Continue wearing masks, Lacuna urges workers

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna on Tuesday urged constituents, particularly those working indoors, to continue wearing masks despite the recent declaration by the World Health Organization that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency. “We all know that Covid-19 is still here with us. Even if cases had gone down in our city, we must continue being vigilant,” she said. Lacuna specifically made mention of those working within the offices in Manila City Hall, who deal with walk-in individuals on a daily basis. She said such workers stand at the frontline of providing public service, thus the need to double their vigilance. Apart from wearing masks, Lacuna also urged residents to observe physical distancing and to regularly wash their hands. She also called on the city employees to avoid eating altogether as this also paves the way for sure transmission. The mayor stressed that while the state of public health emergency had been lifted, the number of people getting infected with Covid-19 in Manila continues to go up. “Covid cases in our city continue to rise,” she warned, citing figures provided her office by city offices and hospitals. She noted that the number of those infected is based only on those who have taken the RT-PCR tests and does not even include those who just use the antigen tests. Lacuna also urged the city hall employees who have not completed their primary and booster shots to go to the city government employees’ clinic and have themselves vaccinated for their own protection. Her call came as the Philippines continues to grapple with the pandemic. As of 8 March 2023, the country has recorded a total of 3,722,223 Covid-19 cases, including 60,443 deaths. The post Continue wearing masks, Lacuna urges workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneMay 8th, 2023

Keep following basic Covid-19 protocols — Go

Despite the lifting of the global health emergency status of Covid-19 by the World Health Organization, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has emphasized the need for Filipinos to continue observing basic health protocols, reminding them that although the status has been lifted, the threat of Covid-19 still exists. In an ambush interview after personally aiding residents in Batangas City on Monday, May 8, Go highlighted the need to be cautious and vigilant in the face of the ongoing pandemic, and to continue following health protocols such as wearing masks when possible especially in public places, and more importantly, getting vaccinated. Go acknowledged that the lifting of the global health emergency status is a step towards returning to a more normal way of life. However, he stressed that the country cannot afford to let its guard down and become too complacent in the fight against Covid-19. On 5 May, the global emergency status for COVID-19 was lifted by the WHO, over three years since it was initially declared. However, WHO’s emergencies director Michael Ryan said that “that battle is not over,” adding, “We still have weaknesses and those weaknesses that we still have in our system will be exposed by this virus or another virus. And it needs to be fixed.” The Department of Health responded favorably to the WHO’s announcement, affirming that “this is an acknowledgment of our effective and collaborative Covid-19 response and concerted efforts to fully recover and re-open our economy.” Meanwhile, the senator also encouraged everyone to get vaccinated, and to get booster shots when they are eligible to better protect themselves from the virus. Go emphasized the sacrifices and learnings from the past three years during the pandemic must not be put to waste and efforts must continue to build a healthier and more resilient nation. During the celebration of National Health Workers Day last May 7, Go once again expressed his gratitude to all medical frontliners who have served and sacrificed in order to save lives during the pandemic. The post Keep following basic Covid-19 protocols — Go appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 10th, 2023

Bong Go: Continue health protocols even after global health emergency lifting

Despite the lifting of the global health emergency status of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has emphasized the need for Filipinos to continue observing basic health protocols, reminding them that although the status has been lifted, the threat of COVID-19 still exists. In an ambush interview after personally aiding residents in Batangas City on Monday, May 8, Go highlighted the need to be cautious and vigilant in the face of the ongoing pandemic, and to continue following health protocols such as wearing face masks when possible especially in public places, and more importantly, getting vaccinated. “Mas importante po sa akin ang buhay at kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino. Habang nandiyan po ang banta ng COVID, habang nandiyan ang sakit na COVID, ‘wag tayong maging kumpyansa. Marami pong paraan na maagapan natin ito (The life and health of every Filipino is important to me. As long the threat of COVID remains, let's not be complacent. There are many ways for us to stay safe),” he said. Go acknowledged that the lifting of the global health emergency status is a step toward returning to a more normal way of life. However, he stressed that the country cannot afford to let its guard down and become too complacent in the fight against COVID-19. “As Chair ng Committee on Health sa Senado, huwag pa rin tayong maging kumpyansa, tinanggal lang po ang pagiging world health emergency natin para unti-unti na tayo sigurong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay (The global health emergency was lifted to allow us to slowly return to normal life), ” reiterated Go. On 5 May, the global emergency status for COVID-19 was lifted by the WHO, over three years since it was initially declared. However, WHO's emergencies director Michael Ryan said that "that battle is not over", adding, "We still have weaknesses and those weaknesses that we still have in our system will be exposed by this virus or another virus. And it needs to be fixed." The Department of Health responded favorably to the WHO's announcement, affirming that “this is an acknowledgment of our effective and collaborative COVID-19 response and concerted efforts to fully recover and re-open our economy.” Meanwhile, the senator also encouraged everyone to get vaccinated, and to get booster shots when they are eligible to better protect themselves from the virus. “Marami pong paraan na maagapan natin ito. Pabakuna kayo, kung qualified kayo sa booster, magpa-booster kayo. Nandidiyan lang po ang bakuna. Mas protektado po tayo kapag bakunado at ‘yan po ang tanging susi o solusyon para unti-unti na tayong makabalik sa ating normal na pamumuhay (Please get yourselves vaccinated; if you are qualified for a booster shot, get a booster shot. We're better protected if we're vaccinated, and it's the only solution so we can go back to our normal lives),” he stressed. “Hinihiling ko rin sa publiko na pangalagaan ang mga nakatatanda at may comorbidities. Kung hindi naman ito sagabal, magsuot pa rin tayo ng mask dahil hindi natin alam kung may dala tayong sakit pag-uwi sa pamamahay natin. Kung mahal natin ang ating mga magulang, mga lolo at lola, mas mabuti nang mas protektado tayo para mas maproteksyunan din sila dahil mas delikado kapag sila ang nagkasakit (I ask the public to protect the elderly and those with co-morbidities. Let's still wear face mask because we may bring diseases when we go home. If we love our parents and grandparents, it's better to keep ourselves protected so we can also protect them, because they're more prone to getting sick),” he also advised earlier. Go emphasized the sacrifices and learnings from the past three years during the pandemic must not be put to waste and efforts must continue to build a healthier and more resilient nation. “Halos tatlong taon na tayong nakikipaglaban sa COVID-19 pandemic. Huwag nating sayangin ang ating naging mga sakripisyo kontra rito. Patuloy tayong mag-ingat upang tuluyan na tayong makabangon mula sa krisis (We've been fighting the pandemic for nearly three years. Let's not waste our sacrifices. Let's continue to keep safe so we can finally overcome this crisis),” he said earlier. During the celebration of National Health Workers Day last 7 May, Go once again expressed his gratitude to all medical frontliners who have served and sacrificed in order to save lives during the pandemic. “Ang dapat nating pasalamatan ay ang ating mga frontliners. Hindi natin mararating ngayon ito lahat kung hindi dahil sa ating mga frontliners -- mga doktor, medtech, nurses, lahat down to hospital utility, salamat sa inyong sakripisyo lalo na nung panahon ng pandemya (We should all thank our frontliners. We wouldn't have reached this point without our frontliners -- the doctors, medtech, nurses, down to the hospital ulitility people, thank you for all your sacrifices especially during the height of the pandemic),” he expressed. #### The post Bong Go: Continue health protocols even after global health emergency lifting appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2023

Stay vigilant vs COVID-19, Robredo urges public

While she is hopeful about the country’s decreasing coronavirus cases, Vice President Leni Robredo said this should not be a reason for Filipinos to be complacent and they must continue to be vigilant against COVID-19. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, in a Facebook post, said the people must maintain all the necessary precautionary measures and health protocols despite the improving COVID-19 situation. These include wearing face masks and face shields, frequent hand washing, and maintaining physical distancing from each other in public places. “While the numbers give us hope, this is no time to relax or be complacent,” the opposition leader said. ”Let us also pray fervently that all who are sick and those afflicted by the virus will get well soon and that our frontliners will be cloaked in the mantle of protection,” she added. “Kaya natin ‘to (We can do this),” Robredo stressed. The vice president issued a reminder to the public as the country has started to flatten the curve with the low number of COVID-19 cases’ reproduction number. The latest Department of Health (DOH) data showed the reproduction number was below 0.9. Robredo believed the current downward trend is the end result of the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) that was implemented in Metro Manila and nearby provinces last month. “Our medical experts were right to demand for a two-week MECQ. We’re seeing the fruits of that now,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

Senator urges voluntary wearing of masks

Sen. Bong Go, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, reminded Filipinos, especially the elderly, to remain vigilant in the face of ongoing health threats......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

Respiratory Infections Surge in Illinois: Daily Guardian Reports Recommendations for Masks in Health Care Settings

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Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

Amsterdam sex workers protest planned ‘erotic center’

Amsterdam's sex workers Thursday protested against the transfer of their famed red light district to an out-of-town "erotic center", in what is seen as part of a battle for the city's soul. Many wearing masks to shield their identity, dozens of sex workers marched through the streets towards City Hall, one carrying a banner saying: "If sex workers are not to blame, then why are we being punished?" Mayor Femke Halsema wants to uproot the red light district and move it out of town to a purpose-built "erotic center", aiming to rid Amsterdam's image as a "sin city" while reducing the number of tourists and petty crime in the area. But she has found herself up against local residents who do not want the new center on their doorstep, as well as sex workers who feel they are scapegoats for the criminals and crowds surrounding their neon-lit booths. Halsema has long opposed the centuries-old red light district, known as De Wallen, with its neon-lined windows in canalside houses where sex workers stand waiting for customers. The city council has earmarked three possible sites for the erotic center, which would have 100 rooms for sex workers. One sex worker who identified herself only as Lucie dismissed the idea as "one big gentrification project". "It's mainly about combatting the crowds in De Wallen, but that is not the sex workers' fault so I don't see why we should be punished for it," said Lucie, who declined to give her last name. 'We just don't want it' Even the European Medicines Agency has been caught up in the controversy after it emerged one possible site for the erotic center was near its headquarters. The EMA voiced outrage, saying it could affect the safety of people working late at the office. More than 20,000 have signed a petition against the transfer of the booths, calling instead for better crowd control in the area and greater police surveillance, especially at night. Mariska Majoor, a former sex worker who now advocates for their rights, said the protests against moving the district had already been going for 16 years and that City Hall kept changing the goalposts. "The authorities had a plan to reduce part of the brothels already in 2007. Then it was because of the fight against people trafficking and abuse and now it's about the fight against mass tourism," she told AFP. Moving the red light district is Amsterdam's latest effort to transform its image as a party capital. It has also launched a "stay away" campaign to discourage stag nights and boozy tourists, which caused a stir in Britain after the council said it would start by targeting British men aged 18 to 35. The demonstration also attracted out-of-town locals who might suddenly find themselves living next to the new "erotic center." Cynthia Cournuejouls, a 42-year mother living to the south of the city, told AFP: "We don't want the biggest brothel in Europe in our neighborhood." "We just don't want it. We want to keep it here." The post Amsterdam sex workers protest planned ‘erotic center’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

LAWMAKER ON WHEELS — Ejercito’s love for Phl sports is one of a kind

Senator JV Ejercito’s love for cycling is hard to miss. From interviews to his social media posts, the 53-year-old lawmaker would always find a way to display his love for cycling — and sports in general. That’s why in a recent interview with Daily Tribune, Ejercito took the opportunity to preach the benefits of cycling and how he wants to spearhead the staging of more local and international tournaments that would encourage a lot of enthusiasts to take the sport seriously. “We need to have more competitions like Ronda Pilipinas. I hope somebody picks up the cudgels for it to continue because competition improves the quality of our athletes,” said Ejercito, referring to the annual professional road cycling competition that covers major cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The prestigious bikefest started in 2011 and has drawn the interest of the best local and international riders. It, however, got canceled this year as it prepares to transition from being an annual to a biennial event. “We need competitions,” Ejercito stressed. But batting for the staging of a professional cycling competition is just a mere fraction of Ejercito’s love for the sport. In fact, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Ejercito took the cudgels for the cyclists when he slammed the Inter-Agency Task Force for raising the proposal of requiring cyclists to wear face shields on the road. Ejercito stressed that this proposal will put the cyclists’ lives at risk as they might suffer hypoxia or lack of oxygen. Having first-hand experience on the challenges of the sport, Ejercito asserted that the proposal might create more harm than good. “I am not in favor of requiring face shields to those who are biking and exercising. This might cause hypoxia or lack of oxygen. While breathing hard, intake of oxygen is already minimized with masks so what more if they will require them to wear face shields? This can be fatal,” Ejercito said. “Cyclists usually are away from each other. Face shields should be required in enclosed and crowded places. There is already a mask that is required anyway.” “Wearing a face shield while cycling is dangerous. The mask is enough.” But that’s not all. Ejercito also fought hard for the rights of cyclists through Senate Bill 393 that pushes for more bicycle lanes in major thoroughfares. He believes that by putting up bicycle lanes, the government would encourage the public to bike to their respective schools or offices instead of riding cars, buses or trains. The public would also get to save a lot on their transportation expenses while helping the government solve the worsening traffic situation. “This legislation is one way to help unburden commuters who are choosing to ride their bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles in order to escape the worsening traffic situation and save money on fares and fuel, especially now that prices of petroleum products have skyrocketed,” the bill’s explanatory note said. Ejercito said the government will also benefit from this proposal. “Though we admire such resilience and innovation, the government should also look into improving road conditions for alternative means of transportation,” Ejercito, the son of former President Joseph Estrada, said. “Until such a time that the government has finished its goal to provide mass transportation that is people-centered and accommodating to every walk of life, there will always be room for alternative forms of travel.” Ejercito admitted that he even considered riding his bicycle to work. “Even I couldn’t bear it each time I load up on gas. I shell out P5,000 every time. It’s hard on my pockets. Hopefully, I can save by biking to work,” Ejercito said. As of May 2023, about 546 kilometers of bike lanes were already established in Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao, according to the Department of Transportation. Aside from cycling, Ejercito also plays golf and boxing. He is also an avid fan of basketball. In fact, he was at the sidelines when Gilas Pilipinas battled China in the FIBA Basketball World Cup together with other senators in Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel Zubiri. Ejercito said if there will be a chance, he will gladly lend a helping hand to Philippine sports. After all, he is no stranger to grassroots sports after serving as chairman of the committee on youth and sports when he was still representing San Juan City in the House of Representatives. With him in charge, he was able to help the Philippine Sports Commission with its funding that led to the rise of promising athletes like Hidilyn Diaz, who went on to become the country’s first Olympic gold medalist. “There’s no specific NSA (national sports association) but if there is an opportunity, I will help. I box, I cycle and I even played basketball before,” the mild-mannered Ejercito said. Truly, sports, especially cycling, occupies a very special place in Ejercito’s heart. And he will keep on helping Filipino athletes — one pedal at a time. The post LAWMAKER ON WHEELS — Ejercito’s love for Phl sports is one of a kind appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

Lacuna urges PLM graduates: Make Manila magnificent

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna has called on the graduates of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila to help build a “Magnificent Manila.” Lacuna, who was the guest speaker at the PLM’s 112th commencement exercises on Saturday, said that the graduates have a responsibility to help the city become a better place. “Let us help each other and work together to promote a better and more developed city. Let us put our acts together as we envision and realize a Magnificent Manila,” she said. Lacuna congratulated the graduates and their parents for their achievement. She also reminded them to be thankful to God, their loved ones, their friends and schoolmates, and the taxpayers of Manila for their support. She said that the city government is doing its best to help the graduates find jobs and succeed in their chosen fields. “I am confident that with your credentials as products of the PLM, you will be able to find a job and an opportunity to promote yourselves in your chosen field of endeavor,” she said. Lacuna also urged the graduates to be good citizens and to contribute to the development of Manila. “I hope that you will continue to be proud of being Iskolar ng Bayan and that you will always remember your alma mater,” said the lady mayor. The local government had been providing P1,000 monthly allowance for PLM students, along with those from the Universidad de Manila as part of the city’s social amelioration program. Lacuna expressed confidence that with their credentials as product of the PLM, the graduates will be able to find a job and an opportunity to promote themselves in their chosen field of endeavor. The post Lacuna urges PLM graduates: Make Manila magnificent appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 10th, 2023

Keeping masks on

Because of masks, I’ve relearned the essence of the proverbial phrase that the eyes speak as much as the mouth. There’s beauty, of course, when the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, lips moving apart to bare teeth the stress-relieving facial smile. But the open petals of the mouth no longer serve solely as the instrument of happy or friendly expressions. The eyes have it, too, perhaps even keener or more soulful than a mouth smile will ever be. Mask-wearing therefore forced many of us to pay attention to smiling eyes during the pandemic a devastating public health emergency now officially declared over. Mr. Marcos Jr. officially lifted last week the nationwide state of public health emergency caused by Covid-19, ending over three years of various degrees of pandemic restrictions, including mask-wearing in crowded public transport. But even as the government junks the required masking, many Filipinos, I believe, are unlikely to stop wearing masks completely any time soon. In fact, even before Mr. Marcos Jr. issued his final order against mask wearing he had already earlier eased mask rules, lifting the mandatory wearing of masks in public places like wet markets and malls. Yet, despite the eased rules which prompted many not to wear masks in public a general observation told us that many did still diligently wear masks. Just like others, I now find that putting on a mask is habitual, a reflex when sallying forth out of the house. It’s a habit hard to change, I find, just like frequently washing my hands. So, if only out of habit, cemented during the three years of the pandemic, I and many others will continue to wear masks no matter what the government says. The mask culture is now a Filipino cultural trait. Generally, it’s probably because Covid hasn’t entirely gone away. It is still causing infections, disease, and death. Wearing masks is still a proven defense and still provides some peace of mind. Still, there are probably other reasons. One is that even if Covid doesn’t now count as a health emergency Filipinos have found mask-wearing to be beneficial against other common illnesses like the flu and allergies. Avoiding other common respiratory illnesses persuades people to keep their masks on. Another significant fact that makes mask-wearing not a misguided affectation is that many Filipinos are realizing that wearing one is all about being unselfish. Filipinos are starting to respect the well-being of others, a mask etiquette that makes Filipinos culturally more Asian than Western. Wearing a mask has always been associated with good etiquette for many people in Asia. It is common courtesy in Asia to wear a mask in public, especially since one never knows who around them might have weakened immune systems or live with someone vulnerable. In contrast, most Western countries see mask-wearing as a highly charged social and political issue. Public courtesies aside, I also believe Filipinos will go on wearing masks because of the inescapable fact that masks protect against air pollution. Most urbanized Filipinos instinctively know and sharply feel the health effects of air pollution like coughing, sneezing, and tightness of the chest. Not for nothing that motorcycle riders cover their mouths and noses while traversing traffic-choked streets. Moreover, our air pollution woes now include the alarming health risk of inhaling microplastics — tiny plastic particles floating in the environment. A recent study showed Metro Manila residents face a large health risk when breathing in microplastics. Scientists say insidious microplastics are the newest “major pollutant of our generation.” A pollutant that initial studies show causes stress and havoc to the internal organs once it enters the bloodstream. Thus, even as Covid becomes less of a public health crisis, microplastics loom as the next public health emergency. Nothing is being done yet against microplastics and that only means our mask-wearing days aren’t over. The post Keeping masks on appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

Go bill funding OFW Hospital

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has filed Senate Bill 2297 institutionalizing the Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital and providing sufficient resources to sustain its operations. One of the key provisions of SBN 2297 the senator filed on Wednesday is the appropriation of funds necessary for the construction, maintenance and operation of the OFWH in San Fernando City, Pampanga. “In order to harmonize policies and functions of different agencies, and ensure sufficient funding for the hospital, this proposed measure institutionalizes the OFW Hospital under the administrative supervision of the Department of Migrant Workers,” Go added. The 100-bed OFWH, which was established through an executive order under the Duterte administration, started operation in June last year. It is primarily dedicated to serving OFWs and their eligible dependents. Last November, Go personally led the launch of the 153rd Malasakit Center inside the hospital. The center is a desk where patients can get government help to pay their medical bills. Meanwhile, the chair of the Senate Committee on Health graced the turnover of National Housing Authority homes to fire victims in Davao City on 14 July. The houses were made possible through NHA’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program, which extends financial assistance for building materials to expedite the rebuilding of damaged homes. “This EHAP started during the term of former president Duterte and I was among those who pushed for it. Now, I fund this so it will continue, so it can help fire victims to buy housing materials,” according to Go. During the ceremony held at Rizal Park, Go, and his team also distributed grocery packs, masks, and snacks to 1,272 fire victims. Shoes, bicycles, and cellular phones were also given to several recipients. On the issue of possible water shortage with the onset of the El Nino phenomenon, Go called on government agencies and local government units to intensify their water conservation drives. The post Go bill funding OFW Hospital appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 16th, 2023

Lacuna urges protection of city programs

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna has called on residents, particularly barangay officials, to protect city projects and take good care of them to prevent vandalism or theft. Lacuna made the appeal during the lighting up of 29 lamp posts along Yuseco Street from Jose Abad Santos to Rizal Avenue. She was joined by Vice Mayor Yul Servo, Thurd District Representative Joel Chua and several city councilors. In her speech, Lacuna expressed gratitude to the Manila City Council for its quick approval of funds for the lighting project and to Chua for his promise to help the city government if needed. Lacuna then urged the barangay officials and residents to be vigilant in monitoring the lamp posts and report any vandalism or theft to the authorities immediately. She said that the city government has worked hard to implement these projects and that it would be a waste of resources if they were damaged or stolen. The mayor also said that the lighting project is part of the city government’s ongoing effort to improve public safety. She assured residents that the program will continue until the entire city is well-lit. “We hope that you will continue to support our simple but meaningful projects,” Lacuna said. “These projects are for your protection and safety.” The lighting of the lamp posts along Yuseco Street is the third phase of the city government’s lighting program. The first phase covered the Lacson-España area and the second was Fugoso Street. The mayor said that the program is aimed at helping barangay officials who patrol the streets at night. She also said that the lighting program will help to improve the overall security of the city. The post Lacuna urges protection of city programs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

Go stresses importance of brotherhood, malasakit

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go emphasized the importance of upholding the values of brotherhood, service and malasakit in serving the Filipino people during the induction and oath-taking ceremony of the Davao City Global Eagles Club at Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City  last Saturday, 24 June. In his speech, Go acknowledged the special connection he feels with the club as a fellow Davaoeño. He likewise expressed his gratitude in becoming a member of the Davao City Global Eagles Club, while highlighting the significance of the Philippine Eagles, which symbolize the city. Go then took the opportunity to express his unwavering support for the country’s uniformed personnel, acknowledging their sacrifices in ensuring the safety and security of the nation. As the vice chair of the Committee on National Defense in the Senate, Go assured his continuous support for the uniformed personnel. He likewise voiced his disapproval towards proposals that could have a negative impact on the existing pension benefits provided to retirees and the anticipated benefits for active service members upon retirement. “They risk their ives in the performance of their duty. That is why I have full support for our uniformed personnel,” he stated. Go, also the Chair of the Committees on Health and Sports highlighted the establishment of Malasakit Centers, which provide accessible healthcare services to the particularly poor and indigent Filipinos. Launched in 2018 and institutionalized through the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which Go principally authored and sponsored, the program aims to provide accessible medical and financial assistance to Filipinos through these one-stop shops. Go likewise emphasized the significance of Super Health Centers, which aim to address the need for more medical facilities in remote regions. The senator reaffirmed his dedication to improving access to essential healthcare services as he conducted a site inspection for the Super Health Center in Bantay, Ilocos Sur last Monday, 26. In his speech, Go emphasized the significance of the Super Health Center initiative. He highlighted the need to bring medical services closer to the people, particularly in municipalities that lack adequate health facilities and in far-flung communities. Go personally distributed assistance to struggling Ilocanos in partnership with the local government led by Governor Jerry Singson. In his speech during the activity, Go encouraged the residents to continue wearing masks whenever possible especially in crowded areas and follow health protocols to continue efforts to overcome the spread of COVID-19. The post Go stresses importance of brotherhood, malasakit appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 27th, 2023

Mayon simmers; funds assured

State volcanologists reported that Mayon Volcano produced fewer rockfalls and volcanic earthquakes on Thursday. Two volcanic tremors and 306 rockfall occurrences were recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday. The volcano recorded 309 rockfall events in the previous update, along with seven volcanic temblors. Mayon, however, showed a modest rise in sulfur dioxide flux, going from 149 tons per day to 193 tons per day. Since 8 June, the volcano has been on Alert Level 3 due to “potential explosive activity happening within days or weeks,” according to Phivolcs. Volcanologists said the volcano’s unrest may continue for a few months based on observations and past eruptions. Meanwhile, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. yesterday vowed quick response to Mayon’s unrest and the needs of the thousands of evacuees. Marcos pledged funds and other assistance to the affected province of Albay on the sidelines of a Department of Trade and Industry forum. “Whatever is needed, we will have to provide. Many people are already helping, all agencies are already engaged in their rehabilitation efforts, in the support for the evacuees,” he said. The government, he said, “must be sensitive” to the needs of the province during the emergency as each municipality faces different difficulties in carrying out quick response operations. He spoke about the elderly who need to take their medication, workers who had to leave their employment, and the children and parents whose mental and physical health are affected at the evacuation centers. “I think in terms of actual funding, I think, as far as I know, we have a budget for that but my instruction to them is to assess thoroughly, and not just keep giving money,” Marcos said. “You have to check what their problems are so we can fix them, and if it takes cash then that’s well and good, but sometimes it’s not cash,” he added. He instructed Cabinet officials to “take the load off” Albay in terms of quick response funding as Mayon’s restiveness may last from 45 to 90 days. “If it takes cash, then that’s good. Well and good. But sometimes, it’s not cash. We have been discussing what to do about the hampered education of the children; they cannot go to school. These are other issues are basically not quantifiable but they are important,” Marcos said. “The issues of the mental health of those children, even the parents. We need to think about them because what they are going through is really difficult. So we have to give all the support that we can,” he added. Latest data from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council showed that 9,167 families or 37,682 individuals were forced to evacuate due to Mayon’s restiveness. Of the number, 17,914 were counted as displaced persons staying in the 25 activated evacuation centers or temporary shelters. The remainder are staying with relatives or friends. The Philippine Army has conducted humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations for 15,000 evacuees from Albay’s 23 barangays since 10 June. The government has so far provided more than P37.3 million to assist affected residents. The Office of Civil Defense said it has extended additional assistance to the Albay government, including the provision of 3,200 sacks of rice and other relief items such as tarpaulin rolls, N95 masks, family food packs, hygiene kits, pelican cases, portable water filtration units, and a water filtration truck to Albay to assist residents of affected areas. The post Mayon simmers; funds assured appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2023

‘Come early, go home late’

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna on Monday urged all city officials and employees to be punctual and, if needed, work late to finish all tasks. She also encouraged all Manilans to participate in the city’s month-long activities leading up to the celebration of its 452nd founding anniversary on 24 June. Lacuna noted that all city workers take an oath every first Monday of the month during their flag-raising ceremony. In this oath, they vow to give their best in the delivery of basic services needed by the city’s residents. As such, Lacuna stressed the importance of punctuality and willingness to work beyond the designated hours, if only to finish everything that has to be done, to the satisfaction of those who come to City Hall and all its outside units for help. Meanwhile, the mayor announced that the lineup of activities for the month leading up to 24 June, which marks the exact date of the founding of Manila, includes the awarding of local government employees who have rendered long years of dedicated service to the city. Likewise to be feted are Manila residents who have greatly contributed and brought honor to the city. Also the Miss Manila beauty pageant and a socio-civic parade will be held in the historic Moriones district of Tondo during the celebrations. “This is our chance to show how proud we are of our city and our being Manileños,” she said. “Let’s continue loving our city and one another.” The post ‘Come early, go home late’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

Bong Go supports BHWs, community nutritionists in Quezon Province

The Office of Senator Bong Go extended assistance to 400 barangay health workers and nutritionists in Macalelon, Quezon province on Wednesday, 24 May. Taking place at the Macalelon convention center, Go’s team provided masks, vitamins, snacks, and shirts to each beneficiary. Additionally, select individuals received cellular phones, shoes, and balls for basketball and volleyball. Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were also present and provided financial assistance. Recently, Go, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill No. 427, which would require the provision of allowances and benefits to barangay health workers. If passed into law, Go’s proposed measure seeks to provide a monthly allowance of PhP3,000 to all barangay health workers. They will also be entitled to benefits and privileges and security of tenure. In his video message, Go reminded the public that there are 157 Malasakit Centers operational nationwide which have assisted over seven million Filipinos, according to the DOH. The Malasakit Centers, which Go had earlier initiated, continue to provide easy access to medical assistance, particularly for poor and indigent patients nationwide. Principally authored and sponsored by Go, Republic Act No. 11463 mandates the establishment of Malasakit Centers in hospitals administered or managed by the Department of Health, and in the Philippine General Hospital. Hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals may also establish their own Malasakit Center provided they meet a standard set of criteria to guarantee the sustainability of the center’s operations. Malasakit Centers in the province are located at Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City and at Maria L. Eleazar General Hospital in Tagkawayan. To aid in the economic development of the province, Go, who is an adopted son of CALABARZON and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, earlier extended support for the rehabilitation of the Old Quezon Capitol building and the rehabilitation of the Quezon Eco-Tourism Road in Lucena City. He likewise supported other infrastructure initiatives, including slope protection along Dumacaa and Iyam rivers, and a multipurpose building inside Lucena City General Hospital. “Mga kababayan ko, bukas po lagi ang aking tanggapan at handa po akong magserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya. Magtulungan lang po tayo, magbayanihan at magmalasakit po tayo sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” he ended. The post Bong Go supports BHWs, community nutritionists in Quezon Province appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 26th, 2023

Not yet time to be complacent

After more than three years of suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization or WHO has officially declared that the virus outbreak is no longer classified as a public health emergency of international concern or PHEIC. According to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the emergency committee met for the 15th time and recommended to officially end the classification of Covid-19 as a global health emergency. WHO, however, emphasized that the pandemic is far from over. Some people still get infected, and the virus continues to claim lives. “Last week, Covid-19 claimed a life every three minutes and that’s just the deaths we know about. As we speak, thousands of people around the world are fighting for their lives in intensive care units,” Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying. “And millions more continue to live with the debilitating effects of the post-Covid-19 condition. This virus is here to stay. It is still killing, and it’s still changing. The risk remains of new variants emerging that could cause new surges in cases and deaths,” he said. Locally, the Department of Health echoed the same view. It once again encouraged Filipinos to exercise caution and not to be complacent. “Even though the WHO has lifted the PHEIC status, it didn’t say the pandemic is over,” Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing. “We want to remind everyone that even though the PHEIC has been lifted, we cannot be complacent at this point. We still need to be vigilant.” To put things in perspective, there are still an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines. According to OCTA Research, the positivity rate in Metro Manila rose slightly on 11 May to 24.9 percent from the 24.2 percent registered on 10 May. In addition, the National Capital Region’s hospital bed occupancy was at 28.3 percent on 11 May compared to 25.5 percent on 3 May. In this scenario, OCTA Research expects the positivity rate in Metro Manila to peak over the next two weeks. The Philippines has been somehow back to normal since President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. scrapped quarantine restrictions to revive the ailing economy.  But with the virus lingering and still a part of our lives, this pandemic will not be over until it is over. It is best to remain at home where we are protected the most. When outdoors, we should continue to practice minimum safety protocols such as observing social distancing, regularly washing hands, using alcohol, and wearing face masks, among other things. All of us have long prayed for this pandemic to be over, but as health experts believe, we have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to remain safe and sound, and in good health. But all of this will not be achieved with just the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors. Our discipline and role as citizens are imperative in putting this pandemic to an end. The post Not yet time to be complacent appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2023

Taiwan in WHA, WHO can ‘make world healthier’

Taiwan has renewed its call to be reinvited to World Health Assembly and World Health Organization meetings so it can help make the world healthier. The island’s Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr. Hsueh Jui-yuan, made the call in a paper titled “Sustainable health development in the postpandemic era.” “Taiwan has not been invited to the World Health Assembly since 2017. Now that the Covid-19 pandemic is abating and dialogue on strengthening health systems worldwide is accelerating, Taiwan should not be left out,” Hsueh said. “Taiwan can help, and Taiwan's inclusion would make the world healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable,” he added. According to the minister, Taiwan effectively mitigated the spread of Covid-19. Hsueh said, “The Taiwanese people have played a pivotal role in the success of Taiwan's anti-pandemic model by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, following quarantine regulations, and getting vaccinated.” When compared with the 38 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states and Singapore, Taiwan ranks sixth-lowest in Covid-19 mortality and case-fatality rates, he pointed out. “Taiwan also ranks fourth-highest for coverage rates of at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and third-highest in terms of vaccine boosters administered,” he said. Taiwan is currently implementing preventive measures for the postpandemic era, such as strengthening the domestic production of critical drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients to avert future drug shortages, according to Hsueh. Furthermore, Taiwan shared its expertise and successful pandemic response methods with other countries through bilateral and multilateral platforms. “Since the onset of the pandemic, Taiwan has been working with the Philippines in response to the challenges by providing medical supplies and face masks. Taiwan will continue to act as a force for good in the world to help bolster the resilience of the global health network,” Hsueh said. “Understanding how important it is to work with the international community, Taiwan will further share innovative technologies and best practices with partners around the world to advance universal health coverage,” the minister added. Taiwan’s bid to attend the WHO’s annual assembly was rejected nearly a year ago after diplomatic pressure from China which considers it one of its own provinces, according to Reuters. The WHA also rejected last year to include in its agenda a proposal by 13 WHO members to allow Taiwan to join as an observer, Reuters reported. “The WHA facilitated dialogue among countries to chart an effective course to end the pandemic. Discussions such as these should exclude no one, especially not Taiwan and its 23 million people, who successfully united to overcome the pandemic and set an example for the world,” he said. The post Taiwan in WHA, WHO can ‘make world healthier’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 10th, 2023

Remain vigilant vs deadly virus, says Go

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reminded anew the public to continue observing safety health protocols even as the World Health Organization declared an end to the Covid-19 as a “public health emergency of international concern”, which has been in place for over three years. The lawmaker — who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography — also expressed gratitude to all medical frontliners who have served and sacrificed in order to save lives during the pandemic. On Friday, WHO director general Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus highlighted the decline in deaths and hospitalization related to Covid-19, saying, “It is therefore with great hope that I declare Covid-19 over as a global health emergency.” Acknowledging WHO’s pronouncement, the Department of Health released a statement that the agency will convene with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases to reassess the country’s Covid-19 guidelines. In this regard, Go emphasized that while this is a welcome development, everyone must remain vigilant and responsible to prevent the spread of the virus from recurring. “The lifting of the global public health emergency status by WHO does not mean that we can let our guard down. Let us remain adherent to the basic health protocols,” Go said. The senator likewise continues to emphasize the importance of wearing face masks in preventing the spread of Covid-19 as he has been encouraging all Filipinos to wear face masks whenever they go out in public, even without mandatory policies in place. He also reiterated his call for eligible Filipinos to get inoculated against Covid-19, stressing the importance of vaccines in protecting individuals from the virus. Acknowledging the concerns and hesitations of some Filipinos about getting vaccinated, Go assured the public that the government has procured safe vaccines and underscored that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. For his part as a lawmaker, Go has been pushing for the enactment of two important bills that aim to strengthen the country’s capacity to prevent and respond to infectious diseases. These are Senate Bills 195 and 196, which seek to establish the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines, respectively. If SBN 195 is passed into law, the CDC shall be the lead agency for developing communicable disease control and prevention initiatives. It will be primarily responsible for controlling the introduction and spread of infectious diseases in the country. Some of its primary functions will include policy and standards development, disease detection and surveillance, data collection and analytics, public health communications and research and evidence synthesis. Meanwhile, under the proposed SBN 196, VIP will serve as the principal laboratory of the country in providing virology laboratory investigations, research, and technical coordination of the entire network of virology laboratories nationwide. The proposed bill will also provide guidelines for the establishment and operation of testing, reference and biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 research laboratories throughout the country. The post Remain vigilant vs deadly virus, says Go appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 7th, 2023

Protect 150K Pinoys in Taiwan, Go urges DMW

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated his call for the Department of Migrant Workers, to closely monitor the development of the growing tensions between Taiwan and China to prepare for necessary contingency measures to protect the welfare of 150,000 Taiwan-based overseas Filipino workers. Go, in an interview during a relief operation for fire victims in Parañaque City on 12 April, underscored the need for the government to prioritize the safety and welfare of OFWs. “As former president Rodrigo Duterte said during the UN General Assembly in 2020, ‘when elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled flat.’ Our country is close to Taiwan. In this situation, the Philippines is the grass. We will be caught in the crossfire if these two giants fight,” Go said in Filipino China recently simulated a three-day air and sea drill, dubbed the “Joint Sword” drills, around the Taiwan Strait. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the said military exercises were meant to be a “stern warning to the provocative activities of Taiwan’s independence secessionist forces and their collusion with external forces.” He said he has his full trust that President Bongbong Marcos Jr. will prioritize the interest of fellow Filipinos and the country. “It’s better to be a friend to all and enemy to none. It’s hard for us to empathize. Filipinos just want to live quietly. Importantly, the health and life of every OFW in Taiwan may be affected in case of trouble there,” he added. When asked if the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement will create a new conflict, Go said the government must prioritize what is best for Filipinos. “I’m sure our government and our military will not allow us to be used or we will be trapped,” he added. Meanwhile, Go has expressed his support for the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s plan to investigate Philippine National Police officials reportedly linked to a billion-peso drug haul. “You know, the truth must come out. Truth always,” he said. The fight against illegal drugs, he said, should continue. “We don’t want to waste what former president (Rodrigo) Duterte started against illegal drugs. When illegal drugs are back, crime will come back, government corruption will come back,” Go said in Filipino. The PNP, on 11 April, welcomed the DILG’s decision to probe the arrest of former police officer Rodolfo Mayo who was implicated in the P6.7-billion drug haul in October last year. The DILG expressed doubts that Mayo acted alone, indicating that there may have been other officers involved. “There is no forgiveness for those involved in illegal drugs. You know, it’s a big sin to our countrymen when you are involved in illegal drugs, especially the police who are supposed to implement the law,” he added. Go cited the need to separate the few bad apples from the many honest and dedicated police officers who are working hard to keep the community safe. “We fully support our police and military, they just have to do their job right for our countrymen,” he said. Earlier, Go filed Senate Bill 422 which, if passed into law, will entitle any officer or enlisted personnel of the AFP and Philippine National Police facing charges before the prosecutor’s office, court, or any competent body, arising from an incident related to the performance of official duty, to free legal assistance. He added that in the past, some police officers were wrongfully accused, prompting former president Duterte and himself to offer legal aid. The post Protect 150K Pinoys in Taiwan, Go urges DMW appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 15th, 2023

DOLE lets employers, workers decide whether to mask up at work

The Department of Labor and Employment is leaving it up to employers and their workers to decide whether they will continue to wear masks at work after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. scrapped the mask mandate......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2022