Health in a Tablet: DOST’s eHatid Goes to MIMAROPA

Health in a Tablet. Photo: InterAksyon MANILA, Philippines – An electronic health information support system developed to help local government officials make informed decisions on health concerns has arrived in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region. The ceremonial turnover of the eHATID (eHealth TABLET for Informed Decision-making), tablets that contain health-related information, particularly patient records, was one of the highlight of the recent Mimarop leg of the Science Nation Tour: Agham na Ramdam, which concided with the 51st regional development council meeting in Marinduque, the Department of Science…

Nevada Court Blocks Philippine Province’s Barrick Gold Suit

Environmental activists denounce Barrick at the footsteps of theNevada Supreme Court during oral arguments in February LAS VEGAS – A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s lost a final appeal Thursday to have a Nevada state court hear its claim for damages against Barrick Gold Corp. “This case lacks any bona fide connection to this state,” the Nevada Supreme Court said. A lawyer for the Province of Marinduque said losing the decision on a jurisdictional question only means that he can move to the next…

Prosecution Seeks Suspension of Marinduque Gov Charged in Fertilizer Fund Scam

Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes (Center) Government prosecutors have moved for the suspension of Marinduque governor Carmencita Reyes in connection with her graft and technical malversation cases pending before the Second Division of the anti-graft court, Sandiganbayan. In a motion submitted to the Second Division on June 10, the prosecution team pointed out that it has been more than a year since Reyes was arraigned for the charges, and yet the court has yet to impose against her the mandatory preventive suspension as provided under Section 13 of Republic Act 3019…

DOH-Mimaropa Leads Launch of Center for Drug Resistant TB in Marinduque

USAID Logo and Marinduque Seal BOAC, Marinduque – The province’s first Programmatic Management of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (TB) Satellite Treatment Center (PMDRT-STC) was recently launched at the Boac Rural Health Unit. The treatment center was funded by the USAid in coordination with the Philippine Business for Social Progress and in partnership with the Department of Health- MIMAROPA. With the launching of the center, persons with drug-resistent TB will have a better chance of improving their conditions. One of reasons of the drug resistance is the failure of patients to complete their…

Let New Blood Flow in the Heart of the Country, Marinduque

Marinduque: Heart of the Philippines My wife, Rhina, celebrated her birthday yesterday. As a romantic husband, I planned of surprising her by either bringing her back to her hometown in Marinduque or fetching her parents. But to my dismay, I could not materialize my plan – there have been no airline services in Marinduque since May 2013 while land travel is just next to impossible with her parents too old for long travel and our busy schedule. The first time I visited Marinduque was in 2006. Since then, I have…