through forest bathing

You can become a joiner through various hiking groups on Facebook and make friends with new people. This is also a good exercise but be sure to be well-prepared before hiking. Check the itinerary that will be given by hiking organizers and re-check your stuff before leaving.

If you’re uncomfortable talking to strangers you can just reconnect with nature without the need to become social, no one would mind.

Just dive in!

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If climbing mountains seems too tedious for you, just get the classic vitamin sea instead. Nothing beats a good old beach vacation. Imagine yourself dipping in fresh saltwater or making sandcastles. Also, budol fiigghhtt!

You can also enroll in free-diving lessons and enjoy an underwater experience. Be a mermaid for a day! Just make sure you have the proper training before diving in—safety first!

Nurture your culture!

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You can also try immersing yourself in art. The Philippines has interesting museums you can explore. Some of them are even offering free entrance—yay! Free stuff.

Spend your vacation touring Manila, track the roots of Filipino culture and appreciate the art that embodies it. Looking at art can also have a calming effect. Some museums even offer fun activities like painting, origami, or seminars.

Eat to your heart’s content!

If museum hopping isn’t triggering your excitement then try food exploring! Every city in the country has its own best food destination — it’s not just Maginhawa anymore.

Spend your vacation trying some of the best foods that the Philippines can offer. Imagine yourself as a well-known chef in search of the most delicious bites. Create a memorable culinary experience by going to the unfamiliar. Is there a food that you haven’t tried before?

Home sweet home

What else is there to say? Food, check! Entertainment, check! Comfort, check!—AAC

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