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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Army to hold media safety training in CDO

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) – The 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army is set to hold the two-day training on Media Safety on May 27-28, 2017 at Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.

According to 4th Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion commanding officer LTC Manuel Valdez IV, the said training is aimed to equip the participants the essential knowledge and skills on safety especially while performing media coverage in a hostile environment; to strengthen good working relationship; as well as to promote camaraderie between the 4ID personnel and media partners from regions 10 and 13.

“This will also enhance the state of readiness of the participants while covering military’s support to law enforcement, anti-illegal drug operations, support to nation-building, and the like,” underlined Valdez.

The command will provide meals and billeting for the duration of the training.

For more information on the said event, the 4CMO Battalion here can be reached at their hotline number 0997-5673087. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOH Caraga intensifies campaign vs cervical cancer

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region leads in the celebration of the annual Cervical Cancer Awareness this month of May with the aim to raise consciousness on cervical cancer prevention and Human papillomavirus (HVP) vaccine.

On its 9th year of continuous campaign anchored on the theme “Babae, Mahalaga Ka! Magpa-screen…Now Na!", DOH regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., urges women to be educated on HPV-related diseases and be conscious if there are changes in the cervix due to HPV infection, which may eventually progress into cancer.

“No woman should die of cervical cancer,” says Dr. Llacuna. The cancer can be prevented by regular screening especially after sexual contact, he said.

Llacuna also recommends the use of cervical cancer vaccine to Filipino women 10 years and above and encourages to have a regular cervical cancer screening such as pap smear or visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid.

Early and regular screening plus vaccine are the key ingredients to combat cervical cancer, Llacuna says. “If we can prevent it then let us do it,” he adds.

As per DOH data, about 12 Filipino women die each day of cervical canver with 6,000 cases being diagnosed yearly and commonly occurs among women from age 30-55.

About 22 percent per 100,000 women will most likely get the disese with only 44 percent survival rate. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

CSC enjoins Caraganon-employees to the 2017 Public Sector HR Symposium

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has called on employees of government and private sectors to participate in the 2017 Public Sector Human Resource (HR) Symposium on July 4-6 in Pasay City.

According to CSC chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, this year’s HR Symposium highlights concepts, perspectives and insights in managing change brought about by new directions and management approaches. It also showcases practices and experiences of progressive organizations in introducing, coping and shaping change, as well as emphasizes the need to shape changes in various levels.

“The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community is an example of a changing organization. As it celebrates its 50th year, it is undergoing significant changes particularly with respect to the integration of its member states. The Philippines, as the current ASEAN’s advocacy to bring positive change in the region and its neighbors,” underscored Bala.

It was also learned that participants are requested to register online at csc.gov.ph/hr on or before June 1, 2017. Registration fee is P9,600.00 per participant inclusive of training kits, snacks and lunch during the symposium, and certificate of participation for 16 hours of leadership and managerial training. Meanwhile, accommodation is not yet included in the registration fee.

For more information, interested participants may contact the Civil Service Institute at telephone numbers (02) 931-4182; 931-7935 or 931-7939 local 305 or email at 2017hrsymposium@gmail.com.

Said event is anchored on the theme “Shaping Change.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

OWWA to celebrate Migrant Workers Day 2017 in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 23 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will once again celebrate the “Araw ng Pasasalamat” in observance of the Migrant Workers Day 2017: a one-day celebration to pay tribute to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families at Claver Municipal Convention Hall in Claver, Surigao del Norte on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

The annual program intends to provide the OFWs relevant activities promoting the importance of spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFW families.

"This is the government’s response to the great contribution of our OFWs in keeping our economy vibrant through their sacrifices and endurance in working overseas," says OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel Madrid.

Madrid extends his invitation to all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from nearby towns of Claver to participate in this fun-filled day.

Previous year’s Migrant Workers Day was a huge success at the town of Agusan del Sur with 500 participants from all over the region.

Interested participants may visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590 for further information regarding the activity. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Market vendors participate in training on packaging, labeling in AgSur town

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 23 – About 34 market vendors joined the seminar on packaging and labeling held recently in Prosperidad, this province.

The activity is a component of the Bottom-up-Budgeting (BuB) project for market vendors and food processors in the municipality.

The BuB project itself aims to capacitate and better prepare the targeted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to develop business strategies and to have a proper mind set in building up their confidence and responsibilities to handle their businesses.

Evelyn Monato, Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Officer and BuB focal person said this will be through capability development activities, provision of equipment/facilities, production, and marketing support services.

The project administered by the Local Government Unit of Prosperidad is funded through the Department of Trade and Industry in the amount of P800,000.00. It is expected to enhance productivity and expand market reach.

All in all, the project will eventually benefit 80 MSMEs in the municipality. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

1 dead, 2 arrested, P11M shabu seized in Caraga’s biggest buy bust operation

BUTUAN CITY, May 23 - A drug dealer died while two others were arrested by the police during the drug bust that resulted in the confiscation of P11 million worth of shabu Thursday evening here.

Operatives from Butuan City Police Office and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency staged the operation aroud 8:00 p.m. against the target Reynaldo Abordo in Brgy. Libertad.

Abordo’s cohort Johny Calawigan, 32, was nabbed after he sold illegal drugs to the poseur buyer.

“After learning that the target was waiting in his Ford Escape parked near the place of transaction, our operatives rushed to the vehicle but were fired upon by the armed men, prompting our police operatives to return fire,” Chief Supt Rolando Felix, Caraga Police director said.

While the exchange of gunfire was ongoing, Calawigan (although handcuffed) escaped on aboard a Starex van.

After a long chase, he fell to the police team in Brgy. San Vicente, this city and was brought to the hospital due to gunshot wounds.

Abordo died in the anti-illegal drug operation while his cohort the wounded Reneboy Guno was arrested and brought to a hospital for medical treatment.

Aside from one kilogram of shabu, operatives also recovered four caliber .45 pistols and some illegal drug paraphernalia inside the Ford Escape.

“This is the biggest worth of shabu confiscated so far by the police in one operation since the implementation of Project Double Barrel Reloaded. Arrested suspects are facing charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 and illegal possession of firearms,” Felix added. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

AFP, PNP sign security pact in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 23 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) signed recently the Joint AFP-PNP Action Center (JAPAC) and Counter Terrorism IMPLAN here.

The JAPAC and Counter Terrorism IMPLAN aims to strengthen the partnership of the AFP and PNP in providing security in the whole province.

The signing of the said partnership was led by 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Franco Nemecio Gacal, Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Director PSSupt Anthony Maghari, 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) Commander Lt. Colonel Rico Amaro and attended by military and police officers and members of the local media.

Col. Gacal, in his message, said the JAPAC intends to maintain the tight security on all vital installations of the province.

“It is a joint effort of the AFP and PNP in the responsible security operations within our area of responsibility," Col. Gacal said.

Also, PSSupt. Maghari said that Counter Terrosim IMPLAN is a joint security operations between the AFP and PNP in combating terrorist groups that may conduct possible atrocities in urban areas and the PNP are considered the front-liners to lead the counter terrorist operations.

The JAPAC includes the implementing guidelines of the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) created in October 2013 in order to have a collaborative effort between the AFP and PNP. (30IB-Phil. Army, PNP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Negosyo Center in Sibagat town holds training on business planning

SIBAGAT, Agusan del Sur, May 23 – The Negosyo Center in Sibagat, this province has recently trained 27 individuals on entrepreneurship and business planning.

How to become entrepreneurs, plan, start and manage their businesses - these are the collective expectations of the participants of the said training.

The 27 trainees were part of the 50 identified enrollees of Yamang Pinoy under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) project of the local government unit (LGU) of Sibagat.

They are among those who are into bag, basket and mat making using different indigenous materials in the municipality.

Nestor Sobrepeña, training facilitator and resource speaker guided them in rating their individual skills through the skill matrix. This, he said will help them determine their entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses and their levels in identifying and assessing their capabilities to start business.

Sobrepeña also introduced the components of a business plan such as marketing, production, organization and management and finance. Before the training ended, the participants were taught how to prepare a simple business plan.

The Yamang Pinoy project will also provide other capability building activities for this group including skills training and product development for their mat, bag and basket making activities. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PLEMO Dinagat Islands conducts SPES orientation

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 23 - The Provincial Labor and Employment Manpower Office (PLEMO) in Dinagat Islands conducted the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) Orientation on May 4, 2017 held at the Provincial Capitol Guest Center, San Jose town.

The SPES is intended for students who seek a summer job to support their financial needs in school. SPES beneficiaries are those poor but deserving students.

Out of 349 students who applied, only 100 students have been selected.

The program has 20 working days, which run from May 4-31, 2017. The salary rate of SPES beneficiary is P175.00 per day, 60 percent of which is from the LGU and 40 percent is the counterpart of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

During the orientation, SPES beneficiaries had an opportunity to learn some knowledge about Adolescent Health Development which aims to improve and promote healthy lifestyle and responsible sexuality and assist the youth to avoid early sexual engagement, teenage pregnancies, early marriages and sexually transmitted infections.

In his message, Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo stressed the importance of punctuality.

“Punctually is very important and I hope you will learn the value of working and getting along well with others,” Vice Governor Ecleo said.

The orientation wrapped up with the Pledge of Commitment of the SPES beneficiaries led by PLEMO officer Emma Y. Mausisa.

The SPES program is being sponsored by the provincial government through the PLEMO and DOLE. (PLEMO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Feature: What can exercise do for you?

By Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Is exercise important in your daily life? Do you still have time to exercise inspite of your busy schedule? Do you allot 20 to 30 minutes of your time to exercise?

Walking, running, bike riding, playing sports, dancing, doing push-ups, and simple stretches, such as touching your toes or side stretches are simple exercises that you can enjoy doing.

When you exercise, you are helping build your body to be strong. This will enable you to move around and do all the things you need and want to do.

Exercise has many benefits:

           It burns off energy thereby assisting weight control or reduction. It keeps your weight under control.

           It also helps improve blood circulation, muscle tone and efficiency of heart and lungs.

           It also helps you to relax, cope with stress, and promotes sound sleep. When you exercise, it releases tension.

           Exercise enhances your psychological well-being, improves self-esteem, and maintains motivation.

In your busy days, what is the best exercise that you can do? Walking is perfect to burn your excess calories and fats. You do not need special equipment to exercise. You can incorporate exercise in your daily life by taking the stairs instead of using the elevator, going for a walk during your coffee break or lunch break ; doing household chores at a fast pace, and gardening.

To obtain the benefits of exercise, perform aerobic exercise regularly for at least 3 to 5 times a week for 20-30 minutes or more. However, make sure to consult your doctor about what and how much exercise is right for you.

 For healthy body and mind, exercise regularly!

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)