Pursuing healthy hobbies and simple joys to stay mentally healthy

Globe Bridging Communities (Globe Bridgecom) rallies everyone to plant happiness and take pleasure in small things to improve mental health and well-being.  Turning to the highly-popular social media platform TikTok, Globe encourages everyone to dance their way to better days and do their share for Mother Earth.

Globe Bridgecom is kickstarting a series of activities on TikTok, starting with its #PlantHappinessPH #AtinAngSimpleJoys dance challenge. Using artist Quest’s popular hit song “Better Days 2.0,” TikTokers will be dancing to inspiring lyrics about finding ways to celebrate life.

To make this activity more interesting and meaningful, Globe is inspiring participants to take on purposeful hobbies that further help alleviate stress and, at the same time, help the environment. Thousands of free seeds and seedlings await those who take on the challenge so they can create a positive and uplifting routine of caring for plants.

Langka and Guyabano seedlings will be given to participants in the Greater Manila Area while those in other locations get seed packs to grow Supa and Bignay trees. These are sourced from Globe’s partners in sustainability, the Philippine Native Tree Enthusiasts, and Mead Foundation. To get these seeds or seedlings for free, people must visit the www.0917lifestyle.com website and check out using the promo code SIMPLEJOYS.

Popular TikTok star Cejeey Laqui, known for the viral Ever After dance challenge, choreographed the #PlantHappinessPH #AtinAngSimpleJoys  dance challenge. Several celebrity talents and influencers including Sanya Lopez, Mark Herras, and Rodjun Cruz of GMA; Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz; and Joj and Jai Agpangan of ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother are also lending their support to the campaign.

And because it’s #GDayEveryday, especially this month with Globe’s 917 Festivities, Globe and TM subscribers who participate in the dance challenge may also win 917 Rewards points which they can redeem for freebies or discounts from their favorite shops. A total of 30 winners will be selected.

“Amid the challenges of the pandemic, we want to remind everyone that they are not alone in their fight against stress and anxiety,” shared Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications. “There can be happiness even in life’s little surprising moments. Healthy hobbies and the pursuit of simple joys are ways for people to stay mentally healthy. And should anyone feel they need more help, then we have support channels like Hopeline and KonsultaMD to reach for.”

In recent years, mental health and wellness are among the things that Globe has put a premium on in the company’s quest to create a Globe of good for everyone.

The company strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SGD No. 3 on good health and well-being and UN SDG No. 12 for sustainable consumption and production about achieving economic growth and sustainable development by urgently reducing our ecological footprint. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.

To see the Globe #PlantHappinessPH #AtinAngSimpleJoys campaign on TikTok, visit https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSe1vWGBn/.

To redeem a free seed or seedling, click here: https://0917lifestyle.com/products/philippine-native-tree-seeds-and-seedlings

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Making healthcare accessible with digital technology

HealthNow, a joint venture of Globe’s 917 Ventures and AC Health, is featured as the healthcare support and companion of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) “It’s OK to Delay” campaign.

The campaign is backed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM). It aims to enable young adults to make informed health choices to create a better future.

For HealthNow, the partnership is a step forward in promoting good health and well-being among young adults and enabling them to make sound decisions about their bodies through digital technology.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with USAID in providing a convenient way for young adults to get accessible healthcare services through the enabling power of technology so they can have the freedom and flexibility to live their lives in the best way possible,” said Beia Latay, HealthNow Chief Executive Officer.

Michelle Lang-Alli, Office of Health Director at the USAID-Philippines, said: “We’ve heard from young women that they are eager to make responsible health choices, but many of them don’t know where to get the information on how to start. That’s why we’re excited about this partnership between USAID and HealthNow. We fully support the use of digital technology to make health services and commodities more accessible to all Filipinos.”

HealthNow is currently offering discounts on video teleconsultation where fans and followers of the It’s OK to Delay campaign can get advice from doctors and even have medicines and other pharmaceutical items delivered to their doorstep. The promo is ongoing until September 30.

HealthNow brings health and care to every Filipino in a tap. It gives users convenient access to healthcare providers for teleconsultation, medicine deliveries, and, soon, home-service diagnostics through its easy-to-use app.

USAID has been the Philippines’ partner in sustainable and inclusive development for the past 60 years. In 2018, it launched the ReachHealth project to strengthen and improve access to critical health services for Filipino families by reducing the unmet need for reproductive health services across 11 regions in the Philippines. The project works to reach disadvantaged women, adolescents, and traditionally underserved populations with these services.

The Globe Group strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 3, on providing good health and well-being, and SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

To learn more about HealthNow, visit https://www.healthnow.ph/.

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Tuberculosis in the Philippines and what you need to know

As we continue the fight against COVID-19, one of the biggest killers in the country remains overlooked — Tuberculosis (TB). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of active TB among all Asian countries.

Today, many TB-affected individuals in the country dismiss getting checked due to the fear of contracting COVID-19, lack of education towards treatment, and many Filipinos perceiving it as a low-risk disease. To better understand the current state of TB in the Philippines, it is important to know the different types of TB prevalent today, early symptoms and their effects, and how to properly treat it.

Early symptoms of TB and causes

TB is an airborne disease and is not transmissible when sharing utensils with a person with TB. It is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affects the lungs and spreads through the air when a TB-infected individual coughs, sneezes, or spits. It generally affects all age groups, especially children and adults with underlying conditions such as HIV, malnutrition, or diabetes. Adults who smoke tobacco also have a higher risk of contracting the disease.

Common symptoms include chronic coughing that lasts more than two weeks, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. If you ever experience these symptoms, it is best to visit the nearest health center or TB clinic right away to get checked up. If you are unsure of their location, you can use the online self-assessment tool — https://assessment.tbfree.ph/ — to find the nearest health center or TB clinic in your area.

The different types of Tuberculosis

TB can be classified into two types of infections, active TB and latent TB. In the case of active TB, the individual who is carrying the organism has active symptoms and can transmit the infection to other people. On the other hand, those who have latent TB do not exhibit any of the symptoms since their immunity is able to fight off the infection. However, at some point in their life, the bacteria can reactivate and become an active TB case.

TB can directly affect different parts of your body. For instance, the most common form of TB is Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) which primarily affects a patient’s lungs. Another is Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB), a form of TB that affects other parts of your organs and body including lymphatic, pleural, and bone or joint disease which are the most common, while pericardial, meningeal, and disseminated (miliary) forms are more likely to result in a fatal outcome.

In some other cases, the TB bacteria can also be resistant to the drugs used to treat TB which classifies as Drug-resistant TB (DRTB). Though, if a person is classified under Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), then the TB bacteria is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampin, the two most potent TB drugs. Patients who fall under MDR-TB undergo a different type of treatment. Drug susceptible TB (DSTB) is the exact opposite. A person who is infected with TB bacteria that are fully susceptible, TB drugs will be effective as long as it is taken properly.

TB detection and treatment

Despite being infectious and potentially fatal, TB can be cured with proper treatment and early detection. The first thing people with presumptive TB need to do is schedule a chest x-ray test. If it is detected as possible TB, ask your doctor for a TB sputum diagnostic test to confirm if it is really TB. It is best advised to take the sample in the morning right before eating. Patients must then gargle water and take their sputum samples outdoors or in an open and airy place away from other people. If results come back positive, the patient must return to their doctor to begin treatment.

TB medicine is free at the nearest health center or TB clinic in your area. However, Anti-TB medicine is not like other antibiotics that are only taken for a week or two since it must be taken for at least six (6) months. Patients who are undergoing treatment may also experience mild headaches as one of the side effects but there may also be other causes. If you experience this, it is best to return to your doctor immediately for a consultation. Additionally, the National TB Control Program (NTP) does not recommend vitamins or any supplements, but it is not prohibited. Remember, it’s even more important to finish treatment to be #TBFree.

Do your part for a #TBFreePH

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) is gathering more government support through the amendment of the National TB Law to increase funding and efforts for the National TB Control Program in 2022. In line with these initiatives, mobile chest x-ray vans that can provide TB detection results as fast as ten minutes will begin city-wide sweeps. With this, TB detection processing will be made quicker and should help solve mobility restrictions posed by the pandemic.

TB is curable and can be attained if every individual does their part to support, educate, and encourage fellow Filipinos to complete their TB treatment and take anti-TB drugs regularly, so they can end the spread of the disease and live a healthier TB-free life. For more information about TB, visit www.tbfree.ph or check out the Facebook page of #TBFreePH.

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Healthy working relationships promote good work-life balance

Increased productivity while achieving common goals, trust and respect among co-workers, furthering one’s career with strong support in the workplace, development of long-lasting relationships, and, more importantly, a healthy work-life balance are positive results of having a good relationship with co-workers.

These were emphasized in the topic of the 10th edition of the Department of Education’s and Globe’s TAYO NAMAN! (Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon)14-part webinar series hosted by DepEd School Division of Cagayan.

Raymond A. Magpantay, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), Inc. and ambassador to the Philippines for the non-profit No Bully based in San Francisco in the U.S., led the discussions about “Connecting and Building Healthy Relationships with Co-Workers.”

He shared with educators and parents who attended the webinar the different types of conflicts in the workplace, barriers in establishing good associations, how to manage conflicts, and techniques to establish and ensure healthy relationships.

“Filipinos value closeness and relationships with their family, friends, and co-workers. This is why we need to establish boundaries, assert ourselves and learn to self-regulate our emotions and reactions in different situations so we can really develop and sustain meaningful relationships at work and at home. Once we achieve this, we will be able to harness the power of learning from one another and the virtues of being humble and open,” Magpantay said.

Managing boundaries is the key to ensure that we do not leverage relationships unfairly or create an environment of favoritism. The seminar also emphasized the need to treat each team member with equal care, consideration, and respect. Whenever possible, it is important to include other people in work projects to further diversify our knowledge and perspectives. Importantly, we must be able to say NO even to our work friends to develop a culture of trust in respect.

“The pandemic has derailed many social activities and physical connection with friends, colleagues at work, and in some cases, even with family members. We are one with the DepEd and our teachers to help relearn, repair, and rebuild these relationships that are very important to our mental and emotional well-being. Through this initiative, we hope to reach more educators, parents, and students who feel burdened by isolation. Hindi po kayo nag-iisa. Sama-sama po tayo,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer.

DepEd’s TAYO Naman! is an online Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) program for all education advocates, including teachers, non-teaching personnel, and parents. It is spearheaded by DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) and Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) Employee Welfare Division in partnership with Globe’s Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) Series on Psychosocial Support Services, the Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc., MAGIS Creative Spaces, and Unilab Foundation.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 3 on providing good health and well-being and UN SDG No. 4 for quality education. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

Learn more by visiting www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.

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Keep your children protected with vaccines during childhood

As Filipinos continue to get inoculated against the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to also pay attention to other vaccines that contribute to a person’s wellbeing. Last August, the National Immunization Awareness Month was celebrated to emphasize the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

This is especially true for children, who are more vulnerable to diseases because of their underdeveloped immune systems. When they are vaccinated, they develop infection-fighting antibodies that protect them from many diseases as they grow up. It also contributes to herd immunity, which prevents the spread of diseases, even for those who are not vaccinated.[1]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), routine vaccinations during childhood help prevent 14 diseases. For children born from 1994 to 2018, it will inhibit an estimated 936,000 early deaths, eight million hospitalizations, and 419 million illnesses.[2]

Below are just some of the diseases that vaccinations can stop:

Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Inflammation in the air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, causes it to fill with fluid or pus, resulting in breathing difficulty. Most people recover from pneumonia but some cases can be fatal.

Flu. The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It infects the nose, throat, and even the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, with symptoms ranging from a cough to a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Some cases include fever, while children may also be exposed to vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC says that the first step to prevent this disease is an annual flu vaccine.

Measles. Measles is a viral infection that affects children. This is marked by fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes or conjunctivitis, and a skin rash. Vaccines are recommended to prevent measles, with doctors usually giving the first dose at 12 to 15 months.[3]

Mumps. Mumps is caused by paramyxovirus that involves pain, tenderness, and swelling in the parotid salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area. It is a contagious disease that can be transmitted through direct contact, saliva, or droplets from an infected person. According to CDC, vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease. It is usually included in the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine combination administered during the 12 to 15 months. A second dose is also advised when a child reaches four to six years old.[4] Mumps can still appear on fully vaccinated individuals but they are less likely to have severe complications.[5]

German Measles. German Measles, also known as rubella, is a viral infection that can spread from one person to another through direct contact or droplets from an infected person. It is a highly contagious disease common in children ages five to nine years old. It is recommended for children between 12 to 15 months old to get the rubella vaccine to prevent the disease. Children are also advised to get a booster shot when they reach four to six years old.[6]

Polio. Polio, short for poliomyelitis, is a potentially fatal disease caused by the poliovirus. This illness gives flu-like symptoms including sore throat, fever, tiredness, and nausea. More serious cases affect the brain and spinal cord and lead to paralysis. The polio vaccine is recognized to protect children, with the CDC noting that 99 kids out of 100[7] who have been inoculated will be shielded from this disease.

Hepatitis. This is an inflammatory condition of the liver caused by a viral infection due to contaminated food and water or direct contact with infected blood. There are five types of hepatitis: A is an acute, short-term disease, while B, C, D, and E can be chronic.

 Chickenpox. Chickenpox is a disease caused by a virus. It results in an itchy blister-like rash that spreads over the entire body. The disease can be life-threatening and highly contagious. According to the CDC, up to 90% of the people surrounding someone who has it will become infected if they are not immune. Two doses of the vaccine are more than 90% effective in preventing chickenpox.

Vaccines normally come with side effects that can be reduced with medication. One common side effect is fever.[8] Children who experience fever after vaccination can rely on Paracetamol Calpol for Kids.

 Paracetamol Calpol for Kids has been trusted by parents globally for many years to alleviate mild to moderate fever associated with a vaccine shot. It starts to relieve fever in just 15 minutes. Paracetamol Calpol for Kids also eases fever and pain discomfort related to toothaches, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, sore throats, and musculoskeletal pain.

Paracetamol Calpol for Kids provides fast fever relief[9] and is gentle on delicate tummies. It comes in different variants and delicious flavors for kids of all ages:

  • 0-2 years old: Calpol Infant Drops Orange 10ml
  • 2-6 years old: Calpol Suspension Strawberry 60ml and 120ml
  • 6-12 years old: Calpol Suspension Orange 60ml and 120ml

To know more about Paracetamol Calpol for Kids and our special offers and events, visit calpol.com.ph and follow facebook.com/CalpolPH. For questions, please contact us at 1800-89088275 / 1800-14410884 and ph.customer-relations@gsk.com.

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[1] The Importance of Childhood Vaccinations

[2] Vaccines: Power to Protect

[3] Measles

[4] Mumps Vaccination

[5] Mumps

[6] German Measles (Rubella)

[7] What is Polio?

[8] Why Childhood Immunizations Are Important

[9] Calpol starts to relieve fever in just 15 minutes.


Get Selsun Blue Confidence! Join the Upside Down Class Pass today

There are many barriers to building confidence. It may be past experiences, lack of a support system, or persistent health problems that are difficult to address without help. One such example is scalp problems like dandruff. The appearance of flakes on clothes and bare skin can give off the impression that a person is unhygienic. This can truly affect someone’s confidence.

Selsun Blue launches the Upside Down Class Pass, a series of lessons from experts on health and fitness that aims to promote wellness and enable people to build confidence. Get Selsun Blue Confidence in this three-episode series featuring NCCA Ani ng Dangal awardee, pole dancing champion and certified diet and nutrition coach Jamaica Jornacion; professional makeup artist, athlete, and certified fitness coach Jigs Mayuga; certified fitness coach and The Movement Studio owner Ida Paras and six-time UAAP Cheerdance Competition champion, National University pep squad coach and gymnast Ghicka Bernabe.

Episode 1 of the Selsun Blue Class Pass on September 1 is “Confidence 101” with Jamaica Jornacion, CEO of Beast House Pole and Aerial Dance Studio. She will teach us a fitness workout as an introduction to a fun new confidence-building activity that people can explore – pole and aerial dance.

Episode 2 on September 15 is “Get Confidence on Fleek” with Jigs Mayuga and Ida Paras in a special collaboration that focuses on the CrossFit workout for beginners. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning workout where squats and other normal day-to-day actions are performed at a high-intensity level. They will coach us through a regimen that may help us out of a bad day.

Episode 3 on September 29 is entitled “Pro-fidence!” with Ghicka Bernabe, who has steered the National University Pep Squad to six UAAP Cheerdance Competition Championships. Bernabe will share an exciting exercise routine that includes the basics of cheerleading.

Every episode will feature a board-certified dermatologist to share insights on how to deal with dandruff. Also present will be a mental health counselor who will talk about confidence and its nuances. With the Selsun Blue Upside Down Class Pass, the viewers will experience a holistic session for confidence building.

You can watch the episodes and get that Selsun Blue Confidence on Selsun Blue’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SelsunBluePhilippines/. Classes such as these are usually paid for, but Selsun Blue is offering this absolutely free via the Upside Down Class Pass!

Selsun Blue is a line of Effective Dandruff Control Shampoos formulated with Selenium Sulfide 1% which attacks the root source of dandruff.

Selsun Blue Anti-Dandruff Shampoos are enhanced with French Honey Extract, which provides superior moisturization for soft and manageable hair and scalp hydration.

Available in two variants; Selsun Blue Pro-X with menthol to soothe itchy scalp and minimize discomfort and Selsun Blue PRO 2-in-1 shampoo with conditioner.

Get Selsun Blue from Watsons, Mercury Drug Stores, Shopee (https://shopee.ph/mentholatum), and Lazada (https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/mentholatum?tab=promotion&path=promotion-27170-0.htm).

Selsun Blue Anti-Dandruff Shampoo will also be available on Zalora in September.

Make Selsun Blue your go-to anti-dandruff shampoo so you can be worry-free even when you are upside down! Don’t forget to tune in to the Upside Down Class Pass and get Selsun Blue Confidence!

 About Selsun Blue

 Selsun Blue is a line of Anti-Dandruff Shampoos formulated with Selenium Sulfide 1% which attacks the root source of dandruff. Selsun Blue is clinically proven for effective dandruff control with laboratory tests proving it controls dandruff and its recurrence. Now enhanced with conditioning Honey Extract which moisturizes and softens hair as it penetrates to take care of hair all the way down to the roots.

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Be one with nature for a healthier, happier life during the pandemic

We may be living in concrete jungles or cooped up within the four walls of our homes, but this does not have to stop us from being with nature to achieve a healthier mind and disposition.  Being with nature also promotes a more sustainable lifestyle.

Sarah Queblatin, Permaculture Designer and Educator, Co-founder and Executive Director Green Releaf Initiative, pointed out the importance of nurturing nature and understanding that it is a part of ourselves.  She spoke during the 12th edition of TAYO Naman! ((Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon), a 14-part webinar series of the Department of Education and Globe.

Despite mainly staying indoors during the pandemic, Queblatin said everyone should still get enough sunlight, breathe some fresh air, engage in gardening or other forms of exercise, drink enough water, and eat healthy food to boost immunity and relieve stress and anxiety.

“Nature increases our immunity to fight viruses, bacteria, and various illnesses. It heals our nervous system by reducing stress, anxiety, and environmental fatigue. It invites us to be calmer and makes us happier. Working with nature is therapeutic.  You have to experience it. We already have the means to recover inside of ourselves, but because of disasters and challenges, we tend to forget it,” she said.

Queblatin noted that to be with nature means connecting back to the basics and what is important to us, thus shifting our lifestyle.

“When we become simpler in the interrelationship between our food and our waste, then we start living the application of the connectedness of these practices,” she said.  “Think about our relationship with our bodies because our breath, our bodies are the representation of nature within us.  Let us rethink our relationship coming from how we see nature first and how we see nature as ourselves.”

By being aware of how nature takes care of humanity, Queblatin said it also becomes our responsibility to protect and restore nature by fighting against environmental pollution, the use of fossil fuels, industrialization of the agriculture system, mining, and other activities that destroy our natural resources.

We can also plant trees or support organizations that do so to ensure that forests stay intact. Even at home, we can create a small garden that could supply organic vegetables.  Aside from fresh produce, it is a therapeutic activity that is good for physical and emotional health.

Queblatin, likewise, encouraged educators to include lessons about nature in the different subjects to give students a deeper understanding of the four elements – fire, air, earth, and water, and their connection to our lives.  She also stressed the importance of working together to create a bigger impact, making a connection between cultivating our human sense of care for our community and learning to care for nature’s ecosystem through tending to a school garden.

​​To learn more about climate change education, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) of the Department of Education launched the Climate Change Education microsite that features curated resources for teaching climate change. The microsite can be accessed through this link: https://www.deped.gov.ph/climate-change-education/

The latest TAYO Naman session was hosted by the DepEd School Division of Lapu-Lapu City and moderated by Glenna Raganas, Teacher and SDRMM Coordinator.  She was joined by panelists Elena Berame, Project Development Officer III; Joseph Abing, Medical Officer III; and Jennifer Mirasol, Education Program Supervisor.

DepEd’s TAYO Naman! is an online Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) program for all education advocates, including teachers, non-teaching personnel, and parents. It is spearheaded by DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Service (DRRMS) and Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) Employee Welfare Division in partnership with Globe’s Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) Series on Psychosocial Support Services, the Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc., and MAGIS Creative Spaces, and Unilab Foundation.

On August 20, the webinar will talk about “Nurturing Spirituality.” TAYO Naman is streamed from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. over the Facebook accounts of DepED Philippines, Deped DRRMS, and Globe Bridgecom.

 Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 3 on providing good health and well-being and UN SDG No. 4 for quality education. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

Learn more by visiting www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.

Featured photo courtesy of cottonbro on pexels

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Experts show an effective inhibitory action on the Delta Variant of SARS-COV-2 of Lianhua Qingwen

Metro Manila is experiencing another “serious surge” in COVID- 19 cases according to the OCTA Research Group and has advised the government to impose a two-week lockdown to head off a deadly surge caused by the more transmissible Delta variant.

We are now on our 3rd round of ECQ since the pandemic. New infections in Metro Manila could reach as high as 13,000 a day by the end of August. This is not the time to let our guards down. As a matter of fact, there is a need to urgently respond to the situation with great caution to effectively manage and control the spread of the virus.

Last July 13, 2021, The Department of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Service Institute in partnership with Philippine Archipelago international Trading Corporation hosted a webinar featuring prominent figures in Traditional Chinese Medicine which was instrumental in the pandemic management in China. The very timely webinar, entitled “Learning from the China Experience – Control and Surge Prevention,” highlighted both countries’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the current surge, we could make very good use of the learnings we garnered from the prominent speakers who attended our webinar. The two most important learnings gathered from all panelists include “Early Intervention” and “Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Treatment.”

The earlier we detect and treat, the better for us. Cooperation is vital to the efficacy of all preventive and control efforts. The implementation of a top-down, side-to-side, and bottom-up approach basically ensures that the paramount objective of having proper communication and information dissemination to the entire community involving all sectors of society is met.

There are many treatments that we can do that were not given much stress throughout the pandemic. Physiological, emotional, and psychological rehabilitation treatments also play a big part in battling this virus. There are three Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) to treat Covid-19 in China and we are very lucky to have one of these three TCMs registered and widely distributed in the Philippines — Lianhua Qingwen Capsule.

Its anti-viral functions are effective against not just the Delta, but also the Alpha and Beta variants as well. Despite its safety, Lianhua Qingwen’s current classification is Prescription Drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription.

Academician Zhang Boli gave emphasis to the importance of medication in the cure, control, and prevention of COVID-19. “Quarantine without medicine is only half the success,” said the Academician.

It was recently reported in the news that “The latest research findings from the team of Professor Yang Zifeng from the State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Disease in Guangzhou, China, have shown that Chinese medicine Lianhua Qingwen has an effective inhibitory action on the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.”(https://www.djournal.com/tcm-lianhua-qingwen-shows-stable-in-vitro-antiviral-effect-on-the-delta-variant-expert/article_0e45c492-b497-5198-ac78-e3d97f454d19.html). In fact, its anti-viral functions are effective against not just the Delta, but also the Alpha and Beta variants as well.

Of course, getting vaccinated is imperative and recommended for protection against the virus. However, it will take more time before we reach herd immunity. Vaccine supplies need to catch up with the demand.

Meanwhile, we still need to follow the preventive measure of social distancing, wearing face masks and shields, washing hands frequently, using sanitizer alcohol, and keeping healthy by exercising, getting sunshine, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. But should we catch the COVID-19 virus despite observing safety protocols, after all the Delta variant is said to be airborne, we must go for early treatment.

As Dr. Zhang Boli said, quarantine + medication is key. Do not wait until your symptoms become worse before taking Lianhua Qingwen, take it at the onset of symptoms and recover quickly. Remember the importance of the Philippine government’s PDITR +V strategy which is Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, Reintegrate and Vaccinate, which is sure to cut off the transmission chain according to Contact Tracing Czar, Baguio Mayor Benjie Magalong. And of course, with the cooperation of all the Filipinos, we can do our share to help control and manage the surge of COVID-19.

As we go through another hard lockdown because of the Delta Variant, we hope that all this information will come to good use in our own lives, companies, and organization, and on a macro scale for local and national governments. This is a war between an elusive virus and man.  And if we all work together we will succeed and win this war against COVID-19.

Despite its safety, Lianhua Qingwen’s current classification is Prescription Drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription. Prescription-holding consumers may purchase in all Mercury Drug Stores, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, and TGP nationwide and other pharmacies at a suggested retail price of P288.00/box (24 capsules/box).

For more information on Lianhua Qingwen, visit www.philarchipelago.com or call tel. no. (02) 8361-7491 to 98 loc. 844.

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Practicing mindfulness to combat stress using the “SMPLE” method

Practicing mindfulness to combat stress contributes to better emotional control, improved health, increased resilience, enhanced productivity, and healthier relationships with others.

On the seventh episode of TAYO Naman! (Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon), a webinar series of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Globe, speaker Carolyn Tongco advised educators that one way to manage stress, aside from asking for professional help, is through the practice of mindfulness. Tongco is a Consultant Art Therapist of the Philippine Mental Health Association member, Creative Director at Creative Passion Path, and a Registered Expressive Art Consultant/Educator (REACE).

Tongco discussed that for Master Jon Kabat-Zin “is the practice of the non-judgmental awareness in the present moment and a non-reactive, non-judgmental, and open-hearted observation.”

Using Mindfulness, Tongco said people could learn how to regulate the brain to stop the automatic emotional stress responses. She suggested using the “SMPLE” method in order to do this:

S — Stop. Instead of becoming wrapped up in a stressful situation, just stop and take a moment to breathe.

M — Mindful breathing. Take deep breaths. It relaxes the body and helps calm the brain.

P — Pay attention. Assess where stress is happening.

L — Look inside and reflect. Know what is causing the stress.

E — Effective response. Think of the right response or the kindest way to treat oneself and other people.

Tongco added that mindfulness could be practiced every day, not just during stressful situations. Anyone may opt to do mindfulness anytime, even while working, eating, or having a conversation.

She suggested designing one’s mindful moment routine that may be applied during mundane activities such as washing the dishes, making the bed, watering the plants, among others. One must bring full attention to the activity and do it repetitively, just like a routine.

TAYO Naman! is an online Mental Health and Psychosocial Support program designed to help teachers, non-teaching personnel, and parents learn about self-care, wellness, and resiliency.

The latest session focused on “Practicing Mindfulness to Manage Stress.” It was by the DepEd School Division of Cavite City, with Project Development Officer II Patricia Anne Garcia as host, Senior Education Program Specialist Estrella Gonzales as a facilitator, and Teacher Shiela Lee, Principal Randie Salonga, and Medical Officer, Dr. Erwin Bucu.

The 14-part webinar series is led by the DepEd Disaster Risk Reduction Management Services (DepEd-DRRMS) and the Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development-Employee Welfare Division (BHROD-EWD) in collaboration with Globe’s Global Filipino Teachers Series on Psychosocial Support Services, Philippine Mental Health Association Inc., and MAGIS Creative Spaces.

The webinars are held every Friday until August 20, 2021, from 8:30 to 10:00 am and streamed live on DepEd Philippines, DepEd DRRMS, and  Globe Bridgecom.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SGD No. 3 on good health and well-being and UN SDG No. 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education for all. Globe is committed to upholding the United Nations Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.

To learn more about how to create a #GlobeofGood, visit www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html.

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How to deal with emotional crisis, mental health issues amidst the pandemic

Filipinos have been ranked third among the most optimistic consumers across 14 economies in Asia-Pacific. However, depression and other mental health conditions have been on the rise since the pandemic hit last year. In fact, New Good Feelings (NGF) Mindstrong’s 24/7 suicide hotline HOPELINE alone received a total of 30,452 calls in 2020 — a 250% surge compared to 8,610 calls in 2019.

HOPELINE was created in 2012 with Globe as its technology partner. To reach out to more people in need of immediate crisis intervention to de-escalate their heightened emotions and give guidance and information during their crucial moments, especially in these trying times, Globe and NGF expanded their partnership to include telehealth service integrator HealthNow.

HealthNow is a mobile application that helps patients conveniently consult with a doctor, buy medicine for delivery, and soon, schedule clinic appointments without leaving their homes. Currently, the app has over 600 doctors from various specializations nationwide. It also recognizes and accepts PWD/SC discounts for consultations and pharmacy transactions. The app may be downloaded from Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS. HealthNow is a joint venture between 917Ventures, the country’s largest corporate venture builder wholly owned by Globe, and AC Health.

“Our vision in HealthNow is to make healthcare accessible for every Filipino in a tap. Mental health support continues to be very critical at this time, and so we’re happy to be renewing our collaboration with NGF to ensure our users get the right care they need when they need it most,” said Beia Latay, HealthNow CEO.

Through HealthNow, Globe and TM subscribers may quickly call the NGF HOPELINE for FREE anytime they want to talk to someone. HOPELINE can be found under the Urgent Help button on the welcome page of the HealthNow app.

Globe and NGF are optimistic that with an additional channel for customers to access and seek help, those undergoing an emotional crisis will be more encouraged to call HOPELINE.

“We understand how difficult it is for many people with depression to open up because of the stigma that goes with it. At this time, when we are trying to cope with social restrictions and the uncertainties of COVID-19, it becomes even more necessary to have access to professional help. Globe is empowering its customers who are struggling with mental health to do just that,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP for Corporate Communications.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally.  Yearly, close to 800,000 people die due to suicide, the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.  Depression is also a leading cause of disability worldwide.

The integration of HOPELINE in HealthNow is part of Globe’s efforts to support mental health awareness in the Philippines. Aside from conducting mental health webinars, it also launched Hope Bank, an online support community particularly for frontliners and patients suffering from COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Download HealthNow on Android and iOS or dial 2919 for HOPELINE.

Globe is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 3, which ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all ages. The company also supports the UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To know more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

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