GIS EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Willie Ong to prioritize improvements in PH health care system when elected
admin • January 10, 2019 • 8145
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Veteran physician Dr. Willie Ong became a social media sensation for his helpful tips on almost every health condition.
His knowledge in the medical field has been his tool in helping people especially the poor who need medical help.
“Masarap makatulong sa isa, dalawa, tatlo. Pero baka makatulong tayo sa isang libo, dalawang libo why not, di ba? Baka may gusto pa ang Dios na ipagawa sa akin. Iyon talaga ang purpose ko,” he said.
Dr. Willy is also active in a number of public services in different parts of the country.
“Ang nakikita ko yung ginagawa sa UNTV, libreng gamotan, libreng lab test. Alam ko yung nababalitaan ko sa mga mahihirap kong pasyente marami pumupunta dito sa inyo. Pag nakita ko sa isang matutulungan, example lang heart patients yung mga may congenital heart, kaya nating tulungan yung 1, 250 thousand. Eh limang libo sila, papaano yun?” he argued.
Based on the latest survey, Ong landed on the 21st to 29th spot. Despite this, he is still confident of landing a seat in the Senate.
If given the chance, Ong wants to push for what he calls as his GOALS.
GOALS means G or free ‘gamot’ medicine especially for the poor; free O or operation for minor surgery; proper Advise or diagnosis from attending doctors; ‘ligtas’ or safe and secured drugs, immunization and food for the public.
Among others, Ong considers illegal drug addiction as a long-standing problem in the Philippines.
To address this, Ong said drug dependents must be given proper attention to help them recover
“Ang konti lang, yung less than 1 gram. Pag nahulihan idederetso na sa rehab. Hindi yung dadalhin sa kulungan makukulong siya doon,” he explained referring to the weight of offense for a drug dependent.
“Kasi kapag kinulong natin… unang una puno na yung Jail natin. At naaddict sya doon di naman siya criminal nahulihan lang siya ng konti isasama mo doon sa mga criminal. Pag doon sa kulungan natin ano problema? Napakataas ng Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS mataas din sa kulungan,” he added.
Ong has earned 9 million followers on Facebook which makes his social media account on top 22 of all FB accounts in the country.
He ranked 43, meanwhile, among the top Youtube accounts with 840,000 subscribers. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
The Davao City Health Office has prohibited the public from swimming in Davao River after it tested positive of poliovirus.
Davao City Health Office Chief Josephine Villafuerte said they took a water sample from the river.
They sent it to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Environmental Management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for testing.
“As of August 22, iyong specimen na nakuha nila sa may Bolton, positive siya for strain 2 (As of August 22, the specimen they extracted from the Bolton area is positive of strain 2),” Villafuerte said.
Villafuerte also advised the public not to swim in pools near Davao River.
“We can never tell if the virus came from inland papunta sa tabi or sa sewerage (towards the shore or in the sewerage) or maybe could have come from upstream going down kung pwede huwag lang muna (if possible, don’t [swim] for now),” she said.
The Davao City Health is also monitoring the residents near the river to ensure that they have not contracted the virus.
So far, there are no reports of a polio outbreak in Davao City.
The city will also have a week-long polio vaccine campaign starting October 14.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate of the Philippines has not found any strong evidence yet linking officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to the alleged anomalous implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
Senator Panfilo Lacson believes they still need more proof aside from the testimonials of the witnesses that appeared at the Senate inquiry in order for the Senate to recommend the filing of charges against the involved BuCor officials.
“Not only Director General Faeldon pero ang ibang dapat mahagip, sinoman ang i-recommend for criminal liability (Not only Director General Faeldon but everyone else that should be recommended for criminal liability),” Lacson said.
“We need solid evidence to even consider recommending filing criminal charges against them,” he added.
Lacson said there was supposedly a group of alleged officials of the agency who expressed their intention to speak up of what they know about the controversial implementation of the GCTA Law.
After some time, however, the said officials changed their minds and withdrew.
“I hope they will have a change of mind, change of heart and finally decide to tell all during the next hearing,” Senator Lacson said.
During the continuation of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Thursday, the Senate invited to attend several personalities including former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong who formerly served as Chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
Several senators already expressed agreement in giving chance to detained Senator Leila de Lima to defend herself at the Senate hearing after her name was again dragged into the controversy for allegedly receiving money from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“Yes, she should be given an opportunity,” expressed Senator Franklin Drilon.
Meanwhile, three BuCor officials remained locked up inside the Senate after they were charged in contempt for ling before the Senate Committee. – MNP (with details from Grace Casin)
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The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.
“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.
They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC
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