Monday, January 19, 2015

Nationwide search is on for sustainable, eco-friendly schools of the year

By Remelie V. Cedro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now accepting nominations for the "2015 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools." The search is open to all public and private elementary and high schools, colleges and universities nationwide.

The competition for the most environment-friendly and sustainable schools seeks to encourage schools to become more actively involved in environmental issues at the local level. It will also recognize academic institutions with best-eco-friendly programs and activities.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is on April 10, 2015 and the winners will be announced In November.

The national search was organized by DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and other private partners.

The search was launched in 2009, in response to Republic Act No. 9512 or the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.

Interested participants must register on-line at www.sustainableschools.ph and submit their entry in three card copies to their respective DepEd Division Offices for public elementary and high school categories, and to EMB regional offices for private elementary, high school entries, and higher education category.

For more information, visit http://www.emb.gov.ph and/or http://www.sustainableschools.ph. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


News Feature: Nutritious food blends, snacks for young children up for grabs

By Kristian Jebsen B. Bandong

MANILA, Jan. 19 (PIA) - The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), in its continuing effort in addressing malnutrition, developed a technology for making affordable nutritious snacks for children.

Complementary foods, according to the FNRI-DOST, are foods or liquids other than breastmilk fed to young children.

These foods address mothers’ concerns on how to feed their babies six months old and onward when their nutritional needs are rapidly increasing.

It is at this stage when malnutrition usually sets in, thereby affecting children’s health.

Using tried and tested technology and locally-available raw materials, the FNRI developed complementary and snack foods that are based on rice and mongo, which are rich in energy and protein.

In visits conducted in the regions, the FNRI urged local government units and entrepreneurs to adopt the technologies as part of their health and nutrition program.

Adopting the FNRI’s complementary food and snack entitles entrepreneurs to FNRI technical support, such as proper layout of the production area, hands-on training on the appropriate processing technology, technology transfer contract including quality control assurance from raw materials to finished product, and basics of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) implementation.

The DOST Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children (PINOY) Program aims to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition among 6 to 35 months old children through production and technology transfer of complementary food blends and snacks.

The FNRI-DOST provides technical assistance to local government units, non-government and private organizations who are interested to produce the complementary food blends and snacks for livelihood and for their feeding program.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Siargao tourism council elects new sets of officers

By Mary Jul Escalante

DAPA, Surigao del Norte, Jan.  19 (PIA) - The Siargao Island Tourism Development Council (SITDC) elected recently its new sets of officers here.

The newly-elected officers are Gen. Luna vice mayor Veronico Solloso as its president, Emmylou Abejo as vice president; Giovanette Espejon as secretary; Tomelyn Tinio as treasurer; Dr. Elvira Egay as auditor; and Mary Jul Escalante as public information officer.

Camarines Sur governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte together with Surigao del Norte governor Sol F. Matugas and first district congressman Francisco T. Matugas officiated the oath-taking of the newly-elected SITDC officers.

The Siargao Island Tourism Development Council will be the partner of the Provincial Tourism Office and Provincial Tourism Development Council in the planning and implementation of tourism development programs and activities in Siargao Island. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Police Regional Office 13 to honor returning contingent as “Pope” security

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 is set to honor the members of the contingent who served as augmentation for security of Pope Francis in Tacloban City during his five-day state visit and apostolic journey to the country.

PRO Caraga regional director PCSupt. David Y. Ombao said that he commended his personnel who were members of the contingent as they had “accomplished their mission well especially for the success in providing the security of the visiting Pontiff, despite the inclement weather,” Ombao said.

According to CSupt. Ombao, some of the contingent members had already arrived but some of them are expected to arrive late this afternoon.

Ombao said that those who are assigned here in the region as well as those assigned near here will be honored at the regional police headquarters while those who have gone back to their places of assignments in the provinces will be given their due recognition and honors at their respective police provincial offices.

As for his message to the people of this region, Ombao said that even if the Pope had already left the country, “we will continue to live His Holiness messages such as what he said for us to continue to live and sacrifice what is generally best for the people and for the country. We will continue seeking to live in peace, harmony and unity despite the differences of our beliefs, ideologies and preferences,” Ombao said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


PHO Dinagat Islands to conduct free urinalysis, FBS check-up

By Ma. Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 19 (PIA) - Before the first month of the year ends, the Provincial Health Office here will offer a new year's treat to all regular and job order employees in the province to a free urinalysis and fasting blood sugar (FBS) check-up.

According to Health Education and Promotion Officer Che Benitez, the free urinalysis and FBS test will start this week.

Benitez said that urinalysis is used to detect and assess a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infection and kidney disease while the FBS is a screening test for diabetes.

“Kidney and diabetes diseases are the two common causes of morbidity in the Philippines. So, we encouraged the provincial government employees to avail of this opportunity for early detection and to prevent complications,” Benitez added. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Butuan celebrates 116th 1st formal flag hoisting in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) – The historic Butuan celebrated its 116th commemoration of the first formal flag hoisting in Mindanao, Saturday morning, January 17.

The celebration was attended by Agusan del Norte 1st district representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Butuan City mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, officers of the Butuan City Historical Society, and attendees during the ceremonial flag raising.

According to local accounts, the first formal hoisting of the Philippine flag in Mindanao was done in the city on January 17, 1889. Here, Gov. Wenceslao Gonzales of the Tercio Distrito of Surigao, Fr. Francisco Nebot, S.J., and the principal president of Butuan formally lowered the Vatican flag and officially raised the Philippine flag accompanied by the playing of the Himno National de Filipinas by the local bands of Butuan, Cabadbaran, and Tubay.

Historical accounts also hold that with the impending victory of the Philippine Revolution throughout the country, emissaries of the Revolutionary Government of General Emilio F. Aguinaldo led by Wenceslao Gonzales proclaimed the Philippine Republic in Mindanao during the event. This historic act which took place in Butuan, then military capital of the province of Surigao, marked the end of colonial rule in this part of the archipelago, and was fittingly carried out with the hoisting of the Philippine flag, a first in all of Mindanao.

Together with Surigao and Cagayan de Oro, Butuan bids claim for recognition of the said occasion. While the National Historical Institute (NHI) recommended that the first and official flag raising occurred in Surigao, the position of the Butuan side was that the tricolor was raised in Butuan on January 17, 1899, with Governor Wenceslao Gonzales personally presiding over the flag-raising ceremony in full regalia. The governor later reported the event to President Emilio Aguinaldo on February 2, 1899, suggesting formality and official warranting from the Aguinaldo government.

In his message, Rep. Law Fortun underscored the significance of the occasion. "Despite controversies surrounding our claim, one cannot underplay the fundamental value of our celebration. Just as the coming of the leader of Roman Catholicism, Pope Francis, this occasion invites us to unity and self-reflection," Fortun said.

"Cooperation, understanding, and vigilance, as we reflect that only through collective action we can see the goodness of every human creation, and find common, yet higher, ground to resolve our differences and struggles. Our flag, is the embodiment of our courage, of inspiration, of hope, of unity and of peace," Fortun added. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


LBP-Tandag branch: Running on local money circulation

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 19 (PIA) – Notwithstanding the current situation of being affected by isolation due to the unrestored detour bridge in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south, this city, the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Tandag branch in Surigao del Sur has managed to continue to serve its clients like any ordinary day.

Herbert Luna, LBP Tandag branch manager admitted it is the local money circulation that “keeps their head above water.”

It can be recalled that until now, Tandag City and other neighboring towns heading north after San Agustin town have been isolated from the south since Tropical Storm (TS) Seniang hit the province on December 29, 2014.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) cannot act on quickly to start the restoration work of the washed out detour bridge due to inclement weather following the said typhoon.

District Engineer Joseph Calderon of the DPWH 1st Engineering District said that supervision over the restoration work rests upon the DPWH Caraga regional office.  A timeline of three weeks to one month has already been set to complete the job.

Meanwhile, Luna bared clearance on two options in bringing in/out cash has already been approved, citing air cargo, on the one hand, which is more expensive and/or land route via Surigao del Norte which, on the other, is a bit risky.

Clients need not worry about not being able to withdraw cash since January is a lean month as compared to the ensuing months as far as bank transactions are concerned, he assured.

Earlier, Luna confirmed that indeed the bank branch here experienced running out of cash from January 2 – 4. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TESDA-13 conducts workshop on GAD plan preparation

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) – To ensure that programs on Gender and Development (GAD) are properly implemented, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga recently conducted a workshop held recently at the regional office’s conference room.

Participated by 22 GAD focal persons from the different operating units of TESDA-Caraga, the activity aims to strengthen the focal persons’ GAD point system. It also aims to formulate the 2016 TESDA-Caraga GAD Plan and Budget consists of the Provincial Offices and TESDA Technology Institutes (TTIs).

Further, it assesses and analyzes respective regional Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) major programs using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) as a tool for gender analysis.

Fe N. Gomez, Sr. TESD Specialist and GAD focal person of TESDA-Caraga said the workshop will somehow ensure availability of funds for critical programs/projects, consistent with the physical and financial plans/targets/schedules submitted by TESDA Provincial Offices and TTIs.

Gomez likewise said this will also set the benchmarks in agency performance that shall be used in determining the achievement of objectives and targets in the delivery of services. In this way, GAD focal persons should familiarize themselves with the online monitoring system, review and endorse their Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) and GAD Accomplishment Report online.

Furthermore, Gomez said after the GAD has submitted their 2014 Accomplishment Report, “we will review what we targeted for 2014 GAD Plan and Budget and try to find out what we had not accomplished. Then let’s take a look on what we had targeted for 2015. This will be our basis in the preparation of the 2016 GAD Plan and Budget if we are going to make changes of the targets.”

Moreover, the official said an orientation on the Gender Mainstreaming Monitoring System (GMMS) was presented. The procedures and the guidelines were presented and discussed in order to come up with comprehensive, organized plans and budget for 2016.

As to the updates on TESDA’s Gender Responsive Governance, it was discussed that more skills training for women especially on non-traditional trades should be provided as encouraged by Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani and TESDA Deputy Director-General Teodoro C. Pascua.

On the issue of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), Gomez said the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security responded to several international commitments such as the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820 articulating peace and security provisions of national mandates such as R.A. 9710 – Magna Carta for Women.


“For TESDA’s part, the agency is tasked to provide women in conflict with skills training for empowerment,” Gomez said. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)