9.08.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Peoples Bank of Caraga – Micro financing at its best

By: David M. Suyao

Its again a crown for Agusan del Sur!

People’s Bank of Caraga (PBC) bags three awards from the Land Bank of the Philippines for being the most outstanding rural bank of Caraga, best reciprocal business nationawide for 2009 and as most outstanding rural bank in the country also for the year 2009.

Signed by LBP President and Chief Executive Officer Gilda Pico and the Secretary of Finance and Chairman of the LBP Cesar Purisima, the awards were personally handed to Ms Carmelita Bilaoen, manager of the people’s Bank of Caraga, during the honorary night on August 27 this year in Manila.

The awards recognizes the PBC as the most effective and active partner of Land Bank in the countryside credit delivery thereby helping fast tract progress for the benefit of its clients and the community it serves, while maintaining outstanding business relations.
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People’s Bank of Caraga started the rural banking business in 1972 bearing the business name of Rural Bank of Talacogon, with only four personnel operating. Today, PBC have 12 branches/ units and 13 extension offices with 421 workforce. The first award that the PBC received was in 2004 as Best Performing Program partner. Almost every year thereafter, PBC proudly receives various awards like Micro Entrepreneur of the Year from Citigroup in 2006 and for four consecutive years since 2006 up to 2009, People’s Bank of Caraga maintained the honor of being the most Outstanding Rural Bank in Caraga Region. 

In the national level, PBC bags the honor of being the third Most Outstanding Rural Bank in 2006, second in 2007 and finally the Most outstanding Rural Bank in the country in 2009. For two years, PBC was also honoured Best Reciprocal Business (2007 & 2009). Aside from that, the Department of Agriculture also awarded PBC with plaque of recognition for its participation in the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool, while Peoples Credit and Finance Corporation also awarded PBC with Golden Partnership Plaque in 2008.

But in spite of the honors that the PBC garnered, its management did not forget that they have social obligations. In order to promote food production and environmental protection, PBC, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur establish a demo farm practicing organic farming thru Friend Foundation in Barangay Lapinigan. They have also special projects with the indigenous people like community organizing with focus on health and education. They even sponsored a lakbay-aral in order to educate the lumads on vegetable farming. They have also extended financial aid to NGOs and government organizations and have extended cash assistance to storm Ondoy victims thru the Philippine Red Cross, Agusan del Sur Chapter.

With strong belief in cooperation and partnership, PBC is presently a member of the Rural Bankers of the Philippines, Rural Bankers Association Research and Development Foundation, Micro-finance Council of the Philippines, Mindanao Micro-finance Council and the International Micro Credit Summit Campaign.

With vision to expand its services more, PBC has its affialiate organizations namely Friend Foundation, Mutual Benefit Association and the newly created PBC Security Force. With never ending desire for progress, PBC management looks forward to even more effective and efficient operations for the welfare of the communities it serves in the years to come. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


4ID troops find planted anti-tank landmine in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Combat troops of the of 75th Infantry Battalion and 23rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division found a planted anti-personnel landmine along the trail of Mahanay, Greenfield, barangay Sta. Juana, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur last Sunday, September 5. 

Lt. Col. Ruben C Agarcio, commanding officer of the 75th Infantry Battalion, said that the anti-personnel landmine, an improvised explosive device, was found by a combined force from 75th IB and 23rd IB.  

The landmine was discovered during the perimeter patrol conducted by the troopers and it was allegedly planted by local New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists along the trail in Tagbina area.

The said IED was composed of 68 sticks of dynamite worth of P40, 800 which is made of Superdyn explosive sealed in a plastic container (20 liters capacity).  

4th Infantry Division spokesman Lt. Col. Triumph Dominic Bagaipo said that the recovered IED has a 1,000-meter radius blast effect which can drastically damage an M35 truck.

“The IED was intentionally buried along the trail to hurt our soldiers, however, these rebels are not really considering the lives and limbs of innocent civilians who usually travel along the way”, said Bagaipo. 

The anti-tank landmine was brought to the headquarters of the 75th IB in barangay Maharlika, Bislig City,SDS for safekeeping, he added.

Lt. Col. Bagaipo also said, “This is another proof that the local terrorists’ violent deeds make many Filipino people suffer from atrocities.”
(4th CMO Bn, 4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
by PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

PNP celebrates 16th National Crime Prevention Week 

PNP personnel of Police Regional Office 13 under the supervision of PCSUPT LINO DE GUZMAN CALINGASAN, Regional Director, and the National Police Commission headed by Atty. MACAPADO T GURO, Regional Director, conducted the culmination program on 16th National Crime Prevention Week on September 7, 2010 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning at Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City with the team "KUMONIDAD AT PULISYA MAGKASAMA TUNGO SA PAG-UNLAD NG BAYAN".

The guest of honor and speaker of said activity was Engr Allan Silor, President of Butuan City Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The program started with an invocation officiated by PCINSP MARLOU LABARES, Regional Chaplain and mass singing of the National Anthem. It was followed by the awarding of winners of the search for model Brgy Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) and Non Government Organization (NGOs). 

The awardees for model BPATs were the following: 

Agusan del Norte: Brgy Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte received by Hon. Afro H. Arreza III

Agusan del Sur : Brgy Poblaicon, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur received by Hon 
Emmanuel C Hinlo

Surigao del Norte : Brgy Amontay, San Francisco, Surigaod el Norte received by Mr 
Roselito Guhiting Bernaldez

Surigao del Sur: Brgy Bongtud, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur received by Mr Joselito 
Ebay Olivia

Dinagat Islands Province: Brgy Luna, San Jose, Dinagat Island received by Mr Romeo Peña

The awardees for NGOs were the following: 

Agusan del Norte : Nagkahiusang Pundok sa Kababaihan sa Cabadbaran (NPKC) 
received by Mrs Alicia Funcion, President

Agusan del Sur: PASAKK, Inc received by Ms Becky S Barrios

Surigao del Sur : Golden Luck Cooperative received by Perfecto M Lumictin, chairman

Dinagat Island : Social Civic Volunteer received by Mrs Rosario B Roxas, Jra

Butuan City : Rotary club of Downtown Butuan 

After the awarding, Engr AlLan Silor as Guest of Honor and Speaker delivered his message followed by the closing remarks given by Hon Ferdinand M Amante Jr, City Mayor of Butuan City. The activity ended at 9:30 in the morning of same date. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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PNP arrests wanted person 

A certain Nelson Alaquiza Sr, 50 years old, married and resident of Purok-3, Brgy Bonbon, Butuan City was arrested by PNP personnel of Butuan City Police Station 3 led by SPO3 Jerry Advincula by virtue of warrant of arrest (WOA) docketed under CC number 14345, issued by Hon Judge Eduardo S Casals of RTC Branch 1, Libertad, Butuan City for the crime of violation of RA 9262 (violence against women and children) with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 80,000.00.

Apprehension took place at Purok-2, Brgy Libertad, Butuan City on September 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm. Subject person now detained at Butuan City Police Station 3 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

PNP arrests illegal logging suspects 

PNP personnel from Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) led by PINSP JAMESON E AGUILAR, under the supervision of PSUPT FRANCISCO D DUNGO, conducted operation against illegal logging at Agusan river, Brgy San Vicente, Butuan City on September 7, 2010 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning which resulted to the confiscation of more or less 1,000 illegally cut logs of different species.

Confiscated logs were turned over to CENRO Nasipit for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG proposes P86-B budget for FY 2011 

In support for the priority programs of the Aquino administration on transparency, accountability, good governance, peace and order and public safety, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will present today its P86.9 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011 before the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee.  

Secretary Jesse M. Robredo will lead officials of the DILG including its attached agencies, the National Police Commission (Napolcom), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and the Local Government Academy (LGA), in defending the department’s proposed budget during the committee’s deliberation headed by Rep. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya. 

Robredo said the proposed P86.9 billion appropriation is 32 percent higher than this year’s budget of P65.6 billion, adding that P21.3 billion of the budget represents new spending proposals for personal services, maintenance and operating expenses, and capital outlay. 

The lion share goes to the interior sector, which is proposing a P84.2 billion appropriation, while the local government sector is proposing P2.6 billion. 

Robredo explained that of the amount P74.6 billion will be allocated for personal services, P10 billion for MOOE and P2.2 billion for capital outlay. 

By agency, the proposed budget allocates P69.4 billion for the PNP, which is 39% higher than the current year budget of P49.8 billion; P7.2 billion for the BFP, which is 12% higher than this year’s appropriation of P6.4 billion; P5.1 billion for the BJMP, which is 15% higher than this year’s budget of P4.4 billion; P2.5 billion for the Office of the Secretary, which is 9% higher than the current budget of P2.3 billion; P1.3 billion for the Napolcom, which is 2% higher than the 2010 appropriation of P1.2 billion; P1 billion for the PPSC, which is 8% higher than this year’s budget of P993.3 million; and P105.1 million for LGA, which is 20% higher than this year’s appropriation of P87.2 million. 

“Our proposed budget comes with an assurance and commitment that it shall be judiciously spent to realize our various plans, programs, projects and activities for the interior and local government sectors, the impact of which shall be felt by and bear fruits for the citizenry,” he pointed out. 

Robredo said that next year’s budget will be utilized to bankroll the implementation of programs and projects focus on empowering accountable local government units. maximizing volunteerism; intensifying people’s engagement in local governance; deepening stakeholdership; strengthening the DILG-Civil society, private sector partnership in enhancing transparency; better maintenance of peace and order and public safety; and enhanced DILG internal governance system. 

“Our resolve to open ourselves to reform and changes that are in accord with what we demand from our LGUs, local officials and people would make us more responsive, transparent and accountable to our people and would undoubtedly inspire them to walk us in the path towards good governance,” Robredo added. 

He further explained that through the proposed budget new programs will be implemented at the local government sector, such as: the P500 million performance challenge fund; P40 million provision for enhancing LGU capacity on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management; P10 million provision for CSOS/People’s participation partnership program; and the P10 million provision for Manila bay clean up. 

At the interior, PNP’s proposed appropriation will pave the way for the recruitment of additional 3,000 Police Officer 1, procurement of additional 15,000 short firearms, additional procurement of 350 patrol jeeps and 365 motorcycles, procurement of 1,844 communication equipment. 

 The recruitment of additional police officers will improve the police to population ratio at 1:661 bringing close to the ideal ratio of 1:500, thus increase police visibility particularly in crime-prone areas, while the procurement of additional vehicles will boost the percentage fill-up from 45% to 50%. 

Likewise, with the PNP facing a shortfall in police stations, as it owns only 717 out of the 1,745 nationwide, the construction of 15 additional stations will tremendously reduce the current shortfall to 42 %. 

On the other hand, the BFP, will intensify its recruitment of additional 500 Fire Officer 1; acquisition of additional 500 sets of personal protective equipment and gear, and additional 242 units of self contained breathing apparatus, while the BJMP will utilize its appropriation in the recruitment of additional 500 Jail Officer I; the procurement of additional 575 short firearms, and procurement of additional 500 probatons. 

 The recruitment of additional officers at the BFP and BJMP will improve the current firemen to population ratio of 1:5,808 to 1:5,315, as well as the custodial ratio of jail officers from 1:48 to 1:45. The fire bureau’s procurement of additional protective equipment and gear will contribute to the efficiency of the firefighters in responding to fire incidents thereby saving precious lives and properties.  

For the PPSC, a total of 533 required classes with 25,990 participants for education and training courses will be offered next year, continuing further the education, training and professionalization of peace and public safety officers and personnel of the uniformed sectors of the department. (DILG/PIA-Caraga)


RPOC nominates SurSur governor as council chairman

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) during its reorganizational meeting held yesterday at the conference room of the Police Regional Office 13 headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City, nominated unanimously Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel as its new chairman.

The meeting was attended by 18 top regional line agencies, PNP and AFP officials or their representatives, and was presided by DILG 13 Regional Director Rene Burdeos. 
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Pimentel replaces former Surigao del Sur governor (now Carascal town) Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. In fact, it was him who nominated Gov. Pimentel to the said position which the council gave their unanimous approval.

The new chairman-nominee during his acceptance message conveyed his gratitude to the whole council for the total confidence to his leadership as expressed by their overall endorsement to his nomination. He said that he felt that the position of the council’s chairmanship is but apt and appropriate to be given to somebody from Surigao del Sur, as it was shown during the regional peace and order situation briefing given by the Army and the PNP, most of the incidents affecting the peace and order situation of the region happened in his province. “Now, we can use this forum as one of the venues where we can reach a solution to the peace and order problem in Surigao del Sur.”

Pimentel said that among his primary concerns at present is to address the problem of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Brgy. Mahaba, Marihatag town in his province. He assured the council that the provincial government, the local government unit, the leadership of the AFP, the PNP and other concerned agencies had cared well for the safety and welfare of the 232 families representing more than a thousand individuals now temporarily staying at Marihatag municipal gymnasium and the nearby barangay of San Isidro.

He said that the other day, the provincial government, LGU Marihatag, the Philippine Army represented by 36IB Commander Lt. Col. Rene Canete, some sectoral and IDP’s representatives had discussed the processes and the possibilities of the evacuees’ return to their barangay. There were three concerns, expressed by the IDP’s representatives during the consultation as a sort of pre-requisite for their return. These will include no harassment from the military for the civilians, that the soldiers will refrain from staying at the civilian residences should they operate in the area and the total pull out of military troopers in the area at present.

Col. Augusto Tolentino, 401st Brigade PA commander assured the governor that all the evacuees’ demands are feasible. In the first place, the army commander said the coming down of the evacuees was not caused by encounter between the army and the NPAs. There were reports even, that it was the NPAs who were harassing them and causing them to move out of their places. The second point, regarding the army occupation of some of the civilian residence, he told the council that it is their self operating procedure during military operations that soldiers will refrain from staying at civilian dwellings. The third point, which is the total pull out of their troops, Col. Tolentino said that as early as the last week of August, army troopers had already pulled out of the area. However, he said that the issue of total pull out and to refrain from entering a certain area will be dealt with in a case to case basis, as when an order is issued from their higher headquarters to operate in a certain area,( in fact this will done in any place and anywhere under their area of responsibility), they have no option but to follow these legal orders.

Pimentel said that he understand the side of the Philippine army as explained by Col. Tolentino. He assured the council that he will immediately meet again with the various representatives upon his return and start the soonest process for the evacuees return. (Noel B. Najarro, Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)