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DSWD offers free prescription drugs for the poor

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

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Malacañang allays fears over possible declaration of a revolutionary government

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.

“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.

This was in response to the Vice President Leni  Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.

The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.

“Nakakabahala  ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.

(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)

She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.

Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.

Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.

“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.

Thus,  Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Duterte says PNP might handle the ‘war on drugs’ again

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Department of Agriculture’s partnership with Ayala Malls at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on November 18, 2017, cites how farmers and fisherfolks could benefit from a government that is compassionate and free from corruption. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte will speak with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to ask for updates of its operation against illegal drugs.

The President wants to know if the country’s problem with illegal drugs has gotten worse or not.

It can be recalled that President Duterte gave an order last October that PDEA will be the only government agency that will handle the drug war because of the numerous criticisms against the Philippine National Police (PNP) who initially handled the said problem.

But during his speech in Davao City last Saturday, he brought up the possibility of letting PNP handle the war on drugs again.

“The drug problem, if it becomes worse again, the police has to enter the picture. I want it eradicated if possible. I do not tolerate it. It’s an organized crime. Shabu is… drugs is an organized crime,” Duterte said.

He again responded to those who questioned why only the poor is the frequent victim of the government’s drug war.  According to the Chief Executive, the poor are victims of shabu.

“They are saying, ‘Why Duterte, there are a lot of poor people dying, no rich?’ There are no rich [ getting killed] because, those people, they do not use shabu because they know it would drive their mind to insanity forever. It’s a chemical,” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte wants to proclaim NPA as terrorists

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY  —  President Rodrigo Duterte again lambasted the leftist groups especially the New People’s Army (NPA) because of their continued acts of violence, recently.

Including the involvement of a four-month-old infant in an NPA ambush in Bukidnon last November 9.

According to the chief executive, he wants to formalize or announce NPA’s category as a terrorist group and not a rebel group. He also wants to file cases against all group members involved in spreading violence like murder and arson.

“Before, we recognized them as legitimate rebels. But with their continued depredations and killing of innocent people, I’ll be issuing a proclamation. I will remove them from the category of a legal entity or at least a semi-movement which would merit our attention, placing them as, the same with America, — terrorist,” President Duterte said.

Since 2002, the United States has considered CPP-NPA as foreign terrorist organization.

President Duterte also blamed the rebel group for the price hike in common goods.

“Because NPA extorts. Even the farmers pay. It is an added cost to the price. All the businessmen here burned the — but it’s providing work for the countryside and yet they are destroying the very essence of the industry. That is the reason for the increase, they extort,” he added.

With regards to the peace talks, he also questioned the group: why would they talk to him if they consider him a fascist and an anomalous leader.

In the end, the Chief Executive warned that he will strengthen military offensives against the NPA and the groups supporting [these rebels] will also be held accountable.

“Now it’s a great conspiracy between Bayan even the—they are in conspiracy with the rebellion going on. We will study and maybe we will have a crackdown there somewhere. So all of those, pretending to be the — speaking for the people, those quasi-stuff you are talking about, you say it is legitimate and yet you are — I said continuing the depredations, putting industries down and making it hard for the people to make a living,” Duterte said.   —  Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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