PIA News Service - Sunday, August 7, 2011

1 dead, 6 wounded in rescue operation of the abducted Lingig town mayor

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 7 (PIA) – Following the abduction of Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Henry Dano Saturday morning, one dead while six others were wounded after the government troops conducted rescue operation hours after the abduction.

According to report, a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) died while six others were wounded after a landmine planted by New People’s Army exploded in Sitio Mahayahay, Brgy. Pinagbakatan, Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

Report revealed that the incident happened after the 75th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army conducted rescue operation to Lingig town mayor Dano and his two escorts who are also members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

However, officials of the AFP here said inspite of the incident, government troops are determined to continue the hot pursuit and rescue operation to the victims who are at the hands of their abductors, believing to be members of the Front Committee 20 of the New People’s Army.

Earlier reports also revealed that the victims were brought to Davao Oriental, but yet unconfirmed.

Meanwhile, PNP-Caraga Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal said motive of the abduction is still unknown as of press time.

However, the region’s police chief said local crisis management is already organized spearheaded by Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel.

Accordingly, the crisis management is gathering information and still waiting for any communication from the abductors for their demands. (PIA-Caraga with reports from PNP-Caraga)


Caraga DRRMC prepares for rainy season

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 7 (PIA) – Stakeholders of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) is now preparing for the coming of the rainy season, said chairperson and concurrent Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Blanche Gobenciong in a recent phone-patch interview with PIA.

According to Gobenciong, stakeholders of RDRRMC served as orchestrator to the local government units who are affected with calamities and disasters. “Our role is only to assist LGUs during floods, landslides and other disasters,” Gobenciong said.

Further, she said during floods and storms, the council is regularly issued weather advisories to see to it that the public will be warned or advised on the weather condition.

“With the cooperation of all the stakeholders of DRRMC here in Caraga, we were able to minimize life loss during the two recent massive floodings which hit the region early this year,” Gobenciong said.

Meanwhile, Gobenciong said during the recently concluded National Disaster Consciousness Month, series of activities were conducted aimed to instill awareness to public on the things to do in times of disasters and calamities.

“Series of earthquake drills were also conducted to schools, government offices and establishments all over the region where stakeholders of RDRRMC served as evaluators and assess the performance of the participating agencies and establishments,” Gobenciong said.

With this, she said DRMMC will always be alert and prepare whenever calamities and disasters struck the region. “I am also calling the public to be cooperative also. In this way, more lives and properties will be saved during these times,” Gobenciong said. (PIA-Caraga)