Thursday, January 22, 2015

AgSur joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee meeting held with one aim: Peace and Development

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) - The first Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee meeting was held here Wednesday in order to discuss plans and programs that will address the peace and development issues and should be given attention by the local government of Agusan del Sur, the army and the police.

According to 4th Infantry Division Commander Gen. Oscar Lactao, the presence of the army in anyplace of the country is not to combat the Filipino people but to install peace and harmony at the area, while the national and local government units will focus on development while implementing government programs and projects needed by the people.

“We, in the military really appreciate the efforts, partnership and cooperation by the people in Agusan del Sur under the leadership of Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza. During our courtesy call with Gov. Plaza a while ago, we really appreciate the programs and projects that the provincial government has designed for Agusan del Sur. No wonder that from number 31 poorest of the poor 10 years ago, you are now I think number 75 in the rank. Therefore, we in the military, are inspired to work with you in order to attain lasting peace and development. If it is needed, we are willing to add more personnel to work with you,” Gen. Lactao said.

Gov. Plaza on his message said the provincial government is giving weight to the development of the upland areas. Plaza said his administration is focusing on the harmonization of local and national resources in order to fast track access to upland areas especially that tremendous damages were inflected by the recent typhoon Seniang.

“We have already started implementing our programs in the upland areas. Roads and bridges were already constructed and repaired through the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or the PAMANA program of the national government in order to have easy access to farmers bringing down their products to the market. But of course, I admit on the slow implementation of the program called the Upland Sustainable Agri-forestry and Development (USAD) because along the way, we are encountering complex problems like the tenurial instruments,” Gov. Plaza said.

Gov. Plaza added that since every municipality has different needs that must be addressed by the national government, programs must also be specific to the needs of the locals so that they will surely serve the purpose.

“We have observed that many national programs do not pass the local government, and we want to emphasize that it will not harmonize the implementation. Also, we want to let all stakeholders in the government that local plans should be given recognition so that implementation of programs and projects will surely address the needs of the local people specially in the hinterlands,” Gov. Plaza added.

Gov. Plaza also stressed that all economic programs must be included when talking of peace and order so that both programs will be synchronized to address local issues, concerns and needs.

“As we target to reduce poverty incidence by six percent per year, we need your support in maintaining peace and order in order to realize our dreams of economic prosperity and peace,” Gov. Plaza said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Butuan barangay tops 2014 national Lupong Tagapamayapa award

By Lolita H. Savaria

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) - Barangay San Vicente of this city made it again to the top three highly urbanized barangays in the Philippines that demonstrates exemplary performance in settling disputes at the grassroots level.

This is after the performance and accomplishments of the Lupong Tagapamayapa of San Vicente were evaluated by composite committees organized at the city and regional levels on the basis of a) efficiency of operations; b) effectiveness in securing the Katarungang Pambarangay objectives and c) creativity and resourcefulness of mediators.

The Katarungang Pambarangay, or Barangay Justice System is an extra-governmental mechanism aimed at perpetuating the time-honored tradition of amicably settling interpersonal disputes in a community without recourse to the formal legal system or confrontational social behavior.

The central feature of the system is the Lupong Tagapamayapa, a community-based conflict resolution effort that is highly supportive of the notions of social ordering and human development. While the speedy administration of justice is the immediate concern of the Katarungang Pambarangay, of equal importance also is leadership building and community empowerment as the resultant effects of institutionalizing the system.

Being the regional awardee, Barangay San Vicente qualified for the national level and was shortlisted for the top performing Lupong Tagapamayapa from among the 42,028 barangays in the Philippines.

On January 22, 2015, San Vicente Lupong Tagapamayapa’s performance and accomplishments will be validated by the National Board of Judges chaired by Justice Bernardo Abesamis with Dir. Myrna Medina of National Police Commission, Asst. State Prosecutors Marmarie Satin-Vivas and Josie Christina Dugay of the Department of Justice, Maria Emelinda Aguilar of Bureau of Local Government Supervision of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

It can be recalled that Barangay San Vicente is the reigning Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) grand winner of the highly urbanized category for the last two years since 2012. With this development, San Vicente has the chance of garnering the grand slam for winning the same award in three consecutive years.

DILG Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion appreciates the effort of the Lupon members that despite the devastation brought by several weather disturbances affecting Butuan City, Barangay San Vicente stands out of their performance on conflict resolution. “Two thumbs up for Punong Barangay Raul Carampatana for leading the pool of performers in the barangay,” Famacion said. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur PNP all set for 2015 SK polls

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) - P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, acting provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur said they are all set for the February 21, 2015 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) special elections.

Citing a “template” in mobilizing his men, he pointed out that, as far as they are concerned, everything is just a matter of calling the attention of all lower units’ chief of police (COP) to remind them about enforcement of applicable laws, particularly prohibited acts under COMELEC Resolution No. 9905 promulgated on October 21, 2014.

Verdadero indicated that the entire police force is more particularly concerned about their task within the January 22 to March 2, 2015 election period.

In a separate statement, P/Supt. Jeffrey Lawrence Mauricio, Tandag City chief of police (COP), assured putting up COMELEC check- and chokepoints during the entire duration of the said dates.

Meanwhile, the provincial chief cop stressed that as of now, they are already anticipating attending the coordinating conference on January 26 set by Atty. Ernie Palanan, provincial election supervisor (PES).

Also, early this week, Atty. Riza Constantino, Tandag City election officer, vowed to meet with the city chief of police to initially tackle election concerns. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur ex-mayor surrenders for murder raps

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – A former mayor of San Miguel town, 30 kilometers south, this city surrendered voluntarily to Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 27 under Judge Edwin Malazarte on January 20, 2015 on account of a murder case filed against him, among others.

Judge Malazarte stated in his order that the former town chief executive, Alfeo G. Perez, Jr. be detained at the Surigao del Sur District Jail facility “during the pendency of this case, and until further orders."

Senior Jail Officer 4 (SJO4) Andres Espinoza, Jr., Surigao del Sur District Jail warden in Tandag, confirmed the detention.

It was learned that the accused has filed on January 13, 2015 a “summary hearing of his petition for bail first.”

An arraignment and the summary hearing of the said petition, along with a separate petition of co-accused, Rodelo Cadenas, is set on January 23, 2015, according the court order.

It will be recalled that Perez, together with Valfmer Palma, Leolito Ilogon, Barangay Captain Rodelo Cadenas, Aldrin Hayahay, and 10 John Does were accused for murder under Criminal Case No. 5693.

However, Cadenas and Perez were said to be “Principals by Inducement” on the amended information.

Allegedly, Sangguniang Bayan Member Valentin Campos was shot to death by Valfmer Palma alias Bam-Bam on October 24, 2010 using a caliber .38 revolver, hitting the victim “on his left upper ear.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DENR chief signs ARD designations for Caraga

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) - Under the new organizational set-up of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Rationalization Plan, the DENR secretary Ramon J.P. Paje thru undersecretary for field operations, Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr. has released the special orders designating Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr. as the OIC, assistant regional Director for Management Services and Atty. Paquito R. Rosal as the assistant regional director for Technical Services.

Based on special orders no. 2015-47 and 2015-51 dated January 9, 2015, the newly designated assistant regional directors shall report immediately to their new place of assignment after clearance with previous assignment. The designation was made as part of the structural reforms being implemented by the department.

Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr. is the current regional technical director for Land Management Services in Region 10 while Atty. Paquito R. Rosal is the current regional technical director for Land Management Services in Caraga Region-13.

The turn-over of duties and responsibilities to the new assistant regional directors was held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the DENR Regional Training Center, Barangay Ambago, this city. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


New DENR organizational structure abolishes 3 CENR offices in Caraga

By Ritchell Bongato

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) - Three field offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region have been abolished and absorbed by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) following the full implementation of the rationalization plan of the agency this year.

DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo made the announcement after an urgent conference with the members of his Executive Committee at his office on Tuesday.

He said the DENR is shifting to the new organizational structure pursuant to the Rationalization Plan.

The undersecretary for field operations Demetrio L. Ignacio, Jr. has issued instruction on January 7, 2015 to the regional directors except the National Capital Region to enforce the new structure.

He said the office of CENRO Tandag in Surigao del Sur, CENRO San Francisco in Agusan del Sur and CENRO Dapa in Surigao del Norte  shall cease to operate starting February 1, 2015 since they will no longer be provided with budget for overhead and other related expenses. The affected personnel shall be absorbed by the PENRO office to ensure a smooth transition in operation.

Meanwhile, the personnel of the CENR office in Surigao City which is also co-located with the PENRO Surigao del Norte were likewise advised to relocate their office in Placer.

Director Tamayo has advised the people particularly the stakeholders and clients of the DENR in these affected areas to transact their business at the PENRO offices. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: SP Committee magsasagawa ng imbestigasyon hinggil sa 'oversized tarpaulin billboards'

Ni Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 22 (PIA) - Magsasagawa ng imbestigasyon ang Committee on Police, Public Order and Safety ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Butuan hinggil sa oversized o sobra sa laking sukat  na mga tarpaulin billboards na nakasabit ngayon sa dalawang overpass ng lungsod.

Sa pahayag ni Committee chairman Jaime M. Cembrano Jr. siya ay nagtataka kung bakit patuloy na nakasabit ang nasabing mga billboards sa dalawang overpass sa Montilla Boulevard, isa dito malapit sa isang eskwelahan, sa kabila na ipina-kansela na ng local na pamahalaan ang kontrata na nagbibigay pahintulot dito.

Maliban dito, sinabi rin ni Cembrano na isang paglabag sa rekomendasyon ng Sanggunian na liitan ang sukat ng tarpaulin billboard upang makikita pa rin mula sa labas ang mga taong dumadaan sa  overpass.

Sa ngayon, ani ni Cembrano, magiging mapanganib para sa mga tao ang paggamit o pagdaan sa nasabing mga overpass dahil hindi makikita kung sino ang mga taong naka standby o nasa taas ng overpass at hindi rin makikita kung ano man ang mga masasamang pangyayari dito dahil ito ay natatakpan ng malalaking tarpaulin.


Sinang-ayunan naman ni Councilor Derek Plaza si Cembrano na nagpahayag din ng kanyang pagtataka kung bakit sa halip na tanggalin at paliitan ay muling isinabit at mas pinalaki pa ang tarpaulin billboards na tinutukoy. (Radyo ng Bayan-Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)