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DOH: Time-based approach now used in COVID-19 handling

August 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA)—Emphasizing that reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing should not be the sole basis in handling returning individuals, the Department of Health (DOH) said they are currently using the time-based approach for COVID-19 cases. During the daily Laging Handa Network Briefing, August 5, Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “Hindi dapat basehan ang test para makauwi ang tao. Ang isang tao ‘pag nagkaroon ng COVID, on the tenth day of his illness, hindi na siya infectious.” (The test should not be the basis for an individual to be allowed to go home. On the tenth day of his illness, a person who is infected with COVID will no longer be infectious) The undersecretary also added that there is no need to repeat testing as the RT-PCR machine is very sensitive. “It can detect the remnants of a virus.” Based on evidence, the World Health Organization stated that it is safe to release patients from isolation based on clinical criteria that require a minimum time in isolation of 13 days, rather than strictly dwelling on repeated PCR results. As for the duration of RT-PCR testing, Vergeire said such depends on the laboratory. It usually takes 48-72 hours to obtain results.  Noting various concerns on the amount of testing, Vergeire said, “Ang RT-PCR test ay covered ng (The RT-PCR test is covered by) PhilHealth package. All Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth. Hindi po sila dapat magbabayad ng (They should not pay for the) total amount because PhilHealth should pay for that.”  For PhilHealth’s benefit package for COVID-19 testing, P3,409 is provided for all services for testing, which are procured and provided by the testing laboratory; P2,077 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory; and P901 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory.  As of August 4, there are 616 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Region 10 of which 7 are still admitted, 227 are outpatients, 301 have recovered, and 1 have expired. The 10 new confirmed cases recorded are from Misamis Oriental (3), Bukidnon (3), and Cagayan de Oro City (4). (RTP/PIA10)

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USTP-Claveria partners with DA-10 for TechnoPark creation

August 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA)--To boost food production and ensure food security, officials of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), through its Claveria campus, met with heads of the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)- 10, August 4 on the establishment of a TechnoPark.  OIC-Chancellor Ruvel J. Cuasito, Sr. and Vice-Chancellor for Administration and TechnoPark General Manager Clint Django G. Pacana discussed with DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado on the project brief and the inclusion of the agency on the TechnoPark Master Plan and coordinating committee.  “The project seeks to build an agriculture and food innovation hub in Claveria, Misamis Oriental – a municipality that is considered as the ‘food basket’ of the province,” shared Cuasito.  To this, Collado signified the agency’s support on the project and shared that it is in line with the agency’s thrust on food security.  “We will be looking into the possible interventions of the agency for this project,” he said.  Also joining the meeting were Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Cora A. Dumayaca and DA Consultant Joel S. Rudinas.  Another round of meeting will be scheduled later this month for USTP to present the details of their strategic plans and ideas for the said establishment. (DA10/PIA10)

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NAPC to monitor gov’t responses in mitigating COVID-19 effects

August 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA)—Focused on monitoring and evaluating the government’s efforts and responses in mitigating the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) will conduct the Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM), August 2020. Done through face to face and telephone interviews, and online or social media survey, NAPC targets 81 out of the 41,776 barangays in the country covered by the 2015 National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Using a simple random sampling, 25 households of the target barangays will be selected through a systematic sampling.  The survey will entail data gathering on the household profile, forms of assistance provided, distribution of cash subsidy, delivery of assistance, and comments and suggestions.  “PDM seeks to collect information and generate insights regarding the appropriateness, effectiveness, and immediate outcomes of the Social Amelioration Programs (SAPs), particularly the cash subsidy and food and non-food relief packages, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” NAPC Sec. Lawyer Nel Felongco said in an online meeting, August 5. For her part, Regina Antequisa of NAPC said for the basic sectors including the Victims of Disaster and Calamities (VDC), the data will serve as basis for policy recommendation not only for enhancing SAP or related future program of the government in response to the pandemic but also for enhancing the disaster response policy of the government in general. NAPC targets to complete the PDM by the end of October. (RTP/PIA10)

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PhilHealth-10 bares COVID-19 benefit packages

August 5, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA)--Directly paid to the health facility, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)-10 cites cost of benefit packages intended for coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 cases in the region. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, Merlyn Ybañez of PhilHealth-10 said persons who are placed in isolation units could avail the P22,449 package, which covers the food, hygiene kit, diagnostic test, referral and transportation to a higher level facility.  For other COVID-19 related packages, patients confirmed with COVID-19 and developed into severe illnesses will be compensated as follows: mild pneumonia for P43,997; moderate pneumonia for P143,267; severe pneumonia for P333,519; and critical pneumonia for P786,384.  For PhilHealth’s benefit package for COVID-19 testing, P3,409 is provided for all services for testing, which are procured and provided by the testing laboratory; P2,077 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory; and P901 if test kits are donated to the testing laboratory.  The cost of running the laboratory and RT-PCR machine for testing is included in the facility budget. PhilHealth clarified that the package is for costs attributable to services related to testing such as clinical assessment, specimen collection, specimen transport and materials such as personal protective equipment (PPEs) and test kits. Ybañez stressed that the said benefit package costs are directly paid to the PhilHealth accredited facility.  As of August 4, there are 606 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, where have 11 expired, and 263 are recovering. (RTP/PIA10)

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Camiguin urges consumers to buy meat products from local stores

August 5, 2020

CAMIGUIN, July 28 (PIA)—Noting that most people prefer to purchase goods online due to coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government of Camiguin still recommends buying meat from local stores where consumers can actually see what they are buying. For those who want to purchase meat through online sellers, the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) advised residents to make sure that they are buying from licensed meat suppliers or entities, which can be verified through the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS). Buyers should also ask the seller to provide information about the source of meat being sold. PVO also reminds buyers that meat should always be kept in a cooler or insulated container to keep its freshness and avoid spoilage. Thus, they have to make sure that meat is properly stored prior to buying. Buyers must also obtain information on the length of delivery time from the physical store to their homes. Travel time must not exceed two hours to maintain the freshness of meat. When checking on the physical properties of meat, the meat should not have unusual odor and color like greenish or red spots, and it should be firm to the touch when thawed.  For online sellers, PVO recommends that they should be registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and a business permit should be obtained from the local government unit. Meat sold online should be accompanied with the Meat Inspection Certificate (MIC) or the Certificate of Meat Inspection (COM).  For details on proper meat handling, PVO urges interested individuals to visit their local Agriculture Office or the PVO at the Provincial Capitol, Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin. (RTP/PIA10) Cebuano News: Camiguin ga-awhag sa konsyumante magpalit ug karne gikan sa lokal nga tindahan CAMIGUIN, July 28 (PIA)—Ngalan nga mas daghan ang gapalit ug mga palaliton sa online tungod sa coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 nga pandemya, ang Probinsyal nga Pangagamhanan sa Camiguin nag-rekomendar sa pagpalit ug karne gikan sa mga lokal nga tindahan diin ang mga konsyumante makakita mismo sa ilang paliton. Alang sa mga gusto mupalit ug karne pinaagi sa online nga mamaligyaay, ang Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) nagtambag sa mga residente nga siguruon nga gapalit sila sa lisensyadong suplayer sa karne, nga mapamatud-an sa National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS). Ang mga mamalitay kinahanglan usab mangutana sa mamaligyaay sa paghatag ug impormasyon sa gigikanan sa karne nga gibaligya. Nagpahinumdom usab ang PVO sa mga mamalitay nga ang karne kinahanglan kanunay nga ibutang sa cooler o insulated nga sudlanan aron magpabilin kining presko ug malikayan ang pagkadaot. Busa, dapat siguruon sa mupalit nga ang karne tarong ang pagkabutang sa dili pa kini paliton, Sutaon usab sa mamalitay ang impormasyon sa kadugay sa pag-deliver sa karne gikan sa tindahan padulong sa ilang balay. Ang pagbyahe sa karne dili dapat mulapas ug duha ka oras aron mamintinar ang kapresko niini. Sa pagtan-aw sa pisikal nga kahimtang sa karne, dapat wala kini’y laing baho o bulok sama sa berde o pula nga bulok, ug kinahanglan dili kini bungkag hawiran kung ipalanay. Alang sa mga online sellers, nirekomendar ang PVO nga dapat marehistro sila sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ug kinahanglan mukuha ug business permit gikan sa lokal nga pangagamhanan. Ang mga karne nga gibaligya online kinahanglang nga naa’y Meat Inspection Certificate (MIC) o Certificate of Meat Inspection (COM).  Alang sa detalye sa tarong nga pag-handle sa karne, gi-awhag sa PVO ang mga indibidwal nga mubisita sa ilang lokal nga Agriculture Office o sa PVA nga naa sa Provincial Capitol, Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA-10 gives anti-hemorrhagic septicemia vaccine for livestock ruminants

August 3, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 3 (PIA)--To ensure the health and immunity of the livestock ruminants in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 handed over a total of 70 vials of Hemorrhagic septicemia (HS) bacterin vaccine at the agency grounds. The Large Animal Raisers of Mindanao (LARAMIN) received 25 vials; Don Carlos Municipal Agriculture Office of Don Carlos, Bukidnon (20) and CdeO City Veterinary Office (25) at 25 doses per vial, respectively from DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga. Hemorrhagic septicemia (HS) bacterin vaccine is used to protect the animals from Pasteurella multocida serotype B that triggers acute disease of livestock animals in tropical countries. Reportedly, the HS disease is an acute and highly fatal infection, where infected livestock ruminants may be found dead or die less than 24 hours after initial clinical signs. DA-RFO 10 Livestock Program Coordinator Maria Lourdes M. Sypiecco said the vaccine is ideally to be injected to ruminants every year (1 ruminant is to 1 dose) costs P700 each. “This is to boost the immunity of the cattle and carabaos that were turned over to the beneficiaries last year, under the Cattle and Carabao Multiplier Farm projects. They aim to increase the production of the livestock industry in the region; thereby augmenting the source of livelihood of local farmers," she added. Don Carlos Municipal Agriculturist Merlyn C. Los Baños said the vaccine will help prevent the cattle and carabao from being infected with the fatal disease, and will help boost profitability in the cattle-carabao industry. Meanwhile, CDO City Veterinarian Dr. Lucien Anthony D. Acac said the vaccine will not only benefit the beneficiaries of the cattle multiplier farm, but also other raisers of livestock, including goats and horses in the hinterland and coastal areas of the city. (DA10/PIA10) 

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