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Bambi hands out P25.8M to 25 Misor mayors

May 21, 2020

Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano turns over a total of P25.8 million of assistance to the 23 municipalities and two cities of Misamis Oriental. The mayors attend the turn over ceremony to personally receive the checks for their respective local government units.  

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GrabFood to operate in Cagayan de Oro!

May 20, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Home delivery food business is becoming an easy access for 'Kagay-anons' to buy the most delicious food they like from refutable companies. As this is becoming a trend in food delivery business, GrabFood, one of the very promising businesses which delivers food at your own doorsteps, will be opening its branch in this city in July, this year. GrabFood, also known as the country's largest food delivery service, is proud to announced that they have over 30,000 delivery partners and 9000 restaurant partners all over the country. Currently, this food delivery service company is operating in six cities and soon in Cagayan de Oro. The company will be the third food delivery service in the city of golden friendship.  Other deivery food service comapnies currently operating in the city include foodpanda and StreetBy.  For interested merchants, you can also sign up as GrabFood partner by simply filling up their online forms here and you can be a successful GrabFood business partner.  

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Coronavirus vaccine tried in humans yields good results

May 20, 2020

VACCINE IS COMING! UNITED STATES (MDN International News) - Over five million people around the world who tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease, will have reasons to celebrate, as the first phase of clinical trials of a vaccine developed by Moderna in the United States, are showing positive signs of development after tests conducted in twelve virus-infected humans.       This is a file image of the coronavirus. photo credit: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty   Biotech company Moderna partnered with the National Institutes of Health of the United States purposely to develop a vaccine which could kill covid-19 thru vaccinations. Dr. Tal Zacks, chief medical officer of Moderna said "if future studies go well, Moderna's vaccine will become  available as early as January next year." Zacks said “This is absolutely good news and news that we think many have been waiting for for quite some time,” Zaks said.   PHASE 1 CLINICAL TRIAL An early data from the first clinical trial studies a small number of people. But it focuses only on whether a vaccine is safe and it also elicits an immune response. The results in clinical study spearheaded by NIH have not been peer reviewed or published in America's medical journal. Moderna company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and this company is only of the eight developers in the US showing intentions of developing a vaccine against the covid-19 deadly virus. Pfizer and Inovio are also developing their own vaccines, the other one is at the University of Oxford in Britain, while four others are based in China. Based on the studies made by Moderna, their scientists vaccinated dozens of virus-infected study participants. They also "measured antibodies of the eight of them. All of them developed neutralizing antibodies to the virus at levels reaching or exceeding the levels seen in people who recovered from covid-19 naturally."    ‘I think this is a very important first step in our journey towards having a vaccine. “We’ve demonstrated that these antibodies, this immune response, can actually block the virus,” Zaks told CNN. “It shows that not only did the antibody bind to the virus, but it prevented the virus from infecting the cells,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the NIH panel that’s setting a framework for vaccine studies in the US.   But even when the vaccine showed promising results in the lab, it's not known if it will help infected persons in the real world. But the Food and Drug Administration in the US has already cleared Moderna to start Phase 2 trials which now involve hundreds of patients. The company also said they are planning for the large-scale clinical trials during the Phase 3 trials involving thousands of people, which will be conducted in July this year. “That’s a good question, and the truth is, we don’t know that yet,” Zaks said. “We are going to have to conduct formal efficacy trials where you vaccinate many, many people, and then you monitor them in the ensuing months to make sure they don’t get sick,” Dr Zaks said.

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162,142 households in Cagayan de Oro to benefit in food relief again

May 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - An estimated 162,142 households in Cagayan de Oro who have benefitted in the previous month will again receive the covid-19 pandemic food relief support of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. This was announced by Michael Christopher Fabello, food and non-food cluster head. Fabello reported that food repacking was completed and distribution schedule will follow in all barangays in the city. Fabello said the food relief will be composed of 10 kilograms of rice, one whole-dressed chicken and five canned goods. During the first wave, the beneficiaries received five kilos rice, 11 canned sardines, beef loaf, corned beef and instant noodles.  ‘In the first wave, we distributed 150,000 packs for 150,000 families. In the second wave, we will distribute 162,142 food packs and we will prioritize the families who managed to sign their COVID-19 Intake Card (CIC) applications after they were unable to receive the SAP cash aid. The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will meet with the governance cluster which heads the barangays to finalize details on the distribution of the relief goods to the beneficiaries,’ CSWD overseer Michael Christopher Fabello said during Monday morning’s press briefing. It was also learned from Fabello that priority of the secod wave are households who have not received the social amelioration fund distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assisted by the barangay officials last month.    

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Local rice supply fills NFA warehouses in N. Mindanao

May 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The rice currently in stock at the National Food Authority in Region 10 (NFA-10) warehouses all come from grains producers in the region, the agency said Sunday.     On its Facebook page, NFA-10 said “80 percent of the total rice buffer stock of NFA Northern Mindanao is sourced from local farmers in Bukidnon” and the rest from other provinces in the region. Next to Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte contributes 16 percent to the NFA stock; Misamis Occidental, 3 percent; and Misamis Oriental, 1 percent.     According to the NFA-10, from March 19 to May 14, it has released some 122,417 50-kilo bags of rice to local government, public officials, and government agencies mostly in the region for distribution to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.     Among the provinces in Northern Mindanao, Misamis Oriental obtained 42,934 bags of 50-kilo rice from the NFA; Bukidnon, 38,759 bags; Lanao del Norte, 20,899 bags; Misamis Occidental, 15,024; and Camiguin, 4,801 bags.     Those who availed of the NFA rice in Misamis Oriental are the Department of Social Welfare and Development-10, the city social welfare and development office, the provincial, municipal, and barangay governments.     The NFA-10 also listed the offices of Sen. Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Sen. Cynthia Villar as among those who purchased rice from them.     According to Poe’s office, the senator bought 10 sacks of NFA rice intended for the residents of Barangay Mandangoa, Misamis Oriental upon the request of a certain Anabelle Pamisa.     “Sen. Poe has purchased NFA rice from Iloilo, General Santos, Laguna, and Metro Manila, but so far there have been no complaints,” her office said, referring to allegations made by some lawmakers that the NFA rice has a foul odor.     The rice is being sold to government entities at PHP1,250 per 50-kilo bag, and are all freshly milled, it said.     Under the Rice Trade Liberalization Law or RA 11203, NFA is mandated to maintain sufficient rice buffer stock to be sourced solely from local farmers and maintain its optimal level at all times strategically located across the country. Meanwhile, in a recent statement, NFA said it is open to any investigation into reports that its rice stocks issued to some lawmakers for relief distribution allegedly have foul odor.     Judy Carol Dansal, the NFA administrator, has assured that the rice stocks they distribute are “fresh from the rice mills which we contracted to mill our palay stocks.”     Dansal said local governments and DSWD prefer the NFA rice because of its good quality, which she added is comparable to the commercial stocks being sold in the market and is cheaper.     “Since the start of rice distribution for relief, we have not received a single report or complaints on the NFA rice quality,” she said. (PNA)

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Health worker is 4th COVID case in Caraga

May 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- A health worker from Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) is the fourth confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Caraga region based on Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) lab results received from Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Friday.     The new COVID-19 case came out three days after the 65-year-old  second confirmed case from Butuan City has recovered and was discharged from CRH after he no longer had fever and cough for more than a week , have been weaned off of oxygen support, has resolved Pneumonia in chest X-ray and can perform tasks without respiratory effort.     The fourth confirmed case is a 37 year old, female worker from CRH. All three other confirmed cases have already recovered.     As part of the hospital protocol, all health workers are required to undergo strict facility quarantine following tour of duty from the COVID-19 dedicated ward.     The health worker remains asymptomatic after fourteen days of strict health facility quarantine but is now admitted to the CRH for observation, monitoring and follow-up test.     “We are doing all means to protect, isolate and actively monitor the condition of the affected individual,” Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.     Based DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0180, at risk health care workers with no symptoms but has relevant history of contact to COVID-19 will be tested. The DOH Caraga regional office have fully implemented such policy to protect health care workers, and their families.     “Likewise, the DOH National has granted our request to provide nineteen health care workers in CRH as human resource augmentation while we ensure that all health care teams have enough personal protective equipment, ” Llacuna said.     Meanwhile, 15 RT-PCR laboratory results from Suspect cases are negative for COVID-19. These cases are from patients admitted at Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, Butuan Medical Center-Annex, D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, Manuel J. Santos Hospital, Nasipit District Hospital, and Caraga Regional Hospital.

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