10.03.2012

PIA News Service - Thursday, October 4, 2012


Fire razes 'Love Radio' station, other business establishments in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- Five months after a major fire hit this city, another one today razed establishments including the 95.1 Love Radio FM station at the Montalban Building along A.D. Curato and San Jose Streets, near the Guingona Park, formerly Rizal Park.

The fire reportedly broke out at around 8:12 a.m.

Other business establishments destroyed were Parinas Jewelry and Pawnshop, Lucibenino Pawnshop and Jewelry Store, RRJ Jeans, Keysa’s Boutique, Luciana Inn and Restaurant and a portion of Almont City Hotel.

Arson investigators estimated damages at P10 million, excluding the jewelries and some RTWs and properties sold in the said establishments.

As of this writing, FO3 Banjo Leison said no casualties were reported. He also said the fire was put out at around 9:45 a.m.

Initial report also revealed that a 19-year-old female suspect called ‘Rose’ allegedly poured gasoline and burned down the radio station located at the third floor of the building.

The suspect was apprehended minutes after the fire broke out. In an interview, the suspect claimed responsibility over the incident.

The suspect was said to have psychological problem and was obsessed with a disc jockey of the said FM station. The suspect was said to have attempted to burn the station months ago.

Last May, at least 17 sales were killed when a fire razed a two-story building in Montilla Boulevard in downtown Butuan City.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. said the city government will conduct investigation on this latest incident. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


DOH holds tobacco control training in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- The Center for Health Development of the Department of Health (DOH-CHD) Caraga held on Wednesday the MPOWER Training on Tobacco Control. The activity aimed to establish a tobacco prevention and control program in the community.

“MPOWER” stands for Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies; Protect people from tobacco smoke; Offer help to quit tobacco use; Warn about the dangers of tobacco; Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and Raise taxes on tobacco, Delma Legaspi of DOH-CHD said.

Attendees include focal persons for Anti-Smoking Program of the different local government units in the region.

Legaspi said cigarettes have 7,000 chemicals and 70 known carcinogens. Thus smoking causes dreadful, debilitating diseases such as heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, emphysema and diabetes.

“Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 protects people from hazardous tobacco smoke; promotes the right of the people to health; and instills health consciousness. It has provisions that provide for penalties such as fine, imprisonment, or both, and the revocation or cancellation of business licenses and permits, for specific violations,” said Legaspi.

RA 9211 prohibits selling or distributing tobacco products to minors; purchasing cigarettes or any tobacco product from a minor; selling of cigarettes or any tobacco product by a minor; and purchasing of cigarettes or any tobacco product by a minor.

To effectively implement RA 9211 and its implementing rules and regulations, the PNP is authorized to institute criminal proceedings against violators and to cause the removal of non-compliant cinema and outdoor advertising and tobacco-related self-service facilities.

Local government officers are also authorized to take necessary steps to effectively implement RA 9211 such as directly instituting criminal actions against violators of RA 9211; causing the removal of non-compliant outdoor advertising; deputize inspectors and other personnel for the proper implementation of the law; sending warning letters to erring establishments to make them comply; inspection of establishments; recommend the closure of establishments; and other actions they may see appropriate.

Meanwhile, the participants of the training agreed to re-organize the Caraga Anti-Smoking Team, since most of its members in 2009, when it was first established are now assigned in other regions.

The participants also elected the new set of officers and expressed their commitment to do their functions and responsibilities as advocates on anti-smoking in the region.

With this development, the new set of officers and its members will meet again at another schedule for a possible creation of a memorandum of agreement with other partner stakeholders for this campaign and implementation of the law. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Council visits senior citizen detainees

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- The Regional Inter-Agency Council for Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) conducted a jail visitation for senior citizen detainees of Butuan City Jail in line with the celebration of this year's Elderly Filipino Week.

RIAC-SC is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) –Caraga in coordination with the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA).

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation no. 470, October 1-7 is declared as “Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino” (Elderly Filipino Week) which aims to promote public awareness of the rights and well-being of elderly people in the country.

During the activity, personnel of Butuan City Jail paid tribute to their senior citizen detainees by offering them flowers while members of RIAC-SC also distributed goods to 17 senior citizen detainees.

In his message, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Senior Inspector Felix O. Resullar expressed his gratitude to RIAC-SC by extending their hands to the senior citizen detainees.

“I would like to thank the agencies who extended their support to our senior citizen detainees by giving them this opportunity to celebrate Elderly Filipino Week,” Resullar said.

Meanwhile, Samuel Camantes, one of senior citizen detainees also expressed his appreciation. “I am very happy because the government has never forgotten the senior citizens detainees of Butuan City Jail and although we are in the jail we still have the opportunity to celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week,” Camantes said.

With this, Wilma Geralla of DSWD-Caraga emphasized that each of the senior citizens has the right to be avail an additional benefits and privileges as stated in the Republic Act No. 9994 or known as “An Act granting additional benefits and privileges to the senior citizens.” (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Mindanao power body moves to avert impact of supply shortfall

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- The newly created Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) has urged the public to brace for possible outages in some Mindanao areas as the 210 MW coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental goes on preventive maintenance shutdown starting October 6.

In a meeting convened by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Energy (DOE), and agencies comprising the committee, the MPMC moved to take on immediate and medium-term steps to stabilize the power situation in Mindanao.

STEAG State Power Inc., which operates the 210 MW coal-fired power plant, has earlier announced the scheduled preventive maintenance shutdown for its two electric generation units, the one with 105 MW capacity to start will shutdown on October 6 until November 4, and the other 105 MW unit will go offline on October 29 until November 10.

STEAG said this will be the first time the coal plant will undergo such preventive maintenance shutdown since the start of its full commercial operations in November 2006.

Considered as the most modern and the biggest in Mindanao on a per unit capacity, STEAG coal-fired power plant has so far delivered more than 8.3 billion kWh of electricity and currently accounts for 20 percent of the Mindanao grid.

STEAG report added that the timing of the maintenance shutdown takes into consideration the plant’s operations and maintenance guidelines, as well as the projected electricity demand-supply condition of Mindanao during the period.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) puts the island-region’s system capacity at only 1045 MW in its latest weekly power outlook bulletin, 187 MW short of the Mindanao grid’s 1242 MW system load.

“Better coordination among agencies concerned and engaging the Mindanao stakeholders should characterize our efforts to address the power problem,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino in a statement.

Antonino said making the public fully aware of the situation can strengthen power conservation measures and sustain consumer education to help ease up demand pressure.

Created under E.O. 81, the committee is tasked to coordinate efforts of national, regional and local governments and power industry stakeholders to improve the power situation in Mindanao. It is also mandated to regularly monitor information on Mindanao power generation and distribution, including status of efforts to add new generating capacities to the grid.

Currently, MPMC is proposing to tap embedded generators and the operation of the 100 MW Iligan Diesel Power Plant in the immediate term, while firming up the setting up of a one-stop-shop processing center to facilitate new applications, particularly mini hydro power.

Mindanao’s additional generating capacities, mostly from coal-fired power plants, are expected to add up to the grid but not until 2014-2015 when these start full commercial operations.

MPMC is composed of MinDA, DoE, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation and representatives from MEPA and the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives. (MinDA/RER/NLM/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonon news: City Prosecutor Office mipagawas sa ila 2nd ug 3rd quarter accomplishment reports

By Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- An buhatan nan City Prosecutor Office na tagpanguyuhan ni atty. Manuel Tesiorna an mipagawas sa ila na second ug third quarter accomplishment report pinaagi na kay Anecita Escudo an Administrative Officer III.

Si Mrs. Escudo naglaong na suyod sa second ug third quarter kuman na tuig an ila buhatan an nakadawat ug naka resolba sa mga criminal cases na tag filed gikan na sa Law Enforcement Agencies lakip an mga private complaints.

Matod pa niini na adunay duha ka mga klase an pag file sa amo na mga reklamo , una na niini an Inquest na diin nukabat sa 148 an total sa kaso na nadawat, 135 an na dispose ug 32 sa mga ini an na dismissed sa National Prosecution Service, 103 an tag filed sa korte na diin 23 sa mga ini an convicted ug 11 an na dismissed na mga kaso ug may total na 13 ka mga pending para sa preliminary investigation.

Samtang an ikaduha amu an regular or preliminary investigation na diin jaoy 222 sa kinatibok-an nga kaso ug 77 an disposed na mga kaso ug 21 sa mga ini an kaso na na dismissed sa National Prosecution Service ug 56 an na file sa korte samtang 8 sa mga ini an konbiktado ug 145 an pending na mga kaso sa preliminary investigation sa kinatibok-an.

Tagdugang pa niini na an regular inquest cases na tagsang-at sa ila buhatan amo an violation of R.A 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, 43; Violation of R.A 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, 3; murder, 13; Violation of R.A 8294 or illegal Possession of Firearm, 9; homicide, 10; robbery, 4; estafa, 53 ug ang Exploitation and Discrimination Act, 16.

Dugang pa niini na gawas sa criminal complaints an ila buhatan an nutindog isab isip representante sa gobyerno sa pagkupot sa 100 ka mga kleyente sa Special Proceedings sama sa Marriage nullity, correction of entry ug lain pang mga civil service. (SDR/PIO-CMO/RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Gobyernong Aquino gihangyo ang mga stakeholders sa pakig dialogo sa DOJ aron matubag ang ilang mga kabalaka sa bag-ong pabalaod nga Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- Gihangyo sa administrasyong Aquino ang tanang mga hingtungdan sa pagsalmot sa usa ka dialogo sa Department of Justice (DOJ) aron matubag ang ilang mga kabalaka samtang dili pa magsugod ang proseso sa paghimo og mga Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) sa maong bag-ong pabalaod nga Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

"In the meantime we believe there is an opportunity for reasonable discourse between concerned stakeholders and the Department of Justice. We urge the fullest and widest participation of stakeholders in this process," matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa sa iyang pamahayag atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacanang kagahapon.

Subling gisulti ni Lacierda ang posisyon sa administrasyong Aquino sa pagdepender sa tawhanong kagawasan ubos sa batakang balaod isip tubg ngadto sa mga pag-angkon sa mga kritiko ug pipila ka mga tawo nga mikuwestyon sa legalidad sa pipila ka mga probisyon sa maong bag-ong mando.

"Our Constitution is clear and uncompromising in the civil liberties it guarantees all our people. As the basic law, its guarantees cannot, and will not, be diminished or reduced by any law passed by Congress," matud pa ni Lacierda.

"The administration is equally adamant in upholding these liberties, which were regained at such high cost by our people. As the President said on September 27, the vigorous exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, requires those who disagree not to oppress others," si Lacierda miingon.

Ang Cybercrime Prevention Act gipabalaod sa Kongreso aron matubag ang lihitimong mga kabalaka mahitungod sa kriminal nga gawi sa Internet ug ang mga epekto sa maong abusadong gawi, matud ni Lacierda.

"Questions have been raised about the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Act. We recognize and respect efforts not only to raise these issues in court, but to propose amendments to the law in accordance with constitutional processes," sulti niya.

Si Lacierda mitumbok nga "no government entity has moved to deprive anyone of access to the Internet or to suppress civil liberties as exercised online."

"In fact what has taken place is that hackers who claim to be aligned with critics of the Cybercrime Act are the ones who have engaged in online vandalism, depriving the broader public of access to much needed government information and services online," matud niya.

Giawhaga ni Lacierda ang mga kritiko sa maong Cybercrime Act nga motingog usab batok online vandalism ug bullying susama sa gihimo niini nga pagsupak sa pipila ka mga probisyon sa maong balaod.

"If our freedoms have been hard won, it would do us all well to remember that in the end, vigilantism harms the cause of freedom of expression and civil liberties for all netizens," dugang pa niya. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)