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PCOO donates 25,000 face masks for COVID-19 frontliners in NorMin

May 18, 2020

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental -- Amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) here in Northern Mindanao, a total of 10 boxes containing 25,000 facemasks arrived at Laguindingan Airport from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of Secretary Martin M. Andanar.     These boxes of facemasks were immediately turned-over to the Philippine Red Cross for distribution to COVID-19 frontliners in Cagayan De Oro City and Misamis Oriental.       “We are thankful to the PCOO for this donation of facemasks. The role of Red Cross here is to facilitate the distribution to the hospitals especially for our frontliners,” Jimmy B. Macababat, chapter service representative of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)- Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Chapter said.     The facemasks could help protect the frontliners against the virus, which may enter through the mouth, eyes and nose. The frontliners in the hospitals are high-risk to COVID-19.     The recipient-hospitals in Cagayan de Oro are the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and other level three frontliner hospitals currently admitting COVID-19 patients.     “The PRC - Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Chapter still continues providing assistance to the government. We are the auxiliary of the government especially when it comes to programs and activities in relation to the prevention and preparedness for COVID-19,” he said. (VPSB/PIA10)

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Andanar proposes use of IBC-13 as an educational channel

May 18, 2020

As the government looks for alternative ways for learning during this pandemic, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar offers the “underutilized” Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13), to be used as an educational platform for the Department of Education.     Andanar made the proposal to make use of the state-owned broadcast network on Thursday (May 14), during the joint online hearing of the House committees on basic education and culture and on higher and technical education.     “If the DepEd uses this then this entire frequency can be dedicated solely to DepEd,” Andanar said. The school year 2020-2021 is set to begin on August 24, 2020, as announced by the Department of Education.     The PCOO chief said some technical issues have to be addressed first, like increasing the transmission power from 60 to 100 kilowatts, at least in the National Capital Region (NCR) to improve the audience reach of IBC-13 and People’s Television Network (PTV-4).     Currently, both stations are operating below this transmission power range, with IBC-13 operating at a low 20 kilowatts.     “But this is not to say that we cannot solve this problem. In fact, this is a wake-up call that the government should be strengthening and investing in both TV network agencies that we have,” assured Andanar.     He said IBC-13 is a reasonable choice to be turned to an educational channel, adding that “By using IBC, we don’t have to disrupt the regular programming of PTV, a channel that is also serving all other government departments and all branches of government including the lower house.”     Andanar suggests that government work with direct-to-home satellite TV companies supply students in the provinces with satellite boxes to enable them to attend classes through their television at home.     The PCOO Secretary said that government would need to invest around P50 million to P100 million in order to keep the network “up to speed.” newpost.com.ph

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PCSO nagbigay tulong medikal sa 6,211 na nangangailangan

May 18, 2020

Mandaluyong City. Ipinahayag ni PCSO Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina Garma na sa loob ng isang lingo at di inalintana  ang  bantang panganib ng COVID-19, patuloy na nakapag hatid serbisyo medikal ang iba’t ibang tangapan ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sa buong Pilipinas sa 6,211 na pasyente na nagkakahalaga ng P63,513,546.57. Ang tulong medical na naipamigay ng ahensya ay para sa naospital, dialysis, chemotherapy, hemophilia at post-transplant medicines na naaayon sa Medical Access Program (MAP) ng ahensya.   Simula Mayo 4-8, 2020, P22,147,432.67 ang naibigay na tulong ng ahensya sa 1,487 na mga pasyente na naopsital, P35, 866,057.36 naman ang ginugol sa mga nagdadialysis na umabot sa 4,415 na nangangailangan.  Para sa chemotherapy, P4,417,404.12 ang inilaan ng PCSO para madugtungan ang buhay ng 227 na pasyente.  Samantalang, 92 sa ating mga kababayan ang nakatangap ng P1,082,652.42 para sa kanilang kailangang post-transplant na gamot.  Ayon kay PCSO Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina M. Garma, sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic, hindi nakakalimutan ng PCSO ang mga mahihirap na Pilipino na maysakit, kaya naman patuloy ang PCSO sa paghahatid ng tulong medikal, upang maibsan ang epekto ng COVID-19 sa Pilipino at upang makapagbigay ayuda sa ating gobyerno sa pagsugpo sa nasabing virus.”  

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Alleged ‘8888 caller’ to file libel against Cagayan de Oro Mayor

May 16, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A consultant of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental recently tagged by Mayor Oscar Moreno as the woman behind the “viral 88888 call,” is set to file libel against the city mayor.      Maria Leonafe B. Cabagnot of Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental will file libel against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno for tagging her as the woman behind the ‘8888 call’ that recently went viral online.     In her complaint-affidavit yesterday (May 14), Cabagnot narrated that sometime in the first week of May 2020, a certain woman has called on the Presidential Trunkline and lodged a complaint against Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Moreno’s alleged inaction of the cry of city residents of a city lockdown or the implementation of an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).     The said call, it was learned, became viral on the internet and it gained both negative and positive feedbacks from city residents.     Cabagnot added that on a Saturday, May 9, 2020, she was at home with her husband and seven-year-old son, listening to the live press conference sponsored by the City regarding coronavirus updates in the city.     “It is to my utter shock during that press conference, Mayor Moreno categoricall mentioned my name and identified me as the person allegedly behind the “8888 call” made against him that has gone viral,” Ms Cabagnot said in her affidavit.     Cabagnot quoted the mayor during the press conference saying “Kadtong recording kunuhay, nga nagreklamo sa 8888, naay nag tip sa ako. Katong nag tinagalog, katong babae nagtawag kuno siya sa 8888, drama rato nila. katong babae si Leonafe Bagaipo Cabagnot taga Purok-9, Upper Jasaan. Naa nagtrabaho sa Tourism sa Capitolyo. Okay, ngil-ad kaayo, para i-demolish ako dalahigon nila tibuok kumonidad. Iyang silingan ang nagsulti sa ako.”     “I was stunned, confused and at the same time outrage as I could not believe what he just did,” Cabagnot claimed in her affidavit.     She also said the mayor’s accusations against her during a press conference has put her in public ridicule, including her family.     “The emotional and mental trauma this incident caused my son cannot be denied as I can certainly observe changes in his demeanor,” she said.

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Army confirms death of 4 NPA leaders in North M’danao

May 16, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City: The military on Friday confirmed that four ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northern Mindanao were among the 15 fatalities in an armed encounter in the border of Agusan Del Norte and Misamis Oriental.     Capt. Anthony B. Pueblas, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the army’s 4ID here, said that the military encountered about 80 fully armed NPAs, which resulted in a four-day running gun battle that started Sunday dawn.     Pueblas identified the four top NPA leaders as Ian Dela Rama a.k.a “Gian”, the Front Secretary, Rio Amor Yuson a.k.a “Lema”, the Finance Officer, Paquito Namatidong a.k.a “Sangka”, the Platoon Leader of SPP Sikop, Peter Mansaginda Pinakilid a.k.a. “Aloy” – Political Officer, GF4A, all officers of the Guerilla Front 4A, North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Committee (NCMRC).     He said that the four top-ranking NPA leaders were among the 15 casualties of the communist insurgents who were initially identified along with two others earlier identified as Gladys Joy Hiponia; a.k.a “George”, a member of SPP Kingdom, GF4A, NCMRC; a.k.a “Santol”; and a.k.a “DELFIN” of Lamusig, Butuan City while the remaining other cadavers were still for identification.      According to Pueblas, the armed encounter was one of the worst encounters between the state forces and the communist rebels in recent years, killing 15 insurgents and inflicting no casualties on the government side.     He said that the military was still on a hot pursuit against the fleeing communist rebels as the military command appealed for them to surrender in the nearest military or police outpost.     Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the army’s 4ID division commander, said that the death of the NPA leaders has taken a blow on the communist terrorist group in the region.      “The death of the leaders of the NPA’s NCMRC brings us closer to eliminating the threats that these groups pose to our security,” Gacal said.

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Caraga is back from COVID free

May 16, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur -- Caraga region is back from being free from the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the second confirmed case and the lone patient at the Caraga Regional Hospital(CRH) in Surigao City was already tested negative from Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) lab results at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.     Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., Department of  Health Caraga regional director, said the 65-year-old COVID patient from Butuan City whose son attended the 6-cock  derby at New Davao Matina Gallery on March 6-12 has clinically recovered after 37 days of confinement.     Doctors at the CRH noted the patient has no fever and cough for more than a week, been weaned off of oxygen support, has resolved Pneumonia in Chest X-ray, and can perform tasks without respiratory effort.     “We are pleased by this development. The patient may be discharged upon the assessment and discretion of the attending physician and the rest of the healthcare team,” Llacuna, said.     The management of confirmed COVID-19 patients is based on DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0108 and 2020-0108-B. Based on the guidelines, discharged patients shall undergo or remain under self-quarantine for fourteen days.     Meanwhile, six  lab results were also released for the six Suspect Cases coming from Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, M.J. Santos Hospital, and Butuan Medical Center. All tested Negative.     “We remind everyone to consistently practice physical distancing or better stay at home. Our fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Follow the health advisories. Let us not disrupt what we have started,” Llacuna said.

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