Saturday, January 28, 2023

DTI-10 dili na mudawat og Safety Seal Certification Application sugod Feb. 1

Sa pag-ila nga ang COVID-19 public health standards karon na mas gaan na, ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 gusto nga ipahibalo sa publiko nga dili na kini modawat sa mga aplikasyon alang sa Safety Seal certification epektibo sa Pebrero 1, 2023

Base sa pahibalo sa DTI-10, ang ahensya mu-hunong na sab sa pag-monitor sa pagsunod sa mga establisemento sa Minimum Public Health Standards.

Gusto sab pasalamatan sa ahensya ang tanang nagpa-certify sa ilang mga negosyo sa Safety Seal sa rehiyon. (Diego M. Hidalgo)

NorMin 2021: From viruses, storms to peace and order, global fame

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (December 31, 2021) – Some would consider 2021 to be an unfortunate extension of 2020 as the country continued to fight off the coronavirus disease in 2019. But not everything in 2021 was bad news for Northern Mindanao as the year also saw milestones in peace and order in the region, and homegrown talents conquering the global stage.

Aside from the pandemic, another health obstacle faced by the region was African swine fever (ASF).

First reported in 2020 in Iligan City, ASF cases were eventually recorded in February 2021 in the hinterland barangays of this city and some municipalities in Misamis Oriental province, with two municipalities in Lanao del Norte, also affected in November.

With this, the Department of Agriculture – Northern Mindanao (DA-10), in coordination with respective agriculture offices of local governments, depopulated about 13,223 ASF-infected hogs, mostly from backyard hog raisers.

Hog raisers were given indemnification of PHP5,000 per hog by the DA-10.

Overall, a total of PHP66.1 million worth of indemnities were released by the agency, covering 3,294 farmer-hog raisers.

But this will be the last time the DA-10 will pay for indemnification because the agency encouraged raisers and farmers to get their hogs insured with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC).

In an interview in October, DA-10 Executive Director Carlene Collado said the PCIC’s coverage is higher than that of the DA’s, going from a minimum of PHP10,000 to as much PHP34,000 based on PCIC’s classification.

Covid-19 vaccination campaign

As soon as the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in March this year, the Department of Health Region (DOH) – 10 distributed them to different local health units across the region.

The first to receive the jabs were medical front-liners, under the A1 list, then followed by Senior Citizens and persons with comorbidities, under A2 and A3 respectively.

To be fully vaccinated, an individual needs to get vaccinated with two dosages, with a minimum interval of three weeks between the first and second dosage. Unlike other vaccine brands, only Johnson and Johnson’s “Janssen” requires one shot.

At the start of the vaccination rollout, some local health officials admitted that they had a hard time convincing their constituents, especially senior citizens, who believed fake information on social media that the vaccines cause harmful effects.

Eventually, the number increased at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2021, after President Rodrigo Duterte repeatedly implored the public to get vaccinated, and local governments launched extensive campaigning.

“Pediatric” vaccination to minors aged 12 to 17 years old started in November.

Inoculation figures also increased when the DOH launched “Bayanihan Bakunahan” in November and December with “booster shots” introduced later in the year.

As of December 30, the DOH-10 recorded a total of 2,064,645 vaccinated recipients, both second and single doses, or 58.12 percent of the total qualified population of 3,552,194.

Brawner, Ka Oris, and ELCAC

In this region, President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) No. 70 and subsequent creation of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) has mobilized the “Whole of Nation Approach,” mandating all government agencies to work together.

The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID), through its infantry brigades and battalions, not only went into the field facing skirmishes with communist rebels but also accommodated surrenderers within its areas of responsibility in Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions.

The TF-ELCAC strengthened the Army’s social relations in the communities under Community Support Programs and Barangay Development Programs (BDPs).

At the height of criticisms of “red-tagging” and budget cuts for the TF-ELCAC, then 4ID commander, Lt Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr., said in November that about 160 barangays in Northern Mindanao region would be affected if Congress will defund the task force.

Brawner said these 160 barangays which were supposed to receive PHP20 million each will be deprived of their development projects.

He also said barangays that have benefitted from the projects have started “to enjoy benefits of a peaceful community,” because BDPs are important even for former rebels who have surrendered as part of their reintegration to find alternative livelihood in their communities.

Brawner, a Marawi siege veteran, even cemented his military career, when troops under the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the 4ID were able to neutralize Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos in an encounter in October in Impasugong, Bukidnon.

Madlos was a top-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the National Democratic Front, and the New People’s Army.

Because of this, Brawner became the Commanding General of the Philippine Army in December, replacing Gen. Andres Centino, who was also once a commander of the 4ID and now the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Brawner’s last days as commander of 4ID were highlighted by the successive surrenders of former rebels, especially in the Caraga Region, and Bukidnon province in Northern Mindanao.

“Let’s put forward the agenda of peace among the people. We shall work together for a just and lasting peace without the use of arms and violence,” Brawner said on one of the occasions when former rebels surrendered.

Typhoon Odette

With an average wind speed of 190 kilometers per hour (kph), Typhoon “Odette,” international name “Rai,” made renewed fear among people in the region, especially in this city and Iligan City, as it coincidentally made landfall on December 16, exactly 10 years after Tropical Storm “Sendong” destroyed houses and left at least 2,500 deaths in the region.

Odette was considered the strongest typhoon this year, with the region reporting the displacement of 53,340 individuals, with five deaths, and an estimated PHP81 million worth of damage to properties.

Despite this, the destruction wrought by the typhoon in Northern Mindanao was somehow much lesser compared to severely-hit areas in the Visayas and the Caraga Region.

This prompted organizations and volunteer groups to launch fundraising events and call for donations to help those affected by the typhoon.

Even during the holidays, the Police Regional Office -10, the 4ID, and the and region’s TF-ELCAC extended help along with other private partners.

Olympics and Intercontinental beauty tilt

For Northern Mindanao, the year was a combined achievement of “beauty and brawn” with Carlo Paalam winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics and Cinderella Faye Obeñita being crowned Miss Grand Intercontinental 2021.

The 23-year-old Paalam, whose childhood was spent scavenging in the city’s landfills, worked his way up to become a boxing champion. He is a product of Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno’s sports development program, which he started then as governor of Misamis Oriental.

“It doesn’t matter that he ended up with a silver medal. For us, my son will always be a gold medalist,” Paalam’s father, Pio Reo, said in the vernacular minutes after the first-time Olympian’s split decision loss to Great Britain’s Galal Yafai in the flyweight division in August.

Aside from Paalam, Philippine athletes winning three other medals at the Olympics was a historic victory for Mindanao as well, including victories from weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and boxing bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, both from Zamboanga City, and boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio coming from Davao del Sur.

Paalam and other winning athletes received rewards both from the government and the private sector.

In November, Obeñita, 25, brought the city and Misamis Oriental province pride when she won the international pageant.

Currently working as head of planning and events division of the Misamis Oriental provincial tourism office, Obeñita bested 70 other candidates from around the world to become this year’s titleholder of the prestigious beauty-and-brains competition, which is now on its 49th edition.

Before winning an international title, she was crowned Miss Cagayan de Oro in 2019, and Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental this year, which automatically qualified her to represent the country in the Miss Intercontinental pageant.

Obeñita’s alma mater Liceo de Cagayan University posted on its website: “Cindy, a wildcard during the Bb. Pilipinas 2021 in July and now Miss Intercontinental, has brought home honor to the nation and to Liceo U, where she also finished her secondary education.”

DOH-10 urges parents to register eligible children for pediatric COVID-19 vax

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)-The Department of Health (DOH)-10 urges parents to have their eligible children ages 12-17 register for COVID-19 vaccination.


Dr. David Mendoza of DOH-10 shared during the Northern Mindanao Task Force (NMTF) for the COVID-19 press briefing, November 5, which they have set the target of 594,168 population for pediatric vaccination in northern Mindanao.

In fact, the vaccination for this population has started in big cities like Cagayan de Oro, on October 29, and big provinces like Bukidnon, November 3, said Mendoza. This includes the cities and municipalities of Malaybalay, Cabanglasan, Dangcagan, Damulog, Lantapan, Malitbog, Maramag, and Talakag.

Other provinces are also having ongoing pediatric vaccination which includes Guinsiliban and Mambajao in Camiguin; Calamba, Don Victoriano, Sapang Dalaga, Tudela and Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; Kapatagan in Lanao del Norte and Balingasag, Claveria, Kinoguitan, Laguindingan, Salay, and its two cities Gingoog and El Salvador in Misamis Oriental.

Meanwhile, Iligan City starts pediatric vaccination, November 5.

Mendoza clarified that there are only two kinds of population for this vaccination which are the A3 with co-morbidities and the rest of the pediatric population.

Further, pediatric vaccination of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be pushed in the days to come, said Mendoza.

As to pilot schools that will have face-to-face classroom setup, the DOH will monitor these schools. As of date, there are 11 public schools and two private schools that are eligible for face to face in northern Mindanao.

Mendoza still urges those who have not been vaccinated to still get vaccinated. As of the latest, northern Mindanao is still at 29% of the 70% target herd immunity.

Gov. Zubiri issues quarantine checkpoint guidelines

MALAYBALAY CITY (02 June 2021) – Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. has issued quarantine checkpoint guidelines to be implemented in the Province via memorandum order No. 121, series of 2021, on May 31.

The memorandum order was addressed to quarantine checkpoint personnel, Municipal and City Mayors, all chief of police, and the Local Inter-Agency Task Group for strict compliance.

In compliance with the Omnibus Guidelines on the implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines and in relation to the rising Covid-19 cases in the Province of Bukidnon, the following specific guidelines must be implemented.

Stay in orders for individuals with comorbidity, 15 years old and below, 60 years old and above.

Authorized Persons Outside Residences (APOR) must present a valid ID, the purpose of travel (work Itinerary), submit to medical screening, thermal scanning, footbath, and hand disinfection.

For returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Returning Residences and inbound travelers for leisure travel, they must have negative RT PCR result taken 72 hours prior to entry to the Province, valid ID, declared place of destination, submit to medical screening, thermal scanning, footbath, and hand disinfection.

The next day, June 1, Gov. Zubiri issued Memorandum Order No. 122, series of 2021 addressed to quarantine checkpoint personnel, Municipal and City Mayors, all chief of police and Local Inter-Agency Task Group to comply with his Executive Order No. 13.

In the said EO, inbound travelers from different quarantine classifications are required to submit a negative RT-PCR test.

Valencia requests Gov. Zubiri to declare Valencia under GCQ for 1 month

MALAYBALAY CITY (02 Jue 2021) – The Valencia City Task Force Against Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) urgently requests Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. to place the entire City of Valencia under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for this whole month of June.

Mayor Azucena P. Huervas, chair of the City Task Force, signed Resolution No. 01, series of 2021, on June 1 aimed to prevent, contain and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 contagion in the City.

The Resolution moved by Councilor Oliver Owen L. Garcia was approved during the emergency meeting of the City Task Force on June 1 via online meeting.

It said the number of the Covid-19 cases in the City remains alarming high with 307 active cases and 24 deaths out of a total number of 1,238 confirmed cases with 907 recoveries as of May 31.

It was also noted that for the month of May, there had been 209 residences and offices placed on lockdown and focused containment, of which 117 are still ongoing and currently being enforced.

It cited that on May 27, the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19 (PIATF) has passed a Resolution requesting the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force Against Covid-19 (RIATF) to change the quarantine status of the entire Bukindon from Modified GeneralCommunity Quarantine (MGCQ) to the more severe General Community Quarantine (GCQ), which Resolution, however, remained unacted by the National IATF.

It added that the quarantine classification of the entire City of Valencia as a component city may be upgraded by the Provincial Governor upon concurrence of the RIATF pursuant to the DILG guidance and pronouncements as well as the provisions of the National Task Force Covid-19 Memo Circular No. 2, series of 2020 dated June 15, 2020.

The City Task Force in the Resolution further said there is urgency and necessity to upgrade the quarantine classification of the City of Valencia before the dire situation gets out of hand that may require an even stricter quarantine classification with grave repercussions on the City’s economy and the people’s livelihood.

Copy of the Resolution was immediately sent to the Provincial Governor, the Provincial IATF, and the Regional IATF for information and appropriate action.

NorMin gets 4,000 more doses of COVID vaccines for CDO, Bukidnon

MISAMIS ORIENTAL (02 June 2021/PIA) – Another 4,000 doses of CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccines have arrived for Northern Mindanao, particularly Cagayan de Oro City and Bukidnon.

“There are 4,000 doses of [CoronaVac] sinovac vaccines that arrived today. These vaccines are part of the purchased vaccines made by the government for the vaccination rollout. The order for these vaccines is for Cagayan de Oro City and Bukidnon, but we also give these to other [places],” said Dr. David Mendoza, Local Health Support Division chief of the Department of Health (DOH)-10.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said that the COVID-19 is increasing, and the positive cases of the region had exceeded the 20,000 mark. He also stated that last May 30, an additional 300 plus positive cases were recorded, and the case fatality rate remains at 3.2 percent.

In comparison, Mendoza said that the previous months’ active cases were only between 900-1000. As of May 30, the active cases in the region reached 4,000.

The increase in COVID-19 cases also affected the recovery rate of the region, which went down from 90 percent to 74 percent.

To date, there are 85 percent of the A1 target population and 20 percent of the A2 target population who had received their shots of COVID-19 vaccines.

DOH also urges the senior citizen to avail of the free vaccines in their respective municipalities/cities.

Manolo Fortich nakatala sa taas nga kaso sa Covid-19 sa Mayo 25

Ang Munisipyo sa Manolo Fortich nakatala sa taas nga ihap sa kaso sa coronavirus disease (Covid-19) niadtong Mayo 25.

Sumala sa public advisory sa maong Munisipyo, niabot sa 57 ang natalang kaso sa Covid-19 sa maong adlaw.

Ang 16 kanila symptomatic, 27 mga lalaki, 30 mga babaye, unom ang 60 anyos pataas, ug siyam ang 10 anyos paubos diin ang pinakabata lima ka bulan nga batang lalaki nga residente sa Brgy. Mambatangan.

Ang 12 kanila residente sa Brgy. Tankulan, 10 sa Brgy. Damilag, siyam sa Brgy. Agusan Canyon, ug ang uban gikan sa Brgy. Lunocan, Kalugmanan, Lingion, Sto. Niño, Dicklum, Mambatangan ug San Miguel.

Sa maong adlaw, niabot sa 863 ang kinatibuk-ang kaso sa covid-19 sa maong Munisipyo diin kasagaran sa mga nataptap local residents.

Base sa datos, ang mga aktibong kaso anaa sa 146, ang mga naulian 703 ug 14 ang mga namatay.

Aktibong kaso sa Covid-19 sa Bukidnon 1,113 na

Anaa na sa 1,113 ang aktibong kaso sa coronavirus disease kon Covid-19 sa Bukidnon.

Kini sumala sa datos sa Covid-19 update nga gipagawas sa provincial government pasado alas 6:40 sa buntag sa Hunyo 2.

Ang mga nakarekober niabot sa 3,493 ug ang kinatibuk-ang kaso niabot sa 4,674.

Samtang ang mga nangamatay anaa na sab sa 68.

Ang pamunoan sa probinsya sa Bukidnon nagtinguha nga mapataas ang quarantine status sa probinsya gikan sa Modified GeneralCommunity Quarantine (MGCQ) ngadto sa General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Apan wala nalakip ang probinsya alang sa mga lugar nga gipataas ang status sa quarantine sa nasud ning bulan sa Hunyo.

Bukidnon hits 503 active COVID-19 cases

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net /24 May 2021) – Bukidnon hit a record high of 503 active COVID-19 cases as of May 24, 2021, based on the COVID-19 Dashboard of the Provincial Health Office, grabbed as of 5 a.m. today.

The PHO noted that the province had total confirmed cases of 3,700 with 3,136 recoveries and 61 deaths. The latest dashboard also indicated a total of 1,592 suspected cases with 10 ongoing quarantine procedures, and seven probable cases.

Valencia City has the highest number of active cases with 151, based on the dashboard.
They have accounted for a total of 15 persons who died due to COVID-19 with 820 recoveries.

Manolo Fortich town ranked second with 79 active cases, with 11 deaths and 685 recoveries. Libona town came in third with a total number of 64 active cases with three deaths and 118 recoveries. Both Manolo Fortich and Libona towns are on Bukidnon’s border with Cagayan de Oro City, which has a recent surge of cases.

Malaybalay City has the fourth-highest number of active cases with 45. It has accounted for 12 deaths and 517 recoveries.

Maramag came in fifth with 30 active cases, while Baungon and Talakag, both on the northern border with CDOC, have 27 and 25 active cases, respectively.

In terms of new confirmed cases, Northern Mindanao has 245 new cases as of May 23, 2021.

According to the COVID-19 Briefer no. 471 of the DOH CHDNM RESDRU, with 241 local cases. The breakdown goes: Bukidnon, 86; Camiguin, 1; Lanao del Norte,3; Misamis Occidental, 7; Misamis Oriental, 28; Cagayan de Oro City, 100; and Iligan City, 16 confirmed new cases.

Valencia mitala sa pinakataas nga kaso sa Covid-19 sa Mayo 21

Kaniadtong Mayo 21, ang dakbayan sa Valencia nakatala sa 54 ka mga residente nga nagpositibo sa coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Kini ang unang higayon sa pinakataas nga ihap sa mga nataptan sa adlaw-adlaw nga tala sa mga nagpositibo sa virus sa maong dakbayan.

Sumala sa public advisory sa kagamhanang lokal sa Valencia, 31 kanila mga babaye ug 51 ang walay travel history.

Ang 11 kanila mga symptomatic. Ang tanan kasagaran na-exposed sa mga unang nataptan sa Covid-19.

Unom kanila ang ubos sa 10 anyos. Ang pinakabata mao ang 10 ka bulan nga batang babaye nga taga Purok 16 sa Brgy. Bagontaas.