1.02.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, January 2, 2011

PNP-Caraga records zero indiscriminate firing incident

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Office today assured the public that no policeman in the region have fired his or her firearms during the celebration of New Year’s eve.

PSSupt David Ombao, PNP-Caraga Directorial Staff and Chief of the Regional Intelligence Division confirmed this during the ceremonial removal of sealed gun muzzles of the PNP personnel held this morning at Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad this city.

Supt. Ombao said all police stations in the region reported that no police officer has fired his or her issued firearms during New Year’s eve celebration.

This, according to Ombao is an indication that PNP’s campaign towards a peaceful celebration of New Year is successful and police officers region-wide adhered to the directives of PNP top officials.

Ombao also said the entire police force is grateful because as of today, only two firecracker-related incidents were recorded and said victims have only incurred minor injuries.

The official said the low incident rate due to firecrackers is the result of the massive campaigns of concerned government agencies like the PNP and Department of Health (DOH).

With this development, Ombao lauded the joint efforts of the public and private stakeholders to make the New Year’s celebration in Caraga Region more peaceful and injury-free. (PIA-Caraga)


PAO to distribute palay, corn seeds to Agusan del Norte farmers

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- Due to the low production of corn in 2011, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Agusan del Norte is set to distribute hybrid palay and corn seeds to farmers in the province.

According to PAO chief Maria Abastillas, this move is to help the farmers in the province to increase their rice and corn production this year.

Abastillas also said this will help the farmers increase their income, especially if the province will experience good weather compared to the previous year.

The PAO chief said some 86 bags of hybrid rice and 138 bags of corn seeds are set to be distributed to ensure that farmers will have an early harvest.

In an earlier interview, the official said they were not able to achieve their target of planting 4,710 hectares of corn, and instead, they were only able to plant some 4,574.5 hectares due to the series of flooding experienced by the province in 2011.

Abastillas also said that out of the 4,710 hectares planted, only 3,467.8 hectares of which were successfully harvested.

The official said the distribution of the aid hybrid palay and corn seeds are part of the program of the provincial government on farming and agriculture development. (PIA-Caraga)


SMWD opposes miners’ group petition to declare portion of Parang-parang watershed into 'Minahan ng Bayan'

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) Board of Directors recently issued a resolution opposing the petition of Nagkahiusang Gagmay’ng Minero - United Small-Scale Miners (NAGAMI) to declare a mineral land covering an area of 20 hectares located at Barangays Mat-I and Mabini of Surigao City into a People’s Small-Scale Mining Area or ‘Minahan ng Bayan.’

In a board resolution dated December 16, 2011, the SMWD, which operates and manages the water system and is tasked to provide efficient, reliable, safe and potable water supply to the entire city, vehemently opposes the petition which was filed by NAGAMI and was published in the local newspaper on December 5-11 for the reason that the proposed tunnel mining and the Parang-parang Watershed is so close and could easily be encroached by tunneling the area within the watershed boundary which contains high grade ore as evidenced in the previous illegal mining activities.

The Parang-parang Watershed, the main source of water supply of the city, has been declared a protected area by virtue of President Proclamation No. 635 signed in August 29, 1990 by former President Corazon C. Aquino.

The resolution also stated that “the remaining forest cover of the watershed is endangered as cutting of trees to be used as timber support for tunnel mining, bunkhouses and other needs using wooden materials continues and could not be abated.”

“That mining process involves chemicals and other hazardous substances which will contaminate the environment and will surely affect the quality of our water,” it stated.
The resolution further said that "all the effluence, run-off mine and mill waste carrying toxic material will eventually find its course to Surigao River – the future water source of the city.”

The board also argued that the city has been experiencing water shortages for long in spite of several reforestation and protection projects implemented in the watershed; thus, they cannot betray their mandate to protect the source of the city’s potable drinking water. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


TESDA-Surigao del Sur offers free 3-months training in electronics

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office in Surigao del Sur is offering free three-months training in electronics.

According to TESDA Provincial Director Rey Cueva, the said training is in partnership with Tandag City Mayor Alexander “AYEC” Pimentel through the Access for Youth and Employment Center (AYEC) program.

The undertaking is also supported by Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel with the Jobs through Tech-Voc Program (JTP), and the office of Congressman Philip Pichay.
Meanwhile, Allan Millan, Supervising Technical Education and Skills Development Specialist said classes will start on January 12, 2012.

Accordingly, qualified enrollees are should be at least a high school graduate and must be 18 to 45 years old.

Interested applicants may bring a high school diploma, birth certificate, 3 pcs. of 1 X 1 ID picture with white background, at TESDA Provincial Office, this city. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


New Year celebration in Caraga Region generally peaceful, PNP says

by PSupt. Martin M. Gamba

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The New Year celebration in Caraga Region is generally peaceful as Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has recorded only two minor incidents, resulting to injuries to victims of firecrackers during the New Year’s eve celebration in the region.

Joseph Dela Cerna, 46 years old from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur and a 15 year-old female from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur incurred minor injuries on the right hand and on the right finger, respectively due to firecrackers. They were discharged from the hospital right after undergoing medical treatment. Meanwhile, the Office recorded zero incidents on stray bullet and indiscriminate firing.

PNP-Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal said this could be attributed to the massive information drive and campaign initiated by the different government agencies on the need to regulate or avoid the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

CSupt Rafal added that the creation of ordinances regarding Firecrackers Display Area and the Firecrackers Zone by Local Government Units also contributed to the desired end result. “In fact, police authorities, in its enforcement effort, confiscated assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in violation of Republic Act 7183 and specific local law (SP Resolution 769-99) amounting to P9,500,” Rafal said.

Also, playing an important role in the decrease of incidents involving indiscriminate firing is the simultaneous sealing and marking of firearm muzzles of PNP personnel of PRO 13 on December 27, 2011, personally supervised by PCSupt Rafal, to ensure that no member will attempt to use his or her issued firearm as part of merry-making during New Year revelry.

On this note, Gen. Rafal is thankful to all those who did their part in making Caraga peaceful during the celebration of New Year, especially the Local Government Units (LGU), the Religious Sectors, the Business Sectors, the Non-Government Organizations, the Community and the Tri-Media.

He said their collective and individual efforts immensely contributed to lessen the incidents and injuries, as compared in 2011 New Year celebration.

Moreover, Dir. Rafal is commending the entire police force in the region for a job well done, putting aside personal convenience and comfort in exchange for a peaceful, safe and injury-free New Year celebration. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Malacañang gipasidunggan ang agresibo nga kampanya sa gobyerno kontra paggamit sa delikadong paboto nga maoy hinungdan sa pag kunhod sa ihap sa mga firecracker-related injuries

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Enero 2 (PIA) – Ang Malacañang nalipay sa paunang mga taho sa mga awtoridad sa maayong panglawas nga ang pagselerabrar sa New Year karong tuiga malinawon “generally peaceful” uban ang pagkunhod og 13 porsyento sa mga nasamdan kalabot na sa paboto kumpara sa datos niaging tuig.

Si Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr. ug si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte mihatag og pasidungog sa maong resulta ngadto sa agresibo nga kampanya sa gobyerno kontra sa paggamit sa delikadong mga paboto ug uban pang mga materyales sa pagsugat sa Bag-ong Tuig.

“Tila nagbunga ang pagsisikap ng ating pamahalaan na ilayo sa mga paputok ang ating mga kababayan upang maiwasan ang panganib. Sana’y mapalitan na ang kaisipan natin ng isang higit na makabuluhang paraan ng pagdiriwang na ligtas at mas hindi nagdudulot ng pinsala at pagsisisi,” sulti ni Coloma sa iyang mensahe sa text nga gipadala ngadto sa mga reporter niadtong Domingo.

Samtang si Valte mipadayag usab sa susamang mensahe ug midugang nga bisan pa sa positibo nga mga taho, dili gihapon walaon sa gobyerno ang kampanya kontra sa paggamit og paboto.

“While the New Year celebration was generally peaceful, we will continue the aggressive campaign for the reduction of fireworks-related injuries. Better to celebrate the New Year with hope than spending it in the hospital,” siya miingon.

Kay bisan gani si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III aktibo gyud nga nagsuporta sa tinuig nga kampanya sa Department of Health (DOH) kontra paboto nga maoy nag-unang hinungdanan sa mga kadaot ug pagkamatay sa katawhan labi na sa mga kabataan nga duol niining mga butanga.

“Huwag na po ninyong tangkilikin ang mga paputok na ito; ipag-alaman din sa kinauukulan ang mga makitang nagtitinda o may tangan ng mga ito,” ang Pangulo miingon sa iyang pahinumdom ngadto sa mga Filipino pipila ka mga adlaw usa ang Bag-on Tuig, sa pagpasabot nga adunay laing luwas nga paagi sa pagselebrar sa maong okasyon.

Ang DOH mipatuman sa kampanya nini karong tuiga nga gitawag og APIR o Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction campaign uban ang tabang sa Philippine National Police ug uban pang mga ahensya sa pagpaningkamot nga makunhoran ang ihap sa mga kadaot sa paboto ug pagkamaty samtang magselebrar sa Bag-ong Tuig. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)