What Are The Effects Of Forest Destruction?

What Are The Ill-Effects Of Forest Destruction?

Our forests have been mainly destroyed by either illegal logging or converting them for other land uses. At a blinding rate they are being spoiled, there will come a  time when the future generations might not be able to reap benefits from those resources.

ill-effects of forest destruction

Given the blessings this nature's gift can pour into the human race, what kind of world is in store for us if the destruction is not brought to a halt. In this post, let me share the ill-effects of deforestation.
  1. Shortage of timber for construction - While building a modern house nowadays can be done with fewer woods needed, most house owners still prefer to use timber instead probably because of its greater availability and lower cost. If deforestation continues, we don't only loss our forest, which is our main problem, but we also let prices of timber to skyrocket.
  2. Scarcity of non-timber products - Forests are also home to a myriad species of plants which are raw materials for a number of products. Some of them are bamboo and rattan which can be made into a variety of home furnishings. Like shortage of timber, scant supply of non-timber raw materials can result in soaring of products made from them.
  3. Degradation of the environment - We consider forests as lungs of the earth because trees take carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. If forests are razed to the ground, so is our environment in general. We will experience ecological imbalance right there and then. The wildlife, our climate and more are adversely changed until our forests turn back to normal.
  4. Flooding in non-flood prone areas - Forests influence water cycle, mountain precipitation, and efficient conservation of water resources. So, places that are flooded easily come heavy rains are likely to have denuded forests nearby or at the very least the number of trees around are no longer enough slow down the flow of water from the mountains to low-lying areas.
  5. Siltation in rivers and lakes - Siltation or siltification is the process by which a body of water becomes dirty because of sand, clay, and other fine particles that drift from a higher ground. If sediment pollution continues unabated for a longer period of time, it will adversely affect fishing industries, resort businesses, and even our sources of energy particularly hydroelectric dams.
  6. Destruction of flora and fauna - Millions upon millions of species of plants and animals thrive in forests. So, round the clock destruction of forests around the world also means the same fate for all life forms living in there. And the worst of all, it may bring about the extinction of some of them which the generations to come are only able to see them in still or moving pictures.
So, now we know how critical our forests are in our lives that it is utterly difficult to live in a world without them.

As a matter of fact, many ancient civilizations and empires have fallen because of forest destruction. The ruins of which are the only the living proof that they did flourish at a certain time in the past.

If deforestation continues till we've got no more trees to cut down, chances are modern humans and their society are bound to follow suit.

Do's And Don'ts During The Licensure Examination For Midwives

Do's And Don'ts During The Licensure Examination For Midwives

Midwives are of paramount importance in the society for without them we would not be delivered into this world safely or worst we would not be able to see the light of day.

licensure examination for midwives

This April 10 and 11, 2017, the Philippines' new breed of soon-to-be midwives are going to be put through their paces before they could assist women in childbirth.

But of course, just like any other examinations, the Licensure Examination for Midwives has certain rules that need to be strictly followed. Below are the do's and don'ts during the examinations.

  • Report to the school/building assignment before 6:30 am on the first day of examination. Be punctual for late examinees will not be admitted.
  • Bring the following on the examination day:
    • Notice of Admission
    • Official Receipt
    • One (1) piece metered-stamped window mailing envelope
    • Two (2) or more pencils (No. 2)
    • Ball pens with BLACK ink only
    • One (1) piece long brown envelope
    • Once (1) piece long transparent/plastic envelope (for keeping your valuables and other allowed items
  • Read carefully and follow the instruction on you NOTICE OF ADMISSION and EXAMINEES GUIDE.
  • Bringing of the following inside the examination premises/rooms:
    • Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data/information/formula
    • CELLULAR PHONES, beepers, portable computers, or similar gadgets/devices
    • Bags of any kind (ladies bag, shoulder bags, attache case, backpacks, etc.)
    • Other examination aides not stated


The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

do's and don'ts during exams

The midwife has an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.

A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units. - Wikipedia

Illustrious Filipino Scientists In Biological Sciences And Related Fields

Illustrious Filipino Scientists In Biological Sciences And Related Fields

When the topic of discussion is about scientists, the countries that pop up in our minds are probably Japan, United States of America, Germany and many other foreign places. We don't quite think of the Philippines as to its contribution in the field of science and technology.

Illustrious Filipino scientists in biological sciences and related fields

In spite of being less known in scientific discoveries and inventions, there are Filipinos who have made a name for themselves in biological sciences and related fields and have been honored with the National Scientist Award.
  • Germiniano de Ocampo, M.D. - an ophthalmologist who is considered to some as the "Father of Modern Philippine Ophthalmology". He established the first eye hospital in the Philippines, De Ocampo Eye Hospital (1952) and the first Filipino President of the Philippine Ophthalmological Society (1958). He was the first Filipino to design a corneal dissector that was manufactured in the US. He received the Jose Rizal Medal in Ophthalmology from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and was named National Scientist of the Philippines in 1982. Source: Wikipedia
  • Eduardo Quisumbing, Ph.D. - He made a tremendous contributions to researches on medical plants in the Philippines. Dr. Quisumbing was author of taxonomic and morphological papers, many of which deal with orchids, including ‘Medicinal plants in the Philippines’ (Manila 1951). Saccolabium quisumbingii has been named in his honor. He was recipient of the Distinguished Service Star (1954) for outstanding contribution to the field of systematic botany; Diploma of Merit on Orchidology and Fellow Gold Medal, Malaysian Orchid Society (1966); Gold Medal, American Orchid Society (1969), and 1975 PhilAAS Most Outstanding Award. Source: Wikipedia
  • Gregorio Velasquez, Ph.D.Known as the Father of Philippine Phycology, Dr. Velasquez pioneered the intensive study and collection of the Philippine blue-green algal species. He was able to produce 47 basic and 77 valuable scientific papers on the subject. For many years, he was Chairman for Biological Sciences of the National Research Council of the Philippines. In 1982 he was conferred the title of National Scientist by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. With his wife, Carmen Camacho Velasquez, also named as a National Scientist later on, the Velasquezes claim to be only the second husband and wife pair to be honored as such in the world after the Curie couple of France. Source: Wikipilipinas
  • Francisco Fronda, Ph.D. - Recognized as the Father of Poultry Science in the Philippines for his immense contribution to the poultry and livestock industry. Dr. Fronda worked extensively on the Cantonese, a breed of chicken imported from Canton, China. For 15 years, he culled, selected and bred the Cantonese to improve the breed. He succeeded in developing the chickens, but the line was not continued since all the fowls were consumed due to famine during World War II. Aside from that, Dr. Fronda was also the first Filipino researcher to work on improving duck meat. These ducks were often referred to as "Fronducks," in recognition of his success in breeding them and in producing stocks. Source: Wikipilipinas
  • Francisco Santos, Ph.D. - His numerous studies focused on the nutritive values and chemical composition of Filipino Foods. He determined the nutrient and vitamin content of traditional Filipino foods and the nutritional requirements and problems of the Filipinos (Source: Science and Technology II Biology Textbook of the Department of Education). He was honored with the following awards: (1955) Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of nutrition among Filipinos, (1956) Andres Soriano award in chemistry, (1979) University of the Philippines Alumni award. Source: Wikipilipinas
  • Carmen Velasquez, Ph.D. - a National Scientist in the Philippines known for her pioneer studies of tropical fish parasitology in the Philippines. Dr. Velasquez discovered 32 species and one genus of digenetic trematodes in 13 families from Philippine food fishes; two from birds and three from mammals; three species and a genus of Monogenea from marine fishes, eight life cycles of Digenea in seven families and three of nematodes from fresh water and marine fishes. In addition, she found Capillaria philippinensis inside the intestine of a Filipino man, which was the first of its kind in the entire world. She also published "Digenetic Trematodes of Philippine Fishes," which became a valuable regional reference to fish parasitology and aquaculture management. Source: Wikipilipinas
  • Jose Vera Santos, Ph.D. - Filipino botanist. José Vera Santos was professor of botany at the University of the Philippines. During the Second World War, in 1941, he collected in Sonora with Stephen White and again in Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla, in 1943-1944, in connection with experimental work on the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis (Willd. ex A. Juss.) Müll. Arg.). While stationed at the Rubber Experimental Camp in El Palmar, he also made collections of mosses from the Zongolica area and localities in nearby Oaxaca and Puebla. Source: Global Pants
  • William Padolina, Ph.D. - He carried on STAND (Science & Technology Agenda for National Development) with focus on specific commodities, products and services identified as export winners.  The Technical Advisory Committees composed of representatives from the private sector was instituted in the RDIs to review R&D priorities and projects and recommend appropriate steps. While serving as DOST Secretary, he was admitted as member of the New York Academy of Science, and was listed in Who’s Who of the Asia Pacific Rim. He is recipient of many awards and distinctions including Academician of NAST, Outstanding Young Scientist [1982], and Ten Outstanding Young Men [1985]. Source: DOST
There are still more Filipino scientists who excel and contribute aplenty in the field of biological science and related fields such as Pedro Escuro, Clara Lim-Sylianco, Dolores Ramirez, Jose R. Velasco, Bienvenido Juliano, Benito Vergara, Ricardo Lantican, Lourdes Cruz, Teodulo Topacio, Jr., Ernesto Domingo, Angel Alcala, Ramon Barba, Edgardo Gomez, Gavino Trono, Jr., and a whole lot more.

The Philippines Must Be So Lucky Having These Natural Resources

The Philippines Must Be So Lucky Having All These Natural Resources

I remember my teacher back in high school telling us that the Philippines was rich in natural resources. Now that I am in my mid 30s, I still hear teachers saying so. However, there seems to be no great impact these natural resources have on the living standard of the Filipinos despite the development on how we harnessed or utilize them.
Even so, the Filipinos must be so lucky to have a natural resources so plentiful that if put to good use, the standard of living in the country may make its way up dramatically.

To learn how rich the Philippines is in natural resources, let's take a review of them below.
  1. Land Resources - The Philippines has a total of 30,000,000 hectares of land which includes forests, plains, mountains, cliffs, and minerals.
  2. Forest Resources - More or less 50 percent of the country's land is forested. The country is also known from the world over to have different species of trees that the people use to build their houses, furniture, etc.
  3. Water Resources - The expanse of water resources in the country is greater than its land resources. In fact, the archipelago has approximately 1,666,300 square kilometers of water area.
  4. Mineral Resources - Considered as one of the most treasured resources in the country, mineral has 2 main types to wit: metals, non-metals, and fuel.
  5. Human Resources - This is the only resource the country has that is ever growing. These resources include skills, intelligence, talent of the Filipinos to produce goods and services.
Given all these natural resources, the Philippines will have been among the richest countries on the planet if only the leaders, businessmen, and the entire population in general are wise enough to make good use of them.

Factors That Promote Lasting Friendships

Factors That Promote Lasting Friendships

Finding a true friend is like looking for a needle in a haystack and anyone who finds him must be so lucky. As a matter of fact, many say that a true friend is like a priceless stone, something or someone that has to be treasured or valued greatly.

qualities that foster lasting friendships
In order to make friendships last for a lifetime, both should possess the qualities that foster their friendship. Below are the factors that promote lasting friendships which should be cultivated and nurtured.
  1. Concern - Knowing that someone is expressing sincere concern for us is very touching even in little acts of thoughtfulness. Like for instance, remembering each other's birthday already matters a lot. Moreover, this quality should specially be manifested during hard times such as when one is ill, emotionally disturbed or faced with difficulties. One can show concern for a friend through moral support, financial assistance, or by lending him a hand to relieve his problems.
  2. Respect - Respect is a two-way street. In order to earn it, one should exhibit high regard for his buddy. If you see your friend studying quietly, for example, it is advised not to disturb him by making any unnecessary noise. In return for the respect you have shown, your friend will for sure look up to you and think highly of your own wishes and desires.
  3. Loyalty - Friends who are loyal to one another stick together. Even amidst difficult situations, friends should have an unwavering support for each other. In other words, true friends stay with each other even in times of overwhelming odds.
  4. Honesty - Honesty is the best policy as they say and this rule of thumb must also be manifested in friendships. Truth does hurt, but if it is given by a friend whose only intention is to make things right then it is worth facing.
  5. Trust -  Friends must trust one another, otherwise their relationship is not friendly at all. That is, a true friendship is brought into being mainly because of trust. A real friend is someone to whom we can confide our secrets and vice versa. If we cannot share our thoughts with our friend, the other might be thinking if we are worth his time and attention. The same is true if our friend does the same.
What about you? How do you foster lasting friendships? Write your thoughts on the comment section below.

A Sample Speech: Are They Really Unteachable?

A sample speech

Listening to speeches enriches our knowledge and probably changes our perception in life. Below, I would like to share an excerpt speech by Caroline Kay Geiman entitled "Are They Really Unteachable?

sample speech: Are They Really Unteachable?

Read the speech and internalize.

In Charles Schulz's popular cartoon depiction of happiness, one of his definitions has special significance for the American school system. The drawing shows Linus, with his eyes closed in a state of supreme bliss, a broad smile across two-thirds of his face and holding a report card upon which is a big bold "A". The caption reads: "Happiness is finding out you're not so dumb after all." For once, happiness is not defined as a function of material possessions, yet even this happiness is practically unattainable for the "unteachables" of the city slums. Are these children intellectually inferior? Are they unable to learn? Unfortunately, too many people have answered "yes" to these questions and promptly dismissed the issue.

If we base our answers on the results of IQ tests, "yes" answers may seem justified. In the largest American metropolitan areas, the students in the top school of the wealthiest suburbs have an average IQ of 120; those in the bottom school of the worst slums have an average IQ of 85. Valid actual proof, right?

In a city-wide group testing program in the New York City schools, IQ scores showed a lower and slower rate of increase with grade advancement in the large, low socio-economic districts than in the median for the city as a whole. In the third grade there was a ten point difference in IQ's; in the sixth grade, a seventeen point difference; and in the eight grade, a twenty point difference. Valid actual proof again, right?

No, wrong! The fallacy of these "facts" lies in the IQ test itself. The very fact that IQ test results vary over a given span of time indicates as many indicators and educators today are realizing that these are in truth tests of cultural experience and not of native ability. These children of the slums are underdeveloped culturally, but are not innately unintelligent. This deficiency can and should be corrected....

Dr. Martin Deutsch, the director of the Institution for Development Studies of New Your Medical College's Department of Psychiatry, became interested in the plight of the culturally deprived child in the public schools and studied the problem for five years. Following his theory that "intelligence" is not inherited, but dynamic process that can be stunted or stimulated by "experience", he inaugurated the first scientific and concerted attempt by any public school system to confront the problem of the education of the poor pre-school age child. Ninety-six four year olds in New York City were given the advantage of this progressive program. Let's see what methods were used...

Rhoda was one of the subjects of this experiment. In the classroom she stands, clutching her favorite toys - a negro doll and a toy baby bottle. The game she knows is caring for the baby, bathing it, feeding it, rocking it... After eleven weeks in school, Rhoda still hasn't spoken or smiled. Scowling fiercely now, she reaches out for some wax grapes and puts them in a frying pan on the stove. Hearing a noise behind her, the teacher turned around to discover Rhoda struggling with a pan. She heard Rhoda speak her first whole sentence: "Dem goddam peaches is burnin'." It's poor English; its profane, but it is a complete thought, and this is a major achievement. Rhoda was rewarded with a big hug from her teacher, not scolded for her profanity.

How do you find the speech? Please leave your comment below. Thanks for visiting.

Is Radiation Really That Dangerous?

Is Radiation Really That Dangerous?

We have been exposed to certain types of radiation every day. Some of them are of great amount while others may be negligible enough that we don't notice their presence. But do we really have to worry about radiations?

Is radiation really that dangerous?

When it comes to radiation, most people advise us against exposing ourselves to it. However, there's no way for us to hide from radiation mainly because it is always around us. The sun, for example, constantly gives off radioactive elements. What's more, radiation is at all times given out inside our body as our bones also emit the same sort of energy.

One of the most dreaded happenings that we never want to come about is an explosion of nuclear weapons. While it really is fatal during and after the blast, there's something that most of us is not aware of.

The durability and extent of a radioactive fallout are the basis of how threatening it can be. Of course, if the bomb is large, so will it's fallout durability and scope. Despite that, radioactivity and its strength die down pretty damn quick.

Moreover, a radioactive fallout doesn't have much adverse effect on life at a distance as it is limited to the immediate vicinity of the explosion. Also, a radioactive fallout is usually in the form of ash which can be wiped off from our skin and can be filtered in case it mixes with water.

And one thing that can calm us down is the fact that radiation is only dangerous or can cause different kinds of diseases if we are exposed to it in large doses.

Below are the established standard for radiation dosage:
  1. A dose not to exceed 500 rems per year for individual members of a general population.
  2. An average dose not to exceed 170 rems per year for the general population.
  3. A dose not to exceed 5 rems per year for radiation workers such as workers in nuclear plants and miners of radioactive elements.

How To Increase Your Savings With Pag-ibig

Increase Your Savings With Pag-ibig

save more with pag-ibig

Many of us probably don't know that we could increase our monthly savings with Pag-ibig Fund. Yes, if we want to stash away bigger amount in 20 years, we better opt for a higher monthly contribution instead of remaining at the lowest Php 200.00 default savings per month. Take a look at the table below.
* This dividend rate is indicative only based on previous years’ dividends.
 Actual dividends will be based on the yearly income of the Fund.
Here’s how to increase your monthly savings:
  1. For employed members, just inform your HR officer that you want to pay more than the minimum savings of P100 per month. Your HR may require you to sign a form pertaining to the increased monthly savings.
  2. For individual payors, like professionals, other OFW-members, businessmen, etc., just pay the higher monthly savings to Pag-IBIG. No need to fill out any form. Your increased savings will automatically be credited to your total savings.
Where to pay:
  1. For employed members who pay their savings to Pag-IBIG thru salary deduction, their employers may remit their savings thru any of Pag-IBIG’s accredited collecting banks or over- the -counter at the nearest Pag-IBIG branch office.
Employers may remit their employees membership savings at the following accredited collecting agents:
  • Union Bank (Pag-IBIG Hub)
  • BPI (BPI ExpressLink)
  • LANDBANK (wePayAccess)
  • BancNet (Pag-IBIG Net)**
  • Security Bank (Pag-IBIG Real Time Facility)**
 **By 3rd quarter 2013
Note: Payment through these facilities requires enrollment.

So, what are you waiting for? Increase your monthly savings with Pag-ibig and get a bigger savings in 20 years. For more information visit pagibigfund.gov.ph or click this link.

What We Need To Know About The Products We Want To Buy

What We Need To Know About The Products We Want To Buy

Do you keep buying a product even if you don't really need it? For sure, you do. In fact all of us, at certain times, do it. But as consumers, there are things that we have to look into when buying things in order to get our money's worth.

What we need to know about the products we want to buy

As consumers, we've got to be clever to figure out malpractices of unscrupulous businessmen. We have to be able to make intelligent choice among products or services offered in the market. In other words, we should know what products to buy and where and how to buy them.

In this post, let me share what we consumers need to know about a certain product that we need or want to buy.
  1. Make certain about exact weight and measures.
  2. Take note of its chemical content.
  3. Be conscious of the manufacturer.

What we should know about our rights and responsibilities as consumers

As consumers, we must be aware of our rights and responsibilities. According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights that we should be aware of and assert our rights as consumers if we are to get the maximum benefit from the development process. Our basic rights are:
  • the right to safety
  • the right to be adequately informed
  • the right to choose among alternatives
  • the right to be heard
Of course, along with those rights come responsibilites. Among these are:
  • the responsibility to complain
  • the responsibility to report malpractices
  • the responsibility to cooperate 

How To Take Part In A Coversation

How To Take Part In A Conversation

Every day we exchange information with two or more persons. When we take part in a conversation, it is expected that both parties will talk and listen well. We should also make sure that we practice good manners to avoid misunderstanding.

tips on how to become a good conversationalist

On this post, I would like to share some tips on how to take part in a conversation or how to become a good conversationalist. Below are the reminders.
  1. Be courteous and cheerful at all times. In all instances, avoid discourteous expressions that may hurt or embarrass others. Being ungentlemanly or unladylike allows other people to give a bad impression of you.
  2. Read a lot. Anyone who is a wide reader knows many topics to talk about. That is, you always have something to say on whatever topic you both discuss.
  3. Be a good listener. A good listener avoids interrupting the speaker and shows interest in what he says. Doing the opposite deters the other person from going on with the conversation.
  4. Speak clearly. To do this, you need to modulate your voice well. Properly modulated voice can somehow be achieved through practice.
  5. Give chance to others do their share of talking. As mentioned, a conversation is a give-and-take. Doing all the talking is no conversation at all.
  6. Exit courteously. When leaving the conversation, you should do it respectfully. Otherwise, it's like leaving the person you talk to hanging in midair. 

How To Give An Impromptu Talk

Giving an Impromptu Talk

Without being aware of it, we have been delivering impromptu talks ever since we learned how to speak. In the past, for example, we may have asked our parents for something which we wanted very badly; to convince them, we gave them some good reasons. Or after our first day in school, we must have told our family how we fared among a roomful of new faces. On both occasions, we were delivering impromptu talks.

pointers to remember when giving an impromptu speech

An impromptu talk is a speech which we deliver without any previous preparation. It is given at the moment it is needed. A person who is called on to give an impromptu talk will need to depend on his own resources by digging into his storehouse of knowledge and experience.

Here are the pointers to remember about an impromptu speech:

  1. Decide whether the aim of your talk is to inform, to amuse, or to get others to do something.
  2. Choose a subject which will fit the occasion. Make sure, though, that you know a great deal about the subject you have chosen.
  3. Begin your talk with a general statement and then follow it up with two or three specific supporting sentences. End it with an interesting remark, one that will catch the attention of your listeners.

An impromptu speech needs no notes or outline. We must be ready, therefore, to organize our ideas mentally. Since we may be called upon to give an impromptu talk time and again, it would be wise to do a lot of reading and listening. Participating actively in discussions will also help. It will enable us to constantly practice expressing our thoughts orally.

Oratorical Piece About Education - Those Were The Days

Oratorical Piece About Education - Those Were The Days

Writing an oratorical piece is definitely no sweat. It takes time, patience, and writing prowess to come up with a sterling composition. Besides, one's oratorical piece could also make a difference to both the audience and the panel of judges on top of the speaker's performance.

sample of oration piece on education
Owing to the number of people looking for samples of an oratorical piece, it came to my mind to create my own "masterpiece" to share with the world. On this post, may I focus the topic on education as it is very crucial to human development, survival, and life in general.

I would like to give this oratorical piece the title "Those Were The Days". This heading per se conveys the kind of students the world once had who are rarely to be seen in this day and age. Without much ado, allow me to share my ideas on a specific aspect of education.

Those Were The Days

I can't imagine how my life would be without my parents sending me to school. For sure, I wound not have learned how to read and write and I would not have met all my needs and the comforts of life.

I am Jason Holmes and I dare say that getting a good education is of the utmost importance for without proper education, we are not getting anywhere. Without proper education, we are like animals that are at the mercy of the forces of nature. And without proper education, we could do nothing but let fate decide our future.

Looking back on the days when students were on the edge of their seats to learn new ideas and discover new things, I can't help but feeling nostalgic. But friends, ladies and gentlemen it's sad to note that those were the days and today is a whole lot different.

These days, something is amiss. Our education standard is going downhill. Most students no longer appreciate the value of education that much... TO BE CONTINUED.

Suklay Diva Katrina Velarde Soars To Fame With Superb Cover Songs

Suklay Diva Katrina Velarde Soars To Fame With Superb Cover Songs

Katrina Velarde Go the Distance Cover

The internet, social media and video streaming sites in particular have made a lot of ordinary people's dreams come true. Just recently, another rags-to-riches story in the making is starting to unfold. It is no other than the rising to fame of Katrina Velarde who has been dubbed as Suklay Diva for using suklay or comb as her microphone.

Katrina is not only known in her home place, the Philippines, but also from the world over. As a matter of fact, a number of reaction video channels on Youtube can't help but marvel at her superb cover songs particularly her performance on Wish FM 107.5.

Her own rendition of the classic hit "Go the Distance" by Michael Bolton drew thousands upon thousands of likes and shares on social networking sites. Play the video and be amazed.

Katrina Velarde has been around the internet sharing her splendid voice and captivating countless of people who either have an ear for music or are ordinary music lovers.

With her soaring to online fame, she has a greater chance to make a name for herself in showbiz industry. For sure, TV networks are just waiting for the right time to give her the break and make her the country's newest internet singing sensation who earns well through her talent.

Reasons Why Students Should Not Be Allowed To Bring Cellphones To School

Reasons Why Students Should Not Be Allowed To Bring Cellphones To School

Cellphones are becoming a necessity nowadays. They are used to connect people from different corners of the world fast and with ease. And without this technology, it's hard to imagine what our life would have become.

Reasons why students are not allowed to use phones within the school premises

Despite cellphone's usefulness, people should limit its use in schools for some good reasons. Below are some of the grounds why students should not be allowed to bring their cellphones to school.
  1. Cellphones can cause distraction to their studies. While most students use cellphones to help accomplish their assignments such as those that need the internet, the same kind of gadgets could ruin their studies. That is, instead of listening to their teacher's discussion, they could be so engrossed in their phones that they don't learn anything from their lessons at the end of the day.
  2. Students could be tempted to cheat during exams. Back in the day, students made a list of formulas, words, etc. on a piece of paper and hid in a pen or just anywhere within reach so that during the test or exam it could always come in handy. But in this day and age, students have leveled up. They use phones to cheat. For instance, a student could ask help from his friend to solve a certain problem in math via text messaging.
  3. Perverts might use cellphones in school for voyeurism. There have been a lot of voyeuristic videos on porn sites and some of them are taken in the school. In restrooms for example, any student could set up their phones to record videos of girls answering the call of nature. While voyeurism is punishable by law, only a handful have been caught and fined.

Program of the Pharmacists Licensure Examination in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo Cities

Professional Regulatory Board of Pharmacies Examination Program (2017)

It is high time once more for the Professional Regulatory Board to assess the new breed of future pharmacists before any of them can put their knowledge to practice. This coming March 2017 they have to undergo one of the greatest tests they may experience in life - The Pharmacists Licensure Examination.

Program for Pharmacists Licensure Examination

According to Wikipedia, pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. Given this, without pharmacists people will be in great dilemma as to what kind of drug to take, how much of it, or when to use it.

In the Philippines, thousands of soon-to-be pharmacists take the board examination every year. However, more or less half of them would not be able to achieve their dream and had to take the exams once more the next year.

Taken from the PRC or Philippine Regulatory Commission website, the following is the weighted percentage of the subject areas to be taken.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry - 20%
Pharmacognosy - 15%
Practice of Pharmacy - 17.5%
Pharmacology-Pharmacokinetics - 15%
Pharmaceutics - 17.5%
Quality Assurance/Quality Control - 15%

To download the program of the Pharmacists Licensure Examination in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo Cities on March 9 and 10, 2017 CLICK HERE.

First, Second, Third And Fourth Tranche Monthly Salary Schedule For Civilian Personnel Of The National Government

Modified Salary Schedule For Civilian Personnel Of The National Government

Salary Standardization LawExecutive Order No. 21 entitled Modifying Salary The Schedule For Civilian Government Personnel And Authorizing The Grant Of Additional Benefits For Both Civilian And Military And Uniformed Personnel has been implemented starting the year 2016 when the first tranche was given. (Learn the Pros and Cons of Salary Increase.)

If you don't know how much will be your basic salary after or when a particular tranche is added to your monthly basic pay, it is better to refer to the new salary schedule for a complete and accurate data.

Below is the new salary schedule for civilian personnel of the national government.

A lot of government permanent employees asked whether the PBB starting 2017 will be given equivalent to a minimum of 1-month salary, here is the section of the law that makes things crystal clear.

Section 5. Enhanced Performance-Based Bonus. The existing PBB granted to qualified government personnel, including those in LGUs, shall be enhanced to strengthen its results orientation, to be given in an amount equivalent to one (1) month basic salary up to two (2) months basic salary, to be implemented in two (2) phases starting in FY 2017. The PBB shall be subject to the achievement by departments or agencies, including LGUs and individual employees of their performance targets or commitments and compliance with good governance and other conditions.

The grant of the enhanced PBB shall be based on a progressive rate system. As the position and responsibility in improving agency performance becomes higher, so is the amount of PBB.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting Systems created under Administrative Order No. 25 (s. 2011) shall prescribe the conditions on eligibility and procedures for the grant of the enhanced PBB, including the ranking system to recognize differences in levels of performance.

NAT Grade 6 Competencies Students Need To Develop

NAT Grade 6 Competencies Students Need To Develop

The National Achievement Test or NAT in short is a standardized test given to elementary and high school students in the Philippines. The test is aimed to assess students achievement in the different subject areas and their teachers effectiveness.

NAT competencies for Grade 6

Teachers face the dilemma as to what reviewer they have to provide their students. But there's nothing to worry about if they only know the competencies to master. So, on this post, I would like to share the competencies in Filipino, Mathematics, English, Science, and Araling Panlipunan/HEKASI with all the teachers who want to get a higher MPS or Mean Percentage Score.

Filipino Competencies
  1. Nagagamit sa pangungusap ang panghalip, pang-uri, pangdiwa, pang-abay, pangatnig, at pang-akop.
  2. Nagagamit ang uri ng pangungusap ayon sa gamit.
  3. Natutukoy ang kahulugan ng salita (kasingkahulugan at kasalungat).
  4. Natutukoy ang pangunahing kaisipan at mahalagang detalye sa binasa.
  5. Nagagamit ang panipi at kuwit sa tuwirang sinabi ng tauhan.
  6. Nagagamit sa pangungusap ang pang-abay at pang-ugnay.
  7. Nagagamit ang uri ng panlapi sa pagbubuo ng pandiwa.
  8. Natutukoy ang pangunahing diwa, sanhi at bunga sa kuwentong binasa.
  9. Nailarawan ang katangian ng tauhan batay sa kilos at pananalita.
  10. Napagsunod-sunod ang mga pangyayari sa kwento.
  11. Nakapagbigay ng palagay sa maaaring kalabasan ng mga pangyayari batay ikinikilos ng tauhan.
  12. Nasusuri ang mga detalye na nagpapaliwanag ng buong diwa.
  13. Nagagamit ang grapikong pantulong sa pag-unawa ng teksto.
  14. Napupunan nang wasto ang purmolaryong pampaaralan tulad ng ID at kard na pang-aklatan.
  15. Naiisalin (transcode) ng pasulat ang mga impormasyong ipinahihiwatig ng mga grapikong pantulong sa teksto.
Mathematics Competencies
  1. Computation of rational numbers
  2. Solve word problems on rational numbers.
  3. Identify congruent polygons.
  4. Solve problems on measurements.
  5. Interpret graphs.
  6. Interpret measurement data.
English Competencies
  1. Use verbs in the simple present tense.
  2. Use adverbs of manner.
  3. Use reflexive pronouns and possessive pronouns.
  4. Identify simple sentences.
  5. Note details in the selection.
  6. Predict outcomes based on the selection.
  7. Infer the general mood of the selection.
  8. Sequence events in the selection.
  9. Use verbs that agree with indefinite pronouns.
  10. Use degrees of comparison of adverbs.
  11. Use degrees of comparison of irregular adjectives.
  12. Use adjectives in a series.
  13. Use prepositions or prepositional phrases.
  14. Identify the main idea/theme of selection.
  15. Determined the cause-effect based on a given selection.
  16. Draw conclusion based on the selection.
  17. Identify supporting details to justify a conclusion.
  18. Distinguish fact from opinion.
Science Competencies
  1. Identify the major parts of a body system and their functions.
  2. Explain how a body system works.
  3. Classify vertebrates in 5 sub-classes.
  4. Describe the characteristics of living things for survival.
  5. Describe the characteristics of different kinds of plants.
  6. Differentiate physical from chemical change.
  7. Describe different characteristics of planets.
  8. Present the feeding interrelationship among living things.
  9. Illustrate the interdependence of plants, animals for gasses.
  10. Explain effect of changes in materials to environment.
  11. Identify energy formula and their uses.
  12. Identify factors that affect motion of an object.
  13. Describe characteristics of earth's interior layer.
  14. Describe characteristics of stars and how group of stars are useful to people.
HEKASI Competencies
  1. Naipagmalaki ang katangiang pisikal ng Pilipinas.
  2. Napapahalagahan ang uri ng pamumuhay ng mga unang Pilipino.
  3. Nabibigyang halaga ang kalagayan ng pamumuhay ng Pilipino noong Ikatlong Republika.
  4. Naipagkakapuri ang mga mamamayang Pilipino.
  5. Napapahalagahan ang mga matatalinong paggamit at pangangalaga ng likas na yaman.
  6. Napapahalagahan ang bahaging ginagampanan ng pamahalaan at mamamayan sa kabutihan ng bansa.
  7. Napapahalagahan ang pananatili ng kalayaan ng bansa.
  8. Nakikilala ang palatandaan ng kaunlaran ng bansa.

How To Improve Your Command In English Without Needing Anyone's Help

Improve Your Command In English Language With These Tips

Without doubt, English is the universal language. It is the language used in world business, science, diplomacy among nations, etc. Given this, anyone who don't only do business with his fellow nationalities but also with those from other countries must learn to use the English language proficiently both in oral and written communication.

improve English both in oral and written communication

But the question is how could one improve his command in English if what he has learned from school doesn't seem to be enough. Well, schools can't give their learners everything they need when it comes to English language. What one has acquired in four-cornered rooms must be complemented with one's own effort and hardwork. That is, if one relies a lot on what his teacher is giving him, chances are he won't be as proficient as those who study the language beyond the school.

The only tip this post can give you is to read a lot of English reading materials if English speaking people aren't available. But don't just stop there. You also have to jot down expressions that you may need for future use.

Like for instance, in these sentences:

He pulled a syringe out of his pocket.
She set her tea on the bedside table and crossed her arms over her chest.
She literally jumped for joy.
He woke in the dark to an insistent chirping from his bedside table.
Mia sat at the kitchen table with both hands wrapped around full mug of green tea that had gone untouched.

The words or expression in blue can be used in your day to day conversations. They are called collocations. Learning a lot of collocations will immediately translate into a better command in English.

In fact, learning by imitating expressions is how we learned our first language. We were not subjected to learning grammar, yet we became fluent using our mother tongue even at the age of four. So, if little kids can learn the language by means of imitation without much difficulty, then students and adults can also have greater chance to improve their English within a few years only.

Learn more about English Language on this page.

Free GMA 7's Encantadia Teleserye Replay

GMA 7 Encantadia Free Replay

GMA 7 Encantadia has given ABS-CBN FPJ's Ang Probinsyano a run for its money. The latter had topped all primetime TV programs in the Philippines for several weeks since it aired, but starting the day the former started to telecast, people have been divided.

Watch Encantadia replay for free here.

Now, it is anyone's game even in the search engine. People, especially those who are busy and those who live abroad have only the internet to turn to in order not to miss out on its every episode. And the ones who benefit hugely here are rogue bloggers who stream pirated videos. They record Encantadia and upload the video on Youtube and in other video hosting sites. And thousands of dollars pours in their purse a month.

While what these bloggers are doing is outrightly illegal, not a handful of them has been prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There had been reports about website owners arrested for online piracy, but none of them has been set as examples for other bloggers who are in the same monkey business.

However, to watch Encantadia for free, click the link above or click this. And you will be redirected to a website that really cater your need without the fear of having been patronizing piracy.

Do you as well love watching Encantadia? This TV program enchants both kids and kids at heart. Just because this program suits best for kids, doesn't mean that adults can't watch it. Watching Encantadia delivers us into a world of fantasy from the harsh realities of life. That is, we tend to forget the problems we face as we are so engrossed in being a momentary part of the world of magic, thrill, and beauty.

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