Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo leads the formulation and validation workshop for COVID-19 Rehabilitation and Recovery Planning for Lanao del Norte at Macapagal Training Center, Pigcarangan, Tubod, on July 29, 2020.

The Provincial Chief Executive encouraged the participants representing various agencies of the National Government and the Municipal Planning and Development Council to focus on programs, projects, and activities that will help the public bounced back from the hardship brought by COVID-19 pandemic.

Livelihood and Skills Training programs are the utmost priority of the Provincial Government for the people, especially those who lost their jobs or earnings due to the strict implementation of lockdown and the closure of their company or store.

Governor emphasized at the workshop to prioritize programs that are sustainable for the people, especially for returning residents to develop and nurture and eventually contribute to the economic growth of the Province of Lanao del Norte and be with their families at the same time.

During the presentation of Assessment of the Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic-Issues and Concerns and Recovery Needs through Programs, Projects, and Activities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), presented their proposed strategies in food production; 1. Tilapia Fingerlings Distribution to encouraged backyard fishpond, 2. Identify Sites for the Establishment of Tilapia Hatcheries, and 3. Render Technical Assistance on Aquaculture and Postharvest by conducting training and orientation, subject to the minimum health standard required by the Local Government Units, Department of Health, and in accordance with the guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

And for the Department of Trade and Industry, one of their vital strategies in the financial services is the institutionalization of the provision of financial support program packages to affected micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) under the livelihood seeding program thru the Negosyo Center by granting livelihood starter kits to those qualified beneficiaries, and one of the requirements to be presented is the Business Permit.

Further, the Department of Labor and Employment presented the implementation of the TUPAD Program or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers in the province, and for now, have benefited a total of 1,937 beneficiaries for 10 days work in disinfecting and cleaning their own home.

The Department of Health presented its strategies in partnership with the Provincial Health Office will focus on equipping the public health facilities and personnel with adequate capacities and resources to manage infectious diseases, such as SARS (including COVID-19), influenza, common cold, tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis A and B, and increase number of fully equipped isolation rooms, to name a few.

Governor Angging thanked the Department of Health for providing the necessary assistance to the Provincial Government, particularly in the establishment of the COVID-19 Testing Laboratory at Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, and provision of Personal Protective Equipment for the medical frontliners, as well as the agencies that extend their support to the Provincial Government in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and assisting to help ease the people’s burden in these challenging times. PIO-LDN