May 1, 2009

WHO to stop using term 'swine flu' to protect pigs

GENEVA – The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

"Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

The swine flu virus originated in pigs, and has genes from human, bird and pig viruses. Scientists don't know exactly how it jumped to humans. In the current outbreak, WHO says the virus is being spread from human to human, not from contact with infected pigs.

Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government decree.

In Paris, the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday "there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs."

Killing pigs "will not help to guard against public or animal health risks" presented by the virus and "is inappropriate," the group said in a statement.

China, Russia, Ukraine and other nations have banned pork exports from Mexico and parts of the United States, blaming swine flu fears.

Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. The farmers in Egypt raise the pigs for consumption by the country's Christian minority.

WHO also reported the number of confirmed swine flu cases rose to 257 worldwide Thursday, with cases in Mexico rising to 97 from 26, with seven deaths. The WHO confirmed tally from the United States now stands at 109, with one death.

Other confirmed cases include 34 in Canada, 13 in Spain, eight in Britain, three each in Germany and New Zealand, two in Israel and one each in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said Thursday there were no indications in the past day that would prompt the U.N. body to raise the alert further.

To move from pandemic alert level 5 to level 6 means that WHO believes there is evidence of big outbreaks in at least two world regions and a pandemic is under way.

Fukuda said the jump in confirmed cases from Mexico was probably the result of scientists working their way through a backlog of untested samples from suspected cases.

"They are going through several thousands of laboratory specimens right now," he said.

WHO has started distributing its stockpile of 2 million treatments of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to regional offices, which will decide where to send them next.

Many of those drugs will go to developing countries that don't have stockpiles of their own and some will be sent to Mexico, Fukuda said, without providing figures.

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April 30, 2009


Rodrigo “Jiggy” Defeo Manicad Jr. a senior reporter of GMA Channel 7, was chosen as one of “The Oustanding San Pableños” for Year 2009 to be honored by the City Government this coming Thursday, May 7, 2009, during a dinner-meeting to be held at Palmera Resort and Restaurant at Barangay San Fafael to commemorate the 69th Founding Anniversary of San Pablo City.

Born in San Pablo City on November 15, 1974, Jiggy took up his undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, his post graduate studies in communication at Cardiff University in Wales, England as British Chevening Scholarship Awardee, and have special training as broadcast reporter at the British Broadcasting Corporation (or The BBC) in Norwich. He completed his elementary and secondary courses in San Pablo Colleges. He now resides in Manhattan Village in Barangay San francisco Calihan.

In record time, young as he is, Jiggy Manicad have already covered stories of international relevance, for it includes insurgency and extremism in Mindanao, disaster and illegal arms trade, Middle East Conflicts, and climbers of Mount Everest. (Ruben E. Taningco)


Enjoy Science

Compiled by Ruben E. Taningco

Senator Pia Cayetano was guest of honor and speaker in the recent partnership between the Philippine-based Ambica Biotechnologies and Reliance Life Sciences of India in providing high-end molecular diagnostics and genetic testing in the country held at the Intercon Hotel in Makati City.

Both companies are accredited with the National Accreditation Board for Laboratory Testing (NABL) and College of American Pathologists (CAP). Reliance Life Sciences is highly regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s finest in the field of molecular diagnostics and genetics.

Through the alliance, Ambica Biotechnologies will provide accurate and affordable access to molecular diagnostics and genetic testing for more Filipinos.

Cayetano signified her support towards the advancement of preventive healthcare medicine and modern diagnostics in the Philippines. She urged the medical professionals to support modern diagnostic testing and allow this kind of program to grow in the country.

“There is a need to review policies on the availability and affordability of medicines and promote healthy lifestyle and health care services,” she stresses. The lady Senator has been a constant supporter of preventive healthcare and healthy lifestyle through her “Pinay in Action” program.

“We have to allow the development of modern technology in preventing diseases. The death of my son Gabriel and my father of liver cancer has been my inspiration towards this kind of advocacy,” she said.

Her son was diagnosed in 2001 of pneumonia as a complication from a genetic disease called Trisomy. Dr. Philip Cruz, Ambica Biotechnologies Executive president, said that technologies make it possible to detect genetic diseases in an offspring even before implantation. Genetic testing of an unborn infant can provide information that can help families prepare for the pregnancy, child care and counseling.


Always remember that we must apply research information in our activities for us to enjoy science.- Nena E. Mallari



Ni Ruben E. Taningco

Nang si Gobernadora Teresita S. Lazaro ay kapanayamin ng Radio DZMM kamakailan, kanyang nanbaggit ng punonglalawigan na napapanahon ang pagkapaglunsad ng Todo-Sigla Laguna Fruit Trees Zonification Program sa lalawigan, sapagka’t layunin ng Palatuntunang Todo-Sigla sa Paghahalaman na magawang “Fruit Basket of the CALABARZON Region” ang Laguna.

Pagtugon sa tanong ni Radio Reporter Vic Pambuan, sinabi ni Gobernadora Ningning Lazaro na bago ipagkaloob ang mga bagong uri ng binhi, ang mga magsasaka ay sumasailalim ng pagsasanay o tinatagubilinan ng tamang pagtatanim at wastong pangangasiwa ng pataniman, upang matiyak na ang bawa’t punlang matanim ay lalaki at lalago upang pagkalipas ng sapat na panahon ay simulan ng pag-anihan ng bunga.

Ayon kay Gobernadora Ningning, noong una, ang isang punla ng niyog o ng lansones, sa sandaling matanim sa lupa ay ipinauubaya na lamang sa kalikasahan hanggang sa ito ay lumaki at umabot sa panahong namumunga na. Ang ganoong paraan ng pagtatanim ng halaman ay nagtatagumpay, sapagka’t noon ay mataba pa ang lupa, hindi lubhang tumataas ang temperatura ng kapaligiran, at regular ang pagpatak ng ulan. Subali’t simula ng pumasok ang Dekada ‘90 ay nagsimula ng madama ang mga pagbabago sa kapaligiran na unti-unti ng nadarama ang masamang epekto nito sa industriya ng paghahalaman, kaya ngayon, kinakailangan ng ang pataniman ay maayos na pinangangasiwaan, upang matiyak na ang halaman ay nagtatamo ng sapat na tubig, may mga halaman makakapagkaloob ng lilim sa mga bata at bagong tanim na puno, at maging ang paglalagay ng abono o pataba ay dapat na kontrolado upang ito ay maging sapat lamang sa pangangailangan ng halaman, sapagka’t ang subrang abono ay nakakasama sa tanim na puno, at sa kapaligiran.

Sa isang hiwalay na pakikipanayam ni Vic Pambuan kay Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, kanyang nabanggit na ang Palatuntunang Todo-Sigla sa Paghahalaman ni Gobernadora Ningning ay naaayon sa pambansang layuning isinusulong ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, sapagka’t ang paghahalaman ay hindi lamang isang paraan upang maitaas ang antas ng kabuhayan, kundi ito ay isang hakbanging pangkalusugan, at pangkalinisan ng kapaligiran. Higit sa lahat, ang paghahalaman ay nakakapagpaigting sa magandang pagsasamahan ng mga kagawad ng isang tahanan o nagpapatatag sa isang pamilya.

Swine flu symptoms, prevention, & treatment

What you need to know about the Swine Flu or the Human Swine Influenza A (H1N1) virus that has hit Mexico, the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine Influenza or swine flu is a type of respiratory disease in pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. The disease is normally not passed on to people but human infections can and do happen. A few cases of swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person to person but in the past, transmission was only limited and not sustained beyond three people.

What were previous incidences of human swine flu infections?

In 1988, an outbreak of swine flu infection in pigs in Wisconsin, USA resulted in multiple human infections. Although no community outbreak resulted, the virus was transmitted to a few people including the health care workers who had close contact with the patient. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US also reports approximately one human swine flu virus infection every one to two years but from December 2005 to February 2009, 12 cases of human infection have been reported.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of swine flu in humans?

The symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever (temperature above 38 degrees Celsius or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, aching joints, nasal congestion and fatigue. Some people with swine flu also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How does swine flu spread?

The swine flu virus can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human infection are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs such as in pig barns (babuyan). Human-to-human transmission is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu, which is mainly through uncovered coughs and sneezes or by touching your mouth or nose with unwashed hands.

How can a person get infected by the swine flu virus?

A person can get infected if he/she touches something contaminated with the virus and then touches the eyes, mouth or nose. The virus can live on surfaces for several hours, like a doorknob just touched by someone who sneezed into his hand. Germs also spread in the air through droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person.

Can people catch swine flu by eating pigs or pork?

According to scientists and doctors, the swine influenza virus is NOT transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and well-cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork at a temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.

How to protect or prevent oneself from getting infected?

There is currently no vaccine available yet to protect against swine flu. For now, these steps can help protect your health:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way.
  • Stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, stay home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?

The Center for Diease Control recommends oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and prevention of swine flu. These antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against flu by keeping the virus from reproducing in the body. Specifically, these flu drugs are Tamiflu by Roche and Relenza by GlaxoSmithKline.

What should be done if a person is showing swine flu symptoms?

Stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others. If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek medical care as soon as possible.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
Source: US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (

April 29, 2009

Pinagandang Obelisk (Major Alicbusan)

Bunga ng pansariling malasakit ni SPO1 Norman Jesus

Platon ng Mlang, North Cotabato, na dating kagawad ng Philippine Constabulary, na natalaga sa Lunsod ng San Pablo, na sinuportahan nina Supt. Raul L. Bargamento at Insp. Rolando A. Libed, ang obelisk o pananda para sa alaala ni Major Leopoldo A. Alicbusan sa may Doña Leonila Park ay naisaayos at muling naibalik sa dating kaanyuan bilang pang-alaala sa apat (4) na kawal ng 27th PC Company na nagbuwis ng buhay noong Marso 29, 1950 sa pagtatanggol sa pamayanan laban sa pananalakay ng mga kaaway ng kapayapaan.


SAN PABLO CITY - Broadcaster Rodrigo “Jiggy” D. Manicad Jr. of GMA Network lead this year awardees in the selection of “The Outstanding San Pableños” chosen to help commemorate the 69th Founding Anniversary of the City of San Pablo. He was chosen for his activities in the field of Media.

Commonwealth Act No. 520 granting City Charter to then prosperous town of San Pablo was approved by President Manuel Luis Quezon on May 7, 1940, and was formally inaugurated on January 2, 1941 with Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan inducting the first set of city officials led by former Laguna Governor Potenciano Malvar as appointed City Mayor.

In the announcement made by City Administrator Loreto “Amben” S. Amante, chairperson of the Executive Committee that manages the commemoration of the 69th Foundation Day of the City, other awardees who will be formally honored by the community during the formal dinner/meeting of the city officials with community leaders at the Palmera Resort and Restaurant at Barangay San Rafael this coming Thursday, May 7, 2009 are (2) Dr. Alexander C. Cortez for Theater Arts; (3) Mrs. Perla Dizon-Escaba for Business; (4) Engr. Maximo E. Daquil for Business/Industry; (5) Mr. Ramon Go Bun Yong for Civic and Humanitarian Affairs; (6) Dr. Lilia T. Reyes for Education; (7) Mr. Joselito D. Follosco for Government Service; (8) Mr. Rodrigo B. Supeña for Banking and Accountancy; (9) Dr. Godehardo G. Raymundo for Health Services; (10) Atty. Antonio D. Lacsam for Law; (11) Court of Appeal Justice Celia Librea-Leagogo for Judiciary; (12) Engr. Bernardo Capiña Adriano Jr. for Science and Technology and Civil Engineering; and (13) Mr. Blairwin Angelo M. Ortega for Youth and Sports (Shooting).

It can be recalled that when the City of San Pablo commemorated its 50th Charter Anniversary on May 7, 1990, among “The Outstanding San Pableños (TOSP)” chosen by a award committee chaired by RTC Judge Bienvenido V. Reyes and City Prosecutor Leon M. de Villa were U. E. President Conrado P. Aquino for Education; Dean Bartolome Carale for Law and Legal Education; Retired City Engineer Guillermo P. Inciong for Engineering; Commodore Rogelio A. Dayan for Military Science, Baseball Pitcher Johnny “Lefty” Briones for Sports; Local Civil Registry Office Clerk Felipe Caro for Government Service; and Public Information Officer Ruben E. Taningco for Journalism;

When San Pablo celebrated its 53rd Charter Anniversary, on May 7, 1992 and Mayor Vicente B. Amante initiated the Don Tomas D. Dizon Statemanship Award, in honor of the author of Commonwealth Act No. 520, chosen to received the honors was RTC Executive Judge Bienvenido V. Reyes. Merit awards were given to Dr. Juan B. Hernandez for hometown history, Dr. Vidal Raymundo for medical practice; and Lion Eduardo Lim for community services and entrepreneurship. Reyes is the co-chairperson of the 2008 Awards Committee.

Last awardees were Dean Palermo A. Bañagale for Accountancy; Plant Propagator Renato A. Belen for Agriculture; CHED Regional Director Amelita A. Biglete for Education; Supreme Court Justice Arturo D. Brion for Government Service; Court of Appeal Justice Rodrigo V. Cosico for Law and Judiciary; Olympic Swimmer Marie-Lizza Toinette Frias Danila for Sports; SPC Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Plaridel G. dela Cruz for Business; Association of Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines President Danilo D. Dichoso for Engineering; Nobel Laureate Rodel D. Lasco for Science and Technology, and Music Professor Ester Alcantara-Locson for Arts and Culture.

April 28, 2009


Ipinaaalaala ni City Administrator and concurrent PESO Manager Loreto “Amben” S. Amante na sa darating na Mayo 22, 2009, araw ng Biyernes, si Congresswoman Ma. Evita R. Arago ay magtataguyod ng isang Mega Jobs Fair na gaganapin sa Siesta Residencia de Arago sa Green Valley Subdivision sa Barangay San Francisco kung saan maraming recruitment agencies na kumakatawan sa iba’t ibang industriya sa loob at labas ng bansa ang lalahok. Ito ay upang mabigyan ng pagkakataon sa maayos na hanapbuhay ang mga maaari ay nawalan ng trabaho bunga ng epekto ng global financial crisis, at ang mga bagong graduate ng mga professional courses sa katatapos na school year.

Bagama”t ang prayoridad ay ang mga residente ng mga lunsod at munisipyong bumubuo ng 3rd Congressional District, nabanggit ni Amben Amante na ito ay bukas din sa mga residente ng iba pang mga lunsod at munisipyo sa Lalawigan ng Laguna.

Kaugnay ng nabanggit na Ivy Arago’s Mega Jobs Fair sa darating na Mayo 22, na isasagawang may pakikipag-ugnayan kay DOLE-Region IV-A Director Ricardo S. Martinez Sr. na bubuksan sa ganap na ika-8:00 ng umaga, nagpapayo si PESO Manager Amben Amante sa mga prospective job applicant na ang pagtungo sa isang jobs fair ay dapat na pinaghahandaan, tulad ng pagkakaroon ng maayos at angkop na kasuutan, at may personal grooming, may tiwala sa sarili at may kahandaang sumailalim ng interview upang ganap na maipakilala ang sarili, at kung magagawa ay makabubuting dalahin na ang kanilang passport, mga credential na maaring kailanganing ipakita sa panahon ng interview, NBI Clearance, at true copy ng birth certificate, at iba pang kasulatang kakailanganin sakali’t matatanggap na isang gawain. Sikapin ding ang dalang dokumento o supporting papers ay may kalakip na photo (zerox) copy upang kung kakailanganin ay iyon ang maiiwan sa recruitment agency.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon ukol sa nakatakdang Jobs Fair sa Mayo 22, 2009, ay maaaring makaugnay ang tanggapan ni Congresswoman Ivy Arago sa telepono bilang (049) 801-3109. (Ruben E. Taningco)


Nabatid na ang San Pablo City Red Cross Building, na siya ring kinalalagyan ng blood bank ng Philippine National Red Cross ay ipinaayos ng Tanggapan ni Congresswoman Ma. Evita R. Arago by contract na pinangasiwaan ng DPWH-Laguna Sub-District Engineering Office na naka-base sa Barangay Del Remedio, lunsod na ito.

Ang paggawain ay binubuo ng pag-aayos sa mga sirang bahagi ng kisame, at pagpipintura sa loob at labas ng gusali upang ito ay maging kaayaayang tanggapan para sa paghahatid ng mga palatuntunang pangkalusugan at panglipunan, na ang nakararami sa napagkakalooban ng tulong ay ang mga sadyang mahihirap na residente ng pamayanan, sang-ayon kay Chapter Administrator Dorie P. Cabela.

Ang pagkapagsaayos ng gusali ay sa kahilingan nina Alkalde Vicente B. Amante, Konsehal Danny Yang, at dating Bise Alkalde Palermo A. Bañagale.

Iniulat ni District Engineer Federico L. Concepcion na sadyang nangangailangan ng ang gusali ay isaayos dahil sa ang huling pagsasaayos ng gusali ay isinagawa may ilan ng taon ang nakalilipas, at dapat ito laging maayos dahilan sa ito ang sentro ng mga pagsasanay sa first aid ng mga kumukuha ng caregiver course sa mga paaralan sa loob at labas ng lunsod, at karaniwan ding ang mga blood letting project na itinataguyod ng mga samahang sibiko at organisasyon sa paglilingkod ay dito ginaganap.(Ruben E. Taningco)


ALAMINOS, Laguna - Nabanggit ni Municipal Agriculturist Gladys dV Apostol na napapanahong pasiglahin ang pagpaparami ng katutubong manok o native chicken sa bayang ito, hindi lamang para ipagbili, kundi para mapagkunan ng protina at itlog para sa mag-anak. Ang katutubong manok ay bahagi na rin ng kasaysayan at kultura ng pamayanang ito.

Sa pag-aaral ng University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) tinatayang 54.70% ng manok sa bansa ay katutubo o native, kung saan ang malaking bilang ay pinarami sa Visayas at Mindanao.

Sa pag-aaral ng mga statistician ng Department of Agriculture, napag-alamang maraming Pilipino na higit na nais lutuin ang katutubong manok, sa halip na ang mga imported breed na pinalalaki sa mga commercial poultry houses, dahil sa lasa, linamnam ng laman, kulay, at nakatutugon sa mga lutuing Pinoy. Higit na mataas ang halaga ng bawa’t kilo ng katutubong manok, kaysa pinalaki sa mga poultry houses.

Sa pananaw ni Gng. Apostol, madaling paramihin ang katutubong manok, dahil sa ito ay paligaw at nakakapaghanap ng kanilang pagkain, na kung pinatutuka man ng mais at ginayat na laman ng niyog, ay para ito ay maging maamo at mapanatiling umuuwi sa kanilang hapunan kung hapon.

Ang katutubong manok ay nagsisimula ng mangitlog sa gulang na anim (6) buwan, at dapat ay mayroong isang tandang sa lima hanggang sampong inahing manok upang magawang regular ang pangingitlog nito, payo ni Apostol. (Ruben E. Taningco).

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