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PIA News Service - Monday, April 30, 2012

DepEd-Butuan prepares for “Brigada Eskwela”

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) - Butuan City Division instructed their teachers to be prepared for the conduct of the nationwide “Brigada Eskwela,” which the division scheduled on May 14-18

According to Dr. Daylinda Tampus, Schools Division superintendent, the activity aims to prepare the infrastructure facilities of all public schools with the opening of the classes for school year 2012-2014 on June.

The official also called on stakeholders, especially the parents, to take part in the conduct of the activity to prepare the schools for the coming of students that is expected to increase because of the implementation of the K+12 program.

The conduct of the activity last year not only here in the city but in the entire region was a resounding success, based on the report of DepEd-Caraga Regional Director Gloria Benigno.

With this, Tampus hopes to duplicate the success of the program as the activity promotes the spirit of volunteerism. She also said since the program was launched, public schools have benefited in terms of their Community Maintenance and Operating Expenses (MOOE).

In a related development, the education department has released DepEd Memorandum No. 36, signed by Undersecretary Alberto Muyot on February 17, 2012, revising the criteria for the selection of Brigada Eskwela best school implementers.

The memorandum states that in order to improve the selection process of the Brigada Eskwela Awards, the Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) has revised the criteria as a result of the consultation meeting with the ASP Regional Coordinators held on November 7 to 9, 2011 at Ecotech, Lahug, Cebu City.

Brigada Eskwela, also known as the “Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan,” (Working together for the school) is a nationwide voluntary effort of teachers, parents, students, community members, and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their schools in preparation for the start of the school year.

It encourages volunteers to give a part of their time, effort, and even donate materials such as paint, cement, lumber, and other materials, which could be used for minor repairs and building. Donations from local corporations and businesses are given in kind. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

DOH advises leprosy-stricken persons to seek health centers help

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga Region has urged those who are affected with leprosy to coordinate with health center personnel in their respective areas.

Arlene Serrano, leprosy nurse coordinator of DOH-Caraga, said leprosy is an infectious skin disease but this will be cured if this will be treated during its early stage of development.

The official added those people who are found to be having signs and symptoms of this skin disease are encouraged to see personnel in their respective health centers to get medicines for treatment.

Serrano further said there are no commercial medicines available yet at present in pharmacies. She added medicines can be availed for free at the different health centers, as purchased by the national government through the World Health Organization (WHO).

Also, Serrano said that aside from the availability of such medicines at the health center, personnel from the centers, as well as the Barangay Health Workers have the capacity to handle cases of people having been affected with leprosy.

Leprosy is a disease that has been known since biblical times. It causes skin sores, nerve damage, and muscle weakness that gets worse over time.

People who are affected with such skin disease have skin lesions that are lighter than their normal skin color. Lesions can either have decreased sensation to touch, heat, or pain, or those that do not heal after several weeks to months. They also experienced muscle weakness and numbness or lack of feeling in the hands, arms, feet, and legs.

A number of different antibiotics including dapsone, rifampin, clofazamine, fluoroquinolones, macrolides, and minocycline, are used to kill the bacteria that cause the disease. More than one antibiotic is often given together.

Moreover, Serrano said leprosy can be prevented by avoiding close physical contact with untreated people. People on long-term medication become noninfectious because they do not transmit the organism that causes the disease.

In an earlier report of the World Health Organization (WHO), although the disease is considered to have been eradicated in the country, some areas remain leprosy hotspots after the Philippines registered the highest number of new cases in the Western Pacific Region in 2010.

Also, former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez said leprosy hotspots in the Philippines include some areas in Ilocos Sur, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Cebu City, Davao City, Tawi-tawi, Sulu, and Metro Manila.

However, Sunshine Alipayo, DOH-Caraga information officer admitted that there are already leprosy cases in the region but the regional office has yet to determine the statistics of those who are affected with such skin disease. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan dad stresses network with gov't agencies, partners to sustain peace and order

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) -- To sustain peace and order and curb criminalities, Butuan City mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr emphasized the need for more intensified networking with law enforcement agencies and related partners.

He announced this during the City Peace and Order Council emergency meeting held recently.

“The city government will help the local Philippine National Police (PNP) in the provision of additional radio equipment, motorcycle, and other facilities necessary during their operations,” Amante said.

The city mayor also mentioned the efforts of 1st District Butuan City-Las Nieves Cong. Jose Aquino II to put up some Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) within the city proper soon.

Amante further highlighted that the collaboration of the law enforcement agencies here is very important for it will increase accomplishments on peace and order and develop harmonious partnership among agencies concerned.

Vice Mayor Atty. Lawrence Fortun also pointed out that the PNP here shall strengthen its capability building and upgrade their skills by participating in trainings.

“Let us maximize the services that we could give to the general public to keep them safe and continuously gain their trust and confidence to us,” said Fortun.

Along with the efforts of the city government in inviting other investors to Butuan, Amante hoped for better execution of the functions and responsibilities of the law enforcement agencies, concerned government offices and partners to maintain peace and order situation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Crime incidence in Butuan still manageable, BCPO says

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 30 (PIA) -- To continuously ensure the safety of lives and properties of the general public, the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) has intensified police vigilance and coordination with other government agencies.

OIC PSSupt Pedro Obaldo Jr. reported that from March 15 to April 28 of 2011, there were 75 crime incidents recorded while this year of the same period, it decreased into 69.

“This is because of the continuous monitoring, surveillance, and coordination of the PNP with local officials, other concerned agencies and the community in its area of responsibility,” he said.

Obaldo also bared that they are also continuously strengthening their campaign against illegal drugs, wanted persons, illegal mining machineries, and apprehension of theft suspects and recovery of stolen items,.

“With all these, we believe that crime incidence in the city is still manageable,” Obaldo said.

Obaldo aks for the full cooperation of the general public and encourages them to support its campaign to achieve peace and order. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PNP, AFP set for Labor Day celebration in Surigao del Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 30 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said they are ready for the Labor Day celebration here tomorrow.

According to Tandag City Police Chief C/Insp Greggie Pimentel, security preparations have already been laid for the occasion including the setup of checkpoints in all entry and exit zones of the city.

Lt Col Henry Robinson, commanding officer of the 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army also said, they are always prepared for any eventualities and “aggressive move” or “tactical operations” that might be launched by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Robinson also mentioned, rallies in urban areas are but normal phenomenons during Labor Day celebrations.

As of press time, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) here told Radyo Ng Bayan, there is no information yet as to any scheduled rally in the province. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog news: Dalawang malalaking proyekto sa Agusan del Sur, isinagawa

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 30 (PIA) -- Ang pagpagawa ng dalawang “Tubig Imnonon Natong Agusanon (Tubig na Iinumin Nating mga Agusanon)” ay sinimulan kamakailan lamang.

Ito ay matapos magbigay ng hudyat si Agusan del Sur Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza na ito ay simulan na sa Barangay Tagbayagan, bayan ng Rosario at Sitio Managbay, Barangay 1, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

Ang proyektong TINA ay ang pagpatayo ng konkretong tangke na siyang magsasala ng preskong tubig galing sa balon para ito ay maging ligtas para inumin.

Ayon sa isang miyembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan at tagapamahala ng proyektong TINA na si Allan Santiago, ang TINA ay nakakaalis ng mga di kanais-nais na mga minerales na nasa tubig galing sa balon pagkatapos na ito ay salain.

Ayon naman kay Paquito Ebero at Ramel Jamoyan, parehong residente ng Barangay Tagbayagan, gumagastos sila ng tig-P35 araw-araw para lamang masigurong ang tubig na iniinom ng kanilang mga pamilya ay ligtas.

“Dati, kumukuha kami ng tubig na ma-inom sa balon na nandito sa lugar naming. Pero mamaya’t maya, kami ay nagkakasakit ng iba’t ibang sakit na dala ng maruming tubig, kaya napilitan kaming bumili na lang ng inuming tubig na naka botelya para masiguro na ang tubig na aming iinumin ay ligtas. Pero sa mga dukhang katulad namin, ang gumastos ng P35.00 araw-araw ay kalabisan na,” sabi ni Paquito Ebero.

Ang proyektong TINA ay sinimulan noong administrasyon pa ni dating Gobernador at ngayon ay kongresista ng Distrito 1 ng Agusan del Sur na si Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza.

Itinuloy ni Gob. Adolph Edward Plaza ang proyektong TINA at ito ay pinalaki at nagkaroon ng kapasidad na mahigit kumulang 500 gallon ng tubig na galing sa balon, ibinomba sa loob ng tangke ng TINA para ito ay masala at maipamahagi sa mas maraming kabahayan na nasasakupan ng komunidad.

“Ang hiling ko lamang sa inyo mga kababayan ay alagaang mabuti ang inyong TINA. Nirerekomenda ko na ito ay inyong linisin sa tuwing darating ang 20 araw para maseguro natin na ang tubig na nagmumula rito ay ligtas nang inumin. Ang proyektong ito ay inyo, kaya reponsibilidad ninyo na ito ay alagaan para sa ikasisiya ng inyong mga anak at sila ay magiging malusog at malayo sa mga sakit. Kami sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ay patuloy na naglilibot sa mga barangay para malaman kung sino ang mas nangangailangan ng proyektong ito at ng maipagawa kaagad,” sabi ni Gob. Plaza.

Ayon kay provincial engineer Pamela Yucosing, bawat proyektong TINA ay nagkakahalaga ng P100,000. (DS/RER/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano news: Provincial Capitol Canteen malampuson nga gibuksan ug gibendisyunan

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 30 (PIA) -- Malampuson nga gibuksan ug gibendisyunan bag-ohay pa lamang ang Surigao del Norte Provincial Capitol Canteen nga nahimutang sa kanhi opisina sa PEMO duol sa Engineering Building sa Kapitolyo.

Human sa pagbendisyon ni Rev. Father Edprim Gaza, CM, misunod gilayon ang ribbon cutting nga gipangulohan nila Surigao del Norte 1st district Congressman Francisco Matugas, Claver Mayor Rosemarie Goikangkee, San Francisco Mayor Simplecia Bacol, Board member Mamerto Galanida ug gisaksihan nila Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, Alegria Mayor Dominador Esma, Burgos Mayor Rolito Nogaliza, Gigaquit Mayor Carlos Egay Sr., Board member Victor Borja nga gitambongan sa mga department heads ug pipila ka mga empleyado sa kapitolyo.

Tumong ug tinguha sa pagtukod sa maong canteen nga maserbisyohan ang mga empleyado sa kapitolyo, aron adunay kapahuwayan ug aron usab magkabonding ang mga empleyado panahon sa lunch break ug coffee break. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano news: Aquino mohimo sa 'sorpresa' nga anunsyo alang sa mga trabahante sa mga gov’t workers karong Labor Day

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 30 (PIA) -- Gikatakdang mohimo sa “sorprisa” nga pag-anunsyo si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III alang sa mga government workers ugmang adlawa Mayo 1, atol sa pagsaulog sa Labor Day.

Sa interbyu sa mga miyembro sa media human kini mitambong sa birthday celebration ni Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr., si Pangulong Aquino miingon nga siya opisyal nga moanunsyo nga ang iyang administrasyon nagduso aron maimplementar ang fourth installment sa Salary Standardization Law 3.

Ang Salary standardization usa ka programa sa gobyerno nga gitinguha aron paghatag sa mga government workers sa suholan ug mga suholan nga angay base sa ilang job description ug performance nga labaw kaysa world standards.

“We are authorized already by a particular law (to implement) SSL 3. So ang question (na) lang dito is kung kakayanin bang i-advance 'yung next tranche which is the fourth tranche of the increase,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“So makukumpleto na po 'yung SSL 3. Perhaps, one month earlier than originally planned,” siya midugang.

Ang Pangulo midugang nga siya makigtagbo sa mga labor leaders ug stakeholders ugmang adlawa Mayo 1 aron tukion ang mga angay nga mga pamaagi aron pagpa-uswag sa employee-employer labor relations.

“Yes, there's a dialogue. We've prepared for it ...and will be fine-tuning the questions and answers and their recommendations,” ang Pangulo miingon. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)