Monday, May 15, 2017

ASEAN Campus Forum inspires young Caraganons to partner for change, sustainable development

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – Campus leaders and students from different colleges and universities in this city are more motivated in promoting awareness about the benefits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in every Filipino’s life and its impacts in the attainment for sustainable economic development as they actively joined the ‘ASEAN Campus Forum’ spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga on Thursday at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), CBE Function Hall, here.

College of Teacher Education Dean Arlyn Floreta, representing FSUU president Rev. Fr. John Christian Young, expressed her warmest welcome to the youthful crowd. “The students were very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be informed well anything about ASEAN as the government calls for collaboration and synergy in pursuit of progress,” she said.

In attendance as the honorary guest is PIA deputy director-general Gregorio Angelo Villar. Participated by some 300 student-participants, it was the second forum conducted in Caraga region following the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum held just the last month.

Villar clarified that ASEAN is about opportunities for all, and not a mere promise of the government to provide everyone a better life. It is about opening better opportunities for all Filipinos that would make them excel in their field of interest, with the help of other Asian nations.

“We encouraged them to learn more about ASEAN more than the basic things that they learn from school. What is important is for us to understand how we can participate and get the advantage of the substantial list of opportunities associated with ASEAN economic community integration,” said Villar.

There’s the opportunity for livelihood as the students became professionals. “Their professional license will be acknowledged in other ASEAN-member states. Also, aside from widening of our market through different trade agreements, it would turn ASEAN into a more competitive region within the world economy,” Villar added.

Part also of the event was the lecture on the Primary Health Care Program, significant data on the region's teenage pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS. Department of Health (DOH) – Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr. encouraged the participating students to cascade to their peers and family members all the relevant information and learnings that they gained from the forum. He also stressed that with the right information and awareness, students and young adults can help reduce the incidents of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) board secretary Earl Dela Victoria cited in his discussion on 'Productivity 101 & Wages' that students must instill in their heart and mind the essence of sincere determination to pursue the goals in life after getting a degree in college.

He encouraged them to be more prepared to face the challenge of global competitiveness. “You have to possess the ability to compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere. There is hope for sustainable development if you are determined to seek for improvement. Be confident in making your tomorrow better than today,” underscored Dela Victoria.

Meanwhile, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) -Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño enunciated during his talk about the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) that health and productivity have a bearing in the economy, such that health is important in pursuit of development. She cited that even if the people are healthy and not productive, still development is hard to achieve.

Comprehending well the topics being discussed during the forum, Joel Batiancila, Jr., supreme student government (SSG) president of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) remarked that what he has learned from the forum will essentially aid him and his fellow students on how they can be productive members of the ASEAN community.

“So my message to the youth, let’s be only aware, let’s all understand and participate. Let’s make use of the information available to us and at the same time be responsible in sharing the information that is available to you right now,” urged Villar. (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga RDP geared towards attainment of ASEAN development goals

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CTY, May 15 (PIA) - As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries envisioned to achieve greater economic cooperation in the areas of financial policies, trade, and human capital, the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) is likewise focused on the long-term development plan that is anchored on a long-term vision and grounding in the hallmark of President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s three main pillars – Malasakit, Pagbabago at Patuloy na Pag-unlad.

As enunciated by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) -Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño in her talk about the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) during the ASEAN Campus Forum held in this city on Thursday, the region aims for peace and prosperity and thus health and productivity have a bearing in the economy, such that health is important in pursuit of development. She cited that even if the people are healthy and not productive, still development is hard to achieve.

In her discussion, Cariño shared that the RDP, as the blueprint of the region’s target, is comprised of the many strategies in attaining the inclusive and accelerating economic growth.

“The challenge is the need to diversify the economy to sustain its growth. There are 105,000 indigenous people population in Caraga region and that they are given priority in the RDP,” said Cariño.

Meanwhile, as the guest of honor during the forum, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) deputy director-general Gregorio Angelo Villar underscored that ASEAN is all about opportunities and that communities have to take advantage of the many prospects for progress.

“For instance, economic integration provides opportunities to boost economic stability in the region,” said Villar.

In view of the ASEAN theme, 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World', Villar made emphasis on the role of government leaders and of every Filipino in advocating for positive change through collaboration with the neighboring countries. "It is not about finishing the race but a matter of how many communities raced together to achieve the goal," he underlined.

According to Villar, the agency is not only campaigning for awareness about the ASEAN but also to bring closer to the youth sector the services, programs and policies of the government.

Interfacing with the student-participants, Villar also encouraged them to be more cooperative and active in advancing development because as millenials they can engage themselves in spreading the concept and benefits of ASEAN utilizing the social media platform.

“This is not just a project of the PIA but a project of the entire government wherein it aims to impart information regarding the ASEAN, the RDP, and all other vital pieces of information. And we are pitching support from our partner stakeholders and all sectors in the community to be our partner for change and progress,” said Villar. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


PIA, partners orient student leaders on ASEAN

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – Right after the recently concluded multi-sectoral forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) here, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga went to conducting campus forum for the same purpose – to intensify awareness of the students on the importance of ASEAN in the country and how Filipino people can benefit from it.

In partnership with the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), the CBE Function Hall was jampacked with some 300 student-leaders from the different colleges and universities in the city.

In behalf of FSUU president Rev. Fr. John Christian Young, dean of the Teacher Education Program Arlyn Floreta expressed her warmest welcome to the participants. She said that the school is fortunate that students were given the chance to be informed anything about ASEAN.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) deputy director general Gregorio Angelo Villar underscored that ASEAN is all about opportunities and that communities have to take advantage of the many prospects for progress.

In view of the ASEAN theme, 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World', DDG Villar made emphasis the role of our leaders and of every Filipino in advocating for positive change through collaboration with the neighboring countries.

Villar also stressed that the agency is not only campaigning for awareness about the ASEAN but also to bring closer to the youth sector the services, programs  and policies of the government.

“ASEAN is about opportunities for all, and not a mere promise of the government to provide everyone a better life. It is about opening better opportunities for all Filipinos that would make them excel in their field of interest, with the help of other Asian nations,” underlined Villar.

Interfacing with the student-participants Villar further encouraged them to be more cooperative and active in advancing development because as millennials they can engage themselves in spreading the concept and benefits of ASEAN utilizing the social media platform.

Also, Department of Health (DOH) Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., tackled the Primary Health Care Porgram, significant data on the region's Teenage Pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS.

Llacuna encouraged the participating students to cascade to their peers and family members all the relevant information/learnings that they gained from the forum. He also stressed that with the right information and awareness, students and young adults can help reduce the incidents of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

Tegional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) board secretary VI Earl Dela Victoria cited in his lecture on 'Productivity 101 and Wages', that students must instill in their heart and mind the essence of sincere determination to pursue the goals in life after getting a degree in college. He encouraged them to be more prepared to face the challenge of global competitiveness.

Meanwhile, as enunciated by regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) during her talk about the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP), she emphasized that health and productivity have a bearing in the economy, such that health is important in pursuit of development. She cited that even if the people are healthy and not productive, still development is hard to achieve.

Cariño also shared the major strategies of the different sectors in achieving the RDP.

Cariño further reiterated that the challenge of the Caraganons is the need to diversify the economy to sustain its growth. She added that there are 105,000 indigenous people population in Caraga region and they are given priority in the RDP. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DOH Caraga to participate in AIDS candlelight memorial

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) is commemorating this year’s Philippine International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (PIACM) celebration thru the conduct of the ‘Walk for a Cause’ on May 25, 2017 from the capitol grounds to Guingona Park, this city.

According to DOH-Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., the said celebration will be the centerpiece of the commemoration and will be participated by the different focal agencies and partners in Caraga region.

“The AIDS Candlelight Memorial is a global event that is not only a commemoration for those who died from the disease but as a platform for HIV and IADS Awareness as well,” underlined Llacuna.

Participants are encouraged to wear black t-shirt and bring advocacy messages. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI holds regional trade fair, exhibit in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – In time with this year’s Balangay Festival here, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga is set to hold the opening of the ‘Buy Caraga By Caraga: Balangay Festival Edition’ regional trade fair and exhibit on May 17, 2017 at the Robinsons Place’ Atrium, this city.

DTI Caraga regional director Brielgo Pagaran said that ‘Buy Caraga By Caraga’ is DTI-initiated regional trade fair on the region’s processed foods, organic, and healthy food products, bakery and confectionery goods, beverages, and wearable and home-style products.

“Since its inception in 2012, Buy Caraga By Caraga has provided a business-to-business platform for the local Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to discover new markets, launch new products, and transact with the intra-regional buyers,” bared Pagaran.

The said activity also aims for the Caraga locals to be aware, appreciate and take pride in patronizing the very own produce of the enterprising manufacturers in the region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Middle Agusan River Sub-basin Summit cum Strategic Planning set in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) – Stakeholders from various sectors will be attending the Middle Agusan River Sub-basin Summit cum Strategic Planning on May 23-25, 2017 at the Emilitas Restaurant and Dormitel in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur.

Most Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos, Butuan City Bishop recalled that the Agusan River Basin (ARB) is one of the eight major river basins in Mindanao. It is the third largest river basin in the country covering a total area of 11,936 square kilometer. It encompasses portions of Claveria and Bukidnon in Region 10; Compostella Valley and Davao Oriental in Region XI; and Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur in Caraga region.

Bishop Pueblos added that the basin is sub-divided into three sections: The Upper ARB Sub-basin, the Middle ARB Sub-basin and the Lower ARB Sub-basin. The province of Agusan del Sur belongs to the Middle ARB of which area has 64.78 percent of ARB’s total area.

“Since there is still a need to increase the awareness and participation of ARB stakeholders across regions, the sub-basin summits must be conducted. Hence, the upper Agusan River Sub-Basin Summit was held last October 11-12, 2016 at Comval Hotel, Nabunturan, Compostella Valley. Gov. Tyron Jayvee Uy was elected as chairperson of the Upper Agusan River Sub-Basin Council with Atty. Felix Alicer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources region 11 as co-chairperson. And this year, we are eyeing to create the Middle and Lower Sub-basin Council,” expressed Bishop Pueblos.

It was also learned that during the summit, the participating stakeholders shall elect set of officials and regular member for the Middle Agusan River Sub-basin Council. Only those elected official shall proceed to the Strategic Planning in the following days as per schedule. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan dad unveils 'Butuan On' brand

By Maria Lourdes Pizarro-Apego

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 - Towards attaining the vision Lagsik na Dakbayan, the city is switching Butuan on.

This is how local officials introduced this unique brand of Butuan dubbed as Butuan on.

During the Balangay Festival 2017 Press Conference, Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada stressed Butuan is currently embarking on a transformation journey "from an old kingdom, we will ascend to becoming a hub city of opportunities for all, so we are now switching Butuan on."

"Butuan on is our rebirth, rediscovery and rebuilding of our city towards that vision."...thus "ikaw ug ako, kitang tanan mao ang Butuan on," Mayor Lagnada adds.

Meantime, Sangguniang Panglunsod Committee on Tourism Chair Cherry May Busa explains the 'Butuan on' brand with a drawing at the side which she says represents the famous Balangay boat in a modern way.

Said drawing depicting the Balangay boat, she says, also contains the violet color which represents Butuan's royal ascendancy.

Further, said logo also contains a shout out tagline, "A City Ascending" which answers the question where to Butuan, what is our vision?

Butuan's vision, says Busa, is to make Butuan a center, a hub of opportunities,sustainable and livable to all. a center, show window and gateway to Caraga region. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte town is target LGU in 2017 citizen satisfaction index system

By Bryan F. Edulzura

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 15 - The municipality of Claver in Surigao Del Norte is this year’s target local government unit (LGU) on Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS).

Claver was selected as target LGU because it is one of the largest economies and emerging center of commerce and trade in the province.

CSIS program is a tool for drawing applicable information to measure citizen satisfaction in various local government services such as health care delivery and business permit application.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) commissioned Saint Paul University – Surigao as DILG’s partner Local Resource Institute to conduct the survey and serve as an intermediary body between the local government unit and the citizens.

“We, at DILG, envisions to transform Local Government Units to become self-reliant, development-centered, safe, peaceful, socially-protective, business-friendly, environmentally-protective and transparent, accountable and participative,” said DILG provincial director John Reyl Mosquito.

“CSIS advances this cause by engaging the citizens as partners in development and good local governance,” Mosquito added.

The result of the CSIS survey will be utilized to develop concrete and effective method in improving local government services. (DILG-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI Asec Lantayona graces 'Mentor Me' program launch in Agusan Sur

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 15 – “The MSMEs of this province are very much fortunate to have this program, as it will help scale up the business of the mentees thru a series of trainings and mentoring sessions.”

This was the statement of Assistant Secretary (Asec) Blesila Lantayona of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Operations Group in her speech during the launching of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) program in the province.

Asec. Lantayona is the department’s champion and national coordinator of the KMME.  She has done the rounds attending most of the roll-out and launch of the program all over the country.  Her schedule allowed her to be in only two provincial roll-outs out of five in the Caraga Region: Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte.

The mentees, she referred to in her speech are the first 20 to 25 micro and small enterprises (MSEs) selected to go through an 11 –week module of topics covering all aspects of their business operations.

She noted the overwhelming support to the program as evidenced by the overflowing crowd (the actual MSE-participants were over 100 more than was targeted at 372), the presence of Provincial Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee Chair on Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives Hazel del Rosario, members of the local chambers and members of the Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council.

In the sidelines, she also told DTI-Agusan del Sur OIC-Provincial Director Brenda Corvera, that she appreciated the fact that the MSEs were taking down notes.

KMME aims to produce confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and business-know how to scale up and sustain their respective businesses.

The launch included the first two modules of the mentoring package: (1) Entrepreneurial Mind setting and Values Formation, and (2) Marketing.  The rest of the modules, which will be provided to mentees weekly at the Negosyo Center-Agusan del Sur are - (3) Business Model Canvas, (4) Product Development, (5) Operations Management, (6) Supply and Value Chain, (7) Human Resource and Organization Management, (8) Entrepreneurial Accounting and Financial Management, (9) Taxation, (10) Business Law and (11) Business Improvement Plan. The mentees are scheduled to graduate on July 2017.

The KMME Roll-out was held at Mabe’s Savory Place, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur last May 3, 2017 with the participation of MSEs coming from the different municipalities in the province and also from the neighboring province Surigao del Sur. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusand el Sur)


Feature: Potassium in bananas helps regulate blood pressure

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits among people of all origins because these can be available fresh year-round and cheaper compared with other tropical fruits.

To the consumer, the banana seems a simple name for the yellow and elongated fruit that is served as a dessert. The word “banana” is a general term embracing a number of species or hybrids of the genus Musa of the family of Musaceae, closely related to plantains.

Bananas are classified either as dessert bananas or as green cooking bananas. The ripe banana is popularly served as a dessert. It is a delicious addition to fruit salads or simply eaten out of hand. Overripe bananas make excellent breads, cookies, muffins and cakes. They make attractive garnish in ice cream. Unripe or green bananas are used in cooking. Unripe bananas can be fried, boiled, baked or made into chips.

Bananas are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Potassium is a mineral that is important for controlling the body's fluid balance. It is also needed for muscle contraction, transmission of nerve impulses, and the proper functioning of the body's heart and kidneys. Potassium helps regulate water balance and blood pressure in cells, together with other minerals like sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, banana is also a natural remedy for a number of illnesses and conditions. Ripe banana relieves diarrhea, whereas the unripe banana relieves constipation. Banana is highly recommended for patients suffering from high blood pressure because of its potassium content.  The fresh leaves of banana are also used as bed spreads for bed ridden patients to avoid bedsores.

One piece of banana each day restores the balance of potassium. So make it a habit to include banana in your daily meals.

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), you should eat more vegetables and fruits 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)


‘Mentor Me’ program excites small businesses in Agusan Sur

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 15 – The interest of micro and small businesses or enterprises (MSEs) in this province on the ‘Kapatid Mentor Me’ (KMME) program proved to be very high as actual participants during its recent launch with participants that reached to almost 400.

The actual figure of 310 attendees from a target of only 200 count only the MSMEs.  The event also had attendees from local and provincial government, provincial, national offices, members of the Provincial Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council and the academe.

The activity was not a mere launch as it also featured two modules of the KMME - Entrepreneurial Mind Setting and Values Formation, and Marketing.  The two were given by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Go-Negosyo Angelpreneurs Henry Tenedero and Willy Arcilla, respectively.

They were joined by Agusan del Sur’s version of successful entrepreneurs who were gracious to accept the invitation to share their stories during the Inspirational Forum. They were Frederico Blanco of F&H Aqua spring Purified drinking water, Rosalina Go of Rose Excellence Corporation, owner of the ubiquitous Rose Bakeshops and Irenea Hitgano of Hillsview Food Products- producer of the fast selling Mangosteen tea.

The participants were seen still glued to their seats till the end of the program as they soaked in the info-sharing of experts.

The participants were seen still glued to their seats till the end of the program as they soaked in the info-sharing of experts.

The Mentor Me Program is one of the components of the KAPATID Program which is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the PCE.

The program aims to further develop micro and small--scale enterprises through coaching and mentorship. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)