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Seafarer in MisOcc tests positive for Covid-19

April 30, 2020

ILIGAN City -- One of the five seafarers who arrived at Ozamiz City port Tuesday night tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19), an official said Wednesday.     The five seafarers on board the St. Michael the Archangel of 2GO Shipping were coming from Manila with more than 300 other seafarers repatriated from other countries following the Covid-19 pandemic. They were tested at the pier station using a rapid test kit provided by the provincial government of Misamis Occidental. The one who tested positive was brought by the local government unit to an isolation area. Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan, on a Facebook post, said the male seafarer will still have to undergo a swab test “as recommended by our doctors to confirm the result of the rapid test”. “He is now in one of our holding centers alone in one room but he is okay. We hope in the swab test, it will be negative,” Tan said. On Monday, the provincial government received backlash from residents over a Facebook post announcing that the seafarers would not be allowed to disembark because their arrival did not have proper coordination. “We were also not informed of their arrival if we did not ask to confirm it, we would not know,” Tan said on Facebook post on April 27. Residents tagged the move as “discrimination." Tan changed his mind on Tuesday afternoon, saying the provincial government has decided to allow the seafarers to disembark after proper health protocols. He said the decision was made upon consultation with the provincial health office and other local government officials, as well as the management of the General Medical Center (MHARSG MC), the Department of Health-accredited hospital in the province for Covid-19 cases. “We will send a medical officer who will conduct a health check and rapid test to all five passengers, check their documents and after clearance, we will send them directly to their LGU (local government) holding facilities,” Tan said. (PNA)  

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General Community Quarantine sa MisOr, extended taman May 15

April 30, 2020

GILUGWAYAN pa ni Gov. Bambi Emano ang general community quarantine (GCQ) dinhi sa Misamis Oriental hangtud sa Mayo 15, 2020, o hangtud nga molurang na ang hulga sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa tibuok Pilipinas. Kini, human gi-rekomendar sa mga mayores ug Provincial Task Force for COVID-19 ang GCQ extension aron masiguro nga walay mahitabong local transmission sa killer virus. Apan, dunay pipila ka isyu sa kwarentinas nga giusab.      Gawas nga mahimo nang maka-angkas sa motorsiklo ang miyembro sa pamilya ubos sa bag-ong Executive Order GYVBE No. 2020-216, lakip sa kasugoan ang protocol reporting nga sundon sa matag lungsod kalabot sa “probable,” “suspect,” o “positive” nga dili pwede i-report sa silingang lungsod.     Susama pananglit dunay suspected COVID-19 infected resident sa El Salvador City, dili pwede ang Cagayan de Oro local government maoy mag-report o magpahibalo sa katawhan kalabot niini, susama sa nahitabo ning bag-o nga nagresulta sa kagubot ug kaguliyang sa Misamisnons.     Nalakip kini sa bag-ong kasugoan human si Gov. Emano ug Task Force chief Dr. Jerie Calingasan mihangyo sa consultative meeting kauban ang 25 ka mayores sa tibuok lalawigan kalabot na kung angay paba i-extend ang general community quarantine dinhi sa Misamis Oriental.  

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UN’s Covid response

April 30, 2020

THE United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has expanded its rebuilding program in Marawi City to include response measures on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. In a press statement released Monday night, UN-Habitat said its Global Emergency Response Fund is providing an additional budget for the three-month project called COVID-19 Response As We Rebuild Marawi. The project components include providing residents access to food and other basic needs through satellite markets and mobile stores, installing hand-washing facilities and distribution of protective equipment and other medical supplies, promoting community level gardening, and enhancing the city government’s incident command system. T

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PRDP delays

April 30, 2020

DAVAO City — Agricultural infrastructure and enterprises funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) are facing delays in implementation due to lockdown measures in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. “COVID-19 is really affecting our operations, especially in implementing our sub-projects that involve field work since there are quarantine measures implemented in different cities, provinces and municipalities,” PRDP Deputy Project Director for Mindanao Danilo T. Alesna told BusinessWorld through e-mail. Construction projects not directly related to the health crisis are among the activities banned by most local governments.

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DA: Farmers, fishers to get amelioration

April 28, 2020

THE Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that qualified farmers and fishers will also receive social amelioration program (SAP) cash aid from the government during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).     This is on top of the one-time COVID-19 cash assistance being distributed by the DA, Agriculture. Secretary William D. Dar said.     Dar clarified that the DA, under the Financial Subsidy for Rice Farmers (FSRF), will continue to distribute P5,000 each to rice farmers, who till one hectare and below and are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).     “This is a one-time payment, hence the recipients of FSRF can still receive cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during its second tranche of distribution,” Dar said.     He added that only rice farmers in selected provinces are included based on the criteria originally set under the RCEF program. Thus, those who are not FSRF beneficiaries must receive the regular social amelioration program (SAP) from the DSWD. “We do not want to discriminate other farmers, and also fishers, from the financial assistance being given by the government to the marginalized sector of our society. It just so happened that the fund and implementing guidelines of the FSRF has already been finalized and approved early this year, even before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dar said. The FSRF is an existing SAP of the DA, funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2020, to help rice farmers mostly affected by the sudden drop of palay price in 34 rice producing provinces. “The DA’s SAP focuses on the affected agricultural sector of the country. We are trying to maximize our re¬sources, while ensuring the no one is left behind. We have been continuously coordinating with the DSWD to ensure that those not covered under the FSRF will still be given assistance,” Dar said. Since the rolling out of the FSRF early April, the DA has confirmed 234,586 beneficiaries for payout. It is expected to cater to more than 591,000 beneficiaries after completion. To claim, qualified farmers may coordinate with their municipal/city agriculture office to know the schedule and mechanics of distribution in their locality. (PNA)  

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Oro, Misor LGUs defy advisory on disinfection

April 28, 2020

THE local government units (LGUs) of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City have opted to skip the Department of Health (DOH) advisory on disinfection for the protection of their own constituents. It can be recalled that the DOH stated in an April 10 memorandum that "everyone should NOT spray or mist disinfectants at this time. Soak objects completely or disinfect surfaces directly to kill the virus." DOH added that doing so may even cause harm and additional health concerns, as it can cause pathogens to be dispersed further during spraying, result in skin irritation and inhalation of chemicals, and cause environmental pollution Prior to the DOH advisory, the Misamis Oriental provincial government has installed misting tents in key areas of the province, including three at the capitol. The city government of Cagayan de Oro has likewise started massive disinfection in public places such as markets and sidewalks in major thoroughfares. Both have opted to continue such activities even after the issuance of DOH's advìsory. Initially, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano wanted to heed the DOH's call. But provincial health officer Jerie Calingasan advised him that misting is necessary not just to stamp out COVID-19 but similar viruses and other bacteria as well. In Cagayan de Oro City, Dr. William Bernardo of the city health department said their disinfection could not be a skin irritant to the public because it is done during curfew. Bernardo also said the disinfection team are wearing chemical PPEs during their shift.  

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