Dengue Statistics: My Initial task

The recorded dengue cases from January-March 2012 decreased in number compared to last year’s same time period where the most number of fatalities included 1-10 years age group.

In surveillance report by Department of Health (DOH), 16,511 (28.96%) dengue cases were recorded in nationwide hospitals in the Philippines lower than last year’s 23,241 comprising mostly of male victims.

The recorded dengue cases within the three-month time period in 2011 and 2012 happened mostly in the month of January with 10,710 and 7,865 cases recorded respectively.

In the said survey, 38% percent of fatalities belonged to the 1-10 years age group followed by 40 years and 31-40 age groups while the lowest fatalities belonged to the 21-30 years age group.

Most of the dengue cases recorded occurred in  NCR with 27.4%, followed by region III, 23.1% and Region IV-A with 16.9 %.The total Cases Fatality Rate (CFR) recorded in 2011 and 2012 were 145 (0.62%) and 88 (0.53%) respectively.

P.S. This news story is only a portion of the whole story that my mentor will be doing. She only tasked me to do the statistic interpreting thingy, and that was the hardest because I’m not good at that. And by the way, this is not yet edited. To reiterate, this is only a portion and this is not yet the whole news, that’s why you may find so many missing information and a fucked up lead. And since this is not yet the whole, I am allowed to publish it. Hahaha



Double Sided Faces

Should they be labeled as the giant crocodiles?

It takes a lot of courage to choose a job where one’s life can always be at risk. A job with a small monthly salary yet suffers from the shadow of improper judgment and stereotyping. To be a police officer is without doubt one of the most challenging job.

Policemen play a very vital role in the Philippines and they are essential in order to maintain peace and order. However, most of them are experiencing poverty that may be a result of small starting pay of P13,492 monthly. A previous study conducted by University of the Philippines (UP) varieties and the CORPS foundation in 2002 shows that six out of ten policemen are poor and according to the same study, 90 percent had debts to governments and 50 percent had no bank savings.

With the poverty that some of the police officers experience, they still chose to stay in the job and serve the country. Not all, but many of them still remain passionate and loyal to their chosen profession and it is a mistake to view each and everyone as the same. A wrong action of one colleague is not the basis of labeling them.

The devotion of some police officers to their job should never be questioned. Even with imperfections, they still serve as a role model to some young people who believe in their capability to fight crime and violence. As a good result, those young people strive hard to be like them.

However, white always comes with black; goodness comes with evil. Due to different reasons, many were tempted and bribed. One of the negative effects of small monthly salary is their attempt to put the justice in their own hands by accepting bribe money. They can be willing to do anything for money maybe because of their craving to remove themselves out of poverty.

Some police officers are also involved in illegal transactions and tolerated wrongdoings of other people; some used their power for their personal desires. The crime rate in the Philippines is increasing every year and policemen have the biggest challenge to fight against it.

Every person should open their eyes to reality; the reality that he has to perform his own role in the society. One must work hard to achieve peace and unity by seeing the beauty in every aspect of life’s difficulty and appreciating one’s effort and achievement.

It is never right to use the “Buwaya” (Crocodiles) as a label to greedy people because they are just innocent animals who fight to survive.

The blame should not always be to the police– It is not my purpose to defend the policemen or put dirt beside their name, I only think that it is proper to give them fair treatment and judgment in a country where poverty is rampant. People’s stereotype view cannot be easily changed with a blink of an eye but with great effort of both sides to fight against crime and violence, we will one day be a society who trusts the police.

P.S.  I submitted this article for the final requirements in our Political Dynamics subject and I chose the policemen as my topic because my dad is one of them.

The 7-day Diet Program

Summer is fast-approaching, do you have swimming schedules week from now and wants to be in your bikini? Then this diet program is helpful to make you lose 10-12 pounds in a week. But keep in mind, this should not be a permanent diet because I admit that it is not so healthy if you will do it regularly. I have tried this last summer however, I gave up on the fifth day but I was still able to lose 5 pounds. In addition, this 1-week diet is also a cleansing and detox process.

According to my research, (

Day 1:

>Eat only any variety of fruits except banana. 

Explanation-The first day starts with fruit because it is a natural way to normalize the body and prepare it for the upcoming days of the diet.Fruits have multiple benefits – they are fat free and are low in calories compared to other foods most of us normally eat. Fruits also flush out the system thereby enhancing the detox process.

Day 2:

-Eat variety of vegetables, stir-fry or salad.

(Start the day with one baked or boiled potato to make up for loss of energy from Day One. Upto one teaspoon of olive oil can be used as salad dressing today.)

Explanation- This day starts off with a baked potato since all you have had the previous day is fruit which is easily digested. The potato ensures you have energy for the day as well as energy to continue to remain on the diet. The vegetables you will eat today are for fibre as well as nutrition. Vegetables have a moderate quantity of carbohydrates  – but more importantly, they are rich in minerals and vitamins. The fibre activates your system for the detox process.

Day 3:

>Fruits and vegetables – as much as you want. No bananas and no potatoes

Explanation- Your body chemistry is changing because you are not getting any refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, excessive sodium and artificial flavor enhancers and additives. Your body is getting completely natural nutrition – which will optimize the weight loss process.

Day 4:

> Bananas and milk only (upto 8 bananas and 3 glasses skim milk)

Explanation- Day 4 is meant to make up for the reduced levels of calcium (from milk), potassium (from bananas) and carbohydrates and fibre (from bananas). Although you are allowed to have 8 bananas today, you might not have the craving to eat all the bananas.

Day 5:

>Finally, you can have a piece of meat/fish either grilled or baked with lots of tomatoes

Explanation- Today is the day to make up for all the protein in your system. The meat will give you protein and if you consume fish, you will get your share of Omega 3 Fatty acids which do wonders for health. The tomatoes give you fibre and minerals – in particular lycopene which is a super-food for the human body. Eating the tomatoes will also aid in flushing out the system.

Day 6: 

Protein and vegetables. Same as Day Five except, add more vegetables.

explanation- Day 6 is a lot like Day 5 – only that you need to eat as many vegetables instead of restricting yourself to tomatoes.

Day 7: The easiest!!! 

Fruits, vegetables and juices. Consume an assortment of fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices. Half a cup of brown rice is optional – but not recommended.

Explanation- You are now on your last day of the diet. You might feel a little weak this morning because your body has not consumed too much carbohydrate in the last 2 days. Today, you can eat fruits, vegetables and vegetable juices. Brown rice is optional but not recommended if you want to see weight loss.

Additional note: If you are craving, you can include the “wonder soup” in your diet and can consume that soup everyday. You can research for the recipe of wonder soup.

Good luck, I hope I can also do this program before summer ends but I tend to eat a lot that’s why I am just sharing this. Hugs & Kisses!