PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CPP-NPA releases town mayor, 4 escorts after 17 days in captivity 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), finally released early Monday evening Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Roberto Luna and his four escorts after 17 days in captivity at Barangay Pasi-an, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province. 

Luna was released together with Police Officer 3 Allan Dapitanon and Police Officer 2 Joseto de Castro, both of Lingig Municipal Police Station; and Pfc. Junrey Abao and Pfc. Arnel Dizon, both assigned in Surigao del Sur and temporarily detailed as security escorts of the Mayor. 

Surigao del Sur provincial police director Sr. Supt. Julieto M. Diray said the freed hostages were released by their abductors at 6 p.m. to the Surigao del Sur Crisis Management Committee (SCMC) and officially arrived at Lingig town at 1 a.m. Tuesday. The SCMC members were led by Surigao del Sur Governor-elect Johnny Pimentel. 

“They were released unharmed and no mentioned ransom during the peace negotiation,” said Diray. 

Vice-mayor Daniel Lu of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, a physician checking on the health status of the captives, said Luna and company were in good health. 

Lu said their body bore no contusions nor torture marks indicating that they were treated well. 

Mayor Luna and his escorts are currently under medical check up at Lingig medical clinic. 

In a brief turn-over ceremony, Luna, Dapitona, de Castro, Abao and Dizon thanked the NPA unit who took custody over them for 12 days for respecting their rights in accordance with the international humanitarian law. 

He did not give any comment nor mention if they would file charges against their abductors. 

“For the meantime, ay pahinga muna kami (we want to rest),” was the only statement released by the mayor to Philippine News Agency. 

But Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Police Regional Office 13, ordered on Tuesday Sr. Supt. Nestor M. Fajura, chief of planning and operations division, and Surigao del Sur provincial police director Senior Supt. Diray to study the exact charges in court against the abductors of Mayor Luna and his four escorts. 

In reaction to the release, 10th Infantry Division commanding general Major General Carlos Holganza, said he was happy about it but stressed that the incident will not erase the fact that what the NPA did was an abduction punishable under the law of the country. 

Holganza noted the NPA only wanted to divert the attention of the people from the blunders their group had committed for the past few days especially the ambush at Maragusan, Comval Province on May 12 that killed four government troops and a civilian who served the elections as a poll watcher. 

“It is a propaganda,” he stressed. 

Meanwhile, Governor-elect Pimentel was in a joyous mood when reached through mobile phone by PNA. 

“Salamat sa Poong Maykapal at binitiwan din ng mga hostage-takers sila mayor na walang nangyari (Thanks to God and hostage-takers released the Mayor and his escorts unharmed),” said Pimentel. 

The incumbent and last termer Lingig town mayor, who also won during the recent May 10 election as vice mayoralty candidate in that same town, and his four other escorts were flagged down by the NPA somewhere in the border of Trento, Agusan del Sur and Monkayo town in Compostela Valley on May 5 while in route to Davao City.
(muc/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Anti-rabies ordinance sa Nasipit aprubado na

Isa sa gikahadlukan nga sakit mao ang pagtakboy sa rabis sa lawas sa tao kung kini mapaakan ug iro’ng buang.

Aron mapakgang ang pagkasayang sa kinabuhi sa tao tungod sa rabis, gipasa gilayon sa konseho sa Nasipit nga gipangamahan ni SB Hector B. Magtibay ang SB ordinance No. 005-2008 o ang pagsanta sa rabis sa maong lugar.

Base sa ordinansa, gimanduan ang tana’ng nanag-iya og iro nga pabakunahan dayon kini og anti-rabies kung mag-edad na og 3 ka bulan pataas ug kinahanglan kanunay kini’ng hiniktan o anaa nakabutang sa hawla aron malikayan ang pagpama-ak niini sa tao.

Adunay multa nga P1,000 hangtod P2,500 ug pagkapriso sa napulo hangtud traynta ka adlaw alang sa mga dili motuman niini.

Sumala sa gisugid ni Ms. Brenda P. Tampos, ang Provincial Anti-Rabies Coordinator sa Agusan del Norte, adunay nahitala nga 182 ka tao ang napaakan og iro didto sa Nasipit sa ni-aging tuig apan walay taho nga adunay namatay sa rabis.

“Mao bitaw nga nagpasi-ugda mi og quiz bowl ug poster making contest kaniadtong Marso 23, 2010 didto sa Nasipit Central Elementary School (NACES) Gym aron madugangan ang kahibalo sa tao, hilabi sa mga estudyante, kung unsay buhaton aron malikayan ang sakit nga rabis” dugang pa ni Ms. Tampos.

Tungod sa importansya sa maong ordinansya, gi-aprubahan gilayon kini pinaagi sa Sanguniang Resolution No. 121-2010 nga gipangamahan ni Bokal Aquino Gambe.

Ang maong ordinansa uyon sa Provincial Ordinance No. 154-2004 nga mao ang Provincial Dog and Rabies Control Ordinance. (MS Monoy/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Watershed areas sa ADN gituki

Aron malikayan ang kadaot sa kalikupan (environment) sa tibuok probinsya sa Agusan del Norte.

Ang Sanguniang Panlalawigan Office nangayo og mga lista sa mga identified watershed areas sa probinsya sigun sa munisipalidad ug barangay ngadto kang Environmental Management Speacialist nga si Mr. Lauro G. Hinaloc.

Pinaagi sa Sanguniang Resolution No. 103-2010 nga gipangamahan ni Bokal Aquino W. Gambe.

Sa gihimong Executive- Legislative Agenda (ELA) sa 2007, nahisgutan ang usa ka pro-active measure nga mag-protektar sa mga kabukiran ug mga katubigan (forest and water resources) sa probinsya batok sa mga kasarangang kalamidad nga nahitabo naadtong niaging mga tuig hilabi na ang mahitungod sa baha nga resulta ani’ng Global Climate Change.

Aron makagama og mga resolusyon o mga ordinansa nga makapanalipod (protect) ug makapatunhay (preserve) sa atong mga natural resources, nagkinahanglan ang lehislatura og igong kaalam sa insaktong lokasyon sa tanang watershed areas aron masugdan na dayon ang pagpanday sa mga gikinahanglan’ng balaod ug mga proyekto ug kalihokan alang niini. (MS Monoy/ PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Livelihood alang sa out-of school youth gisuportahan

Gitubag sa pangagamhanang probinsyal ang hangyo sa kabatan-onan o mga out-of school youth sa Barangay Talisay, Nasipit nga makabaton og panginabuhian nga swine fattening livelihood project.

“Ang maong proyekto makatabang gayod sa atong kabataan pinaagi sa paghatag kanila og dugang kita ug tungod sa daghan silay atimanonon aron mapausbaw ni nga proyekto, mawad-an na sila og panahon para sa mga bisyo, “Matod pa ni Bise Gobernador Enrico R. Corvera nga mao ang nangamahan sa Sanguniang Resolution No. 106-2010.

Hatagan og pundo ang nasangpit nga proyekto gikan sa 20% Development Fund. (MS Monoy/ PIA-Caraga)

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Tubay to hold regular bloodletting program

Advocating blood donation as an act of heroism, the municipality of Tubay will now conduct abloodletting Day program twice a year or as often as necessary by virtue of Municipal Ordinance No. 2009-10. authored by SB Member Jary P. Mondejar.

Local officials recognized the significance of the program mainly: 

1) to advocate and promote the voluntary blood donation program in the community;
 2) to ensure adequate, safe and readily available supply of blood through regular blood letting activities; 
3) to help eradicate the misconceptions in blood donation through a comprehensive information, education and communication campaign; and 
4) to let the community realize the importance of the program that blood donation is a heroic act of saving lives.

To put things in order regarding the said program, a municipal blood Council (MBC) is created with the Municipal Mayor as the chairman and co-Chaired by the Municipal Health Officer (MHO) who will set the schedules of the municipal bloodletting days and cause and cause the necessary preparations and arrangements with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and or duly authorized hospitals or blood banks and such other concerned entities from the public or private sectors.

The program will have an annual allocation of P30,000.00 for the expenses related to the conduct of said activity such as but not limited to meals and snacks, transporatation, donor incentives, information campaign, community mobilization campaign, community mobilization and documentation.

“Blood donation is indeed aheroic act of savinglives”, said Board Memebr Aquino W. Gambe, author of Sangunian Resolution No. 038-2010, approving the said municipal ordinance. (MSMonoy)


Province asks DPWH to finance its multi-million road project

Citing in particular the thousands who could benefit from the proposal, provincial officials are asking the support of the Department of Public Works and Higways (DPWH) over its proposed multi-million road project.

In a resolution sent to the secretary of DPWH, the province is hoping to get the nod of the agency for the construction of the two Hundred Million (P200,000,000.00) peso Buenavista-Bonaguit farm to market road.

This proposal is one of the priority projects of Governor Erlpe John M. Amante’s Administration believed to benefit 53, 059 residents in the area including the nearby province. It is a major endeavor contained in the Executive-Legislative Agenda of the province of Agusan del Norte.

“I am bent to pursue this project this project since this would connect the province of Bukidnon and would also promote the sustainable development of Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, Carmen (LASBUENASCAR) sustainable Agro-Forestry Development Project” Governor Amante said to justify his intention.

The approximate length of road to connect the two provinces is 70 kilometers and currently, 18 kilometers were already constructed leaving 52 kilometers more.

Based on the study, the Buenavista-Bonaquit farm-to-market road has an influence area potential for agricultural production. Currently, remains undeveloped mainly because of its inaccessibility. The direct beneficiaries are the people living in the traversed section of the project and considerably the indigenous people living inside the 56, 000 hectare LASBUENASCAR Agro-Foresfry Development project.

For his part, Board Member Aquino W. Gambe opined that once implemented, it will significantly appreciate the value of the land area and promotes the full and sustainable development of LASBUENASCAR.

The area is fertile for banana, rice, coconut, abaca and other crash crops.

“The project will surely trigger greater agricultural production due to easy access in transporting farm inputs, implements and technologies even the nearest market growth in the area”, Governor Amante added.