celebrates its Silver Jubilee
By GINA SUELLO-SORILO
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– DYOG, Radyo ng Bayan-Calbayog has celebrated its Silver Anniversary
focusing on the theme: “Moving Towards Greater Heights.”
A three-part program
last August 21 was held to mark the anniversary at DYOG premises
attended by its employees, other media practitioners and honored
guests who congratulated their feat. An avid listener Totoy Baldesco
also attended and recited his siday which delighted everyone.
Aquino in his anniversary message recognized Radyo ng Bayan as a
continuing partner of the Local Government Unit. “Paglusad namon ni
Mayor (Mel Senen Sarmiento) alas 4:00 san kaagahon, aada na an Radyo
ng Bayan naghahatag impormasyon…” he said when he recalled their
efforts when a typhoon struck Calbayog.
“Kon may bagyo bisan
kon signal no. 3, one will surely get information about the weather
even when there is power interruption when you tune in to DYOG,” a
print media reporter said.
presentation after the thanksgiving mass guided the viewers to DYOG’s
interesting past which we have to give a closer read, thus:
“Sometime in 1982,
then Maharlika Broadcasting System (MBS) under the Ministry of
Information established a radio station here in
It was officially given the call sign of DYJR, as in, Jumbo Radio, at
882 khz at the AM broadcast band.
“With a full power of
10,000 watts, it provided wider radio signal coverage than any other
radio station operating in the island of Samar, reaching as far as the
island-provinces of Masbate, Leyte, parts of Cebu, Bicol, Iloilo,
Negros, Agusan and Surigao.
“In July of the same
year, DYJR started its test broadcast and was officially opened on
“In attendance were
Minister of Information Gregorio Cendaña, Deputy Prime Minster and
Minister of Local Government Jose Roño, MBS Director Rafael Dante
Cruz, NMPC RD Wilmar Lucero, City Mayor Ricardo Tan, and other local
“In 1985, there were
changes in the staff. Mar Tenedero was transferred to another sister
station, Alan Diomangay became the Station Manager, Tony Pueblos moved
up as Radio Production Supervisor. By October of the same year, Sherry
Maderazo resigned and a field correspondent from Office of Media
Affairs RO8, Elena “Eleen” Lim took over.
“By the year 1986,
just after the People Power Revolution, major changes occurred. The
government shifted from Parliamentary to Presidential, the Ministry of
Information became Department of Information and Maharlika
Broadcasting System became Philippine Broadcasting Service.
“In 1988 to 1989, the
Department of Information became the Office of the Press Secretary,
with Tomas “Buddy” Gomez III at its helm. Major changes occurred,
affecting the station.
“There was also a
re-shuffling of the staff. Some were transferred, some resigned,
others were re-assigned, while a new batch came in to fulfill the PBS
mission to serve as a credible channel of information, a true public
forum, and a persuasive agent of social change and development.”
As they fulfill their
mission, the Philippine Broadcasting Service shall also work for their
vision to be the leading public network committed and responsive to
its national and international audiences.
service-driven and competent personnel and equipped with
state-of-the-art facilities and technology, PBS shall champion what is
relevant in any specific area of service for the benefit of the
greatest number of people and the development of the nation…” the
presentation further said.
DYOG currently have 18
personnel holding positions in administrative, technical and
Want to share
information the people ought to know? Their popular program “Talakayan
Pulso san Bungto” always invite listeners to call their landline
numbers (055) 2091223, (055) 2091593 or (055) 2091597
Radyo ng Bayan - Calbayog Staff. Front row L-R: Decoroso Beso
(Tech. Division), Narciso Tocayon (Admin. Division), Elena Lim
(Production Div.), Ramonita Perito (Tech. Div.), Jennifer
Sumagang-Allegado (Prod.Div.), Cecilia Tibo (Prod. Div),
Carina Comilan-Caranzo (Prod. Div.), Marly Laure-Tangpos
(Prod. Div.), Roberto Ygrubay (Tech. Div.), Ricky Tangpos (Tech.
Div.) Second Row L-R: Genaro Navilon (Prod. Div.), Luis Jalalon
(Tech. Div), Antonio C. Pueblos (Station Manager), Cecilio de
Leon (Prod. Div.), Jesus Daguman (Tech. Div.), Raul Ramada
(Tech. Div.) and Ambrosio Beso Jr. (Supervisor, Prod. Div.) Not
in photo is Rodel Bingayen (Supervisor, Tech. Div.)
Training Center - showcasing polyculture
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 27, 2007
Samar – The Regional Fisheries Training Center at the Bureau of
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) housed at the Samar State
University (SSU) - College of Fisheries Campus in Barangay Mercedes,
Catbalogan City maintains a polyculture pond teeming with bangus,
tilapia and mudcrabs.
Center Director with Clutilde Amparado showed PIA the Brackish
WaterAquaCulture Development Project inside the SSU Campus.
Polyculture, said the
fishery experts could be equated with multi-cropping that is done in
Crisscrossed by bamboo
bridges, the farm shored up in a 3,000 square meter pond is home to
some 2,500 pieces of mudcrabs (Scylla serrata), 5,000 bangus (Chanos
chanos) and 3,000 tilapia (saline).
The bamboo bridges
facilitate feeding and harvesting.
For fishponds to
flourish, every care is done to ensure that they have some 94%
survival rate as their case, said Berida. They last harvested in April
Based from the BFAR
website, it talks of polyculture as a way to intensify fish culture
without an input of expensive feed. In this way the natural food
produced in the culture environment is utilized to a greater extent
through compatible or complementary feeding habits of fish which do
not compete with each other.
Yields obtained by
polyculture are usually much higher than those obtained by
monoculture, especially if the right species have been chosen, it
Mudcrabs, said these
experts, have to move freely and establish their own homes so that a
certain density has to be observed. Each crab should have some 1.5
meters to consider its home for ‘wars’ to be avoided. Like human
beings, crabs too should have their ‘home sweet home’ with no
A monthly sampling for
weight check like human infants, have to be done. Not only weight,
body length and even the average weight and length have to be recorded
for analysis. As crablets, they weighed an average of 18 grams then,
in the latest weighing sample done in July yet they have grown some
This is maybe the
reason why fishpond owners do not like to follow the scientific way
said Teddy (Clutilde). The maintenance is too tedious. There is a
computation of area, feeds and monthly monitoring of growth such that
most pond owners ignore – result- they close shop because they lose.
“BFAR always emphasize
scientific method,” said Berida. BFAR insists they have the expertise
and only waits for those who would tap them.
As to the bangus,
Berida said they have harvested most of them and have just retained a
thousand waiting for a deboning training for the womenfolk in the
“The training center
should not only serve as a demonstration farm; it should also have an
impact on the community,” said Berida.
could very well come handy to fish processors in this thriving fishery
city in Samar.
While Samar boasts
then of a very rich Maqueda Bay fishing area, studies show that the
tonnage of fish caught has greatly diminished through the years.
Limelight then would
be shifted to cultured fish like bangus.
With this, women who
are jobless could be assisted. Consumers today are so busy they would
rather purchase processed goods for convenience.
Deboned and marinated
bangus could be very handy.
As for tilapia, as it
does not possess many bones like bangus, it just completes the
fish species in the pond.
As gleaned from the
BFAR literature on polyculture, other benefits gained by polyculture
is quite often the ecological conditions in a pond are improved. It
has been found that Tilapia aurea in a polyculture system improves the
oxygen balance by feeding on the detritus which would otherwise
decompose and take up oxygen.
If one were
interested in managing a fishpond through polyculture, Ronnie Berida
and Teddy Amparado are just as accommodating. They just wish that
interested parties follow the scientific method so that the expected
end results will be achieved as what they gain from their BW
Aquaculture Development Project at the SSU- Mercedes Campus down there
in Catbalogan City.
Regional Training Center Director Ronnie Berida and another
fishery expert Teddy Amparado explain to PIA reporter NB
Quirante "polyculture" right where they practice it.
courtesy of Samar Monitor)
The lowly Malunggay
takes center stage
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Very soon, gone are the days when the lowly malunggay is
not appreciated by many Filipinos who consider it as only a poor man’s
food and is remembered only as an important ingredient for soup to be
given to mothers who has just given birth to their baby.
it is called in the Philippines, “Sajina” in the Indian Subcontinent,
and “Moringa” in English, is now being eyed by the Department of
Agriculture to take the center stage in the reduction of malnutrition
and poverty in the country, and more so, it is now being eyed as a
potential export product as a natural ingredient for cosmetics and
Many Asians use the
leaves of malunggay like spinach and also the fruit it produces
as a vegetable, like asparagus. Both the leaves and the fruits are
very nutritious, which contain many vitamins like Vitamin C and other
minerals. For centuries, people in India, Philippines, Malaysia, and
Thailand have been eating these leaves as a part of their food.
Now, those who laugh
when Grandma forces breastfeeding Mama to drink soup with malunggay
leaves or when Mama insists on the children to eat malunggay,
will have second thoughts.
Malunggay is a
wonderful herb known all over the world, but only recently in the U.S.
It may provide the boost in energy, nutrition and health.
What a remarkable
discovery that can make a tremendous difference in the Filipino
people’s health and quality of life. Mounting scientific evidence
shows what has been known for thousands of years by people in the
tropical parts of the world: Malunggay is nature’s medicine
best known as an excellent source of nutrition and a natural energy
booster. Loaded with nutrients, vitamins and amino acids, it
replenishes the body and provides what one needs to get through a
hectic weekday or active weekend. No wonder Grandma insists on
breastfeeding Mama to take malunggay.
loaded with nutrients. Each ounce of Moringa contains seven times the
Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, three
times the iron of spinach, four times as much calcium from milk and
three times the potassium of bananas.
What a cheap way of
solving malnutrition in the country! Sometimes, people think that
solutions to their problems are expensive and hard to find. But more
often than not, real solutions to basic problems are abundant, cheap
and even free. Health problems are especially solved with natural
inexpensive gifts from nature.
Gone are the days when
one finds himself slowing down as the candles multiply on top of his
birthday cake, because malunggay gives back some of the energy
lost. In fact, Moringa is also relaxing...it helps to reduce blood
pressure and assure a good night’s sleep.
laboratories around the world have studied Moringa's ability to purify
water...attaching itself to harmful material and bacteria, and
allowing them to be expelled as waste.
Other health benefits
identified by people who use Moringa continue this same pattern:
immune system strengthened, skin condition restored, blood pressure
controlled, headaches and migraines handled, diabetes sugar level
managed, inflammations and arthritis pains reduced, tumors restricted
and ulcers healed.
speaking, Moringa sounds like magic. It can rebuild weak bones, enrich
anemic blood and enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving
A dash of Moringa can
make dirty water drinkable. Doctors use it to treat diabetes in West
Africa and high blood pressure in India. Not only can it staunch a
skin infection, but Moringa also makes an excellent fuel and
Mark Fritz of the Los
Angeles Times wrote, malunggay has triple the iron of spinach
and more impressive attributes than olive oil. Both Moringa and the
common carrot are diamonds in the roughage department, but Moringa has
quadruple the beta carotene, which is good for the eyes and effective
against cancer. Fritz also reports on the positive results of using
Moringa as a substitute for expensive whole milk powder in nutrition
malunggay is a wonderful blessing for Filipinos because it is
easily available everywhere in the country. This is a positive
development in the government’s campaign to reduce malnutrition and
increase the income of farmers who would cultivate the hardy tree and
supply local and foreign corporations with natural ingredients for
cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications.
Malunggay Nutritional Fact
(gram-for-gram comparison of nutritional information)
USAID Social Marketing
Specialist lauds “Salog” and “Inodoro” productions
By GINA SUELLO-SORILO
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– The digifilm entitled Salog and a theater performance
entitled Inodoro both part of the advocacy program of the Local
Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater treatment (LINAW) project were
recently lauded by the Social Marketing Specialist of the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Information and Education Specialist Robert C. Bastillo who was
present in the LINAW launching said that of all the six pilot cities
of LINAW in the country, Calbayog is the only city to have produced a
digifilm and a play aside from its nice billboards and a powerful
“It’s a very powerful
film and the theater production is very artistic, very engaging and
provocative,” he said.
Jonas Lim, who made
the script and direction said that in Salog, a 25-minute
digifilm he shows the effect of polluted river to our health while in
Inodoro which lasts for 1 hour and 10 minutes, he compared our
life with that of a toilet bowl which looks good but is full of
“Calbayog is chosen to
present at the International Summit of LINAW this August and the film
will be toured in Asia,” Lim said.
Aimed at promoting
awareness and concern towards our environment particularly on the
issue of wastewater management, LINAW Technical Working Group launched
a series of presentations at the Nijaga Park and in different schools
which kicked off July 16 and ended last Friday. It will also be shown
in different barangays.
Employees and students
interviewed after the show appreciated the film and said that it is
the best medium to make the public aware of how important it is to
protect our rivers. They also learned that there are 12 people who die
everyday of water-borne diseases in the Philippines as presented in
The film also showed
the ideal design of a septic tank having 3 chambers with a concrete
flooring and the call for a 3-5 years regular dislodging.
Calbayog is one of the
6 pilot cities in the country under the LINAW project supported by the
USAID. Other project sites are the cities of Dumaguete, Iloilo,
Muntinlupa, Naga and Malaybalay. These cities are engaged in
identifying and developing solutions to wastewater pollution.
Mayor Mel Senen
Sarmiento told local media that the city will come up with a
decentralized wastewater treatment system. “Tama na seguro an
basketball court, waiting shed, ini yana an angay tutukan…” he
According to Bastillo,
a self-initiative is needed to reduce wastewater pollution caused by
an estimated 35 thousand household of the city.
He added that
wastewater problem is rampant throughout the country and in
Philippines have the lowest coverage of the sewerage system.
“Only 7 per cent of
the entire country is covered by a sewerage system na ang ibig sabihin,
ang dumi galing sa kubeta ay hindi tumutuloy sa isang sistema ng pipes
that go to a treatment plant. Our wastewater flows into the rivers,”
The city’s LINAW
Technical Working Group head Engr. Oscar Hugo revealed that based on
the findings of the consultants, the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD)
content of our rivers are high. The tolerable content is 50 while the
city got 90 to 120. BOD is used to determine the quality of a water
facilities for the city are the Wastewater Treatment Plant beside the
wet market; a Water Lagoon Wastewater Treatment System at the Tomalon
Estate in Brgy. Gadgaran which is also the target location of the new
slaughterhouse and the Communal Wastewater Treatment at Brgy.
As of now, the city
has an operational Cocopit Biofilter facility processing wastewater at
the SOS Children’s Village and is awaiting for a Septage Management
swimming team win medals in Thailand
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The first ever synchronized swimming team of the Philippines won
for the country several medals in the Thailand Synchro Open and Age
Competitions which was held on July 14 -17, 2007.
In an interview, head
of the delegation Dr. Elizabeth D. Mascardo, informed the Philippine
Information Agency that in the above 18 years old category, Ida Noelle
DG Calumpang won for the country silver medal for open solo free
technical while Mae Listones won the bronze medal in the open solo
Furthermore, the free
duet of Emrin Haya Hamsain and Corinna Denise Rosete won for the
country, the bronze medal.
Dr. Mascardo said that
this is already a good performance considering that this is the first
time the country has had a synchronized swimming team compete abroad.
She added that the managers acknowledge the fact that there is much to
be in order to improve the country’s synchronized swimming team’s
Dr. Mascardo led the
synchronized swimming team which left for Thailand on July 12 in order
to be the first ever such team of the country to compete
internationally. Together with her, were assistant head of delegation
Maxima M. Hamsain and Gretchen Catherin M. Hamsain, coach Reina Rose
E. Suarez and the fourteen members of the synchronized swimming team.
The members of the
Team have gained not only medals but the needed self-confidence and
the experience which is much-needed if the country is to seriously
consider sending synchronized swimming teams in international
competitions, Dr. Mascardo said.
is a hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and dance. It involves
competitors' (either individuals, duets, trios or teams) combining
strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and artistry with exceptional
breath control while upside down underwater. Developed in the early
1900s in Canada, it is a sport performed almost exclusively by women.
Unusual, but vital,
equipment helps the women maintain the illusion of effortlessness, no
simple task considering they perform strenuous movements upside down
and underwater while holding their breath. A nose clip prevents water
from entering the nose, allowing the swimmers to remain underwater for
long periods. Gelatine keeps the hair in place. Make-up brings out the
Most importantly, an
underwater speaker lets the swimmers hear the music clearly while
underwater, helping them achieve the split-second timing critical to
Originally known as
water ballet, synchronized swimming began in Canada in the 1920s. It
spread to the United States in the early '30s, where a display at the
1934 Chicago World's Fair drew rave reviews. Its popularity soared
further when Esther Williams performed in a string of MGM "aqua
musicals" in the 1940s and '50s.
emerged as an exhibition sport at the Olympic Games from 1948 to 1968,
then debuted as a full medal sport in
in 1984. It is open only to women, with medals offered in two events:
duet and team.
Competition for both
events consists of a technical routine and a free routine, each
performed to music within a time limit. In the technical routine,
swimmers perform specific moves in a set order, including boosts,
rockets, thrusts and twirls. In the free routine there are no
restrictions on music or choreography. Judges of each routine look for
a high degree of difficulty and risk, flawless execution, innovative
choreography and seemingly effortless performance.
The judging for
synchronized swimming resembles the judging for figure skating. Two
panels of five judges assess a performance, one panel scoring
technical merit and the other assessing artistic impression. In both
cases, each judge awards a mark out of a possible 10.