PIA News Service - Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

Caraga police ready for the coming Barangay and SK election

BUTUAN CITY - The policemen in the region is now ready for the upcoming synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25, 2010. New Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, CEO VI said the 45-day security operation has been implemented since September 25 until November 11, 2010.  

Policemen assume election duties as deputies of the Commission on Elections and will take this challenge as another opportunity for the PNP to shine and possibly duplicate the fine performance of election duties in the May 2010 national and local polls.  

The Command will surely oversee and supervise all election security operations by lower units. PSSUPT SAMUEL MAHUSAY YORDAN, Deputy Regional Director for Operations together with PSSUPT MANSUE NERY LUKBAN, Regional Chief Directorial Staff led in inspecting the COMELEC Checkpoint conducted by the police in respective municipalities. 

 Joint Security Coordinating Centers (JSCC) will be put up by the PNP and AFP at the regional, provincial and municipal levels to ensure police-military inter-operability and coordination in operations against Partisan Armed Groups and other election law violators. GENERAL RAFAL instructed all units to closely monitor the prevailing situation in perennial election hotspots and to initiate immediate action to prevent any outbreak of election-related violence. Comelec Resolution 9019 orders the PNP and AFP to enforce a nationwide gunban from September 25 to Nov 11, 2010.

During the May2010 elections, PRO 13 complied all directives from higher headquarters: Established Joint Security Control Centers and Election Monitoring Action Centers; Prepared and submitted security plans; Conducted scenario exercises, inspections and monitoring; Established checkpoints/chokepoints and Conducted public information campaign for an CREDIBLE, HONEST, ACCURATE, MEANINGFUL, AND PEACEFUL (CHAMP). 

Based on the survey conducted in coordination with PNP Program Management Office (PMO) having 4,400 respondent households conducted on May 29-June 13, 2010 by the Asia-Pacific Center for Research (ACRE), PRO13 ranked No.1 in the total gun ban efficiency and effectiveness nationwide with 76.22% Diffusion Index. PRO13 apprehended 80 total gun ban violators (4 PNP, 2 AFP, 1 BJMP and 1 NBI). The aforementioned ACRE Survey also shows PRO13 ranked No.3 on Checkpoints Efficiency and Effectiveness nationwide with 70.63 Diffusion Index. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

Report on robbery incident

A Rod Mill establishment owned by Pepito Beto was robbed by unidentified armed men wearing bonnets at around 8:00 O'clock in the evening of September 26, 2010, located at P-6, Brgy. San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte. 

Initial investigation disclosed that while the miners led by Pepito Beto were processing the gold ores, said suspects suddenly appeared, fired their guns and forcibly entered the said establishment then took one pail of gold ore with an estimated weight of 80 grams and immediately fled to unknown direction. 

Upon withdrawal, suspects fired several shots where stray bullet hits the right leg of one Jojo Biyog Beto, 24 years old, single, miner and a resident of Brgy. Curva, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte. Said victim was brought to Cabadbaran Emergency Hospital for medical attention and subsequently referred to Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital, Butuan City for medical treatment. Cabadbaran MPS took cognizance of the case. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Violation of Comelec gun ban

Elements of Claver MPS led by SPO3 Marcelo Palulay apprehended one Junarde Dungog y Chavez, 42 years old, married and a resident of Cebu City and one Jose Aro y Quijano, 28 years old, single and a resident of Pasil, Cebu City at around 1:20 in the morning of September 27, 2010 at Brgy. Tayaga, Claver, Surigao del Norte for violation of Comelec gun ban. 

Initial investigation disclosed that said suspects were having altercation with some persons while having a drinking spree at the videoke house owned by Jun-Jun Maglasang of the said place. 

A concerned citizen called for Police assistance and upon arrival of the responding team from Claver MPS, said suspects introduced themselves as members of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) but upon verification, they failed to present identification card or any document to prove that they are really members of PEMO. 

When they were inspected, Police Officers recovered two (2) 357 revolver without serial number and loaded with five (5) ammunitions each, from the possession of the said suspects with no pertinent documents. Apprehended suspects and confiscated firearms with ammos were brought to Claver MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal gambling  

A certain Michael Clave y Entor, 41 years old, married and a resident of P- Earth, Brgy. Telaje, Tandag, Surigao del Sur was apprehended by elements of Tandag Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Loreto Suarez at around 7:00 O'clock in the evening of September 26, 2010 at Moonglow, Brgy. Bag-ong Lungsod of the said municipality. 

Said suspect was apprehended for having caught in the act, engaging in illegal gambling activity locally known as "last two digits" and "swertres". Confiscated from the possession of the suspect were illegal gambling paraphernalia and P700.00 as bet money. Said suspect and confiscated items were brought to Tandag MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  


4TH CMO battalion promotes environmental awareness through tree planting

“We plant trees not for ourselves but for future generations.”- Caecilius. 

 As stewards of the earth, the 4th CMO Battalion recognizes its responsibility as the caretaker of our environment by planting 300 different seedlings in Macaluisa Watershed, Brgy Patag, Opol, Misamis Oriental last 25 September 2010 together with the personnel of the other units of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division such as the 5th Light Armor Battalion (5LAB), 10th Field Artillery Battalion (10FAB) and 10th Regional Community Defense Group (10RCDG) in partnership with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office-Opol (MENRO-Opol) as the opening activity for its week-long 1st Founding Anniversary Celebration. During the said activity, participants did not only plant new seedlings but they also placed organic fertilizers to previously planted seedlings in the area to ensure and increase the growth and survivability of these plants in the watershed.
This Tree Planting Activity was initiated to promote environmental awareness among the populace. This is one way of showing the people how committed the 4th CMO Battalion and the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division is in caring and in preserving our environment for the future of the next generation.  

According to the Mid-Columbia Forestry Council, trees have lots of value for the environment and for humankind. Accordingly, trees are not only pretty to look at but they also increase economic stability, enhance tourism, provide habitat, save energy, reduce storm water run-off, prevent erosion and they also promote a positive effect on people by making us feel happy and at one with nature by reducing stress and restoring our spirits. 

The said Tree Planting activity is very timely because we are also commemorating the destruction brought about by the Typhoon “ONDOY” in late September of last year. We all saw how unrelenting and merciless the forces of nature could be, as we were all caught off-guard by this catastrophe. We all reaped what we did to our environment. Our continuous neglect paved the way for the degradation of our environment. A lot of lives and properties were lost during those times and we would not like to let this calamity happen once again, that is why the 4th CMO Battalion spearheaded this kind of activity to prevent and preempt this kind of devastation to occur once more.

The 4th CMO Battalion would like to instill in the minds of the people that we all have our roles to play, responsibilities to attend and tasks to perform in caring and preserving of our environment. Let us not be complacent in our endeavor,instead, we must all seize the initiative and step up a little further to continue what we have now started. The preservation of the environment does not stop in tree planting alone, a lot of things are still to be done and accomplished but we all could put our trust and confidence in our ARMY and our soldiers that they will always be there to promote and support our efforts in preserving our environment. (4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)


4TH CMO battalion spearheads coastal cleanup 

Cagayan de Oro City – 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, organized a coastal cleanup at Barangay Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City last September 26, 2010. 
The activity is part of the week-long commemoration of 4th CMO Bn’s 1st founding anniversary celebration on October 01, 2010 with the theme: Makigtambayayong alang sa Kalinaw ug Kalambuan.

“This is to highlight how our soldiers are working hand-in-hand with the government, non-government/ public organization, other stakeholders and with the Filipino people to achieve lasting peace and sustainable development in our country” said Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic G Bagaipo, spokesperson of 4th ID, Philippine Army.

At least 120 participants joined the activity coming from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) of Cagayan de Oro College (COC), Force of Responsible Citizens and Enforcers (FORCE), 10th Reserve Community Defense Group (RCDG), 5th Light Armor Bn, 10th Field Artillery Bn and residents of Barangay Bonbon.

The activity started at 06:30am and ended at 08:30 with a total number of 40 sacks of garbage collected in the cleanup site at Brgy Bonbon.

“As instruments of hope, the students must be aware of our environment and shall also contribute something good for the environment” said Cdt 1st Class Edgar C Denaga, ROTC Cadet Officer of Cagayan de Oro College.

Lt. Col. Bagaipo also emphasized the vital roles and responsibilities of each Filipino not only in protecting our country from insurgency but also in protecting our environment from pollutions that cause instability, disorder and harm to the ecosystem. (4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)
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DILG & DTI introduce reforms on business permit applications

The Regional Offices of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region XIII jointly conducted a two-day workshop to streamline the current business permits and licensing processes in the local government units.

The Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) is aimed at unifying numerous forms, confusing steps, long waiting time and assorted signatories to “provide efficient delivery of services to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape and preventing graft and corruptions” according to the DILG-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2010. 

Held in Mainit Kasili Lakeside Resort on September 23 – 24, 2010, participants from 10 LGUs namely Butuan City, Surigao City, Bislig City, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte; Bayugan and San Francisco of Agusan del Sur; Mainit, Tubod, Claver of Surigao del Norte; and Tandag, Surigao del Sur, as recipients of the project Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines (SLGP) took their time analyzing existing processes in doing business at the local level and came up with the reduced number of steps encompassing with the standards set by the Anti-Red Tape Act or Republic Act 9458 which sets benchmarks for processing simple and complex government transactions.

 “A very revolutionary piece of reforms in local taxation that will help improve the lifeblood of local economy to spur development”. Ms. Lilibeth Famacion quoted as saying during the opening of the activity. This is a strategy to enjoin LGUs exercise their local taxation powers and be less reliant on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

The streamlined Business Permits and Licensing System is to be used during the conduct of the Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) come January 2-20, 2011 in time for the renewal of business permits. (Lolita H. Savaria, DILG - LGRC 13/PIA-Caraga)