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INFO DRIVE ON RT-PCR TEST PRICE CAP URGED

Deputy Speaker Eddie Villanueva said the government should strengthen its information dissemination on its policy of setting a lowered price cap on real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing in the country. Villanueva said the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Trade and Industry should make their messaging “unambiguous” and execute a “more vigorous information […]

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LOWER COVID TESTS, ENCOURAGE TRAVEL – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has urged health facilities to lower the cost of RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests to encourage more people to travel and hasten the recovery of the tourism industry from the pandemic.  Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat noted that testing for COVID-19 remains expensive and out of reach of budget-conscious travelers and […]

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USE PAGCOR FUNDS FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTS – GARBIN

A party-list lawmaker urged the government to provide free reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for stranded passengers and drivers of public utility vehicles. Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin said funding for the free RT-PCR testing can be sourced from the revenues of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor). “Recalling the directive of […]

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EMPOWER LGUS IN TESTING, VAX HANDLING – PANGILINAN

As the number of COVID cases continue to spike on the first year of the first COVID-caused community quarantine, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the Department of Health to empower local governments so that they can level-up in addressing the challenges of controlling the spread of the disease. “Local governments know what’s happening on the ground, […]

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UHC LAW TO FACILITATE COVID VACCINATION – GORDON

As the Senate continues its hearing on the national coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, Senator Dick Gordon pointed out that implementing the Universal Health Care Law would ensure a speedy and organized rollout of the vaccination program. Gordon said that the UHC mandates that every Filipino shall register with a public or private primary care […]

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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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PH RED CROSS HITS 1M COVID-19 TEST MARK – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon honors the volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) as the country’s foremost humanitarian organization reached a one-million mark in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests performed in the country. In his privilege speech, Gordon, chair and CEO of PRC, said hitting 1,003,754 results is a momentous occasion for […]

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SOLOMON ISLANDS PM LAUDS PH RED CROSS AT UNGA

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare commended the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) as he spoke at the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), an annual gathering of 193 member states of the United Nations (UN), which is the world’s largest intergovernmental organization. “COVID-19 has brought Solomon Islands closer with its partners. We have made new […]

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CHARGE BILL FOR COVID-19 TESTING OF WORKERS ON PHILHEALTH – VILLANUEVA

The cost of testing workers for COVID-19 should be charged to PhilHealth since both employer and employee shared in the mandatory monthly contributions to the state health insurer’s fund, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, sought to ensure the effectiveness of infection control by assisting employers to comply with […]

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CONDUCT REGULAR, RANDOMIZED VIRUS TESTING IN WORKPLACE – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva has reiterated his call for the government to mandate the conduct of regular, randomized testing in the workplace for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that the majority of COVID-19 cases are from the working age groups. Data from the health department showed that as […]