PIA News Service - Thursday, January 19, 2012

Provincial Blood Coordinating Council exceeds blood requirement target

By: David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 19 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Sur has coped with the blood requirements, exceeding its target for the year 2011 by 133 bags, with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) giving its full support by shouldering the financial requirements for the purchase of the re-agents used for blood examination.

For the year 2011, the PBCC team has collected a total of 2,633 bags of 450 ml. fresh blood thru field donation, replacement, walk-in clients and patient directed with a very little difference of 60 bags compared to last year with 2,693 bags.

The blood collection mostly came from field donation where a team of medical technologists from the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH), led by Napoleon Montejo, Provincial Blood Coordinator and PRC Agusan del Sur Chapter, led by medical technologist Julie Lapides regularly conducted monthly blood collection by municipality.

On record, field donation reached 2,538 bags, while replacement reached 38 bags, walk-in donors with 27 and patients directed to produce the needed blood, 30 bags.

Not only patients from the province of Agusan del Sur were served with the blood collected in Agusan del Sur, but also patients from as far as Kidapawan City, where two bags were sent for emergency use.

The DOPMH, noted for its facilities and good doctors, has patients also coming from neighbouring province, making it the number one consumer of blood with 2,008 bags consumed as of December 2011. Second is the Bunawan District Hospital with 146 bags. The rest went to hospitals in Butuan City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao City and Surigao del Norte.

According to records by the PBCC, male donors are dominant than female. Many were also found positive of Hepa B with 145 samples, Syphilis with 28, Hepa C- 13 and even HIV case with four. Sixty two bags expired, while six are spoiled chylous.

The provincial government set aside P1.5 million budget for the re-agents but because of the increase in its prices, supplementary budget amounting to P1.6 million was released on the fourth quarter of 2011. The 13 municipal government and the lone city of Bayugan also share P50,000 every year for the fuel and oil and other travelling expenses of the team that travel to all the municipalities during the conduct of the mobile blood donation activities. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


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DSWD Caraga to disburse P161.9M for anti-poverty project

By: Keneath John Bolisay

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA)
-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga is expected to disburse a total of P161,968,531.62 in the first two quarters of this year through its anti-poverty program called KALAHI-CIDSS.

The total amount comes from the World Bank loan of the government given to the region amounting to P137,280,487.93 and an additional P24,688,043.69 from the local cash contribution (LCC) of the implementing local government units (LGUs).

According to Regional Project Manager and Assistant Regional Director, Mita G. Lim, the regional office will disburse the amount through tranches in the community accounts of the barangays.

Moreover, the total cash grant will be disbursed to a total of 136 sub-projects of the 15 partner LGUs throughout the region. Two LGUs are implementing KALAHI-CIDSS Additional Financing while 13 LGUs are currently implementing the LGU-led Makamasang Tugon.

These areas are Veruela, Esperanza, La Paz, San Luis, and Sibagat in Agusan del Sur; Carmen and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; Tagbina, Marihatag, Hinatuan, Bayabas, and San Miguel in Surigao del Sur; and Pilar and Socorro in Surigao del Norte.

After achieving a hundred percent fund disbursement last year, the regional project management office (RPMO) is hoping to do the same in the middle of the year. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

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DOLE conducts philjob.net, Skill Registry System Orientation

TANDAG CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA)
-- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here successfully conducted a two-day orientation (Jan 16-17) on philjob.net and Skill Registry System (SRS) at the Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU).

According to Teofila Rosales, head of DOLE Provincial Office, this is in response to the request of said university through Assistant Guidance Counselor Vanessa Sanchez to provide graduating students knowledge on job seeking by using such windows.

It was learned that “philjob.net is an automated job and applicant matching system which aims to fast track jobseekers search for job and employers search for manpower.”

Also, the SRS is said to be a “repository of information on skills certification and accreditation, licensure, and local and overseas employment.” (Greg Tataro, Jr., Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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DENR donates P4.6 million of confiscated logs

by Eric. F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA)
-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga has disposed some P4.6 million worth of confiscated logs to the the Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and military sector.

This represents a total of 1,294 cubic meters of logs and 58,317.73 bd.ft of lumber and flitches products.

Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said the DepEd/Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) were given about 967.18 cubic meters of logs and 58,317.73 board feet of lumber and flitches which it manufactured into arm chairs.

Several officials of public schools have also requested from the DENR for the confiscated lumber products for the construction of classrooms last year. These public schools are the Isla Heneral Integrated School in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur which requested 21 pieces (1,00.50 bd.ft) of toog species lumber, the Ayoki Elementary School also of Carascal, Surigao del Sur which asked for 181 pieces ( 2,890.50 bd.ft.) of lumber, the Cahian Elementary School in Barangay Kapatungan, Trento, Agusan del Sur which requested 444.32 bd.ft of lumber and 17.83 cubic meter of logs worth P 115,905.40 , and the Antongalon Elementary School in Barangay Antongalon,Butuan City requested 500 board ft of lumber.

The officials of the Manobo Tribal School Development Center in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was also granted by the DENR with their request of 4,859.89 bd. ft. of lumber products and 17.83 cu.m. of logs which they used for the construction of a classroom building.

The DENR has also donated 12,608 bd. ft of confiscated lumber products and 123.16 cu.m of logs to the provincial government of Agusan del Sur which it used for the construction of display booth for Naligayan Festival and to the Municipal Government of Lanuza in Surigao del Sur.

The DENR likewise donated a total of 191.48 cu.m of illegal logs and 2,643 bd.ft of lumber to the Philippine National Police and the military. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: Foundation urges public to take thyroid cancer seriously

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA)
-- With the increasing incidence of thyroid cancer in Metro Cebu, the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) urged the public to undergo early screening and prevention measures to fight the disease.

“Thyroid cancer is high on prognosis. It is preventable through various screening methods, such as physical examination and ultrasound of the neck, as well as some prevention measures, including regular exercise and maintenance of a well-balanced diet,” Ronald delos Reyes, EJACC program coordinator said.

Based on EJACC’s Metro Cebu Population-based Cancer Registry, the incidence rate of thyroid cancer in 2003 to 2007 is high but the mortality rate is comparatively lower.

Within this period, about 573 cases of thyroid cancer were reported and 116 were recorded to have died of the disease. The figures also show that 97 cases have been attributed to persons in between the ages 15-30 while 350 cases are persons with ages 30-60. More women than men have been affected by this disease; in fact, 134 cases are male while 439 cases are female.

As a common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women, thyroid cancer ranked sixth in most common cancer cases in Metro Cebu.

According to the 2010 journal of the Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates of the Philippine Cancer Society, the incidence rate had increased from 1980 to 2002, with an annual change of 0.4 percent in males and 1.6 percent among females.

Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of women at ages 15-24 years. Among women, the incidence rate rises at age 30 and continues to rise with increasing age. Among men, the incidence rate begins to increase much later, starting at 60 years old.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. It works like a tiny factory that uses iodine, mostly from the diet in foods like seafood and salt, to produce thyroid hormones that, in turn, help regulate the body’s growth and metabolism and other functions of the body.

The most common signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include a lump or thyroid nodule, that can be felt in the neck; trouble in swallowing; throat or neck pain; swollen lymph nodes in the neck; cough; and vocal changes.

People exposed to high levels of radiation are much more likely than others to develop papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. Treatment with x-rays is one significant source of radiation exposure. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, doctors used high-dose x-rays to treat children who had enlarged tonsils, acne, and other problems affecting the head and neck. Later, scientists found that some people who had received this kind of treatment developed thyroid cancer.

People who are diagnosed with this kind of cancer may undergo surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectory, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Sometimes, even the removal of the thyroid itself is needed.

“Like many other cancers, thyroid cancer may be more easily cured with early detection. Earlier diagnosis removes thyroid cancer at a time when they are not likely to have spread beyond the thyroid gland,” delos Reyes said.

For more information about thyroid cancer, please contact EJACC at 254-6351and look for Gina Mariquit. (RAFI/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Malacanang miingon ang opisyal nga pagbisita ni Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra nagtinguha sa pagpalig-on sa bilateral cooperation tali sa Pilipinas ug Thailand

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 19 (PIA)
–- Ang pagpalig-on sa hiniusang kooperasyon sa tanang mga aspeto sa matag interes sa Pilipinas ug Thailand maoy nag-unang pokus sa pagtuki sa panagtigom nila Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ug Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III atol sa pagbisita niini dinhi sa Pilipinas karong adlawa Huwebes, Enero 19, miingon ang opisyales sa Palasyo.

Ang pagbisita ni Prime Minister Shinawatra nagtinguha nga palig-onon pa ang halayom ug kusog nga relasyon sa Pilipinas tali sa Thailand.

"There will be a bilateral discussion with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the topics to be discussed will be cooperation on energy, agriculture, defense, culture, education, combating drug trafficking, and disaster risk reduction and management, among others," matud ni Lacierda.

Si Pangulong Aquino ug Thai prime minister Shinawatra magtagbo aron tukion ang mga pamaagi aron mapalig-on pa og dugang ang implementasyon sa kasamtangang kooperasyon sa natad sa energy, agriculture, defense, culture, education , pagsumpo sa drug trafficking, ug disaster risk reduction and management, ug lain pang uban. Sila mopaambit sa mahinungdanong mga kalamboan sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), lakip ang isyu kalabot na sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Ang Pangulo modumala og usa kasalo-salo sa paniudto isip pasidungog sa bisitang lider human sa panagtigom didto sa MalacaƱang.

Ang maong pagbisita maoy pinakadakong tipik sa pagsaulog sa ika-63rd nga anibersaryo sa pagkatukod sa diplomatikong relasyon tali sa Pilipinas ug Thailand, nga gisaulog karong tuiga. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Pagkamatay sa OFW sa Lebanon, gipahibalo na ngadto sa mga kabanay

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 19 (PIA)
-- Posibleng himoon nga tulunghaan ang mabiyaan unya nga Capitol Building sa Agusan del Norte nga nahimutang sa Capitol Compound, Butuan City.

Sumala pa ni Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga ang maong propidad gi-donate kini sa pamilyang Guingona hinungdan nga nakigkonsulta usab kini ngadto na ni kanhi Republic of the Philippines Vice President Teofisto Guingona.

Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga tulo ka mga options ang ilang gipilian sama sa nindot nga tulunghaan, heritage hotel ug government offices, apan mas mipabor matud pa ang pamilyang Guingona nga himoon na lamang kini nga nindot nga tulunghaan, aron matud pa mapadayon ang perpetual relevance sa maong building alang sa dugang kauswagan ug kalambuan sa natad sa edukasyon sa tibook rehiyon. (PGO Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
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Cebuano News: Massive tree planting activities ipahigayon sa probinsya

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 19 (PIA)
-- Gikatakdang maglusad og massive tree planting activity ang provincial government sa Agusan del Norte, kini ang gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante.

Sumala pa sa gobernador nga kinahanglan nga mananom pa og dugang mga kahoy sa tibook lalawigan labi na sa daplin sa mga suba, aron matud pa makatabang sa pagpugong sa tubig baha.

Subay niini gikatakdang pangayuon ni Gov. Amante ang suporta sa mga local government units sa tibook probinsya ingon man ang buhatan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) alang sa maong proyekto.

Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga gikatakdang i-convert ang HATAW Activity sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo ngadto na sa Tree Planting Activity. (PGO Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Daan nga capitol building posibleng himoon nga tulunghaan

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 19 (PIA)
-- Posibleng himoon nga tulunghaan ang mabiyaan unya nga Capitol Building sa Agusan del Norte nga nahimutang sa Capitol Compound, Butuan City.

Sumala pa ni Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga ang maong propidad gi-donate kini sa pamilyang Guingona hinungdan nga nakigkonsulta usab kini ngadto na ni kanhi Republic of the Philippines Vice President Teofisto Guingona.

Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga tulo ka mga options ang ilang gipilian sama sa nindot nga tulunghaan, heritage hotel ug government offices, apan mas mipabor matud pa ang pamilyang Guingona nga himoon na lamang kini nga nindot nga tulunghaan, aron matud pa mapadayon ang perpetual relevance sa maong building alang sa dugang kauswagan ug kalambuan sa natad sa edukasyon sa tibook rehiyon. (PGO Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Budget alang sa bag-ong kapitolyo andam na

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Enero 19 (PIA)
-- Giklaro ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga andam na ang budget o pondo alang sa bag-ong Capitol Building nga ipahimutang sa Cabadbaran City.

Sumala pa ni Gov. Amante nga kini matud pa ang pinakabarato nga kapitolyo, apan pinakaanindot sa tanan, kon diin aduna kini nindot nga Capitol Park nga adunay Water Fountain nga Makita lamang sa Macao.

Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga luyo sa bag-ong Capitol Building gikatakda usab nga ipahimutang ang Employees Village alang sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo ug sa ubang mga empleyado sa gobyerno. (PGO Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)