3.27.2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

'No 67-yr old individual included in 14 HIV new cases in Caraga,' says DOH 13 chief

By Fryan E. ABkilan

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) - A regional official of the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga Region has denied the existence of a 67-year old Caraganon who was reportedly among the 14 new cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) recorded in December 2016 in the region.

DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., in an interview, said that based on the December 2016 Disease Surveillance Report, 12 (86 percent) of the new cases were males with 25 years old as the youngest and 34 years old as the oldest.

“There is no report of a 67-year old Caraganon diagnosed with HIV per December 2016 data. If it were true, I should be the first one to know,” said Llacuna.

Llacuna, however, expressed concern and alarm over increasing numbers of individuals testing positive for HIV in the region.

Llacuna bared that, from January to December 2016, there were 95 HIV cases reported, 10.5 percent higher compared to the same period last year with 86 cases.

DOH Caraga data revealed that from 1995 to December 2016, there were 335 HIV cases, with 27 reported HIV-AIDS related deaths.

Overall, DOH Caraga data showed that the 25-34 years old (50.4 percent) age group had recorded the most number of cases with 169, with 18 years old as the youngest and 67 years old as the oldest. Most of the cases, 316 (94 percent), were males while 19 cases, or six percent, were females.

"This means that the 18-year old as youngest and 67-year old as oldest individuals stricken with HIV were based on the cumulative data in previous years and definitely not in the December 2016 report," clarified Llacuna.

The reported modes of transmission were mostly through sexual contact with 333 cases. Homosexual contact, at 164 (49 percent), was the predominant mode of sexual transmission. Most, about 92 percent or 309 cases, were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting, with Butuan City topping the cases in the region with 122, followed by Surigao del Sur with 64, and 60 for Agusan del Sur.

“We remain steadfast in our advocacy. DOH is giving free counseling and testing services for the HIV program. We assure that these services remain confidential. In the event that individuals are tested positive for HIV, DOH will also provide the antiviral drugs for free. This, however, is the management side of our HIV cases," said Llacuna.

"We still strongly advocate for the healthy practices against the disease: A-Abstinence, B-Be Faithful, C-Correct and consistent Condom use and counseling incase of unhealthy sexual behaviors, and D-early Detection through testing,” Llacuna added. (FEA/DOH-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


CSC continues to accept nominations for 2017 search for outstanding public servants

By Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga calls for more nominations to the 2017 Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees until March 31.

The search covers three award categories, namely: The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award, and the Civil Service Commission Pagasa Award.

“The conferment of the awards forms part of the Commission’s advocacy of promoting excellence and recognizing as well as rewarding civil servants for outstanding performance, contribution and achievements, and/ or consistent manifestation of exemplary ethical behavior,” underscored CSC-Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo.

Heads of agencies and state workers are encouraged to submit nominations to this search. The guidelines and nomination forms may be secured from the CSC regional and field offices or they may browse it at www.csc.gov.ph for ready reference.

Further, they may also call CSC-Caraga regional office through contact numbers 085-342-6089/085-815-3370 for more details. (RCO/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


United States-PH partnership project advances water security in VisMin

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27  - “Through our partnership with the Philippine government, more than 1.3 million Filipinos have gained access to improved sanitation and over 1.5 million more now have access to safe and clean drinking water,” said United States (U.S.) ambassador Sung Y. Kim in his keynote address during the finale ceremony of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability Project (Be Secure).

To celebrate World Water Day on March 22, ambassador Kim joined Philippine government representatives to celebrate the success of Be Secure, a P966M project that increased access to safe water and sanitation in the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) regions.  Initiated in 2013, Be Secure implemented a 4-year partnership between USAID and the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to promote good governance, improve access to water and sanitation, and enhance resilience to variances in weather and climate trends in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Zamboanga and in the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao and Leyte.  During the ceremony, USAID also awarded warranties for water systems at ten sites, including schools and health clinics.  These warranties will cover the cost of possible damage from future typhoons and floods.

To implement Be Secure, USAID coordinated with the national government agencies, local government units, water utilities, private sector, media, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.  It was launched in 2013 and, having achieved its objectives, will officially close in July 2017. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Pinoys’ fruits and vegetables consumption decreasing in the past 37 years

By Charina A. Javier

Fruits and vegetables consumption in the Philippines showed a gradual decreasing trend in the past 37 years according to the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

Results of the 2015 Updating Survey by the DOST-FNRI showed that the mean one-day per capita intake of vegetables in the Philippines was 123 grams, slightly higher than the 2013 per capita intake of 114 grams. However, this is much lower than the mean per capita intake in 1978 at 145 grams which has been the highest reported per capita intake of vegetables.

The trend is even more apparent in the per capita intake of fruits which was 37 grams in 2015, almost three-fold lower than the per capita intake in 1978 at 104 grams according to DOST-FNRI. The highest reported per capita intake was 107 grams in 1987 but has since steadily declined over the last three decades.

Moreover, the combined per capita intakes of fruits and vegetables are much lower than the recommended intake by the World Health Organization (WHO) of 400 grams.

Low intake of fruits and vegetables has been linked to poor health and increased risk of non-communicable diseases and is among the top 10 risk factors contributing to global mortality. According to WHO, an estimated 5.2 million deaths worldwide were attributable to inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption in 2013.

In the Philippines, mortality trends for non-communicable diseases such as diseases of the heart and cancers have also been increasing from 1958 to 2008 based on the Philippine Health Statistics 2008.

In contrast, while there has been a general decline in the local consumption of fruits and vegetables, there is an increasing trend in the demand for fruits and vegetables for exports with an average yearly growth of about seven percent (7%) for the processed products from 2006-2010 according to the Department of Trade and Industry. From 2010 to 2014, there has been a general increase in total crop production by volume according to the Philippine Statistics Authority which included fruits and vegetables namely banana, pineapple, mango, tomato, garlic, onion, cabbage, eggplant and calamansi.

Thus, there is a need to promote fruits and vegetable consumption at the local level through various medium such as backyard and school gardening. There should also be support for local farmers to improve production and produce better quality foods but with lower prices. We can also push for innovative nutrition education on the benefits of fruits and vegetables such as mainstream advertising in addition to conventional methods.

Message No.3 of the 2012 Nutritional Guideline for Filipinos developed by a Technical Working Group led by the DOST-FNRI reminds us to “eat more vegetables and fruits everyday to get the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber for regulation of body processes.”

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. (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor farmer-groups craft policy enhancement, credit guidelines under APCP

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 - The Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of Agusan del Norte conducted training on Credit and Lending Policy Crafting and Enhancement for the leaders of five selected Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) from different agrarian reform communities in the province of Agusan del Norte held last March 16-17, 2017 here.

More than 60 participants consisted of coop leaders and officers participated in the training, which was designed to enhance the participants’ ability to manage credit operation.

The five ARBOs included Rosario Agrarian Reform Cooperatives (RARC); Jaguimitan Farmers Cooperative; San Antonio Integrated Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative; and Tagbuyacan Farmers Marketing Cooperative.

The said five ARBOs are among the very few ARBOs who qualified the government credit program to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) having  the capability to extend credit to their members.

APCP Coordinator Luningning  Buque-Ycoy said that the agency intensifies its effort in evaluating proposal for credit to ARBs under the DAR’s Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Land Bank of the Philippines.

According to Luning Buque-Ycoy that the activity is designed to formulate a policy related to credit and lending operation of the said cooperatives.

“The activity also assessed and reviewed the cooperative’s existing practices and how to address some problems they encountered related to credit and lending services to its members,” Ycoy added. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Surigao Norte quake-hit barangays get emergency kit, equipment

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 27 (PIA) – The Silangan Mindanao Mining Corporation, Inc. (SMMCI) recently handed out life-saving emergency kit, equipment and canned goods to three remote barangays affected by the magnitude 6.7 that hit Surigao del Norte on February 10 this year.

Barangays Tagbayani, Mayag and Gacepan in the municipality of Sison each received rechargeable megaphone, flashlights, emergency blanket, first-aid kit, rubber boots, raincoats, hard hat, whistle and a box of canned goods.

Officials of the recipient barangays expressed their gratitude to SMMCI. They pointed out that their villages are located in far-flung areas, making the donations very essential during disasters.

Mayag Barangay Captain Cipriano Tigao, Jr. underscored the importance of donated equipment, saying these could used by their own rescue teams and speed up their own disaster response.

Silangan Safety Officer Prospero Jornales complemented the donated equipment through a short lecture on the use of the kit equipment, as well as on emergency response.

The donated equipment and kit were sourced out from Silangan employees both in the head office and mine site. (SMMCI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Dinagat Islands LGU joins International Day of Forest

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 27 (PIA) - The provincial government of Dinagat Islands joined the world in the celebration of the International Day of Forest on March 21, 2017 thru a tree planting activity.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) took the lead in planting 1,500 seedlings of Agoho tree most commonly known as “Pine Tree” along the national highway of Barangay Diegas, Basilisa town.

The activity is part of the flagship program of Governor Glenda B. Ecleo dubbed “Verde Dinagat Highway,” which aims to promote a green community from the municipalities of Cagdianao to Loreto.

Around 500 employees from the national line agencies, civil society organizations, cooperatives, people’s organizations, and provincial capitol employees spearheaded by Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo participated in the said activity.

Similar activity was also done in the municipalities of Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo and San Jose. (LGU-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Tagalog News: ISDA-licious na pamalit sa karne

Ni Salvador R. Serrano

MANILA, Mar. 27 - Ang isda at ibang lamang-dagat o seafoods ang karaniwan nating ipinapalit sa karne dahil karamihan sa mga ito ay mas malusog na alternatibo na pagkukunan ng protina at ibang mga sustansiya.

Ngunit ang seafoods ay mas madaling masira kumpara sa karne, kung kaya’t makatutulong ang mga tips para ma-preserve at ma-recycle ang mga ito.

Bago tayo dumako dito, alamin muna natin ang tungkol sa mga isda at lamang-dagat mula sa Your Guide to Good Nutrition ng Department of Science and Technology’’s Food and Nutrition Institute ng o DOST-FNRI.

Ang mga isda at shellfish gaya ng tahong, talaba, hipon, alimango, alimasag at talangka ay kabilang sa mga pagkaing tagapagbuo ng katawan o body-building foods. Kilala din ang mga ito bilang Grow foods.

Ang mga pagkaing ito ay mayaman sa protina na kailangan sa pagbuo at pagsasaayos ng kalamnan o muscles ng ating katawan para sa tamang paglaki.

Dahil dito, kailangan ng isang normal at malusog na taong edad nineteen years old pataas ng tatlong dulot o servings ng isda o shellfish bawat araw kung ito ang pangunahing pagkukunan ng protina sa araw na iyon.

Ang isang serving  ng isda ay katumbas ng dalawang piraso na katamtaman ang laki, may habang anim na pulgada o kalahati ng ruler, na tumitimbang ng 55 hanggang 60 gramo bawat isa. Katumbas din ito ng one-third  na tasang hinimay na shellfish gaya ng hipon o tahong.

Ang mga buntis at nagpapasuso ay nangangailangan ng karagdagang one-fourth hanggang one-third  na serving ng isda at shellfish upang mabigyan ng karampatang protina ang sanggol sa sinapupunan at ihanda ang katawan ng nanay sa “paggawa” ng gatas pagkapanganak.

Kailangan din ng mga bata ang protina mula sa isda para sa wastong paglaki. Gayundin, ang mabilis na pagbabago sa katawan at hormones ng mga teenagers ay nangangailangan ng sapat na protina.

Ang mga isda, gaya ng bangus, talakitok at tilapia at mga shellfish katulad ng tahong at talaba ay mayaman din sa taba na nagbibigay ng enerhiya at lakas. Ang uri ng taba na ito ay madaling tunawin, ayon sa Fish and other Seafoods ng FNRI.

Mayaman din sa bitamina A at riboflavin ang ibang lamang-dagat gaya ng aligue ng alimango, alimasag at talangka na mainam sa malinaw na paningin at normal na paglaki. Ang tahong naman, na lubhang mura ang presyo pag napapanahon, ay maganda ring pagkunan ng riboflavin at thiamine para sa maganang pagkain at normal na pagtunaw ng pagkain.

Dapat lamang mag-ingat ang mga taong mataas na ang lebel ng kolesterol at presyon na umiwas sa aligue dahil sa taglay nitong mataas na kolesterol.

Halimbawa naman ng mga isda na mayaman sa niacin na importante sa normal na paglaki ay alumahan, galunggong, tambakol, tamban, tsabita at tulingan.

Bukod dito, ang mga isda ay sagana din sa iodine o yodo, na panlaban sa goiter, abnormalidad sa pag-iisip at pangangatawan ng mga bata, at mga peligro sa pagbubuntis.

Ang mga pinatuyong maliliit na isda na nakakain ng buo kasama ang tinik, gaya ng dilis, biya at danggit, ay mayaman sa calcium na pampatibay ng mga na buto at ngipin. Ang kuhol, susong pilipit, hipong tagunton at alamang ay mayaman din sa calcium.

Dumako naman tayo sa mga seaweeds. Ang mga ito ay sagana sa iodine, iron, calcium at phosphorus. Ang phosphorus ay tumutulong sa pagpapatibay ng ating mga buto at ngipin at pinapabilis ang pagdaloy ng enerhiya para sa mga muscles. Ito rin ang nagdalala ng iba’t-ibang uri ng taba sa dugo, at pinipigilan ang pagka-sakang o diperensya sa buto ng mga paa.

Sa pagbili naman ng mga isda at lamang-dagat, paano natin malalaman na ang mga ito ay sariwa?

Ang isda ay sariwa kung ang balat o kaliskis nito ay makintab at masinsin, matingkad ang pagka-pula ng hasang, malinaw at buo ang mga mata, siksik o “firm” ang laman, hindi pa sobrang lansa ang amoy, at buo at di sabog ang tiyan.

Para sa mga shellfish  naman, kailangang sarado ang mga takip at kulay gatas ang laman ng mga tulya at talaba, mabigat para sa laki nito at siksik ang mga galamay ng mga alimango at alimasag, di masangsang ang amoy, siksik at di kumakalas ang balat ng mga hipon.

Ngayong alam na natin ang tungkol sa sustansiya mula sa mga isda at lamang-dagat, pati na ang pagpili ng sariwa nito, narito ang mga tips para mapatagal ang buhay ng isda sa iba’t-ibang paraan.

Ang isang paraan ay pagpapatuyo.

           Una, hugasang mabuti ang isda gaya ng bangus, dalag, hito, dilis o tunsoy gamit ang malinis na tubig.

           Tanggalin ang lamang-loob sa pamamagitan ng paghiwa sa kahabaan ng tiyan. Sunod, ibabad ng tatlumpung minuto sa isang parte ng asin at siyam na parte ng tubig upang matanggal ang dugo.

           Ibabad muli sa solusyon na isang parte ng asin at limang parte ng tubig sa loob ng isa hanggang anim na oras, depende sa laki, dami at alat na gusto.

           Ipatong sa screen, mesh wire, hinabing rattan o kawayan at patuyuin sa araw o sa solar dryer.

Ito naman ang paraan ng paggawa ng tinapa o pina-usukang isda.

           Hugasan ng mabuti ang isda gamit ang malinis na tubig.

           Hiwain ang kubuuang haba ng likod at iwanang buo ang tiyan.

           Tanggalin ang mga lamang-loob at dugo.

           Hugasang mabuti at ibabad ng tatlumpung minuto sa kalahating tasa ng asin at apat na tasa ng tubig.

           Ilagay ang isda sa hinabing basket at ilubog sa kumukulong solusyon ng anim na  kutsarang asin sa bawat apat na tasang tubig hanggang pumuti ang mga mata ng isda.

           Ihilera ang isda sa mga smoking trays  at patuyuin ng sampung minuto.

           Patuyuin ang isda sa isang malamig at malilim na lugar sa loob ng tatlong oras bago pausukan.

           Pausukan ang isda sa temperaturang 32 hanggang 38 degrees Centigrade  sa loob ng isa hanggang dalawang oras, o hanggang maging golden brown  ang kulay.

           Palamigin at lagyan ng mantika sa ibabaw gamit ang brush.

Ang isa pang paraan para tumagal ang isda ay paggawa ng bagoong.

           Una, hugasan ang dilis, sapsap, ayungin o anumang maliliit na isda ang nais sa malinis na tubig.

           Sa bawat tatlong tasa ng isda, lagyan ng isang tasa ng asin at haluing mabuti.

           Ilagay sa palayok o earthen jars.

           Takpan ng mabuti upang di mapasok ng insekto, peste o anumang dumi.

           Patagalin ng dalawang linggo hanggang isang taon, depende sa lasa at amoy na nais.

Bukod dito, maaari ding gamitin ang mga tirang ulam na isda bilang sahog sa sarciado, escabeche, en tocho, cardillo, fish balls o torta.

Ang mga tirang ibang lamang-dagat naman ay pwede pa ring ihalo sa adobo, torta at gisadong gulay.

Laging tatandaan na ang isda at lamang-dagat ay di lamang dapat madalas na tinatangkilik tuwing Mahal na Araw dahil ang mga ito ay ang mas malusog na alternatibo sa karne sa kahit anong araw.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon ukol sa isda at lamang-dagat, mga resipe gamit ang seafoods, o anumang katanungan sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumangguni sa aming website sa www.fnri.dost.gov.ph, tumawag sa 8372934, o mag-email kay   Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, sa mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com. I-Like din ang aming Facebook page sa facebook.com/FNRI.DOST o sundan kami sa aming Twitter account sa twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Sa itlog panalo ang nutrisyon at kalusugan, pati na rin negosyo

Ni Czarina Teresita S. Martinez

MANILA, Mar. 27 (PIA) - Ayon sa pag-aaral na ginawa ng Department of Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition Research Institute  (DOST-FNRI),  ang pagkain ng isang itlog araw-araw ay mainam sa ating kalusugan at maayos na pangagatawan.

Ang itlog ay mayaman sa protina na tumutulong sa pagbuo ng ating katawan. May taglay din itong fats na nakakapagbigay lakas at enerhiya.

Ang itlog ay mayaman din sa bitamina at mineral tulad ng:

-           bitamina A na tumutulong upang maging malinaw ang ating mga mata;

-           bitamina B na tumutulong labanan ang panghihina ng katawan;

-           iron na tumutulong upang maging mapula at malusog ang dugo;

-           calcium na tumutulong na maging matibay ang mga buto; at

-           phosphorus na tumutulong maging malusog ang ating buto at kalamnan o muscles.

Ang sustansya ng isang katamtamang laki ng itlog ay maihahalintulad sa karne na kasing-laki ng kaha ng posporo, o 1/4 na pitso ng manok o isang drumstick ng manok, o 3 kutsara ng corned beef, o isang kuwadradong tokwa o  1/3 tasa ng butong gulay tulad ng munggo, kadios, o utaw.

Ang itlog ay pasok sa budget ng pamilyang Filipino. Kaya’t hikayatin si nanay na ugaliing maghain ng itlog araw-araw. Maaari itong iluto ng malasado o soft cooked egg, lutung-luto o hard cooked egg, binati o scrambled egg, prito o sunny side-up o kaya ay sari-saring luto ng torta.

Sa pagbili ng itlog, piliin ang mga may malinis na balat. Subalit kung hindi maiwasan at nakabili ng itlog na may kaunting dumi ang balat, kaagad iinisin ito ng bahagyang nabasang pamunas at patuyuin agad at unahin itong iluto. Siguraduhin din na walang lamat ang balat ng itlog. Sakaling nagkaroon ng lamat ang balat, kaagad itong iluto.

Ayon sa datos ng DOST-FNRI 8th National Nutrition Survey, Dietary Survey: Household Food Consumption, 4 sa bawat 10 households ay kumukonsumo ng itlog araw-araw. Sa paghahanda at pagluluto ng itlog, walang naitalang food wastage sa itlog ang survey na ginawa noong 2003 at 2008. Kung mayroon mang nasayang na itlog, ang dami nito ay napakaliit upang maramdaman. Maaari nating sabihing walang sayang sa itlog.

Sa ginawang pag-aaral ni Dr. Celeste C. Tanchoco, DOST Scientist at dati ring Division Chief ng Nutrition Research and Developement Division ng DOST-FNRI, iminumungkahi ang pagkonsumo ng isang itlog araw-araw sa mga taong normal ang blood cholesterol level at sa mga lumalaking bata.

Sa pagsulong sa rekomendasyon ng DOST-FNRI na “An egg a day is OK”,  kinikinitang tataas ang konsumo ng itlog. Ayon sa tala ng National Statistics Office ng 2015, ang populasyon ng Pilipinas ay nasa 100 milyon at 32 milyon dito ay mga batang may edad 0-14 taong gulang. Sa makatuwid kinakailangan natin ng 32 milyong itlog araw-araw o tinatayang 11 bilyong itlog sa isang taon para sa mga bata pa lamang.

Naitala sa Country STAT Philipppines, Philippines Statistical Authority 2015, na ang produksiyong ng itlong ng manok ay umabot sa 444,500 metric ton na makapagbibigay hanapbuhay sa ating mamamayan sa kanayunan. Ang rekomendasyon ng DOST-FNRI na “An egg a day is OK” ay makatutulong sa pagbibigay daan sa pag-sulong ng pagnenegosyo ng itlog.


Para sa karagdagang impormasyon at kaalaman sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Direktor, FNRI-DOST sa kanyang email address: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph o mar_v_c@yahoo.com o sa telepono bilang 837-2934/837-3164. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.  I-Like din ang aming Facebook page sa facebook.com/FNRI.DOST o sundan kami sa aming Twitter account sa twitter.com/FNRI_DOST.  (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)