The quarantine teams had been immediately established even before the laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus. Controlling the disease in the animal source is critical to decrease risk to humans,” as the World Health Organization said in a 2016 bird flu fact sheet. Instead, Mr. Piñol needs to assess the situation squarely and continue finding and applying the right solutions and interventions, because this bird flu scourge has the potential of spreading or staying on for years. The country needs Mr. Piñol to stay the course without flying away from this fight against the bird flu. As long as the government stays on the right track in this fight, the nation should be and will be 100 percent behind it.
What if another pestilence deadlier than avian flu breaks out? Looking at the DOH budget in the time of an avian flu outbreak, we have the liberty to ask these questions: Reform what? The avian flu outbreak should lead to a bipartisan, bicameral effort to correct the disastrous course being pursued by the DOH budget for next year. Public health and public safety are the binding themes of 99 percent of all government expenditures, including the budget for national defense. In the time of avian flu, it is a budget decision that easily fits the category of the March of Folly.
She had attended a Preda Foundation child abuse preventive and reporting seminar and she sent a text message about the abuse to the Preda hotline. The virus is present among sex workers and those men frequenting the sex bars. The spread of child abuse in cybersex dens is a daily common occurrence. They see that child rape and sexual abuse has grown hugely in recent years and children are prone to getting infected with HIV. So the rate of incest and child rape by live-in partners and pedophiles has increased and the testing of raped children for HIV infection will go on.
Last of two partsJesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour. For her faith, the Lord granted her wish: “Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was promptly healed. In all these accounts, just think that maybe, just maybe, God wants our attention and faith. Closer to our time, in 1973, was Our Lady of Akita manifested in a wooden statue carved by a Buddhist.
QUEZON City remains the country’s most competitive city after the recent 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center. The National Competitiveness Council conducts an annual awarding to local government units in recognition of their roles and efforts in promoting competitiveness. Davao City was awarded the Third Most Competitive City in the highly urbanized category, and is the only highly urbanized city outside of Metro Manila to make the Top 3. Meanwhile, Pasay City ranked first in economic dynamism and was awarded one of the top four Highly Urbanized Cities. Calixto said Pasay City may soon be the premier business and investment hub in the country.
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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday to form an independent commission that would probe deaths related to the war on drugs. Submit case folders, PNP toldSenate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said he would require the Philippine National Police (PNP) to present the case folders of drug suspects killed in recent anti-drug operations. Detained Sen. Leila de Lima also criticized Duterte for praising the deadly Bulacan drug sweep, which led to the killing of 32 drug suspects. The NCRPO chief said the police will inventory firearms recovered the alleged drug suspects who were killed. On Saturday, two alleged drug pushers were killed in a supposed shoot-out with police operatives following an entrapment operation in Binondo District, Manila.
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Malaysian authorities have postponed the execution on Friday of a Filipino convicted of murder in Sabah, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday. The execution of Ejah Bin Jaafar was ordered postponed by Sabah Governor Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar Haji Mahiruddin following a last-minute appeal from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Charles Jose, the Philippines’ Ambassador to Malaysia, said Sabah’s governor decided to refer Jaafar’s case back to the Sabah Pardons Board, which he heads, for review. The Sabah Pardons Board will meet in December to review Jaafar’s case and decide whether to reduce his sentence to life imprisonment or proceed with his execution. “The Department stands ready to provide any further assistance to Ejah bin Jaafar and his family,” Cayetano said.
“They have likewise established advance command posts in San Nicolas, Pampanga and San Isidro Nueva Ecija with capacity to response 24/7,” he added. “We reiterate that Bird Flu is transferred via respiratory route. Some 9,000 quails and 200 fowls were reported to have died this week in Jaen and San Isidro, respectively. Luis’ son Jayjay said their poultry farm produces about 74,000 eggs a day, estimated to cost P200,000. The government, to compensate affected poultry farm owners, will pay P80 for each culled chicken.
The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges at the Sandiganbayan against former Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Executive Director IV Julito Vitriolo for allegedly allowing the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) to issue transcripts of record to graduates of a supposedly suspended program of education in 2010. In two separate charge sheets, Assistant Prosecutor III Jorge Espinal of the Office of the Ombudsman accused the respondent of violating Sections 3(a) and 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Vitriolo allegedly influenced the PLM and its officials to cause the issuance of transcripts of record and diplomas in violation of a suspension order issued by a former PLM president and the CHEd’s policy, rules and regulations on accreditation of tertiary educational institutions. Under Section 3(a) of the anti-graft law, public officers are prohibited from persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules an regulations duly promulgated by competent authority. Section 3(e) of the same law prohibits public officials from causing undue injury to any party, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of their official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.
The Philippines’ largest Muslim militant group has launched a deadly offensive against a splinter faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. Clashes between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its offshoot, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), took place on Friday and Saturday, with six fighters from the original group killed. “The MILF is trying to force the BIFF out of the area. A MILF guerrilla leader told a video journalist working for Agence France Presse on Saturday: “We do not want them here. The fighting in Marawi is being led by two other Muslim rebel factions, the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf.
President Rodrigo Duterte has named Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco as the officer in charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Leyco will temporarily head the agency after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the appointment ofSocial Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. “The Palace wishes to announce the designation of Mr. Emmanuel Leyco as officer-in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development effective immediately,” Abella said. Leyco’s appointment came a few days after majority of the members of the CA rejected Taguiwalo in an executive. Taguiwalo was the third Cabinet secretary rejected by the CA, which also turned down the appointments of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.
There are already 59,939 foreign retirees in various parts of the country, including Cebu, Davao and Laguna. According to the Annual Global Retirement Index, the Philippines is the 19th favorite destination of retirees. The index ranks countries that offer a haven for retirees based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate and health care. Okada owns the Okada Casino in Parañaque City that employs about 20,000 Filipinos. “Enhancing infrastructure for long-stay tourism and retirement experience is an effort PRA is doing hand in hand with the private sector.
TRANSPORT network company Grab Philippines has held the first of a series of its financial literacy and livelihood program for wives of its drivers, dubbed "MisisKolars." At least 750 wives of Grab drivers received entrepreneurial and financial management skills from earning, saving, handling money and starting a business. Brian Cu, Grab Philippines country head, invited speakers from the Truly Rich Club, headed by a Catholic preacher and inspirational author, Bro. Employees of Grab Philippines welcome the participants to the first series of the Grab Academy for Wives called ‘Grab Misiskolar’ at the Megatent in Libis, Quezon City. Grab Philippines is set to hold its second leg of seminar-workshop in Cebu on Aug. 27.
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MANILA, Philippines - A US-based group yesterday urged President Duterte to withdraw a call for police to shoot human rights activists “obstructing justice.”Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international rights watchdog, said the President’s order places all members of the country’s human rights community in grave danger. If they (are members of human rights organizations) obstructing justice, you shoot them.”“President Duterte’s threats against human rights activists is like painting a target on the backs of courageous people working to protect the rights and upholding the dignity of all Filipinos, Kine said. “Duterte is on notice that his death threat against human rights advocates could pave the way for prosecution for crimes against humanity,” Kine said. He added the President’s assault on accountability highlights an urgent need for a United Nations-led international investigation of his drug-war slaughter. Speaking at the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in Malacañang last week, President Duterte, expressed anew his frustrations over human rights groups’ quick condemnation against him and his brutal war against illegal drugs and directed the police to shoot members of human rights group if they are obstructing justice.
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Upon landing at Taoyuan International Airport, we, a boisterous mix of lifestyle and business journalists from Manila, were immediately whisked to Taiwan’s most iconic landmarks, Taipei 101. KaohsiungFrom the North of Taiwan, we headed straight to the South in one fell bullet train swoop. It took us about two hours to get to Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, 358.2 kilometers (or Manila to Ilocos and back) from Taipei. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, Taiwan Association Inc. and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will be holding Taiwan Expo 2017 at SMX Convention Center in Manila to develop stronger economic and cultural links with the Philippines. * * *Special thanks to Taiwan Association, TAITRA, and JERON Travel and Tours Corp. For information on Taiwan Expo, visit https://ph.taiwanexpoasean.com/ or http://manila.taiwantrade.com/.
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