12.03.2008

PIA News Service - Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Search is on for the best barangay

The Provincial Assessment Team is right now assessing nominated barangays all over the province vying for the Agusan del Norte’s Best Barangay 2008 award.

The assessment will be based upon the following criteria: the number of authored resolutions/ ordinances passed; number of committee meetings conducted; filing system of the barangay; the attendance of the barangay officials during sessions and during special events; community involvements and initiatives with proper documentation; the vision and mission of the barangay; how the segregation of waste materials is being done; the individual household sanitary type of toilet used; potable water supply; presence of communal garden in the area; drainage and pathways; records of the assets and liabilities; list of real property tax payers; the posting of income and expenditures in the barangay hall; barangay budget; the management of barangay facilities like the health ccenters, day care centers, recreational centers and others.

For this year, only the municipalities of Carmen, Nasipit, Buenavista, RTR, Magallanes, Tubay, Jabonga, Santiago and Las Nieves were able to join.

Other categories in the search include the Best Barangay Chairman, Best Kagawad, Best Secretary, Best Treasurer, Best Sangguniang kabataan (SK), Best Purok, both Urban and Rural, and the Best Purok Chairman.

The Provincial Assessment Team (PAT) is composed of the representatives from the different government agencies concerned including Mr. Edgar M. Palarca, Jr., Information Officer-III of PGO-CAD, Mr. Fermin C. Antenorio, Community Affairs Officer II, PGO-CAD, Mr. Gerry Joey S. Laurito, Project Development Officer-III under the office of the Vice Governor, Mr. Conrado Berdin, LGOO-V of the DILG Provincial Office, Major Floriano Salang Ravelo, Jr., Police Chief Inspector of the PNP Provincial Office, Ms. Florita Magdayao from the Department of Education, Agusan del Norte, Ms. Fortunata S. Atega, Supervising Midwife of the Provincial Health Office, Ms. Violeta C. Jamito from the Community Solidarity Against Poverty Organization (CSAPO), a non-government organization, and Ms. Myra R. Ganot, Local Legislative Staff Officer-I, representing the Office of Board Member Raymundo M. Beluan, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Barangay Affairs.

According to Mr. Antenorio, “the search is conducted every year to evaluate the nominated barangays and puroks on their annual accomplishements and to help them improve more.

This is also the drive of Governor Erlpe John M. Amante to bring the provincial government closer to the people of Agusan del Norte.”

The search for the best barangay is conducted annually since the early 90’s with a yearly modification of the specific guidelines or criteria to perfectly select the worthy winners. This year’s search is conducted recently and the awarding will be done in December this year.

The next search for the best barangay will immediately start on January 2009. (Mary Chery S. Monoy, Agusan del Norte, PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: 6,000 ka mag-uuma nakadawat og libreng Palay seeds gikan kay Mayor Plaza II

6,000 ka mag-uuma sa 60 rural barangays ning dakbayan sa Butuan ang nakadawat ug libreng In-bred Palay seeds gikan kang Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II sa usa ka simpleng seremonya nga gipahigayon sa Lobby sa bag-ong City Hall Building karong buntag, Nobyembre 28, 2008.

Ang maong pang-apod-apod sa palay seeds kabahin sa “Rice Seeds Distribution Program” ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ubos sa Department of Agriculture XIII tumong ug tinguha nga makatanom ang matag mag-uuma sa tibuok Pilipinas apil na ang dakbayan sa Butuan.

Nagkantidad sa 7.2 Milyones ka pesos ang kinatibuk-ang apropasyon sa Butuan nga nagkantidad ug P1,200.00 matag sako.

Ang maong klase sa semilya kusog mutubo ug gibana-bana nga adunay 90 hangtud sa 110 ka sako nga ani matag usa ka hektarya, kusog ug dali motubo ang maong palay seeds, adunay resistensya sa peste ug laing matang sa sakit sa humay.

Giawhag ni Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II sa pagkugi sa ilang pag-uma sama sa Vietnam ug uban pang nasud kung diin ang mag-uuma maoy adunahan. Midugang pa kini nga ang pagkugi sa pag-uuma maoy maglikay sa kagutom sa dakbayan sa Butuan, labaw na gyud ang ilang pamilya.

Mitambong sa maong seremonyal distribution sila Konsehal Rodrigo Dayaday, Agriculture and Natural Resources Chairman; Engr. Bert Buca, City Agriculturist’s Office Chief; mga Barangay Chairman sa nagkadaiyang rural barangay, mag-uuma ug mga empleyado sa city hall. (Malou C. Furia, PIO-Butuan City/ PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City won 3rd place in 2008 Search for Best Implementer of the Renal Disease Control Program

The City of Butuan under the governance of Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II through the City Health Office (CHO) headed by Dr. Josephine Chua received an award as 3rd placer in this year’s nationwide “Search for 2008 Best Implementer for Training and Advocacy Activities of the Renal Disease Control Program” held recently at the Manila Pavilion, Manila Hotel from the National Kidney Institute of the Department of Health (DOH).

Representing Butuan City Mayor Plaza II was Ms. Evelyn Tiu, accompanied by Dr. Josephine Chua and Ms. Sandra Lingad, supervising Nurse II received the award from Dr. Francisco T. Duque III, DOH Secretary.

In the 25 Yearlong Anniversary Celebration of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) outstanding key players of the program are recognized for exemplary implementation of the Training of Trainers and Advocates on the Prevention of Renal Diseases, lectures on renal complication of diabetes mellitus, renal replacement therapy and on the regional profile of kidney disease.

Butuan City through the City Health Office played a vital role in effective and efficient advocacy of Renal Disease Prevention particularly in the 86 Barangays in coordination with the Barangay Officials, Barangay Health Workers, Midwives and most especially the non-government organizations (NGOs). This year’s pilot area is Barangay Libertad.

Among the many reasons making Butuan worthy of such award is simply through its commendable, consistent and focused health program advocacies including kidney disease control which is integrated in its day to day operations. To mention some of the approaches made by the city government are focused group discussions, conferences, household teaching classes, assemblies and more. In addition to this, the city government’s call was genuinely supported by private organizations and NGOs in the form of various kidney related activities like the regular blood screening of sugar, cholesterol count, urine screening, dip stick urine screening, and distribution of free medicines to indigents among others.

It was learned that kidney problem is the 7th of the ten leading causes of mortality in Butuan City reflecting more or less .015% or 45 deaths in 2007 which could be alarming. However, judging from the all over activities conducted by the concerned office, there is a remarkable decline in 2006 registering 51 deaths at 17.55 %.

According to Sandra Lingad of Butuan City Health Office that kidney disease can be avoided if detected early.

“Be conscious of your health and your food intake. Healthy people means progressive city,” Lingad added. (Malou C. Furia, PIO-Butuan City/ PIA-Caraga)