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Bukidnon province reverts to 'general community quarantine'

April 28, 2020

MORE than a week after placing Bukidnon province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Gov. Jose Maria Zubiri Jr. has reverted the area's status to general community quarantine (GCQ) effective Monday (April 27).     Zubiri declared the entire Bukidnon under ECQ following the confirmation that a local barangay official in Valencia City tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after attending a cockfight derby in Davao City on March 13.     The barangay official was Bukidnon’s first Covid-19 case.     With the lifting of the ECQ, Zubiri also issued an executive order setting new guidelines for the opening of certain businesses beginning Monday. In a statement, the governor said the move was in compliance with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's April 24 order classifying Bukidnon as a low-risk area that must adopt the GCQ. However, Zubiri said precautionary measures are still in effect under the new quarantine level, although the general public is allowed to go out to purchase basic goods. Those not allowed to go out are the high-risk population, ages 0 to 20 and 60 and up. “All persons are enjoined to wear face masks in all places outside their residence. Strict social distancing shall be observed at all times for the duration of the general community quarantine, in accordance with national guidelines and health advisories," the executive order reads. Likewise, mass gatherings and religious activities are still prohibited. Under Zubiri's EO 21, certain essential business establishments, offices, and activities are allowed to reopen. Zubiri said other business and industries, such as production, manufacturing, construction, quarrying, e-commerce, delivery, repair services, maintenance, and housing may resume operations, provided that they observe the minimum prescribed standards on social distancing and other precautionary measures. Those in the finance, business process outsourcing, non-leisure trade, and other similar services can, however, operate on reduced capacity. Prohibited from resuming operations are barbershops and beauty parlors and salons, massage clinics and spas, cinemas and movie houses, bars and KTVs, leisure and gaming, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and playground, resorts, swimming pools, parks, tourism sites and other recreational facilities and cockpits, billiard halls, and gyms. Zubiri said he leaves it to the local government units “the authority to decide which non-essential establishments and offices shall not be allowed to resume operation and I asked the LGUs to issue advisory.” (PNA)  

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PWD receives P5K SAP subsidy but gone awry moments later

April 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur---Primitivo Payod, 46, a resident of Barangay 4 here, was delighted to hold at the palm of his hands five crisp P1,000 bills from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) last Saturday, April 25, at the municipal gym where 399 others who were also beneficiaries waited in queue.     Payod, who raised three children and a polio victim since he was three, was listed at number 304 that he waited until early afternoon to take his turn to sign the document from a staff of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office to receive the P5,000 cash from SAP, an emergency subsidy program for 18 million Filipino families whose lives are greatly affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “ I would not go there if my neighbors did not told me that they saw my wife’s name on the list and we even received a note confirming we are beneficiaries,” Payod said. He was the one who went to the gym since his wife was looking after their children in their dilapidated home. Edendita Batiao, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of San Francisco, said Payod is part of Set 9 of the new members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) approved in 2020. His happiness clutching the cold cash had gone awry in just a few moments when Barangay 4 Kagawad Concepcion dela Fuerte called him while he was about to leave telling him to return the money to the MSWDO table after a staff found out in another document that he is already a 4Ps member. He returned the money feeling disappointed and went home empty-handed. Dela Fuente, who is chairman of persons with disabilities (PWD) at the barangay council, explained that he should return the money or he will lose the privilege of being a lifetime 4Ps member. He further said that 4Ps are not included in the P5,000 per beneficiary of SAP distributed to at least 9,000 families in this town. But Payod said he had been applying as 4Ps member since 2010 but was just recently approved since he could not present legal documents in the past including their marriage certificate and birth certificates of their three children having difficulties of processing these documents. It was only last year when dela Fuente helped Payod family processed their documents. She assured Payod will be included among the 4Ps beneficiaries who will receive the P5,000  SAP subsidy this week when he will be given with cash card that can be withdrawn at the Automatic Teller Machine of the Land Bank of the Philippines branch in this town. But contrary to dela Fuente’s assurance, Gretchin Bautista, municipal link of the local government unit with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said the fund for the 4Ps SAP is already available at the bank only that they still await the schedule of the release of the ATM cash card. Batiao said apart from P5,000 subsidy, Payod as a new 4Ps member will also get his first P2,600 cash card. Bautista however added that the voluminous processing could delay the release that she feared that it is likely the money can be withdrawn after the COVID-19 crisis. “There is a need to fast tract the subsidy release of the Set 9 4ps members to let them be also relieved of the hardships in these times of crisis,” Batiao said. The effect of the ECQ had made it hard for Payod to feed his family that he struggled to sell vegetables around the neighborhood and at times selling face masks using his bike which he could not pedal but only used his right normal feet to push it to the ground to keep it moving. He said it would be lucky if he could sell at least P400 a day to earn P200 for their daily subsistence. Before the crisis, Payod was a canvasser of PP Bus Line, a passenger bus with a Davao City to Pasay City route where he earned P50 per passenger with an average six passengers he could canvass a day.  

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Kapitolyo probinsyal miturn-over og sakyanan alang sa DA-10

April 28, 2020

ARON mapasayon ug mapadali ang paghatag serbisyo nga gikinahanglan alang sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda sa Misamis Oriental nagtunol ang lokal nga pangagamhan sa lalawigan ubos ni Governor Bambi Emano ug usa ka KIA L300 Vehicle ngadto sa buhatan sa Department of Agriculture-Region 10. Si Gobernador Bambi isip usa ka agriculturist dako kaayo og pagbati sa mga panginahanglanon sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda hinungdan nga nagtunol niining maong sakyanan nga mobalor P1.2 milyon aron masakyan sa ilang mga abot ug kuha. Gidawat kini ni Director Carlota Madriaga ang Regional Technical Director for Operation sa DA-10 kauban si Ms. Nilda Salas ang Center Chief, Poc. MisOr ug si Ms. Angilillah Cabig ang Information Officer sa DA-10. “The intention of the vehicle is to have an effective and efficient implementation of the programs and projects aron ato gyud matabangan ang mga mag uuma ug mangingisda dinhi sa Misamis Oriental,” sulti ni Dir. Carlota Madriaga. Pasabot niini nga kung paspas ang agrikultura sa lalawigan posibleng mabuhi ang katawhan sa Misamis Oriental kon ugaling moabot ang panahon nga mag lockdown ang probinsya tungod sa hulga sa COVID-19. Dugang ni Madriaga nga daku ang ilang pagpasalamat kang Gov. Bambi sa walay pu-as nga pagsuporta niini labina hisgutanan ang pagpalambo sa agrikultura dinhi sa rehiyon. “Dako kayo mi ug pasalamat kang Governor Bambi sa makanunayon nga pagsuporta sa programa sa Department of Agriculture," dugang niini. Gipaabot sab niini nga wala gihikaw sa amahan sa lalawigan ang paghatag sa sakyanan aron mapasayon ang implementasyon sa mga programa.  “Kami mapasalamaton kay wala gyud nimo gihikaw ang pag turn over niining sakyanan aron atong mapalambo ug maayo atong probinsya sa Misamis Oriental," matud ni Madriaga. Gitagaan og dakong pagtagad ni Gov Bambi kining mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda nga kung dili tungod kanila walay ibutang nga mga gulay ug lagutmon ug kuhang isda diha sa lamesa. Isip balos si Director Madriaga mihatag  usab og laing mga pakete sa mga binhi nga gulay ug gitunol ngadto mismo kang Provincial Agriculture Office Head Apollo Pacamalan nga hangtod karon panahona padayon sa pagpang-apod apod ug binhi sa Misamisnon aron sila makapananom.

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‘Pawikan’ rescued by fisherman in Surigao Norte town

April 28, 2020

BUTUAN City – A hawksbill marine turtle locally known as "pawikan" was rescued by a local fisherman in Barangay Poblacion, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, the Bacuag Municipal Police Office (BMPO) in Bacuag, Surigao del Norte posted in its Facebook account Monday (April 26).     Police said the turtle was rescued at around 7 a.m. Sunday (April 26) while the fisherman whom the report did not identify was checking his net upon his return to shore from an early morning fishing. “The fisherman immediately informed the local police station about the "pawikan" trapped inside his fishing net,” BMPO said. Police S/Sgt. Ceasar N. Cagas and Roel I. Rivamonte of the Bacuag Coastal Resource Management (CRM) immediately proceeded to the area to check the condition of the hawksbill turtle. Rivamonte said the rescued turtle is 40-centimeter in length from fore to tail and has 34-centimeter carapace length with a weight of five kilos. BMPO said the local police are regularly conducting information drive on Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act with the support of the local government and the CRM. The hawksbill turtle, a critically endangered species, was immediately released after the conduct of measurement and tagging, the report said. (PNA)  

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DA-10's 'Kadiwa' earns P1.9M in CDO

April 28, 2020

THE Department of Agriculture in Region 10 (DA-10), through its "Kadiwa on Wheels" program, has so far earned some P1.9 million in Cagayan de Oro City alone this month.     With support from the city government's Agricultural Productivity Office (APO), the income was generated from consumers coming from Barangays Agusan, Lumbia, Iponan, Kauswagan, Carmen, Puntod, Bulua, Kauswagan, Canitoan, Indahag, Macasandig, Balulang, 29 and 23, for almost a month of operation.     Carlota S. Madriaga, DA-10 technical director for operations, said over the weekend that the initiative directly links farmer-producers and suppliers to the market, eliminating trading layers, thus translating to the affordability of products.     “Through our Kadiwa, urban dwellers were able to buy fresh, healthy and nutritious produce and other food products, mostly from our farmer-groups, including the private sector at very reasonable prices,” she said.     Standing by its name “Katuwang sa Diwa at Gawa para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita”, commonly known as the Kadiwa on Wheels and Express, DA-10 said the program is gaining ground as it opens market opportunities for both farmer-producers and consumers amid the prevailing health crisis.     Arlene Bautista, one of the exhibitors during the Kadiwa held in Barangay Indahag, said “this [Kadiwa] is a big help for us. Products from our barangay, ranging from root crops, fruits, and vegetables were brought and were sold here in CdeO, which allows our local farmers to earn income amid the pandemic.”     Recognizing the gains and seeing that there are still many villages that are yet to be served by the mobile market, DA-10 in partnership with APO has agreed to have this Kadiwa on a regular basis.     “As movement restrictions are being imposed during this time of community quarantine, it is targeted to be conducted from Tuesdays to Fridays to select barangays by the city government," Madriaga said.     Aside from assuring markets for the food security front-liners, she said DA-10 and APO are eyeing more seamless conduct of the Kadiwa in the city's barangays.     “With the current health threat, we are looking to further decongest the number of people coming into our Kadiwa, as we will open three outlets in a barangay, to allow more room for physical distancing while enforcing a ‘no mask and no exit pass, no entry’ policy while consumers are doing their marketing,” she said.     Meanwhile, DA's  Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division is tapping more farmer-producers and suppliers to put more varied agricultural products for display during the Kadiwa.     Elson Jalapong, a sari-sari store owner in Barangay 23, is thankful to DA-10 as it brought the Kadiwa market to their place.     Since the city-wide implementation of the community quarantine, he said his family has been having difficulty in making ends meet.     "I am thankful that DA brought the Kadiwa market to our barangay. The products sold are cheaper and affordable that helps us save, especially that our daily earning is much lesser now during the quarantine. I am looking forward to another round of Kadiwa market in our place," he said.     For the Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC), which is behind the Highland Fresh Dairy Products, the Kadiwa market has helped their group get steady sales.     "Our production has been affected since the implementation of the quarantine period. Our sales have dropped significantly. So, one of our strategies is to continue joining DA's Kadiwa. Somehow, this helps us to maintain our daily sales," Jhuryvie Sardovia, Highland Fresh's, accounting staff-turned-saleslady, said.     Barangay 23 chair Mario Balsarza said his constituents have not only saved some money because of the Kadiwa market but it also prevented them from going to congested places like the public market, a precautionary, and safe measure against Covid-19. "I will look into inviting the Kadiwa market some other time to our barangay. This is very helpful to our people during this time. I am very thankful that DA has considered our barangay as one of its display areas," Balsarza said. He also disclosed that the Kadiwa market also enabled barangay residents to display their homemade products. Meanwhile, DA-10 executive director Carlene C. Collado, led the distribution on April 24 of fresh farm eggs and assorted vegetable seeds in cans and in packets in the town of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, which was received by Mayor Leoncio C. Bagol and Maj. Randy A. Pontanes, who represented Col. Rene P. Solidarious, officer-in-charge of Lanao del Norte Police Provincial Office. The eggs, which were donated by San Miguel Foods, Corp., will be distributed to the town's health workers and other front-liners of the Covid-19 crisis. The assorted vegetable seeds in packets (40 at 20 grams, 2 at 250grams) and in cans (8 at 50 grams each) will also be due for distribution to farmers and municipal residents, who want to grow their own vegetables for consumption, especially during this quarantine period. Eggs and vegetable seeds will also be given to uniformed police personnel manning the different quarantine checkpoints in the municipality. (PNA)  

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Gov’t starts handing out cash aid to poor families

April 26, 2020

THE Cagayan de Oro City’s social welfare department has already started the distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to qualified beneficiaries which has been released in four phases, City Social Welfare and Development officer Michael Christopher Fabello said over the weekend.     The first phase started Thursday (April 23) which prioritized the hinterland barangays of the city.     Fabello explained that due to the volume of family beneficiaries (113,206 families in total), the department has not been able to deliver the payouts door to door. The distribution is being done in public school campuses in their respective barangays. Fabello clarified that they are still enforcing social distancing during the payouts and only those with barangay exit passes are allowed to proceed. He also clarified that beneficiaries during this first phase are those who qualify under the conditional cash transfer but are not yet 4Ps beneficiaries yet i.e. poor and near poor. They will fill out the SAP forms on the spot and receive the payouts in return, totaling P6,000 for each beneficiary-family. On April 24, Friday, the CSWD team covered the first district downtown barangays and last Saturday, they proceeded to complete barangays in the second district. The second batch of the amelioration will be for those under the Listahanan 2015 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Fabello also clarified that although this Listahanan was conducted in 2015 and validated in 2018, it has already been updated and endorsed by the city government to DSWD for cross-checking and listing. The third wave will be for the beneficiaries of DAFAC or the disaster assistance family access card. Qualified under DAFAC are the vulnerable poorest of the poor, irregular earners (indigents), porters, scavengers, (habal-habal, trisikad and motorela drivers) and ambulant vendors. The fourth batch are for those who have applied for the COVID-19 intake card under DSWD’s appeal system. Qualified to apply under this scheme are those who have not been included in the earlier batches but who deem themselves as qualified to receive social amelioration in this crisis.  

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