Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DENR-13 director promotes mechanized nursery facility in the region

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – In the continued implementation of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga headed by regional executive director (RED) Nonito Tamayo, is promoting mechanized nursery facility in the region.

"At least one million seedlings a day is the target of Pres. Benigno Aquino III in the implementation of the national greening program," relayed RED Tamayo.

In time with the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing and Deed of Donation between the local government unit of Bislig City and DENR-Caraga held at the Disaster Office, City Hall Compound, Poblacion, Bislig City, Tamayo also announced that Bislig has already a multi-million mechanized nursery with a target of 10-million seedlings per year.

"This will be inaugurated soon and we are inviting people to plant and they can choose what seedling they want to plant there. We encourage the barangays to also initiate the same which will benefit its constituents," he added.

Tamayo further bared that the overall objectives of the National Greening Program are poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, and environment mitigation.

Tamayo also emphasized that there is financial subsidy to support the NGP. "I already directed our foresters to determine what needs to be addressed so implementation of the program will be more effective and will even invite more investors that could create employment," he disclosed.

Meanwhile, in the enforcement of Executive Order (EO) No. 23, Tamayo recalled that the agency has created the Anti-illegal Logging Task Force composed of several law enforcement agencies in the region and they have been regularly campaigning for the prevention of illegal logging and there is another team looking into the livelihood of the people living in the forest areas.

Under the EO 26, the NGP is to be carried out in the following lands of the public domain: forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas, and abandoned mine. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Forum on kidney disease prevention set in Butuan

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The National Kidney and Transplant Institute- Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI-REDCOP) in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will conduct an Advocacy Campaign cum Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention and Control on May 28-30, here.

The event is in line with the National Kidney Month celebration in June with the theme, “A Healthy Lifestyle, makes you Kidneys Smile,” said Dr. Violeta M. Valderrama, chairperson on the 2014 Kidney Month Celebration.

By virtue of Proclamation Number 184, June is declared as the National Kidney Month by then President Fidel V. Ramos in May 1993.

Valderrama said the event aims to promote and increase awareness on the prevention and control of kidney diseases.

Dr. Antonio R. Paraiso, Adult Nephrology Consultant and Program Manager and assistant program manager Dr. Susan L. Jorge of the Renal Disease Control Program will share their knowledge on the kidney disease, its prevention and control.

Also, during the event, the Registry Data of Caraga Region and Organ Donation will be presented.

Around 300 multi-sectoral participants will be joining the said advocacy campaign. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DENR donates confiscated forest logs to LGU-Bislig City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga donated on Monday the confiscated forest products to the local government unit (LGU) of Bislig City for the development of its evacuation centers, which include the construction/fabrication of tables, chairs and other furniture.

In the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing and Deed of Donation between LGU-Bislig City and DENR-Caraga held at the Disaster Office, City Hall Compound, Poblacion, Bislig City, Mayor Librado Navarro warmly welcomed the DENR officials headed by regional executive director (RED) Nonito Tamayo, together with For. Michael Montalban, CENR Officer of Bislig City; Dir. Maritess Ocampo, regional technical director (RTD) for Forestry; and For. Rosendo Asunto, PENR Officer of Surigao del Sur.

“A total of 797 pieces or 152.4 cu. meter log bolts will be to LGU-Bislig City through Mayor Librado Navarro. These logs were stockpiled at the depository area at the LGU compound which were exposed to all weather condition awaiting appropriate disposition from the DENR,” bared RED Tamayo.

When asked why DENR chose Bislig City as recipient of the confiscated forest products, Tamayo explained that their agency gives priority to Department of Education (DepEd) as their primary beneficiary of the logs for the construction of tables and chairs, however, the director clarified that he is not prohibited in donating the logs to other government agencies. "We believe these logs can help the LGU-Bislig City in improving its infra," he added.

Tamayo further said that the logs that have been cut from its roots should not be stored for a long time because accordingly, it will release more harmful gases in the air that will also have negative effects to the atmosphere. "It is much better to utilize the confiscated logs into tables and chairs rather than just store them," he explained.

Also, Mayor Navarro expressed his warm thanks and gratitude to DENR that both parties had finally signed the MOA for the donation of confiscated forest products and the city government can start using them.

“Thank you very much to the DENR for finally donating to us the logs that have been confiscated for a year already, and these will be used for the development/improvement of our infrastructures,” remarked Navarro.

It was also elaborated that the purpose of the MOA is to jointly develop evacuation centers and formal settlements in different strategic relocation sites to move displaced families to safer grounds which are structurally strong and disaster-resilient that will eventually serve as venue for social interaction, community development and people’s empowerment.

“This agreement also extends to the construction of government/public building damaged by natural and man-made calamities and other government projects without sufficient appropriations, such as, but not limited to the construction/fabrication of tables, chaires and other furnitures and fixtures for public use to optimize the use of these confiscated forest products,” announced Navarro. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter to hold fund raising activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter will be holding a fund-raising activities through the Search for “Ms. Red Cross” set on July 23, 2014 with fourth year high school students as participants coming from various schools in this city, and the Bingo-for-a-Cause on July 26.

“These are our fund generation activities that will help the chapter’s finances. With the conduct of the search, the candidates who are also students from different schools will not only help the chapter gather financial support but also serve as an advocate of the Red Cross’ programs and services to the public,” said Teodoro Cairo, PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter Administrator.

Also, Dr. Renato  Jose Villanueva, one of the board of directors of the chapter emphasized that this will be the first kind of search among women students that will really create impact to the society.

Villanueva added that the Search Committee will be accepting interested applicants until last week of May. Applicants will be carefully screened by the committee and will undergo orientation-briefing on the Red Cross’ services.

“The candidates shall be the one to approach people and share about the Red Cross’ programs and services and will ask support through fund generation by selling out raffle tickets that have corresponding amount to which supporters can choose from. So basically, this will be beauty and brain effort,” explained Villanueva.

The PRC services include the following: Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Blood Services, Social Services, Community Health and Nursing Services, Red Cross Youth Services, and Volunteer Services.

It was learned that the candidates will also get a percentage from the total gathered amount. “The board of directors will be discussing this concern further on Monday (May 12) during its special meeting,” said Cairo.

The chosen winner of this competition will also represent the chapter during the conduct of “Ms. Red Cross Mindanao” to be held in Zamboanga City come November 2014.

Meanwhile, along with said activity, the PRC will also conduct the Bingo-for-A-Cause on July 26, 2014 to be held at Balanghai Hotel, this city. It is also in time with the 9th Biennial Chapter Assembly. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


GSIS restructures housing loan program ‘til June 30

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has extended the deadline for the application of housing loan restructuring program until June 30 this year.

According to GSIS Butuan Manager Belen Talita, the restructuring program is open to borrowers whose accounts are current or up-to-date; whose deeds of conditional sale were cancelled but which are not yet sold; and whose accounts are under foreclosure.

Talita also said, once the application for restructuring will be approved by the pension fund, the borrower will have a lower monthly amortization through longer payment periods.

Under the program, GSIS will condone all surcharges and grant extended payment terms to qualified applicants. An incentive also awaits borrowers who intend to pay their arrears in full, Talita said.

“Those with arrearages of not more than six months will get 100 percent discount on unpaid interest, penalties and surcharges. While accounts with arrearages of more than six months will get discounts based on their payment history,” Talita added.

Application to the housing loan restructuring program is free of charge. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Regl training on K to 12 teachers set in Butuan

By Dr. Israel Reveche

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Regional Training for Grade 9 teachers on K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum is scheduled on May 12 to 23 here.

According to Education Program Supervisor Dr. Erlinda Atienza, regional coordinator of the K to 12, the training will be participated by the Tertiary Education Institutes (TEI).

Participating TEIs from the city include Father Saturnino Urios University, Caraga State University, Philippine Normal University and Saint Paul University of Surigao City, Atienza said.

The trainings is aimed to equipped teachers knowledge on the effective delivery and implementation of the curriculum. It will be held in the different participating TEIs in the region.

Also, the training is conducted in preparation for the school year 2014-2015. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


COMELEC glad over 'turn-out' of voters’ registration in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur was glad over the significant rise in the turn-out of resumption of continuing voters’ registration.

Acting Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Alma Acosta attributed this to the province-wide “drive” they conducted to inform voters about the scheduled registration starting May 6, 2014 up to October 31, 2015.

In fact, Acosta bragged that in Bislig City, where she holds the concurrent capacity as city election officer, voters are really coming “for validation” of their voter’s identification (ID) card especially those who were aware that they failed to vote for two consecutive times.

The local COMELEC chief reiterated that after the set deadline, failure to comply with the voter’s requirement means dropping from the roster of the list of voters—in short, “No biometrics, No vote!” (GBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Teens strongly advised to continue drinking milk

By Celina Ann Z. Javier

MANILA, May 13 (PIA) - Calcium makes bones and teeth dense and strong. lt also plays a role in blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth.

Calcium is not only important to infants but also to adolescents and adults, as well. During adolescence the need for calcium is high because 45o/o of their bone mass is formed during puberty.

Sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, small fishes with bones that can be eaten, and milk and milk products.

Milk is the most important source because it contains highly absorbable calcium. lt is usually consumed by infants, toddlers and younger children, but it is not a popular drink among the teenagers.

The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research lnstitute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008 revealed that there is a low consumption of milk among the adolescents, only 15 percent of males and 29 percent of females are drinking milk. This low milk consumption is accompanied by a high intake of caffeine rich beverages such as coffee and softdrinks.

The 7th NNS listed the top 30 most commonly consumed food items of adolescents aged 13 to 19 years old, were coffee and softdrinks landed in the 6th and lh spots, respectively. Consumption of milk and milk products, however were not even in the list.

Caffeine can lower calcium absorption in the body and as a result, an adolescent can have lower calcium in the body because of low calcium intake and high caffeine intake.

Based on the 7th NNS, calcium is the least consumed nutrient by adolescents with only 0.33 percent meeting the 80 percent of the dietary requirements for calcium.

It is important for adolescents to continue drinking milk because at this stage, the body is continually undergoing bone building until about the age of 30 years.

What are the consequences of not getting enough calcium by this age?

As people age, bone loss exceeds bone-building. Thus, older people are more at risk to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and more prone to fractures.

Milk should be a part of the daily diet from childhood to old age to prevent weak bones and frequent fractures later in life.

Milk drinking should also be vigorously promoted among teenagers because it is during this time that they learn to drink other beverages such as softdrinks and coffee, which often replaces milk in their diet.

lf milk drinking is not practiced, it is equally important to consume calcium-rich foods as advocated by the 2012 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

Let us follow message number five of the NGF which states: "Consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth."

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: MVC@fnri.dost.gov.ph. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it, Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


SSS releases P1.46-B for members hit by calamities in 2013

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) - The Social Security System (SSS) announced that it had disbursed a total of P1.46 billion in relief grants to members who were affected by the string of natural and man-made calamities that hit the country last year.

SSS Vice President and Officer-in-Charge for Lending and Asset Management May Catherine Ciriaco said that more than 80,000 members and pensioners had received relief assistance in the form of salary loans and advance pensions under its calamity relief packages, which it unveiled following the onslaught of typhoons Labuyo and Santi, super typhoon Yolanda, southwest monsoon (habagat), tropical storm Maring, the Bohol earthquake, and the Zamboanga City siege, all in 2013.

“We opened five separate calamity relief packages last year, consisting of early salary loan renewals, preferential terms for new salary loans, easier house repair loan terms, and advanced release of pensions. As of March 2014, before the availment period ended on April 30, we already granted more than P1.2-billion in salary loans and released P225-million worth of advanced pensions,” Ciriaco added.

The first component of the SSS calamity relief package, the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP) and eased-down terms for new Salary Loans, registered a total of 67,023 borrowers, which translated to total loan releases of about P1.24 billion. Out of this amount, the SSS granted loans of P477 million to 22,013 borrowers affected by Labuyo/habagat/Maring; P67 million to 5,030 borrowers from strife-stricken areas in Zamboanga; P8 million to 378 borrowers affected by Santi, P277 million to 15,320 borrowers hit by the Bohol earthquake; and P408 million to 24,282 borrowers devastated by Yolanda.

The SLERP allowed affected members to renew their existing salary loans earlier than the prescribed date under regular SSS loan guidelines. Current sanctions imposed on borrowers in affected areas who had earlier availed themselves of the SSS Loan Penalty Condonation Program were also lifted. New loan borrowers benefited from the waived one-percent service fee under the relief package.

“The second component of the calamity relief package focused on the needs of our pensioners,” Ciriaco noted. “Except for super typhoon Yolanda, the rest of our calamity packages offered the advanced release of three months' worth of pensions for retirement, disability and death survivorship pensioners. Pensioners in Yolanda-stricken areas, due to the extent of destruction they suffered, were offered six month’s worth of pensions,” she explained.

A total of 13,746 affected pensioners received their pensions in advance, which amounted to P225 million total releases. Majority of the releases were for Yolanda-hit pensioners, which made up 90 percent of the total amount or P204 million.

“The impact on the lives of our members after all these calamities was particularly severe. Many of them were displaced, lost their jobs or means of livelihood, or suffered deaths in their families. We sincerely hope that the assistance we made available helped them get back on their feet,” Ciriaco said.

As part of its corporate social responsibility program, the state-pension fund also donated a total of P500,000 to the Philippine Red Cross for the victims of the Zamboanga siege and super typhoon Yolanda, as well as P2.52 million to Gawad Kalinga in support of its rehabilitation projects for families affected by Yolanda. These amounts were sourced through the corporate SSS Calamity Fund, as well as by the voluntary donations of SSS employees and management. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)


Assessor’s Office bares plan for new sked of market value on real property in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, May 13 (PIA) – The Provincial Assessor’s Office in Surigao del Sur has sped up preparations for the new schedule of market value on real properties.

In a recent report by Provincial Assessor Salvacion Espenido, she said that they are set to submit this to the Sanggunian Panlalawigan for enactment of an ordinance in October, this year.

Espenido pointed out that such schedule of market value will have to cover urban, agricultural, and mineral lands that will also include a new schedule for the unit construction cost of buildings and similar structures.

She also stressed that their office is going to require submission or filing of sworn statement of real property owners/administrators declaring the true market value of such property/ies including the improvements therein, whether previously declared or undeclared, taxable or exempt, pursuant to Sec. 202 of the Local Government Code of 1991. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Mga namumuno ng ASEAN nagkasundo na palakasin ang kooperasyon para sa buong implementasyon ng deklarasyon sa pag-akay ng mga makikilahok sa South China Sea

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 13 (PIA) - Ang mga namumuno ng Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ay nangako noong Linggo na paigtingin ang kooperasyon para sa buong implementasyon ng deklarasyon sa pag-akay ng mga makikilahok sa South China Sea pagkatapos ng dalawang araw na summit.

Ang mga namumuno ng ASEAN, kasama si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ay tinapos ang ika 24 na ASEAN Summit sa pamamagitan ng pag-adopt ng Nay Taw Deklarasyon sa pag-akay ng komunidad ng ASEAN (DOC) sa darating na 2015 na inilabas noong Linggo ng hapon.

Sinang-ayonan ng mga namumuno na pagtibayin ang kooperasyon para sa buo at epektibong implementasyon ng ASEAN DOC alinsunod sa mga prinsipyong pansansinukubang kinikilala ng pandaigdigang batas, kasali ang 1882 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea o UNCLOS.

Tinawag din nila ang lahat ng kalahok na “maging mapagtimpi at huwag gumamit ng dahas pati na ang pagbawal na gumawa ng mga pagkikilos na magpapataas lalo ng tension at magtrabaho para sa maagang pagwakas ng Code of Conduct in the South China Sea na nakaukit sa anim na puntong prinsipyo na nasa South China Sea.”

Noong Sabado, ang mga Foreign Ministers ng ASEAN ay nagpalabas ng kabatiran na nagpahayag ng seryosong pagkabalisa dahil sa kasalukuyang kalagayan sa South China Sea na nagpataas ng tension asa lugar.

Hinikayat nila ang lahat ng mga bansang kalahok na maging mapagtimpi at resolbahin ang hidwaan sa pamamagitan ng mapayapang paraan at hindi gagamit ng banta o kaya lakas. Tinawag din nila ang lahat ng partido na gumamit ng buo at epektibong implementasyon ng DOC.

"Pagkilos pasulong na nagkaisa para sa isang Mapayapa at Masaganang Komunidad” ay siyang tema ng summit sa taong ito. Ang Myanmar ay siyang nag host sa ASEAN summit sa unang pagkakataon mula ng sumali ito sa bloke noong 1997. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Surigao Norte magsaulog sa ika-113th Founding Anniversary

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 13 (PIA) – Ang probinsya sa Surigao del Norte nagasaulog sa ika-113th Founding Anniversary niini pinaagi sa usa ka semana nga mga kalihukan gikan Mayo 2 ngadto Mayo 15 ning tuiga.

Ang kasulogan karong nagadala sa tema nga “Kultura Surigaonon, Kabilin na Bililhon” (Surigaonon Culture: Precious Legacy).

Ang maong selebrasyon gisugdanan niadtong Biyernes, Mayo 2 pinaagi sa usa ka parade libot sa syudad, gisundan kini sa pasiunang programa didto sa Provincial Sports Complex ug, centennial On-The Spot Painting Contest (inter-secondary). Pagka gabii gipahigayon usab ang pasundayag sa teachers’ folk dance competition didto sa Luneta Park ning syudad.

Niadtong Mayo 11, usa ka half marathon nga gitawag og “Run for One Surigao” – usa ka lumba sa dagan alang sa kahiusahan ug kalinaw nga gipasiugdahan sa grupo sa Surigao Runners Club (SRC) ug unyang gabii, Mayo 13, ipahigayon ang Search for Binibining Surigao 2014.

Dugang pang mga kalihukan ang gipahigayon ug nakatakda pang ipahigayon mao ang Coastal Clean-Up; Cultural Shows; Mountain Bike ug BMX Tournament; Konsierto sa Luneta Park; Oratorical Competition (inter-secondary); OPM Singing Contest; Paduwa 2014; Agri-Aqua Trade Fair; Hip-Hop Dance Contest (inter-secondary); Photo and Art Exhibit; Dance Showdown (Surigao’s Festivals); Fireworks Display; Surigaonon Food Festival; Local History Writing Seminar; Skills Competition (table skirting and arrangement, fruit carving, cooking contest, wine mixing); ug Centennial Float Parade.

Subay sa maong kalihukan, ang buhatan sa Provincial Governor mipagawas bag-ohay pa lamang og Executive Order No. 012, series of 2014 nga nagdeklara sa Mayo 2 ngadto 15 isip opisyal nga semana sa kasauologan ug nag-awhag sa tanang mga ahensya sa gobyerno, pribado ug pangpubliko nga mga eskuylahan, civil society organizations ug private sector sulod sa teritoryo sa probinsya sa pagpartisipar sa maong us aka semana nga kasaulogan. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)