9.06.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Crime prevention: Everybody’s responsibility

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said crime prevention is everybody’s concern during a live radio discussion at the height of the celebration of the crime prevention week.

PInsp Nemesio Saronhilo Jr., provincial investigation officer said, with the ratio of a police personnel against the number of people in the community they will be serving, it is almost impossible for the police to cover the safety and order of a place if not for the cooperation of the people.

“Our ratio is suppose to be around 800 people to one policeman, but it turns out to be 2,000 to one. Even in imagination, it is almost impossible for us to keep the peace and order to its proper place but we are doing our best to implement our duties and responsibilities, by gaining people’s cooperation so that we can maintain the peace and order expected from us. Aside from police visibility therefore, it is very important that people will cooperate because crime prevention is everybody’s responsibility,” P/insp. Saronhilo said.

On the part of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, JO3 Bernardino Palen said the jails all over the country are congested because of criminality and other violations of the law. “If only the people can control themselves and live a peaceful and orderly life, congestion in jails will not be a problem and government’s expenditures will be reduced. What we are trying to program now is for every municipality to have separate cells for the youth offender so that reforms for the youth will be assured, and that they become productive and responsible citizens upon their release. We also have activities in jails for the inmates so that after serving their sentence, they will have something to start with,” JO3 Palen said.

For the Bureau of Fire Protection, S/Insp. Augusto Cesar Kinazo said, their concern is more on fire prevention rather that protection. “We are therefore conducting orientation every now and then especially to business establishment and industry because these establishments usually catch fire and millions of pesos and even lives are lost. We also determine, during the fire, the causes so that arson will totally be stopped, including negligence. During the fire, automatically, the PNP will assist us so that looting and thief can be avoided,” S/Insp. Kinazo said.

DILG Provincial Director Arlene Ann Sanchez also enumerated the different activities that the DILG has lined up during the celebration of the Crime Prevention Week. These activities include motorcade during the opening day last September 1, 2011 from the provincial capitol ground to the municipality of Prosperidad and back, symposium, provincial jail visitation with inputs on moral recovery and values formation and distribution of goods to inmates, radio guesting, mass feeding of malnourished children and the clean-up drive in San Francisco and blood-letting at the PNP provincial office on the last day, September 7, 2011. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AFP scored anew in recent encounters

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- Troops from the 4th Infantry Division, particularly the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army gained another victory in a series of encounters held Friday and Saturday.

In an interview Monday with MGen Victor Felix, 4ID Commanding General, he said, the government troops conducted offensive operations in Northern portion of Agusan del Norte, particularly in Purok Kamalig, Sitio Lusong, Brgy. Putingbato, Cabadbaran City on Friday, September 2, and a follow-up operation in Surigao del Norte on Saturday, September 3.

He said the troops were able to hit a group, suspected to be members of Guerilla Front 21-C, resulting to the recovery of firearms, explosive devices and personal belongings of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Gen Felix also said an NPA member was killed during the encounter on Friday, hitting his chest, while a government soldier was injured during Saturday’s encounter.

The body of the killed NPA was already turned-over to officials of the said barangay, Felix said.
Meanwhile, Maj Noli Kanashiro of the Army’s Public Affairs Office of 4ID said the encounter happened at around 3:00 p.m. in the said area, after report from civilians reached the Army saying the rebel group is visible in the area. He said among the recovered items include: three M-16 rifles, one M-14 rifle, one AK-47.

Kanashiro added aside from the arms and ammunitions, two homemade landmines were also left by the enemies during the encounter. “The government troops also recovered subversive documents and devices used by the rebels such as handheld radios, radio monitors and wires,” he said.

With the latest development, it really showed that the civilians in the area are already tired of the activities conducted by the leftists which greatly affect their lives.

Kanashiro said the support given by the community to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is an indication that the government troops have been always be victorious in their quest to uphold peace and security in the country.

“Even in the previous encounters, we are victorious in our quest to fight the NPAs because the people are with us… they have been supporting our efforts in the fight against insurgencies,” Kanashiro said. (PIA-Caraga)


AFP grateful to civilians’ support in war vs NPAs

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army on Monday expressed thanks and gratitude to the civilian community for the unending support to government troops in the war against the New People’s Army (NPA).

According to MGen Victor Felix, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, the recent encounters that the troops conducted have been successful because of the information given by the community to the Philippine Army, an indication that the people are tired of insurgencies.

Also, in a separate interview with Maj Noli Kanashiro of the 4ID Public Affairs Office, he said the community already knew who are their enemies. He added it’s about time for the civilians to ask what is due for them – peace and development… “This can only be attained if they will support and cooperate with the thrusts and programs of the national government,” Kanashiro said.

Kanashiro further said the success of the security operations conducted by the government troops is also because of the support of the local government units in the area.

With these developments, Kanashiro urged the local communities to continue giving correct information to the AFP so that the government troops could be able to respond immediately, thus attaining peace and security in their areas.

It can be recalled that on Friday and Saturday, series of security operations were conducted at Purok Kamalig, Sitio Lusong, Brgy. Putingbato, Cabadbaran City, and a follow-up operation was also conducted in Surigao del Norte, respectively. (PIA-Caraga)


PDEA honors Surigao del Sur Gov for anti-drug campaign

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel received a Plaque of Recognition from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Usec. Jose Gutierrez during the “JYes Kontra Droga”
program launching held recently here.

It can be recalled that early this year, suspected pushers of Shabu were reportedly seized by the Provincial Police operatives thru a coordination raid in the municipality of Madrid and around P420,000 worth of Shabu was confiscated during the raid in Barobo.

Aside from this, suspected small dealers and users of shabu and other illegal drugs were seized after series of checkpoints were conducted by the PNP here.

With the series of alarming incident, Gov. Pimentel decided to strengthen the campaign against illegal drugs thru re-organizing the The re-organization of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) down to the barangay level and through the launching the “JYes Kontra Droga” program thru the support of the chair committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs Hon Vicente Pimentel, III, in partnership with the PDEA, Pimentel hoped that drug-related problems will be minimized, if not, be totally eliminated.

According to USec. Gutierrez, Surigao del Sur is the first province to activate the PADAC. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


RMN, PRC, PIA hold bloodletting activity, medical mission in Surigao

by Dandy Lapura


SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- A total of 12,600cc of blood was collected in a half-day bloodletting activity cum medical-dental mission service held recently in Surigao City. The event was conducted in partnership with Philippine Information Agency - Surigao del Norte Information Center, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Surigao from 8:00am to 12:00nn.

PRC Surigao del Norte Chapter Administrator Marilou Talingting revealed that 28 bags were collected from 28 blood donors composed of soldiers, police personnel, members of local fraternity, and civilian volunteers.

Aside from bloodletting service, feeding program, legal counseling, medical and dental check-up are the other services availed by the Surigaonons.

RMN Surigao Station Manager Gay Tiu said more than 300 participants have registered for the medical mission surpassing the number of participants in last year’s medical mission. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Butuan City gov’t to launch ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- To fully implement the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, the city government here through Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr, together with the regional and national line agencies will launch the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ on September 11, 2011.

The launching will start with a simultaneous Clean-up in the 38 barangays by the residents and barangay officials, and at the main city streets by the government employees at from 5:00-6:30 in the morning.

Mayor Amante will lead the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Caravan at 6:30-7:30am in the Clean Zones from Brgy. Ampayon going to Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym to personally give a short background of the program as well as to thank the residents and other participants while Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun will lead the Caravan from Brgy. Libertad going to FSUU Gym.

The following activities will also be held inside the FSUU Gym at around 7:30 am: 1) Commitment of support from the 38 barangays thru a covenant signing; 2) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing with the CBOFP Operators; 3) Introduction of the Eco Martials; 4) MOU signing with the Media for Clean Airwaves; 5) Photo Exhibits; 6) Clean Seal Exhibit; 7) MOU with the Department of Education (DepEd); and 8) Covenant signing by stakeholders.

Right after the proper program at the FSUU Gym, Mayor Amante and other officials and employees will proceed to Brgys. Antongalon and Taguibo for the dumping of bio-degradable wastes to organic fertilizer.

Also, 172 campus photojournalists from different schools identified by the over-all coordinator Ms. Ma. Ruth Jugao will document the simultaneous clean-up, for which photos will be exhibited inside the FSUU Gym. Top ten best photos will be chosen, it was learned.

Meanwhile, Business establishments in the city are enjoined to show their support by hanging streamers and also to participate during the clean-up activity.

Participants of said event are also advised to wear colored-Green t-shirt and shall bring their own cleaning materials in their respective areas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Beneficiaries say Pantawid Pamilya help Strengthen family relationship

by Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya here said the program has helped in strengthening family relationships.

In two separate interviews, the beneficiaries proudly shared what they have learned during their Family Development Sessions.

“Dako og tabang ang programa sa amo, dili lang sa pinansyal nga bahin kay aduna man kami FDS o Family Development Sessions, diha among mas nakat-unan unsaon nga mahimo kaming mas maayo nga ginikanan sa among mga anak ug unsaon ang sakto nga pagdala sa pamilya (The program is a big help to us, not only in the financial aspect because we have this FDS where we learn how to become a more responsible parents to our children),” Remely Salazar said.

Another beneficiary, Rose Gregay also expressed that the grants they get from the program help their children get basic education.

Other beneficiaries who also shared the same experiences with Salazar and Gregay were Francisca Carbonila, Papias Josol, and Ligaya Casindac.

The radio guesting also became a venue in addressing and clarifying issues and concerns from the listeners through calls and texts.

Queries about inclusion and exclusion, varied amount received and other issues were answered by the Regional Program Coordinator, Alma Patron; Regional Information Officer, Leah T. Quintana; Information Officer, Stella Maris V. Barcelon; Social Welfare Officer III for Agusan del Norte Hazel Castillo; and City Link Officer Leila Perez. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Workers attend roll-out training on social marketing

by Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Link Officers (MLOs), SEA-K Project Development Officers (PDOs), and Convergence PDOs assigned in Agusan provinces attended the 3-day roll-out training on social case management held recently in one of the local hotels here.

In the light of the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program where the improvement of the living conditions of the beneficiaries are slowly seen, there is really the need to have a thorough case management.

The said activity was conducted in order for the field workers to familiarize on the Social Welfare Indicator (SWI), a tool that will help them identify their client’s needs, which will be the basis for intervention planning.

The activity also trained the field workers as case managers on how to establish relationships, assess complex problems, and select problem-solving interventions and help clients function effectively.

Part of the training is the participants’ exposure to the field to administer SWI in Barangays Obrero and Doongan here.

“The activity is very significant to us; it help us understand the interviewing process and shows us the different techniques to effectively conduct the SWI,” says Jay Tejada, Pantawid Pamilya MLO of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

Earlier, the workers assigned in Surigao provinces and Dinagat Islands also underwent the same training at Almont Beach Resort Hotel in Surigao City. In her message, Director Mercedita P. Jabagat emphasized that all workers must be knowledgeable about all the systems employed by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program – Beneficiary Update System, Grievance Redress System, and Compliance Verification System.

Director Jabagat also encouraged the workers to be committed and competent in carrying out their responsibilities to be able to serve the people efficiently and effectively. A total number of 123 participants attended the activity. (DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Sur kicks-off 17th Crime Prevention Week observance

by Rena L. Naguita

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- With colorful balloons and huge streamers and tarpaulins containing words “PiNoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko! Knock Out Crime!”, vehicles of government and private sectors paraded from the Provincial Capitol Ground to the Municipal Gymnasium of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur to kick-off the weeklong observance of the 17th Crime Prevention Week.

Engr. Francisco Arada, Municipal Administrator of Prosperidad, welcomed all the participants of the motorcade and the selected students and teachers of the Philippine Normal University, Prosperidad National High School, Father Urios High School, and Monato Institute of Technology who were invited to the opening program at the Gymnasium of the said municipality.

In his message, PSupt Leo Ajero of the PNP said tCrime Prevention is everybody’s concern since it is everybody’s dream. He added that the PNP members are now more determined to meet the challenges that will come along the way.

“The celebration of the 17th Annual Crime Prevention Week is a celebration of a new hope and renewed dynamism for all Agusanons who dreamt of a sustainable, peaceful and people-oriented development”, said DILG Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez in her message.

Meanwhile, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Nestor L. Corvera encouraged all sectors to work hand in hand to knock out crime to fully achieve socio-economic development in the whole province.

The PNP provided the teachers and students with inputs on RA 9208 or Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act, Elements of a Crime and Illegal drugs. The advocacy aims to provide awareness so that nobody from the audience will become victim of trafficking or any other crimes and illegal drugs.

Each participating school presented dance intermission number which added flavor of fun to the program.

Mrs. Virginia Cuizon of the DepEd, in her closing remarks expressed her appreciation to the different technical working offices and agencies of the 17th NCPW which worked hard in making the opening ceremony successful and for involving students to the event and providing them vital information especially on matters relative to crime prevention. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Soldier killed in firefight

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Sept 6 (PIA) -- A soldier under Bravo Company of the 29th Infantry Battalion was killed in a clash with members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, National Democratic Front at Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin, this province last Sunday afternoon, September 04, 2011, the military reported.

According to Col. Henry A Robinson Jr., Commanding Officer of 29IB, while his troops were moving towards their objective within the vicinity of Andap Valley, encountered more or less 14 communist rebels, which resulted in the death of one of their troops (identity withheld prior for the information of his immediate family) due to serious injury. The number of rebel casualties could not be determined.

The firefight lasted for 10 minutes after which the rebels withdrew toward west direction from the encounter site.

Col Romeo G Gan, Commander of 401st Infantry (Unite N’ Fight) Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army said “We, the officers and men of the 401st Brigade are saddened with the loss of our troop. This soldier had offered his life to the service and had performed his duty with valor and dignity.”

Col Romeo Gan directed his troops to conduct pursuit operation against the communist insurgents. (401st Brigade, 4ID, Phil Army/PIA Surigao del Sur)


Prov'l Vet in Surigao del Sur awaits advisory on Bird Flu

by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The Provincial Veterinary Office in Surigao del Sur is waiting for an official advisory on Avian Influenza from higher authorities citing the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Offices in Caraga.

According to Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Gervacio Yparraguirre, his office is likewise expecting instruction on the reactivation of all Bird Flu Task Forces from the Provincial down to the Barangay levels.

Meantime, Dr. Yparraguirre assured, there is yet no case of Bird Flu, also known as H5N1, recorded, in local soil.


However, he warned citizens to avoid going to places being frequented by migratory birds.

In Surigao del Sur, only Bislig City was identified. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)