Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DILG-13, PPVR develop Grassroots Participatory Budgeting champions

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
        
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 13 (Caraga) in partnership with the People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR) has conducted a three-day activity in developing Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Champions / Advocates among women in government service and civil society organization (CSO) women leaders on September 23-25, 2014 at Almont Hote's Inland Resort, this city.

Elected women officials in the region and CSO women leaders assembled and actively participated the training. The resource person was Ms. Concepcion C. Asis, the Regional Chairperson of the PPVR with Atty. Josefe Sorrera-Ty as the speaker for the topic – Legal and Political Environment for Women in Politics.

The training is intended for elected women leaders, women appointed in government offices and CSO women leaders who are committed in nation building to discuss priority projects and activities that will promote the welfare of women in their communities.

In addition, the gathering examined the hindrances and difficulties they encountered in their work for development in order to come-up with a strategy for ensuring that  local government units (LGUs) support women projects in the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process.

The training is based on the premise that women in civil society and LGUs have been active participants in the Grassroots participatory Budgeting (GPB), formerly known as the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB). Since the women barangay officials and council members take active roles in issues affecting health and sanitation, day-care and child care, and other social development concerns, they need capacity building opportunities for them to develop their competencies in order to engage meaningfully in the GPB process. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Tips on how to quit smoking

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

 “Smoking is dangerous to your health”. This statement is usually seen in TV commercials and print ads.

Smoking is associated with different kinds of cancer such as cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat and lungs. It is also related to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, ischemic heart disease, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Smoking is addictive. Once you start smoking, it is hard to give up. The best rule is never to start smoking.

But if the habit has been formed, here are simple tips on how to stop smoking:

-       Decide to stop smoking and set the time when you’ll quit smoking.
-       Throw away all cigarettes, cigars, matches, lighters and ashtrays.
-      Watch out for any untoward signs (withdrawal syndrome), such as nausea, cold-clammy perspiration, trembling and restlessness in a week or two.
-       Drink plenty of water.
-       Get involved in different physical activities to divert craving for cigarettes.
-       Use the money saved from not buying cigarettes to get a special gift for yourself.
-       Avoid going to places where cigarettes can be bought and where people smoke.
-      Avoid lightning even just one cigarette. This will lead to another and still another until the habit is back, without you knowing it.
-       Carefully observe your diet to avoid gaining weight.
-       Tell friends and relatives that you stopped smoking cigarette to get their support. 

Remember the 10th message of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF): be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City,  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-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Brown rice recipes ready for the taking!

By Marietta M. Bumanglag
        
Have you had your brown rice today?

Brown rice or “unpolished rice” may not be as popular as white rice, but it is now gradually gaining recognition because of its nutritional and health benefits.

As the government ultimately aims to achieve rice self-sufficiency for the country, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) puts to the front its relentless campaign for the awareness, use and consumption of brown rice as staple food among the Filipino households throughout the country.

However, not many households recognize the nutritive value and use of brown rice in daily cooking. The brown rice creamy color is mistaken as “dirty”.

Because brown rice only undergoes minimal processing, it retains most of its dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins, including fatty acids.

Rice is versatile, as it fits in almost every cuisine, blends with and lends itself to any flavor. Moreover, it is economical and easy to prepare. Thus, brown rice itself can have many uses on the dinner table.

Because of this, the FNRI further explored the culinary potential of brown rice as a way of promoting its use and consumption by developing recipes to increase familiarity and use in the Filipino diet.

Recipes are popular vehicles in nutrition education. Hence, considerable time and resources were devoted by the FNRI in preparing recipes that provide variation in meals and to reach- out to mothers, homemakers, food providers, and health and nutrition workers.

Twenty three recipes utilizing brown rice were developed into fried rice, rice-ulam and snacks or desserts.
Highlighted in colored photos, the recipes provide estimates of energy and nutrient contribution per serving as added feature for healthy option.

The recipes were featured in a pamphlet called LUTONG FNRI: Brown Rice recipes para sa Lahing Kayumanggi.

The pamphlet provides a practical and convenient alternative to promote consumption of brown rice in the country.

This package of recipes is a simple, yet valuable and useful to homemakers’ preparation of brown rice into delicious and healthy meals for the family.

Eager to try our delicious recipes? Grab a pamphlet of the brown rice recipes now while copies are still available at the FNRI Library.

For more information, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


30IB troop turns over cacao, coffee seedling in Gigaquit

By 1LT Magno F. Ausente

SANTA CRUZ, Placer, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 30 (PIA) - The troops of the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion has once again shown its genuine concern to the people of the province by facilitating the turnover of 1,000 pieces of cacao and 500 pieces of coffee seedlings to the members of SALASICAM Cooperatives in a turn-over ceremony on September 26 at Barangay Alambique, Gigaquit, this province.

The project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the 30th Infantry Battalion and the local government of Gigaquit which aims to provide income generating livelihood to its beneficiaries of Barangay Lahi, Sico-Sico, Camam-onan in the said town and Barangay Sapa in Claver (LASICAMS) where there is an ongoing Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) operations of the Infantry Battalion.

30th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Arsenio Sadural in his message said that with the strong support of all stakeholders for peace and development in the province, it is envisioned that more community-based livelihood projects for the communities will be established as the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion’s campaign progresses.

“It has always been the priority and mandate of the Philippine Army to help and serve the people through various community works and livelihood projects, so I enjoined everyone to continue to join hands in helping our fellow Surigaonons and We as your soldiers, will always be at your service” Lieutenant Colonel Sadural said.


Truly, the combined efforts shown by all the government and civilian organizations in contributing to the betterment of the lives of the Surigaonons, especially those in the rural areas, is a concrete manifestation of everybody’s genuine concern to achieving lasting peace and sustainable development in this part of the region. Sadural added. (SDR/CMO-30IB,PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)