Iwas Paputok PressCon 2015Every year, we celebrate yuletide season around the world with a festive treat and amazing displays of firecrackers. Pinoys are fond of making noises by using firecrackers as a way of celebrating christmas and the new year's eve.
For 2015, the Department of Health slogan on anti-firecrackers campaign is " Sa Ingay Walang Sablay sa Paputok Goodbye Kamay".
To drumbeat this campaign, a press conference was conducted on December 11, 2015 at Family Country Hotel, General Santos City, participated by media partners and panelist from different concerned agencies. The panelists were Dr. Francisco V. Mateo, Director III, DOH RO XII, Dr. Washington G. Loreno, MPH, City Health Officer of General Santos City, Dr. Adimelca C. Gangoso, MPH Non-Communicable Disease Cluster Head, Dr. Marinel A. Lim, General Santos City Hospital Chief, PSupt. Romeo C. Galgo, Jr., PInsp. Maximo Layugan and PO1 Allan C. Navarro from the Philippine National Police, RO XII, and Cathy Apelacio, OIC-Manager of Philippine Information Agency, SarGen.

The Pupils of Tupi Central Elementary School during the Dengue Awareness and Clean-up DriveThe South Cotabato Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Rogelio B. Aturdido together with the Health Education and Promotion Officers of PHO-South Cotabato Province and our HEPO Staff conducted an Orientation on Dengue Awareness and Clean-up Drive on October 13, 2015 at Tupi central Elementary School in Tupi, South Cotabato Province and Koronadal Central Elementary School in Koronadal City on October 14, 2015, respectively. These activities were collaborated with the Department of Education through the active participation of the school division officials, teachers and students.
The orientation started right after the Flag Ceremony where Dr. Aturdido talked about the 4-S Kontra Dengue (the 4 o'clock Habit); Dengue-carrier Mosquito, Aedes Egypti species that will breed anywhere specifically in an open receptacles with water, unused tires, clogged gutters, empty bottles, plants and the like. The search and destroy of possible mosquito breeding places within the school surroundings was done at 4:00 o'clock before going home as part of the one-hour Clean-up Drive activity.

Paputok PressCon 2015With the theme, “ Sa Ingay Walang Sablay, sa Paputok Goodbye Kamay”, the Department of Health officially commences this year’s anti firecracker campaign. Together with the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Eco Waste Coalition, the agency’s campaign encourages the public to avoid the use of firecrackers and make use of alternative ways in celebrating Christmas; and welcoming the New Year.  It also reminds all Filipinos to have fun yet be vigilant at the same time.

According to Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin, “For this year, instead of firecrackers, the public is encouraged to use safe merry-making instruments and alternative noise-makers such as ‘torotot’, car horns, or by playing loud music.  Also, the local government units (LGUs) are urged to foster community fireworks display.”  She also emphasized the earnest cooperation of the LGUs and the public to achieve zero casualty in welcoming 2016.


malaria in the workplaceIn June 24, 2015, about 15 Fishing Corporations based in General Santos City and Sarangani Province including medium-scale fishing operators’ such as Frabelle Fishing Corporation, RD Fishing Corporation, Mommy Gina Tuna Resources, etc. respond to a call of invitation to talk partnership to combat imported malaria cases coming from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and King Solomon Island and also to established malaria control program in company’s working place. Companies were mostly represented by company doctor, nurse, safety measure and health officer, administrative officer, etc. Discussions evolved on malaria status, economic impact and role of business coalition in malaria elimination.