PIA News Service - Monday, July 2, 2012


Agusan del Norte, Butuan LGUs ink support to 'Biyaheng Kulambo'

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- Local government units of the province of Agusan del Norte and this city has signed a manifesto of support to strengthen the “Biyaheng Kulambo (mosquito net)” project of the national government in support to the nationwide campaign for malaria elimination by 2020.

Jimmy Egay, provincial malaria coordinator of the province of Agusan del Norte, said today’s Biyaheng Kulambo is the third leg in Mindanao, next to Bukidnon and in Cagayan de Oro City. He added same activity will be conducted in some key points in the island soon.

Among the objectives of the program are to establish local government support through renewed and sustained investments, increase community awareness for the accelerated elimination strategies, and develop stakeholder collaborations and mechanisms for linkages.

During today’s ceremonial transfer of the Long Lasting Insecticide Net held at the provincial training center in Agusan del Norte, key officials of the provincial and city governments showed their support by giving their commitment to intensify the anti-nationwide malaria campaign.

Provincial health officer Elizabeth Campado said that with the high incidence of malaria cases recorded in some regions in the country, the national government, through the cooperation of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, has come up with a project aimed at generating an environment of awareness and antecedent support to the elimination strategies of the malaria program hinged on firm political will and leadership, community empowerment, and organized participation and structured stakeholder roles.

Campado also emphasized that in 2011, the province of Agusan del Norte was noted to have achieved zero casualty rate in malaria.

This was also supported by Egay, saying that although there were 13 cases recorded, the province was noted to have achieved zero casualty last year. He said the last casualty was recorded in 2006.

He added that from 2010 to 2011, an 80 percent reduction of malaria cases was noted in the province due to the massive campaign of the provincial government to fight malaria. Egay said the province is close to its target of achieving a malaria-free area. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


NCDA, RCDA conduct audit access in Tandag City

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and the Caraga Regional Committee on Disability Affairs led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted an access audit in Tandag City.

The activity is pursuant to the implementation of Accessibility Law or Batas Pambansa Blg. 344, An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Certain Buildings, Institutions, Establishments and Public Utilities to install Facilities and Other Devices for differently abled persons.

Regional Program Coordinator for the Caraga region Flerida Labanon said that President Benigno S. Aquino’s directive to NCDA is to look into the accessibility of government buildings based on the provisions of Batas Pambansa 344.

Governor Johnny T. Pimentel welcomed the conduct of the access audit and acknowledged that local officials also need some wake-up calls from other government agencies to provide better services to the public.

During the audit, five features of a building were checked, the ramps, entrance, toilets, parking space, and stairs.

The team that conducted the audit included NCDA, DSWD, Surigao del Sur Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, provincial engineering office, Tandag City Social Welfare and Development Office and the city engineering office.

Labanon said among the problems identified during site audit were steep ramps, lack of handrails, no signage, and inadequate and obstructed entrance, ramps, washrooms and parking space.

According to Labanon, ramps should be located at the main entrance, not steep, with handrails on both sides and spacious width for wheelchair passage. She also emphasized that washrooms and toilets for PWDs must permit easy passage of wheelchair with 1.50 cm turning space; door width must be 0.80 m clear, swing out; one movable grab bar and one fixed grab bar mounted at height usable by PWD wheelchair user; tilted mirror; lever-type faucet and built with non-skid materials for flooring.

With these findings, Pimentel told the provincial engineer and his staff that first priority is to repair the building features that do not meet the standards set by BP 344 that are doable and easy to comply with. Those that need thorough study and planning will be second priority because it would entail a considerable amount for the repair.

According to Labanon, government buildings like schools, offices and hospitals should be made accessible to persons with disability. (RER/NCLM/DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga reorganizes quick response team

By Leah T. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga region has reorganized its quick response team (QRT) and has recently conducted capability building to its members at a hotel here.

Conducted in two batches, DSWD Caraga Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said the reorganization of the QRT of the field office is basically done to refresh the members of their respective roles and functions for future undertaking relative to disaster management.

Jabagat said the training has provided QRT members opportunity to enhance their understanding of disaster risk reduction and management, appreciation of disaster response and their contribution to said committee, management of evacuation camps and community kitchen, knowing the process of disaster relief operations and reporting, identifying the psychosocial process, and understanding the roles and functions of the other committees of the QRT.

The resource persons from DSWD Caraga were Ana T. Semacio, head of Crisis Intervention and Disaster Management; Glezza T. Ty, IDU Head; Ramel F. Jamen, supply officer; Leah T. Quintana, head of Social Marketing Unit; Nerisa T. Murih, chief of Policy and Programs Division; Angelita B. Amista, chief of Institutional Development Division; Ramil M. Taculod, management audit analyst; Eval B. Makinano, social welfare assistant. Other resource persons were Forester Amado Posas of the Office of the Civil Defense and Engineer Lolita Vinalay of PAGASA. (DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga orients new workers

By Leah T. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga recently oriented the 42 new project development officers (PDOs) of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The new workers were oriented on the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude of the program and also the vision, mission, values, functions, programs and services, different policies and rules of the Department that the workers need to adhere to, as well as the details of the SLP.

DSWD regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat said that the orientation is part of the strategic measures of the field office to ensure quality program implementation.

Jabagat also said that the goal of the activity is to develop the basic competencies of newly hired workers in the efficient and effective implementation of SLP in Caraga region.

The SLP is part of DSWD’s convergence program for poverty reduction. It provides entrepreneurial capacity building for all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The program offers two tracks of assistance namely, Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran and Guaranteed Employment.

The SLP is a bridge program for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, which aims to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the extremely poor households of the society. (RER/NCLM/DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)


Workshop for Pantawid Pamilya implementers held

By Leah T. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region Field Office held a team building workshop on June 20-22, 2012 in Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

The team building workshop was aimed at organizing Pantawid Pamilya workforce to work more effectively and efficiently as a team.

Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of the Caraga Social Welfare and Development Office said this is one activity that will strengthen and sustain the commitment of the implementers.

Jabagat said the team building workshop level 1 is designed to develop a high performance regional project management team in the program implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Managed by the Institutional Development Unit (IDU) of the field office, the team building workshop used the module developed by Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau as reference in the implementation of the activity with slight modification to suit the needs of the participants.

Various modes of team building activities had been facilitated such as structured learning exercises, games, interactive discussion, workshops, field exposure, and simulations, which ensured the achievement of the training goal and objectives.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilpino Program is a conditional cash transfer (CCT) that provides cash grants to poor households with children 0-14 years old and/or pregnant mothers, on the condition that these households make investments in the human capital of their children, and is now four years in Caraga Region since its implementation in 2008. (RER/NCLM/DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Aquino pangungunahan ang paglunsad ng 2 key medical benefits

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 2 (PIA) -- Pinangunahan ni Pangulong Aquino ang paglulunsad ngayon sa Malacañang ng dalawang medikal na programa na tutugon sa pangunahing pangangailangan sa benepisyong pangkalusugan para sa mga Pilipino.

Ang Pangulo, kasama ni kalihim Enrique Ona ng Department of Health (DOH), ay nanguna sa paglulunsad ng DOH "rota virus vaccine campaign" at ang Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (PhilHealth) Type Z Benefit Package.

Ang "rota virus vaccination campaign" ay unang naisagawa kasabay ng 13th Asian Conference on Diarrheal Diseases and Nutrition noong nakaraang Enero nitong taon.

Ang kampanya ay inisyal na benepisyo sa mahigit 700,000 na mga bagong panganak galing sa 5.2 milyon na mahihirap na pamilya (poorest of the poor) na kinilala ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa ilalim ng National Household Targeting System (NHTS).

Ang rota virus na sanhi ng malubhang diarrhea ay kadalasang tumatama sa mga kabataan na may edad lima pataas. Ito ay pumapangalawa sa nangungunang pagkakamatay ng mga kabataang Pilipino na nasa edad lima, na mabibilang sa mahigit 3,500 ang namamatay kada taon.

Ayon kay Ona, ang DOH ay magsisimula sa kanilang kampanya sa pamamagitan ng pagbabakuna sa mga kabataan ng bawat pamilya na ipapanganak sa Abril 2012 hanggang Abril 2013.

Ang Type Z Benefits Package naman ng PhilHealth ay isang benepisyong package para sa mga biktima ng cancer, na pinaulad ng sub-specialties ng oncology ng breast cancer, prostate cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia ng mga kabataan, at kidney transplant, na dumalo sa Oncology Summit 2012.

Ang "special health program" ay layuning mabigay sa mga biktimang nagdudusa sa Type Z illnesses kung saan ayon sa PhilHealth ay kahit sa anong sakit na nangangailangan ng matagalan at mahal na gamutan, o kahit sa anong health care kung saan ay kakapusin ang pondo ng pamilya sa pagpapagamot.

Ito ay magiging abot-kamay sa lahat ng legal na miyembro ng PhilHealth. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Palasyo gidawat ang pagkapapha sa 31 ka opisyales sa DENR

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 2 (PIA) -- Gidawat sa Malacañang kagahapon Domingo ang lakang ni Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DEBR) Secretary Ramon Paje sa pagpapha sa 31 ka mga opisyales sa DENR gikan sa ilang mga katungdanan gumikan sa kapakyas niini sa pagpakgang sa mga illegal activities sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga erya.

Sa press briefing sa radyo dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga suportado sa gobyerno ang lakang ni Paje ug giawhag niini ang gilayon nga imbestigasyon sa maong kaso.

“There has to be an explanation and there has to be an investigation …’yung nangyari po mga logs na ‘yon, ‘yung mga nai-transport under the watch of these officials. So, yes, they have a lot of explaining to do,” sulti ni Valte.

Gipapha ni Paje niadtong Sabado ang mga opisyales sa DENR gumikan sa kapakyas niini sa pagpatuman sa direktiba ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III nga mahunong ang pagdaghan sa illegal logging nga iyang gimando niadtong niaging tuig.

Ang mga gipapha sa ilang mga katungdanan mao sila: Region 13 executive director Leonardo Sibbaluca ug Region 11 executive director Jim Sampulna, Region 13 regional technical director (RTD) for forestry Musa Saruang, Region 11 RTD for forestry Hardinado Patnugo, Region 11 Forest Resources Conservation Division OIC chief Claudio Jumao-as;

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO)–Agusan del Norte Rosendo Asunto, PENRO-Agusan del Sur Belo Udarbe, PENRO-Surigao del Sur Domingo Cabrera Jr., PENRO-Davao del Norte Marcia Isip, PENRO-Davao Oriental Gregorio Lagura, PENRO-Compostela Valley Julius Valdez;

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO)-Butuan City/Nasipit Vicente Sembrano, CENRO-Tubay Cabadbaran Elvin Indig, CENRO-Bayugan Ruel Efren, CENRO-Bunawan Jerome Tadem, CENRO-Loreto Alberto Bacanaya, CENRO-San Francisco Marlon Gelingo, CENRO-Talacogon Eufracio Subayno; CENRO- Cantilan Mario Tioaquen, CENRO-Bislig Ferdinand Alba, CENRO-Lianga Jose Mario Reyes, CENRO-Tandag Rogelio Montenegro;.

CENRO-Davao City (West) Napoleon Paje, Davao City (East) Melchor Ozaraga, CENRO-Baganga Robinson Camacho, CENRO-Lupon Basilio Caralos, CENRO-Mati Restituta Dime, CENRO-Manay Dioscor Gavarra, CENRO-Maco Marvin Parilla, CENRO-Monkayo Victor Billones, ug CENRO-Nabunturan Antonio Inguillo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)