(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 29 September, 2020) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon, Frontal System affecting Northern Luzon. 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 and west will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Caraga region COVID-19 cases now totals to 336

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 5 -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga announces receipt of 155 RT-PCR (Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) results from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), Northern Mindanao TB Reference Center (NMTBR) and Davao One World Diagnostic Center sub-national laboratories where 143 tested negative and 12 turned positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus.

The RT-PCR negative results are from the following cases: a) Seven suspect cases from Butuan Medical Center, Butuan Doctors Hospital, MJ Santos Hospital and Surigao del Sur Quarantine Facility, b) Twelve probable cases from Caraga Regional Hospital, Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital and Agusan del Sur Quarantine Facility, and c) 124 High risk individuals who had positive Rapid Antibody-based Tests.

Of the 12 positive cases, 58% (7) are Locally Stranded Individuals, 8% (1) is a Returning Overseas Filipino, 17% (2) are cases classified under local transmission, 8% (1) is a close contact of a previous COVID-19 positive case, and another 8% (1) is a resident of Bayugan City who is currently employed in Butuan City.

Per sex distribution, 75% (9) are females while 25% (3) are males. The majority of the cases or 58% (7) belong to ages 20-40 years old. The new confirmed cases are distributed in the following areas: Butuan City (3), Bayugan City (1), Bislig City (1), Nasipit, Agusan del Norte (1), municipalities in Agusan del Sur-Esperanza (2), Prosperidad (2), Tago, Surigao del Sur (2).

Most 92% (11) of the cases are asymptomatic while only one case has exhibited mild signs and symptoms. Moreover, those who are symptomatic are isolated at identified isolation facilities region-wide for strict monitoring and management whereas the lone case with mild symptom is admitted to a hospital facility.

To date, Caraga region COVID-19 confirmed positive cases now totals to 336 with 193 (57%) recoveries that have been discharged and released leaving a total of 142 (42%) active cases.

“We will continuously monitor the status of our cases in the different areas of the region now that we are placed on Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) while critical barangays in Butuan City are under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Our goal is to have reduced local transmission cases in a two-week period in these critical areas and contain COVID-19 cases among LSIs and ROFs by strictly following isolation and quarantine procedures," DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

"We can only achieve this if we work together. We call on everyone to firmly observe and follow our health protocols. Only go out for work or if necessary. Wear facemasks at all times. Practice physical distancing. Lastly, report to your local health authorities when symptoms like fever, cough, colds, sore throat, and diarrhea of more than two days occur,” Dr. Llacuna, Jr. added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

POPCOM, NGO partner for community health

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 5 --  The Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo, Incorporated (SIKAP, Inc.), a local non-government organization, together with the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) will soon implement a project for the town of Buenavista which aims to establish a culture of care and respect for men, women and children thus gradually eradicating gender-based violence.

SIKAP as the main implementer will employ strategies and facilitate processes to establish mechanisms which will effectively cover all the households in every barangay of the municipality.

The joint project is dubbed as Performance Accountability System (PAS) for Family Planning seeks to attain zero unmet need on modern Family Planning by making all methods including natural family methods, more accessible and available at Barangay Health Stations (BHS) and Rural Health Units (RHUs).

The project document as provided to POPCOM reveals the strategies on underlying causes that can be addressed. First, Community mobilization beyond demand generation which community should be actively involved in the entire scheme of problem-solving. Secondly, Barangay LGU mobilization is the most accessible that addresses health issues. Third, Local Government System which catalyzes the transformation of LGUs, health workers, and communities by making the collectively accountable. Lastly, Engagement strategy that engages both communities up to the level of families.

The joint project is patterned to the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Sub-National Initiative in Davao Region consistently exposes the highest maternal deaths. The dramatic increase in health indicators such as ani-natal care, deliveries attended by skilled birth attendants and facility-based deliveries resulting to the significant decrease in maternal deaths in a very short period of time.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander Makinano emphasizes that the commission continuously works for Filipino families providing technical assistance, demand generation and service provision which inspires SIKAP, Inc for the tie-up.

According to Christine Ampon, SIKAP Executive Director, the project implementation shall commence early of August.  (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DPWH Caraga patuloy ang konstrukyon ng farm-to-market road projects

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 5 -- Sa kabila ng banta ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), patuloy pa rin ang konstruksyon ng farm-to-market road projects o FMRs sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ayon kay Department of Public Works and Highways Caraga regional director Engr. Pol Delos Santos, nasa 93 porsyento na ang natapos sa mga proyektong ito sa buong rehiyon at inaasahang matatapos sa nakatakdang petsa sa loob ng kasalukuyang taon.

Anya patuloy rin ang kanilang pagsunod sa  health protocols para matiyak ang proteksyon ng mga manggagawa.

Kabilang sa mga natapos na major projects ng DPWH Caraga ay ang FMRs sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur, Dinagat islands, Surigao del Norte at Surigao del Sur.

Minamadali din ng DPWH ang konstruksyon ng nasirang bahagi ng Agusan-Bukidnon road  sa barangay Calayagon, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Ito ay isang landslide prone area na sinira ng tropical storm Seniang noong taong 2015 at nasa mahigit nobenta porseynto na ang natapos dito.

Malaking tulong sa mga magsasaka ang farm-to-market roads upang mas maging madali ang pagbiyahe ng kanilang mga ani at produkto sa merkado. Isa rin ito sa mga susi para sa paglago ng mga negosyo at pagpapaunlad sa ekonomiya ng rehiyon.

Maliban naman sa mga proyektong pangkaunlaran, patuloy ang koordinasyon ng DPWH at LGUs sa rehiyon para sa paglaban sa  COVID19.

May mga testing cubicles na natapos na sa lungsod ng Butuan na gagamitin sa rapid at swab testing activities.

Maliban sa konstruksyon ng cubicles, tutulong din ang DPWH sa konstruksyon ng 50-bed isolation facility na itatayo sa 1,000 square meter lot sa bawat distrito ng rehiyon. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Agusan Norte mohatag 100K counterpart para sa Caraganon nga LSI, ROFs 

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Agosto 5 -- Pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 339-2020, giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang paghatag tabang pinansiyal sa kantidad nga P100,000.00 isip provincial counterpart aron suportahan ang mga panginahanglanon sa logistik ug mga kinahanglanon sa kapanguhaan alang sa episyenteng pagdumala sa Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) ug Returning Overseas Filipino (ROFs) sa Caraga Region.

Ang paghatag otoridad giaprobahan pinaagi sa pagpaningkamot ni Bise Gobernador Ramon A G. Bungabong, tsirman sa Committee on Finance and Appropriation, kauban ang mga membro nga sila Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo ug Virgilio R. EscasiƱas, Jr. atol sa ilang ika 52nd sesyon regular niadtong Hulyo 27, 2020.

Ang nasangpit nga suporta gikan sa probinsya magamit alang sa pagpadayon sa mga panginahanglanon sa pagkaon ug transportasyon sa mga LSIs ug ROFs ug itunol ngadto sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Caraga Region nga mao ang nanguna ug awtorisadong ahensya nga magdumala sa pondo.

Kini nga lakang nahimutang sa mando sa COVID-19 Order No. 2020-02 gikan sa National Task Force Against COVID-19 nga naghatag alang sa mga panudlo sa operasyon sa pagdumala sa mga Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs).

Ang pagdonar nasabutan atol sa miting sa Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield pinaagi sa pagpalabang sa Resolution No. 45, series of 2020, requesting all provincial and city governments in the Caraga Region to contribute One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) each to support the logistical needs and resource requirements for the efficient management of arriving LSIs and ROFs in the Caraga Region. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)