Friday, November 17, 2017

Butuanons to participate in 'ZumbAIDS' during World AIDS Day

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) – In line with the annual observance of the World AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Day on December 1, 2017, the local government here, through the City Health Office has challenged Butuanons to participate in the simultaneous combined fitness and awareness activity dubbed ZumbAIDS, which will start at 3:00 p.m. at J. Rosales Avenue (DBP to Watergate Hotel); Guingona Park; Caraga State University grounds; and Libertad Sports Complex.

According to Anthony Torralba, HIV Focal Person, World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day. 

“The best way to honor people living with HIV and those we’ve lost is to achieve the greatest possible impact in all the work that we do to end the epidemic. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control,” said Torralba. 

Torralba highlighted that the “ZUMBAIDS” is a one-hour Zumba fitness activity to raise awareness and eradicate stigma and discrimination. “This will also promote healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise of HIV status, elevate Voluntary Counseling and Testing, and involve everyone because we will end AIDS together,” he said. 

Torralba added that as of June 2017, Butuan City topped the HIV/AIDS cases in Caraga region with 133 and now part of the Category A, meaning 80 percent of new infections will come from 70 high burden areas. 

Interested participants will have to pay a registration of P300.00, which covers the singlet, bandana and commitment form. They may also visit ZumbAIDS Facebook page for more details.

ZumbAIDS is an innovative activity of the local government of Butuan through the City Health Office and Butuan Medical Center, in partnership with Caraganon i-Care Inc., a support group for People Living with HIV/AIDS, together with different government line agencies that are members of the Regional AIDS Assistance Team and Local AIDS Council. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA rolls out balloon design, floral arrangement training in Siargao

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 17 (PIA) – As part of the reintegration services of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the agency rolled out another set of Balloon and Floral Arrangement Training to 41 members of the Dapa Overseas Filipino Workers Association (DOFWA) in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on November 7, 2017.

Trainer Arnold Cahagnaan, an event organizer based in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, shared to the participants the basics of floral and balloon arrangement. He also demonstrated floral arrangements suitable to various occasions such as weddings and debut. Centerpiece arrangement, ones used for bridal cars, wedding isle floral arrangement, and presidential table pieces and bouquets were introduced and demonstrated to the participants

Immediately after, the participants were given time to replicate the arrangements. The balloon design was done in the morning, allowing the participants make butterflies, flowers, pillars, and arc.

Meanwhile, the floral arrangement was done in the afternoon. All the outputs of the participants were used during the PESO Conference. After the agency’s activity in Siargao, the products were donated to their local government unit (LGU).          

In line with the activity’s goal to empower the OFWs in their eventual venture to enterprises, Olimar Sulapas, Negosyo Center coordinator of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Siargao, introduced Negosyo Center to the participants. Sulapas informed the participants of the presence of Negosyo Centers in Siargao, where small business owners can visit to seek assistance for business registration and the like.

At the end of the activity, president of DOFWA, Roselyn Dagsa, expressed her gratitude to OWWA for said training. She also expressed organization’s support to the activities set by the agency.

An Information and Communication Training on Photoshop was also done in Siargao conducted by OWWA Caraga’s Information Technology (IT) skilled instructor Vincent Mahinay, simultaneous to the Balloon and Floral Arrangement Training. (JPIMillones, OWWA-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


5 establishments awarded Bagwis seal in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 – Five business establishments in Butuan City were awarded with the Bagwis Seal of Excellence from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). 

The seals were handed over by DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran during the Consumer Welfare Month Celebration Culminating Activity on October 27, 2017 at Robinsons Place, J.C. Aquino Ave., this city. 

Two establishments received the Bagwis Award-Silver Category, namely: Toyota Corporation-Butuan City under Category V (Service and Repair Shop-DTI Accredited) and Unicity General Merchandise Inc. (Level up) under Category II (Department Store).

The Bronze Seal of Excellence was awarded to three establishments: Interpace Corporation/Gaisano Superstore, VROSS Corporation-Bridgetown Branch and Robinsons Appliances Corporation.

The Bagwis Seal of Excellence award is given to establishments in recognition of their efforts in upholding the rights and welfare of consumers and practicing responsible business. The Bagwis Seal helps consumers identify stores that offer quality goods at reasonable price and pleasing service, enabling them to make wise buying choices and get the best value for their money.


DTI encourages more establishments to apply for the Bagwis Seal of Excellence award to safeguard interests of consumers and foster fair business practices. Hopefully, exciting incentives await prospective Bagwis awardees, with the implementation of the new Bagwis Program Guidelines. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)