ADVISORY: AFP-Smart activates Text Hotline 7444-1678

The Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. [Smart] has activated a text hotline: 7444-1678, where the public can directly interact with the AFP.

According to Maj. Alwin Maneja: “The service is initially available for Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in Central Mindanao, the strategy is to eventually have a text hotline for all mobile phone users all over the country.  We prioritized Mindanao due to the ongoing conflict in Marawi City.  Still, we are extremely grateful to PLDT & Smart for acting very quickly to provide the AFP with this capability.  We are continually working and consulting with PLDT & Smart as we further enhance this capability.”

The AFP is encouraging Filipinos in Central Mindanao to provide the text hotline with actionable information and at the same time sign-up for the service so that they may be updated of the events and activities of the AFP.

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The AFP assured the public that they will reply promptly, and act appropriately particularly on reports that pertain to national peace and security.

To use the service, Smart, Sun & Talk N’ Text subscribers in:
-Misamis Oriental
-Agusan Provinces
-Surigao Provinces
-Davao Provinces
-North Cotabato
need to type: EMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to: 7444-1678.

For subscribers in:
-Misamis Occidental
-Zamboanga Provinces
-Lanao Provinces
-Sultan Kudarat except Columbia
Type: WMC (ang inyong lugar/address at impormasyon) and send to 7444-1678.

Maj. Maneja added: “The value of using the keywords EMC & WMC will guarantee that the messages are sent directly to the AFP’s Eastern or Western Regional Commands for quicker response and action”. (Smart Inc. COmm)

NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)

DTI: No price hike in goods after ML declaration

ILIGAN CITY, June 6 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has assured the public that there would be no price increase in basic commodities in markets after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte proclaimed Martial Law (ML) in Mindanao following the clashes between government forces and Maute terror group in Marawi City last May 23.


In yesterday’s, June 5, press briefing held at the Regional Command and Coordination Center in Iligan City, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that results of market price monitoring conducted by DTI showed that stores, especially in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte, complied with the government’s price freeze order.

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DTI market monitoring report as of June 5, 2017 showed that NFA rice remains at P27 a kilo, regular milled rice at P40 a kilo, well-milled rice at P44 to P48 a kilo and upscale rice at P52. These prices, except for upscale rice, have the same price prior to the declaration of Martial Law.

In a statement, DTI Secretary Lopez informs all consumers and retailers that pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, prices of basic necessities in areas proclaimed or declared under Martial Law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control.

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“Supply of goods in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte markets is also abundant despite the threat of terrorism in some of the province’s rural areas. Hence, I refuted reports that prices of basic commodities soared high in the wake of Marawi crisis,” Lopez said.

He, therefore, urged the buying public to countercheck the prices sold in markets to ensure they are buying goods with the right price. (RLRBalistoy/PIA-10, Bukidnon)

DSWD distributes food packs to IDPs in 3 barangays

Some 1,907 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or about 371 families from three barangays, who have sought refuge in this city received food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yesterday.

No less than DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo led the distribution of food packs which consist of 5 kilos rice, assorted canned goods and coffee held at Bagong Silang Evacuation Center.


The home-based IDPs from Barangay Santiago (30 families/190 individuals), Bagong Silang (172 families/887 individuals) and Tibanga (166 families/830 individuals) took shelter in the homes of their families and relatives in Iligan City following the clashes between government troops and Maute terror group in Marawi City.


In a brief program before the distribution, Councilor Ryan Ong welcomed the IDPs in behalf of City Mayor Celso G. Regencia and promised to extend all possible means, including resources to help ease their plight.


“We always pray to Allah that Marawi will be peaceful again so we could return to our normal life,” Faisalia Dinapinggun, a 48-year old entrepreneur from West Marinaut, Marawi said teary-eyed. She has 15 children aged between 8-25, and one is still left in Marawi.

Meanwhile, Secretary Taguiwalo said DSWD continues to monitor the growing number of IDPs in different areas and neighboring places.


“Nakikiisa kami sa mga taga Marawi na may naiwang mga mahal sa buhay doon. Pareho tayong nagnanais ng kapayapaan at sana matapos na ang kaguluhan para makabalik na kayong lahat sa Marawi,” the secretary emphatized.


She asked the IDPs what they want from the president and they said all they want is peace. “Gusto namin ng kapayapaan at tahimik na pamumuhay. Itigil na ang digmaan at bumalik sa normal ang sitwasyon sa Marawi.”


The relief distribution was witnessed by local officials and DSWD personnel.

Taguiwalo later attended a media briefing with local media at the regional command and coordination center for ARMM and Region 10.  (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay)

Ozamiz, Oroquieta CDRRMOs, entries in 2017 Gawad KALASAG search

Two cities in Misamis Occidental namely Ozamiz and Oroquieta are entries in this year’s Gawad Kalasag: Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance.


A total of 15 entries in region 10 representing local DRRMOs, hospitals, schools, early learning centers among others are being evaluated by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) from 17-20 April 2017.

During the team’s visit, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. underscored the importance of Gawad Kalasag to improve disaster risk reduction program in Ozamiz city.

He also shared his ongoing projects and plans to the RDRRMC team. He said the city is implementing zero style use in schools following Ozamiz City’s Styrofoam and proper disposal regulation and P40M sanitary landfill under construction.

Meanwhile, vice mayor Princess Nova Parojinog explained that this evaluation from the RDRRMC is an opportunity to improve in terms of disaster preparedness and response from the local government.


On the other hand, in Oroquieta City, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Fernan V Marcial says rain-induced flooding top among the hazards of Oroquieta City. Around 26 brgys of 47 are flood prone. These are located along Layawan River, Paypayan River and other streams and creeks. Of this number, only 10 barangays settled along coastal area are along the delta of rivers are highly susceptible to the hazard.

However, to minimize the effects of climate change, the city government of Oroquieta has allocated P7 million worth of projects in 2017 for structural mitigation including construction and rehabilitation of drainage and river control, slope and shoreline protection, spur dikes among others.

Gawad KALASAG is the country’s premier annual awards for outstanding contribution in Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance. (JMOR/PIA10)

NorMin crime volume decreased as Double Barrel Reloaded gains momentum

Police Regional Office (PRO) 10 has announced that the Quarterly total crime volume showed a drastic decrease of 32.5% compared to the crime statistics recorded in 2015 and 2016.

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The crime volume in Northern Mindanao dropped significant as compared to the same period in the last two years. From January to March, it registered 10,307 crimes in 2015 and drops to 6,250 crimes in 2016 compared to the current crime volume of 5,780, it decreased by 32.5% compared to crime volume of 2015 and 3.71% decrease compared to the crime volume of 2016.


PRO 10 assessment point out to the link and direct effect of the diminished presence of illegal drugs in the streets as a result of the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign. Most of the prevalent crimes are usually drug related cases like theft, robbery, physical injury, domestic violence, rape and all forms of abuse. Thus, the police office is not surprised of the marked decrease in crime volume as stressed in timeline.


Since January to March this year there were 887 persons arrested in its intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign wherein 64,039 households were re-visited and 8,449 new household visited by its police stations with 88 self-confessed drug users and eight drug pushers have voluntarily surrendered.


With this accomplishment, PCSupt Agripino G Javier said that PRO 10 personnel will carry on its mandated task to enforce the law and place lawless elements behind bars.


He also, directed all provincial / city police offices to continuously conduct efficient campaign and advocacy by implementing a wide-ranging pro-active approach / strategy on the campaign against all forms of criminality in coordination with various law enforcement and other concerned government agencies. (PRO 10)

DOH urges families to avail of Garantisadong Pambata

In its stride to combat malnutrition among children aged 0-14 years old, the Department of Health (DOH) -10 has urged the families to avail themselves of free vitamins, micro nutrient supplements, vaccines, immunization and services in government health centers regionwide.

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During the “Talakayan sa PIA” last April 11 here, DOH-10 presented its nationwide strategy in supporting micronutrient supplementation dubbed “Garantisadong Pambata,” an intervention to combat malnutrition in the country.

Dr. Grace Sicat of DOH-10 said that children who are malnourished are either underweight or overweight and they easily get sick.

Reports issued by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) showed that in region 10 the prevalence of underweight and severely underweight from zero to 71 months old has decreased from 6.66 to 5.72 beginning 2013 to 2015. Meanwhile, overweight has also decreased from 1.17 to 0.80 from 2013-2015.

Although the statistics is showing a downtrend, the annual weight/height/length taking of NNC aims to identify malnourished children in the community to be given appropriate intervention.

Sicat further said inadequate dietary intake, household food insecurity, unhealthy household environment and poor health services, disease and inadequate care could lead to maternal and child undernutrition and even death.

In 2016, there is a 2.01 rate (184 out of 91,754 live births) of perinatal deaths in the region and 12.28 Under-Five Mortality Rate (UFMR) (1127 out of 91,754 live births).

Telesfora Madelo, on the other hand, explained why the DOH is conducting training and information caravans particularly to mothers on how to take care of their young against malnutrition.

She said pregnant women should seek help from a midwife or doctor, follow proper procedure to take care of newborn, provide exclusive breastmilk to infants zero to six months old, complete vaccination of children and pregnant, give vitamin A and deworm children every six months, teach the kids proper to wash their hands and brush their teeth properly. (JMOR/PIA10)