Bukidnon reported 35 COVID cases Tuesday. View of Musuan, Bukidnon by Obsidian Soul on Wikimedia Commons
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With just a little more than 1,500 new cases, the PH is on its second day of low case count

Not enough to excite us, but let’s hope it is sustainable.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 21 2020

Disclosure: All data provided are from the Department of Health’s various information sites including their data drop. Where appropriate, other graphs, illustrations, tables and data are appropriately referenced.

October 21, 2020 (updated)

Top five localities (province/HUC/ICC for the day) are:

With less cases today than yesterday, we seem to be on a two day roll. Not enough to excite us, but let’s hope it is sustainable.

It’s important to note that the Philippine Red Cross has significantly decreased its testing capacity to only 705 individuals tested for October 19.

Data below shows that the 10 PRC testing centers contribute to more than 1/4 of the testing results in the country. Until Friday of last week.


Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • There was a significant decline in the number of samples and individual tests being done in the last week compared to previous weeks.
  • There are 10 Philippine Red Cross testing centers in the country. Notice in the subsequent graph below the significant drop in tests from PRC. Only 705 individual tests were done and only 52 were positive.
  • The Philippine Red Cross has tested 1,053,885 individuals to date. PRC is responsible for 25.3 percent of the total individuals tested in the country. 
  • Yesterday’s total cases was all over the archipelago- literally from North to South.
  • When broken down according to top 20 cities/municipalities, only nine cities in the NCR were included. The remaining cities were outside of NCR. Davao City was third, and some other cities appeared for the first time – Surigao City in Surigao del Norte, City of Valencia and Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon.


The world has crossed 41,000,000 cases.

The United States had the highest number of cases and deaths reported yesterday.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.75 percent
  • The 7-day average of new cases is now close to 380,000 cases per day.
  • The US was back on top among countries with new cases and new deaths.
  • Five countries in Europe landed in the top 10 new cases yesterday – UK, France, Spain, Czechia and Italy – as many nations in Europe are battling a very brutal second wave. The least number of new cases in the top ten is now more than 10,000 cases per nation.

Feature Story


Bukidnon is a landlocked province located in Northern Mindanao. With 1.5 million inhabitants, this province is composed of two component cities and 20 municipalities. It is the third largest province in the country with a land area of more than 10,000 sq km for a density of only 160 people per square kilometer of land.

The province is the largest in area in the whole of Mindanao and accounts for almost 60 percent of Northern Mindanao.

The City of Valencia and Manolo Fortich contributed to 18 and 17 newly announced cases in the province yesterday for a total of 35 cases for Bukidnon alone.

The City of Valencia has a population of 200,000 people (2015 census) and is the most populous among all cities in Bukidnon. This city serves as the center of trade and commerce and is known for Valencia Rice, a familiar rice variety in the country.

Manolo Fortich on the other hand is a first class municipality in the same province with a population half the size of Valencia. This municipality has a land area of more than 500 sq km (8 times larger than the whole National Capital Region). It is only a 40-minute ride to the bustling city of Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental, one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in Mindanao as we previously reported. 

Del Monte Philippines is located in this municipality. The plantation is in Camp Phillips Road, Barangay Agusan Canyon. The clubhouse is located on the same road but in Barangay San Miguel. The golf course and country club is in Sitio Cawayanon in Barangay San Miguel. The Cawayanon compound houses the employees of Del Monte.