10.08.2009

PIA News Service - Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

Dinagat Islands’ gains cited in Gov Jade’s 3rd SOPA
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SAN JOSE, PROVINCE OF DINAGAT ISLANDS (October 9) — Gov. Jade Ecleo cited the gains of her administration in her 3rd state-of-the-province address (SOPA) delivered Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Brgy. Aurelio Multipurpose gym, San Jose town this province.
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In her 1 hour and 30 minutes SOPA, Gov. Ecleo enumerated her remarkable developmental programs that her administration had been implementing since her term as governor which started 2 years ago and vowed to continue what she had started until her term ends in 2010 in an effort to uplift the living conditions of the Dinagatnons from being one of the poorest in the country to a self-sufficient one. 

“It had been the policy of my administration to bring the government closer to the people. In my frequent visit to our barangays in the province, I felt and I saw the great challenge ahead, that is, moving the province from being one of the poorest in the country to a self-sufficient one.”
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PERMANENT CAPITOL BUILDING SOON TO RISE
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Ecleo said that she really wanted to see the province having a permanent provincial capitol building erected in the next years to come.
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“The construction of the Governor’s Office as part of the permanent capitol building, in Cuarenta, with an initial budget of P10M, is now on-going. The establishment of the capitol building in Cuarenta is expected to spur the economy of this once depressed rural barangay,” Ecleo said.
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INCREASE IN TAX COLLECTION
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Ecleo reported that an increased of tax collection has bought the province to the number one post in revenue collection performance in the entire Caraga Region in 2008. “We even surpassed the rest of the provinces and cities in Caraga Region. Last year, we were able to collect 6.8 Million Pesos in local income.”
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Ecleo attributed the increase in tax collection to an ever increasing awareness of taxpayers through advocacy campaigns in the barangays, including resolution of tax issues through dialogues.

“As of August 2009, we already collected a total income of 12.3 Million Pesos from local sources. We also received 1.32 Million Pesos from our IRA as of August, 2009.”

She then thanked her aggressive and industrious Tax Revenue Collectors for their efforts and also acknowledged the individual and corporate tax payers, especially the mining companies, who are religious and consistent in paying their taxes.
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Ecleo also revealed the new tax ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), which now gained lots of controversy - the “Soil Depletion Tax” which imposes 1% tax from gross receipts of all mineral ores extracted and/or shipped from Dinagat Islands.
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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE 

“Our Dinagat Islands Search and Rescue, as of September 2009, has responded to 325 emergencies on health, vehicular, sea and some crime-related incidents,” said Gov. Ecleo.

She proudly boasted the formulation of Disaster Risk Management Medium Term Plan of the seven (7) Municipalities in the province which earned them the BEST Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council for 2009 in Caraga Region in the recently held National Gawad Kalasag Search in Excellence in Disaster Risk Management and Humanitarian Assistance and ranked 5th in the national level.

As to prevention and mitigation, she revealed that they have collaborated with the Office of Civil Defense in prioritizing the province on the establishments of early warning signages on landslides and tsunami in cost-sharing scheme. 

To rehabilitate the damaged structures brought by the storm surge and heavy rains last January of this year, the province according to Gov. Ecleo allocated financial assistance as counterpart in accessing the National Calamity Fund in the amount of P 4,927,570.00 that completed the total rehabilitation costs.

24-HOUR ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Gov. Ecleo revealed her most important achievement under her leadership which something the people have been dreaming of – the 24-hour power supply in the island. 

“Thank you so much NAPOCOR, dahil pinagbigyan ninyo ang aking kakulitan at maraming-maraming salamat po sa Diyos at dininig po niya ang atong gihangyo nga ma24-hours na ang probinsya sa Dinagat.”

Lastly, Gov. Ecleo also reported some achievements on Agriculture, Tourism, Environmental Protection, Good Governance and other notable accomplishments of her administration. 

She then expressed her profound gratitude to the people of the Provincial Government and local government units for their support and cooperation, and urged them to continue to build their province into a place with great opportunities for all, where everyone is encouraged to put a stake in their own community, where everyone is happy and contented. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

PNP arrests wanted person 

On October 7, 2009 at 9:00 in the morning at Purok-2, Barangay Taligaman, Butuan City, a certain Cristitu Casulocan, 64 years old, married and resident of said place was arrested by Intel operatives of Butuan City Police Station 4 by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) docketed under CC no. 13642 charged for the crime of rape issued by Hon Judge Eduardo S Casals of RTC Branch 1, Barangay Libertad, Butuan City dated September 28, 2009.
Subject is now detained at Butuan City Station 4 Detention Cell for proper disposition.

Also, at the same time at Purok-4, Barangay Ambacon, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, one Suriano Joel Japitana, 45 years old, married, farmer and resident of said place and a certain Placiso Dumip-ig, 54 years old, married, farmer and resident of Purok-2, Barangay Ambacon, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte were arrested by PNP elements of Las Nieves Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Wilson Dela Fuerta by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. 2894 for the crime of qualified theft issued by Hon Judge Hector Salise of RTC Branch 7, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur dated August 26, 2009 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 40,000.00.

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

Also, at 1:30 in the afternoon at Poblacion 2, Burgos, Surigao del Norte, a certain Alecio Dominos, 30 years old, single and resident of said place was arrested by PNP elements of Burgos Municipal Police Station led by PO2 Jesus E Belarmino by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. 09-71 charged for the crime of frustrated murder issued by Hon Judge Evangeline Yuipco Bayana of RTC Branch 31, Dapa, Surigao del Norte dated September 22, 2009 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 2000,000.00.

Subject person now detained at Burgos Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

At 3:00 in the afternoon of the same date at Barangay Cahayagan, Carmen, Agusan del Nort, PNP elements of Carmen Municipal Police Station led by PSINSP Pingos arrested one Paul Policos Rico, of legal age, single and resident of Barangay Cahayagan, Carmen, Agusan del Norte by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. 13589 for violation of section 10 (A) of RA 7610 issued by Hon Judge Eduardo S Casals of RTC Branch 1, Barangay Libertad, Butuan City.

Suspect is now detained at Carmen Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Another arrest was held at 3:30 in the afternoon of the same date by PNP elements of Lanuza Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Ricomauro Guinitaran at Barangay Zone IV, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. One Jerry Saranza Buniel, 40 years old, married and resident of said place was arrested by virtue of WOA docketed under CC no. C-691 for violation of RA 9262 issued by Hon Judge Alfredo Jalad of RTC Branch 41 dated October 5, 2009 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12,000.00.

Meanwhile, at 4:35 in the afternoon at Tapok-tapok Village, Barangay 4, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, joint elements of Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office and Cabadbaran Municipal Police Station arrested one Marcelino Gaviola charged for the crime of rape docketed under CC numbers 08-07-3620 to 08-07-3632 issued by Hon Judge Jose Y Yamot Sr of RTC Branch 11, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon dated July 8, 2008 and WOAs docketed under CC no. 07-07632 for grave threats and CC no. 07-7629 for grave slander issued by Hon Judge Marifilo S Agreda of MCTC, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

Suspect is now detained at Cabadbaran Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal logging 

Composite team headed by DENR-PENRO Agusan del Sur, Personnel from Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, Caraga Conference for Peace and Development, Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Personnel of 26 IB Phil Army and elements of 14th RMG led by SPO3 Manuel O Nies confiscated more or less Two Thousand Five Hundred (2500) pieces lauan and miscellaneous logs.

Seized forest products were turned over to DENR-Batohon Monitoring Station in Barangay Batohon, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)  

Report on vehicular accident 

On October 7, 2009 at 5:00 in the afternoon along National Highway of Barangay Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte, one unit Ten Wheeler Truck with plate no. MVG 970, driven by Roberto Manggay, 30 years old, loaded with Asia Brewery Products accidentally while traveling towards Butuan City fell down to the creek which resulted to the damage of said sargo truck including loaded products.

The driver and unidentified helper sustained injuries to the different parts of their bodies and was rushed to the hospital. Case is now under investigation by PNP personnel of Carmen Municipal Police Station. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)  

Report on shooting incident 

On October 6, 2009 at 9:30 in the morning at Km. 23, Crossing of Barangay Bogak and Barangay Rajah Cabungsoan, Lingig, Surigao del Sur, one Paquito Cortez, 49 years old, married and a CAFGU member assigned at 23rd IB PA/CAFGU detachment situated in Barangay Rajah Cabungsoan, Lingig, Surigao del Sur was shot to death by an unidentified persons believed to be members of the communist terrorists operation in the area.

Investigation revealed that the victim was repairing his service motorcycle along the road of said place when CTs shot him to death. The CTs immediately fled to unknown direction carting away the victim's handgun, wallet and cellphone.  

Lingig Municipal Police Station is now conducting thorough investigation. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)