northern mindanao

NFA-10 increases market participation to 12%

May 6, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The National Food Authority (NFA)-10 increased its usual 5-10 percent market participation to 12.4 percent to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 contagion.     As an agency mandated to maintain rice buffer stock to be sourced solely from local farmers for calamities and emergencies, NFA-10 Regional Director John Robert R. Hermano reported the status of NFA rice buffer stocks in the region which will last up to two more months during the Logistics Task Group-Northern Mindanao Regional Task Force for COVID-19 tele-conference, May 1.     He also reported that from March to April 29 this year, the region has already released 97,453 bags in 50 kilograms NFA rice to various government relief agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its local units, local government units (LGUs), and some legislators for their COVID-related relief operations.      Milling activities of the palay procured last cropping season also continues to increase the level of rice inventory.     Hermano likewise assured the sufficient rice supply of NFA in the region despite the continuous withdrawals of these agencies as NFA’s inventory will be replenished by the ongoing palay procurement. (NFA10/PIA10)

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DA-DTI Kadiwa at Diskwento Karavan offers consumers more affordable options

May 4, 2020

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Northern Mindanao have launched a joint project of provide consumers with a wider array of agri-fishery products, basic necessities and other prime commodities through the Kadiwa at Diskwento Karavan (KDK), at the DA-10’s parking area.  DA’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita and DTI’s Diskwento Caravan have been integrated in the KDK, a beefed-up marketing initiative which brings diverse and reasonably priced essential commodities closer to the homes of Kagay-anons amid the COVID-19 imposed community quarantine.  “We have laid this out to give our consumers access to a one-stop shop offering fresh produce and manufactured goods closer to their homes to decongest major public markets,” said Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) regional technical director for operations.  “Affordability is a key feature of the items being sold in the KDK. Since the capacity of business establishments have been reduced, this is a big help for our consumers trying to get by during this crisis,” she added.  The KDK sells agri-fishery and other food products as well as basic goods at cheaper rates, since middle men have been eliminated and farmers and manufacturers linked directly to consumers.   “We value the safety of our personnel, suppliers and consumers. Proper physical distancing and wearing of face masks are imposed, and we encourage shoppers to bring their eco- bags and grocery lists, which will help them finish faster and avoid possible infections through congestion.”  All these measures and the selection of barangays to be served are being undertaken in close coordination with the Agricultural Productivity Office of the Cagayan de Oro city government and barangay officials.  Merchants included in the kick-off are Canitoan Farmer’s Cooperative, Miarayon Talakag Highland Farmers Association, Farmgrown Association of Claveria, San Miguel, Oyster Mushroom, Municipal Agriculture’s Office of Claveria, CNQ Agriventures, Barra Agro Industrial Multi-Purpose Cooperative, True Chef’s Choice, Inc., Great Grand Intention Foundation, Inc., Ginama and private individual seller, Imee Poklawan.  KDK is set to serve more Cagayan de Oro barangays in the coming days.#(DA RFO-10)

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ALERT 10 answers call for blood donations

May 3, 2020

THE Amateur Land Emergency Response Team (ALERT)y 10, Inc. and eight other radio groups took part in the Dugong Voluntarismo Edunar Mo that was held last Sunday (May 3) at the Philippine Red Cross compound at the Misamis Oriental provincial capitol complex in Cagayan de Oro City.   ALERT 10, Inc. chairman of operations Jerson Ebal identified the radio groups who participated in the activity as Kabalikat Civicom, KEDRN, Bantay Bayan, RELAX Inc. and ACTS Radio.   The event was also being supported by sponsors Nature Loved and Vonchok Kabkaban; and media partners Strong Radio, iFM 99.1 and Mindanao Daily.   Blood donation is one of the overlooked aspects in this COVID-19 crisis. On Saturday, city health officer Lorraine Nery sounded alarm on the situation, saying blood shortage in the city has already taken the life of a mother who had just delivered a baby and who died because of blood loss and there was no blood readily available for replenishment.   Dugong Voluntarismo Edunar Mo was able to garner 22 bags of blood. A whole blood bag usually contains about 300–320ml which is seperated into components like packed red blood cells, platelets and cryo precipitate packed red blood cells contains 265–275ml, platelets each bag contains about 35–40ml, whereas cryogenic precipitate bag contains about 15–20ml. . "Salamat sa mga radio ameteur and civic groups sa gipakita nga supporta tiwala nga naa kita sa girra batok COVID-19 apan wla kini maka babag sa maong kalihukan. Salamat sa tabang nag supporta ug ang among club president, si Ruselo Azucenas nag pa abot sa dakong pag pasalamat sa nagdonar," Ebal said.   In times of incidents such as fire, vehicle crashes, landslides, flooding, stabbings, shootings and similar ones, ALERT 10 volunteers from Cagayan de Oro City and nearby places have always proven themselves to be the first to alert the first responders and guide them to their apt destinations speedily.

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Isolation of family members of COVID-19 casualty mulled

April 28, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: City Health officials are considering the idea of isolating the family members and people associated with the first Cagayanon who died of COVID-19 virus here Friday.      The patient, who died a week ago, was originally diagnosed to have a serious acute respiratory illness (SARI)  but later turned out to be COVID-19 positive, Dr. Jose Chan, of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) here said.      The swab result of the patient arrived only Thursday indicating that the SARI patient was COVID-19 positive , then, sending local health officials to conduct a "contact tracing" of all persons associated with the patient, a resident of Barangay Camaman-an, one of the city's  suburbs.      The City Health officials scrambled and rounded up 16 family members and friends believed to have gotten near the patient before he died a week ago.      Dr. Joselito Retuya, the city’s epidemiologist, said that there are plans to isolate the 16 people in a secure place to be lockup under quarantine  for 14-day or more.      He said the local health authorities also interviewed about 600 people in Camaman-an and conducted medical checkups to nine people who are closely associated with the patient, but did not show signs fo the symptoms.      Barangay (Village) officials of Camaman-an also imposes a "lockup" measure to prevent residents and outsiders from freely roaming around the village.      The death of the SARI patient was the first confirmed death of a locally transmitted COVID-19 positive patient without travel history.

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Oro, Misor LGUs defy DOH advisory on disinfection

April 27, 2020

THE local government units (LGUs) of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City have opted to skip the Department of Health (DOH) advisory on disinfection for the protection of their own constitiuents.   It can be recalled that the DOH stated in an April 10 memorandum that "everyone should NOT spray or mist disinfectants at this time. Soak objects completely or disinfect surfaces directly to kill the virus."   DOH added that doing so may even cause harm and additional health concerns, as it can cause pathogens to be dispersed further during spraying, result in skin irritation and inhalation of chemicals, and cause environmental pollution . Prior to the DOH advisory, the Misamis Oriental provincial government has installed misting tents in key areas of the province, including three at the capitol.   The city government of Cagayan de Oro has likewise started massive disinfection in public places such as markets and sidewalks in major thoroughfares.   Both have opted to continue such activities even after the issuance of DOH's advìsory.   Initially, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano wanted to heed the DOH's call.   But provincial health officer Jerie Calingasan advised him that misting is necessary not just to stamp out COVID-19 but similar viruses and other bacteria as well.   In Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. William Bernardo of the city health department said their disinfection could not be a skin irritant to the public because it is done during curfew.   Bernardo also said the disinfection team are wearing chemical PPEs during their shift.

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Andanar hands out relief to media workers in Normin, Caraga

April 22, 2020

Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Region 10 (CORDS X) and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has extended aid to media workers in the regions of Northern Mindanao and Caraga. Personnel from the Philippine Information Agency Region 10 (PIA 10) on Wednesday facilitated the delivery of half of the intended 1,000 packs of rice to Butuan City, while the remaining 500 packs are allocated for Region 10. “At this time of health emergency due to the COVID-19 disease, we recognize the need to extend a helping hand to our fellowmen and give assistance in any way we can,” Secretary Andanar said. In his statement, Secretary Andanar said that the efforts of frontline media workers in delivering timely and accurate information to the public at this time of crisis is well-recognized, as they also suffer from the impact of COVID-19 in the country. “We also recognize the invaluable service of all media members in this concerted fight against the COVID-19 disease,” he said. “They are frontliners who are working hard to keep the public informed and updated, at a time where reliable and vetted information is much needed in order to allay the fears and concerns of the people. We pray for the continued safety and well-being of our fellow media,” he added. The PCOO chief also reminded the public to remain indoors in order to stay safe and as their display of appreciation for the efforts of frontline workers in battling the pandemic. “May we all continue to show compassion to those in need and appreciation for those in the frontlines. By staying home and keeping safe, everybody's efforts will not be in vain,” he urged. Secretary Andanar is the head of the Laging Handa communications crisis center, which currently provides COVID-19 related updates, news, and information. He likewise hosts the Laging Handa Network Briefing, Laging Handa Public Briefing. He also has special COVID-19 coverage programs on Cabinet Report, Mediaman’s Mancave Podcast and on PTV’s Alerto.

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