The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the reason why the Philippine healthcare system is so bad: its two leading agencies - the Department of Health and PhilHealth - are SH*T.

A thread on how these two agencies cannot even do their jobs properly and continue to fail Filipinos. 1/
DOH's incompetence is obvious in its (mis)handling of COVID-19 data.

Failing to provide timely reliable data, it resorted to arbitrary terminologies like "fresh" cases, window dressing its website, and now, "mass recovery" every Sunday.

The 50k+ validation backlog is proof. 2/
DOH (mal)treatment of health workers is notorious.

COVID-related benefits are difficult to get.

Initially, rather than hire additional HWs, the DOH called for "volunteers" with P500 honorarium.

Contact tracers still not paid after months.

Nurses are facing mass demotion! 3/
Every time the DOH Secretary opens his mouth, dumb things come out.

The script of DOH pressers has not changed since March.

The DOH is often silent on important issues.

And Duque's appearances in Du30's press cons are almost unnecessary, based on what he says. #Trivial
PhilHealth is itself burdened by an incompetent board that is profligate in spending but frugal on guidance.

Corruption is so deeply ingrained that even if the NBI does its token duty of taking out the topmost layer, the more insiduous parts remain and continue to fester. 5/
Billions of funds have gone to line up the pockets of PhilHealth officials and big private "healthcare providers".

Did corruption end after changes in leadership?

Ask RB Aquino, E Banzon, and A Padilla. They were all unceremoniously removed.

Yet we're still in a sh*thole. 6/
There is a dearth in health leadership today.

There is an absence of competence and integrity, of vision and accountability.

Those who wish to replace the current DOH and PhilHealth leaders are the same kind of people: self centered and elitist.

Parochial and privileged. 7/
We demand an overhaul of the DOH and health leadership.

Unless this happens, we will just move from one health disaster to the next, even after the pandemic.

Filipinos will continue to die unnecessarily.

And our healthcare system, like our govt, will continue to fail us. 8/8

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7 Sep
IATF's Galvez and Dizon both declare that PH is "flattening the curve".

"Govt efforts are effective. People should follow quarantine rules and minimum health standards."

Meron pa bang govt official na hindi nagsabi niyan simula Abril?!

Is this what they should be saying?! 1/
They should tell us WHERE WE ARE in terms of govt's overall plans and strategy.

Why is govt still determining the status of community quarantine every two weeks?!

What targets have been met and what have been missed?

Hindi pwedeng puro declaration, tapos babawiin later. 2/
Dizon should tell us why TESTING CAPACITY has been announced to be 60k per day since May! Yet to date, ACTUAL TESTING is less than half of that. Anyare?

Why is testing by private institutions not complementing govt effort in a coordinated way?

Why isn't testing coordinated?! 3/
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5 Sep
The Du30 government is MALTREATING our nurses during this time of pandemic.

This is WRONG and should STOP.

A thread. 1/
The Nursing Act of 2002 states that entry level nurses (Nurse 1) in govt should receive a salary at least salary grade (SG) 15.

Since 2002, govt, thru the Dept of Budget and Management (DBM), REFUSED to implement this.

The nurses insisted and struggled.

The DOH did nothing. 2/
Without the law, Nurse 1 in govt get paid 18k-22k per month. By law, they should get around 32k per month.

Nurses in govt deployment programs, like RN HEALS before and NDP now, get even less.

Nurses in private sector have the lowest pay.

No govt agency protects any of them. 3/
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16 Aug
Historically, PhilHealth has always been poorly regulated and monitored. Its leaders allowed it to be used for furthering partisan political interests.

No wonder corruption became entrenched. If this is to be seriously rooted out, we have to look further back.

A thread.
In 2004, Arroyo used PhilHealth in the presidential elections.

PhilHealth IDs were produced and mass distributed to the poor. The ID had TWO pictures of Arroyo (front and back).

Membership spiked that year but only for a year.

Pagkatapos ng eleksyon, wala na ulit. 2/
In the same election year, Duque, then PhilHealth president, transferred 530 million pesos of OWWA funds to PhilHealth.

This amount represented the contribution of OFWs for their health and welfare. Hindi sila kinonsulta.

Gumanda ba ang mga benepisyo nila simula noon? Hindi. 3/
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7 Aug
To relax my mind and avoid an impending Irene+Seulgi addiction, I followed @Probotype's advice.

I also dedicate this to @jedmarcueto, my adopted kid and Kpop guardian.

For a few hours last night, my daughter once again schooled me on Kpop music.

I will NEVER be the same again.

Anak: Comeback vid nila eto.
Me: Bakit, nawala ba sila nang matagal?
Anak: Hindi.
Me: Nagbreak-up ba sila tapos nagkabalikan?
Anak: Di din.
Me: Eh bakit sila my comeback?!


Anak: Eto, Tay, baka magustuhan mo.
Me: Bakit?
Anak: Medyo rock at medyo fantasy.
Me: Ha?!
(Also me: Parang gusto kong magsuot ng trenchcoat at mag-hunting ng undead using my katana.)

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1 Aug
The issue is two-fold:

1. Health workers are exhausted and they sorely need a break.
2. The proposed solution is to revert back to ECQ (or impose more stringent restrictions on movement).

Both are important but should be addressed separately. 1/
HWs are tired. Their patient load continues to increase but their own numbers are decreasing. Many are getting sick themselves.

Their morale is low because gov't has let them down. They can't get the protection and benefits they deserve.

They need time to rest, to breathe. 2/
The complaints of HWs are real and valid.

Those working in hospitals are our last lines of defense. When they speak, we should take notice.

That they are appealing now conveys a sense of urgency. Let us not wait until they are desperate, angry, or absent, before we act. 3/
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19 Jul
We are NOT doing better.

Our people are getting sick. Our health workers are bearing the burden. Our health system is straining.

But govt is still singing a different tune.

We need to debunk the lies and expose the false narratives of the Du30 govt re PH COVID-19 response. 1/
"We were unprepared for this." - Usec Vergeire

It's been almost 6 months after the first COVID case in PH. Unpreparedness is no longer a valid excuse.

You were late. You were overconfident. You had no sense of urgency. You still don't.

Taga-bilang na lang ba ang DOH, Usec? 2/
"We have flattened the curve since April." - Sec Duque

Last April, the DOH backlog in unconfirmed positive cases was around 6000-8000 per day. Now it's 19,000-20,000.

DOH data, even after shifting to COVID KAYA, is still NOT timely and accurate.

Para kang hindi doktor, Sec. 3/
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