10.21.2010

PIA News Service - Friday, Oct. 22, 2010

PCC Chair Aquino graces Prov’l Coop Assembly

Province of Dinagat Islands (October 22) - “The spirit of cooperativism should be upheld among members, because it is the life’s blood of every cooperative,” aphorized Agapito “Butz” Aquino, the Chairman of the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) and author of the Cooperative Act of the Philippines, on the Provincial Cooperative Assembly in San Jose at the Aurelio covered court last October 15, 2010.

Shown here is Philippine Cooperative Center Chairman Butch Aquino (left) who served as the guest of honor during the Provincial Cooperative Assembly at San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands held recently.
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Butz Aquino emphasized, to the 2,000 attending coop members, that the decadence of values and virtues within their threshold would mark the collapse of any cooperative. He noted that the Philippines was hailed third worldwide to establish a coop conglomerate fostering the logic of cooperativism. To some extent, the country has now 18,000 registered cooperatives which function as financial, insurance, producer, advocacy, and cooperative service. 

The net surplus of the 24 emerging cooperatives in the province is in constant upsurge, in which Butz Aquino was grateful to know. He motivated the PCDC to consider putting up either solar, wind, or hydro power source in the future, in lieu of the existing petro-plant. “Large cooperatives grew from small,” he encouraged.

The cooperative movement, if successful in both the distributive and manufacturing fields, is a significant force in the Philippine economy, often called “the middle way” between the individual enterprise and the national government – as to what Aquino pointed out.

He added that during the 10th National Cooperative Summit in Manila, a substantial agreement was brought to terms: to link with the low-level cooperatives so that they could form with the expanding economic system of the larger cooperatives, and empower them through education programs. Nevertheless, the CDA (Cooperative Development Authority) will not meddle with the affairs of the local cooperatives, instead they encourage the latter to be self-sufficient.

In addition, CDA Reg’l Director Manuela E. Pelaez reiterated the cooperative universal values; honesty, self-help, cooperation and integrity, to curb corruption within the ranks. “The objective of the cooperative transcends even towards socio-economic development,” she remarked. 

Pelaez presented that Caraga Region has 2,800 registered cooperatives; whilst 24 among the 101 listed from Dinagat Islands made into the Top 200 Strong and Progressive Cooperatives.

Furthermore, Alvin dela Cruz, the Prov’l Coop Officer, expressed gratitude to PCC Chair Butz Aquino and CDA Reg’l Director Pelaez for attending the assembly. 

“Your presence has inspired our members to intensify our strife for growth and development,” he concluded. (PIO-Province of Dinagat Islands/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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SC says Dinagat Islands not a province anymore
Issues final entry of judgment 


By Fryan E. Abkilan

Surigao del Norte (October 22) – It’s final, the Supreme Court (SC) has finally recorded an Entry of Judgment to its decision dated February 10, 2010 nullifying a law that created the province of Dinagat Islands.

In an interview, Atty. Victor Bernal, one of the 3 petitioners said the entry of judgment was already made last May 18, 2010 and that they only received a copy on October 05, 2010 from the Deputy Clerk of Court & Chief, Judicial Records Office of the Supreme Court, Ma. Lourdes C. Perfecto.

“It means that the Supreme Court has affirmed the unconstitutionality of R.A. 9355 which created the province of Dinagat Islands,” Bernal said.

The SC maintained that Dinagat Islands did not meet either the land area or the population requirement for the creation of the province.

Bernal said the copies of the entry of judgment were also forwarded to the Provincial Legal Office, Office of Gov. Sol Matugas, Atty. Leonardo Palicte III of Legal Affairs Dep’t of the House of Representatives, Speaker Feleciano Belmonte, Exec. Sec. Paquito Ochoa, Gov. Geraldine Ecleo, Office of the Senate Legal Counsel, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, The Solicitor General and Chairman Jose Melo of the Commission on Elections.

Special Election is imminent

Bernal is optimistic that a special election will likely to take place. “It might happen later this year,” he said.

It may be recalled that COMELEC issued Resolution No. 8790 dated March 9, 2010 on the status of the election-related matters such as the electoral posts that were available and considered in the area.

With this recent development, the Province of Dinagat Islands will likely be reverted to its previous status as part of the First Legislative District of Surigao del Norte and that the result of the May 2010local election will have to be nullified. 

Accordingly, a special election for Governor, Vice Governor, Member of the House of Representatives of the First Legislative District of Surigao del Norte, and Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the First District of Surigao del Norte (with Dinagat Islands) will have to be conducted. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Cebuano News: Bag-ong MTRCB ug PNP Chief nanumpa kang Aquino

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Pormal na nga nanumpa ang bag-ong gitudlo nga mamuno sa Movie and Television Review and Classification Board ug sa Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, nga sila si Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares ug Director General Raul Bacalzo ngadto kang Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Simeon Aquino III, didto sa Malacanang.

Si Dir. Bacalzo uban ang iyang kapikas nga si Librada ug tulo ka mga anak ang nanumpa atubangan sa Prisedente isip mauy modumala sa 130,000 ka organisasyon sa kwerpo sa kapulisan human nga gihulipan niini ang miretiro nga si General Jesus Versoza niadtong September.

Nauna na nga gihuptan sa hepe ang Directorial Staff niadtong miaging bulan sa August samtang nadawat niini pasidungog nga 3rd star sa rango nga Deputy Director General.

Sa laing bahin, si Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, kinsa anak ni kanhi movie-actor ug presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. ang muhulip ni outgoing MTRCB Chair-Consoliza Laguardia.

Si Llamanzares giubanan sa iyang kapikas nga si Teodoro ug tulo ka mga anak samtang nanumpa isip bag-ong chairperson sa MTRCB.

Giplanohan niini ang paglihuk sa industriya sa telebisyon ug pelikula nga mapatas-an ang kalidad ug mapalambo ang pag-ila sa pelikulang Pilipino nga makatabang sa ekonomiya sa nasud.

Gisaad usab nga magpili kini og mga personahe sa industriya nga dunay igong tahas isip mulingkod para sa mga nabakanteng Board.

Ang MTRCB ang ahensya nga mupakgang sa mga sensitibo ug malaw-ay nga gipasalida sa telebisyun ug pelikula. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: TLW mihupot sa matuod nga kinaiya sa kabataan

Ni Michael Imbo

BUTUAN CITY - Ang True Love Waits (TLW) Philippines, Inc., nagtinguha nga maghupot sa unang youth conference karong November 13, 2010 didto sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, ni’ng dakbayan.

Katuyuan sa True Love Waits (TLW) nga mapaduol ang relasyon sa kabataan ngadto Ginoo ug mamahimo kining matinod-anon sa ilang kaugalingon.

Gipaneguro ni TLW Butuan Coordinators Ms. Odette M. Andaya nga ang hagit sa kabataan sa Butuan mao ang pagpili niini sa maayong direksyon ug magtubo kining adunay personal nga panlantaw sa kausaban nga makab-ot ang tiunay nga transpormasyon sa syudad.

Adunay registration fee nga P100.00 sa moapil nga partisipante. Gi-andam usab ang mga kalingawan sama sa pagpalit sa mga ticket alang sa himoon nga raffle draw atol sa youth conference.

Gitahasan ang TLW nga mopahat sa dakung responsibilidad sa pagtudlo sa kabataan sa matarong nga ideyalismo kalabot sa isyu nga sekswal ug pagtu-on sa lakang sa kaminyuan. 

Hingpit nga gilauman sa TLW nga adunay makuha ang kabataan nga makatabang sa ilang lamdag nga panlantaw sa kaugmaon, ang programa naglawig ubos sa temang “Unashamed: Equipping Leaders celebrating Purity”. (PIA-Caraga)

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Legarda wants review of government’s climate change adaptation policy for agri sector  

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, today called for a review of the government’s policies and programs on addressing the vulnerability of the agriculture and fisheries sector to the impact of climate change.

Legarda made the appeal after Typhoon Juan, which battered the northern part of Luzon, damaged an initial estimate of Php1.556 billion worth of crops, mostly corn and palay.

According to the Department of Agriculture, affected palay crops in Regions 2 and 3 reached 68,250 metric tons (MT) and 2,310 MT, respectively. Crop damage figures for Region 1 and damage reports for vegetable crops and fisheries are not yet available.

“Typhoon Juan damaged more than a billion worth of crops in Northern and Central Luzon. We have to know what steps would the government take regarding this problem. What are the alternatives so that these losses would not affect the country’s food security? What assistance would the government give to our farmers and fishermen who were affected by this disaster?” Legarda said.

“We already know that changes in temperature, rainfall and sea level would be disastrous to the agricultural sector. In fact, crop yield potential is estimated to decline by 19% in Asia toward the end of the century and rice yield in the Philippines would decline by 75%. We have to ensure that we have the appropriate policies that would shield us from the destructive effects of climate change,” she added.

Legarda, the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, had already filed Senate Resolution 175, which seeks a review of the government’s climate change adaptation policies for the agriculture and fisheries sector.

The Senator stressed that the inquiry is imperative to the institution of robust adaptation strategies that would enhance food security and alleviate rural poverty.

“The country’s agricultural adaptation program must ensure more investments in agricultural research and infrastructure, improved water governance and land use policies, better forecasting tools and early warning systems, a strengthened extension system that will assist farmers to achieve economic diversification and access to credit to make significant improvements in our food security goals,” Legarda said.

“We have to institute policy solutions to enable the agriculture sector to adapt rapidly to the impact of climate change and to safeguard poverty reduction gains in the rural areas,” she concluded.
(Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Criselda Bulahao-Nalam

Illegal possession of firearms and Comelec Resolution # 9049

Elements of BCPS4 led by PSINSP GAUDIOSO CAJUTOL JR, OIC BCPS4 conducting comelec checkpoint at Villamonte, Brgy Basag, Butuan City on October 21, 2010 at around 9:30 in the morning which resulted to the apprehension of one (1) Richie Longgakit y Revira, 38 yrs old, single, and a resident of said place. 

Confiscated from his possession and control was one (1) pc .45 caliber pistol, with SN: 2100069 with one (1) magazine loaded with four (4) live ammos tucked at his waist line. Initial investigation disclosed that abovementioned suspect was riding a Yamaha crypton color blue with plate number 1115185 without driver's license. Suspect was brought to BCPS4, BCPO while a case of violation of comelec resolution number 9049 was filed at City Prosecutor's office an inquest case. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on traffic accident

On October 20, 2010 around 6:40 in the evening particularly along the national high way, Brgy Pasta, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, one (1) unit motorcycle (no description of mc of this report) driven by Mark Ian Carbillo, single, member of Phil Army based 402nd Brigade, Awa, New Leyte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, was accidentally bumped by a Mitsubishi jeepney with plate number KCF-233 covered under OR # 6641980, CR # 91440053-6 owned by Andrelio Barvo was driven by Sanny Dequito y Celes, 38 yrs old, married and a resident of P-3, Brgy Lapinigan, Agusan del Sur with driver's license KD8-01-006757. 

Initial investigation revealed that the said Honda motorcycle was running opposite direction and upon reaching at the aforementioned place, the said Mitsubishi vehicle overlook the ahead vehicle when accidentally bumped the said motorcycle which resulted to fall down to the cemented road and the driver sustained injuries and brought immediately to DOP Memorial Hospital for medical treatment due to serious condition while the driver Sanny Dequito together with his driven vehicle voluntarily surrendered to San Francisco MPS for proper disposition. Progress report follows.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident

On October 20, 2010 around 7:00 in the evening at P-2, Brgy Cagbas, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, one Mansolito Pilapil y Batis, 38 yrs old, married, driver and a resident of P-6, Brgy Salvacion, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur was shot to death by unidentified persons with the use of short firearms of unknown caliber. 

Upon receipt of the report, elements of Bayugan MPS led by PI CZYMEERE NICANOR ATEO-AN VELENCERINA immediately proceeded to the place of incident and conducted on scene investigation and hot pursuit operation for possible identification/arrest of the suspect. Initial investigation revealed that the victim sustained one (1) gunshot wound on his head that causing his instantaneous death. Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Progress report follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)