9.29.2009

PIA News Service - Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Atienza urges public to dispose of garbage properly 

BUTUAN CITY - Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza has urged the public to dispose of their garbage properly. 

Secretary Atienza said the garbage that are left in the streets and open areas and those thrown in waterways will contribute to the flooding similar to what has happened in Metro Manila. 

Atienza attributed the unprecedented volume of rainfall that fell on the National Capital Region and other neighboring provinces to climate change, but the garbage irresponsibly thrown in open areas and in waterways also contributed to the flooding as they blocked the flow of rainwater into the seas. 

“Garbage is the culprit, but more important is the climate change which is due to our abuse of the environment,” Atienza said. 

According to Atienza, the widespread flooding was no longer a “wake-up call” but rather an alarm on climate change, adding that unless necessary steps are taken, this week-end’s catastrophe will not be the last. 

Quoting a famous line, “God always forgives, man sometimes forgives but nature never forgives,” Atienza said that nature is already getting back at man for abusing the environment. 

The DENR chief said his agency has taken note of the tragic consequences of environmental degradation as he directed the accelerated implementation and enforcement of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (Republic Act No. 9003), the dredging of the Pasig river and the removal of illegal fishpens in the Laguna Lake. 

“We will soon start reviewing the list of local government units that have not moved an inch in complying with the Solid Waste Act and start filing cases,” Atienza warned of local executives who continue to defy the law. (DENR-Central News Release/ Herzon Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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DENR personnel welcomes its new regional head of Forest Management Service sector

BUTUAN CITY – The DENR personnel in Caraga Regional has warmly welcomed the new Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Ali M. Bari in a simple turn-over ceremony yesterday.

Bari replaced Virgilio dela Cruz, who will go back to his former office as the Regional Technical Director of Ecological Research and Development Services (ERDS) of the same region. 

De la Cruz felt no remorse for giving him the opportunity to manage the forest management sector for eight months since he became the OIC of the office in January this year. He succeeded in minimizing illegal logging and timber poaching activities in the region in spite of the numerous “death threats” he received in the course of performing his duties and responsibilities.

The DENR Regional Executive Director for Caraga Region Edilberto S. Buiser said during the turn over rite that he expects more actions from the newly assumed RTD who is considered also an expert in forest management and equally competent with his predecessor. 

Before his assignment to DENR Caraga Region, Bari has been assigned with the National Capital Region as member of a pool of experts on forest management giving constant advice about policies concerning forestry matters to the top DENR management officials at the Central office. 

Secretary Lito Atienza is very much concern about saving the watershed and forest protection as top priority. 

RED Buiser said the DENR as a team, will work on “this mandate of Secretary Atienza “to preserve and protect the watershed areas in the region. (Herzon F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga) 
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Education Congress for Parents tackles about “living effectively with adolescents” 

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga Region together with the Regional Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) conducted The Regional Parent Education Congress on September 24, 2009 in Butuan City. This is in relation to the Family Week Celebration on September 21-27, which carries the theme ‘Si Nanay: Matatag Sa Lahat Ng Bagay.” 

The congress which focused its discussion on how parents live effectively with adolescents was attended by a total of 57 parents composed of solo parents and couples coming from different line national government agencies and local government units. 

This activity was aimed at providing a venue for parents to enhance their knowledge on how to live effectively with adolescents. It also served as avenue for parents to share their experiences and best practices at home in relation to their responsibilities over their children and in coping with the stresses they have encountered having adolescent child or children. 

The objectives of the congress were to let the parents understand the dynamics of the adolescents; know the common problems encountered in raising an adolescent child; understand on how to deal with problems of adolescents and know what are the mechanics in handling these problems. 

In his message, Mr. Ramel F. Jamen, chief of DSWD Caraga’s Management Division exhorted the participants to protect and preserve the family amidst the problems and challenges that Filipino families have experienced. He underscored parenting as a critical foundation of molding individuals that one day will become part of the nurturing family. 

According to Mr. Florencio Mirafuentes, a resource person from Population Commission, Adolescence is a crucial part of human development. It is a stage in life which is characterized as a very critical period. 

Ms. Birthday Jean Ranario, DSWD Caraga Psychologist, said it is critical because it is the period of change wherein adolescents experience identity crisis. As defined, Adolescence is the state or process of growing up; the stage of development prior to maturity. 

In his talk, Mr. Mirafuentes encouraged parents to give their time, use positive discipline involvement of adolescents in decision-making and problem-solving, accept the adolescents’ uniqueness and individuality, encourage the adolescents to develop special interest and hobbies, and to stay connected with them. 

He also encouraged them to be askable parents. He explained that being an askable parent is an ART, which is is an acronym for 1)Ask your children what they think about things, issues, happenings or anything they want to talk about. 2) Recognize/find teachable moments. 3) Take time to remind your children that you’re there for them if they ever have any questions about anything. 

Lastly, he said that when talking to the adolescents about “tough issues”, use the LAST Formula - Listen actively, Ask your adolescents what he/she thinks the answer is, Sort out your emotions; sort out what message you want to give. Talk with RESPECT, at the child’s level. 

A film entitled I No Stupid 2 was also shown. The film depicts a situation of families from different levels of society having adolescent children. It showed different parenting styles that affect positively and negatively the adolescents. 

After the film showing, parents share their ideas about the film and how it relates to their own experience. One participant said that it made her realize that as parent, she has done some of the things presented in the film but there are also some which she has not applied but planned to apply it at home. The participants were one in saying that they learned a lot from the film. 

Today, the continuing threats of globalization and modernization and financial difficulties experienced by the Filipino family affect the relationship among family members especially the youth or adolescents who parents say are difficult to deal with. 

The celebration of Family Week poses a lot of challenges to parents, challenges to develop an attitude to value children equally, regardless of their gender and functional contributions to the family; encourage their children to aspire for the highest of their potentials in their study, work and abilities,; to be role models of nurturance and assertiveness. (Leah T. Quintana, DSWD-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Over P5M from PBSP for Ondoy survivors 
  
In response to the urgent call to assist victims and survivors of the recent calamity that struck Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), in its meeting yesterday, initially earmarked P5 million to assist communities affected by Typhoon Ondoy. 
  
The International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), one of the member-companies of PBSP, has also pledged P2 Million to support the foundation's relief operations.  
  
Committed to poverty reduction, PBSP will assist flood-ravaged areas in Cainta, Marikina, Pasig and Quezon City. 
  
PBSP continues to mobilize resources here and in the United States of America.  
  
This week, the corporate-led foundation will also pick up donations, in cash or in kind, from its members.  
  
Other interested companies may call the PBSP Disaster Relief Operations numbers, 09285056005, 527-3740 or 527-3742. They may also email PBSP at pbsp@pbsp.org.ph . www.pbsp.org.ph.
(Dante C. Escabarte, PBSP/ PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas
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Report on shooting incident 
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Three unidentified persons shot the victim to death at Purok-14, Barangay Bit-os, Butuan City on September 28, 2009 at around 4:30 in the afternoon. Victim was identified as one Edwin Capallar Cuinca, 37 years old, married and a resident of the above-mentioned place.
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Initial investigation disclosed that while the victim was driving his service multicab with his wife on board and on their way home from their farm, they were flagged down by the said suspects. The said suspects directed the victim to disembarked from his and without apparent reason, he was shot several times hitting the different parts of his body with the used of unknown caliber of firearm.
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The suspects fled to unknown direction after the incident. Victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his body and was brought to MJ Santos Hospital for medical treatment but declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
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Motive of the incident is still undetermined. Elements of Butuan City Police Station 5 still conducting further investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the suspects.

Also, at around 6:00 o'clock in the evening of the same date at Km. 5, Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur, couple identified as Aladino Ambason Badbaran, 45 years old, and his wife Damista Montilla Badbaran, residents of Said place were ambushed by unidentified suspects with the used of unknown caliber of firearm while they were on their way home on board a single Honda XRM motorcycle.
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Said incident resulted to the death of Aldino Badbaran while his wife sustained gunshot wound on her left shoulder and was brought to DO Plaza Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. San Luis Municipal Police Station still conducting further investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the suspects. Motive is still unknown. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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PNP arrests wanted person 
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On September 27, 2009 at around 8:30 in the morning, one Narinder Singh, 36 years old, married and a resident of Guingona Subdivision, Butuan City was arrested by elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 at Davao City Police Station 2 by virtue of Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon. Edgar Manilag of RTC branch 33, 10th Judicial Region, Libertad, Butuan City.
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Said suspect was charged for the crime of kidnapping docketed under criminal case number13558 with no recommended bail bond. Arrested suspect was turned-over to the issuing court for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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Report on robbery incident 
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Unidentified suspects robbed the couple at Purok-1, Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur, around 7:10 in the evening of September 28, 2009. Victims were identified as Eric Abellana Duran, 36 years old, his wife Zita Duran who were residents of the said place. 
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Initial investigation disclosed that the victims were on their way home form peddling goods at Purok-2, Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur when unidentified suspects wearing bonnet and armed with short firearms flagged them and at gun point declared hold up. 
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Suspects carted away two units of cellular phones (Samsung and Nokia brand), two passbook (PNP and Enterprise Bank), Government check with the amount of PhP 50,000.00, personal check from Coronet – Wood Industries with the amount of PhP 428,000.00 and cash money amounting to PhP 380,000.00.
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Personnel of Barobo Municipal Police Station still conducting follow up investigation for possible identification and location of the suspects. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)