PIA News Service - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

6,679 join Stand Up, Fight Poverty Campaign in Caraga 
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By Leah T. Quintana 

BUTUAN CITY – A total of 6,679 individuals, mostly beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps joined the Stand Up and Fight Poverty (SUFP) campaign conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with the local government units and partner agencies on October 16 in all 4Ps areas in the region. The campaign is one of the activities slated in observance of the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP) on October 17-23, 2009. 

As one of the government agencies at the forefront in the fight against poverty, the DSWD supported the Stand Up, Fight Poverty campaign on October 16-18 led by the United Nations. 

DSWD Caraga Dir. Mercedita P. Jabagat said the SUFP is a three-day global mobilization that aims to send a loud and clear message from the citizens to the world leaders and decision makers to take urgent action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and end extreme poverty by 2015. 

She also said, it hopes to break the Guinness World Record for attaining the largest number of people participating in a single event. 

The anti-poverty campaign focused on four major Millennium Development Goals: MDG 1 - eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; MDG 2 – achieve universal primary education; MDG 5 – improve maternal health; MDG 6 – combat HIV/AIDS. 

According to the UN, the achievement of the MDGs remains a priority on the global political and public agenda. The campaign aims to convey the urgency of attaining the MDGs and end extreme poverty by 2015.
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Philip AMer Posas Mazo

Report on robbery 

On October 18, 2009 around 7:30 in the evening, a couple was robbed by unknown perpetrators at Purok-1 Taboan area Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Crispin Apolinario Bautista, 43 years old and Jean Flores Bautista were held by four unidentified persons armed with undetermined short firearms.

The robbers carted one unit cellphone Samsung, two ID, and Cash money amounting to Php 1OO,OOO.OO. Initial investigation conducted by Barobo Municipal Police Station revealed that the victims while walking towards their sari-sari store were held by the perpetrators at a dark portion of the road and declared hold-up then fled towards unknown direction after the incident.

Further investigation is on-going by Barobo Municipal Police Station. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga) 

Accomplishment report on loose firearms 

On October 17, 2009 around 3:00 in the afternoon at Barangay Talisay, San Benito, Surigao del Norte, PNP personnel of San Benito Municipal Police Station led by PI Florence D Murao conducted Information Drive on Firearms Amnesty Program which resulted to the recovery of a caliber .22 Smith and Wesson with serial number 31888 inside the Drop Box for Unwanted Firearms dropped by unknown person. Said firearm is now in the custody of San Benito Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

On October 18, 2009 around 2:00 in the afternoon, Las Nieves Municipal Police Station Chief of Police PSI Wilson M Dela Fuerta recovered a caliber .38 Smith and Wesson Revolver with serial number 85043 with three live ammos at Triangulo, Barangay Malicato, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

Said firearm was abandoned by an unidentified person at the waiting shed near the checkpoint conducted by Las Nieves Municipal Police Station personnel. Recovered firearm is now in the custody of said station for proper disposition. 

At around 5:00 in the afternoon of the same date at Barangay San Isidro, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, PNP personnel of Kitcharao Municipal Police Station after conducting Information Drive at the said place a caliber .38 revolver without serial number was voluntarily surrendered by a person who requested anonymity and said firearm is now in the custody of Kitcharao Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

Also, on October 19, 2009 around 2:30 in the afternoon at Butuan City Police Station 5 of Barangay San Mateo, Butuan City, two units of caliber .22 revolver without serial numbers were voluntarily surrendered by a resident of Sitio Masagana, Barangay Florida, Butuan City. 

Said firearm is now in the custody of Butuan City Police Station 5 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga) 

Report on traffic accident 

On October 18, 2009 around 4:50 in the afternoon, a Yamaha Crypton single motorcycle with plate number MS 5510 driven by Florante Escaoso, 30 years old, married and a resident of Alegria, Surigao del Norte accidentally crashed into the cemented road along the National Highway of Barangay Sta Ana, Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

The accident caused the injury of the driver and death of his wife (backrider) Naneth Escaoso, 29 years old. Initial investigation disclosed that while the couple was traveling along the national highway in a moderate speed heading Surigao City, the driver lost control of the motorcycle then crashed into the road. 

Both victims were rushed to Cabadbaran Emergency Hospital for medical treatment but Naneth Escaoso died after few minutes of medical attendance. Case is under investigation by Tubay Municipal Police Station. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)  

Apprehension of illegal logs 

On October 18, 2009 around 8:30 in the morning at Barangay Amparo, Butuan City, 14th RMG personnel augmented to Bit-os Patrol Base, Butuan City and personnel from DENR recovered abandoned 84 pieces of Lawaan species with a approximate volume of 38.26 cubic meter estimated at Php 191,3OO.OO and 50 pieces miscellaneous logs with an approximate volume of 12.25 cubic meter and estimated market value of Php 18,357.OO.

Recovered logs were deposited at DENR Bit-os Checkpoint, Butuan City for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)