3.01.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Caraga region dengue cases increased by 85% in 2010 - DOH Caraga

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)
-– The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga record shows dengue cases in the region in 2010 is 85% higher compared to year 2009.

Based on a data provided by the DOH, Caraga region recorded a significant increase of 85% in January to December 31, 2010 dengue cases which is 2,992 with that of 1,616 in 2009.

The total 2,992 dengue cases in the region is 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.

Also, record shows that dengue cases ages ranged from less than 1 month to 84 years old. Majority of the cases were male (52%).

There were also 10 deaths (CFR 0.33%) recorded broken down as follows: Surigao City – 2; Cabadbaran City – 1; Magallanes, Agusan del Norte – 1; San Francisco, Surigao del Norte – 1; Bayugan City – 1; Cantilan, Surigao del Sur – 1; Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte – 1; Malimono, Surigao del Norte -1; and Butuan City – 1.

In recent years, dengue viral infection has emerged as one of the proficient viral transmissible diseases. Its nature as a mosquito-borne disease has largely contributed to this proficiency. In Caraga Region, dengue cases ranges from 500 to 1, 616 to 2009. Highest cases (1,795) noted in 2005 taken from the RHU and reporting unit hospitals or sentinel sites.

Cases have moved from the more densely populated centers to the more rural communities and transmission now occurs all year long bi-annual peaks coinciding with the rainy seasons.

According to DOH there are no possible interventions we can pose against the disease itself, such as vaccination or chemoprophylaxis. Intervention is therefore limited to providing protection for man, the definitive host and decreasing the density of the vector to effectively reduce disease transmission.

DOH continues to ask the public to adhere to the 4S strategy to combat the spread of dengue.

The 4S stands for Search and Destroy which involves the clean-up of surroundings and removal of stagnant water that serves as breeding ground for the deadly mosquitoes; Seek Protective Garment which prescribes the use of long garments, mosquito nets along with the use of insect repellants to protect the body from mosquito bites; Secure Immediate Medical Consultation where persons with dengue fever symptoms are advised to seek medical attention; and the Say No to Indiscriminate Fumigation and Say Yes to Fumigation only in times of Outbreak.

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)


Diocese of Butuan, FSUU policy center initiates exploratory meeting for peace

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 (PIA)
– The Diocese of Butuan, in partnership with Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Policy Center, Inc. initiated on Monday exploratory meeting with leaders for peace in the community on the possibility of establishing a Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction Team (MSQRT) to address Extra-Legal Killings and Enforced Disappearances.

During the meeting held at the conference room of the Bishop’s Home in Barangay Ampayon here, Atty. Krizna Gomez of the Human Rights Center of the Ateneo Law School, Ateneo de Manila University graced the activity who discussed the importance of establishing MSQRT to address extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

The initiative forms part of the Diocese of Butuan, FSUU Policy Center, private and public stakeholders’ commitment in its continuing journey to achieve peace and development in Caraga Region. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur set to celebrate Women’s Month Celebration

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, March 1 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur with Governor Johnny T. Pimentel thru the Commission on Population (POPCOM) Officer Ms. Milagros L. Arreza, Gender and Development (GAD) focal person are set to celebrate Women’s Month Celebration this month of March 2011.

With this year’s theme: “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In Support to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”, the launching is set on March 2 and 3 with different activities lined-up.

A “Walk for a Cause” with a minimum registration fee of P10.00 per participant, will take place at 6:00 in the morning prior to the opening program. Also, a Holy Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Provincial Seminar Hall, Tandag.

The registration proceeds will be utilized for the purchase of containers for Solid Waste Management Program.

During the International Women’s Day on March 8, a garage sale, videoke Kalandrakas will be held in coordination with the Tanggapan ng Sanggunian Panlalawigan Office, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Social Security System (SSS), and PhilHealth. The activity is open to public at the Tandag Mega Gym.

Also, Educational Tour for Solid Waste Management is scheduled on March 23 at the Municipality of Hinatuan, this province.

The province have set several activities for the Month of March, aiming for the empowerment of Women and recognize its contribution in support the Millennium Development Goals. (NGBTranquilan/PIA Surigao del Sur)


BCWD directors receive service award from PAWD

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 (PIA) - Three members of the Board of Directors of Butuan City Water District (BCWD) received service award from the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) during the Awards Night of the 32nd PAWD National Convention held recently at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City.

Dr. Juanito A. Lao was awarded 20-Year Service for his 20 years of invaluable service to BCWD while Directors Pacita T. Bunol and Ferdinand E. Piencenaves were honored for their 15 and 10 years service, respectively.

The PAWD Service Award is given annually to water districts’ board of directors and general managers as recognition of their years of dedicated service, thus, contributing to the development and improvement of the water sector in the country.

PAWD is the umbrella organization of the more than 850 water districts nationwide. Its role include serving as a national forum and clearing house for all matters and problems relating to water districts’ operations; promoting brotherhood and cordiality among its members by strengthening the association in terms of unity towards a better future; and coordinating and cooperating with the public and private entities in the development, conservation, and disposition of all water resources. (PIA-Caraga with data from BCWD)


Newly-created MSQRT in Caraga will be under CCPD, says convenor

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 (PIA)
– Father Carlito Clase, one of the convenors of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) recently said that with CCPD’s vision and mission that is also inline with that of the newly-created Multi-Sectoral Quick Reaction Team (MSQRT), “the team will now be under the umbrella of CCPD,” he said.

This is the statement of one of the catholic religion’s pillars of peace advocates here during the exploratory meeting with leaders for peace in the community conducted on Monday to address extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances.

Fr. Clase said since the MSQRT is designed to address extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances at local level, they share a common vision and mission with that of CCPD to promote and uphold peace and development in the region. “Thus, a collaborative effort between the two peace advocate groups must be undertaken to strengthen its cause,” he said.

The primary task of MSQRT is to facilitate, at local level, immediate action by and cooperation among government agencies and civil society groups in addressing cases involving extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances, including their documentation, investigation, resolution and prevention. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte health advocates push for RH bill passage

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, March 1 (PIA)
– Reproductive Health (RH) advocates here composed of civil society groups, non-government institutions, medical professional associations, and grassroots women’s organizations recently issued a unity statement collectively supporting the passage of RH Bill currently pending in the lower house.

Gleaning from their rich experiences in working for and with the people, “we hereby declare our shared understanding of the importance of Reproductive Health in achieving Sustainable Development and accordingly, institutionally, and individually support the passage and adoption of the proposed Reproductive Health Bill,” the multi-sectoral group said.

The said statement also enjoined everyone to observe basic human rights and improve the reproductive health conditions of the people as enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, 1987 Philippine Constitution, Local Government Code of 1991, 2008 Dept. of Health’s Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition Strategy, and 2004 Provincial Ordinance on Gender and Development.

“These legal instruments are consistent with our institutional mandates and internal policies in the public and private sectors that provide legal and operational basis for our development engagement and services promoting Reproductive Health of our people,” the group further said.

The statement also demanded all government and community leaders to ensure that all reproductive health information and services, including modern family planning methods, are to be made accessible and available to the general public in all public health facilities at all time.

The joint statement was signed by the presidents and members of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines - Surigao del Norte; Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecologist Society – Northern Mindanao; Phil. Medical Association – Surigao del Norte; City Health Office, Association of Municipal Health Officers of the Phils.; Phil. League of Government & Private Midwives, Inc.; Phil. Asso. of Medical Technologists, Inc.; Phil. Nurses Association; Phil. Missionary Fellowship; Surigao Norte People’s Initiative for Development Association; Surigao Economic Development Foundation, Inc.; Surigao Norte NGO Coalition for Development; Surigao Unified Gay Association; Community Resource for Educ. and Advocacy for Transformation and Empowerment; Holistic Community Development and Initiatives, Inc.; Rural Enterprise Assistance Center Foundation, Inc.; Women’s Health Volunteer of Caub; Madasigong Kababajen-an sa Marayag; Hacienda Organization of Women; Cagtina-e Women’s Health Asso.; and Angat Kabuhayan para sa Kalusugan Association. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao Norte)


Women’s Month celeb kicks off with an ‘Umbrella’ Parade and “Hataw” exercise

By: Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 1 (PIA)
– The Women’s Month celebration kicks-off Tuesday at 5:30 in the morning with an ‘Umbrella’ parade and a “Hataw” exercise spearheaded by the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga and participated by the government line agencies, academe, and private stakeholders from the city’s Rizal Park going to Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol grounds.

In her speech, GADCC Chairperson Atty. Marilyn Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director that this year’s celebration is anchored on the importance of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, the national translation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women or the CEDAW, to the achievement of the eight (8) Millennium Development Goals: 1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) Achieve universal primary education; 3) Promote hunger equality and empower women; 4) Reduce child mortality; 5) Improve maternal health; 6) Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases; 7) Ensure environmental sustainability; and 8) Develop a global partnership for development.”

Pintor also reminded government agencies, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, especially local government units to come up with programs, projects or activities along the Women’s Month celebration with the theme: “Magna Carta of Women, Philippine CEDAW: In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”.

GADCC asks for the full support and participation of the public on the other activities set for the whole month of March such as the 7th Kalandrakas on March 8 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center; Lumad visitation with medical and dental mission in Brgy. Cuyago, Jabonga Agusan del Norte on March 24; and sportsfest and culmination program on March 31 at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), this city. (PIA-Caraga)


BFP-Butuan kicks off fire prevention month celeb

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA)
– The Fire Prevention Month kicks off today spearheaded by the Fire Protection office, this city.

The celebration marks the 45th Fire Prevention month with this years theme “Kahandaan sa Sunog…Tungo sa Kaunlaran”.

According to Bomen Lofranco, public information service (PIS) chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), their office has designed activities to awaken the minds of the Butuanons on the essence of preventing fire.

As kick off to the celebration, the distribution of fire safety leaflets during their motorcade after an early mass celebrated at their office this morning was conducted to densely populated areas.

Also, Lofranco said, the local BFP encourages all the establishments to hang streamers on fire prevention to enhance fire safety consciousness to the public.

A series of lectures, drills, fire safety inspection and Kiddie Jr Fire Marshall (KJFM) Fire Olympics are also lined up for the month-long fire prevention month observance, Lofranco said.

Lofranco also added, that the public is also encouraged to observe fire prevention everyday to be free from fire destruction and make Butuan a fire-free and progressive city. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Reporma sa edukasyon susi sa pagbuntog batok kapobrehon – Aquino

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Mar. 1 (PIA) - Ang pag-implementar ug reporma sa edukasyon sa gobyerno mao gyuy susi sa pagbuntog batok kapobrehon, mao kini ang pamahayag ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III.

Sa iyang pamahayag niadtong launching ceremony sa “Para Paaralan” project sa YesPinoy Foundation didto sa NBC Tent, Taguig City niadtong domingo, ang presidente miingon nga kini nga mga reporma nag-apil sa pagrebisar sa basic education curriculum o kining Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program, ug ang pagpadaku sa budget sa Departmento sa Edukasyon (DepEd) ngadto sa mukapin sa P200-bilyones para dugang pagpatukod ug mga classrooms ug ang pagdawat ug dugang nga mga magtutudlo.

“Sa tulong ni (DepED) Kalihim Armin Luistro, isinusulong na natin ang ating education reform agenda. Itutulak na natin ang pagrebisa sa basic education curriculum o ang tinatawag nating Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program,” ang presidente miingon.

“Ang karagdagang karunungan na kanilang matututuhan ang siyang susi upang kahit high school lang ang kanilang matapos, may kakayahan pa rin silang makakuha ng disenteng trabaho,” dugang pa niya.

“Edukasyon ang maglulunsad ng tagumpay ng ating mga kabataan; ito rin ang magpapataas at magpapanatili sa antas ng kakayahan ng ating mamamayan”, dugang pa usab sa presidente.

Si Aquino midugang nga pinaagi sa pagpadaku sa budget sa DepEd, dugang nga mga classrooms ug dugang nga magtutudlo ang mamahimong madawat.

Ang K+12 program mao kini ang programa sa kindergarten, unom (6) ka tuig sa elementarya gikan sa Grade I-VI para sa mga kabataan nga naga-edad ug 6-11 katuig, ug (4) upat ka tuig sa Junior High School sa sekondarya o Grade VII-X para sa 12-15 anyos nga panuigon ug dugang pa gyud nga duha katuig para sa Senior High School kun Grade XI-XII.

Tumong sa maong programa mao ang paghatag ug dugang opurtunidad sa mga estudyante pinaagi sa pagdugang ug pagpalapad sa curriculum ug mautro ang panlantaw sa mga katawhan nga ang edukasyon sa sekondarya usa lamang ka preparasyon sa kolehiyo. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao Norte)