1.26.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010

TUCP strengthens services on RH, Family Planning in workplace
By Fryan E. Abkilan

Manila (26 January) – The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) vowed to continue its services on Reproductive Health (RH) and Family Planning to all its union members and non-union members at the workplace . 

TUCP Education and Youth Director Rafael Mapalo in an interview with PIA said that more workers, may they be union members or not, will get improved health and welfare on reproductive health and family planning as they continue on advocating and providing RH services to the community.

In its 10th year of implementation, Mapalo bared the establishment of union-run and managed family welfare clinics staffed by trained nurses and midwives in 5 different areas in the country where “our presence is strongly felt” namely Cavite, Laguna, Davao, Cebu and Bacolod City. 

With funding support from the David and Lucille Foundation, TUCP’s initiative at the workplace resulted in the inclusion of some specific provisions that defines the commitment of employers in dealing with the needs of the workers with regards to RH and family planning concerns.

“We were able to capacitate the Trade Unions to negotiate with management so that management can get funds to support RH services like maternal and child health nutrition, counseling for HIV AIDS and training of trade union members and the like,” said Mapalo.

TUCP as a labor organization promised to continue on advocating and providing services to all its members for they believe that good health is a human right. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


P1-B road construction project set for release in twin Agusan provinces

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 26 - The government is set to release the P1-billion fund for the fast-tracking of ground works of the Butuan City and Agusan del Sur road project, a public works and highways official said Tuesday. 

This fund is part of the P1.73-billion Philippine-Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office (PJHL-PMO) of Butuan City-Las Nieves-Esperanza-Bayugan City Road project under the Philippine-Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office. 

This road project will serve as a link between Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur in Northeastern Mindanao (Region Xlll) and ultimately connect to the agricultural-rich province of Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao (Region 10). 

This multi-year 2009-2010 project is one of the mega-billion projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) promised in Northeastern Mindanao. 

Last year, the government initially released P500 million for the immediate start of the ground works of the 61-kilometer Rural Road Network Development Project-III (RRNDP) of Butuan City-Las Nieves-Esperanza-Bayugan City road project. 

This mega-billion project was started on March last year and is expected to be completed on June 2011, said Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo. 

He said the project involves the construction and improvement of road pavement, drainage and slope protection. It also involves improvement and upgrading of road shoulders and construction of four bridges. 

“This is a big plus factor to the economic activity of the two regions once completed,” added Momo. 

Meanwhile, Region XIII Regional Director Dr. Evelyn T. Barroso told Momo that the damaged portion caused by landslide in the Bacuag-Claver road section in Surigao del Norte is already passable by all type of vehicles after the ground engineers of the Surigao del Norte 1st District Engineering Office led by District Engineer Linda Uypala made the round-the-clock supervision to the Pancho Construction’s immediate repair. 

The pockets of landslide in the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road happened during the weeklong torrential rains in the region early this month. 

“Despite of this situation, the 4.81 kilometers access road via Veruela in Agusan del Sur is already completed ahead of schedule,” Barroso added. 

The access road was constructed to pave way the commencement of the ground works of the P263.33-million Ihawan Bridge in Veruela town. 

Ihawan Bridge project is part of the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development Contract Package lV of the DPWH Caraga, Barroso further said. (muc/PIA-Caraga)