Robredo: COVID-19 pandemic should be gov’t’s main focus

UNTV News   •   July 27, 2021   •   276

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — After President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 26), Vice President Leni Robredo, delivered her own report dubbed as “Ulat ni VP Leni.”

“Tapos na ang SONA ng Pangulo. Nakarinig tayo ng talaan ng mga numero at mga proyekto. Sa kabila nito, may inasahan sana tayong madiinan na hindi nadiinan,” Robredo said in live broadcast on her Facebook account on Tuesday (July 27).

“Ang totoo: Pilipino ang tumulong sa kapwa Pilipino; Pilipino ang sumalo sa kapwa Pilipino; nakaraos lang tayo sa nakaraang isa’t kalahating taon dahil sa lakas na ibinigay natin sa isa’t isa. Humaharap po ako sa inyo ngayon para idiin: Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyo,” the vice president said implying that the administration could not get any credit for what the Filipino people have achieved.

Robredo enumerated the accomplishments of her office such as the OVP’s online donation drive for the needs of the frontliners such as PPE’s, shuttle services and temporary shelters; the establishment of Bayanihan e-Skwela which involved volunteer tutors in Community Learning Hubs in cooperation with the local government units; the launch of sikap.ph, a jobs-matching platform for blue collar workers, and iskaparate.com, which brought small businesses online – among others.

She commended the efforts of those who have been willing to assist in their programs for the people.

“The OVP does not have a large budget; unlike other agencies, we don’t have an expansive political machinery. Our budget is trust; our machinery, a people willing to give of themselves. Can you imagine what more we could have accomplished if everything, including decisions and policies of the government, was oriented towards this same bayanihan spirit?” she said.

Robredo said they are in constant consultation with experts who provided a number of recommendations which she claimed “things implementable only by the national government, and that we ask to be acted upon as soon as possible.”

Among these recommendations include:

A faster and integrated system for testing, tracing, and treatment, primarily a solid database.
Direct delivery of vaccines to our people and their communities.
Reviewing revenues from the Sin Tax, for allocation towards pandemic needs.
Paying off PhilHealth’s debts to hospitals to ensure their continued operations. Properly and sufficiently enforcing Universal Healthcare.
Passing Bayanihan 3, and ensuring the funds from this law are used so that no one starves or loses their home.
Lending to small businesses.
Offering aid to those who lost their jobs, and giving them extensive retraining opportunities to help them keep up with the evolving landscape of industries.
Allocating more funds towards raising the quality of education.

Robredo said details of the above policy recommendations will be posted on her Facebook page.

“Pero bukod sa paglalatag ng mga polisiya, alam din nating may isa pang napakahalagang tungkulin ang gobyerno: Ang itutok tayo sa iisang direksyon; ang ipaalala sa atin na anuman ang mga di-pagkakasundo, iisang bayan tayo. Tungkulin ng gobyerno, lalo na sa panahon ng krisis, na magpunla ng pagkakaisa,” the vice president said.

“Kaya nga patuloy ang pagdidiin natin: Walang ibang dapat tutukan sa mga panahong ito kundi ang pandemya at ang kanyang mga epekto. All hands on deck, laser like focus ang kailangan. Ito dapat ang isalamin ng budget, ng agenda ng bawat meeting ng pamahalaan, ng bawat memo na ibababa sa buong burukrasya,” she said.

Pahayag nina VP Leni at Mayor Isko vs administrasyong Duterte, pamumulitika lang — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Naniniwala ang Malakanyang na pamumulitika lang ang ginagawang pagtuligsa nina Vice President Leni Robredo at Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso sa COVID-19 response ng pamahalaang Duterte.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, nagpapahayag ng pagkontra sa administrasyong Duterte sina Robredo at Domagoso dahil may balak ang mga ito na sumabak sa halalan sa susunod na taon.

“Kaibigan ko po itong si Yorme ‘no. Pero gaya po ni VP, eh kandidato rin po iyan,” ani Roque.

“Mark my word, hindi pa po nag-aanunsiyo iyan pero sigurado po ako kandidato kaya asahan natin itong mga ganitong salita ‘no dahil kinakailangan nilang ligawan ang mamamayan,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang sinabi ni Mayor Isko na dapat unahin ng pamahalaan ang pagbili ng mga gamot laban sa COVID-19 sa halip na face shield.

Habang kinuwestiyon naman ni Robredo ang pinakahuling hakbang ng pamahalaan na luwagan ang travel restrictions sa sampung bansa sa gitna ng mataas pa ring kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Robredo undergoes quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 positive case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said she is undergoing a self-quarantine following exposure to a staff from her office who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I started my quarantine yesterday after she developed symptoms. Because of this, I need to continue with my quarantine,” Robredo said in a statement.

She said she is set to take an RT-PCR test on Monday, the seventh day after her last exposure to the patient.

If she tests negative for the virus, Robredo said she would still complete her quarantine until the 14th day from her last exposure in compliance with the protocol.

She said her activities scheduled during this period will have to be cancelled.

“Apologies to everyone who may be affected by this,” she said. “I will continue to work from home during the entire period.”

Deployment of SONA cops pending COVID-19 test result a breach of protocol – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The deployment of cops still awaiting results of their COVID-19 test during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a breach of protocol, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday.

“We will say that there was this breach because we have guidelines for that at alam po natin that they should not have been deployed kung hindi pa po natin alam ang resulta,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday reported that 82 of its personnel have contracted COVID-19, 51 of whom were part of the security contingent deployed during the SONA on July 26.

Vergeire stressed that if testing was done for screening purposes, they should have been quarantined first before their deployment.

The DOH is also not dismissing the possibility that the cops who caught COVID-19 could be super spreaders.

Vergeire called on those who may have had contact with the cops, particularly the protesters last Monday, to get in tough with local authorities.

The DOH is also closely monitoring with the Quezon City government for the conduct of active contact tracing.

“Hindi po natin dapat pinagpapabukas ang contact tracing dahil isang araw lang po na hindi natin mahanap iyong taong nakasalamuha o nakapag-interact sa isang positibong kaso, maaari na po nating maikalat ang impeksyon,” Vergeire said.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday morning announced he has ordered the relief of QCPD Station 3 commander, Police Lt. Col. Christine Tabdi over the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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