Pulong to give 3k cash assistance to trisikad drivers

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte will be giving P3,000 cash assistance to trisikad drivers affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

Congressman Paolo said that a total of 2,235 trisikad drivers have already been identified by his congressional office as beneficiaries in 54 barangays within the 1st District.

The total cash assistance would amount to P6.7 million. Rep. Duterte said they will start giving their cash assistance on Wednesday along with foodpacks for the trisikad drivers.

Rep. Duterte had also been giving rice and food assistance to various orphanages, homes for the aged, and other health care institutions in Davao City.

Among the identified beneficiaries are Living Stone Orphanage, Love for the Children, Padre Pio Home for the Children, SMAC Sisters, Child Hope Field of Dreams, Pang-amoma, Davao School for the Blind, Care for Elderly, Golden Haven, Good Shepherd, Rimeon Haven Homecare Nursing, Happy Hearts Caring Hand, Davao Serenity Spring, Country View Asstd. Living, St. Therese Senior, and many more.

The institutions received 3 sacks of rice each and dressed chickens.

Several barangays have also received foodpacks from the presidential son. Among them are Bucana 76-A, Talomo, Barangays 1A, 2A, 5A, Gravahan, 40, and Catalunan Grande.

Even the provinces in Davao Region have received donations from Rep. Duterte courtesy of his friends in China. Two million face masks and 1,000 thermal guns were distributed in the 5 provinces.

The presidential son also installed three epidemic and sanitizing stations in Davao City that could readily detect persons with high temperatures.

Eight more sanitizing stations are expected to arrive in Davao City along with 10 high-tech IR236 Fever Warning System equipment.

Mayor Sara calls out ‘fault finders’ of anti-Covid-19 measures

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has called out people who find fault at the city government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus disease, saying all measures are for the good of Dabawenyos.

“Kung daghan ang mga nasakit ug mamatay, mag-reklamo tanan. Kung buhatan ug pamaagi para ma-control ang masakit ug mamatay, mag-reklamo pud tanan. So asa ninyo gusto ibutang ang inyohang gobyerno? (If many people get sick and die, everybody complains. If we take steps to prevent people from getting sick and die, everybody complains. So where do you place your government?),” Mayor Sara asked.

Mayor Sara stressed that the government is working overtime doing all means to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Wala mi Sunday kagahapon because gi-meetingan na siya (clustering) kagahapon. So samtang kamo naa mo’y Sunday kagahapon ang gobyerno kagahapon naghuna-huna paunsa dili mo masakit tanan ug ‘di mo mangamatay tanan (We do not have a Sunday break because we met yesterday to discuss it (clustering). While you were having your Sunday break, the government worked for you not getting sick and do not die),” she added.

Since the city government declared different community quarantine levels since March, several lockdown measures have been imposed to slow the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

To address basic needs and delivery of services while the city government imposed strict stay-at-home measures, food rations, agri-food deliveries, and hot meals on wheels are delivered to families, vulnerable individuals, and those displaced by the temporary closures of some establishments during the quarantine period.

Davao City’s food programs are the food ration run by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), the Agri-food Program jointly implemented by the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) and City Veterinarian’s Office (CVO), the Hot Meals (Lomi and Lugaw) on Wheels program, the barangay rice distribution program ration and the community cooking in upland areas by the Davao City Peace 911.

The latest of the control measures is the district clustering. The City Government of Davao has implemented the number coding of food and medicine passes wherein only passes starting with numbers 1,3,5,7,9 are allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. FM passes with numbers starting 2,4,6,8,0 are used Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. No FM passes are allowed on Sundays.

And to decongest Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) of people with coronavirus cases, the city government opened seven centers to house the rising numbers of people suspected to have contracted the coronavirus.

Despite all these efforts, some Dabawenyos continue to violate stay-at-home orders and physical distancing. Some even speed off checkpoints to avoid inspections.

These clear violations have prompted the city government to extend the community quarantine period as coronavirus disease still unfolding.

In the latest figures, Davao City has 92 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 16 deaths, and 58 number of recoveries.

The city has named Buhangin and Talomo districts as coronavirus hotspots having the highest number of cases as of April 18, 2020. CIO

NPA cadavers shown to public for identification

For identification: Cadavers of the two NPAs in a public identification after the troops of 67th IB retrieved it from the encounter site and turned them over to the Local Government of Baganga, Davao Oriental to allow their family to claim and render decent burial.

The two NPAs were killed during an encounter between the elements of 67th Infantry Battalion under Ltc. Dema-ala, and undetermine number of NPAs in KM22, So. San Francisco, Brgy. Campawan, Baganga, Davao Oriental on April 16, 2020.

The encounter transpired while the troops are conducting security operations in preparation for the DSWD and LGU Social Amelioration Program implementation in the said area.

Encounters erupt as troops secure SAP distribution: 2 NPAs killed, 11 Firearms captured

“Let us ensure that the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) will not be hampered and shall reach its intended recipients. Let us not be deceived by the Communist Terrorist Group’s treacherous ceasefire declaration.”

This was the directive of MGen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command after different units conducting security operations relative to the implementation of the SAP figured in different encounters over the previous days.

Early morning of April 17, 2020, at about 6:35 AM, elements from the 3rd Special Forces Battalion encountered about 30 New Peoples Army in Sitio Mikit, San Martin Propseridad, Agusan del Sur while they were conducting a security patrol for the MSWD personnel of the said municipality. Prior reports stated that the members of the same group of NPA were planning to extort from the recipients of SAP.

The 30-minute skirmish resulted in the recovery of one AK-47 rifle, two M16-A1 Rifles with an M203 grenade launcher, one M653 rifle, 10 backpacks, 5 bandoleers with ammunition, and a commercial radio left by the NPAs after they scampered to different directions.

There were no reported casualties on the government side while bloodstains from an undetermined number of wounded NPAs were seen from the encounter site.

In a separate instance, patroling troops from 67th Infantry Battalion while conducting security operations in preparation for the SAP distribution encountered NPAs noon of April 16, 2020 at vicinity KM22, So San Francisco, Brgy Campawan, Baganga, DOR.

Firefight lasted for about thirty minutes after which the NPA fled the encounter site leaving behind their two killed members; three AK47 rifles; one M16 rifle; three International Humanitarian Law banned landmines; and subversive documents.

Pursuing troops from the same unit reencountered the fleeing NPAs in Barangay Campawan, Baganga, Davao Oriental 9:30 in the morning of April 17, 2020. The running gunbattle led to the capture of one AK 47 rifle and one M4 assault rifle left by the scampering NPAs.

The task to provide security and ensure the safety of the implementation of Social Amelioration Program was given to the military and police aside from the support being undertaken in the implementation of Community Quarantine of the different Local Government Units.

Pulong to give two million face masks, thermal guns to Davao provinces and barangays

Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte said that in Davao City, they will give 2,000 face masks and 2 thermal guns for each of the 182 barangays.

In the 5 Davao provinces namely Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, and Davao Oriental each provinces would receive 150,000 face masks and 90 thermal guns.

For the City of Mati, Rep. Duterte also donated 100,000 face masks and 20 thermal guns.

City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat meanwhile thanked the presidential son for his generosity. She said the donation would go a long way especially at a time when face masks are very much needed by the health workers that will be manning the Alternate Care Site in Milagrosa Retreat Center for the persons under investigation.

Rep. Duterte said the donation of 2 million face masks and 1,000 thermal guns plus 3 epidemic prevention stations came from his friends in China who does not want to be mentioned publicly.

The epidemic prevention stations are 360 degrees sanitizing cubicles with temperature scanner that will automatically detect persons with fever.

Rep. Duterte said the stations will be posted in public terminals and the airport.