PIA News Service - Monday, April 26, 2010

AFP to Bancasi illegal settlers: “do voluntary eviction”

By Michael A. Imbo 

BUTUAN CITY – “The Armed Forces of the Philippines had been ordered to implement voluntary eviction to informal settlers who were given ample time to vacate their homes in Military Reservation area around Camp Bancasi,” thus said Lt Col Efraim Oropel, Camp Commander of the Camp Bancasi Military Reservation revealed during a press conference Tuesday (April 20). 

Lt. Col. Oropel used the word “eviction” as voluntary vacate and apply for a new relocation site from the City Government of Butuan prompted by plans of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to pursue development in the military reservations throughout the country. 

The plan could not be pursued without evicting the informal settlers surrounding the military reservation. “This is true to all military reservations throughout the country not just in Bancasi,” Lt. Col. Oropel said.

It was noted that the eviction is covered by AFP Special Order No. 26 dated December 16, 2006 and there was so many dialogues to intensify date extension. 

The said order aims to clear military reservations throughout the country of all illegal settlers. 

"The eviction is an order from the highest hierarchy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in pursuant to Proclamation 113 dated 23 November 1936 undersigned by President Manuel L. Quezon,” Oropel added.

The military reservation in Bancasi was granted to the Philippine Army (PA) through Presidential Proclamation No. 113 dated November 23, 2009. 

It was learned that the eviction of illegal settlers around Camp Bancasi is supposed to be done last January, 2009 but for humanitarian reasons, the eviction was postponed till May 31, but residents of the area through a Barangay resolution asked for another 3-month extension, which the AFP concede. 

"As per order from the top, residents surrounding the Camp Bancasi are ordered to vacate the area. The order is supposed to be effective last January 2009 but because of humanitarian considerations, I personally extended the eviction till May 2009. Now, thru a Barangay resolution the residents asked for a three months extension till August 31, until it was granted. And another extention till this month of May 2010" Lt. Col. Oropel said.

"Gihangyo ang occupants nga sila na mismo ang moguba sa ilang mga balay aron walay resistance nga mahitabo, kay kung ang sundalo na molihok paspas tanan. I don't think there will be resistance during the eviction, since the illegal settlers has been order to voluntary demolished their homes," the officer explained.

Also, Lt. Col. Rene CaƱete of the Philippine Army said, "If they go against the military, they can be charged with direct and indirect assault. And I don't think, the active military service men in the area will object in anyway because it is a direct order from the headquarters." 

The AFP promise to help relocate illegal settlers in the area with the coordination of the City Government of Butuan. 

Meanwhile, Engr. Lorden Vismanos also said that City Mayor Democrito Plaza II has already funded a relocation program for the illegal settlers. There are also relocation areas in Butuan where those who will be relocated need for application. 

Most of the settlers are civilians and not connected to the military, children of former military officers. There are also some active military personnel and retirees, it was learned. (PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Army mihangyo sa boluntaryong pagbakwit sa mga residente nagpuyo sa military reservation area sa Bancasi
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By Michael A. Imbo
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BUTUAN CITY – Gihangyo sa Armed Forces of the Philippines ang mga okupanteng nanimuyo sulod sa Camp Bancasi gumikan sa illegal nga pagpatukod sa ilang gambalay, didto sa Barangay Bancasi, ning syudad.
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Gisulti ni Lt. Col. Efraim Oropel nga gikinahanglan na nga mopatuman sa ilang order gikan sa kamanduan sa ilang labaw sa pagpatuman sa eviction order.
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Ang nasangpit nga kamanduan nasubay sa Proclamation 113 pinetsahan Nobembre 23, 1936 pinirmahan ni kanhi Presidente Manuel L. Quezon.
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Nahibaloan nga daghang higayon nagpatawag sa panagtigom aron himoon ang dialogue gikan sa tingog sa mga residente atubangan sa mga tag-as nga opisyal sa barangay ug kasundalohan.
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Pinaagi sa mga hangyo ug sa gipagawas nga Barangay Resulosyon sa konseho sa baryo gitugotan nga hatagan sa extension ang pag-demolish sa mga kabalayan.
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Ang kamanduan gikan sa taas nga opisyal sa army ang gibasehan sa kasundalohan sa pagpatuman sa pagpabakwit sa mga nanimuyo sulod sa Camp Bancasi.
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Niadto pang January 2009 ang pagpa-demolish niini apan gumikan sa konsiderasyon ug paghatag sa tukmang panahon pagpangandam sa mga residente gitugutan na pod kini taman sa Mayo 2009.
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Laing hangyo nga tulo ka bulan hangod sa August 31, 2009 ang gipalugway nga gitugot sa Army.
Miabot sa punto nga mipakanaog na pod sa laing mando nga matud pa ipatuman na gyud sa kasundalohan ang “eviction” pinaagi na sa boluntaryong paguba sa kaugalingong balay sa mga nanimuyo niini.
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"Gihangyo ang occupants nga kamo na mismo ang moguba sa inyong mga balay aron walay resistance nga mahitabo, kay kung ang sundalo na molihok paspas tanan.” Sulti ni Lt. Col. Oropel.
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Ang lokal nga kagamhanan sa dakbayan ang miabag sa dakong suporta sa relocation site nga pagabalhinan sa mga residente pinaagi sa pag-apply.
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Si Engr. Lorden Vismanos, ang mitambong sa press conference aron ipahibalo nga andam ang kagamhanan sa Butuan pinaagi kang Mayor Democrito Plaza II nga moabag sa pagpahiluna sa mga mobakwit pinaagi sa relocation program.
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Sumala ni LTC. Rene R Canete, nga ang mga mosupak sa maong demolisyon mag-atubang sa kasong direct ug indirect assault.
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Dugang ni LTC. Canete nga ang mga aktibong militar nga nagpuyo didto ang kompiyansa kini nga motuman gyud sa mando gumikan kay ang order gikan sa ilang headquarters.
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Ang nanimuyo sa maong kampo ang mga aktibong sundalo, retiradong sundalo, mga sibilyan ug mga anak sa mga kanhi sundalo. (PIA-Caraga)
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Regional Peace and Order Council 13 provides one-day various government services in Alegria, Surigao del Norte

Brgy. Budlingin, Alegria, Surigao del Norte – RPOC 13 held its "Hiniusang Paghatod Serbisyo sa mga Ahensya sa Gobyerno", as part of its convergence undertakings for the year 2010 to strengthen the Council’s goal in bringing the government closer to the people through the delivery of basic services to the community.

Alegria, Surigao del Norte, known as “the Rice Granary of the Province of Surigao del Norte", was chosen as beneficiary by the Council, for having depressed barangays in far-flung areas, where government services are inadequately felt.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, a resident of Barangay Budlingin said that it was the first time for the barangay to experience a one-stop shop activity wherein the national line agencies delivered services right at the doorsteps. The resident expressed gratitude to RPOC 13 for the activity, saying that it made the people in the place feel that the government is taking various measures to promote development especially in depressed areas with wide-spread insurgency concerns.

The services given during the outreach program included: deworming and artificial insemination of large ruminant animals by the Department of Agriculture; seedling distribution, distribution of land titles and orientation of ecological waste management by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; insurance membership campaign, blood typing, bloodletting and blood pressure taking by the Philippine National Red Cross; feeding of 215 malnourished children by the Rotary Club of Downtown Butuan; medical services by the Department of Health; and sought-after services like the Dental Services and the “Operation Tuli” by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/ PIA-Caraga)


BCSAT wins BCWD local on-the-spot poster making contest

A consistent winner in the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) sponsored local poster making contest, Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) bagged again the Champion’s award during the 21st On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest held last April 7, 2010. 
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Major winners of the 21st On-the-Spot Poster Making High School Level together with the BCWD Board of Directors and GM Anselmo L. Sang Tian.
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The said competition was among the highlights of the twin celebration as BCWD commemorated the 9th Water Consciousness Week and its 36th Anniversary. 
 
For the high school level, the bet from BCSAT best interpreted the theme, “I Am the Guardian of the Earth, I Am the Future, I Save Water!”, among the nine participants from various secondary schools in Butuan City. 

Winners of the poster making contest high school level were the following: first place, Mary Joy U. Genotiva of BCSAT; second place, Pertanix Ian A. Carmelo of Fr. Urios High School of Ampayon Inc.; third place, Lemuel Regodon of Taligaman National High School and consolation prize winner Eric P. Estrella of Banza National High School. 

On the other hand, a total of 11 grade school pupils competed in the elementary level. The contestant from Holy Child Colleges of Butuan bagged the champion’s title having impressed the board of judges with his interpretation of the theme: “Value Water… Value Life!”.  

Elementary level winners were the following: first place, John Marc C. Esteves of Holy Child Colleges of Butuan; second place, Leonard Jane T. Java of J.T. Domingo Sr. Central Elementary School; third place, Mark Alquin C. Cordero of Riverside Central Elementary School; and consolation prize winner Nikolai P. Funcion of Butuan Christian Community School. 

Adjudging the entries for the poster making contest were: Mr. Julius M. De Villa, Mr. Owen S. Jaen, Mr. Isidoro S. Lagahit, Mr. Nelson H. Manilag and Ms. Agelia J. Mora.

The winners each received a cash prize of P 3,000.00 plus medal for the 1st placer, P 2,000.00 plus a medal for the 2nd placer, P 1,500.00 plus medal for the 3rd placer and P 500.00 plus a medal for the consolation prize. Non winners received a cash token of P 200.00 each.

The champion for both elementary and high school levels will represent BCWD in the Regional Poster Making Contest sponsored by the Northern Mindanao Natural Resources Management Council (NorMin-NRMC). (BCWD/PIA-Caraga)


BCWD celebrates 36th Anniversary successfully  

Butuan City Water District (BCWD) successfully celebrated its 36th Anniversary on March 29 to April 8, 2010. 

Normally, BCWD celebrates its anniversary from March 26 to April 1 in conjunction with the Water Consciousness Week. The annual celebration of the water consciousness is pursuant to Sanguniang Panglungsod Resolution No. 105, increasing the Butuanon’s awareness on the importance of water to their lives. This year, however, April 1 falls on a Holy Thursday, so the activities were moved to March 29-30 and April 5-8.  

Anchored on the theme: “Looking Ahead… Working Hand in Hand Toward Excellence in Water Service,” this year’s commemoration of the district’s foundation on April 1, 1974 and the annual water consciousness week was simple. Making the event simple was meant to shy away from the high budgeted activities that usually conducted during BCWD anniversaries. That decision of the management to keep the celebration simple was in line with the austerity measures formulated by the Board of Directors and implemented by the Management since the last quarter of 2009. Such policy aims to reduce the agency’s expenses to cope with the financial difficulties it has been weathering since last year.

The theme was intentionally adopted because despite of BCWD’s unfavorable condition, the Board, Management and employees were optimistic to overcome the crisis soonest, and saw a bright future ahead. However, they were aware that they had to work hand in hand to give excellent water service. To simply put, no matter how much difficulties they had been going through, they must continuously satisfy the public. 

Highlighting the celebrations were activities intended for the care of the environment. These included tree planting and turn-over of BCWD-funded sanitation facilities to Brgy. Anticala on April 5, environmental On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest for elementary and high school levels on April 7 at BCWD Roofdeck, and an environmental performance entitled “Healing the Earth” by actress and environmentalist Chin Chin Gutierrez on April 7 at the Urios Gym.

Also undertaken were community outreach programs, such as mass feeding and distribution of used clothing on March 30 in Iyao, Bloodletting on April 6 at BCWD Training Hall and visit to Por Cristo on April 8 in Buenavista, and pipe fitting olympics for BCWD pipe fitters/plumbers on April 8 at BCWD Pump Station No.1 in Alviola.

The event was officially closed at the end of the Awards Program and Employees’ Night on April 8 at the BCWD Roofdeck where punctuality, perfect attendance and service awards were conferred to deserving employees.
(BCWD/PIA-Caraga)