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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga conducts today, Sept. 28, an Orientation of Contact Tracers for Butuan City shortlisted applicants in four separate venues. They will soon be deployed to help ramp up contact tracing efforts in the region in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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What initially started out as a casual thought shared among friends over coffee has now prospered into a task force that aims to alleviate the plight of fellow Butuanons who are greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Task Force COVID Bougainvilla, founded by five Butuanons from Brgy. J. P. Rizal, has been helping out the marginalized across Butuan City, providing food augmentation and housing to residents whose livelihoods have been greatly compromised due to the pandemic.  According to one of its founders, Joey Abrenilla, they started out with distributing food packs to 200 families and individuals from their neighborhood during the onset of heightened community quarantine implementation.  To date, the task force has helped 4,500 beneficiaries in 25 barangays and provided housing and free remodeling to 16 beneficiaries. With the 26 percent COVID-19 positivity rate in Butuan City, OIC-Asst. Regional Director of DOH Caraga Dr. Gerna Manatad elaborated that while such a figure i
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The Provincial Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) Butuan City and Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte and Congressional District of Agusan del Norte and Rotary Club of Central Butuan launched today the Project  # PEACE  in Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Mayor Norbert Pagaspas acknowledged the importance of the project for it will help the province in attaining peace.  
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  During today's RTF-ELCAC Cluster Conference cum Integration and Convergence of Related Clusters held at Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City, Estella Vallespin, LGOO-II of DILG-Caraga presented the ongoing efforts of the Strategic Communications Cluster chaired by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in the fight against insugency. She emphasized that PIA, as the lead agency has been very active in disseminating timely, accurate and relevant information to the public with the use of their known platforms. "The lead agency has also established good partnership with the LGUs in the region, particularly the information officers who also perform the same as support to PIA. All the member agencies of the StratComm are continuously working together and mainstream its efforts to come up with good results," she underscored. Annabel Yangson of DILG-Caraga reminded all the members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) to continue to work a
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During the Inter-Agency Visitation of Indigenous Cultural Communities/IPs in Brgy. Salug, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, MGen. Maurito Licudine, commander of 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army emphasized that the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) is enhanced and geared up to better provide the programs and projects that would directly address the needs of the different sectors in the localities. "It takes two to tango. The government can not do this alone, your cooperation and support are very important for us to achieve common goals. We should continue to work together in the fight against terrorism and more development will come into the municipality," he said. NTF-ELCAC executive director and NCIP chief Secretary Allen Capuyan recalled his previous visits in the municipality of Esperanza in Agusan del Sur and his memorable experiences with the locals and the different tribal groups. He highlighted the milestones of the NCIP and how the IPs have become more active as cataly
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With the completion of the COVID-19 ward and equiping fully the molecular laboratory of the Butuan Medical Center (BMC), Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada thanked the DOH and DOST Caraga and other partner stakeholders for the support in the realization of the project during today's inauguration of the laboratory. "We are aware of the increasing number of confirmed cases in our region, but this is just the start. We need the strict observance of the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. We expect an increase of the confirmed cases in the coming days so we should be more vigilant and practice the imposed guidelines," said Lagnada. Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Lagnada, together with DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose Llacuna, Jr., DOST Regional Director Dominga Mallonga, and City Councilor Cherry Mae Busa, lead the cutting of the ribbon during today's inauguration of Butuan Medical Center's Molecular Laboratory and COVID Facilities. Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Lagn
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Marc Gil Calang, civil defense officer I from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga, said that they are providing the needed logistical support and personal protective equipment for the frontliners from various concerned government agencies who facilitate and manage the homecoming of the Caraganon locally stranded individuals (LSIs) under the Hatid Tulong Program. They also prepared food for the working personnel who are involved in this operation. According to DOTr-Caraga regional director Ma. Kristina Cassion, the DOTr enforcers will continue to assist the Locally Stranded Individuals and monitor their compliance with the imposed health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "So far, the first batch of LSIs under the Hatid Tulong Program arrived safely here in Butuan and the LGUs are also ready and prepared to accept them and provide them the necessary interventions," she added. Michael Angelo Tero, designated desk officer for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) fr