PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Agusan del Sur braced for the entry of AH1N1 virus in the province

Although Agusan del Sur has no record of AH1N1 virus contamination yet, we are doing our best to control its entry by closely monitoring the people, specially those who have records of travel outside the country and other places as well.

This is the opening statement of Dr. Joel Esparagoza, the Provincial Health officer of Agusan del Sur, during the round table discussion with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Agusan del Sur- Bislig City Chapter and the tri-media.

“As of the present, the Department of Health and the World Health Organization has declared that the AH1N1 virus that hit the country is not so fatal but contagious. And we are conducting close monitoring here in the province because people from Butuan City going to Davao provinces and cities and vise versa, pass thru the province, and chances that the AH1N1 virus may enter the province is high”, Dr. Joel Esparagoza said.

According to Dr. Esparagoza, they have already activated the community watch task forces in order that people who have shown symptoms of the AH1N1 flu will be reported immediately to proper health authorities, and although the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital has no capability yet to examine the suspected patient, they will be referred to the regional hospital in Butuan City for thorough examination.

“But we in the health sector repeatedly remind our people that prevention is much better than cure. That is why, we can always hear thru radio and television, and even read in the newspapers, that we should always maintain proper hygiene and sanitation in our system to avoid being contaminated by the virus”, Dr. Esparagoza said.

Asked if there are chances that the AH1N1 flu may suddenly occur in a place like any other ordinary flu, Dr. Esparagoza said that as far as the present situation is concerned, there is no other means that the AH1N1 flu can be acquired except thru contact with those who have acquired the virus. “Therefore, it is advised that proper distancing and contact with people should be avoided, in order to avoid contamination”, Dr. Esparagoza added.

According to Dr. Esparagoza, the Agusan del Sur Provincial Health Office will be sending a team to the DOH Regional Office in Butuan City for proper training on the AH1N1 virus cases so that they can address the problem anytime it enters the province. At present, Dr. Esparagoza said, there are medicines that can cure the AH1N1 flu, but sad to note, there is no vaccine yet to prevent a person from acquiring the virus. (Dave M. Suyao - PIA Agusan del Sur)

Surigao City asks PNP to augment city police force

Surigao City (23 June) – With the prevailing peace and order condition of the area, the city government of Surigao requested the Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial office to augment personnel assigned to the city.

In a recent City Development Council (CDC) general assembly, Councilor Danilo Menor, chairperson of CDC Development Administration Committee presented a resolution requesting the provincial PNP to recall all detailed PNP personnel whose mother unit is Surigao City, and to assign additional PNP personnel to augment the present number and meet the targeted police to population ratio for greater efficiency.

The resolution revealed that the current strength or number of police personnel assigned to the city in the past years does not meet the standard police to population ratio for small cities like Surigao with at least 1:1000.

P/Supt. Arthur Sanchez, PNP city director, also revealed that the present strength of the police personnel in the city is only 62. 

Given the increase of population and urban development, the city requires that police personnel assignment be continuously upgraded to meet community demands. 

Thus, Supt. Sanchez said that there is really a need for an additional deployment of personnel to reinforce police visibility in the other areas of the city for security purposes. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)



Gov. Ace Barbers mihatag ug usbaw sa honorarium sa mga Barangay Health Workers (BHWs)

Surigao del Norte (23 June) - Puno sa kasadya ang mga BHWs sa dihang nadawat nila diha-diha dayun gikan kang Gov. Ace Barbers ang ilang gihandum nga usbaw sa ilang honorarium. Atol sa People’s Day sa San Francisco nga nagpadayon nga kalihukan ni G0v. Ace Barbers sa nagkalain-laing mga kalungsuran, gibutyag sa Gobernador nga pagadawaton na sa mga Barangay Health Workers ang ilang honorarium nga mokabat sa Php 250.00 gikan sa Php 200.00 matag bulan.

Gipaningkamutan gayud ni Gov. Ace Barbers uban sa Junta Probinsyal nga gipanguluhan ni Bise-Gobernador Noel P. Catre nga makahatag ug usbaw sa mga BHWs bisan pa sa kalimitado sa pondo sa probinsya, tungod kay na kita usab sa batan-ong Gobernador ang mga panginahanglanon sa mga Barangay Health Workers nga mao gayu’y direktang moatiman sa mga katawhan sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay kalabut na sa ilang maayong panglawas.

Sa laing bahin, gipangitaan usab ni Gov. Ace barbers ug paagi nga iya usab mahatagan ug usbaw ang tanang Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) sa tibuok probinsya, kay susama sa mga BHWs, dako usab ang nahimo nga tabang sa mga BNS sa paghatag ug kalidad nga panirbisyo, labi na ang pagsiguro sa kahimsog sa mga lumulopyo labi na ang mga kabataan sa matag barangay.

Uban sa hiniusang paningkamot ni Gov. Ace Barbers, Vice- Gov. Noel P. Catre ug mga miyembro sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, napanglantawan ni Gov. Ace nga mahatag gayud sa mga BNS ang iyang dakong tinguha nga mausbawan usab ang ilang honorarium. Dako ang pasalamat ni Gov. Ace Barbers sa nagmakanunayon nga pagdala sa mga BHWs ug BNS sa mga nagkadaiyang programa ug serbisyo sa mga kabarangayan ubos sa iyang pamunuan. (PGO- Surigao del Norte Media Bureau)


28 FRs received family packs from Surigao del Sur PSWDO 

Tandag, Surigao del Sur (June 23) – The 28 Former Rebel (FR) who denoted to go back to the government received 50 family packs from the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) thru the Provincial Social Welfare Development (PSWD) officer May Navidad G. Salinas on June 22, 2009. 

Each family pack contained 3 kilos of rice, 3 tins sardines, 2 tins corned beefed and 3 packs of noodles.

Present during the distribution of goods is 58th IB Executive Officer Lt. Col. Erwin Rommel Lamzon.

It can be recalled that the 21 Former Rebels surrendered on May 24 and 7 FRs on June 9 to Lt. Col Benjamin Pedralvez, Jr. They are still housed at the custody of the Philippine Army for validation and were forwarded to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPPAP) prior to the effectivity of the Administrative Order 172 which take effect on March 23, 2007. (Grace B. Tranquilan/PIA Surigao del Sur)