11.16.2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

DOH-Caraga strengthens campaign to eliminate filariasis, malaria

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) - Caraga has strengthened its campaign to eliminate mosquito transmitted-diseases by declaring the month of November as filariasis and malaria consciousness month.

It was declared through the Executive Order No. 369 and Presidential Proclamation No. 1168, respectively.

November shall also be the month for the annual mass treatment against filariasis.

“The annual mass treatment is an approach which involves the entire community in killing microscopic worms and controlling mosquitoes,” DOH-Caraga assistant regional director Cesar Cassion said.

In the region, three provinces have already been declared filaria-free: Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur. Whereas, only Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands were declared as malaria-free provinces.

“This is actually the global campaign to eliminate the said diseases. Prioritizing the vulnerable population, we will never stop our efforts to combat the diseases until the entire region is declared free of such,” Cassion said.

Filariasis is an infection caused by microscopic, thread-like worms called filarial worms and is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito which develops into adult worms. It causes great damage and overwhelming swelling known as lymphoedema. The best way to prevent lymphatic filariasis is to avoid mosquito bites.  While, Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by plasmodium parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. And to prevent and reduce Malaria transmission, vector control is the main tactic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends protection for all people through the use of mosquito nets or insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor residual spraying.

To date, DOH Caraga is on the verge of preventing and controlling the mosquito-transmitted diseases until its region wide elimination. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City to hold 3rd Children’s Congress

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The city government here, in collaboration with the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), is set to hold the 3rd Children’s Congress to highlight the 23rd National Children’s Month celebration at Tandag City Gymnasium on November 20, 2015.

Tessie Buniel, city social welfare and development officer, had already sent out all programs of invitation.

With the theme “Kumunidad at Pamahalaan Magkaisa, Pang-aabuso sa Bata Wakasan na!,” the CSWDO chief bared the lined-up activities for the month-long affair.

Meanwhile, she expressed optimism that “this congress will surely redound to the benefits of the children of Tandag City.”

The city government had been celebrating the Children’s Month year in and year out based on R.A. 10661 otherwise known as National Children’s Month Act.  However, this year’s event would be purposely held in order “to highlight children’s rights and responsibilities to the society,” Buniel pointed out in her letter to Atty. Janissa Delicona, city legal officer, this local government unit (LGU), one of the activity’s speakers.

“This program/activity is only limited to grade V-VI 4P’s pupils in the elementary schools within the City of Tandag including the student leaders of different educational institutions,” she clarified.

Carrying out this event was likewise aimed “to encourage stakeholders promote and advocate children’s participation in decision making process at all levels (family, community, etc.),” Buniel added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Norte town receives P1M for Pasalubong Center

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 16 (PIA) – The local government unit (LGU) of Claver of this province recently received P1 million check from the Department of Trade and Industry  (DTI) for the implementation of their Pasalubong Center project under the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) Program.

The Pasalubong Center is expected to benefit the local producers that will be displaying and selling their local products.

The local government is helping the micro-entreprises and farmers cooperatives in various productive endeavors producing handicrafts, processed food and souvenirs items hence they proposed the aforesaid project.

Claver mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee was grateful to DTI Surigao del Norte headed by provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan for the support in facilitating the release of the said project fund that will be used to support local micro-entrepreneurs in the said municipality.

DTI supported Claver LGU initiatives under the BUB program considering the town’s flourishing local businesses and increasing visitors’ arrival.

The check was handed to mayor Gokiangkee by Rodrigo R. Matabaran, Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist during the simple turn over ceremony held recently at Claver Municipal Hall.

Witnessing the released were Trade and Industry Development Specialist - DTI BUB technical staff Ninebeth Romo, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Eva B. Casido, and Claver BUB Coordinator Jason D. Buhion. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur town up for 13th Surfing Festival

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 16 (PIA) – Lanuza town, 43 kilometers north, this city, is already set for the holding of 13th Surfing Festival at Doot-Poktoy Surfing Paradise on November 23-28, 2015.

Based on the official program of invitation, the activity will be held simultaneous with the 7th Agri-Aqua Trade Fair plus a lot more of side occasions like the inter-school beach dancing contest, fun run, coastal clean-up, old-fashioned volleyball, indigenous vegetable cooking contest, boat racing, "photo ko, like mo contest," search for Ms. Surfin’ Lanuza, and more.

However, the main event for the six-day affair will always be the open surfing competition for men and wahine on short- and longboards alike.

Surfing participants are expected to arrive at least two days ahead of the opening day due to the registration schedule as well as briefing.

The said town does not only take pride of  other famous eco-tourism destination and attraction such as Mangrove Forest, Campamento Caves, Magkawas Falls, Herrera Ancestral House, Lanuza Agsam Craft, Sanctuary Café, Sanctuary Guardhouse, and Rafflesia but it is also proud of its amiable folk.

The Provincial Tourism Office here headed by Caridad Rosina Ronquillo had already been tapped for the usual support.

Michelle Pareja, assistant provincial tourism chief, said that the host locality was asking for P500,000  financial assistance from the provincial government.


However, Governor Johnny Pimentel has yet to give his word on the matter, according to Marjorie Pagaran, secretary to the governor. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)