PIA News Service - Thursday, May 9, 2013



Butuan dad urges PNP to intensify crime investigation, manhunt operation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 8 (PIA) – Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr of this city urged the city police personnel to intensify crime investigation and manhunt operation for easy solution of any crime, and to sustain peace and order in the city.

Amante said that it is very important for the people to know the real peace and order situation in the city as the government is promoting transparency and good governance.

“Peace and order situation is also the main factor among others which investors would ask before putting up business in any area,” said Amante.

As the mayor emphasized this matter, Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director PSSupt Nerio Bermudo also briefed the local tri-media on the peace and order situation of the city with comparison from the previous year’s crime incidents.

Bermudo reported that as of April this year, their office has recorded 223 crime incidents, which is lower by 9% from the 245 incidents during the same period last year.

“There is a significant surge in Butuan City's crime solution efficiency rating. Out of the 223 recorded incidents as of April 2013, 92 were already solved, translating into an efficiency rating of 41%,” said Bermudo.

Bermudo also revealed the difficulties they encountered which include the non-cooperation of the robbery victims when BCPO requested for a copy of the CCTV footages of the recent robbery incidents. “Victims refused and told the police operatives to secure first a court order,” he said.

Delayed reporting of crime incidents to the police by the victims is also one of the factors which according to Bermudo, greatly affects their investigation process.

Hearing all these issues and concerns from the PNP chief, Mayor Amante still urged the PNP personnel to maximize their efforts, intensify crime investigation and manhunt operation to put the responsible people of any crime on jail and teach them a lesson. This will also make victims feel satisfied of their (PNP) performance.

“I want to see a sample of how you (PNP) do your job to prevent or solve criminalities. Rest assured that you have my support and let’s do everything that we can to secure the lives and properties of our citizens,” stressed Amante.

Meanwhile, Bermudo highlighted that the crime solution efficiency continues to surge high since 2011 up to the present because of active, diligent and competent police work, as well as the continuous support of the local government unit here in the form of communication and transportation equipment, surveillance cameras, generator sets, increase in gasoline allocation, financial support, and other logistical support. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Final testing of PCOS machines in Caraga successful

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the PCOS machines in the precincts was generally successful.

The glitches observed during the process was considered insignificant.

The Comelec has already completed the distribution of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to the respective polling places, Lawyer Raquel Limbaco, Agusan del Norte Provincial Election Supervisor, said.

“We have prepared contingency PCOS so there is no worry if there might be problem with the PCOS on election day," Limbaco said. "The Board of Election Inspectors were also provided with the manuals on how to use the PCOS and they were even oriented weeks before this election. Technical support personnel were also assigned in the precincts to immediately address or solve any problem with the PCOS.”

There are 1,445,724 registered voters in the five provinces of Caraga, which has 2,212 clustered precincts, Limbaco said.

With these developments, Limbaco also appealed for the full support and cooperation of the general public to achieve Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections on May 13. (Media ng Bayan/PIA-Caraga)


BIR Revenue District 17 receives Seal of Excellence from CSC

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) -- As a well-compliant office of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) No. 103 under Revenue Region 17 here received the Grant of Citizens’ Satisfaction Center – Seal of Excellence Award from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) held Thursday at the BIR grounds, this city.

CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams Torres bared that the BIR here has complied and passed the standard requirements to be awarded the Seal of Excellence.

“In the month of June of every year, the CSC is conducting simultaneous survey to all BIR offices to assess their performance on the compliance of the ARTA law. There are thirty respondents for this survey who are taxpayers and are directly transacting at the respective BIR office,” explained Torres.

Torres also emphasized that government offices that have frontline services must secure and post their agency's citizens' charter preferably at the entrance part of their building so the public will know the right personnel whom they will transact with. Along with it is the posting of the Anti-fixer Campaign material.

It was also learned that among the standards requirements that an office must comply to be awarded the Seal of Excellence from the CSC include the following: 1) Service Quality; 2) Physical Working Condition of the office; 3) Basic facilities for pregnant women, senior citizens and persons with disabilities or the compliance of the Accessibility Law; and 4) Implementation of ‘No Noon Break’.

“We have assessed the BIR’s performance on the compliance of the ARTA through the 30 respondents of the Report Card Survey that our office has conducted which showed an excellent public performance in the overall rating,” stressed Torres.

BIR Revenue District Office No. 103 headed by RDO Samer Muti, together with Regional Dir. Norberto Vitug of BIR Revenue Region-17 received the said award from the Civil Service Commission with the presence of Assistant Commissioner David Cabanag.

The CSC also handed-over to RDO Muti the cash reward amounting to P75,000. Muti said the said amount will be used for the purchase of equipment and other materials and services that will help further improve the delivery of its frontline services.

Republic Act No. 9485 otherwise known as an “Act to Improve Efficiency in the Delivery of Government Service to the Public by Reducing Bureaucratic Red Tape, Preventing Graft and Corruption, and Providing Penalties Thereof” or the Anti-Red tape Act of 2007 was signed into law on June 2, 2007. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR intensifies anti-illegal logging task force in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has intensified anti-illegal logging task force in support to the national government’s effort to curb illegal logging operations in the country.

During the recent Executive Committee meeting of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) held at the Bishop’s Home in Barangay Ampayon here, Forester Achilles Ebron of the DENR-Caraga emphasized that the operationalization of the multisectoral checkpoint is one way to strengthen activities against illegal logging.

The official added that the checkpoint is an effort of the DENR-Caraga to address the anti-illegal logging activities in hot spot areas.

Ebron explained this also in line with the implementation of anti-illegal logging task force under serial No. 2012-005.

It was learned that the idea of operationalizing checkpoints with representatives of some government agencies manning it, came after PNP-Caraga Regional Director PSupt Getulio Napeña suggested to converge personnel of the DENR, AFP, PNP, and other agencies.

One of the tasks of the checkpoint is to conduct self-monitoring of wood products that are illegally-cut and transported, and not only on checking fake documents.

Aside from this effort, Forester Ebron recommended the operationalization of the anti-illegal logging task force operation center.

“Our basis for establishing anti-illegal logging task force operation center is the executive order No.23 issued in February 1, 2011 referring to the moratorium of the cutting and harvesting of timber in a natural and habitual forest then creating the anti-illegal logging task force,” Ebron said.

Resolution No. 2012-005 has converted the anti-illegal logging task force operation in Mindanao from civilian to active military operation. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


DENR reviews permit of First Gen Mindanao Hydro Power Company in Agusan Norte

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, May 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR) Regional Office 13 has reviewed on Tuesday the application for Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) of the First Generation Mindanao Hydro Power Corporation (FGMHPC) for the construction of the 30 MegaWatt Puyo Run-Of-River Hyrdo Electric Power Plant in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

The construction activities is expected to commence sometime next year. The total cost of the project is about P3.5 billion.

Special Land Use Permit/Agreement ( SLUP) is a three (3) year permit or privilege granted by the State to a person to occupy, possess and manage in consideration of specified return, any public forest lands for a specific use or purpose. The rentals shall be subject to change based on the appraisal or re-appraisal of the land under lease and its improvement. If an appraisal or re-appraisal has been made, it shall not be less than three percentum (3%) of the appraisal or re-appraisal value of the land and one percentum (1%) of that of the improvements. Provided, that should the term of the lease be 25-years, a re-appraisal may be made every five (5) years from the date of issuance thereof.

Based on the presentation made by Ramon Gareza, a representative of the FGMHPC, at a meeting in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, the construction of the weir and the powerhouse will occupy about 6 hectares of public forest land within the ancestral domain claim in sitio Pagipik , Barangay Bangonay , Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Puyo river is considered one of the several potential hydropower sites in Mindanao.

OIC Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said the project would provide additional electric power supply particularly in Agusan del Norte but made it clear that no trees shall be destroyed during the construction stage.

Gareza said that under the project development plan, the weir diverts river water into the headrace of a run-of-river type hydropower plant. He said the weir is primarily used to obstruct the water-flow and raise the water at a sufficient height. The weir is usually built to develop ponding necessary to allow diversion of the flow of to the powerhouse through a headrace while allowing excess discharge including floods to pass through. An energy dissipater or an apron is usually provided to prevent erosion downstream of the weir. A sub-surface race shall be also constructed covering a total length of about 6 kilometers to the powerhouse. The sub-surface headrace conveys the diverted river flow from the weir to the surge tank and penstock.

The construction of the hydro-power plant is expected to be done in 32 months. Gareza said the project is being pursued by the FGMHPC in response to the Philippine Government’s program for energy independence and in support of the international call for curtailing green house gas emission. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: DTI ilalatag ang Diskwento Caravan Balik Eskwela edition sa buong bansa

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 9 (PIA) -- Magsagawa ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ng 29 na Diskwento Caravan-Balik Eskwela Edition sa buong bansa para mabigyan ng masmurang kagamitan sa eskwela, bags, sapatos at uniporme ang mga mag-aaral bago magsimula ang pasukan sa Hunyo.

Sinabi ni DTI National Capital Region (NCR) Assistant Director Ferdinand Manfoste na ang diskwento caravan ay gaganapin sa buong bansa mula Mayo 6 hanggang Hunyo 15, 2013.

“Ang diskwento caravan ay isang mabuting pagkakataon para sa ating mga mamimili na gustong makatipid sa kanilang nilalaan na panggatos para sa kagamitan sa eskwela, gaya ng mga bag, sapatos at uniporme ng kanilang mga mag-aaral,” sabi ni Manfoste diskwento caravan sa Lungsod ng Makati.

Ang mga produktong pinagbibili sa diskwento caravan tulad ng kwaderno, papel, lapis, krayola, gunting, mga bag, sapatos at iba pa ay pinagbibili sa murang halaga at may diskwentong mula 20 hanggang 70 porsyento.

Nangako rin si Manfoste sa mga mamimili na kahit ang mga mabibiling kagamitan sa eskuwwla ay nasa murang halaga, ito ay nanggagaling din sa magagaling na pagawaan at may mabuting kalidad.

“Ang mga kagamitan sa eskwela na ipinagbibili sa ating Diskwento Caravan ay ligtas at sumusunod sa mga alituntunin ng paggawa,” sabi ni Manfoste.

Maliban sa mga kagamitan sa eskuwela, ang Diskwento Caravan ay naghahandog din ng mga pang araw-araw na ginagamit sa kabahayan tulad ng mantika, tinapay, delata, mga naprosesong karne, sabon panlaba at paligo at shampoo. Ang mga produktong mula sa maliit hanggang sa mga malalaking negosyante ay pinagbibili rin sa Diskwento Caravan.

Nagsimula noong taong 2008, ang diskwento caravan ay isa sa mga nagungunang proyekto ng DTI na ang layunin ay maibsan ang bigat na pinapasan ng mga may mababang kinikita na mga konsumador dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga nangungunang pangagailangan na mabibili. (RER/DMS/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Presidente Aquino mimando sa hintungdang mga Cabinet Secretaries lantawon ang Comelec resolution pag-imposar sa ‘money ban’

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 9 (PIA) -- Gimandoan ni Presidente Aquino ang mga Cabinet Secretaries nga lantawon ang mga sangpotanan sa resolusyon nga gipagawas sa Comelec pag-imposar og ban sa cash withdarawal nga molagpas P100,000 sa mga banko ug uban pa nga mga financial institutions, sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte kagahapon.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga gipagawas sa Presidente ang maong kamandoan aron matubag ang pipila ka mga mulo ug mga kabalaka mahitungod sa nasangpit nga resolusyon sukad nga gipagawas kini sa Comelec niadtong Martes.

Ang Comelec, nga mipagawas sa maong ban niadtong Martes, gidili usab niini ang paghupot, o pagdala ug kwarta nga mosobra sa P500,000.

Dugang pa niya, nga bisan kon nasabtan sa Presidente ang tumong sa maong Comelec resolution ug ubos usab kini sa mandato sa maong ahensya, nga aron masumpo ang pagpamalit og boto (vote-buying), gusto gihapon niya nga maklaro ang mga sangpotan sa pag-imposar sa nasangpit nga resolusyon.

Lakip sa mga hintungdang Secretaries nga gimandoan mao sila Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo ug Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, ug lain pang uban. (RER/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)