PH COVID-19 vaccination rollout ranks third in ASEAN – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021   •   439

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines ranks third among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the number of doses of COVID-19 vaccines that were so far administered, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Data presented by Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Monday showed that the Philippines has already used a total of 1,456,793 COVID-19 vaccine doses, following Indonesia with 15.8 million and Singapore with 1.6 million doses.

The information presented by Cabotaje during an online briefing was based on April 14 Bloomberg data and other reports from Foreign Service Posts.

The health official said the Philippines was able to administer many of the doses delivered despite vaccine supply problems.

“Ang ating comparison ay number of administered doses kasi that will tell us gaano karami ang nakukuha nating doses at gaano tayo kabilis magbigay ng doses,” she said.

“One million out of 100 million is about 1% of the total population, but we are targeting 70 million,” she added.

Cabotaje, however, said that the vaccination rank on data presented was not based on the number of vaccinated individuals per population.

She explained that the data shows the speed of vaccination in the country as compared to other nations.

“Yung Bloomberg na yan ang kinuha niya – the number of jabs – and then nag-supply lang tayo ng data. But we can look later kung ano ang pwedeng denominator, ano yung total population na gusto nilang bakunahan,” she said.

The Philippine government rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination program on March 1 following the delivery of Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccines donated by the Chinese government.

The country has so far received over 3 million COVID-19 vaccines.

More vaccine doses are expected to arrive this month including 1 million doses from Sinovac, 500,000 from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, and 194,000 doses from Pfizer.

“500,000 on April 22 and another on April 29. May indication, you know it can always change that we may have Pfizer vaccines that are arriving end of April and also Gamaleya Sputnik V, may kaunting initial… 20,000 doses,” Cabotaje said.

“In May, we are expecting another 2.5 Million of Sinovac and we are expecting the AstraZeneca from COVAX, hopefully by May or at the least very early part of June to cover iyong second dose natin,” she added.

The national government is targeting to inoculate 70 million people this year.

Philippines’ Covid tally up by 6,959

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) logged an additional 6,959 new cases to the country’s Covid-19 count and raising the tally to  1,353,220 on Saturday (June 19).

The latest figure pushes the total number of active cases to 59,439.

Meanwhile, 9,407 individuals have recovered from the virus. This brings the total number of recoveries since the pandemic began to 1,270, 243.

The coronavirus-related deaths also rose to  23,538 with  153 new fatalities.

The DOH noted that the current active cases is only 4.4% of the total positive cases recorded since the pandemic.

Based on the latest report, all DOH laboratories are fully operational since June 17, 2021 and only six laboratories have not yet forwarded their respective data to the agency’s COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

These six laboratories comprise about 3.5% of the overall samples tested and 3.9% of the total number of COVID positive individuals.

Ilang opisyal umaasang itutuloy ng susunod na administrasyon ang infra projects ng Duterte gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isina-isa ngayong Biyernes ng ilang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ang mga infrastructure project na napasimulan at natapos na ng administrasyong Duterte.

Sa presentasyon ng Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation (DOTr), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Flagship Programs and Projects and Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), ipinakita ang mga proyektong nakumpleto na sa ilalim ng “Build, Build, Build” program ng pamahalaan.

Pangunahin dito ang pagpapaganda sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport, na ayon kay Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, ay hindi na umano maaaring bansagan ngayong worst airport gaya ng mga nakalipas na panahon.

“Naalala’t naalala ninyo na noong pumasok ang Duterte administration ang bansag sa NAIA international airport is one of the worst international airport in the world,” ani Tugade.

“Mataas ang kaniyang klasipikasyon ngayon, nabibilang ang NAIA sa one of the most improved airport in the world,” dagdag pa niya.

Iniulat naman ng DPWH na aabot na sa 212 airport projects ang natapos sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte. Bukod pa ito sa 446 seaport projects, 10,376 flood mitigation structures, 26,493 kilometrong farm-to-market roads, at 5,555 na kilometro ng mga tulay.

Ayon kay DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, ang mga proyektong ito ay nakapabigay ng 6.5 milyong trabaho para sa mga manggagawang Pilipino sa nakalipas na limang taon.

“Nung nagsimula ang Duterte administration at ang Build Build Build Program nung 2016 to 2020 ang total acomplishment ay 2.536 Billion, halos x3 po ang acomplishment ng Duterte Administration, so masasabi ko po talaga na malayo po ang acomplishment sa term ni President duterte sa imprastraktura,” ani Villar.

At ngayong malapit nang matapos ang panunungkulan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, hiling ng mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete na sana’y mapag-ibayo pa ang mga proyektong napasimulan at maiiwan upang mapakinabangan ng sambayanan.

“Hinihiling po namin kung sino man po ang magiging susunod na pangulo at susunod na administrasyon, I think it is incumbent upon the next administration to not only continue but to even fast track all the good works that have been done under the leadership of President Duterte,” ani Vince Dizon, ang pinuno ng BCDA. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent JP Nunez)

DOLE, may alok na insentibo para sa mga bakunadong essential workers vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Mamamahagi ng bisikleta at cellphone na may load ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) bilang insentibo sa mga essential worker na makakakumpleto ng kanilang bakuna kontra COVID-19.

Ayon kay DOLE Bureau of Workers Special Concern (BWSC) director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trarvilla, bahagi ito ng mga hakbang ng kagawaran para maenganyo ang mga manggagawang kasama sa A4 group na magpabakuna laban sa coronavirus disease.

“It’s actually pursuant to the instruction of the (DOLE) Secretary (Silvestre Bello III) that we come up [with] this incentive for our A4, economic frontliners to entice them to submit themselves to vaccination at nadeploy na nga tayo ng vaccination program for A4 noong June 7. Gusto natin maraming maengganyo na mabakunahan,” ani Perida-Trayvilla.

Aniya, uumpisahan ng DOLE sa Hulyo 1 ang pamamahagi ng 2,000 bisikleta at cellphone na may load sa A4 workers na fully vaccinated na kontra COVID-19.

Target ng programa ang mga nasa informal sector na namamasukan sa mga pribadong kumpanya, pati na ang household helpers at self-employed.

Ngunit paglilinaw ng kagawaran, sa halip na sa manggagawang nagpabakuna, ibibigay ang insentibo sa sinomang miyembro ng kanyang pamilya o kamag-anak.

“Kase nga po yung mga A4 workers natin may trabaho naman diba yung bibigyan po natin nitong bike yung kanilang next of kin or yung kanyang relative… Gusto kase nating gamitin nila ang bisikleta pawang pang livelihood,” ani Perida-Trayvilla.

Tig-isang libong bisikleta na may kasamang insulation bags, protective helmet, reflective vest, cellphone na may load wallet ang ilalaan sa mga benepisyaryo sa National Capital Region at sa mga probinsya.

“Hindi lang po iyan, yung makakatanggap ng bisikleta ii-enroll rin po natin siya sa group personal accident insurance or GPAI kase nga magla-livelihood siya mai-expose din siya sa risk kailangan mai-insure natin sila,” ani Perida-Trayvilla.

Para sa mga interesadong makakuha ng nasabing incentives, makipag-ugnayan lamang sa BWSC sa numerong 84043336 o di kaya ay mag-email sa mail@bwsc.dole.gov.ph.

Magpresenta lamang ng alin mang government o company id at vaccination card na patunay na fully vaccinated ang isang manggagawa.

Sa susunod na linggo, inaasahang matatapos na ng BWSC ang mechanics para sa nasabing livelihood program. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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