PIA News Service - Thursday, March 22, 2012

P14.9M worth of illegal logs seized on joint gov't operations

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 22 (PIA)
-- Joint forces of national armed and environmental authorities confiscated an estimated 1.1 million board feet of logs and fletches, worth about P14.9 million here in Caraga region.

These operations to bust illegal logging activities and environmental laws violations were done together by the Philippine National Police, Department of Natural Resources and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. They were also assisted by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission.

The seized forest products were then turned over in a ceremony presided by Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Peace and Order Rico E. Puno. It was held this morning at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, this city.

The ceremonial turn-over of the confiscated forest products was presided over by DILG Undersecretary Rico E. Puno, which was held this morning at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, this city.

Puno said that even if the recent disaster brought by tropical storm Sendong was of natural occurrence, it “was aggravated and made worse by human interference to nature.”

According to him, the move was part of the reform measures on environmental protection and law enforcement by the national leadership.

He also said government regulations on the utilization of our natural resources are the first line of defense against “people who raped our forests.”

As part of the same measure, the authorities initiated the forfeiture proceedings of the said confiscated forest products by its anti-illegal logging teams during 159 separate operations in a span of 15-months here in the region.

A total of 85 suspected illegal logging violators were apprehended in these operations, according to Caraga PNP Director CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, while DENR regional officials estimated the confiscated wood products to need some 110 truckloads to haul.

Puno said the wood products that have been forfeited in favor of the government, which will be made into school desks for public schools in Caraga region. It will be used also to build shelters and outposts for the PNP maneuver units in the region. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

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DPWH-Siargao proposes P804.1M budget for 2013 infra projects

By Michael O. Conte

DAPA, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 22 (PIA)
-- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Siargao District Engineering Office endorsed a P804.1 million budget for the 2013 DPWH Infrastructure Program for Siargao Island.

The program will develop the road system of the country’s surfing and game-fishing capital.

This move was done through Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco T. Matugas with the full support of local executives.

Projects included in the program are the construction of Osmeña-Pilar viaduct and concreting of unpaved road sections along Junction Osmeña-Pilar Road, Junction Cancohoy-Pilar Road, Junction Del Carmen-Sta. Monica-San Isidro Road, Dapa-Union-General Luna Road, and at the Siargao Circumferential Road sections in Brgy. Union, Dapa and Catangnan, General Luna.

Meanwhile, District Engr. Salvador E. Montil, Jr. said the proposed projects are part of the government’s plan to completely pave national roads, which lead to various tourist destinations in the island.

Of the total 153.036 kilometers (km) national roads, 66.85 km ere already concrete paved during the past years.

This past year, an additional 3.675 km were paved by end of December. Also under the 2011 DPWH Stimulus Funds/Additional Priority Projects, another 8.014 km will be concrete paved during this year.

For the 2012 infrastructure allocation, a total road length of 18.66 km is targeted to be paved. (FEA/DPWH-Siargao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Tagalog news: Red Cross - Agusan del Sur nahigitan ang target para sa 2011

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 22 (PIA)
-- Ayon sa taunang ulat para sa 2011, nahigitan ng Philippine Red Cross - Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) ang karamihan sa kanilang target.

Sa ulat na pinakita ni PRC-AdS administrador Cristyll Basan, ang non-trainers training, community based disaster management training at disaster response training ay nagtala ng 160 posyento laban sa target, habang ang trainers training on disaster response course at disaster management course naman ay nagtala ng 600 porsyento.


Sa mga baha ng nagdaang taon, ipinakita ng PRC-AdS na umabot sa 777 porsyento ang pagbigay ng tulong teknikal sa mga bayan at barangay na naapektuhan ng baha.

Samantala, ang talaan ay nagpakita na 37 porsyento o 687 katao lamang ang nabigyan ng relief goods sa mga munisipyo. Nakapagtala din ng 125 porsyento o 3,199 katao naman ang napagsilbihan sa mga barangay.

Sa serbisyong may kaugnay sa dugo, hindi naabot ang target na 1,800 para sa mga bagong magbibigay ng dugo. Bagkos, ito ay umabot lamang sa 1,698, habang ang mga dating nagbibigay naman ay tumaas ng 315 ka tao, at ito ay tumama sa 150 porsyentong pagtaas.

Tumumbok din ang PRC- AdS sa 100 kataong na dapat tatanggap ng nutrition feeding. Ito ay nakapagsilbi at nakapamahagi sa 1,932, na siyang daan upang abutin ang 1,932 porsyento.

Nagkaroon din ng 201 porsyento sa narehistro ng ang PRC-AdS ay tumumbok ng 100 ka tao para pagsilbihan sa community health care at ito ay tumama sa 201 porsyento.

Sa pagpalaganap ng kaalaman tungkol sa HIV, dengue, H1N1 at iba pang mga sakit, nalampasan din ng PRC-AdS ang kanilang target kung saan 300 ka tao ang kanilang naturuan kung ikompara sa kanilang target na 250 ka tao lamang.

Parehong 20 porsyento rin ang itinaas ng kanilang nagawa kung ikompara sa kanilang target sa kanilang mobilization of volunteers. Tatlo pang pampublikong serbisyo ang kanilang nalampasan ng ito ay remihestro 34 para sa hygiene promoter kumpara sa 30 na target, tumumbok rin ng 150 ka tao habang ang kanilang talaan ay remihestro ng 164 ka tao.

“Ilalabas namin an gaming nagawa para sa social services pagkatapos naming maayos lahat ng mga papeles. Pero sinisiguro ko na nalampasan di namin ang halos lahat ng aming mga targets,” sabi ni Basan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)