Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PhilHealth Caraga updates media on its 1st semester accomplishments

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) – In time with the orientation on Social Health Insurance Education Series (SHInE) - the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 7875 as amended otherwise known as National Health Insurance Act of 2003, held on Tuesday in one of the local convention centers here, the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation Caraga briefs the partner stakeholders and media on PhilHealth membership, as well as its accomplishments for the first semester of 2015.

“In Caraga region, we have a total of 2,540,920 PhilHealth beneficiaries, 984,774 of which are members while 1,556,146 are dependents. Our beneficiaries had availed of the inpatient, outpatient, Z benefits, and MDG related benefits,” says Johnny Sychua, regional vice president of PhilHealth Caraga.

PhilHealth has also released some P850,856,267.49 claims reimbursements while P55,975,575.00 for the primary care (capitation). Some 94,460 members also have been paid with their claims.

“The law mandates national agencies and local government units to require proof of PhilHealth membership before doing business or issuing professional or business license or permit,” adds Sychua.

The National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) was established to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available and accessible health care services for all citizens of the Philippines. It shall serve as the means for the healthy to help pay for the care of the sick and for those who can afford medical care to subsidize those who cannot. It shall initially consist of Programs I and II or Medicare and be expanded progressively to constitute one universal health insurance program for the entire population.

The program shall include a sustainable system of funds constitution, collection, management and disbursement for financing the availment of a basic minimum package and other supplementary packages of health insurance benefits by a progressively expanding proportion of the population. The program shall be limited to paying for the utilization of health services by covered beneficiaries. It shall be prohibited from providing health care directly, from buying and dispensing drugs and pharmaceuticals, from employing physicians and other professionals for the purpose of directly rendering care, and from owning or investing in health care facilities (Article III, Section 5 of RA 7875 as amended). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


FDA issues warning on unregistered mosquito coils

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 18 (PIA) – At least eight mosquito coils are being sold in the market although they are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In an advisory dated July 30, 2015, the FDA said the products, "are harmful, toxic and may pose imminent danger to human and animal health."

These products are Wawang High Quality Mosquito Coil, Anlu Mosquito Coil, Frog King Mosquito Coil, Anlu Plant Fiber Mosquito Coil, Lao Jun Mosquito Coil, Shertox Mosquito Coil, Brother Mosquito Coil, and BNC Mosquito Coil.

The FDA said the safety of the abovementioned products cannot be ensured since the said products were not evaluated to be compliant to FDA regulations and ensured its safety and efficacy.

In line with the said advisory, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office warned against the use of these unregistered mosquito coils and also advised all consumers to purchase only registered Household Urban Pesticides (HUP) products, distributed by FDA licensed manufacturer/trader/distributor.

The consumers were also encouraged to check for the other registered HUP products at the website www.fda.gov.ph/consumers-corner/registered-household-hazardous. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Caraga RPAB endorses P711 Million worth of subprojects to PRDP

By Emmylou T. Presilda

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) - After the two-day deliberation held on August 11-12, the Caraga Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) approves and endorses around P712 Million of Infrastructure Projects proposed by the different Local Government Units for 2016 funding under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

PRDP is a P27.5-billion World Bank project implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA), the national government and local government units (LGUs). It is a six-year program (2013-2019) designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. 

Considering the immense demand from LGUs nationwide and that funding is on a first come first serve basis, DA Regional Project Coordination Office (DA-RPCO) has assisted PLGUs to fast track submission of PRDP proposals for inclusion in the 2016 allocation of the Project.

Under the Intensified Building up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) or infrastructure component, Caraga is endorsing to PRDP the following subprojects approved by RPAB: Two Farm-Market-Roads (FMR) from Surigao del Norte totaling to P272.5 Million; Road concreting of Mabuhay – Bagumbayan FMR in the Province of Dinagat Islands amounting to P50.5 Million; Agusan del Norte’s Concreting of Bay-ang – Mahaba FMR with bridge in Cabadbaran amounting to P156.1 Million; Surigao del Sur FMR projects from Cortes amounting P170 Million and San Agustin amounting P33.3 Million; and, Rehabilitation of Culit Communal Irrigation Project of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte amounting to P29.3 Million.

The said projects will be endorsed to the Program Support Office Mindanao Cluster for review to see to it that every project adheres to the criteria set by the Project.  Afterwhich, subproject proposals will be endorsed to the National Program Coordination Office for further review and approval.  A No Objection Letter (NOL1) shall be issued thereafter if said proposals are found eligible for PRDP funding.

“We are scrutinizing the details of the proposed subprojects because its approval would ultimately lead to the development of the agriculture sector in our region.  We have to make sure that every monetary investment of the government through PRDP would lead to economic gains and sustain agricultural growth even after the project has ended,” DA Caraga regional director and RPAB chair Edna Mabeza said.

Following the Value Chain approach, the approval of the seven sub-project would support to the development of various agri-fishery enterprises such as Coconut, Abaca, and Cassava. (InfoACE RPCO-13/PIA-Caraga)  


Training, seminars sked at Negosyo Center in SurSur bared

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur has bared recently the list of training and seminars being conducted at the Negosyo Center located at its office here.

Romel Oribe, DTI provincial director, told media that aside from regular ones, particular training or seminar is also offered per request.

The regular training or seminars for that matter and its respective schedule include: Good Manufacturing Practices at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm. every last Tuesday of the month; Packaging and Labeling at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon; Pricing and Costing at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. every Thursday afternoon; and, How to Start a Business at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. every last Wednesday of the month.

Both Business Expense Saving Training Game and Dishwashing Liquid Making are conducted for two days with a minimum of 15 participants upon request, the DTI chief clarified.

Moreover, the conduct of Mentoring:  Bookkeeping-BIR-Compliance is open at anytime provided a request is likewise sent to set a scheduled date. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)