Gatchalian wants next admin to address stunting among Filipino kids

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the next administration to address stunting among Filipino children, which has long-term consequences on their growth and development.   Gatchalian made this call as the outgoing Duterte administration seeks a $178.1 million loan from the World Bank to address Filipino children’s stunted growth. The loan will fund a proposed multi-sectoral […]

No walk-ins for smooth COVID-19 vaccination for minors

As the government eyes to begin the inoculation of minors against COVID-19 on October 15, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 to avoid a “walk-in” system and prevent crowding in vaccination sites. According to the NTF, there are 12.7 million teenagers in the 12-17 age group; The Department of […]

To LGUs: Tap sign language interpreters to assist deaf, mute in vaccination centers

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging local government units (LGUs) to tap sign language interpreters to assist deaf and mute recipients of the COVID-19 vaccines.   Gatchalian cited the example of Valenzuela, where sign language interpreters are assigned to COVID-19 vaccine centers. The lawmaker added that aside from assisting deaf and mute residents with COVID-19 vaccination, […]

Urgency in vaccinating minors needed amid Delta variant threat

Following the detection of more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines, Senator Win Gatchalian is pressing the urgency of vaccinating minors to prevent them from becoming “variant factories.”   Because of its increased transmissibility, the Delta variant first detected in India is considered a variant of concern. The World Health Organization […]

Government urged to support locally manufactured COVID-19 vaccines

While world leaders continue to debate whether there should be a suspension of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, Senator Win Gatchalian urged the government to be one step ahead – explore the possibility of the country having the capacity to produce its own vaccine. He said concerned government agencies such as the Department of […]

Measles cases on the rise worldwide; LGUs should ramp up immunization programs

With measles deaths around the world up 50 percent from 2016 to 2019, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging local government units (LGUs) to aim for increased coverage of their immunization programs to prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.   Gatchalian cited the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report last April that some 2 million children in […]

Continuous increase in hospital capacities needed

Senator Win Gatchalian urged hospitals to continuously expand their patient capacity for COVID-19 cases that could overload the country’s healthcare system.   The senator cited the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) showing that the number of COVID-19 ward beds in the National Capital Region (NCR), or for those mild cases, asymptomatic, and […]

“Field hospitals” not stricter quarantine protocols, key vs. COVID-19

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the government to seriously consider the construction of field hospitals to augment and increase the capacity of hospitals accommodating COVID-19 positive patients.   “Most hospitals now have reached full capacity of their COVID-19 dedicated beds. We cannot just sit back and remain idle while COVID-19 cases continue to spread throughout […]