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Alaska Records First Fatal Case of Alaskapox: Exploring the Viral Disease – The Daily Guardia

Title: First Death from Alaskapox Confirmed in Alaska In a tragic turn of events, health officials in Alaska have confirmed the first death caused by.....»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianFeb 12th, 2024

Southern Leyte swine fever infection confirmed

TACLOBAN CITY — The Department of Agriculture  in Eastern Visayas has confirmed the viral spread of African Swine Fever in Southern Leyte after laboratory tests found blood samples randomly taken from hogs in Padre Burgos town positive for the infection. The DA regional field office said reports of unusual deaths of hogs exhibiting ASF-like symptoms started the last week of June, prompting the Municipal Agriculture Office  of Padre Burgos and Southern Leyte Provincial Veterinary Office to investigate. The DA regional office said the new ASF infection is an isolated case, as the overall trend of ASF cases in the region shows the infection is on the decline. The DA regional office is continuing to investigate the case to determine the extent of the viral spread, although initial information shows the infection seems limited to Barangay Tangkaan of the said municipality. “Based on the initial investigation, it is believed that possible transmission of the virus resulted from either the transport of infected live hogs from neighboring municipalities that still have active cases of ASF, swill feeding, and poor biosecurity,” the DA regional office said in a statement. The DA assured the public that a technical team has been deployed upon the confirmation of the cases, and continues to conduct proper preventive measures against the spread of the virus. The agency said it is closely monitoring the area and its neighboring communities for possible transmission. The DA advised the public not to be alarmed and to help stop the spread of the disease by observing the protocols so that the farmers and hog raisers will be able to continue with their livelihood. ASF is a highly contagious and fatal disease that affects pigs. There is no known cure for ASF, and the only way to prevent it is to implement strict biosecurity measures. The DA has urged the public to report any unusual deaths of hogs to the MAO or PVO. The post Southern Leyte swine fever infection confirmed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 19th, 2023

Dengue cases surge in the Americas as temperatures rise – The Daily Guardia

Dengue Outbreak Sweeps Across the Western Hemisphere Record-breaking Numbers Reported as Climate Change and Urbanization Fuel the Spread Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease, is infecting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 15th, 2023

First-ever detection of CWD in a deer in Kentucky – The Daily Guardia

Title: Kentucky Reports First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer In a groundbreaking finding, officials from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife department have announced.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

Road rage

Those with sharp memories and local crime story buffs will never forget three road rage cases that hogged print and broadcast news headlines toward the end of the 20th century and into the millennium. These high-profile cases involving detainees Inocencio Gonzales, Rolito Go, and Jason Ivler ended in their conviction and sentencing to long prison terms, with their names forever etched in the annals of heinous crimes recorded in the country. A brief refresher. On 2 July 1991, a De La Salle University engineering student was driving on a one-way street in San Juan City, Metro Manila, when he ran into construction firm executive Rolito Go, plying the road from the opposite direction. After a brief altercation, Go shot Eldon Maguan in the head, who died in the aftermath. Go served 25 years in prison before he was released. Seven years later, in the middle of a heated argument over a parking slot, real estate developer Inocencio Gonzales Jr. lost his cool, which led to the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman and the wounding of two younger children with her and her husband at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on 21 October 1998. Gonzalez was meted a 14-year prison term. In 2009, a nephew of music celebrity Freddie Aguilar, Jason Ivler, shot dead a son of former Malacañang official Renato Ebarle Sr. after a tiff on a Quezon City road. An earlier road incident in 2004 that snuffed the life of another Malacañang official, Nestor Ponce, also pointed to Ivler as the accused in Ponce’s death. A Quezon City court found Ivler guilty of the murder of Renato Ebarle Jr. and sentenced him to 40 years in jail. There are no available statistics on road rage incidents in the Philippines, but observers have noted an alarming increase in recent years. But in the United States, statistics show 413 people were hurt in road rage shootings in 2022, or a 135 percent increase from 2018. US traffic experts say confrontational driving is more often the case that could be caused by traffic conditions, inconsiderate motorists, and high stress levels among motorists with ages ranging from 19 to 39. Not too long ago, two road rage incidents that have gained public attention because of social media posts that had gone viral involved men in uniform. In the viral video of an incident in Quezon City, Wilfredo Gonzales, a policeman dismissed from the service for grave misconduct in 2018, was shown brandishing a gun and threatening a cyclist in a traffic row. Even more controversial was a press conference conducted by the QC police days later that suggested they were “lawyering” for Gonzales, a former QC policeman. The PNP has no mandate to host such a press conference, it was later learned. In a separate incident, a Pasay City policeman, SSgt. Marsan Dolipas was also shown in a video post holding down an armed Angelito Velasquez Rencio, who said he was an Intelligence agent, after a traffic dispute in Makati City when the latter allegedly sideswiped the policeman. Both incidents prompted the usual calls for an investigation. Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Rafael Tulfo have called for a Senate probe into the escalation of road rage cases in the country. It is interesting to note that even President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. filed Senate 2923 when he was still a senator back in 2011. The bill “hopes to once and for all stomp rood rage as on unnecessary and reprehensible evil, and define such as a circumstance that could aggravate, or even qualify, on offense occasioned by it. The incidents involve public order and safety, particularly “road sharing,” a concept that they said is often ignored or alien to many Filipino motorists, added the senators. For his part, Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos, whose jurisdiction includes the control of the PNP, said: “For the sake of a peaceful and orderly society, we cannot allow a culture of impunity. We cannot allow bullies to intimidate people with deadly weapons. There must be consequences here.” Still, the incidents persist. Behavioral scientists attribute road rage to several reasons: A need to control other drivers who violate their space, unchecked anger or aggression, huge egos, or a need to be dominant. Others think the rise in incidents lately came about by the advent of Covid-19 when stress levels reached abnormally unreachable heights caused by depression, the loss of jobs or loved ones to the pandemic, and the inability to cope with such. Solutions have been suggested. Push for continuing driver anger management education. Discard the “it’s the other driver’s fault” excuse. Don’t allow anyone to push your “rage buttons” by staying calm and collected when an altercation appears to be headed your way. Yield to others. These may be easier said than done, but why not take the chance? As an anger management expert said: Realize road rage is ridiculous, life-threatening, and not something you have to participate in — ever. And you can arrive at your destination safe and sure. The post Road rage appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2023

Road rage driver a dismissed QC cop

The driver of the vehicle, who identified himself as Wilfredo "Willie" Gonzales, THE DAILY TRIBUNE found, is a 63-year old former Quezon City policeman assigned at the QCPD Station 9  in Anonas. Gonzales was ordered dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman along with ten others including his station commander in 2000 for releasing two Chinese nationals in exchange for P650,000. The two Chinese nationals, Jimmy Tan and Albert Koo were found to be carrying some 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride when they were arrested. "Medyo may hangin yan," a retired batch mate of Gonzales told this reporter. Mayor Belmonte urges the cyclist to file complaint For her part, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urges the bicycle rider whom Gonzales had assaulted, to come into the open and file the necessary case against the road rager. "I believe this culture of impunity is not acceptable in QC and I have a duty and responsibility to maintain peace and order in our city and send a strong message that acts such as that committed by Willy Gonzalez shall not be tolerated and that he must be held accountable," Belmonte said. "However, I’d like to stress that without the cooperation of the complainant, there is only so much that can be done. Therefore we are appealing to the complainant to come forward so that Willy Gonzalez, whom I consider a menace to society, is held accountable. He is not only an irresponsible gun owner with anger management issues, but a danger to our people," she added. Gonzalez not the registered owner of vehicle  The driver of the red sedan who figured in a road rage incident with a bicycle rider in Quezon City is not the registered owner of the vehicle, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II disclosed on Monday, 28 August. Citing a report submitted to his office by LTO-National Capital Region Director Roque Verzosa III, Mendoza said that the registered owner of the KIA Rio with license plate ULQ 802 is still the subject of the Show Cause Order wherein the car owner was directed to appear before the LTO investigators on August 31. The same report was already submitted to the office of Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista. “Since the driver involved already surrendered to the police, our records revealed that the person who appeared in a press briefing at Camp Karingal is not the registered owner of the vehicle,” said Mendoza. “Kaya tuloy ang Show Cause Order upang mabigyan tayo ng paliwanag ng registered owner kung bakit iba ang nagmamaneho ng sasakyan niya. Gusto nating malinawan kung naibenta na ba niya ito, ipinahiram lang o kung ano pang circumstances kung bakit iba ang nagmamaneho nang mangyari ang viral na insidenteng ito,” he added. Mendoza explained that there are two violations that appeared to have been committed in relation to the Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code as a result of the incident between the driver of the KIA Rio and the bicycle rider on August 8—the first is Section 27 (Improper Person to Operate a Vehicle) and Section 48 (Reckless Driving). He said the registered owner of the vehicle was directed to submit a notarized affidavit explaining why sanctions should not be imposed in connection with the incident. Failure to do so on the given time, date, and place in the Show Cause Order, Mendoza said, will be taken by the LTO as a waiver for the agency to decide on the matter based on the available pieces of evidence. “Pending the resolution of this case, I have already approved the recommendation to place this KIA Rio with license plate ULQ 802 to be placed under alarm effective immediately,” said Mendoza. The post Road rage driver a dismissed QC cop appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 28th, 2023

Confinements for dengue and leptospirosis are covered by PhilHealth

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has reiterated its coverage for dengue and leptospirosis which are prevalent during rainy seasons after the Department of Health reported more than 80,000 cases of dengue and over 2,000 cases of leptospirosis in the country as of 15 July 2023. Dengue produces flu-like symptoms that can quickly escalate into severe complications, particularly in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly, while leptospirosis is a disease transmitted through exposure to water contaminated by the leptospira bacteria that can lead to severe symptoms and potentially life-threatening complications if left untreated. PhilHealth pays P10,000 for confinements due to dengue fever with or without warning signs, and P16,000 for severe dengue. For hospitalizations due to leptospirosis, PhilHealth pays 11,000. The state agency said that as of 5 June  2023, it paid more than P700 million for 76,000 dengue claims; and P19 million for 1,654 leptospirosis claims nationwide. "Lahat ng mga kababayan natin ay may PhilHealth benefits sakaling maospital dahil sa dengue o leptospirosis,” PhilHealth’s Chief Emmanuel R. Ledesma, Jr. said, adding that all Filipinos are immediately eligible to the benefits in case they needed them as mandated by the Universal Health Care Law. He also urged the public to take the necessary precautions to avoid dengue and leptospirosis through good personal hygiene, proper sanitation, avoiding wading in the flood waters if possible, and eliminating mosquito breeding sites. He further emphasized the importance of seeking medical attention once signs and symptoms are observed. “Huwag po natin ipagwalang bahala ang mga sintomas ng dengue at leptospirosis dahil delikadong sakit ang mga ito. Agad magpatingin at kung kinakailangang ma-confine ay sagot ng PhilHealth ang mga ito”, he asserted. Moreover, Ledesma urged the public to register or update their records with the Agency to ensure hassle-free availment. "Para mas maging madali ang paggamit ng benepisyo, hinihikayat ko ang mga hindi pa rehistrado na magparehistro na sa PhilHealth. Bukas po ang aming mga tanggapan upang kayo ay aming mapagserbisyuhan". The post Confinements for dengue and leptospirosis are covered by PhilHealth appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Bongbong orders TB problem priority

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has given directives to the Department of Health to tackle the issue of tuberculosis in the Philippines as the country remains one of the top countries with the high burden of TB, Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa said on Tuesday. Herbosa said this during the Malacañang Press Briefing as the TB cases in the country increased at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic amid strong protocols for outdoor masking. “One of the directives of the President to me, when he appointed me last month, was to address the problem of TB,” Herbosa said. “The Philippines continues to be one of the top countries with the high burden of tuberculosis, and we’re like number four in the world. We were already down to number 9, but we increased again,” he added. Herbosa, citing a study posted on The Lancet Global Health, said about one million Filipinos suffer from TB — which is quite a large number for the country’s population. The study mentioned that nearly 70 Filipinos die daily from this curable disease. He added that 650 out of 100,000 Filipinos had TB in 2021, higher than 533 per 100,000 Filipinos in 2020. The National Capital Region, Region IV-A, and Region VI have the highest TB cases. Based on the Department of Public Health records, there were 433,746 partial data on individuals with TB in 2022. According to the DoH chief, one of their new anti-TB thrusts for the next three months is shortening the treatment to just four months instead of six to nine months to encourage patients not to abandon therapy. Shortened treatment “So it’s shortened for the regular TB, and then six months for multiple drug-resistant patients. We’ve also started to implement other things like artificial intelligence diagnosis with radiology; through the X-ray, the computer already diagnoses the presence or absence of TB,” Herbosa explained. “So we’re improving our case detection, and we are also improving our delivery,” the DoH chief said. The post Bongbong orders TB problem priority appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

U.S. issues malaria alert

Five recorded cases of locally acquired malaria, the first in 20 years, prompted the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert on Monday. Four cases of the mosquito -borne illness were confirmed in the counties of Sarasota and Manatee in the state of Florida and one in Cameron County, Texas, the CDC said in its health alert. “All patients have received treatment and are improving,” CDC said. Malaria is a serious and potentially fatal disease transmitted through the bite of an infective female anopheline mosquito. It can also be transmitted congenitally from mother to fetus or to the neonate at birth, through blood transfusion or organ transplantation, or through unsafe needle-sharing practices. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, myalgias, and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur, according to CDC. For most people, symptoms begin 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, although a person may feel ill as early as 7 days or as late as 1 year after infection, CDC said. “Malaria is a medical emergency and should be treated accordingly,” it added. The health alert enjoins authorities to be on the lookout for additional cases and to implement mosquito control measures, according to health agency. CDC warned that Anopheles mosquitoes found in much of the US can transmit the disease if they feed on an infected person. “The risk is higher in areas where local climatic conditions allow the Anopheles mosquito to survive during most of or the entire year and where travelers from malaria-endemic areas are found,” CDC said. “Prompt diagnosis and treatment of people with malaria can prevent progression to severe disease or death and limit ongoing transmission to local Anopheles mosquitos,” it added. The last locally acquired malaria case in the US was in 2003 when eight cases were identified in Palm Beach County, Florida, according to the CDC. Almost all cases of malaria in the country are imported by people who have traveled from countries with malaria transmission. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 2,000 cases of mostly travel-related malaria were diagnosed in the US each year; approximately 300 people experienced severe disease and 5 to 10 people with malaria died yearly. The post U.S. issues malaria alert appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 27th, 2023

Wayward US plane’s pilot was slumped over, apparently unconscious: report

US aviation officials on Monday were investigating the fatal crash of an "unresponsive" private plane that strayed over the nation's capital and prompted the scrambling of F-16 fighter jets. The Cessna Citation slammed into mountainous terrain Sunday afternoon in Virginia, some 170 miles (275 kilometers) southwest of Washington, killing all four people aboard, officials said. The crash came shortly after the North American Aerospace Defense Command dispatched F-16s to intercept an "unresponsive" Cessna 560 Citation V aircraft over Washington, whose airspace is tightly restricted. According to The Washington Post, the pilot of one of the F-16s could see the pilot of the Cessna slumped over in the cockpit -- suggesting a loss of consciousness due to depressurization of the aircraft. NORAD said flares were deployed to try to draw the attention of the pilot but there was no response and the private plane eventually crashed near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. "NORAD attempted to establish contact with the pilot until the aircraft crashed," it said in a statement. The F-16s triggered a sonic boom across Washington and its suburbs, startling residents and rattling windows for miles. "The NORAD aircraft were authorized to travel at supersonic speeds and a sonic boom may have been heard by residents of the region," NORAD said. Aviation experts speculated that the pilot of the Cessna may have become incapacitated due to depressurization of the aircraft, which can cause a rapid loss of consciousness at altitudes above 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). A loss of cabin pressure was blamed for a high-profile 1999 Learjet accident that killed golfer Payne Stewart and four other people. In that case, the Learjet, which was on a flight from Florida to Texas, flew for thousands of miles on autopilot before eventually running out of fuel and crashing in South Dakota. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board said they were investigating Sunday's accident. Virginia State Police said first responders reached the crash site near the town of Staunton by foot some four hours after the Cessna plummeted to the ground. "No survivors were located," police said in a statement. The Cessna had taken off from Elizabethton, Tennessee, bound for Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York, the FAA said. But it turned around after flying over Long Island and headed back south over Washington and into Virginia, climbing as high as 34,000 feet according to flight tracking website Flightradar24. The Post said contact with the plane was lost about 15 minutes after its departure from Elizabethton and the aircraft may have continued to fly for hours on autopilot before exhausting its fuel and crashing. My family is gone President Joe Biden, who was at the White House and also played golf Sunday, was briefed on the incident, an official said without specifying whether any emergency precautions were implemented. US authorities have yet to officially identify those on board, but comments by two relatives of people believed to have been on the plane provided some information. Public records showed the aircraft was registered to Florida-based company Encore Motors of Melbourne, whose owner John Rumpel told the Post his daughter, a grandchild, and her nanny were on board. In response to condolence messages on her Facebook page, Rumpel's wife, Barbara, wrote on the platform Sunday night: "My family is gone, my daughter and granddaughter." The post Wayward US plane’s pilot was slumped over, apparently unconscious: report appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

Indispensable parties must be impleaded

Rule 108 of the Rules of Court provides the procedure for the correction or cancellation of entries recorded in the civil register.  These may be records of birth, death, marriages or their annulment, legal separations, filiation, and changes of name. As provided in Section 3 of said rule, “when cancellation or correction of an entry in the civil register is sought, the civil register and all persons who have or claim any interest which would be affected thereby shall be made parties to the proceeding.” Note that a judicial action will be instituted, and indispensable parties must be impleaded. In the Republic of the Philippines v. Salome C. Timario (G.R. 234251 promulgated on 30 June 2020), Salome asked the trial court to correct the name of her father from Pedro Langam to Antonio Casera and her year of birth from 1949 to 1950 in her birth certificate.  This is brought about by her discovery that she had an earlier birth certificate that erroneously indicated Pedro as her father and that she was born in 1949. After due proceedings, the trial court granted her petition and ordered the correction of the corresponding entries as prayed for. The Office of the Solicitor-General, representing the State, however, objected on procedural grounds. It argued that it was furnished a petition only after a decision was rendered and that the necessary parties were not made part of the proceedings. Accordingly, there being a denial of due process, the proceedings must be considered void. The trial court refused to reverse itself. It argued that its opposition was already mooted by the issuance of the decision. In addition, the non-inclusion of the other parties was cured by the fact of publication in the major dailies. The State then brought the matter to the Court of Appeals. The appellate court, however, sustained the trial court. Undaunted, the State appealed the matter to the Supreme Court. Thus, declared the Highest Court: “Rule 108 of the Revised Rules of Court outlines the procedure for cancellation or correction of entries in the civil registry. The proceedings may either be summary or adversary, depending on whether the correction sought is clerical or substantial. If the correction is clerical, the procedure adopted is a summary. Otherwise, it is adversary. Corrections in either name or names of an individual’s parent or parents in his or her birth certificate involve substantial matters which require an adversarial proceeding. The provision is plain and clear. All persons who stand to be affected by a substantial correction of an entry in the civil registrar must be impleaded as indispensable parties. Failure to do so renders all proceedings subsequent to the filing of the complaint including the judgment ineffectual. This requirement hinges on the fact that the books making up the civil register and all documents relating thereto may only be the facts therein contained. Indeed, if the entries in the civil register could be corrected or changed through mere summary proceedings, the door to fraud or other mischief would be set open, the consequence of which might be detrimental and far-reaching. Here, respondent failed to implead her two (2) purported fathers “Pedro Langam” and “Antonio Casera”, her mother “Rosenda B. Acasio” and her siblings in violation of Section 3, Rule 108 of the Revised Rules of Court. Respondent had known from the start that she had two (2) registered fathers “Antonio Casera” and “Pedro Langam”. She knew her mother “Rosenda Acasio” and all her siblings. Yet, she failed to implead them and offered no explanation therefor. All told, the petition for correction of entries below should be dismissed. The trial court’s failure to acquire jurisdiction over indispensable parties rendered all proceedings therein, including the decision itself, void.” See how fatal it is not to follow procedural requirements. While a party’s cause may be meritorious, doing a shortcut will only lead to a disastrous ending. As I have written before and I thus write again, always follow the technical requirements to the letter. It is a mortal sin for us lawyers to lose based on technicality. That is what I always emphasize to my lawyers. Citations are from the Rules of Court and the case above mentioned.  Facts are also from the same case. The post Indispensable parties must be impleaded appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2023

Muntinlupa intensifies vax drive vs polio, measles

The local government of Muntinlupa is ramping up its vaccination drive against polio and measles as it kicked off “Chikiting Ligtas” — a free city-wide immunization campaign against polio for children from 0 to 59 months old, and against measles and rubella for kids aged 9 to 59 months. The jabs drive will run up until the end of May and Mayor Ruffy Biazon is encouraging all parents to have their children immunized against polio, measles and rubella. “As parents, we have the obligation to protect our children from these life-threatening illnesses through immunization,” Biazon said. “Chikiting Ligtas” is an initiative of the Department of Health with the express aim of raising the country’s protection against an outbreak of measles, polio, or rubella in the near future, due to the low vaccination turnout brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Health experts warn that if left unaddressed, a major outbreak could have serious consequences. Polio is incurable and can lead to paralysis while rubella — while treatable — could have harmful effects if contracted by a mother during pregnancy. Measles, on the other hand, could lead to subacute sclerosing panencephalitis a rare viral neurodegenerative disease activating up to 10 years after a measles infection that is almost 100 percent fatal. “Vaccines are safe, free, and effective. These have undergone enough studies and clinical trials, so there is no need to worry — these are meant to protect our children,” Biazon said. Parents of children from infants to 59 months can avail of the free vaccination for the whole month of May at all Muntinlupa health centers from Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccinations are also ongoing at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa from Mondays to Fridays, SM Muntinlupa from Mondays to Saturdays and Metro Gaisano Alabang from Mondays to Fridays. The post Muntinlupa intensifies vax drive vs polio, measles appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 16th, 2023

Muntinlupa holds vaccine drive against polio, measles

From 2 May until the end of the month, Muntinlupa is holding "Chikiting Ligtas (Safe Kids)," a free city-wide immunization campaign against polio for children from 0 to 59 months old, and against measles and rubella for kids aged 9 to 59 months. "We encourage all parents to have their children immunized against polio, measles and rubella," Mayor Ruffy Biazon said. "As parents, we have the obligation to protect our children from these life-threatening illnesses through immunization." "Chikiting Ligtas" is an initiative of the Department of Health with the express aim of raising the country's protection against an outbreak of measles, polio or rubella in the near future, due to the low vaccination turnout brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Health experts warn that, if left unaddressed, a major outbreak could have serious consequences. Polio is incurable and can lead to paralysis. Rubella, while treatable, could have harmful effects if contracted by a mother during pregnancy. And measles could lead to subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a rare viral neurodegenerative disease activating up to 10 years after a measles infection that is almost 100-percent fatal. "Vaccines are safe, free and effective. These have undergone enough studies and clinical trials, so there is no need to worry -- these are meant to protect our children," Biazon said. Parents of children from infants to 59 months can avail of the free vaccination for the whole month of May at these schedules and venues: -- All Muntinlupa health centers: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Ospital ng Muntinlupa: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- SM Muntinlupa: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Metro Gaisano Alabang: Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The post Muntinlupa holds vaccine drive against polio, measles appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 16th, 2023

Filed out of time

Here you see the strict application of the rules of procedure; where non-compliance results in the disallowance of the review of the merits of a case You may have noticed that I usually write about annulment cases. What I write about today is also about annulment but has nothing to do with the merits of the case. Rather, it focuses on the procedure involved in annulment, and how crucial compliance is. As I emphasized before, rules of procedure must be strictly followed. Its compliance can mean the case’s victory; while non-compliance, its demise. In Republic of the Philippines v. Teresita I. Salinas (G.R. 238308 promulgated on 12 October 2022), the wife filed for an annulment. After due proceedings, the court granted the petition and accordingly, declared her marriage null and void. The Office of the Solicitor General or OSG, however, disagreed. It filed a motion for reconsideration. The court denied its motion on 27 July 2015. The OSG received the denial on 4 August 2015. Under the rules, any appeal should be done within 15 days from receipt of the order. Thus, the OSG had until 19 August 2015. An appeal may be filed personally with the court or sent by registered mail to it. The OSG opted to mail. Problem is, it did so only on 5 October 2015, said date having been stamped on the envelope by the post office where the notice of appeal was mailed. This filing date is obviously way beyond the 19 August 2015 deadline. Naturally, the court denied the appeal ruling it was time-barred. The OSG elevated the matter before the Court of Appeals. Upon review, the appellate court did not grant the appellant its nod. It was of the considered view that the OSG was not able to timely appeal its cause. This is even though the OSG presented its official records showing that the appeal was filed within the prescribed period. Not being sustained by the appellate court, the OSG had no other source of relief but the Supreme Court. Failure to obey leads to a case’s sudden end no matter how meritorious it is. When this issue was posed, the Highest Court ruled, “plainly, the pleading’s filing date can be proved either by (1) the post stamp on the envelope, which is considered part of the records; or, (2) the registry receipt. Thus, no grave abuse of discretion can be imputed to the RTC in considering the date stamped on the envelope of the Republic’s Notice of Appeal, which was 5 October 2015, as the date of the filing. Contrary to the CA’s ruling, the photocopy of the OSG Inner Registered Sack Bill cannot be equated to a registry receipt nor given probative value. Unlike a registry receipt, the OSG’s Inner Registered Sack Bill was not issued or signed by the postmaster or any authorized receiving personnel of the concerned post office; hence, unverified to be authentic. It was merely a list of mail matters supposedly sent out by the OSG with corresponding entry and registry numbers, addresses, and posting dates. “Thus, even if we admit the authenticity of the OSG Inner Sack Bill, it cannot be a sufficient basis to conclude that the mail matter pertaining to the Notice of Appeal listed on it was actually dispatched and received by the Ermita Post Office on 18 August 2015. The Republic attempted to bolster its claim of timely filing by presenting a Certification issued by the Ermita Post Office postmaster. Contrary to the Republic’s argument, this certification does not suffice to prove that it filed its Notice of Appeal on 18 August 2015 given that a different date appears on the envelope containing such pleading. “We reiterate, under Section 3, Rule 13 of the Rules, the date of filing is shown either in the post office stamp on the envelope or the registry receipt. Thus, while the postmaster’s certification is usually sufficient proof of mailing, its evidentiary value is different in this case as it is not merely intended to prove the fact of mailing, but to prove that the date stamped on the pleading’s envelope was either incorrect due to the post office’s inadvertence or not stamped by the post office. “We stress, the envelope and the date appearing on it is made part of the records; hence, it carries the presumption that the date stamped on it was done in the course of the official duties that have been regularly performed, unless proven otherwise. Starkly, the Certification is bereft of any explanation as to the discrepancy between the date appearing on the envelope and the date stated in the Certification. “At this juncture, it is noteworthy that the Republic provided us with no means of ascertaining whether the RTC erred in appreciating the genuineness of the date appearing on the envelope since it did not attach the Notice of Appeal with the affidavit of service, if any, and the subject envelope. Note that even the pertinent RTC orders were attached to this petition for our reference and evaluation. Hence, we are constrained to uphold the factual findings of the RTC, which was able to actually see the questioned document/s.” Here you see the strict application of the rules of procedure; where non-compliance results in the disallowance of the review of the merits of a case. It is imperative to adhere strictly to these rules to avoid any fatal technical infirmity. Failure to obey leads to a case’s sudden end no matter how meritorious it is. The facts and ruling are from the case cited above. The post Filed out of time appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2023

Mandaue City active cases down to 150 with 2,015 recoveries

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The city of Mandaue is entering October with only 150 cases out of over 2,300 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections remaining active. The city, in its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case bulletin for September 30, 2020, reported seven additional recoveries and six new cases of the viral infection. The new cases in the […] The post Mandaue City active cases down to 150 with 2,015 recoveries appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Naga City records 2 new COVID-19 cases on Aug. 22

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Naga City in the southern part of Metro Cebu recorded two additional cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on August 22, 2020. In a statement, Mayor Kristine Chiong revealed that two new cases were from Barangays North Poblacion and Barangay Mainit. The first case is a 35-year-old female businesswoman from […] The post Naga City records 2 new COVID-19 cases on Aug. 22 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020

Talisay City records 3 new COVID-19 cases on August 20

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Talisay City recorded three new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on August 20, 2020. In a late-night post, the Talisay City Public Information Office revealed that the cases were from Barangays Campo Kwatro, Lawaan III, and San Roque. The case in Barangay Campo Kwatro is a 39-year-old who was […] The post Talisay City records 3 new COVID-19 cases on August 20 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Talisay City records only one new COVID-19 case

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Talisay City’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to drop. The city only recorded one new case of the COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the lowest number of cases logged in the last four weeks. This was reported by the Talisay City Public Information Office late Tuesday night. The new […] The post Talisay City records only one new COVID-19 case appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Alegria town records first case of COVID-19

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Alegria town recorded its first case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on June 30, 2020. The first case was from a woman from Barangay Valencia who recently gave birth through Caesarian section at a private hospital in Cebu City. She first visited Cebu City on June 11, 2020, for her […] The post Alegria town records first case of COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Southern Leyte records first COVID-19 case

PALO, Leyte — The Department of Health (DoH) in Eastern Visayas confirmed on Thursday evening 14 new cases of corona virus disease COVID-19 bringing to 90 the total number of positive cases in the region. Among the new cases is of a 23-year-old male overseas Filipino seafarer from Bontoc, Southern Leyte, the first from the […] The post Southern Leyte records first COVID-19 case appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2020