5000 to 8000 pesos COVID 19 CASH assistance from national government starts

 

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PHOTO: In Caloocan City, residents line up (with some physical distancing) to withdraw cash from the ATM courtesy of the DSWD

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Cash aid distribution starts in NCR, 6 regions

Rainier Allan RondaChristina Mendez (The Philippine Star)
April 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The distribution of the P200-billion cash assistance to those hardest hit by measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic began yesterday, with poor families in seven regions – including Metro Manila – as initial beneficiaries.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it began the distribution of the fund in Regions 1, 2, 3, Calabarzon (Region 4-A), National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The remaining regions will receive their subsidies today and tomorrow.

In the NCR or Metro Manila, the first to receive up to P8,000 as monthly aid were poor households in Manila and Parañaque.

Nograles, spokesman for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, said the DSWD informed him of the start of the distribution. “And we expect other jurisdictions to be distributing these to their residents in the next few days,” he said.

Cash released to 4Ps household-beneficiaries range from P3,650 to P6,650 per month for two months, depending on the prescribed emergency subsidy per region determined from a particular region’s minimum wage levels.

The emergency cash subsidy will serve as a top-up amount to regular cash grants and rice allowance.

Beneficiaries with Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) cash cards may withdraw from any Land Bank of the Philippines automated teller machines or any ATM subject to minimal charges.

Nograles said the government’s move was in accordance with the call from World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on governments to address the needs of the most vulnerable sector of society affected by the COVID-19 scourge.

“(Tedros) said that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement which can help limit transmission of the virus, but can have unintended consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable people,” Nograles said.

“He then called on governments around the world to put in place social welfare measures to ensure vulnerable people have food and other life essentials during this crisis,” he added.

At the same time, Nograles appealed to other families to be more understanding and cooperative as the DSWD takes the lead in distributing the P200-billion Emergency Subsidy Program under Republic Act 11469.

“Just wait for the announcement of the assigned government personnel regarding the system to ensure an orderly distribution of assistance,” he said.

Help is near

News of the coming financial aid has elated 73-year-old Adelina Apinado, who waited for it patiently inside her house.

Apinado’s house in Vitalez in Parañaque is merely 50 meters away from the first house that received the social amelioration program of the national government.

In an interview yesterday, Apinado said she merely relied on what the local government of Parañaque and what her neighbors gave for her and her family to survive.

“It is a big thing for my family, especially since we are in need,” Apinado told The STAR in Filipino.

Another citizen, Cypril Generalao, lauded the government for the monetary aid.

Generalao is a single mother taking care of a four-year-old child.

She was working for a Chinese office, which has closed since the outbreak of COVID-19 weeks ago. Generalao said she used her savings to provide for her family and child.

“The aid is a big help because as a single mom with no work, what would I use to provide for my child?” she told reporters.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act which mandates the distribution of cash assistance, poor families from Metro Manila will receive a monthly subsidy of P8,000 for two months. In other regions, the amount is P5,000 for each household, based on the region’s minimum daily wage rate.

President Duterte signed the law on March 24.

“All these are being done so everyone can focus on keeping each other safe from the virus; so we can focus on the health and welfare of our family,” Nograles said, referring to easing of terms in the payment of loans and rents.

Nograles also revealed that 34,253 workers have availed themselves of the Department of Labor and Employment’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program or CAMP, a one-time P5,000 subsidy for workers whose incomes have been affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

“We urge employers to work with DOLE so their employees can get this benefit,” the IATF spokesman said.

Quoting Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Nograles said employees can file their requests themselves if their employers fail to submit their payrolls to the DOLE.

Apart from the P5,000 CAMP subsidy, Nograles said DOLE had distributed 165,929 family food packs to workers.

“Aside from financial assistance to those who need it, both government and private sector have also suspended payments and waived fees for payment that fall within the quarantine period,” he said.

One-time aid

Meanwhile, Sen. Bong Go appealed to the executive department to grant a one-time ‘Bayanihan’ financial assistance to cities and municipalities to help them respond to the needs of their constituents while the country is under a national health emergency.

“We should help LGUs (local government units) care for their communities. It will be very helpful if we give them additional funds so they can address the growing needs of the people,” he said.

While the national government is dealing with the health crisis, LGUs should continue addressing the needs of their constituents.

He commended LGUs for their efforts in maintaining order in their areas and in responding to the immediate needs of the people.

“We thank LGUs, governors, vice governors, mayors, vice mayors, barangay officials working hard to help their respective constituents. Now, more than ever, we as elected officials must do everything we can to be of service to the people,” he said.

Go recommended that a one-time grant from the national government be equivalent to one month of the LGUs’ respective internal revenue allotments (IRA).

“With the huge problem we are facing with this COVID-19 crisis, LGUs might run out of funds. Not all LGUs have equal funds and they need assistance from the national government,” he said.

Go cited salient provisions of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act as bases for his proposal.

“Let us push for the implementation of this law to make it easy for the government to reprogram, reallocate and realign funds to protect Filipinos from COVID 19,” Go added.

As member of the Joint Oversight Committee of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, Go vowed to make sure that available funds are used properly to provide immediate help to Filipinos who need government attention the most.

“We will definitely ensure that the use of funds will be free from corruption. The funds will not be used for salary of personnel or any administrative and traveling expenses not related to COVID-19,” he pointed out.  – Ralph Edwin Villanueva, Cecille Suerte Felipe

Quezon City CORRUPTION and INCOMPETENCE prompt President Duterte to transfer cash and goods distribution from LGUs to DSWD

A quarantine related request for food assistance rally by an urban poor community in San Roque, Barangay Pagasa in Quezon City ended in a VIOLENT DISPERSAL and President Duterte, citing corruption by  Local Government Units in handling cash dole outs and  food packs centralized said distribution to the Department of Social Work and Development. Metro Manila is now on its third week of LOCKDOWN to contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic. Problems have arisen due to the majority of the working population stuck in a no work no pay policy while the informal economy is frozen due to travel restrictions. Food is getting scare at the same time there is not much money going around. Few Filipinos have cash saved for a rainy day since most Pinoys live on a hand to mouth existence. President Duterte ordered local government units to provide emergency food assistance and the ugly head of corruption once again showed up. In Quezon City, complaints of favoritism abound with the mayor herself caught by cameras handing out heavy food packs to people living in houses with steel gates and garages. The poorest of the poor, on the other hand, are frustrated that no aid has arrived or, if given, then the supply is not enough to sustain their families. Barangay officials have also been accused of favoring some of their constituents while ignoring others, mainly supporters of their political rivals. Another issue is the use of the voters’ list to determine who gets to receive food packs and/or cash assistance. It is public knowledge that many who live and/or work in Metro Manila may still be registered voters in their places of birth (hometown).

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NATION ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Philstar

April 1, 2020

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Ngayon, tinanggal ko sa politiko kasi maraming reklamo. Tinanggal ko sa politiko ‘yung distribution ng pera pati ang bigas na pagkain. Ibinigay ko kay Secretary Bautista lahat na ‘yan kasi itong DSWD may sariling distribution network na ‘yan, ‘yung Pantawid. So meron. Idagdag na lang nila doon sa matatanggap doon sa recipient ng Pantawid.

Idagdag mo na lang ang pera na ‘yan doon sa kanila kasi kanila ‘yan. Iyong pera na ‘yan, inyo ‘yan. Kaya lang hindi ko man maibibigay lahat unevenly kaya ako na ang — kami na sa gobyerno ang mag-ano mag dis — distribute pati to determine how much.

Huwag kayong — huwag kayong… Do not entertain doubts about dishonesty and corruption. Hindi panahon na ‘yan ngayon. Not this time. Ako mismo nagsasabi.

Kasi ‘yung iba nagdi-distribute kina-cutting. Instead of seven gawain ninyong five doon sa itaas sa repacking. Kaya ngayon DSWD na at ‘yung pera DSWD pati si Secretary Galvez.

Naintindihan ninyo ‘yan? Wala na kayong pakialam. Tinanggal ko na ang politiko. Puro na ito sa gobyerno. Mga military ito pero retired. Civilian na ‘yan.

Iyong mga goods, bigas, kung ano pang iba ibigay ng gobyerno, bilisan ninyo at pagkain ‘yan. At meron tayo sabi ko, mayroon tayong ginawang mga hakbang na to sustain us but only if there is order in the society. Kasi ‘pag magulo, walang order, walang distribution na mangyari kasi inaagaw, ina-ambush.

Kaya mapipilitan ako na sabihin: Huwag na huwag ninyong gawin ‘yan kasi I will not hesitate to order to shoot you.‘Yun namang mga repacking, well anyway it’s DSWD. But everybody else connected with the exercise of preparing the food and money, huwag ninyong kaltasan, huwag ninyong kunan.I will not — hindi ko kayo…

Huhulihin ko kayo and I will detain you. Makalabas lang kayo pagkatapos ng COVID kung dadating.Kung may — walang magdating na pang-kontra ng COVID, then hanggang matapos itong mundong ito diyan ka sa kulungan.

‘Yan ang gusto mo, nag-warning na ako gagawain mo pa rin. Eh ‘di gusto mo. Hiningi mo ‘yan eh. Hiningi mo ‘yan.Ang pera, dadating. Ang pagkain dadating, huwag lang kayong magulo para smooth — sa Bisaya pa, hapsay. Ayaw og hadloka ang gobyerno. Do not intimidate government. Do not challenge government. Matatalo kayo, sigurado.

Magtiis na lang siguro kayo ng delayed delivery pero dadating ‘yan at hindi ka magugutom. Hindi ka mamamatay sa gutom.

Ulitin ko: Ngayon, DSWD na kasi sanay na sila sa distribution ng pera pati bigas. Secretary Galvez will help in the distribution of the money or he can handle the distribution of the money while leaving Secretary Bautista to attend to other matters.

‘Yan ang warning ko sa inyo ha. ‘Yung distribution, huwag ninyong i-delay. Huwag ninyong — sabi ko.Meron na akong ipinakulong kung makinig kayo sa radyo. At ‘yung sa TV, baka magkamali ako. Baka lang magkamali ako. This is the caveat: Baka magkamali ako. May nakita akong traffic enforcer na lumapit siya doon sa tricycle na puno ng goodies at pinilit niyang kinuha ‘yung isang balot at lumakad siya.

I don’t know if it was a joke or if he really — it was really intended for him, inuna lang niya. Pero kung pinilit niyang kinuha ala nakaw. Nakita ko sa ABS-CBN and na-retrieve ko ‘yung — na-retrieve ko ‘yung footage, ipakulong ko siya.

Kasali rin siya doon sa ano. Kayong mga Kadamay, hindi — walang, wala nang awa-awa. Diyan na kayo. Ang nahuli, wala.I will not tolerate ‘yang sabihin mo na bitawan mga politiko, bitawan.

Do not play hero at this time because you would abet or is it that word — to encourage people to violate the law. Now is the time to set an example to everybody.

Hindi kasi ako sanay ng takut-takutin mo. Not me.So let this be a warning to all. Follow government at this time because it is really critical that we have order. And do not harm the health workers, the doctors, and everything because that is a serious crime.

 

STUPID DoH policy junked. Cabinet Secretary orders MANDATORY FACE MASK use in public for whole of LUZON quarantine area

As repeatedly stated in this blog. MASKS SAVE LIVES. We have no control over COVID 19 carriers (those who caught the virus and are able to transmit the infection but  are asymptomatic so they do not know they are spreading the disease). We have no control over SYMPTOMATIC patients but who do not wear face masks and cough indiscriminately. We have no control of IRRESPONSIBLE patients who COUGH and SNEEZE all over the place. We have some control over our own lives in spite of so-called medical experts who keep on shouting to the world that face masks are useless and/or unnecessary in public.

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Face masks, improvised face cover now required in Luzon

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) — Residents and workers in Luzon are now required to wear surgical masks or similar covers when they leave their homes, Inter-agency Task Force spokesperson Karlo Nograles said on Thursday.

He said everyone covered by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine are required to wear surgical masks, do-it-yourself masks, handkerchiefs, or improvised cloth that covers the nose and mouth at all times to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Nograles said this order will last until the end of Luzon quarantine, which is on April 13.

The coronavirus disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze.

The World Health Organization on Monday stood by its recommendation to not wear masks if you are not sick or not caring for someone who is sick.

 

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Department of Health OFFICIAL stand on the wearing of face masks in public

18. DO I NEED A MASK TO PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST COVID-19?

No. People with no respiratory signs and symptoms do not need to wear a medical mask. DOH recommends the use of medical masks only for the following:

  1. For people who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19;
  2. Those caring for individuals who have symptoms such as cough and fever, and
  3. Health workers.

 

DOH, together with WHO, advises the rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of vital resources and mis-use of masks.

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean or wash your hands, cover your cough with a tissue or the bend of the elbow, and maintain a distance of at least one meter from people who are coughing or sneezing. (For more information, see Section on protective and preventive measures).

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COVID 19 – TOTALLY UNNECESSARY VIOLENT DISPERSAL of Quezon City hungry people begging for food

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Quezon City, the COVID 19 Capital of the Philippines, had urban poor people going out into a major thoroughfare (EDSA) BEGGING FOR FOOD and what did local police forces do, VIOLENTLY DISPERSE them. This is not the first time that citizens have amassed in the same place. Demolitions happened there and residents blocked the main Metro Manila artery to delay the destruction of their homes or in protest of their having no more houses to return to. The rationale for the massive police actions then was OBSTRUCTION to TRAFFIC.

Today is a different time. Traffic in EDSA is light. The whole of Metro Manila is in a LOCKDOWN situation and residents are required to stay at home. The problem there is that daily paid employees have no income while the informal business sector (peddlers, vendors, market stall owners, tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, etc.) can not earn a living. It is precisely for this HUNGER issue that the President of the Philippines ordered local government units to distribute food through their barangays.

Quezon City has the largest land area and the biggest population in the National Capital Region.  QC has the distinction of having the most number of confirmed COVID 19 cases among all cities and municipalities in the whole Philippines at 151 out of the national total of 2084.

So what did arresting 20 people achieve? Nothing. The mass gathering merely confirmed the thoughts of many of us that there are lots of hungry people out there, notwithstanding the press releases and media conferences of local executives, more specially Quezon City which has been attacked (even by non-Quezon City residents) and branded as INEFFECTIVE, INEPT and INCOMPETENT. Led by a mayor with FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE, the coronavirus could devastate urban poor communities (and there are many in Quezon City) with concomitant spilling over to adjacent cities.

With so many repacking centers for the preparation of relief goods, why did the city executives not just arrange for the delivery of food packs and everyone would have gone home happy at least for the next few days that their food would last. Which brings us back to the question of “Would the same thing have happened in Manila, San Juan or Pasig?” The outstanding mayors Moreno, Zamora and Sotto may not have even allowed a situation to develop where there was need for constituents to mass up due to lack of food because forward thinking mayors would have made sure that there are no gaps in the food distribution process unlike in Quezon City where areas are not given food and favoritism is resorted to by barangay captains in some barangays.

Tatalon and Payatas, both huge areas with teeming poor residents could act up next.

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Some 20 protesters demanding food aid arrested in Quezon City

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — Some 20 protesters demanding food and other assistance were arrested Wednesday in Quezon City for staging a rally without government permit, police said.

According to an initial report of the Quezon City Police District’s Station 2, the 14 men and six women were arrested at a portion of EDSA in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa at around 11:00 a.m.

They were apparently part of dozens of protesters shown on videos that circulated on social media. Some of them held placards saying they have not gotten any help from the local government amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19.

As of March 31, the local government of Quezon City said it has distributed more than 952,000 food packs since the imposition of the quarantine, which has restricted people’s movement.

Quezon City has 151 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease. Of this number, 27 have died while 11 have recovered.

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have risen to 2,084, with 88 deaths and 49 recoveries.

 

 

 

 

COVID 19 – Husband and wife MDs – Dr. Dennis Tudtud, Oncologist and Dr. Helen Tudtud, Pathologist die of coronavirus

Cebuano doctor dies due to COVID-19 days after his wife succumbed to the coronavirus

Cherry Sun (GMA)

COVID-19 claimed the lives of Dr. Dennis Ramon Tudtud and Dra. Helen Tudtud, a couple who both served as frontline doctors in Cebu.

Dra. Helen passed away on March 28, and after three days, Dr. Dennis lost his life in battling the same disease. The doctors’ son Dennis Thomas Tudtud confirmed the sad news to celebrate the fruitful lives of his parents.

The younger Dennis wrote on March 28, “Today is a very sad day for me and my sister. I have lost not only a mother but also a travel buddy, eating buddy and a Netflix binge-watching buddy as well. I am lucky to have had the chance to have a mother who is very charming, funny and nice to everyone she meets, and I am hoping I have inherited some of those skills.”

In just a few days, the Tudtud children suffered another great loss as their dad joined their mom in heaven.

Their son continued sharing, “Our Daddy Dennis has joined Mommy Helen. My sister and I are in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them but I take comfort that they are happy together in their journey to paradise.”

The younger Dennis related how he and his sister are grieving instead of celebrating his birthday today, March 31.

He said, “Today is my birthday. It pains me that both my parents are no longer here. I cannot bring them back to life but I can celebrate their lives. Please remember my parents, Doctor Dennis Ramon Momongan Tudtud and Doctor Helen Evangelista Tudtud. Please include them in your prayers as they journey together to heaven. Please also pray for those who are still fighting this battle. My parents may have lost but the Lord won two angels.”

Dr. Dennis and Dra. Helen are among the fallen doctors who served well in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Post by son – Dennis Thomas Tudtud

Our Daddy Dennis has joined Mommy Helen. My sister and I are in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them but I take comfort that they are happy together in their journey to paradise.

I will forever miss our Daddy Den’s selflessness. He has always put others before himself. As a father, he gave us everything we needed and wanted. He worked so hard for us. He was happy when he saw us happy. He did everything to put smiles on our faces. He adored my mother. He would give the world to Mommy Helen if it was possible. That was how much he loved our Mommy. He loved his grandchildren. He would play with them and shower them with gifts. He’d carry them to their bedrooms when they were asleep just as he carried us when we were children.

His selflessness did not stop in our home. As a doctor, he would even pay for the chemotherapy sessions of some of his patients just so their families could spend more years with them. He was generous beyond words could even describe.

Today is my birthday. It pains me that both my parents are no longer here. I cannot bring them back to life but I can celebrate their lives.

Please remember my parents, Doctor Dennis Ramon Momongan Tudtud and Doctor Helen Evangelista Tudtud. Please include them in your prayers as they journey together to heaven. Please also pray for those who are still fighting this battle. My parents may have lost but the Lord won two angels.

My sister and I may never understand why God had to take them both. There are so many questions with no answers. We have a flood of tears. I also ask for your prayers of strength and of acceptance.

Daddy and Mommy, please watch over us from heaven.

PHP 5000 to 8000 per month for two months emergency subsidy for 18 million households

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Duterte approves bill granting him special powers to tackle COVID-19 crisis
By Xave Gregorio, CNN Philippines
Mar 25, 2020

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — President Rodrigo Duterte approved Tuesday a bill that grants him additional powers to address the COVID-19 crisis in the country, including the power to reshuffle funds in this year’s budget to provide assistance to the poor.

Among the key points of the new law is a monthly ₱5,000 to ₱8,000 emergency subsidy for 18 million low-income households for up to two months.

It also provides for a ₱100,000 compensation for all health workers who may contract a severe COVID-19 infection while in the line of duty. Families of those who die while fighting the pandemic will be given ₱1 million.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation will also shoulder the medical expenses of health workers in case of COVID-19 exposure or any work-related injury.

These and other aid from the government will be funded partly by savings within the executive department in the 2020 budget, which Duterte is now allowed to rechannel towards the government’s response to COVID-19.

Duterte can also allocate cash, funds, investments, unused or unreleased subsidies in government corporations or any national government agency to address the COVID-19 emergency.

He can also stop programs, projects or activities under the executive department, including government corporations, and use the savings from these to fund the government’s response to the viral disease.

Other powers

Duterte may also direct the operation of privately-owned hospitals, medical facilities, and other establishments to house health workers, serve as quarantine areas, and become quarantine centers, medical and aid centers or temporary health facilities.

He may also direct the operation of passenger vessels to serve transportation needs of health workers.

The management of these businesses and establishments will be retained, and they will be compensated for any damage they may sustain as a result of Duterte taking charge of their operations.

However, Duterte may still take over their operations if they “unjustifiably refuse or signify that they are no longer capable of operating their enterprises.”

The new law also allows Duterte to buy goods, including personal protective equipment, thermometers, cleaning agents and medicine, as long as the Department of Health prioritizes the distribution of these to public health facilities tagged as COVID-19 referral hospitals, private hospitals that treat patients with the viral disease and public and private labs that test for it.

Duterte may also ensure that local government units are acting in line with the national government’s policy and may impose corresponding penalties if they disobey directives on quarantine protocols.

It also grants Duterte the power to require businesses to prioritize and accept contracts for materials and services needed to combat COVID-19. Those who refuse may face a two-month jail term and a fine ranging from ₱10,000 to ₱100,000.

Duterte can also now regulate public and private transportation, traffic, and the use of power, fuel, energy and water.

Duterte’s powers will be in full force for three months, unless extended by Congress, or withdrawn sooner via a concurrent resolution.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea earlier assured that the President “has no intent” to abuse his special powers to address the crisis once granted full authority by both chambers.

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Masks SAVE LIVES. STUPID DoH/IATF guidelines DISCOURAGE citizens from wearing face masks in public.

Do you notice that STUPID Department of Health officials consistently and persistently emphasize the point that it is unnecessary for citizens who are not sick to wear face masks in public? Their recommendation is for symptomatic individuals to wear face masks so as to prevent others from getting contaminated. That is good, of course. The problem is that there are asymptomatic carriers, thus they are not obliged to wear face masks only because they are not even aware that they have the disease. Then there are symptomatic people who are in denial so they feel they do not need to wear face masks. Then there are irresponsible people who are symptomatic but could not care less on why they should be wearing face masks. In other words, we are at the mercy of all these people coughing and sneezing all over the place. Since we have no control over their actions, there is one thing we can control and that is our own actions. If we wear face masks, the chances of us being infected are much smaller compared to the people at the same time and place where we are but do not wear face masks. 

The STUPID health officials actually miss a very important point. By recommending mandatory face mask use, they will be inculcating the concept that everyone is responsible for his own protection and health. But no, our so-called experts cry out loud that face masks should be reserved for health care frontliners and patients. They sorely miss the point that the country, the communities, families and friends can actually manufacture their own face masks. True, the materials used may not be at par with the commercial face masks, but, mind you, in a time of scarcity and emergency even home made face masks will have some protective value.

Next time you watch a TV interview, program or press conference, look at the audience with them and count the number of people wearing face masks because if there are many of them, it only means the dumb health officials in front of the microphone have no credibility since the press people right there wearing masks do not actually believe what our pseudo-experts are saying.

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Wearing face masks in supermarkets, drugstores: not mandatory —IATF

Aileen Cerrudo (UNTV News)

March 24, 2020

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Wearing face masks in supermarkets, drug stores, and other establishments is not mandatory, according to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

The IATF on Emerging Infectious Diseases clarified that wearing face masks before entering supermarkets is not part of their implemented guidelines.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said they received reports where customers were not allowed to enter a supermarket for not wearing face masks.

Nograles said their guidelines state to strictly follow social distancing.

Ang rules lang namin ay magkaroon lamang ng social distancing sa mga supermarkets. So ganoon na lang po ang sundin natin (Our rule is to practice social distancing in supermarkets. So that is what we should follow),” he said.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary said it is for the management of the supermarket to decide how many customers they will allow entry and still comply with the social distancing guidelines.

Made-determine naman ng mga supermarkets kung ilan ang pwede nilang papasukin to make sure na may social distancing sa loob (The supermarkets can determine how many they will allow to enter to make sure there is social distancing inside),” said Nograles. —AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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