11.02.2009

PIA News Service - Monday, Nov. 2, 2009

PA launches KBP project in Lianga

DAYOAN, TAGO, SURIGAO DEL SUR – In an effort to transform conflict-affected communities into peaceful and developed areas, the Philippine Army launches the much needed Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) project at Barangay Ganayon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur in a joint groundbreaking ceremony, recently at the Barangay Hall of Ganayon, Lianga Surigao del Sur. 

The project is expected to benefit four barangays in the province namely: Barangay San Isidro, Ban-as, Diatagon and Ganayon.

The Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) is a national government project under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) through AFP. The KBP project costs 4.5M and has four components namely: electrification, farm to market road, two room school building/daycare center and water system facilities. Livelihood projects will be also given to the constituents upon completion of the project and it will be determined by the Peace and Development Teams (PDT) of the military through consultation. 

The project aims to alleviate the socio economic condition of the populace as well as promote and sustain peace and order in the area.  

Through the elements of PDTs of 58IB and proper consultation from the constituents, these four barangays agreed and come up to have a one project which is the rehabilitation of their farm to market road as the priority project. 

The ceremony was attended by 401st Infantry Brigade, 58th Infantry Battalion, 36th Infantry Battalion, 544th ECB, 52EBde, NEDA - Region 13, LGU Lianga, Officials and residents of four recipient Barangays namely: San Isidro, Ban-as, Diatagon and Ganayon all of Lianga, Surigao del Sur. (CMO-58IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Surigao del Sur)
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Phil Army conducted YLS in Surigao del Sur

The 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army assisted the 401st Infantry Brigade in the conduct of Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) held at Cagwait White Beach Resort, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur.

Said Youth Leadership Seminar was participated by the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman in the entire province of Surigao de Sur headed by Honorable Charie Kaye Macapala , SK Federation President. 

Also, some fraternity organization from Tandag were also invited and participated in the said activity.  

This training was conducted last 23-25 October 2009 in Cagwait with a Theme: “Leadership Training for Peace and Development”. A total of 60 lucky youths benefited from the training.

The intention of this gathering is to empower the youth and create awareness on the role of the youth in nation building. 

Following areas/subjects were tackled: First Day - Leadership Development - 58IB, Lecture on Project Planning - PPDO, First Aid - PNRC, National Security Awareness - 36IB. 2nd Day - Livelihood Training - TESDA, Market Awareness - NEDA, Drug Awareness Program - PDEA, Good Governance - DILG, Disaster Preparedness - PDCC and Environmental Awareness and Consciousness - 401Bde. 3rd Day - Barangay Awareness Module - 36IB, Workshop on their proposed project (By Teams), Presentation of proposed planning.
  
Prior culmination of the activity on 25 October 2009, an awarding ceremony was conducted to recognize the effort of the participants in every team building activities. (CMO, 58IB, 4ID/PIA Surigao del Sur)
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Atienza to honor freed forest guards, expresses gratitude to Bishop Pueblos

Butuan City/Manila - Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza said the freed forest guards will be given honors “for the courage they have demonstrated during their five-day ordeal with their abductors. 

This, even as Atienza expressed gratitude to Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, Police Chief Superintendent Lino Calingasan and DENR-CARAGA Regional Executive Director Edilberto Buiser for taking all the necessary steps leading to the unconditional release of the remaining six hostages last Sunday. 

“I understand the hardship you have been through and the anxieties and untold miseries that the members of your families have experienced during those period of crisis,” Atienza said. 

The six newly-freed DENR employees were identified as For. Gabriel Arlan (team leader), Rito Espenido, Teofredo E. Pujadas, Rudy A. Clar, Edgardo Abogatal and Ildefonso Jayme. They were released Sunday at around 4:30 pm and were met by Buiser at Brgy. Kolambogan, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, about 25 kilometers away from Butuan City. Two were released earlier, namely, Emiliano Gatillo, Jr. and Efren Sabuero. 
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In yesterday’s flag-raising rites at the DENR in Quezon City , Atienza explained to the employees that the abductors of their colleagues in Caraga region were neither kidnappers nor armed rebels but were simply tribal folks who want to bring their gripes to the national leadership in ways that they knew best. 

According to him, the Manobo group, led by a certain Andot Behing, did not demand for any ransom money, but certain conditions which they believed would serve the interests of their community over their ancestral claims. 

“Sila ay mga katutubo na may mga hinaing. Kaya an gating ginawa ay nakinig at pinakinggan kung ano yon,” Atienza said, stressing that the abduction drama ended peacefully with all the captives released unconditionally. 

“Hindi rin po mga NPA (New People’s Army) yon, dahil hindi naman sila kumakapit sa ideology ng anuman (neither are they NPA since they are not ideologues embracing the agenda of the communist insurgency),” Atienza said. 

“Wala pong kinalaman yon sa anumang alingasngas o ilegal kung hindi sa pagtatrabaho ng ating mga tauhan ay sila’y nasangkot dito at nabiktima ng hindi pagkakaunawaan,” Atienza noted. 

He cited the DENR field workers as those that give substance to the DENR’s mandate, saying those working within the comforts of an office building are far fortunate than those in the field like the DENR forest guards. 

“Mapalad tayo rito sa atin sapagkat nagtatrabaho tayo sa gusali. Subalit yung mga forest guard nagtatrabaho sa mga ilang na lugar katulad sa checkpoint na iyon,” Atienza said. 

The freed forest guards were taken while manning a checkpoint at a road that leads to the forest-rich Taguibo Watershed, one of critical watersheds that supplies water needs of Butuan City. It was declared a forest reserve under Presidential Proclamation 1076 issued by then President Fidel Ramos in September, 1997. (RPAO/DENR-Caraga)