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Duterte orders ‘vigorous’ immunization campaign amid measles outbreak

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 February 2019 04:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to intensify the government’s immunization program following the declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila and in different parts of the country.

“The president ordered the vigorous campaign to complete the immunization for children. I think one of the reasons why we have an outbreak of measles is because of the lack of immunization on the part of children,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Department of Health (DOH) has called on other agencies to help intensify information dissemination regarding the government’s immunization programs.

Apart from Metro Manila, the DOH also declared measles outbreak in Calabarzon region, Central Luzon, and it Western and Central Visayas.

Based on the latest count of the DOH, the number of measles cases has hit 1,674 in the entire country in January 2019 alone.

This is a 550% increase from the mere 20 cases during the same period in 2018.

Currently, the DOH is closely monitoring the situation in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, and the Bicol region to prevent further rise in number of measles cases.

“We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to other regions as cases have increase in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant,” Duque noted. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Joan Nano)

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Duterte: Misuari to wage war if push for federalism fails

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:10 PM

Courtesy : PCOO President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (right) chats with Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari (left) at a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Founding Chairman Nur Misuari has threatened to go to war against the government if the proposed shift to federalism is rejected, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Wednesday.

Duterte met with Misuari in Malacañang on Tuesday night upon the latter’s return from his trip to Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. This was already their second meeting in less than a month since the formal ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The BOL was the result of the government’s negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which was established by former MNLF members.

“Sabi ni Misuari kagabi (Misuari told me last night), if you do not give it [federalism] to me, let me be very honest. I will go to war,” Duterte said during a campaign sortie of the PDP-Laban in Marikina City on Wednesday.

The President said he assured Misuari that he understands his stand but the approval of the proposal as well as the type of the federal system to be used depends on Congress. The 1987 Philippine Constitution would also have to be amended to enable the shift to federalism.

Duterte also said that a panel will be formed between the government and MNLF for the negotiations.

“Let’s form a panel because you have to inform the people. We cannot negotiate secretly here. Sabi ko, (I told him) day-to-day they will be briefed kung ano ang outcome (about the outcome). How gusto mong ma-apply ‘yang federal system sa gusto mo (how do you want the federal system to be applied). Will it be like the BOL or a different type?” he said.

Malacañang, meanwhile, denied allegations that Duterte’s move to reveal Misuari’s warning is meant to influence the Congress and the public to approve the proposed federalism.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President only wanted to let the public know about the importance of the bill.

“He responded to that and said, if it fails, we will be dying together. Ibig sabihin, lalabanan kita, ‘yun ang ibig sabihin ni President, lalabanan mo gobyerno, eh di lalabanan din kita, (it means, I will fight against you, that was what the President meant. If you go against the government then I will also fight you.)” Panelo said.

Although the MNLF’s threat is serious, Panelo said that Misuari has also expressed hope that federalism will be realized during Duterte’s term.

The shift to federalism is one of Duterte’s campaign promises.

The House of Representatives had passed its version of the proposed Charter Amendment while the Senate has yet to tackle the bill. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte to distribute land ownership certificates in Davao City this week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 March 2019 07:50 PM

FILE PHOTO: Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. | REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to distribute Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) in Davao City on Friday, March 15.

Malacañang said in a statement that the President will also lead the turnover of common service facilities to agrarian reform beneficiaries on the same day.

Last Friday (March 8), Duterte also distributed 3,423 CLOA to 2,495 land beneficiaries in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

During a speech, Duterte vowed to give away all state-owned lands to the beneficiaries of the Agrarian Reform program in the remaining three years of his term.

The distributed CLOA covered a total of 1,609 hectares of acquired land located in eight cities and 11 municipalities in Negros Occidental.

“They are of no use to the government anyway. The mountains are very vast, except for the military reservation. Their area is very large. But there’s nothing like that in the mountains. So I instructed [Agrarian Reform Secretary John R.] Castriciones to give the lands away to the people because that is one of our most pressing problems,” he said.

Duterte believes that the war being waged by local insurgents will only end if their needs and issues are addressed, including the equal distribution of agricultural land.

“This war will never end if we don’t give them land. These people dream of a better life for their children, better than their life and the life of their forefathers,” he added.

As for the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), the President reiterated his call for them to voluntarily return to the government’s fold. – Robie de Guzman

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