12.05.2010

PIA News Service - Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

5 peace advocates, 2 groups cited as ‘Mindanao peace champions’

DAVAO CITY – A former cabinet secretary, a general, three women peace advocates and two organizations were recognized as Mindanao Peace Champions of the GoP-UN Action for Conflict Transformation (ACT) for Peace Programme for significantly contributing to building peace in Mindanao during a Kanduli, a thanksgiving celebration, in Davao City Thursday night.

Former Mindanao Development Authority chair, lawyer Jesus G. Dureza, who also served as national programme director of the ACT for Peace, was acknowledged for “being at the forefront of peace and development efforts in Mindanao, linking the island to the national government for many years at the same time doing peace work on the ground.”

Also recognized were Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, commanding officer of the Western Mindanao Command, for “being a strong advocate to incorporate peace lens in the security sector;” Atty. Mary Ann Arnado, secretary general of the Mindanao People’s Caucus, for “bringing different groups of people to dialogue… and creating opportunities for bakwits to be heard and listened to at the local, national and international arena;” 

Ms Irene Santiago, chair of the Mindanao Women’s Commission, for being a “strong advocate for women empowerment in Mindanao and for her untiring campaign for women to get involved and be recognized as a key stakeholder in the peace process;” and Ms Amina Rasul-Bernardo, director of the Philippine Council on Islam and Democracy, for “lending voice to the marginalized in the public discourse and organizing women, particularly Moro and the Ulama, to get involved in peacebuilding.”

The news organization, Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center, known as MindaNews, was also cited for “its steadfast dedication in providing reliable and exhaustive news and information on Mindanao – its culture, its people, its places and issues affecting the island – that have contributed to the meaningful discourse on Mindanao and the building of an informed, strong peace consitutuency in the island region;” and the Bishops-Ulama Conference for “relentlessly pursuing dialogues across religious lines and harnessing religious beliefs of Mindanaoans to promote mutual respect and understanding as well as reconciliation, unity and peace in Mindanao.”

Aside from peace champions, the Programme also paid tribute to partners who have demonstrated meaningful changes as a result of applying peacebuilding principles, approaches and processes. These changes can be glimpsed in various areas – from conflict prevention, building relationships to policy change. At least 18 partners – individuals, groups and institutions – from across Mindanao were acknowledged.

The ACT for Peace Programme has been supporting the transformation of 278 conflict-affected and conflict-vulnerable barangays into peace and development communities in Southern Mindanao. It also assisted 60 ‘schools of peace’ as its contribution to the promotion of culture of peace.

 Implemented by the Mindanao Development Authority in partnership with the ARMM Regional Government, the Programme is supported by the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the European Union.
(ACT for Peace/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Agusan del Sur cops arrest wanted person 

One Allan Tomas y Justo, 28 years old, married, farmer and resident of Brgy Osmeña, Lapaz, Agusan del Sur voluntarily surrendered to La Paz Municipal Police Station (MPS) on December 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm. Subject person has a standing Warrant of Arrest (WOA) issued by Hon Judge Dante Luz Viacrusis of RTC Branch 6, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for homicide docketed under CC nr 7289 dated November 22, 2010 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 40,000.00. Subject person now under the custody of La Paz MPS for proper disposition. 

One Marlon Tanduyan y Colon, 28 years old, single and resident of Brgy Magsaysay, Placer, Surigao del Norte was apprehended by PNP elements of 133rd Public Safety Company led by PINSP MANOLO ANDREW M CAOILE by virtue of WOA, docketed under CC nr 10905-10906 for the crime of 2 counts direct assault with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 6,000.00, issued by Hon Judge Nemesio S Cañete of 4th MCTC, Cabadbaran-RTR. 

Apprehension took place at Brgy Magsaysay Placer, Surigao del Norte on December 3, 2010 at 8:00 am. Subject person was brought to 133rd Public Safety Company Headquarters for proper disposition. 

One Lemuel Callano y Capuras, 18 years old, single, jobless and resident of P-2, Brgy 8, Cabadbaran City was apprehended by PNP elements of 133rd Public Safety Company led by PINSP BRENT H LICCUD by virtue of WOA docketed under CC nr 10-37 for violation of RA 8049 (anti-hazing law) issued by Hon Judge Emmanuel E Escatron of RTC Branch 34, dated May 26, 2010. Apprehension took place at P-2, Brgy 8, Cabadbaran City on December 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Subject person was brought to 133rd Public Safety Company Headquarters for proper disposition. 

One Jonard Catarman, 24 years old, married, fisherman and resident of Brgy Day-asan, Surigao City was arrested by PNP personnel of Surigao City Police Station by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Evangeline Yuipco S Bayana of RTC Branch 30, Surigao City, dated November 4, 2010 for the crime of attempted homicide under CC nr 9002. Apprehension took place at Brgy Day-asan, Surigao City on December 2, 2010 at 9:00 am. Subject person now temporarily detained at Surigao City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident 

One Jonathan Ugyam y Sabas, 21 years old, single, laborer and resident of P-6, Brgy Sta Irene, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur was shot by unidentified suspect on December 2, 2010 at P-1, Brgy Bocac, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. 

Victim sustained gunshot wounds on his left shoulder and right forearm and rushed to New Bayugan Medical hospital for medical treatment while suspect fled to unknown direction. 

Upon receipt of the report, PNP elements of Bayugan Police Station proceeded to the crime scene and conducted follow-up investigation. Recovered from the crime scene were 2 spent shells of undetermined firearm. Progress report to follow.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on robbery incident 

The residence of retired PSINSP RAYMUNDO CANO Y AGBUHO, 58 yrs old, married and res of P-2, Brgy Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur was allegedly robbed by unidentified suspects. 

Initial investigation disclosed that prior to the incident, PSINSP RAYMUNDO CANO went to Davao City and upon return of his wife came from office work at Provincial Capitol in Agusan del Sur on December 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm, she discovered that their personal belongings inside their Master’s bedroom were already scattered. 

After conducting investigation by PNP personnel from Prosperidad MPS and Agusan del Sur SOCO team led by PSINSP BRYAN CAMPOS, it was found out that the suspects gain entry at the window of their Master’s bedroom and while inside, carted away one (1) pc antique bronze bill weighing ore or less fifteen (15) kgms, one (1) pc gold plated citizen wrist watch amounting to Php 3,000.00. Evidences were brought to Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for latent print examinations. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Legarda leads disaster-resilient cities campaign in Metro Manila

Taking notice of Metro Manila’s high vulnerability to disasters, Senator Loren Legarda has invited local chief executives of the National Capital Region (NCR) to join the “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

Legarda, the UNISDR’s Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, invited NCR local executives and the Alliance of Six Mayors (Marikina City, Pasig City, Antipolo City, Cainta, Rodriguez, and San Mateo towns) to a commitment signing ceremony on December 9 at the Manila Yacht Club.
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“Metro Manila has been dubbed as the convenience store of disasters because based on the latest Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) risk assessment synthesis report, NCR is most at risk of flooding and earthquakes within the region,” she explained.

“Presented with such facts, the logical step would be to put in place proactive measures to reduce the cities’ risk to disasters. We cannot be complacent and wait for another Ondoy or Pepeng to start doing what we ought to have done many years ago. A great start would be to take part in the UNISDR’s crusade to build more sustainable and disaster-resilient towns and cities,” she added.

The UN ISDR’s program encourages towns and cities to commit to the “Ten Essentials” to scale up investments in urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; protect ecosystems to mitigate floods; and install early warning systems, among other measures.

“The impact of disaster risks can be more pronounced in more urbanized societies, where higher concentrations of national population and economic power are located. As elected leaders we have a moral obligation to the people. We must lead responsibly and wisely. We must reduce disaster risks in our midst. We must prepare our people to adapt to a changing climate,” Legarda stressed.
(Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


CAFGU man killed in Bislig City ambush 

BUTUAN CITY – A member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) was killed in an ambush staged by at least 10 suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sitio San Agustin, Barangay San Roque, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Friday afternoon, the police reported. 

Initial report reaching the police regional command and tactical operation center at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez here stated that First Sergeant Mariel Felipe of the Army's 23rd Infantry Battalion and CAFGU man Reynaldo A. Yucaran were on their way back to their camp in Barangay Maharlika of the same city when they were ambushed. 

The gunmen were believed to be members of the Front Committee 14 of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NEMRPC). 

The report received by the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) from Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office (PPO) and Bislig City Police Office (BCPO) said Yucaran was killed during the incident. Felipe managed to escape unhurt. 

Police said Yucaran was a former member of the NPA operating in the area before he joined the CAFGU in 2007. 

Felipe and Yucaran were on board their respective motorcycles when the ambush took place, the police report said. 

Initial Surigao del Sur PPO and BCPO investigation disclosed that Yucaran was one of the government’s “point men” when government troops recently overran an NPA camp and confiscated several land mines and other explosives in that province. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)
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Cebuano News: Tribung Manobo ug Mamanwa gi-seminar

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Ang kagamhanang probinsyal sa Agusan del Norte uban ang city government agencies pinangunahan sa National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) uban sa koordinasyon sa International Labour Organization (ILO), Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion International para el Desarrollo (AECID) nagpatawag sa tigum alang sa mga lider sa tribung lumad sa Manobo ug Mamanwa, dili pa lang dugay, dinhe sa dakbayan.

Gilusad ang seminar/ workshop alang sa programang Indigenous People Development Programme (IPDP) dinhe sa rehiyon sa Caraga.

Katuyuan sa maong seminar aron matudluan ang mga tribu sa pagpalambo ug proteksyunan ang Mamanwa ug Manobo Ancestral Domain sa CADT (Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title)134.

Kini nga titulo naglangkob sa mga munisipyo sa Jabonga, Kitcharao ug San Tiago sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ug adunay CADT 135 nga gilangkuban sa barangay Anticala ug Barangay Pianing sa Butuan City. 

IPDP-Caraga Operation Manager Mr. Domingo Nayahangan namahayag sa iyang mensahe nga ang tumong sa IPDP nga ipasaka ang kapasidad sa mga lumad aron matugunan ang hingpit nga kalamboan ug pagpanalipod sa ilang ancestral domain. 

Sumala ni Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP) Executive Director Ms. Christine Ampon ang kalihukan nagsubay sa pundasyon sa framework. : 1) IP vision for the development and protection of their ancestral domain; 2) Results-chain that translates the vision into a hierarchy of operational purposes and describes converging and complementary paths to the attainment of the vision; 3) Convergence clusters of directly inter-related results; 4) Subsidiary results-chain that further elaborates a portion of the convergence cluster; 5) Projects and activities aimed at achieving results and sub-results; 6) Convergence management structure, policies, and procedures; 7) Principles of convergence; and 8) Code of conduct for convergence partners,” 

Human sa seminar ang mga partisipante sa gobyerno ang misaad nga andam ang ilang mga buhatan nga motabang sa ilang dugang serbisyo ngadto sa mga tribung lumad.

Dugang sa mga lider sa tribung mamanwa ug Manobo nga ila usab nga buhaton ang kooperasyon ug responsibilidad sa programa ug serbisyo sa gobyerno.
(PIA-Caraga)


SAMMICCO complains vs. BAGANI-Task Force Gantangan

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag, Surigao del Sur (December 06) - The San Miguel Manobo Indigenous Cultural Communities Organization (SAMMICCO), an Indigenous People’s Organization (IPO) complained against Task force Gantangan or members of the BAGANI in 3 Communities under the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title 116 (CADT 116) in San Miguel, this province.

The complaint was revealed by SAMICCO members led by Hawudon Jethro Montenegro, during the previous workshop . To resolve the issue, the 1st Convergence Cluster Meeting for Peace and Justice was held at Shacene Pension House, here last December 02.

During the forum, Chair Montenegro revealed that BAGANI members were strengthened by the Philippine Army and later became a paramilitary called as “Task Force Gantangan”. The group was equipped with arms. Montenegro added, presently this group is considered threat to IP communities because of some personal interests. He also said that he has already received death threat from said group.

Datu Luciano Wagdus, IP leaders from Brgy. Bolhoon also explained that BAGANI is originally a consecrated tribal group aimed to defend the ancestral domain under the control of the IP elder leaders. According to Datu Wagdus, during the organizing of the BAGANI in Bolhoon, , being a leader in the community he was the one who gave consent to the IP to be a members of the BAGANI, but now was not able to gain respect from the members and even to control their activities within the Ancestral Domain.

Chair Montenegro also explained, BAGANI group will supposedly defend the whole Ancestral Domain in accordance to their tradition and customary laws of the Lumads under the control of the elder leader.
 
LTC Rene Cañete of 36IB on the other hand, clarified on issues raised that the Task Force Gantangan known as paramilitary before was falsely claiming as Bagani members. This group was already deactivated/ dismantled by former President Arroyo but maybe was not disarmed. 

Meanwhile, the convergence members explained to the IPOs, that the issues and concerned cannot be solved by these members alone. “We need a support from other councils to resolved,” the members said.

At the end of the discussion, members of the Peace and Justice Cluster suggested the IPOs to make a resolution and furnish a copy to the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) & Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in order to ask support on how to solve said issues and concerns raised by SAMMICCO. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


IP leaders reveal plan to protect CADT 070

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag Surigao del Sur (December 06) - The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion International para el Desarrollo (AECID) and Government Agencies with Private Stakeholders of Bislig City recently convened with the Indigenous People Development Programme (IPDP) for a Multi-Sectoral follow-up Workshop at Kansilad, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

During the workshop, the Indigenous People (IP) leaders of the of Certificate Ancestral Domain Title 070 (CADT 070) from Bislig City presented their plans to protect their Ancestral Domain suited to their culture and tradition under the IP/Lumad Customary Law. 

Representatives from different government agencies, stakeholders and LGU Bislig observed what the IPs needed for peace, development and protection of the whole CADT 070. 

The CADT 116 in San Miguel composed of Manobo tribe covering 13 Barangays and CADT 070, composed of the Manobo and Mandaya tribe in Bislig City.

Provincial NCIP of this province, as lead agency for program implementation was already an outline plan for 5 years in CADT 116 that recently conducted with the joint effort of the council members. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)