Friday, October 9, 2015

DENR Caraga chief bows on religious groups combat on Climate Change

By Reggine Cruz-Ga

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo in his message during the Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change held recently at Dottie’s Convention this city stressed the need to plant trees to cushion the impact of climate change in the country.

“Malaki ang bahaging ginagampanan ng pagtatanim ng mga puno at sa tulong nito maisasakatuparan ang layunin ng NGP na maibsan ang patuloy na pagdami ng carbon dioxide na nagiging sanhi ng climate change,” Tamayo said.

Tamayo was one of the resource persons in the Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change. “The implementation of Executive Order (EO) 26 mandating the National Greening Program (NGP) aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016 within forestlands, mangrove, protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas, abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands. EO 23 imposes a moratorium on harvesting and transport of naturally grown trees,” he said.

“The NGP is more than a reforestation program,” he said. Tamayo said NGP is a national effort that also addresses food security, poverty reduction, environmental stability, and biodiversity conservation. It seeks to develop a mechanism for climate change mitigation strategy to enhance the country’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide.

The Interfaith dialogue on climate change headed by former Senator Heherson T. Alvarez promotes action on environmental protection and sustainability based on religious teachings. The dialogue encourages communities to build climate resilient projects that would enhance environmental support on national policies and programs through social action programs.

Tamayo said, the objective of the dialogue also supports the DENR’s mission and vision. He thanked the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, Climate Change Congress of the Philippines, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and Climate Change Commission for initiating the dialogue. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


FNRI develops supplementary feeding guide for school children

By Jund Rian A. Doringo
  
MANILA, Oct. 9 (PIA) - Undernutrition still prevails in the Philippines.

Undernutrition is defined by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as the outcome of insufficient food intake and repeated infectious diseases, which includes being underweight for one’s age, too short for one’s age (stunted), dangerously thin for one’s height (wasted) and deficient in vitamins and minerals (micronutrient malnutrition).

The 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that 29 in every 100 school-age children, 5-10 years old, suffered from acute malnutrition, where the poorest quintiles has the highest prevalence of underweight.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), undernutrition is a major underlying cause of child morbidity and mortality in low-income settings.

In preventing the prevalence of undernutrition to continuously increase, interventions in supporting the nutritional well-being of children are sought after, one of which is supplementary feeding.

Supplementary feeding is the provision of extra food to children or families beyond the normal ration of their home diets. It can take place in the home, feeding centers, healthcare centers and schools, WHO also stated.

In line with this intervention, the FNRI-DOST developed a simple nutrition tool as a guide to supplementary feeding for school children.

The guide features 12 viand and snack recipes with estimated energy and nutrient contribution per serving size, cycle menus, and useful information and tips in conducting supplementary feeding.

The preparation of the guide involved focus group discussions, recipe development and sensory evaluation. Estimation of energy and nutritional contents, photo-documentation of the recipes, and finalization of layout design and printing were also done.

The guide is downloadable from the FNRI website (fnri.dost.gov.ph).

It is said that children are the future of the nation. The FNRI-DOST is committed in keeping the Filipino children healthy and disease-free for a well-nourished country.

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; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST/PIA-Caraga)


FDA warns public against use of unregistered, adulterated Sehat Badan powder

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 9 (PIA) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its Advisory No. 2015-072 advises the public against the use of unregistered and adulterated Sehat Badan product.

According to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan the advisory warns the public to be vigilant sine the product poses potential danger of injury to the consuming public.

The importation, selling and offering for sale of the said product is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.

Negapatan said that the advisory indicated recent findings showed the said product is being offered for sale as unlabeled powder repacked in a small plastic nag with a piece of paper stating the list of therapeutic claims.

He said the illegal marketing of Sehat Badan is still prevalent online and in some areas of the country despite the issuance of the FDA advisory No. 2014-006 and 2014-056 in 2014.

He further said that the misuse and/or chronic use of steroids like dexamethasone may result to serious adverse reactions such as gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, obesity, dyslipidemia and increase risk for infections, poor wound healing and if stopped abruptly could cause withdrawal signs and symptoms such as hypotension, shock and coma.

Moreover, chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac sodium, paracetamol and ibuprofen could lead to kidney failure, gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding, worsen heart failure, increase cardiovascular risks and create an illusion of getting better while masking the root cause of the illness. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TESDA mulls sustainable skills, livelihood training for lumad evacuess in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 9 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Caraga region continues to look into the possible skills training and provision of livelihood assistance for the lumad evacuess at Surigao del Sur Sur Sports Center here.

Florencio Sunico, Jr., Caraga TESDA regional director, said his office would not only content on the holding of training inside the evacuation center but also contemplating on what could be done “even outside upon going back home,” referring to the same evacuees.

Recently, some 106 lumad individuals had undergone or participated in chips- and cocopretzels- making conducted in the evacuation center, which was jointly sponsored by Governor Johnny Pimentel and Board Member Glenn Plaza, Sunico bared.

 The lumads received the training warmly, he added.

Meanwhile, Sunico disclosed about the plan to conduct “inventory” of the lumad evacuaees—“how many are the out-of-school youths, mothers and fathers—for possible carpentry and agriculture training.”

Sunico said TESDA had already experienced holding training for lumads in cooperation with concerned local government units (LGUs) like in the towns of Lianga, Marihatag, and San Miguel towns, this province, admitting that conducting one inside an evacuation center was something new. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)