Friday, April 15, 2016



COMELEC Agnor, RMN sponsor provl debate

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 15 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Agusan del Norte provincial office in partnership with the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) will sponsor a provincial debate on April 20.

Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Ernie F. Palanan said, the debate will be divided into three parts. The first part is for gubernatorial candidates while the second and third are for the first and second congressional districts, respectively.

According to Atty. Palanan, the debate is aimed to inform and educate the public for the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.

“Each opposing candidates shall be given five minutes for their opening statement,” said Atty. Palanan. A panelist will also ask a question to each of the opposing candidates, each candidates will be given three minutes to respond to the question, he added.

The debate will start at 8:00 A.M. at DXBC - RMN Butuan located at South Montilla Boulevard, this city. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Feature: PDRI: New standards in nutrition for Filipinos presented to the media

By Victor J. Alfonso, Jr.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) has developed a more robust standard guide to assure us that we know how much nutrients we need for a day. The maximum amount that we should not go over and even the average daily amount of nutrients that we Filipinos to ingest with our food.

This new guide is the 2015 Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes or PDRI for short. This edition features the multi-level reference values for energy and nutrient intakes. This is in accordance with the changing uses and applications of these standards by various stakeholders.

On August 25, 2015, the FNRI-DOST in partnership with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DOST) presented the Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes during to the media the FORUM 2015 COHRED|Global Forum on Research Innovation for Health at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The presentation of the PDRI was attended by international and local media partners. FNRI called on media to introduce and help disseminate this to the public so that Filipinos are guided on proper diet selection for adequate nutrition.

Aside from the Recommended Energy/ Nutrient Intake (RNI) which focuses primarily on preventing nutrient deficiency in almost all healthy individuals in the population, the PDRI adds three other reference values:

One of these is the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR). This is the recommended reference for assessment and planning of diets of groups and individuals.

Likewise, the Adequate lntake (Al) is used in the absence of established EAR to determine the recommended intake level. This standard is taken from the average intake of a nutrient by a group of apparently healthy people.

The Tolerable Upper lntake Level or Upper Limit (UL) guides consumers to avoid consuming too much of a nutrient and avoid toxicity.

The PDRI heralds a new approach to nutrition assessment and dietary planning in the country. It therefore necessitates a thorough understanding of its origin, purpose, and intended applications. After its release and publication, the next urgent step is ensuring that the PDRI concepts and uses are properly communicated to and understood by various users and stakeholders in the form of trainings, dissemination fora, scientific meetings, and the like.

Hopefully, this initial presentation of the Philippine Dietary Reference Intake or PDRI will be the first step in informing the Filipino public to know the proper amounts of nutrients that need to be taken in from foods eaten and also encourage people to follow a proper diet to ensure getting adequate nutrition.

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)


News Feature: Food tips for the home during disaster

By Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa

Some hazards are naturally occurring physical phenomena caused either by rapid or slow onset events which can be geophysical like earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity. Others are hydrological like avalanches and floods some climatological such as extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires, meteorological like storms and wave surges, or biological such as disease epidemics and insect or animal plagues.

Technological or man-made hazards are complex emergencies or conflicts, famine, displaced populations, industrial accidents and transport accidents. These are events that are caused by humans and occur in or close to human settlements. These can include environmental degradation, pollution and accidents.

A natural or man-made disaster can cause loss of lives or damages to properties. Our country is not spared from the havoc of natural disasters, as it is surrounded by bodies of water and is located along the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, from where typhoons, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquake emanate.

Emergency reserve food and water in the home are essential in the event of a natural disaster. Ensuring the safety and quality of food and water supply is very important because consumption of contaminated food or water may result in illness or death. Careful planning and readiness help ensure safe food and water supply for the family.

Here are some practical food tips that you can follow when disaster occurs:

-       Store food that are non-perishable or with long storage life

-       Foods that need no refrigeration

-       Foods that are easy to prepare to prepare and cook

-       Foods that require a minimal amount of water if preparation is needed

-       Foods should be compact and lightweight

-       Store clean water in safe sealed containers

-       Also wash hands with soap and water when handling foods to prevent illnesses and

-       Include hand sanitizer

Examples of foods to store are ready-to-eat canned goods like sardines, dried fruits, juices, staples (sugar, salt, pepper), instant low-salt noodles, high energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, nuts, energy bars), cookies, candies and other snack foods. Also, avoid storing foods that are salty, spicy and caffeinated because these will increase thirst.

We must also consider the special nutritional needs of infants and young children, pregnant and lactating and older persons in the home because they are the most vulnerable persons. Like for infants and young children, breastmilk is still the best food for them. Practice and maintain exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months.

For pregnant and lactating women, micronutrient-rich foods must be considered, like fortified foods such as instant low-salt noodles and cereals. For older persons, store easy to chew and digest foods like soft biscuits, bread, oats and easy to prepare soups.

Also, water is the most essential life-sustaining resource. Keeping water in a clean plastic bottle will keep you hydrated.

Have a bag of foods ready to carry when disaster strikes. Every household should assemble a disaster supplies kit and keep it up to date. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items a family would probably need to stay safe and be more comfortable during and after a disaster. Disaster supplies kit items should be stored in a portable container near or as close as possible to exit door.

Review the contents of your kit at least once every quarter or as your family needs change. Major food shortages can be a major feature during emergency situation. Planning ahead and preparing the disaster kits before calamities strike would to prevent us from additional stress when disaster strikes.

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)


DTI-Caraga registers 2,968 business names for 1st qtr of 2016

By Irene L. Macheca

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 15 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga has registered a total of 2,968 Business Names (BN) for the first quarter of 2016.  

This figure is up by 9% from 2015 of the same period and most of the businesses registered are on trading and services.

According to DTI regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran, the increase in Business Name Registration is attributed to the establishment of Negosyo Centers in strategic areas around the region and the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) during the month of January in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs).

DTI will continue its efforts in improving infrastructure to maintain the 15 minute turn-around time on approval and release of Business Name Registrations.

“Despite the challenges on internet connection and power interruptions in some of our BN processing hubs, we managed to process 99.9% of the BN applications within 15 minutes during the first quarter,“ said director Pagaran.

No need for the applicants to comeback or follow up applications.  Applications are done in 15 minutes.

Reynaldo Pagalan of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur wrote in his Client Satisfaction Feedback that he was surprised of a “very fast processing” of his BN application.

DTI Provincial Offices and Negosyo Centers around the region are open for Business Name Registration Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.   

Applicants must bring any government issued identification card for fast easy and processing.  Fees vary according to the business coverage or territorial scope. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: COMELEC at PIA nagsanib pwersa, inilunsad ang kauna-unahang mobile application para sa Halalan 2016

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Abril 15 (PIA) – Inilunsad kamakakailan lang ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ang kauna-unahang mobile app icon upang mapatibay at mapalaganap pa lalo ang pagbibigay ng tamang impormasyon sa publiko lalung-lalo na ngayong darating na halalan.

Ang nasabing app icon ay napaloob sa One Mindanao mobile app ng PIA Caraga.

Ayon kay PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga, ang mobile application na eto ay mada-download sa mga smartphones na android at IOS ng libre. Anya, ito ang kauna-unahang mobile application sa rehiyon kung saan makikita ng publiko ang ibat-ibang kapaki-pakinabang na mga datos galing sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno.

Dagdag pa ni Dir. Caga, ang One Mindanao mobile app ay denisinyo rin upang mas madaling gamitin ng media sa pagkuha ng mga impormasyon na kanilang magagamit sa pagbibigay-balita sa publiko.

Inihayag din ni Atty. Renato Magbutay, regional election director ng COMELEC Caraga ang kanyang pasasalamat at pagbigay-pugay sa mga inisyatibo ng PIA na naging epektibo at kilala ng publiko. Anya, sa panahon ngayon, dapat na maging 'advance' na rin umano ang mga paraan ng mga ahensiya at media sa pagbibigay impormasyon.

Sa pamamagitan umano ng nasabing mobile app, magiging madali at convenient para sa mga netizens na malaman 'real-time' ang mga kaganapan sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Samantala, ipinakita ni Dir. Caga sa mga media practitioners kung paano ang pag-download sa One Mindanao mobile application at anu-ano ang mahahalagang features na makikita dito.

Ibinahagi rin ni Dir, Caga ang isang feature ng nasabing app na tinatawag na ‘photo sharing’ kung saan kahit sino na may gustong ireport sa pamamagitan ng kanilang nakuhang larawan o picture ay maaaring makapga-post agad at makapaghatid ng balita sa publiko. ang mga larawang ito ay dapat katanggap-tanggap at hindi bulgar o maaring makasira ng moral at dignidad ng ibang tao.

Napag-alaman din kay Atty. Magbutay na may gaganaping media tour sa ibat-ibang voting precints ng Butuan City sa buwan ng Abril. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)