PIA News Service - Tuesday, May 28, 2013



DENR transmits 552 Patents to ROD in Caraga Region

By Angel dela Torre & Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 13 through the Land Management Sector has transmitted 552 Free Patents and Residential Patents to the Register of Deeds (ROD) for formal distribution to the beneficiaries in Caraga Region.

“This is 10 percent done as of May 15, 2013 based from the target goal of 5,319 patents transmitted set for the year,” lawyer Paquito Rosal, regional technical director, said.

PENRO Surigao del Sur transmitted 180 patents followed by Agusan del Sur, 142 patents, Surigao del Norte, 131 patents Agusan del Norte, 62 patents and Dinagat Islands with 37, patents.

The patents covered 11.5157 hectares of lands scattered throughout the region.

Republic Act No. 10023, otherwise known as an Act Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents to Residential Lands or the Free Patent Act was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last March 9, 2010. The newly enacted law aims to ease the requirements and procedures in the titling of Residential Lands. An estimated 39 million Filipinos living on unregistered lands are expected to benefit from the new law which has amended RA 9169, otherwise known as the Public Land Act.

RA 10023 reduces the period of eligibility for titling from 30 years to 10 years. However, only alienable land not needed for Public use may be given a free patent. Any Filipino who has paid all the real estate taxes for 10 years shall be entitled to free patent for such parcel of land in all municipalities and cities.

With the new law signed, landowners can now apply with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to acquire a title through a free patent. This avoids the lengthy and tedious process of acquiring a title through the courts under the Public Land Act which often meant decades of waiting for court approval.

In order to qualify, the land should not exceed 200 square meters if it is in a highly urbanized city, 500 meters in other cities, 750 meters in first class and second class municipalities, and 1,000 meters in third-class municipalities. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Mindanao Kids’ Village selling fair a hit

By Ramil J. Leongas & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) -- The three-day gathering of some 2,500 delegates for this year's edition of the Mindanao Kids' Village earned for local producers not only promotion, but also sales for their products.

The gathering of Kids for Christ from all over Mindanao was held at the Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court last May 3-5.

The selling fair was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Caraga in cooperation with the Caraga Regional Association of Traders and Entrepreneurs in Food, Inc. (CReATE Food), Butuan City Producers and Processors of Food, Inc. (Butuan ProFood), and Couples for Christ (CFC)-Kids Agusan del Norte Chapter, the gathering’s host.

The 16 local producers who joined earned a combined cash sales of some P250,000 for the three-day event.

Top sellers were Reyannejane’s Essence T-shirts and other souvenir items depicting famous Butuan City and Caraga tourist destinations, Three Stars Ice Cream’s products which were the perfect foil to the heat of summer, and MEMZ Food Products own version of pork chicharon, its taste greatly enhanced with their own-concocted “sukang tuba”.

The delegates and their parents also bought other products sold in the fair such as fashion accessories, peanut delights, biscuits, distilled lemon grass, fresh vegetables and various handicrafts. (DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


DENR revives forest chokepoints in Agusan del Sur & Surigao del Sur

By Angel dela Torre

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 13 has revived its choke points in several strategic locations here to deter the transport of illegal logs.

Choke point is a military strategy to force an armed force to pass on a narrower point and therefore greatly decrease the combat power of the enemy to reach its objective. The DENR 13 Forest Management Services ( FMS) has adopted this concept to force trucks that are transporting undocumented logs to pass through these so called “chokepoints” to prevent them from reaching its destination.

The move was formalized during the meeting of the Regional Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee ( RMFPC) presided over by DENR Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Marites M. Ocampo.

“We have to neutralize negative perceptions about the DENR hence there is a need to establish chokepoints in strategic places particularly in areas where illegal logs are noted” Ocampo said.

The chokepoints shall complement the existing forest monitoring checkpoints at the national highways and the Agusan river. It will be manned by the members of the RFMPC, the PNP and the DENR personnel.

Ocampo said the move will hopefully erase negative public perception that Caraga Region is a “haven of illegal loggings”. She said the DENR has succeeded in reducing the activities of illegal logging from 34 identified “hot spots” to 17 hot spots owing to the implementation of Executive Order No., 23.

She said the DENR-PNP-military operation has focused its efforts in the towns of Esperanza, Sibagat, Trento, Loreto, Rosario, La Paz, Talacogon, San Luis in Agusan del Sur and Bislig, Carmen, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Tandag in Surigao del Sur and Tagdianao in Surigao del Norte. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


DTI advises online shoppers to be vigilant

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga Region urges online shoppers to be vigilant in purchasing items through the internet.

DTI offices nationwide have received a number of complaints involving online consumer transactions. The complaints covered non-delivery of the items ordered, delay in the delivery and defective items upon delivery.

Like any type of consumer transactions, online shopping is protected under the Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Electronic Commerce Act. However, it is not entirely considered safe for consumers considering the fact that they have to pay the purchase price before they receive the products they have ordered and paid for. Online sellers who can maintain bogus phone numbers and addresses may be difficult to locate especially if the products bought are found to be defective.

DTI-Caraga enjoins consumers to check the validity of the online store before making any purchases. Look for customer feedbacks or comments regarding the online store as customers who have previously bought from the said store usually post feedbacks or comments about the quality of products they have bought or about the quality of services the store has provided to them.

In case of sales promotions or discounts of online products, consumers should check for the appropriate DTI permit as some online sellers are considered “fly-by-night sellers” that can no longer be contacted after consumers placed their orders and paid for the items.

For any consumer complaints or inquiries on online consumer transactions, go to the nearest DTI office. (NCLM/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: PNP naghahanda para sa seguridad ng mga mag-aaral at mga nagbibyahe para sa Balik-Eskwela 2013

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mayo 28 (PIA) -- Para masiguro and kaligtasan at seguridad ng mga mag-aaral at mga magbibyahe, nakahanda na ang PNP na magbabantay at serbisyong pangkaligtasan sa buong bansa sa panahong magbubukas na ang klase sa darating na Hunyo para sa taunang pasukan 2013-2014.

Sa pakikipag-ugnayan kasama ang Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), mga lokal na pamahalaan at iba pang kasamang ahensiya, ang PNP ay bumuo ng magbabantay sa iba’t ibang paaralan at unibersidad partikular na sa Metro Manila at iba pang malalaking lungsod kung saan malaking hanay ng mga mag-aaral ang dadagsa sa una at pangalawang linggo ng Hunyo.

Kasama na sa mga babantayan ay ang mga paliparan, daungan, mga terminal, mga gusaling pangkalakalan at mga lugar kung saan may maraming tao na masinsinang babantayan at bibigyan ng seguridad dahil inaasahang dadagsa ang mga tao mula sa kanilang pagbakasyon sa katapusan ng Mayo.

Sa kautusan ng hepe ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na si Police Director General Alan Purisima, lahat ng pangrehiyon na tanggapan ng pulisya ay bubuo ng mga grupo sa lahat ng istasyon ng pulis upang magpatrolya sa mga pangunahing lansangan at sa malalaking kalsada papunta sa mga paaralan at sa mga paligid ng mga paaralan para masiguro ang pampublikong kaligtasan.

“Gusto rin naming bigyan ng babala ang publiko lalo na ang mga mag-aaral na sila ay dapat laging nagmamatyag at alerto habang papunta sa mga paaralan lalo na sa mga pampasaherong jeep, bus at mga tren kung saan maaaring kumukuha ng tiyempo ang mga kriminal,” sabi ni Purisima.

“Kailangang maging mapagmatiyag at nagbabantay sa kanilang mga kagamitan sa lahat ng panahon. Dagdag pa rito, ang mga magulang ay dapat laging nakatuon ang pansin sa mga bata habang papunta at pauwi mula sa paaralan,” dagdag pa ni Purisima.

“May mga helpdesk ring ilalagay ang kapulisan malapit sa mga paligid ng paaralan sa buong bansa sa pakikipagugnayan sa mga opisyal ng mga paaralan at sa kanilang mga nagbabantay na pwersa at sa hanay ng mga pwersa ng barangay,” sabi ni Purisima.

Magtalaga rin ang pulisya ng mga dedikadong tauhan para matugunan ang mga pang-aapi o pananakot sa labas at loob ng paaralan sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga opisyales ng paaralan at lokal na pamahalaan hinggil sa masinsinang pagpapatupad ng zoning ordinance na nagbabawal ng computer shops, bilyaran at iba pang nakakatawag ng pansin malapit sa mga paaralan.

Kung may mga kahinahinalang pangyayari o mga tao o kaya grupo na mapansin, nananawagan si Purisima sa publiko na tumawag agad o magsumbong sa pinakamalapit na police assistance desk, o kaya istasyon ng pulisya sa pamamagitan ng hotlines, I text Mo kay TSIP 09178475757 at PNP. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: BFAR gitabangan ang apektadong mga mangingisda

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mayo 28 (PIA) – Gitabangan sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ang Filipinong mga mangingisda nga apektado sa away didto sa West Philippine Sea, matud sa Palasyo kagahapon.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte nga ang BFAR mipadala na og mga gamit pangisda sama sa gitawag nga “payao” didto aron matabangan ang lokal nga mangingisda didto sa Scarborough Shoal o Scarborough Reef nga naila usab nga Panatag Shoals ug Bajo de Masinloc.

Ang matag payao, adunay puthaw nga palutaw, angkla nga bato, pisi ug dahon palwa, nga makapahimo sa mga gagmayng mangingisda pagkuha og dagkong isda nga dili kinahanglan mopalawod didto sa Scarborough Reef.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga gi-awhag usab sa BFAR ang lokal nga mangingisda sa pagpanubay og laing alternatibo nga kapangisdaan luyo sa Scarborough Reef.

Dugang pa ni Valte nga ang administrasyong Aquino nagpabiling porsigido sa paggamit sa diplomatikong pamaagi aron maresulba ang away sa West Philippine Sea ug gisubli niini nga “kung unsay ato, magpabilin kini nga ato” lakip na ang Ayungin Shoal.

Matud sa mga taho, ang Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) mipasaka na og diplomatikong protesta aron ereklamo ang paglapas sa China didto sa maritime boarders nga gimugna sa Pilipinas, lakip ang pagsulod sa tulo ka mga barko sa China sulod sa Ayungin Shoal. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)