12.26.2011

PIA News Service - Monday, December 26, 2011

BCPO chief: “No policemen fired guns on Christmas eve”

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA)
– Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director PSupt. Pedro Obaldo today said no policeman here has fired guns on Christmas Eve.

This is the assurance of the official in an interview with a local radio station here this morning, saying they have been monitoring all the police personnel to ensure that the public will have peaceful Christmas celebration.

He said police officers are responsible and have adhered to the order of the higher authorities, most especially that the directive comes from Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Nicanor Bartolome.

“Napakalinaw at napaka-specific po ng ating instruction sa mga pulis na i-monitor ang kapaligiran, bantayan ang kapwa pulis at kahit na sino mang sibilyan. Kung may namonitor na nagpapaputok, eh kailangan bigyan kaagad ng karampatang aksyon,” Obaldo said.


(Our instructions to the entire police force are very clear and specific. They have to watch over their comrades and civilian. If they happen to catch somebody fire a gun, proper action must be done immediately.)

Because of the successful undertaking, the official said gunfire ban will be intensified during the New Year’s Eve celebration. (PIA-Caraga)

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Christmas celebration in Butuan City generally peaceful, PNP says

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA)
– The entire city is peaceful during the celebration of Christmas, said Butuan City Police Director PSupt. Pedro Obaldo when asked on the PNP’s assessment on the city from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2011.

Supt. Obaldo said they were able to have a peaceful celebration of Christmas day because police officers strictly implemented directives by higher authorities.

The city director also said they have tightened the security to ensure that lawless elements cannot commit criminal acts.

“We have conducted the usual proceedings in a checkpoint where the driver’s license, certificate of registration and any other pertinent documents were asked for every single motorcycle that passes the checkpoint,” Obaldo said.

Obaldo further said checking of helmets was also conducted as stipulated in a city ordinance that was recently approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod here.

However, the official said they are not only focusing on inspecting motorcycles but also the four-wheel vehicles to ensure safety of those who are on board.

He added that the idea of coming up with such inspection in the checkpoints came after concerned citizens and local media sent feedback to police regarding vehicles operating in the city in spite of the lack of documents the driver has such as certificate of registration, driver’s license, and the like.

Obaldo added that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is determined to solve reported carnapping incidents during the previous days and let perpetrators answer according to what have been stipulated in the law.

According to PNP, no crimes related to gun-firing during the Christmas Eve have been reported yet.

The official further said they are more intensifying their force as the celebration of New Year is fast approaching. (PIA-Caraga)

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“Sendong” left one injured, 567 families affected in Agusan del Sur

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 26 (PIA)
- At the height of strong winds brought about by tropical storm Sendong in Agusan, one person was injured, 597 families were affected, 48 houses were totally damaged and another 216 were partially damaged.

Tammy Payot, 25 years old from Poblacion, San Francisco, was one of the Agusanons who were affected by the storm. Payot broke his right leg while he was helping others clear the road near the Adlayan Bridge along the national highway from Butuan City to Davao City. He was immediately brought to the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital where his injured leg was cut.

Of the 13 municipalities and one city in Agusan del Sur, only four of these have sent reports to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC).

In Prosperidad, 24 families or 160 persons were affected in seven barangays, while 37 families or 140 persons were also affected in seven barangays in the municipality of Rosario. In Loreto, 189 families or 1,134 persons were affected while 347 families or 2,083 persons were also affected in only one barangay Sabang Adgawan in La Paz.

Because of unexpected strong winds, families affected evacuated to their relatives’ and friends’ houses instead of the assigned evacuation centers.


Almost 253 hectares of rice and cornfield with an estimated cost of P3 million were damaged.

At the height of the strong winds, PDRRMC action officer Roberto Natividad immediately dispatched a search and rescue team to clear the block roads. Natividad asked LDRMMCs to be vigilant while advising people in identified disaster prone areas to go to safer areas or designated evacuation centers. Natividad also advised the LDRRMCs to conduct assessment of damages in their respective areas and to submit report to PDRRMC.

The provincial government also dispatched a team of Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur to Cagayan de Oro City to help in the retrieval operations.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, meanwhile, is currently distributing relief goods to most affected areas in Agusan del Sur while warnings and advisory continue as moderate rainfall continue province-wide. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Surigao City, Dinagat Islands on alert level 1 due to continuous rainfall

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Dec. 26 (PIA)
-– Alert level one was raised early today, in Surigao City and the province of Dinagat Islands following the continuous rains which started Sunday morning, Dec. 25 brought about by a low pressure area West Northwest of Butuan City.

City Vice-Mayor Danilo Menor said an alert level one was hoisted in Surigao City upon recommendation from local Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) chief Jun Arpon.

A similar declaration was also hoisted in the province of Dinagat Islands (PDI), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Deputized Coordinator Rosario Roxas said.

With this, the public especially the residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

The local disaster risk reduction and management councils are also alerted for possible pre-emptive evacuation in their respective areas of responsibility.

Based on PAGASA’s 24-hour rainfall observation, amount and duration, the total rainfall in the entire province has reached at 93.0mm.

As of press time, light to moderate rains continue falling in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Diwa sa Pasko, natagamtaman sa mga Caraganons

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA)
-- Nahimong sentro sa homily ang mga biktima ni bagyong Sendong sa bag uhay pa lamang natapos nga misa atol sa pagsaulog sa pasko.


Gipangunahan mismo ni Diocese of Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos ang nasangpit nga misa diin nahimong sentro ang kamahinungdanon sa pasko og pag-ampo alang sa mga biktima sa kalamidad.

Nabati kaayo karon sa mga Butuanons ang hapsay nga pasko diin gikanayong nagmalampuson ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno sa gihingusgang casualty reduction tungod sa wala pay natalang disgrasya pipila ka minuto human ang pasko.

Pabiling madag-umon ang kawanangan sa Butuan samtang nakasinati usab og pag-ulan ang ubang bahin sa rehiyon sa Caraga. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Task force gimugna aron paghiusa ug pagpalig-on sa performance monitoring sa mga ahensya sa gobyernong nasyunal.

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 26 (PIA)
– Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino, III mimugna og inter-agency task force nga mopadali, mohiusa ug modugang pagpakusog sa sistema sa pagmonitor ug pagtaho sa kalihukan sa ahensya sa gobyernong nasyunal.

Ang Administrative Order No. 25, nga gipirmahan sa Pangulo niadtong Disyembre 21, gitinguha ang pagpalambo sa instrumento sa kooperasyon nga maoy garantiya sa “unified and integrated” Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) sa tanang mga departamento ug ahensya sa gobyerno.

“In line with the President’s commitment to streamline processes and systems in the bureaucracy, as well as his administration’s commitment to transparency, accountability, participatory and effective governance, our office initiated efforts to bring into line and integrate government performance monitoring systems,” miingon si Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. niadtong Sabado.

“We conducted several meetings on this with NEDA, Presidential Management Staff (PMS), DBM, CSC and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), and it was the consensus that there is a need for a cost-effective and integrated framework to simplify existing reporting mechanisms used by the oversight agencies and ensure that the data requirements are met by the reports submitted by the government agencies,” sa iyang pagdugang.

Matud ni Ochoa, nagkalain-laing mga komitiba sa mga ahensya ang kasamtangan gitahasan sa nagkalin-lain nga mga performance monitoring and reporting system sulod sa Executive Branch nga nagresulta sa pabalik-balik nga datos, mga taho nga lahi ang mga porma, dilatar nga pagsumiter, dili tukma nga mga resulta ug dili epektibo nga performance evaluation and reporting.

Sa kasamtangan ang gitahasan nga mga ahensya sama sa National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) migamit sa Results Matrix; ang Department of Budget and Management (DBM), ang Organizational Performance Indicators Framework (OPIF); ang Civil Service Commission, Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS); ug Career Executive Service Board (CESB), ang Career Executive Service Performance Evaluation System (CESPES).

Apan sa paghimo sa maong inter-agency task force, si Ochoa miingon usa ka Common Set Performance Scorecard and Government Executive Information System ang pagamugnaon ug idesenyo, aron masulbad ang kakulangon ug pagpareho sa kasamtangang mga performance monitoring system ug processes.

“In order to attain Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact status, the Philippine government had previously committed three Policy Improvement Processes (PIPs) to further improve good governance. One of them is the introduction and institutionalization of a balanced scorecard framework,” si Ochoa mipasabot.

“So, there is a need for this unification of the efforts of government agencies mandated to exercise broad oversight of government agencies’ performance relative to our commitments and targets, as well as the National Leadership’s Agenda and Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.”

Gimandoan usab ni Pangulong Aquino ang task force nga mosumiter kaniya sulod sa unom ka bulan sa mga rekomendasyon niini sa RBPMS. Ang pundo alang sa maong task force hinatag gikan sa DBM. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)