News feature: Isang simpleng at murang medical procedure laban sa kidney disease

By Carlo P. Canares

LUNGSOD NG LAOAG, Sept. 28 (PIA) — Isang simple at murang medical procedure lamang ay maaaring makapagligtas ng tao sa malalang komplikasyon sa sakit sa bato.

Sa isinagawang Kapihan sa PIA sa Laoag City, sinabi ni Dr. Wilfredo Magcalas, coordinator ng Renal Disease Control Program sa Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center sa Batac City, na kailangan lamang gumamit ng simpleng pagsusuri upang agarang malaman kung ang isang pasyente ay posibleng mayroong sakit sa bato.

“Urinalysis o pag-eksamen sa ihi ang basic tool upang maagang masuri kung sakaling mayroon kidney disease ang isang tao. At dahil dito, maiiwasan agad ang paglala sa sakit sa bato,” paliwanag ni Dr. Magcalas.

Mayroon kasing mga pasyente na agarang isinasailalim sa ultrasound, x-ray, clinical chemistry at iba pang medical procedure. Hindi lahat ay nangangailangan nito.

“Urinalysis lamang ay makakasagot na nang mga posibleng sakit ng pasyente. Hindi lamang ito simple, kundi mura pa. Singkwenta pesos lamang ito at malaking tulong sa maagap na pagsusuri at paggamot sa sakit sa bato,” aniya.

Ipinaliwanag sa nasabing kapihan na makikita na agad kung mayroon maagang sintomas kagaya ng mga pagkakaroon ng red blood cells o dugo, pus cells o nana, protina at glucose na magpapahiwatig kung mayroon mas malalang sakit.

Dahil sa simpleng urinalysis, maaaring mailigtas ang isang pasyente sa mas malalang problema sa sakit sa bato.

Ang Kapihan sa PIA na isinagawa sa La Preciosa Restaurant sa Laoag nitong Septyembre 26 ay dinaluhan ng mga miyembro ng media mula sa panulat, radyo at telebisyon.

Ang pagpupulong ay isa sa mga proyekto ng REDCOP, isang programa ng National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) at Department of Health (DOH).

Sinimulan noong dekada 1990s, ang REDCOP ay isang pambansang programa na nagsasakatuparan ng mga proyekto at mga aktibidad upang mabawasan ang tumataas na bilang ng mga may sakit sa bato sa bansa.

Isa sa mga pangunahing layunin ng programa ay ang palaganapin ang mga impormasyon, edukasyon at komunikasyon (IEC) at adbokasiya sa pagtataguyod ng malusog na bato.

Katulong sa pagpapalaganap ng IEC at komunikasyon at adbokasiya ay ang Philippine Information Agency kasama ang iba’t-ibang media.

Ang pangunahing isyung pangkalusugan na hinaharap ng REDCOP ay ang renal disease prevention, o ang pagpapalaganap ng mga kaalaman para makaiwas sa mga sakit sa bato.

Ang iba pang mga layunin ay ang pagsusulong ng malusog na pamumuhay, ang pag-iwas sa mga pagkain na maaaring magdulot ng sakit na makakasira sa bato. At higit sa lahat, ang mailigtas ang mga tao mula sa mga komplikasyon sa bato na maaaring mauwi sa End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), sa organ transplantation, o di kaya, ay sa kamatayan.

Sa kasalukuyan ang renal disease ay pang-pito sa sampung nangungunang nakamamatay na sakit sa bansa. Bawat taon mahigit 12,000 Pilipino ang nagkakaroon ng ESRD na nangangailangan ng dialysis o transplantation na lubhang napakamahal sa gastusin. (ANL/CPC-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)

Gov warns abusive, “kotong” cops in Ilocos

CAMP ELPIDIO QUIRINO, BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, Sept 21 (PIA) — The national chairman of the League of Provinces of the Philippines warned abusive and non-performing chiefs of police to mend their ways.

Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson aired the warning in a dialogue with Philippine National Police (PNP) officials and personnel during a Shoot Fest sponsored by the provincial government and PNP here last week.

Singson, who is also the Regional Peace and Order Council vice chairman, said erring cops should mend their ways or suffer administrative or criminal charges.

“Non-performing chiefs of police should be replaced if they could not solve crimes in their AOR’s,” he said.

Singson also directed the PNP to intensify their campaign against illegal drugs, illegal fishing,” Akyat Bahay” gang, carnapping and riding-in-tandem criminals, and strengthen their intelligence network and Integrated Patrol System.

Singson also urged the business sector to put up CCTV cameras inside and outside their establishments to capture on video the occurrence of crime and eventually arrest the culprits.

He also appealed to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to help in the campaign against crimes.

Meanwhile, Police Sr. Supt. Noel Amuyen, PNP provincial director, vowed to purge all police misfits and scalawags including “kotong” cops to preserve the good image of the PNP.

He also exhorted the cops to serve the people with dignity and respect.

Amuyen also directed his men to intensify the campaign against lawless elements especially riding-in-tandem criminals and drug personalities through Oplan Sapasap, Ronda System and police visibility.

In Sinait, Police Chief Inspector Arsenio Ramos, chief of police, said PNP has intensified its campaign against wanted persons and drug pushers following the arrest of a carnap gang and wanted criminals in this coastal town. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

Vigan fire safety inspection yields less fire incidents in 2012

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Sept 21 (PIA) -–Identifying and eliminating fire hazards through fire safety inspection of all residential houses and business establishments in this city this year resulted in the decreased fire incidents, an official of the Vigan Bureau of Fire Protection said.

Floro Oro Orero Lopez, Vigan City Fire Marshal of the BFP said their office conducts intensified fire prevention and safety information campaign through fire safety lectures, seminars and fire drill in different schools, universities, public and private establishments and the Vigan Heritage Village and the tourism area in the city.

Fire prevention and safety tips are also aired on local television and radio stations, Lopez said.

From January to June this year, the Vigan City Fire Station visited 703 residential and business establishment compared to 421 in the same period last year- an increase of 40.11 percent. Two fire incidents occurred for the first semester of 2012 in the city as compared to last year’s eight.

In March 2012, a fire was reported from an unattended candle at the residence of Melanio Aquino of barangay Paratong. It destroyed his P200,000 warehouse. In January 2012 an unattended garbage fire destroyed P30,000 worth of property of Antonia Anicoche in barangay Bongtolan.

The Vigan Fire station is manned by 30 strong uniformed personnel and has six operational fire trucks. With the active support of the City Government, media, non-government groups and the community the number of fire incidents this year has decreased. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

OPAG spearheads Coastal Clean-Up Day

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 21 (PIA) — The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) spearheaded the coastal clean-up drive along the coastal areas of Barangay Sta. Rita, Agoo this province which aims to raise awareness on the need to protect coastal areas.

Presidential Proclamation No. issued on 2003 directed the need to promote the significance of International Clean-up day annually every third Saturday of September.

OPAG Chief Environment and Natural Resources Division Forester Dianne M. Orpilla briefed the staff on the importance of proper waste disposal even as she urged them to be a part of the year-round advocacy for a clean environment free from the health hazards of pollution and other forms of destruction of mother earth.

According to Grace L. Libong staff of Environment and Natural Resources Division, that around 33 employees of OPAG headed by Alberto V. Lacsamana, officer-in-charge-Provincial Agriculturist and barangay officials of Barangay Sta. Rita joined the coastal clean-up.

They collected approximately 150 kilograms of assorted waste materials ranging from plastics, styrofoams, lighters, worn-out shoes and personal belongings, busted bulbs and other non-biodegradable products, Libong said.

In a related development, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Tanim Kalikasan, Inc., through the OPAG’s Fishery Division led by Virginia Balanacio has also planted 12,000 mangrove seedlings in the same area as part of the environmental program of the national and provincial government. (ANL/EMR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from Grace L. Libong, Governors Press Corps)

DOLE’s Family Welfare Program improves businesses in Region 1

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, Sept 21 (PIA) — The Family Welfare Program (FWP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has helped improve business enterprises in Region 1.

Companies benefited from having FWP in their workplace, Labor Communications Officer Arly Valdez said in a statement.

These benefits included better employer-employee relationships and workers’ productivity and performance, leading ultimately to business profitability, Valdez added.

Chimes Enterprises, a furnishing design and office automation center in this city, has increased its annual sales volume by 33 percent and its capital investment or total asset by 22 percent since it installed DOLE’s program, DOLE-1 Regional Director Grace Ursua said.

Ursua said that based on the company’s own account, the family welfare program helped reduce worker absences, worker errors and customer complaints.

DOLE’s Family Welfare Program is based on the Labor Code and on Department Order 56-03.

It is mandatory for establishments employing at least 200 workers and optional for those with less than 200 employees.

The program seeks to introduce the concept of promoting the welfare of workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations.

It is an advocacy program that draws corporate support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace.

“The law mandates the establishment of reproductive health or responsible parenthood activities and gender equality services, but establishments are not prevented from installing other services on medical or healthcare, spirituality or value formation, income generation or livelihood, nutrition, sports and leisure, housing, transportation environment care and sanitation,” Ursua said.

FWP is one of the agency’s strategies of fulfilling the goal of decent work for Filipino workers laid down in President Benigno Aquino’s Labor and Employment Agenda and the Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016. (ANL/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan with reports from DOLE)

North Luzon navy honors personnel, stakeholders

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 21 (PIA) — The Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) personnel who have shown remarkable performance in their mandated tasks while the stakeholder’s continuous support to all programs and projects being implemented by the naval force were recognized during the 35th founding anniversary on September 18 at Naval station Ernesto Ogbinar, Poro this city.

Among the awardees were Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar, NFNL Organic Unit of the Year; Naval Intelligence Service Group Northern Luzon, NFNL Operational Control (Opcon) Unit of the Year; Lt. Rodney P. Cudal, NFNL Organic Officer of the year; Lt. Ronald B. Juan, NFNL Opcon Officer of the Year; EN1 Jose B. Sanchez was awarded as NFNL Organic Enlisted Personnel of the Year CY 2012; QM2 Rubenson F. Panergo, NFNL Opcon Enlisted Personnel of the Year; Armida C. Llaneta, NFNL Civilian Employee of the Year for Administrative Achievement CY 2012; Carlito P. Rioga, NFNL Organic Unit of the Year for Operational Achievement CY 2012; LtCol. Vladimir T. Mata, NFNL Reservist of the Year (Officer) CY 2012 and CPO Priscilla P. Oribello, NFNL Reservist of the Year (Enlisted Personnel) CY 2012.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau, Philippine Information Agency and Rotary Club of San Fabian in Pangasinan were given plaques of recognition for their support to the agency.

Vice Admiral Alexander P. Pama of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, flag officer in command of Philippine Navy and guest speaker, congratulated each personnel for their determined commitment to their work during the program.

“You have given a distinct honorable meaning to the word ‘service’ and indeed, live by your motto of vigilance, preparedness and service. Your noble deeds will always be remembered by a grateful maritime nation,” he said.

He also assured that all the selfless efforts, sacrifices and genuine desire for reforms and organizational transformation will enable them to achieve what they hope for a strong and credible navy that the nation can be proud of by 2020.

Anchored with the theme, “Team NBC, Kaakibat sa Mausay at Mabilis na Paglilingkod Tungo sa Matatag at Maaasahang Hukbong Dagat,” Pama said that this year commemoration of the noble commitment and exemplary deeds of NFNL manifests how effective and efficient it has been in the accomplishment of the navy’s mission in the Bayanihan sa Lingayen Golf, Operasyon Rang-ay ti Barangay, Bayanihan sa Casiguran, Territorial Defense and disaster response operations. (ANL/MHH-PIA1 La Union)

Repair of roads, bridges in La Union 98 percent done – DPWH-1

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept 21 (PIA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways Region 1 (DPWH-1) is almost finished in repairing national roads and bridges in La Union, DPWH-1 Public Relations Officer Esperanza Tinaza said.

Because of previous typhoons “Dindo,” “Gener,” “Helen,” and monsoon rains, national roads and some bridges have been damaged, which cause long traffic, delay of travel, and inconvenience to the public.

To address the problem, DPWH-1 Regional Director Veniedo O. Reyes immediately instructed all district engineers in the region to expedite potholes patching, cracks and joints sealing, and clearing activities of all national roads and bridges.

He also instructed to install warning and informative signs to ensure the safety of travelers.

“Lagi din nakabantay at nakahanda ang mga maintenance point persons and roadside workers para tumulong sa mga daan na nasira (Maintenance point persons and roadside workers should watch and be alert always in the repair of the damaged roads),” he added.

Officer in-charge Chief Maintenance Isabello Lopez, Jr. said 98 percent of the Manila-North Road (MNR) in the first district of La Union has been completed and is now passable to all types of vehicles.

Lopez said some of the roads are not yet finish due to rains.

Clearing of drainage facilities are on going along MNR barangay Dili in Bauang town.

Also, program of works and construction plans for the rehabilitation and construction of drainage system are being prepared, Tinaza said. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DPWH-1/Esperanza Tinaza)