Reinforcing frontliners

And so we fully agree with and strongly support Sen. Francis Tolentino in urging the Department of Health to authorize more than 1,500 medical school graduates to render medical services without having them finish their licensure examinations so that they can be immediately deployed as the country strengthens its fight against Covid-19.

Quarantine this!

If the 2019 coronavirus sweeping the world like a giant, sharp scythe is not some diabolical germ warfare gone awry (the Spanish, flu which claimed around 20 million lives, came just after World War 1 during which chemical weapons were used), then it must be nature getting even.

Can’t fire ‘em

The latest directive was included in a bulletin, which was approved by President Duterte, that contains the “basic do’s and don’ts” during the implementation of Luzon-wide “enhanced” community quarantine from March 17 to April 12.

DoH dared on vapers’ rights

An Asian alliance of tobacco harm-reduction advocacy organizations has asked the Department of Health to bring up the rights of Filipino smokers who want to switch to safer alternatives during the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties of the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in November.

Growth trackers miss; equal before the law

If economists had a hard time getting a correct reading of the country’s economic performance last year, how much more difficulty would they encounter this year on account of back-to-back debacles starting with the Taal eruption, the still raging 2010 coronavirus, the US-China trade war, and the resulting global economic slowdown?