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Inoculations against the Corona Virus disease (Covid-19) were conducted in the city today March 8, 2021 right after the arrival of Sinovac vaccines as per advisory from the Department of Health (DOH).

Some 137 medical front liners from Kidapawan City Hospital, where the biggest Covid-19 facility is situated, started receiving the vaccines, making them part of the first batch of medical front liners in four hospitals located in the Province of Cotabato to be inoculated as first priority among the sectors targeted for vaccination.

Dr. Hamir Hechanova, Chief of Kidapawan City Hospital was the first to receive the initial dose of the vaccines past 10 A.M. in Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) amid optimism and cheers from his fellow front liners.

Dr. Hechanova said that except for a minor pain in the vaccinated part, he felt good overall after getting his first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and expressed his optimism that the activity will be successfully carried out in the next few days where a total of 137 medical front liners will be inoculated.

“I do not feel any adverse reaction after the vaccination. I am hoping that all our front liners will eventually get vaccinated and become protected against Covid-19” said Dr. Hechanova

He urged the public to trust the process and get vaccinated when the supply of Sinovac or any other Covid-19 vaccines arrive in the city. “This the most essential way to be protected from the virus, and in fact the only way to end Covid-19. 

He finally underlined the importance of the vaccine for Covid-19 stating that the best vaccine is the available vaccine whether it be Sinovac, Astra Zeneca or any other brand of Covid-19 vaccine. 

After Dr. Hechanova, other medical practitioners from the Kidapawan City Hospital were also inoculated and these include Dr. Brylle Catague, Dr. Jennifer Reyes, and Dr. Jazel Lanoza.

The historic vaccination of medical front liners in Kidapawan City Hospital were administered by Kristine Corias and Jerry Macion, trained nurses from the city vaccination team.

The second dose of Covid-19 Sinovac vaccines will be administered to the front liners after 28 days, a period enough to monitor late side-effects, if any.

Kidapawan City has a total of 3,840 medical front liners to be vaccinated. This will be followed by others in the priority list or in the guidelines of the National Inter Agency Task Force for Covid-19 (NIATF) and the DOH. 

For his part, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph said that this day is very important as the roll out of vaccines commences. He expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders who supported the city’s local vaccination rollout plan, the first-ever in the Province of Cotabato.

“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for; the actual inoculation of our medical front liners and I hope we can push through with the other eligible individuals and eventually attain a herd immunity”, said the mayor.

Mayor Evangelista said the inoculation of medical front liners is historic and said that this day will be remembered as the day of victory for the people of Kidapawan.  He further said he is more than willing to be vaccinated by Sinovac or any other available vaccine for Covid-19 but has to wait for the schedule set for local officials like him.

Kidapawan City Legal Officer Atty. Pao Evangelista said the City Government has been looking forward for the day the vaccine will come and start with the mass roll out plan and is so glad it is actually happening already.

Atty. Evangelista monitored the vaccination roll out right from the start and was happy to note that everything was in order and the system was followed thoroughly.

“We are doing good and all indications say that the vaccine roll out in the city is alright and this is the result of proper coordination among offices and concerned agencies”, said Atty. Evangelista.

The vaccinees had undergone the vaccination protocol – summed up in 7 steps. First, the minimum health standards and temperature check;  second, checking of vaccinee’s pertinent details and QR code scan; third, watch video presentation and reading of educational materials and signing of informed consent; fourth, vital signs and history taking, assessment by a physician; fifth, checking of pertinent documents and QR code and actual vaccination; sixth, submission of data to collection officer, information sheet to monitoring nurse and observation of the vaccinee for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour; and seventh; taking of pictures and use of hash tags for social media posts.

Dr. Rubelita Aggalut, Development Management Officer V, Center for Health Development DOH 12, also expressed much elation with the activity. “I am personally happy to see this thing (vaccination) is finally happening here in the City of Kidapawan, the health department is very optimistic that the inoculation of the medical front liners from the city hospital will be highly successful.

Kidapawan City Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Incienzo, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Operations Officer Dr. Nerissa Paalan, Kidapawan City Councilor and Chair of Committee on Health  Marites Malaluan and other City Councilors witnessed the event with much elation.

Aside from the Kidapawan City Hospital, front liners from three other hospitals with Covid-19 facilities also conducted the same activity today. These are the M’lang District Hospital in the Municipality of M’lang, Mindanao Doctor’s Hospital and Cancer Center, Inc., in the Municipality of Kabacan, and the Anecito Pesante Hospital in the Municipality of Midsayap. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY (March 3, 2021) – The City Government of Kidapawan utilized close to P8M funds for the installation of street lights and other improvements in the Center Islands, Quezon Boulevard in Barangay Poblacion and in other villages that need street lighting system.

In its 2020 Accomplishment Report, the City Government’s Task Force Kahayag a group of personnel coming from different offices or department of the City Government assigned to facilitate the street lighting projects, informed that the total of LED luminaires installed is 440.

Engr. Francisco Tanaid, Head of Task Force Kahayag, further informed that from this total, 49 LED lights (110 watts) were installed in the opposite lanes of the Center islands, 92 LED lights (70 watts) in the Barangays of San Roque,Gayola, San Isidro, New Bohol, Linangkob, Sto. Nino, Sumbac, Macebolig, and Onica; and 120 (60 watts) in the Barangays of Kalaisan, Sudapin, Mua-an, Nuangan, and New Bohol. In addition, some 158 additional LED lights (70 watts) were installed in other barangays as part of the completion of the street lighting project of the City Government of Kidapawan, according to the task force.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the installation of street lights in the Center islands and different villages is for the safety and security of the residents and the fulfillment of his administration’s mandate to provide lighting system not only in the center of the city but including far-flung villages.

“Most of the crimes and accidents happen in the dark parts of the highway and other main roads but with the streets now illuminated, these can be deterred or avoided”, said Mayor Evangelista. “This is also to prove to our constituents our commitment to serve and uplift their living conditions and that government funds are utilized properly.

The P8M street lighting project was funded through the 20% Economic Development Fund (EDF), City Aid to the Barangays, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)Performance Challenge Fund received by the City Government of Kidapawan for being awarded the Seal of Local Governance (SGLG) for four consecutive years. 

The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and the Cotabato Electric Company (COTELCO) provide support to this project in terms of technical and other form of assistance.  (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Government fortifies support to local farmers; launches first-ever Vegetable Trading Post

KIDAPAWAN CITY (March 2, 2021) – The Kidapawan City Government has again fortified its support to local farmers with the launching of the new and first-ever Vegetable Trading Post today March 2, 2021 in Barangay Magsaysay, Kidapawan City.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista tasked the City Agriculturist Office headed by Marissa T. Aton to engage with the Kidapawan City Vegetable Growers Association (KCVGA) in order to put up a trading post that will cater wholesale buyers.

“This is one way to increase the income of our vegetable growers because we let them deliver different kinds of vegetables in large quantity and to let wholesalers take advantage by buying these vegetables in volume”, said Mayor Evangelista.

Mayor Evangelista was ably represented by City Legal Officer Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista who thanked the KCVGA for trusting the city government in its advocacy programs to help the agriculture sector who are still reeling with the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his message, Atty. Evangelista highlighted three important points. First, the City Government of Kidapawan is delighted to have put up the first-ever Vegetable Trading Post; second, the sector of agriculture this year so far has the biggest budget allocation; and third; the involvement of the youth in the agriculture sector is something to be emulated.

“This is the fruit of the effective partnership of the City Agriculturist Office and the local vegetable growers. So far, the City Government this year allotted the biggest budget to agriculture in order to boost local food production in the city; The City Government believes that by ensuring food production and livelihood the people can also attain self-sufficiency. It’s just a matter of bridging support to them in terms of training and capacity building to finally bring out their potentials.

Joel T. Rivera, Sales Marketing and Development Manager of PITAC-Multi-Purpose Cooperative as partner-stakeholder gave a message during the program where he encouraged the vegetable growers to be more enthusiastic and seize every opportunity that will boost their production. “The establishment of the Vegetable Training Post is a big opportunity especially to members of the KCVGA whose produce can now have bigger market”, he said.

In response, Justin Deo C. Javier, President of KCVGA urged all members of the organization to continue their endeavor to increase the supply of vegetable as they already have a place to deliver their harvests. “I want to express my gratitude to the City Government of Kidapawan for engaging our organization in this notable project and to my fellow growers let’s just go and aim higher production as we do not have to worry anymore on where to sell our products” said Javier as he looks forward for more projects with the City Government.

After the launching program the traders started to buy a wide variety of vegetables such as eggplant, radish, pechay, ampalaya, squash, tomatoes, cauliflowers, ube, and many others.

The Vegetable Trading Post will operate every Tuesdays and Saturdays 7AM to 5PM with minimum health protocols to be observed such as wearing of face masks, face shield, among others. (AJPME/jscj)

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Kidapawan City Agriculture and Fisheries Council awarded the Best Performing
CAFC for 2020
KIDAPAWAN CITY (March 1, 2021) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) – 12
recognized the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of Kidapawan City as the best
performing City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (CAFC) in Region 12 for the year
DA 12 Regional Executive Director Arlan Mangelen led the distribution of the Plaque of
Appreciation to the awardees during the recent culmination program of the 6 th National
Agriculture and Fisheries Volunteers’ Day held in Koronadal City where City Agriculturist
Office sent delegates.
Several criteria served as the basis for selecting the best CAFC which include the
number of consultations conducted in the area, number of monitoring conducted to
agriculture and fishery projects, and the number of local issues raised and resolved by
the CAFC through the resolutions approved by the body.
During the initial and up to the final selection process, the CAFC of Kidapawan topped
other CAFCs based in Tacurong City, Koronadal City, and General Santos City.
City Agriculturist Marissa T. Aton said the search for Best Performing CAFC will help
motivate the CAFC and other stakeholders to perform better and institutionalize its best
practices in the community.
“Our CAFC and volunteers have been doing their best to uplift the agriculture and
fisheries sector by being committed and dedicated in performing its tasks and help small
farmers cope up with these challenging times”, said Aton as she expressed high
optimism for more fruitful years for CAFC.
She also emphasized the continuous efforts of the City Government of Kidpawanunder
the administration of Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista in helping the farmers cope up with
the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges confronting the
agriculture sector.
The Search for the Best Performing City Agriculture and Fisheries Council Award is an
annual undertaking of the DA – ATI12 which aims to give due recognition and honor to
dedicated individuals, volunteers, and institutions and have shown exemplary
performance and accomplishments which contributed largely to the region’s agricultural
development. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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“AI sa Barangay” project can help boost supply of pork – City Vet
Kidapawan City (March 1, 2021) – The Artificial Insemination (AI) project recently
launched in Barangay Kalaisan, Kidapawan City can pave the way for hog raisers to
have superior breed of pigs and increase production of pork meat.
City Veterinarian II Dr. Ellaine Mahusay, during the launching held at Multiplier Farm,
Barangay Kalaisan highlighted the significance of AI among the many hog raisers and
piggeries in the city which can be a defining factor in recovering from the ill-effects of
the Covid-19 pandemic which has severely affected hog raisers not only in the city but
other places as well.
“Piglets attain better genetics through Artificial Insemination, less chance of being
injured as they grow and acquire other numerous benefits by performing the process to
mature female pigs and sow.” said Dr. Mahusay at the same time informing hog raisers
of the upcoming AI in other villages.
The launching was done with the opening of a new pig pen with some 10 sows given AI
with the presence of Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Training Institute12 (DA-
ATI) Center Director Abdul I. Daya-an, City Veterinarian Dr. Eugene Gornez, Kicapawan
City Councilor Engr. Peter Salac (Chairperson-SP Kid Committee on Agriculture),
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rufino Sorupia and stakeholders in the barangay.
For his part, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the effective
implementation of programs and projects for farmers badly affected by the pandemic
and African Swine Fever (ASF) is definitely what the agriculture sector needs.
“We bring the service closer to the people especially to the small farmers who have
basically nothing to rely on in these trying times” the mayor said as he thanked the DA-
ATI 12 for the partnership”,
After Barangay Kalaisan, interested and qualified hog raisers from other villages will be
visited by the City Vet for the insemination process. With this process, hog owners will
not be burdened by bringing their sows to the City Vet but only have to wait for the
personnel to come and perform the insemination.

On the other hand, Daya-an explained that the DA will continue to partner with the City
Government in terms of uplifting the status of the farmers and providing sustainable
development in agriculture.
“In this particular program, we are looking into the measures to help our farmers
particularly hog raisers to maximize their productions and consequently to address the
low supply of pork meat in the market” Daya-an said.
He also added that the “AI sa Barangay” resulted from joint efforts and collaboration of
the City Government of Kidapawan and the DA which has already implemented many
projects benefiting the farmers’ sector.
With this development, the City Agriculturist Office is looking forward for hog raisers to
achieve maximum production and potential with the help of intervention projects such as
the one held in Barangay Kalaisan and soon in other areas within the city.
Conceptualizing on the full potential and better production of hog raisers in Kidapawan
City and to stabilize the supply of pork meat in the public market, the City Government
looks forward for the eventual success of “AI sa Barangay”. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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City Government of Kidapawan prepares for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

KIDAPAWAN CITY (February 16, 2021) – The City Government of Kidapawan is exerting more efforts ahead of the awaited rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in the city anytime soon this year and in line with the mandate of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) for Covid-19 and with the guidelines set by the Vaccination Program of the Department of Health (DOH).

No less than Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista presented the city’s Mass Vaccination Roll Out Plan through a Power Point presentation at the City Convention Center today, February 16, 2021 with the presence of Cotabato Governor Nancy A. Catamco, Dr. Marjorie Aggalot DOH Representative for Cotabato Province, Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Head Dr. Eva C. Rabaya, City Health Office Dr. Jocelyn Encienzo, Assist. City Health Officer Dr. Ted Calica, City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) OIC Dr. Nerissa Paalan, and other stakeholders.

“We are doing everything we can to have an organized and systematic vaccination and we started it by coming up with a comprehensive vaccination plan which is essential in the final stages of fighting the disease”, said Mayor Evangelista.  

The rollout plan contains several phases which includes creation of a master list of the priority and eligible populations for vaccination such as senior citizens, front liners, and other set of vaccinee individuals or groups, identification of vaccination sites, trained human resource converted into teams needed to administer the vaccines to the populace, preparation of cold chain storage necessary to secure the vaccines the moment they arrive.

The plan also encompasses simulation or dry run of the vaccination proper where city officials among the first ones to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Also incorporated in the plan is the actual vaccination rollout in approved vaccination sites and the post-vaccination and monitoring of vaccinees as well as assessment.

The City Government of Kidapawan is the first among the LGUs in the Province of Cotabato to formulate and present its local mass vaccination plan and is consistently beefing up its preparations ahead of the anticipated arrival of the vaccines and its subsequent rollout.  

With the approval of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Kidapawan, the city government has allotted some P28.9M from the 30% Quick Response Fund of the City’s DRRMO to ensure the purchase of around 49,500 COVID-19 vaccines which will cover 30% population of the city. At the same time, this serves as augmentation to the Covid-19 vaccines provided by the national government which will accommodate more or less 115,500 representing 70%of the population of the city.

A thorough coordination with the DOH, RIATF for COVID-19, RIATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and other concerned agencies is being done by the city officials led by Mayor Evangelista to make sure the vaccination plan will be properly executed and according to schedule.

The local chief executive is highly optimistic that the moment the vaccination for priority population is completed, the city government can directly proceed in covering all the target population eligible for vaccination.

The city health officials of Kidapawan and the DOH12 go hand in hand in in advocating the importance of vaccination as the only way to control or stop the spread of the disease. Significantly, the campaign to provide significant information to the community on the need to be vaccinated and to attain a herd community is now more imperative for front liners.

At present, the City Government has identified a total of 6 vaccination sites to spearhead COVID-19 vaccination and these are Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School, Kidapawan City National High School, Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, Kidapawan Doctors College, and the St. Mary’s Academy of Kidapawan.

Meanwhile, after his power point presentation, Mayor Evangelista along with Gov. Catamco and other officials proceeded to the area where two refrigerated vans are safely placed. These refrigerated vans will be used as storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines once they arrive. The vans have -20 to -25 degrees Celsius which is the required temperature for the vaccine to retain its efficacy.  

“It is so important that we secure the vaccines and keep its integrity from the time of its arrival and when it is being transported with these storage facilities”, said Mayor Evangelista as he underlined the preparations made by concerned offices tasked to do especially the CESU, CHO, and the PNP for security.

The area where the refrigerated vans are being safekept is secured and accessible at the same time so as to ensure fast delivery by the time the mass vaccination starts. (AJPME/JSCJ)

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Kidapawan City (February 10, 2021) – Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista is awarded the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award for 2020.

CSC 12 Assistant Regional Director Atty. Venus O. Bumanlag presented the plaque to Mayor Evangelista with the presence of CSC Cotabato Field Office Head Glenda F. Lasaga along with some key personnel at the simple awarding ceremony held at the Conference Room of the City Hall this morning.

 “This award is for all the men and women of the City Government and the constituents of Kidapawan” Mayor Evangelista said upon receiving the award. He thanked everyone who has extended help and support to the programs and projects of the city government which made it more meaningful and life-changing.

Mayor Evangelista, in his message of thanks, emphasized the significance of inspiring and motivating government employees to give their best in serving the constituents and to build unity and solidarity among government workers and most especially uphold public trust and confidence. 

ARD Bumanlag said that being a service-oriented, innovative, visionary and inspirational leader are some of the attributes of Mayor Evangelista that made him an outstanding public servant, thus, the CSC cited him as one of the Presidential Lingkod Bayani (PLB) Regional Awardees.

She said that notably, the City Government of Kidapawan has been a recipient of different awards and recognitions from various national government agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and other offices because of the notable performance rendered by Mayor Evangelista and other local officials and for meeting or even surpassing the criteria or set of standards.

The PLB award is one of the three prestigious awards given by the CSC to government officials with exemplary performances. The other two are the CSC Pagasa Awards and Dangal ng Bayan Awards.

The 121st Anniversary of the CSC this year is highlighted by the PLB awards which aims to institutionalize excellence in public service and to give due recognition to deserving public servants.

Mayor Evangelista’s almost 9-year term as Local Chief Executive has brought development in Kidapawan City in terms of economy, peace and order, and health and social stability. Aside from this, the City Government continue to implement noteworthy programs and projects inclined to uplift the living conditions of the people especially in this time of Covid-19 pandemic. (CIO_AJPME/JCSC

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Kidapawan City (February 9, 2021) – The continuing effort of the Kidapawan City Government to encourage the business sector in applying and securing their business licenses and permits on time has yielded affirmative results.

Kidapawan City Legal Officer and Acting Information Officer Atty. Paolo M. Evangelista said the City Business Licensing and Processing Office (CBLPO) has now issued some 2,421 business licenses and permits to various small, medium, and large enterprises and other business establishments in the city.  

“This is attributable to the endeavor of the City Government to provide assistance to the business sector by carefully identifying their needs especially when it comes to business requirements such as the implementation of the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) every January of each year” said Atty. Evangelista

“Through the BOSS, business owners or their representatives availed of the simplified processing of their documents whether it be application of new business licenses or renewal for existing establishments.” Atty Evangelista further said.

Moreover, government agencies and offices that issues clearances and permits and even certifications and authorizations such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Trade and industry (DTI), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) along with the concerned offices of the City Government such as the CBPLO, City Health Office and others set up their desks at the City Hall grounds to streamline the flow and ease the issuance of required documents.

Business owners who have yet to comply with the requirements are being assisted by the respected offices of the City Government as well as the national line agencies. Those who are to renew their documents will simply have to follow several steps with the help of the assigned or designated government representatives up to the final step which is the issuance of the business permit or license.

For his part, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A, Evangelista said his administration only aims to promote a business-friendly environment in the city by simplifying the process of registering or renewing a business through an effective collaboration with concerned government agencies and eventually boost the confidence of investors in the city.

He also thanked the business proprietors and representatives for strictly following the required minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields, body temperature check, disinfection, and physical distancing during the month-long implementation of BOSS.    

For numerous years already, the City Government of Kidapawan has extensively implemented BOSS giving clients the opportunity to complete their documents and other pertinent papers in a particular location and a period of one or two days only instead of going to different offices which entails long period of transaction. (CIO_AJPME/JSCJ)

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Kidapawan City (February 5, 2021) – The City Government of Kidapawan through Kidapawan City Hospital (KCH) Chief Dr. Hamir Hechanova reported a total of 187 Covid-19 hospital beds are now in place at the different isolation facilities and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) in the city.

This is part of the City Government’s continuous effort to further improve the capacity for Covid-19 response, according to Dr. Hechanova citing the significance of increasing the number of hospital beds with the rising number of cases in the city.

Kidapawan City Hospital Covid-19 Treatment Facility taking the lead in admitting and monitoring Covid-19 positive cases under the One Hospital Command Center policy has 50 beds; while private hospitals such as Kidapawan City Doctors Hospital, Inc. (KDHI) has 20; Kidapawan Medical Specialists Center, Inc. (KMSCI) 20, Midway Hospital Kidapawan, Inc. 13; and Madonna Medical Center, Inc. 12. The newly converted isolation facilities Double R Placeand Dizon Hospital has 20 beds and 16 beds, respectively now ready for occupancy.

“Indigent patients are given priority in the said hospitals especially the Kidapawan City Hospital. At present, the Disease Severity Capability of all the city’s isolation and TTMF is at a moderate level”, said Dr. Hechanova.

In addition, the City Gymnasium is now converted into an isolation facility with a 36 Covid-19 bed capacity and will be a big boost in the response to Covid-19 cases in the city. 

There is an existing agreement between the Kidapawan City Hospital and the private hospitals to first utilize the beds of KCH but in the event the hospital reaches the high-risk bed capacity, the private hospitals and other TTMF will now have the responsibility to accept or admit their patients or those individuals who had first sought the help of private hospitals.

Meanwhile, Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said the City Government is all-out in supporting the isolation and treatment facilities by strengthening the Covid-19 response and the whole health system capacity of front liners. 

“We do not hesitate to pour our resources for we know the possible effects if we put a halt in our Covid-19 response. Figures of Covid-19 infections might go up or down and we cannot afford to reduce our course of action to fight the disease.” Said Mayor Evangelista.

The Local Chief Executive is optimistic that despite the rise of Covid-19 positive cases in the city, the city’s pro-active measures will eventually yield good results and improve the situation.

Apart from the bed capacity, Mayor Evangelista highlighted the other measures taken to support the campaign against Covid-19 such as the upcoming new Covid-19 Molecular Laboratory where RT-PCR tests for local patients will be done in a fast and accurate manner, continued Information Education Campaign on the minimum health protocols, free issuance of Covid-19 Contact Tracing System/QR Code for the residents of the city and other endeavors aimed to protect the constituents and attain a disease -free community. (CIO_AJPME/JSCJ)

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KIDAPAWAN CITY (February 4, 2021) – More and more constituents of Kidapawan City avail and benefit from the free issuance of Covid-19 Contact Tracing System (CCTS) which begun last December 15, 2021.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph A. Evangelista said this initiative aims to provide service to the residents especially those who do not have the capacity to secure CCTS or QR Code on their own due to various reasons such as internet and signal problems, no gadgets to be used, and other difficulties.

“The issuance of CCTS ID cards to our residents will help us greatly in achieving a more systematic and efficient contact tracing of individuals who are exposed or had close contacts with Covid-19 positive patients and those exhibiting symptoms of the disease”, said Mayor Evangelista.

The Local Chief Executive also informed that as of Wednesday, February 3, 2021 the number of issued CCTS is 4,163, with just almost two months of operation.

The number of residents availing the free service continue to increase which is an indication that they are well informed and supportive of the City Government’s campaign against Covid-19.

The actual processing is conducted in front of the City Hall though a help desk manned by well-trained personnel. Minimum health protocols are observed such as body temperature, wearing of facemasks and face shields, and physical or social distancing.

While many other Kidapawenos had already secured their CCTS ID through the link provided by the Region 12 Covid19 Contact Tracing System downloadable in their cellphone and other gadgets, the City Government remains keen in helping a bigger number of constituents obtain their own CCTS ID card for free.

The CCTS or Covid19 system tracing ID is mandatory in all public and private establishments and is strictly implemented based on the approved resolutions and guidelines of the Regional IATF for Covid-19. This is also aimed to institutionalize a digitalized system of tracking anyone exposed to Covid19 infected person and control the spread of the virus.

In this regard, Mayor Evangelista urged every Kidapaweno to be mindful of the health protocols and keep on practicing the protective measures against the dreaded disease including washing of hands often, avoid or limit social gatherings and being exposed to crowded places and others.

The City Government also continues to encourage residents in the 40 barangays of the city to report their health condition to their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) and help in the monitoring of possible Covid-19 infections in their respective areas.

In this way, the City Government can immediately respond to Covid-19 cases apart from the other initiatives taken to strengthen the fight against the disease such as putting up of additional Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) and augmentations given to existing Covid19 Isolation Facilities. (CIO_AJPME/jscj)

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