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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AgSur town implements strict health protocols due to high local transmission cases in nearby LGUs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) -- With the increasing number of local transmission cases in its nearby municipalities, the local government unit of Rosario in the province of Agusan del Sur has geared up the implementation of strict health protocols at the checkpoint.

Even for those who will just pass through the boundary going to other municipalities are still required to undergo the health monitoring procedure at the quarantine control points.

They will be asked to present their identification card and health declaration or medical certificate as proofs that they are not person under monitoring (PUM) or person under investigation (PUI). Checking of body temperature is also done.

For those with incomplete documents, they are automatically denied entry in the municipality of Rosario in view of the marching orders at the control checkpoint.

Dr. Rebecca Aquino, municipal health officer of Rosario, clarified that in this way, the LGU could properly manage the crisis situation and easily tract those who are possible carriers of the virus.

“This health declaration form is for easier conduct of contact tracing. Should there  be people who have gone to a place with confirmed positive cases, it would be easier for our municipal health office to conduct the contact tracing and let the identified individuals undergo the quarantine or we could easily follow them up,” added Dr. Aquino.

As of October 18, no COVID-19 active case was recorded while 12 have already recovered in Rosario.

Apart from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) personnel are also involved in the daily operation at the checkpoint.

“Our function at the checkpoint is to assist the PNP, BFP in the conduct of thermal scanning and assist the travelers as they fill-out the health declaration form. We also monitor those who travel outside the municipality from the different barangays as each barangay has data on the number of residents traveling in a day,” bared Lolito Idpalina, MDRRMO-Rosario.

With this, the local government unit is continuously reminding the public to wear their face mask and face shield and observe social distancing to avert the spread of COVID-19. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur LGUs, Army recommend 11 villages as insurgency-free

By 1Lt. Percival Carido

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 20 -- A total of 11 barangays from the municipalities of Esperanza and San Luis of this province have been recommended by the Army's 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army and the local government units, free from the Communist New People's Army Terrorist (CNT) affectation during the conduct of Community Support Program (CSP) Area Clearing Evaluation (ACE) on October 16, 2020.

After a thorough analysis and spontaneous contribution of ideas from the local chief executive, punong barangays, Philippine National Police, 26IB, and other concerned agencies, Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) Chairperson Col. Cerilo O. Balaoro Jr., deputy brigade commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said these barangays passed the parameters set by Joint Letter Directive (JLD) Number 3, revised version,  series of 2020, to be declared as insurgency-free.

Based on CSP teams, these former CNT influenced barangays are Sinakungan, Salug, Nato, Balobo, Guibonon, Oro, Segunda, Maliwanag, Remedios and Kinamaybay of municipality of Esperanza; and Barangay Coalicion of San Luis.

The 11 barangays that passed the evaluation will now undergo validation to be conducted by the Area Clearing Validation Board (ACVB), to finalize if the said barangays have sustained the parameters set as totally free from CNT affectation prior endorsement to National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF- ELCAC), to be set as priority barangays for development in 2021 and on succeeding years.

"This clearing evaluation from CNT affectation is very important because this will pave the way for the entry of development and economic opportunities in every barangay which means even the delivery of basic services by the local government will not be hampered, which is the main struggle if there is a presence of CNTs," Col. Balaoro said, as he explained the reasons on clearing the barangays.

As per JLD No. 3, a barangay will only be declared as insurgency-free when the parameters are met such as the dismantling of CPP-NPA politico-military structure; the denial of CPP-NPA access to the area, resources, and manpower; and the establishment of a functioning barangay information network and integrated community public safety system, among others.

Relatively, Mayor Leonida P. Manpatilan of Esperanza commended the firm affirmation and perspective of the punong barangays in fighting insurgents in their area. "As your local chief executive at the same time your mother here in Esperanza, it hurts me seeing my constituents struggling from fear and discomfort because of the NPA's presence in your area. Hopefully, you and your people will sustain and continue to refute these lawless elements in order for the local and national government to freely pursue and pour all the necessary infrastructures and economic programs, projects in your areas without being hampered by the NPAs," she said.

"We have to unite and work hand in hand in order to defeat these NPAs. As per mandate to us by EO70 to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, inter-agency efforts are deemed necessary to address the issues and concerns being used as deceptive propaganda by the NPAs," added Manpatilan. (CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Bayan ng Agusan Sur, mas hinigpitan ang pagpapatupad ng health protocol dahil sa tumataas na local transmission cases 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Oktubre 20 (PIA) -- Mas hinigpitan pa ngayon ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Rosario sa Agusan del Sur ang pagpapatupad ng checkpoint at health protocol lalo na sa mga pumapasok dito mula sa mga katabing bayan.

Kahit ang mga dumadaan lang dito patungo sa ibang lugar ay maiging isinasailalim sa pagsusuri.

Hinahanapan sila identification card at health declaration o medical certificate na nagpapatunay na hindi sila person under monitoring (PUM) o person under investigation (PUI). Kailangan ding malaman ang kanilang temperatura.

Kapag walang maipakitang dokumento ay hindi ito pinahihintulutang makapasok sa bayan ng Rosario.

Ayon kay Dr. Rebecca Aquino, municipal health officer, kinakailangan itong gawin upang pasigurong maprotektahan ang mga residente laban sa pagkalat ng COVID-19 at upang maging madali ang pagsagawa ng contact tracing.

“Itong health declaration form, para ito sa mas madaling pagsagawa ng contact tracing. Kung sakaling nakapunta ka sa san frans at nagkataon na sa araw ding iyon ay may nag-positive at isasagawa ng probinsya ang contact tracing ay mas magiging madali rin sa ating municipal health office ang pagsagawa ng contact tracing kung sino man ‘yung mga matukoy na indibidwal sa lugar natin para agad silang ma-quarantine o ma-follow up natin sila,” ani ni Dr. Aquino.

Nitong Oktubre 18, walang bagong kaso na naitala sa bayan ng Rosario at labing-dalawa na ang nakarekober.

Bukod sa mga kawani ng Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), at Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), aktibo ring nakaantabay ang Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) sa checkpoint.

“Ang function natin ay ang pag-assist sa PNP, sa Bureau of Fire sa pagsagawa ng thermal scanning at sa pag-assist sa mga travelers sa kanilang pag-fill out sa health declaration form. Minomonitor din natin kung ilan ang bumiyahe sa mga barangay dahil ang bawat barangay ay may data na rin kung ilan lang ang kanilang mga residente na may pahintulot na bumiyahe sa ibang lugar tulad ng San Francisco. Sa gabi naman, isinasagawa natin ang disinfection sa checkpoint,” pahayag ni Lolito Idpalina, MDRRMO-Rosario.

Patuloy ding pinaaalalahanan ang publiko sa pagsuot ng face mask at face shield at pagsunod sa social distancing upang hindi mahawaan ng COVID-19. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)