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PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AgNor celebrates 46th founding anniv on Independence Day

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The province of Agusan del Norte will be celebrating its founding anniversary dubbed “46th Araw ng Agusan del Norte” starting June 12 to 17.

The celebration of the province’ anniversary coincides with the 115th National Independence Day with the theme “Padayon sa Kahiusahan sa Malamboong Agusan del Norte.”

During the 115th National Independence Day celebration, the province will also formally open its founding anniversary celebration with a flag raising ceremony and wreath laying at the provincial capitol grounds.

On the same day, the Provincial Launching of National Year of Rice (NYR) 2013 and the Launching of “A Million Trees Programs for Agusan del Norte will also be held together with other provincial offices activities..

To culminate the celebration of the province is the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Governor Erlpe John M. Amante on the 17th at two o’clock in the afternoon at the capitol covered court.

Other activities during the celebration include: Agri-trade fair; viewing of booths and exhibits; Diskwento Caravan of the Depatment of Trade and Industry (DTI); Governor’s Cup Basketball Open; Arboy Day Tree Planting and Coastal Clean-Up; Provincial Employees’ Day and Awarding of Employees; People’s Day; Free Out-Patient Department (OPD) Consultation; Veterinary and Health Services. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

115th Phil. Independence Anniversary celeb set in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) -- The city government employees will participate tomorrow in a motorcade as part of the 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration. Program will start at 6:00 a.m. at the Guingona Park.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga will lead the flag raising ceremony.

During the program, Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun and Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will deliver messages.

Rev. Ptr. Charlie Prior will lead the Freedom Prayer while city officials will lead the releasing of Freedom Balloons.

The community singing of the song “Sariling Bayan” will then follow to be led by Butuan City Police Office’ Band.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran” (Independence Day 2013: Pitching in Towards Inclusive Growth). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOH-CHD Caraga intensifies campaign against Tobacco

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 (PIA) – The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga has intensified its campaign against tobacco use, especially in public places and public vehicles.

Ten Filipinos die every hour, according to Delma Legaspi, non-communicable disease coordinator of DOH-CHD Caraga. "Tobacco can make you impotent, can cause depression and affect your hormones, among others."

Legaspi also said that smoking during pregnancy leads to: 1) Spontaneous Abortion; 2) Ectopic pregnancy; 3) Low-birth weight babies; and 4) Long-term effects on growth and development of the child. "Father's and other people smoking can affect the fetus.

“The department continues to strengthen advocacy against Tobacco use by providing technical and logistic support to its partners as well as providing the general public with Smoking Cessation Services. As a result, some local government units in the region have adopted this endeavor as evidenced by local acts promoting healthy environments and the prohibition of Smoking in public places and public transportation vehicles,” said Legaspi. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Tandag LGU all set for 115th Phl Independence Day celeb

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 11 (PIA) – The city government of Tandag is all set to commemorate the nationwide 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, June 12.

This year’s theme is “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran.”

Activities will start at 6 a.m. with a thanksgiving mass at the Sr. San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral.

The flag raising ceremony will then follow with a short program including presentations by students of Jacinto P. Elpa National High School, Tandag II District, and Saint Theresa College in this city.

The simple commemoration will be joined by employees from the national government agencies, local government units, private sectors, students and non-government organizations. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)