P8.4-billion aid distributed to qualified beneficiaries in NCR — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021   •   249

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have now distributed a total of P8.41-billion or 75.28 percent of financial assistance to qualified low-income beneficiaries, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Friday.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año commended the NCR LGUs for the “systematic and orderly” distribution of the assistance to beneficiaries despite the challenges of distribution during a pandemic.

“Given that 75% of the ayuda has been distributed, I am confident that the NCR LGUs will be able to complete the distribution by May 15. In fact, some are now close to finishing the distribution of the financial assistance,” he said.

“They have really been putting up the work at hindi rin naman po ito biro sa gitna nang maraming hamon na ating kinakaharap ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he added.

Año said that together with the P8.41-billion financial aid distributed in NCR, a grand total of P16.29-billion financial aid has now been given to beneficiaries in the NCR Plus, which includes the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

He said that from April 6-29, 2021, a total of 8,410,659 actual beneficiaries have received their assistance in the NCR with Caloocan City leading at a 96.31 percent distribution rate amounting to more than P1.29-billion.

As of April 29, 2021, Caloocan City tops the NCR LGUs in the aid distribution followed by Quezon City with 94.96 percent or P2.36-billion; Mandaluyong City with 92.51 percent corresponding to P337-million; and, Navotas City with 90.68 percent or P181-million worth of financial aid.

Meanwhile, the City of Manila (88.39 percent), the Municipality of Pateros (87.69 percent), and the City of San Juan (80.40%) were also among the top LGUs that have distributed the most financial assistance to their constituents and are all beyond the 80% distribution percentage.

LGUs from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were also able to tally a high distribution percentage of 67.11 percent and are more than halfway through the dissemination of cash aids in their jurisdictions.

Laguna leads with 81.29 percent or P2.2-billion worth of financial assistance distributed as of April 29, 2021 followed by Bulacan with 67.22 percent or P1.99-billion; Rizal with 64.61 percent or P1.69-billion; and, Cavite with 57.82 percent or P1.99-billion, the DILG said.

“With the extended deadline and the proactive stance of our LGUs, most of which have registered high compliance rate in their ayuda distribution, we can see that all financial aid will be distributed before the deadline we set,” Año said.

Filipinos are allowed to get vaccinated anywhere in PH — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos can get inoculated against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) anywhere in the country under the government’s “no wrong door policy” in its vaccination drive, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

 “Meron ho tayong tinatawag na no wrong door policy. Ibig sabihin, kung ikaw ay nagpunta sa Davao at ikaw ay puwede nang bakunahan, puwede ka bakunahan doon kahit hindi ka taga-Davao,” Health Undersecretary Mari Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing.

“Hindi po natin sinasara ang ating mga pinto sa mga bakunahan dahil hindi ka taga doon na lugar,” she added.

The health official, however, stressed that the vaccination should be done through appointments and that walk-ins should be discouraged as this tends to result in crowding.

The DOH previously said that local government units may open separate walk-in lanes in their COVID-19 vaccination centers as walk-ins may be used as substitutes for those who are scheduled for inoculation but do no show up on a certain date.

The agency, however, said that the number of walk-ins that would be accommodated per day in jab sites should be limited.

The DOH earlier urged the public to pre-register for the vaccination and get inoculated when it’s their turn.

DOH says surge in COVID-19 cases in Visayas, Mindanao due to ‘multitude of factors’

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The rise in COVID-19 cases in the Visayas and Mindanao areas could be attributed to a “multitude of factors,” the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they have noted some factors that have contributed to the spike in infections in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, including the complacency in enforcing and observing health protocols.

The DOH also observed the clustering of infections in workplaces and prisons in the said areas.

“Lagi po nating sinasabi na pag may tumataas po na kaso sa bawat lugar, we need to look at a multitude of factors because we know that there are these different factors which causes the transmission of the virus,” Vergeire said.

“Meron tayong pang-indibidwal at pang-komunidad na pagpapatupad po natin ng minimum health protocols at ‘pag tiningnan natin there are reports already coming to us from our different regional epidemiological and surveillance units na talagang mukhang nagkaroon ng complacency sa pagpapatupad ng health protocols,” she added.

Vergeire said the presence of coronavirus variants in some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao may also have contributed to the surge.

“Totoo po na meron na tayong na-detect na variants sa iba’t ibang lugar dito sa Visayas and Mindanao and these can also be drivers of the infection but let us not just rely or let us not just say that it’s just because of the variants, there are a multitude of factors,” she said.

“Kailangan po kapag tayo ay tumitingin sa response natin, it’s a continuum. So we will need to address, not just the variants, but also the other forms of response that we are having,” she added.

Data from the DOH showed that active COVID-19 cases in the Visayas stood at 13,313, and 14,426 in Mindanao as of June 20.

The DOH reiterated its call to the public to continue adhering to health protocols mandated by the government to help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

DOH: Over 2.1 million persons in PH now fully vaccinated vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 2,153,942 people have completed their COVID-19 vaccine doses, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday.

Based on the vaccine statistics released by the government, a total of 8,407,342 doses have already been administered in the country as of June 20. Of this figure, 6,253,400 have received their first dose.

The agency said that in the A1 or first priority group, a total of 1,569,561 have received their first shot while 1,067,630 have completed 2 doses.

In the A2 or the second priority group, a total of 2,001,758 were given the first dose. On the other hand, 553,527 received their second dose.

In the A3 sector, 2,088,000 received their first jab while 524,699 were fully vaccinated.

In the A4 group, 526,896 got their first jab and 8,086 received their second dose.

Around 67,185 persons under the A5 group were given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The DOH also said that the total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the 16th week of the national vaccination reached a record high of 1,461,666 doses.

It also noted that the average daily administered doses in the last seven days were 208,809.

“The government is urging eligible populations belonging to priority groups A1 to A5 to register with their local government units, get vaccinated, and complete the required number of doses as scheduled,” the DOH said.

“Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people,” it added.

The national government is eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to attain population protection against COVID-19.

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