(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 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 Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DOH intensifies campaign against firecrackers

by Nora CL Molde

-- The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga is intensifying its campaign to reduce and eliminate firecracker-related injuries during the holiday season.

DOH-CHD Caraga through its regional director Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon is called for the support of the public to strengthen their campaign for this year, entitled ‘APIR!’

According to Gorgolon, their office will adopt ‘APIR’ which stands for “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction,” a campaign strategy to prevent injuries from firecrackers by advocating precautionary measures to prevent using it and adopt alternative ways in celebrating a joyful holiday season.

The word APIR was coined from "up here" part of “high-five” or “give me five” greeting used in the US.

The campaign uses healthy hands as a symbol, in contrast to a mangled or injured hand. The campaign advocates five reminders to prevent injury from firecrackers and five simple alternative tips and ways to spend the New Year's Eve, DOH added.

The five reminders include: mapanganib ang paggamit ng paputok (firecrackers are dangerous), lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa bata (firecrackers are not intended for kids), lumayo sa mga taong nagpapaputok (go far from a person using a firecracker/s), huwag mamulot ng di sumabog na paputok (don’t pick up unexploded firecracker/s), and magpagamot agad kapag naputukan (seek immediate medication once injured with a firecracker/s).

The five simple alternative tips and ways are: itaguyod at makilahok sa Community Fireworks Display (pursue and join Community Fireworks Display), magdiwang ng ligtas kasama ang pamilya (celebrate with family safely), lumikha ng ingay gamit ang ibang bagay tulad ng torotot, busina, musika, lata, at iba pa (create noise using other things), makisaya sa ibang paraan tulad ng street party, concert, palaro, at iba pa (enjoy the celebration by attending parties, concerts, etc.), and matuto sa mga aral ng nakaraan at magsimula nang maayos na buhay sa Bagong Taon (learn from previous experiences and start a good life this New Year). (PIA-Caraga)

New BCPO chief to assume office tomorrow

by Nora CL Molde

– The new Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) chief will assume office Thursday, December 15.

A turnover of command ceremony will be held at the BCPO office at three o’clock in the afternoon installing PSupt Pedro U Obaldo, Jr. who will act as Officer-in-Charge. Obaldo will replace PSSupt Jose V. Carillo. He is currently the Personnel Division Chief of Police Regional Office 13.

According to Philippine National Police regional director General Reynaldo S. Rafal in a radio interview, their office has received an order from Camp Crame re-assigning PSSupt Carillo to the head office.

Also, aside from the turnover of command ceremony, inauguration of the BCPO multi-purpose hall, mini library and bachelor officer’s quarter, and Christmas party will also be held on the afternoon of the same day. (PIA-Caraga)

Feature: More Filipinos using health supplements

by Annie Lyn D. Bacani

Adults in Metro Manila have high awareness and usage of health supplements.

This was revealed by 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRI-DOST) done in 2008.

Health supplements, also known as dietary supplement, food supplement or nutritional supplement, are preparations intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet.

The survey further revealed that by gender, women were more aware of and used more health supplements than men. Some reasons cited by respondents for using health supplements were: “it made them healthy”, “gave them energy” and “helped them perform better in school or work”.

While many health supplements may improve one’s intake of nutrients, these cannot replace good and balanced meals.

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 S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

FNRI’s on-line nutrition school gets 'very satisfactory' rating from students

by Jund Rian A. Doringo

– Three years after its launch on October 25, 2007, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRI-DOST) evaluated the effectiveness of its on-line nutrition school. Respondents of its on-line questionnaires were those who have completed, at the least, its first module.

The study showed that the online school is useful, accessible and helpful in arriving at healthy choices.

The FNRI-DOST, in cooperation with Nestle Philippines, Inc. spearheaded the NutritionSchool.ph, the first of its kind on-line nutrition school in the country.

The school offers six modules namely: Basic Nutrition, Nutrition in the Life Cycle, Nutrition and Disease, Foods, Meal Management, and State of Nutrition in the Philippines.

Overall, the nutrition school received a “very satisfactory” rating among the fifty-three participants who responded to the on-line questionnaires.

However, the need to upgrade the system is recommended.

For more information on food and nutrition, please contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; trunkline: 837 2071 local 2296 or 2287; telephone/fax no.: 837 3164, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

DOT-13 hosts reg’l tour guides assembly, graduation ceremony

by Leo P. Gerona

-- A total of 18 tour guides were declared graduates during Caraga Regional Tour Guides Assembly and Graduation Ceremony, hosted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office 13 which was held today, December 14, 2011 in one of the local convention centers here.

In a press conference held after the ceremony, the DOT spelled out its accomplishments in 2011, and Proposed Plans and Programs of the agency for 2012.

It can be recalled that the new tour guides underwent grueling and intensive training for 20 days that comprised lectures, written examinations, role playing and simulation tours. The training team was composed of professional tour guides from Manila.

Also in attendance were regional directors or representatives of national and regional line agencies who shared their views relative to common goals of translating the impact of tourism to poverty alleviation as well as the economic development for areas with identified tourist attractions or destinations. (DOT-13/PIA-Caraga)

Most vegetables have low Glycemic Index

by Salvador R. Serrano

-- In a research done on the glycemic index of foods by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRI-DOST), results showed that all vegetables included in the study were found to have low glycemic index (or GI).

Glycemic Index is a classification of carbohydrates based on the blood glucose or blood sugar response from the food we eat.

Vegetables are low carbohydrate foods and are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals, making them ideal for diabetics, hypertensive, overweight and people with heart disease. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

NPC prexy to induct Tri-Media officers in Caraga

by Jun Lira

– National Press Club (NPC) president Jerry Yap will be lead the induction of newly-elected officers of the Caraga Region Tri-Media Practitioners Association on December 15 at the Surigao del Norte Provincial Convention Center.

Roberto Parada, Jr., president of the association, said the event will be attended by members from the five provinces and six cities in the region. LGU officials and invited guests will also witness the event.

Yap’s entourage includes NPC vice-president Rolando Gonzalo, Atty. Bertini Causing and NPC chief of staff Edwin Alcal.

Governor Sol Matugas and City Mayor Ernesto Matugas will each give a message on the occasion.

The officers who will take their oath are: Caraga Aksyon Balita publisher Roberto “Jun” Parada, president; Caraga Times publisher Benedict “Ben” Serrano, executive vice-president; DxSE station manager Rona Alvizo, vice-president for Surigao del Sur; DxRS anchorman John Estanio, vice-president for Surigao del Norte; Dinagat TV News program director Jimmy Jara, vice-president for Dinagat; DxSF station manager Max Tutor, vice-president for Agusan del Sur; DxJM anchorman Louie Oranda, vice-president for Agusan del Norte; Caraga Aksyon Balita associate editor Aidye Ahyn Ortega, secretary-general; DxVP station manager Judith Suarez, treasurer; Bandilyo Caraga Balita publisher Arnold Dagcuta, assistant treasurer; DxJJ anchorman Lito Ucab, auditor; Smile FM station manager Richard Grande, assistant auditor; and Bunawan FM station manager Fred Lobog, P.I.O.

Board of Directors are: Eugenio Lira, Jr., TV6 newscaster Willy Evangelio, DxVP broadcaster Leonardo “Nards” Hijara, DxJJ broadcaster Pinky Bee and Real Radio broadcaster Neil More. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DPWH distributes Christmas ‘Bundles of Joy’ to indigents

by Michael E. Conte

-- As part of the its Christmas celebration, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Surigao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-2ND DEO) has distributed “Bundles of Joy” to identified indigents of Brgy. 1, Dapa, this province.

Around 20 indigents received pre-Christmas gifts donated by the DEO employees.

“Nagpasalamat jud ko ug dako sa taga highway na waya kami kalimti kuman na pasko (I am very much thankful to the (DEO) that they did not forget us this Christmas),” said Mrs. Florencia C. Esparrago, an indigent, who was one of the recipients.

“We do this every year for the needy in the spirit of Christmas,” said Mrs. Alice T. Boncaros of the DEO Administrative Section.

Engineer Demelyn M. Castrence spearheaded the house to house gift giving activity which was assisted by Brgy. Officials. (DPWH 2nd DEO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Aquino gipasidunggan ang “Gawad Saka” awardees karong tuiga

ni Susil D. Ragas

-- Gipangulohan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang seremonya sa karong tuiga nga Gawad Saka award paghatag pasidungog sa mga outstanding farmers ug fisherfolk sa atong nasod didto sa Rizal Hall sa MalacaΓ±ang.

Sa iyang mensahe human sa pagpanghatag sa maong mga awards, ang Pangulo miingon ang Gawad saka timaan sa kadako sa potensyal sa sektor sa agrikultura sa atong nasod ngadto sa nasyonal nga ekonomiya ug kinabuhi sa katawhan.

“Taus-puso ko pong binabati ang mga tumanggap ng Gawad Saka ngayong taon na nagpamalas ng kanilang katangi-tanging sipag at husay sa pagpapaunlad ng sektor ng pambansang sakahan at pangisdaan. Nawa’y patuloy kayong magpamalas at magbahagi ng inyong mayamang kaalaman na malaki ang naiambag sa pambansang kaunlaran,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Ang Pangulo nagkanayon nga ang iyang administrasyon mipasiugda na og mga reporma ngadto sa pangagamhanan aron ang nasod paspas nga mopadulong paingon sa nasyonal nga kalamboan.

Ang sektor sa Agrikultura maoy kanunay’ng prayoridad sa iyang administrasyon, siya miingon, ug mibutyag sa mga plano nga iyang gilinya aron dugang pagpalambo sa sektor sa umaabot nga mga katuigan.

Sama pananglitan, ang pangagamhanang nasyonal naggahin og P61 bilyon alang sa tinuig nga badyet sa Department of Agriculture (DA) alang sa tuig 2012, nga adunay 60 posyento nga umento kumpara sa miaging tuig.

Ang mga Gawad Saka awardees naglakip nila: Anna Cagulada (Davao del Norte), Integrated Rice farming; Alfredo Roble (Leyte), Hybrid rice farming: Diosdado Bermudez (Ilagan, Isabel), Corn Farming; Wilfredo Martinez (San Luis, Aurora), Coconut farming: Roberto Cauilan (Solana, Cagayan), Sugarcane farming; Francisco Ching (Mankayan, Benguet), High Value crops farming; Ian Neo (Apokon, Tagum City), Agri-entrepreneur; Benjamin Lao (Bansalan, Davao del Sur), Organic Farming; Danilo Trongco (Lagangilang, Abra), Fish Culture; Eddie Amorada (Sta. Ana, Cagayan), Fish Capture; Desiderio Lou (Bacong, Negros Oriental), Large Animal Raising; Genice Dalisdis (Tuba, Benguet), Small Animal raising; Anthony Suguitao (Aroroy, Masbate), Yong Farmer; Ceferino Dureza and family (Brooke’s Point, Palawan), Farmer; Cabacungan 4H Club (Allen, Northern Samar), Young Farmers/Fisherfolk Organization; Balidbid Ric (Salcedo, Ilocos Sur), Rural Improvement Club; Calumpit Multi-purpose Cooperative (Sablayan Occidental Mindoro), Small Farmer/Fisherfolk Organization; Kayapa Nueva Viscaya MAFC (Nueva Viscaya), City/Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council; Barangay Rebokon (Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur), Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal; Sayapot MPC (Tadian, Mt. Province), Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal; Bani FARMC (Bani, Pangasinan), Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council; ug Carlso dela Cruz (Abuyog, Leyte), Agricultural Scientist.

Tungod sa ilang katakos, ang 22 ka mga mananaog midawat og cash awards ug mga pundo alang sa agri-fishery project, lakip usab ang respetadong Presidential citation ug Gawad Saka nga tropeyo.

Ang 13 ka mga mananaog sa nasyonal Gawad Saka nakadawat usab og P100,000 cash, samtang ang otso ka grupo nga mga mananaog nakadawat og project grants, mokabat sa P150,000 ngadto P350,000 ug sila nakadawat usab og Presidential citation ug Gawad Saka nga tropeyo.

Ang Gawad Saka, nga gisugdan niadtong 1970, usa ka tinuig nga kumpetisyon alang sa mga mag-uuma, mangingisda, tigbuhi og baboy ug manok, ug mga grupong orgnisasyon sa mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda. Kini gipahigayon libot sulod sa nasod sa DA sa pakigtambayayong sa mga local government units (LGUs), academe ug ang pribadong sektor aron pag-ila sa ilang makanunayong panlimbasog ug kontribusyon sa kalamboan sa nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Beautification sa Capitol Park, gigastuhan og P1.7M

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

– Mokabat sa P1.7M ang gigahin nga pondo sa lokal nga panggamhanan ni’ng probinsiya alang sa rehabilitasyon sa Capitol Park sulod sa Capitol Compound sa siyudad sa Butuan.

Naglangkob sa maong rehabilitasyon mao ang Christmas Lighting, Water Fountain ug Pipe-In Music, kon diin nahimo na karon nga suruyanan panahon sa kagabhion ang Capitol Park sa Agusan del Norte.

Kahinumduman nga gi-switch on ang Christmas Lighting sa Capitol Park ug Capitol Building niadtong December 2, 2011 nga gitambungan nila ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, mga municipal ug city officials, ug mga empleyado sa lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte.

Human sa switching-on nahimo na dayon kini nga abli sa publiko matag alas 5:00-10:00 ang takna sa gabii nga ilang masuruyan uban ang ilang mga higala ug mga minahal sa kinabuhi, kon diin mamahimo sila nga maglingaw-lingaw sulod sa Capitol Park uban ang Pipe-In Music with DJ.

Gawas niini, magpahigayon usab og Big Event matag adlaw nga Biyernes uban ang EJ Band sa Agusan del Norte pinaagi sa Live Band Concert, ug gikatakda nga ipahigayon karong adlaw nga Biyernes, Disyembre 16, 2011 ang “Agusan Got Talent”, kon diin adunay dagko nga mga premyo ang ipanghatag. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: Capitol building, aduna na’y CCTV camera

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

– Aduna nay CCTV camera nga gipahimutang karon sa sulod ug gawas sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Building, Capitol Compound, Butuan City.

Gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga ang maong proyekto kabahin kini sa pag-adaptar sa probinsya sa mga modernong teknolohiya.

Gidugang pa sa opisyal nga tumong usab niini nga maprotektahan ang mga kabtangan, empleyado ug bisita nga buot mosulod ug mosuroy sa Capitol Park matag gabii ug mamintina usab ang kahapsay ug kalinaw sulod sa Capitol Compound.

Ang maong lakang sa probinsyal nga panggamhanan ni’ng lalawigan subay usab sa gihingusgan sa nasudnong panggamhanan partikularmente ang pagmintina sa kalinaw ug seguridad sa nasud nga nahipatik sa Philippine Development Plan sa kasamtangang administrasyon. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)