“This is far from enough,” Mesty said in a statement on Wednesday. “We will continue to ensure that protective equipment is accessible and well-distributed to support healthcare workers in their fight against COVID-19.”She went on to say that the campaign was also supported by a number of major companies, including homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia.Read also: Manufacturers ramp up capacity to produce protective gearMesty encouraged the public and potential donors to access the fund-raising data on the campaign’s official webpage to ensure transparency and accountability of the initiative. Topics : “We know that it is a long journey, which is why we invite everyone to contribute to distributing the PPE to Indonesian health workers,” Mesty said.Shortages of protective gear supplies remain a major issue amid nationwide efforts to stem the rapid spread of COVID-19.As of April 14, as many as 206 health workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data from the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) and the Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI). Of those who contracted the virus, at least 24 doctors and 12 nurses have died of COVID-19. National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief Doni Monardo, who helms the country’s COVID-19 task force, said on Tuesday that the government had responded to supply shortages by distributing 725,000 pieces of protective health gear, 13 million surgical masks and 150,000 N95 masks. Online health fund-raising platform WeCare has initiated a campaign that aims to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel working around the clock treating COVID-19 patients across the country despite the apparent scarcity of safety apparatuses.The campaign, under the hashtag #APDuntukNegeri (#PPEfortheCountry), has raised Rp 8.1 billion (US$512,904) as of Thursday, which will be allocated for the distribution of face masks, goggles, face shields and caps, among others, to around 1,700 hospitals across the archipelago.WeCare cofounder Mesty Ariotedjo said the campaign had managed to distribute protective gear supplies to more than 400 hospitals and health clinics in several regions.
Ethiopia’s black-maned lions once symbolically represented a former emperor Haile Selassie, and were immortalized in a song by reggae legend Bob Marley. But presently they are struggling for survival. A booming human population, widespread habitat destruction and growing livestock numbers mean the animal that once graced Ethiopia’s flag is on the wane. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports.
BACOLOD City – Around 579 members of the Kapatiran para sa ProgresibongPanlipunan Inc. (Kapatiran) have received P50,000 each as livelihood assistancefrom the national government during a ceremony in Talisay City, Negros Occidentalon Friday. As part of the former rebels’ socio-economic reintegration, theLivelihood Settlement Grants provide each profiled member P50,000 to supportthe establishment and continuity of one’s livelihood. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Philippine Army’s 303rdInfantry Brigade, said the release of the livelihood assistance to the formerrebels clearly manifests the government’s commitment to fulfill its peaceagreement with the group. The RPM-P/RPA-ABB, which signed a peace agreement with the governmenton Dec. 6, 2000, split into two – the TPG led by Veronica Tabara and StephenPaduano, and the Nilo dela Cruz Group. Only the TPG continued the process offinalizing a draft closure agreement with the government. He was joined by Tabara, who chairs the Kapatiran, in witnessing thedistribution of the livelihood grants with Galvez, Social Welfare undersecretaryRene Glen Paje and Defense undersecretary Cesar Yano.(With a report from PNA/PN) Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said the nationalgovernment has plans and programs for the organization after going through along and difficult journey toward peace. “Our government aims to give a better life for the members of theKapatiran,” he added. Paduano, former national commander of the RPA-ABB and now arepresentative of Abang Lingkod Party-list, urged the Kapatiran members tosustain the gains of the peace process. “It took us 23 years, and today is the first phase of the livelihoodassistance of the government. We cannot afford to lose this opportunity to showthe world that indeed, we can achieve lasting peace in the country,” Paduano saidin a statement released by the OPPAP. In Feb. 1996, breakaway members of the New People’s Army (NPA) NegrosRegional Party formed the RPM-P, and in April, the group announced theformation of the RPA as its military arm. The following year, the Nilo delaCruz-led ABB joined forces with the RPA. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Officeof the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) released a total of P30.65million in livelihood grants – of which P24.85 million went to 463 recipientsfrom Negros Occidental, and P5.8 million for the 116 members from the PanayIsland. The RPM-P/RPA-ABB TPG took on the name Kapatiran para sa ProgresibongPanlipunan Inc. as part of its institutional transformation. The recipients are former combatants of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ngManggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade(RPM-P/RPA/ABB) under the Tabara-Paduano Group (TPG) based in Negros Occidentaland Panay Island, which is finalizing the closure of its peace agreement withthe government. During their decommissioning in Capiz last September, the formercombatants also received immediate cash assistance of P25,000 each.