Faith in vaccination

While the Philippine government strategy for fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has been to wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, significant work has to be done to undo the long-term damage wrought by the politically motivated campaign that targeted the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia that is seen as one of the main drivers of plummeting child immunization rates in the country.

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The safe restart

The Department of Finance sees the country’s financial position as still “good” despite the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic but it believes strict quarantine restrictions are holding back the economy.

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Public health and employment

EDITORIAL Despite data from the Department of Labor and Employment indicating close to 3.5 million workers nationwide have lost their jobs or suffered reduction in

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Mental health in a pandemic

EDITORIAL The World Health Organization warned on October 5 that mental health has been overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to a survey conducted between

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Support our teachers

Held annually on October 5 since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO recommendation concerning the status of teachers that sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.

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Marginalized

Senator Francis Pangilinan called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development to come up with a program for direct purchases of agricultural products from farmers as a win-win strategy that would allow DSWD to support the marginalized sector of food producers while boosting its feeding programs.

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Power transformation

Negros Island has been identified by the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) as a potential starting point for the transformation of the country’s power sector amid a worsening climate crisis.

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Preparedness

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, an independent body created by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, decried that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed how little the world had focused on preparing for such disasters despite ample warnings that large disease outbreaks were inevitable.

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Tourism taking lead

The tourism sector is bent on taking the lead in the safe reopening of the economy as the country’s top tourist destinations Boracay and Baguio have secured the approval to accept tourists starting October 1.

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Children and education

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of the world’s poorest children to halt their educations and go to work to help support their families as schools have closed and parents’ incomes have vanished.

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Covid hits 5th SRA employee

A fifth employee of the Sugar Regulatory Administration in Bacolod City was hit by the coronavirus disease.

This was confirmed by two DAILY STAR sources in the agency, adding that they found out that the worker was positive for the virus on Friday.

Employees who reached out to DAILY STAR have expressed concern as they continue to report for work and that the office was not locked down for disinfection.

SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica said, “Proper health protocols, including contact tracing and regular disinfection procedures, are being observed by the agency to ensure that employees and stakeholders alike are shielded from the virus. SRA instills among its employees the precept of pro-actively combating not only the virus, but the fear of it.”

In fact, webinars on Covid-19 have been rolled out in order for employees to better understand the pandemic, and the measures to flatten the curve by flattening the fear, he said.

“The lives of employees and stakeholders are of paramount concern. Work-from-home schemes are also followed. While SRA is fully cognizant of the ill-effects of the virus, it is of the view that with the observance proper health protocols, employees need not cower in fear,” Serafica added.

Two weeks ago, Serafica issued a memorandum that barred officers and employees from disclosing Covid-19 cases in their agency to the media.*

GAB warns Blackwater for rushed practice return

The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) gave Blackwater Elite a stern warning for holding what was deemed as a practice session, even if the joint administrative order (JAO) that would clear the team and other Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) clubs to train again amid the health crisis was not yet released at that time.

MAYOR ASKS | Moratorium on LSIs, ROFs until Sept. 30

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Saturday that it is the stand of the Bacolod City government that all Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) arriving in the city should be facility quarantined and swabbed for RT-PCR tests to ensure that they are COVID free, before they are allowed to return to their homes.