PNP, nagbukas ng sariling COVID-19 testing center

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020   •   618

MANILA, Philippines – May sarili nang novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing facility ang Philippine National Police (PNP).

Ayon kay PNP deputy chief for administration Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, sinertipikahan na ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ng Department of Health (DOH) ang kanilang testing center at license to operate na lamang ang hinihintay para ganap itong mabuksan.

Ani Cascolan, ang Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) facility ng PNP ay inaprubahan bilang independent testing center noong Mayo 13.

Nakumpleto rin ng PNP ang requirement na 15 tauhan na mag-ooperate ng RT-PCR facility.

Pansamantala itong ipu-puwesto sa PNP Crime Laboratory sa Camp Crame habang hindi pa tapos ang 84-square meter na pasilidad sa likod ng PNP Health Service.

Ayon sa opisyal, prayoridad sa testing ang pulis na dumu-duty sa checkpoints at nagpapatupad ng seguridad sa Metro Manila.

“Unahin natin mga kapulisan natin lalo na ang mga frontliner. We need to be sure of our PNP first and then it will be continuing,” ani Cascolan.

Bubuksan din naman ang pasilidad sa mga sibilyan kapag natapos nang i-test ang mga tauhan ng PNP.

“Anytime, kung makuha na yung mga kapulisan natin pwede na yung mga sibilyan pumasok syempre,” ani Cascolan.

Bukod sa Camp Crame, plano rin ng pulisya na magbukas ng COVID-19 testing center sa police regional offices sa Davao at Cebu.

“They should coordinate with their local government to help them out to come up with the artificial laboratory like doon sa mga regions nila para maka-cater sa mga pulis,” ani Cascolan.

Sa huling tala ng PNP Health Service, umabot na sa 260 ang bilang ng mga pulis na nag-positibo sa coronavirus disease.

Nasa 788 probable at 574 suspect cases naman ang binabantayan sa ngayon.

Sa nag-positibo sa COVID-19, walumpu’t apat (84) ang gumaling habang apat naman ang nasawi. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Relaxed travel restrictions still pose health risks—UP OCTA Research

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2020

Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) OCTA Research team said relaxed travel restrictions may still pose health risks.

Dr. Guido David, team member of the UP OCTA Research, said it is too early for the country to accept inbound travels and that further review is needed to avoid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.

“There’s a surge happening right now in Europe so if we were not careful, maraming cases [there are a lot of cases] outside the Philippine, in Europe and certain parts of the world, kasama pa rin diyan iyong sa (these includes) the United States and India. So we have to be careful about letting people,” he said.

David also said despite the drop of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, there is still a possibility for cases to increase if no safety measures is implemented.

“We’re also a bit worried because the rate of decrease in NCR is not that low anymore. It’s very slow. So it could be, the trend might be reversing anytime,” he added.

Services of Red Cross should also resume first, according to David, because its testing capacity covers 1/4 of the total testing capacity of the country. He also reiterated the need for the public to cooperate in order to fight against the virus.

“The public should be aware that the virus is still here. That the pandemic is not yet over. So if they’re loosening restrictions, responsibility is in the public in deciding whether or not they want to go out,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda).

Kaso ng COVID-19 transmission sa Cebu City, bumababa na – Cimatu

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2020

Patuloy nang bumababa ng antas ng COVID-19 transmission sa Cebu City kasabay ng pagdami naman ng mga gumagaling mula sa sakit, ayon kay DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Batay sa hawak nilang impormasyon ngayong buwan ng Oktubre, sinabi ni Cimatu na nasa 1 hanggang 0.5 percent ang positivity rate sa lungsod.

Ibig sabihin aniya ay isa na lang ang nagpopositibo sa sakit sa bawat 100 na isinasailalim sa COVID-19 testing.

Ngayong Oktubre, umabot sa 9,307 ang bilang ng mga gumaling mula sa COVID-19 at walang napaulat na nasawi.

“If you look at the data, more than 600 death ang all of Cebu City since June and bigla na lang naging zero, what is this? This the indication really of the success of the effort of this team,” ang pahayag ni Cimatu.

Si Cimatu ay nagsisilbing chief implementor ng COVID-19 response ng pamahalaan sa Cebu City. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Irish Madelo)

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Pamamahagi ng libreng bisikleta sa mga nawalan ng trabaho, sisimulan sa Oct. 26 – DOLE

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Sisimulan na sa Lunes, Oktubre 26, ang pamamahagi ng libreng bisikleta sa mga nawalan ng trabaho dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic, ayon sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Ayon kay Atty Karina Perida-Trayvilla, direktor ng DOLE – Bureau of Workers and Special Concerns, layunin ng proyekto na tulungan ang mga Pilipinong magkaroon ng trabaho sa gitna na rin ng mataas na demand para sa delivery ng food at non-food items.

“Starting Monday (October 26) to Wednesday, October 28, we will be awarding, it will be held at the DOLE office,” ani Trayvilla.

“We will be giving a total of 900 free bikes for the initial implementation of this project,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang mga bisikleta ay ibibigay lamang sa mga lubhang naapektuhan ng krisis.

Sa mga nais makakuha ng bisikleta, maaari silang pumunta sa pinakamalapit na DOLE field office of sa public employment service office para sa gagawing profiling.

Ang mga magku-qualify sa proyekto ay maaaring sumailalim sa social preparation training upang maturuan ng traffic regulations at iba pang panuntunan upang maging deliver service riders.

Sasailalim rin sila sa financial literacy at productivity training katuwang ang regional tripartite wages and productivity board.

Ibabahagi rin sa kanila ang occupational safety at health standards ng isa pang ahensiya na nasa ilalim ng DOLE.

Ayon sa DOLE, isasagawa rin ang ganitong proyekto sa iba pang regional offices.

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