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Marawi City to use e-trikes to transport dialysis patients, health workers

March 25, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The local government unit of Marawi is now maximizing some 20 electric tricycle o e-trikes donated by the Department of Energy to the city government in 2018 as part of the city's rehabilitation and recovery program. This is to give free rides to the dialysis patients, health workers and frontliners. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the city government is paying the drivers to transport regular dialysis patients of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) from their house to the hospital and back. These refers only to patients who are residents of Marawi. The utility public transportations were suspended when Lanao del Sur and Marawi City imposed enhanced community quarantine and implement curfew hours from 6am to 6pm. "The APMC is still catering regular patients including the dialysis patients who are having difficulties in their transportation," Gandamra said. The free rides can also be availed by health workers and other frontliners. Gandamra said health workers of the APMC are experiencing discrimination from the drivers of public transportation when their operations were not yet suspended. "The LGU wants to take care of our health workers and frontliners so that they can continue their services in Marawi City," Gandamra said.

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GOVERNMENT FORCES OF WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND (WMC) Rescued Kidnap Victim Dr. Daniel Moreno in Sulu

March 25, 2020

Combined troops of 1102nd Infantry(Ganarul) Brigade under Col Ignatius Patrimonio and PNP-INDANAN successfully rescued Dr. Daniel Moreno around 7:30 in the evening of March 24,2020 at the hinterlands of Brgy Bangalan Indanan, Sulu.  Sensing the approach of overwhelming goverment forces, the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) forced to abandon Dr. Moreno. Thereafter, government troops pursued the fleeing ASG that led to a 5 minutes encounter against the group of ASG SUB-LEADER Mundi Sawadjaan in Brgy Bangalan.  “Acting on the information relayed by a concern citizen to 112MICO & 11MIB led by Cpt Albert Peralta, troops of 1102nd Brigade conducted rescue operation,” also "I'd like to Thank Lupah Sug for their cooperating with us, and let us be more vigilant in helping one another and sustaing peace and progress in our community".  said Col Ignatius Patrimonio, Commander 1102nd Brigade.  Dr Moreno is now having medical check-up and debriefing at Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) Headquarter.  “We will remain steadfast in accomplishing our mandate to neutralize the ASG and rescue the remaining captives,” said MGEN CORLETO VINLUAN, Commander JTFS/11th Infantry (ALAKDAN) Division.  “The freedom of Kidnap Victim Dr Moreno is attributed in sustaining search and rescue operations of the remaining Kidnap Victims conducted by the Government Forces coupled with the support of the Local populace throughout our operations, and we are aiming to dismantle ASG and rescue the remaining kidnapped victims by accelerating our operational tempo while maximizing stakeholders’ engagements,”  LTGEN CIRILITO SOBEJANA, Commander, WESTMINCOM  said.

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Believed to be COVID fatality in Iligan burried in a quarry area owned by the city government

March 24, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The patient, believed to have died of COVID-19 in a hospital in Iligan City last Sunday afternoon, was burried past 4pm on Monday at a quarry area owned by the local government unit (LGU) in Barangay Bonbonon, here. The LGU did not release any information about the burial and the patient's cause of death yet but a group of media was able to cover the burial from afar. Resident Cherryl Tipalan said she was worry that the cadaver was burried few meters from where her house is and just along the road where they area passing by. Some 20 residents of the barangay tried blocking the road on with mini dumptruck ang motorcycles to prevent the vehicle transporting the cadaver from passing to the burial site. "I was at work when my nieghbors called me up to go home immediately. We have to prevent the transport of the cadaver to the place. I am scared that my family will be infected with the virus. I have two little children who have fever," Tipalan said in an interview with the media. "We are scared of... I think that's the coronavirus they are saying. They said, once one of us here is infected, it will continue to infect all of us here," she added. No one even in the Department of Health or the City Health Office cared to talk to them and explain if the virus is contagious or not. Bonbonon is one of the hinterlands in Iligan where most of the medium of information and the source of their news is radio. The Burial Photos of the burial circulated on social media. Six men, who are not identified what agency they belong to, wearing white hazmat suit are seen seemingly unloading what looks like a cadaver wrapped in what seems a white plastic from a white pick-up vehicle. A yellow backhoe was seen by reporters from less than a kilometer away filling soil to a hole. A resident in Bonbonon, who did not want to be named, said he saw the hole dug about one meter deep with some pieces of wooden boards prepared. More than five police vehicles escorted and guarded the burial. No one had given details if the burial is in accordance to Islamic tradition or was accorded with an Islamic burial rites. The patient City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral confirmed that the patient was brought to Adventist Medical Center (AMC) between 9am to 19am on Sunday but was declared dead around 2pm on same day. She did not give other details about the patient and the cause if the death. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra said the patient is in his 30s and from Lanao del Sur but another Mindanao Daily News source said he is 50 years old. The same source, who is a registered nurse of AMC, said the patient's cause of death is community acquired pneumonia high risk (CAP-HR). The source said the patient was not yet tested for COVID-19 but was taken swab sample for testing. The result has yet to be determined as of this writing.

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Ozamiz City placed under community quarantine amid COVID-19 threat

March 24, 2020

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Mar. 17 (PIA)— To shield the city from local transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal issued Executive Order No. 2020-SFO-11, placing the city under community quarantine from March 18 (12 noon) to March 31, 2020 (12 noon). During this time, the movement of residents would be limited to only essential and work-related trips while uniformed personnel and health or quarantine officials would be deployed to border points. With this, the entry at checkpoints of all land, air and sea travel effective 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18, is prohibited and suspended until 12 noon on 31 March 2020, unless earlier revoked or extended. Tourists, visitors, and returning residents will be denied entry during this period. The entry of goods and supplies, however, will not be affected, provided that the carriers will be able to show pertinent documents, showing its origin and recipient/consignee, among others. Carrier of goods by land is limited to only one driver and one helper who must bring at all times their employee identification card. Carriage of goods by sea will be allowed. However, its crew will not be allowed to disembark from the vessel, and no trucks and/or vehicles can be unloaded from it. Operation of barges plying the route of Mukas to Ozamiz and vice versa, are temporarily prohibited. The following are exempted from the prohibition and/ or suspension of entry: individuals who are seeking immediate medical attention, which will be assisted by policemen until they are admitted to hospitals; authorized Health Care Providers and Emergency Frontline Workers (with proper identification) including law enforcers;  Law enforcers; and individuals working in Ozamiz but are living outside the City, provided they can adduce proof of their employment in an establishment or office within the territorial jurisdiction of the City, such as latest Certificate of Employment and/ or valid employee identification card. Further, individuals working outside the city can come in provided that they present latest Certificate of Employment and/or valid employee identification card. Transient or people who are just passing through and whose intended and/ or final destination in the City of Ozamiz, may be allowed entry after strict and stringent scrutiny and upon determination that their entry will not pose a risk to the inhabitants of the City.  Provided, however, that they will not make any stop-overs and they will leave the jurisdiction of the city as soon as possible. To ensure compliance, all those who are passing through will be escorted by policemen until they leave the city’s territorial jurisdiction, the EO said. The curfew will remain from 10 p.m. until 4 p.m. Moreover, in support of the provincial governor's order, all establishments are now mandated to close not later than 8 p.m. except for medical centers and pharmacies. All establishments are compelled to strictly enforce social distancing measure at least one meter radius between and among persons. Failure to comply with this requirement would warrant the revocation of an establishment’s business permit and its non-renewal for a period of one year. There will be no restriction in the movement of cargoes but drivers and workers would be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. (SMRN/PIA10)

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Regional interagency task force for COVID-19 organized

March 24, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA)--Department of Health (DOH)-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an led the creation of the Regional Interagency Task Force (IATF) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Northern Mindanao to contain the spread of the disease.  The newly organized IATF for managing Emerging Infectious Disease held an emergency operation center here where a team has been placed to answer and receive any calls from all the provinces of Region 10 via hotlines. “We have come out with some tasking to address concerns like logistics and security. We are preparing for every scenario including the possible worst-case scenario,” said Suba-an. “The time is now to preposition our frontline the barangay. The final battle will not be fought in the airport, seaports, highways or terminals but it will be at the barangay levels. We need to capacitate them,” Suba-an stressed. The battle starts at the barangay, he said, adding the households must know what to do in the house. Suba-an clarified there was death in Misamis Occidental from severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) but was not tested for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) Chief of hHospital Dr. Jose Chan, reported that 32 patients have been admitted at NMMC and considered persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID19. As of writing, 13 patients are still in the hospital awaiting result from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). (JAKA/PIA10)

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Iligan City imposes stricter enhanced community quarantine

March 24, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The city government of Iligan has imposed a stricter guidelines of the enhanced community quarantine starting March 23, the date when the executive order of this implementation was issued. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID in Iligan City has yet to clarify if the issuance of the executive order triggered from the death of a patient believed to have infected with COVID-19. The patient died Sunday afternoon at the Adventist Medical Center (AMC) after he was brought by his family in the morning of same day. He is reportedly from Lanao del Sur. The IATF has yet to issue further details about the patient pending approved statement from the Department of Health according to City Health Officer Dr. Cherlina Cañaveral. The strict enhanced community quarantine in Iligan ddvised all residents of the city working in the neighboring cities, municipalities or provinces to adopt the work at home scheme or arrange an accommodation in the area where they are working or where thier company or workplace is situated. The same advisory for non-Iligan residents working in the city. "Only officials, designated by the LGU can enter Iligan City for purposes of purchasing/pick-up/loading commodities for thier constituents subject to the guidelines," the new EO states. Following the effectivity of the new guidelines, the purchasing, pick-up and loading of commodities to be done only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The official duly authorized to do the purchased, pick-up and loading must have proof of employment, travel permit and certification that he has no travel history. The travel permit shall be valid only until 5pm of the date issued. The vehicle used in transporting commodities must have the certification that it is officially designated by the LGU. It must have maximum of two persons onboard inclusive of the driver and must indicate their point of destination. Other guidelines: -maximum of two LGU official vehicles are allowed per city or municipality -passengers mus wear mask and bring hygiene kits such as 70% alcohol or hand sanitizer -the driver and passenger must deposit their ID at the checkpoints and the checkpoint commander shall issue a checkpoint or home quarantine pass. On March 16, a community quarantine was imposed in Iligan City following the death of a COVID patient at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City. The patient, referred to as PH40 of the DOH, was from Lanao del Sur and was first admitted at AMC. On March 18, new curfew hours was imposed: from 12 midnight to 4am for adults and 10pm to 5am for minors were all moved to 9pm to 5am. On March 20, Iligan City was placed on enhanced community quarantine.

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