Friday, March 10, 2017

DOH, AECID turn over birthing facility to Dinagat Islands LGU

By Amiable Ahmz Fuentes

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 10 (PIA) – The Agencia Espaniola de Cooperacion International para el Desarollo (AECID) through the Department of Health (DOH) officially turned over a birthing facility to the provincial government of Dinagat Islands on March 7, 2017 in Cagdianao town.

The birthing facility was funded by AECID through the DOH and the fund was downloaded to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) who facilitated the construction of the said facility.

The said facility will cater the non-PhilHealth member/patient but will not accept first-time mother to delivered in the facility since they belong to the high-risk group.

In his message, Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo thanked the Spanish government for giving the funds and support to the health needs of the province.

On her part, barangay captain Flordelina Licaylicay expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the provincial government in realizing the said project.

“The facility is a dream come true for us especially for the women because they don’t need to travel to Dinagat district hospital just to give birth,” Licaycay said.

During the ceremony, Vice Gov. Ecleo led the ceremonial ribbon cutting together with Provincial Administrator Gwendolyn Ecleo-Pols, Cagdianao Mayor Adolfo E. Longos and witnessed by some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Vicente Soco, Jr. and his staff, Provincial Engineer Fe Botanas and her staff, teachers of R.E. Ecleo Elementary School, municipal officials, and barangay officials.

Meanwhile, Community Affairs Officer Jay G. Benitez handed over a check worth P3,000 each as an aide to barangays R. E. Ecleo Sr, Del Pilar, Poblacion, Cabungaan, Maatas, Sta. Rita, and Mabini. (Provincial Information Office-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


P5.5-B worth of infra projects pipelined for Mindanao under PRDP

By Jay M. Rosas

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 10 - Around P5.5-billion worth of infrastructure subprojects are pipelined for Mindanao under DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) aimed at improving agricultural productivity in the countryside.

According to PRDP’s February 2017 report, farm-to-market roads (FMR) make up the bulk of the pipelined subprojects with a total of 46 subprojects amounting to P4.49 billion.

These subprojects are awaiting endorsement of the issuance of no objection letter (NOL), which signals approval, while others are awaiting approval of the Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB), or subprojects undergoing validation.

Undergoing implementation are 62 FMR subprojects while 37 are under various stages of procurement.

“Under PRDP, we aim to build concreted road networks that will connect production areas and farms to markets which will hopefully translate to bigger incomes of farmers,” PRDP Mindanao cluster director Ricardo Oñate said.

He said that local government units have seen the importance of FMR projects in enhancing the productivity of their commodities and improving the connectivity of their areas, which is why he said LGUs have strongly lobbied for more road concreting projects.

“This is in line with the Project’s thrust in ensuring that reliable infrastructures are put up where it is needed,” Oñate added.

Aside from FMR projects, small infrastructure subprojects were also pipelined amounting to P151.09 million. These subprojects include construction of warehouses and solar dryers, as well as infrastructure support to PRDP’s enterprise development subprojects.

Meanwhile, there are also pipelined five FMR projects with bridge component, four irrigation subprojects and 2 potable water supply (PWS) systems subprojects.

Currently, 26 subprojects classified under small infrastructure are undergoing procurement process.

Under PRDP’s infrastructure or I-BUILD component, proposals for infrastructure subprojects must be identified as critical intervention in the priority commodity investment plans (PCIP) of the provincial LGU.

During the last I-BUILD coordination meeting, it was disclosed that pipelined subprojects total to P25 billion. Mindanao owns the largest percentage in cost for the whole portfolio with 30 percent.

“These pipelined subprojects will still be validated to ensure that it meets the requirements and standards set by the Project before they are elevated to the next level of approval,” Oñate said.

He added that the Project will also ensure that an Operation and Maintenance Audit System is installed to strengthen monitoring of the various subprojects’ implementation. (PSO Mindanao/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Agusan river nagsisimula muli and pagtaas dahil sa patuloy na pag-ulan

Ni Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 10 (PIA) - Dahil sa malakas na pag-ulan na nararanasan simula pa ng nakaraang mga araw dulot ng isang Low Pressure Area at Tail-End of a Cold Front, tumaas na ang tubig sa Agusan river na umabot na sa 3.05 meters ngayong alas tres ng hapon ayon sa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council o CDRRMC ng Butuan.

Sa kasalukuyan ay umabot na sa hangang beywang ang tubig sa may barangay Banza, Buhangin, Baan Riverside, Maug, Golden Ribbon, Mahogany, Obrero at iba pang mababang barangay ng lungsod. Bagamat ang pagtaas ng tubig ay karaniwan na sa mga nakatira dito, patuloy namang nakaalerto ang pamahalaang lokal sa anumang maaring maging pinsala ng ulan sa nasabing mga barangays.

Sa tala ng CDRRMC, may 303 ka pamilya o 1,126 na individual ang lumikas na sa kani-kanilang tirahan at kasalukuyan nang nasa designated evacuation centers.

Sa lungsod ng Surigao, ilang low-lying barangays din ang binaha dahil na rin sa pagtaas ng tubig sa Surigao river. Nasa alert level one pa rin ang lungsod at kanselado pa rin ang klase sa pre-school level.

Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-Surigao, umabot na sa 12.6 millimeters ang naitalang accumulated rainfall level ng lungsod kaninang umaga. Nakaalerto na rin ang mga tauhan ng CDRRMC sa Surigao kung saka-sakaling kailanganin na magpatupad ng karampatang aksyon.


Samantala, sa Agusan del Sur ay bahagya nang humupa ang tubig-baha sa ilang apektadong barangay. Ngunit patuloy pa ring binabantayan ng provincial DRRMC ng Agusan del Sur ang pinangangambahang pagtaas na naman ng tubig sa Agusan river dahil sa malakas na ulan sa Compostela Valley province. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)