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‘Walang makikinabang, lahat talo’

Hinggil sa ipinatupad na deployment ban ng gobyerno sa ating mga health workers…

“Kung i-e-employ ang mga healthcare workers, siguradong may makikinabang, siguradong may matutulungan, dito man o sa ibang bansa. Kung itetengga sila rito pero hindi naman i-ha-hire ng gobyerno, walang makikinabang, lahat talo.”

Dr. Gene Nisperos

Asst. Professor, UP College of Medicine

Jo Maline Mamangun

As extended lockdown begins: Gov’t response stalled, stingy despite millions of Filipinos in need

by IBON Media

At the end of the original month-long lockdown period and on the first day of its extension, research group IBON said that the government is still failing to give millions of poor and vulnerable Filipinos the socioeconomic relief they need.

Poor households have struggled to survive four weeks of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and will only endure greater difficulties during the two-week extension.

The Duterte administration needs to let go of its burdensome bureaucratic requirements, increase funding, and expedite getting help to all families in need, said the group.

The Duterte administration released the third report on its COVID-19 response as required under the Bayanihan Heal as One Act or Republic Act (RA) 11469 which granted Pres. Duterte emergency powers.

IBON said that millions of Filipinos are still not getting relief despite these emergency powers, even measured against the administration’s already low targets.

The group noted that no additional beneficiaries were given emergency subsidies since the 3.7 million reported last week.

This is only one-fifth or 21% of the 18 million low-income families targeted by the government.

They also only received an average of Php4,391 which is barely half the maximum Php8,000 the government promised.

Meanwhile, the number of workers and informal earners that received financial assistance has increased but this is still way below the millions of displaced workers and informal earners as per IBON estimates.

IBON said that the number of workers assisted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) increased by only 79,553 to 167, 491, which is just 1.7% of 10.7 million workers.

The number of informal workers assisted went up by only 62,152 to 118,086, or only 2.3% of 5.2 million non-agricultural informal earners.

Emergency subsidies were also provided to 40,418 drivers at Php8,000 each through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

But this is just 9% of the 435,000 drivers targeted for assistance under the MOA, said the group.

IBON also noted that some farmers have finally received cash assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The agency reported giving Php5,000 each in unconditional cash transfers to 319,489 farmer beneficiaries.

However, this is only 3.3% of the IBON-estimated 9.7 million farmers, farm workers and fisherfolk needing assistance.

IBON said that the unambitious targets as well as snail-paced and measly socioeconomic response into the fifth week of lockdown only affirms government’s continued indifference and negligence, especially towards the poorest and most vulnerable.

More and more Filipino families will be pushed into deeper poverty under the COVID-19 lockdown if government does not speed up and significantly expand socioeconomic relief and response to reach all those needing assistance, said the group. #

Kodao publishes IBON articles as part of a content-sharing agreement.

‘Nauubos na rin yung aking puhunan’

“Nauubos na rin yung aking puhunan. Dati, namumuhunan, utang pa, bumbay pa, 5-6 pa. Ngayon, wala kaming gaanong tinda. Sisingilin ka pa ng kung anu-anong kautangan mo riyan. Kaya mahirap din po sa kasalukuyan ang nagaganap sa atin.”

Margarita Casballedo
Tindera ng ulam
Residente ng Brgy. Pinyahan

Jo Maline Mamangun

Si Lisa at ang mga Lumad na bakwit sa panahon ng enhanced community quarantine

Nakapanayan ng Kodao si Lisa, isang grade 10 student ng Salugpongan School. Kumusta siya at ang kanyang mga kasamang Lumad na bakwit sa panahon ng enhanced community quarantine? Panoorin ang bidyong ito.

Bidyo nina Maricon Montajes at Joseph Cuevas

Extending the Lockdown Should Be for Saving Lives

By Gene Alzona Nisperos, MD / Community Medicine Development Foundation

The extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should not be a mere repeat of the month-long lockdown that was bereft of elements necessary to make containment measures effective and more palatable to Filipinos.

Saving lives remains the overarching objective in the fight against COVID-19 but, thus far, the actions taken by government lack both the transparency and comprehensiveness that express its serious intention towards this goal. Instead, there are issues of trust and credibility.

Even as the Department of Health (DOH) relented to the call for mass testing, the reported numbers do not add up, causing more confusion. The conflation between number of tests done and number of individuals tested does not help any. There is severe under-reporting, including those for persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs), that needs to be seriously addressed.

Further, local quarantine centers outside Metro Manila must also be established. The capacity of the healthcare delivery system under local government units (LGUs) should be raised to prepare for more COVID-19 cases. Enhancing the capacities of the barangays and the mobilization of barangay health emergency response teams (BHERTs) should go together with setting up local quarantine centers. The government should utilize all of its resources in health and create a more centralized command that will work closely with LGUs.

The DOH should protect health workers while actively recruiting and hiring more. Adequate health human resources are central in this campaign, being both the first and last lines of defense. Providing health workers with sufficient resources and personal protective equipment (PPEs), ensuring work safety, and monitoring their well being, including periodic testing, are absolutely essential.

As health personnel are dwindling, the DOH should actively recruit more to supplement the health workforce. The call for volunteers is inappropriate given the amount of money mobilized in the name of COVID-19. It will cost the government around 7.2 billion pesos to hire 10,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses for the next six months, and this amount represents just half of the Department of Tourism allocation. The least that this government can do for the health workers willing to put themselves on the line is to protect them and provide them with adequate remuneration.

As the war against COVID-19 is waged, patients who do not have COVID-19 but likewise need medical care must not be forgotten. Diseases like renal failure requiring dialysis or cancer that need chemotherapy will not wait. Yet these patients, especially the poor, have even less access to health services now. This too must be addressed.

Sadly, the DOH and the Duterte administration have shown no sense of urgency. Amidst a public health crisis, this is unacceptable and must change. The current extension must do more if the ECQ is to be meaningful and effective in saving lives.  

The urgent social imperatives experienced by the poor have not been addressed and the provision of adequate safety nets and social support has largely failed. People are experiencing hunger because the relief assistance did not come on time or was not enough for their families. 

Again, the government should take a more active role in ensuring that the food packs being distributed are sufficient. Government should also ensure access to basic utilities like water, which is needed to ensure hand washing and overall hygiene. Economic relief for those who lost income or were economically displaced must be given. This is the social determination of health. 

Most importantly, fundamental human rights must still be recognized and respected.

The ECQ is a health measure. It should not be used as an excuse to further impose repressive measures against the people. There should be no curtailment of basic freedoms and civil liberties. Rather than stifling dissent through threats, the government would do well to focus its energies on gaining the trust of the people.

The authoritarian behavior of the current dispensation should always be challenged. After all, it is a lockdown for health, not a political crackdown. The virus is the enemy, not the people. 

The containment of COVID-19 is a means to save lives. The extension of the ECQ should be towards this end. At this juncture, public health interventions are essential, social and economic aid is imperative, and resistance to tyranny necessary. #

–The author is a professor of community medicine at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

Sitio San Roque: Bigas hindi dahas

Nagsagawa ang mga miyembro ng Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) ng Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City ng isang maikling programa. Ito ay matapos na pagdadamputin at ikulong ang 21 na residente ng nasabing lugar dahil sa isinagawa nilang kilos-protesta.

Naganap noong Abril 1 ang kilos-protesta ng mga residente ng Sitio San Roque na myembro ng Sandigan ng Maralitang Nagkakaisa (SaMaNa). Ang panawagan ng grupo ay bigyan sila ayuda. Simula pa noong Marso 15, pagsisimula ng lockdown, wala pa ring nakukuhang tulong ang mga nagprotestang residente mula sa pamahalaan.

Kinundena ng KADAMAY ang nangyaring marahas na dispersal. Ang mga myembro rin nila mismo sa Sitio San Roque ay nananawagan din ng tulong mula sa gobyerno. Binigyang-linaw din nila na hindi nila myembro ang mga nagprotestang residente.

Bidyo nila Jola Diones-Mamangun, Arrem Alcaraz, Joseph Cuevas, Sanafe Marcelo, Jo Maline Mamangun, at Reggie Mamangun

Music: News – AShamaluevMusic.
Music Link: https://youtu.be/0uoc-FiwMD4

Maayos na pampublikong transportasyon, iginiit ng health workers

Ni Joseph Cuevas

Nanawagan ang Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) sa gobyerno na kagyat na baguhin ang mga batas, patakaran at alituntunin na sumasagka sa mga health worker upang mas maayos na makapagbigay ng de-kalidad na serbisyo sa panahon ng community quarantine kaugnay ng corona virus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Iginiit ni Robert Mendoza, tagapangulo ng AHW, na palawigin pa ng pamahalaan ang plano sa transportasyon na magbibigay-luwag sa mga manggagawang pangkalusugan upang tiyakin ang kanilang kagalingan, proteksyon, kaligtasan.

Ang panawagan ng grupo ay ipinahayag matapos may dalawang health worker na magka-angkas sa motorsiklo noong Miyerkules, Marso 25, ang hinarang ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Valenzuela City kahit nagpakita pa ng identification card na sila ay galing sa mga ospital.

Photo by Gerald Libiran.

Pinagmulta ng P5,000 si Gerald Libiran ng Philippine Orthopedic Center ang dahil lumabag umano ito sa pagbabawal sa backriding dahil sa Covid-19 lockdown. Angkas noon ni Libiran ang kanyang kapatid na empleyado rin ng National Children’s Hospital pauwi sa Bulacan.

Naiulat rin na iba pang nars ang napilitang bumaba at maglakad papunta sa kani-kanilang ospital at pauwi dahil hinaharang ang kanilang sinasakyan.

Sa kabila ng sakripisyo at paghihirap para makapasok at makapagbigay ng serbisyong medikal sa mga pasyente ay ibayong hirap pa ang nararanasan ng mga health worker dahil sa kawalan ng lohika ng patakaran sa transportasyon ng lockdown ng pamahalaan, ayon kay Mendoza.

“Wala na ngang maibigay na personal protective equipment (PPE) upang matiyak ang aming kaligtasan sa panganib ng corona virus ay panggigipit pa ang inaabot namin sa daan,” reklamo niya.

Ayon naman sa Kagawaran sa Transportasyon, nagdagdag na sila ng iba pang ruta para sa libreng sakay ng mga health workers simula noong Marso 20.

Mula sa tatlong ruta sa umpisa ng lockdown, mayroon nang 13 ruta na may 74 na sasakyan ang umiikot sa mga sumusunod:  

NORTHWEST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 1

  • Meralco (Malanday)*
  • Valenzuela City General Hospital
  • MCU Hospital (Monumento)*
  • Caloocan City Medical Center
  • Tondo General Hospital
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • Metropolitan Medical Center
  • San Lazaro Hospital
  • Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • University of Sto. Tomas Hospital
  • Chinese General Hospital
  • United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

NORTHWEST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 2

  • Valenzuela Gateway Complex*
  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Balintawak*
  • MCU Hospital (Monumento)*
  • Our Lady of Fatima University
  • Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center
  • United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

NORTHWEST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 3

  • SM City SJDM (Bulacan)
  • Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial (Caloocan)
  • SM Fairview*
  • Diliman Doctors Hospital
  • Veterans Memorial Medical Center
  • Lung Center of the Philippines
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • East Avenue Medical Center
  • Philippine Children’s Hospital
  • Centris Station (EDSA / Quezon Ave.)*

EAST AREA, ROUTE 4

  • SM City Masinag*
  • Marikina Valley Medical Center
  • Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
  • BFCT East Metro Transport Terminal*
  • Quirino Memorial Medical Center
  • Araneta Center Bus Terminal
  • Robinsons Galleria*
  • The Medical City – Ortigas

EAST AREA, ROUTE 5

  • Ortigas Hospital & Healthcare (Cainta)*
  • SM City East Ortigas
  • Pasig City General Hospital
  • The Medical City Ortigas
  • Robinsons Galleria*
  • VRP Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center*
  • Rizal Medical Center

CENTRAL AREA, ROUTE 6

  • Centris Station (EDSA / Quezon Ave.)*
  • Providence Hospital
  • Capitol Medical Center
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center (Banawe)
  • United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*
  • National Children’s Hospital
  • De Los Santos Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center (E. Rodriguez)
  • UERM Memorial Medical Center
  • MRT-3 Cubao / Araneta Center*

CENTRAL/EAST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 7

  • Pasig City General Hospital
  • Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral*
  • Pasig Rotonda
  • Rizal Medical Center
  • The Medical City (Ortigas)
  • Robinsons Galleria*
  • Cardinal Santos Medical Center
  • VRP Medical Center
  • National Center for Mental Health
  • Makati Medical Center*

SOUTHEAST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 8

  • Starmall – Alabang*
  • SLEX Sucat Exit*
  • Bicutan Exit
  • Makati Medical Center*
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center – BGC*

SOUTHWEST AREA, REVISED ROUTE 9

  • Vista Mall, Daang Hari*
  • Perpetual Help Medical Center (Las Piñas)
  • Las Piñas General Hospital
  • Baclaran Market*
  • San Juan de Dios Educational Medical Center
  • Pasay City General Hospital
  • Adventist Medical Center
  • Makati Medical Center*
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Manila Doctors Hospital
  • United Doctors Medical Center (Welcome Rotonda)*

SOUTHEAST AREA, ROUTE 10

  • RITM*
  • Asian Hospital and Medical Center
  • Muntinlupa City Hospital
  • Starmall – Alabang*

SOUTHEAST AREA, ROUTE 11

  • Starmall – Alabang*
  • SLEX Sucat Exit*
  • Bicutan Exit
  • San Juan de Dios EFI – Hospital
  • Gil Puyat Station LRT-1*
  • Philippine General Hospital
  • Manila Doctors Hospital

SOUTHEAST AREA, ROUTE 12

  • SM Molino
  • Imus Transport Plaza
  • Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
  • Baclaran Market*
  • San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Hospital
  • Gil Puyat*
  • Adventist Medical Center Manila
  • Philippine General Hospital*
  • Manila Doctors Hospital*

SOUTH AREA, ROUTE 13

  • Seaoil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo
  • Imus Transport Terminal*
  • Las Piñas General Hospital
  • Perpetual Help Medical Center
  • RITM*
  • Asian Hospital and Medical Center
  • Muntinlupa Hospital
  • Starmall Alabang*

*Pick-up/transfer points

Ang mga doctor, nars, at iba pang kawani ng mga ospital ay makakasakay sa mga oras na 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m. 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., alinsunod sa iba pang patakaran katulad ng tamang pag-aagwat at pagkuha ng temperatura ng mga pasahero.

Photo by Joseph Cuevas.

Health workers package hiling sa kaarawan ni Duterte

Hiniling rin ng AHW sa kaarawan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kahapon, Sabado, Marso 28, na bigyan sila ng “Health Workers Package” bilang pagtupad sa pangako nito sa mga manggagawang pangkalusugan at mamamayan.

Kabilang sa pakete ang kagyat na paglalaan at pagbibigay ng sapat at de-kalidad na mga PPE para sa mga health worker sa mga pampubliko at pribadong ospital, regular na empleyo at hindi boluntarismo sa mga pampublikong ospital ngayong panahod ng Covid-19 at kalaunan.

Dagdag rin sa pakete ang hazard pay at sapat na kompensasyon sa mga health worker, pagtaas sa pambansang badyet pangkalusugan at mass testing para sa lahat ng mga pasyenteng may sintomas ng COVID-19, gayundin sa mga frontline health worker at hindi VIP testing sa mga politiko. #

Ang mga Tsuper sa Gitna ng Lockdown

Dalawa lamang sina Tatay Leon at Tatay Diosdado sa mga tsuper na apektado ng tigil-pasada dahil sa lockdown.

Nagsimula ang lockdown sa buong Metro Manila noong Marso 15. Ito ay para pigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa bansa. Kaugnay nito ang pagbabawal sa mga pampublikong transportasyon na mag-operate. Tinatayang nasa 75,000 ang bilang ng mga nakarehistrong jeepneys sa Metro Manila lamang.

Giit ni Tatay Leon na dapat mag-isip ang pangulo kung paano matutulungan ang mga Pilipinong walang trabaho dahil sa lockdown. Simula pa noong lunes, Marso 16, tigil-pasada na ang mga jeepneys at hirap ang mga tsuper sa paghahanap ng makakain.

Naganap ang panayam noong Marso 20.

Bidyo nila Jola Diones-Mamangun, Arrem Alacaraz, Reggie Mamangun at Jo Maline D. Mamangun

Music Info: Dramatic Emotional – AShamaluevMusic.

Music Link: https://youtu.be/il9HGo4hPjI

Ilang manggagawa nastranded pauwi sa kanilang tahanan

Naglabas ng hinaing ang ilan sa mga kababayan natin na hindi pinayagang makatawid at makauwi sa kanilang mga tahanan noong umaga ng Marso 18 sa boundary ng Pasig City at Cainta sa Rizal. Ito ay matapos ipatupad noong Marso 15 ang Luzon-wide lockdown, sanhi ng CoViD-19, na tatagal hanggang Abril 12

Giit ng mga pulis, tanging mga taga-Cainta lamang ang maaring dumaan sa checkpoint at inaantay pa ang abiso mula sa Malacanang kung sila ay padadaanin. Sinabi pa nila na humanap na lamang ng ibang daanan ang hindi mga taga-Cainta bagay na ikinagalit ng ilan sa mga kababayan natin na halos araw-araw ay dumadaan sa nasabing ruta mula sa kanilang mga trabaho.

Joseph Cuevas/Kodao