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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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Leading online delivery platform foodpanda supports covid-19 frontliners

March 30, 2020

foodpanda delivers CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - As the deadly coronavirus disease continue to threaten people around the world, leading online delivery platform foodpanda has also thought of taking part as a support group by delivering free food and refreshment drinks to the covid-19 frontliners. In the Philipines, most particularly in Cagayan de Oro City, foodpanda in cooperation with its partners has recently distributed food and refreshment drinks to covid-19 frontliners in the city. foodpanda thanks SeaCakes Sweet Treats, Gabby's Cafe, Johniel’s Bakeshoppe by Wenzkytchen, PotsiCat & Co., Echostore, and Milktea Frappes And Us By Khaikha for their active participation which lead to the success of the food and drinks distribution. A team of foodpanda went to Northern Mindanao Medical Center, CDRRMO office and distributed food and refreshments to give them more encouragements and to continue doing their acts of heroism as frontliners in this fight against coronavirus disease. (Editor's Note: In order to know more about this very promising online delivery platform, MDN sent questionaires for our readers to understand and know them even more.) Here are our questions:   1. How many outlets do you now have in CDO?     - Cagayan de Oro has more than three hundred restaurants on the platform that you can order from the mobile application. Restaurants from fastfood such as Jolibee, Mcdonalds, Greenwich and Chowking to CDO’s favorite restaurants like Bigby’s, Boy Zugba and home concessionaires that want to deliver food made from their homes. Whatever you are craving for name it, and foodpanda has it.  2. Do you have promos for covid-19 in cdo as far as delivery?     - foodpanda is offering free delivery on all deliveries nationwide during the pandemic to help promote the stay at home campaign of our central government. There are also restaurant partners that are offering discount to customers during the pandemic.      In Cagayan De Oro, Kagaynons can have their food delivered for free as far as the Gusa area in the east, LGPIT in the west and Uptown part of the city in the North.  3. Is Panda company owned by Jollibee Corp?     - No, foodpanda is different from the Panda Express (restaurant) owned by Jolibee Coprporation. foodpanda is owned by a german company called Delivery Hero.      Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service in 200+ high-density urban areas around the world.  4. What are available Panda menus to order for delivery?     - The menus available for delivery vary depending on the restaurant you choose from. Be it Chinese, Korean, Italian or Filipino food, menus from restaurants are present in the application.  5. Which places now in the Phils have panda outlets?         - foodpanda is expanding rapidly in the Philippines to cater the demand of the people who want their food to be delivered right at their doorstep. Over the last two years, foodpanda opened in key cities in the Philippines such as Davao, Cagayan De Oro and General Santos in Mindanao, Iloilo, Tacloban and Bacolod in Visayas, and Baguio, Lipa Batangas and Pampanga in Luzon.  foodpanda will constantly expand to new cities this 2020 to deliver food that Filipinos love right at the comfort of their home. About foodpanda: foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 100,000 partner restaurants in more than 325 cities across 13 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.com  About Delivery Hero: Delivery Hero is a leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors across 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service in 200+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 21,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.deliveryhero.com.

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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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Soldiers distribute PPEs in Central Mindanao

March 28, 2020

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City-March 27, 2020.              Troops of the Joint Task Force Central facilitated the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment to the different hospitals in Central Mindanao on March 26, 2020.             The PPE packages were donated by TOWNS Foundation. Among the hospitals that received PPE packages were: Cotabato Regional Medical Center, BARMM-Cotabato City; Cotabato Sanitarium, Sultan Kudarat (SK); Anecito T. Pisante Sr. Memorial Hospital, Midsayap, North Cotabato; Evangelista Medical Clinic and Hospital, Lambayong, SK; and City Health Office, Koronadal City.             Each PPE package includes 100 pcs. dust masks/surgical masks, 100 pcs. N95 masks, 200 pairs disposable gloves, 100 pcs. goggles/eye shields, 100 pcs. face shields, 100 pcs. raincoats or hospital gowns, and 2 bottles of alcohol (500ml).             The PPEs will be distributed to all medical personnel/frontliners who are manning the different hospitals and medical facilities in the area.        

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