Senator Sonny Angara is seeking to amend Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act to allow qualified individuals to immediately receive compensation benefits and other applicable financial assistance under the law.
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has become a critical issue for many people who find it difficult to seek help given the multitude of cases being handled by the overwhelmed health care system.
It has been close to one month since I recovered from COVID-19. But while preparing to donate my blood plasma for a second time, my doctors, after the results of the initial antibody test taken before donating, had me take another swab test, which registered positive.
My wife Tootsy has tested negative, which could be proof of what my doctors are positing that I am probably no longer infectious and that this latest positive result is probably picking up remnants of the virus.
Senator Sonny Angara today asked for the grant of certain exceptions for senior citizens who have been stuck in their homes during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and could remain holed up for an extended period once the lockdown is lifted and the “new normal” kicks in.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has released the guidelines under a general community quarantine (GCQ), which includes allowing certain businesses to resume operations but requires individuals below 21 and those 60 years and above to stay at home.
Statement of Sen. Angara on possible supplemental budget for COVID-19 and reaction to the extension of ECQ
On the possibility of passing a supplemental budget for COVID-19:
If a supplemental budget is needed I'm sure both houses of Congress will hear and pass that to authorize the President and the Executive branch to spend more or to realign from existing budgetary items. This is to meet the challenges posed by the virus which were unknown when we passed the 2020 budget and we acknowledge that the President may need some flexibility to react to future contingencies.
On the extension of the ECQ for another 15 days:
In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 faster, Senator Sonny Angara said the government must speed up the implementation of mass and random testing, particularly at the community level.
There are now 5,878 cases of COVID-19 in the country and the figure is expected to go up further as more tests are conducted by the Department of Health (DOH) and the local government units.
Angara aired his concern about how many COVID-19 cases are not being detected and are still spreading the virus at their communities.
Now more than ever, the development of telemedicine as a viable alternative to physical visits to the doctors should actively be pursued, Senator Sonny Angara said today.
In this time of COVID-19 when the transmission of the coronavirus is fast and potentially dangerous for certain individuals, Angara said technology and innovation is key to bridging the gap between patients and health care professionals.
Stop the discrimination against our frontliners, COVID-19 positive, persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI) and their families.
Senator Sonny Angara issued the call after receiving reports that the acts of discrimination and even cruelty against the frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 continue in spite of repeated appeals for understanding and compassion for them.
There should be no obstacle to the release of funds to the country’s most vulnerable sectors now that the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act has been enacted and President Duterte himself has issued the order to provide emergency assistance for those hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, Senator Sonny Angara said today.
After Sen. Sonny Angara announced that he is positive of COVID-19 Thursday, his office continues to help the public through distribution of food packs and protective gears.
Angara took it to social media to announce he is positive of the virus after manifesting symptoms of mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness.
“I have not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16,” Angara said.