PIA News Service - Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Water shortage feared in Surigao, local water district urges Surigaonons to conserve water

By: Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY - Surigaonons may experience severe water problems due to the aggravating impacts of dry season. This was the warning issued by Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) Gen. Manager Benjamin Ensomo, Jr. recently.

In a press statement, Ensomo urged the water concessionaires in the city to conserve water amid the alarming level of the Parang-parang Watershed. 

"Our water supply has already reached a critical level. Consumers can experience a very low water supply to no water at all. We have already tapped other creeks like the Mabini creek, Kanmahat creek and Parang-parang gamay as our alternative sources of water but still not enough for our growing consumers,” said Ensomo. 

Among those severely affected include Luna to Trinidad, Acean Heights Subdivision, Mabua-Ipil-Lipata-Punta Bilar, Sabang 3, Togbongon to Mat-I, Cagniog, Capitol Area, Surigao High, Espina Village and Silay Hills.

According to Ensomo, water supply can no longer penetrate to these areas because of low water pressure. Ensomo, however said that they have started rationing water to these areas to cope with the persistently low water level during nighttime.

The 967 hectare Parang-parang Watershed, plus the three creeks and a reservoir in Ceniza Subdivision supply potable water to roughly 16,000 consumers in the city. Right now, they are considering the Surigao River as another alternative source of water.

Ensomo also cited the alarming water level of Parang-parang Watershed is partly attributed to illegal logging and small scale mining. 

He then urged all affected sectors to cooperate “and help us in water conservation efforts.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


New PRO-13 RD installed
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BUTUAN CITY – Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, assumed his post as Police Regional Office 13 Regional Director replacing Police Chief Supt. Lino Calingasan.
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It was learned that the effective September 20, 2010 PRO 13 RD Calingasan relinquished his position to his successor PCSUPT. Rafal.
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Witnessing the turn-over of command ceremony and retirement honors held at the parade grounds of Camp Rafael Rodriguez in Libertad this city, in the morning of September 23, 2010 was Police Deputy Director General Perfecto Palad, Deputy Chief PNP for Administration.
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Outgoing Regional Director PCSUPT Calingasan was awarded with the Medalya ng Katapatan sa Panglilingkod (Service Medal) for commendable and invaluable service rendered from August 6, 2009 to Sept 23, 2010 before Director Jaime Milla, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management read the relief order of PCS Calingasan and designation order of PCS Rafal as approved by Chief PNP Raul Bacalzo.
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PCSUPT Rafal said that prior to his new assignment in Caraga Region, during his junior years as member of the 61st Philippine Constabulary Battalion he was already in several areas in Mindanao covering North Cotabato, Lanao and Davao areas.
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In the PNP organization, he was assigned as Regional Deputy Director for Administration in General Santos City in Region 12, later became as Deputy Chief of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and his last assignment was as a Director of the Logistics Support Service in Camp Crame.
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PCSUPT Rafal, new PNP Chief Bacalzo and PDDG Palad are all members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’77.
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Upon assuming his post, PCSUPT Rafal’s first to implement is the directive coming from the new PNP Chief Raul Bacalzo, ordering Caraga police to go back to basics, revive the virtue of courtesy, and improve the system of rewards and punishments.
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“Rest assured that as my stint as Regional Director here in Caraga shall be one with responsibility, sincerity and relevance. There will be more pro-active approach to crime prevention, people oriented policing, and enhance law enforcement strategies with utmost professionalism at the same time upholding the virtues of discipline, good manners and right conduct,” said PCSUPT Rafal in his speech.
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Meanwhile, PCSupt Calingasan laid down the legacy left to PRO 13 that includes the survey results conducted by the Asia Pacific Center for Research, Inc that from its 12th rank in 2009 with an index of 66.03%, Caraga rose to become number eight (8) among all police regional offices in 2010 with an index of 69.50%.
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“PRO 13 ranked 5th among all police regional offices with best improvement percentage in the performance of duties, we ranked #3 in terms of election efficiency and effectiveness, and in the implementation of total gun ban Caraga ranked #1 aside from being ranked #3 in the implementation of check points,” said PCS Calingasan.
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His 13 months of being a Regional Director, Caraga was among the regions in the country that obtained the lowest crime volumes.
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He also boasted of the successful peaceful resolution of two hostage taking incidents in Agusan del Sur during his term involving the DENR personnel held by the group of Andot Behing and the residents of Sitio Maitum in Prosperidad held by the group of Ondo Perez.
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The latest commendable achievement was announced after the ceremony by PO3 Leo Elicano that PRO 13 has been adjudged as the “Best Regional Office” during the conduct of 2010 Annual general Inspection-Operational Readiness, Security Inspection Test and Evaluation (AGI-ORSITE), an annual activity being spearheaded by the Internal Affairs Service from Camp Crame. (Jocelyn E. Morano, dxBN-Radyo ng Bayan Butuan)
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Rafal assumes as 9th Reg’l PNP Director

BUTUAN CITY - Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Serrano Rafal assumed as the ninth Caraga Philippine National Police Director in a very well-attended turn-over ceremony held at the parade grounds of the regional headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city.
 
CSupt. Rafal replaced CSupt. Lino DG Caligansan, who retired from his armed and police services at 56, today after serving the police force for 37 years, 5 months and 22 days. Calingasan assumed as the 8th Caraga PNP regional director on August 6, 2009 and served the said post for a year, l month and 16 days. He was awarded the “Medalya Ng Katapatan Sa Paglilingkod” (PNP Distinguished Service Medal), pinned by Police Director Jaime E. Milla, the Director of Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) of Camp Crame. Cited among his outstanding accomplishments was the maintenance of the region’s peace and order, containing the insurgency and criminality, intensifying crime prevention measures, strengthening the community policing system (COPS), establishing the three-tiered defense against terrorism, procuring additional firearms, communication and mobility equipments, undertaking the renovation and beautification of the regional camp and lower police offices and enhancing police officer and personnel’s welfare.
 
Presiding the turn-over was the nation’s second top PNP official Police Deputy Director General Perfecto Ponce Palad who represented the newly assumed PNP chief Police Director General Raul M. Bacalso, who was earlier invited but has to beg off due to his busy schedules at the national headquarters. Seen also attending the ceremony were Butuan Diocese Bishop Juan De Dios M. Pueblos, Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel, Agusan del Sur Vice-Gov. Santi Cane, Agusan del Norte Vice-Gov. Enrico Corvera, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and Butuan City Vice-Mayor Lawrence Fortun.
 
Top military officials operating in the region were also present led by EastMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer and 4ID Commanding General Felix, 402nd Brigde Commander Brig. Gen. Emillano Gupana II and 401st Brigade Commander Col. Augustus Tolentino. Other top police officials and former officials were also spotted during the affair. Also notably present were the top regional officials of the government line agencies along with the sectoral and religious leaders during the activity.
 
During his message for the occasion, the new police regional director promised an administration with responsibility, sincerity and relevance. He assured his constituents that he will implement a pro-active approach to crime prevention, a seasoned people oriented-policing, enhanced law enforcement, strategies with utmost professionalism, and at the same time he said, upholding the virtues of discipline, good manners and right conduct. He calls upon the personnel and officers of the regional police to share as part of their services and to rally behind him in achieving the mission and vision of the PNP. He also calls upon the community and their counterpart to the AFP, the government agencies, the media, the religious and the private sector to help rally behind the clarion call for change and transformation.
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He likewise thanked the legacy left by his predecessor, one with contained criminality, preserved peace and order, public safety and effective service to the people of this region.

He also expressed his gratitude to President Aquino, DILG Sec. Robredo and CPNP Raul Bacalso for the confidence and trust placed upon him to lead the police force in this region.

He emphasized that he expected a positive response from his police provincial and city directors, municipal chiefs of police and personnel to come up with action effectively addressing the crimes and the peace and order problems in their respective areas of responsibility, especially now that Caraga region is known to be the “Tourism Hub of the Island of Mindanao.”(Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)
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Sibagat residents desire for safe and potable water

SIBAGAT, AGUSAN DEL SUR - The residents of barangays San Vicente, Ilihan and Tag-oyango stressed their need for safe and potable water during the Mentoring Mechanism of the MDGF 1919 Water and Sanitation project.

“Mas maayo pang wala’y pagkaon basta naa lang me tubig” said Ms. Aloha Tabi, a Manobo tribe resident of Tag-oyango. According to Ms. Tabi, water is preferred over food because it is the most essential element in sustaining life.  

Majority of the barangays in Sibagat get their sources of water in tapstands which are usually placed kilometers away from their houses so they have to walk a mile before they can have their share of water. Usually it takes about two hours of walking before the residents can reach their water sources.  

The MDGF 1919 Mentoring Mechanism was conducted to gather information on the water sources and water-service providers (WSPs) of the recipient-waterless municipalities. It was also aimed to assess the capacity building needs of WSPs which will enable them to improve their services to the community. The data gathered during the mentoring mechanism are essential for the conduct of capacity assessment component of the project.  

It was found out during the mentoring mechanism that the Sibagat Water District lack the necessary trainings and capacity building interventions for its smooth operation. The “Godfather” technique was proposed during the mentoring mechanism. This technique sprouts from the “Big Brother” concept wherein well-established water districts or water service providers will conduct trainings to capacitate newly-established water districts.  

Sibagat is considered a waterless municipality because more than 50% of its population have no access to clean, safe and potable water. The said municipality is fortunate enough to be a recipient of the MDGF 1919 project.

MDGF 1919: Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor is a joint programme of the United Nations, the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Spain designed to provide capacity building components to projects under the Presidents Priority Program on Water (P3W) to recipient-waterless municipalities. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By: PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Report on found dead fetus

One Jeffrey Encabo y Caballero, 41 yrs old, married, res of P-Almaciga, Brgy Pangabugan, Butuan City and owner of a sawmill informed Butuan City Police Office about a dead fetus floating at the river near his sawmill at Purok Molave of said Brgy. Immediately, WCPD investigator SPO3 Irish Fe Benegian together with reaction team led by SPO4 Jaime Valdehueza and SOCO team led by PINSP JOEL SIGNAR, Forensic Chemical Officer proceeded to the area and conducted investigation.  

Initial investigation revealed that on September 24, 2010 around 6:0 pm, one Eldy Lumabas y Astillo, 30 yrs old, single, res of P-Molave of said Brgy and laborer of said sawmill while checking his fish cage, saw a floating plastic container with a dead fetus inside. Said dead fetus then brought to St Peter Funeral Homes, Ochoa Avenue, Butuan City. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal logging 

One motorboat loaded with assorted lumber allegedly owned by Tano Matutis, res of Purok 14, Libjo, Dinagat Islands was intercepted at the sea water, Brgy Poblacion Libjo, Dinagat Islands Province on September 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm by PNP personnel of Libjo MPS led by SPO2 Adolfo Go. 

Said motorboat was operated by a certain Marjun Matutis, 20 yrs old, single together with Romy Silikot y Castillon alias Loloy and Chelo Canoy Canonigo alais Eloy, legal age, all single and all res of P-14, Brgy Melody, Libjo, Dinagat Islands Province. Suspects and confiscated lumbers with an estimated volume of 500 board feet were brought to Loreto MPS for proper disposition. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Buenavista cops arrests wanted person

One Juan Sarol Bayron, 45 yrs old, married and res of Calo Rice Mill, Km 11 , Bgry Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was apprehended by PNP elements of Buenavista MPS by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Francisco Maclang of RTC Branch 3, Libertad, Butuan City dated June 15, 2010 docketed under CC nr 14157 for theft with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 22,000.00. 

Apprehension took place at Brgy Malapong, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on September 25, 2010 at 9:45 am. Subject person now under the custody of Buenavista MPS for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


PNP vows strict enforcement of nationwide election gunban

BUTUAN CITY - All Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) issued by the Philippine National Police will be suspended from September 25, 2010 to November 11, 2010 when the COMELEC-imposed nationwide gunban takes effect as part of security measures for the October 25, 2010 synchronized Brgy and SK Elections. The PNP Chief, Director General RAUL M BACALZO said all gun carrying privileges by virtue of PTCFORs are suspended for the entire duration of the election period. 

The result of a joint conference of COMELEC, PNP and AFP in Caraga Region held at Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City on September 25, 2010 said that all authority granting police security detail to government officials, VIPs and other private individuals under threat are also revoked. The new Police Regional Office 13 Regional Director, Police Chief Superintendent REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL said that "Only PNP, AFP, NBI personnel and Protective Agents of PDA (Private Detective Agencies) shall be deputized as security detail during the election period provided that these personnel shall be in proper uniform and in the actual performance of official security duties. However, all security detail are subject to approval of the COMELEC Committee for the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP)

During the opening salvo in the conduct of Checkpoint, a team from the PRO 13 headed by the Regional Chief Directorial Staff, PSSUPT MANSUE NERY LUKBAN in the implementation of gunban, which started last September 25, 2010, only one violator was arrested. It seems that all individuals in the region are aware of the COMELEC gunban. However, Regional Director Rafal said, that all police units will continuously implement COMELEC gunban at all times to ensure Brgy and SK election attain the credible, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful (CHAMP) election. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)