Tuesday, September 8, 2015

8 minors rescued in anti-prostitution sting in AgSur

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) – Eight minors were rescued by the joint inspection team (JIT) during an anti-prostitution sting in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur last August 24.

The JIT is composed of the representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Licensing Division of the local government unit (LGU), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

According to Maximo Magallen of DOLE-Caraga, the minors, aged 14-17, were rescued from the six establishments namely, Yuki Store/KTV Bar, Lina Store/KTV Bar, Jings KTV Bar, Pearl KTV, Neneths Videoke and Ella KTV.

“The action was also a product of the joint project of the government agencies which is called ‘Sagip Bata Manggawa.’ This is part of our mandate and we will continue to monitor establishments not only in the province but in the whole region as well  to mitigate the HIV spread and child prostitution,” said DOLE-Caraga regional director Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.

Cañete added that the minors were briefed and have undergone psychological evaluation and physical examination with DSWD and DOH, respectively. They will also be prioritized for the livelihood and educational assistance, he added.

Meanwhile, the mentioned establishments are now undergoing DOLE assessment and are recommended for closure after affording them due process, it was learned. (DJA/PIA-Caraga)


DTI releases September SRPs of basic goods

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 8 (PIA) – The Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) under the Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently released the suggested retail prices (SRPs) of basic necessities and prime commodities, as of September 1, 2015.

The newly released SRPs succeeded the July 23, 2015 SRPs, it was learned.

Almost all SRPs of basic and prime commodities remained the same except for the P1.60 increase of Alaska Powdered Milk Drink (150grams) from P44.15 in the July 23 SRPs to P45.75.

Major retail establishments in the city will be provided of the latest SRPs for their information.

The SRPs will be posted at the establishments’ premises for the reading of the buying public.

Consumers interested to know more about SRPs and other related concerns are encouraged to visit and contact the DTI-Surigao del Norte at the 2nd Floor of Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city or contact at telephone number 826-6129. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DTI releases September SRPs of basic goods

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 8 (PIA) – The Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) under the Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently released the suggested retail prices (SRPs) of basic necessities and prime commodities, as of September 1, 2015.

The newly released SRPs succeeded the July 23, 2015 SRPs, it was learned.

Almost all SRPs of basic and prime commodities remained the same except for the P1.60 increase of Alaska Powdered Milk Drink (150grams) from P44.15 in the July 23 SRPs to P45.75.

Major retail establishments in the city will be provided of the latest SRPs for their information.

The SRPs will be posted at the establishments’ premises for the reading of the buying public.

Consumers interested to know more about SRPs and other related concerns are encouraged to visit and contact the DTI-Surigao del Norte at the 2nd Floor of Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, this city or contact at telephone number 826-6129. (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur PNP files raps vs. 3 suspects on slay of IP school director, 2 lumads

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 8 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur PNP Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said charges of multiple murder, arson, grave coercions, robbery, and grave threats had been filed with the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office here on Monday in Lianga against three suspects who were allegedly behind the killings of Emerito Samarca, executive director, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV); Dionel Campos, chair, Malahutayong Pakigbisug  alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu); and Aurello Sinzo, a civilian.

Named in the charge sheets were siblings Bobby and Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno, and 20 John Does.

Allegedly, during the early morning of September 1, Samarca’s throat was cut aside from being stabbed to death while hogtied inside the ALCADEV school; Campos and Sinzo, on the other hand, were gunned down in front of civilians who were gathered by armed suspects believed to be members of “Bagani Forces,” at a basketball court in Kilometer 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, 90 kilometers south, this city.

Due to the scary incident, over a thousand of “lumads” had to flee their homes immediately afterwards and took refuge at Surigao del Sur Sports Center here travelling en masse by public transport and other kinds of vehicles.

However, since Day One, the number of refugees has continued to rise, according to Abel De Guzman, PDRRMO chief.

May Salinas, provincial social welfare and development officer, placed the number of families at 589 as of last count, adding that the number of individuals have yet to be updated.  It was posted at 2,883 as of last count, she pointed out.

Governor Johnny Pimentel indicated the provincial government can only give so much but this cannot last for a long time.

The national government, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the DSWD, and Sec. Ging Deles of OPAPP have already been tapped for support.

Meanwhile, the 402nd Infantry Brigade under Col. Isidro Purisima, including its two battalions—the 36th and 75th Infantries, has continued to deny involvement in whatever manner about what happened since the incident took place.

Col. Purisima even went to the extent of condemning the acts of the perpetrators.

In an earlier statement Purisima said, “the army... will not condone this act and they have negated all our peace initiatives here in the area, led of course by the governor, and they have destroyed actually what we have started for the past months to have a peaceful resolution of our context here in the province.”

The 402nd Infantry Brigade headquarters has just been established in Surigao del Sur since April, this year.

Both Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas and Lt. Col. Haron Akaz, battalion commanders of 36th IB and 75th IB, respectively, have likewise denied allegations.

However, Lt. Col. Akaz admitted his men, together with Corporal Bebot Bigante Brital, who belongs to the 29IB,  is under their “opcon,” (short for operational control in military parlance), was nearby in the area of the crime scene (about 400 to 500 meters)  during the incident but could not just react after the burst of gunfire was heard, explaining immediately going to the area might worsen the situation as this might result to more killings since the armed men could easily take the civilians as hostage or human shield.

He added that the army corporal, a day or two before the incident even introduced himself to a certain Gloria Campos, one of the Lumads distinguished leaders, to request a “pulong-pulong” (dialogue), but was asked to put off the plan due to the death of an elder in the clan.

It can be recalled that Governor Pimentel has been open in implicating the “Bagani Forces,” an alleged army creation also known among locals as “Magahat-Bagani Forces” used in combating insurgency, as having a direct hand in the murderous attack.

On the contrary, Col. Purisima maintained that the military, especially his battalion, has nothing to do with its creation or what not, adding that cases have already been filed by the PNP; and they support the police with this action taken.

As of press time, both army and police forces have remained to be in the area to hunt down rogue armed men apart from trying to restore back peace in  the said community, it was learned. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Butuan hosts 8th Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 8 (PIA) - The 8th Regional Conference of the Interfaith Dialogue on Climate Change was put into realization as the different local government agencies, non-government organizations, academe, tribal groups and members of various religious organizations gather in one of the convention centers here recently.

During the event, Climate Change was viewed in a theological perspective, starting from the creation of the planet all the way to the destruction that it faces in the future. A total of 200 individuals participated in the said event.

The resource speakers include DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo, Vineyard Butuan pastor Rev. Ian V. Calo, Climate Change commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez, Climate Change Congress of the Philippines secretary Belinda Formanes, Advocacy and Capacity Building program officer Evangeline A. Evarolo, and Human Rights commissioner Roberto Cadiz.

Comm. Alvarez highlighted the importance of carbon-use reduction in the fight against climate change.

“We should promote a greener living and lesser carbon. In your own little way you could save the world. A very good example is having just one pair of shoes. Imagine how much carbon is used in machines to be able to create a shoe, if you have 20 pairs of shoes, you have already contributed a huge amount of carbon in the atmosphere making it warmer. Let us pledge to act now starting from ourselves. As I say, I, Heherson T. Alvarez will only have one pair of shoes, I will no longer smoke and I will use a bicycle instead of a car. How about you, what is your pledge?” he said.

This was supported by the message of Dir. Tamayo who gave emphasis on the need for not just unity but self-initiative in fighting the battle against climate change.

“It is heart-warming to know that there are a lot of people like you who have the utmost willingness to initiate climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. We acknowledge that when it comes to this issue, the government cannot work alone. Indeed, we will need the help from the religious sectors, tribal groups, academe and other organizations. With everyone’s commitment, our success in this battle is way more possible," Tamayo said.

The event ended with a workshop and output presentation. A reading and adoption of the interfaith dialogue declaration was also executed.


The convenors of the event include the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP), Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)