Tagalog news: Mga Pinoy na doktor mula New York, maglulunsad ng medical mission sa Ilocos Sur

LUNGSOD NG VIGAN, Ilocos Sur, Okt 17 (PIA) — Para kay Dr. Rufino “Rocky” Singson, isang bantog na Pilipinong doctor sa New York, USA, hindi sapat ang tinatamasang tagumpay sa ibang bansa kung hindi rin ipamahagi sa mga kababayan sa Pilipinas lalo na sa mga kapwa niya Ilokano.

Si Singson ay tubong Vigan, pangulo ng Philippine Medical Association (PMA) – New York Chapter na nakaiskedyul na maglunsad ng medical mission sa iba’t ibang bayan sa Ilocos Sur kabilang na ang Heritage City ng Vigan.

Ayon kay Bokal Jeremias “Jerry” Singson, chairman ng Committee on Health sa Sangguniang Panglalawigan, bahagi ito ng misyon ng mga Filipinong manggagamot sa Amerika na makatulong sa kanilang mga kababayan lalo na ang mga dukhang pamilya.

Sinabi ng kasapi ng Hunta Probinsyal na maisasagawa ang mga major at minor surgeries at operasyon sa Gabriela Silang General Hospital sa Vigan na may sakit sa puso, kidney o bato, atay, at iba pang malalang sakit.

“Ang lahat na gagamitin nilang medical equipment na dinala mula sa US, iiwan nila sa ospital pagkatapos ng Medical Mission para magamit sa mga pasyente,” idinagdag ni Singson.

“Maipatupad din ang operasyon para sa mga mamamayan lalo na ang mga matatanda na may katarata, goiter, at mga may cleft-palate,” sinabi ng bokal.

Maglulunsad ang grupo na binubuo ng mga volunteer doctors at nurses ng medical mission sa iba’t ibang bayan para puntiryahin ang mga mahihirap na pamilya na may sakit na mapagkalooban pa ng libreng gamot o bitamina pati reading glasses.

Sinabi ng bokal na pangulo ng JCS Foundation, na noong Pebrero sa nakaraang taon, naglunsad din ang mga kasapi ng PMA-Chicago Chapter ng Medical Mission sa Ilocos Sur na kung saan natulungan ang mahigit na 10,000 maralitang mamamayan.

Pati ang Aloha Medical Mission na binubuo nga mga boluntaryong doctor at nurses mula sa Ilocos Surian’s Association of Hawaii na pinamumunuan ni Danny Villaruz nakatulong din sa mga kababayan noong nakaraang Pasko. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)

Good governance must be practiced by all officials – Ombudsman

MANGALDAN, Pangasinan, Oct 18 (PIA) — A seminar on good governance for barangay officials was conducted today in Mangaldan town led by the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon.

Atty. Racquel Cunanan-Marayag, officer- in- charge of the Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office (PACPO) in Luzon, said the seminar is the first of a series in north Luzon.

The program aims to refresh barangay and municipal officials, whether elective or appointive, of the principles of good governance which includes public accountability, transparency and integrity.

“This aims to refresh the officials on the principles of good governance and walk-them through on the new laws of the land because they are the leaders of in the grassroots level,” Marayag said.

The program is based on a memorandum signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in November 2011 for all ombudsmen to roll-out the seminars. It is also anchored on the framework of the Philippine Development Plan on good governance, she added.

There were 45 barangay officials representing the 30 barangays of Mangaldan, including municipal officials, who attended the on-day seminar.

Mayor Herminio Romero, for his part, was elated as his town was chosen as the pilot area for the activity to remind the officials of their duties to the public.

Among the topics discussed in the seminar were about the fundamentals of good governance, public services, environmental protection, procurement, budget and common problems encountered by barangay officials in the course of their performance of official duties.(ANL/VHS PIA-Pangasinan)

PhilHealth fun run launched in Dagupan City

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, Oct 18 (PIA) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) today unveiled its logo for the PhilHealth Run 2013 at the City Deluxe Restaurant here, signifying the launching of the fun run that will be held next year.

The activity is a fund-raising project intended to increase insurance funds, specifically for the benefit of the Kanlungan Center Foundation, which caters to the needs of overseas Filipino workers.

Rose Bayan, coordinator for the foundation, said Kanlungan was chosen to benefit from the project because of its requirement from its members to register in PhilHealth.

Jose A. Mones, fun run coordinator for Region 1, said 18 areas were chosen as key areas on which to hold the event to correspond with the 18th anniversary of the PhilHealth on Feb. 17, 2013.

The fun run will be held in Tuguegarao, Baguio, Clark, Malolos, Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Legazpi, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Marawi, Davao, Zamboanga, Koronadal and this city.

Mones said PhilHealth is targeting 5,000 participants in Region 1.

The run is divided into four categories of consisting of 3K, 5K, 10K and 18K. Starting line will be at the Dagupan City Hall.

For more information, visit the fun run website at run2013.philhealth.gov.ph. (ANL/ARRF PIA-Pangasinan)

KBP-Pangasinan spearheads ‘broadcastreeing’ in San Fabian

SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan, Oct 18 (PIA) — The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan Chapter spearheaded a tree-planting activity, dubbed “broadcastreeing” in this town on Saturday, Oct 13.

Chapter President Bernie Errasquin said the activity was conducted nationwide by 30 KBP chapters simultaneously, in response to the National Greening Program (NGP) of President Benigno Aquino. .

The NGP aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of public lands in a span of six years – 2011 to 2016.

The tree-planting activity covered 10 barangays in San Fabian town which included the barangays of Alacan, Cayanga, Guilig, Longos, Mabilao, Poblacion, Rabon, Tempra, Tiblong and Tocok.

Seedlings of fire trees planted in these barangays were provided by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, said Errasquin.

San Fabian Mayor Irene Libunao is thankful as the town was chosen as the planting site. The ornamental plants with its fiery blooms in summer will add beauty to the town which is one of the tourist attractions in Pangasinan, she said.

As a token of appreciation, Libunao gave “bangus” sardines to KBP members and other agencies present in the occasion.

The product is made by the Pangasinan Council of Women which is part of their One Town, One Product and serves as a means of livelihood for the women of San Fabian.

Errasquin requested the residents of San Fabian to constantly water the planted fire trees until these can fend for themselves.

The broadcastreeing is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police and Philippine Red Cross. (ANL/AMM-PIA2, Pangasinan)

LU Surfing Break ‘Fun Run’ to benefit Red Cross

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Oct 19 (PIA) — Workers and students from the academe, public and private sectors are invited to join the fun run on October 26 here as kickoff activity for the 7th La Union Surfing Break, Michelle Bermudez of Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-La Union Chapter said.

She said proceeds from the fun run will be intended for the training of its beneficiaries specifically local surfers and community volunteers on first aid, basic life support-CPR and basic safety and rescue lifeguarding thru PRC.

“Through the funds that will be raised from the fun run, we can already help local surfers and volunteers to be trained on necessary lifesaving skills in order to ensure the safety of surfers and beachgoers,” PRC-La Union said.

The race is composed of two categories, 3K with a registration fee of P250 and 5K with a registration fee of P300. The 3K will start from San Juan town plaza to Urbiztondo Surfing Break area, while the 5K race will begin at the city plaza of San Fernando going to same Surfing Break area.

“Our registration is ongoing until October 20, however, we will still extend our deadline before said activity to accommodate more participants,” Bermudez said.

She also said interested individuals may visit their office for additional information, or contact them at (072) 700-5161/ (O72) 607-3143.(ANL/MHH PIA1 La Union)

News Feature: Asia Foundation closer in championing, promoting rights of PWDs

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Oct 19 (PIA) — Persons with disabilities (PWDs) who often are sidelined during elections have found an ally in Asia Foundation as it started its campaign to champion and promote their rights.

The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region began to implement a three year ‘Disability Inclusive Election Program’, a component of a bigger framework which promotes Disability-Inclusive Development thru the support of the Australian Agency for International Development.

The program is in collaboration with PWDs, Disabled People Organizations (DPO), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Commission on Elections (Comelec), Local Government Units and other elections-focused Non-Government Organizations to address the PWDs’ needs, concerns and participation for the 2013 midterm election.

It likewise aims to provide recommendations to the Comelec to increase the PWDs access to registration sites and polling places in order to reduce or remove constraints that PWD voters might face.

The areas covered by the program are Legazpi City in Albay, Cotabato City in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Davao City, La Union, Iloilo and Dagupan City as they were identified with high number of Disabled Peoples Organization based on the database of the National Council on Disability Affair.

For region 1, a “Fully Abled Nation” day campaign was launched October 18 this province as part of the project to heighten public awareness of PWD voters’ rights and the importance of voter registration.

The event was attended by the media, PWD leaders, various government offices, non-government organizations (NGO) and civil society groups.

During the event, the Asia Foundation has marked back-to-back advocacy where a presentation of the background of Disability-Inclusive Elections Program and FAN Advocacy campaign materials like audio visual production and radio infomercials were presented.

Disability inclusive programs and updates from the Commission on Elections, National Council on Disability Affairs were also undertaken and likewise, a media forum to promote partnerships to enhance support and awareness of PWD participatory needs.

These efforts while it may not fully address the needs of the PWDs now, are considered a good way to start for the country aspiring to shift closer to being an abled nation.

Moreover, Asia Foundation said they will provide technical assistance on advocacy strategies, financial management, volunteer management and media training for DPOs and NGOs working with PWDs to enhance their participation in the next election and develop PWD-responsive election materials. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)

Pangasinan chessers shine in Batang Pinoy tilt

DAGUPAN CITY, Oct 19 (PIA) — Young chess players in Pangasinan hauled several medals in the recent Batang Pinoy North Luzon Leg in Lingayen town, raising the province’s score to clinch the over-all championship in the 12-event sports competition.

Rosales town chess player Samantha Glo Revita dominated the girl’s division, winning all the categories, namely: standard category (6 points), rapid category (5.5 points) and blitz (6 points).

The 2012 Palarong Pambansa gold medalist’s performance hoisted the girl’s team to first place in the blitz category and second place both in rapid and standard categories after Baguio City.

The girl’s team, consisting of Revita, Maycydel Fajardo, and Regyne Palaming, tallied four gold and two silver medals in team and individual counts, combined.

In the boy’s division, the Pangasinan team, won all the three categories, ahead of second placer Baguio City.
Team mainstay Antonio Almodal III won two individual bronze medals in the rapid and blitz categories.

Pangasinan took the title with 77 gold, 88 silver and 85 bronze medals, ahead of last year’s title holder Baguio City, with 69 gold, 61 silver and 49 bronze medals.

Of the total medal haul, seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals came from chess.

The Pangasinan Team will represent Luzon in the national finals in Iloilo City in December.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), organizer of the event, donated 20 chess sets to 236 inmates of the Pangasinan Provincial Jail last Friday.

PSC Commissioner Jose Luiz Gonzales, together with Provincial Sports Consultant Modesto Operania, International Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, International Master Yves Rañola, and National Master Edmundo Gatos, handed over the sets.

The donation was part of the PSC’s outreach program, according to PSC Representative Toby Mijares. (ANL/ARRF PIA-Pangasinan with report from PIO)