PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 18, 2013



PIA, local media personnel sign up as organ donors

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) – Five personnel of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Caraga Region and 16 local tri-media here have signified their intention to become organ donors.

This, after the Advocacy on Deceased Organ Donation was conducted here recently spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) through the National Center for Disease and Prevention and Control (NCDPC), in coordination with the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (PODTP), Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS), and PIA-Caraga.

Four PIA personnel including Regional Director Abner Caga have signified to donate all of their organs after death such as kidneys, heart, pancreas, eyes, cornea, lungs, liver and bones while one personnel wishes to donate her kidneys.

Also, all the 16 local partner media personalities in this city have signified their intention to donate all their organs after death.

According to Caga, being an organ donor is like a hero to others. “While we are nearing to death, we will leave an unforgettable contribution to other people who want to extend their lives,” he added.

Caga likewise pointed the message printed on his donor card saying “like what this card said, When I shut down, you restart… What a noble achievement on our part as donors, isn’t it?,” he said.

Meanwhile, in her lecture, Abigail Raposas, a registered nurse and PhilNOS Transplant Coordinator presented the donor eligibility criteria and definition of brain death. She pointed out organ of patients who are in comatose stage and are considered brain dead can be donated if they are Organ Donor Card Holders.

Further, Helen Rose Baclig, also a registered nurse and PhilNOS Chief Transplant Coordinator oriented the participants on the Organ Procurement Process.

Leading the panelists during the open forum is Dr. Antonio Paraiso, PODTP and PhilNOS Program Manager; with PhilNOS Assistant Program Manager Dr. Marie Angeline Gumba; Dr. Romina Rusillon, a fellow of the Association of Philippine Physicians; as well as Baclig and Raposas.

In a related development, a total of 139 donors successfully received their organ card donors before the end of the half-day activity and are now ready to donate their organs after their death. The activity supported the nationwide annual celebration of Kidney Month this June. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom to award LGUs

By Angie Balen-Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) -- In a most fitting occasion, the Commission on Population will bestow an award on June 27 to the Local Government Units (LGUs) for their contributions in the attainment of the thrust of the country’s population program.

Nominees to the 2012 Best Program Implementer will be evaluated based on the LGU’s accomplishment primarily on the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) components, as follows: For organizational - 20%, Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RP/FP)- 40%, Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) – 30%, for Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration – 10 %.

Awarding of the best program implementer will highlight the Mid-year Program Assessment and Planning Workshop on June 26 – 27, 2013.

The provincial and city level major winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) will each receive a cash prize and plaque trophy.

Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, PopCom Officer-In-Charge, pointed-out that Caraga’s remarkable performance at the national level would’nt be possible had it not been for the active involvement of the local population officers and the barangay volunteers.

On the other hand, on the same week the provincial/city population officers together with partner agencies will be convened in a Regional Population Management Conference (RPMC) to discuss the updates of the population program and its various activities for the remaining six months.

To vouch the region’s performance, acting PopCom Executive Director Rosalinda D. Marcelino will grace the occasion.

“Updates on the program as discussed in the recent National Management Meeting which I have attended will be one of the agenda”, Mr. Makinano qouted.

Director Marcelino will also meet the frontliners of the program at the barangay level during the convention of the Barangay Service Point Officers on June 28. (NCLM/PopCom/PIA-Caraga)


DENR 13 to reforest more than 32,000 hectares

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region is prepared to reforest more than 32,000 hectares over the next five months as part of this its endeavor to surpass the goal for the National Greening Program in the region this year.

“Our goal is only 13,252 hectares but we have our efforts,” DENR OIC regional executive director for Region 13 Nonito M. Tamayo said.
“While the DENR Caraga may have earned credit from the top management as one of the ‘top performing’ regional offices nationwide, we should give our best shot on reforestation efforts this time."

Tamayo echoed the challenge of DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje to the 13 CENR and % PENR officers of DENR 13 during a top management conference held at the DENR Regional Training Center in Butuan City. “This is the time for you to shine,” he said.

The meeting was called by Tamayo in a move to trouble-shoot what could be a slow-pace implementation of the NGP and other programmed activities in some key-result areas during the first semester this year.

Tamayo said that while the top management officials at the Central Office appreciate the positive accomplishment of the DENR Regional Office 13, “it should however, drive us to perform more than what we have laid out for the physical target this year’ Tamayo told his field officers.

“Let us be serious about this program, we can afford to compromise the banner program of President Benigno S. Aquino III," Tamayo said.

He said the productivity of the field offices in the NGP during the first six months this year has been slow reaching only to an average 35 percent of the target.

Tamayo said the funds for the NGP have already been downloaded to the different field offices; hence, he said “we expect that the reforestation activities are expected to accelerate at the maximum level performance.

“Our time is limited to accomplish the goal in six months," Tamayo said. "It would be the best for us to surpass the target goal by 200 percent of the target."

He said the participation of other sectors in the NGP is very encouraging and very important to the goal of the DENR 13 this year which has a target goal of 12, 112 hectares. Aside from the DENR, the mining sectors, the Community Based Forest Management Program, Integrated Forest Management Agreement, various schools, and private sectors have joined the DENR in the NGP.

PENRO Roberto Oliveros of Agusan del Sur said he has mobilized all personnel assigned in the forestry section with instruction to coordinate with the different private organization to maximize reforestation efforts.

Director Tamayo, however, warned the PENROs and CENROs to wisely utilize the NGP funds and avoid the misuse of it otherwise” we will be criminally liable and face the consequences of our actions” he added. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon news: Syudad nan Surigao nakadawat nan 3 ka water pumps gikan sa DA

Ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 18 (PIA) -- An buhatan nan City Agriculture ning syudad nakadawat bag-ohay pa lamang nan tuyo ka mga water pumps gikan sa Department of Agriculture-Regional Office 13.

Sumaya pa ni City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba na an tuyo ka mga water pumps jaon kuman nahimotang sa Brgy. Mat-I, Brgy. Togbongon og Brgy. Quizon ning dakbayan alang sa ilang water irrigation system.

Dugang pa ni Elumba na an amo na water pumps makatabang gajud nan dako para sa mga mag-uuma labi na sa panahaon na masinati ang kakuyangon sa tubig gumikan sa wayay pag-uyan

Si Elumba midugang na aduna pay upat ka mga water pumps ang ilang gilauman nga moabot alang sa uban pa nga mga barangay.

Sa iyang bahin, si City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas nagpaabot og iyang dakong pasalamat ngadto sa buhatan sa DA-Region13 nga maoy mihatag sa mga water pumps lakip usab sa buhatan nan City Agriculture nga diin mao gajud an naninguha aron ma-angkon an maong kalamboan. (City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Gobyerno target gihapon ang zero-casualty atol sa mga katalagman

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 18 (PIA) -- Padayon nga gitindogan sa gobyerno ang polisiya niini nga zero-casualty samtang ang mga mga bagyo nagsugod na pagsulod sa nasod, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo niadtong Sabado.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte ang target sa gobyerno nagpabilin lang gihapon nga zero casualty ug ang tanan giandam na alang sa pagsulod sa bulan sa ting-ulan, apan hinaut unta nga walay dagkong bagyo ang mosulod sa nasod,

Sumala pa niya nga gimandoan na sa Presidente ang tanang mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga iprayoridad ang kaayohan niadtong mga pinaka posibleng maapektuhan sa mga kalamidad.

Dugang pa niya, nga ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) ug ang Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG) ug uban pa nga mga ahensya, nangandam na tungod kay pasulod naman ang panahon sa ting-bagyo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Balaodnon alang sa modernisasyon sa sektor sa agrikultura ug pangisda gipirmahan ni Presidente Aquino

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 18 (PIA) -- Gipirmahan na ni Presidente Aquino ang balaodnon alang sa pagpakusog sa modernisasyon sa sektor sa agrikultura ug pangisda.

Ang balodnon nga Republic Act No. 10601 o pagatawgon nga “Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Law,” gipirmahan ni Presidente Aquino niadtong Hunyo 15 ug kining maong balaodnon nga gikan sa Senate Bill No. 3338 ug House Bill No. 6548, pormal nga gipasar didto sa Senado ug Balay Balaoranan niadtong Pebrero 4, 2013.

Sumala ni Presidente Aquino ang mandato sa maong balaodnon mao ang pagpasiugdas og kalamboan ug paghaum sa modern, angay ug dili mahal ug dili makadaot sa kinaiyahan nga makinarya ug ekwipo pang uma ug pangisda aron mapauswag ang ani ug aron usab makab-ot ang seguridad sa pagkaon ug mapauswag ang kita sa mga mag-uuma ug mga mangingisda.

Samtang ang mandato sa gobyerno mao ang paghatag og mga makinarya ug mga ekwipo nga haom ug angay aron mapalmbo ang sektor sa agrikultura ug pangisda.

ubos sa maong balaodnon, ang Departmemnt of Agriculture (DA) mohimo og lima ka tuig nga National Agri-Fishery Program. Samtang ang mga lokal nga pangagamhanan, pinaagi sa mga ordinansa, kinahanglan mohimo og mga konsultasyon uban ang DA ug moimplementar sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga probinsyal, city ug municipal agricultural ug fishery mechanization plans isip mahinungdanong parte sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga local development plans

Ang DA usab, uban ang Department of Agrarian Reform, kinahanglan mopahigayon og sunod-sunod nga mga farming projects aron matagamtaman gayud ang epektibo nga operasyon sa mga makinaryas ug ekwipo sa agrikultura ug aron maseguro ang balanse nga ekonomiya.

Ang paggamit og mga renewable ug nonconventional nga mga enerhiya sama sa wind, solar, hydro, biomas ug lain pang uban nga mga tinubdan sa enerhiya kinahanglan mapasiugda isip usa ka tinubdan sa kuryente alang sa operasyon ug maintenance sa mga makinarya pang-agrikultura ug pagpangisda. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)