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Army Commander in Caraga Inspects IATF-MEID Control Points; Distributes PPE to AFP-PNP Frontliners

April 5, 2020

Bancasi, Butuan City – Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade based in Bancasi, Butuan City inspected the government troops supporting the PNP and DOH at the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease Quarantine Control Points in Butuan City on 30 – 31 March 2020.  The 402nd Brigade whose area of responsibility covers the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte, 1st District of Surigao del Sur and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur and Magsaysay and some barangays of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental deployed  over five hundred (500) troops in more than fifty (50) Control Points to be one of the frontliners supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Health (DOH) personnel while other troops are on standby and ready for deployment in case of any eventualities that may arise in line with the implementation of IATF-MEID guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic in Caraga region.  BGen Licudine’s visit and inspection aims to ensure the proper and strict implementation of the protocols and guidelines at the Quarantine Control Points in the region as dictated by the Regional Task Force for COVID 19 “One Caraga Shield”. Likewise, 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face shield and face masks and surgical gloves to the AFP and PNP personnel to guarantee the protection of the frontliners.  He said, “We cannot afford that our frontliners particularly the AFP-PNP personnel to be infected because we in the security sector could be the last line of defense to contain the outbreak if this persists much longer.”  It can be recalled that the JTF-CV Caraga Shield composed of AFP-PNP-PCG-BFP was formally activated last March 18, 2020, to address the interoperability mechanism of the four agencies in the implementation of the IATF-MEID guidelines and protocols. Hence, the role of the AFP and PNP is equally vital to contain the spread of the COVID-19.  “All frontliners must ensure that they strictly implement the protocols and, as leaders, we must supervise our personnel and monitor them so that they too will be protected. Hence, we laud the Caraga leaders in its prompt action to harmonize the guidelines among the provinces in the Caraga region activating the Regional Task Force for COVID-10 “One Caraga Shield” to address the COVID-19 threat. Rest assured that your Army will not waver on its commitment to ensure the safety and security of all Caraganons amidst this COVID-19 crisis.

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Army assists in the distribution of PPEs and food packs in Surigao Sur

April 5, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr., Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The Alpha "Adeptus" Company of 75th Infantry "Marauder" Battalion assisted the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Barobo and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and food packs to the frontliners of quarantine control points in Barangay Wakat and Brgy Cambagang of Barobo, Surigao del Sur on April 02, 2020.             The support of the LGU and TESDA by distributing PPEs and food packs to the frontliners of the different quarantine control points in the municipality of Barobo ensured the frontliners' well-being and protection from further transmission of the infectious disease caused by the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19).             The LGU of Barobo and Sangguniang Bayan members of the municipality of Barobo headed by Honorable Joey S. Pama, Municipal Mayor, together with TESDA, SDS led by Mr. Rey M. Cueva, Provincial Director, distributed one hundred twenty (120) pieces (pcs) of face mask, 120 pcs of face shield, and forty (40) boxes of food packs to the frontliners with the assistance of Alpha "Adeptus" Company, 75IB led by Second Lieutenant Lawrence Candia, Company Commander, under the supervision of Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB.             Moreover, the collaboration of the LGU and other government agency bespeak with their unity against COVID-19, and in providing our frontliners with foods and PPEs they need.             Lt. Col. Munda, uttered his appreciation to TESDA and LGU for they have provided and supported the frontliners with foods, particularly the PPEs they needed every day to keep them protected.             It is always a reminder to everyone to follow the protective measures to prevent the spread and not to be infected with the virus. Stay home and do your part as our frontliners do their part to protect the people and the community as well.  

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Brother of 7yo COVID patient in ZamboSur now PUI in Iligan

April 4, 2020

ILIGAN CITY -----  A 19-year old male in Sitio Fuentes, Barangay Maria Cristina is now considered person under investigation after his seven-year old brother was tested positive of COVID-19 in Dumalinao town, Zamboanga del Sur. Iligan City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral said the older brother was traced by the Inte-Agency Task Force (IATF) COVID Iligan after Zamboanga del Sur Task Force COVID reported that the younger sibling and his family visited them in Fuentes on March 14-15. IATF Iligan is only putting him in a home quarantine because he has mild symptoms. "He will be automatically considered PUI because of his direct exposure to his brother," Cañaveral said. Jimuel Panang, barangay chairman of Paglaum, Dumalinao where the family of the 7 years old live, said the his family attended a birthday gathering and a funeral in Iligan but did not specify the dates and the exact location of the two events. In a press conference on Wednesday, TF ZamboSur announced that the 7-year manifested mild symptoms on March 19, four days after his family came home in Dumalinao from Iligan. He is listed as patient 13 by the TF ZamboSur COVID. On March 20, the symptoms worsen, and he was admitted to Pagadian City Private Hospital for asthma but treated in an isolation area. Patient 13 is a known asthmatic. He was swabbed on March 23. The result was received by the hospital on April 01. TF ZamboSur said the boy is recovering.

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CIDG confiscates overpriced bananas in Iligan City

April 3, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- After two weeks of surviellance, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) confiscated around two thousand kilos of ripe and unripe 'lakatan' in an entrapment operation, Wednesday morning, April 1, inside a warehouse at Aguinaldo Street in Barangay Palao, here. Lakatan is a variety of banana. The warehouse was described by the CIDG as 'big that it can supply hundreds of kilos to the market'. Major William Maisog, officer-in-charge of CIDG Iligan, said the operation was conducted series of complaints were forwarded to their office for overpricing. Instead of 50 pesos per kilo, those were sold to 90 pesos. Together with the Department the of Trade and Industry, the City Agriculture Office and Iligan City Police Station 5, four were arrested that include the two female owners, a female cashier and a male helper. The green unripe bananas are being locked inside the warehouse while the ripe ones were donated to the frontliners and check points. The arrested personalities are temporarily detained at the CIDG headquarters in Barangay Tipanoy. They are facing cases of violation of Republic Act 10623 or the Price Act and RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

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Rotarians in Cagayan de Oro respond to government's call for assistance

April 2, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Council of Presidents of Rotary International District 3870 responded to the urgent call to help frontliners in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease. RI District 3870 Zone 1 Council of Presidents and their members, under the active leadership of Z1 Council Chairperson Rosalinda Caragos, donated boxes of alcohol, face masks and other vital shield and protective gears to prevent frontliners from virus infection. It can be recalled that there were already 12 doctors in Metro Manila who have died after they were infected by the virus while in the call of duty. The Rotarians' donations were distributed to the frontliners of Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and JR Borja General Hospital (JRBGH).  NMMC is a regional hospital supported and run by the Department of Health, the lead agency in the battle against the deadly coronavirus disease, while JRBGH is a local hospital run by the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. Meanwhile, Rotary International District 3870 is a prestigious and highly respected group of professionals and businessmen, who bond together despite their respective careers in business and profession, to do community service as one of the trusts of Rotary International. RI District 3870 is composed of different clubs in Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Gingoog City, Valencia City, Malaybalay City, Isulan, Tacurong and Pikit. Bansawan Ibrahim is the current Governor of Rotary District 3870.

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Local government reaps sustainability benefits amid quarantine

April 2, 2020

KAUSWAGAN, LANAO DEL NORTE (2 Apr 2020) — “There is abundance in our backyard.” This is the message of Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado who currently pushes barangay officials to provide nutritious meals to their constituents in the ongoing enhanced community quarantine measures being implemented in the province of Lanao del Norte and the rest of the country. This comes amid issues in local management of food distribution in different areas where local governments resort to food rationing in light of preventive measures in an attempt to stop local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of today, 2,633 cases in the Philippines have been confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH). The death toll is at 107 including 17 physicians. In Kauswagan, the municipal health office reported that they no longer have PUIs and PUMs, however, continuous monitoring is being done by the barangay emergency health response teams (BEHRTs). With current issues caused by public transport suspension and closure of non-essential businesses, the local government is able to provide nutritious foods to families as a result of their food security measures. “We have literally saved for rainy days. Families are able to consume their own produce and to augment further, communal gardens from our communities are now the source of nutritious food items during this crisis,” said Arnado.  A known model LGU in organic agriculture, Kauswagan has been promoting food production among families and communities through their decade-old food security and sustainability initiatives. These efforts proved to be effective in promoting citizen engagement in ensuring food security. Arnado had earlier ordered schools, organizations and households to have their own communal or backyard vegetable gardens. A local ordinance requiring household gardens was passed. The Arms to Farms Program of the municipality had significantly contributed to promoting peace building and poverty alleviation measures.  With improving performance on economic development including food production and stable income each year, the program managed to bring down poverty incidence to 9.1% in 2019 as compared to the 79% in 2000.   Kauswagan’s contribution to sustainability efforts were internationally recognized when the LGU and Arnado received the 2016 Peace Prize Award from the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Bogota, Colombia. Arnado is currently national president of the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities and Provinces of the Philippines (LOAMCP Philippines). Photo: LGU Kauswagan - The Municipality of Kauswagan boasts of its rich agri-aqua produce. While the whole town is in enhanced community quarantine, the LGU ordered distribution of healthy and nutritious foods to affected families. 

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