1.24.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, January 24, 2013


Red Cross-Butuan City reports accomplishments for 2012 4th quarter

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- The different committees under the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter chaired by City Prosecutor Felixberto Guiritan recently reported its accomplishments for the 4th quarter of 2012.

The Disaster Management Services Committee bared that the chapter was able to conduct relief operations last December 15, 2012 after a fire incident destroyed 40 houses affecting 72 families at Barangay Baan-Km.3 in Butuan City. Red Cross staff and volunteers served 368 persons.

Also, three sessions on 143 volunteers Mobilization and Basic Disaster Management Training Course were conducted producing 80 graduates from Agusan National High School (ANHS) as part of their School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s activity.

The Safety Services Committee said that for the month of December, the chapter was able to conduct three classes on Tailored First Aid Training Course producing 80 graduates from ANHS Girl Scout, ANHS Dance Troop, and AMA Computer Learning Center - National Service Training Program (NSTP) students.

It was also learned that an ambulance with the personnel of PRC said chapter were deployed to facilitate the needs of the typhoon Pablo victims in the municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston in Davao Oriental.

Within the duration of 15 days deployment, a 24 medical cases of patients were handled and responded to six traumatized victims of a car accident with the assistance of the Medical Team in Maguindanao. All patients were transported to Southern Philippine Medical Center, Davao City for further interventions.

Meanwhile, the Blood Services Committee of the Phil. Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter reported that for the month of December 2012, the chapter was able to collect 530 units of blood including those acquired from bloodletting activities. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Dengue cases 175% up in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- The dengue cases in 2012 here in the city has increased 175 percent as compared to 2011. Of this figure, only in the month of April were the number of cases remained the same.

In her report to members of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) held recently here, Michelle Mae Que, a nurse from the city health office, said dengue cases in 2011 was recorded at 172 while 473 cases were reported in 2012.

Que said from comparing the two years since January to December, it showed that there is an average increase of 172.1154 percent.
She also said that the month of December recorded the highest increase. “In 2011, only 21 cases were recorded while in 2012, there was a drastic increase of 99. This has an equivalent of 371.4286 percent increase,” Que said.

As to the gender and age affected with such virus, Que said more males aged five to nine years old had been recorded. She further explained this is because these age group are the most active.

Barangays greatly affected with dengue include: Libertad – 40; San Vicente – 33; Ambago – 25; Tungao – 24; Ampayon – 22; J.P. Rizal – 22; Villa Kanangga – 19; Bancasi – 17; Limaha – 16; Baan Km. 3 – 15; Doongan – 15; and Bayanihan – 13.

Because of the prevailing situation, Que said the City Health Office is regularly conducting dengue education and advocacy in schools and barangays in the city.

She also said they are conducting entomology survey and defogging of schools and affected barangays, as well as mobilizing barangay officials especially in the affected areas, and surveillance activities.

Meanwhile, Que enjoins the public to be clean always. “The best way to prevent this virus is to observe cleanliness. Don’t let water, especially rainwater, to be stagnant in your vicinities so that these mosquitoes will have no venue to breed,” Que said.

Earlier report of the Department of Health (DOH)-Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga reveals that Agusan del Sur was recorded to have the highest dengue cases in 2012, followed by Butuan City, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Bayugan City, Cabadbaran City, Tandag City, and the province of Dinagat Islands. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


13,400 hurdle career service examinations

MANILA, Jan. 24 - Out of 113,168 examinees, 13,412 or 11.85 percent passed the Career Service Examinations administered nationwide by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on October 21, 2012. Of the said figure, 11,449 passed the Professional level while 1,963 passed the Sub-Professional level.

Mark Anthony B. Pelaez from the Bicol Region topped the Professional level with a rating of 87.85. Joining him at the top 10 are Justin Alick M. Cordova (Western Visayas), 87.39; Ma. Cristina D. Pornillos (NCR), 87.29; Grace Jude B. Adarne (Northern Mindanao), 87.02; Venice Marie B. Hulleza (Western Visayas), 86.90; Kar Lyle A. Constantino (NCR), 86.85; Ed Mari Cedric C. Cornejo (Bicol), 86.79; Angelica Anne C. Eligado (NCR), 86.65; Oliver Gerard M. Gelera (Eastern Visayas), 86.63; and Ian Derrick W. Almanzor (NCR), 86.56.

Pelaez, together with the rest of the Professional level passers, will be conferred the Career Service Professional Eligibility which is appropriate for appointment to both first level and second level government positions not covered by Bar, board and special laws.

On the other hand, Gerardo R. Biyo from the National Capital Region led the Sub-Professional level with 90.65 rating. Completing the top 10 are Alma L. Pabilane (NCR), 89.63; Arvin E. Sevilla (SOCCSKSARGEN), 89.25; Hazel Ann P. Etiong (Zamboanga Peninsula), 89.02; Miraquel G. De Jesus (NCR), 88.94; Arnie James C. Mayo (Region IV-A Calabarzon), 88.82; Bjorn Ronwald L. Reyes (CAR), 88.72; Clarence G. Dominguez (NCR), 88.71; Mary Andrielle C. Santos (NCR), 88.59; and Justin Lawrence J. Tembrevilla (NCR), 88.12.

The Sub-Professional level passers will obtain the Career Service Sub-Professional Eligibility appropriate for first level government positions that include clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service positions.

Top regions

The CSC Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office (ERPO) reported that as to the regional performance, NCR posted the highest passing rate at 19.20 percent, representing a total of 3,156 passers out of 16,440 total examinees. Second in rank is the Central Visayas with a passing rate of 15.10 percent. The other top performing regions include CAR at 13.75 percent, Region II (Cagayan Valley) at 12.17 percent, and Region III (Central Luzon) at 12.03 percent.

Successful examinees are advised to coordinate with the CSC Regional Office concerned on the requirements and procedure in claiming their Certificates of Eligibility.

The complete list of successful examinees of the October 21, 2012 Career Service Examinations may be accessed from the CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph. Those who failed may secure a copy of their Report of Rating also through the CSC website.

Meanwhile, the CSC announced that the next schedule for the Career Service examinations paper-and-pencil test will be on April 14, 2013. Applications may be filed at any CSC Regional or Field Office until February 28, 2013. Details on qualifications, documentary requirements and filing procedure are also available at www.csc.gov.ph. (CSC/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DSWD sumusuporta na pagbabaling ang krimen ng prostitusyon sa mga kumikita dito

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 24 (PIA) -- Sinusuportahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang hakbang ng Kongreso na ituloy ang pagsabatas na ibaling ang krimen mula sa biktima ng prostitusyon papunta sa mga taong kumokontrol at nakikinabang sa ganitong gawain.

Ang Anti-Prostitution Bill ay mag-aalis ng kasalanan ng mga taong naaabuso sa prostitusyon at inaalis ang mga nilalaman ng Artikulo 202 at 341 ng Revised Penal Code na “nagpaparusa sa mga kababaihan na kumikita at nangangalakal ng sarili o malisyosong gawain.”

Sa isang sulat bilang suporta na ipinadala kay Cong. Neil Tupaz, ang chairman ng Committee on Justice, sinabi ni DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman na ang naturang panukalang batas ay isa sa mga prayoridad ng DSWD.

Kinikilala rin ni Sec. Soliman ang kahalagahan ng naturang panukalang batas na naglalayong bigyan ng proteksyon ang mga biktima habang inihanda ang pagpasa ng kaso sa mga taong kumikita sa naturang gawain na umaabuso sa pagiging mahirap ng mga biktima.

Ang naturang panukalang batas ay magbibigay rin ng mga programa at serbisyo na makakatulong para maiangat ang kabuhayan ng mga biktima.

Ang naturang panukalang batas, isang National Anti-Prostitution Council na pangungunahan ng DSWD ang itatatag kung saan, ang mga miyembro ay manggagaling sa iba't ibang departamento ng pamahalaan, non-government organizations at mga taong naaabuso.

“Alam nating lahat na marami, kung hindi lahat, ang mga taong naabuso ay napipilitang pumasok sa ganitong gawain dahil sa ibat ibang dahilan tulad ng pagiging mahirap, o biktima ng human trafficking. Ang pamahalaan ay patuloy na magbibigay ng mga programa at serbisyo para maiangat ang kanilang kalagayan,” sabi ni Sec. Soliman.

Subalit niliwanag din ng DSWD na hindi nila sinusuportahan na maging legal ang prostitusyon dito sa ating bansa.

Sa kasalukuyan, mayroong 26 na residential care facilities ang DSWD na nagbibigay ng programang pagbabago at proteksyon para sa mga bata at kababaihang nasa mahirap na situwasyon.

Noong 2012, ang DSWD ay nakapasilbi sa 19 kabataang biktima ng prostitusyon at pang 50 kababaihang biktima. (DSWD/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino mipirma sa Kasambahay Bill aron mahimong balaod

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 24 (PIA) -- Gipirmahan ni Pangulong Aquino niadtong Enero 18 ang Republic Act No. 10361 o usa ka Acta aron ipahamtang ang mga Polisiya alang sa Proteksyon ug Kaayuhan sa mga Katabang o Domestic Workers.

Ang bag-ong balaodnon, o giila nga Kasambahay Bill gikatakdang makatabang sa mokabat duha ka milyon ka mga domestic helpers sulod sa nasod, matud ni Valte.

Matud pa ni Valte nga ilang ibutang sa Palace website ang kopya sa maong balaodnon ug kini moepekto 15 ka adlaw human ang pagtala niini online o sa mga mantalaan.

Dugang pa niya nga, uban sa pag-aprubar sa bag-ong balaod, ang mga domestic workers mosuweldo na og minimum salary nga P2,500 matag bulan sa National Capital Region; P2,000 matag bulan sa chartered cities ug first class municipalities; ug P1,500 matag bulan sa uban nga mga munisipyo.

Ubos usab sa maong balaodnon, sila kinahanglan mahatagan sa mga social benefits sama sa Social Security System, Philhealth ug Pag-Ibig Fund. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)