At ‘ivermectin pantry,’ prescriptions lack doctor info and beneficiaries sign waivers

Prescriptions for the antiparasitic drug ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 lacked doctors’ information and beneficiaries were made to sign waivers at the so-called “pantry” that two lawmakers launched Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 29th, 2021

Duque says FDA must probe into token prescriptions at ivermectin pantry

The prescriptions, written on sheets of paper, did not contain the doctors' names, license numbers and professional tax receipt numbers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Community pantry organizers told: Coordinate with brgys for health protocols

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was dismayed by the lack of coordination of a community pantry in Barangay Mabolo that has caused crowding on Saturday morning, May 8, 2021. Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementor of the EOC, said in a text message that a video has […] The post Community pantry organizers told: Coordinate with brgys for health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Doctors in ivermectin pantry may face suspension, loss of license — PMA

"If they think they're above the law, they're not," the Philippine Medical Association said on doctors who prescribed the ivermectin......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

DOH: Regulators looking into ivermectin distribution

The DOH forwarded reports of invalid prescriptions to the Professional Regulations Commission, Vergeire said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Who will be liable for lapses in ivermectin pantry?

Who will be liable for lapses in ivermectin pantry?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Lawmaker says to take fall for ‘ivermectin pantry’ flubs

One of the lawmakers behind the distribution of the unregistered antiparasitic drug ivermectin to some 200 Quezon City residents said he and his fellow lawmaker would take the blame for any missteps that may have happened at their so-called “pantry.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

DOH, FDA looking into ivermectin pantry lapses

DOH, FDA looking into ivermectin pantry lapses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

How it all began

On 14 April at 96 Maginhawa Street in Teachers’ Village East, Quezon City, the first community pantry was set up by Ana Patricia Non. It was a small bamboo cart with food items, from canned meats to vegetables, as well as masks, soap and vitamin supplements, and a sign that said, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, […] The post How it all began appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Emergency home kit (Part 1)

Last week , we featured in this space a biting, informative and educational piece on ivermectin as a possible prophylactic or even a cure against the deadly Covid 19 virus written by Doctor Romeo Quijano, a retired UP College of Medicine Professor and leading member of the college’s Pharmacology Department......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

House health panel chair stands by WHO, health authorities on Ivermectin use

"As a medical doctor, I am constrained to abide by the health science as well as the recognized authorities in the field of medicine," Rep. Angelina "Helen" Tan (Quezon) said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 6th, 2021

DOH-7 to Maribago beachgoers: Monitor selves for COVID-19 symptoms

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The lack of social distancing, wearing of masks, and the breaking of various health protocols in the Maribago Beach in Lapu-Lapu City on January 1, 2021, may cause a rise in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city. This was the statement of Doctor Mary Jean Loreche of the […] The post DOH-7 to Maribago beachgoers: Monitor selves for COVID-19 symptoms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2021

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Help on the way to John Regala

John Regala (Photos from Instagram account of Nadia Montenegro)  A friend in need is a friend indeed—even in show business. John Regala’s colleagues namely Nadia Montenegro, Chuckie Dreyfus and Aster Amoyo have joined forces to help the former actor during this trying time in his life. The group has created a “Gava Gives Assistance Account” for John and await “approval’ so that anyone who wants to help can send it through there. John suffers from liver cirrhosis and hasn’t had dialysis for months now due to lack of funds.  Nadia Montenegro (Instagram) “I talked to him this morning but can’t hardly understands his words. I will be seeing him later together with a doctor friend that will take all tests brother John needs urgently,” Nadia shared on her Instagram account on July 29. Nadia said John needs wheelchair, daily food and medical assistance, and dialysis. Those who want to send donations and help right away could message Nadia directly, she said. “God bless you all! Thank you! We love you Brother John! #HelpJohnRegala.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

PH, World Bank sign $370-million loan for titling of 750,000 land reform lots

The Philippines and the World Bank signed a $370-million loan agreement that aims to split 1.4 million hectares of land covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and confer titles on 750,000 farmer-beneficiaries......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Philippines, World Bank sign agrarian reform loan agreement

The Philippines and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement of $370 million or approximately P18.3 billion to fast-track the distribution of land to agrarian reform beneficiaries, according to the Department of Finance......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Is it Dengue or COVID-19? Here’s how you can tell

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020, Evelyn suddenly developed fever, cough, a lack of appetite, and intermittent vomiting while quarantined at home. At first, she feared the worst  “Nabalaka jud ko kay basig Covid ning sakit. Mao sad to ang usa sa mga rason kon ngano dugay ko nagpacheck up.”  (I […] The post Is it Dengue or COVID-19? Here’s how you can tell appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Youth rep urges DOH, IATF to boost coronavirus vaccine info drive

"Aside from the slow pace of vaccination in the country, several pieces of disinformation have been prevalent," said Rep. Sarah Elago (Kabataan Party-list) in a resolution......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Learn more about Loki, is he as bad as he looks?

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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

More Oponganons receive financial aid from AICS program

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—A total of 2,023 Oponganons will receive P1,500 cash assistance from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The said program was funded by Lapu-Lapu City lone district Representative Paz Radaza. Radaza said that beneficiaries of the program comes from the poorest […] The post More Oponganons receive financial aid from AICS program appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

DOTr, OWWA sign agreement to help displaced OFWs

The Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to help displaced overseas Filipino workers find jobs in various transport projects being undertaken nationwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021