PIA News Service - Friday, September 13, 2013

AgNor PARCCOM, FEDARCCO join call to save Mount Mayapay

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, September 13 (PIA) - The Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) of Agusan del Norte and the Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperative (FEDARCCO) have joined the continuing advocacy to protect and conserve Mount Mayapay, the city's natural heritage.

Officials of the Agusan del Norte PARCCOM during its meeting in September 13 pledged their strong support for the rehabilitation and conservation effort of Mt. Mayapay.

PARCCOM chairperson Greg Hontiveros bared that there was already a study on Mt. Mayapay which substantially proposed the need to rehabilitate and protect its ecological equilibrium. 

Hontiveros believed that there should be significant advocacy support and action to save Mt. Mayapay since the surrounding communities especially the small farmers and agrarian reform cooperatives will be greatly affected once the mountain will seriously disturbed.

On the same occasion, the board of directors (BOD) of the FEDARCCO submitted their full support to save Mount Mayapay.

Meanwhile, Roselyn D. Saldua, Board of Director of FEDARCCO revealed that the cooperative has set a plan to conduct tree planting activities at Mt. Mayapay as part of their environmental support program.

"The FEDARCCO board of directors has been discussing a plan for tree planting activities to Mt. Mayapay. We will soon set schedule for the tree planting after we resolve some of the problems faced by the cooperative so we can focus with our agriculture and environmental programs," she said.

Saldua bared that the FEDARCCO is an alliance of agrarian reform farmer cooperatives and associations in Agusan del Norte with the total incorporators of 43 cooperatives and associations, as of September 2013. One of the missions of the cooperative is to "promote and develop the environment and the forests." (JSN/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga Region Institute of Peace opens nominations for Peace Ambassadors Award

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - The Caraga Region Institute of Peace (CRIP) through chair and executive director Rex Ybañez is accepting nominees for this year's Regional Peace Ambassadors Award which is set on September 30.
Ybañez said the CRIP will recognize 10 individuals across the region that has made an impact in their communities through their exemplary character and initiatives on propagating peace and human rights education.

"The award gives importance of the awardees' exceptional display of skills, knowledge and perseverance in attaining greater heights of achievement for the community, for the work place, for the church and for the school has served as an inspiration for others thus becoming a role model worthy of emulation," said Ybañez.

Ybañez further said that the nominee, regardless of sex and age, must be a resident of Caraga region who have proven track records on peace education or human rights advocacies.

Interested parties, individuals may email the narrative personal information of the nominee with emphasis on his/her (nominee’s) efforts on peace and human rights advocacies with the nomination letter on or before September 25, 2013 to cripcaraga@gmail.com. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NGCP announces scheduled power interruption in parts of Surigao Norte, Surigao Sur, entire Siargao Island

BUTUAN CITY, Sept.  13 (PIA) - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announced on Thursday, the scheduled shutdown of the transmission facilities in some areas of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and entire Siargao Island from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Milfrance Q. Capulong, NGCP Mindanao Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Officer, said the affected utilities are the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (SURNECO), Siargao Island Electric Cooperative (SIARELCO) and Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative (SURSECO II).

Capulong said the specific cities and municipalities that will be affected by the power interruption include the municipalities of Alegria, Mainit, Tubod, Placer, Bacuag, Gigaquit and Claver, Surigao del Norte; Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte; and municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen and Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.

NGCP explained to its customers and the public clients that the power interruption was due to the re-scheduled tapping of newly re-routed section from structures BM321 up to BM325 at Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, affected by road widening of the Department of Public Works and Highways and rehabilitation of four critical structures.

Normal power operations will immediately resume after the work completion. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Police, DENR arrest timber poachers in Dinagat

By Richele Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - Police and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) operatives have arrested five persons  while attempting to transport about 5,000 bd.ft. of illegally-sawn lumber in the remote coastal village of Benglen in Libjo, Dinagat Province on Monday, September 9.

PENRO Agapito Patubo of Dinagat Province said the police were responding to a text message information about an on-going loading of undocumented lumber with an estimated volume of 5,000 bd.ft , by a group of men  in that fishing village when the police chanced upon them. The police also confiscated the motorized boat used by the suspects.

Suspects, all residents of the nearby town of Loreto, Dinagat Province brought to the police station but they were later granted temporary liberty pending the filing of criminal charges of theft and violation of P.D. 705 and unauthorized use of chainsaw by the DENR against them.

Patubo said DENR forest management personnel led by Nathaniel Racho have brought the seized lumber products and the motorboat at the PENRO compound for depository and proper disposition.

It can be recalled that during his visit in the province earlier, the DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. has challenged the people to protect the forest cover of the aesthetic island province of Dinagat to attract tourists that could further improve the local economy.

DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo has commended the police in that province headed by Police Inspector Wilfredo Alarcon and PENRO Patubo for a “job well-done” in the apprehension of the illegal lumber. (NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


60 Surigao Sur PWDs trained in meat processing

SURIGAO DEL SUR, September 13 (PIA) - Some 60 persons with disability (PWDs) in Barangays Tina and Carromata in the interior municipality of San Miguel, this province availed of a  two-day livelihood "meat processing" training.

According to Community Development Information Officer Nancy Elizalde, the activity was part of the basic services extended by the local government unit aimed at reducing poverty incidence in the community.

Elizalde said for Barangay Tina participants, the activity was held on September 10-11 while for Barangay Carromata participants the event was conducted on September 12-13.

"Both barangays were allotted 30 beneficiaries each," said Elizalde.

The activity was spearheaded by the municipal government of San Miguel under Mayor Alvaro Elizalde in partnership with the TESDA-Provincial Office who also served as facilitator of the four-day training. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)