91% of COVID-19 cases in Davao City are unvaccinated — Mayor Sara

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2021   •   262

MANILA, Philippines — Majority of COVID-19 cases recorded in Davao City last week have not received anti-coronavirus vaccines, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said.

In a statement, Duterte said that 91.13 percent of the city’s 3,304 cases from Sept. 5 to 11 were unvaccinated while 8.86 percent are vaccinated.

Of the 293 vaccinated COVID-19 cases, she said 148 received Sinovac shots, 72 got AstraZeneca, 62 got Pfizer, six with Moderna, four got Johnson & Johnson, and one had Sputnik.

Duterte-Carpio said most of the vaccines rolled out in the city were Sinovac, which explains the recorded number of cases and the brand they received.

She also stressed that all of the vaccinees who contracted COVID-19 only manifested mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.

Makita nato numbers ni sya nga gikuha nato sa positive cases nato sa COVID-19. Dunay dako nga diperensya kung vaccinated ka o unvaccinated ka. This should guide us nga magdecide magpabakuna na,” Duterte-Carpio said in an interview over the city-run radio station on Monday.

(We see the numbers of our COVID-19 positive cases. There is a big difference if you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. This should guide us to decide to get inoculated.)

Meanwhile, from September 5 to 11, Davao City logged 59 deaths. Of this number, 55 or 93.22 percent were unvaccinated while four or 6.77 were vaccinated.

Of the four vaccinated deaths, two got Sinovac jabs while the other two received Pfizer shots. Some vaccinated individuals who either become severe or critical COVID-19 cases and eventually die, usually have not completed their second doses.

Dili na ta kinahanglan mupili og bakuna because there’s that chance sa tanang klase sa bakuna nga magpositive gihapon ka sa COVID-19,” Mayor Sara said.

(We don’t need to choose a vaccine brand because there’s that chance that all kinds of vaccines will still not prevent you from getting infected with COVID-19.)

Ang importante lang dapat masabtan sa tanan dili ta severe or critical case nga kinahanglan ta musulod dinha sa ospital og magpakitabang sa atong mga doctors og mga health care workers nga overwhelmed na, gikapoy na sila, wala na silay pahulay, nangahadlok na sila. And in fact, very recently, namatyan sila diha sa SPMC og health care worker,” she added.

(What’s important is for everybody to understand that we won’t be a severe or critical case that would need to be hospitalized and get help from our doctors and health care workers who are already overwhelmed, tired, without rest, and scared. Just recently, an SPMC health care worker died.)

Duterte-Carpio also stressed the need for people to understand that with the COVID-19 response, the hospitals need not be overwhelmed since hospital beds, oxygen tanks, doctors, and nurses can no longer take more patients.

Magpabakuna ba ko bisag there is a chance nga mag positive ko? Yes! Kay makatabang nga dili ka maging severe or critical case,” she said.

(Will I still get vaccinated even if there is a chance that I’ll be infected with COVID-19? Yes! Because it would help you not to become a severe or critical case.)

She also reminded the public not to be complacent and to continue adhering to social distancing, and other public health protocols since 90 percent of the city’s population has yet to be vaccinated.

As of September 12, Davao City has logged 8,700 active cases of the total 43,039 COVID-19 cases since March 2020 with 33,027 total recoveries and 1,312 deaths.

Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.

“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.

“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.

The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”

It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”

Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.

While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.

It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.


BBM-Sara Duterte tandem bares senatorial slate

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The UniTeam ticket of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has disclosed the list of senatorial candidates they will be supporting for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their lineup will include the following personalities:

– Rep. Rodante Marcoleta

– Atty. Larry Gadon

– Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri

– Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

– Rep. Loren Legarda

– Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

– Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

– Former Defense Sec.Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

– Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista

– Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian

Rodriguez said the list “represents a mixture of seasoned and political personalities who have excelled in their respective endeavors.”



PHL logs 32,246 new cases of COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday recorded 32,246 additional cases of COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest tally pushed the country’s number of active cases to 208,164.

Of these cases, 6,435 are asymptomatic, 197,091 are mild, 2,872 are moderate, 1,468 are severe, and 298 are in critical condition.

The DOH noted that of the fresh cases reported, 31,793 occurred from December 30 to January 12.

The top regions with the most cases in the recent weeks were the National Capital Region, Region 4A, and Region 3.

The positivity rate was at 45.7 percent based on 63,903 tests administered on January 10.

Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,797,816 with 5,063 new ones.

The death toll climbed to 52,654 with 144  new fatalities.

The DOH noted that 11 laboratories were not able to submit their data on time. These facilities contribute on average 3.3 percent of samples tested and 4.5 percent of positive cases.

The utilization rate of intensive care units nationwide went up to 43% and 56% in Metro Manila.

In Metro Manila, 55% of isolation beds are in use and 45% nationwide. Ward beds, meanwhile, are 67% utilized in Metro Manila, and 43% across the country.

Up to 24% of ventilators are being used in Metro Manila and 18% nationwide.


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