7.18.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Children with disabilities have special skills and talents too

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 18 (PIA) -- "These children may have disabilities but they also have talents and skills to share that other people don't have," said DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli, represented by Angelita Amista, during the opening ceremony of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week celebration on Wednesday held at the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES).

With the theme "Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities," Brigoli emphasized that parents should be thankful for their children despite their physical disabilities.

Amista added that these children are the hope of the nation and they can be future leaders of the country.

Also, based on the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Amista mentioned that it recalls the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations which recognize the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world; recognizes that the United Nations, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, has proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind; and reaffirms the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and the need for persons with disabilities to be guaranteed their full enjoyment without discrimination.

“Government agencies and partner stakeholders have its programs and services equally available for all especially for the PWDs. We, in the government are converging our efforts and utilizing our resources to provide these programs and services to them. We also employ PWDs who are exceptional in their field of interest, and we continuously conducts skills trainings for those PWDs who wanted to learn more and start their own business,” Amista said.

Amista further encouraged the PWDs to work hard and never stop believing that they are part of nation-building and they are important in the society. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH ensures availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Caraga, ARMM

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 18 (PIA) -- Residents here have no need to worry about the availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) for infants, a health official assured saying that they have allocated PCV in the regions of Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The PCV vaccination for infants is part of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) of the health department, which provides free vaccines that protect the infant children from the common vaccine preventable diseases that help address the reduction of child mortality.

DOH Asec. Enrique Tayag, who graced the launching in Butuan City on Wednesday, July 17, said the health department guaranteed that the PCV will be available to the communities in Caraga and ARMM regions and can be accessible throughout the local health centers to ensure vaccines availability to the local communities.

“The DOH has committed one million pesos that will benefit 333,000 children in Caraga and ARMM for the next two years. The Caraga and ARMM deserve the best in health care,” he said.

Tayag said that as part of the implementation of the PCV immunization, the DOH is making sure “that the health workers are given the adequate training, the communities are mobilized and raise the community awareness of the community about the vaccine especially the mother, and the PVC are stored securely and effectively in the local health centers.”

The Public Private Partnership in Public Health of the administration in close collaboration with government, health providers, and medicine and vaccine industries could also ensure the quality of the PVC.

“We, in the DOH valued the collaboration of health providers, vaccine industries through public private partnership in public health. We recognized the industries effort of ensuring the PVC introduction to Caraga and ARMM run smoothly,” Tayag added.

DOH Caraga Regional Director Arieal Valencia, revealed that the PVC for the meantime will be placed at the Butuan City Medical Center to ensure the vaccines viability and management before its distribution to the local health centers. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Thousands of babies in Caraga, ARMM to be immunized

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 18 (PIA) --The 333,000 babies and tots in the regions of Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will benefit from the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) immunization of the Department of Health (DOH).

The vaccine will be given to infants aged between six weeks to 11 months living in the provinces and cities of Caraga and ARMM, which represents 14 percent of the 2.4 million targeted infants in the country.

The Caraga and ARMM regions, which rank third among regions in the country with high pneumonia cases are the first recipients of the PCV.

DOH Caraga Regional Director Ariel Valencia, during the national launching of Pneumococcal Vaccine for infant held July 17, said Caraga Region is very fortunate to be the first region in the country to avail the PCV.

The region was also among the first three regions that received the Rotavirus vaccine in 2010 and was chosen for the initial PCV implementation to complement the Rotavirus vaccination.

The PCV is free. The vaccine costs around P2,050 per full vaccination (three doses of PCV) per child. With the vaccine, Valencia believes that the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the region will gradually end.

“We address not only the Millennium Development Goal 4 or the reduction of child mortality but we also save lives of infants who are primarily vulnerable to the disease. We give the hope of a better generation where infants are well and healthy,” Valencia added.

Meantime, Asec. Enrique Tayag of DOH encouraged all partners and stakeholders to intensify the advocacy against pneumonia disease in the region. The advocacy campaign is anchored on the theme, “DOHbol time sa Caraga laban sa Pulmonya.” (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Customs nakasabat ng P42-M halaga ng bigas at asukal

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 18 (PIA) -- Ang matinding kampanya ng Bureau of Customs laban sa smuggling ay nagbunga ng makahuli ito ng P42 milyong halaga ng iligal na asukal at bigas ng mga alertong tauhan ng daungan ng Manila - Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (POM-CIIS), isang gumaganap na yunit ng Intelligence Group sa ilalim ng pamamahala ni Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim.

Nang siyasatin ang bigas at asukal noong Hulyo 15 sa daungan ng Manila na hawak ni District Collector Rogel Gatchalian, sinabi ni Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon na ang kontrabandong bigas mula sa Vietnam na dumaong sa Port of Manila (POM) na inilagay sa 16 na 20-talampakang container vans ay tinatayang nagkahalaga ng P28 milyon at ito ay nakapangalan sa Highest Regard Enterprises at Victorious One Enterprises, habang ang walong 20 talampakan na container vans na ang laman ay kontrabandong asukal mula sa Thailand na nagkahalaga ng P14 milyon ay nakapangalan sa Highest Regard Enterprise.

Ayon kay Biazon, ang kontrabando ay nahuli nang makitang maling pagdeklara nito na labag sa Section 2503 ng Tariffs at Customs Code ng Pilipinas (TCCP). Ang bigas ay dineklarang steel frames, steel coils, at mga hinges sa kanilang papeles.

“Hindi na sila natuto. Pero ang Bureau of Customs ay hindi hihinto sa pagturo sa kanila ng leksyon para lang maipaabot sa kanila na ang pamahalaan ay seryosong ipinatutupad ang anti-smuggling drive,” sabi ni Biazon.

“Pauli-ulit kong binabalaan ang mga nagbibiyaheng negosyante na sumunod sa ating batas sa customs para maiwasan ang problema. Kung ibalewala ang ating mga babala, ipapagpatuloy namin ang paghuli sa kanila," sabi ni Biazon habang binabati ang mga operatiba ng POM at CIIS sa kanilang mabuting nagawa.

Sa mga ilang araw na nagdaan, ang BOC ay nakahuli sa kabuuang P757 milyong halaga ng mga iligal na naipasok na imported goods: P700 milyon na pekeng gamot at P15 milyong halaga ng mga damit sa Port of Manila noong Biyernes, Hulyo 12, 2013, at ang pinakabagong kontrabandong bigas at asukal na nagkakahalaga ng P42 milyones. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino mitudlo ug bag-ong opiyales sa gobyerno

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

MANILA, Hulyo 18 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III mitudlo ug bag-ong mga opisyales sa nagkadaiyang mga ahensiya sa gobyerno, matud pa sa opisyal sa Palasyo.

Si Presidente Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mianunsyo sa pagkatudlo sa mga bag-ong opisyales atol sa regular nga press briefing didto sa Malakanyang kagahapon, niadtong adlaw'ng Miyerkules.

Si Lacierda miingon nga ang sulat sa katudloan nga gilagdaan sa Presidente niadtong Hulyo 11, mitudlo kang Nelson Peña Laluces isip Deputy Director General sa Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines ubos sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Siya ang kanhing Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman.

Si Laluces maoy hulip kang Andrew Michael S. Ong ug ang iyahang termino motapos sa Disyembre 31, 2017.

Matud pa sa taho, si Laluces ka-partner sa Ligon Solis Mejia Florendo Law Firm gikan Enero sa kasamtangang tuig hangtod sa pagkatudlo kaniya sa maong posisyon.

Siya usab mitrabaho ka-partner sa Rodriguez Laluces Ecarma & Diaz Law Firm gikan bulan sa Nobyembre tuig 2011 hangtod Octubre 2012 ug 2000 ngadto sa Setyembre 2010. Siya gikabutyag nga kanhe LTFRB Chair gikan Setyembre 2012 hangtud Setyembre 2011 ug migunit ug pwesto sa Department of Tourism gikan tuig 1995 hangtod 2000.

Sa gihapon kauban nga gitudo sa Presidente niadtong Hulyo 11 si Dr. Ray D. Roderos isip Assistant Director General sa National Security Council, puli kang Fernando L. Mesa, ug ang iyahang termino sa maong buhatan co-terminus ubos sa pagdumala sa awtotirisadong nagtudlo niini.

Siya tapos sa Philippine Military Academy (batch 1975), ug siya usab migunit na ug nagkadaiyang pwesto kon position sulod sa Philippine National Police (PNP).


Dugang pa sa taho, si Presidente usab mitudlo kang Romeo F. Fajardo ug Honorato S. de los Reyes isip Acting Director III ug Acting Director II sa Office of Civil Defense ubos sa Department of National Defense. (NGBT/ND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)