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Wednesday, July 3, 2019


LGU-Dinagat Islands reaps fully gender responsive LGU Award

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) -- The Regional Development Council-Regional Gender and Development Committee (RDC-RGADC) Caraga awarded the local government units in Caraga region for being gender responsive in the implementation of their programs and projects in the communities.

During the awards conferment ceremony of the Search for Caraga’s Most Gender Responsive Local Government Unit (SCMGR-LGU), the province of Dinagat Islands received the fully gender responsive LGU award while the cities of Cabadbaran and Bislig, as well as the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte received the gender responsive LGUs awards.

The cities of Butuan, Tandag, and province of Agusan del Sur were also given awards for being gender sensitive LGUs.

Bayugan City and Surigao City were also recognized as gender neutral LGUs.

According to vice governor Benglen Ecleo of Dinagat Islands, it is a privilege and a huge opportunity for the province to be declared as fully gender responsive LGU, among other LGUs that joined in the search. He emphasized that the provincial government would continue in mainstreaming gender responsive programs and services for the constituents, and in addressing gender issues.

“We hope to continue what the province has started implementing to continuously address gender issues and promote the welfare of men and women,” said Ecleo.

As the honored guest, Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Region 10 also stressed the need to recognize the LGUs that are giving their best and their sincerity in providing the right programs, projects and services useful to various communities.

Meanwhile, RDC-RGADC chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga regional director Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, congratulated all the winning LGUs and encouraged them to continue to do more and be consistent in all their gender-mainstreamed programs and services for all the sectors in the region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PDRRMC AgNor recognizes health providers

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) -- The province of Agusan del Norte, through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), has recognized the contribution of the health providers of the provincial and district hospitals during the kick-off ceremony of the month-long celebration of the National Disaster Resilient Month, here.

PDRRMO chief Erma Suyo said it is the time for them to be recognized because they are always there for the Agusanons not only during emergencies and crisis but especially during the time of disasters.

“We give recognition for all your sacrifices, for even if you are also a victim of disasters, still you continue to manage your work and provide immediate response and services,” Suyo said.

Dr. Gertrudes Cembrano of the Nasipit District Hospital said she did not expect the recognition accorded to them.

“This recognition given to us being the province’s DRRM hero is an inspiration for us to give our best so that we can provide better services to the people,” Dr. Cembrano said.

Aside from recognizing the DRRM Heroes, different contests participated by the different responders coming from the different municipalities of the province are also held during the kick-off ceremony.

Ten contestants joined the Best DRRM Chant and seven for the Best DRRM Factor.

The Philippine National Police Provincial Office got the first place on both the Best in DRRM Chant and DRRM Factor, while the Bureau of Fire Protection Provincial Office got the Best in Uniform.

Also, a video clip making contest, DRRM contest to include essay writing, quiz bee and poster making contest; DRR-CCA convention; training-workshop on Forecasting and Weather Observation and Date Interpretation of Early Warning Signals; and NDRM Bae competition will be conducted during the monthlong celebration. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

LGU-Bayugan City ensures compliance to standard building code 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 3 (PIA) - The local government unit here ensures that they would be more meticulous and keen on deciding which infra projects are fitted and necessary, and it follows the standard building code considering that fault lines have been traced by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) within the city.

Mayor-elect Kirk Asis of Bayugan City said, resilient building design or earthquake proof structure is a must in order for it to withstand even during severe seismic shaking.

He said, this information is already known to the locals and the LGU is serious in ensuring the safety and security of the people as it implements various infra projects in the city.

Mayor Asis also emphasized that the LGU is continuously intensifying its capability building efforts for their local rescue teams to make them more equipped to respond in any disaster event like earthquake.

The official added that the guidance, assistance, and augmentation of other government agencies, as well as the provision of the necessary rescue equipment, have greatly helped the city.

Meanwhile, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga reminds different offices near the fault lines to always be proactive and alert to prevent them from being harmed during earthquake.

She further reiterated that it is very important for the LGUs to comply with the standard building code requirement not only for the business establishments but including residences.

It can be recalled that Bayugan City was the national ceremonial site for the 2nd quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) this year. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

NNC Caraga reminds workers to spend an hour daily for exercise at work

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) - In time with the kick-off celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga encourages the public particularly those workers in various government agencies and private institutions to allocate an hour daily for physical activities to prevent them from acquiring different diseases.

According to Dr. Gerna Manatad, assistant regional director of DOH-Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga, while workers perform their daily functions at work, there is also a need for them to ensure physical and health wellness.

She emphasized that workers could at least do physical activities during their break time.

“So you could just stand and walk, or sing and dance for a moment just to break the sedentary cycle, do it,” elaborated Manatad.

Dr. Manatad added that without physical activities like exercise, this would lead to various illnesses and diseases, especially for those who sit in front of their computer monitors for long hours.

Hypertensive and diabetes are some of the non-communicable diseases and cardio vascular disease that anyone could get without active lifestyle.

Meanwhile, Leah Vina Vargas, nutrition officer III of NNC Caraga also bared that despite continued efforts of the government towards good nutrition and physical wellness, many are still overweight and obese due to eating non-nutritious food and without proper exercise.

She said, based on the data released by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2015, four percent or 0.5-million of children aged five below; nine percent or 3-million adolescents; and 33 percent or 18-million adults have been recorded as overweight and obese in the country.

With this, Dr. Manatad urged everyone to be a well-informed citizens and have the right choice of food that will give them the right nutrients for their body, and most importantly, to exercise. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Mga manggagawa pinaalalahanan ng NNC na maglaan ng oras para sa pisikal na aktibidad

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 3 (PIA) - Sa pagsisimula ng selebrasyon ng buwan ng nutrisyon, hinimok ng National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga ang publiko lalo na ang mga empleyado ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na ugaliing maglaan ng isang oras para sa pisikal na aktibidad upang maiwasan ang ibat-ibang sakit.

Ayon kay Dr. Gerna Manatad ng Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga, habang ginagampanan ng mga manggagawa ang kanilang tungkulin o trabaho, importante rin na bigyan nila ng halaga ang kanilang kalusugan.

Ayon sa opisyal, tuwing nasa trabaho ay maglaan ng maikling oras para magehersiyo tulad na lamang tuwing break time.

“Pwede naman tumaya, maglakad-lakad, o di kaya kumanta at sumayaw para hindi lang puro nakaupo sa buong araw. Tuwing break time ng mga empleyado, gawin nila ito,” sabi ni Manatad.

Dagdag pa ni Dr. Manatad, maraming sakit na naidudulot sa katawan ang kawalan ng ehersiyo  sa buong araw lalo na sa mga ilang oras na nakaupo at nakatutok sa kanilang mga computers.

Hypertensive at diabetes ang ilan sa mga non-communicable diseases at cardio vascular diseases na maaaring maranasan ng mga taong walang active lifestyle.

Ibinahagi naman ni Leah Vina Vargas, nutrition officer III ng NNC-Caraga na marami pa ring naitalang overweight at stunting dahil sa pagkain ng mga hindi masustansiyang pagkain at kawalan ehersisyo.

Base sa datus ng Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) sa taong 2015, may apat na porsyento o 0.5-milyong mga batang may edad lima pababa; siyam na porsyento o 3-milyong adolescents; at tatlumput-tatlong porsyento o 18-milyong adults ang overweight at obese ang naitala sa bansa.

Dahil dito, hinimok ni Dr. Manatad ang lahat lalo na sa mga barangay na maging well-informed citizens at piliin ang mga pagkaing nakapagbibigay sustansya at tamang nutrisyon sa katawan, at ang pinakamahalaga ay ang pag-ehersisyo. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)