PIA News Service - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2 Towns in Surigao del Sur started to enjoy PGMA-4Ps

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur (11 March 2009) – Some 2,905 household beneficiaries had recently started to enjoy PGMA’s “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) coming from 18 barangays of the interior municipality of San Miguel, in this province.

Rey A. ParreƱas, Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD)-Caraga representative revealed that there are 3,329 potential households in the said municipality, but after the final validation, only 2,905 households had qualified in the program.

According to him, the qualified beneficiaries received P500.00 a month for health and Nutrition for those who are pregnant mothers, and P300 for each child for their education assistance. Only children below 14 years old can avail the program with a maximum of three children each household.

Meanwhile, Florisa S. Jamin, another representative of DSWD said, the municipality of Marihatag has 1,685 potential household who can avail the program but subject to final validation.

According to Jamin, the distribution of cash assistance to the potential beneficiaries is still going on at Tandag City Gymnasium, it was learned. 

The distribution was spearheaded by DSWD-Caraga in collaboration with the Land bank of the Philippines (LBP), and the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur.

The PGMA-4Ps is a five-year development plan for health, Nutrition and Education that aimed to attain the Millennium Development Plan Goal (MDG). (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur)


CDA celebrates 19th anniv

BUTUAN CITY (11 March 2009) – The Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) celebrated recently its 19th anniversary with the theme: “Kooperatiba: Tugon sa Pandaigdigang Kagipitan”.

In commemoration of the agency’s anniversary, CDA-Caraga conducted a consultation on cooperative legal cases. A legal officer from the CDA-Central Office, Atty. Danilo Segobre personally handles queries of the participants. 

Administrator Salaman Mangca for Mindanao also graced the occasion with his colorful recollections of how CDA started as a government agency. 

To show support to the region’s cooperatives, the agency also conducted an open house showcasing the cooperative’s products. 

Among the exhibitors are United Furniture Makers Multipurpose Cooperative, Caraga Golden Products Mutipurpose Cooperative, Federation of Agrarian Reform Cooperatives, Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives Caraga Region, Panamaon Consumers Cooperative, Sta. Maria ARB Multipurpose Cooperative, Nickel Island Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative, Mabua Fish Vendors and Housekeepers Multipurpose Cooperative, San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, Gigaquit Agra Multipurpose Cooperative, and A and M Multipurpose Cooperative. 

Showcased are different products of the cooperatives, which are mostly recycled native products of the region, fruit preserves and beverages. (Lovely Laudette D. Gamba, PIA-13)


RAITF conducts photo, video documentation on migratory birds

BUTUAN CITY (11 March 2009) – Members of the Regional Avian Influenza Task Force (RAITF) chaired by Animal Health Committee Chairman John Gamboa, Sr. of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga recently conducted the two-day photo and video documentation of wild and migratory birds in Masao, this city and in Lake Mainit, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

The activity served as a venue to expose the task force members in observing the presence of migratory birds in the hotspot areas in the region and help the members identify these birds in actual view.

Josephine Araojo, Chief of Coastal and Marine Management Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga led the familiarization of migratory birds and assisted the RAITF members in the provision of high-end binoculars from DENR.

According to Araojo, bird migration refers to the regular seasonal journeys undertaken by many species of birds. 

She also said that bird movements include those made in response to changes in food availability, habitat or weather. “Also, birds that are non-migratory are known as resident birds”, she said.

One of the migratory bird species seen in the areas as identified by Araojo is the “Great Egret” which can be distinguished from other white egrets through its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season.

Members were set to present the photos and video documentation on migratory birds during the next RAITF meeting. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)


On Women’s Month Celebration
GADCC conducts “Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan”

BUTUAN CITY (11 March 2009) - The Regional Development Council - Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) recently conducted another activity in time with the Women’s Month Celebration this month dubbed as "Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan V" held in one of the hotels here.

The activity serves as a venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development; trade fair; ukay-ukay; GAD film showing; beauty and massage parlors, parlor games; and creates a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns.

As the GADCC Chair, Atty. Marilyn Pintor, Regional Director of the Commission of Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga welcomed and thanked all the members of the committee and the partner agencies who participated in the month-long celebration.  

Also, DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran congratulated all the women for its active participation and involvement in all the activities and for continuing its advocacy on gender equality and development.

Among the activities conducted highlighting the event include: Presentation of bread with veggies (Pandesal with Squash) Technology by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga; Milkfish deboning, Cake decorating and Body massage demonstration by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga; Perfume making, Fabric conditioner making and Dishwashing liquid making by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga. 

In the presentation of bread with veggies (Pandesal with Squash), DOST-Caraga Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta said “Buns with squash is made more nutritious since squash puree is added to the traditional ingredients of the dough such as yeast, skimmed milk, shortening, sugar and salt. One piece (45grams) of the bun will help meet 21% of the recommended nutrient intake for vitamin A and 27% for iron of a 7-9 year old child”. 

LPG Dancers of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga and DASUG dancers of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga also performed during the program. 

Meanwhile, on March 31, 2009, a sportsfest will be conducted at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds marking the closing activity on the Women’s Month Celebration in Caraga Region. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga)  
 

Surigao Norte farmers get fertilizer aid

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (11 March 2009) – A total of 500 boxes of Free Grow Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer were recently distributed to the farmers of the different municipalities in this province.

The distribution was part of Gov. Robert Ace Barbers’ Fertilizer Assistance Program to the local farmers as well as the national government's aid scheme to boosts rice production in the countryside.

A total of 20 municipalities benefited under the said program and each of these municipalities was given 100 gallons of liquid fertilizer, the ratio is one gallon per hectare.

Reports revealed that this liquid organic fertilizer is applicable to rice, corn, flowering and ornamental plants, shrubs, vegetables and other crops.

Also, a total of 200 sacks of rehab palay seeds were handed out to farmers who were greatly affected by the incessant rains experienced last January that triggered the rise of the flood water which caused damaged to their respective rice fields. The distributed certified palay seeds are classified as RC 18 and RC 128 varieties.

Meanwhile, the office of the Provincial Agriculturist revealed the distribution of IEC materials to the farmers recently under the Palay Check Program which they recently launched to each of the municipalities of this province. The said program aimed at educating the farmers as to what is the right and suited farming method of palay they will use in their rice field. 

The first distribution of IEC materials was done to all the farmer beneficiaries of Socorro, Surigao del Norte recently. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)



POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Report on shooting incident

On March 10, 2009 at 8:00 in the morning in Barangay Caromata, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, a certain Wilson Maquiling, 34 years old, married, farmer and resident of said place was shot by the suspect identified as Democrito Acevedo, 22 years old, married, farmer and resident of said place with the used of cal .22 airgun rifle.

Responding elements of San Miguel Municipal Police Station brought the victim who sustained two gunshot wounds on his body to San Miguel District Hospital for medical treatment but was pronounced dead by the attending physician. 

Motive of the incident was personal grudge due to land dispute. PNP elements of San Miguel Municipal Police Station is now conducting manhunt operation for the arrest of the suspect. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on loose firearm

On March 10, 2009 at 12:30 afternoon in Purok-1, Barangay Sacol, Buenavista, Aguasn del Norte, PNP personnel of Buenavista Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Victor S Laurente, conducted operation “kapkap/bakal” which resulted to the apprehension of the suspect identified as Virgilio Lanchenebre, 54 years old, resident of said place.

Confiscated from the suspect’s possession was one unit cal .38 revolver (paltik) without serial number and ammunition.

Suspect and confiscated item were brought to Buenavista Municipal Police Station for proper disposition while appropriate charges is being prepared for filing in court. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on illegal fishing

On March 8, 2009 at 11:00 in the morning at the Municipal Seawaters of Sitio Punta, Barangay Balite, Bayabas, Surigao del Sur, suspects identified as Diego Averio, 34 years old; Daniel Galgo, 28 years old; and Igancio Galgo, 49 years old, married and all are residents of Barangay Latucadn, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur were apprehended by PNP elements of Cagwait Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Abersalon R Rivera for violation of Municipal Ordinance Number 22, series of 2002, otherwise known as regulating entry of non-resident fisher folks in the municipal waters of Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.

Suspects were released on March 29, 2009 at 10:00 am after paying fines amounting to Php 2,500.00 each as prescribed in the ordinance. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


PNP arrests wanted persons

On March 9, 2009 at 9:30 in the morning at MJ Santos Hospital, Butuan City, Tracker team of Butuan City Police Station 2 led by SPO3 Advincula served warrant of arrest (WOA) to the suspect identified as PO1 Lyndon Perez, 24 years old, single and resident of Purok-16, Poblacion, La Paz, Agusan del Sur issued by Hon Judge Francisco F Maclang of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 3, Libertad, Butuan City, dated March 6, 2009, docketed under CC Number 13326 for attempted murder with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 180,000.00. 

Subject person presently confined at MJ Santos Hospital for medical treatment and will be turned over to the court after discharge from said hospital. 

Also, around 3:10 in the afternoon on the same date at Barangay Pagantayan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, PNP elements of Cantilan Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Paquito Plaza, arrested the suspect identified as Benhur Fragas, 40 years old, married and resident of said place by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Rufo U Naragas of MCTC Cantilan, Surigao del Sur under CC number 25551 for the crime of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and damage to property with recommend bailbond amounting to Php 24, 000.00.

Arrested person was brought to Cantilan Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

Meanwhile, around 4:00 in the afternoon at Purok-3, Barangay Tagbongabong, RTR, Agusan del Norte, PNP personnel of RTR Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Edmund F Montillano arrested the suspect identified as Ignacio Pesedas, 34 years old, married and resident if said place by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Merlyn B Pacaro-Canedo of RTC Branch 29, Bislig City, docketed under CC number 2008-3-3009 for double murder with no bailbond recommended.

Arrested person is now detained at RTR Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)