Monday, September 8, 2014

DILG calls LGUs to participate in TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 13 (Caraga) is calling-out to all local government units in Caraga region to participate in the Mindanao-wide campaign dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW” on September 26, 2014.

Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-103 dated August 27, 2014 enjoining all Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of Mindanao, specifically of Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and ARMM to support the event by planting trees in a 5-hectare public land of their provinces, municipalities and/or cities.

DILG 13 regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion already issued Memorandum dated September 3, 2014 to direct all LCEs in the region to actively take part in the event as it will support the Department’s outcome of achieving Environment Friendly, Disaster Resilient and Climate Change Adaptive LGUs.

This event is aimed to break the Guinness World Record from India for most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations in just an hour. The target for trees to be planted in whole Mindanao is 4,636,000 on the said date.

In Caraga region, a target of 500,000 trees will be planted in 1000 hectares by 25,000 planters. Species of plants include cacao, coffee, mangrove, timber and other fruit trees which are of economic value and benefit to the people.

The world record attempt is to raise environmental awareness and instill consciousness to the people, as well as to achieve at least 30% target of forest cover envisioned in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 to LGUs: Help stop HIV, AIDS

By Bryan F. Edulzura

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) - In response to the increasing number of HIV cases in Caraga Region, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 has urged local government units to help stop the proliferation of HIV and AIDS.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), 123 Persons Living with HIV (PLHIVs) were recorded as of July 2014, 23 of which are cases from January to July, this year. This translates to an average of 3 - 4 new infections every month.

DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth A. Famacion said that HIV and AIDS is not just a public health threat but a governance issue as well.

"The proliferation of HIV and AIDS will have direct impact on poverty, social services delivery and public safety. With this, we wanted to strengthen our support to this program through the establishment of Local Aids Council (LAC) and encourage LGUs to do their share,” she said.

In 2009, the DILG has issued a memorandum enjoining LGUs to create Local AIDS Council (LAC) to function as coordinating body in implementing HIV and AIDS program, however, not all LGUs responded accordingly due to lack of information and urgency. Hence, the DILG regional office took upon itself to push the advocacy of establishing LAC in every LGU.

"Through the years, we allocate funds, assign a focal person for the program and conduct advocacy and orientation to LGUs, prioritizing those with highest number of cases," Famacion said.

This year, the Department has oriented more than 200 participants from various backgrounds and sectors to include Mayors, SB members, teachers, religious members, young people, civil society leaders and gay communities.

"We will continue to encourage LGUs to make HIV and AIDS program, a priority program for health," Famacion added.

The DILG-initiated advocacies generate warm support and positive responses from the Local Chief Executives.

Bayugan City Mayor Kim Lope Asis said that the Bayugan City Local AIDS Council will spearhead an orientation to the different schools in the city.

Mayor Deo Manpatilan of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur also pledged to significantly increase the budget for HIV and AIDS program.

"With all the help from LGUs, we have high hopes that HIV and AIDS prevalence rate in the region will eventually decline, if not stopping new cases at all," Famacion emphasized. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


DOH-RESU in Caraga calls attention of IPHO in SurSur on measles cases

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 8 (PIA) – The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga Region has called the attention of Surigao del Sur Provincial Health Officer Dr. Algerico Irizari on “Measles Surveillance Update" as of August 30, 2014.

The said report dated September 2, 2014 that was addressed to Governor Johnny Pimentel cited that among the five provinces and six cities comprising the region, Surigao del Sur has topped not only on the number of deaths reported region wide—five, but also on the highest number of “Suspect Measles Cases” including the “Laboratory Confirmed Cases” with 393 and 14, respectively, in the area of “Geographic Distribution.”

Prior to this, particularly on Morbidity Week 33 or from the period August 10-16, it was pointed out that “Clustering of cases was detected at” five barangays in Tandag City, namely: Dagocdoc, Bag-ong Lungsod, Quezon, San Agustin Norte, and Mabuhay.

It was learned that “A total of 1,389 were admitted to different disease reporting units region wide from January 1 to August 30, 2014” with a reported total of 10 deaths.

Meanwhile, the month-long conduct of “Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio mass immunization campaign” in Surigao del Sur has now entered on its second week of implementation. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


EMCH launches exclusive breastfeeding program

By Hazel Bruzon

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Sep. 8 (PIA) - The Esperanza Medicare Community Hospital (EMCH) in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur purposely opened two breastfeeding rooms for lactating mothers to ensure privacy as a way of significantly launching the exclusive breastfeeding dubbed as “Tama, sapat at eksklusibo (TSEK) program” recently with the theme “Walang Mahalaga pa sa Gatas Ina.”

According to Dr. Elsa Gunay, the opening of the two breastfeeding rooms is the better way to let lactating mothers feed their infants in a healthy manner without necessarily exposing themselves from the eyes of the public.

Program in-charge Cynthia Silen said both rooms are complete with facilities necessary for lactating and milk banking. The lactation management seminar participated by the hospital personnel and staff, pregnant women and lactating mothers become the highlight of the launching since it unexpectedly built a bond between the hospital and the community of lactating and expectant mothers.

“The program aims to encourage expectant and lactating mothers to exclusively breastfed their babies from birth up to six months. Breastfeeding TSEK program was initiated by the Department of Health in response to the country’s millennium development goals 4 and 5 which is to reduce child mortality rate and improve maternal health,” Dr. Gunay said.

As pay off to all the efforts and active participation of the facility holistically, EMCH once again passed the renewal for breastfeeding accreditation recently.

“Let us all join hands in promoting breastfeeding for a healthier community,” Dr. Gunay added.

The launching was held at the hospital’s mess hall with hospital’s chief Dr. Elsa Gunay, program in-charge Cynthia Silen and Gloria Baluca, both nurses of the hospital facilitating. (PIO, Esperanza Medicare Community Hospital/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Dinagat Islands farmer orgs undergo CDA mandatory seminar, trainings

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 8 (PIA) – A total of 16 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Dinagat Islands Provincial Office recently underwent different trainings to enhance and capacitate their officers in the management of the cooperative.

The Rules and Formulation Seminar for the Election Committees of the ARBOs were conducted on August 11-12, 2014.

The seminar was aimed to equip the cooperative officials of the necessary knowledge in the conduct of their election. A total of 48 election committee members were present

On August 13-15, the Audit Management Seminar was conducted to enhance the skills and knowledge of the audit committees of the respective ARBOs in the auditing and inventory of the cooperatives’ funds and resources.

Meanwhile, the training on Internal Control which was attended by 48 audit committee members of the said ARBOs was conducted last August 19-21, 2014.

The objective of the said training was to improve the knowledge of the audit committees in the control of their respective cooperatives’ funds.

The trainings are mandatory requirements of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) that need to be undertaken by the ARBOs to renew their registration with the CDA.


The series of trainings were all conducted at the Function Room of Justiniana Pension Hall in San Jose, Dinagat Islands. (SDR/PIO-DAR Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)