DOJ to issue immigration lookout bulletin order against Michael Yang

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2021   •   314

Michael Yang

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice will issue an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against former presidential adviser Michael Yang on Tuesday, Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced.

This is in response to the request of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon to place Yang under an immigration watchlist.

Gordon on Monday (September 13) wrote to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra to seek issuance of an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) against Yang.

A similar request was previously submitted to the DOJ for former Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao and seven others, to which an immigration lookout order had been released.

Yang and Lao are both under probe due to alleged deficiencies in the use of the P67-billion budget for pandemic response under the Department of Health (DOH) which was reflected in the 2020 Commission on Audit (COA) report.

The Blue Ribbon has been investigating the government’s handling of COVID-19 response funds, including the procurement of supposedly “overpriced” face masks and shields. AAC

 

DOH, may paalala sa mga magulang o guardian ng mga batang babakunahan vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Handa na ang Department of Health (DOH) para sa gagawing pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa Biyernes ng mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Ayon sa DOH-National Capital Region (NCR) director Dr. Gloria Balboa, nagsasagawa na sila ng simulation exercise para sa pilot vaccination.

Noong Miyerkules idinaos ang simulation sa Philippine General Hospital (PGH) at National Children’s Hospital habang ngayong araw naman ang sa anim pang ospital na kasali sa pilot pediatric vaccination program.

“Kahapon na-deliver na ang bakunang gagamitin, its Pfizer,” ani Balboa.

“Very important din iyong cold chain, iyong storage nila kasi kailangan itong Pfizer merong ultra low freezer… Ang isang tray kasi is 1,170 doses times 8 iyon,” dagdag pa niya.

Prayoridad na mabakunahan ang mga batang may co-morbidities.

Batay sa inilabas na listahan ng DOH, ang mga menor de edad na kailangang mabigyan ng COVID-19 vaccine shot ay may medical complexity, genetic conditions, neurologic conditions, metabolic/endocrine, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, hiv infection, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory disease, renal disorders, at hepatobiliary.

Paglilinaw ng DOH, ang mga babakunahang bata sa mga ospital ay mga pasyenteng may record na rin sa kanila kahit saang local government unit pa sila nasasakop.

Ani Balboa, layunin nito na mas mapadali ang monitoring sa mga bata.

“We really have to be very careful kasi hindi pa natin alam ano maigiging epekto talaga ng bakuna with them because of the comorbidities na meron sila,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa ikalawang linggo aniya ng pilot implementation ay maaari nang tumanggap ng mga batang magpapabakuna kahit hindi sila pasyente sa naturang ospital.

Una nang naglabas ng guidelines ang DOH para sa COVID-19 vaccination ng mga menor de edad.

Gaya ng adult vaccination, dapat ay dumaan sa ang mga bata registration, screening at assessment ng kanilang kondisyon.

Bago ang aktwal na pagbabakuna, kailangang kasama ng bata ang magulang o guardian na siyang pipirma sa informed consent and assent form na ibibigay ng ospital.

Mahalaga ang assent ng mga bata upang matiyak na hindi sila pinilit na mabakunahan kontra COVID-19

Paalala rin ng DOH na may requirements na dapat maiprisinta bago ang pagbabakuna gaya ng medical certificate bilang patunay na may comorbidity ang bata. Ito ang magsisilbing clearance mula sa kanilang pediatrician.

Kailangan ding dalhin ang dokumento na magpapatunay ng filiation o relasyon ng bata sa kasama niyang adult sa araw ng pagpapabakuna.

Pagkatapos mabakunahan ay isasailalim sa monitoring ang mga bata upang makita ang epekto ng COVID-19 vaccine sa kanilang kalusugan.

May reporting system din sa Food and Drug Administration ng mga batang makararanas ng adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

Bukod sa PGH at National Children’s Hospital, idaraos rin ang pediatric vaccination sa mga sumusunod na ospital:

  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Pasig City Children’s Hospital
  • Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Makati Medical Center
  • St Luke’s Medical Center (Taguig)

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, 400 o 50 bata kada araw ang target na mabakunahan sa bawat ospital.

Ayon sa DOH, 12.7 million na mga batang Pilipino na may comorbidities ang eligible para sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Doctors group urges Duterte to reverse order barring Cabinet members from attending Senate hearing

Maris Federez   •   October 11, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — A group of doctors appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to reverse his order barring  Cabinet members from attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s hearing on the alleged anomalous procurement of COVID-19 supplies.

The group wants the Senate hearing to continue the hearing, questioning why the Department of Health (DOH) transferred the said procurement to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

This, despite the earlier clarification made by the Commission on Audit that there was no overpricing in the procurement of COVID-19 supplies and that the said government transaction went through careful inspection.

“Kung bakit ipinasa ng Department of Health ang pagbili nung mga protective equipment na ito sa Department of Budget (and Management), sa DBM. ‘Yun pa lang hindi ma-explain, kase ang ipinapasa lang po talaga sa DBM ay yung mga administrative. ‘Yung mga may kinalaman sa administrative part which means yung mga office supplies, ang mga protective equipment, definitely this is a health. This should actually belong to the Department of Health,” said the group’s president, Dr. Maricar Limpin.

The group also defended the manner of questioning of some senators on the resource persons, saying that there was no bullying that was taking place during the hearing.

“Sa paningin ko yun ay part ng pagku-cross examine, at different personalities have different way of trying to get information. Whatever form na ginagawa nila in order to extract the truth, kase hindi siya maliit na pera. Forty-two billion. At napunta po iyong deal na iyan, yung kontrata, sa isang maliit na kumpanya,” Dr. Anthony Leachon, former president of PCP, said.

The group appeals to the Senate to finish the hearing on the said issue and forward the result of their investigation to the Department of Justice or the Office of the Ombudsman for appropriate action.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the administration will no longer allow Cabinet members and other officials in the Executive Department to attend any succeeding Senate hearings.

“In fact, they appeared before 12 hearings of the Senate and the House and he only said itigil na iyan, after 12. Kasi wala namang bago pong tinatanong at walang bagong sagot,” Roque said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

COVID-19 vaccination ng mga menor de edad, sisimulan na sa Oct. 15 – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pinaghahandaan na ng Department of Health (DOH) ang napipintong pagbubukas ng COVID-19 vaccination para sa mga menor de edad sa bansa.

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, sa Biyernes, Oktubre 15 na sisimulan ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Gagawin ang pilot vaccination sa walong ospital sa Metro Manila:

  • Philippine Children’s Medical Center
  • National Children’s Hospital
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Pasig City Children’s Hospital
  • Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Makati Medical Center
  • Luke’s Medical Center (Taguig)

“They will start on October 15, inihahanda na po ang mga ospital na kasama dito. Nakapag-orientation na po sila, logistics are being prepared already,” ani Vergeire.

Uunahin sa pagbabakuna ang mga batang may co-morbidities pero tiniyak ng DOH na may kapasidad ang pamahalaan na i-monitor at agad tugunan ang posibleng adverse reaction sa bakuna.

“We have that capacity to detect and manage these kind of reactions,” ani Vergeire.

Ang mga bakunang gawa ng Pfizer at Moderna ang gagamitin sa pagbababuna sa mga bata dahil ang mga ito lang ang nabigyan ng emergency use authorization (EUA) sa Pilipinas para gamitin sa mga menor de edad.

Una nang napaulat ang pagpapatigil ng mga bansang Sweden, Denmark, at Finland sa pagbabakuna sa mga menor de edad gamit ang Moderna COVID-19 vaccine dahil umano sa pagdudulot nito ng myocarditis.

Ito ay isang uri ng sakit na nagdudulot ng pamamaga ng muscle sa puso at nalilimitahan ang pag-pump ng dugo kaya nababago ang pintig ng puso ng isang indibidwal.

Ngunit ayon sa DOH, “very rare” o pambihira lamang ang mga ganitong kaso matapos maturukan ng Moderna vaccine.

“Kapag tinignan po natin ang ating datos, even internationally,makikita ho natin, of cases of this type of adverse reaction iyong myocarditis is just less than 1 in a million so ibig sabihin it’s very rare,” ani Vergeire.

“Lahat ng batang magkakaroon o bibigyan ng bakunang ito atin pong imo-monitor ng maigi iyan kaya ang napaka-importante ang benefit outweighs the risk. Kailangan handa ang ating sistema to detect and to manage if ever this will happen,” dagdag pa niya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

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