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VOL. 1 | NO. 4 July 05, 2013

Siquijor first lady congressman says she's ready for the job By Rizalie a. calibo

Dr. Marie Anne Pernes taking oath as the first lady congressman of the lone district of Siquijor. Behind her is her family who promised to support her all the way in her new found task. (RACalibo/PIA-Siquijor)

BFAR pushes for people's participation in Siquijor marine biodiversity conservation SIQUIJOR (PIA)—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) calls for the public’s active participation in the conservation of marine biodiversity in the province. BFAR-Siquijor head Warren Inao said seas and oceans are big sources of food so that everyone has to take responsibility in taking care of these. People’s role in the conservation of marine life is vital because most of the factors that greatly contributed to their extinct are due to human activities, Inao said. Among ways to help the ocean and the sea, he said, are: lessening water pollution by not throwing trash to the sea, and active participation in activities that help increase the marine life like mangrove planting. Inao also encourages people to observe laws and prohibitions that foster marine health and conservation. "Things that we do today (to protect) marine biodiversity, and nature as a whole, will mean abundance for the next generation," Inao said. (mbcn/rac/PIA7-Siquijor & I.A. Abatayo)

SIQUIJOR 1 (PIA) --- The first female to sit as congressman in the lone district of Siquijor has assured Siquijodnons that she is prepared to tackle head-on the challenges of her job. “Ako po ay handang-handa na (I am very ready)," assured Dr. Marie Anne Pernes, the new and the first lady Congressman of Siquijor in her inspirational message in yesterday’s oathtaking ceremonies at the Siquijor Capital Square, Siquijor, Siquijor. Pernes expressed her gratitude to all the supporters and those who “voted for change”, calling her's and the Liberal Party's victory in the last elections as the victory also of the Siquijodnons. “Kayo po ang tunay na nanalo at gumawa nga kasaysayan (You are the true winners and have made history)," she said. “What you won and what we all won is the chance to shape for a better future for our province and our people,” Pernes added. While admitting that she is new to this line of work, the lady Congressman also assured those who may have doubted her ability that everything is learned. “Hindi po lahat ng bagay sa mundo ay napaghahandaan, pero napag-aaralan. The most important things in life are learned by actual experience, by facing the challenges that come our way,” she said. A dentist by profession, Doc Anne, as she is fondly called, stepped up to take the place of her deceased husband, Dr. Jay Pernes who died a day before the elections. Jay Pernes was the Liberal Party's bet for the Congressional seat. In facing these challenges, Doc Anne urged her constituents that “we need to be steadfast in our resolve, true to our purpose, follow the right path and keep faith that the lord our God will guide us and help us.” She added: “My mandate, my duty and my strength come from you.” Doc Anne said her primary duty as the representative to the Congress and to the national government is to be the voice and bridge of the Siquijjor people. “I will be your voice and bridge to the Congress, to the Cabinet and to President Noynoy Aquino para iparating sa kanila ang kalagayan ng ating lalawigan, ang inyong kalagayan at pangangailan…ang inyong mga panukalala at gustong gawin (to bring to them our situation, our needs, and what we aspire for Siquijor)," she said. She promised to see to it that Siquijor will be included in all of the government’s plans and programs for the country. To get the full support of the national government, she said she will empower Siquijor to use the natural resources and human talents to bring the province to the path of economic development. “Kaya nating dalhin ang ating lalawigan sa tuwid na landas ng kaunlaran at magandang bukas sa tulong ng ating Pangulo. Anumang tulong na ibibigay sa atin ng national government ay ibabalik natin sa pamamagitan ng aing pagunlad. (We can bring our province to progress and prosperity. Whatever help our national government will give us, we will pay through development)," she said. I f S i q u i j o r p r o g r e s s e s a n d p r o s p e r s e c o n o m i c a l l y, she said, it will also contribute to the growth and development o f t h e w h o l e c o u n t r y. ( r m n / R A C a l i b o / P I A - S i q u i j o r )

Turn-over of the symbolic key of leadership by Siquijor Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Gladys Estrellada (right) representing the outgoing Governor, Orlando A. Fua Jr., to the new governor elect Zaldy s. Villa (left). (RACalibo/PIA-Siquijor)




DOST-SETUP funds welding works in Siquijor Releases P350,000 to Dodge By Rizalie a. calibo

SIQUIJOR (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Te c h o n o l o g y ( D O S T ) - S m a l l Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) releases another P350,000 to Dodge Welding Work of Candanay Norte, Siquijor, Siqujor. DOST-Siquijor provincial director Mario de la Pena said the SET-UP program is providing technical support and assistance Dodge Welding Works owned and managed by Deleto Cuevas. Entitled “Machinery and Equipment Upgrading of Dodge Welding Shop”, the project is a component project of SET-UP enhance product quality and productivity through S&T interventions. DOST will introduce machining technologies such as engine drive welding machine, plain sheet bender, air driven demolition hammer and TIG welding machine in order to enhance product quality and productivity. Funding release and signing of the memorandum of agreement were done at the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Siquijor, Siquijor. (mbcn/RACalibo/ PIA7-Siquijor)

Turnover of a P350,000-check to Deleto Cuevas (2nd from left), owner/manager of Dodge Welding Works by Provincial Science and Technology Director Engr. Mario de la Pena (2nd from right). The assistance is a technology/innovation support for “Machinery and Equipment Upgrading of Dodge Welding Shop in Candanay Norte, Siquijor, Siquijor” as a component project of Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Witnessing the turn-over are Engr. Roland Padayhag (left), also of DOST and Deleto’s wife, Maria Inin Cuevas. (RACalibo/PIA-Siquijor w/ DOST-Siquijor photo)

Pregnant teens more at risk to malnutrition

Compiled by Engr. Mario E. de la Pena

Pregnancy, according to the United Nations’ World Health Organization (UN-WHO), is the period of about seven to nine months on the average when a woman carries a developing fetus in the womb. For most women, pregnancy is a time of great happiness and fulfillment, but it is also the period when both the woman and the developing child face health risks. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), 1 out 4 adolescent or teenage pregnant women are more nutritionally at-risk than older pregnant women. Many health problems associated with negative outcomes of pregnancy occur during this vulnerable age. These include anemia, postpartum hemorrhage or excessive bleeding after childbirth and mental disorders, such as depression. Pregnant adolescent girls also have to discontinue schooling and often have less access to health services and information due to socio-cultural isolation. Pregnancy at a young age leads to long-term counter-productive implications to individuals, families and communities, as adolescence represents a key stage in development and is a critical opportunity for ensuring successful transition to adulthood. Poor reproductive health outcomes can often be traced to adolescence since educational achievement, life skills and decisionmaking on childbearing have profound effects on the lives of adolescents, families, communities and society. Related to this, the FNRI-DOST conducted a national survey

Technology/innovation support for Siquijor furniture: Owner of Charito’s Furniture Shop, Charito Jumadla (2nd from left) of Lambojon, Siquijor, Siquijor receives the Technology Assistance and Innovation Support of P115,200 from DOST under its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP). The check was turned over by Provincial Science and Technology Director Engr. Mario E. de la Peña (2nd from right) witnessed by Jumadla's wife (far left) and Josie F. Elli (right) of DOST 7 on June 5, 2001 at the DOST-Siquijor Provincial Office. (rac/MEP-DOST-Siquijor)

on the nutritional status of Filipino pregnant women in 2011. Results of the survey revealed that one in three or 35.7 percent of adolescent pregnant women below 20 years old are nutritionally at-risk. Studies have shown that the nutritional status of the mother during pregnancy affects the birthweight of infant such that the rates of low birthweight are higher among babies of adolescents, increasing the mortality rate and incidence of future health problems of the baby. Low birthweight of a liveborn infant, which is less than 2.5 kilos, is a major health problem because it has adverse effects on child survival and development. Low birthweight also affects the person throughout life and is associated with poor growth in childhood and a higher incidence of adult diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. An additional risk for adolescents is having smaller babies when these adolescents become mothers. Adolescent pregnant women need and deserve the help and support of family members, friends and health professionals. Such support will be more effective if government will focus on maternal health advocacy. More trained and skilled health workers that adapt to the demands of increasing population are needed. Since low educational level is closely associated with early childbearing, responsible parenthood in the school curriculum should be intensified and economic opportunities for teenage families must be instituted. For more information on food and nutrition, you may contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. Email: Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website: (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service: Press Release – IMELDA A. AGDEPPA, Ph.D.)


Hybrid coconut seedlings for distribution to Siquijor coco farmers SIQUIJOR, (PIA)—At least 67,500 hybrid coconut seed nuts (dwarf seed nuts) from the national government are up for distribution in Siquijor province anytime this year, an officer of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said. PCA provincial manager Medel Panzo said the program is in line with the implementation of the Coconut Seedling Dispersal Program (CSDP). The hybrid coconut seedlings which are now currently bred at the Zamboanga Research Center in Mindanao will bear fruit in just a span of three to five years, Panzo said. From the research center, they will be transported to PCA-Siquijor for distribution to the members of the small coconut farmers organizations in the province, he added. Like Participatory Coconut Planting Program (PCPP), it aims to further augment the local production and income of the coco farmers, thus boosting the coconut industry in the province. PCA-Siquijor is now implementing the Kasaganaan sa Niyugan at Kaunlaran ng Bayan (Kaanib) project at Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor where a group of coco farmers are gathered to establish and maintain a nursery and to take care of the coconut seedlings. (mbcn/ rac/PIA7-Siquijor & I.A.Abatayo)

LP VICTORY: Liberal party officials and supporters celebrating victory during the oath taking ceremony at the Siquijor Capital Square for garnering the major positions in the province in last midterm elections. The ceremony was graced by National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Joel Rocamora who himself is a Siquijodnon. (RACalibo/ PIA-Siquijor)

PUBLIC ADVISORY JULY is.... Nutrition Month Theme: "Gutom at

malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!"

SOAR HIGH SIQUIJOR: FATHER TO DAUGHTER TURN-OVER: New Siquijor town mayor-elect Mei Ling Quezon (left) accepting the Soar High symbolic key of leadership from her father, out-gooing mayor and now the new vice-mayor, Richard Quezon. (RACalibo/PIA-Siquijor)

National Disaster Consciousness Month Theme: "Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan.” (July 17-23) National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Theme: "Building an Inclusive and NonHandicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities.” (July 23 - 27) National Science and Technology Week Science and Technology Innovation : The Road to Smarter Philippines


is a weekly electronic newsletter produced by the Philippine Information Agency-Siquijor Information Center and the DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center with stories submitted by local and national government agencies and from other Provincial Information Centers in Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental.

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iSIQUIJOR GOVERNMENTNEWS ANG MGA MIYEMBRO NG SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN Dugang pang katungdanan: * Mo-aprubar ug mga ordinansa kalabot sa mga multa nga dili molapas sa Php5,000.00 ug usa ka tuig nga pagkabilanggo. * Mokuti-kuti sa tanang naaprubahang ordinansa sa mga lungsod. * Mokuti-kuti sa mga ordinansa kalabot sa tinuig ug dugang pondo paggagamiton sa probinsya. * Moatiman ug mopreserba sa mga lasang, kasapaan, tinubdan sa tubig, kakahuyan, kadagatan, kapagatpatan ug uban pang proyekto sa pagpalambo sa kagubatan o kalikupan sa probinsya. * Mohatag ug mga scholarship sa mga angay ug pobreng kabataan. * Mophimutang sa mga pasilidad sama sa mga presohan ug mogahin ug igong pndo alang sa mga tawong nakasala o nakasupak sa balaod. MGA KINAIYA SA ANGAY MOSERBISYO SA PROBINSYA * Adunay matinud-anon nga tinguha ug mayo sa iyang pagserbisyo sa publiko. * Patas ug makatarunganon sa pagtagad sa bisan kinsa mang modulo sa iyang buhatan. * Adunay integridad ug walay tinguha nga gamiton ang iyang katungdanan alang sa iyang kaugalingong kaayuhan. * Adunay baruganan nga dili modawat sa bisan unsa mang klase sa suhol o bayad. * Maka-Diyos ug adunay kasing-kasing moserbisyo ilabi na sa mga kabos.

Department of Tourism in Region 7 will launch on August 17, 2013 the ChildWise Tourism program in key Metro Cebu cities. The program aims to stop the commercial sexual exploitation of children and also women in the tourism industry. The public and tourism industry frontliners - hotel and resort workers, drivers, tourist guides - can help a lot in reporting incidents of child sex trafficking to the authorities.

Our children and women are not for sale. Pls. help spread the word.


Do not crumple your money BSP official By Ferliza C. Contratista

CEBU CITY (PIA) -- “Crumpling your money is not a test of its authenticity.” This was the statement of Hazel Arante, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Bank Officer, in a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum. Arante said it is the usual practice among Filipinos to crumple in their fist a banknote or bill when trying to test whether it is fake or not. “Abtik kaayo ta nga mukumot dayon sa kuarta papel kay lageh og di mubukad fake (We are so quick in crumpling in our fist the paper money assuming that when it does not open back it is a fake),” Arante said. Unfortunately, Arante said, this practice is not only futile but it is also making the banknote unfit. She however assured that the New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes which are now being distributed massively since 2010, has been upgraded with various security measures to prove its authenticity. “In fact, our NGC series has been awarded Best in Security Features from among other currencies worldwide,” Arante said. She explained that there are seven security features in the new NGC series; the embossed prints, serial number, security fiber, watermark, seethrough mark, concealed value, and security thread. BSP Regional Director Atty. Lux Berciles said their agency is conducting seminars to raise awareness on the security features of the NGC series and the campaign for Clean Note Policy. “We conduct four level seminars on our newly released currency, first for the general public, then for cash handlers, then for BSP use and last for currency experts,” Berciles said. She said the New Design Series (NDS), or what is commonly referred to as "old money," will only be of value in the next three to four years. S h e also encouraged holders of NDS to have them exchanged for the NGC series a t B S P o ff i c e , including the unfit bills. According to the BSP officials, they also welcome organizations and groups to invite them for a seminar on the NGC series and money security features. (rm/FCC/PIA7)

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