Sen. Delima Calls For Reliable Public Utilities And Services As Covid-19 Cases Rise

Sen. Delima Calls For Reliable Public Utilities And Services As Covid-19 Cases Rise

Spotlight

In COVID-Free Town, Learning Goes On Under The Trees, In Open Spaces

The town of Paglat, which hasn’t had a single case of COVID-19 since the pandemic, is among the few places in the Philippines where learners cope with school work through in-person tutorials.

Add To Cart: Synergeia Launches Online Store In Aid Of Parents

As part of their efforts to help boost income of parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Synergeia Foundation has launched an online store where parents can sell anything.

Filipino PR Executive Wins People Of The Year 2020 In Beijing

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal was recognized as People of the Year 2020 in the Golden Flag Awards — one of most prominent PR awards in China!

Children Still Survive In Makeshift Homes And Miss Out On Learning After Typhoon Rolly

"Our house was destroyed because we are poor," said nine-year-old Maria who was among the thousands of children left homeless when Super Typhoon Rolly made landfall in Albay.

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has appealed for the unhindered access of Filipinos to vital services and utilities as the country weathers through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has paralyzed daily operations in Metro Manila.

De Lima said the government should carefully balance the necessity, work, and health circumstances of the Filipino people with the month-long imposition of restrictions of movement to contain the growing outbreak of the coronavirus across the country.

“Kailangan po nating pagtuunan ng pansin, hindi lang ang mga apektado na ng sakit, kundi pati na ang mga kababayan nating mas nangangailangan at matagal nang pinagkakaitan ng maayos na serbisyo,” she said in her Dispatch from Crame 732.

“Silang laging nakikipagsapalaran sa hirap at mas humaharap sa banta ng pagkakasakit—ang mga araw-araw na binubuno ang pagsisiksikan sa MRT at LRT; ang mga contractual workers na sa kabila ng peligrong dala ng bagyo, lindol, malalang sakit o delubyo ay papasok pa rin para may masweldo; ang maghapon-magdamag na kumakayod at nagpapagod sa trabaho pero kapos pa rin ang inihahaing pagkain para sa pamilya,” she added.

To date, health authorities have reported that 12 individuals have died due to coronavirus infection while 142 others have reportedly confirmed to be infected. Millions of workers, however, struggle to attend to their daily occupations despite the grave threat to their health and safety of contracting the deadly virus.

On the second day of the community quarantine last March 16, many commuters had difficulty catching rides within Metro Manila as part of the government-imposed preventive measure to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Some commuters noted that there are less public transportation vehicles on the road as authorities have implemented “social distancing”
measures that limited the number of passengers per jeepney, bus and coaches of the metrorail transits.

The lady Senator from Bicol also pointed out that Filipino public, especially among workers, deserve clear-cut guidelines that are clearly and properly communicated to them by authorities to avoid public panic and anxiety.

“During times of crisis, our government should ensure that access to reliable public utilities and vital services remain unhindered. All should have access to right information, healthy food, clean supply of water, among others, to enable us to survive the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

“We need a government and a leader who can serve assiduously and communicate clearly. Let’s stop foolish bravado, nonsensical jokes and hysteria, and provide clear guidance and direction to contain the further spread of the virus and its grave impact to our lives and economy,” she emphasized.

De Lima, who chairs the Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development in the Senate, encouraged everyone to think not only for their own welfare and safety but also of others, especially among those who are most vulnerable.

“Hindi rin po matatapos ang epidemya kung sarili at kapamilya lamang ang sinisikap nating maisalba. Lalong kakalat ang sakit kung magpapanic at kung uunahin ang pagka-makasarili,” she pleaded.

“Ngayon, higit kailanman, tinatawagan tayong magkaisa, mag-ingat, magmalasakit, magdasal,” she added.

Last March 13, the four-member minority bloc in the Senate has sought for immediate clarifications about the implementation of the “community quarantine,” including steps to ensure the ingress of food and other necessities.

It also called for appropriate and immediate measures to stabilize the economy amid the paralysis of public and private offices and the safety of police and military personnel, and health workers manning checkpoints around the metro, among others.

De Lima has also joined urgent calls for a special session to pass a supplemental budget to address the obvious lack of resources needed to contain the coronavirus across the country.

Photo Credit: facebook.com/leiladelimaofficial

‘Little Batanes’ Of Pangasinan Temporarily Closed To Tourists

The Bagbag Beach or more popularly known as the ‘Little Batanes’ of Pangasinan will be temporarily closed to tourists and residents from outside the town due to the sudden influx of tourists.

Over 6K Drivers Sign Subsidy Contracts With LTFRB

A total of 6,286 PUV drivers have joined the the LTFRB's Service Contracting Program (SCP) during its registration and orientation program last week.

Masungi Georeserve Reopens To Tourists

Bukas na muli ang Masungi Georeserve!

DTI Provides Livelihood Aid To Fireworks Enterprises In Bulacan

At least 36 residents involved in the pyrotechnics/fireworks industry received some PHP10,000 worth of livelihood package as part of DTI's livelihood assistance program.

GSIS To Release Php3.3B In Christmas Cash Gift To Pensioners Starting Dec 1

Good news! GSIS announced that it will start to release a total of Php3.3 billion in Christmas cash gift to a total of 330,496 old-age and disability pensioners starting December 1.

Performances, Games Await Pinoy Fans In Brightwin’s Live Virtual Fan Meet

Join the ultimate bonding experience with "2gether" stars Bright Vachirawit and Win Metawin at their virtual fan meet on December 5, 5PM. Click the link below for more details:

Baguio City Folks Urged To Celebrate Christmas Responsibly

Residents can celebrate Christmas but should always be on guard as the COVID-19 pandemic still persists, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong says.

Ilocos Norte Bans Mass Gatherings

As of December 1, Ilocos Norte has recorded a total of 379 cases with 181 recoveries and two deaths.

BDO Waives Overseas Remittance Fee For Donations To Typhoon Victims

To help its fellow kababayans hit by the successive typhoons, BDO is waiving the remittance fee on donations from overseas Filipinos coursed through different foundations.

NegOr Town Imposes Lockdown To Stem Covid-19 Rise

Mayor Edgar Teves of Valencia, Negros Oriental ordered a lockdown in his town from Dec. 2-15 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 The town of Valencia, Negros Oriental will be on lockdown from December 2-15 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.