Philippines remains Ebola-free, says Palace
Malacanang on Sunday has dispelled fears that the fatal ebola virus may have reached the country.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., told reporters in a press briefing over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, that the country remains ebola-free.
“Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), ang Pilipinas ay nananatiling ebola-free. Wala pang natutunton o naiulat na kaso ng ebola sa bansa,” said Coloma.
On Friday, DOH has cleared five out of 15 Filipino migrant workers from Sierra Leone who returned in the country last month, while two others are still being closely monitored.
Coloma added that the DOH is equipped to handle the situation should there be a case of ebola reaching our shores.
“Tinitiyak po ng DOH sa pangunguna ni Kalihim (Enrique) Ona na may sapat na kakayahan at kahandaan ang pamahalaan na tumugon sa ebola virus o ebola epidemic dahil ito po ay idineklara na ng World Health Organization bilang isang panganib sa pandaigdigang kalusugan,” he said.
As for Filipino citizens still in the affected countries in West Africa, Coloma said the Department of Labor and Employment and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration are monitoring the situation. PND (ag)
Malacanang: All Filipinos in Iraq are safe and accounted for
All Filipinos in Iraq are safe and accounted for, said a Palace official on Sunday.
“Ayon sa pinakahuling ulat ng DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), ang tinatayang 900 Pilipino sa Iraq ay nananatiling ligtas. Ayon din sa DFA, ang mga airtstrikes ay sa mga lugar na malayo sa mga pamayanan ng mga Pilipino o Filipino communities,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretray Herminio Coloma, Jr.
US President Barack Obama has ordered limited air strikes against the Islamic militants in the Northern region of Iraq. This is in response to the “potential act of genocide” in that region.
DFA has now raised the warning in Kurdistan, Iraq to Alert Level II (restriction phase), while Alert Level IV is still in effect in the remaining parts of the country.
“Masinsing tinututukan ang sitwasyon at handang tumulong ang DFA kung kailangan sa paglilikas sa higit na ligtas na lugar ng mga Pilipino sa Iraq,” Coloma added.
The Communications Secretary said the government is monitoring the situation in Iraq closely to ensure the safety of the Filipinos there.
“Sa kahuli-hulihang ulat, marami pa ring nananatili doon sa Baghdad, dahil hindi naman yata mismo doon ang airstrikes. Pero tinututukan ito ng DFA para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga mamamayan,” Coloma said. PND (ag)
Malacanang saddened by the passing of one of the Communications officials
Malacañang expressed sadness over the passing of one of the ranking officials at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Eduardo Visperas, the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration.
Visperas died of a lingering illness Sunday morning, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., who broke the news during his regular weekend press briefing over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Coloma extended his deepest condolences to the family and loved ones left behind by one of his undersecretaries.
“Nakikiramay po tayo sa mga mahal sa buhay, pamilya, at naiwan ng ating kasamahan sa Presidential Communications Operations Office. Si Undersecretary Eduardo Visperas po, ang ating Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, ay pumanaw po kaninang umaga. Kaya ito po ay ikinalulungkot natin at nakikiramay po tayo sa kanyang pamilya,” Coloma said. PND (hdc)
Palace assures South Koreans, other foreigners their safety is top priority
The Palace on Sunday assured South Korean nationals and other foreigners visiting and living in the country that they are safe during their stay here.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., is commenting on the statement issued by the South Korean embassy in Manila that the government should strengthen measures to protect their citizens visiting and living in the country.
South Korean Ambassador Lee Hyuk in a statement said “pre-emptive action” must be done to allay the anxiety among South Koreans here in the Philippines.
“Para sa kanila (South Koreans) at para sa lahat ng mga galing sa ibang bansa na naninirahan dito at para sa ating mga mamamayan, mahalagang tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang kanilang kaligtasan at ang katahimikan at kaayusan ng ating mga komunidad. Kaya gusto po nating bigyan ng assurance ang embahada ng (South) Korea na ito po ay mayroong pinakamataas na prayoridad mula sa ating pamahalaan,” said Coloma in a press briefing over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
According to the South Korean envoy, their nationals are being targeted by criminals.
“Sisikapin po nating matanggal ang agam-agam at maalis ang ligalig nila para magpatuloy ang mainam na pakikipag-ugnayan ng ating dalawang bansa at para naman mapanatag ang kalooban ng kanilang mga mamamayan dito sa ating bansa,” said Coloma. PND (ag)