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BukSU Nursing grad places 5th in 2022 Licensure Examination 

MALAYBALAY CITY/OP-IPS – A Bukidnon State University Nursing graduate ranked fifth during the May 2022 Nursing Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Nursing said in its website on June 10, 2022.

Ms. Rachel Joyce A. Come obtained a rating of 88.40%, which landed her on the top 5, a spot she shared with another topnotcher from the University of Pangasinan. 

The PRC announced that 68% or 6,616 out of 9,729 examinees successfully passed the examination. In BukSU, a total of 19 out of 21 first-takers and all four re-takers have passed the exam. BukSU has obtained a 90.48% passing rate and 100% repeaters passing percentage.

Ms. Come, who enrolled in a credible review center, said she has answered at least 20 questions a day as part of her preparations for the board exam.  She has allotted two hours of study every after class, including watching videos relevant to the NLE.

She attributed her successful journey with hardships encountered. She said she endured emotional pressure and missed out family bonding time and important occasions. She also felt that some people did not trust that she can make it. 

“There will be times that you would feel exhausted or lost, but let us always make sure to find the light and the right path again,” she said.

The 23-year-old single mother lives in Maican, Damulog Bukidnon. She grew up with her grandparents after her mother died when she was still in fourth grade. Her aunt sent her to school up to college.

In college, to help sustain her expenses, she worked in a restaurant initially as a crew member and later as a band vocalist. She has also worked as a call center agent in her senior year.

Aside from academics, Ms. Come managed to engage in extra-curricular activities as a member of the BukSU Brassband from third year to fourth year college.

After her college graduation in July 2021, she worked as a Nurse Attendant at a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

She said the youth should always aim for the better despite the daily sacrifices and downfalls.

“We should always choose to stand and fight again. Life is a battleground that we can win over with the help of the people around us,” she said.

Ms. Come told OP-IPS that she has applied and has been accepted to work as a staff nurse in a local hospital here. She is also planning to apply as a lecturer in a review center where she enrolled. Last year, Mr. Christ Jan D. Manlangit, another Nursing graduate from BukSU, also ranked Top 8 during the November 2021 Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE). (Diana Rose B. Lagoy/OP-IPS)

DDOSC visits BukSU to benchmark on extension services

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) An eight-member team from the Davao de Oro State College visited Bukidnon State University’s main campus on May 26, 2022 to benchmark on the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, and Innovations and the University Extension Unit.

DDOSC personnel, led by Ms. Rona C. Apolinario, Director of Extension Services, paid a courtesy call at the Office of the President. Mr. Dante S. Victoria, Jr., BukSU Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development, officer-in-charge of the day, attended to the team on behalf of university president Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez.

VP for Research, Extension, and Innovations Dr. Joy M. Mirasol welcomed the visitors. In the program the university held at the 4th floor Research and Extension Building, Dr. Jiemalyn B. Paulican, BukSU Extension Director, led the presentations, which covered an overview of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension and Innovations through a multimedia presentation and the university’s extension unit.

The visitors actively participated in an open forum to cap the program and toured several university units and offices.

Ms. Apolinario, along with their external campus extension heads and staff, thanked the school for immediately responding to their request. They also expressed appreciation for sharing with them beneficial ideas that they may potentially emulate in their own institution as they prepare to update their Extension Manual for 2022. (Ms. Joanna Ruth S. Paloma/University Extension Unit)

Courtesy call at the Office of the President. Attended to them on behalf of university president Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez is Mr. Dante S. Victoria, Jr., BukSU Vice President for Administration, Planning, and Development, officer-in-charge of the day.

BukSU submits 8 programs for AACCUP Level II Accreditation

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) In its continuing quest for quality assurance, Bukidnon State University submitted eight academic programs for Level II Accreditation with the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) in an Online Accreditation Survey Visit on April 18 to 22, 2022.

Four of the eight programs submitted are undergraduate programs; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, and Bachelor of Physical Education. The rest are graduate programs; Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Major in Mathematics, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, Doctor of Public Administration, and Master of Management Major in Business Management.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, University President, emphasized that even in the face of the pandemic, BukSU has remained innovative. He said this is to ensure the university continues to provide relevant education that is responsive to the local and global communities.

 “With the challenges that beset higher education institutions, quality assurance has become even more complex, which entails greater accountability and flexibility,” Dr. Hazel Jean Abejuela, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, said during the opening program on April 18, 2022.

Dr. Abejuela noted that all the 21 accreditable undergraduate programs and nine graduate programs have been accredited. About 23% of BukSU’s accredited programs obtained Level IV accredited status and 30% with Level III accredited status.

She cited, among others, that BukSU has obtained its 9001:2015 ISO recertification, received CHED’s Awards for Centers of Development in teacher education and English language teaching, and has contributed a major part in the region’s transition to Flexible Learning System.

AACCUP is one of the precursors through which BukSU was able to sustain quality and excellent services to its stakeholders, Dr. Abejuela said.

The AACCUP assessed 10 areas of an institution offering an academic program: Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives; Faculty; Curriculum and Instruction; Support to Students; Research; Extension and Community Involvement; Library; Physical Plant and Facilities; Laboratories; and Administration.

AACCUP officials introduced the members of the accreditation survey team during the opening program.

Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza, Professor VI of University of Southern Mindanao and member of the AACCUP Board of Trustees, coordinator of Cluster I, presented the eight-person accrediting team for the undergraduate programs.

Dr. Analyn M. Gamit, Associate Professor V and Director of Quality Assurance Office of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology, who is also the coordinator for Cluster II, presented her eight-person accrediting team to evaluate the graduate programs.

The eight programs are from the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Administration. The deans of the four colleges introduced the local task forces involved in the accreditation.

Dr. Abejuela also commended the QA champions from the four colleges for demonstrating agility, resilience, and collaboration in preparation for the Level II Accreditation and for choosing to transform this pandemic to productivity despite the constraints.

“May our risen Lord grant us accreditation blessings for the next five days,” she added. (Diana Rose B. Lagoy/OP-IPS)

Dr. Hazel Jean Abejuela, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, on her closing remarks during the opening program of the Online Accreditation Survey Visit on April 18, 2022.

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, University President, gives his message during the opening program of the Online Accreditation Survey Visit on April 18, 2022.

BukSU IT instructors receive international certification in network, cybersecurity

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Two members of the Information Technology Department faculty of Bukidnon State University obtained their respective Information Technology (IT) Specialist Certification recently from an international certification provider.

Mr. John Dale S. Belderol and Mr. Ronel A. Bongga have obtained their IT Specialist Certification for Cybersecurity and Network Security, respectively from Certiport on March 26, 2022.

“I relied mostly on existing knowledge from a course I finished as part of my ongoing MIT Studies, as well as some readings I come across every now and then,” Mr. Belderol said when asked about his reparation.

Mr. Bongga, on the other hand, kept a schedule and read domain topics for at least two hours per day during the entire review period.

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The BukSU IT Department has also strategically segmented the core courses to the different faculty members to provide the best possible review experience of takers by taking expert reviews and creating review materials for the use of those who wanted to take it.

“I wanted to grow in my professional credibility in the IT subject matter. Earning related IT certifications helps me to boost the level of confidence in demonstrating the related skill domain in my teaching,” Mr. Bongga said.

Since the certification exam was done online, the results were shown right away. The acceptable passing score should be 700 over 1000.

“I felt more surprised than relieved, actually. I came to the exam with the intention of simply checking out how it’s conducted and how difficult the questions would be, so that I would be better prepared if I took it next time,” Mr. Belderol told OP-IPS.

With the broad aspects of Information Technology, the BukSU IT department is looking at strategically putting the faculty and its curriculum to different specializations by capitalizing in both the core skillsets and specialization skillsets.

Other specializations include Computational Thinking Study Skills, Networking, Software Development, Artificial Intelligence, Java, HTML and CCS, JavaScript, Device Configuration, Phyton, and Database Systems.

“For now, I’m thinking of taking other specializations aside from Cybersecurity when the opportunity comes. It helps us improve our curriculum in the drive to give our students quality education,” Mr. Belderol said.

In a statement, the BukSU IT department said it continues its legacy to lead innovation and advancement in IT studies. Its major investment on faculty competency, technology adaptation, industry experience, and advanced research is geared to prepare the students of the future. (Mr. Raul Lecaros/BSIT)

BukSU wins ‘Conflicts of Law’ overall champ

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Bukidnon State University College of Law won as the Conflicts of Law Overall Champion.

BukSU celebrated the Virtual Conflicts of Law for the 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2021-2022. The inter-school event was held to foster camaraderie and friendly competition.

The event, held from February 25 to 26, 2022, was participated in by BukSU College of Law together with Liceo de Cagayan University College of Law and Ateneo de Cagayan – Xavier University College of Law. BukSU College of Law participants won 1st place in DOTA 2, Valorant, Mobile Legends, and in Fun Run. In Extemporaneous Speech, they won 2nd Place, and in Trivia and Singing Competition, they won 3rd place. (Contributed by College of Law)

DPWH, Contractors turnover academic buildings in Alubijid, Quezon campuses

 
ALUBIJID, Misamis Oriental (OP-IPS) University President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez and DPWH-10 Asst. Dist. Engr. Novenida G. Acera, spearheaded the ceremonial opening of a brand-new two-storey academic school building (Phase 1) in the Alubijid Satellite Campus on February 16, 2022. (Text and Photos by Jann Dee C. Canicon)

Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, BukSU President and DPWH-10 Asst. Dist. Engr. Novenida G. Acera, cut the ribbon during the ceremonial opening of the new two-storey Academic School Building (Phase 1)

Dr. Estherlina Jr. Pontioso (right), BukSU Alubijid Campus In-charge receive the ceremonial key from DPWH-10 Asst. Dist. Engr. Novenida G. Acera, Alubijid Mayor Emmanuel L. Jamis, Vice Mayor Alvin Giovanni Labis, former Vice Governor Jose Marie G. Pelaez, BukSU President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez, and Dr. Albert A. Villanca, Director for Satellite Campuses.

Façade of the two-storey Academic School Building (Phase 1), which houses the administrative and faculty offices of the BukSU Alubijid Satellite Campus. Photos by Jann Dee C. Canicon

A priest, Fr. Victor Virador, leads the blessing of the newly completed three-storey Academic School Building (Phase-1), which houses four classrooms in the BukSU Quezon Campus.

Mr. Dante S. Victoria, BukSU Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development, leads the turn over rites of a three-storey Academic School Building in the Quezon Satellite Campus on March 9, 2022. The VPAPD was joined by Municipal Councilor Jerly Jay Areja, representative from LGU Quezon in the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the newly-finished building (Phase 1). Also in photo (from left) Ms. Shella Amor Monsanto (ODSC, Asst. to the Director for Admin. Services), Eufemio Amparo Jr., MBM (Campus In-Charge), Dr. Albert A. Villanca (Director for Satellite Campuses), Mrs. Severina Velos (Contractor, SOV Builders and Construction Supply Corp.) , Dr. Joyce Cecile Carbajal (ODSC, Asst. to the Director for SC Operations), and Architect Jason Ceriales (ODSC, Resident Architect).

Eufemio Amparo Jr, Quezon Satellite Campus In-Charge (right) receives a symbolic key of the new building from representatives from the building contractor, Mrs. Severina Velos (Contractor, SOV Builders and Construction Supply Corp.); Municipal Councilor Jerly Jay Areja, representative from LGU Quezon; BukSU VPAPD Mr. Dante S. Victoria Jr; and from Dr. Albert Villanca, Director for Satellite Campuses. 

NSTP Faculty share teaching strats to army trainers

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) Two faculty members from the Bukidnon State University National Service Training Program (NSTP) Unit served as speakers during a Lecture on Pedagogies in Teaching for the 4th Infantry Division’s Training School Trainers in Camp Osito Bahian, Impalambong, Malaybalay City on February 7, 2022.

NSTP faculty Ms. Floribel C. Gultiano and Racky M. Agdahan emphasized on the concepts of multiple intelligences theories, efficient teaching methodologies, and research-borne teaching pedagogies in their lectures. Lt. Col. Edgardo V. Talaroc, Jr, 4th DTS Commandant, thanked the BukSU administration and noted the university’s history of support. He also thanked the BukSU-NSTP guest lecturers for reinforcing the skills and competencies of their trainers or mentors.

He noted the precedent and multiple instances of BukSU-NSTP providing the necessary resource persons to help enhance the quality of instruction in the 4th DTS.

About 60 personnel of the Philippine Army Training attended the day-long series of lectures. It was initiated through a request from Acting Camp Adjutant Capt. Rhandy S. Magbanua and subsequently approved by University President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez. (By John Ferick Casinabe, IPS Contributor BukSU NSTP Unit)

IN PHOTO: Ms. Gultiano gives her lecture before the trainers of the army’s DTS in Camp Osito Bahian, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon /NSTP photo

IN PHOTO: Mr. Agdahan share his inputs before the trainers of the army’s DTS in Camp Osito Bahian, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon /NSTP photo 

CHED grants COPCs to 13 of 15 satellite campuses

MALAYBALAY CITY/OP-IPS (28 January 2022) – Thirteen of the 15 BukSU satellite campuses have already obtained a Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) from the Commission on Higher Education-10 for at least one of their two programs with two campuses fully compliant, according to a report from the Office of the Director for Satellite Campuses (ODSC).

CHED granted COPC to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Finance Management (BSBA) programs in the following campuses: Alubijid, Baungon, Cabanglasan, Damulog, Impasug-ong, Kadingilan, Kalilangan, Kitaotao, Libona, Malitbog, Quezon, San Fernando, and Talisayan.

The Impasug-ong and Kadingilan satellite campuses have obtained COPCs for both their BSBA and Bachelor of Public Administration programs.   Kadingilan Satellite Campus obtained COPCs for both programs on December 20, 2021. Impasug-ong obtained COPC for BSBA on December 2021 and for BPA on March 17, 2022.

Most campuses have yet to obtain COPCs for the BPA program.

The Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) is a recognition that the specific degree programs being offered by a state university or college, local university or college are fully compliant with the policies, standards, and guidelines of CHED.

This is in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7722 otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994.”

CHED officials have evaluated these satellite campuses for their physical set-up including its facilities, the comfort rooms of every classroom and office, the library, and even the ventilation considering its impact to students’ learning.

In an earlier statement, Dr. Albert Villanca, Director for Satellite Campuses, said that the programs were issued the COPC because they were the programs which have complied with the list of minimum requirements from CHED.

Some of the major requirements he mentioned include the administration, program head, faculty, library, school building, and school site. He added that the issuance of COPC from CHED is “huge advantage for a school campus.”

One advantage, he said to BukSU Updates radio program, is the assurance that the students will be able to receive the right quality of education that they deserve from our faculty and administration.

The COPC, according to him, is also important for the students to enjoy the necessary minimum facilities of the school. Dr. Villanca also pointed out that COPC has become a recognition tool for the campus and the students to continue availing the free higher education law. (OP-Information and Publication Services with a report from Office of the Director for Satellite Campuses)

QAO holds virtual training and newly-hired personnel orientation

MALAYBALAY CITY (OP-IPS) The Quality Assurance Office held a virtual training on Risk Based Thinking (RBT) and Risk, Opportunities Analysis, Action Plan (ROAAP) Preparation for university stakeholders and organized a quality assurance orientation to 70 newly hired personnel of the university in February 2022.

The QAO hosted  the Virtual Conduct of Risk Based Thinking (RBT) and ROAAP Preparation on  February 4, 2022.  The training was meant to establish in-depth understanding of the Risk-based Thinking (RBT) concept and related ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

It was also organized to train the participants in accomplishing and utilizing the ROAAP; and to enhance the current approach in evaluating the effectiveness of the actions taken to address risks and opportunities. Units heads and designated faculty attended the training with Engr. Antonio P. Santos, an external quality management expert, as resource speaker.

Engr. Santos emphasized the role of RBT in Planning for the QMS and how to integrate the ROAAP’s actions into the QMS processes.

One of the outputs of the virtual training was the updated ROAAP.

The office also spearheded the orientation of a total 70 newly hired faculty members and non-teaching personnel from the main campus on February 16, 2022.

The virtual orientation focused on orientation on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA), the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) and other QA mechanisms.

The orientation aimed mainly to share the key procedures involved in the different quality assurance mechanisms and impart the different learning experiences along with it.

It also aimed to answer pertinent questions on enhancing quality services.

The Quality Assurance Office continue to facilitate the different activities to enhance and to provide quality programs to the students and be efficient and effective through quality systems. (Dr. Iris April L. Ramirez/QAO)

QA cites ‘successful’ AACCUP assessment of MPA program

MALAYBALAY CITY  (OP-IPS) The Quality Assurance Office described as a “big success” the university’s recent submission of a program for assessment by the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP).

“The three-day accreditation ended with a big success due to full support of the administration headed by Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez,” according to a statement from the QAO.

A three-member AACCUP team composed of Dr. Sanjay P. Claudio, Dr. Ronnie R. Parica, and Dr. Liza M. Tamargo did the Level III-Phase 2 online accreditation process for the Master’s in Public Administration program on January 26 to 28, 2022.

Ms. Psyche T. Malabo, Director for the QAO, led the local accreditation team with the College of Administration dean,  Dr. Lalevie B. Lubos and the program coordinator, Dr. Lorenzo B. Dinlayan III.

Ms. Malabo said the university now awaits the release of the official results from AACCUP.  According to a statement from QAO, the university embarked on this unique journey of online accreditation to see the development of its service to the academic community.

“Because of that, we make sure that quality in the academic services we offer must be of standard and at par with the best universities in the Philippines,” said Dr Iris April D. Ramirez, a QAO coordinator.

As of 2021, seven of BukSU’s undergraduate academic programs have obtained Level IV status:   Bachelor of Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education (Bilogical Science, English, Filipino, Mathematics, and Social Studies), Bachelor of Arts in English Language, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

One of the university’s graduate programs have also obtained Level IV status – the Master of Arts in Education Major in Mathematics, Education Major in Mathemetics Teaching, English Language Teaching, Educational Administraiton, Guidance and Counselling, and General Science Education.  (With a report from Quality Assurance Office)

Satellite campuses obtain COPC for 4 programs

MALAYBALAY CITY/OP-IPS (28 January 2022) – Four programs from Bukidnon State University’s satellite campuses have received their Certificate of Program Compliance from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-10 as of December 2021.

Dr. Albert A. Villanca, director of the Satellite Campuses, said that on December 21, 2021 CHED has granted the COPC for four of the 30 programs of the Satellite campuses. 

The four programs, which obtained COPC as of December 2021, were Bachelor of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Financial Management in BukSU Kadingilan Campus, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program major in Financial Management in Baungon Campus, and Business Administration Program major in Financial Management in Impasug-ong Campus.

The Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) is a recognition that the specific degree programs being offered by a state university or college local university or college are fully compliant with the policies, standards, and guidelines of CHED.

This is in accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7722 otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994.”

The other remaining programs are still waiting for official communication from CHED. 

“(CHED) had already let us know that in a matter of days, they will be issuing the succeeding COPC for other programs of other campuses,” he said.

CHED officials have evaluated these satellite campuses for their physical set-up including its facilities, the comfort rooms of every classroom and office, the library, and even the ventilation considering its impact to students’ learning.

Dr. Villanca said that the 4 programs were issued the COPC because they were the programs who have complied with the list of minimum requirements from CHED.

Some of the major requirements he mentioned include the administration, program head, faculty, library, school building, and school site. He added that the issuance of COPC from CHED is “huge advantage for a school campus.”

One advantage, he said, is the assurance that the students will be able to receive the right quality of education that they deserve from our faculty and administration.

The COPC, according to him, is also important for the students to enjoy the necessary minimum facilities of the school.

Dr. Villanca also pointed out that COPC has become a recognition tool for the campus and the students to continue availing the free higher education law. (Diana Rose B. Lagoy/OP-Information and Publication Services)

‘Share to Heal’ guest warns Omicron not mild, though less severe than Delta

MALAYBALAY CITY/OP-IPS (27 January 2022) – A public health doctor who appeared as one of the guests of Bukidnon State University’s Pag-Ambitay Daw Ag Kaulian social innovation program said Omicron cannot really be labeled as mild, although it is less severe than Delta variant of COVID-19. 

Dr. Kim Tubog Luardo, a medical specialist from the Malaybalay City Health Office said this in clarifying the scientific facts and severity of Omicron during the Episode 11 of Share to Heal Season 2: A Social Innovation Kontra COVID-19 radio program aired on DXBU 104.5 FM on January 26, 2022.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) early findings have suggested that there is a reduced risk of hospitalization for Omicron compared to the Delta variant, but it doesn’t mean it is mild, because those who belonged to the vulnerable groups and unvaccinated individuals can be infected and may progress to a more severe condition,” he stressed.

The WHO added Omicron transmits faster compared to other variants because it affects the upper respiratory tract.

Dr. Luardo and Dr. Emma Pilar G. Imperio, Program Manager of the Department of Health 10 Vaccination Program were the guests of the episode, which focused on “COVID-19 Omicron Variant and Booster Shot: What the Public Should Know”. 

Dr. Luardo discussed basic concepts such as transmissibility, pathogenicity, and virulence as crucial in understanding Omicron and its effects.  He cited transmissibility refers to the easy transfer of the virus to another person. Pathogenicity is the ability of a microorganism to cause harm to a host which can result to a certain disease and virulence as the degree on how severe is the effect of a certain microorganism to a host.

He cited a study in Africa describing a huge number of Omicron mutations compared to Delta variant.

“If we are to look at a viral particle, there are spike proteins which connect to the host to enter the cell and replicate. In Omicron, there are 32 mutations in its spike proteins compared to Delta which has only seven,” he said.

Dr. Luardo said because of the great number of mutations of Omicron, it is easier to enter the host and transfer from one person to another.

He added that the incubation period of Omicron is three days compared to Delta’s seven days.

“From the time you are exposed to the virus, in a matter of 3 days, you will already present symptoms,” he said.

This means, he added, that from one to two days before the onset of your symptoms, you can already be an asymptomatic carrier because the virus has already replicated.

Quarantine Vs. Isolation

Dr. Luardo also clarified the difference between quarantine and isolation. Quarantine, he said, is the separation and restriction of the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. On the other hand, isolation is the separation of sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

He said the period of quarantine will depend on the individual’s vaccination status. Quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals is five days only. Then they can reintegrate as long as they have no COVID-related symptoms. Quarantine for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals will be 14 days.

Dr. Luardo said based on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country, the Philippines already has achieved herd immunity. However, he added, the experts and medical specialists said there is still a possibility for other COVID-19 variants to emerge.

“We must not remain in the definition of herd immunity, but rather go beyond to as much as possible 100% full vaccination,” he added.

The episode’s other guest, Dr. Emma Pilar. G. Imperio, Medical Officer III-Family Health Cluster and Program Manager for Vaccination Campaign of Department of Health-10 agreed with Dr. Luardo.

She said it is necessary to have COVID-19 vaccine booster dose as an added protection, especially that there’s an emergence of Omicron variant.

“It (booster shot) adds protection to our immune system. If you will get COVID-19, the course of your symptoms will be less severe and you can easily recover compared to unvaccinated individuals,” she said.

To clarify the questions from the majority regarding the longevity of booster shots campaign, Dr. Imperio said they have not received any further advisory regarding the next booster shot.

When it comes to choosing what vaccines to get for a booster shot, she stressed that the best vaccine “will always be the available vaccine”.

For those who are still undecided and unwilling to get the vaccine, Dr. Imperio said they have the right not to get vaccinated.

“But they also have to respect the rules and regulations of certain establishments regarding their health protocols,” she added.

She said they are currently vaccinating more and faster. “Please get yourself vaccinated. ‘Pag bakunado, protektado,” she added. Share to Heal airs every Wednesday, 9-11a.m on DXBU 104.5 FM and streams Live via DXBU and Pagambitay Daw Agkaulian Facebook pages.

The program is spearheaded by the Bukidnon State University Extension Unit with extension director Dr. Jiemalyn B. Paulican, Project Leader VPREI Dr. Joy M. Mirasol, and Program Leader BukSU President Dr. Oscar B. Cabañelez. The program is also a partnership with the City Government of Malaybalay through Mayor Florencio T. Flores Jr and the Office of Second District Representative, Congressman Jonathan Keith T. Flores. (Diana Rose B. Lagoy/OP-Information and Publication Services)

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