Useless government agencies

Santa Banana, I could not believe it when I read that the Department of Budget and Management was hard put in finding billions of pesos for the cash aid for people adversely affected by the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine. It was later reported that the DBM had to source the money from savings of government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 18th, 2021

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Robredo to agencies: Don’t be offended, explain COA findings

Instead of feeling affronted by the release of Commission on Audit reports, government agencies should focus on explaining and clarifying the findings by state auditors, Vice President Leni Robredo said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

ARTA wants to institutionalize digital payments in state firms

The Anti-Red Tape Authority wants government agencies to make use of a digital payments system to provide ease in transactions......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Keep your cool, Palace tells public on audit reports

This was Malacañang's advice to the public following the release of Commission on Audit reports questioning the expenses of some government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Negligence and corruption : OFW group demands accountability for overpriced OWWA purches

"Every stolen peso entrusted to our government agencies to serve the needs of the Filipino people calls for accountability.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

EDITORIAL - The COA’s mandate

The Commission on Audit is a constitutional body with its own mandate. That mandate specifically includes submitting an annual report to the Office of the President and Congress and recommending “measures necessary to improve (the) effectiveness and efficiency” of the “financial condition and operation” of government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Masungi rangers file frustrated murder raps vs resort owner, companions

The rangers of Masungi Georeserve Foundation reiterated the call for security assistance from national government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Go appeals for 15,000 more contact tracers

Sen. Bong Go has requested President Duterte and concerned government agencies to hire 15,000 contact tracers from Aug. 2 to Dec. 31, stressing their critical role in the government’s pandemic response operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

DTI-7 urges public to stop panic buying, hoarding of oxygen tanks

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) urged the public not to hoard medical-grade oxygen.  DTI-7, in a joint statement with the Central Visayas offices of the Department of Health (DOH-7) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), reiterated earlier assurances from concerned government agencies that the region has sufficient supply […] The post DTI-7 urges public to stop panic buying, hoarding of oxygen tanks appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Palace vows P13-billion aid to MM under lockdown

A total of P13.1 billion worth of cash assistance that will be distributed to about 10.7 million Metro Manila residents affected by the COVID-19 lockdown will be taken from the savings of all government agencies, Malacañang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Subsidies to state firms only half of H1 target

The government missed by more than half its subsidy program in the first semester due to the delayed filing of special budget requests ,but expects funding for state-owned firms, particularly for health agencies, to go up in the second semester......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

Robredo questions uncertain gov t messaging vs COVID-19 pandemic

"It’s not that they are not working. We know there has been a lot of effort poured into the government response initiatives. But there are government agencies who say one thing, then the others say another. It's like it contributes to the state of helplessness.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2021

Activists arrested in Quezon City are humanitarian workers – group

Karapatan-Caraga said that Julieta Gomez and Niezel Velasco are both engaged humanitarian work over the years. In fact, the group said that “officers and personnel of some of government agencies in the region know them personally as they have coordinated activities particularly with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units in the Surigao and Agusan provinces and several municipalities.” The post Activists arrested in Quezon City are humanitarian workers – group appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

Pacman on watusi: I have proof of corruption

Sen. Manny Pacquiao vowed yesterday to present witnesses and evidence, including videos and audio recordings, of cases of corruption when the Senate starts its investigation into alleged anomalies in various government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

BSP wants all state agencies onboard EGov Pay this year

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas wants to onboard all government entities in its electronic payment facility for taxes, permits, fees and other obligations by the end of the year as part of efforts to curb revenue leakages and slow the spread of COVID-19 infections......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

Still no resolution from Pacquiao calling for corruption probe  — Senate panel chair

Sen. Manny Pacquiao has yet to file a resolution urging the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to launch a probe into alleged corruption in government agencies, the panel's chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said Wednesday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Eleazar vows to unmask those behind fake corruption list

The Philippine National Police vowed to unmask the people behind a “meme” post on social media being attributed to Sen. Manny Pacquiao listing the government agencies in the Duterte administration allegedly involved in corruption......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Guevarra: Task Force vs Corruption may look into Pacquiao s allegations

Sen. Manny Pacquiao may refer his allegations against national government agencies to the Department of Justice-led Task Force against Corruption for investigation, Secretary Menardo Guevarra said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

Pacquiao alleges P10.4B in aid lost to corruption, to refer documents to Senate panel

Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Saturday claimed that he was in possession of documents baring billions lost due to corruption across government agencies and said he would refer all of them to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Quezon City expands vaccination to national government agencies

The Quezon City government has included in its vaccination program some 10,200 employees of 62 national government agencies......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021