4.16.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, April 16, 2012

DOST-Caraga announces qualifiers to the 2012 SEI scholarships

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 (PIA)
-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Caraga Region has announced the 63 high school graduates who qualified in the 2012 DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) scholarship programs.

According to DOST-Caraga Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations Dominga D. Mallonga, of the qualified applicants, 57 examinees, who are poor but deserving students, qualified for the Republic Act (RA) 7687 scholarship grants, otherwise known as the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994.

Also, six applicants have qualified under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship program.

The Science and Technology Scholarship Program under RA 7687 of 1994 awards scholarships in baccalaureate degrees and three-year technician courses. This is given to talented and deserving students from poor families. On the other hand, the DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarship Program or Merit Scholarship that started in 1958 provides BS scholarships in priority Science and Technology courses.

Dir. Mallonga added qualified examinees will enjoy scholarship privileges such as free tuition fees and other school fees not exceeding P6,000 per semester/term. They will also receive an allowance for prescribed textbooks and essential school supplies at P5,000 per academic year.

The official further said an outright grant for prescribed Military Science and Physical Education uniform of P500 during the first semester of the first year will be given to the scholars.

"For those who will be studying outside of their home province, they will be given free transportation for one economy-class round trip fare between permanent residence and place of study on reimbursement basis," Mallonga said.

Moreover, Mallonga said a monthly living allowance for a 10- to 11-month duration depending on the awardee’s scholarship category as full, partial, or special which shall be based on certain socioeconomic indicators.

She added for those who will pursue BS Physics, BS Applied Physics, BS Physics for Teachers and BSE Physics Teaching, Geology and Mining Engineering, a monthly living allowance of P5,000, P3,150, P2,825 will be given to full, partial, and special scholarship, respectively.

A post-graduation clothing allowance of P1,000 will also be granted to the scholars upon graduation.

Meanwhile, Mallonga stressed that scholarship qualifiers shall enroll in state universities or in other higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development.

Priority science courses for which the scholars can enroll in are Agriculture, Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, Ceramics Engineering, Chemistry with Applied Computer System, Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Environmental Science, Fisheries, Food Technology, Forestry, Geology, Geodetic Engineering, Geological Science and Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Physics, Physics with Applied Computer System, Physics with Materials Science and Engineering, Science/Mathematics Teaching and Statistics.

Mallonga said this year’s scholarship qualifiers will add to the pool of highly qualified scientists and engineers who will take active and leadership roles especially in science and technology research and development activities.

“The scholars, however, are obliged to render service in the country after completion of their programs of study for the duration equivalent to the period of the scholarship,” Mallonga added.

DOST-Caraga and Provincial Science and Technology Center will conduct an orientation for the new qualifiers and their parents. They will be notified through mail of the scheduled orientation and signing of scholarship agreement. (RER/PIA-Caraga with reports from DOST-Caraga)

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Feature: Drink water and be healthy

By Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa

The body is 70-75 percent made up of water.

It aids in digestion, absorption, transport, and utilization of electrolytes and other nutrients. It also helps maintain body temperature and excretes waste products from the lungs, skin, and kidneys. Furthermore, it is considered as the most essential of all nutrients.

Our body needs to be sufficiently supplied with water to replace the loss of water in urine, sweat, perspiration, feces, as well as through other body processes that cannot be seen. Not supplying enough water in the body can affect bodily function and can lead to dehydration and also even to death. With this, it is just right to say that "water gives life" or without water there could be no life."

Drinking only when thirsty is not good. Fluid replacement should be a daily plan.

The daily fluid requirements will vary with the environmental conditions, clothing, intensity, and duration of exercise, and other activities.

Based on the 2000 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a technical working group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), water or fluid requirement ranges from 10 milliliters per kilogram (ml/kg) of body weight for infants to 25 ml/kg body weight for adults which is about three glasses of fluids for infants and six to eight glasses for adults.

Fluids can also come from fruits, vegetables, and other beverages like fruit juices, fortified drinks and flavored sports drink, which provide additional vitamins, especially vitamin C.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may 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, Metro Manila; Tel/Fax No.: 837-2934, 837-3164; Trunk line: 837-2071 to 82, local 2296 or 2280; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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Feature: Simple reminders to keep family well-nourished

By Victor J. Alfonso Jr.

Food is an integral part of survival. We must eat to live. Here are some reminders to keep the family healthy, productive, and fulfilled:

• Choose a variety of foods everyday. No single food can supply all the nutrients the body needs. Be sure to include food items which are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals plus a lot of fluids. Confining food choices to a few kinds of foods usually result in an imbalanced diet.

• Serve the right amounts of food to your family. Control the amount consumed to prevent overeating, but serve enough to meet their nutritional needs.

• Use fats and oils moderately in preparing family meals for more energy. Oil can be reused four times without affecting food flavor if you add one part fresh oil to three parts used oil before each reuse. Before storing oil, remove burnt particles at the bottom of the cooking vessel to preserve its flavor and color.

• Remember that according to the Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramids for Filipinos, persons aged seven to 39 years are allotted six to eight teaspoons of oil or fat per day.

• Serve more often one-dish meals like sinigang, linaga, munggo gisado, or bulanglang to name a few. One-dish meals offer a variety of nutrients from the different food groups. They are also economical since cooking only one dish saves energy, time, and money.

• Prioritize the food needs of infants and pre-school children before serving other family members. Likewise, a sick child or family member needs more nourishment to fight infection and recuperate. Give soft, nutritious foods like fish, beans, eggs, milk, vegetables, and fruits. Remember to consult a doctor for further advice.

• If you have an infant, remember that mother’s milk is the best. Breastfeed exclusively from birth to six months or longer, and then give appropriate complementary foods, as stressed by the second message of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos 2000 (NGF) developed by a Technical Working Group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

• Keep a garden to grow plants the family needs, such as tubers (kamote, gabi), legumes (munggo, patani, kadyos), green leafy and yellow vegetables (malunggay, kangkong, camote tops, alugbati, petsay, saluyot, squash) and fruits (banana, papaya, guava).

• Food safety at the household level is of paramount concern. Wash hands with soap and water before and after cooking, before eating, and after using the toilet. The place where we eat food must be safe and clean. Always check if the ingredients are fresh and clean before cooking.

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, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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City dad declares Balangay Festival Silver Year in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 (PIA)
-- City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. has declared March 9, 2012 to March 8, 2013 as the Balangay (wooden boats) Festival Silver Year.

As per Proclamation No. 1, series of 2012 signed by the city’s chief executive recently, it stated that the balangays of Butuan have been declared National Cultural Treasures by former President Corazon C. Aquino through Presidential Proclamation No. 86 dated March 9, 1987.

The proclamation also stated that the balangays, since its proclamation as National Cultural Treasures have become the centerpiece of tourism activities and an icon of the annual fiesta celebration of the city.

With March 19, 2012 marking the 25th year of its proclamation, the Sangguniang Panlungsod has expressed its sentiments to declare March 9, 2012 to March 8, 2013 as the Balangay Silver Year, the proclamation stated.

Meanwhile, in line with the year-long celebration, the Sangguniang Panlungsod also passed SP Resolution No. 220-2012, adopting the official logo of the Balangay Festival Silver Year Celebration.

In this regard, the City Tourism Council sponsored a logo-making contest for the aforementioned celebration, where the logo entry encircling a balangay boat with waves and the Year 2012 in the center and with the words “Balangay Festival Year” written in the upper inner silver circle and the words “Butuan City” written in the lower inner silver circle won the contest.

With these developments, the city government is now on the process of finalizing the events that are in-line with the celebration, where people here are expecting for the grandest and colorful fiesta celebration of the city come May 19, 2012, to be highlighted by the staging of the 2012 Mutya Hong Butuan.

The Balangay or Balanghai is the first wooden watercraft ever excavated in Southeast Asia. Also known as the Butuan boat, this artifact is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during pre-colonial times.

The Balanghai Festival is also a celebration in Butuan City to commemorate the coming of the early migrants that settled the Philippines, on board the Balangay boats. When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipinos living in well-organized independent villages called barangays. The name barangay originated from balangay, the Austronesian word for "sailboat". (RER-PIA 13 Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Palasyo miingon renewable energy kaparte na sa mga plano sa gobyerno aron matubag ang power problem sa Mindanao

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 16 (PIA)
-– Ang pagbalhin ngadto sa mga sources sa renewable energy kaparte na sa long-term plan sa gobyernong Aquino aron matubag ang problema sa enerhiya sa nasod partikular na sa Mindanao, ang tigpamaba sa Palasyo miingon niadtong Sabado.

Sa interbyu sa estasyon sa radio dzRB radio ng Bayan niadtong Sabado, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga samtang ang gobyerno naghunahuna sa pagkuha sa renewable nga mga sources sa kuryente kini adunay kalakip nga premium ug posibleng makaapekto sa balayronon sa kuryente sa mga konsumante.

Pipila ka mga kritiko sa gobyerno ang nanawagan na gobyerno nga mohimo na sa short-term ug dinaliang mga solusyon ngadto sa krisis sa Mindanao pinaagi sa renewable energy.

“Katulad po ng binanggit ni Pangulong Aquino kahapon, everybody is for renewable energy. It’s just that may premium yung renewable energy so marami pa tayong mga iba pang hinahanap na solusyon to address this (energy problem),” si Valte miingon.

“That is part of the long-term plan: to include more and more projects that involve renewable energy. Remember the Department of Energy is also advocating alternative and renewable sources of energy. So that is already part of the plan.”

Si Valte usab miingon gipadali na sa gobyerno ang pagrehabilitar sa hydro power plants didto sa Mindanao, partikular na ang mga planta sa Agus ug Pulangi.

Kanang mga planta gidesenyo lamang alang sa 30 ka mga tuig nga operasyon apan kini nag-operate na sa halos 59 ka mga katuigan, sobra-sobra na sa orihinal nga gitakdang kadugayon niini, pagpasabot ni Valte. Ang rehabilitasyon sa Agus plant molungtad sa 30 ka bulan, samtang ang Pulangi plant molungtad sa usa ka bulan, siya midugang.

Ang pabag-o bag-o nga panahon maoy nakaapekto sa power generation didto sa Mindanao kay ang maong rehiyon nakasinati man sa pabag-o bag-o nga mga panahon sa pag-ulan, si Valte miingon, sa pagpasabot nga halos katunga sa mga gikinahanglang enerhiya sa Mindanao nagagikan sa mga hydro- power plants.

“Because of climate change, of changing weather patterns, hindi na pareho ang rainfall noon at ang rainfall ngayon. So kung kumukonti po ang lebel ng tubig na bumabagsak doon sa Mindanao, mas konti ang nagagamit para dito sa mga hydropower plants natin,” sa iyang dugang pagpasabot.

Isip tubag, si Valte miingon, ang gobyerno milantaw na sa lain pang mga sources sa elektrisidad. Siya miingon adunay planta nga magsugod pag-operate sa tuig 2014 aron masuplayan ang panginahanglanon sa kuryente sa maong rehiyon. Ang tigpamaba sa Palasyo nagpasabot, nga hinoon, ang pagsulbad sa problema sa krisis sa kuryente sa Mindanao dili mahimo sa usa kagabii lamang.

Ang pagtukod sa usa ka planta moluntad sa pipila ka mga bulan o mga katuigan, siya miingon, ug ang mga mamuhunan kinahangkan mosunod sa mga resikitos sa gobyerno ug mga regulasyon una sila tugtan sa pag-operate. Pipila ka mga proyekto ang usahay molungtad pa sa pipila ka mga tuig sa pagproseso sa mga permits ug mga dokumento una masugdan ang pagtukod niini, siya miingon.

“We were aware of this from the beginning which is why marami tayong mga ini-encourage na investors para pumasok doon at magtayo ng mga power plants,” si Valte miingon.

Si Valte usab mipadayag sa pagkaposotibo nga ang energy summit nga gitambongan sa Pangulo niadtong Biyernes, Abril 13 didto sa Davao City makakuha og positibong mga resulta human ang mga energy stakeholders ug ang gobyerno mipabati sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga sugyot aron matubag ang power problem sa Mindanao.

Siya usab miapila ngadto sa katawhan nga nagpakatag sa dila mao nga mga impormasyon, labi na kadtong nag-ingon nga motaas ang mga presyo sa elektrisidad sa Mindanao luyo sa kasamtangang gipatuman nga mga remedy. Siya miingon ang ilang gihimo dili makatabang sa sitwasyon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Malacanang nalipay sa travel poll ranking sa Pilipinas nga 3rd sunod sa Brazil ug Caribbean

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 16 (PIA)
-- Ang MalacaƱang mipadayag ug kalipay sa poll survey nga gipahigayon sa travel search site nga mipili sa Pilipinas sa ikatulong puwestong sa mga nasod uban ang kinaminosan nga bastos nga mga katawhan sunod sa Brazil ug ang Caribbean.

Si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon atol sa interbyu niini sa estasyon sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan niadtong Sabado nga ang maong pagpili gipahigayon sa travel search site, http://www.skyscanner.net.

"Of course, we are known worldwide for our hospitality at ang pagka-pleasant at pagka-polite natin. So, at least, this receives worldwide attention," si Valte miingon

Ang mga online voters, nga mibisita sa Skyscanner site aron mopalit sa mga tikets o mopili sa destinasyon sa ilang mga bakasyon, mipahimutang sa Pilipinas isip usa sa tulo ka mga nasod nga kinaminosan ang bastos nga katawhan.

Ang maong surbey nakadawat sa mokabat 1,200 ka mga tubag, 65% niini ang gikan sa United Kingdom (UK) ug Ireland, dugang pa ang ubang dapit sa Europe, North America ug Australia.

Ang Skyscanner maoy nag-unang travel search site sa Europa, nga nag-operate sa mosobra 25 ka ,mga lengguwahe nga dunay mosobra sa 25 milyon ka mga bisita ug mosobra sa 11 milyon ka talagsaon nga mga bisita matag bulan . Kini sila adunay mga opisina sa Scotland ug Singapore. (PIA 13, Surigao del Norte)