Thursday, March 3, 2016



DOH Caraga lists common summer diseases to watch

By Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga recently issued a public advisory on the common diseases and other health risks the public may acquire during summer.

DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna said they expect the rise of skin disease (sakit sa balat), sun burn, flu, rabies, stomach ailments, and sore eyes. Llacuna said these six common summer diseases are noted to affect one’s health.

Skin diseases, Llacuna said, could happen when swimming in dirty water or public unmaintained swimming pools. “Take a bath before and after plunging into the pool and avoid urinating it. Children should not be left alone in the pool so as to avoid danger in swimming,” he said.

Llacuna said sun burn can be prevented by limiting outdoor activities. “Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,” he said. The use of sunscreen before going outdoors is also greatly encouraged. “Avoid heat stroke by drinking 8-12 glasses of water per day,” he added.

Flu symptoms such as colds and cough can also be prevented if one will increase oral fluids for hydration, the DOH director said. “Exercise proper cough etiquette. Senior citizens are advised to get vaccinated against influenza before the flu season begins,” said Llacuna.

The public is also warned against rabies infections from dog or cat bites for these are potentially fatal diseases.

“Vomiting and diarrhea follows consumption of contaminated food and drinks. Check for food labels and integrity of processed foods to avoid stomach ailments,” Llacuna said.

He also encouraged the public to be wary against sore eyes or conjunctivitis. “Proper handwashing is very important to prevent it from spreading. We highly advise to consult a doctor for proper evaluation,” he said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte GADCC joins 2016 Women’s Month celeb

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The provincial government here through the Provincial Gender and Development Coordinating Council (GADCC) and Provincial Center for Women’s Training and Development joined the National Women’s Month celebration, the whole month of March.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “An Karajawan ni Juana, I-lakip sa adyenda.”

The celebration kicked-off on Tuesday, March 1 with a thankgiving mass at 6:30 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol Chapel, followed by a motorcade around the city, and opening program at the provincial gym.

Other lined-up activities for the month-long celebration include, international women’s month celebration program, community praise and worship, Buntis Day celebration, Gender Sensitivity Orientation and culmination progam.

Governor Sol F. Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr, board members Regina Alaan, Lenila Gorgolon, Melva Garcia, and Simeon Castrence graced the kick-off activity along with the members of the PGADCC, employees from the local government unit of the city and province, national line agencies, private institutions, and other stakeholders. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


RDC-Caraga urges gov't agencies to allocate budget for youth

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 (PIA) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) – Caraga on Wednesday approved a council resolution which enjoins the Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) and State Colleges and Universities (SCUs) to disaggregate youth development from their list of Programs, Projects, Assistance (PPAs) during its 86th RDC full council meeting last March 2, held this city.

RDC Resolution No. 4, Series 2016 is “encouraging RLAs and SUCs in the region to earmark at least 1% of their budget for youth development-related PPAs.”

The list for PPAs related to youth development shall be submitted to RDC Secretariat for consolidation and shall also be presented to the National Youth Commission (NYC). 

The full council meeting was held at NEDA-Caraga Building, J. Rosales Avenue, this city. (DJMA/PIA-Caraga)


Some SurSur prov’l officials, employees owe gov’t a sum of P3.5M in cash advances

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 3 (PIA) – Charles Tajonera, provincial accountant, this province, has appealed to concerned officials and employees of the provincial government to clear their names on cash advances.

During Monday’s flag ceremony program, which the Provincial Accountant’s Office had hosted, the chief account executive bared that “Review of the account Advances to Officers and Employees (148) from all funds showed that it has an outstanding balance of P3,504,724.01 as of December 31, 2015,” quoting an administrative office memorandum (AOM) from the Commission on Audit (COA) his office had received on February 29, 2016, however, dated February 22, 2015, which was flashed on to a screen via a projector before capitol employees.

Of the said total amount, “P3,439,685.01 are overdue for liquidation,” it was learned.

The said AOM, signed by Glen Cambray and Anania Lapinig, state auditor IV, audit team leader and state auditor V, supervising auditor, respectively, bears a “Recommendation” for Governor Johnny Pimentel to “instruct the Provincial Accountant to issue demand letters to the Accountable Officers (AOs) with overdue cash advances.”

As chief account executive, Tajonera admitted that it was incumbent upon him to remind all concerned employees to settle their cash advances as prescribed under the law.

“Failure of the AO to liquidate his/her cash advance within the prescribed period shall constitute a valid cause for the withholding of his/her salary pursuant to Section 5.1.3 of COA Circular No. 97-002,” the recommendation went on as highlighted.

The “outstanding cash advances to employees” that were cited under the same AOM  included P742,483.30—five years or more; P1,680,967.54—more than one year but less than five years; P842,213.47—61 days to one year; P174,020.70—31 to 60 days; and P65,039—zero to 30 days.

“From the above data, evidently, the management failed to collect unexpended balances and monitor liquidation of cash advances,” the AOM noted.

The “government is deprived of the immediate use of these funds in the possession of the Accountable Officers,” the audit team leader further commented.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Ceremonial Lighting sa 'Pasuga sa Barangay' Program malampusong gipahigayon

Ni Mary Jul Esclante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 3 (PIA) – Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang ceremonial lighting sa 'Pasuga sa Barangay' bag-ohay pa lamang didto sa Purok 3-Brgy. Timamana sa lungsod sa Tubod sakop ning probinsya.

Mokabat sa 78 ka mga kabalayan ang libreng nakatagamtam sa maong programa sa probinsya sa pagpaningkamot sa gobernador.

Dili matukib ang kalipay ug pagpasalamat sa mga katawhan tungod sa maong programa kay suold sa pila na ka mga katuigan karon pa sila makatagamtam sa sugang dagitab og kini tungod sa paningkamot sa gobernador ngadto kanilang mga kabos ug walay ikagasto.

Dako usab ang ilang pagpasalamat ug kalipay nga nakita nila si Gobernador Sol Matugas nga nakaabot sa ilang lugar ug personal nga nakasinati sa ilang kahimtang.

Mitambong sa maong okasyon sila Gob. Matugas, Bise Gobernador Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr, Kongresista Francisco Matugas, Board Member Melva Garcia, Mr. Ronald Eupeña ug ang Team Capitol. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)