(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 8, 2009

4Ps made changes!
By: Dave M. Suyao

PIA, Agusan del Sur

An increase in enrollment, survival, and participation rates were noted while live birth registration also increased. Not only that. Philhealth membership also rise up to 30 percent!

This was revealed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga Regional Office officer Wilma Geralla during her presentation on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a five year flagship program of President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo to subsidize the living condition of the poorest of the poor families in the country.

According to Geralla, there are 7,054 families in Agusan del Sur particularly from the municipalities of Sibagat, Sta. Josefa, Veruela, Loreto San Luis Esperanza and La Paz who have already received the conditional cash transfer totaling to over P25 million as of April 1, 2009.

“Each child with a maximum of three from every qualified household will receive P500.00 subsidy for five years. Actually, during the selection process, our office have surveyed more that 29,000 households from target municipalities, and 16,590 households qualified for proxy means test. To date, our records show 7,054 received the subsidy. The reasons why the rest did not yet receive the subsidy yet is because some 6,400 beneficiaries were not yet released with card, while some of them transferred to unknown places, others have double entry in the household I.D. and others were no longer interested to register with the program for personal reasons,” Ms Geralla said. “But when the above mentioned problems be addressed, the qualified beneficiaries will also receive their lump sum benefits”, Geralla added.

According to Geralla, their office was flooded with complaints from various sectors during the initial-actual implementation. Geralla said they were charged with unfair process in selecting the beneficiaries of the program. But she explained that when they conducted the survey, many did not cooperate during the interview for so many reasons, while others declared false information.

“After we have forwarded the data in central office, we can no longer interfere with the automated computerized process because only the central office can open the data bank to avoid any manipulation”, Geralla said.

According to survey by various stakeholders of the 4Ps, the program really made positive changes. At present, there are 4,669 children of 4Ps beneficiaries are enrolled in Day Care Centers, more that 20,000 are enrolled in elementary education and more that 4,000 in high school. These children were before denied of their basic need. Education!

“In Agusan del Sur, the 4Ps will be expanded in the municipalities of Prosperidad and Talacogon on June this year. At present, our office is conducting survey in these two municipalities. We are targeting some 9,600 beneficiaries in Prosperidad and some 3,000 in Talacogon. At present, the municipality of Sta. Josefa has the highest number of beneficiaries with 1,720 receiving a total of P6 million per month, followed by San Luis with 1,145 beneficiaries. But when their cash card will arrive, the municipality of Veruela will register to be with the highest beneficiaries with some 2,000 beneficiaries”, Ms. Geralla said.

The 4Ps was patterned from 3 different countries who have successfully addressed the poverty problem. At present, the government is still spending government savings from VAT collection dubbed as “Katas ng VAT”, and not yet from foreign loans.

First drug rehab center in Caraga to open

A drug rehabilitation and treatment center will soon open in Caraga.

In a Memorandum of Agreement signed on March 19, 2009 between the Surigao City local government unit (LGU) and the Department of Health (DOH) – Caraga, the P40-million first government-run facility will be built in Surigao City to serve as a drug treatment facility in the region.

The rehab center will have a 50-bed capacity situated on a 40-hectare lot donated by the LGU of Surigao City. Ground breaking is expected in May with the target completion date in 2010. The Office of Special Concerns of the DOH has already provided the first tranche in the amount of P7.5 million. The Caraga Regional Development Council endorsed the project under RDC Resolution No. 15, S. 2008 during its full council meeting held on September 24, 2008 in Surigao City.

In a related development, the P2.5 million Outpatient Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic of the Caraga Regional Hospital was officially opened on the same day that the MOA on the drug rehab center was signed. The clinic accepts patients for detoxification before admission to the drug rehabilitation and treatment center.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared herself as the drug czar in the Philippines and the projects in the region are part of her campaign to prevent and curb drug problems and provide rehabilitation and treatment to victims of drug abuse. Caraga is one of the regions in the country with the highest prevalence of drug use. (Ian G. Miculob, NEDA-Caraga)

Practice a healthy lifestyle for long life

In this time of fiscal crisis, we should always remember this saying, “health is wealth”. It is very difficult to be sick nowadays. Hospitalization is very expensive. Even if you are confined in a government hospital, you have to spend for laboratory examinations, medicines and professional fees of the doctors.

Healthy diets, regular exercise, abstinence from smoking and moderate alcohol intake are key components of a healthy lifestyle.

With the changing lifestyle of Filipinos, chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are becoming significant public health problems.

Based on the 2003-2004 National Nutrition Health Survey (NNHeS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and 14 medical societies results revealed that 9 in every 10 Filipino adults have at least one risk factor to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The following risk factors listed from highest to lowest prevalence rate include, physical activity, smoking, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes.

Smoking is the most prevalent risk factor of cardiovascular diseases including heart attack and stroke among Filipinos. This account for about 28,694 deaths in 2003 as reported by Dr. Antonio L. Dans, Chairman of the NNHeS Technical Committee. Inspite of the anti-smoking campaign, Filipinos are smoking more (34.8%) compared to Singaporeans (24.2%) and the Americans (24.1%). Android or apple-shape obesity, a common risk factor of chronic degenerative disease is another risk factor of hypertension. Android obesity has remained more prevalent among females (18.3%) than males (3.1%) using waist circumference.

How do you practice a healthy lifestyle? Here are some simple tips to follow:

Increase consumption of vegetables particularly the leafy and yellow vegetables like alugbati, saluyot, malunggay, kamote tops, kangkong or fresh salads.
Eat at least 2-3 servings of fruits. They are rich sources of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium.

Limit consumption of fatty foods especially those from animal sources.

· Eat breakfast that is high in complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, rootcrops, whole grain cereals, and bread.

· Avoid excessive intake of sugar and salt.

· Exercise regularly. Perform aerobic exercise regularly for at least 3 to 5 times a week for 20-30 minutes or more. Regular exercise burns off energy thereby assisting weight control or reduction. It also helps improve blood circulation, muscle tone and the efficiency of heart and lungs. It also helps one to relax, cope with stress, and promotes sound sleep. Exercise enhances psychological well-being, improves self-esteem, and maintains motivation.

· Do not smoke. The best rule is never to start smoking because once the habit is established, giving up smoking is not easy. It can only be done if the smoker sets his mind to stop.

· Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Moderate alcohol consumption means no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. One drink of alcoholic beverage means 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or ½ glass wine or 1 jigger (1 ounce) whiskey or 1 ½ ounce of gin.

Let us all practice a healthy lifestyle to stay healthy and to live longer.

For more information on food and nutrition, write or call: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City, tel/fax no. 837-2934, 837-2071 local 2287, e-mail:
mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http//www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso, FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

La Paz Municipal Police Station inaugurated

The new La Paz Municipal Police Station finally inaugurated following its completion through the effort of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO-13) and the local government.

PSSUPT Nelson Ponsones Nario, CEO VI, DRDA who grace the inauguration of the Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 5,700,000.00) station building (Standard Type "B" Building) in Lapaz, Agusan del Sur last March 31, 2009.

PRO 13 is geared towards putting-up modern police stations especially in far-flung municipalities. The modern station building is in line with the required program in accordance with the Integrated Transformation Program (ITP) specially the Key Result Area (KRA) on the Physical Development, particularly giving emphasis on the "Quick Response" in providing the PNP of a modern Police Station.

The construction of La Paz Municipal Police Station was realized through PNPTR CY 2007 (3rd Quarter Php 2M and 4th Quarter Php 2.7M) and Local Government Unit (LGU) Php 1M in a total cost of Five Million Seven Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 5,700,000.00).

Caraga Police Director PCSUPT Jaime Eloreta Milla said PRO 13 is doing everything and exercising all resources to make plans a reality, adding that the projects for 2009 will be based on the PNP Integrated Transformation Program.

The Command has initiated reforms and improved capabilities to better respond to the concerns of the community and has risen to the various challenges in the organization.

The PNP has accomplished things amidst the trials and controversies that surrounded the organization and still has a long way to go to be able to achieve goal especially in putting up new structures for PNP stations in all municipalities in the region on addressing the current demands of the various places particularly in far-flung areas.

Meanwhile, RD Milla said the PNP aims to upgrade police equipment in support to Police Field Operations. He made sure that every police officer commits himself completely to the Filipino people through maintaining peace in the streets. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Joma Sison to face RP courts---NSA Gonzales

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales yesterday vowed government will be working hard to get Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison back to the country so that he can answer cases filed against him in local courts.

“Sison may be free now from the suit against him in Dutch courts but not from the arm of our own justice system,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales even assured that the communist leader who is based in Europe since 1987 will have a fair trial in the country. The national security chief is credited for enhancing government’s decades-long fight against communist insurgency, emphasizing legal and political offensives.

Government will write to its Dutch counterpart to formally seek Sison’s expulsion from his European base, Gonzales said. He noted that there is no extradition treaty between the Philippines and the Netherlands, but getting Sison back to the country may be worked out through diplomacy.

“We will look into our laws and their (Dutch) laws to find ways to have Sison expelled from Netherlands and back into the country. We will really go after him,” Gonzales stressed.

Government’s similar efforts in the past were not successful because the country had death penalty law and the Dutch government feared for his life, according to the Malacanang official. Now that the country’s death penalty law had been repealed, there should be no more reason for the Dutch government not to cooperate with us on this matter.

Gonzales believes the fact that it is known in Netherlands that Sison and his comrades have continued to exercise control of the armed communist rebellion in the Philippines from their Dutch base will help Philippine government in its case for his expulsion back to the country.

Gonzales also pointed out that Sison’s request for asylum in the Netherlands has been rejected. “Technically, he is non-existent in the Netherlands.”

Sison’s assets and his pension have also been frozen by the Dutch authorities.

The Dutch courts dropped the case against Sison because of lack of willing witnesses, Gonzales said. (Louie Ceniza, NSC/ PIA-Caraga)

German Ambassador visits Caraga

The Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) and the NEDA Regional Office-XIII took the lead in coordinating the 2-day visit of the German Ambassador H.E. Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch in Caraga Region last April 2-3, 2009.

During the visit, His Excellency Weber-Lortsch distributed relief assistance at a handover ceremony on April 2 in the Municipal Hall of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. The Federal Government of Germany through the Ambassador extended a grant of PhP 1,312,200 (about EUR 22,121) to the project “Emergency Relief Operation in Caraga” spearheaded by the CCPD. The German government assistance will be distributed in the form of humanitarian assistance packets to about 1,200 families affected the worst by the natural disaster that struck Mindanao, particularly the Caraga Region on January 10 to 18 this year which left families with damaged houses, lost properties and livelihoods.

The packets contain food as well as non-food items including medicine. The grant will also cover administrative costs including transportation to the devastated remote areas where services and assistance are difficult to avail particularly Esperanza, San Luis and La Paz in Agusan del Sur; Jabonga and Tubay in Agusan del Norte; Soccoro Island, Mainit and Placer in Surigao del Norte; San Miguel and Carrascal in Surigao del Sur.

Upon his arrival, the Ambassador was welcomed by Butuan City Vice-Mayor Dino Claudio M. Sanchez, Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos, Father Lito Clase, NEDA Regional Director Carmencita S. Cochingco, Major General Ricardo David and Police Chief Supt. Jaime Milla. The Ambassador with the party proceeded to the Bishop’s Home to confer with the CCPD stakeholders and local leaders. He then proceeded to Jabonga for the Hand-over Ceremony and Relief Distribution which were participated in by Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante and Jabonga Mayor Glicerio M.Monton, Jr. A press conference with the Ambassador was also conducted at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City upon their arrival from Jabonga.

Congressman Jose ‘Joboy’ Aquino II of the 1 District of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City hosted a dinner for the Ambassador with the officials of Butuan City.

On Friday, April 3, the Ambassador proceeded to Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur to meet with Governor Ma. Valentina G. Plaza and other LGU officials. Agusan del Sur is also covered by the German Government Assistance.

Since the start of RP’s bilateral cooperation with Germany in 1961, the German government has extended a total bilateral assistance of more than EUR 571 million in financial cooperation and EUR 272 million in technical cooperation for a broad spectrum of programs and projects. On March 9, 2009, it committed an overall amount of seven million Euros to technical cooperation projects in the Caraga Region; this amount will be complemented by additional funds for financial cooperation projects.

The GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fΓΌr Technische Zusammenarbeit), under commission from the German Federal Government, has been working with the government and selected communities in the Philippines since 1971, sharing the best in German technology and her wealth of experience in international cooperation. Together with other implementing agencies from Germany, GTZ will carry out future cooperation projects of German ODA in the Caraga region. (NEDA-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Libjo town completes 9 sub-projects under KALAHI-CIDSS

Hundreds of residents in Libjo, a coastal town in the province of Dinagat Islands rejoiced as nine of its community projects funded last year by the KALAHI-CIDSS Project were inaugurated on April 1, 2 and 3, 2009. Said infrastructures consist of water system, high school buildings, drainage, health facilities, day care and some hundreds of linear meters of seawall which the residents claimed to be of utmost need in their barangays.

In all of his inauguration speeches delivered in the different recipient barangays, town mayor Lamberto Llamera, Jr. emphasized the stringent but effective processes of KALAHI-CIDSS. He said that through this “tedious” processes, residents who volunteered to work for the project learn and understand how the government worked for its development efforts.

“We have been used to the old system of implementing projects, we love to cut corners to make our projects quick,” says Mayor Llamera in Surigaonon dialect.

“But in KALAHI-CIDSS, it’s different. They taught us the proper way no matter how stringent its is. Nabaid ang ato pangutok… ang uban prohekto wala gani mag-indoktrina sa mga katawhan” (Our minds were sharpened… the other projects haven’t even bothered to teach the people), the mayor explained.

Leopoldo Cabeza, a high school principal in Brgy. Albor who shared his experiences from KALAHI-CIDSS, likewise attested that the project has empowered ordinary residents in their small town.

“I learned a lot of things in KALAHI-CIDSS which I have not earned in my attendance to the numerous seminars conducted by the Education Department,” said Cabeza. Being a principal of the school which had availed funding for a 3-classroom building, Mr. Cabeza unselfishly volunteered his extra time to supervise the construction. He heads the Monitoring and Inspectorate Team for the project.

The success of KALAHI-CIDSS in Libjo was well-felt in all its 16 barangays who each have availed at least one community project chosen by the community people themselves. Because of this, Mayor Llamera affirmed their interest to participate in case KALAHI-CIDSS pushes for another project life. He also announced that the LGU has always been ready with its counterpart, especially if it’s for the projects implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The KALAHI-CIDSS is a World-Bank funded project implemented by DSWD and is a flagship anti-poverty project of the present government. Launched in Caraga Region on 2003, the project will end in June 2009. (DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)

2010 polls a national security concern—NSA Gonzales

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales yesterday said responding to his call for ‘transition president’ in 2010 may be a foolish idea to most traditional politicians but it is a patriotic response to the urgent need of the country.

“Yes, my idea may demand a supreme sacrifice from the next president for the sake of rebuilding our nation. That sacrifice entails accomplishing political reforms that would presumably involve change of political system and would require him or her to seek a new mandate from the people under a new system. Since when is this kind of sacrifice a stupidity?” Gonzales asked.

“Are we saying that our country is bereft of leaders who are stupid enough to offer their selves to make this sacrifice? Are we saying that we don’t have leaders now who love our country enough to be concerned with fundamental reforms for the country more than with their political ambitions?” Gonzales added.

The national security chief said the pursuit of fundamental reforms is the direction that every political force in the country today, including the administration coalition, should be taking in 2010.

Gonzales said his own party, the Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas, which belongs to the administration coalition, cannot allow that important national issues “like political reforms, electoral reforms, including poll automation,” be not discussed now, before 2010.

“When will these issues be discussed, after 2010? My party will go back to the people and discuss these issues with them now,” Gonzales emphasized.

The Malacanang official also pointed out that these issues and the 2010 elections are of national security concern. “For a long time now, our country has been drifting to nowhere because of our dysfunctional politics. It was about time the nation, as one people who believe they deserve better, fully addressed the issue.”Gonzales has been saying the country’s dysfunctional politics is the greatest threat to the future of the nation.

He has said he feared that, without change of mindset of the country’s political leaders and electorate, “we will only have more of the same in 2010; the same corrupt and dysfunctional political system, and the same elitist and self-serving politicians.”

“If we do, then 2010 will be another wasted opportunity for real societal change. We will have another six years of bad politics, of unending political squabbles, at the expense of our hungry people and poorly educated children,” Gonzales said. (Louie Ceniza, NSC/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: 40th anniversary sa BHB, gipasegarbo sa CPP Mindanao commission

SURIGAO DEL SUR – Misaludar ang Communist Party of the Philippines Mindanao Commission ngadto sa mga Pulang Kumander, hukbong manggugubat sa Bagong Hukbong Bayan, og katawhang masa atoll sa ika-40 ka tuig nga anibersaryo sa katukuran niini.

Pinasikad sa sulat nga gipadala ni Ka Puman ang tigpamaba sa CPP – Mindanao Commission, nga gumikan sa ilang gilusad nga pakigbisog og sa mga kadaugan nga nakab-ot, ang Bagong Hukbong Bayan pabiling nagbarog nga malign-on batok sa giila nilang kaaway – ang pwersasa kasandaluhan.

Kamatuoran niana, aktibong naglihok ang ilang mga yunit sa BHB sa kapin ods mil ka mga barangay, 200 ka mga lungsod, og 19 ka mga probensiya.

Miabot usab sa kapin 300 ka taktikang opensiba nga gilusad sa BHB rason nga nakasakmit sila sa kapin 350 ka armas sa nagkadaiyang kalibre sud lamang niadtong Marso 2008 hangtud Marso 2009, baseng masa nga mokabat sa kapin 600,000, gatusan ka libong katawhang kabus nga nakatagamtam sa rebolusyunaryong agraryo.

Gawas niana, mabungahon usab ang ilang gihimong kampanya sa kabaryuhan sama sa kampanya sa panglawas, literasiya, pangkultura, og libuan usab nga nakapahimulos sa ilang gilusad nga medical outreach sa nagkadaiyang barangay.

Subay niini, nanghinaut ang rebeldeng kalihukan nga magmalampuson sila sa umaabot nilang mga operasyon sa mosunod nga mga pagligid sa panahon. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Drug pusher na-abswelto sa kaso

BUTUAN CITY – Labihang lipaya sa usa ka drug pusher ning dakbayan sa Butuan human kini nakagawas gikan sa mangi-ob nga bilangguan dihang na-abswelto siya sa kasong kalapasan sa Artilce 125 sa Revised Penal Code.

Gibutyag ni Atty. Joey Quiriones, Regional Director sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency kun PDEA-Cnraga, nga nakagawas na sa hingpit si Ryan Amparo human na-abswelto sa kasong gi-atubang.

Gipasabot ni Atty. Quiriones nga atoll sa pagka-aresto ni Amparo, gi-inquest gilayon nila ang kaso batuk sa suspeck apan abtik kining naka-file og waiver sulod sa kinse-diyas hinungdan nga mas gipili niining mupa-ilawom sa preliminary investigation hangtud nga naduso sa korte ang kasong gi-atubang.

Dugang sa opisyal nga mi-apil si Amparo sa usa ka re-investigation rason nga gi-review sa huwis ang kaso nga unang gisang-at sa piskaliya.

Gikaingong dinhe na nasuta sa fiscal nga walay igong basihan ang kasong gihapak ngadto na sa suspetsado rason nga gi-abswelto kini sa iyang kaso hinungdan sa iyang hingpit nga kagawasan. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: 488th Anniversary sa Unang Misa sa Pilipinas, malampuson

BUTUAN CITY – Malampusong gisaulog ang ika-488 ka tuig nga anibersaryo sa unang misa sa tibuok Pilipinas nga unang gipahigayon sa Butuan.

Gipahigayon ang nahisgutang kalihukan sa Bood Promontory sa Barangay Pinamanculan sakop ning dakbayan.

Gikabutyag ni City Councilor Ramon Carampatana – ang Chariman sa Committee on Tourism sa Sangguniang Panlungsod, nga gitambungan ang maong kalihukan sa mga opisyal sa siyudad sa pagpanguna ni Butuan City Mayor Democrito Plaza II.

Gidugang sa opisyal nga usa sa iyang mga tinguha mao ang pagpalambo sa Bood Promontory, gain, sa umaabot nga mga adlaw dunay i-muntar nga mga pasilidad sa nahisgutang dapit diin makatabang sa pagpanindut og niana, ma-engganyo ang mga turista sa pagbisita niini. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Tag-as nga opisyal sa BCWD, ipatawag sa mayor

BUTUAN CITY – Gikatakdang ipatawag ni Butuan City Mayor Democrito ‘Boy Daku’ Plaza II ang mga kadagkuang opisyal sa Butuan City Water District human nakadawat ang mayor og report nga dunay nagpahigayon sa pagmina sa tinubdan sa tubig sa BCWD nga maoy gigamit sa katawhang Butuanon.

Una niini, gi-ulan ug reklamo sa mga konsumante ang buhatan sa BCWD tungod sa grabe ka lubog ug kabaho sa tubig nga mogawas sa mga gripo sa ilang pinuy-anan, apan, bugtong tubag sa liderato sa maong buhatan nga dunay pipila ka indibidwal nga nagpahigayon sa pagmina sa palibot sa bahin sa water shed area sa BCWD.

Subay niini, gipaneguro sa kadumalahan sa BCWD nga duna silay gihimong lakang alang sa kasulbaran sa maong suliran nga nasinatian sa ilang mga konsumante.

Kamatuoran niana, duna silay gi-order nga filter didto sa nasud sa Israel nga maoy gilauman nga maka-produce sa tubig nga dekalidad nga maoy gamiton sa mga residente sa dakbayan sa Butuan. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: 6 bag-ong makinaryas sa Agusan, gisubhan

AGUSAN DEL NORTE – Hingpit nang gisubhan kagahapon sa buntag ang unom ka mga bag-ong ekipos nga gipalit sa kagamhanan sa Agusan del Norte.

Gibutyag ni Provincial Administrator Roque Lexter Dolotina, ang nahisgutang mga heavy equipments naglangkob sa duha ka dumptrucks, usa ka grader, usa ka payloader, usa ka excavator, og usa ka ruler o pison.

Dugang ni Dolotina nga nagpalit ang kagamhanan sa maong mga heavy equipments aron magamit sa provincial road constructions sanglit dauton naman ang kanhi-ay’ng makinaryas nga ginagamit sa matag proyekto sa lalawigan.

Mibalor ug P34,999,000.00 ang unom ka mga bag-o ug dagkong makinaryas nga hingpit nang gisughan bag-ohay pa lamang. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: DepEd migahin ug pondo alang mga atleta sa Caraga sa Palarong Pambansa 2009

BUTUAN CITY – Gikabutyag ni Dr. Jun Biol ang tigpamaba sa DepEd-Caraga nga dunay gipadalang funding ang Central Office alang sa mamahimong insentibo sa mga atletang pagadalhon sa Palarong Pambansa 2009.

Gawas niana, adunay funding usab nga gigahin gikan sa DepEd Regional Office agig pag-abag sa maong kalihukan.

Giklaro usab sa opisyal nga usa sa ilang ihatag nga insentibo mao ang uniform allowance, monetary allowance aron duna kini magamit sa maong aktibidad nga ipahigayon didto sa Tacloban City.

Gipasabot usab sa opisyal nga duna silay gi-andam nga insentibo alang niadtong mga atleta nga makasakmit ug medalyang bulawan, bronze, og silver. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: NAPOLCOM-Caraga, mi-apila sa mga Caraganons

BUTUAN CITY – Gihangyo karon sa kadumalahan sa National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM-Caraga) ang katawhan nga motabang sa ilang buhatan aron mamahimong epektibo ang kapulisan sa tahas nga gisangon ngadto kanila pinaagi sa paghatag og feed back.

Gibutyag ni Regional Director Homer Mariano Cabral, nga kung walay feed back nga moabot sa ilang buhatan mahitungod sa dili maayong taras sa kapulisan nga gipakita diha sa matag police station, dile usab nila kini mapitol.

Dugang usab sa opisyal nga kini lamang ang ilang nakita nga angayang buhaton sa katawhan sanglit kini man usab ang mas labaw’ng nasayod sa performance sa ilang kapulisan.

Gipasalig usab niya nga andam nilang hatagan og aksyon kung dunay sumbong nga ipaabot sa mga residente ngadto sa ilang buhatan. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Oplan Kwaresma, padayong gipatuman sa PNP Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – Padayong gipatuman ang Oplan Kwaresma sa Police Regional Office-13 sukad pa niadtong Miyerkules sa Badlis (Ash Wednesday) isip kabahin sa paghatag og seguridad sa tanang katawhan panahon sa pag-obserba sa Semana Santa.

Sa interview sa Bombo Radyo, gipadayag ni P/Sr Supt Nestor Fajura – hepe sa R-3 Division nga gipa-alerto na nila ang tanang police station aron ipatuman na ang ilang mga lakang alang sa malinawon og hapsay nga pag-obserbar sa Seman Santa.

Mas gihatagan nila og pagtagad ang mga lugar nga maoy kasagarang adto-an sa mga tawo niining panahuna sama sa simbahan, mga bus terminals, pantalan og tugpahanan.

Subay sa pag-obserbar sa mahal nga adlaw, nanawagan siya sa tanang katawhan nga magtinabangay aron mapreserbar ang kalinaw.

Nanghinaut usab siya nga mabulukon ang paghandom sa Semana Santa og makahinulsol kita sa atong mga sala ilabina ang mga rebeldeng NPA sa ingon dili na muhimo pagpangatake nga makadaut sa kaayuhan sa katawhan. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: P700,000 nga kantidad sa mga alahas, narekober sa PNP Butuan

BUTUAN CITY – Malampusong narekober sa kapulisan ang bag nga dunay alahas nga mobalor kinse mil dolyares o kapin P770-mil pesos human kini gilimud sa tendering nakahipos sa tumong nga matabangan sila sa ilang panginabuhian.

Giila ang nahisgutang tindera nga usa ka Mrs. Magdalena Abunda kinsa milimud sa makaduha ka higayon sa dihang gisukit-sukit na kini sa tag-iya sa bag.

Hinuon, sa gihimong interogasyon ni SPO1 Arnel Lumawag uban sa pasalig nga tabangan niya kini unsa may iyang kinahanglanon basta itug-an lamang niini nga siya ang naghawid sa maong bag nga dunay sud nga alahas.

Sa maong tanyag, mitug-an si Abunda ngadto kang SPO1 Lumawag nga atu-a sa ilang pinuy-anan ang nahisgutang bag.

Subay niini, mitug-an na lamang siya nga siya ang naggunit sa bag apan una na niyang gilimud nga wala kini sulod nga alahas.

Gi-angkon usab niya nga sa dihang iya nang gikaatubang ang tag-iya, wala lamang siya mitug-an sanglit bout lamang usab niya nga maseguro nga mahatagan siya og tabang gikan sa tag-iya apan naulaw lamang kini mangayo niadtong tungura sanglit anaa si Toto Lacson ang kanhi gwardiya sa Bancasi Airport kinsa maoy naghatag sa bag kang Abunda.

Gi-angkon usab ni SPO1 Lumawag nga iyang gisaaran si Abunda nga tabangan niya kini sanglit nakita naman niya nga dunay gamay’ng tension nga nahitabo sa tindahan nga gibantayan sa nauwahi.

Sa maong saad, mitug-an kini ngadto kaniya nga tinuod, adunay alahas nga gisulod sa maong bag nga gipanag-iyahan sa ginganlang Mrs. Cortes, taga-California kinsa pasahero sa flight 785. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Kriminalidad sa Caraga Region misaka, PRO-13 na-alarma

BUTUAN CITY – Na-alarma na ang Police Regional Office-13 sa pagsaka sa rata sa kriminalidad sa rehiyon sa unang kwarter karong tuiga apan aminado si P/Sr Supt Nestor Fajura – hepe sa R3 Division nga ang trend sa pagsaka mao usab ang nahitabo sa ubang rehiyon sa nasud.

Gibutyag sa opisyal nga niadtong tuig 2007 0g 2008, mikunhod og mayo ang crime volume sa rehiyon apan sa unang kwarter ning tuiga, misaka kini hinuon dili kini susama kataas sa level niadtong tuig 2005 og 2006.

Partikular sa mga kasong misaka mao ang index crimes sama sa murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, theft og robbery kansa maoy ilang gibantayan tungod kay dinhi kasagaran ang duna’y matalang casualty.

Sa maong mga kaso, ang ilang mas gikabalak-an mao ang pagsaka sa ihap sa mga kasong murde, robbery, homicide og rape. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Mga Butuanon nagsaulog sa World Water Day

BUTUAN CITY – Nunot sa kasaulogan sa World Water Day, nagpahigayon ug pagpanglimpyo ang mga ginsakpan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-Caraga) pinaagi sa pagpanguna ni Butuan City CENRO Jimmy Acebu inubanan sa nagkadaiyang ahensya sa gobyerno ang Libertad-Masao River dili palang dugay.

Gikabutyag ni CENRO Acebu nga nahimong malampuson ang nahisgutang kalihukan subay usab sa pag-abag ni Barangay Libertad Kapitan Vincent Rosario uban sa iyang mga opisyales.

Subay sa maong pagpanghinlo sa suba, gigamitan nila’g sticks nga dunay gipang-kabit nga lansang sa tumong nga nga sayon makuha ang mga hugaw nga naglutaw-lutaw sa maong suba lakip usab ang mga water-lilies.

Alayon niini, nanghinaut ang opisyal nga magpadayon ang mga Butuanon sa paglimpyo sa suba sa adlawng tanan bisan ug dile kini panahon sa World Water Day celebration. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Day Care Workers, nagkataas ang lebel sa pagtudlo

BUTUAN CITY – Gikumpirma ni CSWD-Butuan Assistant Chief Bert Enriquez nga taas na ang level sa mga Day Care Workers sukwahi sa milabayng katuigan.

Kun hisgutan ang kakapas sa mga Day Care Workers sa dakbayan, puwede na usab kining i-atbang sa mga regular nga magtutudlo sa buhatan sa DepEd tungod sa programang gipatuman sa ECCD sa kagamhanan lakip na usab ang gimugnang City ECCD Council nga gipangunahan ni Mayor Boy Daku Plaza II, buhatan sa DSWD Caraga Region, DepEd-Butuan, ug nagkadaiyang City Government Divisions sama sa City Health ug City Nutrition.

Ang nahisgutang programa gipahigayon kini sa matag tuig aron mapalambo pa ang teaching capability sa mga Day Care Workers.

Subay kini sa tinguha nga mas mapalambo pa ang kalidad sa edukasyon sa kabataan diha sa kabarangayan. (James Barcelona, Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)

By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo,
PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania
and PO1 Darlin Cabalinan Migullas

Report on fatal traffic accident

On April 1, 2009 around 2:50 in the afternoon at Purok-2 Barangay Capangdan, Claver, Surigao del Norte, a resident of said place was bumped by a maroon Isuzu Jeep with plate number RBA-465 driven by "Bobby" Leyros, 26 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Daywan, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Victim was identified as Wilfredo Escanilla, 49 years old, single and a resident of Purok-2 Barangay Capangdan, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Investigation revealed that while Escanilla was walking along the National Highway of the above place was accidentally bumped by the said vehicle which resulted to his instantaneous death.

Victim’s remains now lies at Claver Funeral Parlor Home while the driver voluntarily surrendered to Claver Municipal Police Station and presently detained thereat for further investigation and for filing of appropriate case against him. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Arrest of illegal gambling suspect

On April 1, 2009 around 6:45 in the evening, a certain Rodel Villanueva Maligsi, 29 years old, single and a resident of Barangay Nurcia, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur was apprehended by elements from Carmen Municipal Police Station led by PO2 Joffrey R Sabosido at Barangay Poblacion Carmen, Surigao del Sur after being caught in the act engaging in illegal gambling activities.

Items were confiscated from his possession such as tally sheet, other gambling paraphernalia and bet money amounting to Php 70.00.

Suspect was brought to Carmen Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

PNP arrests wanted persons

On April 1, 2009 around 9:00 in the morning at Barangay Dapdap, Barobo, Surigao del Sur, PNP members of Barobo Municipal Police Station led by PSInsp Ramonito S Bajala, Chief of Police arrested a certain Rolando N Campos and Johnith Q Campos by virtue of Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Ricardo L Mosquera III, Presiding Judge of 6th MCTC, Barobo-Lianga, Surigao del Sur dated 16 March 2009 charged for Direct Assault Upon An Agent Of Person In Authority docketed under Criminal Case Number 09-CR-004-B with fixed bail bond of Php 5,000.00 each.

The two were released after posting the bond.

On April 2, 2009 at 3:00 in the afternoon, PNP elements from Warrant Section of Station 1, Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) headed by SPO3 Herminigildo Narciso apprehended a certain Basilio Ostos Jr, 34 years old, married and a resident of Purok-18 Barangay Buhangin, Butuan City by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon Eduardo Casals, Presiding Judge of MTCC branch 1, Butuan City dated March 30, 2009 for the crime of rape docketed under Criminal Case number 13346 with no bail bond recommended.

The arrest was made at Estacio Village, Butuan City.

Subject person was subsequently turned-over to the issuing court for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident

On April 3, 2009 at 2:40 in the morning at Purok-3A, Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City, a certain Concercion Side, 41 years old, married and resident of said place was shot once using homemade shotgun known as sumpak by the suspect identified as Danilo Tejada, 38 years old, single and resident of said place.

Victim sustained gun shot wound on his head. Initial investigation disclosed that the victim and the suspect were under the influenced of liquor and heated argument ensued.

Afterwhich, suspect went home and when he came back to the house of the victim, he was armed with sumpak, entered the house of the victim.

The victim was already sleeping on his bed while he was shot on the head by the suspect. Victim's brother identified as Eduardo Side, managed to disarm the suspect.

Suspect fled after the incident. Remain of the victim was brought to Joni Funeral Homes, Ampayon, Butuan City for autopsy.

Responding Police Officers of Butuan City Police Station 4 recovered one spent shell of 12 gauge shotgun.

Manhunt operation against the suspect now going on. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal fishing

On April 2, 2009 at 7:30 in the morning at the Municipal Seawater of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, one unit Commercial Fishing boat with registered name F/B Joanna Marrie was apprehended by PNP elements of Lanuza Municipal Police Station led by PO2 Ronal Kent C Abis while actually caught engaged in illegal fishing using active gear locally known as “Liba-liba”.

Said Commercial fishing boat was owned by Mr Juan Francisco S Lugo of Barangay Linitian, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

Crew members of boat captain were brought to Lanuza Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

PNP arrests wanted persons

On April 2, 2009 at 8:00 in the morning at Sitio Campo, Barangay Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte, PNP elements of Placer Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Alejandro Recimo arrested the suspect identified as Genio Geli, 24 years old, single, fisherman and resident of Barangay Bugasbugas, Placer, Surigao del Norte by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Florifinas Buyser of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30, Surigao City under CC number 7132 for frustrated murder with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 200,000.

Subject person was turned over to the issuing court for proper disposition.

At 9:20 in the morning at Castillo Street, Mangagoy, Bislig City, a certain Alfonso De Castro, 36 years old, married, farmer and resident of Mancarogo, Poblacion, Bislig City was arrested by SPO1 Wilbert Sardalla by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Francisco T Maclang of RTC Branch 3, Butuan City dated July 16, 2007 docketed under CC number 12177 for the crime of estafa with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 16,000.00.

Subject person now detained at Bislig City Police Station for proper disposition.

Around 10:30 in the morning at Barangay Kinabjangan, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, PNP elements of Nasipit Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Emmanuel Agbubbo arrested a certain Roel Salda Jamero, 43 years old, resident of Purok West, Barangay Cubi-cubi, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte by virtue of WOA under CC number 35319 for violation of SP ordinance No 894-92 and a certain Robert C Adlawon, 22 years old, single and resident of said place under CC number 9536,9508 and 9443, all issued by Hon Judge James Go of MTCC Branch 2, Libertad, Butuan City dated February 9, 2009.

Arrested person now detained at Nasipit Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
Also, on April 3, 2009 at 10:15 in the morning at Purok-1, Barangay Canlanipa, Surigao City, a certain Renante B Puyales, 40 years old, married, employee of Provincial Capitol of Surigao del Norte and resident of Purok-1, Barangay Canlanipa, Surigao City was arrested by PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station led by SPO4 Ceferino Guzman Jr by virtue of WOA under CC number 8309 issued by Hon Judge Victor A Canoy of RTC Branch 29, Surigao City dated March 20, 2009 for violation of RA 9262 (Violence Against Women and Children) with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 20,000.00.

Arrested person now detained at Surigao City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Arrest of illegal drugs suspect

On April 6, 2009 at 6:30 in the evening at Purok-1, Durian Street, Barangay Taglatawan, Bayugan City, PNP elements of Bayugan City Police Station led by PO3 Weldon Sacro under the supervision of PCINPS Rudy Cuyop, COP apprehended the suspect identified as Camal Benito Ameril, married and a resident of Barangay Tabaran, Lanao del Sur for having been caught in possession and control of one sachet of suspected "shabu" with an estimated value of P5,000.00.
Confiscated item was brought to Regional Crime Laboratory Office 13 for examination while the suspect was brought to City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on cattle rustling

On April 6, 2009 at 6:10 in the evening at the National Highway, Barangay Poblacion, RTR, Agusan del Norte, PNP elements of RTR Municipal Police Station led by PSI Edmund F. Montillano, COP, conducted check point at the above mentioned place intercepted Six wheeler truck (Fuso Canter) colored orange, bearing plate Number GLB 347 registered under Fernan Rivero, driven by Rolando Cabung Castillan, of legal age, married and a resident of Purok-8, Barangay Obrero, Butuan City, loaded with six live cattles; two male carabao, two male cow and two female cow.

Initial investigation disclosed that the driver failed to present legal papers as in transporting the cattle which caused the operating team to hold same.

Said truck with six cattle was brought to RTR Municipal Police Station as recommended by Dr. Belen Arevalo, Provincial Veterinarian and Mrs. Nenita D. Campo, Municipal Agriculturist while the document is still for clarification/verification. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on loose firearm

On April 5, 2009 at 9:30 in the evening at the Junction of Barangay Songkoy and Nueva Estrella, Socorro, Surigaom del Norte, PNP elements of Socorro Municipal Police Station led by PSI JOSE GORGONIO INHAYNES, COP, apprehended the suspect identified as Eduardo Dizon, 40 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Songkoy, Socorro, Surigao del Norte for having been caught in his possession and control one unit Cal. 22 revolver, Llama with no Serial Number, three live ammos and one empty shell.

Arrested suspect and confiscated firearm was brought to Socorro Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Also, on April 6, 2009 at 11:00 in the evening at Barangay Don Ruben, San Jose, Dinagat Islands, PNP elements of 1407th PPMG led by PINSP Angelo L. Virtudazo, under the supervision of PSSUPT Rodolfo Marmol DasmariΓ±as, PD, Dinagat Islands and in coordination with the Barangay Captain of the said barangay conducted checkpoint, which resulted to the apprehension of the suspect identified as Renerio Conje Moralde, 50 years old, married, Security Guard and a native of Daan Bantayan, Cebu City and presently residing at Purok-2, Barangay Aurelio, San Jose , Dinagat Islands.

Recovered from his possession and control were one unit Cal. 45, Colt MK IV/series 70, bearing SN number 069530, one magazine with eight rounds live ammos and one jungle knife.

Arrested person now detained at San Jose Municipal Police Station for custodial investigation and filing appropriate charges in court. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)