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  • Caraga RPAB Endorses P711 Million Worth of Subprojects to PRDP

    After a two-day deliberation, the Caraga Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) endorses around P712 Million worth of Infrastructure Projects proposed by different local government units for funding in 2016 under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). PRDP is a P27.5-billion World Bank project implemented by the Department of Agriculture. It is a six-year program that runs from 2013 to 2019 and is designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market-oriented agri-fishery sector. Considering the immense demand

  • DA, LGUs strengthen Regional Disaster Risk Management for Agriculture

    “We cannot wait for disaster to hit us. Rather, we have to prepare for it.” Dr. Roberto Sandoval, Jr. of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The UN FAO in coordination with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 13 (DA-RFO 13) conducted a two-day Rehabilitation and Mitigation Planning Workshop and Action Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction for Agriculture on June 2 and 3, 2015. DA-13 Regional Executive Director Edna M. Mabeza urged the participants to work

  • ls rice to be blamed for rising diabetes?

    Rice consumption and diabetes were the topics of debate in the recently concluded Asia-Pacific conference in clinical Nutrition (APCCN) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on January 26-29, 2015. Two clinical nutrition experts served as opposing speakers of the debate.   Yes, it is Dr. Christiani Jeyakumar Henry from the United Kingdom presented the arguments that link white rice consumption to the rising prevalence of diabetes, particularly that Asia is the epicenter of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). He also said that the

  • Hypertension, diabetes greatly increase risk to cardiovascular disease

    Hypertension or high blood pressure, as defined by the Eighth Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 8, 2013), is blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 for persons 60 years old and below and 150/90 for those 60 years old and above. Known as the “silent killer” because of the lack of warning signs or symptoms, many people do not realize they are already hypertensive. According to the World Health Organization

  • Caraga nominates SIKAP, ANHS-SDRRMC to 2015 SOV

    Caraga nominates the Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) Incorporated, Agusan National High School-School Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (ANHS-SDRRMC), and Respond Incorporated to the 2015 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV). The SOV is an annual recognition for the unsung and ordinary Filipino organizations and individuals whose small, yet invaluable acts of service contributed towards extraordinary milestones in nation-building and national development. The Regional Search Committee (RSC) evaluated several entries and confirmed that SIKAP and ANHS-SDRRMC qualify for the Search.

  • Philippine Statistics Authority launches the 2015 Census of Population

    The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office 13 launched the 2015 Census of Population (POPCEN 2015) on August 3, 2015 in Butuan City. PSA-Caraga Interim Director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura emphasized the importance of the POPCEN 2015 by explaining that the census will generate statistics on the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the population and important housing characteristics. These data will become the bases in the formulation of development plans, policies and programs and in the allocation of resources at

  • Laying the Policy Infrastructure for Education Reforms

    One of the gains the President cited in his latest and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) were the reforms in the country’s education sector. Indeed, this administration has produced more education related legislations with far-reaching impact to the nation than any of its immediate predecessors. While the Philippines as a country may be “forced to good” to do these reforms amid the inexorable and tradition-altering education innovations occurring across the world, it is the Aquino Administration which really