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Unicef, DOH hold virtual training to health workers to fight Covid

April 19, 2020

THE United Nation children’s agency UNICEF and the Department of Health (DOH) began a virtual training of health workers on COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). The training, aimed at COVID-19 interventions in home and community settings, was developed in collaboration with DOH, the World Health Organization (WHO) and USAID. The training will build the capacity of up to 2,500 health workers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao initially. To overcome travel restrictions during the enhanced community quarantine, and to facilitate rapid dissemination, the training is being delivered through a mix of online webinar and offline community platforms for those with limited or no internet access. The training is consolidated from the Philippine Government, WHO and Centres for Diseases Control (CDC) guidelines. Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to understand the latest information on COVID-19; understand and describe why IPC is important in the context of preparedness, readiness, and response; understand the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); describe and demonstrate IPC measures at home and in the community; and understand case definitions and management pathways. “This excellent collaboration among partners combines scientific approaches and practical solutions to stop the spread of COVID-19 at home and in the community. Guiding us in the development of the training are epidemiologists, nutritionists, public health experts and other specialists who aim to not only stop COVID-19 but also to strengthen the Philippines’ health system in the long term,” UNICEF Philippines Chief of Health and Nutrition Programme Dr. Wigdan Madani says. The training webinar has so far been an important resource and reliable source of information for communities. “Thank you for the informative presentation you have prepared and presented for us health workers,” comments Zina Gervacio, Sanitary Inspector from the Rural Health Unit of Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. Apart from health workers, the training can also benefit Barangay Health Workers and Sanitary Inspectors, quarantine officers in the points of entry, border patrol personnel, military, police and barangay members of the COVID-19 task force, Barangay Health Emergency Response Team members, local chief executives such as Governors, Mayors, and Barangay Captains, as well as parents, caregivers and the general public. In particular, specific training modules on cleaning and disinfection protocols for different settings (healthcare facility, community/public spaces, and the home) aim to reach an additional 2,000 local government and health care facility staff. The training will be made available for the public to access through the social media channels of DOH and UNICEF Philippines. UNICEF supports the Philippine Government in fighting COVID-19 through complementing the government’s response through technical assistance, provision of essential supplies and support for logistics and transportation, effective communication of safe practices to families, as well as ensuring that the rights of children and their families are protected.  

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SEC warns of Zambo Sur-based firm soliciting investments from public

April 19, 2020

    MALAYBALAY City -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an advisory against an entity that is reportedly enticing the public to invest in it with the promise of high monetary rewards or profits.     SEC’s advisory issued Tuesday identified the entity as JOCALS688 Beauty and Wellness Products Trading Inc. (JOCALS688) with principal address located at 2nd Floor Frylles Building, corner Mabini and Bianca Sts., Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. The commission said JOCALS688 is offering an investment of up to P100,000 with a minimum investment of P10,000. “An investor is assured that even without any effort on his/her part, a 30% monthly return is guaranteed. On the other hand, one could be a member for an amount of PP3,980.00 that would entitle him/her to a monthly return of 30%. The membership fee is inclusive of one bottle of juice, one box of coffee and one bottle of food supplement,” it said. JOCALS688 promises a member a P500 incentive for every person he/she can recruit, SEC said. It offers five ways to earn money: direct selling, direct referral bonus, pairing bonus, unilevel bonus and buy-and-earn scheme, the commission added. The agency said the products being distributed by JOCALS688 are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration and the company itself has no license to operate from FDA-Center for Food Regulation and Research. “Records of the Commission show that JOCALS688 BEAUTY AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS TRADING, INC. is registered with the SEC on 09 October 2019 under Company Registration No. CS201965099. However, such registration grants juridical personality to the corporation but does not authorize it to issue, sell or offer for sale securities to the public nor to undertake business activities requiring a secondary license from the Commission,” it said. It added the company is not authorized to solicit investments from the public. SEC also warned that aside from the strict penalties imposed for violations of the Securities Regulation Code, the Revised Corporation Code, and such other rules and regulations, “the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act No. 11469) also punishes those participating in cyber incidents that make use or take advantage of the current crisis situation to prey on the public through scams, phishing, fraudulent emails, or other similar acts.” Last year, several entities across Mindanao offering high returns were ordered shut down by SEC for not being authorized to solicit investments from the public. Most of those who had invested had been unable to recover their money. (MindaNews)  

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Gov. Romualdo sa Camiguin, mapasalamaton kang Gov. Emano

April 19, 2020

    MAPASALAMATON uyamot si Gobernador Jurdin Jesus ‘JJ’ Romualdo sa Camiguin sa tanang lakang nga gihimo ni Gobernador Bambi Emano alang sa pagpakgang sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) dinhi sa Misamis Oriental. Matud ni Gov. Romualdo, tungod sa kahugot sa seguridad nga gipatuman sa Misamis Oriental, lakip ang Camiguin nahimong luwas, ug hangtud karon isa lang ka kaso sa nagpositibo sa iyang probinsiya.     Gipaabot ni Gov. Romualdo ang iyang pagpasalamat kang Gov. Emano atol sa ilang interview sa Laging Handa Network Briefing kauban si Presidential Communications Operations Officer Sec. Martin Andanar niadtong Abril 12, 2020.     “Salamat na narinig ko rin kay Governor Bambi na strikto rin ang Misamis Oriental,” segun pa ni Gov. Romualdo.     Kahinumduman nga sa dihang mitala sa usa kaso sa COVID-19 ang lalawigan sa Camiguin, gipahugtan pa ni Gov. Emano ang seguridad sa Balingoan Port sa Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, kung diin mogawas-sulod ang pasahero ug salakyan padulong sa Camiguin.

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Davao City cancels big events for 2020

April 19, 2020

    DAVAO City – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has canceled all the big festivities here as it declared a period of mourning and vigilance starting April 17 until December 31, 2020.     She made the declaration amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, which affected a total of 83 persons in the city alone. Of that number, 16 had died but 46 others recovered.     The Executive Order released Friday also said that all city and national government celebrations like Kadayawan slated in August, parties, anniversaries, and festivities shall be canceled.     Duterte also ordered the cancelation of all government-sponsored events and crowd-drawing activities, including those linked to the celebration of this year's Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival.     She added that the commemoration of important dates and legal holidays should be kept short.     “All barangays shall refrain from an extravagant celebration of their fiesta. All founding anniversaries/Araw ng Barangay celebrations shall be canceled,” she added.     All private parties should be low-key with no more than 25 guests as big celebrations are advised to be postponed until 2021.     “Low-key means if you celebrate, your guest must not exceed 25 persons. Let us be mindful of what our neighbors are going through. Keep your parties and celebrations low-key and modest,” Sara said in a radio interview on Friday night.     As to the private sector who planned to conduct parties to their employees, Duterte suggested that they might opt to conduct a food distribution, feeding program, or financial assistance to their employees.     “We suggest the private sectors modify their celebrations. The city government shall file actions in cases of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display,” she added.     Meanwhile, the 3rd Alveo 70.3 Ironman, which was supposed to be held in May, was scheduled in 2021.     “The event is canceled and it will resume in 2021,” Duterte said     .She said all public gatherings and parties should also be held in abeyance until after the period of mourning and vigilance against Covid-19. (PNA)  

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DA-10, San Miguel Foods give 10,000 balut eggs to frontliners

April 19, 2020

    TEN thousand 'balut' eggs were distributed by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 in partnership with San Miguel Foods, Inc. to frontliners from the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10, Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), Department of Health (DOH)-10, and Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-10, April 17 at DA-10 compound.     "Nahitabo ni tungod sa atong linkage and coordination with the company pinaagi sa atong Regional Executive Director Carlene Collado. Ang San Miguel naghatag sa ato ug 10,000 nga balut penoy nga itlo para ipanghatag sa atong mga frontline personnel sa Department of Agriculture pero nakita namo nga dapat amo pud ning i-share sa uban nga members sa Inter-Agency Task Force sa Northern Mindanao mao na nga out of the 10,000 nga itlog nga among nadawat, ang 5,000 among gi-share sa other agencies,"  DA-10 Regional Technical  Director Carlota S. Madriaga said.     The P34,316.70 worth of 'balut' eggs were boiled at the DA-10 compound so the frontliners can immediately eat such upon receipt.     DA-10 gave out 1,700 eggs to PNP-10, 200 to OpCen IATF, 600 to NMMC, and 30 to PIA-10. About 5,000 eggs were distributed to the agency's frontliners and partner agencies in Bukidnon.     "Ang balut daw kay high in protein matud pa sa atong veterinarian so kinahanglan ni nato karong panahona kay hago man ta so may nalang makakaon sila (According to our veterinarian, the 'balut' is high in protein and this is what we (frontliners) really need this time because we work so hard. It's good to have this so the frontliners will be nourished)," As one of the recipients of the balut eggs, the PNP-10 sent out their gratitude to DA-10 emphasizing that such can boost the morale of their people who are on duty 24/7 to help contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19. (RTP/PIA10)  

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PARA SA BAYAN: Shell gives fuel discounts for everyone in Mindanao

April 17, 2020

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbing over a hundred in Mindanao, Pilipinas Shell has expanded its efforts in the region to improve public transportation and aid frontliners in their fight against a potentially severe outbreak in Mindanao.  “The health and safety of our people, our customers, and the community are most important to us, and we continue to monitor the situation closely so we can respond to the needs of our kababayans,” said Pilipinas Shell CEO and Country Chairman Cesar Romero. “As everyone plays their part in this fight against this pandemic, patuloy ninyong kasama ang Shell sa bawat biyahe ng buhay.”  Free fuel has been provided to two partner hospitals, Davao Doctors Hospital in Davao and Cagayan de Oro Polymedic Medical Plaza.  After identifying a mobility challenge in the area, Pilipinas Shell offered the fuel subsidy to its partners in order to aid the transportation of frontliners, the mobilization of ambulances, and other ongoing relief efforts.  As of the moment, there are also 61 Shell retail gas stations in Mindanao who are offering discounts on gasoline and diesel products not only for frontliners, but for everyone making their journey on the road.  Shell’s gas stations have also starting donating water and food packs to nearby hospitals and frontliners from their Select convenience stores. One site in Davao has even set itself up as a donation hub where people can leave donations such as PPEs and food packs to be picked up by the Davao Task Force and delivered to hospitals.  Other stations have also started making face shields for frontliners and have donated them to Socomedics Hospital in Koronadal City as well as various checkpoints throughout Iligan City.  In an effort to help decongest traffic in supermarkets, Select stores have updated their product offerings to provide basic needs to the public so they can continue to purchase crucial supplies while still maintaining appropriate social distancing.  Various retailer partners have also stepped up to provide additional support by offering free coffee, face masks, and snacks at their stations.  For 106 years, Shell as remained committed to be the country’s partner in nation-building. During this trying time, the company has made the Philippines’ mobility, health and safety, and energy security its top priorities. It aims to help the nation weather today’s COVID-19 situation so it can be ready to progress again tomorrow.

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