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Members of armed group surrender to 7th IB in North Cotabato

March 31, 2020

  CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Three (3) members of armed lawless group (ALG)  have surrendered to 7th Infantry Battalion of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) yesterday (March 27) at Brgy. Ladtingan, Pikit, North Cotabato They were identified as Bhots Oledal, Ebra Kamedon, and Saude Montawal from Sitio Tatak, Brgy. Dalgan, Pagalungan, Maguindao. The three also surrendered their one 5.56mm Ultimax rifle with magazine and five (5) ammunition and one (1) homemade M79 grenade launcher. In a simple ceremony, 7th IB Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Romel Valencia presented the three (3) members of ALG to Pagalungan Mayor Salik Mamasabulod. The local government of Pagalungan had pledged cash assistance to the 3 government returnees that will help them start their new lives peacefully without the need to fight the government troops. JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon lauded the efforts of 7th IB troops as more rebels were convinced to surrender to the government through their intelligence operations as well as with the help of the former rebels who previously surrendered to the unit. “6ID continued to fight for peace while also supporting the fight against COVID-19”, said JTFC Commander.

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Amidst CoViD19, 26IB strictly promotes social distancing

March 31, 2020

In compliance to the directive from the national government on the precautionary measures in fighting the CoViD19 including the observance of social distancing, the 26th Infantry "Ever Onward" Battalion temporarily enclosed the basketball ring of the camp in order to prevent any violation to social distancing. Lt Col Romeo C Jimenea, commanding officer of 26IB said in a statement, "The military are strictly implementing this order from our President. As frontliners, we must set as an example to others for them to resemble our good deeds and strict observation to the said protocols. Prevention is always better than cure". "We continue to remind our troops to be extra vigilant and to stay alert for any eventuality that may arise in our area of operations. Likewise, I am encouraging our troops to always keep in touch with their families and loved ones thru cellphones, to check and clean their individual equipment and ammos, repair their bunks, read books, magazines or any readable materials from the internet to serve as temporary recreational activities while inside the camp, and also reminding them to still be physically active. Performing push ups, sit ups, pull ups or individual run inside the camp are of great help", Lt Col Jimenea added. #AFPYouCanTrust #LagingHanda #KontraCoViD19

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PUI in Marawi died while waiting COVID-19 test result

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- A patient under investigation (PUI) of COVID-19 admitted at Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City died Saturday afternoon, four days after his admission. Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Lanao del Sur, said the patient died while waiting for the result of his COVID-19 test. He was a brother of the patient who died on Sunday afternoon (March 22) at Adventist Medical Center in Iligan City and was buried at a quarry area in Barangay Bonbonon on Monday (March 23). Minalang said the two siblings has another sibling admitted at APMC on Sunday afternoon together with a close relative. The two are considered PUIs for showing severe flu-like symptoms. Their other sibling is also a COVID positive in a hospital in Manila who was the first to be hospitalized after coming home from overseas. "The family went home when the lockdown in Manila was announced. They stayed in their house in Iligan where the symptoms were developed," Minalang said in a phone interview. As of 7pm of March 28, there are six PUIs admitted at APMC according to Minalang. Two of them were tested positive of the virus, two are waiting for their test result while the othes two are newly-admitted. On March 17, a COVID patient died at APMC. Another three PUIs died in different dates pending the result of their test result. They were buried at Maqbarra Public Cementery in Barangay Papandayan Caniogan, Marawi City.

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Government taps MSU Marawi chemists to formulate alcohol for frontliners in Marawi, Lanao del Sur

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The provincial government of Lanao del Sur, through the office of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, tapped Mindanao State University in Marawi City, through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, to formulate sanitizer for the frontliners in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur amid crisis on COVID-19. The provincial government will fund the formulation of the sanitizer. Provincial Board Member Jeff Adiong, SK Federated President in Lanao del Sur, said the scarcity of resources triggered his office to post announcement on social media that the provincial government is looking for local chemists to help them formulate sanitizer. "Our post on social media was linked to the Department of Chemistry of the MSU-Marawi. We immediately had a meeting with the university president and four chemists are willing to help us," Adiong said in a phone interview. While the provincial government was happy to learn of the development, it would also deal with the limited supply of substance they need in compounding the alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The workers who pick-up the supplies has to pass through the strict checkpoint from the suppliers in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. "Second, we have to be in a hurry of not getting caught with the curfew hours. Supplies of raw materials are limited," Adiong said. For the 39 municipalities and for Marawi City, the provincial government wishes to give five liters each of them for their including to the frontliners in the main checkpoints. Amai Pakpak Medical Center, the only public hospital in Marawi that caters COVID patients, will have 20 liters for its workers. The solution Four registered chemists, who are staff of MSU main campus are now preparing to formulate the sanitizer after receiving the compounding guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Jomarie Seclon, one of chemists, said the laboratory was already disinfected. But they have to wait for substance they need: glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and ethanol. "We need distilled water for dilution and supply of it is not a problem. If all the materials are available, we can formulate 240 liters in five days," Seclon said

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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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Army provide light meals to Covid-19 Checkpoint frontliners in Surigao Sur

March 30, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr., Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry "Marauder" Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer, together with the Marauder troopers gave snacks to COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) in Surigao del Sur on March 25, 2020.             Mostly, our frontliners were up for numerous hours in performing their tasks in ensuring the health and safety of the public and community to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). With appreciation to our frontliners, the Marauder troopers prepared Four Hundred Thirty (430) pieces of sandwiches, drinks and distributed it to all COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners.             In this time of crisis where COVID-19 gone pandemic and created fear worldwide, still, our frontliners have sincerely performed their tasks in protecting the people's health, safety, and well-being. Frontliners were soaked under the sun, uncertain of the situation that they may likewise get infected due to their everyday tasks outside their homes to serve the people and community.             Further, the Philippine Army is not only tasked to defend the land, but soldiers have become instrumental and dedicated with a heart to serve as COVID-19 checkpoint frontliners.             Thus, Lt. Col. Munda expressed his deep appreciation and care to all the frontliners. “Together, we will assist and support our Local Government Units (LGUs), especially in times like this. Always observed precautionary measures; take your vitamins; eat healthily; have faith; be still, and one day we'll contain this COVID-19 outbreak." Lt. Col. Munda stated.             A little act of kindness will produce a happy heart that is sincere to perform their duty day-by-day. With discipline, cooperation, and support from each of us, the country will successfully contain this COVID-19.

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