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PIA News Service - Saturday, November 30, 2013

PIA’s Power FM now operates 24/7 in Tacloban City

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Team Mindanao’s fm station is now operating 24/7 in this city to help in providing timely, accurate and relevant information to the public.

PIA’s 99.0 MHz Power FM, the newest radio station operating out of portable radio transmitter began its operation last Sunday, Nov. 24. Its studio and transmitter are located at Leyte Sports Complex.

“With barely a week in operation, I am happy to inform the people of Tacloban that Power FM has been operating 24 hours since Friday, Nov. 29 to better serve you with relevant information and good music,” said PIA Mindanao Team Leader and Northern and Northeastern Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga.

Since power is still down in the city, its electricity source comes from a generator set provided by Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC), a multi-million mining company based in Surigao del Sur.

 “Our programming is getting better because we have partnered with the local media here. These media men were also typhoon victims and their stations were also devastated by the deadly typhoon. As part of our intervention, we allow them to go-onboard but still under the agency’s supervision,” Caga added.

The station is currently manned by personnel of PIA-Caraga and PIA-Eastern Visayas. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


‘One Media for Tacloban’ joins PIA Team Mindanao’s film showing to typhoon victims

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – ‘One Media for Tacloban’, a group of local media personalities in the city who were survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, has joined Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Team Mindanao’s conduct of film showing to the typhoon victims in the different evacuation centers and barangays in the city.

“We want to join the activity because we believe it is timely. At this time of calamity, watching movies is a great way to help provide temporary relief to our problems,” said Community Mass Media (CMM) TV anchor Imelda Magbutay aka Lady Camelot, one of conveners of ‘One Media for Tacloban.’

Magbutay said they will help facilitate the film showing activity from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the following identified venues: Sunday, Dec. 1 at Pawing, Palo, Leyte; Monday, Dec. 2 at Magallanes, Tacloban City; Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Anibong, Tacloban City; Wednesday, Dec. 4 at San Jose, Tacloban City; Thursday, Dec. 5 at Nula Tula, Tacloban City; Friday, Dec. 6 at V & G Subdivision, Tacloban City; and Saturday, Dec. 7 at downtown, Tacloban City.

Leytenos will experience a free viewing of funny video clips, movies, and educational films on disaster preparedness.

While the film showing is on going, a free charging will also be conducted. 

The group will also help PIA in orienting the people on how to use their cellphones as portable radio, which is vital to get information and updates.  (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


DOE chief calls for energy conservation to back up EV power outage

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – In a recent visit of Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla in this city, he advised the people living in other areas to take the responsibility to reduce consumption of electricity to generate power supply in Eastern Visayas (EV).

“Others can help improve the condition in disaster-affected areas by doing a simple sacrifice and effort of reducing energy bills, that means using electricity in an effective and efficient manner,” bared Petilla.

He said that they already have started restoring the tranmission lines and was able to bring back electricity in some municipalities in Visayas by utilizing the source from Cebu. On the 15th of December, excess power suppy in Luzon wil practically be used, said Petilla.

Meanwhile, Petilla have recommended the residents in the entire Visayas region to begin fixing the technical systems of their houses for everyone to enjoy experiencing a bright Christmas eve, since electricity is set to return on December 24.

It was learned that power had already restored in the northern barangays of the city.  (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


9,000 children avail UNICEF, WHO-supported vaccination

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have started its measles and polio vaccination to some 9,000 children under five years of age in Visayas region.

Angela Kearney, UNICEF Coordinator for the Emergency Response in Tacloban, said they are pushing on preventive measures and doing everything they can to remind the community of its importance.

“Measles is the most deadly childhood rash/fever illnesses and spreads very easily.  I can say that we are using the highly effective measles and polio vaccines,” said Dr. Julie Hall, WHO Representative in the Philippines.

They were also putting into consideration the polio vaccination to combat poliomyelitis, a serious disease caused by a virus.

Vitamin A drops are also given to help boost their immune system to defend against disease-causing microorganisms.

The mobile health teams have also served in communities other than in evacuation centers.

The massive campaign aimed to strengthen the health of young children in typhoon-affected areas. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


UNICEF, WHO encourage lactating mothers to breastfeed babies

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) - The United Nations (UN) organizations are encouraging the mothers to feed babies with their secreted breast milk to protect from unnecesary illnesses.

Dr. Julie Hall, WHO representative in the Philippines said that “it would be best for babies to acquire the colostrum, the mother’s first secreted milk after giving birth, which is rich in antibodies.”

The estimated number of pregnant women in disaster-stricken areas in Eastern Visayas is 4,000 and 3,000 are lactating.

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working together to develop an awareness on the need to appy breastfeeding especially after the happening of Yolanda.

Potable water also became a serious concern since most of the displaced families are using infant formulas.


EV needs volunteer electricians

TACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) - Department of Energy (DOE) Carlos Jericho Petilla calls on volunteer electricians all over the country to help in the repair of the electrical wirings of the survivors’ houses in the typhoon-ravaged provinces in Eastern Visayas.

“We have many volunteer doctors, relief goods are coming but what we also need here are volunteer electricians. We are now rebuilding the power infrastructure in the region but we lack electricians to help fix the electrical wirings in our houses and buildings,” said Petilla, who is also a former governor of Leyte.

He said there were a number of electric cooperatives from all over the country who have joined hands in restoring and repairing power lines damaged by typhoon Yolanda last November 8.

Petilla said they will ‘attempt’ to power some areas in Tacloban City today (Nov. 30). “Since the geothermal plant in Leyte is down, Cebu is now supplying power to the province.  Tacloban’s power source will come from Cebu until Dec. 15. After that, it will now be partly from Manila, the excess in Metro Manila,” Petilla added.

Petilla is hopeful that power will be fully restored in all typhoon-affected areas in Eastern Visayas on December 24.  (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE celebrates 80th anniv; to hold walk for a cause

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with its attached agencies namely, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will be celebrating its 80th anniversary on December 8, 2013.

“This is going to be a month-long celebration focusing on the theme “Walumpong Taong Pag-unlad, Walumpong Taong Paglilingkod,” highlighting our project Angel Tree in pursuit of ‘Batang Malaya’ for a Child Labor Free Philippines,” said Atty. Johnson Cañete, DOLE-Caraga Regional Director.

Cañete also said that one of the major activities to be conducted is the ‘Walk for A Cause’ on December 13, 2013, 5:30 a.m. that will start at the Guingona Park going to the Immaculate Conception Parish in Barangay Imadejas, where the Thanksgiving Mass will be held.

Participants from partner government agencies and private stakeholders will have to contribute P20 as registration fee during the Walk for A Cause.

“The money that will collect out of this walk shall be used to provide the Christmas wish list of 90 identified children who were once were child laborers,” added Cañete.

DOLE-Caraga is also set to hold a press conference on December 2, 2013 at the Prince Hotel, this city. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Ground breaking ceremony of New OSCA, Senior Citizen-Geriacare Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center conducted

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

 BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) – The local government here through Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, together with the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) headed by Imelda Nonan, conducted on Friday the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the New OSCA and Senior Citizen-Geriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center situated at the back of the city library.

Nonan bared that the senior citizens of the city totals to 20,736 members based on the number of ID Card issuances. "The office does not only provide ID Cards but it also provides other services, primarily health care programs thus establishing the Geriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center," she said.

Nonan also said that the Physical Therapy Rehab Center of Butuan which was awarded by the League of Cities of the Philippines as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Programs of the country, occupies more than half of its present office space in order to accommodate the physical therapy modalities, exercise equipment which also includes four treatment beds, a double five stepper stairs for stair climbing activities for the stroke patients with leg paralysis, parallel bars for trunk strengthening including balance and coordination exercise and stationary bikes for lower extremities activities among others.

“The new OSCA building must follow the correct standard of building specifications as mandated through Batas Pambansa 344 or the Accessibility Law. By serving or meeting the requirements of the law, it would greatly provide safety and protection to our clients, who are the most vulnerable sector of our society – the senior citizens,” added Nonan.

Also, Mayor Amante asked the senior citizens and other guests from government agencies and private stakeholders who witnessed the ceremony to trust his administration that they could give what's best for the city and its constituents. He also expressed appreciation to the active senior citizens for their valuable contribution.

"We hope this soon to be built new OSCA and Geriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center will serve best to our senior citizens," he said.

Meanwhile, Moral Recovery Program Head Pastor Charlie Prior of Butuan City led the blessing at the ground breaking area where the new OSCA and Geriacare Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center will be built soon at the back of the City Library. He also encouraged everyone to pray and lend a hand to the senior citizens who continue to be part of nation-building. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)