PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Surigao del Norte receives DILG-Pamana Fund for 8 Infra Projects

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, March 27 - The Province of Surigao del Norte received some P105 million from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 (Caraga) for the implementation of Pamana (Payapa at Masaganang PamayaNan) Projects on March 26, 2013 at the DILG-Caraga Regional Office, this city.

Pamana, as a peace-building initiative of the government in conflict-affected areas supports the formulation of the Provincial Peace and Development Framework Plan of Surigao del Norte. This is done through the Pillar 3 of Pamana, which is aimed at addressing Regional Development through the implementation of infrastructure projects, such as road access and bridge construction in remote areas where development is hampered because of inaccessibility.

DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion handed-over the check to Mr. Eusebio B. Lisondra, Jr., Pamana Focal Person of the Province of Surigao del Norte. RD Famacion said that the DILG-Pamana fund is for the implementation of infrastructure projects which ensures participation and inclusion of the community in the conflict-affected areas. Through this mechanism, the Pamana objectives, such as poverty-reduction, capacity-building and improved governance will be achieved.

Pamana Projects in the Province of Surigao del Norte (SDN) include the (1)Construction of Campo-Little Baguio Road in Bacuag, SDN; (2) Rehabilitation of Pili-Karihatag Road in Malimono, SDN; (3)Rehabilitation of Pinaypayan-Brazil Road in Mat-I, Surigao City; (4)Rehabilitation of Cantapoy-Villariza Road in Malimono, SDN; (5)Rehabilitation of Diaz-Magtangale Road in San Francisco, SDN; (6)Construction of 50 meter Bailey Bridge Cantugas in Mainit, SDN; (7)Construction of Banban-Magsaysay in Placer Road in Placer, SDN; and (8)Rehabilitation of Antipolo-Tuburan-Quezon in Del Carmen, SDN.

The implementation of PamanaA projects is part of President Benigno Simon Aquino III’s social contract with the Filipino people in broadly-seeking just and lasting peace in Mindanao through a rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Pinoy twist for All-time Favorites

By Victor J. Alfonso, Jr.

The 7th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that more than 3 million Filipinos are estimated to have Type II diabetes.

Consequently, FNRI-DOST has been developing food products that may help in controlling blood sugar level in diabetics.

Speaking of control, even diabetics cannot sometimes resist mashed potato especially as a side dish to roast chicken.

However, diabetics may know well that potatoes are full of starch and can raise blood sugar level significantly.

Thus, the FNRI has developed an equally delicious alternative to mashed potato - the instant mashed sweet potato or kamote. Sweet potato is an ideal alternative to potato but is healthier because of its low glycemic index and high fiber content, which is good for diabetics.

Another favorite Pinoy snack or kakanin given a healthier twist by the FNRI is the instant brown rice puto premix.

Similarly, brown rice has low glycemic index and high dietary fiber content.

In a study at FNRI-DOST, instant mashed sweet potato and brown rice puto premix were packed in laminated foil and found acceptable in sensory trials as “liked moderately or “liked very much” by trained panelists.

Both functional food products are ready for pilot scale production and clinical studies to determine their nutritional and health benefits, as well as marketability.

Glycemic index or GI is a score of a food item on how quickly it levels a person’s blood sugar.

The lower the score, the slower the increase in blood sugar.

This does not mean, however, that foods with low glycemic index are “free for all food” especially among diabetics.

Moderation is still the key in consuming starchy or carbohydrate-rich food to control blood sugar level, even if one is not diabetic.

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; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)