3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020 (RMC- PIA-CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

DOH targets 8,000 COVID-19 tests per day by end of April

CALOOCAN CITY, April 4 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it targets to increase its testing of COVID-19 patients to 8,000 per day by the end of April.

 

DOH Special Assistant Dr. Beverly Ho extends her sympathies to the families of those who died from COVID-19. (PIA NCR)

“We are very fervent in our commitment to make sure that happens,” DOH Special Assistant Dr. Beverly Ho said in press briefing televised over PTV Channel 4.

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is now processing around 1,000 tests a day, Ho added.

DOH is anticipating a higher number of testing due to the newly hired medical technologists currently trained to help increase work shifts for the sub-national laboratories.

RITM has an average of 48 to 72 hours of processing time for tests.

Currently, the subnational laboratories including the San Lazaro Hospital, University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health, Lung Center of the Philippines, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Western Visayas Medical Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Cebu and Southern Philippines Medical Center can process 500 tests daily.

The department cited laboratories can do a total of 3,000 COVID-19 tests per day by April 14.

“The test kits produced by the University of the Philippines (UP) is also expected to get marketing authorization as soon as they submit their results to Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Ho said.

This will be added to the number of COVID-19 tests once this is approved, Ho added.

The DOH, however, clarified that the target patients considered to be part of testing are the symptomatic patients and vulnerable people including elderly, pregnant and healthcare workers.

As of April 3, the DOH has recorded 3,018 positive COVID-19 cases with 136 deaths and 52 recoveries while laboratories have tested 16,368 individuals. (PIA-NCR)

By Joedie Mae Boliver

 

Baguio

  • 3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Three Cordilleran are in the Top 10 graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy “Masidlawin” (Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2020.

  • Magalong calls for continuing public support to city's GCQ guidelines

    BAGUIO CITY, May 23(PIA) - - Mayor Benjamin Magalong calls for continuing public cooperation, obedience and on instilling the needed discipline to ensure the safety of everyone from the COVID -19.

  • Cordillera needs P9B to reboot economy

    BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera will require P9.2 billion to stimulate the local economy that has suffered P18.7 billion in losses during the two-month Luzon quarantine, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

  • NTF pushes to build up testing capacity for COVID-19

    BAGUIO CITY, May 21 (PIA) - - It is the goal of the national government to slowly move the country from the Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine  towards  the new normal  where   economic activities will be moving forward without compromising public safety.

  • PH to adopt Cordillera Covid-19 response

    BAGUIO CITY – National Task Force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday they will adopt the good practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in preventing the spread of the disease.

Benguet

  • Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend   and the provincial government shifts back its attention to  COVID-19.

  • DPWH spells out construction safety guidelines under GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 23(PIA) - -  With the province  now under General Community Quarantine, all projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) are given the green light to proceed but must comply with construction safety guidelines.

  • PRO-Cor reaches out to almost 13,000 indigent families in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has provided relief assistance to more than 13, 000 indigent families in the Cordillera region thru the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko! Adopt-A-Family Program.”

  • Relief goods reach more far flung areas in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 16(PIA) -Families in far flung areas in  two municipalities in the  province  received  relief goods  which were  airlifted over the weekend. 

  • Benguet PVO fears recurrence of ASF

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 (PIA) - - As local government units are focused on protecting their constituents from the corona virus (COVID-19), Benguet is faced with another concern involving its swine industry.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc, Sagada thank NTF for PPEs, test kits

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez for the test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) they received recently.

  • Mt. Province CTFs convene to set unified GCQ local guidelines

    BONTOC, Mountain Province-- In the province’s aim to come up with a set unified guidelines for all municipalities in the province for the next phase of community quarantine from May 16 to 31, 2020, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCTF) met with the League of Municipalities-Mountain Province Chapter (LMP-MP) on May 15   at the Mountain Province Disaster Operations Center.

  • Mt. Province honors 2 fallen soldiers, gives aid to families

    BAUKO, Mountain Province, May 1 -- The  provincial  government  here gave due recognition to two  of its  sons -   soldiers from  the municipality of Bauko who  sacrificed their lives  for the country.

  • Work in PLGU frontline services resumes May 4; observance of preventive measures stressed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 3(PIA) – With the province now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), work for frontline services at the provincial local government unit (PLGU) will resume on Monday May 4.

  • Coping with crisis, the Cordillera way

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Philippines —The government-imposed lockdown across Luzon to arrest the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has activated age-old amelioration practices in the Cordillera.

IFUGAO

  • PNP’s charitable program serves more than 1,000 Ifugao families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20(PIA) - - Amidst the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more than a thousand families in the province were provided assistance by the Philippine National Police (PNP) through its charitable program.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets rapid triage for returning employees

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20 (PIA) - -As  precautionary measure against  COVID-19,the provincial government has started on May 18 the conduct of rapid triage assessment for its workforce and capitol-based agencies including clients and visitors with the province  now placed  under the  general community quarantine.

  • DTI invites ECQ- affected MSEs to avail of its loan facility

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 15(PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province enjoined Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine to avail of the  agency’s Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing (ERF) facility.

  • Ifugao town records second COVID-19 case

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 14 (PIA) - -  The  local government  here reiterates to the public to  follow   guidelines  such as staying  at home,  practicing  proper hygiene, wearing  protective mask and  observing  social distancing  as the   municipality recorded its second confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets 'Oplan Gawid' for stranded students,workers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 7 (PIA) - -  Stranded students and displaced workers outside the province  due to the  enhanced community  quarantine may now  be allowed to come  but  will have to follow the set protocols.

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