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Abby Binay Takes Care of Makati Residents’ Health but will She Look Beyond?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Makati Mayor Abby Binay runs head-on against her brother, Junjun during the upcoming midterm elections. Prior to that, she signs a specific MOA that allows patients from OsMak to be referred to MMC for specialized diagnostic exams, treatment, and even surgery. This gives beneficiaries of Makati Health Plus (MHP) Program or “Yellow Card”, full access to the best treatment and health care services in the city at no cost to them. It is also evident that there are Filipinos who seek her office for medical assistance. Individuals without voters’ certificate in the city find themselves on the first floor of the Makati City Hall. Those endorsed by a legitimate voter made it to the 21st floor. z

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[VIDEO]: Mayor Abigail Binay ang dapat sa Makati!

Better Health Services for Makati Voters

Specialized diagnostic and medical services at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) are now open to residents of Makati. This is after Mayor Abby Binay signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) and MMC recently. “By allowing OsMak doctors to refer cases to MMC, we are tapping their equipment, technology, and expertise. We are making the latest and most advanced diagnostic tools available to our Yellow Card holders. More importantly, they can avail themselves of life-saving surgical procedures and treatments which have yet to be made available at OsMak,” said Mayor Binay said.

Makati Med Services for OsMak Patients

Under the MOA, MMC accommodates an OsMak patient when there’s a referral or endorsement letter from the city-run hospital. This means that patients must still go to OsMak for an initial assessment. Then, they can avail of the services from MMC. The agreement also includes emergency procedures. Although OsMak endorsement is a requirement. The Osmak to MMC referral program runs initially for a year. This is subject to extension or renewal.

Possible Expansion of Makati’s Medical Services

MMC President/ CEO Dr. Maria Corazon Consunji signs the MOA on behalf of MMC. OsMak Officer-in-Charge and Hospital Director Dr. Vergel Binay, Makati City Administrator Claro F. Certeza, and MMC Medical Director Dr. Johnny Sison are the witnesses. This is somewhat a breakthrough in the city’s medical provision to its constituents. Makati Med’s medical standard says it all. However, there’s no mention yet about the continuation or halt of benefits provided to Makati’s sister LGUs ever since the end of Jojo Binay’s term as Vice President.

Extended Facility

Mayor Binay said the city continues to improve and modernize OsMak’s facilities. At this time, some equipment like CT Scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines may need repair or replacement. Doctors from OsMak can send patients to MMC for such procedures. Once they get the results, the patient will come back to OsMak for diagnosis and treatment.

Take it from Ben Tulfo

Ben Tulfo is right when he urges Junjun Binay to give way to Mayor Abby. Sure enough, recently the Binay patriarch endorses his youngest daughter to the post. He also runs alongside her as District 1’s Congress Representative. Jojo Binay also reminds the public that he is still the chairman of UNA, the political party that he created. The question is, will Abby Binay extend assistance to non-Makati residents just like his father? That would surely put her in the national level in the near future.

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Health Tips from a Common Filipino to Bongbong Marcos

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By: Elena Grace Flores

The country’s health care system is still far behind international standards. Bongbong Marcos’ vlog recently features a young Filipino lady’s situation. She signifies the plight of common Filipinos regardless of their financial status. While there are public hospitals for the indigents, the middle class is limited to their health cards from work. This goes to the rich as well. Once a chronic disease strikes, any reserves for medical purposes can easily run out. Such is a big flaw medically-speaking. All citizens must have the right to have access to the best suitable treatment with or without cash. z

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[VIDEO]: Last weekend, I met a young woman who reminded me that difficulties are merely a matter of perspective. No feat would be too great to achieve with more Athenas in the world.

BBM’s Medical Mission

Bongbong Marcos’ medical mission in Binan, Laguna benefits 400 to 500 people. He also conducts a contest online asking subscribers to give the best health tips to a busy person like him. A hoodie is at stake for the lucky winners. Athena is one of the lucky contestants. Marcos looks forward to having more face to face interactions with ordinary citizens.

Athena Lives with Cerebral Palsy

Marcos’ promising guest, Athena, suffers from Cerebral palsy. It is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. She arrives at the meeting venue in a wheelchair. Despite her disability, she impresses the former Senator for her enthusiasm in life. She remains active contributor online and even writes a book.

Decent Health Care System for the People

Sickness or diseases are problems of the nation. This should not be solitary to the family of the affected patients. While public hospitals try to accommodate the low to medium class Filipinos, they can only provide hospital services. Medicines are out of the pocket or given by the local government if lucky. Employees with health cards enjoy the benefits of limited insurance. Not knowing that in the middle of a critical surgery, its coverage can be denied.

Appropriate Treatment With or Without Cash

It is understood that private hospitals must have deposits to be able to perform the necessary procedure needed by a patient. The government has no control over this because it is commercial. They cannot continue to operate if their business is losing. This is the same reason why medical establishments like hospitals must not be privatized. Citizens must have access to quality treatments with or without cash.

Health Tips to Bongbong Marcos

A busy person like BBM has nothing to worry about if he can sleep well at night. Philippine leaders who have the heart to serve their constituents can only have this privilege when their people can seek the appropriate medical services without worrying about money. All hospitals must pass the international standards for all citizens to avail of, rich or poor. Many people are banking on Bongbong Marcos to make this happen in the Philippines.

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President Duterte Refuses to Pass the Presidency to Robredo Despite the Uncertainty of His Health

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discloses that he might have cancer and added that he does not know where he stands as the results of recent medical tests have not come yet. Duterte said in a speech in Manila that he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago. His doctor was advised this week to repeat the tests. Both tests aim to diagnose any abnormality in the digestive tract and colon. Despite the uncertainty of his health, he refuses to give hope to Vice President Leni Robredo that she can soon take over his place. He thinks that she is too weak strategy-wise to be a good leader for the Philippines.



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[VIDEO]: President Du30 said that VP Leni Robredo is too weak to be the next Philippine leader.


The President’s Health

Duterte has admitted even before that he has Barrett’s Esophagus, a gastroesophageal reflux disease in the stomach. The President has stated that he does not know how he is physically-speaking now. However, he said that in case he has cancer, he will let the public know about it. He does not care if it is stage 4. For sure, he will not prolong his agony both personally and professionally. The president also said that he will not prolong the agony of the top office of the land but to resign is definitely not an option.

Loyalty to the Late President Marcos

This strike against Robredo is not new anymore.  Duterte earlier said he would rather leave the country in the hands of a Marcos than his constitutional successor. He once said, “If I stop now in my crusade against drugs, and if there is no order in this place, and corruption will continue? You’re dead meat. I said you’re better off choosing an alleged dictator in the likes of Marcos. That’s what I suggested.” The late Ferdinand Marcos was accused as a tyrant but many prove the allegations as wrong and were just a black media propaganda against him. His namesake, Ferdinand Marcos is the Protester for the VP post.


Bongbong Marcos as Presidential Successor

Contrary to the media propaganda of Robredo’s camp, Atty. Glenn Chong assures the public that the recent threshold the PET uses for the recount of the VP electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo is 50%. Chong explained that 21,000 votes of Robredo did not pass the Supreme Court standard. As of now, they are set aside first. Therefore, the presumptive Vice President has 21,000 fewer votes currently. This is why in the revision reports, the total number of Robredo’s votes is a lot lower than the total of the election returns printed from the election machine.



Repeating History with Martial Law and Destabilization

According to Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Carlito Galvez Jr., the CPP has organized in at least 10 universities in the Metro for the plot to oust President Duterte. The traces gathered involving the activities of Reyes with the communist group can support this allegation. Galvez is also claiming that the communists intend to drag Duterte into declaring martial law as a political death trap. He compares it to the Plaza Miranda bombing of the 1970s. The authorities contemplate that a more or less similar scenario can happen again as per the nature of the rebels’ history.


VP Electoral Protest Update

Galvez also clarifies that the Liberal Party is not part of the CPP’s “Red October”. However, he adds that the CPP does desire to form a coalition with opposition groups to be able to oust the President. The party might not be officially associated with the communists but many of them especially the yellow-minded can only support the insurgents because of their intention to get rid of Duterte.



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Stop Mental health problem during teenage years before it happens





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Mental health problems that are growing in today’s lifestyle are difficult to manage for families but can be prevented before it can even develop into a serious condition. Parents just need to be vigilant with their children when they sense them acting strangely. It might save your child into going through this confusing and painful episode during adulthood. This report should not be missed:

Independent Published: ‘Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it’s when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. This study gives us a clue why this is the case’ Teenagers’ brains can reveal whether they will develop mental health conditions later in life, research has found.

Brain scans can therefore give clues as to whether adolescents may be at greater risk of having schizophrenia or depression, years before the conditions take effect. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London conducted MRI scans on almost 300 young people aged 14-24 to monitor brain structure.

It added: Results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the brain regions which showed the greatest MRI changes during adolescence were those in which genes linked to schizophrenia risk were most strongly expressed.

Professor Ed Bullimore, Head of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said: “Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it’s when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. “This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it’s during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly.”

He added: “As these regions are important hubs that control how regions of our brain communicate with each other, it shouldn’t be too surprising that when something goes wrong there, it will affect how smoothly our brains work. “If one imagines these major hubs of the brain network to be like international airports in the airline network, then we can see that disrupting the development of brain hubs could have as big an impact on communication of information across the brain network as disruption of a major airport, like Heathrow, will have on flow of passenger traffic across the airline network.”

Dr Kirstie Whitaker from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and lead study author said: “During our teenage years, our brains continue to develop. When we’re still children, these changes may be more dramatic, but in adolescence we see that the changes refine the detail. “The hubs that connect different regions are becoming set in place as the most important connections strengthen. We believe this is where we are seeing myelin increasing in adolescence.” It is thought that as many as 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in the UK every year. The NHS advocates diagnosis and intervention as soon as possible in order to manage the condition and improve recovery chances.

Depression and anxiety are the most common forms of mental health diagnosis in Britain. It is estimated that 1 in 100 people will experience schizophrenia at some point in their lifetime, however it has been suggested that many more people may experience it but defer seeking help due to stigma about the condition and its symptoms.

Reference: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/teenage-brains-can-reveal-emerging-mental-health-problems-research-finds-a7156566.html

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Makati Constituents’ Health is Abby Binay’s Top Priority





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
There’s really no place like Makati in the Philippines in terms of genuine public service. Mayor Abby Binay claim for the responsibility as the head of the city came a week after assuming office saying that: “The health of our constituents is still the city’s top priority. I will see to it that the immediate concerns will be addressed promptly so we can deliver the best health services to our constituents.

She expressed this assurance after inspecting all the medical facilities in Makati as she took over Acting Mayor Romulo Pena after winning the recent election. Despite Pena’s less than a year stay, the quality of the services and supplies is already deteriorating. Prompting mayor Binay to review all purchase orders and order immediate repairs of the Hospital ng Makati and the maintenance of the air-conditioning units of the establishments including that of the health centers.

The Binays are noted to be very particular in the public services provisions in Makati that they hope to extend to its sister cities – so that Filipinos nationwide can have access to good healthcare, education and livelihood programs. The Binay Foundation also sponsored an insurance policy for registered residents’ burial, funeral coverage and emergency claim but it was discontinued during Pena’s time. Now, residents are hoping that the Serbisyong Tunay program would be resumed at the soonest possible time. These privileges are on top of the free medications, books, shoes and uniforms – plus senior citizens’ awesome benefits.

Reference: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/07/09/1601143/abby-binay-orders-repair-makati-city-hospital/a>

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