PIA News Service - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CCPD sets up Mindanao Week of Peace celebration in Caraga

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (24 November) – The Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) is now on the final track in the preparation of the region’s celebration of the annual Mindanao Week of Peace as it adopted a purposive theme: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”.

The celebration will kick-off Thursday, November 25 with a Fun Walk and Hataw Exercises highlighting the opening ceremonies at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol covered court.

Other activities in-lined include a press conference, tree planting for peace, cleaning for peace, jail visitation, poster-making contest, bike for peace, takbo para sa kapayapaan, peace offering through a blood-letting project, TRI-PEOPLE consultation for peace, peace forum and symposium, among others.

Mindanao Week of Peace is a comprehensive celebration that involves communities of inter-faith organizations, non-governmental organizations, peoples’ organizations, and government agencies who are working and advocating the culture of peace in the Southern Philippines.

Initiated in Zamboanga in 1997, this activity has become a Mindanao-wide event as adopted by the Bishops-Ulama Conference. Since then, it is being commemorated annually from the last Thursday of November to the first Wednesday of December, also perpetuated in observance through Presidential Proclamation 127, series of 2001. (PIA-Caraga)


TMC to launch ‘Hulagway’ exhibit on Thursday

Claver, Surigao del Norte (November 24) – A photo and art exhibit billed as ‘Hulagway’ (cebuano word for moods and images), will be launched on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) Minesite in Brgy. Taganito, Claver this province.

According to TMC Community Relations Officer Chatty Gambe, “’Hulagway’ will showcase responsible mining through photos, paintings, murals on concrete garden benches and a flower garden.”

Hulagway is part of the Development Communication Program of TMC’s Community Relations and Development Section. As such, it is conceived as a ‘silent communicator’ on a 24-hour daily shift. “The community has to know what TMC is doing and what benefits accrue to the host mining communities because of TMC’s operation and to be aware of the various ways the company takes care of the environment,” Gambe added.

Claver Mayor Rosemarie Gokiangkee will be the guest of honor. The guest list consist mainly of all the stakeholders from the host mining community of TMC, consisting of the four barangays, namely: Taganito, Urbiztondo, Hayanggabon, and Cagdianao; and representatives of government line agencies, as well as People’s Organizations, and NGOs.

TMC, which started commercial operations in 1989, is now a major player in the mining industry in the region today. TMC’s claim area is 4,876.56 hectares. It is about 71 kilometers southeast of Surigao City. To date, 200 hectares of its total claim area has been developed into mining areas, haulage roads, and minesite facilities. TMC has been direct-shipping nickel ore to its partner in Japan, the Pacific Metals Company or PAMCO, and recently, to China, uninterrupted, for the last 23 years.

It has consistently been awarded for its progressive rehabilitation activities, having planted 237.40 hectares of its mining area with a total of 395, 761 trees, to date. Tree species were agoho or casuarina, acacia mangium, auri coliformis, and some species indigenous to the area, like payuspos and magkuno. At any given time, the company’s nursery has about 50,000 potted seedlings available.

In the country, one of the very few nickel mining companies which have weathered the crash of nickel price in the global market today is Taganito Mining Corporation or TMC.

There are several reasons for its famed stability: One, its sustained efforts at best practices in labor management, environmental protection, and community relations and development; two, its sound and efficient production management; and three, its ability to look into the future and plan strategic responses to market trends and its ability to roll with the punches, so to speak.

‘Hulagway’, the photo and art exhibit, will be open to all for the next three months before it is redesigned and updated with more recent photos. (TMC/PIA-SdN)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

Report on shooting incident

A certain Ruben Felipe y Marsan, 40 years old, married farmer and a residence of P-2, Sitio Hubang, Brgy. Poblacion, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was shot to death by one Felix Verador, 41 years old, married, farmer and a residence of same place. 

Investigation disclosed that while the victim was lying on his hammock, around 8:30 in the evening of November 22, 2010, said suspect armed with unknown caliber of firearm allegedly shot the victim on his head, which resulted to his instantaneous death. 

Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Personnel of Bunawan MPS are still conducting follow up investigation for possible arrest of the said suspect. Motive – personal grudge. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal gambling

Elements of Tandag Municipal Police Station led by SPO2 Loreto Suarez, conducted operation against illegal gambling at Purok Nangka Balilahan, Balilahan Terminal, all of Brgy. Mabua and at Sitio La Suerte, Brgy. Dogocdoc, Tandag, Surigao del Sur in the morning of November 22, 2010 respectively. 

Said operation resulted to the apprehension of the following persons: Hermenia Josol Ravelo, 49 years old, married and a resident of Purok Nangka Balilahan, Mabua; Milbert Bano Pontevedra, 22 years old, single and a resident of Brgy. Mabua; and Maria Grace Plaza Patrimonio, 41 years old, single and a resident of Brgy. Bioto, all of Tandag, Surigao del Sur. 

Said suspects were caught in the act, engaging on illegal gambling activities. Confiscated from their possessions were illegal gambling paraphernalia, P180.00, P230.00 and P70.00 bet money respectively. Arrested persons and confiscated items were brought to Tandag Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  

Report on harassment

On November 22, 2010 at around 11:00 O’clock in the evening, a certain Captain Romeo Galabay, presently assigned at 58IB, 4th ID, PA, allegedly fired upon several times the residence of Atty. Carlito Alvizo located at Purok 4, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Said incident resulted to multiple damage of properties and caused panic and fear to the occupants and the neighboring residence. Said suspect fled on board his Toyota Corolla, color silver gray with plate number TAJ 483. 

Responding elements of Lianga MPS recovered right (8) shells of caliber 45 pistol outside and two (2) slugs inside the said residence. Motive of the said incident, jealousy as alleged suspect that Reycar Alvizo, the son of Atty. Carlito Alvizo, who allegedly has an affair with his (suspect) girlfriend. 

Elements of Lianga MPS are still conducting follow-up investigation on the said incident. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  

Found dead body


A concerned citizen reported to Trento MPS that a certain Jouella Tesiorna y Navarro, 35 years old, single, School Nurse of Trento National High School and a resident of Dapa, Surigao del Norte was found dead inside her room at AR Boarding House, owned by Arnalyn Aquino y Ramos located at P-3, Brgy. Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur at around 4:00 O’clock in the afternoon of November 21, 2010. 

Based on the post mortem examination conducted by Dr. Allen Salvatiera, Municipal Health Officer of Trento, the caused of death is cardiac arrest. Remains of the said nurse was brought to St. Peter Memorial Chapel, Pisaan, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Confiscation of replica of an airsoft gun

On November 23, 2010, elements of Bayugan MPS while conducting mobile patrol at Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Taglatawan, all of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, were able to confiscate four (4) units replica of air softguns from the possessions of minors. 

Said replica of airsoft guns were used by the said minors with marble as the projectile. Confiscated items were brought to Bayugan MPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)