Friday, November 3, 2017

ASEAN textile exhibit set to open on Nov. 7

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 – The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), with support from the ASEAN Foundation, will hold an exhibit featuring Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional textiles on November 7 to 8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center Aura.

The textile exhibit draws attention to the numerous textile industries that thrive in the ASEAN region, from the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, to Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.

Emphasis is laid on handwoven fabrics, natural dyes, and naturally dyed products that are being used by people all over the Southeast Asian region, exhibiting each country’s rich heritage, character, and culture.

Admission is free. For more information, e-mail ptri@ptri.dost.gov.ph and follow TELA Pilipinas on Facebook for updates. (DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)


DOH to push hospital upgrading in Placer, Dapa

By John Glenn A. PLatil

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 3 – Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Leonita Gorgolon announced that the national government has approved the level one accreditation of the provincial hospital in Sta. Cruz, Placer, Surigao del Norte.

This was revealed by board member Constantino Navarro and Atty. Zander Plaza, provincial human resources in-charge, during the 4th Quarter Health Board Meeting held at the Expanded Provincial Government Office Conference Hall.

Another exciting event to take its course in the first quarter of next year is the upgrading of Siargao District Hospital in Dapa into a national medical facility, under the direct control and over-all supervision by the DOH.

“This means expansion of services, modernization of operations, technological innovation and growth in terms of manpower complement for the two hospitals,” explained Plaza.

The legislative measure for the Siargao Hospital was sponsored by 1st District Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez personally lobbied for its passage in the House of Representatives. This is in line with the advocacy of the Surigao del Norte provincial government led by Governor Sol Matugas in relation to the universal healthcare program of the Duterte administration.

Meanwhile, under the Cuban Polyclinic Model which was piloted in Siargao, the provincial government will fully enforce the zero discrimination policy to take care of the patients’ needs, without bias, favoritism and any trace of medical malpractice. It should be noted that under the universally-recognized system which had its roots in Cuba, the annual medical check-up of every bonafide natural-born or naturalized citizen all over the archipelago must be free of charge.

In addition, the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) has also been amended wherein the certificate of indigency requirement is not anymore compulsory.

According to Dr. Arlene Felizarta, provincial health officer, mere interview of the social welfare officer, by way of the psychosocial assessment tool is enough to cover the over-all needs of the patient in terms of treatment and medicine, like chemotherapy, after care therapy, dialysis and other prophylaxis; wherein the sick and needy must not be laden with so much requirements, paperwork, finances and formalities.

Navarro said that Gov. Matugas is constantly monitoring the activities in the province and aims to institute a health training center in Bad-as, Placer.

Felizarta also reported on the licensing of hospitals, as well as developments in relation to the Fred Hollows Eye Care Foundation, rabies free implementation in Siargao, mobile dental van, health water analysis and sanitation, Grand Panambay, and many more programs in store for the Surigaonons.

Philhealth provincial head Rodrigo Ariar also elaborated on the auto credit payment scheme which enlarged the coverage of benefits for select diseases like gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection (UTI), acute laryngitis, and pneumonia. He said that the four-day confinement rule has been removed in order to relax the implementing policies, so as not to encumber any inconvenience on the part of the Philhealth members and beneficiaries. (VLG/PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PNP Caraga chief inaugurates new police station in PDI town

By PCInsp. Rene E. Serrano
 
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nov. 3 – Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Regional Director PCSupt. Rolando Felix, together with the local officials, led the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed three-storey building type B/C police station dubbed as “The Home of the Friendly Cops” in Libjo town, this province.

The activity was started with the cutting of ribbon and unveiling of marker led by Felix and Mayor Lamberto Llamera, Jr, Philippine National Police (PNP) Dinagat Islands Provincial Director PSSupt. Ramir Perlito Perlas, and Libjo Municipal Police Station Chief PCInsp. Lyndon I. Sugian.

In his message, Llamera thanked the PNP Caraga for the improvement of its facilities and the delivery of police services to the community.

The mayor further promised to extend more financial support for the requirements of the newly-built Libjo Municipal Police Station.

On his part, Felix said that the local government units (LGUs) need the police as the police need the LGUs, a symbiotic relationship that is inherent and its reason is purely for public service.

“We exist because of the people; that is why we should be teammates in giving their needed services. The construction of these police stations have been realized due to the collaboration between the police and the local government units,” Felix said as he thanked the LGU officials for their sustained support to the PNP.

Felix also challenged everyone to work hand in hand by providing better services from these new police stations to attain peace and order,ensuring public safety and enforcing the law in their respective municipality. (OIC-RPIO/PNP-Caraga/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


DTI-AgSur Consumer Protection Unit briefs Esperanza IP leaders, village officials on consumerism

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 3 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office briefed the Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders, barangay captains, secretaries and Lupong Tagapamayapa in the municipality of Esperanza on consumer rights and responsibilities and in handling and managing consumer complaints.

In his opening message, Sangguniang Bayan Member Victor Manpatilan, committee chair on IP Tribal Affairs said the session gave them the opportunity to understand the roles of consumers. He encouraged the leaders to give their full attention, adopt what is being shared and advocate the same in their respective areas especially among households.

Manpatilan also urged them to help uplift the lives of their respective constituents in Esperanza.

Also, when asked about the activity, Datu Palagsulat Vicente Bandojo of the IP tribal office said that they learned a lot from the inputs about consumer rights and in handling complaints for consumer products.

His group, he said is now confident on what to do and how to facilitate the needs of their people when they encounter consumer related concerns and issues.

The same sentiment was reportedly shared by other participants.


Cherie Inson and Jardynne Narvasa of DTI-AdS Consumer Protection unit facilitated the activity. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)