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Monday, May 22, 2017

Caraga RDC to start 2017-2022 development plan advocacy next month

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) – With the successful conduct of consultations from the provincial and city local government offices of Caraga region, the 2017-2022 Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP), a blueprint for the region's development direction in the next six years, is set to be launched in the five provinces of the region starting next month.

National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño cites the importance of the people’s contribution in the achievement of the RDP goals, thus Cariño encourages Caraganons to contribute towards the realization of the plan.

“The RDP can only be brought to life, if all the stakeholders are involved in the implementation process,” Cariño said. In order to popularize the RDP, various advocacy activities will be conducted, she said.

Cariño said that inorder to promote greater ownership of the plan; RDC will implement activities involving various sectors. RDC will launch the plan in the five provinces and six cities in the region involving all sectors and gathering stakeholders from the poorest, least influential persons to those in authority, commencing in the Province of Dinagat Islands on June 20, being the youngest among the provinces, Cariño added.

Surigao del Norte and Surigao City’s launching is scheduled on June 22; Surigao del Sur, Tandag City and Bislig City on June 27; Agusan del Sur and Bayugan City on June 29; and Agusan del Norte and Cabadbaran City on July 5.

On July 11, 2017, RDC will hold the regional launching showcasing the launching activities in the local levels, Carino said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur bags 3 national Gawad Kalasag awards

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 22 (PIA) – Three entries of the province in this year’s National Gawad Kalasag Search were adjudged national winners in different categories, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here recently.

PDRRM Officer Abel de Guzman said the local disaster risk reduction and management council (DRRMC) of Hinatuan was proclaimed the Best Municipal DRRM Council for the 1st to 3rd class category, while the Nagkahiusang Mangingisda sa Hinatuan (NAMAHIN), also in Hinatuan, was named as Best People’s Organization Category.

De Guzman also bared that the Hinatuan District Hospital won as Best Hospital for the Local Government Unit Category.

Meanwhile, the Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) based in the province of Agusan del Sur was also proclaimed as Best Civil Society Organization.

The Gawad KALASAG aims to recognize outstanding performance of Local Disaster Coordinating Councils (LDCCs), private/volunteer organizations, local, national and international NGOs, donor agencies, and the communities as major stakeholders in implementing significant DRM projects and activities and, in providing humanitarian response and assistance to affected communities.

It also aims to recognize individuals, groups or institutions that have shown extraordinary courage, heroism, self sacrifice, and bravery in times of natural and human-made emergencies and disasters. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agusan Norte produces 1st IMT in PH, holds ICS training courses

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of the province of Agusan del Norte has produced the first Provincial Incident Management Team (IMT) in the country.

According to PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo, the Provincial IMT, composed of 24 personnel from the provincial government, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, and local government units of the province, completed their course in 2015. "The team underwent the four Ladderized Courses – the Basic Incident Command System; Integrated Planning; Position Courses; and the All-Hazard Incident Management Team Training," Suyo said.

"The team helps ensure that incidents or a non-emergency event be managed properly. This is also our aim to have a proactive approach to manage disaster consequences and reduce disaster risks," Suyo added.

Suyo, however, said that the PDRRMC sees the need to train and create a second batch of IMT to ensure continuity of services and uninterrupted management if an incident will last for a week or longer. Because of the need to create the 2nd Provincial IMT, PDRRMO has conducted a series of Incident Command System (ICS) training courses in the province.

Suyo said that on April 4-6, 2017 PDRRMC conducted the Basic ICS course and produced a total of 30 graduates. Also, 45 have graduated on the ICS Integrated Planning course on April 17-21, 2017.

Suyo also said that an ICS Position Course participated by 30 coming from different local government units, national government representatives, and Philippine National Police personnel of the province is ongoing until May 19.

Also, on May 29 to June 2, this year, an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (IMT) Training will be held in Cabadbaran City.

“The ICS was first implemented in Agusan del Norte in 2014 when Tropical Depression 'Agaton' struck the province, it is one of the flagship programs of the PDRRMC,” Suyo said. The ICS is used to manage an incident or a non-emergency event, and can be used equally well for both small and large situations.

The ICS is a standardized on-site management system designed to enable effective, efficient management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure. It helps to ensure the safety of responders, the achievement of tactical objectives and efficient use of resources, Suyo added. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

PSA conducts 2016 respondents forum in Surigao Norte

By Guillermo M. Lipio, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 22 -The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Surigao del Norte conducted the Respondents’ Forum for the 2016 Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) on May 16, 2017 held at the Hotel Tavern, this city.

The 2016 ASPBI is a continuing activity of the PSA, which aims to provide information on the levels, structures, performance and trends of economic activities of the formal sector in the entire country for the year 2016.

It is one of the designated statistical activities of the government and as such the survey generates the essential statistics required for economic planning and analysis.

The Respondents’ Forum aims to provide respondents of 2016 ASPBI with the opportunity and venue to discuss various matters about ASPBI. In the forum, there will also be presentation of statistics generated based on the previous ASPBI.

The distribution of questionnaires for 2016 ASPBI started on April 17, 2017 nationwide.

The PSA calls for the full support of establishments in the province by filling out the 2016 ASPBI questionnaires with complete and appropriate answers to all questions.

Bookkeepers, accountants, and managers of various establishments in the province participated the said forum. (PSA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DAR AgNor organizational strengthening program hits 134%

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 – The 2016 performance of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of Agusan del Norte on organizational strengthening program reached 134 percent.

Sixty (60) Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs), that included cooperatives, farmers and irrigators’ associations, and women groups, completed the required trainings.

This year 2017, Provincial Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PPBDD) intensifies its effort to outperform last year performance by aiming to train 10,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) over the 7,500 ARBs trained last year.

PPBDD Chief Judith M. Domingo has expressed confidence that performance this year will be attained despite the biggest challenge confronting the department which the lack of manpower as a consequence of the RATPLAN.

Coop Development Coordinator Juanita Balibay pointed out that the trainings to be conducted for this year have targeted nearly fifty ARBOs in the province.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega instructed the field-based personnel to exert effort in providing quality trainings that will make the farmer-organizations competitive as a rural enterprise.

He reminded the group of Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BCBMPC) which is now the classic “crab hunter to banker” story line of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) implementation history.

He said that the province capability-building program is one of the thrust of DAR’s Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano in strengthening the agrarian organizations.

The  training program aimed at strengthening the ARBO to avail interventions from the government under the administration of DAR Secretary Rafael Mariano, such as access to credit assistance and other interventions to improve agricultural productivity. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Administrative issues tackled in TESDA ACE-Caraga’s general assembly

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 – Issues on administrative matters were highlighted during the conduct of TESDA Association of Concerned Employees (ACE)-Caraga General Assembly held recently in one of the local convention centers here.

TESDA ACE-Caraga President Romel M. Natad said the assembly served as a venue for the personnel to know on latest issues and concerns pertaining to administrative matters. He added issues such as job vacancies in the agency as well as orientation of personnel who will be assigned as TESDA representatives during the conduct of competency assessments were among those that were presented.

Consuelo T. Destacamento, Senior TESD Specialist and regional focal of the Competency Assessment and Certification System (CACS) stressed that since anybody from the TESDA personnel can be designated as TESDA representatives during the conduct of competency assessment, they should be oriented on the do’s and don’ts.

Meanwhile, Robert E. Roperos, TESDA-Caraga Human Resource Management Officer presented the job vacancies of both the corporate offices and the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs) or the TESDA Administered Schools.

Roperos said a total of 24 vacancies are being offered by TESDA-Caraga: six plantilla positions are opened for the Corporate Offices; five (5) for the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades; seven (7) from the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF); and six from the Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT).

Further, Roperos underscored that complete requirements must be submitted by interested applicants. “Since we have criteria as part of the evaluation of qualified applicants, all requirements stated in the Job Opening must be complied, thus interested applicants are reminded to read and understand what have been stated in the Job Opening,” he said. Deadline of submission of complete application documents is on May 26, 2017.

Moreover, Natad presented the financial status of the organization as well as the status of the cases lodged to the personnel of TESDA-Caraga.

The conduct of the activity supports the transparency program of the present administration. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Feature: Making exercise part of daily life

By Divorah V. Aguila

Almost everybody knows that exercise is good for the body, but not everyone likes to run, dance, lift weights or simply to walk the extra mile.

Although the health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore, many of us may have even tried changing our routine but kept sliding back to old behaviors eventually.

Exercise doesn’t need to be such an all or nothing commitment, as it can be a fun time to socialize with friends and working out with others can help keep you motivated.

If you haven’t exercised before or you’ve tried an exercise program in the past and was unable to stick with it, it’s important not to set unrealistic goals.

Committing to exercise for an hour a day in a gym may be too challenging at first, as compared to committing to 10 minutes just three or four times a week which is more manageable.

Once these short windows of activity become a habit and you start experiencing the benefits, it’s easier to progress to the next level.

Find an exercise that you enjoy doing which could be as simple as a walk, or as unique as washing the clothes while mopping the floor.

If you don’t already have an exercise hobby yet, there are a variety to choose from that are both fun and healthy.

Remember that if you hate what you are doing, you are far less likely to stay engaged.

Look at your daily routine and consider ways to sneak in a physical activity here and there.

Bear in mind that even very small activities can add-up over the course of a day.

In and around your homes, you can clean the house, wash the clothes, tend to the yard and garden, mow the lawn with a push mower, sweep up the sidewalk or patio with a broom.

At work and on the go, you can look for ways to walk or cycle more.

For example, walk to an appointment or use the stairs, briskly walk to the bus stop then get off one stop early, park at the back of the lot and walk into the store or office.  Take a vigorous walk during your coffee break or walk while you’re talking on your cell phone.

With friends or family, you can walk or jog around an open field or park with your husband, kids or friends, make a neighborhood bike ride part of weekend routine.  Play tug-of-war with your children in the yard, play exercise video games or walk the dog together as a family.

While watching TV, you can gently stretch while watching your favorite show, do push-ups, sit-ups or lift light weights during the commercial breaks.  You’ll be amazed at how many repetitions you can fit in during the commercials of a half-hour show.

On weekends that you cannot watch your favorite telenovela, turn off the TV and take a walk outside the house.

Making lifestyle and behavior changes is not easy.

But over time, as you continue to exercise, you’ll start to reap the physical and mental health benefits and improve your performance.

Soon enough, you’ll be able to exercise longer and harder and have the confidence to try new activities.

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)

DOE turns over energy-efficient cars to gov't agencies

BUTUAN CITY, May 22 - Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi and Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa turned over on Friday 24 units of advanced hybrid vehicles to various national government agencies (NGAs).

 “We give distinct focus to the promotion and mainstreaming of efficient, emerging and advanced energy solutions to manage our energy utilization and consumption levels—from the households all the way to the energy-intensive sectors,” Cusi said during the ceremonial turnover held at the DOE’s headquarters.

Cusi pointed out that the program aims to promote the local use and patronage of efficient and environment-friendly alternative fuel vehicles, by deploying demo units and consequently developing familiarity with their operation, maintenance and service.

He said the donation of alternative fuel vehicles to different government agencies nationwide "would help trigger a paradigm shift in the mindset of the public so that we would be able to witness a dramatic reduction in both our fuel consumption and carbon emissions."

Underscoring the responsibility of recipients, Cusi said, “We entrust the 24 units of highly fuel-efficient 2017 model Hybrid Toyota Prius to our partner agencies, which are fortunate to act as government’s veritable endorsers of clean technology and harbingers of the future of passenger transport.”

The Government of Japan gave the Philippines a grant amounting to JPY500 million for the procurement and delivery of next generation vehicles (i.e., hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles) under the Japan Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) with the DOE as its implementing agency.

For this tranche, recipients of the Japan-made hybrid cars are the Office of the President, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Transportation, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, and the Philippine National Police.

As agreed upon, the NGA beneficiaries will be assisting the DOE in its conduct of research, performance testing and promotion for the local adoption of alternative fuel vehicles.

On the other hand, another eight units will be distributed to the Region-VIII national government offices involved in emergency response operations and rehabilitation, such as the Philippine Information Agency, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Transportation – Land Transportation Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Interior and Local Government – Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.

The turnover ceremony of the vehicles for Region 8 is scheduled on 25 May 2017. Another 45 units of 2017 model of Toyota Prius will be used as patrol cars by PNP Region-VIII, particularly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Food Safety, mahalaga ngayong Summer

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, May 22 - Nagpaplano ba kayong mag outing o magkaroon ng family gatherings ngayong summer?

Kung outing ang pag-uusapan ang laging nasa isip natin ay swimming at masasarap na pagkain na nababagay dito.

Wala na ngang sasaya pa sa paglalangoy sa beach o sa pool at ang pagkain ng mga summer foods.

Ngunit huwag natin kalimutan ang food safety o kaligtasan ng pagkain sa panahon ng tag-init o summer.

Ang pagkain ay dapat laging malinis, mula sa paghahanda hanggang sa pagkonsumo.

Mas  lalong dapat  maging maingat kapag magluluto ng pagkain sa labas o outdoors.

Narito ang ilang paalaala tungkol sa ligtas at malinis na paghahanda ng pagkain ngayong summer:

           Panatilihing malamig ang mga pagkaing tinuturing na cold foods. Gumamit ng coolers at lagyan ng maraming yelo. Ilagay ang coolers sa lugar na di naiinitan. Dagdagan pa ng yelo kung tunaw na ang yelo sa coolers. Ang pinakamainam upang mapanatiling malamig ang pagkain tulad ng tinamplahang karne, manok at isda ay iimbak muna sa freezer para maging frozen bago ilagay sa coolers.

           Unahing kainin ang mga pagkaing madaling masira at ihuli ang mga pagkaing di madaling masira.

           Baunin sa picnic o sa outing ang mga pagkaing di madaling masira tulad ng adobong baboy o manok, inihaw na baboy o isda, sariwang prutas at gulay.

           Hugasang mabuti ang prutas at gulay bago i-empake.

           Kung mag-iihaw, panatilihin muna ang pagkaing iihawin sa loob ng coolers at ilabas lang kung kailan iihawin na ang mga ito.

           Kung maghahanda ng pagkain, panatilihing malinis ang lahat ng kagamitan. Maghugas ng kamay bago hawakan ang pagkain.

           Ilagay sa malinis na lalagyan ang inihaw na pagkain. Huwag gumamit ng parehong pinggan para sa hilaw at lutong pagkain.

           Uminom ng malinis na tubig o magdala ng bottled water

Ayon sa  ika-anim na mensahe ng Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Pilipino,  kumain ng malinis at ligtas na pagkain lamang upang maiwasan ang sakit na sanhi ng maruming pagkain at tubig.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837 2934 or 837 2071 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, o mar_v_c@yahoo.com. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website:  http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. I-like 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: Food-borne diseases iwasan, malinis at ligtas na pagkain at tubig tiyakin

Ni Marilou R. Galang

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, May 22 - Ang Gabay sa Wastong Nutrisyon para sa Plipino o 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos na binalangkas sa pamumuno ng Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng (DOST-FNRI) ay binubuo ng sampung pangunahing rekomendasyon ng naglalayong itaguyod ang mabuting kalusugan at wastong nutrisyon ng mga Pilipino.

Ang ika-anim na gabay ay nagsasaad na “Kumain ng malinis at ligtas na pagkain at tubig upang maiwasan ang diarrhea at iba pang sakit na nakukuha sa kontaminadong pagkain at tubig”. Layunin ng mensahe na ito na ipabatid ang mga paraan kung paano maiiwasan ang mga sakit na nakukuha sa kontaminadong pagkain at tubig. Ipinababatid din ng gabay na ito ang iba’t-ibang pinanggagalingan ng kontaminasyon ng pagkain.

Ang food-borne disease o mga sakit na nakukuha sa pagkain at tubig ay resulta ng pagkonsumo ng mga ito na:

           galing sa hayop na may sakit bago pa ito katayin

           kontaminado ng mga organismo dala ng mga insekto, langaw, ipis o daga

           kontaminado dahil sa hindi ligtas at maayos na pamamaraan paghahanda at paghahain ng mga pagkain at tubig ng mga taong may kinalaman dito

           nagtataglay ng mga nakalalasong mga sangkap galing sa pagkain at tubig mismo o naidagdag nang hindi sinasadya.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Tel. No. 837 2934 or 837 2071 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, o mar_v_c@yahoo.com. Maaari ding bisitahin ang FNRI website:  http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. I-like 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)