Guidelines for Interzonal and Intrazonal Movement
Based on the IATF Resolution No. 40

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ADVISORY: Joint Official Statement of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro and DTI Misamis Oriental

Pursuant to the National IATF Resolution No. 42 which approved the joint recommendation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Tourism (DOT), restaurants, fast food establishments, and other processed food retail outlets (e.g.. karenderias, eateries) that have already complied with the DTI guidelines may start their respective dine-in operations, subject to post-audit by monitoring teams from the City Government, the DTI, or a combination of any of these offices.

Access the DTI Guidelines on Minimum Health Protocol For Dine-In Restaurants And Fast Food Establishments:

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(Note: This is an opinion piece by Egypt F. del Rosario, a Graduate School student from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines.)
Since the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program was launched in 2015, a lot has been done to attain the targets by 2030. However, roughly five years later, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unexpectedly pops up in the scenario and poses a global threat to the attainment of these lofty goals of the UN.
The following are the 17 SDGs that all aim to provide a peaceful and livable planet for all and most importantly contribute to the attainment of the first goal–the eradication of poverty.
GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Although this pandemic challenges Goal #3 a lot, that doesn’t mean that the burden is exclusive only for the attainment of “Good Health and Well-being.” The present problem affects all the other goals as this pandemic is causing some people to lose their jobs (Goal #8) which means they won’t have the capacity to buy food to eat (Goal #2), causing some of the children to drop from school (Goal #4) that would eventually trigger the increase of inequalities especially in vulnerable communities (Goal #10), and worsening the vicious cycle of poverty (Goal #1).
Fanning the Hope: Hospitality and Tourism students of PHINMA COC paint a water drum with their creative representation of the SDG #12 or the Responsible Consumption and Production. Supplied photo.
Nonetheless, while the pandemic is exposing the inequalities and weaknesses of different societies around the globe, the UN is full of optimism that the world will get through this challenge. They see this situation as an opportunity for the communities to act in solidarity and take advantage of this crisis to realize the goals.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, assures that the organization’s offices around the globe will extend help to all governments to make sure that the global economy and the stakeholders of the program will become stronger despite the present situation.
Here in Region X, it is important to keep the communication lines open for possible collaboration among the government, non-government organizations, and the private sector to bridge the gap caused by COVID-19. The concerted effort should be fueled by a mix of feasible short-term and long-term solutions that will address the primary needs of the people at the onset of the new normal. Encourage collective participation. Who knows, the global transformation that we have been aiming for would come from the creative minds in the City of Cagayan de Oro, the youth sector for example.
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The Barangay Information Officers (BIOs) across Cagayan de Oro City drew together in late May to create a network to be part of the CDO COVID-19 Response.
The Risk Communications Cluster of the city-wide operations initiated the formation of the network to gather stories straight from the barangays that could be helpful in curbing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus and in adapting to the “New Normal.”
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 40 defines the “New Normal” as the “emerging behaviors, situations, and minimum public health standards that will be institutionalized in common or routine practices and remain even after the pandemic while the disease is not totally eradicated through means such as widespread immunization...”
Based on the same IATF resolution, CDO is placed under Modified General Community Quarantine beginning June 1, 2020. Modified General Community Quarantine is the transition phase between
GCQ and New Normal when the following temporary measures are relaxed and become less necessary: (1) limiting movement and transportation, (2) the regulation of operating industries, and (3) the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols.
The BIOs have started sharing updates of their barangay’s distribution of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash subsidies, latest development projects, community issues, COVID-19 protocols initiated on the ground, and inspiring narratives.
The Risk Comm Cluster created a simplified online form to gather stories from the BIOs and a text blast directory for the dissemination of information straight from the City Hall.
The Barangay Information Officers Network currently has over 60 members.
(All photos by Mark Rodriguez)
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Tuesday, 02 June 2020 07:31

Guidelines for Areas Placed Under MGCQ

Following the release of the IATF Resolution No. 40, Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental will be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) beginning June 1, 2020.

Here are the Guidelines for Areas Under MGCQ (Section 5 of the IATF Resolution No. 40 -



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Kuya Fish Campaign, Inc. (KFCI) is a youth-led organization dedicated to working towards child and youth empowerment through community-based programs. Since 2014, KFCI has involved itself in different child and youth development activities in different areas, particularly in city-based residential centers for young people, namely Boys’ Town Center and Tahanan ng Kabataan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the youth from these centers, who have already been reintegrated back to their communities. Some of them have been working on “jobs” with meager income such as shop assistants for tiny stores, parking boys, or utility work. With the closing of these shops, they are left to fend for themselves with whatever means they could find. To answer their call, the KFCI volunteers or “Fishies” as they are fondly called initiated a donation drive to collect food supplies for them.
Through the help of friends and family, the organization collected 35 bags of food supplies, consisting of corned beef, sardines, instant noodles, 2 kilos of rice, tissue paper, and one reusable face mask each.
The distribution was done in Barangay Carmen by the group following the social distancing protocols. Twenty-five of those who received the bags were young people who used to be from Boys’ Town and Tahanan ng Kabataan. The remaining ten bags were distributed to identified indigent elderly people in their respective homes.
It is in the best interest of the organization to still be a vessel of hope to the struggling people that no matter how dire the situation, help is still there. No idea is too tiny for people with big hearts. KFCI would also like to thank all the volunteers, their families, and friends who helped out with this drive.
Truly, together, we can conquer this crisis and continue to swim through life. Para sa bayan!
(The Kuya Fish Campaign, Inc. is one of the member-organizations of the Oro Youth Development Council.)
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Almost all of the streets in Barangay Bugo were dark, except for one, when power went out last May 19 around ten in the evening. That street in Reyes Village Subdivision (RVS) stood out for it remained lighted. Thanks to the solar lamps.
Emilor Bong Cabanos, president of the Apitong Street Neighborhood Association (ASNA) in RVS, was proud to upload the photos he took of the solar lamps lighting Lower Apitong Street not for anything but so that people will appreciate how big of a help solar lamps are.
Solar lamps are very convenient go-to source of light during power outage. And its use has a number of implications.
One, they are environment friendly. Whereas the use of non-renewable sources of electricity, like fossil fuels, expands carbon footprint, the use of solar lamps lessens it. Going green by using solar lamps which are one hundred percent renewable will mitigate climate change and its impacts which are very pressing environmental concerns at present.
Another is that its use entails no electric power consumption. It is absolutely free. As shown in the computation provided by Cabanos, the price of solar light products plus its accessories at Php2,950 is higher than the fluorescent LED lights at Php1,777.60 but the expenses can be recouped on the third year of its use, saving up to Php782.80 per year.
The installation of these solar lamps in RVS, Bugo is a pilot project called RVS Pasuga Sa Kalye Project of ASNA. It was completed in September last year.
The association has decided to have three more lights which are solar lamps in addition to eight fluorescent lamps and two flood lights that are already there. “These (solar lamps) were installed back-to-back at the center of the street to provide wider spread of lighting illumination,” says Cabanos. With the addition of these three solar lamps, the association felt that their street is now sufficiently lighted.
In a message over Facebook, Cabanos cited that sufficient lighting is important in streets and corners in the barangay. For sure, this is because crimes like robbery, not to mention violation of night curfew, tend to happen in the not-so-well-lit areas.
The project is in coordination with the current Barangay Bugo Council through the zone coordinator Kagawad Ron Cabana. The council has showed support to this project. In fact, the barangay council promised maintenance of lights once this project expands to other streets. For its first phase of expansion, the association plans to install solar lamps on the main street of RVS going up to Villa Trinitas Subdivision.
With the many positive comments posted on a Facebook group this project has generated from the residents, such as “Awesome!” and “Brilliant initiative…renewable energy is the future” to name a few.
Indeed, the future looks bright in Barangay Bugo.
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Friday, 29 May 2020 06:12

National Flag Days 2020

The National Flag Days 2020 Celebration runs from May 28 to June 12. On these days, we encourage all Filipinos to #RaiseOurFlag and display it in our homes, offices, and other buildings.

Our display of flag takes on greater meaning at present. In countries throughout the world, homes in lockdown displayed their national flags to honor their frontliners and express solidarity amid our physical distancing protocols. Now, it's our turn.

COVID-19 will not stop us, Filipinos, from celebrating our freedom – freedom won and defended by our heroes past and present. We fly our flags knowing that we will be victorious over this pandemic, too.

(With words from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines)

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Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines is a barangay-based organization which consists of Out-of-school youths ages 15-30 years old. PYAP aims to empower the OSYs in every barangay by encouraging them to participate in various youth activities that will promote their social, economic, and leadership development.
In these trying times, the PYAP members have served as volunteers in their respective communities. Some PYAP members have become BHERTs/volunteers to their respective barangays. In addition, these volunteers help in assisting the house to house DAFAC interview, monitoring OFW's returnees, contact tracing, packing of relief goods, information dissemination, monitoring the people entering the barangay premises and disinfecting public places. While on the other hand, other members of the organization served as documenter during the release of the Social Amelioration Program in different barangays.
COVID19 has affected many lives not just business establishments, government workers, health employees, transportation drivers but it also affected those families who are “isang kahig, isang tuka”. Despite the threat of the virus, one of the reasons why the organization continues to volunteer is because of their commitment to really take part in every endeavor regardless of the social status and help the community and government. They want to protect their families and this can be done by educating others, especially the danger brought by the virus and how to avoid it. With this, the organization also helps in terms of dissemination of information such as the importance of staying at home, following the rules and sharing reliable news or information in any social media platforms.
(The Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines is one of the member-organizations of the Oro Youth Development Council.)
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Agusan Youth Federation is a community-based youth organization in Barangay Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City. AYF is a coalition of the different youth organizations in the barangay which was created through the passage of R.A. 10742, also known as the SK Reform Law. In general, the organization aims to serve as the center of all youth organizations towards a unified movement for the community.
These difficult times brought about by the pandemic COVID-19 enables the people in the barangay to stay at home. This resulted in stopping them from working and their day-to-day income has been immensely affected. Moreover, they have become dependent on the government’s relief program.
The organization has successfully initiated a donation drive to raise funds for 20 families. These are families who are living in remote areas in the barangay who happened to fail and didn’t receive any assistance from the government’s first wave of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). With this initiative, the organization was able to distribute relief package; each bag is composed of 3 kilos of rice, a dozen of eggs, assorted vegetables, chicken cuts, and coffee packs.
Although the project was short-lived, the organization believes that no matter how small or big the operation, the most important thing is the essence of giving especially to the needy in these trying times.
Project Ayuda of the AYF has been made possible through the support of donors, volunteers, and members of the organization.
(The Agusan Youth Federation is one of the member-organizations of the Oro Youth Development Council.)
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