1.03.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

“Sendong” victims in Barobo receive relief goods

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Surigao del Sur Chapter and the provincial government here today distributed relief goods and items to victims of “Sendong” in Barobo town.

The distribution was held at the municipal gymnasium and some 78 families received food and non-food items from Gov. Johnny Pimentel and PRC Chapter Administrator Abel De Guzman.

In an interview, De Guzman said the recipients are families whose houses were totally damaged.

It can be recalled that last December 28-29, the team already conducted relief goods distribution to some 547 families in Lingig, Tagbina, Brgy. Caguyao, Bislig City and Hinatuan. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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Agusan del Norte municipalities receive vegetable seeds from PAO

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA)
–- All the 10 municipalities of the province of Agusan del Norte have received vegetable seeds from the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO

PAO chief Maria Abastillas said for 2011, farmers from the municipalities were able to receive high value commercial crops seeds, particularly vegetables.

The PAO chief said this is in line with the agriculture assistance program of the provincial government, where farmers are given these crops to increase vegetable production, through the municipal agriculture offices.

“Ubos sa maong programa, aduna kita’y mga beneficiaries sa nagkalain-laing mga munisipyo… Nakahatag ta ani og mga assistance pinaagi sa pagpang-apud-apod og mga vegetable seeds,” Abastillas said.

(Under the said program, we have beneficiaries from different municipalities… We have given them assistance through distribution of vegetable seeds.)

The official further said that the program will be continued this year to ensure livelihood sustainability of the farmers. (PIA-Caraga)

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PNP official grateful to Caraga police for not firing guns on New Year’s eve

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-– An official from the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Caraga Region expressed his gratitude to all the police men and women of the region for not firing their issued firearms during the New Year’s eve celebration.

In an interview with a radio station here this morning, PSSupt David Ombao, PNP-Caraga Directorial Staff said with the zero casualty on indiscriminate firing, it shows that police officers in all the provinces of Caraga Region were not able to fire their issued guns and firearms.

Ombao stressed that the police officers in the region are disciplined and professionals that they have followed the orders and directives of the higher authorities of the country’s police force.

The official said that although there were two cases of firecracker-related incidents recorded, the victims only incurred minor injuries.

With this, Ombao said this is a very successful undertaking of the PNP as well as the other government agencies in an effort to have a peaceful and injury-free celebration of New Year in the region.

To date, the number of casualties remains to be the same, according to police report. (PIA-Caraga)
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PNP-Caraga hopeful for “zero casualty” in 2013 New Year

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-– Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Caraga Region is hopeful that the region will have again a “zero casualty” for 2013 New Year celebration as far as indiscriminate firing is concerned.

This developed after the PNP reported that there was no incident on victims of stray bullet as the region celebrated the New Year’s eve. However, two victims were reported to have been injured because of firecrackers.

In an interview aired in a local radio station here, PSSupt David Ombao, PNP-Caraga Directorial Staff said the entire PNP force in the region is happy to know that there were no civilians reported hit by a stray bullet.

“Meron tayong naitalang dalawang insidente na firecracker-related at masaya po tayo na walang naging biktima ng ligaw na bala,” Ombao said.

(We have recorded two incidents on firecracker-related and we are happy that there was no victim on stray bullet.)

Ombao further said this also indicates that there was no policeman that fired their issued firearms during the New Year’s eve celebration.

With this, PSSupt. Ombao lauded the entire police force of the region for adhering to the directives issued by top officials of the PNP in Camp Crame.

When asked what will the PNP-Caraga do if there is a police officer found to have fired their issued firearms, the official said they will not hesitate to conduct thorough investigation and if found guilty, the suspect will be dealt with accordingly.

“Managot ang dapat managot upang hindi pamarisan,” Ombao said.

(Those who are responsible must answer what was accorded by the law so that nobody will follow.)

Further, the official said that there will no more casualty as the Caraganons will celebrate the 2013 New Year.

“Sana, wala nang casualty na mangyayari sa susunod na pagdiriwang ng New Year dito sa Caraga Region, mapa-indiscriminate firing man o firecracker-related,” he added.

(I hope there will be no more casualties in the next celebration of New Year here in Caraga Region, may it be on indiscriminate firing or firecracker-related incidents.)

Meanwhile, Ombao congratulates the region’s PNP through the leadership of PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal for the successful campaign against indiscriminate firing. (PIA-Caraga)
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Infra projects in Butuan City to be completed in 2012

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-– “Infrastructure projects for this city are set for completion this year,” said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Butuan City District Engineering Office (BCDEO) chief Engr. Nicolas Alameda.

Engr. Alameda said their office is determined to finish the projects they started in 2011 before 2012 ends.

Specifically, Alameda said the drainage systems which are placed in different strategic areas in the city, as well as the construction of Bancasi-Dumalagan and Ampayon-Sumilihon Roads are among the priority projects set for completion.

Alameda said as early as first quarter of this year, they will continue the construction of the said projects.

“Thus, it is expected that these will be used as early as possible,” he added.

However, Alameda stressed that if these will not be completed on the first quarter, they will see to it that said projects will be finished before the end of this year. (PIA-Caraga)

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Recent flood in Agusan del Sur affects 12,104 families

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-- Victims of the recent flood that occurred on the last week of December 2011 reached 12,104 families from the seven municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan, partial reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC) revealed.

However, no casualty was recorded.

The municipality of Rosario, who were the first to call the help of the PDRRMO, have the highest number of affected families with a total of 4,147 families. It was followed by Prosperidad with 3,672 families. Ranked third is the municipality of Veruela with 3,200 families. Other areas had the following figures: San Luis with 408, Loreto with 220 families, Bayugan City with 179 families, Esperanza with 150 families and San Francisco with 128 families or 548 persons.

Among the affected families, 3,033 have seek temporary shelter at the various evacuation centers like the municipal gymnasium, schools, churches, barangay and municipal halls at the height of the flood.

According to Roberto Natividad, head of the PDRRMO, they immediately dispatched search and rescue teams with rubber boats and rescue vehicles to the municipality of Rosario and San Francisco who were the first two municipalities to seek the help of the PDRRMO.

Partial reports from the PDRRMC also revealed three schools from San Luis namely San Gabriel Elementary School, Binongan Elementary School and Magsaysay Elementary school were partially damaged while 40 houses from Don Alejandro and another 15 from Dona Flavia still in San Luis were also partially damaged. Four houses from Veruela town were totally damaged.

The City of Bayugan and the municipality of Loreto were the first to submit reports of the damages caused by the floods to rice and corn fields in their respective municipalities, totalling P6,119,481.

An approach portion of Langkilaan bridge in Barangay Sta. Maria, Trento falls and became impassable to traffic while Bridge 2 in Mambaos, Loreto submerged at the height of the flood. Portion of the national road were also reportedly unpassable when the volume of flood waters overflow the road at around 11:00 PM on December 26, but had immediately subsided after around three hours, the DPWH reported.

In a meeting the following day, December 27, Gov. Adolph Edward called and ordered the Provincial Social Welfare and Development office to produce immediately relief goods and deliver them to affected areas.

To date, a total of 2,836 families in three most affected municipalities namely Rosario, La Paz and Talacogon were already served with 279 bags of rice, 200 cases of sardines, 635 cases of noodles and other relief items like coffee, sugar, milo and milk for the children. The relief distribution still continues until reporting time. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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DSWD, inaugurates 25 core shelter units in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte

by Leah G. Quintana

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA)
-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Office and the local government unit (LGU) of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte inaugurated 25 units of core shelter built in Barangay Caloc-an in December 2011.

These core shelter units are built through DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Program or CSAP. The project aims to reduce the number of homeless families every year by providing a structurally strong indigenous shelter which can withstand approximately 180-220 kph wind velocity, earthquake of moderate intensity and other similar hazards.

It also maximizes participation and draw commitment of the beneficiaries and the whole neighborhood to make the shelter unit livable and to maintain structurally strong housing standards.

Further, the project develops and promotes the value of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the community.

The beneficiaries of CSAP are organized into Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA), which promotes collective action in realizing the goals of the project. The association also addresses the vulnerabilities of the community while empowering beneficiaries to make the core shelter livable and more sustainable.

Magallanes Mayor Demosthenes H. Arabaca enjoined the 25 family beneficiaries to take care of the new houses saying, “Since you deserve this core shelter project, you take care of these houses just as you take care of yourselves.”

The 25 families who benefited the project come from low-lying areas in some barangays of Magallanes that are easily flooded. Each family beneficiary received P 70,000.00 for the materials from DSWD while the local government of Magallanes provided the lot where the houses now stand. The LGU also provided for the labor cost.

Bukas Neighborhood Association (BANASA) president Edwin Anida was all smiles while thanking the DSWD and LGU for this project.

“Mapasalamaton kami sa nagpasiugda aning proyekto kay inyong kaming gihatagan og bag-ong kapuy-an," Anida said.

(We are thankful to the initiators of this project for giving us our new home).

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat graced the occasion together with Mrs. Angelita Amista, Chief, Operations Division of DSWD Caraga, the municipal legislators headed by Vice Mayor Margarito Auguis, Ms. Miriam Pagaran, representative of Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba. Fr. Silverio Relova blessed the new shelter units. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Pangulong Aquino padayon pagpokus sa mga programa nga makapalambo sa ekonomiya sa 2012

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 3 (PIA)
-- Ang Malacañang mipasalig sa katawhang Filipino nga si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III magpadayon pagpokus sa mga programa nga makahatag og kaayuhan sa tanan labi na sa ekonomiya sa nasud, lakip ang walay puas nga paningkamot sa gobyerno pagwagtang sa korupsyon sa nasod.

Atol sa iyang unang media briefing alang sa Bag-ong Tuig 2012 didto sa Malacañang kagahapon, si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda gipasaligan ang saad sa Pangulo ngadto sa katawhan nga iya ng naunang gisulti sa iyang mensahe sa pagtapos sa tuig niadtong imaging semana.

“The President is continuously focusing on improving the economy as he has stated in his yearend message, we will improve the economy, we will continue to provide service to the poor, our advocacy against graft and corruption will still continue,” si Lacierda miingon.

Sa kabahin nga ang impeachment proceedings batok kang Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona makaapekto sa Pangulo sa pokos sa paghimo niya sa iyang trabaho, si Lacierda mipasalig nga ang maong Constitutional procedure dili, bisan sa unsang paagi, makaapekto kang Pangulong Aquino sa iyang mga paningkamot aron moserbisyo sa nasod ug sa katawhan.

“Primarily the impeachment has now been diverted to the Senate… and the Senate will be the main focus of the impeachment trial,” si Lacierda miingon.

“The impeachment (proceedings) will not be a distraction for the President…not at all,” siya midugang.

Niadtong Disyembre 12, 2011, mokabat sa 188 ka mga miyembro sa House of Representatives ang mipirma sa impeachment complain batok kang Chief Justice Corona, og gipaabot usab didto sa Senado. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigaonon News: Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas mipadayag nan ija pasalamat sa tanan misuporta sa ija administrasyon

ni Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 3 (PIA)
-- Usa ka thanksgiving mass ang gepahigayon kagahapon nga adlaw sa may 6:30 nan buntag diha na sa San Nicolas Cathedral, gepanguluhan mismo ni Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas lakip na usab an mga opisyal nan syudad ug mga empleyado.

Dayun ang staff meeting sa Mayor’s Conference Room diin mipadayag si Mayor Matugas sa ija daku karajaw nga pasalamat sa mingsuporta nija sa ija mga plano ug programa nga gepahigayon adtong tuig 2011 sija mapasalamaton nga an tanan department heads nan syudad mingtimbaya ug mingtababng sa ija, sa paghemu ug pag-implementar sa tanan butang nga makahatag ug karajawan sa syudad bisan pa nga jauy ija ingkaligsan na ija mga amigo ug kumpare pero matod pa niini sa ngayan nga amoy karajawan ug makatabang sa mga Surigaonons ija kusganong mingpatuman.

Samtang mapasalamaton isab si Mayor Matugas sa mga mintabang nga kompanya, ahensya ug uban pa nga mga negosyante sa pagtabang sa ato syudad nga magmalamboon na sa pagkakuman.

Dugang pa niini nga sija dili muhunong sa paghanap ug mga karajawan aron ibubo nganhe sa Surigao samtang ija na isab hatagan ug pagtagad an housing program karong tuiga lakip na an pagpadajun sa gesugdan nga agriculture and livestock projects. Sa tanan sija nagpasalamat ug nanghinaut nga untana muiban gehapon an tanan Surigaonon hangtod an ato syudad mas malamboon na sa hingpit. (Surigao City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)