PIA News Service - Thursday, September 27, 2012

FNRI-DOST orients Caraga stakeholders on the results of 2011 Nutritional Status of Selected Filipinos

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), in cooperation with DOST-Caraga Regional Office, has conducted the Regional Dissemination Forum on the 2011 Survey on Updating of the Nutritional Status of Selected Filipinos on Wednesday in one of the local convention centers here.

The activity is aimed to update key stakeholders in the government and private sectors involved in food, nutrition and health programs on the survey results. Through this, they can recommend possible action points for application of the results in local policy-making and program planning.

As to the household profile in Caraga region, it was learned that about 34 in every 100 households have 4-5 members while 9 in 100 have only a couple. Main source of drinking is piped water (25.1%), followed by tube well or bore well (23.2%) and protected spring (21.1%), while garbage disposal is by collection system (39.8%), followed by compost pit (38.0%), and by burning (36.7%). The rest is by dumping garbage elsewhere.

FNRI Senior Science Research Specialist Lilibeth Patalen-Dasco, bared that 7.6% or 1 in every 10 Filipino adults in Caraga is chronic energy deficient (Agusan del Norte – 7.4%; Agusan del Sur – 6.5%; Surigao del Norte – 7.2%; Surigao del Sur – 9.3%). The prevalence decreased by 1.5 percentage points from 9.1% in 2008 to 7.6% in 2011 but the decrease is not significant. All the provinces in the region have prevalence rates lower thatn the national average of 10.0% but the differences are only significant for Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.

Along with the other significant highlights of the survey results, FNRI-DOST also revealed that 27.5% or about 3 in every 10 adults in Caraga are overweight or obese. The prevalence decreased by 2.1 percentage points over the past three years since in 2008, Caraga has 29.6% while in 2011 is decreased to 27.5, to which Surigao del Norte has the prevalence of obesity of 28.9% higher than the national average of 28.4% but the difference is not significant.

The result also showed the following: 37.8% or about 4 in every 10 Filipino school-age children in Caraga are short-for-age or stunted; 23.0% or about 2 in every 10 Filipino children aged 0-5 years are underweight-for-age; 37.3% or about 4 in every 10 Filipino children aged 0-5 years in Caraga are underheight-for-age or stunned; and 1.9% or 2 in every 100 Filipino children aged 0-5 years are overweight.

It also showed that there are 93.4% of children in Caraga age 1 to 4 years old who are fully immunized.

As to the nutritional status of the pregnant mothers, 25.0% or 1 in every 4 pregnant women is nutritionally at risk. The poor health of pregnant women makes them at risk to deliver low birth weight babies and other negative pregnancy outcomes like still births and miscarriages.

With this, FNRI-DOST stressed that efforts among government agencies and partner stakeholders should be poured to curb chronic malnutrition particularly in the first two years of life to prevent risk to delayed mental development, poor school performance and reduced intellectual capacity.

Having presented the highlights of the survey results for Caraga, FNRI-DOST Senior Science Research Specialist Chona Patalen also emphasized that the S&T Based Interventions to address Malnutrition (Sulong PINOY) Program is the DOST’s response to address the persistent problem of malnutrition among 0-5 year old children in the country and to meet the Millennium Development Goal of halving between 1009 and 2015, the proportion of 0-5 year old children who are underweight-for-age.

“The S&T Sulong PINOY Program aims to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition among 6 months t 35 months old children through the following strategies: 1) Production and technology Transfer of Complementary Food Blends and Snack Food; and DOST PINOY (package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children) as a Nutrition Intervention Strategy,” said Patalen.

Meanwhile, the participants also expressed their commitments to help the FNRI-DOST in its fight against malnutrition in the region and improve their nutrition and health programs.

About 50 representatives of different sectors attended the activity. Participants are comprised of the members of the Regional Development Council (RDC), the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), Provincial Nutrition Action Officers (PNAOs), representatives from the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Caraga region involved in food, nutrition and health, and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Seven rebels return support to gov’t

By 1LT Joe Patrick A Martinez

BANCASI, Butuan City, Sept. 27 (PIA) – Seven members New People's Army rebels surrendered to the government's 3rd Special Forces Battalion this month.

The former rebels belong to indigenous peoples from Agusan del Norte. Two of them were minors. They went to the Headquarters of 7th Special Forces Company accompanied by their relatives and tribal leaders.

They joined the NPA as they were promised that they would be sent to school by the rebel group. They believed they would have a better life in the armed movement. However, they were disillusioned eventually because of the hardships and hunger in the mountains while evading government troops. Moreover, instead of proper education, they were taught of NPA basic courses, including military combat.

“We encouraged all the NPAs to cooperate now with the government and we will sincerely help them regain their lives,” said Col Ronald N Albano, commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade. “I am happy that today, we have another seven NPA victims who realized that having a simple and peaceful life is better than joining the armed struggle.” (42nd CMO Company, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA reviews loan programs

By Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) head office has reviewed and evaluated the OWWA-Caraga’s Loan Programs.

Among the programs reviewed were Groceria Project, Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund (FELSF), Livelihood Development Program for Overseas Filipino Workers (LDPO), and the P2-billion Reintegration Loan Program.

Implementers and loan applicants were interviewed and asked for feedback.

Seaman Arturo Nietes, who was able to avail a loan amounting to some P200,000 pesos under the Livelihood Development Program for Overseas Filipino Workers (LDPO), cited the voluminous document requirements and the tedious process he underwent before finally receiving the amount.

“Some of the requirements by OWWA’s partner banks and cooperative banks were very procedural that an ordinary OFW finds difficult to comply. I guess I was just blessed that my wife is knowledgeable in alike documents that is why I was able to avail the loan,” Mr. Nietes added.

Mrs. Margarita Nolon, a grantee of the P10,000 livelihood grant for distressed OFWs from Libya under the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), stated that due to the grant she received, she was able to buy piglets that are now one of her sources of income. She was also able to buy falcata seedlings for her farm.

“It really did help me and my family. But I hope that DOLE, and OWWA cash grants will be released faster so that OFWs do not have to wait for months anymore,” Mrs. Nolon said.

Implementers of the OWWA 2 Billion Reintegration Loan Program were observed during the conduct of the Entrepreneurial Development Training- a prerequisite for loaning. Contents of the training materials and facilitation were only few of the factors observed.

The 26 participants also shared and discussed their impressions regarding the training, venue, facilitators and course content.

With the continuous efforts of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in search for superior programs and services for OFWs, OWWA-Caraga holds a greater commitment to render better program implementations for Caraganon OFWs. (RER/OWWA-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


‘Operation smile' ng 401st IB idaraos

By Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- Magsasagawa ng “Operation Smile” medical mission ang 401st Infantry Brigade para sa mga taong bungi mula sa pagkasilang. Ito ay bilang bahagi ng obligasyon ng mga sundalo sa kanilang kababayan.

Ayon kay 401st Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Romeo Gan, ang naturang operasyon ay libre sa ano mang bayarin at ito ay naaangkop sa mga may edad mula anim na buwan pataas.

“Kami sa 401st Infantry Brigade ay nananawagan sa mga magulang na may mga anak na ipinanganak na bungi, o kahit sino, bata man o matanda na mula sa aming area of responsibility na magparehistro lamang ano mang oras sa Civil Military Operation Section ng 401sr Infantry Brigade na matatagpuan sa New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad. Pagkatapos na magrehistro, iaanunsyo naming kung kalian ang operasyon na gagawin sa Northern Mindanao Medical Center sa Cagayan de Oro City, at lahat ng gagastusin papunta at pabalik ay sagot ng 401st Brigade,” sabi ni Col. Gan.

Maalaala na ang mga sundalo ng 401st Infantry Brigade sa pangunguna ni Col. Gan ay naging aktibo sa pagbibigay ng kanilang serbisyo sa mga gawaing civil military sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Sur.

Noong magbukas ang klase para sa pasukan sa taong 2012-2013, ang dalawang batalyon ng 401st Infantry Brigade ay naging aktibo sa kanilang partisipasyon sa programa ng Department of Education na kung tawagin ay Brigada Eskwela para sa preparasyon ng pasukan.

Noong ginawa ang pinagsanib na programang medical mission ng pamahalaang panlalawigan at ng dalawang congressional district ng Agusan del Sur, ginamit din ng 401st Brigade ang kanilang mga nalalaman sa menor na operasyon tulad ng tuli, operasyon ng mga bungi at nagpalabas din sila ng mga salida sa bidyo. (DSM/PPIO-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Aquino miingon ngadto sa mga mining investors: ‘We’ll not change rules in the middle of the game’

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) – Ang mining investors makalaom sa balanse ug patas nga implementasyon sa mga regulasyon, matud ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon Miyerkules, mipasalig usab siya kanila nga ang iyang administrasyon dili mohimo og bag-ong mga kausaban sa maong mga regulasyon.

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa inagurasyon sa processing and refining facility sa Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (PASAR) kagahapon didto sa Isabel, Leyte , ang Pangulo miingon nga ang mga industriya, lakip na ang minahan, molambo lamang kung adunay klaro ug sakto nga rules-based system.

Matud niya nga gihimo sa iyang administrasyong ang Executive Order 79 aron mositar og mga regulasyon nga balanse, patas, ug makaayo ngadto sa tanang stakeholders.

“Rules where profit is possible for the companies, for the government, and, most importantly, for the Filipino people, all while allowing us to preserve our environment,” matud pa niya ang iyang administrasyon mihimo og mga polisiya nga makiangayon sa tanang stakeholders.

“At the end of the day, we assure you --- the rules will be clear. Our administration will not drop our investors in the middle of a maze of moving walls. Let me assure you that through the level playing field we are instituting, success will come to anyone who pursues it the tried-and-tested way --- with patience, integrity, hard work, and innovation.”

Sa pagkakaron, gihimo na sa administrasyon ang pinal nga Implementing Rules and Regulations alang sa EO 79 ug gikuha ang mga pagduha-duha sa mga mining investors aron mosulod sa pagmina.

Apan gipahimangnoan sa Pangulo ang mga mining investors nga ang mga minerales sa nasod gipanag-iya sa katawhang Filipino ug kinahanglan nga makadawat sila og patas nga kumpensasyon gikan sa mga kumpanya nga miginansya sa maong mga tinubdan.

Luyo sa pag-inagurar sa smelting ug refining facility sa PASAR, gipangunahan usab sa Pangulo kagahapon ang seremonya sa switch-on sa electrification project didto sa Leyte.

Siya giubanan nila Trade Sec. Gregory Domingo, Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz, Energy Sec. Jose Rene Almendras, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, PASAR Chair Angel Veloso Jr., ug PASAR President and CEO David Halley, ug si Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

Mitambong usab sila Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla, Rep. Lucy Torrres-Gomez, ug Mayor Saturnino Medina. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)