Unvaccinated Barangay Captains, Resign Or Take A Leave Of Absence! — DILG Usec. Martin Diño

Unvaccinated Barangay Captains, Resign Or Take A Leave Of Absence! — DILG Usec. Martin Diño

With contact tracing no longer a priority intervention in areas with high transmission of COVID cases, DOH is looking at deploying contact tracers to do other activities. DOH said that if you are in a high transmission area, efforts of contact tracers will have to be shifted to other activities like home isolation quarantine monitoring and symptom monitoring. DOH noted that contact tracers can also be tapped to implement numerous public health standards in the community complementing the vaccination teams. It’s really true because contact tracing could be overtaken by the rapid spread of infections.
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Malacañang defended the government’s decision to shorten the quarantine and isolation periods to fully vaccinated individuals. DOH noted that while those who questioned the decision cited an article to support their claims, there are more articles showing the virus load of those sick with the Omicron variant goes low in about six days, and because the virus load is lesser, it will also lessen the quarantine and isolation period.
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Manny Pacquiao said he is willing to shoulder all the expenses on COVID-19 vaccine jabs in unvaccinated people from Visayas provinces. With the billions of amount needed in the purchase of vaccines, can he really stand on his promise? Does he really mean vaccine jabs or boxing jabs?!
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For the third time this January, fuel companies are set to implement another price hike on fuel beginning January 18. As usual, motorists are adapted to this, bracing for a price hike after a previous week’s rollback!
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PNP launched a crackdown on users of fake vaccination cards, warning them of immediate arrest, criminal prosecution, imprisonment, and fine. That’s the way it should be because Human Rights Commission is always trying to pamper and defend these unvaccinated and hardheaded Pinoys.
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The Philippines external debt service burden rose to $7.95 billion as of December 21 last year, higher by 27% compared to the same period in 2020 of $6.25 billion based on BSP data. Under the P-Duterte administration, this is almost a yearly development. Too bad for this administration, pandemic or not pandemic!
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Classes from both private and public schools are suspended from January 22 to 31 due to rising COVID cases, DepEd announced this Sunday. This is to ease up the health burden caused by the COVID surge to the well-being of school personnel and learners. There will be no more tests and exams in academic subjects, but tests and body exams amid the pandemic.
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As the country continues to face the surge of pandemic cases IATF has advised the government to keep NCR under Alert Level 3 until the end of the month. The government should really prioritize the people’s health over the health of the economy!
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A Palace official is supporting DOLE’s call for private sector employers to give appropriate paid isolation and quarantine leaves caused by COVID-19 on affected workers. Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said in a statement this Wednesday that this initiative needs to be supported by all fronts. But, he insisted that it should be done voluntarily.
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DILG Secretary Martin Diño, a former barangay captain in QC berated barangay officials who are not yet vaccinated. Diño told LGUs that those unvaccinated barangay heads can resign or take a leave of absence. The barangay chairmen who are not vaccinated can retake their position only after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. This is not a warning, but already implemented!
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Transport groups, as well as private hospital associations, have joined growing support for the DOTr order barring unvaccinated individuals from riding public transportation in Metro Manila. Only those unvaccinated individuals who really don’t want to get vaccine jabs and supported by Commission on Human Rights are growling against the new DOTr order. CHR should understand that guarding the people’s health is also a humane act and not a violation of human rights.
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Ping Lacson and his group lamented the DOTr’s move to bar unvaccinated commuting workers and called the policy “anti-poor.” But after two days DOTr issued clarifications that stress exemptions of workers amid criticisms from various public and private sectors. But this announcement was assailed by Lacson-Sotto tandem for belatedly inserting the exemptions of workers, saying that thousands of workers had already suffered. The tandem said obviously the idea of “no vax, no ride policy” did not go through the proper study. For sure the majority of people which includes me, agree with the tandem.

(ai/mtvn)

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