March 2011

St Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City 53rd Commencement Exercises

The St Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City celebrated their 53rd Commencement Exercises on March 26, 2011 at the SMACC Audi –Gym with the theme “ The Ignacian-Marian Graduates: Responding to the call of Christian Charity and Stewardship”.

There were more than 200 graduates as presented by Mrs. Ma. Dolores B. Agoncillo , High School Principal and declared as graduates by Sis Ma. Andes Yee, School Directress.

The SMACC 53rd Commencement Exercises, was highlighted by Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Fr Allan V. Lopez, OP , followed by the graduation ceremony. There was also awarding of medals to the outstanding graduates of Batch 2011. The Academic General Excellence medals were given to John Arden S. Romanillos, Valedictorian; Mary Rose D. Mercado, Salutatorian; Ma. Liane Claudette C. Bote , First Honorable Mention; Ma. Isabela C. Villacorta, Second Honorable Mention; Ma. Christine F. Tadique, Third Honorable Mention.

The parents and families of awardees of graduating seniors were requested to go to the stage when the grad’s name was called to pin the medals of the awardees. Also there was a slide show of SMACC Batch 2011 graduation pictures.

John Arden S. Romanillos, Class Valedictorian, delivered the Address of Gratitude. He expressed in behalf of SMACC Batch 2011 their sincere appreciation and gratitude to their teachers, school officials and parents whose presence and guidance help ingrained in them the values of faith, love and charity.

Finally the SMACC Batch 2011 gathered on stage to sing The Alma Mater Song and St Mary’s Hymn. Their graduation song was “My Life Begins Today” by Bruno Mars.

The Recessional completed the ceremony and graduates share handshakes, hugs, smiles, and tears with their well-wishers.

Congratulations to the SMACC High School Batch 2011!



Congratulations too to my daughter Roxanne Marie G .Pena , loyalty awardee and a member of SMACC High School Batch 2011. She is my youngest daughter and she’s awesome. I was teary eyed as she gave me her loyalty medal. It will be 6 years more before her next graduation. Hugs and kisses for you my sweet girl!


“ Whichever path you choose, graduates of 2011, may you find only success before you.”


Iligtas sa Tigdas ang ‘Pinas

by Anna Katharina on March 24, 2011

in Community,Family,Health Sense,Nurse Quad

This is the fourth time that the DOH spearheaded a drive against the elimination of measles. In 1998 and 2004 there was “Ligtas Tigdas” a mass Measles Immunization Campaign. All children 9 months to 48 months old were vaccinated against measles. Sequel is “Knock-out Tigdas in 2007” It was the second follow-up measles campaign to eliminate measles infection as a public health problem.

Four years after, the Department of Health 2011 Measles EliminationCampaign “Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas” aims to vaccinate over 18 million Filipino children (aged 9 months to below 8 years) against Measles and German measles (rubella) beginning April 4 to May in a month-long door-to-door immunization campaign.

The total budget for this campaign is PhP 600 million pesos to buy and distribute vaccines, needles, and syringes, mobilize health workers, and produce communication materials. Specially trained local health workers or vaccination teams will visit houses to immunize eligible children.

This time, 2 common childhood diseases are the focus of elimination, Measles and German measles (Rubella). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the combined Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine is safe, effective and inexpensive.

Vaccination teams will go from door-to-door of every house or every building in search of the targeted children who needs to be vaccinated with a dose of measles –rubella vaccines.

All health centers, barangay health stations, hospitals and other temporary immunization sites such as basketball court, town plazas and other identified public places will also offer FREE vaccination services during the campaign period.

This immunization activity is also in support of the Millenium Development Goal, which calls for the reduction by two-thirds of the mortality rate of children under the age of 5 years by 2015.

Pagtulungan po natin itaguyod and kalusugan ng ating mga anak.

Magpabakuna laban sa Measles at Rubella.

Gaganapin ito simula sa Abril 4, 2011 – May 2011.


4th Cause of Mortality in the Philippines: Accidents
Top 10 causes of mortality in the Philippines

It’s seldom that I watched TV, but I chance upon Oprah Winfrey show about her advocacy Oprah’s No Phone Zone campaign. In its face book page of Make your car a NO PHONE ZONE, statistics show that twenty-eight percent of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving, according to a study by the National Safety Council. The vast majority of those crashes, 1.4 million annually, are caused by cell phone conversations, and 200,000 are blamed on text messaging.

In recent news about a derailed LRT train a month ago, the driver was apparently looking at his cell phone while over speeding. Texting while driving has become a bad habit among drivers. Talking about the Philippines as the “texting Capital of the world”

Here in the Philippines, accidents have been listed as the 4th cause of mortality.

Based on the 2000 Philippine Health Statistics, 36 percent of all causes of deaths from accidents and injuries are due to assaults, followed by deaths from transport accidents at 26 percent.

According to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group a total of 14,847 of vehicular accidents in Philippines happened from January to October 2010.

Other deaths from accidents and injuries are secondary to drowning, suicide, accidental falls, forces of nature, legal interventions, fire, and other undetermined causes.

Here are the other causes of mortality in the Philippines based on the Philippine Statistical Yearbook of 2009.

The top 10 causes of mortality in the Philippines are:

Cause Total Rate
1. Diseases of the heart 70, 861 84.8
2. Diseases of the vascular system 51,680 61.8
3. Malignant Neoplasms 40,524 48.9
4. Accidents 34,483 41.3
5. Pneumonia 32,098 38.4
6. Tuberculosis 26,770 31.0
7. Unclassified 21,278 25.5
8. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 18,975 22.7
9.Diabetes mellitus 16,552 19.8
10. Conditions originating from the perinatal period 13,180 15.8

Sources of radioactive materials are nuclear weapons, reactors and simple radioactive samples such as weapons grade plutonium and uranium, freshly spent nuclear fuel, or medical supplies e.g. radium, certain cesium isotopes used in cancer treatment and radiography.

“Exposure to radiation is affected by time, distance and shielding. The longer the person is within the radiation area, the higher the exposure. Also, the larger the amount of radioactive material in the area, the greater the exposure. The farther away the person is from the radiation source, the lower the exposure. Shielding from the radiation source also decreases exposure. One should never touch radioactive materials directly. “ (Smeltzer, 2004)
Radiation has both systemic and localized side effects. Anorexia, nausea and vomiting are systemic effects. Skin reactions such as erythema and tenderness are typical local effects.

How Can I Protect Myself During a Radiation Emergency?

• After a release of radioactive materials, local authorities will monitor the levels of radiation and determine what protective actions to take.
• The most appropriate action will depend on the situation. Tune to the local emergency response network or news station for information and instructions during any emergency.
• If a radiation emergency involves the release of large amounts of radioactive materials, you may be advised to “shelter in place,” which means to stay in your home or office; or you may be advised to move to another location.

• If you are advised to shelter in place, you should do the following:
• Close and lock all doors and windows.
• Turn off fans, air conditioners, and forced-air heating units that bring in fresh air from the outside. Only use units to recirculate air that is already in the building.
• Close fireplace dampers.
• If possible, bring pets inside.
• Move to an inner room or basement.
• Keep your radio tuned to the emergency response network or local news to find out what else you need to do.
• If you are advised to evacuate, follow the directions that your local officials provide. Leave the area as quickly and orderly as possible.

In addition –

o Take a flashlight, portable radio, batteries, first-aid kit, supply of sealed food and water, hand-operated can opener, essential medicines, and cash and credit cards.

• Take pets only if you are using your own vehicle and going to a place you know will accept animals. Emergency vehicles and shelters usually will not accept animals.

From : CDC website