4.12.2016

Monday, April 11, 2016



PIA, Butuan media, army cruise Agusan River

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) – In time with the celebration of this year’s ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ (Day of Valor), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga in coordination with the Save Mindanao Volunteers Incorporated through executive coordinator Ruel Hipulan and 4th CMO Battalion, convened the media partners here on Saturday and cruised the Agusan River.

PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga emphasized that the media being a constant partner of PIA should also have a time for exploration and bonding with other media personalities in the city, and the River Cruise is just one of the many activities which the PIA planned to do with them.

“The media have been our partner in information dissemination and we see it necessary to allow them to explore and have fun at the same time. More of this activity will happen as we work along with the media here,” highlighted Caga.

Ramil Bangues, station manager of dxBC-RMN appreciated the efforts of PIA in initiating such activity with the media. Bangues, who is from Pagadian City has seen the picturesque spots of Agusan River and discovered different water and forest species.

“Agusan River is really amazing. Its beauty, calm water and the vegetation grown in the riverbanks are so attractive and it has a lot of tourism potentials. With that activity, we did not only enjoy discovering Agusan River and natural environment while cruising but most importantly, we enjoyed the company of other media practitioners from various media outfits. It was a camaraderie and our kind of celebrating Valor Day,” expressed Bangues.

Also, Noel Najarro, a Mindanao correspondent from Philippine News Agency (PNA) underlined that said activity was very educational. “The activity aside from being informative and educational, it also opens up awareness for the participants on the eco-tourism potential sites right here in our locality. Also, there are sites here which needed to be developed, conserved and protected,” he said.

PIA and media visited the following locations within the Agusan River: Rock Island with 2.9 hectares where wild ducks, Acacia trees and other indigenous vegetation can be seen, Kayam Forest in Pagatpatan and bird sanctuary. 

Agusan River is a river located in the eastern part of Mindanao island in the Philippines, draining majority of the Caraga Region and some parts of Compostela Valley province. It is the third largest river basin of the Philippines with a total drainage area of 10,921 km² and an estimated length of 350 kilometers from its origin.

The headwaters of the river is found in the mountains of Compostela Valley, near its border with Davao Oriental and east of Tagum City. It flows through the wide Agusan River valley which measures 177 kilometers (110 mi) from south to north and varies from 32-48 kilometers (20–30 miles) in width. It finally drains into the Butuan Bay at its mouth in Butuan City. The river is also the third longest river in the Philippines. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


1 in 4 Filipino pregnant mothers is nutritionally at risk - FNRI survey reveals

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) - A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently.

The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk.

The survey also revealed that pregnant mothers are more likely to be nutritionally-at-risk if they are from rural areas (25.2%), the poorest quintile (30.0%), the younger age groups in their first trimester (26.6%), and residing in Cagayan Valley (33.6%), Bicol (33.0%) and West Visayas (32.4%).

The FNRI-DOST will release a simple guide for healthy eating, the Pinggang Pinoy to guide the pregnant mothers on what to eat and how much to eat per meal. Pinggang Pinoy is a plate-based food guide that shows the right food proportions to provide optimal amount of nutrients required by healthy Filipino pregnant women

Remember that well-planned nutritious meal is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the developing baby in your womb.

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)


Mushroom cultivation training given to Bislig OFCs

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 11 (PIA) - Aiming to provide necessary skills fit to each members’ local resource, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga conducted a Mushroom Cultivation and Production Training to the different OFW Family Circles of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on April 1-2, 2016.

The recently completed two-day techno-transfer training was carried in the vision of utilizing the natural abundant soil of Bislig City.

Mushroom is among the targeted high-value crops that the agency wishes to introduce to its OFW organizations. They are usually grown on land with a decent parcel of hardwood forests.

Jason O. Dalapo, Research Specialist of the Department of Agriculture (DA) discussed the procedures necessary in the cultivation process. The system of mushroom production includes 6 steps mainly composting, fertilizing, spawning, casing, pinning, and cropping or also known as harvesting.

To further accommodate a more profound understanding of the process, the participants were given time to make their own outputs during the training using rice straw wood. They were likewise taught contemporary indoor growing techniques.

A total of 25 participants attended the said training representing the four recognized OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in Bislig City: OFW Women’s and Dependents Association, Youth Generation of Bislig City, OFW Family Circle of Mangagoy and United OFC of John Bosco.

This is the agency’s resolve to help its organizations become self-sustaining and gradually help in alleviating poverty through providing income generating skills trainings.  (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Uniformed personnel remember 'Araw ng Kagitingan' in Surigao Norte

By Ryan D. Layug

PLACER, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 11 (PIA) - Policemen, retirees, military spouses and children, members of 1st Surigao del Norte Ready Reserve Battalion and the 30th Infantry "Python" Battalion (30IB) based here joined the flag raising ceremony and parade for the heroes to commemorate the 'Araw ng Kagitingan' on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Bad-as, Placer, this province.

The commemoration activity started with a flag raising ceremony inside the 30IB battalion headquarters in barangay Sta. Cruz, Placer.

It was immediately followed by the 1K parade for the heroes from the 30IB headquarters going to Prince Hypermart in Bad-as where an array of service firearms, weapons and military individual issued apparel were displayed for public viewing.

"Our reservists have for many times shown valour to our beloved nation, they have been there during disaster rescue and relief operation and they will be there to help us defend our nation if needed and most of all, they are not paid, they render weekly duties out of spirit of volunteerism and love of country," said 30IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, in his message during the said activity.

Family members of soldiers living around the camp queued up at the photo booth to have their photos taken with soldiers and policemen while some joined the Python Band in entertaining the public through music.

The one-day activity was spearheaded by the 30th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of the Philippines based in Bad-as, Placer. (CMO-30IB, Philippine Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


BSFIL is new adoptor of FNRI brown rice bar

By Shannen Faye Q. Arevalo

MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) - The BSFIL Technologies Inc. is the latest adoptor of the Brown Rice Nutty-Fruity Bar ® (BRNFB) developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI-DOST). Formerly known as Baltimore Spice Philippines, Inc. (BSPI), it manufactures and supplies food ingredients and seasonings.

Based in Alabang, Muntinlupa, BSFIL has been in the food industry for more than 30 years. The company’s goal is to supply clients with world-class, cost-effective, and cost-efficient products and services.

On January 19, 2016, the technology transfer training on the production of BRNFB was held at the FNRI-DOST pilot plant and food laboratory. The said training was customized to meet the specific needs of the company.

The BSFIL contingent was headed by its President, Edilberto Elegado, and his son Mr. Nicholas Elegado, Market Strategy and Development Manager.

The program included the briefing orientation and lectures on, preparation of raw materials, extrusion technology, and the different equipment used in the production of BRNFB. The procedures of operating the pulverizer, moisture analyzer, paddle mixer, roaster, oven, high-speed mixer, twin-screw extruder, and electric dryer were also discussed.

This partnership of FNRI and BSFIL Technologies attests that entrepreneurs can do business while addressing malnutrition and providing livelihood opportunities to the community. This will also ensure that the Brown Rice Nutty Fruity Bar® will reach its intended market.

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)


Cebuano News: Imbestigasyon nagpadayon sa container van nga gisunog sa mga armadong bandido sa lungsod sa Bayabas

SURIGAO  DEL SUR, Abril 11 (PIA) – Padayon ang pagpahigayon sa imbestigasyon nga gihimo sa mga awtoridad sa usa ka container van nga gikatahong giharang og gidabdaban sa mga armadong bandidong grupo niadtong Abril 7 sa hapon samtang gibaybay niini ang kadalanan sa lungsod sa Bayabas niing probinsya.

Nasayran nga ang maong sakyanan puno sa produktong saging nga gikan pa sa lungsod sa Tago nga  gipanag-iyahan sa DOLE-STANFILCO nga adunay plaka nga LWU-310 ug gimaniho kini sa usa ka Godofredo Piala Canada, 38-anyos ug lumulopyo sa Brgy San Pedro, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.

Subay sa giasoy sa maong driver nga si Canada, sila giharangan sa mga rebelde ug gipapakanaug samtang kini sila gitiunan sa tag-as nga mga armas. Human sila nanaog, kalit dayun nga gipusil sa mga rebeldeng bandido ang maong sakyanan nga adunay karga nga mga saging ug gidabdaban dayun ang mga ligid niini hinungdan sa pagkasunog sa generator set nga maoy naghatag pabugnaw sa kargang mga saging nga unta ibaligya pagawas sa nasud.

Ang maong pagpangharang nga gihimo sa mga bandidong grupo dili na bag-o sa Surigao Sur diin ubay-ubay na ang mga naitala sa susamang panghitabo sa milabay nga mga katuigan. Usa na niini nga gilantaw sumala pa sa mga awtoridad nga mihimo og imbistigasyon ang pagdumili sa maong kompaniya nga mohatag og rebolusyonaryong kontribusyon kon tax.

Sa kasamtangan, padayon ang gihimong imbistigasyon, og wala pay igong ebidensya kon impormasyong ang nahitalang hinungdan sa maong insidente. Sa susamang higayon, ang mga kasundalohan nga sakop sa 36IB padayon nga mipatigayon og mga operasyon sa paggukod sa mga bandidong grupo. (NGBT/with a report from 36IB-PA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)