Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PIA Caraga advocates for healthy living, nutrition among kindergartens

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) – In time with the culmination activity of this year’s Nutrition Month celebration held recently at GAD Learning and Resource Day Care Center here, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga encouraged all the kindergartens and their parents to practice healthy living through proper nutrition and exercise.

On behalf of PIA-Caraga regional director Abner Caga, deputy regional director Fryan Abkilan delivered his message during the said event.

“One should never underestimate the importance of eating healthy food, right nutrition and exercise. The benefits of eating a healthy diet include living a longer life, feeling happier, gaining vitality, weight loss, and a healthy appearance. Eating healthy foods means we can better fight diseases and live longer,” emphasized Abkilan.

Abkilan further bared that the record shows from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) that the consumption of fruits and vegetables is declining each year. The National Nutrition Council (NNC) also chose to focus on overweight and obesity this year to bring to everybody’s attention the need to step-up current efforts to address this complex problem.

“As we culminate this year’s Nutrition Month celebration with the theme ‘Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo (Proper weight through right nutrition and exercise), we give focus on the increasing problem of overweight and obesity in our country and its prevention through proper diet and physical activity and a call to action to promote a health promoting environment,” Abkilan said.

It was also learned that data from a new survey of parents by ACNielsen show two thirds of parents blame themselves. Parents have control over eating patterns and activities of their young children.

“This is out challenge to you kids, eat healthy food and exercise… Parents, if there’s will, there’s a way… Practice what you preach… That’s all kids… May you have a healthy living and continue living healthy,” stressed Abkilan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)   


Caraga RDRRMC awards 2015 Gawad KALASAG winners

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) - In time with the culmination of this year’s National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga awarded the winners of the Search for Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) in the region.

The participating agencies, regional winners and other guests started the program thru a processional march. As the chair of the RDRRMC, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga thru regional director Manuel Luis Ochotorena spearheaded said activity.  

Dir. Ochotorena thanked all the government agencies and partners from different sectors for their cooperation and support to the council and for helping the people level up its awareness on DRRM and continue to protect the lives of people and shield them from any form of disasters. He also congratulated all the chosen regional winners of the Gawad KALASAG Search 2015.

Regional director Minda Brigoli of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga and vice chair for Disaster Response emphasized that the government is continuously promoting disaster-resiliency among the people in every community. "As the vice chair for disaster response, we have been doing numerous coordinations with other partners to really reach the people in need in the remote areas during disasters. When people become disaster-resilient, they also can be poverty-resilient," she bared.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga regional director and vice chair for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Dominga Mallonga, expressed her congratulations to all the government agencies and partners who actively participated in all the activities of Caraga RDRRMC during the monthlong celebration of this year's National Disaster Consciousness Month. "To all those who participated in the Regional Search for Gawad KALASAG, thank you and congratulations especially to the chosen winners. As the vice chair, allow me to inform you that the DOST and our other partners continue to come up with strategies to improve our prevention and mitigation actions. We believe that we can use these strategies in our daily lives," she said.

Vice chairperson for Disaster Preparedness/co-chair of Regional Selection Committee for Gawad KALASAG 2015 and regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Lilibeth Famacion recognized the commendable efforts of the region’s responders and volunteers during disasters. "It is such a laudable efforts for all of us as we continue to strive for a disaster-prepared communities where we have zero casualty during disasters here in our region. We will also continue to capacitate our people to level up their preparedness with different strategies/techniques. Congratulations also to all our Gawad KALASAG winners," she cited.

Also, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga regional director and vice chair for Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño said that the region has been leveling up its efforts to increase its economic growth that give positive impacts to the people in terms of employment, investments and production of local products, among others.

The Caraga RDRRMC awarded the Agusan National High School (ANHS) DRRM Committee as first place in the Heroic Act Group Category and followed by the Bureau of Fire Protection Agusan del Norte.

Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) in Butuan City won the first place in the Schools Category (Private Urban), followed by St. Paul University (SPU) in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

For the Schools Category (Public Urban), the Bayugan National Comprehensive High School in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur won the first place, followed by Surigao del Norte National High School in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (2nd), and Agusan National High School in Butuan City (3rd).

Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) Incorporated is the lone winner for the Civil Society Organization Category.

In the Provincial DRRM Category, Agusan del Norte won the first place, Dinagat Islands - second, Surigao del Sur - third, and Surigao del Norte - fourth place.

"For the trust and confidence, the credit goes to Hon. Ma Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba. This award is not only for the local disaster risk reduction and management councils of Agusan del Norte, but the whole Caraga region and for the people of Agusan for their active participation and cooperation in the disaster risk reduction and management efforts of the province. Thank you very much," expressed Agusan del Norte PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo.

The 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 is the lone winner in the Government Emergency Response Management Services (GEMS) Category.

Caraga RDRRMC has awarded the Rescue and Emergency Service Provider on Disaster (RESPOND), Inc. as the lone winner for the Volunteer Organization Category. The said organization is also the Hall of Fame Awardee for its consistent exemplary performance in DRRM for Calendar year 2013 to 2015.

For the Rural Barangay DRRM Committee Category of this year's Regional Awarding for Gawad KALASAG in Caraga region, Brgy. San Juan in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur won the first place, followed by Brgy. Cabunga-an in Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands (2nd), and Brgy. Sta. Fe in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur (3rd).

For the Component City Category, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur won as first placer, and Surigao City, Surigao del Norte as second placer.

Butuan City won in the Highly Urbanized City Category of the said search.

Citations for the participating stakeholders for the Regional Search of Gawad KALASAG in Caraga region were also given by the RDRRMC, to wit: Municipality of Carmen, Agusan del Norte; Brgy. Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte; Brgy. Bonbon, Butuan City; Brgy. Humilog, RTR, Agusan del Norte; and Albor Central Elementary School, Basilisa, Dinagat Islands.

The member agencies with its focal persons of Caraga RDRRMC also received certificates and plaques of appreciation/commendation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PSA Caraga launches POPCEN 2015

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, August 4 (PIA) - The Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office (RSSO) Caraga launched the 2015 Consensus of Population (POPCEN 2015) held last August 3 at the Robinsons Place, this city.

POPCEN entails the listing of each individual as of a specified time and within a specified territory and recording of his/her characteristics, it was learned.

PSA-RSSO Caraga interim regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura said the aim of POPCEN 2015 is to generate statistics on the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the population and important housing characteristics.

Apura said the data will be used as basis in the formulation of development plans and in the allocation of resources at various geographic levels of the government.

"Let us be part of this important undertaking not only for us to be counted but also to show our love for our country and patriotism," said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) - Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño.

The reference date of POPCEN 2015 is on August 1, 2015, 12:01 AM.

“All living persons as of 12:01 AM of August 1, 2015 will be enumerated. These are the persons comprising the households, or household population and the persons residing in Institutional Living Quarters (ILQs)/collective living quarters, or institutional population,” Apura explained.

However, according to the PSA briefer, the listing and enumeration proper is from August 10-September 6. The census will last for about 25 days including Saturdays and holidays. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


DAR turns over building, farm equipment; distributes lands to farmers

By Joie Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) - Four units of farm equipment and one processing center were recently turned over by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the local government units of Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte.

DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes together with Surigao 1st district representative Francisco Matugas and Surigao Norte governor Sol Matugas led the turn over rites in Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte on July 14, 2015.

Under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project, the DAR handed over two rice reapers and two floating tillers worth P549,000.00 to the farmers of Del Carmen municipality.

 “These farm machines would greatly help the 587 farmers in Del Carmen in their rice and sweet potato production and marketing project,” said de los Reyes.

Farmer Benito Comon, who could not wait to use the equipment for their farming activities said, “These machines will truly help us simplify our job, minimize our expense and increase our income.”

For the farmers in Barangay Sta. Monica, the DAR turned over a processing center to the Garcia Farmers and Fisher folks Credit Cooperative (GAFFARCRECO).

Tesie Virtudazo, chairperson of GAFFARCRECO shed tears when she received the documents of the building for their turmeric processing project. “The events are just coming too fast, but thank you. It’s a dream come true,” she said.

Governor Matugas committed to support the turmeric processing effort of the organization. She vows to help in the marketing and making turmeric the “official health drink of Siargao.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Matugas offered to help make the organization’s request of a farm-to-market road come true. The proposed road would make the organization’s 10-hectare expansion production area accessible, as well as, their existing two hectares.

During the turn over rites, the DAR awarded land titles to 94 farmers from the municipalities of Dapa, Del Carmen, Burgos, General Luna, San Isidro, San Benito and Sta. Monica.

Present during the ceremony were DAR Caraga regional director Julita Ragandang, Sta. Monica mayor Fernando Dolar, Del Carmen mayor Alfredo Corro Jr., General Luna mayor Jaime Rosellon and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Jose Sebucao. (DAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR develops, plants 1,303 hectares with trees at Taguibo Watershed

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) -  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region has developed and planted at least 1,303 hectares with trees at the Taguibo Watershed over the past 10 years since 2004 which is a clear manifestation that the agency is consistently doing its part in reforestation program in the area.

DENR 13 regional director Nonito M. Tamayo showed this report at the recent First Butuan Water Rights Summit held in the city to correct false impression that the agency has done nothing in the development of the 4,367 hectares Taguibo Watershed area, the source of water supply of the city residents.

“The DENR was fully involved in the development of the watershed since 2004 when the agency had Taguibo embarked on a tree planting activity first in an eleven-hectare area,” he said.

Since then, he said the agency particularly the Provincial Environment Office employees has tapped other government and non-government agencies and organization to join the reforestation projects. In 2006 the DENR planted tree seedlings on a 15-hectare land at the watershed. Over the next four years until 2010, the DENR conducted enrichment planting and reforestation of 50 hectares. It has also mobilized and engaged the members of the AKTFAI, an organization of lumads farmers living within the watershed in the reforestation and development of 192 hectares in 2009 to 2010.

Director Tamayo said that with the full implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), a total of 825 hectares were rehabilitated and planted with indigenous species and fruit trees by several IP organization in the area.

In February 2012, the DENR had released P1,208,400 to the Anticala-Kabulay Tree Farmers Association Inc. (AKTFAI), Anticala Tribal Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ATRICMPCO), and San Antonio Integrated Farmers Multi-Purposes Cooperative (SAIFMULCO) for the reforestation of 76 hectares.

In 2014, the DENR under the NGP has again release P 9,294,250 for the members of the Anticala Watershed Farmers Association (AWFA),   the beneficiaries of the Butuan City Water District, the AKTFAI, the ATRICMPCO, and the Anticala Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders Association (ATRICELA) for the development and reforestation of 565 hectares planted with fruit trees and indigenous species.

This year, the DENR under the NGP has allocated P8,428,558.25 to the IPs under CADT 135 to develop and plant tree seedlings in 184 hectares ancestral land.

Tamayo said the DENR and its 1,300 strong employees are committed to protect and preserve the natural resources at the Taguibo Watershed but the whole community nevertheless, must share efforts in the sustainable development and rehabilitation of the area. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur revenue office gears up for 111th BIR Day Celebration

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 4 (PIA) – The Revenue District Office 106 (RDO 106) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Surigao del Sur has started to prepare for the “upcoming 111th BIR Day Celebration which is tentatively scheduled on August 12 and 13, 2015.”

According to Monib Dimakuta, revenue district officer here, said part of the event is the plan to highlight the support of top taxpayers by giving them due recognition, citing three respective categories—individual, corporation, and professional—covering the taxable year 2014 based on tax due.

In compliance with the memorandum date July 6, 2015 issued by Atty. Norberto Vitug, Caraga BIR regional director, RDO 106 was already able to submit the “Top 3 Taxpayer for each category,” the BIR chief pointed out.

In the meantime, however, he requested the submitted names of the top taxpayers not to be disclosed in order not to preempt the official announcement. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PO leaders want to be forest officers

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 4 (PIA) - Some leaders of people’s organizations (POs) engaged in the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement holders in Surigao del Sur have asked the officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga to list them in the Bantay Gubat program to strengthen the government’s anti-illegal logging campaign in their respective area.

The PO leaders have disclosed one of their concerns at a forum-workshop initiated by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) headed by Forester Maritess M. Ocampo under the Technical Services of the DENR Caraga in coordination with the PENR office, Surigao del Sur on July 24, 2015 held at the Goat Together Conference Center this city. The other concerns involve new learning on financial management and scientific applications about high survival rate of planted seedlings.

DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo who presided over the questions and answers forum said the POs are interested to join the recruitment of forest guards through the “bantay gubat” program to prevent illegal logging activities in their respective jurisdiction in Surigao del Sur.

Tamayo also asked the PO leaders to submit a list of their nominees who will undergo a seminar about forestry laws and regulations before they can be deputized forest officers. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Rapid coverage assessment follows after success of ‘NSDD’ in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 4 (PIA) – Following the success of the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) on July 29 here, all three schools divisions in Surigao del Sur under the Department of Education (DepEd)—the Surigao del Sur Division apart from the two more,  Tandag City and Bislig City Divisions—have yet to ensure the implementation of Rapid Coverage Assessment (RCA) until August 5, according to Dr. Helen Caño, Provincial Health Team (PHT) chief of the Department of  Health (DOH) in the province.

The provincial health team chief estimated that about 90 percent of the targeted 75,000 pupils in Surigao del Sur DepEd Division, aged five to 12, have been already dewormed with a dose of Albendazole tablet as prescribed.

She was likewise candid to say that their office has no available data yet to show for Bislig City Division in this regard.

Earlier, the Tandag City Schools Division under Dr. Gregoria Su, reported 93.74 percent success rate of the NSDD, citing 9,008 of the 9,609 pupils enrolled in 26 elementary schools have been made to take the prescribed anthelmintic drug.

Rudeline Azarcon, Tandag City division nurse, made available the copy of the accomplishment report submitted by her superior, Imelda Ballentos, also a registered nurse and NSDD division point person.

The rest, some 601 of them, will still have to be taken care of via the RCA, she pointed out.

“Absent, sick, dewormed at barangay, transferred out, and refused” were the remarks indicated in the report for schoolchildren who missed out the mass deworming on July 29, it was learned.

Also, Azarcon bared two schoolchildren here have to be rushed to a hospital due to abdominal pain after taking the deworming tablet, but were eventually discharged after treatment.

Dr. Caño confirmed that indeed there were such incidents not only in Tandag but also in some school districts in the province, adding cases of this nature are but normal.

Meanwhile, Dr. Daniel Laurente, division health section chief of Surigao del Sur DepEd Division Office said complete result of the NSDD have yet to be made available, explaining that the nurse in-charge was still busy out on field work.

Initially, however, he also had the impression that some 90 percent of their target has already been covered by the scheduled mass deworming. 

Before the NSDD was carried out here, pupils were made first to perform hand washing followed by mass feeding and finally tooth brushing, Laurente bared. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


News Feature: Breastfeeding still best for babies even during emergencies

By Charina A. Javier

Calamities are pressing people’s physical and economic resources. The recent calamities that struck the country have displaced thousands of families and the aftermath is much worse as illnesses began to spread.

Infants and young children are the most vulnerable. Having weak immunity, they are the ones who easily get sick when staying in crowded evacuation centers.

Undoubtedly, breastfeeding is the best for babies. Breastmilk is the perfect food for newborns and infants because it provides all the nutrients that are needed for healthy development.

Today, as families are in emergency situation and where basic infrastructure has been compromised, breastmilk provides a safe food for babies. Breastmilk contains antibodies that help protect them from common childhood illnesses like diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.

Moreover, breastmilk is readily safe, available and affordable. This helps to ensure that infants get adequate sustenance at the time when they need it, even in emergency situations.

Feeding infants and young children with milk formulas may pose dangers to their nutrition and health status. First, safe water needed for the preparation of milk formula and for cleaning and sterilizing materials such as bottles and nipples may not be available in the area. Water in evacuation centers may be contaminated to cause diarrhea, cholera and other water-borne diseases.

Water should be put to a rolling boil for at least 3 minutes if it is to be used to prepare milk formulas. Bottles and nipples should be boiled longer to make them sterile.

This poses the problem of not only safe water but also fuel source, which may also be scarce in evacuation centers.

Storage equipment, like a refrigerator, is most of the time not available and the hot environment in evacuation areas make milk formulas easily spoil.

In a situation where economic activities of a household are disrupted, income and savings, if there are any, are exhausted, and thus, milk formulas become inaccessible.

Mothers who are under stress may have stopped lactating for a day or so, but this can be overcome with good support.

It is a myth to think that because mothers are under stressful situations, they would not be able to breastfeed. They only need support for re-lactation.

The other myth is that because mothers are undernourished or are sick, they cannot breastfeed or the milk is of poor quality. This is not true because even very malnourished mothers can produce good milk.

Under these conditions, breastmilk may be in lower amount but it is still the best source of nourishment for the baby. Mothers, if undernourished as in such case, should be given the nutritional support that she needs.

Indeed, breastfeeding is a life saving intervention. It is best for babies in normal and emergency situations.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City,  Metro Manila, Tel./Fax: 8372934, 8373164; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph, email:mar_v_c@yahoo.com, mvc@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)


Lathalain: Maaari ka pa ring magpasuso ng eksklusibo kahit nasa trabaho

Ni Divorah V. Aguila

Kadalasang problema ng mga nagtatrabahong nanay ay kung paano magpasuso ng kanilang bagong silang na sanggol sa labas ng tahanan.

Pwede pa rin silang magpasuso habang nasa trabaho sa pamamagitan ng pag-express o pagkolekta ng gatas sa oras na dapat siyang magpasuso.

Ilagay ang gatas sa malinis na lalagyan na may takip at itabi sa refrigerator o freezer, na kadalasan namang mayroon sa mga tanggapan o opisina. Ang inimbak na gatas na ito, ang siyang maaring ibigay sa sanggol tuwing nasa trabaho o nasa labas ang ina. Siguraduhin lamang na nailubog sa mainit na tubig ang inimbak na gatas ng ina bago ibigay sa sanggol upang ang temperatura ng inimbak na gatas na iinumin ng sanggol ay katulad ng temperatura kung ito ay diretsang sususo sa ina.

Maaaring itago sa refrigerator ang kinolektang gatas ng ina hanggang beinte kuwatro oras, at hanggang tatlong buwan naman kung sa freezer itinago.  Wala talagang dahilan upang hindi makapagpasuso ang isang ina ng sarili nyang gatas.

Ang mahalaga lang ay ang paggamit ng malinis na tasa at kutsarita o medicine dropper sa pagbigay ng gatas na ito sa sanggol.

Paano masisiguro ng ina na sapat at tuloy-tuloy ang daloy ng gatas?

Tandaan, higit ang pangangailangan ng mga buntis at nagpapasusuo sa masusustansiyang pagkain dahil dapat nilang tugunan ang kanilang pangangailangang pangnutrisyon pati na rin yung sa baby.

Ang wastong pagkain ng ina sa panahon ng pagpapasuso ay isang paraan upang makasiguro sa sapat na daloy ng gatas.

Dapat ding iwasan ng inang nagpapasuso ang mabahala o mag-alala tungkol sa pagpapasuso.  Sa halip ay isipin na ito’y normal na ginagawa ng isang ina sa kanyang sanggol.  Iwasang matakot o mangamba, mag-alala o mapagod.

Kailangan din ng ina ang tama at kumpletong pagkain, kasama na rin ang sapat na panahon sa pagpapahinga sa araw-araw.  Dapat ding uminom ng sapat na dami ng mga fluids nguni’t mas mainam kung ito’y gatas, sopas, mga juice o tubig.

Regular ding magpasuso, at siguraduhing ubos ang gatas sa bawa’t suso.  Tandaan na ang patuloy na pagpapasuso ang natatanging paraan para matiyak na madami ang gatas ng ina.  

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham 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)