3.19.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, March 19, 2013



DOTC Caraga ready for Oplan Semana Santa

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Caraga Region is heightening security in all seaports, airports, and bus terminals starting March 25 up to April 1, an official said.

According to DOTC chief of operations, Engr. Eugene Rula, to have a meaningful and to ensure a safe celebration of the “Semana Santa” or Holy Week 2013, their office will again activate its “Oplan Semana Santa” helpdesk in all public places in the region.

Rula said, their office will deploy law enforces, inspectors, and personnel to different terminals of public utility buses, vans, jeepneys, and other public places to assist passengers, inspect franchises and road worthiness of vehicles traveling to different locations of the region.

The Oplan Semana Santa helpdesk will be activated from 8 a.m. up to 5 p.m.

Rula also said that prior to the activation of the helpdesk, their office will conduct seminars to drivers and operators of buses, vans, and jeepneys on Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21 in Butuan City.

Rula also called and warned the public to be vigilant when riding vehicles and going to crowded public places especially that shoplifters/hold uppers are active during this time.

Their office also coordinated with different motor pools like that of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, and local government units to ensure and have an assurance that any untoward road incidents will be given immediate actions by the concerned units. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Troops clash with rebels, NPA camp seized

By PO1 Ryan C. Cagula

VERUELA, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 19 (PIA) -- Combat forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga region overran a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) following an encounter with the communist-terrorists in the wake of insurgency operation at the vicinity of Sitio Kawalian, Brgy. Sta. Emelia here on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

One section of 133rd Regional Public Safety Company led by PInsp Alvin T. Caballes encountered unknown number of rebels under Guerilla Front 3 of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee that resulted in 25-minute firefight.

Leftists withdrew to southeast portion. No reported casualty on the government side but still undetermined on the part of adversaries.

Police seized food supplies, subversive documents, uniforms and medicine kits in a camp abandoned by the NPA.

Nearby police stations were conducting checkpoints to intercept the rebels while intelligence monitoring has been intensified to track down their movements. (NCLM/PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)