3.28.2014

United States’ Legal Attaché builds strong law enforcement relationship with PH authorities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

MANILA, Mar. 28 (PIA) – The Office of the Legal Attaché, established at the United States Embassy in Manila in 1961, primarily focuses on building strong law enforcement relationships with Philippine law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Anti-Money Laundering Council, Anti-Terrorism Council, and the Bureau of Immigration (BoI).

The current Legal Attaché is an experienced Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent and supported by two Assistant Legal Attachés and two professional office assistants. All Legal Attaché employees are employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI.

This strong relationship enable Philippine law enforcement and the FBI to work together and share law enforcement information and evidence to effectively combat transnational criminal organizations, terrorist organizations, fugitives, violent criminals and cyber criminals.

The FBI also sponsors various trainings and initiatives in the Philippines in addition to its joint investigations with the law enforcement here.

As part of the larger Philippines Anti-Human Trafficking initiative, the FBI works closely with the Philippine’s law enforcement to build a case and arrest the American and refer the victim to the appropriate agency or non-government organization to receive victim services. The FBI also called it as Sex Tourism initiative.

Extra-Judicial Killing Training is another initiative of the FBI for the law enforcement here. The FBI provides extensive training with the Philippine Department of Justice, the NBI and the PNP particularly in the provinces, regarding proper techniques to investigate thoroughly any and all extra-judicial killings.

Also, the FBI has three temporary duty agents to work closely with the PNP and NBI to address international terrorism concerns here in the country. This includes working with the PNP/NBI bomb technicians on how to handle bomb evidence for court as well as intelligence purposes. It also included several Philippine agencies to investigate the finances of terror organizations and money laundering networks.

Meanwhile, the FBI just concluded the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) initiative with the PNP in which the FBI donated the CODIS software to PNP and provided training to PNP’s Crime Laboratory Division on how to use the software to improve DNA matching capabilities. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


U.S. Dept of State provides programs on Cultural & Educational Exchanges

By: Jennifer P. Gaitano

MANILA, Mar. 28 (PIA) – The United States’ (U.S.) Department of State in Manila is continuously providing cultural and educational programs for Filipino people in the different sectors.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP), Southeast Asian Leadership Program (SEAYLP), Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, and Voluntary Visitors Program (VOLVIS) are the ongoing programs of the U.S. Embassy here for committed Filipino people who wanted to learn and willing to implement what they have learned through service projects in their communities upon their return in the country.

The IVLP, launched in 1940 is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

An average of 20 individuals from the Philippines participate in the IVLP program each year. They represent various sectors including media, academe, government, non-government organizations, faith groups, and businesses.

With the PYLP, since its creation in 2004, sends groups of young people (age 15-18) and young adult mentors from Mindanao to Northern Illinois University for a five-week intensive leadership training program. Participants take involvement in the sessions on interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution, and volunteerism. To date, there are already more than 200 PYLP alumni.

Also, the SEAYLP is a State Department-funded exchange that brings approximately 50 high school students and educators from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to the United States for an intensive, month-long program in leadership, civic responsibility, volunteerism, and respect for diversity.

Participants of the SEAYLP are teenagers, aged 15-17, and adult chaperones from up to ten countries in Southeast Asia who represent the ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity of their populations. The chaperones are teachers or community leaders who work with youth. Approximately six Filipinos participate on this program every year.

The YES Program, under the Kennedy-Lugar (K-L) Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, provides scholarships for students aged 15-17 to spend one academic year attending high school in the United States. K-L students have the opportunity to experience the life of an American high school student – they live with a host family, attend a U.S. high school, and participate in civic activities common to American high school students.

Meanwhile, the VOLVIS program provides up to 10 days of expanded professional meetings and exchanges for Filipinos who are travelling to the U.S. on their own accord. It is designed to enhance mutual understanding and provide individuals the opportunity to meet and confer with professional counterparts in the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Manila is willing to accept applicants from any of the abovementioned programs they provide/offer to the Filipinos. Interested applicants can also visit the embassy’s website and apply online. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


601 pupils complete drug resistance training program

By Tessiel R. Moleta

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 28 (PIA) – A total of 601 pupils from Surigao West Central Elementary School (SWECES) in Barangay San Juan received their certificate of completion for successfully completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program of the Surigao City Police Station (SCPS) during the culmination program held recently at the SWECES ground, this city.

"The program was aimed to educate the pupils of the harmful effect of drugs, tobacco and alcohol so that they do not get hooked to this vices and other forms of illegal drugs," PCI Rudy L. Elandag, SCPS chief said.

Eladag said the DARE program of the Philippine National Police was adopted from a similar endeavour by the Los Angeles Police (LAPD) of California, USA.

“DARE program was conducted by DARE special team from the Philippine National Police and PDEA from January 13 to March 21 this year to educate the grade 5 and 6 pupils of SWECES the harmful effect of drugs, tobacco and alcohol," Elandag said.

Elandag led the distribution of certificate together with SWECES School Principal Gregoria Cabajes, City Schools District Supervisor Marian C. Pepito, Program I Education Specialist Luzviminda Edillor, and Philippine Councilors League-Secretary General for Mindanao Marie Jane Comandante. (SDR/PCR Officer/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Farmers, fisherfolks to get full subsidies for SSS contributions from DA

MANILA, Mar. 28 (PIA) - In its continuing campaign to extend social protection to informal sector workers, the Social Security System (SSS) has formalized a key partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the latter to fully subsidize farmers' monthly SSS contributions as self-employed members.

The agreement is expected to benefit up to 200,000 agricultural workers nationwide who may qualify for the subsidy as members of Rural Based Organizations (RBOs) or Community Extension Workers (CEWs) in good standing, with 100 farmers already selected as the first batch of beneficiaries.

Despite their invaluable role in our nation's food security, farmers often struggle with seasonal incomes and their livelihood's vulnerability against typhoons, floods and other whims of nature.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. and Agricultural Secretary Proseso Alcala signed the agreement during ceremonies at the DA Main Office in Diliman, Quezon City on March 14, with SSS Senior Vice President Judy Frances See and DA-Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Director Asterio Saliot in attendance as witnesses.

Apart from farmers, fisherfolk will also be added to the list of beneficiaries for the subsidized SSS contributions. At present, over 450,000 farmers and fisherfolk are covered by SSS as self-employed members.

The DA-ATI, with RBOs and CEWs as its partners, implements extension and training activities to promote state-initiated food sufficiency programs and other priority thrusts of the DA. The subsidy for SSS contributions forms part of DA-ATI's compensation for the qualified members of RBOs and designated CEWs. Included in the list of RBOs are Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC); the youth-based 4H Clubs; Pambansang Mananalon, Mag-uuma, Magbabaul, Magsasaka (P4MP); Magsasaka Siyentista (MS); and Indigenous People (IP).

The subsidies will be based on P3,000 monthly salary credit, which is equivalent to a contribution of P330 per month. DA-ATI Regional Offices will remit the contributions to SSS quarterly via bank deposits as well as submit a regular payment list showing the beneficiaries of the monthly subsidies.

The chosen beneficiaries have the option to increase their monthly contribution, on top of the subisidized amount, to become entitled to higher SSS benefits and loans in the future.

Many farmers and fisherfolk lack social security coverage and face difficulties in remitting regular contributions. This is something that SSS aims to address through initiatives such as its new partnership with DA. (SSS/PIA-Caraga)


PCA Surigao Sur sends 54 chainsaw operators to Region 8

By Greg Tataro Jr.

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mar. 28 (PIA) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in Surigao del Sur has sent early this week to Eastern Visayas Region 54 highly skilled men who have the know-how in handling chainsaw operation.

According to PCA Provincial Manager George Rasonabe this move is in response to the memorandum issued on March 16 by PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes to the agency’s Regional Managers/Officer-In-Charge with the urgent to recruit individual chainsaw operators.

It was learned that said workers will have to join the pool of local manpower experts in the area to do the job of cutting and semi-processing felled and totally damaged coconut trees in Leyte and Samar Islands.

A staggering total of 13 million coconut trees was estimated to have been damaged by super Typhoon Yolanda, thus its immediate cutting and disposal before the onset of rainy season, the PCA said.

Rasoabe told Radyo ng Bayan that accordingly, recruits will have to get paid on a cutting per tree basis at P70 on felled ones or P80 per tree on the yet left standing but beyond economic recovery by following some prescribed specifications.

Meanwhile, he added that another batch of recruits from the province is on call anytime and ready for deployment if needed. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Ang kasunduang pangkapayapaan sa Mindanao ay maaring maging modelo para sa iba, sabi ni Prime Minister Najib

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 28, 2014 (PIA) - Sinabi ni Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak na ang nilagdaang Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) ay maaring maging modelo sa iba pa na gustong tapusin ang hidwaan sa mapayapang paraan.

Sa kanyang mensahe noong nagkaroon ng seremonya sa Malakanyang pagkatapos ng lagdaan ng CAB, sinabi ni Prime Minister na ang magandang Palasyo kung saan itinakda ang lagdaan ay tamang tama na ang40 taon na hidwaan ay natapos naat sinimulan ang bagong panahon na gagabay patungo sa kaunlaran at hustisya sa Bangsamoro.

“At kung ano man ang iyong ninanais na hindi makukuha pa pamamagitan ng dahas, at hidwaan, maaring makuhasa mapayapa at sa pinagkaisang gawain,” sabi ni Prime Minister Najib.

“At ito ang pinaka makahulugan na hudyat para sa iba pati na sa iba pang parte ng mundo. Nakikita natin na maraming hidwaan araw-araw na halos wala nang katapusan at gusto ng mga tao na kunin lahat ng kailangan nila. Ayaw nilang magkaroon ng kompromiso. Ayaw nilang magkaroon ng mga sulusyon.”

Ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at ang MILF ay pinakita sa iba ang paraan na ang kapayapaan ay makamit sa pamamagitan ng unawaan at iabot ang kamay bilang pakipagkaibigan at ilahad ang tiwala at kompyansa.

Pero ang paglalahad ng tiwala at kompyansa ay hindi magagawa ng magdamagan, sabi niya, pinuna na dapat ang lahat ng panig ay kailangang magkaroon ng tiyaga para sila ay mabuo.

Sinabi rin ng Pinuno na Malaysian na ang kanyang bansa ay nagagalak na naging parte ng paglalakbay ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas at ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pagkatapos na ito ay naging instrumento sa pagtutulay ng guwang sa magkabilang panig.

Pinuri rin ni Prime Minister Najib si Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang personal na pagiging pinuno na siyang naging gabay sa lagdaan ng kasunduang pangkapayapaan. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Pagpalong sa suga tabang sa Climate Change – Sec. Paje

Ni Richell P. Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 28 (PIA) - Si Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje  nag-awhag  aron sa pag-uban sa kalibutanhong kalihukan sa “Earth Hour” pamaagi sa pagpalung sa suga aron pagsuporta sa kampanya batok Climate Change, nga kini ang posibleng hinungdan sa nahitabong bagyong Yolanda.

Matud pa ni Paje nga ang  naaguman sa Bagyong Yolanda ang nagtuklod sa matag Pilipino isip pahimangno nga mo apil sa obserbasyon sa Earth Hour sa Marso 29, gikan sa 8:30 to 9:30 sa gabii.

“Ang dala nga kadaot sa Super typhoon Yolanda ang nahimong dalan nga kita dapat magseryoso kun hisgutan ang Climate Change ug angayan lamang nga suportahan nato kining Earth Hour “ ug usab kuyog ta sa pag-celebral niini,” Sigon ni Paje.

“Ang usa ka oras nga pagpalong dakong tabang sa Climate Change,” dugang ni Paje.

Nag-sugod ang Pilipinas sa pag-apil niini kani-adtong tuig 2009, nga ubay-ubay kasagari ang mo-apil tibbok rehiyon sa nasud. Ug kani kita ang nakadawat sa “Earth Hour Hero Country” tibook kalibutan.

Karung tuiga, ang nasud ang napili  isip benipisyaryo sa unang “Earth Hour Blue,"  usa kini ka internasyonal nga crowdfunding and crowdsourcing nga gihimong inisyatibo sa World Wildlife Fund for Nature o WWF aron sa paghatag og mga baroto sa mga biktima sa Yolanda.

Ubos niini nga proyekto, mao ang paghatag usab sa mga gamit sa pagtukod sa mga balay ug paghatag pud og mga baroto ngadto sa mga biktima sa Yolanda. Ang pag-gama sa mga  60 ka-baroto gilauman mahuman sa tunga-tunga sa Abril.

Si Paje usab nagsulti nga kining proyekto sa pag-gamit sa teknolohiya earth-friendy kini aron maubsan ang pag-gamit sa kahoy sa atong kalasangan.

“Ug usab ang proyekto mo awhag sa katawhan aron sa pagpangisda sa ginagmay pero tarung nga panginabuhian ilabina ngadto nga nag-puyu dool sa kadagatan,” siya midugang.

Kining Earth Hour nagsugod sa Sydney, Australia tuig 2007 dihang adunay 2.2 million residente ang ni-apil sa pagpalong sa suga sa lain-laing balay ug opisina. Kini ang sinugdanan nga daghan na ang ni-apil sa maong tinuig nga kalihukan tibook kalibutan aron sa pag-protektar sa atong kinaiyahan. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Malaysian PM Najib nagpasalamat sa Pilipinas alang sa suporta sa nagpadayon nga pagpangita sa flight MH370

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Marso 28 (PIA) –Si Malaysian Prime Minister Dato 'Sri Mohd Najib Bin tun Abdul Razak niadtong Huwebes nagpasalamat sa Pilipinas alang sa pagtabang niini sa padayon nga paningkamot sa pagpangita alang sa nawala nga Malaysia Airlines MH370 nga nagdala sa 239 ka mga tawo.

Si Malaysian Prime Minister Dato 'Sri Mohd Najib Bin tun Abdul Razak gidapit ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III aron sa pagsaksi sa pagpirmahanay sa Comprehensive Agreement sa Bangsamoro nga gihimo didto sa Malakanyang Palace grounds.

Ang Malaysia diin nagpasilitar sa negosasyon sa kalinaw tali sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas ug sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front sukad niadtong 2001.

Si Prime Minister Najib miingon nga ang Malaysia mapasalamaton sa suporta sa iyang mga silingang mga nasud, lakip ang Pilipinas, sa pagpangita alang sa nawala nga Flight MH370.

"Ang atong pagtuo sa kooperasyon tabok sa utlanan gipalig-on sa trahedya," ang Malaysia premier miingon atol sa iyahang pakigpulong sa seremonya sa pagpirma sa Comprehensive Agreement sa Bangsamoro niadtong Huwebes.

"Ang pagkawala sa 239 ka tawo nga misakay sa Flight MH370 nakadestrosar. Ang Malaysia mapasalamaton sa suporta sa atong mga higala ug mga silingan, lakip na sa Pilipinas, sa padayon nga paningkamot sa pagpangita. Sa malisud nga panahon, kami mihugot ug kalig-on gikan sa maloloy-on nga tubag sa atong mga kauban nga mga nasud," (“The loss of 239 people on board Flight MH370 has been devastating. Malaysia is grateful for the support of our friends and neighbors, including the Philippines, in the continuing search effort. At this difficult time, we draw strength from the compassionate response of our fellow nations,”) dugang pa niya.

Una nang gikompirma sa Prime Minister nga ang nawala nga Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, nagdala ug 227 ka mga pasahero ug 12 ka mga crew, "natapos sa habagatang bahin sa Indian Ocean." Ang Flight MH370, mipaingon sa Beijing, ug gikatahong nawala niadtong petsa 8 sa Marso. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)