Friday, July 20, 2018


Lumads stage protest rally vs NPA in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 20 (PIA) -- Some 500 lumads on Wednesday held an indignation rally at the Vicente L Pimentel Sr. Boulevard here to denounce the atrocities allegedly committed by the CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) in the tribal communities of Surigao del Sur.

The lumads, composed mainly of farmers, women, youth, and local officials from the municipalities of Tago, San Miguel, Cagwait, Lanuza, Cortes and Tandag City, expressed their dismay about the CNTs' series of attacks in their community and the killing of several indigenous peoples.

They cited the recent killing of the tribal leader named Datu Bobong Elizalde of Barangay Calatngan, San Miguel allegedly by the CNTs on July 12 while another IP member was assassinated in Barangay Bitaugan of same town. Both victims opposed to the establishment of the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) school with no accreditation from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, commanding officer of the 36th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, clarified that the presence of the army and the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the condemnation rally is their commitment to support the people for their quest for justice and desire for genuine peace. 

“I was elated by the presence of Lumad leaders and other groups for coming out in the open. They stood up mustering their courage so that their voices be heard by the public against the CNTs,” said Lt. Col. Trinidad. 

“Now, the people were enlightened of who are the real ‘berdugo’ and oppressor of the Filipino people. To the CNTs, stop killing Lumads and other civilians! Stop blaming the Army of your criminal actions. Lastly, We are one in condemning the attacks to the Lumads and to the peace loving Surigaonon,” Lt. Col. Trinidad added. (NGPB/36IB-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

NNC to hold 2018 national nutrition awarding ceremony

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) – Department of Health (DOH) will be holding the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on July 31, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

According to Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, deputy executive director of NNC, the awarding ceremony is an annual event that the NNC spearheads to recognize outstanding local government units (LGUs) and nutrition volunteer workers called Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) with effective and efficient implementation of nutrition programs resulting to improved nutrition situation especially among infants and young children.

“The awards presented to LGUs are: a) Nutrition Honor Award (for exemplary and increasingly outstanding performance in the past 6 consecutive years); b) Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition or CROWN (for exemplary performance in the past 3 consecutive years; and c) 1st and 2nd Year CROWN Maintenance award," said Dr. Dayanghirang.

"The National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) award is presented to the most outstanding BNS from among the more than 42,000 Barangay Nutrition Scholars deployed nationwide. Both LGU and BNS awardees will receive cash prizes and trophies,” added Dr. Dayanghirang.

It was learned that the NNC has been presenting the awards since 1978 until 1986 when it was suspended right after the EDSA Revolution and was resumed in 1992 up to the present.

Dr. Dayanghirang added that in line with the awarding ceremony, the NNC will also be launching the first Compendium of Actions on Nutrition (CAN) publication.

“The compendium is a compilation of success stories and lessons learned from the implementation of nutrition actions in selected LGUs. The compendium will be used in capacitating local government units in formulating comprehensive plans of action on nutrition, making informed decisions and adapting best approaches for successful implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN),” she said.

For Caraga region, the NNC-DOH Caraga led by OIC-NPC Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr. will be attending the said event, together with representatives of the Regional Media Nutrition Group (Caraga MOVERS).  

Mayor Jenny D. De Asis of the municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Mayor Kim Lope Asis of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur are also among the contenders for the First Year CROWN Maintenance Award. (PIA-Caraga)

Bayugan City CWDOs join business educ seminar 

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, July 20 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur has recently organized a business education seminar to the 22 consumer welfare desks officers (CWDOs) in this city. 

The Consumer Protection Team (CPT) did a review to the participants about the provisions of Product Standards Law, Price Tag, Price Act and Sales promotion.

They were reminded to check compliance of the store, as this will make them more confident in selling their products. 

On product standards, they were provided with the list of products subject for mandatory certification.

Said products should have a corresponding product standard markings affixed in each item, PS (Philippine Standard) for locally manufactured and ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) stickers for imported products. 

These products are composed of three groups, namely the lectrical and electronics products for Group 1, Mechanical/building and construction materials for Group 2, and Chemical and other consumer products for Group 3.

Included under Group 1 are Household appliance  such as electric fans, flat irons, electric blenders, microwave ovens, electric rice cookers, electric air pots, electric coffee makers, television sets, CD/VCD/DVD players, electric toasters, electric stoves, electric hot plates, electric grills, electric ovens, turbo broilers, induction cookers, washing machines, fully-automatic washing machine, spin extractors, refrigerators, conditioners, inverter air-conditioners, electric juicers, electric food mixers, electric food processors, electric kettles, electric pressure cookers, electric slow cookers, electric multi-cookers;  lamps and related products such as ballast, CFL/self-ballasted lamps, Christmas lights, double capped and single capped fluorescent lamps, incandescent lamps, edison screw holders, lamp holder for tubular fluorescent lamps, starter holders, lamp starters;  wiring devices such as circuit breakers, fuses, fuse holders, PVC electrical tapes, plugs, socket-outlets, extension cord sets, snap switches and knife switches; and  wires and cables PVC insulated flexible cords and thermoplastic wires and cables. 

Group 2 includes mechanical/building and construction materials such as BI-GI steel pipes, blended hydraulic cement with pozzolan, portland cement, deformed steel bars, equal-leg steel angle bars, pipes, re-rolled steel bars, wire nails.

While Group 3 covers chemical and other consumer products like brake fluid, fire extinguisher, fireworks, helmets and visors, inner tubes for tires, lead acid batteries, lighters, LPG cylinders and matches, medical oxygen, mono bloc chairs and stools, safety belts, safety glass for automotive and tires for automobile vehicles. 

They were also reminded to comply the suggested retail price (SRP) and ensure proper price tags. This will help the consumer decide whether to buy or not to buy while for the store it will minimize the frequent inquiry of the customer "how much is this?"

Further, they were informed that when they plan to organize sales promotion activities, they should apply to DTI for a permit 30 days before the start of the promotion. They also need to prepare the mechanics of the promotion and shall pay the corresponding permit fee. 

DTI will again meet the group in September 2018 for continuous business education. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DSWD-Caraga strengthens program vs malnutrition, allots P140M for supplementary feeding

By Mike Ariel P. Plaza

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 -- Continuing its aim to improve and sustain the nutritional status of children enrolled in Community Day Care Centers (CDC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga has allocated PhP140, 529, 600 for this school year’s supplementary feeding program (SFP).

With the implementation of the SFP, DSWD-Caraga targets to feed a total of 78,072 children enrolled in 2,122 Day Care Centers around the region this school year.

The said feeding program, which will be given five to seven days a week, uses indigenous and locally produced food in the barangays where the centers are erected. The food will be in form of hot meals that will be served to children during snack or meal time.
DSWD Caraga officer-in-charge Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim said that SFP is strengthened to lessen cases of malnutrition especially in far-flung barangays where poverty is evident.

“We may not be able to provide them with their basic meals every day, but this program is here as an augmentation support to improve the knowledge, attitude and practices of children and their parents and caregivers,” Lim added, emphasizing that the program is a form of advocacy for intensified nutrition and health education.

To monitor and document the program’s effectiveness, the children are weighed before and after 120 feeding days.

Last school year, 88.17 percent of SFP children beneficiaries were recorded to have improved their weight from severely underweight to underweight while 88.47 percent improved from underweight to normal.

“The figures show significant improvement of these children’s weight,” Lim said.

She added that aside from the weight results of CDC attendees, the program also gives enthusiasm to the children while learning inside the centers.

The SFP is DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development Program of the government. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)  

Tandag City dad mulls privatization of local water distribution utility

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 20 (PIA) – Mayor Alexander “Ayek” Pimentel may go for the privatization of Tandag City Water District (TCWD). 

Faced with the growing demand for water vis-à-vis the worsening situation of water level going down, the management of TCWD had already wooed Mayor Pimentel to interpose for the use of fire truck of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). 

The arrangement would be to fetch a load of water from the reservoir located in Barangay Awasian to be brought to some areas with water tanks that had to be filled up for distribution to customers later, according to Gerry Bernadas, chief of the TCWD technical department. 

Mayor Pimentel bared that the temporary use of the fire truck would be from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every other day. 

The issue on the scarcity of water source or resource for that matter is no new to the management of the local water utility here under General Manager (GM) Annie Ty, especially during long dry spell year in and year out. 

TCWD, which had been said to have close to 9,000 consumers and counting, claimed it could only do so much by investing on drilling operations even if it stumbled upon a rich source, like what it dug up in Barangay Pangi. Bernadas did boast that their drilling venture had paid off by coming across the missing piece of the solution that could produce enough water supply for Tandag with an estimated output of 50 liters per second (LPS).

However, its management admitted to be needing a huge sum of money, some Php18 million for the purchase of the required transmission pipes to make it viable. 

Tandag City Vice-Mayor Ruel Momo, in a separate interview, was in agreement that TCWD had to put up a water treatment plant and large storage facilities which would call for so much more financing to complement a good plan.   

However, he suggested that TCWD management might forge a deal with the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) whose construction of Sta. Filomena Dam project was said to be nearing completion. 

One of the submersible pumps of the local water utility can be found nearby, just some 800 meters away from the site of the dam project in Barangay Pandanon, it was learned.   
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The city dad said point-blank that TCWD could not afford a multi-million peso project unlike the private sector just to provide the best service possible. 

Also, the younger Pimentel recalled that Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. had already floated the idea of privatization but alleged that the board of directors of the local water distribution utility that time shut it down.   

Citing Butuan City as an example, he added that a lot of local water distribution utilities nationwide had been taken over by private sector to keep customers service satisfactory.

When reached for comment, the governor said that he could tap a big investor to fund the putting up of good facilities to provide a much better customer service.

In addition, Gov. Pimentel said that a water distribution utility had to be run by a competent person with technical knowhow. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

187 Caraga barangays declared as drug-cleared

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 -- One hundred eighty seven barangays in Caraga have been declared as drug-free by the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Program in June 2018.

Based on the report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga, Surigao del Sur had the most number of drug-cleared barangays with 116 followed by Agusan del Sur with 57 and Surigao del Norte with 14.

Out of 187 drug-cleared barangays, 111 were previously considered as ‘slightly affected’ or those areas which have reported presence of drug users.

“A drug-affected barangay is subjected to drug clearing operations with PDEA as the lead agency. The area can be declared as drug-free pursuant to the parameters set forth by the Dangerous Drug Board,” said Police Regional Office 13 director Chief Supt. Noli Romana.

He also thanked the members of the anti-drug abuse councils, the communities and all stakeholders which render assistance to the law enforcement agencies in the drug clearing operations.

“There is no slowing down in our anti-drug operations to go after or eliminate those engaged in the illegal drug trade," said CSupt. Romana.

"We always assure the public that our police operations are within the bounds of the law and in consonance with the police operational procedures,” he added. (FEA/PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)