5.05.2011

PIA News Service - Thursday, May 5, 2011

Low pressure spotted off Surigao City

by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, May 5 (PIA) - A low pressure area (LPA) was spotted at 280 kms. east of this city, the local Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said today.

In its 11 a. m. weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said the LPA was "embedded" along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Visayas and Mindanao regions.

“Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Visayas and northeastern Mindanao,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA advised the residents living along these areas to take precautionary measures for possible landslides and flashfloods. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan ex-solon promoted to AFP reserve force Brig. Gen.

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 (PIA) – Former congresswoman Charito B. Plaza of the first district of Agusan del Norte, was recently promoted to brigadier general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Force. President Benigno S. Aquino III promoted Plaza from the rank of colonel effective March 26, 2011, in an order issued on April 27, 2011.

This made Brig. Gen. Plaza the first female general of Mindanao. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Region 13, also known as CARAG, which is comprised of four (4) provinces in Mindanao namely Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Plaza is the youngest Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel at 29 years old after finishing her Masters in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines. She was also the youngest reservist, at 35 years old, to be promoted to full colonel after finishing the AFP Command and General Staff Course.

Brig. Gen. Plaza earned her Ph.D. in Peace and Security Administration from the Bicol State University (a UN Commission on Disarmament program). She finished her doctoral studies in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.

Her chosen field on Defense and Security was further enhanced after her post -graduate courses from the University of Melbourne, Australia “On Conflict Resolution and Management” and the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA on the course National and International Security Management.

Brig. Gen. Plaza is the recipient of one of the AFP’s highest award, three Outstanding Achievement Medals for her successful negotiation with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) soldiers of Chairman Nur Misuari in the Muslim Provinces in Mindanao in 2003 and the surrender of 100 army soldiers under renegade Colonel Noble in 1992 in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The lady General also sponsored several landmark legislation on the increase of the base pay of the men in uniform, tax exemption privileges on importation of arms, equipment, hardware, software and munitions of the AFP and the PNP, and other benefits for the Reserve Force and the Regular Component of the AFP, during her stint as Vice Chairman of the Committee on National Defense of the Philippine Congress.

Plaza was also responsible for the establishment of the State Partnership Program between the USA National Guards of the State of Hawaii and Guam and the AFP Reserve Force. (PIA-Caraga)


Nurses’ quarters at regional health office building renovated, unveiled

by PSupt Martin M. Gamba

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 – Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, Police Regional Office (PRO) Caraga Regional Director spearheaded the unveiling of the newly-renovated Regional Health Service Female Nurses’ Quarters and Office Building on Tuesday at Camp Rafael C Rodriquez, Libertad, this city.

The activity was sponsored by the Regional Logistics Research Development Division which was attended by PRO-13 key officers and personnel together with Regional Health Service 13 personnel headed by Police Supt. Ramiro G. Viola.

In 1997 the PRO 13 under the leadership of its Regional Director PCSupt. Manuel Raval, received a financial support in the amount of Php 800,000.00 from then Senator Robert Z. Barbers for the construction of PRO 13 Nurses’ Quarters.

After 14 years, PRO-13 allocated an amount of Php 498,000.00 thru its Trust Receipts from the Firearms Fees Program of Expenditures of Calendar Year 2010 for building repair of the Nurses’ Quarters.

A program was conducted during the turn-over and acceptance of the said building where Rafal together with PCI Daniela Radaza, Admin PCO of Regional Health Service 13 Nursing Service cut the ribbon and unveiled the building marker.

Meanwhile, PCI Marlou N. Labares, Regional Chaplain led the spiritual blessings. Immediately, Rafal and Radaza then signed the Certificate of Turn-over and Acceptance of the Nurses’ Quarters and Office Building witnessed by PRO 13’s Key officers and personnel.

In his message, RD Rafal expressed gratitude to the efforts made by the command group and R4 Division for the completion of the building renovation. (PNP-PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


4th Siargao int’l game fishing tourney winners bared

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, May 5, 2011 (PIA) – Two Pinoy anglers and two others from Switzerland and USA, brought home the major prizes in the 4th Siargao International Game fishing tournament participated in by 73 foreign and local fishing enthusiasts from 16 countries, held recently at Pilar, Siargao Island.

Switzerland’s Rolf Trachler won the P50,000 first prize in the Main Division -Biggest Billfish Category, Philippines’ Voltaire Esparago, a native Surigaonon, got P30,000 second prize and Joseph Lee settled for P10,000 third prize.

Melchor Dilag of Philippines pocketed the P30,000 first prize Main Division -Biggest Talakitok Category, while Carlos Morales of Spain came out second and got P15,000.

In the Main and Open Boat Division - Biggest Invidual Catch Category, USA’s Mike Kennedy got the P40,000 first prize and Imilio Choa of Philippines bagged the P20,000 second prize.

Mike Kennedy was adjudged champion in both the Open Boat Division – Biggest Total Catch Per Boat and Open Division – Biggest Billfish categories of the contest, bringing home a total cash prize of P40,000 .

Winner in the Open Division – Biggest Wahoo/Tanguige Category is Henry Uy from the Philippines who received P10,000 cash prize.

Provincial Tourism Officer Ivonnie B. Dumadag said that trophies and token of appreciation were also given to all the participants.

Local officials who handed over the prizes during the awarding ceremony were Pilar Mayor Lucio T. Gonzales and Vice Governor Carlos Egay Jr. assisted by Provincial Accounting Officer Myrla Padayhag. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Basic forest laws PMFPC orientation, reorganization conducted in Surigao del Sur

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, May 5 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur headed by PENRO Domingo S. Cabrera Jr., oriented members of the Provincial Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (PMFPC) on Basic Forestry laws held recently here.

Forester Adelfo Luengas, Jr., discussed DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 96-39 institutionalizing the Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (MFPC) within the DENR system. He said the order is mandated to be organized in every region down to the provincial, municipal, city and barangay level.

The official also discussed the administrative proceeding on apprehended forest products, conveyance and tools under DAO 97-32 and Executive Order (EO) 23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests that was recently signed by President Noy early this year had given emphasis during the orientation.

According to Forester Eddie Duhaylungsod, EO 23 directly ordered DENR to prohibit from issuing or renewing tree cutting permits in all natural and residual forests nationwide except for clearing of the road right of way by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), site preparations for tree plantations, silvi-cultural treatment and similar activities, provided that all logs derived from the said cutting permits shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal.

During the open forum, issues and concern were raised particularly on illegal seized logs and coordination thru communication is put emphasis that every members are encouraged to participate in solving the illegal loggers.

Meanwhile, Maj. Judith Loayon of 401st Brigade Philippine Army said the military is ready to respond once they receive information even thru text messages from the members of the PMFPC during the conduct of verification to reported seized logs within Surigao del Sur. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PNP-Caraga official is the next PNPA Director

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 (PIA) – PSSupt. Nestor A. Fajura, Operations Chief of Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO)-Caraga is now the new Director of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).

In a text message sent to PIA, Fajura said that orders will be issued anytime but he already received a call from the higher authorities informing him of his new designation as head of the country’s national police academy.

Fajura further said he is assuming the office soon although there was no information on the specific date as of press time.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a local radio station here, Fajura said his new position is a challenge to his leadership and career where he is expected to lead the trainings of hundreds of PNP cadets in the academy. He said this involves curriculum development to improve education of police aspirants in the country.

Fajura is the spokesperson of the local crisis management committee during the hostage drama in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on April 1, 2011. Five days after, the remaining 13 hostages were abandoned by their abductors after series of negotiations were conducted by the team.

On April 25, he was awarded with “Medalya ng Kagalingan” (Medal of Excellence) along with PRO-13 Regional Director PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal, and other 15 PNP personnel because of the successful handling of the hostage-taking. (PIA-Caraga)


Soldiers elated over add’l combat allowance, incentive pay

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 (PIA) – The additional combat allowance and incentive pay recently announced by President Benigno Aquino III boosted the morale of the combat personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to Maj. Eugene Osias, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. on Tuesday said that Executive Order No. 38 signed by the President sets the amount of combat pay at P500 and the combat incentive pay at P150 per day and will be applied retroactively as of January 1, 2011.

Osias said that the soldiers' additional income will help mitigate the impact brought about by the nationwide economic crisis.

In a related development, Osias said the entire AFP is in full alert status following the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Earlier reports said that Mindanao was identified as one of the target areas of Bin Laden’s allies. “This is the reason why the AFP and PNP have been strengthening its forces, in coordination with the local officials to ensure that peace and security will be achieved at all times,” Osias said.

Meanwhile, the Aquino administration assured that the government’s security measures are in place, saying that the national security forces are on full alert to avert any terror attacks from secessionist groups following a United States government report on the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. (PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pulisya sa Caraga lalong pinaigting ang pagmonitor ng mga illegal security agencies

ni Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 5 (PIA) – Lalong pinaigting ng Philippine National Pole (PNP) Caraga ang pagmonitor ng mga illegal na security at detective agencies sa mga siyudad at probinsya ng rehiyon.

Ang PNP 13 ay gagawa ng spot inspection sa mga nasabing ahensiya upang malaman ang mga pangangailangan ng mga personahe lalung-lalo na ang kanilang mga armas.

Layunin ng pulisya sa gagawing spot checking ay upang malaman ang mga abilidad ng mga personahe sa pagtugon sa panahon ng emergency at upang magkaroon din ng panibagong rekords nito.

Sinabi ni PNP PCSupt Reynaldo S Rafal, ang nasabing operasyon ay makakatulong upang malaman kung aling mga ahensya ang tumutupad sa batas, patakaran at regulasyon ng gobyerno.

Layunin din ng nasabing operasyon na malaman ang mga security at detective agencies na patuloy ang operasyon kahit walang lisensya, hindi nakapagrenew at may Cease to Operate Order, tugon ni Gen. Rafal.

Naniniwala din si Gen. Rafal na malaki ang maitutulong ng operasyon na magkaroon ng kasegurohan upang ang mga security at detective agencies na lumabag sa provisions ng RA 5487 (An Act to Regulate the Organization and Operation of Private Detective, Watchmen or Security Guards Agencies) at iba pang batas, patakaran at regulasyon ay mabigyan ng karampatang hatol.

Base sa naitalang rekords noong taong 2006 hanggang 2010, may 801 na mga security agencies ang naitalang hindi nakapagrenew ng kanilang mga lisensya.

Ang mga ahensya ito ay maaring huminto na sa operasyon, pinalitan ang pangalan o patuloy ang operasyon kahit walang lisensya.

May 157 na ang naitalang ahensya na may CTO at 13 ang nakansela.

Dagdag pa ni Gen. Rafal na ang mga ahensyang patuloy ang operasyon kahit walang lisensya ay patunay na hindi nagbabayad ng tama sa kanilang mga personahe, hindi nagbabayad ng buwis, at iba pang benepisyo ng kanilang mga tauhan.

Sa kabilang dako, si Gen. Rafal ay nanawagan sa mga security agencies na magtulungan at suportahan ang PNP 13 upang magkaroon ng tahimik na buhay at mapayapang bansa. (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Mga kandidata sa Mutya Hong Butuan 2011 nag-courtesy call

ni Jovelyn C. Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 5 (PIA) -- Mapasigarbuhong nibisita ang siyam ka mga opisyal nga kandidata sa Mutya Hong Butuan 2011, sa buhatan ni City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. ug Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun niadtong Mayo 2, 2011 subay usab kini sa guihimong courtesy call sa mga kandidata ngadto sa mga nasangpit nga mga opisyal.

Nagpakuha usab ug hulagway ang mga maanyag nga mga kandidata uban sa mga opisyales sa atong lokal nga panggamhanan sa dakbayan.

Nanghinaut si Mayor Amante nga unta seryosohon sa mga kandidata ang mga pagbansay nga ilang guihimo ug magsilbi kining inspirasyon sa pagtaak sa laing hugna sa mga umaabot pang mga kumpetisyon nga ilang pagasalmutan sa umaabot nga mga katuigan ug panahon.

Ang Mutya Hong Butuan coronation night pagahimuon karong umaabot nga Mayo 17, 2011, alas 7 ang takna sa gabii didto sa Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Panagtagbo Art Festival sa dakbayan gimugna

ni Jovelyn C. Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, May 5 (PIA) - Alayon sa kasaulogan sa Balangay Festival 2011, ang Likha Karaga, usa ka kahugpungan sa mga local artist sa rehiyon nagmugna ug usa ka pinasahing programang gi-ulohan: Fourteenth (14) artists, 1 venue, 1 month, 1 Butuan Panagtagbo Art Festival, nga gisugdan niadtong Mayo 2 didto sa National Museum Lobby Butuan Branch.

Ang kalihukan usa kini ka art exhibit diin tumong niini nga mapakita ang talagsaong kinaadman o kahibalo sa atong local artist sa natad sa painting ngadto sa mga lokal ug langyaw nga mga dumoduong nga mupahigayon sa pagbisita sa atong dakbayan.

Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Butuan pinaagi sa liderato ni Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. ang usa sa mga major sponsors sa maong kalihukan.

Tumong usab sa maong kalihukan ang paghatag og benipisyo sa Por Cristo Foundation, Inc. Home for the Abandoned Elderly diin parte sa mamahimong kita niini nahibaloan nga i-donar sa maong institusyon.

Nanawagan ang nahisgutang grupo sa mga kahigalaan, mga bisita, officemates, balikbayans ug mga turista lokal man o langyaw sa pagbisita sa talagsaong art festival nga gimugna alayon usab sa pagselebrar sa BALANGHAI FESTIVAL 2011. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: FIT FOR SCHOOL - Esensyal nga Programa alang sa kabataan

ni Gerry G. Gabiana

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 5 (PIA) -- Gipahigayon ang programang FIT FOR SCHOOL-Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) alang sa mga Filipinhong kabataan niadtong adlaw nga Martes sa Agusan National High School (ANHS) Amphitheatre, ni’ng dakbayan.

Gitambungan sa mga principal sa nagkadaiyang tulonghaan sa high school og elementarya inubanan sa mga barangay kapitanes sa mga kabarangayan sakop ni’ng dakbayan.

Gi-abi-abi ni Dr. Daylinda J. Tampus, Schools Division Superintendent ang mga mitambong niini nga programa. Gisaysay usab sa maong opisyal ang tumong ug tinguha sa dako nga ikatabang sa Fit For School, Incorporated, usa ka non-government organization diin sentro niini ang pagmintina sa maayong panglawas sa mga kabataan, pinaagi sa pagsuporta ug dugang pang mga medisina alang sa mga kabataan, pagpamorga sa mga estudyantehan ug pagpakunhod ingun man pagsumpo sa mga nagkadaiyang sakit nga posibling motakboy sa mga kabataan diha sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka tulonghaan.

Gipaila-ila usab ug gipasalamatan ang mga pinasidunggang bisita ug sa uban pang mga nisalmot niini nga programa ni Dr. Marilou B. Dedumo, Asst. Schools Division Superintendent.

Ang EHCP Coordinator nga si Ms. Rizlyn Joy Cano nagapahayag usab sa pangkinatibuk-ang plano ug programa nga nalatid sa Fit For School nga nakabenipisyo kini sa sobra 1 milyon nga mga kabataan dihang nagmalampusong gi-implementar kini sa 25 ka mga probinsya sa tibook kapupod-an lakip niini ang rehiyon sa Caraga. Iyang gidugang sa pagsaysay ang DepEd ORDER No.1 Series of 2011, “Guidelines for the Implementation of the 2011 Basic Educational Facilities Funds” diin gilagdaan kini ni DepEd Secretary Armin A. Luistro nga adunay dakong pondo nga gitagana alang sa eskwelahan, patubig, furnitures og mga sanitation facilities. Ang maong budget gigahin usab para sa repair ug rehabilitasyon sa mga daang gambalay sa mga tulonghaan.

Sa mensahe nga gipaabot ni Mayor Jun Amante iyang gipanghingusgan ang suporta usab alang sa maayong panglawas sa kabataan, iyang priyoridad ang paghatag ug kabililhon sa edukasyon diin mitoo siya nga dili babag ang kawad-on sa pagkab-ot sa mga pangandoy.

Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa dakbayan sa mialokar sa igong kantidad balor ug Php500,000.00 alang sa 20,000 ka mga magtutongha sa elementarya dinhi sa dakbayan. Dako usab ang pasalamat ni Mayor Jun Amante ngadto sa Aboitez Group of Companies nga miabaga pinaagi sa pagsuporta sa 10,000 ka mga kaestudyantehan niining dakbayan sa Butuan. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: COMELEC registration gisugdan na

ni Amandalyn R. Gutierrez

BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 5 -- Nagsugod na sa pagpangrehistro ang buhatan sa Commission on Elections o COMELEC sa City Hall Complex, Doongan, Butuan City gikan pa niadtong adlaw nga Lunes, Mayo 2, 2011.

Mas gipasayo ang pagpangrehistro sa katuyu-an ug tumong nga malikayan ug dili na unya magdasok ang baga’ng panon sa katawhan nga wala marehistro sa dugay na’ng panahon hilabi na kadtong gusto nga mobalhin gikan sa laing lugar ug dinhi na sa dakbayan sa Butuan manimuyo sa tibook nilang kinabuhi.

Giawhag sa Hepe sa buhatan sa COMELEC nga si Osea Makiling ang buto magparehistro sa pag-duaw mismo didto sa ilang buhatan nga nahimutang sa City Hall Complex.

Matud sa maong opisyal, gikinahanglan nga magdala ug mga dokumento ug rekisitos aron dili na sila magbalik-balik sama sa Birth Certificate (sa mga first time registrants) marriage contract ug uban pang pertinenting dokumento.

Ang pagpangrehistro nahibalo-ang matapos sa Oktubre 31, 2012. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon News: State of local governance report ni Mayor Matugas pagahimuon kuman na adlaw

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, May 5 (PIA) - Dako an pagpangandam na taghimo sa mga kadagkuan sa ning dakbayan para sa pagahimoon na State of the Local Governance report ni City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas kuman na adlaw Huwebes, Mayo 5, 2011 sa alas 2:00 sa hapon adto sa Surigao City Gymnasium.


Naghimo nan meeting jadton miagi na adlaw Martes, Mayo 3, 2011 an tanan mga department heads sanan an iban na mga empleyado sa city hall para planuhon an paghikay para sa state of local governance report ni Mayor Matugas.

Taghibaw-an na musobra kun kuyang sa 3,000 ka mga Surigaonon an tag-andaman na muabot gikan sa mga nagkalain-lain na barangay nan syudad.

Si Mayor Matugas mupresenter sa ija state of local governance lakip na dinhi an mga plano sanan mga karadjawan na nahimo nan syudad suyod sa nuybe ka buyan na ija pagdumaya.

Adton Miyerkules, si Mayor Matugas mihimo nan dry run kun praktis iban an mga department heads, ug sija isab nag hangjo sa mga surigaonon sa ila mga suporta dakan an amo na kalihukan molampos. (PIO Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigaonon News: Market ordinances hugot nga gi-implementar sa merkado publiko sa Surigao

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, May 5 (PIA) - Ang buhatan sa City Public Market mingpadala ug report pinaagi na kang Juanita Cabania ang Market Supervisor III, OIC direkta sa opisina sa City Media Information and Communication Office bag-ohay pa lamang kabahin kini sa estrikto nga pag-implementar sa pipila ka mga city ordinances kalabot na sa inadlaw-adlaw nila nga operasyon.

Upat ka mga ordinansa ang ilang gibutyag kini mao ang, pagbawal pagpanigarilyo sulod sa merkado publiko ug sa bisan asang parte sulod sa merkado, pagbawal sa pag-pangihi ni bisan kinsa ug bisan asang dapita sulod sa merkado, pagbawal sa pagpamaligya ug dubok o daot nga mga isda ug karne, ug ang pagbawal sa pagpanikma sa bisan asang parte sulod sa merkado publiko.

Pipila lamang kini sa mga gipanghingusgan sa mga kadagkuan sa merkado publiko sa pagpangulo usab ni Mayor Ernesto Matugas nga maoy hugot nga nagmando sa permanente nga pagpasabot ug pagpahimangno sa mga tawo aron kini magmatngon.

Nakalatid usab sa maong report nga ang koleksyon sa Market Entrance Fee ug uban pa nga Market Revenue collection muagi o mupailawum na sa legal audit ug kini edeposito dayon sa ilang accredited bank.

Padayon usab sila sa pagmonitor sa kalimpyo sa atong palibot lakip na ang kalinaw ug kahapsay. Samtang si Mayor Matugas nalipay sa maong report ug nanghinaut nga kini magpadayun pa. (PIO-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)