PIA News Service - Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

Construction of the 12-M PNP Hospital to start soon

The plan is underway for the earlier construction of the 12-million Philippine National Police Hospital in the region, to be funded by the Department of Health (DOH). 

This was announced by DOH Caraga Regional Director Leonita P. Gorgolon, during a press conference held at the DOH-Center for Health Development conference room, Tuesday morning.

Director Gorgolon said during the forum that she’d just been to the PNP regional headquarters at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, this city to relay the formal information that the hospital will soon be constructed by January, 2011. The ground-breaking according to her is set on January 10, next year.

“Caraga will be the first region (in the country) to construct a Philippine National Police Hospital,” she said. The other regions according to the official were still on the process of bidding. In Caraga, she said, all the concerned had already been issued the notice to proceed.

She also mentioned that part of her visit to the PNP regional headquarters, Tuesday morning is to see the site together with top regional PNP officials. According to her that during their site-inspection conducted, it was found out that there were still houses and other structures existing at the soon-to-be hospital construction site. The occupants, she said were given enough time to transfer and to vacate the place.

The building will cost 12-million pesos according to Dir. Gorgolon with one million worth of equipment. The hospital is expected to be functional before the year ends next year. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


DOH: Firecrackers victims, down by 21%

The Department of Health regional office records a decline of firecrackers-related injuries by 21% as of last years, compared to the same period the other year.

DOH-Center for Health Development Regional Epidemiologist Dr. Gerna Manatad presented their data during a press conference, Tuesday morning, showing that per records from December 2008 to January 5, 2009 has shown 14 cases of burn, laceration, blasting and eye injuries. For the same period last year, (December 2009-January 5, 2010) recorded only 11 cases of blasting, eye injury and burn, a decrease of 21 %.

The common injury-causing type of firecrackers were the piccolo, kwitis, triangle and bawang. However, no fatality was recorded.

Dr. Manatad explains that DOH Caraga cumulative data for the last five years (December, 2005-January 5, 2010) reflects intermittency as to the number of cases, types of injuries, types of firecrackers and fatality. For the year 2005-2006, there were seven (7) cases recorded. The type of injuries ranges from avulsion with amputation, burns, and blasting. The injury-causing firecrackers included the Pla-pla, Superlolo, kwitis, triangle, fountain and piccolo. There was no fatality recorded during the period.

The following year (2006-2007) the number of cases rose to eleven (11). The types of injuries were blasting, lacerated wound and some unspecified. The injury-causing firecrackers included the Superlolo, fountain, triangle a stray bullet and unspecified. There was one fatality recorded during the period. During the next year (2007-2008), the number of cases again declined to eight (8). The types of injuries recorded included avulsion with amputation, burns, blasting injuries, abrasion and an unspecified. The injury-causing firecrackers included the fountain, triangle, piccolo, whistle bomb and an unspecified.

The highest number of cases was recorded the following period (2008-2009) with fourteen (14) cases. The types of injuries included blasting injury, eye injury, burn and laceration. The types of injury-causing firecrackers included the piccolo, kwitis, triangle and bawang.

As it had been mentioned earlier, last year ( 2009-2010) recorded 11 cases. No fatalities were recorded during the said periods.

 As to the distribution of firecracker-related injuries within the period, Butuan City topped the list with 14 cases, followed by Tandag City with 10; Surigao City, 8; Surigao del Sur, 7; Agusan del Sur, 5; Agusan del Norte,3; Bislig City, 2 and Surigao del Norte with 1 case.

Regarding age group, most of the victims were children aged 0-10 years old and as to the gender, most victims were boys or males; 5 in (2005-2006), 10 in (2006-2007), 8 in (2007-2008), 11 in (2008-2009) and 10 in (2009-2010). Compared to girls or females, only 2 were recorded in (2005-2006), 1 in (2006-2007), 0 in (2007-2008), 3 in (2008-2009) and 1 in (2009-2010).

Dr. Manatad is hoping that the statistics of the firecracker-related injuries victim will reflect much lower downtrend this year
. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga)


Soldiers receive Christmas gift from the commander-in-chief

Cagayan de Oro City - The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army troopers are high morale on the pronouncement of Pres Benigno Aquino III, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines about the increase of the combat pay of soldiers.

“The morale of our soldiers right now has never been this high for a while,” Major Eugenio Julio C Osias, Commanding Officer of 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion said.

According to Major Osias that soldiers have also taken the pronouncement as a Christmas gift.

President Aquino said last Tuesday, during the 75th anniversary of the AFP that the increase in the combat pay of soldiers to P500.00 from 240.00 is in recognition of their sacrifices.

The increase, to take effect on January 01, 2011 that will benefit at least 78,000 soldiers in the field, or about 65% of the total 120,000 troops. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


Report on arrested wanted person 

One Juan Gilaga y Murio, 54 yrs old, married and res of Brgy Sta Cruz, Bislig City was arrested by PNP elements of Bislig City Police Station led by SPO3 Wilbert Sardalla by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Merlyn Pacaro-Canedo of RTC Branch 29, Bislig City, docketed under CC nr 2010-11-3663 for violation of Section 5 of RA 9262 with recommended bailbond amounting to Php 12,000.00. 

Subject person now detained at Bislig City Police Station for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on illegal drugs 

Personnel from Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (AIDSOTF) from Butuan City Police Station 1 led by SPO3 Emelio Andales under the close supervision of PSUPT JOSEPH B BOQUIREN, Station Commander conducted operation against illegal drugs operation by virtue of Search Warrant nr 1114-2010, dated December 16, 2010, issued by Hon Judge Godofredo Abul Jr of RTC Brnach 4, Libertad, Butuan City at the house of one Antonio Mercado y Montalban, 46 yrs old, single, located at Villanueva Extension, Brgy Tandang Sora, Butuan City on December 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm. 

Seized from the suspect’s residence were one (1) Nokia 7360 cellular phone; three (3) empty sachet with traces of suspected shabu; eleven (11) pcs crumpled aluminum foil and nine (9) pcs aluminum foil. The operation was conducted in the presence of Brgy Kagawad Ubaldo Pino and Cesar EscaƱo of Brgy Tandang Sora, Mr Ronald Bedrijo, DOJ representative and Mr Estelo Paican of DXBR Bombo Radyo. Suspect and confiscated items were brought to investigation section of Butuan City Police Office for proper disposition. Case for violation of section 12, RA 9165 now prepared for filing in court. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on shooting incident 

One Rosario Pagalan y Comad, legal age, married and re sof P-2, Brgy Mahagkot, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur was shot by unidentified suspect on December 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm. 

PNP elements of Esperanza MPS upon receipt of the report immediately proceeded to the crime scene. Initial investigation revealed that the victim sustained one gun shot wound on the right part of her leg and was rushed to Butuan City Medical Center for medical treatment.  

Suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. Motive-still to be determine. Esperanza MPS took cognizance of the case. Progress report to follow. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on found dead body

A dead body covered with leaves was found beside the road along national highway, Sitio Kauswagan, Brgy Mahayahay, Lingig, Surigao del Sur on December 20, 2010 at 7:30 in the morning. Initial investigation conducted by PNP elements of Lingig MPS disclosed that the victim was identified at one Manuel Pogosa, alias Maning, a fugitive from Provincial Jail of Bislig City who had escaped last May 24, 2010.  

Victim sustained stabbed and hacked wounds on the different parts of his body. Recovered from the crime scene were broken pendant and one cell phone. Remains of the victim now lies at Gemalinda Funeral Homes, Mangagoy, Bislig City. Progress report to follow.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Candidate soldier’s course entrance exam on January 2011

Cagayan de Oro City – The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division will be conducting Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB) at Camp Edilberto T Evangelista, Patag in this city on January 26, 2011.

Major Eugenio Julio C Osias IV, Commanding Officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion said that the Army Recruitment Center (ARC) requires all applicants to be natural born citizen, physically fit, single and never been married. They must at least 18 years old but not a day older than 25 years old at the time of appointment. 
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The applicants must have earned 72 units in college for both male and female. However, for those who are high school graduates should possess technical skills highly desirable for acceptance in the military service; must pass the PAATB with a score of 80 or higher; and, at least 5 feet 2 inches tall if female and 5 feet and 4 inches tall if male.

During admission and examination the applicants shall wear white t-shirt, pants, and close shoes as well as bring permit to exam through ARC stationed at 4ID, PA, 2 valid identification cards and two pencils.

Registration of applicants will start this month of December 2010 up to the 25th of January 2011.

For Civil Affairs Group Applicants, shall recruit and process applicants whose courses/skills are related to Mass Communication, Political Science, Community Development (Community Organizing) and other related fields. Height, age and marital status can be waived but preference will be given to those who meet the basic requirements. 

Also, those who passed the PAATB and graduates of ROTC Program be given preference. Qualified rebel returnees be given opportunity provided they are cleared by Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, PA. Qualified applicants shall undergo an abbreviated basic military training. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)


DILG XIII conducts HRMD Plan Formulation 

BUTUAN CITY - DILG XIII conducted its two-day Human Resource Management and Development Plan Formulation on held recently at the Goat2geder Hotel & Restaurant, which was participated in by administrative and technical personnel of the provincial/city/regional offices DILG XIII.  

The said activity was aimed at coming up with the DILG XIII Human Resource Management and Development Plan. The HRMD Plan will provide direction/guidance on enhancing/improving competencies of the DILG Region XIII personnel. 

DILG Assistant Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, during her presentation on the organizational vision and mandate, emphasized the importance on the improvement of work performance of the DILG XIII personnel. She stressed that the workers should not only have relevant knowledge and skills but they must also have a vision in achieving things. She further emphasized that the DILG XIII personnel must perform their respective responsibilities aim towards achieving the Department’s Mission and Vision.

On the other hand, TESDA XIII Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr., one of the resource persons, talked on Human Resource Development Planning Overview. He pointed out the significance of anchoring the HRMD Vision and Philosophy to the organizational vision and mission during his discussion on the elements of a good HRMD Plan.

Other topics covered during the activity included presentation of the DILG Region XIII Personnel Profile, Region XIII Office Policies, lectures on Management by Commitment and Customer Service Skills.

The participants were grouped among their respective provinces and were given tasked on assessing, reviewing and harmonizing the Region’s existing policies more particularly on four (4) priority areas: recruitment and promotion, personnel evaluation and review committee, program on awards and incentives for service excellence and performance evaluation system. (Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)