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COVID-19 isolation facility, itukod sa MisOr

May 2, 2020

NAGLARAW karon ang pangagamhanan ni Gov. Bambi Emano nga magtukod og isolation facility dinhi sa Misamis Oriental alang sa mga pasyente nga gituhoang persons under monitoring (PUM) ug persons under investigation (PUI) sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).     Sa ilang panagtapok sa Provincial Task Force for COVID-19, kauban ang mga ulo sa departamento sa kapitolyo ning bag-o ug si Gov. Emano, sila nakahukom nga magtukod sa isolation building sa lungsod sa Alubijid, kung hain nahimutang ang isa sa mga Provincial Hospitals sa lalawigan.     Si Arch. Joseph Arao-Arao ang gisangunan sa pag desinyo sa nasangpit nga 50-bed 50-room capacity building. Ang pundo niini gikan sa amelioration fund sa Bayanihan Act Heal as One grant sa kaulohan nga P69 milyones. Pasado matud pa sa Department of Health – Region 10 ang nasangpit nga plano, hilabina paghuman sa general community quarantine kung diin gilaumang modagsang dinhi sa Misamis Oriental ang overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) ug stranded sa nagkadaiyang lugar sa Pilipinas sa ilang pagpauli pohon.  

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MinDA seeks wage hike, perks for businesses

April 30, 2020

    The measures would ensure the success of the "Balik Probinsya" initiative being advocated by Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, said MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.     “Seriously, I cannot understand why rural workers should receive lower salaries than those who work in the cities. Personally, I see this discriminatory wage rates (whose constitutionality could be challenged) as one of the reasons why many job seekers flock to the urban centers,” Piñol said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.     Go said the government should learn from the experiences being encountered in the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, and provide long-term solutions to recurring problems in urban areas, especially Metro Manila.     The senator said these recurring problems accelerate the spread of diseases due to densely-populated communities in urban growth centers. If the government increases wage rates and incentives for companies to establish processing facilities in the provinces, Go said there will be massive reverse migration to the rural areas. Piñol agreed, saying workers will be earning more because they could do some food production activities on the side while processing companies would realize more profit because they no longer have to haul raw materials from the rural production areas to their factories. MinDA also proposed an action plan supported by legislation to ensure the sustainability of the "Balik Probinsya" program. Pending the passage of legislative action, Piñol said an executive order directing the preparation of a national framework for the Balik Probinsya program and direct the cooperation of all agencies and sectors involved to jumpstart the initiative. He added that MinDA may be tapped for the implementation of this directive for Mindanao as provided for under Republic Act 9996. (PNA)  

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DSWD-10 warns gov't cash aid abusers

April 30, 2020

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 10 (DSWD-10) has appealed to the beneficiaries of the government's various cash aid programs to spend the money only for essential needs.     Oliver Inodeo, DSWD-10 information officer, said the agency has received reports that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Listahanan--the basis for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) recipients affected by quarantine--were caught buying liquors or illegal drugs.     Inodeo said that 4Ps beneficiaries can be reported to their office if found to have misused their cash assistance as part of their "grievance system."     "Anyone can file a report to our office, and anyone who misuses their money will undergo a due process of investigation," he said.     He said 4Ps beneficiaries who violate the arrangements set under the program will be given fair warnings, and be subjected to a case management protocol by a social worker. "The final consequence if they found guilty will be delisting of their names," he said. As for the Listahanan-SAP beneficiaries, he said the budget for the program was given to the respective local government units for distribution during the quarantine. While no specific guidelines on how SAP beneficiaries should use the money, Inodeo said the agency has advised recipients to prioritize essential needs. Arrests Various police units in the region have recorded erring 4Ps and Listahan-SAP beneficiaries for violating quarantine protocols and certain laws. On April 28, the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) arrested Danilo Razalo, 44; and Criselo Baguinat, 40 for allegedly having shabu pot session. Police said Razalo is a 4Ps beneficiary while Baguinat was a recipient of SAP aid. Charges related to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act will be filed against them. On April 24, police also apprehended Claver Lomongo, 39; and Archer Bacala, 40, for violation of the liquor ban. Both are SAP beneficiaries and will face charges. In Bukidnon province, the Talakag municipal police also arrested on April 27 two 4Ps beneficiaries for violating the liquor ban. SAP distribution Meanwhile, officials said the distribution of SAP funds to the beneficiaries continued on Wednesday in the Bukidnon town of Cabanglasan with the assistance of the police and military. Lt. Col. Edgardo V Talaroc Jr., commander of the Army's 8th Infantry Battalion, commended the constituents for the orderly distribution of SAP aid. “We are always ready to provide security and other necessary assistance to deliver the much-needed emergency cash assistance and other government services to the people," he said. (PNA)  

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392,000 bags of Vietnam rice arrive in Iligan port

April 30, 2020

ILIGAN City – Some 392,000 bags of Vietnam rice aboard two cargo vessels arrived at the port here almost simultaneously, first on Tuesday and then Wednesday.     Workers at the port in Iligan City unload rice from Vientam on Tuesday (28 April 2020). A total of 392,000 25-kilo bags arrived in Iligan Tuesday and Wednesday aboard two separate vessels. Although consigned to a private rice trader, Philippine Ports Authority officials said part of the cargo will go to local government units in Northern Mindanao who purchased bulk for distribution to residents who are forced to stay at home because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. MindaNews photo by RICHEL V. UMEL Medardo Sosobrado Jr., acting manager of the Philippine Ports Authority in Iligan, told MindaNews Wednesday the first vessel, MV Hai Ha 58, arrived 7:29 a.m. Tuesday and started unloading the rice cargo at 1 p.m., after a five-hour cargo compartment cooling, for Soda Enterprises as consignee. He said part of the cargo will go to local government units, through Soda, in Northern Mindanao who purchased bulk for distribution to residents who are forced to stay at home because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dr. Andrew Marcella, of the Bureau of Quarantine, boarded the two vessels and checked the health conditions of the crew before they were allowed to dock, Sosobrado said. The MV Hai Ha 58 contained 152,000 bags of Princess Bea rice at 25 kilos per bag, or a total of 3,800 metric tons. The second vessel, MV Viethaisun, arrived at 7 a.m. Wednesday containing 240,000 25-kilo bags, or 6,000 metric tons. Both vessels are still unloading their cargo as of press time. (Richel V. Umel / MindaNews)  

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VCO seen as cure for COVID-19

April 30, 2020

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 April) – A Department of Science and Technology official expressed optimism that clinical trials on virgin coconut oil or VCO as a possible cure for coronavirus disease could yield positive results, as it has proved effective against other types of viruses.     In a virtual presser on Wednesday, DOST-Davao director Anthony Sales said previous studies showed that VCO could kill other types of viruses by destroying their cellular coating, raising hopes that it could also work with patients infected with COVID-19. “The VCO, based on previous studies, has been shown to degrade or denature the cellular coating of the virus or the viral envelope. Once destroyed, the virus will die as its components will be exposed,” he explained. He added that lauric acid and monolaurin, which are synthesized by the body when VCO is taken, could inhibit the replication of the viruses. He said the DOST has provided funding support to the efforts of renowned scientist and VCO advocate Dr. Fabrian Dayrit of Ateneo de Manila University and Duke-NUS University of Singapore to determine the mechanism how the VCO could work against the virus. “The next step of Ateneo is to do clinical trials. It will be tested on humans because before it was only done on animal models. It was proven effective for animals because it has been used commercially for animals like chicken to prevent avian influenza virus,” he added. Once completed, he said the VCO might require approval from the Food and Drug Administration as a “supplement” once clinical trials prove the product’s efficacy in battling the virus. In “The Potential of Coconut Oil and its Derivatives as Effective and Safe Antiviral Agents Against the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV-2019) published on Ateneo’s website, Dayrit and another scientist, Dr. Mary T. Newport, explained “that lauric and monolaurin, its derivative, have been known for many years to have significant antiviral activity.” “Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid which makes up about 50% of coconut oil; monolaurin is a metabolite that is naturally produced by the body’s own enzymes upon ingestion of coconut oil and is also available in pure form as a supplement. Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common surfactant that is made from lauric acid, has been shown to have potent antiviral properties. Lauric acid, monolaurin, and sodium lauryl sulfate (which is also known as sodium dodecyl sulfate) are used in a wide range of products for their antiviral properties,” the study reads. As of Wednesday, Department of Health-Davao reported that COVID-19 cases in the region remained at 129 while another patient recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 74. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)  

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NFA-Caraga stops supplying retailers to ensure sufficiency

April 30, 2020

BUTUAN City – The National Food Authority in Caraga Region (NFA-13) has stopped supplying rice to accredited retailers to ensure the availability of supply throughout the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period.     NFA-13 information officer Amelou Jane Mendoza told the Philippine News Agency Tuesday the move would ensure that the agency meets the rice requirements of government institutional buyers amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.     “We need to prioritize the local government units (LGUs) and the different relief-giving agencies as they continue their relief food operations,” Mendoza said.     She was referring to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), local government units (LGUs), and other entities involved in the government Covid-19 response.     “With the implementation of the Republic Act 11203 or Rice Tarrification Law (RTL), the primary mandate of DA-NFA is to secure the buffer stock to be distributed in times of emergency or calamities,” Mendoza said.     Mendoza said that from March up to April 24, 2020, around 37,340 bags of rice have already been released by NFA-13 to LGUs and the DSWD in the area.     Based on the 2 percent market participation of NFA rice from daily consumption rate, she said NFA's supply in the region could still last for up to two months.     However, she said that if the market participation of NFA rice would increase up to 25 percent due to high demand from institutional buyers, the NFA supply could only last for a month.     “There is no need to be alarmed; so far, we have enough supply of NFA rice,” Mendoza said.     She added that a recent report from the Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region (DA-13) also assured enough supply based on the current harvest season in the area.     Mendoza said Caraga Region is expected to produce 315,947 metric tons or an equivalent of 134 percent rice sufficiency by the end of the first semester based on the consolidated planting report of the LGUs.     She added that NFA-13 is currently buying dry and clean palay from farmers at the price of PHP19 per kilo. (PNA)  

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