PIA News Service - Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

PRESS STATEMENT ON MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE
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MOST REV. JUAN DE DIOS M. PUEBLOS, D.D.
Butuan City Bishop 
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The Diocese of Butuan greatly laments and joins the Filipino nation in mourning deeply and in condemning strongly the bastardly act and barbaric massacre of 47 innocent people their civilian supporters, mostly women, including lawyers, drivers and national and local journalists and media practitioners recently in Ampatuan town province of Maguindanao. The convoy was COMELEC-bound to file the Certificate of Candidacy and for other election related purposes when ambushed. Whether it was politically motivated or not, the mass killings remains to be the sole but biggest heinous crime against life and an affront to democracy, against peace and order and a great security threat to Mindanao and the entire country.

We join with the government authorities and of all civilized and humane societies to uphold the majesty of the law and justice and the inviolable respect for human life at all times.

We appeal to the masterminds and the perpetrators of the crime to surrender immediately to the government authorities because crime does not pay and violence only begets violence and not peace. 

We recommend that the full force of the law and the greatest penalties be meted to those suspects if found guilty to stop the senseless killings and violence.

We further recommend that those involved in the mass killings should be barred from running to any elective or from holding any appointive positions in government. 

Finally, as Bishop of Butuan, I pray for the abiding love of God for the full enlightenment of all brethren in Mindanao as we celebrate the Mindanao Week of Peace 2009. 

May the blessings of the Almighty God be upon all of us.
 
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DENR rids off delays in delivery of public services through Citizens Charter 

BUTUAN CITY – DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser said today that the public may expect prompt delivery of public services with the implementation of its Citizens Charter. 

The Citizens Charter is an official document, a service standard, or a pledge, that communicates information on the services provided by the DENR to the public.  

“We are promoting transparency in the DENR with regard to the manner of transacting with the public through the simplification of service standards for every transaction, and making these known to the customer” Director Buiser said 

He said the DENR has set up its Citizens Charter showing the range of specific services provided by the different sectoral offices that will guide the people step-by-step on how to avail of these services. The charter also shows the standards on quality and timeliness to be expected from the specific sector in rendering these services. 

The move is being required in each of the government agency with the full effect of the Anti-Red Tape Law or RA 9480 since 2007.  

Director Buiser said the law enjoins the DENR among other government agencies to process applications like permits and licenses within a prescribed period of time. 

The Charter is expected to minimize, if not totally eradicate, irregularities and corruptions at the front line services including the forest management, protected areas and wildlife and coastal zone and the land management services.  

“We expect our personnel to give better services at the front lines this time with the full implementation of the DENR Citizens Charter”, Director Buiser said. 

The frontline services of the DENR that calls for fast, efficient and satisfactory performance are the following. 

1. Application for free patent. 

2. Issuance of survey authority 

3. Issuance of certificate of tree plantation ownership (CTPO) not more than 1,000 hectares. 

4. Issuance of Certificate of Verification (cutting, transport non-wood forest products within private lands like bamboo,vines, nipa and others) 

5. Application for Chainsaw Registration. 

6. Application for Certificate of Wildlife Registration (CWR) 

7. Issuance of Certificate of Verification ( cutting and transporting of planted and non-premium trees within private land) 

8. Issuance of Local Transport Permit for Wildlife ( Self-propagated). 

9. Application for CBFMA 

10. Application for Environment Critical Area and Non-Environment Critical Area. 

11. Application for Lumber Dealer Permit. 

12. Application for CO/CLO/CTO/CMFPO 

13. Application for Private Land Timber Permit (PLTP) 

14. Application for SIFMA 

15. Application for Special Tree Cutting Permit within Mining Areas 

16. Application for Wood Processing Permit (WPP) 

17. Application for Land Use Permit 

18. Issuance of Conflict Resolution 

19. Application for PACBRM 

20. Application for Miscellaneous Sales 

21. Application for Special Use Agreement in Protected Areas (SAPA) . 

The DENR official said that any applications or requests of a client in any of these frontline services must be acted upon within the prescribed period provided in the Citizen’s Charter.  

For instance , the application for Free Patent at the CENRO level will only take about 22 days and 10 minutes as provided under the DENR Citizens Charter. An application for Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) will take the whole process to be completed in 16 days, 1 hour and 40 minutes at the CENR office, 4 hours and 40 minutes at the PENRO and 6 hours at the Regional Office. 

It takes about 3 months and 24 working days to process an application for IFMA from the CENRO to the Regional Office. 

If the client disagrees with the action, he or she may opt to file complaints against the office through the grievance mechanisms indicated in the Citizen’s Charter. These can be in the form of hotline numbers, short message service or information communication technology or other mechanisms by which clients can adequately express their complaints, suggestions or comments. 

A government official may face disciplinary action if he commits the following acts which included the (1) refusal to accept application and/or request within the prescribed period or any document submitted by the client ; (2) failure to act on an application and/or request or failure to refer back to the client a request which cannot be acted upon due to lack of requirements within the prescribed period ; (3) failure to attend to clients who are within the premises of the office or agency concerned prior to the end of the working hours and during lunch break ; (4) failure to render frontline services within the prescribed period on an application and/or request without due cause ; and (5) failure to give the client a written notice on the disapproval of an application or request and imposition of additional irrelevant requirements other than those listed. 

The disciplinary actions range from 30 days suspension without pay and mandatory attendance in Values Orientation Program to dismissal and perpetual disqualification from public service for grave offense. (Herzon F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

PNP arrests wanted persons

On November 22, 2009 at 3:25 in the afternoon, one Jerwin Lastra, 17 years old, student and resident of Barangay Jose, Mainit, Surigao del Norte, voluntarily surrendered to Mainit Municipal Police Station after knowing that he has a standing warrant of arrest (WOA) dated October 19, 2009 for the crime of qualified theft under CC no. 8428 issued by Hon Judge Evangeline S Yuipco Bayana of RTC Branch 3, Surigao City with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 24, 000.00. Subject person is now detained at Mainit Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

On November 23, 2009 at 11:00 in the morning, one Victorino dela Vega Nicmin, 43 years old and resident of Purok 7, Barangay Lumbukan, Butuan City voluntarily surrendered to Tubay Municipal Police Station upon knowing he has a standing WOA for the crime of qualified theft under CC no. CR-09-05 issued by Hon Judge Dax Gonzaga Xenos of RTC Branch 34, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 60,000.00. Said person is now detained at Tubay Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. 

At 12:00 noon of the same date at Borromeo St., Barangay Taft, Surigao City, one Ernesto Dumagtoy Carpio, 38 years old, married and resident of Purok 6, Barangay Canlipa, Surigao City was apprehended by PNP personnel of Surigao City Police Station by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Charina C Navarro-Quijano of MCTC Branch 2, Surigao City dated February 22, 2007 docketed under CC no. 51538 for the crime of theft. Subject person is temporarily detained at Surigao City Police station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Report on vehicular accident 

On November 24, 2009 at 3:30 in the morning, soil erosion occurred at National road, Sitio Kinalablaban, Barangay Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte which resulted to the accident involving one public utility vehicle (PUB) Starex Van with plate number LFW 798, driven by one Dino Cosmiano, 29 years old, married and resident of Salvacion, Tandag, Surigao del Sur.

Said vehicle was traveling towards Surigao City boarded with ten passengers and upon reaching at said place fell down in a ravine of said road with more or less fifteen 15 feet depth. 

All passengers including the driver and helper were safely rescued and brought to Surigao City Hospital for medical treatment. No serious injuries incurred by the victims. Claver Municipal Police Station took cognizance of the case. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Situational report on tropical depression "URDUJA" in caraga region 

On November 24, 2009 at 4:300 in the afternoon, landslide occurred at Barangay Wilson, San Jose, Dinagat Islands. PNP elements of San Jose Municipal Police Station assisted more or less 18 affected families to evacuate at Central Elementary School, San Jose Dinagat Islands. No reported casualty/injury in the said incident. 

At 6:00 in the evening of the same date at Barangay Los Angeles, Butuan City, more or less 60 affected families were evacuated to Los Angeles Elementary School. Additionally, Millenium Village of Barangay Bonbon and Damayan of Barangay Libertad, all of Butuan City were flooded but residents are still in their respective houses. No evacuation reported. 

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) Regional Director, Police Chief Superintendent Lino De Guzman Calingasan directed all lower units to monitor the affected areas and extend needed assistance. They were also advised to immediately inform Tactical Operation Center of PRO 13 regarding incidents related to flashfloods, landslides and related calamities which may be brought by typhoon. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)