Gov’t eyes new definition of ‘full vaccination’

The government is considering a redefinition of full vaccination to include the administration of a third dose or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Interior Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco Densing III said that they are revisiting the meaning of this and are planning to implement the new policy with a set expiration date on vaccination cards. In line with this, …

Comelec official proposes task force vs disinformation

Election Commissioner George Garcia wants the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to go after those who question the integrity of the coming May 9 general elections. In a statement, he said he will personally convince the commission en banc to create a task force against fake news. The decision comes after he gripped against the news circulating online that election results …

Drilon slams DOH, IATF over 27M unused vaccine doses

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slammed the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for allowing 27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to remain unused as they neared expiry. He said that more than two years into the pandemic, the IATF was still able to mismanage the government’s response to …

No new COVID-19 case in Mandaluyong, Pateros — Octa Research

According to OCTA Research, Mandaluyong and Pateros had no new COVID-19 cases. Citing data from the Department of Health, Dr. Guido David said that 10 other local government units (LGUs) also recorded lower cases with less than 10 new COVID-19 infections. Based on the data, the city that had the most new infections is in Manila with a tally of …

New ‘fully vaxxed’ definition to cause confusion: DOH

The Department of Health said that government health experts have yet to recommend updating the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include COVID-19 booster shots because it will cause confusion. The proposal to change the meaning of full vaccination aims to raise the uptake of booster jabs, which have been received by only 12 million out of 65 million individuals with …

PH ranked fourth globally in ‘crony capitalism’

With President Rodrigo Duterte as its chief executive, the Philippines remained among the countries where crony capitalism — where a few favored businessmen close to the government enjoy more economic advantages than others — has been flourishing. The Economist’s latest crony-capitalism index showed that the wealth of billionaires in the Philippines surpassed 10% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021. …

‘Flexi-workplace’ to be permanent for gov’t workers —CSC exec

According to Commissioner Aileen Lizada, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is making permanent the alternative and flexible work arrangement for government employees. In a radio interview, she said the flexi-workplace will be implemented even without the pandemic. The flexi-workplace includes work-from-home, skeletal workforce, four-day compressed workweek, staggered working hours, and a combination of the four.

LGUs should allot a portion of additional funds to health: advisors

According to an advisor of Thinkwell, local government units must allot for health programs a portion of the additional funds they will get by virtue of the Mandanas ruling, which is set to be implemented this year. Dr. Maria Eufemia Yap, Senior Technical Advisor of Thinkwell, said during a virtual forum that there should not be up for negotiation since …

Daily COVID-19 cases to remain low until end-April – DOH

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, daily COVID-19 infections will remain below 1,000 by the end of April despite relaxed mobility restrictions at the height of the campaign season for the May 9 elections. She cited the latest projections from the Department of Health’s (DOH) as the basis for her statement, saying that cases were expected to reach a …