Component municipalities in expanded Health Care Providers Network
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 6, 2020) – Dr. Arvin Alejandro (left), provincial health officer, and Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon preside over the 1st Provincial Local Health Board Meeting on July 3 at the Capitol gymnasium. One of the agenda was the implementation and expansion of Sarangani Province Health Care Providers Network (HCPN) to involve the different component municipalities as one local health board in the province. Further actions to combat Covid-19 were also discussed. Governor Solon reminded all the municipal local chief executives to encourage their constituents to use the Staysafe.Ph app, a social distancing, health condition reporting and digital contact tracing system that helps the users and the government to monitor Covid-19 cases in the Philippines. (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
DOH XII gears up for 3rd round of Mindanao-wide oral polio vaccination
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 6, 2020) – Aristides Tan, Department of Health (DOH) XII regional director, attends the 1st Provincial Local Health Board Meeting on July 3 at the Capitol gym. The conference was attended by Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, municipal mayors, Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, and other guests. For DOH XII updates, Tan said the 3rd round of Mindanao-wide bivalent oral polio vaccination (bOPV) for children 0-59 months old will resume on July 20 to August 2. Tan noted that the 2-week long activity will follow minimum health protocols and guidelines against COVID-19, and door-to-door vaccination strategy will be implemented. (Jake Narte - Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
ALTRANSMULCO drivers get gov’t subsidy as passenger capacity cut by half
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 3, 2020) – Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, commuters from Poblacion, Alabel observe the new system in riding public transportation on July 2 as part of the guidelines under the “new normal” scheme. Jimmy Molejon, a member of the board of Alabel Transport Multipurpose Cooperative (ALTRANSMULCO), said “halos tulo ka-bulan mi wala kapamasada kay amo jung gituman ang protocol nga gipagawas sa gobyerno nga wala usay byahe, so naapektohan jud sa lockdown pati ang among panginabuhi”. Under the new normal, from the usual 18-passenger maximum capacity, ALTRANSMULCO reduced their passenger load to nine to follow the 50% maximum capacity to ensure that physical distancing is applied. Despite the situation, Molejon said “wala mi nag over-charge sa among pamasahe”. Passengers in ALTRANSMULCO terminal were also observed to undergo foot bath, thermal scanning, hand sanitizing, and fill-up their locator slip. He added, “pasalamat pud mig dako sa atong gobyerno diri sa Alabel tungod sa subsidy na ilang ginahatag tungod sa reduced capacity, ang katunga sa pamasahe na amo untang kitaon kay gi-abunohan sa atong munisipyo pinaagi sa pag-pasa namo og monthly report sa among nasakay na mga pasahero.” (Jake Narte-Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Mayor Bryan takes baby turtles to sea
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 2, 2020) - Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit releases some of the 441 newly-hatched turtles in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month at the Pawikan Learning Center in Barangay Kiambing on June 30. The celebration coincides with World Environment Day, which is marked on June 5 every year. As of June, the center has released almost 10,000 pawikan hatchlings belonging to the Green Sea and Olive Ridley turtle species making Maitum number one in Sarangani for most numbers of pawikan hatchlings released from the month of January 2020 to June 30. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Maitum celebrates Philippine Environment Month
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 2, 2020) - Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit helps Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nannette R. Nacional (right) in releasing 441 newly-hatched turtles in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month at the Pawikan Learning Center in Barangay Kiambing on June 30. June was declared Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 237 signed on April 4, 1988 by President Corazon Aquino. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Maitum raises Covid-19 alert in countryside too
MAITUM, Sarangani (July 2, 2020) - Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit calls for an emergency meeting on Covid-19 at JLC Hall on June 30. The meeting was participated in by the Vice Mayor Tito Balazon, Sangguniang Bayan Members, 19 barangay captains with their councils, department heads and the municipal employees where he urged the resiliency of everyone to combat the spread of Covid-19 in Maitum. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
Zoning imposed in Maasim vs. Covid-19
ALABEL, Sarangani (July 2, 2020) – Sarangani province and its municipalities continue to heighten efforts in containing COVID-19 as new cases spike among Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in the province.
On July 1, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro said the province has recorded five active Covid-19 positive cases.
But on the other hand, as of July 1, the Department of Health confirmed on Facebook seven total Covid-19 positive cases in Sarangani.
Dr. Alejandro said the latest is a 52-year-old ROF from Maasim with a travel history from Manila who resulted positive in the RT-PCR test.
“She is from Barrio Site in Maasim, arrived in Sarangani directly to the municipal quarantine facility, particularly in a school sa Colon 2AM of June 21, and a swab was taken and found out to be positive sa COVID,” Alejandro said.
Presently, the patient is already admitted at the Sarangani Healthcare Facility and is in a stable condition.
Maasim Mayor Zyrex Pacquiao, however, placed Bo. Site under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) after being identified as a critical zone for COVId-19, through Executive Order No. 01-2019-55.
Mayor Pacquiao said the action was taken in order to expand the contact tracing for the town’s first Covid-19 case and prevent the possible spread of the disease.
“Si Maasim patient naay mga relatives nga dili siguro nakasabot sa status ug unsay mahitabo kung magduol sila sa ilang relative na OFW. That is why with our information, nahibaw-an nato nga naay mga 25 na relatives nga nagduol didto sa atong pasyente. This has been traced already, and we have identified 19 who have been in close contact to the patient. And na-swab na ni sila tanan kaning 19 and currently isolated and close-monitored,” said Alejandro.
“We went there, together with the governor, and nahisgutan nato that we will be implementing, or the municipality will be implementing the new National Task Force guideline on zoning, wherein the Bo. Site per se has been categorized as the critical zone, hence the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) shall be implemented.”
Alejandro said under ECQ “only really essential travels, only one per household ang allowed, and there shall be no new entry from outsiders. And then yung GCQ natin is yung mga essential workers makagawas sila, mas loosen konti ang security.”
Also, according to Mayor Pacquiao, Purok 4b, Colon and Sitio San Roque in Barangay Malbang are considered Containment Zone and will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ); Colon Proper and Chapter Malipayon, Malbang shall be considered Buffer Zone and will follow protocols under general community quarantine (GCQ); while other places not mentioned shall be considered as Outside Buffer Zones.
Critical Zone is an area/s where a new case or clustered Covid-19 cases are identified in the past seven days, Containment Zone are areas without new Covid-19 cases but are adjacent to the Critical Zone, while Buffer Zones are areas without new Covid-19 cases but are adjacent to the Containment Zone.
Mayor Pacquiao said family members and other relatives of the patient have breached protocols and visited her while under isolation.
“We need the social media, the tri-media and the local leaders to disseminate the information of the importance of social or physical distancing, to disseminate the information of extending a bit more up to 14 days na mag-sacrifice lang sa nga dili sa muduol sa atong mga OFWs ug LSIs, and as well as our LSIs and OFWs to understand nga dili sa pugson nga makaduol ang relatives nila during the quarantine period because this is for the safety of everybody,” Dr. Alejandro said.
“We have our police at ating mga sundalo who will help us in the security during the ECQ or GCQ or in MGCQ kasi we still need to screen yung mga pumapasok sa atin. Dako ang tabang nila especially in the contact tracing, because they have the manpower. Our health staff, on the other hand, should be responsible only supposedly on any health-related issues service provision. So tabangay ta tanan,” he added. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Donations keep coming in for Covid-19 frontline workers
ALABEL, Sarangani (June 30, 2020) – Vicente T. Lao Construction, whose line of business includes the construction of non-residential buildings, donates medical supplies to the provincial government on June 30 at the Capitol gym. Anna Angela Flores, (center) a representative from Vicente T. Lao Construction, turned over to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) thru PDRRMO operations section chief Robert Lubonting (right) some 300 pieces of Boson rapid test kits, 50 boxes of face masks, 300 pieces of KN95 masks, 50 pieces of thermo guns, 400 pieces of anti-fog safety goggles, 50 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPEs), and 300 pieces of face shields for Covid-19 medical and frontline workers in the province. (Jake Narte – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Secretary Lapeña to RTF-ELCAC: We have to act now
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 29, 2020) – Secretary Isidro Lapeña (right), Director General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), hands over the plaque of appreciation to Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon for being the host province of the 8th Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) meeting on June 26 at Greenleaf Hotel. The meeting was attended by different regional directors, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, municipal mayors and Local Chief Executives in SOCCSKSARGEN region, and other national agencies. “We have to act now, wag ng ipag-pabukas pa para maiparating natin ang serbisyo ng gobyerno sa mga malalayong lugar at sa mga nangangailangan. We have to step up more efforts and we need to get more people to be involved sa ating vision,” Secretary Lapeña said. “Despite the pandemic, we will still continue with our efforts to push through this project.” (Jake Narte- Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Sarangani hosts 8th RTF-ELCAC meeting
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (June 29, 2020) – Sarangani Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon hosts the 8th Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) meeting on June 26 at Greenleaf Hotel. Some participants of the meeting attended via Zoom to minimize the number of people in the venue and to maintain the minimum health protocol. During the meeting, Solon, other Local Chief Executives, and regional government agencies showed their support in the implementation of Executive Order Number 70 or the institutionalized whole-of-nation approach in obtaining exclusive and sustainable peace-giving as an effective solution against communist-terrorists. One of the agenda during the meeting was the presentation of highlights of the Indigenous People Empowered as Agripreneurs towards a Collective End (IPEACE) project launch in selected pilot barangays in the region. In Sarangani, the IPEACE program was launched on June 23 at Purok New Bohol, Barangay Alegria in Alabel town. IPEACE was formed to transform Indigenous People (IP) communities into integrated food production sites; develop self-reliant, resilient and sustainable IP communities; attain food security for a balanced and equitable resource distribution and dynamic economic, livelihood and income opportunities to produce sustainable communities, and end insurgency. The program was also in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s objectives to alleviate poverty, address prevailing economic and social issues and develop stable employment conditions in all regions in the country. (Jake Narte- Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)