12.01.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Butuan Bishop cites relevance of peace for dev’t in Mindanao, RP

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) - Bishop Juan de dios Pueblos of the Diocese of Butuan on Wednesday, December 1 emphasized the relevance of peace that will lead to the development not only in the island of Mindanao but as well as in the entire country. 

Bishop Pueblos said each one of us should consider poverty as one of the priority concerns to be addressed and not to control our population. Speaking before a crowd estimate of 100 from all sectors attending the concelebrated mass held this morning (Dec. 1) at Dottie’s Place Convention Center in Butuan City, Bishop Pueblos pointed out that people are considered good resources for development. 

The religious activity is part of the culmination program of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2010 celebration in Butuan City and 4th founding anniversary of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD). (PIA-Caraga)


CCPD official emphasizes miracle of sharing in MWOP culmination program in Butuan

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) – Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) Executive Director Rev. Fr. Carlito Clase, in his Homily this morning (December 1) gave emphasis to the “miracle of sharing”, citing the miracle of multiple loaves Jesus gave to crowd in one of His preachings sharing the holy word of God. 

According to Fr. Clase, the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration as well as the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) will never be successful without the support of all its stakeholders coming from the public and private sectors. 

The culmination of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration here is also in time with the celebration of CCPD’s 4th year anniversary and the 18-day campaign to end violence against women spearheaded by Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC)-Caraga. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan dad graces MWOP culmination program 

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) - In his welcome address this morning (December1) during the culmination program of Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration and 4th year anniversary of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD), Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. who is ably represented by Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima reminded the public that the indispensable role of governance leads to prosperity and progress of Caraga Region. 

Amante also informed the public that the problem of liberty and illiteracy challenged his administration to make a stand that is why he said, his administration wanted to accomplish what is promised to Mindanao as the island does not remain a land of promise but is already a “a promised land”.

Mayor Amante stressed the conduct of MWOP is a celebration of victory of all Filipinos regardless of ethnic groups, religious, and sectors they belong. 

Mayor Amante also lauded the efforts of stakeholders who played special and important role in the success of the undertaking. 

Amante likewise said that may we stay united on the basis on what is due to us which is most essential to the truth and practices. “Let us be more resourceful and let us see for God’s guidance that every endeavor that we do is for His glory alone”, he said. 

Further, Amante enjoined the public to pray for a peaceful undertaking between the Muslims, Christians, and Lumads of Caraga Region to achieve the long-lasting peace and development in the whole island of Mindanao. (PIA-Caraga)


PNP-13 chief shares message of peace in MWOP culmination 

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) – Philippine National Police (PNP)-Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal on Wednesday (December 1) said what Caraganons have started four years ago has been a significant breakthrough towards the attainment of peace not only in the region but as well as in the whole island of Mindanao. 

Speaking before the stakeholders and participants of the Mindanao Week of Peace during the culmination program held in one of the local convention centers in the city, the PNP chief here in the region is very optimistic that peace in Caraga will be achieved if there is unity among Caraganons and stakeholders. “Together, we can do things as we promote peace among ourselves,” Dir. Rafal said. 

The PNP Director also challenged those in attendance by saying “if we want to cultivate peace, we have to protect the creations of God”. 

He also enjoined the public to create an environment for tomorrow where peace dwells on it. 

Further, Dir. Rafal congratulates everybody for accomplishing a noble endeavor to promote peace, prosperity and progress in Mindanao.

The culmination activity is also conducted in time with the fourth year anniversary of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) – the lead organization of the annual celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace in Caraga. (PIA-Caraga)


In spirit of peace, “Be a man for others,” Butuan Bishop says

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) – “Be a man for others”. This is what Butuan Bishop and Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) lead convenor Juan de Dios Pueblos emphasized in his message of peace on Wednesday (December 1) during the culmination program of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2010 in Butuan City which is also in time with the celebration of the 4th year anniversary of CCPD. 

According to Bishop Pueblos, the only way to achieve long-lasting peace is for each one of us to be a man for other people. “If we want to achieve peace, then we must be of service for others,” he said.

The CCPD 4th year anniversary is anchored on the theme: “Strengthening local communities towards peace and development”. 

Meanwhile, the theme for the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration this year is “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”.

The weeklong activity is a joint undertaking of CCPD, Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) who is also on its 18-day campaign to end violence against women, public and private stakeholders, including the academe, church and religious leaders, as well as the local chief executives and heads of offices of the national government agencies. (PIA-Caraga)


NCMF chief graces Butuan MWOP culmination

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (01 December) - “We can bring peace and development in Mindanao if we support, help, and complement each other,” thus said Commissioner Moner Bajunaid of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in his keynote speech on Wednesday (December 1) during the culmination program of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration here.

Commissioner Bajunaid who was elated of the warm welcome he received from Caraganons said what we need in Mindanao is justice, peace, and empowerment. “The absence of war is not equal to peace… if we don’t have justice, then peace will never be achieved,” he said. 

Speaking before the crowd estimated at 1,200 of all sectors of society, the Commissioner presented his formula to achieve long-lasting peace in Mindanao. He said through DEAL which means Dialogue, Education, Accommodation, and Love, we can be able to propagate peace not only in Mindanao but also in the country.

Commissioner Bajunaid also pointed out that the term “tri-people” which is usually called to represent the three major religion sectors of society must be changed to “one-people” because Muslims, Christians, and IPs are living in one island – Mindanao… The different tribes and people in Mindanao is only one,” he said.

Further, Bajunaid explained what we need in Mindanao is justice, peace, and empowerment. “The absence of war does not mean equal to peace… if we don’t have justice, then peace will never be achieved,” he said. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Mayor doubles reward for arrest of suspect who stabbed his political analyst

Surigao City (December 1) - City Mayor Ernesto Matugas has doubled the cash reward from P50,000 to P100,000 for any information leading to the arrest of a man who stabbed his political analyst and acting City Administrator Balgamelo Cabiling Ma.

Ma, 59 years old, married, was stabbed using an improvised bladed instrument by an unidentified suspect last Monday, Nov. 22 at around 5:45pm in front of his home along Gonzales corner Roxas streets this city hitting on the left-side part of his body. 

In an interview recently, Mayor Matugas said until now the local police are still clueless as to the identity of the suspect. 

Initial investigation revealed that the suspect is about 5′9″ in height, thin face, fair complexion, wearing a black bull cap, black jacket and long pants.

“I urged everyone if you have information to the suspect, please report it to me directly,” Matugas said. He assured that any information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect will be treated confidentially.

“This kind of people has no place in our city,” said Matugas as he strongly condemned the attack on his close political analyst. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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NPA rebel yields in Surigao Province

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - An NPA rebel voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division at Barangay Hanagdong, Malimono, Surigao del Sur on 29 November 2010.

A certain Juan Gulapo a member of the Milisya Ng Bayan Pang Edukasyon/liaison/Komiteng Tig-organisa, and Samahang Partido Pangpolitika (SPP) 168 of the CPP/NPA/NDF of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) yielded to 1Lt Jeffry Lumague of Charlie Company, 30th IB.  

According to Lieutenant Colonel Erwin Rommel P Lamzon, Commanding Officer of the 30th IB that said rebel returnee was identified operating in the eastern portion of the Agusan and Surigao Provinces.

It was also learned that Gulapo surrendered to the Army bringing with him an improvised shot gun and assorted subversive documents.

“Exhausted, tired, and disillusioned of being used as a puppet and a pawn of the communists’ rotten ideology,” LtCol Lamzon described the sentiment of the returnee. 

Gulapo was brought to the Battalion headquarters for proper debriefing and to provide him protection.  

MGen Victor A Felix, Commander, 4ID, PA said, “We are happy to receive the surrenderee and rest assured that 4ID will provide assistance to help him start a new life back to the folds of the government.”

MGen Felix also emphasized peaceful efforts to persuade the rebels to abandon armed struggle. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania


Report on hacking incident 

One Romy Fontimar, 22 years old, single, farmer and resident of P-4, Sitio Subait, Brgy Bonifacio, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte was hacked by one Edilberto Sawod, 32 years old, married, also resident of same place. 

Victim sustained multiple hacked wounds on the different parts of his body resulting to his instantaneous death. Incident took place at Sitio Subait, Brgy Bonifacio, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on November 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm. 

Suspect fled after the incident while victim was brought to Brgy Hall, Brgy Bonifacio, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte after PNP personnel conducted crime scene investigation. PNP personnel of Las Nieves MPS conducted hot pursuit operation against the suspect. Motive was found to be a personal grudge. Case now prepared for filing in court against the suspect. Progress report to follows. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on stabbing incident 

One Pablo Macasarte y Bation, 40 years old, miner and his live-in partner one Jovencia Agupitac y May-as, 47 years old, both resident of P-13, Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur were stabbed to death with the use of bolo by unidentified suspect.  

Victims sustained stabbed wounds on their bodies resulting to their untimely death while suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident. PNP elements of Rosario MPS recovered a bolo measuring 14 inches long with blood stain. Incident took place at P-13, Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur on November 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Bislig City, SdN police arrest wanted person 

One Pablo Garing y Samporina, 78 yrs old, married, farmer and res of P-8, Brgy Tabon, Bislig City was apprehended by PNP elements of Bislig City Police Station led by SPO2 Wilbert Sardalla by virtue of WOA issued by Hon Judge Ambrocio N Molita of 11th MCTC Bislig City, dated November 23, 2010, docketed under CC nr 4549 for theft 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)


Legarda: Sustainable livelihood would ensure success of DSWD’s 4Ps

To ensure that the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme would not be reduced into a mere dole-out program, Senator Loren Legarda said that it should be coupled with livelihood programs that would sustain the income of the family beneficiaries even after the culmination of the five-year program.

During the deliberations for the budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Legarda said that the CCT scheme called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) must be partnered with livelihood programs, including skills training.

“We do not want to reduce the 4Ps into a mere dole-out program, as it is frequently criticized. It is important that the DSWD coordinates with the TESDA for skills training to implement a barangay kabuhayan skills program,” she said.

DSWD officials said they had adopted a convergence strategy wherein DWSD would craft the program and TESDA would provide technical support and the trainors.
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Furthermore, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will also be providing assistance to micro-enterprises, particularly in product development, packaging and marketing through the self-employment assistance program.

“I am glad that there is convergence among these departments. I have always talked about convergence for many other agencies of government to coordinate because we cannot exist in isolation with each other, and with scarce resources this will also be more cost effective,” Legarda said.

The Senator said that although it is a difficult task to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by the year 2015 even with the CCT program, the more important goal is to significantly reduce the number of families who are considered the poorest of the poor, which at present is estimated to be 4.6 million families.

“I believe that it is through the provision of resilient or sustainable livelihoods that we could actually reduce, if not completely eradicate, poverty. Because even if you give them P1,400 per month, that would not be enough if they do not have the capability to invest the money that they have and properly use the skills that they are gifted with,” Legarda explained.

“Empowering them through skills training is really important. And I would like to stress that the coordination and convergence of DSWD with the DTI, TESDA and other agencies of government is most essential in ensuring the success of the CCT program,” she concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


CAPPA, partner agencies launch Caraga Pangasius Café

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Caraga Pangasius Producers Association (CAPPA) in partnership with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and other concerned agencies recently launched the Caraga Pangasius Café at the Caraga CLEEP Park, D.O. Plaza Holdings, J.C. Aquino Avenue, this city.

In his short background on Pangasius, CAPPA President Mr. Rolando Plaza said that Pangasius is native to the Mekong River and exported by Vietnam to the United States, Russia and Asian markets like the Philippines. 

“We aim to develop Pangasius production both as a viable livelihood and a lucrative business venture that can attract more investments and create more jobs in the countryside,” said Plaza.

Plaza also asks Caraganons to share their knowledge and strategies on how to develop more the Pangasius industry. This would also let consumers be informed of Pangasius’ existence and taste.
 
Also, along with the launching is the induction of officers for CAPPA and Organization of Butuan-Agusan del Norte Handicrafts Enthusiasts (OBAHE).

With this, CAPPA and its partner agencies are optimistic that Pangasius industry will boom, not only in Caraga but also in other regions. (PIA-Caraga)


RDRRMC TWG convened to improve its operations

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) - Technical Working Group (TWG) convened recently to discuss and improve its operations in Caraga when there is any reported disaster.

The following agenda were also discussed: 1) establishment of a regional alert level system (color code), and 2) conduct of resource inventory for database.

TWG member agencies were able to craft a color coding from alert level 1 to 3, as bases of its responses to calamities in the regional level.

Also, TWG member agencies identified concerned agencies that will provide and update the information needed for the RDRRMC database.

TWG will present the crafted regional alert level system to the council within this month of December 2010 for comments during the full council meeting. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Ex-Defense Secretary dinapit nga bisita sa Peace Forum sa Caraga

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Sa gisaulog nga Mindanao Week Of Peace (MWOP) 2010 gipahigayon ang Peace Forum for Peace ug symposium aron magkatigom ang nagkadaiyang sector sa paghisgut sa kalinaw nga nagdala sa temang: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”, kagahapon (November 30, 2010) didto sa St. Peter College Seminary Hall, Barangay Ampayon, ni’ng dakbayan.

Dinapit nga mamumulong si former Dept. of Nat’l. Defense (DND) and National Security Council (NSC) Sec. Norberto Gonzales. Sa iyang mensahe gitumbok niini ang dakung importansya sa Pilipino dili lang sa nasud kundil ang kontribusyon niini ngadto sa globalisasyon.

Gisaysay ni Gonzales ang kultura ug ang pagka-kristiyano sa Pilipino nga gidala sa laing nasud “We should preserve our culture for the future generations”. 

Dugang pamahayag ni Sec. Gonzales nga sa dihang mibisita kini usa sa simbahang katoliko didto sa Paris, iyang nakita nga napuno ang simbahan tungod sa gidaghanon sa mga Pilipino nga mauy nisimba didto.

Nagpamatuod nga ang Pilipino bisan sa laing nasud nagpabilin ang kultura ug ang pagka-relihiyoso nga mauy nakitang ehemplo aron ipadayon ang aspeto nga makab-ot ang panaghiusa.

Nahimo nga mabungahon ang symposium nga gitambongan sa mga kaigsoonang muslim, lumad, krtistiyano ug uban pa nga sector sa rehiyon sa Caraga. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: OFWs importante sa gawas sa nasud - Former security adviser

Ni Michael Imbo

Butuan City - Si Former Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales ang dinapit nga keynote speaker sa gilusad nga Peace Forum and Symposium uban sa pagsaulog sa Mindanao Week Of Peace (MWOP) 2010 nga nagdala sa temang: “Responsive and Responsible Governance: Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability”, dili pa lang dogay, didto sa St. Peter Seminary College, Barangay Ampayon, ni’ng dakbayan.

Gihinumdum ni Kanhi Security Adviser Gonzales nga sa administrasyon ni Kanhi Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sa dihang mibisita kini didto sa Kuwait nakita niini ang baga nga pupulasyon sa mga Pilipino nga nanarbaho sa Saudi Arabia.

Gihangyo ni Arroyo ang Kuwait Emir nga kung mahimo nga buhian sulod sa prisohan ang 50 ka prisong OFW kinsa nabilango sa maong lugar.

Apan daku ang ilang kalipay sa dihang mipagawas sa mando ang opisyal sa Kuwaiti nga ilang buhian ang piniriso dili lang 50 kabuok kundili tanan nga OFW nga nabilango.

Matud sa opsiyal nga importante ug espesyal ang mga Pilipino sa ilang nasud tungod ka yang hari ug reyna didto mga OFW ang nag-atiman. 

“This shows how important are Filipinos to the world,” sulti ni Gonzales.

Gipasabot niini nga ang kultura ug kina-iya nagpabilin nga angayang ipasigarbo sa tibuok kalibotan ang dugong Pilipino. (PIA-Caraga)