PIA News Service - Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Carrascal town receives ARISP III project

Tandag, Surigao del Sur (January 10) - The Agrarian Reform Structure Support Project (ARISP III) started its implementation lead by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and National Irrigation Authority (NIA) in Carrascal.

It was in the middle of December 2010 when the groundbreaking ceremony of ARISP III Adlya- Ilaya Communal Irrigation Project (CIP) was held at Barangay Adlya, Carrascal this province.

Based on the presentation explained by NIA Assistant Division Manager Engr. Constancio Banaay, the project total cost is P8,387,230.00 that will cover the 40 hectares of potential irrigable areas. The said project would benefit 30 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Banaay added.

Vice mayor Alfred Arreza recently also said during the ground breaking that, “It was year 2005 when they submitted the project proposal and through constant follow-up at DAR Central Office-FAPSO and DAR Provincial Office the said project was finally approved”.

Meanwhile, PARO Mataksil pledged their commitment to fully implement the project, and the conduct of the ground breaking ceremony is the start of the implementation. Mataksil also added that, cooperation among the Stakeholders makes this endeavor a successful one. As the saying goes, “Ang ugma alang niadtong mga tawo nga mituo sa kaanindot sa ilang damgo”. (The future is for those who believed in the beauty of their dreams.) (Myra Yu-DAR PIO/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: IKA 40 ka ARC gilunsad sa Tagbina

Usa ka malampusong palunsad sa ika-40 nga Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) ang KATRILAKA. Kini giangkuban sa upat (4) ka barangay sa Tagbina: Carpenito; Trinidad; Lago ug kahayagan nga gipahigayon niadtong miagig bulan didto sa munisipalidad sa Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

Sa maong okasyon nga gipahigayon dili pa langa dugay, gitambongan kadto sa mga personahe gikan sa DAR ug representante gikan sa nagkalain laing kaubang ahensiya nga nagimplementar sa CARP sama sa NIA, DPWH, DTI, PCA, LBP, OPAG, NCIP u gang mga opisyales sa Tagbina nga gipanguluhan ni Mayor Polizon.

Sulod sa 22 ka tuig ang implementasyon sa programang CARP, padayon ang misyon sa DAR nga ipakalat ang kaayuhan sama sa farm-to-market road, irrigation system, livelihood projects ug uban pang inprastraktura nga mga proyekto pinaagi sa pagmugna ug ARC sa tanang barangay dinhi sa Surigao del Sur.

Ang CATRILAKA sa Tagbina, adunay LAD scope nga mokabat sa 1,187 ektaryas ug aduna na kini giapang apod apod nga mukabat sa 918 ektaryas sa mga kwalipikadong mag-uuma .

Tungod niini, dako kayo nga kalipay ang gibati sa mga nitambog sa maong okasyon ug mapasalamaton sila nga nahimo na sila nga usa ka ARC. Nagmalaumon usab ang mga benepisyo nga matigayon na unta ang ilang dugay nang gipangandoy nga proyekto alang sa kalambuan sa ilang tagsa tagsa ka komunidad.
(Myra Yu-DAR PIO/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Legarda urges more LGUs to commit to UN disaster-resilient cities campaign as Region 7 makes its pledge

Senator Loren Legarda today called on local government units (LGUs) to start the year right by joining the “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to ensure that their communities are disaster resilient.

Legarda made the call as over 100 local executives from Region VII, mostly from the Province of Cebu, are set to commit to the UN’s Ten Essential Actions to Reduce Disaster Risks during the launch of the program in Cebu City on January 13.

“I laud the leaders of the cities and municipalities in the various provinces of Region VII as they sign-up for this campaign, and I encourage those who have not yet participated to make climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction part of their agenda,” she said. 

“The year 2011 started with thousands of our people already suffering from the effects of continuous rains in Visayas and Mindanao. As we are in the midst of La Niña, we would be experiencing heavier and more constant rains and intense typhoons. This serves as a warning to us of what we should expect in the coming days and months. The UN campaign will help us become more prepared when disasters occur,” she added. 

The sign-up event is being organized by the Province of Cebu, the League of Mayors of Cebu, the League of Vice Mayors of Cebu, the Philippine Senate, the UNISDR, PLAN International, and the Office of Civil Defense.

Legarda said that after the campaign launch in Cebu, LGUs in Metro Manila will also commit to the Ten Essentials in a sign up ceremony in February.

The Senator explained that the Ten Essentials include investing more in disaster risk reduction, preparing and sharing risk assessments, ensuring early warning systems are in place, and protecting ecosystems to reduce the impact of floods, cyclones, and storm surges, among other natural hazards.

“We must prepare our people to adapt to a changing climate. We have to learn from the lessons of devastating disasters we have experienced year in, year out. We should start the year with a firm resolve of not tolerating any casualties or losses,” Legarda concluded. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


Legarda: Promotion of breastfeeding will help achieve MDG of reducing child mortality rate

As the nation continues to work for the achievement of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Senator Loren Legarda today pushed for a more focused campaign on the promotion of breastfeeding as a way to help attain goal number four—the reduction of child mortality rate.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poor nutrition is associated with over 50% of deaths in children under the age of five. Furthermore, the lack of exclusive breastfeeding of infants during the first six months have found to have contributed much to more than a million child deaths each year, which can be reduced with appropriate feeding,” Legarda said.

The Senator noted a WHO study that shows the benefits of breastfeeding on infant mortality. Based on the study, exclusive breastfeeding among infants aged 0-3 months prevents 55% of infant deaths due to diarrhea and acute respiratory infections. Meanwhile, 32% of such deaths could be prevented with partial breastfeeding among infants aged 4-11 months. This protection from common childhood sicknesses is possible because breast milk contains antibodies, which infant formula lacks.
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also recommends that infants be restricted to breastfeeding for the first six months of their life because it is one of the most powerful tools available to ensure good nutrition and healthy development of newborn children.

Studies have also revealed that breastfeeding brings mothers several health benefits, such as reduced risks of acquiring breast and ovarian cancer, faster restoration of pre-pregnancy weight, and less probability of being obese. 

To ensure that all infants, and even mothers, are able to get all the abovementioned benefits from breastfeeding and its many other positive effects, Legarda filed Senate Bill 2627, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act. 

She explained that the main objective of her proposed legislation is to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants by the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and by ensuring the proper use of breast milk substitutes when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution.

“A serious campaign on the promotion of breastfeeding should be implemented so that everyone may well be aware that breast milk not only satisfies the hunger of infants and toddlers, but also ensures better health and improved development of both mothers and their children,” Legarda stressed. (Office of Senator Loren Legarda/PIA-Caraga)


POLICE REPORTS
By PO2 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

Report on carnapping incident 


 Two (2) unidentified suspects forcibly carted one (1) unit single motorcycle owned and driven by Tannie Bobo y Bataluna, 29 years old, single and a resident of P-4, Brgy Dacutan, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur around 10:35 in the evening of January 7, 2011 at Brgy. San Isidro, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the suspects allegedly pretended as passengers and hired the said victim from Rotunda, Began, Agusan del Sur bound for Brgy. Marcelina of the same town and upon reaching Brgy. San Isidro, the suspects threatened to kill the victim and eventually carted the said motorcycle. Suspects fled towards unknown direction. Elements of Bayugan MPS are still conducting follow up investigation for possible identification and apprehension of the said suspects. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on robbery holp-up incident 

On January 8, 2011 at around 5:00 O’clock in the morning, Barobo Municipal Police Station received a report from one Alex Actoy y Gonzaga, 30 years old, married, employee of Dyna Pearl Marine Product establishment owned by Mr. Shaw Kang a resident of P-7, Talisay, Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur reporting that said establishment was robbed by three (3) unidentified suspects. 

Initial investigation disclosed that the suspects entered the establishment and pretended as suppliers of marine products. After a while, one of the suspects declared a hold-up and point his firearm to the employees namely Leny Cabug Y Morano, 26 years old, single, resident of Baleno, Masbate,,,, Melanie Turtur y Marquezo, 20 years old, single, resident of Cawilan, Surigao City and Alex Actoy. Suspects divested cash money amounting to Two Hundred Thirty Thousand and Two Hundred Nineteen Pesos (P230,219.00) and two (2) cellular phones. Victim employees said that the suspects stands 5’4” and 5’6” in height, medium built, age ranging from 30 to 40 years old, wearing white, red and brown t-shirts, maong and cargo pants. 

Suspects fled towards unknown direction on board a single motorcycle after the incident. Elements of Barobo MPS are still conducting follow up investigation on the said incident. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Recovery of stolen motorcycle

One Junnie Macaylas of legal age, a motorcycle repair shop owner and a resident of km. 3, Tabon, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur reported to Bislig CPS that he found a single motorcycle believed to be stolen, around 11:00 O’clock in the morning of January 8, 2011 at his shop. 

Elements of Bislig CPS went to the said shop and recovered one unit single Honda XRM motorcycle, color black without plate number, with chassis number XRM15102135, motor number XRM NE 102144. Investigation disclosed that the suspect identified as Romnick Macog y Menedez, 20 years old, single, jobless and a resident of Pantukan, Davao del Norte borrowed mechanical tools from the said shop. 

Junnie Macaylas noticed that the said motorcycle has no key and was directly tapped, which prompted the shop owner to asked the suspect pertinent documents of the said motorcycle but the suspect failed to show ownership documents and immediately fled leaving the said motorcycle. 

The suspect was then apprehended by some concerned residents in the area. At around 11:30 of same date, Junnie Macaylas, together with Brgy Officials of Tabon turned over Romnick Macog to Bislig CPS. Suspect together with recovered motorcycle are now under the custody of Bislig CPS for proper disposition. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)  

Found dead person

On January 9, 2010 at around 8:00 O’clock in the morning, a dead body of a male person was found floating at the Agusan River along Brgy. Pagatpatan, Butuan City. Said victim were found by Leopoldo Burias y Malubay, a 50 years old resident of P-9, Brgy. Agusan Pequeño, Butuan City and Rolly Pelares y Tabad, a 24 years old resident of Loreto, Agusan del Sur while travelling along the river onboard a pump boat.  

The dead body was identified by his relatives as Moises Calope Jr y Rabaya, 40 years old, single and a resident of P-6, Brgy. Port Poyohon, Butuan City. Relatives said that Calope has mental disorder. Personnel from Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 2 together with SOCO team responded to the said reported incident. SOCO Team confirmed that the victim was drowned, which resulted to his death. Remains of the victim was brought to St. Peter Funeral Homes. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Illegal possession of firearm

Hon. Ricardo Pabas Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Baybay, Burgos, Surigao del Norte reported to Burgos MPS that at about 9:00 O’clock in the evening of January 7, 2011, one Ronel Bunares Tulisana, 24 years old, single, farmer and a resident of Brgy. Matin-ao, of the said municipality indiscriminately fired his 38 caliber revolver, slightly hitting the waist of one Raul Dominos, of legal age, single and a resident of P-3, Brgy. Baybay of the same municipality. 

Investigation disclosed that the said suspect tried to test his firearm, aiming the ground but the bullet ricocheted and accidentally hit the said victim. Said suspect voluntarily surrendered to Eliseo Golondrina, Brgy Councilor of the said Brgy. and subsequently turned over to the responding elements of Burgos MPS. 

Both suspect and victim entered into an amicable settlement, thus the victim is no longer willing to file a case against the suspect. Suspect was released from custody of Burgos MPS after the prescribed hours of detention, however, a case for violation of R.A. 8294 (Illegal Possession of Firearm) is being prepared for filing in court against the said suspect. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Flashflood damages reach P6,940M in San Miguel

By: Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

Tandag, Surigao del Sur - According to the report from the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Committee, the local government of San Miguel here estimated the cost of damages to P6.940M. 

The assessment report submitted recently by the Community Development Information Officer Nancy de Guzman revealed that flashfloods on the eve of January 2 hit the municipality affecting its 18 barangays with a total of 8,728 families or 27,664 persons affected.

Out of six casualties provincewide, three of them where identified from San Miguel. The casualties who were reportedly drowned are all males. The following are as follows: Ramil, Bobeles of Tina, San Miguel (36 years old); Santiago P Laurente of San Roque (70 years old) and Juniel Casiano of Bolhoon (11years old).

The Infrastructures estimated cost of damages cost to P6.4M where roads and some bridges were reportedly damaged due to flashfloods.

The interior municipality was reportedly isolated from the eve of January 2 to 4, where roads were no longer passable, total blackout of electricity and no water supply in 14 Barangays including Poblacion. Also 3 Houses reported totally damaged due to strong current of water.

The Chair of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council recently requested the provincial Government for the additional augmentation of the relief Goods in the area. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)