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Duterte prefers govt-to-govt deal in buying COVID-19 vaccine

CALOOCAN CITY, Oct. 28 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday said he favors government-to-government transaction most likely with China for the purchase of anti-COVID-19 vaccine to avoi.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesOct 28th, 2020

Galvez is now govt s Vaccine Czar

CALOOCAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has formally appointed National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. as Vaccine Czar.In a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

More senators back calling another Senate hearing on govt’s vaccine plan

More senators wanted to call for another Senate hearing on the government’s COVID-19 vaccine overall plan as they noted that more questions are yet to be answered by the Executive Department. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Francis Pangilinan said they support calling for another hearing on the matter calling the vaccination plan laid […] The post More senators back calling another Senate hearing on govt’s vaccine plan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

‘No US vaccine, no US troops allowed’

President Duterte’s “No US vaccine, no stay” deal is tough for everyone, including his diplomats caught in the transition to the Biden administration who are now working like purchase agents chasing COVID-19 vaccines for the boss back in Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2020

DILG lauds Pangasinan prov’l govt for its efforts in slowing down COVID-19 spread

PANGASINAN — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has commended the provincial government headed by Gov. Amado Espino III and the people of Pangasinan for their collective effort in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Governor Amado I. Espino III (Photo from the official website of the Province of Pangasinan/ MANILA BULLETIN/ FILE) “Binabati natin si Governor dahil maganda ang pagha-handle nila sa COVID situation. In fact, bumaba na yung kanilang active cases. Magandang development na ito sa pangunguna ng ating Governor at sa pagtutulungan ng ating mga kababayan sa Pangasinan,” (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said. The DILG Secretary, together with Gov. Espino and Board Member Jerome Vic Espino were guests at the October 27 episode of Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar. Año said that despite being a huge province and the gateway to Northern Luzon, Pangasinan is faring well in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. “Sana ay tuluyan na ring mawala ang COVID dyan,” the DILG Secretary said. Espino thanked his constituents for cooperating with the provincial government in the enforcement of strict health protocols. “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga kababayan na nakikinig at sumusunod sa alituntunin at sa mga LGUs na nakikiisa sa mga programa. Sa guidance po ng national Inter-Agency Task Force, maganda ang pagkakaisa at komunikasyon po namin dito kaya patuloy na bumababa ang mga kaso ng COVID-19,” he said. The province has a total of 1,611 COVID-19 cases, 351 of which are active, 60 deaths, and 1,200 recoveries.  Espino thanked national government agencies and President Duterte for their support to the Province of Pangasinan in curbing the spread of COVID-19. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

Go urges BFP to push modernization efforts

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go on Friday urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to continue its efforts to modernize and enhance its ranks by acquiring more fire trucks and equipment especially for the  remote areas in the country. Sen. Bong Go (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Go issued the statement after attending yesterday the ceremonial turnover at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City of the recently procured equipment of the BFP, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed by BFP to various local government units around the country.  “All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said. (These will be distributed all over the country. I am happy because we want to give the appropriate fire-fighting equipment to different parts of the country.)    Go said there are many municipalities that have no financial capabilities to buy such an equipment. “Hopefully, patuloy pa ang pag-acquire nila ng mga panibagong equipment. Kinausap ko rin po si Dir. Embang na ikonsidera rin nila ‘yung mga maliliit na fire trucks na puwedeng pumasok sa mga liblib o masisikip na lugar kasi doon po madalas nagkakasunog,” Go said, referring to BFP Chief Jose Embang, Jr. (Hopefully, their acquisition of fire-fighting equipment will continue. I told Director Embang that BFP should consider buying small fire trucks that can enter narrow roads and congested areas where fires usually originate from.) Last February 11, 2020, Go joined President Duterte in witnessing the turnover of 74 fire trucks. The Senator also continues to provide aid to fire victims in different parts of the country.  “Mahirap po mawalan ng bahay at kagamitan dahil sa sunog at iba pang sakuna. Kaya po patuloy akong nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima at nag-iiwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Go said. (It is hard to lose a house and personal belongings due to fires. That is why I continue to extend help to fire victims and give them a reason to smile during a time of grief.) “Bilang isang Senador at public servant, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo, lalo na sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan na apektado ng krisis tulad ng sunog. Kasabay nito ay pagsisikapan ko bilang mambabatas na mas palakasin pa ang ating fire prevention and protection measures,” he added. (As a senator and a public servant, I continue to be of service, particularly to victims of crises like fires. As a lawmaker, I continue to help to strengthen our fire prevention and protection measures.)     As vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and as a main advocate of fire protection modernization initiatives, one of Go’s priority bills is Senate Bill 204 which is now consolidated under Committee Report No. 111, otherwise known as BFP Modernization Act of 2020.  The measure is currently undergoing the period of interpellation in the Senate. The bill aims to ensure the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, and the conduct of training for firefighters of the BFP.  The bill will also empower local communities in preventing fire incidents by mandating the BFP to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in all local government units (LGUs), especially in vulnerable areas.  Go said President Duterte fully supports the modernization efforts of the BFP. “Ang sabi ng Pangulo, sabihin mo sa kanila huwag na nila ako unahin, ‘yung kagamitan ng mga sundalo at kapulisan at bumbero ang unahin natin,” he said. (The President said the equipment of soldiers, policemen, and firemen should come first.) During the event, Go expressed his and Duterte’s full support for the country’s fire personnel, citing the government’s recent effort to increase the salaries and promote the welfare of the military and uniformed personnel.  “Full support po kami sa inyo. Unang-una po, ‘yung pangako niya pagkaupo pa lang niya bilang Pangulo, tinupad niya agad ang pangako niya,” Go said, referring to the increase in salaries provided to uniformed personnel, including firefighters. (We give our full support to you. The President fulfills his promises when he took over the presidency in 2016.) Go also said that he supports the President’s position of arming BFP personnel so they can help in the fight against criminality.  “We are currently studying this added measure of arming firefighters. Nabanggit na rin ito ng Pangulo. Makakatulong din sila sa paglaban ng kriminalidad at para rin maproteksyunan ang kanilang mga sarili. Pati sa kampanya laban sa droga, makakatulong din sila,” Go said. (This was mentioned by the President. They can help fight criminality and also protect themselves. They can also help in containing the spread of dangerous drugs.)    In addition to fire trucks and other modern equipment, Go also said that he is coordinating with BFP officials, government finance managers, and concerned agencies on how to also provide additional ambulance units to the BFP.  He said that providing ambulances will make the BFP more responsive in fulfilling its mandate and will be useful, especially in times of national emergencies given that their personnel are well-trained frontliners.  “Kapag mayroon nang vaccine kontra COVID-19, pwede pong tumulong ang BFP para mabakunahan ang mga tao. Nagtutulungan po lahat ng ating uniformed personnel, mula military, pulis, bumbero, at iba pa para maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Go explained. (Our firemen can also help in the vaccination of our countrymen to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our uniformed personnel, from the military, policemen, firemen and others can help in protecting the interests of Filipinos.)  Go thanked officials for their efforts to modernize the BFP and for their continuing service, especially during the pandemic, specifically Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and BFP officials led by Embang, Jr.  Go also acknowledged local officials and district representatives who were present, including Congressman Onyx Crisologo of the 1st District of Quezon City, Congresswoman Angel Amante-Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City, and Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and thanked them for their support to the national government in the bayanihan efforts to overcome the pandemic.  “Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said, (Because times are hard, we have to adjust to the new normal. Please bear with us. I know you are suffering. I and President Go have not lost hope. We should help one another.).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Govt to provide billeting to health workers evicted from their residence

  President Duterte vowed to provide billeting to healthcare workers who were evicted from their residence due to discrimination amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In his late-night public address, President Duterte said his heart bleeds for the medical frontliners who were evicted from their homes because of being exposed to the dreaded virus. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

Palace, IBP junk call for rev govt

Malacañang on Sunday distanced itself from the efforts of a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government, saying the administration’s focus remained on the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Call of health workers ‘an indictment of government’s COVID-19 response’

“This should be a wake up call for the Duterte government. The press con itself is one big commentary on how the govt (mis)handled the COVID-19 response and on the poor and inadequate leadership of the Department of Health and IATF.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Several groups expressed support to the… The post Call of health workers ‘an indictment of government’s COVID-19 response’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Frontliners urge govt: Go back to ECQ

MORE than 40 medical societies in the country, led by the Philippine Medical Association, called on the government to go back to a two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, as cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continue to rise. In an open letter, Dr.Jose Santiago, PMA President, has asked President Rodrigo Duterte, National Task […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Govt to hire contact tracers, restart Build Build Build to reboot PH economy

THE Philippines will “restart and accelerate” its “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program and hire contact tracers “en masse” to reboot the economy from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the country’s Finance chief said on Tuesday. In a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet officials aired over state-run PTV4 on Tuesday morning, Finance […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

NGCP gives P1B assistance to govt anti-virus efforts

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) will be giving a P1-billion aid in support of President Rodrigo Duterte and the national government’s efforts to combat the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country. In a statement, Nilda Somera, NGCP regional corporate communications and public affairs lead specialist, said the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

Govt moves to curb hoarding, panic buying amid Covid-19 crisis

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released a circular which puts a cap on the quantity of products which can be bought at supermarkets to stymie hoarding and panic buying amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in Luzon due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19. Trade Secretary Ramon […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

Duterte: Govt procuring masks against n-CoV

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte assured the public on Monday night that the government was addressing the shortage in supply of masks. “We are procuring and we have supplies coming in…The supply is depleted because there is an emergency and there’s a need for it. So everybody’s buying. That’s the reason why there is a scarce supply […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2020

Duterte to Galvez: Leave probe if senators turn verbally abusive

President Rodrigo Duterte instructed vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. to “stand up and leave” the Senate hearings on the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program should senators become “verbally abusive,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Vaccine czar ‘di pa ‘kumakanta’ kay Sotto

HINDI pa nakakapagsumite si vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. kay Senate President Vicente Sotto III kaugnay ng detalye ng COVID-19 vaccine deal na pinasok ng gobyerno sa ilang manufactuter. The post Vaccine czar ‘di pa ‘kumakanta’ kay Sotto first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Vaccine wars

President Duterte and his subalterns, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, are at loggerheads with the Senate led by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, and Francis Pangilinan, on the anti-COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on three issues: one price; two, volumes, and three, timetable of rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Going against own promise, Duterte to take COVID-19 vaccine in private

Such pronouncement effectively goes against what Duterte said last year, where he said he would volunteer to take Russia's donation of its vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

PDU30 magpapabakuna pero ‘di isasapubliko – Roque

MANILA, Philippines – TINIYAK ng Malakanyang na magpapaturok ng COVID-19 vaccine si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte subalit hindi ito ipakikita sa publiko. Sinabi ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque na ang desisyon na ito ng Pangulo ay matapos na ihayag nito sa publiko na ang mga frontliners at vulnerable sectors ang makakakuha ng unang bakuna habang […] The post PDU30 magpapabakuna pero ‘di isasapubliko – Roque appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China

China on Saturday provided a 500-million renminbi (P3.72-billion) grant to the Philippines to bankroll various livelihood and infrastructure projects, which might also be used to finance the Duterte administration’s COVID-19 response, and promised to donate 500,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the vaccine donation during a 40-minute meeting with […] The post PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

BSP ready to lend govt P280B for Covid response

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is ready to lend more money to the government that can be used for its coronavirus pandemic response. In a virtual briefing on Thursday, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno announced that the government can borrow as much as P280 billion more from the central bank. The amount is 10 percent […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021