PIA News Service - Friday, November 26, 2010

CCPD, GADCC, stakeholders visit inmates in Agusan del Norte

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (26 November) - In its effort to give moral and spiritual support to the individuals considered “less-deprived with liberty”, the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) and Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) on Friday, November 26 joined hands in conducting visitation to inmates of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail, this city.

In a short program hosted by jail officers and the inmates, Jail Warden Engr. Luisito Azura acknowledged CCPD, GADCC, as well as the public and private stakeholders for sparing time to visit the inmates as part of the week-long celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace for which, the activity is spearheaded by CCPD which is also in time with GADCC’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

In his speech, Engr. Azura oriented those in attendance the physical amenities that the provincial jail has. He also said that as of press time, the jail has 203 occupants whom he called “boarders” – another term for inmates, 10 of which are females. He also said that some of the inmates are minors. “These minors were not able to submit their birth certificates on time that is why they are here. However, their documents are now on process. If everything is done, then they will be released as soon as possible,” Azura explained.

The Mindanao Week of Peace celebration is anchored on the theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”.

Meanwhile, the GADCC-spearheaded activity’s theme is: “Magna Carta ni Pinay: Gawing Tunay: Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!” (PIA-Caraga)


MWOP 2010 promotes environmental awareness, protection

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (26 November) - Prior to the jail visitation on Friday, November 26, 2010, public and private stakeholders converged at 5:30 this morning to voluntarily participate the street-cleaning in downtown Butuan City and tree-planting at Camp Bancasi, Butuan City to promote environmental protection as a way to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The simultaneous environment-related activities are part of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace celebration spearheaded by Caraga Conference for Peace and Development, and Gender and Development Coordinating Committee’s (GADCC) 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

Meanwhile, to promote environmental awareness and peace, a Bike for Peace and Takbo Para sa Kapayapaan is scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28, respectively. (PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Norte official assures support to prov’l jail

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (26 November) – Knowing the needs of the provincial jail, in general and the inmates, in particular, Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Enrico Corvera on Friday (Nov. 26) assures the jail officials, inmates, and those in attendance of its full support and see to it that their (inmates) stay will lead to personal transformation focusing on right values and attitudes.

Also, the official ensures the inmates that they will receive Christmas gifts from the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte through Governor Erlpe John Amante.

Meanwhile, Corvera lauded the efforts of Jail Warden Engr. Luisito Azura for coming up with sports program that will serve as one of the recreational activities of the inmates-cum-boarders.

Corvera also admitted that although it was his first time to visit the jail personally since he became a provincial official four years ago, he said every time Azura came to his office and ask for support, he can never say “no” to all his requests.

The official also advised the inmates to be productive while they are inside the jail by engaging handicrafts making especially this Christmas season where inmates are expected to make lanterns and other Christmas decors.

Moreover, the vice governor said that the plan to expand and enhance the facilities and amenities of the provincial jail is now in place to see to it that the inmates or “boarders” are comfortable with their stay while in jail.

The noteworthy activity is part of the 2010 Mindanao Week of Peace celebration from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 2010 spearheaded by the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) and Gender and Development Coordinating Council’s (GADCC’s) 18-day campaign to end violence against women, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2010. (PIA-Caraga)


CHR-13 chief briefs inmates on their rights

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (26 June) – Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director and Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chairperson Atty. Marilyn A. Pintor briefed the inmates of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Jail on their rights , during the jail visitation which is part of the activities in the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration here.

In her speech, Atty. Pintor pointed out that inmates should know and understand of their rights while they are inside the jail.

Also, Atty. Pintor explained that CHR’s mission is to help those who are deprived with their human rights. “We are and we must be in the middle… We will help you (inmates) as well as the victims to uphold, promote and protect your human rights,” she said.

Pintor also emphasized that the inmates or those who are deprived of liberty do not mean that their human rights don’t deserved to be protected. “All of us deserved to be protected and we must always uphold our rights as a person,” Pintor said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Pintor presented Republic Act 9745 otherwise known as Anti-Torture Act of 2009. According to her, the law was crafted by the Legislative body of the Philippines to comply its obligation to the convention against torture of the United Nations (UN).

Pintor likewise cited the video shown by a famous national television network in the country exposing the irregularities of local authorities in Tondo where a suspect was tortured forcing him to admit the crime.

With these developments, Atty. Pintor warned the jail officers through Jail Warden Engr. Luisito Azura to observe the right procedure in treating the inmates at all times.

Moreover, CHR personnel distributed survey questionnaires to inmates to know whether or not they experienced tortures inside the jail. “This is one way of helping the inmates to express their sentiments especially those who have experienced such torture – it may be physical or psychological,” a CHR personnel said.

The activity is also in time with GADCC’s 18-day campaign to end violence against women which is anchored on the theme: “Magna Carta ni Pinay: Gawing Tunay: Karahasan sa Kababaihan, Wakasan!” (PIA-Caraga)


DENR Caraga strengthens environmental education campaign

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY (26 November) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region, lead agency on the environmental awareness campaign strengthened its environmental education through the organization of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Education (RIACEE), in a committee meeting held Friday (Nov. 26) to discuss activities to be undertaken in the entire region.

The committee is purposely created to continually promote environmental awareness to the community and to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accordance with the rhythm and harmony of nature. It is also aimed to recognize the vital role of the youth in nation building and the role of education to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.

RIACEE also promotes national awareness on the role of natural resources in economic growth and the importance of environmental conservation and ecological balance towards sustained national development.

The RIACEE is created pursuant to Republic Act No. 9512, known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. (PIA-Caraga)
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Caraga Region: Sweet 16 on 2011

By: Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY (November 26) – WOW Caraga: Calagan Festival 6th Anniversary celebration will once again take center stage on February 22-26, 2011 in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur.

In a written statement, Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Regional Director Leticia dC Tan said, the region’s big event will be highlighted by Calagan Festival that will showcase the region’s major festivities. It aims to capture one event that will establish the distinct cultural identity of Caraga as a region blessed with rich cultural heritage.

WOW Caraga will also bring together other activities that will add color to the 16th anniversary celebration of the region’s creation such as the Caraga Regional Tourism Council general assembly, trade fair and the different regional line agencies’ exhibits, BAHARA culinary show and live competition, garden show, singing star quest and more.

Caraga region was created by virtue of Republic Act No. 7901, “An act creating Region XIII to be known as the Caraga Administrative Region, and for other purposes”, signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos on February 23, 1995. (PIA-Caraga)