Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Search is on for Caraga outstanding volunteers

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) - To highlight the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers and recognize the role of volunteerism in development and nation-building, the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) regional search has already started.

The annual search is composed of two award categories namely: the National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) and the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA).

NOVA is conferred to an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer service that has made a significant contribution to uplifting the lives of the people and communities they served while the VLAA is conferred to an individual or organization for consistent and outstanding volunteer service and whose achievement is regarded as a role model in the field of volunteerism.

NOVA is divided into individual and organization.  Individual is categorized into youth and adult while organization is categorized into non-profit and corporate.

To qualify for the NOVA under Individual category, a volunteer must have provided volunteer assistance for three years and for the youth category and at least five years for the adult category at the time of the submission of nomination.

Conversely, to meet the criteria for the VLAA, the individual or organization must have been engaged in consistent volunteering activities for at least 25 years and must have been a recipient of regional, national or international awards in relation to volunteerism.

The search is open to all individuals of Filipino citizenship; Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international non-profit organizations; and Filipino or local chapters of foreign/international corporate organizations. 

The duly filled out nomination forms must be submitted to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional office. And screening and validation will be done by an inter-agency Regional Search Committee chaired by NEDA-Caraga.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is on June 30, 2015.  Nomination forms are available at NEDA Regional Office XII, Nimfa Tiu Bldg., J.P. Rosales Avenue, this city. (DJA/Caraga)


DSWD cites gains in 4Ps/MCCT-IP implementation in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 20 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office in Caraga Region bared on Monday the latest updates on the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) simultaneous with the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) in Surigao del Sur.

According to Meiraflor Cabigon, social welfare officer IV (SWO IV)/provincial link here, a total of 47,570 households have stood to gain from such programs, citing the breakdown as follows: 45,527 for 4Ps while 2,043 for MCCT-IP.

Correspondingly, the DSWD provincial link added that the total cash grants/payout last year amounted to P514,716,100.

In the summary of active households per city/municipality submitted to Governor Johnny Pimentel, Cabigon indicated all details and information possible of how the 4Ps/MCCT-IP programs have been carried out particularly during the preceding year. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


ASELCO MCOs flooded the coop’s 33rd AGMA

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 20 (PIA) - Member-Consumer-Owners (MCOs) of the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO) affirms their support as they come in mass to attend the coop’s 33rd Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) held recently here.

The province-wide attendance tallied an overwhelming 25,497 number of MCOs.

“The coop anticipated an increase of MCO attendance but never this many,” said Dir. Corazon D. Cullantes, ASELCO Board President.

It can be recalled that a total of 19,892 MCOs attended the assembly in 2014.

Boy Ocariz, 67 years old MCO from Napo, Prosperidad, this province also commented in the vernacular that for three consecutive years of attending the coop’s AGMA this year is the most crowded. “It is still early in the morning and people have already piled up at the coop’s entrance gate,” said Ocariz.

The official registration time was at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm yet as early as 6:30 a.m., a huge number of MCOs waiting to register have already crowded the coop’s entrance gate.

“I have never attended years before because we – I and my neighbors – never knew that the coop conducts an AGMA. The crowd and the long queue speak for the commendable information dissemination effort of ASELCO,” Ocariz added.

Asked why he keeps coming back after his first attendance he answered, “We, members must attend the AGMA because it is here where we get to understand what is happening with the coop. This includes why we are experiencing blackouts.”

Among the participants are Agusan del Sur’s local chief executives: Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Edward P. Mellana, Mayor Albin D. Magdamit of Prosperidad and Melchor Demegillo, Sangguniang Bayan Member in the Municipality of Talacogon. Also in attendance are Gregorio T. Ybañez, Secretary of the Rural Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors Association (RECOBODA) & Board of Director President of DANECO; Pedrito H. Baculio, former President of the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperative (PHILRECA); and Cong. Edgardo R. Masongsong of the 1-CARE Party-List who is also this year’s guest speaker.

“Your cooperative, ASELCO, is a top performing electric cooperative, not only a distribution utility but entrepreneurial as well, a social development agency, and a people’s organization,” said Cong. Masongsong in his speech.

Cong. Masongsong explained that ASELCO has become entrepreneurial because it was able to gain revenue in 2014. He said that an electric cooperative – a special non-profit cooperative –must be entrepreneurial to be able to finance the much needed developments and modernization for the benefits of its MCOs. He then commended the management of ASELCO for attaining such feat.

ASELCO has been making drastic innovations to cater its growing membership.

“In 2013, the coop started to conduct its AGMA simultaneously in four venues: ASELCO Covered Court, San Isidro, San Francisco; Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Poblacion, Bayugan City; RM Billanes Gymnasium, Poblacion, Trento; and Talacogon Municipal Gymnasium, San Agustin, Talacogon. All venues are linked by internet connections run through the coop-installed fiber optic lines. Each venue is installed with LED screens so the MCOs can see the reports clearly even at broad daylight. With our current attendance, it seems we need to consider opening-up another venue next year,” happily and half-jokingly remarked by ASELCO gen. manager Engr. Emmanuel Galarse.

The fiber optic connections in the province are among the modernization efforts of the coop. These connections currently link the area offices’ billing records and status. Soon, this would speed up meter reading and billing with the installation of automatic voltage meters developed in South Korea. More importantly, these connections are very helpful in real-time load and distribution line glitches monitoring through the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

“The coop is really improving and you can see it physically,” said Marivic Quicos, treasurer of the Barangay Power Association (BAPA) in Bayugan 3, Rosario, this province. “ASELCO is keen of making its stakeholders understand the situation by constantly reaching over through conducting fora and massive information dissemination drives. (ASELCO/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Keeping your baby away from food-borne illness

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Taking care and feeding the baby are your major responsibilities as a mother. It is your job to keep your baby safe from food-borne illness. It is important to practice food safety because infants and young children are vulnerable to food-borne illnesses. Their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Also, their stomachs produce less acid, which makes it easier for harmful microorganisms to get through their digestive systems.

Here are some important basic food safety TIPS when taking care of infants and young children:

Always begin food preparation by washing your hands. Wash your hands with hot, soapy water after changing the diaper or after any activity in which your hands could have picked up germs. You don't want to transmit those germs to your child.

Keep your fingernails clean and trimmed especially when handling baby’s food. Do not smoke, cough or sneeze near baby’s food and dishes. Use detergent and hot water to wash and rinse all utensils including the can openers that come in contact with a baby's foods.

Thoroughly clean baby’s utensils.  Heat or sterilize baby’s utensils carefully. Harmful bacteria can infect an infant if the utensils used are not washed and sterilized properly.

Do not feed your baby from a bowl of homemade baby food. Do not put left over back in the refrigerator. Saliva on the spoon will contaminate the remaining food. Instead just put enough food on a dish for one serving using a clean spoon before feeding the baby.
   
Do not use left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Do not give leftover foods to your baby. Do not feed a baby honey or syrup -- at least for the first 6 months. Honey and syrups can contain spores of clostridium botulinum. The immune systems of adults and older children can prevent the spores from growing once ingested. However, in an infant, these spores can grow and cause infant botulism.
   
Use only clean and uncontaminated water for washing and cooking food for your baby. If you are in doubt about the quality of water, boil the water by bringing it to a vigorous rolling boil and keep it boiling for ten to twenty minutes. This will kill the germs that cause cholera and other diarrheal diseases.

With all these food safety tips, you are assured that your baby is eating quality and safe food.

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. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


MSMED council holds dialogue with Sen. Bam Aquino, Surigao City biz group

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 20 (PIA) – The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Council of Surigao del Norte spearheaded a dinner dialogue with Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship chairman and senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, together with the local business community held recently at Gateway Hotel, this city.

The activity was aimed to collect voices on how to help the community and solicit plans and recent updates of the trade, commerce and industry in the country, and to address some issues from the local business sector particularly on business taxes.

During the dialogue, Sen. Aquino explained the overview of the bill he authored, the Republic Act 10644 otherwise known as the “Go Negosyo Act” which he said passed unanimously at the Congress and Senate because everybody believes that entrepreneurship is what we need in our country to attain sustainable development and inclusive growth.

“All business whether small or big is business that needs to be supported and respected and be given a chance to earn, that is the main purpose of the Go Negosyo Center it will serve as a home-based or focal points of all businessman/entrepreneurs who wants to learn how to run a business. But of course, for our negosyo center to work out we need the help of the private sectors and businessman to help us attain inclusive growth in our country,” Aquino said.

MSMED council chairperson and Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SCCI) president Concepcion R. Paqueo, in her message, said that being an entrepreneur is not just to make business but being a gift to other people, by providing jobs to empower people for them to access better lives and inspire them to become creative individual to pursue opportunities despite its risk.

She said that entrepreneurs have the power to achieve great things and emerge as the driving force that will keep the local economy going and efficiently running.

Officers and members of the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Surigao Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and businessman from various local business establishments have also participated the said dialogue. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DENR bares updates on 2015 NGP in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 20 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Surigao del Sur headed by Rosendo Asunto, provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO), bared recently the updates on the 2015 National Greening Program (NGP) as of April 30.

With four community environment and natural resources offices (CENROs) to supervise, which are located in Tandag City, Cantilan, Lianga, and Bislig City, respectively, the DENR here admitted it has come out short of target in seedling production during the first four months of 2015.

Eyeing to produce 815,639 seedlings out of 2,931,500 for the said period of the year, only 660,966 have been hit or equivalent to 23 percent; hence a backlog of 154,673 was recorded, it was learned.

Also, among the CENROs mentioned, only Cantilan and Lianga have exceeded their targets by producing 222,500 seedlings or equivalent to 35 percent and 170,300 seedlings or equivalent to 52 percent, respectively.  Tandag and Bislig fell short by just hitting a meager 14 percent in production—120,000 and 148,166 in seedlings, respectively.

Adelfo Luengas, Jr., DENR planning officer, indicated they are still in the initial stage of the NGP, adding it is uncharacteristic of their office to fall behind among peers in Caraga region, given its past records, citing in particular their overall accomplishment last 2014.

Seedling production is only one part of the whole equation since seedling procurement, site preparation and area development have likewise to be paid close attention, he remarked.

PENRO Surigao del Sur has been recognized as the “Top Performing PENRO of Caraga Region" with the highest overall rating, which covers Administrative and Finance, Performance-Based Bonus Ranking Indicators and Operations on the recently concluded Annual Performance Assessment for CY 2014 Accomplishment conducted last March 16-31, 2015. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Palasyo umaasa na “bubuto para sa kapayapaan” ang mga mambabatas habang ang mababang kapulungan ay siyang magpapasya ng tadhana ng Bangsamoro draft law

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 20 (PIA) - Inulit ng Malakanyang noong Lunes ang kanyang pag-asa na makaka-angat ang Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) sa susunod na antas, habang ang mga miyembro ng komitiba ng ad hoc na mga mambabatas ay nagsimulang bumoto sa inihaing lehistratora.

Sa pahayag na pinadala sa mga reporter, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda na umaasa sila na ang mga miyembro ng komitiba ay ‘bubuto para sa kapayapaan’ para tulungan ang Mindanao na makamit ang pinakakailangang progreso at pag-unlad.

Sa araw na ito, ang ad hoc committee ng mababang Kapulungan ay inaasahang simulan ang pagbubuto sa iminungkahing Bangsamoro Basic Law. Inuulit naming ang aming pag-asang ang mga miyembro ng komitiba ay bubuto para sa kapayapaan, kung saan madadala natin ang progreso at pag-unlad sa Mindanao at mapabuti ang buhay n gating mga kababayan,” sabi ni Kalihim Lacierda.

Sa isang panayam sa Radyo ng Bayan noong Linggo, sinabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. puntirya ng administrasyon na magkaroon ng matiwasay na pagpasa ng BBL na siyang maging kampeon sa lahat ng hangaring ng pangkapayapaang proseso.

“Nananalig kami na sa kanilang pagpapasya, isasaalang-alang ng ating mga mambabatas ang pambansang interes at ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan sa buong Mindanao,” sabi ni Secretary Coloma.

Ang BBL ay isang bunga ng Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, isang pinal na pangkapayapaang kasunduan sa pagitan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) na nilagdaan noong Marso 7 ng ngkaraang taon.


Layunin nito na makapagtatag ng isang entidad na pampulitikang Bangsamoro sa timog na mayroong pinagbuting basikong estraktura ng pamamahala, at papalit sa kasalukuyang Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao kung saan minsang inilarawan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino bilang “bagsak na ekspirimento.” (PIA-Agusan del Sur)