4.06.2010

PIA News Service - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Captured wounded NPA leader in clash treated well in military hospital, Army spokesman says 

CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – An alleged New People's Army (NPA) leader that was wounded and captured during a one-hour gunbattle between government security troops and communist insurgents on Maundy Thursday at Sitio Bucasao, Barangay Calaitan, in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur province, is currently being “treated well”, said regional Army spokesman Maj. Mitchele B. Anayron Jr., on Monday. 

The Army spokesman of Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division said the captured alleged rebel leader, identified as Jomar Silaw Domo, alleged tribal NPA warrior was brought by the operating troops to the Bayugan Medical Center and later brought to Army’s Camp Edilberto Hospital Annex at Bancasi here for further medical treatment. 

“He is now under care by our doctors and all his medical needs is being taking cared of by our units in the area,” added Maj. Anayron. 

Confiscated from Domo’s possession during the encounter was one M16 Armalite rifle and one alloy magazine loaded with live ammunition. 

It was recalled that last Maundy Thursday afternoon, patrolling troops of the 26th Infantry Battallion encountered alleged NPA rebels in Bucasao area in a one-hour fire fight. 

Anayron added that the encountered rebels were allegedly members communist-Front Committee 21-B of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command. 

In a related development, a government troops was killed and another Army soldier was wounded when government security forces encountered with suspected NPA rebels at Sitio Tanawan, Barangay Malinawon, in Mawab town, Compostela Valley on Easter Sunday, reported received from the AFP Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom) on Monday stated. 

The field report also stated that a certain Pfc. Bimbo Ulsa died after three-hour heavy fire fight against communist terrorists. Encountered rebels were believed members of communist-Front Committee 33 of the CPP-NPA Southern Mindanao regional Command. 

It also said the encounter started at 11:30 a.m. when patrolling soldiers of the 8th Special Forces Company and militiamen under 1Lt. Warren Tubungbanua encountered the rebels. 

The heavy fighting lasted until almost 3 p.m. until reinforcement of other Army soldiers from nearby areas arrived, the field report said. 

The other wounded soldier was Pfc. Leoncio Ramos Jr. He was rushed to Mawab Hospital. 

Reinforcing troops recovered several land mines as well as personal belongings believed left behind by the rebels at the encounter site, field report said. 

As this developed, blocking forces from the police and the military are being set up near and around the encounter site while massive pursuit operations against the fleeing communists is still going on. 

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commanding genral of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division ordered the deployment of more combat troops to beef up the pursuing government security forces in the area. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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Caraga Development Summit 2010 reels off in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY - As economic activity continue to spur in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region), a “Caraga Development Summit 2010” is set third week of this month in this region’s capital city. 

The summit will be participated by regional government officials, investors/locators, business owners and entrepreneurs, housing officials, home buyers and borrowers, real state developers, builders, contractors and suppliers, engineers, architects, banks and financial institutions and officials of Pag-ibig Fund. 

The big activity, slated on April 21, to 24, at downtown hotel, resorts and convention center, will be supervised by the Fifth Asia Communities Corporation. 

The Department of Trade and Industry-National Economic Research and Business Assistance Council (DTI-NERBAC) under DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran will act as secretariat during the summit. 

The goal and objectives of the summit is to locate business and commercial activities in the region’s business center, to assess the region’s current and future housing conditions and thresh out housing issues, concerns and circumstances and to relocate public offices in the region’s government center. 

Several top government officials and big business group leaders are resource persons during the summit. 

“This big gathering will also launch the business center development plan, residential district development plan, government center development plan and Caraga region master plan,” said DTI Director Pagaran. 

The region’s DTI head added the summit will also tackle the region’s government update and direction, challenges of the region, prospects and expectations, commitments and engagements and vision for 2020, 2030 and beyond for Caraga region. (muc/PIA-Caraga)

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DOE implements AO 183 in government agencies
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By Michael A. Imbo 
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Butuan City - The Department of Energy (DOE) is intensifying efforts to complete the energy conservation audit and seminars of all government agencies, during the Half-day Seminar on Power Conservation and Efficiency to government agencies on April 28, 2010, this city. 
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DOE is conducting nationwide campaign for energy conservation as the center stage of awakening the different government agencies, offices and government institutions in line with the implementation of Administrative Order 183. 
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Energy conservation seminars to regional offices are also being conducted by Department of Energy Audit Team Chairman Waldo Flores. 
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Meanwhile, Mr. Flores said that the A.O 183 shall take the lead in implementing this order and shall take appropriate measures and necessary actions to ensure compliance in accordance to the use of energy efficient lighting system in government institutions. 
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During the forum some participants brought out the issues on crisis in power curtailment criticized by some government employees that mostly affected there works and performances in the offices. 
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Right after the seminar, the audit team also conducted Energy Conservation (ENERCON) inspections in different major regional government agencies such as; Department of Budget and Management (DBM); National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Works and Development (DSWD); Department of Education (DepEd); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Interior and local Government Unit (DILG); Government Services Insurance System (GSIS); Department of Justice (DOJ); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Department of Health (DOH); Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). 
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The energy audit team said that so far, the regional offices here have obtained the energy conservation audit rating since the result are impressive and due to electricity savings. 
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National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) followed with a uniform rating. 
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The team had conducted a total of 20 owned-government institutions during its energy spot checking here in the city including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Caraga State University Campus in Barangay Ampayon. 
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In addition to the DOE's spot checking, the team requires all government agencies to submit documents on fuel and electricity consumption. 
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Government agencies are also required to comply with A.O. 183 which mandates all government offices to use energy-efficient lighting systems and implement an energy conservation program. 
The Team hopes to increase consumer vigilance in energy conservation and protection of the environment. 
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The theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government based on the pronouncement of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship to mitigate the ill effects of climate change. 
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DOE's role is highlighted in the consumer adoption as crucial in the implementation and enforcement of the Consumer Act, and other energy-related laws which have great impact on consumers. (PIA-Caraga)