5.20.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, May 20, 2012


DepEd-Butuan, Agusan del Norte all set for Brigada Eskwela opening on Monday

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- It’s all systems go for the Butuan City and Agusan del Norte divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) as the 2012 Brigada Eskwela commences on Monday, May 21.

According to Arnold Solen of DepEd-Agusan del Norte, all schools in the division have already prepared for the conduct of the six-day activity from May 21-26. He added since this is an annual activity of the education department, all school administrators in the province have already made preparations after the closing of classes in March and April this year.

Solen said with the successful conduct of the same activity last year, the education department was motivated to surpass what was achieved in the previous years of implementing this nationwide activity.

Also, Jeaneth Obejas of Libertad Central Elementary School (LCES), one of the biggest public elementary schools in the city stressed that as early as last month, parents were already informed of the school’s plans for the conduct of Brigada Eskwela.

Obejas said parents of schoolchildren of LCES were very active in participating the event in the previous years, thus, the school administrators are expecting the same support that they can get from the parents.

When asked on the turnout of the parents’ attendance in the said activity, Obejas said majority of the parents supported the program. However, she said there are some parents who cannot join the program because they are working and have no time to join the activity.

She said those parents who cannot join the activity volunteered to show their support to the program by means of contributing in any kind which also helped in the success of the activity.

For his part, Solen said since the program was introduced in 2005, their office was not able to receive any complaints or negative feedback towards the implementation of Brigada Eskwela. “This shows that the parents agreed to have this conducted as the school’s pre-activity of the school year,” he added.

The official further said the successful conduct of the activity in the previous years was also made possible through the full support of private and public stakeholders which also showed that the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration is effective.

With these developments, the two educators from this city and the province of Agusan del Norte are urging parents to actively participate once again in this activity. They also reminded parents to bring cleaning materials and other carpentry tools such as hammers and nails to be used for repairing chairs, tables, and other school facilities. (RER/PIA-Caraga)

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Solon seeks congressional probe on Butuan dawn fire

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- A committee in congress may soon conduct its own investigation on the tragic dawn fire which razed a clothing store and five other establishments in downtown Butuan, killing 17 stay-in lady employees and gutted an estimated P30 million worth of property, according to a legislator.

Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino (1st District Agusan del Norte, Butuan City-Las Nieves) said in an interview Friday morning, that he filed House Resolution No.2407 before the Congressional Committee On Public Order and Safety last Tuesday, seeking a deeper probe on the incident in aid of legislation.

Aquino said that he will push for an early committee action of his resolution when he returns to congress next week after the festivals. He also said that he may request the committee to have the hearing of HR No. 2407 entitled, “Directing the House Committee On Public Order And Safety To Conduct An Inquiry In Aid of Legislation On The Recent Early Morning Fire That Killed At Least 17 In Butuan City,” be held right here in Butuan City.

The Agusan del Norte lawmaker also said that he hoped that the inquiry may also come up with results and recommendations among others, which may point out the needs of the LGUs and the agencies concerned, whether there were possible lapses, the needed equipments and other necessary actions to prevent the occurrence of similar tragedy in the future.

It will be recalled that the six-hour blaze razed the three-storey theater-converted-into commercial building at dawn Wednesday last week, occupied by the Novo Jeans and Shirts Store, Smart Wireless Center, St. Peter Plan, Inc., Cherry Mobile Store, Western Union, and Digi Life.

A total of 17 stay-in lady employees of Novo lost their lives and three survived during the said incident. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan City police receive 3 patrol multi-cabs

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, May 20 (PIA) -- Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) received three patrol vehicles as assistance from the congressional office of Agusan del Norte 1st. District (Butuan City-Las Nieves) Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino II, in a simple turn-over ceremony held 9:00 a.m. Friday at the multi-purpose hall, Butuan City Police Office.

Attending the turn-over rites were top officials from the regional and city PNP led by Caraga PNP Regional Director CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, PSSupt. Jean Aunzo, Director Lilibeth Famacion, OIC DILG 13, PSSupt. Pedro U. Obaldo, OIC BCPO, Rev. Pedro Jean E. Amante, President of the Butuan Evangelical Ministerial Association (BEMA) who officiated the blessings, former Councilor Salvador “Benjie” Calo, and Cong. Jose “Joboy” Aquino II, the guest of honor and speaker of the occasion.

Other top city police officials led by Deputy City Dir. PSupt. Romy I. Palgue and the chiefs of Butuan City Police Stations 1-5 also attended the ceremony.

DILG 13-OIC Dir. Lilibeth Famacion signed the turn-over certificate of the three units multi-cabs 4 x 4 Suzuki converted patrol cars, 6-sitters, 5-speed, 3-cylinder 660 CC 12 valve engine with its accessories including tire range, jack, horn and blinkers valued at P 167,000 per unit. The acquisition fund came from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of Congressman Aquino.

Butuan City Police Director PSSupt Pedro Obaldo received the vehicles from Dir. Famacion by signing the certificate of acceptance for the recipient.

In his message during the turn-over ceremony Cong. Aquino said he hoped that the patrol vehicles will in a way assist the city police in its visibility, mobility, and accessibility efforts as “Butuan deserves to be a peaceful city.” (RER/NCLM/PIA Caraga)