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DOF: Strong economy backs PH efforts against COVID-19

August 7, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA)—“The strengths of our economy allowed us to quickly put together the four-pillar strategy to shield the Filipino people against the adverse effects of the pandemic.” Citing the initial achievements of the country during the Security Bank Economic Forum 2020, August 6, Department of Finance (DOF) Sec. Carlos Sonny Garcia Dominguez III stressed that before COVID-19, all indicators showed economic strength. "We were among the fastest growing economies in Asia with an average GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth of 6.6 percent from 2016-2019. We have managed to bring down our debt to GDP ratio with a historic low of 39.6 percent. Our revenues were robust after the passage of both tax reform measures and improved tax administration," the secretary added. In 2019, the nation's revenue is at 16.1 percent of GDP; the country's best performance in 22 years. Inflation remains stable and under control. For July, the country has 2.7 percent inflation rate, which is still below the midpoint target range of 3-4 percent.  "The Philippine peso remains one of the most stable Asian currencies amid rising risks. The Philippine peso has appreciated 3.2 percent against the US dollars," Dominguez said.  Noting such feats, the secretary said the government has provided immediate aid to struggling Filipino families and displaced workers through the Social Amelioration Program where P205 billion was disbursed to 18 million low income families for two months, and P51 billion wage subsidy to 3 million workers of small businesses for two months as well.  The four-pillar strategy of the national government has a combined value of P1.7 trillion or 9.1 percent of the country's GDP.  Moreover, wide range initiatives to help struggling families and enterprises were also conducted and these include credit facilities and services by financial institutions, study now pay later program, online training programs to up skill and retool displaced workers, and other measures to help businesses operate in new normal. "The Philippines was the first country in ASEAN to enforce strong lockdown measures beginning March 17 to save lives and protect communities. We responded with everything we have," Dominguez said. (RTP/PIA10)

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DA-10 supports DepEd's planting program for psychosocial dev't

August 7, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA)--Aiming to enrich the students' mental and social adequacy amid the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 health threat, more public schools here obtained vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10, July 27 at the agency compound. A total of 1,800 packets of assorted vegetable seeds were given to four schools, namely, Gusa Regional Science High School (GRSHS); Gusa National High School (GNHS); Bugo Central School (BCS) and Puerto Elementary School (PES). The Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of CDO City will conduct mental health and psychosocial support activities to promote school learners, parents and personnel's well-being. Through their "My Pet Plant Project", the students will learn how to grow and appreciate the nature of plants while documenting from planting of the seeds up to its harvest. According to GRSHS Teacher Shoji-an D. Daradal, all stages in the plants' growth will relate to the subjects being taught to the students. Meantime, BCS Teacher Elsa Ylanan said, the students will be provided with seeds along with answer sheets, for them to record their observations in the nature of growing vegetables in their respective homes. Moreover, GNHS Administrative Staff Pio Jaime A. Amigo conveyed, such school activity will uplift the morale and provide psychosocial support for the students and the parents amid the ongoing health crisis. Overall, more than 5,000 students from these schools are targeted to benefit from the free veggie seeds of DA. (DA10/PIA10)

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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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