PIA News Service - Friday, April 13, 2012

Pre-construction of roads consultation held

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 13 (PIA)
-- Governor Adolph Edward Plaza convened on tuesday the officials and residents of Barangays Sta. Teresita and Pinagalaan for a pre-construction meeting.

This is for the earliest possible construction of roads connecting the two barangays to Barangays Osmena, Magkiangkang, Villa Undayon, New Salem, Mount Carmel and Bayugan City for easy and convenient transport of their products.

Last month, a meeting was also held with all stakeholders of the said projects to discuss program works. A community mapping was also conducted, which was participated by the local residents of the two barangays to discuss problems and issues and formulate possible solutions.

“We already have the money in our hands, because President Noy-Noy Aquino, with his Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan program, and thru the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) Sec. Teresita Deles have already given us a total of P20 Million last February, for the rehabilitation and construction of roads in your area. Therefore, you have all the reasons to rejoice,” Gov. Plaza said.

Meanwhile, Provincial engineer Pamela Yucosing called on barangay officials to secure the materials and equipment because every bit of the projects are for the benefit of the two barangays and the other barangays going to Bayugan City.

“We used to travel by single motorcycles in going to Bayugan City to sell our products. All we gain are body and headaches when we return home because the proceeds of our sales are just enough to pay for the fares,” Daniel Banguiran, a resident, said.

Barangay Pinagalaan has great potential in agricultural production, like animal raising, inland body of water fish, rice and other farm products. With the intervention of PAMANA program, it is expected that the people will improve their economic condition soonest. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Feature: Get the Best from Fresh Fruits

By Ma.Susana O. Encarnacion

MANILA, April 13 (PIA)
-- The scorching heat signals the coming of the summer season. There are a lot of wonderful things we can indulge ourselves into to lessen the heat. We can take a plunge in the pool or just relax at home sipping an icy cold glass of our favorite fruit shake or cold water.

But if there’s one good thing about summer, it is the abundance of fresh fruits to really enjoy. But do you know how to choose the best one among our favorite fruits? In an article published by the “Nutrition Action Health Letter (Vol. 25, No.4)”, the following tips are suggested when choosing our favorite fruits:

For apples: Look for firm and well-colored fruit. Avoid bruised fruit or one that yields to slight pressure on the skin. Apples may be refrigerated to prolong freshness. Apples are said to soften ten times faster at room temperature.

For bananas: Look for bananas which are firm, bright and free of bruises or other injuries. Avoid those which are bruised and with discolored skin. They are best stored at room temperature.

For grapes: It is best to look for well-colored and plump grapes firmly attached to the stem. Avoid soft, moldy or wrinkled grapes and those with bleached areas around the stem ends. Don’t let grapes get wet. Wash them just before eating.

For guavas: It is best to look for soft green fruit with a fragrant aroma. Avoid hard fruit. Guavas are best ripened at room temperature. Ripe guavas will keep only for a day or two but the pulp can be frozen.

For oranges: Look for firm, heavy fruits with fresh, bright looking skin that is smooth. Lightweight oranges are likely to lack flesh and juice. Very rough skin texture means thick skin and less flesh. Oranges keep fresh for only one week or two if refrigerated. They yield the most juice if kept at room temperature.

For papaya: Look for those with firm and unblemished fruit whose green color is turning yellow. Avoid those which are solid green or mushy or with bruises. Papayas are best ripened in paper bag at room temperature until softened and golden yellow.

Fruits are best enjoyed when they are eaten at their freshest. The above tips can be used as our guide in choosing the best for our favorite fruits. Some fruits like mango, papaya, guavas and citrus are rich sources of vitamin C, which help prevent scurvy.

Likewise, they are very important in increasing resistance to infection and facilitating the absorption of non-heme iron. Yellow fruits, on the other hand, are beta-carotene rich and common fruits like bananas, melon and pineapple contribute additional vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. Non-heme iron are those do not contain or that is bound in a porphyrin ring like that of heme like the ferredoxins.

Fruits like vegetables provide dietary fiber that aids in regular bowel movement. Eating fruits alone however, will not provide all the nutrients our bodies need. The human body needs more than 40 different nutrients for good health.

As suggested in the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), no single food can provide all the nutrients in the amounts needed. Remember, that the cliché: “eating a balanced diet for good health and nutrition “, still stands. I guess this is the basis of the old saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Happy fruit munching!

For more information on food and nutrition, write or call: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, Telephone/Fax nos. 837-2934, 837-3164, trunklines: 837-2071 locals 2296 and 2284, 837-8113 locals 318 and 319, e-mail: mvc @fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c @ yahoo.com.ph; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.dost.gov (FNRI-DOST S&T MEDIA SERVICE/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Surigao Norte miturn-over sa day care center ngadto sa Gen. Luna barangay

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Apr. 13 (PIA)
-- Ang pangagamhanang probinsyal sa Surigao del Norte gitunol ang bag-ong natukod nga Day Care Center ngadto sa mga opisyales sa barangay ug mga residente didto sa Barangay Magsaysay, General Luna, ning probinsya.

Ang bag-ong natukod nga Day Care Center pormal nga gitunol ni Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas ug gidawat kini sa mga local nga mga opisyales sa maong lungsod sa pagpangulo ni General Luna Mayor Jaime Rusillon pinaagi sa usa ka simpleng seremonya nga gitambongan sa mga residente sa maong lungsod.

“This is the provincial government’s support to public school reforms implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd),” ingon ni Gov. Matugas.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambongan usab nila 1st district Surigao del Norte Congressman Francisco Matugas ug Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: DSWD-Caraga subli-on ang KALAHI-CIDSS uban sa Gigaquit

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 13 (PIA)
-- Para sa ika-duha nga pagimplementa nad government’s anti-poverty project sa kapit-bisig laban sa kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), pinaagi sa regional office sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa Caraga gibag-o ang pag-abang sa local government unit (LGU) sa Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte og duha ka development projects.

Pinaagi sa usa ka memorandum of agreement nga gipermahan niagi, ang LGU nag pahimutang arun maimplementar ang duha ka community-driven development projects. Kini ang mga regular nga tulo ka katuigan nga panaglibot sa KALAHI-CIDSS ug Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) para sa usa ka tuig.

Ang duha mao ang community-driven development anti-poverty projects nha gi-implementa sa Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Ang financial mekanismu sa KALAHI-CIDSS uban sa local counterpart contribution (LCC) paagi kung diin ang local government unit maka kuha ug kalahi-CIDSS maka-angkon ug P5,850,000 ug sa parihu nga oras sila mag provide ug 30 percento nga LCC nga P2,674,285.71 para sa insfrustructure nga proyekto.

Tulo nga mga nailhan nga bangi ang makaapektado sa barangay sa mga munisipalidad nga maka angkon usab ug P900,000 gikan sa opisina sa Presidential Adviser on peace and development proyekto nga nakuha sa building arun mapadali ang resulba sa comunidad. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Pilipinas padayon nagsubay paingon sa pagkab-ot sa Millennium Development Goals

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 13 (PIA)
–- Ang Pilipinas padayon pagsubay paingon sa pagkab-ot sa Millennium Development Goals partikularmente sa edukasyon, panglawas, kababayenhan ug kabataan, sulti ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa mibisita nga si Quentin Bryce ang Governor General sa Commonwealth of Australia kagahapon Huwebes.

Ang MDGs, mga tumong nga gitakda sa United Nations, mao ang otso ka mga international developments targets diin ang tanang 192 ka mga miyembrong estado sa UN ug mokabat 23 ka mga international organizations uyon sa pagkab-ot niini sa tuig 2015.

Kini nga mga tumong mao ang: pagwagtang sa hilabihang kapobrehon ug kagutom; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality rate; improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; ug paghimo og mga global partnership alang sa kalamboan.

Sa iyang mensahe human nahimamat si Bryce didto sa Malacañang Huwebes sa buntag, si Pangulong Aquino miingon ang iyang administrasyong nakahimo na sa “significant progress” aron makab-ot kini nga mga tumong.

“As part of our efforts to ensure that no Filipino is left behind, the Philippines is well on track in reducing the number of Filipinos who suffer from hunger and bringing down the mortality rate for infants and children under five-years-old and increasing the number of households who have access to safe water supply and sanitation facilities among others,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“The government is intensifying efforts to accelerate progress in eradicating poverty, in providing universal primary education and improving maternal health,” siya midugang.

Iyang gipasalamatan ang gobyernong Australia sa mga technical ug pinansyal assistance nga gihatag niini diin, siya miingon maoy susi sa paglambo sa nasod aron makab-ot kini nga mga tumong.

“I am proud to share the significant progress we have made in obtaining the 2015 Millennium Development Goal targets—progress that signifies our gratitude to the people and government of Australia who have been generously providing both technical and financial assistance to our key MDG-related projects and programs through the Australian Agency for International Aid or AusAID,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Iyang gipasabot nga ang Pilipinas mohimo sa tanan aron dugang mapalig-on ang relasyon tali sa duha ka mga nasod.

“For 66 years, the Philippines and Australia have enjoyed a dynamic and fruitful partnership. It is one of the oldest, strongest, and most enduring partnerships in the Asia Pacific region rooted upon a firm foundation of trust, positive engagement, and shared values and ideals,” pagpasabot ni Pangulo.

“We remain committed to this partnership and to further harnessing its strength towards the achievement of the goals that our peoples share with the rest of the community of nations,” siya midugang. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)