6.26.2012

PIA News Service - Tuesday, June 26, 2012


3 trucks torched in Surigao Norte town

By Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Unidentified armed men flagged down and subsequently torched three trailer trucks along the highway in Barangay Pongtud, Alegria, Surigao del Norte at around 11:10 p.m. of Monday.

Capt. Esteban Mangabat of the 30th Infantry Batallion said the trucks were heading toward Davao City when flagged down by around eight armed men. He said the perpetrators then fired shots in the air and withdrew towards the east.

Reports reveal that the burned trailer trucks loaded with copra were owned by Evaristo Tiu of Copraland-Surigao City.

Mangabat said government troopers nearby responded to the crime scene and conducted a blocking and ambush positions along the area where the enemy had withdrawn.

Mangabat said firefighters of Bureau of Fire Protection of Alegria also responded to the scene while the police of the Alegria Station are now establishing the identities and motive of the suspects.

As of this time, responding troopers are still conducting hot pursuit and sweeping operation in the areas of Placer and Kitcharao. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Gov’t is serious in curbing illegal logging, mining activities in Caraga – Robredo

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo yesterday said the government is serious in curbing illegal logging and mining activities in Caraga Region.

In yesterday's press conference held in one of the local convention centers here, Robredo emphasized that in order for these illegal activities to stop, the government has been coordinating with the security forces such as the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The DILG chief also pointed out that those who are involved in these illegal activities should be held responsible in accordance with the law.

Robredo said government officials and employees who are involved in illegal activities will be relieved of their positions, and added that he will personally recommend to President Benigno Aquino III to relieve the said officials and government employees from their positions.

Further, Robredo stressed that the local media is of great help in the government's effort to curb illegal logging and mining operations in Caraga Region. He requested the media present to be with the PNP as they will serve as witnesses to the efforts of the police to stop these activities.

Robredo was here in the city yesterday to grace the Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness in Caraga Region.

The activity, which is anchored on two themes: “Preparedness Saves Lives” and “Kaluwasan sa Katalgman Kinahanglan Pangandaman,” also highlighted Robredo’s call to action in disaster readiness and response, as well as the signing of the pledge of commitment by the participants coming from the all local government units (LGU) in the region emphasizing the urgency and significance of placing disaster preparedness on top of the priority development agenda for LGUs as mandated under Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Circular 2010-143 dated December 9, 2010.

Said circular also aimed at strengthening LGU’s capability, particularly of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s. This is also pursuant to Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga LGUs receive Performance Challenge Fund, Salintubig projects

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- A total of 28 local government units in the Caraga Region received today the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) from Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the conduct of the region-wide Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness.

In the provincial level, the Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte qualified for the Seal of Good Housekeeping and received the PCF amounting to P7 million each.

Also, five local government units (LGU) from the city level, Cabadbaran, Tandag, Surigao, Bislig, and Bayugan, qualified and received P3 million each.

Meanwhile, 21 municipalities also received funds amounting to P1 million each. These are Buenavista, Las Nieves, and Nasipit in Agusan del Norte; Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Sibagat, Talacogon, Trento, and Veruela in Agusan del Sur; Cantilan, Hinatuan, San Miguel, Tagbina, and Tago in Surigao del Sur; and Claver in Surigao del Norte.

The fourth to sixth class municipalities in Surigao del Sur received same fund from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) last December 2011. The city of Butuan, on the other hand, also got same incentive fund late last year.

According to DILG-Caraga information officer Florian Faith Bayawa, the PCF is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to high impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20 percent Local Development Fund consistent with national goals and priorities.

Bayawa further said the fund prioritizes low-income LGUs and those with high poverty incidence.

The municipalities of Talacogon, Trento and Veruela in Agusan del Sur have also received the Salintubig project from Robredo while the barangays of Bugsukan and Buntalid in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; Barangay Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; and barangay Sta. Cruz and Mabini in Tubajon, Surigao del Norte, also received the project.

The Salintubig is one of the flagship program of the Aquino administration in line with the commitment of the national government to achieve the targets set in the Philippine Development Plan as well as the Millennium Development Goals to provide people access to water supply and sanitation in areas of the country where water is not accessible. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Ochoa midumili sa nominasyon sa pagka Chief Justice sa korte Suprema

Ni Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Hunyo 26, (PIA) - Si Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. nagdumili sa iyahang nominasyon para sa posisyon pagka Chief Justice sa Korte Suprema.

Sa iyahang sulat ngadto sa Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) nga gipetsahan ug Hunyo 22, 2012, si Ochoa pormal nga midumili sa nominasyon.

“Ang nagsulat nakadawat ug impormasyon nga ako nominado sa posisyon pagka Chief Justice sa Korte Suprema sa Republika ng Pilipinas,” (“The undersigned has received information that I have been nominated for the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines,” the letter read).

“Ako matinahuron sa pagdumili sa nominasyon” (“I respectfully decline the nomination,”), dugang pa.

Matud pa sa report, nga usa ka Egay Bigay ang maong responsible sa nominasyon.

Mahinumduman nga ang JBC mihatag ug ektensiyon sa pagsumite ug nominasyon sa posisyong nga Punong-Mahistrado hangtod sa Hulyo 2 aron mahatagan ug kahigayonan ang publiko nga mohatag og nominado nga ilang pambato.
Ang tagal sa pagsumite mutapos unta niadtong Hunyo 18.

Ang JBC morelis sa mga listahan sa mga aplikante ug mga nominado karong Hulyo 7. Kini gituohan nga isumie ang “shortlist” ngadto kang Pres. Benigno Aquino III sa katapusan sa Hulyo. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Aquino miingon suportahan sa gobyerno ang Recto Bank gas exploration

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hunyo 26 (PIA) -- Ang negosyanteng si Manuel Pangilinan hugot nga suportahan sa gobyerno kalabot na sa iyang mga plano aron palapdan ang paghimo og gas exploration didto sa Recto Bank sa West Philippine Sea kung masunod niya ang tanang mga guidelines sa gobyerno, sulti ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III kagahapon Lunes.

Ang Recto Bank maoy kabahin sa territory nga giawayan sa Pilipinas ug China. “This is a major project. There will a lot of finances that are needed and it is incumbent upon him to source this financing also. So, so long as it complies with the terms and conditions as stipulated in the service contract, we have no issue with this venture,” ang Pangulo miingon human niya gipangulohan ang oath-taking ceremony sa bag-ong mga miyembro sa Liberal Party didto sa La Trinidad, Benguet.

Mahitungod sa mga isyu sa soberensya sa Pilipinas sa Recto Bank, ang Pangulo miingon nga walay angay ipangutana mahitungod niini tungod kay ang Pilipinas maoy mohatag sa service contract.

“It is our service contract. It is not a joint service contract. So Mr. Pangilinan will be undertaking the venture based on authorization coming from the Philippine government,” siya miingon.

Si Pangilinan miingon ang Philippine-based Philex Petroleum Corp. (PXP) nangandam na aron makigtambayayong uban ang state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) sa usa ka proyekto nga madawat sa gobyernong Pilipinas ug China.

Ang maong lakang nagtumong sa dekalidad ug walay bahid pulitika nga concession area samtang palapdan ang pinansyal ug makinarya alang sa maong proyekto, siya miingon

Sa dili pa sugdan ang maong venture, si Pangilinan mipasabot nga ang iyang grupo moklaro sa duha ka mga nasod ang Pilipinas ug China nga sila dili kwalipikado ug awtorisado aron mosulti mahitungod sa mga isyu sa soberensya.

Ang pagpalapad sa consortium gikinahanglan tungod sa dakong gasto ug technical capability sa gas exploration, sulti ni Pangilinan ug dugang pa niini kini magkinahanglan sa mga kumpanya nga adunay kahanas sama sa CNOOC, Shell or Exxon Mobil. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)