Thursday, May 28, 2015

DOST chief encourages Caraganons to embrace S&T culture

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) – With the goal of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) to hit the road for nation’s progress, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo encouraged the people of Caraga region to set inclination towards science and technology (S&T) and take a leap in introducing novel transformation and discoveries during his visit here on Wednesday for a 3-day roadshow dubbed as "Science Nation: Agham Ramdam."

“The greatest challenge of science and technology is to come up with innovative initiatives to increase productivity of the country. That is why our tour is focused on three key words: engage, inspire and convert. Doing these things, we would be able to come up with effective strategies to increase productivity," articulated Sec. Montejo in a press conference facilitated by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

He cited that in terms of technological development, Caraga region is really doing well to be at par with other international innovations. “With its rich biodiversity, unlimited resources can be utilized for a more useful product of research and discovery. It is then our responsibility to protect and harness our natural resources," Sec. Montejo said.

When queried about how far the department has gone into disaster preparedness, he revealed that they are developing a strategy to simplify the daily weather bulletin. “We are very optimistic that by 2016, all the municipalities will have its scholars to learn how to localize the weather forecasts," Sec. Montejo said.

Meanwhile, Asst. Secretary for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Raymund Liboro presented the Reference for Emergency and Disaster (RED) book published and exclusively distributed by DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII). As a product of ‘Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities’ campaign, the book serves as a comprehensive reference for Disaster Preparedness and Guide for Disaster Mitigation.

"The book also contains the media’s role in disaster information, warning and communication protocols, among others. It serves as a helpful guide for our media practitioners on what questions to ask and what information to disseminate at times when weather disturbances arise in specific area," Asec. Liboro said.

In addition, Sec. Montejo said that DOST is continuously doing innovations for inclusive growth. "We believe that science and technology department has created an impact considering that based on records S&T have helped improved the poverty index of the poorest of the poor in three years," the secretary emphasized.

This was strongly supported by the statement of Caraga Regional Development Council chair and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas, who also sat as member of the press conference panelist, recounting with pride and high regards the many contributions of her fellow public servants for having effectively delivered their thrusts and have improved the eco-tourism projects, infrastructure, as well as the mining industry which addressed the employment concern of the region.

“So in general, by making eco-tourism as a major industry of the region. It calls for more people to come in Caraga and as a result it has helped boost its income. It is our way also of addressing unemployment by providing more jobs, making people busy doing business while self-employment is also very visible. The region is indeed fast developing," expressed Gov. Matugas.

Aside from the press conference, the participants also witnessed the presentation of Early Warning Devices and Site Installations; Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing with Governors and City Mayors; Presentation and launching of Eastern Mindanao Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Alliance for Development (EMIEERALD); and Presentation and Commitment Signing of Caraga Food Safety Team.

Following the whole day events was the recognition of the science ambassadors and Philippine Science High School-Caraga Region Campus scholars during an evening fellowship with dances and serenade.

The Science Nation Tour aims to create meaningful outcomes by catering to people everything that science and technology can offer. Sec. Montejo is set for project visits in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte that will run from May 27-29, 2015. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST’s STARBOOKS reaches Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) - The latest innovation in learning tools developed and introduced by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its information arm, the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), has now reached the shores of the Caraga Region.

STARBOOKS, short for Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station if often referred to as the “library in a box” because it is actually a stand-alone kiosk that can be placed in one corner of the school and students can easily access a wealth of information about science and technology particularly research works of our Filipino scientist and engineers.

STARBOOKS is DOST’s response to a call to make science and technology available to more students in the regions as it aims to make academic stars out of our students in the provinces. This unique e-learning tool combines traditional and digital modes of education that allows research activities to be done with just a click of the mouse.

“We at DOST want to encourage our students to take up courses in science and technology because we believe that to achieve inclusive growth we need to strengthen and beef up the pool of scientists, engineers, programmers that we have today,” said DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.

“That is why we developed STARBOOKS to make S&T information more accessible to students in the regions,” he added.

STARBOOKS was launched at Robinson's Place Butuan on Wednesday, May 27 in conjunction with DOST’s nationwide campaign called Science Nation Tour from May 27 to 29 in the city. It is an initiative of the department aimed at bringing down to the provinces notable inventions and innovations of DOST in education, agriculture, manufacturing, information technology, nanotechnology, healthcare, e-governance and disaster preparedness and mitigation.

During the event, a memorandum of understanding was executed by the DOST led by Secretary Montejo and other DOST officials namely, Assistant Secretary Raymund E. Liboro and DOST Caraga regional director Dominga D. Mallonga.

Other events to be featured in the Science Nation Tour in Caraga include the inauguration of the complementary food project of the Gigaquit Women’s Center in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; ground breaking ceremony and field testing of the Integrated Au-Cu Mineral Processing Pilot Plant in Barangay Del Pilar in Agusan del Norte; the Science and Technology Forum presenting LiDAR Flood Modeling, e-Health TABLET, Early Warning Devices, Caraga Food Safety Team, and launch of Eastern Mindanao Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies Research Alliance for Development (EMIEERALD). (FEA/S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Coordination meeting set for Tandag City Nutrition Committee members

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 28 (PIA) – Mayor Roxanne Pimentel has called on members of the City Nutrition Committee (CNC) for a coordination meeting at 8:00 a.m. on May 29, 2015 at Season’s Park Apartelle here.

In her invitation letter dated May 19, 2015, through City Administrator Alexander Pimentel, the city chief executive and CNC chair cited, among others, several agenda for discussion, to wit: Review the Plan and Accomplishment for Nutrition Program Implementation in CY 2014-2015; Arrival of Regional Evaluation Team (RET) for Nutrition Program on June 8, 2015 to conduct Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Program Implementation (MELLPI) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars Project, and; Plan for this year’s 41st Nutrition Month Celebration with the theme: “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo!”

In closing, Mayor Pimentel shared the importance of working together with “zeal and commitment,” saying that such is “a key factor to building a productive and vibrant economy now and for generations to come within our locality.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


LGU-SurSur aims for success in environmental sanitation via solid waste management program

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 28 (PIA) – In order to keep up with proper environmental sanitation, the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) in Surigao del Sur has continued to monitor implementation of solid waste management (SWM) program province-wide.

Edgar Valentin, ENRO chief here, said recently that the SWM plans of all local government units (LGUs) indicating their respective status have been submitted to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

He also mentioned several LGUs here whose plans were endorsed to National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) for thorough examination and approval.

Meanwhile, Valentin took pride in citing Hinatuan and Carrascal towns as awardees “for having best practices in ecological solid waste management.”

Likewise, the ENRO chief was glad to note that NSWMC has provided funding assistance of P250,000 to Carrascal town “for the establishment of materials recovery facilities (MRFs).”

A year ago, the ENRO facilitated the holding of Provincial Solid Waste Management Board (PSWMB) meeting attended by mayors and other concerned officials at the conference room of the Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO) presided over by Governor Johnny Pimentel as chair.

Roles and functions of the board as stipulated in Republic Act 9003 were discussed, Valentin bared.

During that meeting, a representative from EMB gave updates on the compliance rate of LGUs in the province, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: HEALS Plus victory forum gipahigayon sa Bacuag

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 28 (PIA) – Gipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang ang HEALS (Health, Education and Environment, Agri and Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism, and Spiritual renewal) Plus Victory Forum nga gitawag usab nga “Kapitolyo sa Barangay” didto sa lungsod sa Bacuag, ning lalawigan.

Tumong ug tuyo sa maong aktibidadis mao ang pagdala sa serbisyo sa kapitolyo ngadto na sa mga kabarangayan (bringing the government closer to the people).

Sa buntag sa maong adlaw gipahigayon ang panambay sa barangay diin moabot sa 200 ka mga pasyente ang nakatagamtam sa libreng konsulta sa panglawas, 22 ka pasyente sa tuli, 100 sa dental services ug 15 ang nakapahimulos papsmear.

Pagkahapon gipahigayon ang diyalogo ni Governor Sol Matugas uban sa mga opisyales sa barangay sa siyam ka mga barangay sa maong lungsod sa pagpangulo ni Mayor Sheila Mae Cebedo uban usab sa mga school administrators.

Atol sa maong diyalogo gipresentar sa TEAM Capitol ang mga serbisyo nga nabubo sa probinsya ngadto sa maong lungsod ubos sa HEALS plus agenda sa gobernador labi na sa natad sa maayong panglawas, edukasyon, agrikultura, livelihood, social services ug sa mga proyekto sa imprastruktura.


Nagpasalamat ang mga kapitanes sa maong lungsod ngadto sa gobernador diin kinsa gihatagan sila ug panahon nga mabati ang ilang mga yangungo ug mahatagan og solusyon ang ilang mga mulo. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)