7.24.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Surigao del Sur provincial gov't, partners hold eye care medical mission

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur is conducting a Cataract-Pterygium Surgical and Eye Care Mission from July 22-25 at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Center in Tandag City.

The activity is part of “Surigao del Sur Vision 2020” campaign which aims to eliminate preventable blindness by year 2020. This is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Montero Medical Missions, and other organizations.

"We are very fortunate to have the Montero Medical Missions with us in this endeavor for giving us free Cataract-Pterygium Surgical operation," Governor Johnny Pimentel said. "This operation is very expensive costing to P35k per patient when operating in a private health facility."

The medical mission will provide services to 100 cataract patients. Some 500 patients may avail themselves of free eye examination and free glasses.

The Montero Medical Missions, a faith base international non-government organization that has been working with the DOH through the National Committee on Sight Preservation in line with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness - Vision 2020 The Right to Sight initiative, which now started replication process in several strategic areas of the Philippines.

Partner agencies include the Loving Presence Foundation, Rotary Club of Central Tandag, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, Surigao del Sur Medical Society, Philippine Nurses Association of Surigao del Sur, Beach Eye Care, Virginia Center for Eye Surgery, Community United Methodist Church, Philippine Medical Association of Southeast Virginia in United States of America, Surigao del Sur Provincial Health Office, League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Surigao del Sur, and Philippine Red Cross. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Two Caraga LGUs to implement LEaDGov project of DSWD

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – Two local government units (LGU) in Caraga region are among the recipients of the Local Empowerment and Development towards Good Governance (LEaDGov) project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID).

These are the municipalities of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur.

The LEaDGov provides capacity building trainings to LGUs for improved governance and development planning.

A memorandum of agreement on LEadGov and Kalahi-CIDSS Bottom-up Budgeting (KC-BuB) Projects was signed last July 23.

The LEaDGov project will be implemented in six (6) other pilot LGUs nationwide.

“LEaDGov is designed to improve the ability of the LGU and community participation in development planning at LGU level,” Ester Villamor, regional community development specialist of DSWD Caraga, said. “This is to complement the Capability Building and Implementation Support Component of the BuB implementation.”

She said the program should be anchored on the lessons and experiences of the Poder Y Prosperidad de la Comunidad (Empowerment and Development of Communities) or PODER and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Projects in community-driven development for good governance.

The LEadGov pilot areas were chosen based on their effectiveness in implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS program, according to Minda Brigoli, DSWD Caraga regional director.

Other pilot LGUs for LEaDGov are Minalabac, Camarines Sur and San Pascual, Masbate in the Bicol region; and Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte and Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay in the Zamboanga Peninsula. (PIA-Caraga)


Ten Caraga LGUs sign MOA on Kalahi-Cidss bottom-up budgeting

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) – Ten local government units (LGUs) in the region have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-Cidss) Projects Bottom-up Budgeting (KC-BuB).

The LGUs signed the MOA with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the Regional Launching for Local Empowerment and Development towards Good Governance (LEadGov) and KC-BuB Projects on July 23.

Mayors and representatives from the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao, and Bislig, and the municipalities of Basilisa in Dinagat Islands, Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, Loreto in Agusan del Sur, Tagbina and Barobo in Surigao del Sur, and Gigaquit in Surigao del Norte have signed the MOA with the DSWD Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion.

Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) Deputy Coordinator General Norberto Gomez who witnessed the ceremonial signing as part of the donor partners of the project said that the “beauty of the project is the presence of participation aspect of partners in coming up priority projects which they believed can provide the needs of the communities”.

"We recognized the importance of partnership, working together for the welfare of marginalized sector," Gomez added.

Regional Community Infrastructure Specialist of DSWD Caraga Engr. Macrino Sumagang bared that the KC-BuP funds are already available in the regional office to fund the approved project proposals submitted by the covered LGUs.

“Right now we are waiting for the project proposals and other attached documents needed from LGUs for BuB funding support. We are given until November 2013 to completely process all our sub-projects for 2013 BuB,” Macrino emphasized.

Macrino added that the KC-BuB project approval will be made at the regional level to facilitate the immediate implementation of the project. Any approved KC-BuB project will be implemented in the covered LGUs who have been implementing the Kalahi-Cidss like the municipalities of Jabonga and Tagbina and non- Kalahi-Cidss areas being identified to be recipient of the KC-BuB project based on the criteria set by the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) entered into by the DSWD, DILG, and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom, youth leaders to campaign against teen pregnancy

By Angie Balen

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 – Students affairs director and student council advisers of the various colleges and universities region-wide will converge in one of the schools here on August 1 to map out their priorities in support of the major initiatives of the government addressing youth issues and concerns.

The regional office of the Commission on Population as among the organizers together with CHED-Caraga and Caraga Youth Leaders Network (CYLN) is looking to mainstream Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) program into the programs of the student councils.

This effort of PopCom-Caraga is in follow-up of the commitment of the student leaders during the Student Leaders Congress organized by PopCom-Caraga that they will help the advocacy against teen pregnancy.

PopCom-Caraga will also assist the student leaders in launching projects and activities to fight against youth issues, particularly teen pregnancy. A Regional Training on Events Organizing and Leadership Program shall be conducted on August 10-11.

To recall, a total of 94 student leaders inked a Pledge of Support and Commitment to AHYDP during the Student Leaders Congress on July 9 in time of the World Population Day celebration.

Under its youth program, PopCom is helping adolescents and youth avoid risky sexual behavior (e.g.. Pre-Marital Sex, smoking, alcohol drinking, and drugs) to reduce incidence of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, sexuality transmitted infections and other psycho-social concerns.

PopCom provides age-appropriate and values-laden sexuality education for the youth through the formal educational system and the various youth programs of partners and provide parent education on adolescent health and sexuality in partnership with the LGUs and stakeholders.

In the said Congress, Alexander A. Makinano, PopCom officer-in-charge, urged members of the local media and religious groups to support the commission in working proactively in addressing the issue on teen pregnancy in the region.

PopCom Acting Executive Director Rosalinda D. Marcelino in her press statement, said that in the Philippines, 9.5% of women aged 15-19years old have begun childbearing, wherein 7.4% are already mothers and 2.1% are pregnant with their first child. (PopCom-13/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD to hold household assessment anew

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct another round of household assessment to update the database of poor households in Caraga region this September through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The household assessment will be conducted to determine and generate data on the list of households that will become the beneficiaries of the government’s social protection programs.

In line with this activity, the NHTS-PR is in need of 1, 689 field staff composed of 41 Area Coordinators, 206 Area Supervisors, 1, 030 Enumerators, 206 Encoders and 206 Verifiers to successfully complete the second cycle. The applicants that will be hired will undergo trainings and orientations.

“The purpose of this assessment is to update the database of poor households and also to provide a high-quality data to help our partners like the national government agencies and other stakeholders as basis for their social protection programs and services,” saidDante Rosales, Regional Focal Person for NTHS-PR Caraga.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is a national government project being implemented by the DSWD. It is an information management system that aims to establish a database of poor households that will become beneficiaries of social protection programs. (FEA/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Over 900 Surigaonons received dental care treatment

By 1LT Stephen G. Basco

SURIGAO CITY, July 24 (PIA) -- A total of 947 Surigaonons received dental care treatment during a dental mission with the theme, “Ngiti Mo, Sagot Ko” led by the medical team of 30th Infantry (Python) Battallion of Philippine Army held recently at the Municipal Gym in Barangay Magsaysay and Placer West Central Elementary School all in Placer, Surigao del Norte.

Out of 947 beneficiaries, 817 patients from Barangay Magsaysay were given free dental consultation with free toothbrush and toothpaste and 130 students from Placer West Central Elementary School, underwent tooth extraction.

In his message 30IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Vincent B. Iringan expressed his appreciation to the dental mission medical team who volunteered to provide dental assistance.

“The activity is truly in-line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) dubbed as “Bayanihan,” where the AFP is able to collaborate and coordinate with all sectors of the society to join hands in winning the peace in order to help create an environment conducive for sustainable development and a just, and lasting peace in the province of Surigao del Norte,” Iringan said.

The activity is in collaboration with the Philippine Dental Association, Surigao del Norte Chapter headed by its President Dr. Francisco Lasala and ACS Manufacturing Corporation, makers of UNIQUE Toothpaste. (SDR/PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DENR-Army to build tree park featuring indigenous, endemic tree species

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) -- The Philipine Army and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is building a 5-hectare tree park in Butuan City to feature premium species of hardwoood and dipterocarp for the next generation to appreciate the value of forest and the environment.

“I think we should grow premium species that are considered rare these days for the people to appreciate them” DENR 13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said Monday.

Tamayo said the DENR is eyeing a potential site in Barangay Bonbon for the proposed tree park that would showcase indigenous/endemic
trees species. “We have seedlings of premium species which are available and produced by the DERN Ecosystem Research and Development Sector at its clonal tree laboratory facility in Barangay Buod, Butuan City and experimental tree site in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.”

He said, however, that the DENR may also seek financial assistance from the private sector for plantation maintenance.

Among the tree species that are considered rare these days include Apitong ( Dipterocarpus grandiflorus), Dalingdingan ( Hopea malibato), Yakal Saplungan ( Hopea Plagata), Malapasnit ( Kibatalia logifolia which is endemic to Davao) , Bagtikan ( Parashorea malaanonan), Almon or Philippine Mahogany ( Shorea almon) , Yakal ( Shorea astylosa) , Yakal Yamban ( Shorea faliciferoides) , Guijo ( Shorea Guijo), Red Lauan ( Shorea Negrosenses), Philippine Teak ( Tectona philippinensis), Mayapis or White Lauan ( Shorea Palosapis), Almaciga or Dayugon (Agathis philippinensis) , Takobtob (Areca parens), Pitogo ( Lycas riuminama) , Malaalahan ( Guioa discalor which is endemic to Samar and Luzon) and the Dark Red Meranti ( Shorea Orata). (PIA Central Newsdesk/NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)