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HEALTH PROCUREMENT BUREAU GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

A measure proposing the establishment of a Health Procurement and Stockpiling Bureau under the Department of Health (DOH) has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Ways and Means approved the substitute bill to House Bill 6995, which provides for the stockpiling of strategic and critical drugs and medicines, […]

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DOH ‘DESERTED’ HOSPITAL WORKERS — VILLAFUERTE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has upbraided Department of Health (DOH) officials for what he described as their “almost criminal negligence’ in virtually deserting the country’s health workers at the frontlines of the war against Covid-19 by failing to fully equip them with personal protective equipment (PPEs) that are essential in their daily battle to […]

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REPLICATE DAGUPAN CITY’S COVID VAX FACILITY – DOH

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has commended the vaccination facility of the Dagupan City and urged other local government units (LGUs) to replicate its best practices. “This should be replicated in the whole of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. This is the first in the whole of Luzon. In my visits, I haven’t seen anything like […]

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PACQUIAO DONATES ANOTHER ROUND OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

“The fight is not yet over. We have to continue working together to defeat Covid-19. By helping each other, we survive together.” This said Senator Manny Pacquiao during the simple turnover rites of medical equipment and supplies that his Manny Pacquiao Foundation, with help from his personal friend and international billionaire Jack Ma, donated to […]

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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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DTI, DOH TO SET COVID-19 TEST PRICE RANGE – LOPEZ

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) signed the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) for setting the price range for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Reaction (RT-PCR) Testing for COVID-19. The JAO is pursuant to Executive Order No. 118 of President Rodrigo Duterte that ordered agencies to implement a price range for COVID-19 […]

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VILLANUEVA: GIVE HEALTH WORKERS BETTER PAY

Senator Joel Villanueva scored the Department of Health (DOH) for its persistent failure to augment the health human resource needed for the country’s COVID-19 response, saying that its emergency hiring program offers terms that are worse than “endo” and unreasonable as the pandemic is anticipated to last until next year. Villanueva, chair of the Senate […]

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BINAY TO DOH: TAP FUNDS FOR NAT’L CANCER PROGRAM

Senator Nancy Binay urged the Department of Health (DOH) to fast track the full implementation of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA). “More than a year has passed since napirmahan yung Implementing Rules and Regulations ng NICCA pero hanggang ngayon parang hindi pa rin ramdam ng mga cancer patients ang tulong na ipinangako ng […]

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HONTIVEROS BATS FOR DOH BUDGET HIKE AMID COVID-19

“This is a health emergency. If we want to win against COVID-19 and finally recover as a country, our national budget next year must be a pandemic budget, no ifs, and buts.” This is according to Senator Risa Hontiveros who pushed for a P48.7-billion hike in the Department of Health’s (DOH) budget to put the […]

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VILLANUEVA : PAY CONTACT TRACERS ON TIME

Senator Joel Villanueva has asked authorities to ensure that hired coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contact tracers  are paid on schedule, saying these workers also look after the needs of their families and cannot afford to have debts. Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, issued the statement following reports that some contact tracers hired by the […]