Bong Go: Duterte plans to have one-week break after ASEAN Summit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019   •   371

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, in Tokyo, Japan, 22 October 2019.  EPA-EFE/CARL COURT/POOL

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to have a one-week break according to Senator Bong Go on Thursday (October 24).

This is after the chief executive suffered a lumbar muscle spasm caused by a minor motorcycle accident on October 16.

Go said the president will have his one-week break in Davao after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2.

“One week po ang gustong pahinga ng ating mahal na Pangulo para naman po gumaling iyong sakit na nararamdaman niya sa likod niya po dahil sa pagkadisgrasya po sa motor (Our beloved president will have a one-week break for his back pain to heal after he had a motorcycle accident),” he said.

Go clarified that the President will not have a leave of absence and will still continue his paperwork.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte grants P10,000 service recognition incentives for some gov’t workers

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the granting of a service recognition incentive (SRI) of up to P10,000 each for qualified employees of the national government.

In Administrative Order no. 19, signed on Dec. 2, Duterte said the incentive will be given to deserving government employees to recognize their “collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the administration’s continuing efforts toward the establishment of streamlined government processes and more responsive delivery of public services.”

Those qualified for the incentives include civilian personnel in national government agencies, including those in state universities and colleges, and government-owned or -controlled corporations, occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, and military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Department of National Defense.

Also qualified to receive the incentive are uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Corrections under the Department of Justice, the Philippine Coast Guard under the Department of Transportation, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The grant of the incentive shall be subject to following conditions: civilian personnel occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions; personnel still in the government service as of Nov. 30, and personnel who have rendered at least four months of service as of Nov. 30.

The order also stated that employees who have rendered less than four months of service as of Nov. 30 are entitled to a pro-rated share of the SRI; and employees who have not received any additional year-end benefit in Fiscal Year 2019 over and above the benefit authorized under Republic Act No. 6686, are also entitled to receive the SRI.

The incentive is on top of the P60,000 bonus that Duterte announced earlier for the employees of the Office of the President.

Duterte wants ‘honest cop’ for next PNP chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants an honest cop to lead the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Duterte had previously said they conducted thorough background checks on the candidates for the next PNP official.

On Monday (December 2), Panelo said the president wants a better “deal” for the position.

“What he is saying is that he wants an honest cop, he doesn’t want any cop that has been charged with any irregularity, any infraction whether administrative or criminal,” he said.

The Palace official also reiterated Duterte’s statements that he will take over the PNP chief post.

READ: No PNP Chief yet? Duterte threatens to take over

“He said if he cannot choose then he will just take over temporarily as the head,” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

The cold winds are rising: How to stay healthy amid cold weather illnesses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 29, 2019

The cold winds are rising, and cold weather illnesses are coming.

No season is a good season to get sick so it is better to prepare your body to prevent any illnesses especially those that are most common during the cold season.

Department of Health (DOH) Spokesman Eric Domingo said flu season is already starting in other countries and is slowly reaching the country. Domingo also advised the public to be more vigilant especially when flu season begins.

“Ang flu season medyo nag-umpisa na sa ibang bansa at dito sa atin medyo parating na rin iyan (Flu season is already in other countries and is slowly making its way into the country) and we really advise everybody to be more extra vigilant kapag ganito na malapit na ang flu season (especially when flu season is almost here),” he said.

But if you are already feeling the flu, here are some remedies you can try.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink warm lemon water, fresh fruit/vegetable juice.
  • Sip hot soup/broth
  • Gargle warm water with salt for your sore throat
  • Drink tea that has anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties (Green or black tea, turmeric fresh or dried ginger, ginger paste, fresh garlic cloves
  • Use humidifier inside your home to prevent the further spread of virus
  • Wear face mask or always cover your mouth while coughing
  • Wash your hands regularly

The DOH also reminds the public not to take medicine without proper doctor’s prescription. The health department also encourages people to get vaccinated.

“Mahirap din po na magkaroon ng komplikayon ang flu, katulad ng pneumonia na maaaring ikamatay ng mga matatanda, (It is difficult to have complications due to the flu or pneumonia which dangerous to the elderly)” Domingo said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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