PIA News Service - Monday, April 4, 2011

Governor’s Cup starts today

by David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, April 4
-- The 13 municipalities and the lone city in Agusan del Sur will once again prove who among their youths have the stamina and skills in playing basketball in the 7th Governor’s Cup which starts today, April 4. 

Municipal delegation and players from the northern part of the province converged at the municipal hall of Prosperidad while delegation from the southern part converged at San Francisco and simultaneously held a motorcade to the D.O. Plaza Sports Complex (DOPSC) banging their drums and blowing their bugles along the way, for the opening of the tournament. At the D.O. Plaza Sports Complex grandstand, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, together with other provincial officials and guest, awaits the arrival of the 14 delegation.

The delegation in full basketball uniform for the players and colourful costumes for the cheering teams with their muses and candidates for the Miss Governor’s Cup 2011 their banners waving paraded through the sports complex as their group was called.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and tournament director Gilbert Elorde opened the program, exhorting the delegation to abide by the rules set by the sports committee in line with the general rules of basketball.

“We, the chief executives of the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Agusan del Sur, sincerely support this program of our governor because we believe this is one way that we can make our province united and even stronger. In every tournament, there are discontentment, but we have agreed that we settle everything peacefully and with honor,” SP member Elorde said.

Delivering his message after declaring the formal opening of the tournament and the lighting of the sportsmanship urn, Gov. Plaza said he is proud that although no one from Agusan del Sur have been chosen to play in the Philippine Basketball Association, many are already playing in distinguished teams in the national level.

“Believing in the spirit of sportsmanship and the use of knowledge and skills in every tournament, I always look forward that our youth in Agusan del Sur will always be good citizens of our country, with good moral character, ready to face the challenges that will come along their way. Winning is a gracious feeling, but loosing and admitting defeat is noble. To all the teams, good luck. And to everybody, please enjoy,” Gov. Plaza said.

A cheering competition was held before the two games that will be played this afternoon at the DOPSC covered court.

Basketball games will be played in every municipality.The tournament was divided into two groups, for the two political districts of the province. Winners of the two districts will compete for overall championship. Players are only limited to 18 years old and below. Every team can have two import players of their choice. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Taguibo Watershed Management Council convenes

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 (PIA)
– Members of the Taguibo Watershed Management Council (TWMC) will convene today to discuss matters on the controversies of Taguibo watershed.

According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca, members of the council will be updated on the status of the Memorandum of Agreement between the council and the stakeholders in its joint effort to protect the watershed.

Also, the council will be informed of the recent alleged illegal activities within the Taguibo Watershed Forest Reserve, as well as the comment of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur on the MOA as per ASESDC-Forest Resources Management Committee Meeting last March 4, 2011.

Sibbaluca also said, the council will be also updated on the ECC application of TRICOM Agro-Industrial Multi-purpose Cooperative covering small-scale mining project at Sitio Pinanjukawan, Kanjipang, Brgy. San Antonio, R.T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.

TWMC initiated the preparation of development plans and programs that would address the problem on the alleged illegal activities in the area. 

The council is composed of religious sector, National Economic Development Authority, NCIP, Army, police, DILG, the executive officers of the cities of Cabadbaran, Butuan, the towns of RTR in Agusan del Norte and Sibagat in Agusan del Sur and the Butuan City Water District (BCWD). (PIA-Caraga)


DOLE-sponsored jobs fair to offer 9,000 jobs to fresh graduates, job-seekers in Caraga Region

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga Regional Office is set to sponsor a two-day job fair on April 30 and May 1 in celebration of the nationwide Labor Day.

In an interview with DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, the two-day jobs fair will be offering 5,000 to 9,000 jobs both foreign and domestic – “an opportunity for the fresh graduates and job-seekers to find jobs”, the region’s labor and employment director said.

Domingo said local private companies and recruitment agencies as well as establishments engaging in business process outsourcing were invited in the activity.

Domingo further said the jobs fair will also feature employment for skilled and non-skilled workers, as well as professional employment.

With these developments, Dir. Domingo is calling interested individuals to register with DOLE-Caraga Regional Office for the scheduling of the pre-employment seminar. For details, contact (085) 342-9606.

The job fair is an annual activity of the region’s labor and employment department in support to the jobs generation program of the national government, in time with the Labor Day celebration every first day of May. (PIA-Caraga)


Door-to-door measles immunization starts today

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 (PIA)
-- The Department of Heath-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga with the local government units and other partners is set to implement the nationwide door to door measles-Rubella Special Immunization activity in Caraga region starting today, Monday, April 4.

The nationwide activity dubbed as “ Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas”, is a follow-up immunization campaign targeting nine to 95 months or below 8 years old children.

Vaccination teams will strictly implement “Door-to-Door” immunization strategy to reach the target children.

According to DOH, they are targeting to reach a coverage of 95 percent after the special campaign. This will reduce transmission and infection, and strengthen the immunity of Filipino children against the viruses.

DOH record shows that the number of confirmed measles cases has significantly increased from 453 in 2007 to 1418 in 2010. More than 70 percent of these cases were among children who had not been vaccinated against measles. The DoH began the surveillance of German measles in 2009. Since then, 1,654 confirmed cases have been reported, mostly among children below nine years old.

“Iligtas sa Tigdas ang Pinas” is a measles supplemental immunization activity (SIA) for a measles-free Philippines. This is a sequel to the 1998, 2004 and 2007 mass measles campaign. (PIA-Caraga)
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DOLE-Caraga chief assures 15% of the needed manpower will be hired in Labor Day job fair

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 (PIA)
-- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo on Monday assured Caraganons that 15 percent of the needed manpower will be immediately hired during the jobs fair to be conducted on April 30 to May 1, 2011.

Domingo said this year’s jobs fair differs from the previous jobs fair conducted because this year’s job fair has more employment agencies and companies who have signified their participation in the activity compared to previous job fairs.

The labor chief of the region also said qualified applicants whose skills match with the skills needed by the participating company and agencies will be given priority to be hired, “thus, we are optimistic that at least 15% of the required jobs will be filled-in during the two-day job fair,” Domingo said.

Around 9,000 job opportunities await job-seekers, including the fresh graduates, particularly skilled and non-skilled, as well as professional workers.

Domingo urged the public to grab the opportunity offered by the labor department and its attached agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

It can be recalled that during the interview with POEA-Caraga Regional Director Marietta Bellotindos, the official said the jobs fair is one way of mitigating the impact brought about by the repatriation of OFWs due to political turmoil in some countries abroad, as well as the disasters and calamities experienced by our neighboring country in Asia. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao CHO leads fight against TB

by Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, April 4 (PIA)
-– As part of TB Day celebration, the City Health Office (CHO) together with the Center for Health and Development (CHD) Caraga successfully conducted a forum entitled “On the move against Tuberculosis” on March 31, 2011 at the City Cultural Center this city.

During the forum, Pulmonologist Dr. Josefina Lagunzad said TB is the 6th leading cause of morbidity in our country next to hypertension. “That is why our government implemented the National Tuberculosis Control Program through DOTS.”

DOTS or Directly Observed Treatment, Short Course, according to Lagunzad is the World Health Organization-prescribed strategy for ensuring proper diagnosis and cure of TB.

Lagunzad, further explained that under DOTS, patients are required to go to the health center where they take daily dose of anti-TB medicines for free, in full view of authorized personnel. If a patient is unable to visit the health center, a health center volunteer or a barangay volunteer called “treatment partner” visits him or her to personally oversee the observance of the treatment regimen, which usually goes on from six to eight months.

The symptoms of TB disease include cough that does not go away for two weeks, coughing up blood, prolonged fever, night or afternoon sweats, constant tiredness, weight loss and lack of appetite. She added.

Meanwhile, City Legal officer Atty. Manuel Corro, in behalf of City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, successfully inducted the new sets of officers of “Adto Sa Center OK-Lung Club.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Norte Gov hands-over 1M cash assistance to Placer Women’s Org

PLACER, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 4 (PIA) – Gov. Sol Matugas personally handed-over P1Million cash assistance to the United Women’s Association (UWA) for the establishment of a Women’s Center during a culmination program of the Women’s Month Celebration held recently at Placer Dome, this town.

UWA President Daisy Imelda Napuli gladly received the financial assistance saying their longtime dream of building a center solely for women will finally be realized.

Gov. Matugas, on the other hand, acknowledged the role of women and their worth in building a family.

Aside from the 1M financial assistance, all 20 barangay captains of Placer also received P2,000 worth of cash assistance from the provincial government.

The lady governor also revealed that the provincial government is mulling the establishment of a Provincial Hospital and Provincial Community College in Placer. (Surigao Norte Prov’l Information Center/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Measles outbreaks alarm; 18M kids to be protected vs measles, German measles

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 --Pursuing the Universal Health Care agenda of President Benigno Aquino III, the Department of Health (DOH) will vaccinate over 18 million Filipino children (aged 9 months to below 8 years) against measles and German measles (rubella) beginning April 4 in a month-long door-to-door immunization campaign. 

About P 600 million pesos is allocated for the special campaign, called “Iligtas sa Tigdas ang ‘Pinas” to buy and distribute vaccines, needles, and syringes, mobilize health workers, and produce communication materials. Specially trained local health workers or vaccination teams will visit houses to immunize eligible children.

“We urge mothers, fathers, and caregivers to open their doors to our vaccination teams and avail of this free vaccination,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said. “We mean serious business when we say that not one child will be left behind.”

DOH aims to reach a coverage of 95 per cent after the special campaign. This will reduce transmission and infection, and strengthen the immunity of Filipino children against the viruses.

The number of confirmed measles cases has significantly increased from 453 in 2007 to 1418 in 2010. More than 70 percent of these cases were among children who had not been vaccinated against measles. The DoH began the surveillance of German measles in 2009. Since then, 1,654 confirmed cases have been reported, mostly among children below nine years old.

Measles outbreaks have been reported in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan and Zamboanga del Norte in 2010. DOH data till 19 Feb 2011 revealed 1308 confirmed cases were recorded in 20 provinces (Ilocos Norte, La Union, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Iloilo, Southern Leyte, Samar, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Davao Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, South Cotabato, Agusan Norte and Metro Manila). In the past two years, 66 children died from measles, a highly contagious disease that can be easily prevented through vaccination. 

“The DoH is alarmed that despite available services, children still get infected and die from a preventable disease like measles.”

The vaccines that will be given during the campaign provides combined protection against measles and German measles. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the combined measles-rubella (MR) vaccine is safe, effective and inexpensive.

“It costs only 67 pesos to protect a child from measles and rubella,” said Ona. He estimated that treating a child with measles and its complications may cost a family between PhP 500 to 15,000. “Immunization is one of the many ways to strengthen immunity of a child against diseases.” 

“We call on all of our local leaders to support the campaign. We need your support to help our health workers reach out to children and their families who cannot easily access essential health services,” Ona said.

“But we are all responsible in ensuring that our children get the right health and nutrition care,” concluded Ona. (DOH-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Hugot nga Pagsuporta ni Mayor Jun Amante sa TB Congress

BUTUAN CITY, April 4
--Nagmalampusong gipahigayon ang TB Congress: Barangay Captain/ Community Leaders Geared for Action nga gadala sa temang; “People Helping People Fight Against TB: You are the Cure.” sa Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center niining dakbayan sa Butuan bag-ohay lang.

Gipasi-ugdahan kini sa Department of Health (DOH)-Center for Health Development Caraga Butuan City pinaagi ni Director Leonita P. Gorgolon, MD, MHA, MCHM, CEO VI og inabagan ni Dr. Josephine C. Chua, hepe sa City Health Office.

Nahimong mamumulong si Mayor Jun Amante kinsa hugot niyang gisuportahan ang adbokasiya kontra alang sa pagkonhud sa kaso sa TB dinhi sa syudad sa Butuan.

Uban sa mga mitambong ug giabi-abi sila ni Hon. Nestor Amora Butuan City ABC President, uban ang mga nagkalain-laing Barangay Captain, kagawad, og health workers isip mga napiling mga representante gikan sa kabarangayan sa dakbayan sa Butuan, Surigao, Bislig, Dinagat Island og uban pang mga probinsiya, adunay gikan sa DepEd og ubang NGO sulod sa rehiyon sa Caraga,

Kining maong aktibidad gipahigayon aron magkahiusa ang mga Community Leaders/ Barangay Captainpara masugpo ang pagkaylap sa sakit nga TB sa matag komunidad nga giserbisyohan. (Jovelyn Cataluña Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Mga Kabataan sa Libertad Day Care Center, Mitapos

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 --Pinaagi sa City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), nakapahigayon ang Libertad District Day Care Center og usa ka Recognition Program didto sa Aneco Convention Hall bag-ohay palang.

Sa iyang mensahe, giawhag ni Hon. Erwin L. Dano, SP Chairman, Komitiba sa Edukasyon, ang tanang mitambong ilabina ang mga ginikanan, nga ila gayud suportahan ug tabangan ang ilang mga kabataan sa ilang pagtoon hangtud nga sila mamahimong hamtong nga propesyonal. Ug iyang gipasabot nga kanunay ang suporta ni Halandong Mayor Jun Amante alang sa kausbawan sa edukasyon niining atong dakbayan sa butuan.

Mapasalamaton ang mga ginikanan sa suporta sa atong panggamhanan, pinaagi sa mga Day Care Workers, tungod kay ang ilang mga anak nakakat-on sa mga basic nga edukasyon ug nagmalampuson sa ilang pagtuon. (Amandalyn Gutierrez, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Mayor Jun Amante Gitambongan ang 4th Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee Meeting sa Girl Scout

BUTUAN CITY, April 4 -- Gipahigayon sa Girl Scouts of the Philippines Agusan Council Butuan City ang 4th Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee Meeting dili palang dugay didto sa GSP Multi-purpose hall, niining syudad.

Gitambungan kini ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. MD, ug mga dagkong personahe sa GSP sama nila Miss Percianita G. Racho-Council President, Mrs. Ruby A. De Lima-GSP Vice President- Field, Butuan City SPED Center Special Children Girl Scouts ug ni Dr. Salud A. Bagalso-GSP National President, ug mga opisyales sa lain-laing lungsod sakop sa Caraga Region.

Nahisgutan sa maong panagpulong ang adbokasiya ni Mayor Amante, ang Convergence for Change in Butuan (CONCHABU), bag-ong terminolohiya nga nag-awag sa tanang katawhan sa dakbayan, sa nagkadaiyang sector nga magtimbayayongay alang sa kalambuan ug kabag-uhan sa dakbayan. 

Gikalipay sa tanang mitambong nga mga bisita ang panahon nga nahugoy-hugoy nila ang atong Halangdong Mayor Jun Amante tungod sa nakita nilang sinserong panerbisyo nga gipakita sa atong mayor ngadto sa dakbayan sa Butuan. (Jovelyn Cataluña Mejorada, Butuan City-PIO/PIA-Caraga)