The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday renewed its call to the public to get vaccinated and boosted to further strengthen the wall of immunity and to remain protected against Covid-19 after two more cases of EG.5 subvariant of Omicron were logged based on the latest DOH bio-surveillance report reflecting genome sequencing results from from July 26 to August 1.
There is virtually no livelihood and employment aspect that Covid-19 has not disrupted, and our poor countrymen were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Millions of minimum wage earners and contract workers that lost their jobs became poorer because of the long lockdowns. Thanks to the decision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to lift restrictions earlier than expected, the people got their livelihood back. But, just as they are starting to recoup their income losses, some wise lawmakers are trying to find a new way to push poor Filipinos deeper into poverty.
THE International Labor Organization (ILO) has proposed the inclusion of a mandatory training for seafarers, shipowners and other stakeholders on the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 in the updated Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
In an interview with BusinessMirror on Wednesday, International Labor Organization (ILO) Director General Gilbert F. Houngbo said they are coordinating with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the initiative.
Through awareness of the MLC, all maritime stakeholders will be able to ensure the protection of seafarers during times of crisis, he said.
The MLC contains the minimum working and living standards for all seafarers working on ships flying the flags of ratifying countries.
It ensures the right of a seafarer for a safe and secure workplace that complies with safety standards, fair terms of employment, decent working and living conditions on board ship, as well as health protection, medical care, welfare measures and other forms of social protection
“We are working very intensely with ILO on this to ensure that we draw lessons from the ordeal that the seafarer had to face” during the Covid-19 outbreak, so this does not happen during another crisis, Houngbo said.
During the onset of the pandemic, he noted many seafarers were confined in their ships for extended periods without any breaks.
The IMO is currently reviewing the provisions of the STCW to keep up with the changing technology and challenges in the maritime industry.
The Department of Health (DOH) will convene the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to discuss and reassess policies after the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Covid-19.
SENATE probers on Tuesday terminated an inquiry into the sugar importation fiasco as they adjourned their fourth hearing after coming close to citing in contempt ex-Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) head Hermenegildo Serafica for changing testimonies. He suddenly claimed that President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who stopped Sugar Order No. 4 (SO 4) allowing importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar, had toyed with the idea of importing double that volume.
The House Committee on Health on Tuesday adopted a resolution directing the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to review its issuances and immediately rectify its mistake after admitting that there was delay in the retroactivity of its circular on Covid-19 benefit package.
Currently, the Department of Health lists 11 possible health conditions that qualify afflicted individuals for immediate vaccination against COVID-19. Among these conditions include hypertension, both forms of diabetes, and all types of cancer. Another condition made it to the list, that is obesity — not as popular to many but is critically important yet overlooked.