Project Android 1

Utilizing Android technology for real-time data gathering

Author’s Note: This paper on Android for education in emergencies is written for Muslim Aid Philippines (MAPh), as a concept note to be submitted to Dubai Cares, International. Original concept, as presented herein is a “Malayang Juan Blogs” original piece. Final version of this post will be Dubai Cares or MAPh’ property. 

Muslim Aid Philippines(MAPh) recognizes the need to establish a precise and time-bound data sources for education in emergency initiatives in the Philippines. As such, program implementors would need a data platform collection platform that will resonate the above need.

Topography, sources of internet and time constraints have been common variables for researchers and development workers whenever they are extracting data from field. Considering these challenges, program implementers must innovate, efficient, time-bound and cost effective modes of data collection which would facilitate the over-all implementation of a particular development project.

MAPh, would like to utilize of an android-based data collection and analysis tool to satisfy the above objective, as a support mechanism method for the traditional key-informant interview method for education in emergencies program implementors.

Project Android 1 (PA1) is a data collection project and data analysis of first hand and second hand information on the initiatives of various stakeholders in the Philippines. Data collection shall be done using mid-range to high-range Android phones which will be pre-installed with free versions of data-gathering apps from the Playstore.

For this purpose, MAPh will use the application KoBoCollect. This app is based on the OpenDataKit and is used for primary data collection in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging field environments. With this app enumerators enter data from interviews or other primary data — online or offline. There are no limits on the number of forms, questions, or submissions (including photos and other media) that can be saved on an android device. What is significant with this method is that program data managers can generate data and analysis in a matter of minute, once the data sent by field enumerators are “cleaned” and checked. (cleaning and checking of data is done instantaneously by the app upon submission).

Proposed Variables to be collected

MAPh believes that the information which will be gathered will be substantial in the conduct of evaluations, assessments and gap analyses of the education in emergencies programs in the Philippines, which eventually will inform the policies and practices of international and national decision makers, implementing agencies and other local stakeholders (teachers, parents, local government, civil society, etc.) involved in education in emergencies. Proposed information and variables which will be gathered through Project Android 1.

  1. Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies and Technical Components of EiE
  2. Emergency Education Response Planning
  3. Temporary Learning Spaces
  4. Psychosocial Support and Strategies
  5. Emergency Education Curricula
  6. Supplies and Logistics, Emergency Education Kits
  7. Supply and Distribution Plan
  8. Coordination Mechanism for local and national stakeholders Mobilisation of Teachers and Other Education Personnel
  9. Rehabilitation and Construction of Schools
  10. Recovery: Resumption of Formal Education
  11. Gender and Inclusion in Emergency Education
  12. . Monitoring and Evaluation
  13. Education Preparedness And Response during Armed Conflict
  14. Education Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies
  15. Preparedness, Capacity Building and Contingency Planning
  16. Physical Needs of CWDs
  17. Cognitive Development
  18. Emotional Well-Being
  19. Social Skills
  20. Documentation of violence, rape, and recruitment into fighting, prostitution, and other life-threatening, often criminal, activities
  21. Temporary Learning Spaces, which provide safe environments for children to learn and play.

Objectives:

Muslim Aid Philippines (MAPh) intends to conduct a study on the practices of local and national initiatives on education in emergencies in selected geographical sites in Administrative Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Central Visayas and Region 4A. Particularly focused areas are the variables enumerated above.

This is a purposive survey to key stakeholders in the country who are already practising Education in Emergencies in various disaster and conflict-laden communities in the above geographical sites.

 Muslim Aid Philippines will be employing multi-method approach for data gathering and analysis. Large amount of consideration is bent on the situation on the ground of the selected calamity-stricken or conflict stricken areas. MAPh will innovate methods and procedures on data gathering and surveys to gather all the information required for the study in the most immediate time frame and with the least resources used for the project.

Data Collection Approaches

The study will use qualitative and/or quantitative data collection approaches that are generally accepted in the social sciences; ensuring further that such approaches are justifiable in light of both the research question and purpose and the existing literature.

Specifically, MAPh will be compiling existing statistics and other forms of secondary data for analysis using quantitative techniques and collection of original data through structured interviews or surveys (i.e., Android-based surbey, mail, web, phone), experiments, and quasi-experiments for quantitative research; and,

Compiling of primary/secondary data for the purposes of comparative/historical research or content analysis and collection of data through questionnaires (i.e., self or group administered face-to-face, mail, web, phone), intensive unstructured or semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and/or observation (i.e., complete observation, mixed participation/observation, complete participation) for qualitative techniques.

  1. Key Informant Interview (KII)

The research will employ key informant interviews (KII) with local and national level entities working on local education in emergencies on them prescribed geographical sites. Stakeholders for the project’s purpose will be limited to national and local government agencies, local government units, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and International NGOs (INGOs), local peoples’ organizations and other socio-civic organizations.

  1. Android-Based Enumeration

In the course of interviews, strong consideration will be given to the type and manner of interventions made to children with disabilities in the context of education and emergencies. The subject of the study consists of all children with disabilities who are residents of the focus research sites in the 3 identified regions (ARMM, Visayas Region, and Region 4A). Because of the large number of intended children with disability that are affected by disaster and conflict, a simple random sample of 50% will be chosen for the inclusion study. This resulted in a sample size of ______ children with disabilities in each of the given regional sites.

Instruments and Measures

MAPh shall ensure that qualitative and/or quantitative data collection activities (e.g., open-ended question formats, observational approaches), instruments, and/or measures that will be used from the standpoint of the existing literature.

Prior to the actual conduct of the study, MAPh will assure the reliability, validity, credibility, transferability of the data collection activities (e.g., open-ended question formats, observational approaches), instruments, and/or measures to be use prior to initiating data collection.

The end in mind for collecting the data is to present the data collection instruments and/or measures in a manner sufficient to allow full or partial replication of the study including a clear statement of any independent and dependent variables, concepts, or themes that will be/were explored/tested/discovered in the study, ie education interventions for cwds during disaster or conflict.

 

  1. Data Analysis

From MAPh’ stand point, the use qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis techniques are well- accepted methods, however, use of the technique(s) must be grounded in a rationale and justifiable means, based on the study design of this proposed topic.

Data analysis techniques in the context of this proposal would include social network analysis, thematic mapping and spatial analysis using geographic information system (especially for mapping locations of CWDs in disaster or conflict areas), and statistical analysis.

Hypothesis

The Philippine government, with its instrumentalities; particularly agencies on education, disaster response and social welfare already implements education in emergencies or manifestations of it. However, rehabilitation and calamity reports sponsored by government angecies seldomly includes initiatives on education in emergencies. Particularly, what dominates news on disaster and rehabilitation are the number of victims and physical rehabilitation efforts.

This study hypothesizes that despite the lack of information from media outfits, there are existing mechanisms employed for the education of children with disabilities during emergencies. The lack of reports and media projections may be attributed to the lack of first-hand information on education in emergency. The study also hypothesis that there is no clear medium where these information should be channelled and how this same information will be disseminated to the general public

Objectives

MAPh recognizes the need to establish a precise and time-bound data sources for education in emergency initiatives in the Philippines. Furthermore, data gathered for education in emergency should likewise be disseminated to various media channels for the benefit of the population.

Specifically, this study would like to gather realtime data on emergency in education using key-informant interview (KII) and Android-based data gathering system. Both data collection platform should resonate the above objective of popularizing and sending the said information to the general public.

Study Methods

As has been briefly discussed, the proposed study will have two approaches for data collection. The first approach is key-informant interviews and the second one is the use of Android systems and applications for data gathering of salient information regarding the research study.

  1. The first approach is the traditional key informant interviews (KII) with individuals who have first-hand knowledge on education in emergencies. This would include teachers who are engaged in conducting classes in refugee camps or _________
  2. For the Android-based Data collection method, MAPh will be using mid-range to high-range Android phones. These gadgets will be pre-installed with free versions of data gathering apps from Google Playstore. For this purpose, MAPh will be using “KoBoCollect”. This app is based on the OpenDataKit framework and is used for primary data collection in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging field environments.

With the KoboCollect app, enumerators enter data from interviews or other primary data — online or offline. There are no limits on the number of forms, questions, or submissions (including photos and other media) that can be saved on an android device. What is significant with this method is that data managers can generate data and analysis in a matter of minute, once the data are sent by field enumerators and are “cleaned” and checked. (Cleaning and checking of data is done instantaneously by the app upon submission).

Study setting

The proposed study will be conducted in pre-selected communities in ARMM, Visasays Region and Region 4A who experience or are currently experiencing disaster or conflict and have children with disability clients. Specifically, the following communities will be under the study;

Study design

The study will use qualitative and/or quantitative data collection approaches that are generally accepted in the social sciences; ensuring further that such approaches are justifiable in light of both the research question and purpose and the existing literature.

Specifically, MAPh will be compiling existing statistics and other forms of secondary data for analysis using quantitative techniques and collection of original data through structured interviews or surveys (i.e., Android-based survey, mail, web, phone), experiments, and quasi-experiments for quantitative research; and,

Compiling of primary/secondary data for the purposes of comparative/historical research or content analysis and collection of data through questionnaires (i.e., self or group administered face-to-face, mail, web, phone), intensive unstructured or semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and/or observation (i.e., complete observation, mixed participation/observation, complete participation) for qualitative techniques.

Data collection

  1. Android Based Data Collection and Analysis

MAPh would utilize android applications readily available in playstore. For this purpose, MAPh will be utilizing the application KoBoCollect. This app is based on the OpenDataKit and is used for primary data collection in humanitarian emergencies and other challenging field environments. With this app enumerators enter data from interviews or other primary data — online or offline. There are no limits on the number of forms, questions, or submissions (including photos and other media) that can be saved on an android device. What is significant with this method is that program data managers can generate data and analysis in a matter of minute, once the data sent by field enumerators are “cleaned” and checked. (cleaning and checking of data is done instantaneously by the app upon submission).

 How does this app work?

Certainly, enumerators must have medium-range to high-range models of android phones (Samsung, Cherry Mobile, Oppo, Vivo etc. or any phone operating from gingerbread version. The higher the version, the better.)

MAPh’ personnel will develop a survey questionnaire (in excel or word format). Said questionnaire should be responsive and should satisfy the data requisitions of the project. MAPh will designate point person for the development and study of the said questionnaire prior to uploading.

Once the questionnaire is finalized, said document will be converted into a type of file which will be recognized by the Kobo app framework. This will then be uploaded to the Kobo app dashboard.

The next step to do is to activate the Kobo app (installed in each of the enuemrators phone) and make such app be recognized by the dedicated dashboard manager. With this, the dashboard manager will assign an exclusive password and username for each of the enuemrators in the field. With this strategy, no one could access the data being sent by enumerators, except for the enumerator himself/herself.

Once passwords and usernames are assigned to the enumerators, the same is ready for field survey.

 

  1. Realtime data collection and Analysis

Once installation is done, and necessary briefings are conducted, enumerators are now ready to be deployed in specific research areas. All data submitted thorugh the app will then be sent to the specified dashboard as stated above. Upon reaching a pre-defined threshold, say 20% of the total population for the day, the application and the dashboard, upon command keys, will automatically generate real-time analysis of the data. Such entries may be edited for corrections, which may be requested by the interviewee or the interviewer, though text messaging, phone call or through messenger app. Graphs, tables and data presentations are generated in a matter of minute.

  1. Time Frame

Application installation – 5 minutes

Demo and initial Coaching (pre-deployment) – 5 hours

Enumeration proper – approximately 20-30 respondents a day  

Data Analysis 1 (“uncleaned” data) – 15 seconds after data submission of atleast 5 enumerators

Data Analysis 2 (cleaned) – approx. 20 minutes after manual cleaning of data manager

Report Writing – 3 days

Data management

The project will hire a dedicated staff for data management. Such data which will be acquired from both the android survey and the KII will be stored in an online and offline data base system. The data base manager will ensure the veracity of the data, its completeness  in form and substance prior to access of authorized personnel to be used in various reports. These data is however available to Dubai Cares should the latter decide to take ownership of the said raw data and processed data.

Proposed Communications Strategies

This communications and advocacy strategies will deliver the major objective of popularizing education in emergencies initiatives in the 3 proposed project sites, as per the reslts of the key informant interviews and the results of the android-based survey.

  • Development a “Marketing strategy on information dissemination for the said program
  • Measuring the awareness and impact of the project in the view of recipients and stakeholders using Android survey technology which can store data with or without the internet

This can be done through the realizations of the tasks enumerated below;

  1. Develop a messaging platform

A messaging platform will be created and will include key messages to reach partner organizations, farmers, cooperatives etc. in the said program areas. The messages will be simple, benefit driven and resonate on an emotional level.

The language used in the messaging will be very basic, easy to understand and culturally sensitive. Materials will include images to help communicate to low literacy levels. The campaign’s call to action will focus on supporting existing and proposed Education in Emergencies program.

  1. Develop campaign tools and resources

Make it easy for the target audience to obtain the information and tools necessary to appreciate and eventually support the project.

B.1. Campaign Social Media Sites i.e. FB and twitter

B.2. Mobile phone number hotline

B.3. Development, Reproduction and Dissemination of pamphlets, brochures, and other printed materials

B.4. Trusted third-party advocates – There are many organizations and individuals that have personal relationships with, and are trusted by, the campaign’s target audience.

  1. Create a favorable environment and a sense of urgency

C.1. Solid Reach and Frequency: Ensure a strong reach and frequency for each advocacy medium (print, trainings, etc.) medium. Rationale: People are constantly bombarded with a lot of messages and traditionally rely on more than one medium for information. MAPh’ message should be placed in formats and outlets used by target audiences (cooperatives, farmers) in such a way to ensure we reach as many individuals as possible, as many times as possible for the least cost per person.

C.2. Third-Party Research Tools: Utilize research tools to evaluate the appropriate media formats and outlets for reaching the target audiences. Research will be conducted using an Android-Based enumeration and survey applications. This will ensure time-based, realtime processing of data which will support in planning and implementing the strategies for the campaign and advocacy.

  1. Develop an Ethnic and Minority Media Strategy.

Develop a media outreach strategy targeting key ethnic and minority groups in the proposed sites to reach ethnic and minority farmers and cooperatives.

  1. Develop a Press Kit. Press kit materials will include information about the campaign, such as a backgrounder, stock images, fact sheet articles, and video production. The materials will be made available on the campaign Facebook page and other social media accounts.
  2. Hold a Press Event at Campaign Launch. Plan and implement a press event to launch the campaign to the designated areas for local print, broadcast and online media outlets.

You may reach us at juan.sanlaksa@gmail.com for more inquiries or project partnerships. Or just hit a message below.

[1] http://www.ineesite.org/en/research/ecubed

[2] http://www.savethechildren.org.ph/our-work/the-challenges/education

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Building Bridges Breaking walls

Initially puished on July 2010 by this same author.

Ronaldo Trinidad Jr. or Adong, a 10-year old speech impaired lad have never experienced going to school since he was 6 years old. Ill-laden since birth because of a congenital disease, Adong just spent most of his time playing alone in their makeshift house, or help his mother do household chores.

With his tender age, Adong has to face the implications of his health and physical condition. He could not speak well, his tummy bulged, and his father, Boy Trinidad, has to frequently attend to him whenever Adong catches fits and seizure. He have been like this for ten painful years, and yet, Adong, has been insistent on going to school, like his “kuya” (older brother) and “ate” (older sister).

Adong’s parents have actually attempted to enrol him at the Manuel Luis Quezon Elementary School in Caloocan City, Metro Manila. The school, having no special education program (SPED) requested Adong’s parents to look for a school that offers special education program. The irony however, is that the schools offering special programs are very far from their house, and they have to spend about P100.00 (about $2.5) daily for his transportation. Both unemployed, the Trinidad couple decided to again, delay Adong’s education.

“Akala ko nga talaga, hindi na siya makakapasok…” (I really thought that he could never go to school…), laments Mana Trinidad, Adong’s mother. However, a sudden shift of fate for Adong happened in 2006, when Mrs. Trinidad met Ms. Lumen Mijares, president of the inclusive Education Community Support Group of Malaria (I.E.-CSG), a local partner of PhilCOCHED in the implementation of the Inclusive Education Program.

Mrs. Mana Trinidad learned from Lumen Mijares that their I.E.-CSG is running a community-based Inclusive Educational Center (IEC) in Malaria, Caloocan City, Metro Manila. She was advised to bring Adong the following day to the centre for pre-assessment and adopted aptitude tests.

Mrs. Trinidad took the chance for her youngest child. The following day, Mrs. Trinidad brings Adong with her to the Livelihood, Education and Rehabilitation Centre (LERC). The long hand railed hallway led them to a room, doors closed and bears a banner saying that it was the Inclusive Educational Centre of Malaria.

As she peaks beyond the glass window, she saw a neat room, were both children with various disabilities and non-disabled children making art works out of clay and pelt papers. She saw that the room was painted with mint green, and is filled with nursery books, some equipment that she had never seen before, kids’ toys. She also saw her neighbour, a mother of a cerebral palsy (CP) pupil, who assists the teacher giving instructions to her (CP) child.

On their way home, after the various tests to Adong, Mrs. Trinidad recalled that Adong, uttering hard to distinguished words but wearing a smile, told her, “Patuk na ako pukas ma…” (I am going to school tomorrow mama…).

Adong studied for a couple of years at the community-based Inclusive Educational Centre (IEC), where he had not only receive therapy sessions and education but has likewise gained friends and peers, non-disabled and children with disabilities, a preparation for his enrolment in the regular school.

Currently, Adong now is enrolled in a regular class at the Manuel Luis Quezon Elementary School, a school with no special education program.

The I.E.-CSG on the other hand will be coordinating with Adong’s teacher, together with other regular teachers, to conduct a teachers training on inclusive education prior to the next school year, to accommodate children like Adong.

Ways to become responsible social media users in an era of fake news

Social media as we all know has became an outlet of ourselves. Interestingly, most people tend to treat social media as real circumstance in life; a medium of interaction where exchanges in information, knowledge and feeling is done almost instantaneously and automatically.

Much more, this has become the major medium of sharing even the minutest aspect of our lives, giving ourselves that ultimate freedom and power to express what we really want to say and shout…..the hell society cares!

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However, everything has its limit by the way. Spidey’s Uncle Ben even put it this way, “great power comes great responsibility…”

In the following discussion, we will be signing out with our impulses and halt a bit of clicking and typing within our social media space and try to munch a bit of these few tips on becoming responsible social media users.

Now, would you agree guys if I insist that fake news and misinformation is the total reciprocate of being a responsible social media user? Admit, it, you agree.

I should say, that for the past year until this dawn of 2017, we are taught with nothing than fake news and misinformation. Yes, I know, you are now having that DDS sort of stuff in your head… Yes keep it going…..Mocha Blogs, Duterte Supporters Blog, Thinking Pinoy Blog…and a lot of this stuff. It is only this period that we are beginning to realize how much of these fake news sites and blog has affected our relationships with our friends and relatives through hate campaign against the so called “dilawans”, and how this same blogs and sites had even prostituted our fellow-Filipino’s sense of sanity, which I hypothesize is about 16M bots.

The said part is that fake news and misinformation has finally become a threat not only to social media (the sane part of it), but also the traditional media. The sadder part of it is that fake news and misinformation can spread in milliseconds like wildfire. And the saddest part is we tend to be accessories of fake news proliferation by actually sharing articles and news without even reading the article. You know what I mean…. If the headline or title do sound like ka-DDS sort thing, we will automatically share the article without even thinking twice or even half of it.. I know a lot of people who share social media feeds based on impulse and thoughtless mouse clicks. I know many of them, which I hypothesize is about 16M bots. I don’t think I could accept the fact that the factuality of a news will someday be weighed according the number of shares and likes in Facebook and other social media platforms.
fake news

Well, the proliferation of fake news and misinformation do not only come from the obliviousness of careless un-thinking Pinoys (about 16M bots). Misinformation may also be “capital-driven”. This means deliberate sensationalization of some media outlets, or “bending reality” for the purpose of “giving in” to what their followers want. Well, Google Trends has a lot to say about this.

Question, are we really in a situation of falling into the pit of misinformation and fake news as we go along with our social media lives? Well, nobody knows, even the spin doctors would not tell….

But we can do something. We can be responsible social media user! Being such would allow us to get the most accurate information that we want and could likewise share accurate information with our peers and family members.

The following notes will discuss ways to become a responsible social media user.

  1. Decide and design your news feed.

Actually, we are the architects of our own newsfeed. Newsfeed is that part of our social media platform i.e. Facebook, here comments and various activities of our “Friends” are flagged or announced. We are the gatekeeper, the ultimate curator of our social media space. Anytime, we can always filter from whose “Friend” are we going to show in our newsfeed. Its like choosing which furniture are still of use, and which are garbage, well I know some them….. Yes the bots!

You might want to review the people and the Facebook pages that you follow. The general rule is, the more people and the more Pages you follow, the more newsfeed will automatically creep you out.! Siply put, maintain which friends and pages that are is the same with your interest or something that is personal to you. After all, Facebook never gives millions of dollars for FB accounts that have many “Friends”.

You might also want to remove tabloids and blogs that knowingly share false information just to generate high click rates for their advertisers. You know who they are when you see them, so take the extra five seconds to visit their profile and unfollow. In a race for clicks many decent media groups have spiraled out of control, morphing into a meaningless feed of conspiracies, lies and controversial accusations. Cut the cord by un-following content publishers that serve a shameless advertising agenda. Then replace them with trusted, reliable sources. I really love reading Mocha Uson Blogs and The Thinking Pinoy.

  1. Background Checking

Most often, we have this tendency of reciprocating the “sharing” favor to our social media friends who have likewise shared our posts beforehand. Let’s put it this way. For example, you made a post about “single mothers” and FB friend A shared your post to his/her FB friends B, C, D….etc. As human nature of “reciprocation”, you will then be sharing whatever FB friend A will be posting, as a gratitude for sharing your posts. This may be a good practice among circle of friends who share similar interests and values. However, there lies danger of manipulation and deceit in here. Unaware of the source of a particular FB post, and eventually sharing this post to our friends may do harm than good. What if the “reciprocated” shared post is actually a false news or article which is harmful to others?

Remember, “what we share on social media is just as important as what we absorb on social media.” Sharing news is worthwhile, as long as it is founed on truth and empirical basis. Social media feeds trample on the other hand, because of proliferation of wrng information and misleading news items. Misinformation could actually discredit a personality or institution because of exponential sharing of fake social media feeds/news. So the rule of thumb on sharing, background check if necessary before sharing any information in social media. However, of qualifying your sources seems like too much trouble on your part, then consider not sharing articles and published information which you are not sure of. Be contended on the picture of your favorite shoes instead.

  1. Be wary of false “social media prophets”. Eliminate them from your space

Admit it. Not all of your social media friends are actually your real-life friends. Meaning, you don’t really personally know your 1000+ FB friends do you? Be keen on your posers. If at the onset, you discover an FB friend posting a questionable and unreliable newsfeed, you have two options. Call his attention in your FB space and clarify his post once and for all. Well, that would be a bit harsh, but its worth the try. The seoncd option is of course, unfriend him/her! You would not want false news flash in your news feed, with you’re your colleagues and love ones reading your banner of false news and misinformative news items.

You might also want to categorize your FB friends into three. The first category should be your FB friends who are your real life fiends or realtives and love nes. The second category would be the Friends of your FB friends. And the third category are your friends in FB whom you haven’t personally met yet. You may never know, but having these categories comes in handy when it comes to choosing who on F you are going to trust, and who are not worthy of it.

  1. Read what you share, and share only what you read

Oftentimes, we get too excited with what we browse-read and eventually end up sharing this particular material. However, it would be frustrating that in the second look, wht we have shared really was not actually thought about it in the first place. If the items that we shared have harmed a person or an institution, then all that we could do say sorry to them or pretend that we could no longer remember that particular harmful post that we have shared.

  1. Yourself is not only your audience

Social media is called as such because of nothing. Socially media posts and threads are there to live forever, unless you deliberately delete them. Likewise, we have a vast number of audience that will read and share our posts. So the clincher is, social media is still a universe of various living audiences who could read, react and re-share your posts. It is an ecosystem of living humans who can remember you or your particular post, those who could refer to your Fb profile and those who could screen grab your post and use it for any good or evil purpose.

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As a gist, the golden verse for this article would be, “think before you click”. Remember the rule of nature, for every action, there is always an equal but opposite reaction (or counter-action for this context.) What we do in social media, may apparently hit us back in the future, God knows when.

 

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Duterte, na-kuryente sa pahayag laban sa ilang diplomat ng European Union

Na-kuryente si Pangulong Duterte ng bantaan niyang palalayasin ang foreign contingents ng European Union  mula sa Pilipinas noong October 12, 2017.
duterte,UNHRC,wrong info,

Sa kanyang speech sa Malacañang Press Briefing Room, nagkamali si Duterte sa kanyang pahayag na “gusto daw ng EU na ma-expell ang Pilipinas sa United Nations” dahil sa dami ng namamatay na Filipino sa kampanya ng Pangulo kontra droga.

Sa katunayan, ang Malacanang mismo ang nagsabing iba pala ang pinatutungkulan ng pangulo sa mga statement niya laban sa EU. Inamin ng Malacañang na ibang contingent pala ang tinutukoy ni Duterte nang sabihin nitong papaalisin niya sa loob ng 24-oras ang mga representante ng EU dahil sa mga pahayag diumano ng huli na “maaaring ma-expel ang Pilipinas sa European Union dahil sa drug-war at extra judicial killings ng administrasyong Duterte.

Huli na nang sabihin ng palasyo na hindi pala contingents ng European Union ang pinatutungkulan ni Duterte sa kanyang pahayag ng “pagpapalayas ng foreign contingents sa bansa”. Sa halip, ang tinutukoy pala ng pangulo ay mga contingent ng Human Rights Watch, partikular ang pahayag ng director nito, na nagsasabing “maaaring mapalayas ang Pilipinas mula sa United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) kung magpapatuloy ang mga patayang may kaugnayan sa droga sa Pilipinas. Dito nagsimula ang panggagalaiti ng Pangulong Duterte.

Opisyal na Pahayag

Malacanang. Sa opisyal na pahayag ng Malacanang, sinasabi ni Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella, na ang tinutukoy ni Duterte ay ang pahayag ng delegasyon ng International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance, na pinagkamalan ni Duterte na isang European Mission.

Aniya, ang mga “iresponsableng pahayag ng delegasyo na ito hinggil sa diumano’y patayan sa administrasyong Duterte ay makaka-apekto sa katayuan ng Pilipinas bilang isang malayang bansa” 

European Union. Sa hiwalay naman na pahayag ng European Union, hiniwalay nito ang sarili mula sa International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance.

Sinabi nito na “ang pagbisita ng delegasyon mula sa International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance sa Pilipinas noong October 8-9 , 2017 ay hindi isang European mission, base na rin sa mga maling balita ng ilang media outlets….”

Sinabi pa nitong “…hindi bahagi ang European Union sa pagpaplano sa naturang pagdalaw sa Pilipinas, maging ang delegasyon ng EU sa Pilipinas o ang EU sa Brussels ay walang plano hinggil sa pagbisita. Ang mga pahayag umano ng Progressive Alliance sa pagbisita nila sa Pilipinas ay pahayag lamang ng Progressive Alliance at hindi pahayag ng European Union”

Sa kabila ng pagkakamali sa pahayag na ito, ipinangako ng EU na magpapatuloy ang operasyon nito sa Pilipinas at patuloy na magtratrabaho para sa kapakinabanagan ng mga mamamayan ng Pilipinas. Wala naman silang tuwirang tugon hinggil sa pagmumura ng Pangulo.

Of Jokes and Depression

Just yesterday, my hashtag meter pointed me to JOEY DE LEON and MAINE MENDOZA regarding “Depression”. My tweet meter was actually fed up with this numerous feeds of #joeydeleon or #maine plus #depression.

Digging in to the story, Joey De Leon’s remarks actually happened during Eat Bulaga‘s October 5, 2017 “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment.

“Sugod-bahay” winner Maria Cristina told field host Jose Manalo about the condition of her mother, who according to her suffers depression.

Comedian Joey de Leon then went on to say: “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (Depression is just something made up by people. They do it to themselves.)

Photo credit to GMA Television

Upon listening to De Leon’s joke, Maine Mendoza valiantly argued that “depression is not a laughing matter. It’s not a joke. Because many people go through it, especially today’s youth. That if you’re going through it, give them the support.”

This depression subject between de Leon and Maine Mendoza actually propelled several thousands of hits in twitter and Facebook.

My fair share of the story

And so I ended up digging into my desk again to contribute my humble share on this trending topic.

As far as my memory serves me right, my first mantra of depression was when my first GF broke with me one fine afternoon somewhere in Caloocan.

It was actually an ordeal, a battering feeling of emptiness, shame and frustration, that I have almost lost my sense of self, if not for Nanay’s support and my dog’s Squeak . (heard how a dog Squeak?)

Imagine drinking a bottle of Ginebra, with no chaser and pulutan at all… all alone! Or how about an hour bus-ride with tears overflowing from your eyes because of the “phenomenal” break-up? Nah, but the most weird part about my depression was me, painting images of my memories with my EX, not on a drawing board, but on the walls of our house. Nanay actually was not that supportive anymore. Yes I knew her slight irritation, when she said “put#*@+&-ina kang bata ka, pati yang dingding ginawa mong  blackboard!”

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Well that’s not me. Credit to thewondrous.com for the pic.

Simply put, depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.

#Joeydeleon, in his remarks, people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.

Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
They range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.

There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and various aches and pains.

Sometimes there’s a trigger for depression. Life-changing events, such as bereavement, losing your job or even having a baby, can bring it on. People with a family history of depression are more likely to experience it themselves. But you can also become depressed for no obvious reason.

Philippine Showbiz Personalities who experience depression 

Photos not mine. Credit to respective owners.

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The “Taray Queen“, Maricel Soriano, have fought depression when her mother died. She actually sought psychiatric help, for an alarming reason of not sleeping for 4 consecutive nights according to Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom. The “daughter of John and Marsha” now has various acting stints with GMA 7 in primetime.

 

 


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Even the “Megastar”, Sharon Cuneta, has been very vocal about her depression fits. She would actually relay her depression moments in Instagram and other social media sites to seek comfort and support. On August 18, 2014 for example, Ate Shawee actually took the Facebook feed and shared how Judy Ann Santos sent her a comforting text message and eventually visited her. 

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Mr. Suwabe actor, dancer, singer and host Vhong Navarro has also admitted being depressed over Denice Cornejo, Cedric Lee and Zimmer Raz release. The three were involved in Navarro’s alleged mauling, but was allowed to bail out last 17 September 2014.

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Comedian-singer Janno Gibbs also admitted in an interview with GMA 7’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho that he is doing better now after seeking professional help (Asian Journal). Said impulse of depression was triggered when the comedian had gotten out of a romantic relationship something that almost moved him to commit suicide. 

This ain’t a joke.

​These above cases only show that non matter what status we have in life, or no matter how prominent we are in our own circles, depression holds no bar in undermining both our psyche and norms, regardless of our social status. ​​

Senator Risa Hontiveros actually filed Senate Bill no. 1190 otherwise known as the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2016, due to manifested issues on proper and efficient mental health services for Filipinos. Said bill, which based on the notion that “1 in 5 adult Filipinos suffer from mental or psychiatric disorder. This represents an average of 88 reported cases of mental illness per 100,000 Filipinos. Also, the number of suicide cases in the country has steadily risen over a period of 20 years from 1992 to 2012,” according to Hontiveros

Note: The Philippine Senate has actually approved the Bill and made it into law on May 2, 2017.

Now, this is not a joke, nor an Eat Bulaga sort of thing. People die and people suffer because of depression. Just like any other illness, people undergoing depression needs special attention and care, much more important than the attention that we give to noon-time shows and tv “guestings”. ​

​credits to Rappler.com for some selected information.