DILG tells LGUs: Ensure strict implementation of Duterte order on pork, chicken price cap

Robie de Guzman   •   February 3, 2021   •   669

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday directed local government units in Metro Manila to ensure that the 60-day price ceiling on pork and chicken will be strictly imposed within their jurisdictions.

The DILG issued the directive after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 124 putting a threshold on the prices of pork and chicken in Metro Manila within 60 days. After the period lapses, the Department of Agriculture has the option of extending its effectivity.

The order seeks to curb the soaring prices of pork and chicken products across the region due to the impact of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

DILG officer-in-charge, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece said EO 124 will address the plight of the consumers as the DILG has been flooded with reports from the public complaining about the excessive pork and chicken prices in markets.

“Umaaray na ang ating mga kababayan sa taas ng presyo ng mga bilihin partikular ang baboy at manok and we have to act on their complaints. We therefore direct our Metro Manila Mayors to comply with EO 124 signed by the President and ensure that prices of pork and chicken are regulated in their localities,” Florece said in a statement.

“Many have lost their jobs and are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, hence, we owe it to them to make their lives easier by ensuring that the cost of basic commodities does not burden them any further,” he added.

Since the order only covers within Metro Manila, Florece also urged LGUs outside of NCR to activate their Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) to ensure that prices of commodities sold in public and private markets down to talipapas in barangays are in check and valued accordingly.

Under DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2018-128, LPCC shall address or forestall and monitor exorbitant, excessive, and unreasonable price increases within their jurisdiction.

It may also conduct inspections in private and public markets; deputize barangay officials to monitor price hikes in communities, and coordinate with other appropriate agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry to prevent unwarranted price increases.

The DILG warned of slapping charges against those who will violate the price cap.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating dips to 62% based on recent SWS survey

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The recent net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte dropped to +62, based on the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Results of the June 2021 survey showed that the president’s rating dropped to +62, which is a 17-point drop from a peak of +79 in the November 2020 survey.

In the May 2021 poll, Duterte got a net satisfaction rate of +65. The SWS released the three results on Thursday (September 23).

The June 2021 survey showed that 75% of the respondents said they were“very/somewhat satisfied” with the president’s performance, 13% indicated that they were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, while 12% are undecided.

In the May 2021 survey, meanwhile, Duterte received a net satisfaction rate of +65, where 75% of the respondents were “very/somewhat satisfied”, 10% were “very/somewhat dissatisfied”, and 15% were undecided on the matter.

The president got a high rating in November 2020 with +79 rating,  51% of the respondents said they were “very satisfied,” 33% were “somewhat satisfied,” while 9% were “undecided,” 4% were “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 2% were “very dissatisfied.”

Despite the dip in rating, SWS fellow Geoffrey Ducanes said respondents in the recent survey were satisfied with the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Most people don’t think the government mismanaged the pandemic. They actually gave the government relatively high rating in terms of taking care of those who got COVID-19 and also relatively high rating in terms of vaccination,” he said.

Meanwhile, the delay in the results release, according to Ducanes was due to the COVID-19 pandemic where the agency had to conduct phone interviews. AAC (with reports from Lucille Lloren) 

 

Duterte asks PNP, AFP to deploy medical personnel to hospitals needing more staff

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prepare for the deployment of their medical personnel to hospitals that are in need of additional manpower.

“Kung wala nang iba, ‘yung mga nurses sa pulis marami yan, pati sa medical corps ng army. I have to use a little of my influence sa kanila to convince them,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired late Wednesday.

“Please place your human resources on ready, on deck because talagang alam mo yun lang madali kong maasahan,” he added.

Duterte issued the statement after receiving reports that a lot of medical personnel, particularly in St. Luke’s Medical Center were unable to go on duty due to COVID-19 infection.

The AFP said it has started deploying a number of its personnel to some hospitals in Metro Manila as it continues look for more nurses from its ranks.

The PNP, for its part, said it is currently accounting the number of its medical teams that could be deployed to assist medical workers amid rising cases of COVID-19.

No more face shields outside, only in 3Cs — Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   September 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Wednesday (September 22) the recommendation of the technical advisory group of the Department of Health (DOH) and medical experts to lift the order of mandatory face shields outdoors.

Instead, the President limits its use only in 3Cs or in ‘closed, crowded, and close contact’ areas.

“Pwede ng tanggalin sa labas. No more face shield outside, Ang limitasyon ng faceshield, gamitin mo [sa] 3Cs, closed…whatever facility – ospital o basta magkadikit dikit. Crowded ganoon rin. It’s a crowded room tapos closed lahat, mas delikado. Saka ang closed contact kung magkadikit dikit ang tao. So diyan applicable pa rin ang face shield,” he said.

Duterte explained that he ordered the mandatory use of face shields because he was worried about the surge of Delta variant cases.

“[Ang] sabi ko, takot ako lalo na pagdating ng COVID (Delta). I got so scared that I ordered the reimposition of the face shield. Ang akin naman, sabi ko maski gaano kaliit ang contributing factor niya to avoid COVID, okay na lang,” he said.

Following this development, the government is set to issue guidelines on the use of face shields.

“I have ordered that the implementation guidelines be issued immediately,” the President said.

Duterte’s decision came after House Speaker Allan Velasco asked him through a letter to reconsider the policy. The lawmaker cited experts’ studies indicating that the combination of face shields and masks made little difference over the use of masks alone.

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