Amputees to benefit
from latest technology at Davao facility
Jubilee Foundation's new workshop is fully equipped to produce
durable and affordable prosthetic devices made of polypropylene. DJF received ICRC support to build the workshop designed to use
the new polypropylene technology. (photo by ICRC/ Hardy Ladaw)
MANILA – Amputees
can now walk proudly with durable and affordable prostheses made
possible by the use of the latest technology at Davao Jubilee
With support from the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), DJF opened its newly
constructed workshop today as it shifts to state-of-the-art
technology. The workshop is now fully equipped to produce lightweight
artificial legs and braces made of polypropylene, instead of heavier
relatively cheap and easy to process. It is versatile and recyclable,
and has a long shelf life. It also requires few other materials in the
manufacturing process," said Jean-FranÃ§ois Gallay, the ICRC's
regional physical rehabilitation project manager. "The technology that
we use makes it possible to adapt assistive devices more precisely to
the needs of each individual patient, which makes the devices more
comfortable to use."
"This new technology
will be of significant help to patients as they regain their
independence and dignity," added Mr Gallay.
He said that
production time using the new technology will be considerably shorter
and that DJF will therefore be able to accommodate more patients.
The ICRC has been
providing DJF with support enabling it to enhance its prosthetic
services, which are one of the main needs of people physically
disabled by injuries resulting from armed conflict. Last year, the
ICRC built a gait training area where patients could practise using
their new prostheses.
DJF is a non-profit
organization that provides physical rehabilitation services to
amputees and other people with disabilities. It mainly helps people
from Mindanao, a region affected by conflict and insecurity. The ICRC
has been sending war-wounded patients to the foundation since 2000.
"It’s about time we
made the shift to polypropylene technology. It provides better quality
devices and serves the needs of patients at reduced cost," said
Glorycel Lasquite, a prosthetist-orthotist, one of two DJF staff
sponsored by the ICRC for specialized training in Cambodia.
In addition to the
assistance it is giving to DJF and its staff, the ICRC is providing
financial help for the physical rehabilitation of two minors whose
legs were amputated after a bomb blast in 2010. One of them, a
six-year-old boy who previously used fibreglass prostheses to walk and
run about, has benefited from new and lighter artificial limbs.
The ICRC is a neutral
and impartial humanitarian organization that assists and protects
victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. In the
Philippines, it visits detainees and assists people displaced by
decades of internal armed conflict.
The ICRC provides
medicines and surgical items to 22 hospitals throughout Mindanao, and
helps cover the equipment needs of key hospitals. In addition, it
finances the treatment of individual patients in vulnerable cases.
The ICRC also works
with jail authorities to help improve health-care infrastructure in
places of detention, and with civilian and military health staff to
perfect their skills in areas such as war surgery and burns
Greenpeace: PH may
lose tuna markets
Report shows global markets demanding sustainable tuna
GUAM – Greenpeace
warned that the Philippines stands to lose lucrative tuna markets,
unless it fully embraces sustainable fishing practices immediately.
The environment group made the call as governments, including the
Philippines, gather in Guam this week for the meeting of the Western
and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), of which the
Philippines is a member. Greenpeace wants the country to crack down
on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and abandon its
environmentally harmful call to lift the ban on fishing using fish
aggregating devices (FADs) in the Pacific High Seas.
statement follows the release of a report from Canadian rankings of
the industry showing that global fisheries are steadily moving towards
fulfilling markets’ growing demands for responsibly-sourced tuna, as a
response to the rapid decline of global tuna stocks.
“Many of the major
global markets for tuna, such as the
and Canada, are now demanding fish caught using sustainable means.
They fully realize that the current rate of fishing cannot continue,”
said Mark Dia, Greenpeace Southeast Asia oceans campaigner. “The
Philippines has to ensure that it is recognized as a certified source,
otherwise the country risks losing out to other players.”
The WCPFC is an
intergovernmental body whose meetings are crucial in deciding the
future of Pacific tuna. Decisions taken by the body this week will
have repercussions on tuna populations for generations to come.
Greenpeace is demanding that the WCPFC listen to consumer and industry
demand for sustainable tuna and end all fishing in the Pacific
Commons, continue the ban on wasteful FAD in purse seine fisheries and
cut the bigeye tuna catch in half.
The current call of
the Philippines to lift the ban is detrimental to the preservation of
tuna stocks for future generations. Certain areas in the Pacific have
been closed to FAD fishing for the past three years as a result of
conservation measures taken by the WCPFC in response to the decline in
bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks. The Philippines, however, has been
lobbying to reverse these conservation measures.
“It is time that the
Philippines realize that their efforts to open the High Seas Pockets
to FAD fishing will be detrimental in the longer term. We need to
take conservation measures now both domestically and internationally
in order to ensure fish for the future” Dia added.
The Philippines is the
second largest canned tuna producer in the Western and Central Pacific
Ocean (WCPO) following Thailand, and is the third biggest supplier of
canned tuna. The WCPO is the world’s largest tuna fishery, where
roughly 60% of the world’s tuna supplies come from. Valuable bigeye
tuna is now overfished and yellowfin, skipjack and albacore tunas are
all in decline. Destructive fishing methods, such as purse seine
fishing using FADs, are largely to blame, and because the WCPFC has
failed to follow its own scientific advice of reducing tuna catches.
Greenpeace has also
just released two Pacific tuna reports: one outlining progress taken
by tuna companies to save Pacific tuna in recent years and another,
detailing illegal fishing activities, documented by Greenpeace during
its 2011 “Defending our Pacific” ship tour.
campaigning for a global network of marine reserves covering 40% of
the world’s oceans and for a more sustainable fishing industry, both
necessary steps to restoring our oceans to health. Around the world,
Greenpeace is working with retailers and tuna brands across Europe,
Australia and the Americas to increase the market share of sustainably-sourced
Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy with City Councilor Stephany Uy-Tan awards a
scholar on the occasion of the Catbalogan City ISKOLAR Day.
(photo by BLENDS TUAZON)
By TWINKLE JAPZON
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Over 240 graduating high-school students and 500 secondary education
students residing in the City of Catbalogan gathered today for the
launched of ISKOLARs day dubbed as Mayor Tekwa Cares “ha imo edukasyon,
an pag asenso han pamilya ikaw an paglaum.”
The occasion came in
before the summer vacation of the students where the City government
of Catbalogan allocated a modest amount for various school expenses.
Ms. Nida Redaja-Aroza in an exclusive interview said, the students
which were identified by her office belong to the low-income families
residing in the City.
The 240 graduating
high school student’s primarily received an educational assistance
fund from the city since they started high school education 4 years
back, according to Mayor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy. And every year thereto
received a meager amount to sustain their secondary education. “Ine
nga mga estudyante na eskwela ha iba iba nga mga eskwelahan didhe ha
Catbalogan. Sagdon ko la ha ira nga tapuson an ira edukasyon kay hira
an paglaum han pag asenso han ira pamilya”.
Ms. Maricar Luna, a
scholar studying at Guinsorongan Integrated School (GIS) who grew up
at Barangay Guinsorongan without a father and with only a mother
working in between laundries to support their daily family
subsistence, shared how the scholarship program has helped her
continue with her studies and how she wishes that more youth benefit
from program. Mr. Jason Magbutay studying at Catbalogan National
Comprehensive High School (CNCHS) expressed his most sincere thanks to
Mayor Tekwa Uy not only for the educational assistance, which he
benefitted much but most especially for bringing great change and
progress to Catbalogan.
Apart from the warm
and sincere stories shared by selected graduating scholars, Mayor
Tekwa as assisted by Councilor Step Uy-Tan and SK Federation President
Dexter Uy, gave out certificates and special tokens to the 19 scholars
who graduated with academic distinctions specifically with more than
90% Average Grade and majority are graduating as Valedictorians and
with Honorable Mentions. In turn, the scholars gave Mayor Tekwa a
framed poster signed by all the beneficiaries expressing their most
An amount of P3,500
each year is allocated by the City Government for a certain iskolar,
this according to Sangguniang Panglungsod Chairman on Family Stephany
Uy-Tan sustains the secondary education of the iskolars. She adds
that based on her consultations with the low-income families of the
City, the parents can hardly sustain even the free secondary education
of their children, especially those with bigger family size yet low
income parents. “They can hardly sustain school expenses such as PTA
and other so called voluntary school contributions, projects, school
supplies and daily subsistence such as fare from home to the school”,
according to SP member Stephany Uy-Tan. With the educational
assistance fund, these students goes to school without the worrying if
they can pay for the school fees, projects and even their baon’s, she
It was known that the
release of the fund goes automatically to the schools where the
students are enrolled, the City Social Welfare Office takes care of
the school supplies and the remaining amount is released to the
students on a monthly basis.
program of Mayor Tekwa Uy was his personal commitment to the young
Catbaloganons whom he believes to be the society’s foundation. To
cover more beneficiaries of the program, Mayor Tekwa Uy has expressed
to increase the number of scholars this year to aide more deserving
students, helping families’ one scholar at a time. (with reports of Ador Hortado)
WTF: WALK, TALK and FLOCK
International Women's Day Celebration
By ADOR LEANDA HURTADO
CATBALOGAN CITY – On
March 8, 2012 in joint celebration with the global event International
Women’s Day, Catbalogan City celebrated the said event with three (3)
major activities spearheaded by the City Government of Catbalogan.
and other organizations joined the Fellowship Walk dubbed as
“Baraktasay GAD Kita!” along the major streets of the city on the
afternoon of March 8. An estimated of nearly 2,000 supporters joined
the said walk represented by Barangay Officials and 4Ps beneficiaries
of the 57 Barangays of the city; City Employees; National Agencies;
the Philippine National Police; the 8th Infantry Division Philippine
Army; from the Academe represented by different schools and colleges
and from the Samar Division, Department of Education; various
religious sector representatives, other women organizations; and
different youth organizations, fraternities and other socio-civic
groups walked along the streets of Catbalogan as a sign of solidarity
to women empowerment.
After the walk, all
the participants flocked at the
to witness the Official Program of the 2012 International Women’s Day
Celebration. Women from different sectors gave powerful and inspiring
messages of support to the celebration and to the advocacy. In behalf
of the government sector, the Provincial Caretaker of Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI-Samar) Engr. Meilou C. Macabare discussed on
the important role of women not only in weathering climate change as
the theme imply but in the society as a whole.
Ms. Marife Zosa, the
representative from the Business Sector gave a lengthy discussion on
incorporating a spiritual and moral service not only in doing business
but in life in general, while Pastor Lovelle Lapura of the New Life
Christian Church discussed on the role of women on a spiritual aspect
in our society. As the last speaker, representing the academe,
newly-appointed Schools Division Superintendent of the Samar Division,
Department of Education (DepEd) Dr. Thelma C. Quitalig gave a message
of support to all the women not only in the academe but in the society
as a whole.
Ending the official
program was a message in behalf of the City Government of Catbalogan,
City Councilor and Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee Chair on Women,
Children and Family Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan spoke with much conviction
and admiration towards all the women who are continuously shaping the
society and the world. She expressed her strong dedication towards the
empowerment of women, combating climate change, and in creating a more
responsive Catbalogan City.
The official program
ended with the signing of commitment on the Commitment Pledge Wall of
all the sectoral representatives during the event. The program
continued on with the second part through the Cultural and Variety
Show organized by Waray-Waray Youth Advocates (WARAYA) that catered to
the younger population offering various song and dance numbers that
elated interests of not only fellow young people but those young at
hearts as well.
WARAYA sitting as one
of the members of the Local Council on Women, opted to give a fresher
and creative take on the advocacy incorporating messages along with
music and dance numbers that most interests young people.
At the end of the
night, the celebration of the International Women’s Day in Catbalogan
City did not only sparked interests but supported a global call
towards women empowerment and in celebrating the major role women play
not only in child rearing but in nation-building most importantly.
Catering a vast portion of the population, the event was indeed a
celebration of women and young girls in the global society.
An Kababayin-an an
Kusog han aton Kabubuwason!
The Women are the
Strength of our Future!
DOST lauds EVCIERD for
more relevant R&D products
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Research studies in Eastern Visayas have become and will continue to
be more relevant to the public in the next five years.
This was observed by
Department of Science and Technology Region 8 Director Edgardo
Esperancilla during the Research and Development Exhibit held recently
at the Robinson’s Place in line with the 11th Anniversary of the
Eastern Visayas Consortium for Industry and Energy Research and
Development or EVCIERD for short.
The R&D products
pursue the EVCIERD Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016 which was launched
last year by no less than DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, Director
The plan revealed
that, for the next five years, the DoST shall develop and enhance the
region’s R&D capabilities in industry and energy, address issues and
concerns of the industry and energy sectors, fund resource and
generation of the EVCIERD’s operations, adopt and use technologies,
and provide information to clients through publication of technologies
Researchers will have
to refer to these priority programs in planning their research
activities to enjoy DoST support for their studies, Director
Among the research
products displayed was the Solar Cellphone Charging Station of the
Eastern Samar State University students which is very relevant as the
province is beset with constant power outage due to ongoing
improvement of power lines in the area.
Another product of R&D
implementation in ESSU is the utilization of Coir Fiber as a component
material in concrete floor tiles and the profiling of Eco-Tourism
Sites using Geographic Information System.
On food technology,
ESSU produced the Moringa Olicera Fortified Seaweed Sandwich Spread.
Speaking of food
technology, the Northwestern Samar State University’s Palawan Torta,
made out of Palawan rootcrop flour, was a big hit during the R&D
Exhibit. Another big hit was the Pili Hopia which tasted like pecan
pie, one of the selected micro-enterprise supported by the University
of Eastern Philippines.
The Northwestern Samar
State University has developed and is now implementing the University
Information System and a Surveillance System. It has made a
comparative study of Yema made from different kinds of rootcrops;
researched on the performance of the different cassava cultivars grown
under the Calbayog Upland condition; and studied the utilization of
Nani Juice for golden kuhol control.
The University of
Eastern Philippines piloted the commercial viability of charcoal
briquettes production and developed two portable R&D products, namely,
Pili Cracker which is indeed relevant as Pili is abundant in Northern
Samar; and the Portable Electric Vulcanizer.
One of the important
achievements of UEP is the establishment of the alternative Renewable
Energy Center, the Development arm of the Department of Energy
focusing on energy development through solar energy utilization in
remote unserved areas.
The Naval State
University in Biliran researched on the processing and production of
Gelatin Desserts from Gelidilla Acerosa (Gulaman), a common service
facility; enhancement of commercial production of rice based
delicacies like the Balintawak of Biliran.
Another NSU R&D
product is the Recovery Machine as innovation of all types of
refrigeration and airconditioning units; and the efficiency of
improvised shredder machine for solid waste resource recovery.
The Samar State
University has developed an accounting system¸ an automation project;
Early Flood Warning Device; tracking device using RFID Technology;
fabrication of plastic pelleting machine; Improvised Optical Level;
home and appliance protector and Rock Mounds as Oyster Bed.
The Palompon Institute
of Technology presented an impressive R&D product line: the
fabrication of an improvised propeller shaft housing; Eco-Electro
Charcoal stove; fabrication of five-one-hydraulic bench press;
innovative mock-up four stroke cycle engine; an energy audit for
lighting system of PIT Research Office as a model for lighting system
of the Institute and an Innovative Pitching Machine.
One important R&D
project is the study on the effective way to reduce the risk of
flooding; and the development of industrial motor controller.
The Eastern Visayas
State University has many R&D products to brag about: the improvised
touch remote switch for electrical overloads; portable reclogging
device; development of power saver with uninterrupted power supply and
high/low voltage protector; Solar power system for the Indigenous
People of Tacloban City and the fabrication of a mechanical pili nut
cracker and one-ton mobile flatbed dryer.; and coconut dehusker, among
peace in Samar Island thru P50M focused projects under P-Noy’s PAMANA
PAMANA meeting between DILG-8 and OPAPP with RD Noval, ARD Agabe
and OPAPP Director Aileen Jose in photo.
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Government has earmarked about P50 million for projects that
would benefit the conflict-afflicted areas in
in a bid to address the root causes of insurgency.
Department of Interior
and Local Government Region 8 Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr., recently
disclosed that with its three provinces considered among most
vulnerable to the CPP/NPA, Samar island is one of the seven zones in
the country to be covered by the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan”
program or PAMANA of the Aquino Administration which is being
implemented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local
“PAMANA operates in
seven different geographical areas,” Director Noval said. These are
the Cordillera Area; the Quezon, Mindoro, Bicol Area; Negros Area;
Samar Island Area; ZamBaSulTa; Central Mindanao and ARMM; and
Compostela Valley, Carraga Corridor.
Each PAMANA area will
receive development programs according to the needs of the people
residing in that region. With these areas, PAMANA emphasizes its
efforts to address what a specific community needs to be developing
and working on.
Director Noval said
that together with ARD Arnel Agabe, the DILG provincial directors and
the planning officers of the three provinces in the Island of Samar,
he met last February 28 with OPAPP Visayas-Luzon Unit Director Aileen
Jose in order to discuss the “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in
Local Governance Program (MPDLG)” component of PAMANA program.
It was learned that
PAMANA started in Northern Samar and Samar in 2011 but it has now been
expanded to include Eastern Samar in 2012.
planning and road-mapping workshops separately done for Samar and
Northern Samar underscored the importance of importance of road
networks that would connect the three provinces of Samar Island not
just for economic growth but also in improving the security situation
in the island. These vital road networks have been endorsed by the RDC
to DPWH, and the peace and development agenda of PAMANA further
lobbied for this infrastructure development.
PAMANA is the national
government’s peace and development program framework that seeks to
build peaceful and resilient communities, by improving their lives by
ensuring that the people benefit from better delivery of basic
Under its guiding
principles, government will implement a converged peace-building
program focusing on the development of conflict-affected areas to
address its root causes.
Director Noval said
that there are three (3) ongoing projects with support from the 2011
PAMANA fund. These projects include the construction of a section of
the San Jose-Silvino Lobos road in Northern Samar; a 50-meter span
bridge in Silvino Lobos, and rehabilitation of the Gandara-Matuguinao
Moreover, there are
peace and development funds being implemented through the DSWD
Kalahi-CIDSS processes at San Jose de Buan,
Samar and Las
Navas, Northern Samar, Director Noval added.
The projects agreed
upon by the provinces’ respective development councils as well as
peace and order councils, with participation of civil society
organizations would be submitted to DILG in the form of Project
Proposals for evaluation.
Projects shall be
governed through the provincial project implementing teams set up for
the purpose. Recipient provinces may also opt to sign a memorandum of
agreement with the local army engineering battalions to implement the
same, Director Noval said.
Assistant Director Arnel M. Agabe detailed the steps undertaken by
DILG to ensure that funds are spent for their intended purpose. The
office would set up a Regional Project Monitoring Team; likewise those
LGUs which have been granted the Seal of Good Housekeeping would be
given priority. The PAMANA program has an overall budget of 900
Million pesos nationwide. (with DILG-8)
Stakeholders move to
make Leyte Salad Bowl of Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Intent to make the province of Leyte as the Salad Bowl of Eastern
Visayas, the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Unit 8
recently gathered the key stakeholders for a two-day orientation and
project proposal writeshop at the Leyte Park Hotel.
All key players were
convened to familiarize or orient them on certain standards required
in the packaging of research and development (R&D) activities as set
forth by research institutions or funding agencies like the Bureau of
Agricultural Research or BAR, Mr. Francis Rosaroso, DA-8 Information
Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio exhorted the key players to put
together in writing their strategies to transform the 20,000-hectare
area in Ormoc-Kananga, Leyte upland range into a major grower of
semi-temperate vegetables and high value crops.
have already been started, some logistic supports were already in
place, but to ensure sustainability of our programs and services and
to systematize everything we need to translate all this into viable
and doable proposals,” RED Gerundio said.
On hand to explain the
specific or practical details of research guidelines and other R&D
protocols was Dr. Elvira C. Torres, DA’s Research and Development
Division Chief who presented and discussed additional insights,
especially on the how’s and what sort of project proposals to develop
for possible fund allocation and approval of concerned sponsoring
It may be recalled
that the OK upland range project is being implemented under
public-private partnership arrangement where the DA links with the
Energy Development Corporation (EDC).
Both the DA and the
EDC have pledged P92 million within five years to develop suitable
areas surrounding EDC’s Leyte Geothermal Production Field (LGPF) and
to provide livelihood for more or less 5,600 farmers.
The area basically
covers a total of 107,625 hectares along the Tongonan mountain range
which spans across 16 barangays of
and the Municipality of Kananga. Subsistence farmers around LGPF grow
assorted vegetables and fruits like cabbage, green onion, tomato,
eggplant, raddish, chayote, cucumber (pipino), and pineapple. About
five tons are harvested weekly and sold at public markets in Ormoc
City and Kananga.
Under the five-year
project, farmers will be encouraged to plant other fruit crops like
durian, rambutan and jackfruit, including coffee and abaca.
The DA Region 8 and
the National Agribusiness Corporation (NabCor) will assist farmers in
the land preparation, cultivation, harvesting, processing, and
marketing of vegetables and other high value commercial crops.
In December last year,
no less than DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala came over to Tacloban City
to oversee and lead the signing of the MOA with partner agencies such
as EDC, NabCor, Visayas State University (VSU) and the Partners
Multi-Purpose Cooperative. Alcala said he hopes that the project
would encourage farmers to be entrepreneurial.
Purportedly, of the
P92-million initial funding, the DA-NabCor will share P29 million to
build a consolidation center and pilot packinghouse, and provide
marketing support. Moreover, based on the program document released
prior to Secretary Alcala’s visit last year, another P13 million is
earmarked for research and development.
Participants in the
two-day activity include some technical experts from the Visayas State
University (VSU) and EDC namely: Dr. Jun Acedo; Prof. Pasky Quirol,
Dr. Lito Bestil, Dr. Tony Abamo, Dr.Tony Quimio, Mr. Mario Sumabat,
Mr. Jojo Paredes, among others. Also present were Mr. Rufino B. Ayaso
III, Mr. Raul T. Repulda, Dr. Carlos de la Cruz and Dr. Veronica J.
Berenguer, all of DA-RFU 8. (with DA-8 report)