Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

Marje Pelayo   •   July 18, 2019   •   965

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 to begin crackdown after receiving list of illegal gambling operators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to begin crackdown operations after receiving the list of illegal gambling operators.

PGen. Archie Gamboa said the list is now in the hands of the regional directors and the PNP is already in the process of launching police operations.

Gamboa also said that police commanders will be relieved from office if they fail to accomplish their responsibilities.

“In the next few months, heads will roll if you don’t follow my instruction no-take and you’re not doing anything to stop illegal gambling,” he said.

Last week, the PNP Chief already relieved several local police officials for not curbing illegal gambling in their assigned areas.

They include 10 precinct and station commanders as well as chiefs of police in Metro Manila. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Overweight cops won’t get promoted, PNP chief warns

Robie de Guzman   •   February 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reiterated its warning to its personnel to get fit and have a normal body mass index (BMI) or risk having a hard time getting promoted.

PNP chief General Archie Gamboa made this warning during the physical fitness and BMI tests of cops held in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Of the 86 policemen who took the test, 32 are overweight, five are obese while 49 are of normal weight.

Those who failed to achieve their ideal weight would have to enroll in the Public Safety Officers Basic Course Class to reduce their weight.

“If you are enrolled in the schooling program, it’s like you still have time to redeem yourself. You are allowed to reduce your weight. So that’s why we are giving it a leeway,” Gamboa said in a media interview.

Gamboa warned that those who will fail to get their BMI to a normal level would not be allowed to file for promotion.

“’Pag hindi ka umabot doon the BMI mo mismo you will not be allowed to file for promotion which is a very first step in a promotional process,” he said.

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight of a person.

Gamboa stressed that a police officer should take care of their health in order to perform their mandate in maintaining peace and order, enforce the law, prevent and control crimes and ensure public safety and internal security. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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Gamboa: 15 cops on Duterte’s narcolist consider optional retirement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 12, 2020

PNP PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa

The Philippine National Police (PNP) PBGen. Chief Archie Gamboa has announced that 15 cops listed on President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist are considering “optional retirement”.

The PNP chief said the “optional retirement” is to ease the process of validating illegal drug involvement of over 300 cops under the narcolist.

Ang purpose naman natin bakit tayo nago-offer ng optional retirement para hindi na mahirapan ang PNP. Pero once na mag-start na ang proseso, (The purpose of offering optional retirement is to spare the PNP from further hassle. But once we begin the process) then we will not accept any more optional retirements,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa already extended the deadline until Thursday (February 13) for the other policemen on the narcolist to file for optional retirement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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