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DISASTER RESILIENCE STARTS WITH ME

Throughout the country, we celebrate National Disaster Resilience Month the whole month of July with the theme, "Katatagan sa kalamidad ay makakamtan kapag sapat ang kaalaman sa kahandaan". Just this year, this month’s long event was renamed from “National Disaster Consciousness Month" to "National Disaster Resilience Month”. This change comes with the emphasis in shifting from building disaster awareness to empowering disaster resilience. Being a country that's prone to natural disasters, and one highly exposed to tropical storms, building disaster resilience must not just be an option, but a way of life. Be ready to brave any calamity with ...
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Bring back your child’s love for reading

The words of Jose Rizal "Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan,” has rung throughout the years. Rizal is known as the author of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterisimo, but one of his little known publications is his version of "Ang Pagong at ang Matsing." The story is a classic Filipino fable passed from generation to generation, teaching the value of hard work and steady earnestness. Commemorating this short children's story in July 1889, "National Children's Book Day" is celebrated every 3rd Tuesday of July. Through this, kids are engaged to experience the wonderful world of books through storytelling ...
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PH’s 5.1M CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES ARE MOST VULNERABLE IN ANY CALAMITY

SM’s Disaster Preparedness Forum addresses needs of CWDs The Philippines’ estimated 5.1 million Filipino children with disabilities are the most vulnerable in every calamity or emergency that may strike the country. This was the statement made by Lotta Sylwander, country representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), during the Emergency Preparedness Forum for Children and Youth with Disabilities held at the SMX of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, who said that children with disabilities will be the most affected in every calamity that hits the Philippines. In fact, she pointed out, in every emergency, fifty (50) to sixty ...
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What You Need To Know About Autism

Striking an estimated 1% of the world population according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism spectrum is a condition which many people tend to misunderstand. From the Greek word, “autos” meaning self, the word autism was first used to describe a person “who had withdrawn into his own world.” Decades of research later, it was found that autism is a complex neurological and developmental condition which results to difficulties with interaction and communication. ASD has varying effects among individuals. The cause of autism remains unknown, yet strong scientific evidence suggests that genetics play a big ...
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