PIA News Service - Thursday, November 27, 2008

POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo


PNP investigates traffic incident

On Tuesday (November 25) at Barangay Pag-antayan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, a red Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle with plate number MT9889 driven by Jonathan Andoy, 32 years old, single and a resident of Poblacion Carrascal of same province with one still unidentified passenger collided with another single motorcycle a black Yamaha Crypton without plate number, driven by Benhur Bragas, 40 years old, married and a resident of Purok-3 Barangay Pag-antayan, Cantilan with one passenger identified as PO1 Homer Guillen.

Both motorcycles were heavily damaged during the incident also seriously injuring both drivers and passengers who were brought to Madrid District Hospital immediately for medical treatment. The motorcycles were both brought to Cantilan Municipal Police Station for safekeeping while the investigation is ongoing.


Spot report on shooting incident

Around 9:30 in the evening of November 25, 2008 (Tuesday) at Purok-2 Barangay 16 Ong Yiu Road, Butuan City, three persons were shot to death by four unidentified armed men. Victims were identified as Maritez Crisostomo, 26 years old, female, married and a resident of Purok-7 Barangay 16 Ong Yiu, Butuan City; Julieto Carumba, 34 years old, Barangay Kagawad of Kulambugan, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur; and one male victim more or less 35 years old, 5'7" in height, medium built.

Victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds resulting to their instantaneous death. Responding personnel from Butuan City Police Station-2 together with Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Team recovered at the crime scene the items such as 15 empty shells of caliber .45 pistol; one red Crypton Yamaha motorcycle with plate number KT-4181; digital camera; calculator; one cellphone; cash money Php 1,000.00; a ring and some personal documents.

Motive is still to be determined while remains of the victims now lies at Raniel Funeral Homes, Butuan City. A follow-up investigation still ongoing.


Progress Report

The third victim was already identified as Nestor Osabel Sulla Jr., 34 years old, married and a resident of Atega Street, Cabadbaran City , Agusan del Norte, and a credit investigator (CI) of 1st Standard Finance Corporation located at J. C. Aquino Avenue, Butuan City.
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Solar dryer to boost seaweeds industry

Governor Jade B. Ecleo recently turned-over one unit elevated multi-purpose solar dryer to the seaweeds growers of Barangay New Mabuhay, municipality of Dinagat Islands. The project is initiated by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Fisheries Division, under the supervision of Senior Aquaculturist Zenda S. Elago.

In an interview with the Provincial Agriculturist Oswaldo T. Borja, the P33,480.00 worth of solar dryer is one of the priority projects of Governor Jade’s administration in her aim of making Dinagat Islands the seaweeds capital of Caraga Region. He added that this is in support to the promotion of seaweeds production as an alternative livelihood for the fisherfolk. The equipment would ensure quality-dried seaweeds that are fast becoming a lucrative business for both the local and international market. (Lito A. Apelo, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Province of Dinagat Islands/ PIA-Caraga)



Dinagat supports organic farming

The Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands under the leadership of Governor Jade B. Ecleo is now pushing for organic farming in this water-locked province to intensify production and mitigate hunger.

A Five Million Pesos (P5M) worth of organic liquid fertilizer is now being distributed by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), headed by Oswaldo T. Borja. This project is part of the Provincial Government’s effort to enhance our land resources through organic farming.

The Crops Division Chief Alan S. Azares earlier said that the fertilizer has been procured by the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands to augment the basic services intended for the farmers. He added that the Crops Division is now on the process of promoting organic farming in every municipality through information caravans. Each municipality is encouraged to put up demo farms where the liquid fertilizer will be utilized. (Lito A. Apelo, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist-Province of Dinagat Islands/ PIA-Caraga)


Gov. Jade gives away personalized notebooks to 5,573 Grade II and III pupils

Pursuing a legacy endeavor to grade schools, the provincial governor, Hon. Geraldine “Jade” Ecleo, gives away 9,000 pieces of personalized and made-to-order notebooks to all grade 2 and 3 pupils of Dinagat Islands. A total of 105 elementary schools comprising from the seven school districts of Albor, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Loreto, San Jose, Rizal and Tubajon, have benefited from the governor’s generosity.

Dr. Teofila Cabatuan, School Division Superintendent, has provided data that about 2,745 Grade II pupils and 2,809 Grade III pupils within the province have acknowledged and acquired said notebook.

Governor Jade has personally distributed these notebooks to the pupils of such recipient schools as: San Jose Central, Aurelio, Sta. Cruz, Mahayahay, Dinagat Central, Doña Helen, and Edera Elementary Schools.

In response, the administrators, teachers, and beneficiary pupils showed their warm welcome to the Governor during her visits to their respective schools, and gave her due appreciation and support for her genuine legacy endeavor to the underprivileged pupils of the province of Dinagat Islands. (Conchita M. Macalua, Ang Dinagatnon/ PIA-Caraga)



P180,000.00 Provincial Grant kicks-off People Organization’s Livelihoods

Quite good enough to start a community-owned trade, a total of P180,000.00 livelihood assistance were successfully granted by the Provincial Government to two People’s Organizations here in San Jose, Dinagat Islands. Spearheaded by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Governor Jade B. Ecleo graced the awarding of P125,000.00 worth of check to Jacquez Women SKA and P55,000.00 worth to Golden Apple Association, (a group of persons with disabilities based here in San Jose) to finance their income generating projects. Present to witness the program were San Jose Mayor Benglen B. Ecleo and Vice-Mayor Mario Bagunas together with Barangay Captain Rodrigo Reponte of Barangay Jacquez, and Assistant PSWD Officer Zenaida Lerma Escopete, all shared gladness of the beneficiaries.

The Jacquez Women SKA has become the recipient of the Self-Emplyment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program, a national program created by Executive Order No. 123 in 1994 which was adopted and replicated by the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands during the program launching held December, last year. The Provincial Government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD-Field Office XIII agreeing that both agencies shall allocate P500,000.00 each in support to the program. Golden Apple Association, on the other hand, received the grant derived from 1% Elderly and Persons with Disability budget of the provincial government.

Meanwhile, two successive Basic Business Management Trainings were conducted recently by PSWDO with the Women On Work (WOW) Association of Cagdianao and Shining Star Association of San Jose respectively. As part of the program’s strategies, these two were among the nine groups that will be soon funded by the Provincial Government for the same nature of program and/ or activity.

The PSWDO head, Mrs. Virginia Salar, continues to advance the Livelihood Assistance and productivity Skills Program for the empowerment and augmentation of family income of all sectors in our community. The agenda is to cater the needs of the people through capability building, technical and financial assistance on their individual or group income-generating projects. (Maricel Plarios, Ang Dinagatnon/ PIA-Caraga)



VOW to strengthen commitment

A three-day Values Orientation Workshop (VOW) was conducted recently in San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands.

The workshop which aimed at reorienting the government employees, being the frontliners in the implementation of the plans and programs of the government, with the core values necessary in rendering quality services.

About 80 personnel from the different departments of the provincial government have undergone the workshop which enabled them to review ethical and moral values to enhance their sense of commitment and dedication to public service.

Technical people who were experts on training and personnel development from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office XIII served as resource speakers.

The said workshop was facilitated by the Provincial Human Resource Management and Development Office. (SBRApelo, Province of Dinagat Islands/ PIA-Caraga)


Mindanao Week of Peace in Surigao Norte kicks off today

Surigao del Norte (27 November) – Surigao del Norte peace advocates are set to converge today, Nov. 27 for the celebration of Mindanao Week of Peace.

The said observance is in line with the Presidential Proclamation No. 127 dated Nov. 26, 2001 which assigns the last Thursday of November up to the first Wednesday of December every year as the Mindanao Week of Peace aimed to provide a venue for expression of peace aspirations in various forms and for convergence of peace.

This year, the celebration will commence today, Nov.27 and will end on Dec. 3.

Act for Peace Technical Working Group in Surigao del Norte together with peace advocates and other sectors of society will converge for a ‘WALK for PEACE’ around the city which will start at Km.1 and will end at the Surigao City Hall. A short ecumenical prayer from various religious groups and muslim community will then follow.

The highlight of the weeklong observance is the celebration of the 2nd Surigao Peace Day as declared under Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution no. 148 series of 2007 on Dec. 2 which will start with a caravan at 1:00pm from the different municipalities in the mainland and will converge at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Placer.

The caravan will proceed to the Provincial Convention Center for an Environmental/Industrial Peace Forum as a manifestation of the provincial government’s commitment to support program’s projects and activities that promotes peace.

The activity said is in collaborative effort of the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau, Department of Labor and Employment with other national line agencies and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano News : Gov. Ace Barbers mipahigayon ug usa ka Public Consultative Meeting uban sa mga Mamanwa

Surigao del Norte (27 November) - Matalandugon nga ghimo ni Gob. Ace Barbers ang usa ka Public Consultative Meeting sa mga Mamanwa kagahapong adlawa, Nov. 26, 2008, sa PPDO Conference Room sa kapitolyo.

Ang mga nagkalain-laing tribu sa mga Mamanwa sa tibuok probinsya natigum kay buot sa maalagarong Gobernador Barbers nga mapadayag nila ang ilang tanang mga mulo ug mga problema sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka katilingban.

“Angay masayran sa atong mga igsoon nga mga Mamanwa, nga sa akong administrasyon karon anaay dako nga panlantaw, pagtagad ug pagpakabana sa ilang kahimtang karon pinaagi niining atong public consultative meeting. Uban ang ilang mga lideres, dinhi atong matubag ug masolusyunan ang inyong mga gihambin nga mga problema sa dugay na napanahon, ug pinaagi niini nga ato gayud makab-ot ang tinuuray nga kalamboan sa atong mga kaigsuonang Mamanwa,” nagkanayon si Gob. Ace Barbers.

Madasigon nga nagpadayag ang mga nagkadaiyang mga miyembro sa tribu sa ilang mga problema labi na sa ilang “Ancestral Domain” nga ilang katungod nga gikuha gikan kanila. Ug usab ang pagtuman sa mga balaodnon nga subay sa ilang tradisyon ug kultura.

Nagmabungahon ang maong tigum diin napadayag usab ni Gob. Ace Barbers ang pagtinabangay tali na sa pangagamhanan ug mga mamanwa diin dako ug tabang ang mamahimo sa mga IP’s sa pag-amping ug pag protiher sa kinaiyahan nga maoy adbokasiya karon sa probinsya, labi na ang pagpresirbar sa mga mga endangered species sama sa mga Tarsier ug Sea Eagle ug mga tanum nga diri lamang makita sa atong probinsya.

Uban sa maong tigum mao usab ang Regional Director sa NCIP, Atty. Jake Dumagan, IFAD Director Menor ug Fr. Lolong Ramada sa Diocese sa Surigao del Norte.

Tungod sa dakong kadasig nga nakita ni Gob. Ace Barbers, siya mipahibalo nga pagahimuon na niya ang maong Public Consultative Meeting sa mga Indigenous People matag “Quarter”, ug kini gikalipay gayud sa tanang mga mingsalmot sa maong tigum. (PGO-Media Bureau/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)