PIA News Service - Thursday, May 6, 2010

DOH celebrates 'Safe Motherhood Week 2010'

By Jennifer P. Gaitano 

Butuan City - The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga celebrates this year's Safe Motherhood Week thru a launching of Essential Newborn Care Protocol and Postpartum Contraception with the theme: "Buhay ni Nanay at ni Baby pangalagaan? Manganak lamang sa health facility," recently held in one of the local convention centers here. 

About 500 stakeholders composed of pregnant women of different barangays, representatives from the regional line agencies, local government units, barangay health workers, midwives, and guests attended the event. 

The activity started with lively chants and cheers by various delegates in Caraga region while the launching of Essential Newborn Care Protocol and Postpartum Contraception was formally opened by DOH Sec. Esperanza Cabral, DOH Usec. Dave Lozada Jr., and DOH-Caraga Regional Dir. Leonita Gorgolon. 

In her short speech, Sec. Cabral emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of the parents especially the mothers to their children and family. 

"Parents should not be dependent on what the government can provide but also it is our responsibility as parents to our children to provide them proper care, nourishment, and education," Sec. Cabral said. 

Also, in an interview with a pregnant woman - Ms. Analiza Villar, as one of the participants, said that she is determined to have her 3rd child's birth at the hospital, believing that her health is at risk if she will settle for less. 

Ms. Villar also said that DOH's initiatives in assuring pregnant women's helath thru various orientations on pre-natal care, Newborn care, breastfeeding, and post partum contraception to the barangays contributed so much help to them. 

Meanwhile, the distribution of Buntis Kits to pregnant women and some giveaways to guests was conducted right after the citation of the Pledge of Commitment for Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition by the participants. 

With this celebration, DOH is optimistic that pregnant women will be more conscious of their health and will only give birth at the health facility.
(PIA-Caraga)

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DOE implements AO 183 in government agencies

By Michael A. Imbo 

Butuan City - The Department of Energy (DOE) is intensifying efforts to complete the energy conservation audit and seminars of all government agencies, held recently at this city. 

DOE is conducting nation-wide campaign for energy conservation as the center stage of awakening the different government agencies, offices and government institutions in line with the implementation of Administrative Order 183. 

Energy conservation seminars to regional offices are also being conducted by Department of Energy Audit Team Chairman Waldo Flores. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Flores said that the A.O 183 shall take the lead in implementing this order and shall take appropriate measures and necessary actions to ensure compliance in accordance to the use of energy efficient lighting system in government institutions. 

During the forum some participants brought out the issues on crisis in power curtailment criticized by some government employees that mostly affected there works and performances in the offices. 

Right after the seminar, the audit team also conducted Energy Conservation (ENERCON) inspections in different major regional government agencies such as; Department of Budget and Management (DBM); National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD); Department of Education (DepEd); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Interior and local Government Unit (DILG); Government Services Insurance System (GSIS); Department of Justice (DOJ); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Department of Health (DOH); Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).  
The energy audit team said that so far, the regional offices here have obtained the energy conservation audit rating since the result are impressive and due to electricity savings. 

National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) followed with a uniform rating. 

The team had conducted a total of 20 owned-government institutions during its energy spot checking here in the city including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Caraga State University Campus in Barangay Ampayon. 

In addition to the DOE's spot checking, the team requires all government agencies to submit documents on fuel and electricity consumption. 

Government agencies are also required to comply with A.O. 183 which mandates all government offices to use energy-efficient lighting systems and implement an energy conservation program. 

The Team hopes to increase consumer vigilance in energy conservation and protection of the environment. 

The theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government based on the pronouncement of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship to mitigate the ill effects of climate change. 

DOE's role is highlighted in the consumer adoption as crucial in the implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Act, and other energy-related laws which have great impact on consumers. (PIA-Caraga)