Health of Filipino coronavirus patient in UAE, unstable – Embassy

Marje Pelayo   •   February 24, 2020   •   980

MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), said the Department of Health (DOH) citing reports from the Philippine Embassy in the Arab country.

Based on the report, the 34-year-old male patient is in good condition but the other 43-year-old male patient’s health remains unstable.

“Pumunta siya sa hospital kasi nahirapan siyang huminga (He went to the hospital because he had trouble breathing) and when he was admitted, he was already intubated,” explained Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“Naka-respirator na siya. So ngayon ang report ng ating Embassy doon, unstable ang condition niya (He is attached to a respirator. Based on our Embassy’s report, his condition is unstable),” the official added.

Meanwhile, the Filipino coronavirus patient in Singapore is doing fine though he remains in isolation.

Currently, a total of 63 Filipinos overseas are reported positive of COVID-19 – 59 in Japan, two in UAE, one each in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The DOH clarified on Monday (February 24) that there are no plans to impose a travel ban on Singapore and South Korea despite the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the speed of community transmission.

The Department stressed that considerations have to be noted before the government declares a travel ban on passengers from and to the virus-hit countries.

Back in the Philippines, the DOH reported a total of 609 patients under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease infection.

To date, the Philippines has recorded only three positive cases of COVID-19 — all Chinese nationals. One of the three died from the disease. – MNP (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Filipino workers in Czech Republic to enjoy minimum wage increase starting January 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   December 14, 2020

Workers in the Czech Republic, including Filipino workers, will receive an increase in their monthly minimum wage starting January 2021.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced the good news as the Republic’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs emphasized that workers will receive a monthly minimum wage of 15,200 Czech Koruna (CZK) up to 30,400 CZK, based on the worker’s job classification. 

Starting next year, the following monthly rates will apply to workers with a specified weekly working time of 40 hours:  

CZK 15,200 (P33,000) for kitchen helpers, seamstresses, cleaners, delivery man (1st classification of jobs)  

CZK 16,800 (P37,000) for diggers, scaffolders, maids, traffic aids or asphalt layers (2nd classification of jobs)  

CZK 18,500 (P40,000) for bricklayers, plumber, plumber and heating engineers, waiter, bartender, barber (3rd classification of jobs)  

CZK 20,500 (P45,000) for guide and interpreters, specialist chef, tailor in model and custom productions (4th classification of jobs)  

CZK 22,600 (P49,000) for bus drivers, dispatchers, paramedics, general nurses, midwives, accountants market researchers, kindergarten teachers (5th classification of jobs)  

CZK 24,900 (P53,000) for sales clerks, special pedagogues, network administrators, and IT system creators (6th classification of jobs)  

CZK 27,500 (P60,000) for financial experts, doctors, pharmacists, marketing experts or programmers (7thclassification of jobs)  

CZK 30,400 (P67,000) for experts in financial and businesses organizations, and scientists (8th classification of jobs) 

Meanwhile, the new minimum wage rates are still subject to deductions for income tax and social security contributions.

The said increase in the minimum wage was made by the Government of Czech in consideration to the demand of the union and the business sector in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Arab Emirates launches mission to Mars

UNTV News   •   July 20, 2020

The United Arab Emirates launched its first mission to Mars on Monday (July 20) as it strives to develop its scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its reliance on oil.

The Hope Probe blasted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 1:58 a.m. UAE time/6:58 a.m. Japanese time Monday (2158 GMT Sunday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet, where it will orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.

The first Arab mission to Mars was initially due to launch on July 14, but has been delayed twice due to bad weather.

Just over an hour after launch, the probe deployed solar panels to power its systems and established radio communication with the mission on earth.

There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some have landed on its surface. China and the United States each plan to send another this year.

The Emirates Mars Mission has cost $200 million, according to Minister for Advanced Sciences Sarah Amiri. It aims to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere for the first time, studying daily and seasonal changes.

The UAE first announced plans for the mission in 2014 and launched a National Space Programme in 2017 to develop local expertise. Its population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big spacefaring nations.

It has an ambitious plan for a Mars settlement by 2117. Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Emirati in space last September when he flew to the International Space Station.

To develop and build the Hope Probe, Emiratis and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) worked with U.S. educational institutions.

The MBRSC space centre in Dubai will oversee the spacecraft during its 494 million km (307 million mile) journey at an average speed of 121,000 km per hour. (Reuters)

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Over 600 Filipinos repatriated from UAE back in PH – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 600 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) repatriated from the United Arab Emirates have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a statement, the DFA said a total of 648 Filipino repatriates returned home on Tuesday aboard two special commercial flights from Dubai.

The flights landed separately at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City and the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

The DFA said the flights were made possible in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates government, the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.

The department assured that repatriated Filipinos underwent appropriate airport medical protocols during their arrival.

They will also undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine against coronavirus disease as required by the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine.

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