PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Agusan del Sur to implement “Tingog 2015”

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 31 (PIA)
-- The province of Agusan del Sur will soon implement the “Tingog 2015” (Voice 2015): A citizen’s action for governance, after two program coordinators conducted an orientation here recently.

National program coordinator of joint program on youth and migration Ruth Honculada said, the “Tingog 2015” is a project designed for people to directly send their concerns and feedback to national officials of government on the effect of government programs that focus on the youth and migration through text messages.

“With the implementation of the Medium Term Development Goal, we are expecting people’s participation thru their feedback in the process, in order that the government can deliver their real needs that have great impact in their lives,” Honculada said.

According to Milennium Development Goal (MDG) campaign and advocacy specialist Dulce Marie Saret, only two in the entire country were chosen to implement the program and Agusan del Sur is one and the other one is Tabaco in Albay.

Dulce Marie Sarit said, Agusan del Sur was chosen because the province is an MDG champion. It has alsoa complete and updated community based monitoring system data and a United Nations priority area. Dynamic media presence is also observed and above all, Agusan del Sur has an empowered citizenry.

According to Ruth Honculada, communications equipment will be installed at the provincial capitol with the capacity to receive feedback from the people through text messages. In this manner, Honculada added, the government will know if the government programs and projects that deal with the youth and migration really reached and benefitted the right beneficiaries.

“Its very simple and easy for the people to send their messages thru text. They just text the message or report and send them to 2015. That’s how simple it is,” Honculada said.

According to Dulce Marie Saret, the MDG is a government program designed to reduce poverty, environmental protection, malnutrition, protection on the rights of women and many others, where Philippines is one of the signatories among 189 countries that aims to fulfil the dream for a better life.

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DPWH assures completion of high impact tourism projects in Siargao Island

by Michael O. Conte

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 31 (PIA)
-- In support of the government’s thrust in developing the tourism industry through provision of quality infrastructure facilities leading to major tourist hubs in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assured the completion of high impact tourism projects in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte which recently ranked 8th in CNN:Go’s Top 50 World’s Best Surf Spot.

Among the high impact projects are the concreting of Junction Osmeña-Pilar road (P155.3 million), Junction Del Carmen-Sta. Monica-San Isidro road (P152.4 million) Dapa-Union-General Luna road (P137.4 million), Junction Cancohoy-Pilar road (46.4 million), and Socorro-Nueva Estrella-Pamosaingan road (P23 million).

“Of the total 153.036 kilometers of National Secondary Roads in Siargao Island and Bucas Grande Island, 66.85 kilometers were concrete paved during past years (2010 and back years) or 43.68% paved,” said DPWH-Siargao District Engr. Salvador E. Montil, Jr.

“This past year 2011, an additional 3.675 kilometers were paved by end of December, thru the implementation of CY 2011 projects. Also under the 2011 DPWH Stimulus Funds/ Additional Priority Projects another 8.014 kilometers will be concrete paved however during the CY 2012,” Montil added.

For the CY 2012 Regular Infrastructure Projects, 18.66 kilometers of National Secondary road is already funded for implementation amounting to P429.5 million.

Siargao Island is under the 1st Legislative District of Surigao del Norte represented by Cong. Francisco T. Matugas. (DPWH-Siargao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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165 newly promoted police officers take oath

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 31 (PIA)
-- The 165 newly promoted officers and men of Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (PPO) have taken their oath and got pinned with a rank higher during a flag-lowering rites at said office recently.

According to P/SSupt. Arthur Sanchez, the mass promotion effective December 31, 2011 was based on General Orders Nos. 178, 179, and 180 issued by PNP National Headquarters for Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and Special Orders Nos. 20 – 48 from the Police Regional Office (PRO 13) in Caraga for Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs), respectively, pursuant to Section 33 of R.A. 8551.

Sanchez said, 12 officers have been promoted to a rank higher, two of which got the rank of Police Chief Inspector while 10 earned the rank of Police Senior Inspector.

Also, a total of 153 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) also benefited from the mass promotion. Five were promoted to SPO4; 26 to SPO3; 15 to SPO2; 51 to SPO1; 46 to PO3; and, 10 to PO2, respectively. The entry rank in the police force is PO1.On said occasion, P/Sr. Supt. Sanchez stressed that accompanying said promotion is added responsibility. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Feature: Most fruits have low Glycemic Index

by Salvador R. Serrano

Thirteen fruits studied by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRI- DOST) were found to have low Glycemic Index (GI)

GI is a number representing the increase in the level of blood glucose when we eat food with carbohydrates. Saba banana, seedless grapes, Chinese pears, cantaloupe, watermelon, jackfruit, ripe carabao mango, papaya, red apple, guava and avocado have low GI. However, lakatan banana, pineapple and raisins have medium GI.

A book entitled “Glycemic Index or G.I. of commonly consumed carbohydrate foods in the Philippines” is now for sale at the FNRI-DOST at 250 pesos for the soft-bound and 300 pesos for the hard-bound copy.

The book is a useful reference for diabetics who have to monitor their blood glucose level and also for health buffs who watch their weight.

For more information, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: Coconut sugar and syrup are promising alternative sweeteners

by Salvador Serrano

Coconut sap, the fluid from coconut flowers that are cut systematically, can be turned into sugar.

According to the Glycemic Index of Commonly Consumed Carbohydrate Foods in the Philippines, a book published in 2011 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science (or FNRI-DOST), the resulting sugar has a low glycemic index.

This has made coco sugar and syrup popular alternative sweeteners among a growing number of diabetics and health buffs, but health and nutrition experts still advise consumption of cocosap sugar and syrup be done in moderation under their supervision.

For more information on coconut sap, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)

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Feature: VCO has no cholesterol content according to FNRI-DOST

by Jund Rian A. Doringo

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, virgin coconut oil (VCO) is made up mostly of medium-chain saturated fatty acid with zero trans-fatty acid.

Trans-fatty acids in fats and oils have been found to be a risk factor for coronary heart disease. It was made a mandatory component at the USDA Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (US NLEA) and Canada last January, 2003.

An FNRI study showed that the fatty acid profile and moisture content of VCO is within the Philippine National Standards and Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Products Standards (PNS/BAFPS), while trans-fatty acid content can be declared zero.

Like any other vegetables, VCO has no cholesterol content.

VCO has gained more competitive advantage in palatability, health and immune system against other fats and oils.

VCO may be included in everyday meal to carry out fat requirement. It can be included to salads as dressing and breads and butters as spread, as well as in rice and porridge and potatoes for roasting. It can also be included in beverages like tea and coffee or shakes and smoothies.

Moreover, VCO has many other benefits aside from its nutritional and culinary uses ranging from moisturizing the skin, improving the immune system, healing diseases and even as insect repellants and biodiesel engine fuel.

With its abundant visibility across the region, everyone must take advantage of the goodness of VCO. A little creativity and innovation will jump start the potential market of the VCO industry.

For more information, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)


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Feature: Yacon juice and tea

by Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion

Yacon juice and tea are beverages developed from Smallanthus sonchifolius or more popularly known as yacon.

According to the Food and Nutrition Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Yacon is associated with gut health. It is rich in fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a prebiotic stimulating the growth of good bacteria which enhances mineral absorption. FOS is a non-digestible form of carbohydrates that lowers blood sugar levels and improves the health of the intestines. Its benefits are not fully maximized because yacon tubers are perishable and its nutritional content and FOS significantly decreases during post harvest storage.

To maximize the benefits form yacon, the FNRI-DOST came up with a technology on development of beverage products from yacon in the form of juice and tea. This FNRI technology has undergone laboratory studies and is in the process of undergoing its pilot-scale study.

For more information on the benefits of Yacon, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Feature: Produkto mula sa yakon ginawa ng FNRI

ni Josefina T. Gonzales

Alam ba ninyo na ang yakon ay tumutulong sa pagpapababa ng lebel ng asukal at kolesterol sa dugo?

Ang yakon ay isang uri ng lamang-ugat na matatagpuan sa Nueva Vizcaya, Misamis Oriental, Cordillera at iba pang bulubundukin na lugar.

Ayon sa pag-aaral ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (o FNRI-DOST), ang yakon ay maaaring gawin sa iba't-ibang produkto gaya ng tsaa, juice, salad, at iba pa.

Ang mga lamang-ugat gaya ng yakon ay nagbibigay ng enerhiya at lakas sa katawan. Ang kakulangan sa pagkain ng carbohydrates ay hahantong sa mababang timban, panghihina, pagkahilo at pagbaba ng lebel ng asukal sa dugo, ayon sa Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon” ng FNRI-DOST.

Ugaliing kumain at maghanda ng mga lamang-ugat tulad ng yakon, kamote, kamoteng-kahoy, ube at iba pa, upang maiwasan ang sakit na diabetes at alta-presyon.

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI_DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananalilsik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164 Maari ding bisitahin ang FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog news: Feature: Piliin ang mga produktong may Sangkap Pinoy Seal

by Victor J. Alfonso, Jr.

Alam ba ninyo na sa mga kabahayan na nakasama sa surbey ukol sa mga produktong pagkain na may Sangkap Pinoy Seal (o SPS), walo sa bawa’t 10 sa kanila ang bumibili ng produkto na may SPS?

Ito ay ayon sa 7th National Nutrition Survey na isinagawa ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (o FNRI-DOST).

Tandaan, pag bumibili ng processed foods, laging hanapin ang tatak ng Sangkap Pinoy.

Ang Sangkap Pinoy Seal (o SPS) ay tatak na ibinibigay ng Department of Health bilang katunayan na ang mga produktong mayroon nito ay nakapasa sa tamang antas ng food fortification o dagdag sustansiya gaya ng bitamina A, yero (o iron) at yodo (o iodine).

Makakamit ang tamang nutrisyon sa abot-kayang presyo sa mga produktong pagkain na may SPS.

Ngunit tandaan na ang pagkain ng iba’t-ibang uri ng pagkain ang siya pa ring tuntunin sa tamang nutrisyon at kalusugan.

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananalilsik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164 Maari ding bisitahin ang FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Info Bits/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gipasindunggan ang mga manaug sa Galing Pook 2011 Awards

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 31 (PIA)
– Gipasabot ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang importanteng papel sa mga local government units isip katambayayong sa administrasyong Aquino sa pagduso alang sa mga proyektong kalamboan nga nagpokus sa pagkunhod sa kapobrehon, edukasyon ug panglawas isip parte sa iyang gisaad ngadto sa katawhang Filipino.

Sa iyang pamahayag atubangan sa mga bisita ug mga mananaog sa Galing Pook Awards 2011 didto sa Rizal Hall sa Palasyo sa Malacañang kagahapon Lunes, ang Pangulo miingon nga pinaagi sa maayong pagdumala nga resulta sa makanunayong kooperasyon gikan sa nasyunal ug lokal nga pangagamhanan uban ang walay puas nga suporta gikan sa katawhan, ang nasod walay duda nga makahimo sa pagtuman sa sustenableng pag-uswag ug kalamboan.

“Manalig lamang po tayo sa mga makabuluhang bunga ng mabuting pamamahala, sa pakikipagtulungan ng lokal at pambansang pamahalaan, at sa pakikibalikat ng bawat isa. Sama-sama po natin itong (progress) abutin sa tuwid na daan tungo sa isang mas matibay at mas masaganang kinabukasan,” ang Pangulo miingo.

“Sadyang hindi matatawaran ang papel na ginagampanan ng ating Local Government Units sa ating krusada tungo sa kaunlaran. Kayo ang katuwang ng ating administrasyon sa pagpapatupad ng mga reporma sa lokal na antas; kayo ang nagsisilbing sangay ng pambansang pamahalaan sa pagsisiguro na tugma ang ating mga inisyatiba at proyekto, at direkta nitong naaapektuhan ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino sa positibong paraan,”siya midugang.

Ang kahiusahan ug kooperasyon, ang Pangulo miingon, maoy mahinugdanong kahimanan aron makab-ot ang mga katuyoan sa United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals.

“Kung ang Millennium Development Goals ng United Nations ang ating magiging sukatan ng mga natatamasa nating kaunlaran — mula sa pagsugpo sa kahirapan at kagutuman, sa pagpapabuti ng sistemang pang-edukasyon, sa pagkakapantay-pantay sa lipunan, hanggang sa pangangalaga sa kalusugan at kapaligiran — talaga naman pong masasabi nating mas mabilis natin itong maaabot sa ating pagbabayanihan sa tuwid na daan,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Ang Pangulo miila usab sa nagkalain-laing mga proyekto sa local government units (LGUs) nga direktang miapekto sa mga kinabuhi sa mga Filipino.

“Ang lahat po ng mga proyektong ito ay nagbunga mula sa masusing koordinasyon ng pambansa at lokal na pamahalaan, at ang masigasig na pakikiisa ng mamamayan. Sumasaludo po ako sa mga local chief executives na kasama natin ngayon. Hindi niyo lamang sinisiguro ang tagumpay ng bawat isinasagawa ninyong proyekto; binibigyang-lakas din ninyo ang mga mamamayan upang makilahok sa katuparan ng ating mga adhikain,” ang Pangulo mipasabot..

Gisugdan niadtong Oktubre 21, 1993, ang Galing Pook awards maoy pinakaunang programa nga nagrekognisar sa mga kabag-ohan ug dekalidad nga pagdumala sa lokal nga pangagamhanan.

Ang mga awardees napili gikan sa nasyunal search, gisuta pinaagi sa masusing lebel nga proseso binasehan sa positibong mga resulta ug impak, promosyon sa patisipasyon ug katungod sa katawhan, kabag-ohan, patas ug sustenable, ug epektibong pagdumala sa programa ug serbisyo.

Sukad sa pagsugod, adunay mokabat 230 mga programa sa 152 ka mga LGUs ang nahatagan na og Galing Pook award. Kini nga mga awardees nahimong pinaka importanteng tigpasiugda sa pag-agni ug pagdasig sa uban nga mga lokal nga pangagamhanan aron ipasiugda ang mga bag-ong praktis ug paghatag og himsog nga palibot alang sa duplikasyon sa maong malamposon nga mga reporma.

Mokabat sa 137 ka mga entrante ang gisumiter karong tuiga, 55 gikan sa Luzon, 33 gikan sa Visayas ug 49 gikan sa Mindanao.

Ang napulo ka mga awardees alang sa 2011 mao ang Sarangani Province (Justice on Wheels), Misamis Oriental (Turning red to green), Upi Maguindanao (rural community e-Center), Zamboanga del Norte (empowering the Subanen people), Limasawa Southern Leyte (poor municipality can eliminate malnutrition), Alimodian Iloilo (bringing high schools closer to home), Bohol province (rabies prevention and elimination), Maribojoc Bohol (LGU-led cadastral survey), Albay province (health strategy for MDG attainment) ug Real, Gen. Nakar, Infanta ug Panukulan sa Quezon Province (community-based mental health management). (PIA-Surigao del Norte)