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Jail officers read stories
to students of four schools

A read-a-book activity was conducted by jail officers of the San Carlos City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as part of the Community Relations Month commemoration recently, its press release said.

Jail officers who are licensed teachers read children stories to grade 1 pupils of Tandang Sora Elementary School, Ramon Magsaysay ES, Andres Bonifacio ES, and the Congressman Vicente Gustilo Memorial Elementary School.

The activity is part of the program initiated by Senior Insp. Castle Masip, jail officer in charge, to bring the BJMP closer to the community.

Eldeza Aleta, the Schools Division superintendent of San Carlos City, helped facilitate the activity, the press release added.*

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Lifestyles Bacolod
magazine back in circulation

The print edition of Lifestyles Bacolod magazine is back in circulation as a quarterly publication, a press release from the magazine said.

The latest edition was released last week, with Claudia Diaz Cojuangco, daughter of former congressman Carlos Cojuangco and the late vice-mayor of Pontevedra, Rio Diaz, on the cover.

Claudia, who spent a year at St. John’s Institute in Bacolod, is a 17-year-old junior at an international school in Manila. This is her first magazine cover, and she was photographed by Manila-based RJ Lacson, with her hair and make-up done by Leah Villarba and James of Stetica, the press release added.

Also featured in the full-color magazine are the Skyscrapercity forumers, the new construction projects in Bacolod and the lamb project of the provincial government. There is also a guide to dining in Bacolod and new places to visit in Negros Occidental. Featured places are Sagay’s cabin reef, the Mambukal Butterfly Garden, and Pulupandan birdwatching wetlands, the press release also said.

The fashion pages feature the recent bridal show of four Bacolod designers and the launch of Mark’s Women and Hunks modeling and events company.

The magazine is available at Pendy’s, Business Inn, and Pelts Bacolod, and is edited by Eli F.J. Tajanlangit, with Daryl Jimenea as art director. It started in 2007 but stopped printing and went online in 2009. It still has an online edition. Inquiries may be referred to 0917-5751010 or 09228614228, the press release added.*

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PhilHealth vows
to help suppress TB

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. has vowed to help suppress tuberculosis, the world's deadliest contagious disease that claims the lives of 75 Filipinos every day, its press release said.

PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon echoed the warning of the World Health Organization that TB, if left unchecked, could become 200 times costlier to treat, and nearly impossible to cure in the years ahead, amid outbreaks of multi-drug-resistant cases in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Philippines now ranks seventh worldwide in TB incidence, after India, China, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in the WHO latest Report on Global TB Control, the press release also said.

Banzon said PhilHealth provides outpatient financial support to members and their dependents under the Directly-Observed Therapy Short course package for TB.

PhilHealth also subsidized around P23 million in the treatment and care of 10,822 members and their dependents who underwent the DOTS for TB last year, he added.

In DOTS, the patient gets an uninterrupted supply of drugs, with either a family member or a health worker supervising his medicine intake, and treatment outcome is monitored.

Banzon said members and their dependents with confirmed pulmonary and extra-pulmonary TB may enroll in the DOTS through any of the more than 800 private and public health facilities nationwide, the press release also said.

The typical symptoms of active TB infection include chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Active TB may be diagnosed through chest X-ray, and microscopic analysis and microbiological culture of body fluids, the press release added.*

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Social work week

The Philippine Association of Social Workers Incorporated Negros Occidental Chapter is celebrating the Social Work Week from June 13 to 19, with a motorcade around Bacolod City tomorrow, a press release from the group said.

The motorcade will be followed by a forum on case management conducted by Dr. Johnny Decatoria at the Bacolod Government Center.

The event commemorates the passage of Republic Act 4373 or “The Social Work Law” on June 19, 1965. This year mark the 47th year of social work profession in the Philippines, with social workers in local government units, public and private hospitals, government and non-government organizations catering to the needs of children, women and family, and community organizing for both the private and public sectors, the press release added.*

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People & Events
Lifestyles Bacolod magazine back in circulation
PhilHealth vows to help suppress TB
Social work week commemorated

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