PIA News Service - Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

COMELEC hits first base: May 2010 elections Resolutions  
By David M. Suyao

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) hits the first salvo of their information and education campaign by discussing various resolutions with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army during the joint conference held yesterday at the D.O. Plaza Training Center in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

According to COMELEC Caraga Regional Director Francisco Pobe, the conduct of a briefing and review of COMELEC’s resolutions is one of the most important initial moves in order to impose earliest possible time the rulings covering the election period in order to attain our dream of a clean, honest, orderly, meaningful and peaceful elections.

“Many said the implementation of Resolution No. 14 or the rules and regulations carrying firearms and any deadly weapons or gun ban during election period from January 10 to June 9 this year is stricter compared to past elections because of elections –related violence. That is not true! Every election period, we are strictly implementing this law, but sad to note, they are violated. That is the reason why we called this joint conference in order for us to have a teamwork so that we can religiously implement the law to its fullest,” Atty. Francisco Pobe said.  

During the whole session of the conference, the PNP and COMELEC took turns in presenting the various resolutions and the most salient points, while giving clear explanations on issues that arises during the presentation.

The PNP in their part focused more on Resolution No. 8729, or the establishment of checkpoints. It was learned that only one COMELEC checkpoint that must be established in every municipalities and cities and must be mobile in order to surprise the violators. Additional checkpoints maybe established in cases where robbery and other violent incidents happened in nearby areas but must be coordinated with the COMELEC. The rest, Resolution Nos. 8714, or the gun ban, 8728 or the preliminary investigation and filing of cases, 8730 or the liquor ban, 8731 or the supervision and control by the COMELEC and other proper authorities were clearly discussed by Dir. Pobe of COMELEC.

“I want to emphasize here that starting January 10 until June 9, 2010, all elections-related operations by the army in the entire country are under the control and supervision of COMELEC. We are therefore enjoining all our partners in the government and in the private sector to do the same in order that we can feel the meaning of this 2010 elections. If we are sincerely looking forward for a change, this is the right time. Everything in the law is very very easy for those who follow it, but we will make it sure it will be rough for those who will violate the law,” Col. Emeliano Gupana, Commanding Officer of the 401st Infantry Brigade said. 

In his parting words, P/SSupt. Antonio Paguirigan said the cooperation of the PNP, the army and COMELEC this time is very strong. “We have already assigned our special police officer as point person in every municipality to become the partner and point person of the team in the local level. In this manner, full cooperation is expected and effective,” P/SSupt. Paguirigan said.

The joint conference was also attended by the incumbent mayors and mayoral candidates from the 13 municipalities and the City of Bayugan, the media and other stakeholders. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Two died due to floods
By David M. Suyao

Two died while 17 barangays with some 5,549 families or 26,234 persons were reported affected by floods due to continues downpour of rains for more than a week now.

Lovely Lamery Y Agunos, 9, and Jalyn Encarnacion Y Noja, 11 years old, both from Barangay Tagapua, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur died by drowning when the raft they were riding was swift away by a strong current of floodwaters on January 17 at around 11:00 in the morning. Their dead bodies were recovered two hours after by the responding residents of Barfangay Tagapua.

The Provincial |Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), thru the Office of the Provincial Disaster Management Center (PDMC) headed by Roberto Natividad has been calling all municipalities to report immediately to the center any progress on the situation caused by continued heavy and moderate rainfall but as of 1:00 in the afternoon yesterday, only San Francisco and Prosperidad have submitted their reports.

According to Natividad, his office had already issued warning to LOCAL Disaster Coordinating Councils (LDCCs) to be vigilant and advice their constituents living in identified flood prone areas to go to safer areas or designated evacuation centers to safety.

“For almost a week now, our group, the PDCC/PDMC personnel SARAS Team are on standby and ready to respond to any call. We have also adviced the LDCCs to conduct assessment of damages in their respective AOR and submit report to the PDCC as soonh as possible. We have also dispatched our Search and Rescue Team with rubber boats and rescue vehicles, and the PSWD personnel to validate, document and conduct feeding and relief operations.” Natividad said.

The PDMC is expecting to receive more updated reports today, January 19, 2010 from the 13 municipalities and the City of Bayugan in order for the PDCC to act accordingly. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


School kids in Caraga get help from Spain

For Richard Lauro, Jr., 11, the big waves that struck their house at Rojales, Carmen, Agusan del Norte last November was just to test him and the family how determined they are in the midst of difficulties.

At least seven houses, all their neighbors; were destroyed during the storm surge in their village. His father didn’t go fishing the next tree days because he has to repair damaged portion of their house, greatly affecting family needs.

“I did not skip classes despite what happened,” Richard said in local dialect. “My mother told me to go to school, and upon going home to pass by our neighbor’s store and get credit for a 5- kilo rice we need while father can’t go fishing yet,” he added.

Like Richard, school children studying at Rojales Elementary School has similar predicament. Rojales is a fishing village and most of the families rely mainly on the sea for a living while others are engaged in backyard farming.  

“When its high tide, a portion of the school campus is submerged under seawater,” says Eduarda Tejam, the school principal. “The parents together with the teachers conducted volunteer work to fix the problem,” she added.

Because of its difficult condition, Rojales Elementary School was chosen to become one of the beneficiaries of a Spanish-funded education project in Agusan del Norte. Today, a 3-classroom school building has rises in the once-submerged portion of the school.

“We are happy because we already have a new building. We occupied the first room while the other sections occupied the other two,” Richard gladly said. Fully furnished with chairs, tables and blackboards, the newly-constructed school building greatly reduced congestion in classrooms, it was learned from the principal.

“Before, teachers used to handle 70 students per class, now with the new classrooms; it was reduced to at least 45 to 50 students per class,” Mrs. Tejam disclosed. Access to quality basic education for school kids in the village of Rojales has now been strengthened with the educational assistance provided.

Aside from Rojales in Carmen, six other towns in Agusan del Norte have received needed help. These are the municipalities of Nasipit, R.T. Romualdez, Magallanes, Tubay, Buenavista and the City of Cabadbaran.

Funded by the Spanish aid agency Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional pare el Desarollo (AECID), the education project in Agusan del Norte, Caraga Region is being implemented by Fundacion Humanismo Y Democracia (H+D) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in partnership with the parents, teachers association (PTA) and local government unit in the place where they are being implemented. (Danny Escabarte, PBSP-MRO) 


CSC-Caraga bares requirements for the 2010 CSE-PPT exams

The Civil Service Commission Caraga Regional Office, Butuan City is pleased to announce that the result of the CAREER SERVICE EXAMINATION, Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) Professional and Subprofessional Levels conducted on November 16, 2008 is now ready for release.

Starting March 16, 2009, examinees may claim personally their reports of rating at the CSC Regional Office along Doongan Road, Butuan City. For those whose mailing address is outside Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, they may claim said result at our respective three (3) Field Offices in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur ; Tandag, Surigao del Sur; and Surigao City.

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the Civil Service Commission Caraga Regional Office is pleased to announce that they will set a special day for an Orientation Seminar on Government Service and the release/distribution of the Certificates of Eligibility to examination passers that will be held at CSC Regional Office, Doongan Road, Butuan City on April 3, 2009. 

Under the new CSC procedures on the administration of CS Examinations, the successful examinees MUST personally appear at the Regional Office where they took the examination upon claiming their Certificate of Eligibility (COE). They are required to bring two (2) recent passport size (1/2” x 2’’) ID pictures with nametag preferably similar to the picture attached in the Picture-Seat-Plan and they shall affix their signature on the Certificate of Eligibility. Digitally enhanced, scanned or photocopied pictures are not allowed. Name tag should not be computer-generated.

Statistics of the November 16, 2008 examination for CARAGA Region reveal that only twenty two (22) out of the total three hundred eighty-one (381) examinees passed the Sub-Professional level. The 22 successful examinees representing 5.77% of the total Sub-Professional level examinees. 

For the CS-Professional Level, only 78 successful examinees hurdled the said examination representing 4.85% of the 1,607 total examinees. (CSC)
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UNTV News Center opens in Butuan
By Mike A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (19 January) – The inauguration of UNTV News Center Butuan City branch was formally opened with a short ceremony and ribbon cutting by invited guests, held recently at the 421 T. Calo Extension, this city.

Mr. Titus Vesagas, businessman/owner of the M.J. Santos Hospital this city, together with Hon. Victor Abucejo, Barangay Captain of Brgy. Limaha graced the inauguration and “cutting of ribbon” ceremony.

In line with the opening program and its medical and dental mission activities, Mr. Oliver Hatosa, UNTV Butuan News Center Manager expressed his warm gratitude to all guests and participants especially the presence of the personnel of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and the local tri-media.

Mr. Hatosa also assured public that UNTV News Center Butuan City will provide pertinent information, as well as to continue serving the public thru their dental and medical mission.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rommel Zerrudo, Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster sa Pilipinas (KBP)-Agusan del Norte/Caraga Region President expressed his gratitude for the advocacy and missionary functions of the station in his message.

According to Zerrudo, UNTV in Butuan City is another public service partner to continue serving the people and a big help it serves. 

UNTV Butuan City will be manned by the following staff who were introduced during the opening ceremony: Ms. Fredilyn Casil, Ms Joy Sanchez, Mr. Joy Pujante and Mr. Loren Cosare as the reporters; Ms. Swizthel Cagoco as researcher with cameraman Mr. RD Salen; while the Editor is Mr. Nikki Gore; the technical staff are Mr. Clint Cañete and Mr. Dennis Guerero.

Also, Mr. PUBLIC SERVICE – UNTV’s Public Affiars program hosted by Kuya Daniel Razon simultaneously conducted a free medical mission in cooperation with “KABALIKAT SA PAMAMAHAYAG INTERNATIONAL (KAPI) and BREAD SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL”. (PIA-Caraga)
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Surigao Mayor leads Cantiasay NHS Site groundbreaking
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SURIGAO CITY (19 January) - Due to the pressing demand for a separate school building, Mayor Alfonso Pons Casurra successfully led the groundbreaking ceremony of the new school site of Cantiasay National High School at Brgy. Cantiasay, Nonoc Island this city on January 18, 2010. 
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The construction of the new structure will immediately commence the day after the groundbreaking as the City Mayor wanted the project to be completed before his term ends in June 2010. 
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Moreover, Mayor Pons wished for the students to have a more conducive place for learning due to the fact that at present, the high school is temporarily sharing an area with the elementary. 
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The momentous event was attended by Punong Brgy. Carlito Cuaton and council, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rovillos, Admin. Manager of PhilNiCo Ms. Asuncion Sulapas, School Head Ms. Trinidad Pulvera and teaching staff, with the high spirited students and residents of Brgy. Cantiasay, this city. (Karen T. Acero, LGU-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: giyera tali sa NPA batok tropang sundalo
By Mike A. Imbo

BUTUAN CITY (19 January) – Mibusikad ang dakong giyera sa rebeldeng grupong New Peoples Army (NPA) batok sa tropang Philippine Army-PA, niatong (Enero 18), mga alas 5:30 ang takna sa kaadlawon didto sa may Sopon creek, km 41, Barangay Valentina, la Paz, Agusan del Sur.

Sa report nga nakutlo gikan sa Police Regional Office-PRO 13 gibutyag nga nagka-engkwentro ang duha ka tropa sa kasundalohan tali sa rebeldeng grupo.

Giingon nga nagpatrolya niadtong tungora ang tropa sa Bagani ubos kang CPL Morgadez sa Philippine Army.

Pag-abot niini sa unahan nasugatan ang matod pa 10 ka mga armadong grupo nga gituhuang ubos sa Guerilla Front-88 nga gipanguluhan sa wala pa matinong lider.

Milungtad sa lima (5) ka minutos ang binakbakay hangtod nga mi-atras ang tropa sa mga rebeldeng grupo.

Sumala sa report walay naitalang nasamdan sa panig sa tropang sundalo sanglit wala pod hisayri ang casualty sa pikas nga grupo. 

Gihimo na ang retrieval operation sa gobyerno alang sa dugang imbestigasyon kalabot sa nahitabong engkwentro. (PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

PNP arrests wanted persons 

One Joel Villamor, resident of Purok-5, Barangay Tagbongabong, RTR, Agusan del Norte was arrested by joint elements of 13th Regional Public Safety Management Battalion (RPSMB) led by PINSP JOEL A BIÑAS and Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office on January 18, 2010, 12:00 noon at his residence. The arrest was made by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Dax Gonzaga Xenos of RTC Branch 34, Cabadbaran City for the crime of murder docketed under CC no. 09-52 with no recommended bailbond.

The arresting team also seized one unit cal .45 pistol with defaced serial number, one unit cal .357 revolver without serial number, one unit improvised shotgun, three magazines of cal .45 loaded with 30 rounds of ammunitions, one magazine of m16 with four rounds of ammunitions and one unit fragmentation grenade. Subject person was temporarily detained at Butuan City Police Station 3 for proper disposition. 

Also, one Alfredo E Cayumo, 40 years old, small scale miner and resident of Brgy. Lower Libas, Sison, Surigao del Norte voluntarily surrendered to Surigao del Norte PPO thru the assistance of Mr Allan Madrona of Provincial Environment Management Office, Surigao del Norte. Subject has a standing WOA issued by Hon Judge Victor Canoy of RTC Branch 29, Surigao City for a crime of murder with no recommended bailbond.

Subject person was turned over to the issuing court for the issuance of commitment order to Surigao del Norte Provincial Jail for proper disposition. (PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)