Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NHA Caraga turns-over DORICOVILLE housing units to uniformed/non-uniformed beneficiaries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PIA) - The National Housing Authority (NHA) spearheaded on Wednesday the inauguration and ceremonial turn-over of keys of housing units to its DORICOVILLE housing project beneficiaries at Brgy. Tiniwisan, this city.

According to NHA-Caraga regional manager Virgilio Rivera, the DORICOVILLE housing project has a total land area of 35,000 square meters with 533 house and lot packages, and the total cost per unit is P240,000.00.

“The NHA's DORICOVILLE is a housing project intended for the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) under the AFP/PNP Housing Program Phase 2 of the NHA being a flagship program of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” disclosed Rivera.

Butuan city mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. expressed his congratulations to the officers of the DORICOVILLE project, "indeed a 'dream come true' for the beneficiaries to have their own house especially during this Christmas season." He is also thankful to the NHA officials for having such housing project.

Amante further shared that housing is the biggest problem of the city and in any local government unit for that matter, and that they are fortunate to have this project for the uniformed and non-uniformed personnel in the AFP, PNP, BFP, BUCOR and BJMP. "There are things I would like to ask from you, please practice proper waste segregation, plant trees, you must have a properly constructed and protected septic tank, and always maintain a clean environment," he stressed.

It was also learned that the mayor will fast-track the road concreting in the project site.

Meanwhile, BFP regional director F/SSupt Mario Socorro Timonera vows to maintain the peace and order in the site along with others, and especially in ensuring the area to be fire-free.

"The members of the BFP are very thankful for this project. We will see to it that these housing units will be free from fire. We should take care of our housing units and let's not make this commercialized," emphasized Timonera.

Timonera also revealed that mayor Amante has donated around 1,500 sq.m lot for their regional office just few kilometers away from the project site. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga AFP, PNP support gov’t truce; hope NPA to do the same

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 17 (PIA) – After confirming the recent declaration of government for a month-long truce, army 401st Infantry Brigade commander Col. Gregory Cayetano expressed hope that the New People’s Army (NPA) is going to offer the same gesture.

He said that “it would be much better if the NPA is going to reciprocate the course of action taken by the administration so the public can appreciate,” adding that,” hopefully it will lead to a lasting peace.”

During this period of unilateral suspension of military and police operations (SOMO/SOPO)—from December 19, 2014 to January 19, 2015—the army just does routine security check and prophylactic patrol, he said.

But, Cayetano clarified that in case of “security breach,” they will be prompted to take a “defensive stance,” stressing that his men are always ready.

On the other hand, Surigao del Sur acting PNP Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said, for his part, that during the extended holiday truce with the NPA, members of the police force have still the normal duty of law enforcement to exercise, citing the likes of serving warrant/s of arrest even for communist rebels.

Meanwhile, the brigade commander made the issue clear on whether or not soldiers are allowed to go on leave at this time of the year when security is topmost priority as December 26 Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) anniversary is drawing near, and its armed-wing, the NPA rebels, are expected to launch tactical offensives.

Cayetano pointed out that if the situation warrants, they are given that privilege of furlough, saying further that it depends on the “area assessment” so their men can also be with their respective families to celebrate the holiday season.

Verdadero also aired the same view on this matter, but stressed that it should not compromise police service.

“There is always a ‘sizable force’ at work on ‘rotation basis’ in their respective areas of responsibility (AOR),” Cayetano added. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tigerair launches Butuan maiden flight

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 17 (PIA) - Another airline made its historic, maiden flight at the newly renovated Bancasi Airport on Monday evening.

The maiden flight of the Tigerair Philippines DG7829 Manila to Butuan and DG7830 Butuan to Manila etched a mark in Butuan City’s aviation history as it was also launched as the first night flight through Butuan City’s Bancasi airport.

Attending the Monday launching held at the airport's newly expanded passenger lounge were Tigerair executives, officials and staff led by Atty. Leilani de Leon, Cebu representative Roxanne Gochuico and the Cabin crew host Ghindie Tindoy.

Also present during the event were local government officials led by Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, Coun. Samuel Amante (who represented Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.), Coun. Rema Burdeos, Ivy Amante (wife of Mayor Amante), officials and personnel from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) headed by CAAP area manager Evangeline Babate, Aviation Security Group (AVSEG) chief Irene Pareja and a representative of the Department of Tourism-Caraga.

Atty. De Leon said that the Tigerair newly launched flight from Butuan to Manila and vice versa “is a milestone in the corporate life of the Tigerair Philippines, via Butuan airport which is one of the busiest here in Mindanao.” Atty. De Leon also said that the new route will boost their 14 domestic and one international destinations.

Coun. Amante in his message said that the launching and operation of Tigerair Philippines night flight from Butuan to Manila presents many opportunities and may also help boost the city’s economy and tourism industry, with Butuan City being the regional center of Caraga region. He said that this is a clear indication of the investor's trust in the city’s growing and sturdy economy and may help spur the city's economic activity.

The city legislator pointed out that the city has recorded a high 9.42 % increase of tourist arrivals here. According to the official that the tourists here were topped by those coming from the countries of United States, Germany, Canada, Australia and Korea.

He commended CAAP manager Babate for doing a good job in the renovation and improving the city airport with some of the features coming up with international airport standards.


“Admittedly, we do not have so much tourist attractions comparatively with the other places in the region, but we continue to do our best to provide our visitors with the good impression the moment they land this gateway to Caraga region,” Amante said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)