(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, May 20, 2015) Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) affecting Luzon. Forecast: Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Light to moderate winds coming from the Southeast to south will prevail with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao


Sunday, May 24, 2015

SNCAT trains DepEd teachers in Surigao Norte

By Robert E. Roperos

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, May 24 (PIA) - To address the shortage of qualified teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd) who will teach subjects pertaining to skills development in line with the K to 12’s full implementation in 2016, the Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) trains teachers from different municipalities of this province.

SNCAT, which is located at Magpayang, Mainit, this province is administered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), teachers from the Division of Surigao del Norte were able to avail of free trainings in different skills qualifications, aimed to be at par excellence with other neighboring ASEAN countries in preparation for the ASEAN integration,

Under Cookery NC II, 39 teachers have participated the training. In the Agricultural Crop Production NC I, 20 teachers have availed the scholarship.

Meanwhile, 20 teachers from DepEd Siargao Island Division were able to avail free training in the Cookery NC II which was held in Dapa, Siargao Island.

In other development, SNCAT is also providing free services and assistance to the Sustainable Livelihood Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga. Among these are the regular conduct of Entrepreneurship Training and Seminar and the Asexual Propagation particularly in grafting and marcoting which was held in Matin-ao and Tolingon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

As part of the Community-Based Training Program, the TESDA-administered school has also offered free training to Barangay Volunteered Worker in Barangay San Isidro, Surigao City in the following short-term courses in MicroSoft Word application, MicroSoft Excel application, and Asexual propagation.

According to Ma. Hydee Relliquete, the school’s officer-in-charge, as long as there are individuals or groups of people who will ask assistance from them, they will extend their free services in the service of the Caraganons and the Filipino people. (TESDA-Caraga/SNCAT/PIA-Caraga)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Feature: Regulating your body processes with calcium

By Charina A. Javier

Calcium is the main structural component of bones ad teeth but did you know that it also controls the contraction of your muscles and transmission of your nerve impulses?

Yes, 99 percent of our calcium, together with phosphorus, forms the matrix of bones and teeth, the structural function of calcium. The remaining one percent is in the bloodstream, regulating the contraction and relaxation of muscles, especially the heart muscle, blood clotting, nerve impulse transmission, production of hormone and maintenance of acid-base balance.

The amount in the bloodstream may be too small as compared to the amount found in the bones but reducing it causes the calcium in your bones to be used up, putting individuals at greater risk of fracture or osteoporosis in later life.

Calcium is needed in the production and activation of enzymes like the enzyme to contract and relax muscles, secretion of hormones such as the growth hormone, conduction of synapses in nerves, activation of clotting factor in the blood, control of cell membrane permeability and electrolyte balance.

Calcium normalizes blood pressure among salt-sensitive patients and relieves muscles muscle cramps especially among pregnant women. In addition, a study done by Prompt and Quinton of the Departments of Physiology and Medicine of the University of California Medical School found that calcium is an essential requirement for stimulating sweat and that may be a factor in regulating the concentration of sweat.

Our body has to maintain the normal level of calcium in the blood and soft tissues to keep up with all of its regulating functions even at the expense of our bones.

This mechanism makes it difficult to determine calcium deficiency unlike other nutrients where deficiency can be determined through blood or urinary tests and there is no specific disease characterizing it.

Including calcium-rich foods in your daily diet would ensure that the calcium stored in your bones will not be used up to help regulate a lot of body processes. Message No. 5 of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by the Technical Working Group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recommends to consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods everyday for healthy bones and teeth.

Examples of alternative sources of calcium are freshwater shrimp, anchovy, shore crab, mungbean, jute leaves, horseradish leaves, sardines, and dried fish.

So to keep up with your body processes and not compromise your bones, eat and drink calcium-rich foods everyday!

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num:  8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)