PIA News Service - Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Agusan del Sur peaceful amidst increase in crime volume - PNP

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that Agusan del Sur is relatively peaceful in spite the increase of crime incidence from October 2011 to January 2012 with 118 incidence, compared with the period October 2012 to January 2013 with 131 incidence.

According to report by P/SInsp. Joel Mendez of the Provincial Police Office, robbery and physical injuries were the factors that made the number of incidence this year higher than that of last year.

“Bayugan City recorded the highest with 31, followed by San Francisco with 22 incidence, then Prosperidad with 16 and Rosario with 13. According to our survey, crime incidence in Rosario is increasing these past months because people are coming over because of the mining industry. On the other hand, San Luis, Sta. Josefa, and La Paz registered the lowest with only three incidence each,” Mendez said.

Police have also arrested 16 persons charged with illegal possession of firearms since the gun ban was imposed. Six high-powered and seven low-powered firearms were confiscated while seven cases were already filed in court.

“On our campaign against illegal drugs, we have conducted six raids and arrested seven persons. We have also served four warrant of arrest to neutralize wanted persons and have arrested five persons who are now languishing in jail,” Mendez said.

In welcoming the New Year, Mendez said they have not recorded any injuries caused by firecrackers and have not arrested any illegal vendor of the item. Province-wide, police record also shows no firearms were fired during New Year’s eve, unlike in other places particularly in Metro Manila where there were victims of stray bullets.

Police also presented their strategic plans before, during, and after election, believing that insurgency will surely rise because the Communist Party, the New Peoples Army, and the National Democratic Front are expected to enforce the access fee or the permit-to- win to politicians. That is the reason why the PNP, together with the army, must have a strong pre-election activity to neutralize their activities.

According to the report, police continue their police visibility to reduce, if not stop, criminality in Agusan del Sur. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Beneficiaries of LAWig medical assistance program continue to expand

By Junesther Jean S. Iway and Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 -- The Office of Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun has expanded its medical assistance program to make it more accessible and available to as many indigent constituents of Butuan City and the municipality of Las Nieves.

Dubbed as Lawig Medical Assistance Program, close to 300 indigents confined at the Butuan Medical Center (BMC)had been assisted. As part of its expansion, the said medical assistance can now be availed by beneficiaries coming from Las Nieves confined at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital in Brgy. Libertad, this city.

The medical assistance program made available at the office of the vice mayor is designed to help address and support the medical and healthcare concerns of its constituency, for the most part, those individuals whose financial resources are limited or those who could barely support their medical needs.

The medical assistance programs are not limited in the payment of hospital bills, medical prescriptions, blood assistance and other healthcare necessities. Said programs are intended, designed and crafted to indiscriminately help individuals, coming from different walks of life, to answer their financial problems, commitments, obligations and other financial issues.

To complement the said medical assistance program, the office of the vice mayor is also facilitating the medical assistance program of Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV through his own Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) which can be availed at BMC.

The medical assistance program of Fortun is part of his continued effort to extend basic services to the people especially to the less fortunate constituents which he started even when he was still a Councilor of the city.

Apart from the medical assistance program, a free legal assistance has been continuously implemented parallel to the Programang Pangkatawhan of the Vice Mayor in various barangays of Butuan City. (Vice Mayor’s Office/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City named Child-Friendly City anew

By Francis G. Burwell

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- The city of Surigao was once again proclaimed as Most Child-Friendly City all throughout the Caraga Region.

The city government received a cash prize worth P50,000 during the 2012 Search for the Child-Friendly City and Municipality awarding ceremony, held recently in Butuan City.

It was learned that the city of Surigao is known for its consistency as winner of the title since 1996, the year wherein the Search for the Child-Friendly City and Municipality started.

The evaluation of the said search was conducted last December 2012 by the evaluators team composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and National Economic and Development Authority.

The cash prize worth P50,000 will be used for the Bahay Pag Asa Youth Detention Home capacity building program. (SDR/Surigao City Media Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


City Civil Registrar’s Office, Pag-IBIG tie up for Mass Civil Wedding

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 -- The City Civil Registrar’s Office here, in partnership with Pag-IBIG Fund-Caraga Region is now geared up for yet the grandest Mass Civil Wedding in the city which will be held at the newly-renovated Guingona Park come Valentine’s Day - February 14, 2013.

In an interview with Judith Alvizo-Calo, city civil registrar, the wedding will be free for the participating couple. They will be exempted from any charge including the issuance of the Affidavit of Cohabitation Fee.

Calo added that this year’s Mass Civil Wedding is extra special because Pag-IBIG Fund Caraga Region, aside from providing the free wedding rings, will also raffle a brand new house for a lucky couple.

The City Civil Registrar said the program will just cater to a hundred couples. Thus, she is urging interested couples who would want to avail of the free wedding to visit their office for the necessary requirements.

The mass civil wedding has been a yearly event for the local government of Butuan City which aims to legally bind unwed couples, especially those who have already been living together, through these weddings.

The City Civil Registrar’s Office is located at the ground floor of the City Hall Building and opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with landline numbers 342-5487. (CMO-PIO/PIA-Caraga)


PBSP hands over Spanish-funded schoolbuilding in Caraga

 By Danny Escabarte

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Jan. 30 (PIA) -- Providing access to basic education; this is the driving force behind the humanitarian endeavor funded by the Government of Spain for depressed communities of Agusan del Norte in Caraga Region. Newly-completed school buildings will be formally handed over to DepEd officials and recipient communities on Thursday, January 31 at Rizal Integrated School in the town of Buenavista.

Rafael C. Lopa, executive director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) will turn over during the event newly-completed school buildings to education officials led by Rizalino D. Rivera, DepEd Undersecretary for Regional Operations. The turn-over ceremony will also be attended by representatives of the PTAs and some local officials.

Since the project started, at least 89 classrooms have already been built benefiting more than 15,000 schoolchildren in 35 schools of Agusan del Norte. The school building project helped ease and decongest crowded classrooms in the beneficiary schools.

Among the built social infrastructures were a three-classroom schoolbuilding in Rojales Elementary School, Culit Integrated School, Agay Elementary School, Humilog Elementary School, Buenavista National High School, Cahayagan High School, Gosoon Elementary School, Jagupit National High School, Santiago National High School, Magallanes National High School, Maningalao National High School, Nasipit National Vocational School, Carmen Central Elementary School, Sangay Integrated School, Dahican Elementary School, Manoligao Integrated School, Nasipit Central Elementary School, Santiago Central Elementary School, and Manapa III Integrated School.

A two-classroom schoolbuilding was also constructed in at least 16 schools in the province, namely: Casiklan Elmenetary School, Vinapor National High School, Ambacon Elementary School, Marcos Calo National High School, Agong-ong Integrated School, Tabon Elementary School, Kinajangan Elementary School, Dona Telesfora Ong Elementary School, Sacol Elementary School, Marcos Calo Elementary School, Malicato Elementary School, Matabao Elementary School, Casiklan National High School, Carmen National High School, Tagcatong Elementary School, and Rizal Integrated School where the schools' formal hand-over ceremony will be held.

Funded by Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo, the schoolbuilding project is being implemented by Madrid-based Fundacion Humanismo Y Democracia in partnership with PBSP. (NCLM/PBSP-Mindanao Regional Center/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano news: 100 ka mga binhi sa kape gihatag ngadto sa Barangay Danawan

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 30 (PIA) -- Mukabat sa 100 ka mga binhi sa kape o seedlings, ang gihatag bag-ohay pa lamang ngadto sa mga mag-uuma sa barangay Danawan, ning dakbayan,

Ang maong mga binhi o seedlings gihatag sa City Agriculture Office ubos sa programang Surigao City Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development (SAFIDEV) program sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sa syudad.

Tumong niini nga matabangan ug maabagan ang mga benipisyaryong mag-uuma aron mapadaghan ang ilang produksyon sa kape pinaagi sa pag pananum niini.

Ug dugang pa nga abli usab ang buhatan sa City Agriculture ngadto sa mga interesadong mga mag-uuma nga mutanom niining mga binhi sa kape, na mahimong mo duaw lamang sa maong buhatan aron mahibal-an ang mga pamaagi. (SDR/Surigao City Media Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte