Gov’t to hire OFWs, displaced workers as contact tracers

  BY CHITO CHAVEZ     Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said that qualified Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and displaced workers will be prioritized in the hiring of 50,000 more contact tracers as the government continues its fight against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). In President Duterte’s “Talk to […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoSep 15th, 2020

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: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Displaced workers as COVID-19 contact tracers?

Displaced workers as COVID-19 contact tracers?.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

OVP launches Bayanihanapbuhay to help OFWs find jobs

Vice President Leni Robredo has launched a free job posting platform, which seeks to help millions of Filipino workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

DILG to hire 10,000 contact tracers

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will hire 10,000 contact tracers for Metro Manila in a move to fight the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

136,509 OFWs sent home – DOLE

At least 136,509 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic have been sent to their provinces......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

OWWA partners with NTT DATA to launch cash aid for OFWs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over a million of overseas Filipino workers – among the largest expat workforce in the world whose remittances account for 10 percent of the country's GDP – have been displaced and have become unemployed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

Duterte OKs additional P5B for OFWs’ repatriation, aid package – DOLE chief

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the release of an additional P5 billion for the repatriation and assistance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the impact of the coronavirus  disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Sunday. In a statement, Bello said a huge chunk of the fresh funds […] The post Duterte OKs additional P5B for OFWs’ repatriation, aid package – DOLE chief appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2020

Duterte urged to hold ‘Philhealth mafia’ accountable for alleged 15B corruption

The alleged corruption issues came on the heels of an apparent lack of concrete plans of the government to curb the local transmission of the COVID-19, inadequate testing and contact tracing capacity, an overwhelmed health system, and the scant social protection for the poor and displaced workers. The post Duterte urged to hold ‘Philhealth mafia’ accountable for alleged 15B corruption appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Iloilo City eyes more COVID-19 contact tracers

ILOILO CITY—The local government here is eyeing to hire more persons to conduct contact tracing to help in the city’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response efforts. Special Assistant to the Mayor Annabelle Rosario S. Blancaflor (right) and PSTMO Chief Jeck Conlu brief people hired to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing in Iloilo City. (Iloilo City PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)  “We are still lacking [personnel].  That’s why we are encouraging applicants,” said Annabelle Rosario S. Blancaflor, Special Assistant to Mayor Jerry Treñas. This is expected to bolster the manpower of the more than 120 people, who have already been trained by the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) on contact tracing, led by Jeck Conlu. “The objective of training is to hone contact tracing skills on what information is vital. It is not enough that you know the COVID-19 patient, but you have to understand the nature of their movement,” she pointed out. This comes as the city is experiencing a sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 community transmissions.  A barangay in Mandurriao district recorded 10 cases, while another village logged more than five cases over the past week. The hiring of more contact tracers will also be in line with Treñas’ stand that contact tracing must be serious, and that the city should not rely on neighborhood rumor mongers, or the so-called “chismosas”. He dubbed the idea as “out of this world”. Meanwhile, the city government is eying to deploy COVID-19 contract tracers in each of the city’s seven districts......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

Government needs 50,000 more contact tracers

The government is still looking to hire an additional 50,000 contact tracers to help in the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2020

Hire OFWs as teachers, solon urged educators

Two legislators on Wednesday urged education authorities and school administrators to avail of the expertise of highly-skilled and educated migrant workers who were forced to come home by restrictions imposed to contain the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

Duterte: More than 15,000 trained as COVID-19 contact tracers

The DOH previously said about P11.7 billion is needed to hire 136,000 contact tracers for at least three months......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

No jeepney comeback yet: Drivers eyed as contact-tracers

  Malacañang said traditional jeepneys will not make a comeback anytime soon because of the impossibility of implementing physical distancing in the said vehicles. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement following suggestions to allow jeepneys to resume operations following the transportation woes experienced by workers on the first day of the implementation of the general community […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

Most displaced OFWs would rather not return home – DOLE

Over 300,000 overseas Filipino workers have been affected by the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic, but the Department of Labor and Employment yesterday said most of them would rather stay abroad than return home......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

CHEd bats vouchers for kids of OFWs to ensure they continue schooling

  MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Friday proposed a voucher system for children of displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), that would ensure that they continue with their studies amid the economic challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In the joint virtual hearing of the Senate committees on […] The post CHEd bats vouchers for kids of OFWs to ensure they continue schooling appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

JobStreet Empowers Displaced Workers Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses in many aspects, including their workforce. Unemployment is expected to increase as local companies lay off their employees, not to mention the repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and job-hunting fresh graduates. To provide valuable support and opportunities among jobseekers and hirers amid the challenging situation, online job portal leader […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

P11.7B para sa contact tracer gamitin naman sa expanded COVID testing

SA halip na gastusin ang P11.7 bilyong pondo sa pagkuha ng contact tracers, iminungkahi ni Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., na ang mga barangay health workers na lamang ang pagtrabahuhin ng gobyerno. Ayon kay Garbin bagamat maganda ang intensyon ng programa na mabigyan ng pansamantalang trabaho ang mga nawalan ng hanapbuhay, ang pagiging contact […] The post P11.7B para sa contact tracer gamitin naman sa expanded COVID testing appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

Govt to hire contact tracers, restart Build Build Build to reboot PH economy

THE Philippines will “restart and accelerate” its “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program and hire contact tracers “en masse” to reboot the economy from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the country’s Finance chief said on Tuesday. In a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet officials aired over state-run PTV4 on Tuesday morning, Finance […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

OWWA needs P2.5 billion for 45,000 returning OFWs

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) needs P2.5 billion to provide accommodation and other assistance for 45,000 returning displaced overseas Filipino workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

LANDBANK, DOLE Ready Cash Aid for Displaced OFWs Due to COVID-19

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) is gearing up to distribute cash assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been displaced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the DOLE AKAP (Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong) for OFWs Program, around 135,720 displaced land-based […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 9th, 2020