12.06.2011

PIA News Service - Tuesday, December 6, 2011

18,000 school desks set to be assembled as part of P-Noy’s Bayanihan Program

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Sec. Emmanuel Villanueva is set to visit Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) today for an inspection of the materials to be used in assembling 18,000 school desks. This is part of the P-Noy Bayanihan project in Caraga Region.

P-Noy Bayanihan project is an agreement between the DepEd, TESDA, Pagcor and DENR to provide school desks in the . The ASSAT was chosen as the production site.

Materials used in production were confiscated logs which the DENR turned over to the DepEd. These were then sawn at ASSAT using the equipment provided by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) for production of school desks.

The project region-wide has an estimated cost of P10 million, including labor cost, according to Norberto Dorado of TESDA.

“For three weeks now, we have been training out-of-school youth and people who are unemployed,” Dorado said. The training is being held at ASSAT. Involved in the production are the 50 to 100 carpenters.

According to Dorado, there are still logs ready for sawing at the ASSAT sawmill ground. The said logs could be made into 2,000 school desks. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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PNP-Butuan all set for Christmas, new year’s eves’ celebs

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- City Director PSSupt. Jose Carillo of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the entire police force here is already prepared as the city readies for the coming of Christmas and New Year’s eves’ celebrations.

According to the PNP chief of this city, he has already directed all the police officers here to tighten the security, especially in strategic areas where people usually go like in the major supermarkets and churches.

With the celebration of the Nightly Mass or “Simbang Gabi” that will start on the dawn of December 16, Carillo said police officers were already deployed in different churches to ensure that the public is secured during the nine-day novena masses.

“We have already issued directives to all police officers in the city and that deployment was already made to all churches in the city to ensure that the Butuanons can celebrate the activity peacefully and secured,” Carillo said in Tagalog.

Meanwhile, the city police director here warned the public to take extra precautionary measures against crimes such as robbery and holdup which are among the most common crimes happening in time with the “Simbang Gabi.”

“We need to be careful with these criminals because it is true to the fact that when there are flocks of people, more criminals are also enticed to do such criminal acts,” Carillo said.

The official also said the people should stay away from dark places as crimes always happened in these areas.

He added the public should also coordinate with the local police officers should they happen to meet people with suspicious acts. “In this way, they can be sure that they will be safe and protected,” Carillo said. (PIA-Caraga)

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SCAA should not be assigned to city streets – PNP chief

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General PCSupt. Nicanor Bartolome recently said members of the Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) should not be assigned in city streets, like the police officers.

This is the reaction of the PNP chief after the city government here has proposed to deploy some 125 SCAA members within the city to augment the police officers, in an effort to uphold peace and security in the city especially during Yuletide Season.

Bartolome said the city government should adhere to what is stipulated in law, where it is stated that these SCAA members should only be assigned to far-flung areas where there are no available police officers.

“This means that only police officers are given authority to maintain peace and order in the city whatever occasions that the city is undertaking,” Bartolome said.

However, in an interview with a local radio station here, City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima said that base on SCAA memo and guidelines, they can be assigned in vital installations in the city such as the city hall, motor pool, terminal, ports and other areas where properties of the city are need to be secured.

Culima explained what the PNP chief is pointing out is that SCAA members should not intervene and do police matters like apprehending suspects for robbery, stabbing, rape, holdup and other crimes.

Bartolome was here Friday when the Department of Health (DoH) Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga turned-over the new P10-million hospital to the management of PNP-Caraga. (PIA-Caraga)

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Assn. of Brgy Captains to construct embalming bldg. in Butuan

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) here is planning to construct an embalming building for indigent Butuanons.

This is the announcement made by ABC president and Banza Brgy. Capt. Nestor Amora in an interview with a local radio station here recently.

The official said this is part of the organization’s programs for 2012 in an effort to assist indigent Butuanons for the embalming of their cadavers.

To date, Amora said the league has only allocated budget for burial assistance to indigent residents in the city. He added the burial assistance does not include embalming fees.

Amora said the building will be constructed in Barangay San Vicente, this city. He added instead of the usual Php1,200 embalming fee, indigent people will only have to pay P300.

Amora, however, said the barangay captain will shoulder the Php300 embalming fee should the embalming building will already be constructed. “Thus, this lessens the burden of the bereaved family,” Amora said.

The ABC president of the city stressed the program was already approved by the city government and fund will be sourced out from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Furthermore, Amora said a two-hectare lot in Brgy. Pigdaulan here is planned to be purchased by ABC and be converted into a “Liga Cemetery” where indigent people can bury their dead loved ones. He added barangay officials of the city can also be buried in this cemetery dubbed as “Libingan ng mga Opisyales ng mga Barangay”.

Moreover, Amora said carpentry and machine shop building is also included in their 2012 plans and programs.

He said this will cater coffin-making, office tables and chairs. “Instead of buying coffins, office tables and chairs, the shop will do carpentry making,” he said.

Amora disclosed that this move of the ABC will also help in providing job opportunities as workforce will be needed in the construction of the building as well as the personnel who will man the embalming building and the carpentry and machine shop.

The program is also a promotion of good governance which is one of the flagship programs of the Aquino administration as stipulated in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. (PIA-Caraga)

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Diarrhea outbreak declared in Surigao City barangay

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- An outbreak of diarrhea disease was declared in Barangay Sukailang, this city, following the massive manifestation of its symptoms in hundreds of residents here.

Dr. Emmanuel Plandano, assistant city health officer, said that at least 117 residents from the said barangay were already affected by the disease since December 1, of which two were rushed to the Caraga Regional Hospital for immediate treatment.

Patients were experiencing severe stomachache and loose bowel movement, which are the usual symptoms of diarrhea.

To date, a total of 65 patients were already consulted by the city health authorities while 52 others are seeking with other medications.

Gorospe Menor, Communicable Disease Cluster coordinator, narrated that upon receipt of the report, their office immediately dispatched their surveillance team in the area and conducted a study and ocular inspection to identify the cause of the disease.

Menor theorized that the cause of the diarrhea outbreak has something to do with their drinking waters, which is believed to be contaminated.

The coordinator said their office has already launched an advocacy to some 80 residents at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the barangay aimed to minimize or eradicate the incidence in the area.

“We discussed the importance of environmental sanitation, proper food preparation, importance of using the toilet, proper handwashing and proper storage of drinking water,” she said.

Menor also said that they have also conducted a random rectal swab for Typhoid fever examination and the results will be released a week after.

“We also conducted a routine stool examination to some 13 patients, eight were diagnosed for Amoeba infections,” Menor added.

Menor said they have also coordinated with the Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) for technical assistance for the installation of chlorination device at the water reservoir, “as recommended by the team of Sanitation Inspectors of the office.” (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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PNRC-Surigao del Sur Chapter joins nationwide Million Volunteer Run

by Abel de Guzman

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- With the declaration of the United Nations this year as the International Year of the Volunteers, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - Surigao del Sur Chapter successfully conducted the nationwide Million Volunteer Run here on Sunday.

A total of 1,304 volunteer runners participated amidst the bad weather to show their support to the local chapter.

The participants run within the 4-kilometer route from Tandag City Boulevard - Bag-ong Lungsod – Dagocdoc – Telaje, Capitol Hills, Balilahan – Mabua and back to the Boulevard for a short program.

Meanwhile, a 30-minute HATAW exercise lead by the DepEd took place, while “arrozcaldo” was served by the local chapter to all volunteer runners.

To add more colors in the celebration, another activity was conducted by the local chapter to raise the much needed funds to help sustain its chapter operation through a “BINGO SOCIAL” at the Boulevard. (PNRC-SdS/PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Butuan City pioneers launching of e-Blotter in Mindanao

by Rio Connie Leah M. Flores

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The prime Crime Incident Reporting System in Mindanao was officially launched recently here in the presence of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Nicanor Bartolome.

To augment peace and order measures and prevent proliferation of crime incidents in the city, the electronic blotter (e-blotter) system of PNP was created to allow fast and accurate reporting of crime incidents and prevent tampering of police records.

Also, through this new system, the local police could easily track and monitor the efficiency in responding to various crime situations.

Accordingly, information from the PNP substations will be sent to the headquarters and then entered into the database.

This project is jointly developed by the Information Technology Management System (ITMS) and Directorate for Investigation in Detective Management (DIDM).

The launching of the e-blotter system was led by Bartolome and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., together with Cong. Jose S. Aquino II of the 1st Congressional District of Butuan City and Las Nieves, PNP-13 Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal and Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director Jose Carillo.

In his message, Bartolome acknowledged the support of the Local Government of Butuan, through Amante who donated six laptop units which were used for the said system.

Bartolome also appealed to Butuan PNP personnel headed Carillo to strive harder to bring the city crime rate lower as a response to the enormous support of the city government to the local PNP unit.

In his response, Mayor Amante cited the concerns of Butuanons over the recent series of incidents here.

“Though the number remains significantly lower compared to the previous year, we shall continue to pour out our best efforts to bring our crime rate even lower. The City Government of Butuan shall continue to support our police force in maintaining peace and order in Butuan City,” Amante said.

He added that promoting good family values will also mean promoting good behavior which translates to peace and harmony in the society.

The e-Blotter system is part of the good governance promoted by the administration of Mayor Amante, in support to the peace and security efforts of the Aquino administration as stipulated in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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CHR spearheads Nat’l Human Rights Consciousness Week celeb in Caraga

by Leonor C. Ledesma, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 6 (PIA) -- The Regional Office of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Caraga spearheaded the opening of the 2011 National Human Rights Consciousness Week (NHRCW) celebration on Monday, pursuant to R.A. 9201, which runs from December 4-10, 2011.

With this year’s theme: “End Impunity! Make Human Rights Our Way of Life”, CHR Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin M. Pintor stressed that impunity should be stopped. She also challenged the public to make human rights part of their daily walk.

Pintor added that impunity arises from a failure of government to meet its state obligations to investigate violations; take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for injuries suffered; ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations.

The region’s CHR chief urged the people to comply its obligation by respecting, protecting and fulfilling human rights.

“Non-compliance with state obligations is a human rights violation and whether the state complies with its obligations or not, it is important to distinguish the inability from the unwillingness of a State to comply with its treaty obligations,” Pintor said.

The official also stated that a state that is unable to carry out its obligations for reasons beyond its control has the burden of proving that this is the case. “A state not capable of proving inability due to forces reasonably beyond its control would be in violation of human rights,” she added

Meanwhile, PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director led the recitation of the “Panata sa Karapatang Pantao”.

The PNP is a member of the Inter-Agency Committee for the NHRCW which is tasked, among others, to take the lead in the preparation and implementation on how to celebrate the week through simple and appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The opening day activities for the celebration was attended by the different national government agencies in the region, PNP, 401st Brigade - Philippine Army and employees of the city government of Butuan. (CHR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Aquino miasaad sa pagpursige ug walay puas nga pagpangita og hustisya

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 6 (PIA) -– Uban sa pag-ingon ang pagbuot sa katawhan anaa luyo kaniya, si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III misaad sa pagsige ug walay puas sa iyang administrasyon sa pagpangita og hustisya, ingon nga siya walay intensyon sa pag-atras gikan sa iyang mandato sa pag protekta ug pagdepender sa konstitusyon.

Sa iyang pamulong atol sa 1st National Criminal Justice Summit kagahapon Lunes didto sa Manila Hotel, ang Pangulo miingon iyang gisumpaang responsibilidad isip Pangulo sa Pilipinas ang segurohon nga ang mga inhustisya nga nahitabo atol sa mga tuig sa Martial Law lakip usab ang mga nialegar nga korupsyon sa kanhi administrasyon ang kinahanglang dili na gyud masubli pa.

“Ngayon, bilang inyong Pangulo, may sinumpaan akong tungkulin — ang pangangalagaan at ipagtatanggol ang Konstitusyon, ipatupad ang mga batas nito, maging makatarungan sa bawat tao, at italaga ang aking sarili sa paglilingkod sa bansa,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“At bahagi ng aking mandato ang tiyaking hindi na maulit ang mga kadilimang nangyari noong panahon ng Martial law, at kung may gumawa man nito, ang siguruhing managot sila sa kanilang kasalanan,” siya midugang.

Iyang gipahinumdoman ng mga partisepante nga ang gahom sa pagmando dili usa ka titulo nga gituga ni bisan kinsa apan kini gituga sa katawhan ug mao nga kini responsilbilidad gyud niadtong mga nanumpa sa serbisyo nga moserbisyo sa interes sa katawhan.

“… ang nakasaad sa Artikulo 2, Seksyon 1 ng ating Saligang batas: ang ganap na kapangyarihan ay nasa sambayanan, at ang lahat ng kapangyarihang pampamahalaan ay nagmumula sa kanila,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Kami pong mga nanumpa sa tungkulin ay iisa lamang ang pinagkakautangan ng loob — kayong mga Boss namin, ang sambayanang Pilipino. Narito kami para maglingkod sa ating bansa; at para may manilbihan nang buong katapatan at sigasig sa mga Pilipino,” siya namahayag.

Ang Pangulo miawhag sa tanang Filipino sa pakigbatok ug taposon ang dekada na nga problema sa korapsyon.

“Obligasyon ko, at obligasyon nating lahat na manatiling tumahak sa iisang direksyon, sa ilalim ng nagkakaisa nating adhikain: ang paglingkuran at pangalagaan ang interes ng sambayanan,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Sa lahat ng nakikibalikat sa atin sa tuwid na daan, manalig kayo: Hangga’t nasa tama tayo, wala tayong laban na aatrasan. Hanggang nasa likod natin ang taumbayan, magtatagumpay tayo. Huwag natin silang bibiguin,” siya miingon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)