11.28.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, November 28, 2011

Green Summit to save Taguibo Watershed set in Butuan

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- Partners and stakeholders in the protection and preservation of Mother Earth will convene in a one-day Save Taguibo Watershed: Green Summit on December 2, here.

According to Rev. Fr. John Christian U. Young, lead convenor of the Save Taguibo Watershed Network (STWN), the summit aims to share and consolidate environmental programs/projects/activities (PPAs) of the different agencies, organizations, and institutions and pooling of resources in relation to the protection and preservation of Taguibo River Watershed.

Young also said the event is a venue for the stakeholders to share relevant stories and experiences in the implementation of PPAs related or similar to the Taguibo River Watershed for better appreciation and possible replication of good practices and strategies.

The summit will also present the concept of the proposed pilot comprehensive project in the Taguibo River Watershed area and enjoin the stakeholders to take part in its realization, he added.

The one-day activity will be done at the mini-theater of Fr. Saturnino Urios University Archbishop Carmelo Morelos Campus, Libertad at eight o’clock in the morning.

The STWN was organized in 2009 to protect the Taguibo Watershed Forest Reserve from illegal logging and mining and to help rehabilitate the deforested areas. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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DepEd observes 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC), is observing the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the theme “Unite: Stop VAW, Now!” from November 25 to December 12, 2011.

The campaign focuses on information dissemination on violence against women (VAW), especially the services of government agencies and non-government organizations to address the needs of VAW victims and survivors.

It also highlights the worldwide call to unite and end VAW.

With DepEd’s Memorandum No. 265, series 2011, the schools and offices are advised to hold the following activities for the campaign: 1) simultaneous blowing of whistle on VAW advocacy as a signal to halt VAW in DepEd offices and schools on December 12, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.; 2) conduct of the Anti-VAW Forum for awareness-building among students, teachers and personnel; and 3) posting of campaign streamers in front of schools and offices.

DepEd, PCW and IACVAWC are optimistic that with this yearly observance/campaign, more and more women will be informed of their rights and would no longer tolerate violence and abuses from their husbands and men. (PIA-Caraga)

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CCAP-WIBI package, an enhancement for Agusan farmers, DTI official says

by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- Due to climate change, farmers in the Caraga Region are vulnerable to risks relating to their production capability, according to Brenda Covera of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) Implementing Theme.

With this, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), DTI and the local government of Agusan del Norte, and came up with a CCAP-Weather Index-based Insurance (WIBI) Package.

The CCAP-WIBI Package includes the following: WIBI literacy, financial literacy training, crop insurance products for rice, and corn covering risks to low rainfall and excess rainfall; and provision of agri-technology training support.

Aside from crop production, the CCAP-WIBI Package is also aimed in making the farmers capable in diverting into other form of livelihood.

During the CCAP Culmination Series: Activity 1 “Presentation of Results of Innovative Financing Schemes Test Runs and WIBI Cycle 1 Graduation-Cycle 2 Kick-off”, held yesterday at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, Corvera said that the project was especially created for those farmers who are identified to be climate change-vulnerable.

The beneficiaries of the said project were the prioritized farmers from the province of Agusan del Norte in the municipalities of Jabonga, Las Nieves, Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), and Buenavista.

“Before we have come-up with the project, we conducted a thorough research studies with the collaboration of DTI and other agencies to know the possible businesses and other alternative livelihood of the farmers,” said Corvera.

She added that it took almost two years in conducting several research studies just to make sure that the project will be a successful one”.

“The project started in 2009 and has developed 3 models which undergo a test run. In Agusan del Norte the assigned test run is about Risk transfer mechanism, a test run on the Innovative Financing and Insurance Scheme. The three models of the innovative integrated financial scheme are the following: credit component, savings component, and social protection mechanism,” said Corvera.

On the other hand, “the DOLE had disbursed almost half a million fund for the local government of Agusan del Norte to the municipalities of Jabonga, RTR, Buenavista and Las Nieves to start their organic fertilizer production”, she added.

Aside from the Department of Agriculture, the DOLE also wants the farmers to go into organic farming. (MRA/PIA-Caraga)

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LGU-Hinatuan moves closer to people

by Gemma S. Millan

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- Residents of barangays outside the poblacion of this municipality availed the services of the local government unit right straight at their area through the Serbisyong Ipaabot sa Barangay Program (SIBP).

Considered as first in the history of the municipality of Hinatuan, this reach-out program is an initiative of Mayor Candelario J. Viola Jr., to bring the government closer to the people and to ensure that constituents are not deprived of basic services due to them. Health services, civil registration, solemnization, dental services, tax assessment and collection, agricultural and social welfare services, among others, are made available to the people at their own turf.

Viola, who heads the SIBP Team, conducts mass wedding and direct consultations with residents in each visit. “We recognize the additional expenses and inconvenience of barangay residents to travel to the poblacion proper for such purpose.”

“Having the SIBP would save time, money, and effort of our people, particularly, those from far-fetched areas who have limited access to government services,” said Viola.

Under the SIBP, key LGU service departments hold simultaneous one-day offices in each barangay until all the barangays are visited. Along with making government services more accessible to the barangays, SIBP also aims to expose LGU personnel to different realities in the barangays, in the process, enhancing their foresight and capacity to respond to people’s problems.

Today, barangay officials and local residents request for more visits and for an expanded range of services by the municipal government. (LGU-Hunatuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Search for Best Barangay and School is on

by Gemma S. Millan

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- The Local Government Unit of this municipality, through the Ecological Solid Waste Management Office, is embarking on a new environmental program aimed at involving barangays and schools in maintaining the cleanliness and greenness of their respective premises.

Termed as "Search for Best Barangay and School,” the new program of the present administration headed by Mayor Candelario J. Viola, Jr. will continuously monitor the compliance of Republic Act 9003 by the concerned barangays and schools, as the key determining factor of the program’s winner.

Through the search, barangays and schools will be evaluated and the one that continuously segregate, compost, and recycle waste materials will be awarded.

The municipal-wide search will be evaluated by jurors composed of the members of ESWMP Technical Working Group. All participants go through four rounds of surprise inspection trips carried out on April, June, September and December.

Awarding will be conducted on July and December with P50,000 as first prize while P35,000.00 and P25,000.00 are the prizes for the second and third place. Certificates of Appreciation shall also be awarded to the winners. (LGU-Hinatuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Ang Malacanang mipasalig pagsuporta sa mga programa sa paugnat sa kusog alang sa mga atleta

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 28 (PIA) -– Ang Malacañang mipasalig sa suporta niini sa mga programa sa paugnat sa kusog alang sa mga atletang Filipino aron dugang mapalambo ang talent niini ug maseguro ang ilang kalidad nga performance sa mga nagkadaiyang international games.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, atol sa media briefing didto sa Malacañang niadtong miaging Huwebes, gidayeg ang mga atleta tungod sa ilang maayong performance sa bag-ohay pa lamang nga gipahigayong 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ug siya miingon nga ang gobyernong Aquino nagplano na og mga programa nga dugang makapalambo sa mga atleta sa mga dula diin sila molabaw.

“We commend them for their performance in the Southeast Asian Games… we do not view that as poor performance, certainly there is always room for improvement but we congratulate our Philippine contingent for their noble performance in the Southeast Asian Games,” si Lacierda miingon.

Si Lacierda namahayag nga sa pag konsentrar niining maong disiplina sa dula, ang nados adunay maayong tsansa nga mapausbaw ang estado niini sa paghakot og medalya.

“There are 52 sports associations right now, we believe that if we can concentrate on the sports that we have a strong chance of excelling and pour our support on those sports that we believe we can perform much better… I think we will have a better return on our investment… the President would like to see that the performance of our athletes is supported by the government funding,” si Lacierda miingon.

“Yes, we will support the athletes,” siya midugang.

Ang Pilipinas mihuman sa ika-unom nga puwesto sa SEA Games nga gipahigayon didto sa Indonesia og nakakuha sa 36 ka gold medals o 7.4 porsyento sa kinatibuk-ang gold medal nga moabot sa 483 kabuok.

Luyo sa 36 ka gold, ang koponan sa Pilipinas nakakuha usab sa 55 ka mga silver ug 76 ka bronzes. Ang mga dula kon diin ang mga Filipino maoy nag-una mao naglakip sa wushu, boxing, fin swimming, basketball, baseball ug cycling. (PIA- Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: PhilRice nag-palambo og kaugalingong bersyon sa 'Golden Rice'

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 28 (PIA) –- Ang Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) gitakdang mopagawas sa ilang kaugalingong beta-carotene-rich Golden Rice sa 2013 nga motabang pagtubag sa vitamin A deficiency (VAD) sa nasod.

"We target finishing by 2013 our on-going study on biosafety of the Golden Rice grain we're developing," si PhilRice Chief Science Research Specialist Dr. Antonio Alfonso miingon niadtong miaging semana atol sa technical forum didto sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources' headquarters isip parte sa tinuig nga National Biotechnology Week.

Siya miingon nga ang maong pagtuon mahinungdanon aron maseguro nga ang Golden Rice nga gidebelop sa PhilRice ug mga partner dili makadaot sa katawhan o sa kinaiyahan.

Ang PhiRice mosumiter sa mga resulta sa maong pagtuon ngadto sa Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) alang sa pag repaso ug posibleng pag aprubar, sa pamahayag ni Alfonso nga maoy nangulo sa Golden Rice project.

Ang aprobal sa BPI maoy mohatag og paagi alang sa dugang pang pagtuon sa varietal performance sa Golden Rice, lakip ang bunga ug resistensya niini sa environmental stresses, lakip usab ang bioefficacy niini sa pagtubag sa VAD, siya miingon

"Such rice can be commercialized only after passing government scrutiny of its biosafety, varietal performance and bioefficacy, however," siya miingon.

Ang Golden Rice usa ka genetically modified rice grain nga adunay beta carotene, nga naghatag og vitamin A.

Ang gobyerno nagpadayon sa pagkaplag og pagdebelop og lokal nga Golden Rice tungod sa bag-ong data sa survey nga nagpakita nga ang VAD nagpabiling usa ka hagit sa panglawas sulod sa nasod.

Kini gidugangan usab sa 2006 Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)data, nagpakita nga ang VAD naka-apekto og upat sa 10 ka mga kabataan nag-edad unom ka bulan ngadto lima lakip usab ang tulo sa 10 ka nag-eskuylang kabataan sa tibuok nasod.

Ang data sa FNRI usab nagpakita og VAD sa usa sa lima ka mga mabdos ug nagpasuso nga babaye,

Ang paghanap sa panan-aw ug ubos nga resistensya sa impeksyon maoy pipila ka mga resulta sa VAD.

Usa sa mga hinungdan nga gitumbok sa PhilRice ngano nga daghan ang mga Filipino nga adunay VAD mao ang kalisod pagdala sa mga programa sa gobyerno ngadto sa halayong mga erya, lakip ang vitamin A fortification ug supplementation.

"Rice is a staple food in our country so enriching it with beta carotene can help address VAD," ingon ni Alfonso.

Niadtong tuig 2000,si Prof. Ingo Potrykus sa Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ug si Prof. Peter Beyer sa University of Freiburg maoy nag-imbento sa Golden Rice ug gihatag kinin isip gasa ngadto sa mga pobreng mga mag-uuma sa mga gagmay’ng nasod.

Si Alfonso miingon ang PhilRice naka-ani na, alang sa pagtuon ug pagsulay, sa Golden Rice version nga gidebelop sa ilang ahensya.

Ang PhilRice mihimo sa maong version sa pagbalhin sa traits niini ngadto sa PSB Rc82, usa ka ilado nga lokal inbred nga klase gitawag og “Peñaranda.”

"We chose PSC Rc82 because of its good yield capabilities, resistance to pest and diseases and its general acceptance by farmers nationwide," si Alfonso miingon.

Siya usab miingon nga ang mga mag-uuma pwede motanom ug mananom pa og “Peñaranda” ug uban pang mga inbreds nga dili na kinahanglan pang mopalit og bag-ong mga liso kada panahon sa pananom, aron nga moubos ang ilang production cost.

Kung ang lokal Golden Rice mapagawas na sa merkado, ang PhilRice miingon nga ang presyo niini mas ubos pa kumpara sa laing ordinaryong mga klase nga anaa na sa merkado.

"Technology used in producing Golden Rice is free since the intellectual property rights for this were already given by its inventors to the public through the Golden Rice Network," ang PhilRice miingon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 sa Caraga, gibuksan sa Surigao City

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 28 (PIA) -- Pormal nang gibuksan bag-ohay pa lamang ang Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 sa rehiyon sa Caraga nga gipahigayon sa Surigao City nga gihingusgan usab sa nagkada-iyang sektor sa katilingban sama sa Simbahang Katoliko, mga local government units, mediamen, og uban pa.

Sigon ni Bishop Juan De Dios-Pueblos sa Butuan Diocese, tema sa kasa-ulugan ning tuiga ang “Common Word between Us and You: Love of God, Love of Neighbors.”

Dugang sa obispo nga tinguha sa maong kalihukan nga mamintina ang kahapsay og kalinaw sa pulo sa Mindanao pinaagi sa dili pagdinalo ngadto sa matag-usa, dili pagtratar sa minananap nga paagi sa isi'g katawo, likayan ang pagka-dili tawhanon, adaptahon ang kinabuhing Kristohanon og puy-an ang pagbaton og mahigugmaong kasing-kasing nga tipik lamang sa mga yawe alang sa malinawong palibot. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Butuan City, negatibo sa sakit nga malaria

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 28 (PIA) -- Negatibo sa sakit nga malaria ang dakbayan gikan niadtong buwan sa Enero hangtud ni'ng bulana.

Ang maong assessment gipagawas subay na usab sa pagsaulog sa Malaria Awareness Month karong bulana kondiin kabahin lamang kini sa mga nakahan-ay na nilang programa alang sa maong kasa-ulugan.

Sigon ni Orenda Milloria, Malaria Coordinator sa City Health Office, nakatabang niini ang hugot nilang information drive ngadto sa kabaranggayan, mga tunghaan, establisamiento og uban pa.

Gawas sa malaria, gitutukan usab sa ilang monitoring ang sakit nga Filariasis nga maka-deform sa lawas sa tawong mapa-akan sa lamok nga nagdala sa maong sakit.

Sigon sa opisyal, duna sila'y naka-stock nga mga tambal alang sa maong mga sakit. (BR/PIA-Caraga)