PIA News Service - Friday, November 15, 2013



Butuan dad thanks constituents, donors for help & support for Typhoon Yolanda victims

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) – After their recent visit in Tacloban City to personally deliver the relief goods to typhoon victims, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. expressed his warm thanks to all his constituents and donors for their help, support and prayers.

“It will be formidable work to help build Tacloban and Northern Leyte and thank God we as a small LGU was given a chance to help,” said Amante.

Amante also relayed that there were some 49 members composed of the Peace Keeping Force courtesy of Butuan City Police Office-CMG Unit, two doctors which included Councilor Virgilio Nery Jr. and seven nurses including Ivy Amante, four heavy equipment operators, one speedboat operator, and the rest was the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team (BUSART) headed by Ging Espere and Bong Catedral who visited Tacloban City to help typhoon victims.

“Thank you to all who extended their help and support to our brethren in Tacloban and other nearby municipalities. Through this effort, we hoped to express them our love and care for them as co-Filipinos,” stressed Amante.

Mayor Amante together with the team left the city on Sunday and arrived in Tacloban on Monday bringing with them two dump trucks filled with rice, canned goods, water, used clothing, food packs, medicines and some hospital supplies.

The mayor also urged the Butuanons to send in more goods thru the city hall. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga reorganizes regl committee on tobacco prevention and control

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) – With the aim to achieve a healthier and Tobacco-free Caraga region, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region leads in the reorganization of the Regional Committee on Tobacco Control, Friday in one of the convention centers, here.

DOH Caraga non-communicable disease program coordinator Delma Legaspi, who leads in the forging of the regional committee on tobacco control said, with the fact that tobacco is the most preventable cause of death and diseases worldwide, “there is a need to fully comprehend the severity of the tobacco problem and to urgently respond by adopting comprehensive approaches to reduce and subsequently eliminate tobacco as a threat to public health,” she said.
Legaspi also said, ordinances, memoranda and other local policies are already crafted by independent initiatives or from national laws, they must now be calibrated to current standards to provide and ensure better protection to the public.

She further said that policies are useless without enforcement, that’s why there is a need to do local action, legislation, enforcement and networking to support local tobacco control and prevention programs and ensure compliance to laws.

The regional committee on tobacco control is geared towards the following: develop and/or influence public policy; change people’s perception and behavior; and create a healthier community which includes physical well-being and environmental health.

The committee also involve in the following: address an urgent concern; equip the partners with knowledge and skills; bring about the interventions and action as a collective force; pool resources together; faster communication and exchange of information; and gain better political clout with network-wide initiatives and unified campaign efforts.

The committee is chaired by DOH with partners from national government agencies, local government units, health workers and others. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Typhoon Yolanda leaves P24.466M damage in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) - The Surigao City Disaster Risk, Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has released on Thursday its post-assessment report of the Super Typhoon Yolanda  (international codename: Haiyan) that devastated the Visayas region and some parts of Mindanao including this city.

In its latest update, the CDRRMC said the damage to agri-fisheries was estimated at P5,625,000.00 which includes damage on fish cages, lobster production, backyard fishpond, fish coral and seaweeds production.

Damage to infrastructure reached P14,945,000, livestock recorded a total damage amounted to P101,500.00, and damage to lifelines P3,795,000.00, the report said.

The CDRRMC also said that during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda, a total of 3,378 families (13,265 individuals) were evacuated in 36 identified evacuation centers.

“The City DSWD has distributed 2 sacks of rice, 1 box of sardines and noodles per barangay,” the report said.

The City Health Office (CHO) recorded at least 16 cases of minor injuries, treated 66 cases of illness, provided vitamin A capsule to children with common colds, conducted advocacy on health in the evacuation centers and accommodated seven families at the CHO office. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)