Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Poor, vulnerable must be prioritized, Go tells vaccine czar

CALOOCAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) -- Senator and chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher "Bong" Go on Wednesday reiterated his call to develop a national vaccination program against COVID-19 that would facilitate the vaccine supply chain and ensure the equitable and systematic provision of the vaccine once it is available.


"Habang sinisiguradong safe and effective ang vaccines at isinasagawa ang clinical trials, paghandaan na dapat kung paano gagawing available, accessible at affordable ang mga ito sa lahat ng Pilipino, lalo na ang mga pinaka-nangangailangan," he stressed.

"Huwag natin pabayaan ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino na kailangan na makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay upang maibangon mula sa kahirapan ang kanilang pamilya," he added.

He likewise reiterated support for President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to prioritize the immunization of the poor and vulnerable who have been most affected by the pandemic, and frontliners, such as medical workers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police, who are most at risk.

"When the time comes that there is a vaccine and medicine against COVID-19, we must be ready to provide these to all Filipinos who are in need whether they are rich or not. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng plano kung saan pantay-pantay at hindi lang ang mga may kaya sa buhay ang makakuha," said Go.

Currently, over 100 vaccine candidates are now under development around the world, with some having progressed to the advanced human trial stage. The government has set aside a total of P10 billion as standby funds for the testing and procurement of COVID-19 vaccines and medication under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Because of these considerations, Go emphasized the need to formulate an overall strategy to be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the general population. He also urged concerned agencies to work together and prepare for possible collaborations with foreign governments and entities in anticipation of the limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines.

Furthermore, Go asked government to ensure the speedy and uninterrupted entry of vaccines into the country by putting in place a national strategy to secure the supply chain for the COVID-19 vaccine, medicines and other related health commodities. He specifically urged authorities to prepare cold storage facilities and other equipment needed for the inventory, use and distribution of the vaccines.

The Senator also expressed support for President Duterte's recent decision to appoint National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. as vaccine czar who could lead the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine program and spearhead the aforementioned efforts.

"Buo ang aking tiwala kay General Galvez. Kailangan natin ng tao dyan na may alam sa logistics, supply chain, at crisis management. Tulungan natin siya," he said.

In recent months, Go has repeatedly issued warnings against rushing the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and emphasized the need to ensure its safety and effectiveness.

"Huwag tayong masyadong magmadali dahil napakaimportante po na ma-declare ito as safe. Ayaw natin na mayroon na namang another controversy na mangyayari tungkol dito sa vaccine. Importante po para sa amin ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino," he stressed.

He reminded the Department of Science and Technology, the lead agency in charge of the country's participation in the COVID-19 clinical trials, to ensure that all necessary processes are expedited but still in strict compliance to the applicable scientific standards.

Until then, the Senator asked the public to continue complying with the government-issued health and safety protocols by wearing masks and face shields, observing social distancing, and frequently washing their hands, among others, to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Ako'y natutuwa na ang Pilipino ay disiplinado po at sumusunod sa paalaala ng gobyerno. Just cooperate with the government. Para po ito sa inyo. Lahat po ng aming ginagawa ay para sa inyo po," he said.

"Patuloy lang po tayong magbayanihan at magmalasakit sa kapwa. Malalampasan rin natin ang krisis na ito. Huwag po kayo mawalan ng pag-asa. Kapag mayroon na pong vaccine, uunahin po namin ang mga mahihirap at pinaka-nangangailangan para makabalik na kayo sa normal na pamumuhay," he reiterated. (PIA NCR)

By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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