PIA News Service - Friday, December 31, 2010

Butuan chief exec steps up measures for dev’t in 2011

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (31 December) – City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. on Thursday (December 30) presented measures and vowed to develop economic situation in the city in the coming year.

In his speech delivered by Vice Mayor Atty. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun during the 114th celebration of the martyrdom of the country’s national hero – Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the city’s chief executive emphasized that his administration will still focus on changing the city for the better, thus improving the economic condition of its constituents.

“Our culture may slowly change through the advancement of science and technology as well as the influence of media, but I believe it is in our blood as Filipinos to stay united and focused towards our goals for change to better Butuan and for the better Philippines,” Mayor Amante said.

Also, Amante enjoined the public to make a stand and be active in performing the duties and responsibilities for the country. “May we all be inspired to take our stand and be active in taking our duties and responsibilities for our country in nation building by inspiring and believing one another,” Amante said. (PIA-Caraga)


Mayor Amante pays tribute to nat’l hero

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (31 December) – In celebration of the 114th martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante pays tribute to the life’s works of the country’s national hero during the city’s commemoration on Thursday, December 30 at Rizal Park here.

Attended by employees of the local and regional government agencies based in Butuan City, the city’s chief executive reminded the public of the patriotism of Dr. Rizal which “kindles the consciousness of the Filipinos to defend for their rights and fight for freedom, believing that there is a bright future ahead.”

Mayor Amante also said that the celebration of Rizal’s martyrdom reminds the Filipino’s bravery and patriotism to their Motherland putting into their consciousness the nobility of his selflessness and putting first the interest of many lives over his own.

Further, the official said the sacrifice made by the Philippines’ national hero is for the Fiilipinos, to inspire and enable then to do more for the people and should not just be remembered but must be emulated.

Furthermore, Amante said all Filipinos should be proud for having Dr. Jose Rizal a part of the nation’s history. He even enjoined the youths to forever remember the good deeds and aspirations of the country’s national hero.

“Our National Hero is one of a kind, where many nations adore him and in fact, in some countries, statues of him were constructed to honor him, yet, many youths now slowly forget this noble man who offered himself for us… If others are proud of him, all the more for us! We can all be proud of this Great Malayan Race who fights for liberty through the power of pen and his ultimate sacrifice”, Amante said.

This year’s commemoration in Butuan City was spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division through the able leadership of Ms. Marilou H. Dedumo. (PIA-Caraga)


5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Siargao Island

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (31 December) – Hours before leaving the year 2010 and welcoming the year 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred at 12:56 a.m. today and its location described as 09.98ºN, 126.40ºE - 33 kms. N 52° East of General Luna, Siargao Island.

According to PHILVOLCS, it recorded intensity 4 quake in San Isidro, Surigao del Norte while other parts in the Mindanao region also experienced quake of lesser magnitude.

Reports also revealed that the quake is tectonic in origin and the depth of focus is recorded at 5 kilometers (shallow).

PHIVOLCS also said that no damages were reported but the public is reminded that aftershocks are expected to occur. (PIA-Caraga)


DOH-Caraga posts 6 minor-victims of firecrackers regionwide

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (31 December) – Department of Health (DOH) Caraga recently confirmed six minor-victims of firecracker related incidents throughout the region.

According to report of DOH-Caraga, ages of said victims ranged from 6 to 15 years old.

DOH added, that victims were injured with piccolo, however they only sustained minor injuries and is already out of danger.

In an interview with Dr. Cesar Cassion of DOH-Caraga in one of the local radio stations here, the official said the health department is strongly campaigning for a zero casualty/injury but sad to say that number of victims nationwide is increasing as of press time.

Meanwhile, hospitals in the region are still in white code status which means that victims of firecracker-related incidents will be given medication priority. (PIA-Caraga)

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To ensure safety this new year’s eve
Butuan City Fire Station to post three fire trucks in the city

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (31 December) – Butuan City Fire Marshall Patricio Vasquez of Butuan City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) today said they will be posting three fire trucks in three different areas in the city particularly in Brgy. Libertad, Langihan Road, and in South Montilla Boulevard as part of their preventive measure during the new year’s eve celebration tonight where Butuanons are expected to welcome year 2011 with street parties, discos, and the like.

However, Vasquez hoped that the people here must be cautious to avoid any untoward incidents especially fire-related. According to Vasquez, the people especially the children should also think of precautionary measures as they will be using firecrackers and any other pyrotechnic materials as a tradition of welcoming the New Year.


It can be recalled that during the previous years, fire blazed houses and properties in downtown Butuan hours before 12:00 midnight of December 31, leaving number of families homeless and some business establishments turned into ashes. (PIA-Caraga)