BILANG senador na siyang nagtulak ng mga batas at inisyatibo para sa mahihirap at Overseas Filipino Workers, maging ng ilan pang proyektong mas makapagpapaunlad ng bansa, kayang-kaya ni Senator Bong Go na ipagpatuloy ang magandang repormang ipinatutupad ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.
Sayang naman kasi kung hindi rin maipagpapatuloy ang magagandang proyekto ng Duterte administration dahil lang ang credits para sa mga ito ay maaaring hindi maibigay sa susunod na maihahalal na pinuno ng bansa.
Ilang beses nang napatunayan na malaki ang posibilidad na hindi ituloy o i-tengga na lang ang isang proyektong pinasimulan ng nakalipas na administrasyon.
Bagay na hindi ginawa ng Duterte administration dahil mas matimbang dito ang benepisyo para sa publiko ng mga proyektong naiplano at sinimulan sa mga nakalipas na termino kumpara sa credits na makukuha nito.
Bukod sa pagpapatuloy ng programa at reporma sa pamahalaan, maraming beses na ring napatunayan ni Sen. Go ang tunay na malasakit nito sa mga kababayan nating naging biktima ng mga sakuna.
Agad itong sumusugod upang magbigay ng ayuda sa mga kababayan nating nasunugan o nasalanta ng bagyo.
Kakaibang pagmamahal din ang ipinakita ni Sen. Go sa ating kababayang OFWs nang isulong nitong huwag munang ipatupad ang mas mataas na PhilHealth premium contribution sa mga Filipinong manggagawa sa ibang bansa.
Agad itong dininig ni Pres. Duterte na agad umaksyon sa panawagang ito.
Pinangunahan din ng ating butihing senador ang pagtulak na bumuo ang bansa ng isang departamentong tututok sa pangkabuuang kapakanan ng mga OFW upang mas mabigyang pansin ang kanilang pangangailangan sa loob at labas ng bansa.
Hindi na bago kay Sen. Go ang magbigay-serbisyo sa publiko na tila pa ipinanganak ito upang gawin ang mga bagay na tulad nito nang walang kahirap-hirap at parang natural lang sa kanyang kilos at pananalita.
Iyan ang kailangan ng ating bayan. May kasanayan at tunay na malasakit at pagmamahal sa sambayanang Filipino. Malayo-layo na rin ang ating tinahak upang makamit ang mga pagbabago sa bansa, huwag na nating sayangin ang pagkakataong ipagpatuloy ito.
MANTAKIN ninyo, mga pare koy, ayon po sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) nasa 1.5 million daw na manggagawa ang nawalan ng trabaho sa kasagsagan ng dalawang linggong sikad na isinailalim sa Enhanced Community Quarantine ang buong Metro Manila plus Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna at Rizal.
Sinabi mismo ni Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez na sa halos 1.5 milyong displaced workers, 500,000 ang nakabalik na sa kanilang hanapbuhay matapos ibaba sa Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine ang Metro Manila at apat pang probinsya.
Mas maraming establishment ang pinayagan na muling makapagbukas pero sa estilong skeleton workforce on-site, anak ng putsa!
Sa totoo lang umaabot sa P180B ang ikinalugi raw ng Philippines dahil sa 2 week ECQ sa NCR Plus-DTI.
Ang isa pang nakasasakit dito, umabot sa P180 billion ang nawala sa kita ng gobyerno e sukat ba naman dalawang linggong sikad na ECQ ang buong Metro Manila, ayon naman sa ulat ng DTI.
Alam ninyo, bayan, sa totoo lang parang pinagloloko na tayo sa paulit-ulit na ginagawang paglo-lockdown ng mga namamahala kaya tuloy hayan sumemplang ang ekonomiya.
Ang tanong kailan kaya makababawi ang Pilipinas?
Lumalabas sa figure ni DTI Sec. Lopez na ito raw ay katumbas ng nasa 1% ng P18 trillion gross domestic product ng bansa. Si DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez ang nagbigay ng figure.
Ikaw ba namang i-lockdown ng dalawang linggo kung hindi ka mabaliw sa kaiisip kung saan ka na naman kukuha ng ipakakain mo sa iyong pamilya at kung ang pinagmamalaki nila ay ang P4K na ayuda ay naku po diyos ko po!
E puro sila lockdown pero wala namang nangyayari ganon pa rin hanggang ngayon ay mataas pa rin ang bilang ng mga nagkaka-COVID.
PASUGALAN SA CAMANAVA, PATULOY
Lantaran pa rin ang pagpapataya sa bookies ng lotteng at ending nitong si Boy Edmond sa buong area ng Camanava na malayang ino-operate ang pasugalan dahil sa inutil si Northern District Director B/Gen. Nelson Bondoc.
Aba’y paanong hindi sasabihin na inutil itong si heneral? Kamakailan ay inupakan natin itong pasugalan ni Boy Edmond pero hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa rin ang operasyon ng bookies ng lotteng at ending nito.
Imposible kasi na hindi malaman ni Gen. Bondoc ang mga pasugalan ni Boy Edmond ganong nasa tungki lang ng kanyang ilong ang pasugalan e ako nga napakalayo ko sa CAMANAVA ay alam ko kung saan ang pasugalan nito e siya pa kaya, ano ang tawag doon hindi ba ‘inutil?’
UMABOT sa kabuuang 4,352 ang napagkalooban ng medikal na tulong ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office sa buong bansa nitong buwan ng Marso 2021 na may katumbas na halagang Php 29.26 milyon sa ilalim ng Medical Access Program nito.
Pinakamarami sa Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region, 1,216 o Php 6.63 milyon, sinundan ng Northern and Central Luzon na may 1,130 o Php 7.65 milyon, sa Visayas, 795 o Php 5.74 milyon, habang sa Mindanao 783 o Php 5.04 milyon at sa National Capital Region, 428 o Php 4.18 milyon.
Ang Medical Access Program ay kinabibilangan ng hospital confinement, chemotherapy, epoetin para sa mga nagpapa-dialysis at gamot para sa hemophilia at gamot para sa kidney post-transplant anti-rejection.
Depende sa polisiya ng PCSO branch, maaaring ma-avail ito sa pamamagitan ng pagsusumite ng mga requirement via online application o maaaring face-to-face. Pero sa NCR, online application lamang ang ipinatutupad. Bahagi ito ng health protocol kaugnay sa COVID-19 pandemic.
Sa unang tatlong buwan ng taong 2021, umabot na sa 38,053 na katumbas ng Php 274.32 million ang natulungan ng PCSO.
Ang pondong ginagamit sa medical programs ay mula sa Charity Fund o ang 30% na bahagi ng bawat pagtangkilik sa iba’t ibang mga “Larong May Puso” ng PCSO na kinabibilangan ng Lotto games, digit games, Lotto Keno, Small Town Lottery at Scratch-it Kaskaswerte.
MMDA PERSONNEL SUMAILALI NA SA PAGBABAKUNA
Sinimulan na ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority ang pagbabakuna sa mga empleyado nito na kabilang sa mga medical and allied frontliners, senior citizen at may comorbidities para mabigyan sila ng proteksyon sa COVID-19.
Sa higit kumulang walong libong manggagawa ng MMDA, 771 ang nagpositibo sa virus, sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 100 pa ang aktibong kaso at 8 ang namatay kabilang ang dating MMDA chairman na si General Danilo Lim.
Dahil sa kanilang trabaho na pagsasaayos ng daloy ng trapiko sa mga pangunahin lansangan sa National Capital Region at pagpapanatili ng kalinisan, pumayag ang Department of Health na bakunahan ang mga frontliner ng ahensya, ayon kay chairman Benhur Abalos na nagsisilbing regional head ng IATF Task Force sa NCR.
Ang MMDA ang aktibong bahagi ng “One Hospital Command Center” at siyang nagtitipon ng mga pagkilos ng labing-anim na lokal na pamahalaan na bumubuo sa Metro Manila.
A 20-year old gang leader who was the principal suspect in the killing of a former police sergeant met his bloody end when he reportedly engaged a composite police team who went to his house in Barangay 93 Vitas, Tondo to issue a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday morning.
Rommel Tiatco, “alias Dagdag,” was wanted for the killing of former Sergeant Dranreb Cipriano in October last year.
Cipriano, 47, a resident of Lallana St., also in Barangay 93, was cruising on his motorcycle with his wife Vivian along Vitas St., Barangay 99, in Balut, when Tiatco, who had apparently been waiting for him behind a lamppost, fired several shots.
Although badly hit, Cipriano managed to pull out his gun but the suspect finished him off.
Vivian, on the other hand, was hit on the stomach and was taken to a hospital.
Cipriano’s colleagues said the victim went on AWOL in 2014 after he had a misunderstanding with a police official and was ordered to transfer to Region 5.
Rather than follow the order, Cipriano stopped reporting for duty.
However, he had been helping the MPD track down criminals and has served as a police asset.
He was instrumental in tracking down the suspects in the Myrna Tandiama case, a police helper who was also gunned down by a group of teenage criminals in Sta. Cruz, Manila in 2019.
Cipriano also helped in identifying robbers, carnappers and “basag kotse” gangs operating in Tondo, which has become the subject of operations by the intelligence community.
Sources said Cipriano was seen arguing with Tiatco near his house days before the shooting.
Tiatco started his criminal activities by running errands for crime bosses and selling drugs when he was barely 18.
In the underworld, killing a policeman was a baptism of fire which would lead to recognition and respect.
Tiatco was a friend of “alias Wangwang,” another notorious teenage gang boss who was behind the killing of Andiama and was neutralized by police operatives during a gunfight in Central Luzon in 2019.
Officers and men of the Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction Team heaved a collective sigh of relief after Tiatco was killed.
I remember that gloomy October morning when my cellphone rang continuously and text messages kept piling up as police officers were frantically informing me about Cipriano’s death.
I melted when my friend “Kuya Doy,” a tough veteran MPD operative whose exploits are equally worthy of praise, sobbed in one corner of the SMaRT office and silently reminisced his days with “Tata Dran.”
Seeing a battle-scarred police officer shed tears for a fallen friend was just too much to take. Pain was an understatement.
The whole MPD-SMaRT office was filled with grief that day. It was tough losing a friend but it was more painful losing someone close to you in a senseless killing perpetrated by a garbage trapped in a criminal’s body.
Every morning, at around 9 o’clock, Tata Dran would arrive at the SMaRT office with a smile and would great everyone with excitement and exuberance.
Cipriano would start to exchange banters and would heartily laugh even at the “corniest” of jokes.
Policemen are not used to seeing their comrades fall in the hands of criminals although they grudgingly accept the fact that death stares at them whenever they step out of their houses.
And so it came to pass that a good man lost his young life to a thug.
But it is also worth mentioning that the police, although it took a little while for them to get “even,” ended the life of a notorious criminal in a manner fit only for Tiatco and his cohorts.
However, this is not the end of the road for Tiatco’s remaining gangs. Intelligence officers are tracking down at least four more suspects in an effort to rid Tondo of these scumbags.
Meanwhile, Cipriano’s family can now say that justice has been served.
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BOTH Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta and Forensics Division head Dr. (Atty.) Erwin Erfe were fully gratified by the support the agency continuously gets from the private sector especially on medicines and personal protective equipment for PAO’s legal frontliners all over the country.
They said they couldn’t name them all but they’re much thankful for their generosity by donating medicines as well as masks and face shields which proved to be vital for thousands of PAO’s legal frontliners nationwide.
“We find time to send all these medicines, masks and face shields to all PAO offices in the regions for our public attorneys there who work 24/7 to assist thousands of indigents who need legal assistance amid this pandemic,” Atty. Acosta said.
Earlier, she instructed all PAO regional offices to reach out to their clients, mostly Filipino indigents and underprivileged, who have to stay home due to the stricter enhanced community quarantine, but in need of legal assistance.
Among others, Dr. Erfe cited Mr. Nelson Guevarra, of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce Inc., who personally turned over for the third time several boxes of Lianhua herbal medicines as well as face masks and face shields at the agency’s central office in Quezon City.
“The PAO is forever thankful for our private sector and several individuals who have been our long-time partners even before this pandemic struck us,” Chief Acosta and Dr. Erfe said.
QC’s Mayor Belmonte lauds partnership with private sector too
“The city has had numerous partnerships with the private sector throughout the pandemic and we’re glad to be working with them still as we vaccinate our residents and immunize them against COVID,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte as she hailed the latest partnership with SM Super Malls in QC’s COVID response.
“We have agreed that their own medical team can give the shots to qualified SM employees who reside in QC, provided that it will be supervised by our City Health Department.”
The city government earlier opened a vaccination site at the Skydome of SM City North Edsa to cater to mall employees who reside in the city and are medical frontliners, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities ages 18 to 59 years old, or those who fall under A1 to A3 categories, respectively.
Also vaccinated on the site were qualified senior citizen residents of Barangay Sto. Cristo, where the mall is located, and its nearby villages, it said.
Mayor Belmonte said they’re also currently in talks with other private sector groups such as Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, Araneta City, Eastwood Mall and the IT and BPO sector which were all considered essential establishments under the Enhanced Community Quarantine classification.
Moreover, she said the local government has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and private diagnostics clinic Hi-Precision to further increase the city’s capacity to test its residents and expedite the diagnosis of COVID-19.
“Our partnerships will allow us to pool all available resources, weave our efforts and immediately address the needs of our most affected communities,” Mayor Belmonte said.
Through a memorandum of agreement, she said the PRC has assured to allocate 8,000 RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test kits to the city worth around P3,400 each.
The city government has also inked a partnership with Hi-Precision Diagnostics Clinic where the latter has offered to lend its two mobile X-ray units to the city.
The units, which are worth P3.6 million, will be set up in the two of the city’s HOPE facilities.
“The idea is to decongest our hospitals by putting these machines in our HOPE facilities so that our mild to moderate or asymptomatic patients can have their X-ray done at the soonest time possible,” she said.
Earlier, Mayor Belmonte was given clearance by her doctors to be discharged from the isolation facility and get back to work after she tested negative for COVID -19 for the second time.
Actually, the mayor had continued performing her executive functions and duties even while she was at the Hope Community Care Facility since March 28 when she announced she tested positive anew for COVID-19.
She was first infected by the deadly virus more than eight months ago and even issued a statement that her positive result was just a sober reminder that there is no room for complacency when it comes to the disease.