PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 10, 2012


DOH intensifies anti-dengue campaign thru info strategies

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) is intensifying its campaign against dengue by tapping the communication support of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the government’s information arm.

This was developed after the consultative workshop conducted in Metro Manila regarding the implementation of DOH’s nationwide anti-dengue campaign where the latter requested PIA to help its campaign by using of the agency’s two electronic communication channels - the inbox news and text blast operation.

PIA Director General Jose A. Fabia, in a memorandum sent to PIA regional offices nationwide, directed the regional directors and officers-in-charge of the 16 regions to add and/or complete the directory of PIA inbox news and text blast recipients.

Fabia reiterated that in order to be successful in this campaign, all barangay dengue warriors and barangay health workers in the country must be included as recipients.

The PIA chief also directed concerned officials of the agency to group their database per barangay or community for easier and more convenient text blasting of information to concerned areas during the implementation of anti-dengue communication activities in their respective areas of responsibilities.

Fabia said the text blasting per barangay is being pilot-tested in Regions 3 and in the National Capital Region (NCR) for two weeks, after which an assessment of the text blast activity will be done to identify gaps before it will be implemented in regions and provinces in the country.

Inbox news are electronic news magazines produced by four major clusters of the agency such as the iStar of the Southern Luzon Cluster, One Luzon of the Northern Luzon Cluster, One Visayas for the Visayas Cluster, and the pioneering e-news magazine of the agency, One Mindanao.

Among the recipients sectors regularly receiving news from the agency are the local tri-media, local government units, national government agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations, government financing institutions, military, police, religious, academe, judiciaries, business, labor, agri-workers, non-government organizations, and civic organizations. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Damage of flashflood in Butuan City amounts to P2.4M, officials say

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The flash flood that hit this city on midnight of Sunday caused P2.4 million damages in infrastructure and agriculture, officials of the city engineering and agriculture departments here said.

In a text message sent by Jennifer Michelle Divinagracia of the city's public information office to PIA-Caraga, the estimated cost of damage caused by the flash flood on July 8 reached P2 million in infrastructure according to Engr. Lorden Vismanos, officer-in-charge of the city engineering office here, while OIC City Agriculturist Alberto Buca estimated the damage to agriculture at P400,000.

Earlier report of the city PIO here said 42 households were affected by the flash flood in the city’s internal barangays of Salvacion, Lemon and Camayahan.

Of the total houses affected, eight were totally washed out. Two school buildings were also flooded.

In Barangay Camayahan, two hanging bridges were washed out, while one steel bridge was damaged, making it impassable to vehicles. The city PIO however said no casualties were reported.

On Sunday evening, 38 families were evacuated to barangay halls and covered courts because of the flash flood that occurred midnight after heavy rains fell early in the evening and ceased at dawn on Monday.

Personnel from the city mayor’s office together with the city Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) immediately responded in the area and attended to the victims.

City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. is scheduled to visit the area and distribute some relief goods to victims.

The Butuan Search And Rescue Team (BuSART) is on its 24-hour operation in attending to the needs of the victims and in clearing the debris on highways of said barangays. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


IDP Caraga strengthens link with field officers in other regions

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) -- The Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Caraga Link led by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) through Regional Director Marylin Pintor with IDP field officers from other regions in Mindanao convened recently here and discussed issues and concerns in handling displacements in different areas.

IDP-Caraga Link President Teresita Cañas said the IDP Caraga Link was organized on the IDP workshop in Lianga, Surigao del Sur in September 2005 when the participants saw the need for a body to help the commission promote respect for and protection of IDP rights in Caraga.

CHR is in receipt of a recommendation for the recognition of IDP Caraga Link as an accredited arm through its regional office in responding to and monitoring adverse situations causing or affecting internal displacements in the Caraga region. CHR is also to include recommending measures and their implementation on issues and concerns of IDP to proper offices/agencies or bodies in the region.

It was learned that since its inception, IDP Caraga Link pursues information, education, assessment and monitoring of internal displacements in the region, to include specifically municipalities of Lianga, Marihatag, San Miguel, San Agustin and Tago, all of Surigao del Sur; municipalities of San Luis and Esperanza, all of Agusan del Sur; and municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

Cañas also relayed that in most cases, displacements occurring in the region involved indigenous people. This usually happens when there is a military operation against rebels in the area that frightens IPs.

It was learned that during the previous displacements recorded in some municipalities in Caraga, IDPs seemed being controlled by other groups of people accompanying them. As observed when they are being asked/interviewed by concerned agencies, they are very hesitant and could not answer a simple question like details on their whereabouts.

However, Cañas with the field officers in Caraga region justified that despite their difficulties in gathering data from IDPs, they were able to handle the situation well and to talk with the victims and get their trust.

Field officers from other regions in Mindanao present during the meeting also shared their experiences in handling displacements which they found similar to Caraga region. Although some of them also experienced worse than in Caraga, because of the eagerness and commitment to help the vulnerable victims of displacements, they overcame the situation.

With this, the IDP Caraga Link becomes stronger as they face different challenges along their way in resolving conflicts and displacements in the region, as well as the link with other field officers in other regions in Mindanao. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DA chief to visit Surigao Norte anew

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, July 10 (PIA) -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala will arrive on Thursday, July 11 in Surigao City for a three-day visit in the province.

Provincial agriculturist Gromyko Geraldino said upon arrival at the Surigao City Airport, Alcala along with his undersecretaries and all regional directors will proceed to Siargao Island for an executive committee meeting.

Geraldino said they will be expecting around 120 guests from DA together with heads of its attached agencies, such as Philippine Coconut Authority, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Agricultural Training Institute, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, among others, to proceed to Siargao Island.

Alcala will also see the status of some identified agri-fishery projects in the island and meet the agriculture and fishery stakeholders to respond and act on the issues and concerns that they may raise. “Right after their executive meeting on July 12, Sec. Alcala will grace the Farmers-Fisherfolks Forum at Gen. Luna. At 3 p.m., the secretary will then visit our demonstration farm at Brgy. Cancohoy in Del Carmen to lead the launching and groundbreaking ceremony of our organic agriculture, demo farm and warehouse,” Geraldino added.

The last day of the secretary’s visit will be capped with a press conference in Surigao City.

It was learned that Alcala’s visit will be his second time in the province. His first visit was in January last year where he met with farmers, local chief executives, NGOs/POs and the local media. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog news: PhilHeath benefits package inilunsad sa Bislig City

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 10 (PIA) -- Inilunsad kamakailan ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) ang Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB1) Package sa lungsod ng Bislig, Surigao del Sur, na may layuning paunlarin ang health care benefits ng mga miyembro nito.

Mahigit 500 katao ang dumalo sa Bislig City gymnasium upang saksihan ang aktibidad na dinaluhan din ni Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro, at ng ibang opisyal ng lungsod.

Sa kaniyang mensahe, sinabi ni local health insurance office chief Juliet Golez ng PhilHealth Bislig City na ang mga Bisliganon ay masuwerte dahil pinili ang kanilang lungsod, kung saan ang programa ay unang isinagawa sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

“Ang mga Bisliganon lalo na ang mga mahihirap ay kailangan na maghanda, magkaroon ng kaalaman at bigyan ng kaukulang lakas bago pa man sila matamaan ng kahit anong sakit, at ang PhilHealth ay nandito para sila ay tulungan,” ani Golez.

“Ang programang pangkalusugan ay kailangan na maging isa sa prayoridad na programa ng lokal na pamahalaan sa bansa dahil kung tayo ay malusog, matatamasa natin ang magandang buhay, at magiging maayos ang ating mga trabaho, lakip na ang dekalidad na edukasyon,” ani Navarro.

Idinagdag din ni Navarro na isa sa mga prayoridad ng kaniyang administrasyon ay ang marehistro ang lahat ng Bisliganon upang maging miyembro ng PhilHealth. Binati rin niya ang city health office sa maayos na pag-implementa ng health care na programa.

Base sa talaan ng PhilHealth, ang Bislig City, Surigao del Sur ay mayroong 40,208 na miyembro na nakarehistro sa PhilHealth.

Si Dr. Leizel Lagrada, ang Primary Care Benefits 1 Team Leader ng PhilHealth ay nagbigay ng kaalaman sa mga Bisliganon kung ano ang "Primary Care Benefit 1 Package." Sinabi nito na ang programa ay isa sa mga prayoridad na programa ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na may layuning maangkin ang universal health care ng lahat ng Pilipino na miyembro ng PhilHealth.

“Ang PCB 1 Package ay isang bagong set ng benepisyo para sa mga miyembro para sa dekalidad na health care services sa pamamagitan ng accredited public health care providers sa kalakhang bansa. Ito ay nagbibigay paanyaya sa mga primary health care providers sa pagbibigay ng maayos na serbisyo sa kanilang kliyente,” ayon kay Lagrada.

Kasama sa PCB 1 Package ang mga pangunahing benepisyo kagaya ng konsultasyon, regular na blood pressure monitoring at health promotion kagaya ng edukasyon sa breastfeeding, counseling para sa lifestyle gastroenteritis (AGE) na walang mild dehydration, upper respiratory tract infection/pneumonia at urinary tract infection ay kasali din at inaasahang mabibigyan din ng kaukulang package.

Samantala, ibinigay ni Dr. Banzon kasama ni Regional Vice President Sychua at ng ibang opisyal ng PhilHealth ang tseke ng PhilHealth Capitation Fund sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Bislig City at Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Ang lungsod ng Bislig ay nakatanggap ng P915,600 para sa 4th quarter ng taong 2011 upang pondohan ang health service, habang ang Lingig ay nakatanggap naman ng P927,600.

Isang ceremonial performance commitment at memorandum of agreement signing ang isinagawa ng PhilHealth at institutional health care providers sa Bislig City, at ng mga kalapit na munisipalidad ng Surigao del Sur. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DTI nagsagawa ng pangkabuhayang pagsasanay

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 10 (PIA) -- Ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur provincial office ay nagsagawa ng dalawang araw na pagsasanay sa produksyon ng iba't ibang produkto ng cottage industry, basic business financial management at iba pang mga produkto ng teknolohiya.

Ito ay sa pakikipagtulungan ng pamahalaan ng lungsod ng Bayugan, ng panlalawigang pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur at ng Cottage Industry Technology Center.

Ayon kay Cirila Inson, Trade and Industry specialist ng DTI-AdS, ang dalawang araw na pagsasanay ay ginanap sa Lope A. Asis gymnasyum, Lungsod ng Bayugan kamakailan at nilahukan ng mga kababaihan, kabataan, mga mag-aaral at iba pang interesadong mga organisasyon. Ito ay ginastusan ng DTI at ng lungsod ng Bayugan at sinuportahan ng mga tauhan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur.

"Kung hindi man maging pinakaunang pagkukunan ng kabuhayan ng mga kalahok ang kaalaman at teknolohiya na kanilang matututunan, sigurado akong ito ay makakadagdag sa kinikita ng kanilang pamilya na makakatugon sa kanilang mga pinansiyal na pangangailangan. Ang mga teknolohiya at mga produkto na aming ipinakilala ay iyong mga pinakakailangan ng bawat pamilya para sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na konsumo. At dahil kami ay naniniwala na ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nabibigo ang negosyo ay sa hindi maayos na pamamahala, aming idinagdag ang basic financial management na kurso upang sila ay magkakaroon ng kaalaman sa pinansiyal at pamamahala," sabi ni DTI-AdS Provincial Director Lolita Dorado.

Sa unang araw, ang pagsasanay sa paggawa ng mga produktong pambahay tulad ng dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner at detergent powder ang itinuro. Itinuro rin ang pagsasanay sa paggawa ng beadwork/paggawa ng mga nauusong brotse, kagamitang pang-adorno sa buhok ng ikakasal, pag-aayos ng bulaklak, kuwintas at purselas, maging ang produksyon ng mga piling mani tulad ng malutong na mani, maning karamelo bar, peanut butter cookies at peanut butter.

Sa pangalawang araw, nagkaroon ng briefing at lectures. Kabilang sa mga itinuro ay ang mga kasanayan sa paghahanda ng ligtas at malinis na pagkain, kung paano sisimulan ang isang negosyo at karunungang pinansyal, kasama na ang pagkukwenta ng interest rates, kinikita, ipon para sa puhunan at simpleng paghahanda ng libro sa negosyo at pagtatala ng pera, mga dapat kolektahin at babayaran.

Ang pagsasanay sa pag-aayos ng lobo tulad ng mga pag-aayos at paggawa ng mga lobong bulaklak ay itinuro rin sa ikalawang araw. Itinuro rin ang mga pamamaraan sa paghahanda ng mga coco delicacies tulad ng macapuno balls, coco jam at bukayo. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Bag-ong mining policy nahisubay sa national laws

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 10 (PIA) -- Ang bag-ong mining policy nagtinguha sa pagseguro nga ang gipagawas nga mga ordinansa sa mga local government units (LGU) nahiuyon sa national laws kalabot na sa mina, si Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje miingon.

"What the EO (Executive Order No. 79) is saying is that somehow there must be consistency between national laws and local laws. And, of course with this, the local ordinances cannot be against national policies," sulti ni Paje atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacanang kagahapon Lunes.

Pirmado na ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III niadtong Hulyo 6, 2012 ang Executive Order No. 79 (Institutionalizing and Implementing reforms in the Philippine mining sector providing policies and guidelines to ensure environmental protection and responsible mining in the utilization of mineral resources).

"Sec. 12 (of EO No. 79) recognizes the need for national laws and local ordinances to be harmonized to ensure the proper management and regulation of the mining industry," pagpasabot ni Paje.

Ang maong EO nagtinguha usab aron ipahiluna ang tagsa-tagsa ka mga tahas sa national government ug mga local government units (LGUs) kalabot na sa mina.

Sa paghimo sa maong EO, ang national government maoy mokoordinar ug mokooperar sa LGUs sa pagseguro sa angay nga implementasyon kalabot na sa mga mining related laws, rules ug regulasyon, labi na ang small-scale mining.

Ang mga hintungdang ahensya sa gobyerno adunay direktiba aron tun-an ang posible nga mga legislasyon pagpauswag sa LGU shares gikan sa maong mga resources ug paghatag sa mga mekanismo aron madali ang pagpagawas sa ilang mga shares pinaagi sa angay nga koordinasyon sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga ahensya.

Ang provincial/city mining regulatory boards (P/CMRBs) maoy motabang sa mga LGUs aron matarong ang small-scale mining ug mahatagan og saktong porum alang sa nagkalain-laing mga stakeholders. Ang local government units, matud sa EO, mahimong parte sa Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) aron pagseguro nga matubag ang ilang mga kabalaka.

"But if there are local ordinances, like the one in South Cotabato—it remains valid because there is a process in invalidating it. It remains valid until it is invalidated by competent authorities or through the courts," sulti ni Paje.

Ang national government adunay direktiba sa EO pinaagi sa Department of Interior and Local Government, aron makigtambayayong sa mga LGUs aron pagseguro nga ang mga local ordinances nahisubay ug uyon sa mga balaodnong nasyunal, ug mga polisiya, aron pagseguro usab sa angay nga implementasyon sa maong mining act. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)