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Cagayan de Oro now registers 70 confirmed cases of covid-19

July 7, 2020

Deadly attack of the virus CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The deadly killer coronavirus disease (covid-19) scare continued to haunt people of all ages as its unstoppable onslaught were felt in many parts of the globe, killing more than half million and infecting eleven million people. In Cagayan de Oro City, the surge of the virus infection count also continued to scare city residents, with infections now at 70, according to the City Health Department.   DEADLY CORONAVIRUS DISEASE. The unstoppable onslaught of covid-19 continues to haunt scientists who are still unable to finally discover the right vaccine which would kill and contain the virus and prevent from further spreading all over the globe. Johns Hopkins University now records almost 600,000 deaths and 11 million infected people around the world.   Most of th latest infections recorded by the department were Locally-Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). Most also of those included in the latest count of virus infections came from strongly-hit areas in the country such as Metro Manila and Cebu City, it was learned. Cebu City is now placed by the by IATF-National under Enhanced Community Quarantine category (ECQ) as more than six thousand people were confirmed positive of the deadly coronavirus disease, while Metro Manila was also where the bulk of contamination and infections started a few month's back. Based on the official records of the health department in the region as of July 6 were three (3) new recoveries, 50 active cases of which 43 are ROFs/LSIs and six locally transmitted (assymptomatic). There is also one hospital confinement, the health department daily briefer recorded.       REGULAR PRESS BRIEFING. Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Seriña Moreno and regional government offices hold regular press briefings with the tri-media on the recent updates of the virus contamination and the current efforts made by the local and regional offices especially in Northern Mindanao. The latest count of the virus infection in Cagayan de Oro is now at 70. - photo credit to CIO   ALAGAR ALSO LATEST VICTIM Meanwhile, a top-ranking official at Camp Alagar in this city has also confirmed that two of their ranking officials tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease. Camp Alagar spokesperson Lt. Col Mardy Hortillosa told the media the two top officials, including a civilian, are now quarantined at an isolated area to prevent them from contaminating the virus. Hortilloza said the two latest victims of the coronavirus disease (covid-19) were newly appointed PNP commissioned officials from outside of Northern Mindanao. Hortillosa said after the police officers arrived at the PNP-10 headquarters for their new assignments, they were tested, and the result have confirmed them positive of the virus. The two PNP officers were now isolated at the City Isolation Unit in Cagayan de Oro. The PNP-10 spokesman also told the media there were also three PNP personnel, including a civilian, who were taken samples, as they were in close contact with the covid-19 confirmed case police officials. Camp Alagar also underwent disinfection and City Hall personnel headed by Dr Joselito Retuya have already started contact tracing to identify all people who maybe in close contact with the two police officials including their immediate families.   

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Turning Zayas Landfill Into A P135-Million Cagayan de Oro Ecopark: A Legacy of Mayor Moreno

July 5, 2020

SPECIAL NEWS FEATURE THE MAYOR OSCAR MORENO LEGACY   Mayor Oscar Seriña Moreno is known for his solid school projects not only in Misamis Oriental during his tenure as Governor of the province, but he is also known for these big school buildings in the City of Cagayan de Oro.  In fact, almost all of the farthest barangays in the city are now very proud of their high school and elementary school buildings built during the incumbency of the good mayor. Not a single mayor or governor has given so much emphasis on the constructions of school buildings in the hinterland barangays but only the brilliant Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. BUT this time, and before his term ends as mayor of the very progressive City of Cagayan de Oro, Mayor Oscar Moreno again displayed his brilliancy with the conversion of the 30-year-old dumpsite in Zayas, Upper Carmen, into a P135-Million Ecopark.   MAYOR MORENO'S LEGACY. The construction of the P135-Million Cagayan de Oro Ecopark and billions of school building projects in most hinterland rural and urban barangays will be Mayor Moreno's legacy to the city he served for more than nine years.    "Human na ang road preparation sa sulod mismo sa kanhi basurahan. Ongoing sab ang construction sa rotunda, parking space, drainage ug ang lagoon. Gi-layout na sab ang amphitheater, children's playground ug food hall," City Information Officer Maricel Casiño Rivera said. The worthwhile project, according to Rivera, is a joint project of the City Government and the Department of Budget and Management. It is also being supported by First District Representative Klarex Uy and the City Council of barangay Carmen, where the project is located. Mayor Oscar Moreno ordered the dumpsite closed many years ago due to massive complaints of city residents that the dumpsite is not only an eyesore but it already emits very bad odor which is very dangerous to the health of city residents near the dumpsite. Even the nearest private subdivisions have also complained that the foul smell has reached in their residences. WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ECOPARK? - Recreational area - Forest area with many trees and a bamboo garden - boat dock - Food court - Pond - Amphitheater - Walkway - Bike Lane - Jogging Lane  - Butterfly garden - Fruit garden - Research facility - Playground - Nursery - Parking area The city's upcoming ecopark will be managed by the City Tourism Office according to City Hall, and it will be operational in Year 2022.  

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Transpo vouchers to revive economy under GCQ: Rep Uy

July 4, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy yesterday said the targeted cash aid will revive the transportation sector reeling from the adverse impact of COVID-19 quarantine measures. Rep. Uy, a member of the House Committee on Transportation, said: "I suggest bus and ship transportation fare vouchers for poor to middle middle-income Filipinos amounting P100 billion. That would be about P2,000 each for 50 million Filipino commuters (o halos kalahati ng populasyon ng Pilipinas). Sapat na iyan bilang panimulang ayuda para pamasahe ng 50 milyong commuters." “For the jeepney and tricycle drivers, Uy is seeking gasoline vouchers for PUJs at the rate of P3,500 x 2 million drivers for a total of P7 billion,” she added. “The LTFRB database and the tricycle units registry of local government units can be put together for the targeting of the beneficiaries and direct release of the funds to them through the remittance outlets, ATMs, and debit cards,” said Rep. Uy in a press statement. “All that P107 billion can be considered economic stimulus because the money will circulate through the economy. That is not an expense, that is an investment in the future of our country,” the lawmaker said. “The funds from this economic stimulus can be sourced from the P300 billion in cash the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas transferred to the Bureau of Treasury. There are also remittances from funds collected by the government owned or controlled corporations. These funds have not been used for the Social Amelioration Program and other aid programs,” Uy, also the vice chair of the House Committee on Appropriations Committee added. “As you can see, there is leeway to increase the P107 billion stimulus for the transport  and tourism activities of our country,” Uy said.

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AM Best cited Malayan Insurance's better financial capability

July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines - a GLOBAL insurance ratings firm has cited the strong and better financial capability as well as the outstanding credit rating of Malayan Insurance for this year. The Yuchengco-led firm said that AM Best retained Malayan's financial capability and strength to "B++" which means good - and also cited the company's long-term issuer credit rating of "bbb+, which also reflects Malayan's strength amid the world's covid-19 pandemic which has hampered and crippled the country's economy. AM Best said “The ratings reflect Malayan Insurance’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. Meanwhile, Malayan Insurance also said AM best noticed the insurer's strong risk-adjusted capitalization, including its support from highly rated reinsurance partners. “Malayan Insurance is the only non-life insurer in the country rated by AM Best, standing as a testament to both the company’s strength, as well as its dedication to provide world-class protection to its wide customer base,” a top executive of Malayan Insuranc said. Foundation Malayan Insurance was founded in 1939 and a proud member of the Yuchengco Group of Comanies (YGC), one of the biggest, largest conglomerates in the country. Today, Malayan Insurance celebrates its 90th year in the country's non-life insurance industry. The Insurance Commission, in its data, cited Malayan Insurance as ranked first especially in non-life insurance and in terms of gross premium writtenm (GPW). In fact, in 2019, Malayan Insurance revealed a P12.25 billion in GPW.

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Misamis Oriental stops operation, COVID-19 patients, inmates at risk

July 3, 2020

MISAMIS Oriental--The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has stopped operations following a court order to stop the disbursement of its approved 2020 budget. In a press conference, Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, described the restraining order as an action motivated by political greed at the expense of the people of Misamis Oriental. He said that he could not understand why the political opposition has to resort to an inimical action when the COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing the health and well-being of the people of Misamis Oriental. “We are saddened by the turn of the events and are groping for whatever means to provide medicines and food for the patients in the province eight public hospitals,” Emano said. Emano urged the court to lift the TRO at the earliest in order for the province to operate at the earliest before the 600 inmates in the provincial jail go hungry and restless. In a memorandum dated July 2 to all department heads of the provincial government, Emano enjoined all heads of offices to suspend all disbursements in compliance with the court order. “Without the needed logistics, the provincial government technically ceased to operate,” Emano said. Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Jeremy Pelaez, Board Members Jerry Khu and Josephine Mugot filed the temporary restraining order with the regional trial court in Cagayan De Oro City to stop the disbursement of the approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 for allegedly failing to post the approved ordinance on “conspicuous places.”

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An investigative report: impact of Covid-19 in urban, rural areas

July 3, 2020

Fiesta No More EASTERN Misamis Oriental--“One of the most COVID19-impacted area of the Filipino social life is culture and  spiritual tradition. Notwithstanding, the rule on no- hand -touching and social distancing which undermined a cherished cultural tradition of kissing the hand or forehead of our elders as a sign of respect and good manners, the other endangered tradition is fiesta celebration and other social gathering during cultural festivals which is the sign and spirit of “Filipino Hospitality.”  This was the observation of Brgy chair Raffy Rayon Mendoza of Poblacion, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental when interviewed by the MDN-COPC Reportorial Team. “Sadly, there will be less or no more sense of community merriment  and thanksgiving when we celebrate our Fiesta of Nuestra Senora del Carmen this coming July 16,” according to 65-year old resident Cesar Balabag who was also separately interviewed.  He said Talisaynons will surely miss the “mamistahay “ scene which Catholic households cherish. Talisaynons from the affluent down to poverty-throdden families are happy to welcome visitors to their homes during fiesta-days, and prepare food for the “mamistahays” even during the vespers eve until the ” liwas” (post fiesta day)  he added. Brgy chair Mendoza, on the other hand, said his council already met with the town priest and church leaders, together with Mayor Rommel Maslog, and had mapped out plans for this year’s “fiesta celebration..”  “There will be no more sports fest, no more cultural programs in  our gymnasium, no more sabong (cockfights). Even during thanksgiving mass, there will be social distancing and other church-goers who cannot be accommodated will have chairs outside, at the nearby park, and a wide screen will be put-up showing the video of the mass, “ Mendoza added. Mayor Maslog commented that in the new normal, households will be requested to refrain from spending too much for the fiesta to avoid many visitors which may destroy social distancing, and possible Covid-contamination. Fiesta preparations could be limited only for family members and few visitors, he added. The Poblacion barangay council members under Mendoza, however, expressed some positive out-come on this fiesta policy, such as : government budget spending for festivities will be reduced and could instead be used to bolster health funds in the  ongoing fight against Covid.  Some members also commented that there is a positive impact in encouraging no lavish fiesta celebration. They said many families go to the extent of borrowing money or even loans with banks just to have something for the fiesta. Zero Covid Case Mayor Maslog and Brgy chair Mendoza claimed that they have zero Covid case. The local government units here have efficiently implemented the strict health protocol emanating from the national IATF, regional and provincial regulations. Maslog said the town now has sufficient quarantine and isolation facilities, thermal scanners, swab tests and PPEs for frontliners which composed of their BHWs and Tanods.  “I have even converted our newly-finished Training Center into a quarantine facility,” Maslog added. Mendoza, on the other hand commented that they are lucky and happy that there is no single Covid case in their town.” We owe this to the efficiency and hard-work of our barangay health workers and tanods.  When there are reports on LSIs or visitors coming in, they immediately require quarantine measures be followed, Mendoza said. He added that they have sufficient number of isolation rooms, and even use abandoned houses for use of PUI’s. On the national support via amelioration programs, Maslog added that they are quite satisfied with the schedules on distribution and instructions. With report from Gerry Lee Gorit, correspondent, and Richard dela Cruz, Eagle Broadcasting Corp.

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