Duque ready to resign after clearing up COA findings

Catherine Gonzales 08/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Saturday said he will resign once the Department of Health’s (DOH) issues related to the audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA) are cleared. Duque said he…

Shift in stance: Duterte won’t fire Duque but will accept if he offers to resign

Daphne Galvez 08/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has backpedaled on his firm statement that he would not accept it if even if Health Secretary Francisco Duque III would offer to resign in the midst of the controversy on “deficiencies” in…

Duque: ‘No improvement’ despite prolonged ECQ in Regions 7, 10

Neil Arwin Mercado 08/23/2021

MANILA, Philippines — There seems to be “no improvement” in Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao despite the prolonged imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the regions, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday. In an…

Duque reminds Visayas, Mindanao execs to step up enforcement of COVID-19 protocols

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 06/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Local government executives in the Visayas and Mindanao should continue to intensify the implementation of health protocols and improve their vaccination coverage to combat the rising number of COVID-19 in those regions. Health Secretary…

Cebu gov’t to present COVID-19 protocols to Duque, other officials

Cathrine Gonzales 06/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Cebu government has invited Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials to visit the province on June 28 so the provincial government can present its COVID-19 protocols, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said…

Duterte against face shield policy? DOH can still appeal, says Duque

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 06/17/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes the Department of Health (DOH) can still appeal to make the wearing of face shields still mandatory after President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly agreed that face shields should only…

DOH drafting guidelines on mixed-use vaccination — FDA

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is already drafting guidelines to allow a person to receive different brands of coronavirus vaccine for first and second dose, an official of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Saturday rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine eyed

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 03/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines may start using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine it received from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility on Saturday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday. “Dahil kararating lang po ng AstraZeneca kagabi,…

Entire PH ‘ready’ to shift to MGCQ – Duque

Krissy Aguilar 02/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is “ready” should it transition to the least stringent modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday. In a televised briefing, Duque said local government units (LGUs)…

Incompetence

Ramon J. Farolan - @inquirerdotnet 02/22/2021

At a meeting with President Duterte and other Cabinet members in Davao City last Monday, “vaccine czar” Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. declared that “we are ready for the vaccines.” A dry run was conducted on the movement…

Duque suggests PhilHealth should handle Covid vaccine indemnity fund

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 02/11/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday suggested to senators that the proposed indemnity fund for Covid-19 vaccine adverse effects be managed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Duque raised this suggestion…

Lacson takes Roque, Galvez to task on real price tag of Sinovac

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson turned the tables on presidential spokesman Harry Roque who earlier branded as fake news the reported P3,629 cost of Sinovac’ vaccine for two doses. “We dare ask: Are Secretary Roque and…

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