PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 21, 2013



GIZ to conduct Planning Workshop on Local Flood Early Warning System in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) – To continuously reduce risks during floodings in Caraga, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), a non-government organization will be conducting the Stakeholders’ Orientation and Planning Workshop on Local Flood Early Warning System (LFEWS) in the province of Surigao del Sur on June 6-7, and Surigao del Norte on June 13-14, 2013.

As a jumpstart for the LFEWS project, the workshop intends to bring together the relevant local stakeholders to have a common understanding and appreciation about the LFEWS and actively interact their respective roles in managing the causal factors of disaster by flood and thereby reduce exposure to the hazard, lessen the vulnerability of people, rationally manage land and environment, and improve preparedness for adverse events, said Olaf Neussner, Chief Advisor of GIZ-Disaster Risk Management.

Neusser also bared that the LFEWS Project is under the 8th Action Plan of European Community under the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) within the Disaster Preparedness program (DIPECHO) entitled “Improvement of Disaster Risk Management Integration into Local Development Initiatives in the Philippines” supported by DIPECHO Plans 5 to 8, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).

“LFEWS is located within the GIZ intervention in Disaster Risk Management that contributes to the strategic framework of the Environment and Rural Development (EnRD) Program of Improving the Institutional performance of government agencies in sustainability managing natural resources. LFEWS traces its origins from GIZ (then GTZ) cooperation with various government agencies and programs in the field of DRM since early 2005. The first generation of GIZ-LFEWS was piloted in the Binahaan Watershed of Leyte Province in 2008. The system has been replicated to seven other watersheds in Region 8,” explained Neusser.

Neusser also recalled that in January 2012, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) sent a proposalto GIZ through EnRD seeing support in replicating the good practices in LFEWS in Caraga. GIZ through its DIPECHO project has officially expanded its intervention in Caraga. “Concretely, the intended outputs until December 2013 is to establish at least two LFEWS in the region. The selected project sites are the river basins of Surigao River stretching from the municipality of Sison down to Surigao City in Surigao del Norte and the Tago River covering the municipalities of San Miguel and Tago in Surigao del Sur,” he said.

GIZ offers customized solutions to complex challenges. An experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. It offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Bring back the brown rice tradition

By Charina A. Javier

Looking back, Filipinos ate only brown rice until Westerners introduced the modern milling process that produced white, polished rice which soon dominated the market and eventually changed our cultural tradition on rice preference.

Bringing back the tradition of eating brown rice can help achieve the government's goal of rice self-sufficiency in the near future while addressing the country's nutritional and health problems.

Rice is the major staple food of Filipinos, contributing about 35.7 percent of the average daily individual food intake, making it the major source of carbohydrates in the Filipino diet.

White rice is the most-consumed form of rice, based on the Food Consumption Data of the 7th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

Brown rice, however, is the form of rice that has undergone minimal milling. It is gaining popularity today primarily due to its nutritional and health benefits. It provides all the necessary carbohydrate requirements of an individual just like white rice. Its bran layer is a source of dietary fiber, minerals and B vitamins.

Beyond its nutritional and health benefits, every Filipino eating brown rice daily may help the country achieve its vision of rice self-sufficiency.

Production of brown rice reduces the power demand needed in polishing and whitening by as much 65 percent. More so, with the bran and the embryo intact and fewer broken grains, whole grain-milling recovery is as much as 10 percent higher than for white rice. Thus, with higher recovery of milling and consumption of brown rice, our national rice importation requirement may be reduced.

The DOST, through the FNRI, is leading the research and development on brown rice to determine the various aspects of improving the stability and shelf-life of brown rice. With this, brown rice can be stored at a longer period with no significant changes in nutrient composition and sensory qualities. Longer shelf-life provides ample time for developing value-added products that can provide healthier options for consumers.

Related to this, the FNRI-DOST has successfully determined in 2012 the optimum conditions for extending the shelf-life of brown rice so that it can now be stored from 5-9 months instead of only 1-4 months.

Storage of brown rice is a major problem among rice millers. But with the S&T solution being offered by the FNRI-DOST, our rice producers may soon be more confident in supplying brown rice in the market knowing it can last longer, compete with other types of rice and cost-efficient to produce.

In terms of nutritional value, initial analysis shows that a serving of cooked brown rice can provide the daily recommended energy and nutrient intake (RENI) of an adult 19 years old and above by 10 percent of energy, 7 percent protein, 2 percent calcium, 5 percent iron, and 16 percent zinc. The dietary fiber can also satisfy about 8 percent of the recommended intake. Underway are efficacy studies to verify the health claims associated with the consumption of brown rice.

Thus, bringing back the tradition of eating brown rice not only improves every Filipino's health and nutrition, but also helps the economy at large by reducing our rice importation requirement on the agricultural side, and the problems of malnutrition on the health side.

For more information about brown rice and other information on food and nutrition, you may contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296 or 2287; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)


Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos revised

By Salvador R. Serrano

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has come out with a new Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

These include:

1. Eat a variety of foods everyday to get the nutrients needed by the body.
2. Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to six months, then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond for optimum growth and development.
3. Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and prevent obesity.
4. Consume fish, lean meat, poultry, egg, dried beans or nuts daily for growth and repair of body tissues.
5. Eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes.
6. Limit intake of salty, fried, fatty and sugar-rich foods to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
7. Consume milk, milk products, and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth.
8. Use iodized salt to prevent Iodine Deficiency Disorders.
9. Consume safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food- and water-borne diseases.
10. Be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.

Resembling the 2000 NGF, the 2012 version also has ten messages but now infuses the nutritional and health justification for each.

The reformulated guidelines as a whole aims to improve the nutritional status that enhances productivity and quality of life of the population, by following desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle, the NNC further said in its website.

In addition, the NGF endeavors in protecting and promoting the nutrition of Filipinos by providing a solid foundation and starting point for nutrition workers in developing information, education and communication materials and in conducting educational and advocacy activities, the statement elucidates.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, FNRI Director, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; 837-2934 & 839-1839 (direct lines); 837-3164 (fax); 837-2071 local 2287, 837-8113 local 325 (trunklines); mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com (email); www.fnri.dost.gov.ph (website). (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Taiwan mohatag og dugang seguridad aron protektahan ang mga Filipino, matud sa Malakanyang

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 21 (PIA) – Ang gobyernong Taiwan gikatakdang mohatag og dugang seguridad aron maproteksyunan ang mga Filipino didto sa Taiwan taliwala sa mga taho pag-atake ug diskriminasyon batok sa mga Filipino nasyunal nga nagpuyo didto, sumala sa opisyales sa Palasyo kagahapon.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte nga ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas nagpabiling positibo nga ang pagpang-atake ug panghasi batok sa mga Filipino didto sa Taiwan mahunong na human nga misaad si Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou niadtong niaging semana nga iyang hatagan og proteksyon ang mga Filipino didto.

Samtang organisado na sa Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) ang usa ka grupo nga maoy mosuta sa gikatahong mga pagpanghasi ug pag-atake batok sa mga Filipino didto sa Taiwan ug ipaabot kini didto sa foreign ministry sa Taiwan.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga ang gobyerno miawhag sa katawhang Taiwanese nga dili unta hasion ang mga Filipino didto tungod kay wala silay labot sa nahitabong pagpusil patay sa usa ka Taiwanese nga mangingisda niadtong Mayo 9 sa may Batanes Island.

Ug giseguro sa gobyerno nga andam na ang mga contingencies pagtabang sa mga Filipini kon ugaling adunay dakong kagubot nga mahitabo didto sa Taiwan.

Sa laing bahin ang Department of Labor gilantaw na ang pagpangita og laing merkado sama sa South Korea, Middle East ug Malaysia nga posibleng modawat sa mga Filipino nga maapektuhan sa kasamtangang sitwasyon sa Taiwan. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)