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VILLANUEVA: WHAT PLAN FOR NCR’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?

Senator Joel Villanueva is asking the Department of Health to bare its plan to manage the stress in Metro Manila’s healthcare system as hospitals in the capital region contend with overflow capacity and overstretched manpower. Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, said the government’s crisis managers should consider regrouping and have a “level-headed” assessment […]

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NORTHERN SAMAR TO HIRE DISPLACED GOV’T NURSES

The provincial government of Northern Samar will hire nurses in the province who will not be rehired under the Nurses Deployment Program of the Department of Health (DOH) this year. Northern Samar Governor Edwin Marino Ongchuan said this was the agreement during a meeting with the provincial health board after it reported that the DOH […]

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RELEASE HAZARD PAY OF FRONTLINERS – PANGILINAN

With 16,764 frontline health workers yet to receive their hazard pay and risk allowance worth P108.3 million under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1), Senator Kiko Pangilinan said that the Senate needs to immediately figure out how to provide funding for the frontliners who continue to risk their life every day. “Bayanihan […]

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GOV’T READY TO LISTEN AND GIVE ASSISTANCE TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS – NOGRALES

“The President listens to the pleas of our health care workers (HCWs). He will address the concerns of our medical frontliners. In fact, the IATF will discuss this urgent matter to give concrete solutions to problems facing our HCWs.” Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases co-chair Karlo […]

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PROBE ALLEGED OVERPRICED COVID-19 MEDICAL SUPPLIES – PANGILINAN

The alleged overpricing of medical supplies for the government’s campaign to control the spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) should be investigated, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. Senator Panfilo Lacson recently said billions of pesos in taxpayers’ money may have lined the pockets of corrupt public officials behind the procurement of allegedly overpriced personal protective equipment […]

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GOVT ASSURES ACCURACY OF COVID-19 TEST KITS USED IN HOSPITALS — NOGRALES

Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles has assured the public on Sunday that the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) test kits being used in hospitals around the country are consistent with the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and comply with the strict standards […]

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DOH CAN REQUIRE MANDATORY REPORTING, QUARANTINE OF COVID-19 CASES – NOGRALES

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said with President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency, both the public and private sectors can be mobilized to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. Nograles said the Department of Health (DOH) is empowered to require mandatory reporting of “emerging infectious diseases” as well as […]

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GOV’T EYES FACILITIES IN VISAYAS, MINDANAO AS COVID-19 QUARANTINE SITES – NOGRALES

The government is considering developing some facilities in Visayas and Mindanao as potential quarantine sites for the next batches of Filipino repatriates from countries hit by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said. Nograles said the plan was pitched, as the government readies itself for the possible “worst-case scenario,” considering that COVID-19 […]

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SAFE TO CONDUCT FESTIVALS DESPITE COVID-19 THREAT – ROMULO-PUYAT

It is safe to conduct festivals and public gatherings in the country, despite the threat of COVID-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has assured. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat gave the assurance after the Department of Health (DOH) earlier recommended the cancellation of big events and other mass gatherings amid the threat posed by the new […]

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PUT IN PLACE PROTOCOLS, PLAN VS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS – GORDON

With the Philippines being an archipelagic country with numerous entry points and the expected influx of Chinese nationals because of the Chinese New Year holiday, Senator Dick Gordon has called on concerned government agencies to put in place plans to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV). “I would like to call on the […]