PIA News Service - Friday, February 27, 2009

Caraga RLECC lays out plan for 2009

BUTUAN CITY (27 February) – The Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) of Caraga Region convened yesterday (February 26) and layed-out action plans for 2009.

During the meeting, PSSupt Ramon Espiritu, Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PNP-PRO-13 who acted as Presiding Officer called the chairmen of the respective sub-committees to present the plan.
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Stakeholders of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) in Caraga Region convened recently and layed-out plans for 2009. (Robespierre C. Tradio, PIA-Caraga)
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Among those who presented the plan of action are the sub-committees on Drug Prevention chaired by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga, Consumer Welfare with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Fire Prevention of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Anti-Trafficking in persons presented by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Traffic Management by the Highway Patrol Group, and Public Information chaired by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Aside from presenting the plans of action, presenters of each sub-committee also made announcements on the thrusts and programs of their respective agencies.

Meanwhile, during the previous meeting of the committee, Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Regional Director Leticia DC Tan who is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Tourist Security and Safety presented the action plan.

In her report, she emphasized the insufficient baggage screening machine (x-ray) in the airports and seaports. She also reported that there is a congestion and insufficient space for check-in and departing areas on these ports. Other issues and concerns presented to the council include the bad condition of runway surface, absence of waiting lounge for visitors, no uniform porterage fee, awareness of barangay officials of non-residence staying in the barangay, awareness of all concern agencies on big events of the region, and non-alignment of policies and programs, as well as unaccounted tourist arrivals.

To address the issues and concerns, Dir. Tan presented recommended measures such as procurement of one additional baggage screening machine at the entrance of pre-departure area, expansion of airport terminal building, asphalt overlay, construction of waiting lounge, formulate agreement on uniform porterage fee.

Tan also suggested that barangay officials should have a logbook for non-resident arrivals and there must be a coordination with concern agencies for them to be aware of their roles during big events in the region.

“In order to have exact figure or number of tourist arrivals, tourist visitors are required to register at the tourist assistance center", Dir. Tan said.

Having some of the sub-committees who were not able to present their plan of action or road map, PSSupt Espiritu requested the Secretariat to call the attention of those concerned agencies to present during the next meeting. “Since there are still sub-committees who were not able to present their plan of action, the Secretariat is requested to call the attention of these concerned agencies and require them to present during the next meeting”, he said. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)
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Manufacturing, highest revenue generator in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (February 27) – The manufacturing sector generated the highest revenue among the economic sectors in the region in 2006 with P6.496 billion.

This is revealed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga during the Regional Data Dissemination Forum on the 2006 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI), recently.

This is closely followed by the Mining and Quarrying sector who recorded a whooping P6.361 billion in revenue. Third largest revenue generator is the Wholesale and Retail Trade with P4.471 billion. The fourth highest revenue generator is the Electricity, Gas and Water Supply with P3.394 billion. Fifth is the Financial Intermediation sector with P1.192 billion.

The agriculture sector including hunting, forestry and fishing recorded a total revenue of P596 million in 2006. Private education recorded a revenue of P714 million. Construction has a total revenue of P1.058 billion and hotels and restaurants P336 million.

The lowest revenue generators on the other hand are Real State, Renting and Business Activities; Transportation, Storage and Communication; and Health and Social Work.

Although the manufacturing sector is the highest revenue generator, it also spends the highest with a total cost of P5.596 billion. This is followed by the Wholesale and Retail Trade at P4.267 billion. Third is the Electricity, Gas and Water Supply with a total cost of P2.617 billion.

The fourth highest spender is the Mining and Quarrying sector which has a total cost of P2.579 billion. Fifth is the Financial Intermediation sector with P662 million. The agriculture sector on the other hand has a total cost of P402 million.

Based on the research revenue-cost ratio of the region amounts to P1.4 billion lower than the country’s ratio of P1.6 billion. Further, the agriculture sector records the highest return at P1.48 billion.

The 2006 CPBI covered establishments engaged in 14 economic sectors classified under the amended 1994 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC).

The scope of the 2006 CPBI was confined to the “formal sector” consisting of corporations and partnerships, cooperatives and foundations, single proprietorships with employment of 10 or more and single proprietorship with branches.

The 2006 CPBI used stratified systematic sampling with a random start. For establishments with average total employment (ATE) 20 and over, the geographic domain and the industry domain served as the first stratification variable.

For the establishments with ATE less than 20, the geographic domains are the regions and the industry domain, the industry groups. Employment size was used as the second stratification variable. (Lovely Laudette Gamba, PIA-13)


Farmers appeal needed reforms for CARP!

AGUSAN DEL NORTE - Civil Society and Farmers held street demonstration to urge the government to pass into law immediately the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER). They held a rally to voice their desire and support for House Bill No. 4077 last January 30, 2009 at Butuan City.

The parade started at the Agrarian Reform Information and Marketing Center (AIM-C) at exactly 8:30 in the morning going through Capitol Compound all the way to Montilla Boulevard and ended at Rizal Park for a short Rally. Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) have spoken and gave their testimonies on the services they have acquired through the CARP Program.

More than 1,200 farmers from different Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) in Agusan Norte, NGOs, FEDARCCO Members, PO Leaders, Youth and Government Agencies participated in the Rally with placards to voice out their clamor and anger at landlord-dominated Congress who prefer to give lands to foreigners than Filipino Farmers.

The Joint Resolution as agreed by the lawmakers extending the implementation of the said Program for a period of 6 (six) month has set to expire on June 30, 2009. The higher authorities said that the CARP will continue but only Compulsory Acquisition (CA) is excluded in the program.

The farmers in Agusan del Norte expressed their collective sentiments to stop Congress from emasculating CARP and demand to continue the Compulsory Acquisition (CA) mode of acquiring lands.

“Without Compulsory Acquisition, many beneficiaries, who desire to own a land, will not have a chance because no landowner will volunteer.” FEDARCCO Chairman Isidro Madaje said, “ This historic March Rally are just only the beginning,” He further said.

Last November 21, 2008, same farmer leaders and Civil Society converged and tried to solicit the commitment of the legislators of 1st District and Second District in Agusan del Norte and actually visited the home and offices of Hon. Congressman Joboy Aquino and Hon. Congressman Edilmero A. Amante to fully support the extension of the said program and to expedite the passage of House Bill No. 4077

After the parade, Press Conference was also held by representatives of the Farmers, FEDARCCO Officials and PO Leaders before the local tri-media group. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Gov. Ace Barbers dako ang pagpakabana sa nagpadayon karon nga kalisod sa paghanap ug trabaho; Special Recruitment Authority sa PMTC gipahigayon

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (27 February) - Ubay-ubay nga mga jobseekers ang mapasalamaton sa kasamtangang administrasyon sa probinsya ubos na sa pagpangalagad ni Gov. Ace Barbers sa mga paningkamot niini nga mahatagan ug trabaho ang uban natong mga kaigsuonang Surigaonon nga sa dugay na walay bisag gamay nga pangita diin ang Provincial Manpower Training Center mipahigayon sa ilang Special Recruitment Authority niadtong adlaw nga huwebes, Pebrero 19, ug 20, 2009 didto na sa ilang buhatan sa Kapitolyo.
Sa maong kalihukan, nakita sa buhatan sa PMTC nga pinanguluhan sa PESO Manager niini nga si Mr. Amor Morales ang nagpadayon karon nga kalisod sa paghanap ug trabaho tungod daghan sa atong mga kaigsuonan ang interesado niini diin mikabat sa halos 159 ka mga aplikante ang malaumon ug madasigon na miadto sa Kapitolyo sa panghinaut nga sila makapasar ug mapili para sa mga available job order.

Sa 159 ka mga aplikante adunay 49 nga mga aplikante ang migawas nga kwalipikado sa mga posisyon sa mga gikinahanglang Nurses para sa USA, Auto Electrician, Bartender, Cashier, Waiter/Waitress, Mason/Carpenter, Tile Fitter/Sitter, Accountants Computer Programmer, Welding Technician, Pipe Fitter, Welders, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Kusinero, Cleaner ug uban pa.

Malaumon si Gob. Ace Barbers nga ang maong kalihukan nakahatag ug dakong tabang sa mga katawhan hilabi na karong panahona nga kita nahiagum sa dakong epekto sa krisis nga dili lamang mitumaw sa atong katilingban kung dili pati na sa tibuok kalibutan. Dako ang kalipay ug kadasig ang nasinati sa maong mga suwerteng napili tungod ilang nakita nga ang maalagarong gobernador nagtuman gayud sa iyang mga saad ug pinaagi niini, ilang namatud-an nga ang iyang serbisyo tiunay alang sa kalambo-an sa tanan. (SdN PGO-Media Bureau/ PIA-Surigao City)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


Report on illegal logging

On February 25, 2009 at 12:00 noon at Sitio Iba, Barangay Datu, Pilar, Surigao del Norte, PNP personnel of Pilar Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Krisopher Ang Cauilan conducted foot patrol and recovered abandoned sawn lumber approximately 101 board feet with an estimated market value amounting to Php 3,000.00.

Recovered lumbers are now in the custody of Pilar Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on illegal gambling

On February 25, 2009 at 11:00 in the morning at Barangay Pili, Malimono, Surigao del Norte, PNP personnel of Malimono Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Magaluna conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the apprehension of the suspects identified as Jojet Escalante, 28 years old, married; and Radny Mota, 36 years old, single, both “swertres” collectors and residents of Tagbuyawan, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Confiscated from the suspects’ possession were two pieces tally sheet, five pieces half-length tally sheet, one ball pen and bet money amounting to Php 224.00 in different denominations.

Arrested persons are now under the custody of Malimono Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges in court. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


PNP arrests wanted persons

On February 25, 2009 at 11:45 in the morning at Burgos Street, Butuan City, PNP personnel of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by SPO3 Hemenigildo Narciso arrested the suspect identified as Mantud Delos Reyes Jr, 44 years old and resident of Emenville Subdivision, Butuan City.

Suspect was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Eduardo S Casals of Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 1, Butuan City dated February 18, 2009 docketed under CC number 13281 for the crime of rape with no bailbond recommended.

Subject person is now detained at Butuan at Butuan City Police Station 1 for proper disposition.

Also, on February 26, 2009 at 7:30 in the morning at Purok-4, Barangay Sta Teresita, Bayugan City, PNP elements of Bayugan City Police Station led by PINSP Jumark Q Caña arrested the suspect identified as Jose Bayla, 52 years old, married and resident of said place.

Suspect was arrested by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Eliseo M Campos of MTCC of Bayugan City dated January 28, 2009 docketed under CC number 8874-08-J-51 for the crime of estafa with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 5,000.00.
Arrested person is now detained at Bayugan City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)