cagayan de oro

New PDEA head takes oath in CDO

May 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The new head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) took his oath Thursday (May 28) morning at a court in Cagayan de Oro City where drug cases are heard.  Judge Arthur Abundiente, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25, said newly-appointed PDEA Director-General Wilkins Villanueva arrived at the court room few minutes before 8:00AM.  He is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1988. “He took his oath at exactly 8AM,” Abundiente said.  Abundiente said, aside from drug cases, violations of international humanitarian laws and genocides are also heard at RTC 25.  Villanueva said while he can take his oath through any elected official or member of the judiciary but “I just want to immediately perform my official duty so I opt to ask Judge Abundiente to administer my oath”.  Villanueva was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte replacing former PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino who was appointed as president and chief executive officer of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC).  Villanueva was PDEA Northern Mindanao’s regional director before his latest appointment.  

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Lysol channels to Red Cross funds to construct RT-PCR testing facility in CDO

May 30, 2020

  Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, expressed optimism that the PRC’s COVID-19 testing capacity will be enhanced by the opening of a testing center in Cagayan De Oro, which will be built through the generosity of Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare Philippines, Inc. (Lysol Philippines). Gordon, on Friday, received the donation for the construction of a molecular laboratory in Cagayan De Oro, which will be equipped with two polymerase reaction chain machines that are capable of running a combined total of 2,000 tests per day. “We welcome Lysol, one of the biggest companies in the world, as our partner in helping control the spread of COVID-19. They are a company who has invested most of their resources to studying pathogens and developing solutions that can kill these…,” he said. Aside from donating funds for the facility, Lysol Philippines, represented by its general manager in the country, Aleli Arcilla, also donated an equivalent amount to the PRC’s COVID Samaritan fund intended to cover testing costs for indigent Filipinos. The company also donated Lysol products. “Your generosity will allow us to build another testing center and has contributed significantly to our COVID-18 Samaritan fund that will shoulder the processing fees to test around 5,000 Filipinos from the most susceptible groups. Thank you and also to Lysol South East Asia general manager Gonzalo Balcanzar,” Gordon said. The PRC already opened three molecular laboratories in order to ensure victory over COVID by unmasking the virus in order to isolate, conduct contact tracing and treat those who are infected. Two of the facilities are located in PRC’s national headquarters along EDSA, while the other one is located in its former national headquarters in Port Area, Manila. All three facilities are equipped with four PCR machines each that capable of running a combined total of 12,000 tests per day. The PRC is also set to open testing centers in Subic, Clark, Batangas, Laguna and Cebu in the next few weeks and several others will be constructed in other areas across the country.

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Jocals688 beauty and wellness product soft launching held in Iligan City

May 28, 2020

ILIGAN CITY - Good news for Iliganons waiting for the coming of beauty and wellness products, as Jocals688 Beauty and Wellness Products Trading, Inc launched the other day in this progressive city of Northern Mindanao. The soft opening of its Iligan Branch would signal the company's commitment to serve the city in terms of beauty, wellness and prosperity. "We find that Iligan City is a very strategic place in Northern Mindanao," says Joshua A. Calderon, CEO and President of Jocals688. This year, the opening of Iligan Branch is part of the company's commitment and massive opening of branches since it opened in July 2019."Nalukop na nato sa pagbutang ug branches ang tibuok Pilipinas. We plan to invade Visayas soon," Calderon said. He said Jocals688 will not only help promote beauty and wellness but will also give opportunity to every Filipino to start their own business for only a very small capital.   HE'S THE MAN. Joshua Alforque Calderon, the man behind the tremendous success of Jocals688 multi-level marketing business is full of vision to make the company a byword all over the many continents of the globe.   DOING BUSINESS WITH JOCALS688 The CEO and President said for only a small capital of P3,998, anyone can start a small business and became agents of Jocals688. "Ang imong small capital worth na sa products, so if ibaligya nimo mobalik dayun ang imo capital, aside from the fact nga official agent ka na sa company. There are corresponding commissions nga imong dawaton sa matag baligya nimo sa Jocals688 products, " he explained. Calderon said many entrepreneurs at Jocals688 company are now enjoying the fruits of their sacrifices. "Many of my business partners have already experienced time and financial freedom and they are very thankful to the company. Dire nila nakita nga kung maningkamot lang gyud kita sa negosyo pinaagi sa usa ka sistema, dako kaayo ang pag asa nga makab ot gyud nato and atong mga damgo sa kinabuhi," Calderon pointed out. HUMBLE BEGINNING Started in June 2019 in the humble town of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, Jocals688 has already established 29 branches nationwide plus two others in New York City and Papua New Guinea in less than a year of operations. "I was personally surprised because even when there were already community quarantines, taking place all over, still many people kept enrolling in our system. They put their thrust in us because they have witnessed the success of our business partners," Concludes Calderon.

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Gama Foods donates RT-PCR machine to NMMC

May 28, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City’s private sector stepped up to the plate and gave a much needed boost in the city’s fight against COVID-19 as one company turned over one reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing machine to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) during Thursday afternoon’s (May 28) press briefing at the mayor’s conference room.   ‘My heart is full of gratitude with the donation by Gama Foods Corp. of an RT-PCR testing machine to the NMMC. It is a heartwarming, reassuring and inspiring gesture on their part in helping the city and northern Mindanao. In these difficult times, there are opportunities for people to make a difference and I join the Department of Health regional office (DOH-10) and NMMC in profusely thanking Gama Foods Corp. for their donation which will augment NMMC’s testing capacity along with additional RT-PCR machines acquired by City Hall (two each) for DOH-10 and NMMC,’ Mayor Oscar Moreno said.   In a statement, Gama Foods Corp. chief operations officer Mark Chang said their company started and grew in Cagayan de Oro City and ‘it is their pleasure to be of service to the city (where they established themselves).’    ‘I hope that in this COVID-19 crisis , we in the private sector and the government can help each other in beating COVID-19. I hope this donation will boost our fighting chance (against COVID-19). We should also not be complacent and follow the government guidelines for community quarantine,’ Chang said.   NMMC chief Dr. Jose Chan and NMMC spokesman Bernard Julius Rocha agreed, saying the RT-PCR machine will augment the NMMC’s current testing capacity of 36 tests daily.    Dr. Ian Gonzales, chief of the DOH-10’s Infectious Diseases Cluster, said Gama Foods Corp.’s donation is a prime example of the private sector’s invaluable role in helping government find solutions to solve the COVID-19 crisis.    ‘Once we get the two RT-PCR machines lent by City Hall operational at DOH and four testing machines at NMMC, we may have the highest testing capacity for COVID-19 cases outside the National Capital Region,’ Dr. Gonzales said.   Dr. Gonzales also lauded Mayor Oscar Moreno and City Hall’s health officials and entire bureaucracy for spearheading efforts in northern Mindanao to bolster and capacitate both the NMMC and DOH-10’s frontliners in terms of testing and health care capacity in handling and caring for suspected COVID-19 cases.    ‘We in DOH-10 thank Gama Foods Corp. for their donation and are grateful to Mayor Oscar Moreno and Cagayan de Oro City Hall for being the leader that we need in these times and for being among the best cities in the country that prepared well for this crisis,’ Dr. Gonzales said. 

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Vapor therapy against coronavirus disease

May 25, 2020

Have you heard of this traditional medicine which can also help kill the virus that is now wrecking havoc in many countries of the world? As this piece of news is written, coronavirus disease is wrecking havoc in the United States. As of today, there are now over 1.6 million Americans who were tested positive of covid-19, and over 97,000 have already died. But according to this Filipino couple based in New York, they were also tested positive of covid-19, but they don't panic, and instead  they remain calm, so that they would decide exactly what to do. Instead of going to the hospital, they first tried a traditional medication against fever and flu which has been practiced by their family in the past. And it is all about boiling water with salt and then inhaling and letting the vapor penetrate to the whole body while under the blanket. In this way, sweats come out from the body and contain the virus from further attacking the human cells and the immune system. How steam therapy works? In case of sore throat and eneezing, you can proceed to observe the following: 1. For steam therapy or (Tuob), boil water and add salt. Get a blanket and cover your whole body with it. Place the pot with the boiled saline water under the blanket and start inhaling the steam. 2. Wrap fine slices of unions in a handkerchief. Place it on your chest and let it stay there overnight. "We must fight covid-19 within the confines of our homes and refrain from going to the hospital for covid-19 treatment if the symptoms are not serious. If we can prevent ourselves from catching cold or flu, we can surely prevent ourselves from being infected by the coronavirus," says Engr Jeffrey Hapitan. Hapitan added "Prevention is the key in totally eradicating this pandemic."   

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Philantropist Joshua Calderon and his team distribute relief goods to frontliners

May 22, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Philantropist Joshua A. Calderon is going to lead his team in the distribution of relief goods today (May 22), at 2pm, to the frontliners especially in the checkpoints in the city, and also in the boundary of Libona in Bukidnon. Calderon said the tasks and responsibilities of the frontliners are not easy as they risk their lives everytime they are manning the checkpoints. "They are dealing with a very dangerous enemy that is covid-19 and anytime they could be infected with the deadly virus," says Calderon, CEO and president of Jocals688 Beauty and Wellness Products, Inc. Since the start of covid19 a few months ago his company has been helping the frontliners all over the Philippines. "Aduna usab kitay mga branches sa tibuok Pilipinas nga naghimo usab ug mga pagtabang sa mga frontliners ug mga less fortunate nato nga mga kaigsoonan." Mr Calderon, also widely known as Jocals has been helping in Cagayan de Oro.  He has also distributed rice and cash assistance to the blind masseurs in Barangay 40 who lost their jobs when City Mayor Oscar Moreno ordered the area closed due to reported covid19 cases in the city. Jocals also became famous over Magnum Radio when he helped a trike driver who donated his P200 income to the family of a person who committed suicide due to massive poverty. Just like other people and good samaritans in the city, Joshua has also admired the heart of a man who despite their hand-to-mouth surviving situation he still managed to donate his daily income. "Atong gihatagan siya ug reward sa iyang kabuotan ug pagka maayong tawo. Adtong nabalitaan nga gaabang lang siya sa iyang sikad, so atong gipalitan ug iyang kaugalingong sikad para dili na siya mangabang ug mas dako na iyang mauli sa pamilya," Philantropist Joshua Calderon pointed out.      

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