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Avoid politicking in DAFAC listing, brgy chairmen told

March 30, 2020

AT least two officials from the city government of Cagayan de Oro called on all barangay chairmen in the 80 villages of the city to avoid politicking in the listing of persons displaced in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.   "Ayaw sa mo pamolitika kay dili panahon sa pamolitika karon," Councilor Lordan Suan said during the City Council weekly session Monday.   This, even as Suan called on his colleagues that the listing of the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) must have oversight.   Meanwhile, city social welfare and development officer Michael Fabello also admitted in the same City Council proceedings that they do not have control in the listing of DAFAC beneficiaries.   "Kung naa man galing pagpamolitika, it's beyond the control of the CSWD. Dili lang unta ta mamolitika. Let us do bayanihan," Fabello said.   According to law, DAFAC is the necessary requisite for the city government to hand out relief goods to COVID-19 displaced persons.   As of presstime, the city social welfare and development department has targeted 27,667 households as beneficiaries.   Fabello said that the volume of relief goods will vary in each household - those with five or more members will receive 15 kilos of rice, 15 canned goods and 15 pieces of noodles each week.   Households with three to four members will receive eight kilos of rice, eight canned goods and eight pieces of noodles.   Households with one to two members will receive five kilos of rice, five canned goods and five pieces of noodles.   Fabello said they are targeting to start distributing the relief goods in 70 percent of the barangays here.   Basing on the "flattening the curve" projection of the national government, Fabello said they are readying for the distribution of goods until May or June.   Qualified beneficiaries are the vulnerable poorest of the poor, porters, scavengers, public utility drivers (PUV/jeepney/habal-habal/motorela/taxi) and ambulant vendors.   4Ps beneficiaries will get their relief goods from DSWD through the regular conditional cash transfer while daily wage earners will get theirs from DOLE.

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Moreno announces food packs ready on Monday

March 29, 2020

FOOD PACKS READY!  CSWD Chief Fabello:  "Ang walay madawatan nga ayuda gikan sa national agencies sama sa driver sa public utility jeepneys, taxis, public utility vans, public utility coasters, public utility buses, motorelas, trisikad, habal-habal; motorbike; scavengers; fishermen; farmers; street families; graduates sa NCII ug Community Improvement Division programs mao ang ilang prayoridad nga tabangan subay sa Executive Order no. 052 nga gipagawas ni Mayor Oscar Moreno."   CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Reacting to the growing clamor of hungry and irate city residents for food support, City Mayor Oscar Moreno finally announced the City Government is ready for the food packs distribution on Monday, March 30, 2020. This, as the city's chief executive already felt the growing clamor for food after a community quarantine has been in effect in the city two weeks ago. Thousands of city residents have lost their jobs after private establishments shutdown operations as a result of the implementation of a community quarantine in the city. Those who were badly affected include workers in malls, small and medium enterprises, drivers of taxis, pedicabs, tricabs, and motorela drivers, carpenters and all other construction workers, scavengers, beggars in the streets, and other ambulant vendors.  Irate residents the other day mobbed the internet and echoed their sentiments over the mayor's alleged inaction of their clamor for food support, claiming they all became jobless and they are only dependent upon on their daily income for their food consumption every day. As the city mayor has finally announced the distribution of food support, Local CSWD officer Christopher Fabello has also confirmed that thousands of food packs are now ready while repacking was also ongoing at Xavier University open space, as offered by the University president. Fabello also assured the city mayor that the distribution of food support will start on Monday in the forty barangays of the city. But Fabello also claimed those that will be prioritized are the low income families who have lost their jobs such as tricyle drivers, taxi drivers, ambulant vendors, security guards, factory workers and construction workers, among others.      FEAR OF DISORDER Fourth Infantry "Diamond" Division chief BGen Nemesio Gacal during a regular press briefing also echoed the sentiments of the hungry people in their houses for lack of food to serve in the table. He said he feared that people will become unruly and disgruntled if the food supply will be extended in more weeks. These people, Gacal said, have lost their daily income which are their only means for daily subsistence. To answer to this immediate concern, the decorated military officer said he has already created a team to coordinate with barangay leaders to fasttrack the masterlist of barangay beneficiaries, espcially those vulnerable sectors who have stopped their daily income because of the implementation of a community quarantine. IRATE RESIDENTS MOB THE NET  Menwhile, many also of the city's working population who were forced to stay at home mobbed the internet and echoed their disgust of the mayor's executive order for a community quarantine. These were the sectors which comprised of sales clerks in malls, sales ladies in private businesses, ambulant vendors, beggars in the streets, workers, waiters and waitresses, and all other jobs which supposedly gave them daily income. Over a comment section of the City Mayor's daily press briefing, irate residents took turns on lambasting Mayor Mareno's alleged very slow responses on the need for food of those affected by the coronavirus crisis which also triggered the community quarantine order of the local chief executive. Other residents have also aired their grievances on the comments section of Magnum Radio and Bombo Radyo and other City Government FB pages, saying they needed help and intervention from City and barangay officials. Magnum Radio Station Manager Jun Albino in his morning news program said a crying caller has asked help from their station as the family have no more food supplies. "Naluoy gyud ko sa maong caller ug giadtuan gyod nako sa ilang lugar nga may pagkalayo raba," the radio manager said.  Enday Lantuyan, children of 5 and wife of tricycle driver said since the quarantine implementation last week her husband cannot support the family anymore. "Unsaon paman niya pagsuporta kanamo nga nagpagawas naman ug order si Mayor nga magpuyo nalang sa balay. Ang kita ra sa iyang pagdrive among gisaligan sa matag adlaw." (How could he support us when the mayor ordered everyone to stay at home. His daily income is what we are dependent upon for our daily subsistence," Lantuyan told MDN in an interview. "Dili kita mamatay ani sa Covid kundi sa kagutom. Duha ka semana na gud walay kita akong bana. Sige lang presscon unya mga tawo gipanggutom na kay walay income. Bisag pan wala diha," she lamented. She said almost all the drivers of 'habalhabal' (single motorcycle), 'baobao' (tricab) and motorized tricycles (pedicabs) that were only dependent on their daily income are now sacrificing their families since the quarantine implementation of the mayor. "Ila untang nakita sa wala pay community quarantine kung pila ka libo ka mga draybers and magutman kay gasalig lang sa kita sa matag adlaw aron makapalit ug bugas," she claimed. (They should have seen this problem before the implementation of a "community quarantine." How many thousands of drivers are dependent on their daily income to survive everyday's food consumption)   

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Italy's Prime Minister almost broke in tears as virus infection seems uncontrollable; death toll reaches 10,023

March 29, 2020

COVID-19 OUTBREAK SEEMS UNCONTROLLABLE IN ITALY * Prime Minister almost broke in tears seeing hundreds of his people die everyday.    ITALY - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte almost broke in tears as he saw how hard it is to contain the coronavirus pandemic in his own country, with the death now rises to 10,023 and the total number of infected persons reached to a staggering 92,472.   The worldwide death toll now reached to 30,848, while the total infected persons globally also hit a record high of 664,924 people. The health ministry in Spain also reported the fatality in the country jumped to 5,982 from a total of 73,235 infections, with a total of 832 patients fighting for death in the last 24 hours. The United States also felt the deadly onslaught of covid-19 pandemic with its total virus infection hit a smashing 124,665 Americans, based on Johns Hopkins University tally. The fatality toll in the U.S. also hit a record high of 2,191. In China, the virus continued to slow down - with the country's National Health Commission reporting only 45 new cases of the coronavirus disease in the last ten days. Those 45 cases, the NHC reported, were all imported from travellers overseas. There were alsoa reported 5 new deaths in Wuhan, a big city in China populated by 11 million people, and where the virus was firt reported to have started in its market. As the outbreak becomes controllable and contained now in the country, Wuhan City now reopens railway and subway stations Generally, according to the NHC report, life in Wuhan is starting to go back to normal. There was only 1 new case according to the state media that occured in the last ten days in Wuhan. A China-Europe cargo train on Saturday also travelled from Wuhan to Germany to deliver medical supplies.  The total infections in China halted to 82,000 including its death toll to 3,000 plus, a clear manifestations that the imposed lockdowns in Hubeu Province and Wuhan City contributed to the containment of the deadly virus believed originated from bats or snakes. MORE OLDER PEOPLE IN ITALY According to the World Bank, Italy is the second oldest population after Japan, and based on recent observations of the virus attack, older people are most vulnerable to coronavirus disease than the younger generation who are perceived as still having strong immune system and strong antibodies.  A total lockdown was earlier implemented in the Lombardy region and Venice - which included some cities like Rimini and Parma. People in these places were not allowed to leave quarantine and lockdown zones. And this lockdown affected an estimated population of 15 million. Unfortunately, just as the leaders realized the deadly virus, the Lombardy Region has already been infected and attacked by the deadly coronavirus disease. Until, dead bodies filed one morning in Italy, as thousands upon thousands of people were infected in the country.   (Editor's note: We are posting here the top 10 countries where the onslaught of the deadly coronavirus is gaining momentum in the past few days.) Based on John Hopkins' tally of the top countries severely hit by the deadly virus based on fatalities, we are posting here the top 11 countries as follows: 1. Italy - 92,472 confirmed cases - 10,023 deaths - 12,384 recovered 2. Spain - 73,235 confirmed cases - 5,982 deaths - 12,285 recovered 3. China - 82,057 confirmed cases - 3,304 deaths - 75,576 recovered 4. Iran - 35,408 confirmed cases -   2,517 deaths - 11,679 recovered 5. France - 38,105 confirmed cases - 2,317 deaths - 5,724 recovered 6. United States - 124,664 confirmed cases - 2,191 deaths - 1.095 recovered  7. UK - 17,312 confirmed cases - 1,021 deaths - 151 recovered  8. Netherlands - 9,819 confirmed cases - 640 deaths - 6 recovered 9. Germany - 57,695 confirmed cases - 433 deaths - 8,481 recovered 10.Belgium - 9,134 confirmed cases - 353 deaths - 1,063 recovered 11. Switzerland - 14,076 confirmed cases - 264 deaths - 1,595 recovered  

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8 dead as chartered plane bound for Japan crashes at NAIA

March 29, 2020

PLANE CRASH AT NAIA UPDATED MARCH 29 11:44PM... BREAKING: Eight people are now confirmed dead after a chartered aircraft figured in an accident and caught fire at around 8 p.m. Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Manila International Aviation Authority reported. The aircraft was bound for Haneda, Japan and it has a registration number RPC 5880 owned by Lion Air aircraft (General Aviation aircraft). The plane was about to take off when suddenly caught on fire and exploded at Runway 24.  Ed Monreal, MIAA General Manager, during a press conference, confirmed there were no survivors on the flight. The eight passengers on board, which include two foreign nationals and 6 Filipinos have all died on the spot. Mindanao Daily News got hold of the Lion Air Declaration of Passengers and those on board include Ken Edward Ungson, Melvin de Castro, Marjo Medina, Jr - all Capt; Edmark Jael, Cenomer Bautista and Conrado Tomeldan, Jr - all six of them were Filipinos. While those two foreign nationals were John Richard Hurst, a male Canadian; and Marilyn de Jesus, a female American. Monreal said they are now investigating why the aircract was bound for Japan and why are six Filipinos among the passengers of said chartered flight. But the Civil Aviation and Aeronatics Board (CAAB) has initially told the media the plane encouneterd a technical problem while taking off on Runway 6.  The MIAA said during the incident, members of their fire and rescue were immediately dispatched to extinguish the flame but failed. The fire had already engulfed the aircraft when they arrived at the scene. “The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site to determine the cause of the incident,” MIAA said.   Photo shows the wreckage of the chartered plane that crashed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Sunday, March 29, around 8:00 in the evening. Eight people onboard said plane died on the spot, including two foreign nationals ( a male Canadian and female American) - photo credit to owner.   

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DA-10’s Integrated Lab formulates 70% ethyl alcohol for frontline personnel

March 28, 2020

To mitigate the spread of the highly contagious Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 through its Integrated Laboratory Division has produced 70 percent ethyl alcohol with moisturizer for its frontline personnel.   Recognizing the limited supply and high cost of disinfectants in light of the COVID-19 crisis in the country, the agency’s chemist prepared the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended handrub formulation.   DA-10 OIC-Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said that the alcohol will be used by DA-10 frontline personnel and eventually, will expand its beneficiaries to other frontliners aside from the agency.   According to Johanna C. Pichay, Chemist III, the WHO formulation requires the use of glycerol as humectant.   In which, DA-10 owes to Pilipinas Kao, Inc. through their Vice-President Resident Head for Plant Operation Engr. Alexander Y. Linog for donating glycerol to the agency.   Pichay added that the first batch of formulation she has prepared will be made available after 72 hours .

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CDO approves supplemental Annual Investment Program

March 28, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City legislators headed by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy during a special session on Wednesday, March 25, approved the Supplemental Annual Investment Program of the city in the total amount of P5.1 billion.        The city has earmarked P550 million for COVID-19 response, which will be used to provide financial assistance to persons and workers displaced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as for other equipment or construction projects necessary.        The supplemental budget also includes a P 9.3 million budget for the city’s Community-Based Monitoring System-Accelerated Poverty Profiling and P1.5 million for the purchase of a dropside truck to be used for the city’s cleanliness drive.        Infrastructure projects implemented under the AIP also include the redevelopment of Bolonsiri Park, rehabilitation of Cogon Public Market, rehabilitation of drainage canal, installation of plate drainage and manhole covers and pavement resurfacing at the Carmen Public Market.        The city is also implementing the construction of a transient lodging facility and kiosk at the East-Westbound Terminal and Public Market and terminal perimeter fence, and gate entrance and exist for public utility jeepneys and buses, among others at the East-Westbound Terminal and Public Market.

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