Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2019   •   870

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

PNP agrees with PDEA not to give Robredo list of high-value drug targets

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019

PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conform with whatever decision the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will come up with on furnishing Vice President Leni Robredo a copy of their list of high-value targets, in her capacity as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

This after PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said that he is ready to present the said list to Robredo but only on closed-door meeting in the presence of personnel with security clearance.

Aquino has earlier refused to have the vice president furnished with the copy as it may compromise their operation, saying “the list is considered classified information that is why not everybody must have a copy of it.”
 
He added that if the list is given to the vice president, they will not have a way of knowing who else might see and learn of its content.

“Sa pinaka simpleng explanation — kapag binigay namin ang listahan kay VP Robredo hindi na namin alam kung sino sino ang magkakaroon ng access sa listahan. That will compromise our negation operations,” Aquino said.

Aquino also cited the “need to know rule” in law enforcement where not everybody is given access to sensitive and classified information.

Meanwhile, PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa said Robredo’s request may already be immaterial as the ICAD decides as a collegial body.

“Fine, if you want to review the law enforcement campaign. But would it really matter if you know who are on the list? So yes, I adhere to what PDEA Director General says,” Gamboa said.

The PNP chief once again advised VP Robredo to focus on the advocacy and the rehabilitation aspect of the campaign against illegal drugs.

Gamboa said the vice president must entrust the aspect of law enforcement to the agencies that have full know-how on the matter.

“Why would the VP not take the advocacy and the rehabilitation? Law enforcement and prosecution or on the justice could be best left to those who know it.” (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

PNP suspends permit to carry firearms for 30th SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will enforce a gun ban in Metro Manila, Central Luzon (Region 3), and CALABARZON (Region 4A) and in the whole province of La Union in view of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The PNP announced on Saturday (November 16) that the suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in these areas will be in effect from November 20 to December 14, 2019.

A memorandum released by the national police said the gun ban is part of the security measures it has laid for the event to ensure that the activities will be free from firearm-related incidents.

It added that the measure will be enforced to ensure the safety of the populace as well as of the local and foreign athletes.

Exempted from the gun ban are the police, soldiers and other members of law enforcement agencies in uniform, and the participants in the SEA Games shooting competition. /mbmf

PNP personnel to receive year-end bonus

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has released over P7 billion for the year-end bonuses of its personnel, both uniformed and non-uniformed, in active duty.

In a press release, the PNP said about P P7,481,118,702 will be given to 205,189 PNP personnel nationwide.

PNP Director for Comptrollership Maj. Gen. Jose Victor Ramos said the year-end bonus is equivalent to the amount of the monthly basic salary of each personnel along with the mandated P5,000 cash gift from the national government.

The year-end bonus has been credited to the individual ATM payroll accounts of each police personnel through the Land Bank of the Philippines, the PNP said.

For police personnel who are yet to be enrolled in the PNP’s ATM payroll system, Finance Service Director Brig. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz said they will receive their individual cheques through their Regional Finance Service Offices.

Meanwhile, the release of year-end bonuses for police personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases will be deferred in accordance with its disciplinary policy.

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