PIA News Service - Friday, November 29, 2013

China hospital ship accommodates Team Mindanao visit 

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) –  The Hospital Ship of Chinese People’s Liberation  Army Navy, a state-of-the-art hospital designed for a special mission across nations, has arrived in the Philippines last Sunday and has allowed the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Team Mindanao cluster and media to visit their ship.

They were able to tour around and get acquainted with its medical staff.

Team Mindanao leader and PIA Northern and Northeastern  Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga also got the privilege to try one of its modern equiment that is used for cardio test. He was grateful for the good result of the test.

The team has witnessed the sincere and humble act of its Mission Command Rear Admiral Shen Hao who personally assisted the patient with care.

The 2-months old baby Chamsey Ann Quer who was brought there for treatment of gum swelling was well atended by a specialist.

The moment the patients arrived at the ship, the receiving nurses diligently performed a patient assessment.

After a while, the medical team went to the flight deck since their heli-ambulance is about to fly to send back to Tacloban City the discharged patients.

It was learned that they already have performed three successful surgeries. Nine were taken cared in the intensive care unit (ICU). Nothing is being compromised with its proper accomodation. Free treatment and free provision of food.

Also, the ship is providing comprehensive medical assistance. The staff set up a field hospital to take screening for patients.  Three medical teams are sent to disaster stricken areas to conduct evaluation and epidemic prevention.

Wards are categorized into common, isolation, burn, and critical. It has eight operating rooms with four beds inside, two ICU rooms, two dental clinics, and 300 ward beds.

Hao was proud to say about the features of their ship as being advanced and comprehensive. Professionalism, sincerity and enthusiasm of doctors and other staff are kept.

 “The concept carried forward by our Hospital Ship are ‘peace, development, cooperation, win-win.’ Our current mission here in the Philippines got support from military navy and our operation is smooth so far,” declared Chief of Maritime Hospital Senior Captain Sun Tao. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


PNP-8 gets financial support

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has accumulated support from several associations to provide the needs of uniformed men and women who are victims of the calamity.        

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima, the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (PSSLAI) is giving an initial cash assistance of P10,000 for the six PNP personnel who unfortuntely died from typhoon Yolanda; P5,000 each for the 16 injured; and P3,000 each for the 453 affected personnel.
                        
“PSSLAI shall continue in extending help and other qualified claims shall also be processed and released very soon. They are also sending ten desktop computers, five laptops, and ten printers to help reestablish the police regional office in Tacloban,” bared Purisima.

Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit System, Inc. (AFPMBAI) has also committed to prioritize the allocation of P4 million for its affected members.

Purisima has also ordered the availment of P30,000 calamity loan from PNP provident fund with zero interest and emergency loan for up to P50,000 with only three percent interest.

“Let us all continue to be united and be optimistic in believing that there is no storm or obstacle that is so great that could break our spirit or defeat our collective strength,” remarked Purisima. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


PSMBFI grants assistance to police typhoon victims

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – The Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, Inc. ( PSMBFI) has granted an assistance to aid the police victims of typhoon Yolanda.

During the visit of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima in Tacloban City today, he said that the police forces have been in the ground serving the victims to the best of their abilities and in maintaining peace and order. So by giving recognition to the sacrifices they have made, he brought with him the good news that he prepared for them for their selfless service.

Purisima announced that PSMBFI will release the initial insurance benefits in the amount of P71,000 each for the families of six PNP members who died from the calamity.

The association also is  processing the release of the remaining insurance benefits amounting to about P2.3 million.

PSMBFI has donated  two units of water purifier system amounting to P500,000 and two generator sets for Leyte provincial police office and  police region 8 headquarter. “This is in addition to the 14 generator sets that the PNP foundation has donated few days ago,” he said.

Another P200,000 worth of medicines, vitamins, and other medical supplies will be given and P140,000 worth of computers with printer and scanner for the satellite office of region 8 police regional finance division.

“A special calamity loan can be availed by all PNP members who are affected by typhoon Yolanda,” he added. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


PNP is always there to support its personnel says DG Purisima

By Nora L. Molde

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – “Your family, the PNP is always there to support you, especially at your hardest days,” says Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Alan Purisima.

DG Purisima visited the police regional office number 8 today to personally distribute assistance both in cash and in kind to the PNP personnel affected by the super typhoon Yolanda which brought big damage to life and properties in the Eastern Visayas.

During the turn-over of assistance that include the P3.7 million from the PNP and its stakeholders on Friday held at Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte, Purisima acknowledged the efforts and roles of the PNP personnel. “These may be simple tokens of appreciation for what you have done in the name of service and commitment to your responsibility as law enforcers, but they symbolize our great concern for you,” Purisima said.

“I am proud to have policemen who are true to their service; policemen who are doing ‘serbisyong makatotohanan’ (true service) even at our hardest days,” he added.

Included in the turn-over are more than 1,500 uniforms (athletic and patrol uniforms, camouflage), blankets & shoes., 4,000 individual packs containing rice, canned goods, water and clothes.

“May you all recover at the soonest possible time, be an epitome to our fellow polce officers, that truly in every hardship we see the true worth of every PNP member, as well as the unity of this organization for the sake of genuine public service,” said Purisima.

He then encouraged the policemen to continue to be united and optimistic, “there is no storm or obstacle that is so great that could break our spirit or defeat our collective strength.” (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DG Purisima distributes assistance to Eastern Visayas cops

By Nora L. Molde

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Eastern Visayas region who are victims of typhoon Yolanda received assistance from the PNP headquarters through its director general Alan Purisima, Friday.

“We are distributing more that 4,000 individual packs containing rice, canned goods, water & clothes to the more or less 3,187 PNP personnel affected by typhoon Yolanda in region 8,” said Purisima during his visit to Police regional office, here.

Purisima also said that they have distributed more than 1,500 uniforms (athletic and patrol uniforms, camouflage), blankets and shoes.

With him are three doctors, six psychologists, five nurses and five aid men from the health service.  The medical team will help to cure all injured personnel and to help the rest in their post-traumatic needs.  The team also brought with them medicines like antibiotics, anti-tetanus vaccines, medicines cough and colds and vitamins.

Purisima announced to the personnel with the presence of local media that a financial assistance amounting to P3.7 million will be distributed to the affected PNP personnel in the region.  “List of beneficiaries and the amount given to the victims will be made known so that the donors will also be informed,” said Purisima.

The amount raised, Purisima said, came from the different police regional offices nationwide to include Dimalupig Class of ‘81 who gave P3,206,197 and an additional pledge amounting to P506,920.

According to Purisima, out of the 6,271 personnel in PNP region 8, there are still three that have yet to be accounted for. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Sursur spearheads Info Caravan on Magna of Women to JPENHS parents

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 29 (PIA) - The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur thru the Population office successfully spearheaded the Information Caravan on Magna Carta of Women to the parents of Jacinto P Elpa National High School (JPENHS) and some members of the Provincial/Municipal Inter-Agency  Committee on Anti-Trafficking (IACAT) recently in this city.

Provincial Population - Program officer Milagros Arreza cited the importance of Magna Carta of Women as a comprehensive women’s right law. "For it aims to eliminate discrimination through recognition, protection fulfillment and promotion of the rights of Filipino women, especially those belonging in the marginalized sectors of the community.”

Atty. Tonyboy Azarcon, one of the speakers in the event, discussed some of the salient features of R.A. 9262 also known as the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

Duties and related to Human Rights of Women was also given emphasized by Tandag City Councilor Elpedio Pilongo, a former Provincial Officer of Commission Human Rights here.

Accordingly, the said law mandates the government personnel involved in the protection and defense of women to train in the human rights and gender sensitivity. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


16 farmer associations receive agri equipment

By Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – Around 16 famer associations from the different barangays here received several agricultural equipment from the Surigao City Agriculture Office during the turned-over ceremony held recently at the City Auditorium, this city.

The agricultural equipment include nine units of seeder, 10 units pump and engine, 11 units rice cutter, two units shredder, two units CSB bodega, one unit flat-bed dryer, eight units rice thresher and 103 bags of certified Palay Seeds.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas led the turn-over ceremony assisted by City Agriculturist Isaias M. Elumba, City Councilor and Agriculture Committee chairman Perfecto Consigo and ORMOSA Chairman Epifanio M. Pedarse.

The said activity was spearheaded by the city government under the Surigao City Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development Program (SAFIDEV) of Mayor Matugas in coordination with the  Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Regional Field Unit. (SDR/City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TESDA asst. chief cites media’s role in development

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) second top official has cited the important role played by media personalities towards development.

In a press conference held recently in time with the 2013 Regional Skills Competition in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, TESDA Deputy Director-General for Field Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua said partnering with the media is a right move for any organization especially in the government to raise public awareness of the agencies’ thrusts, programs and mandates.

In this case, Pascua said media serves as the bridge bringing the government closer to the public. “Ang media ang magiging tulay ng impormasyon upang paglapitin ang gobyerno sa publiko” (The media serves as a bridge of information to bring the government closer to the public), he said.

However, DDG Pascua emphasized the kind of information that the media personalities are delivering to the public can either make or break an organization or a person. “Thus, I am asking the media to be the messenger of development… Let us bring good news to the people so that they will know what the government has been doing for the common good of the people,” he said.

The official likewise acknowledged the local tri-media of this city and in Agusan del Norte who have attended the press conference saying that their attendance is a strong evident of TESDA-Caraga’s strong partnership with them.

“I therefore thank the local tri-media of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte for giving their time to us today and listen to the thrusts, programs, and activities that are undertaken by TESDA-Caraga which manifests strong relationship between our regional office and the media sector,” DDG Pascua added.

In other developments, DDG Pascua said the government in general and TESDA in particular is doing everything to equip individuals to develop their skills which will pave the way for economic development of the country.

“The government, through TESDA is regularly strengthening its programs to equip individuals with their desired skills and prepare them for a better future,” Pascua said.

TESDA’s skills development is in line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Philippine Development Plan that is embodied in the Human Development Cluster. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)