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Duterte on COVID threat: We will overcome

CALOOCAN CITY, March 17 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday delivered a message of reassurance to Filipinos that amid the stringent Luzon-wide quarantine measures being imposed by the.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsMar 17th, 2020

Duterte on COVID threat: We will overcome

CALOOCAN CITY, March 17 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday delivered a message of reassurance to Filipinos that amid the stringent Luzon-wide quarantine measures being imposed by the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

Go urges BFP to push modernization efforts

Senator Christopher ‘’Bong’’ Go on Friday urged the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to continue its efforts to modernize and enhance its ranks by acquiring more fire trucks and equipment especially for the  remote areas in the country. Sen. Bong Go (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Go issued the statement after attending yesterday the ceremonial turnover at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City of the recently procured equipment of the BFP, including 84 units of 1,000 gallons capacity fire trucks, five units of aerial ladder, and three units of rescue trucks to be distributed by BFP to various local government units around the country.  “All over the country po ito ipapamahagi. Natutuwa po ako dahil ang gusto naman po natin ay mabigyan ng sapat na kagamitan laban sa sunog ang mga iba’t ibang lugar — hopefully sa lahat ng sulok po ng bansa ay handa po tayo,” Go said. (These will be distributed all over the country. I am happy because we want to give the appropriate fire-fighting equipment to different parts of the country.)    Go said there are many municipalities that have no financial capabilities to buy such an equipment. “Hopefully, patuloy pa ang pag-acquire nila ng mga panibagong equipment. Kinausap ko rin po si Dir. Embang na ikonsidera rin nila ‘yung mga maliliit na fire trucks na puwedeng pumasok sa mga liblib o masisikip na lugar kasi doon po madalas nagkakasunog,” Go said, referring to BFP Chief Jose Embang, Jr. (Hopefully, their acquisition of fire-fighting equipment will continue. I told Director Embang that BFP should consider buying small fire trucks that can enter narrow roads and congested areas where fires usually originate from.) Last February 11, 2020, Go joined President Duterte in witnessing the turnover of 74 fire trucks. The Senator also continues to provide aid to fire victims in different parts of the country.  “Mahirap po mawalan ng bahay at kagamitan dahil sa sunog at iba pang sakuna. Kaya po patuloy akong nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga biktima at nag-iiwan ng ngiti sa oras ng kanilang pagdadalamhati,” Go said. (It is hard to lose a house and personal belongings due to fires. That is why I continue to extend help to fire victims and give them a reason to smile during a time of grief.) “Bilang isang Senador at public servant, patuloy po akong magseserbisyo, lalo na sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan na apektado ng krisis tulad ng sunog. Kasabay nito ay pagsisikapan ko bilang mambabatas na mas palakasin pa ang ating fire prevention and protection measures,” he added. (As a senator and a public servant, I continue to be of service, particularly to victims of crises like fires. As a lawmaker, I continue to help to strengthen our fire prevention and protection measures.)     As vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order and as a main advocate of fire protection modernization initiatives, one of Go’s priority bills is Senate Bill 204 which is now consolidated under Committee Report No. 111, otherwise known as BFP Modernization Act of 2020.  The measure is currently undergoing the period of interpellation in the Senate. The bill aims to ensure the hiring of more personnel, acquisition of modern fire equipment, and the conduct of training for firefighters of the BFP.  The bill will also empower local communities in preventing fire incidents by mandating the BFP to conduct monthly fire prevention campaigns and information drives in all local government units (LGUs), especially in vulnerable areas.  Go said President Duterte fully supports the modernization efforts of the BFP. “Ang sabi ng Pangulo, sabihin mo sa kanila huwag na nila ako unahin, ‘yung kagamitan ng mga sundalo at kapulisan at bumbero ang unahin natin,” he said. (The President said the equipment of soldiers, policemen, and firemen should come first.) During the event, Go expressed his and Duterte’s full support for the country’s fire personnel, citing the government’s recent effort to increase the salaries and promote the welfare of the military and uniformed personnel.  “Full support po kami sa inyo. Unang-una po, ‘yung pangako niya pagkaupo pa lang niya bilang Pangulo, tinupad niya agad ang pangako niya,” Go said, referring to the increase in salaries provided to uniformed personnel, including firefighters. (We give our full support to you. The President fulfills his promises when he took over the presidency in 2016.) Go also said that he supports the President’s position of arming BFP personnel so they can help in the fight against criminality.  “We are currently studying this added measure of arming firefighters. Nabanggit na rin ito ng Pangulo. Makakatulong din sila sa paglaban ng kriminalidad at para rin maproteksyunan ang kanilang mga sarili. Pati sa kampanya laban sa droga, makakatulong din sila,” Go said. (This was mentioned by the President. They can help fight criminality and also protect themselves. They can also help in containing the spread of dangerous drugs.)    In addition to fire trucks and other modern equipment, Go also said that he is coordinating with BFP officials, government finance managers, and concerned agencies on how to also provide additional ambulance units to the BFP.  He said that providing ambulances will make the BFP more responsive in fulfilling its mandate and will be useful, especially in times of national emergencies given that their personnel are well-trained frontliners.  “Kapag mayroon nang vaccine kontra COVID-19, pwede pong tumulong ang BFP para mabakunahan ang mga tao. Nagtutulungan po lahat ng ating uniformed personnel, mula military, pulis, bumbero, at iba pa para maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Go explained. (Our firemen can also help in the vaccination of our countrymen to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Our uniformed personnel, from the military, policemen, firemen and others can help in protecting the interests of Filipinos.)  Go thanked officials for their efforts to modernize the BFP and for their continuing service, especially during the pandemic, specifically Department of the Interior and Local Government officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and BFP officials led by Embang, Jr.  Go also acknowledged local officials and district representatives who were present, including Congressman Onyx Crisologo of the 1st District of Quezon City, Congresswoman Angel Amante-Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City, and Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and thanked them for their support to the national government in the bayanihan efforts to overcome the pandemic.  “Dahil mahirap ang panahon ngayon, we have to adjust to the new normal pero konting tiis lang po. Alam kong hirap po kayo. Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi kami nawawalan ng pag-asa, magtulungan lang po tayo. Sino pa ba ang magtutulungan kundi tayong kapwa Pilipino,” he said, (Because times are hard, we have to adjust to the new normal. Please bear with us. I know you are suffering. I and President Go have not lost hope. We should help one another.).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Stunted in the pandemic

School children have a much lower risk of COVID infection as they attend classes minus the pre-pandemic face-to-face interaction with their teachers and classmates. With the academic year finally kicking off yesterday in public schools, the Department of Education announced that it had overcome the COVID threat......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

In a first, Davao City to celebrate Kadayawan Festival via online

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 August) – In a first since the “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” started 35 years ago, Davao City’s grandest and most colorful festival will be celebrated online from August 17 to 24 due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday. During her live interview […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

PDU30 Sona’s Priority Measures

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City last July 27,2020.               In his speech, which lasted for one hour and 45 minutes, Duterte urged Filipinos no to lose hope as he expressed optimism that the country would be able to overcome COVId-19, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolperyodikoRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Moderating oligarchs’ greed

Last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu and triumphantly declared he “dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the country’s economy without the need to declare martial law.” This came a few days after a committee in the House of Representatives rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal bill. During his penultimate State of the Nation Address on July 27, Duterte took another swipe at the oligarchs whose great wealth has enabled them “to influence public policy to their advantage.” He cited as an example the Lopezes “who used their media outlets in their battles with political figures” including himself during the 2016 elections. People seem to forget that Duterte’s avowed mission to put oligarchs in their proper place was part of his 2016 campaign promise to stamp out corruption. At that time, he said the corruption in the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue was “small change in comparison to the high-level corruption that runs in the billions among the economic elite.” Oligarchy means the rule of the few, but its meaning has evolved to refer to powerful individuals or groups outside of government who are able to benefit from political connections to amass vast amounts of wealth and gain control of major industries. The term “oligarch” started popping up recently in mainstream and social media but its context in relation to what is happening in our society has become warped and obfuscated. To be fair, the President has given credit where credit is due, even to the so-called oligarchs when they helped the government in this COVID-19 crisis, but he said it is their abuses that he abhors. On several occasions, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out how oligarchs use their wealth to gain power, while the political elite used their power to amass wealth. He expressed full support to Duterte’s advocacy in changing the current system where he believes the people “willingly consent to being held back by the few who control the economy and through that, the running of the nation.” According to Cayetano, the real threat to the stability of our socio-political and economic systems are those backroom deals that make exploitation legal – “the quiet acquiescing to a system that naturally favors the ultra-rich and very powerful.” He believes that not all oligarchs are bad, saying in a media interview: “Just like every entrepreneur wanting to expand their business, these would-be oligarchs might very well have started off with the most benign or even benevolent intentions. But the malignant DNA of unabated, uncontrolled capitalism, especially corporate capitalism, eventually comes to play, leading to people and systems being abused and exploited.” Cayetano clarified, though, that capitalism and democracy work as we have seen in other economies. He thinks the situation in the Philippines is not hopeless, and we can begin to change this corrupt system by acknowledging there is a problem and we are part of it. “This is a battle between those who are willing to fight their self-interest and change with the system, versus those who deny that there is anything wrong with the status quo, specifically as it relates to themselves, and instead simply choose to blame the politicians and officials in government,” he said. This brings to mind the statement attributed to a Cabinet member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who advised another top official to “moderate your greed.” Another cautionary tale is found in the recently re-launched book of Ricardo Manapat, who served as National Archives Director during the Arroyo and Ramos administrations. Manapat’s book is titled “Some Are Smarter Than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” which is a classic work on anti-cronyism exposing the ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Oligarchs may not be totally wiped out in the Philippines, since developed economies even have to contend with their presence. But Duterte’s relentless campaign against them could very well result in moderating their greed and freeing the country from their tight grip. nextgenmedia@gmail.com.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Robredo: COVID-19 cases and deaths are not mere statistics

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo said the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths are not mere statistics as it shows how COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected every Filipino family. VP LENI ROBREDO (SCREENSHOT FRO VP LENI ROBREDO’S FACEBOOK VIDEO / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo noted more people have to endure hardships that resulted from the weaker economy and continuous rise in the number of infections and deaths. “Conversely, as more people get sick because of COVID-19, so does the suffering of our people get prolonged. Many have died; they are not mere statistics,” she said. ”Each of them had a story, had a dream, has a family that mourns their loss. And as cases continue to rise, it becomes harder move forward towards a better normal,” she added. The vice president reminded the administration the pandemic is the root cause of these problems, and if it has a clear plan, Filipinos can overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and move forward. Robredo bared a comprehensive list of suggestions in a videotaped public address, dubbed “Message of Hope”, on her Facebook page. This was perceived by many as her own roadmap on how the country can recover from the ill-effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Her recommendations include a correct data regarding COVID-19, safety nets for affected families, tax incentives for companies, equitable and systematic provision of resources to hospitals. Robredo also batted for pooled testing and timely contract tracing, better wages of health workers, and harmonization of COVID-19 efforts of the public and private sector, among others, instead of just waiting for a vaccine to become available. The opposition leader said she supports the government’s P31-billion “Plant, Plant, Plant” program that will be implemented nationwide to benefit farmers, fisherfolks, and consumers. This program mentioned by President Duterte during his last Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) falls under the “Whole of Nation” approach, which Robredo said she is also supportive of. “We support the whole of nation approach. But a true whole nation approach should be directed toward a common goal,” she said. The lady official is also keeping her faith on the goodness and capability of Filipinos in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “It is not wishful thinking to dream that we can also achieve what Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and New Zealand have achieved….We can also do this. We have the right skills, we should have sufficient resources. We have what it takes,” she said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Duterte defends Duque as Ombudsman probes DOH for alleged COVID-19 anomalies

In an address aired late Monday, Duterte said he had faith the country’s top health official, who has been in hot water since March when the government belatedly took the threat of COVID-19 pandemic seriously......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Government gearing towards State repression& mdash;Left

Nearly five weeks into the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, the government seems to be gearing for intensified State repression, with President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat of a martial law-like military and police takeover to curb the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, human rights watchdog Karapatan warned on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

SHFC clients get loan reprieve amid Covid-19 outbreak

Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) is implementing a three-month moratorium on the payment of loan amortization of its partner-homeowners from March 16 to June 16. This is SHFC’s answer to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to exhaust all efforts to respond to the needs of Filipinos amid the threat of Covid-19 in the country. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Cushioning the impact of Covid-19

In light of the nation’s growing concern for the coronavirus pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the National Capital Region on a community quarantine on March 12, 2020. Seeing that the community quarantine would not be sufficient to address the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Duterte, on March 16, issued an order that placed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Expanded quarantine equivalent to total lockdown

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine in the whole of Luzon due to threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) “PRRD just announced an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed in a statement. Based on Section 3 of the directive, “a Community Quarantine […] The post Expanded quarantine equivalent to total lockdown appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

CPP slams lockdown of Metro Manila amid Covid-19 threat

As Metro Manila prepares for a lockdown amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has once again criticized the government over what it perceived as another effort of the Duterte administration to repress the rights of Filipinos......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Interaction with Duterte to be limited due to virus threat

The chief of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) said Monday it will implement preventive measures, including a no-touch policy, to ensure the safety of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family due to the threat pose by the deadly novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). PSG chief Colonel Jesus Durante said persons who will go near the […] The post Interaction with Duterte to be limited due to virus threat appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

BREAKING: Duterte declares state of public health emergency over coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a state of public health emergency due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat. President Duterte issues Proclamation 922 declaring a state of public health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/Q2KfWyW2xz — Darryl John Esguerra (@DJEsguerraINQ) March 9, 2020 Duterte signed Proclamation […] The post BREAKING: Duterte declares state of public health emergency over coronavirus appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

Duterte slated for island-hopping amid COVID scare

President Duterte will travel around the country to boost the tourism industry amid concerns over the threat of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. Duterte had said in a video message that he will travel around the country and urged Filipinos to join him, adding they should first explore the wonders of the Philippines before […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Duterte: Stay calm amid Covid threat

President Duterte has asked the public to remain calm and vigilant as the government works on containing the spread of the new China coronavirus in the Philippines. In a taped message, Duterte assured that the government is working closely with other medical organizations and stakeholders to prevent the spread of the disease. “Today, we face […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Duterte sa COVID-19: I call on our people to remain calm, vigilant, responsible

NANAWAGAN ngayong araw si Pangulong Duterte sa mga Pinoy na manatiling kalmado,  maging mapagmatyag at responsable sa harap naman ng banta ng novel coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID-19. “I also ask your trust and cooperation, support as we face the challenge. Tayo ay magkaisa together as one nation, this challenge can be overcome, ” sabi […] The post Duterte sa COVID-19: I call on our people to remain calm, vigilant, responsible appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Duterte asks for calm, vigilance as threat of COVID-19 grows

In a taped video message, Duterte said the government and its partners from the medical and private sectors are working together to protect the nation against what he called a “grave threat.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Mandaue bans house-to-house caroling, Christmas gatherings

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — There will be no house-to-house caroling and Christmas gatherings in Mandaue City this Christmas season. The Mandaue City government has banned these activities including caroling, which has been part of the Filipino tradition every Christmas season, because of the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) “Diri sa Mandaue, ato nang […].....»»

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