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Duterte orders ‘vigorous’ immunization campaign amid measles outbreak

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 February 2019 04:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to intensify the government’s immunization program following the declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila and in different parts of the country.

“The president ordered the vigorous campaign to complete the immunization for children. I think one of the reasons why we have an outbreak of measles is because of the lack of immunization on the part of children,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Department of Health (DOH) has called on other agencies to help intensify information dissemination regarding the government’s immunization programs.

Apart from Metro Manila, the DOH also declared measles outbreak in Calabarzon region, Central Luzon, and it Western and Central Visayas.

Based on the latest count of the DOH, the number of measles cases has hit 1,674 in the entire country in January 2019 alone.

This is a 550% increase from the mere 20 cases during the same period in 2018.

Currently, the DOH is closely monitoring the situation in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, and the Bicol region to prevent further rise in number of measles cases.

“We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to other regions as cases have increase in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant,” Duque noted. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Joan Nano)

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte to distribute land ownership certificates in Davao City this week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 March 2019 07:50 PM

FILE PHOTO: Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. | REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to distribute Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in Davao City on Friday, March 15.

Malacañang said in a statement that the President will also lead the turnover of common service facilities to agrarian reform beneficiaries on the same day.

Last Friday (March 8), Duterte also distributed 3,423 CLOA to 2,495 land beneficiaries in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

During a speech, Duterte vowed to give away all state-owned lands to the beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform program in the remaining three years of his term.

The distributed CLOA covered a total of 1,609 hectares of acquired land located in eight cities and 11 municipalities in Negros Occidental.

“They are of no use to the government anyway. The mountains are very vast, except for the military reservation. Their area is very large. But there’s nothing like that in the mountains. So I instructed [Agrarian Reform Secretary John R.] Castriciones to give the lands away to the people because that is one of our most pressing problems,” he said.

Duterte believes that the war being waged by local insurgents will only end if their needs and issues are addressed, including the equal distribution of agricultural land.

“This war will never end if we don’t give them land. These people dream of a better life for their children, better than their life and the life of their forefathers,” he added.

As for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the President reiterated his call for them to voluntarily return to the government’s fold. – Robie de Guzman

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Duterte meets with US Secretary of State Pompeo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 1 March 2019 12:49 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on February 28, 2019| Photo by MPC POOL

MANILA – (UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte met with United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Thursday night.

Pompeo paid a courtesy call on Duterte shortly after he arrived from Hanoi, Vietnam where U.S. President Donald Trump held a second summit with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.

Among those present during the courtesy call of Washington’s top diplomat on Duterte were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez.

Also present during the call held at Kalayaan Lounge in Villamor Airbase were U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, Senior Bureau Official Patrick Murphy, and Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Robert Palladino.

Duterte’s meeting with Pompeo began around 9 p.m. and was concluded shortly before 10 p.m.

No official information has been released yet on the issues that the two discussed. But U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim wrote in his twitter account that Duterte and Pompeo reaffirmed the longstanding alliance between the Manila and Washington, calling it a “very productive meeting.”

Pompeo’s visit comes after Defense Secretary Lorenzana sought a review of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and U.S.

On Friday, March 1, Pompeo is set to meet with DFA Sec. Locsin in Pasay City to tackle “issues of mutual interest,” before he returns to the U.S. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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