Thursday, December 22, 2016


DTI calls on public to utilize 'e-Presyo' app

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga called on the consuming public to utilize and access their “e-Presyo” application, wherein consumers, retailers, distributors, and manufacturers can check for the Suggested Retail Price (SRP) and prevailing prices of all basic and prime goods being monitored by the DTI including those stores selling at the lowest prices.

“The e-Presyo app can be accessed through the DTI website at www.dti.gov.ph or can be downloaded from Play Store using any Andriod device,” disclosed DTI regional director Brielgo Pagaran during the last media briefing with the civil society organizations (CSOs) recently conducted at the DTI regional office here.

Pagaran further emphasized that through the e-Presyo, netizens would become updated from time to time on the prices of the all the basic and prime commodities without any hassle. 

The DTI is the executive department of the Philippine Government tasked to expand Philippine trade, industries and investments as the means to generate jobs and raise incomes for Filipinos. It acts as catalyst for intensified private sector activity in order to accelerate and sustain economic growth through comprehensive industrial growth strategy, progressive and socially responsible trade liberalization and deregulation programs and policymaking designed for the expansion and diversification of Philippine trade - both domestic and foreign. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


'Handog pamasko' benefits 400 drug surrenderers in AgNor town

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 22 (PIA) – Some 400 drug surrenderers of the municipality of Santiago in the province of Agusan del Norte benefitted the services from the different government agencies on Tuesday at the municipal gym.

The activity dubbed as “Handog Pamasko Para Sa’yo” was facilitated by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial offices and other partner government offices.

According to PPOC secretariat and DILG OIC provincial director Ellen Vee Chua, the event is a take-off activity of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), which aims to instill to the minds of the surrenderers that they are being taken cared of by the government.

“It is one of the flagship programs of governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba,” said Chua. It emphasizes to the drug surrenderers that the government is looking at their welfare and that the government wants to reintegrate them to the society.

Also, during the whole-day event, national line agencies like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) gave a lecture on the salient provisions of Republic Act 9165; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) talked on the Vocational and Skills Training; the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also discussed their livelihood opportunities while the Department of Education (DepEd) shared the Alternative Learning System and Senior High School; and the Department of Health (DOH) presented the ill-effects of prohibited drugs and healthy lifestyle.

The Philippine Army (PA) also gave a lecture on the recruitment process of the AFP to those who are willing to join the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

During the event, PNP Agusan del Norte provincial director Ernesto V Tendero, Jr. said that the gift giving event is only the start of a bigger activity to start by 2017.

Tendero said that a community-based rehabilitation program would start by February 2017.

Vitamins, t-shirts, cash prizes during games and raffles were given to the surrenderers.

Simultaneous to the event is also the conduct of the Medical and Dental mission and drug test by the DOH.

“The attendance and cooperation of the surrenderers is a manifestation of their willingness to help the government to end the drug menace,” Chua said.

Santiago town was chosen as the pilot local government unit for the ‘Pamaskong Handog’ because of its high surrender target rate, Chua added. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


ASTMMC on 'white alert' for holidays

By  Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec 22 (PIA) – The Adela Serra Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) based here is on "code white alert" to prepare for possible holiday-related incidents.

ASTMMC chief Dr. Janice Pagaran Alcordo said the code white alert status started on December 20, 2016 and will run until January 2, 2017, as per directive from the Department of Health (DOH). Code white alert means all hospital personnel should be on standby in case of emergency and influx of patients.

ASTMMC management assured the public that they are ready to accommodate victims of firecrackers.

Based on the report, no firecracker injuries recorded during its first day of implementation.  (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PopCom Caraga mobilizes volunteers to meet Duterte’s order

By Angie B. Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 22 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) in Caraga fielded all the population volunteers to assist couples in achieving their desired family size through modern family planning.

PopCom intensified its campaign on generating demand for family planning in time for the Population and Development Week event on November 23 – 29.

Anchored on the celebration’s theme “Achieve: Wastong Bilang ng Pamilya,” various capacity-building activities for the Barangay Population Volunteers were conducted by PopCom with funding assistance from the Department of Health (DOH).

PopCom tapped the Barangay Population Volunteers to conduct house to house visit to married couples of reproductive ages, to validate and check if they are using modern family planning methods and if not, motivate to come up with informed choices and refer said couples to the health service facility for counseling and service provision.

Population volunteers are also mobilized in the house to house profiling and monitoring of the status of unmet need for family planning in the entire region to achieve zero unmet need.

The zero unmet need for modern family planning is one of the thrusts of the DOH under the Duterte’s Administration as one of the strategies in achieving all for health towards health for all.

About 80 Barangay Population Volunteers  from each province of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur attended the two-day training on interpersonal communication and counselling techniques on modern family planning. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)