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Aggie dept urges LGUs to buy local farmers’ produce; issues 3,053 foodlane passes in NorMin

March 31, 2020

Cagayan de Oro, March 30 – As the distribution of relief packs is among the initiatives that local governments has been adopting to curb the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture department (DA) urges its officials to consider buying local farmers’ produce. “Aside from the usual distribution of canned goods and other processed food, we suggest the local government units (LGUs) to engage in buying fresh produce from our farmers,” Carlene C. Collado, officer-in-charge, regional executive director of DA-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10), reiterated the DA chief’s appeal. The DA exec went on to relay that the measure will be ‘a win-win situation for both producers and consumers’. “By encouraging LGUs to buy directly from our noble providers of food in their respective localities, farmers will have an assured market while we strongly uplift their morale to produce more quality agri-fishery products amid the current health crisis. Meanwhile, promotion of a healthier diet can also be achieved through the consumption of these agri-commodities by the different households,” the director said. Dir. Collado also urged the food suppliers, especially those who already have commitments for deliveries across the region to secure foodlane passes from the agency, to fast track their deliveries from production areas to their desired drop-off points. “Such initiative is coordinated with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), with the foremost intent for a seamless distribution of food and production items amid established quarantine checkpoints,” the DA exec elaborated. As of March 30, 5:30 p.m., a total of 3,053 foodlane passes has already been issued by the different processing centers located throughout Northern Mindanao: • DA-10 – Antonio Luna Street, Cagayan de Oro (CdeO) City; • POC Bukidnon – San Victores Road, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; • POC Lanao del Norte – Tubod, Lanao del Norte; • POC Misamis Occidental – Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental; • Regulatory Division – Julio Pacana Street, Macabalan, CdeO City; • Research Center for Upland Development – Barongcot, Dangcagan, Bukidnon; • Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex – Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; • National Meat Inspection Service – El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental; • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Macabalan, CdeO City; • Bureau of Plant Industry - Plant Quarantine Service – Macabalan, CdeO City; • Research Center for Hillyland Development – Lanise, Claveria, Misamis Oriental; • POC Camiguin c/o Provincial Agriculture Office – Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin. For thorough information and guidance, interested applicants may also opt to access http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph while online submissions can be made to this email: amad1northmin@gmail.com. “In either way our food and production item suppliers, delivery truckers or other related distribution entities would want to bring their items to consumers, DA continues to laud their efforts for joining the government in ensuring food security during this health outbreak,” the director noted.#

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DA-10 adds Foodlane processing centers in NorMin

March 31, 2020

To ensure unhampered delivery of agri-fishery products amid the threat of COVID-19, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) through its Provincial Operations Centers (POC), Research Stations and Regulatory Division have started catering applications on March 24, 2020 for the issuance of FoodLane accreditation certification and vehicle passes. Through this initiative, suppliers and truckers may now visit the nearest processing centers in their respective areas: DA-RFO 10 - Antonio Luna Street, Cagayan de Oro City POC Misamis Oriental and Camiguin - Antonio Luna Street, Cagayan de Oro City and Provincial Capitol Compound; Pandan, Mambajao, Camiguin (c/o Provincial Agriculture Office) POC Bukidnon - San Victores Road, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon POC Lanao del Norte - Tubod, Lanao del Norte POC Misamis Occidental - Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Regulatory Division - Julio Pacana Street, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City Research Center for Upland Development (RCUD) - Barongcot, Dangcagan, Bukidnon Research Center for Hillyland Development (RCHD) - Lanise, Claveria, Misamis Oriental Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex - Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Clients may also opt to process their applications online through http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph. With the additional processing centers stationed at the different areas of Northern Mindanao, the agency eyes a huge turnout of applicants amid the implementation of community quarantine in these areas. Through which, as of March 27, 2020, a combined total of 2,539 FoodLane passes has already been issued from the said processing centers. #

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BREAKING: Former Senator Bongbong Marcos tests positive for COVID-19

March 31, 2020

BONGBONG MARCOS IS CORONAVIRUS POSITIVE! * But his spokeperson says Bongbong's health is improving METRO MANILA - The deadly coronavirus disease continued to victimize prominent politicians in the country. This time, it's former senator Bongbong Marcos who tested positive of the disease. Earlier, there were three incumbent senators who all tested positive. They were Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel and Sonny Angara.   The senator's lawyer and spokesperson, Atty Victor Rodriguez, confirmed Tuesday that Bongbong Marcos tested positive of covid-19. But he said Bongbong's health condition was improving. It was learned that the former senator's test result came from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine last Saturday, March 28,2020.  In a statement sent to the media, the lawyer said: “Gumaganda na ang kondisyong pangkalusugan ni dating Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. makaraang ihayag sa resulta ng clinical test na isinagawa ng Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) na siya’y positibo sa Covid1-9.” 

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Protecting our Frontliners: The call for service

March 31, 2020

  In line with these measures, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) through its Primavera Sales Office at Cagayan de Oro City once again donated sanitary gears and alternative PPE's for Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). “In these challenging times, IDC should support our medical frontliners. They are the first and most important line of defense in our fight against this pandemic” expressed Jose D. Leviste III, the President of IDC.  “We have to be fast in delivering our assistance to the front liners.” added Arch. Romolo V. Nati, Chairman and CEO of IDC.  Filipino health workers and front liners continue to defend the war zones in this pandemic notwithstanding the challenges they face every day, including the lack of protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals and need for more sanitary gears.  The COVID-19 outbreak has left every nation reeling and the Philippines is no exemption.  IDC through its Primavera Sales Office tapped local suppliers to purchase alternative PPEs and sanitation sprayers to donate to NMMC. “With most shops closed, it was difficult to source out materials. We had to be creative. We tapped on various local chat groups in Cagayan de Oro such as the CDO INFO HELP and OPLAN NorthMin Front Liners  to help us link up with people who are willing to assist in sourcing materials. We need to do our share. We need to reach out and help our heroes.” said Clara G. Elizaga, Director for Corporate Affairs and Branding of IDC.  IDC is currently mapping out available PPEs from  local suppliers to help augment the need for personal protective equipment of medical frontliners across the region. IDC is also planning to expand its assistance across Northern Mindanao especially in Bukidnon where PPE's and sanitary equipment are also needed.

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Oro Rotarians mobilize for COVID-19 Front Liners.

March 31, 2020

The Rotary Clubs of Cagayan de Oro are mobilizing their resources to answer the call for assistance in securing urgently needed medical supplies for the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the only COVID-19 referral hospital in Region.   One of the clubs, the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro East Urban, has already delivered to NMMC some of the much needed supplies and continues to procure and locally produce others for the hospital’s front liners.   “Although I’ve been staying in my room since the second week of March, I still managed to discharge my duties as president of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro East Urban and Chairman of the Zone 1 Council of Presidents, Rotary International District 3871 with 13 clubs,” said Rosalinda M. Caragos.   Through their internet chat rooms, Caragos, who is the wife of the late Salvador Caragos, Past District Governor of Rotary International District 3871, called for donations for the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and the various clubs responded.    “We have been regularly supplying NMMA with their urgently needed Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs). Initially we turned over 8 boxes of isolation gowns (with 50 sets per box), and when they asked for more, we sent raincoats, hundreds of face masks, gallons of alcohol and chlorine, soap, et al.”   RC of Cagayan de Oro Premiere was one of the first clubs to quickly respond to call for donations for NMMC and were the first to deliver the initial goods for the front liners. They also called on their peers and colleagues to donate extra alcohol, disinfectants and goods for the front liners “Now NMMC are asking for 50 acrylic intubation boxes to protect the doctors and the RC Opol and RC West CDO are now making them,” Caragos added. She  related how one of their members and her 12-year old daughter, hand-made face shields which are due for delivery along with a few more face masks arriving soon through the coordination of the club committee chair, her daughter Stephanie Caragos and co-chair Pam Navarro-Salon. We are now waiting for over 100 goggles, four dozen raincoats and 98 face shields which are due for delivery,” Stephanie said. “We are also waiting for the delivery of face masks we ordered, hopefully they will arrive this week.”  Lately, RC East Urban has also started delivering supplies and PPE to the J.R. Borja General Hospital at Bgy. Carmen which is owned and operated by the city government,  which also requested assistance in procuring the urgently needed items. “Some of our members in RC CDO East Urban sends us funds whenever we need more money to buy materials and supplies. RC of CDO also granted our request to re-allocate the grant money they recently received from RI for this purpose.” (RMB)  

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SM DISTRIBUTES PPEs AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO OVER 50 HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE

March 31, 2020

Through SM Foundation, SM is donating over Php 170 million towards the fight against COVID-19 and to help ensure that healthcare workers in hospitals nationwide are armored with personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as full protective suits (including for ICU use), face shields, gloves, N95 masks, surgical masks, goggles, and raincoats. Among the hospitals that received PPE donations include University of the Philippines PGH, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), National Kidney and Transplant Institute, San Lazaro Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Children’s Hospital and Rizal Medical Center Other hospitals such as Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Ospital ng Muntinlupa also received PPE donations. Several shipments of PPEs are also on their way to provincial hospitals nationwide, including Rizal, Pampanga, Bataan, Quezon, Pangasinan, Catanduanes, Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Tacloban, Surigao del Sur, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Marawi, Zamboanga, and more. SM has committed to be of service to the Filipino people in ensuring that we will overcome the COVID-19 crisis together.

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