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Archive for February, 2007

DA 6 puts up 41 ‘Tipid Abono’ sites

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas has established 41 Tipid Abono sites in the whole region to enhance rice productivity and generate additional jobs in the countryside.

According to OIC-Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales, the Tipid-Abono Fertilization Program (TAFP) is a cost reduction strategy through judicious and optimum use of fertilizer thus guiding the farmers particularly the hybrid and certified rice producers the right mixtures and application of fertilizers in their farms.

“Farmers were also taught how to use Leaf Color Chart (LCC) in order to determine proper timing and amount of nitrogen application in their respective farms.” Nacionales said.


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All systems go for march 14 oil recovery operations – Coscolluela

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (28 February) — Presidential Adviser for Western Visayas, Secretary Rafael Coscolluela expressed confidence that the most awaited recovery operations of oil from the sunken MT Solar I off the Guimaras Strait will start March 14, 2007.

Secretary Coscolluela said during a press briefing that the Allied Shield vessel of the SONSUP, an Italian firm hired for the recovery operation, will arrive on said date at the Bacolod BREDCO Port in Negros Occidental.

“The decision to use Bacolod Port as the host port is based on several reasons,” PA Coscolluela said. Bacolod Port , he said, is the only one that can provide a dedicated berthing area for the Allied Shield.

PA Coscolluela said that the Allied Shields Operations Director, Mark Phibbs will be arriving shortly before the said vessel arrives in Bacolod City. The Allied shield will have on board all the necessary equipments needed for the underwater operations. It will also provide accommodations for 52 personnel composed of ship crew, client representatives and technical staff.

It will be recalled that MT Solar I carrying tons of oil sank off Guimaras Strait in August 2006.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited the island province on several occasions and directed concerned agencies to seek all the necessary assistance, domestic or international and extend the necessary relief and livelihood aid to the affected communities.

Massive clean up operations and several forms of assistance were extended both by the government, private, domestic and international institutions to mitigate the effects of oils pill to human and marine life.

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund responded also through a multi-million peso payments to persons affected by the oil spill. (PIA)


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Petition for fare hike of Cebu taxis withdrawn

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

CEBU CITY: The Metro Cebu Taxi Operators’ Association filed a motion to withdraw its petition to increase taxi fares filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7.

The group said it filed the motion to withdraw after careful study of its petition for a P15 addition to the present P30-flag-down rate. The group said the increase would make riding a taxi prohibitive and would reduce the volume of passengers.

The group’s chairman Richard Cabucos filed the petition for fare increase on November 16, 2005. A public hearing was conducted on November 29.


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4 killed in China train derailment

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

BEIJING – A sandstorm with hurricane-strength wind gusts derailed a train in China’s far west on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring another 30, state media said.

The 11-car train had just left a station in Turpan, in the Xinjiang region’s east, when it was hit by wind at 2 a.m., the Xinhua News Agency said.

“A strong sandstorm cracked window panes soon after the train left Turpan, and blew some of the cars off the rail when we were trying to plug up the windows,” Xinhua quoted passenger Su Chuanyi as saying.

Sandstorms fed by the deserts of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia blow toward Beijing and the eastern seaboard each spring powered by vigorous winds. Sometimes, the dust blows out across the Pacific, clouding the skies of South Korea and occasionally drifting as far as the western coast of the United States.


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National Dental Health Month

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

The Philippine Dental Association (PDA) leads the nation in the month-long celebration of National Dental Health Month with the theme “Pangangalaga sa Ngipin Ating Ugaliin, Maningning na Bukas Mapapasaatin.”

This annual observance, which started in 1951 as National Dental Health Week, has been expanded into a month-long celebration by virtue of Proclamation No. 559 issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2004. The presidential declaration enjoins the country’s dental practitioners and relevant declaration enjoins the country’s dental practitioners and relevant government agencies and professional organizations to reach out to more people in the countryside, and make them more conscious of the value of good oral/dental health.


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Zambo City to get health benefits from World Vision

Posted by Michille on 28th February 2007

By JP Alvarez

Zamboanga City (28 February) — World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (WVDF) has included Zamboanga as one of its beneficiaries of Social Mobilization on Tuberculosis (SMT) project.

The WVDF’s health program called “Baga mo, Mahal Ko” will be formally launched tomorrow, March 01, at the Talon-Talon Elem. School with City Mayor Celso Lobregat as guest of honor.

The SMT project aims to increase the demand for Directly Observed Treatment Shortcourse (DOTS) services in the public and private DOTS centers by engaging communities in fighting TB and empowering community leaders, volunteers and the TB patients themselves.

Community leaders & volunteers are trained to increase access of the community to quality DOTS services and to provide patient-centered TB services while TB patients are the main recipients who will benefit from improved health seeking behavior, will face less stigma and experience more patient-friendly DOT.

The Department of Health (DOH) as the prime mover, is responsible for providing free regular supply of anti-TB drugs and laboratory services and technical support and capacity development training to public health workers for quality DOTS implementation.

During the launching of the project, Mayor Lobregat is expected to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DOH-Center for Health Development 9 represented by its director Dr. Aristides Tan and World Vision director Elnora Avarientos.

The SMT project is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF), Inc., The Philippine Coalition Against Tuberculosis (PhilCAT), the local government units (LGUs) and the community. (PIA Z.C.)


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