ISRAELI ENVOY VISITS QUEZON CITY
QUEZON CITY – Israeli Ambassador Rafael Harpaz made his visit to Quezon City to reassert the strengthening ties between Israel and the Philippines.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista himself welcomed the envoy on Wednesday wherein the latter was accorded with arrival honors.
Bautista then took Harpaz to the Bulwagang Amoranto inside the Quezon City Hall. He also showed the ambassador the 3D model of the planned Quezon City Hall compound development and his office.
The visit took place after both countries reaffirmed their 61-year relationship as President Duterte met with Rafael Harpaz.
Quoting a statement from Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the Manila Bulletin reported that Harpaz expressed hope in forging greater Philippines-Israel cooperation in the industries of agriculture and trade.
On his part, Duterte pledged to boost cooperation between Israel and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the same entity reported that Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte echoed Bautista’s plea to parents to have their children vaccinated as the number of people with measles is increasing at an alarming level.
“Before anything else happens, I urge the parents to avail the measles vaccines for their children. Maiiwasan natin kung ano man ang maaaring mangyari kung magiging maagap tayo sa pagkuha ng mga bakuna kaya sana huwag sila magdalawang-isip na pabakunahan ang kanilang mga anak (We can prevent any unfavorable circumstance if we will have our children vaccinated for measles. Please don’t have second thoughts about doing it),” Belmonte said.
The city vice mayor immediately asked the city health department to provide assistance in giving out measles vaccines “since we have heard that there is an increase in the number of cases,” adding the outbreak is expected to last until March.
“As parents, we should remember the saying prevention is better than cure. Let’s take advantage of the vaccines since we have a mechanism to prevent this disease,” she added.
Data from the QC Health Department revealed that 108 cases with eight deaths were reported to them from January 1 to 26.