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Hospital appeals for sobriety as COVID cases up in CDO

June 12, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The state-run Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) appealed Friday for public understanding after the hospital reached its admission limit for COVID positive patients. In a piblic advisory posted in the hospital’s social media platform, the NMMC sought public understanding because the hospital's energency rooms and wards for COVID -19 patients are now “operating beyond its limit “ “However, we will continue to serve and respond to patients with COVID-19 cases and non COVID -19 cases to the best we can,” the advisory read. An OCTA Research Group report released June 8, 2021, ranked Cagayan de Oro City number three nationwide from June 1, 2021 to June 7, 2021 with an average of 118 COVID-19 positive cases per day. A doctor assigned at the NMMC emergency room for COVIID-19 patients, said that they are treating the patuents according to the severity of the infection. In a talked with the Mindanao Daily News, the doctor said that all isolation centers in the city were already full. The hospital ambulances were transporting COVID-19 patients to various isolation ceneters 24/7, tje doctor said. “ We are on duty on a 24-hour cycke without sleep because some doctors and nurses were also sent to isolation centers after they were found positive of the Covid virus,” the doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity said.-0-

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4 killed, 4 wounded in armed skirmishes in Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental

June 12, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Two members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and two military men were killed while four other army soldiers were wounded in a separate gun battle with state forces and NPA rebels in Agusan del Norte and Misamis Oriental, a belated military report said Saturday. The military report identified the fatalities as Private First Class Glory A.Sagod, and Sgt. Van A. Tadlas, both of the army’s 29th Infantry Battalion. The identities of the four wounded army soldiers were not immediately released. Lt. Gilo Lauringuez, the team leader of the 29IB, said that the army soldiers made an initial encounter with an undetermined number of armed NPA rebels, serving as blocking forces, in the village of Santiago, Agusan Del Norte teo fays ago resulting in the death of PFC Sagod. Lauringuez said that the government troopers were on their way to resupply another pursuing army unit, which earlier encountered with the NPA rebels of the Guerilla Front 16 of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command, when fired upon by the rebels. Earlier, the advance pursuing state forces ran into an lmprovised Explosive Device (IED) planted by the retreating NPA resulting to the wounding of four military personnel and the death of Sgt. Tadlas due to fatal wounds, Lauringuez said. In Misamis Oriental, the army’s 58IB encountered a grouo of armed rebels Tuesday in Salay, Misamis Oriental, which resulted in the death of an NPA rebel and the recovery of an NPA cadaver with a high powered firearm. Lt. Jefferson Mariano, spokesperson of the 58IB, identified the slain NPA rebel as Elly Marianas Cabusog, alias 'Dariel,” a member of Guerilla Front Huawei of the Sub-regional Committee 1 of North Central Mind Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC). Marianas is a resident of Salahon, part of the mointain village of Alipuaton, Salay, MisMis Oriental. Mariano said that the government troopers also recovered an unidentified cadaver with his M16 rifle, personal belongings and medical paraphernalia. He said that the cadaver was left for dead by his comrades. The bodies of the slain NPA rebels were turned over to the local government in Salay, Misamis Oriental to ne accorded with a decent burial. -0-

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700 silent covid spreaders in Sarangani detected

June 11, 2021

SARANGANI - 700 asymptomatic and silent spreaders of the killer virus covid-19 have been detected by the Health Department in this province since the department expanded its targeted listing in late April. In a radio interview, Dr. Arvin Alejandro, provincial health officer, said they were able to detect and immediately isolated the infected residents of the coronavirus disease. Had their detection took longer period, massive spread of the virus could have spill over to more communities, he added. He said right now testing activities are still ongoing in five municipalities involving areas frequented by residents. “If we were not able to catch these asymptomatic cases, they could have been silent massive spreaders and our infections could have quadrupled by now,” the doctor said. It was learned that Sarangani Gov Steve Chiongban Solon has ordered the targetted testing in Kiamba and Maitum towns last April 26. The five other towns included in the project were the towns of Malapatan, Glan, Malungon, Alabel and Maasim. Alejandro said they have carefully identified the top 10 populated barangays in each municipality and implemented the targetted testing among workers in business establishments, local government offices and facilities and individuals in different areas frequented by people. In Kiamba, where the project piloted, there were 200 positive cases they have identified. Some of the confirmed cases were fishermen and based on tracing, these fishermen frequented at the fish port complex. “We still anticipate a spike in cases in the coming days, especially in areas that have just started to roll out their testing activities,” he said, adding they, however, expect the number of infections to eventually drop as they continue to track and isolate the positive cases in the communities.   Based on DOH-12 record as of 6pm Thursday, the province has 289 active cases, considered the lowest in the region.   Last year, the province has confirmed covid cases of 1,585, with 25 related deaths, also both lowest in the region. While it also posted total recoveries of 1,271.  - (PNA)  

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Marc Douglas Cagas assumes governor post in Davao del Sur

June 11, 2021

DAVAO DEL SUR -  Vice Governor Marc Douglas Cagas, the only son of the late governor who just died of covid-19 complications, has immediately assumed post as the new governor of the province by law of succession. The second district's senior board member John Tracy Cagas also assumed his new post as the province's new vice governor. Mercedes Cagas, the lone district representative is also suffering from unknown illness and she was still treated at the hospital. Rep Mercedes is the wife of the late governor and Marc is their only son.   Councilor Salvador Dumogho, in his Facebook account, also showed a photo of Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas signing John Tracy and Marc Douglas's oath of office. Sherwin Cesar, the provincial information officer of Davao del Sur also announced during a radio program at Charm Radio regarding the two officials in the province that were recently sworn to their new top posts. Menwhile, the the late governor's remains was also immediately cremated at a funeral home in Davao City around 10am last Thursday, and it was also immediately transported back to Davao del Sur by his immediate family members, it was learned. Assistant provincial information officer Gustavo Undalok said the family has yet to determine which area to place the governor's urn, to allow supporters to pay final respects to their beloved governor for many long years. - (PNA)  

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Top health exec warns against 'stubborn' covid patients

June 10, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A top-official of the health department here has warned hard-headed coronavirus disease patients for being 'uncooperative.' Dr Lorraine Nery, acting chief of the City Health Department said covid patients might face sanctions for not following the pandemic response of the City Government. She said the city health department will issue a public advisory giving stern warning to city residents, stating that they will face charges as embodied on Republic Act 11332 or otherwise known as "Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act." Nery warned: “Stubborn" Covid-19-positive patients and their close contacts may face charges for not cooperating with the local government unit (LGU) in its pandemic response. Nery said the law has been shelved and it's about time to put teeth on this law and penalize uncooperative covid-19 patients. "There are still some that have a little aggression because they don't want to be extracted. Ever since, we have experienced these kinds of challenges," she added, referring to Covid-19 patients and suspected patients, and their close contacts, who refuse to be extracted from their houses going to the city's patient care centers. Menwhile, City Mayor Oscar Moreno told reporters that extraction procdures is one of the mandatory procedures implemented by the city to fight against emerging and rising cases of covid in the city. "If we talk about transmission, there is a great risk for those positive cases who are still (doing) home quarantine. Even if they are isolated inside their houses, the chances of transmission are very high," the mayor pointed out. - (PNA)

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Cabanlas Committee drops complaint filed by a student against SK prexy

June 10, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation chair, who was in 'hot water' for several weeks after he allegedly involved himself into indecent conversation with a college student, was freed by the City Council Wednesday. This, after the City Council dropped the reported complaint filed against John Michael Seno. The council said it dropped the complaint against Seno for failure of the complainant to provide an affidavit requested by the committee. "We gave her 10 days to provide a written complaint. But it's already beyond 10 days, it's near two months already but she didn't still submit the complaint," said Councilor Edgar Cabanlas, chairman of the committee of the whole, in a phone interview made by PNA. He said the compainant would not be given a chance to submit her written complaint affidavit but she can appeal her case before the Office of the Ombudsman. Meanwhile, the beleaguered City Councilor Seno maintained his stand that he had no bad intention during his exchange of conversation with the said student who accused him of indecent proposal. "I wondered because there's a social media account where they deleted the conversation and only end (purposely cut) with the term 'hookup,' but there's a continuation to that. She asked, 'What do you mean?' and I said, 'Let's meet to know your friends so that I can connect.' I don't have bad intentions," he said. Two councilors have objected the decion of the Cabanlas Committee tasked to investigatie Seno. They were opposition councilors Lordan Suan and Jocelyn Rodriguez. - with PNA report  

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