PIA News Service - Thursday, January 5, 2012

10 confirmed dead in COMVAL landslide; 150 still missing, Gov says

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
-- Provincial Governor Arturo Uy confirmed reports that a landslide occurred today at Sitio Diat Uno, Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostella Valley.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo-Butuan this morning, Gov. Uy said the tragedy occurred at around 3:00 a.m. in the mining area of Diat Uno.

Gov. Uy said that as of 10:00 a.m., 25 dead bodies were already recovered. Most of the victims were miners. He added around 150 people are still missing.

The official stressed the concerned agencies of the local government unit (LGU) were already mobilized, as well as the Philippine Army (PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the conduct of rescue and retrieval operations.

Uy said the priority of the LGU as of the moment is to conduct rescue and retrieval operations, especially to the survivors so that they will be brought to hospital for treatment.

The province’s local chief executive added they are seeking for some assistance in the nearby LGUs and private mining companies.

Uy, quoting reports, said that the victims were sleeping when the incident happened. “Umuulan kasi dito these past days (It had been rainting these past days)," the governor said.

The continuous rains in some areas in Mindanao were brought about by a low pressure area (LPA).

According to PAGASA, as of 2:00 a.m. today, tail-end of a cold front is affecting Southern Luzon and the Visayas regions, and wind convergence is affecting Mindanao. (PIA-Caraga)
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BCPO chief vows to run after holdup suspects

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
-- Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director, PSupt. Pedro Obaldo today said he and the entire police force of the city are determined to run after suspects of series of holdups that took place on the first week of January.

Obaldo said in an interview that they are presently conducting thorough investigations on the series of holdup which victimized businessmen here.

He also said that while the BCPO conducts investigations, police personnel are also formulating strategies to solve the problem.

“Pinag-aaralan na po nating mabuti ‘yan…Alam n’yo kasi ang PNP ay maraming mga guidelines, policies o mga solusyon para sa isang partikular na sitwasyon o problema… Tayo po ay namimili kung anong strategy na ‘yun ang iimplement natin,” Obaldo said.

(We are looking into it… You know, PNP has many guidelines, policies or solutions to be undertaken for a particular situation or problem… and we are going to select what strategy to be implemented.)

With this, the official asked the public to give the police ample time to conduct investigations and solve the prevailing problems.

Among the establishments robbed were the Negros Navigation Superferry Ticketing Outlet located at Lopez Jaena Street, Brgy Humabon, Butuan City.

Investigation revealed that the suspect initially pretended as a customer and once inside, drew his gun, fired it and declared hold-up.

The suspect managed to take the money from cashier’s drawer amounting to Php 7,000 and then fled aboard a motorcycle. (PIA-Caraga with PNP-13 report)
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LGU-Agusan del Norte to craft Prov’l Tourism Plan

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
-- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte will soon craft a tourism development plan.

Mr. Edgar Plaraca, Jr., Provincial Information Officer, in an interview with a local radio station here this morning said the provincial executive department is at present gathering data from the municipalities.

He said the province’s executive department is now waiting for the municipal tourism officers to submit their municipal tourism plans. “After they have submitted these plans, the province will finalize the crafting of the plan,” Palarca said. (PIA-Caraga)

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Businessmen, entrepreneurs urged to renew business permits early

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
– Chief of Business Licensing and Permit Division Paul Cabrera called on businessmen and entrepreneurs to renew their licenses and permits early to avoid penalties.

The deadline for the renewal of business permits and licenses is until January 20 only, said Cabrera in an interview with local radio here. Beyond the said date, a 25 percent penalty will be imposed on applications.

Last Monday, more than 300 individuals have already renewed their permits. Fifty (50) percent of applications were already issued issued a mayor’s permit.

Cabrera also said that sari-sari (or convenience) store owners should get and/or renew their permits only from the city hall.

He further said that only the mayor can issue business permits and the barangays will only issue documents as one of the requirements in the securing the required permits from the city. (PIA-Caraga)

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P156-M support fund to LGUs released by DILG, DBM

by Mary Christine Anthonette Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have released a total of P156 million to selected LGUs in Caraga Region under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

Funds were released to some LGUs that have been awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). The DILG awards the SGH to promote good governance among local governments.

In Caraga Region, four provinces, six cities and 66 municipalities have been awarded the SGH. Three newly converted cities, however, are not entitled to the LGSF since they will receive a bigger Internal Revenue Allotment for 2012.

The funds shall be utilized as capital expenditure and only for the following types of projects: a) rural electrification; b) local roads connection national roads; c) arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges; d) local economic enterprises; e) flood control and drainage; and f) priority projects of the National Government such as Millenium Development Goals, Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Topping the list of LGUs in Caraga Region is Butuan City which received P60 million. (PIA-Caraga)

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Filipino investor interested in Nonoc mining revival

by Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)
-- A Filipino investor is interested in the revival of Nonoc Nickel mine of Philnico Industrial Corp. (Philnico), City Mayor Ernesto Matugas confirmed recently.

Matugas said San Miguel Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramon Ang is now seriously considering the re-opening of the said refinery located in Nonoc Island.

Matugas said he personally persuaded Ang to invest in the said company while he was in Manila and that negotiations are still on-going.

Matugas said he expects at least 8,000 new jobs will be created if the project pushes thru. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigaonon News: Programa sa pang-Agrikultura nan syudad sa Surigao mas gipalapdan pa

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 5 (PIA) -
Programa sa pang-Agrikultura sa syudadmas gipalapdan pa kini matod pa ni City Agriculturist Mr. Isaias Elumba bag-uhay pa lamang.

Si Elumba miingon nga gawas sa mga fisherfolks parapernalia nga gipang-apud-apud nan syudad sa pagpanguyo mismo ni Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas ngadto na sa mga island barangays lakip isab diri sa mainland ubay-ubay pa nga mga aktibidades ang ilang gihimo.

Sama sa pag-asister nila sa City Veterinary Office pina-agi ni Dr. Alan Quenes nan turn-over ceremony sa mga irrigation system, pagpanhatag ug coffee seeds, baktin ug kabaw sa pipila na ka mga baranggay ug kini epadayon pa hangtud karong tuiga. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Aquino miaprobar sa Freedom of Information Bill nga gihimo sa Palasyo

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 5 (PIA)
– Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III miaprobar sa proposal sa Palasyo kalabot na sa Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) nga nakahan-ay sa kongreso, diin kini nanawagan nga gikinahanglan ang pag-abli sa impormasyon sa gobyerno aron maseguro ang transparency sa mga transaksyon sa gobyerno.

Ang Pangulo nakigtagbo kagahapon sa buntag nila Secretary Florencio Abad, Rene Almendras, Ricky Carandang, Edwin Lacierda ug Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III aron tukion ang detalye sa Freedom of Information Bill.

Si Quezon, nga maoy midala sa FOI bill didto sa Pangulo, miingon atol sa press conference didto sa MalacaƱang kagahapon nga sila mihimo og mga pagtuki uban ang nagkadaiyang mga hingtungdan sulod sa pipila ka mga bulan kalabot sa maong balaodnon base sa mga instruksyon sa ni Pangulong Aquino.

Siya miingon ilang gipresenta ang mga resulta sa mga konsultasyon ug mga pagtoon ngadto sa Pangulo atol sa panagtagbo kagahapon Miyerkules.

“And the President’s marching orders to us was and this is his words: ‘to push ahead with the Freedom of Information,’” matud pa ni Quezon.

Apan, si Quezon mipasabot nga ang Pangulo mihangyo nga kuhaon ang gitanyag nga Information Commission gikan sa maong suhestyon kay matud pa sa Pangulo kini makadugang lamang sa hut-ong sa burukrasya.

“The overall intention of this whole exercise, besides to make it as democratic and consultative as possible, was precisely because we were all working under the view that we have to make the constitutional injunction making information a right of the public a living reality,” si Quezon miingon.

Sa dihang gipanguta kanus-a ang gikatakdang pagpasar sa maong balaodnon, siya miingon kini mag-agad sa liderato sa duha ka mga balay sa kongreso. Apan siya miingon adunay panagsabot matag magbabalaod nga himoon kining maong balaodnon nga usa ka dakong kahimoan sa 15th Congress.

Mga input sa bag-ong bersyon, ang Tanada bill, lakip pinaagi sa mga amendasyon sa maong proposal nga kasamtangang nakahan-ay sa Kongreso.

Samtang dili tanang impormasyon ang pwedeng mapagawas ngadto sa publiko, siya miingon, ang kinatibuk-ang kamandoan mao nga ang impormasyon kinahanglan kanunay aduna ngadto sa katawhan basta lang dili kadtong gikonsiderar nga gidiling impormasyon.

Kini nga lihitimong mga eksipyon naglakip sa impormasyon nga makadaot sa abilidad sa estado sa pagprotektar sa kalinaw ug kahapsay, mga diplomatic nga relasyon sa laing mga nasod, ug kadtong makabisto sa mga operasyon sa pulisya ug militar.

Ang Pangulo mipadayag sa iyang pagsuporta sa FOI bill dihang siya midagan pagka Pangulo niadtong Mayo 2010. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)