Saturday, November 22, 2014

SurSur health office continues drive against malaria

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Nov. 22 (PIA) – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Surigao del Sur headed by Dr. Algerico Irizari has continued to intensify drive against spread of malaria in time for the National Malaria Awareness Month celebration this November.

According to Engr. Henry Simplicio, provincial malaria coordinator, they are always out on a regular basis to conduct Malaria Awareness Information Campaign simultaneously doing bed-net retreatment, long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) as well as pregnancy package distribution and rendering medical dental services.

However, he said that there have been no reported cases of such illness for quite some time already.

Malaria is an illness characterized by recurring chills and fever caused by a parasite transmitted through a bite of an infected mosquito.

Admitting that Surigao del Sur is endemic to malaria, especially in far-flung areas, hence he stressed that there is no room here for complacency.

November of every year is “Malaria Awareness month” per proclamation No. 1168 signed by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on October 10, 2006, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

  
DOT Caraga drumbeats 'Visit Philippines 2015' campaign

By Mary Jean Abello-Camarin

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 22 (PIA) - The Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Region joins the bandwagon in the launch of ‘Visit the Philippines Year 2015’ on November 26, 2014. The big event shall unravel more of the fun reasons to visit the 7,107 island adventure country.

Caraga Region for its part shall roll-out its top events, activities and programs to entice more tourists to come. The launch will feature series of activities on November 26, 2014. The big event shall kick-off with a motorcade.

Also, Caraga’s finest destinations shall be showcased in a Tourism Exhibit at the Robinson’s Place Butuan City.  The exhibit will also house photos of the region’s exciting attractions and jaw-dropping adventure activities. One will savour Caraga’s delightful colors, culture, sounds and sights with the evening highlight of Caraga’s Cultural Presentation.  

Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato of DOT and Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III of the Tourism Promotions Board are expected to grace the event. They will be joined by the chief executives of the region’s local government units, partner agencies, private sectors and other tourism stakeholders. The convergence is an opportunity to renew partnerships and explore on other areas of cooperation with stakeholders for tourism.

DOT Caraga regional director Leticia Tan foresees brighter years for tourism in Caraga. She bared that the Regional Launching of the Visit Philippines Year 2015 is expected to impact a substantial increase in tourist arrivals for Caraga.

Tan added that in 2013, a growth rate of 15.74% was achieved. This year, tourism is likely to exceed its targeted growth. She quipped that with DOT’s Visit the Philippines Year 2015 Campaign, continued positive growth on tourist arrivals is sure to escalate.          
        

The big event is slated at various venues in Butuan City to include Big Daddy’s Convention Center and Robinson’s Mall Butuan. (DOT-13/PIA-Caraga)