PIA News Service - Thursday, May 30, 2013



DAR Secretary visits Agusan del Sur Field Office

By Genelyn Luis

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 30 - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Virgilio “Gil” De Los Reyes visited DAR Agusan del Sur field office yesterday to boost the morale of the DAR workforce to deliver the target for this year.

Secretary De Los Reyes in his message urged the DAR Agusan del Sur to deliver and distribute the 5,265 hectares target for the year to the qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries.

“As a department, we have to ensure that we are able to deliver. We have to prove that the personnel in DAR can seek innovative solutions. We have to prove that the DAR personnel can change and make things possible, “ Secretary De Los Reyes said.

After his field visit in Agusan del Sur, Sec. de los Reyes proceeded to Lianga, Surigao del Sur to talk with the federation of agrarian reform people’s organization in Agusan del Sur ( FEDARPOADSI ) in a joint action planning with the agrarian reform beneficiaries of Surigao del Sur under the federation development component of ARISP 3.

Together with Sec. de los Reyes was DAR Regional Director Faisar Ali Mambuay, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Andre B. Atega, Assistant Regional Director for Administration Daylinda P. Narisma and other officers of DAR Caraga. The other three Provincial Agrarian Reform Officers (PAROs ) from the other 3 provinces of DAR CARAGA were also present. (PIO-DAR/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Maritime cops score big vs. illegal fishing

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, May 30 (PIA) – After weeks of surveillance operations, personnel of PNP Maritime Command Regional Office No. 13 based in this city arrested last week 69 illegal fishermen, impounded 11 motorized fishing boats with a total value of P1.2-million and seized assorted fishing paraphernalia worth P660,000.00.

The fishermen were intercepted while in the act of illegal fishing on seawaters off Basul Island just more than a kilometer from the Surigao City Fish Port.

Sr. Supt Edgard Cuanan, PNP Maritime Director for Caraga Region, said this latest apprehension was in support to Governor Sol Matugas’ call to intensify their campaign against illegal fishing within the territorial waters of Surigao del Norte.

“The provincial government is very supportive on our campaign against illegal fishing and has provided us with some logistical support that’s why we’re doubly inspired,” Cuanan stressed.

The suspects are facing charges for violation of Sections 86, 89 and 93 of Republic Act 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code).

Cuanan has commended P/Insp Angelita Nastor, team leader in the said anti-illegal fishing operations, saying “this is the biggest catch of illegal fishers in the history of Caraga region.”

Earlier, the PNP Maritime Regional Office No. 13 were commended by second district Representative Francisco Matugas for clearing the seawaters of Siargao Island of illegal fishermen using the destructive “Liba-liba method” which paved the way for the successful staging of the “6th Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament” last month. (FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)