Thursday, April 7, 2016



AFP’s call on NPA rebels to give up keeps gaining ground in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 7 (PIA) – The constant call by government for the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) to give up arms and return to the folds of law has kept on gaining momentum in Surigao del Sur.

At 8:30 a.m. on April 2, 2016, another active NPA rebel who “identified himself as Vergel Sawe” aka “Jamal, Squad Leader of 2nd Platoon, Guerilla Front 14, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee surrendered to the troops of Bravo Company, 75th IB, 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, Philippine Army,” according to 1Lt. Miguel Borromeo, Jr., Battalion Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer based in Camp Jaime Ferrer, Barangay Maharlika, Bislig City.

Reportedly, the surrenderee brought with him “One AK 47 rifle with magazines and live ammunition and two Improvised Pipe Bomb.”

Col. Isidro Purisima, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander here, had always expressed belief that rebels groups would continue to turn their backs on their cause and seek peace with government.

In fact, he bared in his accomplishment report recently that since the 2nd quarter of 2015 up to the 1st quarter of 2016, the brigade had already posted a total of 93 former rebels (FRs) who availed of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP).

Lt. Col. Haron Akaz, 75IB commander, had always showed the same gesture.

Meanwhile, 1Lt. Borromeo, concurrent Officer in Charge (OIC) of Bravo Company, during the surrender of Jamal, quoted Lt. Col. Akaz as saying, “I am humbly appealing to their comrades (NPA) to never hesitate to do the same, approach the army units.”

Purisima, when talking to media, would almost always butt in on the CLIP—an approach by the administration to urge rebels to leave their armed struggle and go back to the mainstream of society—and call on NPA rebels to avail of the said program.

It was learned that the former NPA squad leader had confessed that the reason why he joined the rebel group was primarily to “seek justice” for the murder of his uncle (Datu Bulawanon), only to find out lately that those behind the killing were his comrades. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat towns get new rescue equipment

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Apr. 7 (PIA) - Provincial governor Glenda Ecleo of the province of Dinagat Islands recently handed over rescue and emergency equipment to the municipalities of Libjo, Tubajon and Loreto.

The rescue equipment that were purchased from the Capital Outlay Annual Rescue Equipment Fund include spine boards with immobilizers, spider straps, c-collar trauma, portable oxygen tanks 15lbs, oxygen regulators, portable chainsaw with tools, manila rope 50 meters and rescue pulleys.

Recipients were so glad and thankful for the rescue assistance the province had given them. It is a big help indeed in achieving “zero casualty” in times of disasters and calamities, they said. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DTI, SEC remind public on shady investment schemes

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 7 (PIA) – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan reminds the consuming public to be cautious in joining network marketing schemes with investment mechanisms that they should study and verify thoroughly on the subject entity before making crucial decision of putting up their hard earned money on such ventures.

Just recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease-and-desist order against the three-newly incorporated companies selling allegedly illegal investment products to the public.

The three companies are GoldXtreme Trading Co., Grabdtime Automobile Inc. (Grand Time), and Success200 International Corp.

“These entities are all offering investments to the public without secondary license form us,” SEC-Investigations and Prosecution Division Assistant Director Lalaine P. Monserate said.

Although these companies were incorporated in 2015, under the rules of the SEC, they still needed a secondary license to be able to sell investment products to the public. GoldXtreme presents itself as a trading company selling gold products. It invites people to put in P5,000 as initial and to recruit other investors in order to earn P25,000. They were given P500 as bonus for each referral.

The SEC investigated GoldXtreme beginning last year, sending agents who posed as prospective clients. It found out that the company had been offering its scheme publicly through online advertisements, video presentations, and invitations to the public.

Success200, on the other hand, said “it can turn an investment of P1,800 into P10,00o.” The company used Facebook to promote its investment scheme.

Grand Time, meanwhile, was incorporated with the primary purpose of operating a driving school. However, it was found to have allegedly entered into a multi-level marketing investment scheme, promising individuals a profit ofP12,000 after paying an “entry fee” of P1,200 and recruiting four other persons thereafter.

For more information about consumer complaints mechanism, Negapatan urged the interested parties to visit the local DTI office or call at telephone number (086) 826-6129. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


News Feature: Pinggang Pinoy for healthy meals

By Ma. Idelia G. Gloriosa

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) developed a new tool known as Pinggang Pinoy to guide healthy eating.

Pinggang Pinoy is a new, easy-to-understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis to meet the energy and nutrient needs of Filipino adults.

The plate has divisions that representing recommended proportions of foods belonging to the three food groups namely: Go, Grow and Glow.

Half of the plate represents Glow foods consisting of fruits and vegetables.

One sixth of the plate shows proportion for Grow foods such as meats, eggs, poultry, fish, beans and legumes.

One third of the plate is Go foods comprising rice, corn, bread, oatmeal, bread and rootcrops.

Let the Pinggang Pinoy guide you in achieving healthy and balanced meals daily.

Recently, the FNRI launched the Pinggang Pinoy for other population groups of children, teens, pregnant women, lactating mothers and older persons.

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: Keep foods safe this summer

By Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa

Summer is fast approaching already there are a lot of gatherings like family reunions, fiestas and summer outing planned and anticipated. But warm weather also presents opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive in our festive food. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly to protect us from foodborne illness during warm-weather months. Safe food handling when eating and preparing is critical.

The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a technical working group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recommends consuming safe foods and water to prevent diarrhea and other food and water-borne diseases.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), foodborne and waterborne diarrheal diseases kill an estimated 2.2 million people annually, most of whom are children. Diarrhea is the acute, most common symptom of foodborne illness. Other serious consequences include kidney and liver failure, brain and neural disorders, reactive arthritis with painful inflammation of the joints, cancer and even death.

Here are some practical tips that you can follow to keep foods safe during summer:

-       Start with a clean kitchen. Keep utensils and environment clean free from flies, rodents and dust.

-       Maintain personal hygiene. Avoid handling food when you’re not feeling well.

-       Store and defrost foods safely. Do not overfill your refrigerator to have enough room for air circulation inside the refrigerator which is important for effective cooling.

-       Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Keep foods like sinigang and other soups hot and keep foods like buco salad, fruit salad and fruit shakes cold.

-       Avoid cross contamination. Do not use the same utensils and plates for raw or uncooked foods as you do for cooked foods. When taking foods of the grill, do not put cooked food items back on the same plate that held raw food, unless it has been washed with water and soap first.

The risk of food poisoning increases during summer because harmful bacteria grow quickly in warm, moist conditions. Ensuring the safety of food can be challenging this time of year, but with proper knowledge and preparedness, holidays and celebrations during summer can be fully enjoyed by everyone.

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)