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PIA News Service - Thursday, December 19, 2013

US State Secretary visits DSWD hub in Tacloban City

By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 18 (PIA) – US Secretary of State John Kerry and his company took a short visit at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hub which serves as drop-off point of all relief goods in this city.

They were warmly received and welcomed by DSWD Asec Vilma Cabrera, DSWD-8 officer-in-charge Nestor Ramos, and DSWD ARD for Admin Virginia Edano who also briefed Sec. Kerry regarding the manner of relief distribution.

Sec. Kerry appreciated the working force of DSWD who have managed to work and spend hours repacking the family relief goods.

He was inquiring about the status of how these items are being controlled in order to get assurance that its fairly distributed to the recipients. Ramos informed him that they are frequently conducting a close monitoring.

In a quick tour inside the warehouse, he was also able to witness the actual operation of logistics cluster.

According to Cabrera the government is continuously working for the provision of the basic necessities of the community affected by the wide havoc.

Another humanitarian aid was pledged in the amount of $25 million, announced during Sec. Kerry’s visit.

In a latest report, it was learned that DSWD have a total distribution of 3,002,821 food and rice packs, 461,667 water, 88,169 canned goods, 229,644 high energy biscuits, 4,951 (25kg) rice packs to 280,968 displaced families. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Art Making Contest on Peace 2013 winners announced

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 19 (PIA) – Krizia Marie Inteligando of Special Science Elementary School (SSES) was proclaimed champion in the Art making Contest on Peace 2013 held recently at Jacinto P. Elpa National High School library, this city.

Inteligando received a cash prize amounting to P3,000.00 with trophy. Harvee Talisay from Surigao del Sur SPED Center was proclaimed second place and received a cash prize amounting to P2,000.00 with trophy and followed by Michelle Pabuhot from Quintos Elementary School who was adjudged as third place winner with P1,000.00 cash prize and trophy.
With the theme, “Building Peace in our Communities,” the activity aims to educate the young audience on the importance to call for a lasting peace in the country.

According to Tandag City Division Peace Coordinator Freddie Maglasang, the said activity was participated by the grade five and six pupils from selected private and public elementary schools in the city.

Maglasag also said, the holding of the activity in line with the observance of the Annual National Peace Consciousness Month or Peace Month. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dengue cases in Caraga up by 16%

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 18 (PIA) – A total of 2,610 dengue cases were admitted to different disease reporting units in Caraga region for CY 2013, says Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

DOH Caraga regional director Minerva P. Molon said, there is an increase of 16 percent or 363 dengue cases recorded by the department for the period of January 1 to December 7, this year.

According to Molon, ages of cases ranged from less than one month to 89 years old.  Majority of the cases were males which is 56 percent and 41 percent belonged to 1 to 10 years age group.

The following is the distribution of suspect Dengue cases by province and city arranged from highest to lowest number of cases:

- Butuan City             -           806

- Agusan del Sur      -           512

- Surigao del Sur     -           358

- Surigao del Norte  -           233

- Surigao City            -           195

- Agusan del Norte -           150

- Bislig City                -           142

- Cabadbaran City   -           94

- Bayugan City          -           90

- Dinagat Islands     -           17

- Tandag City            -           13

Also, DOH record shows a total of 21 deaths were reported from the different Disease Reporting Units region wide.  Deaths came from the following:

- Butuan City             -           6

- Agusan del Norte  -           4

- Surigao del Sur     -           3

- Bislig City                -           2

- Agusan del Sur      -           2

- Surigao City            -           2

- Bayugan City          -           2


The case fatality rate is 0.08 percent for the whole region, DOH said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: OWWA itutuloy ang Pamaskong Salubong sa mga magbabakasyong OFWs

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dis. 19 (PIA) - Ang mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) na magsidatingan sa Disyembre 18, 19 at 23 para dito sa bansa magdiriwang ng kapaskuhan kasama ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay ay masusurprisa pag sila ay nakapasok na sa mga paliparan ng bansa. Sila ay malamang na mag-uuwi ng mga regalo o kaya’y mga malalaking premyo, kortisiya ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)- Pamaskong Handog Para sa OFWs.

Ang Pamaskong Handog Para sa OFW ay isa sa maraming nakabagbag damdaming gawain para sa OFW at kanilang pamilya na ginagawa tuwing Disyembre. Isa sa mga nakakatawag pansin, ang modelong OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) ay natapos kamakailan lang kung saan dalawa sa 34 modelong OFW pamilya na nanalo regional level ay nanalo rin sa pambansang libel. Ang OFWD family day, isang kasayahang ng mga laro, regalo, mga makabuluhang nagawa at papremyong pera para sa mga pamilya ng OFW at tradisiyonal na ginagawa sa lahat ng 17 rehiyon sa buong bansa ang nagsagawa ng sobrang pagtitipid dahil sa kasalukuyang kalamidad. Kakaunti lamang ng OWWA’s regional welfare na tanggapan ay nagpatuloy sa pagdiriwang pero may dalang pagdamay sa mga sawing palad na biktima.

Sa kasalukuyan, ang Paskong Salubong ay nananatili. Nang magdaos ng agahang press conference na ginanap noong Disyembre 13, 2013, si OWWA administrator Carmelita S. Dimson ay nag anunsiyo na ang gawain para sa nakalulugod na pagtanggap ng mga nagsi bakasyon na OFWs na darating para sa taong ito ay kagaya rin ng dati pero hindi kasing saya at kalaki tulad ng mga nagdaang mga taon dahil ang pundo para sa naturang gawain ay inlipat sa lohistika na ginamit para itulong mga biktima ng bagyo at lindol.

Siyam sa OFW ang darating sa umaga ng 18, 19 at 20, pinili ng random, ay mag-uuwi ng malalaking papremyo sa kanilang pagbalik sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigaonon News: 17 empleyado sa City Agriculture mi-gradwar sa E-Learning Program

Ni Annette P. Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 19 (PIA) – Mokabat sa 17 ka mga empleyado sa City Agriculture Office ning syudad ang malipayong mi-gradwar sa E- Learning Program kon Electronic Learning Education, short course didto sa Agricultural Training Institute, Los Angeles, Butuan City.

Ang maong kalihokan usa ka Nasudnong Programa sa buhatan sa Agrikultura diin gimugna aron sa pag-edukar sa mga estudyante pinaagi sa usa ka online education gamit ang kompyuter. Kabahin sa maong edukasyon ang may kalabotan sa technical system kon unsaon ang pagpalapad sa mga programang agrikultura aron kini mulungtad og magpabiling produktibo sa mga benipisyaryo lakip na sa mga mag-uuma og managatay.

Pinaagi niini, ang dako ang pasalamat sa buhatan sa City Agriculture sa pagpangulo ni City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba ngadto sa lokal nga pagamhanan sa syudad ubos sa administrasyon ni Mayor Ernesto Matugas nga maoy una nga nagmugna sa mga programang pang-agrikultura nga gitawag ug SAFIDEV (Surigao Agri-Fishiries and Development Program) lakip usab sa iyang walay puas nga suporta sa ilang buhatan ilabi na sa pinansyal nga maoy nag- unang panginahanglanon sa pagpatuman og pag-implementar sa ilang mga programa. (SDR/City Media Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)