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6000 rapid testing kits for distribution in MisOr

May 16, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL: More than 6,000 “rapid testing kits” arrived in Misamis Oriental Wednesday for distribution to the eight provincial hospitals here.     Provincial Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said that the rapid testing kits are necessary, especially for the Oversees Filipino Workers (OFW) who come home.     An OFW is placed under “person under monitoring” in isolation wards purposely intended to allow them to stay during the 14-day quarantine period.     Emano said that the rapid testing kits would provide health personnel about the required result, whether the patient is COVID-19 positive or not.     The rapid testing kits arrived in Misamis Oriental as the completion of the testing center in Cagayan De Oro City’s Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) gains headway.     Officials of the Department of Health (DOH) said that the testing center in the government-owned NMMC would likely start to operate next week.     They said that two other testing centers are being constructed – one in a private hospital and the other at the DOH regional office.     Dr. Ian Gonzales, the DOH regional epidemiologist, said that once in operation, it would take few hours to get the result of “swab samples” of patients suspected of having COVID-19 virus.     At present, the “swab samples” of patients are sent to Manila, Cebu or Davao for laboratory examination.

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Gov Zubiri weeps as IATF classifies Normin as low-risk area for Coid-19

May 16, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. wept after the Inter-Agency Task Force for emerging infectious disease (IATF) issued resolution 35 that classified Northern Mindanao as a low-risk area due to its low number of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) cases.     Following the downgrading of Northern Mindanao’s status from general community quarantine (GCQ) to low-risk, Zubiri Jr. has asked the national government to restore the province’s reclassification for fear that Covid-19 cases will increase in his area of jurisdiction.     Under the low-risk status, local governments are ordered to adopt a minimum health requirements and to loosen their community quarantine protocols.     This new order prompted the Bukidnon provincial board to pass resolution 2020-1317 appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte and the IATF “to retain and extend under the [GCQ] status and be authorized to observe and maintain the GCQ protocols in its quarantine control points in the boundaries of the province of Bukidnon.”     He said that lifting the GCQ would put the people of the province in danger of the coronavirus contagion since some areas it shared a boundary with like the cities of Davao and Cagayan de Oro have Covid-19 cases.     As of press time, Bukidnon has only one confirmed Covid-19 case, a barangay leader from Valencia City who attended a cockfighting derby in Matina, Davao City.     Zubiri said they followed every order that Duterte gave to the police and that they are proud to say that they are successful.     “Please listen to the people of Bukidnon,” he told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday.     He said the President must consider his plea as Bukidnon is considered as the heart of Mindanao.     Later on Wednesday (May 13), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año announced that those areas declared as low-risk would be placed under the modified GCQ.     According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, under the GCQ movement, like resumption of work, goes back to normal but “new normal” practices such as wearing of mask, social distancing, and other health protocols will be enforced.

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DSWD posts partial list of SAP beneficiaries on website

May 16, 2020

In a move to promote transparency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started to post the list of the names of the beneficiaries of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) on the websites of its Field Offices (FOs).     DSWD explained that it has been advocating for transparency in the implementation of SAP. Providing the public with access to the list of the beneficiaries will help ensure an orderly management of the funds provided for the program.     DSWD FOs are currently preparing the full list of the paid beneficiaries for posting on their websites, which the public may easily access through dswd.gov.ph. The websites will feature the list of SAP beneficiaries in the provincial, municipal, and barangay levels.      The publication of the list of the SAP beneficiaries will also allow the public to know who have received the assistance and scrutinize whether these beneficiaries are really qualified for the aid based on the eligibility criteria contained in the guidelines of the program.     The public may report to DSWD, through its Grievance Redress System (GRS), those whom they think are unqualified based on the list. The grievances related to the SAP implementation will be managed and monitored by the DSWD FO XI - Operations Center (OpCen) through its hotlines: 0977-6586-628, 0951-8220-810, and 0975-5537-811. The OpCen shall receive complaints and ensure proper referencing and reporting to concerned office for validation and/or investigation.      The partial list of SAP beneficiaries in Davao Region may be viewed through this link: fo11.dswd.gov.ph.     SAP, spearheaded by DSWD under Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as On Act, provides emergency cash subsidy amounting to P5,000 to P8,000 to 18 million low-income families, based on regional minimum wage rate, assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, given their existing life situations or circumstances.

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DSWD disburses P96-B for SAP, R10 at 97% completion

May 16, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- About 96 billion has already been disbursed to 16.9 million families nationwide through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Social Amelioration Package and in Region 10, 611,688 families have already been served comprising the 97.34 percent disbursement.     During the daily Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, May 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said about 1,131 out of 1,634 local government units (LGUs) in the country have accomplished 100 percent in the SAP distribution.     The secretary added that about 140 LGUs have already submitted their liquidation report, “Siyempre i-vavalidate ito ng ating mga field offices (Of course, these will be validated by our field offices).”     As for the social pension, P2.5 billion has already been disbursed to 835,937 beneficiaries while the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) already helped 51,056 beneficiaries who have COVID-19 related problems.     This includes 6,478 stranded individuals who were also assisted by the DSWD.     In region 10, about P3.6 billion has already been disbursed for the SAP. There are only 16,555 families left unserved which would require about P100 million. (RTP/PIA10)

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Daily disinfection of offices mandated in Cag de Oro

May 16, 2020

ALL establishments, and public and private offices are  required to install air purifiers and sanitize the premises  after office hours.      These are provided in Ordinance No. 13859-2020, amending Ordinance No. 13855-2020, otherwise known as the Community Quarantine Guidelines, Rules and Regulations of 2020, so as to include regulatory measures after the lifting of the Community Quarantine in Cagayan de Oro.     Authored by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, the amendatory ordinance mandates office management to limit the movement of employees from one room to another and/or from one level to another in a multi-level office.     Proper ventilation of air conditioned rooms and the use of portable UV lights for disinfection, and other measures are also mandated under the ordinance.     Councilor Nacaya cited that based on the advice of health authorities, it is imperative that some preventive measures against Covid-19 and other infectious and contagious diseases should continue to be implemented even after the lifting of the community quarantine in order to prevent a second wave of the infection. (SP/LCR)

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Gov. Emano, lig-ong mibarog sa depensa batok COVID-19

May 16, 2020

MAGPABILIN pa gihapon nga ubos sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang Misamis Oriental subay sa desisyon sa interagency task force (National IATF) human niini gibakwi ang naunang desisyon nga ibalik na sa normal ang tibuok Rehiyon 10.     Kini, matud pa ni Mr. Carlo Dugaduga, ang Provincial Information Officer sa Misamis Oriental, dili na kinahanglan pa sa Provincial Task Force for COVID-19 nga mo-apela sa naunang desisyon sa IATF nga bunloton na ang GCQ sa amihanang Mindanao karong Mayo 15, 2020.     Sa wala pa matino nga rason, giusab sa IATF ang ilang desisyon kaganina, Mayo 13, nga ibalik na sa normal ang paglihok-lihok sa mga tawo dinhi sa Rehiyon 10 sugod Mayo 15, ang expiration sa GCQ sa Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental ug Bukidnon lakip ang Cagayan de Oro.     “All the while wala na sayop si Gov. Kay gi-lift na sa National IATF ang GCQ into ‘low risk’ kung dili modified GCQ na ta. It means under quarantine gihapon. Sayo pa sab kaayo aron nga luagan ang atong pakigbatok sa COVID-19. Bisan pa man unsa ka hard atong fight against COVID-19, kung luagan na nato atong depensa, basin mapareha kita sa Germany, wala miabot og 24 hours nag-triple ilang kaso,” matud ni Mr. Dugaduga.     Dugang ni Mr. Dugaduga, tungod kay alang kang Gov. Bambi Emano ang IATF man ang mas nakahibalo, mosanong ang gobernador sa kasugoan sa kahitas-an.

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