Bong Go on Philhealth issue: Enough is enough

STATEMENT OF SEN. BONG GO

On PhilHealth issues

Nakailang pagdinig na tayo ukol sa mga problema ng PhilHealth. Kahit noong hindi pa ako Senador ay isyu na ito. Enough is enough. I call on the PhilHealth leadership to put a stop to these issues of anomalies within its ranks. Once and for all, shape up or ship out!

Ngayon na nasa isang public health emergency ang bansa, mas lalong hindi natin mapapalampas ang patuloy na problema sa ahensyang dapat naniniguradong may universal healthcare access ang mga Pilipino. Sabi nga nila, “especially in times of crises, every single peso counts.”

The President has already ordered a probe into these allegations of corruption within PhilHealth. I also fully support the calls for a Senate investigation on this matter.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and as co-chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee on the implementation of the UHC law, we have to ensure the prudent use of PhilHealth funds and guarantee that every Filipino family gets appropriate, accessible, affordable, and quality health services while being protected from financial burden due to sickness.

Pera po ng taumbayan yan. Ibalik dapat sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal. Ni piso ay hindi dapat manakaw o masayang.

Go urges government and the public to buy local products and Filipino-made masks: ‘save jobs, save lives’

In line with my earlier appeal for the government to enforce a stronger face mask-wearing policy, I am also urging concerned agencies to promote and patronize local production of protective masks made by Filipinos.

Government must prioritize buying locally-made masks to save jobs, and provide it to those who cannot afford to buy their own masks to help save lives.

Tulungan rin nating makaahon ang mga lokal na industriya, tulad ng mga mananahi at mga nagbebenta ng raw materials na magagamit sa paggawa ng face masks. Kung mapapalakas natin ang local production ng face masks, mabibigyan natin ng livelihood ang mga tao, lalo na yung mga nawalan ng trabaho, at mas mapoprotektahan natin ang ating mga kababayan mula sa sakit.

I am also urging DTI, TESDA and CHED to use its available resources to support and train those who can locally produce standard face masks that pass health specifications to augment the needed supply. Siguraduhin natin na papasa ang mga ito sa specifications ng DOST at health experts.

Let us make it a discipline among all Filipinos to wear face masks at all times. Pinaalalahanan ko ang publiko na ang pagsuot ng face mask ay pangunahing paraan upang proteksyunan ang sarili at bilang pagrespeto o pagbibigay konsiderasyon rin sa kapwa tao.

According to experts, wearing the right kind of mask decreases the risk of spreading the virus by 85%. With social distancing and the use of face shields, the risk may be reduced by more than 90%. This is why, in the absence of a vaccine, wearing a mask remains a must.

TF Davao tightens anti-Covid protocol at Davao checkpoints

The Task Force (TF) Davao has tightened anti-Covid measures in all entry and exit points of Davao City, reminding Davao-bound air passengers travelling via other airports and ports in Mindanao to ensure they have the required negative RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test results.

TF Davao Commander Col. Consolito Yecla said it will be difficult for passengers to skip over health protocols at the checkpoints which are on alert for air passengers traveling via other airports and ports.

Recently, the Davao City government has required all land, sea, and air passengers travelling through other Mindanao ports and airports to present their negative RT-PCR test results taken 24-72 hours of their departure from any airport of origin.

Yecla said that the Task Force has established a system to identify land travelers from other airports in Mindanao.

“If they can show negative RT-PCR test results within 72 hours, we let them pass. But if they do not have one, we hold them at the checkpoint until their RT-PCR test is scheduled,” he said.

On Thursday, TF Davao stopped 16 air passengers who travelled via Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City and 18 individuals by land, from entering and proceeding to their destination for their failure to present a negative RT-PCR test result.

All those held at the checkpoint have to wait inside their vehicles or in tents set up by TF Davao as holding area while waiting for their turn to be escorted by TF Davao to the laboratory where they can be swabbed. While waiting for the result, they will be held in a holding facility for 24 hours or until their results are out.

According to Yecla, TFD is expecting Davao-bound travellers to reroute their itinerary to other Mindanao airports due to the strict requirement at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

He urged Davao-bound passengers to just follow the protocols and view the requirement as a means to help protect themselves and other people.

“Instead of seeing the requirement as a hassle, they should treat it as their moral obligation as responsible citizens of the city and also for the protection of their loved ones to whom they would go home to,” Yecla said. CIO

Davao City’s negative RT-PCR requirement adjusted to 72 hours

Davao-bound passengers can now submit upon check-in at any airport of origin a negative RT PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) taken 72 hours before their departure date.

This after Mayor Inday Sara Duterte considered an appeal from the national government to adjust the requirement of 48 hours to 72 hours, giving travelers enough time to have themselves tested for the killer virus.

Mayor Sara said that the Davao LGU will send a letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) amending the requirement from 24-48 hours to 24-72 hours negative RT-PCR result before the departure date.

Davao City had earlier required Davao-bound passengers to submit upon check-in at any airport of origin a negative RT PCR result taken 48 hours before the departure date as one of the measures to control the transmission of the coronavirus infection.

The city government was prompted to require a negative RT PCR after the data from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed that the highest confirmed Covid-19 cases in Davao City were travellers from Manila. CIO

First District Office, Dole-Davao distributes cash aid, food packs to First Dist. workers

DAVAO CITY – At least 1,200 marginalized workers from the first district here recieved on Monday, July 20, their cash assistance and food packs from the Office of the First District at The People’s Park.

Office of the First District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) distributed cash assistance and food packs to workers affected of the crisis brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The workers were among the thousand beneficiaries who recieved cash aid from the government’s assistance program Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvsntage/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) to mitigate the impact of the national health emergency due to coronavirus.

Rep. Duterte’s office said that these workers were residents of the 54 barangays under the first district. They were earlier assigned by their respective barangay councilors to disinfect their respective houses and their surroundings to maintain cleanliness in the barangay and avoid getting infected of the disease.

The registered beneficiaries recieved P3,900 cash assistance based on the prevailing highest minimum wage in Davao Region as per DOLE.

Aside from the cash assistance, Duterte’s staff also distributed food packs to (three kilos of rice, six canned goods, and three noodles) to the registered beneficiaries.

Rep. Duterte’s office earlier mentioned that the distribution of food packs focused on the “poorest of the poor” from all 54 barangays in the first district.