Saturday, June 30, 2012

Breakfast feeding up 
for 8000 Bohol kids 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 29, 2012 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) continues serving free breakfast for 8,222 pre and primary schoolers in a bid to get to the 70% undernourished kids in Bohol this year. 

Bohol pilots the Breakfast Feeding Program which DepEd implements for 160 days or roughly 8 months, said sources at the DepEd. 

At the recent Kapihan sa PIA tackling July as National Nutrition Month Celebration, DepEd’s Dr. Aida Calamba told listeners that the move is because within these ages, school authorities note a high drop-out rate. 

She also added that breakfast is a crucial meal most kids miss to catch up for school, or their walk to school can easily use up the nutrition intake and thus would struggle with hunger to survive the entire morning class sessions. 

A healthy person learns fast and tends to be more productive as he does not tire quickly. When taken in a larger context, a healthy population is also generally more productive and bids well for the economy. 

Started in 1997, the Breakfast Feeding Program is a government attempt to get to the 70% of the malnourished kids and ascertain 80% of their attendance and class participation, Dr. Calamba explained. 

The program also hopes to be sustained as the government engages parents’ cooperation and participation in preparing the nutritious food in the menu. 

“We also hope that parents pick up the habit of preparing similar food at the home table, to make sure that kids get sustained nutrition boost even when they are out of the school,” Dr. Calamba shared. 

She noted that kids lose weights during vacations, a fact that may link to low nutritional value of food at home, or to an excess of activities that sap up the kids energies. 

She said while the government provides the funds for the supplemental feeding program, it is in line with the 2012 Nutrition Month Theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugali-in, araw-araw itong ihain”. 

The supplemental feeding menu puts in a basic vegetable which is malunggay, adds Angeles Bigcal, a nurse who is among the 22 nurses DepEd hired to attend to the school health service and nutrition education needs. 

At the radio forum on air, Bigcal who is nurse in charge at the Bohol Division Office said the feeding program also encourages the establishment of school vegetable gardens in as much as the feeding ingredients promote locally grown vegetables. (30)

Populated areas, towns 
At high risk of dengue 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 29, 2012 (PIA) –Rains may seem a blessing to rural communities but it could also be a downside to urbanized centers, if the recent dengue surveillance reports could be a basis. 

According to reports from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Tagbilaran City and highly populated areas near show more patients afflicted with dengue, bolstering claims that people in heavily populated areas have more worry about the disease. 

The same report furnished by the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) based at the PHO showed Tagbilaran City leading the areas where most number of dengue patients at 63 cases and four deaths as monitored. 

The same report also showed Panglao, Talibon, Dauis, Calape, Loon, Pilar, Carmen, Bilar, Antequera, Danao, Sagbayan, Sierra Bullones and Maribojoc having notable cases of dengue as monitored from January to the third week of June this year. 

As to dengue death cases, after Tagbilaran ranks Calape with two, while Talibon, Antequera, Dauis and Loon with singe deaths. 

As to affectation, Tagbilaran City still at 63 cases, followed by Panglao at 24, Talibon (19), Dauis (18), Loon (8), Pilar and Carmen (7) Sagbayan, Ubay, Bilar and Danao with 6. 

Even then, health authorities urge communities to get into the fighting groove and join the government in eliminating dengue. 

Dr. Aida Calamba of the Department of Education said “4S is still the most potent weapon against the disease.” 

By 4 S, she means Search and Destroy mosquito breeding areas, Seek early treatment, Self Preservation and Saying no to indiscriminate fogging, the lady physician at the division office narrated. 

Last year, a notably slow year as to dengue affectation, Bohol only records 146 cases topped by Talibon at 25 cases, followed by Tagbilaran at 14, Loon and Dauis at 9 each and Carmen at 8 cases. Deaths then were noted in Bien Unido, Mabini and Tagbilaran. 

In 2010, admittedly a high peaking dengue cycle year, Bohol tallied 2,647 cases, accounting 25 deaths. 

Tagbilaran City topped the count with 645 cases, 6 deaths followed by Dauis at 126 cases and 3 deaths. 

Among the listed towns with dengue cases in 2010 are Loon (115 cases and 3 deaths), Talibon (99 cases and 2 deaths), Carmen (96 cases) and calape, Maribojoc and Panglao each with 80 cases. (30)

Dengue fever show more 
‘off-the-books’ symptoms 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 29, 2012 (PIA) – If dengue then can manifest in “by the books” symptoms, health practitioners now are in for tougher times in dealing with the disease that has nipped lives of at least 10 Boholanos since January this year. 

A nurse who sits as Provincial Dengue Program Coordinator, Polizena Rances and a medical officer based at the schools’ division office here confirmed that the new dengue strain, brought by the aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carries symptoms that were not the usual indicators of the disease. 

Rances, and Dr. Aida Calamba of the Department of Education (DepEd) here said that dengue then, can be confirmed following symptoms which can be “read” from their college books: headaches, three days high fever, vomiting, exhaustion, rashes, swelling in the lymph nodes, intense joint and muscle pains, and low platelet count. 

Now however, dengue fever however has exhibited quite disturbing symptoms which may lead conflicting medical differential diagnosis, both medical practitioners warned. 

Explaining more on “off the books manifestation”, Rances said fevers associated with dengue now may not be as high unlike then, or platelet count can go erratic that proper medical monitoring is needed. 

Months ago, health sources revealed that dengue has become more virulent, and the disease comes out during rainy seasons, when mosquitoes would have ideal breeding places where water collects after the rain. 

At the weekly Kapihan sa PIA on Dengue Thursday, June 28, 2012, Rances bared dengue has hit 273 patients in Bohol from January to the third week of June. 

Since then too, ten patients have died marking a case fatality rate of 3.66% in Bohol. 

This, according to provincial epidemiology surveillance unit (PESU) through Fritzie Olaguir, is way too high based on the Department of Health standards of 1% of the total cases. 

Over this, Olaguir also said most fatalities came to hospitals at a rather late admission. 

While several patients arrived at the hospitals and health facilities in time, and were properly treated, some of them came too late, proving that tarrying is fatal in dengue cases. 

Dr. Calamba, whose agency has spearheaded an anti dengue drive in schools said while prevention of the disease is still a layman’s best defense, seeking immediate medical attention is a crucial step in dengue treatment. 

Dr. Calamba, nurses Olaguir, Rances and Angeles Bagnit all press that they need communities to join the drive by searching and destroying mosquito breeding places, patients seeking early medical attention, self protection and saying no to indiscriminate fogging. (30)

BFAR issues tide alert 
In Tagbilaran strait 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, June 28, 2012 (PIA) –Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised an alarm against gathering and eating shellfish from the tide flats of Tagbilaran City bay following a suspected case of red tide. 

BFAR Bohol head Cresencio Pahamutang, on radio interviews explained that their alarm is based on a algal bloom, which is what causes the red coloration in the water (red tide) which witnesses observed on the sea below Matig-a Lodge along Burgos Street. 

He said BFAR confirms the reports based at the latest results from their ten monitoring stations set up at specific points between Dauis Bridge in Junction Mansasa to Maribojoc Bay. 

Algal bloom happens when an unusually large concentration of aquatic micro-organisms amass in a coastal area, often causing discoloration, states Wikipedia. 

When the algae is present in high concentrations, water can be discolored from murky, to purple to pink or red, thus, its common name the red tide, continues Wikipedia. 

According to the Pahamutang, a worker at the Matig-a Lodge reported the unusual discoloration in the water, prompting the BFAR to investigate by going to their monitoring stations. 

From their tests, Pahamutang shared that, from the usual three cells per liter average yield in the collecting stations, they noticed around 1,475 to 1,365 cells per liter. 

A total ban and alarm against shellfish gathering and eating is issued when the mirco-organisms monitored reach 10,000 units per liter, he explained. 

With the noticed unusually high concentration of algal micro-organisms in the Tagbilaran Strait, the BFAR said they have coordinated with the Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council as well as Poblacion 1 Barangay Chairman Arlene Karaan to spread the advise to stop harvesting shellfish from mentioned areas. 

Pahamutang said these algae, also called dinoflagellates have toxins that are usually absorbed by bottom feeding shellfish, making them unfit for human consumption. 

For fishes from the area, the BFAR chief said as long as the fish is properly prepared before cooking, it may not be affected as much. 

By proper preparation, Pahamutang said taking off the gills and the innards can be good enough. 

While some ascribe to the harmful algal bloom as caused by natural phenomenon, many also believe that increased nutrient loading in the water as a result of human activity could somehow trigger the bloom. 

Still several people believe coastal pollution caused by human activity acts as a contributing factor in the occurrence of a red tide. (30)

RDC enjoins LGUS: adopt 
BPLS, raise biz’ revenues 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBIARAN CITY, Bohol, June 28, 2012 (PIA) –The Regional Development (RDC) in Central Visayas approved a resolution enjoining Local Government Units (LGUS) to make the big switch to new permits and licensing program which has done miracles in revenue generation. 

Already implemented in the Central Visayas is reform program for Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) developed by the government to streamline the processes in obtaining business permits and local licenses with the end goal of facilitating investments and increasing local revenues. 

Aside from that, the reform program recommends standards for BPLS that GUS can follow, develop capacity building programs for BPLS streamlining, organize regional government departments to partner with LGUS on implementing their BPLS reforms and harmonize the many reform initiatives by development partners regarding the BPLS. 

The standards consist of limiting the processing time of LGUS as to issuance of BPLS to a maximum of ten days from submission of requirements to be consistent with the Anti-Red Tape Act, the use of a unified form of applications and renewals, as well as limit the steps in applying for new or renew permits and licenses. 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional Director Asteria Caberte, said the program is expected to reduce time in securing permits cutting business costs and the elimination of corruption chances. 

She said that the DTI and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier signed a joint circular for the BPLS. 

in her presentation to the RDC gathered at the Bohol Cultural Center Thursday, June 28, 2012, broke the biggest news experienced by LGU adopting the BPLS. 

Of the more than 40 LGUS adopting the BPLS, most of them had drastically increased revenues in new business registrations and renewals, prompting mom target LGUs to voluntarily opt for the BPLS adoption in their areas. 

In Cebu City for example, a 60 working day time frame for a business to be approved now takes 2 days, she cited. 

Caberte also pointed out that by the RDC action, it can help approximate the President’s BPLS national target covering all LGUS by 2015, to which, the actual accomplishment is still at 30%. (30)

Probe on the May 17 jailbreak… 
Jail guards get boot 
For “Neglect of duty” 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 29, 2012 (PIA) – Neglect of duty terminates from service at east 3 province-paid jail guards, a personnel designated to man the prison closed circuit television monitors and two permanent jail officers over the escape of three inmates from their guarded facility. 

A fact finding committee (FFC) formed to investigate the escape recommends this after it found probable cause to link jail guards involvement leading to the escape of inmates Exequiel Aniscal, Bryan Ceniza and Mario Yllaya from the Bohol District Jail (BDJ) last May 17. 

The committee led by Provincial Legal Officer Mitchell John Boiser along with lawyers Reynard Namocatcat, Paul Magallano, board member Vinzencio Arcamo and Glicerio Doloritos confirmed earlier reports that there was negligence on the part of the jail guards which made it possible for inmates to slip through the guards and to freedom in broad daylight. 

According to fact finding head Atty. Boiser, the committee, by virtue of an executive order issued by Governor Edgar Chatto convened five days after the jail breakout, considering also that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) was on a separate investigation. 

It may be recalled that Bohol signed a Memorandum of Agreement in 2008, relinquishing its management, supervision and control of the Bohol Detention and Rehabilitation Center (BDRC) to the BJMP. 

The BDRC has long been renamed BDJ. 

With the task at hand, the fact finding committee immediately recommended and was granted May 25, the temporary suspension of concerned jail guards to ensure fair investigations and so their influence could not affect the course of the inquiry. 

In its formal probe, in which they also took cognizance of their ocular inspections, initial and random interviews of jail personnel, review of documents and re-screening of the closed circuit television footages, the committee found several lapses. 

The FFC found that the jail lacks metal detectors at post 1, there is selective logging in of visitors, not synchronized logbook talies, (5 men noted in the premises of the jail early morning of May 17 were not reflected in logbook), no search on BDJ officials and visitors including vehicles, no visitor regulations for inmates, access of cellphones to inmates, delayed reaction of guards, lack of BJMP supervisors at some posts and guards were simply lousy in their duties. 

The FFC also found that there was no contingency pan followed during hot pursuit operations. 

After the investigations, the team finally recommends termination and filing of administrative charges for Neglect of Duty against provincial government paid Prison Guards (PG1) Fidel Castro, Jorge Lungay, Myrna Catayas and an un-named personnel tasked to man the CCTV monitors during that fateful day. 

Moreover, the FFC also recommends filing of similar charges for Neglect of Duty against Senior Jail Officer (SJO3) Bompat and Jail Officer 1 Torreon. 

During the investigations, the committee found that jail holds no inventory of its official firearms and guards casually carried unlogged personal fire-arms inside jail premises. 

The Capitol formed team also found that the jail has no facility for visitors, the presence of livelihood opportunities became illegal business operations inside the jail while clear indication of poor jail management surfaced. 

The team also recommends to the BJMP the strict implementation of the BJMP guidelines on its search protocols for BDJ officials and visitors as well as for the jail managers to take appropriate action on issues raised during the fact-finding probe. 

As this came out, another investigation is initiated to uncover facts about how the BDJ has become a notorious drug den when an operation greyhound last week netted P300,000 worth of illegal drugs inside the facility. (30)

51 student leaders avail 
of PIA LETS Workshop 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, June 27, 2012 (PIA) – Fifty-one students from two catholic secondary schools here avail of Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA) Leadership Training Seminar (LETS) Workshop, designed to them with the skills to perform as student leaders in their respective schools. 

The students from Infant King Academy (IKA) in Cortes and Saint Vincent Institute (SVI) in Maribojoc gathered at the Parola Hall of the Municipal Port of Maribojoc for a one-day leadership training workshop last Saturday, June 23. 

IKA Cortes Student Supreme Government (SSG) adviser Ma Rosario Baroso said the training suits the need of most students who get elected as officers in their respective organizations in class or school who have very little knowledge about how to become a good leader. 

Aside from inputs on good leadership traits, the training workshop also includes teambuilding game activities, officers’ rights and responsibilities workshop as well as rules in parliamentary procedures. 

According to the PIA, the office has noted that many students who get elected to key positions in their respective schools do not have the necessary skills to conduct meetings that pass without a challenge on procedural deficiencies and evade from being declared illegal. 

The PIA designed the leadership training workshop with the aim to respond to that specific need, the PIA said. 

Vincent Gee Abrasado, IKA class adviser also hailed the training which he sees as a crucial skills enhancement activity that boosts student leadership capabilities which most students do not always confidently show. 

The training workshop also comes with a mock meeting where students go through the usual meeting process but are assessed on their use of training inputs including the terminologies, procedures and the skillful use of efficient and proven methods to make meetings attain its goals. 

Aside from the leadership training workshop, the PIA in Bohol also offers news writing and school organ production training seminar series, which details the tasks and the enhances the students’ skills in news production. 

At the HEAT Caravans, PIA offers its current service for news writing seminar series designed for pupils, students and barangay secretaries. (30)

Bohol snatches 6 golds 
for weightlifting at PNG 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, June 29, 2012 (PIA) – Bohol lifting coach Samuel Alegada proved Bohol can be a heavy contender in the national weightlifting scene when the homegrown weightlifters snatched a total of 6 gold medals, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals in the recent Philippine National games in Dumaguete City. 

Bohol Weightlifting Team (BWT) jerked a dynamic start with Elien Rose Perez lifting two gold medals in the 44 kilogram women and 44 kilogram weight women secondary categories. 

As if that was not enough, Febie Mae Moral made a clean snatch in the 69 kilograms women category while Samjon Alegada fixed an overhead claim for gold at Men’s Age Group B, 42 kilogram category on May 30, the first day of the competitions. 

Gold still came dropping for BWT on the second day of lifting competitions with Reynald Pep Agosto who picked the 65 kilogram men’s Junior category while his brother Richard Pep Agosto booked the gold for the 105 kilogram mens’ open category May 31. 

At the PNG held May 26 to June 3, Bohol WT also pocketed 4 silver medals and 4 more bronze medals even as weightlifting is not as popular here as other competitive sports. 

Governor Edgar Chatto, at one time presented the Boholano winners to the public during his weekly Kita ug ang Gobernador media forum a week after the competitions. 

Boholano silver medal winners in the competition include Joseph Asa for the men’s open 62 kgs category, Elie Perez Jr. picked home 2 silver medals for youth and secondary men’s 50 kgs category while Jonasam P. Alegada convinced the judges to grant Bohol WT another silver medal for age group 40 kgs category. 

Settling for the bronze medals in the two day weightlifting competitions are Sharlyn Baleros (2 Bronze medals for youth and secondary 48 kgs category, Ma. Paula Lanit, (1 Bronze medal for the secondary 40 kgs category) and Kent Estorosas claimed 1 bronze for the junior 77 kgs category. 

Bohol olympian coach Samuel Alegada said he has long believed the Boholano potential for weightlifting and pursues a weight-training program to better train promising athletes of the tricks. 

Alegada, who coaches with wife Jona pools the athletes who are now representing different Tagbilaran City Schools in local competitions. (30)

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