IATF allows TESDA to resume in-person assessment for household workers under MECQ areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 18, 2021   •   326

MANILA, Philippines—The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to conduct in-person assessments for household service workers (HSWs) in places under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Under Resolution No. 115 series of 2021 of the IATF, TESDA will be allowed to conduct limited face-to-face assessments for HSWs. The resolution also clarified that the limited face-to-face assessment will still be subjected to conditions and shall be held only in TESDA Training Institutions (TTIs).

TESDA chief Secretary Isidro Lapeña welcomed the IATF’s decision to allow TESDA to conduct assessment even in MECQ areas.

“This will definitely ease the burden of our kababayans who have been waiting to undergo competency assessment which was suspended due to quarantine restrictions. We will ensure that all outbound OFWs are competent and have the right skills to render service to their employers in foreign countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, after the NCR Plus Bubble was put under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions, face-to-face training and assessment in select qualifications will resume. President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal under general community quarantine with heightened restrictions from May 15 until May 31. AAC


PH to raise daily vaccination target to 1.5 million doses

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is eyeing to raise its daily vaccination target to 1.5 million jabs amid the arrival of more COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte in a taped public briefing aired late Tuesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the continuous delivery of vaccine supplies in the country will allow the government to shift its focus to inoculating as much of the willing general population.

Galvez, who is also the National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer, said that for the first half of October alone, 20 million vaccine doses have already been delivered under government and private sector procurements, as well as donations.

The World Health Organization-led COVAX facility delivered 7.3 million doses for this month, which is one of its biggest vaccine donations to the Philippines to date, he added.

Galvez also reported that apart from the COVAX facility, the United States also donated 6.4 million Pfizer jabs while Germany gave 884, 800 AstraZeneca doses.

Both the US and Germany have committed to donate more in the coming months, he added.

At this rate, the vaccine czar said that achieving 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delivery before end-October is “on track” and that vaccine supply shortage “is no longer an issue” with more than 38 million doses are safely stored in cold chain storage warehouses.

With the abundance of vaccine supply, Galvez said the government can now shift its attention to recalibrating its vaccine deployment strategy to inoculate the general population, including children, before the year ends.

The national government is aiming to vaccinate at least 50 million individuals this year.

As of Monday, a total of 24,498,753 have been fully vaccinated or 31.76 percent of the total vaccination target.

Paglalagay sa NCR sa COVID-19 Alert Level 2, hindi imposible — Malakanyang

Maris Federez   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hindi isinasantabi ng Malakanyang ang posibilidad na mailagay sa COVID-19 Alert Level 2 ang National Capital Region (NCR) sa Disyembre.

Ayon sa tagapagsalita ng Palasyo, ito ay maaaring mangyari lalo na kung magtutuloy-tuloy na bumuti ang sitwasyon ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, ang datos pa rin ang titingnan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) bago ito magdesisyon ng alert level sa susunod na buwan.

Kabilang sa mga indicator na pinag-aaralan ng IATF ang daily attack rate, two-week daily average attack rate at ang critical healthcare capacity.

“Titingnan natin ang datos pagdating ng end of the month kasi talagang tayo ay data-driven. Pero hindi po ito mangyayari kung magpapabaya po ang ating mga kababayan,” ani Roque.

“So importante po na habang nandiyan pa si COVID, patuloy po ang ating minimum health standards – mask, hugas, iwas at siyempre po bakuna dahil sagana po tayo ngayon sa bakuna,” dagdag pa ng opisyal. —/mbmf

PH to expand vaccination rollout for minors in 13 more hospitals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines will expand its vaccination rollout for minors, aged 12 to 17, to 13 more hospitals.

President Rodrigo Duterte during his Talk to the People on Tuesday (October 19) announced that 13 more hospitals will participate in the vaccination program for the said age group.

“We will expand the vaccination of this adolescent age group of 12 to 17 by adding 13 more hospitals in the NCR. Currently, we have an initial eight participating hospitals and we hope to expand this number [of hospitals] and we also welcome the arrival of additional vaccines in the coming days,” Duterte said.

National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are raising their daily vaccination target to 1.5 million.

“We will be opening the general population, then the pilot of children vaccination, and we are ramping up the vaccination of students, teachers, and tourism personnel, OFWs, and seafarers,” he said.

Galvez said they  can accelerate the vaccination of children to support the opening of the classes and economic recovery.

Around 1,500 minors with comorbidities were vaccinated during the pilot vaccination in eight hospitals, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. Among those inoculated, only four experienced minor side effects. AAC



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