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PH boxers to get free medical check-ups

MANILA — The country’s professional boxers will soon enjoy free medical check-ups in certain government hospitals, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Tuesday. “The Department of Health wants all Filipinos to have annual check-ups. So whether you are a boxer, or other professionals, wala kang trabaho (if you are unemployed), farmer, fisher folk, lahat ng Filipino …

NVAP backs bills requiring car seats for kids

MANILA — The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) is pushing for the immediate passage of the legislative measures that require parents to install child car seats in their vehicles. The measures are a perfect complement to the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, NVAP member and survivor of a road crash, Einstein Rojas, said Monday. Rojas …

DOH tips to avoid bird flu transmission to humans

MANILA —The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday advised the public to refrain from eating half-cooked chicken and eggs to ensure non-transmission of the bird flu virus from animals to humans. DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said that eating chicken and its egg cannot likely result to getting the bird flu virus because it can …

FCAP: Casinos rampant violators of smoking ban

MANILA, Aug 13 — An anti-tobacco watchdog on Sunday said casinos are rampant violators of the Executive Order No. 26 or the nationwide smoking ban. The EO refers to the “Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places” which took effect on July 23. Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines (FCAP) executive director Dr. …

Heart association backs proposed excise tax on sugary drinks

MANILA, Aug. 11 —The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has expressed full support for the proposed excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). “The PHA believes that taxing sugar-sweetened drinks would require manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of their products. This is about saving every Filipino from the silent killers,” PHA president Jorge Sison said Friday …

SinTax Coalition calls for pro-poor programs to be funded by SSB tax

MANILA, Aug. 10— The Sin Tax Coalition, which supported the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Act or Republic Act 10351, is calling for pro-poor programs that would be funded by the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) included in the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act currently in the Senate. “We are …

Pia Wurtzbach: Get tested for HIV regularly

MANILA, Aug. 9 — 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach on Wednesday emphasized the need to know one’s HIV status and what to do when he or she tests positive for AIDS. “Dapat regular ang pagpapa-testing. Hindi isa lang. Depende sa lifestyle ng tao (Testing should be done on a regular basis, and not just once. …

DOH records 43,770 dengue cases in first half of 2017

MANILA, Aug. 10 — The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 43,770 cases of dengue fever nationwide in the first half of the year. According to the latest Dengue Disease Surveillance Report, which covered the Jan. 1 to July 1 period, the figure is 36.8 percent lower than the 69,297 cases recorded in the same period last …

DOLE fast tracks emergency and livelihood assistance to ‘Lawin’ – displaced workers

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday that Lawin- affected regions are under instructions to fast-track the profiling of displaced and affected workers so the DOLE’s emergency employment program and other interventions, including livelihood, will be implemented. D0LE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the profiling of affected workers is a …

DOH’s pilot Mega Treatment and Rehab Center in Nueva Ecija will be operational next month – Sec. Ubial

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday that the 10,000-bed mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center for drug dependents being built in Nueva Ecija is almost complete. The DOH said that full operation of the facility will take place by the first week of November to accommodate drug surrenderers who have been …

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