AUGUST 2020



 

Tagalog: Watch Video na Patnubay para sa Pagkumpleto ng 2020 Senso Online

 

 

Last chance to be counted in the 2020 Census

 

The Census Bureau is making a final push this last week of August to close the remaining gap on census response rates of Asian Americans, including the Filipino community. The Filipino community is in danger of not getting their fair share of resources over the next decade. There is only one month left to make an impact.

 

The Census Bureau is sending out census takers to help households complete their questionnaires. Census takers have been trained to follow public health guidelines and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while making these in-person visits. 

 

Due to COVID-19, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said in an Aug. 14 statement, “We are taking steps and adapting our operations to make sure everyone is counted, while keeping everyone safe.”

 

To respond online, visit 2020census.gov. To respond in Tagalog by phone, call 844-478-2020.

 

 

DOLE Assitance to OFWs

More than 60,000 overseas foreign workers are seeking assistance from the Philippine Department Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) due of the effects of the coronavirus as of Aug. 15. The data was given by Philippine Overseas Labor Offices and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

 

Duterte bans military drills

President Duterte is blocking the Philippine Navy from taking part in naval drills with other countries in the South China Sea. Duterte explained that this move "would reduce tension in that area".

 

Russia to test Covid-19 vaccine

Russia is going to test 40,000 volunteers to make sure that their vaccine is safe. It is the first country to approve a vaccine for COVID-19 on Aug. 11, called "Sputnik V" refering to the former arms race between the former Soviet Union and the U.S.

 

Explosion in Lebanon

There are 47 Filipinos injured in Beirut, Lebanon, as of Aug. 18, four have died from the explosion which was caused by 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate. Nearly Four hundred Filipinos have been repatriated.

 

 

Filipino Covid death rate highest among Asians in California

LOS ANGELES — California’s Filipino Americans are dying at a higher rate from coronavirus relative to the state’s Asian American population.

The Los Angeles Times reports that while people of Filipino descent are one-fourth of the California Asian population, they represent at least 35% of Covid-19 deaths in that demographic. This rate is significantly higher than the overall 3.7% mortality rate in the U.S., according to research by Johns Hopkins.

 

The high fatality rate may be due to a combination of physiological conditions, occupational hazards, and potential economic and political insecurity, according to assistant University of Southern California professor Adrian De Leon who spoke to Los Angeles Times.

 

“It’s the perfect storm,” De Leon said, “in terms of exposure to the pandemic, exposure to the virus, but also exposure to a lot of other factors, too — like dense housing tends to be in places that have environmental hazards.”

 

Most Filipino fatalities were also seniors, with many in “multigenerational housing with their children or in nursing homes” and had health problems.

 

Younger infected Filipinos are often in service jobs and health care, leading to higher infection rates. For example, California has the most number of Filipino nurses compared to any state, according to LAist. A fifth of all nurses in the state are Filipino.

 

Moreover, Filipino Americans in California, may be receiving less attention due to lack of data disaggregation. “Using ‘Asian American’ as an overarching label obscures a lot of the inequalities within and among communities,” De Leon said. (INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau)


 

Jesse White encourages organ/tissue donation for virtual national minority donor awareness month

 

Secretary of State Jesse White is hosting a virtual National Minority Donor Awareness Month “Wave Away the Waiting” to promote organ/tissue donation for multicultural communities at www.LifeGoesOn.com.

Nationally, people of color comprise 59 percent of the waiting list for organ transplants; however, this year they accounted for only 38 percent of those who donated organs, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network in Illinois:

• There are 240 Asian Americans on the waiting list, but only 24 Asian Americans became organ donors in 2019.

In Illinois, almost 7 million people are registered as organ/tissue donors, yet there are approximately 4,000 people waiting for transplants.

Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Registry online at www.LifeGoesOn.com, by calling 800-210-2106 or by visiting their local Driver Services facility.

 

CBCP calls for noontime prayers for "healing" of nation amid Covid-19

 

Catholic bishops have urged the faithful to participate in a collective prayer for the “healing” of the nation amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

The bishops particularly asked the faithful to pray “10 Hail Mary’s daily” in Catholic schools and seminaries, parishes, and communities.

 

The nationwide prayer campaign began on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, and end on Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.


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AUGUST 2020 

By Mariano "Anong" Santos & Jon. D. Melegrito

PINOY Publisher/Editor



Importance of erasing images of false heroes


Back in the 1960s, there was a great awakening in the Philippines about the “fakeness” what we were taught in school—history in particular. What is happening today here is just like what has transpired in the streets of Manila then. The brutal war waged by the U.S. against the Vietnamese people, forced a critical evaluation of the Philippine History written by those tutored by U.S. colonial teachers who came after the U.S. Army defeated Filipino freedom fighters in the early 1900s.

 



U.S. Flag being raised at Fort Santiago by American soldiers who held off Filipino revolutionaries from claiming victory from the Spanish colonialists.

 

The boulevard along Manila Bay named after the U.S. naval admiral George Dewey was changed to Manuel A. Roxas Boulevard, the first elected President of Philippines Second Republic. Dewey was exposed as one who deceived Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo into fighting the Spanish colonialists and hid his agenda from the young Filipino leader of the U.S. plan to take over the Filipino nation from the Spanish Empire.

 

In early 1898, the Filipino revolutionaries defeated most of the Spanish occupiers, to a point that Philippine Independence was proclaimed on June 12. 

 

Led by Generals  Antonio Luna and Pio del Pilar, they liberated the Philippines except for Manila—the seat of the Spanish colonial government. Dewey sweet-talked Aguinaldo to hold off—saying that the U.S. was sending reinforcement to help the Filipinos secure a surrender from the Spaniards.

 

Top Right: ADMIRAL George Dewey: Mock Battle of Manila, Aug. 13, 1898.

 

It was a blunder on the part of Aguinaldo who tragically realized that the U.S. reinforcements came to fend off the Filipinos from claiming the victory that they fought for and not against the Spaniards who surrendered to the Americans on Aug. 13, 1898 at the St. Agustin Church in Intramuros after the “Mock Battle of Manila” between the two colonial powers.  The American betrayal would lead to the bloody Philippine-American War which saw the death of no less than a million Filipinos and 5,000 Americans.

60 years earlier

The water torture, strategic hamletting and “winning the hearts and minds” of the people—practiced in the Vietnam War were first used in the Philippine 60 years earlier. Getting rid of the American colonial influence is reflected in moves like renaming of Fort McKinley (named after William McKinley, the Republican president who gave the go-signal to make the Philippine its colony in Asia) to Fort Bonifacio (in honor of the founder of the Katipunan).

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AUGUST 2020



by PINOY Editorial Cartoon BY Jym Andalis for AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

The shortsighted rush to reopen schools in time of the pandemic

Let me get a show of hands: How many of you do not want schools back in session for in-person classes as soon as it’s safe? How many of you think exclusive remote learning is by far the best way to educate kids? How many of you would rather keep teachers and students home for a long time to come?

 

Hmm. I’m not seeing any hands. That’s odd, because Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, among others, seems to think that the only thing standing in the way of getting America’s schools back to normal operations is that some people prefer to keep them closed.

 

“Schools are essential, teachers are essential, kids have got to get back in school,” she declared. The opposition to reopening this fall, she said, “seems to be centered more around adult needs and issues than it is about what’s right for kids.”

 

President Donald Trump sees bad faith in state and local officials who decline to return to in-person instruction right away. “They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” he charged.

 

Maybe those officials are listening to their constituents. A recent poll sponsored by the nonpartisan National Parents Union found that 62% of parents say school closures will have a negative impact on their kids — but 54% nonetheless believe that “schools should remain closed until they are certain there is no health risk, even if it means students fall farther behind.”

 

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AUGUST 2020


Letter from Washington

By Jon Melegrito

jdmelegrito@gmail.com

Walking the walk before Zoom



WITH the pandemic shutting down what used to be normal activity, Zoom has become the norm in this town and across the nation: Zoom birthday parties, Zoom weddings and funerals, Zoom family reunions.

 

Virtual happy hours have replaced gatherings in bars, with revelers raising their glasses in a Zoom grid. The illusion doesn’t last long. The sense of isolation only deepens after realizing you’ve emptied the bottle all by yourself. You miss the sensations that come with the live noise, the handshakes and bodies brushing against each other.

 

In Capitol Hill, legislators have managed to approve bipartisan emergency funding deals that address the financial crash caused by the coronavirus.

 

While floor votes are not allowed by Zoom, proxy voting and committee hearings have taken place virtually. As Democrats and Republicans debate what a “virtual Congress” would look like, there’s one thing for sure: Things won’t return to normal anytime soon.

‘Zoomification’

Having been a retiree now for seven years, I’ve enjoyed staying home most of the time and doing the things I’ve always wanted to do. Like decluttering and gardening. So, ‘life in lockdown’ wasn’t much of an adjustment. Not having to drive or take the subway to a meeting or a community event was a relief.

 

But then, “Zoomification” of everything happened. One discovers with dismay that it’s impossible to sing happy birthday in sync.

 

There’s something about not being in front of a computer screen all day where the space one inhabits is not stripped of the smells and sounds and textures of the real world. There is something about the unmasked faces we meet and the encounters that lead even to awkward but revealing discoveries.


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AUGUST 2020

By Alberto Gonzales

Immigration Attorney

(708) 916-3077

 

DACA and the Reopening of Biometrics

Note: This article is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship or to constitute legal advice. This article provides a general overview only and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with an immigration attorney. 

USCIS Application Support Centers Reopening for Biometrics Appointments

Application Support Centers (“biometrics offices”) offer fingerprinting services—commonly referred to as “biometrics”— which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) usually requires after the filing of certain immigration forms. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, biometrics offices have been closed since March 18.

In the meantime, USCIS used previous biometrics data on file for applicants who filed applications to renew their Employment Authorization cards. In most cases, applicants who had appointments scheduled after March 18, will have their appointments automatically rescheduled once biometrics offices reopen.

 

Starting on June 4, some USCIS offices began reopening—including biometrics offices. The Chicago-South and Waukegan Biometrics offices in Illinois are expected to reopen—for scheduled appointments only—on July 27. All other biometrics offices in Illinois are presumed open based on USCIS guidance.

 

Nonetheless, given the nature of the pandemic, USCIS recommends visiting https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-office-closings on the day of your appointment to ensure that the location assigned to you is open.

Please note that USCIS offices observe COVID-19 prevention measures, including hand sanitizing, face coverings, social distancing, and health screening questions. USCIS will deny entry to their facilities to any person displaying symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Failure to comply with USCIS measures may result in the rescheduling of your appointment.

In the meantime, USCIS is also slowly rescheduling long-delayed immigration interviews and citizenship oath ceremonies.

 

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Sec. of State Jesse White has extended all expiration dates to Nov. 1 for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers so customers do not need to rush into Driver Services facilities.

 

White encourages people to visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct business online, such as renewing license plate stickers and obtaining duplicate driver’s licenses/ID cards as well as safe driver renewals.

 

Customers who visit the facility are required to wear a mask. Due to social distancing, the number of people allowed inside a facility at one time is limited.

 

Pappas: Stay home-- Transactions can be done online

 

CHICAGO--Homeowners and business people can avoid a trip downtown by taking care of their property taxes at cookcountytreasurer.com, including making payments, searching for refunds and verifying tax exemptions, Treasurer Maria Pappas said.

The Second Installment is due Aug. 3, but property owners can pay without any interest charge through Oct. 1. Partial payments are accepted.

In addition to making a payment, property owners may use cookcountytreasurer.com to:

• Search $75 million in available refunds going back 20 years

• Apply for a refund

• See if you are missing out on $34 million in senior exemptions

• Download a copy of your tax bill

• Update your mailing address

• Check the status of a pending refund

• Find out if your property is on the delinquent Tax Sale list

Just enter your address. A Property Identification Number (PIN) is not required. Any balance due after Oct. 1 will be charged 1.5 percent per month, as required by law.

 


IL Covid-19 cases count

 

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting 1,612 new confirmed cases of coronavirus totaling 221,790 positive cases in IL in 102 counties and 8 additional deaths totaling 7,888.

 

The total of confirmed cases in DuPage County alone on Aug. 26 is 14,060 with 531 confirmed deaths in that county.  Cook County alone has 122,423 confirmed cases

 

Philippine Covid-19 cases count

 

Confirmed Cases: 202,361

Recovered: 133,460

Deaths: 3,137

 

Total U.S. Covid-19 cases count

 

5,777,710

 

CCDPH hiring contact tracers, including bilingual Tagalog speakers.

 

Contact tracer positions are posted to the Cook County Health website at cookcountyhealth.org/careers. To view open positions, click on "external applicants." To search by keyword, use the term "contact tracer." To search by job category, select "public health."

 


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