Philippine Army sends medical team to virus-stricken Cebu City

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020   •   1327

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Sunday (June 28) deployed a medical team to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hot spot Cebu City.

The team, composed of two doctors, two nurses, and two medical aides, will help local healthcare workers in addressing the COVID-19 cases in the city.

Prior to their flight on Sunday morning, the team underwent precautionary swab testing and were given flu vaccination to ensure that they are fit to do the job.

The team is among the  32 military medical teams organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in line with the national government’s COVID-19 response. 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, who oversees the COVID-19 efforts in Cebu City, and Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., National Task Force- COVID-19 Chief Implementer; joined AFP Vice Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr. during the send-off ceremony at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Pamahalaan, tiwalang on-track pa rin ang COVID-19 response kahit patuloy na tumataas ang kaso

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Naniniwala ang pamahalaan na on-track pa rin ang paglaban ng bansa sa pandemya kahit nakakapagtala ng record-high na COVID-19 cases ang Pilipinas.

Noong Lunes, 18,332 ang bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa na pinakamataas mula nang magsimula ang pandemya noong 2020.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, mas mahalaga ang punto na sapat pa rin ang kapasidad ng healthcare system sa bansa upang maasikaso ang mga pasyenteng malubha ang kalagayan dahil sa COVID-19.

“We are within projection, for as long as we do not exceed 20,000 per day, that is the projection… I would say we are on track,” ani Roque.

Sa datos ng gobyerno, 73 percent na ng ICU beds sa buong bansa ang okupado at 72 percent naman sa Metro Manila.

“Hindi pa po tayo kritikal so kaya pa po nating alagaan yung mga magkakasakit. That is what we mean po by living with the virus. Talaga pong naririyan ang virus na yan hanggang hindi pa natin nakakamit ang population protection pero ang paghahandaan po natin dapat mabigyan natin ng tulong at kalingan yung mga magkakasakit,” ani Roque.

Mananatili aniya ang polisiya ng Duterte administration sa paglaban sa pandemiya— ang mas pinaigting na pagpapatupad ng health protocols, preventive measures at pagbabakuna.

Ipununto ng Palasyo na dahil sa Delta variant, nararanasan sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo ang COVID-19 surge.

Gayunman, pang-labimpito ang Pilipinas sa buong mundo sa pinakamataas ang kabuuang bilang ng COVID-19 cases. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

9 NPA members in Misamis Oriental surrender to the Philippine Army

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 23, 2021

A former NPA member leads the military to a stash or firearms.

Nine members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Misamis Oriental have surrendered to the Philippine Army.

The former rebels were members of the sub-regional committee of the NPA in North Central Mindanao Regional Command. They also surrendered 14 high-caliber firearms.

One of the rebel returnees, identified as alias Marga, said that lack of food pushed them to surrender to the government. She said there were times when 40 members had to share one can of sardines. They were also forbidden to visit their families.

Magpapaalam ka nang maayos, hindi ka papayagan. Kaya iyong iba naming kasama kadalasan talaga umuuwi nang hindi nagpapaalam dahil sa ganyang kalagayan, hindi ka papayagan. Wala kang kalayaan o demokrasya, (You will not be allowed to go home even if you asked properly. Because of it, some would just leave without permission. There is no freedom or democracy),” she said.

According to Lt.Col. Ricky Canatoy, commanding officer of the 58th Infantry Battalion, the combined efforts of the Philippine Army and the government contributed to the increasing number of returning rebels.

“Military action alone will not be enough to achieve or maintain long-term peace; engagement from line agencies, notably from local government units, is essential. Because of the close linkages among government agencies, hostile manpower and firearms have been steadily reduced,” he said.

The rebel surrenderers will receive financial and livelihood assistance under the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.

16 cadavers stored in abandoned building in Cebu City

Marje Pelayo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 16 cadavers in a state of decomposition were discovered inside an abandoned building in Cebu City.

Most of the bodies were stored inside freezers while some were left lying on the floor.

The local government has ordered an investigation into the incident.

According to Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, the cadavers were temporarily placed there after funeral homes refused to process them due to the overwhelming number of bodies being brought to their establishment.

Tumulak said, the building is formerly known as St. Bernard Funeral Homes.

According to reports, there are allegedly three funeral homes that are dumping cadavers in the building oftentimes during late night or at dawn to avoid being seen.

Residents nearby are also complaining about the pungent smell coming from the said building.

The official said they will check on the death certificates to verify reports that at least three of the bodies had died from COVID-19.

 

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