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DENGVAXIA THROUGH PRIVATE CLINICS. In one clinic of one of the top private hospitals in Dagupan is a notice written on a piece of paper which says, “Dengue vaccine available here”.

The notice was not taken out even if the Department of Health already suspended the administration of the vaccine Dengvaxia in public schools after more than 800,000 children in Regions 1 and 4-A and the National Capital Region (NCR), including Cebu were already vaccinated.

How many more private clinics in the province availed of the vaccine, this we do not know.

So, even if Pangasinan was not among the recipients of Dengvaxia from DOH, a number of children in Pangasinan may have been administered the vaccine through private clinics and hospital that availed of Dengvaxia.

We are not faulting these private clinics. They too were also victims of the hype given Dengvaxia by its manufacturer, Sinofi Pasteur.

If the provincial health office wants to trace the children in Pangasinan given the Dengvaxia vaccine, it can do this by going to all private clinics and hospitals that bought this vaccine from the manufacturer.

This may not be an easy task but must be done pronto so that those given the vaccine can be monitored and be saved if any side effect of the vaccine occurs to them.

Meanwhile, the ongoing investigation in the Senate into this issue seemed to suggest the hasty purchase of Dengvaxia without the benefit of more exhaustive study by experts at a staggering amount of Php3 billion by the past administration.

The Filipino people, especially parents who admitted they can no longer sleep and even went hysterical because their children had been vaccinated with Dengvaxia, are keenly watching the investigation.

If possible, they want the people responsible for this seeming fiasco jailed if not crucified. –  Leonardo Micua


FAKE ORDERS. FAKE CUSTOMER. Here’s an alert and warning to food and coffee establishments that provide delivery service for orders received by phone.

In fact, the warning is also for small enterprise like ice cream maker.

The story went like this.

We were having coffee at Bos Coffee (which fast gained prominence and patronage among coffee lovers in a short span of time) along De Venecia Highway last week when Dagupan City Councilor Marvin Fabia arrived.

Naturally, our group, composed of female local reporters exchanged hellos with him.

Then he said he was there not to relax or have coffee but to settle an issue with the establishment.

He said someone ordered P8,000 worth of coffee from Bos Coffee by phone.

“What? P8,000 worth of coffee?,” we all chorused, wondering how the councillor could consume such amount.

The coffee was delivered to the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Councilor Fabia was in Bolosan with Rep. Christopher de Venecia and Mayor Belen Fernandez at the time for the inauguration of two school buildings at the Judge Jose de Venecia Jr Memorial High School.

He was alerted by a staff of the Sangguniang Panlungsod about the delivery. In short, he vehemently denied having ordered the coffee to be delivered to his workplace.

So he rushed to Bos Coffee after the inauguration to ask what happened.

In short again, the crew who took the order did not clarify who the person was over the phone making the order. Akala niya si Councilor Marvin Fabia nga yun.

Out of respect daw kaya wala nang masyadong tanong.

But that was not all.

The unidentified caller asked the crew to send him a load for his different cellular numbers totalling P2,000. The crew willingly obliged.  Kasi nga konsehal eh.

But wait, here’s another one. The man on the phone asked the crew to buy a liter of soda for the councilor. Isabay na daw na idedeliver na kape.

The obedient crew did as he was told. Grabe naman, saksakan naman ng capital T na katunog ng isang juice drink yung gullible crew.

Truth is, Fabia had been also victimized when someone also used his name and ordered several gallons of ice cream from a small entrepreneur. Paborito nila ata si Councilor Marvin.

Isn’t verifying identities of customers over the phone part of their training on how to take orders for delivery?

In our favourite pang-masa fast food, the crew would ask complete name and address of the one doing the order, take the order, ask for landline number (not cellular phone as it can be easily thrown away after making prank call) before he gives the total amount (but in fact, it’s a way of verifying the caller’s identity).

This should serve as a lesson to all food crew members, especially those in charge of taking orders for special delivery. Mag-ingat kayo. Huwag maging capital T.

Oh by the way, swerte pa rin yung crew kasi binayaran na rin ni Konsehal yung kalahati ng amount kasi kawawa daw si crew, bawas sa sweldo niya.Eva Visperas

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