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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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LTFRB-10 announces 'Libreng Sakay' for medical workers

April 3, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Office 10 has announced free rides for medical workers who are the country's frontliners in the fight against covid-19. In a statement, LTFRB Regional Director Allan Guro said that buses would be serving places like Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Misamis Oriental every morning and evening.   "Five buses are reserved for cagayan de oro and Misamis Oriental route," the LTFRB-10 chief said. LTFRB said every morning, routes pass through Initao, Misamis Oriental, and all municipalities to Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) in Cagayan De Oro proper. "At night, buses will wait for medical workers passengers at NMMC to their destinations," The LTFRB also assigned two buses for Iligan City, for the operation of the said program. Guro added that the first bus will wait for passengers from 6 to 7 am, and will spell Centennial Park, Dalipuga, Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital, Post Office, and City Hall. While the second bus will ride passengers at the same time, and will pass through Buru-un, Mercy Hospital, City Hospital, and City Hall. Buses will ride passengers arriving at 5 pm in Iligan City. Guro said LTFRB Region 10 is strictly implementing social distancing inside buses. So, only 50 % or half of the total capacity of passengers are boarding on buses.

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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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Moreno thumbs down doctors' call for enhanced community quarantine

April 2, 2020

DESPITE mounting pressure from the a group of medical practitioners, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno remains firm in not declaring an enhanced community quarantine here.   In an enhanced community quarantine, public transport will be suspended, effectively impairing the movement of residents.   It has come to the attention of the mayor during his daily press briefing Thursday (April 2) that a group of doctors here are circulating a manifesto pressuring Moreno to declare an enhanced community quarantine.   The initiative is being organized by one Dr. Meneleo Navarro, convenor of a group calling itself Hugpong sa Nagpakabanang Kagay-anon.   Together with 14 other doctors, Navarro has convinced 74 more civic community leaders to sign the manifesto calling on Moreno to elevate the existing community quarantine implemented here into an enhanced one.   The group argued that an enhanced community quarantine is now needed in the city given the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.   "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.   As of April 1, the Philippines has a total of 2,311 coronavirus cases with 96 deaths.   Hugpong sa Nagpakabanang Kagay-anon also based its call on IATF-EID Resolution No. 11 issued on March 12, 2020, under Item No. 3 (b) states that “a municipal/ city-wide quarantine is advised when there are at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to two (2) different barangays in the same municipality/ city."   But the group failed to account the fact that as of this writing, Cagayan de Oro City has only one positive COVID-19 case ever since.   The patient is a 71-year-old man and currently recuperating.   On the contrary, Moreno used IATF-EID Resolution No. 12 as his basis for not declaring an enhanced community quarantine. He cited Item No. 2 (a-2) which states that "the local government units shall abide by the directives of the Department of Health in the imposition of an enhanced community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions."   Moreno said the city government is in constant communication with the regional DOH office here and an enhanced community quarantine is not on the table.   The 15 doctors who signed the manifesto are an internist, orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, cardiologist, ophthalmologist, pediatrician, anaesthesiologist and urologist.   They are a fraction of the more than a hundred practicing physicians here in Cagayan de Oro City.

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DILG top man tests positive for coronavirus disease

April 1, 2020

DILG SECRETARY AÑO TESTS POSITIVE TOO! * The DILG top man vows to continue working despite a 14-day mandatory quarantine MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus scare continues to haunt the cabinet members and legislators of the Duterte Government. This time, it was the Interior Secretary Eduardo Año who tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease.     Secretary Año, being the highest man of the Department of Interior and Local Government, is the lead implementor in the campaign preventing the spread of the deadly strain in the communities.  He said he received his test result from RITM and the result was positive. "Today, March 31, I received the result from RITM informing me that I am positive for COVID-19," Año said. The government official said he has not shown any symptoms of the virus, like coughing, fever, or difficulty in breathing. The National Task Force which is the lead implementor in containing the virus, such as lockdowns, checkpoints, and curfews was headed by Sec Año. "I make this announcement to call the attention of all persons I had close contact with to go on self-quarantine and observe any symptoms, in accordance with Department of Health (DOH) guidelines."  He revealed that there were four persons he came in contact with who later became coronavirus positive. However, Año is firmed that he would continue to do work at home while he'll be put into the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anyone positive of the deadly virus. DILG Secretary Año said "the result of my test will not in any way dampen my spirit and energy to do my job."  Menwhile, former senator Bongbong Marcos also revealed he was positive of covid-19. Marcos also received his test today from the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM). Three other top government officials who were on quarantine periods after they tested positive of the virus were Senators, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel, and Sonny Angara.  

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DSWD food packs for 'irate and hungry' oro residents underway

April 1, 2020

FOOD PACKS ARE COMING TO ORO RESIDENTS * Mayor says he has given P121,000 each to barangay chairmen for temporary relief assistance to affected families and displaced workers * DSWD announces food packs distribution will be scheduled in proper time CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - City Mayor Oscar Moreno during a press conference in Cagayan de Oro, announced that city residents would receive their relief goods as soon as distribution in their barangays are scheduled.   This is in answer to the recent clamor of displaced private workers, informal workers, and indigent residents of the city, as they have now submerged into massive poverty, clinging the barangay and city leaders for food for their daily subsistence. They have lost their daily income after Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno implemented a community quarantine two weeks ago. But the city mayor, who was blamed by the city residents, revealed he has given a total of P121,000 cash to the barangay chairmen to help augment the food needs of their constituents affected by the crisis.  "I have given the barangay chairmen a total of P121,000 each to temporarily augment the food needs of their constituents," the city mayor said. As of this writing, only a few barangays have started distributing the food packs but the office of the city mayor announced that starting Monday, March 30, food support would be given to hungry and irate residents of the city, who recently mobbed the net and echoed their sentiments to the mayor's alleged delayed response to the food requirements of thousands of daily-income earners, ambulant vendors, beggars and public utility jeepney drivers, tricab, pedicabs and tricycle drivers displaced by the community quarantine. City Information Officer Maricel Rivera, who also heads Risk Communications Cluster said the city will release the relief goods to the barangay chairmen in all barangays for distribution. Rivera said "Sulod sa kada food pack mao ang mosunod: lima ka kilo nga bugas, lima kabuok nga noodles, lima ka lata sa sardinas, tulo ka lata sa corned beef, ug tulo ka lata sa beef loaf." This, the city information officer said, is based on the recommendations of the barangay leaders during the meeting of the members of League of the Barangays so that more people can receive the items for the first phase of house-to-house distribution.   Menwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey M. dela Cruz of DSWD-10 said "Ang gihimo sa DSWD as per request from the LGU. Duna sila’y listahan ana mao kini ang basehan sa atong tagaan (The DSWD will wait for the request of the LGU. They [LGUs] have their own list and this will be the basis for the distribution),"  DSWD-10 prioritizes the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, informal sector, Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Listahanan. Such will be forwarded to the local chief executives so there won't be any duplication of beneficiaries within the latter's area of responsibility.  "Responsible in food distribution is the local government unit," dela Cruz said. Since this is the primary role of the LGU, the assistant regional director said the LGU must promptly come up with the list of households whom they are going to provide assistance with. DSWD-10 has already hired volunteers to repack the goods and they are targeting to complete such by mid-April.  Furthermore, the department has identified prepositioned areas for distribution and with the aid of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deliveries will be conducted at Maramag and Malaybalay in Bukidnon, Sinacaban and Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental, and negotiations are currently held with a private facility for Camiguin area. - with a report from DSWD/PIA   ALSO READ: FOOD PACKS READY FOR DISTRIBUTION ON MONDAY      

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