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PIA News Service - Thursday, September 5, 2013

Examination set for Phil Army Applicants in Mindanao

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) -- The Army Recruitment Center (ARC) for Mindanao, Army Personnel Management Center (APMC) is set to schedule a pre-written examination to those who wish to join the Philippine Army.

In a written information received from Col Virgilio Luna of the 29th Infantry Battalion (IB), the examination will commence on the following date and place of examinations: September 13 at the 30th IB Headquarters, Sta Cruz, Placer, Surigao del Norte; September 15 at the 3rd Special Forces Battalion headquarters, Lianga, Surigao del Sur; September 17 at the 401st Brigade headquarters, New Leyte, Awa, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; September 19 at 402nd Brigade headquarters, Bancasi, Butuan City; September 21 at 403rd Brigade headquarters in Malaybalay, Bukidnon and September 22 at 52nd Engineering Brigade headquarters, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The examination for Officer Candidate Course (OCC) applicants must be 21-24 years old and not more 29 years old for enlisted personnel, have completed at least one term in military service and a holder of baccalaureate degree and physically and mentally fit.

For Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) applicants, they must be 21-31 years of age; graduate of Probationary Officer Training Course (POTC) with reserve rank of 2nd Lieutenant, a holder of baccalaureate degree, single for civilian applicants and have completed at least one term in military service for enlisted personnel.

The qualified applicants for Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) must be 18-26 years old with 72 units in college. If an applicant is a high school graduate, he or she must possess a certified skill needed in the military service.

Applicants for the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB) examination are required to bring the following: birth certificate from the NSO, Transcript of records (TOR) and Diploma for College Graduate and Form 137 for high school graduate, valid ID and one 2X2 picture.

For more details, they can visit Philippine Army headquarters and contact the Army Recruitment Center for Mindanao at telephone numbers (088) 350-2088. (NGBT/PIA Caraga)

Crime Prevention info drive campaign conducted to SJITs Criminology Students

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 4 (PIA) -- An information awareness drive on Crime Prevention was successfully conducted to the Criminology students of St. Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) of this city in collaboration with partner-government agencies led by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

The info awareness drive is a part of the lined-up activities for this year’s celebration of the 19th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) that kicked-off on Monday and will end on September 7.

PSupt Romy Palgue, deputy city director of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) shared its Community Policing Strategies and the good practices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to inspire the students to become model Police officers in the future.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Deputy Regional Director Christy Silvan also discussed the unlawful acts and penalties citing the Article II of the Republic Act 9165, an Act Instituting the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

On the other hand, the Philippine Army represented by 1Lt Joe Patrick Martinez of 402nd Brigade, also shared the AFP's Internal Peace and Security Plan - the "Bayanihan". "We see to it that our partners in public service bringing with them the different programs and services will have safe entry in the community, especially in conflict-affected areas," he said.

The activity conducted is in accordance to the Presidential Proclamation No. 461 declaring first week of September as National Crime Prevention Week. (JPG/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Feature: Is fast food restaurant a healthy choice for your childs birthday party?

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

MANILA, Sept. 5 -- Planning for a birthday party of your child is an exciting but tiring task, especially if you have never done it before.

When planning a birthday party you have to consider a lot of things like food, venue, guest list, theme, invitation, games, decorations, cake and goody bags and other preparations needed.

Where should you have it? Nowadays people choose to have their child’s birthday party at fast food restaurants or at rented-out space instead of doing it at home.

Fast food restaurants have become popular as a venue for kiddie parties for several reasons. Many mothers are busy with their work that they do not have time to plan, much more prepare for a good party. Or maybe there is not enough space to hold the guests, thus, it is more convenient to have the party at a fast food restaurant.

Some of the large fast-food chains are beginning to incorporate healthier alternatives in their menu like salads, fresh fruits and milk shakes.

Here are simple tips you can consider when planning a kiddie party in a fastfood restaurant:

Consider and include the three food groups in the menu list. For example, spaghetti (energy-giving), fried chicken (body-building), and vegetable or fruit salad (regulating).

Serve burger with tomato, lettuce and cucumber instead of the regular cheeseburger.

Serve fruit juice instead of softdrinks.

If possible, ask the fastfood restaurant to use reduced fat dressing for burgers and salad instead of regular dressing.

Consider food safety.

A balanced meal can also be achieved when eating at a fastfood restaurant as long as food items are chosen well. Think Variety!

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, Telephone/Fax No. 837-2934,837-3164; 837-20-71 loc. 2287, 837-8113 loc. 328  email:  mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph,  FNRI-DOST website:  http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)