11.04.2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Nutrition advocates convene, promote good nutrition

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 4 (PIA) – Nutrition focal persons from government agencies and media participated in the Mobilization of Caraga Nutrition Advocates and Planning Workshop held on Tuesday, November 4 at Balanghai Hotel, this city.

Said activity being spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga will run until Wednesday, November 5 with the following: 1) Regional Group Action Planning; 2) Provincial Action Planning; and 3) Individual Planning utilizing broadcast (television/radio) and publication (local newspaper) plans.

According to Retsebeth Laquihon, Nutrition Officer III of NNC, the two-day activity is aimed to mobilize stakeholders and media partners as nutrition advocates in the region to strengthen the promotion of good nutrition, to increase public awareness and facilitate change of behavior of the population group towards good nutrition and healthy lifestyle in order to prevent the onset and worsening of malnutrition problem both under nutrition and lifestyle diet related diseases.

Laquihon also bared that participants are oriented on the national and regional nutrition situation; updated Medium Term Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2014-2016; and on Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

During the first day of planning-workshop, NNC revealed the results of the survey on Nutritional Status of Pregnant and Lactating Women, Nutritional Status of Adolescents and Adults, and Birth Weight in 2013 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology.

"In the planning workshop part to be held tomorrow at the same venue, same participants from different sectors will create the official Caraga Nutrition Advocates; will craft its vision and mission statement; and will have its election of officers," Laquihon disclosed.

Laquihon further reiterated that promoting good nutritional care is everybody’s business. Good nutrition and the meal experience are of vital importance for individuals recovering from illness, or for those who are at risk of malnutrition.

NNC is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Health (DOH) responsible for creating a conducive policy environment for national and local nutrition planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and surveillance using state-of the art technology and approaches. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tourism stakeholders, partner agencies to participate in TMP Consultation-Workshop

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 4 (PIA) – Tourism stakeholders and partner government agencies will be participating in the consultation-workshop in the formulation of the Tourism Master Plan (TMP) on November 10-11, 2014 at the Social Hall, People’s Government Center in Cabadbaran City.

“The City of Cabadbaran will be embarking on yet another essential undertaking of formulating its TMP in the aim of outlining development strategies for the tourism industry in the city,” bared Cabadbaran City Mayor Dale Corvera.

TMP is a plan that would be a unified direction for the Province to further harness and sustain its vast tourism potential. 

For more information, the Cabadbaran City Tourism Office can be reached at telephone number (085) 818-2231 or cellphone number 09282832350. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH declares Bucas Grande Island as Rabies-Free zone

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 4 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) National Rabies Prevention and Control Program manager, Dr. Raffy A. Deray led the ceremonial declaration of a Rabies-Free Socorro (Bucas Grande Island) on October 22, 2014 at Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

In a ceremony held at the municipal covered quadrangle, the Rabies Free Island declaration was graced by the members of the local government of Socorro, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Government and representatives from the DOH Regional Office XIII.

The Rabies Free declaration was in line with the previous Rabies Free Zones Awarding held at the Bureau of Soil and Water Management Auditorium on September 29, 2014.

Bucas Grande Island is the second Rabies Free Zone in Mindanao and the first Rabies Free Zone in Caraga. Other islands declared as New Rabies Free Zones include ALQUEREZ (Alabat, Quezon, Perez) Island and Palawan Islands (Linapacan, Kalayaan, Cagayancillo, Magsaysay, Araceli and Cuyo). Part of the activity was a ceremonial signing of a Pledge of Commitment by the barangay captains of Socorro.

In his message, Dr. Deray emphasized that the challenge of a Rabies Free Philippines does not merely end with the declaration of a Rabies Free Zone, but in the maintenance and sustenance of keeping these zones “Rabies-Free”.


“We aim to make new Rabies Free Zones and sustain the first Rabies Free Zone in the region. Rabies has a high fatality rate but, very much preventable for us. Pets and domesticated animals are part of our daily lives. As we love to be surrounded by pets, let us show them the proper care and love, and secure our family members against the deadly rabies infection. Have your pets vaccinated yearly; seek immediate consultation if bitten by dogs and always practice responsible pet ownership. Let us remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” said DOH Caraga regional director Minerva P. Molon. (DOH-13/PIA-Caraga)