PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Joint oath-taking of Caraga’s Mining Engineers, Mine Safety set on Thursday

SURIGAO DEL NORTE (July 28) – The Philippine Society of Mining Engineers – Caraga Chapter (PSEM) and the Caraga Mine Safety and Health Committee (CMSHC), in coordination with the Chamber of Mines of Caraga Region Incorporated (CMCRI) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-XIII (MGB-13), will hold a joint induction and oath-taking of newly elected officers on Thursday, July 29, 2010.

It will take place at the Hotel Tavern in Surigao City and will promptly start at 6 o’clock in the evening.

PSEM Officers for 2010-2011 to be inducted are: Jose B. Anievas – President; Charlo R. Basadre – Vice-President; Abedee C. Zerda – Secretary; Arnel T. Pelaez – Treasurer; Renie E. Alvarado – Auditor.

Elected Board of Directors are as follows: Abedee C. Zerda – Pacific Cement Phils. Inc.; Victoriano Nunez – Pacific Nickel Phils. Inc.; Jose B. Anievas – Taganito Mining Corp.; Cyril Vizcayno – Hinatuan Mining Corp.; Joselito C. Raguini – Cagdianao Mining Corp.; Reynaldo Gaspe – Krominco Inc.; Renie E. Alvarado – SR Metals Inc.; Alvin B. Castanos – Philsaga Mining Corp.; William Kewan – Carrascal Nickel Corp.; Arnel T. Pelaez – Silangan Mindanao Mining Company Inc.; Charlo R. Basadre – Mines and Geosciences Bureau 13.

Also, CMSHC to be inducted are: Rennan Y. Cuadrillero – Chairman; Felix L. Piala – Vice-Chairman; Edgay Thomas E. Bagalay – Secretary; Gina R. Aspillaga – Treasurer; Quirico A. Canta, Jr. – Auditor.

The affair will be witnessed by the Honorable Undersecretary Jeremia Dolino of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), “as we recognize his valuable contribution to the mining industry,” said in a statement sent to PIA. 

Guests from PSEM National, Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers (MAEM) and PRC Board Examiners for Mining Engineers will also grace in the event. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

 

PRO 13 conducts PCR Month Culminating Activity

BUTUAN CITY – After spearheading several month-long activities, the Police Community Relations of Police Regional Office 13 conducted a culminating activity of the 15th Police Community Relations Month Celebration during the traditional Monday flag raising ceremony at the parade grounds of Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, this city.

The highlight of the ceremony is the Police-Community Relations Awards Program in recognizing officers and work teams from the PNP and partner’s organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police-community relations in the Caraga Region.

Atty. Rene Burdeos, Regional Director of DILG 13 and Police Chief Superintendent Lino Calingasan gave the Plaque of Recognition to Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO) who was chosen as the Best PCR Branch of the year in the region. Nasipit Municipal Police Station, Agusan del Norte PPO as best PCR MPS, San Francisco MPS in Surigao del Norte as the Model Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of the year and 13th Regional Public Safety Batallion as the Best PCR Team of the Year.

Also awarded with Plaque of Recognition is Police Inspector Marife Farol who was chosen as the Best PCR Police Commissioned Officer of the year, PO2 Mary Joy Abedejos as the Best Senior PCR Police Non-Commissioned Officer.

The Rotary Club Downtown Butuan represented by Ma. Victoria Trojellio was given due recognition and awarded with a Plaque of Recognition for their continuous and untiring support to the ongoing plans and programs of PCR in bringing the police closer to the community in Caraga Region.

RMN Butuan and PRO 13 Press Corps likewise received an award as partners in the information dissemination of important activities and helping the police force achieved the Integrated Transformation Program which has been considered as the organization's roadmap for winning the public's trust, confidence and support in making Caraga a more peaceful and orderly place to live, work, invest, and do business.

DILG Regional Director Rene Burdeos congratulated the efforts of the PCR Regional Office and encouraged members of the whole police force of Police Regional Office 13 to always be a good example in everything they do.

“To my mind Police Community Relations should not only be done in July, your activities highlight the importance of improving your goodwill, improving the relationship of the PNP and the community where you serve, but the best community relations to me is that, you should step up police visibility especially in the urban areas,” Regional Director Burdeos said as guest speaker of the 15th PCR Month Culmination Program.

PNP members were also reminded to improve public image and the sense of pride as one prominent strategy in improving community relations as it affects the morale and welfare of the whole organization.

The DILG Regional Director stressed, “The police service is a noble institution which demands specialized knowledge and skills and high standards of ethics and morality, that should be the best Police Community Relations that all of us should endeavor.”

This year’s theme of the celebration is: “Matatag na Pagkakaisa ng Pambansang Pulisya at Mamamayan Tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.” (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

 

NPA demands caused failures of previous peace talks 

BUTUAN CITY – President Benigno Aquino III in his 1st State of the Nation Address on July 26 not only ordered for the resumption of pursuing negotiations with the MILF under his administration but for the government to have a dialogue with the NPA’s as well saying, " To the CPP-NPA-NDF: are you prepared to put forth concrete solutions rather than pure criticism and finger-pointing? If it is peace you truly desire, then we are ready for an immediate cease-fire. Let us go back to the table and begin talking again."

Operations and Plans Division Chief of Police Regional Office 13 Police Senior Supt. Benson Leleng welcome the Aquino administration's pledge of achieving lasting peace through dialogue with all anti-government groups.

“Exploring the possibilities of negotiating with the CPP/NPA is an effective way of resolving peaceful conflict resolutions; anyone who wants peace would enter direct peace negotiations,” this was the positive reaction made by PSS Leleng.

It was learned there were attempts of trying to negotiate with the rebel groups in previous years.

However, there were demands that were not attainable like the release of political prisoners, and NPA members who were arrested facing murder, extortion, arson and other criminal charges.

PSS Leleng clarified, “We have to give justice to the victims and we have our nation’s law to follow therefore we just could not give in to these demands.”

Police Regional Office13 will conduct a command conference to map out plans to renew efforts to engage in dialogue with leaders of the CPP/NPA here in Caraga Region.

“Categorically, Mindanao is a zone of peace, we have to tell people that conflict areas are confined to some parts in Mindanao and the presence of NPA rebels in Caraga Region has been reduced due to effective military and PNP operations,” said PSS Leleng.

Reports from Police Regional Office 13 revealed, for the previous years, government troops have cut down the strength and influence of the CPP-NPA in the region who also reduced their mass based support.

Nevertheless, PRO 13 expressed positive response to President Aquino’s SONA to implement a ceasefire to give way for a roundtable discussion in attaining a lasting peace and could paved way for the rebel groups to return back in the main stream of the society. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

 

CPNP ‘to run’ in Caraga region

Preparations are underway by the Police Regional Office 13 headquarters and other police offices in the region for the visit of Philippine National Police chief Director Gen. Jesus A. Versosa, to lead once again the legacy run and the PNP transformation forum here in the Caraga region.

The country’s top police official is scheduled to arrive on August 6-7, and head the activity which is a part of the PNP’s Integrated Transformation Program (ITP), an expression of PNP’s collective desire to support the continued advocacy to its own transformation program, the roadmap to lasting reforms of the police designed to resolved organizational dysfunction and improve the quality of the police service, strengthen law enforcement capabilities and enhance morale and welfare of the police personnel and their dependents.

PNP regional sources said that the legacy run is set early morning on August 7, with the runners which will be composed of the PNPs rank and file to be led by the Chief PNP himself and Regional Director Lino DG Calingasan, other participating agencies and media. This time it will start at the National Highway crossing leading to the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge. The runners will then cross the bridge, and then turn right towards Montilla Boulevard, and then again turn left as they will reach the crossing of Jose C. Aquino Ave., and proceed westward towards Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez.

A transformation forum will follow at a local gymnasium after the run and a short program at the regional headquarters ground.

Meanwhile, the Agusan del Norte Provincial Police Office under the stewardship of its newly installed provincial director PSSupt. Nestor M. Fajura, will present its very recent project of facelifting the faƧade of its provincial headquarters. Provincial Police source said that an ITP park construction is on its finishing touches at the eastside of its provincial headquarters building, will soon be ready for inspection at the Chief PNP’s visit.

“This (project) will form as part of our concrete contribution to the integrated transformation program initiated by our national office under this dispensation. The projects were initiated by our present provincial police leadership under our newly installed provincial director,” the same source said. (Noel B. Najarro/The Butuan Star)

 

Jabonga Police conducted teach-ins

In sincere efforts to bring the police closer to the community, the Jabonga Municipal Police Station, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte under the supervision of its officer-in-charge Police Inspector Nefre Telewik Acaso, sent a team to a local elementary school in the area, to conduct teach-ins on Science, Mathematics and English subjects.

A team lead by Senior Police Officer 3 Rolando T. Rubrica was sent by Inspector Acaso, yesterday morning (July 27) under the “Pulis Ko, Titser Ko” (My Police Officer, My Teacher) at Magsaysay Elementary School, Brgy. Magsaysay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

At 9:30-11:45 A.M. yesterday, Police Officer 1 Diana M. Dejolde, Administrative PNCO of the said police station taught Science subject to the Grade 3 students, while Police Officer 2 Michelle A. Tumbaga, WCPD/FJGADD PNCO, taught Mathematics to the Grade 4 students and Police Officer 1 Christy Daisy B. Angub, PCR/Asst. WCPD PNCO taught English subject to the Grade 5 and Grade 6 students of the said school.

The said team in the afternoon conducted a “mass feeding” to some 250 students of the said elementary school, in connection with the celebration of the nutrition month under the theme: “Sa Pagkaing Tama at Sapat, Wastong Timbang Ni Baby ang Katapat.”

The whole day activity was in line with the 15th Police Community Relations Month celebration and the police integrated transformation program. (Noel B. Najarro/TheButuan Star)

 

Robbery suspect falls as would-be victim fought back

Police nabbed a robbery suspect after his would-be victim resisted, forcing the mugger to flee and fail in his evil attempt, Monday evening.

Reports from Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office identified the would-be victim as a certain Rebeca Libaton, a businesswoman of legal age from Purok 3, Brgy. Maharlika, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur who reported to Hinatuan Municipal Police Station, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, that as she was drawing near Brgy. Aquino, particularly in front of the Municipal Circuit Trial Couirt building of the said place, 7:20 P.M. Monday, when an unidentified person, armed with a short firearm approached her and announced a hold-up.

As it was still early part in the evening and some people were noticeably nearby, she resisted and shouted for help at the same time. This caused the suspect to panic and prompted him to flee towards an undetermined direction.

Acting immediately on the businesswoman’s complaint, the Hinatuan police conducted a hot pursuit operation against the fleeing suspect. This resulted to the apprehension of the suspect who was later identified as Francis Abedijos y Ampis, 22; of Purok 2, Brgy. Lacasa, of the said town. Recovered from his possession was a unit of homemade Caliber .38 revolver without a serial number.

The suspect is now detained at the Hinatuan detention cell waiting for the filing of the appropriate charges against him. (Noel B. Najarro/The Butuan Star)