7.07.2009

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Surigao del Sur to celebrate Disaster Consciousness Month this July
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TANDAG, SURIGAO DEL SUR – Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Coordinator Council (PDCC) headed by Florencio Pimentel, Jr. in cooperation with the local government unit, non government organizations (NGOs) and national line agencies (NGAs) here kick off the month long celebration of “Disaster Consciousness Month” with a motorcade around the town of Tandag and Tago recently. 
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This year’s theme is “Pag-alerto, Malayo sa Peligro”. 
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A series of activities were lined up for this year’s celebration. This includes hanging of streamers in strategic places for the whole month of July, fire drill, Basic Life Support (BlS) training and blood letting. 
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The Basic Life Support (BSL) is set on July 17, Fire Drill on July 24 at Jacinto P. Elpa National High School (JPENHS), and the Blood Letting activity on July 31 to be followed by the culmination Program.
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Mr. Pimentel said, this celebration is very important for us to be aware the moment natural calamity will come. (Nida Grace Tranquilan, PIA- Surigaod del Sur)
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Surigao Del Sur reaps the best
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The recently successful 8th Agraryo Trade Fair held in SM Megamall Mandaluyong City give an avenue to all Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries / Communities to showcase their products coming from the different regions who participated in the trade fair. This is one of the activities conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform in line with the long month 21st CARP anniversary celebration that falls the month of June 2009.
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Out of the 728 kinds of products displayed – De Lara Agsamcraft and Novelties won the as the Best Craft under the Bag/Costume Jewelry and Accessories category. NURSIHA Special ARC truly make a remarkable achievement that makes us proud as Surigaonons and it also proves that we could deliver the best in terms of craftmanship. 
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Trade fair helps the ARBs increased their income and target customer as well as for possible international market. A means of showing what CARP had brought to the lives of the farmers in the various agrarian reform communities. With the coming years, DAR look forward to conduct more of the same activity as department continue to cater the needs of the ARBs for a better quality of life. (Myra Q. Yu, DAR-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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CARP NOW EXTENDED 

Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) from the very first year of its performance up to present does not go unopposed. It’s not only from the landowners’ sector that CARP is being criticized, but militant groups are also against it. But despite of, it is indeed that for almost two years of struggle for extension…finally the longing of the farmers comes to an end…CARP is now being extended for another 5 years. 
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Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office of Surigao del Sur headed by PARO Benjamin Mataksil is grateful for all the support handover by the local and provincial government units through sponsoring several resolutions, religious sector or the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), peoples organization signature campaign, PARCCOM and other partner line agencies that leads to encourage the legislators from the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the HB 4077 and Senate Bill 2666 respectively… enabling the program to continue its implementation particularly the Land Acquisition and Distribution component of CARP with a budget allocation of 150 billion pesos. 
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With the overwhelming outcome, it shows that still a lot of people believe in the importance of the program as proof of the given 5 more years extension. It is a big opportunity for DAR to fulfill its mission to serve the poor farmers and the whole country in general. About 1.056 million hectares of agricultural lands to be distributed for which 8,000 has. more or less for the province of Surigao del Sur. 
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As CARP reach its 21st anniversary, DAR uphold to work more efficiently and effectively in delivering out support services, legal assistance and to distribute more agricultural lands to qualified Agrarian reform beneficiaries. (Myra Q. Yu, DAR-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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DARPO SDS:Outstanding Employees
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DAR CARAGA celebrates the 21st CARP anniversary on June 26, 2009 at Almont Inland Hotel, Butuan City wherein one of the highlights was the awarding of the outstanding employees regionwide. From the province of Surigao del Sur those who received the awards were as follows: 
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Regionwide LAD accomplishments in terms of Volume: 

1. DARMO Tagbina – 3rd place 
2. DARMO Lianga – 5th place 

Regionwide LAD accomplishments in terms of Percentage: 

1. DARMO Lianga – 1st place / or number one 

Regionwide outstanding employees namely: 

1. Roscella A. Maglinte - Technical Staff Operations 
2. Roselyn Y. Rendon - Technical Staff (Legal and Adjudication Group) 
3. Virginia N. Sanchez - Non-Technical Staff 
4. Myrna Quiñones - Maagap Award 

The basis for choosing the outstanding employees varies on their SPEED for the two rating periods of CY 2008 garnering an “Outstanding” remarks as well as its exemplary contributions to the office aside from their respective regular assignments. 

However, June 30, 2009 DARPO Surigao del Sur also featured the recognition and awarding of the outstanding employees and municipal offices for their untiring efforts in terms of their contribution to the 2008 accomplishment. 
   
LAD Accomplishment in Percentage

1. DARMO Lianga, SdS. - 1st Place 
2. DARMO Tagbina, SdS. - 2nd Place 
3. DARMO Lingig, SdS. - 3rd Place 
4. DARMO Hinatuan, SdS. - 4th Place 
5. DARMO San Miguel, SdS. - 5th Place 

Provincial Awardees CY 2008:

  Outstanding Employees 
     Name                            Category

1. Jerry R. Villason - Division Chief 
2. Ethel M. Brondial - Technical Staff (Admin Group)
 Doris B. Salang -do- 
 Felixberta G. Clapero -do-  
3. Chechita T. Obenza - Technical Staff (Operation Group) 
 Roscella A. Maglinte -do-
4. Roselyn Y. Rendon - Technical Staff (Legal & Adjudication Group)
5. Virginia N. Sanchez - Non-technical Staff 
6. Myrna M. Quiñones - Maagap Award 
7. Doris B. Salang - Magalang Award 


The basis for choosing the outstanding employees varies on their SPEED for the two rating periods of CY 2008 garnering an “Outstanding” remarks as well as its exemplary contributions to the office aside from their respective regular assignments. 
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Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin M. Mataksil is truly proud that DARPO Surigao del Sur have those above mentioned type of employees who deliver excellence in terms of workmanship. 
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Hopefully would serve as an inspiration to others and on the next year round of evaluation more employees will join.
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Cebuano News: TAGBABAPSA ARC sa Agusan del Norte gigahinan og pundo gikan sa DAR-ARISP-III
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AGUSAN DEL NORTE - Mukabat sa 14,835 nga populasyon sa lima (5) ka barangay sa Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte, ang makadawat sa kapin P48-milyones nga proyekto sa DAR-Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III (DAR-ARISP-III).
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Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Andre B. Atega, CEO VI nagkanayon nga ang DAR-ARISP III mag-implementar sa P40-milyones nga farm-to-market road ug aduna usab Potable Water System sa TAGBABAPSA Agrarian Reform Community nga naglangkob sa Barangay Tagbongabong, Balangbalang, Basilisa, Poblacion 1 & 2, and San Antonio.
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Dugang pa niya, ang 12-kilometrong farm-to-market road ug potable water system kabahin sa programa sa DAR nga dili lamang nagpunting sa pag-apudapod sa kayutaan apan lakip na usab niini ang pag-latid sa mga proyektong inprastraktura, aron padayon nilang makab-ot ang mga pangandoy ug kahamugaway sa kinabuhi.
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Gawas sa infra nga proyekto, dugang pundo ang gigahin aron mapalig-on ug mapahapsay ang ilang kooperatiba, gipunduhan usab kini sa ARISP-III pinaagi sa paghatag og mga tranings ug workshop para sa saktong pagpadagan sa negosyo diha sa ilang kooperatiba.
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Matud pa ni Governor Erlpe John M. Amante, daku ang ikatabang sa naasoy nga proyekto gikan sa DAR-ARISP III diha sa TAGBABAPSA ARC ug lakip na usab ang sikbit nga dapit niini nga diin sila usab makapahimulos sa limpyo nga tubig ug nindut nga kalsada.
(Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)
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Provincial officials pursue more pro-poor program
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Poor families here in the province shall soon receive financial help via a program that is intended for them.
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This was the content of a resolution authored by Board Member James T. Reserva where the provincial government will partner with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Caraga region through a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a poverty reduction measure providing conditional cash transfer to extreme poor households to meet their basic needs.
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This program is in line with the policy of the government to promote the family as the foundation of the nation, adopting development measures to strengthen its solidarity and ensure its total development,” Governor Amante said.
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Pursuant to the agreement that shall be signed between the provincial government and the DSWD, those identified poor households in the province who meets the criteria will receive cash ffrom the DSWD to be used exclusively for health, nutrition and education services for their children ages 0 to 14 years old.
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A team will round up targeted areas to select those potential household beneficiaries. 4Ps will run for five years. (Jay Vincent V. Demain, Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)
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Butuan City Police rescued Indian National from his abductors
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On July 4, 2009, a certain Kuljit Singh, an Indian national was reported missing by his friend Jagtar Kaur Singh. He left to collect payments of his lending business. The victim's uncle received a call from the kidnappers demanding a P15M ransom. The Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) took cognizance of the case and conducted follow-up operations.
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In the course of investigation, the get away vehicle was traced to Crispina Flores Singh of Cabadbaran City. A rescue operation was conducted on July 6, 2009 at about 8:10 in the evening at Purok-9 Panlaitan, Barangay La Union, Cabadbaran City, where joint team from Butuan City Police Office led by PSUPT Joseph Dingle Plaza, Officer-in Charge, together with the CIDG operatives led by PSI Napoleon Pablo Duquez conducted rescue operation of Kuljit Singh, an Indian national who was kidnapped.
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The suspects Bikram Singh, an Indian National from Panjab City, India and his wife Crispina Flores Singh, both residents of Purok-1, Nagka Road, Barangay Calibunan, Cabadbaran City were apprehended.
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A case of kidnapping and serious illegal detention is now being prepared by the Butuan City Police Office. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Caraga police enjoins the community to be vigilant against bombing
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The Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) has prepared Customized Security Plan on all vital installations and enhanced its Force Multipliers in the ground such as Security Guards, Civil Security Forces and Barangay Intelligence Networks (BIN) to prevent bombing in the region.
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The entire region was placed on full alert because of series of bombing incidents happening in other areas of Mindanao.
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However, this is not enough to stop terror acts. The PNP calls for heightened community vigilance and asking the community to report immediately to the Security Guards of establishment or to the local police or directly report to the Tactical Operations Center of PRO 13 thru telephone numbers – (085) 815-2376 and (085) 342-1938 any suspicious baggage that they suspect to be bombs.
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According to PCSUPT Jaime Eloreta Milla, Regional Director, Police Regional Office 13, it is noteworthy that Caraga had not encountered any bombing incident.
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However, we must be vigilant always and cooperate with authorities. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan Migullas
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PNP arrests wanted persons
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On July 7, 2009 at around 8:00 O'clock in the morning at Marcos Calo Street, Butuan City, one Jovit Conde, 22 years old, single and a resident of the said place was arrested by elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by SPO3 Alexander Morgadez by virtue of Warrant of arrest (WOA) dated April 24, 2009, issued by Hon Judge Dennis Castilla of MTCC Branch 1, Butuan City, for violation of SP ordinance 894-22 docketed under criminal case no. 393490 with recommended bail bond of Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00). 
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Said suspect was turned-over to the issuing court for proper disposition. 
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Meanwhile, at around 9:00 O'clock in the morning of same date and place, the said arresting officers arrested a certain Romelita Bermoy, 18 years old, single and a resident of Purok-7, Barangay Mahay, Butuan City by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Judge James V. Go, MTCC Branch 1, Butuan City, dated June 23, 2009 for violation of SP ordinance 894-92 docketed under criminal case no. 40805 with recommended bail bond of Two Thousand Pesos (PhP2,000.00). 
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Said suspect was turned-over to the issuing court for proper disposition.
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Also, on July 6, 2009 at around 5:30 in the afternoon at Barangay Mahogany, Butuan City, elements of Butuan city Police Station 1 led by SPO3 Alexander Morgadez arrested one Rolly Jhon Gravino, 17 years old, minor, and a resident of Purok-5, Salad, Barangay Mahogany, Butuan City charged for Attempted Rape and Statutory Rape docketed under criminal case no. 13496 and 13495 respectively with recommended bail bond of PhP120,000.00 for attempted rape and no recommended bail bond for statutory rape. 
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Said suspect was arrested by virtue of WOA dated June 30, 2009, issued by Hon. Judge Eduardo Casals of RTC Branch 1, Libertad, Butuan City.
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Suspect was turned-over to the issuing court for
proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on violation of R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking of Person)
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On June 30, 2009, around 11:25 in the morning at Surigao City, a certain Grace Tumimbang Vidad, 28 years old, single, illegal recruiter and a resident of Purok-Cogon, 3, J.P. Laurel, Panabo City, Davao del Norte was apprehended by members of Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force led by PSUPT Froilan Caturla, Port Police Division Manager; Raymund Fel Sajor, Administrative Officer V of DOLE; Zenaida Calunsag, Coordinator of Visayan Forum Foundation Inc.; and PO3 Sarah Jane Paloma, Anti-Human Trafficking PNCO of Surigao City Police Station.
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Suspect recruited the following victims identified as: Jerson M. Maybano, 17 years old, out of school youth and a resident of Purok-Cogon 3, J.P. Laurel Panabo City; Maygen P. Liagso,16 years old, out of school youth and a resident of Marang, Cagangguhan, Panabo City; Chanelyn G. Perpetua, 17 years old, out of school youth and a resident of Purok-Central, J.P. Laurel, Panabo City; Michael T. Vidad, 23 years old, single, jobless and a resident of Purok-Cogon 3, J.P. Laurel, Panabo City; Mariebeth F. Ramos, 18 years old, single, jobless and a resident of New Visayas, Panabo City; and Ailyn B. Calisa, 24 years old, single waitress and a resident of Purok-Cogon 3, J.P. Laurel, Panabo City. 
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Initial investigation disclosed that the suspect has no legal documents from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
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A case for violation of R.A. 9209 has been filed in an inquest proceeding at the City Prosecutor's office against the suspect docketed under I.S. nr XIII-05-INQ-00146. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)