In response to the programs and actions of the National Government concerning current issues in the country, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, through the active leadership of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza Dimaporo, convened with the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) as they conducted their 7th LPP General Assembly via an online platform.
 
Primarily, the meeting paved a way to discuss further the methods and concerns regarding the Full Devolution of Certain Functions from the national government to Local Government Units (LGUs) that will be effective next year, 2022, thru the issuance of Executive Order No 138 s 2021 of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
 
One of the main points that were also discussed in the meeting was the memorandum from the Executive Secretary stating the Increase in the Salary Grade (SG) of nurses in the country. During the meeting, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), through Secretary Wendel E. Avisado, clarified that the decision to upgrade the Salary Grade of Nurses I to SG 15; Nurse II to SG 16 and to retain the position titles of Nurse III to Nurse VII with their corresponding SGs is not against the law.
 
“As soon as pertinent information and procedures are approved and settled with the DOH and the Office of the President, we will then release another Circular Memorandum that is more apparent to everyone,” Sec. Avisado added.
DOH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III also assured the key officials that no distortion occurred upon the issuance of the said memorandum. Moreover, as he delivered his message, Secretary Duque asked the help of the governors to consistently implement the standard health protocols in their respective provinces to address the surge of COVID 19 cases.
 
Usec Myrna Cabotaje of the DOH Field Implementation and Coordination Team presented the updates on the Vaccination rollout. According to DOH, for over 3,942 total number reported vaccination sites, over 6,948,549 total doses were administered, of which 5,068,855 for the 1st dose and 1,879,694 for the 2nd dose.
“The vaccines that have arrived are still insufficient for our population, which is why there is a need to follow metrics to properly allocate the vaccines, and several factors must be considered, especially those in high surge areas,” Secretary Duque said.
 
Through Usec Epimaco Densing, the DILG was also able to present updates on COVID-19 policies for LGUs. Accordingly, despite the consistent reminders of the government, there are still over 64,516 total violations were recorded from May 31 to June 6, 2021. Many still do not wear a face mask, no physical distancing, and are caught conducting mass gatherings without complying with the standard health protocol.
 
During the conference, the Provincial Chief Executive was joined by Dr. Marujjeta Opamen of PHO, Ms. Chirelyn Leopoldo of the Provincial Budget Office, and Ms. Alma Villame of PCAO. Given the data and information presented during the meeting, Governor Angging asked the support of the constituents in Lanao del Norte for their utmost consideration and cooperation as we continue the quest to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our province.
 
“The fight against the COVID-19 is far from over. We should conjoin with the national government as they implement global immunization. Let us encourage everyone. Disseminating factual information is important rather than spreading fake news and negativity. At a time like this, let us all protect and help each other.” Governor Angging added. PIO-LDN