COVID-19 vaccination bago ang pilot run ng in-person classes, hindi pa mauumpisahan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021   •   120

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa magagawa sa ngayon ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata laban sa sakit na COVID-19, ayon sa Malakanyang.

Ginawa ng palasyo ang pahayag kasunod ng panukala ng ilang eksperto na mabakunahan muna kontra COVID-19 ang mga estudyante bago ang pilot run ng limited face-to-face classes.

“Hindi pa po natin mababakunahan ang mga kabataan kasi ‘di pa po tayo nagsisimula. Ito naman po ay limited naman po na pilot involving only 100 public schools, tsaka 20 private schools at sa mga lugar na mababa naman po talaga ang kaso, sa mga MGCQ areas,” ani Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Sa panayam sa UNTV Get It Straight with Daniel Razon nitong Biyernes, sinabi ni Dr. Rontgene Solante na dapat mabakunahan muna ang mga estudyante na magiging kabahagi sa dry run ng face-to-face classes dahil sa nagpapatuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19.

Si Solante ay isang infectious disease expert at miyembro ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology.

“Mas maganda pa rin na mayroong bakuna ang bata at the same time, maganda rin ang environment in terms of the risk of transmission, doble ang magiging proteksyon niyan at less ang epekto ng transmission sa mga bata na they can also develop severe infection if they have comorbidities,” ani Solante.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng Department of Education na gagawin lamang ang limited in-person learning sa mga lugar na mababa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Pili lang din ang mga paaralang maaaring lumahok sa programa at kailangang pasado ang mga pasilidad nito para sa kaligtasan ng mga bata at gurong kasama sa pilot run.

Kailangan ding may consent ng mga magulang ang paglahok ng kanilang mga anak sa dry run ng physical classes.

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Roque na wala pang desisyon si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa panukala ng National Task Force against COVID-10 na umpisahan sa kalagitnaan ng Oktubre ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Aniya, kailangan pang talakayin ang nasabing panukala sa mga pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force.

DepEd: Parents not forced to send children to in-person classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) assured that parents will not be forced to let their children participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.

In a statement, the department reiterated that stringent preparations and protocols have been established to provide maximum protection for students and other participating stakeholders in this critical undertaking.

As of October 26, around 90 public schools have been allowed to participate in the pilot run on November 15.

“We would like to emphasize that the pilot run of face-to-face classes will be voluntary. Parents must provide written consent allowing their children to join. No parent shall be forced to send their children in this modality since the schools will still hold distance learning classes,” according to the statement.

The education department also reported that around 93.2% of teachers and staff of participating schools are vaccinated.

DepEd, along with other government departments, said they are committed to proactively monitor and assess trends and concerns about the risk of COVID-19 in schools. AAC

Mga papayagang pumasok sa Manila Bay dolomite beach, hanggang 4K lang; mga bata, bawal – DENR

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines ­– Lilimitahan na ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang bilang ng mga bisitang maaaring makapasok sa Manila Bay dolomite beach.

Ayon kay DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones, nasa 4,000 bisita lamang ang papayagang makapasok na carrying capacity ng lugar.

“Ang problem lang natin, during weekdays, talagang bumibigla, pumapalo talaga ng hindi na bumababa ng 18,000 and above ang number of persons. So, ang gagawin lang natin, with our strategy, we will meet lang yung carrying capacity ng area mga 4,000 to 5,000 lang ang nasa loob,” ang wika ng opisyal.

Upang mapagbigyan ang iba pang mga bisita na makapasok sa dolomite beach, ipatutupad ang limitadong oras sa pagtigil sa lugar.

Kapag weekend, ipaiiral ang “cinema approach” kung saan may scheduling o may oras ang pagpasok sa lugar.

Palalabasin ang mga ito pagkatapos ng dalawang oras para naman sa iba pang mga bisita.

Kapag dagsa ang tao sa weekdays, ipatutupad naman ang rotation system kung saan maari lang tumigil sa loob ng pasyalan hanggang labinglimang minuto.

Upang maiwasan ang pila sa labas ng dolomite beach, planong gumamit ng DENR ng smartphone app o bigyan ang mga bisita ng stub na maipapakita nila kapag oras na ng kanilang pagpasok.

Bibigyan naman ng special lane ang mga vulnerable sectors gaya ng senior citizens, buntis at may karamdaman.

Pagbabawalan namang pumasok sa dolomite beach ang mga batang may edad 11 pababa, alinsunod sa guidelines ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“Consistent with the IATF protocols, we followed our determination of the age based on the availability nung vaccination natin. Kung mapapansin ninyo, the government has already implemented the vaccination of 12 years old and above,” ani Leonas.

Layunin ng bagong patakaran na maiwasan na ang pagdagsa ng mga tao gaya nang nangyari sa mga nakalipas na linggo.

Magugunitang, umabot sa mahigit 121,000 indibidwal ang bumisita sa Manila Bay dolomite beach noon lamang araw ng Linggo. Dahil sa dami ng tao, hindi na natupad ang social distancing protocol at may iba pang hindi nakasuot ng maayos ang kanilang face mask.

Isasara naman ang dolomite beach tuwing Biyernes upang bigyang-daan ang maintenance activities.

Mayor Isko urges IATF to file raps over dolomite beach overcrowding

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Tuesday called on the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 pandemic to file complaints against officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) over last weekend’s overcrowding at dolomite beach in Manila Bay.

In a television interview, Domagoso said an agency under the DENR opened the dolomite beach to the public without coordinating with the local government.

Mayor Isko was referring to the Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO), an agency under the direct supervision of the DENR secretary, which has coordinative functions among all offices and agencies involved in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of Manila Bay.

“I am calling on IATF. Charge those people in DENR of violating… show our rules. If we cannot implement it within their offices, then there is no point implementing them sa taumbayan,” he said.

Domagoso, a presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections, also stressed that it is the DENR that has control over the area amid rehabilitation and development efforts.

“In fact, may gate nga sila para makapasok ka sa dolomite. But due diligence must be observed especially in this situation wherein it can be a super spreader,” he said.

The opening of the Manila Baywalk dolomite beach on Oct. 17 attracted thousands of people during the last two weekends. Videos and photos circulating on social media showed that social distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols were violated.

The DENR later on banned children below 12 years old from entering the dolomite beach, saying it was “overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest of the public”.

At a Palace briefing, DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda admitted the shortcoming on the part of the agency but assured that this was addressed immediately.

“Sinasabi nila na nagkaroon ng violation ng social distancing, immediately na-address po yan,” he said. “Nagkulang ng kaunti pero naagapan.”

The Philippine National Police earlier said it will deploy more personnel to the area to help control the crowd.

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