Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DOH, PopCom-13 set to hold family planning confab in Cebu City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population (PopCom) and the Forum for Family Planning and Development, Incorporated (Forum) are jointly organizing the 2nd National Family Planning Conference on November 8-9, 2017 at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City.

According to PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano, the said conference is aimed to provide a platform for national and local government units, development partners, private sector, youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, academe and civil society organizations to share their good practices in Family Planning programs demand generation and service delivery, and to share new options, researches, and latest innovations in Family Planning technology.

"This is also intended to know the progress of Executive Order No. 12 (Attaining and Sustaining 'Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning' Through the Strict Implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law), and to recommend viable actions to advance Family Planning in the country,” underlined Makinano.

It was also learned that the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga thru regional director Abner Caga, is invited to speak on "Engaging Local Media in Promoting Family Planning and Reproductive Health" during the said activity.

Said event is anchored on the theme “Delivering the Promise: Family Planning on the Ground.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


FSUU to hold forum on tv literacy, child sensitive viewing in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug, 23 (PIA) – The Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) is set to hold the Forum on Television Literacy and Child Sensitive Viewing dubbed as “AKSYON: Bakit Dapat Mag Patrol ng TV nang 24 Oras” and an evaluation of TV programs on September 9, 2017 at the FSUU-CBE Function Hall, this city.

According to Zenaida Azura, director of Student and Alumni Affairs of FSUU, said activity is in cooperation with the Anak TV, who is sponsoring the event and will run the entire program flow.

The iconic seal on Philippine television, Anak TV, is bestowed by parents, teachers, NGOs and other sectors of society on television programs which, in their estimate, are wholesome and child-safe. It is a seal not found anywhere else in the world, Anak TV being a movement that flourishes only in the Philippines.

“Television viewing has played an important role in our lives and in our youth today. Our taste, habits and behavior are influenced by the volume, kind and extent of media exposure,” Azura cited.

For more information on the said event, interested participants may contact FSUU at telephone number (085) 3421830 local 2771 or cellphone number 09088743037. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Grade 4 students receive vaccines in Caraga

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region bared a partial total of 8,510 Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines allocated to selected Grade 4 elementary students from ages 9 to 10 for the province of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City.

DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said that the agency has finally piloted the implementation of the HPV Vaccination through the HPV School-Based Immunization Program.

The HPV School-Based Immunization is an approach to protect our young female adolescents against the threat of the virus before they proceed to young adulthood.

Llacuna also said that their agency simultaneously implements and monitors the program in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the vaccination of more than 3,000 enrolled students in the said level this year.

As per DOH release, cervical cancer is caused HPV, a serious condition that affects the female genital area and is the most common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to death. While adopting a healthy lifestyle practices would help, vaccination against HPV remains primary prevention against cervical cancer.

“Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women worldwide and we need to address it early and hastily,” said Dr. Llacuna. We do not want young women to lose their years of life because we know that preventive measure is available, he added.

As per DOH record, in the Philippines, about 6,670 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually while 12 Filipino women die every day from cervical cancer. (NCLM, PIA-Caraga)


First eco-camp to rise in Siargao Island

By Lucille Sering

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 23 (PIA) – The rise of the first ever eco-camp in the Philippines was announced during the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing between YES Pinoy Foundation chaired by Dingdong Dantes and SMILE Cares Foundation chaired by Shaina Magdayao.

Dingdong and Shaina are partnering for the first time to offer programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

The project titled “YES to Full STEAM ahead” between YES Pinoy and SMILE Cares will be the first of several programs of the ECO-CAMP.

The project will benefit under-privileged youth from the island of Siargao and neighboring provinces in Mindanao.

The project will focus on experiential learning integrating the STEAM methodologies in agriculture to improve yield and to create new and innovative sustainable products.

It is considered a pro-active approach in addressing challenges brought about by climate change.

Dingdong, who once joined government as commissioner of the National Youth Commission, now heads YES Pinoy to continue his advocacy on youth empowerment.

Shaina, on the other hand, had been involved in various charitable works for the past decade and has invested in businesses that had strong social values. She is also a stockholder of SMILE Group, Inc.

SMILE Group Inc. is the Philippine franchise holder of Engineering for Kids and Challenge Island, a STEAM focused out-of-school program form the United States of America.

Dingdong started YES Pinoy eight years ago to address youth related issues. Now a father, his foundation is focusing its advocacy on addressing future challenges brought about by climate change and disasters.

Its latest project, the “Go Bags Challenge” gives out emergency kits to young people in public schools.

The partnership with SMILE Cares is another initiative on climate change risk solutions through STEAM programs.

STEAM programs like environment engineering is considered a pro-active approach to climate change and disaster risk management. (CAB/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cusi creates transition panel to manage PEMC, WESM

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 23 (PIA) - Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi on ordered the creation of a transition committee for the interim management of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) and the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM).

Under the department order that Cusi issued, the committee is to be chaired by Atty. Oscar E. Ala which shall exercise the functions of the PEMC president until one is appointed by the PEMC board. In addition, the Transition Committee is tasked to assess PEMC’s existing structures, systems, and resources and propose a way forward for the WESM to meet the challenges ahead.  The order gives the committee seven months from August 1, 2017 to complete its tasks.

Cusi said the creation of the Transition Committee is in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s thrust of ensuring the protection of the Filipino electricity consumers, who are affected by the operation of PEMC and the WESM.

Cusi said the PEMC shall continue to effectively govern the operations of WESM for the benefit of all electricity stakeholders. On the organizational level, Cusi assures the PEMC employees that the PEMC leadership shall continue to improve and advance their welfare as WESM operations continue to evolve.

The PEMC was incorporated in 2003 and was constituted as the autonomous group market operator to oversee market governance and perform the functions of the market operator in the WESM.

Aside from Oscar Escobar Ala as chairman, the transition committee members are Engr. Jose Mari T. Bigornia, Atty. Jose M. Layug, Jr., Atty. Francis C. Saturnino Juan and Rauf A. Tan.

The PEMC will be governed by a new Philippine Electricity Market Board composed of: Alfonso G. Cusi as chairman with Ronald Dylan P. Concepcion, Victor Emmanuel B. Santos, Emmanuel V. Rubio, Neeraj Bhat, Deon James, Rolando M. Cagampan, Octavius M. Mendoza, Allan L. Laniba, Noel V. Aboboto, Jesus L. Arranza and Peter L. Wallace as board members. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Energy stakeholders gather for comprehensive power industry audit

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 23 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE), together with various power stakeholders, recently conducted a three-day intensive workshop on the appropriate conduct of the performance assessment and audit of the entire power supply chain held in Mandaluyong.

“We need a comprehesive performance assessment and audit on the power generation, transmission and distribution system and facilities to better picture the real state of the Philippine electricity industry. Our objective is to have a solid foundation towards data-driven planning and decision making," DOE secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella, assistant secretary Redentor E. Delola and  the DOE personnel also attended the workshop.

"The workshop equipped us with necessary knowledge and strategies to enable us to conduct the audit as one strong energy family,” Fuentebella said.

Participants of the workshop had a thorough discussion on the framework in crafting the guidelines for the assessment of the performance of the generation, transmission and distribution systems and facilities.

The framework identifies the scope, parameters, process, responsibilities and timelines for the conduct of the audit pursuant to Department Circular No. DC2017-05-0008, the governing policy of the audit.

Once finished with the proposed guidelines, a focus group discussion with the electric power industry participants will be held.

Representatives from the Energy Regulatory Commission and other energy experts from the government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCCs) served as resource persons during the workshop.

The DOE assures electricity consumers that it is committed to act on the inefficiencies in the power supply chain in order to ensure reliable, secure, sustainable and reasonably priced energy. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


Restored project benefits 80 farmer beneficiaries in AgNor town

By Jane B. Huqueriza

NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 23 - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Caraga recently turned-over the Rehabilitation of Culit Communal Irrigation System (CIS) project by Force Account Works (FAW) to Culit-Igpalas Irrigator’s Association, Inc. headed by its president Fausto B. Empanado, Jr. held in Barangay Culit, this town.

Said project is under Repair Rehab of Existing CIS (RRECIS) funds implemented by NIA Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands Irrigation Management Office (NIA ASDI IMO), which started last year with a total cost of P8 million with the activities of constructing of canal structures and canalization.

The system restored has a potential area of 100 hectares that will benefits 80 farmers, it was learned.


“The project could generate jobs particularly in agriculture sector and increase the potential income of the farmers,” said Ferdinand D. Amon,  ASDI IMO Manager during his turn-over message. He added, that based in his computation the completion of the project could produce 3,000 cavans enough to feed the population of the barangay. (NIA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)