Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Butuan City govt to launch ICARUS 288

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) – In time with the second quarter of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Caraga chaired by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., he announced that the city government will be having a soft launching of its Information Center for Assistance Rescue and Unified Services (ICARUS) on July 2, 2015 at their command center inside the city hall.

According to Amante, the ICARUS will serve as the command center for any report during disasters and emergencies.

“The general public can call or dial 288 using their landlines to report any incident during disaster and emergency. We have assigned personnel to man the center and they are tasked to serve you right and to immediately respond to any report as verified. The people can also download the mobile application of ICARUS free of charge using their android phones once process will be completed soon,” Amante disclosed.

The mayor also asked the full support and cooperation of the public on this initiative and to be vigilant on their surroundings. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RDRRMC observes 2015 NDCM, sets various activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo will be holding different lined-up activities for this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM).

Government agencies, partner stakeholders and academe will be joining together as said observance will kick-off on July 2 with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office-13 at Camp Rodriguez, this city and a motorcade going to the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, where a short program will be held and followed by a press conference.

According to director Mazo, from July 2-4, the Caraga RDRRMC will be conducting rescue exercises among local emergency responders in the region to be held at the Capitol Covered Court here.

The PNP-Caraga will also lead the Search and Rescue (SAR) Training on July 1-4, 2015 at Santiago Training Center in the municipality of Santiago, Agusan del Norte. On July 4, the OCD will spearhead the Coastal Clean-up at Masao Beach, Butuan City, and the Basic Course on Incident Command System (ICS) for the Department of Health (DOH) personnel on July 6-10, 2015.

“Among the lined-up activities for this year’s observance of the NDCM, the member-agencies of the RDRRMC will also hold the following: 1) Forum on the Modified Public Storm Warning Signal and Updated Tropical Cyclone Classification; 2) Briefing on Hydromet Hazards on Agriculture; 3) Orientation on Evaluation for Earthquake; 4) Refresher Course on Damage Assessment and Reporting Systems (DARS); 5) 5-Day Basic Safe Hospital Training; 6) National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill; 6) Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Training for Agriculture; 7) NDCM Culmination Ceremony and Regional Gawad KALASAG Awarding; and 8) 2-Day Consultative Workshop on System Development and Management Operation (an inter-local Health Zone Approach during Health Emergencies and Disasters),” disclosed Mazo.

Mazo further called on the general public to stay alert, vigilant, and active in DRR-related activities in their respective community.

Pursuant to Executive No. 137 dated August 10, 1999, the month of July is declared as the month of National Disaster Consciousness Month. 

This year’s observance is anchored on the theme: “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR cites local exec for NGP Bottom-up Budgeting scheme

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) - Regional director Nonito M. Tamayo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga has commended the 33 mayors of the different municipalities and cities in Caraga region for their active role in the National Greening Program (NGP) through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) scheme of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

BUB is a program in which the community and the LGU are engaged in the formulation of plans and budget to arrest the problem of poverty in their area.

Through the BUB, the community is given the privilege to participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the projects that were identified based on their needs.

“This is a clear manifestation of the vision of the President on the first day of his duty when he said that the people shall be involved in the planning and implementation of needed projects in their community,” Tamayo said. 

Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur had the most number of local executives participating in the 72 BUB projects regionwide. The DILG has funded this environment projects in their respective localities with a total of P 46,508,903.68 in 2013-2014.

“The NGP through the BUB program has generated 4,856 jobs benefiting 7,105 in the five provinces of the region,” Tamayo said at the opening day of exhibits showcasing the gains of the BUB held at the Robinsons Butuan Atrium on Monday.

Mayor Yulie Ruaya of Dapa, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte said “The BUB strategy has provided potable water systems for the people in a community frequently visited by typhoons.”

"The development of mangrove and beach forest along the shores through the NGP had served as seawall against storm surges,” she added.

The Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction Action team has identified at least 300 to 400 poorest municipalities enrolled in the BUB which focus on rural development and the conditional cash transfer programs. Aside from the DENR, the other agencies involved are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, DSWD, Department of Education, Department of Health, TESDA, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

During the program, the DILG assistant secretary for Policy and Planning Josefina Castillo Go assisted by director for Caraga Region Lilibeth A. Famacion has released about P 245 million to three cities and 50 municipalities to fund 101 potable water system, six local access projects, 70 projects under the Disaster Risk Reduction which include flood control, drainage and river canals, seawalls, evacuation center and rescue equipment, and four infrastructure projects including the improvement of terminals and markets. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


FDA warns public against unregistered medicinal products

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 1 (PIA) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the consuming public against using the following medicinal products that are not registered with the agency.

Based on its advisory dated March 12, 2015, the following medicinal product that are not registered with the agency are Naphazoline HCI (Pi Yen Chin) 1:1000 per 10 ml solution/Marketing Authorization Holder: Shanghai Pharmaceutical Industry Corporation, Shanghai China; Guilin Watermelon Frost Powder/Marketing Authorization Holder: Guilin Sanjin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; Ascorbic Acid (GNC Vitamin C with Rose Hips) 1000 mg tablet/Distributed by General Nutrition Corporation-Pittsburg PA 15222; and La Colina Vino De Quina Tiki-Tiki 350 ml/Manufactured by LAR Pharmaceutical Laboratory-Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The FDA further informed that public that the above listed products could endanger the health of the users, and the buying public and selling of the said products is a violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PopCom Caraga holds inter-active sessions with teens

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) - Series of inter-active sessions with young people, known as U4U Teen Trail, has been conducted by the Commission on Population (PopCom)-Caraga in the cities of Tandag and Surigao on June 16 and 23, respectively.

About 200 teenagers from said cities were interacting with enthusiasm in the exhibit and workshops during the trail facilitated by the trained teens themselves. Day before the trail, a teen facilitators’ workshop was done for them to learn particularly on how to manage and facilitate the U4U teen trail.

PopCom designed U4U to equip the young people with critical and accurate information on adolescent reproductive health and their rights and sexuality; educate them about sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and the risks of teenage pregnancy. Day before the trail, a teen facilitators’ workshop was done for them to learn particularly on how to manage and facilitate the U4U teen trail.

Amid issues on the increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy in the region, PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano stated that the agency through its Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program continues to pursue the overall objective of contributing to the improvement and promotion of the total well-being of Caraganon youth.

“For the first semester of this year, the Regional Population Office has already conducted five U4U sessions with more than 400 young people were provided with appropriate information on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health,” Makinano added. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Convergence team visits Coco Coir Processing Centers of Caraga

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) - The National /Regional Convergence Initiative (N/RCI) Technical Working Group (TWG) recently visited the region for a learning expedition on Caraga’s coco coir industry.

The coco coir industry in the region took off in 2006 with the implementation of the Strengthening of the Agro-Industrial Sector in Bicol and Caraga (SAIS-BC) Project, a bilateral project implemented by the Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Spanish Government through the Agencia EspaƱola Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID). Presently, there are six coir processing plants in Caraga with daily capacity ranging from 1-2.5 tons.

With the implementation of Memorandum Circular No. 25, series of 2002 issued by the Office of the President, prescribing the use geo-textiles and bio-logs made from coir or coconut fiber in infrastructure and public work projects, more particularly of the Department of Public Works and Highways, for soil erosion control in sloping terrains and construction embankments, there has been a rise in the demand for coco coir-based products. Even big mining companies in Caraga like the Taganito Mining Corp. are now using geonets as part of their rehabilitation activities in their mined out areas.

Coco coir is a rope fiber fashioned from coconut husks and woven into geonets or rolls of fiber mesh nets used in preventing soil erosion and landslides. It is a growing industry in the region with products including coco twines, coco nets, and biologs.

The Convergence Initiative (CI) TWG team visited the Bitoon Nursery and the Tagasaka Coconut Farmers Association (TACOFA) Coconut Farm in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the San Isidro Kauswagan Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative processing center in Bislig City, Amparita’s Weavers Association Souvenir Shop in Hinatuan, the KAAGAPMUCO Coco Coir processing center in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, the mining company Taganito HPAL in Claver, Surigao del Norte, and the CLACOFARMCO processing center in Claver.

The activity aims to provide the CI TWG members with a specific knowledge and better appreciation on the emerging requirements for analysis and planning of agro-enterprises, agriculture and fishery projects for model building and replication, and value chains development and management in the convergence areas. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


225 youth, 83 fathers avail PopCom services in AgSur town

BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) – A total of 225 youth and 83 husbands from the remote barangays of Loreto, Agusan del Sur availed the adolescent reproductive health and responsible parenthood-family planning services/interventions through U4U Teen Trail and KATROPA (Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya) sessions, respectively as catered by the Commission on Population (PopCom) – Caraga during the inter-agency two-day Peace Caravan in said municipality very recently.

Young people from Barangay Kauswagan and Sitio Manawe, Barangay Sto. Tomas actively participated in the U4U Teen Trail – an educational, entertaining and interactive exhibit with fun workshops facilitated by the trained teens themselves. Through this activity, teens were able to know about reproductive health and their rights and sexuality. They were also educated about the sexually transmitted infections, HIV-AIDS and the risks of teenage pregnancy.

Prior to the trail, a teen facilitators’ workshop was conducted to the 25 high school students from various schools in Loreto.

On the same event, men and husbands from the two barangays attended the KATROPA sessions facilitated by the technical staff of PopCom Caraga, respectively. The activity dealt mainly on the role of men in family health. The discussion lingered on men’s duties and responsibilities as parent, child’s rights, elements of a happy and successful marriage, harmonious father and child relationship, responsible parenthood and family planning.

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano underlined the significance of the U4U and KATROPA sessions for these interventions allow teens to learn about self-identity, friendship, life skills and teen health advocacy and equip men and husbands with necessary knowledge and skills on maternal and child health and responsible parenting. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)