5.13.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, May 13, 2012


Binay extends financial assistance to families of Butuan fire victims

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) – Vice President Jejomar Binay has extended financial assistance to families of fire victims here.

Vice Presidential staff Ritch Rosario said the vice president gave an initial financial assistance to the families of the seven victims who are already identified by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), amounting to some P3,000 each.

Rosario also said same financial assistance was extended to the three survivors who are confined in private hospital here.

The official stressed the vice president also extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families.

With this, the official said families of the victims may get in touch with the local government unit to claim the said financial assistance.

It can be recalled that a fire razed early morning on Wednesday which gutted a commercial building along Montilla Boulevard, this city, killing at least 17 sales ladies and personnel of Novo Jeans and Shirts.

Other establishments such as Smart Wireless, Saint Peter's Office, Ayala Life Insurance, Digi-Life cell phone store, Western Union, and a badminton court were also torched down.

As of press time, the local government has conducted investigation on the matter. Also, a separate investigation was conducted by the national government spearheaded by Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Meanwhile, according to report, SOCO has finally identified all the 17 victims who are totally burned during the incident and on Saturday, DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo was here in the city to personally conduct an assessment on the incident.

Sec. Robredo also brought a team from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Arson Investigation Section to conduct an independent investigation on the incident.

The DILG chief also distributed financial assistance to families of the victims, including the three survivors. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

BFAR-Caraga continues to implement programs under Fisherfolk Directorship program

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) -- In time with the Farmers and Fisherfolk Month celebration this month, the region’s fisheries bureau continues to implement programs under the Fisherfolk Director’s program.

Shane Abeguel Eviota, information officer of Caraga Region’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said Fisherfolk Director Marcelito Monato’s schedule is occupied with his visitations to fisherfolk communities in the region.

Eviota also said the newly-installed fisherfolk director personally visited these communities to see for himself the programs and project need to be strengthened and implemented by BFAR-Caraga in an effort to help and sustain economic development of the fishermen through livelihood sustainability.

The official said Dir. Monato will spearhead the hands-on training of tilapia culture in Santa Josefa, Agusan del Sur before his term ends at the end of the month.

She added the training will serve as a venue to assist the fisherfolk community in the said area in an effort to give them ideas and strategies on how to sustain livelihood through tilapia culture.

Several species of tilapia have been introduced into local waterways and are farmed for food in the Philippines. Tilapia fish pens are a common sight in almost all the major rivers and lakes in the country.

While Agusan del Sur is rich with water systems because of the Agusan River which flowed down to Butuan City, the river is a good venue for culturing tilapia, it was learned. (RER/PIA-Caraga)