Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Caraga hosts Philippine National Remote Sensing Conference 2017

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) – The Caraga Center for Geo-Informatics, Caraga State University (CSU), and the Philippine Geosciences and Remote Sensing Society (PhilGRSS) jointly organized the conduct of the Philippine National Remote Sensing Conference 2017  (NRSC 2017) in the Caraga region on Nov. 28-29, 2017.

According to Engr. Meriam Makinano-Santillan, chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee, NRSC 2017 became the best venue of bringing the science of remote sensing closer to the people; giving them the unique experience on how it works for people to have a better life.

It aimed to showcase the country’s best in remote sensing and geosciences research and services, and to recognize their contributions in the development of the country.

NRSC 2017 is held more than a year after the launching of Diwata 1, the Philippines’ first micro-satellite, in space. The conference is therefore an important occasion to update the remote sensing community on the status and latest progress.

A fellowship night highlighted different cultural performances, where the delegates were recognized and got the chance to be acquainted with each other.

There was also a presentation for the potential and practical uses of remote sensing and related geosciences in reducing economic inequality, creating more opportunities, and expanding the growth potential as a country.

Distinguished speakers from the academe, government, and the remote sensing, geosciences and geospatial industries discussed on a variety of topics revolving around the conference theme. The participants were also given the opportunity to give their insights on the presented topics.

The conference featured the oral and poster presentations of papers discussing the practical and scientific applications of remote sensing and geosciences on the following thematic areas: environment; natural resources and commodities; urban and infrastructure; disaster management/climate change impacts and adaptation.

Moreover, the exhibit provided excellent opportunities to promote and expose products, technologies and services to professional delegates.

NRSC 2017’s theme, “Remote Sensing Science for the People,” echoes the “Science for the People” campaign of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The NRSC 2017 was attended by international scientists, engineers, researchers, decision-makers, users and interested individuals, groups from the academe, government, industrial and non-government organizations. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Fortified juice drinks help reduce anemia prevalence in schoolchildren
 
Did you know that giving your child juice fortified with micronutrients can increase hemoglobin levels in the blood? Low levels of blood hemoglobin can result to anemia, which is a common problem among children.

According to the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the (DOST-FNRI), 11% of children have anemia.

A study by DOST-FNRI showed that either high doses (one juice daily) or medium doses (five times a week) produced the best results. Hemoglobin levels were significantly higher in children given high or medium doses of fortified juice.

Giving your children fortified juice for lunch is an easy way to help increase their hemoglobin levels in a way they will enjoy!

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 numbers: 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 check their Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow their Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (RHettinger, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City bags National Quality Corn Achievers award

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 – The city government of Butuan is the only local government unit (LGU) in the Caraga region that bagged the National Quality Corn Achievers Award (NQCAA) during the 13th National Corn Congress held recently at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

City Agriculturist Office-in-Charge (OIC) Engr. Pierre Anthony D. Joven said this award was realized through the strong support of Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada’s administration, with the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and coupled with the commendable performance of Butuan City farmers.

Joven stressed that the city was granted the award again because of its more than 1,700 hectares of high quality corn yields, increased aflatoxin-free corn production, organized corn farmers and good agricultural practices, and the significant support of the local government programs to the corn sector.

Butuan City, through Councilor Omar Andaya, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Engr. Joven, received a plaque of recognition and P1-million cash prize worth of relevant corn projects, respectively.

Meanwhile, several city corn coordinators namely; Erlinda E. Plaza, Ma. Luz C. Bangalisan, Eduardo S. Vecina, and Reggie T. Manliguez were recognized as Outstanding Corn Agricultural Extension Workers. They each received a plaque of recognition and cash incentives. (K. Decamotan, LGU Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)


30 AgSur ALS learners join candle-making training

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 29 - Thirty (30) alternative learning system (ALS) learners or enrollees in this municipality participated in a candle-making training organized by Negosyo Center (NC)-Talacogon Counselor Louida Legaspi, together with  the ALS coordinators, Marvin Ostos of the West District, Renato Ade of West/Zillovia and Bernardino Jagonos of the East District.

The ALS is an active stakeholder of NC-Talacogon. Antonio Baldiconza, a candle manufacter from San Francisco, served as the trainer.

Ade noted that "the training will be a lifetime learning to the ALS learners."

Manilyn Goloran an ALS learner from Barangay San Agustin echoed the sentiment of the other participants saying: "Nagpasalamat gyod ko ani na training kay nakabalo nako sa proseso sapagbuhat ug kandila, dali ra man diay (I’m thankful for this training because I learned the process of making candles, and it was easy)." 

The ALS coordinators agreed that the learners should be encouraged to put up a collective or an association and consider the possibility of starting a candle-making business in Talacogon.

The Department of Education (DepEd) defines ALS as "a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills." (DTI-Agusan delSur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


US turns over prosecutor training materials to DOJ in PH

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 29 – United States (US) ambassador Sung Kim presented more than two thousand copies of a revised prosecutor’s manual and other training materials to Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Napenas Aguirre on November 27, in Manila.

The materials are the product of an effort by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to help enhance the capacity of Philippine prosecutors. The revised manuals and other training materials will be distributed to prosecutors nationwide. 

This endeavor represents the shared US-Philippines commitment to the rule of law and the foundation of a partnership designed to support the development of a comprehensive curriculum for the National Prosecution Service. 

This project builds on the national priorities of the Philippine government to better equip prosecutors with the skills needed to handle increasingly complex cases, such as cybercrime and transnational criminal cases. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)


DILG Dinagat holds 1st Anti-drug Abuse Summit

By Ellen C. Silagan

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nov. 29 - The Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) led the conduct of the Provincial Anti-drug Abuse Summit 2017 on November 20, 2017 held at the Provincial Guest Center, Cuarinta, San Jose town.

The activity aims to prepare the barangay officials on the upcoming barangay drug-clearing operation per Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3, series of 2017 and make Dinagat Islands a drug-free province.

“Para maging pioneer ang ating province sa buong Pilipinas as drug-free province, kailangang makipagtulungan ang mga taong bayan at kung may nalaman tayo o napansin na kakaiba, ipagbigay alam kaagad ito sa kinauukulan o reinforcement agency para magawan ng aksyon,” said Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Provincial Officer Mark P. Damaso.

During the summit, the annual Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA) activity was also integrated. Eight deserving barangay officials received the 2017 LTIA awarde for their active participation in their respective barangay.

The summit was attended by Acting Governor Board Member Nilo P. Demerey, Jr., board member Marilou Mejos, barangay captains and secretaries from the seven municipalities of the province. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Dinagat POPCOM joins the International Men’s Day celebration

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Nov. 29 - The Provincial Population Office joined the celebration of International Men’s Day with the conduct of various activities on Nov. 20, 2017 held at Dinagat Municipal Gym, this province.

One of the highlights of the said activity was the declaration of Modelong Pamilya 2017, wherein the Lawangon family of San Jose town was pronounced as the winner.

The Modelong Pamilya was designed to recognize those families who have best practices in family planning, economically wise, and proactive in community activities.

Municipal Mayor Craig Ecleo, Vice Mayor Pitnel Sombrado, board member Reggivi Amor Alcaria, and ex-officio board member Annabelle Pelismino attended the said activity.

Members of Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) and Empowerment and Re-affirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) from the six municipalities of the province actively participated in the celebration.


This year’s celebration was anchored on the theme, "Focus on Men's and Boy's health. Improving Gender Relations, Promoting Gender Equality, and Highlighting Positive Male Role Models." (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)