Sunday, June 10, 2012

Early detection prevents 
Total kidney malfunction 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 8, 2012 (PIA) – Diabetes still ranks top among the diseases that causes kidney malfunction, so that renal disease specialists drive for early detection to arrest further complications which may result in more serious problems. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, June 7, which highlights the commemoration of the National Kidney Month, nephrologists; kidney disease specialists push balanced diet and early disease detection as the best preventive ways to keep kidney diseases off. 

Dr. Mayida Pureza Ybanez, Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) nephrologists emphasized during the hour-long radio forum on air that kidneys perform very vital life-maintaining functions like monitoring and regulating body fluids. 

According to the National Kidney Transplant Institute’s (NKTI) Renal Disease Control Program (ReDCoP) information source material, kidneys excrete excess body fluids through urine, while it retains substances needed for the body’s continuing functions. 

The kidneys also produce a hormone that controls the production of red blood cells by the bone marrow, Dr. Ybanez added. 

Because the kidneys filter the blood, many medical professionals believe the kidneys are important organs in the control of blood pressure. This also means that high blood pressure, could be a sign of kidney malfunction. 

Symptoms of the disease include fluid retention in the body, changes in urination including difficulty, frequency, blood or protein in the urine, anemia, hypertension, kidney stones and frequent urinary tract infections, according to ReDCop, which is a cooperation project with the Department of Health. 

On this, Dr. Ybanes and Ramiro Community Hospital nephrologist Dr. Ronald Sales share information on keeping the kidneys at its prime and preventing any kidney related diseases. 

While Dr. Ybanez said an annual urinalysis is a good start to track any problems with the kidney, she also said drinking lots of fluids daily, diet, hygiene and tracking one’s blood pressure have been proven effective agiants kidney malfunction. 

Aside from these, Dr. Sales insists keeping a balanced diet dictum, going for low-salt, low-fat, low cholesterol food helps a lot. 

At this, Dr Ybanez points out that preventing renal disease is a community effort, citing the month’s theme as: Ikaw at Ako, Panalo sa Malusog nga Bato. 

We opt for more kidney disease awareness among Boholanos to stress the importance of advance information regarding diseases so as to accurately control the problem. 

Bohol program coordinator Machiavelia Caliao also said they are into networking with barangay health workers to get the information across and make every household access information and services of the professionals. (30)

Establishments’ survey on… 
NSO: correct data please 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 6, 2012 (PIA) – The National Census Office (NSO) here urges Boholanos to cooperate by disclosing correct information relative to updating the List of Establishments in the government’s attempt to prop up its business and industry census database. 

The NSO has listed about 800,000 establishments employing an aggregate of 5.7 million workers in 2011, but this has to be updated to allow government to effectively craft policy measures, plan, implement and monitor projects and programs, as well as create an input to its evaluation, market researches and comparative studies in the future, said Bohol NSO chief Jessamyn Anne Alcazaren. 

Included in the surveys are economic units engaging in one predominant kind of economic activity at a fixed physical location. 

According to the NSO website, the survey covers establishments into Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply, Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities, Construction, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles, Transportation and Storage, Accommodation and Food Service Activities, Information and Communication, Financial and Insurance Activities and Real Estate Activities. 

The survey also includes Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities, Administrative and Support Service Activities, Education, Human Health and Social Work Activities, Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and other Service Activities. 

It also covers establishments based on their economic organization, which could be single establishment, a branch or main office at the same time establishment and with branches elsewhere or legal organizations, which could be single proprietorship, partnership, government-corporation, stock corporation, non-stock, non-profit corporation and cooperatives. 

Now ongoing in several towns in Bohol, the Updating List of Establishments (ULE) survey enumerators however report problems in some areas here. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA, Alcazaren shared that their enumerators difficulty when facing establishment owners who shy away from divulging information to touchy questions relative to the survey. 

Alcazaren assures that NSO is governed by Commonwealth Act 591 which states that data furnished to NSO will be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for taxation, regulation and investigation purposes. 

To this, the provincial statistician said the comprehensive activity of door-to-door canvassing aims to generate useful data for social planning, any erroneous data generated can mean the results would also be erroneous. 

Be assured that the data you shared remains confidential and can help the country’s planners, she said. (30) 

Chatto cites conditions 
for hydro “green light” 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 8, 2012 (PIA) Governor Edgar Chatto bares his position on the “Cantakoy Project” saying he is for it, but on conditions. 

At the weekly Kita ug ang Gobernador Friday, Chatto reiterates his support for investors coming in to Bohol, especially on the energy sector, which he admits, would be a big boost for Bohol’s development. 

But, Chatto, whose governance has been guided by sound environmental policies for sustainable development said the project is a green light, as long as the proponents comply with the environmental compliance requirements for such. 

He also said the project has to undergo the transparency requirement, which also happens to be Chatto’s administrative policy. 

According to the governor, involves informing stakeholders about the details of the project and how this should affect their communities. 

Seemingly, all these have been the points raised by some quarters, including two members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. 

Cantakoy is a P1.3 billion run-of-the river hydro-electric generation facility, first proposed by Santa Clara Power Corporation in a partnership with the Ayala Group of Companies and was an identified project proposed by then Governor Erico Aumentado. 

But as election neared, Aumentado admitted he dropped the deal thinking that as a governor ending his three terms, he would have no way to facilitate the project implementation as it belongs to the task of the next sitting executive. 

Recently, construction activities however were noted at the Cantakoy Project site Bohol in barangay Cabatuan, in Danao town, stirring local officials who felt they were left in the dark in the project. 

Now, taken on by a new private investor; Quad River Development, Cantakoy project emerges with observers noting massive earth movement activities at the access to the project site. 

The activities came even as several local officials claim the project lacked the proper social acceptability component. 

Bohol Board Members Josephine Socorro Jumamoy and Jose Cepedoza, in a series of privilege speeches sought for clarification from project proponents on the “short cuts” in the project implementation claiming there have been no local consultations. 

Jumamoy claims that the project drastically affects her town, Inabanga, where huge bulk of the water flowing through Wahig Rover is caught in a weir to feed the facility. 

With elections ominously near, many Boholanos, as evidenced by lively interaction among air-lanes, believed that the opposition to the project is politically motivated. 

As new sitting chief executive, Governor Edgar Chatto, who heads the Provincial Development Council, said he sought the proponents presence in a meeting with local legislators. He was slighted however, he claimed upon a reply from Quad River. 

Over this, the PDC then resolved to bring the issue for resolution at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which logically distances the executive from its proceedings. (30)

DATE Park dangles 3-day 
Anniversary promo rates 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 8, 2012 (PIA) – Catigbi-an’s Dagook Adventure Tourism Experience (DATE) Park throws a dare everyone should pick on this week. 

On its first year anniversary, DATE Park cuts their rates to half, giving locals and foreign tourists enough window of opportunity to take the challenge that has separated the brave from the truly courageous. 

DATE Park offers its park adventure activities at a rare P350.00 for non residents, local or foreign tourists and P250.00 for town residents, students and senior citizens from June 15-17, 2012. 

“We have torists from across ages and nationalities getting their high here, and we want our people to get the feel how it is to get across the adrenaline pumping monkey-bridge,” said Mayor Roberto Salinas, whose administration has spearheaded DATE Park development as a poverty alleviation measure. 

“Do not be a stranger to your own town,” he said, mouthing a tourism promotion slogan which opened up the viability of the industry called local tourism, while daring his people to grab the chance. 

“Catigbian has envisioned itself as a green haven for peace and development, and as much as we want to development felt by all people, we know we have fiscal limitations,” the mayor admitted. 

By propping up its tourism activities at DATE however, the town has found enough resources to slowly fund the dream of inclusive growth, the mayor said. 

“When they opened the DATE Park, the mayor said he noticed that Catigbianons shy away, because the activities are a bit restrictive. 

“It should not be the case, and we are our people this three day chance to get the experience, said tourism Officer Ardissa Estavilla. 

For that amount, one can get himself into a safety harness, be guided through a swinging canopy walk made of wooden planks strung by cables and suspended high, over a vegetation of ferns and endemic flora the park offers. 

A few meters of trek on a carved trail, the adventurer gets the test of courage when he would have to negotiate a cable bridge popularly called the Monkey Bridge; strung over a boiling river down below. 

“Of course it is safe,” Estavilla assures, pointing to a safety harness one is strapped on and a safety line that keeps him from falling off into the ravine. 

A brief trek to the hilltop and one realizes he is perched on a shed from where adventure tourists take the 20 sec0nds, 200 meter zipline back to the village center. 

A rover trek is also a favorite for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who may not find enough time to test their limits. The river trek ends in a falls, from which the park got its name. (30)

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