Friday, July 11, 2014

DILG-Caraga enjoins local govt officials, LGOOs to campaign on climate change adaptation

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga has officially advised all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to join the endeavor of advocating on climate change mitigation and adaptation through a regional memorandum circular. The DILG Caraga provincial and city directors, city and municipal local government operations officers (LGOOs) were likewise directed to ensure widest dissemination of the issuance.

DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion said that the order is in response to the call of President Benigno Aquino, Jr.  through the Philippine Information (PIA), encouraging all government and private sectors to intensify the campaign as it aims to create a more adaptive community that would take actions to minimize the negative impacts of climate change.

“By bringing together leaders, public servants and private entities, we will be able to affect a holistic approach and make practical choices and realistic actions to fight climate change,” added Famacion.

The memorandum from DILG Caraga strongly requires the hanging of thematic tarpaulin imprinted with “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na Para Magbago” and the “laKasLIKASAN” statement tarp which promotes preservation and protection of natural resources.

Philippine Information Agency Caraga regional director Abner Caga cited that “the Delhi Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development highlights the importance of adaptation as ‘high priority for all countries.’ With the Philippines’ geophysical and socio-economic characteristics, more emphasis is given on adaptation to risks associated with current climate variability and extremes.”

It can be recalled that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Philippine Information Agency has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to work hand in hand in strengthening the climate change advocacy.

Caga, however, emphasized that it’s everyone’s concern and that “increasing our capacity to adapt reduces our vulnerability to its effects.” (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


AFP, PNP keep security measures in place in Caraga

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, July 11 (PIA) – Army 401st Brigade Commander Col. Gregory Cayetano said that security measures in his area of responsibility (AOR) covering the two provinces of Caraga region—Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur—are always in place.

He issued the statement following the reported incident in Alegria town in Surigao del Norte after the municipal police station (MPS) was overrun by some 60 heavily armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels believed to be members of Guerilla Front 16 (GF-16).

Reportedly, a 30-minute fierce gun battle ensued first between the outnumbered cops and the attacking rebels at 3:00 p.m. on Thurday that yielded two deaths on the latter and also two wounded on the government side.

The Surigao del Norte Provincial Crisis Management Committee (PCMC) confirmed that the NPA also seized and brought with them 4 cops when they retreated.

PCMC vice chair and vice governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. identified the cops captured by the rebels as PO3 Vic Calubag Concon and PO1 Rey O'niel Morales from the Alegria Municipal Police Station and PO1 Joen B. Zabala and PO1 Edito F. Roquiño from the Provincial Public Safety Company.

Meanwhile, Cayetano admitted that he cannot categorically say whether the rebels might do a repeat of what they did to Alegria in other areas in Caraga.

But, he said that it is possible that the captives might be brought to Surigao del Sur or other places other than the province.

Earlier, Surigao del Sur Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said that he has already alerted his men since the news broke out regarding the Alegria incident.

He insisted on exerting all security measures available just to ensure that peace and stability is maintained in the whole province. (FEA/NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DILG conducts Seal of Good Governance Assessment in Agnor

By Boyette B. Lopez

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) - The members of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Assessment Team recently conducted an assessment on the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) or “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal" to the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte last June 24, 2014.

The said seal was launched on January 15, 2014 during the Good Governance Summit at the PICC in Manila.

The DILG aims for a condition where local government units (LGUs) do not only sustain the practice of accountability and transparency (Good Financial Housekeeping), but also be able to prepare for the challenges posed by disasters (Disaster Preparedness), and are sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the society (Social Protection).

Moreover, the SGLG also drives LGUs to encourage investment and employment (Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness); protect the constituents from threats to life and security (Peace and Order); and safeguard the integrity of the environment (Environmental Management).

For an LGU to become an SGLG recipient, an LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas – Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas – Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order or Environmental Management.

The SGLG symbolizes integrity and good performance of Local Governments. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Lot acquisition for displaced families in Jabonga ok’d

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, July 11 (PIA) - The 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte approved the acquisition of lot as relocation site for the 22 displaced families of Barangay Libas, Jabonga, this province due to the dangers of their present location.

These families living in Sitio San Roque, barangay Libas, municipality of Jabonga were advised to be relocated by the personnel of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) as they were affected by the cracking of the earth’s surface as seen on their dwellings.

Municipal Mayor Jasmin F. Monton of Jabonga sought assistance from the provincial government for the acquisition of lot for the relocation site since the cracking posed a great threat to the lives and safety of the occupants of the said area.

Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, in her letter dated June 14, 2014 to the Honorable Members of the Sanggunian through Vice Gov. Ramon AG. Bungabong, certified the urgency of the said acquisition of lot amounting to P900,000.00 to be sourced out from the province’s five percent Calamity Fund.

This threat is readily addressed by the provincial government in line with its adoption of disaster risk reduction and management approach that is pro-active in lessening the socio-economic and environmental impacts of disaster and calamity.

The said request was approved on June 23, 2014 during the 47th Regular Session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)