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Wednesday, May 29, 2019


DOH Caraga intensifies advocacy drive on kidney disease prevention

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) – In celebration of National Kidney Month this June 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga intensifies its advocacy campaign on proper care of human kidneys and prevention of kidney disease.

Together with the National Kidney And Transplant Institute (NKTI), the department leveled up its efforts particularly in the dissemination of its information, education, and communication (IEC) materials on how people could take good care of their kidneys and taking consideration of the food that also contributes to the cause of said disease.

DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr. reminds the public to be health conscious and observe proper diet.

He also advises everyone to keep fit and active; keep regular control of blood sugar level; monitor blood pressure; eat healthy and keep weight in check; maintain a healthy fluid intake; and avoid smoking, among others.

Also, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga as a constant partner of DOH and NKTI in all its advocacy, is maximizing the utilization of its platforms in order to reach the grassroots and deliver the right and accurate information on health concerns that they need to know.

It can be recalled that by virtue of Presidential Decree 184 declaring June as National Kidney Month in the Philippines, and declaring the NKTI as the lead Hospital in the celebration, NKTI leads the whole nation in celebrating awareness of kidney diseases and their prevention.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) is a government-owned and controlled corporate tertiary specialty center attached to the Department of Health.

Its mandate is to specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, rehabilitation, and treatment of kidney and allied diseases through dialysis and transplantation.

It also focuses on service, training, and research in the field of renal diseases and organ transplantation. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Lumad leader killed by NPA rebels laid to rest

JABONGA, Agusan del Norte, May 29 -- The remains of a Mamanwa tribal leader killed by the Communist Party of the Philippines – New Peoples Army was finally laid to rest in the public cemetery of Barangay Libas, Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte, Friday morning, May 24.

Datu Boklas was kidnapped by the rebels on May 20, 2019 in the mountainous area of Sitio Tagbuaya, Brgy. Bangonay, Jabonga and was found dead a day after with several stab wounds.

Based on the investigation conducted by Jabonga Municipal Police Station, the victim and his wife were cultivating their farm when five heavily armed NPA rebels snatched the tribal leader who strongly refused to join in the armed struggle.

“The death of Datu Boklas widowed his wife and orphaned his four sons and three daughters. The entire police force condemned in the strongest manner the cruel killing of a peace-loving Lumad leader in Agusan del Norte," said Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Director.

The burial of Rodito Lapugan Boklas or “Datu Boklas” was attended by his family, tribal members, friends and local officials who were crying for justice for the fallen leader. Police and army personnel were also present to express their condolences to the bereaved family. (PNP Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Army: NPA terrorists recruit minors as red fighters

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, May 29 (PIA)  – The 36th Infantry Battalion (36th IB), Philippine Army, said the Communist Party of the Philippines –New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists (CNTs) are recruiting minors as fighters following a recent clash at Barangay Cancavan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur last May 19, 2019.

Lt. Jonal Romorosa, 36th IB Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer, said four CPP-NPAs were killed during the encounter.

One of them was identified as Dylan Ghem P. Jimenez alias “Gareb,” 18, a resident of Barangay Adlay, Carrascal town, Surigao del Sur province who was wounded and rushed by government troops to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to the mother of Jimenez, her son left home when he was 17 years old and was recruited by the NPA as a regular fighter.

"The communist terrorist are held liable for violation of RA No. 9851, an act defining and penalizing crimes against international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity, organizing jurisdiction, designating special courts, and for related purposes, it prohibits the recruitment and participation of children in arm conflict. In which the state values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights, including the rights of indigenous cultural communities and other vulnerable groups, such as women and children," Romorosa said.

The recruitment of minors are in violation of the “Special Protection of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict Act” or Republic Act. No.11188.

Under the law, children are declared as “Zones of Peace” which must extend beyond territorial or geographical boundaries.

The law recognized that children are entitled to dignity and respect as human beings in need of protection from degradation and to prevent the recruitment, re-recruitment, use, displacement of, or grave child rights violations against children involved in armed conflict.

In his statement, Lt. Col. Xerxes A. Trinidad, commanding officer of the 36th IB, said that “it is a clear manifestation that the CNTs are recruiting minors to participate in an armed conflict in pursuit of their disillusioned cause. Evidently, the CNTs violated the rights of children to live peacefully and should not be allowed to take part in the hostilities. The CNTs leadership must be held accountable and liable for this act of crimes against minors. We will facilitate the filing of appropriate charges to this action of the CNTs.”

“We call on the peace loving people of Surigao del Sur to condemn this. Let us protect our children at all cost. To the remaining CNT, stop recruiting and exploiting minor. Surrender now and return to the fold of the law and avail of the government’s Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),"  Trinidad added. (36IB CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)