PIA News Service - Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

FDA-Caraga bares unsafe, dangerous cosmetic products

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Food and Drug Administration (formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs) of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga released FDA Circular No. 2010-015, “declaring the identified products to be imminently injurious, unsafe or dangerous and authorizing the FDA inspectors to seize said products from the public sale or distribution”.

In a press conference spearheaded by DOH, Ms. Perla Alvizo, Food and Drug Regulation Officer bared that FDA have found through laboratory examination that the samples of the following cosmetic products that were collected on separate occasions at various establishments/outlets are dangerous. 

Said products are as follows: 1) St. Dalfour Beauty Whitening Cream made from Tokyo, Japan; 2) Beauty Girl Papaya & Hawthorn Essence (10 double whitening speckles removed essence) made from Yudantang International – Taiwan; 3) Beauty Girl Ginseng & Green Cucumber (10 double whitening speckles removed) made from Yudantang International – Taiwan; 4) Beauty Girl Essence Aloe Pearl (10 double whitening speckles removed essence) made from Yudantang International – Taiwan; and 5) Beauty Girl Olive & Sheep Essence (10 double whitening speckles removed essence) made from Yudantang International – Taiwan.

“These cosmetic products therefore pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009,” added Alvizo.

Alvizo also stressed that in the interest of protecting public health and safety and pursuant to Section 12 of Republic Act No. 9711, the Food and Drug Regulation Officers (both from FDA central office and the regions) are hereby ordered to seize immediately the identified cosmetic products for custody from all outlets or establishments where they may be found. 

The assistance of all local government units and consumers are sought in reporting all outlets found selling the said products. (PIA-Caraga/DOH-13)
 
 
DOH, PhilHealth to launch NPRD in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in coordination with other partner agencies will launch the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day (NPRD) dubbed as “PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro” on October 2, 2010 in Caraga region.

In a press conference spearheaded by DOH, Ms. Parley Buyan, PhilHealth-Caraga Information Officer said that their office with DOH and other partner agencies are calling all Caraganons who are not yet members of PhilHealth to register on Oct. 2 and be counted among the millions who are now covered by the government’s health insurance program. 

“The whole-day registration activity nationwide is aimed at ensuring that all Filipinos could gain access to financial protection for their hospitalization needs thru PhilHealth,” Buyan added.

DOH-Caraga Information Officer - Ms. Sunshine Alipayo also said that the purpose of the said activity is to better inform the public about PhilHealth member’s benefits, rights, responsibilities, and to encourage and facilitate registration and membership.

Alipayo further said that all regional and service offices of PhilHealth, as well as the DOH’s Center for Health Development and DOH-retained hospitals nationwide have been identified as access points for the registration activity. Other registration venues in the provinces of Caraga will be announced as soon as these are confirmed with the Department of Education (DepEd) and participating local government units. 

It was also learned that the desks will be manned by PhilHealth personnel who will assist the registrants in the entire registration procedure.

Also, during the whole-day event, indigent families who are listed under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will also be issued their PhilHealth number cards in venues to be identified by the LGUs.

For more information, contact PhilHealth-Caraga at (085) 341-6488 thru Ms. Parley Buyan or DOH-Caraga at (085) 341-2579 thru Ms. Sunshine Alipayo. (PIA-Caraga/DOH-13)


Cebuano News: DOH gibutyag ang status sa dengue sa Caraga

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Ang Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Region mibutyag nga misaka na sa kapin usa ka gatos ka porsyentio ang kaso sa dengue sa tibuok rehiyon sa Caraga human nga adunay naitalang 1,768 dengue cases.

Sa gipahigayong press conference kagahapon, September 14 didto sa buhatan sa Caraga Regional Office sa DOH, gipagawas sa maong ahensiya ang status sa kaso sa dengue ug aron mahatagan sa tukmang impormasyon ang mga katawhan sa rehiyon.

Si Dr. Gerna Manatad sa Department of Health (DOH) Caraga ang nagkanayon nga ang pagsaka sa kaso sa dengue dili angayan nga kabalak-an, wala kini nagpasabot nga alarming na ang rehiyon sa maong sakit.

Sa nakuhang impormasyon nasayran nga adunay naitalang naigo sa kaso sa dengue gikan sa dakbayan sa Butuan-668, Agusan del Sur-400, Surigao del Norte-209, Bislig City, 162, Surigao City-152, Agusan del Norte-135, Surigao del Sur-134, Bayugan City-69, Cabadbaran City-33, Dinagat Islands-24 ug Tandag City-15.

Luyo sa maong pagtaas sa kaso sa dengue, gitug-an ni Dr. Manatad nga nagpadayon ang ilang buhatan sa pagbuhat og tukmang lakang ug mga information campaign batok sa makamatay'ng sakit.

Ang DOH kaabag ang kagamhanang lokal, ug uban pa nga ahensya sa tibuok rehiyon ang nakig-koordinasyon na aron malikay sa maong sakit ug mahatagan sa aksyon ang kada probinsya nga naapektahan sa maong kaso.

Dugang niana nga gipanawagan sa ahensya ang kumunidad nga mintinahon ang paghinlo sa palibot aron walay lugar nga mahimong kapuy-an sa mga lamok nga nagdala sa maong sakit.
(PIA-Caraga)


Wage Board 13 present new wage hike implementing rules

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XIII, presented in a press conference, the rules and regulations implementing Wage Order No. RXIII-10 at the DOLE-13 conference room, DOLE-13 Office at Nimfa Tiu Bldg., J.P. Rosales Ave., 9:30 A.M. today.

The 20-page document contains RULE-1 : The General Provisions; RULE -2: The New Minimum Wage Rates; RULE-3: Exemptions and RULE-4: The Special Provisions. It was approved by the board on August 12, 20 10, duly signed by former board chairperson Atty. Romeo N. Cagas, Vice Chairpersons Dir. Carmencita S. Conchingco (NEDA-13) and Dir. Brielgo O. Pagaran (DTI-13), Board Members Mr. George Uy and Ms. Jocelyn F. Yee, (employer representatives) Mr. Joselito V. Soriano and Mr. Rolando C. Dahang (labor representatives).

The IRR was signed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz on August 26, 2010. The Caraga Wage Order No. RXIII-10 provides the daily minimum wage rates (DMWR) of agricultural workers (plantation), a basic wage P220.00, plus a cost of living allowance of P13.00 or a DMWR of P233.00. Agricultural workers (non-plantation) will be receiving a basic wage of P200.00, plus P13.00 cost of living allowance or a DMWR of P213.00. Non-agricultural workers will be receiving a basic wage of P230.00 plus P13.00 cost of living allowance or a total DMWR of P243.00. The retail and service workers will receive a basic wage of P200.00 plus p13.00 cost of living allowance or a total DMWR of P213.00 (for those employing 10 persons or less) and P230.00 basic wage plus P13.00 COLA or a DMWR of P243.00 (for those who are employing more than 10 workers).

The new minimum wage rate took effect on August 25, of this year. Dir. Domingo said that the wage board’s previous nine wage orders enjoyed a 65 % compliance rating among the inspected establishments in the region. She disclosed that there were a total of 276 business establishments inspected by the board this year and 182 of these had shown compliance to their previous wage orders. The board she said is optimistic that the new wage order may have the benefit of similar compliance.

Board Secretary Dela Victoria also stressed the importance of the approval of the IRR for this is “the basis,” he said “for some establishments specially the larger ones of implementing the new wage hike.” And for the new establishments, he also said that this will provide them the chance of the sixty-day period to apply for exemption of implementing the new wage increase. Other business categories, he said may also avail of the 75-day period allowed for the application of exemptions. He said that during the implementation of their previous wage orders they received a number of applications for exemptions. As for the new wage order, they will give time until November 27 of this year to receive the applications for exemption. The concerned establishments may just submit their applications to the DOLE field offices in their respective areas on or before the said date.

Attending the press forum were RTWPB Chairperson and DOLE-13 Dir. Ofelia B. Domingo, Board Secretary Earl D. Dela Victoria and other RTWPB board members. The IRR is pursuant to Section 6, Rule IV of the Amended Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing and Section 21 of Wage Order No. RXIII-10, issued for the guidance and compliance by all concerned business establishments in the region.
(Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


Dengue cases in Caraga exceeds 2000th mark

Suspected Dengue cases in Caraga region has reached a total of 2001, as reported by the Department of Health Center for Health Development – Caraga Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, in its “Disease Surveillance Report” during the period of its 36th Morbidity Week, from September 5-11, this year.

The figure, according to Dr. Gerna Manatad, DOH-13 CHD Regional Epidemiologist said in a press conference this morning, was based on admission reports from the different disease reporting hospitals in the region from January 1-September 9, 2010. This is 168% higher compared to the record of the same period last year which only had 746 cases.

She assured however that even with 8 deaths already recorded due to the disease, no “Dengue Outbreak” was declared anywhere in the region. The data gathered from the reports reaching their office tends to show that the cases of the said mosquito-borne disease here in the region fall below the epidemic threshold. The assessment of the places affected by the disease, Dr. Manatad said, were also done down to the barangay level and that so far no barangay was declared “dengue hot spot” based on their monitoring of the frequency of the suspected dengue cases for the past two weeks from August 29-September 19. They only had monitored a barangay in Butuan City with three suspected cases during the period and that is Brgy. Libertad.

Butuan City still topped the list as to the number of cases with (668), followed by Agusan del Sur (400); Surigao del Norte (209); Bislig City (162); Surigao City (152); Agusan del Norte (135); Surigao del Sur (134); Bayugan City (69); Cabadbaran City (33); Dinagat Islands (24) and Tandag City (15).

The deaths came from Cabadbaran (1); Magallanes, Agusan del Norte (1); San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (1); Surigao City (2); Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte (1); Malimono, Surigao del Norte (1) and Bayugan City (1).

The ages of the victims ranges from 2 months old to 84 yers old with majority of the cases were male (52%). Foty-two percent of the cases belonged to 0 to 10 years age group. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Criselda Bulahao-Nalam

PNP arrests wanted person 

On September 13, 2010 at around 10:35 in the morning, at Quezon St. Brgy Dagocdoc, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, one (1) Winsor Malacaste, 59 years old, married, and a resident of Aras-asan, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur was arrested by PO1 Abelardo Jacinto, Intel Operative of Tandag Municipal Police Station by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Judge Ambrosio N Moleta Presiding Judge of 4th MCTC of Cagwait-Bayabas, Surigao del Sur for grave oral defamation docketed under cc# 1853 with fixed bail bond of Six Thousand Pesos Only (Php 6,000.00).

Subject person is now detained at Tandag Police Station for proper disposition. 

On the other hand, at around 1:50 in the afternoon on September 14, 2010, one Jay Alimpoos, 36 years old, married, driver mechanic and a resident of Brgy Poblacion, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, was arrested by the PNP personnel of Bayugan Police Station led by Po3 Melvin Dandasan by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Hon Lou A Nueva, acting Presiding Judge of 5th MCTC (Bayugan-Sibagat), Bayugan City dated 10th day of August 2010 for CONCUBINAGE docketed under cc# 8966-10-G-41 with recommended fixed bail bond amounting to Ten Thousand Pesos Only (Php 10,000.00) for his temporary liberty.

Subject person is now temporary detained at Bayugan Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on fire incident 

On September 14, 2010 around 2:00 in the morning at Purok-5, Brgy 3, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, a residential house made of wooden material, owned by Rodolfo Bautista located at abovementioned place, occupied by several boarders was totally razed by fire including three (3) neighboring houses owned by Juliana Bacor, Baldomero Zayas and Gloria Caquejo.

Initial investigation disclosed that the fire started at the room of the said house, occupied by Jingle and Neca Escol both school teachers when the electric wiring sparks that caused fire and quickly spread out to the entire building and neighboring houses. 

The said incident was declared fire out by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) of Buenavista at 4:00 in the morning of same date.

Estimated total cost of fire damage amounted to more or less seven hundred thousand pesos (Php 700,000.00). Case is now in the process of investigation by the BFP of Buenavista for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on robbery incident 

On September 13, 2010 at around 7:00 in the evening at Brgy Alba, Tago, Surigao del Sur, one (1) Jose Moreno, 72 years old, married, businessman and a resident of abovementioned place together with his wife and maids was robbed by certain Rodel Paculba together with five (5) unidentified suspects.

Initial investigation disclosed that the suspects armed with short firearms, gain entrance thru the back gate of the said residence, while the victims were resting. At gunpoint declared hold up carted away personal belongings and thirteen thousand five hundred pesos (Php 13, 500.00).Victims were hogtied.

After the incident, the suspect fled to unknown direction. Elements of Tago Municipal Police Station are now conducting follow-up investigation for possible arrest of the suspects. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident 

On September 13, 2010 around 7:25 in the evening at Rotunda, Brgy Poblacion, Bayugan City, one Danilo Ursabia, 50 years old, married, motorcycle driver, and a resident of Purok-1, Brgy Salvacion, Bayugan City was shot by unidentified suspect riding in tandem with the used of undetermined caliber of short firearms.

Victim sustained one gunshot wound on his nape. Upon receipt of reported incident, PNP elements of Bayugan CPS led by PINSP CZYMEERE NICANOR ATEO-AN VALENCERINA immediately proceeded to the place of incident to conduct investigation.
Initial investigation revealed that during the incident, the astray bullet also hit another tricycle driver named Brendo Virano, 35 years old, married, and a resident of Purok-8, Brgy Taglatawan, Bayugan City who sustained one gun shot wound on his back. Both victims were immediately rushed to Bayugan Community Hospital for medical treatment and now out of danger.

After the incident, the suspect fled to unknown direction boarding Kawasaki Bajaj single motor cycle without plate number. Bayugan CPS still conducting in dept investigation for the possible identification and arrest of the suspect. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Progress report on burning on globe telecom tower 

That on September 13, 2010 at around 7:35 in the evening at Brgy Balibadon, Cortes, Surigao del Sur was burned by more or less 15 CT's led by aka Puma of GF-30, as per info by the care taker of the Globe power that several gunfire was heard and followed by burned at Globe Telecom tower which located in the hilly portion of the aforementioned barangay, afterwhich said group withdraw towards SE direction, going to Sampinit complex. Cost of damage, one (1) unit Generator set, and one (1) unit electronic coven with 2-unit aircon.

Empty shell recovered in the crime scene, such as AK 47, M16, M14, Garrand, Carbine and cal.45. For information.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

On attempted robbery by suspected ct's 

On September 13, 2010 at around 6:20 in the evening at Brgy Buenavista, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, PO2 Madelo Bagnol. PNP member of Tandag Municipal Police Station, was harassed by five (5) unidentified members of CT's/NPA armed with cal. 45 and 9mm pistols.

Initial investigation conducted by Tandag Municipal Police Station disclosed that while PO2 Bagnol was watching television at his residence at the abovementioned place, five (5) unidentified persons approached him and pretending to ask for Police assistance with the allegation that their companion was mauled by standers.

When victim replied that he will follow after them, suddenly the five (5) suspects draw their firearms and pointed the same unto him declaring that they are members of the NPA and demanded to get his issued firearms which prompted the victim to grab the 9mm FA's from one of the members of the said group but the other members managed to box and kick him until he fell down.

Suspects fired twice before they left. Victim sustained injuries at the different parts of his body and was brought to Adela Serra Memorial Medical center. For medical treatment. Elements of Tandag Municipal Police Station are conducting follow-up investigation. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)