PIA News Service - Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sectors converge efforts for the protection of IDPs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) – A training workshop on the protection of human rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was conducted to strengthen partnership and commitment of concerned government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society indigenous people organizations in Samal, Davao City.

The personnel of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCHR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in East Mindanao and member-agencies of the IDP Caraga Link actively participated during the activity.

Lawyer Cecilia Jimenez of the Norwegian Refugee Council-Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (NRC-IDMC) Senior Training said the IDPs are individuals who have suffered harm as direct result of an arbitrary displacement.

The internal displacement as described by Jimenez is the involuntary movement or forced evacuation or expulsion of any person or group of persons who flee or leave their homes or places of habitual residence, without crossing an internationally recognized Sate border, as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalized violence, violations of human rights or other natural or human-made disasters.

Jimenez said arbitrary internal displacement is an act of displacement or any other coercive act committed by any person or group of persons and directed against the civilian population, which are contrary to the law, good morals, public order or public policy, or committed with abuse of authority, oppressive or wanton disregard to the right to life, liberty or property and abode of the residents of an area in which they are lawfully present, and characterized by those situations.

“In 2011, there is 26.4 million IDPs as a result of armed conflict and generalized violence; at least 36 million people newly displaced by sudden on-set natural disasters; and the number of people displaced worldwide by large-scale infrastructure projects and other development projects is not known but is thought to be higher,” said Jimenez.

Jimenez said protection for IDPs ultimately entails ensuring a durable solutions to their plight. Durable solutions are not simple solutions because they are usually linked to larger struggles for peace, security, territorial control, equal treatment and an equitable distribution of resources.

“Concerted efforts involving multiple actors – Governments, international and non-governmental organizations and most importantly, IDPs themselves, are required to gradually make progress,” Jimenez said.

Principle 6 of United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement also stipulates that every human being shall have the right to be protected against being arbitrarily displaced from his or her home or place of habitual residence. The prohibition of arbitrary displacement includes displacement – in situations of armed conflict unless the security of the civilians involved or imperative military reasons so demand; in cases of large-scale development projects, which are not justified by compelling and overriding public interests; and in cases of disasters, unless the safety and health of those affected requires their evacuation.

Also, during the workshop, participants identified the patterns of displacement in their respective regions, and among the result, armed conflict is the main cause of displacement, followed by natural disasters. They also identified their priority actions as benchmarks that will ensure the prevention and protection of IDPs in the regions.

Meanwhile, all the participants expressed their support to the IDP House Bill No. 5864, and hoped for its approval in the national level. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CFO to conduct community education program on migration

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) will conduct a community education program (CEP) on migration in the province of Surigao del Sur on November 12, 2012.

This activity seeks to assist prospective migrants in making informed decisions regarding working or living abroad, as well as generate community involvement on migration and development concerns, said CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas, chairperson in her written statement.

“It also aims to raise public awareness about various issues related to migration and existing government policies and programs directed against illegal recruitment and human trafficking, among others,” said Nicolas.

Representatives from CFO will also be interviewed at dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Gov't agencies to conduct Export Information seminar in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) – The Department of trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga, in cooperation with the Bureau of Export Trade Promotion (BETP) and Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) will conduct a two-day Export Information Seminar on November 14-15, 2012 at the Prince Hotel, this city.

DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran said the two-day activity is part of the continuing activities of the BETP’s Regional Interactive Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) which aims to develop new exporters and expand the country’s supply base of globally-competitive products and services in order to increase Philippine exports.

BETP Assistant Director Jason Lao will lead technical experts from BETP and PTTC in discussing and presenting to the producers of food and gifts/decors/housewares in the region and updates on access to foreign markets, market trends, product development and design trends, among others.

“Knowing these trends and other information will greatly help Caraga producers in gaining knowledge and skills in producing quality and trendy products for export to foreign markets,” Pagaran said.

Pagaran also enjoined media partners in Caraga to participate and take part in this event.

For more information, DTI-Caraga can be reached at telephone number (085) 342-5615. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte sitio now energized

By Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- Around 30 households in Sitio Songkoy, Gigaquit will be able to enjoy the comfort brought about by electrification after a ceremonial switch-on was done yesterday, Nov. 7, at the Barangay Gym in Mahanub, this province.

The energization of the said barangay was part of the Sitio Enegization Program being implemented under President Aquino through the National Electrification Administration, aimed to bring electricity to the remaining 33,000 sitios in the country especially in Mindanao.

The activity was made possible through the partnership of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc. led by Engr. Danny Z. Escalante and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Sol F. Matugas.

The said 30 households got free electric meter, light bulb, switch outlet, wiring and free installation. (SDR/PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan City gov't to boost transparency in governance

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- The present administration of Butuan City has always been firm in maintaining and upholding the advocacy of good governance and transparency reiterating that all government institutions, political subdivisions, instrumentality as well as its agencies in Butuan City must show evident and indisputable proofs of transactions and credit operations undertaken.

To further sustain such endeavor and to realize the mandates of the constitution and other laws, Vice Mayor Law Fortun along with the earnest cooperation of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, has approved a resolution regarding as a manifestation of support to this advocacy.

Effectively, the Sangguniang Panlungsod has authorized City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. to secure an opinion of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) with regard to the loans of Butuan City with the Philippine National Bank (PNB) requiring a waiver of rights to the confidentiality nature of the information to be examined in pursuance of Sections 2 and 3 of Republic Act No. 1405 and other laws relating to the Secrecy of Bank Deposits.

Additionally, with equal importance to authorize the Philippine National Bank (PNB) and all banks or financial institutions with which the City Government of Butuan may have transactions to disclose to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) all information pertaining the deposits, investments, loans and other transactions including the history or status of the city’s dealing with aforementioned banking and financial institutions and for BSP to make all inquiries as may be necessary regarding the same.

Furthermore to give the same authority the BSP to as well disclose and share such information obtained from said banks or financial institutions to the Department of Finance with regard to the performance of said Department and its functions.

This has been done accordingly in consonance of Section 123 of Republic Act No. 7653, otherwise known as the New Central Bank Act which provides that “whenever the Government, or any of its political subdivisions or instrumentalities, contemplates borrowing within the Philippines, prior opinion of the Monetary Board shall likewise be requested in order that the Board may render an opinion on the probable effects of the proposed operation on monetary aggregates, the price level, and the balance of payments.”

With this strict will to conform to the mandates of the law, Fortun has given efforts to always find ways to encourage people to trust in the transactions commenced by this administration and to make sure that said efforts undergone were all for a much stronger future.

Fortun has been a staunch advocate of transparency of governance which was the key to his effective leadership in the SP as well as being the second leader in the City. (NCLM/BC-VMO/PIA-Caraga)


The Bull Loan Program up for implementation

By Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- The struggle to further strengthen, implement and promote the agricultural visions of this City, the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently approved a resolution giving legitimate authority to Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Philippine Carabao Center and the local government of Butuan relative to the Bull Loan Program.

The Bull Loan Program is an initiative of accelerating the improvement of the Philippine carabao as an important source of draught power, milk, meat, and hide as recognized by both Butuan and the Philippine Carabao Center. This means that the Murrah buffalo bulls are available to qualified agri-based cooperatives/farmer groups and individual farmer applicants through the LGU for natural breeding purposes under said program. (NCLM/BC-VMO/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Helping your kids develop healthy lifestyle habits

By Divorah V. Aguila

Childhood obesity remains a challenge, due to its serious impact on the physical and social well-being of today’s children.

The notion that plump children are cute and healthy is fading fast.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), obesity promotes insulin resistance, which in turn, is related to a number of lifestyle-related diseases including type-2 diabetes mellitus.

Addressing obesity through lifestyle changes is an important step towards achieving healthy habits.

Helping children achieve or maintain healthy weight requires accurate identification by health care professionals and promotion of lifestyle modifications.

It also requires significant societal change to create a healthier environment for children.

Here are ten practical tips to keep your children healthy, balanced and energetic throughout the day:

Practice what you preach. If you are practicing healthy habits, it’s a lot easier to convince children to do the same.

Persuade the whole family to be active. Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, fix the garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone will benefit from the exercise and the time together.

Limit TV, video game and computer time to not less than two hours a day. More than two hours of viewing may lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking while in front of the TV or computer which may increase the risks for obesity.

Encourage physical activities that children really enjoy. Every child is unique. Let children experiment with different activities until each finds something that he or she really loves doing so that they will stick with it longer if they love it.

Give praise whenever necessary with regard to small successes in healthy lifestyle practices. Children like to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children develop a good self-image.

Set specific goals and limits, such as one hour of physical activity a day or two desserts per week other than fruit. The chance for success increases as goals become detailed and specific.

Don’t reward children with food. Candy and snacks as a reward encourage bad habits. Find other ways to reward good behavior.

Make dinnertime a family time. When everyone sits down together to eat, there’s less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much. Get the kids involved in the preparation of family meals.

Encourage the value of reading food labels. The whole family will learn what’s good for their health and be more conscious of what they eat. It’s a habit that helps change behavior for a lifetime.

Remain involved. Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on healthy lifestyle habits including good food choices at school and in the community.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/Fax Nos.: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line: 839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071 to 82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Include fruits in your daily meals

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

In the Philippines, there are plenty of fruits you can choose from that can provide you with health and nutritional benefits.

Anonas, strawberry, ripe papaya, cashew, datiles, atis, guwayabano, ripe mango, melon, guavas siniguelas, and naranghita are examples of fruits.

Fruits are regulatory foods that contain vitamins and minerals that protect the eyesight, keep skin smooth and clean, and prevent the occurrence of some bleeding gums and easily bruised skin.

They increase body resistance against infection and common illnesses like colds and are also good sources of fiber that help prevent constipation common during pregnancy.

Most of all, they are packed with antioxidants that help prevent cancer.

The recent survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that fruit intake of Filipinos remained unchanged from 2003 to 2008 at 54 grams per person per day.

The older persons and pregnant women consumed more fruits than other population groups.

Including fruits in your daily meals assures you of getting the recommended intake for vitamins and minerals.

The Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid provides Filipinos an eating plan for a healthy living.

Based on the pyramid, the FNRI-DOST suggests eating two to three servings of fruits everyday to fight infections.

One serving of fruit is equivalent to one medium-sized fruit or one slice of a big fruit.

So stay healthy and fit with fruits in season on your table.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. Direct Lines and Fax: (02) 837-2934 & 8373164; Trunklines: 837-2071 locals 2296 & 2284, 837-8113, locals 318 & 319; Website: www.fnri.dost.gov.ph; E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Popcom isinapubliko ang mga nanalo sa Reg’l Population Quiz

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 8 (PIA) -- Isinapubliko kamakailan ng Commission on Population (PopCom)-Caraga kasama ng Department of Education (DepEd) ang mga nanalo sa Regional Population Quiz na ginanap sa DepEd-Caraga.

Ang proyekto ay naglalayong dagdagan ang mga kaalaman ng publiko sa isyu ng populasyon, ayon kay Popcom-Caraga Director Camilo Pangan.

Ang regional populations quiz ay sinalihan ng 10 estudyante na nasa fourth year highschool mula sa ibat ibang paaralan na kumakatawan sa kanilang dibisyon.

Ang mga kinilalang nanalo ay ang mga sumusunod: Jul Nechaclie Rosales ng Agusan National High School, sa unang puwesto; Cirx De Tristan Botero ng Surigao City National High School, pangalawang puwesto; at Joylyn Villarino ng Carmen National High School sa ikatlong puwesto.

Ayon naman sa Popcom ang mga nanalo ang siyang magiging kalahok ng rehiyon sa kompetisyong nasyunal na gaganapin sa Abril 2013. (NCLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Lideres sa Asya ug Europa nagkauyon aron palig-onon ang panag-uban atol sa pagtapos sa 9th ASEM summit

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 8 (PIA) -- Si pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ug lain pang mga lideres sa ASEM mipadayag sa ilang suporta aron palig-onon ang Asia-Europe nga panag-uban didto sa pagtapos sa ika-9th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Ang mga lideres gikan sa mga nasod sa Asya ug Europa, lakip na si Pangulong Aquino, ang mitapos sa ilang duha ka adlaw nga ASEM summit didto sa Vientiane pinaagi sa pagsagop sa Vientiane Declaration nga gipagawas kagahapon sa hapon.

Ang maong ASEM9 Summit gipahigayon ubos sa temang, “Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity.”

Sa maong Vientiane Declaration sa pagpalig-on sa panag-uban alang sa kalamboan, ang mga lideres sa ASEM hugot nga mipadayag sa ilang kagustohan aron palig-onon ang panag-uban sa Asya ug Europa alang sa kalamboan isip pinakamahinungdanong elemento sa ilang ekonomikanhon ug teknikal nga kooperasyon ug hinabang.

Sila usab misaad nga sugpoon ang kapobrehon ug kab-oton ang naoyunan nga katuyoan alang sa kalamboan, ug makab-ot ang target nga Millennium Development Goals aron pagseguro nga mawagtang ang kapobrehon, sakto ug sustenableng kalamboan ug hiniusang kauswagan.

Ang grupo usab sa ASEM subling mipasalig sa ilang saad aron makab-ot ang kalamboan, sustenableng kauswagan sa ekonomiya, tawhanong kalamboan ug proteksyon sa kinaiyahan.

Sila subli nga mihatag og importansya sa pagpalambo sa kooperasyon sa pagtubag sa climate change. Sila usab subling mikumpirmar sa ilang saad aron hugot nga ma-implementar ang resulta sa Bali Action Plan, ang Cancun agreements, ug ang Durban outcome

Samtang, ang mga miyembrong nasod determinado aron mapalambo ang socio-cultural cooperation ug development and promote greater people-to-people interaction through increasing cultural educational, youth, sports, tourism ug scholarly exchange.

Dugang pa niini, gisuportahan usab sa mga lideres sa ASEM “the full implementation of the Declaration in order to strengthen the comprehensive, equal and mutually beneficial Asia-Europe partnership for peace and development.” (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News: Aquino miingon ASEM member-countries mipagawas sa ilang suporta alang sa kalamboan sa Mindanao

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 8 (PIA) – Ang mga miyembrong nasod sa Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) mipasalig nga mosuporta sa kalamboan sa Mindanao human mapirmahan ang Framework Agreement for peace niaging bulan, matud ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III niadtong Martes.

Ang Pangulo miabot sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 Martes sa gabii gikan sa pagtambong sa duha ka adlaw nga 9th ASEM didto sa Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Sa iyang pamahayag pag-abot, ang Pangulo miingon nga gidayeg sa mga lideres sa ASEM ang Pilipinas tungod sa paghimo sa Framework Agreement for Mindanao alang sa kalinaw tali sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“Nasa inisyal na bahagi pa lamang po ang kasunduan natin sa MILF, ngunit ang mga kaibigan natin, sunud-sunod ang nais na ipaabot na tulong, habang ang matagal na nating katuwang, dodoblehin pa raw po nila ang kanilang pagtulong,” matud sa Pangulo.

Luyo sa peace deal tali sa mga walhong Muslim, ang ASEM member-countries mipadayag usab sa ilang pagdayeg sa Pilipinas, labi na sa mga inisyatibo alang sa reporma,ingon pa nga gusto nila mahimong parte sa transpormasyon sa nasod, dugang pa niya.Sa iyang meting uban kang Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, sumala sa Pangulo nga ang ilang diskusyon nagsentro sa klaro nga mga balaod sa West Philippine Sea lakip usab ang kalinaw sa Mindanao.

“Nagpasalamat din tayo sa bansang Hapon sa kanilang ambag upang masimulan ang kasunduang pangkapayapaan sa Bangsamoro,” matud pa niya, ug iyang gipasabot ang importansya nga nahimo sa Japan atol sa peace process, partikular na sa iyang meting kang Narita uban ang dagkong mga lideres sa MILF niadtong Agosto 2011, dugang pa niya.

Ang Japan, uban ang UK, Turkey ug Saudi Arabia, maoy naglangkob sa International Contact Group (ICG), nga gitukod niadtong Disyembre 2009 aron ipadayon ang hingpit nga kalinaw sa Mindanao.

Luyo sa partisipasyon sa Japan sa kalinaw sa Mindanao, kini usab maoy nag-unang partner sa Pilipinas sa matang sa depensa ug kampanya sa anti-poverty, matud pa niya.

Ang gobyernong Pilipinas ug ang MILF mipirma niadtong Octubre 15 sa Framework Agreement, nga maoy naglatag sa groundwork alang sa pinal ug hingpit nga kalinaw sa Mindanao.

Mitambong atol sa maong pagpirma mao sila Pangulong Aquino, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad ug Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)