Take some time to read the following excerpt from an opinion piece in a recent issue of the Daily Mirror, a national daily tabloid in the United Kingdom: “Without journalism, coronavirus would kill more people. Take a moment to think about what the world would be without us.” For a government to order its constituents to stay at home, it needed the media to communicate to the nation the seriousness of the message.
Much has been said about the constant criticisms being thrown at the government with the way it responded and responding to the current crisis. However, instead of addressing the complaints, or at least confirming their veracity, more attention has been directed to the people airing the complaints, and not to the issues they raised.
To help Catanduanes’ medical front liners cope during this very challenging COVID-19 pandemic, the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the accredited professional organization for architects of the PRC in the country thru its Catanduanes Chapter (CC) donated intubation boxes for the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC). This device provides our frontline healthcare professionals with an additional line of defense, in addition to the traditional coveralls, surgical cap, N-95 mask, scrub suits, goggles/face shield, double gloves, dedicated shoes and shoe covers.
According to the special report released by the Catanduanes Provincial Statistical Office, this translates to a Purchasing Power of the Peso of P 0.82, meaning the value of the 2020 peso is now 82 centavos compared to its full value in base year 2012.
The police said Brian Vicente, 21, a resident of Calatagan, was hacked by Joseph Ian Torrente, 20, also a construction worker and resident of the same barangay, at 5:30 P.M. of April 5, 2020 at their barracks in San Roque.
Norlina Aiza Mercado Chio, a resident of San Pablo, Virac, was placed under arrest by undercover police officers after handing over a small sachet of shabu to a poseur-buyer at 10:10 A.M. of April 8, 2020 in the barangay.
The Catanduanes provincial government, however, has already jumped the gun on the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2020-064 issued March 29, 2020 by Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
In its regular session last April 6, the provincial board headed by Acting Vice Governor Lorenzo T. Templonuevo Jr. voted for the supplemental AIP but had to exclude the P318,000.00 funding set aside for use of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Broadcasting Services-Radyo Pilipinas Catanduanes (PBS-RPC) following a privilege speech on the matter by Provincial Board Member Edwin T. Tanael.
According to documents furnished to the Tribune, separate directives issued by PPA General Manager Atty. Jay Daniel R. Santiago showed there was no reason for the PPA management in the island to deny the provincial government’s request to use the facilities at the ports of Virac and San Andres as quarantine area for arriving truck drivers and helpers.
Acting Governor Shirley Abundo called for an emergency meeting with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) last Wednesday to discuss the breakdown of P12-million in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund (DRRMF).