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DOH, OCTA to meet on data discrepancy

DOH, OCTA to meet on data discrepancy.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesApr 17th, 2021

Robredo cites gov’t data showing COVID-19 response is not working

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo on Sunday pointed at government data to prove her claim that it’s doing something wrong in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Iyong datos—at ang datos galing sa pamahalaan—iyong datos ang ating basehan kung bakit natin sinasabi na kung ano iyong ginagawa natin ngayon, hindi siya nagwo-work,” she said on her radio show. Robredo reiterated her call on the administration to reassess its policies and improve in areas where lapses have been committed following the request of frontline health workers to revive strict lockdowns in Metro Manila and its adjacent regions. The vice president said the medical community’s appeal for comprehensive strategy against COVID-19 is a valid request that should be seriously considered. “Iyong lahat na punto nila, halimbawa na lang sinasabi nila na ‘iyong ginagawa natin ngayon is not working.’ Iyon din iyong punto ko, eh. Na hindi working iyong ginagawa natin ngayon kasi pataas nga nang pataas iyong bilang,” she said. As of August 1, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,963 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 98,232. “Ito nga 98,000, validated lang dahil iyong for validation pa, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, nasa mga 37,000, 38,000 pa. Ito iyong discrepancy. So kapag dinagdag mo pa iyon, talagang unimaginable na iyong numbers natin,” she said. Robredo also cited the data from tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong that showed only four of over 600 local government units have contract tracing capability. For each positive COVID-19 case, only eight persons are being traced on the average instead of the standard of 37, she said.“Iyong ina-announce na so much number of contact tracers, na 52,000 yata—52,000 na iyong na-hire, pero ang sabi ng WHO, dapat ang ideal para sa atin 132,000 iyong ma-hire na contact tracers,” Robredo added.She said the Philippines is now conducting 30,000 tests for coronavirus per day, but she noted it took the government two months to meet its target daily testing capacity in May.The vice president said she was surprised with the “mass recovery adjustment” after the DOH reported a record-high in recoveries of COVID-19 patients at 38,075.Robredo asserted the DOH must inform the public before changing its data system. “Kung magpapalit ng definition, kung magpapalit ng protocols, baka mas maganda na ina-announce iyon sa tao bago makita iyong numero kasi talagang nagulat lahat. Tapos ang pinaka-mahirap, pagkatapos noong one-time-big-time na isang araw, the following day balik sa dati,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Taguig cautions OCTA: Double check your data

The Taguig City government has asked the Octa Research team tracking the COVID-19 pandemic to carefully check its data before making it official to avoid confusion, anxiety and fear among the public......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

PRA to review policy on retirees’ age requirement

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is set to reassess the age requirement for foreign nationals seeking retirement in the country after senators raised concerns over national security on Monday. The issue stemmed during the Senate budget hearing for the DOT when the senators were caught by surprise after PRA general manager Atty. Bienvenido Chy revealed that the agency has been accepting foreign immigrants as retirees who are as young as 35 years old. Sen. Richard Gordon and Sen. Nancy Binay were alarmed as Chinese topped the list of foreign retirees, at a time when the country faces the threat of the growing number of illegal Chinese workers from the Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs). But Chy cited that he had already inherited the policy and did not attempt to change it, to which Gordon expressed dismay. In a message to reporters, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who also chairs the agency, said the Board of Trustees will meet to reassess the policy, stressing that they will move for its immediate repeal.  “I have directed GM Bienvenido Chy of the PRA to review and change this long-standing policy,” she said.  Based on the Cumulative Gross Enrollment of foreign retirees in the Philippines as of Dec. 31, 2019, there are 26, 969 Chinese nationals from China who decided to retire in the country, followed by Korea (13, 912), India (5,971), Taiwan (4, 801), Japan (3, 950), United States of America (3, 615), Hong Kong (1, 836), Great Britain (1, 571), Germany (778), and Australia (743). An additional 4, 069 foreign nationals also chose to enroll as retirees in the Philippines.  According to PRA, the Cumulative Gross Enrollment also includes all active retirees or active Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders. These are retirees who continue to keep their retirement visa as their status of stay in the Philippines. Aside from the principal retiree, SRRV holders were also joined by their spouses and dependents to stay in the Philippines.  The PRA data also revealed that Chinese top the list of foreign principal retirees belonging to the 35 to 49 years old age bracket, which prodded the senators to grill the PRA chief for job sufficiency issue. The data said that the greater majority of foreign retirees reside in the National Capital Region with 36,862 immigrants or 52.63 percent. Others were scattered in Region 1, Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 2, among others. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Robredo hits Roque’s gag request to Octa Research Group

The Duterte administration wants the Octa Research Group to stop publicizing their recommendations on the pandemic response because of its intention not to follow them, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Ang nakikita ko lang na dahilan kung bakit ililihim, hindi susundin iyong datos, iyong pagdedesisyon hindi nakasunod sa datos (The only reason I see why it must be hidden is that they won’t follow the data, they would decide not based on data),” she said during her weekly radio show.According to Robredo, it would be better for experts from the group to make public their research instead of just communicating it to the government in private.“For the benefit of everyone na alam ng tao kung ano iyong mga resulta ng research (the people should know the result of the research),” she asserted.The vice president disagreed with Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque who discouraged the local research group from publicizing their recommendations on placing areas under strict lockdown to avoid confusion.The Octa Research team, composed primarily of faculty members and alumni of the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, has been regularly issuing reports on the COVID-19 situation nationwide.Roque said the group does not have the same number of experts working with the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).“I wish they would refrain from making these recommendations publicly,” he said.His statement came after the Octa team recommended to implement stricter lockdown measures in Bauan, Batangas; Calbayog, Western Samar; and General Trias, Cavite due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.   These places were not being mentioned by the IATF......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Navotas City only allows cemetery visits by schedule

Navotas City is only allowing residents to visit cemeteries by schedule to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the city this Undas or All Souls’ Day. Mayor Toby Tiangco on Saturday said that the residents should first reach out to the contact number provided by the local government to express their intent to visit a cemetery and get a schedule when they will be allowed to do so. “May sistema ng scheduling na magtetext sila, bibigyan sila ng oras para siguradong hindi puno ‘yung cemetery (We are scheduling them through text messages. We will give them a schedule to ensure that the cemetery will not be crowded),” Tiangco said over CNN Philippines interview. According to him, residents are then given two hours to visit and pay respects to their departed loved ones. However, they are not allowed to eat or drink there as the said activities might lead to catching the virus or infecting others. “Then, may pagitan na two hours para sa labas pasok ng mga tao (from the cemetery) and then two hours ulit para doon sa mga (bagong papasok) (Then, there is a two-hour gap for the exit of first batch visitors before another batch would be allowed,” Tiangco added. Tiangco said that they are taking various safety measures to maintain its gain in its COVID-19 response. “Ang gusto lang namin maging safe (muna ang sitwasyon) bago lumabas ang tao (We first want to make sure that the situation is safe before allowing our people to go out),” he said. As of the latest University of the Philippines’ OCTA Research data, Navotas City is the second lowest city among 17 Metro Manila cities in terms of COVID-19 attack rate. The city only has an attack rate of 4.9 percent per 1,000 population, according to the said research. “This serves as a validation of all our efforts to keep our constituents safe from COVID-19. However, we need to stay vigilant and careful. We cannot let our guard down because our cases could go up any time,” he said......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

DOH favors localized lockdowns in areas with high COVID cases

THE Department of Health has recommended the implementation of localized lockdowns in areas where increased attack rate of COVID-19 has been observed instead of tighter quarantine protocols. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said a report from the DOH’s sub-technical working group on data analytics, was responding to the findings of the OCTA research team […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Stricter quarantine urged in 11 areas

Eleven areas have been recommended by the University of the Philippines (UP) OCTA Research to be placed under stricter quarantine classifications based on the data from 25 August to 5 October. The research group’s report dated 6 October showed that nine areas are considered high-risk because their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) daily attack rate per 1000 […] The post Stricter quarantine urged in 11 areas appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

AIM rolls out new PhD program

The Asian Institute of Management is launching a new doctoral PhD in Data Science program to meet the increasing demand for data scientists who can extract knowledge and provide insights from the huge volume of data being generated every day......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

QC maintains drop in daily COVID-19 cases for 4th straight week — research group

"Latest report from OCTA Research indicated that the number of daily new cases based on onset, per data from the Department of Health (DOH), dropped from 438 on Aug. 8-14 to 334 on Aug. 15 to 21.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

DOH-7 vows to improve links with LGUs after Talisay data discrepancy

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) said it will improve its links with the health offices in the towns and cities for a more coordinated reporting of their data on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. This is after the “discrepancy” in the case recovery rate of Talisay City, which […] The post DOH-7 vows to improve links with LGUs after Talisay data discrepancy appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

PLDT ready to meet higher demand for data

PLDT Inc. said its networks are ready to meet the increased demand for data connectivity and digital services during the “new normal.” .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 31st, 2020

Meet Yani, UP’s 'COVIPH chatbot

Yani can provide information regarding the nearest hospitals, data on COVID-19 cases, and even government's policies in relation to health, education, transportation and economic support. The post Meet Yani, UP’s #COVIPH chatbot appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

App firm feted for gender equality

The index helps meet the demand from a growing number of investors to incorporate environmental, social and governance data into their daily investment decisions. The post App firm feted for gender equality appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

Philippines grapples to meet demand for data analysts — PIDS

Demand for data analysts in the country is steadily rising, but higher education institutions are not producing enough graduates to fill positions, according to a new paper by the Philippine Institute for Developing Studies......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

Kaspersky Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

Kaspersky, a leading global cybersecurity company, has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification; the international standard outlining best practices for information security management systems. Issued by TÃœV AUSTRIA, the certification confirms that the company’s data security systems, including Kaspersky Security Network, meet industry best practices. ISO/IEC 27001 is the most widely used information security standard prepared and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Kaspersky achieves ISO 27001 certification

Kaspersky, a leading global cybersecurity company, has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification; the international standard outlining best practices for information security management systems. Issued by TÜV AUSTRIA, the certification confirms that the company’s data security systems, including Kaspersky Security Network, meet industry best practices.....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The fires that burned through the Amazon rainforest last month sparked international outcry and offers of help, but as world leaders meet in New York, the planet's largest rainforest remains engulfed in flames. The latest satellite data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

Bohol poverty incidence Drops by 5.3% in 2018

Poverty incidence in Bohol continue to slide down in the last three years, from 31.3% in 2015 to 26% in 2018, recent data from the local Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show. By poverty incidence, the PSA means the minimum income and expenditure required for a family of five members to meet the basic food and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Who owns and runs this ‘meet-me’ room?

The glitches and bugs that conked the vote counting machines (VCMs) out and the ensuing almost seven hours of data outage in the transparency server when the national canvassing started right after the polling precincts closed were just a few but biggest reasons why our fourth automated elections last Monday came under fire anew......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

& lsquo;Rody& rsquo;s remarks at UN meet official policy on WPS row& rsquo;

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement at the 75th UN General Assembly on the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award stands “as the supreme expression of foreign policy on the West Philippine issue.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 24 min. ago