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My Top Seven Favorite Quotes from RISA HONTIVEROS

For inspiration, introspection, or provocation, on the last few days before May 10:

–          On LGBT rights and discrimination:

“This is a human rights issue…This is the real clash of civilization, this idea that one group of people is inferior to another. What we need to counter this is also fundamental. We have to change the way we live as families, the way we raise our children, the way we befriend each other, or enter into relationships with each other. Dapat din yung mga institusyon ng lipunan natin ay maabot ng ganitong uri ng pagbabago and that’s what the Anti-Discrimination bill wants to be a part of – a change of consciousness and a change of systems as well.”

–          On Reproductive Health (debating Kit Tatad):

“Kabuuan po ang katawan naming mga babae pati kayong mga lalaki. Bahagi ng kalusugan ang reproductive health… Kailangan laman pong malaman na kasinungalinan sabihin na may aborsyon sa RH bill… Definitely hindi sakit ang pagbubuntis; kailangan iwasan yung unintended pregnancies para mabawasan yung pagkamatay at pagkasira ng pamilya…. Ang ininusulong po ng RH bill ay yung access sa impormasyon, sa serbisyo, at kung pipiliin,modern family planning methods para sa bawat babae o kanyang asawa o ka-partner para ma-plano ang kanilang pamilya at mabuhay sila sa isang makataong antas ng pamumuhay. ”

–          On jobs and the economy:

“I think there are a lot of spaces yet in our economy where we can and should find places where people can get a job or make a living… (Increasing productivity) will have to be (a focus of our platform) para buksan pa yung space for further social reforms including asset reform and greater economy in the economy. We do have to make the pie bigger and more meaty so there’s more substance to be distributed for all the citizens to share. If we generate more and quality employment with a degree of security to it for the employees, that should be an incentive for greater productivity across all sectors of the economy… “

–          On parenthood:

“I have to be there for my kids’ happenings. If it means waking up early and sleeping late, I will do that. To do stuff for them and with them – ngayon lang ‘yan eh. When they have their own lives, we can take back ours.” (Interview with HIPP magazine.)

–          What she tells her kids, and young people:

“Follow your bliss, find the thing you love most that you’re good at doing, that will make you happy. ‘Yan na rin ang magiging serbisyo nyo.” (Interview with HIPP Magazine.)

“In this time of hate and violence, find the thing you’re happy with because happiness transforms you.” (Interview with 100 magazine)

–          On her passion for public service:

“Knowing what’s happening, understanding what’s happening and forming an opinion and based on that opinion, trying to find out what can be done – that’s what I’m passionate about…. Let’s get involved and let’s get it right this time. This is the rest of our lives.” (Interview with 100 magazine)


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Manny Villar’s SAL

My comments:

1. Yaman niya. Obvious ba?!?

2. Sigurado ba siya sa value ng properties/residences niya? HIs house in Las Pinas is only worth 2M or so? Eh townhouse sa QC ay 3M na at least?!?!?!

3. Click on the Business Interests link – Yun lang talaga ang corporations niya? DI ba sa kanya ang Camella (Vista Land)?

4. News reports say he’s spent anout 1BILLION pesos, and that’s even before the start of the official campaign period. And he says he’s used only his own money. So, if his net worth in 2003 was about just half a billion … that doesn’t quite add up. So, he’s built at least twice his net worth in the last six, seven years (and spent all of it already? So, he’s actually spent donors’ money on the campaign (belying the claim that all of it is his own money)? Something’s gotta give.

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What You Don’t Know May Hurt You and Your Baby (Or What You Need to Know if You’re Giving Your Child Powdered Milk)

If you are giving your child powdered milk, especially if he or she is two years old or younger, there are some things that you need to know. First, powdered milk is NOT sterile. Never mind melamine – the substance has intrinsic bacterial contamination that may cause illness and even death. I know it is hard to imagine that a child’s health problems may be stemming from his drinking milk formula, since we’ve all been raised to believe that milk is a good and healthy thing. For older children and adults, it probably is. But milk formula for infants and young children is another matter.

If powdered milk formula is not prepared properly, the inherent contamination may likely cause diseases such as diarrhea and even meningitis in some cases. Now, this is fact and not just some the rabid claim of some hippy, new-age breastfeeding advocate. It is an accepted fact to most of the international scientific and pediatric community – except perhaps to the quarters beholden to the milk formula companies, or to those who unfortunately have not been updated.

What follows is the executive summary of the World Health Organization’s GUIDELINES on SAFE PREPARATION, HANDLING, and STORAGE OF POWDERED INFANT FORMULA. (The full text is available here ). If you have a child who drinks powdered milk formula, or you know anyone who does, this is very important information.

Regardless of what the milk industry and their fancy advertising says, anything other than breastmilk is an inferior and possibly dangerous food for your child. Wala nang papanatag pa sa inang nagpapasuso. Gatas lamang ng ina ang makapagbibigay ng 100% kumpleto, nararapat, at ligtas na nutrisyon sa isang sanggol.

Executive Summary:
Powdered infant formula (PIF) has been associated with serious illness and death in infants due to infections with Enterobacter sakazakii. During production, PIF can become contaminated with harmful bacteria, such as Enterobacter sakazakii and Salmonella enterica. This is because, using current manufacturing technology, it is not feasible to produce sterile PIF. During the preparation of PIF, inappropriate handling practices can exacerbate the problem.

Recognizing the need to address such hazards in PIF, Codex Alimentarius decided to revise the Recommended International Code of Hygienic Practice for Foods for Infants and Children. In doing so it requested specific scientific advice from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). FAO and WHO have provided this advice in the reports of two expert meetings held in 2004 and 2006 on Enterobacter sakazakii and other microorganisms in powdered infant formula (PIF). Part of this advice included recommendation to develop guidelines for the preparation of PIF.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) of WHO requested in 2005 the Organization to develop such guidelines on the safe preparation, handling and storage of PIF in order to minimize the risk to infants. The FAO/WHO advice on E. sakazakii in PIF includes a quantitative microbiological risk assessment of E. sakazakii in PIF. One of the aspects of the risk assessment was to determine relative risk reduction associated with different preparation, storage and handling scenarios. The recommendations made in the present guideline document are largely based on the findings of the quantitative risk assessment. No risk assessment was carried out for Salmonella, but the group reported that the basic risk control principles for E. sakazakii would also hold true for S. enterica.

In general, sterile liquid infant formula is recommended for infants at the highest risk of infection. Where sterile liquid infant formula is not available, preparation of PIF with water at a temperature of no less than 70 °C dramatically reduces the risk. Minimizing the time from preparation to consumption also reduces the risk, as does storage of prepared feed at temperatures no higher than 5 °C.

Users of PIF are made aware that powdered infant formula is not a sterile product and may be contaminated with pathogens that can cause serious illness. Correct preparation and handling of PIF reduces the risk of illness.

The present guidelines are presented in two parts. One part provides guidance for the preparation of PIF in care settings where professional care providers are involved in the preparation of large quantities of PIF for a large number of infants. The second part provides guidance for the preparation of PIF in a home environment, aimed at parents and those involved in the care of infants in the home environment.

The document provides specific guidance on the most appropriate practices in the different steps during the preparation of PIF in these two types of settings. Cleaning and sterilization of feeding and preparation equipment is an important prerequisite to the safe preparation of PIF. The specific guidance focuses on the most important parameters during preparation such as the temperature of reconstitution, the cooling, holding and feeding times, as well as the storage and transportation of prepared PIF. The rationale behind the recommendations is provided in both sets of guidance.

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