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(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, April 16, 2014) SYNOPSIS:At 4:00 PM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 110 km southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.2ºN, 126.8ºE). Forecast: Visayas will have cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the northern and eastern section of Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas.

GAD Day Care Center 29th Culmination Program

The pupils of Gender and Development Learning and Resource Day Care Center, together with their supportive parents, during the 29th Culmination Program held at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City on April 3, 2014.

The members of the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) during its Full Council meeting in Butuan City on April 3, 2014.

402nd Brigade (PA)Bloodletting Activity

The uniformed men of the 402nd Brigade, Phil. Army, demonstrating the 'small unit tactics' during the bloodletting activity and photo exhibit at the Robinson's Place, Butuan City on Mar. 22, 2014.

ALAGA KA Para Sa Maayos na Buhay National Launching

Beneficiaries of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) program from different municipalities of Agusan del Norte join the national launching of the ALAGA KA Para sa Maayos na Buhay at the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court on Mar. 24, 2014.

POPCOM U4U Teen Trail Initiative Press Conference

The panelists and audience during the press conference cum launching of the U4U program of the Commission on Population Caraga on Mar. 26, 2014 held at Agusan National High School, Butuan City.

Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Employees of Butuan City local government diligently follow the designated route to evacuation area despite heavy rains brought by low pressure area in Caraga during the earthquake drill at city hall, Butuan City on Mar. 19, 2014.

Forest in the City Hall Exhibit

Local food products displayed in booths and song renditions by the city band during the Opening of the "Forest in the City Hall Exhibit" at the Butuan City Hall lobby on Mar. 17, 2014.

Forest in the City Hall Exhibit

City councilor Samuel Alan Amante leads the ribbon cutting ceremony to formally signal the opening of the "Forest in the City Hall Exhibit" set up at the Butuan City Hall lobby on Mar. 17, 2014.

Vision 2020 Launching - "Grow a Million Trees"

The Philippine Information Agency Caraga personnel led by regional director Abner Caga participate in the tree planting activity and commit to nurture the plant for the city's sustainable forest-based economy as envisioned by 2020. A total of 1,500 mahogany seedlings are planted along the 5km stretch from Bancasi rotunda to Bonbon road, Butuan City on Mar. 16. 2014.

Vision 2020 Launching- "Grow a Million Trees"

Employees from government agencies and private individuals join the tree planting activity spearheaded by the city government of Butuan as one of the programs under the so-called 13 Strategic Initiatives for Vision 2020 at Bancasi-Bonbon, Butuan City on Mar. 16, 2014.

8th International Rice-Duck Conference

Photo exhibit featuring the products and technology of integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS) during the 8th International Rice-Duck Conference in Butuan City, Mar. 10-14, 2014.

8th International Rice-Duck Conference

Organic farming practitioners and supporters from all over Asia, attending the 8th International Rice-Duck Conference held in Butuan City on Mar. 10-14, 2014.

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PIA-13 chief encourages Dinagat IOs to give value to their roles in society

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Apr. 14 (PIA) – “You have to give value to your role as information officers because people depend on the information you deliver to them. Do not settle for less, do not take your responsibilities for granted, instead do your best as government communicator and give justice to your functions.”

This was the statement of regional director Abner Caga of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga during the opening of the Three-Day Seminar-Workshop on Basic News Writing, Script Writing, Photography, and Video Production held on Monday at the San Jose Pension House, Justiniana, San Jose, Dinagat Islands.

“PIA is here with you today for this training, no matter how far we have to travel because we care for the information officers in the region. We should develop their skills and make them productive in their position,” Caga remarked.

Caga added that information dissemination by the information officers should be timely, accurate and reliable “so the public will be informed real time and be able to respond especially in times of disaster.”

Caga further disclosed that Dinagat Islands is a fertile ground to create change. He emphasized that the best way to communicate is through the heart. 

“Our agency, in its earnest effort chose to conduct this lecture to help enhance the skills of our local communicators,” stressed Caga.

The good director also expressed his optimism that the local communicators in the province will be able to level up its strategies and means of communicating to the public.

The said training will run until April 16 (Wednesday) and participants will undergo workshops every after the lecture by the PIA personnel. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

FNRI, DOST IV-A and Mulanay, Quezon ink partnership on complementary food production

By Sancho S. Labong

MANILA, April 14 (PIA) - The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), the municipal government of Mulanay, Quezon, and the DOST Region IV-A (CALABARZON) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the production of complementary food. The MOA signing was held on 10 February 2014 at the Municipal Function Hall of Mulanay in Quezon Province.

Present during the event were Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, FNRI Director; Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, DOST IV-A Regional Director; and Hon. Joselito A. Ojeda, Mayor of Mulanay, Quezon.

“Commitment, commitment, commitment," is what Mayor Ojeda stressed in his welcome remarks as he challenged local officials regarding their commitment to the technical assistance extended by FNRI through the DOST IV-A.

According to the 2008 FNRI National Nutrition Survey, Mulanay, a first class partially-urban municipality of Quezon, ranked fifth for malnutrition problem in the province. It also has a poverty incidence of 59.7 percent, as quoted in a Mulanay news article posted in the Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) website (2012).

Dr. Madrigal, in his Opening Remarks lauded Dr. Capanzana for the prompt response in his invitation to attend the event despite of a short notice.

The recent MOA signing marks the 4th collaborative project in the region between the FNRI and the DOST IV-A, Dr. Madrigal added.

Dr. Madrigal also mentioned the complementary feeding program and other activities conducted by the FNRI and other DOST agencies, and at the same time, presented the line-up of the DOST projects for Mulanay.

Dr. Capanzana, in his message, discussed briefly the FNRI’s mandates. He also discussed the Malnutrition Reduction Program of the Institute and the results of the 2008 and 2011 nutrition surveys focusing on stunting.

According to Dr. Capanzana, a child who is stunted or chronically malnourished is shorter than normal for his or her age. Stunting, he added, starts before birth and is caused by poor maternal nutrition, feeding practices, and food quality.

Stunting is irreversible and has a long term-effect. To address it, nutrition interventions are needed among pregnant women and children from birth to five years of age.

The MOA signing for the production of complementary food that can cover even five nearby municipalities comes in the most opportune time to help address malnutrition and unemployment.

Assistance from FNRI includes technical training for the production of complementary food, plant lay-out, looking for possible source of raw materials, and promotion of the products, among others.

Witnessing the ceremony were Ms. Maria Esperanza E. Jawili, Provincial S&T Director of DOST Quezon, the Mulanay Vice Mayor Fernandito T. Baronia, Municipal Councilors, Municipal Health Officers, and other local officials of Mulanay.

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, Telephone/Fax No. 8372934, 837-3164, 837-2071 loc 2287 e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.dost.gov.ph . (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

Philippines to host largest sub-regional trade fair and business gab

DAVAO CITY, April 14 (PIA) - The Philippines will host this year’s largest sub-regional trade fair and business conference that will gather the top business leaders and traders from two economic sub-regional groupings within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Business players from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand will converge here from October 23 to 26 for the 2nd BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference 2014, an international event designed to attract foreign investments and promote regional cooperation within Asia and the Pacific region.

BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, while the IMT-GT stands for Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle.

“While both growth triangles have their respective road maps, this convergence will enhance our competitiveness by turning the sub-region into a single investment area and production network, thereby accelerating economic growth in Southeast Asia,” said Luwalhati  Antonino, Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Philippine Coordinating Office for BIMP-EAGA.

The international fair and business conference, which will be held at the SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center will feature a series of sub-events designed to strengthen economic, social, and cultural relations in preparation for the ASEAN integration in 2015.

Antonino explained that the trade fair and business conference are follow through events to the 1st BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Consumer Fair and Business Transformation Leaders Conference held in Melaka, Malaysia in December of 2012, where the Philippines expressed its commitment to sustain the convergence by hosting this year’s fair and conference.

Key exporters and producers in the ASEAN region will conduct sharing of strategies during the Business Leaders’ Conference, and will discuss the potential impact of the ASEAN integration on SMEs and on their participation in the supply chain.

Also on the agenda are Climate Change Adaptation and the alignment of the four pillars of BIMP-EAGA, namely connectivity, food basket, tourism, and environment. Investment programs within the Mindanao Development Corridors, the island-region’s spatial development framework, will also be presented.

The trade fair, which will be dovetailed by the Business Leaders’ Conference will showcase the finest and unique products of participating countries as well as current developments in the services sector, technology innovations, and investment opportunities. Business-matching sessions will be conducted simultaneously with the trade fair and the business conference.

“This year’s trade fair will also bring together key business players from other ASEAN countries. We aim to highlight market and investment opportunities for globally competitive products, as well as strategies to escalate private sector participation in integration initiatives of the two growth triangles into the ASEAN market,” said Antonino.

She added that the four-day activity is also a commemorative celebration of BIMP-EAGA’s 20th this year.  BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 in Davao City as a key strategy to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.

IMT-GT was formed in 1993 with similar goals of promoting trade, investment, and tourism in less-developed states and provinces in Sumatra, Indonesia, Peninsular Malaysia, and Southern Thailand. Both sub-regional groups aim to harness private sector leadership in initiatives to promote cross-border investments and improve connectivity. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)

Armed men torch construction equipment in Surigao Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, April 14 (PIA) - Three unidentified gunmen have been linked to be behind the burning of a backhoe owned by L. C. Ting Construction based in Butuan City at around 9:30pm, Sunday in Purok 1, Diversion Road, Barangay Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur, according to Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Police Provincial Director Supt. Ramir Perlito Perlas.

He said that initial investigation revealed that the suspects, who fired their firearms several times after the incident, were spotted at the crime scene on board a motorcycle while the backhoe, color orange with body no. 2229 was on fire.

Perlas added that before the gunmen finally fled towards San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, a streamer with anti-New People’s Army (NPA) slogan and another one with local government unit (LGU) tax campaign on it were also pulled down.

An investigation is still going on in order to unmasked the identity of the suspects for the filing of appropriate charges, he said. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog News: Palasyo sinabing ang pagdalaw ng Pangulo ng Estados Unidos ay pagkakataon para palakasin ang tali sa ating kaalyado

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 14 (PIA) - Sinabi ng Malakanyang noong Linggo na ang darating na pagbisita ng Pangulo ng America na si Barack Obama ay pagkakataon para sa Pilipinas para lalong palakasin ang tali sa ating kaalyado.

“Ang nakatakdang pagdalaw ni Pangulong Barack Obama ay magsisilbing magandang pagkakataon para palakasin at gawing higit na matibay pa ang masinsin na pakikipag-ugnayan ng Pilipinas sa Estados Unidos," sabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang pakipanayam sa media sa pamamagitan ng dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Sinabi niya na Estados Unidos ay mahalagang kapanalig ng Pilipinas sa larangan ng depensa at seguridad, isang pang-ekonomiya, panghanapbuhay at pangnegosyong kasosyo.

“Batid natin na ang Estados Unidos ang ating pangunahin at istratehikong partner sa larangan ng defense at security, at isa rin pong partner ng ating bansa sa larangan ng ekonomiya, kabuhayan, at negosyo,” puna ni Coloma.

Dagdag pa niya na parehong mga Pilipino at Amerikano ay nakikitang ang pagbisita ay lalong magpapatingkad ng pagiging magkaibigan ng dalawang bansa.

“At maraming dekada na ang pakikipagkaibigan ng mga Pilipino at Amerikano kaya’t umaasa po tayo na ang darating na pagdalaw ni Pangulong Barack Obama ay higit pang magpapatibay at magpapalakas sa pagkakaibigan at pakikipag-ugnayan ng dalawang bansa sa isa’t isa,” sabi ni Coloma. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog News: Malakanyang pinayuhan ang mga Pilipino na pag-ibayuhin ang pag-ingat habang ginugunita ang Semana Santa

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 14 (PIA) - Pinayuhan noong Linggo ng Malakanyang ang mga Pilipino na maggugunita ng Semana Santa na pag-ibayuhin ang pag-iingat, lalo na sa pagbibiyahe sa panahon ng mahabang bakasyon.

Sinabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa media sa pamamagitan ng dzRb Radyo ng Bayan na ang institusyon ng pamahalaan gaya ng Department of Transportation at Communications (DOTC) at ang Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) ay naka-alerto para tumulong sa lahat ng motorist na nagpaplanong uuwi sa kanikanilang probinsiya sa darating na Semana Santa.

“Sa pagsapit ng Semana Santa, ipinapaalala ng pamahalaan sa ating mga mamamayan ang ibayong pag-iingat, lalo na sa mga luluwas sa kani-kanilang lalawigan upang gunitain ang mga Mahal na Araw,” sabi Coloma.

“Nakahanda at nakaantabay ang lahat ng kaukulang ahensya ng gobyerno sa pangunguna ng DOTC, Kagawaran ng Pagawaang Bayan at Lansangan o DPWH, MMDA, at ang hanay ng Pambansang Kapulisan (PNP) upang tiyakin ang ligtas at matiwasay na paglalakbay ng ating mga kababayan,” dagdag niya.

Sinabi ni Coloma na ang Semana Santa ay panahon ng paggunita at pagdarasal at pagpahayag ng pag-asa na pagkatapos ng pagmuni-muni, sila ay babalik na sariwa at determinado na magpatuloy tungo sa mas magandang bukas.

“Ang Semana Santa ay panahon ng pagtitika at pagninilay para sa mga mananampalataya. Nawa’y pagkatapos nito magkaroon tayo ng ibayong lakas at determinasyon na makamit ang ating mga minimithi para sa isang maaliwalas na kinabukasan,” sabi ni Coloma. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Bag-ong Fire Truck, gidawat sa BCBFP

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 14 (PIA) - Pormal na nga gidawat ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. ang gitunol sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) nga Rosenbauer TLF 4000 Fire Truck alang sa Bureau of Fire Protection ning dakbayan atol sa gipahigayong Flag Ceremony sa City Hall Grounds, Abril 7, 2014.
Ang maong ekipo usa ka 1000-gallon water-pumper ug adunay 4-door MAN TGM 18.240 diin makaakomodar kini ug seven-passenger seating.  Aduna kini kapasidad nga makapagawas ug tubig nga 2,400 litro kada minuto ug makaabot sa kalay-on nga 62 metro pinahigda ug 24 metro pinatindog.  Aduna pud kini duha ka hose nga madali-dali ug gamit samtang giandam ang uban pang mga hos niini.
Sa mensahe ni BFP regional director SSUPT Mario Socorro C. Timonera, giasoy niining palaran ang syudad sa Butuan tungod kay nakaangkon kini sa maong ekipo. Gibutyag usab niini nga sa umalabot nga panahon, adunay pay mga bag-ong ekipo nga ipangtunol alang sa Butuan.
Gipadayag usab ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. ang iyang pagpasalamat sa DILG tungod sa maong ekipo nga gilaumang makatabang gayud sa syudad hilabina kay masinati napud nato ang ting-init nga panahon. Nanghinaot usab ang mayor nga ang matag usa kanato mamahimong responsable aron mahilayo sa aksidente sa sunog. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: Malakanyang mipahimangno sa mga Pilipino ug igong pagpangandam alang sa pagsaulog sa Semana Santa

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 14 (PIA) - Ang Malakanyang kagahapon mipahimangno sa mga Pilipino kinsa magasaulog sa Semana Santa ug igong pagpngandam ug pag-amping, ilabi kon kini mobiyahe pa dungan sa hataas nga panahon sa bakasyon.

Si Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. miingon sa usa ka press briefing nga gipasibya pinaage sa dxRB Radyo ng Bayan nga ang mga institusyon sa gobyerno sama sa Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) ug ang Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) alerto alang sa pag-asister sa tanang motorist nga mobiyahe aron sa pagsaulog ug Semana Santa didto sa mga probinsiya.

“Sa pagsaulog sa Semana Santa, nagpahimangno ang atoang gobyerno sa dobleng pag-igmat, ilabina na sa mga mobiyahe pa sa ilahang tagsa-tagsa ka mga probonsiya aron sa pagsaulog sa Semana Santa (Sa pagsapit ng Semana Santa, ipinapaalala ng pamahalaan sa ating mga mamamayan ang ibayong pag-iingat, lalo na sa mga luluwas sa kani-kanilang lalawigan upang gunitain ang mga Mahal na Araw)," sulti ni Coloma.

“Andam ug naka estambay ang tanan nga dunay kalabotan nga mga ahensya sa pagpanguna sa DOTC, DPWH, ug ang ga kapolisan aron sa pagsiguro nga luwas ug hapsay nga pagbiyahe sa atoang mga kababayan (Nakahanda at nakaantabay ang lahat ng kaukulang ahensya ng gobyerno sa pangunguna ng DOTC, Kagawaran ng Pagawaang Bayan at Lansangan o DPWH, MMDA, at ang hanay ng Pambansang Kapulisan (PNP) upang tiyakin ang ligtas at matiwasay na paglalakbay ng ating mga kababayan)," dugang pa niya.

Sumala pa ni Coloma, ang Semana Santa mao ang panahon alang sa pagpamalandong ug pag-ampo, ug nagpahayag sa paglaum nga human sa panahon, sila mobalik ug determinado sa pagpadayon sa usa ka mas maayo nga ugma.

 “Ang Semana Santa ay panahon ng pagtitika at pagninilay para sa mga mananampalataya. Nawa’y pagkatapos nito magkaroon tayo ng ibayong lakas at determinasyon na makamit ang ating mga minimithi para sa isang maaliwalas na kinabukasan,” siya miingon. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: Butuan, niduyog sa pagselebrar sa Araw ng Kagitingan

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 14 (PIA) - Agi’g paghandum sa sakripisyo ug pakigbisog sa mga beterano atong milabay nga Ikaduhang Pangkalibutanong Gira, gisugdan sa usa ka Wreath Laying Ceremony ang pagsaulog ning dakbayan sa ika 72 nga Araw ng Kagitingan didto sa Veterans Monument, Butuan City Library Compound, Abril 9, 2014.   
Sa mensahe ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. pinaagi kang Vice Mayor Angelo S. Calo, gipaabot niini ang pagsaludo sa mga beterano sa ilang mga sakripisyo alang sa atong nasod. Isip usa ka public servant, giawhag pud niini ang tanan sa pagsundog sa maong buhat pinaagi sa pagtabang sa mga nanginahanglan. Nanghinaot usab ang mayor nga ang kalayo sa patriyotismo ug kabayanihon magpabiling nagsiga sa kasing-kasing sa matag usa.
Samtang gipadayag usab ni Cong. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun ang pagtahod niini sa mga beterano sa ilang mga nabuhat ug nanghinaot kini nga ang mga nagpabiling buhi nga mga beterano amumahon sa matag usa, ug ang pagtamod sa mga panahon samtang kaauban pa sila hilabina sa maong selebrasyon.
Niduyog usab sa maong selebrasyon sila Konsehal Virgilio G. Nery, Jr., mga miyembro sa Philippine National Police ug Philippine Army, mga hepe ug trabahante sa nagkadaiyang buhatan sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Butuan. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months urged

By Regina M. Pagaspas
MANILA, April 13 (PIA) - Did you know that Filipino mothers have shortened the duration of breastfeeding their babies exclusively? From what used to be 3 months exclusive breastfeeding, this has now gone down to 2.3 months.

This is according to the 6th and 7th National Nutrition Survey results conducted in 2003 and 2008, respectively by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

The revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a team of experts led by the FNRI recommends that infants should be breastfed exclusively from birth up to six months and then be given appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond. This is to ensure optimum growth and development by the baby.

Exclusive breastfeeding until six months is very important for the infant because it is the only food that the infant needs during this period. Some mothers complain that they do not have enough milk when they give milk formula and other liquids to their infants causing breastmilk flow to decrease. This is because there is less sucking of the baby from the breast when he is given milk substitutes like milk formula and other liquids. The less sucking, the less breastmilk is produced. The sucking reflex during breastfeeding signals the hormone to produce more milk and the more frequent the mother breastfeeds, the more milk is produced.

Mothers should be taught not to give up at once on breastfeeding if they are having difficulty in increasing their milk flow. Instead, teach them not to give any other milk or fluids to their infants other than breastmilk because this will them the opportunity to breastfeed their babies more frequently. With increased milk flow, longer exclusive breastfeeding duration will surely be achieved.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax no.: 837-2934, 837-2071 local 2295; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; mar_v_capanzana@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)