PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Military and evacuees negotiation on a standstill

Negotiations closed at 8:30 in the evening yesterday (August 3) between the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur and evacuees from the hinterlands of Lianga this province at the Provincial Governors Office Conference Room here.
 
After 11 hours of negotiation, the two opposing parties did not reach any compromise. It was the second dialogue between the two parties called by Governor Vicente Pimentel following a foiled negotiation last Friday (July 31).  

During the first consultative meeting of the same panel with the presence of Bishop Odchimar, CBCP president and representative of the evacuees, both parties agreed on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). 

The MOA between the 58IB and leaders of the evacuees contains the 5 demands of the evacuees. During the first round of meetings, the evacuees agreed to go back to their community once their 5 demands are met. But, upon signing of the MOA, the evacuees insisted on another demand – the total pull out of troops in their area. 

It is a demand the army or the local government could not decide. 

According to Col. Fabian, 401st Brigade Commanding Officer, total pull out of his troop is not negotiable because it is an order from the Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Col. Fabian explained, that the military deployment in Km. 9 and 16 in Diatagon, Barangay San Isidro of Lianga Surigao del Sur is to conduct research for Community Works for Peace and Development (CWPD).

Col. Fabian explained that the research is necessary for the implementation of the KBP and Road for Peace Projects of the DND. 

Col Fabian elaborated that Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) is worth 5 million for every sitios or Barangays who qualify and the Road for Peace Project is 1 million/kilometer road going to the hinterland areas.

These projects will only be implemented to areas where the presence of Communist Terrorists is uncontrolled. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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PPOC discusses insurgency problems in Surigao del Sur

TANDAG, SURIGAO DEL SUR (August 6) - Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Surigao del Sur conducted a conference here, recently at Provincial Governors Conference Room presided by Governor Vicente T. Pimentel the Chairman of the Council.

The conference aims to tackle the insurgency situation in the province. 

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) represented by Mr. Jair Persigas revealed that there are 627 Former Rebels (FRs) in CARAGA who already received assistance from National Program for Unification and Development (NPUD). 125 of these FRs were from this province.

Lt. Col. Benjamin Pedralvez, Jr., 58th Infantry Battalion Commander presented evidences on his report regarding the suspicious Supportive Institutions and Non-Government organizations (NGO) to the New Peoples Army.

Col. Pedralvez showed some documents linking the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), a NGO providing secondary education to ‘lumads” to the NPA. 

According to Pedralvez, the ALCADEV NGO is used by the Communist Terrorists (CTs) as a front. The hinterlands of Barangay Diatagon in Lianga Surigao del Sur is believe to be a guerilla base. 

Lt. Col Dennis Godfrey Gammad, Commanding Officer of 36IB also confirmed on his report that his troops recovered items from one of their operations - identification card or passes for the 40th anniversary of the CPP/NPA with the ID sling of ALCADEV.

The Philippine Army (PA) revealed this to the Council, recommended to create a task force to look into the alleged NGO with the help of the Provincial Government. (Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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Power Coop Upholds Social Responsibilities

TANDAG, SURIGAO DEL SUR (August 6) - The Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. or SURSECO II is continuing to serve the people of Surigao del Sur by giving efficient services to its consumers. Not only by giving electricity, but, also in upholding the social responsibilities to the communities it serves by giving a free installation of lightings to the beneficiaries who are poorest of the poor. This program is called “Tanglaw ng Tahanan”. It started last 2006 through the initiatives of the board and management which at first there was only one (1) beneficiary in every municipality within its jurisdiction. But, years goes by, it becomes more and more.

This program is implemented every year, especially during the anniversary celebration of the coop which falls every September. 

This year, 2009, the program becomes more remarkable because the local officials of the province, especially the congressman of the 1st district is extending financial assistance in support to the program. Through that, every municipality is entitled to at least 25 or more beneficiaries. Not less than 200 beneficiaries will be connected soon with electric service of SURSECO II.

Last June 24, 2009, the turn-over ceremony of the One Million pesos from the PDAF or Priority Development Assistance Fund of Congressman Philip A. Pichay was done. The ceremony was witnessed by the Provincial & Local officials, SURSECO II employees headed by GM Iglorio R. Hinayon, the Board of Directors and the beneficiaries from different municipalities of Surigao del Sur.

The management is about to start in its implementation because the electrical materials are already available. Most probably, the coop could start next month (August) after some paper preparations and massive briefing to the accredited Barangay Electricians from different areas, who will install the house-wiring connection.  

There are more than 100 beneficiaries of the Tanglaw ng Tahanan program who are now enjoying the services of electricity from SURSECO II since 2006.

On the other hand, the coop had also Scholarship Program to Poor-But-Deserving Dependents of member-consumers. This program is in line with the Coop Policy No, 8-0014 (As Amended). The beneficiaries who may avail the program are those whose parents’ income must not be higher than P60, 000 per annum, member of good standing, a resident of the municipality within the jurisdiction of the coop, a high school graduate with a general average not below 85%, should top the Qualification Test and must enroll in any school within the jurisdiction of SURSECO II.

These programs of SURSECO II denote the continuing services of the coop not only by giving electricity but also rendering social services to its member-consumers.

The management would like to express its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the people behind the success of this program and calling for the unyielding supports from its member-consumers.
(Aguinaldo L. Jaluag, SURSECO Tandag/ PIA-Surigao del Sur)
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DOH Caraga chief calls on public to be cautious
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BUTUAN CITY (August 6) – Director Leonita Gorgolon of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga calls on the public, especially the students to be cautious and to properly observe quarantine measures of the government, during a press conference recently. 

“The public, especially the students should understand the importance of the quarantine, what they need to do during quarantine period,” says Director Gorgolon. 

Director Gorgolon said that the media could help well in this endeavor by communicating to the public what quarantine means. 

Director Gorgolon added that there is a need for the public to acquire increased understanding on what is A/H1N1 such as quarantine procedures, a gap the media could fill. 

The comment came following media queries of Agusan National High School’s (ANHS) participation in the Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration even if they are quarantined. 

ANHS suspended their classes for ten days following A/H1N1 infection of some of its students. 

DOH Caraga called for a press conference amidst reports of increasing number of A/H1N1 cases in the city. 

Director Gorgolon confirmed that there is indeed an increasing number of A/H1N1 infection in the region but it does not yet reach an alarming state and the cases are curable. 

As of August 4, there are already 50 confirmed cases of A/H1N1 infection in the region. Most of those who are affected are students. 28 of the cases are females and 22 males. The most affected age group is 11-20. 

In Caraga, Butuan has the highest number of infections with 29. Agusan del Norte has 6. Agusan del Sur has 8. Surigao del Sur has 1 and Surigao City, 6 cases. 

The A/H1N1 infection in the region started last May 23. Since then there are already 104 cases under observation. 44 of these were negative of A/H1N1. 9 have no laboratory results yet and 50 were diagnosed positive of A/H1N1. Among these cases, 1 is positively linked to a confirmed A/H1N1 case. (Lovely Laudette Gamba, PIA-Caraga)

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GSIS reminds pensioners to renew their active status this August

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is reminding its old-age and survivorship pensioners whose birth month falls this August to renew their active status this month to ensure the continuous receipt of their monthly pension.

The uninterrupted receipt of the monthly pension of GSIS pensioners rests on their dutiful compliance with the annual renewal of active status (ARAS) requirement of the pension fund.

To do the ARAS, pensioners must go to the nearest GSIS servicing office or the nearest government establishment installed with a GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System kiosk or G-W@PS kiosk on their birth month with their eCard Plus. 

Then, they must place their eCard Plus on the card reader of the kiosk. Afterwards, they must choose the “Annual Reporting” icon using the kiosk’s touch screen and then select any pre-registered finger. Finally, they must lightly scan their finger using the fingerprint scanner of the kiosk to complete the process which takes only a few seconds to accomplish.

Pensioners can also renew their active status using any phone wherever they are through a new system called the GSIS Voice Activated Processing System or GVAPS. Pensioners can now enroll in the GVAPS in any GSIS servicing office. All they need to bring is their eCard Plus. 

Once enrolled, pensioners can use any phone and call the GSIS Teleservice domestic toll free number (1-800-10-847-4747 for Smart and PLDT, and 1-800-8-847-4747 for Globe numbers) to access the GVAPS. 

A voice prompt will guide the pensioner through the renewal process and advise him, accordingly, of the successful renewal of his active status as a GSIS pensioner, while at the comfort of his own home or anywhere else.

Pensioners abroad can also renew their active status using GVAPS by calling the numbers 632-976-0860 or 632-884-7400. 

The pensioner must have his eCard Plus ready whenever he accesses the GVAPS since he will be asked by the voice prompt to say his GSIS ID number, printed below his name on his eCard Plus, whenever he uses this system.

The GSIS is requiring all its old-age and survivorship pensioners to renew their active status every year during their birth month to ensure the continuous receipt of their monthly pension. 

Pensioners now receive their monthly pension on the 8th day of every month, or the next banking day in case the 8th day falls on a weekend or holiday, instead of the previous schedule of the first banking day of every month.

The GSIS said the change in schedule was in response to numerous requests from pensioners to immediately resume the regular crediting of their pension in case their pension accounts are suspended due to their failure to renew their active status. With the new schedule, those who have renewed their active status on the last week or even on the last day of the previous month will be able to receive their pension immediately the following month.

Pensioners can use their eCard Plus as an ATM card and withdraw their pension from any Bancnet, Megalink or Expressnet ATMs in the country. In addition, they pensioners can use their eCard Plus in any point-of-sale or POS terminal of select M. Lhuillier branches in different parts of the country to withdraw their pension. (GSIS)


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GSIS Museum holds ‘MediSining’ exhibit

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is holding an exhibit in honor of the works of Toribio Herrera, one of the pioneers of Philippine painting in the 1920s who set the tone for modern day artists.

The exhibit, titled “MediSining: The Art of Toribio Herrera, MD,” is held at the Upper Gallery of the GSIS Museum of Art in Pasay City and will run up to November 30, 2009

In his lifetime, Herrera never exhibited his works to the public nor sold a painting as he did not seek monetary rewards for his art. In fact, his very first exhibition was held in 1972, four years after his death. 

Born in Tondo in 1892, Herrera first graduated in Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1912. Later, he took a second course in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, and was eventually accepted to teach there. 

“Influenced by a deep understanding of both intricate human anatomy and the profound brush strokes and lines that make up perspective, his paintings are a joy to behold,” said GSIS President and General Manager Winston F. Garcia, in appreciation of the works of Herrera. “His scenes are simple yet very moving.”

Herrera was part of the Amorsolo, Castaneda, Miranda Group of Filipino Genre Masters who set the tone of Philippine painting, particularly during the 1920s.

“We are lucky that in this country, we have our artists, who keep defining us as a country and as a generation,” Mr. Garcia added. 

Meanwhile, the GSIS Museum, in partnership with Kuta ng Sining, Inc., is also showcasing the works of Quezon artists this August. Titled “Sa amin may Sining,” the exhibit will run from August 7 to 28.

The province of Quezon is not only known for its Pahiyas festivity but also for the ingenuity and creativity of its home-grown artists.

Featured artists in “Sa amin may Sining” include Noel P. Bueza, Erick Dator, Norman F. Ragudo, Monnar Baldemor, Jowell Gaela, and Efren D. Nantes.  

Interested parties may call the GSIS Museum of Art at 479-3588 or email at museum@gsis.gov.ph for inquiries. (GSIS)
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5th PopDev Media Awards deadline draws near

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) reminds everyone of the approaching deadline for the submission of entries to the 5th PopDev Media Awards.

The contest is open to all print, broadcast, online, photo, and citizen journalists nationwide. Entries must deal with population and human development issues such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), public health (especially reproductive health), reproductive health policy and governance, economic growth and poverty, climate change, housing and urban development, sustainable development, environment, education, gender, maternal health, adolescent reproductive health, family planning, food security, reproductive rights, migration, and population ageing.

For the Print and Online Category, awards will be given for Best News Reportage (should consist of a body of work or a series of at least three spot news reports); Best Opinion or Editorial Piece; Best Investigative Report, and Best Feature or Magazine Article.

For Television, awards will be given for Best TV Documentary and Best Magazine Program or Talk Show.

For Radio, awards will be given for Best Radio Program. Entries to this could be news, commentary (should consist of a series of at least three separate news reports or commentaries) or a special production of media agencies. 

For the Photojournalism category, awards will be given for Best Single Photo and Best Photo Essay. 

Citations will also be given for blog (text) and photo blogs (single photo and photo essay) in recognition of the significant contribution of citizen journalists in the informed discussion of population and human development issues. Entries from professional journalists may be considered as long as these were posted in their personal blogs.

Entries should have been published, aired, or posted between August 16, 2008 and August 15, 2009 in a publication or network that has been in existence for at least one year, or in a blog site that has been created at least since January 1, 2008. Deadline for submission of entries is on August 31, 2009. Please submit your entries to plcpd_mediaawards@yahoo.com.ph and indicate “Entry to the PopDev Media Awards” on the subject line.

Interested parties may send as many entries in a chosen category. Winners will receive a cash prize, trophy, certificate, and a chance to go into a study trip to a PLCPD project area in the Philippines .

For more information, interested parties may contact PLCPD at (02) 9251800 or (02) 4362373 or visit http://www.plcpd.org.ph/Media%20Awards/default.asp.

The PopDev Media Awards is made possible with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Commission on Population (PopCom), Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC), Forum for Family Planning and Development (FORUM), Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD), Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC), Women’s Feature Service (WFS), and Philippine Center for Photojournalism (PCP). (Maida T. Ojeda, Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development)
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Feature: Our Health is in our hands

Always wash your hands is a dictum taught to use since we were small children. We, however, found it very difficult to follow. I bet, just like others, we have one hundred and one reasons to avoid hand washing. These may include excuses like always being in a hurry or just simply being lazy. 

Below are some information why washing our hands is very important.

Hand washing and germs

Since microscopic germs such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi are ubiquitous or their characteristic of being found anywhere, no one is exempted from getting infectious diseases. We can get them from objects, such as doorknobs and stair railings which were touched by other people who are not good hand washers thus making these objects loaded with germs. Just think about all the things we touch or hold each day and how many other people
who may have touched them before us.

How hand washing works

How hand washing works through the mechanical action of scrubbing. This loosens up the dirt and microbes on our hands which are then picked up and bound by soap. Rinsing with water then washes the dirt and microbes away. By frequently washing our handswe wash away germs that we have picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal wastes.

Hand washing and the diseases prevented

Hand washing as a practice that is worth less than a peso is the simplest thing we and our families can do to prevent getting infectious diseases. Take note, diseases that can be prevented by the habit of hand washing can be as simple as colds and flu or as serious as diseases like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea. Thus, it is clear that by simply washing our hands, we can save a lot from medical bills and avoid other repercussions of being sick.

Below are some important pointers on hand washing:

1. What happens if we do not wash our hands frequently?

We pick up germs from other sources and then we infect ourselves when we touch our eyes, or nose or mouth. One of the most common ways we catch colds is by rubbing our noses or our eyes after our hands have been contaminated withthe cold virus. We can also spread germs directly to others or onto surfaces that other people touch. And before we know it, everybody around us is getting sick.

The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) developed by aTechnical Working Group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute - Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) stages that good personal hygiene such as hand washing is one of the ways to conform with nutritional guidelines number nine, Eat Clean and Safe Food.

1. When should we wash our hands?

We should wash our hands often. Probably more often than we do now, because we cannot see the germs with the naked eye or smell them, so we do not really know where they are hiding.

This simply means having the awareness that the potential sources of contamination are around us and that we should take care to keep our hands clean throughout the day. It is also taking the time to stop, what we are doing to wash our hands when we recognize contamination. It is breaking old habits and developing new ones that help reduce the potential for the spread of harmful microorganisms.

It is especially important to wash our hands:

 Before, during, and after we prepare food,
 Before we eat, and after we use the bathroom,
 After handling animals or animal wastes,
 When our hands are dirty, and
 More frequently when someone in our home is sick.

2. What is the correct way to wash our hands?

A quick rinse under water is not good enough. Soap, water and 
friction, done in the appropriate time, is the only way. There should be 
no shortcuts in the sink.

 First, wet hands and apply liquid or clean bar soap. Place the bar soap on a rack and allow it to drain.
 Next, rub hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces.
 Continue for 10-15 seconds or about the length of a little tune. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
 Rinse well and dry hands. It is also important to dry hands thoroughly after washing. Use clean disposable paper towels or cloth, not a repeatedly used one.

It is estimated that one out of three people do not wash his hands after using the restroom. So these tips are also important when we are out in public. After knowing the importance of hand washing, there is no perfect place to start the habit than in our respective homes with our children. Parents are the best role models, thus children will only be good hand washers if they see their parents doing the good habit of hand washing. Parents should also bear in mind that giving nutritious food and instilling healthy practices in a child will help 
the child be healthy and well-nourished.

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. E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Mildred O. Guirindola, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)

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Feature: Make exercise a hard habit to break

How you live your life is reflected in your habits, attitude and character. It is said that you only need seven consecutive days to build a habit. Good habits benefit not only your life but also your body. Making a habit of having a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a good, well-nourished body is already an achievement. This can be done through balanced diet and exercise. The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos developed by the Technical Working Group led by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) recommends regular exercise for healthy living and good nutrition. 

Here are frequently asked questions on exercise and the benefits it brings to one’s body.
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How much exercise do I need?

Talk to your doctor about how much exercise is right for you. A good goal for many people is to work up to exercising four to six times a week for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. Remember, though, that exercise has many benefits that any amount is better than none.

How do I get started?

Start by talking with your doctor. This is especially important if you haven’t been active, if you have any health problem or if you are pregnant or an elderly. Start out slowly. Begin with a ten-minute period of light exercise or brisk walk everyday and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercise.

How do I stick with it?

Here are some tips that will help you start and stick with an 
exercise program:
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• Choose something you like to do. Make sure it suits you physically, too. For instance, swimming is easier for those suffering from arthritic joints and brisk walking for elderly.
• Get a partner. Exercising with someone can make it more fun.
• Choose a comfortable time of the day. Don’t work out too soon after eating or when it’s too hot or cold outside. Wait until late in the day if you feel cold in the morning.
• Don’t get discouraged. It can take weeks or months before you notice some of the changes brought about by exercising.
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What is the best exercise?
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The best exercise is the one that you will do. Walking is considered one of the best choices because it’s easy, safe and cheap.Brisk walking can burn as many calories as running, but is less likely to cause injuries than running or jogging. Moreover, it doesn’t require training or special equipment, except for a good pair of shoes. Walking is an aerobic and weight-bearing exercise, so it is good for your heart and helps prevent osteoporosis.
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What are the benefits of a regular exercise?

• Reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity
• Keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible so that it’s easier to move around
• Reduces some of the effects of aging
• Contributes to your mental well-being and helps treat depression
• Helps relieve stress and anxiety
• Increases your energy and endurance
• Helps you sleep better
• Helps you maintain a normal weight by increasing your metabolism, that is, the rate you burn calories

How can I sneak exercise into my day
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• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Go for a walk during your coffee break or lunch
• Walk all or part of the way to work

Making exercise as a habit is beneficial to your body. All you have to do is give it your time, commitment and dedication. At the end of the day, what is important is that you have done great things for your body. 
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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. E-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 837-2071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (Catherine Rose P. Josue, FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo; PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas;
And PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Arrest of wanted person 

On July 29, 2009 at 1:00 in the afternoon at kilometer 14, Navintalan, Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, a certain Rosario Bonife, 64 years old, married and resident of said place was arrested by PNP elements of Buenavista Municipal Police Station led by PO3 Helbert Guzman.

Subject was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Edgar Manilag of MTC, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte under CC no. 3736 for theft with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 10,000.00.

Arrested person is now detained at Buenavista Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

On August 3, 2009 at around 8:00 o'clock in the morning at Purok-Citrus 2, Barangay Duma-Duma, Tago, Surigao del Sur, one Enrique Bulahan Patiño, 51 years old, married, fisherman and a resident of the said place was arrested by elements of Tago Municipal Police Station led by Police Senior Inspector Nemesio B. Espinoza.

Said suspect was arrested by virtue of WOA issued by Hon. Rufo U. Naragas, Acting Presiding Judge, MCTC Tago, Surigao del Sur for violation of Barangay Ordinance number 6770 (Illegal Fishing) docketed under criminal case number 6770 with recommended bail bond of PhP500.00.

Said suspect was brought to Tago Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Also, at around 10:30 in the morning of the same date, elements of Carmen Municipal Police Station apprehended one Archie Casili Fabre, 30 years old, married and a resident of Purok-Malunggay, Barangay Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

Said person was apprehended by virtue of WOA issued by Hon. Francisco Maclang of RTC Branch 3, Hall of Justice, Libertad, Butuan City for Robbery docketed under criminal case number 13013, with recommended bail bond of Forty Thousand Pesos (PhP40,000.00).

Arrested person was turned-over to Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 2 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on illegal logging 

On July 29, 2009 at 2:20 in the afternoon, PNP elements of Tubod Municipal Police Station received information from concerned citizen informing them that there were assorted sawn lumbers at Barangay Motorpool, Tubod, Surigao del Norte.

Thereafter, personnel of Tubod Municipal Police Station led by Chief of Police PINSP Ryan Sabordo proceeded to the area to confirm the veracity of the information and recovered 200 Board Feet of sawn lumbers with an estimated market value amounting to Php 4,400.00.

Said lumbers were brought to Tubod Municipal Police Station for further investigation and proper turn-over to DENR. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on direct assault and damage to property 

On July 28, 2009 at 7:45 in the evening, personnel of San Jose Municipal Police Station received a phone call from the populace of Purok-1, Barangay Matingbe, San Jose, Dinagat Islands Province informing them about a drunk person identified as Arhuro Delmores, married and resident of said place who was acting discourteous to the residents of said place.

PNP personnel of San Jose Municipal Police Station led by Chief of Police PINSP Noel D Guarin immediately responded and upon arrival, they confronted the suspect. However, Delmores refused to talk and instead, he kicked the Patrol Vehicle of the Police several times and boastfully said "I am not scared to you".

PINSP Guarin tried to subdue the suspect but he (suspect) continuously resisted, fought back and boxed PINSP Guarin which sustained wound and bruise on his left arm.

Suspect was brought to San Jose Municipal Police Station by responding PNP personnel and now detained thereat.
Appropriate charges are prepared for filing in court against the suspect. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on alleged explosion 

At around 6:30 in the morning of August 3, 2009, one Romil Saltane Cabrera, 40 years old, married and a resident of Purok-1, Lower Barangay Anticala, Butuan City reported to Butuan City Police Station 4 (BCPS) on an alleged explosion that transpired at their place killing of one Jonard Bolongaita Arcella, 14 years old, and a resident of Purok-4, Sitio Daan, Barangay Bugsukan, Butuan City. 

According to the report, a loud explosion was heard inside the equipment yard of Sky Forest Incorporated (SFI) on the morning of August 3, 2009. When the residents checked on it, they found Jonard Arcella with multiple shrapnel wounds.

Victim was immediately brought to Butuan Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. He was then brought to Mata funeral homes, Butuan City for autopsy. Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) and Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team was sent to the area to further investigate the case. Progress report follows as soon as obtained. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on fire incident 
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On august 2, 2009 at around 2:37 in the afternoon, a fire incident occurred at the second floor of CESIA building, owned by Mr. Chito Sia, where the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and A-1 Placement Corporation rented.

Fire was under control after few minutes when the personnel from Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) immediately responded. Estimated cost of damage is more or less PhP50,000.00. Cause of fire was found short circuit. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on illegal possession of firearm 
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PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station led by SPO1 Silvero C Mindaña apprehended a certain Clark Tulang, 18 years old, single, jobless and resident Barangay Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte on July 31, 2009 at 10:30 in the evening at Purok 8, Barangay San Juan, Surigao City.

Initial investigation disclosed that while PNP elements of Surigao City Police Station conducting roving patrol, suspect ran away which prompted the apprehending officer to chase him.

Confiscated from his possession were one unit cal .45 pistol colt with serial no. 1455769 loaded with 3 live ammunitions and one black leather inside holster. 
Suspect failed to present pertinent documents to show the legality of said firearm. Suspect brought to Surigao City Police Station while appropriate charges are now prepared for filing in court. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on robbery incident 
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On August 1, 2009 at 10:00 in the morning, one unit dropped side Forward Truck with plate number GFP 276, owned by Aning Enoroba, 48 years old, married, businesswoman and resident of Purok-2, Barangay Doña Flavia, San Luis, Agusan del Sur and driven by one Permo Gretare, 38 years old, single with persons on board identified as Fulgencia Enoroba, 49 years old, single; Henry Mosquera, 29 years old, married; and Apple Enoroba, 14 years old, all residents of same place was allegedly robbed at Purok-1, Barangay Zellovia, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

Immediately, PNP elements of Talacogon Municipal Police Station upon receipt of the report conducted checkpoint at Barangay San Nicolas, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur together with elements of 26 IB, Phil Army led by CPL Kevin B Villasis which resulted to the apprehension of the suspects identified as a certain 1Lt Roel Bontuyan Hengania, assigned at 8 ID Phil Army and Detach Unit of V-Luna, Port Bonifacio, Makati City and Maximo Ucab, resident of Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. 

Confiscated from suspects were cash money amounting to Php 179,500.00; eight pieces checks worth Php 40,540.00; two units caliber .45 pistol with Serial No. 822238 and 2047468; three units cellphone 2630 Nokia; two spare magazine of cal .45 pistol and 26 pieces live ammunitions of cal .45.

Suspects and confiscated items were brought to Talacogon Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Case for robbery is now prepared for filing in court against the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on theft incident 
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On July 31, 2009 at 1:15 in the afternoon, suspects identified as Emelia Lopez Ramada, 42 years old and resident of Barangay Libertad, Butuan City and Arcita Caes, 30 yrs old, resident of Toril, Davao City were arrested by the Security Guard of Metro Surigao Shopping Center, Surigao City. 

Suspects were actually caught stealing 12 pieces maong pants (Lee Brand) inside the said establishment with an approximate value of Php 13,047.00.

Cases for theft against the suspects were filed at Surigao City Prosecutors Office docketed under NPS No. XIII05-INQ-09G-00178.
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Suspects are now detained at Surigao City Police Station pending for the issuance of commitment order in court. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)