DILG to issue show cause order vs LGUs that fail to submit vaccination data

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2021   •   202

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local government units (LGUs) that fail to submit their vaccination data will receive a show cause order.

DILG undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said there are about 10 million vaccination data that have not yet been uploaded in the system because of delays in the submission of vaccination data.

“Mayroon nga pong 30% ng mga LGU’s na hindi nagsusumite ng kanilang updated records every day. Dahil base po doon sa ating polisiya sa National Vaccine Operations Center, at the end of the day kailangan po ay naire-report nila ang nababakunahan nila, (About 30% of LGUs have not yet submitted their updated daily records. Based on the policy of the National Vaccine Operations Center, LGUs need to submit their vaccination data),” Malaya said.

“In the next few weeks the DILG could already tell if there are LGUs that need to be issued a show cause order and charged with negligence or misconduct,” he added.

The department has also instructed the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the delivery of vaccines to far-flung areas. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

COVID-19 vax requirement for teachers handling in-person classes not discriminatory – DepEd

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said its policy requiring teachers and non-teaching personnel involved in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is not discriminatory.

In a statement, the DepEd reiterated its earlier statement that the policy is being implemented as a way of protecting students and personnel, as well as preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

“The said policy does not and is not intended to unjustly discriminate against any DepEd employee who chooses not to be vaccinated,” the department said.

The DepEd said employees who are not vaccinated are “treated fairly” as they are still obliged to render work and receive compensation based on applicable alternative work arrangements.

The department also said it does not terminate employees on the sole ground of being unvaccinated.

It added that the policy is consistent with the government’s resolutions as well as Civil Service rules and regulations.

“This policy, particularly the requirement for teachers, with non-teaching personnel, handling face-to-face classes and performing in-school functions/tasks to be vaccinated, has been approved by the Office of the President,” the DepEd said.

“This is also in line with the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution Nos. 148B and 149 s. 2021, on the requirement for vaccination or negative RT-PCR result or antigen test result (if RT-PCR capacity is insufficient) for employees working on-site, in areas that have sufficient supply of vaccines as determined by the National Vaccines Operation Center,” it added.

The pilot in-person classes was implemented by DepEd in select schools in the country last year.

About 278 schools with over 15,000 students from Grades 1 to 3 and senior high school participated in the pilot run.

The DepEd earlier recommended the “progressive expansion” of face-to-face classes in areas under COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2, which means that only select schools in areas classified as low-risk for COVID-19 will be allowed to resume classes.

The agency is eyeing to start the progressive expansion of limited classes in February.

PH gov’t working on COVID vaccination guidelines for kids aged 5-11 – DOH exec

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The national government is finalizing guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years old, an official from the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said consultations about the vaccination of the younger population are ongoing and the Health Technology Assessment Council is set to come up with recommendations.

“Nakipagtalastasan na rin tayo sa ating mga experts. Actually may inilabas na position paper iyong ating Philippine Pediatric Society at saka iyong Philippine Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines endorsing the 5 to 11,” she said in a public briefing.

“Titingnan lang natin iyong operational guidelines […] pina-finalize po natin baka ang gagawin po natin ay specific site lang for the 5 to 11,” she added.

The COVID-19 vaccination for kids aged 5 to 11 is expected to start in February.

The government is also looking to inoculate children aged 4 and below against coronavirus infection.

Cabotaje said health experts are currently discussing the possible rollout of the vaccine for the said age group.

“Titingnan natin baka by second quarter, mga April or May kung mayroon na pong bakuna na puwede sa zero to 4 at mayroon ng pag-aaral na at may recommendation na, importante kasi iyong Health Technology Assessment Council tapos iyong go signal ng ating mga policy at saka experts. Para umpisahan na rin iyong zero to 4 years old,” she said.

The national government is currently vaccinating minors aged 12 to 17, with nearly 7 million fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since October last year.

DILG warns public, says no such thing as ‘COVID vaccination exemption cards’

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

Image from DILG

The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Tuesday said that there is no such thing as “COVID-19 vaccination exemption cards.”

“The public is warned that there is no such thing as a ‘vaccination exemption card.’ This is not authorized, issued, nor recognized by the government. In other words, these are fake,” DILG Spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

Malaya said they have received reports that this card supposedly originated from Facebook groups and group chats in Davao Region and Soccsksargen that can allegedly be registered to local government units (LGUs).

The cards are also supposedly recognized by local authorities in lieu of COVID-19 vaccination cards.

According to reports, people are being asked to put their name, birthdate, address, and signatures on the green vaccination exemption card being shared in FB groups and group chats, have the cards printed, laminated, and registered to their barangay/city/municipal LGUs.

“The so-called exemption cards look similar to the green COVID-19 Vaccination Cards being issued by several LGUs,” Malaya said.

“Sa biglang tingin aakalain itong tunay dahil pareho ng kulay, format at hitsura,” he added.

Malaya said the government will never issue nor recognize such cards because this runs counter to the government’s national vaccination program to inoculate the majority of the populace to achieve population protection.

He also called on local authorities to be more vigilant in their inspection of vaccination cards at provincial and regional borders amid restrictions being implemented for unvaccinated people.

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