PIA News Service - Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

SJIT’s 39th Foundation Anniversary
CIT wins Undak-undak Festival 2010

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (29 September) – The College of Information Technology (CIT) once again proved its worth and supremacy in performing artistic moves and unique presentations as the 49-male and 1 female student-performers grabbed the championship plum in this year’s Undak-undak Festival, a street dancing competition held in connection with Saint Joseph Institute of Technology’s (SJIT) 39th Foundation Anniversary, taking away P25,000.00 cash prize.

Students of the College of Information Technology (CIT) of Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) are shown here performing their stints in street dancing portraying festivities of the “Lumad Mamanwa Tribe” during the 2010 Undak-undak Festival, highlighting the institute’s 39th Foundation Anniversary Celebration.

Clad in bahag costume depicting the Mamanwa Tribe of Surigao del Norte, the contingent show their breath-taking performance to the delight of around 3,000 spectators witnessing the activity highlighting the foundation anniversary of the only ISO-accredited education institution in Butuan City.

Prior to the final showdown, a street dancing was conducted in time with the opening parade, which made the audience from all walks of life stop for a while to take pictures of the eight contingents representing the seven colleges of the institute, including the Basic Education, as they vie for the Best in Street dancing special award, which was later on awarded to second placer – College of Education, Arts and Sciences (CEAS) who portrayed the Bulawan Festival of the Compostella Valley. They went home with Php 20,000 in cash.

Aside from winning the grand championship trophy, CIT was also awarded Best in Choreography, which is considered the biggest contributing factor for being chosen as this year’s Grand Champion by majority of the judges composed of choreographers and mentors of cultural dance groups in universities and high schools in Caraga Region.

Meanwhile, College of Criminology’s (COC) Dinagyang Festival which is originated from Iloilo City was declared 2nd runner-up. They received a cash prize of P15,000.00. The other contingents who did not make in the magic three also received consolation prize of P5,000.00 each.

It was learned that CIT’s choreographer from Surigao City has a lot of experience in as far as festival competitions is concerned. Among those is the region’s famous Bonok-bonok Festival which was held annually every September 10 in time with Surigao City’s fiesta celebration in honor of Patron Saint Senior San Nicolas de Tolentino. Another is the Lanzones Festival of Camiguin where contingent in Surigao City also dominated in this annual festival of the province considered as the “Paradise Island of Mindanao”.

In an informal talk with some of the participants, when asked what made them inspire in portraying astoundingly their role as Mamanwas, one of the participants said, “what we are doing is not only for the contingent’s sake but for the entire students of the College of Information Technology where we are representing,” he said.

Also, another participant said, they were challenged when CIT Dean – Prof. Amy C. Saavedra, together with the college’s faculty members “walked out” during their final rehearsal. “We were actually touched by the statements of our Dean reminding us of the reasons why we need to win in this contest,” a senior participant said.

Further, Prof. Saavedra confirmed the participant’s statement. “As the dean and mentors of these young participants, we really need to inculcate in their mind that with the efforts and sacrifices they have exerted, they must be paid off – by winning in the competition… What’s the purpose of sleeping late at night and exerting too much effort, and in the end, we will lose,” Saavedra said.

It can be recalled that CIT landed 2nd runner-up to Maritime Academy who was declared champion during last year’s competition while CEAS was declared 1st runner up.

The 39th Foundation Anniversary Celebration of SJIT is anchored on the theme: “SJIT at 39: Enhancing institutional culture for quality education”. (PIA-Caraga)


OWWA-Caraga to award region’s model OFW family

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (29 September) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to award the prestigious Model OFW Family of the Year on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in one of the local convention centers here.

In a press statement, OWWA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Dr. Marietta A. Lumawag said the annual award recognizes outstanding OFW families who have used the gains of working abroad in achieving success within their families, communities and the society at large.

All seventeen (17) regions of the country shall have 2 MOFYA winners each, one from the land-based category and the other from the sea-based. From these regional MOFYA winners, two (2) will emerged as national winners during the national awarding on December 2010. Two more special awards shall be conferred namely, Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects and in Entrepreneurship, respectively.

For last year’s MOFYA National Search, OFW Emilio Belo and family of Baleno, Masbate emerged as winner in the sea-based category.

MOFYA is an annual search undertaken by OWWA to give due recognition to the outstanding achievements of the OFWs and their families and promote best practices in managing family challenges.

Specifically, it aims to serve as role models for the whole OFW population, promote success stories about OFW families’ endurance over the challenges on their family relations and uplift the image of OFW families in the community, and highlight the role of OFW family acting as a group/unit in the attainment of socio-civic, educational, professional and material success. (PIA-Caraga)
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Synchornized Brgy. and SK Elections
Comelec deputized PIA

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (29 September) – The Commission on Elections has deputized the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in connection with the October 25t, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan synchronized elections.

Comelec Resolution No. 9032 dated September 21, 2010 signed by Comelec Commissioners headed by Chairman Jose Melo emphasized that the commission may deputize agencies and instrumentalities of the government for the purpose of ensuring a free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible conduct of the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The resolution also pointed out Section 52 of the Omnibus Election Code which stated that Comelec shall carry a continuing and systematic campaign through radio and other media forms to educate the public and fully inform the electorate about election laws, procedures, decisions, and other matters relative to the work and duties of the commission and the necessity of clean, free, orderly and honest electoral process.

Moreover, the resolution stated that with the extensive information network nationwide, PIA would be in a peculiarity special position to assist the commission in its information campaign on the Barangay and SK elections.

Meanwhile, as deputized by Comelec, PIA shall, at all times, remain impartial and perform the following duties: 1) Assist the commission in its education and information campaign on the aforesaid Barangay and SK elections; 2) Make available to the commission some of its personnel as may be necessary to ensure implementation of programs of activities or operation plans for the commission’s information campaign; 3) Produce such information materials as the commission may deem necessary to ensure the conduct of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections; and 4) Perform such other duties and functions as the commission may, from time to time determine.

However, the resolution gave emphasis that PIA shall adhere strictly to the policy of the commission that the education and information campaign must be absolutely impartial, objective and neutral.

It was also stressed that the expenses may incur, as such deputy for the information campaign if the commission such as production of information materials, shall be for the exclusive account of the agency.

Moreover, the resolution underlined that any information materials which the agency, as such deputy, shall produce upon the direction of the commission, shall be published/distributed/released only upon prior clearance from the commission to ensure that nothing therein contained shall depart from or violate the policy of impartiality, objectivity and neutrality. (PIA-Caraga)
Butuan hosts 1st Caraga Reg’l Fruit Forum

More than two hundred participants coming from the provinces all over Caraga region attended the one-day1st Caraga Regional Fruit Forum held in this city yesterday.

With this year’s theme: “Enhancing The Crop, Sustaining the Growth and Establishing The Hub” the activity was attended by top officials from the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XIII led by RED Reinerio B. Belarmino, Jr., officials from the GEM USAID, city government represented by City Councilor Hon. Angelo Calo, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Agriculture (who represented Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante) as well as the representatives of the association of fruit planters, buyers, those who were involved in the production of food and fruit products and other stakeholders.

The first plenary session revolved on the topic “Caraga’s Advantages, Opportunities and Challenges” under which, Ms. Lynn Parenas, Chief, Crops Division of DA Regional Office presented the “Caraga Fruit Industry Profile And Program Support.” It was followed by another presentation of “Opportunities and Challenges of Caraga’s Fruit Industry” by Ms. Ellen Lantican, from the GEM USAID. Another presentation of the GEM USAID on the topic “Mindanao Fruit Value Chain” was made by Mr. Arnold A. Dacula.

The second plenary session discussed the “Industry Updates and Marketing Opportunities for Caraga” with eight presenters from the various fruit-based industries and products here in the region. The under topics “Expansion Program On Banana” was presented by Mr. Manuel B. Uy, Manager, AMS Group of Companies, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Mr. Romeo Sacro, Manager of the Celebes Agricultural Corporation, Km. 3, Baan, Butuan City.

The presentations were continued during the afternoon sessions, where the sub-topics “Off Season Mango Production Guide” was presented by Mr. Benjamin D. Dalaguan ACC III, DA RFO XIII; “Marketing Opportunities for Mango and Other Fruits” by Mr. Rey Paraiso, Manila Fruit Buyer, “Production And Marketing Opportunities for Lanzones and Mangosteen” by Dr. Ismael Ellevaso, a Professor from Bayugan City; “Production and Marketing Opportunities on Papaya and Pineapple” by Mr. Francis Rivera, Manager, Papaya Operations , Del Monte, Philippines; Mr. Angelito Delanto, General Manager of Nice Choice, an emerging locally-produced, Papaya-based food product, which is now finding its way not only in the city malls, superstores and food stalls but also in the other parts of the region and even in the country as well. Another presentation by Mr. Jay Pangtangco of the Fruitgems Agri Development Corporation of Tubay, Agusan del Norte on similar topic was made towards the end of the afternoon session, followed by open discussions by the participants on the various topics presented.

A market matching activity was made towards the end of the forum followed by a synthesis and the closing program.
(Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Report on shooting incident 

One Jembu Guy-an y Tiambong, 16 yrs old, single and res of P-5, Brgy San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte was shot by unidentified suspect with the use of unknown caliber of firearm. 

Victim was immediately rushed by the populace to Cabadbaran District Hospital for medical treatment while suspect fled after the incident. Upon receipt of the report, PNP elements of Santiago MPS proceeded to the crime scene and conducted investigation and hot pursuit operation against the fleeing suspect. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the victim while inside the "Rod Mill Gold Processing Establishment" owned by Samuel Haum on September 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm, one unidentified suspect suddenly appeared and without apparent reason shot the victim once hitting the left portion of his body. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on electrocution 

One Fernando Ayala y Penaloga, 46 yrs old, married, farmer and res of P-5, Brgy Poblacion, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was found dead at Salas Lake, Campo 6, Brgy Nueva Era, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on September 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the victim left their residence in the morning on September 27, 2010 and proceeded to Salas Lake purposely to catch fish using battery operated electro gadget with two still rod and failed to return home until he was found dead.  

During the Post mortem examination conducted by DRA Generose M Carmona, Bunawan Rural Health Officer, the cause of death was electric shock believed to be electrocuted by his fishing device. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Campaign against illegal drugs 

Personnel from PDEA-13 led by Joel B Plaza, Deputy Regional Director coordinated to Buenavista MPS on September 27, 2010 purposely to conduct buybust operation at public Market, Brgy 3, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. 

At around 5:30 pm of same date, the team arrested one Aneza Dumagay y Nasarodin, legal age, res of said municipality.  

Confiscated from the possession of the suspect were one (1) transparent heat sealed plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu; Php 500.00 peso bill marked money; cash amounting to Php 458.00 and one (1) unit Nokia cell phone 1208 model.  

The operation was conducted in coordination with Brgy Kagawad of said place and DOJ representative. Suspect now under the custody of the PDEA 13 for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on barricade 

More or less 40 persons from SR Metal Inc Workers Union led by Francisco Sanchez conducted barricade at the Provincial Road, Poblacion 2, Tubay, Agusan del Norte on September 28, 2010 at 7:00 am. 

The purpose of their barricade was to prevent representative from Dept of Labor and Employment (DOLE) going to SR Metal Inc, located at Brgy La Fraternidad, Tubay, Agusan del Norte in relation to the scheduled "Certificat of election" of the Union. Upon receipt of the report, PNP elements of Tubay MPS led by PINSP SARONJILO Jr immediately proceeded to the area and conducted dialogue to the said group. 

According to Francisco Sanchez, leader of SR Metal Inc workers Union, they were objecting the scheduled election due to the irregularity of the procedures and they have filed a motion resetting and transferring the venue of said election. 

Upon arrival of the DOLE representative Mrs May C Velonta, a conference was held wherein both parties agreed to reset the "Certificate of election" pending resolution of motion filed by the members of workers union and another pre-election conference was set to discuss some other issues prior to the final election. 

The group voluntarily dispersed on 9:22 am of same date due to the effort exerted by PNP elements of Tubay MPS with no untoward incident. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan cops arrests wanted person

One Joselito Calibo y Elejorde, 44 yrs old, married and res of Mayuga Libagon, Southern Leyte was arrested by PNP elements of Butuan City Police Station 2 led by PO3 Alquin Adalid by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Evangeline S Yuipco-Bayan of RTC Branch 32, Surigao City for the crime of qualified theft docketed under CC nr 8910 with no bailbond recommended. Apprehension took place at DBM Office, Brgy Limaha, Butuan City on September 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm. Subject person now detained at BCPS 2 detention cell for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Progress report on violation of comelec gunban 

A Case for violation of COMELEC gunban was already filed at Prosecutors Office in an inquest proceeding against the suspects 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 under docket nr XIII-06-INQ-101-230. 

Said suspects were arrested when PNP elements of Claver MPS led by SPO3 Marcelo Palulay responded to a call from concerned citizens regarding altercation with the suspects and some persons while having a drinking spree at the videoke house owned by Jun-Jun Maglasang at around 1:20 in the morning of September 27, 2010 at Brgy. Tayaga, Claver, Surigao del Norte.  

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. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)