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DOH to hold liable those responsible for Dengvaxia mess

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has assured that those responsible for the dengue vaccine mess would be held accountable. “Once it is proven that there were information that were not fully disclosed but were factors in these latest developments, someone will surely be held accountable,” Duque said in a radio interview on Tuesday. The …

DOH relaunches ‘Iwas Paputok’, eyes zero injury from firecrackers

MANILA — Various government agencies led by the Department of Health (DOH) and private groups on Monday relaunched “Oplan: Iwas Paputok” in the hope of achieving zero firecracker-related injury this coming New Year. DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo took the opportunity to remind the public about Executive Order No. 28 on the regulation of the use of …

DOH puts on hold dengue vaccination program

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday announced that it was putting on hold its dengue vaccination program until experts are able to review new developments on the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. This developed after DOH on Nov. 29, received an information from Dengvaxia manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, that a child who has not had …

Solon hopes for higher tobacco tax in TRAIN package 2

MANILA — A lawmaker has expressed hope that his proposal to include an increase in tobacco tax would be included in the second tax reform package or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill. “I will be pursuing that it (increase in tobacco tax) be included in the package 2 because it has been …

DOH, advocates hope mental health bill would soon be signed into law

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) and mental health advocates have expressed hope that the recent approval of the Comprehensive Mental Health bill by the House of Representatives would pave the way for its immediate signing into law. “We welcome this development as it shows that legislators also put mental health as among their priorities, …

DOH open to adopting US’ lower standard for hypertension

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) is open to the possibility of adopting locally the lower level of high blood pressure that was set by the United States. “Nothing wrong with it,” said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, when asked about the recent BP adjustment in the US. “It’s okay. Nothing wrong with being a …

Juvenile council helps child offenders through art

MANILA— The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a “second chance” to correct their mistakes. The contest’s theme was “Mapagkalingang Hustisya, Ugaliin at Pagtibayin” and 29 contestants from …

DSWD hails ASEAN pact on protection of migrant workers

MANILA – The head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday underscored the importance of the recent signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, saying it is highly beneficial to the country’s overseas workers. “Napakahalaga ng consensus agreement para sa mga (The consensus agreement is very …

DSWD earmarks P1- B for livelihood program in Marawi

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Friday that it is allocating a PHP1-billion fund for its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in Marawi City to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) get back on their feet. “Yung PHP1 billion ay itatalaga natin para sa SLP ng Marawi,” DSWD Officer in Charge, Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, said in a …

Duque plans to meet with Sotto on RH Law

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III said Thursday he would like to discuss the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law with Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, a staunch critic of the law. “I will get in touch with him (Sotto). We have to make our communication open so that we understand exactly …