2.27.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, February 27, 2012

KKK project in Surigao del Sur barangay gains support from local officials

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Feb. 27 (PIA)
-- The implementation of the Kasanayan para sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran (KKK), facilitated by the 29th Infantry Battalion under Col Henry Robinson, Jr. and in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) led by Dir Rey Cueva, gains support from the Local officials here.

KKK is a Bayanihan project conducted by the Philippine army under the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) of the Aquino Administration. It aims to bring the basic and relevant services of the government direct to the people particularly to the remote areas with insurgency problem.

The first implementation of the program was held in three barangays in Marihatag last year. And just recently the program was implemented in Anahao-Daan, one of the interior barangays in Tago town.

During their mass graduation ceremony on February 25, 84 graduates received Driving NC II certificate; 41 graduates - Culinary Arts and 35 graduates- coconut processing/coco by product.

According to Allan Millan, supervising TESD Specialist, the program implementation was realized through the support of Governor Johnny Pimentel with the “Jobs through Tech-voc Program (JTP), Congressman Philip Pichay, and LGU Tago under Mayor Henrich Pimentel. (PIA Surigaodel Sur)

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Surigao del Sur to implement social integration program for rebel returnees

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur Feb. 27 (PIA)
-- The province of Surigao del Sur plans to implement its own version of Social Integration Program (SIP) for rebel returnees.

According to Gov. Johnny Pimentel, all mayors here have already been informed of the matter during the Social Integration Program orientation meeting with LGU officials and concerned agencies held recently.

Pimentel stressed, the plan, which has an initial target of about 60 rebels, aims to encourage rebels to return to the fold of law so they can live a normal life.

He bared, for every returnee, the provincial government will shell out an amount of P35,000 with P20,000 counterpart from the concerned municipality. On top of this, an additional amount of P30,000 will also be given for the firearm that will be brought along, Pimentel added.

He said, the province is just waiting for the approval of the ordinance to this effect from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Bayanihan spirit launches GK Enchanted Farm

By Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA)
-- Amid the sweltering heat that enveloped the Gawad Kalinga (GK) Enchanted Farms in Brgy. Pagatpatan here, Marissa G. Burdeos and her bevy of partners still continued to be upbeat, knowing that buyers would later swarm her products such as deboned bangus and peanut butter.

Her gut feel was right for it did not take an hour of waiting when buyers, many of whom come from different line agencies of the government and other private partners, trooped to her “talipapa” and began purchasing her products.

Burdeos and her partners, who are all residents of the GAAM 2 of GK Pagatpatan, were happy with the turn of events. They believed that happy days would be here sooner and the entrepreneurship activity that they started in collaboration with the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) would pick up.

FSUU trained them first and funded them afterwards, which they responded with labor as their counterpart.

In a bigger context, FSUU’s venture, dubbed as social entrepreneurship, is part of the GK Enchanted Farms’ rolling out, which was officially launched this day.

Based on the memo of agreement signed among several partners, the said social entrepreneurship venture is “in response to the call for nation building, promoting Filipino tradition by imbibing the Bayanihan Spirit, and the promotion of volunteerism and cooperation among partners to undertake the total development of individuals/families in communities considered the poorest of the poor and underprivileged.”

Victor Emmanuel A. Ozarraga, GK area coordinator for Caraga and Camiguin, shared during while the country is commemorating the EDSA People Power revolution, “we in the local context are doing the same also, but our version of the people power revolution is against poverty,” though this is not much in terms of economics, but in terms of behavior.

He further explained that in said venture, “we are combining two initiatives; we have vast lands that we still have to capitalize, and we need to build on our strengths” in furtherance of helping others help themselves, particularly the socially disadvantaged sector.

On the other hand, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante commented that “the GK Enchanted Farm is a venture that could be anchored on so many development challenges such as food security, disaster risk reduction, housing and relocation, climate change, moral recovery – to name a few – for us to be able to build a stronger society.”

GK is now in the second phase of the GK Vision 2024, where one of the main strategies is giving the best to the least through Designer LGUs and the promotion of Social Entrepreneurship through establishing of GK Village Universities with GK Enchanted Farms. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/TESDA-Agusan del Norte)

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Feature: Obesity causes 37,000 deaths among Filipinos

By Eva Abille-Goyena

The problem of overweight and obesity in the country is alarmingly increasing in number, affecting about 7 out of 10 women and about 1 out of 10 men, according to 7th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

Obesity affecting Filipino adults is known as android or apple-shaped type, where abdominal fat accumulation is measured using waist-hip ratio (WHR). The WHR criteria are recommended by the World Health Organization and considered as a sensitive measure in relation to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). A person with WHR equal to or more than 1.0 in men or equal to or more than 0.85 in women is considered android or apple-shaped obese.

The relative risk associated with apple-type obesity among Filipinos was found to be more than twice the risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) and almost thrice the risk of developing CVD including stroke. This accounted for at least 37,000 deaths in 2008, the FNRI-DOST added. Thus, obesity is considered as the third leading cause of CAD and CVD, next to hypertension.

“Apple-shaped” women were six-times greater than their men counterparts which accounts for about 13,000 and 3,000 CAD deaths, respectively. On the other hand, around 21, 600 deaths due to CVD including stroke was reported by the FNRI-DOST.

In addition, the NNS results showed that android obesity has increased significantly in the last ten years, from 40.0 percent in 1998 to 65.5 percent in 2008 among women. Among men, there was slight decrease from 12.1 in 2003 to 11.1 percent in 2008.

Obesity is known as a co-morbid factor to other chronic diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol problems, among others, according to the NNS.

Results of the clinical and health component survey of the 7th NNS were reported by Charmaine A. Duante, Senior Science Research Specialist of the FNRI-DOST during the 36th FNRI July Seminar Series at Bicutan, Taguig City.

According to Duante, the study primarily aimed to provide reliable national prevalence of four CVD risk factors like hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia and three behavioral risk factors such as smoking, alcohol drinking and physical inactivity among Filipino adults 20 years old and above.

The report also highlighted the different age groups among Filipino men and women who were at greater risk to chronic lifestyle-related diseases.

This interesting result of the FNRI-DOST provides basis for formulation and strengthening of a more systematic, gender and age specific approach by the government and private sectors to promote behavioral change modification at the individual level.

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. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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Feature: Discover the versatility of potatoes

By Divorah V. Aguila

Potatoes are one of the popular vegetables abundant throughout the year.

According to Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), a potato has approximately the same energy value as bread, but it is a far better balanced food than it. Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates which supply energy. One serving of boiled potato, about 100 grams (g) edible portion, has about 62 calories, 1.7 g protein, 34 milligrams (mg) calcium, 44 mg phosphorus and 24 mg vitamin C. Since potatoes are starchy foods, they put less work on the kidneys. That same potato has about 5 grams of fiber, which is important for a healthy digestive tract.

The FNRI also said, potatoes contain more potassium than any other fresh vegetable, even more than bananas. One potato (100 g) has almost 900 mg of potassium, which is about 20 percent of what we need every day. Potassium is important for body growth and cell maintenance. It is also an electrolyte that helps balance the fluids in the body, which is important for normal blood pressure.

Potatoes also contain substantial amounts of vitamins C and B6, which are vital for blood clotting, wound healing, strong immune system, normal nervous system function and for converting food to energy.

With this, the institute advised that when selecting potatoes, make sure they are smooth, shallow-­eyed, and reasonably unblemished. They also said to avoid extra large potatoes, as it may have a hollow or pithy centers. Potatoes with a slightly green color are sunburned and may have developed a bitter taste. When choosing potatoes, be sure they are firm and smooth. Softness, a green tinge, or wrinkly skin may indicate a potato that is past its prime.

After this, store potatoes in a cool and dry place. Sunlight causes the skin to turn green. If this occurs, the skin must be peeled off before consuming because of its bitter taste. Most of the nutrients are contained right below the skin, so avoid peeling when possible.

FNRI also said that before cooking potatoes, they should be thoroughly washed with clean tap water and scrubbed lightly. Any sprouts or eyes growing from the potato should be cut. The skin can be removed or left on depending on use but consuming baked and grilled potatoes with the skin left on provides the most nutrients.

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. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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Tagalog news: 25 na punong guro kukuha ng masteral degree, pondo mula sa PGAS at DepEd

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Peb. 27 (PIA)
-- Dalampu’t limang mga punong guro mula sa elementary at mataas na paaralan ang bibigyan ng pagkakataong kumuha ng masteral degree sa edukasyon at administrasyon sa Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) para maabot ang mithiin ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur (PGAS) na mabigyan ng de kalidad na edukasyon ang mga batang Agusanon.

Si Bise Gob. Santiago Cane na siyang nagrepresenta kay Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza ay lumagda sa kasunduan kasama ang presidente ng Ateneo de Davao University na si Fr. Joel Tabora upang patunayan ang kasunduan ng magkabilang panig ang kanilang pagtutulungan upang maiangat ang antas ng mga nalalaman ng mga punong guro sa pagtuturo at pamamahala na paaralan. Ang MOA signing ay ginanap sa Trento West Central Elementary School.

Ayon kay Tabora, iilan lamang ang gumawa ng ganitong programa sa buong bansa at ito ay isang dakilang adhikain ng PGAS para maiangat ang kakayahan ng mga guro. Masaya rin si Tabora na maging kaagapay ng PGAS at DepEd para mapaunlad ang kakayahan ng mga guro sa Agusan del Sur.

Ayon kay Cane, binibigyang importansiya ang edukasyon dahil misyon nila ang maibigay ang de kalidad na edukasyon para masiguro ang mabuti at maliwanag na kinabukasan ng mga batang Agusanon.

Ang matrikula at iba pang mga gastosin ng mga eskolar ay sasagutin ng PGAS habang ang mga allowances ay sagot din ng DepEd sa buong panahon na ang mga punong guro ay nag-aaral sa loob ng tatlong buwan.

Ang pagpapadala ng 25 na punong guro sa ADDU ay pangalawang beses na. Ang una ay noong 2009 at ayong kay bise Gov. Cane, ito ay gagawin na nila taon-taon simula sa taong ito.

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Cebuano news: Aquino pormal nga mo-anunsyo sa pagpatuman sa Kindergarten Law

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 27 (PIA)
- Pormal nga i-anunsyo ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang hingpit nga pagpatuman sa Acta Republika No. 10157, o gitawag nga Kindergarten Education Law, sa usa ka seremonya nga pagahimoon didto sa Malacañang karong adlawa Lunes.

Ang Pangulo mohimo sa pag-anunsyo atol sa Presentasyon sa gipirmahan nga mga Documents of the Kindergarten Law nga pagapangulohan ni House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte ug Education Secretary Armin Luistro didto sa Rizal Hall sa Palasyo sa Malacañang.

Ang Acta Republika 10157 “An Act Institutionalizing the Kindergarten Education in to Basic Education system and Appropriating Funds Therefore” mohatag alang sa libre ug gikinahanglang edukasyon sa kindergarten sugod sa klase tuig 2012-2013.

Ang maong balaod, nga gipirmahan sa Pangulo niadtong Enero 20, mitumbok sa kaimportante sa Kindergarten nga edukasyon “to the academinc and technical development of the Filipino child for it is the period when the young mind’s absorptive capacity for learning is at its sharpest.”

Ubos sa maong balaodnon, ang mga kabataan nga nag-edad lima kinahanglan mokuha og usa ka tuig sa Kindergarten isip preparasyon alang sa pagsulod ngadto sa Grade I.

Kini, matud pa sa Department of Education, makapadugang sa kahanas ngadto sa grade school ug makapakunhod sa early dropout. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)