PIA News Service - Monday, June 24, 2013



PRO-13 personnel awarded during the Police Detective Course

By PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Training Service at National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City conducted Police Detective Course – Training of Trainers (PDC-TOT) Class ) 1-2013 from April 11 to June 14.

PRO 13 sent three (3) personnel from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) composed of PSupt Rainier P. Diaz, PSINnsp Amadeo A. Meude and PO3 Alexander B. Fazon Jr.

The objective of the said course is to empower the RIDMDs of PROs to be effective in the conduct of independent investigative trainings to its personnel and to come up with the Police Detective Course – Standard Training Package.

Participants undergo rigid practical trainings to become effective trainers. One of which is the Manhunting. The team of PO3 Fazon was task to conduct information gathering and profiling of a suspect in Taytay, Rizal charged with Qualified Theft. Said team, equipped with alias warrant of arrest successfully arrested Eric Valenzuela y Peña, long time suspect at large, who is also a member of a notorious robbery-hold-up group in the area.

After a month of training, a closing ceremony was conducted and highlighted with the awarding of medals to deserving participants.

PO3 Fazon Jr. was surprised when their team was called and awarded as the best team. It is indeed a great feeling for PO3 Fazon Jr. to be applauded, bringing honor to PRO 13 in his own modest way.

PCSupt Getulio P Napeñas said that Caraga police is truly proud of the honor brought by PO3 Fazon Jr. to PRO 13 and the RIDMD personnel who participated in the said training. They all deserve to be applauded for they will surely be good trainers and will impart their knowledge in investigation and related matters to their counterpart in the lower units which is very vital in the performance of police functions. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)


DENR top exec urges Dinagat people to protect forest cover

By Eric F. Gallego

DINAGAT ISLANDS, June 24 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr. on Thursday urged the people here to be vigilant in protecting the forest cover of this island province to preserve its natural beauty.

Ignacio visited this remote island in the Eastern Pacific area of the Philippines as honored guest in the inauguration of the new building of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) under PENRO Agapito Patubo in what is considered as the first national agency set up as provincial office on Dinagat, the newest and the fifth province in the Caraga Region.

USEC Ignacio was accompanied by DENR OIC Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo and the former RED Leonardo R. Sibbaluca who was considered as one of the DENR officials who initiated the plan for the construction of the building.

Other top regional officials who likewise present to witness the occasion were the Regional Technical Directors Maritess Ocampo of the DENR 13 Forest Management Services, Atty. Paquito Rosal of the Land Management Services, Mario Eludo of the Protected Areas and Wildlife, Coastal Zone Management Services and Ronilo L. Salac of the Ecosystem Research and Development Services.

“I was attracted with the beauty of natural resources of the province where the people are so warm and hospitable as I stepped out of the ferry boat that took us here ” USEC Ignacio said in his short remark at the inauguration ceremony.

He said that based on the province profile, about 37 percent (%) of the land area are covered with forest in spite of the fact that Dinagat has been proclaimed as a mineral reserve area. “There are several active mining operations in this province yet the forest cover is still sufficient,“ Ignacio said.

“The people should be vigilant against excessive exploitation of natural resources in the island otherwise the lives of the people may be jeopardized” he said. “Some areas in the country are suffering from destructive floods because the mountains could hardly contain erosions” Ignacio said.

He said that the DENR expect to plant one million seedlings over the next two years in the various areas of the province before the term of President Benigno S. Aquino ends in 2016. This year, he said, the DENR has able to plant 165,000 tree seedlings through the support of other government agencies, academe, non-government organizations and the local government units headed by the Provincial Governor Glenda Ecleo.

He said the DENR is also expected to distribute 2,500 land titles this year.

The status of PENR office was elevated from CENRO through the Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2013-09 issued by DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje by virtue of Republic Act No. 9355, the law that separated the islands from Surigao del Norte. The office is located in the capital town of San Jose.

PENRO Patubo has reiterated the commitment that the employees of the PENRO Dinagat sworn to Secretary Paje that “with a fully-functional provincial office, we are resolved to help the people along the path of sustainable development”. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)