(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 09 July, 2020) Synopsis:Easterlies affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to Easterlies/ Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from the East to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate with wave height of 0.5 to 1.5 meters.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

PUI in SurSur town voluntarily submits to confinement

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 12 (PIA) -- A person under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Cantilan town has voluntarily asked to be confined on Wednesday and was brought to the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) here.

Based on the report, the patient is a male Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) with a travel history in Australia last month. The said individual arrived in Manila on February 27 and went home in Cantilan on February 29.

The patient has flu-like symptoms of COVID-19 on March 10, 2020 that steered him to undergo further laboratory tests and observations based on the protocol ordered by the Department of Health. The result will be available after a few days, it was learned.

As a preventive measure against COVID-19, Cantilan Mayor Carla Pichay has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels both private and public effective today, March 12 until further notice.

According to Mayor Pichay, the team from the Municipal Health Office (MHO) has already begun the contact tracing, consultation, orientation, and other relevant procedures for the family members and other individuals who interacted with the patient.

Mayor Pichay revealed that Cantilan has no confirmed case on COVID-19 yet.
She then urged her constituents to remain calm and practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. (NGB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI reminds retailers, consumers to be responsible amid price freeze

BUTUAN CITY, March 12 -- Following the declaration of a national public health emergency due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a price freeze advisory to all business establishments.

DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran reminds retailers that there should not be any increase on the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities while the freeze is in effect, adding that the public must be reminded of their consumer rights and responsibilities especially in this emergency situation.

“Retailers must be reminded of their responsibilities and obligations to the consumers. The latter, on one hand, should also be more responsible and mindful of other consumers when they buy basic necessities,” Pagaran added.

The DTI Caraga top official said that consumers must not engage in panic buying and must also consider their fellow buyers to avoid problems on stock shortage.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act, prices of basic necessities shall be frozen at their prevailing prices for 60 days or until sooner lifted by the President whenever there is a declaration of a state of emergency, calamity, or other similar conditions.

Basic necessities that are under the jurisdiction of the DTI include canned fish and other marine products, locally manufactured instant noodles, bottled water, bread, processed milk, coffee, candles, and laundry soap, detergent, and salt.

Department of Agriculture covers basic agricultural goods such as rice, corn, cooking oil, fresh, dried and other marine products, fresh eggs, fresh pork, beef and poultry meat, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, sugar, and fresh fruits.

Essential drugs are under the Department of Health while firewood and charcoal for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Household LPG and kerosene, on the other hand, are under the Department of Energy.

Business establishments found to have violated the price freeze shall be imposed with a fine amounting to P5,000 up to P1 million and/or imprisonment for a period of one year up to ten 10 years.

Meanwhile Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, in a press release, warns filing of criminal charges on overpricing and hoarding of medical devices and products like alcohol, medicines, masks of N-88, N-95, other similar face masks, alcohol/sanitizers, and medical devices.

“We have recommended to the President the issuance of an Executive Order (EO) for easier procedure of filing of cases and imposition of stiffer penalties for profiteering. The proposed EO will arm the DTI together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with visitorial powers to address the issue on prices and supply of medical products,” Lopez said.

Under the Consumer Act or Republic Act (RA) No. 7394, overpricing of face masks may be considered as an unfair and unconscionable sales act or practice since it involves taking advantage of consumers in this time of need. The Price Act also considers this as an act of profiteering.

Both of these laws provide criminal and administrative penalties and sanctions. Under the Consumer Act, if found to have committed an unfair and unconscionable sales act or practice, an administrative sanction of up to P300,000 may be imposed and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

For profiteering, the Price Act provides for the imposition of fine of up to P2 million and/or imprisonment of up to 15 years.

Consumers are enjoined to report business establishments that violate the price freeze and provide substantial evidences such as proof of purchase and official receipt by calling the One-DTI (1-384) hotline, sending an email to ConsumerCare@dti.gov.ph or to Caraga@dti.gov.ph or visiting the nearest DTI office. (DTI Caraga)

Army leads GAD seminar in SurSur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 12 (PIA) -- In time with the Women’s Month celebration, the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) Awareness Seminar to its personnel held at the 36IB headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago town, this province on Friday, March 6, 2020, a military official confirmed.             
               
According to Captain Jonald Romorosa, 36IB Civil Military Operations Officer, the said activity was aimed to intensify the awareness on gender, culture, and religion among the soldiers.

Romorosa said they have included the topics on related laws for women, cultural sensitivity, and understanding Islam.

The rights of the Women's Indigenous Peoples (IPs) as part of the culture and tradition of the Manobo tribe were also shared by Michael Tawede, Tribal Affairs Assistant of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Provincial Office.

Meanwhile, 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Jezreel Diagmel said that they will continue to promote equality among their ranks and maintain a high level of gender, culture, and religion.

“The activity will serve as an enlightenment to the soldiers of the 36IB as we celebrate the National Women’s Month,” Lt. Col. Diagmel said. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DepEd Caraga orders CAA-RSC delegations to return home due to COVID-19

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in Caraga has ordered the delegations of the Caraga Athletic Association-Regional Sports Competition (CAA-RSC) to return home due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The DepEd Caraga Regional Office headed by Regional Director Francisco Bringas made the pronouncement over his official media account late Monday night, March 9, 2020, in compliance with the Department Memorandum No. 034, S. 2020 issued by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.

The cancellation was declared as a precautionary measure, due to the rapid increase of the COVID-19 confirmed cases in the nation as reported by the Department of Health.

The DepEd Caraga Regional Office, accordingly, has sent a letter of appeal to Secretary Briones to push through with the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet originally set on Mar. 13-18 in Siargao Island. However, it failed to get approval from the secretary, it was learned.

Based on the report, five delegations have already arrived in Siargao Island, including the delegations from Tandag City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao City.

There were 12 delegations to compete supposedly for the CAA-RSC this year.

Meanwhile, the Tandag City Division delegation has returned home on Wednesday, according to Schools Division Superintendent Imelda Sabornido. (PIA Surigao del Sur)