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PUBLIC SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT VS COVID-19 – ANGARA

Amid the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the country, Senator Sonny Angara reminds the public to remain vigilant and to take the necessary steps to protect them from possible infections. Alarmed by the spike in new COVID cases over the past few weeks, Angara renewed his call for all those who have yet to receive […]

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HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COVID-19 VAXXING IN QC URGED

Quezon City District 2 Councilor Winnie Castelo is urging the city government to immediately launch house-to-house COVID-19 vaccinations amid the spike in cases linked to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. “Let us seek out residents who have not been vaccinated by knocking on their doors and offer them their preferred vaccine to help them protect […]

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LIFT LIMIT ON SENIORS’ DISPENSING MEDS — SOLON

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives urged the Department of Health to remove or suspend the limit in the dispensing of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. In filing House Resolution 2420, Senior Citizens Party-list Representative Rodolfo Ordanes said the limitation on dispensing prescription and OTC drugs to senior citizens has led to numerous complaints […]

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MATUGUINAO TOPS SAMAR’S COVID-19 VACCINE DRIVE

The town of Matuguinao in Samar, once infested by communist rebels, now holds the honor of being the first municipality in the province to attain 70 percent coverage in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination, the regional health office said. As of November 30, the town’s health workers managed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 3,816 […]

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DON’T RELAX AMID SLOWING COVID CASES — ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara cautioned the authorities and the general public against being complacent in observing the minimum safety protocols now that the number of COVID-19 cases is going down in the country. The Department of Health recently reported a positivity rate of 7.6 percent based on the 41,049 tests. In its latest report, the OCTA […]

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VILLANUEVA TO DOH: DON’T HIRE CONTRACTUAL WORKERS

Senator Joel Villanueva raised what appears to be conflicting numbers in the Department of Health’s (DOH) hiring program, saying that while the DOH was asking for P3.8 billion in funds to hire additional personnel under its emergency hiring program, there still remained over 14,000 unfilled positions in the department. Villanueva asked DOH representatives at the […]

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INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF FRONTLINERS’ BENEFITS URGED

Senator Kiko Pangilinan has sponsored a measure seeking to institutionalize benefits for public and private frontliners during a state of public health emergencies as he aims for faster disbursement so they can use it for the needs of their families. Pangilinan said Senate Bill No. 2421 if passed into law, will help avoid a repeat […]

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SEND MORE COVID-19 VACCINES TO PROVINCES – BINAY

Senator Nancy Binay backed the call of local government units outside the National Capital Region for a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. “I appeal to the national government to heed the cry for help of our local chief executives outside NCR for them to have a share of the vaccines that are coming in,” […]

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VILLANUEVA: SEND SRA ‘BUDGET ERRATA’ TO CONGRESS

If government really intends to extend the grant of Special Risk Allowance (SRA) and COVID-19 Active Duty Hazard Pay (AHDP) to health workers next year, it should send to Congress a “budget errata” specifying the required amounts that will have to be included in the 2022 national budget, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Kung seryoso po […]

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ABANTE TO DUQUE: MAKE GOOD ON YOUR WORD AND RESIGN

Deputy Speaker Benny Abante Jr. on Thursday said it is time for Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III to make good on his word and hand over his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte to end the “epidemic of incompetence” hounding the government’s COVID-19 containment efforts. Duque earlier announced that he will resign after […]