Thursday, October 30, 2014

SurSur guv presides dialogue to resolve IDPs issues in Lianga town

Surigao del Sur, Oct. 30 (PIA) – Suriga del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel presided a dialogue on Wednesday in Lianga province to resolve the concerns of indigenous peoples (IPs) who vacated from the hinterlands of Lianga, San Agustin and part of Tago towns situated at the foot of the “Andap Valley” area since Monday morning.

During the discussion, the Lumad leader representatives have insisted several demands to the government such as immediate cessation of military operations and immediate investigation to the recent killing incident of an IP leader, among others.

Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) general secretary Genasque Enriquez in a phone patch interview said that the crisis started after the shooting incident of a certain IP leader Henry Alameda took place on October 24 in Sitio Kabalawan, San Isidro in Lianga town.

Evening of October 27, 2014, the people from the said area and nearby communities started to leave their homes and are temporarily housed at Diatagon Gym, said Enriquez.

According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer Abel de Guzman, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have reached to 407 families with 1,844 individuals who take shelter at Diatagon Gym in Lianga province and Buhisan Elementary School of San Agustin town.

Meanwhile, the 401st Brigade in a press statement released stated that they have condemned the terroristic acts and always uphold human rights. Accordingly, they are mandated to protect the communities against the lawless elements. As such, they are in pursuit operation against the CNN (CPP/NPA/NDF) group responsible for the series of economic sabotage in the month of September and October in the province of Agusan Sur and Surigao del Sur.

As agreed in a dialogue, the members of the provincial and municipal Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Fact Finding Committee  will conduct an ocular inspections to the communities on October 31, Friday to ensure the safety of the IDPs before they will return to their respective communities this weekend.

Meanwhile, Governor Pimentel is set to distribute relief goods consisting of five kilos rice, two cans sardines and noodles to 407 families on October 31. Earlier, the barangay council and the municipal government unit of Lianga have already distributed relief goods to the IDPs. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


525 preschoolers avail dental check-up in Dinagat Islands

By Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE-Dinagat Islands, Oct. 30 (PIA) – A total of 525 preschoolers from different preschools in Dinagat Islands have availed the free dental check-up spearheaded and conducted province-wide by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office from October 14 to 25, 2014.

The 2-week activity is in line with the month-long celebration of National Children’s Month with the theme, “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga”.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office also conducted a Provincial Day Care Worker’s Convention where paticipants joined in several activities in order for them to be more competent in performing the tasks in their field of work for the betterment of the children. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


AgNor Solon sees conversion of roads to steer greater growth for Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun seeks the conversion of five local roads into national roads, believing these could generate huge economic movements for the city.

It can be recalled that Fortun have long expressed his intention to have these local roads converted into national roads. August 2012, a Resolution was passed by then Fortun-led Sanggunian Panlungsod of Butuan, endorsing to the Department of Public Works and Highways, through its regional office the conversion of said roads into national roads.

"Efficient road networks form part of the lifeblood of trade and commerce. These roads provide vital link for efficient transportation of goods and services to strategic destinations to and from the City of Butuan, the Province of Agusan del Norte and other parts of the Caraga Region, more particularly ports of embarkation and disembarkation and the provincial and city centers. The whole stretch of the road encompasses a number of local government units," says Rep. Fortun.

While Fortun recognized the major contributions to economic development of these roads for the city, the province and the region, the solon is also cognizant of Local Government Unit's inability to meet the financial demands of maintaining the integrity of the said roads. "This has resulted in the bad condition of the road, thereby causing an unwelcome impact on the economic and commercial activities in the affected areas," Fortun in his explanatory note. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)