Health workers need no DOH accreditation amid enhanced community quarantine —Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   March 24, 2020   •   235

MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles clarified that health workers are not required to apply for accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).

Nograles said health workers may present their professional license cards issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and an ID card issued by their employer.

These ID cards are enough for them to be exempted from the strict protocols imposed under the enhanced community quarantine due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Napaka-importante po ng tungkulin at trabaho ng ating mga health workers,” the Spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) said.

“Our health workers, you are our real-life heroes. We thank you for your sacrifice and your service to the nation. Alam ko po kung gaano kahirap ang trabaho po ninyo at ang tungkulin ninyo kaya hindi namin kayo pahihirapan dito sa accreditation IDs,” he added.

Nograles assured that the government has provided free transport service for health workers affected by the suspension of mass transport during the course of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

BOC to donate seized overpriced medical supplies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has announced it is planning to donate the seized overpriced medical supplies to the frontliners of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

BOC Assistant Commissioner Vincent Maronilla said they are already coordinating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to finalize on the donation of the seized medical supplies.

Last March 26, the BOC seized P5 million worth of overpriced personal protective equipment and alcohol from a store in Binondo, Manila.

“We’re finalizing some plans na mapabilis agad ang forfeiture ng mga na-raid ng NBI, at pati na raid namin last week na overpriced alcohol, para ma-donate na natin sa frontliners na nangangailangan (to expedite the forfeiture of the seized goods from NBI raids, including the overpriced alcohol we raided last week. This is to donate it to the frontliners who need it),” he said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOH condemns discrimination, harassment on health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 30, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (March 29) condemned the discrimination and harassment against health workers frontlining the country’s battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a digital press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire denounced the attack against a health worker in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

“Atin pong bigyan ng tamang pagpapahalaga at respeto ang ating healthcare workers na taos pusong naglilingkod at nagsasakripisyo para proteksyunan ang buhay ng mamamayang Pilipino (Let us give the proper importance and respect to our healthcare workers who serve and sacrifice to protect the lives of the Filipinos),” she said.

The nurse in Sultan Kudarat was doused with bleach while on his way to work. The suspects had mistaken the nurse to have been infected by COVID-19.

The Health Department, said they have been receiving several reports of harassment against health workers amid the enhanced community quarantine. AAC

DPWH waives expressway fee for health workers

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Medical health workers may pass through expressways without paying any toll, according to the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said toll operators San Miguel Corporation and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation agreed to waive tollgate fees for medical workers as tribute to their service amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Health workers need to present their license card issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) to avail of a special RFID sticker.

Health workers plying expressways operated by San Miguel Corporation may validate their RFID cards at temporary booths set up at Shell Magallanes Station and NAIAX toll gate from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Meanwhile, health workers plying the expressways operated by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation may validate their RFID cars at Balintawak Toll Plaza Customer Service Center or at CAVITEx Customer Service Center from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The free toll for all medical health workers will remain in effect on the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

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