Senator Bong Go has filed a bill creating a 24-hour hotline for Filipinos so that emergency responders can attend to any needs immediately.

Serbisyong mabilis! Bong Go wants 24-hour emergency hotline

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Senator Bong Go has filed a bill creating a 24-hour hotline for Filipinos so that emergency responders can attend to any needs immediately.

Go filed Senate Bill 394 or the proposed Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) Act of 2019 to properly address the immediate concerns of Filipinos who encounter medical emergencies.

“It is high time for government to provide an effective and organized EMSS system. Dapat maging mabilis, maayos at maaasahan ang serbisyo ng gobyerno pagdating sa oras ng sakuna at iba pang medical emergencies,” he said.

Under the bill, all local government units are mandated to establish an emergency medical service system for their area of jurisdiction as well as dispatch centers and ensure the availability of adequate emergency transport vehicles or ambulances with qualified EMS personnel.

“Matagal na itong pangarap ng bawat Pilipino na magkaroon ng emergency number kung saan makakahingi tayo ng tulong mula gobyerno. Meron na tayong Emergency 911 hotline na itinatag ni Pangulong Duterte. Mas palakasin pa natin ito sa pamamagitan ng pag-institutionalize ng isang komprehensibo na Emergency Medical Services System,” he added.

Meanwhile, to complement this measure, Sen. Go also filed Senate Bill 400 or the Anti-Prank Callers Act of 2019 which prohibits mischievous or malicious telephone call made to trick or fool the person on the other line.

“Meron pa ring mga kababayan nating gumagawa ng prank calls sa mga hotlines natin. Dapat pong maitigil ang panlolokong ito, lalo na dahil sa bawat nasayang na oras dahil sa panloloko, buhay ng isang tao ang nakasalalay,” Go warned.

When enacted to law, penalties for the malicious acts range from arresto menor and a fine of P5,000 for the first offense to prision correccional and a fine of P20,000 for the third and succeeding offenses.

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Locsin teases ‘another possible source’ of vaccines

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin on Tuesday revealed there’s another country that may possibly be another source of COVID-19 vaccines.

In a tweet, Locsin said the information came from Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and that the country has been “a good friend” to the Philippines.

“That country is a good friend. I got great news from its ambassador about a signal honor conferred on our country,” Locsin wrote.

However, the country’s top diplomat did not disclose further details of the possible vaccine deal.

The Philippines has started COVID-19 vaccination using China donated Sinovac vaccines. In the coming days, the AstraZeneca vaccine it purchased from the UK will be rolled out as well.

Pinag-aaralan muna bago gamitin! Duterte asks public to trust gov’t on vaccine safety

By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the public to trust the government in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In his televised address late Monday, Duterte assured Filipinos that vaccines are carefully evaluated before they are deemed safe.

“Alam mo mga kababayan, isa sa pinakaimportante talaga is maniwala kayo sa gobyerno. At huwag lang basta-basta… Sinabi ko nga sa inyo noon eh, dito kayo makinig sa gobyerno kasi ‘yon ang trabaho namin. Pinapag-aralan muna at bago gagamitin,” according to him.

Prior to this, the Chief Executive lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo after she called for the Health Technology Assessment Council to review the donated Sinovac vaccines from the Chinese government.

Robredo should “maybe shut up” about the China-made vaccine if she has nothing good to say, according to Duterte.

“Siguraduhin niya muna o hindi magbasa siya, siya mismo. Ikaw, Ma’am, ang magbasa and take notes of the important or salient points of the law. Otherwise, I said, a misplaced comma could change the meaning of everything,” he added.

Pope’s Iraq trip ‘more tiring’ than others

Pope Francis said on Monday his gruelling three-day trip to Iraq was “a lot more” tiring than past foreign visits.

“I have to confess to you that during this trip I felt a lot more tired than during other ones,” the 84-year-old told reporters on the plane returning to Rome.

Francis added, however, that he did not know whether his papal voyages would slow down.

Over the past two months, the pope had to cancel some events because of sciatica — nerve pain that means he often walks with a slight limp.

After several early morning starts and domestic flights, the pontiff appeared to have more trouble walking than usual.

Francis had insisted on making the trip to Iraq — the first by a pope — after 14 months of not travelling overseas because of coronavirus restrictions.

In preparation, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics was vaccinated, as were all members of his entourage.

– ‘Conscious of risks’ –
Francis arrived in Iraq just as the country was hit by a new surge in infections, and his visit led crowds to assemble in several churches and a stadium.

Asked about the potential danger to Iraqis posed by his visit, the pope said he took the decision to go “conscious of the risks”.

“I thought about it a lot, I prayed a lot over it. And in the end, I made the decision, freely, with an inner call,” he said.

On the plane, Francis said he would go to Budapest in September and mentioned possible trips to Slovakia and Lebanon.

He said he would attend the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, an event scheduled for September 5-12.

Since the city “is two hours’ drive from Bratislava, why not pay a visit to the Slovaks,” he asked.

As for Lebanon, engulfed in a triple economic, health and political crisis, Francis said he wanted to go as soon as possible to a country that was “suffering”.

Agence France-Presse



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