8.07.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Agri-Pinoy Corn Program Performance Review commences in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The Agri-Pinoy second quarter Performance Review and Planning Workshop under the Department of Agriculture (DA) startedd on Tuesday, August 6 at Almont Beach Resort, Lipata, this city. The activity will run until Aug. 8.

The three-day activity aims to assist and evaluate the accomplishments of corn program in the country, and to review lay-out plans and projects for implementation.

More than 150 participants comprising national corn program officials, corn coordinators, report officers from 17 regions all over the country and other line-agencies under the Department of Agriculture signed up for the activity.

National Corn Program Coordinator and DA Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Edilberto de Luna, DA Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup together with DA-RFU 13 Regional Director Edna Mabeza graced the event.

The Agri-Pinoy Corn Program is a flagship program of the Department of Agriculture which aimed primarily to achieve sufficient and sustainable supply of staple food in the country. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DENR-13 release sea turtle at a hidden resort

By Eric F. Gallego

BUCAS GRANDE, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo released on August 1 two endangered sea turtles including a juvenile at a secluded beach resort here and reminded the keepers to conserve marine mammals.

Tamayo identified the sea turtles as belonging to hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) species. They had been caged for several months before their condition was spotted by DENR officials.

The green sea turtle which measured about 50 centimeters (cm) by 45 cm is a juvenile while the adult hawksbill turtle measured about 100 cm shell length and 62 cm wide. A DENR tag number had been placed at the right flap of the hawksbill.

“While it is understood that most resort operators desire to adopt rare sea turtle as pet for tourist attraction the DENR, however, remains consistent with its policy on pawikan conservation by virtue of Executive Order No. 542, signed on 26 June 1979,” RED Tamayo said. “We want to ensure the survival and growth of the country's remaining marine turtle populations," he added.

The release was also witnessed by Regional Technical Director Mario Eludo of the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Resources, Ronilo Salac of the Ecosystem Research and Development Services, Atty. Paquito Rosal of the Land Management Services, PENROs and CENROs and senior staff.

Tamayo has warned the people particularly operators of resorts along the coastal areas to refrain from catching giant sea turtles.

Hawksbill turtles are normally found near reefs rich in sponges which they feed on. They avoid deep waters, preferring coastlines where sponges are abundant and where sandy nesting sites are within reach.

Not particularly large compared with other sea turtles, hawksbills grow up to about 45 inches (114 cm) in shell length and 150 pounds (68 kilograms) in weight.

Like other sea turtles, hawksbills migrate from feeding sites to nesting grounds, normally on tropical beaches. Mating occurs every two to three years and normally takes place in shallow waters. The nesting procedure begins when the turtles leave the sea to choose an area to lay their eggs.

A pit is dug in the sand, filled with eggs, and then covered. At this stage, the turtles retreat to the sea, leaving the eggs, which will hatch in about 60 days. The most dangerous time of the lives of the turtles comes when hatchlings make the journey from their nests to the sea. Crabs and gulls prey on young turtles during this short scamper.

Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are an endangered species. Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and for their shells. These graceful sea turtles are also threatened by accidental capture in fishing nets. (FEA/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga’s SME Roving Academy trains PWDs

By Rennel C. Dalagan & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- Thirty-five persons with disability (PWDs) had undergone a series of technology demonstrations and specialized trainings as the first enrollees of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy.

The three-part training was conducted right after the formal launching of the SME Roving Academy (SRA) held recently in the region, in cooperation with the San Miguel Mills, Inc. and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The sessions included Skills Training on Baking (Black Forest Bread, Cheese Stick Bread, Sweet Savory Bread and Ube Loaf); Product Pricing and Costing to allow participants to effectively compute the costs of their products and come up with reasonable and competitive prices; and Product Packaging and Labeling to teach participants the market trends in packaging and labeling they can apply on their products.

The activity came in the heels of the 35th celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week. This year’s theme “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities,” aims for the effective integration of PWDs into the mainstream of society.

The SRA is one of the flagship programs of the agency conceptualized to be a continuous learning program for the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises to become competitive in the domestic and international (global) markets.

Through the SRA, the DTI, in partnership with the local government units (LGUs), chambers of commerce, academe, financial institutions, trade and industry associations and other government and non-government organizations hopes to facilitate not only the learning stages but also other support services to assist SMEs to grow from micro to small to medium and large should they desire to do so.

The SRA has seven learning stages, namely: start-up and capability building, market awareness, market readiness, export readiness, export market entry, export sustainability, and export expansion. (FEA/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


News Feature: Overweight and obese children on the rise

By Imelda A. Agdeppa

MANILA, Aug. 7 -- The updating survey on the nutritional status of Filipino children in 2011 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that 4 in 100 (or 4.3 percent) of preschoolers 0-5 years old are overweight.

Regions with the highest prevalence of overweight preschoolers are Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (CALABARZON), National Capital Region (NCR) and Ilocos regions, ranging from 5.9 percent to 6.3 percent, which is higher than the national prevalence of 4.3 percent.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity among the preschoolers increased by 1 percentage point from 3.3 percent to 4.3 percent in 2011.

The survey results further revealed that 8 in 100 (or 7.5%) of school children 6-10 years old are overweight.

Overweight prevalence is highest in Central Luzon, CALABARZON and NCR regions, ranging from 11.1 percent to 12.6 percent, which is higher than the national prevalence of 7.5 percent. Further, prevalence increased by 0.9 percentage points, from 6.6 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2011.

Overweight and obesity are basically due to an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.

Nowadays, there has been an increase in intake of high-energy foods that are high in fat, salt and sugars but low in vitamins and minerals.

In contrast, there was a decrease in physical activity due to increasing sedentary lifestyle, such as watching television and playing computer games among children.

Changes in dietary and physical patterns are often the result of environmental and societal changes associated with development and very lax enforcement of supportive policies in the health and education sectors.

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a team of experts led by the FNRI-DOST recommends eating a variety of foods every day, since no single food can provide all the nutrients the body needs.

Consumption of fruits and vegetables should be increased, while limiting intake of sugary and fatty foods is also recommended.

Overweight and obesity among children are preventable.

A supportive environment at home and in school is necessary in shaping children’s food choices, adapting a healthier lifestyle like engaging in regular physical activity to help prevent obesity.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: mcv@fnri.dost.gov.ph, Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


DENR gets unmanned aircraft to fight illegal logging in Caraga Region

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region is using a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology popularly known as “drone” developed by Filipino scientists and engineers in an effort to closely monitor the activities and movement of illegal logging operations in the remote mountain villages of the region.

At the same time, the Forest Management Sector headed by OIC Regional Technical Director Marites C. Ocampo said she would use and analyze the data and pictures that are taken through the video camera of the UAV related to the National Greening Program (NGP) being implemented by the DENR.

“We want to know the exact situation of planted tree species of the NGP at the site designated by our PENRO and CENRO officers to guide the management in decision making process,” Ocampo said.

SKYEYE, the operator of the UAV gave a complete briefing of the UAV operations to PENRO Roberto Oliveros in Agusan del Sur and PENRO Merlinda R. Manila in Surigao del Sur at the DENR Regional Office in the presence of the Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo and RTD Ocampo on Tuesday in a move to have a better understanding of the technology.

Tamayo said “for the first time, the DENR is adopting the unmanned aircraft in monitoring the activities and movement of illegal logging in the region considering the complexities of this annoying problem.”

He said that several attempts have been made in the past to solve this problem but little breakthrough has been achieved so far.

“We cannot afford to relax our campaign. Those timber poachers and log smugglers are always there waiting for every opportunity to break in and transport those illegal logs,” Tamayo said.

“In that case we would be sure, the DENR shall always stand on their way to stop them and that appropriate cases be filed against those culprits so they land in jail,” he said.

He said the incidence of illegal logging in the region has been sustained to its low level record as compared in the past. Although there are reports of apprehensions of cargo trucks transporting illegal logs, the PNP and the Philippine Army soldiers are constantly on alert to stop it, he said.

Incidentally, the UAV could likewise help the top DENR management in identifying the weak areas in the reforestation activities under the National Greening Program.

He said “the DENR Caraga Region is vying for the best agency performer among other regional offices this year hence, we want to make sure the documentations being submitted to the central office are proper and correct.”

The poor performers, he said, shall have to face corresponding disciplinary actions for their failures.

Tamayo said the UAV technology is expected to minimize the high risk of lives among the DENR personnel engaged in anti-illegal logging campaign at the front lines. (FEA/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


News feature: Milk intake lowest among children of poor families-FNRI

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

MANILA, Aug. 7 -- Milk or more importantly breast milk, is the first food we taste and is the complete food for babies during the first six months of life.

Nutritionists tell us that milk is an essential source of calcium, while the Daily Nutritional Guide Pyramid suggests drinking a glass of milk everyday.

Most of us, if not all, know that calcium is important because it keeps the body alive by performing numerous functions including building and maintaining bones and teeth.

Calcium also helps in regulating blood clotting, transmitting nerve impulses, muscle flexing and heartbeat.

Ninety nine percent of the calcium in the body is stored in the bones and teeth while the remaining one percent is found in the blood and other tissues.

Related to this, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) conducted a study that determined the contribution of milk and dairy products to the calcium intakes of children by age group and socio-economic status.

Results of the study showed that the average daily calcium intake of children 6 months to 10 years old is 291 milligrams, which is only 13 percent adequate when compared to the 80 milligrams estimated adequacy requirement (EAR) for children.

The percentage of children meeting adequate level of recommended calcium intake decreases as age increases, the results of the study further revealed.

Moreover, the study found that only 9.4 percent of the children met the recommended calcium intake for children 6 months to 10 old years.

Milk contributed only 34.4 percent of the total calcium intake of children, which is low considering the requirement for this period of rapid growth.

In terms of socio-economic status, calcium intake among young children increases as family wealth increases. Calcium intake was lowest among children of poor families, the study also noted.

The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos urges us, especially children, to “consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods such as small fish and shellfish everyday for healthy bones and teeth”.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. Direct Lines and Fax: (02) 83703164; Trunklines: 837-2071 locals 2296 & 2284, 837-8113, locals 318 & 319; Website: www.fnri.dost.gov.ph; E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Lathalain: Food label, ating basahin

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Nagbabasa ka ba ng food label kapag namimili sa grocery or sari-sari store?

Ano ba ang mas pinahahalagahan mo - ang brand ba, ang presyo o ang sustansyang taglay ng pagkain o produkto?

Siyempre, nangunguna sa ating tinitingnan ay ang ang presyo ng produkto kapag tayo ay namimili.

Pero, hindi natin dapat isantabi ang mga sustansiyang taglay ng pagkain. Saan natin makikita ang impormasyong ito? Saan pa, kundi sa label ng pagkain.

Mahalaga ang label ng mga pagkaing ating binibili hindi lang para madali nating matandaan ang isang produkto, kundi para malaman natin kung ano ang kabutihang dulot nito sa ating kalusugan.

Ano ba ang mga impormasyong nilalaman ng isang food label?

Unang makikita sa label ay ang pangalan ng produkto kung saan nakasaad ang may-gawa ng naturang produkto at ang kanilang address.

Mahalaga ang pangalan at address ng gumagawa ng produkto para kung sakaling may hindi magandang epekto sa ating katawan ang isang pagkain o kaya ay ma-food poison o malson tayo, alam natin kung sino ang puwede nating puntahan.

Makikita rin natin sa food label kung gaano karami o ano ang timbang ng pagkaing ating binibili at kung ilang tao ang pwedeng makinabang dito.

Ang pinaka-importanteng bahagi ng food label ay ang nutrition facts ng isang pagkain.

Ang nutrition facts o ang nutrition label ang tumutukoy sa mga impormasyon na may kinalaman sa mga sustansiyang taglay ng isang pagkain.

Halimbawa ng nakasulat sa nutrition facts ay kung gaano karaming enerhiya, protina, taba, fiber, bitamina, mineral o iba pang sustansiyang taglay ng pagkain.

Mahalaga ang nutrition facts para alam natin kung sapat ba ang sustansiyang taglay ng isang pagkain para tugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating katawan.

Makatutulong din ang nutrition facts para sa mga tao na gustong limitahan ang konsumo nila ng taba, sodium, asukal o iba pang mga sangkap o ingredients, lalo na ang mga diet-conscious at mga taong may lifestyle diseases tulad ng diyabetes, sakit sa puso at kanser.

Alam ba ninyo na hindi lang ang mga mamimili ang puwedeng makinabang sa mga food labels na ito?

Ang mga food companies ay makikinabang din sa paglalagay ng tamang food labels sa kanilang mga produkto.

Ang mga food labels kasi ay maaaring maging insentibo ng mga food companies para lalo pa nilang pagbutihin ang kalidad ng produkto lalo na ngayon na health at nutrition-conscious na rin ang maraming mamimili.

Kaya naman sa mga mamimili o consumers, huwag po tayong basta bumibili ng isang produkto na dahil sikat o kilala ang brand, mas mura o inendorso ng mga sikat na artista.

Kailangan tignan mabuti ang food label upang malaman kung may sapat sustansiya ang produkto na tutugon sa pangangailangan ng ating katawan.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, makipag-ugnayan kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837-29-34 or 837-20-71 loc. 2287, FNRI-DOST, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph; website:http//www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)