by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016
Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Judy Taguiwalo
According to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the one billion-peso fund for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the office of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has not been downloaded yet to the department since the guidelines for using the fund has just been finalized.
Nevertheless, those who cannot afford to buy medicines can avail of DSWD’s assistance by presenting their valid prescription and certificate of indigence to DSWD field office.
Instead of giving cash, DSWD will replace valid and updated prescriptions with guarantee letters and referrals to pharmacies and hospitals.
“Hopefully, ma-implement natin ito by the start of next year 2017. Kahit ngayon hindi pa na-download sa department ang one billion, inumpisahan na ho natin ito,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.
(Hopefully, we can implement it by the start of next year 2017. The one billion-peso fund has not been uploaded to the department but we have already started it [program].)
“Kung may mga reseta ho na valid at indigent ho yung nangangailangan, hahanapan ho ng paraan ang department na maibigay ito dahil alam natin ang usapin ng gamot ay nag-i-spell out ng buhay o kamatayan lalo na sa mahihirap natin,” she added.
(If you have valid prescription, and you are indigent and in need, the department will look for ways to provide you the medicines because we know the issue of medicines spells out life or death particularly for the poor.)
The talks for memorandum of agreements with major hospitals and generic drugstores that will help in the implementation are still ongoing.
Currently, DSWD has signed MOUs with six hospitals in different areas of the country.
An individual can ask for medical assistance amounting to five to 25 thousand pesos quarterly through the recommendation of a field social worker. Above these amounts, requests have to be facilitated and approved by social welfare and development officials.
“In extremely justifiable cases, the amount of assistance beyond 25,000 but not to exceed 75,000 may be granted subject to the approval of the assistant secretary for protective programs for DSWD central office to the regional director to DSWD field office,” said Taguiwalo. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution, will begin the conduct of public consultations across the country on Monday, June 18.
ConCom will visit several regions in the country to get the pulse of the public and inform them of the planned amendments to the Philippine Constitution.
ConCom’s first stop is Dumaguete City followed by Baguio City, Tacloban City, Butuan, and Legazpi City among others.
“Karapatan na magkaroon ng disenteng bahay, karapatan na magkaroon ng edukasyon at karapatan sa kalusugan. Bakit po mahalaga? 20 porsyento po. Twenty-six million Filipinos ang tinatawag ng NEDA as under the poverty line. Ibig sabihin po walang sapat na kita sa maghapon para kumain ng tatlong beses maghapon,” said …
(The right to have a decent life, the right to education, and the right to health. Why is it important? There are 20 percent or 26 million Filipinos whom NEDA calls as, under the poverty line”, which means they do not earn enough to afford three meals a day.)
It can be recalled that among the provisions ConCom seeks to add in the Constitution are the mechanism to end political dynasty; preventing politicians from party jumping, and the proposed prohibition among politicians to solicit or accept campaign contributions from religious organizations, and foreigners and from illegal activities.
In his speech in Davao City on Saturday, June 16 in line with the Eid’l Fitr celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated that once the federal government is formed, he is ready to step down from his office.
“The time for federalism has come to our country. We have to move away from the style of a unitary form of government,” said Pres. Duterte. “If you want a new leader to handle the transitioning of this country from unitary to federal, I would be happy to step down. I will resign,” he added.
ConCom aims to submit to the president the adopted draft on July 9 ahead of his State of the Nation Address. — UNTV News & Rescue
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Together with stakeholders of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) and local officials, President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of MCIA Terminal 2 in Lapu-Lapu City.
The project aims to give the public a world-class travel experience through its unique designs that feature the local culture to invite more tourists and business travelers.
MCIA’s passenger capacity is expected to reach 12.5 million following its opening.
The 65,000 square meters-wide Terminal 2 is expected not only to address the increasing number of passengers but also open more international flights in Cebu.
Mactan Cebu International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program of the present administration. — Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte at a press briefing after his arrival from South Korea
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be the only person unaware of the harassment incident against Philippine soldiers in Ayungin Shoal on May 11.
In an interview upon his arrival from South Korea on June 5, President Duterte said he has no knowledge of the incident and that he cannot comment on the issue.
“What kind of harassment in the first place before—before I commit myself to answer the question, what kind of harassment was this?” he said.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque facilitated the inquiry from a reporter asking whether the President has already been briefed on the reported harassment by Chinese forces of Filipino soldiers in a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre stationed in Ayungin Shoal.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of it. It would be dangerous for me to answer questions without really having the slightest idea of what it is all about,” the President added.
Based on reports, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has already filed the Philippines diplomatic note to China over the incident. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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