(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 02 June, 2020) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Meanwhile, Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 770 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (15.2°N, 129.3°E). Zamboanga Peninsula, BARMM and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. Light to moderate winds from the Southeast to Variable with slight to moderate seas.

Monday, May 4, 2020

RTF COVID-19 One Caraga Shield firms up plans for transition to GCQ

By Amethyst Joy A. Galos

RTF COVID-19 One Caraga Shield and Caraga RDC chairperson governor Dale B. Corvera of the province of Agusan del Norte is joined by all the provincial governors, the city mayor of Butuan, and several congressional representatives from the region.
BUTUAN CITY, May 4 -- The Regional Task Force for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (RTF COVID-19) One Caraga Shield, during its 5th teleconference meeting held last April 29, 2020, discussed and laid out plans as the region shifts from the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) effective May 1, 2020.

All provinces in Caraga Region were classified as low-risk areas and thus have transitioned to a more relaxed GCQ on May 1, 2020 following the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) contained in IATF-IED Resolution No. 28, Series of 2020 and as articulated by Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque during press briefings last April 24 and 28, 2020.

Meanwhile, Butuan City expressed its intent to the IATF-EID to exclude Butuan City from the planned transition to GCQ and continue to implement ECQ until May 15, 2020. This is considering that its COVID-19 situation is unique from the rest of the region, given its accelerated state due to the city’s three confirmed cases and the observed rising trend in COVID-19 suspect cases in the area.

During the said meeting, the Task Force’s Technical Working Group (TWG) which is headed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga, taking into account the updated case numbers, health systems and testing capacity, and economic situation in the region, and given the national direction to place low-risk areas under GCQ, recommended to the RTF to consider implementing GCQ within the region with lockdown along its borders, subject to the approval of the IATF-EID. The said regional lockdown proposal is seen to protect the region from the potential spread of the virus from its high-risk neighbors.
 
Heads of offices and representatives from various agency regional offices proactively participate during the 5th Regional Task Force (RTF) COVID-19 One Caraga Shield Teleconference Meeting.
Among the key resolutions passed during the meeting was RTF COVID-19 One Caraga Shield Resolution No. 22, Series 2020, entitled “A Resolution Implementing General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Within Caraga While Maintaining Lockdown Along Its Regional Borders, While Extending the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Butuan City for the Period May 1 to 15, 2020.”

During the meeting, the Task Force also discussed sector-specific guidelines and regional action plans relative to the implementation of GCQ in the region, as presented by various agency regional offices such as the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Ports Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Maritime Industry Authority, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Furthermore, the Task Force also approved and adopted the proposed outlines and timelines for the Caraga Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan (RRP), which was presented by NEDA Caraga. The said plan document shall include assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 to various sectors as well as the outcomes, targets/indicators, strategies, and programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) to be implemented to mitigate the losses arising from the pandemic and are relevant under the “new normal” scenario.

Caraga Region maintains its no local transmission status with three confirmed cases, including one recovery, and 39 suspect cases as of April 29, 2020. (NEDA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga, namahagi ng mga ambulansya sa mga health facilities, ospital

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 4 (PIA) -- Namahagi ng mga ambulansya ang Department of Health (DOH) Caraga sa iba’t-ibang health facilities at ospital sa Caraga region.

Siyam na Rural Health Units (RHUs), city health office, at city and provincial hospitals sa rehiyon ang nabigyan ng tig iisang unit ng ambulance. Dalawang unit ang natanggap ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte na ipinamahagi sa Las Nieves Municipal Hospital at city health office ng Cabadbaran City. Dalawang unit din ang natanggap ng probinsya ng Agusan del Sur na ipinamahagi sa mga RHUs sa munisipyo ng San Luis at Trento.

Tatlong units naman ang naibigay sa probinsya ng Surigao del Norte na ipinamahagi sa kanilang provincial hospital at sa RHUs sa munisipyo ng Claver at Malimono. Nakatanggap din ang probinsya ng Surigao del Norte ng isang unit na ibinigay sa RHU sa Cortes at isa naman sa lungsod ng Butuan na inalaan sa Butuan Medical Center.

Sa isang virtual interview kasama si DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., ibinahagi niya na ang mga ambulansya ay nakatakda nang ilaan sa departamento matapos ang bidding na isinagawa noong nakaraang taon. Gayunpaman, maigi na din na naipamahagi ito ngayon upang may magamit ang mga health facilities, lalo na ang mga RHUs na nagsisilbing access ng mga residente sa malalayong lugar sa mga pangunahing health care services.

“Makakatulong ang mga ambulance units sa pagpabuti ng health response sa rehiyon, lalo pa’t may health crisis na hinaharap ang buong bansa ngayon,” ani ni Dr. Llacuna.

Kasalukuyang inaantay ng ahensyang pangkalusugan ang 16 pa na mga ambulance units. (DMR/PIACaraga)


65 CTG members surrender in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, May 4 -- Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr., regional director of Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga, reported that for the period January 1 until April 30 of this year, a total of 65 members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) decided to abandon the armed struggle and returned to the fold of the law, seeking for a peaceful and meaningful life.

Of the total number of surrenderers, 26 have surrendered to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 13 while 39 others surrendered to the different Provincial Police Offices in the region.

The region’s top cop said that for the month of January 2020, a total of 16 former rebels surrendered, 22 in February, eight in March and another 19 in April.

PBGen. Esquivel welcomed the former rebels adding that they have made the right decision of taking the path towards real peace.

“Most of the surrenderers were on so much hunger and distress at the time of their surrender and claimed that they were enticed to join the armed struggle in exchange for helping their family, but realized that nothing they said was true,” said PBGen. Esquivel, Jr.

“The increasing number of CPP-NPA surrenderors is attributed to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of Duterte administration which provides firearm remuneration, immediate cash assistance, and livelihood assistance to all former rebels and Militia ng Bayan members,” the region’s top cop added.

PBGen. Esquivel continues to urge all active members of the CTG to surrender to the government, join their family, and become a productive member of the society.

He added that a brighter future is ahead for all those who were once deceived by the extortionist and terrorist group but would decide to abandon the armed struggle. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)