7.21.2012

PIA News Service - Friday, July 20, 2012

Surigao Norte gov awards Search for Outstanding Barangay champs

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- Governor Sol Matugas announced on Wednesday the winners of the Search for Outstanding Barangay of the Province during her Second State of the Province Address held at the provincial convention center, this city.

Winners are Barangay Mat-I, Surigao City, for city cluster; Barangay Sta. Cruz, Placer, Surigao del Norte, for the mainland cluster; and Barangay Punta, Pilar, Siargao Island, for Siargao cluster. Winning barangays received project incentives worth P250,000, P25,000 cash prize and a plaque of appreciation from the provincial government in recognition of their continuous efforts and commitment in the realization of the present administration’s program and inclusive growth of the province.

Second prize winners are Barangay Washington, city cluster; Barangay Cansayong of Malimono, mainland cluster; and Barangay Nuevo Campo, San Benito, Siargao cluster. They were given project incentives worth P150,000, P15,000 cash prize and a plaque of appreciation. Barangay Nonoc, Surigao City, city cluster; Barangay San Jose, Mainit, mainland cluster; and Barangay Poblacion 2 of Burgos, Siargao cluster are third prize winners with P100,000 worth of project incentives, P10,000 cash prize and a plaque of appreciation.

Special awards for Best in Health and Sanitation Practices went to Barangay Taft, city cluster; Barangay Sta. Cruz, mainland cluster; and Barangay Punta, Pilar, Siargao cluster. Best in Educational Practices/Project Best went to Barangay Washington, city cluster; Barangay San Pablo, Tubod, mainland cluster; and Barangay Pelaez, San Isidro, Siargao cluster. Best in Agriculture/Aquaculture Practices was awarded to Barangay Mat-I, city cluster; Barangay Cansayong, Malimono, mainland cluster; and Barangay Nuevo Campo, San Benito, Siargao cluster. Best Practices in Promotion of Welfare of Special Vulnerable Groups went to Barangay Canlanipa, city cluster; Barangay Daywan, Claver, mainland cluster; and Barangay Punta, Pilar, Siargao cluster.

Best in Disaster Preparedness went to Barangay Mat-I, city cluster; Barangay Cansayong, Malimono, mainland cluster; and Barangay Poblacion 2, Burgos, Siargao cluster. Best in Livelihood Program Implementation to Barangay San Jose, city cluster; Barangay Sta. Cruz, mainland cluster; and Barangay Punta, Pilar, Siargao cluster. Best in Solid Waste Management to Barangay San Juan, city cluster; Barangay San Jose, Mainit, mainland cluster; and Barangay Pelaez, San Benito, Siargao cluster. Best in Barangay Governance to Barangay Washington, city cluster; Barangay San Pablo, Sison, mainland cluster; and Barangay Punta, Pilar, Siargao cluster and Best State of Barangay Governance Report to Barangay Nonoc, Surigao City, city cluster.

Other participating barangays also received plaques of commendation for their support and contribution.

This year’s search was conducted simultaneously in three clusters: city cluster, mainland cluster and Siargao cluster by the Provincial Awards Committee composed of the Provincial Governor’s Office as chairman, with technical assistance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, representatives from the barangay development office, provincial offices, provincial liga ng mga barangay, provincial SK federation, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development and the media. (RER/FEA/SDR/PIA 13-Surigao del Norte)


Bayan Muna Rep graces turnover of various projects in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 20 (PIA) -- Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño visited the province of Surigao del Sur recently to grace the turnover of several projects.

Makabayan Provincial Chair Nep Cuizon said the project funds were taken from Casiño's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Among the projects funded are the lamayan set in Barangay Dagocdoc, Tandag City, P250,000; water system project in Barangay Unidos, Tago, P1.25 million; medical support program for indigent of Surigao del Sur, P400,000; scholarship program to Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), P200,000; and the ambulance for LGU Tandag City, P1.25 million.

Casiño also turned over a netbook and LCD projector to the student supreme government of Surigao del Sur State University.

Meanwhile, a consultative forum joined by different government agencies and media personalities here was also conducted to address queries on national and local issues.

Governor Johnny Pimentel welcomed and expressed gratitude to Casiño for the support and projects given to the province.

Pimentel also said his constituents would benefit from those projects and programs and will lead to the development of Surigao del Sur. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


“Biyaheng Kulambo” advocacy campaign arrives in Surigao del Sur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 20 (PIA) -- “Biyaheng Kulambo” of the Department of Health (DOH) arrives in Surigao del Sur today.

The travelling net or “Biyaheng Kulambo” symbolizes the advocacy campaign to heighten public awareness and prevent and eliminate malaria disease in support to the nationwide campaign for Malaria elimination by 2020.

During the ceremonial program held at the provincial capitol lobby here, Provincial health officer Dr. Romeo de los Reyes said the province of Surigao del Sur has suffered malaria cases in the previous years, but these cases went down after the implementation of Global Funds-Malaria Component Project.

“Our province suffered much of the malaria cases in the previous years but since the implementation of Global Funds-Malaria Component Project in our province, cases of Malaria dramatically went down,” de los Reyes said.

De los Reyes also said the activity will really strengthen the quest for a malaria-free Surigao del Sur in the future.

In behalf of Governor Johnny Pimentel, Executive Assistant Tomasito Pareja said all programs of DOH are supported by the provincial government. Pareja further said health basic services/project implementation is part of the flagship program of the present administration. (RER/NGBT/PIA 13-Surigao del Sur)


NSO to conduct forum on family reg’l health survey data dissemination

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) – Caraga Region is set to conduct a forum on 2011 Family Health Survey (FHS) Regional Data Dissemination on July 31, 2012 at Prince Hotel, Montilla Blvd., Butuan City.

The forum aims to raise awareness of stakeholders and data users on the importance and relevance of the survey data, said Ricardo Galarse, regional director of NSO-Caraga OIC.

The forum will also tackle fertility, family planning, maternal and child health.

Galarse added that among the forum objectives are: to determine the contraceptive prevalence rate and contraceptive method mix; to determine the reason for non-use of family planning methods; and to measure percentage of births where mothers and their children are subject to elevated risks of morbidity and mortality.

The event will be participated in by different government line agencies, civil societies, non-government agencies, religious organizations, women’s group, academe, media and the local government units in Caraga Region. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


DENR Anti-Task Force seized illegal lumber in Trento

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- Operatives of the anti-illegal logging task force-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have confiscated 1,396 undocumented lumber products worth about P373,000 during a raid in the remote barangay in Lankilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday, July 18.

Reports said the raiding team found several pieces of lumber wood products of lauan and yakal species scattered in several places when they arrived in that barangay.

Trento Police Station headed by PInsp Ma. Gemma Christina Corbeta has taken custody of the apprehended wood products for safekeeping.

The raiding team led by Louie Ceniza and Ret. Philippine Army Col Harry Taladua, was backed up by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Bunawan forest officers, Philippine National Police (PNP) Trento, Agusan del Sur and the 13th Regional Public Safety Company headed by Police Inspector Clark Abeya. (RER/NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Malnourished kids in Agusan Sur down

By Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 20 (PIA) -- The prevalence of malnutrition among children in this province has dropped.

Laniebelle T. Angchangco, provincial nutritionist, said malnutrition among children 10 years old and above has declined to 9.51 percent in 2011, from 10 percent in 2010.

Angchangco said this can be attributed to the local government's efforts to intensify poverty alleviation programs, as well as to implement strategies and assessment as part of the monitoring scheme.

Feeding in different schools is also considered one of the reasons for the decrease, Angchangco said.

Angchangco also said the government's two (2) percent target reduction this year will be achieved.

She said they are constantly conducting mass weighing and height monitoring for the nutritional assessment of school children in the province.

Anchangco also encouraged parents to regularly serve vegetables to their children to keep them healthy. (RER/DMS/PPIO-AGSUR/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan receives more donations from WMR

By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- The city government here has received the second batch of donated medical supplies and equipment from World Medical Relief, Inc. (WMR) for use at the Butuan City Medical Center.

WMR was founded in 1953 by Irene M. Auberlin to help orphaned children during Korean War. It later expanded into a global mission to aid millions of sick and poor people around the world. WMR’s first batch of medical supplies here arrived in January 2011.

The donations, which originated from Detroit, Michigan, USA, have reached some P40 million.

This second 40-foot container van was filled with P17 million worth of beds, cushions, wheelchairs, tables, crutches and other medical supplies and equipment.

Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. expressed gratitude to WMR for playing a vital role in the LGU’s cause to improve the health services of the city. He added he will continue to provide means to strengthen the said advocacy.

The donated medical supplies and equipment were formally turned over by World Medical Relief Ambassador of Health Dr. Dave Lee Zarate to Amante at the regional government center on Wednesday, with the presence of City Councilors Virgilio Nery and Ramon Carampatana, SK Federation President Rauzil Carampatana, Butuan Medical Center OIC Director Dr. Josephine Chua and other officials of the city government. (NCLM/Butuan-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


PhilHealth moves forward with universal health care

MANILA, July 20 (PIA) -- PhilHealth is rapidly expanding its program in support of universal health care by providing heath insurance coverage for all national government-paid 5.2 million poor families and an additional over five million families paid for by local government units.

As of May 2012, PhilHealth has paid out over P16 billion of benefits and expects to further expand benefit payments to over a billion pesos weekly starting July 2012.

It has improved its hospitalization benefits for members with case payments and the deployment of 530 nurses (PhilHealth Cares) in hospitals all over the country.

It has implemented several new benefits to address the heath needs of its members including primary care benefits and the Z benefits for catastrophic illnesses. Enhanced benefits are now being enjoyed by its members.

With over a hundred billion pesos of reserves, PhilHealth is committed to ensure true financial risk protection for its members particularly the poor.

With regards to its alleged delayed claims payments, PhilHealth has been addressing this issue since late last year.

In 2011, the average number of claims was around 340,000 a month. During this period, the average claims turnaround time (TAT) was more than 60 days. Thirty eight percent of submitted claims were paid beyond 60 days.

By the end of June 2012, despite an increase in the number of claims to 450,000 a month, the TAT even decreased to 48 days.

The TAT for claims paid by case rates is even lower at 46 days. As to the percentage of claims paid beyond 60 days, this has been reduced to 26 percent for all claims, and 23 percent for claims paid by case rates.

As to allegations of old unpaid claims, PhilHealth has been working with hospitals to reconcile these claims with PhilHealth and they have harmoniously conducted the reconciliations since last year.

Still, the Corporation recognizes that they need to do more. A shift to all case rates and electronic claims processing are key to attain claims efficiency that everyone will be happy with.

Thus by September 1, PhilHealth will start to pay hospitals electronically provided that they have LandBank account. By October 1 , PhiliHealth will start to receive electronic submission of claims. By the end of the year, all claims by case rates are expected to be paid. (PhilHealth/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Agarang pagpapatigil ng iligal na pagmimina sa Agusan del Sur, inirekomenda

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 20 (PIA) -- Inirekomenda ng Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) kay Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza ang agarang pagpapatigil ng pagmimina sa Barangay Das-agan, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

Ayon kay Ranulfo Paler, provincial environment at natural resources officer – local government unit (PENRO-LGU), ang operasyon ng pagmimina diumano'y tinutustusan ng ilang mga Tsino at nag mimina nang walang kaukulang permiso.

Binubungkal at hinuhukay ang lupa gamit ang malalaking kagamitan na siyang naging sanhi ng malaking pinsala naidinulot sa lugar at ng mga karatig na barangay.

Sa ginanap na pagtitipon noong nakaraang linggo, ipinakita ni Paler sa mga miyembro ng ASESDC ang mga larawan kung paano pinapatakbo ang pagmimina. Binubungkal ang mga lupa at inilipat sa pamamagitan ng isang backhoe at binobomba nang malakas na tubig para ito ay maanod hanggang ito ay dumaloy pababa patungo sa mababang lugar kung saan sila ay inipon para iproseso.

Dahil sa malaki na ang lugar na tuluyan ng nawasak, makikitang bagsak ang mga puno, malaki man o maliit, ay nakakalat, kasama ng iba pang mga produkto ng kagubatan. Wala na ring makitang ligaw na hayop o ibon sa lugar, ayon kay Paler.

Aniya, bago ang pagtipon ng ASESDC, sinulatan ni Mayor Jenny de Asis si Gov. Plaza upang humingi ng tulong sa pagpapatigil ng operasyon ng pagmimina at kung maaari ay kumpiskahin ang mga kagamitan na ginagamit sa pagmimina. Inutusan din kaagad ni Gov. Plaza ang ASESDC ng agarang pagsusuri ng mga kaso na iniulat ni de Asis.

Sa mungkahi ni Danilo Lastimosa, miyembro ng ASESDC at sinang-ayunan naman ni Dr. Rex Linao, ang isang resolusyon ay naipasa na nagrekomenda sa gobernador ng agarang pagpapatigil ng operasyon ng pagmimina sa Barangay Das-agan at pag kumpiska ng kanilang mga kagamitan habang masusing pagsisiyasat ay gawin, sa mga nasangkot sa ilegal na pagmimina.

Ayon sa napagkasunduan ng mga miyembro ng ASESDC pag naaprubahan ni Gob. Plaza ang naturang resolusyon tutulong ang pulis na miyembro rin ng ASESDC upang maipatupad ang kautosan sa pagpapatigil sa operasyon ng pagmimina. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: DOH gitin-aw ang mga reporma sa healthcare system ubos sa administrasyong Aquino

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 20 (PIA) -- Gibag-o sa administrasyong Aquino ang health care system, gipulihan ang karaan nga dole out method sa bag-ong universal healthcare, matud sa opisyales sa maayong panglawas kagahapon Huwebes.

Sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang si Health Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa mipasabot nga ang pagwagtang sa mga charity wards sa mga panggobyernong hospital ug gipuli niini ang health insurance alang sa kabus nga mga benipisyaryo.

Dugang pa ni Herbosa nga kaniadto, kung ang kabus masakit, moadto sila sa pampublikong mga hospitals ug adto ibutang sa charity beds. Kasagaran ang mga pasyente sa charity wards maoy mopalit sa kaugalingon nilang mga medisina, mobayad sa x-ray ug CT scans ug mga laboratory exams, matud pa niya.

Aron masagubang ang mga kagalastuhan, ang mga kabus sagad nga mangayo og tabang ngadto sa mga pulitiko, non-government organizations ug mga religious organizations o maningkamot nga makakita og ilang kaugalingong kwarta, matud pa ni Herbosa.

“What we do now is what is called the universal healthcare. Ito na ‘yung tinatawag nating Kalusugang Pangkalahatan,” dugang pa ni Herbosa nga ang nahibutang sa alanganin sa karaan nga sistema mao ang mga kabus nga katawhan.

Apan ubos sa administrasyong Aquino, ang Department of Social Welfare and Development nakahimo na sa pag-ila sa mokabat 5.2 milyon ka mga tagbalay, nga gikonsiderar isip pinaka-kabus sa populasyon pinaagi sa national targeting system.

Gi-esponsoran sa gobyernong nasyunal ang health insurance alang sa mga kabus ubos sa PhilHealth, dugang pa ni Herbosa, nga gibayran na sa gobyernong nasyunal ang insurance niadtong mga tagbalay nga nakalista isip pinaka-kabus. "Ito ang 5.2 milyon, ang budget that government allocated for this year is P12 billion, which is a big budget. It used to be the budget of DOH in the past. And now, it’s just the budget to enroll the poorest Filipinos,” dugang pagpasabot ni Herbosa.

Karon, tungod kay ang mga kabus mga miyembro naman sa PhilHealth, sila makapahimulos na sa mga health benefits human sila masulod sa national health insurance. Ang tanang mga hospital sa gobyerno kinahanglan modawat niadtong nakasulod na sa sponsored program nga “no-balance billing” system sa DOH, matud ni Herbosa.

“That means, no additional payment, they’ll just have to come with their PhilHealth membership cards. So you go to the hospital if you’re sick and get the health benefit that PhilHealth is supposed to give you. Ang government hospital na ang bahalang mag-bill sa PhilHealth to pay us back for the services we gave you,” dugang pa niya.

Ang opisyales sa maayong panglawas miingon usab nga ang ideya mao ang hingpit nga pagwagtang sa charity wards sa mga panggobyernong hospital o ang dole out concept ug pulihan kini sa halapad nga universal healthcare coverage.

"The government is close to reaching a 100-percent universal healthcare coverage," si Herbosa miingon. "In fact, according to PhilHealth, the total percentage of the population already covered is more than 80 percent of the population, as of today." (RER/SDR/PCOO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)