The Department of Health, with growing concern for public health and safety as the international community combats the recent emergence of the Ebola Virus, along with other government agencies, has issued notices in hopes to inform the public of the nature of the disease. Compiled here are press releases and updates on the government’s ongoing campaign to prevent an outbreak of the virus. As of now, the Philippines remains Ebola-free.

Updates

[English] Benigno S. Aquino III, Sixth State of the Nation Address, July 27, 2015

More than five years have passed since we put a stop to the culture of “wang-wang,” not only in our streets, but in society at large; since we formally took an oath to fight corruption to eradicate poverty; and since the Filipino people, our bosses, learned how to hope once more. My bosses, this is the story of our journey along the Straight Path.


Benigno S. Aquino III, Sixth State of the Nation Address, July 27, 2015

Ito ang aking ikaanim na SONA. Muli akong humaharap sa Kongreso at sa sambayanan upang iulat ang lagay ng ating bansa. Mahigit limang taon na ang lumilipas mula nang itinigil natin ang wang-wang, hindi lang sa kalsada, kundi sa buong lipunan; mula nang pormal tayong nanumpang labanan ang katiwalian upang masugpo ang kahirapan; at mula nang natuto muling mangarap ang Pilipino. Mga Boss, ito ang kuwento ng ating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid. – Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III, Sixth State of the Nation Address, July 27, 2015


Ban para sa mga OFW sa mga bansang tinamaan ng Ebola mananatili, maliban sa ilang manggagawa

Nagpalabas ang POEA ng resolusyon na pinananatili ang total ban sa pagpapadala ng mga OFW sa mga bansang Guinea, Liberia, at Sierra Leone, subalit papayagan na rin ang pagpoproseso at pagpapadala ng mga pabalik na manggagawa na nagtatrabaho sa UN-related organization o international non-government/civil society organizations.


POEA stays ban of OFWs to Ebola-stricken countries, but allows exemption

On December 8, 2014, the Governing Board imposed a total deployment ban for all Filipinos bound for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and instructing Filipinos already there to return to the Philippines.


DOH welcomes PH Ebola Rapid Response Team from West Africa

In a brief program during the agency’s flag-raising ceremony, Garin conveyed the department’s appreciation of the efforts and sacrifices of these brave men and women for about three months being away from their families.


President Aquino’s toast during the 2015 New Year Vin d’Honneur

… I am heartened by the presence of our friends and partners from other nations and from different sectors of Philippine society. Many times, over the past few years, we have been able to demonstrate our unity. I am confident that, so long as we continue to work together, there is no hurdle that we cannot surpass, no challenge we cannot overcome, no promise we cannot fulfill.


PHL Embassy, UN doctor facilitates seminar on HIV, Ebola, and other diseases in Nigeria

The Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria conducted a Health Awareness seminar on HIV/AIDS, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Diabetes and Hypertension at the Philippine Embassy Conference Room on November 22.


Statement: The Acting Secretary of Health on the DOH-AFP visit to Caballo Island

As Acting Secretary of Health, it is my duty to ensure that our UN Peacekeepers have the proper facilities and shall be afforded the proper medical treatment as the need arises.


DOH: Filipino UN Peacekeeper tested negative for Ebola

Negatibo po ang Ebola test sa ating pasyente. Subalit, ikinalulungkot nating malaman na positibo siya sa malaria. Sinimulan na po ang combination treatment sa ating pasyente. Mabuti at maaga po itong naagapan kung saan wala pang komplikasyon.


Statement: Acting Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin on Ebola in the Philippines

Nakakahawa lang po ang Ebola kung may mga sintomas na ang pasyente. Ebola is not airborne. While contagious, it is not an easy virus to catch.