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More aid reaches Sibakel

March 28, 2020

Military troops ferried more basic needs and medical supplies for Filipinos quarantined on Sibakel Island this day, Friday of March 27. Army and naval troops of the Western Mindanao Command delivered 100 folding beds, 100 boxes of medicine, 100 face masks, and other supplies intended to Filipino individual currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine on Sibakel Island. Said 100 folding beds and 15 boxes of medical supplies were turned over by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The San Miguel Corporation, meanwhile, donated 150 cases of non-alcoholic drinks to WestMinCom troops as a gesture of support and gratitude to the men in uniform, who secure and support all measures against Coronavirus Disease-19. "We are elated to be part of the solution and succor all decisions and measures taken by key agencies to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Mindanao," said WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana. "We ensure cooperation and mutual assistance to effect resolutions in this trying time," he added

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LGU Iligan imposes 'no face mask, no entry' in public market

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) -- The Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office of the Iligan City imposed a "No Face Mask, No Entry" policy at the temporary public market located in Barangay Tambo, this city.    The strict implementation is in line with the declaration of enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   All persons going to the market are advised to wear a face mask before entering the entrance gate. They will also pass through the foot bath and misting tent for disinfection.    While inside the market, the face mask should be worn at all times.   Moreover, social distancing and proper hygiene will also be observed.    With the home quarantine pass issued by barangay local government units, only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy basic necessities. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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Iligan prepares COVID-19 Quarantine Facility

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY, Mar 26 (PIA) -- The city government here has started refurbishing the third level of E and R Hospital to serve as the Iligan COVID-19 Quarantine Facility (ICQTF) and extension of Gregorio T Lluch Memorial Hospital's (GTLMH) isolation ward. A revamp of the said area has been taken into abrupt action after a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on its usage has been signed between the local government unit (LGU) of Iligan and the E and R Hospital on March 21, 2020. Expected to house a maximum of 25 COVID-19 patients, the immediate preparation of the facility is complete with a sanitation tent, triage, donning and doffing areas, and audio-visual CCTV cameras. With this state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, patients and healthcare workers could converse through it, minimizing exposure and viral transmission. "We're doing our best to finish this as soon as possible thinking of its urgency," said city councilor Macky Macapagal, chairperson of the committee of health and sanitation. Macapagal elaborated that before they started the rehabilitation of the location, they invited medical experts from the Department of Health - Center for Health Development Northern Mindanao (DOH-CHDNM) for further recommendations, proper planning, and actions to improve the facility, Aside from renovating the physical attributes of ICQTF, boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) were already prepared. These PPEs are intended to be used by healthcare workers that will be looking after COVID-19 patients. Glenn Carlos, GTLMH Health Management Coordinator, said more or less 20 nurses, at least 6 doctors, and some maintenance personnel will be deployed in the ICQTF to suffice the need of the facility. "Currently, we already hired 15 nurses and 2 doctors. We are also fortunate enough to have 2 more volunteer doctors from a non-government organization who are all ready to serve here," Carlos shared. Meanwhile, volunteer doctors Greg Lewis and Jeffrey Larson from International Mission, expressed their insights while making rounds in the area. Larson commended the active response of the city government to fight against the COVID-19 crisis. "I've been very impressed by the thoughtfulness of their approach, how their planning to manage patients - being able to keep both patients and staff healthy and safe," Larson remarked. (CLViajante / PIA ICIC)

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Lanao del Norte LGU sends off 2nd batch of volunteer health workers

March 27, 2020

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Mar. 26 (PIA) --  The Incident Management Team of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte held a sending-off ceremony for the 2nd batch of volunteer medical personnel who will provide health care services to persons under quarantine inside the isolation facility at the Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.   The volunteers are Dr. Ian Mark S. Reponte, Nurses Jahhzeel Love V. Miquiabas, Sharmaine Verna A. Cayanong and Melba Grace Donio from Kauswagan Provincial Hospital, Nurse Kimverly V. Bautista from Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, and Ben Abaquita, the utility staff of Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.   They will replace the 1st batch of volunteers who will now undergo a 14-day quarantine.    Provincial Administrator and Deputy Responsible Officer of the Incident Management Team, Sittie Aminah Q. Dimaporo, expressed how grateful the Provincial Government and the people of Lanao del Norte for their decision in choosing to volunteer and submit themselves in a risky situation for the greater good of the people of Lanao del Norte.   Meanwhile, Incident Commander Lyndon G. Calica told the medical volunteers that the entire family of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte headed by Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo is rallying behind them.    He said the IMT will actively monitor the situations inside the isolation facility, provide necessary provisions, and extend spiritual and moral support at all times. (PLGU Lanao del Norte)   Photo credit: PLGU LDN

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Grocery, food stores, market in Marawi to open only during MWF

March 27, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID in Marawi City has implemented, effected Wednesday, March 25, limited days that grocery stores, food stores and wet markets as part of the 'enhanced guidelines' of the enhanced community quarantine. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said these establishments are only allowed to open every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays because it has been observed that there are still people who kept on staying these areas despite of the strict implementation of the community quarantine. Gandamra said the local government unit (LGU) aims to limit the movement of people outside to contain the spread of the virus. "Even if they don't have important business to do. What we want here is to limit the movement of the people to contain the virus but they are not following it," Gandamra said. He, however, clarrified that if a family ran out of food supplies and needs to buy some, they can talk to the cops around and knock on the stores. "We put considerations because we also don't want to curtail the needs of the people like their food supplies, medical needs or medicines and their treatment or going to the hospital," Gandamra explained. Establishments like banks, money transfer and pharmacies, since these are just limited, can open daily provided the management wilk follow the curfew hours from 6pm to 6am. With the new guidelines, Gandamra clarified that the home quarantine pass issued from the barangay has no expiration date and can be used the community quarantine is lifted. "We don't want to add the burden of the barangay workers by renewing every now and then the home quarantine pass," Gandamra said.  

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DDO shelters 33 passengers from Manila

March 26, 2020

Davao de Oro Province--- Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine and the strict implementation of the Regional Lockdown in Davao Region, a Philtranco bus was pulled over in a checkpoint in the borders of Barangay Pasian Monkayo, Davao de Oro. The bus left Pasay City on March 16, 2020. All of them, including a one-year-old child were taken to the Davao de Oro Farm Training Center and will undergo a 14-day quarantine. The said bus with its crew and passengers were supposed to be prohibited from entering Davao de Oro since the Regional Covid-19 task force strictly forbids the entry of anyone within Davao Region and Davao Provinces. The Provincial Government of Davao de Oro catered the needs of the stranded passengers and housed them in the facility of the farm. A mobile kitchen from the Bayanihan Para Sa Kalusugan ensures that the basic needs of the stranded passengers under quarantine will be provided. "This will only be allowed once; again, only once and no more than that. Because as a father I could not bear to see a one-year-old child travel back to their origin at this time of distress," said Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy. Through the coordination of the Provincial Health Office, Kusina Ng Kalinga, Philippine National Police, Agro-Eco Tourism Complex, Civil Security Unit, Provincial Community Affairs and Development Section and the Barangay Local Government Unit of Pasian Monkayo, the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro continues to provide assistance for our brothers and sisters who were far from their families in this time of affliction. As part of their daily activities, they perform zumba as their exercise, movie marathons, cleaning the facility to strip their boredom and as remedy for homesickness and prayers for guidance and protection from the emerging crisis. The Provincial Health Office conducts daily medical check-up to monitor their health status. Social distancing is strictly implemented among them and were provided with face masks for optimum security. Safety measures were also observed by the team in providing their service. They are now on their 3rd day of quarantine. Two individuals from the group, one driver and one passenger were already taken to Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) last March 24, 2020 as Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and will undergo further tests. “Nagpasalamat gyud mi sa tanang nagtabang sa amua, sa gobyerno ug sa tanan-tanan kay wala mi gipasagdan, dili pareha sa uban nga grabe ang kahimtang,” said Janeth Reyes, one of the passengers in the Philtranco bus. (Jasteen Abella, ID DAVAO DE ORO)  

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