11.04.2010

PIA News Service - Thursday, November 4, 2010

FNRI-DOST 13 to conduct NUTRICOMNET media, technology forum

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) will be conducting the Nutrition Communication Network (NUTRICOMNET) media and technology forum on November 11, 2010 at the DOST-Caraga Regional Function Hall, Caraga State University Campus, Ampayon, this city.

The forum aims to provide the local media and information officers with information packages on food and nutrition researches and other relevant technologies.

Also, it promotes and disseminate programs and projects of DOST particularly those implemented at the regional and provincial levels.

DOST-Caraga with the regional director Lyndo Villacorta is optimistic that with this activity involving various sectors in the community, it will greatly help sustain joint efforts in fighting malnutrition with accurate data and correct information.

NUTRICOMNET is composed of local media practitioners, information officers of local government agencies, academe, non-government organizations and private institutions involve in food and nutrition promotion. (PIA-Caraga with reports from DOST-13)

Hinatuan, Carrascal in Surigao del Sur top in 2010 GPK evaluation

The municipality of Hinatuan leads from 8 other municipalities under Category A or the 1st to 3rd class towns as the Best performer or the Cleanest and Greenest Local Government Unit (LGU) for the year 2010 in Surigao del Sur, during the on-site “Gawad Probinsiya sa KAPALIGIRAN” (GPK) Program evaluation conducted recently.

Barobo grabbed 2nd place followed by Cantilan (3rd), San Miguel (4th), Tagbina (5th), Lingig (6th), Marihatag (7th), and Tago (8th) respectively.

For Category B or 4th to 6th Class municipalities, Carrascal again tops from among eight other LGUs. The establishment of their “infant Eco-park” early this year in the area amazed the evaluators, including the implementation of waste segregation at source and putting up of the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) in poblacion barangays.

The ranking for category B is as follows: Carmen (2nd), San Agustin (3rd), Cagwait (4th), Cortes (5th), Bayabas (6th), Lianga (7th) and Madrid (8th).

On the other hand, Bislig wins against Tandag for City Category.

Meanwhile, Lanuza, the lone Hall of Fame awardee which was proclaimed last year based on its 3 consecutive years of leading under category B from 2007-2009 had to maintain its rating with an average of 95% as agreed by the team of evaluators.

The new administration headed by Governor Johnny Pimentel, GPK program was sustainably implemented locally recognizing the positive impact and the value of saving the environment as a way of life among the Surigaonons.

This year evaluators’ team is led by DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba, with members composed of Rodrigo S. Gordo (PHO); Ma. Clara M. Ambray (Tourism Office); Dr. Florida M. Wahing (DepEd); Gerito G. Fraga (PPDO); Adelfo Luengas (DENR) Mae Q. Sauro (PENRO-LGU); Bella C. Decena (DILG) and Nida Grace B. Tranquilan (PIA). (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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Multi-sectoral group converge for dev’t & protection of Manobo ancestral domain in San Miguel
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by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
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The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) conducted another round of Multi-sectoral convergence for the development and protection of the Manobo Ancestral Domain for San Miguel, Surigao del Sur held in Tandag recently.
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Engr. Goldelino Chan explained during the workshop of what is the Convergence Framework all about. According to him, we need a convergence framework in order “to maximize the fit among :“ what needs to be done, what we want to do, and what we can do” and To See: Where we want to go, What is the entirety of our desired condition, and How each other contributes to the total development effort.
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The program designed focused on the vision, goals and mission by the Manobo tribes suited to their cultures represented by their leaders in order to have a sustainability of the project implementation in the area.
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The said activity was supported by the Indigenous People’s Development Programme (IPDP), a technical cooperation initiative of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Spanish International Development Agency (AECID) and the National Government of the Philippines.
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The follow-up convergence workshop was participated by leaders of the Indigenous People from San Miguel and representatives from different sectors to set their commitments to help the Manobo tribes residing in 13 barangays in San Miguel covering the 42,000 hectares under Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 116. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Criselda Bulahao-Nalam

Report on shooting incident

On November 03, 2010 around 4:20 in the morning, informant Danilo Balaes, Provincial Civil Unit personnel assigned with Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital, Libertad, Butuan City, informed the office of BCPS2 re victim of shooting incident confined at the aforementioned hospital.

Personnel of BCPS2 led by SPO1 Balanon, Intel operative and Patrol personnel proceeded to the abovementioned hospital, whereby it was confirmed by the victims Father named Sesino Montilla y Burgos, 58 yrs old, married and a resident of P-13, Brgy 14 Limaha, Butuan City that the victim was his son named Marlon Montilla y Durano, 27 yrs old, single and residing in the same address with his father.

Victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds causing his untimely death by the attending physician. Victim remains now lying at Nilo funeral homes for autopsy. Initial investigation disclosed that at around 3:30 of the above said date at P-7, Brgy Limaha, Butuan City, two (2) unidentified persons riding in a motorcycle in tandem shot the said victim with the used of sumpak (improvised shotgun).

Suspects fled to unknown direction after the incident. Further investigation is being conducted by Butuan City Police Office to identify and locate the suspects. Progress report follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on wanted person

On November 02, 2010 around 12:40 in the morning at Public Cementery of Brgy Sabang, Lingig, Surigao del Sur, one (1) Roger Montenegro, legal age, single, was apprehended by the PNP personnel of Lingig MPS led by SPO4 Batiancila by virtue of alias warrant of arrest issued by Hon Merlyn Pacaro-Canedo, Presiding Judge of RTC-XI, Branch 29, Bislig City dated June 8, 2007 for the crime of MURDER docketed under cc# 2006-6-3033-H with no bail bond recommended.

Subject person is now temporarily detained at Lingig MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Illegal possession of firearms in relation to COMELEC gun ban

Elements of Prosperidad MPS led by SPO4 Agbay and PPSC 1st platoon led by PCI ROMMEL D VILLAMOR responded to a Police assistance regarding the alleged indiscriminate firing on November 02, 2010 around 2:00 in the morning at P-4, Brgy Sta. Irene, Prosperidad, Agusan del Su, one Marlyn Ytang y Baro, legal age, married and a resident of abovementioned place voluntarily surrendered one (1) unit caliber .38 revolver SN # 51117 with six (6) live ammunitions.

Subject person and firearm is now at the custody of Prosperidad MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Legarda urges DOH, LGUs to beef up efforts to prevent and control dengue

As the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of the continuous surge in cases of dengue fever in Asia, Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government, particularly the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs) to strengthen and double their efforts in the prevention and control of the disease.

“Based on the statistics from the World Health Organization, the rise in dengue cases in the country is a cause for alarm. We are aware that efforts to combat the disease are already in place, but we have to do more because the infection is spreading faster and wider and it affects more people, especially the children,” Legarda said.

The Senator cited a WHO report that 70% of the estimated 2.5 billion people who are at risk of dengue reside in Asia Pacific countries, including the Philippines, which is one of the ‘badly affected’ nations.

From January to October 9, 2010, there were 110,235 reported cases of dengue in the Philippines. In 2009, there were only 57,819 reported cases.

Higher temperatures and rainfall in many parts of the region are the major factors in the surge of dengue cases. Although global warming is not yet considered as a factor in the increase in cases, “climatic changes play an important role in the nature of mosquitoes,” according to the WHO.

“Since there is currently no treatment and vaccine for dengue, early detection and medication is important. However, we must put greater effort on the prevention and control of the disease,” Legarda said.

“I urge the DOH to strengthen the government’s program on dengue prevention and conduct a massive information campaign to make everyone aware of what they must do to avoid acquiring the disease. The LGUs, on the other hand, must alert their respective communities and encourage them to help eliminate the breeding places of mosquitoes by cleaning their surroundings and through proper water storage,” Legarda concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


Legarda calls for vigilance amid terror threat reports

Senator Loren Legarda today called for heightened vigilance from all security forces and the general public amid reports of a possible terrorist attack in the country, even after the Armed Forces of the Philippines downplayed the threat.

“The AFP has already said that there is no terror threat in the country. However, we cannot put our guard down especially after more foreign governments issued travel advisories warning their citizens of imminent terrorist attacks in the country,” Legarda said.

The Senator was reacting to reports from other countries that the Philippines is a possible target of a terrorist attack. The Australian and British governments earlier advised their citizens of this threat in the country. It was followed by similar travel advisories from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said that the country cannot just downplay such reports because it affects not only the citizens but also the foreign nationals visiting or living in the Philippines.

“We are aware that government security forces are already in heightened alert following the foiled terror plot in the US last week. But we all have to be alert. I also urge private companies, especially those who own malls and other places frequented by the public, to intensify the security in their business establishments,” she said.

“The public should also be extra careful and immediately report suspicious activities. We all need to be ultra cautious and extremely vigilant to help thwart any plan that would wreak havoc in our country,” Legarda concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: CCPD nangandam sa selebrasyon sa MWOP
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Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Ang Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) kauban ang representante sa nagkadaiyang ahensya sa gobyerno ang nagkatigom alang sa pagplano sa ipahigayong aktibidades sa Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) karong November 25 hangtud December 1, 2010.

Ang CCPD gipanguluhan ni Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos ang nag-aghat sa katawhan nga makig-sandurot sa selebrasyon alang sa pagpadayag sa peace and order sa rehiyon.

Gi-awhag sa grupo nga mosalmot ang mga igsoong lumad, muslim community, relihiyosong sector, militar ug katawhan nga mo-apil sa selebrasyon aron mahimo kining mabungahon.

Gi-planohan sa CCPD uban ang mga lider sa nagkalain-laing sector ang mga kalihukan ug kalingawan sulod sa usa ka semanang selebrasyon nga makab-ot ang tukmang kalinaw sa isla sa Mindanao. (PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: 3 ka lalaki nadakpa’g shabu

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Arestado ang 3 ka suspek tungod sa illegal nga droga, didto sa District 3, Bliss, Barangay Sacol, Buenavista, Agusan del Sur, dili pa lang dugay.

Sa gilusad nga operasyon sa Intelligence Operatives sa Buenavista Municipal Police Station, nasikop ang mga suspek nga gipang-ila sa pangalan nga Mark Perez y Biating, 21 anyos, ulitawo, residente sa Barangay Rizal, 1st St. Guingona Subd., Butuan City Bernie Vasquez y Felisco, 29 anyos, ulitawo, residente sa Barangay Lawag, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte ug Reymund Iting y Casandres, 27 anyos, ulitawo ug residente sa Purok 1, Barangay 4, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Sa inisyal nga imbestigasyon ang mga suspek gitumbok nga nalambigit sa illegal nga droga. Ang report gikan sa PNP 13 nagbutyag nga nakumpiska gikan sa posisyon sa mga suspek ang usa ka pakete sa shabu ug 3 ka aluminum foil.

Gitangong na sulod sa prisohan ang mga suspek alang sa pagpasaka sa tukmang kaso. (PIA-Caraga)

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FSUU partners with Anak TV to promote responsible media

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (04 November) - Father Saturnino Urios University, the first home-grown university of this city has partnered with Anak TV, an advocacy organization promoting media literacy, particularly television literacy, and pushes the agenda for child-sensitive, family-friendly television in the country.

In response to the growing concern on responsible media use, a forum dubbed as “Symposium on Media Literacy” is set on November 13, 2010 at FSUU Morelos Campus Gymnasium, Ambangan, this city.

In a written statement, Ms. Ivy Flores, FSUU Office of the Development Center Director said that Anak TV has shared many studies revealing Filipino children growing up obese, pampered and too oriented towards foreign culture, tastes and habits. 

Accordingly, these studies have acknowledged media, particularly television, as one of the culprits. “It is in television where our children model themselves and acquire tastes and habits not taught at home or in school,” she said.

Further, Ms. Flores emphasized that it has been one of the observations of Anak TV and probably the public that more and more families today are dysfunctional “because this type is so popular on TV that audiences think it is the accepted standard,” Flores said.

Flores added that our youth have likewise generally become aggressive and experimental even at tender ages even if they are not trained to be so at home.

With these developments, Flores stressed the activity is aimed to spread the gospel of responsible media use. “Believing that this activity is very much crucial to the formation or transformation of individuals and families, we see the significant role of the media in the dissemination of this advocacy,” Flores said.

Moreover, the university is encouraging interested participants to bring colleagues and friends, particularly those parenting school children in basic education.

For queries, please call the FSUU Office of the Development Center at telephone number 342-1830, local 1912. (PIA-Caraga)


AgNor rep topped the Regional PopQuiz

Butuan City – Agusan del Norte schools division, represented by Reymar A. Dimaano, outdone the other eight division winners in the recently concluded Regional Population Quiz held at the Butuan City People’s Hall.
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The graduating student of Carmen National High School who was awarded with a trophy and a cash prize, will represent Caraga in the national finals early of next year.

Other winners include Rennelbert P. Agopitac of Bislig City (1st runner-up) and Mark Lloyd G. Dapar of Agusan del Sur (2nd runner-up). Each received a trophy and cash prize too.

The contestants from Butuan City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao City, Siargao, Surigao del Norte & Province of Dinagat Islands got the consolation prize.

In a press conference, the contestants really expressed the relevance of the population quiz. It promotes the value of population and development education. It also enhanced their awareness on the present situation of the youth and the pressing issues affecting them.

 “Empowerment is very important for us youth to be more responsible in all decisions affecting our sexuality. I for one, will never engage in pre-marital sex”, said one of the contestants.

The organizers hoped that the project enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the students and general public on population and population-related issues. The content of questions were formulated based on the following concerns: Family Life and Responsible Parenthood, Gender and Development, Population and Reproductive Health and Population, Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development.
(Angie Balen - Antonio, POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)