northern mindanao

Bukidnon allots P700M for 100,000 COVID-affected families

March 30, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Mar. 28 (PIA)--In an effort to help the province’s thousands of “no-work no-pay” workers who were hit by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the spreading Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Bukidnon provincial government allotted Php700 million to assist the poor families affected by COVID-19. Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr, in a press briefing, said the amount will be used to procure staple food for distribution to the province’s 100,000 poor families whose daily earnings were badly affected. “We must be able to help them even in small ways like this. Each poor family listed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as indigent—but not a member of 4Ps—will receive one sack of rice; one box of canned sardines; and one box of canned meatloaf and other assorted canned goods,” Zubiri said. He clarified that only those who were severely affected by the “ECQ” being implemented by the local government units (LGUs) can avail of the food aid. Bukidnon has 20 towns and 2 cities. Hence, the distribution should be done in batches, he said. The first batch of recipients will be from the towns of Impasugong, San Fernando, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Pangantucan, and Kalilangan. Those towns that have not yet been scheduled must wait for further announcement or notice from their respective LGUs, the governor said. Early this month, Zubiri issued Executive Order No. 13 placing the entire province of Bukidnon under Community Quarantine to quell the spread of coronavirus. Officials have implemented lockdowns that prevent people from leaving their towns and cities while imposing curfew. On Friday, the Department of Health’s COVID-19 bulletin showed Bukidnon has 679 Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) and 65 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs). In an interview, provincial health officer Dr. Ricardo Reyes said, “the province has ‘zero’ confirmed COVID-19 case as of this report, which may be due to the people’s cooperation and vigilance.” (RLRB/PIA10)  

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DSWD-10 to augment LGUs' COVID-19 response with 73,655 food packs

March 30, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 30 (PIA)--Primarily tasked to augment provision of food and non-food assistance to local government units (LGUs), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 is targeting to repack 73,655 food packs with about P26 million budget allocation. "Ang gihimo sa DSWD as per request from the LGU. Duna sila’y listahan ana mao kini ang basehan sa atong tagaan (The DSWD will wait for the request of the LGU. They [LGUs] have their own list and this will be the basis for the distribution)," Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey M. dela Cruz of DSWD-10 said. DSWD-10 prioritizes the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, informal sector, Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Listahanan. Such will be forwarded to the local chief executives so there won't be any duplication of beneficiaries within the latter's area of responsibility.  "Responsible in food distribution is the local government unit," dela Cruz said. Since this is the primary role of the LGU, the assistant regional director said the LGU must promptly come up with the list of households whom they are going to provide assistance with. DSWD-10 has already hired volunteers to repack the goods and they are targeting to complete such by mid-April.  Furthermore, the department has identified prepositioned areas for distribution and with the aid of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deliveries will be conducted at Maramag and Malaybalay in Bukidnon, Sinacaban and Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental, and negotiations are currently held with a private facility for Camiguin area. (RTP/PIA10)

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Passengers of March 14 PAL flight to Ozamis traced

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The provincial government of Misamis Occidental is now tracing passengers of a March 14 morning flight of the Philippine Airlines who may have direct physical contact with a patient admitted at a hospital in Ozamiz City who tested positive of COVID-19. In a live streaming on social media, Misamis Occidental Governor Phillip Tan, called on the passenger to report to have themselves checke and imposed a 14-day home quarantine while being monitored by health personnel. Ozamiz City Mayor Sancho Oaminal confirmed on Sunday evening (March 29) that the patient, 45 years old, was admitted at Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr. (MHARS) Medical Center in March 24, ten days after he arrived at his hometown in Jimenez. The patient is a seaman whose last country he travelled was Thailand. From Thailand, he stayed for several days in Manila before going gome to Mindanao. "He was first listed as person under monitoring (PUM) when he came home but was brought to the hospital after few days when he manifested flu-like symptoms," Oaminal said in a phone interview. The Department of Health Region X during a press conference in Cagayan de Oro said the patient has "chief complaints of fever, cough, sore throat and headache, eight days prior to admission". "The patient has pre-existing condition of hypertension," statement of the DOH said. Relaying the declaration of MHARS-MC's physician, Oaminal said the patient is in clinically stable condition.

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Army, DSWD deliver food packs in Bukidnon

March 30, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division recently partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office-10 (DSWD FO-10) in delivering 3,000 Family Food Packs (FFP) to the Province of Bukidnon last March 28, 2020. The food packs which are now safely stored inside Army facilities in Bukidnon are part of various government assistance packages being readied by the Regional Inter- Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Disease (RIATF- MEID)- in Northern Mindanao for people affected by the outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang, Regional Director of DSWD FO-10 said the recent batch of deliveries now bring the total number of FFPs prepositioned in various military camps in Bukidnon to 6,000. She also lauded the Cagayan de Oro City- based Army unit for facilitating the delivery and safekeeping of the food packs which she said will be used should the crisis escalate. The NorMin Task Force for CoViD-19 was created and activated thru NDRRMC Memorandum Circular No. 27, s2020 in order to ensure coordination and facilitate response, humanitarian assistance, and support the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (RIATF-MEID). The DSWD FO-10 is currently the lead agency of the response for the Food and Non- Food Items Cluster with AFP and the Philippine Army through the 4th Infantry Division performing support roles. Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, the Commander of 4ID said the Philippine Army is poised to provide any form of assistance to all regional line agencies and local government units in the fight against COVID-19. “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) is one of our mission areas and we will make sure that we will do our best to help our people especially now that the entire country is in peril”, Gacal said. “This is a huge challenge for all us but with our Whole-of-Nation Approach, I am confident we will defeat COVID-19”, he added. Since the declaration of national emergency due to the pandemic, 4ID units in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions have been actively supporting interagency efforts to fight COVID-19. Hundreds of Army personnel, vehicle and equipment have been deployed across the two regions to assist the PNP and local government units and agencies in enforcing national directives and local ordinances such as the establishment of quarantine check points. Various military facilities are also being readied to accommodate stranded passengers, as directed by President Duterte. Gacal said military camps are also strictly enforcing measures to prevent the spread of the dreaded virus. Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City has been implementing strict procedures such as thermal scanning and disinfection to safeguard soldiers and their families against the disease. “Our soldiers are constantly threatened by the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 because of the nature of our job which is to serve the people. But we also need to protect them so that they can continue doing their tasks and accomplish our mission”, Gacal added. He also called on all sectors of the society especially the local populace to cooperate with the government’s efforts to immediately curb the disease.

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Additional 3 PUIs recorded in NorMin

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Department of Health confirmed on Monday morning of three new cases in Northern Mindanao. Health Regional Director Adriano Subaan, in a press briefing that the new COVID-19 cases are in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. The first case is a 67-year old female patient in lligan City who was admitted last March 19 in a hospital in Iligan due to Pneumonia with chief complaints of persistent cough and fever, six days prior to admission. She also experienced difficulty of breathing and body malaise. The patient has pre-existing conditions of DM type 2, hypertension stage 2 and polycythemia vera. She has a history of travel from Makati City, Manila. Second case is 45-year old male from Jimenez, Misamis Occidental who was admitted last March 24 with chief complaints of fever, cough, sore throat and headache, eight days prior to admission. The patient, who was admitted in a hospital in Ozamiz City, has pre-existing condition of Hypertension. He is a seaman who came from Thailand, stayed in Manila for several weeks before going home via Ozamiz PAL flight in the morning of March 14. The third case is a 67 years old, male from Tubod, Lanao Del Norte who was admitted in a hospital in the province last March 26 with chief complaints of fever, cough, sore throat, colds and fatigue for seven days prior to admission. The patient has pre-existing condition of hypertension, Pneumonia and has a history of Lung Cancer. His travel history is still for validation but initial information states he has no known exposure to a confirmed case. With the additional cases, Northern Mindanao has recorded 283 patients under investigation which 36 are currently admitted in a hospital, 40 were tested negative and were discharged. The rest are in a home quarantine.

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LGU Iligan imposes 'no face mask, no entry' in public market

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) -- The Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office of the Iligan City imposed a "No Face Mask, No Entry" policy at the temporary public market located in Barangay Tambo, this city.    The strict implementation is in line with the declaration of enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   All persons going to the market are advised to wear a face mask before entering the entrance gate. They will also pass through the foot bath and misting tent for disinfection.    While inside the market, the face mask should be worn at all times.   Moreover, social distancing and proper hygiene will also be observed.    With the home quarantine pass issued by barangay local government units, only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy basic necessities. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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