7.12.2012

PIA News Service - Thursday, July 12, 2012


DOH-CHD Caraga implements measures to combat dengue in Agusan del Sur

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga, together with the provincial government, has undertaken measures to fight dengue and control the situation in Agusan del Sur.

Data from different disease reporting units in the region revealed that there were 144 dengue cases in the province from January 1 to July 9, 2012, the health department reported.

DOH-CHD however reported there is an increasing number of cases detected in June 24-30, 2012 in the municipality of Esperanza, also in Agusan del Sur province.

Because of this, DOH-CHD officials said they are regularly conducting information drive that is scheduled by purok for which DOH-CHD personnel are assigned advocate the residents in the area on how to combat dengue.

Simultaneous cleanup drives focusing on searching and destroying breeding sites were also conducted.

Personnel from the agency were also designated by team to conduct a weekly case monitoring per purok.

Aside from this, officials of the agency also said a regular fogging is conducted that focused in destroying the infectious aedes Agepti (dengue) mosquito.

Other activities conducted include the conduct of basic human surveillance, referral of dengue cases with warning signs, and on-site environmental inspection were also conducted.

Based on the surveillance investigation conducted by the agency as of July 10, 2012, there were 70 cases of suspect dengue from Puroks 9 and 10, Brgy. Poblacion, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur reported from May 1 to July 8, 2012, where 45 of these cases were admitted.

The DOH said age range of cases is from five months to 57 years old, composed of 26 males and 44 females. Out of these cases, two deaths were reported, both females, aged four years old and 10 years old. (RER/PIA-Caraga)



Govt’s anti-illegal task force vows to stop illegal logging operations in Caraga Region

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The Anti-Illegal Task Force of the country has vowed to stop illegal logging operations continuously proliferating in Caraga Region.

This is the statement of retired MGen. Renato Miranda, chief of the task force organized by President Benigno S. Aquino III through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in an interview over a morning radio program here on Wednesday.

Miranda said they are here in the region not only to stop illegal logging operations but also to plan out legal activities for those involved in said logging operations to not use illegal logging as means of livelihood.

Miranda said with the rampant illegal logging operations in the region, there is a need for all stakeholders, public and private alike, to work hand in hand and give proper attention to this problem, the cause of disasters in some areas.

“Sa ngayon ay talagang dapat bigyan na ng kaukulang atensiyon ng mga taga-Caraga ang mga illegal logging operations na nangyayari dito … at hindi lang sa paghuli at pag-confiscate ng kahoy, but more importantly ang pagplano kung paano natin mabibigyan ng development ang mga kaibigan natin na nakatira sa kabundukan … alam naman natin na hindi talaga matatapos ito kung ang tingin nila sa mga kahoy ay pambili ng gamot, pagkain at iba pa (There is a need for the people in Caraga to give proper attention on the illegal logging operations happening here. and it is not only on apprehending and confiscating illegally-cut log, but more importantly is to plan how we can give development to our friends living in mountains … we all know that this illegal logging operations will never stop if they see those logs as a means of livelihood.),” Miranda said.

Because of this, Miranda said these people must be given alternative sources of livelihood. He added this can only be attained through the support of local government units in the region.

Miranda said he was able to talk with local officials of the province of Agusan del Sur and is on the process of crafting and finalizing the plan to give livelihood opportunities to these people in the area.

Meanwhile, Miranda said that DENR Secretary Ramon Paje has reiterated that the campaign against illegal logging and corruption remain as the top priority of the Aquino administration.

Last week, the office of the Anti-Illegal Task Force was transferred here from Metro Manila to conduct a thorough investigation on the illegal logging activities in the region as well as to intensify the government’s campaign against illegal logging. (RER/PIA-Caraga)



Carrascal kicks off 93rd Town Fiesta celeb

CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur, July 12 (PIA) -- The 93rd Town Fiesta Celebration of the municipality of Carrascal kicked off with a grand parade as an opening salvo for their weeklong celebration, Tuesday.

Anchored on the theme, “Kultura Nato Ipasigarbo, Sanan ipalambo Ta,” the annual activity is in honor of its patron saint Lady of Mt. Carmel, which is celebrated every July 16.

Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel and 1st District Representative Philip Pichay graced the occasion during the opening program, participated by officials and employees of the province's local government units down to barangay level.

In his message, Mayor Vicente Pimentel Jr. emphasized that he himself is in favor of responsible mining, with Carrascal being a mining capital in the province. According to him, mining industry contributed several developments in the community. He said the income of the people here now has increased as compared in the previous years.

One of the activities highlighted is the “Hiyas nan Carrascal” beauty pageant joined by 17 lovely candidates sponsored by different offices from LGUs, NGOs, and stakeholders here.

During the opening program held at Baywalk Community stage yesterday, Barangay Doyos was proclaimed champion for Carrascal’s Bunting Contest. Barangay Baybay, Embarcadero, and Saca got the second, third, and fourth prize respectively.

The following are the activities set for the celebration: variety show featuring Bella Padilla and stand-up comedians on July 12, basketball exhibition game and variety show featuring Vina Morales with Dos-Agodos stand-up comedian on July 13; Mayor’s Cup Lawn Tennis Tournament, Hiyas nan Carrascal 2012 swimsuit & talent competition, and variety show featuring Rosanna Roces, Valerie Concepcion and Joy Diva on July 14; motocross competition with celebrity rider Jordan Herrera, Mayor’s Cup Basketball Open invitational Tournament and variety show featuring Ara Mina with Mr. Fu, Sexbomb Girls and Playgirls on July 15. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)



6th RAFI Triennial Awards opens nomination

By Haidee Emmie K. Palapar

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) is now accepting nominations for the 6th RAFI Triennial Awards for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

The RAFI Triennial Awards is conferred every three years to honor men, women, and organizations who through their efforts and selfless commitment bring about change in the lives of the less privileged in various groups and communities in the Philippines.

The Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of fellow Filipinos.

The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations that have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in bringing about comprehensive and responsible development.

The nominees should exhibit unending commitment and dedication to uplift the socio-economic condition of the poor and the marginalized sectors.

Nominees for each category will undergo extensive screening process. The selection process starts when individuals and institutions are nominated for the RAFI Triennial Awards.

The search committee is composed of representatives from the media, academe, business groups, and people’s organizations or non-government organizations.

The RAFI Triennial Awards was launched on December 6, 1996 during the 39th anniversary of the foundation to commemorate the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic ideals of RAFI founders Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don Eduardo Aboitiz.

Winners of each award category will be given a trophy, cash prize of not less than P400,000, and the opportunity to travel in Visayas and Mindanao to share their expertise and experience to various groups.

Online nomination forms can be accessed through RAFI’s website at http://rafi.org.ph/event/nomination-form/.

Nominations are also accepted from government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, civil society, academe, and the business sector. Self-nomination is discouraged.

For more information about the RAFI Triennial Awards, please contact (032) 418-7234 loc. 105 and look for Cathy Margate, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph. (RER/RAFI/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom campaigns health for all

By Angie B. Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, July 12 (PIA) -- The Commission on Population (POPCOM) joined the whole world in celebrating World Population Day, Tuesday, July 11 with the theme “Universal access to reproductive health services.”

The celebration is timely as POPCOM, together with the Department of Health (DOH), is pushing for the reduction of unmet need on family planning by 50 percent in December 2012, pursuant to the directive of DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona.

POPCOM lamented on results of several studies showing that there is an increase of 221 maternal deaths in 2011 from 162 in 2009.

Family planning is among the 10 elements of reproductive health sustainably carried out by the government and private sectors through the years.

Experts reveal that death of a woman due to giving birth can be prevented through access of family planning services to avoid unplanned, mistimed and unwanted pregnancies that will likely lead to complications.

The result of the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey mentioned that unmet need for family planning is the highest among the poor (28 percent) and less educated (29 percent) compared to country’s average (22 percent). The poor exhibited the lowest contraceptive use (26 percent).

Unmet need for family planning is technically considered as the number of women of reproductive age who wants to space or limit births but are not using any family planning methods.

In a related development, the barangay service point officers (BSPO) were capacitated to help address the reduction of unmet need of family planning. Two trainings were conducted simultaneously in Surigao City and Surigao del Sur for 80 BSPOs.

During the said training, regional director Camilo S. Pangan of POPCOM-Caraga urged the population volunteers to address unmet need through massive advocacy/IEC campaign inculcating the values of responsible parenting and informed choice of the different family methods.

Providing couples with the correct information on family planning methods and where to access them will help create the demand on contraceptives, thus reducing unmet need on family planning,” Pangan said. (RER/NCLM/POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: POEA pinaigting ang kampanya laban sa illegal recruitment, anti-trafficking

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 12 (PIA) -- Pinaigting ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ang kampanya laban sa iligal recruitment at anti-trafficking in persons.

Ayon kay POEA-Caraga regional supervisor Marietta M. Bellotindos, ang kampanya ay kaugnay sa proyekto ng ahensya sa pagpapalakas ng community-based migration information, orientation, at advocacy campaign sa ilalim ng Millennium Development Goal- Joint Programme on Youth, Employment and Migration (MDG-YEM).

Sinabi pa niya na ito ay suporta sa ibang ahensya para sa iisang layunin - na maabot ang mga munisipalidad at probinsya na may mataas na kaso ng iligal recruitment at trafficking in persons.

Ito rin ay tutulong sa pagpapalakas at gawing madali ang edukasyon at information dissemination campaign program.

Dahil dito, ang POEA national at regional center representatives ay patuloy na nagsasagawa ng sunod-sunod na aktibidad para sa kampanya laban sa iligal Recruitment, Trafficking in Persons, at Irregular Migration (CAIRTIM) sa Agusan del Sur.

Ani Bellotindos, tampok sa aktibidad ang anti-illegal recruitment campaign na alisunod na rin sa Republic Act 10022, na nag-uutos sa lokal na pamahalaan na magbigay ng aktibong papel sa overseas employment program, lalo na ang pagbibigay ng impormasyon.

Dagdag pa ng gobyerno, ang training para sa mga anti-illegal recruitment at anti-trafficking in person ng mga law enforcer at prosecutor ay isasagawa sa Provincial Training Center, D.O Plaza Government Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, at Agusan del Sur.

Isang signing for memorandum of understanding naman ang gaganapin sa pagitan ng lokal na pamahalaan, POEA, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, at ng ibang kasaling ahensya. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Agusan del Norte Prov’l Council HRM papangunahan ang 9th reg’l annual confab

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 12 (PIA) -- Pangungunahan ng Agusan del Norte Provincial Council of Human Resource Managers (HRM) ang 9th Annual Regional Convention ng Caraga Regional Council of Human Resource Managers ngayong Septiyembre 19-20, 2012.

Sa kanyang mensahe, sinabi ni Council President Luz Dumanon na ang convention ngayong taon ay naaayon sa temang, “Revitalizing HR Practitioners towards Global Challenges” at magtatampok ng sunud-sunod na mga aktibidad na inihanda ng working committee chairman at mga kasapi nito.

Sinabi rin ni Dumanon na inimbitahan ang pangalawang pangulo upang magbigay ng kanyang keynote speech.

Inaasahan din na maraming partisipante ang dadalo sa aktibidad.

Ang mga imbitadong kalahok ay mula sa lokal na pamahalaan at mga ahensya na nakabase dito sa lungsod ng Butuan at maging sa Agusan del Norte upang tugunan ang pangangailangan ng maayos na serbisyong publiko. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacañang naglaom nga uyonan sa China ang ASEAN consensus alang sa pagresulba sa mga claims sa West Philippine Sea

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 12 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang naglaom nga uyonan sa Peoples Republic of China ang bag-ong consensus sa Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nga ang United Nations maritime convention maoy himoong basehan sa pagresulba sa mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga pag-angkon sa West Philippine Sea.

Ang mga ASEAN foreign ministers nga nagtagbo didto sa Cambodia karong semanaha nagkauyon sa paghimo ug dokumento alang sa malinawon nga pagresulba sa giawayan nga teritoryo.

“In the first instance, China has also been of the position that it should be settled peacefully. Everybody is agreed on that. We hope that they will be receptive to the idea as well,” sulti ni Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte atol sa regular press briefing kagahapon Miyerkules didto sa Malacañang.

“Let’s see kung sa November ita-target na mailabas yan. Hopefully, it will be received well,” sulti ni Valte mahitungod sa pagpagawas sa maong dokumento karong Nobyembre.

Si Valte mipasabot nga ang posisyon sa nasod mao ang pagduso sa ASEAN centrality ug ang code kinahanglang himoon una sa dili pa awhagon ang laing nasod sa pagduyog sa Code of Conduct.

Sa dihang gipangutana kung ang Palasyo nagtoo nga ang Code of Conduct makapakusog sa posisyon sa Pilipinas sa West Philippine Sea, si Valte miingon, “We have been firm that ‘yung claim natin doon is supported under international law and that we intend to pursue our claim under a rules-based approach.”

Ang maong dokumento naglangkob sa panawagan sa regional block nga kinahanglan ang duha ka mga nasod mohimo pagresulba sa maong territorial dispute didto sa West Philippine Sea sa malinawon nga paagi, subay sa international law lakip ang UN Convention on the Law of the SEA o UNCLOS.

Ang UNCLOS usa ka international treaty nga nagtakda og mga limitasyon kon unsaon sa silingang mga nasod pagkonsiderar sa ilang mga exclusive economic zones. Ang China usa sa mipirma sa maong UNCLOS.

Atol sa ASEAN Summit niadtong bulan sa Abril, ang Pilipinas miingon nga ang ASEAN kinahanglan magkauyon una ang matag miyembro niini sa gihimong dokumento sa Code of Conduct of Parties in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) sa dili pa makigtagbo sa China. Ang isyu sa West Philippine Sea kinahanglan maresolba nga malinawon subay sa international law, matud niini.

Ang Taiwan ug mga miyembro sa ASEAN, sama sa Pilipinas, Vietnam, Brunei ug Malaysia adunay mga claims sa West Phillippine Sea. Ang maong teritoryo nga giawayan gituohan nga adunay dakong deposito sa oil ug gas. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)