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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2021   •   329

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.

House assures no delay in transmission of approved 2022 GAA to Senate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) targets to submit to the Senate the approved Php5.045-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2022 on or before October 27.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said this will give the Senate enough time to examine the government spending plan for next year.

The amendments made in the proposed budget are as follows:

  • 5 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, medical assistance for poor families, and the special risk allowance for healthcare workers;
  • 5 billion for five new C130 planes;
  • Php 504 million allotted for the operation of four state universities in the Bangsamoro region;
  • Additional Php10 billion for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program;
  • Php11 billion for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program and livelihood program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that will be used as an aid to families affected by COVID-19.
  • Php6 billion for service the service contracting program for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers; and
  • Php3 billion for the national broadband program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)

Velasco hopes that the bill will be submitted to Malacañang in December for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and signature.  —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Shortlist ng susunod na PNP chief, isusumite kay Pangulong Duterte sa huling linggo ng Oktubre – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isang buwan na lamang ang nalalabi bago mag-retiro sa serbisyo si Philippine National Police chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, may listahan na ang Malakanyang ng mga pamimilian bilang kapalit ni Eleazar sa puwesto.

Ngunit kung si Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ang tatanungin, sa huling linggo pa ng Oktubre siya magsusumite ng listahan kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte

“I have not yet submitted my recommended list for the next Chief PNP. I’ll submit the list in the last week of October,” ani Año.

Kung rule of succession ang susundin, isa sa mga mistah ni Eleazar na miyembro ng command group ang posibleng susunod na hepe ng PNP.

Kinabibilangan ito nina Deputy Chief for administration at administrative support on COVID 19 operation task force commander Lt. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz at si Deputy Chief for operations at joint task force coronavirus shield commander Lt. Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson.

Kabilang din sa command group si Directorial Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos na mula sa PMA Maringal Class of 1988.

Ngunit bukod sa miyembro ng command group, matunog din ang pangalan ng mag mistah na sina Directorate for operations MGen. Rhodel Sermonia, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director MGen. Albert Ferro at si Police Regional Office 3 director BGen. Valeriano de Leon.

Ang mga ito ay mula sa PMA Makatao Class of 1989.

Lumulutang din ang pangalan ng mag mistah mula sa PMA Sambisig Class of 1991 na sina National Capital Region Police Office director MGen. Vicente Danao Jr. at Police Regional Office 11 director BGen. Filmore Escobal.

Batay sa Republic Act 6975, maaaring mamili ang pangulo sa hanay ng mga pulis na may ranggong one star o Brigadier General pataas.

Si Eleazar ay miyembro ng PMA Hinirang Class of 1987. Nakatakda siyang mag-retiro sa serbisyo sa Nobyembre 13.

 

Pagpapalawig ng COVID-19 pediatric vaccination naka-depende sa resulta ng phase 1 – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tatlumpung araw ang itatagal ng pilot implementation ng pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 sa Metro Manila.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), phase 1 ng pediatric vaccination ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may co-morbidity at prayoridad sa unang linggo ng implementasyon ang mga batang may medical record na sa participating hospitals, naka-admit man o outpatient.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, wala pa silang maibibigay na detalye ukol sa phase 2 ng pediatric vaccination dahil nakasalalay sa result ng unang phase ang desisyon kung palalawigin ito.

“Ito po ang pag-uusapan ano, lahat po ng succeeding phases will be dependent on what happens sa pilot implementation, this Phase 1,” ani Vergeire.

“Titingnan natin lahat ng operational issues and different important aspects na kailangan natin ikonsidera bago po tayo lumipat sa Phase 2. That’s the main reason why we do pilot para makita po natin how we can further improve our processes,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon sa DOH, naka-abang rin sila sa magiging kalalabasan ng unang araw ng pagbabakuna, kasabay ng pagtitiyak na tututukan nilang maigi ang pagbabantay sa mga batang tinurukan ng bakuna.

“We still do not have that data right now. Unang-una wala po tayong national registry for this specific comorbidity of children. Meron ho tayong pailan-ilan in the bases for some of these comorbidities but it is not complete. What we are relying on right now, would be yung mga dadating sa ating mga ospital although meron ng pool of patients ang mga ito, na kanilang mga pasyente na talaga ng kanilang pediatricians doon sa hospitals that we have identified,” ani Vergeire.

“Maybe after one week, we can give you a rundown of how many children were vaccinated based on the number of patients that we have in that specific hospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong Biyernes sinimulan ng pamahalaan ang pilot pediatric vaccination saw along piling ospital sa Metro Manila.

Ang mga ito ay ang Philippine Children’s Medical Center,
National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center,
Pasig City General Hospital,
 Fe Del Mundo Medical Center,
 Philippine General Hospital,
 Makati Medical Center at ang St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Taguig. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

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