FDA vs. counterfeit medicines

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in-tensifies its campaign against counterfeit medicines by organising a forum attended by community stakeholders.

Officers of FDA-7 recently gathered representatives of different drug stores in the city and also concerned government agencies in a forum on countering counterfeit medicines held at Plaza Maria Luisa Suites Inn. “It doesn’t pose only threat or danger but more so it could kill. Iyon po ang most dangerous doon. Hindi po dapat natin hayaan na ma-cost ang publiko at hindi natin hayaan ang publiko na walang alam pagdating po sa counterfeit drugs (It doesn’t pose only threat or danger but more so it could kill. That’s the most dangerous part there. We should not allow the public to be unaware of counterfeit drugs),” Said Atty. Vanessa Gana Legasto of FDA’s Legal Services and Support Centre.


Positive discipline on children
By Roi Lomotan

The Provincial Social Welfare and Develop-ment Office (PSWDO) is reiterating its call to parents and guardians to practice positive discipline on their children.

PSWDO Focal Person Dahlia Cabristante had a conference with the members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (ANOPIO) to further raise awareness on this advocacy. Cabristante clarified that positive discipline is not letting children do whatever they want and having no rules but it allows children to develop self-control over time, communicating clearly, respecting children and earning their respect, teaching children how to make good decisions, building children’s skills and confidence and teaching children respect for others’ feelings.

Comprehensive law protecting children
By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Dumaguete City Council has passed an Ordinance Revising the Dumaguete City Children’s Code of 2000″ on third and final reading.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said that the ordinance will certainly enhance the protection for children against all forms of abuse and the promotion of their welfare and development.  In his recent State of the Children Address as part of the nationwide observance of Children’s Month, Mayor Remollo stressed that the programs and activities of the city government have always put the survival, development, protection and participation of our children at the center of governance as evidenced by [our] investments to child care.

SSS pensioners to get 13th “pay”

The state-run Social Security System (SSS) said it has already released nearly P22 billion to its partner banks for the release of the December and 13th month pensions of its pensioners starting November 29 but not later than December 7 this year.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the pension fund has already released more than P21.9 billion to its disbursing partner-banks on November 15 to give them ample time to release the regular monthly pension for December 2018 and 13th month pensions to pensioners. Broken down, SSS released P10.95 billion for the 13th month pension and about P10.95 billion for December 2018 pension.

DOE, biz tycoons push energy resiliency

Department of Energy Secretary Cusi made this headway at the Ayala Tower I in Makati City during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the DOE and the Philippine Disaster Resiliency Foundation, Inc. (PDRF), headed by its President, Rene S. Meily.

The DOE Chief highlighted the DOE’s Energy Resiliency Policy (ERP) to captains of the industry led by Ayala Corp. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and First Pacific Co. Ltd. CEO Manny V. Pangilinan. Sec. Cusi said the ERP fleshes out the government’s disaster risk reduction plans, programs and activities intended to minimize the impact of calamities like earthquakes, typhoons and floods. The DOE has been moving to ensure that the effects of disasters on the provision of power to the population will be minimal, the Secretary added.