PIA News Service - Friday, May 21, 2010

Good Samaritans spread sunshine thru medical, dental services

A year ago, elementary grader Jonathan Atienza of Barangay Baan, Butuan City attempted to have a circumcision – a rite of passage wherein a male’s foreskin is excise. Somehow, at that time, he was told by the doctor that his “gun” was not yet ready and was advised therefore to wait for a year maybe.

Now, already 10 years of age, he’s at it again due to the calm persuasion of Fr. Ricky Amante. Trying for the second time around, he’s hoping that the said rite of passage would push through, be successful and help him graduate into full-pledged manhood later on.

Good for him, the pain was just at the start; it subsided after a few minutes with the help of a painkiller drug. When the rite of passage was through, he was more than satisfied; the circumcision was a success. For this, he credited the doctors for the tender care and he lavished them with praise for the job well done.

On the other hand, Rachel Galacio – 22 years of age and likewise a resident of Barangay Baan – was also all praises after her tooth extraction escapade, because the dentist was very gentle and professional. As per her observation, the medical and dental services given as a whole were really organized and fast.

There were other success stories in cadence with the duo, but all in all, there were 59 circumcision patients and another 51 dental patients, who trooped recently at the St. Ezekiel Parish in Barangay Baan, which was the venue of the medical mission. Many of them were thankful because of the pro bono medical and dental services afforded unto them by the Good Samaritans.

It was learned that the Good Samaritans, whose group remains nameless until this time, were already in their 4th year of doing such once-a-year medical mission.

According to Drs. Victoria Gracia Bungabong and Joan Tormis, who were identified as the twin head of delegation, on top of their time and effort dispensed for free, the resources used for the one day affair came from benevolent supporters and friends, who desired to be anonymous.

When asked why they have had been doing said mission, they replied that, together with other supporters, “we desire to please God, get a feeling of fulfillment, and wish to become role models so that others may follow.”

They of course appreciated the support given by RESPOND (Rescue and Emergency Service Provider on Disaster), Inc, who became instrumental in controlling the crowd and directing patients; the avid role played by Father Amante, St. Ezekiel Parish Priest, for drumbeating the event and persuading his parishioners to come; the UNILAB, represented by Mr. Brian Hernandez, for the medicines provided; backstopping assistance by the Agusan del Norte Provincial Health Office personnel; Doctor of Education Josefa Canoy, for facilitating the distribution of medicines; the prime services provided by several dentists in the persons of Drs. Pio Bagaloyos, Charlotte Manding, and Reginald Dompor, who himself is an active Responder also.

As per agreement, the Good Samaritans pledged to likewise network with RESPOND, Inc. in case the latter would request their benevolent services later on. (Jeriel Kenneth B. Catedral and Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr., TESDA-AdN/ PIA-Caraga)


Grand Float Parade - an added feather to DILG XIII Family’s Cap

Butuan City - Once again the DILG XIII Family’s craftsmanship stood out and bagged the first prize award in the Butuan City Fiesta’s Grand Float Parade contest when it bested other entries from the national government agencies, private organizations and the academe on May 19, 2010. This is the second win of the agency since it joined the contest started in 2008.

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This year’s theme was “Balangay, the Symbol/Image for Development” with the balangay boat, epitomizing trading of ancient Butuan with neighboring communities, was used as a theme for the contest. It shows that Butuan City, long before invaders and settlers set foot in this city, is already rich in commerce and culture and that proud of its own heritage.

In the morning of the festival, floats designed as Balangay boats sailed along the streets of Butuan City, with each float not only flaunting a colorful and creative design but also showing how the participants contribute to the city’s development. With its Dove which symbolizes primitive desire for peace and the transformation torch depicting the DILG Family’s burning commitment for public safety role. The DILG’s float outshone all other entries. The two icons sent the message to the public that DILG family is for lasting peace and order in our land.

This year’s float was conceptualized and artistically built by the designer, PO3 Rico Mata, who also designed last year’s float which also won first price.

The DILG XIII Family’s 2010 masterpiece mirrors the DILG XIII Family’s cohesive relationship as it vows to serve not only the people of Butuan City but the entire region as well. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Butuan Balangay Festival 2010
DILG nanatiling kampyon sa Balangay Boat Float Contest


BUTUAN CITY (21 Mayo) – Ang Regional Office ng Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ay nanatiling kampyon sa paligsahan ng Boat Float Making noong Miyerkules, Mayo 19, sa ginawang parada para sa kapistahan ng lungsod ng Butuan, alay sa Patron nito na si Senyor San Jose.

Tumanggap ang DILG ng Php 50,000 cash prize, tulad din ng premyong natanggap nila noong nakaraang taon sa parehong patimpalak. Pumangalawa naman ang Dept. of Education (DepEd) - City Schools Division na tumanggap ng halagang Php 40,000. Ikatlong pwesto naman ang Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), na tumanggap ng Php 30,000 bilang premyo.

Ang mga sumusunod na lokal na tanggapang pamalahaan at mga pribadong tanggapan na sumali sa nasabing paligsahan ay ang mga sumusunod: Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST-13), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Dept. of Agrarian Reform (DAR), M. Llhuiller Kwarta Padala, Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Dept. of Agriculture (DA), Dept. of Health (DOH), Technical Education and Skill Development Authority – Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries.

Lahat ng mga kalahok ay nagtipun-tipon sa J. Rosales Ave., galing sa DBP papunta sa mga pangunahing kalsada ng lungsod. Tinapos ang parada ng isang maikling programa sa tapat ng Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT).

Ang batayang ginamit ng mga huradong kinabibilangan nina Architect Rey V. Señeres, G. Wayne Tanigami at G. Matthew Berginc ay ang mga sumusunod: 50% para sa disenyo, konsepto, at pagkamalikhain; 25% sa pagka-orihinal at 25% para sa presentasyon ng tema.

Nakatanggap din ng mga espesyal na premyo ang Technical Education and Skill Development Authority- Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (TESDA-NMSF)
para sa pinaka orihinal na float, Dept. of Agriculture bilang pinaka matemang float at M. Llhuiller Kwarta Padala bilang pinakamakulay at kaakit-akit na float, at lahat ay nakatanggap ng Php 5,000 bilang premyo.

Naging posible ang 2010 Balangay Boat Float Grand Parade sa tulong ng City Tourism Office, kaakibat ang City Government ng Butuan.

Samantala, sa siyam na kandidatang lumahok sa patimpalak-kagandahan, hinirang si Soundy Manuel ng United Architects of the Philippines bilang Mutya Hong Butuan 2010. Taglay ang kanyang kagandahan at katalinuhan, nasungkit niya ang korona noong Lunes, Mayo 17 na ginanap sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym.

Binubuo ang magic five ng Mutya Hong Butuan 2010 ng mga sumusunod: Hidie Amor Ignilan ng Butuan Banker’s Club – Mutya Hong Butuan – Tourism; Kristine Rosales, 1st Runner-up (Liga ng mga Punong Barangay); Rose Murphy, 2nd Runner-up (Butuan Chambers) at; Rhina Mae Carombana, 3rd Runner-up (Integrated Bar of the Philippines).

Itinampok an ang ibat-ibang festivals sa Pilipinas bilang paksa sa 2010 Search for Mutya Hong Butuan at bilang parangal sa mga Balikabayan na mga Butuanons. (Phil Jan C. Conde, Freldemar C. Gamotin, Carol Ivy N. Mitchao and Eloisa Faith B. Plaza, FSUU/PIA-Caraga)


BFAR, kinilala ang mga lugar na positibo sa red tide

BUTUAN CITY (21 Mayo) – Ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) ay nag-isyu ng bagong babala para sa publiko na ang Bislig Bay sa Surigao del Sur ay positibo pa rin sa red tide toxin. Dahil dito, ang mga molusko(shellfish) galing sa mga lugar na ito ay hindi ligtas kainin.

Base sa Shellfish Bulletin No.11 Series of 2010 na pinalabas ng BFAR, kasama ang Local Government Units (LGU) tinukoy nito na ang mga molusko (shellfish) nakuha sa Dumanquillas Bay sa Zamboanga del Sur; Bislig Bay sa Bislig City, Surigao del Sur; Matarinao Bay sa Eastern Samar; Murclelagos Bay sa Zamboanga del Norte at Misamis Occidental; at sa mga coastal waters sa Bolinao at Anda sa Pangasinan ay positibo sa paralytic shellfish poison na lagpas sa itinalagang limitasyon.

Lahat ng klase ng molusko at alamang na nalikom galing sa mga di-ligtas na lugar ay hindi ligtas kainin. Subalit, ayon sa BFAR, ang mga isda, pusit, hipon at alimango ay ligtas kainin kung ito ay presko at nilinis nang maayos.

Ang mga sumusunod ay ang mga sintomas ng
Paralytic shellfish poisoning: mild symptoms, facial paresthesia burning, facial numbness , facial tingling, arm tingling, arm numbness, leg tingling, leg numbness, headache, dizziness, nausea, muscular in coordination at floating sensation. Kung nararanasan ang mga sintomas na ito, komunsulta agad sa pinakamalapit na duktor.

Ang mga sumusunod na lugar ay nanatiling ligtas sa toxic red tides: coastal waters ng Cavite, Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan at Bataan sa Manila Bay; coastal waters ng Alaminos sa Pangasinan; Mansiloc Bay sa Zambales; coastal waters ng Milagros at Mandaon sa Masbate; Inner Malampaya Sound sa Taytay at Honda Bay; Juag Lagoon sa Matnog at Sorsogon Bay sa Sorsogon, at lahat sa Luzon.

Sa Visayas, ang mga lugar na ligtas sa toxic ay Puerto Bay sa Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; coastal waters ng Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan at Sapian sa Capiz; coastal waters ng E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Palupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Bacolod City, Hiringan, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City at San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda at Villareal Bays sa Samar, Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato at Carigara Bays sa Leyte; at Biliran waters sa Biliran Province.

Habang sa Hinatuan at Lianga Bays sa Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay sa Mati, Davao Oriental; at coastal waters ng Kabasalan sa Sibugay Bay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Samantala sa coastal waters ng Wawa, Bani sa Pangasinan ay ligtas na mula sa toxic red tide. (Phil Jan C. Conde, Freldemar C. Gamotin, Carol Ivy N. Mitchao and Eloisa Faith B. Plaza, FSUU/PIA-Caraga)
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DTI-Caraga official warns public vs mislabeled school supplies

BUTUAN CITY (May 21) - The Department of Trade and Industry in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) has mobilized all its city and provincial field personnel to closely watch school suppliers in their areas who may take advantage of the coming opening of the new school year by jacking up their prices. 

At the same time, the DTI warned parents on Friday to be more meticulous in examining the labels or brands of the school supplies and other materials they are buying to assure quality and durability. 

“Our parents must be watchful to ensure and assure quality, safe use and to get the best value for their money,” said Region XIII Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran. 

The region’s DTI chief also advised parents not to rush into buying fake or imitation products that are cheap. 

“Our parents must know the product and address of the manufacturer, country of manufacture, net quantity and toxicity warning, if applicable," Pagaran said. 

"Those found not conforming to the minimum labeling requirements will face administrative or even criminal charges which include a maximum fine of P300,000 per violation," he added. 

Under the Consumer Act of the Philippines, manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers are liable to consumers for injuries caused by defective and unsafe products as well as for the insufficient or inadequate information on the use of certain products and the hazards they pose. 

The DTI-Caraga regional office has already activated its provincial and city task forces to check various malls and school supplies stores. (muc/PIA-Caraga)