Kahalagahan ng disaster risk insurance sa bansa, pag-aaralan pa — Legarda

admin   •   January 21, 2014   •   23749

FILE PHOTO: Sa larawang ito na kuha noong December 10, 2013 mula sa UNTV drone, makikita ang isang barkong komersyo na napadpad sa isang pamayanang malapit sa pampang ng Anibong, Tacloban na matapos ang pananalasa ni supertyphoon Yolanda.  Ayon sa pagtatala ng NEDA, umabot sa P571 billion ang kabuoang halaga ng naging pinsala sa bansa. (ARGIE PURISIMA / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Sa larawang ito na kuha noong December 10, 2013 mula sa UNTV drone technology, makikita ang isang barkong  pangkomersyo na napadpad sa isang pamayanang malapit sa pampang ng Anibong, Tacloban matapos ang pananalasa ni supertyphoon Yolanda. Ayon sa pagtatala ng NEDA, umabot sa P571 billion ang kabuoang halaga ng naging pinsala ni Yolanda sa bansa. Upang maiwasan umano ang palaging paggastos nang malaki ng pamahalaan tuwing sasapit ang mga malalaking kalamidad, pinag-aaralan ngayon sa Senado ang kahalagahan ng disaster risk insurance. (ARGIE PURISIMA / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinahayag ni Senador Loren Legarda, ang chairperson ng Senate Committee on Climate Change ang kaugnayan ng kalamidad at kahirapan sa isinagawang high level forum on strengthening disaster risk insurance kanina, Martes.

Ayon sa senador, base sa tala ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), umabot sa P571 billion ang kabuoang halaga ng pinsala sa bansa ng nagdaang Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Tumaas naman mula 4.1% noong 2012 hanggang 55.7% noong 2013 ang poverty incidence sa Eastern Visayas na pinaka-nasalanta ng bagyo ayon sa pagtaya ng Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Dahil dito, hinihikayat ni Legarda ang national at lokal na pamahalaan, maging ang mga pribadong sektor na kapulutan ng aral ang mga nagdaang kalamidad na tumama sa bansa.

“Alam natin na higit sa kalahating bilyong dolyares ang nawala sa Haiyan o Yolanda, at higit anim na libo ang namatay. Hindi naman maaaring palagi nalang tayong kuha nang kuha sa ating savings para sa rehab at recon. Kailangan may paraan para tayo ay maagapan natin ang gastusin sa kahirapan na dulot ng disaster na to,” pahayag nito.

Dagdag pa ni Legarda, hindi lamang dapat mag-concentrate sa pag-iwas sa pagkawala ng buhay ang Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies (DRR) kundi maging sa pagprotekta sa mga imprastruktura.

Dito aniya pumapasok ang disaster risk insurance.

“Simply put, insurance, magkakaroon ng ‘pag maapektuhan, ay may mapagkukunan. Ito, risk reinsurance, ibig sabihin, inililipat ang insurance outside of the Phils. Nirereensure sa iba.”

Sa ilalim ng polisiyang ito, isinusulong ang resilience o ang sustainable at sturdy form ng pabahay at imprastruktura.

Nakasaad din aniya dito ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na pondo at resources ng mga lokal na pamahalaan upang hindi na umasa sa national government.

Subalit binigyang diin ng senador na hindi ito ang sagot o solusyon sa problema ng kalamidad.

Aniya, “bagama’t tayo ay magkakaroon ng reinsurance ay kailangan building back better tayo. Dapat resilient ang ating infra. Kailangan ang ating energy renewable, sustainable ang ating pamumuhay. Kaya ito ay isang tuldok lamang sa malaking paghahanda laban sa mga sakuna.”

Ayon kay Legarda, pag-aaralan pa ng senado at mga eksperto ang konsepto ng disaster risk insurance.

Ang isinagawang forum ay bahagi ng pagtalakay ng disaster management procedures, na una nang sinabi ni Senate President Franklin Drilon na isa sa top agenda ng senado ngayong 2014. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Drilon on Duterte tirade: I was defending freedom of the press, not the Lopezes

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asserted that he was defending the freedom of the press and not the Lopezes after President Rodrigo Duterte accused him of defending the owners of the closed down media network ABS-CBN.

“I was defending freedom of the press, not the Lopezes. The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect,” Drilon said in a statement issued shortly after Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 27.

In the first five minutes of his SONA, Duterte lambasted Drilon over his “arrogant” statements on oligarchs and accused the senator of defending the Lopezes as he slammed “those who take advantage of a preoccupied government” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“One of them is Senator Frank Drilon. In an interview, he arrogantly mentioned, among others, that oligarchs need not be rich. Then he linked the anti-dynasty system with oligarchy and the topic was my daughter and son,” he said.

“This happened after the Committee on Franchise voted 70-11 to deny the grant of a franchise to ABS-CBN. Obviously, he was defending the Lopezes that they are not oligarchs,” he added.

In a forum last July 15, Drilon called on the president to push for the passage of a law prohibiting political dynasties in order to dismantle oligarchy in the country. He also said in the same forum that being rich does not equate to being an oligarch.

Drilon made the remark after Duterte said in a speech during his visit to Jolo on July 14 that he had dismantled oligarchy in the country without declaring martial law.

“As I said before, for democracy to thrive we need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear,” Drilon said.

The lawmaker said he was also defending the 11,000 ABS-CBN employees who would lose jobs amid the pandemic.

“In the face of a pandemic, we need more access to information,” he said.

“I aired my support for the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he added.

In a separate interview with UNTV on Tuesday, Drilon also said he owed nothing to the Lopezes.

“‘Yung mga Lopezes po, wala po akong utang na loob sa kanila. Kung ako po ay tumayo para sa ABS-CBN, yan po ay dahilan sa aking paningin na ang kalayaan ng pamamahayag o freedom of the press, malaking bagay po at importante sa ating demokrasya,” he reiterated.

He also denied Duterte’s allegation about his involvement when his former law firm drafted water concession agreements that allegedly contained provisions that are onerous and disadvantageous to the government.

“Hindi ko nga nakita kung ano ‘yung itsura nung agreement na ‘yun. Wala po akong kinalaman diyan… Wala po ako diyan. Hindi ko po alam. Hindi ko nakikita ‘yang kontratang ‘yan hanggang ngayon,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Drilon opposes Philhealth bid to delay implementation of Universal Health Care Law

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has opposed the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (Philhealth) appeal to postpone the full implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law even amid the slump in collections this year due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Drilon said the UHC law is “critical” in the fight against COVID-19, and delaying its implementation is wrong.

“To halt the implementation of a law that would promote access to affordable care, strengthen our primary health care and make our people healthy to fight the virus is a step in the wrong direction,” he said.

“If COVID-19 taught us one thing, it is that we need to keep people healthy and we have to prepare for the next pandemic. UHC is the key,” he added.

While Drilon recognized the need to address Philihealth’s precarious position for it to be able to sustain its funding, he said it should not be at the expense of the people who are relying on the UHC for their health needs.

He added that the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the weaknesses and inequity in the current healthcare system, which the law seeks to address.

The Senate Minority Leader also expressed his concern that postponing the full implementation of the UHC could “discourage poor people from seeking hospital treatments or primary health care even if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.”

Drilon said the implementation of UHC is sourced from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, premium contribution of members, annual appropriation of DOH under the General Appropriations Act, and National Government subsidy to Philhealth.

Drilon said he has already called on the Department of Budget and Management to increase funding for the health sector in the National Expenditure Program for 2021.

“If we learned anything about the onset of the pandemic, it is that the health sector must get a big part of the budgetary pie,” he said.

The health of the people is the State’s responsibility,” he added.

Drilon, Lacson urge DOH to drop proposed P11.7-B fund for contact tracing, adopt other effective solutions

Robie de Guzman   •   June 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on the Department of Health (DOH) to be resourceful in its contact tracing and to drop its proposed P11.7 billion funding for the hiring of 130,000 individuals for the project.

In a statement on Tuesday, Drilon said government agencies should exercise prudent judgment in the use of public funds in consideration of the country’s growing budget deficit due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

“Mag-ingat po tayo sa paggasta ng pera ng taumbayan lalo sa panahon ng krisis,” Drilon said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Given the increasing budget deficit, which is projected to reach P1.56 trillion or 8.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product this year, this P11.7 billion should better be put to good use,” he added.

Drilon also backed Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s call to the DOH to divert the fund for contact tracing to the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

He said the health agency should stop insisting on its plan when it can find other ways “to do contact tracing without hurting the government coffers.”

The senator reiterated his proposal for the DOH to tap around 400,000 barangay health workers and parent-leaders from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to carry out contact tracing to save the government huge amount of money.

“Since they are already organized, they can be quickly mobilized as contact tracers,” he said.

“Our objective to prevent the virus from spreading is based on our ability to efficiently identify the infected and notify those he or she has made contact with. Hence, contact tracing is a must and should never be neglected,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson urged the DOH to adopt cheap, yet effective contact tracing solutions of local government units (LGU).

He cited for example the LGU of Carmona, Cavite which developed an app that can track users’ location history using a mobile phone’s GPS. It also allows uses to log interactions with other people and do self-assessment if they experience symptoms.

“In just a few days of implementation, the local government has already signed up 42,000 out of the municipality’s 97,557 residents,” Lacson said.

“For those without smartphones, the local government’s barangay and police personnel can input the information for them,” he added.

The senator also cited Baguio City’s contact tracing scheme, which relies on the geographical information system platform to plot the areas where possible COVID-19 carriers live

“With these technologies, we can potentially save P11.7 billion being asked by the Department of Health for contact tracers. I share Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s sentiment that there are more practical uses for the amount,” he said, noting that the budget could be used for livelihood programs for those severely affected by community quarantine triggered by the COVID-19 crisis.

The DOH earlier said it is planning to hire more than 95,000 contact tracers to meet the World Health Organization’s recommended ratio of one tracer in every 800 people.

The proposed fund will be used to hire these contact tracers for three months.

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