(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, June 26, 2020

DOH Caraga reports 29 new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 116

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga reports to have received on Friday, 207 RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) results from Davao Regional Medical Center (DMRC) and Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sub-national laboratories. 

Of the aforementioned RT-PCR results received, 160 tested negative while 47 turned positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The negative RT-PCR results are from the following: a) Follow-up tests of twenty-two (22) confirmed cases, b) Nine (9) Suspect Cases, c) Two (2) Probable Cases, and d) results coming from high-risk individuals who either have turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test or with relevant travel and exposure to COVID-19.

As mentioned earlier, 47 samples are RT-PCR confirmed positive for COVID-19: a) Follow-up tests of 18 confirmed cases and b) 29 new cases.

With the new cases tallied, Caraga region now totals to 116 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Of the new cases, about 89.66% (26) are Locally Stranded Individuals, and 10.34% (3) Returning Overseas Filipinos. As to sex distribution, 55.17% (16) are males while 44.83% (13) are females. The majority of cases belong to ages 21-30 years old (44.83%). Cases are distributed in the following areas: Butuan City (3), Cabadbaran City (1), Nasipit, ADN (2), municipalities of Agusan del Sur- Bunawan (1), Rosario (1), San Francisco (1), Sibagat (1), Trento (1), Surigao City (2), municipalities in Surigao del Norte - Bacuag (2), Claver (4), Mainit (3), Malimono (1), Placer (1), San Francisco (1), Tubod (1), Bislig City (1), and municipalities of Surigao del Sur- Cantilan (1), Lingig (1).

Most of the cases (23) are asymptomatic (79.31%) but all are isolated in the different LGU quarantine facilities for strict monitoring; the remaining cases (6 or 20.69%) have signs and symptoms and are presently admitted in identified treatment facilities.

“Our goal has always been to flatten the curve by particularly preparing our health care system and not overwhelm it. Given the current situation and with the continued rise of our cases, the DOH regional office is continuously intensifying its technical assistance and logistic support to all treatment and monitoring facilities region wide," said DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr.

"We are constantly reminding everyone to follow the minimum health standards and protocol measures against COVID-19, and all other diseases for that matter. Our safety lies in our hands,”  Dr. Llacuna added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

RIACAT-VAWC Caraga readies activities for 2020 WDAT celebration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Adapting to the new normal during this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC) Caraga planned to conduct series of activities in line with this year's World Day Against Trafficking (WDAT) in Persons on July 30.

This includes the Two-day Webinar on Ending the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) by the Department of Education (DepEd) Cabadbaran City Division and the Justice Peace Integrity of Creation, Integrated Development Center, Incorporated (JPIC-IDC, Inc).

The committee will also facilitate the online Poster-Making Contest which will be conducted by the JPIC-IDC and the International Justice Mission (IJM). There are three categories of participants for this contest: primary, secondary students, and government agencies.

A virtual press conference will also be scheduled in the month of July 2020 to discuss updates on WDAT through focal persons from different concerned government agencies under the RIACAT-VAWC. It will be facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

According to Jesse Catherine Aranas, social welfare officer and focal person from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, the committee also welcomes other activities from other sectors in line with the said celebration.

“We are also tapping our media partners to help us in this campaign and in information dissemination of important issues and concerns about trafficking in persons that the public should know,” said Aranas.

July 30 is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, established to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promote and protect their rights. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga RTF vs COVID-19 intensifies interventions as cases rise

By Xylia G. Ebron

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Following the confirmed first case of local transmission of COVID-19 in the region, the Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) is set to impose additional preventive measures to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region.

During its 8th Teleconference Meeting on June 23, members of the task force tackled the moratorium of flights for incoming locally stranded individuals (LSIs) for Caraga Region from June 22 to July 4. The said moratorium shall be limited to LSIs, pending the accreditation of the region’s proposed COVID-19 laboratory testing centers. Measures to manage the entry of uncoordinated and undocumented LSIs and Returning OFWs (ROFs) were also extensively discussed.

Confirmed cases in the region have increased drastically since the arrival of stranded individuals. Of the 87 confirmed cases, 13 of these are ROFs while 53 are LSIs.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) has approved their request during their 46th meeting on June 15.

The task force also passed Resolution No. 47, Series of 2020, entitled “A Resolution Exempting Bank Personnel Who are Transporting Money in the Region from Checkpoint Protocols, Provided That They Wear Complete Personal Protective Equipment,” for the safety and security of said personnel.

The meeting also enabled the designation of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director and RTF for COVID-19 Chairperson Liza R. Mazo as spokesperson of the task force. (NEDA Caraga/DMNR/PIACaraga)

DSWD Caraga to provide cash aid to left out beneficiaries

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Despite the easement of community quarantine protocols in Caraga region, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga is now heightening its preparations for the distribution of cash assistance to marginalized individuals in the region that were left out in the implementation of the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

DSWD Caraga Regional Information Officer (RIO) Marko Davey Reyes clarified that since Caraga region is no longer under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), those who will be receiving the one-time P5,000 subsidy are the additional 5 million poorest of the poor left out citizens.

“We coordinated LGUs to identify the beneficiaries who qualify to receive assistance under the program. The department is now focusing on validating these beneficiaries,” Reyes said.

There are now 111,475 waitlisted beneficiaries identified by the local government units (LGUs) in the region, which include the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers #Barangay Ko Bahay Ko (TUPAD-BBK) beneficiaries as a top-up grant of P1,800 and Social Security System (SSS) pensioners with a monthly pension of less than P5,000.

DSWD Caraga is also coordinating with other government agencies that are implementing COVID-19 assistance to avoid duplication.

“There are instances that members of the same household are beneficiaries of the various assistance program. We are now aiming to maximize assistance and give chance to others who are equally qualified by doing a cross-validation,” he furthered.

To make the conduct of payout safer and more convenient, they will be partnering with remittance centers.

Reyes also stated that the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) has now been tasked to handle the cases of anomalies that have been committed during the implementation of the previous tranche. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

DA-PRDP turns over P22.1M enterprise project to boost rubber industry in Butuan

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 -- The Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) turns over on Thursday, June 25, the P22.1 million Integrated Rubber Production and Marketing Project for the Km. 7 Farmers' Producers Cooperative (KFPC) in Tungao, this city.

“This dream is now a reality. We cannot build these facilities on our own. We’re grateful that the government has responded to our needs through DA-PRDP,” said KFPC Chairman Samuel Calawigan, Jr.

Calawigan said that the enterprise project helps the cooperative in being the service provider for the rubber growers in Butuan City and the neighboring municipalities. They provide inputs, tools, and budded rubber planting materials for the recommended clones.

The P8.4 million of which is the infrastructure component of the enterprise project that comprises the completed construction of the warehouse, seedling production building, and seedbed to support its members and rubber growers.

KFPC General Manager Nilo Calipayan said that they are targeting an increase of 500 hectares in rubber plantation per year and the interventions they received would help them reach the goal.

“We’ve been challenged by our goal so we’ve reached out helping the rubber growers of the neighboring municipalities, and not just the cluster members here in Butuan,” Calipayan added.

The cooperative has a cumulative rubber planted area of around 1,400 hectares for all the members and they are expecting an increase in production now that the project has been completed.

“The members of the cooperative have grown from 158 members to 460. Most have decided to be part of us when they saw that we are progressing and the cooperative has been managed well,” said Calawigan.

“We’re confident that a project like this will be handled well by the Cooperative. We have seen their hard work and they have maintained their good reputation,” said Caraga Regional Executive Director and DA-PRDP Project Director Abel James I. Monteagudo.

Other than the completed P22.1 million project, there is also the ongoing construction of 9.82 km farm-to-market road (FMR) project amounting to P158.9 million from DA-PRDP to support the Cooperative’s enterprise and the rubber industry in Butuan City.  (DA-PRDP Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Cabadbaran mayor bares efforts in helping farmers, other sectors during COVID-19 crisis

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- During the Network Briefing on Friday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Mayor Judy Amante of Cabadbaran City bared efforts in helping affected sectors to cope with the new normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Amante bared that the city government has provided a P2-million loan assistance to the cooperatives in the city for them to be able to buy the palay seedlings and for rice milling.

“We have also facilitated the release of P5,000 to each of the 200 rice farmers. And we are thankful to the Department of Agriculture because this is one of their programs and they continue to assist the city in providing the needed aid for the affected farmers. Aside from that, our farmers also received one sack of rice each,” she said.

Now that the city is already under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Amante said that the farmers’ produce are back on tract and they assist them in bringing it to the market. “The city government also got milled rice direct from our farmers which we used during the distribution of rice subsidy for the affected households in the barangays,” she added.

Mayor Amante further said that relief assistance were also provided to the non-Social Amelioration Program (SAP) beneficiaries and non-4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) in the city.

Meanwhile, on the tourism aspect, Mayor Amante revealed that the city government continues to implement the infrastructure projects which include the provincial road leading to River Tugnaw and Baranas Falls, Sitio Saburo to Mahaba provincial road leading to Sumag-a Falls.

“This year, the city government also has started the establishment of the construction of cottages of our beach in Caasinan, and we will also establish our Tourism Information and Pasalubong Center. So now, even if we are under MGCQ, our targeted projects are still being implemented,” said Amante.

The business establishments in the city that were permitted to operate are also being monitored if they comply with the imposed standards and health protocols as they accommodate clients.

“We need to get moving and help the sectors survive this crisis especially those small businesses which were not able to operate for months since the onset of the COVID-19. The city government sees to it that there is balance in addressing our health concerns and our economy," Amante underscored. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

COVID-19 cases in Caraga rise to 87

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Local health authorities in Caraga region report the rise of confirmed cases in the region, now reaching to 87.

Per the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga’s data, 13 of these cases are Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) while 53 are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs).

With the rise of cases and the confirmation of localized transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), respective local government units (LGUs) in the region are now pushing for widened testing.

After having imposed Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in 33 of its barangays, the Legislative Council of the city government of Butuan is now conducting committee hearings for the creation of an ordinance to enact widened testing.

In the province of Agusan del Sur, provincial governor Santiago Cane has stated through a Facebook post made on June 21 that individuals included in the Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) in the province shall be subjected to rapid testing for free, especially those coming from Butuan City, until supplies of the kits last.

While the request of the Caraga Regional Task Force against COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) for a moratorium of all transportation modes of LSIs and ROFs has been approved, stranded individuals will still be catered upon their arrival hence the need to widen access to testing.

Heightened border control is also being imposed in provinces to prevent the further spread of the disease. Even in areas under Modified Community Quarantine (MGCQ), everyone is required to present travel authority when traveling, especially those who have traveled to or are from Butuan City.

While the number of confirmed cases has risen, the number of recoveries has also increased. DOH Caraga reports that 16 cases have now recovered. The region now has 71 remaining active cases. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

Cabadbaran youth joins online contests amid stay-at-home protocol

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA)  -- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte continues to partake in the government’s fight against the pandemic through engaging in different recreational online contests launched by the local government.

In today’s Laging Handa Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, the city’s SK Federation president Crestin Joy Bermudez bared that their youth has been made to participate in online contests launched province-wide while they remain idle in the entire duration of heightened community quarantine.

“The youth were able to participate in various contests such as e-sports, Mobile Legends (ML) contest, where photo contest, and spoken word poetry. An online painting contest will be launched next week,” she elaborated.

As for the youth organization’s future projects for the pandemic, Bermudez stated that in addition to the food aid provided by the city government, they will also be distributing food packs to residents of the city.

The SK Federation in her own community was able to distribute 1,752 food packs to fellow residents. Other SK Chairpersons will also be starting their distribution soon as preparations have been made.

Bermudez also encouraged her fellow youth to contribute in their own little ways to the initiatives of the local government to address pressing issues faced due to health crisis and to remain obedient to the directives of the authorities.

“To my fellow youth, I ask that you continue to abide protocols that have been set during this pandemic,” she said. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

DOH confirms five new cases of COVID-19 in SurSur 

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 26 (PIA) -- Another five new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases were added in Surigao del Sur bringing the total of COVID-19 cases in the province to eight, according to the Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga Region Regional Director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr.

Based on the June 22 report, of the five new cases added, two were from Cantilan town, two from Bislig City, and one from Tandag City.

Governor Alexander Pimentel, in an interview aired over Radyo Pilipinas Tandag, revealed that the positive case recorded in Tandag City is a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Cebu.

It can be recalled that the announcement of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Jose Llacuna Jr. on Friday, June 19 brought several reactions on social media, in which, Surigao del Sur was included in the list for the first time with three COVID-19 confirmed positive.

The Provincial Health Office reported that the first three confirmed in Surigao del Sur included: a 43-year-old, male, a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) from KSA and arrived Surigao del Sur last May 30, 2020. The 2nd case is a 87-year-old, male, a locally stranded individual from Davao City, while the 3rd case is a 36-year-old, male with a travel history from Butuan City. They were all asymptomatic and on strict facility quarantine.

Meanwhile, the previous suspect case admitted at Cortes Municipal Hospital was tested negative for COVID-19.

As of June 22, Bislig City has four COVID-19 positive cases, two in Cantilan town, one in Lingig town, and one in Tandag City. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tandag City marks 13th charter day 

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 26 (PIA) -- The city government here celebrated its 13th Charter Day recently with a simple ceremony in the light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This year's theme is “Padayon Paglambo!” 

Previously, the celebration was highlighted with the delivery of the State of the City Address (SOCA) but Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel has decided to cancel it this year and other festivities due to the pandemic.

The simple celebration was started with a holy mass at the new San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Barangay Rosario officiated by Most Reverend Raul B. Dael, Bishop of Tandag, joined by the city government officials and employees, including the attached national government agencies in the city. It was followed by a motorcade and it was concluded with a public awareness activity at the city hall. 

Also during the celebration, Mayor Pimentel led the distribution of the 10-kilogram bag of rice and grocery package to all the employees of the city government held at the City Legislative Building in Barangay Awasian. The said distribution is a way of extending gratitude to the employees who are working behind the whole system of the city government in extending basic services to Tandaganons.
On the same day, around 8,133 bags of 10 kilograms rice were distributed to six center barangays of Tandag City: Telaje; Rosario; Mabua Bag-ong Lungsod; Dagocdoc; and Bongtud. 

It can be recalled that on June 23, 2007, under the administration of former Tandag Mayor Alexander Pimentel now the provincial governor of Surigao del Sur, Tandag town was officially proclaimed as a component city after the plebiscite pursuant to Republic Act 9392. (with a report from Tandag City-LGU/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pahinante sa sakyanang pandagat nakadawat og hinabang sa probinsya sa Dinaga

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hunyo 26 (PIA) -- Nakigtambayayong ang probinsya sa Dinagat Islands ug munisipyo sa San Jose sa pagpanghatag ug relief goods isip tabang sa displaced workers sa commercial boats sa lungsod sa San Jose niadtong Hunyo 24, 2020, didto sa Philippine Ports Authority, San Jose Terminal, ning probinsya.

Nakatagamtam sa naasoy nga tabang sa gobyerno ang mga pahinante sa sakyanang pandagat. Pipila lamang sila sa mga nawad-an og trabaho gumikan sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic ug dako kini og epekto sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka pamilya.

Sa laing bahin, atol sa maong kalihukan, gi-anunsyo ni Gobernadora Kaka Bag-ao sa mga benepisyaryo ang kasamtangang kahimtang sa probinsya kabahin sa sakit nga COVID-19 ug nanghinaot siya sa kooperasyon sa mga pahinante sa paghatod ug solusyon sa pandemya nga gisagubang karon.

Iya usab giimbitar ang mga pahinante sa pagtambong sa himuong Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting sa probinsya aron mapadayag nila ang naa sa ilang huna-huna nga posibleng mamahimong solusyon sa pipila ka problema nga adunay kalambigitan sa COVID-19.

Nangunay mismo sa pagpanghatag sa maong relief goods si Gob. Kaka dinuyogan nila Board Member Noli Abis (District 2), San Jose Municipal Administrator Ludwig Ecleo, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Rosario Roxas-Alon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Zenaida Lerma Escopete, Provincial Community Affairs Officer Jay Benitez, ug PPA Terminal Manager Jerk Comparativo. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

DBP credit relief to institutional borrowers reaches P11-billion

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 -- State-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) granted payment moratorium of up to six months to 386 borrowers under an existing loan program that provides financing support for the rehabilitation efforts of both public and private institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official said.

DBP President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel G. Herbosa said the payment deferment totaled P11.12-billion, which was granted under the Bank’s Rehabilitation Support Program on Severe Events (DBP RESPONSE) and benefitted companies from key client groups such as construction, manufacturing, health, education, transport and storage among others.

“DBP is committed to provide the necessary support to our clients as they gradually capitalize on the easing quarantine restrictions, which have taken a toll on their businesses,” Herbosa said.

DBP is the eighth largest bank in the country in terms of assets and provides credit support to four strategic sectors of the economy – infrastructure and logistics, micro, small and medium enterprises, social services and community development, and the environment.

The payment moratorium is DBP’s response to government’s call for financial institutions to grant additional temporary credit relief to borrowers whose businesses were affected by the COVID-19 heath threat, which is among the provisions in Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.

Herbosa said DBP has also approved new loans amounting to P400-million to two manufacturing companies and a local government unit (LGU) for their respective crisis response and recovery plans under DBP RESPONSE.

He urged local businesses, LGUs, and other government entities to seize the opportunity during the crisis to improve their existing systems and strengthen business continuity programs to mitigate the impact of future pandemics or similar crisis situations.

“We at DBP are ready to provide the needed tools and assistance to our partners in the business community and fellow government institutions as they reassess the cogency of their existing systems amidst a vastly-changed socio-economic environment spawned by this pandemic," Herbosa said. (DBP/PIA Caraga)

DTI launches seeding program in province of Dinagat Islands

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Province of Dinagat Islands through the Negosyo Center Basilisa has its first launching of the Livelihood Seeding Program - Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) for 2020 in Barangay Benglen, Basilisa.

The three-day profiling of potential grantees on June 8–10, 2020 was attended by 100 micro and small entrepreneurs.

Said launching was divided into three batches to ensure that the physical distancing and health protocols were followed.

“Barangay Benglen was chosen as a beneficiary barangay because of its seen potential in economic development, it being a home to the priority industries of DTI Province of Dinagat Islands,” said DTI-PDI Provincial Director Arnold Faelnar.

These industries include cashew production and aquaculture activities such as king crab and bangus production. Also situated near the Gaas Inlet River, the barangay holds potentials in engaging in the tourism industry.

“As a far-flung barangay of Basilisa, bordering the municipality of Cagdianao, the roads going to Brgy. Benglen has become a challenge for the personnel, but seeing the potentials of the place, DTI focused on the possible developments it can usher through the beneficiary micro, small and medium entrepreneurs composed mostly of individuals from the fisher folk, farming and women sectors,” Faelnar added.

The LSP-NSB aims to provide a package of livelihood kits and business advisory services to Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

As of press time, DTI Province of Dinagat Islands is still on the process of profiling the participants to identify eligible beneficiaries of the program.

Said DTI provincial office has also already reached Barangay Diegas in Basilisa, Barangay Matingebe in San Jose and Barangay Nueva Estrella in Cagdianao.

LSP-NSB focuses on expanding the services to MSME beneficiaries in identified barangays including those in the Local Communist Armed Conflict (LCAC) affected areas and Indigenous People (IP) communities, and to MSMEs affected by natural and human-induced calamities including health disasters arising from epidemics and pandemics to promote entrepreneurship and bridge the income inequality gaps in the peripheries.

In 2019, the program has covered 3,066 barangays in the entire country, assisting 41,520 MSMEs. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Calibrated nga pagpauli sa mga stranded Caraganons nauyonan

By Karen Kie V. Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Hunyo 26 -- Nauyonan sa mga lideres sa Caraga atol sa 8th Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield [RTF-COCS] teleconference, niadtong Hunyo 23, nga himoong calibrated ang pagpasulod sa mga Locally Stranded Individuals [LSI] ug Returning Overseas Filipinos [ROF] pagkahuman sa moratorium sa ilang mga biyahe pauli nga gisugdan niadtong Hunyo 22 hangtud sa Hulyo 4.

Imbes nga sama ra sa walay control ang biyahe, himoon nga kausa o kaduha lang kini matag semana/buwan ug limitahan ang gidaghan niini aron mapahiluna gyod sa mga moatiman kanila pag-abot nila sa Caraga, sumala pa sa nauyonan sa diskusyon nga gipangunahan ni Gov. Dale B. Corvera sa Agusan del Norte, ang Chairperson sa RTF-COCS ug sa Caraga Regional Development Council. Hinuon, hulaton pa sa RTF-COCS ang mahimong desisyon sa nasudnong kadagkuan kalabot niining maong resolusyon.

Mahinumdoman nga gihangyo sa mga lideres sa Caraga sa milabay’ng semana nga mag-isyu usa og moratorium ang National Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) sa mga biyahe sa LSIs ug ROF pauli sa Caraga aron mapahiluna nilag maayo ang pagplastar sa mangabot ug malikayan ang nahitabo sa pipila ka mga nanguli nga nahimong positibo sa COVID-19. Gitugotan kini sa IATF-EID ug kasamtangang giundang karon ang maong mga biyahe.

Sa panaghisgut sa maong tigum gitaho ni Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion sa Department of Interior and Local Government [DILG] nga systematic ug organisado ang pag-koordinar sa ilang buhatan. Apan, adunay pipila ka mga indibidwal nga gitawag nga “undocumented LSI o ROF” o “strikers” nga makalusot tungod kay magkuha sila og kaugalingong ticket ug kalit ra moabot sa rehiyon without prior notice nga maoy posibleng hinungdan sa taas nga ihap sa positibo sa COVID-19.

Hinuon, dugang ni Famacion nga ang maong mga strikers naay mga rekisitos sama sa medical certificate ug travel authority lakip na ang pag-agi og rapid testing.

Nagkahiusa usab ang mga lideres sa lima ka probinsya ug usa ka syudad (Butuan) sa Caraga nga mag-contribute og Php100,000 matag usa aron ma-sustiner ang panginahanglanon sa mga LSIs ug ROFs, ingon man sa mga frontline personnel nga i-deploy sa seaports, airports ug drop-off areas sama sa pagkaon ug transportasyon ug aron usab masuportahan ang mga frontline workers ilabina sa massive arrival sa mga LSI ug ROFs sa umaabot nga mga adlaw. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

COVID-19 cases sa Caraga region, pumalo na sa 87

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 26 (PIA) -- Kinumpirma ng mga local health authorities ang pagtaas ng kumpirmadong kaso sa Caraga region na pumalo na ngayon sa 87.

Base sa datos ng Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, 13 sa mga kumpirmadong kaso ay Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) habang 53 naman ay Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs).

Dahil sa pagtaas ng kaso at ng pagkakaroon ng local transmission ng Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), isinusulong na ngayon ng mga local government units (LGUs) ang pagsasagawa ng malawakang testing.

Matapos ang pagpapatupad Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) sa 33 na mga barangay ng syudad, patuloy ang committee hearing ng Legislative Council ng local na pamahalaan ng Butuan City sa pagbabalangkas ng ordinansa ukol sa malawakang rapid testing.

Sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur, inilahad ni Provincial Governor Santiago Cane sa isang Facebook post niya noong Hunyo 21 na isasailalim sa libreng rapid testing ang mga indibidwal na kabilang sa Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR), lalo na ang mga galing sa Butuan City, hangga’t maubos ang supplies ng kit.

Bagamat inaprubahan na ang request ng Caraga Regional Task Force against COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) ukol sa moratorium para sa lahat ng modes of transportation ng mga LSIs at ROFs, patuloy ang pagpapauwi ng mga stranded na indibidwal kung kaya’t kinakailangan ang access sa malawakang testing.

Pinaigting na din ang border control sa loob ng mga probinsya sa rehiyon. Kinakailangan magpakita ng travel authority ang lahat ng mga residenteng bumabyahe, lalo na ang galing sa lungsod ng Butuan, kahit sa mga lugar na isinailalim sa Modified Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Sa kabila ng pagtaas ng kumpirmadong kaso, tumaas na din ang bilang ng recovered cases sa rehiyon. Umabot na sa 16 ang recoveries. Kasalukuyang may 71 na active cases ang rehiyon. (DMNR/PIACaraga)