Philippines – Directoy of Emergency Hotlines

Here’s a compilation of emergency contact numbers of various government agencies and local government units:

National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines
(02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668, (02) 911-1873

NDRRMC hotlines for Luzon
National Capital Region: (02) 421-1918
Region I: (072) 607-6528
Region II: (078) 844-1630
Region III: (045) 455-1145
Region IV-A: (049) 531-7266
Region IV-B: (043) 723-4248
Region V: (052) 481-1656, (052) 481-5031
Cordillera Administrative Region: (074) 304-2256, (074) 619-0986

Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol
117 or send TXT PNP to 2920

Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR)
117, (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6319 (Regional Director, Information Desk)

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) hotline
7890 or (02) 726-6255

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
136, 882-0925 (flood control)
Trunkline: (02) 882-4150-77 loc. 337 (rescue), 255 (Metrobase)
Metrobase: 882-0860

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
(02) 304-3713, (02) 304-3904

Red Cross hotline
143, (02) 527-0000, (02) 527-8385 to 95

North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines
(02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910; Twitter: @NLEXtraffic

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines
(0920) 96-SCTEX (72839) (traffic hotline) or (045) 459-0522

Skyway System Hotline
(02) 776-7777 (PLDT), 0917-539-8762 (globe), 0999-888-0893 (smart), 0932-854-6980 (sun); Twitter: @SkywaySOMCO

South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline
0917-6877539 (globe), (049) 508-7509, (02) 584-4389

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hotline
(02) 433-8526

Philippine Coast Guard
(02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, 0917-724-3682 (globe), 0917-PCG-DOTC (globe)

Manila Water Hotline
1627

PHIVOLCS
Trunkline: (02) 426-1468 to 79, local 124/125 (emergency);
Text/call: 0905-313-4077 (globe)

Manila Tollway Express Systems (MATES):
(049)5087539; (0908)8807539

DSWD
(632)931-81-01 to 07, local 426 (Disaster Response Unit); (02) 951-7119

Local government units (partial)
Manila Traffic Hotline – 527-3087; Twitter: @MTPB_Manila
Cainta Traffic Hotline – 646-0044, (02) 248-1743 (hotline)
Las Piñas Traffic – 874-5756, 874-3927, 874-5754, 874-5753
Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993 (traffic); 533-2225 (Command Control Center); Twitter: @MandaluyongPIO
Taguig Traffic – 838-4301 loc. 7112; Twitter: @ILoveTaguig1
Marikina STOC – 646-1651, (02) 646-1633 (traffic); Twitter: @MarikinaPIO
Pasig Traffic – 643-0000 (Command Control Center); 643-1111; Twitter: @PasigInfo
Makati Public Safety Dept – 844-3146, 819-3270 to 71. Twitter: @MakatiTraffic
Pasay – Twitter: @PasayPIO
Parañaque – Twitter: @ILoveParanaque
San Juan – Twitter: @sanjuancityncr
Bacoor, Cavite – Twitter: @CityOfBacoor
Valenzuela – Twitter: @ValenzuelaCity
Navotas – Twitter: @Navotas_City
Malabon – Twitter: @Malabon_City

MERALCO
Call Center: 16211
SMS Messaging: 0920-9716211(SMART)/0917-5516211(GLOBE)

A list of verified Twitter accounts by various government agencies can be found here

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Do you run your home network 24/7?

Things were much simpler when there was only one computer at home. Whenever no one was using the old desktop, it would be turned off along with the broadband modem/router. This is usually the case when I’m out of the house, asleep or I really have nothing to do on the computer.

Now that I have my laptop, there are two computers at home. Both are connected to the internet thanks to the D-Link DIR-300 Wireless Router I bought along with my laptop. And since then, things have changed.

When I’m done using my laptop or would have nothing to do on it, I would turn it off but I would have to keep both the broadband modem and wireless router on because they’re still in my room and my sister or little brother is still using the old desktop which I have moved out of my room and into theirs.

I sleep at around midnight but sometimes my sister would still go on using the desktop computer up until the wee hours of the next morning. Since I’m already asleep and the modem + wireless router is locked inside my room, they just hit the sack as well leaving the home network running for more than 24 hours.

Asides from pumping up our monthly electricity bill, much to the anguish of my parents, I’m also concerned about the safety of our home and of the equipments themselves. What if these things overheat and just burst into flames burning our house down? Or either or both modem and wireless router just and break down and die from the prolonged use?

I would not be this concerned if this situation would happen like once or twice in a week but for the past weeks since the home network was established, this has been the typical daily scenario: the home network running almost 24/7

I’m new to setting up and running my own network so I ask the experts and masters; do you run your home networks 24/7? Is it safe to do so? What tips or advice could you offer to address some if not all, of the concerns I’ve raised here?

Every bit would be greatly appreciated.

How safe are your photos online?

Photo privacyFlickr, Photobucket, Slide, Zooomr just to name some of the most popular image hosting sites in the web. Add to this the numerous social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster, Multiply, Facebook etc, these networks too rely on giving their users the ability to post images online for the whole world or even just their family to view and enjoy.

All this thanks to the increasing power and portability of the digital camera and now, the common-place camera phones, ‘camera whores’ and photo enthusiasts have been given a whole new world to create, capture and store in .jpeg glory.

*photo by naughton321

However, this news from eFluxMedia about photos of Californian teen swimmers that were found on gay porn sites have led me to ask the question that is the title of this post. The story goes,

Numerous photos of teen water polo players from several South Californian high schools were posted on number of gay Web sites, a newspaper reported.

Photos of boys in swimming suit, some as young as 14, were displayed next to other photographs of nude young men and graphic sexual content, according to an Orange County Register investigation.

The result of the investigation caused upset amid parents, coaches and school officials. Some of the boys, which found out that some pictures of them were displayed on gay sites, were traumatized and are reportedly seeking counseling.

“These kids don’t look at what they do as shameful,” said Joan Gould, spokeswoman for a group of Orange County water polo parents.

“For someone to come in and take what these kids are doing and take it out of context and exploit these images, these kids and their schools, because you can see the school name on the caps, is just horrible.”

Scary isn’t it? First you were having a great time taking those photos and being in some of them, uploading them to your online photo album or blog for all your friends and contacts to view then the next thing you know, you’ve now become a pornstar!

This is not something new though, based on my web surfing years and joining numerous social networking sites, I’ve seen my share of stories and cases wherein people would use other member’s photos to be used on their own profiles and accounts as if the photos were of themselves! In some rare cases, evil-doers and cyber-stalkers were using fake photos to scam and trick their victims from doing indecent things on the web cam to fooling them into thinking they have just found the love of their lives and even into stealing their money or financial information.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that words are mightier than swords so when cases like this do happen, the toll on its victims can be tremendous and its effects equally tragic and horrifying.

Sure there are measures to protect our photos and ourselves. There are watermarks to be placed in images, disabling the right-click function in our webpages, licensing options and restricting access to our online photos. Still, how certain are we that our photos are just viewed or used legally and fairly with all the techniques to crack and by-pass safety measures both new and old, all readily available via the web?

Or are we to blame too? That we should also limit what photos we upload and share into the public via the web?

This questions dwell on the context of the photos that we take ourselves. But what of the photos of our selves that are taken by others? How sure or certain are we that those images are handled and used fairly, legally and with no consequences that we either disapprove of or be harmful to us?

One question has led to a plethora of more questions. Any one who would like to take a few and give their thoughts? I’ll be sharing mine in the next couple of days as I’ll give all of these more thought and reflection. In the meantime, I hope no one gets paranoid and takes down all of their photos from the web. ;)

Double-check your Nokia phone battery

You’ve probably heard of it by now, Nokia orders a recall of some 46 Million batteries for its mobile phones.

Is it a cyclical phenomena? The same thing happened to Apple with its defective batteries for the MacBook, Sony too had the same problem with their laptop PC batteries and both incidents have been costly to this corporate giants.

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia warned consumers that 46 million batteries used in its mobile phones could overheat and offered to replace them for free while it negotiates with battery maker Matsushita over who would bear the costs.

The world’s top cell phone maker said about 100 such incidents had been reported globally, but no serious injuries or property damage had been reported.

“Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries … could potentially experience overheating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge,” it said on Tuesday.

Nokia said it was working closely with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., which made the batteries in question between December 2005 and November 2006, to investigate the problem.

Replacing the batteries would have some financial impact, but Matsushita would pay part of the costs, Nokia said.

Analyst Richard Windsor of Nomura estimated the cost to Nokia at a maximum of 100 million euros ($137 million).

Nokia batteryThen again it’s Nokia and they’re still the top mobile phone manufacturer in the world. The greatest concern would, of course fall on the customers, the millions of Nokia phone users around the world. Here in the Philippines, the dubbed ‘texting (SMS) capital of the world’, Nokia is the number one phone used by Filipinos. In just one jeepney ride, you could find at least 5 Nokia-made mobile phones ranging from the older models to their latest N-series phones. Talk about market saturation right? Or consumer choice and preference?

Either way, if you’re Nokia phone is using the BL-5C battery such as the low-end 1100 series phones and multimedia handsets N70 and N91, you better visit your Nokia dealer and get that battery checked, and even replaced. We had laptops burst into fire before, but imagine your mobile phone just bursting into flames or burning holes in your pockets.

Sounds easy right? Not quite, as again here in the Philippines, getting your Nokia battery replaced would not be as easy as one would think. You see, a great majority of Nokia phones sold here are refurbished (aka second-hand, third-hand etc) units sold mostly on street stalls that are not even accredited dealers of Nokia phones. Warranties are very limited, even availing of them from those local trade-in shops can be quite tricky and would require lots of bargaining skills.

So if you got your Nokia phone from one of those local shops and its powered by the BL-5C battery, good heavens the best of luck to you.

Times like this I smile bigger because I switched to a Sony Ericsson phone instead of upgrading to the newest handset from Nokia. :wink: Even my dinosaur Nokia 3530 is safe because it uses the BCL-1 battery.

UPDATE:

Here are the Nokia phones affected by the deffective Nokia-branded BL-5C batteries:

Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60

Hat tip to TechSpot where a link could found that will facilitate the free replacement of your battery if it’s verified to be deffective.

So any Nokia user out there who had their battery replaced just recently?

Heatstroke: Preventions and solutions

It’s summer time and already we can all feel the blazing heat of the sun bearing down upon us all here in the Philippines and in the other countries of the same season during this time of the year. Just saw news report in GMA 7’s “Saksi” that temperatures in Metro Manila have hit the 37 C mark which is equivalent to the normal human body temperature. I’ve even heard that this would just be the beginning and expect temperatures to rise higher in the coming summer days.

This increases certain health risks particularly heat stroke or hyperthermia (hyperpyrexia).

It is an acute condition which occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. It is usually due to excessive exposure to heat. The heat-regulating mechanisms of the body eventually become overwhelmed and unable to effectively deal with the heat, and body temperature climbs uncontrollably. If not treated, heat stroke can be fatal.


So how to avoid getting a heat stroke? Here are some points to help stay cool, literally.

  • Wear a cap or a hat – One of the easiest solutions of providing relief from the summer sun. Caps and hats are not only portable, they could also be a fashion statement while providing your head, face and eyes with shade and protection from the summer heat.
  • Bring and actually use umbrellas – Unless you have a cap or a hat large enough to provide shade for your entire body don’t bother to bring an umbrella at all. Alas, no such hat or cap exists so it’s better to bring an umbrella every time you go out into the summer heat. Like caps and hats, umbrellas too can be a fashion statement.
  • Bring hand fans or portable electric fans – Fans comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. They bring a steady breeze to keep you cool or in the absence of a cap or hat, provide some shade to your head or face whenever the sun shines too hot on you. If you run out of muscle power there are small and portable electric fans that are battery-powered. Usually the size of a small flashlight some could even be fitted in specially designed caps or hats. Either choice of hand or electric portable fans would help you stay cool and safe this summer.
  • Wear loose or comfortable clothes with light materials – Trust me, summer time is not the time to strut those coats, suits and jackets because even if you’re a member of a boyband like Backstreet boys (when they were still young and cool), a few hours under the sun wrapped in those heavy clothings will do nasty things to your body, in this case a heatstroke. Wear clothes made from cotton, silk, satin or other light fabrics that the wind could easily penetrate. Again, bringing out your summer outfit would keep you cool, both fashion-wise and literally.
  • Avoid wearing clothes with dark colors – This is a follow up to the previous tip. Black, gray and other earth colors must be avoided this summer because these colors tend to retain your body heat and bring in more heat from the outside by absorbing them. Trust me, even if you’re feeling emoish (which I hope not), you’d soon find that wearing long-sleeved black shirts with matching tight black pants with chains and all is not a good idea if you’re going out for a stroll under the summer sun.
  • Drink more water or other fluids than the usuall – Whenever going out in the heat of the day, bring with you something drink. Water, fruit juices even energy drinks would do the job of replenishing your lost body fluids due to the heat which induces sweating. Avoid alcohol, coffee and tea because they help in dehydrating your body which you do not want to happen. It’s better to go to the bathroom more than the usual just to pee than going to the hospital and be treated for heatstroke. Believe me, it could kill you.
  • Stay in the shade – This is the simplest and most effective way of avoiding a heatstroke. There’s a big difference between getting a tan and getting fried like an egg under the heat of the sun.

For some strange reason you do not follow the above-mentioned tips and you do the exact opposite of them, how do you’re suffering from heatstroke? Here are the general symptoms:

  • high body temperature
  • the absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin
  • rapid pulse
  • difficulty breathing
  • strange behavior
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • disorientation
  • seizure
  • coma

So now you or someone is having a heatstroke, what do you do? Here are some first-aid measures.

Your goal: Lower the body temperature immediately.

  • Passive cooling – remove the victim’s clothes, be careful and sensitive about this one, to promote heat loss.
  • Active cooling – the person is bathed in cool water, a hyperthermia vest can be applied, or wrapped in a cool wet towel. Cold compresses to the upper body, head, neck, and groin will help cool the victim.
  • Evaporative method – use a fan to help evaporate his sweat or water, this will cool down the person’s body.
  • Immersion method – immerse the person in a tub of cold water. This would require other persons to help you carry and handle the victim and to save him from drowning.
  • Oral rehydration – give water to the victim to help in replenishing his lost fluids and to cool his body from the inside.

Of course after applying first-aid measures, bring the victim to a hospital for proper treatment and recovery. Remember these preventive measures and stay safe while having fun under the summer sun.

Wii Saftety tips

The recent wave of reports about Nintendo’s Wii gaming console causing damages to properties and personal injuries to gamers have now been dealt with by Nintendo, to a certain extent. They would now replace all broken straps once consumers had filed a complaint.

I don’t have my own Wii console, and would probably never get one, but I could hardly blame Nintendo for these mishaps connected with the Wii. No one could be solely blamed for this. Heck, I nearly broke my wrist when I was still playing Need for Speed Most Wanted PC(aff) with Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel(aff) last year. We gamers just have to be extra careful when we play games, especially the ones that engage us the most. I remember my sweet childhood days literally screaming and jumping about while I play Pacman on the classic Atari console.

A friend of mine even thought that a class suit against Nintendo would ensue because of the apparent ‘defect’ in the straps of Wii’s remote controller. Whether this would happen remains to be seen. Still, it would be wise just to take a few safety steps to minimize damages, injuries and other unwanted results. Nintendo reminds us of the following safety tips:

    Always wear the wrist strap while playing.
    Keep a firm grip on the Wii Remote at all times.
    Make sure people and objects are out of the range of movement before play begins.
    Players should keep at least 1m (3 feet) from their televisions.
    Players should dry their hands if they become sweaty or wet for any reason.
    Do not use excessively rapid, violent or wide swinging motions during game play.

Just follow these tips and our commonsense and I’m sure our gaming experience would be far better and without wrecking our homes or causing us to loose a limb or two.

ICE – A great idea that will make a difference

Got this via e-mail from Sir Yuri, and I must say that it is just brilliant! :D

ICE – A great idea that will make a difference !

A recent article from the Toronto Star, “the ICE
idea”, is catching on and it is a very simple, yet
important method of contact for you or a loved
one in case of an emergency. As cell phones are
carried by the majority of the population, all you
need to do is

program the number of a contact person
or persons and store the name as “ICE”.

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that
when they went to the scenes of accidents,there were
always mobile phones with patients, but they didn’t
know which numbers to call. He therefore thought that
it would be agood idea if there was a nationally
recognized name to file” next of kin” under. Following
a disaster in London The East Anglican Ambulance
Service has launched a national “In case of Emergency
(ICE)
” campaign. The idea is that you store theword
“ICE ” in your mobile phone address book, and with it
enter the number of the person you would want to be
contacted “In Case of Emergency “. In an emergency
situation,Emergency Services personnel and hospital
staff would then be able to quickly contact your next
of kin, by simply dialing the number programmed under
ICE“.

Please forward this to everybody in your address book.
It won’t take too many “forwards” before everybody
will know about this. It really could save your life,
or put a loved one’s mind at rest. For more than one
contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

A great idea that will make a difference !

This new system should also be endorsed here in the Philippines, it would’ve really save lives. You could copy the entire text and spread it via e-mail, post it to your own blog or in all the online forums you visit. :)