PIA News Service - Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

Multi-million MOA on Provincial road management facility signed

The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith and Agusan del Sur Governor Maria Valentina Plaza strengthen another partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement signaling the start of a multi-million pesos Provincial Road Management Facility assistance in Agusan del Sur.

The four-year project, costing some P160 million, will cover the maintenance of provincial roads in the municipalities of Esperanza and San Francisco.

“The relationship between the Australian government and Agusan del Sur has gone a long way, and I am honored to be part of all the endeavor specially this new undertaking in support to Agusan del Sur. As the Secretary of DILG Ronaldo Puno emphasized, Agusan del Sur will always be on the top list on local development, specially on the infrastructure, as major component”, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero said.

According to Usec Panadero, the newly signed MOA is a new policy/ program in road maintenance in improving governance in the provinces. In Mindanao, only five provinces became the recipient of the program namely Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Occidental, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur, being an economic-driver provinces in Mindanao that embark in new reforms.

“I want you to know that being a recipient of the project is not just a co-incidence but everything passed thru a very rigid selection process and the commitment of your province in economic development became very visible in this part of Mindanao”, Usec Panadero added.

According to Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith, the success of numerous projects that the Australian government poured to the province became one of the factors why they choose Agusan del Sur to be one of the recipients of this multi-million project.

“As experienced in our past assisted projects in Agusan del Sur, our confidence in the administration of Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza became one of our basis that this project will again become a total success, that is why we have chosen you to be on top as recipient of this project”, Amb. Smith said.

In response, Gov. Maria Valentina “Tina” Plaza expressed her sincere gratitude to the government of Australia for all the unselfish assistance to the province for several years now thru the AusAID. Gov. Tina Plaza recalled that everything started when AusAID helped in totally eradicating malaria in the interior areas in Agusan del Sur and the child-friendly movement, among others.

“To our Australian partners, we are very grateful that you are always with us in the equitable and fair growth of development in Agusan del Sur. As I stand here, we commit ourselves to protect the projects specially the road networks because we believe this will bring positive changes in our province. With this, we now translate everything into productive success and will flourish under my administration and the rest of the administrations to come”, Gov. Tina said.

The MOA signing was witnessed by former Governor Valentina Plaza, former Governor Eddiebong Plaza, Vice Governor Santiago Cane Jr. members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the mayors of Agusan del Sur. (Dave M. Suyao, PIA, Agusan del Sur)
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BFP Caraga introduces first women firefighters in the country

SURIGAO CITY
- To be a firefighter is one of the most laudable careers a person can have. It is also one of the most dangerous yet very challenging jobs.

Just recently, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Caraga Regional Director FSr./Supt. Warlito Daus presented a company of 12 dedicated female professional firefighters, the first in the country, trained not just to suppress and prevent fire, but also to perform other duties and responsibilities as medical first responder and rescue service provider.
“Meron pong lady firefighter tayo na paisa-isa o dalawa sa ibang lugar pero ito, this is the first in the country, having one company composed of 12 lady firefighters,” said Daus.

“Pati driver, lahat ng personnel ng isang truck panay babae,” Daus added.

They are now currently assigned in the Surigao City Fire Station. Daus explained that they will be operating in two shifts. First shift composed of 6 lady firefighters and the second shift with 6 lady firefighters too.

Daus assured the Surigaonons that these women firefighters have completed series of intensive trainings and orientation programs patterned in their training center. “Mostly sa kanila tapos na ng basisc, may mga special courses pa yung iba, yung mga seniors nila. Yung mga trainings and orientation programs naming ay patterned sa aming training center. Mas mahigit pa nga sa higpit.”

Daus also divulged some 8 lady firefighters now currently assigned in Butuan City.

Meanwhile, Team Leader SFO1 Liezel Lisondra shared that she has been in the agency for almost 10 years doing only office work but with this new development, she can now proudly say that she has a lot to offer with life's challenges especially in helping save lives and properties. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

Report on loose firearm

Personnel from City Mobile Group (CMG) of Butuan City Police Office conducted checkpoint along South Montilla Boulevard on September 17, 2009 at around 9:20 in the morning.

Said group received information that an unidentified person on board a single motorcycle threw something at the roadside before passing the checkpoint. Upon verification, CMG personnel found one unit 22-caliber revolver (Paltik) without serial number.

Said firearm was brought to Butuan City Police Office for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

PNP arrests wanted person

Suspect for Illegal Possession of Gambling Paraphernalia was arrested by elements of Tandag Police Station led by SPO2 Loreto Cruiz Suarez at P-Million, Barangay San Agustin Sur, Tandag, Surigao del Sur on September 16, 2009 at around 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

Suspect identified as one Normie Odjimar Consigna, 38 years old, married and a resident of the above-mentioned place was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon. Judge Ermelindo G. Andal charged for the said crime docketed under criminal case number 5471 with recommended bail bond of Twelve Thousand Pesos (P12,000.00).

Arrested person was brought to Tandag Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal gambling

Elements of Vice Control section of Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 1 led by PSI Ronaldo Villamor Plaza conducted operation against illegal gambling on September 17, 2009 at around 6:00 o'clock in the evening along the sidewalk of Ochoa Avenue, Barangay Limaha, Butuan City.

Said operation resulted to the apprehension of one Danilo Sira Limahos (runner/collector), 19 years old, single and a resident of Purok-2, Resurrection Compound, Barangay Holy Redeemer, Butuan City.

Confiscated from his possession were: eight pieces filled-up tally sheets; two pieces swertres tips; 23 pieces filled-up stubs; one calculator; one ballpen; and PhP 1,500.00 cash money in different denominations.

Suspect and confiscated items were brought to BCPS 1 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on suicide incident

On September 16, 2009 at around 11:30 in the morning, Ms. Jean Dialde Sotto, reported to Libjo Municipal Police Station that a female dead body was found hanging inside the room of Mrs. Nery Digman's residence located at Barangay San Antonio, Libjo, Dinagat Islands.

Initial investigation disclosed that the said victim allegedly committed suicide motivated by jealousy from her teenage lover. The remains was brought to Loreto Hospital for post mortem examination.

Libjo Municipal Police Station conducted further investigation on the case. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)