Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PMA entrance exam in Butuan set on August 2

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) – This year’s entrance examination for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) here is set on August 2, 2015 in time with the city’s charter day or Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration.

“Being a PMA cadet gives an individual a noble privilege in serving the country. One is able to avail of a free college education with a well-rounded curriculum, as well as receive monthly pay and allowances. After graduating from the Academy, one is guaranteed a progressive career as an officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force,” disclosed Capt Ferdinand Quiocho of the Philippine Military Academy during his interview on Tuesday over PIA-Caraga's 107.8 Power FM/Advanced Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network, this city.

Quiocho also revealed that applicants must at least 5'0 inches in height both for male and female, natural-born Filipino citizen, physically fit and of good moral character, single and has never been married, at least high school graduate, no administrative/criminal case, must pass the PMA entrance examination.

"We are inviting interested young ones to join us in the Philippine Military Academy by taking the entrance examination on Aug. 2, 2015, 7am at the Agusan National High School in Butuan City," said Quiocho.

Also, according to the good captain, addressing one of the major issues that usually deters interested applicants from entering the Academy, the PMA has made a firm stand on its policy against maltreatment in the Cadet Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines. “PMA advocates ‘Zero Tolerance to Maltreatment.’ The Academy is aggressively implementing a ‘No Maltreatment Policy’ among the cadets. PMA adheres to the respect of human rights, and observance of the principles of International Humanitarian and the rule of law,” he added.

It was also learned that successful applicants will compose the PMA Class 2020 who will be officially received in the Academy in an Oath-Taking Ceremony and Reception Rites on April 1, 2016. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


TESDA conducts skills training, distributes school desks to 5 elementary schools in AgSur town

By David M. Suyao/Alex Cabardo

PROPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 28 (PIA) - For the first time, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) conducted technical training outside their training centers held recently at Loreto town, this province.

According to TESDA Caraga regional director Eduardo Jr., some P500,000 was set aside for the refrigeration and heavy equipment operations training for the 28 scholars that are residents of the said municipality.

“This is the first time that TESDA conducted a very special training outside our training centers located in Caraga Region. This is a special training because we want the local residents here to be equipped with skills like refrigeration and air conditioning and heavy equipment operation for them to have stable livelihood. This is one of the results after Loreto’s efforts through the local government and other line agencies made the people of Loreto realize that to live a peaceful and normal life is a priceless gift from God,” Sunico said.

Aside from the above mentioned trainings, TESDA also planned to conduct rubber tapping as support to the Upland Sustainable Agro-Forestry Development (USAD), a pet project of Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza on food production and sustainable development.

In time with the convergence program held in Loreto, TESDA also turned over 615 armchair desks to five elementary schools to cope up with the need of the increasing population students.

“We are also turning over 615 armchairs for five schools as part of our commitment during the conduct of peace caravan last May this year.

Because of the inflow of supports extended to Loreto, Mayor Dario Otaza said his administration, with the help of the provincial government is inspired to reach out even the farthest communities in Loreto to sow peace and harmony in order that the people of Loreto will not only feel the presence of the government but will enjoy the blessing of living in peaceful life. (Provincial Public Information Office/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao City agrarian coop receives P1.8M marketing center

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) - The Barangay Capalayan Rural Improvement Club Producers Cooperative (RICPROCO) received a concrete marketing center through a ceremonial turnover on July 17, 2015 conducted by the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) held at Brgy. Capalayan, this city.

RICPROCO is an assisted agrarian reform beneficiary organization of DAR-SDN.

The ARB (Agrarian Reform Beneficiary) marketing center is worth P1,800,000.00 of which P1,500,000.00 came from the Bottom-up Budgeting/Grassroots Participatory Budgeting fund of DAR-SDN and P300,000.00 equity from the city government.

Josefina E. Abig, chairperson of RICPROCO, speaking in behalf of their cooperative extended their heartfelt gratitude for the project stressing that the center will become a stepping stone towards better lives of the farmers in the area.

On the other hand, Jose T. Sebucao, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II of DAR-SDN, challenged the officers and farmer-members to value and take good care of the marketing center.

He also hoped that RICPROCO will continue to grow and eventually share their experiences and expertise with other cooperatives and associations in their area and their neighboring barangays.

Also present during the said turnover were Uriel Eugenio S. Correos, assistant City Planning and Development Office coordinator representing the city government and Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, PARPO I of DAR-SDN along with the barangay officials of Capalayan and staff of Program Beneficiaries and Development Division of DAR-SDN. (SDR/DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur PNP backs PNoy’s claim on 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) – The Provincial Police Office (PPO) in Surigao del Sur has supported the claim of President Benigno Aquino III in his last and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) about the 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio under the PNP Capability Enhancement Program.

P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, PNP provincial director here, said each member of the police force in the province has been issued a service pistol as planned.

However, he pointed out that there are some members among their ranks who refused to get the service firearms since they already have their own personal ones with the presumption that perhaps some do not want to take responsibility on government property.

Besides, retiring members of the PNP have likewise joined those who did not take the issued service pistols anymore, Verdadero clarified.

Meanwhile, the provincial police chief was glad to note that good peace and order situation has prevailed province-wide in spite of the protest action held by known militant groups here in time for the SONA. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur DTI warns public on pyramiding, financial scams

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) – As part of its “sustained effort to protect consumers,” the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur has warned the public against “pyramiding and financial scams.”

Romel Oribe, DTI provincial director here, deemed it wise to choose the Filipino dialect in coming out with some information on how scam/s is/are being carried out  and so with matching key advices to avoid being dragged into this dishonest scheme.

Titled “Babala tungkol sa pyramiding and financial scams,” the DTI chief has shared the following information as guidance, to wit: 1.  Ang mga sumusunod ay mga pangkaraniwang uri ng panloloko:  Investment na “double your money,” “easy money” at “quick money” na lagpas sa umiiral na tubo sa mga bangko; Ang puhunan na pera ay kikita sa pag- recruit ng ibang tao at hindi sa pagbebenta ng produktong may halaga; Ikaw ay napangakuan ng “risk fee” o 100% paniguradong balik ang iyong puhunan at hinihimok na kumilos o sumali agad ng di mawala ang pambihirang alok; Ikaw ay dapat magdeposito para sa shipping, insurance, registration fee ng iyong napanalunang premyo o libreng regalo at numero lamang ang ibinigay na contact information; Ikaw ang hiningian ng personal na mga impormasyon tulad ng bank account information, credit card numbers, PIN at passwords; Ang negosyo na nag-aalok ay walang maibigay na mga kasulatan o katibayan; and, Ikaw ay nanalo sa lotto o raffle na hindi mo sinalihan.  2.  Surigaduhing nakarehistro ang pangalan ng negosyo sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) o sa Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  3.  Kung ang inaalok ay isang “investment product,” siguraduhing ito ay nakarehistro sa SEC. and, 4.  Laging itago ang mga katibayan tulad ng resibo, kontrata, kasunduan o “certificate” at mga dokumentong kahalintulad nito.

Oribe expressed belief that media can be of help “in disseminating this important information to the general public.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Joint operating manual for DENR, DAR, NCIP, LRA formalized

By Eric Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) - A new guidelines for the operationalization of the Joint Regional Committee on Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Land Registration Authority (LRA) and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) have been officially formalized at a signing ceremony held on July 24 in one of the convention centers here.

Dubbed as “the Operating Manual,” the four regional heads namely Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, CESO IV of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,  Regional Director Julita A. Ragandang, CESO III of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Regional Director Atty. Pinky Grace Pareja-Pabelic of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the Officer –in –Charge of the Register of Deeds, LRA XIII, Susan B. Afable, have signed the document in a simple rite attended by employees from the concerned agencies.

The Operating Manual has paved the way for the creation of a Joint- Regional Committee that will address or resolve conflicts that affect the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, Indigenous People Rights Act, Public Land Act and Land Registration Act/Property Registration Decree in relation to their respective mandates.

The committee shall specify conflict-sensitive mechanism and rules to be applied by the agencies in the resolution of policy, jurisdictional and operational issues within identified contentious and potentially-contentious areas, in relation to the mandated operational mechanism.

In his remark, Tamayo greatly acknowledged the heads of the involved agencies of their commitment to the improvement of land titling in the region. “It is hope that problems arising from conflicts on land titling and recognition of property rights shall be eliminated through the Operating Manual,” he said.

The manual contains clear guidelines about the jurisdiction of each of the agency concerned over lands of public domain and ancestral domains.

For instance, it is provided in the guidelines that “the DENR has jurisdiction over all lands of the public domain (i.e. agricultural lands, forest or timber lands, national parks and mineral lands) except those placed by the law and/or other issuances under the operation jurisdiction of other government agencies.” The DENR is also responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided by existing laws.

DAR, on the other hand, has jurisdiction on the following lands pursuant to Section 4 of Republic Act 657 as clarified in Joint DAR-DENR Memo Circular No.9, series of 1995 and Joint DAR-DENR Memo Circular No. 14 and 19, Series of 1997. These are all alienable and disposable lands of the public domain devoted to or suitable to agriculture which were (1.) proclaimed by the President as DAR Resettlement projects and placed under the administration of DAR for distribution to qualified beneficiaries under CARP; (2.) placed by law under the jurisdiction of DAR; and (3.) previously proclaimed for the use of government departments, agencies and instrumentalities and subsequently turned over to DAR pursuant to E.O. 407 series of 1990, as amended by E.O. 448 and 506 series of 1992.

DAR has also jurisdiction over all lands of the public domain in excess of the specific area limits as determined by Congress in the preceding paragraphs; all other lands owned by the government devoted to or suitable for agriculture; and all private lands devoted to or suitable for agriculture regardless of the agriculture products raised or that can be raised thereon.

The manual has also defined the jurisdiction of the NCIP, the recognition of the Rights of the ICCs/IPS, Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Patentees, guidelines about indigenous concept of ownership, CARP support services for ICCs/IPs, the recognition of existing property rights, exclusion from the coverage of CARP such as lands actually, directly and exclusively used for parks, wildlife, forest reserves, reforestation, fish sanctuaries and breeding grounds, watershed and mangroves pursuant to Section 10 of R.A. No. 6657 as amended.

The manual has specific guidelines about contentious areas and issues. These are the subject of operational issues and conflicting claims between and amongst the DAR, DENR and NCIP. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)