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Doctors urge Oca to declare enhanced quarantine in CdeO

April 3, 2020

A group calling itself Hugpong sa Nagpakabanang Kagay-anon is urging Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno to declare an enhanced community quarantine here. The group's call was contained in a manifesto that was signed by 75 persons, most of them civic community leaders in the city.      The group's de facto leader Dr. Meneleo Navarro cited the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the country as the reason of their call.      As of April 1, the Philippines has a total of 2,311 coronavirus cases with 96 deaths.      "We do not have adequate hospitals and medical facilities, equipment, personal protective equipment and gear, testing kits, and critically the needed human health resources to address a possible sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in the city," the group stated.      Hugpong sa Nagpakabanang Kagay-anon also cited RA10121, the DRRM Act of 2010, that mandates city mayors to carry out such emergency measures as may be necessary during, and in the aftermath of, man-made and natural disasters and calamities.      The group further said the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020- 062 issued on March 21, 2020, provides that “All LGUs are charged with the promotion of health and safety within their jurisdiction. As such, they are to take the lead in the prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19 at the local level.”      "With these legal bases, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro not only has the power but also the PRIME DUTY to ENSURE THE WELFARE AND HEALTH of its residents but also the bigger obligation under the present circumstances to declare a city-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in order to protect and ensure the best interests of its residents and constituents," it concluded.

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Duterte orders: "Shoot unruly quarantine violators"

April 2, 2020

"SHOOT UNRULY QUARANTINE VIOLATORS" * It's not the time to become a hero. It's time to help one another METRO MANILA (MDN National News) President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered last night to shoot violators of the enhanced community quarantine who become unruly and also become a threat to police and military implementing the rule of law. Duterte's order came as members of what he called a leftist group "Kadamay" held protest rally in Quezon City demanding for the immediate release of relief goods. "This is not the time to become a hero. We need to understand the situation but if they become unruly I will not hesitate to to order the police to arrest them. Kung mapreso sila bahala na sila sa ilang pagkaon," the president said. The president said the distribution of relief goods should be in proper and he advised people to just wait. "Magpuyo nalang mo sa balay ug maghulat sa hinabang. I will make sure dili gyud magutman ang katawhan," Duterte said.  Meanwhile, the Quezon City Government confirmed it was Kadamay, a leaf-leaning urban poor group, that reportedly "instigated" a group of people in Sitio San Roque. They are claiming they did not receive help from the government. “I will order you detained at bibitawan ko kayo pagkatapos na wala na itong COVID,” he said. “‘Pag kayo ang na-detain, bahala kayo sa pagkain ninyo.” He also ordered policemen not just to stay in their stations but to roam around and check for people discriminating health care workers. This order came as the news reached the president that a health worker in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat, was allegedly thrown bleach by strangers into her face. Duterte ordered the police that if they caught people discriminating health care workers they must be arrested.  “‘Wag kayong mag-istambay diyan sa estasyon. Maglakad kayo, tandem at maghanap kayo ng mga taong bastos. At kung mahuli mo, kung ano ang binubuhos niya sa health worker o sa doktor, ibuhos mo rin sa kanya para tabla," the president warned.  

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DA-NorMin continues COVID-19 response, distributes veggie seeds

April 2, 2020

To enable families to attain food security in the different households of the province amid the current health outbreak, Department of Agriculture - Northern Mindanao continues the distribution of vegetable seeds (300 packets), amounting to Php52,000.00 to the Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Misamis Oriental.  Such initiative is in support to the agency’s overall pending request of Php31-billion approval of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat (ALPAS) Kontra sa COVID-19, which is at the moment, already approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and for consideration and approval by President Duterte. Of which, will expedite the provision of assistance to farmers and fisherfolk as well as the public, in general, to help escalate the food adequacy level of the country during this period of emergency health crisis. #

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DA chief updates on agri-fishery via videoconference

April 2, 2020

Due to community quarantine, social distancing and work-from-home arrangements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture department has opt to meet through a teleconference meeting on March 31, 2020. Presided by DA chief William D. Dar, the meeting tackled on agri-fishery updates and concerns such as the monitoring of food supply and provision of financial assistance to farmers, among others. The said meeting was participated by DA officials from its central and regional offices, including DA- Regional Field Office 10 headed by OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga and program focal persons. # (AMBManto)

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DAR Ilocos coop opens “panic lista” to help community cope up with Covid-19

April 2, 2020

To help the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) deal with the crisis caused by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Bagnos Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) of Banna, Ilocos Norte offered a “buy now, pay later” services to their customers who do not have money at the moment. Dubbed as “panic lista”, Bagnos MPC Project Manager Amelia Bautista said the customers, especially their farmer-members, can just get rice and other goods from the cooperative and allows them to pay when the health crisis is over. “The cooperative understands their plight that most of them are unable to make money at the moment because the quarantine period and covid19-scare has affected their livelihood situation. In response to their needs, we also decided to lower the prices of our products and cancel the penalties on late payments of loans,” Bautista said. Aside from the "panic lista," Bagnos is also rationing snacks for the local frontliners and barangay officials manning the checkpoints in Banna and nearby towns, like Pinili and Nueva Era. They do this, Bautista said, as a gesture of appreciation to those who sacrifice their time and own security just to maintain the health and safety of the community. "The philosophy of Bagnos is 'helping one another', a philosophy we must strictly follow especially during these rough times," Bautista stressed. Bagnos MPC is a multi-awarded agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organization (ARBO) under the care of the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Ilocos Norte. Bagnos, widely known for their rice coffee product called Banna Blend, is a multi-millionaire cooperative. From a mere P4,457 capital in 2000, their asset ballooned to around P29 million due to their services which include rice coffee production, palay trading, consumer store, agri-input trading, credit and savings services, goat and hog raising, butchering, meat processing and farm equipment rental. Among the awards they have received are: 1st place, National Level, IT Enabled Maturity Assessment; 2018 Most Outstanding Cooperative Award from the Cooperative Development Authority; 2018 Outstanding Local Product Award from the Department of Tourism and Most Progressive ARBO (Luzon) – National Level.  (Jorge Richard P. Guerrero, PIO DAR Ilocos Norte)

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KonsultaMD hosts live webinars on COVID-19, mental health etc.

April 2, 2020

KonsultaMD is hosting live webinars on COVID-19, mental health, and other health issues as a way to assist Filipinos staying at home who may have queries concerning their physical and mental well-being. The webinars will be aired via KonsultaMD’s Facebook account on April 3, 17,  and 24 at 8pm and will feature Dr. Gia Grace B. Sison, a practicing medical doctor specializing in Occupational Medicine and is currently the Philippine Leader for Livestrong Foundation and the National Adviser of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition.  She is a co-founder of #HealthXPh which promotes the responsible use of social media in healthcare. “We understand the need of many Filipinos to know more about what is happening  about COVID-19 and how they can cope with the stress that this situation is giving us, among other matters.  That is why we are offering free webinars to make health advice easily accessible to everyone especially with the proliferation of fake information,” said Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc. which operates KonsultaMD. The pilot episode will center around COVID-19 ---  updates on cases, preventive measures, natural ways to boost the immune system, how people can help flatten the curve of the virus, and what makes a person vulnerable, among other related topics.  Part of the program will be devoted to answering questions from the viewers. For mental health, which is the focus of the second episode, Dr. Sison will explain the causes of cabin fever, how COVID-19 affects a person’s mental health and how to lessen anxiety, stress, and depression in view of the current situation. With the onset of summer, the last topic will be about heat stroke --  causes, symptoms,  treatment, and complications as well as how to prevent it from happening. KonsultaMD is a 24/7 health hotline service manned by skilled and licensed Filipino doctors who provide medical services over the phone.  They provide advice to health-related questions including COVID-19 and mental health first aid support.   The telemedicine company currently offers 30 days of free subscription to new customers who will sign up on or before April 13, 2020.  Likewise, calls to the 79880 mobile hotline are free for Globe and TM subscribers.  Customers of other networks are subject to charges of their mobile phone providers.  KonsultaMD may also be reached via (02) 77988000.   KonsultaMD is an affiliate of 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  For more information, visit https://www.konsulta.md/ or https://www.facebook.com/konsultamd/

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