Thursday, December 21, 2017

SurSur prepares for #VintaPH

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 21 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC) is preparing for the anticipated onslaught of Tropical Storm (TS) Vinta [Tembin] in the province.

During the meeting held on December 21, PDRRM Office chief Abel de Guzman reported that the province's operation center has already been activated 24/7 while the 19 MDRRMCs and personnel of Search and Emergency Response Team of Surigao del Sur are also on standby.

“The no sailing policy was already recommended. And we have advised the 19 LGUs (local government units) to monitor the high risk areas for possible flooding, landslide and storm surge,” said De Guzman.

De Guzman revealed that the LGUs of Bayabas, San Agustin, Cagwait, Carmen, Marihatag, Lingig, Cantilan, Barobo, Hinatuan, Lanuza, and Tandag City have already conducted an emergency meeting/Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) to map out plans for the possible effects of TS Vinta.

"In Hinatuan town, preempted evacuation was already implemented in all the island barangays on December 20, 2017, while pre-empted evacuation in the towns of Cagwait and Lingig was set on Dec. 21," according to De Guzman.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur Division DRRM coordinator-designate Rufino Reyes said that all school activities set on December 21 under the Surigao del Sur Division were already cancelled. "Identified schools that will serve as evacuation centers are now being prepared," added Reyes. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dehydration can be deadly, drink enough water daily

By Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Ph. D.

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 21 – Water is an essential nutrient as it is the main component of the human body distributed to every organ and cells. 

It serves a key role in digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients, formation and stability of cell structures. Water also facilitates removal of waste products and toxins, acts as solvent for biochemical reactions, regulates body temperature and lubricates cavities such as joints. Without enough water, skin becomes dry and wrinkled.

Based on the 2015 Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI), the recommended water requirement for adults under average conditions of energy expenditure and environmental exposure is 1 milliliter per kilocalorie (mL/ kcal) of energy expenditure.

Water volume should be increased to 1.5 milliliter per kilocalorie (mL/kcal) to cover variations in activity level, sweating, and solute load. Thirst is normally a good indicator of the amount of extra water needed to meet the daily requirement, except for older persons whose thirst mechanism may be impaired. 

Lack of water can lead to dehydration. Dehydration, according to World Health Organization (WHO) is defined as the condition that results from excessive loss of body water.

The main causes of water losses from the body are through urine and sweat. These losses vary widely depending on fluid consumption, diet, physical activity and temperature. The body also loses water through the lungs, breathing and through stools.

Mild to moderate dehydration is characterized by thirst, restless, or irritable behavior, normal to slightly sunken eyes and a sunken fontanelle in infants.

Signs of severe dehydration include lethargy or unconsciousness, poor drinking or inability to drink, lack of urine output, cool moist extremities, low or undetectable blood pressure, and a rapid and feeble pulse.

Getting enough water everyday is important for one’s health. Most of the fluid needs are met through the water and beverages we drink.

However, we can also get some fluids through the foods that we eat, like water-rich fruits and vegetables which include watermelon, melon, oranges, singkamas, tomatoes, radish, cucumber and seaweeds.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going. So, drink up to prevent dehydration.

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 their Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


120 Caraga cops undergo community anti-terrorism awareness seminar

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 21 – The 120 chiefs of police and mobile force commanders in Caraga attended the two-day Community Anti-Terrorism Awareness Seminar that commenced on December 13, this city.

The speakers came from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Operations.

“This seminar is timely since aside from dealing with the common street crimes, we are also facing the threats posed by terrorism that disturbs security, stability and peace across the Caraga region and the entire nation,” Chief Superintendent Noli Romana, PNP Caraga Director said.

The region’s top cop concluded that terrorism is a threat to every Filipino who aspires for lasting peace and encourage people from different walks of life to become active and vigilant against terrorism and even criminality.

Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis Licup, Deputy Director for Operations of the PNP National Headquarters, headed the facilitators and organizers of the activity. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)