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FOI, PROPER MONITORING NEEDED TO PREVENT MISUSE, CORRUPTION OF BAYANIHAN 2 FUNDS––ABANTE

House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. is urging the government to properly monitor the use of funds Congress has allocated for the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, as he stressed that monitoring, and the passage of a freedom of information (FOI) measure, will help prevent the misuse and abuse of these funds. Speaking to reporters […]

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IMPLEMENT HEIGHTENED DISEASE MONITORING IN WORKPLACES – VILLANUEVA

The 16.5% contraction of the economy in the second quarter of the year–the worst recorded in nearly three decades–should serve as a warning for policymakers not to rely on lockdowns alone to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva asked the government to consider implementing […]

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DTI TO LIMIT SALES OF FACE MASKS PER CUSTOMER – LOPEZ

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said his department will suggest to retailers that sales of face masks be limited per customer as demand for these have surged following the eruption of Taal Volcano on Sunday. Social media users posted that N95 masks have immediately gone out of stock in some stores in Bambang in Manila which […]

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CREATE TASK FORCE TO MONITOR FUEL TAX HIKE – GATCHALIAN

To protect consumers from premature price increases and profiteering, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel this month. Gatchalian is making the call as the third and last tranche of […]

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FORM TASK FORCE FOR DENGVAXIA-VACCINATED CHILDREN – GORDON

Following the Department of Health’s (DOH) declaration of a national dengue epidemic, Senator Dick Gordon has called on the agency to continue monitoring and testing all 800,000 Dengvaxia-vaccinated children to determine if they were seronegative or do not have a previous history of dengue. Gordon expressed concern over the health of children who were given […]