9.05.2010

PIA News Service - Monday, Sept. 6, 2010

A4P re-orients 9 PDCs on monitoring, evaluation report 

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

LIANGA, SURIGAO DEL SUR - “The project is about to end on December 2010,” thus said Mr. Oliver Binancilan of Act for Peace (A4P) during the A4P Project Re-Orientation on final Monitoring & Evaluation report to nine (9) Peace and Development Centers (PDCs) on September 2-3, 2010 held at KANSILAD Beach Resort, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur.
 
The activity aims to check how far was the implementation of each approved projects of A4P, a foreign funded from New Zealand in partnership with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, LGU, BLGU and NGO.

Mr. Binancilan also explained during the Workshop, how to make a final financial and physical evaluation report of each project implemented on the selected areas suited to the basic needs thru recommendation by the people in the chosen areas as beneficiaries.
Mr. Binancilan also revealed that some of the on-going projects as of this time, around a month were remained to their proposed target of accomplishment. To those unaccomplished that lapsed to the target time allotted, were recommended to send a letter of extension request to A4P a soonest time. 

On the other hand, the Provincial Technical Working Group (PTWG) composed of representatives from Stakeholders was task to oversee and assists PDCs for the project implementation. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Lianga is a peaceful place, local official clarified

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

LIANGA, SURIGAO DEL SUR - Vice Mayor Roberto Lala, Jr. clarified that this municipality is peaceful, opposite to what some media aired and published with regards to the peace and order situation. 

“Reports of other media pictured the whole municipality with unstable peace and order including some neighboring towns and the whole province as well, which really an opposite from the real situation,” the local official said in an interview with PIA at Kansilad Beach Resort, one of the tourist destinations located in the said municipality.

As one of the tourist destinations in Surigao del Sur, the resort caters local and foreign tourists but due to negative issues reported by media, some tourists opted to visit and cancel their reservations, it was learned.

On the other hand, Hon. Lala explained that the incident happened recently was beyond Lianga’s Area of Responsibility and it was due to the seized logs controversy of SAMILLA resulted to the death of the Lianga Chief of Police officer. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Red Cross Surigao del Sur says evacuees are safe to go back in their area 

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG, SURIGAO DEL SUR – Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chapter Administrator Abel de Guzman revealed that the 236 families (or 1,127 individuals) who are temporarily housed in Marihatag Gym, are now safe to go back to their area after the assessment of the task force (evaluator’s team) who visited the area on September 2 was made.

It can be recalled that the encountered between the CPP/NPA and the government troops happened in the far flung Sitios, part of Brgy. Mahaba, Marihatag that urged the residents to leave the community for their safety on August 28. 

It was learned that the encounter happened at about 13-15 kilometers away from the municipality of Marihatag Poblacion, near the Sitios of Buringon and Palompon, part of Brgy. Mahaba.

On September 03, the Philippine Army received a report that there was a certain unidentified organization that agitated the evacuees urging them to traverse going to Tandag. With the help of the concerned citizens, the plan was intercepted by the military in coordination with the PNP and the local government.

“The failure plan of the organizers was part of the tactics of the CPP-NPA to destruct the strategic plan of the government side aiming to convert the attention to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs),” said Major Judith Loayon, CMO Officer of the 401st brigade.

The local government officials of Marihatag and Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel had already made some actions to resolve the insurgency problem in the area with the Philippine Army and the PNP. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Gov’t troops care for safety, welfare of 1,125 IDPs of Marihatag

The 4th Infantry Division confirmed recently that they are concerned on the welfare of the displaced 236 families or around 1,125 people in the said area.

4th Infantry Division spokesperson Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic Bagaipo however disclosed that evacuations in barangay Mahaba did occur but denied this was caused by fighting between soldiers and rebels.

Bagaipo said 236 families - per National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) record left barangay Mahaba earlier this week because it was the NPA rebels who were harassing them.

Further, he said that 4th Infantry Division troopers have left barangay Mahaba last week of August upon request of the barangay council there.

Not one trooper is left, Bagaipo reiterated. Even non-combatants who earlier conducted peace and development operations had already pulled out. Thus, there is no truth to the report that the displacement of the residents in barangay Mahaba were caused by the armed fighting between the government and the rebels.

Meanwhile, the displaced residents are currently housed by the government at Marihatag gym and in nearby places in Barangay San Isidro.

It was learned that Lt. Col. Rene Cañete, Commanding Officer of 36th Infantry Battalion, has already coordinated with the municipal government of Marihatag and Barangay San Isidro along with the Philippine Red Cross, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine National Police (PNP) 13 to help mitigate the evacuation.

“Originally, before they were pulled out, the presence of military forces in Barangay Mahaba is legitimate because of our constitutional mandate,” Cañete further stressed.

The agencies have bonded together to help the evacuees get their belongings from their homes.

The Philippine Red Cross meanwhile has supplied one week’s worth of food consumption to both evacuation centers.
(4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

PNP arrests wanted person

Elements of Talacogon Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by Police Inspector Ephraim Detuya, OIC arrested a certain Salvador Plaza, of legal age, farmer and a resident of Sitio Tumaliktik, Brgy. San Agustin, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur at around 3:30 in the afternoon of September 3, 2010 at the above mentioned place. Said person was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Hector Salisi, Judge of RTC Branch 7, Bayugan City charged for the crime of Murder docketed under criminal case number 3074. 

Arrested person now temporarily detained at Talacogon MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Marihatag MPS arrests illegal fishing suspects

Elements of Marihatag Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by PO2 Benjie Benecario together with personnel of Municipal Agriculture Office led by Bernardino Aguilar conducted operation against illegal fishing, which led to the apprehension of the suspects identified as: Norberto Trimidal Sr., 44 years old, married; Norberto Trimidal, 17 years old, single, both residents of Purok-1, Brgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur; Quito Layno, 41 years old, married and a resident of Purok-4, Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur and Danilo Gumanit, 41 years old, married and a resident of Sitio Pahapod, Brgy. Cabakongan, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. 

Said suspects were being caught in the act engaging in illegal fishing activity locally known as "Buso" at the municipal sea water of Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. Confiscated from their possession were one (1) unit pump boat color sky blue with 10HP Mitsubishi engine with compressor, two (2) hose, three (3) fishing arrows, two (2) pieces flashlights, two (2) pieces goggles, two (2) pieces wooden paddle, two (2) pairs wooden fliffers, three (3) pieces steel wire hook with white plastic floater, one (1) piece yellow plastic container, two (2) pieces white boxes and 9.5 kilos of assorted fish. Apprehended suspects and confiscated items were brought to Marihatag MPS for proper disposition.  
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Progress Report:

Progress Report regarding the encounter incident that transpired on August 21, 2010, which resulted to the instantaneous death of Police Inspector CHRISTOPHER POSAS MAZO, OIC of Lianga Municipal Police Station (MPS). A case for Murder was already filed at the Prosecutor's Office under NPS XIII-07c-INV-10Ab-00050, against Front Committee leader of FC-19A and FC-19B identified as Jeorge Madlos alias "Ka Oris", Myrna Sularte alias "Maria Malaya", Felizardo Valdez alias "Ka Ado" Alias "Dodoy", Jomar Jacinto alias "Johnly", Dodong Moncada alias "Titing" and Does.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal drugs 

PNP elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by PINSP RODOLFO LEDESMA and Butuan City Public Safety Company led by PCI FERDINAND DACILLO under close supervision of PSSUPT BENZON D LELENG conducted operations against illegal drugs at P-6, Brgy Ong Yiu, Butuan City on September 2, 2010 at 11:30 am. The team noticed two (2) persons scampered away while the team approached the area. The team pursued the fleeing persons and eventually caught one Joseph Usman Oliverio and place him under arrest. 

Recovered from suspect one (1) sachet of suspected shabu weighing .0141 grams, eleven (11) pcs sliced aluminum foil, one (1) pc empty match, two (2) pcs disposable lighter, one (1) Fortune cigarette pack with seventeen (17) pcs aluminum foil placed inside and cash money amounting to Php 22.00. Case of violation of section 11 and 12 of RA 9165 was filed at City Prosecutor's Office against the suspect docketed under NPS Nr XIII-01-INQ-101-00180 dated September 3, 2010. 

The operation was witnessed by Brgy Kagawad Nestor Orias and Welbert Ejos; DOJ representative Ronaldo Bedrijo and media personality Ritchel Molero from ABS-CBN Butuan. Subject person now temporarily detained at Butuan City Police Station 1 Detention Cell for proper disposition. 

Also, PNP elements of Butuan City Police Station 1 led by PINSP RODOLFO LEDESMA AND Butuan City Public Safety Company under the close supervision of PSUPT JOSEPH BOQUIREN conducted operations against illegal drugs at P-6, Brgy Ong Yiu, Butuan City on September 5, 2010 at 9:00 am. 

The operation resulted to the apprehension of the two suspects. Recovered from the possession of one Orencio Llorado Jr were seven (7) sachets of suspected shabu, thirty eight (38) pcs sliced aluminum foil, four (4) pcs disposable lighter, one (1) unit cal .38 revolver S&W paltik without serial nr with eleven (11) live ammunitions, two (2) units cellphones and cash money amounting to Php 2,724.00 while recovered from Ruben Abada possession were two (2) sachets of suspected shabu, one (1) unit cal .22 revolver paltik without serial nr with eight (8) live ammunitions and cash money amounting to Pp 520.00. The operation was witnessed by Kagawad Nestor Vales, Wilbert Ejos and Punong Brgy Guillena, DOJ representative Ronaldo Bedrijo and media personalities Larry "Cool" Diez and Ronnel Cinco. Arrested persons and seized items were brought to Butuan City Police Station 1 for proper disposition. 
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

On surrendered explosive 

One Virgilio Canasa, 69 years old, married, a resident of Brgy Rizal, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte voluntarily surrendered one (1) unit hand grenade with serial nr MA176J001-09-78 to PCINSP ARTEMIO AJOL SUAREZ of Buenavista Municipal Police Station (MPS) on September 4, 2010 at 8:25 am. Said hand grenade was found with casing at the hinterlands of Sitio 3, Brgy Rizal, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Said explosive now under the custody of Buenavista MPS for proper disposition.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)