PIA News Service - Saturday, November 12, 2011

PDEA conducts initial screening of applicants to augment Caraga regional office personnel

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA)
-– As part of the weeklong celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program on November 12 to 18 with the theme “Global Action for Healthy Communities,” the regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will conduct an initial screening and interview of qualified applicants for their regional office on November 17.

PDEA Caraga acting regional director Joel B. Plaza bared that there are 13 vacant positions for deliberation on Thursday, which include the following positions: one each for the positions of Attorney IV, Attorney II, Information Officer III, Chief Administrative Officer (AO V), Administrative Aide VI (Communication Equipment Operator II), Chemist III, and Laboratory Technician II; two items for the Dangerous Drugs Regulation Officer II; and four for the Prison Guard II positions.

The need for an additional workforce of the region would significantly add to the success in fighting the very stern drug problem of our society, Plaza added.

Also, Plaza encourages interested applicants to visit their office at the provincial hospital compound in Libertad, Butuan City or call telephone number (085) 815-1661 for more details and information.

PDEA is the lead anti-drugs law enforcement agency, responsible for preventing, investigating and combating any dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals within the Philippines. The agency is tasked with the enforcement of the penal and regulatory provisions of Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PIA-Caraga)

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CCPD, partner stakeholders step up preparations for 2011 MWOP celeb

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA)
-– The Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) with partner stakeholders steps up preparations for this year’s celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) in Caraga.

For this year’s celebration from November 24-30 with the theme: “Common Word between Us and You: Love of God, Love of Neighbor,” the stakeholders from different sectors in the region have joined hands in the preparation and finalization of the weeklong activities that will unite and create big impact to the lives of the Caraganons.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga will be spearheading the opening ceremony of said celebration in Surigao City, 7 a.m on Nov. 24.

A press conference will follow at 9 a.m while at 6 p.m, an hour of silence for peace will be conducted at the Bishop’s Home in Butuan.

On Nov. 25, MWOP stakeholders will join forces with other member-agencies of the Caraga Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) during the ‘Walk for A Cause’ activity from Rizal Park going to Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court since it is also in time with the kick-off celebration for the 18-day Campaign to end Violence against Women.

Afterwards, the Tree Planting for Peace will also follow at 7:00a.m. along the sidewalk in the Government Center, Amapayon, this city.

On Nov. 26, the following activities will be conducted simultaneously in different venues: Bike for Peace, 7 a.m (city proper); Peace Offering through the Bloodletting, 9 a.m; and Tri-people Consultation for Peace, 8 a.m, both to be held at the St. Peter College Seminary.

On Nov. 28, 7 a.m, a tribal organization will be spearheading the Tribal Dialogue and Assembly among the Indigenous Peoples to be held in Bunaguit, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

Also, the Peace Forum and Symposium is set on Nov. 29 at the St. Peter College Seminary with the topics – Climate Change and its impact on Peace, and Internal Security and Peace.

Finally, on Nov. 30, the MWOP celebration will culminate at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Formation Center, in time with the CCPD’s 5th Anniversary and Awarding Search for Best by the DILG-Caraga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

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City official cites importance of morality to achieve peace and order

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA)
-– Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun of this city said Wednesday that uplifting morality of the people will lead to achieving peace and order.

Speaking before the participants of the 2011 National Moral Recovery Program Congress held in one of the local convention centers here, Fortun pointed out that in achieving peace and order in the community, it should start with the basic foundation in the family for which moral upbringing of an individual should be considered.

Fortun also said that prosecuting and enforcing legality that will put criminals to jail is the last solution to all the crimes that have been happening.

“The most important is the moral values which emanate in each family,” Fortun added.

Inspite of this, the official said the city government through the police force is doing the best they can in order to solve, if not, to minimize crime incidence in the city.

It can be recalled that series of robbery, holdups and even murders happened in the past days here which alarmed the people of Butuan putting the Philippine National Police on a heightened alert status.

Meanwhile, some 237 participants from the government and private sectors attended the congress hosted by the city government here. (PIA-Caraga)

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DILG, DTI and AECID capacitate LGUs on Local Investment Incentives Code

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA)
–- In accordance with the recently issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2011-01 dated October 12, 2011, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Trade and Industry Region XIII, in partnership with Agencia EspaƱola de Cooperacion para el Desarrollo (AECID) under its Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines (SLGP) Project, conducted a Local investment Incentives Code Formulation Workshop for selected local government units recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The activity aimed to capacitate the participants on the formulation or revision of their investment incentives code to enhance the competitiveness of the investment climate in their local government units.

This was participated by the cities of Bayugan, Surigao and Tandag and the municipalities of Buenavista and Carmen, Agusan del Norte, San Francisco and Esperanza of Agusan del Sur, San Jose of Dinagat Islands, Mainit of Surigao del Norte and Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.

The participants of each city and municipality were the Sanggunian Member Chair on Trade and Commerce, Secretary to the Sanggunian, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer (LEIPO, Assessor, Treasurer and Planning and Development Coordinator.

The main speakers of the activity were: Lourdes Ellen N. Kionisala, officer-in-charge of the Board of Investments (BOI) Cagayan de Oro City Office and Nemesio Maceren, assistant regional director of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) Region XIII.

The two-day activity ended with the presentation and critiquing of their action plans on the formulation and revision of their investment incentives code. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)