Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Army seized NPA regional headquarters

By Cpt Jasper T Gacayan

SIBAGAT, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 11 (PIA) - The Regional Headquarters of the New People’s Army (NPA) Northeastern Mindanao Region was seized by Special Forces after a 30-minute running gun battle on November 2 at 1:30 pm.

The elements of the Regional Sentro de Grabidad (RSDG) of Communist NPA under Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command were caught in a surprise when attacked by a platoon of the Special Forces under Captain Elpidio B de Castro of 9th Special Forces Company, 3rd Special Forces Battalion while encamped having a ceremony “tribute for their fallen comrade” at So Hebron, Brgy New Tubigon, Sibagat town Agusan del Sur.

The enemy camp has estimated land area of 15,000 sq. m. with 81 bunkers made out of tent and wooden bedsteads, along with five multi-purpose halls that serve as their kitchen and lecture room which can accommodate 30 people. It is situated at the peak of Makalo mountain range overlooking So Hebron of said place.

Around 80 Communist NPAs occupying the camp fled in different direction during the attack. They also dragged their killed and wounded comrades during their escape. After the firefight, troops were able to recover one m16 rifle with M203 grenade launcher, one improvised grenade launcher, one portable generator set, improvised explosive devices, two caliber .45 pistols, 5 Icom radios, voluminous subversive documents and other war materials.

“The Communist NPA in the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur are now gradually losing the people’s support; they are always in a defensive mode, we will sustain our momentum to wipe them out. However we will still give them a chance if they’ll opt to go back into the fold of law” says Col Gregory M Cayetano, 401st Brigade Commander. (4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)


Local college honors LET- passer visually impaired student

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) - A local college here honored one of their visually-impaired student who graduated and passed the recent licensure examination for teachers (LET).

The Holy Child Colleges of Butuan (HCCB) President Rodulfo P. Esteves announced in a press forum on Monday afternoon that the college accepted the services of Ms. Fritzie Ann Binega, a 31-year old visually impaired former student who now became a professional teacher, to be the coordinator of the College Center for the Visually Impaired.

The forum held to honor the person with disability (PWD) board passer was attended by Dr. Gerry Tabugon, HCCB Quality Assurance Manager, Dr. Felomino A. Gargar, HCCB Vice President for Administration/Dean College of Education, Dr. Joanna Cuenca, HCCB Vice President, Dr. Rodulfo P. Esteves, HCCB President, faculty members and local media practitioners.

The honoree Binega graduated the Bachelor of Elementary Education, Major in Special Education last school year, took the professional regulation commission licensure examination for teachers (LET) on August 17, this year at Cagayan de Oro City. She accordingly knew she had passed when the result of the examination came out on October 27, 2014.

According to Dr. Estevez that he remembered that sometimes four years ago, Binega went to his office and narrated her woes after two local educational institutions here denied her enrollment as they accordingly do not have special programs befitting her. “We accepted her here at Holy Child Colleges as we have special education program for people like her and even for those who have other impairments,” Esteves said. The college president also said that though it was costly, they constructed a ramp from the base of their building until the fifth floor for easy access to those students who have physical impairments. “We did not even have a gate to be open and be easily accessible to everybody,” Esteves said.

Dr. Gargar also said that Beniga used to be under his classes and the student, minus her impairment shows no much difference from the rest of his students. “She used to be assertive that at times, I have to advice her to tone down,” said Gargar. But she had a lot of good qualities as a student, optimistic and an achiever. According to him that she even won the “discuss throw,” an event during an abilympic (a competition for those who have impairments) national competition.

He also narrated that during a mock board examination, the college prepared a reviewer in braile, and even had it upgraded at a braile center based in Davao City just for Beniga. Only to find out, accordingly, that during the actual LET examination, the professional regulations commission has no braile questionnaire. The questions accordingly were read to the examinee audibly.

With this success through Beniga, according to Esteves they will exert more efforts to institutionalize and upgrade their special education center and programs.

Beniga, Esteves said was a Dr. Rodulfo Esteves awardee during her graduation. Because of that, she was given a job order right after she graduated at the college and was given her remuneration based on the minimum wage of a worker. But now after passing the LET examination, she will be receiving and enjoying all the benefits, remuneration and privileges due her as a board passer based on the professional and the labor laws, Esteves said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)