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CIDG nab online resellers for overpriced alcohol, masks

March 23, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City - The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) raided the house of three online resellers the other day along Justo Ramonal Streets, this city, for alleged overpricing of alcohol and masks amid coronavirus onslaught in the country.      CIDG PCapt Freddie Sorilla, CIDG operative told a local radio station here that the suspects sold their stuff online on very high prices, in violation of the suggested retail price of the Department of Trade and Indutry.      Sorilla said prior to the raid they have conducted surveillance and one of their operatives acted as buyer online to confirm reports they are selling the alcohol and masks at very high prices. After confirming the reports, they immediately conducted a test-buy and arrested the suspects at their house along Justo Ramonal Street, this city.      Sorilla said for an alcohol with suggested retail price of P74.25, they are selling it at P120.00 which a clear violation of DTI laws on suggested retail prices in the market.      Meanwhile in Metro Manila, simultaneous raids were also conducted by CIDG operatives in Manila and Caloocan City.       The arresting team also caught three suspects selling overpriced alcohol, which tremendously increased in demand, when coronavirus started to wreck havoc in the country and around the world.      In a data provided to the media by DOH officials, the death toll now rise to 19 while infected persons reached to 262 as of Saturday, March 21,2020.      CIDG operatives during a separate raid on Thursday (March 19) arrested Jeffrey Zapanta and Albert Mandap. They were caught for allegedly selling ethyl alcohol at a double price from the normal suggested retail price imposed by DTI.      The suspects, report said, sold a 500ml alcohol for P140 while the SRP on said alcohol only ranges from P61 to P74.25. The police said they immediately acted on complaints online regarding the illegal operation of the suspects.      The raiding team recovered over 120 bottles of ethyl alcohol worth P23,620.00      In a separate operation of the PNP-CIDG team, the third suspect was arrested at a medical supplies store in Bambang, Manila.       She was identified by police investigators as Evangeline Endozo for the same exorbitant pricing of alcohol and other medical supplies.      The suspect was a saleslady at JKOS Medical Supplies and Equipment. She allegedly sold 60ml alcohol bottles for P80 each, report said.      The CIDG raiding team during the daid seized a total of 1,380 bottles of alcohol in different sizes, with a total market value of P231,000.      The police said, the suspects will face charges for violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines, per DTI Memorandum Circular No.20-07, otherwise known as "Anti-Hoarding and Anti-Panic Buying."

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TESDA-10 produces face masks for COVID-19 frontliners, vulnerable sector

March 23, 2020

ILIGAN City -- Trainers, trainees and volunteer graduates of schools and training centers of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in Northern Mindanao are producing washable face masks for distribution to those at the frontlines of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).      TESDA-10 Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi said each of the TESDA schools and training centers in the region were instructed to produce 1,500 masks.       "We have 10 TESDA schools and training centers here so we are expecting 15,000 face masks to be produced and distributed to front liners, local government units, those who cannot afford to buy face masks, and who cannot buy face masks due to scarcity of supply," she said.      Mapandi said this is in response to  Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña's call to all training institutions that have registered programs in dressmaking to immediately start producing and distributing face masks.      On Friday, the Cagayan de Oro -Bugo School of Arts and Trades distributed 100 pieces of face masks to the medical staff of Northern Mindanao Medical Center.      TESDA Misamis Occidental also turned over 40 face masks to the Philippine National Police in Oroquieta City.      TESDA-10 regional staff handed out face masks to Barangay Officials, senior citizens, nearby vendors and passersby in Barangay Macasandig in Cagayan de Oro City.      Meanwhile, Mapandi turned over textile materials to TESDA Lanao del Sur for the production of face masks for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Marawi as part of the assistance of TESDA-10 to Task Force Bangon Marawi.      Mapandi also gave face masks to TESDA Lanao del Sur Head Asnawi L. Bato for TESDA LDS skeletal workforce and frontliners of their office. (APB/PIA ICIC)

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CDO imposes curfew, closes shopping malls

March 18, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno on Monday has ordered the closure of all shopping malls in the city and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew beginning yesterday, March 17 as a preemptive measure against the worldwide pandemic COVID-19.     Moreno said closing shopping malls is his response to calls from netizens demanding that Cagayan de Oro would replicate the community quarantine currently being implemented elsewhere.     “The goal of a community quarantine is to minimize the movement of people at a certain area. With the closure of malls, we are going to achieve that,” Moreno said, pointing out that many of the city’s 1.8 million daytime population are shopping mall goers.     “We cannot simply do a community quarantine because there are people coming from Bukidnon, people coming from Misor who need to come here because they are undergoing their regular dialysis, etcetera. Unya maglinya pa sila sa mga checkpoint?” he asked.     The mayor said that if shopping malls are closed, the flow of people loitering around the city will be minimized since only essential travel will occur.     COVID-19, a coronavirus, can be contracted through respiratory moisture from an infected person as well as touching infected surfaces and transferring it to one’s face.     Moreno said the same rationale goes for the imposition of the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew.     “Kung wala nay maglaag-laag, wala nay maglakaw-lakaw sa dalan sa kagabhion, then we have limited the movement of people. Ang point is magpuyo sa balay,” he said.     Groceries inside these shopping malls are exempted from the closure.     In a related development, Moreno reported that he has allowed Monday the docking of a 2Go passenger vessel at the Cagayan de Oro City port which was carrying passengers from Manila on the way to Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.     M/V St. Francis Xavier was refused entry at the Nasipit port, forcing the crew to ask authorities in Cagayan de Oro to allow her passengers to disembark.     Moreno said that for humanitarian reasons, he allowed the ship to dock at the Macabalan port provided that all disembarking passengers have their temperatures taken and be whisked away immediately to their destinations in Nasipit without any local layover.     By Monday morning, a bus company promptly transported the 491 passengers to their eastern destination.     Metro Manila is where the bulk of the more than a hundred COVID-19 cases are currently admitted. The nation’s capital is in community quarantine since Sunday and passengers going to their hometown have been scrambling to get out of the metropolis over the weekend.     In Misamis Oriental’s Laguindingan airport – Northern Mindanao’s aerial gateway – Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong Jr. has dispatched a team monitoring arriving passengers who are Lanao del Sur residents.     Adiong said these arrivals will be logged so they could be monitored complying the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Fourteen days is the incubation period of the COVID-19 virus.     Meanwhile, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano has pledged P1 million to Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) to be used for anti-coronavirus measures.     The governor has likewise offered the use of Capitol-owned buses to ferry NMMC nurses for free.     Located in Cagayan de Oro City, NMMC is the designated regional treatment hub for infectious diseases. As of presstime, it is currently confining six persons under investigation (PUIs) pending the result of their respective COVID-19 testing.     But NMMC chief of hospital Jose Chan assured the public that all of these PUIs are in stable condition unlike the deceased coronavirus patient who had been in critical condition since the day he was admitted there.     Also on Monday, the provincial government of Misamis Oriental donated a total of 45 sets of personal protective wear to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 to be used as police officers who are in the frontlines of anti-COVID measures.     The personal protective wear consists of a coverall suit, a head cap, a shoe cap, goggles and an N95 face mask.

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Bus firm notes 50% decrease of passengers

March 18, 2020

A SENIOR official of the bus firm Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI) noted a 50-percent decrease of its passengers after President Rodrigo Duterte declared a public health emergency due to the spread of Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19).     Jessie Boy P. Lentorio, branch manager of the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI) Yacapin Branch, said only a few passengers travel nowadays after some local officials in nearby towns and cities implemented the "community quarantine."     But despite, Lentorio assured the riding public that the RTMI, one of the subsidiaries of the Vallacar Group of Companies, will continue to serve.     "Ang RTMI mopadayon gyud nga to ensure the riding public nga ginahimo namo ang tanan for their safety and security," said Lentorio.     He said that the RTMI is regularly conducting disinfection of its buses before and after departure.     "Our buses are well-sanitized and our drivers do always wear face mask," said the RTMI branh manager.     He said that aside from providing sanitizers to passengers, the RTMI bought a thermal scanner.     The RTMI, he added regularly work hand in hand with the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that the needed protocol are in place, which is part of RTMI's precautionary and preemptive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.     Meanwhile, Land Transporation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Region 10 (LTFRB-10) Regional Director Aminoden Guro warned transport companies that they cannot just stop their operation without prior approval from LTFRB.     Guro himself admitted that Covid-19 had an adverse effect on the transport sector.     He said a big transport company has signified its intention to file a petition to temporarily stop its operation.     He warned that a transport company must first secure the approval of the LTFRB should it decides to stop or suspend its operation.     "Stopping operation without authority from the LTFRB will cause the revocation of franchise," warned Guro.

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Moreno: Kagay-anon need not to panic

March 18, 2020

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno says there is no need for Kagay-anons to panic despite the reported death of Patient 40 (P40) late evening of March 13 at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC).     Moreno also reminded the public that P40 was not a resident of Cagayan de Oro and upon contact tracing made by the Department of Health (DOH), the latter is originally a resident of Pasig City who came home directly to his residence in Lanao del Sur.     P40 was immediately confined at Iligan City where he was not responding to the medicines in about four to five days stay at the facility. The doctors suspected that he has a worst condition, so they sought help from NMMC.      At the NMMC, he tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his demise.     “We are doing our best to contain the Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19. We are working with the DOH so that we make all the necessary precautions to avoid any infections,” Moreno said.     P40 has no direct or close contact here upon arrival at NMMC. However, the DOH had been doing their contract tracing meticulously.     Moreno also added that “as a preventive measure, the city will be having disinfection drive to schools, churches and mosques. If the DepEd will decide to continue their exam week, we will do disinfections of the classrooms."     There is also no need for the a community quarantine or lockdown as to this moment, it will only be implemented if contact tracing fails where possible close contact or second generation contact of a patient positive for CoViD 19 can no longer be traced by the DOH and it seems like you are in the dark by then it is the time to implement it, the mayor said.     In a separate interview, DOH-10 Regional Director Adriano Suba-an confirmed that they already traced the persons P40 was with in the plane and his close contacts are now being observed. They are also tracing the second generation contact.       Moreno asked the media to help the public understand the situation and to not cause panic amongst Kagay-anon.      He urges the public to focus on preventive measures and not to be afraid or panic.      Thus, the mayor reiterated to observe social distancing, proper coughing etiquette, proper handwashing and using alcohol or sanitizer to prevent the virus to spread.     As the city prepares to contain the threat of COVID-19, the public is urged to cooperate and heed the announcements to be released by the DOH.      "Prevention is possible if we all work together," Suba-an concluded. (JAKA/PIA10)

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Protective gear batok COVID-19, gitunol sa kapulisan

March 18, 2020

SA panghinaut nga dili unta mataptan sa sakit nga dala sa Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ang kapulisan sa Misamis Oriental nga nahimong frontline karon sa medical attendants aron pugsanong madala sa balay-tambalanan ang gituhoang natakboyan sa nasangpit nga virus, gisiguro ni Gobernador Bambi Emano nga matunolan sa protective equipment.     Lakip sa kalihukan sa hamubo nga sinemanang pagpakayab sa nasudnong bandila sa kapitolyo, Lunes, Marso 16, 2020, ang ceremonial turnover sa cover-all-head suit, head cap, shoe cap, hand cloves, goggles, ug N95 mask. Gidawat kini ni Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 10 chief of staff Col. Rolando Destura ug Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Director Robert Roy Bahian.     Dakung pasalamat ni Col. Bahian sa gitunol sa Gobernador. Karon, dili na matud pa sila magduhaduha’g paduol ug hawid sa mga pasyente nga adunay COVID-19. Samtang, nanawagan kini sa publiko nga dili mahadlok sa pag-report sa pinakaduol nga istasyon sa kapulisan kon adunay namatikdan o gusto magpa-konsulta kay adunay gibati sa lawas, hilabina kon gihilantan.     Lakip mga barangay officials, municipal health officers, barangay health workers, gipanawagan niini nga makigtambayayong sa otoridad hilabina kon adunay gusto respondehan nga pasyente, hilabina niadtong mobalibad pagsunod sa protocol sa health experts.

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