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5 patients in Cagayan de Oro positive of CoVID-19 virus

June 2, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Five of the 14 suspected COVID-19 patients confined in various hospitals here have been found positive for the COVID-19 virus, health officials announced Monday. The latest was the neighbor of the 62-year-0ld female patient in Macanhan village who died a week ago of the COVID-19 virus. Macanhan remains under strict quarantine where movement of residents is closely monitored. Prior to the discovery of the latest COVID-19 positive patient, the husband and the daughter of the female patient were also found positive for the virus. The husband and daughter along with the latest COVID-19 positive patient were taken to the city’s isolation unit (CIU) for treatment, Dr. Lorraine Nery, head of the city’s emergency operation said. Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, said that the first COVID-19 positive patient was the 26-year-old female student who lived in Lumbia, a village in Upper Carmen here. A 49-year-old male patient from barangay (village) of Kauswagan was also found COVID-19 positive Saturday, Dr. Bernardo Rocha, of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), said. Rocha also announced the operation of two real time Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) at the NMMC. The real time RT-PCR has the capability to determine on whether the swab samples taken a patient is COVID-19 positive or negative.

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CDO extends tax payment deadline to June 25, 2020

June 2, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The city council here enacted an ordinance extending the payment of taxes, fees and charges for the second quarter on June 25, 2020. In the ordinance, the local legislative body amended Ordinance No. 13586-2020 approved on April 2020, extending the deadline for the payment of second quarter business taxes from April 20, 2020 to May 20, 2020. A city councilor said that the move was pursuant to the Department of Finance (DOF) order and in compliance with the Republic Act 11469, the “Bayanihan to Heal as Once Act” law. The DOF circular was issued for local government units for the uniform implementation of RA 11469 on moving the statutory deadlines for the filing of the payment of taxes, fees, and other charges required by law in order to ease the burden on individuals under community quarantine. City Councilor George Goking, chair of the City Council Trade and Commerce, said that while no increase of taxes would be collected, the city would adopt the guidelines issued by the national government to be able to collect efficiently. The city government approved a P 7.5 billion budget for the year 2020, but has expressed doubt on whether the targeted revenue could be achieved following the stoppage of business activity in this premier city with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DOH-10: R10 still at safe zone from COVID-19

June 1, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 31 (PIA)--Marking less than 30 percent in the Critical Care Utilization Rate (CCUR), the region is still in the safe zone from coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Suba-an said, May 30.   During the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development (CORDS)-X Podcast with Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Suba-an said the region's utilization for mechanical ventilators is still at 12.7 percent, intensive care unit (ICU) beds at 4.9 percent or 2 out of 41 are used, isolation beds at 14 percent or 48 out of 334 beds are used.   "We are still less than 30 percent in Critical Care Utilization Rate. Once we go beyond 30 percent, musulod na ta sa danger zone (we will enter the danger zone)," Suba-an said.   As for the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF), the region targets 173 facilities to be established and there are already 135 facilities identified by the local government units (LGUs).    From this number, 26 are already 100 percent compliant to the standards. These facilities will handle suspect cases or those who are quarantined.    Based on the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guideline, one TTMF is targeted to be established per barangay.   In terms of personnel, Suba-an said DOH-10 is currently hiring 122 to be deployed in Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH), E&R Hospital in Iligan, and other identified hospitals. About 101 personnel are already hired from the said target number of personnel.    To speed up COVID-19 testing, about 10 laboratories are proposed all over the region and NMMC takes the lead where there are already operational GeneXpert machines.    The Regional Blood Center, XU Maria Reyna Hospital, which currently awaits for their equipment to arrive soon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental are also gearing up for testing and DOH is providing technical assistance for their licensing.    In Misamis Occidental, 16 container vans are purchased where 2 are intended for COVID-19 laboratory and 14 as isolation units.    Furthermore, DOH-10 has also spent about P4.8 million for the personal protective equipments (PPEs) and other support needed by the facilities and LGUs. Such is required to increase response capacity and these also include mechanical ventilators and isolation beds.   With these interventions, Suba-an said, "There should be a united stand, purposive movement on COVID-19. That’s the way we succeed in our fight."   As of May 30, there are 30 confirmed cases in the region of which 8 have expired, 14 have recovered, 2 are admitted, and 5 are outpatients. The latest confirmed case is the third health worker who traveled from Cebu and was immediately quarantined upon arrival.

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LTFRB 10 to issue special permits for rationalized routes

June 1, 2020

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Northern Mindanao will be releasing special permits granting operators of public transport to collect special fares in areas affected by the COVID-19 crisis. As of presstime, LTFRB 10 has identified the following rationalized routes: Baikingon, Balongis, Balulang, Bayabas, Bonbon, Bulua via coastal road, Bulua to Carmen, Calaanan, Dansolihon, Gran Europa, Iponan to Pueblo, Iponan to Carmen, Kisanlu, NHA, Pagatpat, Regency, San Simon, Tagpangi, Tignapoloan, Tumpagon, Xavier Heights, Zayas, Alae to Puerto, Bugo via JR Borja extension, Bugo to Cogon, Buena Oro, Cugman/Gusa, Indahag, Lapasan to Carmen market, Lapasan to Cogon, Macabalan (Pier) to Cogon, Macabalan (Pier) to westbound, Valencia to Kibawe, Valencia to Kadingilan, Valencia to Kalilangan, Alae to Quezon, Alae to Maramag, Alae to Valencia, Alae to Kibawe, Mambajao-Mahinog-Benoni-Guinsiliban-Sagay-Catarman, Sapang Dalaga to Bonifacio, Calamba to Baliangao, Sapang Dalaga to Concepcion, Bonifacio to Don Victoriano, Magsaysay to Balingoan, Balingoan to CDO, Magsaysay to CDO, Lugait to CDO, El Salvador to Jasaan, Balingasag to Laguindingan airport, Molugan to Villanueva, Kapatagan to Iligan, Pantar to Iligan, Alae to CDO, CDO to Iligan and CDO to Oroquieta. LTFRB 10 director Aminoden Guro explained that they are granting special permits to associations only i.e. cooperatives and corporations which have all their units managed in one fleet. Guro pointed out that each route will have a limited number of units to ply meaning that if one association has 40 units and the route is granted only 30 to ply, jeepneys and PUV units must travel on an alternate basis. “Sila na bahala sa cooperative ug sa corporation kung unsay ilang kaugalingong sistema. What is important is that all units are managed in one fleet,” he said. Prior to the granting of the number of units per route, LTFRB has already conducted surveys in each of the points of the origin to determine on how many households are residing in those communities. “We are limiting our calculations to only two persons per household – ang isa gatrabaho u gang isa homemaker nga pwede maoy mag-merkado,” he said. For example, only ten PUV units are allowed to ply the Grand Europa to Cogon market route. “Although tanan na gitugotan nga puwede makagawas but in spirit, since we are still in modified general community quarantine, the basic policy still applies: stay at home if you don’t have business outside. That is the principle why gamay ra among gi-allow nga ipabiyahe,” Guro said. The fares for these special routes are also higher than the pre-COVID routes. The minimum fare is P9 for traditional jeepneys, P11 for modernized jeepneys, P11 for non-airconditioned PUVs and P13 for airconditioned PUVs. Again, this is meant to discourage people from loitering outside in this era of the new normal.

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70-year-old lola kills 2, hacks 3 grandchildren

May 30, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--A 70-year-old grandmother is now languishing in jail after she hacked to death her husband, and daughter-in-law at 1 p.m. on Friday (May 29) in sition Magpaiit, Barangay Cabalantian, Manticao, Misamis Oriental. Lt. Chance Ramirez, chief of Manticao police station, said the suspect 70-year-old Divina Bagares used "sanggot" (sickle) in killing the victims. He identified the fatalities as 70-year-old Luciano Loresca, the husband of the alleged suspect; and 36-year-old Elvie Loresca, the suspect's daughter-in-law. The victim succeumbed to cut wounds on their neck, respectively. Ramirez said that after attacking the two victims, the suspect then turned her ire to her 3 grandchildren, all minors. All them, however, managed to escape and were brought to a nearby hospital. One of them was hit in the hand, the other in the back, and the third victim sustained hack wound in the shoulder. He said the victims were sleeping when the incident happened. Based on the initial police investigation, the suspect did not eat for days after the deat of her son, Luciano Jr. Ramirez said that Bagares is reportedly suffering from mental illness, and denied killing the victims. He said the suspect will be facing "double parricide" and "multiple frustrated parricide." This despite claims that the suspect had mental illness. "We will leave it to medical experts to determine wether the suspect had mental problem," said Ramirez.

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(Photo) Drief fish business

May 30, 2020

A couple, living in one of the fishing village in Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental, venture into dried fish business amid the pandemic Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). A kilo of dried fish is sold at Php50 per kilo. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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