Senate passes bill to accelerate vaccination program
MANILA — The Senate on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, passed on third and final reading the bill which will expedite the purchase and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to Filipinos.
With an overwhelming 22 affirmative votes, the Senate in its hybrid plenary session, approved Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2057 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021.
Sen. Sonny Angara, chairperson of the Committee on Finance and sponsor of the bill, said the proposed measure will expedite the purchase and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to end the pandemic earlier and to jumpstart economic recovery in the country.
SBN 2057, in consideration of SBN 2056 or the Vaccine Indemnification Fund bill authored by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, is a consolidation of Senate bills and proposed resolutions authored by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri, Sens. Angara, Pia Cayetano, Imee R. Marcos, Grace Poe, and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.
Hontiveros secures DA commitment to consider recall of ‘ineffective’ price ceiling on pork, chicken
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros has secured the commitment of the Department of Agriculture (DA) that it will consider recommending the revocation of a controversial price ceiling on pork and chicken products, as the agency agreed to explore better means to address rising food costs in the country.
During the recent Senate probe on the sharp rise in food prices across the country, DA Secretary William Dar and other agriculture officials confirmed to Hontiveros that they will study recommending Malacañang to withdraw Executive Order (EC) 124, which imposed a 60-day price ceiling on pork and chicken products.
“We welcome the DA’s decision to closely review these price caps to see if they are helping consumers and vendors as intended. Umaasa akong babalansehin nila ang interes ng nakararami. Anuman ang maging rekomendasyon nila, dapat ito ay mabilis at epektibo upang hindi na bumigat ang pinagdadaanan ng lahat,” she said.
Hontiveros noted that the price caps have been criticized by market vendors, farmers, economists and lawmakers for being unfeasible, as higher transportation costs for pork and chicken supplies make the mandated prices too low to be tenable. Instead of helping consumers, she said, the move has forced some vendors and traders to close their stalls to consumers altogether.
“Nagdeklara na po ang maraming vendor sa Metro Manila ng ‘pork holiday’ dahil hindi na nila kaya ang pagkalugi. Ikatlong linggo pa lang ng implementation ng price cap, marami na ang nagsasarang tindahan at ang kababayan natin na nawawalan ng kita. Clearly, imposing these price ceilings has only worsened our food crisis,” she said.
Go says, PRRD agrees to no face-to-face, no MGCQ without vaccine rollout
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s similar position against the proposed conduct of face-to-face classes and putting the entire country under the less restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
In a statement, Go further stressed that President Duterte is firm that the vaccine rollout must be accomplished first prior to easing such quarantine restrictions.
He quoted the President as saying, “Not to the best interest of the country… Magbakuna muna tayo… Cannot in conscience allow these things (MGCQ, face-to-face classes) to happen and something might get wrong…”
During an ambush interview right after his visit and distribution of assistance to informal market and ambulant vendors in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City on Monday, February 22, Go already appealed to authorities to focus on vaccine rollout first before considering imposing MGCQ or allowing face-to-face classes.
“‘Yung about face-to-face class po, nagkausap po kami ni Pangulong Duterte bago pa po inanunsyo ni Secretary Harry Roque. Nagkaroon na po kami ng diskusyon lang po, pribadong diskusyon ni Pangulong Duterte dahil talaga para sa amin delikado pa po na magkaroon ng face-to-face classes. Hintayin muna natin. Bakuna muna,” Go said.
Pacquiao: Pagtakbo bilang pangulo nakabatay sa kagustuhan ng Diyos
MANILA – Iginiit ni Senador Manny Pacquiao na nakasalalay sa kagustuhan ng Diyos kung tatakbo siya bilang pangulo sa 2022.
“‘Yang pagiging Presidente po ay destined po iyan, ipagkakaloob ng Panginoon. Maraming nagsubok pero maraming nabigo,” wika ni Pacquiao sa isang panayam.
“Kung papayagan ng Panginoon ‘yan,” dagdag pa niya.
Sa ngayon, nakatuon muna si Pacquiao sa paglilingkod sa taumbayan bilang senador.
“Ako naman ay nandito bilang senador, ginagampanan trabaho ko. Kaya siguro ako nandito dahil ‘di ko naman ito pinangarap mula noon. Nandito ako for a purpose and that purpose ay to be an inspiration to the Filipino people na maging isang halimbawa, ‘di lamang sa larangan ng boxing kundi sa larangan ng public service,” ani Pacquiao.
Mayor Isko susunod lang sa polisiya ni Pangulong Duterte
MANILA — Susunod lamang ang pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila sa polisiya ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa “no vaccine roll-out, no MGCQ policy.”
Naniniwala si Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso na may darating na bakuna sa mga darating na araw o lingo at kapag nadeploy na ang mga bakuna kontra Covid-19, pupuwede nang magbukas ng magbukas ng negosyo.
Ayon pa kay Domagoso, kailangan gumawa ng agresibong polisiya, program at aksyon para muling buhayin ang ekonomiya at muling magkaroon ng komersyo upang magaroon din ng mas maraming trabaho lalo na sa mga apektado ng pandemya.
Dagdag pa ng alkalde, ang agresibong pagbubukas ng ekonomiya ay may kaakibat na agresibong pagbabantay.
Sa loob aniya ng 11 buwang kasanayan at karanasan na may virus sa buhay natin, marami na dapat ang natutunan kaya ang dapat na magiging polisisya ngayon ay “Buhay at Kabuhayan.”
Kaya sang-ayon ang alkalde na kapag may bakuna na, ay maaari nang mag-MGCQ.
Gordon wants PRC to procure COVID-19 vaccines to ensure inoculation for vulnerable sector
MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon on Monday suggested amendments to Senate Bill No 2057 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 to allow procurement by international humanitarian organizations of vaccines to ensure that the most vulnerable could be inoculated.
Gordon wanted the bill to include a provision that states that the international organizations such as the Red Cross Movement, particularly the Philippine Red Cross may procure vaccines unit for the use of individuals consistent with the priority list set.
“The idea is for them to get it from the Red Cross if we can get it, but they will have to donate one is to one. If they get one vaccine, they will donate one vaccine to the most vulnerable. So, if they get 2,000 vaccines, they give us 2,000, which we can now distribute in accordance with the government plan to add to those who need it. This will now add more depth to our supply of vaccines and at the same time, expand it and make it faster,” he said in proposing Section 5 of the law.
Gordon also proposed that the Department of Health, the National Task Force, local government units, and private entities procuring COVID-19 vaccines may partner with the PRC in the administration or distribution, and inoculation of the vaccines.
Subject to certain conditions, the current Section 5 allows private entities to procure only in cooperation with the DOH and NTF through a multiparty agreement with the said agencies and the vaccine supplier. Vaccines procured by private entities shall be for the sole and exclusive use of such companies, without prejudice to the multiparty agreement.
Netizens ask: Is it over for Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica?
MANILA—Because of Kylie Padilla’s cryptic posts on her Instagram, netizens are alarmed and they think that Kylie and husband Aljur Abrenica are going through rough times in their married life.
And this is the question netizens are asking: Is their marriage on the rocks?
Based on Kylie’s recent tweets and posts on her Instagram, she is somewhat angry on something . It says: “I’m submissive, not stupid.”
The Kapuso actress’ statement on a black background was deleted later on. Then on Monday, February 22, there was another message: “More selflove, babygirl.”
Kylie also posted some videos where she was walking in their village with her children, three-year old Alas and a year-old Axl. Aljur was not on the video.
Then on February 21, Kylie posted a photo from an old pictorial where she was wearing a red dress, happy, her arms raised to the sky with an intriguing caption: “Free.” One would notice that the comment section for this photo was taken off.
Alaska pinagpalit si Vic Manuel sa Phoenix para kay Brian Heruela
MANILA — Ipinagpalit ng Alaska ang beteranong power forward na si Vic Manuel sa Phoenix para sa point guard na si Brian Heruela at tatlong draft picks.
Inaprubahan ng PBA trade committee ang nasabing trade, kung saan isinama ng Aces ang kanilang first round (No. 7) at second-round pick (No. 7) sa darating na PBA Draft.
Maliban kay Heruela, pinadala rin ng Fuel Masters ang first-round pick (No. 6 galing Magnolia) at second-round pick (No. 4 galing NLEX) nito sa darating na Draft, kasama ang first-round pick nito sa susunod na taon.
Pupunuan ni Manuel ang papel na iniwan ni Calvin “The Beast” Abueva, na pinagpalit kamakailan ng Fuel Masters sa Magnolia para kay Chris Banchero.
Bago rito, sinabi ni Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia na kaya nitong lampasan ang pagkawala ni Abueva sa tulong ng tambalan nina Matthew Wright at Banchero. (AI/MTVN)