No more face shields in Manila

Maris Federez   •   November 8, 2021   •   200

MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday (November 8) ordered the lifting of the face shield mandate in the City of Manila.

This was after Moreno signed Executive Order No. 42 declaring the use of face shields as non-mandatory in the capital city, a statement from the Manila government said.

The order, however, does not cover hospital settings, medical clinics, and other medical facilities.

“’Yung inyong mga kahilingan, mga sulat, at messages na pag-aralan mabuti yung paggamit ng face shield, dininig na po ng inyong lingkod,” Domagoso said.

“Ang kailangan na lang nating gawin ay mag face mask para kahit paano maibsan ang inyong gastusin araw-araw dahil sa face shield na yan,” the local chief executive added.

The Executive Order cited a report that Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that many members of the Inter-Agency Tasked Force (IATF) favored the removal of face shields as a requirement.

It also noted the de-escalation of the alert level status of the National Capital Region, particularly in the City of Manila, last November 4.

The statement further mentioned Domagoso’s earlier appeal to the national government “to drop its face shield policy as it only adds to the expenses of the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic” and “must focus on the procurement of medicines such as Tocilizumab and Remdesivir.”

“Rest assured na kapag bumuti nang bumuti ang sitwasyon sa tulong ng taong bayan ay luluwag ng luluwag. Bibilisan lang natin ang ating kilos, tingin ko mapupunta na tayo sa new normal,” Domagoso said.

The local chief executive directed the Bureau of Permit and Licenses Office, the Manila Barangay Bureau, the Manila Health Department, and hospital directors to affect the information dissemination and strict implementation of the order which shall take effect immediately. —/mbmf

PITX to serve as COVID-19 vax site for 5 days

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) opens its doors Monday (January 24) to serve as a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination site until Friday.

The PITX management will give priority to transport workers and passengers who will avail of the program for their first, second, or booster dose.

This is part of the vaccination drive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that seeks to provide and ensure safe trips as the country implements the ‘no vaccination-no ride’ policy.

The site is expected to provide service to up to 500 walk-in individuals each day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this will help in making vaccination sites accessible to the public and encourage transport workers and passengers to get vaccinated, adding that the same project will be launched in other government transport facilities.

“Sa mga susunod na araw din ay ilulunsad ng DOTr ang vaccination sites sa mga istasyon ng tren, pantalan, at maging sa tollways,” he said.

DOTr Usec. For Administrative Service Atty. Artemio Tuazon Jr. confirmed the said government plan.

“Pinag-utos po rin ni Secretary Tugade na magbukas na rin po kami ng mga vaccination areas sa mga puerto, sa airport po, sa mga terminal ng mga iba pa pong terminal ng pampublikong sasakyan, sa atin pong mga stasyon ng tren at pati na rin po sa ating mga expressways po ay hahanap po kami ng lugar at magbubukas na rin po kami ng vaccination centers,” Tuazon said.

The Department, he said, is now coordinating with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) concerning the installation of vaccination stations on toll roads.

In a message sent to UNTV News and Rescue, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said they have brought the matter to the toll operators and are now awaiting feedback. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

Palace on old video of Duterte discouraging booster shots: ‘Should be viewed in proper context’

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that the video of President Rodrigo Duterte discouraging the public from getting booster shots against COVID-19 was an old clip and that it should be viewed in the “proper context.”

In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the video clip, which recently made rounds online, was recorded in September 2021 when the COVID-19 situation in the country and the government’s vaccination priority was still different from today.

Nograles issued the statement after receiving information about a video clip of Duterte, in which he states that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are sufficient, is being shared and used by some critics to campaign against the administration’s efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

“The said video clip should be viewed in the proper context. At that point, 21 million of our countrymen were fully vaccinated, and our priority was to increase this number, which is why the provision of booster shots had yet to be approved,” he said.

“The situation today is now vastly different,” he added.

Nograles said it was in November 2021 when the government approved the recommendation of Philippine health experts to use booster doses for all fully vaccinated individuals as the country was able to secure then an ample supply of vaccines and a substantial percentage of population was already fully vaccinated.

“To further encourage the public to get their booster shots, the President in his December 21, 2021 address enjoined the public to ‘take advantage’ of the country’s sufficient supply of vaccines against COVID-19 and get their booster shots to control the spread of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant,” he said.

“We reiterate that there is clear evidence that COVID-19 booster shots provide additional protection against the virus,” he added.

Nograles has urged the public “to refrain from sharing disinformation that will endanger the lives of our kababayan, compromise our efforts to contain COVID-19, and undermine our campaign to beat the disease.”

Pagkahawa ng COVID-19, hindi dapat sadyain para magkaroon ng immunity – eksperto

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang isang health expert sa publiko, lalo na ang mga bakunado kontra COVID-19, na huwag maging kampante dahil maaari pa rin silang dapuan ng sakit.

Paliwanag ni Dr. Nina Gloriani, ang head ng vaccine expert panel, dapat pa ring mag-ingat ang mga bakunado na at huwag hayaang ma-expose ang sarili sa mga taong infected ng COVID-19.

Aniya, napatunayan na sa maraming pag-aaral na nakakapagbigay ng proteksyon ang available na bakuna kontra COVID-19 pero hindi ito 100 porsiyento dahil may mga instansiya na nagkakaroon ng breakthrough infection.

“Pero iyong nabakunahan at nahawa ay tinatawag na breakthough, iyon talaga ang tinatawag na breakthrough,” ani Gloriani.

Paliwanag ng eksperto, mayroong nade-develop na natural immunity o karagdagang proteksyon ang isang fully vaccinated na nagkaka-COVID pa rin dahil natural na tumaas ang immunity ng isang indibidwal na nagkakasakit.

Pero babala nito, hindi dapat sadyain ng sinoman na i-expose ang sarili sa mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 para lang magkaroon ng natural immunity sa virus.

“Base sa pag-aaral, totoo na ang natural immunity plus vaccine immunity, iyong tinatawag nating hybrid immunity ay mas mataas ang level ng mga neutralizing antibody,” ani Gloriani.

“Pero I don’t think the doctors will say, yes magpa-expose kayo para magkaroon kayo ng natural immunity, hindi po ganoon,” dagdag pa niya.

Hindi pa rin aniya nawawala ang posibilidad na maaari pa ring maging malala ang breakthough infection sa isang fully vaccination depende sa sitwasyon.

“Mabuti kung ang breakthrough infection ninyo ay mild, hanggang moderate siguro pero mild, magkakaroon kayo ng boosting ng immunity. Pero kung maging severe iyon, hindi iyon maganda. so hindi natin titignan na ang pagpapa-infect nalang tayo. hindi po ganoong ang tama,” ani Gloriani.

Dagdag pa nito, nakadepende pa rin sa general health status ng isang tao kung gaano kalala ang magiging epekto ng virus sa kanilang katawan lalo’t lumabas sa mga pag-aaral na nagkakaroon ng long COVID-19 ang ilan sa mga naka-recover mula sa sakit.

“Sa kaso ng covid-19 ay ibang iba po itong sakit na ito. Kunyari, mahawa ka sa flu o sa colds, commmon colds, gagaling ka kaagad. Pero itong covid-19 hindi po sigurado kung anong magiging natural course ng ating infection,” ani Gloriani.

Muli namang iginiit ng mga eksperto na kahit pa fully vaccinated na ang ating mga kababayan ay mahalaga  pa rin ang palagiang pagsunod sa health standards upang makaiwas sa COVID-19.

Umapela rin ito sa ating mga kababayan na huwag nang mamili ng brand ng COVID-19 vaccines dahil lahat naman ng mga ito ay makakapagbibigay pa rin ng kinakailangan nating proteksyon laban sa virus. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

 

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