DEPUTY speaker and Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has filed a resolution urging the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the reported red-tagging of community pantry organizers.
Northern Mindanao gets 90.25 percent coverage with the initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for frontline healthcare workers in the region as reported by the National Vaccination Operation Center. (PIA10)
The vaccination rollout was started by the Department of Health (DOH)-10 last March 5 with the arrival of the 17,400 doses of CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccines followed by the 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca.
Since the rollout, 17,780 out of 19,700 or 90.25 percent of the eligible healthcare worker population of the region had been vaccinated, making the region number one among the 17 regions in terms of vaccination coverage.
Out of the 17,780 healthcare workers inoculated, 8,689 healthcare workers or 44.08 percent were vaccinated with CoronaVac while 9,091 or 46.11 percent with AstraZeneca vaccines.
Region 10 was followed by NCR with 68.77 percent and Region 2 with 61.39 percent. (JAKA/PIA10)
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PIA)--While responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 has recently launched its annual National Deworming Month campaign to eliminate parasitic intestinal among minors aged 9-19 years old in Northern Mindanao.
Launched at Barangay Macasandig here on Jan. 7, DOH-10 emphasized the importance of deworming to 20 children and their parents while giving deworming tablets.
DOH-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Subaan, Assistant Regional Director Dr. Ellenietta HMV Gamolo, and City Health Office (CHO) chief, Dr. Lorraine Neri and some representatives of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 turned up in said activity.
“We always urge parents to get their children dewormed and that the medicine is safe and effective ,as it is approved by the World Health Organization. If they experience any side-effects, it is natural as the tablet’s effect is to kill the parasites in the stomach,” DOH-10 Supervising Health Program Officer Maria Rachel Escatron said.
Acknowledging that there are some parents and guardians hesitant in getting their children dewormed or vaccinated, Escatron said they are doing community engagement to educate, eliminate anxieties, and correct misinformation, as he cited that interpersonal communication remains a key factor for the success of any health campaign.
“To the parents who are worried of the adverse effects of our safe and effective tablets, they can take comfort in the fact that we have our nearest health centers to assist and give their children support,” she said.
Through their OPLAN: Goodbye Bulate campaign. DOH-10 will provide free deworming tablets house-to-house in line with minimum health safety protocols. (VPSB/PIA10)
DOH-10 Regional Director Dr. Adriano Subaan demonstrates proper hand-washing and tooth hygiene. (DOH 10)
“At first, it was a challenge for our general public to internalize the health protocol standards since it was still new but as of now, in my observation the public has adapted these measures in our public spaces,” PNP-10 Spokesperson PCapt. Francisco Sabud shared during Talakayan sa PIA, noting the paradigm shift when it comes to minimum health safety protocol compliance for the mitigation of COVID-19 in region.
Sabud reiterated that their role of imposing NIATF guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and containment has shifted from strictly establishing ‘BIDA Solusyon’ to now merely reminding and encouraging the general public for compliance, lauding establishments such as malls and businesses for proactively having marshals in ensuring health compliance for their patrons.
Crime watch and war on drugs
In terms of crime neutralization in the region, the PNP-10’s Enhance Managing Police Operation (EMPO) consistently have provincial directors present prevailing crimes in their area of responsibility to strategize and adjust police deployment in converging areas to cater to the incidents.
“As of December, we have high murder case rates in Northern Mindanao, two in Bukidnon, one in Misor, two in Lanao Del Norte, one Misamis Occidental, and one in Iligan. We also have three homicide cases in Bukidnon, one in Iligan, and one in MisOr,” Sabud shared.
He also disclosed that they have found a surge of rape cases at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine stay-at-home order, especially in domestic households in remote areas with minors comprising most of the victim statistics.
“These crimes we have gathered are already filed in prosecutors’ office and are now awaiting trial,” Sabud said.
Further, due to the shift of digitalization in adaption of COVID-19 protocols, the PNP-10 regional anti-cyber-crime group are working overtime in ensuring the protection of minors from exploitation, online scammers, and online fraud.
To boost policing capabilities, Sabud said their modernization program for 2020 included in the establishment of a grandstand accommodating 500 persons in their Police Regional Office, and the renovation of their main building in camp Alagar.
In-line with the administration’s war against drugs, Sabud shared that they have conducted 44 illegal operations in the whole of region 10 and have arrested 66 individuals, with only 3 armed confrontations. Seizing an estimated of weight of 270,245 grams amounting to P1,409,266 in their December operation.
“Despite the pandemic, we are still prioritizing illegal drugs, since it is the mandate of our administration; we are also going with the holistic approach by trying to neutralize illegal activities as much as possible,” the spokesperson added.
As for their support with Executive Order (EO) 70, the PNP-10 cites that they are proactively building strong community engagement in isolated villages by providing peace and security in those areas alongside the AFP and other government agencies.
“Us in the PNP, we are not in the offensive level but are mostly doing police works, our mobile forces, are the ones who address the insurgency problems and we support them in any way possible,” Sabud shared, adding that they are working closely with the military, as the PNP-10 validates sightings and reports of communist activities.
With more than 30 NEDA-10 and Regional Development Council–10 staff in attendance, the course aims to equip the staff with basic competencies on internal quality audit and prepare them to be internal auditors of the organization’s quality management system (QMS).
The NEDA-X Management wants to ensure the availability of a pool of well-trained internal quality auditors of its QMS.
The training conducted by Infoadvance, Inc. enhanced the participants’ understanding of Internal Audit as an essential component of any management system as it serves as a quality tool to check the effectiveness of processes in delivering intended results and trigger improvements.
Aurelio L. Ebita, lead auditor and trainer, underscored that the overall intent of internal audit is to achieve conformity and effectiveness and not to find nonconformities. Should a nonconformity arise, it is raised against a process and not against a person, for improvement.
On December 23, 2020, the SOCOTEC Certification International issued a new Certificate of Registration for ISO 9001:2015 to NEDA-X which will expire September 21, 2023, covering the processes of Socioeconomic and Physical Planning and Policy, Technical and Advisory, Investment Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and Support Services. The first certification was issued September 21, 2017 and expired September 21, 2020. (NEDA10/PIA10)
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 conducts an online training course on Effective Internal Audit for ISO 9001:2015, December 28-29, 2020, to continually improve its operations and delivery of services. (NEDA 10)
During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 29, Agabe says aside from providing facility or equipment for COVID-19 response, the government also continuously monitor the skills training needed by LGUs down to the barangay level. (DILG 10)
To ensure zero to low firework-related injuries and stop illicit illegal firework trade in the city, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cagayan de Oro City (DILG-CDO) and Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 have bolstered their campaign to police illegal firework trade in city while also ensuring COVID-19 health safety practices.
“As far as DILG is concerned, there are no changes in the guidelines for Iwas Paputok as of now, even with the PNP, I understand there is now a draft being presented to the secretary probably integrating there-in the COVID present situation but in the meantime, we are still using the same guidelines from 2018,” shared DILG-CDO City Director Jane Docallos during Talakayan sa PIA.
Using the Memorandum Order No. 31 of 2018, the DILG-10 alongside the PNP-10 conducts inspections to ensure manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and users of pyrotechnic devices are in compliance with safety guidelines under existing law, rules, and regulation under RA No. 7183.
“In terms of fire crackers and pyrotechnics devices in Cagayan de Oro we still haven’t caught anyone, which is a good sign that people are following our guidelines, in Misamis Oriental however, we have seized around 3 cartons,” PNP-10 Regional Civil Security Unit Asst Chief PMaj. Rocky Neri said.
Neri attributed the city’s zero violations to their ensured cooperation with legal dealers, “here in Cagayan de Oro, we only have two dealers of firework devices, which means that those retailers’ permits given by the RCSU-10 can only be bought from certified sources.”
As far as community involvement is concerned, Docallos shared in addition to COVID-19 health practices engagement, they are also working with other government agencies in advocating regulated firecrackers celebrations in the local government units and their areas of responsibility.
“We are closely monitoring sellers, we are targeting zero casualties and injuries, the government can only do so much, the regulators can only do so much, everything will depend on the cooperation of everybody especially the community,” she emphasized.List of banned firecrackers based on the 2018 guidelines include Watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large Judas belt, large bawang, pillbox, bosa, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rocket, lolo thunder, coke in can, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, giant whistle bomb and kabasi. (VPSB/PIA10)
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA)--Members of Local Legislative Bodies of the 29 Ending Local Communists Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Municipalities participated in the initiative of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 to gather local legislators and provide a training on CDP/LDIP Retooling in Aid of Local Legislation, November 19-20.
The department has provided comprehensive perspective to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan/ Sangguniang Barangay members to instill better understanding on the process of planning, budgeting, and resource mobilization through the discussion of Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP)—President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority program aimed towards putting an end to local armed communists in the country.
“It [CDP] serves as the LGU’s road map to progress and development. It contains the strategic plans for five development sectors namely economic, environment, social, institution, and infrastructure,” DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said, highlighting the importance of CDP as one of the major plans mandated under the Local Government Code of 1991.
Moreover, Agabe emphasized the presence of government through RCSP to the ELCAC barangays of Region 10.
“We should continue to let everyone know that the government is there because that is our mandate and that is where we are best, rendering effective and efficient public service to everyone,” he added.
Furthermore, LGOO VI Jacillo Orongan presented the latest related issuances of the local legislation in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic. Issuances include the department’s memorandum on the mandatory wearing of face masks in public areas, guidelines on the risk-based public health standards for COVID-19, the establishment of Local Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (LESUs), among others.
The two-day webinar workshop ended with Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Chief and LGOO VII Hazel L. Occeña discussing the dynamics and mechanics of the CDP and the Local Development Investment Program. Further, she stressed the importance and crucial role of LGUs in advancing the country’s competitiveness and ease of doing business. (DILG10/PIA10)
Based on the recent announcement of DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, minors from general community quarantine (GCQ) areas will be allowed to go out and shop for the holidays as long as they are accompanied by their parents, DILG-10 Assistant Regional Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga says during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, December 1. (DILG 10)
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