Davao City sets off contact tracing of ‘grand wedding’ party guests

The Davao City government has set off its contact tracing of the people present during the grand wedding of the scions of two well-known families in Davao City after one of the guests later tested positive of the deadly coronavirus.

Contact tracing follows case investigation and is a process to identify, monitor, and support individuals who may have been exposed to a person with the highly-infectious Covid-19.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte had ordered the conduct of contact tracing to prevent the spread of the virus to other members of their family, friends, and other associates. It was not known where the guests were coming from.

During the Mayor’s live broadcast over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday, Mayor Sara reminded Dabawenyos, regardless if they are rich or poor, famous, or ordinary citizens, must heed the government advice to keep family gatherings a low-key affair.

Under Section 5 and 7 of Executive Order No. 25 issued by Mayor Sara on April 17, 2020, private parties to mark personal or family milestones should be kept low and modest with no more than 25 guests. It also states that the city government can file actions based on Article 25 of the Civil Code and other pertinent laws in cases of thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display.

“Ang mga datu they think they know everything, that they are above the law, tungod naa sila’y kwarta… So the party happened, guess what? Naay nag-positive. Karon, we do contact tracing nga pwede dili naman unta to mahitabo (The rich think they know everything, that they are above the law because they have money. So the party happened, guess what? Someone tested positive. Now, we do contact tracing which should not happen),” Mayor Sara said.

The mayor recalled encountering similar instances advising people against holding such gatherings but still pushed through, resulting in someone getting infected.

“Lami kaayo mosulti og ‘I told you so’ but of course, siyempre dili na ka mosulti kay wala nama’y point ang ‘I told you so’. Mag way forward na lang ta pirmi ani sa inyohang mga kabuang (I want to tell them ‘I told you so’ but of course, there is no more point to say that. We just have to move forward because of your foolishness).”

The mayor said that the City Legal Office (CLO) is looking into possible charges against the family for the violation of the law. CIO

Bong Go provides aid to boxers group in Davao City under strict health protocols

Amid the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports Christopher “Bong” Go continues to help vulnerable sectors and those who are in need of assistance, including athletes and coaches whose activities and livelihood have been adversely affected by the crisis.

On Friday, August 21, the Senator personally visited and aided 59 beneficiaries from the boxers group at the Buhangin Gym in Buhangin, Davao City on Friday, August 21.

Go provided immediate relief, such as food, masks and medicine packs to the athletes. The distribution of assistance by the Senator and his team strictly followed health and safety protocols imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

During his speech, Go, who also sits as the Senate Health Committee Chair, reminded the athletes to take good care of their health during the pandemic.

“Mga boxers, alam ko naman na sanay na kayo. Mag-ensayo muna kayo para ang resistensya natin lumakas dahil itong COVID, napansin namin kung sino ‘yung malakas ang resistensya, nakaka-recover agad,” Go said.

“Tingnan ninyo, tumataas ang numero ng nagpopositibo pero mataas rin ang numero sa mga nakarecover at karamihan sa mga nakarecover ay mga bata,” he added.

Go also echoed the pronouncements of President Rodrigo Duterte that the poor and vulnerable sectors must be prioritized when it comes to government services and assistance, most especially once a vaccine against the virus is made available.

“Magsuot kayo ng face shields at lagi rin kayong mag-mask. Pero ‘wag kayong mag-alala dahil kami ni Presidente Duterte, nagsusumikap talaga kapag mayroon ng vaccine na talagang tested na, ‘yung sigurado na protektado tayo sa sakit, uunahin talaga namin ang mga mahihirap na makakatanggap agad ng vaccine,” he said.

“Sisiguraduhin namin na accessible sa inyo lalo na ‘yung mga vulnerable. Ibig sabihin ng vulnerable, ito ‘yung mga tao na kinakailangan magtrabaho, kinakailangang lumabas sila. ‘Yung madaling mahawaan, sila ang uunahin natin na mabigyan ng vaccine,” the Senator added.

Earlier, Go also urged the national government to also provide proper masks for the poor and to those who cannot afford to buy their own. Go also urged the government to enforce a stronger mask-wearing policy in the country.

“Let us make this a discipline among all Filipinos as we continue our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. I am urging the government to use its resources to provide masks, especially to the poor and vulnerable,” he said in his previous statements.

“Importante po ang mga mahihirap na ‘di makabili ng mask, ito ang gawan nila ng paraan na mabigyan para maprotektahan nila ang sarili at ang kanilang komunidad mula sa pagkalat ng sakit,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development also provided additional assistance to the athletes as part of its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.

The Senator also provided select beneficiaries with a healthier mode of transportation—bicycles. Go has earlier expressed his support for using bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation, especially at a time when public transportation is limited in many places in the country.

“I have strongly been advocating for the use of bicycles these days. Matagal ko na rin pong hinihikayat ang ating mga kababayan na gumamit nalang po ng bisikleta para sa kanilang pang-araw araw na commute,” he said.

Ending his message to the boxers, Go told them not to hesitate to seek his or the President’s help in times of need.

“‘Wag kayong mahiya na lumapit sa akin dahil trabaho namin ‘yan. Lapitan n’yo lang kami. Mayroon ba kayong gustong ipaabot kay Presidente? Magsabi lang kayo dahil ipagpapatuloy ko ang maging tulay ninyo kay Presidente,” Go said.

Go also appealed to the athletes for their cooperation and understanding amid the ongoing crisis. He asked them to set a good example for their communities by cooperating with authorities and following health and safety protocols as the government looks for more ways to promote the welfare of all Filipinos during the pandemic.

“Humihingi lang ako sa inyo ng pang-uunawa. Alam ko na napakahirap ng inyong kalagayan. Magtulungan at magbayanihan tayo upang maiahon ang ating bayan mula sa krisis na nangyayari ngayon,” he said.

“Magkaisa po tayo at patuloy na magmalasakit sa kapwa. Sino ba naman ang magtutulungan kundi tayo ring mga kapwa Pilipino,” he appealed.

On August 19, Go, through his team, also distributed immediate relief assistance to residents in nearby Tagum City, Davao del Norte who were affected by a fire incident and two freak tornado incidents in different barangays recently.

Davao City offers public virtual tour of Museo Dabawenyoo

The Davao City government is taking Dabawenyos and tourists into Davao City’s rich culture and historical heritage in the newly-launched Museo 3D virtual tour in line with the celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2020.  

The public can take a glimpse of the rich cultural and heritage of the city either through bit.ly/2Q0vC92  or on the Museo Dabawenyo Facebook page  – https://www.facebook.com/museodabawenyo.

 

Winnie Rose Galay-Bulig, the head of Museo Dabawenyo, said that the 3D virtual tour is the first in the city and Mindanao. It is created for Davao City by the Davao Pacific Impact to help promote Museo Dabawenyo and allows people to explore the culture and heritage of the city since the museum is temporarily closed due to Covid-19.

“Through this 3D virtual tour, maskin naa sila sa ilahang matag balay or maskin asa man sila, pwede na nila ma-explore ang atong museum (People can tour the museum in this 3D virtual tour at any time at their homes or elsewhere),” Bulig said.

 

It is interactive wherein the panorama contains hotspots that enable the viewers to explore and navigate the Museo Dabawenyo.

 

“It is very informational. They can see plots there and when they click it, descriptions or facts about artifacts found inside the museum will pop-up,” she added.

 

Bulig has invited everyone to share the Museo 3D virtual tour to reach a wider audience, especially tourists who wish to visit the city and learn more about Davao. Also, students who wish to learn and research about the artifacts of the city.  

 

“Gina-awhag nako ang tanan nga mag-explore ani ug hopefully padayon lang sa pagtangkilik, especially this Kadayawan week as we treasure and give importance sa atong culture and history sa Davao (I am encouraging everyone to explore and support this during the Kadayawan week as we treasure and give importance to our culture and history),” she said. CIO

PRRD, Bong Go to intensify fight against systemic and systematic corruption plaguing government

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has assured President Rodrigo Duterte that he will continuously support the campaign to put a stop to deep-rooted, systemic and systematic corruption in government. He urged fellow government workers to cooperate in the ongoing investigations in order to hold accountable those involved in these anomalies.

“Kung walang itinatago, dapat mag-cooperate. Gawin natin ang lahat para malinis ang mga ahensya, mas mapaganda ang serbisyo sa tao at hindi mahawahan ang iba,” Go said.

“Naniniwala akong meron pa naman diyan na gusto talagang magsilbi with all honesty and integrity kaya hindi ako nawawalan ng pag-asa. Kailangan lang talaga ng mabisang gamot na tatalab talaga upang tuluyang matanggal ang korapsyon sa ating sistema,” he emphasized further.

Go also said he would not hesitate to “talk like an opposition” when it comes to corruption issues in order to expose wrongdoings and hold the culprits accountable.

“As a legislator, parte ng mandato ko ang mag-fiscalize at siguraduhin na nasusunod o naiimplementa ang mga batas. Sa mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno, kahit magka-alyado tayo, basta may mali, magsasalita po ako. Umabot na sa punto na sinabihan ako ng Pangulo na ‘to talk like an opposition’ kapag corruption na ang pinag-uusapan,” he said.

Duterte made his statements during his Talk to the People address on Monday night, August 17. In his public address, the President reminded Go that he can always use the forum in the Senate to “expose wrongdoings” and “expose criminality”.

“Hindi po natin bibiguin ang nais ni Pangulong Duterte na gamitin natin ang aking mandato bilang isang Senador para i-expose ang anumang uri ng katiwalian sa gobyerno o kriminalidad sa ating bansa,” Go said in response to the President’s challenge.

“Trabaho ko po ito bilang senador at boses ng mga Pilipino sa Senado,” he added.

With regard to the ongoing investigation on the alleged corruption within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Go said that both curative and preventive measures are needed to completely stamp out systemic and systematic corruption in the said agency and the whole government.

“Una, kailangan itong gamutin. Kailangan ng curative measures kaya po nag-utos na si President Duterte na bumuo ng Task Force,” said Go.

Go stressed that the probe would not end until the agency is cured of corruption and those responsible for the irregularities are brought to justice.

“Managot ang dapat managot. Ikulong ang dapat ikulong. We should get to the bottom of this deeply rooted and systemic corruption in PhilHealth,” he emphatically warned, and recommended that preventive suspensions must be meted out to those who are allegedly involved in anomalies in order to preserve the integrity of the probe.

“Para maitigil ang kalokohan, dapat talaga pilayin ang magnanakaw para hindi na makagalaw,” he explained, adding “hindi lahat kasi nakikita ng head ng ahensya. Marami diyan umo-operate sa ibaba. Kaya dapat pilayin mga ‘yan para hindi na makagalaw, makalusot at makapagnakaw pa muli.”

Meanwhile, preventive measures, such as the transition to E-governance, are necessary to totally eliminate deep-rooted systemic and systematic corruption in government, according to Go.

“Pero hindi dapat natatapos dito sa paggamot ang gagawin natin. Kailangan na rin nating gumawa ng mga hakbang para magkaroon ng ‘vaccine’. In other words, kailangan ng preventive measures para hindi na ito mangyari pang muli. Isa na nga po dito ang transition to e-governance to minimize red tape and eliminate corruption,” Go said.

He also noted that the government’s campaign against corruption and criminality continues as President Duterte is firm in his goal to put a stop to these societal evils.

“Exhausted na po ang ating Pangulo pero hindi po siya titigil na labanan ang corruption until the last day of his term… Hindi siya nagpapapigil at wala siyang pinipili, kakampi man o kalaban. Basta corruption ang isyu, hihiritan at tutuluyan ka niya,” Go said in previous statements.

PNP CHIEF GAMBOA: MISUARI HANDS OVER ABU SAYYAF LEADER IN DAVAO; 39 WARRANTS OF ARREST SERVED

PNP Chief Police General Archie Gamboa announced the hand over of Abu Sayyaf leader Anduljihad “Edang” Susukan to the Philippine National Police at the residence of Chairman Nur Misuari at Yñigue Subdivision Maa, Davao City Thursday evening.

“We thank Chairman Nur Misuari for facilitating the negotiation between the PNP, headed by PCol Kirby John Kraft, Davao City Police Director, and Edang Susukan,” Gamboa said.

Police officers initiated the negotiation after finding out that Susukan was brought to Davao City to seek medical attention.

Gamboa added, “The PNP immediately advised Mayor Inday Sara Duterte who assured us her full cooperation and assistance, to ensure the peaceful handover and orderly transfer of custody to appropriate authorities.”

The warrants of arrest served were 23 cases of Murder, 10 for Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention, and 6 for Frustrated Murder.

Susukan will undergo a medical check up at the Camp Quintin Merecido Hospital. (PR)