(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Monday, August 8, 2016

Stakeholders unite for 2016 Oplan Broadcastreeing in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - As early as 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, stakeholders from the different sectors already gathered at Camp Bancasi to participate in this year's Oplan Broadcastreeing activity organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

The said event is also made possible through the cooperation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Nasipit, 4th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion, Order of Discalced Augustinians (OAD), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga. All government agencies, media, and other sectors were invited to participate in the tree planting and growing activity.

Some 11,000 seedlings were prepared by DENR and CENRO-Nasipit for all the participants.

During the short program, all participating agencies were recognized by the organizers of the activity.

Benjie Balansag, station manager of Bombo Radyo said in his message that it has been seven years that the Oplan Broadcastreeing activity is conducted. It is aimed to increase the number of trees in the city, to lessen the impacts of climate change and to have a greener environment.

Lt. Col. Rey Pasco, commanding officer of the 4th CMO Battalion, bared that the planting site at Camp Bancasi is a 48-hectare military reservation area which can accommodate some 1,000 planters. He further encouraged the planters to keep safe while planting in the area.

PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga emphasized in his message the importance of not just planting trees but also the effort of nurturing it to thrive well. He challenged the participating planters to plant as many seedlings.

Also, Catherine Tobes, station manager of dxMK-Magik FM and president of KBP Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter expressed her thanks to all participating agencies of the Oplan Broadcastreeing activity. She also called on every planter to plant heartily and sincerely, so the seedlings will grow healthy.

Meanwhile, forester Edito Tocle and forest ranger Reyjoy Chavez of CENRO-Nasipit received each a plaque of recognition for their unparalleled dedication geared towards clean and green environment and for their extraordinary efforts of inspiring people to advocate in the conservation and protection of the Mother Nature through their radio program dubbed "Oras sa Kinaiyahan." (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

RDRRMC to conduct contingency plan formulation on human-induced hazards

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – Focal persons of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga region will undergo a three-day Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop (CPFW) on August 17-19 at Almont Inland Resort here.

RDRRMC chairperson and Office of civil Defense (OCD) regional director Manuel Luis M. Ochotorena said the workshop will focus on the Contingency Plan Formulation on Human-Induced Hazards which is an emerging concern of the region.

“The workshop is in reference to the issued OCD Memorandum No. 232 series of 2016 dated March 28, 2016 pertaining to the Formulation of Regional Contingency Plans for Human Induced Hazards and Reiteration of Submission of Recommendations to the Related Documents on Contingency Planning, director Ochotorena said.

He also added that the Cluster Approach and Incident Command System (ICS) shall be integrated in the plan. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

News Feature: KBP ‘Broadcastreeing’: payback to nature’s bounty

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – Taking into consideration the value of conservation and preservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural habitats as a crucial facet to the survival of all people, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte - Butuan City Chapter spearheaded the Oplan Broadcastreeing 2016 activity on Saturday in this city.

Some 1,000 volunteers comprising the youth, education and religious sector members, teachers, government employees, representatives from private organizations, among others, helped in planting the record-breaking number of 11,000 mahogany and lauan varieties of seedlings.

Positively overwhelmed by the magnanimous support of their partners, Catherine Tobes, station manager of dxMK-Magik FM and president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter expressed her thanks in behalf of the media practitioners affiliated with their said organization. She also called on every planter to plant heartily and sincerely, so the seedlings will grow healthy.

In his message, Benjie Balansag, station manager of Bombo Radyo Butuan disclosed that the event is on its seventh year of consecutive conduct as a commitment of the KBP to strategically sustain a robust environment, conducive for a healthy living of its inhabitants.

The green hue of commitment

Series of site visits and extensive preparations covering the 48-hectare vast area of fertile soil were undertaken by the able organizers. CENRO-Nasipit took the lead in clearing the grounds grown with remnants of tall grasses inside the Camp Bancasi.

In a meeting hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga with the presence of KBP officials, Lt. Col. Rey Pasco, battalion commander of 4th Civil Military Operations (Kasaligan) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division strongly declared their support to assist by offering to utilize the area within the vicinity of the Bancasi Camp which is suitable to add a green corner of the city.

The array of soldiers earnestly cooperated and made sure that the tree planting activity was orderly and peaceful. Tight security was implemented in the area to secure the safety of the planters. The reservists of the 15th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) had also planted numerous seedlings.

On the other hand, PIA Caraga facilitated the full coverage, coordinative efforts, and massive campaign and mileage to achieve the objectives of said tree-planting activity. PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga emphasized the importance of not just planting trees but also the effort of nurturing it to thrive well. “I challenge everyone to plant as many seedlings. We are in the best position to repair and protect the ecosystem for the long term since our quality of life is reliant upon the health of our natural environment,” underscored Caga.

Also, the Order of Discalced Augustinians (OAD) based in Ampayon, Butuan City led by Fr. Joshue Cadorna, OAD who is motivated in advocating for greening projects for years now, has tagged along his community members and were encouraged to join this noble undertaking.  “We’re glad that the KBP shared this opportunity to build a common interest, create alliances that will lead to greater advantage for resiliency to climate change and cause an impact of inculcating to humans the priceless worth of environment,” expressed Cadorna.

Meanwhile, the Balanghai Eagles Club brought forth their stance in creating ways to carry out its mission for environmental protection by joining the activity. They believed that both nature and people are served when concern for Mother Nature tug at the hearstrings.

Unbounded love for nature

Taking care of the earth where people breathe and dwell sets no limit. Regardless of age and culture, the good character of individual remains pure and intangible especially the younger generation who give value to their environs.

It can be observed that individuals of different ages had voluntarily arrived in the planting site in as early as 5:00 a.m. bringing their own digging materials such as bolos and shovel.

Trixie Carrido, 5-year old and her elder sister Trisha Carrido, 7-year old, along with their mom, who all hailed from Brgy. Dumalagan of this city cheerfully shared their time in planting the seedlings. It was truly a very inspiring scenario.

Reaping the fruits from the seeds of kindness their mother had sown in her children, Trisha sincerely expressed how lucky she was to have given the opportunity to actively participate in activities such as this. “We were taught in school on how to grow and save trees, and now I am privileged of keeping my hands in work for every child’s future filled with hopes for a clean and green environment,” said Trisha.

Meanwhile, Arturo Cinco, a local resident, together with his wife and three children, were also present during the event. “Although the environmental threats are imminent and the protection and conservation actions are a real challenge, my family is confident that through mutual cooperation and respect we can make it a better place to live in,” expressed Arturo.

A dedication worthy of emulation

While it is a fact that planting trees or reforestation is only one of the many ways by which advocates can combat the perilous effects arising from wanton disregard of the environment in the past by the complacent and irresponsible human beings. However, there are those who are committed in doing things with profound dedication matched with simple acts of kindness for the environment.

Hence, in recognition of their effort, forester Edito Tocle and forest ranger Reyjoy Chavez of CENRO-Nasipit received each a plaque of recognition for their unparalleled dedication geared towards clean and green environment and for their extraordinary efforts of inspiring people to advocate in the conservation and protection of the Mother Nature through their radio program dubbed "Oras sa Kinaiyahan."

The Oplan Broadcastreeing was proven successful and is expected to create a magnificent landscape in the coming years as it depicts a fully restored green portion of the city.

It was learned that the KBP, through its Oplan Broadcastreeing program has made them a recipient of the Universal Peace Foundation, Peace and Environment Awards, and garnered the Tanging Bayani Award of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) 2016.

This annual simultaneous and nationwide tree-planting activity in support to the government’s National Greening Program (NGP) was made possible through the support of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga; Civil Military Operations (CMO), 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) – Nasipit, and Order of Discalced Augustinians (OAD). (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

DAR inks MOA with LGU Tagbina, MARBECO on the establishment of coco-based enterprise, coco-by-products industry

By Nida Grace Barcena-Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 8 (PIA) –The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Surigao del Sur, local government unit of Tagbina and Malixi Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MARBECO) inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the establishment of Village Level “Coco-based Enterprise and Coco-by-products Industry” in the municipality of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur recently.

DAR information officer Myra Yu said the project was funded under the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) in partnership with the DAR.

Accordingly, some 60 MARBECO members will benefit the said project.

During the event, a check worth P450,000 was handed-over to the recipient coop comprising two components of the project: Purchase of Equipment (350,000.00) and Initial Working Capital amounting to P100,000.

Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso and Vice Mayor Antonio Adlao also committed to extend financial support to the project and encouraged the barangay officials to make a resolution for the additional funding allocation.

Yu also that said that the recent event was part of DAR’s continued program aimed to uplift the economic activities of the agrarian reform communities in order to have a better source of livelihood. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DTI Surigao Norte conducts marketing skills enhancement seminar

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 8 (PIA) – The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted recently a seminar on the Fundamentals of Marketing held at the Surigao del Norte Go Negosyo Center, Capitol Compound, this city.

DTI provincial director Celestino Negapatan said the seminar was conducted in order to create consciousness and educate the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) about the importance of marketing in their respective businesses.

He said that it also intends to enrich the marketing skills of the MSMEs as well as disseminate various programs and services of the Negosyo Center in relation to strengthening the MSMEs’ marketing effort.

“Marketing is a strategic tool for business development and is critical for the growth and survival of MSMEs. Due to lack of resources and unorganized ways of selling or marketing, MSMEs often face problems in exploring new markets and retaining existing ones,” Negapatan said.

Participants during the seminar are Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Orhanizations (ARBOs) and MSMEs of the province. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PNP Caraga destroys 70 illegal gambling machines

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) – A total of 70 units of video karera and fruit game machines also known as chololot or kulalong were destroyed by the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga on Friday afternoon here.

According to Police Regional Office (PRO) Caraga regional director PCSupt. Rolanda Felix, the activity is part of the PNP’s intensified campaign against all forms of illegal gambling in the region.

The machines and their motherboards were smashed using a backhoe after the Flag lowering ceremony at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez and the coins collected from the destroyed machines will be donated to the Home for the Girls in Barangay Bonbon, this city.

“The destruction of the gambling machines and their motherboards aims to convey the message that PRO13 is more determined to eradicate all forms of illegal gambling in Caraga," said PCSupt Felix.

The machines’ motherboards destruction will prevent its recycling, making it more costly and less profitable for the financiers and this will eventually discourage them to pursue the illegal activity again, PCSupt Felix added.

The machines were confiscated in Butuan City and Surigao del Norte from June to July 2016. (PNP/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

DAR meets with SurSur farmer group

By Nida Grace Barcena-Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Sur provincial office headed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Benjamin M. Mataksil has met with the representatives from the Kapunungan sa Mag-uuma sa Surigao del Sur (KAMASS) recently to discuss several concerns related to the land acquisition and distribution program of the department.

DAR information officer Myra Yu said issues regarding tenancy conflict and on how to qualify as an agrarian beneficiary and the rights of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) were discussed.

The process of awarding hectares of agricultural lands was also raised during the conference.

Accordingly, PARPO Mataksil together with Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Operations Victor L. Canda vowed to address the issues raised by the members. He also added that all their actions are aligned under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law or the Republic Act (RA) 6657 as amended by RA 9700.

With the new administration, Yu added that the employees of DAR commit to work and serve for the welfare of the ARBs in the province. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Two NPA rebels surrender in Agusan Sur

By Cpt Edwin Fuertes Sr.

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 8 (PIA) – Two communist guerillas operating in the municipality of Loreto, Agusan del Sur have voluntarily surrendered to authorities recently at the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB) headquarters in Barangay San Nicolas, Talacogon, this province.

Commanding officer of 26IB Lt. Col. Rommel Pagayon together with Talacogon mayor Jesryl Masendo formally received the two NPA rebels from the Front 34 of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

Through the facilitation of the Ever Onward troopers, the two NPA rebels, whose names are still withheld for their security, personally yielded at the headquarters bringing along with them their firearms.

They are now being processed for enrollment to the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP). They are likely to receive immediate assistance and other benefits from the said program, it was learned.

LTC Pagayon urged other rebels in the communist movement to surrender and abandon armed struggle and become productive members of the mainstream society. He also added that through the convergence of all stakeholders in the province, just and lasting peace can be attained. (4CMOBn, 4ID/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Feature: Lesser known but equally important nutrients

By Salvador R. Serrano

MANILA, Aug. 8 (PIA) - When asked to recall what nutrients we are familiar with, we usually mention carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These are the macronutrients synonymous to the go, grow and glow foods taught in school.

Asked further to name more nutrients, we manage to enumerate vitamin A, the B vitamins as a group, C, D and E, just as we are familiar with the English alphabet. Vitamin A, D and E are micronutrients that are fat-soluble vitamins, along with vitamin K. Vitamin C and the B vitamins, on the one hand, are also micronutrients but are water-soluble.

If asked for more nutrients, we may still be able to remember calcium, iron, iodine or even zinc. Calcium is one of the major minerals and is also a micronutrient. Iron, iodine and zinc are likewise micronutrients but belong to trace minerals. We know calcium because of milk and cheese, while iron, iodine and zinc are frequently seen in fortified food products, together with vitamin A, C and other nutrients.

But when challenged to enumerate the B vitamins, some of us may grope for the subscripts or the small numbers on the lower right side in B1, B2, B6 and B12. What if we are asked what these subscripts stand for? What more if asked about Phosphorus, Sulfur, Chlorine, Manganese, Selenium or Molybdenum? We may think of these as elements in the periodic table that we only use in science and chemistry subjects.

For those of us who may not be well-versed in nutrition and health, the names and functions of most of the nutrients found in food and in the multi-vitamin supplements we take are unknown or unclear. One thing for sure, they are more than alphabets, elements in the periodic table or some scientific terms.

Let us then get to know more of these lesser known but equally important nutrients by looking at their functions, sources, as well the consequences of their deficiencies and excesses in our diet. In the first part of this article, we will discuss lesser known micronutrients classified under major minerals.

Phosphorus is one of the major minerals and is a micronutrient. It helps in the proper development of bones and teeth and facilitates the quick release of energy for muscle movement. This mineral is also responsible for transporting lipids or fats and fatty acids in the blood, including ferrying nutrients to and from the cells. A diet rich in phosphorus helps prevent rickets or bow-leggedness.

A diet deficient in phosphorus leads to weak muscles, stunted growth and flawed structure of bones and teeth, especially among children. However, excessive amounts of phosphorus erode the bones and impair the body’s use of iron and calcium.

Good sources of phosphorus from animal origin include lean meat, liver, heart, kidney, poultry, fish, eggs, milk and milk products. From plants, beans, peas, dried nuts, legumes, whole grains and cereals are also rich in phosphorus.

Potassium is another micronutrient under the major minerals group. This mineral facilitates muscle contraction, nerve impulses and proper functioning of the heart and kidneys. It is critical in regulating blood pressure and water balance in the cells. Like sodium and chloride, potassium is an electrolyte that keeps acid-base balance in the body.

Lack of potassium in the diet leads to weak muscles, increased nervousness, mental disorientation and cardiac irregularities. In excess, it can cause heart block or the difficulty in the normal exchange of sodium and potassium.

Animal sources rich in potassium are fish, shellfish, marine products, eggs and dairy products. In plants, bananas, dried beans and dark green leafy and yellow vegetables provide ample amounts of potassium.

Not everyone knows that sulfur is also a micronutrient and a mineral. But sulfur is vital in shaping protein molecules, and severe deficiency in this mineral results in amino acids lacking in sulfur that affects protein synthesis.

Sulfur is known as a healing mineral, and a deficiency often leads to pain and inflammation associated with various muscle and skeletal disorders. Sulfur plays a role in many biological processes, one of which is metabolism.

Excellent dietary sources of sulfur are eggs, onions, garlic, and leafy dark green vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, kale and broccoli. Meats, nuts, and seafood also contain sulfur.

Another micronutrient that is also a major mineral is sodium. It may be known to some as a component of salt, monosodium glutamate and other compounds used as flavoring or preservative, but it is still misunderstood by many.

Sodium maintains proper water balance in the body and normal muscle movement. A diet lacking in sodium leads to nausea and vertigo usually accompanied by dizziness and the urge to vomit, including mental apathy or sluggishness, weak muscles, cramps and even respiratory failure.

Excessive sodium intake causes edema or swelling, which is the abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin or in one or more cavities of the body, hypertension, kidney disease, muscle cramps and weakness, headache and nausea.

Regular bread, flakes from corn, rice and wheat, processed and canned foods, and salt are rich in sodium. The main source of sodium intake is from table salt, which is 40 percent sodium.

Also a major mineral under micronutrients, chlorine may be recognized by some as cleaning agent or disinfectant in water. But chlorine transforms into a life-saving compound when combined with sodium to become salt or sodium chloride.

Chloride helps maintain water balance and the balance of acids and bases in the body, especially in the blood and stomach.

Chlorine deficiency occurs only when sodium chloride or table salt is not incorporated in the diet. Excessive amounts of chlorine in the body can result in vomiting. Chlorine is abundant in table salt, salty condiments and other salt compounds.

Magnesium is another micronutrient under major minerals. It may seem as just another element in the periodic table, but magnesium is essential in regulating body processes like normalizing heart rate. Magnesium also assists in the regular functioning of body enzymes. Other vital functions of magnesium include the relaxation of muscles after contraction and preventing tooth decay by binding calcium in the tooth enamel.

Lack of magnesium in the diet leads to irritability, abnormal heart rhythm, tetany or involuntary muscle contraction, emotional tension and depression, weak muscles and hallucinations.

Magnesium, in excessive quantities, leads to nausea, vomiting and hypertension. Shrimps, meats and internal organs, milk, cereal grains, legumes and nuts, spinach, tofu and broccoli are good magnesium sources.

Let us resume with manganese, a trace mineral and a micronutrient that is more common in the metals industry.

It is interesting to know, therefore, that manganese is an important component in our bone structure, reproduction and nervous system. It also helps detoxify free radicals that cause many ailments like cancer.

A diet wanting in manganese leads to skeletal abnormality and impaired growth, while in excess, it can cause poisoning that ends in irreversible neurological damage. Good sources of manganese include whole grain cereals, nuts and legumes, green leafy vegetables and tea.

Yet another trace mineral under micronutrients, copper is rather well known as a metal used in electrical and various industrial applications. True to its nature as a suitable alloy in combination with other metals, copper helps the body use iron. This facilitates hemoglobin production in the blood.

Copper brokers the absorption of iron by assisting the metabolism of ascorbic acid or vitamin C, which in turn enhances the absorption of iron in the body. Moreover, copper helps the body use fatty acids from food as fuel.

Lack of copper in the diet can result in anemia, anorexia or loss of appetite, edema, retarded growth, bone abnormalities like osteoporosis, hyperthyroidism, and abnormalities in glucose and cholesterol metabolism.

Copper deficiency also causes neutropenia or susceptibility to bacterial infection in the blood due to the lack of neutrophils of the white blood cells that are important in fighting infections.

Copperiedus, the consequences of excess copper in the body, can occur from eating acid foods cooked in uncoated copper cookware or from exposure to excess copper in drinking water or other environmental sources.

Other symptoms of copper poisoning by ingestion include vomiting, vomiting of blood, low blood pressure, black or tarry feces, coma, jaundice or yellowing of the skin and gastrointestinal distress. Persons with glucose-6-phosphate deficiency may be at increased risk of blood disorders due to copper toxicity.

Long-term effects of copper exposure can damage the liver and kidneys. However, humans have efficient mechanisms to regulate copper stores that protect against excess dietary copper levels.

Rich sources of copper include oysters, beef and lamb liver, kidney, Brazil nuts, blackstrap molasses, cocoa, and black pepper. Good sources include lobster, nuts, dried legumes like kidney beans, sunflower seeds, green olives, avocados, wheat bran, whole grain cereals and green vegetables.

Chromium is another metal more popular for its industrial uses rather than as a trace mineral under micronutrients.

The actual role of chromium in nutrition is still unclear and needs more studies. Some of its established functions are in glucose metabolism and the body’s use of carbohydrates and fats.

Thus, a diet lacking in chromium causes impaired insulin activity and low blood glucose level. Some chromium compounds do not pose health hazards, while high concentrations of some of its compounds can lead to DNA, kidney, liver and blood cell damages as well as elevated cancer risks and allergies.

However, the body has efficient mechanisms in place to reduce the amount of chromium entering the cells and excessive amounts are usually excreted from the body. Organ meats like liver are good sources of chromium. Vegetables also provide chromium, but meats are better sources due to their more absorbable form.

Another trace mineral and micronutrient that is more recognized due to its industrial uses is selenium. Not many of us know that selenium is integral to certain enzymes and acts as an anti-oxidant that prevents cell damage.

Selenium is also key in avoiding certain types of protein-energy malnutrition, in regulating proper immune response, in the correct functioning of the heart muscle and in converting thyroid hormones. Accordingly, a diet lacking in selenium weakens the immune system which makes us more vulnerable to infection and sickness. Other manifestations of deficiency include fatigue, loss of appetite and congestive heart failure.

Symptoms of too much selenium in the diet include bad breath, gastro-intestinal disorders, hair loss, falling-off of dead nails, fatigue, irritability and neurological damage. In extreme cases of toxicity or selenosis, cirrhosis of the liver, pulmonary edema or swelling and even death may occur.

Seafoods like tuna, crab, lobster and other fishes as well as meat, kidney, mushroom, eggs and cereals like rice are rich sources of selenium. Brazil nuts are the richest dietary source of selenium.

Cobalt is recognized by some of us due to its various uses in the metal, industrial and medical industries, especially in radioactive therapy of cancer patients. However, cobalt is needed in forming cobalamin or vitamin B12 that helps prevent a type of anemia.

A diet insufficient in cobalt can lead to poor growth and appetite, restlessness and continued muscle wasting. Although rare, cobalt deficiency is lethal, as it terminates in the inability of the body to produce enough red blood cells known as pernicious anemia. Cobalt consumed above the required amount is poisonous or toxic, may cause weakening of the heart muscles and skin allergies.

Foods rich in cobalt are liver, kidney, oysters, clams, lean beef, poultry, salt water fish and milk.

Molybdenum is another trace mineral and micronutrient that is more familiar to some as a metal with various industrial, agricultural and medical applications rather than a nutrient. But molybdenum is vital in many enzymatic actions in the body. It is also present in the enamel of teeth and helps prevent its decay.

A deficiency in molybdenum translates to poor growth and slowing down of body processes. Although toxicity data in humans is limited, excessive intake may cause diarrhea, growth retardation, infertility, low birth weight, gout, as well as lung, kidney and liver disorders. High levels also block the body’s absorption of copper, causing copper deficiency.

Excellent sources of molybdenum are pork, lamb, and beef liver and beef. Other significant dietary sources include green beans and other legumes, eggs, sunflower seeds, wheat flour, lentils, cucumbers and cereal grain.

Fluorine is also a trace mineral and micronutrient commonly recognized for its industrial, agricultural, medical and dental uses instead of its nutritional significance. Actually, fluorine, in the form of fluoride, helps prevent tooth decay and promotes strong bones by facilitating calcium build-up.

A diet deficient in fluoride translates to lowered resistance of the teeth against dental carries or tooth decay. More evidence is needed to strongly establish that fluoride deficiency contributes to osteoporosis or fragile bones due to decreased mass and density.

Similarly, an excess of fluoride in the diet results in molting of the teeth enamel, as seen in their corroded and stained appearance. It also weakens bone formation, causes intestinal discomfort and poisoning as in the case of too much fluoride in drinking water.

Seafoods, milk, eggs and tea are rich sources of fluorine.

Let us move on to the fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the bloodstream to carry out their functions. Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are not stored in the body but eliminated in the urine.

Fat-soluble vitamins need fat in order for them to be used by the body and can be toxic in excessive amounts because they accumulate when not burned-off with fat. Water-soluble vitamins require water as vehicle for absorption and any excess amount does not accumulate in the body to cause toxicity.

Before we discuss lesser known fat-soluble vitamins, let us first be familiar with the other names of common ones. This comes in handy when encountering them in medicine and food labels or other references bearing their alternate names.

Vitamin A from animal sources is also known as retinol, while that from plant sources is Beta carotene or simply carotene. Vitamin D is also known as cholecalciferol, vitamin K is phytomenadione and vitamin E is tocopherol.

Let us continue our discussion with vitamin K which is seemingly the least known among the fat-soluble vitamins. Vitamin K helps in normal blood clotting and boosts calcium absorption, thereby maintains strong healthy bones.

When our diet is deficient in vitamin K, the body tends to bleed easily, followed by slow clotting and delayed healing. This can lead to hemorrhages or prolonged profuse bleeding after serious injuries, surgery or in the case of the cut umbilical cord of newborns. Vitamin K deficiency is also associated with coronary heart disease.

Good animal sources of vitamin K are pork liver, milk, eggs and cheese. Green leafy vegetables, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes and soybeans are good alternative sources. Fruits, such as avocados and grapes are also rich sources of vitamin K.

Let us proceed with water-soluble vitamins. As mentioned, these dissolve in water and are not stored in the body, as they are eliminated through urination. Thus, we need to regularly replenish them. Foremost of these are the B vitamins, the subscripts, alternate names and uses of which, confuse most of us.

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin or thiamine, prevents beri-beri. According to an article by Chitra Badii et al of Healthline in November 2015, wet beriberi affects the heart and circulatory system. In extreme cases, wet beriberi can cause heart failure. Dry beriberi damages the nerves and can lead to a loss of muscle strength and eventually, muscle paralysis. Beriberi can be life-threatening if it isn’t treated.

Thiamin also keeps nerves healthy, promotes appetite, and normal digestion. Lack of thiamin leads to mental confusion and depression, poor appetite, nervousness, loss of ankle and knee jerk reflexes, painful calf muscle cramps, constipation. Thiamin deficiency also causes fatigue, weakness, retarded growth, and beri-beri in severe cases.

In the 1950s until the 60s, the Philippines embarked on the rice enrichment program that fortified ordinary white rice with thiamin to address beri-beri which was particularly prevalent in Bataan. Thus, it was known as the Bataan Rice Enrichment Program.

Thankfully, thiamine naturally abounds in lean pork, beef or chicken, liver, heart, kidney, fish and shellfish and duck egg. In plants, it can be sourced from undermilled or whole grain cereals like brown rice, dried beans, and yeast.

Vitamin B2 or riboflavin keeps our eyes and skin healthy, the nervous system functioning normally, and promotes growth. When our body lacks riboflavin, painful and irritating sores in the mouth, lips, tongue and nose appear. The eyes will also feel itchy and burning and growth will be retarded.

Good animal sources of riboflavin are milk and milk products like cheese and powdered milk, liver, kidney heart and other organ meats, lean meat, shellfish and quail eggs. Dried mushrooms, malunggay, and seaweeds like gamet are substantial plant sources.

Vitamin B3 or niacin promotes normal digestion and healthy nerves. Like other B vitamins, it also keeps our skin healthy and stimulates growth. Niacin deficiency causes rough, reddish skin that turns pigmented, mouth, tongue and throat sores, as well as digestive and nervous disturbances.

Moreover, lack of niacin leads to pellagra or the “3D” disease. It is a combination of dementia, dermatitis and diarrhea in severe cases. Pellagra exhibits rough, scaly skin and mouth ulcerations called glossitis. Nausea, vomiting, seizures and balance disorder known as ataxia may also occur.

Liver, lean meat and pork, poultry, fish and eggs are rich in niacin. Peanuts, whole or enriched rice, whole wheat bread, mushrooms, saffron, sesame seeds, coffee and tea are also good sources of niacin.

Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine facilitates the use of carbohydrate, fats and protein. It converts tryptophan, an essential amino acid, to niacin and linoleic, an essential fatty acid, to arachidonic acid.

Like in other B vitamin deficiencies, inadequacy in pyridoxine results in appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, nervous irritability and convulsions. Irritating dermatitis also appears around the eyes, mouth, nose and behind the ears.

Meats and liver are rich in pyridoxine. It can also be gained from whole grain cereals, corn, soybeans, peanuts, dark green leafy vegetables, yeast, legumes, potatoes and bananas.

Vitamin B9 or folic acid is also known as folate. Folate naturally occurs in food, while folic acid is the synthetic form. Folate helps cure a type of anemia called “tired blood” as it regenerates red blood cells. A vital function is synthesizing DNA which controls cell function, heredity and tissue growth.

Folate deficiency leads to poor growth, fatigue, depression and confusion. It can also result in macrocytic anemia or the enlargement of the red blood cells due to insufficient hemoglobin, inflammation of the tongue, diarrhea, malabsorption and gastro-intestinal disturbances. A more popular effect of this deficiency is neural tube defect in the developing fetus.

Rich sources of folate are dairy products, yeast, lean beef, liver and kidney. Plant sources include green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, spinach, broccoli, dried beans and peas.

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin facilitates red blood cell maturation and protects the myelin covering the nerves that enables transmission of electric nerve impulses. Cobalamin also metabolizes carbohydrate, protein, fat, nucleic and folic acids, and normalizes cell function.

Insufficiency in cobalamin leads to pernicious anemia, a chronic type of macrocytic anemia mostly affecting middle-aged and older persons. Deficiency can also result in nervous system changes and growth retardation.

Cobalamin is found in liver, kidney, lean meats, milk, cheese, eggs and other dairy products.

And last, but definitely not the least, are the most common but usually ignored nutrients-water and dietary fiber.

Although not considered a nutrient, Water, fluid as it is, is the “building block” of tissues, as it provides them firmness and elasticity. It makes up about 80 percent of the blood. Unlike other nutrients, water does not provide energy, but its vital functions are so critical to the body’s processes that it is considered an essential nutrient.

The body can afford to lose almost all its stored carbohydrate and fats and about half of its protein without greatly endangering life. However, losing only ten percent of the body’s water supply will be detrimental. Losing 20 percent will mean certain death. Why is this so?

Water, as stated in one of the chemical facts, is the universal solvent. Similarly, it acts as a solvent for all products of digestion. This hardworking liquid carries nutrients to and removes wastes from the tissues.

Like an insulator, it regulates body temperature and balances the proportion of acidic and basic substances. We are able to think, see, touch, hear, smell and move because messages between cells are exchanged via water.

Lack of water in the body leads to dehydration, which in turn, causes fatigue, headache, malfunctioning of body processes and death in severe cases. Safe water can be sourced from our sanitary water system, in portable bottles, from food containing water, and from oxidation of food in the body.

We need to drink at least seven to eight glasses of water daily to keep our body sufficiently hydrated. We should drink more if we are physically active at work, in school and at home. Our body also needs more water during summer and warm days. It is recommended to drink water before we feel thirsty because thirst is already the first sign of dehydration.

Also not classified as a nutrient, Dietary fiber, like water, is also important because it regulates bowel movement by providing roughage and bulk for normal functioning of the lower gastro-intestinal tract. It also helps lower blood cholesterol level and risk to colon cancer.

Lack of dietary fiber causes difficulty in bowel movement like constipation. A diet lacking in fiber increases risks to high cholesterol level and colon cancer, as well as deficiencies in several vitamins and minerals from not consuming enough vegetables and fruits.

Foods rich in dietary fiber are whole grain cereals like brown rice, green leafy and yellow vegetables, and fruits.

Now that we are hopefully familiar with lesser known but equally important nutrients, there are a couple of reminders we need to follow to be well-nourished and healthy.

First, we must eat a variety of go, grow glow foods daily to get the most nutrients our body needs to be healthy. Second, we must practice a healthy lifestyle by being physically active, avoiding vices like smoking and drinking, getting enough sleep and visiting our doctor and dentist regularly.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write, call or visit:  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 or follow our twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Caraga intensifies campaign vs human trafficking

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - To strengthen the campaign against human trafficking, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga through the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) recently conducted activities related to World Day Against Trafficking (WDAT).

The activities focused on the theme “Ituloy and Laban Kontra Human Trafficking,” which were participated by the members of Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC).

With the said observance, RIACAT-VAWC aims to provide platform for exchange of information, experiences, and good practices on anti-trafficking action of the partner agencies, and to tighten their partnership.

Among the attendees are representatives from Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police-Police Regional Office (PNP-PRO) 13, Local Government Units (LGUs), Justice, Peace and Integrity Creation-Integrated Development Center, Inc. (JPIC-IDC), and others.

The activity kicked-off with a thanksgiving mass, followed by motorcade, and the program proper started at 10:00 a.m. at Luciana Convention, here which highlighted the Oratorical and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest participated by the high school students from the different schools in the region.

In her welcome remarks, DSWD Caraga assistant regional director for operation Mita Chuchi Lim, elaborated the theme for this year and challenged the RIACAT-VAWC members to continue fighting against human trafficking.

“The theme of the celebration, “Ituloy ang Laban Kontra Human Trafficking,” is a continuing challenge for us to continue our efforts in curbing this dilemma,” said Lim.

“For the RIACAT-VAWC members, LGU, and other partners, the theme dares us to continue and do more to achieve efficient and effective services to the survivors of trafficking,” she added.

While Prosecutor Clementino Rabor, head of Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force (RATTF) expounded the importance of partnership between agencies in fighting against Human Trafficking that exploits vulnerable sectors such as children, women, and men.

“The partnership between the government and other stakeholders is essential in fighting against perpetrators and help victims from human trafficking. Let us continue and intensify more our campaigns against human traffickers,” said Rabor.

For the Oratorical Contest, Jessamie Besas from General Luna, Surigao del Norte won the 1st price, while Coreen Austria from Cabadbaran City and Maria Mae Magbanua from Calaitan, Bayugan City won the 2nd and 3rd price respectively.

On the other hand, Cybelle Bugas from Cabadbaran City got the 1st place for the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest, while Jhanhel Galle from Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte and Cristian Pol Abendan from Surigao City got the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The DSWD is the chairperson of RIACAT-VAWC and it aims to intensify the campaign through the conduct of series activities promoting the campaign.

With the effort of the Philippine government, finally, the country’s human trafficking hard work has been given top recognition with the US State Department with the highest ranking of Tier 1. This means that the Philippine government fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of severe forms of trafficking as provided by the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Alleged narco-politicians in Surigao del Norte surrender to Caraga police

By PCI Charity S Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - Former mayor Jesie U. Aguilera of Alegria town and former congressman Guillermo Romarate Jr. of Surigao del Norte surrendered to PCSupt. Rolando Felix Sunday at Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 after they learned that they were on President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of “narco-politicians.”

In a press conference with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Aguilera and Romarate Jr. denied they were involved in drug trade in Surigao del Norte.

The former legislator admitted that convicted drug lord Herbert Colangco is his nephew but strongly opposed the claim he is receiving “dirty money” from the latter. He also said he would turnover his firearms to PNP Caraga as a sign of his sincerity and cooperation to the investigation of the authorities.

Aguilera and Romarate vowed that they would help in the government’s fight against the drug menace.

After the press conference, they were advised by PCSupt. Felix to give their statement to the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG).

PCSupt Felix said the firearms of narco-politicians must be surrendered to the police since their licenses are cancelled while PNP personnel assigned to them must report back to their unit.

PRO-13 is closely working with the Philippine Druge Enforcement Agency, AFP, and other counterparts while investigation is underway against these politicians and a certain judge in Surigao del Norte who were allegedly involved in illegal drug activities. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Caraga spearheads 'Nutri-Saya' for 2016 Nutrition Month celebration

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga conducted a 'Nutri-Saya' with various nutrition-related activities in celebration of the 2016 National Nutrition Month on July 28-29, 2016 at the regional office here.

The 2016 Nutrition Month theme is “First 1000 Days ni Baby Pahalagahan Para sa Malusog na Kinabukasan.”

Parts of the activity are competition on letter writing, poster making, and cooking which was participated by the Field Office-based staff.

The activities aimed to raise awareness among employees the importance of good nutrition to enjoy the quality of life, encourage the employees to advocate good nutrition, and promote good eating habits among employees.

The letter writing contest won by Rosalie Vasquez from Human Resource and Development Unit (HRDU) featured the journey of her first 1,000 days with her child. While various nutritious food were cooked during the cooking competition which won by five teams from the Office of the Regional Director (ORD), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Supply Unit, Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS).

The poster making contest was won by Jessa Salva, Renson Precioso, and Jefferson Gonzales.

National Nutrition Month is a special health awareness celebration that is held every July. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga crime rate down

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) - Crime incidence in Caraga region was substantially reduced in July 2016 compared with the same period last year.

This is attributed to the intensified implementation of the anti-criminality campaign and the implementation of the anti-drug campaign dubbed as Project Double Barrel,” Police Regional Office 13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix said Friday.

Accordingly, the number of crimes documented by the Police Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) this July dropped to 831 from 1,246 cases in the same month last year.

Crimes against property decreased by 77 percent. On the other hand, crimes against persons also declined: homicide 60 percent, physical injury 36 percent, and rape 33 percetn, respectively.

Since Project Double Barrel was implemented in July 1, 2016, the Caraga Police has arrested 140 drug personalities and confiscated shabu and marijuana with a total street value of P37.91 million during police operations.

Likewise, under Project “Tokhang” or house visitations on residences of suspected drug personalities, a total of 26,256 users and 647 pushers voluntarily surrendered to the police and pledged to stop their drug activities.

With this number of drug personalities who turned themselves in as of today, the challenge now lies in providing rehabilitation facilities for the users and alternative livelihood for the pushers so that they can become more productive members of the community, according to PCSupt. Felix. (PCI Charity Galvez, PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Feature: Know your daily recommended intake for calcium

MANILA, Aug. 8 (PIA) - Is your diet adequate in essential nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals? One of the essential nutrients usually lacking in the Filipino diet is calcium.

Most of us, if not all, know that calcium is important because it keeps the body alive by performing numerous functions including building and maintaining healthy bones and strong teeth.

Calcium also helps in regulating blood clotting, transmitting nerve impulses, muscle flexing and heartbeat regulation.

Ninety-nine percent (99%) of calcium in the body is stored in the bones and teeth, while the remaining one percent is found in the blood and other tissues.

The Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI), 2015 is the nutrition standard you can use to know the adequacy and inadequacy of your diet.

The PDRI is a new set of multi-level standards where the Recommended Energy/Nutrient Intake (REI/RNI) is one of the components.

Recommended Energy/Nutrient Intake (REI/RNI) is the level of intake of energy or nutrient which is considered adequate for the maintenance of health and well-being of healthy persons in the population.

Adequate Intake (AI) is the daily nutrient intake level that is based on observed or experimentally-determined approximation of the average nutrient intake by a group (groups) of apparently healthy people that is assumed to sustain a defined nutritional state.

Below is the table on recommended calcium intakes per day based on the PDRI, 2015.

Life stage/age group

Recommended calcium intakes per day




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NOTE: Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNI) are in bold font while Adequate Intakes (AI) are in italics

Here is simple way to know if you are meeting your calcium intake for the day. By recording your calcium intake for the day, divided by your RNI for calcium, you will know if your calcium intake for that day is adequate or not.

For example, your breakfast comprised of one glass of milk (4 teaspoons of skim milk diluted in one glass of water) and 2 pcs of pandesal with cheddar cheese. Your calcium intake is 907 milligrams while your RNI for calcium is 800 milligrams. Your calcium intake for the day is more than enough for the RNI for calcium.

Below is the table to guide you on the rich sources of calcium:

Food item and Description

Calcium Content (milligrams)

Finfish, Shellfish, and Other Aquatic  Animals and Products (Raw and Cooked)

Snail, fresh water, raw

Susong, pilipit, hilaw

100 grams


Shrimp, freshwater (small), raw

Hipon, tagunton, hilaw

100 grams


Crab, shore, raw

Talangka, hilaw

100 grams


Snail, black, raw

Kuhol, itim, hilaw

100 grams


Anchovy fry,  raw

Dulong, hilaw

 ¼ cup, 35 grams


Anchovy, long-jawed, whole, raw

Dilis, buo, hilaw

 ¼ cup, 35 grams


Sardine, fimbriated, fry


1 piece, 45 grams


Crab, blue swimming

Alimasag, alige

3 tablespoons, 50 grams


Sardine, bombon


1 piece, 45 grams


Mackerel, short-bodied, fried

Hasa-hasa, prito

1 piece, 35 grams


Crab, mud/mangrove meat, boiled

Alimango, laman, nilaga

¼ cup, 20 grams


Crab, blue swimming meat, boiled

Alimasag laman, nilaga

 ¼ cup, 20 grams


Milk and Products

Milk, powder, skim

Gatas, pulbos, skim

¼ cup or 4 level teaspoons, 30 grams


Milk, powder, non-fat, instant

Gatas, pulbos, non-fat, instant

¼ cup or 4 level teaspoons, 30 grams


Milk, powder, full cream

Gatas, pulbos, full cream

¼ cup or 4 level teaspoons, 30 grams


Milk, powder, filled, instant

Gatas, pulbos, filled, instant

¼ cup or 4 level teaspoons, 30 grams


Milk, evaporated, filled, undiluted

Gatas, evaporada, filled

½ cup, 125 grams


Cheese, cheddar, pasteurized, processed,

1 slice, 35 grams (6 X 3 X 2cm)


Yoghurt, ½ cup, 125 grams


Eggs and Products

Egg, quail, boiled

Itlog, pugo, nilaga

9 pieces, 70 grams


Egg, chicken, whole, boiled

Itlog, manok, buo, nilaga

1 piece, 60 grams


Vegetables and Products

Seaweed, kulot

1 cup raw, 25 grams


Seaweed, balbalulang

1 cup raw, 25 grams


Seaweed, gamet
1 cup raw, 25 grams


Jute, boiled

Saluyot dahon, nilaga

½ cup, 45 grams


Pechay, boiled

Petsay, nilaga

½ cup, 45 grams


New Zealand spinach, boiled

Ispinaka dahon, nilaga

½ cup, 45 grams


The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos urges us, especially children, to “consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods such as small fish and shellfish everyday for healthy bones and teeth”.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write, call or visit:  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 or follow our twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Bag-ong natukod nga Women’s Center sa Sta. Monica pormal ng giablihan

By Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Agosto 8 (PIA) – Pormal ng gibendisyunan ug gi-inagurahan ang bag-ong natukod nga Women’s Center sa lungsod sa Sta. Monica niadtong Agosto 3, 2016.

Ang maong okasyon gitambungan ni Gobernador Sol  F. Matugas uban ni kanhi Kongresista Francisco T. Matugas, Board Members Mamerto Galanida ug Leonila Gorgolon, ug ang Team Capitol.

Atol sa maong okasyon, pormal usab nga gitunol ang mga gamit sa kusina ngadto sa mga kababainhan sa maong lungsod nga maoy ilang magamit sa ilang kapanginabuhian or livelihood program.

Pagkahuman sa maong programa, ang gobernador nakigtigom usab sa mga kapitanes sa nagkalain-aling barangay sa maong lungsod diin gihisgutan sa maong tigom ang mga plano, programa ug proyekto sa probinsya ubos sa HEALS plus agenda sa goberndaor diin gihatagan ug prayoridad ang pagkaon sa barangay, puhunan sa pag asenso, maayong panglawas para sa tanan ug ang mga panginahanglanon sa eskwelahan. (PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)