PIA News Service - Monday, February 23, 2009

BCWD representative orator scores anew

Butuan City Water District (BCWD) representative orator scored anew when he was adjudged Third Place winner in the 14th PAWD National Oratorical Contest on February 11, 2009 in Cebu City.

Rafael Victor R. Villanueva, representing BCWD and the Northern Mindanao Natural Resources Management Council (NorMin-NRMC), competed with regional champion-orators who represented the different water districts and regional associations of water districts in the country.


Rafael Victor R. Villanueva (standing) in his paradoxical approach in interpreting the theme “Water and Sanitation for Life’s Preservation” and conversational method of delivery during the 14th PAWD National Oratorical Contest on February 11, 2009 at the Social Hall of Metro Cebu Water District in Cebu City on the occasion of the 30th PAWD National Convention. Seated at the back are Villanueva’s opponents who represent other water districts and regional associations of water districts. (Agelia J. Mora, BCWD/ PIA-Caraga)
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Villanueva, a 16-year old senior high school student of Angelicum Montessori School in Butuan City, is indeed BCWD’s pride for being its first sponsored contestant to that prestigious national contest who brought home a major prize.

Trained under the tutelage of Jane Racho-Ty, Villanueva employed paradoxical approach in his interpretation of the theme “Water and Sanitation for Life’s Preservation” and conversational method in his delivery, far from being conventional orator. That made him one of the distinct performers and landed him on the third spot of the competition.

Villanueva won in the 22nd Local Oratorical Contest in October last year, making him eligible to represent BCWD in the regional contest. Then, he was unanimously chosen as the best orator in the 22nd NorMin-NRMC Regional Oratorical Contest, his passport to the national contest.

The 14th PAWD National Oratorical Contest and the 14th PAWD National Poster Making Contest were among the highlights of the 30th PAWD National Convention, the 30th annual national gathering of member-water districts of the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), held on February 11-13, 2009 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.

The 14th PAWD National Oratorical and Poster Making Contests were supposed to be the last staging of the twin-contests. Last year, the PAWD leadership decided to end the holding of the two contests to give way to a new phase of environmental education for the youth being the future stewards of the environment, including water resources. However, with the overwhelming success of the 14th PAWD National Oratorical and Poster Making Contests and the public clamor for their retention, PAWD president Delfin C. Hilario proclaimed recently that the two PAWD national contests will continue to be among the major activities during PAWD national conventions.

With the decision of PAWD to continue the national contests for both oratorical and poster making, BCWD is encouraging high schools to train their brightest students and send the best to either of the two local contests – oratorical and on-the-spot poster making. (Agelia J. Mora, BCWD/ PIA-Caraga)



Breakwater bags 1st Prize in national publication award

Breakwater, the official publication of Butuan City Water District (BCWD), bagged 1st Prize in the 2008 PAWD Best Publication Award during the Awards Night of the 30th PAWD National Convention on February 13, 2009 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City.


Butuan City Water District (BCWD) technical assistant and Breakwater editor-in-chief Agelia J. Mora (3rd from left) holds the 1st Prize trophy won by Breakwater in the 2008 PAWD Best Publication Award on February 13, 2009 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City. Also in photo are BCWD senior public relations officer and Breakwater managing editor Ramil S. Barquin, PAWD publication committee chairman Arturo G. Villasan (2nd from left) and BCWD director Pacita T. Buñol (right). (Agelia J. Mora, BCWD/ PIA-Caraga)


Adjudged 2nd Best Magazine in the 2007 PAWD Best Publication Award, Breakwater bested other magazines of various water districts in the country, including the 2007 winner Crystal Flow of Davao City Water District and Flowell of Cagayan de Oro City Water District. Crystal Flow and Flowell placed third and second, respectively.

Breakwater has been in circulation for nine years now. It has been bringing to the BCWD’s various publics the latest developments in the water sector, updates in the water district operation, watershed and environmental concerns, and information related to water supply services.

Since its maiden issue, Breakwater has been adhering to the highest ethical and quality standards of print media production and focusing its editorial policy toward the attainment of BCWD’s goals and objectives. These made itself as an effective information and communication tool to massively promote the water district concept to various publics.

The PAWD Best Publication Award is an annual national search of the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) for the best water districts’ publications. This award encourages more water districts to produce their own publication and recognize the effort of those water districts that are already producing their publication. Moreover, this award aims to elevate the publications of the water districts to the highest quality and standard of print media production.

It has two categories – Magazine and Newsletter. Entries for both categories were judged according to relevance, content, style, form and originality.

Three credible personalities in mass communications, journalism and education evaluated the entries. They were Dr. Ronald M. Henson, who has written five books in various aspects of mass media communication and spent more than 25 years managing information; Dr. Robert F. Soriano, dean of the College of Communication – Polytechnic University of the Philippines, editor of CoC publications and writer of seven books in mass communication; and Mr. Ramon Tomeldan, managing editor of Manila Standard, who is also involved with publications of various private and public organizations, wrote news and features for Malaya, and covered science, education, and Malacañan beats. (Agelia J. Mora, BCWD/ PIA-Caraga)


58IB harassed by the NPA in Lianga SdS

Lianga, Surigao del Sur (Feb 19) – The local government of Lianga convened recently during the 1st Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting here after reorganizing thru EO 739.

Mayor Roy Higino Sarmen, MPOC Chairman was the presiding officer in the conference attended by Vice Mayor Robert Lala, MPOC Vice Chairman Col. Benjamin Pedralvez, Capt. Agapito Acebes of Philippine Army, PNP and other members of the MPOC.

During the meeting, Battalion Commander of 58IB Col. Benjamin S. Pedralvez reported that on February 1 at 11:45 am the checkpoint within the vicinity of Samilla Gym in Lianga was fired upon by the NPA. He said, “action taken on that matter is to conduct a pursuit operation, where again we have an encounter in Purok 5 of Brgy. San Isidro of this municipality last February 7.”

Col. Pedralvez said, “Insurgency is not only the AFPs concern, our concern is only the armed component, the NPA. The political, socio and economic factors is the LGUs concern”.

The recent skirmish between the the 58IB and the NPA resulted to the mass evacuation of the residents of the area to the Municipal Gym in Lianga.

The Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) reported that 110 families and 478 dependents evacuees have already received food assistance and health services.

Other assistance were also provided by the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO), PNRC-Surigao del Sur chapter and Vice Mayor Robert Lala who personally give food and cash assistance. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur)
POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo
and PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Accomplishment on illegal logging

On February 19, 2009 at 11:30 in the morning at Paragua, Barangay San Antonio, Libjo Dinagat Islands, joint team from Libjo Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Walter Casino and Sangguniang Bayan members led by SB Rogelio Magpatoc and SB Francisco Areglo recovered an abandoned illegally cut sawn lumbers at the above-mentioned place with estimated volume of 639 board feet and estimated market value of Php 10,863.00.

Recovered lumber were brought to Libjo Municipal Police Station for recording/documentation and subsequently turned-over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the area for proper disposition.

Also, on February 22, 2009 at 2:45 in the morning at Purok-6, Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, PNP personnel of Jabonga Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Jonathan Satentes while conducting mobile patrol at said place, intercepted one unit ten wheeler truck, driven by a certain Johny Generisan, with plate number CTA 687, loaded with assorted sizes of lawaan lumbers with an estimated volume of 4,000 board feet.

Upon verification, no legal document was presented, prompting the PNP personnel to bring the cargo truck and driver to Jabonga Municipal Police Station. Coordination with DENR was conducted for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-13)


Report on robbery incident

On February 20, 2009 at 11:00 in the morning at Vasquez Street, Surigao City, Danara Travel and Tours located at the above place was robbed by three unidentified armed men carting cash money of Php 3,700.00 from the employees of Danara Travel and Tours and two units cellular phones (nokia 3310 and 6120).

Further, several items were also carted from another victim who was present at the time of the incident identified as Mae Arreza Pichay, 46 years old, single and a resident of 15 Alaska Street, Oro Vista Royal Subdivision, Antipolo City.

The carted items were cash money of Php 20,000.00; Gucci bag worth Php 40,000.00; Versace reading glass worth Php 15,000.00; Pearl earrings worth Php 25,000.00; RCBC ATM Card; Visa Credit Card; and other important documents.

Suspects immediately fled after the incident onboard a single motorcycle. Hot pursuit operation is still conducted by Surigao City Police Station for the possible arrest of the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-13)


Arrest of wanted person

On February 19, 2009 at 5:00 in the morning at Purok-1 Barangay Colorado, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, a certain Danny Bermudez, 38 years old, single, farmer and resident of the above place was arrested by Jabonga Municipal Police Station personnel led by PI Jonathan Satentes by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Judge Orlando Doyon Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 3410th Judicial Region, Cabadbaran City docketed under CC number 2002-110 or MURDER.

Suspect is now detained at Jabonga Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Also, on February 20, 2009 at 9:00 in the morning at Purok-1 Ampayon, Butuan City, PNP elements of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Station 4 and PO3 Jerry Concha of RIDM, PRO 13 arrested the suspect identified as Albert Plaza, 22 years old, single and a resident of Purok-8 Barangay Maygatasan, Bayugan City for the crime of Reckless Imprudence resulting to Serious Physical Injuries by virtue of WOA issued by Judge Eliseo Campos of MTCC branch 3, Bayugan City dated 26 August 2008 docketed under CC number 2863-08-4-40 with recommended bail bond of Php 10,000.00.

Suspect was turned-over to Bayugan City Police Station and received by SPO2 Bonifacio Lambos, Warrant Officer for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-13)


Accomplishment on illegal gambling

On February 19, 2009 at 9:00 in the evening at Kilometer 4 Barangay San Pedro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, elements of Lianga Municipal Police Station led by PI Ronel Bernal Tesorero conducted operation against illegal logging which resulted to the confiscation of 3,000 board feet abandoned sawn Lauan lumbers with an estimated market value of Php 45,000.00.

Confiscated lumber was brought to Lianga Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Also, on February 22, 2009 at 10:00 in the morning at Poblacion Trento, Agusan del Sur, three teams from 1403rd PPMG led by SPO1 Benerando L Madelo conducted series of operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of a total of three unit video karera machine at Purok-3, Purok-7 and Purok-8, all of Barangay Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Said machines were allegedly owned by a certain alias "Wawang". Said machines were brought to the Office of 1403rd PPMG for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, on the same date around 4:00 in the afternoon at Purok-5B, Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City PNP personnel of Vice Control Section led by PSINSP Ronaldo Plaza conducted operation against illegal gambling which resulted to the confiscation of one unit fruit game machine with undetermined peso coins inside from the possession of one Marites Plaza Penola (caretaker), 48 years old, married, and resident of said place.
Said machine was brought to the Office of the Vice Control Section of Vice Control Section of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-13)