April 8, 2011

Maagang pagkalutas ng ‘hostage crisis’ sa Agusan, inaasahan ng Palasyo

Inaasahan ng Malakanyang na mapayapang matatapos ang hostage-taking na nagaganap sa Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur pagkaraang palayain ang 13 taon na batang lalaki Lunes. 
“Oo, inaasahan nating mapayapang magwawakas ang krisis na ito,” sabi ni Presidential Com-munications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang sa press briefing  sa Malakanyang Martes
Idinugtong ni Carandang na ang pagpapalaya kay Marvin Corvera, 13 taon, ay palatandaang matatapos sa madaling panahon ang krisis na ito at maililigtas ng local crisis management committee ang mga binihag sa kamay ng mga dumukot sa kanila. 
Tiniyak ni Carandang sa madla na ang gobyerno sa pangunguna ng local crisis management committee ay patuloy na gumagawa ng lahat ng paraan para malutas ang hostage crisis. 

Ang kaligtasan ng mga bihag ang unang-unang inaalagata ng pamahalaan at idinugtong na mahinahon ang mga negosyador sa pakikitungo sa mga hostage-takers.  
Limang sandatahang lalaki umano na buhat sa tribung Manobo na nakatira sa kagubatan ang dumukot sa 15 guro at mga bata noong Sabado upang mapilit ang pamahalaan na palayain ang isang nakapiit na kamag-anak. 

Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga biktima, dalawa na ang pinawalan Linggo at isa naman Lunes ng gabi.

ILIGTAS SA BASURA ANG ‘PINAS Envi-health group to DoH: Ensure implementation of proper waste disposal during measles vaccination program

Environmental-health group Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA) today calls on the Department of Health (DoH) to ensure the proper waste management and disposal of syringes and other materials that will be used in the month-long measles vaccination program1 that commenced this April.
 
In 2004, HCWH, in coordination with the DoH and World Health Organization (WHO) lead the monitoring and documentation of proper waste management and disposal during the Philippine Measles Eradication Campaign (PMEC).  “What we found out is that proper and safe disposal of syringe is possible and at a very minimal cost,” said Faye Ferrer, HCWH-SEA Program Officer, who led the documentation team.  “This time around, the DoH should again see to it that it does not ignore proper waste management and disposal for PMEC 2011.” 
 
In 2004, the vaccination program targeted 18 million children.  In over a month, the volume of wastes collected totaled to 19.5 million syringes or 130,000 kg of sharp waste.  Add to that are 72,000 kg of non-hazardous wastes such as empty vials and ampoules, syringe wrappers, empty vitamin capsules, cotton swabs, syringe caps and packaging.  The DoH in its guidebook recommended the collection of syringe in a 5-liter safety box and its treatment using autoclave or microwave facilities which use heat to kill microbes in waste and disposal through encasement in a concrete septic vault or burial in a waste pit. 
 
Alternative waste treatment
“While news on the vaccination program pays no heed to waste treatment and disposal, we would like to point out that there are alternative technologies such as Microwave and Autoclave to treat what we estimate would again be more than 200,000 kg of medical waste,” said Ferrer. 
 
“The alternatives are available in some areas in the country,” Ferrer added.  “But in cases where they are not, local government engineers could help construct the waste burial pits for disposal of used syringes during the vaccination program,” said Ferrer. 
 
“In 2004, the country just banned the use of medical waste incinerators,” said Ferrer.  “So it was quite new for us to handle waste from a nationwide vaccination program without resorting to incineration or open burning.  But it proved feasible as evidenced by the successful waste management which was eventually cited in several international papers and conferences.”   
 
In the 2004 report, the cheapest method to dispose of waste is thru the simple clay-lined burial pits.  (See Figure A) The clay was used to minimize groundwater contamination.  The next cheapest methods were using autoclave or microwave technology.
 
“Eight years of non-incineration and new technologies in safely treating and disposing wastes have come out,” said Ferrer. 
 
Yes to measles vaccination, yes to proper waste management
“What we are saying here is that we need to address the measles issues from all angles,” said Ferrer.  “We do the nationwide vaccination program to address the more than 2,000 cases of measles and we look at the other issues that come along the program and there enters proper waste management.”
 
The group likewise reminded the DoH to be proactive in funding projects that will address the issue in all fronts referring to the 100 M budget for autoclave which was in the 2008 General Appropriations Act.  This budget was never released despite appeal from then Health Sec. Francisco Duque to Malacanang saying the release of said fund would enable the 16 recipient hospitals to treat regulated medical waste in accordance with national policies on health care waste management and redound to the benefit of welfare of the Filipino people.
 
“Had the budget been released, this could very well be used to treat the wastes that will come from the vaccination program,” said Ferrer.
 
For 2012, HCWH-SEA and the Alternative Budget Initiative (ABI) for health is proposing to DoH for it to include in their 2012 budget the amount of P100M for purchase of waste treatment technology under the Health Facility Enhancement Program. 
 
“With the lack of waste disinfection treatment like autoclave, people will continuously be exposed to diseases especially since a large part of the country’s medical waste ends up in dumpsites that remain open to scavengers or scavenging despite laws and regulations to the contrary.”

MORE INVESTMENTS- ENCOURAGED IN CITY OF CALAMBA

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna-The City Government of Calamba under the leadership of Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco Jr,  in coordination with the Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Releations-Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) successfully hosted the “Business Forum for the Diplomatic Corps Economic and Commercial Officers” at the Ayala Greenfields Estate Clubhouse, Calamba City on April 7, 2011.

The forum was attended by ambassadors, economic ministers from 27 countries, business locators, representatives from the City Government of Calamba  and  delegates from national government agencies (NGOs).

The activity aims to encourage more foreign investments and strengthen the economic ties of the City with other government agencies and foreign countries.
In his message, Hon. Antonio V. Rodriguez, Undersecretary for International Economic Relations-DFA, stated that  Calamba can speak for itself for its tremendous business opportunities investors could venture into.

Highlights of the activity were audio-visual presentation showcasing the many business opportunities and the business-friendly environment Calamba City has to offer; an open forum where moderators composed of NEDA Regional Director Severino C. Santos; Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Regional Governor, Mr. Eduardo R. Nicolas III; Laguna Chamber of Commerce & Industry representative, Mr. Mario Mamon;  and Light Industry and Science Park of the Philippines (LISPP) Vice President, Mr.  Patrick Allan L. Perez ably  answered  guest participants’ questions about putting up of businesses and other form of investments in the city as well as the region.(alan c. ortillano)

April 6, 2011

JOSEPH THE ARTIST, ISANG LAGUNENSE

Si Joseph Erwin Valerio (gitna), na kinikilalang si Joseph The Artist, ay isang polio victim na tubo at residente ng Biñan na nagwagi bilang “Ultimate Talentadong Pinoy 2011” sa Grand Battle of Champion na itinanghal ng TV5 na hosted ni Ryan Agoncillo na ginanap sa Antipolo City noong Marso 13, na ang tinanggap na gantimpala ay P1-Million-cash, isang brand new Chevrolet Cruze, isang college scholarship, at karapatang kumatawan sa Pilipinas sa 2011 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) sa Hollywood, California ay kinilala ng Pangasiwaang Panglalawigan ng Laguna sa inisyatibo ni Gobernador Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan na ipinagmamalaking siya ay isang Talentadong Pinoy na isang Lagunense. Biktima ng naganap na sunog sa Biñan kamakailan, si Joseph ay pinagkalooban ni Gobernador ER ng halagang P100,000-cash, gaya ng makikita sa larawan, na sinaksihan ni Board Member Reynaldo dela Torre Paras. (Ruben E. Taningco)

PANGANIB SA PAGTITINGI NG GASOLINA

Sa isang pakikipanayam kay FiremanInspector Cornelio Puhawan, Officer-in-Charge ng Office of the City Fire Marshall ng Bureau of Fire Protection kamakailan, napag-alamang ipinagbabawal ng mga umiiral na alituntunin ang pagtitingi ng gasolinang tinatakal sa botelya ng soft drink, na ang mga suki ay ang mga tricycle driver, sapagka’t ito di-umano ay labag sa mga alituntuning pangkaligtasan laban sa sunog, at maging ang kalusugan ng nagsisipagtinda nito ay nalalagay sa panganib dahil sa nalalanghap nila ang singaw mula sa gasolina na makasasama sa kanilang baga.

     Ayon kay Insp. Puhawan, maganda ang natanggap niyang feedback na ang pangangasiwa ng Iglesia Ni Cristo sa Lokal ng San Pablo City ay nagtatagubilin sa kanilang mga kapatid na iwasan ang pagtitingi ng gasolina na tinatakal sa bote, at iwasan din ang pagtitinda ng liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)  kung walang store room na sadya para rito, dahil sa ito ay mapanganib na pagmumulan ng sunog, at banta sa kalusugan ng mga nagsisipagtinda nito. (Ruben E.  Taningco)                      

ALAMINOS SCHOOL DISTRICT, BINATI NI GOV. ER

ALAMINOS, Laguna - Isang malaking tarpaulin ang ipinagawa ng tanggapan ni Gobernador Jeorge ER Ejercito Estregan ang nakaladlad ngayon sa bakuran ng Alaminos Central School dito na nagpapaabot ng pagbati sa mga nagpapakilos ng Alternative Learning System sa Alaminos School District  dahil saw along (8) out-of-school youth na kanilang sinanay ang nakapasa saAccreditation and Equivalency Test na ipinagkaloob sa Bay Central School noong nakaraang Buwan ng Oktubre.

     Ang nakapasa sa pagsusulit upang sila ay maging kuwalipikadong mag-aral sa high school ay sina  Jaypee T. Atienza, Jesabel J. Burac, Edcel A. Destacamento, at Jovelyn M. Pedragoza. Samantala ang mga kuwalipikadong mag-aral sa kolehiyo ay sina Allen O. Frayres, Hazel Joy R. Ilao, Jomar D. Malinis, at Mark M. Plangca.

     Sang-ayon kay Dr. Romulo  Dicdican, District Supervisor, ang District ALS Coordinator ay si Gng. Marcela R. Alzona, samantalang ang mobile teacher ay si G. Jerrymie B. Solmerano. Si G. Neil G. Angeles ang Punong Guro ng Alaminos Central School na gumaganap na project consultant. (Ruben E. Taningco)

IWASAN ANG KARANGYAAN SA PAGPASOK

SAN PABLO CITY – Kaugnay ng nalalapit na pagbubukas ng School Year 2011-2012, na magsisimula sa panahon ng patalaan ngayong buwan ng Abril,  bagama’t ang himpilan ng pulisiya, sa tulong ng mga kabalikat na kusangloob na nakikipagtulungan sa pangangasiwa sa kapanatagan at katahimikan ng lunsod, ay may naihanda ng plano para mapangalagaan ang kagalingan ng mga kabataang mag-aaral, nagpapaalaala si Chief of Police Ferdinand de Gracia de Castro sa mga magulang, lalo na yaong ang anak ay pinapapag-aral sa mga pribadong institusyon, ay iwasang ang kanilang mga anak ay kakitaan ng karangyaan sa kanilang pagpasok.

     Hindi dapat umano itong papagsuutin ng mga mamamahaling hikaw at kuwintas, na kung pinapapagdala ng cellphone ay dapat na ito ay nasa bag o nakatago, para huwag maging katuksotukso sa mga masasamangloob.

     Dapat ding pinipili ang mga tricycle driver o jeepney driver na kinakausap upang ihatid at sunduin ang kanilang anak sa paaralan, ang dapat kilala nila ang pagkatao ng mga ito, sapagka’t kapanatagan ng kanilang anak ang dito ay nakasalalay. At kung maaari ay ipinakikilala ang mga ito sa guwardya ng paaralang pinapasukan ng kanilang mga anak.Ruben E. Taningco) (

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