6.14.2013

PIA News Service - Friday, June 14, 2013



Brgy. health workers in Caraga oriented on organ donation

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) – Some 150 barangay health workers from this city and its neighboring municipalities were oriented today on deceased organ donation held in one of the local convention centers here.

The activity, dubbed “Advocacy on Deceased Organ Donation,” was spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) through the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC), Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (PODTP), and the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS), in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), is aimed at informing the public especially the health workers on issues and concerns regarding organ donation.

Dr. Romina Rusillon, a fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians said people with kidney disease should immediately contact medical practitioners. "If detected earlier, there is a big chance that the illness can be cured," she said.

Rusillon emphasized the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. “As barangay health workers, it is also your duty to inform the public of the dos and don’ts so that they can take care of their kidneys,” she said.

She also said having this kind of disease is expensive especially if there is already a need for kidney transplant. Kidney transplantation, she said costs P1 million excluding medications for maintenance. “Anyway, prevention is still better than cure,” Rusillon said.

Meanwhile, Abigail Raposas, a registered nurse and PhilNOS Transplant Coordinator informed the participants of the criteria for donor eligibility as well as the definition of brain death.

Raposas emphasized that qualified organ donor must be on the state of experiencing brain dead or under comatose stage. Those who are victims of accidents that are already declared dead by the attending physician can also qualify to undergo organ donation.

In other developments, Helen Rose Baclig, also a registered nurse who is the Chief Transplant Coordinator of PhilNOS oriented the participants on the Organ Procurement Process. She made clear that organ donation is legal, as long as it abides with the proper procurement process set by law.

While the forum was conducted, participants eagerly signified their intention to be organ donors as they filled-up forms from the Secretariat. They immediately received their organ donor card after filling-up the form.

After the forum, the panelists led by PODT/PhilNOS program manager Dr. Antonio Paraiso faced the local tri-media here for a press conference facilitated by PIA-Caraga. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Sur all set for 53rd Araw celeb

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 14 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur is all set for the three- day celebration of the 53rd Araw ng Surigao del on June 19 with this year’s theme: “Padayon Paglambo, Surigao del Sur” (Continue Growing, Surigao del Sur).

Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas said the celebration will formally kick-off on Monday, June 17 with a thanksgiving mass followed by an opening parade participated by local officials, government & private employees, students and representatives from the different sectors in the province.

Rivas said the sports fest activities have already started on June 13 and will continue until June 18 at the provincial sports complex here.

On June 17, the activities are Skills Demonstration with the TESDA Provincial Office held at the City Boulevard from 9 am-4 pm; Opening of the Agri-Trade Fair at 10a.m.; Pinoy Games in the afternoon and the Modern Dance competition at 6:30 p.m.. During the night, the “Pasalamat ni Gov. Johnny Pimentel” will be held featuring- Daybreak Banda & Tandag City Band.

On June 18, The Jobs thru Tech-voc Program (JTP) facilitated by TESDA will offer two-day “Libreng Serbisyo sa Katawhan” (free haircut, manicure/pedicure, massage and other services) in cooperation with other Government Agencies held at the City Boulevard; Farmers Congress held at the Provincial Social Hall; Kinilaw Festival; Amateur Boxing and Battle of the Bands contest at night.

In coordination with the provincial government, a Jobs Fair will be facilitated by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Capitol Lobby on June 19.

On the eve of the same day the, culmination to be spearheaded by the provincial government will be joined by National Government Agencies, Provincial/Local Government Unit Officials and employees, and stakeholders featuring Mocca Girls and SMB Band at the City Boulevard.

Meanwhile, June 19 was declared a special non-working holiday in the entire province of Surigao del Sur by virtue of Republic Act No. 7671. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Sur dad to deliver 3rd SOPA

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 14 (PIA) – Surigao de Sur provincial governor Johnny Pimentel is set to deliver his third State of the Province Address (SOPA) Tuesday morning, June 18 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Provincial Legislative Building, this city.

Vice Governor Manuel Alameda is also set to present their 2012 Annual Legislative Accomplishment Report (ALAR) on the same day, Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas said.

Pimentel will report his several accomplishments from the previous years after he assumed his position after winning on May 2010 midterm elections, it was learned.

Rivas said national and local government department heads including leaders and representative from the different sectors are invited to witness the important occasion. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)