11.21.2010

PIA News Service - Monday, November 22, 2010

Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre’s 1st anniversary
NUJP Butuan-Agusan del Norte chapter sets indignation rally tomorrow

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (22 November 2010) – Following the first year anniversary of Maguindanao massacre, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Butuan City and Agusan del Norte Chapter will hold an indignation rally and media hopping tomorrow, November 23 to commemorate the death of 57 innocent civilians in one of the considered bloodiest crimes in the country.

In a press statement, Dr. Bobby Henerale, NUJP Butuan-Agusan del Norte Chapter President emphasized the call of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

“The committee has called it the single deadliest event for journalists in history and it has moved various media watchdogs to tag the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in the world, second only to Iraq,” Henerale said.

Also, Henerale said “who could forget the memory of the carnage of lifeless bodies who were not only repeatedly shot, but their bodies mutilated and desecrated and later dumped in an expediently dug grave together with their vehicles.”

Meanwhile, as NUJP Butuan and Agusan del Norte Chapter holds its commemoration of the first anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, it calls on all freedom loving people to join hands in reflecting on and demanding for the immediate resolution of the case now being heard at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

“Together, hand in hand, the arduous task of seeking justice for the victims will be made much less unbearable. Long live the Philippine press,” Henerale said. (PIA-Caraga)


Local water governance forum set

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (22 November) – Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) through the Office of the Development Center has partnered with the Regional Offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in holding a regionwide “Local Water Governance Forum” on November 23-24, 2010 in one of the local convention centers here.

The two-day activity is in cognizant of the need to create an avenue where the local chief executives in Caraga region as well as the other water stakeholders can create a partnership that will support water as a priority in the current administration.

According to Ivy Flores, FSUU Development Center Director, the forum aims to provide an opportunity and platform for stakeholders in the water sector of Caraga region to discuss water issues and to be able to come up with and agree on strategic ways to implement needed reforms in the field of water governance that would eventually accelerate the provision of safe and clean drinking water to the poor.

Flores also said the main participants to this forum are the LGUs of Caraga with priority to those with no or low percentage access to drinking water. “Also, participating in the said event are the development partners and other water stakeholders in the region. (PIA-Caraga)


Sabal & Echavez win in 21K’s 34th MILO Marathon Elimination Run in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY – An army personnel was declared champion of the recently concluded 34th Milo Marathon held here early Sunday for the 21k event.

Elmer Sabal, 28 years old will join the National Finals as he clocked in a persuasive time of 1:12:50 in the 21k men’s category, while Lorhiz Echavez, 25 years old is the 21k women’s category champion finishing a time of 1:45:00.

The 10k men’s category was won by 20 year old Jestoni Sandinao, who finished a time of 35:47, beating his younger brother Gendoni who placed second with a clock of 36:05 and Kim Balinton with a time of 37:15 placing him third.

Proclaimed champion on the 10k women’s category was Lalaine Patricio, followed by Jennifer Saguran and Mary Rose Arman.

The 5k men’s category was won by Eduardo Lape, with Frich Edillor and Giboi Mansalayao as 1st and 2nd runner ups respectively.

The 14 year old Kate Aclao on the other hand became the champion for the 5k women’s category who was closely followed by Chlla Mae Aclao and Manilyn Taladoc.

The 34th MILO Marathon Elimination Run held in Butuan was participated by thousands of runners from private and the public sector as well as students from different schools and universities.

Based on the official list from the organizers, Agusan National High School (ANHS) had a total of 21 runners who make it to the finish line for the 3k category, 978 finishers in 5k category and 999 finishers for the 10k category or 54.26% of the total participants.

Although ANHS was the biggest delegation, but it was Libertad National High School who was awarded as the highest number of finishers with 66.92% or 1400 finishers followed by Father Saturnino Urios University with 51.10% finishers.

Meanwhile, Bong Arreza, a Butuanon who live and work in the USA came home to become part of the MILO Marathon and was awarded with a medal for successfully finishing in the 21k men’s category. (Jocelyn E. Morano, Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Government troops captured NPA Camp in the latest wave of clashes in Bukidnon

At least one killed and several others believed to be fatally wounded when troops of 8th Infantry Battalion, 4ID stormed and captured encampment of at least 30 terrorist New Peoples Army (NPA) Friday at around 4:30 in the afternoon at the hinter Barangay of Calabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. It was learned that the group belongs to North Central Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NCMRPC).

Major General Victor A. Felix Commander 4ID reassures that while military operations are being conducted the respect for human rights is strictly observed.

“Combat operations conducted to protect the people from the clutches of terror professed by the terrorist NPA in the province.”

Firefight ensued for about 30 minutes supported by 105mm Howitzer cannon fires prompting the NPA to abandon their camp and scampered towards different directions.

Government troops recovered from the scene; an enemy camp, one dead body, an (M16) rifle, a Caliber .45 pistol, four Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs), various munitions of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and 40MM grenade launcher, (1) ICOM, cell phones, various medicines, propaganda materials and several belongings ranging from organizational to personal.

“We are still looking the identity of the killed NPA as of the moment.” Kanashiro added.

No casualty on the government side, while the NPA suffered undetermined fatalities.

It was learned prior to the encounter that the said group is responsible for extortion operation in the agriculture rich province and burned the construction equipment on 09 November 2010 owned by AYYU builders of Barangay Sinabuagan, Valencia City Bukidnon for failure to give up extortion demands.

Follow on operation has been conducted to apprehend the fleeing NPA and to keep them on the run. (4ID Diamond Division, PA/PIA-Caraga)


Know more about root crops and legumes

BUTUAN CITY - Do you know that root crops such as ube, gabi, tugi, potato, kamote and cassava, and legumes such as cowpea, mung bean, pole sitaw, chickpeas, green peas, peanut, pigeon pea, kidney beans, lima beans and soybeans are good sources of dietary fiber and help prevent risks for diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and cancer? According to the study done at the food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), the dietary fiber content of root crops ranged from 4.6-13.5 g/100 g while legumes ranged from 20.9-46.9 g/100 g.

What does root crops and legumes do to maintain our weight and prevent risk for diabetes mellitus? The viscosity and fibrous structure of both root crops and legumes slows down digestion and the release of glucose in the normal condition. And because glucose is released slowly, it will not be easily stored in our body thereby maintaining our normal weight. As good sources of dietary fiber, root crops and legumes can provide satiety effects and can slow down our feeling for hunger, therefore, less intake of food.

FNRI-DOST studied the glucose response of glycemic index (GI) of root crops and legumes in normal and diabetic subjects. Both root crops and legumes have low GIs (<60) with ube having the lowest (GI=39) and cassava the highest (GI=54) among the root crops, while chicpeas (GI=5) being the lowest and mungbean (GI=13) the highest GI, among the legumes. Legumes have significantly lower GIs than root crops (P<0.05). The lower the GIs of the food, the better they are in the proper control and management of diabetes mellitus and in maintaining our weights. How can root crops and legumes prevent risk for cardiovascular disease? As good sources of dietary fiber, they can prevent the re-absorption of bile acids in our liver. Bile acids are converted to cholesterol in the liver and goes to our blood and increase serum cholesterol responsible for developing plaques in our arteries.

What can be the possible role of root crops and legumes in the prevention for risk of cancer? According to the study done at the FNRI- DOST, the dietary fiber present in root crops and legumes are fermented in the large intestine or colon into short chain fatty acids (SCFA). SCFA can bind with the toxins and excreted in the feces. These toxins are present in the colon and re responsible in the formation of tumors and cancer. (Trinidad P. Trinidad, FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)


18-day campaign to end violence against women

BUTUAN CITY - Every year, the Caraga Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) spearheads the 18-Day Campaign to end violence against women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12.

It is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University in 1991.

Participants chose the dates: November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women; and December 10, International Human Rights Day.

In order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation. In the Philippines, the government has expanded it in 2006 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1172 to include up to December 12, which marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Crime, thus making it an 18-Day Campaign.

With the passage of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) in August 2009, government agencies and local government units are faced with the greater challenge of ensuring that the rights and oppurtunities of Filipino women outlined in the law are carried out. Coupled with the current anti-VAW laws, it is expected to reinforce the eradication of gender-based violence for a VAW-free society. Therefore, the theme for this year’s campaign is: Magna Carta ni PNAy: Gawing tunay: “Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!”

GADCC is requesting all offices and business establishments to hang streamers and disseminate the campaign during weekly meetings and other fora. (GADCC/PIA-Caraga)