San Pablo City bags 3rd place in the BSP-DEPED Regional Competition
14 contestants from the different divisions in the region aspired to seize the title to qualify in the Island Cluster level but only the top three were announced as winners.
“Delivering my piece is such a wonderful experience because this opportunity is a rare occasion where I can really share my thoughts in public with pride and confidence,” said Atienza as he revealed his feelings after the announcement of winners.
Together with his coach Mrs. Rose Mary W. Argana, Mrs. Rosette H. Eseo and Secondary School Principal III, Mr. Roldan T. Acuin, he went back home with inspiration and drive to achieve excellence through hard work and persistence. Here is the winning piece entitled ”Vital Signs,” written by Ms. Rosette Eseo, HT VI in English, which was acclaimed by the board of judges as the best piece in substance:
Who says that numbers mean exactly one thing? The truth is, they actually mean many things to many people.
For a typical successful business man, zero means no production since the statistics says the products do not satisfy the customers so there is a need for quality appraisal.
While for the economists, national income accounts in millions mean there is a good standing of supply and demand and the imports and exports are aids to augment our staggering economic condition. Aha… I could clearly hear the crooked officials rejoicing ha …ha… ha … because these are potential undeclared assets. Ooops… You shouldn’t laugh that is actually a grim joke.
Bankers on the other hand are counting the number of depositors because it determines their profit for a certain day. This materializes with the help of many statistical approaches.
In natural and social sciences, professionals are taking much effort to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and test their significance in Biology, Physics, Meteorology, Research Chamber of Commerce, Communication and Information technology and many others using a number of statistical methods.
Even astronomers have different level of interpreting numerical data since their study deals with the measurement of distances, sizes, masses, and densities of heavenly bodies through observations.
Now, it’s clear numbers are not just numbers. They are meanings significant for survival and improvement of human life. Ladies and gentlemen, with the advent of many technological advances and breakthroughs with their inevitable boons and banes, maximizing the use of statistics will lessen their hazards to our everyday living.
In doing this, we need to focus on providing health care to everyone, most especially to those who are called indigents. For, it is a fact that access to health care is exclusive to those who are financially capable in paying high-cost hospitalization bills.
The challenge is how will the department of health and all private medical institutions be of great help to people in providing their health services indiscriminately with or without global economic struggle.
The answer is simple. To make health services accessible make them available. When I say available, it may be free or if not, the cost is affordable. When I say affordable, people from the richest down the poverty line can avail these health services without hesitation. But, how?
Diagnose and Formulate.
The Department of Health should work like a first-rate detective. People in the department should keep an eye on the present data to know the disparities and gaps why health services are high-cost. Working on the reasons and causes will lead them to formulating interventions. Researches involving surveys, checklists and anecdotal records are some tools to gather data that need statistical treatments.
Monitor and Enhance.
Moreover, health statistics can measure the impact of a health program. It can also track the incidence and prevalence of health conditions that can provide informed decisions for the enhancement of the existing health program or sometimes alter if it is not beneficial to the general public.
Use of health resources and services should be carefully planned. Again, planning requires accurate numbers to allocate resources for costly equipment. Or else, hospital administrators will let the consumers carry the financial burden. Long-term plans should also be formulated to target the reduction of the price of medicines for all types and kinds of diseases. In this sense, even the poorest Juan De La Cruz who is living in a far-flung barangay will not be deprived of these health services.
Basically, the statistical results lead innovation. It may possibly provide an answer to a long-time health problem of our country. Say for example, a capsule that can kill an AIDS virus or a vaccine that can instantly cure Tuberculosis. So, a long-time medication will not be a choice since there is a short-cut cure. In effect, the cost of medication and hospitalization will be more pro people.
Let us make our society a healthy one by providing a greater access to knowledge and information. Informed people is a power to battle against the deadliest diseases. If we are informed, it is a lot easier to manage health problems and we can always prevent them from spreading out.
Lead and Follow.
It is so absurd to think that policies are ubiquitous but sadly, majority of people still do not have an equal access to health services. The gap lies on its implementation. Consistency is the answer. For these policies to work, continuous monitoring and evaluation must be established. Health leaders should direct people on how to follow these policies appropriately to achieve its goals. Let us not waste our time, money, and effort with what we have started.
Indeed, no matter how good the policies are if we are not involved, nothing will happen. Commitment means true service to people. Put into waste bribery, greed, and any forms of corruption. If this will continuously happen, we will come to a dead end, a world with no sense.
Lastly, let us live for others. Definitely, this is something that statistics cannot offer. Equal opportunities for health services do not solely rely on statistics. We need to couple it with a whole lot of love, because if we care for others, we can breathe for them. If we have concern for our fellows, our heart will beat for them. If we have compassion for those are in need, our pulse will always care for the common good.
Ladies and gentlemen…these are the vital signs of a better world to live in. Distinguished guests, honorable judges, fellow students, good afternoon.