PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Esperanza LGU conducts enforcers’ refresher training on smoke–free ordinance

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, July 25 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Esperanza recently conducted a refresher training for enforcers on Smoke-Free Ordinance no. 113, series of 2011 to fully and strictly implement the said ordinance, as well as to protect the environment.

Esperanza is known to be the environmental champion in the province of Agusan del Sur and in the entire region because of its environmental protection programs specifically on its Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ESWMP).

The second enforcers’ training was initiated by the municipal health office and the Sangguniang Bayan office with representative from the Department of Health regional office and coordinator on healthy lifestyle Delma Legaspi.

Esperanza has been implementing the Anti-Smoking Ordinance for several years and is recognized as White Orchid Awardee by DOH on May 31, 2011 during the tobacco day, with the Municipality of Veruela, which received the Red Orchid Award, and is one among the top awardees in the country.

On June 18 this year, Esperanza received the Red Orchid Award from DOH, handed to Mayor Leonida Manpatilan thru Governor Adolph Edward Plaza, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and Chairman of the Committee on Health Nestor Corvera and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Joel Esparagoza.

During the training, Municipal Vice Mayor Apolonio Layugan thoroughly discussed Municipal Ordinance No.113-2011, entitled “The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.”

According to Layugan, the ordinance covers any person smoking or allowing smoking in public utility vehicles, government-owned vehicles or any other means of public transport for passengers and accommodation and entertainment establishments, public buildings, public places, or any enclosed areas outside of one’s private residence, private places of work within the jurisdiction of the municipality.

Layugan added that prohibited acts include the following: smoking in any of the places enumerated; smoking while inside a government-owned or public utility vehicle, whether moving or stationery or while soliciting passengers is ongoing or while the vehicle is waiting for passengers; selling of cigarettes or tobacco products by piece or more commonly referred to as “menudo” that is not from the typical suggested retail or packages of cigarette or tobacco product manufacturer; knowingly allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking in establishments; selling or distributing tobacco products in school, public playground or other facility frequented by minors; selling or distributing tobacco products to minors; purchasing or obtaining tobacco products from minors; placing cinema and outdoor advertisements of tobacco products; and placing, posting, or distributing advertising materials of tobacco products.

Aside from municipal and barangay officials who pledged to be leaders in the implementation of the nonsmoking ordianance, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Ma. Theresa Cacal also called on community leaders and stakeholders to be partner implementers in order to reach the municipal vision for both environmental protection and healthy lifestyle community. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Caraga police goes zero tolerance vs illegal logging

By PO1 Ryan C Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- Police authorities in Caraga Region have conducted a coordinating conference with other agencies involved in the implementation of Executive Order 23, or the total log ban.

This was developed to strengthen the cooperation between the regulatory body, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the enforcement arm, the Philippine National Police (PNP), to stay focused on the task at hand.

As a result, an operation was launched against illegal logging activities that resulted in the confiscation of several logs of different species, giving a strong message that the PNP will not tolerate any form of violation against the environment.

On July 19, 2012, three separate operations were done. The first operation was at Barangay Sta. Fe Esperanza, Agusan del Sur where PNP elements from Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office led by Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Glenn De La Torre together with elements from the regional public safety battalion under Police Senior Superintendent Ernesto Flores confiscated 149 pieces lauan flitches.

The same team conducted a second operation with personnel from Talacogon Municipal Police Station, together with DENR and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC). They confiscated some 300 round logs of mixed dipterocarp species at Barangay Sta. Inez, San Luis Agusan del Sur.

On the other hand, in Barangay Lingayao, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, joint elements from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) led by Lt. Salvador and Agusan del Norte Public Safety Company led by Police Senior Inspector Nelmida, elements from 13th RPSB and Las Nieves Police Station led by Police Inspector Cordano were able to recover 127 cut flitches of assorted sizes and mixed species of hardwood with estimated volume of 10,000 board feet that were concealed/covered with soil to avoid detection.

During the past week, an aggregate volume of 80,322 board feet of logs with corresponding market value of P771,000 was successfully confiscated by PNP.

Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, Caraga police director, stressed that these accomplishments would not be made possible without the active support of the community that provides the operating troops with vital and real time information from the ground. (RER/NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Target ng DAR-Agusan del Sur sa 'land tenure improvement' tumaas ng 2% sa 2011

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hulyo 25 (PIA) -- Isiniwalat ng Department of Agrarian Reform- Agusan del Sur (DAR-AdS) na nahigitan nila ng dalawang porsyento ang kanilang target noong nakaraang taong 2011 sa land tenure improvement (LTI).

Ito ay sa pagkakuha ng 4,311.7723 hectarya na kung ikukumpara sa kanilang target na 4,211. Sila rin ay nakapagpamahagi ng 4,311 hectaryang lupang agrikutura sa 2,431 na mga benepisaryo ng agrarian reform program.

Sa isang "press conference" na ginanap sa tanggapan ng DAR-AdS kamakailan, sinabi ni Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Paysal Tumog Al hajj na ang pagpapatupad sa Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) ay mahirap, kahit nagkaroon na ng bagong direksyon na ipinatupad simula noong kalagitnaan ng 2011 na nagsasabing tatapusin na ang programang agraryo sa loob ng anim na taon.

Dagdag pa dito ang kakulangan ng mga tauhan at "re-surging bottleneck" na kanilang hinarap sa pagpapatupad ng CARP noong nakaraang taon, dahil alam nilang ito'y magdala ng pagbabago at pagpapaunlad sa buhay ng mga makikinabang sa repormang agraryo (ARBs) at mga komunidad habang nag bibibigay tulong sa malalayong mga barangay.

Sinabi ni Hilario Amas, pangulo ng Boan Irrigators Association (BIA) sa bayan ng Rosario, na kalahati ng kanilang 172 miyembro at permanenteng nagmamay-ari ng kanilang lupain ay mga benepisaryo ng repormang agraryo.

Sinabi rin ni Amas na pinagtibay ng DAR ang kanilang samahan, at dahil sa tulong nito, ang BIA ay naging isang pambansang irrigators' awardee noong 2010 at tumanggap ng premyong P1 milyon, habang siya ay napili ring isang "awardee" noong nakaraang taon at nakatanggap ng P200,000.

"Tungkol naman sa Agrarian Justice Delivery (AJD), kami ay nagkamit ng 145 porsyento sa aming ginawang paglutas ng mga kaso tungkol sa repormang agraryo, kabilang na sa mga ARBs kasama na ang pagbigay ng lunas tungkol sa lupa. Sa pamamagitan ng program beneficiaries development (PBD) component, kami ay nakapagbigay ng mga kinakailangang suportang pinansiyal at serbisyo upang mapabilis ang pag-unlad ng rural development at agrikultura atr maging produktibo kahit sa mga malalayong lugar," sabi ni PARO Tumog.

Ayon kay PARO Tumog, sa unang semestre ng 2012, ang DAR-Ads ay nakakuha ng 199.6180 hektarya at naipamahagi ang 196.2289 hektarya sa mga ARBs. Sinabi ni Tumog na sila ay kampante na maibibigay nila o mahihigitan pa ang kanilang target mahigit sa 4,500 hektarya sa kasalukuyang taon 2012, tulad ng kanilang nagawa noong nakaraang taon 2011 sa pagpapatupad ng programang agraryo.

Patuloy din silang nagbubuhos ng kanilang suportang serbisyo, tulad ng P36 milyong "farm-to-market road," at P4 milyong ng sistema ng tubig na maiinom tubig sistema sa "agrarian reform communities" ng Esperanza.

Ipinakita rin ni PARO Tumog ang bagong nakumpuni nilang tanggapan sa San Francisco na ang pondo ay nagmula sa kanilang naitabing pondo sa probinsiya.

"Sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon at ang mga testimonya ng aming mga ARBs, kami ay naniniwala at naramdaman namin na ang aming programa ay may nagawang mabuting pagbabago sa buhay ng aming mga benepisaryo," pagtatapos ni PARO Tumog. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano news: Aquino gitudlo si Rojas isip bag-ong director sa National Bureau of Investigation

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 25 (PIA) -- Gitudlo ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III si Nonnatus Caesar Rojas isip bag-ong director sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) sa Department of Justice.

Si Rojas nagserbisyo isip kasamtangang officer-in-charge sa NBI. Siya gitudlo ni Justice Secretary Leila de Lima isip OIC sa NBI niadtong Enero 30 karong tuiga human nga napahawa sa puwesto si kanhi NBI director Magtanggol Gatdula.

Gipahibalo ni Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. si Secretary de Lima sa pagtudlo kang Rojas isip bag-ong hepe sa NBI pinaagi sa usa ka sulat niadtong Hulyo 20, 2012.

Sa wala pa siya matudlo, si Rojas nagserbisyo isip regional prosecutor sa Region 1.

Ang bag-ong natudlo nga hepe sa NBI nagserbisyo usab isip state prosecutor sa Region 1 sukad niadtong Agosto tuig 1999 ngadto Septeyembre 2002, ug prosecutor sa Region 1 gikan Marso 1991 ngadto Agosto 1999.

Si Rojas gradwado sa law sa San Beda College, ug siya anak ni kanhi NBI deputy director Mariano Rojas. (RER/SDA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)