9.12.2013

PIA News Service - Thursday, September 12, 2013

LGU recognizes Butuanon's contribution to Clean and Zero Waste program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - Butuanon's efforts in helping maintain the city government's Clean Ground Zero Waste Program were recognized during its second anniversary celebration.

Butuan City officials led by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., members of the different committees under the CGZW Program, barangay captains/punong barangays, Sangguniang Panlungsod members, representatives of government agencies, teachers, pupils, and other guests gathered on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the city hall grounds for the event.

During the program, art works/crafts from waste materials by the students from the private and public schools were also displayed for public viewing.

City Administrator Leah Mendoza urged attendees to continue maintaining a clean community and a clean home.

"Let's make cleanliness a part of our daily living," she added.

Dr. Virgilio Nery Jr., Butuan City councilor and chairperson of the Clean Streets Committee under the CGZW Program, lauded the unified efforts of the local officials, members of the different committees, barangay eco-marshals, government agencies, media partners and the general public for taking its role and continuously cooperating and supporting the program and making it successful. "Though we have achieved this far, there's still so much to be done," he said.

Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr of Butuan City recognized the valuable efforts of Butuanons in the implementation of the city govt's Clean Ground Zero Waste Program, reminding attendees that 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'.

Among  other government agencies, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga headed by Regional Director Abner Caga received the Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Amante, as Best Regional Line Agency Program Implementor and for achieving the best practice of Waste Segregation at Source.

Mayor Amante also awarded with plaques and certificates of recognition the members of the Youth for Environment in Schools (YES) for Zero Waste Butuan, who has been active in environmental activities in their respective schools.

The Clean Ground Zero Waste Movement of the Butuan City government is aimed to facilitate a social transformation processes among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste at source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money; and massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (non-biodegradables). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Bomb scare caused panic in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) – A suspicious styrofoam box has caused a stir at around 2:30pm, Wednesday at the Luneta Park in front of the City Gymnasium, this city.

Police personnel immediately barricaded the said portion of the park for almost two hours after the suspicious item was found.

SPO1 Leodee Clerigo and PO1 Ivy Recimo both trained personnel from Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Surigao City Philippine National Police voluntary detonated the said box using water disruptor with non-electric blasting cap at around 4:29 in the afternoon.

A police report confirmed that the box contained only cellophanes used for vending, and not a bomb. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Broadcasters, DILG, DENR and PNP plant trees nationwide during 2013 OPLAN Broadcastreeing

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - Broadcasters and staff of the different AM, FM and TV stations around Butuan City along with students, street children, and representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and partner establishments joined efforts to plant trees during the 2013 OPLAN Broadcastreeing: The Urban Greening Project in Barangay Masao, Butuan City, recently.

Participants were mostly coming from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter, but were joined by students from Grand View College; street children accompanied by Butuan City Councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos and Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) deputy police director PSupt Romy Palgue; participants from the PNP, DILG, and the private sector, particularly Almont Hotel and Nature's Spring.

The group gathered at around 6 a.m. at the Guingona Park where a brief opening program was conducted followed shortly by a hataw warm-up routine.

A convoy proceeded that led all the way to Barangay Masao with vehicles provided by KBP partner members, the city government of Butuan, and Councilor Sergio Pascual.

Armed with their own planting implements and the seedlings provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the participants lined the street and planted some 600 seedlings mostly narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and talisay (Terminalia catappa).

Personnel from Barangay Masao, under the leadership of Punong Barangay Bernardo A. Perez, assisted the planters by preparing the planting sites. They will also take charge of monitoring and maintaining the trees that have been planted.

The activity in Masao was part of a national tree planting campaign held simultaneously across the country.

This is in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) per Executive Order No. 26, Series of 2011 dated February 24, 2011. (NCLM/DILG XIII/PIA-Caraga)


DILG turns over potable water system to Barangay Remedios, Esperanza, ADS

By Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) turned-over the Level III Potable Water System to the recipient-barangay of Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur last September 10.

Caraga DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, accompanied by Agusan del Sur Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez, joined Esperanza Municipal Mayor Deo P. Manpatilan, Jr. and Remedios Punong Barangay Lilian P. Bandi during the ribbon cutting and turn-over ceremonies.

The community members of Remedios witnessed as they blessed and cut the ribbon of the pump house and deep well, then proceeded to the fire hydrant which they also blessed, cut the ribbon thereof, and even turned-on to show fresh, clean water gushing out. To show their confidence of the potability of the water, DILG personnel present took turns to drink the water from the hydrant.

The formal turn-over ceremony followed at the Barangay Remedios Multi-Purpose Hall. Here, they signed the Certificate of Project Completion and Certificate of Acceptance and Turn-Over, after which Dir. Sanchez and Dir. Famacion gave their messages.

"The DILG is a mere instrument used by the national government to bridge projects into the level of the barangays. And this would not have been made possible were it not for the preparation of the municipality as well as the province," said Sanchez.

RD Famacion, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of water, that it is "the most important mineral more than gold, and nickel" and that it is "vital for life to exist."  She mentioned how the project was made possible through the efforts of the municipal mayor, and the Seal of Good Housekeeping that the municipality earned which paved the way to projects and funding coming in. She also invited them to propose more projects under the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB) for 2015.

This was followed by the turning over of the key of responsibility to the Municipal Mayor, the Municipal Engineer, the Barangay Captain, Barangay Council and the Barangay Water and Sanitation Association (BWASA). Acceptance speeches from PB Bandi and Mayor Manpatilan followed.

The project entitled Rehabilitation and Expansion of Barangau Remedios Potable Water System (Level III) is worth P3.265 Million of which P3 Million comes from the DILG's Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (SALINTUBIG) 2012 funding and the remainder as the counterpart of the Municipality of Esperanza.

Construction started last January 3 of this year and was completed 6 months later, on June 28. It became fully operational only after the electrical-supply needs were provided by ASELCO to power the submersible pump. (NCLM/DILG XIII/PIA-Caraga)


Army in Caraga vows to ensure safety, welfare of civilians in its AOR

By Joe Patrick Martinez

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 12 (PIA) - Following the attack of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) group in Zamboanga City, army leaders in Caraga region vowed to ensure safety and welfare of civilians in its area of responsibility.

402nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Ferdinand F Quidilla together with his three battalion commanders, 30th Infantry Batallion (IB) Commanding Officer Ltc Vincent Iringan, 29IB Commanding Officer Ltc Virgilio Luna, and 4th Scout Ranger Batallion Commanding Offcier Ltc Freddie Dela Cruz whose area of responsibility covers the whole province of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, and Butuan City said that the brigade will be more vigilant in its area.

In his recent coordination with the regional director of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA-13) and the regional director of the Philippine National Police-Regional Office 13 about the matter pertaining the security and stand of the authorities altogether, they emphasized the rule of law in any eventualities that might occur as far as MNLF movements is concerned.

"It is noted that the MNLF group here in CARAGA region had inherited the distinct characteristics of every Caraganons which is a peace-loving-people. But we would like to remind our brothers not to participate in any way that the Caraganons shall be involved or connected with any hostile attack that might ignite the fire in every people in this region against them," said OMA-13 regional director Engr. Yusoph M. Dianalan.

In close coordination with PNP-13 regional director PCSupt Getulio Napenas, Quidilla said the leadership of the 402nd Infantry Brigade emphasized that "in order to avoid confusions among the people, any civilians are not allowed to wear military uniforms or carry firearms. Ang PNP na aming sinusuportahan ay aarestuhin at kakasuhan kayo (The PNP supported by the army shall arrest you and put charges against you)."

Col. Quidilla said that he and PCSupt Napenas expect that the law regulating this matter shall be strictly observed. (402nd Brigade/PIA-Caraga)


DENR-13 prepares to distribute 1,540 residential lot titles

By Angel dela Torre

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - The Lands Management Sector of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region-13 (DENR-LMS) is expected to distribute 1,540 residential land titles in the five provinces of its jurisdiction as a continuing program under the "Handog Titulo ng Pangulo."

Land Management Regional Technical Director Atty. Pacquito R. Rosal said the patents were submitted to the Register of Deeds for official authentication before it is distributed to the beneficiaries.

"This is 29 percent of the annual target of the DENR-LMS this year. There are more titles that are being processed to complete or exceed the accomplish target by December 2013," Atty. Rosal said.

He said 538 patents will be distributed in Surigao del Sur covering a total area of 8.6475 hectres, 331 patents in Surigao del Norte with a total area of 6.8094 hectares, 262 patents (6.4946 hectares) in Agusan del Sur, 262 patents (19.8237 hectares) in Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Province, 147 patents covering a total of 2.7700 hectares.

Handog Titulo is a continuing program of the DENR to promote social equity and alleviate poverty particularly in the rural areas. The distribution of Residential Patents is promulgated under under Republic Act 10023 issued on September 9,2010. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


DAR-13 expects more efficiency with new LTI Op Tool

By Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga Regional Office expects more efficiency and effectiveness in working with the Land Tenure Improvement (LTI) data as it started to orient its employees with the new LTI Operation Tool (LTI Op Tool),

During the opening of the orientation and walk through workshop last September 10, DAR regional director Faisar Mambuay encouraged all personnel involved to take time in learning the new tool.  "Along the way there will be inconveniences, but rest assured that this tool is designed and developed towards better purposes and results," he added.

The custom web-based application will not only hasten the delivery of output, but will also treat discrepancies of data in all levels.

The land tenure improvement is the sector of DAR that is in-charge with the distribution of lands to landless and qualified farmers. As of August, DAR-13 is 109 percent of its 9588 hectares annual target in land distribution despite the on-going rationalization efforts of the Department.


For Mambuay, DAR is business as usual side by side with the rationalization efforts. (NCLM/DAR-13/PIA-Caraga)