Thursday, May 15, 2014

GSIS turns 77, to conduct bloodletting activity

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – In time with the 77th year celebration of dedicated service to its members and pensioners come May 31, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) through the Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS (KMG) will be holding the nationwide bloodletting activity on May 16, 2014 at the GSIS building, this city.

Said activity is also in coordination with the GSIS Medical and Wellness Services Department and the Philippine Red Cross.

“This activity aims to encourage everyone to give back to the community by helping save precious lives through blood donation. Blood is life and by donating blood, we share a part of ourselves to those people who need it,” disclosed Belen Talita, GSIS Branch Manager.

Talita also called on all government agencies to support said activity and donate blood to save other people’s lives. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City set to showcase theatre float parade

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – The month-long celebration of Balangay Festival 2014 will exhibit all float innovations during the grand Balangay Theatre Float Parade on May 19, 2014 as a way of paying homage to the history of this city where first early settlement of people on board the ‘balangay’, known as the oldest Pre-Hispanic watercraft, was found along the banks of the Agusan river.

Anchored on the theme, “Rooting for Butuan 20/20,” the friendly competition is open to all government regional and local offices, non-government organizations, socio civic and youth groups, schools and companies in this year’s festivity wherein a theatrical presentation is a required component.

As emphasized by Butuan City mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr., the event is an opportunity for the different institutions to promote and highlight their office’s thrusts and programs in relation to Butuan’s glorious past, present advocacies and future visions.

The mayor further specified that the design of the float shall depict the Butuanon culture and its people and the use of local and biodegradable materials is encouraged.

The coordinators require that the maximum size of the Balangay must be 2.4 meters wide and 10 meters long with height of 4.20 meters with a concept left to the discretion of the participating entity.

Theatrical aspects include a maximum number of 15 performers, three-minute presentation during the station showdown and ten-minute presentation during the grand showdown and dramatic staging of the participant’s program thrust.

The contest will be judged on the following criteria: physical appearance - design and concept/artwork and creativity; originality and uniqueness; theatrical presentation – dramatic production and presentation of theme, its relevance and general impact.

Just like any other competition, the teams are challenge to bag the grand prize award amounting to P125,000; P100,000 for the second prize winner; and P75,000 for the third. Special award of P25,000 each will also be given to the most thematic float and best dramatic presentation. Non-winning entries with no special awards will bring home P20,000.

All entry floats will undergo an advance screening on the 16th of May.

"Your participation will surely add flair to this endeavor as we bring pride and honor to our beloved Butuan, the home of the Balangays,” remarked Amante.

The float parade is one of the most remarkable annual citywide events that take place within the festival. The Mutya Hong Butuan pageant, which parades the most pleasing ladies from all over the city also creates a spectacular display of talent, wit and beauty. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


FREEDOM Inc. installs energy-efficient lights at PIA Caraga office

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – The Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecological Development of Mindanao, Inc. (FREEDOM, Inc) has recently carried out its commitment to upgrade the existing traditional incandescent lights of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office with energy-efficient fluorescent and lightbulbs.

“The newly installed light emitting diode (LED) lights set significance in our office’s goal to address the common drawback of using uneconomical bulbs with lost energy  of about 90% given off as heat and that missing energy is money we are throwing away,” stated PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

Through the sponsorship of FREEDOM, Inc., PIA Caraga office is now experiencing a more illuminated workplace that creates a welcoming atmosphere.

In a recent visit of FREEDOM, Inc. deputy executive director Epimaco Galero Jr., Caga expressed to him with gratitude for granting solutions to its high electricity consumption charges.

Galero distinguished LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFL) as the rapidly developing technology and considered as one of the best money-saving options. “The reason why we opted to donate this dependable, high-quality type of products by putting value to durability and efficiency with less regard to its principal expense,” added Galero.

By citing one of the missions of the organization to stimulate growth while simultaneously ensuring that such progress will not sacrifice the environment, FREEDOM executive director Antonio Peralta underscored that they are helping out their beneficiaries get the real advantage of acquiring cost-effective and better outcomes specifically on decreased utility bills and more importantly protection of the environment by using eco-friendly lights. "Then, eventually make every effort in fighting ecological threats one way or the other," bared Peralta.

With such accomplishment, the agency and FREEDOM Inc. have proven their mutual obligations as strong partners in bringing advancement and championing advocacies. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-Caraga heads quick disaster response cluster meeting

By Theresa D. Barsobia

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 – In cognizant of the human sufferings due to recurring disasters, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga as co–chair for disaster response spearheaded the Regional Disaster Response Cluster (RDRC) meeting on Wednesday held in one of the local convention centers here.

DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli led the representatives from the other government agencies as they convened and assessed the disaster response experience in the region using a Meaningful Conversation via World Café’ strategy. The group reviewed the disaster response cluster functions, and crafted each member – agency’s function under the regional response cluster.

In the said meeting, DSWD Chief on Institutional Development Division and Protective Service Unit  Angelita B. Amista facilitated from the different participating agencies the crafting of the following interventions by the different government agencies were seen effective during disaster preparedness and response: assessment and geo–hazard mapping; establishment of compound centre for power monitoring; prepositioning of goods in strategic areas; 24/7 monitoring of weather forecast and no travel policy; and information of timely, accurate, and relevant disaster–related updates, among others.

The participants of the said RDRC meeting are coming from cluster agencies led by DSWD–Caraga were able to identify the following areas for growth or actions to be taken in order to enhance its preparedness and response operations during disaster: strengthen coordination mechanisms among organization providing support to disaster–victims especially relief delivery; explore partnership with the local suppliers during disaster as alternative source of goods needed for relief distribution; popularize IEC materials on DRRM; and mandatory training on basic life support, swimming, and first aid among others.

“As designated co-chair for the Disaster Response with this given role the Department has to take the lead in establishing a well–coordinated disaster response operation at all levels,” Brigoli said in her opening message.

Brigoli further stated that the disaster survivors are helpless and traumatized and even would be more traumatic for the survivors if the respondents are not prepared and do not know what to do during and in times of disaster.

She also identified that all efforts of the cluster member agencies must be well coordinated and systems integrated for the prompt and adequate delivery of services and assistance to disaster -affected populace. Thus, the need for the cluster members to meet regularly to ensure efficient and harmonized response by concerned agencies in time of disaster.

The following national government agencies participated in the said forum namely: National Food Authority (NFA); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Office of Civil Defense (OCD); Philippine Information Agency (PIA); National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP); Coast Guards; Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP); and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). (JPG/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Claver’s Sirong-Sirong Festival wins in 'Sajaw Surigao' 2014

SURIGAO CITY, May 15 (PIA) - The “Sirong Sirong Festival” of the municipality of Claver emerged as champion of the Sajaw Surigao Dance Showdown Competition 2014 held on Tuesday, May 13 at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city. They will bring home P500,000 plus plaque of appreciation.

The activity forms part of the 113th Foundation Anniversary celebration of the province.

Meantime, the “Lubi-Lubi Festival” of the municipality of Bacuag bagged second with P400,000 cash prize plus plaque.

Third place went to “Kinhason Fesfival” of Dapa with P300,000 cash prize.

The special awards for Festival Queen, Best in Production Design and Best in Musicality, all went to the municipality of Dapa.

Governor Sol F. Matugas, in her message, acknowledged the guests, participants, officials and employees from different government agencies and private individuals.

Matugas, also, underlined the progress and development achieved for the past three years since the province started the centennial celebration.

“We must rejoice, give thanks and dance our hearts out to the one vision, one dream and always look back and look forward for a better Surigao,” Matugas said.

On her part, Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) national chair Alma Moreno, the event's guest of honor, expressed her heartfelt appreciation to Gov. Matugas, Cong. Matugas and provincial officials for making her part of the meaningful celebration.

Moreno said that she was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Surigaonons. “Rest assured that you have my support, together with my family I will help Surigao in every way I can,” she said.

A total of 12 contingents from the different municipalities of the province participated the competition. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Multi-sector group supports national greening effort

DAVAO CITY, May 15 (PIA) - Over 2,000 seedlings of hardwood trees will soon become forest foliage in this city’s upland area, as a multi-sector group conducted a tree planting activity last month in support to the National Greening Program (NGP).

The city government of Davao, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and several other organizations led the planting of Narra, Molave, and Big-leaf Mahogany seedlings at a designated mini-watershed located in Sitio Upper Kibalang in Marilog Disrtrict.

“We cannot be here forever. In fact, I am about to retire. By training members of the local community on how to take care of the environment, we hope that the knowledge will be kept and propagated among the people of this barangay,” said Martin Obrero, supervising environmental specialist of the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO).

He added that the seedlings planted in the mini-watershed would be taken care of by volunteers from the local community for a minimum period of three years to ensure their survival and maturity into full-grown trees.

The tree growing activity, which coincided with the city’s celebration of the 44th Earth Day was also supported by volunteers from the local community, various offices of the city government, other national government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and professional organizations like the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).

"We need similar collaborations that aim to rehabilitate our denuded forests and support us in our goal of protecting Mindanao’s environment while contributing to the targets of the NGP,” said MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino.

NGP is a flagship project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that aims to plant 1.5 billion trees covering 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016. Apart from being a reforestation initiative, the program is also a climate change mitigation strategy that aims to increase the country’s forest cover to raise its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming.

Antonino added that through the MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program, MinDA is working with DENR and the Department of Interior and Local Government in the full implementation of the Mindanao Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project (BSFP) through the Barangay Forest Program (BFP), a component of the NGP.

The BSFP is a tripartite partnership that seeks to facilitate the implementation and attainment of the objectives of the NGP in Mindanao. A launch of the project will be held on May 21 in Cagayan de Oro City.

“We initially target 200 barangays in Mindanao as part of this campaign, and we hope to engage them in massive reforestation activities aimed to generate at least two million seedlings of forest trees to be planted among typhoon-prone and perennially flooded areas in the island-region,” said Antonino.  (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)


Iron deficiency among pregnant women and babies is preventable

By Czarina Teresita S. Martinez

MANILA, May 15 (PIA) - A baby born full-term has usually sufficient iron stores, according to the U. S. National Academy of Science (NAS).

Mild maternal iron deficiency anemia (IDA) may not have significant effect on the iron status of the newborn but severe IDA has significant repercussions.

 The nine months of pregnancy is an exciting time for couples who are eagerly anticipating their bundle of joy.

However, it may also be a period of stress for the expectant mother as the nutrient demand of the developing fetus adds to the normal maintenance of iron.

Dr. Helen A. Guthrie, Professor of Nutrition at the Pennsylvania State University, says that a woman who has been well-nourished prior to conception enters pregnancy with a reserve of several nutrients that can meet the needs of the growing fetus without jeopardizing her health.

The Food and nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recommends that pregnant women should eat a balanced diet. Lactating women are further advised to drink enough fluids preferably milk, soups, fruit juice and water so that maternal stores will not be depleted and lactation will be sufficient.

During pregnancy, the body conserves iron since menstruation ceases and iron absorption increases three folds. The blood protein responsible for iron absorption likewise increases.

However, iron stores may decrease during pregnancy because iron needs also increase.

On the last trimester of pregnancy, much of the available iron and maternal iron stores are taken up by the fetus to create its own iron stores for the first three to six months of life.

The National Nutrition Survey (NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) found that 4 out of 10 pregnant women are suffering from IDA.

Based on the criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO), the prevalence of IDA among pregnant women in the Philippines is of significant public health problem.

Dr. Guthrie adds that the best method of combating iron deficiency in pregnancy is to promote high intakes of available iron by women of reproductive age so that she enters pregnancy with adequate iron stores.

According to the FNRI-DOST, iron is present in both animal and plant origins. Liver and glanular organs are the richest sources of iron while meat, fish and poultry are the other good animal sources of iron.

Iron-rich plant foods are the legumes family, green leafy vegetables such as gamet (seaweeds), kulitis (Spineless amaranth), dahon ng malunggay (horse raddish leaves), kangkong (swamp cabbage), dahon ng  gabi  (taro leaves), dahon ng kinchay (Chinese Celery leaves) , dahon ng saluyot  (jute leaves), talbos ng kamote (sweet potato leaves), and some dried fruits like prunes.

However, iron in plant foods is non-heme iron and is less bio-available than the heme iron in animal sources.

IDA could also be avoided by consuming foods that may help in increase iron absorption and metabolism like vitamin A, Vitamin C, and riboflavin that are abundant in fruits and vegetables.

In addition, IDA could also be avoided by consuming fortified iron foods. The Department of Health (DOH) is advocating the consumption of foods with the Sangkap Pinoy Seal; that include iron fortified foods. The FNRI-DOST develops fortified food products including iron fortified foods that will help increase the consumption of iron. 

For more information about food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Sciecne and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan Taguig City.. E-mail mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com, Telefax: (02) 8372934 and (02) 8273164, or call (02) 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website at http//www.fnri.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Services/PIA-Caraga)


Youth leaders take youth issue debates to cyberspace

MANILA, May 15 - More than 200 youth leaders from all over the country took to the web to discuss pressing and emerging youth issues facing young Filipinos today.

The 216 young individuals, all participants of the 10th Parliament of Youth Leaders (NYP), gathered virtually in a social networking site to campaign for their particular advocacies in the fields of health, education, employment and youth participation.

“It’s only natural that we take the debate to cyberspace as almost 7 out of 10 young Filipinos age 15 to 30 years old are on social media,” said Commissioner-at-Large Kit Cruz, NYP Organizing Committee Chair.

The online discussion started last April 19, 2014.  Guided by National Youth Commission (NYC) designated facilitators, the participants actively engaged in online debates while at the same time presenting data and research to support their arguments.

Delegates’ advocacies are wide ranging, with some delegates batting for the implementation of a comprehensive in-school nutrition program for elementary and high school students while others campaigned for workplace equality.  Other delegates focused on the more visible youth issues like teen pregnancy, access to education, and the increasing HIV-AIDS incidence among the young.

“The discussions were intense and free flowing. Immediately we saw how passionate the discussions were, that’s why we’re anticipating a scorching but productive youth parliament.  These young people do not believe that their participation, particularly in politics, should be limited to being followers and observers.  These youth leaders are here to change all that,” added Cruz.

NYP is the biennial gathering of the country’s youth leaders.  Convened every two years at the call of the NYC, the NYP’s output serves as the government’s guide in crafting youth development policies. It is the only of its kind mandated by law through Republic Act No. 8044.  (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd to administer 2014 Special PEPT

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – In commemoration of the 116th Celebration of Philippine Independence Day and consistent with the Education for All (EFA) goals, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC) together with the assistance of personnel from the schools division offices (SDO) and schools, will administer the 2014 Special Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) for free on June 12 in all schools divisions nationwide.

According to DepEd undersecretary and officer-in-charge Atty. Alberto T. Muyot, the registration of the PEPT shall be done at the SDOs until May 30.

Atty. Muyot is also directing the Division Testing Coordinators (DTCs) to submit their actual number of registrants to NETRC on or before June 3.

“The DTCs shall be in-charge of the evaluation of documents and shall ensure that documentary requirements of each registrant are complete, which include From 137 for Secondary students of Form 138 for Elementary pupils, birth certificate or baptismal certificate, and two (1x1) ID pictures,” Atty. Muyot said.

PEPT will be administered based on the data on school registration of out-of-school children and youth, who are the primary target clientele, to determine their grade/year level placement, Muyot added.

Atty. Muyot encourages the out-of-school children and youth to avail of the learning modules prepared by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) and the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) or any other learning resources available at the regional offices (ROs) or SDOs.

Atty. Muyot further said that authorized NETRC staff shall deliver and review the test materials and monitor the control of this test.  The school personnel who shall be assigned to administer the test shall be given one day service credit as per DepEd Order No. 53, s. 2003 entitled Updated Guidelines on Grant of Vacation Service Credits to Teachers, he added.

Meanwhile, the schools division superintendents according to Atty. Muyot shall identify/assign the testing centers for the test. They are directed to ensure utilization of the test results by assisting out-of-school children and youth in their re-entry to formal schools in order to finish/complete the basic education program. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Brown rice, mas masustansya sa puting bigas

Ni Celina Ann Z. Javier

MANILA, May 15 (PIA) - Kumakain ka ba ng brown rice? Ang brown rice o pinawa ay di dumaan sa kumpletong proseso ng pag giling. Ang unang ipa nito o “husk”  lamang ang tinatanggal sa brown rice.

Ito ay mayaman sa fiber at dahil dito, nakatutulong ito sa pagbaba ng cholesterol at asukal sa ating dugo.

Nakatutulong din ang brown rice sa pagbaba ng timbang dahil mas madaling magpabusog ito kapag kinain. Bukod dito, mas mayaman din ito sa B-vitamins kumpara sa ordinaryong kanin.

Kaya sa susunod na bibili tayo ng bigas subukan ang brown rice para sa magkaroon ng mas malusog na pangangakatawan.

Ang impormasyon na ito ay hatid ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology o FNRI-DOST. Para sa karadagdagan impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon sumulat o tumawag kay: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director ng FNRI- DOST. General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City o sa kanyang E-mail address: mcv@fnri.dost.gov.ph o sa telepono bilang 8-3-7-2-9-3-4 and 8-2-7-3-1-6-4, Maari ring bisitahin ang aming website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: MRP sa Butuan gisundog sa laing LGU

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 15 (PIA) - Isip pinakaunang syudad nga nakabaton ug nakaimplementar sa Moral Recovery Program (MRP), ang Butuan nagsilbi na karong sumbanan sa ubang mga syudad ug munisipyo alang sa pagsugod sa maong programam sa ilang tagsa- tagsa ka mga lugar.
                     
Tuod man, si MRP Officer Pastor Charlie Prior ang nahimong pinasidunggang bisita sa gipahigayong MRP Launching sa munisipyo sa Tina, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur niadtong Mayo 9.

Tungod niini, gilauman karon nga makabaton na ug MRP ang mga nagkalain- laing lugar o mga kasikbit nga dapit sa Butuan. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: CPO mipailawum sa Dev’t ug Enhancement Program

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 15 (PIA) - Aron sa pagpalapad ug pagpalambo sa mga survey tool o ekipo nga mao’y gamiton alang sa Comprehensive Population Data Making and Management sa syudad, mipailawom sa usa ka development/enhancement program ang mga personahe sa City Population Office (CPO) ning Lokal nga Panggamhanan, Abril 30.

Subay kini sa gipirmahan nga Memorandum of Agreement kon MOA tali sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan pinaagi ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. ug Executive Director of the Commission on Population Juan Antonio Perez III alang sa “Technical Cooperation on Population and Development Integration in Local Governance,” niadtong Enero 9, 2014.

Atol niini, ubay-ubay nga mga bag-ong sistema o proseso ang gipresenta sa Regional Population Personnel ngadto sa mga personahe sa CPO nga sarang daku’g ikatabang sa mga proyekto sa buhatan alang sa pagpakunhod sa hisgutanang kapobrehon ilabina nga kusog ang pagsaka sa populasyon sa dakbayan. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)