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Delay in compensating health workers who died of Covid-19 hit

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Manila, June 3 — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday lamented as “unacceptable” the delay in properly compensating the families of medical front-liners who have died in the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“Halos tatlong buwan na ang nakalipas mula ng ipinasa ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Pinaghirapan nating maipasa iyon. Nagtiwala kaming mga mambabatas na magagawa ng mga ahensya ang lahat ng kanilang makakaya within that limited period that the law is in effect. Ngayon na pinag-uusapan na ng lehislatibo ang panukalang Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, hindi katanggap tanggap ‘yung mga dapat naibigay noon ay hindi pa rin naibibigay ngayon,” Go said in a statement.

(It’s been almost three months since the Bayanihan to heal as One Act had been passed. We worked hard to pass it. Lawmakers trusted the concerned agencies to do their best within the limited period that the law is in effect. Now that the legislature is discussing the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, it is unacceptable that compensations that should have been given before have not yet been given.)

“Seriously neglecting to do your job for the people who paid with their own lives is a dishonor to their memory and sacrifices for our country,” he added.

Go issued the statement after learning that the families of 32 health workers who have died while in the line of duty have yet to receive compensation mandated by law due to the lack of implementing guidelines.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA 11469) was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last March 24. following marathon discussions in the Senate. The law takes effect until Sept.30, 2020.

Under Sec 4(f) of the Act, compensation worth PHP100,000 shall be given to public and private health workers who may contract severe Covid-19 infection while in the line of duty.

The same section also provides that compensation worth PHP1 million shall be given to public and private health workers who may die while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Health and member of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the implementation of RA 11469, Go urged the concerned agencies to immediately remedy the situation and “release the rightful compensation” for the health workers who have “paid the ultimate price” in the battle against Covid-19.

“Malinaw ang batas na dapat may makukuhang compensation ang health workers na nagkasakit o namatay dahil sa Covid-19. Si Pangulong Duterte rin mismo ang nagsabi na dapat mabigyan ng karampatang suporta ang ating health workers at ang kanilang mga pamilyang naulila. Kaya dapat na ibigay ang dapat ibigay. Huwag nating hayaan na mabalewala ang layuning ito dahil natagalan ang proseso,” he said.

(The law clearly states that health workers who have been infected or died of Covid-19 will receive compensation. President Duterte himself said that health workers, and their bereaved families, should be given proper support. Let’s not permit this objective to go to waste due to delayed process.)

Senator Panfilo Lacson echoed Go’s pronouncements.

“It is totally unacceptable that the families of the 32 health workers who died due to Covid-19 have yet to receive the PHP1-million compensation, in clear violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” he said in a separate statement.

“The PHP1-million compensation is the least the government owes the families of these 32 fallen heroes. It’s in the law. The lack or absence of implementing rules and regulations should not be an excuse not to comply with the law,” Lacson said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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PBA awaits IATF nod on return to practice

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Manila, June 4 — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is set to submit a list of guidelines regarding how teams can practice again during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said this following the board’s first physical meeting Wednesday at its office in Quezon City. He said that Commissioner Willie Marcial may submit the protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as early as Thursday.

“There are some people who offered to help us to follow this up with the IATF,” Vargas added.

The proposed guidelines are said to be stricter than the rules provided by FIBA regarding the resumption of training.

Marcial said that only six people, four players, one trainer, and another staff member, will be allowed to practice at a certain time.

Once their time is up, they must quickly leave the practice facility to make way for the next batch of players and staff members.

“It’s a process; dahan-dahan lang (we’re taking it slowly),” said PBA board vice chairman Bobby Rosales.

The practice hall should also be disinfected before and after training.

Vargas and Rosales added that players who have not yet been tested for Covid-19 are not allowed to join the practice.

“Testing is a must. Hindi puwedeng bumalik kung walang testing (They cannot return if there is no testing),” Vargas said.

Players from the San Miguel Corporation-owned clubs have already tested negative for Covid-19, while testing will also be done to the players of the MVP Group-owned teams by next week.

Once approved, teams can return to practice by the end of June provided that all the players are free from the virus.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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House panel okays extension of Duterte’s special powers

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Manila, June 4 — The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole on Wednesday night approved a measure to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s special powers under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law for another three months or up to September 30.

The lower House constituted itself into a Committee of the Whole to approve a substitute bill consolidating House Bills 6811, 6868, 6952, and House Resolution 910.

The special powers granted to the President to combat the Covid-19 health emergency is only valid for three months, unless extended by Congress. The law was signed on March 24, 2020.

Another provision specified in the proposed measure is a PHP162-billion standby fund to support response measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

This standby fund includes PHP12 billion for the procurement of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and extraction kits; PHP18 billion for the implementation of the cash-for-work program; PHP5 billion for the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation Program; PHP21 billion for the unemployment or involuntary separation assistance for displaced workers; and PHP50 billion for the infusion of capital to government financial institutions.

Also included in the funding are various forms of financial assistance for affected sectors: PHP21 billion for the agricultural sector; PHP21 billion for the transportation industry; PHP10 billion for the tourism industry; and PHP4 billion for the education sector.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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Warm, humid weather in Luzon, Visayas on Thursday

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Manila, June 4 — Warm and humid weather, with chances of thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or evening will be experienced over Luzon and Visayas on Thursday, a weather specialist said.

Samuel Duran of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mindanao, on the other hand, will experience fair weather with chances of thunderstorms.

This weather condition is caused by the easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, he said.

Light to moderate winds with slight to moderate seas will prevail over the whole country.

Duran said the low-pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring has a low chance of becoming a typhoon.

The LPA, last spotted 510 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes or 595 kilometers east northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, may dissipate in the next hours, he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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