PIA News Service - Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Butuan City to host 8th NYP

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The local government of this city will host the 8th National Youth Parliament spearheaded by the National Youth Commission (NYC) come November 5-8, 2010 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort with the theme: “Kabataang Pilipino: Ako ang Pagbabago”. 

NYC bared that more than 150 youth leader-delegates representing the 17 regions of the country and Sangguniang Kabataan members are expected to participate in the said event. 

Aside from the delegates, representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and other partner agencies will also attend as observers.

With this big event, the local government of Butuan and NYC hope for the full participation and support of the general public especially the youth.

NYP is a gathering of the best and the brightest young people in the country ready to make a difference. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao, DOH officials lead Caraga's first Treatment & Rehabilitation Center unveiling of marker and blessing ceremonies

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY - City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and DOH Undersecretary Dr. David Lozada, Jr. led last October 15 the unveiling of marker and blessing ceremonies of the P35-million Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Center at Barangay Anomar this city.

Mayor Matugas in his message of support said that it’s a huge honor for the city to be chosen as the site for this very important project, “an indication that government is doing its mandate for the well-being of its people through the Department of Health.”
Matugas bared that he will put up a special project - sort of spiritual guidance counseling inside the rehabilitation center through his personal funds, “the project will be headed by Dr. Manuel Tan, a former city councilor.”

Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Dr. David J. Lozada, Jr, revealed that on 2011 budget the Drug Rehabilitation Center will get 20 million for the implementation and operating budget to assure its accessibility and sustainability.

He also congratulated the Center for Health and Development – Caraga and other partner agencies for developing this new facility and for allowing more access to drug abuse patient.

The Treatment and Rehabilitation Center was created as part of the department of health’s implementation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002 and due to the high incidence of drug abuse problem in the Caraga Region. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Bishop Yñiguez to gov’t: “Provide jobs to poor, not just giving dole-outs”

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (19 October) – Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Yñiguez, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Director said the government should provide jobs to the Filipino populace especially to the poor and not by giving dole-outs like the conditional cash transfer program as an anti-poverty drive of the government. 

Also, Bishop Yñiguez said dole-outs are only given during emergency cases and not regularly. “The government should teach the people not to be idle but instead, to uphold the importance of working for a living,” he said. 

Bishop Yñiguez also said slothful or lazy people should not be given food to eat. “We should teach them how to catch fish, and not just giving them fish,” he said.
(PIA-Caraga)

 
Granting of amnesty to Magdalo soldiers, “not tampered” – PAF Capt. Pogoy

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (19 October) – Philippine Air Force (PAF) Capt. Joenel Pogoy said the amnesty granted to Magdalo soldiers by the Aquino Administration is “not tampering” and instead, it is a way of correcting the wrong doings of the previous administration.

In an interview with a local radio station here, Capt. Pogoy explained that the detaining of the Magdalo soldiers for seven years is illegal since a Court Martial is only an administrative court.

“What President Noynoy is doing right now tells the irregularities of what the previous administration is doing with the PAF and the Philippine Army,” Capt. Pogoy said.

It was learned that Cap. Pogoy was released yesterday after he was jailed for two years because of exposing the irregularities inside the PAF.

Said official is also determined to continue exposing irregularities and anomalies of the previous administration especially in the PAF and the military.
(PIA-Caraga)
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ConsumerNet Caraga to meet the public in a forum

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (19 October) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), lead agency of Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) Caraga is set to meet the public in a forum on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the function hall of the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO), Inc. 

Expected participating sectors are representatives of consumer organizations in the region, senior citizens, non-government organizations, government employees, transport groups, and the academe, among others.

This year’s month-long activity is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The activity is an interactive discussion on all basic services, issues and concerns, and update of all ConsumerNet members. 

It also highlights information on current environmental issues and the formal recognition of new DTI-certified establishments in Caraga.

Meanwhile, the 5th Regional Consumer Quiz Show will also be showcased on the afternoon at the ANECO Conference Room where the awarding of the winners is set after the forum.

The conduct of the activity is in time with the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month this October as declared under Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 dated September 26, 1997 with this year’s theme, “Consumers: Green Multipliers”. (PIA-Caraga)
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Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (19 October) – As per information from the Regional Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin, thus shellfish from this area are safe for human consumption. 

Based on the latest laboratory results of BFAR as stated in the latest shellfish bulletin, Bislig Bay, Hinatuan Bay and Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur are continued to be free from toxic red tides along with some coastal waters in Luzon and Visayas.

However, according to BFAR shellfish bulletin, shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Matarinao Bay in Eastrern Samar, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, and Carigara
Bay in Leyte as still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. (PIA-Caraga)
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SHSB celebrates golden anniversary

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (19 October) – Sacred Heart School of Butuan (SHSB), formerly Sacred Heart Kindergarten School, one of the first education institutions in the city offering nursery, kindergarten, and grade school educations is celebrating her 50th anniversary on October 23 to 26, 2010.

The four-day celebration will be highlighted with the coronation of the Mutya at Bayani ng Yubileyo and the conduct of the Star of the Night on Monday, October 25 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium.

Prior to the activity, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated at the Saint Joseph Cathedral, the city’s parish on October 23, Saturday, to be followed by a Barrio Fiesta Salu-salo and field demonstration.

Meanwhile, a family fun run awaits the parents-children tandems in the preschool and grade school. The fun run is for the benefit of the Bidlisiw Foundation. Accordingly, friends of the school including their families and alumni are welcomed to join the fun run. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Barangay ug SK eleksyon, gipangandaman

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Gipangandaman sa kwerpo sa kapulisan lukop rehiyon sa Caraga ang umalabot nga piniliay sa Barangay ug Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) karong Lunes (October 25, 2010).

Sa gipahigayong flag raising ceremony didto sa Police Regional Office-13, Camp Rafael Rodriguez gipagawas ni Comelec Regional Director Atty. Francisco Pobe ang pamahayag nga gikinahanglan ang suporta sa kapulisan alang sa ipahigayong piniliay.

Sumala ni Pobe nga mas pahugtan sa kapulisan ang ilang pag-alerto sa maong piniliay. “The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections is expected to be a heated one compared to the May 2010 polls, as politicians take this as a prelude to the 2013 national and local elections,” sulti niini.

Gipahugtan usab ang mga check-points ug pagpangandam sa seguridad sa mga kandidato gumikan kay nakita niini nga kritikal ug tensyunado ang umalabot nga piniliay tungod sa mga personal nga bikil ug kumbati sa pagpapili isip mga lider sa Barangay.

Gimando sa tag-as nga opisyales sa PNP Caraga ang pagtutok sa mga panghitabo nga naglambigit sa insidente kabahin sa eleksyon sama sa vote-buying ug pagpanikas.

Ang COMELEC Regional Office nagtaho nga adunay mga ekpose ang mga bag-ong kabataan kinsa gikonsinte sa mga ginikanan ngadto sa dirty-politics.

Nagsugod ang campaign period niadtong October 14, ug matud pa ni Dir. Pobe nga istriktuhon gyud ang implementasyon sa check-points lakip na ang pagpatuman sa total gun-ban.

Nagpagawas sa Resolusyon ang COMELEC sa pagtugot sa mga kandidato sa pagka-Barangay opisyales ug Sanguniang Kabataan nga maka-angkon ug mga security personnel alang sa ilang seguridad.

Gipanawagan sa COMELEC ang Police Caraga sa pagpangulo ni Police Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal nga mahimong mabungahon ug hapsay ang piniliay pinaagi sa mga kumunikasyon ug koordinasyon sa kapulisan ngadto sa mga opisyales sa eleksyon.

Apil niana ang hinlo nga piniliay aron makab-ot ang kausaban, kaugmaon good governance ug responisibilidad nga magsugod sa barangay opisyal.
(PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Butuan City Lions Club mipahigayon ug medical mission

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Gituohan nga ang himsog nga panglawas ang puhunan sa himsog nga kumunidad hinungdan nga adunay mga health programs alang sa mga kabus, niadtong Domingo, didto sa Colorado, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Ang Butuan City Lions Club District 301-E ang naghatag sa ilang libreng medical mission lakip na ang mga libreng serbisyo sa panglawas.

Sumala ni Club President Ms. Jocelyn F. Yee, ang medical nga tabang sa kabus mao ang prayoridad nga programa sa ilang grupo dinhe sa dakbayan sa Butuan ug probinsya sa Agusan del Norte.

Gi-apod apod ang libreng mga medisina ug libreng pagpakunsulta sa kumunidad aron mahatagan sa himsog nga panglawas ang katawhan ug luwas nga mga balatian sa lawas.

Ang Lions Club International ang pinakabaga nga organisasyon nga may dedikasyon sa kumunidad ug lukop globalisasyon.
(PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Kabataang lider tapukon alang sa ipahigayong 8th National Youth Parliament

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Gitakdang adunay ipahigayon nga 8th National Youth Parliament (NYP) nga pamunuan sa National Youth Commission (NYC) aron tapukon ang kabataang lider didto sa Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, karong November 5 hangtud 8, 2010.

Nasayran nga hisgutan sa maong kalihukan ang mga nag-unang isyu nga nakaapekto sa mga kabataan lakip na ang mga diskusyon lambigit sa nasud ug gobyerno.

Subay sa Akta Republika 8044 ilalom sa Section 13 ang gikatahong Youth in Nation Building Act gilatid niini nga himoon ang National Youth Parliament (NYP) nga pagadad-on sa National Youth Commission (NYC), gitumbok nga ilusad kini matag duha ka tuig aron mag-abot ang tanang lider nga kabataan sa paghatag ug mga rekomendasyon og polisiya nga matutokan kini sa mga lider sa gobyerno ug aron matagad ang isyu sa kabataan.

Sulod sa 14 katuig sugod niadtong 1996 ang NYP malampuson nga nakapanday sa mga policy-making process pinaagi sa parliament.

Giasoy ni Commissioner Steve Laurence Arquiza, NYC’s Commissioner-at-Large and National Organizing Committee Chairman of the 8th NYP nga mokabat sa 150 ka mga youth liders ang motambong gikan sa nagkalain-laing sector ug mga organisasyon (out of school youth, eskwelahan, mga empleyado) sulod sa 17 ka mga rehiyon sa nasud apil na niana ang mga sakop sa Sanguniang Kabataan members.

Gidugang ni Commissioner Arquiza nga gawas sa parliament sessions adunay himoong piniliay sa mga lider alang sa ika-8th National Youth Parliament (NYP) kinsa ipailalom sa training program ug adbokasiya sa NYC.

Magpabilin ang mandato sa NYC ilalom sa pagdala sa NYP nga matud pa protektahan ang pisikal, moral, ispirituwal, intelektuwal, ug sosyal nga panginabuhian sa mga kabataan nga mamahimong matood nga responsableng mga lider sa kumunidad dala ang temang “ Kabataang Pilipino: Ako ang pagbabago”.
(PIA-Caraga)


Gov. Pimentel, anxious of series of insurgency-problems in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel is worried for the series of insurgency-related problems in the province as report recorded 14 incidents from July-September this year.

In addition, the three incidents recently happened worries the governor as this may affect the tourism industry and economic situation in the province.

It can be recalled that on October 15, 2010, Brgy. Captain Eligorio Cuartero of Esperanza, Carmen, Surigao del Sur was shot to death. Another incident is the hacking of banana trees at a banana plantation owned by the DOLE-Estanfilco in Tago last October 16, and the last was the encounter between the 75IB and NPA also on October 16 at Sitio Mabog, San Roque, Bislig City resulted to three killed in action (two villagers and one NPA) and two wounded, all of this province.

In this connection, Gov. Pimentel instructed Police Provincial Director Julito Diray for proper investigation of the incidents especially the shooting incident where incumbent Brgy. Captain Cuartero of Esperanza, Carmen was the victim.

However, Gov. Pimentel believed that the killing of Cuartero is not politically-related, it was gathered. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao del Sur Mamanwa, Manobo tribes set NCIP deadline to step up actions to stop logging operations 

Non-action by government agencies on continuous illegal logging has recently prompted the Mamanwas and Manobos to stage a protest rally at the national highway of Sibahay, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur and in front of the gates of the local NCIP. Together with more than 100 members and support groups from church, civil society and media, KATRIMMA called for the immediate halt in logging operations over ancestral domain.
 
Members of KATRIMMA, whose lands within the municipalities of Lanuza, Cortes and Tandag (LACORTAN), are now being threatened by Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) application and on-going logging operations by Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC). The lumads are claimants of Certificate of Ancestral Domain (CADT) over 17,765 hectares of forest land. They say that VTC has also failed to attain free and prior informed consent (FPIC) in the face of strong opposition by the indigenous peoples.
 
Probable collusion 
 
Tribal leaders of KATRIMMA look at a possible collusion between VTC and local government agencies, DENR and NCIP. Members of KATRIMMA say they have been invited by NCIP regional office in Butuan City to a consultation meeting last February that led towards MOA signing.
 
In addition, VTC has bribed the IPs with an amount of Php 40,000 for IFMA/ logging application in the presence and intimidation of unidentified armed men during the said meeting.
 
The MOA, without proper acknowledgement and signature of notary public, was reportedly manipulated by DENR and NCIP. Eventually, it has paved the way for the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), now serving as the basis for VTC’s on-going logging operations today.
 
Moreover, although the local SB has expressed condemnation of VTC, logging operations persist with the help of Mayor Salvacion Azarcon of Lanuza.
 
Denouncing unhampered logging operations in the area and disputing the legality of ECC, Sr. Lydia Lascano, Social Action Directress of Tandag, explained the matter succinctly, “VTC claims they have ECC. ECC is not equivalent to a logging permit. KATRIMMA leaders said they did not give FPIC, hence the claimed ECC is questionable.”
 
Non-action by public officials on the issue 
 
KATRIMMA has released resolution revoking the MOA and sent NCIP in Surigao del Sur and Manila letter of complaints but apparently to no avail. Non-action by government agencies has prompted the lumads and other environmental advocates stage a protest rally at the national highway of Sibahay, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur last September and another mass mob at the gates of the provincial office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Tandag on October 1.
 
Result of the dialogue with the NCIP  
 
As a result of the mass mob last recently, NCIP has promised that they will report on their strategy to put an end to said illegal operations by VTC. NCIP representatives, provincial officer, Charlene Binghoy and Community Development Officer III, Ordoñez Rocero said that they will be submitting a comprehensive report about the situation and urge their central office to explain for its issuance of Certificate of Precondition for VTC’s IFMA application.
 
The Certificate of Precondition, according to Green Mindanao, one of the environmental groups supporting KATRIMMA, has been the concluding basis of the issuance of ECC. The said certificate would require FPIC, which the lumads say they did not give at all. (Butch Dagondon, Green Mindanao/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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Surigao Chamber of Commerce bags its third Most Outstanding Chamber Award

SURIGAO CITY - For a third straight year, the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. was hailed the Most Outstanding Chamber in Mindanao for 2010, entering the Hall of Fame of Awardees. The award was given by no less than His Excellency President Benigno C. Aquino, during the concluding plenary of the 35th Philippine Business Conference (PBC) held last October 15, 2010 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, City of Manila. 

The PBC is the country’s largest and most important business gathering, attended by over 3,000 local and foreign businessmen and government officials.

The award is the third for the chamber as it leads the pack of the 38 business chambers in Mindanao, the largest chamber network in the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Overall there are more than 108 local chambers, 35,000 enterprises, 130 industry association and 30 bilateral business councils in the PCCI.

In the 2007 PBC, the Surigao CCI also received a special award for Membership Development and Entrepreneurship for its unique Surigao Young Business Alliance (SYBA) concept of recruiting the sons and daughters of its members as its second generation leaders as well as to pool young professionals and entrepreneurs in Surigao City. In 2008, Surigao CCI was recognized for efforts to consolidate all social and non-government organizations into one united community. In 2009, it was awarded for projects that strengthened public sector-private business partnerships. In 2010 it garnered praise anew for becoming financially self-sufficient and creating new municipal chambers.

The award came after thorough grilling by a panel of judges from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, consultants and representatives of national agencies done last October 6, 2010 at the PCCI head office.

The PBC awards are regarded as the highest recognition of achievements granted by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to both business chambers and their corresponding local government units, and are seen to be important trophies of excellence that will attract more investors to their areas. 

The other regional winners are Muntinlupa CCI for National Capital Region, Metro Angeles for Northern Luzon, Metro Naga CCI for Southern Luzon, Mandaue CCI for Visayas and Metro Olongapo as Best New Chamber. Metro Naga CCI won this year’s national award following its triumphs in 2008 and 2009 as most outstanding chamber for the whole country. (SCCI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Making their Mark: Filipino Youth unite for the 8th National Youth Parliament

All roads lead to Butuan City on November 5-8, 2010 for the 8th National Youth Parliament (NYP) at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort. This biennial event, spearheaded by the National Youth Commission (NYC), is a gathering of youth leaders in the country to discuss the prevailing issues that affect them.

Pursuant to Section 13 of the Youth in Nation Building Act (RA 8044), NYC holds the NYP every two years to convene youth leaders to formulate policy recommendations that will address youth issues and serve as the government’s guide in policy formulation and program development. For the past 14 years since its inception in 1996, the NYP has been successful in engaging the youth in the policy-making process through a parliament.

According to Commissioner Steve Laurence Arquiza, NYC’s Commissioner-at-Large and National Organizing Committee Chairman of the 8th NYP, more than 150 youth leader-delegates representing all sectors (in school, out-of-school, working, with special needs) and the 17 regions of the country and Sangguniang Kabataan members are expected to participate in the event. 

Commissioner Arquiza also said that aside from the parliament sessions, there will be an election for the 8th NYP officials. The elected officials will undergo further advocacy training program under the NYC.

With the theme: “Kabataang Pilipino: Ako ang Pagbabago,” the NYC remains faithful to its mandate thru the NYP which promotes and protects the physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being of the youth to the end that the youth realize its potential for improving quality of life. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


JENESYS programme application now open

The National Youth Commission is pleased to announce that the “10-day Visit to Japan Programme” of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme is now open to all applicants for Student Ambassadors and Supervisors. 

The JENESYS Programme is an all-expense-paid cultural trip to Japan and is funded by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan in Manila and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE).

This programme is carried out in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat to deepen the delegates’ understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics, and culture and to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries.

184 student ambassadors, who are 16 to 18 years old, and 16 supervisors, who are 30 to 50 years old, from all the regions of the country will be selected through a rigorous selection process.

Interested applicants may visit www.youth.net.ph to download the entry forms and the complete list of qualifications and requirements. All applications must be addressed to the JENESYS Programme Secretariat of the National Youth Commission c/o Ms. Marielou Chua, 4th Floor, Bookman Building, 373 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City or the NYC Area Offices not later than 5:00 p.m. on or before December 3, 2010. 

To know more about the JENESYS Programme, please call the JENESYS Secretariat at 7811406. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

Report on violation of Comelec gun ban

On October 17, 2010 at around 5:25 in the afternoon, a concerned citizen reported to Claver Municipal Police Station thru their hotline number that an unidentified person illegally discharges his firearm while the public assembly meeting of 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) is on going at the Brgy. Gymnasium of Daywan, Claver, Surigao del Norte. 

Immediately, personnel of Claver Municipal Police Station led by Police Inspector Margarito Omega conducted hot pursuit operation , which resulted to the apprehension of the suspect at Sitio Pangi, Brgy. Ladgaron, of the said municipality. 

Said suspect was identified as one Jelver Bangga y Belaya AKA "Fuge", 22 years old, single, jobless, with no known group affiliation and a transient resident of P-2, Brgy. Daywan, Claver, Surigao del Norte. 

Confiscated from his possession were one (1) unit caliber 45 pistol, colt with serial number 212044 loaded with two (2) live ammunitions. Said suspect and confiscated items are now under the custody of Claver Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  

Agusan del Sur cops arrest wanted person 

One Lito dela Cruz y Alonzo, 40 years old, married laborer and a resident of P-1B, Brgy Anislagan, San Luis, Agusan del Sur was arrested by elements of San Luis Municipal Police Station led by Police Chief Inspector Texon, Chief of Police at around 6:00 O'clock in the morning of October 18, 2010 at P-1A, Brgy. Baobaoan, Butuan City. 

Said suspect was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Hector Salise, Presiding Judge, RTC Branch 7, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, charged for the crime of Child Abuse docketed under criminal case numbers 2760 and 2765 with recommended bail bond of P80, 000.00. 

Said suspect has also a standing Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Eliseo Campos, Presiding Judge of MCTC San Luis, Agusan del Sur, charged for the crime of Grave Threats docketed under criminal case numbers 4012 and 4013 with recommended bail bond of P3,000.00. 

Arrested person is now under the custody of San Luis Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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Mosquitoe-repellent draperies to be hung soon in some city schools

Mosquitoes in some city schools may soon be facing their ‘final curtains’, and this is not a joke! This is a serious announcement by no less than DOH 13 Regional Director Leonita P. Gorgolon during a recent press conference at her office. She told local media practitioners that an upcoming project of her department is soon to be implemented, which is to hang some chemically-treated draperies in some schools here in Butuan City which can kill alighting mosquitoes.

Director Gorgolon said that this is one of their dengue cases reduction measures, and they planned to implement the project by the end of the year. The DOH chief said that they will be looking at schools in the city with the most number of Dengue cases listed and there they will be hanging the said curtains.

These curtains impregnated with chemical, Gorgolon said, can kill alighting mosquitoes. The curtains according to her are quite costly, but funds for the said project are already approved by their central office in Manila and they are now in the process of bidding the said items. The Director also said that she already had informed the city mayor to be present during the launching and be a partner for the said project.

Butuan City was chosen for the project, Gorgolon said as the city topped the list of the number of suspected dengue cases in the region at 753. The province of Agusan del Sur following it listed only 447 cases. However, even with the highest number of cases listed, there was no recorded mortality. The director credited the said development to good advocacy and dissemination of information.

Meanwhile, Dir. Gorgolon during the same forum, discouraged “fogging” as a means of eliminating mosquitoes. “Actually, the fourth ‘S’ in our four ‘S’s campaign against dengue is ‘Say No To Fogging,” she clarified.

Local government units according to her had already been informed not to resort to fogging as much as possible, as these activities may only drive mosquitoes existing in a barangay (village) to the next. Fogging, she said, does not kill mosquitoes but only drive them away some 100 to 200 meters from its present habitat when fogged. So fogging activities will only be resorted to as a last option, in cases when there’ll be outbreaks.

Nothing really replaces clean surroundings and proper sanitation, Gorgolon said and she assures that the 4 “S” which is to: 1) Search and destroy; 2) Seek immediate consultation; 3) Self protection measures and to 4) Say ‘No” to indiscriminate fogging is still the most effective way to fight dengue.
(Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


Philippine CeC Program bags FutureGov 2010 Digital Inclusion award

The Commission on Information and Communication Technology's (CICT) Philippine Community eCenter Program emerged as the top winner for the Digital Inclusion category, one of the 22 categories of the FutureGov Awards 2010. The awards, an annual celebration of public sector innovation and best practices in Asia, were conferred during the FutureGov Awards Gala Dinner on October 15 at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The Philippine CeC Program, a national digital inclusion program which aims to provide Filipinos access to ICT services and opportunities through Community eCenters (CeCs), was shortlisted from 869 nominations from public sector organizations from 16 countries - an unprecedented number in the awards' fourth-year run - before being declared as one of this year's winners. The Digital Inclusion category recognizes programs that makes use of technology to bridge the digital divide.

Aside from the Philippine CeC Program, the Digital Inclusion award has also been won by another CICT initiative, the iSchools project, in 2009.

The FutureGov Awards is organized by the FutureGov Asia Pacific magazine, an independent trade journal focusing on public sector modernization. This year's nominations were judged by a panel of senior civil servants from all over Asia and chaired by Laurence Millar, Editor-at-Large of the FutureGov Asia Pacific magazine and former Government Chief Information Officer of New Zealand.
(National Computer Center - Field Operations Office/PIA-Caraga)