12 senador, naiproklama na; canvassing ng partylist groups, isasagawa ngayong araw sa COMELEC

admin   •   May 20, 2013   •   2622

FILE PHOTO: Canvassing  of votes for senators at National Board of Canvassers, PICC (KENJIE HASEGAWA / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Canvassing of votes for senators at National Board of Canvassers, PICC (KENJIE HASEGAWA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Walong araw matapos ang 2013 midterm elections, naiproklama na ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ang natitira pang 3 winning senatorial bet na kukumpleto sa magic 12.

Ang huling tatlong iprinoklama noong Sabado (Mayo 18) ay sina Cynthia Villar, na nakakuha ng ika-10 pwesto, JV Ejercito na nasa ika-11 pwesto at si Gringo Honasan, na nasa ika-12 pwesto.

Batay sa pinakahuling partial at official tally ng National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) noong Sabado, sa 128 COCs, lumilitaw na kaunti lamang ang iginalaw sa ranking ng mga nananalong senador.

Nangunguna pa rin si Grace Poe, sumunod sina Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito at Gringo Honasan.

Samantala, inaasahang ipagpapatuloy ngayong araw ng COMELEC ang canvassing ng mga balota para sa mga partylist group.

Gaganapin ito sa main office ng COMELEC sa Intramuros, Maynila. (Jerico Albano & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Villar clarifies: ‘Work harder’ statement not aimed at frontliners

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2020

Senator Cynthia Villar

Senator Cynthia Villar on Sunday clarified her earlier statement and said that it was government leaders and not medical frontliners who need to work harder against the spread of COVID-19.

Villar received backlash after commenting on the health professionals’ request to revert Metro Manila back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. She said she was not in favor of placing Metro Manila under ECQ due to its economic impact and noted the importance of ‘working harder’ — seemingly referring to the health professionals.

In a statement, the Senator stressed that she was not referring to health professionals and other medical workers.

“We have to work harder and better, but I am not referring in particular to the medical workers–our frontliners. We are referring to all of us and DOH and Philhealth in particular. There is so much room for improvement in the government’s response to curb the transmission of the disease,” she said in a statement.

Villar said she is aware of the sacrifices of health frontliners. Meanwhile, she also urged the public to follow health protocols imposed by health experts.

“We all want to be safe and COVID-free. All of us are doing a difficult balancing act to keep people safe and alive. We all need to keep our jobs, the economy, to do our respective roles to sustain this. All of us have to work harder and better,” she said.

Angara wants more COVID-19 mega quarantine facilities in Cebu

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday called for the establishment of more mega quarantine facilities in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu as it emerges as the new epicenter of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“The Department of Health should step up its response in Cebu City because the only way that we can flatten the curve is if all areas of the country are able to control the spread of the disease,” Angara said in a statement.

As of June 28, 2020, Region 7 has breached the 8,000 mark on the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with Cebu City accounting for 4,962 of these infections.

A total of 252 COVID-19 deaths have also been recorded, with 157 of these from Cebu City.

Cebu City is the only area in the country placed under enhanced community quarantine.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) earlier said it is now looking for possible sites to construct additional isolation or quarantine facilities in Cebu City.

Angara noted that a newly-constructed quarantine facility in the city, which can accommodate more than 300 patients, was opened on Monday, June 29.

The senator, a COVID-19 survivor, also called on more hospitals in Cebu City to consider using convalescent plasma therapy to treat severe cases of coronavirus disease.

Some hospitals in Metro Manila and Cebu undertook efforts to use convalescent plasma therapy and hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients.

The hybrid therapeutic plasma exchange involves the removal of bad plasma from a patient and replacing these with good plasma from donors.

Training of public school teachers for distance learning to be completed by July—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2020

The training of public school teachers for distance learning is set to be completed by July, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

During the Senate Committee hearing on Thursday (June 25), DepEd reported that only 40 percent of the 800,000 public school teachers have completed their training.

Deped Undersecretary Tony Umali said there will be a massive training to be led by the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

Senator Nancy Binay, meanwhile, questioned DepEd for the lack of “mapping” to determine the best learning modality in various areas in the country.

“Iyong training na gagawin sa teachers dapat angkop sa kakayahan ng lugar. For example, let’s say Bukidnon or Cordillera na alam naman natin mahirap ang signal. So why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching our kids when alam naman natin na mukhang mahirap iyong ganung klase ng pagtuturo? (The training for teachers should be appropriate for the area. For example, let’s say in Bukidnon or Cordillera which we know have difficulty in signal. Why would we train our teachers for an online way of teaching kids when we know that mode of teaching would be difficult),” she said.

DepEd said they are conducting surveys to determine the capacity of students and teachers for alternative learning modality under distance learning.

“Kasi po kasabay nga po ng aming registration form ay may survey, dapat malaman namin kung ano ba ang pinakamabisang modality, pamamaraan ng pagtuturo at pag-aaral ng mga bata, (With our registration form, we also have a survey. It should help us determine what is the best modality, mode of learning for the students’ education),” Umali said.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has already prepared the educational radio programs and scripts for the digital programs for Grade 9 and 10 Math and Science lessons.

Meanwhile, DepEd calls on private schools to suspend tuition fee hike and other fees.

“The Department of Education appeals to private educational institutions in basic education to defer increases in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for School Year 2020-2021. In view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” DepEd said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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