10.29.2010

PIA News Service - Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Surigao Norte Gov reports first 100 days

By Fryan E. Abkilan

Surigao del Norte (22 October) – Gov. Sol Matugas, wife of 1st district representative Cong. Francisco Matugas, delivered her first ever 100 days report before her constituents at the Provincial Convention Center, Thursday morning (Oct. 28).

In her 30-minute speech, Gov. Matugas said that 100 days is too short for her to prove that she has done much to her constituency. Nevertheless, she thanked the Surigaonons for giving her the mandate to lead the province. “As such, I have taken to heart this tall order to fulfill the developmental platform you have placed your faith and hope in, to start the journey on this road to healing and progress,” Matugas said.

The Lady Governor also took pride on thanking her Team Capitol, to the municipal mayors, and to the barangay captains, “who have worked untiringly with me, since Day 1 in achieving our developmental targets.”

Progress Report

Gov. Matugas centered her report on four significant points to wit, 1) laying the foundations for efficient and effective administration; 2) promoting transparency and accountability; 3) establishing networks and linkages, and 4) implementing the HEALS Development Agenda.

According to Gov. Matugas, laying a good foundation for an efficient and effective administration was on top of her list of tasks to be accomplished. “To embark on the tasks ahead, we have to first set our own house in order.” Thus, she immediately initiated housekeeping efforts when she assumed office as the governor.

“We have conducted a review and reorganization of the provincial capitol offices and departments, merged existing but redundant offices and created new ones to streamline our workforce.”

A total face-lifting of the provincial capitol was also done thru a cleanliness and beautification drive plus a repainting of the capitol building including the renovations of the Governor’s Mansion, the Provincial Capitol Chapel, Capitol Park and the Legacy Garden.

Gov. Matugas also implemented a salary adjustment for the capitol employees, among others, “to augment the meager pay that our people are receiving.”

New programs that promote transparency and accountability were likewise launched and implemented by the lady governor. Among them are the Governor’s Weekend Report aired weekly over the local radio stations, a round table discussion dubbed as “Kapihan sa Kapitolyo,” and the “Ang Bag-ong Surigao” magazine, their official publication.
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To promote consensus-building and a participatory approach in governance, Gov. Matugas said they were able to successfully established networks and linkages with various stakeholders, worth mentioning are the projects of AUSAID - Prov’l Road Management Facility (PRMF), Oxford Family, United Nations Development Fund, World Bank Global facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and Growth with Equity in Mindanao.

Implementation of the HEALS Development Agenda

 The governor proudly shared that her HEALS program covering the areas of Health, Education and Environment, Agriculture and Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism, and Social Welfare, Security and Spiritual Renewal were successfully launched and concretized.

 “On top of our health program is the revival of the ‘Panambay sa Barangay’ project of Cong. Lalo Matugas when he was then the governor,” she narrated.

As for education, the governor also bared the implementation of 100% increase in the salary of school board teachers, from P3,000 to P6,000 plus a chalk allowance of P1,000.

On an effort to protect the environment and curb environmental violations, Gov. Matugas then issued Executive Order No. 007, suspending the quarry and small scale mining permits in the province. 

Gov. Matugas also revealed that an increased in food production is one of the significant components of her program thus a Provincial Agriculture Satellite Office and Training Center was established in the town of Del Carmen to cater to the needs of the farmers in Siargao Island.

As for livelihood and tourism promotions, the lady governor advocated a tourism development agenda that is pro-poor and one that does not compromise the moral fabric of the Surigaonons. 

“We have pushed for the organization and conduct of local tourism and culture festivals such as the Bakhaw Festival in Del Carmen, Sapao-sapao Festival in Sta. Monica, Lubi-lubi Festival in Bacuag and the widely participated Siargao Surfing festival in Gen. Luna.”

Also, to respond to some uniquely difficult situations and needs of our indigent brothers and sisters, a Public Welfare Assistance Counter was established, plus the organization of “Save our Lives” (SOL) multi-agency unit to provide assistance and support when disaster operations are beyond the capacity of the local disaster units in times of calamities.

In her next 100 days and beyond, Gov. Matugas along with her team is determined and committed to fulfill what have set out to do since Day 1 – the implementation of programs and projects to uplift the life of the Surigaonons through the HEALS agenda and more. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SILG visits caraga

Camp Rafael C Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City - Caraga Police Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, CEO VI personally met Secretary of Interior and Local Government Jessie M Robredo yesterday morning in Surigao City from Manila via Air Philippines.  

Secretary Robredo was accorded with plane side honors and appropriate over and covert security in all his areas of engagement. SILG was the Guest of Honor and Speaker of the 2nd Surigao del Norte Provincial Development Council Meeting and First 100 Days Progress Report of Governor Sol F. Matugas in Surigao del Norte.  

The activity which was held in Surigao Provincial Convention Center started with a Ribbon Cutting of Surigao's Best and Tourist Information Center Provincial Sports Complex followed by the viewing of 1st 100 Days Photo Gallery.  

The viewing of photo gallery was subsequently followed by a 100 Days Progress Report of Governor Sol F. Matugas with a welcome message by Hon. Ernesto T. Matugas, City Mayor, Surigao City and Congressman Guillermno A Romarate Jr. Representative, 2nd Congressional District and followed by the introduction of Guest of Honot and Speaker by Hon. Francisco T. Matugas, Representative, 1st Congressional District. Secretary Robredo was awarded with a Plaque of Appreciation by the top brass of Surigao City and province of Surigao del Norte.  

SILG also led the Mass Oath Taking of newly elected Punong Barangays in the province and immediately followed by the Launching of Barangay Education Strategic Team or Project BEST and Signing of Memorandum of Agreement with DepEd Division Superintendents. 

The project BEST is a joint effort of the Department of Education and the Local Government Units, through the Barangay Council which aimed at addressing the existing gaps between the current education status and the goals of the education for all (EFA) 2015.  

Also, one of the highlights of said activity is the Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) Project launching and MOA signing with 4 pilot LGUs (Surigao City, Claver, Mainit, Tubod) DILG, DTI and SCCI.  

The awarding of Certificates to Top Three Best Performers on Revenue Collection was made by Secretary Robredo assisted by Governor Sol. F Matugas. During lunch break, press conference and consultation meeting was made with Secretary Robredo and Congressman Romarate Jr; Congressman Matugas; Governor Matugas and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members; City and Municipal Mayors. The 2nd Provincial Development Council Meeting immediately followed.

As the policemen press on with the task at hand in coordination with the Local Government Units, RD RAFAL said the PNP has to pool the resources to achieve the goals and most importantly to make this country a better place to live in and for the future generation. 

The policemen in CARAGA will not stop, instead, press on and never falter with the help of the community. Someday, the PNP will see the fruits of labor - a much better Philippines for the future generation. He emphasized that the law enforcer cannot afford to say "Bahala Na" and leave everything to fate. The police force need to harmonize the efforts, every division in the PNP, need this collective effort so the policies that the organization so ardently advocate will be eventually realized. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Three hundred Pregnant women benefit from Buntis Congress in Butuan City

Butuan City - Three hundred would-be mothers from different barangays received health care services during the recently-held “Buntis Congress” sponsored by ABS-CBN DZMM Teleradyo, in cooperation with the City Government of Butuan, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Health, National Nutrition Council and Midwives Association of the Philippines.

The event was aimed at promoting and developing the knowledge in healthcare and safety of would-be mothers. Informative discussions and seminars of newborn care and responsible parenthood with free natal check-up were given in the said event. The would-be participating mothers also received free baby kits and free lunch from DZMM.

The City Government of Butuan, through its City Health Office, provided the ambulance and other health care services for the pregnant mothers. Mayor Ferdinand Amante of Butuan City considered the event as a noteworthy endeavor as it provided the expectant mothers of Butuan City the basic knowledge in health care and safety for their babies aimed towards achieving responsible parenthood. 

Buntis Congress was hosted by ABS-CBN morning show host Winnie Cordero. Would-be mothers were serenaded by former Pinoy Dream Academy finalist Ronnie Liang, who sang his OPM hit “Ngiti”, placing sweet smiles in the 300 would-be mothers. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Progress report on ambush incident 

A case of multiple frustrated murder and highway robbery in band was filed against Felizardo Valdez, Eman Carlo, Elay, George Madlos, Myrna Sularte, Juanito Bonite, Dodong Mabras, Roger Tolentino and John Does, docketed under I.S. Nr 13-03-INV-10J-190, dated October 28, 2010 at Provincial Prosecutors Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. 

It was recalled that PNP personnel of Prosperidad Police Station led by Chief of Police, PCINSP APOLLO BLAZO ABAO was ambushed at Brgy Libertad, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on October 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM by more or less thirty (30) fully armed men believed to be members of CTs which resulted to the Wounded In Action (WIA) of the following: PCINSP APOLLO BLAZO ABAO, SPO2 Mellardo Lumain, PO3 Leo Rhoderick Urbiztondo, PO2 Marcial S Corvera and one wounded civilian identified as Rosalie Rufon y Mabali, Brgy secretary of Brgy Libertad of said town.  

Said PNP personnel were on their way back to the station from rendering security during the distribution of land titles by the Local Government Unit of Prosperidad at Brgy Mabuhay of said municipality. 

Firefight ensued which lasted more or less 10 minutes. As a result of said incident, said personnel were over powered and subdued with the overwhelming strength by the CTs and were robbed of their issued firearm consisting four (4) m16 rifles, one (1) 9mm pistol, four (4) bandoleers and ten (10) magazines of m16 and damaged to Patrol Vehicle. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal fishing 

PNP elements of Carrascal Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Noel B Ricamara together with deputized Fish Warden conducted operation agaisnt illegal fishing at the Fish Sanctuary of Brgy Adlay, Carrasca, Surigao del Sur on October 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm which resulted to the arrest of the following: Joy Eric Sahilan y Sayson, 29 yrs old; Jonathan Ganacias y Guarte, 23 years old and Alfred Ganancias y Guarte, 15 years old, all fisherman and resident of Brgy Consuelo, Cantilan, Surigoa del Sur.

Confiscated from their possession were one (1) wooden paddle; one (1) scaling device; two (2) flashlights; one (1) box containing more or less two (2) kgms of assorted fish and one (1) unit pumpboat with red color Honda 13HP engine. Suspects and confiscated items were brought to Carrascal MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Cabadbaran PNP arrest wanted person 

One Ma. Fe Rosales y Gangca, 44 years old, married and resident of Brgy 10, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte was arrested by PNP elements of Cabadbaran City Police Station led by PSINSP ADRIAN ANTONIO by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Emmanuel E Escatron of RTC Branch 34, Cabadbaran City dated October 20, 2010 for the crime of estafa, docketed under CC nr CR-10-64 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 40,000.00. Apprehension took place at Brgy 10, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 A.M. Subject person now detained at said Station for proper disposition.
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Report on shooting incident 

One Nelson Luna y Cemaco, 34 years old, married DENR employee and resident of P-1, Maharlika, Bislig City was shot by two unidentified suspects with the use of cal .45 pistol. 

Initial investigation disclosed that that the victim while playing Billiard at Rodulfo Caballero's Billiard Billiard Hall at Purok 6, San Roque, Bislig City on October 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm, suspects approached and shot the victim at the back portion of his head resulting to his instantaneous death. 

Suspects fled after the incident. Prior to the incident, Victim's wife Phanie Jane Luna received several threats through text messages since the victim assigned at DENR Monitoring in Bislig City three months ago. 

Responding PNP personnel recovered from the crime scene three (3) spent shell of cal .45. Thorough investigation now conducted for possible identity and arrest of the suspect. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on suicide incident 

One Mrs Margie Bersabal y Cebrian reported to Santiago Municipal Police Station on October 28, 2010 at 6:20 am and informed that her younger brother one Rolly Debrian y Morgado, 38 yrs old, single and res of Zone 2, Brgy Poblacion 2, Santiago, Agusan del Norte was found lifeless hanged with nylon rope tie on his neck at the center beam timber (sagunting) of his house of said place. 

PNP elements of Santiago Municipal Police Station proceeded to the crime scene and conducted investigation. Two weeks ago, the victim was left behind by his live-in partner. He was seen by the populace walking in the streets carrying sharp pointed bolo. At around 3:00 am of October 28, victim was seen by the populace jogging near his house and at around 6:00 am, was found lifeless hanging at his house. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Opening of brgy peacekeeping action teams (bpats) trainor's training

Police Regional Office 13 personnel headed by Regional Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, PhD, CEO VI, attended the opening ceremony of Brgy Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) Trainor's Traning held at Function Room, City Hall, Butuan City on October 27, 2010 at 8:00 am, together with Dir Romeo Solis, DILG City Director; Atty Wilfredo Salino, Legal Officer of NAPOLCOM and Mrs Lea Amante Mendoza, Butuan City Administrator. The activity was also graced by the presence of PCSUPT MARIO A AVENIDO, Deputy Director, Directorate for Police Community Relations as the guest of Honor and speaker. Program started with the opening rituals and followed by acknowledgement of participants by PCINSP MARTIN M GAMBA; Welcome Remarks by PSSUPT MANSUE N LUKBAN, Regional Chief of the Directorial Staff; Overview of Memo Circular Nr 2009-145 by DILG representative and Introduction of GOH and speaker by PSUPT INOCENTES J CAPUNO, Acting Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division. Afterwhich, the message of PCSUPT MARIO A AVENIDO and the awarding of Memento given to the GOH and Speaker by PRO 13 Regional Director PCSUPT REYNALDO SERRANO RAFAL, PhD, CEO VI. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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Government troops encounter more or less 30 NPA in Agusan

On 29 October 2010 at 6:40 am troops of 26IB, 4ID PA under LtCol Nhel Richard Patricio PA, conducted combat operations encountered more or less 30 New Peoples Army (NPA) specifically Guerilla Front (GF3) of Southern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (SMRC) at Barangay Sinubong, Viruela, Agusan Del Sur. 
 
Fierce firefight lasted for about 10 minutes then the NPA scampered towards different directions.
 
Two high powered firearms captured by the government troop an M16 armalite rifle and garrand rifle.
 
No casualty on the government side, while the NPA suffered undetermined casualties.
 
It was learned, prior to the encounter that an angry resident reported to the government troops on the presence of the armed groups in their village asking foodstuff.  
 
 Pursuit operation conducted against the fleeing NPA.
 
Major General Victor A. Felix Commander 4ID assures that combat operations conducted is to secure the people from the explicit and implicit terror purported by NPA especially in the countryside and the respect for human rights are strictly observe. (4TH Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)