Thursday, February 6, 2014

1st Info Officers’ Summit set in Surigao City

By Fryan E. Abkilan
        
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) - The city government of Surigao and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga Regional Office in collaboration with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte will hold the first-ever Information Officers’ Summit on Feb. 11, 2013 in Surigao City.

Anchored on the theme, “Empowering Surigaonons through Information and Communication,” the activity is deemed to empower the Information Officers through timely, accurate and reliable information and highlight government initiatives, programs and projects for the benefit of the people.

Surigao City Public Information Officer Annette Villaces said they have invited the designated information officers from the line agencies, department heads and barangays to attend the summit.

“We have numerous programs, projects, initiatives, innovations, and accomplishments in the city and the present administration under City Mayor Enesto Matugas believed that these should be shared and disseminated to the public,” said Villaces.

According to PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga, during the summit, Information Officers will also learn how to maximize the use of social media to bring the good news to the people and use it for disaster response.

PIA Director-General Jose Mari Oquinena will serve as the keynote speaker of the event.

Other guests who are expected to grace the event include 1st district representative Francisco Matugas and Gov. Sol Matugas. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga GADCC to perform flash mob dance on Valentine’s Day in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – In time with the world’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) under the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) will be performing a flash mob dance on February 14, 2014 at the Robinsons lobby, this city.

This is also in support of the “One Billion Rising For Justice” Campaign in the country.

GADCC chair and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor relayed that on February 14, one billion people in 207 countries will rise and dance to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

“We are appealing to the general public to support this campaign and help prevent violence against women and girls in our community,” said Pintor.

Now on its second year, the One Billion Rising For Justice campaign is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.

It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


ASESDC strengthens members' capability thru a workshop

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 6 (PIA) - The Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) strengthens its members’ capability by conducting a workshop that encourage the members to lay down issues, concerns and feelings that confronts them, and to voluntarily and sincerely share their bests in the discharge of their responsibilities and functions for the protection and conservation of environment without sacrificing development.

Chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Committee on Environment Hazel del Rosario said, being a new member of the SP, she does not have direction in passing local laws that will support the ASESDC because the provisions presented in the province' Environmental Code where the creation and functions of ASESDC is mandated are broad enough, that needs to be specific and defined in order for the member agencies to point out their respective mandate that would become guidelines in the implementation of ASESDC functions.

“Being the Chairperson of the SP Committee on Environment, I find it very interesting and challenging to implement the functions of ASESDC, but sad to note I find it very hard to impose its functions without each member’s cooperation during deliberations. That is why I requested the secretariat of ASESDC to call for this workshop so that I can present to all the members what I believe very essential matters in order for them to be committed in discharging their functions and responsibilities during the implementation,” SP del Rosario said.

Facilitated by GIZ-COSERAM (Conflict Sensitive Resources and Asset Management) consultant Cesar Villanueva, the workshop ranges from ASESDC Review of Mandates, the role clarification of committees and council and the areas of concern. Within these scope, the weaknesses of the council emerged conforming there are duplication of functions, unclear participation of each member agencies and poor identification of areas of concern.

With this discovery, solutions to issues and concerns were given possible solutions and the time frame of the final amendments of the mandates, as well as the specific intervention of each member-agencies.

“With the clear set up of the council, I am very confident we will become a very effective and efficient council in Agusan del Sur that our next generation can be proud of. Now that our functions are well defined and identified, there will be no more confusion from among us that will surely result to harmonious and productive discharge of our responsibilities,” SP del Rosario said. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Compensation for Marcos dictatorship's HR victims distributed

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – Relative to the Hawaii Class Suit filed against the Estate of Ferdinand Marcos, the Claimants 1081 or C1081, in behalf of Human Rights Victims (HRV) during the Martial Law years, have received their cheques as payment in the amount of P50T during the second distribution at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga office today.

In Caraga region alone, there are 160 members of Claimants 1081. These claimants are victims of illegal detention, torture for being accused of rebellion, and others were even executed or have disappeared.

Caraga Regional Human Rights Director Atty. Marylin Pintor bared that the first distribution was made sometime in 2012. “Our office fully support the victims and we accommodate them by providing the nearest venue here in our own region rather of them going to Davao City to get the claims entitled for them,” she said.

History would tell that Marcos human rights litigation is a class action lawsuit which was filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Act in the United States in 1986. Ferdinand Marcos was in United States (US) territory that time which made US court to have jurisdiction over the case.

Atty. Bob Swift, lawyer of the Hawaii Class Suit, personally handed over the cheques to eligible claimants.The same claimants also received the 1,000 dollars (more or less P43T) during the first distribution.

Accordingly, the members in the human rights class suit against Marcos are all Filipinos who belong to the marginalized sector of the Philippine society.

“I’m glad that finally our violated human rigths are now compensated after years of waiting for the judgement. Truly justice prevails despite our odd experiences during the Marcos dictatorship,” said Marciano Tancawan, member of Claimants 1081. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan Manpower opens recruitment for work abroad

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – The Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC) opens today its special recruitment activity for applicants who are interested to work overseas at the Democrito O. Plaza (DOP) Center, this city.

As of noontime, a total of 158 applicants have already been registered and more are expected to come to grab the opportunity.

Interviews for electrical and mechanical engineers, plumbers, carpenters and welders are still ongoing and the recruitment is until February 7, 2014.

The city’s public information officer said that hiring of administrative secretaries for abroad is also available.

For more inquiries, to get a job on the spot and work in a foreign country, interested individuals are encouraged to call BCMTC at contact numbers 816-2990 or City Assessor’s Office at 341-1214. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


All set for 17th CRAM in Surigao Sur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – All is set for the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) at the GPM Sports Complex in this city from February 23-27.

The gigantic event will be hosted by the Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division and provincial government of Surigao del Sur.

Governor Johnny Pimentel said that around 12 different divisions will be the participating teams with more than 5,000 expected guests including athletic delegations, technical and officiating officials.

The 12 delegation teams are from the divisions of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Tandag City, Bislig City, Butuan City, Surigao City, Cabadbaran City and Bayugan City.

CRAM aims to select athletes who will represent Caraga Region in the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte gov extends aid to 3 rebel returnees

By Susil D. Ragas
        
SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have returned to the folds of the law and received cash incentives under the provincial government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) to help them adjust and start to live normally in the mainstream society.

Gov. Sol Matugas personally handed-over the assistance worth P20,000 each during the recently held Provincial Peace and Order Council at Gateway Hotel, this city.

The three rebel returnees who surrendered recently to 30th Infantry Batallion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army are identified as Vicente alias “Edward” Igong-Igong Jr, 19 years old, single from Barangay Bunyasan, Malimono, Surigao del Norte (with AK 47); Aljon alias “Maxi” Tagonsulod, 19 years old, single from Purok 4 Barangay Hinapuyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur (with M16 garrand); and Jonathan alias “Rimwell” Bulag Arguilles, 29 years old, single from Purok 3 Liboon, Ampayon, Butuan City (withAK 47 and M16).

Matugas bared that the construction of the Bayay Paglaum Project (Home Of Hope) is already underway and hopefully to be implemented within this year.

Matugas said Bayay Paglaum Project is peace village for former rebels fully supported by the government within a mainstream community where peace and harmony prevails, where the residents help and respect each other, and practice bayanihan in all communal activities. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOST launches complementary food blends, other technologies in Quezon

By Ma. Anna Rita M. Ramirez

MANILA, Feb. 6 (PIA) - In its bid to showcase and advocate for smarter technologies at the grassroots level, the Provincial Office of the Department of Science and Technology in Quezon commemorated the 2013 National Science and Technology Week by providing programs and services to the municipality of Mulanay, recently.

Technologies and services developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and the Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in cooperation with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) were launched and deployed.

Dubbed as the Science and Technology Program for Community Empowerment for Mulanay, these programs and services address concerns that directly affect the Mulanay constituents such as hunger and malnutrition, water potability and risks to natural calamities like typhoons and floods.

Five thousand packs of rice-mongo-sesame complementary food blends manufactured and packaged by Atimonan, Quezon’s very own, Joemix  Food Processing Center, were donated by the DOST- CALABARZON (Region IV-A) to pump up the Complementary Feeding Program among malnourished children in Mulanay.

Ceremonial turn-over of 50 ceramic-type pot filters to identified household beneficiaries aims to address water safety and potability.

Formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the deployment of Automated Rain Gauges or ARG was facilitated.

According to the ASTI, the ARGs are used “to gather and record the amount of rainfall over a set period of time.  Data is sent by short messaging system or SMS, transmitted in a central database server and forwarded to PAGASA for interpretation.  Rainfall warning may be facilitated in real time”.

In a nutshell, this move by the DOST-CALABARZON and the DOST-Quezon is the actualization of the DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo’s S&T campaign that “local technology works”.  At the same time, this converges with the programs of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process or OPAPP.

Mulanay is one of the recipients of the OPAPP’s PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn program or PAMANA, the “national government’s program and framework for peace and development implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements”, one of three pillars is delivery of services.

Ranking fifth in the hierarchy of malnutrition in Quezon, latest poverty incidence in Mulanay is 59.7 percent.  Forty-three percent are food-poor based on the 2009 Community-Based Monitoring System.

While it is acknowledged that malnutrition is a complex problem deeply rooted in poverty, the use of complementary food blends in its feeding program comes at a most opportune time.

The Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Mulanay were also recipients of the DOST PINOY training early this year.  The DOST PINOY is the branding of the DOST’s program on S&T Based Interventions to Address Malnutrition.

The DOST PINOY package includes modules on basic nutrition, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, meal planning, safe food handling and preparation and backyard vegetable gardening.

It was stressed during the launching that, aside from food-based approaches to address malnutrition, these activities should be supported with efforts toward uplifting livelihood of the majority of the households such as fishing and “pagkopras” or the extraction, drying and cooking of the coconut meat especially in lean or off-season, like during typhoons or when market prices of “kopra” are low.

The program was held in the Municipal Covered Court of Mulanay.  It was a well-attended event by local government unit officials, mother and children-beneficiaries of the Complementary Feeding Program and the ceramic-type pot filters, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Health Workers, and Barangay Chairmen.

The welcome address was delivered by Ms. Maria Esperanza E. Jawili, Provincial Director of the DOST Quezon.  Messages were delivered by invited guests from the FNRI-DOST and the ITDI-DOST and Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Regional Director of DOST-CALABARZON.  Closing remarks was delivered by Honorable Mayor Joselito A. Ojeda of Mulanay.

The FNRI-DOST is mandated to track the nutritional status of Filipino children every five years in its comprehensive National Nutrition Survey and every two years in its Regional Updating Survey.

For more information on food and nutrition researches, you may contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, at telephone number 837-2934 or email at mar_v_c@yahoo.com.  You may also visit our website:  www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Patrol 117 New Year’s Call to DILG Caraga chief

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) - As its tradition, personnel of the Caraga Patrol met recently with the Department of Interior and Local Government – Caraga Region (DILG 13) regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion at the DILG Caraga Regional Office in Libertad, this city to report operations of the prior year, 2013, and to set directions for 2014.

The annual meeting cum courtesy call has been called New Year’s Call and forms part of a long and on-going tradition with uniform personnel.

During this particular New Year’s call, officers of Patrol 117 presented the capsulized report of the 2013 operations of the centrally-managed and secured telephone central monitoring station of the emergency hotline 117 in the region.

As reported, 84.43 percent of the 11,779 incoming calls for the year have been answered, the remaining 15.57 percent are dropped or abandoned calls. The 84.43 percent can be broken down into 3.38 percent life-threatening calls, 54.82 percent non-life threatening, and 26.23 percent are illegitimate or prank calls. All of the 6,855 legitimate calls have been responded accordingly.

To improve operations in the year 2014, their New Year’s call also brought out recommendations for strengthening 117 through a four-pronged approach.

The first approach is to strengthen the internal operations of the 117. This can be achieved through the setting-up of a database of respondents across the region.

The second approach is to strengthen 117 in the DILG. This can be done by convening the Regional Monitoring Coordinating Committee (RMCC) which is comprised of Regional Directors of the DILG group of agencies, namely: Local Government Sector, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, National Police Commission, and the Philippine Public Safety College, for the purpose of re-introducing and re-establishing the 117 as a significant function in their respective agencies.

The third approach is to strengthen 117 in the Local Government Units. This can be made possible through improved linkages with the LGUs, linking with their responders, activation of tanods, and incorporating 117 in the different Provincial and City Peace and Order Councils (PPOCs and CPOCs).

The fourth approach is to strengthen 117 by fostering partnerships with the private sector. Patrol 117 can be introduced to hospitals. Further arrangements can also be made with telecommunication entities to improve 117 operations.

With these, the DILG and Patrol 117 gears towards a fully-functioning emergency response network across Caraga Region contributing to the safety of people’s lives and property.

117 is the national and official emergency hotline number of the Philippines institutionalized through Executive Order No. 226 dated July 14, 2003. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Save on food cost - use left-overs

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

MANILA, Feb. 6 (PIA) - The meal planner in the house has a difficult task. One has to think of ways on how to cut down food cost and how to cook budget meals for all.

Everyday, food prices fluctuate. One of the ways of stretching the food budget is making use of left-over foods. These are the uneaten edible remains of a meal after everyone has finished eating.

Left-over foods are cooked foods that you and your family do not eat within two hours after cooking.

Are left-over foods safe to eat?  Here are some tips to make left-over foods safe:

Storing left-over food
-  Refrigerate left-over foods as soon as possible after meals.
-  Before freezing left-overs, put the date on the container for easy recall.
-  Transfer left-over canned foods to a clean and dry container and refrigerate.
-  If you have any doubt about left-over food, throw it away.
-  Be sure to take out from the freezer those foods that were stored first. Practice FIFO (First-In-First-Out)
- Consume left-overs stored in the refrigerator within four days.

Following the steps of storing left-over foods, one can now make use of  left-over foods and enjoy eating make-over foods.

Making-over left-over foods
- Left-over cooked foods should be boiled or heated thoroughly before serving again.
- Fry left-over rice. For more nutrients and flavor, add flaked fish, chopped meat, egg or shrimps, and seasonings. Serve with chopped green leafy vegetables.
- Prepare fried fish or meat into cardillo, omelette, escabeche, and sarciado.
- Grilled "liempo" or pork belly or other grilled pork can be added to "kilawen", a broiled fresh meat dish that has with just a healthy dose of salt and vinegar.
- Scrap beef, pork, and chicken bones can be used as tasty soup stock.
- Left-over "adobo", a favorite Filipino stew, can add flavor to chopsuey, a stir-fried vegetable mix
- Left-over fried fish or meat can add extra flavor to "dinengdeng", an Ilocano dish with vegetables and shrimp paste
- Left-over “lechon kawali” can be added to vegetable dishes like pinakbet
- Overripe bananas from the traditional fruit bowl can be made into tasty banana cake or bread
- Overripe saba can be made into delicious turon with langka.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, : The Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Tagig, Metro Manila, Tel./Fax: 8372934, 8373164; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph, email:mar_v_c@yahoo.com, mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Paano gagawing kasama sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ang ehersisyo?

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso
        
MANILA, Peb. 6 (PIA) - Alam ba ninyo na madaling gawing kasama sa pang-araw-araw na buhay ang ehersisyo?

Una, kung maaari, maglakad kung malapit lang ang pupuntahan sa halip na sumakay patungo sa trabaho, palengke, o simbahan.

Pangalawa, kung nasa isang gusali, gamitin ang hagdan sa halip na elevator o escalator.

Pangatlo, kung may sariling sasakyan, i-park ito sa malayo at maglakad tungo sa lugar na pupuntahan.

Tandaan, maraming benepisyo ang ehersisyo kaya mas mabuti na kahit kaunti ay gumalaw-galaw kaysa walang ehersisyo..

Ang ehersisyo ay tumutulong sa pagbawas ng timbang, maayos na pagdaloy ng dugo, pag-iwas sa sakit sa puso, dyabetis at alta-presyon, mabuting pagtulog, pagbawas ng epekto ng pagtanda at marami pang iba.

Ayon sa 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) na binuo ng Technical Working Group (TWG) sa pamumuno ng  Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), maging physically active, pumili ng masustansyang pagkain, i-manage ang stress, iwasan ang pag-inom ng alak at huwag manigarilyo para maiwasan ang mga lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases

Ang impormasyong ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag sa Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837-29-34 or 837-20-71 loc. 2287, FNRI-DOST website:http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno misubli sa dili matarug nga pasalig sa pagsumpo sa pagpangawkaw, korapsyon

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Peb. 6 (PIA) - Ang gobyerno padayon sa pagtuman sa mga reporma sa burukrasiya aron mapadayon ang pagtaas sa ekonomiya alang sa kaayohan sa tanan nga mga Pilipino, kini ang gibutyag sa usa ka opisyal sa Palasyo niadtong Martes.

"Ang administrasyon ni Presidente Aquino magpadayon sa pagpursige ug establisar sa maong reporma nga gilaod sa mga baruganan sa maayo nga pagdumala ug sa pagtukod sa lig-on nga publiko nga mga institusyon,” (“The Aquino administration shall continue to pursue and institutionalize these reforms anchored on principles of good governance and to build stronger public institutions,” )sulti ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretay “Sonny” Coloma Jr tubag sa gikatahong report tinumbok ang dakong lugi sa gobyerno isip resulta sa kaylap nga korapsyon sa panggamhanan.

Sa usa ka report, ang Global Financial Integrity, Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization miingon nga ang Pilipinas nag-antus sa $ 132,9 bilyones sa illegal nga pinansyal nga kahimuan gikan sa krimen, korapsyon, ug tax evasion, samtang $ 277.6 bilyon ang iligal nga gibalhin ngadto sa nasud sulod sa kapin sa 52 ka-tuig.
Si Coloma miingon nga samtang ang report naglangkob lamang sa unang tuig sa administrasyong Aquino, ang gobyerno komitido sa pagpadayon sa pagwagtang sa korapsyon sa burukrasya.

Ang pagtuon nga gihimo sa Global Financial Integrity gilangkuban sa mga administrasyon sa pito ka mga Presidente gikan pa kang Carlos P. Garcia hangtud kang Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ug siya miingon nga ang importante nga matubag ang mga problema nga gipahayag diha sa mga report tungod kay kini makaapekto sa reputasyon sa nasud  sa kalibutanong bantawan.

Aron pagsulbad niini nga mga problema, si Coloma miingon nga sukad sa tuig 2010, ang gobyerno mihimo ug reporma sa pagpugong sa smuggling ug sa pagkontrolar sa money laundering nga kalihokan. Sa miaging tuig, ang Financial Action Task Force ang Pilipinas dili apil sa ilahang blacklist tinumbok ang "mahinungdanon nga pag-uswag sa pagpalambo sa anti-money laundering" nga mga lakang.

Siya usab miingon nga pipila ka mga internasyonal nga mga ahensya nga mipunting dakong kalamboan sa nasud, ilabi na sa mga dapit sa pagdumala, transparency, sa gobyerno ug sa kahanas sa negosyo ug sa ekonomiya nga performance.

Pananglitan, sa Pilipinas sa ranggo sa International Finance Corp 's "Doing Business 2014" nga taho, milukso sa 25 nga ranking ngadto sa  108 gikan sa 133 sa tuig 2013 samtang ang iyang mga kahimtang sa Transparency International sa miaging tuig mahinugdanong milambo  sa ika- 94 gikan sa ika-105 sa miaging tuig.

Usab, sa labing ulahing 2013 World Economic Forum, ang Pilipinas misaka ug ranking sa ika- 59 gikan sa miaging tuig nga ika-65 gilangkoban  sa mokabat sa 148 ka mga nasud, samtang ang 2013 Grant Thornton Global Dynamism Index gipakita sa Pilipinas ang pagbangon sa ika-25 nga pwesto ngadto sa ika-21 taliwala sa 60 ka mga nasud.

Ang Pilipinas usab sunod-sunod nga nakab-ot ang mga riting patugbaw sa kahimtang sa grado sa puhunan gikan sa prominente nga credit ratings agencies sama sa Standard and Poor, Fitch, Moody ug Japan Credit Agency. Kini nga mga ratings agencies nga mga inila sa tibuok kalibutan ingon nga katuohan sa pag endosar sa mga nasud pagkab-ot sa selyo sa maayo nga pinansyal sa housekeeping ug sa pagdumala. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)