DILG-10 to LGUs: Protect privacy of COVID-19 patients

June 28, 2021

As the government calls on all coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 patients to truthfully and accurately disclose their personal data to proper authorities to contain the spread of the virus, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 reminds the local government units (LGUs) on their responsibility to protect such information.      "Kung kinsa’y naa'y mga COVID-19 cases, mga suspected, ang atong mga punong barangay dili na sila allowed nga magngalan ug positive sa publiko," DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the Northern Mindanao COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, June 25.      (Our punong barangays are not allowed to disclose the names of our COVID-19 confirmed or suspect cases to the public)      He added that the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) implement the Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, and the Data Privacy Act of 2012 in processing COVID-19 patient data in pursuit of disease surveillance and response.      Based on the said joint memorandum circular, the DOH only discloses the obtained data to public health authorities and concerned health care providers for purposes of contact tracing and management of the disease.      It also states that the personally-identifiable data may also be disclosed to other government entities authorized based on DOH guidelines.      "Kung naa’y violation sa privacy or na’y data breach sa personal information of security incident, kini siya, kung kinsa’y responsable pwede na siya mahatagan ug pinalidad in accordance with RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012," Agabe said.      (If there is a privacy violation or data breach on the personal information of security incident, those responsible will be dealt with in accordance with Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012)      Doing so can help lessen the fears of patients on COVID-19-related physical assaults, harassment, and discrimination, and encourage them to report their symptoms, take confirmatory tests, and submit themselves to treatments by proper authorities, the NPC stated.      As to complaints on imposing the health protocols, Agabe said they have not received any complaint regarding the barangay officials who have not imposed the minimum public health standards. If ever there are violations on such, the official is held liable with negligence of duty. (RTP/PIA-10)

Be truthful in vax registration: DOH

June 21, 2021

DO not cheat during registration for the Covid-19 vaccination program.      The Department of Health in Region 10 (DOH-10) issued the appeal on Friday after confirming reports that data, like birthdates, were altered in order to be included in the vaccination schedule.      "There are many magicians among our brothers and sisters. There were some who have changed their birthdays in order for them to be covered in the vaccine," DOH-10 Assistant Director Dr. David Mendoza said in an online media conference.      DOH-10 (Northern Mindanao) is currently accommodating priority groups A1 (health care workers), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (adults with comorbidities).      Mendoza acknowledged the eagerness of some individuals to be vaccinated against the coronavirus but reiterated they must wait for their schedules.      "Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your energy that you really wanted to get vaccinated but please wait for our turn. No jumping the line," he said.      DOH-10 is validating more erroneous data in coordination with the Philippine Statistics Authority.      "It will now be the action of the local government units on what will be done in order to eradicate and stop falsification of documents," he said. Right information      Mendoza likewise stressed the importance of knowing the right information in order not to be victimized by "infodemic".      He cited a fake information that vaccinees may proceed to the Centrio Ayala Mall Cagayan de Oro vaccination site even without registration as long as they have medical certificates.      On the day the misinformation spread, only national government agency employees were scheduled at the mall.      He also clarified that even the youth may qualify under A1 or A3, regardless of age.      "There are teenagers and other young people who have comorbidities. We also cater to third and fourth-year Medicine and Nursing students who are part of the A1 group because they help in hospitals," he said.      To date, Mendoza said around 100,000 were already vaccinated in Northern Mindanao. (PNA)

DA-10, Ayala Mall collab for year-round farmers' fair

May 17, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--With the goal of promoting northern Mindanao's agri-fishery products at the same time providing fresh and healthy foods to the locals, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 facilitates the 'Alagang Ayala Farmers' Fair' (AAFF) at Centrio Mall, here.      Said exhibit features the agricultural produce and its by-products of nine farmers and fisher cooperatives and associations (FCAs) namely; RJ Agriproducts, Manzano Farm, Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives, Farmgrown Association of Claveria, NM Foods, Mylin Products, CNQ Agriventures, Kape Mindanaw, and Homegrown Marketing.      DA-10 Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) OIC-Chief Larry E. Paraluman said the trade fair will run for a year starting May 9, of which exhibitors can participate in the trade display free-of-charge for the rental space.      He detailed that said arrangement is Ayala Malls–CdeO Gateway, Corp.’s commitment, as part of their social responsibility to help small enterprises, on top of their regular exhibitors of herbal and ornamental plants.      Since its kickoff activity, Farmgrown shared that among their saleable products in their stall are turmeric powder, banana chips, sautéed shrimp, salted eggs and bottled fresh milk; while for Manzano's Farm are the lemon and mangoes.      AAFF is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (DA10/PIA10)

Normin hosts leveling session to deepen understanding on GAD

April 21, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--To heighten awareness and reinforce knowledge on gender and development, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC)-10, a special committee under the Regional Development Council (RDC)-10, held a leveling session, April 6-8, through video conferencing.      “This leveling session is part of the continuing effort of the RGADC-10, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), to equip members with a deeper knowledge and understanding of gender and development, which is included in our work plan for the first semester 2021,” said Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derijie, DVM, president of the Central Mindanao University and the newly-installed RGADC-10 Chairperson.      Derije furthered that through the active participation of members in virtual lectures, sharing, and workshops/case study analysis, the attendees are expected to gain worthwhile, meaningful, and useful experiences for cascading to their respective agencies/institutions with the goal of advancing the gender and development agenda.      The series of lectures include GAD and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) as a review of key concepts. It also underscored the history of efforts to alleviate the plight of women and the mainstreaming of GAD. Gender analysis and gender tools, such as the harmonized GAD guidelines on project implementation and management, and monitoring and evaluation Checklist were also incorporated through workshops and case study analysis sessions.      The lecture concluded with the topic GAD planning and budgeting, as well as, the preparation of GAD accomplishment reports of RLAs and LGUs based on the latest issuances of the PCW. Members of the PCW National Pool of GAD Resource Persons, together with PCW senior staff members, served as speakers/resource persons during the leveling session.      The Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) mandates all government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and LGUs to adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy for implementing the law and attaining its objectives of women empowerment and gender-fair society.       It also mandates planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation for gender and development; the creation and/or strengthening of gender and development focal points; and the generation and maintenance of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated databases to aid in planning, programming, policy formulation, and monitoring and evaluation.       Members of the RGADC-10 from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), academe, and private sector attended the said session. (NEDA10/PIA10)

Ample power supply assured in Maguindanao during Ramadan

April 19, 2021

COTABATO City - Officials of the Maguindanao Electric Cooperative (Magelco) on Friday assured constituents of the province of a steady power supply for Ramadan.      “No power outages will be experienced as Muslims need it most as they perform Ramadan fasting-related activities,” said Ashary Maongco, Magelco general manager.      Fasting for the annual observance of Ramadan started April 13 and is expected to end on May 11.      Maongco made the assurance after the completion of a major project that improved energy distribution to three adjoining towns of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Upi, and Datu Blah Sinsuat, all in Maguindanao.      On Thursday, the power firm switched on the Capiton-Nuro, Upi 13.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution lines that will stabilize power supplies to the three municipalities.      On the same day, Magelco has started the construction of the 5-megavolt amperes (MVA) power substation dedicated to Upi and Datu Blah towns to prevent recurring power outages.      “This will further improve power supply connections in these areas,” Maongco said, adding power distribution will only be hampered if there are disruptions beyond the cooperative’s control.      He noted that the new distribution lines were an undertaking of Magelco and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.      “Magelco replaced the existing undersized cable wires constructed in the 1970s,” Maongco said.      He said the increasing demand for energy in Datu Blah Sinsuat town prompted Magelco to install three-phase lines to supply power to its business establishments, especially ice plants.      “The conversion needs huge amount from the self-funded rehabilitation of the coop through its good materials management program,” he said.      Magelco is also fast-tracking another milestone project that will be energized this month involving the 50-footer concrete pole 13.2 kV distribution lines from Sultan Kudarat town’s 10MVA power substation in Barangay Simuay to Barangay Sarmiento and Polloc Port, both in Parang town. (PNA)


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