Youthalks (January 6, 2014)

uReport – WHY PINOY SEAFARERS ARE IN DEMAND OVERSEAS?

Ayon sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in demand daw ngayon sa ibang bansa ang mga Pinoy seafarers. Anya naman ni Philipine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) Chief Hans Leo Cacdac, maraming shipping companies ang nag-eexpand ng ruta at operasyon kaya nangangailangan talaga ng maraming mga seafarer.

Ngunit bakit nga ba pagdating sa seafaring industry, nangunguna ang mga Pinoy?

Ayon kay Marlon Roño, presidente ng Magsaysay Maritime Corp., ang pinakamalaking kumpanya sa bansa na nagpapadala ng mga marino sa ibang bansa, kakaiba raw kasi ang galing ng mga Pilipino pagdating sa trabaho kaya talaga naman daw na angat tayo sa ibang lahi. Ang mga Pilipino raw kasi ay mahusay sa trabaho, hardworking at magaling sa Ingles.

Mayroon daw 47,000 na trabahong nakalaan para sa mga seafarer na nagnanais magtrabaho sa mga international cruise ship. Ayon kay DOLE Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, ang maganda raw ang oportunidad na ito sapagkat ang mga cruise ship daw ay tumatanggap kahit hindi college graduate. Hinihikayat din ang may mga background sa larangan ng hotel, casino, spa, beauty, health, information technology at security na mag-apply.

uAsk – 8 MEDICINAL PLANTS APPROVED BY THE DOH (WWW.8LIST.PH)

Republic Act No. 8423 or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997 allows for the use of medicinal plants.

  1. Bawang – To control increased blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Take one clove per day, raw or cooked. It has an additional effect of reducing clotting. So, inform your nurse and doctor that you are taking garlic regularly before a surgery.
  2. Pansit-Pansitan – To control uric acid in gout and arthritis. Eat the stem and leaves raw as a salad or as tea.
  3. Akapulko – For fungal infections on the skin. Pound fresh leaves and apply the juice on affected areas. Dispose after one day.
  4. Sambong – For excretion of urinary stones. Prepare the leaves as tea. Drink three times a day.
  5. Bayabas – Antiseptic for wounds and mouthwash. Boil leaves and use the water to wash affected area. Use two times daily.
  6. Lagundi – For cough relief. Boil half a cup of leaves in two cups of water for 10 minutes. Drink half a cup three times a day.
  7. Niyog-niyogan – For intestinal worms. Crack and ingest the dried seeds only. Take 5 seeds for kids, 10 seeds for adults, once a day for a week.
  8. Ampalaya – For type 2 diabetes mellitus. It was taken off the list in 2003, but it was put back in 2007. Eat the cooked leaves or prepare the leaves as tea.

There are two more plants that are DOH-approved: Yerba Buena for pain and Tsaang Gubat for upset stomach. Other plants are still undergoing testing, maybe Tawa-tawa will be included soon especially since the Dengue season has begun.

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