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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 12, 2018
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BCNHS wins DepEd's environment contest

The Bacolod City National High School was the overall champion in the 2018 Division-wide Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, or YES-O, of the Department of Education, held at the Bacolod Arts Center Saturday.

The BCNHS bested the 13 other public high schools in Bacolod, and won two coveted awards, the “Lakabini ng Kalikasan” by Julia Gwenyth Ostan, and the “Imprumpto Dayalogo”.

“Lakan ng Kalikasan” was snatched by Junius Dale Capus of the Bata National High School while the Handumanan NHS, Emiliano Lizares NHS, Sum-ag NHS, and the Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School were first, second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively.

Aside from the contest activities, this year's YES-O event led to the planting of 3,000 mangrove propagules by the 300 high school student participants from among the participating schools, in Punta Taytay, Bacolod City, also on Saturday.

YES-O BCNHS president Joey Ian Singson said it is an anchored program of the DepEd and the national government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under Department Order 93, series of 2011.

Tree planting, environmental promotion awareness, adopt-a-river, waste segregation, and promotion of compost pit were among the many mandated programs under the YES-O, Singson said.

In the Division of Bacolod City, the Bacolod City Water District is a major partner since the program started in 2011 in Luisa Medel National High School. The partnership has gained lots of awards, including one from the Energy Development Corp. for its “10 Million Trees in 10 Years” campaign.

Singson said aside from the trees planted during the YES-O event, the BCNHS plants some 1,600 seedlings every year by sending students in various planting sites every quarter with materials provided by the DENR and Baciwa.

A symposium on air, water, soil, and on disaster risk and reduction management was also conducted during the three-day event at the BCNHS, along with a medical mission by the Riverside College.

The promotion of environmental protection is evident as contestants were made to wear indigenous, recycled, and recyclable materials during the pageant. The event was attended by 1,800 high school and senior high students from public schools in Bacolod City.*


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Bago kicks off
52nd charter anniversary

Bago City in Negros Occidental opened its weeklong activities in celebration of its 52 nd Charter Anniversary yesterday.

A thanksgiving mass was offered at the St. John the Baptist Church concelebrated by all the parish priests of Bago, a press release from Bago City said.

The Brookside Garden Academy also celebrated its foundation day at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center yesterday.

Also held were the Lechon Festival at the Tourism Office grounds, the first Mayor Nicholas M. Yulo Sitting Volleyball for persons with disability, and the opening of Agro-Industrial, Cultural, and Educational Fair 2018 at the Bantayan Park.

The first Bailes del Fuego and Patik Baylan competitions were also held at the Bantayan Park last night, capped by a grand fireworks display.

Bago Mayor Nicholas Yulo is inviting everyone to visit Bago City today until the highlight on February 19, the press release said.*


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Heart fair held in Bacolod

The Philippine Heart Association, inpartnership with Allianz PNB Life Insurance, Inc., held a Heart Fair at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday, in time for the celebration of International Heart Month.

Reynulfo Abrozaldo, Allianz Philippines branding and communications and digital director, said yesterday that since cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of mortality among Filipinos, it is but natural for them to partner with an organization that has a wider reach.

While they do not discount the advocacies of other medical associations, it is very alarming that many Filipinos are dying because of heart attacks, he said.

Abrozaldo said the Heart Fair is an advocacy being implemented by the PHA to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Bacolodnons.

“It is also an opportunity for us, being in life insurance, to tell Bacolodnons of the opportunity for them to get protection,” he said.

Themed “Power Your Heart, Heart Month 2018 in Bacolod,” the activity was initiated and staged by the PHA National and Western Visayas-Negros Occ. Chapter and started with a high-impact health and lifestyle activity that gathered at least 500 teachers, students, police officers, local government employees, Zumba groups, medical representatives and professionals.

Thirty heart doctors (eight from PHA National and 22 from PHA Western Visayas-Negros Occ.), as well as fitness icons and celebrities Jim and Toni Saret, took the front line – leading the Zumba marathon and urging the public to switch to a healthy regimen to stay healthy and prevent heart disease.  

Heart Month 2018 is the first-ever joint PHA National and Bacolod Chapter-led Heart Month celebration in this city.  

Early birds who lined upat the consultation desks as early as 5 a.m. were also given discount coupons for cardiac exams at the Riverside Medical Center (RMC) and Heart Month tees.

Abrozaldo said their other projects with the PHA includes the Heart Run and convention in Manila in May, and their CPR on Wheels & Wing that will tour different key cities. The PHA will also conduct a major CPR on Wheels activity in Bacolod during the 2018 MassKara Festival.

Making up the team of CPR facilitators were Manila- and Bacolod-based heart doctors and health workers from the Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade in Bacolod.

PHA national vice president Dr. Nannette Rey, concurrent Heart Month chair, said “Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which includes diseases of the heart and the blood vessels, is the top cause of death, not just in the Philippines but the world over.”

“CVDs, also called non-communicable diseases, are hereditary and lifestyle-induced. That is why during the Heart Month, assess and, modify your lifestyle anew, and have your numbers (BP, cholesterol, sugar levels) checked. Empower your will to pamper your hearts,” PHA president Dr. Jorge Sison.

It has also been noted that heart patients among the younger population – between 20 to 35 years old – are increasing due to sedentary habits or sit-down lifestyle, Western diet, convenience foods, sugary beverages, smoking and stress, said PHA Western Visayas-Negros Occidental President Dr. Alan Tenerife.

The Bacolod heart doctors said that, admittedly, 70 percent of Bacolod foods are sugar-infused. The place is noted for its gorgeous sights and heavenly cakes and all sorts of dessert. Their adobo and other viands are seasoned with sugar as well.   Diabetes is prevalent in this city where sugar plantations abound, they added.*  

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