Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PNP honors military officer for peace campaign assistance

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 Caraga rendered due honor to an Army official for helping the police in the regional peace campaign.

The regional police cited Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Orio, commanding officer of the 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army for helping the regional and provincial police in its campaign against insurgency here. The plaque signed by PCSupt. David Y. Ombao cited Lt. Col. Orio and the Philippine Army that the award was given “in grateful appreciation of providing active support and services to the Caraga PNP in the campaign against insurgency in the region.”

Vice gov. Ramon G. Bungabong of Agusan del Norte, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the flag-raising rites handed the recognition plaque to Lt. Col. Orio, assisted by Caraga PNP chief Ombao.

Agusan del Norte police provincial director PSSupt. Rommel Francisco D. Marbil, in his short message said that Agusan del Norte had experienced less frequent attack by the CPP-NPA-NDF because of the active assistance and support of the Philippine Army, particularly the 29th Infantry Battalion, PA which have part of the region under their area of responsibility. “Agusan del Norte is peaceful not because your police are solely good, but because of the good cooperation and coordination with the Philippine Army in anti-insurgency campaign,” Marbil said.

Orio was the only awardee during the Monday flag-raising rites. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


SLP Caraga: First Marketing center opens

SIBAGAT, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 23 - The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga marks again another milestone as it opens the first - ever Marketing Center, the Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise located at Brgy. Poblacion, this town.

"The Sibagat SKA Federation General Merchandise Project serves as a paradigm of a collaborative effort of converging both government and program participants' resources for viable projects," DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli revealed.

The project is a product of aligned thrusts and priorities of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the DSWD. The LGU, aiming to contribute to poverty reduction as its primary and devolved function has donated a parcel of land amounting to P1.5M for the construction of the project. Part of labor, some construction materials and other logistical needs before, during and after the construction and projects completion amounting to P 1,130,851.97 were also shouldered by the LGU. The merchandise, with the sum of P600, 000.00 was provided by the SLP. Portion of labor cost was charged against the (Cash for Building Livelihood Assets) CBLA for funds at the cost of P235, 170, 000 of the DSWD.

The CBLA is a communication mobilization strategy in developing physical and natural assets to increase the livelihood gains in the locality and also engage the participants in short-term income generating activities to help them meet their daily needs.

Majority of the construction materials, labor and including the goods to be sold in the merchandise were sourced out from the capital seed fund received from the Self- Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA -K).

"This general merchandise is the first in the history of SEA – K in Caraga region and in the Philippines," Roy Serdena, regional project coordinator said.

SLP has evolved from mere capital assistance of SEA – K for business enterprise to a capacity – building program with greater impacts through provision of comprehensive interventions to program participants by way of micro – enterprise development and employment generation. SEA–K is now a component of the former. (DSWD FO Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Caraga Regional Police eye ‘zero’ bullet, pyro casualty during yuletide

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA) - Police Regional Office 13 looks forward to seeing “zero” casualty on firearms, pyrotechnics and firecrackers casualty during the yuletide and New Year’s celebration.

A firearms muzzle-taping and signing ceremony was held Monday, after the flag-raising rites at the Police Regional Office regional headquarters grandstand, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, this city headed by Caraga PNP chief PCSupt. David Y. Ombao and the other top police regional headquarters here. This is to assure that no issued or licensed personal firearms owned by any police officer here will be fired unnecessarily, during the celebrations of Christmas and New Year.

“What we are doing this morning is just showing an example to everybody that the police is serious in not firing their firearms unnecessarily and indiscriminately during the Christmas and New Year’s celebration. I know that police already knew what to do with your firearms. It is just for the defense of yourself and the public in life-threatening situations and not for revelries. That’s why this activity is simultaneously done nationwide. Caraga is a peaceful region, let us aim for a “zero” casualty in terms of bullets, firecrackers and pyrotechnics victims,” Ombao said.

After the firearms muzzle-taping and signing rites, Dir. Ombao also lead in the soaking of the confiscated firecrackers and pyrotechnics.

He is hoping that the records of “zero casualty” in bullets-hit victims recorded last year will be replicated this year and the 45 victims recorded by the Department of Health regional office will be lessened if not totally eliminated this year.

”Let us use the DOH-suggested noise and merry-making sounds such as the ‘torotot,’ cans and other alternatives rather than using your firearms and other dangerous explosives for the revelries,” Ombao said. The same activity was also done in the city, provincial and municipal offices in the region. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Norte provincial executive commends regional PNP for good service

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA) - A top provincial official of Agusan del Norte commended the officers and personnel of the Caraga regional police for rendering good services.

Agusan del Norte Vice Gov. Ramon G. Bungabong, the guest of honor and speaker during the regional police Monday morning flag-raising rites, held at the regional headquarters grandstand at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, here commends the regional police headed by PCSupt. David Y. Ombao and the Agusan del Norte provincial police under PSSupt. Rommel Francisco D. Marbil for their help in bringing peace and order, solutions to crimes, strengthening advocacies in crime and abuse prevention.

Bungabong, a known human-rights advocate lawyer cited the local police for providing the safety and upholding the rights of women and children and for providing community service program such as offering voluntary services in helping build houses for the poor brethren, cleaning and repair of school buildings every school opening, providing police presence even on far-flung remote areas and helped in the implementing of climate-change mitigation programs and projects, among others.

These, according to the official had reinforced the peace, progress and development of the region, particularly in the province of Agusan del Norte under the leadership of Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba.

The regional police here was also cited by Bungabong for their courage in enforcing the laws even to the point of risking their lives and personal safety. He called them heroes of the modern times willing to brave and face any challenge in the quest of continuous efforts of creating a safe place to live, work and do business.

”You have rendered assistance during rescue operations and the distributions of relief goods to the affected areas during calamities. By having your presence be felt during these times of needs, you have helped in bringing back the confidence and trust of the citizenry to the government,” Bungabong said.

According to him, the PNP organization is a perfect mirror of unity, loyalty, strength and dedication to service.


”The government programs may become useless without the support of men and women like you. I therefore salute you for the love, efforts and passion you have shown to serve our countrymen,” Bungabong said. (PNA/PIA-Agusan del Norte)