Friday, May 24, 2024

DOH-10 urges LGUs to intensify tracking of dengue, measles, chikungunya virus

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (March 29, 2024/PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH)-10 urges LGUs to ramp up the surveillance of dengue, measles, and chikungunya virus after cases soared from January to March

During the Northern Mindanao Disaster Risk Reduction Management 1st Quarter Full Council meeting, DOH reported that dengue, measles, and chikungunya had increased compared to the same months last year.

Its current data showed a 34.27 percent increase in dengue cases, from 3,032 to 4,071. Measles cases surged by 94.33 percent, from 53 to 103. Chikungunya cases spiked from 7 to 89, marking a staggering 1,171.43 percent rise.

Dengue and chikungunya cases

The disease surveillance data showed that Bukidnon has the most dengue cases in Northern Mindanao, with 1,121 cases (959 admissions with 153 confirmed cases); Misamis Oriental has 845 cases (591 admissions, 79 confirmed); Lanao del Norte reported 574 cases (450 admissions, 115 confirmed); Iligan City reported 319 cases (310 admissions, 114 confirmed); Cagayan de Oro City reported 222 cases (207 admissions, 6 confirmed); and Camiguin reported 89 cases (81 admitted and 47 confirmed).

Bukidnon reported the most dengue-related deaths (19), followed by Misamis Occidental (4), Misamis Oriental (3), Lanao del Norte (4), Iligan City (1), Cagayan de Oro City (2), and Camiguin (1).

Chikungunya, another mosquito-borne viral illness transmitted by the same Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos that carry dengue and Zika, has significantly increased. Misamis Oriental leads the list with 50 cases, followed by Misamis Occidental (18), Bukidnon (12), Camiguin (4), Iligan City (4), and Cagayan de Oro City (1).

Measles cases surveillance

DOH-10 intensifies measles cases surveillance following the disease surge in a neighboring province. The tracking team reported 103 infected children aged 1 to 5. Lanao del Norte has 58 cases (54 hospitalized), followed by Misamis Oriental (14 cases, 11 hospitalized), Cagayan de Oro City (8 cases, 3 hospitalized), Bukidnon (8 cases), Iligan City (7 cases, 5 hospitalized), Misamis Occidental (6 cases, 3 hospitalized), and Camiguin (2 cases, 1 hospitalized).

“The sudden rise in measles cases can be attributed to children’s failure to receive vaccinations,” according to DOH-10 nurse Iris Christine Torralba.

She said COVID-19 disrupted vaccinations as the ‘No Vaccine, No Entry’ policy caused delays. Now, Lanao del Norte faces a measles surge. DOH-10 mobilized an outbreak team to Balo-i and Amai Pakpak Medical Center to stop the spread.

In addition to the response team, resources like viral transport media (VTM) and vaccines were strategically placed and boosted in LDN.

The DOH-10 coordinated with the integrated provincial health offices of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City. It collaborated with national immunization program coordinators to conduct outbreak response immunization in high-case areas.

“The regional office collects data from local government units (LGUs), contributing to our generated data. We are approaching the epidemic threshold and have advised LGUs to enhance their surveillance systems in recent weeks,” DOH-10 Regional Director Sulpicio Henry Legaspi said.

He recommended that local governments monitor movements, particularly in Balo-i, the epicenter of the measles outbreak, because 92 percent of recorded cases include unvaccinated or under-immunized children, indicating the need for focused immunization activities in high-case areas.

Legaspi said the DOH-10 is coordinating with Lanao del Sur to monitor Marawi City due to high population mobility, saying there is a risk of measles spreading to Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City due to its contagious nature.

“We have enough vaccine supply and await the request for additional health workers needed for outbreak response immunization,” he clarified.

The health department assures the public they are addressing the situation, collaborating with LGUs to intensify measles case monitoring and urging parents to vaccinate children aged 0-59 months against measles and other diseases. (Jan Albert K. Araña/PIA10)

51st broadcaster’s month celebration giabrihan sa KBP Bukidnon

Pormal nga giabrihan kaniadtong Abril 1, 2024 sa Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Bukidnon Chapter ang mga kalihokan niini alayon sa selebrasyon sa 51st Broadcaster’s Month

Ang kalihokan gisugdan sa isa ka motorkada sa sentro sa Munisipyo s Maramag.

Gisundan kini sa isa ka programa nga gipahigayon sa Covered Court sa
Philippine Countryville College (PCC) sa Brgy. Panadtalan, Maramag, Bukidnon.

Si Rev. Fr. Jonathan Tianero, chairman sa KBP Bukidnon Chapter ug station manager sa DXDB, ang mihatag sa pangbukas nga mga pulong.

Samtang si Maam Nonita Rosales, regional consultant sa KBP, mipasabot sa
KBP Broadcaster’s month rationale.

Dinapit nga mamumulong si Atty. Isha B. Corbeta.

Gipaambit ni Corbeta ang kamahinungdanon sa media o radio broadcasting sa katilingban o komunidad.

Ang kalihokan gitambongan sa mga opisyal ug miyembro sa KBP Bukidnon
Chapter.

Sa laing bahin, alayon sa selebrasyon, gipahigayon usab sa PCC ang
Bloodletting activity nga gidumala sa Philippine Red Cross Bukidnon
Chapter nga nagdala sa temang “Dugo Mo, Kinabuhi Ko.”

Mikabat sa 50 ka criminology students ug faculty sa PCC ang nidonar og dugo. (melbmadera)

100 gardeners misalmot sa Kaamulan 2024 Garden Show contest

Mikabat sa 100 ka individual gardeners ang musalmot sa Kaamulan 2024 Garden Show Contest sa Provincial Government of Bukidnon

Sumala sa kasayoran, ang contest ipahigayon karong Abril 16, 2024.

Adunay unom (6) ka mga kategoriya ang maong pa-contest.

Kini gilangkuban sa Flowering, Aglaonema, Foliage, Philodindron, Ferns ug Bonsai.

Ubos kini sa pagpasiugda ni Engr. Lota Gamboa, garden show coordinator.

Alang sa mga plantito ug mga plantita, mamahimo nilang bisitahon ang mga booth nga anaa atbang sa RTC Building sa Kaamulan Park (Capitol Grounds) sa Malaybalay City. (PR/PGB)

1 patay, 1 angol human nakuryentihan sa Maramag

Gidala sila sa Saint Joseph Southern Bukidnon Hospital. Patay ang isa ka lalaki samtang angol ang kauban niining trabahante human nakuryentihan sa ilang gitrabahoan sa Purok 8, Brgy. San Miguel, Maramag, Bukidnon

Sumala sa report nahitabo kini niadtong Marso 27, 2024 samtang nagtabaho sa Universal Harvester Dairy Farm Inc. sa dapit.

Gidala sila sa Saint Joseph Southern Bukidnon Hospital.

Apan ang 35-anyos gideklarar nga dead on arrival samtang luwas ang kauban niini.

Sa imbestigasyon, nasayran nga ang mga biktima nagpahigayon og
maintenance repair sa supply sa water pump sa motor pool area sa maong
kompanya.

Samtang ang isa kanila naunlod sa water storage pool, nakuryentihan siya
ug nisinggit og tabang.

Niambak sa pool ang kauban nga trabahante apang nakuryentehan sab
siya.

Nakuha sila sa ilang duha ka mga kauban ug gidala sa hospital human
napalong ang breaker switch. (Omar Rashid Z. Abdullah)

DOT-Northern Mindanao gives inaccurate details about mountain ranges in Bukidnon

April 3, 2024 MindaNews fact-checked the claim of the Department of Tourism – Northern Mindanao (DOT – Northern Mindanao) about facts involving the mountain ranges in Bukidnon province. Some details are inaccurate, hence misleading

In a post on its Facebook page last February 22 titled “5 FACTS ABOUT BUKIDNON,” the DOT-Northern Mindanao said:

“The name ‘Bukidnon’ is derived from the Visayan term ‘bukid,’ which means mountain. True to its name, the province is characterized by extensive mountain ranges, including Mount Kitanglad, Mt. Dulang-dulang and Mt. Kalatungan, which are some of the highest peaks of the country.” (emphasis supplied)

Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Dulang-dulang are not two different mountain ranges.

They are among the peaks belonging to the same mountain range, the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, legislated as a protected area on November 9, 2000.

Mt. Dulang-dulang (2,938 meters above sea level) is the second-highest peak in the Philippines. On the other hand, Mt. Kitanglad (2,899masl) is the country’s fourth highest peak, and like Mt. Dulang-dulang, is one of the popular trekking destinations in Bukidnon.

The DOT-Northern Mindanao post further said that Mt. Kitanglad “sits between Malaybalay City and the municipalities of Lantapan, Impasugong, Sumilao, and Libona.”

The agency’s list of areas encompassed by the mountain range is incomplete. Mt. Kitanglad Range straddles Malaybalay City and the towns of Lantapan, Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, and Impasugong. These eight areas share boundaries on the summit of Mt. Kitanglad. (Source: Protected Area Management Plan of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, 2018-2022, Page 6. Note: No online link, e-copy only)

The two other mountain ranges in Bukidnon are Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park, where Mt. Kalatungan is located, and Pantaron Range (also called Pantadon).

Kalatungan Range encompasses Valencia City and the towns of Talakag, Pangantucan, and Maramag.

Pantaron Range straddles Bukidnon and the neighboring provinces of Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao del Sur.

As with all our other reports, MindaNews welcomes leads or suggestions from the public to potential fact-check stories. (H. Marcos C. Mordeno / MindaNews)

BPMC gets new CT scan machine

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (March 28, 2024) – The Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) has received a new Fujifilm Healthcare Supria 32-slice CT Scan machine from the Department of Health (DOH)

According to the provincial government of Bukidnon (PGB), the turnover ceremony took place on March 26, 2024, at BPMC in Malaybalay City.

 

Dr. Ariel I. Valencia, assistant health secretary represented the DOH as the donor.

 

Valencia conveyed the goal of Health Secretary Ted Herbosa’s initiative, which aimed to make every Filipino feel well through cooperation.

 

He said, “In a hospital like this, it’s a big thing to have immediate diagnostic capacity to diagnose, and that’s lifesaving, the patient’s problem can be seen right away.”

 

Meanwhile, Provincial Governor Rogelio Neil P. Roque represented the PGB as the donee.

 

The Governor assured that the province of Bukidnon will take care of the CT scan machine.

 

The machine was provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as part of the Health System Enhancement to Address and Limit (HEAL) Project.

 

It was done through the office of Bukidnon 2nd District Representative Jonathan Keith Flores.

 

It was given to DOH, who eventually handed over the machine to BPMC.

 

Rep. Flores stated that the project is an excellent example of how things can be accomplished quickly when several government entities work together.

 

Dr. Gina Factura, BPMC’s chief of hospital, revealed that the state-of-the-art CT Scan machine is available for free to admitted patients through the PhilHealth program.

 

For outpatients, she stated that there may be a price to cover the cost of utilities and other expenses, which would be determined and finalized by the hospital.

 

Dr. Sulpicio Henry M. Legaspi, Jr., regional director for the Northern Mindanao Center for Health Development, also attended the occasion. (melbmadera)

School-based feeding program gipanghingusgan

Gipanghingusgan sa Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Bukidnon ang School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP)

Angh lakang subay sa R.A 11037 o ang “Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act”, sa pagpanguna ni Schools Division Superintendent Victoria V. Gazo.

 

Kauban sab niya ang mga partner sa maong programa nga gikan sa Provincial Nutrition Committee nga gipangunahan ni Co-Chairman Dr. Gary Guido Tabios, mga Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, health officers, mga representante gikan sa Division of Malaybalay ug Valencia, DOST ug sa mga pribadong partners niini.

 

Gitinguha nga makadawat sa sustansyadong pagkaon ug gatas ang mga pinili nga bata gikan sa Kinder hangtud sa Grade-6.

 

Tumong aron makalahutay sa pag-skwela ug dili mamahimong babag ang kagutom.

 

Mi-pirma sa Pledge of Commitment Wall ang tanang partners sa maong higayon alang sa School-Based Feeding Program Para sa Batang Bukidnon Malusog (SBFP-PBBM). (Omar Rashid Z. Abdullah)

RDC-10 economic dev’t committee approves DA-10 2025 proposed budget

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (March 03, 2024/PIA) — The Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-10 approved the P20.32 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 for the year 2025 on February 20

DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado said 24 percent of the said budget is proposed under Tier 1 of the 2025 General Appropriations Act (GAA), while the remaining 76 percent will be lodged under Tier 2.

 

As part of its priority programs for 2025, DA-10 seeks to fund catalytic projects such as farm-to-market road development; agricultural machinery, equipment, and facilities support services; irrigation network services; production support services; Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD); metropolitan and agri-based products cluster approach; corn processing center expansion; and biosecurity and climate-resilient production facilities.

 

According to Collado, the proposed budget is a product of consultative planning, encompassing the needs and priorities of the agricultural stakeholders in the region.

 

“We craft the budget using a bottom-up approach. The projects we propose are mainly based on the endorsement of the LGUs and the validated intentions we received from farmers’ cooperatives and associations in the region,” Collado said.

 

Statutory appropriation for gender and development, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and the youth, capacity development programs, and capacity building for devolved functions and services (Mandanas-Garcia ruling implementation) are also among the programs proposed for funding by the agency in 2025.

 

Under the proposed budget, DA-10 also seeks to complete the construction of its regional office, upgrade its research facilities, and establish a new integrated laboratory complex in the region.

 

This year, DA-10 secured a 19 percent GAA-approved budget from the RDC-10-endorsed budget proposal. (DA-10/PIA-10)

Town engineer survives slay try

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (March 06, 2024) – A town engineer of Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, escaped death when she was shot inside the Municipal Engineering Office afternoon on March 4, 2024

The legal-age female victim got a gunshot wound to her right forearm.

 

She was taken to Cabanglasan Municipal Health Office for medical treatment before being referred to Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center (BPMC) in Malaybalay City for additional care.

 

Police Major Dino M. Cuevas, OIC of Cabanglasan Municipal Police Station (CMPS), stated in his report that the suspect was a male Foreman of legal age.

 

Report said the suspect proceeded to the Municipal Engineering Office and saw the victim in the pantry area, at which point he uttered threatening words.

 

The victim and her colleagues ran to evade while the culprit discharged his unknown caliber handgun, hitting the victim’s right forearm.

 

After the incident, the suspect immediately fled away.

 

However, at around 8:00 p.m. on the same day, the suspect voluntarily surrendered himself to Cabanglasan MPS.

 

The suspect is now in the custody of Cabanglasan MPS. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

 

 

NorMin police awards 13 lady officers for field achievements

 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (March 04, 2024) – The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) on Monday awarded 13 women officers for their respective achievements.

 

In line with the celebration of National Women’s Month this March, the PRO-10 recognized female police achievers under four categories.

 

Receiving the Medalya ng Kadakilaan (Medal of Excellence) were Corporals Cheryl Jacob and Cherry Ann Litub.

 

On the other hand, the Medalya ng Kasanayan (Medal of Skills) was given to Major (Maj.) Maricris Neri, Captain (Cpt.) Maritel Ocon, and Lieutenant (Lt.) Nera Cabrera.

 

The Medalya ng Papuri (Medal of Commendation) were awarded to Colonel (Col.) Michelle Arban, Lt. Col. Estela Chavez, Maj. Jiselle Ester Lou Longakit, Cpt. Emilita Simon, Lt. Ruby Jimenez, and Chief Master Seargent (CMSgt.) Ritzell Labadan.

 

Meanwhile, CMSgt. Julie Ann Won and Staff Sgt. Michelle Apao received the Medalya ng Ugnayang Pampulisya (Police Relations).

 

As a special guest, Gilda Go, governor of Rotary International District 3870, emphasized the evolving role of women in society, highlighting their capacity not only within the confines of their homes but across the entire nation.

 

“I am committed to amplifying the voices of women, to breaking down barriers, and to championing gender equality in all its forms,” she said during her speech.

 

Anti-drug bust campaign

 

In another development, Brig. Gen. Ricardo Layug Jr., the PRO-10 director, said an estimated PHP1.8 million worth of illegal drugs were seized from 80 operations in the region from Feb. 22 to 28.

 

The operations resulted in the arrest of 84 individuals and the confiscation of approximately 272.891 grams of shabu and 2.54 grams of marijuana.

 

“We will continue to intensify our operations against illegal drugs, gambling, and other criminal activities. Together, let us build a region where everyone can live, work, and do business,” he said.

 

On anti-illegal gambling, PRO-10 police stations conducted nine operations, resulting in the apprehension of 17 individuals and the confiscation of PHP2,945 worth of illegal gambling items.

 

In neutralizing wanted persons, PRO10 also apprehended a total of 81 wanted individuals.

 

In addition to the campaign against loose firearms under “Kontra Boga,” PRO10 conducted 52 operations that led to the arrest of 15 individuals and the seizure of 38 small arms and two light weapons. (Nef Luczon/PNA)

Programa sa clean and green sa kabarangayan gisusi sa LGU-Malaybalay

Gilantaw na sa City Clean and Green Evaluators ang nahimo sa mga kabarangayan pinaagi sa pagpahigayon sa tinuig nga Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay

Nunot kini sa makanunayon nga paningkamot sa lokal nga Pangagamhanan sa Malaybalay nga masiguro ang kalimpyo ug kahapsay sa kalikopan.

Sumala sa kasayoran sa kagamhanang lokalsa Malaybalay, ang evaluation napatuman subay sa direktiba ni Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran.

Gisuta sa evaluating team nga gibahin sa duha ka grupo niadtong Pebrero 1-23, 2024 ang 46 ka barangay kabahin sa kinatibuk-ang kalimpyo sa palibot pinaagi sa ilang lakang ug stratehiya nga nahimo.

Gilantaw sab sa evaluating team ang pagpakita sa pinasahi nga inisyatiba sa kabarangayan sa pagprotekta sa kinaiyahan.

Lakip na gitan-aw ang pagpatuman sa mga lakang nga gimando diha sa ordinansa numero 962 mahitungod sa ecological solid waste management (ESWM).

Gisusi usab ang kamahinungdanon nga palisiya sama sa paggahin og pundo sa programa ug kalihokan sa clean and green.

Nagpasalamat ang mga opisyales sa barangay nga sila nagiyahan sa mga gingbuhaton labi na nga matutokan ang komitiba sa clean and green, ESWM, ug green brigade.

Dugang pa, nahatagan usab og importansya ang pagmugna sa communal garden basi sa ordinansa 1016 s. 2023 ug ingon man ang ordinansa 668 mahitungod sa responsable nga pagpanagiya sa kahayopan.

Gisuta usab ang aktibo nga partisipasyon sa komunidad labi sa pag-atiman sa palibot, gulayan sa barangay ug panimalay, pagpatukod sa material recovery facility ug nursery, recycling activities, landscaping, tree planting, pag-amuma sa tree park ug paglikay sa galatagaw nga kahayopan sa publikong lugar.

Gilangkuban sa duha ka kategorya ang 46 ka barangay.

Sa category A, mao ang Poblacion Barangays 1, 9, 10, 11, Aglayan, Apo Macote, Bangcud, Cabangahan, Can-ayan, Casisang, Dalwangan, Kalasungay, Laguitas, Linabo, Magsaysay, Managok, Miglamin, Patpat, Silae, San Jose, San Martin, Simaya, ug Sumpong.

Sa category B, mao ang barangays 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Busdi, Caburacanan, Capitan Anghel, Imbayao, Indalasa, Kibalabag, Kulaman, Maligaya, Manalog, Mapayag, Mapulo, Sinanglanan, Sto. Niño, Violeta, St. Peter, ug Zamboagita. (Diego M. Hidalgo)