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Rabies Cases, Deaths in Central Visayas up in Q2

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday that cases of human rabies and deaths due to animal bites have increased in Central Visayas in the second quarter of this year.

During the period, five deaths – two in Cebu Province and one each in Bohol, Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City – were reported out of 20,591 rabies cases.

This surpassed the four deaths reported in the first quarter of the year, two each in Cebu Province and Mandaue City out of the 19,382 recorded cases.

This means, nine people have died because of rabies in almost 40,000 bite cases during the first half of this year, compared to last year’s 59,773 cases and eight deaths.

“As of now, although the 3rd quarter isn’t finished yet which is from July to September, the estimated number of deaths in rabies will reach 15,” DOH-7 Regional Rabies Program manager Dr. Joanri Riveral said.

Cebu Province, which recorded the highest number of rabies cases with 11,536 and two deaths last year, remains on top of the list with 7,084 and two fatalities.

Cebu City comes in second with 3,221 cases and one death, followed by Negros Oriental with 2,883 cases, and Bohol with 2,288 cases and one fatality.

“This year, Cebu Province still occupies the same position maybe because of its bigger population,” Riveral said.

Riveral encouraged dog pet owners with open wounds to wash their wounds with soap and water for 15 minutes, as dogs usually lick their owners.

Riveral also advised those who were bitten by dogs not to go to quack doctors for treatment, stressing that the best place to get treatment and vaccination is the Animal Bite Treatment Center.

“If you are bitten by a dog with rabies, the best way is to consult a medical doctor, who will give you the best treatment. I don’t recommend treatment from quack doctors,” Riveral said.

Likewise, a person who died from rabies must be buried within 24 hours from the time he or she was declared dead to prevent the spread of the virus, Riveral added.

Riveral also warned pet owners to have their pets vaccinated at least once a year, otherwise they will be penalized. Local government units (LGUs) also offer anti-rabies injections for free.

“Whenever a dog bites a certain person, it is the pet owner’s responsibility to shoulder the expenses needed for the victim’s treatment. So it’s important to be a responsible pet owner,” Riveral said. (USJR intern Levirose Caballero/PNA)

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Capitol Intensifies Program for Farmers Province-Wide

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It is a solid start for the Provincial Government as it gears up for the implementation and continuation of key projects set for 2018, including the food security program for farmers province-wide.

For January this year, around 700 farmers across Cebu province graduated from the Farmer Scientists’ Research, Development and Extension Training Program (FSTP). The graduates hail from the towns of Compostela, Carmen, Tuburan, Oslob, Alcoy, Dumanjug, Moalboal, Badian, Ginatilan and the city of Danao.

Last year, a total of 2,426 farmer-scientists in the province graduated. Out of the said number, 1,346 completed Phase 3, which qualifies the farmer-scientist to teach fellow farmers on how to increase their yield.

In the first phase, farmers are exposed to research while the second phase allows the farmers to determine which production technologies are adoptable in their farms.

“Musugot diay mo nga magsalig ta sa atong pagkaon sa laing nasud? Padayon nga nag-evolve ron ang atong teknolohiya ug kailangan lang ni nato sabayan aron kita mas mulambo pa (We can’t just rely our food supplies from other countries. Our technology is continuously innovating and we just need to go with it in order to achieve progress),” said Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena.

Dr. Saragena also assured that the Capitol will continue to support the farmers, which is why his office has an allotted P40 million budget for the said program this year.

For Santiago Dasillo, the lone Phase 3 graduate in Badian, his FSTP completion is just the start.

“52 anyos nako pero ako mala-umon gihapon nga maka-tudlo gihapon ko sa akong mga kaubanan (I am now at the age of 52 but I will still continue sharing my learnings to my fellow farmers),” Dasillo said.

Dasillo’s daughter was also present during the simple ceremony held at the Badian covered court, to receive her mother’s certificate of completion. Mrs. Dasillo recently died in August.

More than just planting and growing crop, the project aims to boost the morale of the farmers and realize that their efforts are vital in putting food on the table.

“Truly, farmers are the heroes of our lands. Let us therefore recognize them with honor and dignity and support them to achieve their long desired abundant productivity,” said Dr. Romulo Davide, Capitol consultant for agriculture.

The FSTP is part of Governor Hilario P. Davide III’s six-key development agenda, specifically under countryside development.

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CSC-7: Limited Slots Left for March 18 Exam in Cebu City

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The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office-7 has announced that there are only 461 slots available as of Jan. 19 for the Career Service Examination scheduled on March 18, 2018.

According to CSC-7 Public Assistance and Liaison Division Supervising Personnel Specialist Salve Ilustrisimo, their office has already received numerous applications and they are looking at a limited number of rooms for the exams in Cebu City.

“We might stop accepting applications for the examination before the deadline on January 31,” he said.

CSC-7 is advising Cebu City applicants not to wait for the deadline but to immediately visit the CSC regional office at Sudlon, Lahug, this city.

Interested applicants can contact CSC-7 thru telephone numbers (032) 414-7488 and 414-7676 for confirmation of available slots. (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/CSC-7)

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment

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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t

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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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