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Meningococcemia Suspected in GenSan patient

July 3, 2019

Dr. Ryan Aplicador, hospital chief, said Tuesday the patient is currently undergoing initial treatment and observation at the hospital's isolation facility pending the confirmatory tests for the disease. Meningococcemia is an infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria, the same type of bacteria that can cause meningitis. It is reportedly potentially life threatening and contagious that can “spread from person to person via respiratory secretions,” like through sneezing and coughing. "We have a suspected patient for meningococcemia but we have yet to confirm it through some tests," he said in an interview over radio station dxMD here. The official said the patient, a 15-year-old female, was brought to the hospital over the weekend with suspected symptoms of meningococcemia. Among the symptoms exhibited by the patient were high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, convulsion and vomiting, he said. Aplicador said they immediately placed the patient in their isolation room and gave all those who were in contact with her with ciprofloxacin antibiotic for prophylaxis or preventive measure based on standard procedure. He said the move was aimed to prevent the possible spread of the disease among hospital workers and other patients.. If eventually confirmed, he said they will immediately subject her to necessary antibiotic treatment to contain the infection . He said they may also coordinate the referral of the patient to a much bigger hospital if her family would request for it. "But in cases like this, the treatment will depend on the capacity of the patient to take the antibiotics and later recover, not much on the capability of the hospital," he said. "Rest assured that we are doing everything we can and properly handling this case," Aplicador added.  

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DTI-12 Launches Android app for MSMEs

July 3, 2019

Dubbed Nego Mobile, DTI-12 formally started the rollout last week of the Android-based application in partnership with MSME groups, government agencies and other local stakeholders. Dorecita Delima, DTI-12 regional director, said they developed the mobile application to further expand the reach of their services and programs, especially in terms of entrepreneurial development, trade and investments. "It will mainly provide relevant business information to our MSMEs, investors and would-be entrepreneurs," she told reporters. The Nego Mobile application, which was developed last year by DTI-12, is a mobile Negosyo or business solution, designed with a user-friendly interface to make information easily accessible to the public. "With just the click of a finger, the latest news and updates on DTI’s programs and services are made available, transforming the landscape on which information, and government's service delivery, are made and shared," the application's description said. Delima said the mobile application, which runs on Android mobile phones and tablets, may be downloaded through the Google Play application. She said it can also run in desktops and laptops by downloading and installing the Blue Stacks Android Emulator. The official said its main features include the Nego maps, which provides the location of the DTI offices and Negosyo Centers in the region, and updates and information on its Shared Service Facility cooperators and the Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade or ROLL-IT program. She said it also contains the Nego Solusyon button, which when clicked, will lead to DTI-12’s series of programs and activities, directories and other related information. Nego Solusyon is a customized package of business-related services for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs, through a series of programs and activities. These are the NegoCoach for entrepreneurial coaching sessions, NegoLINK for the setting linkages between MSMEs and financing institutions, NegoModels for the setting of business models, NegoPACK for assistance on branding and packaging, NegoTALKS for business seminars and conferences and NegoTECH for the adoption of new technologies.

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GenSan forms TWG for Kapa members

June 28, 2019

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said he has tasked the TWG to look into the plight of local Kapa members or investors and extend some assistance, among them counselling and other related activities. He said the TWG is composed of various local government offices and headed by City Social Welfare and Development Office chief Rebecca Magante. Citing their assessment, he said Kapa's investment scheme, which had been declared illegal by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), involved thousands of residents, including employees of the city government and other government agencies. The mayor said that based on their "conservative estimates," about 95 percent of city government employees had invested in Kapa. A report from the Commission on Audit said the city government has a total of 3,214 personnel assigned in 25 departments, comprising 1,785 on job-order basis, 1,315 permanent, 78 co-terminus, 22 casuals and 14 elected officials. He said some city employees already earned from their investments while others have just put in their money when it closed down more than two weeks ago. "We are more concerned with those really affected (by the closure). We will have an office or help desk that will cater to them. We're hoping that they can at least recover their invested capital," he told reporters. Kapa's investment operations stopped last June 10 after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided its offices in parts of the country and the house here of its founder Pastor Joel Apolinario. President Rodrigo R. Duterte personally ordered the crackdown against Kapa, which had been flagged by the SEC for soliciting investments from the public in the form of donations at a monthly interest of 30 percent through a "pyramiding" or Ponzi-like scheme. SEC has filed charges against Apolinario and other officials of Kapa, which is mainly based in Alabel town in Sarangani province, for violation of Republic Act 8799 or the Securities Regulation Code. Lawyer Regner Peneza, head of the NBI Sarangani District Office, said they already received at least four complaints against Kapa. Three were from this city and Sarangani province and one from Digos, Davao del Sur, he said. Rivera said many local Kapa investors are "still in denial stage," with some hoping that its operations will eventually resume and continue to earn from their investments. "We're expecting that in the next two to three months, this will become intense as they will start to lose hope on getting back their money and I think the complaints will then come in," he added.

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3 gas filling stations closed for tax violations in GenSan, Koronadal

June 28, 2019

Noel Gonzales, BIR-111 revenue district officer, said Thursday they shut down the operations of Flying V's filling stations under its "Oplan Kandado" program for allegedly understating its sales, in violation of Section 115 of Republic Act (RA) 8424 or the Tax Reform Act of 1997. He said the affected branches are located along General Santos Drive and Arellano Street in Koronadal City and in Barangay Labangal here. Four other Flying V branches located in Paranaque, Quezon City and Bicutan, Taguig City were simultaneously closed down for the same violation.. Gonzales said the firm's violations stemmed from a surveillance conducted by the agency in 1997 on the firm's filling stations. He said their personnel mainly uncovered discrepancies with the readings gathered from fuel dispensers and with the issued official receipts. "Some transactions were not issued with official receipts and this resulted to the under-declaration of their sales," he said in an interview over Brigada News FM here. Under Section 115 of RA 8424, Gonzales explained that a business establishment may be closed down by BIR over its "failure to issue receipts or invoices; failure to file a value-added tax return; or understatement of taxable sales or receipts by 30 percent or more of the correct taxable sales." In the case of Flying V, he said they enforced the closure of the filling stations after the firm failed to properly address the violations and ignored notices from the agency. "This is a tedious case, three years in the making. So it (Flying V) can't say that this was not done with due process," he said. Gonzales said the company will have five days to settle its tax deficiency, which reaches over P5 million, so it can reopen its filling stations. He said the closure of the Flying V branches should serve as a lesson to the company and other establishments that "we are serious with our tax collection efforts." The official assured that their enforcement operations in the area under "Oplan Kandado" will continue in the coming months. "We have more than five high-profile cases already lined up for the second semester so they (business owners) should not take us for granted," he added.

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Only 4 LGUs in Mindanao pass pro-LGBT ordinances

June 25, 2019

Chi Laigo-Vallido, director for programs and advocacy of the Forum for Family Planning and Development, said the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands and the cities of Davao and Butuan have ordinances that uphold the rights of LGBTs. But the good efforts of local government units (LGU) towards LGBTs have yet to ascend into a national commitment, Vallido said in a statement. She cited the pending SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) equality bill or the anti-discrimination bill that Congress has yet to pass. The measure intends to prevent acts of discrimination based on people's sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. She took to task President Duterte to lead the national commitment, while scoring him for “poor tolerance” against the LGBT community. "For a leader who once headed a city (Davao) who has a gender and development code since 1997 and started pioneering strategies in integrating gender and development in various LGU programs, I am saddened that President Duterte is himself the one who does not support the country's growing maturity towards sexual diversity," Vallido said.. She noted that Duterte has faltered in his statements for LGBTs and same-sex unions, and most recently, has again invoked homosexuality to insult and imply weakness on his political rivals and critics, including communist rebels and Catholic priests. He also said being "gay" can be cured. Duterte claimed that arch critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is gay.. The LGBT is celebrating June as the Pride Month. In Luzon, the LGUs that have pro-LGBT ordinances are Cavite province and the cities of Angeles, Antipolo, Baguio, Batangas, Candon, Dagupan, Mandaluyong, Puerto Princesa, Quezon and Vigan. In the Visayas region, ordinances are being implemented in Iloilo province and the cities of Bacolod and Cebu. Beyond the recognition of the June celebration of Pride Month and the fun parades in various parts of the country, Vallido said that it is time to step up for the welfare of LGBTs who have unique reproductive and health needs. “They must be equal before our laws and must be able to access opportunities and services among others just like any and all Filipinos,” she said. Apart from LGBT police help desks, there is also an anti-bullying law that Congress passed in 2013 that included protection for LGBTs and child protection policies covering LGBT children and youth. The Philippines is also a signatory to various international covenants promoting human rights under the United Nations. Recently, the World Health Organization had removed transgender in its classification of mental disorders and calls it a legitimate sexual orientation. The Philippines is praised for being one of the most gay-friendly nations, ranking 10th in a 2014 Pew Research Center survey of 39 countries, that are accepting of sexual orientations and gender minorities. But Vallido said there are still areas that stigmatize and disadvantage LGBTs. She called attention to the situation of many LGBTs living with HIV who face discrimination when accessing health services, public places and facilities or wanting to go to school or wishing to work.

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Joint AFP and PNP law enforcement opns arrested four lawless elements

May 7, 2019

Pres.Quirino, Sultan Kudarat -- Four lawless elements were arrested in a joint law enforcement operation of 33IB, CIDG BARMM, 2nd Mech Coy, and 43rd SAC, 4th SAB in Brgy Bulod, Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao at 8:30 am May 04, 2019.      The government troops, while serving the warrant of arrest against Teddy Biang who has a criminal case for violation of section 11 article of RA 9165 (Possession of Illegal Drugs), also apprehended three others for Possession of Prohibited Drugs (shabu) and high-powered firearms.      The troops also recovered cash amounting to Php 385,000 considered as drug money, assorted ammunition, drug paraphernalia, and other deadly weapons.      After the clearing operation, as they pursue the retreating cohorts of Teddy Biang, the troops also discovered an IED factory and a make shift drug den surrounded by marijuana plantation.  Recovered inside the drug den are dried marijuana, seeds, and scrap metals being used for manufacturing of IEDs.      The Barangay Officials with the assistance of the government forces agreed to uproot the marijuana and decided to burn the drug den in order to prevent further drug activities in the area.      “According to our source, the recovered assorted firearms and other deadly weapons were to be used to disrupt the safe and orderly conduct of midterm national and local election 2019,” says Ltc Elmer M Boongaling, CO 33IB.      “The arrest of these lawless elements and drug personalities will certainly help in making our area of operation more safe and secure for the people,” Col Efren F Baluyot, Commander of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade said.      Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Cirilito E Sobejana, Commander of the 6th Infantry Kampilan Division lauded the effort of 33IB, CIDG BARMM, 43rd SAC 4th SAB for the successful operation.      “Our joint law enforcement operation with other security forces is relentless in order to protect our people from lawless elements and sustain the peace and development in our area of responsibility,” Maj. Gen. Sobejana added.

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