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Friday, February 21, 2020


PPA implements preventive measures vs. COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 21 (PIA) -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has strictly implemented the 14-day quarantine anchorage of a vessel in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

This is part of the preventive measures undertaken by the authorities against the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

According to  Mildred Padilla, port manager of the Port Management Office of Agusan, the said vessel docked near the Nasipit Port has been anchored since February 7 and right after the 22 crew of the said ship were given clearance, they were then allowed to sail heading to their main destination in Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

“We observe the 14-day quarantine period, so when the boarding team headed primarily by the Bureau of Quarantine did not see any manifestation, they will then issue the clearance,” bared Padilla.

PPA is also constantly monitoring the passengers coming in and out of the Nasipit Port through the use of non-contact thermometers with the help and assistance of the Rural Health Unit of Nasipit.

Meanwhile, the Emerging And Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Task Force led by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga was also strengthened to combat the spread of false information or fake news regarding the COVID-19.

Department of Health - Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. appealed to the public to only get updates on COVID-19 from their office, and assess carefully any information they see and read on social media before sharing it to others.

“I also urged all Caraganons to continuously listen to the health advisories of the Department of Health. The DOH will issue only official messages concerning COVID-19 for public order and safety,” said Dr. Llacuna.  

At present, the 14-day quarantine to a patient under investigation in the region has been complied with and showed a negative result of Coronavirus. Of the 36, 24 persons under monitoring have already undergone the 14-day monitoring period.

Dr. Llacuna thanked the local government units particularly the surveillance officers for ensuring that the monitoring of the persons under monitoring (PUMs) is strictly implemented.

He further encouraged the Caraganons to maintain personal hygiene and a healthy lifestyle for a strong immune system. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

NPA cadavers, firearms recovered in a joint operation in Agusan Sur

By 1Lt. Percival Carido

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 21 - Two cadavers of the New People’s Army (NPA) members and firearms caches were recovered during the conduct of joint Armed Forces of the Philippines - Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) operation in the hinterlands of Barangay San Vicente, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on February 16, 2020.

The location was revealed after seven members of NPA voluntarily surrendered to the folds of the law through the efforts of 26th Infantry Battalion, Police Regional Office 11 and 13 and concerned local government units.

Guilty conscience and realization pushed a certain Jason Alawayon alias Tiger, one of the former rebels (FRs), to reveal the location of the buried arms caches and cadavers of his comrades who were wounded and eventually died during the armed engagement with the government troops way back in 2017.

“Gikapoy na mi sa among kahimtang sa sulod sa kalihukan, lahi ra gyud sa kahimtang adtong sa gawasnon pa mi ug nagpuyo nga malinawon. Unya nakonsyensya pud mi sa mga pamilya sa among mga kauban nga namatay nga walay tarong nga paglubong, ug nagpadayon ang ilang pamilya sa paghuwat kung kanus-a sila mopauli (Our situation inside the movement is really exhausting, which is far different from our situation when we were living peacefully. And we felt guilty towards the bereaved families of our comrades who died without decent burial. Their families are still waiting for the remains to be brought back to them),” Alawayon said.

The operation also led to the recovery of two high powered firearms, an M14 rifle and a Garand rifle, including anti-personnel mine and assorted ammunitions.

Meanwhile, the two cadavers were only identified by their former comrades as “Ka Al” from Quezon, Bukidnon and “Ka Dope” from Cagayan de Oro City. Their remains were turned over to Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office for post mortem examination and future identification of their identities in order to inform their families and be given a decent burial.

On the other hand, Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Jimenea expressed his deepest sympathy to the families of the recovered NPA cadavers. “It is very regretful to think, that the life of our fellow citizens was wasted because of this deceiving propaganda of the terrorist NPA to join their false ideology in changing democracy into communism. This is not martyrdom as what CPP-NPA instills to the minds of their comrades and supporters. This is only a selfless pursuit of political ambition wherein their members and supporters are just sacrificial lambs,” he said.

“Hopefully, the outcome of this operation will serve as an eye-opener to all the remaining members, supporters and sympathizers of the CPP-NPA,” Jimenea added.

Likewise, Col. Allan D. Hambala, 401st Brigade commander, commended the efforts of the 26th IB and PNP in the success of the said operation. He further emphasized that the success was the result of a relentless intelligence operation and information drive with an effect of demoralizing the remaining members of the NPAs and later on decided to surrender.

“We have to strengthen our efforts in order to finally end this armed conflict. Remember that the local governments are already supporting us into the success of our goal through EO No. 70. Let’s all take advantage in making use of it against the communist-terrorists,” said Hambala.

“We are again appealing to all the remaining members of the NPAs to lay down their arms and be a law-abiding citizens once again. Your armed struggle had already brought numerous senseless deaths and miseries to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos especially to the natives. Let us work hand in hand in pursuing lasting peace and sustainable development,” Hambala added. (CMO officer, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

US gov’t awards grants to Marawi’s displaced communities

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 21 -- The United States (US) awarded six micro-grants to community groups composed of Marawi’s displaced citizens and their host families. 

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman Emmanuel Piñol joined U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Economic Development and Governance chief Jeffrey Lehrer during  the recent handover ceremony in Iligan.

Each micro-grant is valued at P260,000 ($5,000) and will support community learning facilities, including training spaces and daycare centers.

The micro-grants are part of USAID’s three-year, P1.35 billion ($25 million) Marawi Response Project, which supports the economic recovery and social cohesion of displaced and host communities in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, and Iligan. 

Launched in 2018, the project is a partnership between USAID and international non-governmental organization Plan International, with support from local organizations Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits, Inc. and Maranao People Development Center, Inc.

“The US government, in partnership with the Philippine government, is committed to supporting Lanao communities in their journey to recovery,” said Lehrer in his message to grant recipients. 

Representatives of Task Force Bangon Marawi, Lanao Del Sur provincial government, and city governments of Marawi and Iligan joined the event.

Nikki Macaraub, a beneficiary of the Marawi Response Project, worked with others in her community to set up a learning center for livelihood opportunities. 

“Now that we have a facility for teaching sewing and dressmaking, we can help more displaced women like me in restarting businesses to support our families and to rebuild our lives,” said Macaraub.

To date, the United States, through USAID, has committed more than P3.4 billion ($63.6 million) for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi. (U.S. Embassy in the Philippines/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DOH puspusan ang kampanya kontra COVID-19 sa Caraga Region

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 21 (PIA) -- Mahigpit na ipinatupad ng Philippine Ports Authority o PPA ang 14-day quarantine anchorage sa isang Chinese Vessel Jin Shui sa Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Ito ay bahagi ng hakbang ng mga otoridad kontra coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID-19. Ayon kay PPA Port Management Office ng Agusan port manager Mildred Padilla, naka-ankla ang naturang barko sa malapit sa Nasipit port mula pa noong Pebrero 7 at pagkatapos mabigyan ng clearance ang 22 crew ng nasabing chinese vessel agad naman itong pinahintulutang bumiyahe sa kanilang distinasyon sa Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

Puspusan din ang kanilang pagmomonitor sa lahat ng mga pasahero sa Nasipit port sa  pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng temperature gamit ang non-contact thermometers sa tulong ng Rural Health Unit ng Nasipit.

Samantala, pinaigting rin ng Emerging and Re-emerging Infectuous Disease (EREID) task force sa pangunguna ng Department of Health o DOH sa rehiyon ng Caraga upang labanan ang pagkalat ng mga maling impormasyon hinggil sa COVID-19.

Panawagan ni DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr sa publiko, kumuha lamang ng impormasyon hinggil sa COVID-19 mula sa kanilang ahensya at dapat suriing mabuti ang mga napapanood at nababasa sa social media.

Sa kasalukuyan, natapos na ang 14-day quarantine ng isang patient under investigation sa rehiyon at negatibo ito sa coronavirus.

Mula sa 36, nasa 24 na persons under monitoring o PUMs ang tapos na ng 14-day monitoring period.
Malaki naman ang pasalamat ni Dr. LLacuna sa  Local Government Units lalo na ang mga surveillance officers na tumulong upang maipatupad ang monitoring sa PUMs.

Panawagan naman nito sa Caraganons na panatilihin ang malinis na pangangatawan at gawing healthy ang lifestyle para sa mas matibay na immune system. (NCLM/PIA caraga)

Cabadbaran mohatag og retirement benefits alang BHW, BNS

By Jessica O. Mellejor

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Pebrero 21 -- Ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte nag-apruba bag-ohay pa lamang sa City Ordinance No. 2019-036 sa Sangguniang Panlungsod sa Cabadbaran, ning lalawigan, “Granting retirement and other benefits to all qualified Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in Cabadbaran City and providing funds therefor.”

Ang maong ordinansa, nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Panglungsod Member Hon. Alan M. Asio, nga sa pag-uyon sa RA 7305 nga gitawag nga Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, ug nahisubay usab sa Provincial Ordinance No. 092-2000, “An Ordinance Providing Benefits to Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Nutrition Scholar Volunteers of the Province of Agusan del Norte and for other purposes.”

Gitinguha sa gobyerno sa syudad sa Cabadbaran nga maila ang kahinungdanon sa mga serbisyo nga gihatag sa mga BHWs ug BNS alang sa paglambo sa kinabuhi sa mga katawhan sa lungsod sa Cabadbaran pinaagi sa padayon nga probisyon sa sakto nga serbisyo sa kahimsog ug nutrisyon.

Kini gi-aprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa ika 30th Regular Session pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 067-2020 sa pagpanginahan ni Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, tsirman sa Committee on Health and Nutrition. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

5 ka eskwelahan alang OJT aprobado

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 21 -- Andam na ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte alang sa On-the-Job Training (OJT) tali sa lima ka eswelahan human naaprobahan sa SP ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 76, 77, 78, 79 ug 80-2020 nga nagtugot niini.

Ubos sa maong kasabotan himoon ang On-the-Job-Training, nagdepende sa kinahanglanon nga oras sa work immersion ubos sa DepEd SHS curriculum.

Tumong sa maong training nga maexpose sila sa aktwal nga trabaho isip pagpangandam kanila sa ilang paggradwar diin ang ilang makat-onan ilang magamit sa ilang pagpanarbaho.

Unod sa kasabotan nga ang estudayante sa lima ka eskwelahan mag-OJT ug work immersion sa lainlaing mga opisina sa kagamhanan sa lalawigan ug gamiton ang pasilidad niini.

Ang nasangpit nga eskwelahan mao ang mosunod: Pareja Integrated Secondary School sa Butuan City, Surigao Del Sur State University-Tagbina Campus sa Surigao Del Sur, Kinamlutan National High School sa Butuan City, Gamut National High school sa Barobo Surigao Del Sur, ug Butuan City Colleges sa Butuan City.

Base sa rekomendasyon sa SP Committee on Education and Culture diin tsirman si Provincial Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo, gihatagan ug otoridad sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan si Gob. Dale B. Corvera aron sa pagpirma sa kasabotan. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)