PIA News Service - Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

RDC-GADCC 13 sets activities for the 18-day campaign to end violence against women

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY
– The Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) Caraga convened recently to set various activities for the 18-day campaign to end violence against women. 

According to GADCC Chairperson Atty. Marilyn Pintor, a press conference is scheduled on Nov. 19, while on Nov. 25, a fun run/ecumenical prayer and Hataw/exercise will be conducted to be participated by government line agencies, private stakeholders, and the city government here.

GADCC members will also hold jail visitation on Nov. 26, and will be giving out used clothing and gift packs to the 65 women and minor detainees at Butuan City Jail. 

Atty. Pintor also stressed that aside from the conduct of the jail visitation, GADCC will also visit the lumads at Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on Dec. 2, 2010.

“The lumads will be served food by GADCC members while availing the free medical mission/consultation. Packed groceries/food items will also be given to them. Along with it is a dialogue with concerned agencies like PhilHealth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Local Civil Registrar (LCR), and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), to discuss issues and concerns on their health, environment, peace and order situation, and the like,” Pintor added.

 Also, Atty. Pintor bared that the GADCC Speakers’ Bureau will hold a training/orientation on Module Writing and GenPeace Module Writing Proper on Oct. 27-30, 2010. The implementation of the said training module is then set on Nov. 25-Dec. 12, and its assessment/evaluation is on Dec. 16, 2010.

Meanwhile, GADCC will celebrate its early Christmas party on Dec. 10, 2010.

With this 18-day campaign, GADCC is hoping for the full support and participation of the public in this endeavor for the welfare of women. (PIA-Caraga) 
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PRC to hold mass blood donation activity

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY
– The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte – Butuan City Chapter will hold a mass blood donation activity with expected donors from various government line agencies on October 12, 2010, 8:00 o’clock in the morning at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Conference Room, this city.

PRC Agusan del Norte – Butuan City Chapter Administrator Teodoro Cairo also emphasized that donating a blood is a very simple procedure that will take a few minutes, and at the same time blood donation will give us the following benefits: (1) our bone marrow will be stimulated to produce new and active cells which in turn make the blood forming organs function more effectively; (2) we will know our blood type, hemoglobin and blood pressure; (3) more volunteer blood donors would meet supply of blood; and (4) it is something that will make us feel good about ourselves.

To qualify, donors must be 18-65 years old (16 and 17 may donate provided with parent’s/guardian’s consent). They must be at least 110 lbs. or 50 kgs., and hemoglobin level must be at least 125g/l (not anemic). In general, donors must be in good health condition. The final medical assessment will depend on the physician/doctor on duty.

PRC also stressed that before donating blood, the donors should have enough rest and sleep; no alcohol intake at least 24 hours; no medication for at least 24 hours; eat light meals, avoid fatty foods; and drink plenty of fluids like water and juice.

Meanwhile, after donating blood, the donors are advised to increase fluid intake like water and juice; avoid stooping down; avoid strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects, driving big vehicles such as bus and trucks, operating big machines; apply pressure at the punctured site. And if there is swelling and discoloration at the punctured site, apply cold compress for 24 hours then hot compress for the next 24 hours.

For further details and inquiries, you may contact PRC at telephone No. (085) 3428521 and look for the Medical Technologist on duty.

PRC is hoping that partner agencies in the government and the general public will their favorable response to this appeal. (PIA-Caraga)
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Armed men torch SUDECOR service bus

Five heavily armed men believed to be communist guerillas torched a service bus of the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR), after divesting its passengers of their valuables and other personal belongings, in this region’s southern province, 6:00 P.M. Monday.

A report sent by Surigao del Sur provincial police to the regional police headquarters, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad this city, said that the five heavily armed men flagged down the employees’ service bus of SUDECOR, driven by a certain Andres Orillaneda at Sitio Gacub, Brgy. Hinapuyan, Carmen town in Surigao del Sur, while it was in its route towards their logging area.

After the bus stopped, the armed men ordered the passengers to disembark from the vehicle, divested their valuables and other personal belongings such as 6 cellular phones, a hand held radio, 4 battery packs and accordingly took off even the sack which was half-filled with rice.

The guerillas then set the said bus on fire before taking off to some unknown direction. The report does not state the extent nor the value of the damage incurred on the vehicle.

Elements of the 36th Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt. Christian de Leon are now conducting a hot pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels, while Carmen police are now investigating the said incident. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


Drunken CAA member nabbed for illegal possession of firearms

The conceited attitude of a drunken member of a military force multiplier may land him in jail when he was nabbed for illegal possession of firearms after he was caught strutting his home made firearm and roamed around his village while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, 7 P.M. Sunday, at this region’s southern province.

Reports from Surigao del Sur provincial police reaching police regional headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City named the suspect as Eric Flores y Macaylas, 29; a resident of Purok 1A, Brgy. Poblacion, Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Flores who was a member of the Civilian Active Auxiliary of the 23rd Infantry Battalion, assigned at Sitio Pagkabakatan, Brgy. Mahayahay, Lingig, Surigao del Sur was arrested by the personnel of Lingig Municipal Police Station at Purok 5A, Brgy. Sabang at the same town for flaunting his firearm of undetermined caliber, without a serial number and was loaded with a live ammunition of a 5.56 mm.

The suspect is now under the custody of the Lingig police for proper disposition and awaits the filing of the appropriate cases against him. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


OFW’s from Nasipit, Bislig City declared Regional Winners of 2010 MOFYA

BUTUAN CITY - Overseas Filipino Worker froms Trianggulo, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and Mangagoy, Bislig City in Surigao del Sur were chosen to be this year’s Regional Winners of the prestigious Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) in a ceremony held recently at Dottie’s Place Convention Center, this city.

The land-based category winner is Engr. Benjamin Selim who bested 8 nominees while Mamerto Sore was declared winner for the sea based category.

Both received a trophy, a check worth 20,000 pesos from GLOBE g-cash, a savings account in BDO having an initial amount of 10,000 pesos and 150,000 worth insurance coverage from Phil Am Life.

The regional winners will represent Caraga during the national MOFYA awarding ceremonies to be held in Manila on December 2010.

In an interview with OWWA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Dr. Marietta A. Lumawag, she said that the award giving program was designed to give recognition to outstanding OFW families and promote best practices in achieving optimal success in all aspects of life in the face of overseas migration of one or more members of the households.

This year’s annual award recognizes specifically the outstanding OFW families who have used the gains of working abroad in achieving success within their families to serve as role models, able to promote success stories about the OFW families’ endurance over the challenges and to extend help within the community and the society at large.

OWWA Caraga likewise conferred two special awards wherein, the Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects was again won by Engr. Benjamin Selim while the Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship went to Jose Ramirez an OFW from Dapa, Surigao del Norte.

Other nominees for land-based category were also given certificates of recognition namely: Lilia Cabrera of Bislig City, Matranilo Libar of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Marven Murillo, Teofilo Galila and Miraluna CabaƱa all from San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, and Jacob Malik of Butuan City.

For the sea-based category, the nominees consist of Tomasito Wu of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Peterno Laxinto who hailed from the Dinagat Islands Province. 

According to OIC Regional Director Lumawag, OWWA Caraga Region has on record more or less a total of 22,000 registered OFW’s with Butuan City having the highest number followed by Surigao City and Bislig City.

On the other hand, the municipality of Nasipit in Agusan del Norte obtained the greatest number of OFW’s amongst the municipal areas.

During the awarding ceremonies, a ceremonial signing of MOA was conducted on the establishment of OFW Help Desks in Butuan City, Surigao City and Surigao del Sur. (Jocelyn E. Morano, Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Caraga)


4ID to appeal over its claim in Camp Evangelista

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The 4th Infantry Division (4ID) vowed to exert all legal means over its claim on the disputed land inside Camp Evangelista. 

The said land consists of more or less 12 hectares military property which currently challenged by various claimants.

The 4ID respects the decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) declaring that the said land is classified as Alienable and Disposable (A&D) based on its parameters and policy. 

DENR said that if the land is classified as A&D, the property is a public domain.

However the military is already occupying, administering and has developed the said property since 1935, way ahead of the supposed claimants prior to that declaration upheld by the DENR.  

It is learned that most of the claimants are retired AFP members who are actually knowledgeable that the land is a military property and no one can simply intrude the camp and build individual transient without approval from the 4ID. 

Indeed, the 4ID is saddened on the plight of these claimants who have previously enjoyed the privilege to occupy the land and build transient for their families, yet they insist to possess the area despite the fact that the land is owned by the military. 

 The 4ID cannot simply turn blind eye on the matter without action preserving the property from undue disposal. (4TH Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)