7.08.2013

PIA News Service - Monday, July 8, 2013

MindaNews trains students on environmental news reporting, basic photography

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- The Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC) has conducted a training on Environmental News Reporting/Writing and Basic Photography for students of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).

The MNICC is a cooperative composed of independent, professional journalists who believe and practice people empowerment through media.

MindaNews photojournalist Mr. Erwin Mascarinas said the training, held on July 6-7, aimed to enhance the knowledge, skills and interest of students on news reporting/writing, as well as in photography.

“Students also contribute to nation-building and with right information and ethics, they can be of great help in informing the public on the events happening in the different areas and take photos using their tools in their own creativity,” Mascarinas said.

He said that when taking photos of an event/situation, one should apply the ‘Rule of Thirds’, which gives more dramatic and visually interesting shot. “Every photo should also contain the message and should not necessarily be beautiful or aesthetic.”

Vanessa Almeda, marketing officer of MindaNews, said news writing is a craft and may be mastered not so much through higher studies in the academe but through constant reading and practice.

“There is no substitution for accuracy in reporting the news. This also goes to show that in journalism, there is no substitute for truth. After all, the journalist’s best defense is the truth,” said Almeda.

Meanwhile, Mr. Horacio Marcos Mordeno, editor-in-chief of MindaNews, siad environmental journalism is dealing with information regarding current events, trends, issues and people that are associated with the non-human world with which humans necessarily interact.

“When writing environmental news, one must consider the following key pointers: social and economic issues (including conflict); indigenous peoples; laws/policies (including actual budget); and people’s actions/environmental groups,” Mordeno cited.

With these developments, the MindaNews also expressed that the organization will replicate such activity in other schools to capacitate the students.

Also present during the two-day training are the personnel from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), some media personalities from regions 10 and 13 (Caraga). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH-13 launches Knowledge Center for Health

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 5 (PIA) – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) - Caraga successfully launched the Knowledge Center for Health at DOH Caraga Regional Office, this city.

DOH Caraga Regional Director Arieal I. Valencia, during the blessing and opening ceremony held Friday, said that the center is open to the public. The center's e-library system provides health information from DOH central and other sources.

"Anyone can see and ask for the needed information on health services," Valencia said.

The knowledge center is an electronic library where available materials and services are organized including the DOH publications on health statistics, hospital manuals, public health program information, health policies, health news clippings and advisories. The center also post the World Health Organization (WHO) publications, online access to medical references and other health related sources.

With Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP or health for all) program as its frameowrk, the knowledge center aims to empower the public through awareness on health management services and to guide them in making decisions related to quality health care.

The project was made possible through the Information Management Service (IMS) of the DOH Central Office in partnership with SMART for the IT technical assistance and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for funding support. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)


DENR-13 orders stricter monitoring of illegal transport of fruit trees

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) — Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13) official directed forest officers involved in anti-illegal logging operations to be extra cautious and alert in monitoring the movement of fruit trees coming from the natural forest.

DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said fruit trees being harvested from private lands must be supported by a certificate from the Department of Agriculture. On the other hand, a clearance from the DENR Central Office is necessary to be secured if the fruit trees were cut from the natural forest.

Tamayo was reacting to instances where he personally witnessed several lumber of “baono durian” species being transported along the Maharlika Highway in Agusan del Sur. “This kind of species are mostly found in natural forest,” he said.

"Some forest protection officers particularly those manning the checkpoints and forest monitoring centers are complacent on their duties," Tamyo said during a technical meeting held at the DENR Regional Conference Hall in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on Wednesday. “We are verifying reports that some of these officers have tolerated the movement of undocumented fruit trees without checking the papers because of alleged solicited favor,” he said.

“Either way, let this serve as a warning to them who are trying to engage in shady deals to stop and reform their ways otherwise, they will face disciplinary action that may lead to administrative sanctions and dismissal from the service depending on the gravity of the offense,” Tamayo said.

He said there are growing demands of fruit tree-lumber in the region. Since fruit trees are outside the regulation of the DENR people opt to harvest fruit trees even in natural forest areas. But RED Tamayo, however, made it clear that the cutting of trees in natural forest is prohibited by virtue of EO 23.

Tamayo has instructed environment officers to disseminate the agreed arrangement done from previous meeting that “henceforth, fruits trees that are harvested on private lands and transported through the Agusan river or highway by the owner must be supported with the necessary documents including a certification from the Department of Agriculture as a prerequisite for the issuance of a transport permit.

“Otherwise, a clearance from the central office must be secured, if these fruit trees that are harvested from the natural forest area shall be transported by the farmer operator,” RED Tamayo said. (FEA/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


AgNorte LGUs prepare to implement Anti-Poverty Projects

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, July 8 (PIA) -- A provincial presentation on the Anti-Poverty Projects under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Program of the national government was held on July 4.

The provincial presentation of BuB Anti-Poverty projects is to inform the local government officials, particularly the local chief executives – Municipal/City Mayors, Municipal/City Planning Development Officer (MPDOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who have duties in the implementation of the anti-poverty projects in their respective areas.

Spearheaded by the Regional Office and the Province of Agusan del Norte, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, chair of the regional poverty reduction action team (RPRAT), said BuB projects are crucial in addressing the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme hunger and poverty. She said that BuB will be the key to mitigate the poverty incidence of the Province of Agusan del Norte and will produce a ripple effect in addressing other MDGs, such as reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and achieving universal primacy in education.

Member agencies of the RPRAT, such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) presented the status updates of 2013 BuB projects and welcomed queries from the local officials, functionaries and the civil society groups. Other RPRAT member-agencies, such as the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also graced the activity.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as a coordinating and oversight agency presented the salient features of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 3, otherwise known as “Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) for FY 2014 Budget Preparation.” DBM Asst. Regional Director Ricky Sanchez encouraged the participants to implement the projects well to fight and combat poverty in the region.

The Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) is a banner program of the national government aimed at addressing poverty with the identification of projects in the local level through the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) composed of local government unit personnel and with the strong participation of the civil society organizations. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Teen pregnancy alarming

By Angie Balen-Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, July 8 (PIA) -- The rising incidence of teenage pregnancy not only in the Philippines but throughout the world posed a great alarm.

This was evident as the focus of the July 11 World Population Day is anchored on the theme “Work for a Brighter Future, Address Teen Pregnancy NOW”!

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), about 16 million girls aged 15 -19 give birth each year in which 9 out of 10 of these cases, the girl is already married.

Furthermore, a study revealed that teenage pregnancy rate in the Philippines is the highest among Asean’s six major economies at 53 births per 1,000 women aged between 15 – 19.

Based on the data, Caraga Region’s adolescent fertility has contributed much to the increasing trend of teenage pregnancy in the country, as the latter ranked number 1 @ 15% in 2011 Family Health Survey.

Mr. Alexander A. Makinano, Officer-In-Charge of POPCOM-Caraga, pointed-out that if the increasing trend of teenage pregnancy would continue, it has a demographic implications to childbearing as this lengthen the reproductive period of women leading to higher fertility.

“Aside from demographic implications, it has also negative psychosocial consequences on the part of pregnant adolescents,” Makinano said.

As part of POPCOM advocacy in heightening the celebration, various activities will be conducted in coordination with the local government units in the region.

In a related development, POPCOM-Caraga shall organize Student Leaders Congress on July 10 in collaboration with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Caraga Youth Leaders Network. (NCLM/POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Consul General sa San Francisco gisuta pa kon adunay bay mga Filipino nga naangin sa Asiana Airline crash

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 8 (PIA) – Kasamtangan pang gisuta sa Philippine Consul General didto sa San Francisco aron mahibal-an kon aduna bay mga Filipino ang nalakip sa mga naangin sa dihang mitugpa ang Asiana Airlines didto sa San Francisco International Airport niadtong Sabado (Dominggo sa Pilipinas) matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo kagahapon.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa inisyal nga taho gikan kang ConGen Marciano Paynor, Jr. walay mga Filipino nga nakasakay sa maong eroplano nga gikan sa Seoul, Korea sa dihang nga naangol kini.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga ang Pilipinas mipaabot na sa dakong pahasubo og simpatiya niini ngadto sa mga pamilya sa duha ka pasahero nga gikatahong namatay sa maong pagkaangol.

Ang Boeing 777 nga eroplano sa Asiana Airlines nga adunay sakay mokabat 307 ka mga pasahero gikan sa Seoul, Korea, ang naangol sa dihang mitugpa na kini sa runway 28 L sa san Francisco International Airport niadtong Sabado (Dominggo sa Manila)

Matud sa mga opisyales 123 ka mga pasahero ang naluwas nga walay samad ug 181 ang nahospital o nasamdan. Sa mga nasamdam 49 ang anaa sa seryoso nga kundisyon ug lima lakip ang usa ka bata ang nagpabiling kritikal ang kundisyon didto sa San Francisco General Hospitasl.

Lakip sa lain pang 47 ang nahospital, pipila niini ang gitambalan tungod sa gagman mga samad, lakip mga bali og mga garas ang migawas na sa hospital niadtong Sabado sa gabii. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)