3.23.2009

PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Former Butuan City Mayor dies

BUTUAN CITY (24 March) – Former Butuan City Mayor Figurado “Lado” O. Plaza died of cardiac arrest and pneumonia at 4:47 this morning (March 24) at Butuan Doctor’s Hospital, this city. He was 81 years old.

This was reported by his wife, former Congresswoman Charito B. Plaza of the 1st District of Butuan City and Las Nieves in an interview with PIA.

According to former Cong. Plaza, the wake will be at their residence at Claudio Street, Estacio Village, this city. She also said they are still waiting for the arrival of their daughter who is in United States and is expected to arrive on Saturday, March 28, 2009. “Upon her arrival, we will decide for the schedule of the burial,” she said.

The former Congresswoman also asks their relatives, friends and the public for prayers for the eternal repose of his husband’s soul, who is once a pillar of politics in the city.

Former Mayor Plaza started his political career as the number one city councilor of Butuan in 1968, became the city’s Vice Mayor and later on, was elected as City Mayor from 1971 to 1986. He was born on August 6, 1927.

His major legacy is by making Butuan as the first among the cities of the Philippines to be declared as “Highly Urbanized City” in the highest category of cities.


It can be recalled that Mayor Lado is also responsible of putting up noteworthy projects in the city like the Bancasi Airport, Butuan City Integrated Bus Terminal, Slaughter House, Butuan City Premium Market extension in Langihan, Bliss Project, and the Employees’ Village in Paradise-Libertad, among others. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)



German Ambassador set to visit Caraga Region

BUTUAN CITY (24 March) – German Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch is scheduled to visit Caraga Region particularly in this city, in Agusan del Norte, and in Agusan del Sur on April 2-3, 2009.

Thus, said Caraga Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Fr. Lito Clase of the Diocese of Butuan and the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) during the coordinative meeting held on Monday, March 23 at NEDA-Caraga Conference Room.

According to Fr. Clase, the ambassador’s visit is an entry point of the 7-million Euro projects to be awarded by the German government to Caraga Region next year.

During the visit, the German Ambassador will formally hand-over relief assistance to the victims of floods in the region and to meet with Caraga stakeholders. Containing the relief assistance include a 10-kilo rice, 1 dozen sardines, packs of noodles, thermos pot, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and dried fish, amounting to some Php 1,000.

Among the places to be visited in the region are Butuan City, Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, and Patin-ay in Agusan del Sur.

While in these places, he will meet with local officials to discuss the projects to be implemented by the German government next year.


The visit of Ambassador Weber-Lortsch will bring hope and opportunity to Caraganons to be able to cope with the global financial crisis. Thus, having the projects implemented will be a big help to alleviate poverty in the region. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)


Butuan joins 2009 Earth Hour

BUTUAN CITY (24 March) – On March 28 at 8:30 in the evening, Butuan will officially join the cities and towns all over the world in switching off their lights for one hour dubbed as Earth Hour, to send a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

This is revealed during the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting at the Mayor’s Conference Room, here, in this city recently.

On that night, the city government aims for a total darkness in the city’s main thoroughfares, landmarks and large establishments.

To make the event more meaningful and to be able to gather as much support to the endeavor, a short program will be prepared during the switching off of the lights.

At 7:45 pm, the City Mayor together with the invited guests and participants will gather at the Rizal Park for a very short program. A few minutes before 8:30, a police siren will be heard signaling the start of the countdown.

At exactly 8:30, lights will be switched off. A ceremonial switch will be prepared at the Rizal Park.

In the darkness, talks on greenhouse effects, global warming, adaptation to global warming and other environmental topics will be discussed. (Lovely Laudette Gamba, PIA-13)


RMG and RTR Police receive new PNP vehicle

CARAGA Police continued in strengthening anti-crime activities, Internal Security Operations and Community Assistance and Development in the region in relation with the Integrated Transformation Program of the Philippine National Police.

In line with this, two new PNP vehicles were turned-over recently to the recipient during the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony held at Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13), Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City.

The distribution is in accordance with the issuance directives number DL2-2009-01- issuance of Troop Carrier dated January 29, 2009 and DL2-2009-01-870- issuance of Toyota Patrol Jeep (Hi-lux) dated January 6, 2009 from the Directorate for Logistics, National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Caraga Police Director Jaime Eloreta Milla led the distribution of the vehicles together with Chief Logistics PSUPT Ronaldo Rivero Cabral. Honorable Eleuterio Enriquez, Vice Mayor of RTR, Agusan del Norte together with PSI Edmund Montillano, Chief of Police received the Toyota Patrol Jeep, while PSUPT Hordan Pacatiw, Deputy Group Director of 14th RMG received the SKW Troop Carrier.

The PNP aims to upgrade physical facilities and equipment in support to Police Field Operations, including the updating of Police Equipment Standards and the development of a Multi-Year Financing and Procurement Plan, development and upgrading of the facilities, equipment and physical set-up of the PNP and the provision of model infrastructure for Police Stations and Sub-Stations in the country.

RD Milla made sure that every police officer commits himself completely to the Filipino people through maintaining peace in the streets, in the darkest alleys and in the community as a whole. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Butuan andam na sa 1 oras nga dungan pagpalong sa kuryente

BUTUAN CITY - Nahan-ay na sa local nga kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Butuan ang gikatakdang pagpahigayon sa usa ka oras nga pagpalong sa kyryente karong umaabot Marso 28 agig pagduoyg sa hiniusang pagpakabana sa global warming.

Gibutyag ni Forester Alexander Alaan, hepe sa City CENRO sa siyudad nga ila nang gipasidan-an ang tanang buhatan, commercial establishment ug residential, alang sa usa ka oras nga pagpalong sa kuryente.

Gidungag ni Alaan nga sugdan ang usa ka oras nga pagpalong banding alas-8:00 hangtud alas-9:00 sa gabii ubos sa tema, “The Hour, The World Unite Against Global Warming” nga gipangunahan sa Department of Energy (DOE) inabagan sa local nga kagamhanan.

Tumong sa maong synchronize switch-off, nga mahinuklugan sa katawhang Butuanon ang kabilihon sa pagtambayayong og pagpakabana sa paghimo ug hiniusang lakang aron masulbad ang suliran sa global warming. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Yuta sa lumad, giilogan sa Agusan Su rug Surigao del Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR – Dili ihatag sa lokal nga kagamhanan sa lungsod sa Tagbina, Surigao del Sur rang yutang kabilin nga nahisakop sa maong lungsod kansa buot kuhaon sa mga lumad sa Agusan del Sur.

Gibutyag ni Tagbina Mayor Donell Pulizon nga gireklamo siya sa mga lumad sa Mati, sakop sa lungsod sa San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

Gi-akusahan sa mga lumad nga miangkon sa yutang kabilin nga nasakop sa lungsod sa Tagbina ang maong mayor, nga mi-harass kanila.

Apan taliwa pa man niining tanan, hugtanong gibarugan sa mayor nga dile niya ilhon ang Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) nga gihatag sa National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) ngadto sa mga tribong lumad nga nasulod sa pipila ka bahin sa lungsod sa Tagbina.

Gipasabot sa mayor nga wala siyas laing tumong sa iyang pagbabag kundili ang kaayuhan sa mga lumad nga nahisakop sa iyang lungsod.

Giklaro usab niini nga miadto pa dunay gipahigayong survey diin dunay gibutang nga timailhan kun asa ra kutob ang luna nga puwedeng angkonon sa mga lumad sa Agusan del Sur. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Personahe sa NCIP Caraga, gihulga sa higanteng buaya

AGUSAN DEL SUR – Nagpangurog ang tuhod sa mga personahe sa National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Caraga human nga mipakita kanila ang higanteng buaya nga miputol sa ulo sa batang onse anyos nga si Rowena Romano dihang sila nag picture-taking samtang nagsakay sila ug pumpboat atoll sa ilang gipahigayong pagpanghatag ug hinabang ngadto sa 18-ka pamilya sa Barangay Mihaba nga namakwit human nga mi-atake ang maong buaya.

Gibutyag ni Mrs. Elvira Catuburan, hepe sa Technical Services Division ilawom sa NCIP Caraga, nga wala nila damhang mopakita kanila ang maong higanteng buaya nga mideskanso niadtong higayuna ilawom sa kahoy’ng baliti.

Gibutyag sa opisyal nga hilabihan gyud ka dako sa maong buaya diin sa iyang pagbana-bana, moabot sa kapin usa ka dupa ang gilapdon sa buko-buko niini.

Giklaro usab sa opisyal nga nagkabangis na pag-ayo ang buaya sanglit sa dihang mipabulhot sila sa pagpadagan sa ilang pumpboat nga gisakyan, misulay pa kini sa pagsunod kanila.

Mas misamot ang ilang gibating kahadlok dihang nagapos sa water lily ang ilang pumpboat nga kuoyg kanila sa dihang misulay kini pagbangga sa maong tanum sa tubig.

Silang tanan matud pa ang gibati ug dili tiaw nga kalisang sa nahitabo sa usa ka pumpboat tungod kay kung mipadayon pagsunod ang buaya seguradong maabtan sila tunga-tunga sa lake Mihaba. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)