5.06.2009

PIA News Service - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

PGMA to grace Siargao's 2nd Int’l Gamefishing Tourney

Pilar, Surigao del Norte (6 May) - Preparations are now in full swing for the three-day 2nd International Game Fishing Tournament which will be held on May 7-9, 2009 in Pilar town in the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte with no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the guest of honor.

Organizers of the tournament bared that the President is arriving here on Thursday morning, May 7 to formally open the international game fishing competition at Barangay Centro, this municipality.

The President will do the symbolic throwing of fishing rod in the waters of Siargao signifying the official opening of the competition.

Joining the President is the CORD of Caraga and Tourism Sec. Joseph Ace Durano.

Cong. Francisco Matugas, 1st district representative confirmed in a radio interview recently that some 65 foreign and local anglers have already made their commitment to participate the said event from nine (9) countries including Russia, Japan, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Taiwan, People´s Republic of China (PROC) and host Philippines with major sports fishing enthusiasts such as the Philippine Game Fishing Federation, Philippine Sports Fishing Club, Silver Jack and the Cebu Anglers .

Matugas expressed optimism as founder of the tournament that this international event will once again put the country in the map as an important international Game Fishing venue and will boost the island´s tourism industry. Already, Siargao features the world class surfing destination “Cloud Nine”, the largest mangrove forest in the country covering some 8,670 hectares and the tropical marine life-rich coral reefs and natural rock formations.

The President´s support for the local government efforts paved the way for the improvement of the Siargao Airport (now with Cebu Pacific flights), concreting of the Siargao Circumferential Road, the P10 M Level III Water System Development through the President´s Social Fund and funds for transport cooperatives.

Last year, the President also opened the 1st Siargao Invitational Game Fishing Tournament, also in this town. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)




Butuan Balangay Festival 2009 sked set

Butuan City – Annually, during the festive month of May, Butuan City celebrates Balangay Festival in time for its fiesta in May 19 to give tribute to its patron saint, St. Joseph. The main highlight of the celebration is the Search for the Mutya Hong Butuan on May 18 and this year, 9 candidates will compete with their beauty, bearing and intelligence.

The 1st Daisy B. Plaza Garden Show was launched showcasing simple to rare ornamental plants from Butuan and Davao City. Aside from different plant species that are put on sale, food, snacks, and barbeque stalls are in place where people could also enjoy the gentle wind while gazing the Magsaysay Bridge at Butuan Historical Park.

The City Tourism Office is expecting an increase of visitors overseas as schools in Butuan will be holding their respective Grand Alumni Homecomings: May 16 for Agusan National Highschool, and Father Saturnino Urios University, while the Timber City Academy is scheduled on May 23.

Meanwhile, the Butuan City police personnel will augment in the effort to control the crowd on May 13 at the FSUU Gym for the scheduled Hotshots ’09 All Star Celebrity Basketball Caravan.

The Public Employment Service Office headed by Dr. Aurora Zaportiza also participates in the Balangay Festival activity by scheduling a Mega Jobs Fair, wherein, more or less 20 overseas recruitment agencies and 10 local companies confirmed to join to help Butuanons find jobs locally and overseas. This will be held at the city hall lobby on May 12 and 13. The TESDA Caraga Regional Office on the other hand will be conducting Jobs Bridging and Skills Re-training Caravan on May 29.

Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II will report to the city his 2008 accomplishments and reveal more plans and projects for Butuan in the coming years before his term ends in 2010. The Report to the City will be made at Almont Inland in the afternoon of May 14.

To showcase the culture and history of Butuan, Balikbayans will enjoy the Balikbutuan River Cruise and City Tour on May 17. Cruising Agusan River brings memories that once upon a time, so goes a favourite saying of the Butuanons, “Before there was a Philippines, there was Butuan.”

Other than these, sports activities and competitions await spectators like motorcross, boxing, and shooting.
For musically inclined people, famous singer Richard Poon will be coming over to serenade Butuan on May 12 and people in the barangay will show their hidden talents during the Inter-Barangay Balak and Harana Finals on May 20.
The tradition of having a Balangay Grand Santacruzan will be on May 29 with the procession of sagalas after the thanksgiving mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. (Jocelyn Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)


Feature: May 1, a Double Day Celebration for Butuanons


Butuan City – May 1 is always a special day for Butuanons as it signals the month long fiesta celebration of the city with so many activities to look forward to. This year, it was an extra-ordinary celebration as the Department of Labor and Employment conducted a nationwide Jobs Fair dubbed as Jobapalooza.

While employees, local officials and onlookers watched the colourful flags, balloons and shirts of those who participated Balangay (pronounced as ba-lang-hāy) Festival that jumps off with a motorcade around the city followed by a program at the Rizal Park, those seeking for work trooped at Luciana Convention Center hoping that they will be hired on the spot and assured of a bright future amidst the current global economic crisis.

During the Jobapalooza, 38 individuals were hired on the spot by local companies, while 25 applicants were hired for job overseas. According to DOLE-Regional Director Chona Mantilla their records showed, as of 3 o’clock in the afternoon there were more than 1,500 job seekers underwent interviews with 5 overseas recruitment agencies, and 11 local companies.

Simultaneous with the holding of the Jobs Fair during the “Jobapalooza Activity” is the Promo Diskwento, Medical Services that includes free bloodletting Blood Glucose Test, livelihood fair, a one-stop-shop processing by Nerbac-Caraga, DFA, NSO, NBI, SSS, Philhealth, Pag-Ibig , while TESDA, RTWPB, OWWA and NLRC personnel sets up their own booth to offer services.

Meanhile, although DOLE Caraga already announced that there will be no wage increase for workers, Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II in his speech during the opening of the Balangay Festival said, city hall employees will soon be receiving a 3-thousand cash bonus to give due recognition of their work performance.
The Mayor likewise urged private companies to emulate the giving of cash incentives to motivate employees aimed to increase production and achieve a better economy.

On May 1, the 1st Daisy B. Plaza garden show also opens as part of the Balangay Festival activities. Other events to watch out for in May are the following: Trade and carnival fair, 7th Badminton Challenge, Mutya Hong Butuan Presentation and Coronation Night, Hotshots ‘09 All Star Celebrity Basketball Caravan, Report to the City Mayor, 6th Mayor’s and 3rd Congressional Inter Caraga Motorcross Competition and many more. (Jocelyn Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)

Caraga on alert against Swine Flu Virus

Butuan City – The Department of Agriculture Caraga Regional Office assured the public that there are no reported cases yet of swine flu virus among humans in the Philippines, amidst fear in other countries as World Health Organization alerted member states.

Despite its absence, DA-Caraga said, it has issued preventive measures that include the prohibition of the importation of meat coming from Mexico and other US states. Da-Caraga also bans the entry of meat, meat products and hogs from Northern Luzon area because of its the presence of foot and mouth disease.

OIC Regional Executive Director Ricardo Regis of DA-Caraga also instructed the quarantine personnel to impose full red alert status in all entry points of the region including seaports and airports, and is directed to strengthen quarantine measures and baggage inspections for 24 hours to tighten monitors versus swine flu.

Meanwhile, DA-Caraga warned the public to only buy meat which have passed from the National Meat Inspection to be safe at all times, and report any cases of sickness or unusual observation of hogs in farms, however it has been clarified by the Department of Health that a person cannot get the swine flu virus by eating pork.

Today, the World Health Organization declared level 5 pandemic alerts after positive cases of human to human transmission in two countries, and more or less 23 children in Mexico died and one positive case was reported in Spain. WHO calls Sto all countries to activate pandemic preparedness plans and to remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza like illness and severe pneumonia, and to implement effective and essential measures that would include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases and infection control in all health facilities. (Jocelyn Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)


DOLE brings services caravan cum jobs fair in Surigao

Surigao City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Office in coordination with TESDA, RTWPB, PESO, OWWA, and the private recruitment companies brought its 2-day services caravan and jobs fair to Surigao City in time with the holding of 5th Caraga Mining Summit, purposely for the workers and dependents in the mining sector which were affected by the global financial crisis (GFC) recently held at Hotel Tavern, Surigao City.

Highlighting the caravan was the advocacy on DOLE’s TUPAD and ISLA programs under the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP). The “Tupad” program grants families of displaced workers enough cash to provide them their basic needs until such time their bread winners get another employment, while the “Isla” program gives financial help to fisher folk.

Overseas employment assistance and the release of livelihood assistance to organization members of displaced workers were provided thru OWWA and the private recruitment agencies.

Meanwhile, registration and assessment of workers/dependents who availed the TESDA scholarship were also given priority. Promo diskwento among suppliers of various food and non-food products, and legal assistance for workers’ financial claims from their employers were also facilitated by the RTWPB.

Reports from DOLE bared that out of more than 700 who participated in the caravan, 60 family members/dependents of GFC affected workers from Malimono, Surigao del Norte were given livelihood assistance for the implementation of livelihood projects.

116 displaced workers and dependents were registered and assessed for TESDA training/retraining/retooling scholarship. 65 workers were assisted in the legal queries on labor cases and labor standards and enforcement procedures.
It also solicited a total of 2,652 job vacancies from 7 overseas recruitment agencies and 2 local companies who participated in the jobs fair. 269 were registered, 191 were qualified for further interview, and 24 others were hired on the spot.

The said caravan was graced by some local chief executives of the province, heads of DOLE (RCC) agencies and the PESO managers of different municipalities. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte with reports from DOLE)


CARAGA Police revitalized commitment to PNP Badge

Policemen of the region revitalize commitment to the PNP Badge and dedication to God, Country and People, through Oratorical Contest held in PRO 13 grandstand, Libertad, Butuan City.

The contest started following the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony of PRO 13. Contestants from Police Provincial Offices in the region gave their best in the said event to surely cascade to comrades the significance of PNP Badge. PO1 Fritz Richter L. Lesiguez of Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office won in the said event, while PO2 Jenniefer S. Ometer of Agusan del Norte PPO and PO2 Yhldie G. Felix got the second and third place prespectively. PSSUPT Samuel Mahusay Yordan, Chief Regional Directorial Staff Chaired the Board of Judges and give cash incentives to the winners. Excerpts of the oration as follows:

"The PNP badge pinned on our left breast is the symbol of that legal authority. It is placed, nearer to our heart, to remind us of the fidelity and dedication to duty expected from us as a public servant. We have been entrusted with the badge as a symbol of our worthiness as police officer to serve and protect the people from whom we derived the power and authority to enforce the laws of the land without fear or favor. We are to oversee the general welfare of the people and ensure that peace and order is maintained at all times. We shall ever be mindful that the police are the protector of the weak, defender of the innocent and advocate of human rights. At the center of our badge is the PNP seal held bravely by our hero, Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino to defend our country against foreign invaders despite being inferiorly equipped. Inside the seal are the virtues of service, honor and justice.

They remind us to always render the highest form of public service for our fellowmen, we are to serve the citizenry with the commitment of sacrifice and willingness to die in the service of God, country and people. Duty and honor now bind us to be faithful to the trust bestowed upon us by the people. Our badge reminds us to maintain the dignity of our character at all times and to strenuously enforce by example, a steady obedience to the laws of the land. Exemplary conduct on our part will convince our people that we merit the just title an authority as we patrol the street and walk our daily beat. Walk tall, head up and bravely face the daily dangers of duty keep the badge unsullied and free of any breach of fidelity. By the regularity of our conduct, always endeavor to avoid any aspersion against our institution. We are to preserve our cherished customs and traditions and never countenance any deviation from them now allow them to be infringed. Our dignity as police officer symbolized by the badge is now pinned on our hearth, never swerve from our solemn oath of office, violate our vows or betray the public trust. We are officer….. wear our badge with honor"

The other week, Caraga Police Director PCSUPT Jaime Eloreta Milla, CEO VI led members of the PNP Command Group and Directorial Staff in the historic Badge of Honor Ceremony in Camp Rafael Rodriguez, PRO 13, Libertad, Butuan City administered by NAPOLCOM Caraga Regional Director Atty. Homer Mariano Cabaral. The Policemen of the region renewed their pledge of service in a historic ceremony that aims to revitalize commitment to the PNP Badge.

In his message, RD MIilla reminded Policemen that “the police badge is a visible symbol of service, and symbolic instrument of public faith--and not a symbol of authority as some have usually thought.” “The PNP Badge perpetuates the remarkable deeds of our peace officers and brought to the open the undeniable importance of the heroic acts of the men and women in uniform who made a positive difference in the lives of others which the young could emulate and the public may appreciate,” adding that every police officer who wears the Badge will have a deep sense of gratitude and honor because, truly, not everyone is given that privilege to serve and protect. The police officers vowed as they took their respective Oath during the Badge of Honor Ceremony.

Similar Badge of Honor ceremonies for police personnel in the lower ranks were made until all police personnel down the line have renewed their pledge of service. The Badge of Honor Ceremony is in line with the PNP Integrated Transformation Program. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


CHRP celebrates 22nd Anniversary
The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) celebrates its 22nd
Foundation Day on May 5, 2009. The then President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 163 on May 5, 1987 which gave birth to the CHRP.

CHRP Caraga Region was opened on October 24, 1996. Since then, it has shared in performing the Commission’s mandate of protecting and promoting human rights thru investigation of complaints for human rights violations, legal aid and counseling, visitorial services over jails and detention centers, monitoring of cases, financial assistance, education and information services.

With a very limited personnel complement, CHRP Caraga Region built and tapped alliances with other government organizations, non-government organizations and civil society organizations to enhance protection and promotion of human rights.

Among others, the following are accomplishments and activities undertaken:


1. regular conduct of human rights orientations, lectures, seminars and
trainings upon PNP officers, military and CAFGUs as well as
education, information and training on human rights for
government officials and employees and the general public;

2. investigation of human rights violations, legal aid and counseling, regular
jail visitations and other human rights protection services;

3. integrated the rights based approach to development (RBAD) in the
Barangay Development Plan (BDP) of Butuan City thru development
of tools and participated in writing the Barangay Development Planning
Manual;

4. organized the Internally Displaced Persons Caraga LINK or IDP Caraga
LINK which is CHRs arm in responding to and monitoring adverse
situations causing or affecting internal displacements in the Caraga
region;

5. implemented the Human Rights Community Development Project
jointly undertaken by the members of the CHRP and the New Zealand
Human Rights Commission to the Higaonon tribe in Esperanza,
Agusan del Sur; and

6. attendance to meetings of inter-agency committees to which it is a
member and participation in activities jointly undertaken.

CHRP Caraga personnel are confident that the proposed organizational structure of the regional office will be approved and implemented during the term of the Fourth Commission. This will pave the way for employing additional personnel to carry out the mandate of CHR in Caraga region. (CHR-Caraga/ PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania,
PO2 Darlin Cabalinan Migullas
and PO3 Rene Boy Ocares Bernaldez



Report on conflagration incident

On May 2, 2009 at 9:45 in the morning at Purok-6, Barangay 4, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, a fire incident transpired at said place wherein four residential houses were burned.

Upon receipt of the report, PNP elements of San Francisco Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Joel S Mendez proceeded to the area to secure the place.

Meanwhile, one Junie Grantos, of legal age, married, Barangay Tanod and resident of said place who helped the affected residents accidentally hit by live main electrical wire fell down during the fire incident.

Volunteers and responding PNP elements immediately brought the victim to DO Plaza Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Initial investigation revealed that said fire allegedly started in the house owned by Aldrin Porras and occupied by Kagawad Niceporo Arances. Fire was declared under control at about 10:30 in the morning.
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on illegal gambling

On May 2, 2009 at 6:40 in the evening at Barangay Can Aga, Malimono, Surigao del Norte, elements of Malimono Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Ribomapil Mula conducted operation against illegal gambling, which resulted to the apprehension of two suspects named Rocky Belarde, 26 years old, single and Jimmy Andoy, 34 years old, married, both residents of Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Reportedly, suspects were collectors of swertres. Confiscated from their possessions were six filled up tally sheets, four stub sheets, two pieces pelotares, two pieces blue ballpen and bet money amounting to three hundred eighty six pesos (P386.00) in different denominations.

Suspects now detained at the Municipal jail pending for filing of appropriate charges in court.
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on illegal logging


On May 2, 2009 at 2:00 in the morning at Barangay 12, Poblacion, Dapa, Surigao del Norte, elements of Dapa Municipal Police Station received a text message from a concerned citizen informing that there were sawn lumber unloaded at the above-mentioned place.
Elements of Dapa Municipal Police Station led by PSI Edwin Mondalo, COP proceeded to the said place to confirm the truthfulness of the report.

Upon arrival in the area, the team found 15 pieces of sawn lumber (Diptherocarp species) in different dimensions.

Initial investigation revealed that the said lumbers were transported to Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte. Upon knowing that the elements of Dapa Municipal Police Station were approaching, the unidentified suspects fled to evade arrest.

Said lumbers were brought to Dapa Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)


Report on shooting incident

On May 2, 2009 at 10:00 in the evening at Barangay Aguinaldo, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, a certain Jaime Aurena Jr. alias "Dodong", of legal age and a resident of the same place shot a certain Charito Nalam, 40 years old, married, farmer and a resident of Duangan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur at the head resulting to his instantaneous death.

Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Investigation revealed that the said barangay was having a Search for Queen and both were watching the event when the suspect spotted the victim whom he had an old grudge. The suspect was identified by the companion of the victim.

Esperanza Municipal Police Station is still conducting manhunt operation for the possible arrest of the suspect.

Another shooting incident took place at Barangay Road of Basilisa, RTR, Agusan del Norte, last May 3, 2009 at 9:30 in the evening. SPO3 Hernani Abejo, PNP member of RTR Municipal Police Station was shot by one Ronald Tandugon, 32 years old, married and a resident of Barangay 12, Cabadbaran City.

Initial investigation disclosed that said SPO3 Abejo was responding to a cellphone call from one Boy Pabillore, a resident of Barangay Tagbongabong of said municipality that there was one suspicious armed person at their place.

Said police officer blocked the exit route but when the suspect arrived on board a Honda XRM motorcycle color blue with plate number IO 3352, suspect suddenly fired his firearm towards the police officer hitting both his legs.

SPO3 Abejo still managed to return fire and hit the suspect at the leg. Elements of RTR Municipal Police Station led by PINSP Edmund Montillano immediately responded to the incident and were able to apprehend the suspect.

Both SPO3 Abejo and the suspect were brought to Butuan City for medical treatment, while the motorcycle of the suspect is now impounded at RTR Municipal Police Station.

Appropriate charges are now being prepared for filing in court against the suspect. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)