Duterte on COVID-19 response: Government is working

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021   •   644

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his promise to the people that he will do everything to solve the country’s problems, especially the current crisis on COVID-19.

Duterte assured there is nothing to worry about in terms of the government’s COVID-19 response.

“There is really no problem. Huwag na ninyo masyadong sabihin na lack of materials, resources, for example the beds, nandiyan iyan,” he said during his second public address on Thursday night (April 15).

“We can go as many as kailangan, I can even use the police power of the state. You know what, I can order the authorities to take over the operations of hotels kung wala na talagang mga kama,” he added.

The Chief Executive stressed that the government is not sitting comfortably given the COVID-19 situation.

In fact, it is doing everything to secure enough supply of vaccines for the public.

“Do not be afraid. The government is working. The government is busy doing everything, not nothing. The government is trying to get the things to fix all of us,” the President said.

As for vaccines, the President agreed to have a local vaccine manufacturer in the country after Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez asked for a green lane on government permits to hasten processing and issuance.

“I asked everybody to cooperate. Itong procurement of locally-produced, subject to standards documents and prices. Madali lang ito kung trabahuhin mo ito,” he told Lopez.

Lopez stated that they are currently in talks with a local pharmaceutical company on the production of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines though he did not to provide further details. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Limitasyon sa galaw ng ‘di bakunado vs COVID-19, isinusulong ipatupad sa buong bansa

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inirerekomenda ni testing czar at presidential adviser for COVID-19 response Vince Dizon na ipatupad sa buong bansa ang pagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na pumunta sa mga pampublikong lugar.

Sa gitna ito ng bumibilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso sa bansa at local transmission ng Omicron variant.

“Mr. President, nag-usap na po kami ni Secretary Año, ni Secretary Duque, Secretary Galvez, Secretary Lorenzana na we are recommending that this policy in NCR also be adopted by the entire country even in areas po na hindi pa nagsu-surge dahil alam naman po natin it is really just a matter of time na itong Omicron ay kumalat na sa buong bansa,” ang wika ni Dizon sa pagpupulong ng mga opisyal ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Martes.

Ang rekomedasyon ay batay aniya sa mga ginagawang paghihigpit sa mga bansang nakararanas na ng case surge ng Omicron variant.

“Kung titingnan po natin ang ibang bansa, countries all over the world are restricting the exposure of the unvaccinated. Sa France po, they are cracking down on unvaccinated; Germany, they are locking down unvaccinated people; and even in South Korea po they are now imposing new vaccine passes  para po ano  i-restrict ‘yung movement ng mga unvaccinated,” paliwanag ni Dizon.

Nakatakdang pag-usapan ng IATF ang panukalang ito sa kanilang pagpupulong sa Huwebes.

Ang paglilimita sa galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 ay una nang iminungkahi ng Metro Manila Council sa pamamagitan ng isang resolusyon.

Ang naturang resolusyon ay in-adopt na rin ng Regional Task Force against COVID-19 ng CALABARZON na naghihikayat sa lahat ng local task forces sa rehiyon na magpatupad na rin ng limitasyon sa paggalaw ng mga di pa bakunado sa nasasakupang probinsya.

Sa kasalukuyan, 65.63 percent na ng target population ang fully vaccinated at 79.42 percent ang nakatanggap ng at least isang dose ng bakuna. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)


Moderna booster shot, more effective vs COVID-19 Omicron-variant

Maris Federez   •   December 21, 2021

Biotechnology company Moderna has announced that based on its preliminary data, a half-dose booster shot of its COVID-19 vaccine increases antibody levels against the Omicron variant compared to a fully vaccinated person who has not received a booster shot.

A larger dose of Moderna booster, the company said, provides a higher level of antibody.

At present, a 50-microgram dose of Moderna vaccine is being administered as a booster.

Moderna has assured that the company will fast-track the clinical testing of Omicron-specific boosters to fight the more transmissible variant.

Aside from Moderna, other vaccine makers continue to develop variant-specific booster shots. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Kath Dumaraos)

Palace thanks Congress for speedy ratification of 2022 national budget

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2021

Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday thanked Congress for its efforts to immediately ratify the proposed P5 trillion national budget for the year 2022.

“The Palace thanks Congress for working overtime to expeditiously ratify the proposed 2022 National Budget,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Nograles said next year’s budget vital to the country’s response and recovery efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We consider next year’s budget vital to support our country’s COVID-19 resilience initiatives and to sustain our socioeconomic recovery efforts,” he said.

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the bicameral committee report on the proposed 2022 budget.

The country’s budget for next year will have as much as P50 billion for special risk allowances for medical frontliners, almost P48 billion for COVID-19 booster shots, and P15 billion to P16 billion for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), based on portions approved by he House.

The measure will now be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval and signature.

“As we await its transmittal to the Office of the President, we reiterate our commitment to utilize our people’s hard-earned money to properly implement programs, projects, and services effectively and efficiently during the remainder of the President’s term of office,” Nograles said.

“We are grateful to our partners in the Legislature for ensuring that the Duterte Administration’s last full-year budget will sustain the legacy of real change for future generations,” he added.

Lawmakers earlier expressed hope that Duterte will sign the measure before the year ends to avoid a reenacted budget.


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