3.21.2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Asian malacofauna expert to visit in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) – A world-renowned malacologist and biogeographer, with expertise in Southeast Asian malacofauna, Dr. Thomas von Rintelen of the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany will arrive in this city to give a talk on the existing knowledge of the distribution of freshwater snails and shrimps in the Caraga region and Mindanao.

The lecture-seminar on “Biodiversity and Origin of Southeast Asian Freshwater Snails and Shrimps” which is set on April 3, 2017, 10:00-11:15 a.m at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) 2 of FSUU, here, will be spearheaded by Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Biodiversity Informatics and Research Center (BIRC).

“As an institution concerned with the protection of the environment and an advocate for social transformation, we also intend to hold the activity to provide a venue for discussions on significant social issues about the freshwater snails and shrimps present in the region,“ said Dr. Marites Sanguila, BIRC coordinator and professor.

No registration fee will be collected. “You may contact Elsie Perez at 085-342-1830 local 4022 for queries about the activity or send an email biodiversity@urios.edu.ph. We are expecting for your active participation,” added Sanguila. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


POPCOM promotes harmonious marriage among staff

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga staff together with their respective partners enhanced their knowledge on nurturing harmonious relationships in the family and strengthened their commitments to each other by participating actively in the Marriage Enrichment Seminar held in this city, as part of the organization’s gender and development initiative among POPCOM employees.

Director Alexander A. Makinano of POPCOM Caraga reiterated the importance of having a good relationship within the family and community.  “Maintaining a smooth relationship with others, especially within the family, is very challenging to every couple. To preserve the sanctity of marriage, respect, trust and love must be nurtured,” Makinano asserted.

The POPCOM official also emphasized that there will be harmony and unity in the society if every family performs their roles in improving their lives and the community as a whole.

Said activity was conducted to intensify its advocacy on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), thereby extending among POPCOM Caraga staff and their respective partners as advocates of the program.

The concept on gender and development is clearly emphasized in the RPFP program of POPCOM, as it is a gender responsive strategy which aims to assist parents, couples and individuals realize their desired number, timing and spacing of children.

The core strategy of this program is the conduct of RPFP sessions or classes directed at couples and parents at the barangay level. Sessions tackle the concepts of marriage and other forms of family relations; elements of good marriage; home management; responsible parenting; and the importance and benefits of Family Planning and decision-making for couples. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Local solons to converge for RH

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 20 (PIA) - The Lady Local Legislators League of the Philippines (Four-L) – Caraga will convene for the Regional Summit on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH), this March.

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano said that the said event aims to generate support from the local legislators on the Executive Order No. 12, Attaining and Sustaining Zero Unmet Need for Modern FP; House Bill No. 4742, Establish a National Policy in Preventing Teenage Pregnancies and Institutionalize Social Protection for Teenage Parents; and the House Bill No. 4689, Establishment and Operation of Population Offices Mandatory.

POPCOM and the office of SP Member Rema E. Burdeos of Butuan City hold this first regional summit among lady local legislators to make a manifest showing support to the campaign to lift the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on family planning.

The good director articulated that the summit is also a right venue to discuss further the pressing issue on teenage pregnancy and create more interventions to prevent it.

RD Makinano also said that if these two house bills be passed and approved into laws, it will strengthen the population program from national down to the local given the full existence of population offices.

POPCOM hopes that there will be more resolutions to be passed by the legislators at their respective locality in support to the proposed house bills and the executive order to help improve the quality of life of every individual. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)