Monday, December 18, 2017

LGU Dinagat holds Pamaskong Handog for PWDs

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 18 - The provincial government of Dinagat Islands thru the Social Welfare and Development Office formally launched its annual advocacy for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) dubbed as “PWD Welfare Program cum Pamaskong Handog Nan Probinsya para sa mga Taong may Kapansanan” held at Dinagat town.

Vice-Governor Benglen B. Ecleo extended his Christmas greetings to the participants. “Despite the chaos that we experienced around the nation and recent typhoon, let us still celebrate and feel the true spirit of the season,“ said Ecleo.

On the other hand, provincial administrator Gwendolyn Ecleo-Pols said that on the coming year (2018), a bigger social welfare activity will be conducted in terms of the delivery of basic need and services, such as food sufficiency and sustainability and education.

The activity proper commenced with a lecture on Republic Act no. 7277 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of Disabled Persons,” followed by the giving of bags with pre-packed assorted foods, biscuits, educational supplies, and assorted senior citizens items.

Aside from the gifts, the barangays of Escolta, Justiniana, and Magsaysay in Dinagat town each received an amount worth P200,000 and P300,000 for the different projects. (SDR/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Fishermen rescue 3 Aussies in Siargao Island

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 18 (PIA) – Three Australians, one of whom later died of severe dehydration, were rescued by two fishermen from Tandag City in waters off the coast of Gen. Luna town in Siargao Island on December 17. 

Based on the report released by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Sub-station Tandag, Albert Murillo and Juniefer Piosang, fishermen from San Agustin Sur, Tandag City saw the three foreign nationals. Accordingly, the survivors were afloat on-board a life craft for three days before they were found.

The PCG report said the Australians were on their way to Subic from Australia when the yacht they were on capsized and sank somewhere in the waters off Siargao Island, about 50 miles from the coast of Tandag, due to bad weather brought about by Tropical Storm Urduja.

The victims were immediately brought to the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) for immediate treatment.

The Australian nationals were identified as Lionel P. Ansselin, 65 years old, and Lawrence A Millea, 68 years old. Both were in good condition while the other survivor, Anthony J.Mihoney, 73 years old, was unconscious when they were rescued and later died due to severe dehydration.

The victims’ relatives and families were already contacted in Australia. (with a report from Coast-Guard Sub-Station Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Low water intake adequacy among Filipinos – FNRI

By Ross Hettinger and Marilou R. Galang

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 18 – Did you know that water intake adequacy was low among Filipinos?

Data from the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) were used to estimate water and fluid intake of the Filipino population across age groups. Fluids are liquids that have been prepared for human consumption. These include water, milk and dairy-based beverages, juices, softdrinks, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages and many more.

It was found that the average total fluid intake of Filipinos was 1691 milliliters per day or an equivalent of seven glasses of fluid per day.  Drinking water contributed the highest percentage of fluid consumption (65.3%) followed by water from food (9.1%) and coffee and tea (7.8%).

Of those surveyed, children in the age group of 6 months to 5 years old had the highest percentage of individuals meeting their water adequacy at 38.6% and the lowest was noted among lactating mothers at 6.7%. The mean energy intake of Filipinos from fluids was only 139.3 kcal per day wherein almost one-third was contributed by the intakes of softdrinks (32.7%) followed by coffee and tea and milk and dairy-based beverages.

The Pinggang Pinoy, developed by the DOST-FNRI, recommends drinking lots of water, from 5 to 12 glasses of water, depending on age and one glass of milk everyday.

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.

You may also like their Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow the Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


DILG recognizes Butuan City PPP story

By Marilou Autor-Salado
 
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 18 – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) confers recognition to Butuan City for promoting and strengthening the participation of the private sector in the delivery of basic services to the public during the event “Trailblazing Initiatives on Public-Private Partnership (PPP)” on December 8, 2017 at Selah Garden Hotel, Pasay City.

The selection of the documentation, entitled “Butuan City Slaughterhouse: where safe meat and progress meet” as one of the Top PPP stories came to be the basis for the said award. The write-up was prepared and written by LGOO V Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, alternate DILG 13 Regional Information Officer, and LGOO V Marilou Autor-Salado, the Regional Focal Person for the Public-Private Partnership for the People Initiative for Local Governments (LGU P4) during a writeshop at the same venue on the first week of December 2017.

A compendium for LGU P4 covering all top PPP stories will be printed and released early in 2018.

The award was received by Stephen Cabaltera, the Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officer (LEIPO) from no less than DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero. This is hoped to pave the way for more LGUs to work with the private sector and adopt feasible model and ideas for improved service delivery.  (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga bags 4 medals in 2017 Vis-Min zonal skills competition

By Merille Jyhd M. Fajardo

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 18 – Delegates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga bagged four medals during the conduct of the 2017 Visayas-Mindanao zonal skills competition held at the Regional Training Center-Korea Philippines Vocational Training Center (RTC-KPVTC), Tibungco, Davao City.

Team Caraga, spearheaded by TESDA Regional Director Ashary A. Banto, together with the provincial directors of the five provinces, officials, staff, experts and competitors went head to head with other delegates from the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

Caraga contenders participated and exhibited utmost performance in Restaurant Service, Cooking, IT Software Solution for Business, Graphic Design Technology, Welding Technology and Electrical Installation Technology.

During the closing and awarding ceremony held on December 15, 2017 at the Convention Hall of RTC-KPVTC Davao, four competitors from Team Caraga were declared victors in their respective trade areas.

Shiera Faith S. Balabat, coached by Jason Equipado and the only girl among the Caraga talents, went up against five competitors from Regions VI, VII, VIII, XI and XII in cooking. Her stunning skills wowed the judges through her mouth-watering dishes and managed to win a bronze medal on the verge of the tourney. The silver medal was given to John Aaron Ponsaran of Region VI and gold to Charles Jay Barette of Region XI.

In the hard skills battle, Caraga contingent for Welding Technology Jason G. Pujeda, coached by Artemio Martizano and Maricel O. Balinton, proved that no heat could melt his determination as he welded for the bronze medal. Pujeda battled against seven delegates from Regions VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and ARMM. Roberto A. Palaña III of Region VIII grabbed the Silver Medal while Heinrich M. Omlaan of Region XI was declared champion.

Meanwhile, Rolly T. Alte Jr. who was trained by Jermy E. Divinagracia of the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) faced five men from Regions VII, IX, X, XI and XII in Electrical Installation Technology. Joshua Nico Alcosero of Region 7 earned bronze medal, Alte got the silver medal and Junie Comaling, Jr. from Region 9 grabbed the gold.

For Graphics Design Technology under the Information and Communications Technology Sector, Team Caraga was well-represented by Benedict Q. Hornido with his coach, Arne A. Madarieta. After days of showcasing artistry in corporate, editorial and product packaging design, Caraga was declared champion in the said area. Adencia Portia Fernandez of Region XI won 2nd place receiving a silver medal and Carolino Villarta, Jr. of Region VII won a bronze medal and was declared 3rd place.

During the awards ceremony, coaches and committee members received certificate of appreciation for a job well executed on the entire duration of the activity.

In total, Caraga bagged one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals from six trade areas involved.


Winners of Vis-Min 2017 Zonal Skills Competition will advance in the upcoming 2018 Philippine National Skills Competition leading to the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition on 2018 in Thailand up to the international setting in the World Skills Competition to be held on 2019 in Russia. (RER, TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)