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PIA News Service - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SJIT wins Caraga Reg'l Quiz Bee, qualifies for 32nd Nat'l Quiz Bee

by Ramil Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 29 (PIA) -- Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) won the Regional Quiz Bee and Caraga Regional Elimination for the 32nd National Quiz Bee held on February 23, 2012 at the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office Caraga.

SJIT was represented by Jayrold T. Villarta, a junior BS Architecture student. Villarta received a Gold Medal and Certificate from the Quiz Bee Foundation. He will represent Caraga Region during the National Grand Finals on March 24, 2012 in Tagaytay City.

The Teacher - Coach of Villarta, Marilou H. Mella received a certificate from the Quiz Bee Foundation. She will accompany Villarta during the Summit of the Super Quiz Bee on March 23-25, 2012 where the National Grand Finals will be conducted.

Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) finished Regional Runner-up with Jay Mark V. Fulgarinas and Teacher - Coach, Engr. Rossane E. Andaluz. Fulgarinas received a Silver Medal from the Quiz Bee Foundation. Fulgarinas and Andaluz also received certificates from the foundation.

The Regional Development Council endorsed the said activity as part of the 17th Caraga Regional Foundation Celebration. The Chair of the Board of Judges was NEDA-Caraga Assistant Regional Director, Mylah Faye Aurora B. CariƱo and the members were Dr. Anastacio P. Martinez of CHED Caraga and Jodel A. Tabada of DA-RFU Caraga.

NEDA - Caraga and DA - RFU Caraga gave surprise questions on Caraga Region and agriculture where the lucky audience received various goods from NEDA and certified seed - packs from DA. NEDA also gave tokens to the winners. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/CHED Caraga)

Feature: Our body also needs fat

Fat is a necessary nutrient for optimal health and well-being.

Our bodies need fat to function properly such that without sufficient intake, many body processes would fail to function. Fat not only serves as an energy source, but is also responsible for the construction of every cell in our body and the regulation of most bodily processes

The health of cells and our entire body depends on lipid molecules or cholesterol fats that form the bulk of the cells surface membrane area. Further, good fats, specifically omega - 3 fatty acids, help regulate bodily processes such as heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood pressure, blood clotting, and nervous system activity.

In addition, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K rely on dietary fats to transport them to the body tissues.

Fat also protects vital organs, keeps the body insulated, maintains healthy hair and skin and provides a degree of fullness following meals. As you can see, fat is not the villain it is often thought to be, but rather, an essential health component.

Although it has been medically proven that excess dietary fat can have a deleterious impact on health and body composition, what is not often distinguished is the role certain fats can play in fighting disease, promoting good health, and establishing ideal body composition.

Based on the results of the National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), the use of oil and fats among households nationwide decreased significantly from 18 grams in 2003 to 15 grams in 2008.

The recommended intake of fat based on the Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid for Filipinos is six to eight teaspoons per day.

Here are some facts about the good and bad fats, their effects on the body and some issues in choosing healthier spreads for bread or cooking.

Butter or margarine?

Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. It consists of butterfat, water, and milk proteins.

It is generally used as spread and condiment, in baking, making sauce, and frying. Butter is an emulsion which remains solid when refrigerated but softens to a spreadable consistency at room temperature and melts to a thin consistency at 32-35 degrees Centigrade.

Generally, it has a pale yellow color but varies from deep yellow to nearly white. Its color is dependent on the animal’s feed and is commonly manipulated with food colorings like annatto or carotene.

Butter as an animal product is high in both artery-clogging saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke among avid consumers.

It contains saturated fats which can raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and LDL cholesterol is also known as “bad” cholesterol.

Margarine however, is made from vegetable oil, is low in saturated fat and has no dietary cholesterol. But because the liquid vegetable oil in margarine is hardened through a process called hydrogenation, it is high in trans-fatty acids.

When margarine was first introduced to the market, it was loaded with trans-fats. Trans-fatty acids are thought not only to raise levels of bad cholesterol but also to lower levels of “good” cholesterol. The “good” cholesterol or HDL-cholesterol offers a defense against artery-clogging fats. This makes trans-fats worse than saturated fats.

Food manufacturers and the general public began to realize the negative health effects of trans-fats such that non-hydrogenated margarine was developed and is now widely available. Non-hydrogenated margarine has no trans fat and is softer than the original margarine.

Instead of hydrogenating liquid vegetable oil, manufacturers now add a tiny amount of modified palm kernel oil to enhance the spreadability of margarine, creating a soft margarine that’s trans fatty acid free, according to Whitney in “Understanding Nutrition.”

Now that you already know the difference between bad and good fats, the choice is yours!

The bottom line is, use fat in moderation! Knowing what you eat is essential to good nutrition.

Read labels to determine the healthiest food options. Nutrition labels offer a wealth of information to help you make good choices.

In order to enjoy good health, we need the best nutrients for our body coupled with a healthy and active lifestyle.

For longer and happier life, follow the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by FNRI-DOST.

For more information about the NNS and food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)

“Panambay sa Barangay” goes to Surigao City barangay

-- Another round of “Panambay sa Barangay” (medical mission) of the provincial government was successfully held yesterday February 28 at Barangay Lipata, Surigao City.

During the said event, Gov. Sol Matugas led the ceremonial turn-over of educational materials to preschoolchildren and to the day care center worth P400,000 which will be constructed in Sitio Panubigon and two classrooms worth P1,247,000 in Lipata National High School Annex.

At the same time, Matugas encouraged all women to organize their own barangay livelihood cooperative that would help increase their income.

The governor also encouraged everyone, especially the barangay officials to help and actively participate in the development of their barangay.

Barangay Balibayon Captain Lucrisio Mesias thanked Gov. Matugas for the free medical check up, dental, Pap smear, circumcision, and free medicine and vitamins. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

CDO and Iligan schools receive education assistance from USAID 

-- Almost 10,500 students from Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan City received new school kits as replacements for their school materials destroyed or washed away by tropical storm Sendong (‘Washi’) last December. 

Provided by the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) 3, a USAID-funded program under the oversight of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the assistance augments educational support given to schools and students in heavily affected areas.

The DepED division offices of CDO and Iligan selected which would be the beneficiary schools and prioritized those severely affected by Sendong and those that received minimal support from recovery efforts due to the inaccessibility of their location. 

Overall, nine schools from CDO and 11 from Iligan city were identified as recipients of the educational assistance. Each school was given new sets of books, dictionaries, and other classroom materials to facilitate the improvement of classroom set-up and the smoother conduct of lessons amidst the ongoing reconstruction of their respective areas. 

The donated supplies can last up to the first semester of the following school year, depending on how the schools manage their resources. 

“The kids are really happy with the new school kits they received. We prioritized giving the supplies to the higher levels because they are the ones who usually carry heavy school materials. Thank you po talaga,” said Rosita Bayron, principal of the Bayug Elementary school, one of the schools that were completely decimated by Sendong. 

“Even if we do not have our school site yet, we are one of the few schools that were able to gather many students on the first day of classes this year,” Bayron said, adding that their students currently hold classes at the covered gym of Iligan City East High School-Hinaplanon Complex. 

Apart from the flooded school buildings, majority of the affected schools also lost computer units to Sendong, such as Tuburan National High School (Digkilaan Annex) which lost 11; most of thee were donated by GEM years back. 

“Through GEM-USAID program, we had been providing necessary infrastructure and resources to enhance access to quality education in target communities in Mindanao,” said MinDA Chair Luwalhati R. Antonino.

MinDA's Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework has cited the need for adequate and reliable support infrastructure for education and disaster risk management that strongly enhances the peace and development initiatives for Mindanawons. 

Since 2008, GEM 3 has been providing school infrastructure improvements to elementary and secondary schools such as updating of school libraries, home economics rooms, multi-media center, and internet connection to far flung Mindanao barangays including Iligan city. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/MinDA)

Cebuano News: Kakulangon sa Classroom maresolba na sa tuig 2013-matud ni Aquino

By Fryan E. Abkilan

– Mawagtang na sa gobyerno ang dugay na nga problema sa kakulangon sa balay tulunghaan karong tuig 2013 si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III miingon kagahapon Martes.

Ang Pangulo misulti sa mga partisepante nga mitambong sa 4thNational Congress of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Association s (COCOPEA) nga kini posible pinaagi sa mga reporma nga ma-implementar sa tibuok ahensya ug mga programa sa pamuhunan sama sa Public Private Partnership (PPP) program.

Siya miingon nga sa iyang paglingkod isip Pangulo niadtong tuig 2010, ang Department of Education nagtaho nga adunay kakulangon nga 66,000 ka mga balay tulunghaan alang sa mga estudyante.

Sukad niadto, ang DepED mipadayon sa pagpakunhod sa kakulangon pinaagi sa pagtukod og mokabat 15,000 ka mga balay tulunghaan niadtong tuig 2011 og dugang pang 35,000 karong tuiga.

Siya mitumbok nga ang DepED mipasalig nga sa tuig 2013 mawagtang na ang kakulangon niini.

“Therefore, by 2013, there will be further 15,000 (classrooms) that will come clearly from the public private partnership program plus the other donations plus other sources, will eliminate the shortage of 66,800 classrooms roughly in the third year of our administration,” ang Pangulo miingon. (RER/SDR-PIA13 Surigao del Norte)