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PHO launches ‘Hataw’ 2011

The Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office, with the Capitol employees, yesterday launched the “2011 Hataw” recognizing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Lifestyle disease coordinator, Teresita Jingco, of the PHO said statistics show that 90 percent of Filipinos have higher risks in smoking, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet, which can lead to heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

“Hataw” is pursuant to Proclamation No. 958, declaring the years 2005 to 2015, the Decade of Healthy Lifestyle, thus, the province is making initiative to regulate and promote the practice of a well-balanced life through “2011 Hataw,” Jingco said.

Health education and promotion officer Jenny Saron of the PHO said, the “2011 Hataw” is a 30-minute regular exercise that will be practiced by all offices and departments of the province, along with the local government units, at least three times a week.

Saron said government employees must do aerobics to improve blood circulation, reduce cholesterol, balance the muscles, and to relieve them from stress.

This will also encourage local residents to participate and make them understand the importance of regular exercise, she added. *LTG

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School marks HS day

The Don Felix T. Lacson Memorial National High School in Brgy. Capt. Ramon Silay City, Negros Occidental, celebrated its High School and Community Day recently, a press release from the school said.

A parade opened the activity led by the school band. Despite rainshowers and the performing area slightly flooded with water, the students enjoyed performing their Mass Dance Numbers, it also said.

Principal Leila M. Rando of the DFTLMNHS welcomed the guests before the

coronation of Miss High School Day. Mayor Jose Montelibano, parents, barangay officials, DepEd Division officials, principals of neighboring schools attended the event.

Montelibano led a one-minute silent prayer for the tragedy that happened to the barangay officials of Brgy. Capt. Ramon.

The mayor also crowned the Miss HS Day, Belena Orocio. He also promised to give the school a covered court for future school and community activities, the press release said.

The program was closed by a message from Edgardo Oro, Parents and Teachers Association Confederated president, the press release added.*

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Coalition for
change launch set

The Negros Coalition for Social Change will be launched at the San Antonio Abad Parish in Bacolod City 1 p.m. April 2, Fr. Aniceto Buenafe said.

The NCSC, a broad coalition of various civil society organizations, nongovernment and people’s organizations, social movements, political formations and progressive and concerned citizens that aspires for authentic social reforms and transformation in Negros and the country, he said.

The NCSC promises to be a convergence and advocacy center for change and reform, he added.

Seven thematic task forces comprising the NCSC will focus on agrarian reform, sustainable agriculture and rural development, governance, power and energy, urban poverty and reform, environment, and labor. Each task force will be led by an existing group or alliance that has the initial or proven capacity and competence for engaging or leading such theme or issue, Buenafe said.*

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