(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

13 hostages in Agusan del Sur abandoned by abductors
by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) – Following the hostage-taking in Agusan del Sur Friday afternoon where at least 16 individuals were taken by their abductors led by a certain Kemkem Perez, government forces have breached the area of where the hostages were situated and found out that they were abandoned by their abductors.

According to a reliable source on-site, the remaining 13 hostages in La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur are already rescued by the government troops this morning (April 6) and were escorted by elements of the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army led by Commanding Officer Col. Rodrigo Diapana, together with PNP Chief Raul Bacalzo, PNP Regional Director PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal, Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Alex Maxinilla, 4ID Commander MGen. Victor Felix, and 26IB Battalion Commander Col. Neil Richard Patricio.

According to report, the hostages are now well-accounted, safe and are already brought to the local crisis management committee for medical assistance, psychological debriefing, and welfare counseling.

Report also revealed that early this morning, medical team and medical supplies were already in place to attend the released hostages.

The report was also confirmed by Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Mayor Albin Magdamit in an interview with a national TV news program this morning.

In an interview with DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo in a local radio station here, the official said the release is a product of the series of negotiations made between the government and the abductors. Sec. Robredo is also in the site, monitoring the proceedings, it was gathered.

Anytime from now, a press conference will be conducted by the local crisis management committee.

Mayor Magdamit: We will bring the kidnappers to justice at the soonest possible time

by Robert E. Roperos

– Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Mayor Albin Magdamit today said authorities will bring the kidnappers to justice at the soonest possible time.

In a press conference this morning at the residence of Mayor Magdamit, the official said the abductors of the 13 hostages will be treated fairly according to justice.

“This is also one of the demands of the abductors headed by Kenken Perez, nephew of Ondo Perez,” the official said.

Magdamit also reported that all 13 hostages are in good physical condition except for some minor bruises. The freed hostages had undergo psychological debriefing and welfare counseling by members of the local management crisis committee.

The 13 individuals who were hostaged at around 6:00 early evening on Friday, April 1 were abandoned by their abductors this morning and were rescued by the government troops led by the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army.

Said hostages are identified as Narciso Oliveros, Hipolito Lastimado, Apolonio Alibangbang, Joel Sausa, Manuel Mordeno, Filipina Quitoy, Allan Gallano, Mary Jean Bedrijo, Arnold Quitoy, Pido Dolorito, Gerlie Monticalbo, Maricel Lagnazon, Diosdado Cabantac, and Shen-shen Cabagtag.

Meanwhile, according to PNP Police Regional Office-13 report, the five hostage takers were identified as Kimkim Perez, leader of the group; Rey Joy Brital; Rolando Perez a.k.a “Elag”; Alejandro Navarro Brital a.k.a. “Toto”; and Allan Perez a.k.a. “Lalang”.

Earlier report of the PNP said the said hostage-takers were armed with one M16 rifle, one M14 rifle, one caliber 45 pistol, one 30 caliber carbine rifle and one shotgun. (PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Sec to visit Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Apr. 6 (PIA) – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman is set to visit Surigao del Norte on Apr. 7-8, 2011 to grace the Daycare Workers Convention and sign several social services projects currently implemented by the local government units (LGUs) here.

Upon her arrival on Thursday, Sec. Soliman will proceed immediately to the provincial convention center to grace the Daycare Workers Convention. She will then lead the MOA signing on “Convergence of Social Protection Services” and “Social Pension Program,” the poverty alleviation programs of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the underprivileged community, with the LGU officials led by Gov. Sol Matugas.

Sec. Soliman, along with the provincial officials, will also lead the groundbreaking of a Daycare Center in Brgy. Tapian, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

She will also sign another MOA still in Mainit on Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP), a program of the agency which provides for a typhoon resistant low cost housing/shelter units for disaster-affected families. The said families, who would organize themselves into neighborhood associations, will build their shelter units themselves using low cost materials.

On Apr. 8, Sec. Soliman is set to meet with the Conditional Cash Transfer and SEA-K beneficiaries at the City Cultural Center. She will also release the Social Pension Grant to about 200 senior citizens of the province. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Freed hostages in Agusan del Sur, undergo stress debriefing

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) –
The 13 hostages who were freed Wednesday morning were given medical attention by physicians and have undergone stress debriefing with psychologists and social workers to ameliorate the impact of their ordeal as captives and at the same time help them to move on after this experience.

Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Mayor Albin Magdamit, head of the local crisis management committee during the press conference said psychologists conducted stress debriefing to the 13 hostages.

The local chief executive said government troops are now pursuing the kidnappers hoping to bring them to justice the soonest possible time. “Our laws shall be wielded in a manner with which they shall be fully made accountable for their crime,” Magdamit said.

The town Mayor stressed the commitment of the government to resolve the hostage situation was clearly manifested. The preservation of lives, both of the victims and of the abductors, was the primordial concern. In each step of the way, decisions were made with the ultimate goal of the safe release of the hostages, the official said.

“At the end of the day, regardless of motivations or reasons behind any action of an individual or group of men, we are still governed by our laws and it is our job to see to it that these laws shall always prevail,” Magdamit said.

The official further said several lessons have been drawn from this experience which the government can use for a coordinated and efficient response to parallel situations, as well as to avert similar occurrences in the future.

Mayor Magdamit also expressed his deep gratitude to all the people involved and have helped them in one way or another in resolving this situation peacefully.

“We would also like to acknowledge the full support given to us by the national government and other agencies in ending the crisis. Our appreciation also goes to our friends in the media for their cooperation, understanding, and professionalism in covering this incident,” Magdamit disclosed. (PIA-Caraga)

13 Agusan del Sur hostages abandoned, not released – Mayor Magdamit

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 (PIA) – Mayor Albin Magdamit of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur today confirmed that 13 of the 16 individuals who were hostaged early evening on Friday (April 1) were abandoned by their abductors in an undisclosed area this morning.

In a press statement, the official said that as of 6:00 early this morning, “all of the 13 hostages have been recovered and are already safe with us”.

Mayor Magdamit added the government troops found the hostages abandoned by their captors at Sitio Balete, Brgy. La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The local chief executive said the development was a result of a dialogue between Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza and Magdamit with the Perez brothers.

The Perez’s clarified their demand that what they only wanted was for them to be treated fairly which were then assured by Gov. Plaza and Mayor Magdamit. “We believe that with these assurances, along with the mounting pressure from our troops on ground, forced the abductors to leave their hostages,” Agdamit said.

Further, Magdamit said the Municipal Crisis Management Committee, along with Governor Plaza took their cue from the clear instructions given by President Benigno S. Aquino III himself which is to exhaust all peaceful means to resolve the hostage situation. “The President has been keeping track of the situation from the very beginning,” the town mayor added.

The rescued hostages are: Narciso Oliveros, District Supervisor; Apolonio Alibangbang, Head Teacher, La Purisima Elementary School; Filipina Quitoy, Teacher-in-Charge, Gacub Primary School; Arnold Quitoy; Joel Sausa, District Property Custodian; Manuel Mordeno, Teacher-in-Charge, New Maasin Elementary School; Mary Jane Bedrijo, volunteer pre-school teacher; Allan Galdiano, teacher; Daldy Rodriguez, habal-habal driver; Rico Binambang; Galvan Vocales, and an 8-year old child. The 13th hostage, Allan Perez is the father of the hostage-taker Kenken Perez.

According to report, Allan proceeded to the hostages’ location during the height of the hostage-taking and scolded his son, Kenken. Unfortunately, the abductors tied him up and also held as a hostage.

On Monday, two hostages were freed by the abductors to ask for food and medicines where according to report, one of the hostages, 10 year-old Shen-shen Cabagtag was having fever.

However, the local crisis management committee requested the abductors that their demand for food and medicines will be sent through Conrado Perez, grandfather of Kenken, and that the said two hostages will stay with the crisis management committee. The abductors granted the request, the report said. Yesterday (April 5), another minor was released by his abductors.

All victims were found to be in good physical condition except for some minor bruises and insect bites, Mayor Magdamit said.

Meanwhile, the official said the abductors will be liable for what they did.

Employers’ forum set in Butuan City

by Nora CL Molde

– The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) Caraga regional office is set to hold an Employers’ Forum in two batches, this city.

According to Marilou M. Ramirez, Chief Social Insurance Officer, Butuan Service Office head, the conduct of the employers’ forum is in line with PhilHealth’s thrust to continuously strengthen coordination with its stakeholders and partners in the region.

Ramirez also said the forum is also a venue where the latest developments regarding the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) will be discussed including issues concerning PhiiHealth and employers partnership, especially, the submission of remittance reports.

The forum is scheduled in two batches on May 3 at the Philhealth’s regional office conference room. Slots are limited to only 50 per batch. First batch is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the second batch.

PhilHealth is a government-owned and controlled corporation whose mission is to ensure adequate financial access of every Filipino to quality health care services through the effective and efficient administration of the National Health Insurance Program. (PIA-Caraga)

Surigao del Sur Governor to live up to feat on Galing Pook Award

TANDAG CITY, April 06 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel is bent on living up to the Galing Pook National award.

On March 17, Governor Pimentel the Plaque of Recognition in Malacanang along with some personnel of the integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) under Provincial Health Officer Dr. Romeo delos Reyes accompanied by DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon.
In a message during Flag ceremony program on Monday, April 4, Pimentel stressed, his administration will continue to provide the health services under “Good Health through Good Governance”. Such program was among the 10 Best Services rendered by a local government unit (LGU) in the country in 2010.

The governor also shared the credit with the previous administration. He told that good Health through Good Governance has been started in the province since 2003 with former Governor Vicente Pimentel, Jr., now Carrascal mayor.

On said occasion, Pimentel told Capitol employees about the request of P11M for the construction of eight (8) Rural Health units (RHUs) in the province for their birthing clinics.

The province is also expecting release of P32M under DOH enhancement fund for the repair of hospital facilities referring to the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC). (Greg Tataro Jr. /PIA Surigao del Sur)

DENR 13 exec warns personnel against coddling with illegal loggers

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 — DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca warned his field personnel on Monday against coddling timber poachers and illegal loggers.

The warning came at the peak of the DENR’s anti-illegal logging campaign imposed nationwide with the full effect of Executive Order No. 23 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 2, 2011.

In a brief meeting with the Forestry Supervisor personnel and the Officers- in- charge of CENRO and PENRO offices in the five provinces of the region, RED Sibbaluca has reminded everyone to show their best in carrying out their duties to erase the “soiled image” of the DENR caused by some erring personnel in the past.

He said the DENR was able to gain its credibility as indicated in latest survey of the Pulse Asia which found the agency to have made an impressive leap to 4th Place, from 8th in 1999, in the rooster of top 10 agencies considered as “ least corrupt.” The pulse Asia Survey was conducted from February 24 to March 6 this year.

The meeting was called to discuss the plan of Secretary Paje to strengthen and widen further the campaign against illegal logging and timber poaching activities in Caraga Region through recruiting additional young and able-bodied forest rangers who could outpace the perpetrators.

RED Sibbaluca said most of the operations made by the Regional Environment Task Force under his command had been successful so far but these are nevertheless overshadowed by few irregularities committed by some DENR personnel who are reportedly in cahoots with the illegal loggers.
He said the identities of these erring personnel are already known but being withheld for the moment pending the outcome of the investigation.

“I am saddened with this revelations but any misdeed made by our field personnel would be dealt with corresponding action,” RED Sibbaluca said.

He said he has instructed the Regional Technical Director of the DENR 13 Forest Management Sector Musa C. Saruang to immediately conduct a thorough investigation about the involved personnel and to recommend appropriate disciplinary measures to protect the integrity of the operation. “Let me warn the concerned personnel to reform your ways or face a severe disciplinary actions,” RED Sibbaluca told his audience.

On the other hand, RED Sibbaluca cheered up his field men about the high regards and total support given by Secretary Paje to Caraga Region. He said that Secretary has recognized the hard work of the field personnel in performing their duties and responsibilities to stop illegal logging, mining, timber smuggling, and poaching despite the high risks involved.

In its latest action against illegal logging activities, the Regional Task Force was able to apprehend more than P 1 million worth of freshly-sawn lauan lumber flitches with a volume of more than 50,000 board feet during a raid at Sitio New Gingoog, Barangay Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on Friday. Earlier, the task force was also able to apprehend two 10-wheeler trucks loaded with illegal-lauan lumber at the Macapagal Bridge in Butuan City. (Eric F. Gallego, DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Alegria, Surigao Norte inaugurates new Level III-Water Supply System

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 - The Municipality of Alegria, Surigao del Norte has recently inaugurated the Php13.25 Million newly constructed Level III-Water Supply System which will provide safe drinking water to nine (9) target barangays.

The said project is enrolled by the local government unit of Alegria to the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG Fund) through the Municipal Development Fund Office of the Department of Finance (MDFO-DOF).

In his speech, Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, DILG XIII Regional Director, said that funding constraints on the part of low-income LGUs is viewed as a stumbling block to the concrete and meaningful attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He stressed that for the said reason, the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has initiated the establishment of a separate lending facility that offers concessional financing for LGUs to fast track the localization of MDGs.

“We have enrolled the water system subproject to DILG to provide access to safe and potable water to Alegria residents,” said Alegria Municipal Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr during his speech.
Mayor Esma added that the water system subproject will help eradicate water-borne diseases, generate employment and bring development and additional income to Alegria. He further added the improvement of the water system will encourage the private sector to invest in the municipality. Mayor Esma expressed his gratefulness to DILG for sharing its technical expertise to the project implementation through series of capability building trainings it provided from project preparation to project operations.

MDGF is a development project of DILG through its Office of Project Development Service (OPDS) which intends to provide institutional capability-building program and pursue infrastructure investment support to participating LGUs in the country. It also provides technical assistance and advisory services to LGUs with regards to essential infrastructure services. (Renelou F. Jaranilla, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

New integrated transport terminal in Alegria inaugurated

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 - The local government unit of Alegria, Surigao del Norte has recently inaugurated its Php12.39 Million Integrated Transport Terminal in Barangay Julio Ouano.

The said terminal is a project of Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project (MBUSSP) under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) thru the Department of Finance (DOF). It is designed to improve the transportation system of urban residents in the said area.

The new terminal boasts its six (6) parking bays for buses with elevated concrete walkways and bays for multicabs, jeepneys and vans. It also includes separate parking spaces for private cars and tricycles, collection ticket booths, passenger waiting areas, comfort rooms and restaurants.

The inauguration and ceremonial blessing was attended by Atty. Rene K.Burdeos-DILG XIII Regional Director, Governor Sol. F. Matugas of Surigao del Norte and Alegria Municipal Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr.

RD Burdeos commended the local initiators who completed the project on time. According to him, the project will surely boost trade and commerce in the municipality.

The MBUSSP is among the initiatives of the government which is designed to improve the quality of life in Mindanao by institutionalizing the capacity of LGUs to provide the public with infrastructure and other essential services. (Renelou F. Jaranilla, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

DENR sets deadline for National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the deadline for submission of entries for schools participating in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools on April 29, 2011.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje urged schools to start submitting their eco-friendly programs to qualify. “We hope more schools will participate and take part in heightening environmental awareness among our youth,” Paje said.

Launched in 2009, the competition generated positive responses from various schools and this paved the way for the next wave of the competition this year.

The nationwide contest dubbed, “National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools,” was organized to highlight the commitments of schools in implementing various environmental programs. Open to all elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, the activity aims to encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level. It also aims to develop skills and understanding among students, faculty and school administrators to initiate active responses and increase community awareness and involvement on environmental concerns.

A total of nine schools were declared as national champs for the 2009 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools. For the elementary category, the winners were: First prize - PeΓ±ablanca East Central School, Aggugaddan-Malibabag, PeΓ±ablanca, Cagayan; Second prize - North Central Elementary School, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City, Pangasinan; and Third prize - Badas Elementary School, Badas, Placer, Surigao del Norte.

For the high school category, the winners were: First place - La Castellana National High School, La Castellana, Negros Occidental; Second place - Camarines Sur National High School, Naga City, Camarines Sur; and Third place- Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina, Davao City.

For the college category, topping the list were: First place – Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Second place – Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte; and Third place – Catanduanes State Colleges , Virac, Catanduanes.

The national search is a joint activity of the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communications.

Smart Communications joins the activity as part of its own environment advocacy for schools. “We are happy to partner with the DENR and other agencies for this nationwide search. This activity will encourage schools to promote environmental consciousness among the youth,” said Ramon Isberto, head of Smart Public Affairs.
Specifically, the participating schools are required to fill up their on-line entry at the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly School website at http://www.sustainableschools.ph and submit their entries in three (3) hard copies.

School entries should revolve around the theme, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Initiatives. Participating schools should include a brief description of their projects.

Entries will be rated according to the following: environment-related aspects of the school’s policy (20 pts); environment-friendly school operations and presence of environmental programs (30 pts); environment-related features of the school curriculum (30 pts); presence of vibrant eco organizations in campus (10 pts); and presence of partners and linkages in environment programs/projects (10 pts).

Only one entry per school will be accepted. For the national level, prizes for all categories include: P50,000 - 1st Prize; P40,000 - 2nd Prize; P30,000 - 3rd Prize and plaques of recognition.

For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of P10,000 (in cheque) will be given to regional finalists for each category.

All winning entries for each of the three categories, together with selected entries will be displayed during the national awarding ceremonies in November 2011, coinciding with the National Environmental Awareness Month celebration.

For further details, please contact the Environmental Education and Information Division of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR. Telefax: (02) 9284674. or Tel. No. 9202251 Website: www.emb.gov.ph or www.sustainableschools.ph. (Herzon Gallego/PIA-Caraga)

DENR seizes illegal lumber in AgSur

BUTUAN CITY, April 6 --The DENR 13 Regional Task Force on Tuesday apprehended anew more than 30,000 board feet of illegal lauan lumber in the remote sitio New Gingoog, Barangay Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur in the latest crackdown against illegal logging syndicate in Caraga Region.

Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca who took a hand in the operation and backed up by a team of soldiers from the Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division and the Philippine National Police said it took several hours to retrieve the illegally-sawn lauan lumber in that area since the owner scattered the flitches in different places.

“They probably thought, the DENR Task Force will be discouraged to locate those illegal lumber” Director Sibbaluca told a local radio station in an interview.

“It took several hours of search before finding the flitches hidden in several houses of the residents in the area, and others had just hurriedly dumped the illegal lumber at the river bank before they fled” he added.

He said the DENR had scooped all the illegal lumber flitches in that remote tribal village although the task force had desperately failed to locate its owner and financer. Nevertheless, he said, the DENR Legal Division Chief Atty. Claudio A. Nistal,Jr. had already been advised to prepare the necessary actions and file charges against the perpetrators.

Initial records show that so far, a total of at least 53,000 board feet of illegal lauan lumber worth about P 1.4 million had been apprehended by the Task Force in that area alone over the past 10 days of intense operation.

Director Sibbaluca issued appeal to the people to help the DENR in exposing the illegal logging operators, smugglers and timber poachers that they know in their area. “ We will do the necessary move , if have enough information about the location of illegal logging activities” he said.

He said that the DENR is in the process of recruiting additional forest ranger personnel to augment the depleted force most of whom could no longer sustain the pace of the operations. (Eric F. Gallego, DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

Army recovers landmines

CAMP EVANGELISTA, April 6 –- Operating troops from the 75th Infantry Battalion recovered two (2) landmines with two (2) blasting caps after a routine patrol in Sitio Sta Rita, Barangay Sta Juana, Tagbina in Surigao del Sur Sunday (April 3) at around 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The soldiers under the 75th IB operational control of 401st Brigade based in St. Christine Lianga, Surigao Del Sur while on a patrol discovered a trace of wires belonging to a landmine planted along the road of the said area. The explosives were immediately brought to the battalion headquarters for safe keeping.

Major General Victor A. Felix, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division commended the efforts of the soldier in the recovery of the landmines.

“I am happy that the landmines were recovered and that it didn’t hurt anybody, especially the civilian populace. This terrorist device does not choose who to kill in the field, nor distinguish between an armed soldier and an unsuspecting civilian. We need to put an end to the use of such barbaric devices,” MGen Felix said.

4th ID Spokesperson and Commanding Officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations (Kasaligan) Battalion, Major Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV also added that the community played an essential part in giving details and information to proper authorities.
“The efforts of the Army were made easier to preempt terrorist attacks with the help of the people in the community. The success of the operation was one of the best examples of what we can achieve if we work hand-in-hand in achieving a common goal,” Osias said. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Malakanyang nag-awhag sa mga Pilipino pagsalmot sa anti-measles drive

by Susil Ragas

- Ang Malakanyang nag-awhag sa tanang katawhang Pilipino sa pagsalmot sa programa sa gobyerno aron wagtangon ang sakit nga tigdas pinaagi sa Department of Health (DOH) sa ilang programa nga gitawag ug “Iligtas sa tigdas ang Pinas” program.

Si Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang miingon atol sa gipahigayon nga news conference didto sa Malakanyang niadtong miaging adlaw nga kadtong mga natumbok nga mga pamilya angay gayod mopahimulos niining maong higayon nga ang pagpangbakuna libre ug walay bayad.

Ang DOH milusad niining usa ka bulan nga nationwide, door-to-door nga bakuna sa tigdas niadtong adlaw nga Lunes aron mahatagan ug bakuna ang mokabat sa 18-milyones ka mga kabataan nga nuwebe ka bulan ngadto na sa otso anyos ang edad.

Ang maong kampanya nagtinguha sa pagkunhod sa kadaghanon sa mga kabataan nga delikado niining maong sakit nga tigdas sukad pa niadtong tuig 2008 ug aron usab maabot ang 95 porsyento nga tigdas immunization coverage sa tanang kabataan.

Kining maong kampanya nagtinguha usab sa pag-immunize sa mga kabataan kontra tigdas-rubella ilabi na kadtong mga kabataan nga napakyas sa routine measles immunization ug aron usab mahatagan ug dugang bakuna kadtong aduna na niini aron mokunhod gayod ang kadaghanon sa mga kabataan nga delikado niining maong sakit.

“Among sublion ngadto sa mga pamilya nga natumbok niining programa: libre po at wala po kayong gagastusin dito so hayaan po ninyong pumasok ang mga health workers sa mga tahanan ninyo at ipa-bakuna ang mga anak ninyo,” batbat ni Carandang. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)