PIA News Service - Thursday, June 30, 2011

RDRRMC-Caraga to orient technical working group on weather status, Doppler radar

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 (PIA)
-– In line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) and in its effort to uphold disaster preparedness in the region, members of the technical working group of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) here will be oriented on the weather status as well as the uses of a Doppler radar.

According to Dr. Blanche Gobenciong, RDRRMC-Caraga Chairperson and concurrent Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the activity is aimed to provide the participants knowledge on using the Doppler radar in short term weather prediction.

Gobenciong added that RDRMMC, through the Regional Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will spearhead the activity on July 12 at the PAGASA Weather Station in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

During the planning and assessment conducted last year, the technical working group of the region’s DRRMC expressed the need to be oriented on latest state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available, for them to have knowledge on the technical aspect of weather forecasting. (PIA-Caraga)

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RH Bill fora steered

by Rutchie C. Saluta

BUTUAN CITY, June 30
– Support to the proposed Reproductive Health Bill was gained after a series of forum was initiated recently in the key cities of Caraga Region.

In the latest forum sponsored by the Philippine NGO Council (PNGOC) through the Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development (SUNGCOD) conducted last June 24 in Surigao City, a manifesto supporting the RH Bill came out from an estimated 350 attendees. Commission on Population (POPCOM) Executive Director Tomas M. Osias graced the occasion together with Gabriela representative Luz Ilagan and Agham representative Angelo B. Palmones.

In Tandag City, POPCOM Regional Director Camilo S. Pangan also met the population program advocates of the entire province of Surigao del Sur to consult them directly and clarify issues related to the proposed bill. Same forum was conducted to the population officers and workers of Surigao del Norte, Surigao City, and Dinagat Islands.

“Meeting our local partners is really a necessity so that everyone in the organization is able to address clarifications when asked in their respective communities”, Pangan said.

It can be recalled that early this month, POPCOM in coordination with the Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) also organized a forum held in Almont Inland Resort, this city. 

The organizers said that the pre and post survey that was filled up by the participants showed a favorable support to the proposed RH Bill.

Speakers on the pro-RH were Akbayan partylist spokesperson Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Dr. Telly Somera representing the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on the anti-RH side. Another guest who spoke in favor of RH bill was Loreta Ann Rosales, Chairperson on the Commission on Human Rights .

The forum, organized in two batches, were attended by various sectors of the society to include the Roman Catholic church priests, nuns and lay leaders, representatives of government agencies and non-government organizations. About 400 attendees in the 1st batch and 450 in the 2nd batch were recorded. The presence of Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan City was also noted.

Pangan emphasized that all these endeavors are hoped to clarify confusions and a lot of speculations regarding the proposed bill. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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Surigao Norte gov leads blessing of Nursery Operation Center, MENRO in Alegria

by Edipolo Mosquito

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, June 30 -– In support to the national program of President Benigno Aquino’s “Plant a Billion Tree Project,” Gov. Sol Matugas of this province, along with Alegria Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr. led the blessing and cutting of ribbons to the newly constructed Nursery Operation Center and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) on Wednesday, June 29 this town.

Matugas acknowledged the initiative of the local government unit (LGU) in protecting the local environment.

According to Mayor Esma, the LGU will provide seedlings to 12 barangays of the town at 25,000 per barangay starting this year up to 2016.

In a related development, Gov. Matugas also led the launching of Rice Duck Farming (RDF) to eight (8) cooperators of the town yesterday at 150 ducks per hectare under the Phil. Agrarian Reform Fund (PARFund).

RDF is an organic way of producing rice but at less cost than traditional farming system. It gives farmers additional sources of income through the sales of healthy and organic rice, ducks and duck meat, and duck eggs (balut and salted egg). (MPDC-Alegria/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Surigao del Sur drops out from 20 poorest provinces

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 30 (PIA)
-– The province of Surigao del Sur is no longer included in the so-called Club 20 of the poorest provinces in the country.

According to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Caraga Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco, “Surigao del Sur has increasingly uplifted itself as incidence of poverty has gone down after it was consistently included in the list for the last nine (9) years.”

Ironically, she admitted, Caraga Region is the poorest Region so far “as Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte have yet to bail themselves out.”

The present economic status of Surigao del Sur was attributed to the joint effort of the Local Government Units (LGUs) here that was said to be “paying off”.

Cochingco shared this information during her message at the ACF-AECID project turned-over in Surigao del Sur on June 28. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Tagalog News: PIDSR software, ginagamit ng Agusan del Norte PESU

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 30 (PIA)
– Sinabi kamakailan lamang ni Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante na ang Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit o PESU ay gumagamit ng Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) software upang madaling matukoy ang epidemiya na kumakalat at nakukuha ng mga pasyente ng probinsiya.

Ito ang sinabi ng opisyal matapos lumabas sa resulta ng PESU na dahil sa nasabing software, 201 kaso na ng dengue ang naitala sa nasabing tanggapan ngayong taon, mas mataas ng 41.79 porsiyento kung ikukumpara noong 2009.

Ibig sabihin, mas marami ang natukoy o na-detect ng nasabing software kung ikukumpara sa ginamit na laboratory equipment noon.

Dahil dito, sinabi ng opisyal na binibigyan na rin ng pansin ng pamahalaang lokal ang pagsasagawa ng mga hakbang upang matugunan ang patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng dengue sa probinsiya.

Ang PIDSR ay produkto ng ilang buwang konsultasyon, workshops at pananaliksik ng mga stakeholders ng pangkalusugan at grupo ng mga consultants sa ilalim ng Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded na Strengthening Epidemiological Surveillance and Response (ESR) project para sa Communicable Diseases ng Indonesia, Malaysia at ng Pilipinas. Ito ay isinagawa ng PRIMEX bilang pangunahing consulting firm.

Ang nasabing software ay layon na mapagsama at mapag-isa ang dating hindi na-coordinate at hindi epektibong disease surveillance system at gawing mas epektibo ang nasabing surveillance. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Aquino mosaksi sa pagpirma sa MOA alang sa pagtukod og bago-ong mga eskwelahan

ni Susil D. Ragas

MANILA, Hunyo 30
-– Sa pagpaningkamot nga matubag ang problema sa pagkulang sa pampublikong eskwelahan, si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III gikatakdang mosaksi sa pagpirma sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) tali sa Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ug Gawad Kalinga alang sa pagtukod og 1,000 ka mga bag-ong eskwelahan libot sa nasod.

Si Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma miingon nga ang pagpirma sa maong MOA tali sa DepEd, PAGCOR, ug Gawad Kalinga pagahimoon atol sa paglusad sa programang “Pilipinas Natin” karong adlawa, Hunyo 30, 2011, didto sa Philippine Sports Arena, Pasig City.

Ubos sa maong MOA, si Coloma miingon, nga ang PAGCOR maoy gitahasan nga mogahin sa ilang pundo aron maoy gamiton sa pagtukod sa dugang 1,000 classrooms. Human kini nga makumpleto ihatag gyud dayon kini ngadto sa DepEd.

Ang Gawad kalinga, si Coloma miingon maoy mohatag sa manpower nga gitawag ug “sweat equity” alang sa pagtukod sa maong mga eskwelahan.

Siya usab miingon nga ang Pangulo masaligon nga basta lang ang mga katawhang Pilipino magpadayon pagsuporta sa iyang administrasyon iyang mahatag ang mga kabaghoan nga iyang gisaad alang sa katuyoan sa nasod ug sa katawhang Pilipino.

“The President is as determined as what he said one year ago to lead the country towards the provision of the vision that was enunciated with the social contract and this is now embodied in the Philippine development plan,” pagtumbok ni Coloma.

“Naniniwala siya na ang ating mga mamamayan ay nananatiling bukas at handa na iaalay ang kanilang pagsuporta at pagtulong sapagkat ito naman po ay para sa ating lahat. Tiyak na tiyak po ang Pangulo, matatag ang kanyang paniniwala na kasama niya at kaagapay niya ang buong sambayanan sa kanyang pagpapatupad ng mga pangako,” dugang niya. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)