The Local Government Unit of Baybay together with it’s constituents, celebrates the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines.
The Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC) was organized on February 17, 2018, with Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari as the Honorary Chairman, in response to the need for blood, most especially by the indigent populace of the city.
The following are the officers and members of the Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC).
Honorary Chairman Hon. Carmen L. Cari – City Mayor
Chairman Dr. Norberto P. Oja – City Health Officer
Vice Chairman SK Juanito V. Quero – Knights of Columbus
Secretary Dr. Cecillie Milan – City Health Office
Assistant Secretary Marissa M. Cano – City Information Office
Treasurer Mr. Rochelle O. Batucan – Crystal Lions Club
Auditor Hon. Mandy G. Muñez – President, Liga ng mga
Members Hon. Vicente Veloso – City Councilor
Hon. Ernesto M. Butawan – City Councilor
Mr. Deogracias E. Pernitez – City Administrator
Dr. Honorato C. Jervoso Jr. – COH, WLPH
Dr. Carmela R. Tamayo – City Schools Division
Dr. Edgaro E. Tulin – VSU President
Sr. M. Grace Gerong, OSF – Directress, FCIC
Rev. Fr. Stanley Mepico – Parish Priest, Immaculate
P/SUPT RAMIL N. AMODIA – COP, Baybay City Police Station
F/INSP CONCESA B. ASUMBRADO – Chief Fire Marshall, BFP
Mr. Clemel C. Yu – Red Cross Ormoc
Mr. Rolando Gorgornio – EVRMC Blood Center/Blood Bank
Ms. Loreta G. Malabanan – CSWDO
Dr. Josephine O. Zafico – VSU Hospital
Ms. Suzette Arcillas – DOH DMO
Mr. Rosendo Chiong III – CHO VBD Coordinator
Mr. Jose Robles – Baybay City Chamber of Commerce and
Ms. Porferia B. Polo – BCMDDC Administrator
In an interview with Mayor Cari, she said that she had been longing to establish a Blood Bank in the City of Baybay. She said that, “As of now, whenever we conduct a bloodletting activity, the Red Cross brings all the blood to be kept in their Blood Bank in Ormoc City. Then, whenever we need blood for our patients, we still must travel to Ormoc City and sometimes our request is denied because they do not have the blood type that we need. But if our plan to establish a Blood Bank is realized, we will be able to serve not only the Baybayanons but also the patients from the 5th District of Leyte.”
However, since the budget requirement for establishing and running a Blood Bank is quite high, the members of the BCLBC agreed to establish a Blood Collecting Unit (BCU) instead of a Blood Bank. As a matter of fact, Dr. Norberto Oja, the BCLBC Chairman, with some members of the council went to the Catarman Provincial Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar on March 12, 2018 to learn from their good practices.
It could be recalled that Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood and to regulate blood banks. This act aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act.
Thus, one of the major activities of the Baybay City Local Blood Council is the conduct of the Quarterly Bloodletting Activity as follows:
|1st Quarter Bloodletting Activity||February 21, 2018||Baybay City Gym||Baybay City LGU Employees
Knights of Columbus (full force)
Fitness Groups (BYCA, BCR and Scrambled Legs)
|2nd Quarter Bloodletting Activity||May 2018||Baybay City Gym||Academe (FCIC, Acedilla, and Palermo)
Baybay City Division
South District Barangays
|3rd Quarter Bloodletting Activity||August||VSU Convention Hall||VSU faculty, staff and students
North District Barangays
|4th Quarter Bloodletting Activity||November
|Baybay City Gym||Uniformed Personnel (PNP, PA, BFP, PCG, etc.)
In relation to this, the Baybay City Local Blood Council calls on the Baybayanons and other interested persons to awaken the spirit of volunteerism and to donate blood to save life. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III)
PDEA 8: Baybay City LGU, one of the best performing Local Government Units in the country
The first LGU to have established and operate a Day-time Therapeutic Community Center
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of the city launched the Baybay City Day-time Therapeutic Community Center (BCDTCC) located at the Diversion Road, Barangay Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte almost a year ago. It was one of the highlights of the Kick-off Ceremony of the Drug Prevention and Control Week Celebration in the city on November 14 last year. Thus, in a few days, it will be celebrating its first anniversary with high hopes for renewed lives for the recovering drug dependents of the city.
Dr. Noberto P. Oja Jr., Medical Officer V and BCDTCC Head, revealed that 2,252 drug dependents in the city responded to the “Oplan Tukhang” of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
And as of July 15, 2017, 659 of the surrendered drug dependents have been assessed by the Drug Assessment Team of the City of Baybay and were categorized as Low Risk (238), Moderate Risk (262) and High Risk (159).
According to Dr. Oja, the high-risk drug dependents are the target clientele of the Baybay City Day-time Therapeutic Community Center, while those who were categorized as moderate and low risk drug dependents will be taken care of by Masa Masid Program which will be spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Oplan Sagip Program of the Department of Health.
In his welcome remarks during the launching of the BCDTCC, Vice Mayor Michael L. Cari, said that, “The centerpiece program of the administration of President Duterte is to stop the drug menace. We believe that this is also our fight and one of the many ways we can be partners is to provide the facilities where the victims of drug abuse can be helped and rehabilitated to become useful members of our community again. The Baybay City Day-time Therapeutic Community Center is our humble contribution to this program. Here, drug dependents can be closely supervised as they work their way back into a life of hope and possibility during day time.”
Thus, since its operation in November of last year, two (2) batches of recovering drug dependents (RDDs) had finished their six (6) months therapy at the BCDTCC. The first batch started with 23 RDDs but only 18 RDDs graduated in June 19, 2017; then only 6 of the 8 RRDs graduated from the second batch last August 11, 2017. The third batch of 23 RDDs started their six months journey in July 17, 2017 and hopefully none of them will drop out from the therapy.
Dr. Oja revealed that the activities in the Day-time Therapeutic Community Center include Case Work and Individual Counselling, Group Work and Group Counselling, Recovery Skills Training Session, Faith-based Session, Family Counselling, Referral Services and Conduct of Dialogue with the parents of the Recovering Drug Dependents. But after the six (6) months therapy, he said that the graduates will still undergo the eighteen (18) months after care as part of the therapeutic community program.
The graduates from the BCDTCC had undergone skills training with the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and were given financial assistance by the Baybay City LGU so that they will have something to start with as they re-integrate to their respective communities.
The City Mayor, Hon. Carmen L. Cari, is very delighted with the thought that this facility has paved the way to the change the recovering drug dependents have been longing for in their lives.
But Dr. Teresita Cajano, the former Chief of Hospital at the Saving Lives at a Common Ground (SALAG) Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Dulag, Leyte reiterated that, “Although this will not be easy, addiction is never without redemption.” Thus, the drug dependents may always go back to the way they were, if they really want to.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 8 Acting Regional Director, Edgar T. Jubay, also attended the ceremony and said, “I would like to congratulate the Local Government Unit of Baybay City. Ma’am Carmen, you are first again! Baybay City is doing good as far as the Anti-Drug Campaign of the present administration is concerned and we hope and pray that we will be able to finish our write up so that the national office will at least know that you’re doing good; and to eventually recommend you to be recognized as one of the best performing local government units as far as anti-drug campaign is concerned.”
It can be recalled that because of these efforts against illegal drugs, Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari received recognitions from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III, Baybay City, Leyte)
BISAYANG BALITA ‘NI, BAI
Barangay Bitanhuan nag-una sa Blood-typing Activity sa BCLBC
Sitenta y dos (72) ka mga molupyo sa Barangay Bitanhu-an ‘ning dakbayan sa Baybay ang misalmot sa gipahigayon nga Barangay Blood Council Advocacy and Blood Donation Awareness Campaign sa nahisgotang barangay dili pa lamang dugay.
Mao kini ang gibutyag ni Medical Officer V sa City Health Office ‘ning dakbayan ug Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC) Chairman, Dr. Norberto Oja.
Matud pa ni Dr. Oja nga tumong niining maong kalihokan nga ikapasabot ngadto sa mga molupyo sa Barangay Bitanhu-an kon unsa ang mga bentaha sa pag-donate og dugo.
Una, makatabang kita sa mga nagkinahanglan og dugo, ilabi na sa mga kabus nga dili maka-akos sa pagpalit niini; ma-screen nga libre ang atong dugo diin masayran kon aduna ba kita’y balati-an o wala, aron kon pananglitan aduna kita’y balati-an, katambalan gilayon kita; ug ang pagkuha og dugo sa atong lawas maka-stimulate sa atong bone marrow sa pag-produce og bag-o nga dugo.
Samtang, nag-blood typing usab ang BCLBC sa mga molupyo sa Barangay Bitanhu-an aron masayon na unya ang pagpangita og mga blood donors sa ilang barangay sa panahon sa emerhensiya.
Matud pa usab ni Dr. Oja nga mahimo na unyang potential stand-by blood donors ang nahisgotang mga katawhan kon magpahigayon na sila og Barangay Blood Donation Activity.
Sa kabahin sa mga molupyo sa Barangay Bitanhu-an, gikalipay nila ang maong kalihokan tungod kay kon dili pa tungod sa maong Blood-typing Activity sa BCLBC dili gayud sila kahibalo kon unsa ang ilang blood type.
Angayang masayran nga nagpasar og resolusyon ang Sangguniang Panlungsod ‘ning dakbayan nga nagmando sa pagtukod og mga Barangay Blood Council sa noventa y dos ka mga barangay ‘ning dakbayan sa Baybay.
Kini tungod kay matud pa ni Dr. Oja nga segun pa sa Akta Repubika 7719 o ang National Blood Services Act of 1994, nga mas nailhan isip An Act Promoting Voluntary Blood Donation, kinahanglan nga makahatag ang usa ka Lokal nga Kagamhanan og napulo (10) ka bag sa dugo sa matag usa ka libo (1,000) nga populasyon sa usa ilang lugar.
Busa, tungod kay pinasikad sa Barangay Management Information System (BMIS) sa dakbayan, kapin na sa 121,000 ang populasyon sa dakbayan sa Baybay hinungdan nga kinahanglan nga 1,210 ka bag nga dugo ang ma-donate niini matag tuig.
Nunot niini, gikatakdang magpahigayon og Blood-typing ang mga ginsakopan sa BCLBC sa nahibiling noventa y uno (91) pa ka mga barangay ‘ning dakbayan. Hinuon, matud pa ni Liga ng mga Barangay President, Hon. Mandy Muñez nga unahon nila ang pag-Blood-typing sa mga dagkong barangay ‘ning dakbayan sa Baybay sama sa Barangay Plaridel, Barangay Caridad ug Barangay Pomponan.
Angayang masayran nga matud pa ni Dr. Oja nga natukod ang BCLBC sa tinguha nga matubag ang panginahanglanon sa dugo sa Western Leyte Provincial Hospital (WLPH) ug sa Baybay City Medical Diagnostic and Dialysis Center (BCMDDC).
Gilangkoban ang BCLBC, Sangguniang Panlungsod sa dakbayan sa Baybay, sa Liga ng mga Barangay, sa City Health Office (CHO), Western Leyte Provincial Hospital (WLPH), Baybay City Medical Diagnostic and Dialysis Center (BCMDDC), Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), VSU Hospital ug sa Philippine Red Cross Ormoc City Chapter.
Sakop usab sa BCLBC ang Baybay City Division, Franciscan College of the Immaculate Concepcion, Visayas State University; City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Administrator’s Office, City Information Office, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Knights of Columbus, Crystal Lion’s Club, Baybay City Chamber of Commerce and Industry ug ang Immaculate Concepcion Parish.
Matud pa ni Dr. Oja nga, “During emergency muadto pa sa Ormoc City para magpa-screen sa dugo. Unya, wala man ‘tay ensakto nga pondo sa dugo mao nga mo-resort nalang sa mga commercial blood donors ang mga tagtungod. So, madoble na ang bayranan sa dugo, magbayad pa sa screening, bayran pa g’yud ang dugo. Gani, kada bulan nga nagpadala og bill ang Red Cross Ormoc sa atong balayranan sa screening sa mga dugo alang sa mga Baybayanon.”
Nunot niini, malaomon si Dr. Oja nga pinaagi sa mga kalihokan sa BCLBC, mamenosan ang galastuhan sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbyan sa Baybay tungod kay daghan na man unya ang mag-donate og dugo sa Quarterly Bloodletting Activity sa BCLBC.
Hinuon, matud pa ni Dr. Oja nga segun pa sa World Health Organization (WHO), dili mahimong mag-donate og dugo ang mga tawo nga adunay cancer, sakit sa kasing-kasing, congestive heart failure, may sakit sa baga sama sa tuberculosis, may sakit nga hepatitis (viral man o bacterial), ang mga migamit og iligal nga druga, ang mga commercial sex worker, mga Persons Living with Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (PLHIV), mga tawo nga kusog magdugo, ug ang mga tawo nga kalit lang nga miubos ang timbang. (Marissa Miguel Cano – City Information Officer III)
#Brown Rice for Good: Challenge Accepted by the Baybay City LGU
The BeRiceponsible Team of the City of Baybay conducted an Awareness Campaign about the Goodness of Brown Rice at the Carlos P. Garcia Elementary School located at Zone 22 in Baybay City.
This activity is part of the commitment of the Local Government Unit of Baybay to spread the good news about the goodness of brown rice to Baybayanons after winning the 2nd Place on the Nationwide Search for RICEponsible Champions which was spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice Research Institute (DA-PhilRice). The search was participated in by 24 Local Government Units from the different parts of the country.
Along with this prestigious award is a big challenge to the City Government of Baybay to increase awareness about the goodness of brown rice thereby increasing the number of constituents with heathy rice eating habits. The advocacy also intends to improve the access of Baybayanons to affordable brown rice which will eventually result to better health among its constituents.
During the said activity, Agricultural Technologist Sopio Rim, Jr. of the City Agriculture Office of the city clarified that brown rice is not a variety of rice, rather it is the product of milling rice using the Pinawa Rice Mill.
According to the World’s Healthiest Food Website, “The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Thus, fully milled and polished white rice is required to be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron.”
Agricultural Technologist Rim confirmed this and said that eating brown rice is also good for those who want to trim down their weight because it contains high dietary fiber. He added that, based on experience, brown rice has a 71% grains recovery, compared to white rice which only have a 41% recovery, thus this means more income to the rice farmers in the city.
However, since the nearest Pinawa Rice Mill is in the hinterlands of Barangay Dao, Ormoc City, 44 kilometers away from Baybay City and could not be reached by a vehicle, the members of the Banahao Rice Farmers Association, from Barangay Banahao, Baybay City, Leyte, walked for almost a kilometer with the sacks of rice on their back just to be able to bring back home brown rice for their awaiting consumers. This, according to Agricultural Technologist Rim, is the reason why the cost of brown rice in the City of Baybay is a little higher than that of white rice now.
Thus, the Banahao Farmers Association is currently working on a proposal to establish a Pinawa Rice Mill in their own barangay which shall provide milling services to six (6) adjacent barangays. The funding for this project shall come from the Bottom-up Budgeting Sustainable Livelihood Program (BUB-SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), thru the Local Government Unit of Baybay City. If this project prospers, a healthier and chemical-free rice product will be available for the rice consumers of the City of Baybay. And because the rice mill will be established in Barangay Banahao, brown rice will then become more accessible and affordable to the consumers.
The RICEponsible Team also conducted the same awareness campaign in Villa Mag-aso Elementary School with 117 pupils, Gacat Elementary School with 250 pupils, and Plaridel Central School with 635 pupils. According to Head Nurse Ms. Jeanne Araneta of the Baybay City Division, these are the schools with the most number of malnourished children in the City of Baybay thus, the management thanked the Be RICEponsible Team for conducting the said activity in their school.
It could be remembersred that after each lecture, the children were fed with “brown rice pospas” and the team was amazed to see that the children loved it. (Marissa Miguel Cano with reports from Jason Ybañez)
These fisherfolks were lucky to be the chosen recipients of the pump boats and fishing paraphernalia from the DA-BFAR as part of the prize received by the City of Baybay for being one of the Top 100 Boat Registration (BoatR) Program’s Best Performing Cities and Municipalities. (Photo Credit: Roy Managbanag, City Mayor’s Office)
Baybay City: The only BoatR complied LGU in Leyte
The City of Baybay was the only Local Government Unit (LGU) in the Province of Leyte which was included in the Top 100 Boat Registration (BoatR) Program’s Best Performing Cities and Municipalities by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).
As a reward, the city’s fisherfolks, through its Coastal Resources and Fishery Management Office (CRFMO), will receive two million pesos worth of fishing boats and fishing paraphernalia to be used in its various programs and projects, including on the rehabilitation of the marine sanctuaries in the city.
It could be recalled that the City of Baybay had established eleven (11) marine sanctuaries, many of which need rehabilitation. These said marine sanctuaries are in following coastal barangays: Barangay Bitanhuan, Barangay Plaridel, Barangay Punta, Barangay Gabas, Barangay Hilapnitan, Barangay Marcos, Barangay Palhi, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Barangay Maybog, and Barangay Pangasugan; while another marine sanctuary was established along the shoreline of the Visayas State University (VSU), the premier university for science and technology in the Visayas.
The ceremonial awarding of the Top 100 Boat Registration (BoatR) Program’s Best Performing Cities and Municipalities, with representatives from the DA-BDAR Regional Office, was held on June 4, 2017 at the Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte’s municipal grounds.
It can be recalled that Baybay City has a total number of 2,827 fisherfolks and all of them are registered in the Fish Registration System of DA-BFAR and all those with boats of 3 gross tonnage and below are also registered in the BoatR System.
Thus, during the 10th Charter Day of Baybay City, the City Fishery Officer, Mr. Ruben Mercado Jr. (5th from right), with Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari (beside Mr. Mercado) and Vice Mayor Michael L. Cari (beside the City Mayor), facilitated the ceremonial turnover of pump boats and fishing paraphernalia to pre-selected recipients from the coastal barangays of the city. And according to Mr. Mercado, they distributed 30 units of pump boats and fishing paraphernalia that day.
BoatR is a program of DA-BFAR which is designed to fast track the nationwide registration of municipal fishing vessels with three gross tonnage (GT) and below, as well as the municipal fishing gears. (Marisse Miguel Cano with reports from Jason Ybañez)