COWD turned 48 on August 1 and amidst this extremely challenging pandemic we dare to proudly celebrate, albeit armored with masks and face shields, our company’s well-deserved milestone. Why shouldn’t we? For COWD has bravely faced this pandemic head on and continued to make potable water accessible to the population when it is most needed.
Mindful of ECQ guidelines and the safety of everyone, we shall celebrate in the “new normal” style beginning with a virtual Mass on August 2, followed by fun Virtual Games with special prizes, and a Face Mask Design Contest as a tribute to the valiant medical frontliners. It is a simple affair that also includes handing out hygiene kits to our valued customers.
Owing to our present quarantine status, we regrettably have to postpone to a later date some activities such as the giving out of Employee Service Awards and our Blood Drive. All in the name of love and support, for our city, country, and the world, in order that we might see the end of COVID-19 soon.
“Laban lang!” as we say. We will continue to serve, whatever happens, not only because we need to, but because we want to!
Happy Anniversary COWD! (PR)
Barangay Canitoan Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chair Nador Jun Datahan (right) says they implement the Urban Container Household Gardening Program of the city and have included such in their six-year plan as well as they conduct various webinars to educate the youth on their roles in the society during the CORDS-X Podcast with Communications Sec. Martin Andanar (left), July 24. (CORDS-X)
Per Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular 21-28, health and emergency frontline services; manufacturing of medical supplies and devices; and essential retail trade and service establishments can continue to operate at full capacity in areas under ECQ.
Food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries can also open at 100% operational capacity, but its services are limited to delivery and takeout only. Outdoor or indoor dine-in services are not allowed.
Other establishments/industries allowed to operate at 100% capacity include: agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; logistics providers (delivery and courier services; cargo handling; warehousing; trucking; freight forwarding; shipping); manufacturing of food and other essential goods such as but not limited to soap and detergents, diapers, personal hygiene products, etc.; public and private financial service providers involved in the distribution of government grants and amelioration subsidies;
Business process outsourcing establishments (BPOs), and export-oriented businesses, including mining and quarrying activities; manufacturing, distribution and/or supply of equipment or products necessary to perform construction or maintenance works (cement and steel, or spare parts), essential and priority construction projects, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways, and public transport providers and operators subject to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) guidelines.
Media establishments and their total permanent staff complement, inclusive of reporters and other field employees can continue their operations in areas under ECQ but at 50% operational capacity.
Meanwhile, the following business establishments, persons, or activities are recommended to continue with a skeleton workforce: dental, rehabilitation, optometry and other medical clinics for the treatment of illness or injuries (limited to emergency cases only); veterinary clinics; banks, money transfer services, including pawnshops only insofar as performing money transfer functions; capital markets; water supply and janitorial services; energy sector; telecommunications companies;
Airline and aircraft maintenance; funeral and embalming services; security personnel; printing establishments; repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment; repair and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized vehicles; leasing of real and personal properties; employment activities that involve the recruitment and placement for permitted sectors;
Teachers, professors and other staff for purposes of conducting online/offline, and flexible classes; lawyers; other establishments, to the extent necessary for the buying and selling of consumer goods or services via the internet; and payroll managers, and such other employees required for the processing of payroll, and accounting firms.
Establishments under Category 2, 3, 4 of the DTI MC such as non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments (mall-based or otherwise), driving schools, testing and tutorial centers, outdoor or indoor sports, social events, beauty salons and barbershops, cinemas, and amusement parks are not allowed to open during ECQ. (DTI-10/PIA-10)
Courtesy: DSWD-10 Facebook
A total of 637 hog raisers received P10.81 million worth of African Swine Fever (ASF) indemnity from the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office (DA-RFO)-10 as the agency capped the first batch of ASF payout in 17 barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, July 16.
The DA indemnifies P5,000 for each pig culled on account of the ASF contagion.
Aside from the DA’s payout, the hog raisers also received P2,000 cash assistance from the City Government of CDO earlier this year.
The indemnity rollout is undertaken in close coordination with the City Agriculture Office, particularly in registering the bonafide hog raisers to DA's official farmers and fishers' registry, Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture.
Validation of the ASF-affected areas and profiling of hog raisers are jointly conducted with the City Veterinary Office.
The DA is optimistic such assistance will help hog raisers to start alternative livelihood as means to recuperate from the ASF infestation, especially since they are temporarily prohibited to raise hogs until their area is cleared for swine repopulation.
Elsira Niebla, 51, a hog raiser from Barangay Tumpagon said the P10,000 indemnity she received out of two pigs culled is helpful enough for a livelihood amid the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic.
"Pasalamat mi sa DA. Bisan tuod gikuha ang among baboy, gibayaran mi para makabangon mi sa among panginabuhian. Akong gamiton kini nga hinabang para mag-negosyo sama sa pagpangompra sa lubi ug saging," she said.
(We are very grateful of DA. Although our pigs were culled, we were paid so that we can go on with our livelihood. I am planning to use the assistance in trading coconut and banana)
The first two ASF cases here were reported in Barangays San Simon and Mambuaya and this was confirmed, February 8 this year, following the issuance of confirmatory laboratory test result by DA-10.
Thereafter, the cases ballooned, affecting 17 barangays in the city and resulted to depopulation of a total 3,783 hogs, as of date.
"We are concerned that our hog raisers' livelihood was compromised, but we have to do what is best to protect the region's hog industry. As for now, we will be implementing recovery programs that would help our hog raisers, especially the backyard raisers, to gain their livelihood. Part of the program is strict implementation of the Bantay ASF sa Barangay and the rollout of Swine Insurance Program of the Philippine Crop Insurance, Corp.," Collado said.
Currently DA-10 is processing the second batch indemnity worth P6,650,000 for the 1,330 culled hogs of 306 hog raisers in the city. It is eyed that the fund will be ready for release within the third quarter of the year.
Meanwhile, Collado is calling out the support of the region’s hog industry stakeholders to beef up the DA's campaign to contain the ASF infestation in the region.
“To contain and manage the spread of ASF requires immediate and coordinated action. And so we are calling for the continued support and active participation of the hog raisers, the private sector and the local governments in the implementation of DA’s projects and programs to revitalize Northern Mindanao’s hog industry,” Collado said. (DA-10/PIA-10)
By PJ Orias
THERE were kids, some teens, all smiling and
gleeful kids, playing outside of a bungalow house ignoring the heat of the sun,
too pre-occupied with playing and talking to each other.
Little did we know that these are not just normal kids, these are extraordinary kids, fighting a battle against Leukemia, for years.
Celebrating its first year, the Northern Mindanao Daily Source (NMDS) gives back to the cancer patients kids who are at the care of Leukemia Parents and Patients Organization (Leupapo Inc.) in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro, after surviving and thriving in one of the most difficult years the world have had.
The men and women behind the NMDS distributed essential goods, such as variety of food, face masks, shields, alcohol, and ice cream for the kids, courtesy of Jollibee, Swiss Daniel Restobar, Krispy Kreme, Zaka, Maces Skills Training Institute Inc. Erwin Trinidad, and Pinly Fanugao.
Alwen Saliring, NMDS executive editor, commits that the company will continue to support the causes of the organization in its future endeavours.
“We are happy that in the little blessings we get, we are also able to share these with you, strong little warriors,” Saliring said in a message to the kids.
Reczel Clarabal, the man behind Leupapo Inc. also expressed gratitude to the media organization for their helping hand especially in this time of the pandemic.
“Kaning mga bata nga mga less fortunate gikan pa ni sila ug Zamboanga, Surigao, Cotabato, Bukidnon walay kasak-an, walay kapuy-an, nia ang Leupapo Inc. para kanila,” Clarabal said.
“This is the beginning of our partnership,” he added.
Leupapo Inc. will celebrate its anniversary on September 27, five years of taking in and taking care of the Leukemia patients and parents.
For donations, please contact Mr. Clarabal at 0997-350-8221.
The application, processing and release of police clearance are now made easier for the public with the availability of services at the mall.
Last year, the Department of the Interior and Local Government announced that applicants may register online or at a police station obtain the clearance needed for job applications and the like.
The newest satellite office is located at the fifth level at SM Downtown Premiere and open from Monday to Friday, 10 am in the morning until 6:00 pm.
Source: Renato C. Leduna Jr./SM Group Public Relations Manager
They were identified as Privates Mel Mark Angana, Mark Nash Lumanta, Vic Monera, and Marcelino Alquisar, from Bukidnon; Private Raymar Carmona of Agusan del Norte; and Seargeant Butch Maestro of Misamis Oriental.
Courtesy: Nef Luczon/PNA
As the vaccination rollout continues in northern Mindanao, another 30,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines arrived, June 22 at the Laguindingan Airport bound for the region’s two most populous cities.
“We received 30,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines from the Covax Facility. These are targeted allocations from the central office for Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City,” said Local Health Support Division Chief Dr. David Mendoza of the Department of Health (DOH)-10.
He said 20,000 of the 30,000 doses are earmarked for Cagayan de Oro City and 10,000 for Iligan City.
The DOH, he said, had specifically prioritized the two cities to get the vaccines since these areas were regarded to have a high illness burden.
Despite the fact that the two cities are being prioritized for vaccines’ allocation, Mendoza assured the rest of the province in the region and its residents that there are still sufficient doses for everyone.
He also clarified that the beneficiaries of the newly received allotment are all set to begin their second dose as scheduled.
“The delivery and arrival of vaccines are accelerating. We hope that the LGUs would strive to convince their community members to be vaccinated. If we have a fast vaccination rollout, it would be easier to stop [the virus] and our cases would drop faster,” Mendoza said.
To date, the vaccination roll out for A1 is at 96 percent; A2 is at 25 percent—with a population of around 316,000; and A3 is at 18-20 percent, where the target population is roughly 321,000. (JAKA/PIA-10)
Thirty thousand doses of Sinovac vaccines arrive at Laguindingan Airport on Tuesday. These are intended specifically for northern Mindanao’s two highly urbanized cities. Cagayan de Oro will receive 20,000 doses while Iligan City will get 10,000. (JAKA/PIA-10)
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