6.10.2009

PIA News Service - Thursday, June 11, 2009

Surigao del Sur to celebrate 111th Independence Day 

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur - The local government here and the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur headed by Governor Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr. will join the nationwide celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day with the theme, “KAGITINGAN, KAGALINGAN at KASIPAGAN tungo sa TUNAY NA KALAYAAN” tomorrow, June 12 at the Town Plaza, in this municipality. 

The celebration will start with a chant, followed by the singing of the National Anthem and raising of the Philippine flag at Tandag Municipal Hall Ground with Gov. Vicente T. Pimentel, Jr., Mayor Alexander T. Pimentel, Hon. Rosario Ninfa G. Dumagan II, and other public officials of this province. 

Wreath-laying follows at the statue of the country's national hero - Dr. Jose P. Rizal to be led by Governor Pimentel, joined by the Department heads from both local and national agencies and non- government agencies. 

The highlight of the activities is the distribution of Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS) vouchers spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) headed by Provincial Director Maximo Z. Nebrez, Jr. to 150 qualified selected scholars of St. Michael College, Saint Theresa College, Surigao del Sur Polytechnic State College (SSPSC) Main Campus and SSPSC Cagwait Campus. 

Aside from 150 coupons to be given away to the four schools of 1st District, TESDA Tandag had also 150 vouchers and coupon for qualified scholars of this province, composed of the following: 50 scholars for Computer Hardware Servicing (CHS); 50 for Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II and 50 for Building and Wiring Installation (BWI), this was revealed by Mr. Allan Millan, TESDA Supervising TSP Specialist. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru Community Environment and natural Resources will also distribute the Malunggay seedlings and seeds. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)



Kaibigan ng PCSO Charity Caravan took Butuan by “storm” 
  
BUTUAN CITY– The recent launching of the Kaibigan ng PCSO took Butuan and the neighboring province of Agusan del Norte by storm as it registers hundreds of volunteers, most of them barangay health workers during the registration and orientation of volunteers considered as “kaibigan” (friends) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Dottie’s Place Convention Center here. 
  
A night prior to the launching, a concert was held at the city’s Sports Complex featuring local and national artists led by John Lapus who hosted the show. Amidst the heavy downpour of the rain, Butuanons of all ages came to the concert venue to have a glimpse of entertainment brought by “Moymoy Palaboy” and the rest of the artists. 
  
Hours before the launching proper on Sunday (May 31), PCSO Charity Caravan was conducted, participated by public and private healthcare providers in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte. 
  
In her speech before the crowd estimated at around 2,000 volunteers and stakeholders, PCSO-Caraga Regional Lottery Operations Manager Ms. Gloria YbaƱez acknowledges those who have made the activity possible and successful. She also extended her warmest thanks to all the barangay health workers who volunteered to be partners of PCSO in spreading the “charity virus” in this city and the province of Agusan del Norte. 
  
Meanwhile, a medical-dental mission was held at the covered court of Barangay San Vicente, Butuan City on the afternoon of that same day. Private and public nurses and doctors entertained the people coming from the different barangays of Butuan and municipalities of Agusan del Norte. Also, medical and dental team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) offered their services to cater the medical and dental care of the people. 
  
Kaibigan ng PCSO is a program that is pursued through the leadership of PCSO to systematize and rationalize the sourcing of volunteer individuals and organizations in partnership with the private sector to advance the charity agency’s health mandate. By establishing sustainable networks and linkages that will continuously recruit medical and health volunteers as well as generate additional resources, the program will be able to expand the reach of PCSO services that immediately address health concerns of needy Filipinos. 

The program envisions that through this mode of intervention on a nationwide scale the corporate responsibility ethic of private corporations and companies will be enhanced, particularly with regard to health issues. It likewise seeks to promote the volunteerism spirit inherent in every Filipino. 

Kaibigan ng PCSO recognizes the varying capabilities of individuals, groups, and corporate entities in the public and private sector in rendering vital volunteer work that meets the immediate health needs of the poor. It also gives importance to the value of individual and collective civic efforts and of raising these efforts to the level of “unity in volunteerism” to sustain a functioning and efficient health and medical assistance delivery system for poor Filipinos everywhere. 

Kaibigan ng PCSO recruits and organizes volunteers at the provincial, municipal, city, and barangay levels, using primarily the organizational reach of PCSO, the country’s premier charity agency. 

All card-carrying members of Kaibigan ng PCSO will have the chance to be given the special PCSO Health Card that puts individual the priority list for those seeking financial assistance for hospitalization and medical support from the country’s lead agency in charity work. 

Prior to the launching here, it can be recalled that PCSO national charity caravan has already served thousands of beneficiaries in Iloilo, Batanes, Nueva Ecija, Davao City, Cebu City, Palawan and Bacolod City, in celebration of its 7th year anniversary. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga) 

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DENR Caraga employees receive P3,000 anniversary bonus
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BUTUAN CITY – The Employees of the DENR regional and field offices and the Environment Management Bureau, have received P 3,000 anniversary bonus as they celebrated the DENR 22nd anniversary in a simple fun and fanfares at its regional office in Barangay Amabago, Butuan City yesterday June 10,2009 .
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In his opening remarks read for him by the Regional Technical Director Virgilio dela Cruz, DENR Regional Executive Director for Caraga Region Edilberto S. Buiser has challenged the DENR employees to work hard with humility and prove their worth as true civil servants of the Filipino people.  
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He reiterated the instruction of the DENR Secretary Lito Atienza to keep the ” anniversary celebration very simple in keeping with the call of President Arroyo to make wise use of government resources.”
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The bonus came from the forced-savings of the DENR Caraga Region for this year.
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He said the DENR has proven its mandated functions as the primary caretaker of the environment and natural resources.
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The celebration of the DENR Caraga Region has started with a mass followed by the so called” Larong Lahi” sports consists of native games. 
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At the central office in Quezon City, DENR Secretary Lito Atienza has lead the celebration highlighted by the awarding of trophies to winners of the DENR Sportsfest and service awards to selected personnelSecretary Atienza said the Department has taken great strides in the management and sustainable development of the country’s natural resources, particularly in the areas of minerals and upland development. 
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Specifically, Secretaty Atienza said, last year’s accomplishment, including the first quarter of the current year, has been focused on providing investments and jobs to thousands of Filipinos, particularly those displaced by the current economic downturn.
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Secretary Atienza also reported that the upland development program, which the agency is pushing full blast this year, will generate more than 52,000 jobs nationwide.
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The DENR chief explained that all government programs and projects were all directed towards hunger mitigation, poverty reduction as well as protecting the country from the global economic crisis that is now hurting the rich and powerful countries. 
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Atienza expressed his grateful appreciation to various stakeholders for their continued support to DENR as partners in implementing its programs and at the same time, renewed his call to all employees during the eve of the department’s anniversary, to exert more efforts in working towards achieving the government’s target and to be extra vigilant in the performance of their duties. (Eric F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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DOH-Caraga suspends daily presscon on A(H1N1) to avoid panic to public
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BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH), Caraga Regional Office suspended its regular press briefing to local media on the updates of A(H1N1) to avoid panic to public.
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According to DOH Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, the holding of press conferences only added fear and panic to the public against the virus and instead announced that DOH Caraga shall hold media briefing twice in a week or as the case arises.
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Lately, Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed 23 more cases of A(H1N1) infection in the country, bringing the total number of infected people to 77, the highest in Southeast Asian Region.
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However, it was stressed by the Secretary that there is no community spread of the virus and Philippines is still negative from an outbreak.
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Here in the region, Director Gorgolon reiterates DOH Advisory to the general public to report immediately to their office anyone observed as suspect of A (H1N1) at Centre for Health and Development DOH Caraga Hotline (085) 225-3876. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
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Undocumented indian immigrant reported abducted solved, BCPO ruled out hoax
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BUTUAN CITY – The reported abduction of an undocumented Indian National identified as Hardam Bhullar Singh alyas Romy, 26 years old turned out to be a case of hiding to get away from family problems.
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Butuan City Police Station 1 Commander Police Supt. Joseph Boquiren as head of Task Force Pangitaa received a phone call on the night of June 9 from Jaswinder Singh, a cousin of the alleged kidnap victim informing the police that Hardam is in Davao unharmed.
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It was also made clear by Supt. Boquiren that Hardam was not abducted contrary to earlier reports and what was happened in Pangabugan area on June 4 was an orchestrated plot to kidnap.
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Hardam has yet to be summoned to explain to the police of said incident and accordingly he is due to arrive next week in Butuan.
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Hardam, will face possible deportation after immigration authorities searched his records and found out his status as an illegal alien.
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To date, Butuan city do not have any confirmed report on kidnapping and Butuan City Police Office assured foreign nationals that there’s no need to be alarmed after the said incident and Butuan continue to enjoy as the safest city in Mindanao. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
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P18-M Nasipit district hospital fully operational
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BUTUAN CITY – The municipality of Nasipit inaugurated the newly constructed Nasipit District Hospital yesterday.
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The infirmary hospital has a 25 bed capacity and will service the local health zone composed of the municipalities of Nasipit, Carmen and Buenavista.
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The inauguration of the P18 million hospital was attended by 2nd District Representative Edelmiro Amante, Agusan del Norte Governor Earlpy John Amante, Nasipit Mayor Roy Doyon, doctors, nurses and other staff from the hospital.
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Construction started after the hospital was gutted down from fire that struck in 2005, since then, health services was limited.
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The provincial government allocated 17.2 million to rebuild the hospital that caters mostly underprivileged patients.
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The 1-story building of Nasipit District Hospital can has the availability to perform 4 delivery operations all at the same time, and much improved rooms for male, female, and pediatric patients.
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Dr. Rubie Toribio, Hospital Administrator reminded its nurses and staff to give the best service to the people, not only those from the municipality of Nasipit but also from the neighbouring towns and assured to maintain proper sanitation of the hospital.
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Meanwhile, 11 municipalities of the province committed to give 5,000 peso funding and another 10 million peso funding from DOH-Caraga to realize the expansion project of the hospital.
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The provincial government continued its 1 million quarterly funding allocations to sustain the availability of medicines.
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Governor Earlpy John Amante announced that they are now working to affirm Nasipit District Hospital as a secondary hospital as soon as the provincial government can purchase the almost 10 million x-ray machine as a pre-requisite. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/ PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Gov. Ace Barbers mihatag ug dakong suporta sa tanang training programs nga gipahigayon sa TESDA

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – Sento baytsingko (125) ka mga bag-ong Pangulong Gloria Scholars (PGS) ang mipailawom na usab sa laing han-ay sa mga training programs nga gipahigayon diha sa buhatan sa TESDA nga diin gihatagan na usab ug dakong suporta ni Gov. Robert Ace Barbers.

Ang maong training programs nga naglangkob na sa mga kuwalipikasyon sama sa Automotive Servicing, Welding, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Servicing, Building Wiring Installation ug Consumers Electronic Servicing gibuksan niadtong Hunyo 8, 2009 didto sa Prov’l Manpower and Training Center pinaagi sa usa ka Training Induction Program, diin si Gov. Ace Barbers mihatag sa usa ka mainitnon nga mensahe.

Ang Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Grant nakahatag gayud ug dakong tabang sa mga Surigaonon hilabi na nga kini mohatag sa libreng pagbansay-bansay sulod sa 38 ka adlaw nga aduna usab allowance nga P60 matag adlaw sa tanang mga tinun-an niini.

Sa mensahe sa Gobernador, iyang giluwatan nga siya malipayon nga adunay mga mapahismulanong programa nga nakahatag gayud ug dakong kausbawan sa panginabuhi-an sa matag Surigaonon sama niining Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Grant. Dugang pa niini, iya usab nga gi-awhag ang tanang mga scholars nga sila magmadasigon unta nga motapos sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga qualifications aron nga sila mamahimong episyente ug epektibong lumulupyo sa katilingban. (PGO-Surigao del Norte Media Bureau)

 
DepEd Secretary to visit Caraga Region next week

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus is set to visit Caraga Region to inaugurate the LAPUS School Buildings on June 19-20, 2009.

Sec. Lapus will arrive on June 19 via Butuan City, he will have a luncheon meeting at Dottie’s Place with the administrators of Butuan City, Bislig City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur divisions.

After which, he will proceed immediately to San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands to grace the Teachers’ Forum to be attended by the administrators of the divisions of Surigao City, Siargao and Surigao del Norte. Also, Lapus will personally meet the administrators of the newly created division of Dinagat Islands and inaugurate the first LAPUS School building in the province worth P2.3 million under a grant from the government of Spain. 

After his Dinagat visit, Sec. Lapus will then proceed to Cahayagan Elementary School in Carmen town, Agusan del Norte to formally inaugurate the newly constructed LAPUS School building. 

LAPUS, which stands for Learning And Public Use School (LAPUS), is a hazard-resistant and all-concrete school building cum evacuation center that include ample toilet and sanitation facilities that can better withstand typhoons and other future disasters to provide suitable evacuation centers and minimize structure damages during disasters. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


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Cebuano News: CSWD, magpautang sa mga Butuanon
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BUTUAN CITY – Gikatakdang magpahulam og salapi ang buhatan sa City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) Butuan ngadto sa mga kabus ning dakbayan.
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Gibutyag ni Mrs. Aldeberan Mordeno ang hepe sa CSWD-Butuan nga pinaagi sa livelihood program, ang ilang mga kliyente ubos sa ilang programang Development Action Sectoral Synergy for Poverty Reduction (DACSSPR).
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Apan giklaro ni Mordeno nga duna silay proseso nga gisunod og dile basta-basta nga mo-release sap undo nga gikan sa ilang buhatan sanglit ilang ipaneguro nga kadto lamang mga bonifide Butuanon ang mahatagan sa maong serbisyo. ( Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Pagbukas sa klase sa Caraga, hapsay og malinawon
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BUTUAN CITY – Hapsay og malinawon ang unang adlaw sa pagbukas sa School Year 2009-2010 sa tibuok rehiyon sa Caraga.
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Gibutyag ni P/Sr SUPT Ramon Espiritu ang Deputy Regional Director for Operations sa Police Regional Office-13, nga subay sa report nga gipaabot sa iyang buhatan og sa iyang paglibot sa tanang tunghaan, hapsay og malinawon ang mga magtutungha nga misulod sa ilang lawak-tunghaan bagohay pa lamang.
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Gipasabot sa opisyal nga gumikan kini sa ilang gipahugtan nga police visibility og pagmuntar sa ilang Police Assistant Center aron dunay kadu-ulan ang mga magtutungha kun ugaling nanginahanglan kini og panabang gikan kanila.
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Gidugang sa opisyal nga walay natala nga insidente sa kadalanan taliwala nga nagbahas-bahas ang mga estudyante sa nag-unang kadalanan gumikan usab sa pagpahugot sa pagpatuman sa lagda sa trapiko sa LTTMO inabagan sa kapulisan sa rehiyon.
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Mapasalamaton usab ang opisyal sa tanang Caraganons gumikan sa pakigtambayayong sa ilang gilusad ang pagbantay sa palibot aron malikay ang mga kabataan sa kadaut.
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Mahinumduman nga ning nakalabayng adlaw, gisugdan ang pag-intensify sa police visibility gumikan usab sa pagdagsa sa mga estudyante gikan sa lagyong dapit atol sa pagbukas na sa klase. ( Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: CSWD Livelihood Program sa Butuan, gipalapdan
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BUTUAN CITY – Nakadawat ang pipila ka mga ginikanan sa City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWD) Butuan. 
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Gibutyag ni Mrs. Aldeberan Mordeno ang hepe sa CSWD Butuan, nga adiser madawat sa mga chosen parents ang nahisgutang livelihood assistance, ipailawom una sila sa Business Training og Values Inculcation aron mapasabot ngadto sa mga swerteng benepisyaryo sa programa nga dili lamang kini lang sa ilang kaugalingong interest kundili alang kini sa kaayuhan sa ilang mga kabataan.
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Pinaagi sa maong livelihood assistance, malaumon ang CSWD Butuan nga makalahutay ang maong mga recipients sa paghatag og sustento ngadto sa ilang kabataan nga nagtungha sa ingon nga makapadayon kini sa pag-eskwela og malikayan nga maglatagaw lamang sa kadalanan.
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Ang maong programa sa buhatan gisuportahan kini sa lokal nga panggamhanan ning dakbayan.
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Gikalipay usab sa mga hingtungdang benipisyaryo sa maong programa sanglit nakatabang kini sa pagpalambo sa ilang panginabuhian.
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Gawas niana, nabati usab sa mga nahisgutan nga wala nagpakabuta-bungol ang lokal nga panggamhanan ni Butuan City Mayor Democrito “Boy Daku” Plaza II sa ilang kahimtang.
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Nanghinaut usab ang mayor ning dakbayan nga gamiton ang maong salapi nga madawat sa mga benepisyaryo sa tumong niini aron dile kini magamit sa walay klarong kapaingnan og mabalik sa naandang kahimtang. ( Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Dengue Awareness Month, gisaulog sa Caraga
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BUTUAN CITY - Hugot nga gi-obserbahan sa Department of Health (DOH) Caraga ang Dengue Awareness Month ubos sa temang “Puksain ang kiti-kiti, sugpuin ang dengue”.
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Gibutyag ni Dr. Gerna Manatad ang Regional Epidemiologist sa DOH-Caraga nga gawas sa A(H1N1) virus nga maoy nag-una nilang gitutukan, nagpadayon gihapon ang ilang pag-monitor sa sakit, nagpagawas ang maong buhatan sa ilang gitawag nga 4S isip giya.
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Una ang Search and Destroy kun pagpangita og labaw sa tanan pagpuhag sa kiti-kiti. Ikaduha, ang Self-Protection Measures o ang pagpugong sa kaugalingon aron dili mapa-akan sa mga lamok nga nagdala sa maong sakit sama sa pagsul-ob og mga saput nga dili makadulot ang lamok. Ikatulo, ang pag-adaptar sa Seek Early Consultation kun pagpakonsulta gilayon ngadto sa doctor ilabi na kun makasinati na og mga sintomas sa dengue. Ikaupat, ang Say No to Discriminate Fogging higayong duna nay pagkaylap sa sakit.
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Mahinumduman nga ning nakalabayng tuig nahimong highest pointers ang dakbayan sa Surigao nga dunay pinakataas sa kaso sa dengue.
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Ang sakit nga dengue basi sa pagtuon mas kahadlukan kung itandi sa sakit nga A(H1N1) virus.
Alayon niini, doble alerto ang maong buhatan sa pakigbatuk sa Dengue og A(H1N1) virus. ( Lantawan/ PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo

Accomplishment on anti-illegal drug campaign
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On June 9, 2009 around 9:25 in the evening at Barangay 4, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, joint team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga led by SO2 Sotero Ibarra and Intel personnel from Nasipit Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Laureano Sapio conducted a buy-bust operation at the above-mentioned place which resulted to the arrest of one Robert Francis Latorre, 22 years old and a resident of Apagan, Barangay 2, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.
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Confiscated from the suspect’s possession are the following items: four sachet of suspected shabu; one piece of Five Hundred Peso bill; one small pack of suspected dried marijuana leaves; one unit cellphone; one black wallet; and one stick cigarette.
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Arrested person and confiscated items were brought to PDEA-13 Libertad, Butuan City for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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eport on strucking incident
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On June 10, 2009 around 3:00 dawn at Barangay Campo, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, a certain Pedro Ochada Jr, of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Campo, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte was allegedly struck by a bottle of soft drink perpetrated by one Urcesio Platil, 44 years old, married and a resident of the above-mentioned place. 
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Ochada was hit three times on his head and was rushed to the hospital for medication while Platil voluntarily surrendered to Bacuag Municipal Police Station after the incident and now under the custody of said police station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Arrest of most wanted person (top 3 municipal level)
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On June 10, 2009 a round 8:00 in the morning at Barangay Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte, personnel from Placer Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Trifonio Medina Custan arrested a certain George Basillo, 19 years old, single and a resident of the above-mentioned place.
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Basillo is listed as top 3 most wanted person in Placer, Surigao del Norte with alias warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Floripinas Buyser Presiding Judge of RTC branch 30, Surigao City docketed under Criminal Case number 7777 for frustated homicide with recommended bail bond of Php 24,000.00.
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Arrested person is now detained at Placer Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)