PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CSU unveils university landmarks, Hitachi reg’l lab
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By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (18 August) – Caraga State University (CSU), the premier government university of the region unveils important landmarks of the university, in time with the blessing and launching of Hitachi Regional Laboratory on Wednesday morning, August 18 at its main campus in Brgy. Ampayon, this city.

In her speech during the Opening Ceremonies held at the Sanchez Gymnasium, CSU President Dr. Joanna B. Cuenca emphasized the importance of offering quality education to Caraganons and the nearby provinces as the university is molding the youths to become globally-competitive in terms of science and technology.

“With the support given to CSU by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Philippine Corporation (Hitachi GST), the dream of the university to mold the youths and prepare them for a globally-competitive environment will be realized,” Dr. Cuenca said.

During the press conference conducted late in the morning, Mr. Chandramogan Anamirtham, President and Site Manager of HGST Philippines said their support to CSU is not time-bounded when asked how long will Hitachi GST support CSU and all the universities and colleges under the Integrated University Program.

Meanwhile, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Dr. Nona Ricafort who is also the Board of Regents Chairperson of CSU bared in her speech that Hitachi GST has been giving support to eight state universities and two private universities in the country, including CSU.

However, the facility is the seventh regional laboratory established by Hitachi GST in the Philippines, along with three laboratories in private institutions around the country.

Unveiled university’s landmarks include the CSU FaƧade at the entrance gate, Gov. Sir Francis Burton Harrison Cenotaph at the Harrison Bridge, and Elisa R. Ochoa Cenotaph at the Ochoa Library.

In a press statement of Hitachi GST, the regional laboratory is in fulfillment of Hitachi GST’s commitment to establish linkages between the industry and the academe, to promote collaborative efforts in research and development in science and engineering, with the primary goal of inspiring talents among students and faculty members.

Under the partnership, CSU received a donation of state-of-the-art equipment from Hitachi GST Philippines Laguna and Hitachi GST San Jose, California, USA. On March 3, 2009, the donation from Hitachi GST Philippines arrived in Nasipit Port and was delivered to CSU on the same day.

Hitachi GST’s donation to the university has been an instrument to its attainment of State University status. The donation has indeed opened opportunities for CSU ands with it challenges to students and teachers on how to utilize the equipment to their advantage specifically in research and development. (PIA-Caraga)
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PopCom heighten FP Campaign
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By: Rutchie C. Saluta

BUTUAN CITY - The government’s goal to achieve a better quality of life for every Filipino family may reach another height as the whole nation marks August as the National Family Planning Month.

The Commission on Population takes the lead in the campaign directly to the couples. POPCOM Director Camilo S. Pangan cited that family planning really saves lives. “When a mother is practicing proper birth spacing of at least three (3) years, it allows her to recover physically and emotionally before she becomes pregnant again and faces the demands of another pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and child care. The health, nutrition and development of their children also improve as parents have more time and plan resources to dedicate for each child”, he said.

The government centers this year’s celebration in increasing proportion of men and women of reproductive ages who practice any modern FP method. The campaign sought also to increase number of couples who discuss family planning and endorse it to others.

While the theme for this year’s celebration is “May Plano Ako, Kaya Mo Ring Magplano”, POPCOM, on the other hand, focuses on the sub-theme “Sa Tamang Agwat ng Panganganak, Pamilya ay Aangat” that gives emphasis on the importance of proper birth spacing in order to reduce risks for the mother and baby.

Results of the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey revealed that only 51% of Filipino women are using family planning methods. The survey also pointed out that 20 percent of all births in the Philippines are mistimed and 16 percent are unwanted. “These conditions of women contributed to the increasing abortion cases happening in our country which can be prevented when they have access to family planning information and services”, Pangan cited.

POPCOM, in partnership with Department of Health and the local service providers, continue to influence couples to adopt natural family planning through the responsible parenting movement in all barangays.

“As we meet the local chief executives for our scheduled courtesy call, we are hoping to generate their support to the population program of which family planning is a part”, Pangan added.

The Department of Health, through its Memorandum No. 2010-0914, enjoined all attached agencies in the celebration highlighting family planning as a means to achieve a better quality of life for every Filipino family. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)