Archive for June, 2012
Habitat renews partnership with DSWD 10
Read 870 times | Posted on June 27, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer
Cagayan de Oro City –Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International has renewed its partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 in providing shelters to survivors of Typhoon Sendong (Washi) in Northern Mindanao.
Mike Carscaddon, Executive Vice President of HFH International, recently met Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD FO 10 Regional Director, here to renew its commitment with the agency in constructing core shelter units for typhoon victims here and Iligan City.
Carscaddon, together with HFH Disaster Response Head David Liban Jr; HFH Philippines Director Leonilo Escalada, and Rodolfo Santos Jr of HFH procurement; thanked Solamillo and DSWD for trusting them in extending assistance to the internally displaced persons of both cities through constructing shelter units.
“We are lucky to have you as our partners. Let’s continue our partnership,” said Carscaddon, who is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was here to inspect the housing units constructed by HFH Philippines in the resettlement site of Barangays Canitoan and Indahag and in Iligan City to inspect the lot donated by the city government in preparation for the construction of core shelter units for the IDPs.
HFH Philippines and the local government of Iligan City are still on the final stage in drafting the memorandum of agreement.
The Iligan City Council has already passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Lawrence Cruz to enter into agreement with HFH Philippines.
Carscaddon also lauded Mayor Vicente Emano of this city for closely coordinating with DSWD and HFH in fast tracking the construction of housing units here.
For his part, Escalada told Solamillo that Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is replicating the system DSWD 10 and HFH had implemented during the recovery and rehabilitation stage of Typhoon Sendong response.
He disclosed that HFH will build the same core shelter units here in Isabela, Basilan and in Maguindanao.
Meanwhile, Solamillo reminded HFH Philippines on finishing at least 7,000 units this August 2012 in consonance to the commitment of President Benigno Aquino III to the IDPs when he turned over the more than 700 housing units to IDPs last April 27, 2012.
Keep the family ties tighter with [email protected]
Read 358 times | Posted on June 27, 2012 @ 6 years ago
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Lanao Norte gears up for 53rd founding anniversary
Read 492 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Jovanny M. Pangasian
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, June 22 — The provincial government here has lined up events from June 22 until July 4, for the 53rd Araw ng Lanao del Norte week-long celebration.
The activities shall kick-off with a three-day International Motocross and Freestyle Competitions today at the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) motocross racetrack, with riders coming from the American Motocross Association (AMA), along with the Philippines’ acclaimed international riders, and several local showbiz motocross enthusiasts.
Other activities for the day include holding of Provincial Volunteer Health Workers Congress at the MCC gymnasium.
A concert by one of the country’s biggest rock icon, Bamboo, will be held at the MCC gym on June 23.
There will also be a one-town-one-product fair and diskwentro caravan on June 27. On the same day, a legislators’ congress will be held at the colossal MCC gym.
Other highlights: On June 28: tree planting at Barangay Bulod, Tubod; and presentation of 2012 Miss Lanao del Norte candidates, Kolambugan wharf.
June 20: Youth Day, Cheer Dance, Hip-hop, and Dance Sport competitions.
June 30: Sports Day, “Blood Bank Fun Run,” jointly organized by the provincial government and the Philippine Red Cross-Lanao del Norte Chapter; Governor Dimaporo Invitational Shoot Fest; and “Battle of the Bands” at the Agora site.
July 2: Parade of festivals in the morning followed by the showdown of festivals and the Sagayan (war dance); photo and painting competitions with the theme “Nagkahi-usang Katawhan, Mauswagong Katilingban (United People, Progressive Society);” and crowning of 2012 Miss Lanao del Norte to be hosted TV personalities Solenn Heusaff and Jim Paredes.
July 4, will be the convergence of civil society organization, LGUs, mass feeding for children and adults; Public Employment Service Office special recruitment activity; micro, small, and medium enterprise caravan at the MCC function hall; musical fireworks display at 9:00 pm; and concert of 6 CycleMind and Callalily at the MCC Gym.
“I would like to invite everyone to come to our province, the Land of Beauty and, and experience for yourselves the pageantry and excitement of our festive celebration as we highlight Lanao del Norte’s Charter Day,” Governor Dimaporo said. (Lorry V.Gabule/PIA10-LDN/JMP/PIO-LDN)
DOLE-10 celebrates World Day Against Child Labor 2012
Read 495 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 10, along with partner-agencies and stakeholders in the sugar industry, celebrated the World Day Against Child Labor recently in Butong, Quezon, in the province of Bukidnon.
The celebration, held last June 11, was highlighted by the inauguration and turnover of a four-classroom building donated by Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc. to the Quezon National High School-Apyao Annex.
This was attended by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin A. Luistro, DOLE Assistant Secretary Beth Reccio, and DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Chita DG. Cilindro.
The scholarship program for the children of sugar workers and a two-year Associate in Sugarcane Production and Management (ASPM) was also launched during the celebration. The program aims to assist qualified children of sugar workers to complete training on scientific sugarcane production and management as prelude to their employment in the industry.
Also unveiled was the Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS), which seeks to come up with a better understanding of the child labor situation in Bukidnon. The monitoring system also reinforces the effective implementation of the code of conduct against child labor in the Bukidnon sugar industry through participation of planters, millers, their organizations, and other social partners.
DOLE-10 also released an amount of P100,000 to 22 parents of child laborers in Butong, under the Kabuhayan para sa Magulang ng Batang Manggagawa project. (Archibald S. Batica, DOLE-10/APB, PIA-10)
Get a urinalysis to prevent kidney diseases – NKTI
Read 514 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), through its Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), is urging the public to have a regular urine examination to prevent kidney diseases.
This call was sounded by Dr. Susan L. Jorge, assistant program manager of the REDCOP, during the lay forum on renal health and disease prevention held, June 20, here.
She said one discovers that one’s kidney is damaged when almost 90 percent of the organ is already diseased.
Urinalysis is the simplest diagnostic procedure that can help your doctor decide whether there is a problem regarding the kidney, she emphasized; it is the best step in preventing renal diseases.
During the forum, Jorge also underscored the significant functions of the kidneys and the importance of taking care of them, stating that anyone at any age can have kidney diseases.
According to her, the kidney is one of the most vital parts of body because it does not only excrete waste products, it also maintains bone health, controls blood pressure, maintains an acid-base balance, and produces hormones that are needed by the body.
Participated in by more than 500 participants from various sectors, the lay forum was a collaborative undertaking of the NKTI-REDCOP, Department of Health, and the Philippine Information Agency to raise awareness about renal health and diseases.
It was one of the activities slated this month in observance of this year’s National Kidney Month with a theme, “Ikaw at AKo, Panalo sa Malusog na Bato.” (APB-PIA 10)
Opol and Cagayan de Oro LGUs recipients of Skills Registry System
Read 470 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 22 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Misamis Oriental West will make the municipal government of Opol and the city government of Cagayan de Oro the next repository of manpower skills database, known as the Skills Registry System (SRS).
This was announced by Rodrigo A. Deloso, OIC of DOLE MisOr West during the awarding ceremony of the 2012 Outstanding Skilled Workers of Opol last month.
The registry system is designed to facilitate quick search for human resources and work expertise for local and overseas employment. It serves as warehouse for job seekers and possible employers requiring competence, right skills and the right person for a job.
The registry system also complements Philjobnet, an online data center, by supplying skills information for wider and universal use through the internet.
In Region 10, the SRS mainstreamed the town of Lugait, still in Misamis Oriental, because of its readiness to handle the system with industries set in the town and the size of available skilled workers. The local government unit of Lugait pioneered in the implementation, with Initao and Laguindingan following after.
“I am pleased to note that we are now at par with other countries which adapt a similar system like the SRS,” said Deloso
Talks between the DOLE and LGUs are now being carried out to come up with an understanding on how the SRS should be used. A memorandum will be inked stipulating the agreements to achieve the objectives of SRS.
Under this, the DOLE will to provide a computer unit installed with the system, photocopier, printer with scanner, external memory, and USB to support recovery of files in case the system is down, and a P100 internet card, while LGUs are encouraged to employ an IT expert to maintain the system.
A focal person will also be assigned by barangays to ensure the regular submission of report and updates on manpower and skills of their respective areas. (Aloha Balhon-Jaudian, DOLE-MisOr West/APB-PIA 10)
2 gov’t agencies hold 1st provincial rubber industry forum in Mis. Occ.
Read 736 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Rutchie C. Aguhob
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, June 22 (PIA) — The Department of Agriculture (DA), in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted the 1st Provincial Rubber Industry Forum in the city recently.
The activity was aimed at giving the rubber growers and farm technicians the latest developments and other information about the rubber industry in Misamis Occidental.
As it is, DA helps the farmers in the development of agricultural products, while DTI takes charge of finding a market for these products, one of which is rubber.
Jose Satore, provincial agriculturist, said Misamis Occidental is now planning to go into rubber tree farming, just like its neighbor, the province of Zamboanga Sibugay.
This is because of the huge potential for the rubber industry that can be of great economic help to the Misamisnons, aside from the protection of the environment.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Rubber Growers Association has been organized during the forum, with the following elected officers: Dr. Arthur Ananoria from Ororquieta City, President, Dr. Ellen Galon from Aloran, Vice President; Remedios Pagasian from Sapang Dalaga, Secretary; Lilia Beniga from Jimenez, Treasurer; Danilo Sayre from Calamba, Auditor; Ricardo Intog and Natalio Paigan from Tudela, P.R.O.; and former Vice Governor Francisco Paylaga, Adviser.
Satore said the association will assist the DA in the implementation of projects and programs of the rubber industry, while its members will be given the opportunity to avail of financial assistance for the industry in the province. (PIO/PIA 10, Mis. Occ.)
Normin records close to 300 dialysis patients
Read 526 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Jorie C. Valcorza
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, June 22 (PIA) — Latest renal disease registry posted 290 patients currently under dialysis here in Northern Mindanao.
Sandra Oliveros, adult nephrology consultant, said that of the total figure, 130 patients were from Misamis Oriental, 65 from Lanao del Norte, 56 from Bukidnon, 35 from Misamis Occidental, and four from Camiguin.
She noted that among the primary kidney-causing diseases, diabetes ranked first in the region. The same trend is also happening in other countries, with Oliveros adding that “globally diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney problem.”
Other diseases identified include hypertension, chronic glomerulo-nephritis, and chronic pyelo-nehritis.
Oliveros said kidney problem usually affects the productive age group.
In Region 10, the bracket of ages 61-70 posted the highest number of cases with 82 patients under dialysis, followed by 77 cases from the 51-60 age group, 56 cases from the 41-59 years old, and a total of 26 from the 31-40 age range.
Oliveros further stressed that renal failure here in the region is more predominant among women.
Currently, there are only about 19 dialysis units servicing the whole region, nine from the province of Misamis Oriental, four in Bukidnon, and three for both Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental provinces. (PIA 10)
Advocates of Family Welfare hold 19th FFWC confab
Read 420 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
By Rutchie C. Aguhob
CLARIN, Misamis Occidental, June 22 (PIA) — More than 100 advocates of the Family Welfare Program (FWP) from Region 10 gathered here for the 19th Annual Convention of the Federation of Family Welfare Committees (FFWC), set June 21 to 23 this year.
Focused on the theme “Strong FWP Amidst Political, Economic, and Climate Change,” the activity aims to discuss the family welfare component as a major issue of concern and action of the family welfare committee (FWCs), whose members belong to the management and workers of the various establishments in the region.
“We all know that the family is the basic unit of society and we find the relationship with each of the members very significant, not only in their lives but also in their work and their environment,” Atty. Johnson G. Caňete, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Region 10, said.
He said the FWP seeks to introduce the concept of promoting the welfare of workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations.
“It is an advocacy program that draws corporate support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace,” he also said.
On the other hand, the FWP advocates for the integration of the following dimensions that serve as guide to its implementation: reproductive health and responsible parenthood, education/gender equality, spirituality or value formation, income generation/livelihood/cooperative; medical health care, nutrition, environment protection, hygiene and sanitation, sports and leisure, housing, and transportation.
Meanwhile, Jose R. Robles, Provincial Director of DOLE-Mis. Occ., said the FWP aims to promote plant level initiatives to contribute to the goals of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) and install family planning/family welfare consciousness among labor and management.
As of the latest development, a total of 635 establishments were assisted by DOLE-10 through technical, referral, and other services relating to Article 134 of the Labor Code and the FWP.
Of this number, 503 or 79 percent of the establishments have FWCs while the other 132 or 21 percent, have yet to establish their own.
Likewise, a total of 157,287 workers were provided with FWP-related services/activities, of which 62,584 or 62 percent are women.
Again, 138,830 or 88 percent are working in establishments employing 200 or more workers, while 18,457 or 12 percent are working in establishments employing less than 200 workers.
About 1174,972 or 73 percent of these workers were directly assisted through DOLE-initiated/conducted services/activities and the other 42,315 workers or 27 percent, through company-initiated services/activities.
Discussions during the three-day confab included topics on environmental crisis and its effects on the family and community, to raise the awareness of the participants on the environmental situation and be able to implement programs or projects that relate to it.
It also discussed “parenting,” to strengthen family relations, and “leadership” to develop an effective leader in the implementation of the FWP in their establishments.
Also included is the topic on “Managing Your Money After Retirement,” to plan and to be able to properly manage resources, and the “Best FWP Practices” to acquire knowledge on the basics of the small and medium enterprises management. (PIA 10, Mis. Occ.)
DILG provides P7-M for Sendong resettlement site
Read 438 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 6 years ago
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, June 22 (PIA) — A P7-million water supply facility in Sendong will be installed in a resettlement site for Sendong survivors at Bayanihan Village in Iligan City.
This after a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz for the implementation of 2012 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (Salintubig).
The MOA signing ceremony highlighted the department’s information caravan dubbed “Tapatan” held at the Grand Caprice Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City last June 21.
The Salintubig Program is designed to provide water supply systems for the 455 waterless municipalities barangays, health centers, and resettlement sites; and enhance the capacity of the local government units/water service providers in the planning, implementation, and operation of water supply facilities. It was established in 2010 thru a MOA signed between DILG and the Department of Health and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.
For 2011, the program covers 115 waterless municipalities, 62 waterless barangays, 55 waterless health centers, and 24 waterless resettlement sites, using the P 1.5 billion worth of funds released to Department of Budget and Management.
For 2012, the Program will be transferred to DILG and will cover 150 municipalities, 43 barangays, 46 health centers, and 12 resettlement sites.
The remaining 290 of the 455 waterless municipalities, and a number of waterless barangays, health centers, and resettlements sites will be covered from 2013 TO 2016. (Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia/CIO/lorry v.gabule/PIA 10-LDN)