5.13.2016

Friday, May 13, 2017



Gov’t agencies to participate in Senior Citizen plan of action workshop

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY May 13 (PIA) – The focal persons/representatives from government agencies will be participating in the two-day assessment-workshop on the Philippine Plan of Action for the Senior Citizens (PPASC) on May 24-25, 2016 here.

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli, the PPASC 2012-2016 is on its end-term this calendar year 2016.

“The DSWD, being the chair of this committee is spearheading the said assessment-workshop. On May 24, there will be a Regional Inter-Agency Committee (RIAC) assessment-workshop on the PPASC 2012-2016 and on the second day, May 25, will be the formulation of the PPASC Successor Plan 2017-2022 and the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) second quarter meeting,” disclosed Brigoli.

Brigoli further advised that each member agency is required to bring their accomplishment report based on the programs, projects and activities implemented that benefitted the senior citizens sector since 2011 up to the first quarter of 2016.

“Each agency accomplishment will be accounted and reflected in the manual of the PPASC 2017-2022,” Brigoli added. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte to celebrate 115th founding anniversary

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 13 (PIA) – The provincial government here will celebrate its 15th Founding Anniversary on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Surigaonon-Mapagarbohon sa Probinsya Na Mauswagon (People of Surigao-Prideful of the Prosperous Province).”

The celebration is pursuant to Provincial Ordinance No, 01, an ordinance declaring May 15 of every year as Founding Day Anniversary of the province.

Surigao del Norte governor Sol F. Matugas, Dinagat Islands vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo, Surigao del Sur governor Johnny T. Pimentel, 1st District representative Francisco T. Matugas, and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas are expected to grace the event.

According to Provincial Tourism and Culture Officer-in-Charge Arturo M. Cruje, the activity will start at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday with a Diana around downtown of the city to be followed by a holy mass and program at the Provincial Convention Center, here.

The celebration will be highlighted with the awarding of Tourism and Culture Awards, Service Excellence Awards, and HEALS Awards. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DOH Caraga to commemorate AIDS candlelight memorial

By Romelyn Esther C. Torralba

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region is commemorating the Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (PIACM) through a Philippine AIDS Hour on Saturday, May 14 at Guingona Park here.

The activity is set to start at 5:00 p.m. in which the public is encouraged to light a candle as a symbol of hope in the quest for solutions to the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS to humanity.

The AIDS Candlelight memorial is a global event that is not only a commemoration for those who have died from the disease but as a platform for HIV/AIDS as well, said DOH Caraga regional director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. This event is celebrated worldwide in collaboration with advocacy partners, The Project Red Ribbon (TRR) and Pilipinas Shell with the popular theme, “Know your status, Get tested,” director Llacuna added.

According to the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry, a total of 31,911 cases were tallied nationally of people living with HIV (PLHIV) from 1984-2016. As of February 2016, there were 751 new Absero-positive individuals confirmed STD/AIDSs Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL). Most of the cases were males (96%). Of the 751 HIV positive cases in 2016, 15% were AIDS cases.

In Caraga region, the latest disease surveillance report (February, 2016) tallied six new Absero-positive individuals confirmed of STD/AIDSs from SACCL with a total of 13 cases from January, 2016. From 1995, however, HIV cases now totals to 253 with 20 reported HIV-AIDS related deaths. Butuan City remains to have the most number of cases (95) in the region.

With the data both in the national and regional level; and the worldwide increasing count of HIV/AIDS cases, strategies to combat this disease should be and constantly strengthened. The Philippine AIDS Hour is only a part of a maximized awareness campaign for the disease.

“One hour. Let’s give an hour to solemnize the people who battled and continuously battles HIV/AIDS. This will also remind us to work harder and work together to inform people of the disease and aid the public in precautionary measures; And for those who are in doubt of their status, DOH is readily accessible for free testing and counseling services and most importantly, free medicines warranted by test results,” director Llacuna said. (DOH-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur Comelec cites good peace and order for feat in May 9 polls

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 13 (PIA) – Atty. Raquel Limbaco, provincial election supervisor (PES) here, attributed to good peace and order situation of the province of Surigao del Sur the success of the just concluded May 9, 2016 elections.

The Comelec provincial chief told media that the conduct of the said polls was generally peaceful and orderly.

However, she admitted that the Election Day was not at all that glitch-free owing to technical problems that surfaced, citing that some 79 vote counting machines (VCMs) failed to work well, also adding that these were addressed anyway by contingency measures put in place.

Meanwhile, Atty. Limbaco had given due credit to both the PNP and AFP here for their show of gallantry and dedicated service to ensure that everything would be alright as far as peace and order was concerned.

It could be recalled that Comelec had always made it a point to maintain close coordination with P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, acting PNP provincial director, and Col. Isidro Purisima, commander, 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA).

With the just concluded national and local elections, the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) here, was already able to proclaim all winners at the provincial level after a day or two.

The proclaimed winners were Prospero Pichay, Jr., 1st District and Johnny T. Pimentel, 2nd District at the congressional level.

Likewise, the provincial officials who emerged victors during the electoral contest were Vicente Pimentel, Jr. as Governor and Manuel Alameda, Sr. as Vice-Governor.

With five each in both Districts I and II, the following board members were all the same duly proclaimed winners: Eleanor Momo, Glenn Plaza, Mariano Atacador, Teresita Donasco, and Henrich Pimentel for District I; Donell Polizon, Mary Grace Lim, Rening Nazareno, Pol Suan, and Raul Millan for District II.   

Surigao del Sur, which is comprised of two cities and 17 municipalities, has a reported total of 367,528 number of voters, 310,397 of which have had actually voted or voters’ turnout was posted at 84.45 percent. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Lagnada wins mayoralty post, party sweeps slate in Butuan City polls

By Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) - Engineer Ronnie Vicente Conde Lagnada of the Team RCL wins the Butuan City Mayoralty post over reelectionist Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. in the just concluded local elections here.

Official results from the City Board of Canvassers show Lagnada garnered a total of 90,081 votes against 67,492 votes of Amante.

Meanwhile, Lagnada’s running mate former Congressman Jose S. Aquino II secured the vice mayoralty post with a total of 88,898 votes against his closest rival Councilor Ryan B. Culima who garnered 36,991 votes.

For the position of Councilor, team RCL or team Ronnie Conde Lagnada consolidated its win with a historic hundred percent sweep of the number of positions at stake with all its candidates winning the post.

Elected as number one Councilor is Atty. Glenn Carampatana, a board topnotcher. He is followed by incumbent Councilors Ferdinand Nalcot,  Atty. Rema Burdeos and Derrick Plaza, former SK Federation Chairman Cromwell Nortega, businessman Omar Andaya, Cherry Mae Busa, incumbent Punong Barangay Engr. Vincent Rizal Rosario, Atty. Ernest John Sanchez and human rights lawyer Atty. John Gil Unay, Sr.

The winning candidates were proclaimed by the City Board of Canvassers past lunchtime on May 10, 2016. (Radyo ng Bayan-Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Menu Eval Plus: Online menu evaluation for Pinoys

By May Ann R. Devanadera

MANILA, May 13 (PIA) - Ever wonder how you can have your recipe or menu calculated for energy and nutrient content, percentage contribution for specific age group and food cost in an instant? Worry no more…

Menu Eval Plus is online web-based software developed to speed-up calculation of estimated energy and nutrient content and percentage contribution of recipes and menus or meals.

It consists of recipe evaluation and menu evaluation modules. The first module allows the user to compute the estimated energy and nutrient content and percentage contribution, food cost and quantification of the user’s own recipe. The second module determines the estimated energy and nutrient content and percentage contribution of menus or meals.

The Menu Eval Plus consists of personalized and protected user account, user-friendly searching of ingredients, recipe photo uploading and pdf file export of recipe or menu evaluation. Calculation of percentage contribution of the recipe or menu based on the Recommended Energy Intakes/ Recommended Nutrient Intakes (REIs/RNIs) of the Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI, 2015), saving of recipes and menus in a library and FNRI-developed recipes are also included in the software.

The software under the iFNRI domain is intended for professionals in nutrition and dietetics and food technology, food service operators, students, and for those who want to evaluate energy and nutrient contribution of their own recipes and menus. It can be accessed at i.fnri.dost.gov.ph/menuevalplus.

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: Children’s Summer Festival gilusad sa probinsya sa Surigao Norte

By Mary Jul E. Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 13 (PIA) - Ang probinsya malampusong milusad bag-uhay pa lamang sa Children's Summer Festival nga nagdala sa temang "Bata, Bililhon ka, Yawe ka sa Kalambuan" nga gipahigayon didto sa Provincial Convention Center, ning dakbayan.

Ang kalihukan gisugdan sa usa ka Santos nga Misa nga gisilebrar ni Rev. Fr. Carlito Tiu, DCS ug misunod dayon ang mga nagkadaiyang programa isip pag-abli sa maong kalihukan.

Gipaabot ni Fr. Tiu ang iyang pagdayeg ug pagpasalamat kang Gobernador Sol F. Matugas nga sa kanunay sa tanang mga aktibidadis sa kapitolyo pagabuksan gayod kini pinaagi sa Santos nga Misa.

Tipik sa mensahe ni Gob. Matugas, iya gayod gihatagan ug importansya ang mga kabataan nga mahatagan ug maayong pagtagad tungod kay sila ang paglaum sa probinsya ug sila usab ang simbolo sa Bag-ong Surigao.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan sa mga kabataan nag edad 5-11 anyos ug kasagaran mga anak sa mga empleyado sa kapitolyo. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)