PHYSICAL DISTANCING


 Two vendors practice physical distancing as they walk several meters apart as they carry the products they sell at a road shoulder in Sual town last June 5.CESAR RAMIREZ 

June 17, 2020 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Seven Pangasinenses positive for corona virus


LINGAYEN – Seven more Pangasinenses were confirmed to have contracted the corona virus as of June 7.

Two of them are from Agno town – a 53 year old jail officer and a 54-year old ambulance driver. Both are male and both are from Poblacion East of the town.

The third positive case, also a male, is a 37 year old bodyguard from Tagudin village in Mabini.

The three cases are asymptomatic but underwent Targeted Mass Testing (RT-PCR) last June 3 conducted by the Pangasinan Provincial Health Office.

In Sual, four fresh cases were reported as a result of the local government unit’s “Test, Trace and Treat,” a statement of the LGU said.

The statement did not give information about the patients, only saying that they are medical frontliners and returning residents who were subjected to PCR test being undertaken by the LGU and the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center.

The statement said the former patient was retested and confirmed to be positive anew of the virus.

Mayor Dong Calugay said the targeted mass testing will continue to identify those who are affected and prevent infection of others.

He said remedial measures are in place, such as the isolation of the affected residents, food assistance, appropriate medical attention and disinfection of their houses.

June 17, 2020 at 6:59 am Leave a comment

High-risk industry workers volunteer for COVID 19 test


DAGUPAN CITY – One Friday morning, ambulant vendor Maricel Erfe, 33, left the fish she was selling to avail of the free rapid antibody test for CoVID 19 offered by the city government to high-risk industry workers.

“We have to prioritize this (testing) because we want to be sure of our health and life,  as we do not know our enemy and we deal with many costumers,” Erfe, a mother of four kids, said.

Pedro Ceralde, 60, a tricycle driver, also came early to be tested although he thought he was not infected of the deadly disease because he practices good hygiene and has alcohol in his tricycle for the use of his passengers.

But it is the exactly the asymptomatic residents why the government is conducting rapid antibody testing, Mayor Brian Lim said.

“Our goal is to ensure that the asymptomatic persons won’t infect the immunocompromised or vulnerable persons. It is better to have 100 cases and zero death than one case and one death,” he said.

He cited the case of the 80-year old fatality from the city who got the virus from someone who came from Metro Manila but who showed no symptoms for the disease.

“We do not know who the infected are unless we conduct risk-based testing which is synonymous with targeted mass testing. It is the only way,” Lim said, adding that the city government purchased 2,000 rapid test kits for industry workers who would be prioritized based on their being high risk.

Among the vulnerable industries “invited” to the free testing are market vendors, tricycle operators and drivers association, delivery service providers, boatmen, security guards, fire brigade volunteers, food establishment operators, grocery and supermarket personnel, banks and other vulnerable industries.

Those found reactive will be immediately swabbed for specimens which will be sent to the Philippine Red Cross for confirmatory tests using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

The city government is also conducting the RT-PCR test for frontliners and has so far swabbed 758 persons. Fourteen of them tested positive for the corona virus and 13 were confined at the Region 1 Medical Center and one at the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital.

Lim said the city government purchased 2,140 PCR and 2,000 anti-rapid test kits for the risk-based testing activity.  The city has partnered with the Red Cross of the Philippines whose laboratory is used for the tests.

“We cannot test everyone, not even the rich countries can do that, so we are targeting those who face risks daily,” he said, adding that the city plans to buy more test kits.

Lim also said there was no need to be afraid whenever positive cases are found out.

“You should over the fear of seeing positive patients. Finding asymptomatic is not negative (development), but a positive one, so you can do contract tracing , isolating, treating,” he said, after he got reports that Dagupan gets negative image because of having the most number of positive cases among LGUs in Pangasinan.

“Ano ito, contest na pababaan ng number of cases? Then let us not test anymore so we will not find the asymptomatic cases and have zero cases,” he said.

While most LGUs conduct clinical testing for COVID 19, or tests only those who have symptoms of the disease, Dagupan is conducting epidemiological testing which studies the spread of the disease in a certain population.

 

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June 17, 2020 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

BFAR to fish transporters: Call us when not allowed through checkpoints


SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ilocos Region called on fish transporters to call up the BFAR offices if they are not allowed to pass through quarantine checkpoints,  Segundina Gaerlan, officer in charge of BFAR region I office, said.

Gaerlan said the office has been coordinating with the Local Government Units about the need to allow unhampered passage of fish deliveries, including trucks and refrigerated vans, to the National Capital Region and other places/6o 64.

Fish and fish products are included in the agricultural products that should be allowed to pass through the “food lane,” as detailed in the memorandum circular issued by Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

The circular exempted trucks and suppliers  from restrictions set by the local government units (LGUs) from point of origin to the destination area and vice versa.

But Gaerlan advised the fish traders to bring the documents needed by shippers when transporting products from point of origin to other places.

These are food pass issued by the BFAR, food pass accreditation, OR/CR of the vehicle, certificate of employment, Local Transport Permit, copy of the Department of Agriculture Circular and copy of the Department of Interior and Local Government memorandum.

Those transporting live shrimp, tilapia and seaweeds also need to get health certificates of the products, Gaerlan said.

The BFAR region I office has issued 186 food passes to traders transporting fish to different provinces, since March 14.

The passes are meant to ensure that movement of fish and fish products would be unhampered during the 30-day quarantine period.

The BFAR has also issued a total of 467 Local Transport Permits (LTP), 218 of which are for traders bringing fish and fish products to National Capital Region.

The LTP is for domestic movement or authorization for an individual to transport fish and aquatic products, ensuring that the products being transported are safe for human consumption.

The 418 LTPs covered  1,529,707.50 kilos of fish, valued at P202,589,625.

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June 16, 2020 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Education During A Global Pandemic


By Jerry R. Tamayo

As of this writing the lethal phantom Corona Virus Disease-19 (Covid-19) pandemic claimed 413,648 people’s lives, 7,318,131 cases, and 3,602,603 recovered worldwide (June 10, 2020 Worldometers.info).

Before the May 26, 2020 declaration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that there would be no face-to-face school classes in the country because the deadly airborne virus has no vaccine yet, several quarters have been rattled while some public  figures have their opinions on how to wiggle out from the deadly claws of Convid-19. (more…)

June 16, 2020 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

PhilRice calls on LGU to support rice farmers 


The Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA-PhilRice) appeals for support from the local government units on ensuring rice supply in the country amid Covid-19 pandemic.
“We appeal for local chief executives and their lead agriculturists to allow and facilitate the delivery and distribution of seed provisions from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF)-Seed Program,” Flordeliza H. Bordey, PhilRice deputy executive director, said.
Adhering to the measures prescribed by Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Bordey said RCEF-Seed Program had endorsed a protocol earlier this month.
Although mass gatherings during seed distribution are highly discouraged, the adhoc protocol still allows timely distribution to early planters.
Under the protocol, RCEF beneficiaries will claim high-quality inbred seeds in their convenient time at the LGU agriculture offices or designated drop-off points.
Authorized representatives may also claim the seeds for their farmers’ group provided they have the filled-out proof of receipt forms, Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) stubs, valid IDs, and signed authorization letter.
Implementers and farmer-recipients are also encouraged to use face masks and sanitizers and monitor their body temperature.
In Isulan, Sultan Kuldarat, Ommal H. Abdulkadil, PhilRice Midsayap RCEF Focal Person commended the local government unit in implementing door-to-door seed delivery.
“LGU Isulan acknowledges the urgency of this government service. Despite the province’s enhanced community quarantine status, implementers mobilize their partners and maximize resources to provide farmers with easy access on certified seeds,” Abdulkadil shared.
Under RCEF-Seed Program, distribution started first week of April for early planters in Region 3, 5, 6, 9, and 12. For wet season this year, over 1.2 million farmers will benefit from the 2.5 million bags of certified inbred seeds at 20kg/bag.

May 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Napalawig muli ang ECQ


Simula sa Mayo 1, may mga bagong sistema ang ginawa ng pamahalaan sa pagpapatupad ng home quarantine sa bansa. Ang Luzon na napailalim sa Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) ay may mga Rehiyon at lalawigan na naiwan sa pagpapatupad nito. May mga lugar naman sa Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao na isailalim ng tinatawag na General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

 Sa ECQ, ang mga naiwan sa Luzon ay ang CALABARZON na kinabibilangan ng mga lalawigan ng Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal at Quezon, National Capital Region o Metro Manila, Rehiyon 3 na kinabibilangan ng mga lalawigan ng Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales at Tarlac, at sa Rehiyon I ang lalawigan ng Pangasinan.

 Ang mga nasa loob o ipasailalim ng ECQ ay matatawag na mga “high-risk areas” na kung saan ang bilang ng positibo sa COVID-19 ay dumarami. Yong mga nasa ilalim naman ng GCQ ay nabibilang sa “moderate-risk” at “low-risk” na mga probinsiya o lugar. Ayon sa Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID), may mga lalawigan na nasa listahan ng ECQ na maaaring mabago tungo sa “Moderate-risk” at “low-risk” na klasipikasyon. (more…)

May 19, 2020 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Filipinos’ sense of humor surface amid the threat of COVID-19


Filipinos are known to be brave, resilient, industrious and tenacious people in this part of the world. We can rise above all calamities, adversities and problems that befell on us. We could move on easily, not by forgetting the past behind us, but our desire to survive and move again for better lives. vir

 The threat posed by COVID-19 to the whole world does not leave the Filipinos unaffected. We are all affected by the virus since we do not know when it will attack or infect us. There is always that fear, oblivious of what tomorrow can bring. But the fear does not cow most of us. The life among us seems normal except perhaps of the mandatory home quarantine, social distancing, use of face mask, limited mobility,etc. The smiles and laughters are still there. The cracking of jokes among us is still parts of our daily activities. These make our lives and activities lighter in the midst of COVID-19. (more…)

May 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

PWD produces PPEs for health frontliners


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ASINGAN- A physical disability is not a hindrance to help and be productive in helping our health frontliners in this time of COVID-19, where lack of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) becomes a problem.

This was proven true by Samuel Villoria, Resident of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in this town where he sewed 80 pieces of PPEs for the use of the town’s health frontliners.

Villoria, who figured out in an accident where he lost his right foot, gave his service free in sewing the PPEs.

“ It’s better to help other people out of love than doing nothing but to rant. The best way is to help,” Villoria said. (more…)

May 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Villasis youth group makes quarantine period educational, productive


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Barangobong village here has found ways to make the two-month long Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) productive and educational not only among the youth but all residents in the village.

At the outset of the ECQ, SK Chair Bernie James Advincula, with the help of the SK kagawads (young legislators), spearheaded a fund raising campaign for health kits to be distributed in the village households consisting of soaps, washable face masks, health tips, etc, which were placed inside recycled paper bags under the project #IwaSKorona Barangay.

“ We were able to distribute more than 800 health kits as our contribution to deter the spread of COVID-19 in our barangay. We were hard up in producing our kits, but thanks to International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI)  and other donors for helping us on our project,” Advincula said.

Advincula extended his thanks to his fellow youth officials composed of SK Kgd. Jephamae Ravida, SK Kgd. Joyce Gamboa, SK Kgd. Merivic Dianne Delfinado, SK Kgd. Melissa del Finado, SK Kgd. Conrado Acosta, Jr., SK Treasurer Mathushiela Manzano, and to other youth volunteers namely, Ms. Mary Joy Salazar, Karen Salazar, Jasper Mabasa, Jessa Gamboa, and Michael Fronda.

He said that in order for the youth in the village to productively manage their boredom, the SK also launched the “Tuklas Kaalaman” through posting of trivia questions associated with the ECQ and COVID-19.

“We allotted prizes to those who correctly answered the trivia questions to encourage them to read about the virus, the ECQ rules and regulations as well as health protocols. Many youth in the villages participated in that activity,” he said.

After the “Tuklas Kaalaman”, funny videos through the TikTok application were also encouraged among the youth dubbed as TikTok Challenge where the winners were declared the TikTokeRisks of the village.

The winners were given prizes: P500.00 for the grand winner (Jayson Bagacay), P300.00  for the 1st runner-up (Dexter John Bambalan), P200.00 for the 2nd runner-up (Aurelio Salazar), P100.00 for the People’s Choice (Kimberly Anne Basconcillo), and P50.00 worth of cellphone load each to seven consolation prize winners.

Through the group’s Facebook account, the Sangguniang Kabataan also helped in posting updates on barangay and municipal activities particularly on relief operations, health tips and ECQ operations.

“ We have a new home quarantine challenge among our youth in the village. We just launched an essay writing contest #MensaHero with the theme, “Mensahe ng Kabataan Para sa Makabagong Bayaning Frontliners”. This should be written in Filipino, which is  composed of 300 to 500 words. It is opened to 12 to 22 years old, either in high school or college,” Advincula said.

He said that they will be accepting entries on April 25 and ends on April 30.

The entries will be judged on the following criteria: Kinalaman sa Tema (Theme Content)- 40%, Pagkakaayos ng Kaisipan (Coherency of Thoughts)- 30%, Istilo at Husay ng Paglalahad (Style and Creativity)- 30%, or a Kabuuan (Total) of 100%.

May 19, 2020 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

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