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PIA News Service - Monday, March 5, 2012

PBCC bares blood collection and usage for the year 2011

By David M. Suyao

-- The Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC), through the technical person of the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) presented last week the status PBCC’s performance in blood collection and usage for the year 2011.

Julie Lapides, medical technologist of the PRC-AdS, presented that by December of 2011, the PBCC, together with the members of the team from the Provincial Health Office had collected 2,657 bags of 450 ml. blood through mobile collection in the municipalities and walk-in clients.

“Of the 13 municipalities and one city, Prosperidad ranked as the number one donor, with 474 bags, followed by Bayugan City with 457 and San Francisco with 437. Rosario ranked 4th with 315 bags, followed by Bunawan with 210 bags. The least donor municipality is Lapaz with only one, and this is just a replacement of the blood used by a patient from La Paz. The rest are 100 bags and below,” Lapidez said.

According to report by the PBCC, the highest consuming municipality at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) is San Francisco with 310 bags, followed by Prosperidad with 232. Third is Bayugan City with 191 bags, while Lapaz, who recorded only one replacement bag has consumed 49 bags.

Among other provinces who availed blood support, the highest is Surigao del Sur who is also the nearest province to the DOPMH, with 147 bags. PRC Surigao City had 10 bags, while PRC Tandag, 12. The Davao Medical Clinic who has a patient from Agusan del Sur got two bags, while the New Bayugan Medical Hospital got three.

Spoiled and reactive blood reached 312. These are blood reactive from Syphilis, HIV, HBsAG, UB, and expired blood and spoiled-chylous.

But in spite of high cost and large expenses in processing the blood, PBCC has still incurred a surplus of P502,400 from financial assistance received.

These financial assistance came from the shares per municipality and the lone city of Bayugan the amount of P50,000 each, and the financial aid from the provincial government totaling to P2,300,000 for the reagents. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Surigao del Sur PSWD sets 2-day Skills Training for Women

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 5 (PIA)
-- The Provincial Social Worker and Development Office (PSWDO) in Surigao del Sur, headed May Salinas, is set to conduct the 2-day Skills Training for Women on March 14-15 to be held at Provincial Social Hall, Capitol Hills, this city.

The program is in line with this year's celebration of the Women’s Month with the theme: “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, everyone’s Responsibility”.

According to Salinas, the program is designed to train unemployed women on rug-making and fashion-jewelries making as their source of livelihood especially to those unemployed women.

The program implementation is sponsored by Gov. Johnny Pimentel in coordination with the Alternative Learning System (ALS). (PIA Surigao del Sur)

PDEA bares accomplishments from January to February 2012

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- In the recently held City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) Meeting, chaired by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga headed by OIC-Regional Director Joel Plaza bared its accomplishments from January to February of this year.

The conduct of the monthly CPOC meeting is in line with president Aquino's Philippine Development Plan on Good Governance.

Representing Dir. Plaza, Deputy Dir. Cristy Silvan bared that Shabu is still the main drug of choice of illegal drug users and Marijuana is second.

Silvan also said that their office has conducted 49 successful operations wherein 80 persons were arrested. She further revealed that there were two convictions against violators of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Also, Silvan stressed that as way of intensifying its campaign to the public against the use of illegal drugs, PDEA-Caraga has conducted 55 lectures in the different barangays of the city, 51 conferences, 22 TV appearances, 29 radio guestings, and among others.

It was also learned that PDEA has been conducting urban farming, bloodletting activity, feeding program in partnership with other stakeholders.

With this, PDEA-Caraga expressed that they will continue to hunt illegal drug users and protect others especially the children. PDEA also hopes for the full cooperation of the general public. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan PNP reports peace and order situation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- The Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) reported its accomplishments on peace and order of the city from Jan. 1 to Feb. 27 this year, during the recent City Peace and Oder Council (CPOC) meeting.

PSupt Zosimo Duarte stressed that they have been continuously intensifying their campaign against illegal drugs and gambling, and apprehension of wanted persons, among others.

According to the PNP report, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 27, the crime volume decreased to 23 from 29 of the same period last year.

On its campaign against illegal drugs, five positive operations were conducted by BCPO that resulted to the arrest of six persons.

For illegal gambling (PD 1602), 26 positive operations were conducted that resulted to the apprehension of 14 persons and the confiscation of eight units of Fruit Game Machines, four units Video karera machines, and cash bet money for lotto/swertres, and several gambling paraphernalia.

On accounting of wanted persons, a total of 46 persons were arrested for the same period, all covered with warrants of arrest. Also, on its campaign against illegal possession of firearms (Republic Act 8294), three positive operations were conducted which resulted to the arrest of two suspects and confiscation of two units cal. 45 and one unit .357 cal revolver.

BCPO also bared that they had conducted 424 checkpoint operations, implementing the “No Plate No Travel Policy”, Republic Act 4136 (Traffic Rules and Regulations) and verification of the authenticity of the Official Receipt (OR), Certificate of Registration (CR) and Driver’s licenses which resulted to the issuance of 688 Traffic Citation Tickets (TCTs). This has also been done to check suspicious looking persons riding in motorcycles that might create criminalities in the city and to prevent cases of carnapping.

Duarte also said they are continuously conducting round-up of minors operation within the vicinity of Butuan. For the period covered, a total of 57 minors were accosted. Said minors were turned-over to City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) for proper disposition.

It was also learned that BCPO is continuously conducting tree-planting activities in support of PNPs project dubbed “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno Pamana sa Kinabukasan.”

Meanwhile, Duarte expressed that Butuan City is still peaceful and manageable despite the petty crimes incidents while intensified conduct of checkpoint/chokepoint, anti-drug operations, illegal gambling and other police operations are successfully accomplished by their office to curb the increase of crimes and to thwart lawlessness and threat groups.

With these developments, BCPO encourages the general public to help them in its campaign and report any noticed suspicious activities to prevent any crimes. (JPG/BCPO/PIA-Caraga)

Feature: Scrimping no more for baby Jepro

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon

“Kung sauna, dinaginot ang pagtimpla sa gatas sa akong anak, karon dili na (I used to scrimp in preparing milk for my baby, but now I no longer do it),” shares Helen Macubahon from Barangay Timamana, municipality of Tubod, Surigao del Norte.

Helen Macubahon, a young Mamanwa mother at the age of 21, narrates the ordeal that her family has experienced.

Helen’s husband, Noel Macubahon, 25, works as a laborer that hauls falcata logs and earns a maximum of P250 and minimum of P150 a day. This small amount of money is not enough for a family of three especially that they have a baby to feed.

Like other mothers, Helen also has a dream for her child to have a better future, a life that is completely different from what they have right now. She is worried she could not give this 'better future" to her child.

Helen finds other ways to help minimize their expenses, “nagtanum pud ko og mga kamote, saging ug uban pang mga gulayon para among masud-an (I also plant sweet potatoes, banana and other vegetables)," shares Helen. With this, they no longer have to spend for their viands. “Amo gayud na pa-igoan ang sweldo sa akong bana ma’am, labaw na nga naa mi anak (We really have to budget my husband’s income, especially now that we have our baby),” Helen said.

“Maski og magkalisud mi ma’am wala gayud kami nagmahay nga nagkaanak (Even though life is hard, we never regretted having baby Jepro),” said Helen while looking at her eight-month old baby that she cradled in her arms. She even boasted that baby Jepro has been receiving regular immunization in their barangay health center for free.

Helen and Noe became beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010. Helen's family is one of the 801 families in Tubod, Surigao del Norte that benefit the program.

“Ang akong anak gayud ang una nakong nahuna-hunaan pag-abot saPantawid Pamilya (My child is the first person that came to my mind when Pantawid Pamilya arrived in our town).”

Helen thought that with Pantawid Pamilya, she no longer have to scrimp her child’s milk because she can now buy it together with the other things that baby Jepro needs.

Helen receives a monthly cash grant of P500 a month for her child’s health and nutrition.

For others, P500.00 may be a small amount of money but for Helen and her family, with this amount they can already buy 2 boxes of baby’s milk and diapers for their little angel, Jepro.

Pantawid Pamilya may not be the answer to Helen’s financial problems, but it does respond to their immediate needs and somehow assist them especially in providing milk to baby Jepro. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/DSWD-13)

Anti-trafficking committee created

By Eldie N. David

-- To intensify the country’s drive against anti-trafficking, the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently approved the creation of the Butuan City Anti-Trafficking in Persons Committee through the passage of SP Ordinance 3842-2012.

The measure is in line with City Government’s thrust of valuing the dignity of every human person and guarantee the respect for individual rights.

The committee will be chaired by the city mayor and co-chaired by the chairman of the SP Committee on Social Services. Meanwhile, the members of the council will include a representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the City Social Welfare and Development office, the city director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the City Planning and Development Office, the City Health Office, the chairman of the Butuan City Council for Women, City Legal office, the office of the Permit and Licenses Division, the president of the Liga ng mga Punong Barangay, president of the SK Federation and the accredited Non-Government Organization to be appointed by the City Mayor.

Among the functions of the committee are 1) coordinate with city government offices, other government agencies, non-government organizations and people’s organization of pertinent programs and activities; 2) propose or recommend plans, policies and measures; 3) monitor programs, projects and activities; and 4) conduct regular meetings.

The committee shall also be mandated to have the following support services and programs: 1) implement applicable provisions of Republic Act 9208 (R.A. 9208), otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” in the city; 2) train LGU personnel involved in the programs against trafficking in persons; 3) ensure the effective prosecution of trafficking in persons cases including the documentation of such; 4) through the Permits and Licenses Division and upon the recommendation of the City Legal Office, effect the cancellation of licenses of local businesses and establishments which violate the provisions of RA 9208; 5) undertake information dissemination or campaigns through the Public Information office; 6) establish Migrant Advisory and Information Network (MAIN) desks in selected areas or barangays; 7) encourage and support local community-based initiatives which address trafficking in persons; 8) conduct inspection in coordination with proper authorities of houses, building or business establishments suspected of being used for trafficking activities; 9) institute reward scheme for those who have provided any information that lead to the suspension/prevention of trafficking activities and apprehension of persons involved therein; 10) may extend financial support to NGOs and Pos which will undertake activities that will address the problem on trafficking in persons; and 11) undertake other related activities necessary for the prevention of trafficking in persons.

The ordinance was jointly authored by all the members of the council led by Councilor Erwin L. Dano and Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/BC-VMO)

Barangay Tourism council created

By Eldie N. David

-- To extensively promote the country’s tourism campaign “Its more fun in the Philippines," the Sagguniang Panlungsod has approved the creation of the Barangay Tourism councils in Butuan City.

In an ordinance approved recently by the Council, barangay officials are now mandated to organize their respective Barangay Tourism Councils and elect for themselves officers.

The Barangay Tourism Council shall be membered by all interested organizations, purok Presidents or officers, businessmen, teachers, youth leaders, religious leaders, association president, transport President and others.

Under the ordinance, the council shall have the following functions: 1) initiate, organize, source out funds and implement tourism activities within the Barangay during its Barangay Fiesta, Araw ng Barangay, Christmas, Valentines and the like; 2) identify, plan, develop and promote tourist spots, activities, delicacies, souvenir and the like to benefit the local stakeholders financially and economically out of the reproduction and sales of the said spots, products, delicacies and souvenirs; 3) present to the City Tourism Council its identified tourist spots, tourism activities, programs and projects, together with their suggestions, recommendations, request for approval and funding for its development, and; 4) such other function or functions as the City Tourism Council, the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the City Mayor’s Office shall delegate in relation to the very intent and purpose of its creation.

The chairman of the Sangguniang Barangay Committee on Tourism shall automatically be the Barangay Tourism Officer and at the same time Honorary Member of the Barangay Tourism Council while the Punong Barangay shall automatically be the co-chairman of the council.

All elected Barangay Tourism chairman shall automatically be a member of the Barangay Tourism Federation and shall elect from among themselves their officers such as the Barangay Tourism Federation Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, Business Manager, Board of Trustees or other position as they deem it fit in accordance with their functions. In turn, the elected Barangay Tourism Federation Chairman shall automatically be a member of the Butuan City Tourism Council. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/BC-VMO)

Cebuano news: Kampanya sa Turismo nga 'Its more fun in the Philippines' ilusad didto sa International Trade Exposition sa Berlin

By Susil D. Ragas

-- Ang MalacaƱang nipadayag og kompiyansa nga ang kampanya sa turismo sa nasod nga “its more fun in the Philippines” moani og positibong pagdawat sa mga turista gikan sa nagkalain-laing nasod atol sa paglusad niini didto sa International Tourism Bourse sa Berlin, Germany karong Marso 7 hangtod 11, 2012, matud ni Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte kagahapon Dominggo.

Si Valte miingon sa interbyu sa radio dzRB Radyo ng Bayan nga si Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez atoa karon sa Berlin aron atimanon ang partisipasyon sa gobyerno sa maong kalihukan nga gitawag og “The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show,” nga motigom sa mokabat 10,000 exhibitors ug 170,000 ka mga bisita gikan sa 180 ka mga nasod nga mosalmot sa maong kalihukan.

“So medyo significant po ‘yung participation ng ating Department of Toursim dahil doon po natin unang iro-roll out ang ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ campaign natin in a global setting or in a global event,” matud ni Valte.

“Important din po ang participation natin doon because half of the travel business natin, ‘yung mga tourists natin, find out about the country through these travel expositions,” dugang pa niya.

Siya mitumbok nga ang “ travel wholesalers” makapahimulos sa mga tavel expositons sama sa ITB-Berlin aron makuha ang nag-unang mga tourist spots sa nasod, sama sa Pilipinas, sa pagpasiugda og travel packages nga mohatag sa mga turista og dugang balor sa ilang kwarta.

“So we are very confident that the new (tourism) campaign ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ will be received well by the international audience,” matud pa ni Valte. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)