5.27.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, May 27, 2012


Agusan del Sur updates CBMS

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 27 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) had started the information and advocacy campaign for the conduct of actual survey this month in order to update the data of the community based monitoring system (CBMS) province-wide.

According to Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and chairman of business committee Allan Santiago, the provincial planning and development office headed by Deanna Fudalan had already started the information and advocacy activities in the municipal level in order to gain people’s cooperation during the actual survey.

“Our provincial planning and development coordinator had already formed information and advocacy teams, tapping some of the student employees and the provincial government’s scholars in order to acquaint people of the questions that the enumerators will ask and the attitude and honesty in answering the questions during the actual survey,” SP Santiago said.

SP Santiago said the questionnaire had been improved making sure that it will fit the present situation. He added that trainings for the enumerators will be conducted early next month to also ensure that they are very familiar with the questions in the questionnaires and that only precise and correct data will be gathered.

“It is very important that precise and correct data will be the input of CBMS because this will be our basis for planning, prioritizing and budgeting our programs and projects so that we can deliver the real needs of our people.

The provincial government will be the training and monitoring office before and during the survey while the municipal and the barangay governments will be in-charge of the survey.

CBMS became the reference material used by the barangay, municipal and provincial governments of Agusan del Sur in planning, organizing and implementing projects and programs since 2005. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Red Cross thankful to local radio’s bloodletting activity

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 27 (PIA) -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Chapter has expressed gratitude to a homegrown radio station here for yielding some 72 bags of blood in a bloodletting activity held Saturday outside their station.

Dubbed “Give Love, Give Blood Part II,” the bloodletting activity is part of the corporate social responsibility of 103.9 Radyo Trumpeta, a homegrown FM radio station here which was established a year ago by broadcaster-turned businessman Norbert Pagaspas, who is the former station manager of dxBR-Bombo Radyo Butuan.

PRC said the 32,400cc blood collected from the 72 donors is a big help to fill in society’s need of blood.

The PRC reported that there were 80 individuals who volunteered to donate but unfortunately, only 72 qualified.

The Red Cross personnel also said aside from the residents here, people from the neighboring province of Agusan del Norte came here in the city to donate blood, particularly in the municipality of Buenavista, some 26 kilometers away from this city.

According to American Red Cross (ARC), to be successful blood donors, drink extra fluids before the donation. Be sure to eat by not skipping breakfast or lunch on the day of the donation since the body needs extra energy to donate a pint of blood. They will also feel better after donating if they have eaten a meal a few hours before.

The ARC also said blood donors should have no strenuous exercise before or after donating. If the donor exercises before donating, be sure to drink even more fluids to replace what they lost during their workout.

Further, ARC reminded the donors not to drink hot liquids, smoke, or even chew gum just prior to the blood-letting. This can cause their temperature to be falsely elevated.

“Wear comfortable clothing,” the ARC said.

Finally, ARC said donors must be relaxed. They may feel a little nervous, especially if it is their first time to donate blood.

Above all of these, the PRC said if you plan to donate blood the following day, you must get a good night's sleep.

Meanwhile, Fred Cena, 28, from Ambago, Butuan City admitted that this is his first time to donate blood. He said he was at first nervous but when he realized that what he was doing was for the sake of other people who need blood, he felt fulfilled.

On February 14, 2012, the said FM radio station also spearheaded the conduct of the same activity where 50 donors were able to donate blood.

Aside from 103.9 Radyo Trumpeta, other radio stations here have also conducted blood letting activities like dxBR Bombo Radyo Butuan of the Bombo Radyo Philippines Network and the RMN-dxBC Butuan of the Radio Mindanao Network. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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5,172 to take career service exams today in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 27 (PIA) -- A total of 5,172 examinees will take the civil service sub-professional and professional examinations today in the region, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said.

According to Imelda Bungabong, CSC-Caraga chief personnel specialist, based on the instruction from CSC Central Office, those who wish to take the examination may take it without limitation on the number of times they could take the exam.


Bungabong said the examination is divided into four categories such as verbal ability, analytical ability, numerical ability, and general information.

In an earlier report, CSC-Caraga regional director Adams Torres said three testing centers were established in Caraga Region to spread the number of examinees in the region.

He added examinees in other provinces of the region may take the examination in Caraga’s three key cities in Surigao, Bislig, and in Butuan City.

In Butuan City, Torres said sub-professional testing center had been established in Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT), while the professional testing center is located inside the campuses of Caraga State University (CSU) in Barangay Ampayon, as well as in Libertad National High School (LNHS) in Barangay Libertad here.

The CSC has scheduled May 27 and October 21 this year for the nationwide conduct of the career service examination-paper and pencil test for sub-professional and professional levels of eligibility.

Last year, the region had a low number of passers. During the May 22, 2011 exam, 169 examinees passed in the professional level and 23 passed in the sub-professional, and on October 16, 2011 examination schedule, 130 examinees from Caraga region successfully hurdled the exam in the professional level while only 26 passed in the sub-professional level.

However, in the October 17, 2010 professional career examination, Caraga’s Darwin M. Caringal ranked seventh in the top 10 passers, obtaining a rate of 84.56 percent, while the topnotcher came from the National Capital Region (NCR), with an 84.92 percent rate.

Passers of the civil service examinations are qualified for appointment to plantilla positions in the government service. (RER/PIA-Caraga)