Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bislig Mayor Librado, Japanese mayor sign MOU on organic farming

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 21 (PIA) – Local chief executives of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines and Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the promotion and development of organic agriculture.

Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro and Kisarazu City Mayor Yushikuni Watanabe signed the MOU on Monday during the ceremonial activity at the city hall of Kisarazu.

The cooperation and friendship relations will be done through the exchange of information, knowledge, and experience between the two cities to enhance more development.

In the MOU, it includes the cooperation and friendship of both parties on the following fields: Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry; Tourism; Education; and other fields as mutually agreed upon by both parties.

The establishment of cooperation and friendship between the two cities, anchored from the slogan: "Think internationally, Act locally," is part of the international initiative and innovation implemented by the city government of Bislig.

It can be recalled that last September 2016, Bislig City and Goesan County, South Korea has also signed an MOU relative to the partnership on organic agriculture, it was learned. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI Surigao Norte intensifies enforcement of Price Act

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office has intensified its campaign on Republic Act No. 7581 otherwise known as the “Price Act" especially in San Francisco town.

According to DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan, the local government unit of San Francisco just recently crated its Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) through Executive Order No. 03 as one of the response mechanisms to address increasing prices of basic commodities in the municipality after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit the said town.

During the first meeting of the LPCC, DTI trade and industry development specialist Josephine D. Gabutin conducted a briefing on the R.A. 7581, as well as the functions and responsibilities of the concerned member agencies and LGU departments in monitoring the price and supply situation of basic and prime commodities.

DTI Head of Institutional Development Unit Rodrigo R. Matabaran explained to the LPC members the activities that need to be undertaken after the earthquake including the conduct of price monitoring, Diskwento Caravan, as well as the process of issuance of show cause orders to business establishments found to have effected an increase in prices of basic commodities that should be done by concerned agencies having particular jurisdictions on various goods.

On her part, LPCC chairperson Mayor Guia Plaza-Sabanal explained that the increase in prices if there is any could have been caused by the additional cost in hauling labor and transport due to the damaged Anao-aon Bridge.

Negapatan disclosed that it was agreed by the council that a meeting will be called for business owners to discuss the price freeze advisory in the context of the earthquake disaster that cause disruption in the usual transport route of the municipality. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PNP Caraga’s manhunt Charlie intensified; 9 arrested

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 21 - The Caraga Police arrested nine wanted persons including two most wanted persons who voluntarily surrendered in various parts of the region Friday.

“The arrest of nine wanted persons is in line with Letter of Instructions ManHunt Charlie wherein the police apprehend persons issued with arrest warrants,” stated Caraga Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Rolando Felix.

In Surigao del Sur, three wanted persons were arrested by the operatives. The suspects were identified as Fritz Gerald Laud, 29, of Brgy. Osmeña, Tagbina  town for murder; Aldrich Sarceda, 25, of Brgy. Poblacion,Barobo, and Glenmar Sinday, 36, of Brgy. Tabon, Bislig City both charged for grave oral defamation.

Nelia Asis, 48, was also arrested around 9:50 a.m. in Brgy. Langkilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur, for malversation of public funds and estafa.

In Butuan City, Chester Ilano, 21, was arrested in Brgy. Mahay, for theft, while Kimkim Taladoc, 21, was arrested for alarm and scandal in Brgy. Libertad, Butuan City.

Aurile del Rosario, 56, and identified as most wanted person in Veruela was apprehended in Brgy. Sampaguita for Theft.

Meanwhile, two most wanted persons who voluntarily surrendered to the operatives were identified as Emma Mateo, 66, of Veruela MPS for theft; and Jessie Canal, 40, of Tandag City for 15 counts of estafa.

He added that the active and indispensable support of the community contributes to the success of police operations. Felix also urged the public to assist the Caraga Police in its campaign against crime by way of providing relevant and timely information. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga police nab drug pusher, recover abandoned lumber

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 21 - The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Caraga and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 13 personnel arrested a suspected drug personality and seized 0.5 gram of shabu valued at P5,900 during a buy-bust operation Sunday.

PNP Caraga Regional Director CSupt. Rolando Felix identified the suspect as Madel Ganzon, 19, of Barangay Amontay, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. The suspect was arrested by the City Anti-illegal Drug Enforcement Unit in P-7, Brgy. Ambago, this city. Suspect is placed under the custody of the authorities while a case for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Board has been prepared against her.

Meanwhile, the police operatives and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel responded to the report of a concerned citizen that resulted in the recovery of an abandoned 55 pieces Lauan logs with an estimated volume of 4,237.76 board feet and market value of P60,000 in P-6, Barangay Malixi, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

Recovered forest products are in the custody of DENR-Tagbina while Tagbina cops are conducting an investigation for possible arrest of the suspect.  (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: 3 in every 5 Filipino adult women are apple-shaped obese

By Charina A. Javier

The recent survey done by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST- FNRI) in 2015 showed that 57.9 percent or about 3 in every 5 Filipino adult women in the Philippines have high waist-to-hip ratio (WHR).

Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is an indicator that measures android or central obesity or apple-shaped body type. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set a WHR cut-off point of 0.85 for women and 1.0 for men.  Android or central obesity may indicate visceral fat or the accumulation of fats in the internal organs. It has been associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes; cardiovascular diseases mainly heart attack and stroke, sleep apnea, and some cancers.

Among the regions, the highest prevalences of high WHR among adult females were noted in Northern Mindanao (62.5 percent), CALABARZON (62.5 percent), CARAGA (62.0 percent), Davao (61.5 percent), Central Luzon (61.3 percent) and NCR (61.1 percent).

In contrast, the prevalence of high WHR among Filipino adult males was seven in every 100 (7.1 percent). Among the regions, the highest prevalences of high WHR among adult males were noted in NCR (10.2 percent), CALABARZON (9.4 percent), Central Luzon (8.7 percent) and Davao (7.3 percent).

The same survey also revealed that about one in every five (23.9 percent) Filipino adults have elevated blood pressure and about two in every five (42.5 percent) were insufficiently physically active.

Messages from the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by a Technical Working Group led by the DOST- FNRI give simple reminders on attaining and maintaining normal body weight. Message No. 9 recommends achieving normal weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent obesity. Likewise, Message No. 10 encourages us to be physically active, make healthy food choices, manage stress, avoid alcoholic beverages and do not smoke to help prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.

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)


Female NPA killed in Agusan del Norte

By Capt. Jasper Gacayan

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 21 (PIA) – A female member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed following an encounter with goverment troopers under 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army (29IB) in Agusan del Norte on Saturday, Mar. 18.

A report from the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army revealed that the encounter took place in Brgy Hinimbangan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

The identity of the dead NPA is yet to be determined. An AK-47 was also recovered from her, said a report. Her body was turned over to the Kitcharao police for proper disposition.

"The NPA group was earlier reported by the residents to be scaring their barangay, which forced the community to evacuate to the town proper," said 29IB commanding officer LTC Glen Aynera.

Col. Cristobal Zaragoza of 401st Brigade directed the 29IB to conduct hot pursuit operation for the remaining members of the said terrorist group who scampered to different directions during the firefight leaving their fatality. (401st Brigade/PIA-Caraga)


Partner agencies ink commitment to strengthen PRDP project in Agusan Norte

By Fretcher D. Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 21 – The Department of Agriculture’s (DA's) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in Caraga together with partner agencies recently converged through a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the harmonization of support for the abaca industry in the province of Agusan del Norte.

The activity aims to mainstream the support from partner agencies in helping Agusan del Norte in the implementation of its Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) and support the industry and other major commodity value chains in the province.

Local executives seized the challenge of taking the lead in institutionalizing government agencies’ support in implementing the PCIP. “We cannot do everything alone. We need the assistance of government agencies in achieving what we have determined in the PCIP,” said Governor Maria Angelica Amante-Matba.

Amante-Matba emphasizes that the province needs a strong partnership with the concerned agencies and other stakeholders in addressing gaps and constraints for the development of not just abaca, but also other priority commodities. “Now that we have signified our commitment to the province, I am assured that all we have envisioned can be accomplished accordingly,” Amante-Matba said.

PRDP’s introduction of innovative tools such as the applied geotagging technology, the value chain analysis (VCA) and the vulnerability and suitability assessment (E-VSA) in crafting the PCIP would help other agencies in identifying specific interventions for the development of a particular commodity.

The undertaking expects the pooling of resources in the form of technical support, programs and projects to help the province and what support could be possibly mainstreamed into the regular budget and programs of partner agencies.

“In PRDP, we do not want to leave our farmers and industry players hanging anywhere in any of the segments of the value chain. We want to elevate them to higher grounds, thereby boosting their chances to improve their lot,” said Mindanao Project Support Office I-PLAN Component Head Cerenio Tila.


The signing was participated by the regional head of agencies from the DA, Philippine Fiber Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Science and Technology, Caraga State University and the provincial government of Agusan del Norte. (RPCO-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)