Thursday, March 12, 2015

PopCom Caraga to hold dissemination forum on RH law's IRR

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 12 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga is set to hold the Regional Dissemination Forum on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10354 on March 18, 2015 in one of the local convention centers here.

“The Republic Act 10354 otherwise known as the 'Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Act of 2012' aims to address the prevailing population and reproductive health issues and it has become the focal point for convergence of multi-sectoral efforts toward the improvement of health outcomes,” disclosed PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano.

Makinano also bared that pursuant to Section 26 of RPRH Act, the rules and regulations are hereby promulgated to prescribe the procedures and guidelines for the implementation of the Act in order to facilitate compliance therewith and to achieve the objectives thereof.


“These rules shall be liberally construed to ensure the provision, delivery and access to reproductive health care services, and to promote, protect and fulfill women’s reproductive health and rights,” added Makinano. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 

SurSur health office warns public against common ailments during summer

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 12 (PIA) – The Integrated Provincial Health Office (PHO) here has advised public to take extra precaution this summer.

Aware of more outdoor activities taking place, Dr. Algerico Irizari, Surigao del Sur chief health officer, said it is best to increase water intake to maintain hydration, first and foremost.

If unchecked, this may lead to possible health problems and complications, he pointed out.

However, the PHO chief claimed he is unaware of any medical report of “heatstroke” that reached their office.

Irizari mentioned to limit one’s exposure under the heat of the sun during peak hours of the day, adding use of “sunblock” helps as skin protection against ultraviolet rays.

Meanwhile, the good doctor revealed the 10 leading causes of morbidity in the province last year 2014 among population of all ages:  Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI)—13,694; Dental Caries—13,544; Hypertension—5,429; Skin Disease—4,521; Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) —4,473; Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI)—4,441; Pneumonia—3,620; Bronchitis—2,764; Diarrhea—2,350; and Viral Infection—1,919.

The said data also showed males are less prone to diseases than female counterparts.

Summing up, Dr. Irizari marked URTI, skin disease, pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrhea, and viral infection as more common ailments during hot season.

Earlier, in a separate interview, Dr. Eric Montesclaros, assistant provincial health officer, noted that usually during summertime there are more cases of water- and food-borne diseases since food get to spoil much sooner in warm temperature.

Food handling should be well taken care of, he advised. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Search is on for AgNor's Best Performing Barangay

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 12 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte institutionalized its program on the Annual Search for Best Performing Barangay in the province of Agusan del Norte through Provincial Ordinance No. 383-2015.

This program gives recognition and awards to outstanding performing barangay governments in the province in order to motivate the barangay officials to pursue consistent exemplary practice of systematic and strategic leadership, effective and honest governance particularly in the areas of barangay administration and planning, sound fiscal management, accountable and transparent governance, provision of basic services, mass-based and consultative policy making processes and program implementation that give importance on the environmental preservation and protection, and social and economic development in their respective communities.

The following are the point system criteria of 100 points: Executive/Administrative/Legislative Function – 15; Environmental protection and Management – 35; Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council – 5; Social Services – 10; Economic development – 5; Human Resource Management and development – 5; Peace and Order – 10; Community Mobilization/Participation – 5; and Good Governance and Transparency – 10.

The prize for the urban and rural barangay category winners shall be in a form of projects with the following corresponding amount:  First Place – P1,000,000.00; Second Place – P500,000.00; and Third Place – P300,000.00.

Each of the winning and non-winning barangay nominees shall be awarded with a plaque of recognition.

Provincial Board Member Benjamin D. Lim, author of the said provincial ordinance, said that an amount of P3.6 Million pesos shall be appropriated annually starting this year 2015 for the effective implementation of the said activity. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


2015 graduation rites should be simple but meaningful – Br. Luistro

By Sally Tolentino Haimalin

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 12 (PIA) – “The 2015 graduation rites must highlight the importance of quality education in forging a decent future for Filipino youth,” says Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro.

In an issued Department Order No. 3, s. 2015, secretary Luistro ordered the officials of the public schools to conduct their 2015 graduation rites focusing on the theme “Saktong Buhay: Sa De-kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday.”

“Graduation ceremonies in schools should be simple but meaningful and should promote civil rights, foster a sense of community, and encourage personal responsibilities,” said Br. Luistro.

For expenses relative to the graduation rites should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) under the 2015 budget.  DepEd personnel are not allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution.

DepEd Caraga assistant regional director and officer-in-charge Dr. Rebecca V. Delapuz also reiterates the order of the secretary to all schools division superintendents. "Contributions for the annual yearbook, if any, should be on voluntary basis only," she added.

She then congratulates the 2015 graduates and parents for hurdling the constraints and barriers during their struggle for their basic education. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


FDA asks DTI to disapprove misleading term used in water refilling stations

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 12 (PIA) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently requested Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippine Business Registry Project Management Unit director-in-charge Ernani M. Dionisio to disapprove the use of some terms on the business names that mislead the buying public.

In a letter dated February 6, 2015, the FDA requested DTI to disapprove the following terms to be used in registering business names of water purifying and refilling stations, manufacturers, importers and distributors of water purification systems or devices such as: Alkaline, Ionized, Pi Water, Mineral, Oxygenated, Energized, Oxidized, Di-ionized and Hydrogen.

Related to this, the FDA last year had issued Advisory No. 2014-010 titled: Consumer Warning Against False, Deceptive and Misleading Claims and Promotional Ploys on "Alkaline Water" and "Oxygenated Water." 

In the said advisory, FDA warns the consumers against vendors making declarations and promises to potential buyers that such types of water removes every known chronic disease condition, acts as strong antioxidant, slows aging process and promotes greater absorption of nutrients.

Another FDA Advisory No. 2011-013 was also released with the subject: Warning on the Use of Non-Certified Therapeutic Claims for the Promotion and Advertisement of Water Purification Devices producing water labeled as “alkaline, ionized, PI, oxygenated or energized water.”

For those interested to check if a health product is registered with FDA, they can log in to FDA website at www.fda.gov.ph then type the name of the product in the search bar. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Bislig City organizes BAGG

By Laine Elechicon

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 12 (PIA) - The city government here recently spearheaded the organization of the Barangay Administration and Good Governance (BAGG) program in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The barangay being the basic political unit has always been the forefront of local government undertakings.

The program aims to intensify the rate of effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery by each of the 24 barangays of the city; strengthen barangay governance; and assist the barangay officials in the performance of their duties and functions, for whatever the synergy that the barangays create reflects the state of governance of the city.

A program orientation is set from March 9 until May 15, 2015 to all the 24 barangays of the city.

The topics that will be discussed during the program are divided into five modules in order to match the duration of the whole program and the resource speakers. These modules are Values Foundation for Good Governance; Laying Ground for Development, Barangay Development Planning; Reorientation on Barangay Governance and Admin; Improving People Empowerment; and Charting the Roadmap for Barangay Development. (NGBT/City Information Office-CDIO /PIA Surigao del Sur)


AgNor agrarian orgs complete mandatory training courses

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 12 (PIA) - At least 6,419 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agusan del Norte composed of 72 Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) completed the required 14 mandatory trainings before December, 2014 ends. These ARBOs are mostly cooperatives, farmers associations, irrigators associations, women’s group.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Norte, in partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Propegemus Foundation, Inc., accomplished 149 percent in performance from its targetted 4,300 ARBs trained last year.

DAR also facilitated four associations turned into cooperatives composed of Pangaylan Solar Homes Association now transformed into Pangaylan ARB Cooperative (POLETAJACS ARC); Bonifacio Farmers Ass. now Bonifacio ARB Cooperative (KATIMALIBON ARC); Mat-i, Ambacon, Pinanaan and Lingayao  Ass. to Pinana-an, Mat-i, Ambacon ARB Cooperative (MAP ARC), and Maong Integrated Farmers Association now Maong Agrarian Farmers Cooperative (Non-ARC in Cabadbaran City).

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega, CESO V, said that the ARB’s successes are not merely on distribution of lands but also to strengthen the institutional and entrepreneurial capacities of the ARBOs.

Engr. Raul Hermoso, officer-in-charge of Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) said that the capability building trainings must be further strengthened to empower ARBs organizations in sustaining and effectively managing their agri-enterprises.

Juanita Balibay, SILCAB section head said that this year’s mandatory training has eventually reached to 12 trainings conducted comprised 1,238  ARBs trained from 62 ARBOs in this province.

“We have to ensure that the ARBOs must develop their entrepreneurial skills to respond the needed support services in the pace of CARP implementation,” Balibay added.

DAR and CDA partnership program is aimed to strengthen institutional capacity of the ARBOs to fully link the delivery of support services, such as access to credit and raising agricultural productivity to the agrarian reform beneficiaries. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)