Thursday, May 21, 2015

20 elderlies avail computer learning session in Butuan City

By Febjan Mariah J. Melendres

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) – Some 20 elderlies from this city gathered for the “Tayo nang magCONNECT! TEaCH Lola” activity held at Robinsons Place Main Atrium, here.

Together with the Bayan Telecommunication, Inc. (Bayantel), Robinsons Place Butuan and Columbia Computer Center, the activity was aimed to help the elderlies the basics regarding computers and the internet. The basic hardware parts of the computer such as the mouse, keyboard and monitor were also introduced.

Bayantel’s endorser Teresita Moreno popularly known as Lola Techie was there to give the participants an inspiring message. She also made the activity even livelier.

 “We are here to them how to use the computer and for them to be able to connect to the world, with their loved ones and their friends through technology,” Lola Techie said.

“This technology is the only one bridging the gap between the new generation and our generation. We can’t connect to the new generation if we can’t understand their way of life, but through the computer, we are able to keep up. That’s very important,” she added.

The 73-year old Lola Techie said she had been using the computer since she was 59. She also said she was very impatient while learning but it opened a whole new world for her and that the learning process became faster and sharper so she really learned a lot.

“Lolos and Lolas should not be afraid or intimidated to enter the digital world,” she said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Landbank continues to make a dent in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 21 (PIA) – Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), one of the country’s government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), has continued to make a dent in carrying out its mission in the province of Surigao del Sur to support grassroots-based projects in developing the countryside.

According to Herbert Luna, LBP branch manager here, they do this through the so-called “relending for cooperatives and rediscounting for rural banks.”

He said “Coops and rural banks have ‘credit line’ with their branch amounting to millions of pesos which are used to finance the needs of their respective members and/or clients.”

That’s how bank transactions go about with their branch nowadays, adding that catering to individual loans is already a thing of the past due to being so labor intensive, he remarked.

It was learned that individual farmers and fisherfolk in the province usually avail of their loans via rural banks.

Moreover, Luna said credit line of coops, like the SCI at the capitol of Surigao del Sur, goes as high as P80 million and rural banks at more than P100 million or as high as P200 million. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DepEd Butuan launches 2015 Brigada Eskwela

By Dr. Jonas H. Jomonong

BUTUAN CITY, May 21 (PIA) - In its continuous efforts to draw support from various stakeholders in both public and private, the Division of Butuan City of the Department of Education (DepEd) launched the 2015 Brigada Eskwela with the theme, “Tayo Para Sa Kalikasan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan” at Banza Elementary School on May 18, 2015.          

Arsenio T. Cornites Jr., the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), said that the week-long activity of Brigada Eskwela ensures the safety and security of the students inside the classroom.

“Brigada Eskwela started in the year 1998 and was institutionalized in 2003 to draw support from various stakeholders and individuals as well. It serves as an avenue of informing the public on the K to 12 especially on the senior high school. The business of education is not only the business of DepEd but the business of of all,” he said.

SDS Cornites also bared that this year’s Brigada Eskwela launching is held in Banza Elementary School since the said school has no new school building being constructed that could cater a more conducive and safer learning environment for pupils and teachers as well.          

On the other hand, city councilor and committee on education chair Ramon P. Carampatana encouraged everyone to keep going in the K to 12 implementation and the senior high school. “Brigada Eskwela re-awakens our sense of cooperation, unity and teamwork," Carampatana said.  

Furthermore, City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. said that Brigada Eskwela is the best way of developing the sense of propriety and ownership among the stakeholders.

“This convergence is very important in drawing support and collaboration from people who believe in quality education.  Education is the greatest equalizer of poverty,” Mayor Amante emphasized.  He also added that if the children are drug addicts and HIV victims, "what future lies to Butuan City?"

The highlight of the launching was the turn-over of various donations. George Uy, representative of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce Agusan Inc. also turned-over the documents for the two-classroom building for Banza Elementary School.  It was then followed by the ground-breaking ceremony of the said building.          

Brigada Eskwela launching was graced by various DepEd personnel of the division, supervisors, principals, Banza barangay officials, Eastwest Rural Bank, One Network Bank, City Savings Bank, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Government Services Insurance System (GSIS), police personnel, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and parents of the host school to name a few.

Brigada Eskwela is one of the DepEd’s flagship programs which is also known as “Bayanihan Para Sa Paaralan.”  It is a nationwide campaign for the voluntary convergence of resources, efforts of teachers, parents, students, community officials and non-government organizations.  It is an annual campaign wherein all voluntary stakeholders jointly conduct minor repair and clean ups on their respective schools before the start of the coming school year. (DepEd Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Feature: Potassium in bananas helps regulate blood pressure

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits among people of all origins because these can be available fresh year-round and cheaper compared with other tropical fruits.

To the consumer, the banana seems a simple name for the yellow and elongated fruit that is served as a dessert. The word “banana” is a general term embracing a number of species or hybrids of the genus Musa of the family of Musaceae, closely related to plantains.

Bananas are classified either as dessert bananas or as green cooking bananas. The ripe banana is popularly served as a dessert. It is a delicious addition to fruit salads or simply eaten out of hand. Overripe bananas make excellent breads, cookies, muffins and cakes. They make attractive garnish in ice cream. Unripe or green bananas are used in cooking. Unripe bananas can be fried, boiled, baked or made into chips.

Bananas are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Potassium is a mineral that is important for controlling the body's fluid balance. It is also needed for muscle contraction, transmission of nerve impulses, and the proper functioning of the body's heart and kidneys. Potassium helps regulate water balance and blood pressure in cells, together with other minerals like sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, banana is also a natural remedy for a number of illnesses and conditions. Ripe banana relieves diarrhea, whereas the unripe banana relieves constipation. Banana is highly recommended for patients suffering from high blood pressure because of its potassium content.  The fresh leaves of banana are also used as bed spreads for bed ridden patients to avoid bedsores.

One piece of banana each day restores the balance of potassium. So make it a habit to include banana in your daily meals.

According to the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by the Technical Working Group headed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), you should eat more vegetables and fruits.

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; Tel/Fax Num:  8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST. (Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Lathalain: Pag-eehersisyo, paano ba sisimulan?

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Sa panahong ito, dumarami ang mga Pinoy na health-conscious.

Kahit saang dako ng Pilipinas ay uso ang wellness run, wellness walk, fun run at marami pang iba na may kaugnayan sa healthy lifestyle.

Maari kayong sumali sa mga ganitong gawain ngunit ang simpleng pag-eehersisyo ay mas madaling gawin.

Paano ba magsisimula sa pag-eehersisyo?

Una, kumonsulta sa doktor. Ito ay lalo na kung matagal nang hindi aktibo, maysakit, buntis o may edad na.

Ikalawa, simulan sa sampung minutong magagaan na ehersisyo gaya ng brisk walking araw-araw.

Ikatlo, dahan-dahang bilisan at habaan ang pag-eehersisyo sa mga susunod na mga araw.

Ayon sa 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), maging physically active, pumili ng masustansyang pagkain, i-manage ang stress, iwasan ang pag-inom ng alak at huwag manigarilyo para maiwasan ang mga lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.

Ang NGF ay binuo ng Technical Working Group (TWG) sa pamumuno ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

Di ba madali lang magsimula sa pag-eehesisyo? Mag-ehersisyo  tuwing umaga para lumusog ang katawan at isip.

Ang impormasyon ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num:  8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)