6.04.2009

PIA News Service - Friday, June 5, 2009

DOH-Caraga prepares public for Dengue Awareness Month
 
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga prepares for Dengue Awareness Month this June with the theme “Puksain ang Kiti-kiti, sugpuin ang dengue”. 
 
This was learned from DOH-Caraga Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon during the recently held press conference at the DOH-Caraga Conference Room, this city.
 
According to Dir. Gorgolon, dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans that in recent years has become a major public health concern.
 
“It affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death,” Dir. Gorgolon said.
 
Dir. Gorgolon also added that dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female Aedes mosquitos. 
 
When asked what are the signs and symptoms of dengue, Dir. Gorgolon said that a person will experience fever, pain behind the eye, headache, muscle and joint pain, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, body weakness, rash on the skin, nose bleeding, gum bleeding, puffiness of the eyes or whole face, and swollen red lips.
 
It was also learned that the danger signs caused by dengue to a person is when he/she is experiencing abdominal pain-intense/sustained, persistent vomiting, abrupt change from fever to hypothermia with sweating and prostration, and restlessness or somnolence.
 
In order to prevent and control dengue, DOH urges the general public to follow the 4s -Search and destroy the breeding areas of mosquitos, Self-Protection measures, Seek early consultation, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging (fogging is only conducted if there is an outbreak).
 
As per advised by DOH when doing search and destroy, the following are examples: change the water inside the flower vase and wash it once a week, cover the holes in your backyard with soil or sand, cover the water drums and other containers inside and outside the house.
 
When doing self-protection measures, one may also use mosquito repellant daily, and when having fever for two days already with rashes on the skin, proceed immediately to the nearest health center for consultation.
 
With this advisory from DOH, Dir. Gorgolon is hoping that the general public will be vigilant enough and cooperate with them. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)
 
 
DOH releases interim guidelines for the prevention and control of Influenza A (H1N1) in schools
 
BUTUAN CITY – Following the worldwide spread of the Influenza A(H1N1), the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga released the Interim Guidelines No. 10 for the prevention and control of Influenza A (H1N1) in Schools, this was learned during the recently held press conference at the DOH-Caraga Conference Room, this city.
 
According to DOH, the set guidelines consists of their recommendations to school authorities when only a few confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) has been identified and DOH has not yet established the pattern of susceptibility of the population to the A H1N1 virus and the virulence or severity by which the same virus could cause illness to the Filipino people.
 
Also, according to DOH, the general recommendation is to monitor the occurrence of influenza-like illness and prevent its spread among the school population. Influenza-like illness that are to be watched out for include suspected, probable or confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1).
 
It can be recalled when DOH Sec. Francisco Duque issued the guidelines in influenza A (H1N1) Response Levels in Schools, he said that the Response Level System consists of four levels of actions by school administrators based on the national and local situation of confirmed cases and ongoing transmission of H1N1 in the school or community.
 
Based from DOH report that Sec. Duque clarified that the decision to suspend classes is on a case to case basis following the guidelines set by the DOH.
 
As to the DOH’s recommendations and assessment of local conditions, the suspension of classes within a school can be announced by the school administrators concerned if there is already one or more confirmed case of H1N1 (level 3). At level 4, where there is already community transmission, Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) officials can announce school closure of one or more school is in the affected area. 
 
DOH also announced that prior to creating the School Response Level System for H1N1, their office has already issued an interim guideline for school administrators to prevent and control the potential spread of the novel virus in schools, which outlines the steps and preventive measures that must be implemented within school premises which include educating students on H1N1; promoting handwashing, proper cough etiquette and good hygiene among students; ensuring the availability of facilities for hand hygiene and sanitation; organizing infection control teams, and reporting of increasing incidence of influenza-like illness among students, faculty and non-teaching staff.
 
With these interim guidelines issued by DOH and released in schools, DOH-Caraga is also closely monitoring the schools in the region of its proper implementation. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)
 
 
RDCC members discusses updates on A (H1N1) virus 
 

BUTUAN CITY - The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Caraga convened recently for its 5th meeting to discuss updates on Influenza A (H1N1) virus, held at the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Conference Room, this city.
 
DOH-Caraga Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, the de-facto chair for RDCC-Caraga called for its 5th meeting to all members of RDCC, with the presence of its representatives from the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCCs), Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCCs), and City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCCs) and discussed the following: World Health Organization (WHO) Updates; What has been done since May 4 to May 31, 2009; Interim guidelines No. 10 issued by DOH for hotels, schools; DOH latest A H1N1 operation strategy; What are the things still to be done from June 1 onwards for the public and for the local government units.
 
In her opening remarks, Dir. Gorgolon expresses her gratitude for the full support, commitment extended from all sectors, its adequate planning and coordination, adequate logistics and timing, and team work to really help prevent the spread of A (H1N1) virus.
 
During the meeting, the RDCC Command Conference Output was presented, which talk on Caraga’s Action Plan to prevent entry and immediate containment measures such as the conduct of surveillance from the point of entry and exit (airports, seaports), and its continuous monitoring in the community.
 
For surveillance and monitoring, RDCC already conducted the following: Establishment of kiosk for balikbayans and foreign guests; creation and posting of health teams with ID at seaports and airports; production and utilization of health cards; strengthened local epidemiology and surveillance units (PESU, MESU, and CESU); posting of health teams to monitor foreign guests and balikabayans during the international game fishing.
 
Also, the 10 DOH interim guidelines issuances was discussed which are the use of anti virals for A H1N1; Infection control and use of PPEs; Laboratory diagnosis of A H1N1; On public gatherings; Transport of persons likely to be positive; For hotels – encourage reporting; Enhanced surveillance – mechanism for coordination and reporting; Safety precaution for hospitals; In school; and Risk communication.
 
Meanwhile, Dir. Gorgolon also discussed the prevention and control of A H1N1 in schools. “Thru organizing an infection control team; making facilities for hand hygiene and sanitation; designating a room; providing available disposable marks; encouraging students and faculty members for its prompt reporting of potential suspects; and launching a sustain information on A H1N1, these are some helpful ways in preventing and controlling the spread of cirus”, stressed Dir. Gorgolon.
 
Dir. Gorgolon further said that there are still several things to be done like conducting of advocacy forum to Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) members on community surveillance; to schedule meetings with school superintendents; prompt reporting to DOH hotlines; advocacy meeting with hotel managers. 
 
RDCC-Caraga will also conduct assessment on the following hospitals: Surigao del Sur -Adela Serra Memorial Medical Center on June 3, 2009; Agusan del Sur – DO Plaza Memorial Hospital on June 8, 2009; Butuan Medical Center on June 4, 2009; Agusan Provincial Hospital on June 4, 2009; and Butuan Doctors Hospital on June 4, 2009.
 
Dir. Gorgolon advised the general public to report immediately to their office anyone observed as suspect of A (H1N1) at Center for Health and Development (CHD) - DOH Hotline (085) 225-3876.
 
With these plans, coordination, team work, and even accomplishments of the members of the RDCC, PDCCs, MDCCs, and CDCCs in preventing the spread of the Influenza A (H1N1), Dir. Gorgolon is optimistic that eventually no one will suffer the virus. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga) 


Foreigner, 2 Pinays negative of A(H1N1), 1 tested anew in Caraga


BUTUAN CITY – Director Leonita Gorgolon of the Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga recently revealed that the foreigner and two 
(2) Filipino women previously tested after exhibiting flu like symptoms turned out negative from A(H1N1).
 
“To date Caraga has no confirmed cases, however, since June 1 we are now waiting for the laboratory result from another A(H1N1) suspected carrier who showed mild respiratory symptoms ”, revealed Director Gorgolon.
 
DOH personnel distributed to public schools some information materials and checked the availability of hand washing sites to prevent and control influenza A(H1N1) among students.
 
School administrators are constantly reminded to be vigilant against A(H1N1) and urged teachers to implement preventive health measures written on booklets being distributed as their guidelines in controlling the spread of A(H1N1) among students. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
 
 
Butuan police to donate school supplies to less privileged children
 
BUTUAN CITY – Police personnel from this city’s Police Office including its 5 stations will donate school supplies next week taking into priority the less privileged children in elementary schools in far flung barangays.
 
“This would be our first time to donate school supplies coming from our own pockets for humanitarian missions”, said SPO1 Marifel Cortez of the Butuan City Police station 1.
 
The Program, dubbed as “Gamit Pang-eskwela, Alay ng Pulisya” will be launched simultaneously in different schools selected by 5 police stations on June 10.
 
It can be recalled that during the Civil Service eligibility exam conducted in April this year, Butuan City Police Office was able to collect thousands of pencils, ballpens, and erasers and pencil sharpeners donated by the examinees.
 
Likewise, examinees from the NAPOLCOM Police entrance Exam voluntarily gave their pencils to BCPO.
 
Seeing the necessity of students, police men and women also agreed voluntarily to contribute more by giving notebooks and other school supplies believing, that these would result in improving the school children’s perceptions of policemen.
 
City Police Director Joseph Plaza hopes to sustain the program and encourage other organizations to support the cause in trying to make a better life for the people in far flung barangays.
 
“This is the best way to see and keep the people supporting the government and to gain cooperation at the same time improve the relation with the community in our campaign to curb criminality,” he said.
(Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
 

 
Cabadbaran, Tandag and Bayugan to be reverted back to municipality IRA
 
BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Budget and Management Caraga Regional Office sets to implement within this month the Internal Revenue Allotments (IRA) of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte, Bayugan in Agusan del Sur and Tandag in Surigao del Sur which will be reverted back to municipality IRA.
 
DBM Caraga already received from Supreme Court the writ of execution declaring as unconstitutional the laws converting 16 municipalities into cities because of its failure to meet the P100-million annual income requirement stated in Republic Act 9009 that took effect in 2001.
 
Based on records, some of the 16 towns and municipalities were only generating a yearly income of P20 to P30 million.
 
The 16 includes the cities of Baybay in Leyte, Bogo in Cebu, Catbalogan in Samar, Borongan in Eastern Samar, Tayabas in Quezon province, Lamitan in Basilan, Tabuk in Kalinga Apayao, Batac in Ilocos Norte, Mati in Davao Oriental, Guihulgan in Negros Oriental, Carcar in Cebu, El Salvador in Misamis Oriental, Naga in Cebu, including Tandag, Bayugan and Cabadbaran in Caraga Region.
“We are just waiting for the DBM Central office to finish the recomputation of IRA’s which is due next week, for us to implement to concerned local government units their new IRA figure and the 3 cities reverted back to municipalities”, said Regional Director Joecel Obenza.
 
The IRA share will be reduced as a result to the reversion of Tandag, Cabadbaran and Bayugan back to municipality status.
 
Once implemented, local officials feared, projects will be affected, once again deprived of the much needed funding for development and worse, if the 16 cities that have been reverted back to municipalities should be made to refund the Internal Revenue Allotment that they have received while they were still classified as cities.
 
Earlier the League of Cities said the conversion of more cities have resulted in lesser funds for older cities as IRA’s was slashed to augment in the creation of new IRA figure for the newly converted cities. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
 
 
POLICE REPORTS
By: PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania 
And PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo
 
 
Arrest of illegal gambling suspect
 
On June 3, 2009 at 5:45 in the afternoon at Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City, a team from 14th RMG led by PINSP Archie V Amores in coordination with Butuan City Police Office conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of two unit video karera "kulalong" machines and one unit fruit game machine.
 
The team proceeded to Montilla Street and confiscated one unit fruit game machine and one unit video karera "Kulalong" machine.
 
No person appeared and asserted as owner of said machine. Said machines were brought to 14th RMG Headquarters, Camp Rodriguez , Libertad, Butuan City for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on traffic accident
 
On June 2, 2009 at 7:00 in the evening at the National Highwayin Barangay San Pablo, Tubod, Surigao del Norte, a certain Randy Ocho, 19 years old, single, jobless and resident of Barangay Del Rosario, Tubod, Surigao del Norte was accidentally bumped by an Isuzu elf, color white with plate Number ZHS 219 and registered in the name of Phil Association for Intercultural Development Inc located at 71 Malakas Street, Quezon City.
 
Victim sustained injuries on the different parts of his body and immediately brought to Surigao City Meical Center for medical treatment. However, victim pronounced dead at around 4:00 in the morning of June 3, 2009 by the attending physician.
Driver involved identified as one Rey Lara, of legal age, married and resident of Alviola Village, Butuan City now under the custody of Tubod Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
PNP arrests wanted persons
 
On June 2, 2009 at 2:00 in the afternoon at Barangay San Pedro, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, PNP elements of Prosperidad Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Cristito De Castro apprehended the suspect identified as Alpiniano D Boniel, 49 years old, married and resident of said place by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Lou A Nueva of MCTC, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for the crime of concubinage docketed under CC number 09-3252 and with fixed bailbond amounting to Php 10,000.00. 
 
Subject person now detained at Prosperidad Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
 
Also, at 6:15 in the evening of the same date at Barangay Cawilan, Tubod, Surigao del Norte, a certain Clara Antillo, of legal age and resident of said place was arrested by PNP elements of Tubod Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Ryan B Sabordo by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Victor A Canoy of RTC Branch 29 and 30, Surigao City for violation of section 5 and 11 of RA 9482 (Anti-rabies act of 2007) docketed under CC number 8245 and 8297 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 26,000.00 and Php 31,000.00 respectively. 
 
Arrested person was brought to Tubod Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on carnapping incident
 
On June 3, 2009 around 11:00 in the morning, a certain Custodio Dalisay, 20 years old, single, a native of Purok-13 Mesaoy, New Corella, Davao Oriental reported to Butuan City Police Sation-1 (BCPS-1) that his Honda Wave 1OOR motorcycle was forcibly taken from him by suspects identified as: 1) Reynante Casas of legal age, single, a resident of Emenville Subdivision, Barangay Ambago, Butuan City, 2) Jeomal Capote of legal age, single, and 3) a certain "Naby" both native of Dasing, Mesaoy, New Corella, Davao Oriental.
 
 Victim sustained stab wounds on the different parts of his body as the suspects tried to kill him. 
 
Elements of BCPS 1 are now conducting follow-up operation for the possible arrest of the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
 
Report on shooting incident
 
On June 2, 2009 around 12:45 after midnight, a man was found lying on a small pathway of Purok-5 Barangay Ong Yiu, Butuan Cit .
 
Victim was later identified as Rolando Valdez aka "Rocky" Valdez . He was shot by an unidentified assailant several times on the different part of his body causing his untimely death.
 
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team were able to recover seven pieces empty shell and one live ammo of a caliber .45 pistol, a black wallet containing important documents, wrist watch, and a silver chain from the crime scene. 
 
Initial investigation conducted by BCPS 2-A led by SPO4 Rodolfo Ledesma revealed that the victim is a former PNP member and the motive of the incident is yet to be established. Cadaver was brought to Raniel Funeral Homes for autopsy. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)



DOLE Sec. Roque bares June 12 Preparations

According to DOLE Sec. Marianito Roque who was designated by the President as chairman of the Committee for the 111th Independence Day, announced that this year’s theme of Independence Day is “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan.” 

Veering away from the traditional parade of floats, marches, and flag waving, government is zeroing in on addressing a global problem that is currently plaguing thousands of our countrymen – recession – and its attendant repercussions like unemployment, misaligned know how to job descriptions, and livelihood skills.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under the CLEEP program will recognize the Filipino everyman’s Kagitingan, Kagalingan, and Kasipagan during the Independence Day activities.

Specifically, Kagitingan – in this year’s celebration, government will be hiring displaced modern day heroes through emergency employment vacancies in government. As many as 50,000 contracts of employment under the Certificates of Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program will be hired starting in Rizal Park as well as in Regional Centers around the country.

Kagalingan – in a thoroughly competitive world, the Filipino stands out because of his/her creativity, excellence, and resourcefulness. Because of these traits, the Filipino is the preferred employee over and above other nationalities. Still, with the closing of companies the world over, there is a need to job match the unemployed. Training vouchers and livelihood grants shall be distributed to deserving beneficiaries from DepEd and CHED by DSWD, TESDA, NAPC, DOLE, DSWD, DA. 

Kasipagan – industriousness, an innate character of the Filipino makes him/her a survivor in any adversity. To further help workers, government will be awarding training/scholarship vouchers during the job and livelihood fairs in June 12 -14 nationwide.

All these traits will come to fore when government acknowledges the determination, excellence, and natural attribute of each and every Filipino everyman.

Without exception, there will be designated areas in all regions, where the underemployed and unemployed can register.

Private companies and LGUs will also be enjoined to set up their respective booths that will help in ensuring jobs for the jobless on June 13 for overseas employment, and on June 14 to be handled by POEA and private sector.

Aside from the one-stop shop pre-employment services under the DFA, DOJ-NBI, NSO, SSS, DOF-BIR, there will be skills demonstrations from TESDA, green technology and backyard livelihood technology to be taught by the DENR/DOST/PAGCOR, trade exhibits and caravans offering low-priced items through the DTI, housing fairs/cliniquing from HUDCC/PAG-IBIG and free medical services by the DOH will be showcased.

According to the chair of the Technical Working Group and NHI Executive Director Ludovico Badoy, the NCCA, DOT, NPDC, NHI, CCP shall also present cultural/ entertainment shows which will involve top rated performers like Charice Pempengco, Grace Nono, Noel Cabangon, Shirley Halili, Sibul Dance Troupe, Barangay Folk Dance and Lakbayaw. Among the bands to perform are Manila Brass Band, Pagcor Band, Kadangyan Band, Lakbay Lahi Band, Hamillan Band and Zynaxis Band. (PIA – BL Peñera)


Jobs, Livelihood, Discounts and Concerts for 111th June 12

On June 12 celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day, DOLE Secretary and NOC chair of the 111th Independence Day Marianito Roque said that in keeping with this year’s theme “Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan” the event will have a three-day jobs generation activities in Rizal Park and in 18 sites around the country.  

Specifically, Roque said the triple-one anniversary will focus on 3 target beneficiaries. The first day June 12 is reserved for displaced government workers for emergency contract employment or vacant plantilla positions and the qualified workers in various government agencies. There is an estimated 50,000 positions for the combined vacant plantilla positions for qualified jobseekers and emergency contract workers in various government agencies, bureaus, corporations nationwide.

On the next day June 13, some 1000 companies from the private sector shall offer 75,000 positions as well as LGUs and on June 14, 50,000 land and sea-based jobs for OFWS shall be given by 1,000 local recruitment agencies/ contractors.  

Also, to pursue last year’s theme of “bringing government closer to the people” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed her cabinet secretaries to implement the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program as part of the government’s economic resiliency plan addressing the global financial crisis. The various CLEEP Stewards/champions shall bring to the people in all regions jobs, emergency employment contracts, livelihood, housing, scholarships and entrepreneurial opportunities to be led by DOLE and NAPC.  

According to NHI Exec. Director Ludovico Badoy, chair of the NOC Technical Working Committee, these services shall start with the historical flag raising and wreath-laying rites and complemented with the various government services such as assistance on NBI clearance, NSO birth certificate, SSS claims, PAGIBIG housing assistance and the Diskwento Project of DTI, LTO driver’s license, DFA passport and other services. The simultaneous flag raising under Sentro Kagitingan and wreathlaying ceremonies shall be led by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the country’s annual nationwide tribute to our heroes.

Sentro Kasipagan shows the industriousness of the Filipino workers shall be manifested in the job openings, emergency employment contracts, livelihood, presyo diskwento as well as the granting of scholarships by TESDA and CHED vouchers of DSWD, hiring of DepEd teachers, police and army personnel of PNP, DND/AFP, street sweepers of MMDA, construction workers for DPWH, NARS Program of DOH, Green Technology of DENR and others.

Sentro Kagalingan on the other hand, highlights the creativity of the Filipino talent which will showcase in the Kalayaan evening concert outstanding Filipino artists who have crossed international borders and put the Philippines in the global map such as Charice Pempengco, the Bayanihan Dance Troupe, and the legendary Pilita Corrales. There is also a search on Pambansang Gawad sa Ulirang Kabataan of DepEd to recognize outstanding students and a tribute to artist Francis Magalona by leading bands.

The public will enjoy this year’s Independence Day from morning to night time since the DOT, NPDC, NCCA, DND-AFP, PAGCOR, PETA, FFCC, MMDA shall provide a 3-day cultural shows/entertainment and free performances during the celebration of our 111th Independence Day as well as free LRT/MRT rides on June 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 AM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM. (PIA – BL Peñera)