8.02.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Butuan mayor delivers SOCA; compares his governance to the journey of the Balangay boat

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 2 (PIA) – City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. on Monday delivered his second State of the City Address (SOCA) before a jam-packed crowd at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Speaking before a crowd estimate of 2,000 coming from different sectors of society, the city’s chief executive gave importance on the value of sailing towards a common direction.

“We can conquer the rough seas and reach our intended destination if we are all determined, united, self-sacrificing, courageous and methodical,” Amante said comparing his administration’s destination to the journey of the Balangay boat.

Mayor Amante further said he has chosen the Balangay as the symbol of his governance, the same Balangay which has now become the nation’s vessel for change, connecting the Philippine Archipelago, in its vast maritime superhighway for progress and prosperity as far as the waters of Vietnam.

The city’s chief executive also pointed out that like the voyage of the Balangay, “we will be sailing through rough seas ahead, and it is expected that political indifference, personal conflicts, man’s innate resistance to change, corruption and the evils that men do, will continue in a while.”

Furthermore, the official assured the Butuanons that the state of his governance is very strong and continues to make it much stronger as the journey of his administration goes along.

“Just as the captain of the ship has to ensure that the boat is in top condition, that the crewmen are well-prepared for their tasks and the destinations are clearly charted out, I made many methodical steps in my governance,” Amante said.

The second report to the city or SOCA of Mayor Amante is held a day before the celebration of the 61st charter day celebration of this city which is celebrated today, August 2 and was proclaimed special non-working holiday by MalacaƱang Palace by virtue of Proclamation No. 197, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., by the authority of President Benigno S. Aquino III on July 4, 2011. (PIA-Caraga)


Butuan mayor underscores creation of 4 governance clusters in his report to the city

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 2 (PIA) – “To ensure of an orderly and smooth system of implementation, we issued Executive Order creating the four governance clusters composed of Development Administration Cluster, Economic Cluster, Social Services Cluster, and Infrastructure Cluster,” said Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. as he underscored the creation of the clusters during his State of the City Address (SOCA) on Monday in one of the local convention centers here.

According to Amante, the aim of establishing these clusters is to ensure sound fiscal management, transparent and accurate gover-nance, and effective performance management, in support to the mandate of President Benigno S. Aquino III towards a straight and narrow path (tungo sa daang matuwid).

In terms of Development Administration Cluster, Amante said is he has been populist and imprudent, he could have fallen prey to do quick fixing, build concrete roads and buildings left and right, and then eventually succumb to repeating the same grave and scandalous mistakes of the past.

“Gipalabi nako nga bisan dugay ug hinay gamay ang atong pag-uswag, apan sigurado ug klaro nga dili madehado ang publiko” (It is my concern that although development and progress we are experiencing right now is not that fast, but I make sure that everything will be put in place, clear, and above all, for the interest of the public), Amante said.

Amante further said, as mandated by the Aquino administration, the city government adheres to implement accurate system for a transparent and reputable governance that is beneficial and visible to all.

With this, Amante calls the people of Butuan to sail with him together with his officials for a more progressive and transparent governance, coupled with moral standards and integrity. (PIA-Caraga)


Phil. Army’s 36IB celebrates 37th Anniversary

Tandag City, August 2 (PIA) – The 36th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army in Surigao del Sur headed by LTC Joseph Norwin Pasamonte culminated its 37th founding anniversary celebration on Monday August 1.

Highlighting the affair is the presentation of awards to the respective military and civilian authorities through an anniversary program held at the Battalion headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago, this province.

Governor Johnny Pimentel and Red Cross Provincial Chapter administrator Abel de Guzman were invited to deliver their respective messages while ary 401st Brigade Commander Col. Romeo Gan was guest of Honor and speaker.

Feeding program, fun run, tree growing, lectures and Demonstration on Hygiene and sanitation along with coastal clean-up and sportsfest also marked the weeklong activity since the occasion started on July 26. (Greg Tataro, Jr., Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)


BCPO conducts Sportsfest 2011

by PSupt Joseph B Boquiren

BUTUAN CITY, August 2 – Clad in their individual team color sports attire, members of Butuan City Police Office gathered together recently at the opening of the sports festival at the basketball quadrangle inside BCPO compound.

Dubbed as BCPO SPORTSFEST 2011 with this year’s theme: “Quality Police Service Springs from A Quality Lifestyle,” the event marks the opening of the two months-long sports competition (28 Jul to 28 September) in commemoration of the annual fiesta celebration of Butuan City Police Office in honor of its Patron, St. Michael Archangel.

Ten teams from different offices and line units of Butuan City Police Office will compete for the different games scheduled for this season that includes basketball, volleyball, darts, chess, badminton, table tennis, and others. Winning teams and individuals will receive prizes in terms of cash and trophies.

Barely six months into his stint as City Director of Butuan City Police Office, Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo has embarked on complete package of development programs involving personal, professional, and spiritual.

On personal aspect, Carillo had been advocating physical fitness activities to ensure the police are ever ready and able to respond to any police assistance. Carillo himself is a running enthusiast and always encourages his men to engage themselves in physical fitness and sports activities. Thus, with the help of some of his staff, they organize this BCPO Sportsfest 2011.

During the opening ceremony last July 28, 2011, he emphasized the importance of this sports program. He said, “I expect no less than friendly games in all the events and I am looking forward to developing the camaraderie and the spirit of sportsmanship among the BCPO personnel for our children and the youths to emulate.” (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)


DAR-Surigao del Sur conducts CARP advocacy to college students

by Myra Q. Yu

TANDAG CITY, August 2 (PIA) – The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) here conducted advocacy to college students on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil of DAR Surigao del Sur discussed features of CARP including its history and the present implementation to students in Surigao del Sur University (SDSU) recently.

About 1,200 participants attended the forum, conducted as part of the educational program of the university particularly to those students who are currently enrolled in National Service Training Program (NSTP) with component on Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS).

According to Dr. Baceledes Estal, SDSU Vice President for Administration and Finance, students must not only be aware of the usual subjects incorporated in their respective courses but also be able to know important information outside the real world especially the programs implemented by the different agencies.

Dr. Estal also recommended that topics on CARP must be included in the midterm examination of the university to see to it that students grasped the knowledge and information on this program.

The forum also served as a venue for DAR to be able to disseminate their thrusts and programs as embodied in the CARPER Law.

Representatives from the provincial offices of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Tourism (DOT), as well as the Provincial Health Office were also present during the forum. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature: Lady COP: No difference between male and female even in war

by David M. Suyao

On the first burst of gunfire. I was already on my feet even when I only got an hour of sleep as I lay down to bed around 3:00 in the morning of July 30, working with my men for the inquest of a detainee we have apprehended earlier that night.

I know something is wrong hearing gunfires in a very close distance. I picked up my baby girl, secured her under the bed from the crib, picked up my M16 rifle and cal. .40 service pistol, and position myself for battle. Continues gunfire followed, and as I peep outside, I saw my police companions positioned in piles of old tires surrounding our station, firing against the perpetrators. I looked the other direction, and saw other policemen securing themselves in barricades we made, fighting their best to defend our position. I knew then that we were surrounded by the enemies as I observed the incoming rapid firing from them.

I fired my rifle to any visible position of the enemy, while our augmentation forces from Police Public Safety Company (PPSC) under the command of P/Insp. Alvin Bolotano and P/Insp. Roland Orcullo who were at that time in full battle gear ready to conduct early morning checkpoint, also position themselves, firing against the enemies. I know many of the enemies were hit, as their firing became minimal while gaining distance as they slowly withdraw.”

This is the opening statement of P/Insp. Charity Galvez, chief of police of Trento Police Station, Trento, Agusan del Sur, after her face-to-face encounter with the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/ National Democratic Front (CNN) on July 30, 2010, that lasted for about an hour.

P/Insp. Galvez said, they scour the area an hour later finding plenty of blood scattered on the grasses and soil where the enemies positioned. They even found particles of scattered human brain on leaves of grasses, while footprints of the enemies are all around.

According to P/Insp. Galvez, it was around 5:00 in the morning when the first burst of fire from the enemies was poured upon them at the gate of the station and the municipal hall, 30 minutes after her organic men returned from Bunawan town where they e-mailed the documents they prepared for the inquest of a detainee apprehended earlier that evening.

“There is no formal report I received that the CNN will attack Trento. The truth is, on July 28, the group director of the PSCC visited us here in Trento for a routine check-up of personnel. I requested for additional personnel and he promised me to send two teams of PPSC after he consulted our Provincial Director, P/SSupt. Jerome Baxinela.

The following day, July 29, the first team under P/Insp. Roland Orcullo arrived, in time when a shooting incident earlier that day happened in Barangay Sta. Maria. So I requested P/Insp. Orcullo to proceed to the area and conduct clearing and investigation. The team apprehended the killer suspect, and disarmed him with his .38 Cal. revolver and a knife. When I interviewed the suspect, his answers were unstable, and as my inquiries about his personality from people he mentioned goes along, I learned he that he is a member of the sparrow unit of the NPA, so he we detained him and we prepared the inquest papers for his transfer.

We finished the inquest documents around 12:00 midnight, but since our e-mail connection is out of order, my men proceeded to Bunawan to e-mail the documents. The two PPSC augmentation teams who also conducted checkpoints to stop criminality in the whole municipality also arrived around 1:30 in the morning, take some sleep and wake up again at 4:30 in the morning, (in time when my men who went to Bunawan to e-mail the inquest documents arrived) prepared themselves in full battle gear ready to conduct early morning checkpoints. Then the CNN attack happened. That is why, I believe we are really blessed that day,” P/Insp. Galvez said.

P/Insp. Galvez was first assigned as Children and Women’s Desk Officer at the Provincial Police Office in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. As member of the technical working group of the Country Program for Children, P/Insp. Galvez have contributed much in the reduction of violence against women and children thru her efforts in educating the parents, barangay officials and other government officials on the rights of children and women.

Being a dedicated policewoman, P/Insp. Galvez rose from the rank, until she became chief of police in the municipality of Trento, where she fought her best to defend their post. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Aquino mimando sa militar pakusgan ang operasyon batok Abu Sayyaf

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, August 2 (PIA) – Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mimando sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sa pagpakusog sa ilang operasyon ug gamiton ang tanang paagi batok Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sunod sa pagkamatay sa pito ka mga Marine soldiers human sa engkwentro tali sa grupong terorismo sa Sulu, bag-ohay pa lamang. Si Aquino mi-isyu sa maong direktiba human siya nakigkita sa mga top military officials didto sa Villamor Airbase sa Pasay City niadtong adlawng Sabado Hulyo 30, 2011.

“Ibubuhos natin ang lahat ng resources ng estado. Hindi puwedeng ipakita na itong terrorist group na ito ay kakayanin ang buong estado. Kaya inatasan at hinamon natin ang Sandatahang Lakas na i-concentrate ang kanilang resources hanggang mahuli itong mga salarin na ito,” si Aquino miingon sa ambus interview didto sa Villamor Airbase sa Pasay City.

Si Aquino miingon pagbugtaw sa ASG maoy pinaka target sa gobyerno pinaagi sa hiniusang panlimbasog sa mga law enforcement egencies.

Siya namahayag nga usa ka maayong koordinasyon ug komprehensibo nga estratehiya uban ang suporta sa mga katawhan ug mga ahensya sa gobyerno sa tanang lebel ang i-implementar aron wagtangon ang terorismo.Ang Pangulo uban kang Vice President Binay ug mga opisyales sa militar maoy nangulo sa heroes welcome sa mga biktimang sundalo pag-abot sa ilang patay’ng lawas didto sa Vilamor airbase.

Ang mga namatay’ng sundalo nailhan nga sila 2nd Lietenant Michael Balabad, Sergeant Desiderio Serdan Jr., Corporal Ramsel Laynesa, Cpl. Claro Lapasaran III, Cpl. Freddie Castellano Jr., Private First Class Juanito Evasco Jr. ug Private Nico Tinambunan.

Si Aquino ug Binay personal nga miabot sa ilang simpatiya ug pahasubo sa mga pamilya sa mga namatay’ng sundalo ug namati sa ilang mga uban pang kabalaka.

Human sa seremonya, si Aquino nangulo sa usa ka meting uban ang mga opisyales sa AFP nga milungtad og hapit duha ka oras.

“May ongoing na investigation, titingnan natin kung meron bang kailangang baguhin sa ating mga proseso, meron bang kulang sa pagsasanay ng ating tropa, meron bang intelligence failure,” si Aquino miingon.

Si Aquino miingon nga sila nagpaabot sa resulta sa imbestigasyon sa engkwentro sa Sulu aron masuta ang problema ug makahimo og mga konkretong solusyon.

Sa dihang gipanguta kung magpadayon ba gihapon ang operasyon bisan kon hapit na ang selebrasyon sa Ramadan, ang Pangulo miingon “We will be sensitive to the concerns of our Muslim brothers but at the same time there are police operations still going on,” ang Pangulo miingon.

Si Aquino usab midayeg sa kaisog sa mga namatay’ng sundalo ingon nga sila “did what they had promised to do and in terms of bravery—the highest talaga na example na puwede nating makita. Tinupad nila iyong kanilang mga sinumpaang tungkulin dito.”

Si Aquino miingon nga ang mga pamilya sa mga namatay’ng sundalo makadawat usab og mga benipisyo gikan sa President’s Social Fund. “Iyong ating benefits accruing to people who got killed or wounded in action will be given.” Siya miingon.

Sa pamahayag, si Marine Commandant Major General Rustico Guerero mirekomendar sa promosyon sa mga namatay nga Marines.

Usa ka Gold Cross Medal (posthumous) usa ang gireko-mendar nga ihatag kanila sa tungod sa ilang kaisog sa aksyon. Pinansyal assistance ug scholarships ug lakip na usab ang housing privileges ang gi-proseso karon alang sa mga dependents sa mga namatay’ng sundalo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigaonon News: Wikang Filipino gihatagan og importansya atol sa monday morning sharing sa kapitolyo ug uban pang mga kalamboan

SURIGAO CITY, August 2 – Sa gipahigayon nga Monday Morning Sharing sa Kapitolyo kagahapon nga adlaw Agosto 1, 2011 sa Provincial Convention Center nga gipanguluhan sa opisina sa Provincial Treasurer ni Mrs. Daisy Hubilla ang head sa maong opisina, gihatagan og importansya ang Wikang Filipino isip pagsaulog sa Buwan ng Wika sa temang “Ang Filipino ay Wikang Panlahat, Ilaw at Lakas sa Tuwid na Landas,” kini gipamulong ni Dr. Rebecca Yu Casten, ang pinasidunggang mamumulong.

Atol sa maong higayon, namulong usab si Governor Sol F. Matugas mahitungod sa iyang mga lakaw aron mapalambo ang atong probinsya. Usa na niini ang apil sa meeting sa MINDA o Mindanao Development Authority sa Davao nga diin gihisgutan didto ang kaimportansya sa enerhiya, tubig ug uban pang nga basic needs.

Gipamulong usab sa atong Gobernador ang pagbaton ug positibong gawi o positive attitude isip giya sa sakto ug malamboon nga pagtrabaho. Ug sa bulan sa Agosto nakahan ay na ang mga buluhaton aron mahapsay ang pagpadagan sa Kapitolyo. Sama sa Barangay Development Forum, Free Annual Check up sa mga empleyado sa Kapitolyo ug pagbutang ug ambulansya sa kapitolyo.

Gusto usab sa Gobernador nga matukod na ang Capitol Canteen pinaagi sa opisina sa Cooperative, ang Capitol Lobby diin usa kini ka first stop sa mga kliente, ug edeklara ang Kapitolyo nga Anti smoking zone, nga adunay luna sa pagpanigarilyo.

Gihisgutan usab sa atong Gobernador ang pagbukas sa Child Minding Center, ang pagtukod ug bag-o nga CSU building, mandatory attendance sa mga empleyado sa pag apil sa flag raising, mandatory kalimpyo kahusay sa kapitolyo, First Friday Mass adto na ipahigayon sa kapilya sa kapitolyo, arts and culture day c/o ni Sir Amor Morales aron mapakita ang mga talent sa mga empleyado ug ang Community Service nga diin kada departamento adunay e adopt nga poorest barangay.

Ang mga kabag-ohan ug mga programa nga gimugna sa atong Gobernador usa lamang ka nagpamatood nga ang tawo labaw sa tanan ug kini magmalapuson kung ang tanan magtinabangay alang sa kaayuhan ug kalambuan sa tanan. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)