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 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.



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.


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

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

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