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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA)-- Provincial officials expressed their opposition to the proposed separation of franchise on the distribution of electric power from the existing Benguet Electric

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BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) - - To become the ‘must experience’ destination in Asia, is the strategic vision of the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) National Tourism Development Plan

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF NHTS-PR POOR FAMILIES EXTENDED UNTIL DEC. 2012

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DENR OFFICIAL SUPPORTS LAW ON STIFFER PENALTY ON ILLEGAL LOGGING

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA)-- Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR)- Cordillera executive director Clarence Baguilat believes that the bill seeking the imposition of life

ENVIRONMENT IS A MAIN CONCERN FOR BENGUET

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet. Jan.9 (PIA)-- Environment protection will be a top priority of this vegetable producing province for the year 2012. Governor Nestor B. Fongwan said they will intensify the

DOLE-CAR DISPOSES 188 CASES OF INSPECTION-RELATED LABOR VIOLATIONS IN 2011

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‘DSWD-CORDILLERA ROSE ABOVE CHALLENGES’ –SEC. SOLIMAN

BAGUIO CITY-- Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman commended the DSWD-Cordillera personnel Wednesday saying the regional office has ‘risen

SAVING THE WATERSHED OF THE CORDILLERA THRU PES

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H1N1 Update: City Travelers Urged To Observe 7-10 Days Home Cconfinement
Posted by: Aileen P. Refuerzo | May 30, 2009

Swine FluBAGUIO CITY – City travelers from abroad must refrain from mingling with people upon arrival and instead observe home confinement for seven to ten days to observe for signs and symptoms of the dreaded New Human Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

City health officer Dr. Florence Reyes said this isolation method is the latest in the string of measures adopted by the city in its continuing effort to prevent the entry of the virus which has entered the country via a ten-year old girl who tested positive for the disease.

Reyes said the child came from a trip to Canada and the United States and her infection was confirmed last Thursday. The child was administered medications and is now in a stable condition.

Reyes, who was designated by Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. as the sole focal point for advisories on the disease, said the self-isolation advise covers all persons with history of foreign travel -- whether residents, tourists or returning foreign students – with or without symptoms as they are all considered probable carriers of the disease.

Those who would experience while in isolation any symptom such as fever, chills and fatigue; muscle and joint pain; sore throat; headache and body pains; coughing and sneezing; nausea vomiting and diarrhea are advised to immediately seek medical attention while those who would not develop any symptom after the ten-day period will be considered out of danger.

Reyes said the city’s preparations against the disease had been without relent since the first case was reported in Mexico City last April 28.

The City Health Response Team composed of health workers and health institutions in the city was immediately reactivated and a general health advisory was issued.

At present, continuing information campaign is being conducted involving all sectors through orientations, press conferences and distribution of advisory leaflets.

The Baguio General Hospital has been designated as referral hospital for suspect cases for the city.

Reyes said have also mapped out a disease “response flow” covering admissions in health centers or through home visitations and admissions in hospitals.

For cases admitted in health centers or monitored through home visitations, health workers will determine if the patient has history of travel or exposure to the infection. Those without history of travel and exposure will be treated and sent home for further observation.

If symptoms wane, the case will be classified as common influenza but if symptoms persist, the patient will be asked to return to the center for reassessment.
Those with history of travel and exposure will be quarantined along with his or her contacts for seven to ten days.

Those with persistent symptoms will be referred to the BGH for admission. Isolation will be lifted for those who would be asymptomatic after the prescribed period.
Hospital admissions will be strictly monitored by the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit headed by Dr. Donna Tuvera.

Patients who are Baguio residents will be subjected to contact tracing and all contacts will be immediately subjected to quarantine and medication if positive for symptoms. Non-Baguio residents will be referred to the regional epidemiology unit also for contact tracing and administering of preventive and medical measures.

Reyes reiterated her advise to the public not to panic but to be vigilant against the disease.

The preparation of the city against the disease has been supported by the city government with a funding allocated by the city council through a resolution authored by by council committee on health chair Councilor Erdolfo Balajadia.

The health advisory distributed by the health office said the disease is spread through close personal contract and respiratory secretions propelled by sneezing or coughing.

It stressed that the virus is not transmitted by eating pork.

Residents with symptoms are advised to consult their doctors or go to the nearest health facility immediately and to refrain from self-medicating.

The public is also advised to follow preventive measures like practicing proper hand washing, avoiding crowded places and avoiding close contact with sick people.

The advisory also provided respiratory etiquette like covering the nose and mouth with tissue or handkerchief when sneezing, coughing and blowing nose; washing hands regularly; avoiding spitting on the floor or road; putting tissues or plastic bags used in spitting in the trash bins; washing used handkerchief separately from clothing; staying at home and maintaining a safe distance of one meter from other people when sick and avoiding sharing of eating and drinking utensils, towels and other personal items.

The public is also advised to keep health by eating nutritious food, exercising, avoiding smoking and heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages; having adequate rest and sleep, and practicing good personal hygiene.

Kalinga INK MOA For CHARM 2 Project
Posted by: Larry Lopez | May 05, 2009

Kalinga INK MOA For CHARM 2 Project TABUK, KALINGA – The province represented by Gov. Floydelia Diasen and Project Manager Cameron Odsey sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management (CHARM) 2 Project, here, last week.

CHARM 2, which includes the province of Kalinga covers the five highland municipalities of Balbalan, Pasil, Lubuagan, Tinglayan and Tanudan, with identified four barangays as pilot area for each municipality.

Identification of target barangays under the project is made by recipient local government units, based on the minimum-basic needs (MBN) survey.

Kalinga ranks high in poverty level with a rate of 60% among other Cordillera provinces covered under CHARM 2.

Meanwhile, Gov. Diasen in her keynote address considers the project as blessing in her program to address problem on poverty and malnutrition. She connotes poverty to another problem on peace and order, saying poor communities register higher crime rates than more improved places.

She explains that when people are hungry, they are prone to committing illegal acts if only to meet that basic need. Thus, the aim of CHARM 2 project on reducing poverty in its target areas is effective tool in addressing peace and order problems in those places.

Diasen reminded people in the implementation of the project to follow the programs of work so that it will leave lasting gains to beneficiaries. We are witness to how government infrastructure projects easily collapse during typhoons probably because they were not properly done, she warned.

Meanwhile, Odsey in the project overview he presented said CHARM2 aims to reduce poverty level in the 37 municipalities covered by at least 12%.

Based on the latest data National Statistics Office (NSO), poverty rate in the Cordillera region is very serious at 53.1% with most provinces posting as high as 60%.

The 7-year project starting 2009-2015 gives emphasis on solving malnutrition among underweight children by 50% and address poverty indicators by also 50%, Odsey said.

Odsey said poverty among our people would be addressed if we help them identify opportunities where they can increase household income.

This is the focal point of the project as it move to lead people in the highland part of the region who are mostly traditional farmers, develop improved farming technologies that would improve product quality and increase production level.

The concept of value addition is crucial so that highland farmers can start producing high value commercial crops rather than the traditional products.

Elaborating on the P3.056B fund of Charm 2 that comes from zero interest foreign loans, Odsey said about 60% of it will be used for the provision and rehabilitation of farming infrastructure support facilities, while 18% will go to income generation projects.

Recipient local government units of the project share an equity of 13% of the project cost appropriated to their area as counterpart, but are assured of no obligation in the payment of the loan, since payment shall be the sole obligation of the national government.

With the CHARM 2 project, I am hopeful that our province can lead to the right map of change and development more for our people, Diasen said.

Baguio City Addresses Waste Backlog
Posted by: aileen P. Refuerzo | May 25, 2009

Baguio City Addresses Waste BacklogBAGUIO CITY – Waste collection schedule in the city began to normalize last week as the city government doubled efforts to address the garbage backlog caused by the stoppage of waste disposal operations at the Irisan dumpsite.

City officials led by acting mayor Daniel Farinas and city environment management office head Romeo Concio worked double time throughout the week to implement measures to restore the disrupted waste program particularly the resumption of hauling operations in the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC) in Capas, Tarlac this time with the use of the city’s own garbage trucks, albeit the city tapped the services of a private firm for supplement to haul out the piled up refuse.

The city council last Monday approved the request of Farinas for the purchase of additional dump trucks to contain the daily waste output and make the city self-reliant in hauling its wastes. The body opted for an alternative mode of procurement instead of the regular bidding procedures to save on time and cut on cost.

City administrator Peter Fianza Thursday said the city was able to clear the accumulated wastes slowly throughout a five-day haul-out operation covering 18 trips a day.

He said that they were expecting to totally contain the waste backlog that day so that waste collection schedule would return to normal the next day Friday.

He said they also expect to further improve the system of collection even as he echoed the appeal of Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. and acting mayor Farinas for residents to cooperate by observing proper waste segregation in their households.

Fianza said proper segregation at source will help as the city has also begun hauling part of the residual wastes to Holcim cement company in Bacnotan, La Union pursuant to an earlier deal. He said the city made a pilot delivery of one truckload equivalent to eight to ten tons of wastes to the cement firm last Wednesday and this can be increased if the city can measure up to the strict standards of Holcim.

Fianza said properly segregated wastes can be directly hauled and transported to Holcim thus, segregation plays a key role on this aspect.

He said the city is also continuing to work on other waste management schemes particularly the composting deal with the Department of Agriculture where a memorandum of agreement has been prepared for signing by DA Seretary Arthur Yap for the use of an area in the Dairy Farm for the composting plant.

The city is also working on the resumption of delivering biodegradable wastes to the Philippine Military Academy which was temporarily stopped due to damaged equipment.
As to the sanitary landfill project, Fianza said Concio is now working on the survey of the area while plans are being prepared for road networks and the development of the landfill facility itself.

Fianza meanwhile assured residents of Irisan and Asin barangays who caused the closure of Irisan dumpsite that the city will no longer use the dumpsite for dumping but instead will pursue the closure and rehabilitation of the site. He said bids for the rehabilitation project are set to be opened on Tuesday.

No H1N1 Virus in Cordi So Far - DOH
Posted by: Rick Reyes and Larry Madarag | May 25, 2009

BAGUIO CITY--After text messages were received confirming the H1N1 virus in the city, the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) has released an advisory that the region has no cases of H1N1 virus as of the moment.

According to Dr. Nicolas Gordo medical specialist IV of DOH, “there is yet no evidence of local or community transmission. As of today, there are no confirmed cases in the Cordillera Administration.”

“There are 2 confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) in the country and both cases had history of travel to countries with confirmed cases”, the advisory stated.

Gordo added “In the country, there are a few suspect cases under observation and investigation. Results of laboratory testing being done at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila are awaited. As such, they remain and are reported as suspects. Proper precautionary measures and isolation is being observed and contact tracing is being implemented.”

The DOH appealed to the media to observe privacy and maintain confidentiality of information on cases and suspects to ensure security and order and avoid undue fear or alarm.

The advisory was released after a text messages received by the different news outfits here that there was a mother and a child confined at a local hospital in the city positive of some symptoms of the deadly H1N1 virus.

This reporter visited the hospital identified in the text message Monday morning but was advised by hospital personnel that they could “neither confirm nor deny the presence of such patients until a formal notice from the hospital director who was currently in a board meeting.”

Later that day, at around 2:00 p.m. the reporter was advised by hospital personnel to just wait for an advisory from the DOH for official advisories regarding the virus.

A source from the hospital(who requested anonymity) , however, said a child was confined in the said hospital manifesting the symptoms of the disease, and that they are awaiting tests in Manila if the patient will test positive for the virus.

Nothing is conclusive, the source said, until the final test results are released as there are signs and symptoms of the virus that could also be present in other diseases and viruses and not necessarily N1H1.

Earlier, the city government has issued an appeal that “city travelers from abroad are urged to observe 7-10 days home confinement as safeguard to h1n1”.

City health officer Dr. Florence Reyes said this isolation method is the latest in the string of measures adopted by the city in its continuing effort to prevent the entry of the virus which has entered the country via a ten-year old girl who tested positive for the disease.

Reyes said the child came from a trip to Canada and the United States and her infection was confirmed last Thursday. The child was administered medications and is now in a stable condition.

Reyes, who was designated by Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. as the sole focal point for advisories on the disease, said the self-isolation advise covers all persons with history of foreign travel -- whether residents, tourists or returning foreign students – with or without symptoms as they are all considered probable carriers of the disease.

Those who would experience while in isolation any symptom such as fever, chills and fatigue; muscle and joint pain; sore throat; headache and body pains; coughing and sneezing; nausea vomiting and diarrhea are advised to immediately seek medical attention while those who would not develop any symptom after the ten-day period will be considered out of danger.

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