DTI: No price hike in goods after ML declaration

ILIGAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the public that there would be no price increase in basic commodities in markets after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte proclaimed Martial Law (ML) in Mindanao following the clashes between government forces and Maute terror group in Marawi City last May 23.

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In yesterday’s, June 5, press briefing held at the Regional Command and Coordination Center in Iligan City, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that results of market price monitoring conducted by DTI showed that stores, especially in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, complied with the government’s price freeze order.

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DTI market monitoring report as of June 5, 2017 showed that NFA rice remains at P27 a kilo, regular milled rice at P40 a kilo, well-milled rice at P44 to P48 a kilo and upscale rice at P52. These prices, except for upscale rice, have the same price prior to the declaration of Martial Law.

In a statement, DTI Secretary Lopez informs all consumers and retailers that pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, prices of basic necessities in areas proclaimed or declared under Martial Law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control.

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“Supply of goods in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte markets is also abundant despite the threat of terrorism in some of the province’s rural areas. Hence, I refuted reports that prices of basic commodities soared high in the wake of Marawi crisis,” Lopez said.

He, therefore, urged the buying public to countercheck the prices sold in markets to ensure they are buying goods with the right price. (RLRBalistoy/PIA-10, Bukidnon)

Opening of classes in Iligan, Lanao del Norte unhampered – DepEd-10 chief

Amid rumors to postpone the opening of classes in this city and Lanao del Norte due to the Marawi crisis, Regional Director Allan G. Farnazo of the Department of Education (DepEd)-10 has clarified that the classes of all public schools in the area officially began on June 5.

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Director Farnazo together with Schools Division Superintendent Randolph Tortola visited the different schools here yesterday to see for themselves the opening of classes and the condition of the internally displaced learners at the evacuation centers.

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“We went to the different schools in region 10. In fact, we reached as far as Pantar in Lanao del Norte, which is just eight kilometers away from Marawi City, and we saw they were holding classes there, Farnazo said.

“In Pantar they’re having an inventory of 156 Grade 11 students, and we found them already enrolled. One hundred thirty-one of them were present when visited there,” Farnazo added.

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Farnazo reiterated the commitment aired by Education Secretary Leonor Briones to provide transportation allowance for Marawi teachers who would come to Iligan to teach internally displaced learners.

“There should be no compromises for education. Whatever is happening somewhere or wherever, we cannot sacrifice education, otherwise we will complement the problem if we will not make the children better educated,” Farnazo concluded. (lvgabule/PIA Iligan & Lanao del Norte)

 

Marawi hospital gets go signal to resume operation

The Department of Health (DOH) is doing necessary assessment and inventories to revive its health facility, Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City, following a go signal from the Philippine Army to resume operation in the area.

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In a press conference in Iligan City command and coordinating center, Dr. Adriano Suba-an, assistant regional director of DOH region 10 said that the Philippine army has given them the go signal to resume operation of Amai Pakpak medical center in the area to provide health services to residents and evacuees of Marawi City.

Another good news, he said is that contrary to reports, they don’t have casualties from hospital personnel. Right now, they are planning with the chief of hospital regarding skeletal forces that will be deployed in the center.

“We are doing the assessment and we’re going to do the inventories. And we are going to calibrate our response, deployment based on the operations of the hospital,” said Suba-an.

If there is a need to deploy more, then we will do it,” he said.

“We are happy that we have a go signal from the military because that means the insurance of the safety of our personnel there,” added Suba-an.

Meanwhile, DOH is looking at the whole picture, the long range plan not just with the patients but for the human resources and physical facility of the hospital. Further, he said that health secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial issued a memorandum up to June 13 that all personnel of Amai Pakpak will do some stress debriefing. Some are crying, in trauma. They don’t want to be deployed there.

We would like to give the highest services needed by the people of Marawi, but we would also like to make sure that our personnel is equipped and ready to provide these services, Suba-an explained.

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On the other hand, Dr. Alinader Minalang, chief integrated provincial health office Lanao del Sur assured that they have not monitored any pattern of outbreak in the evacuation centers.

This is attributed to the health services we are providing, he said.

Our health personnel who are also evacuees themselves are able to operate our operation center with health emergencies and this is with the help of center for health development of region 10 especially in monitoring our evacuees both home based and in evacuation centers. Twenty five (25%) evacuees are in evacuation centers meanwhile 75% are home based or living with their relatives, Minalang said.

When it comes to diseases observed in the evacuation centers, most of them are due to harsh conditions, such as lack of sanitation facilities. Number one is upper tract respiratory infection, cough, fever, acute gastroenteritis, diarrhea especially on children. Next is hypertension and skin diseases because of congestion and hot temperature. (JMOR/PIA10)

NGCP energizes power lines for MSU

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) energized on June 3 the transmission lines providing power to the Mindanao State University (MSU), despite the ongoing gunfire in Marawi City.

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The said transmission facility tripped last May 23 when the clashes bewtween the Maute terror group and government troops in Marawi City erupted.

NGCP personnel began inspecting the line as soon as a clearance was given by the AFP.

The line crew continued with inspections and repairs while gunfire was heard coming from the peripheral areas of the compound. “We decided to go and proceed with the repair with three line crews, in order to give a ray of hope to the lone government university in Marawi City, the MSU,” the team leader of NGCP’s restoration group for Marawi said.

“We are very proud of our team. The bravery demonstrated by the substation crew, who have not left their posts since the hostilities started, despite the risk to themselves, is truly laudable. We also commend our line crew who conducted repairs amidst audible gunfire.”

The NGCP also expressed its appreciation to the AFP for providing security while the line patrol was doing repairs, and for providing security in transporting supplies being to NGCP personnel on duty in the area.

The company also assures the public that it is ready to conduct similar repair and restoration to ensure that power delivery service is continuous to its customers and household consumers. (NGCP/PIA-10)

PRO 10 augments joint AFP, PNP operations in Marawi City

Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 has augmented one company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) for the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) Operation Marawi City against Maute Group.

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According to Police Chief Superintendent Agripino G Javier, PRO-10 regional director, PRO 10 personnel were deployed in different areas in Marawi City in joint operations of the AFP and other PNP units on the ground. 

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The office acknowledge the heroism and sacrifice of the police personnel in fighting against any forms of terroristic activities caused by the Group in Marawi City.

The police office in the region also salutes all police personnel who get out in their comfort zones in order to regain peace and harmony in Marawi City and the entire northern Mindanao. (PRO10)

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PRO 10 is closely coordinating with the AFP in all police operations in the area including Northern Mindanao in combatting terrorism in the region.

Tons of hazardous materials seized in police checkpoint

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has seized Thursday, June 1, tons of hazardous materials at a checkpoint in Barangay Suarez, Iligan city.

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BFP-Northern Mindanao chief Senior Superintendent Domingo Tambalo said the intercepted hazardous materials in transit include chemicals such as Sodium Chloride and Sodium Hypochlorite, all considered hazardous substances as these are used to manufacture explosive weapons or bombs.

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Sodium chloride is an ionic compound also known as salt or halite, while Sodium Hypochlorite is a chemical compound which, when dissolved in water, becomes liquid bleach.

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For purposes of tightening security in the area amidst Marawi crisis, the BFP warns the public and the trucking associations that are coming in and out of Marawi City of not bringing chemicals at or above the threshold quantity.

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BFP also encourages a stronger coordination between businesses and local law enforcement agencies to reinforce the foundation of effective community safety and security. (RLRBalistoy/PIA10, Bukidnon)

DOH assures health services in Marawi City

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial in a press conference at the Regional Command and Coordination Center here last June 1 disclosed that the Department of Health (DOH) is now pouring all resources to restore health services in Marawi City.

Ubial said “DOH is fully supportive of all local initiatives and will provide necessary logistics to ensure that our people are provided with health services even in times of conflict.”

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“We have mobilized nearly P1million worth of commodities through our regional office in Cagayan de Oro and coming soon is the P1.4M worth of commodities namely drugs and medicines, safe water supply and hygiene kits and other supplies like disinfecting solution for water and test kits. We also provided total of P25 million to various DOH and local government hospitals in the area and provide them with resources to procure supplies and provide necessary treatment for patients including Camp Evangelista hospital of the army,” Ubial maintained.

DOH also ensures that the routine health services like vaccination, TB drugs for patients and other commodities will be restored.

She explained that many of the vaccines and some equipment have been damaged in the Amai Pak Pak Hospital in Marawi City due to blackouts. However, the DOH ready to replace these commodities.

DOH would also provide safe water supply and ensure sanitation in the evacuation centers by providing water tanks and disinfecting solutions.

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According to Ubial, DOH is avoiding any outbreaks in these areas. “Right now, top five illnesses include coughs and colds, acute gastroenteritis, hypertension, skin diseases and fever,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kadil Jojo M. Sinolinding Jr., health secretary of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said his office is also addressing the water and sanitation problems in the evacuation centers, adding “water filter machines are already setup in these areas.”

The DOH is also monitoring the nutritional status of children five years old and below in the evacuation centers and, at the same time, addressing the evacuees’ mental health by giving psychosocial interventions.

Sinolinding has also called on volunteers who could speak Meranao to help in extending health services to Meranao evacuees.

Meanwhile, National Nutrition Council (NNC)-10 coordinator Marissa Navales revealed that there are severely underweight children in the evacuation centers and they are now being addressed. She also reiterated the “No Milk Donation Policy” in order to promote breastfeeding among mothers.

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The DOH in collaboration with Philhealth also committed to provide coverage in hospitalization for IDPs and that the DOH ready to shoulder balances for in-patients in Marawi City and other conflict areas. (JMOR/PIA10)