CALABARZON ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES BREACH 4,000 MARK ANEW

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region recorded 344 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 10, bringing the number of active infections to 4,111, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The current number of active cases in the region is the fifth time that it surpassed the 4,000 mark due to the continuous spread of the coronavirus.

The first time that the region hit past 4,000 active cases was last Aug. 5, when the Health Education and Promotion Unit of DOH–Calabarzon listed 4,015 active infections, followed by 4,042 cases on August 6, 4,190 on August 7, and 4,092 on August 8.

On Aug. 9, the total number of active COVID-19 cases dropped to 3,963. It was only 733 on July 1, the DOH Calabarzon data on its Facebook showed.

Based on the latest data, Cavite province topped the list with 1,500 active cases, followed by Laguna with 1,214; Batangas, 743; Quezon and Lucena City, 349; and Rizal, 305.

The region listed on Wednesday 615 new recoveries and eight deaths.

The regional health authorities did not provide information on the COVID-19 variants of the present active cases in the region.

Dr. Guido David, an OCTA Research fellow, tagged the positivity rate in Laguna (33.2) as “very high.”

David said the positivity rates in Quezon (25.1), Cavite (21.1), and Rizal (18.8) are also serious concerns.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of tests that turn out positive for COVID-19. Above 20 percent is considered very high, OCTA said.

OCTA Research explained that the high COVID-19 positivity rate could be partly due to the public’s waning immunity against the viral disease.

As of July 25, the DOH reported that fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10,473,312, but only 2,693,629 of them had their first booster shot, while 203,089 already had their second booster.

The DOH-Calabarzon is targeting the vaccination of 13,435,568 qualified recipients in the region.

As of August 10, the Calabarzon region recorded 517,458 COVID-19 cases, 499,708 recoveries, and 13,639 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.

DOH CALABARZON TARGETS OVER 3 MILLION BOOSTER SHOTS DURING ‘SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!’ CAMPAIGN 

The Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development CaLaBaRZon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) kick-started yesterday the campaign entitled “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS!” held at EMI – Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite. 
 
The campaign aims to administer over 3 million COVID-19 booster shots in the CALABARZON Region for the first 100 days of the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  
 
“Importante po ito para sa ating bayan, para sa edukasyon, para sa ekonomiya, para sa bawat pamilya. 78% ng ating senior citizen ang boosted na at malaki pa po ang ating kinakailangang bakunahan para maabot ng 90% target, ” Health Policy and Infrastructure Development Team (HPIDT) Undersecretary Lilibeth C. David said in her speech during “SA BOOSTER, PINASLAKAS! campaign launch, held at EMI-Yazaki, Aguinaldo Highway Anabu IIA, Imus, Cavite on July 26, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia emphasized that “the vaccination here in the CALABARZON region will target the people inside the factories, markets and schools. This is where they are now, these three settings are our specific targets for this new campaign. This is very timely, now that face-to-face classes will be allowed and the majority of the factories are fully operational. Kapag nagawa natin ito, walang duda we will achieve our set targets.” 

The campaign also sees to impart the importance of unified strength and maintaining the country’s “Wall of Immunity” by achieving the target of 90% primary series coverage among Priority Group A2: Senior Citizens and 50% eligible population receiving at least 1 booster in settings where the people are and where they want to be: places of work, transport terminals, community centers, commercial centers, places of worship, and learning.
 
The shared vision of “PINASLAKAS” Campaign is by October 8, 2022, majority of boosted population may enjoy and feel more protected against severe effects and mortality from COVID-19.

DOH CALABARZON will vaccinate a total of 3,205,875 COVID-19 booster shots, 723, 453 of this are from the Cavite Province; 654, 994 are from Rizal; 616, 720 are from Batangas; 590, 524 are from Laguna; 529, 700 are from Quezon and 90, 484 are from Lucena City. With the total number of targets due for booster, DOH CALABARZON aims to inoculate 53, 431 per day as of July 22, 2022.
 
DOH CALABARZON reported a total of 165 new cases of COVID-19, 68 are from Rizal, 61 are from Batangas, 17 are from Laguna, 16 Cavite and 3 are from Quezon, making a total of 508, 772 cases recorded in the region as of July 25, 2022. 

As of July 25, 2022, fully vaccinated individuals in the region reached 10, 473, 312 (78%), and 11, 023, 290 (82%) got their initial dose, while 2, 693, 629 got their 1st booster shot and 203, 089 (26%) got their second dose (8%).

BATANGAS, MANANATILI SA ALERT LEVEL 1 HANGGANG HULYO 31 – DOH

Marlon Luistro

Ang lalawigan ng Batangas, kasama ang lima pang probinsya at lugar sa Rehiyong Calabarzon ay patuloy na sasailalim sa status ng Alert Level 1 Hulyo 16 hanggang 31, inihayag ng DOH.

Bukod sa nasabing lalawigan ay mananatili pa rin sa Alert Level 1 status ang mga probinsya ng Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Lucena City at bayan ng Alabat sa Quezon.

Habang nasa Alert Level 2 naman ang nalalabing bahagi ng lalawigan ng Quezon.

Ginawang basehan sa pagtatakda ng nasabing alert level ang average daily attack rate at total bed utilization ng isang lugar.

Sa pinakahuling ulat ng DOH Calabarzon mula alas-3 ng  hapon noong Hulyo 19, may 215 bagong kaso ang nadagdag kayat umabot nasa 506,010 ang confirmed cases sa rehiyon kung saan 2,487 ang active cases o mga nagpapagaling pa. Nasa 442 naman ang bagong gumaling sa COVID kayat umabot  na sa 489,993 ang bilang ng mga nagrecover sa  sakit. May tatlo namang nadagdag sa listahan ng pumanaw kayat suma total ay umabot na sa 13,530 ang death toll sa rehiyon.

Pinakamaraming aktibong kaso sa Cavite na may 898, kasunod ang Batangas na  may 644 at Laguna na may 579.

Pang-apat naman ang Rizal na may 287 aktibong kaso, 70 ang sa Quezon habang siyam naman ang aktibong kasong naitala sa Lucena City.

FORMER HEALTH SECRETARIES RENEW CALLS TO VETO THE VAPE BILL

From left: Atty. Benedict Nisperos, legal consultant of HealthJustice; Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, executive director of SEATCA; Atty. Alex Padilla, former Undersecretary of the Department of Health; and May Mendoza, President of HealthJustice and former commissioner of the Civil Service Commission

Roselle R. Aquino

Calamba City  – Former Health Secretaries Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan and Dr. Esperanza Cabral appealed to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to veto the Vape Regulation Bill (SB 2239) and fully implement existing regulatory provisions on such products contained in Republic Act Nos. 11346 and 11467 that were passed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The call is in light of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over tobacco products.

The Vape Regulation Bill is one of the bills that were submitted late in the former Administration that was then inherited by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The SC, in the case filed by the Philippine Tobacco Institute to question the authority of the FDA over tobacco products, ruled that Section 25 of Republic Act No. 9711 clearly establishes that the law shall cover all health products, except for acts covered by special laws. Hence, matters not covered by special laws remain under the FDA’s broad regulatory authority.

Cabral underscored that for the longest time the public health community continues to assert that DOH and the FDA have jurisdiction over tobacco and similar products such as vape products or e-cigarettes.

“The FDA and the DOH should have the final say on any and all products that impact people’s health,” Cabral said.

For his part, former Health Secretary Jaime Galvez Tan said that this decision ultimately tells the public that health experts in this country are the DOH and the FDA.

“Policy-makers and the public should listen to FDA and DOH instead of industry-backed groups claiming to be health experts but are actually peddling vapes.”

Prior to stepping down as Secretary of Health, Dr. Francisco Duque III also reiterated the agency’s position against the Vape Bill and categorically stated that their ‘end goal’ is that the Vape bill will not be enacted into law.

In an earlier statement, Former Secretary Duque also referred to the vape bill as a ‘Trojan horse’ to the former administration. He explained that “The bill will achieve the opposite of its intended purpose of strengthening tobacco industry regulation as it relaxes the restrictions on the minimum age of access, flavorings, regulation, distribution, advertising, promotion, sale, and use of these products.”

Atty. Alexander Padilla, former Undersecretary of Health, is of the view that this is an opportunity for the DOH and FDA to assert its mandate over tobacco products and vapes.

“The broad powers of the FDA as affirmed by the Supreme Court should be used by the agency to consolidate the regulations for vapes and tobacco to ensure effective enforcement for the protection of public health.”

Former Civil Service Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza highlights the acknowledgement of the Supreme Court on the competence and mandate of the FDA ‘to ensure safety, efficacy, purity, and quality’ health products which includes tobacco products because it negatively impacts health.

“This decision is important to improving good governance in our country as it rationalizes the functions of government agencies. To divide jurisdiction over tobacco and vapes that are harmful to health would mean that protection of public health will have to be compromised with other interests,” Mendoza said. “If public health is compromised, like what the vape bill does, public health loses.” 

Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) Executive Director Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo likewise urged President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr to veto the vape bill, citing the President’s earlier veto of the Bulacan Airport special economic zone. In rejecting the House Bill 7575, which seeks the establishment of the Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Bulakan town, President Marcos noted that its provisions infringes on or conflict with other agencies’ mandates and authorities. He also noted that the enrolled bill “lacks coherence with existing laws, rules, and regulations.”

“The President vetoed the bill (HB 7575) because it is not consistent with existing laws and fiscal reforms. The same is true with the vape bill. It is inconsistent with existing laws that already regulate these products by limiting flavors to menthol and tobacco, limiting access to those aged 21 years and above, and mandating the FDA to regulate these harmful products,” Dr. Dorotheo stressed. “The vape bill will weaken these regulations and is against the Marcos administrations’ policy to provide better health and better life for Filipinos. We hope the President sees the inconsistency in the vape bill and vetoes it before July 24.”

To date, there is still no news from the Office of the President on the fate of the Vape Bill.

LIBRENG DIALYSIS CENTER PLANONG ITAYO SA LEMERY 

📷 Nephromed

Inilalatag na ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Lemery ang plano nitong magbigay ng libreng dialysis para sa mga residenteng nangangailangan nito.

Noong Hulyo 5, nakipagpulong si Mayor Ian Kenneth Alilio sa mga kinatawan ng NephroMed Asia Dialysis Center para sa plano nitong pagtatayo ng Libreng Dialysis Center.

Magsasagawa naman ng ocular visit ngayong linggo ang NephroMed Asia Dialysis Center upang inspeksyunin ang PNB Building at Puericulture Clinic na siyang pagtatayuan ng dialysis center.

Kasalukuyan ding hinihintay ng lokal na pamahalaan ang Demolition Order ng Commission on Audit (COA) upang masimulan ang proyekto.

Ayon kay Alilio, malaking hamon para sa isang pamilya ang pagpapa-dialysis upang malunasan ang karamdaman ng isang pasyente.

Dagdag pa nito, ang pagkakaroon ng nasabing serbisyo ay isang hakbang upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga residenteng may karamdaman.

Ang pagpapatayo ng Dialysis Center ang isa sa mga prayoridad ni Alilio na inaasahang makakatulong sa mga kababayan nitong nagpapa-dialysis lalo na sa mga walang kakayanang suportahan ang kanilang pagpapagamot. (PIA)

DENGUE CASES SA CALABARZON TUMAAS NG 40%   

Tumaas ng 40% ang bilang ng mga dengue cases sa CALABARZON region mula January 1 hanggang July 9 ngayong taon.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH) CALABARZON, umabot sa 5,571 ang dengue cases ngayon kumpara sa 3,989 cases noong kaparehong mga buwan noong nakaraang taon.

Karamihan sa mga cases ay mula sa lalawigan ng Laguna na nakapagtala ng 1,806 cases, sinundan ng Rizal na may 1,161 cases. Pumangatlo naman ang Quezon na may 987 cases, Cavite na may 802 cases, Batangas na may 745 cases at Lucena na may 70 cases.

Ayon sa Regional Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit (RESU), may edad 2 hanggang 60 ang mga nagkakasakit at may 12 naitalang pumanaw.

Nagbabala naman si DOH Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia sa mga residente na maging handa sapagkat hindi pa tapos ang panahon ng tag-ulan.

“Ito yung mga panahon na tumataas ang bilang nila, kaakibat na ito ng tag-ulan at pagbaba ng temperature- It’s their breeding season. Increased mobility is one of the causes seen to have contributed to the increase in dengue cases” banggit nito.

Ang dengue fever ay kumakalat sa pamamagitan ng kahat ng infected na lamok. Kabilang sa mga sintomas ang biglaang pagkakaroon ng lagnat, matinding sakit ng ulo, sakit sa likuran ng mata, pananakit ng katawan, rashes, pasa sa katawan at pagdurugo ng ilong o gilagid. Maaari itong maging hemorrhagic fever (DHF) na pwedeng ikamatay kung hindi maaagapan.

Paalala ng DOH, sundin ang 4S strategy upang makaiwas sa dengue:
Search and destroy breeding places
Secure self-protection
Seek early consultation
Support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an impending outbreak.

ILOG SA LIAN, NADALE NG FISH KILL, LGU SINISISI NG MGA RESIDENTE

Ylou Dagos

Tinamaan na naman ng fish kill ang ilog sa Lian, Batangas at isinisisi naman ito ng mga netizen sa kanilang LGU. 

Ayon sa mga netizen, hindi umano ngayon lamang nangyari ang fish kill sa ilog.

Halos isang dekada na anila itong paulit-ulit na nangyayari at isinisisi sa ilang pabrika na nasa baybay-ilog ang pangyayari.

Dagdag pa ng mga netizen, tatlong pabrika ang sabay-sabay na nagtatapon ng nakalalasong kemikal sa ilog at isinasabay ito kapag umuulan at hindi umano ito lingid sa kaalaman ng mga opisyal ng bayan.

Alam naman anya ng lokal na pamahalaan na polluted na ang ilog na kagagawan ng mga planta sa kabila ng maraming residente ng Lian at Nasugbu ang umaasa ng kabuhayan sa pamamagitan ng pangingisda sa ilog.

Ayon pa sa mga residente, kapansin pansin din ang pagbabago ng kulay at amoy ng tubig sa ilog kapag nagaganap ang fish kill.

Dahil don, nananawagan ang mga residente sa mataas na opisyal ng DENR at pamahalaang nasyunal na aksyunan ang problema sa kanilang ilog.

Samantala, agad namang nag-imbestiga ang lokal na pamahalaan at ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) at kumuha ng sample ng tubig para malaman kung ano ang dahilan ng pagkamatay ng mga isda.

Pansamantala ding ipinagbawal muna ang pangingisda sa nasabing ilog.

Base sa Facebook post ng Lian LGU, nangyari ang fish kill noong Linggo ng tanghali.

Wala pa namang pahayag ang LGU kaugnay sa nasabing usapin.

TRADITIONAL AT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE CENTER BINUKSAN SA LAGUNA

Isang Traditional Complementary at Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Center ang binuksan ng Department of Health Center for Health Development CALABARZON at Alliance of Health Oriented Neighbors (AHON) Inc. sa rural health unit ng Pagsanjan sa Laguna. 

Ayon kay DOH Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia, mahalagang maisama ang tradisyunal at alternatibong pamamaraan ng gammutan na makakatulong sa pag-iwas at pamamahala ng iba’t ibang lifestyle related diseases. 

“The opening of TCAM Center is our continuing testament to promote traditional and alternative healthcare methods despite the prevalence and advancement of modern modes of healing. This center serves a purpose to the people who want long-established ways of dealing with their illnesses and to improve their mental and physical well-being,” ani Valencia.

“Makabubuti rin ang ganitong pasilidad sa mga nakatatanda dahil sa sila ay prone sa iba’t ibang uri ng mga karamdaman. Mababawasan ang kanilang pagiging dependent sa mga iniinom na mga gamot sa pamamagitan ng tradisyunal at alternatibong paraan ng gamutan,” dagdag pa nito.

Kabilang sa mga serbisyong hatid ng TCAM ang acupuncture, yoga, ventosa, eye and body massage, spa, moxibustion at herbal medicines.

Mayroon ding technology-related modalities tulad ng live blood analysis, disease prevention analysis, high potential therapy at biozapper.

Ayon kay dating DOH-CHD Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo na syang nagpakilala ng naturang programa sa rehiyon, layon ng pagtatayo ng TCAM center na muling maipakilala ang mga tradisyunal at alternatibong pamamaraan ng gamutan sa healthcare system.

“Bilang tourist capital ng Laguna, kayo ang titingnang modelo ng ibang bayan sa paghahatid ng serbisyong medikal sa makaluma at alternatibong mga pamamaraan. Mas makikilala ng mga tao ang mga benipisyo na dulot nito sa pag-iwas sa iba’t ibang uri ng mga sakit at pagpapalakas ng immune system na hindi nangangailangan ng pag-inom ng iba’t ibang klase ng mga gamot,” ani Janairo.

Noong nakaraang Marso, binuksan ang kauna-unahang TCAM center sa rehiyon sa Batangas Medical Center.  Magkakaroon rin ng TCAM center sa bayan ng Majayjay sa Laguna.

COVID CASES SA CALABARZON, TUMAAS NG 102% SA LOOB  NG 1 LINGGO

Marlon Luistro

Lungsod ng Lipa, Batangas – Umabot na sa 277 ang aktibong kasong naitala sa Rehiyong Calabarzon noong ika-21 ng Hunyo, batay sa ulat ng Department of Health (DOH).

Mataas yan ng 102 porsyento kumpara sa 137 aktibong kaso na naitala noong ika-14 ng Hunyo.

Sa ulat ng Health Education and Promotion Unit ng DOH-Calabarzon, 46 na  panibagong kaso ang naitala kayat mula Hunyo 21 ay umabot na sa 499,792 ang kabuuang bilang ng COVID cases sa rehiyon kung saan 277 ang aktibong kaso o nagpapagaling pa.

Tatlumput apat naman ang mga bagong gumaling sa sakit kayat umabot na sa 486,044 ang bilang ng recoveries habang nananatili naman sa 13,471 ang bilang ng mga namatay sa COVID simula nang magkapandemya dalawang taon na ang nakararaan.

Ayon pa sa tala ng DOH-Calabarzon, ang lalawigan ng Cavite ang may pinakamaraming aktibong kaso ng COVID na may 119, kasunod ang Batangas na may 53, habang pumangatlo naman ang lalawigan ng Rizal na may 48 active cases.

Mayroon namang pitong aktibong kaso ang lalawigan ng Quezon habang isa ang sa Lucena City.

Nauna nang sinabi ng DOH nito lamang ika-20 ng Hunyo na patuloy na tumataas ang mga kaso ng COVID sa buong bansa bagaman tiniyak ng ahensyang wala namang surge sa panibagong mga kaso.

Noon lamang nakaraang linggo ay nagtala ang bansa ng 2,458 panibagong kaso na kung susumahin ay aabot sa 60 hanggang 70 porsyento ang pagtaas sa bilang ng COVID infections.

Bagaman patuloy ang pagtaas ng bilang ng mga tinatamaan ng COVID ay nauna nang inanunsyo ng IATF na mananatili sa Alert Level 1 hanggang katapusan ng buwan ng  Hunyo ang mga lalawigan ng Cavite, Laguna, Batangas at Rizal.

Nasa parehong Alert Level din Lucena City pati na ang Tayabas City, Atimonan, Candelaria, Dolores, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Plaridel, Polillo, Quezon, Sampaloc, San Antonio, Tiaong at Unisan.

Nasa Alert Level 2 naman ang mga nalalabing bayan sa lalawigan ng Quezon.

4 NA PROBINSIYA  AT ILANG LUGAR SA CALABARZON, ALERT LEVEL 1 PA RIN

Marlon Luistro

Mananatili pa rin sa Alert Level 1 ang classification ng mga lalawigan ng Cavite, Laguna, Batangas at Rizal gayundin ang ibang lugar sa lalawigan ng Quezon hanggang Hunyo 30.

Ito ay inanunsyo ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) noong ika-15 ng Hunyo, na siyang pinakahuling alert level classification na ilalabas sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte.

Nasa parehong Alert Level din ang Lucena City pati na ang Tayabas City, Atimonan, Candelaria, Dolores, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Plaridel, Polillo, Quezon, Sampaloc, San Antonio, Tiaong at Unisan.

Nasa Alert Level 2 naman ang mga nalalabing bayan sa lalawigan ng Quezon.

Sa latest report ng DOH Calabarzon mula ika-15 ng Hunyo ay may 25 panibagong kaso ng COVID ang nadagdag kayat umabot nasa 499,465 ang kabuuang kaso ng sakit sa rehiyon.

Sa nasabing bilang, 151 ang aktibong kaso o mga nagpapagaling pa habang 499,465 naman ang gumaling at 13,468 na ang mga nasawi simula nang magkapandemya dalawang taon na ang nakararaan.

Sa nasabi pang ulat ay lumalabas na ang lalawigan ng Cavite ang may pinakamaraming aktibong kaso sa rehiyon na may 52, kasunod ang Batangas at Rizal na may tig-35, may 19 aktibong kaso ang Laguna, 10 ang sa Quezon habang wala namang aktibong kaso ang Lucena City.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 1 ay pinapayagan na ang intrazonal at interzonal travel nang hindi isinasaalang alang ang edad at comorbidities.

Samantalang pinapayagan naman ang lahat ng establisimiyento, mga tao o aktibidad na mag-operate ng full capacity basta sumusunod sa minimum public health standards.

Pinapayagan din ang face to face classes para sa basic education batay na rin sa approval ng Office  of the President.