Dinagat’s Katre-Karpintero project gets aid from CMC

To ensure that there would be sufficient beds in hospitals to be used by Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) due to COVID-19 exposure, Cagdianao Mining Corporation offered its help to Katre-Karpintero project of the province.

Cagdianao Mining Corporation (CMC), an operating company of Nickel Asia Corporation located in Barangay Valencia, Dinagat Islands, turned over the materials to the province for the Katre-Karpintero Program intended for the Municipal Care and Containment Center (MCCC).

About 150 beds were made for the seven municipalities in the Province of Dinagat Islands as initiated by the Governor Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao together with the Dinagat Islands Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19.

Represented by Engr. Arnilo C. Milaor, Resident Mine Manager, together with ComRel Manager Rudilyn Velasco, CMC officially turned over the materials on June 16 at San Jose Municipal Covered Court.

The materials were received by San Jose Municipal Mayor Yngwie Hero B. Ecleo, Chief of Staff of the Governor Josel E. Gonzales, Provincial Administrator Aimee A. Gimeno, Provincial Health Officer Jillian Francise A. Lee, MD., Provincial General Services Officer Angela E. Elago, Project Engineer Reymond E. Gonzales, and the 21 carpenters from different municipalities of Dinagat Islands.

The materials, part of the CMC’s Corporate Social Responsibility, amounted to P577,02467 and consisted of marine plywood, wood glue, good lumber, round bar, nails, and liquid tiles.

Equipped with sufficient materials, the carpenters managed to make the 150 beds in five days.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa CMC for immediately responding the need for Katre-Karpintero Program in a short period of time. The 150 beds were completed in more or less 10-day,” said Governor Bag-ao.

Provincial Health Officer Jillian Francise A. Lee, MD., said that these beds are intended for the seven municipalities such as Cagdianao, San Jose, Tubajon, Libjo, Loreto, Basilisa and Dinagat where there are number of Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) in care and containment centers of respective municipalities.

According to Dinagat Islands Provincial Information Office there are 914 PUMs in the province, 526 are in the Municipal Containment Centers and 388 are in Home Quarantine. About 3,618 were graduated in their 14-day quarantine period.

“The project aims to provide the needs in every Municipal Care and Containment Center (MCCC) especially that there are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Balik Probinsya coming in the province and that needs to cater the needs of the beds and rooms,” said Dr. Lee.

Governor Bag-ao is also thankful to San Jose Municipal Mayor Yngwie Hero B. Ecleo for letting the Municipal Gym use for the Katre-Karpintero Program. The mayor is also thankful because they are also the beneficiary of the said program.

On top of this, Gov. Bag-ao noted that the initiative also provided the 21 carpenters from seven municipalities additional income.

Governor Bag-ao also encourages other mining companies in Dinagat Islands to do the same and help the government in this time of crisis.

Dinagat Islands province remains COVID-free and the provincial government is closely monitoring for the benefit of its constituents.

Likewise, Cagdianao Mining strictly abide with the government protocols and guidelines to maintain the healthy workplace and for the benefit of the employees and its host and neighboring communities.

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