PIA News Service - Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

35 public schools in Butuan City to receive ITN for dengue control

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA)
– At least 35 public schools of this city were identified as recipients of Integrated Treated Net (ITN) during the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga launching of the ITN for Dengue Control here. 
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The program was highlighted by the official turn-over of ITN to the Department of Education (DepEd) and showcasing of a model classroom demonstrating how the ITN was made into curtains and screen door cover. 

The distribution of ITNs is aimed to protect the most at risk population, which are the school children against dengue.

According to DOH, ITNs is just one of the strategies to prevent and control dengue. The 4 S Strategies; Search and Destroy, Self-Protection Measures, Seek Early Treatment and Saying No to indiscriminate fogging are still the battle cry of the program of controlling dengue cases. 

DOH said, the Search and Destroy mosquito breeding sites in every home and the community to eliminate dengue is still the best way.

The launching was graced by DOH Undersecretary David J. Lozada and was attended by more than 200 individuals which includes DepEd personnel, School Principals, Parents, selected Brgy. Captains, local media partners and students.

Dengue is basically characterized as a community-based disease requiring the interplay between man, the viral agent which causes the disease and the mosquito vector. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City has highest dengue cases in 2010

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA)
– The City of Butuan ranked the highest number of dengue cases in Caraga region in 2010.

A total of 873 dengue cases were recorded by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga regional office for the period of January to December 31, 2010.

Based on the data provided by the DOH, the region has a total 2,992 dengue cases in 2010 broken down as follows: Butuan City - 873; Agusan del Sur – 529; Surigao del Norte – 386; Surigao City – 298; Surigao del Sur – 289; Agusan del Norte – 249; Bislig City – 176; Bayugan City – 93; Cabadbaran City – 53; and Dinagat Islands – 46.
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With this development, the DOH has recently launched the Integrated Treated Net (ITN) for Dengue Control in one of the school in the city with the aim to protect the most at risk population, which are the school children against dengue.

At present, there are 35 public schools in Butuan City identified to be given with these ITNs to be used as curtains in their classrooms.

Dengue is basically characterized as a community-based disease requiring the interplay between man, the viral agent that causes the disease and the mosquito vector. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan Diocese to establish Multi-Sectoral Reaction Team

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA)
– In its continuing journey for peace, the Butuan Dioceses of Butuan together with the Father Saturnino Urios University Policy Center, Inc. will hold an exploratory meeting with the leaders for peace today, February 28, this city.

According to Most Rev. Juan de Dios M. Pueblos, Bishop of Butuan, the meeting is aimed at the possibility of establishing a Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction Team to Address Extra-Legal Killings and Enforced Disappearances for Butuan City.

A resource speaker from the Human Rights Center of the Ateneo Law School, Ateneo de Manila University will share his ideas on how to realize the establishment of said multi-sectoral quick reaction team. (PIA-Caraga)


Young Entrep from Caraga represents Phl in IFAD Meeting in Rome

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 28 (PIA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) had chosen Bernadette Manuel, a beneficiary of the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) in Caraga, representing the Philippines during the 34th Session of the IFAD Governing Council in Rome, Italy last February 19-20, 2011.

Manuel is the proprietor of Seon Kris Food Products based in Cagtinae, Malimono, Surigao del Norte. She is one of the recipients of the Product Development and Upgrading-Composed Technologies for Sales Enhancement (ProDUCTS) training held in Surigao City last December 2009. After participating in the training, she was able to avail free label designs and a loan amounting to P20,000 from a RuMEPP-partner microfinance institution - the Socorro Empowered People’s Cooperative (SOEMCO).
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RuMEPP is a seven-year, US$22.826 million program funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI as the lead implementing agency. It aims to help rural poor entrepreneurs by providing technical and financial assistance for micro enterprises.

Manuel started her business in 2008 by selling peanut rolls while studying in college, where her first customers are her classmates, neighbors and friends. She later produced two more products, polvoron and dried squid.

At the IFAD session, Manuel talked on the topic, “Weathering the global economic crisis: opportunities and challenges for rural youth in the Asia and the Pacific Region,” where she was able to share her experience as a young entrepreneur and the employment opportunities for rural youth and challenges that young people are facing in rural areas in the country. 

The IFAD Governing Council Meeting is an annual gathering of all IFAD Member States to discuss internal affairs of the council as well as external matters that concerns among other funding support to the developing nations like the Philippines. 

This year’s theme was “Youth and Development” and Manuel, a 26 years old businesswoman, was an embodiment of a rural youth who transpired from the stereotype population of unemployed individuals by breaking into business, said a statement from IFAD. 

Among the guest speakers included a young rural entrepreneurs and leaders from the region, and two high-level representatives from countries of India and Bhutan. (Arnold Faelnar, DTI-Caraga/Rennel Dalagan, RuMEPP-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao Norte)


PIA-Caraga partners with RMN-Butuan for info dissemination

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA)
– In its effort to uphold a wider dissemination of information on government’s thrusts and programs, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Caraga Region has partnered with one of the oldest radio stations here – dxBC of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN).

In a closed meeting with personnel of dxBC-RMN Butuan headed by its new station Manager – Mr. Ramil Bangues, the two parties agreed that PIA will now have its five to ten-minute reporting segment in their primetime news from 7:30-8:00 in the morning, Monday to Friday which started today, Feb. 28.

Meanwhile, with the recent assumption of Mr. Bangues, new segments are also in-line with its maiden broadcasting scheduled today, it was learned.
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According to Ms. Sasie Abastas-Babar, the station’s News Director, this is one way of bringing the information closer to the public especially on the thrusts and programs of the government. “Thru the news and information from PIA, our listeners will be aware of the latest concerns which need immediate attention by the government,” Babar said.

Also, PIA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Abner Caga said the partnership of PIA with RMN showed that if the public and private sectors will join hand in hand, “there is no way we cannot move this country forward.”

This joint effort of the information arm of the government and a private radio station is in line with the six social contracts of President Benigno S. Aquino III in promoting transparency and accountability in his administration. (PIA-Caraga)


Monitoring and evaluation group in Ag Sur to promote transparency in governance

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 28 – In its drive to promote accountability and transparency, the Agusan del Sur provincial government recently created a monitoring and evaluation group for all its plans, programs, projects and policy reforms.

The Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Group of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PMEG-PGAS) is mandated to provide “accurate information on the progress, efficiency, effectiveness and assess the impact of the implementation of all plans, programs, projects and policy changes in the province” through an executive order signed by Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza.

Headed by the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, the group is composed of the Provincial Human Resource Management Office, Provincial Administrator’s Office, Management Information Services, Provincial Public Information Office, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and a representative of the civil society organization.

PMEG-PGAS is composed of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team for local development plan and another for development programs and projects. The latter covers a sub-group looking into projects’ quality assurance.

“We are glad that we are given the opportunity to participate in the monitoring and evaluation process of projects in the province,” said Jovert Noli Collao of the Agusan del Sur Civil Society Network for Sustainable and Integrated Development, Inc.

Collao joined the first meeting of the group at the provincial capitol to map out the monitoring activities of identified road projects for February.

Complementing the PMEG-PGAS creation is the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system for the Agusan del Sur Road Network Development Plan (ARNDP), one of the provincial plans to be kept tracked of by the group.
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The ARNDP is a five-year plan that supports the sustainable development of the road network using the provincial government’s funds.

Agusan del Sur is one of the seven covered provinces of the Philippines-Provincial Roads Management Facility.

The Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF), a five-year (2009–2014) A$100-million initiative of the governments of the Philippines and Australia, aims to spur economic activity in the southern Philippines and make infrastructure and social services in the region more accessible to the public. 

Through PRMF, the Australian Government is working with the Philippine Government to rehabilitate and maintain core road networks in the Visayas and Mindanao. Partner provincial governments are also being assisted to address and overcome constraints on road network planning and management.

PRMF aims to boost the local economy by improving road transport so that more people will have better access to rehabilitated and maintained road networks, economic activity and public infrastructure and services that will improve their livelihoods. Better roads will also improve access to jobs, health services and essential social and educational facilities in rural and regional areas. (Leah Bugtay/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte joins celebration of Women’s Month

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The province will join the nation in celebrating the Women’s Month on March with this year’s theme: “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”

The activities will kick off on March 1 with the launching program after the flag raising ceremonies at the provincial capitol grounds. 

Other activities to be led by the province thru the Gender and Development Coordinating Council (GADCC) include a free pap smear on March 3 to 12 at the Provincial Health Office; Walk for a Cause on March 5 at the City Boulevard; Skills Training on Dish Washing making, Perfume making and Fabric Conditioner making on March 15 at the SP Multi-Purpose Hall ; Meat Processing on March 23 at the municipality of Dapa; Lecture on Responsible Parenting on March 29 at the Provincial Convention Center; and the GAD Forum on Magna Carta of Women, Wellness and Domestic (Kasambahay) Issues, which will then serve as a culminating program for this month-long activities to be held on March 31 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Provincial Convention Center.

Board Member Regina Alaan, who heads the provincial GADCC, called on all barangay council and women’s group, local government units, and national line agencies to actively participate in the month-long celebration by displaying streamers with the prescribed logo of the Philippine Commission on Women. 

She also asked the private sector to share their resources by sponsoring or conducting activities devoted to women.

The Women’s Month celebration is spearheaded by the provincial government led by Governor Sol Matugas and the GADCC. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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SJIT’s CEA holds college day celeb
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By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) – The College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) of this city celebrated recently its college day anniversary with the theme: “Outcome-based Engineering Education: Key to Effectiveness”.

Highlighting the two-day activity is the Broadway Musical which was held Saturday, Feb. 26 at Dottie’s Place Convention Center here. During the show dubbed as “CEA Night 2011”, students in the six engineering and architecture departments competed in the portrayal of three Broadway Musical hits: “Miss Saigon”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Sound of Music”.

The third cluster composed of students of the Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and the Architecture Departments have really shown nearly-perfect combinations of talents, skills as they portrayed the musical hit “The Sound of Music”, winning the unanimous decision from the board of judges.

Meanwhile, runners-up were awarded to the cluster of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Departments who played the broadway musical hit “Miss Saigon”, and the cluster of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments who featured “Beauty and the Beast” as their contest piece.

In her speech, Dr. Levita Blorecia-Grana, Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture acknowledged the efforts of the faculty and students in their preparations to make the college day more colorful and successful. “In spite of your hectic schedules, you have managed and showed excellent performance tonight… Congratulations for a job well done,” Dr. Grana said.

The indefatigable dean of the college also thanked the alumni of the college who conducted community extension services in Brgy. Kinamlutan, this city on Friday. (PIA-Caraga)