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RP Football Team not playing at home soil.

By on December 9, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of TJ Manotoc

Football fans would definitely be disappointed having to know that RP Football Team could have the chance to actually play on our home soil for the semis on 2010 Suzuki Cup.

The RP Football Team’s achievement is a record breaker for the past 14 years in the history of Philippine Football. What would it mean for us, Pinoy Football Fans and the Filipino youth if the RP Team can get to play here in our country? Beside the fact that it will be another first in history, that will definitely inspire young kids to play the sport! Advocating sports has always been the fight against drug use and promoting healthy lifestyle to kids! But since it’s the Philippine Football Federation themselves have failed the team to get to play here in our country, then there is nothing we can do about that.

I do hope that this achievement of our RP Football team getting in to the Semi’s of 2010 Suzuki Cup will create an awareness that indeed the Philippine Government should give support to Philippine Sports. I would always wonder why nowadays there’s not much of kids would dream of becoming a sport athlete.

 

Remembering Bar

By on November 26, 2010

Just a thought: as a way of remembering my cousin Bar who died from AML last oct, im thnking of going to PCMC cancer and hema unit to give out somethng to kids. (toys, books etc) who’s willing to join?

I posted this in my facebook status today. I thought that this will be the first Christmas that Guayco family will not be celebrating with Bar. Bar have said : Sa pasko dun tayo kila Mommy ha, gusto ko marami tayo He was looking up to this year’s Christmas Holidays. One way of actually remembering Bar would be by GIVING and SHARING.

Hindi ako mayaman to be able to give fancy gifts to kids but there are things that I want to do to share. God has been good to me and to my family and I want to share and remember Bar at the same time.

I’m thinking of going to Phil. Childrens Medical Center – Cancer and Hematology Unit and atleast give gifts to children who are inpatients. Kids who are in great deal of pain. I don’t know where I will be able to gather what ever gifts I can afford to give but I know God is good and this will definitely happen.

Simple toys or books can be used or brand new will surely give smiles on these kids faces. Hoping that one day before Christmas I will be able to go there and send love to these kids.

For sure, kakaibang gimik to. I mean most of us would think how to spend or where to spend our 13th month pay and/or christmas bonuses, I think this time mas magandang gimik to with friends and family who are willing to help.

For those who are interested to join this little Christmas Project in Remembrance of Bar, we can bring toys or books for kids in PCMC Cancer Ward probably days before Christmas – please contact me 0917-8958803 – Mark

Updates for Bar

By on September 5, 2010

This long over due dedicated blog for Bar has finally launched today. All updates, pictures and info for Bar’s case will be updated to

http://baraquiel.wordpress.com

Filipino Nurse: No Choice

By on July 10, 2010

Per PRC there are 187,000 unemployed nurses today and there are more numbers to add on this once the July Nursing Board Exam results will be out. The predicament of: No choice. As I posted my comment on ABS-CBN article The nursing profession under siege.

The predicament: No Choice. Most of these nurses would tend to jump over the catch of these Hospitals and private businesses that would take advantage of these nurses that would rather believe: “Kesa naman walang trabaho.”.

These are professional nurses that have studied so hard to earn this degree and it is only right and just that the new Aquino government will help uplift the nursing profession of the country.

P-Noy must also remember that most of these young nurses were born during the mid to late 80’s which means that we are the product of his parent’s fight for democracy. I myself was born 1985, and I have enjoyed the rest of the democracy and freedom that the Aquinos have started years back. And again, we are hoping that another Aquino will help us one more time.

True, it’s not only the hospitals that take advantage to Nurses like me. Also, other businesses can just easily create a trap for these professionals to work and get underpaid if not, be  underemployed on the notion of being medically related. I have posted in my previous blog posts (click here) that there are still few good reasons to continue our parent’s dream in becoming a pinoy nurse in the land of milk and honey. But then again, the there is the reality of how to start achieving that american dream. We need experience to hone our nursing skills. It’s either we work without compensation volunteer or spend at least Php 3,000 up to Php 20,000 to get a certification on specialized skills training.

Moreover, I wanted to  discuss the vulnerability of these nurses from exploitation. Back in 2008, I along with fellow volunteer nurse friends applied in an agency for a placement in KSA. Since at that time, we only had less than 6 months of post-grad clinical experience the manager of the agency have offered that they can fabricate documents for us to get a 2 year hospital-work certification so long we will accept the job offer which was around Php 22,000 a month in a military hospital in KSA. No one from us accepted the offer even after the final interview with an Arab national and have personally offered the jobs.

I continued getting hospital experiences and pursued becoming volunteer. I must also say that up to now,  AFP Medical Center and PNP General Hospital offers 6 months nurse residency program and 3 month OJT RN program for FREE respectively for new nurses. Which I have attended both programs last 2007 and 2008. I of course have tried attending “Skills Training” in a private hospital in Quezon City where I had to pay about Php 3,000 for a month of training.

Now, I am working in a BPO/KPO company that is “somehow” medically related field. It’s teleradiology business but the job is more concentrated on customer service. And let me just simply say, a nurse like me, who after 4 years since graduating from nursing school, at the age of 25, married with one child – cannot simply make the best career move. But, I truly believe that like those 187,000 unemployed nurses, I am bigger than this. The uncanny situation of Filipino nurses now can [should] simply not stop me to be successful.

But at the age of 25, young nurses should be wiser and make the best career move. Volunteer in a hospital or BPO/Call center job? It depends on the need (on the personal level). State-wise, the profession is under attack by opportunists and money-centered institution but we should help not to let this happen. It’s high time that the media is helping us to move the issue in the center of everyone’s attention especially the new government.

OJTRN 02-07 the batch of Volunteer Nurses I attended last 2007-2008

An interview about Nurse Exploitation

By on July 6, 2010

First, I would like to give the figures as detailed below:
NURSING BOARD EXAM PASSERS
June-06 17,821
Dec-06 19,712
June-07 31,275
Dec 07 28,924
June-08 27,765
Nov-08 39,455
June-09 32,617
Nov-09 37,527
TOTAL 235,096

Source: Philippine Board Exam Results click here

Since I graduated last April 2006, there has been almost quarter of a million Registered Nurses in the Philippines. And what happened since then? Most these RNs wanted to work abroad, major destinations US, UK and UAE. Wondering how many of these nurses have gone out and have started to repay their families for their investment? The Philippine Nursing Community have evolved too. The law of supply vs demand hit us big time. Watch this interview with the former PNA President and former Dean of Trinity University of Asia and Founder of Colleges of Nursing of Adamson University and STI Colleges – Dean Leah Paquiz

Originally posted from my Multiply account last Apr 09 2010