6.02.2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lay forum underscores kidney protection, care

By David M. Suyao

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - Some 300 local health workers, information officers and barangay officials participated in a forum in order to become knowledgeable of kidney functions, care and protection as officials from the National Kidney Institute - Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI- REDCOP) call on Caraganons to share their knowledge on the important functions of the human kidney to a person.

The human kidneys (a pair), according to Dr. Susan Jorge, Assistant Program Manager of the NKTI-REDCOP, located at the lower portion at the back of a person’s body, are responsible of screening the food that we take, and “just imagine how harmful will the effect be if the food we eat are no longer screened as required by the human body,” said Dr. Susan Jorge, Assistant Program Manager of the NKTI-REDCOP.

NKTI-REDCOP Program Manager Dr. Antonio Paraiso also said, records of cases on kidney disease have tremendously increased for the past 10 years because people who become knowledgeable and conscious of kidneys’ functions and illnesses acquired thru unhealthy lifestyle willingly submit themselves for examination and medication.

“Few years ago, only few were recorded sick with kidney diseases while many died because of kidney failure. With government’s intervention and advocacy regarding the importance of human kidney, nephrology centers were established in order to focus on human kidneys’ disease while doctors specializing on kidneys also increase, and that is one of the reasons why records on the increase of kidney cases also increase. In Butuan City, there are three nephrology centers that were already established and they are at M.J. Santos Hospital, Butuan Doctors Hospital and the Caraga Nephrology Center,” Dr. Paraiso said.

According to Dr. Paraiso, patients who have acquired early kidney diseases cannot detect them personally, and when felt and observed, are already in serious condition,  therefore, “Everybody, men and women, are advised to have to have and annual kidney check-up before the disease will become serious,” Dr. Paraiso added.

Dr. Paraiso also encouraged the Caraganons to become kidney donors in order to save the lives of their fellowmen. “Through your kindness and love, you can be a start of more kidney donors and save more life,” Dr. Paraiso said. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


REDCOP chief urges public to save, invest for health care

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – The Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), an office in-charge of implementing the National Kidney Transplant Institute's (NKTI) public health projects on the prevention and control of renal and other related diseases, represented by program manager Dr. Antonio Paraiso has emphasized the every individual’s responsibility of apportioning a certain amount from an income to ensure appropriate means in addressing health concerns.

“We advise the public to put an interest in saving money for regular health check-up to ensure that medical needs are given the right attention,” said Dr. Paraiso.

In his visit to Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, together with Dr. Susan Jorge, NKTI-REDCOP assistant program manager, and Cristina Tumaliuan of Philippine Renal Disease Registry, he also mentioned with the need for more government intervention to support indigent patients inflicted with kidney disease.

“Out of health insurance or by allocating and pooling of funds, it can be of great help, that is, for the wealthy to subsidize the poor, for the healthy to subsidize the sick,” bared Dr. Paraiso.

Dr, Jorge likewise stated that it’s wiser to invest in health financing. “Let’s aim to minimize or even eliminate the financial burden of our lowly fellowmen who are suffering from kidney failure,” she added.

Meanwhile, the recent conduct of Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention on May 29, 2014 here, supported and facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency Caraga has intensified the information, education and communication (IEC) campaign of NKTI-REDCOP.

Some 300 participants were informed on how to live a healthy lifestyle, prevent kidney disease and ways were explained on how to cope if they already have this disease.

As cited by Tumaliuan, around 142 patients were recorded to have undergone dialysis in Caraga region last year, 2013.

The accredited dialysis centers in this city are the Butuan Doctors’ Hospital, Manuel J. Santos Hospital and Nephrology Center of Caraga, Inc. while Surigao City also has three, the Caraga Regional Hospital, Miranda Family Hospital and Surigao Medical Center. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


CSC encourages gov’t agencies, GOCCs, SUCs to hire PWDs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) – Pursuant to Republic Act No. 7277, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga is encouraging government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region to provide equal opportunities for employment to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

“Section 5 of said law stipulates that no person with disability shall be denied access to opportunities for sustainable employment. A qualified employee with disability shall be subject to the same terms and conditions of employment and the same compensation, privileges, benefits, incentives or allowances as a qualified able bodied person,” reiterated CSC-Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo.

Pueyo added that at least one percent of all positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations shall be reserved for PWDs. Also, private corporations with more than one hundred employees are encouraged to reserve at least one percent of all positions for PWDs.

The welfare of PWDs, particularly in opportunities for employment, must be given utmost importance. The commission calls on all heads of government agencies to help in their respective agencies. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CSFI Lakbay Aral a resounding success: Sisterhood pact between QC, Butuan offshoots tour

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - Summer just couldn’t contain adventure-hunting escapades of members of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI), as over 20 congressional spouses around the country experienced bounties that beset magnificent Caraga during their 4-day Lakbay Aral tour.

They trekked white beaches, dived pristine-clear waters, revisited colorful history, dipped in mouth-watering delicacies, and savored all goodies heavens could afford to country’s last tourism frontier.

The tour was hosted by the CSFI Caraga Regional Chapter headed by Marie Therese Fortun, wife of Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun. This regular activity of the spouses of legislators is the first for this term with the aim of promoting tourism in the countryside. Participants of the tour came to visit cultural heritage sites of Butuan: Regional Museum and Balangay Shrine. On top of experience nature endowments and historical wonders of the region, Lakbay Aral 2014 was also designed as a ‘learning session’ to showcase the best practices local government units being visited that might be applicable for replication in other localities. Butuan City took pride in showcasing its Butuan 2020 Vision: Butuan City as a Premier Forest City by the year 2020.

It came as a surprise, but perhaps the best take-home of the Butuan City from the Lakbay Aral 2014, is the announcement of Quezon City Vice Mayor and CSFI Chairperson Joy Belmonte over plans of Quezon City entering into a sisterhood agreement with Butuan, as she expressed elation over the experience of travelling the whole region despite with the limited time.

During the dinner jointly hosted by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Agusan del Norte Second District Representative Erlpe John M. Amante and Rep. Fortun, Belmonte revealed that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has expressed his intent to enter into a sisterhood agreement between Quezon City and Butuan City. This was the message conveyed to the hosts as they expressed great appreciation for the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Should the sisterhood agreement be entered, the two cities will have a wider opportunity knowledge sharing, technology transfer, investment promotion linkages among others.

With this set-up, Butuan will tend to benefit more since Quezon City belongs to the top 5 richest cities in the country. Belmonte said that she herself learned how civilization existed even during the pre-colonial period with the discoveries of the Balangays in Butuan. She also said that with the experience they had in Caraga, she will invite other friends, relatives as well as other officials to also visit the region. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DA opens P81.2M projects in Caraga

By Mac Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture opened four big-ticket agricultural infrastructure projects worth P81.2 million in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur, recently, including what could be the country’s first rice mill with parboiling facility.

Representing Secretary Proceso Alcala, Assistant Secretary Edilberto De Luna of the Agri-Pinoy National Rice Program led the inauguration and turnover of P7.3-million rice mill and parboiling plant on May 12, 2014, in Purok Sunrise, Buena Gracia, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur to a farmers’ group called Agusanon Para sa Bag-ong Pilipino, Inc. (Agus Pinoy). At least 1,500 local farmers are expected to benefit from the project.

Parboiling is a process that involves soaking and then precooking the paddy rice. Thus, the facility will help improve milling recovery of the grain during deshelling and polishing, aside from improving its nutritional quality. It will also help farmers reduce postharvest losses during rainy seasons as they can directly bring their wet palay to the plant for drying. DA is proposing a similar facility in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Asec. De Luna, who is concurrently the national coordinator for corn.

In Barangay Calagdaan, Cantilan and Brgy. Patong-patong, Madrid, both in Surigao del Sur, two rice processing centers with a combined price tag of P30.5 million -- P16.5 milion for Cantilan RPC and P14 million for Madrid RPC -- were also opened, each of which has a milling capacity of 1.2 tons per hour. An estimated 3,000 farmers tilling a total of 5,000 hectares of rice lands will benefit from the projects. Both facilities feature drying and storage components, and a warehouse where grains can be stored during rainy days or whenever there is inclement weather.

Farmer beneficiaries – led by Mr. Magnao Sarim of PABANTABA Association for the Madrid RPC – thanked the government through DA for choosing them to be the recipient of the projects designed to boost farmers’ income through reduced postharvest losses and production of high quality grain. Recipient of the Cantilan RPC is the Tuyake Pederoid Domoyog (TUPEDO) Irrigators Association.

The two facilities sit on donated lands by the local government units of Madrid and Cantillan. Primary fund source was DA Regional Field Unit 13. Other project cooperators were the National Food Authority (NFA) and Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech).

“Alagaan po ninyo ang proyektong ito para mapakinabangan ng mas marami pang magsasaka dito sa inyong lugar,” Asec. De Luna told farmers and residents in both inaugurations.

In Barangay Nueva Era in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Asec. De Luna opened, on May 13, a P43.3-million pump irrigation project that will provide agricultural water to 600-hectare arable farms in San Gabriel, Veruela and Nueva Era, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur,. The irrigation facility – whose construction was spearheaded by the National Irrigation Administration – is also designed to help drain excess water in Nueva Era, which during rainy season could be totally submerged in floodwater.

Nueva Era Pump Irrigation Project is located 12 kilometers from Bunawa Proper to San Gabriel, Veruela, Agusandel Sur. The barangays covered by this project are San Gabriel in Veruela and Nueva Era in Bunawan, Agusandel Sur. These barangays comprise a potential area for Irrigation of approximately 2,500 hectares.

A farmers’ forum held at the nearby Barangay San Garbriel in Veruela, where Asec. De Luna met with an estimated 1,000 farmers and other stakeholders. He also led the turn-over of various agricultural goods and farm equipment to beneficiaries, including six draft animal with implements, 2 rice reapers, 1 hand tractor with trailer, 24 power knapsack sprayer, 24 saklob, 1 4WD Farm Tractor, 1 Mini 4WD Tractor, livestocks, and 100 bags of tilapia feeds – all worth P3.64 million.

Also present during the open forum were OIC-Director Edna Mabeza of DA Regional Field 13, and NIA-13 Director Encarnacion  Soriano, and local officials led by Agusan del Sur Governor Edward Plaza, Mayor Edwin Elorde of Bunawan and Mayor Salimar Mondejar of Veruela. (DA OSEC/PIA-Caraga)


1,800 students avail CHED assistance; Agnor solon challenged beneficiaries to make good of grant

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - At least 1,810 students coming from the different Barangays in Butuan City and the Municipality of Las Nieves were awarded scholarship grants under the Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP) of the Commision on Higher Education (CHED) in an orientation and awarding ceremony held at the Caraga State University (CSU) Gymnasium graced by Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun.

During the ceremony, Dr. Julius Jamero of CHED gave an orientation of the program to the student-beneficiaries. The bulk of the beneficiaries availed of the Tulong-Dunong scheme which will benefit them an annual assistance of P12,000.00; P9,000.00 and P6,000.00, respectively depending on the students’ tuition needs. Of the total beneficiaries, three students were awarded an annual full merit assistance of P30,000.00 because of the high grades they garnered in the previous semesters. All applicants of the program were ranked based on the student’s grades and those who belong to the poorest of the poor.  In her message during the ceremony, CHED Caraga regional director Dr. Maricar Casquejo thanked Fortun for pushing the allocation of funding for the program. She said that with the substantial budget pushed by the solon, the beneficiaries of the program swelled compared to the previous years.

For his part, the young solon challenged the students to make good of the assistance they will get from the government since not all has been given the opportunity to avail it. “Let this grant be one of your tool in attaining success in life, you take advantage of this opportunity and make good in your studies as your way of giving back to your parents their hard work in order to send you to college,” Fortun said. He also asked the students that when they graduate they should give back something to the community any service they can render. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Caraga)


Agnor inks MOA with DILG for PAMANA infra sub-project implementation

By Boyette B. Lopez

BUTUAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, represented by Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office, represented by its regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion for the implementation of the Infrastructure Sub-project intended for Puting Bato-Lanuza Road under the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process and Masaganang Pamayanan (OPPAP-PAMANA) under Pillar 3 PAMANA-DILG 2014 in the amount of P500 Million last May 14, 2014 at the Provincial Governor's Conference Room.

Agusan Del Norte Vice Gov. Ramon A. G. Bungabong together with Sanguniang Panlalawigan Members and DILG Provincial Director Romeo A. Solis witnessed the signing of the MOA.

According to RD Famacion, so far, this is the biggest infrastructure sub-project being funded by the PAMANA-DILG fund to be implemented in the Province of Agusan del Norte. She also acknowledged the Governor for being active and dynamic in her leadership in the province. She added that she is happy and confident that this sub-project will be implemented soon since their office will release the First Tranche fund in the amount of P14.5 Million.

The Phase I of Puting Bato-Lanuza Road sub-project had been implemented last year in the amount of Php 5 Million under the Pillar 3 PAMANA Fund.

Meanwhile, after the Signing of the MOA, RD Famacion also released the Check in the amount of Php 403,510.80 intended for the supplemental budget for the Potable Water Supply, Level II sub-project at Barangay Taod-oy, Municipality of Magallanes.

Gov. Amante-Matba, in her message, thanked the Office of the Department of Local Government (DILG) Regional and Provincial Office, and the National Government in the leadership of his Excellency, President Benigno Aquino III for its efforts to gamble for the implementation of various sub-projects in the area of conflict zones especially in the Province of Agusan del Norte. The Governor added that this is a clear manifestation that our Government has done something for the good of our people.

Gov. Amante-Matba also said that her leadership prioritizes the social development of the two areas in Agusan del Norte - The Puting Bato-Lanuza and Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves which have potential in terms of developing more than 200 hectares of vast land for the introduction of Organic Farming in the area. She added that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been tapped for the implementation of the Potable Water Supply intended for Sitio Lawan-lawan, and other adjacent barangays in the Municipality of Las Nieves.

The two major sub-projects are expected to be implemented without further work delays and inaugurated before 2016. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


NIA starts to award 12 multi-million peso projects in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 2 (PIA) – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Surigao del Sur headed by Acting Division Manager Engr. Salome Layasan has already started to award to the winning bidders the construction of 12 multi-million irrigation projects in both districts 1 and 2 in the province.

However, Engr. Dexter Sablaon, Senior Engineer A, said that they have yet to issue the respective “notice to proceed” for the project to officially begin.

It was learned that the entire project cost is estimated at P109,957,537.46 based on the recent accomplishment report.

However, he clarified that the province has a total of P177,154,000 worth of additional  irrigation projects this year, breaking these down into two classifications:  National Irrigation System (NIS) and Small Irrigation Projects. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur vice gov to speak at Agribusiness Forum in Pasay

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 2 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Vice-Governor Manuel Alameda, Sr. is one of the resource speakers on the occasion of the Agribusiness Forum at World Trade Center in Pasay City on June 11.

According to Sesinio Tulang, Senior Staff of the Vice-Governor’s Office (VGO), the second top ranking official of the province is set to discuss the topic on “Investment Opportunities in Surigao del Sur” per invitation of Engr. Leandro Gasmin, Director for Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Tulang indicated that Alameda, who he cited as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and “hands-on” especially on matters regarding agricultural development, is so well-versed in the local agriculture industry. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DILG Surigao Norte conducts LGPMS – SGLG orientation

By Jacky A. Mellorin

SURIGAO CITY, June 2 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Surigao del Norte Provincial Office conducted an orientation on the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) – Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) on May 27, 2014 at the Provincial Governor’s Office Conference Room, this city.

The one-day activity, participated by all provincial departments heads, is in response to the call of the DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in ensuring the integrity and the credibility of the implementation of the LGPMS-SGLG. Furthermore, it was also intended to make the participants understand the department’s transition and uses of performance assessment for LGUs as well as to acquaint themselves with the processes, criteria and timelines of the assessment.

During the orientation, Mary Jane Centino, DILG Provincial LGPMS Focal Person presented the SGLG, which originated from the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) program.

Centino also said that unlike its predecessor, the SGLG aims to provide greater challenges to our provincial, city, and municipal governments to continue good governance practices while providing quality services not limited to transparency and accountability in consonance with the SILG’s beliefs that LGUs are ready to achieve better performances as 84 percent or 1372 LGUs have already met the minimum requirements of Good Housekeeping like posting of relative financial documents, no adverse COA findings, and budgetary and procurement processes.

Meanwhile, Lydia Bajan, one of Caraga Assessment Team Leaders, emphasized that for an LGU to become SGLG recipient, an LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas such as Good Financial Housekeeping; Social Protection; and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas like Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order or Environment Management.

In his message, Provincial Administrator Atty. Premolito B. Plaza pointed out that the provincial government is performing its mandated task in order to make a difference in the life of the people.

The LGUs that can meet the minimum criteria shall not only be conferred with the SGLG, but will also entitle them to a package of incentives, such as the Performance Challenge Fund and access to other National Performance-Based Programs. (SDR/DILG-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Pampublikong edukasyon ay libre, sabi ng Malakanyang

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 2 (PIA) - Sinabi ng Malakanyang na nanatiling libre ang pampublikong edukasyon at walang anumang bayarin ang ipatupad na siyang dahilan para pumigil sa sinuman na magpa-enrol at bumalik sa pag-aaral.

“Iginiit ni Kalihim ng Edukasyon Brother Armin Luistro ang istriktong pagbabawal ng pagsingil ng kahit ano mang halaga o kontribusyon,” sabi ni Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., sa isang panayam sa media noong Linggo na inihayag sa pamamagitan ng dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

“Ito ay para tiyakin na walang magiging balakid sa pagtanggap at pagpasok ng lahat ng Pilipinong kabataang nasa ganap na edad para mag-aral,” patuloy ni Coloma.

Ang pasukan para sa 2014-2015 ay magsisimula sa Hunyo 2, kung saan tinatayang 26 bilyon na mag-aaral mula sa pampubliko at pribadong paaralan ay babalik sa kanilang mga paaralan.

Sinabi ni Coloma na ipinangako ni Pangulong Aquino ang pagpatupad ng mandato ng konstitusyon na ang edukasyon ay isa sa mga nangunguna sa pambansang badyet.

Para sa 2014 na pambansang badyet, ang Departamento ng Edukasyon ay may kabuuang pundo na P335.4 bilyon, kung saan isa sa mga pinakamataas na alokasyon para sa taon.

“Nang pumasok ang administrasyong Aquino noong taong 2010, ang kabuuang budget ng DepEd ay 195.9-bilyong piso. Samakatuwid, mula noon hanggang ngayon ay tumaas ang budget nang mahigit sa 71 porsyento,” paliwanag ni Coloma.


Dagdag pa niya na pinakilos ng Philippine National Police ang mga kapolisan para maseguro ang kaligtasan sa panganib ng mga mag-aaral sa kanilang pagbabalik sa mga paaralan sa Lunes. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)