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PUI in Marawi died while waiting COVID-19 test result

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- A patient under investigation (PUI) of COVID-19 admitted at Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City died Saturday afternoon, four days after his admission. Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief of Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Lanao del Sur, said the patient died while waiting for the result of his COVID-19 test. He was a brother of the patient who died on Sunday afternoon (March 22) at Adventist Medical Center in Iligan City and was buried at a quarry area in Barangay Bonbonon on Monday (March 23). Minalang said the two siblings has another sibling admitted at APMC on Sunday afternoon together with a close relative. The two are considered PUIs for showing severe flu-like symptoms. Their other sibling is also a COVID positive in a hospital in Manila who was the first to be hospitalized after coming home from overseas. "The family went home when the lockdown in Manila was announced. They stayed in their house in Iligan where the symptoms were developed," Minalang said in a phone interview. As of 7pm of March 28, there are six PUIs admitted at APMC according to Minalang. Two of them were tested positive of the virus, two are waiting for their test result while the othes two are newly-admitted. On March 17, a COVID patient died at APMC. Another three PUIs died in different dates pending the result of their test result. They were buried at Maqbarra Public Cementery in Barangay Papandayan Caniogan, Marawi City.

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Government taps MSU Marawi chemists to formulate alcohol for frontliners in Marawi, Lanao del Sur

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The provincial government of Lanao del Sur, through the office of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, tapped Mindanao State University in Marawi City, through the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, to formulate sanitizer for the frontliners in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur amid crisis on COVID-19. The provincial government will fund the formulation of the sanitizer. Provincial Board Member Jeff Adiong, SK Federated President in Lanao del Sur, said the scarcity of resources triggered his office to post announcement on social media that the provincial government is looking for local chemists to help them formulate sanitizer. "Our post on social media was linked to the Department of Chemistry of the MSU-Marawi. We immediately had a meeting with the university president and four chemists are willing to help us," Adiong said in a phone interview. While the provincial government was happy to learn of the development, it would also deal with the limited supply of substance they need in compounding the alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The workers who pick-up the supplies has to pass through the strict checkpoint from the suppliers in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. "Second, we have to be in a hurry of not getting caught with the curfew hours. Supplies of raw materials are limited," Adiong said. For the 39 municipalities and for Marawi City, the provincial government wishes to give five liters each of them for their including to the frontliners in the main checkpoints. Amai Pakpak Medical Center, the only public hospital in Marawi that caters COVID patients, will have 20 liters for its workers. The solution Four registered chemists, who are staff of MSU main campus are now preparing to formulate the sanitizer after receiving the compounding guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Jomarie Seclon, one of chemists, said the laboratory was already disinfected. But they have to wait for substance they need: glycerol, hydrogen peroxide and ethanol. "We need distilled water for dilution and supply of it is not a problem. If all the materials are available, we can formulate 240 liters in five days," Seclon said

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PCSO Readies PhP420 Million for Transfer to PhilHealth for COVID-19 Response

March 30, 2020

Mandaluyong City. Royina M. Garma, General Manager (GM) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), said that the agency allotted PhP420 Million for the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) response as early as February of this year as its proactive measure to aid the government in its fight against this pandemic. GM Garma added that considering PCSO is the principal government agency for raising funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character, the agency will always be ready to help the government and the Filipino people in times of crisis. On March 25, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID), in compliance with Executive Order No. 108 s. 2020 signed by President Duterte, directed PCSO to transfer the PhP420 million to PhilHealth to augment the fund requirements of government concerning COVID-19. "The agency anticipated the need for emergency response and readied the funds since COVID-19 became a serious threat globally early this year, and the first case in the country was reported," GM Garma expressed in a press statement.  Despite the suspension of operations in its main office and other offices in Luzon, PCSO assured the public that the agency will continue serving its clients. PCSO has set up a hotline that caters to people seeking medical assistance. The public can contact the following numbers:  Mobile Numbers: 09457746439, 09152962243, and 09177035866  Landline: 0284043956  Email: pcsomain.charity@pcso.gov.ph  PCSO official and verified social media page @Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Individuals seeking medical assistance will be referred to hospitals with Malasakit Centers and other government hospitals.  The agency also increased daily funding until April 16, 2020 to the Lung Center of the Philippines at  PhP1 million, Philippine Children’s Medical Center at PhP400,000, Philippine Heart Center at PhP500,000, Philippine General Hospital at PhP1.5 million, Rizal Medical Center at PhP400,000, and Taguig Pateros District Hospital at PhP400,000 to further strengthen charity and social works amid the threat of the coronavirus. PCSO provided free bus rides in Area 7 of Metro Manila, utilizing its shuttle buses to transport those who were affected by the public transportation suspension. As a sign of support to police who are securing the National Capital Region (NCR) borders 24/7, the agency also distributed food packs to the NCR Police Office (NCRPO) and Eastern Police District (EPD).  GM Garma called on all Filipinos to follow the orders and guidelines issued by the IATF saying,  “Everyone can help stop the spread of COVID-19 virus by staying at home.”

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LANDBANK Advisory (March 27, 2020)

March 30, 2020

March 27, 2020   To Our Valued Clients:    I hope you and your family are safe and well. In this difficult time, we in LANDBANK are committed more than ever to do our share in providing you unhampered service amid travel restrictions and other necessary constraints. We understand your need for financial access, and so we have taken the following steps:    Branches are open While complying with the Enhanced Community Quarantine and other safety measures, majority of LANDBANK Branches nationwide remain open for your financial transactions. Starting March 23, 2020, all open Branches operate from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon, until further notice. Please visit our website www.landbank.com and social media accounts for the updated list of open Branches.   Branches and ATMs are safe We are implementing screening procedures in our Branches prior to entry. Likewise, we are strictly observing social distancing inside the branches by limiting the number of customers on seating capacity. In the same way, social distancing is observed while queuing for our ATMs.   Cash availability While we encourage cashless and online transactions, we also ensure cash availability in all our ATMs should you need to transact via ATMs.   Payment extension We are giving a 60-day extension for all Salary Loan and Credit Card payments with due dates of up to April 15, 2020.    Free interbank fund transfer  LANDBANK waived fees for fund transfers to other banks via InstaPay and PESONet starting 6:30 PM of March 18 until 11:00 PM of April 30, 2020. LBP CARES Program For commercial loan clients, we are giving longer tenor and grace periods as part of restructured loan amortizations. New loans can also be granted to clients affected by the crisis.   Business Continuity Management We have activated necessary protocols to maintain normal banking operations as much as possible. A skeletal workforce of LANDBANK employees are reporting for duty in our head office, branches, and field units, while the rest are working from home, to ensure continued service delivery. The LANDBANK Board and Management continue to regularly hold online meetings to make decisions regarding ongoing developments and minimize operational disruptions.     During this time, we hope you stay at home and use our digital and online platforms for your banking needs. Our LANDBANK Mobile Banking App, iAccess, WeAccess, Link.BizPortal, Electronic Tax Payment System and Phone Access are available for your necessary transactions.   While we face an unprecedented crisis, rest assured of our commitment to remain in the frontlines and provide you uninterrupted service.  We are banking on the Filipino spirit that we can rise above this adversity together.   Thank you for your continued trust and support.   Sincerely,   CECILIA C. BORROMEO President and CEO Land Bank of the Philippines

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OFW, first COVID-19 case in Ozamiz City

March 30, 2020

ILIGAN CITY ----- The local government unit of Ozamiz City confirmed on Sunday evening that a patient, who has been under investigation for COVID-19 since five days ago, was confirmed infected of the virus. Ozamiz City Mayor Sancho Oaminal said the patient, male, 45 years old, is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who came home on March 13 when the COVID-19 crisis worsen. The patient is from Jimenez town in Misamis Occidental who was admitted at Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr. Medical Center (MHARS-MC). 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. The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to assign number code to him. Oaminal said the patient is clinically stable as declared by the physician. Seventeen PUIs in Ozamiz are in a home quarantine as of March 29 because they have mild symptoms.

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Bukidnon allots P700M for 100,000 COVID-affected families

March 30, 2020

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Mar. 28 (PIA)--In an effort to help the province’s thousands of “no-work no-pay” workers who were hit by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the spreading Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Bukidnon provincial government allotted Php700 million to assist the poor families affected by COVID-19. Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr, in a press briefing, said the amount will be used to procure staple food for distribution to the province’s 100,000 poor families whose daily earnings were badly affected. “We must be able to help them even in small ways like this. Each poor family listed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as indigent—but not a member of 4Ps—will receive one sack of rice; one box of canned sardines; and one box of canned meatloaf and other assorted canned goods,” Zubiri said. He clarified that only those who were severely affected by the “ECQ” being implemented by the local government units (LGUs) can avail of the food aid. Bukidnon has 20 towns and 2 cities. Hence, the distribution should be done in batches, he said. The first batch of recipients will be from the towns of Impasugong, San Fernando, Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Pangantucan, and Kalilangan. Those towns that have not yet been scheduled must wait for further announcement or notice from their respective LGUs, the governor said. Early this month, Zubiri issued Executive Order No. 13 placing the entire province of Bukidnon under Community Quarantine to quell the spread of coronavirus. Officials have implemented lockdowns that prevent people from leaving their towns and cities while imposing curfew. On Friday, the Department of Health’s COVID-19 bulletin showed Bukidnon has 679 Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) and 65 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs). In an interview, provincial health officer Dr. Ricardo Reyes said, “the province has ‘zero’ confirmed COVID-19 case as of this report, which may be due to the people’s cooperation and vigilance.” (RLRB/PIA10)  

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