PIA News Service - Friday, January 9, 2009

CSC-Caraga slated first CSE-PPT for 2009

BUTUAN CITY (January 9) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga Regional Office, announces the conduct of CAREER SERVICE EXAMINATION, Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) for Professional and Subprofessional levels on March 29, 2009, the first of its three series of exams for 2009.

In a written statement sent to PIA by CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres, three examinations are scheduled for this year. The other two will be held on July 26 and in November 15.

Requirements of admission are as follows: 1. At least 18 years of age on the date of filing of application; 2. Must be Filipino citizens; 3. Must be of good moral character; 4. Have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or of disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs.

Also, qualified applicants must have not been dishonorably charged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government. Applicants with pending administrative and /or criminal cases may take the examination and will be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty of grave offenses, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and pursuant to Section 58(a) of the Uniform Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service and CSC Resolution No. 010659, dated March 22, 2001.

Finally, the applicant must not have taken the same level of CS Examination in less than 3 months or has not failed the same examination for four (4) consecutive times.

Those who have already passed the same or a comparable level of examination (i.e. licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission, and the Bar Examination need not to apply.

For interested applicants, the following are required for the application: 1. Applicants must accomplish the prescribed examination application form (CS Form No. 100-A, Revised 2007) and duly subscribed by any authorized Administering Officer.

Applicants must also submit four (4) latest and identical passport size (1 ½ inches x 2 inches) I.D pictures with full name tag that includes the surname, first name and middle initial taken within three (3) months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photocopied or computer-enhanced are not accepted. Nametag should not be computer generated.

The applicants must also submit a photocopy of any Valid Identification Card such as Driver’s License, SSS ID, current Office ID, Postal ID, BIR ID or Valid Passport which contain the applicant’s picture, signature, birthdate, and the signature of authorized head of issuing agency.

More importantly, the applicant must pay an examination fee amounting to Php 350.00.

Meanwhile, CSC warns the applicants that the acceptance of applications shall be on FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED basis and that, mailed applications are discouraged.

Deadline of filing and acceptance of applications is on February 13, 2009. However, acceptance of applications may be closed before the deadline when a sufficient number of applicants shall have been accepted.

Application Forms are available at the CSC-Caraga Regional Office, Doongan Road, Butuan City, Telephone No. (085)342-97-24, and at the CSC City Field Office, City Hall Compound, Butuan City, Telephone No. (085) 815-2696. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-13 with reports from CSC-Caraga)


All efforts to rescue kidnapped bank exec now in place, Casurra assures Surigaonons

Surigao City (9 January) - Mayor Alfonso Casurra of this city assured Surigaonons that the local authorities are making their earnest efforts to rescue the Bank president who was abducted Wednesday night (January 7) in his residence at Ceniza Heights Subdivision.

Mr. Johnson Cuiting, president of Rural Bank of Placer was kidnapped by four armed men around 10:00 pm that barged into Cuiting’s home, tied him up and his wife, seized away a number of valuables and used his Toyota Hi-Lux car with license plate KDL-692 as the culprits’ get-away vehicle.

“The city government as well as the members of the Philippine National Police is taking all necessary measures for the safe return of Mr. Johnson Cuiting,” Casurra said in a radio interview this morning.

Mayor Casurra also updated the Surigaonons that they have already recovered the vehicle used in the abduction.

Earlier, some relatives of the victim have urged the PNP and the City Government to speed up efforts to find him. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PGMA orders rehab in Siargao Island

Surigao del Norte (9 January) - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed officials of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Caraga region to start immediately the rehabilitation of Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte and other areas in the region that were hit by heavy flooding last Saturday brought about by the typhoon Auring.

The order was made after Siargao has been placed under a state of calamity due to flash floods causing the damage of the island’s agriculture and livestock.

The President issued the directive during the meeting with the RDCCs of Regions 10 and 13 which she convened Wednesday evening (January 7) at the Camiguin Highland Resort, Barangay Soro-Soro, in Mambajao, Camiguin.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here said hundreds of families in the towns of Sta. Monica and San Benito were greatly affected by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, DSWD assured of an ongoing relief operation and that their office is exerting all efforts in ensuring that all affected families will be given appropriate assistance.

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a resolution declaring the island of Siargao under state of calamity.

The declaration was agreed upon after Board Member Simeon Vicente Castrence sponsored a resolution declaring the island under the state of calamity. The resolution was unanimously approved. All of the members of the legislative body are present except for Vice Gov. Noel Catre who served as the then Acting Governor and Board Member Jose Alabat who is in Siargao to personally assess the situation. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TransCo bares cause of power outage in the region

The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) announced recently that four substation facilities of Northeastern Mindanao Area (NEMA) simultaneously tripped off at 8:21 on Tuesday, January 6 due to a strong lightning surge along Aplaya-Butuan 138-kilovolt transmission line brought about by the tail end of the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone.

The incident affected the Nasipit, Butuan, Placer, and San Francisco Substations serving power to electric cooperatives of MORESCO II, ANECO, ASELCO M2 and M3, SIARELCO, SURNECO, SURSECO II and industrial plants/offices of PACEMCO, ITC, WILMAR Edible Oils Philippine, Incorporated and NIA.

Areas affected were the cities of Gingoog, Butuan, and Surigao and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and part of Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Sur.

Power was restored back on the same night starting at 8:50, 8:51, 8:53, 8:58, 9:16, 9:05, 9:15, 9:22 in the evening, respectively to the above-mentioned substations and areas.

During the partial black-out, San Francisco Substation experienced abnormalities compelling to re-tap power supply for ASELCO and SURSECO II to Bislig Substation via an installed air break switch (ABS) at Barobo, Surigao del Sur.

Moreover, on Wednesday, January 7 at 5:37 in the morning, power delivery to ASELCO and SURSECO II was sourced back from San Francisco Substation. Subsequently, said substation resumes to its normal operation.

Meanwhile, TransCo’s power transmission service to Surigao del Norte I Electric Cooperative, Incorporated was also briefly interrupted on January 6 and 7 to facilitate re-tapping and sourcing back of power supply from San Francisco to Bislig Substation and vice versa.

Further, for these service interruptions, there were no findings of any line fault along the transmission lines within the CARAGA Region and part of the provinces of Misamis and Davao Oriental, which are within the area coverage of TransCo-NEMA based in Butuan City. (TransCo-Northeastern Mindanao Area/ PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


PNP arrests illegal possession of firearm suspect

On January 8, 2009 at 3:35 in the morning at the Sidewalk of JEG Convenience Store, E Luna Street, Barangay Urduja, Butuan City, suspect identified as Oliver Andagan alias “Jongjong”, 24 years old, single and resident of Purok-4, Madasigon, Barangay Agusan Pequeño, Butuan City was apprehended by the responding Police Officers of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by SPO1 Roldan Manilag for having caught in his possession one unit .38 cal revolver “paltik” snub nose type with serial number 128077 loaded with five live ammos.

Suspect failed to show legal document to carry the said firearm. Initial investigation disclosed that subject person and his companion, while having drinking spree outside JEG Store, threatened a certain Roche Reyes, prompting the said person to call for Police assistance.

Case for violation of PD 1866 as amended by RA 8294 has already been filed at City Prosecutor's Office, Butuan City on Thursday, January 8, 2009.


Confiscation of illegal gambling machines

On January 7, 2009 at 4:00 in the afternoon at Roy's Video and Huiso residence at Purok 2, San Vicente Street, Market Site District, Mangagoy, Bislig City, PNP elements of Bislig City Police Station led by PSUPT Ronelo Dungo Jaurigue conducted search and seizure operation against a certain Ige Olario and one Daday Huiso at said place.

Suspects were arrested by virtue of Search and seizure warrant number 09-35 and 09-36 respectively, issued by Hon Judge Merlyn Pacaro-Canedo of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29, Bislig City dated January 6, 2009 for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9287 (Illegal numbers game otherwise known as last two digits/swertres).

Seized from the premises of Mrs Daday Huiso were bet money amounting to Php 14,670.75, tally sheets/records of remittances, stubs for last two/swertres, calculator and other illegal gambling paraphernalia.

Persons arrested during the operation were Daday Huiso, married, and resident of said place; Riche Caballes, 25 years old, married, bet recorder of one Ige Olario, resident of Purok 6, John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislig City; and Jovie Tase, caretaker, 41 years old, married and resident of Purok-1, John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislig City.

Arrested suspects were brought to Bislig City Police Station for custodial investigation and filing of appropriate charges in court.

Also, at 8:45 in the evening at Purok 10, Barangay Obrero, Butuan City, elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by PSINSP Ronaldo V Plaza together with personnel from IDM and Intel Section and a team from Patrol Section, Butuan City Police Office conducted operation on illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of one fruitgame machine from the possession and control of a certain Bongshaw Makinano (caretaker), of legal age and resident of said place.

The team proceeded to Purok 10, Barangay Obrero, Butuan City and confiscated one unit fruitgame machine from the possession and control of one Rosanna Getigan (caretaker), 47 years old, married and resident of said place.

Confiscated units were brought at the Office of Vice-Control Section, Butuan City Police Office for proper recording and disposition.

Meanwhile, on January 8, 2009 at 1:00 in the afternoon at Barangay Limaha, infront of Fishlanding, Langihan, Butuan City, personnel of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by PSINSP Ronaldo V Plaza, Chief Vice Control Section conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of two units fruit game machines from the possession and control of a certain Wilson Dorico (caretaker), of legal age, married and resident of Resurrection, Barangay Holy Redeemer, Butuan City.

Said machines were brought to Butuan City Police Station 1 for proper disposition.