PIA News Service - Thursday, August 2, 2012


Butuan City official underscores importance of PPP

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 2 (PIA) -- A city official here underscored the importance of public-private partnership (PPP) as the city government is implementing this as one of the flagship programs of the Aquino administration.

In an interview, in time with the 62nd Charter Day celebration of this city, Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun said under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., the PPP is among the priority programs of the city government.

True to this, Fortun said the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved the city ordinance dubbed the PPP Code of the City of Butuan.

He added Butuan is the first in the country to have such a code.

In a press conference Fortun emphasized that the PPP can help boost the economic condition of the area, saying that the local government here cannot do alone in implementing economic development in the city.

Since last year, the city government has partnered with private institutions both locally and internationally.

One of these undertakings is the partnership with the Tokyo University in Japan in its quest to duplicate the solid waste management program of Japan through the said university.

Aside from this, the city government is regularly conducting job fairs during important occasions such as the annual fiesta celebration where private companies are invited to hire employment to the residents of Butuan.

In other development, the celebration of the 62nd “Adlaw Hong Butuan” is highlighted by the inauguration of the Guingona Park, which is being renovated since early this year.

The ceremony was graced by former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona Jr. and Senator TJ Guingona. The Guingonas turned over to the city government the five-hectare lot owned by the family in Barangay Ampayon here for the establishment of the Philippine Science High School.

Thursday, Senator Guingona will give his keynote speech during the opening of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference hosted by the city government, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte and the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI).

The conference will run until Saturday, August 4, and is anchored on the theme: “Invest Mindanao: Towards a more inclusive, progressive and greener future.” (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga police woman gets nat’l award

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Aug 2 (PIA) -- A policewoman from Caraga is one of the four police commissioned officers and six policed personnel named by the Metrobank Foundation Inc., the Philippine National Police (PNP), Rotary Club of New Manila East and PSBank as winners of the search for the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (Cops)

PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, chief spokesman of Police Regional Office-13 said Police Senior Inspector Charity S. Galvez of Butuan City was among the 10 police commissioned and non-commissioned officers chosen out of the 100 nominees nationwide.

In July 2011, Galvez and a her men though outnumbered and facing better-armed foes, stood their ground and repulsed New People’s Army rebels who staged a dawn raid and tried to overrun Trento Municipal Police Station, in Trento town of Agusan del Sur.

The other three commissioned officers who made it to the list included Police Supt. Belli B. Tamayo and Police Supt. Bernard M. Banac of Quezon City and Police Chief Insp. Vicente S. Cabatingan of Laguna.

The other six non-commissioned officers listed also included: Police Officer 3 Eduardo D Santiago, Pangasinan; Senior Police Officer 3 Renjun O. Bagaman, Koronadal; Senior Police Officer 3 Rhia B. Sotomil, Iloilo; Police Officer 3 Mary Jane B. Perez, Cotabato City; Senior Police Officer 4 Ma. Rosario Y. Suarez, Davao City; and Senior Police Officer Robert U. Fabregas, Quezon City.

The selection process of the winners was done under a close and rigorous scrutiny of the files and documents submitted by a selection board and a final appearance before the final board of judges representing different sectors, chaired by Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr.

Cops winners will be awarded together with the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) and The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (Tops) as Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos on September 5, during the Metrobank 50th anniversary.

Police winners will receive P300,000 as cash prize and a trophy courtesy of Metrobank Foundation. They will also be conferred the “Medalya Ng Katangi-tanging Gawa,” a testament of the exemplary service of the Cops awardees.

The police winners will then join the rank of the 98 Outstanding PNP since 2002. They will also become members of the Policemen Responsible for Organizing, Training and Empowering Communities or (Protect). (RER/NLM/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan City Police conducts ‘friendly shootfest’ with local media

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 2 (PIA) -- The Butuan City Police Office held a friendly shootfest and fellowship with members of the local media here.

“This is a replication of what is done at the national police headquarters, to teach and train local media practitioners on gun handling safety and firing so that in effect it may prepare them on any eventuality so they can respond, react and report accordingly,” said Butuan City Police Office OIC PSupt Romy I. Palgue.

Palgue handled the basics of safety gun handling and firing and the range officers from BCPO while the Philippine Shooters Association assisted the media practitioners during the actual firing exercises. Each media practitioners were allowed to fire five rounds using a 9mm or caliber .45 pistol.

“We ought to learn self-protection first before we can settle down and attain our peace of mind. It may help us gain more focus and impel a better delivery of our services,” Palgue added.

The activity, according to Palgue was also intended to foster stronger fellowship between the local media and the police so that both entities, instead of harboring a somewhat adversarial attitude towards each other may instead try to come up with a common advocacy with the aim to properly deliver the necessary services to the community.

Aside from Palgue, the activity, which included sessions on basics of gun handling safety and firing, was police officials, representatives from the Philippine Shooters Association (PSA), Rev. Charlie Prior, Butuan City Moral Recovery Officer (representing Butuan LGU) and members of the Butuan City Tri-Media from DXBN-Radyo Ng Bayan, DXBC-Radyo Mo Nationwide, DXBR-Radyo Bombo, DXJM-Radyo Asenso, DXGL-Real Radio, 103.9 Radyo Trumpeta, Butuan Star, Medianet Balita (Butuan), Mindanao Courier, Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN (Butuan) and ABC-5 (Butuan). (RER/NCLM/PIA- Caraga)