• Top of the Morning: Jennifer Garner Finally Talks About Divorce with Ben Affleck

    Plus, bill Seeks shorter adoption process, new Pinoy children's book about disaster preparedness, and more!
  • 1. Jennifer Garner finally speaks about divorce with Ben Affleck for the first time

    The actress and mom of three revealed in her interview with Vanity Fair, of which she graces it cover, that ex-husband Ben Affleck is the love of her life and that the nanny had nothing to do with their decision to divorce. On how she dealt with the media: "I took a silent oath with myself last summer to really stay offline. I am totally clueless about all of it. Ben says, ‘Oh, you just don’t care,’ and I say, ‘No, it’s the opposite.’ It hurts me so much, and I care so much,” she says. “I cannot be driven by the optics of this. I cannot let anger or hurt be my engine. I need to move with the big picture always on my mind, and the kids first and foremost," she added. (vanityfair.com)


    2. New bill seeks for shorter, easier adoption process ready for signing
    Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza Cabral that the bill that would pave the way for easier and shorter adoption process is ready for the president's signature. The bill has been passed by bicameral committee and is expected to increase the number of Filipino children who are legally free for adoption. The major change would be to transition the process from judicial to administrative, basically from the Department of Justice to the DWSD. It used to take five years before a child could be legally adopted, but with the amendment of the Domestic Adoption Act of 1995, it can be done in one to two years. (philstar.com)


    3. Children’s' book for disaster preparedness

    What Happens in Disasters, a new book that compiles real stories of Filipino kids surviving natural disasters will soon be available to the public. The Department of Education (DepEd) seeks to reach out to young kids and teach them how to prepare and what to do when disaster strikes. According to Ven Paolo Valenzuela, advocacy officer at the Center for Disaster Preparedness, it’s important that kids know what to do in cases of emergencies and natural calamities. The book What Happens in Disasters, which was produced in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will also be translated in different languages and will hopefully be available on the DepEd’s website. (abs-cbn.com)


    4. PWD-friendly public buses to cater to preggos
    Department of Transportation and Communications secretary Jun Abaya said that the PWD-friendly public buses are in place as part of the point-to-point (P2P) bus service fleet. It will cater to persons with disabilities, senior citizens and pregnant women. These special busses have free WiFI, GPS monitoring system, CCTV camera, hydraulic kneeling function, retractable boarding ramp, and a tap-and-go payment system. The government seeks to get rid of dilapidated, poorly maintained, and unsustainable buses. (topgear.com.ph)


    5. First uterus transplant in the U.S.
    The first uterus transplant in the U.S. has been performed by the surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic. The operation that placed a uterus from a deceased organ donor into a 26-year-old recipient took nine hours to complete. The procedure aims to enable women born without a uterus, or who had theirs removed, to be able to get pregnant again and give birth. The patient, who is in a stable condition, would have to wait a year before trying to conceive and would need in vitro fertilization. Her case is just one of the 10 uterus transplants that the clinic has been legally allowed to do as experiments that would bring hope to future mothers. (nytimes.com)

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