Tuesday, February 16, 2016



Claver OFWs, dependents undergo 4-day IT training

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) - In order to keep its members abreast with today’s digital age, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) mobilized a four-day Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Skills Training Seminar to the members of Claver Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circle.

A total of 32 OFWs, active and inactive, and beneficiaries attended the training at the Claver Municipal Convention Hall, municipality of Claver on February 9-12.

To make the most use of today’s technology, the Internet and the World Wide Web Modules were lectured, among others. The ability to access the internet makes communication with their loved ones working abroad easier.

The Modules on Computer Fundamentals 1 and 2, Microsoft Office including its basics: Word, Excel and PowerPoint were discussed by OWWA Information Technology (IT) Instructor Vincent B. Mahinay. Digital Media Fundamentals, Web Design Fundamentals, Word Processing Fundamentals, and Presentation Fundamentals were likewise taught.

A hands-on execution of the modules was incorporated in the training to facilitate an interactive learning.

Mahinay encouraged the participants to continue practicing what they were taught in the training to fully capacitate themselves with the IT.

The same ICT modules are offered for walk-in clients: OFWs, their beneficiaries and dependents, in the Regional Welfare Office. Interested applicants may register at the regional office and are required to submit the accomplished form with 1x1 photo, proof of OWWA Membership (Official Receipt, OWWA I.D., O.E.C., Passport), and Proof of Relationship to OFW. (JPIM, OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte town to implement online business registration

ALEGRIA, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 16 (PIA) – In its desire to improve delivery of services to local business community, the municipality of Alegria, Surigao del Norte will be implementing an online business registration in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office.

In preparation of the said conduct, the municipal government requested the DTI provincial office for a briefing on online business registration last January 28, 2016 wherein, a total of 28 local officials and employees of the municipality attended the briefing held at the Alegria Women's Center.

During the said briefing, DTI technical staff explained the mechanics and requirements of Online Business Name Registration.

DTI senior trade specialist Rodrigo R. Matabaran, explained that by virtue of Act No. 3883 otherwise known as the Business Name Law, individuals doing business using names other than their personal names will have to register with the DTI.

Hence, business owners have to register their business name before applying for business permits with the local government.

The online business registration will be done using the DTI Enhanced Business Registration System (eBNRS) flatform at the DTI website.

On his part, mayor Dominador Esma, Jr. appreciated the effort of DTI and committed to support the initiative to extend vital services to their business constituents in Alegria which is along the business permits and licensing system (BPLS) streamlining program.

He said that in localizing the conduct of the said online business registration will, in a way, help the local business owners reduce their cost of doing business by saving on travel expenses in going to Surigao just to have their business name registered or renewed at the DTI office.

Esma hoped that some of the requirements needed for the implementation of the online business name registration will be undertaken as soon as possible within this year to serve the micro-entrepreneurs in the municipality. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Feature: Get the Best from Fresh Fruits

By Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion

We can take a plunge in the pool or just relax at home sipping an icy cold glass of our favorite fruit shake or cold water.

But if there’s one good thing about summer, it is the abundance of fresh fruits to really enjoy.  But do you know how to choose the best one among our favorite fruits? In an article published by the “Nutrition Action Health Letter (Vol. 25, No.4)”, the following tips are suggested when choosing our favorite fruits:

For apples:    Look for firm and well-colored fruit.  Avoid bruised fruit or one that yields to slight pressure on the skin.  Apples may be refrigerated to prolong freshness.  Apples are said to soften ten times faster at room temperature.

For bananas: Look for bananas which are firm, bright and free of bruises or other injuries.  Avoid those which are bruised and with discolored skin.  They are best stored at room temperature.

For grapes:    It is best to look for well-colored and plump grapes firmly attached to the stem.  Avoid soft, moldy or wrinkled grapes and those with bleached areas around the stem ends.  Don’t let grapes get wet.  Wash them just before eating.

For guavas:    It is best to look for soft green fruit with a fragrant aroma.  Avoid hard fruit.  Guavas are best ripened at room temperature.  Ripe guavas will keep only for a day or two but the pulp can be frozen.

For oranges: Look for firm, heavy fruits with fresh, bright looking skin that is smooth.  Lightweight oranges are likely to lack flesh and juice.  Very rough skin texture means thick skin and less flesh.  Oranges keep fresh for only one week or two if refrigerated.  They yield the most juice if kept at room temperature.

For papaya:    Look for those with firm and unblemished fruit whose green color is turning yellow.  Avoid those which are solid green or mushy or with bruises.  Papayas are best ripened in paper bag at room temperature until softened and golden yellow.

Fruits are best enjoyed when they are eaten at their freshest.  The above tips can be used as our guide in choosing the best for our favorite fruits.  Some fruits like mango, papaya, guavas and citrus are rich sources of vitamin C, which help prevent scurvy.

Likewise, they are very important in increasing resistance to infection and facilitating the absorption of non-heme iron.  Yellow fruits, on the other hand, are beta-carotene rich and common fruits like bananas, melon and pineapple contribute additional vitamins and minerals which are good for the body.

Fruits like vegetables, provide dietary fiber that aids in regular bowel movement.  Eating fruits alone however, will not provide all the nutrients our bodies need.  The human body needs more than 40 different nutrients for good health.

As suggested in the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), no single food can provide all the nutrients in the amounts needed.  Remember, that the cliché: “eating a balanced diet for good health and nutrition “, still stands.  I guess this is the basis of the old saying: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  Happy fruit munching!

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 S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Lathalain: Food Safety, mahalaga ngayong Summer

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Nagpaplano ba kayong mag outing o magkaroon ng family gatherings ngayong summer?

Kung outing ang pag-uusapan, ang laging nasa isip natin ay swimming at masasarap na pagkain na nababagay dito. Wala na ngang sasaya pa sa paglalangoy sa beach o sa pool at ang pagkain ng mga summer foods.

Ngunit huwag natin kalimutan ang food safety o kaligtasan ng pagkain sa panahon ng tag-init o summer. Ang pagkain ay dapat laging malinis, mula sa paghahanda hanggang sa pagkonsumo. Mas lalong dapat maging maingat kapag magluluto ng pagkain sa labas o outdoors.

Narito ang ilang paalaala tungkol sa ligtas at malinis na paghahanda ng pagkain ngayong summer:

·         Panatilihing malamig ang mga pagkaing tinuturing na cold foods. Gumamit ng coolers at lagyan ng maraming yelo. Ilagay ang coolers sa lugar na di naiinitan. Dagdagan pa ng yelo kung tunaw na ang yelo sa coolers. Ang pinakamainam upang mapanatiling malamig ang pagkain tulad ng tinamplahang karne, manok at isda ay iimbak muna sa freezer para maging frozen bago ilagay sa coolers.

·         Unahing kainin ang mga pagkaing madaling masira at ihuli ang mga pagkaing di madaling masira.

·          Baunin sa picnic o sa outing ang mga pagkaing di madaling masira tulad ng adobong baboy o manok, inihaw na baboy o isda, sariwang prutas at gulay.

·         Hugasang mabuti ang prutas at gulay bago i-empake.

·         Kung mag-iihaw, panatilihin muna ang pagkaing iihawin sa loob ng coolers at ilabas lang kung kalian iihawin na ang mga ito.

·         Kung maghahanda ng pagkain, panatilihing malinis ang lahat ng kagamitan. Maghugas ng kamay bago hawakan ang pagkain.

·         Ilagay sa malinis na lalagyan ang inihaw na pagkain. Huwag gumamit ng parehong pinggan para sa hilaw at lutong pagkain.

·         Uminom ng malinis na tubig o magdala ng bottled water.

Ayon sa ikaanim na mensahe ng 2012 Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Pilipino, “Tiyaking malinis at ligtas ang ating pagkain at tubig”.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. Sundan din kami sa aming Facebook page sa facebook.com/FNRI.DOST o sa aming Twitter account sa twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Barangay San Pedro, Hanigad nakadawat og 16 ka mga baroto ug tabang pinansyal

Ni Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Peb. 16 (PIA) – Ang barangay San Pedro (Hanigad) ning syudad nakadawat og mokabat 16 ka mga baroto ug mokantidad P150,000 tabang pinansyal atol sa gipahigayon nga Panambay sa Barangay ug Blessing turn over niadtong Pebrero 10, 2016 didto sa maong isla.

Personal nag mitambong sa maong kalihukan si Gobernador  Sol F. Matugas uban ni Bise Gobernador Carlos Arturo Egay, Jr mga board members ug ang team capitol.

Sa iyang mensahe nalipay ug nagpasalamat gyud og dako ang kapitan sa maong isla nga si Punong Brgy. Edgardo Gulfo sa panahon sa nga gihatag sa gobernador aron gayod makabisita ug mahimamat ang mga katawhan sa maong isla diin sila naghinam- hinam nga makita ug makauban sa personal ang gobernador.

Dugang pa ni Punong Brgy. Gulfo, ang mga katawhan sa maong isla nagpasalamat sa panambay sa barangay nga gidala sa gobernador kay kini dako kaayo ug ikatabang sa mga katawhan diin sila nakatagamtam sa libreng serbisyo sa medical ug dental check up.

Dugang pagpasalamat sa 16 ka mga baroto ug kantidad P150,000 nga gihatag sa gobernador para sa panginabuhian sa mga mananagat, uban pang mga proyekto sama sa pagpaayo sa atop sa ilang covered court ug uban pa. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)