5.11.2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

SurSur town holds 'hasud serbisyo VJP 2017'

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 11 (PIA) – The local government unit of Carrascal headed by Mayor Vicente “VJ” H. Pimentel III recently launched the “Hasud Serbisyo VJP (Valued and Just information and services closer to the People of Carrascal)" program at Adlay Gymnasium, Brgy. Adlay in Carrascal town.

The launching program was highlighted with the accomplishments of the current administration and several projects implemented by the past administration under the leadership of his father now provincial governor of this province, Gov. Vicente Pimentel, Jr.

Other programs and projects that are up for implementation were also revealed.

Mayor Pimentel said the "Hasud Serbisyo VJP" program will be conducted twice of every year to the 14 barangays of the said municipality.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Alfred Arreza acknowledged the contribution of the mining companies  in the realization of the program.

It can be recalled that the 1st Information and Service Caravan was conducted last year to 14 barangays benifiting around 7,000 individuals.

This year’s "Hasud Serbisyo VJP" offered free services such as free haircut, eye check-up, supplemental feeding, medical and dental mission, laboratory examinations (urinalysis, blood typing, blood sugar), rabies vaccination, distribution of vegetable seeds, operation tuli, and among others. (with a report from LGU Carrascal/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature: Get the best from fresh fruits

By Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion

The scorching heat signals the coming of the summer season.  There are a lot of wonderful things we can indulge ourselves into to lessen the heat.  We can take a plunge in the pool or just relax at home sipping an icy cold glass of our favorite fruit shake or cold water.

But if there’s one good thing about summer, it is the abundance of fresh fruits to really enjoy.  But do you know how to choose the best one among our favorite fruits? Here are some tips when choosing our favorite fruits:

For apples: Look for firm and well-colored fruit.  Avoid bruised fruit or one that yields to slight pressure on the skin.  Apples may be refrigerated to prolong freshness.  Apples are said to soften ten times faster at room temperature.

For bananas: Look for bananas which are firm, bright and free of bruises or other injuries.  Avoid those which are bruised and with discolored skin.  They are best stored at room temperature.

For grapes:   It is best to look for well-colored and plump grapes firmly attached to the stem.  Avoid soft, moldy or wrinkled grapes and those with bleached areas around the stem ends.  Don’t let grapes get wet.  Wash them just before eating.

For guavas:   It is best to look for soft green fruit with a fragrant aroma.  Avoid hard fruit.  Guavas are best ripened at room temperature.  Ripe guavas will keep only for a day or two but the pulp can be frozen.

For oranges: Look for firm, heavy fruits with fresh, bright looking skin that is smooth.  Lightweight oranges are likely to lack flesh and juice.  Very rough skin texture means thick skin and less flesh.  Oranges keep fresh for only one week or two if refrigerated.  They yield the most juice if kept at room temperature.

For papaya:   Look for those with firm and unblemished fruit whose green color is turning yellow.  Avoid those which are solid green or mushy or with bruises.  Papayas are best ripened in paper bag at room temperature until softened and golden yellow.

Fruits are best enjoyed when they are eaten at their freshest.  The above tips can be used as our guide in choosing the best for our favorite fruits.  Some fruits like mango, papaya, guavas and citrus are rich sources of vitamin C, which help prevent scurvy.

Likewise, they are very important in increasing resistance to infection and facilitating the absorption of non-heme iron.  Yellow fruits, on the other hand, are beta-carotene rich and common fruits like bananas, melon and pineapple contribute additional vitamins and minerals which are good for the body.

Fruits like vegetables provide dietary fiber that aids in regular bowel movement.  Eating fruits alone however, will not provide all the nutrients our bodies need.  The human body needs more than 40 different nutrients for good health.

As suggested in 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-DOST), no single food can provide all the nutrients in the amounts needed.  Remember, that the cliché: “eating a balanced diet for good health and nutrition," still stands.

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)


Army launches 'adopt-an-IP community program'

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, May 11 - The 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion in partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation, local government unit of San Luis, Agusan del Sur has recently launched the first ever Adopt-An-IP Community Program in Brgy. Mahagsay, San Luis.

This is in connection with the 26IB’s “Ever Onward Caravan: Sari-saring Serbisyo Sa Agusan” - a delivery of different services by skilled personnel of 26IB with the support from GMA Kapuso Foundation, local government units and municipal health office of San Luis.

This endeavor benefited more or less 1,000 indigenous peoples belonging to the Banwaon tribe of Brgy. Mahagsay.

In respect of their tradition, the activity highlighted with a ritual offered to their Magbabaya/God (offering pig and chicken) followed by a "pulong-pulong." The Banwaon tribe enjoyed the following services such as giving of school supplies by GMA Kapuso Foundation, medicines and vitamins and foodstuff supported by the local government unit of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

To make the activity more meaningful, the 26th Infantry Battalion led by Lt Colonel Rommel Pagayon also offered the following services: Giving of food supplies, fun games to children with corresponding cash prizes, free haircut and giving of token to the Datus (elders). In accepting of their belief, “Padampulot” (eating and drink with datus/elders) was held prior end of the activity.    

Datu Napungahan, Supreme Datu of the tribe, expressed his utmost gratitude in behalf of his tribe to GMA Kapuso Foundation, 26IB personnel, San Luis PNP, LGU San Luis and Municipal Health Office for bringing different services to his people. "Joy and enthusiasm had seen before the eyes of all the beneficiaries of the program. Despite the unfavorable location of their community, the benefactors initiated to pursue the program," he added.

Likewise, local authorities of Brgy. Mahagsay gladly welcomed the benefactors thru providing manpower support, utilized their Alimaongs (tribal defender) as force protector and Brgy. Health Worker to facilitate the vitamins distribution.  


Col. Cristobal Zaragoza, 401st Brigade Commander, also said that the leadership of 401st Infantry Brigade is on the continuous process of knocking and linkaging with  the different stakeholders in order to bring different free services especially to the indigents particular to the indigenous people of Agusan province. (26IB, Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)