Advocacy campaign on downstream oil industry set in Caraga region
By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 28 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency Caraga (PIA), will conduct a series of Multi-Sectoral Advocacy Campaign on Downstream Oil Industry (DOI) here on March 28 and March 30 in Surigao City.
Part of the event is a radio hopping/guesting where officials form the DOE will also answer queries from the public/listeners.
Also, the advocacy campaign was conceptualized in order to create and capacitate a critical mass of communicators/media practitioners that would serve as conduits in disseminating the benefits and developments in the industry.
To maximize the campaign, other DOE stakeholders are also invited such as, Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Product Standards, Department of the Interior and Local Government - Bureau of Fire Protection, Local Government Units, Liquid Petroleum Products (LPP) retailers, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dealers.
The topics to be discussed include, among others, the Overview on the Downstream Oil Industry, LPG Industry Regulatory Framework, Retail Rules, Metrology and Basic Principles on the Sealing and Calibration of a Dispensing Pump.
The campaign was launched in Palawan and replicated in nine cities/municipalities in 2012. Following the successful conduct of these activities and the positive feedback it has created among the various stakeholders, Caraga region would replicate the same in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte provinces.
The activity is under the Communication Initiatives Program being managed and implemented by the DOE through its Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB). (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)
Province of Dinagat Islands is now rabies-free
By Rhea C. Abao
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 28 (PIA) - The Province of Dinagat Island has been declared rabies-free zone and a local declaration was conducted last March 16 by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Health (DOH), lead implementers of the Rabies Eradication and Control Program. These include the municipalities of Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto, San Jose and Tubajon.
“This is the fruit of our labor as we push strategic measures in eliminating rabies in our province. Our advocacy through information awareness and mass dog vaccination campaign paved the way for us to be rabies-free,” said Dr. Aimee A. Jimeno, Provincial Veterinarian.
The provincial government has implemented dog control measures through the enforcement of local ordinances in accordance with Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007. “This included impounding of stray dogs from all municipalities,” Dr. Jimeno added.
With seven municipalities added, there are already 35 rabies-free zones in the country. Out of the totaled rabies-free zones eight municipalities are from Caraga region including the municipality of Socorro in Surigao del Norte. This is the result of the intensified campaign of DA, DOH and LGUs against the disease.
“The DA together with the Bureau of Animal Industry continues to work on eliminating rabies while promoting animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty. Increasing public awareness on the importance of dog vaccination will also continue throughout the region,” said Dr. Esther Cardeño, DA-Rabies regional coordinator.
In support to the Rabies Eradication Program, DA’s Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RADDL) offers free rabies diagnosis exam. The free laboratory exam is meant to encourage pet owners the submission of more samples from suspected animal rabies cases.
According to DOH, rabies from dog bites continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the country. On average, 200 to 300 Filipinos die from rabies each year. As of today there are 424 Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTCs) accessible nationwide where 21 ABTCs are in Caraga region. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)