9.17.2009

PIA News Service - Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Community education program on migration slated in Caraga
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BUTUAN CITY (September 17) – In order to assist prospective migrants of Caraga region in making decisions regarding their plan to settle abroad as well as to generate community involvement in migration concerns, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas slated community education program in two provinces of the region.

This year’s Commission on Filipinos Overseas community education program/information campaign is set on September 27 to October 4 to the provinces of Agusan del sur and Surigao del Sur.

Team from Manila will be visiting Agusan del Sur particularly in the municipalities of Prosperidad, Bayugan and San Francisco on September 27 to 30, while the areas of Bislig City, municipalities of Hinatuan and Tandag of Surigao del Sur is scheduled on October 1 to 4.

To have a thorough dissemination of information to the communities, the conduct of school symposia on migration, public assemblies, radio interviews and interaction with community members will be done in every area visited.

The activity is an annual undertaking of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas to raise public awareness on various issues concerning migration, intermarriage and existing government policies and programs directed against illegal recruitment, documentation fraud and human trafficking.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas is an agency under the Office of the President which was established on June 16, 1980 through Batas Pambansa (Republic Act) 79 to strengthen ties with Filipinos overseas and promote their interests in the Philippines and abroad. (Nora CL Molde, PIA-Caraga)
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Surigaonons to join Clean-up Drive to fight Climate Change 
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SURIGAO DEL NORTE (September 17) - Surigaonons throughout the province will again join the world’s most successful community-led global environment campaigns, the “Clean Up the World” drive to address the effect on climate change on Friday Sep. 18, 2009.

Now in its 3rd year of implementation in the province, the provincial government will again tap the different sectors in the community such as the academe, business, and religious sectors including Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) to get involved in the conduct of a 1-day clean-up drive on sea beaches, rivers, canals, drainage systems, and other public areas that would minimize the litter problem, improve the quality of waters, prevent the spread of diseases and consequently contribute towards a cleaner and healthier province. 

Prov’l Administrator Adolfo Pantilo proudly disclosed the membership of the province to the Clean Up the World, an international environmental organization based in Australia mobilizing an estimated 35 million volunteers from more than 100 countries. Being a member, Pantilo emphasized the need for the Surigaonons to accept the challenge in protecting our environment. 

Meanwhile, DILG Prov’l Director Rodulfo Nasi assured the provincial government the full support of his office to the activity. “Our office is solidly behind this effort of the prov’l government.”

“We believe that environment is a special concern of the province and not only of the province but the country as well. We know the problems besetting the country and the world especially with the present problem on climate change. I think these efforts will be part of the directions of the province and having this program be implemented at the barangay level,” he added.

Nasi also believed that with everybody joining in and contributing to this effort, Surigaonons can do something for the province and for the world.

This year's theme "Communities Uniting to Combat Climate Change" encourages the participants in the Clean Up the World Weekend, which will start on Sep. 18 to 20, to take action at a local level to address the very global issue of climate change.
(Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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FITS Center launched in San Agustin, Surigao Del Sur

Every August 25 and 26, the Municipality of San Agustin in Surigao del Sur celebrates the annual Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Day. This year, the celebration was made even more special with the simultaneous launch of the San Agustin Farmer's Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center and MOA signing ceremony. 

The launch provided an opportunity for more than 100 farmers, 50 fisherfolks and 100 visitors to witness and acquaint themselves with the services and benefits of having their own FITS center. 

The center was conceived from Municipal Mayor Manuel Alameda’s desire to establish a center where farmers could access new technology and information about farming, particularly the Natural Farming Technology System. Through local efforts and participation, an orientation for the Farmer’s Information and Technology Services (FITS) was held last November 13, 2008 at the Surigao del Sur Polytechnic College (Main Campus). This paved the way for San Agustin's bid to have its very own FITS Center.

The proposed site of the FITS center was evaluated on April 23, 2009. At the same time, an assessment was conducted of the proposed Magsasakang Siyentista, as their partner in the promotion of the banner commodity of their municipality. On June 16, 2009, the San Agustin application was formally approved by CCARRD during the joint RRDCC and RTWG Meeting. 

The FITS Information System is the first concrete step in utilizing ICT to achieve the FITS/Techno Pinoy Program’s service-oriented goals.Generally, it aims to serve as a viable tool to facilitate faster access to information to fast track the delivery of services to clients in agriculture, forestry and natural resources. 

The FITS Information System was developed as a web-based system and is composed of six major databases namely: technology, experts’ profile, farmers’ profile, contact firms, publication, and technology video materials.

Visit the FITS web portal or CCARRD web portal for information and details.
(Melody Cocon, NCC and Rubylen Arbiol, San Agustin FITS Center Manager)
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Feature: The Bridge: Aftermath of the Tulay Training

Tulay is a Tagalog term for “bridge”. Bridge is defined as something that connects two points for people to pass through. This same analogy is practiced by Ms. Lynette Ysalina, a trainer at the OWWA Tulay Caraga Community Technology Learning Center (CTLC), who created the blog “The Bridge”, designed to be an instructional and communication tool for her trainees.

This blog brings CTLC trainees together by providing an avenue where they can practice the skills they have acquired from their training, receive updates on new learning skills and activities from the OWWA Tulay Center, share photos and documentation, and share stories of hardwork, successes and best practices. By blogging, the trainees are provided their own links, facilitating online bonding.

Launched last October 20, 2008, the CTLC provided Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families free training on basic computer applications such as MS Word and Excel, email, video conferencing, online chat and blogging. These skills allowed more families to bridge social distances with the click of an icon. 

The world is now a much smaller place, thanks to information technology services. With the access and knowledge on how to harness the information technology potential, no OFW will have to be isolated from their families again.

The training may be over but the learning and the communication never ends. Let’s connect now. (Melody Cocon, NCC/ PIA-Caraga)
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CHR Caraga condemns NPA atrocities

CHR Caraga Region condemns the attack made by the communist NPAs which resulted to the death of three innocent civilians including a child, wounding eight other civilians mostly women and children and destruction of property in two separate atrocities last September 11, 2009 in Surigao del Sur. 

It was learned that on September 11, 2009 at around 6:45 o’clock in the morning, the NPA fired at innocent civilians who were hitching a free ride on board SUDECOR hauling truck at Km. 9, Barangay Puyat, Carmen, Surigao del Sur resulting to the death of JONIE MONTENEGRO, 37 years old and CHRISTINE SALAHAY, 8 years old minor. One (1) SUDECOR company guard was also killed while eight (8) other civilians mostly children and women were also hit and wounded when the rebels waylaid the truck. The NPA rebels also burned down the SUDECOR truck. At around 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon of the same day, TOM GRAFE, a retired soldier and head of the SUDECOR security department and three (3) other company guards on board a civilian car while they were busy responding to the needs of the wounded and missing in the earlier atrocity were ambushed by the NPAs. Mr. Tom Grafe was hit and wounded during the incident. George Madlos at Ka Oris claimed responsibility of the atrocities.  

CHR Caraga condemns the dastard acts and reminds the CPP/NPA to observe the Laws on Armed Conflict or the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). In this recent barbaric attacks, the NPAs failed to observe the fundamental principle of IHL – “they shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives,” (Art. 14, Protocol 11)

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Cebuano News: Gov. Ace Barbers mihimo na usab ug mga kalihukan nga maghatag dugang kahibalo sa mga kabatan-onang Surigaonon

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (September 17) - Kanunay gayud nga gipanglantawan ni Gov. Ace Barbers ang kaayuhan ug kalambo-an sa tanang kabatan-onang Surigaonon, diin sugod niadtong adlaw nga Lunes, Setyembre 14, 2009, ubay-ubay nga mga kalihukan mahitungod sa paghatag dugang kahibalo ug paghatag usab sa kahigayunan sa matag tinun-an nga mahanas pa ang ilang mga talent ang gipasiugdahan sa pangagamhanang probinsyal pinaagi sa Provincial Social Sevices Office ubos na sa pagdumala sa Department Head niini nga si Mr. Antonio Tiu.

Sa ilang gipahigayon nga PopQuiz 2009, 13 ka mga tinun-an nga naggikan sa mga nagkalain-laing secondary schools sa pipila ka mga munisipyo sa probinsya ang miapil sa maong kompetisyon diin ang Lungsod sa Bacuag nga girepresentahan ni Jonathan Madelo, maoy migula nga 1st Prize Winner nga midawat sa usa ka ang coach niini nga midawat ug pahalipay gikan sa Gobernador. Samtang ang 2nd Prize nakuha sa Surigao Norte National High School pinaagi ni Longrio Platil ug ni Kimberly Claire Mosquito sa Alegria National High School para sa ikatulong ganti .

Niadtong miaging adlaw, gipadayon sa PSSO ang ilang 19th Prov’l. POPDEV Club Convention diin adunay gamay nga tigum ang ilang gihimo ug ubay-ubay ang mga topiko nga ilang gihisgutan inubanan sa mga workshops ug uban pang activities alang sa tanang mga tinun-an nga mintambong niini.
 
Sa mensahe sa Regional Director sa Population Commission nga si Mr. Camilo Pangan iyang gihatagan ug kabug-aton ang tema sa maong kalihukan nga “Educating the Youth to Fight Against Poverty”. Matud pa ni Mr. Pangan, gikinahanglan gayud sa mga kabatan-onan karon ang tukmang edukasyon, kay mao man kini ang tubag sa tanan kakulangon o kawad-on sa kinabuhi sa tawo. Dugang pa niini,iya usab nga gibutyag, nga ang mga ginikanan, katilingban ug ang simbahan maoy mga nag-unang instrument aron nga mahatag gayud kanila ang sakto ug tukmang kahibalo aron nga mamahimo sila nga epektibo ug episyente nga mga katawhan sa umaabot nga panahon. (PGO- Surigao del Norte Media Bureau)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo and PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania
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Recovery of carnapped motorcycle

On September 15, 2009 around 11:45 in the evening, the motorcycle with engine number XRM-13E085784 was stolen while being parked inside the residence of Mr Granada.

Allegedly, suspects were identified as Jomarie Mosquito Aguillon, 16 years old, a resident of Campo Cuevas, Trento, Agusan del Sur and a certain "Junjun" Barobias of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. Jomarie Aguillon was arrested during a police operation while "Junjun" Barobias escaped prior the arrival of the operating elements.

Arrested suspect and the recovered motorcycle are now under the custody of Trento Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.  

On September 16, 2009 around 9:30 in the morning at Purok-3 Barangay Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur, a Honda XRM single motorcycle registered under CARTEMCO and issued to Mr Franklin Doblero Granada, Project Manager of CARTEMCO was recovered by PNP members of Trento Municipal Police Station led by SPO4 Francis Portillo through a hot pursuit operation. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Progress report on ambush incident (press release dated Sept. 12, 2009) 

Two ambush incidents on Sept 11, 2009 at Km 7 and Km 9 of Barangay Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur resulted to the death of SCAA Paterno Eting, SCAA Elrasid Daling, two civilians namely Junie Montenegro (Road Maintenance) and Christine Salahay.

Said incident also wounded retired PA Col Tomasito Grafe, Gaudencio A Quininez and Roberto F Penig, all residents of Barangay Puyat, Carmen, Surigao del Sur. 

Cases of Four Counts Murder were filed before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor Cantilan, Surigao del Sur against Kumander Salem, Maria Sularte aka “Maria Malaya”, Ka Naldo, Ka Mate and 30 john Does.

Two Counts for Frustrated Murder were also filed and a case for Destructive Arson all cases dated September 15, 2009. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Striking incident 

On September 15, 2009 around 10:00 in the evening at District 1, Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Sacol, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, a resident while inside his house was struck in the head twice with a piece of wood by Ariel Lemen Camilosa, 31 years old.

Victim identified as Judito Dizon Luania, 45 years old, married who suffered injury in his head fall on the ground after being struck. Luania was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment while the suspect was arrested by the responding policemen and now detained at Buenavista Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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PNP arrests wanted person 

On September 14, 2009 at 10:00 in the morning, a certain Allan Oropa Buslon, 41 years old, married and resident of Barangay Ambakon, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte was arrested by PNP elements of Las Nieves Municipal Police Station at his residence.

Suspect was apprehended by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Hector B Salise of RTC Branch 7, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, docketed under CC no. 2894 charged for qualified theft with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 40,000.00. 

Arrested person now detained at Las Nieves Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on loose firearm 

On September 13, 2009 at 6:00 in the morning, one Nestor Guinsod, Purok Chairman and resident of Purok-14, Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur voluntarily surrendered to PINSP Junark Quisao Caña, one unit cal .38 revolver without serial no. and one unit .9mm with serial number 1390787.

Surrendered firearms are now at the custody of Sibagat Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)