PIA News Service - Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

PPOC members tapped to enforce laws on peace and order

By Dave M. Suyao

Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward “Eddie Bong” Plaza believes strong political will, determination and unity will be the strong weapons to address the peace and order problems in the province.

During the recently conducted Provincial Peace and Order full Council (PPOC) meeting, Gov. Plaza said issues that were brought to the attention of the Provincial Peace and Order Council were already discussed repeatedly, but sad to note, the implementation were “half cooked”. Then, finger pointing follows.

“Like for example the issue of overloading falcata logs that caused damage to the national highway. If I recall, we have already discussed the issue before when I was the governor, and until now that I am back as your governor, still the same issue prevail. It is therefore time that we unite, not just one agency or the local government to implement the law of over and rainbow loading, but all of us, be national and local government agencies, including the barangay officials”, Gov. Plaza said.

Gov. Plaza asked DPWH representatives how much the weighbridge cost, planning to seek help from the two congresswomen of Agusan del Sur to help install a weigh bridge in the province in order to exactly determine the weight of the load of every hauler truck that passes thru the national highway to address the overloading problem.

The PPOC also passed a resolution condemning the local communist terrorists for the killing of five government soldiers and wounding another one in Barangay Lo Fortuna, Veruela town last week. According to Lt. Col. Neil Richard Patricio, the area surrounding Barangay La Fortuna are known to be rebel infested and are dependent of their consumption out of the “revolutionary tax” they are collecting from the local residents.

“The main reason why these local communist terrorists harass the army is because their atrocities are contained with the presence of our forces. We are there to secure the area and maintain peace and order in order that economic activities will flourish. I am therefore asking the assistance of the local government units that we train some 50 able men from the area to become members of the CAFGU so that these rebels will know that we mean peace and development”, Col. Patricio said. 

With the suggestion of Col. Patriciao, Vice Gov. Santiago Cane, thru the suggestion of SP member Gilbert Elorde, asked Col. Patricio to prepare a written proposal for the governor to approve so that the training of the 50 CAFGU can be done immediately.
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On criminality, P/Supt. Antonio Paguirigan informed the body that the two suspects that destroyed and stole the lines of the two telephone companies are already languishing in Prosperidad jail, waiting for the final judgement of the court of their crimes committed.

“What these people have done is an act of economic sabotage and therefore, a heinous crime. They are now in the hands of the law, waiting for final judgement. And so far, as criminality is concerned, criminality in the rpovince was reduced compared to the same period last year, while crime solution increased. I therefore say, that Agusan del Sur in totality is peaceful. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Caraga Region prepares 2010-2016 regional development plan

BUTUAN CITY - In an effort to help the current administration in its development program in the countryside, particularly Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region), the Regional Development Council (RDC) will be preparing its successor Regional Development Plan (RDP) for the period 2010-2016. 

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the 2010-2016 regional development plan came out after the RDC approved during its 63rd Full Council Meeting held recently here, the guidelines for the formulation of a successor plan, also known as the Medium-Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP). 

Since the previous RDP will expire this year, the successor plan will set the development direction of the region in the next six years, starting 2011 under the administration of President Benigno C. Aquino III. 

In a press statement released on Thursday, the NEDA said the guidelines underscore the guiding principles to be adopted in the successor plan namely inclusive growth and poverty reduction, application of participatory and human rights based approaches, integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation concepts and strategies, gender equality and development, vertical and horizontal plan integration and support to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

Consequently, a series of regional and local consultations will be conducted by the NEDA Caraga in the formulation of the successor plan. 

Said regional development plan is targeted to be completed, legitimized and adopted by the Council in October, this year, said NEDA. 

In a related development, Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante and Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny T. Pimentel were both nominated as chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) - 13 during its meeting held recently here. 

To be appointed by President Aquino, the RDC 13 chair and co-chair shall serve for a fixed term of three years as provided under Executive Order 325 of 1996. This term shall coincide with the regular term of the elective officials without prejudice to reappointment. 

Also nominated as RDC 13 co-chairperson were Engr. Leonel A. Santos and Mr. Marlon C. Advincula, who are both private sector representatives to the newly reorganized Council. The same EO sets out the condition that if the chair comes from the government sector, the co-chair shall be chosen from the private sector and vice-versa. 

NEDA-13 Regional Director Carmencita S. Cochingco, who presided over the reorganizational meeting, has been the officer-in-charge of the Council for almost three years since former President Arroyo did not appoint RDC chair and co-chair for Caraga Region. 

The RDC was created by the Constitution to strengthen the autonomy of the local government units and accelerate the socio-economic development of the regions. 

In that same RDC meeting, 10 private sector representatives (PSR’s) in the RDC-13 were confirmed. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


RDC endorses P57.7-M expansion of Sta. Josefa irrigation project in Agusan Sur

STA. JOSEFA, Agusan del Sur – A big number of farmers in this landlocked far-flung municipality of Agusan del Sur province have a reason to rejoice as the region’s powerful Regional Development Council (RDC) has endorsed the P57.7-million expansion of Sta. Josefa Pump Irrigation Project here. 

Because of this new development, more farmers in almost all barangays in this town will soon improve their yield. 

The expansion of service area of the projects was unanimously endorsed by the RDC during its meeting held recently in Butuan City for funding by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), it was also learned. 

The additional cost will expand the service area from 2,000 hectares to 2,787 hectares, an NIA official here said. 

Presently, only the barangays of Angas, Awao, Sayon, Concepcion, San Jose and Patrocinio in Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur are covered by adequate irrigation water supply. 

NIA official Engr. Greg Y. Pang said that an additional service area of about 787 hectares will be irrigated in Barangays San Jose and Binongahan in Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur. 

The pump irrigation project’s main canal has a capacity of 3.76 cubic meters per second with a length of about 12.12 kilometers, making it possible to convey more irrigation water, added Engr. Pang. 

NEDA-13 Regional Director Carmencita S. Cochingco, who presided over the meeting in her capacity as officer-in-charge and ex officio Vice-Chair of RDC 13, commented that the project will enable the Caraga Region to attain its rice production and food sufficiency targets. 

Agusan del Sur is being considered as the “food basket” in Northern Mindanao. 

Meanwhile, Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza was elated by the RDC’s endorsement, saying, “It is a big boost to our rice production in our province”. 

He said the provincial government is currently looking for additional farming equipment for the farmers. (muc/PIA-Caraga)


Medical and Dental Mission held in Basag ARC

Hundreds of residents including Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in Basag Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) of Department of Agrarian Reform are the recipient of the Free Medical and Dental Mission held at BASAG ARC, Brgy. Basag, Butuan City last August 19, 2010. 

Key DAR officials participated in the said undertakings led by Faisar A. Mambuay with PARO II Andre B. Atega, CEO VI, CARPO Rodrigo B. Bitangcor, Admin and Finance Officer Diomedes Maisog, DARCOVE Agusan del Norte Chapter President Raymundo Bongato and MARO Mauriel T. Fesalboni with DF Chona A. Maceda.
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This humanitarian mission, which brings the government closer to the people, is a collaborative effort of the Department of Agrarian Reform - CARAGA Oppose Violence Everywhere (DAR-COVE) Agusan del Norte Chapter in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Health (DOH) some government agencies and private institutions, City Government, Basag Local Government Unit, Barangay Health Workers and nursing students. 
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PARO II Andre B. Atega, CEO VI, lauded the benevolent effort of the DAR-COVE Agusan del Norte Chapter and some stakeholders for extending this community outreach program that helps enhance the welfare and health of local residents specifically to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in Basag ARC.
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The barangay residents expressed their profound gratitude to the Department of Agrarian Reform, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other stakeholders for the free medical and dental mission.
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Aside from medical, dental services and operation tuli, the beneficiaries also received free medicines and vitamins. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)


104 Infra Projects Implemented by Military in 5 Mindanao Provinces
 
The 52nd Engineer Brigade under BGen Romulo M Cabantac Jr AFP has completed a total of 104 Kalayaan Barangay Program (KBP) projects from 2008 to 2009 in the area of responsibility of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army.

KBP is being implemented in the hinterland barangays in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Bukidnon.

The KBP is under the National Development Support Project (NDSP) and it aims to assist the National Government in its peace and development initiatives to establish a physically and psychologically secured environment conducive to socio-economic growth especially in the remotest barangays.

For these five provinces, the KBP projects are divided into school buildings, farm to market roads, water systems, electrifications, daycare centers and health centers bringing the total cost of poured in projects to P205 million.

There were 42 farm to market roads constructed, 18 school buildings erected, 17 water systems put up, 16 health centers institutionalized, six daycare centers established and five barangays energized.

Aside from the infrastructure projects, the residents are also benefitting from it because the Army Corps of Engineers implementing it are required to hire civilian labor from within the barangay. 

Agusan del Sur has the most number of KBP projects at 49 followed by Surigao del Norte with 34. There are 18 KBP projects successfully implemented in Agusan del Norte, four in Surigao del Sur and one in Bukidnon.

For the year 2010, 42 KBP projects are yet to be implemented in the AOR of 4th Infantry Division.

“These KBP Projects have greatly helped in alleviating poverty and illiteracy, the two primary factors why insurgency exists. These projects are only a small part of the Army’s commitment to achieve lasting peace and sustainable development for all of us Filipinos,” said MGen Victor A Felix AFP, Commander of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division based in Camp Evangelista, PATAG, Cagayan de Oro City. (LTC TRIUMPH DOMINIC G BAGAIPO, 4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)