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4ID Establishes Quarantine Checkpoints

March 26, 2020

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Commander of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army inspected the area of operation of Task Force Oro in their established Quarantine Control Centers (QCC)/ checkpoints at the boundaries of Cagayan de Oro city early this morning, March 24, 2020. Task Force Oro in coordination with the Police Regional Office-10 has established its QCC at strategic locations identified at the boundaries of Cagayan de Oro city in response to the imminent threat posed by CoViD-19 pandemic. Said QCC served as preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus by regulating movement of the communities considered as probable hosts of the virus. The establishment of QCC is also in line with the PRRD’s Proclamation No. 922 “Declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines” and the Executive Order 049-2020 signed by the city mayor, Hon Oscar Moreno, placing Cagayan de Oro city under community quarantine. MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of 4ID, said, “We must stop the spread of this killer virus and protect our community from this epidemic. However, said QCC should not hamper the continuous flow of food and non-food items for the community during the implementation of the community quarantine.” “We should also consider the movement of essential persons authorized in addressing this situation and ensure the unhampered delivery of our basic needs,” Gacal added. “We are experiencing a dramatic increase and acceleration of patients positively infected with CoViD-19 nationwide. Nobody is exempted from this epidemic. It is with solidarity amongst our government agencies and the community that we will emerge victorious against this CoViD-19 pandemic. Help us do our job, stay at home and observe the established health protocols,” Gacal ended.

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Army in Caraga Commemorates Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary

March 26, 2020

Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commemorated the 123rd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) on March 23, 2020, at Headquarters 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.    The Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine led the commemoration of the Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary through the conduct of a simultaneous flag-raising ceremony together with its OPCON units.  Amidst the challenges of the unseen threat of COVID-19 in the country, once again, the Philippine Army as a reliable and dependable partner of the people has been put to the test on its dynamic role to assist and support the civilian agencies in preventing the spread of the pandemic virus that plagued not only the Philippines but the whole world.     The simultaneous flag-raising was done following the protocol of social distancing which was led by Brigadier General Licudine highlighting the reading of the message of the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Gilbert I Gapay AFP.     In his message, General Gapay underscores the milestones of the Philippine Army for the past 123 years of gallantry and dedication in serving our people and securing our land and as a staunch guardian of peace, a vital partner in nation-building and the single largest force provider of the Armed Forces of the Philippines standing proud at one hundred thousand strong.  In Filipino language, He said, “Habang ipinagdiriwang natin ang ating anibersaryo, ang ating kasundaluhan ay buong giting na babantayan ang kaligtasan ng sambayanang Pilipino mula sa salot na COVID-19. Kakaiba ito sa ating mga tradisyunal na kalaban sapagkat hindi ito tao ngunit labis na mapamuksa. Mananatili tayong matatag sa pagtupad ng ating sinumpaang tungkulin – ang pagsilbihan at protektahan ang mga mamamayan at ating bayan kahit buhay man ang kapalit”. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Licudine in his statement said that the Stinger Troopers under his leadership will perform its mandate and continue being catalysts of peace. “402nd Brigade will continuously serve and protect the people as we pursue our quest for professionalism among our ranks. We call on our peace-loving citizens to support your troops in its peaceful war effort through the Peace and 4TH INF DIV By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride. Honor. Patriotism. Duty. Development Zone (PDZ) program here in Caraga spearheaded by the Task Force ELCAC in order to attain just and peaceful environment for inclusive development”.

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Army, LGU ensures public welfare, conducts checkpoint amidst Covid-19 outbreak in SurSur and AgSur

March 26, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry ‘Marauder” Battalion in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur conducted checkpoint operation in all entrances and exit within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) to ensure people's safety and preventive measures amidst Covid-19 outbreak.             In line with the Presidential Proclamation Number 922, series of 2020, declaring a State of Public emergency throughout the Philippines and as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety against Corona Virus Diseased (COVID-19). The Marauder troopers implemented the measures and protocols per memorandum published by respected LGUs in AOR until after the Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn.           Moreover, the Province of Surigao del Sur will be quarantined to enforce the community that will take effect at 8:00 o clock in the evening of March 20, 2020 until revoked or lifted in order to protect the people within the Province from the fatal effects of Covid-19. The provincial government imposed tougher measures in conformity with the directives and guidelines in the implementation of preventive community quarantine from the national government.           In connection with the Presidential Proclamation No. 922 series of 2020, the LGU of every municipality within the 75IB’s AOR fully implemented its policy and guidelines in order to prevent the spread of the virus in their locality.           In his statement, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said. "Our Medical Health Practitioners cannot do it alone in the widespread prevention of this disease. Knowing that your Philippine Army is for peace, therefore, we are also for the safety and welfare of everyone in fighting against this dreaded disease."           The Philippine Army's pursuit of peace will not be hampered by this Covid-19 outbreak. Cooperation, discipline and by simply following the policy will contribute to the successful prevention of disease outbreak in the country.         

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PUI in Iligan tested positive of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID in Iligan City confirmed in a press briefing this afternoon that a patient under investigation being admitted at a hospital in Iligan City was tested positive of COVID-19. The result of his swab test arrived from the Research Institute for Tropical Management, Tuesday, March 24. City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral said the patient is male, 46 years old from Masiu, Lanao del Sur, according to Iligan City Health Officer Cherlina Cañaveral. The patient, referred to as PH492 by the Department of Health (DOH), had travelled in Thailand on February 23 and came back to  Philippines via AirAsia on March 3. He was admitted in an unnamed hospital in Iligan on March 9 due to pneumonia and was taken swab sample on March 13. "He was about to be discharged because his status is developing but when the (COVID) test result arrived today, he was held so that he will continue his medication in a hospital," Cañaveral said. As of March 23, there ardm 19 patients under investigation in Iligan but only one has been in a hospital who is PH492. The other 18 are in a home quarantine for they have mild symptoms or asymptomatic.

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12-hour curfew set in Lanao del Sur

March 25, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) -- The Lanao del Sur provincial government will be imposing a new curfew starting March 25 as part of the measures to contain the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A 12- hour curfew from 6:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m. will be implemented in the entire province starting March 25 until lifted and while the enhanced community quarantine persists, according to Executive Order 10 signed today by Provincial Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. The curfew was previously set from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Exempted from the curfew are those working in health offices, local disaster risk reduction and management offices, social work and development offices, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police. Urgent cases where travel and movement are absolutely necessary for the preservation of life and health and for other humanitarian reasons are also exempted. “Violators shall be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with provisions of existing laws and regulations,” the order read. As of 8:00 a.m. today, there are 1,913 individuals in the province identified as Person Under Monitoring while 26 are Persons Under Investigation.  (APB/PIA ICIC)

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Stick to basics in fight vs COVID-19, says NMMC chief

March 25, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA)--The clamor for using latex gloves as a deterrent against COVID-19 can only do so much, as Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMCs) medical director, Dr. Jose Chan, reminds the public of the basics of countering the spread of the virus through handwashing, cough etiquette and social distancing. “I think we should go back to the directions from the Department of Health (DOH), City Health Office (CHO), and even from the City Hall, to always wash your hands," he said. "Even if you wear latex gloves, and you don’t wash it, then there’s no use,” he shared, reiterating the importance of handwashing in killing the virus and how wearing a latex glove is not enough when it comes to prevention. He further noted, “regardless if you wear gloves and you touch things then touch your face or eyes, there is still a possibility of you being infected by COVID-19, so that’s why it’s always important to have proper hand hygiene." "If you wear gloves, then you should still wash your hands while wearing your gloves,” he said, explaining "that the latex glove will merely act as a conduit for the virus itself unless it goes through proper sanitation and chemical contact to kill the virus." It can be recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been emphasizing these three basic ways in fighting the virus: handwashing, cough etiquette and social distancing.  As the tendrils of the pandemic finally reaches the country, Chan reminds all and sundry to follow the WHO's advice in fighting the virus. (VPSB/PIA10)

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