(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 01 October, 2020) Southwest Monsoon affecting Palawan and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Southwest Monsoon/ Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Health worker in Caraga tested positive for COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 (PIA) -- A health worker in Caraga tested positive for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

The patient is a 37-year-old female and a health worker in Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH), one of the two COVID-19 referral hospitals in the region.

The number of cases in the region has now totalled to four. The first three cases have recovered from the disease.

The health department reports that the patient remains asymptomatic and is now isolated and admitted to the said hospital for needed observation, monitoring, and follow-up tests.

The CRH is now ensuring the full implementation of conducting tests to at-risk health care workers that have been exposed to the disease, as mandated by the DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0180. The DOH National has also extended human resource augmentation and will be deploying 19 health workers in the said health facility.

Meanwhile, the latest batch of the samples of suspected cases in the region has tested negative. The 15 suspected cases are presently admitted to CRH, Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, Butuan Medical Center- Annex, D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, Manuel J. Santos Hospital, and Nasipit District Hospital. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

60,000 Caraga farmers to benefit from DA’s rice resiliency project

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) accelerates its support to boost rice productivity in the Caraga region under the  Rice Resiliency Project (RRP).

As part of the DA's Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri-4Ps), also known as the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat kontra COVID-19, the RRP targets to increase the local rice production amid global trade uncertainties brought about by the pandemic.

For the year 2020, Caraga region is expected to increase its yield by at least 0.58 metric tons per hectare or an equivalent of 55,295 metric tons yield increment with the 207 million allocations under the RRP.

Around 60,000 local rice farmers in the region will benefit the intervention. Three subprojects of the project will be implemented including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Enhanced, the Expanded Inbred Rice Production, and the Expanded Hybrid Rice Production.

Rice farmers registered in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) will be able to avail of the farm input subsidies under RRP.

"COVID-19 is a major threat to our food security, but DA took the challenge to continue to implement resiliency programs and projects. The distribution of high-yielding seeds and fertilizers is strategically distributed by the five provinces in the region in coordination with the local government units," said DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo.

Under RCEF Enhanced, areas in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur will receive inbred certified seeds. A total of 96,116 bags of fertilizers will be distributed to complement the distribution of inbred seeds covering the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) targeted 48,058 hectares of rice areas.

The Expanded Inbred Rice Production subproject is intended for the farmers not included in the RCEF program. Certified seeds for 6,030 hectares will be distributed to farmers alongside with 12,060 bags of fertilizer.

Provision of fertilizers to farmers who use good seeds or home-saved seeds is included about 3,824 bags will be distributed for 1,912 hectares rice area for this wet planting season.

Including in the intervention is the distribution of hybrid seeds under the Expanded Hybrid Rice Production subproject for 7,976 hectares with 23,928. This will be distributed strategically in suitable areas.

Further, the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) registered hybrid and inbred rice varieties recommended for the season and locality will be procured by the DA while the fertilizers will be obtained by the national office.

Achieving higher productivity in rice would entail the use of high-quality seeds and sufficient fertilization based on scientific soil study.

"Aside from the RRP intervention, the Department will also work to improve the support infrastructures for the rice farmers such as the small-scale irrigation systems, machinery, and post-harvest facilities and access to credit and financing to ensure the increased rice production in the region," said Director Monteagudo. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DOH confirms 4th COVID-19 case in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, May 17 – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga confirms the fourth COVID-19 case in the region based on the RT-PCR results received from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

The fourth confirmed case is a 37 year old, female, and a health worker from Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH). Per hospital protocol, all health workers are required to undergo strict facility quarantine following the tour of duty from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) dedicated ward. The health worker remains asymptomatic after fourteen days of strict health facility quarantine but is now admitted to the said health facility for observation, monitoring and follow-up test.

“We are doing all means to protect, isolate and actively monitor the condition of the affected individual,” DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

Pursuant to DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0180, at-risk health care workers with no symptoms but has a relevant history of contact to COVID-19 will be tested. Thus, CHD-Caraga fully implemented such policy to protect health care workers and their families.

“Likewise, the DOH National has granted our request to provide nineteen health care workers in CRH as  human resource augmentation while we ensure that all health care teams have enough personal protective equipment,” the health chief stressed.

Meanwhile, 15 RT-PCR laboratory results from suspect cases are negative for COVID-19. These cases are from patients admitted at Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, Butuan Medical Center-Annex, D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, Manuel J. Santos Hospital, Nasipit District Hospital, and Caraga Regional Hospital.

As of this time, DOH Caraga has already recorded a total of four confirmed COVID-19 cases in which the first three have already been discharged and recovered. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Health worker sa Caraga, nagpositibo sa COVID-19; pang-apat na kaso sa rehiyon, naitala

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 17 (PIA) -- Isang health care worker sa Caraga ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ayon sa Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

Ang pasyente ay isang 37-year-old na babae at manggagawa ng Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) na isa sa dalawang COVID-19 referral hospitals sa rehiyon.

Ito ang pang-apat na kaso ng COVID-19 sa Caraga region. Nakarecover na ang naunang tatlong kaso sa COVID-19.

Sa kasalukuyan, nananatiling asymptomatic ang pasyente and na isolate at na admit na sa naturang ospital para sa isasagawang obserbasyon, monitoring, at follow-up tests.

Dahil dito, sisiguraduhin ng CRH ang mandatory testing sa mga at-risk health care workers na naexpose sa sakit. Ito din ay bilang pagsunod sa DOH Department Memorandum 2020-0180.

Magbibigay din ng human resource augmentation ang DOH National at magdedeploy sila ng 19 health personnel sa naturang pasilidad.

Samantala, nagnegatibo naman sa confirmatory test ang 15 samples ng suspected cases sa rehiyon. Ang mga pasyente ay kasalukuyang naka admit iba’t-ibang ospital sa Caraga. (DMNR/PIACaraga)