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Monday, April 6, 2020


Caraganon families, SCs continue to receive assistance from DSWD amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) -- Due to the ongoing crisis in the country brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) - Caraga has constantly been looking after the needs of the poor families and senior citizens in the region.

According to Marko Davey Reyes, regional information officer of DSWD-Caraga, the senior citizens benefit from the Social Pension Program, wherein an amount of P3,000 is allocated for the first semester of this year and is set to be distributed to them.

Apart from that, with the assistance of the local government units and other concerned agencies in the region, the food and non-food essentials are also set to be delivered to the said sector.

“We continue to provide the basic services through our assistance to individuals in crisis situations or AICS, wherein individuals who are in need of help could get the medical, burial assistance, and cash assistance. We have also transportation and food assistance for the most vulnerable sector,” said Reyes.

The senior citizens are glad with the kind of support that the government has provided them.

“The DSWD has greatly helped us by providing us the social pension benefit so I could buy the basic commodities which my family needs,” bared Victoria Nerpio, a senior citizen from Barangay Golden Ribbon, Butuan City.


Meanwhile, Reyes clarified that with the new guidelines, the local government units under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) are the ones being prioritized by the department for the augmentation should they need it for their fellow residents.

He further stressed that the DSWD is ready and prepared to provide the needed augmentation to the LGUs, as the department has already allocated funds for this crisis situation and has prepositioned the food packs for the beneficiaries.

“We have already prepared 7,999 family food packs worth 6,530,183.70. These family food packs have been prepositioned to the different strategic areas within the region,” Reyes added.

For walk-in clients, Reyes bared that they are limiting to 50 clients per day as they strictly observe social distancing in the office’ premises. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOH confirms first COVID-19 case in Caraga Region

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga confirms the first positive case of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region.

DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. says the patient is a 68-year old Filipino male who has a pre-existing medical condition of chronic obstructive lung disease and diabetes.

The patient was also found to have traveled from the National Capital Region and arrived in Butuan City on March 12, three days before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte imposed a travel ban in Luzon.

Upon arrival, the patient was subjected to monitoring and had developed symptoms of the disease during home quarantine. He was admitted at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City on March 29 and is currently in stable condition.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of DOH Caraga is currently conducting a contact tracing of persons who have interacted or was situated within close proximity of the patient and his flight details.

Dr. Llacuna, Jr. calls on the public to follow the health protocol of the authorities religiously, especially the stay at home policy.

“We must take this matter seriously. Our best weapon is to always practice social distancing, as the virus cannot thrive over the lack of hosts,” he says.

He also reminds everyone to verify local news pertaining COVID-19 and always confirm such information on the agency’s website and Facebook page, DOH – Center for Health and Development Caraga.

Meanwhile, the health agency is set to provide technical assistance to the city government of Butuan for the rapid testing for the patients under investigation (PUIs) admitted in the hospital annex or the designated PUI Centers in the city.

The samples for the said tests will be delivered to the Southern Philippine Medical Center for a confirmatory reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test to detect the viral load in the samples.

As of April 5, there are 12 PUIs in the region, wherein four are currently admitted and eight are under strict home quarantine. (PIA-Caraga)

Pangangailangan ng mga indigents, senior citizens sa hinaharap na krisis sa COVID-19, tinutugunan ng DSWD-13

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 6 (PIA) -- Sa gitna ng krisis ngyon sa bansa dulot ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), patuloy na tinutugunan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga ang pangangailangan ng mga mahihirap na pamilya at senior citizens sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay Marko Davey Reyes, regional information officer ng DSWD-Caraga, isa sa mga programa para sa mga senior citizens ay ang Social Pension, kung saan makakatanggap sila ng P3,000 para sa 1st semester na budget.

Maliban riyan, sa tulong ng mga local government units at kinauukulang ahensiya sa rehiyon, patuloy rin ang pagbibigay ng food at non-food essentials sa kanilang sektor.

“Patuloy ang aming pagbibigay serbisyo sa pamamagitan AICS o ang assistance to individuals in crisis situations, kung saan tinutugunan ng ahensiya ang pangangailangang medical, pagpapalibing ng yumaong kapamilya at cash assistance. Nagbibigay rin ang DSWD ng pagkain at pamasahe ng mga mahihirap na mga mamamayan,” ani ni Reyes.

Magandang balita naman ito para sa senior citizens. “Malaking tulong sa tulad kong senior citizens ang ibinibigay na serbisyo ng DSWD, dahil nabibili ko rin ang kailangan kong gamot at maging sa iba pang pangangailangan ng aking pamilya,” pahayag ni Victoria Nerpio, isang social pensioner sa Butuan City.


Samantala, nilinaw din ni Reyes na sa bagong guidelines, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na nasa ilalim ng Enhanced Community Quarantine ang kanilang prayoridad sa pagbibigay ng augmentation sakaling magrequest ang mga ito sa kanilang ahensiya.

Binigyang-diin din niyang handa naman ang DSWD na magbigay tulong sa mga LGUs dahil may nakalaan na silang budget para dito at may naka-prepositioned na rin na mga food packs.

“May 7,999 family food packs ang inihanda ng DSWD-Caraga na nagkakahalagang P6,530,183.70. Ang mga food packs na ito ay naka prepositioned na rin sa ibat-ibang strategic areas ng rehiyon,” dagdag ni Reyes.

Sa walk-in clients naman, sinabi ni Reyes na limitado sa 50 kliyente lamang sa isang araw ang kanilang tinatanggap dahil sa social distancing. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)