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Government taps MSU Marawi chemists to formulate alcohol for frontliners in Marawi, Lanao del Sur

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The provincial government of Lanao del Sur, through the office of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, tapped Mindanao State University in Marawi City, through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, to formulate sanitizer for the frontliners in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur amid crisis on COVID-19. The provincial government will fund the formulation of the sanitizer. Provincial Board Member Jeff Adiong, SK Federated President in Lanao del Sur, said the scarcity of resources triggered his office to post announcement on social media that the provincial government is looking for local chemists to help them formulate sanitizer. "Our post on social media was linked to the Department of Chemistry of the MSU-Marawi. We immediately had a meeting with the university president and four chemists are willing to help us," Adiong said in a phone interview. While the provincial government was happy to learn of the development, it would also deal with the limited supply of substance they need in compounding the alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The workers who pick-up the supplies has to pass through the strict checkpoint from the suppliers in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. "Second, we have to be in a hurry of not getting caught with the curfew hours. Supplies of raw materials are limited," Adiong said. For the 39 municipalities and for Marawi City, the provincial government wishes to give five liters each of them for their including to the frontliners in the main checkpoints. Amai Pakpak Medical Center, the only public hospital in Marawi that caters COVID patients, will have 20 liters for its workers. The solution Four registered chemists, who are staff of MSU main campus are now preparing to formulate the sanitizer after receiving the compounding guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Jomarie Seclon, one of chemists, said the laboratory was already disinfected. But they have to wait for substance they need: glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and ethanol. "We need distilled water for dilution and supply of it is not a problem. If all the materials are available, we can formulate 240 liters in five days," Seclon said

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Marawi City to use e-trikes to transport dialysis patients, health workers

March 25, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The local government unit of Marawi is now maximizing some 20 electric tricycle o e-trikes donated by the Department of Energy to the city government in 2018 as part of the city's rehabilitation and recovery program. This is to give free rides to the dialysis patients, health workers and frontliners. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the city government is paying the drivers to transport regular dialysis patients of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) from their house to the hospital and back. These refers only to patients who are residents of Marawi. The utility public transportations were suspended when Lanao del Sur and Marawi City imposed enhanced community quarantine and implement curfew hours from 6am to 6pm. "The APMC is still catering regular patients including the dialysis patients who are having difficulties in their transportation," Gandamra said. The free rides can also be availed by health workers and other frontliners. Gandamra said health workers of the APMC are experiencing discrimination from the drivers of public transportation when their operations were not yet suspended. "The LGU wants to take care of our health workers and frontliners so that they can continue their services in Marawi City," Gandamra said.

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IQBAL ORDERS TO FAST TRACK EARLY RELEASE OF SALARIES FOR MARCH

March 21, 2020

COTABATO CITY ---- BARM Minister of  Basic, Higher and Technical Education Mohagher Iqbal has ordered to fast track the early release of salaries for its employees for the month of March.  “We made this move to ensure that our employees can act accordingly and finance their necessities in this time of pandemic,” said Minister Iqbal. This was initiated as President Duterte placed the entire country under a State of Public Health Emergency due to the recent development in the national cases of the pandemic 2019 Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). “We are the largest ministry in BARMM. We cover 60% of the workforce in the Bangsamoro region, therefore, it is our responsibility to aid them as much as our extent in this situation,” Iqbal added.  Contract of service and casual employees covered by job orders will also be prioritized in this matter.  Iqbal urged the employees to spend their salaries wisely and prudently in this time of emergency.  Salary differentials for MBHTE employees were also requested to the Department of Budget and Finance through the Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM).  “The focus of the Bangsamoro government now is to keep our employees and constituents safe while helping them in the best manner that we can,” said Iqbal.#  

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Lanao Sur guv appeals for public cooperation on enhanced community quarantine

March 20, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) -- Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. has asked the public to cooperate and observe the guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine. Adiong and City Mayor Majul Gandamra has issued Joint Executive Order (EO) No. 002 placing the province, including Marawi City, in an enhanced community quarantine as part of a continuous push to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. "If we want COVID-19 to be gone, don't go out of our house. Cooperate and observe the guidelines. If you have questions, our hotlines are available," Adiong said. Under EO 002, entry into the province by residents and non-residents, regardless of the mode of travel, is strictly prohibited. Likewise, travel within the province from a municipality to Marawi and vice-versa, or within different municipalities is strictly prohibited. Thus, Lanao del Sur residents are given 48 hours from the implementation of the EO to return to their respective residences. Exempted on this prohibition are medical doctors, personnel working in the health and emergency frontline services, humanitarian aid and medical mission from recognized national and international organizations, national government and BARMM officials and employees who are deployed within the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19, members of the PNP and AFP, officials and employees government agencies and local government units within the province, and government employees working outside the province but are residing within Lanao del Sur.  Residents may be allowed movement within the province to access basic necessities with at most two representatives per household upon prior written clearance from the Punong barangay or the local chief executive. Cargoes consisting of basic commodities and necessities will not be unhampered. Supply chain vehicles and delivery vehicles are allowed entry and egress provided the owners, drivers and helpers will unload the cargoes without delay and leave the province immediately after unloading. Media personnel are allowed to travel within the province provided they secure an identification card from the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force. (IATF). The EO also requires “strict” home quarantine in all households. Residents with travel history abroad and local areas with COVID-19 cases within the past 14 days are considered as Persons Under Monitoring and shall be immediately subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Congregational Friday prayers, ijtima/johor, multaqa,and madrasah/toril classess are also temporarily suspended. Meanwhile, private construction companies with existing urgent government projects within the province are directed to submit a maximum of three names of their personnel who will be allowed to enter Marawi or any municipality only to continue their project operations. All business establishments will also be closed except for grocery stores, sari-sari stores, pharmacies, medical clinics, food preparation and delivery services, water refilling stations, financial institutions, telecommunication supplies and facilities, and other establishments that provide basic necessities. Mass public transport facilities are likewise suspended unless allowed by the Provincial IATF. For private transport, vehicles with more than two passengers are not allowed in observance of social distancing measures. Moreover, drivers of single motorcycles are not allowed to carry any passenger. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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Businessman shot dead, 5 days after a policeman was ambushed in Marawi City

March 10, 2020

A 38-year old businessman succumbed to gunshot wounds after he was shot, past 10:00 am on Tuesday (March 10), by unidentified riding in tandem, in Barangay Matampay, Marawi City. Colonel Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police director identified the victim as Sohaily Domagay Pandapatan, presently living at Bayanihan Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, Iligan City. Police records states Pandapatan is a native of Barangay Alinun, Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur. Initial police investigation states the victim mas riding his motorcycle from Marawi City going to the direction of Saguiaran when the motorcycle-riding suspects "suddenly appeared and shot the victim without any apparent reason". The victim died of the multiple gunshot wounds on his chest and abdomen. He was rushed by bystanders to Amai Pakpak Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival. Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered empty shells of caliber 45 from the crime scene. Police is investigating the motive and identity of the suspects. It was the second shooting incident, involving suspects riding in tandem, this month following the ambush-slay last March 5 of a policeman and his son onboard his Toyota Vios. The cop's son survived the ambush.

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Lanao Sur guv wants investigation against 'jail guard' arrested for transporting P1.3M worth of meth

March 10, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. had asked the provincial legal office to investigate the suspect, claiming to be a provincial guard, who was nabbed on Sunday, March 8, for transporting a 1.3 million-peso worth of meth. In a statement sent to media Tuesday afternoon, Adiong said the suspect Walid Nasser Usman, a resident n Baloi, Lanao del Norte "is not and has never been an employee or worker of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur." Usman was arrested by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) 10, who tailed him from Iligan City, in a checkpoint in Barangay Tampilong, Marawi City and siezed from him around 200 grams of suspected shabu. Operatives also recovered from him an identification card with the logo of the provincial jail, his name and photos and name with signature of Adiong. "The identification card allegedly issued by the Office of the Provincial Warden of Lanao del Sur, which was confiscated from Mr. Usman by the police authorities, is fake. OIC Provincial Warden Acmad Tabao has also reiterated that the suspect is not a regular, temporary or casual employee of the said office", the statement stated. "I have requested the Provincial Prosecutor of Lanao del Sur to investigate this matter, with our Provincial Legal Office, to provide full support to the investigation. We would like to assure everyone that those found guilty shall be dealt with accordingly, and with full force of the law," Adiong in a statement added. In an interview, Tabao said while they know of the suspect because his father is a computer encoder of the provincial jail office, the younger Usman was never their employee. Report from the public information office of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 states that Usman is tagged as high valued individual (HVI) based on the volume of drugs he was transporting. Lieutenant Colonel Mardy Hortillosa, public information officer of PRO 10, said Usman has been under surviellance for one month before his arrest.

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