Friday, May 12, 2017

Caraga RIACAT-VAWC focal persons to join anti-TIP confab in Cebu

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 (PIA) – The focal persons for Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking – Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) Caraga coming from the different government agencies are set to participate in the National Conference on Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) on July 6-7, 2017 in Montebello Villa Hotel Resort, Banilad, Cebu City.

Said activity is spearheaded by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center, Incorporated (JPIC-IDC, Inc.), in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Karl Kubel Stiftung of Germany (KKS).

According to regional director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga and lead agency of RIACAT-VAWC, the national conference is aimed to win renewed commitment for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking, promote public consciousness and other preventive measures, and ensures protection of victims and reinforced prosecution.

“Trafficking in person is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights that impaired the sense of worth and dignity of the victims. Almost all places are affected by human trafficking, whether as a place of origin, transit or destination for victims. Realizing the continued impact of this problem calls on every advocate and duty-bearers to recognize our shared responsibility,” relayed Lim.

It was also learned that apart from attending the national conference on Anti-TIP, the member agencies thru its focal persons will also convene on June 1-2, 2017 for its second quarterly meeting to be held in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI-SDS briefs media partners on KMME Program

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 12 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Education (DTI)-Surigao del Sur provincial office has briefed the local media partners on the benefits of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program held recently at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city.

DTI assistant regional director Lolita I. Dorado said the KMME program is an initiative of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo (PCE) to help micro and small enterprises improve their business operations through weekly coaching and mentoring by selected local industry practitioners (mentors). She emphasized that on initial implementation, 20 entrepreneurs or mentees were selected from among the regular clients of DTI-SDS to undergo an 11-week business course.

PCE Senior Project Officer Jahaziel Ann La Guardia clarified that the course will help the mentees scale-up their operation from micro small and from survival to sustainable enterprises. She also added that PCE designed the guidelines for selecting the mentees.

Meanwhile, DTI-SDS chief Romel Oribe explained that the mentees are expected to finish or complete the course and present their Business Improvement Plan to the mentors at the end of the program. The implementation of their plan shall be monitored regularly.

Oribe then urged the media people to help promote DTI's programs and services to the grassroots. He also asked the media to help DTI inform MSMEs that the Negosyo Centers are ready to assist them. (DTI/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DILG 13: All systems go for SGLG 2017 assessment

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, May 12 - The search for good performing Local Government Units to be accorded the prestigious Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for 2017 has once again been initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region XIII (DILG 13) as technical personnel in the regional office, provincial offices, down to the field officers start crunching data and accomplishing forms to assess and determine eligibility of the 67 municipal, six cities and five provincial governments across Caraga Region to the SGLG and the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) that goes along with it.

The SGLG is among the DILG’s flagship programs as it symbolizes integrity and good performance of local governments through continuing governance reform and sustained local development. It is a progressive assessment system adopted by the Department to give distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas.

For 2017, the DILG raises its overall assessment criteria from “3+1” into “4+1”. In other words, LGUs now have to pass four core assessment areas plus at least one of the three essential assessment areas in order to qualify for the SGLG. In the 2016 assessment, LGUs only had to pass three core areas plus at least one assessment area.

 From being one of the essential areas in 2016, Peace and Order has now been added to the core areas together with Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, and Social Protection. And this year, a new essential area—Tourism, Culture and the Arts—is likewise introduced to measure LGU efforts along these concerns. It joins the other essential assessment areas of Environmental Management and Business Friendliness and Competitiveness.

As such, all 81 provinces, 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities nationwide shall be subjected to the SGLG. In Caraga Region, all five provinces, six cities and 67 municipalities shall be covered.

Foremost in the phases of the SGLG implementation is the Regional Assessment wherein data gathering, validation and certification and on-line data entry and calibration are done.

To jumpstart the SGLG 2017 assessment, the DILG 13 conducted an orientation on the operational guidelines for the implementation of the SGLG 2017 last April 28, 2017 in Grand Palace Hotel, Butuan City, among DILG regional and field personnel, along with representatives from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

And in order to ensure that the data collected by the Provincial/City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers for the SGLG are reliable, Regional Assessment Teams (RAT) comprising DILG personnel, CSO partners and selected National Government Agencies (NGAs), shall take the lead in the validation and certification of LGU evidence through appropriate methods such as documentary review, interview and onsite inspection.

The CSOs involved in the regional assessments were: Educational Discipline in Culture and Area-Based Development Services, Inc. (EDCADS); Propegemus Foundation Inc.;  Surigao del Norte People Initiative Development (SNPIDA); Wilson Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WAMPCO); Surigao del Sur Organization for Human Development (SSOFHDEV); Surigao del Norte NGO Coalition for Development (SUNGCOD); Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo, Inc. (SIKAP); Social Action Center of the Diocese of Butuan; Mary Mediatrix of All Grace Foundation; Ruben Edera Ecleo Sr. Foundation, Inc. (REESFI); Agusanong Kahugpungan sa Kababayen-an sa Agusan del Norte (AGUKAKABA); Wilson Agra Multi-Purpose Cooperative (WAMPCO); and Balay Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (BMFI).

Whereas the other NGAs invited to take part were: The Philippine National Police (PRO 13); National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 13); the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 13); Environmental Management Bureau (EMB 13); Office of Civil Defense (OCD 13); Department of Tourism (DOT 13); and Department of Health (DOH 13).

At this point, the cross-posted Regional Assessment Teams (RAT) at the provincial level are doing their rounds of validation in municipalities and component cities. And in May 22-June 1, the RAT of the Regional Office will conduct the validation visit among the provinces and Butuan City.

This is the fourth run of the SGLG since it was introduced from its predecessor—the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH)—which has been integrated in the SGLG as part of the Financial Management core assessment area.

"We have since produced in Caraga 5 LGU passers in 2014, 28 in 2015; and 13 in 2016. Passers last year were conferred their SGLG 2016 markers last October 27, 2016 at Hotel Sofitel in Manila," said DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion.

Famacion is hoping that more local government units can surmount the challenge and emerge victorious and be recognized as exemplars of good local governance not just in the region but in the entire country.

"And this is why we have SGLG in the first place—to encourage our LGUs to level up their performance," said Famacion.

"Because ultimately it is not just about the prestige of the recognition, but the benefits that redound to all our citizens as LGUs improve services and scale-up performance and truly become ‘gobyernong may malasakit tungo sa pagbabago at patuloy na pag-unlad,'” Famacion added. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Can an apple a day keep a doctor away?

By Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa

Is there truth in the saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?" What makes an apple good for our health?

Apple, malus sylvetris in scientific name, provides a lot of health and nutritional benefits to our body.  A medium-sized apple weighing 138 grams contains about 81 calories, zero fat and cholesterol, 10 percent carbohydrate and more than 80 percent of water.

According to a research from Cornell University, a combination of the plant chemicals- flavonoids and polyphenols, collectively known as phytochemicals, provide the fruit’s antioxidant and anticancer benefits. In addition, the skin of an apple contains a small amount of beta-carotene and 4 milligrams of quercetin, an antioxidant compound preventing oxygen molecules from damaging an individual’s cells that can lead to cancer and other diseases.

The apple’s skin has insoluble fiber, which is a great help for constipation. It also helps prevent diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches form on the colon and become inflamed or infected. It also has a soluble fiber, which is the pectin that can help lower cholesterol as well as the risk of heart diseases. This soluble fiber can also slow the digestion and the rise of blood sugar, making it good for diabetes patients.

About 4 percent of an apple is made up of vitamins and minerals. The flesh provides some iron and potassium. Like other fruits, apple contains vitamin C (8 milligrams/medium size).

Though apples give a lot of benefits, can these be the reasons to say bye-bye to a doctor and hello to apple? Definitely, no!

According to the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by the Technical Working Group headed by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), one should eat more vegetables and fruits. Consume two to three servings of vegetables each day, of which a serving is equivalent to ½ cup or 40 grams for non-leafy and 1 cup or 25 grams for leafy. Take two servings of fruit daily, of which serving ranges from 45 to 300 grams depending on the size and variety of fruit. The consumption of these foods everyday is encouraged 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)