DOST Study: Filipino Students Not Waterproof

“It seems that when students are drenched with water and then exposed to cold temperatures they get sick. Even more interesting, when the temperatures get very very low they get very very sick.”

(Manila) The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed early Wednesday that a study they conducted over the past few months showed that Filipino students are not waterproof.

Rene Targasyo of the DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute led the research team which tested students from all over the country for waterproofing.

“Very surprising results but the science supports it. Filipino students are not waterproof. Even the college students weren’t waterproof.” Targasyo said.

According to Targasyo, a total of ten thousand test subjects were tested ranging from kindergarten to postgraduate students. During the experiment, students were exposed to water in chambers designed to simulate rainfall and then had their wetness measured.

“They all got wet when placed in direct contact with water.” Targasyo said.

Some of the test subjects were also exposed to cold temperatures after being drenched. Others were drenched while the chamber was partially filled with dirty water to simulate flood.

“It seems that when students are drenched with water and then exposed to cold temperatures they get sick. Even more interesting, when the temperatures get very very low they get very very sick.” Targasyo explained.

The DOST has already forwarded the report to the Department of Education (DEPEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) but the practical applications of the study remain unclear.

“We don’t know what to make of this study yet but it’s very interesting. For now we strongly advise all students to avoid this bad combination of getting wet and getting cold.” DepED spokesman Anthony Verde said.

The CHED has not made an announcement regarding its view of the study.

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60 thoughts on “DOST Study: Filipino Students Not Waterproof

  1. “We don’t know what to make of this study yet but it’s very interesting. For now we strongly advise all students to avoid this bad combination of getting wet and getting cold.” DepED spokesman Anthony Verde said. (Good thing you know. And funny you’re the one who’s talking.)

      1. You’re seriously asking that? God, this is why they make students go to school even if it’s already raining cats and dogs outside. (I hope you didn’t take that seriously again.)

    1. Baka pwedeng pakibasa ung title ng blog na ‘to. “Reckless, Restless, Ridiculous News”

      And the tag sa post: “Fake News” — HAYY. -_-

  2. Finally. Haven’t we college students been saying this all along? We are not waterproof. God grief.

  3. GOOD JOB REALIZING SOMETHING THAT WAS DEEMED TRUE FOR A MILLION YEARS AGO. THANK YOU.

  4. Forever ko nang sinasabi ito…COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE NOT WATERPROOF…

    so why the heck suspend classes in elementary and high school…but not suspend classes in college?!

    1. simpa les pohots mais c’e9tait pas ne9cessaire les 30 pohots des deux nanas vers le de9but dans la meame pose, le meame plan, 등등. xD

  5. I don’t know which is more moronic: the post itself (moronic in a good way) or the comments (plain idiocy).

  6. even if it’s fake, like the experiments and stuff, the fact still holds true to their conclusion. i just LoL-ed at the part: ““We don’t know what to make of this study yet but it’s very interesting. For now we strongly advise all students to avoid this bad combination of getting wet and getting cold.” DepED spokesman Anthony Verde said.” don’t know what to make of this study? you could just suspend classes so the students don’t get wet!

  7. the post is a joke. it’s not moronic. more like telling the CHED that college students have a hard time going to school during typhoon.

  8. Hmm. Interesting study. Perhaps they could take the experiment further and include a hot-temperature + water setup, or verify it in different locations (Would a student get more wet in an enclosed building, or while commuting in a jeepney?).

    But it is a groundbreaking finding, that cold temperatures and water conditions make people sick. Great job!

  9. Does the study includes the nutritional diets and physical fitness of a student? It clearly displays the main cause how healthy Filipino students are. Most students in the largely populated cities are from the provinces, and entirely relies on nearby eatery & restaurants to eat 3 square meals a day. To economize, what a student would do is to fill their stomach barely enough to keep going until the next meal. Would it be better if the government requires the universities and schools to look after these issues and check whether their students are physically well in the absence parental care.

    1. Somebody seriously needs to embed “like” buttons on these comments. The post was great, the comments far out!

      1. IKR. Where is the Like button when you need it? Okay, in the meantime, this should be shared in Google+

  10. Hilarious post, kudos to the writer! 🙂

    To those who commented that classes on the tertiary level should be suspended alongside primary and secondary school, you should realize that college students are supposed to be treated as adults. You go through all the effort of going to a good school, your parents pay for your tuition and every time it rains, you pray for no classes.

    1. I find this piece very compelling. It’s trlgiaunar shape works for me formally, calling to mind the trinity represented in the church, yet the shape of the leaf is paganistic, like the Birth of Venus. It makes me very melancholy and nostalgic, as if it’s reminding me of a time when religious idols and sexual attraction weren’t divorced (something we now are forced to find in pop-idols). I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the face in the window. But I do know that it’s necessary. It’s what upsets the gentleness of the image and keeps me enraptured. Nice.

  11. Omg people, read up! Jeez. Its a SATIRE. If you don’t know what it is, google it.

    College students are being trained and treated like adults, so that you guys won’t expect suspension of work over a little rain. Grow up.

  12. An incidental finding on this post:

    A lot of Filipinos don’t get jokes that require significant amount brain activity. No wonder Pinoy ‘comedy’ shows/movies still dwell so much on slap-stick humor — because that, sadly, is as far as a lot of Pinoy minds can reach.

    1. I agree! I’m proud to be pinoy and everything, but seriously, there seems to be little room for wit (satire/sarcasm/irony) as far as most locals are concerned. Slapstick = panalo.

      This post was awesome, btw. Much like the “Alabang bans earthquake drills” satire on condom use 😀

  13. Why not: FILIPINO PEOPLE ARE NOT WATERPROOF???
    God in heaven, this is where the tax money that is ripped away from my small salary goes…

  14. This is funny, and what’s funnier are people taking this to be serious. Haha… This is a SATIRE, ano ba? No wonder we don’t have Filipino movies with subtle humor/comedy that requires the brain to work.

    One more thing, if college & post-grad students are ‘waterproof’, employees are expected to be ‘immortal.’ Haha…

  15. This might be one of the most significant contributions of Filipinos to the history of mankind since EDSA!

    Hopefully I could go to school without having to pay for crossing a man made bridge

  16. WaLang Utak!
    Sila kaya pag experimentuhan ko!
    Pakainin ko sila nang Basag na Bote!
    Parang Rain Drops lang din naman kung pagbabasihan ang Ulan!
    same thing as water and yet so effective in weakening the body!

  17. It would be awesome if ASTI would proceed with this billion peso research project. More honorarium for us!

  18. +100

    Epic post, dude. I was like wtf, but then I regained my common sense. The sad thing is that this could actually be BELIEVABLE and true, the way we’re expected to be out and about when everything else is swimming. UP Diliman pamandin, where decent roofs are too expensive for our budget. Oh well. That’s why we have cuts.

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