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Saturday, May 30, 2020

92 stranded OFWs arrive safely in Caraga region

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -- With the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga and other concerned government agencies, some 92 OFWs who were stranded in the National Capital Region and Cebu City since March of this year have safely arrived in Caraga region.

According to OWWA-Caraga regional director Ma. Irene Cambaling, these 92 OFWs have undergone the required health protocols including the rapid testing from their place of origin that yielded negative results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

OWWA then facilitated the necessary documents for the travel of these OFWs back to their provinces in Caraga.

Onboard the M/V St. Francis Xavier of 2G0 Shipping, health workers have carefully assisted the 92 repatriated OFWs as they arrived at the Nasipit Port, Agusan del Norte. The personnel from different concerned agencies such as the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippine National Police (PNP), among others also conducted the required protocols and other preventive measures.

The local government units (LGUs) also provided vehicles to transport the OFWs who have long been wanting to go home and be with their families.

Algi Mark CasiƱero, one of the repatriated OFWs who is from the province of Surigao del Norte, thanked the government for their immediate response to their request to go home in Caraga with their families, and for providing cash assistance during this pandemic.

Director Cambaling also called on other OFWs who are still stranded in other regions to closely coordinate with their respective LGUs, so they would be given the certificate of acceptance as one of the requirements in their travel back to Caraga region.

They may also directly contact the OWWA regional office hotline (0917-3150590) or send them their personal details through the official Facebook account of OWWA Caraga.  

The official added that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and OWWA have already put in place the needed assistance for the OFWs whose work abroad was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

These OFWs who arrived in Caraga region will again undergo the 14-day quarantine following the directive of their respective LGUs.

Meanwhile, with the intensified implementation of the Balik Probinsya Program, more of the Caraganon OFWs are expected to arrive in the region in the coming days. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

LSIs, ROFs to undergo rapid testing in Tagbina town

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 30 (PIA) -- To ensure the safety of every Tagbinanhon, the local government unit (LGU) of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur headed by Mayor Generoso Naraiso has recently purchased medical supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and rapid testing kits in preparation for the Balik Probinsya Program and repatriation of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

It was learned that LGU Tagbina will implement a mandatory Rapid Antibody Testing to those returning Tagbinanhons coming from the high-risk areas of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Those found negative shall undergo a 14-day quarantine to the designated barangay isolation facility, while those who tested positive shall be placed at the municipal isolation facility for further medical examination.

Meanwhile, those individuals found with mild or moderate symptoms will be referred to Hinatuan District Hospital, while those found with severe symptoms will be referred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) in Tandag City, as per the recommendation of the municipal health office chief or the chief of the hospital. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


LGU Dinagat Islands creates 'online palengke'

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 30 (PIA) -- To help ease the burden of shopping and prevent its constituents from going out, the provincial government of Dinagat Islands has created the online marketing dubbed as "People's Online Palengke" or POP.

The provincial government has created the Facebook group “POP” to give a venue for Dinagatnons to buy and sell different products, including basic goods and necessities without going out and in just a click away.

The POP is also part of the provincial government‘s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention protocols to encourage citizens to stay at home.

Provincial Information Officer Jeff Crisostomo bared that in spite of limited movement, through the help of communication via social media, they have seen the rise of online buying and selling among Dinagatnons.

He said that they created the group in order to bring together citizens who want to advertise their goods and services and those who are looking for products to purchase.

Crisostomo added that POP Facebook group is being managed by the provincial government through the Provincial Information Office (PIO) and all transactions shall be between the buyer and the seller only, so he encouraged everyone to be cautious and respectful in their interactions. (Susil D. Ragas/Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

SAP serves as lifeline for grieving family

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469), signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 26,2020, has paved a way to address the needs of those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the agencies tapped to make it operational is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Through its guidelines, 492,758 families in Caraga region were identified as the beneficiaries – qualified to receive P5,000.00 as emergency subsidy or aid. The said emergency subsidy will address the needs of low-income families, most affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

One of the families who was able to receive the said subsidy is the family of Ma. Josefina Gilos Bolaso, from the Municipality of Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Josefina is a person with disability (PWD). But even with her disability, this did not stop her from working – earning to address her family’s needs. She is an on-call traditional massage therapist. She said that she doesn’t charge her clients strictly. Because of that, she gets a lot of clients, because even those who do not have a lot of money could enjoy her services.

“Ang akong paghilot-hilot kay walay tarong nga presyo. Mura rag siyag donation kibali. Mao nga daghan magpahilot nako kay dili man sila mapugos mobayad ug mahal (I don’t have a fixed price for my massage services, it is up to the customer how much she/he will give or donate. That is why there are a lot of people who would avail my services because they are not pressured to pay a hefty price form my services),” Josefina said.

Josefina lives with her parents and two other siblings. Before, she did not feel any pressure working as a massage therapist. But when her brother lost his job a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, she became the breadwinner of the family – forcing her to have regular services just to provide for the family’s needs, especially the medical needs for her mother who was suffering from a brain tumor.

But when the pandemic hit, her job was also jeopardized. To stop the spread of the virus, people are instructed to keep a proper distance and avoid contact with other people. No massage therapy activities were allowed during the community quarantine. This meant that Josefina would have to stop working.

Since Josefina’s job was not regular, she wasn’t able to save for the rainy days. What she earned in a day’s work was enough to be used for their daily consumption. So they were in serious problem, because they no longer had money to buy the necessities, most specifically, food.

But Josefina heard about the SAP – this gave her family hope. They had something to look forward to. Fortunately, after being validated, their family qualified as one of the beneficiaries for the program. They were able to receive the aid. But sadly, instead of using it to buy food and medicine, it was used to shoulder the funeral expenses of her mother who passed away last May 6, 2020.

“Dako jud na tabang sa amoa ang kwarta nga gihatag sa gobyerno, labi na karon sa among sitwasyon nga nipanaw na si mama. Ug wala ni niabot, dako gyud problema pa among atubangon (The financial subsidy from the government really helped us a lot, especially now that my Mama passed away. If it weren’t for this aid, we would be facing bigger problems now),” Josefina said.

Though it was bitter-sweet on Josefina’s part to receive the cash subsidy under the circumstances, one thing is certain – the Emergency Subsidy Program, under the SAP, was able to address the family’s needs.

The SAP under DSWD is intended for low income or poor families who are considered part of the informal sector. Priority are those families with members belonging to the vulnerable sector, just like Solo Parents, Persons with Disability, and Senior Citizens. Josefina’s family fits all the criteria for them to qualify for the program. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

Pagpalit og vegetable seeds sa Nasipit aprobado na sa SP

By Prisilina P. Amoroso

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 30 -- Naaprobrahan bag-uhay pa lamang sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang budget sa lungsod sa Nasipit, ning lalawigan, alang sa pagpalit og vegetable seeds nga nagkantidad og P80,862.25 diin naapil kini sa ilang Annual Investment Plan kun AIP.

Ang nasangpit nga pagpalit sa liso sa mga gulay gisulod sa ilang Annual Investment Plan kun AIP ilawom sa Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) Projects Integrated Community Food Production Project 2016, ang hiniusa nga proyekto sa produksyon sa pagkaon sa komunidad.

Ang maong lakang sa munisipyo nagtumong nga matagaag suporta ang mga mag-uuma, aron mas mapalambo ang produksyon sa agrikultura sa lungsod sa Nasipit, sanglit kini usa ka kalihokan nga maoy gitagaag dakong pagtagad dinhi sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa probinsya isip usa sa mga flagship projects sa Agusan Up program.

Kini libreng i-apod-apod sa mga mag-uuma sa nahisgutang lungsod aron makatabang kanila alang sa ilang dugang panginabuhian.

Ang pag-aproba pinasikad sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 213-2020 sa pagpangamahan ni Bise Gobernor Ramon AG Bungabong nga nahitabo niadtong Mayo 11, 2020 sa ilang ika-41st nga sesyon regular. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)