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DSWD disburses P96-B for SAP, R10 at 97% completion

May 18, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—About 96 billion has already been disbursed to 16.9 million families nationwide through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Social Amelioration Package and in Region 10, 611,688 families have already been served comprising the 97.34 percent disbursement.     During the daily Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, May 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said about 1,131 out of 1,634 local government units (LGUs) in the country have accomplished 100 percent in the SAP distribution.     The secretary added that about 140 LGUs have already submitted their liquidation report, “Siyempre i-vavalidate ito ng ating mga field offices (Of course, these will be validated by our field offices).”     As for the social pension, P2.5 billion has already been disbursed to 835,937 beneficiaries while the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) already helped 51,056 beneficiaries who have COVID-19 related problems.     This includes 6,478 stranded individuals who were also assisted by the DSWD.     In region 10, about P3.6 billion has already been disbursed for the SAP. There are only 16,555 families left unserved which would require about P100 million. (RTP/PIA10)

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Over 10K beneficiaries paid under DOLE program in Caraga

May 17, 2020

BUTUAN City – A total of 10,131 beneficiaries in the whole Caraga Region were already paid by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (BKBK) program as of May 14, 2020.     DOLE-13 director Chona M. Mantilla said Friday that over P32.5 million have been paid to the beneficiaries whose sources of living were affected by the lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).     The BKBK is a community-based safety net program aimed to provide temporary employment to workers from the informal sectors who are either underemployed, self-employed, or displaced marginalized workers who are directly affected by the lockdowns.     Data provided by DOLE-13 to the Philippine News Agency Friday showed that in Agusan del Norte, 561 beneficiaries were paid with a total amount of P1,795,780, while 2,487 beneficiaries received P7,995,640 in Agusan del Sur.     A total of 4,117 beneficiaries also received payments in the total amount of P13,244,240 in Surigao del Norte; 1,563 beneficiaries with a total payment of P5.017,720 in Surigao del Sur; and P3,999,420 to 1,244 beneficiaries in the province of Dinagat Islands.     DOLE-13 said an additional 159 beneficiaries of the BKBK program received their payments amounting to P511,980.     “We are still waiting for the release of additional funding to pay more beneficiaries under the program here in Caraga,” Mantilla said.     DOLE-13 data said a total of 3,406 beneficiaries have yet to receive their payments with a total amount of P11,123,700.     Mantilla assured the agency is regularly making follow-ups for the release of the remaining amount. (PNA)

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Fishery resource sufficiency rate in Caraga at 80%: BFAR

May 15, 2020

BUTUAN CITY – The sufficiency level of the fishery resources in the Caraga Region is now placed at 80 percent rate, based on this year’s study made through the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Caraga Region (BFAR-13).     “This study is conducted during the early part of every year. This is a yearly program of BFAR,” BFAR-13 Director Visa Tan-Dimerin told the Philippine News Agency Tuesday (May 12).     Dimerin said the survey focused only on fish landings of captured fisheries or catches of fishermen and does not include the aquaculture sector.     The latest assessments, done by NSAP enumerators in 57 landing centers, covered the major fishing grounds in Caraga Region that include the Surigao Strait, Dinagat Sound, Hinatuan Passage, part of the Philippine Sea, Bohol Sea, East Siargao Waters, Surigao Sea, Lanuza Bay, Hinatuan Bay, Bislig Bay, and the Butuan Bay. Decreased sufficiency     “Over the last two to three years, the sufficiency level in Caraga Region is registered within 77, 78 to 80 percent. Increases are recorded at one to two percentages only,” Dimerin said.     She explained that any deficiency in fishery resources in Caraga Region is somehow undetected by residents because of the presence of food substitutes such as pork, beef, and chicken.     “One cannot say that we have insufficient supplies of fish. When you go to the market we can see displays of fishes,” Dimerin said, adding that fish products from other regions are also sold in Caraga markets.     “Our sufficiency level is going down. Almost all fishing grounds in the Philippines are already on its critical stage," she warned.     "With the steady growth in the number of population in the country coupled with the upsurge of the fishing efforts or activities, we already face the dwindling of stocks of fishes in our seas, particularly in near-shore fishing grounds or traditional fishing grounds, except those migratory fishes that are found in deep-sea areas,” she added. Climate change, pandemic     Dimerin said the NSAP assessment results are submitted to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and will serve as basis for policies and guidelines to be issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA) on the fishery sector.     Dimerin said climate change is also affecting the volume of fish captures and landings of fishermen in the Caraga Region and in the entire Philippines.     “The pandemic that threatens us, the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19), also affected the supplies of fish in markets due to the reduced operations of fishing vessels,” she added.     Dimerin said all forms of illegal fishing are also considered as factors that contribute to the decrease of sufficiency level of fish resources in the country and the region.     She also took note of the efforts of local government units (LGUs) in Caraga in fighting illegal fishing activities.     Dimerin said among the recommendations BFAR-13 has made to DA based on this year’s NSAP is to strengthen the aquaculture sector in the region.     The recommendation also considers the support to fishpond and fish cage developments in the area, she added. (PNA)

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Gov. Emano, lig-ong mibarog sa depensa batok COVID-19

May 15, 2020

MAGPABILIN pa gihapon nga ubos sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang Misamis Oriental subay sa desisyon sa interagency task force (National IATF) human niini gibakwi ang naunang desisyon nga ibalik na sa normal ang tibuok Rehiyon 10.     Kini, matud pa ni Mr. Carlo Dugaduga, ang Provincial Information Officer sa Misamis Oriental, dili na kinahanglan pa sa Provincial Task Force for COVID-19 nga mo-apela sa naunang desisyon sa IATF nga bunloton na ang GCQ sa amihanang Mindanao karong Mayo 15, 2020.     Sa wala pa matino nga rason, giusab sa IATF ang ilang desisyon kaganina, Mayo 13, nga ibalik na sa normal ang paglihok-lihok sa mga tawo dinhi sa Rehiyon 10 sugod Mayo 15, ang expiration sa GCQ sa Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental ug Bukidnon lakip ang Cagayan de Oro.     “All the while wala na sayop si Gov. Kay gi-lift na sa National IATF ang GCQ into ‘low risk’ kung dili modified GCQ na ta. It means under quarantine gihapon. Sayo pa sab kaayo aron nga luagan ang atong pakigbatok sa COVID-19. Bisan pa man unsa ka hard atong fight against COVID-19, kung luagan na nato atong depensa, basin mapareha kita sa Germany, wala miabot og 24 hours nag-triple ilang kaso,” matud ni Mr. Dugaduga.     Dugang ni Mr. Dugaduga, tungod kay alang kang Gov. Bambi Emano ang IATF man ang mas nakahibalo, mosanong ang gobernador sa kasugoan sa kahitas-an.

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Limited passengers still imposed for PUVs: LTFRB

May 14, 2020

LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 10 director Aminoden Guro reiterated on Thursday that public transport conveyances in the region shall remain plying in a limited capacity even as quarantine measures have been ordered lifted starting on May 16 in Northern Mindanao.     Guro said that public transport vehicles must continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines earlier imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).      This order covers all jeepneys, buses, taxicabs, multicabs and public vans, he said.     “Even as there will be no more GCQ in Region 10, social distancing must still be enforced because this is essential to our health,” he said.     Guro also pointed out that they are now undergoing a dry run of the public transport modernization program particularly discouraging the overlapping of routes.     “For instance, naa na man tay modern PUV sa syudad, mas ma-prioritize sila kay sa mga old jeepneys routes ilabina diha sa highway from Opol to Bugo. Mas maayo g’yud nga dili mag-overlap ang mga ruta so sila ang dapat i-prioritize na 100 percent na ang biyahe after GCQ kining mga modern coaster,” Guro said.     Guro added that LTFRB 10 will strictly enforce on May 16 for all jeepneys operators to install partitions on their units as precautionary measure for social distancing system.     “This will be a great help to our enforcers para dili na mano-mano ang pagkuwenta sa mga pasahero. It must be the operators’ initiative,” he said.  On the other hand, Guro is also calling on all taxi drivers especially those queuing at ports of entries like Laguindingan airport, Macabalan pier and westbound public terminal to strictly get the names, addresses and contact numbers of their respective passengers.     As Northern Mindanao eases into new normal, there is an expected influx of passengers coming from other places.

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Zubiri appeals for GCQ retention in Bukidnon

May 14, 2020

BUKIDNON Governor Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. has asked the national government Wednesday morning to retain the  general community quarantine measures in the province.     Zubiri’s plea came after the national Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) classified the entire Northern Mindanao as a "low-risk" area due to its low number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.     Under the low-risk status, local governments are ordered to adopt minimum health standards and to loosen their community quarantine protocols.     As Zubiri made the plea to the IATF-EID, Department of the Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año directed that local and provincial governments categorized under "low risk" areas may impose a "modified" GCQ.     According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, GCQ areas may loosen restrictions on the movement of people and work may resume under “new normal” practices such as the wearing of mask, social distancing, and other health protocols .     Prior to Año's announcement, the Bukidnon Provincial Board passed a resolution appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte and the IATF “to retain and extend under the [GCQ] status and be authorized to observe and maintain the GCQ protocols in its quarantine control points in the boundaries of the province of Bukidnon”.     Zuburi said lifting the GCQ would put the people of the province in danger of the coronavirus contagion since many of its municipalities shared a boundary with several provinces.     To date, Bukidnon has only one confirmed Covid-19 case -- a barangay official from Valencia City who attended a cockfighting derby in Davao City.     “We followed every order that you gave us, to the police, and we are proud to say that we are successful. Please listen to the people of Bukidnon,” Zubiri said in his letter of appeal. (PNA)

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