Most of us in the workplace have to cope with increasing workloads—with multiple deadlines and deliverables piling up.

This can lead to everyone feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

So what could we do to handle stress?

We asked Dr. Didoy Lubaton, a physician who also devotes his time imparting a more holistic approach towards a healthy lifestyle especially to working professionals, for some tips.

Here are three things you can do about stress:

  1. Recognize the stress

It’s okay not to be okay. You’ve got to feel your feelings. Your body is a great communicator. Listen to your body!

The first step in solving any problem is recognizing that there is a problem. The problem arises when we don’t recognize it and eventually the body shuts down or shouts through a chronic disease.

  1. Resolve the stress

As much and as soon as you can recognize it, resolve the stress.

Get to the root cause of the stress, pluck it out, cut it off as soon as possible. Maybe it’s a toxic schedule. If so, you need to realign what you can do with your time.

Or perhaps it’s a toxic habit at work, in which case, stop what you need to stop, or start what you need to start. Or maybe guard yourself from toxic people, to protect yourself from getting hurt.

  1. Renew yourself

Stress can make your better—or bitter. Choose to be the better and bigger person. You don’t have to wait for others to change, you can be the change that you want to happen.

Discipline yourself; you are the main driver of your health. Your body is your business.

Take care of yourself first. Eat healthy, exercise and get adequate sleep. The goal is to become a healthier person, so that when stressful moments come, it’s not a big deal anymore. Stress will always be there. Accept that you will always be challenged by stress in your life. What you do with the stress, and how you respond to stress will make the difference. Most of all, as you work on yourself, by your example you begin to help others too in managing their stress.

Dr. Lubaton will facilitate a workshop entitled “Create A Stress-Free Space: Managing Stress for a Happier and Healthier You” on July 28, 2017 to be held in Inquirer Academy. It is designed to help working professionals be resilient in managing toxic stress, and how to prevent burnout at work. This is ideal for all professionals, especially in the HR function to help in planning wellness programs of the company.

(c) Glenn San Luis@inquirerdotnet



SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The House of Representatives on Tuesday stepped into the leadership feud plaguing the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), asking the agency’s two top officials to temporarily refrain from performing their duties.

During a special congressional briefing here, lawmakers addressed an administrative order issued by SBMA Chair Martin Diño that created a task force that would inspect and monitor the business and financial operations of the agency. The order reportedly encroached on the functions of SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma.

The lawmakers, led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, were here for the Zambales leg of a northern and central Luzon inspection tour. They convened into an ad hoc and special committee on bases conversation to hear Diño and Eisma explain the ongoing leadership row.

Diño’s administrative order may sow confusion among SBMA employees, said Malabon City Rep. Federico Sandoval II, vice chair of the bases conversion committee.

Diño told the lawmakers that he issued the administrative order on May 2, asserting that he had the authority as SBMA chair. He said the task force was meant “to ensure that the agency’s business operations are diligently implemented and financial resources will be kept intact.” He said the task force would improve SBMA’s “earning capacity.”

But Eisma said Diño, as chair of the SBMA board of directors, “has no power or authority to issue the administrative order, much less to create a task force that will directly involve itself in the operations and day-to-day activities of SBMA.”

The oversight and review of business operations and financial safety and security should be tackled by the SBMA board’s risk and audit committee and finance committee, Eisma said.

“This purported task force interferes and encroaches upon this power, function and duty of the administrator and CEO (chief executive officer), and is thus counterproductive, superfluous and unnecessary,” she said.

The SBMA chair used to perform the functions of administrator until then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 340 in 2004 that separated “the powers, functions and duties of the chair of the SBMA board and the administrator as CEO of the SBMA.”

Alvarez told Eisma and Diño to “take a vacation” and refrain from signing documents or entering into agreements with locators until the House committees resume their hearing scheduled on June 8.

Alvarez said they would invite Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and a representative from the Department of Justice to shed light on the leadership delineation in SBMA.

(c) Allan Macatuno

New Amendment of Visa-Free Certificate (Travel Authorization Certificate) effective June 1, 2017

Starting from 1st June 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) further enlarges the eligibility criteria of the ROC (Taiwan) Travel Authorization Certificate (TAC) for qualified Philippine travelers.

Filipinos who have been issued with an ROC (Taiwan) visa (labor visas with remarks “FL” or “X” are excluded) over the recent 10 years may also apply for the said TAC, no need to pay any fee. The said TAC allows multiple-entries to Taiwan, valid for 90 days with every stay up to 30 days.


Visa-free entry to the Republic of China (Taiwan) for qualified travelers of Southeast Asian Countries (applicable to citizens of the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos)

Nationals of these above countries who wish to visit Taiwan for tourism or a short visit, are advised to apply for free Travel Authorization Certification (TAC), and are kindly requested to carefully read the following information before preceding the process.

  • Basic requirements: to be eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, the following three conditions must be met:
  1. The applicant’s passport must have remaining validity of at least six months starting from the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  2. The applicant must possess an onward/return air or ferry ticket.
  3. The applicant has never been employed as a blue-collar worker in Taiwan.
  • Additional requirements: one of the following conditions must also be met:
  1. The applicant possesses at least one of the following documents issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States:
  • Valid resident or permanent resident card.
  • Valid entry visa (may be electronic visa, which should be printed out).
  • Resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan.
  1. The applicant possesses a visa or resident card issued by R.O.C. (Taiwan) over the last 10 years and has had no evidence of past immigration irregularities or violations in Taiwan. However, holders of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) visas bearing a remark of “FL” (foreign labor) or “X” (others) and resident cards with the purpose of “Foreign Labor” are not eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.


  • Notes
  1. Application can only be applied individually. No group or family filing will be accepted nor acknowledged.
  2. An approved ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is valid for 90 days. Multiple entries within these 90 days are allowed. The holder of an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate may stay in Taiwan for 30 days, starting from the day after arrival. If the holder wishes to apply for another ROC Travel Authorization Certificate, he or she must do so seven days prior to the expiry of the current certificate.
  3. If any mistake is made during the online application process, the applicant may submit a new application.
  4. Online applications can only be made by persons holding valid regular passports. Persons holding temporary, emergency, or informal passports, or travel documents other than a passport, cannot submit online applications.
  5. The visas in the aforementioned list of required documents do not include work permits.
  6. Holders of the aforementioned visas bearing a stamp of VOID, CANCELLED or CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE are not eligible for an ROC Travel Authorization Certificate.
  7. Holders of resident card or visa that has expired less than 10 years have to check that the validity date of documents should be less than 10 years prior to the date of arrival in Taiwan. If there is no validity date on documents, please check issue date.
  8. Applicants who hold permanent resident cards with no expiry date may enter 9999 for year, 12 for month and 31 for day in the Date field.
  9. Once the application has been approved, the applicant is kindly requested to print out the ROC Travel Authorization Certificate. The applicant must present the certificate and the required documents for inspection when entering Taiwan. Entry will be denied if the required documents are not produced.
  10. Nationals of Indonesia who possess a valid Japan Visa Waiver Registration are eligible for an R.O.C. Travel Authorization Certificate.

For questions in regard to application, please contact the R.O.C.(Taiwan) National Immigration Agency at Tel:(+886-2)2388-9393 ext. 2423

Post Date:2017-06-01


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—President Duterte on Sunday set foot on one of two Japanese warships that had docked at Alava Pier here for a four-day goodwill visit.

Mr. Duterte boarded the Japanese warship JS Izumo and met with Katsuyuki Kawai, special adviser to the prime minister and member of the Japanese delegation, at 4 p.m.

At the vessel’s hangar, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force accorded arrival honors to Mr. Duterte, who was later accompanied by Japanese Navy officers as he toured its medical room, combat information center, flight information center and storage.

JS Izumo and Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Sazanami (DD-113) arrived at this free port early morning of Sunday.

The two Japanese naval ships carried about 800 troops who would join their Filipino counterparts in a series of engagements in Zambales province, said Capt. Lued Lincuna, head of the Philippine Navy’s public affairs office.

Lincuna said the Japanese vessels’ visit was expected to enhance maritime cooperation with Japan.

The Philippine Navy vessel BRP Raja Humabon escorted the two vessels to the berthing area.

“The visit is expected to enhance maritime cooperation between the two countries to help maintain peace and stability in the region,” Lincuna said.

Japanese Navy officers and enlisted members will pay a courtesy call on Rear. Adm. Gaudencio Collado Jr., commander of the Philippine fleet, and participate in a joint fun and sport fest with their Filipino counterparts in Zambales province.

Japanese defense forces are on high alert following a series of tests by North Korea that sent missiles landing in the Sea of Japan.

(c) Allan Macatuno