6.13.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Number of patients on dialysis on the rise in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 13 (PIA) -- The number of patients in Caraga Region who underwent dialysis has increased, said Dr. Romina Rusillon, a nephrologist and resident partner of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), an advocacy program of the government aimed to inform the public of renal health care and prevention.

Speaking before the local media here during the conduct of “Caraga in Focus,” a TV program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, Rusillon said that as of 2010, the number of patients who have undergone dialysis in the region is already 70.

Rusillon, who is one of the three nephrologists here in the region, said that of the 70 patients, 45 are coming from the province of Surigao del Norte, and currently, it was recorded to have more than 60 patients in the said province.

She also said anyone regardless of age may be afflicted with kidney disease, saying that there are more elementary pupils who have been diagnosed as having the disease.

Rusillon explained that because of this, the REDCOP and the Department of Health (DOH) conducted a screening to pupils who may possibly have chronic glomerulonephritis, which is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in third world countries including the Philippines.

Chronic glomerulonephritis, according to Rusillon, is an inflammation of the kidney. She added that sometimes, this cannot be felt as there are no symptoms. “There are even cases where 10 year-old and below may have glomerulonephritis," she said.

Meanwhile, Rusillon said Caraga Region has six dialysis centers available at present.

In Butuan City, two private hospitals were identified as dialysis centers: Butuan Doctors’ Hospital and MJ Santos Hospital. Also, there is a free-standing dialysis unit in the region’s nephrology center.

The two dialysis centers in Surigao City are located at the Caraga Regional Hospital, the only public hospital in the region that can cater dialysis procedure. Also, identified dialysis centers are the Miranda Family Hospital and the Surigao Medical Center.

Because of the increasing trend of patients having this disease, Rusillon informed the public to adopt healthy lifestyle, to include observing proper hygiene.

Today’s episode of “Caraga in Focus” is conducted in support to the Kidney Month which is celebrated in the country nationwide. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


PIA-Caraga conducts advocacy campaign for renal health care, prevention

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 13 (PIA) -- The regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here in Caraga conducted an advocacy campaign for renal health care and prevention in support to the Kidney Month celebration.

In today’s special episode of Caraga in Focus, a TV program of PIA-Caraga Region, Dr. Romina Rusillon, one of the three nephrologists in Caraga Region, discussed things pertaining to renal health care and prevention.

Rusillon pointed out that the national government has strengthened the advocacy campaign of renal health care and prevention through the implementation of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP).

She also said that through the advocacy campaign, it is hoped that more people will know how to prevent and take care of renal health especially as renal disease is considered one of the top 10 killer diseases in the Philippines.

According to Delma Legaspi from the Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD), kidney disease is seventh among the 10 killer diseases in the Philippines, causing death to about 7,000 Filipinos every year.

The official further explained that kidney diseases such as diabetic kidney disease, chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive kidney disease, and chronic and repeated kidney infection (pyelonephritis) will often lead to end-stage renal disease due to inability to recognize them in early stages.

Furthermore, Rusillon explained that Chronic Glomerulonephritis (CGN) used to be the most common cause of end-stage renal disease in third world countries including the Philippines, adding that it usually afflicts children, adolescents, and young adults in their productive years. Children and young adults with latent glomerulonephritis can escape detection for months or years, causing the condition to progress to a chronic state.

Rusillon said everybody should take precautionary measures by conducting regular consultation with the doctor and have the urine examined.

Legaspi, meanwhile, said that one way to prevent the disease is by taking six to eight glasses of water daily.

Rusillon stressed that by taking more fluid, one could be able to flush bacteria that are already inside the body. “Thus, I will also advise the public to take more fluids, particularly water daily,” she said.

Today’s Caraga in Focus was also attended by 22 local tri-media of this city. This year’s Kidney Month celebration is anchored on the theme “Ikaw at ako, Panalo sa Malusog na Bato” (You and me, winner of healthy kidney). (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Sur celebrates solemn but joyful independence day

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 13 (PIA) -- Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday at the Naliyagan Plaza to celebrate the 114th Independence Day and to witness and take part on the opening day of the “mother of all festivals” in Agusan del Sur, the Naliyagan Festival.

At around 6 a.m., provincial, municipal, and barangay officials gathered at the St. Vincent Ferrer parish church and at the Naliyagan Plaza ground for the mass.

After the mass, officials marched towards the Rizal monument for the solemn wreath-laying ceremony, which ended with a 21-gun salute from the 401st Infantry Brigade under the command of Colonel Romeo Gan.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, the Philippine National Anthem was sung by the Provincial Choral Ensemble, simultaneous with the raising of the giant national flag led by Governor Adolph Edward Plaza and second district Congressman Evelyn Plaza-Mellana, followed by the raising of the provincial flag led by Vice Governor Santiago Cane Jr. and members of the 13th Sangguniang Panlalawigan members. With the singing of the Agusan March, the Naliyagan flag was raised, together with the 316 barangay flags.

In his welcome remarks, Cane said the celebration of Philippine Independence is very important in Philippine history because it is the day that Filipinos became free from the rule of the foreign forces.

Delivering his message, Plaza said the celebration of Philippine Independence is a moment to look back from the past and remember the struggles, the courage, the loyalty, the morale, the pride, and the intelligence of our forefathers.

“As we celebrate the 114th Independence day today, we must remember the pride and the courage of our forefather in order for us to inherit this very precious gift we now enjoy, our independence. We have to embrace that ever since we inherit this gift, we become empowered to stand by our own in moving forward in order to become strong and determined, to have a better life and prepare the best for the future of our children, for them to become responsible and productive. And we ended the program for the Independence Day Celebration, I officially declare the Naliyagan Festival open,” Plaza said.

The celebration of the 114th Independence Day ended with the release of the 114 balloons and doves symbolizing freedom and high vision for the future. (RER/DMS/PIA 13-Agusan del Sur)


Agusan del Sur Gov turns over school desks to DepEd

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 13 (PIA) -- Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza on Tuesday, June 12, turned-over 5,000 school desks to the Department of Education (DepEd) and confirmed the 267 scholars of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur for the school year 2012-2013.

The turnover of the school desks and the confirmation of scholars took place during the celebration of the 114th Independence Day and the grand opening of the Naliyagan Festival, where hundreds of people participated and took part in the joint celebration.

The desks were donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), out of the confiscated logs and lumber. According to Plaza, the provincial government spent some P3 million for the labor and other materials in order to turn the confiscated logs and lumber into arm chairs.

“This endeavour of the provincial government does not stop here. There are still some more logs and lumber that we can use in order to make more school desks that will address the problem of lack of desks in our classrooms. I am appealing to the DepEd to please take good care of these desks so that it will serve our purpose longer, so that more school children will be comfortable in the schools in the future,” Plaza said.

After the turnover of desks, the 267 scholars of the provincial government were presented, for Plaza's confirmation.

The scholars, according to Plaza, are newly graduated high school students who will enter college, and the provincial government is planning to increase the number of scholars from 267 this school year to 600 scholars next school year. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


GSIS invites low income gov't workers to nominate kins to its college scholarship program

MANILA, June 13 (PIA) -- GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara is inviting low-income government workers to nominate their children to the enhanced college scholarship program of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) where 200 slots are available for school year 2012-2013. The deadline for filing of application is on June 30.

“As part of celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, the current Board of Trustees revised the scholarship program to ensure that our low-income members will be given the opportunity to send their children to colleges and universities that provide quality education,” Vergara said.

The GSIS will accept scholarship nominees from members with a salary grade of 24 or below, or its equivalent from May 15 to June 30, 2012. The nominee of parents with the lowest salary grades will be given priority in the scholarship grant.

The scholar of the program will be entitled to the actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees not exceeding P20,000 and a monthly stipend of P2,000. The scholar may also take a four- or five-year course but must meet the scholastic requirements set by the school for student retention under the program.

Nominees to the program should be freshmen who have been accepted to the following schools: Adamson University; Adventist University of the Philippines; Angeles University Foundation; Assumption College; Ateneo de Davao University; Ateneo de Manila University; Ateneo de Naga University; Ateneo de Zamboanga University; Baliuag University; Bataan Peninsula State University; Batangas State University; Benguet State College; Bicol University; Bukidnon State University; Bulacan State University; Cagayan State University; Camarines Sur State Agricultural College; Capiz State University; Catanduanes State College; Cavite State University; Cebu Doctors’ University; Cebu Institute of Technology; Cebu Normal University; Cebu State College of Science and Technology; Central Luzon State University; Central Mindanao University; Central Philippines University; Centro Escolar University; Centro Escolar University-Malolos; Colegio de Dagupan; Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology; De La Salle University; De La Salle University-Dasmariñas; Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University; Eastern Samar State University; Eastern Visayas State University; Far Eastern University; Filamer Christian College; Holy Angel University; Holy Name University; Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry; Isabela State University; Jose Rizal University; Kalinga Apayao State College; Leyte Normal University; Leyte State University; Liceo de Cagayan University; Lyceum Northwestern University; Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas; Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila; Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation; Mapua Institute of Technology; Mariano Marcos State University; Mindanao Polytechnic State College; Mindanao State University; Miriam College Foundation; Mt. Province State Polytechnic College; Naval Institute of Technology; Negros Oriental State University; Notre Dame of Dadiangas University; Notre Dame of Marbel University; Notre Dame University; Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology; Nueva Vizcaya State University; Our Lady of Fatima University; Palawan State University; Palompon Institute of Technology; Pampanga Agricultural College; Pangasinan State University; Partido State University; Philippine Normal University; Polytechnic State College of Antique; Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Ramon Magsaysay Technological University; Rizal Technological University; Saint Louis University; Samar State University; Silliman University; St. Joseph’s College of Q.C.; St. Mary’s University; St. Michael’s College of Laguna; St. Paul University of the Philippines; St. Paul University-Dumaguete; St. Paul University-Manila; Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College; T. Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology; Tarlac College of Agriculture; Tarlac State University; Technological Institute of the Philippines-Q.C.; Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila; Technological University of the Philippines; The Philippine Women’s University; Trinity University of Asia; University of Baguio; University of Batangas; University of Cordilleras; University of Eastern Philippines; University of Luzon; University of Mindanao; University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos; University of Northern Philippines; University of Perpetual Help System; University of Regina Carmeli; University of Rizal System; University of San Carlos; University of San Jose-Recoletos; University of South Eastern Philippines; University of Southern Mindanao; University of St. La Salle; University of St. Louis; University of Sto. Tomas; University of the East; University of the Philippines; University of the Visayas; Wesleyan University of the Philippines; West Mindanao State University; Western Philippines University; Western Visayas College of Science and Technology; Western Visayas State University; and Xavier University.

Aside from the scholarship program, the GSIS is granting its members a P4,000 educational assistance, which is payable in five years at six percent interest rate. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)


Preparations for 52nd Araw ng Surigao del Sur underway

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR, June 13 (PIA) -- Preparations are underway for the 52nd Araw ng Surigao del Sur Anniversary celebration on June 19.

With the theme “Journey Towards Progress: Moving on ahead!" the celebration will kick off on June 15 to pave the way for the many activities planned until the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay as guest of honor, according to Governor Johnny Pimentel.

The celebration will start with a sports parade and sportsfest.

Major events include the holding of Agri-trade fair, Dog Show, Cultural Show, Kinilaw Festival, and Battle of the Bands. (RER/NGBT/dxJS Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: TESDA-Agusan del Norte iginawad ang scholarship certificates kasabay sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kasarinlan

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hunyo 13 (PIA) -- Iginawad ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) sa mahigit 300 scholars ang scholarship certificate para sa mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo ng probinsya, kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng 45th Araw ng Agusan del Norte at ng 114th Philippine Independence Day.

Sinabi ni TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Florencio Sunico na 700 scholarship slots ang ibinigay sa probinsya subalit higit 300 slots pa lamang ang naipamigay.

Idinagdag din ng opisyal na sino mang interesado sa programa ay maaaring sumangguni sa kanilang tanggapan para sa karagdagang detalye.

Samantala, mahigit 150 TESDA Specialista naman ang nakakuha ng starter kits kung saan sina Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante at Sunico mismo ang namigay nito sa kanila.

Matatandaang ayon sa TESDA, ang Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) ay isang pasilidad na nagbibigay ng kinakailangang suplay upang tugunan ang kasanayan na kinakailangan ng mga industriya.

Ang programa ay may layuning magbigay ng kasanayan sa mga naghahanap ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng tamang training na direktang konektado sa mga trabaho para sa madaliang pagkatanggap. Layunin din nito ang pagpapalakas ng pribadong edukasyon at training institusyon para magbigay ng importanteng training program para makuha ang kinakailangang trabaho.

Binigyang-diin din ni Sunico na ang mga kwalipikadong scholar ay maaari lamang pumili sa apat na kurso na kasalukuyang ino-offer sa rehiyon. Ito ay ang mga kursong agro-forestry, hotel management, construction, at electronics.

Idinagdag din niya na ang mga scholar ay kailangang tapusin ang kanilang piniling kurso at kailangan ding dumaan sa isang pagtatasa pagkatapos ng kanilang training.

Ang TESDA ay may dalawang scholar programs: ang TWSP, na nakakuha ng P700 milyon na pondo, at ang Private Education Student Fund Assistance (PESFA), na nakakuha ng P200 milyon na pondo mula sa pamahalaan. (RER/NLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino subling mipasalig sa pagpaningkamot alang sa kaayohan sa nasud

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 13 (PIA) – Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III subling mipasalig nga siya ug ang iyang administrasyon doblehon niini ang mga paningkamot sa pag-implementar sa mga reporma sa gobyerno aron makita niini ang epekto ug tinuod nga mga benipisyo sa matag-usa ka Filipino sa tanang aspeto sa ilang mga kinabuhi.

Atol sa iyang pagpangulo sa Vin d’ honneur isip pagasulog sa ika 114th nga Anibersaryo sa Philippine Independence nga gipahigayon didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Martes, ang Pangulo miingon nga kining lawom nga responsibilidad aron pagseguro nga kining maong kagawasan ug ang mga benispisyo niini matagamtaman sa matag Filipino gisalig kanato sa atong mga katigulangan kansang mga maisogong aksyon midala kanato ngadto sa atong independensiya.

“Today, the Filipino holds his head high. On this, the 114th anniversary of our proclamation of independence, we mark our freedom at a time of renewed hope and optimism—a time in which the promises of reform and hard work are becoming tangible realities for each and every Filipino,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Today, we renew our commitment to work for the good of the country. And it falls on us—from those of us in government to our countrymen on the streets of our cities—to work together so we can realize our shared goals,” siya mudugang.

Iyang giawhagan ang tanang mga Filipino ug ang international community nga moduyog sa gobyerno sa pagkab-ot niining hiniusang tumong samtang dili pa ulahi ang tanan.

“Prosperity cannot come in isolation; it requires cooperation, where we solve problems together, and build a dynamic milieu together. Just as our administration has pledged a policy of constructive, responsible, engagement with the world, so too, do we ask all nations, to work with us, to achieve the fullest potential of all our peoples,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Aron pagmatuod sa pasalig sa iyang administrasyon nga maningkamot alang sa kaayohan sa katawhan, iyang giawhag kadtong mitambong nga mga magbabalaod, mga opisyales sa gobyerno, mga negosyante ug mga miyembro sa diplomatic corps, sa usa ka toast:

“In a world where the challenges of today may compel nations to look inwards: let us resolve to work together in amity and in peace;

To my fellow workers in government—may the ideals of accountability, transparency, and genuine compassion remain our guide as we tread the straight and righteous path;

To the ingenuity and achievements of the Filipino people—may our countrymen continue to enjoy success in arenas the world over;

And to the future of the Republic of the Philippines—may our combined efforts help us bring our country to even greater heights,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Isip tubag, si Papal Nuncio ug Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto mipadayag sa iyang katagbawan ug kalipay nga siya nakaduyog sa mga Filipino sa pagselebrar sa ilang ika 114th nga tuig Independensiya samtang gipadayag usab niya ang mga sentimento sa panaghigugmaay ug panaghigalaay sa diplomatic corps.

Iyang gipasabot ang bandera sa Pilipinas diin matud pa niya kini nagtimaan sa pundasyon sa balor sa katawhang Filipino sama sa pag-igsuonay, pagdait, katarong, kagawasan ug soberanya.

“After more than a century, even in a period of crisis, which extends to almost every country in the world, the same ethical and civil principles constitute a sure point of reference in dealing with the political, social and economic challenges emerging not only within the boarders of the Republic but also in the regional and the global milieu,” si Pinto miingon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)