PIA News Service - Saturday, April 30, 2011

Butuan City by-pass road completed

by Connie R. Calo

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 30 --The Butuan City By-Pass Road project, from Jct. Bonbon-Kinamlutan to Bancasi airport is already completed, this was announced by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Danilo E. Versola.

With a total road length of 5.236 kms of concrete road and 50.0 lm of Bancasi Bridge, the project fulfills the objectives under the billion-pesos Diosdado Macapagal Bridge project on the west side of the river banks to provide an alternate access into the City from Surigao-Agusan-Davao Road to Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road and to lessen the traffic load on the already old Magsaysay Bridge.

It cost the national government a total of Php 452,476,072.27 and last activity of construction was completed last April 15, 2011.

“The road now continues from the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge to Bancasi airport without passing through the city proper thereby evading a heavy volume of traffic.” Versola added.

RD Versola also said that with the initial appropriation under the CY 2011 Infrastructure Program, DPWH is now aiming to start the opening on the east side portion, from Brgy. Lemon to NRJ Antongalon.

With the completion of the project, a more vibrant economic activity is seen in this historical city of Butuan. (DPWH-13/PIA-Caraga)


Fitness program in schools may prevent obesity – FNRI

by Czarina Teresita S. Martinez

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 30 -- The recent national nutrition survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) found that there is an increasing number of school children and adolescents who are overweight.

Ms. Corazon M. CerdeƱa, Chief Science Research Specialist (SRS) of the Nutritional Assessment and Monitoring Division of the FNRI-DOST, says that prevalence of overweight among adolescents almost doubled since 1993, while among 6-10 year-old children, the prevalence of overweight increased from a negligible rate in 1998 to 1.3 percent (%) in 2003 and further increased to 1.6% in 2008.

The study conducted by Dr. Celeste C. Tanchoco, Scientist III and Chief SRS of the Nutrition Research and Development Division of the FNRI-DOST on the assessment of physical activity of Filipino school children ages 9-12 years in selected public and private schools in Metro Manila, found that grade school students in both schools were physically less active.

The scenario led to the development of “Kineti-kids: a fitness program for school children”.

After two years of implementation, the integration of nutrition and health in the school curriculum, frequent exercises, and promotion of healthy weight gain led to increased nutrition knowledge, enhanced physical activity and physical fitness, and improved nutritional status.

The third message of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) states: “Maintain children’s normal growth through proper diet and monitor their growth regularly”.

The growth of school children can be easily monitored by getting the weight and measuring the height using the World Health Organization (WHO) growth reference.

Monitoring the height and weight is a practical way of assessing growth rate, watching over health and nutritional status, detecting growth abnormalities, and evaluating the effects of nutrition intervention.

Failure to gain weight over a period of two to three months or rapid loss of weight among children are danger signs. On the other hand, excessive weight gain indicates tendency towards overweight or obesity.

The NGF enumerated numerous benefits of exercise like weight control and maintenance.

Exercise also helps improve blood circulation by making the heart and the lungs more efficient and by maintaining muscle tone.

In addition a regular exercise program gives long term benefits like reduced risk to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and osteoarthritis.

A study conducted by Dr. Simone A. French of the University of Minnesota found that weight-bearing physical activity and calcium intake have positive effects on bone mass gains in children and adolescents.

The NGF recommends an adequate amount of calcium in the diet starting from childhood all the way to adulthood.

The bone is like a bank where calcium from calcium-rich food is deposited.

Regular exercise also favors calcium deposit as the body can withdraw calcium when it needs the mineral to sustain and maintain daily functions.

The calcium bank accepts calcium deposits until the age of 35. Beyond this time, calcium withdrawals can no longer be replenished.

Thus, exercise and eating calcium-rich food are all the more important to keep the bones and teeth strong and healthy.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST/ PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Mga nagtatanim at naghahakot ng kahoy binalaan

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abr. 30 (PIA) -- Si Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza nananawagan kamakailan sa lahat ng nagtatanim at naghahakot ng kahoy na bantayan ang tamang pag karga at paghahakot nito para maiwasan ang pagkasira ng daan na nag uugnay ng lungsod ng Butuan at mga probinsya ng Davao.

Sa pagpupulong na ginawa ng panlalawigang konseho para sa kapayapaan at kahusayan, sinabi ni Gob. Plaza na lahat ng mga sasakyan na naghahakot ng Falcata na kahoy ay sobra-sobra kung kumarga na syang dahilan ng pagkakasira ng daan na nag uugnay ng Butuan sa mga probinsiya ng Davao.

“Lahat tayo rito ay may pananagutan. Kaya, huwag tayong magtuturuan kung sino-sino ang responsible sa ganitong gawain dahil sa mga darating na araw, tayo rin ang magdurusa kung ang daang aking tinutukoy ay lalong masira,” sabi ni Gob. Plaza.

Tinawag din ni Gov. Plaza si Engr. Jaime Bernat ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at tinanong dito kung magkano ang “weigh bridge” dahil siya ay naniniwalang ang weigh bridge lamang ang siyang paraan kung ang isang sasakyang may mga karga ay tumatalima sa batas ng pagkakarga.

“Hihingi ako ng tulong sa ating mga kongresista dito sa ating lalawigan para tulungan tayong makabili ng weigh bridge para sa ating layuning maitama ang batas ng pagkakarga. Ito lang ang paraan para maipatupad ang batas at maparusahan ang mga nagkasala. Kung maari, dalawang weigh bridges ang ating ilalagay sa mga hangganan n gating probinsiya at mga karatig nito,” Sabi ni Gob. Plaza.

Napuna rin ni Gob. Plaza na sa bandang kanan kadalasan ang sirang bahagi at siyang nagbibigay ng pruweba na talagang ang sobrang pagkakarga ang syang dahilan ng pagkakasira ng daan dahil ang lahat ng may kargang kahoy na galing sa Agusan del Sur at Surigao del Sur ay sa bandang kanan dumadaan.

Ang lalawigan ng Agusan del Sur ay kilalang marami ang nagtatanim ng kahoy kaya ang lokal na pamahalaan ay nababahala sa sobrang pagkakarga ng mga sasakyang may karga na mabibigat at sobra sa itinatalagang kapasidad. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)