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PressCon on CSC-COMEX

Civil Service Commission (CSC)commissioner Robert Martinez, CSC Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo and CSC Examination, Recruitment and Placement Officer (ERPO) director Fernando Porio during the launching of the Computerized Examination (COMEX) System held in Butuan City on August 14, 2014.

NCPW 2014:Technical Working Group Meeting

Members of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) technical working group discussing plans during their meeting at the NAPOLCOM Office on August 12, 2014.

Butuan Sillimanian Tree Planting Activity

Butuan Sillimanians unite together for a tree planting activity along Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on August 9, 2014 in support to the city's greening program.

Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional director Abner Caga receives the certificate of commendation for the agency's invaluable support to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council's undertakings during the Regional Awarding of Gawad Kalasag 2014 in Butuan City on July 31, 2014.

PopCom Caraga's Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano responds to the queries of media audience during the Reg'l Dissemination Forum on 2013 YAFSS4 held in Butuan City on August 1, 2014.

GADCC Full Committee Meeting

Commission on Human Rights Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor, together with National Economic and Development Authority Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Carino, presiding the Gender and Development Coodinating Committee Full Committee Meeting on August 5, 2014 in Butuan City.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

OXFAM Mindanao Coordinator Dante Dalabajan in an interview with media men expresses high hopes on the People’s Survival Fund as a finance mechanism that would help LGUs during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices in Butuan City on July 30, 2014.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

Local government unit and non-government organization representatives gather during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices held in Butuan City on July 30, 2014 to connect and work together and link local initiatives to any similar programs on building adaptive capacities in the local level.

Agents of Change Forum

Information officers from government agencies and local government units join the Agents of Change Forum which highlights the presentation of Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort on July 30, 2014.

PRC AgNor-BXU Chapter BODs' Courtesy Call to Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba

Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter board of directors pay courtesy to Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on July 28, 2014 in Butuan City.

Release Operation-4 PNP Captives by NPA

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas interfaces with the media corps during the release operation of the four police captives by the New Peoples Army (NPA) on July 29, 2014 at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

BJMP tightens security in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 18 (PIA) – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Surigao del Sur has started to impose tighter security measures in all the district jails here in the province especially for this holiday season.

Tandag District Jail Warden Senior Jail Officer 4 (SJO4) Andres Espinoza, Jr., for his part, said that they are currently observing the red alert status that will last until after the early days of New Year.

The BJMP here supervises three more jails—Cantilan, Lianga, and Bislig City—aside from Tandag.

Espinoza also remarked that it is normal for them to maintain security check since inmates always have the tendency to escape and take advantage of special occasions like Christmas.

Moreover, during Yuletide season, there are sectors in the society who usually ask for jail visitation, he added.

Earlier, Espinoza said that since he was installed as warden on October 1, this year, no single prison escape incident has ever been recorded.

Some 58 inmates are locked up at Tandag District Jail, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agnor solon hosts BBL public hearing

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 18 (PIA) - A public hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was recently held at Caraga State University on December 13.

Since few months earlier, the House Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL has been doing rounds of public hearing to various localities of Mindanao.

For Caraga region, the activity was hosted by Rep. Lawrence 'Law' Fortun of the First District of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and Las Nieves).

Attended by thousand participants, the gathering heard concerns from various regional stakeholders of the proposed significant legislation - from members of Muslim communities, indigenous peoples, academe, women, youth, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), local government officials, among others.

Also present were members of House Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Caraga legislators, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, and GPH Peace Panel.

Last March 27, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed. This historic occasion is seen by many as a signal to end the decades-long armed conflict in southern Mindanao. The CAB laid foundation for the BBL.

Senate has yet to craft its own version of the bill.

Once approved, the proposed legislative measure will abolish the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and shall establish a new autonomous political entity, to be called Bangsamoro, in the same geographic space that the ARMM currently occupied and those who will signify participation once a plebiscite is done.

It also aims to "provide basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people and their aspiration to chart their political future through democratic process that will secure identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance" (Art. 1, Sec. 3, House Bill 4994). (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

FP-Caraga holds 41st Fire Service Recognition Day

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 18 (PIA) – The 41st Fire Service Recognition Day of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Caraga Regional Office XIII headed by regional director F/SSupt. Mario Socorro Timonera is set today, December 18, in Surigao City.

Based on the official program, the affair is split into three parts:  Thanksgiving Mass at 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Management Conference at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Fire Service Recognition Program at 4:00 p.m.

The highlights of the program proper include the Opening Remarks by F/Supt. Celso Rapisura, assistant regional director for administration; Audio Visual Presentation; Presentation of Awards and Certificates by Surigao del Norte Civil Service Commission (CSC) Provincial Director Meschach Dinhayan, who will be assisted by the fire regional director; and then a little later, being the guest of honor and speaker, Dinhayan is set to give a message.

However, before this, he will be introduced first by no less than director Timonera, himself.

Also, director Dinahayan will be presented with a token of appreciation being the guest of honor and speaker. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tagalog News: Pangulong Aquino kinondena ang barbarismong pag-atake sa isang Pakistaning paaralan

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Disyembre 18, 2014 (PIA) - Kinondena ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III noong Martes ang pag-atake sa isang paaralang pinapatakbo ng sundalo na nag-iwan ng 141 patay na karamihan ay mga bata.

“Ngayon, tayo ay nakikiisa sa buong mundo na kumukondena sa kahalayan na ginawa sa mga inosente na mga batang mag-aaral, at mga opisyal at tauhan sa Pehawar, Pakistan,” sabi ni Pangulong  sa isang pahayag na inilabas sa Official Gazette (www.gov.ph.)

“Ang walang habas na kamatayan ng napakaraming murang buhay, at ang pagiging barbarismo ng pag-atakeng ito ay isang insulto para sa lahat ng sibilisadong tao. Ang ganitong akto ng terrorismo at kabarbarohan ay karapatdapat para ating kondenahin. Walang maaring karapatdapat para sa ganitong trahedya, na siyang nagbigay ng kawalang dangal sa Islam,” sabi niya.

Sabi ng Pangulo na nakikiisa ang lahat ng Pilipino sa mga mamamayan ng Pakistan sa paglamay.

“Ngayon, lahat ng mabubuting tao ay ama, ina, kapatid na lalake at babae para sa mga tao ng Pakistan,” dagdag niya.

Ayon sa ulat, pitong umatakeng Taliban, lahat ay suot ng pambombang tsaleko, ay pumasok sa paaralan at inatake ang auditorium kung saan ang mga bata ay kumukuha ng pagsusulit.

Ayon sa ulat, sila ay pumunta mula sa isang silid aralan papunta sa iba pang silid aralan at pinagbabaril ang mga estudyante at mga guro. Humigit kumulang 132 mga bata at siyam na miyembro ng mga pamunuan ang namatay at 125 ka tao ang sugatan. Ang pitong umatake ay namatay rin. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Mga empleyado sa Kapitolyo nadawat na ang ilang performance bonus

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Disyembre 18 (PIA) - Malipayon ug mapasalamaton ang mga empleyado sa kapitolyo niadtong Martes, Disyembre 16, 2014 tungod kay nadawat na nila ang ilang performance bonus didto sa PGO Conference Hall ning dakbayan.

Personal gyud nga gitunol ug giapod-apod ni governor Sol Matugas ang mga sobre diin adunay cash nga P30,000 para sa regular nga empleyado; P15,000 sa casual ug P10,000 sa job orders.

Tumong ug tuyo niya nga mapaabot ang iyang personal nga pahalipay ug pagbati ning panahon sa pasko ngadto sa tagsa tagsa ka mga empleyado sa kapitolyo.

Ug aron madasig sila sa pagtrabaho tungod kay isip inahan gilantaw sa gobernador ang kaayuhan ug kalambuan sa mga empleyado ug sa katawhang Surigaonon.

Sa samang adlaw, mibisita usab si gov. Matugas didto sa Surigao del Norte Provincial Hospital sa Bad-as, Placer diin siya milibot ug nanghatag ug mga christmas goodies sa mga pasyente sa maong hospital.

Didto usab gihatag sa gobernador ang bonus sa mga empleyado sa hospital diin ang mga empleyado dili matukib ang dakong kalipay ang ilang gibati sa ilang nadawat nga cash bonus. (SDR/PIC-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NHA Caraga turns-over DORICOVILLE housing units to uniformed/non-uniformed beneficiaries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PIA) - The National Housing Authority (NHA) spearheaded on Wednesday the inauguration and ceremonial turn-over of keys of housing units to its DORICOVILLE housing project beneficiaries at Brgy. Tiniwisan, this city.

According to NHA-Caraga regional manager Virgilio Rivera, the DORICOVILLE housing project has a total land area of 35,000 square meters with 533 house and lot packages, and the total cost per unit is P240,000.00.

“The NHA's DORICOVILLE is a housing project intended for the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) under the AFP/PNP Housing Program Phase 2 of the NHA being a flagship program of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” disclosed Rivera.

Butuan city mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. expressed his congratulations to the officers of the DORICOVILLE project, "indeed a 'dream come true' for the beneficiaries to have their own house especially during this Christmas season." He is also thankful to the NHA officials for having such housing project.

Amante further shared that housing is the biggest problem of the city and in any local government unit for that matter, and that they are fortunate to have this project for the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel in the AFP, PNP, BFP, BUCOR and BJMP. "There are things I would like to ask from you, please practice proper waste segregation, plant trees, you must have a properly constructed and protected septic tank, and always maintain a clean environment," he stressed.

It was also learned that the mayor will fast-track the road concreting in the project site.

Meanwhile, BFP regional director F/SSupt Mario Socorro Timonera vows to maintain the peace and order in the site along with others, and especially in ensuring the area to be fire-free.

"The members of the BFP are very thankful for this project. We will see to it that these housing units will be free from fire. We should take care of our housing units and let's not make this commercialized," emphasized Timonera.

Timonera also revealed that mayor Amante has donated around 1,500 sq.m lot for their regional office just few kilometers away from the project site. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga AFP, PNP support gov’t truce; hope NPA to do the same

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 17 (PIA) – After confirming the recent declaration of government for a month-long truce, army 401st Infantry Brigade commander Col. Gregory Cayetano expressed hope that the New People’s Army (NPA) is going to offer the same gesture.

He said that “it would be much better if the NPA is going to reciprocate the course of action taken by the administration so the public can appreciate,” adding that,” hopefully it will lead to a lasting peace.”

During this period of unilateral suspension of military and police operations (SOMO/SOPO)—from December 19, 2014 to January 19, 2015—the army just does routine security check and prophylactic patrol, he said.

But, Cayetano clarified that in case of “security breach,” they will be prompted to take a “defensive stance,” stressing that his men are always ready.

On the other hand, Surigao del Sur acting PNP Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said, for his part, that during the extended holiday truce with the NPA, members of the police force have still the normal duty of law enforcement to exercise, citing the likes of serving warrant/s of arrest even for communist rebels.

Meanwhile, the brigade commander made the issue clear on whether or not soldiers are allowed to go on leave at this time of the year when security is topmost priority as December 26 Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) anniversary is drawing near, and its armed-wing, the NPA rebels, are expected to launch tactical offensives.

Cayetano pointed out that if the situation warrants, they are given that privilege of furlough, saying further that it depends on the “area assessment” so their men can also be with their respective families to celebrate the holiday season.

Verdadero also aired the same view on this matter, but stressed that it should not compromise police service.

“There is always a ‘sizable force’ at work on ‘rotation basis’ in their respective areas of responsibility (AOR),” Cayetano added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Tigerair launches Butuan maiden flight

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PIA) - Another airline made its historic, maiden flight at the newly renovated Bancasi Airport on Monday evening.

The maiden flight of the Tigerair Philippines DG7829 Manila to Butuan and DG7830 Butuan to Manila etched a mark in Butuan City’s aviation history as it was also launched as the first night flight through Butuan City’s Bancasi airport.

Attending the Monday launching held at the airport's newly expanded passenger lounge were Tigerair executives, officials and staff led by Atty. Leilani de Leon, Cebu representative Roxanne Gochuico and the Cabin crew host Ghindie Tindoy.

Also present during the event were local government officials led by Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Coun. Samuel Amante (who represented Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.), Coun. Rema Burdeos, Ivy Amante (wife of Mayor Amante), officials and personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) headed by CAAP area manager Evangeline Babate, Aviation Security Group (AVSEG) chief Irene Pareja and a representative of the Department of Tourism-Caraga.

Atty. De Leon said that the Tigerair newly launched flight from Butuan to Manila and vice versa “is a milestone in the corporate life of the Tigerair Philippines, via Butuan airport which is one of the busiest here in Mindanao.” Atty. De Leon also said that the new route will boost their 14 domestic and one international destinations.

Coun. Amante in his message said that the launching and operation of Tigerair Philippines night flight from Butuan to Manila presents many opportunities and may also help boost the city’s economy and tourism industry, with Butuan City being the regional center of Caraga region. He said that this is a clear indication of the investor's trust in the city’s growing and sturdy economy and may help spur the city's economic activity.

The city legislator pointed out that the city has recorded a high 9.42 % increase of tourist arrivals here. According to the official that the tourists here were topped by those coming from the countries of United States, Germany, Canada, Australia and Korea.

He commended CAAP manager Babate for doing a good job in the renovation and improving the city airport with some of the features coming up with international airport standards.

“Admittedly, we do not have so much tourist attractions comparatively with the other places in the region, but we continue to do our best to provide our visitors with the good impression the moment they land this gateway to Caraga region,” Amante said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)