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Lower House passes free dialysis bill for poor Filipinos

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A patient undergoing dialysis (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The House Committee on Health has approved the proposed free dialysis for poor Filipinos.

The proposed law mandates each government hospital to set up a dialysis facility.

The bill also seeks to expand the coverage of the Philhealth benefit package to include kidney transplant.

Under the proposal, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be in charge of identifying the beneficiaries of the free medical service.

The bill is scheduled for plenary debate and voting before passing it into third and final reading at the House of Representatives. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Palace sacks 3 social welfare undersecretaries

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018

(L-R) Undersecretary Mae Fe Ancheta-Templa, Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group Hope Hervilla and Undersecretary for Promotive Programs Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe | Images grabbed via their Facebook accounts

MANILA, Philippines —Three undersecretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have left their posts after an order from the Malacañang.

In a statement of DSWD, the termination of former DSWD Undersecretary for Protective Programs Mae Fe Templa, Undersecretary for Promotive Programs Maria Lourdes Turalde-Jarabe, and Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group Hope Hervilla took effect on November 14.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said that this is to give way for the team of the new Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista.

Bautista is a former army chief.

Malacañang has denied that termination of said officials is due to their left-leaning views. — UNTV News & Rescue

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BOC donates smuggled clothes and shoes to Ompong victims

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has officially turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the smuggled clothes, blankets and footwear that were confiscated by the agency from various ports in the country.

The items will be donated to victims of Typhoon Ompong which hammered Northern Luzon in September.

This is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to help indigent members of the community and put smuggled products to good use.

Some of the clothes donated by BOC and DSWD are second-hand. Under the Republic Act 4653, the commercial importation of second-hand clothing is prohibited.

But according to the BOC, these are still eligible for donation through the deed of donation.

The items, however, have to go through disinfection first to prevent any health risks that may arise from such goods.

“This can also be subjected to fumigation process pa. Para mas makasiguro pa, we add another layer that this will really be safe for use ng kanyang intended recipient,” Port of Manila district collector, Atty.Erastus Sandino Austria said.

Among the items to be donated are 32 bales of second-hand clothes; 5 bales of brand new t-shirts; and 32 boxes of new shoes.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said, “Upon arrival of the donations it should go directly to the beneficiaries. It will not stay long in our warehouse it will not stay long in anybody’s place.”

This is the sixth time that the BOC has donated seized items to the DSWD.

Other than clothes and footwear, previous donations to calamity victims included rice and other food items. — Joan Nano

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Duterte names Army Chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista as next DSWD chief

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

 

Retiring Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista | Photo via Philippine Army website

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will appoint another military official into his Cabinet in the person of Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista.

The President announced on Thursday (October 4) during a speech at a dinner with the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association (PMAAA), that he wants Bautista to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Bautista is set to retire from military service on October 15.

He served as Duterte’s Presidential Security Group Chief and was also the overall commander of the military operations in Marawi City during the Marawi siege.

Duterte hinted at appointing Bautista as a replacement for former National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Jason Aquino but later changed his decision. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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