11.18.2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SurSur gets new PNP chief

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur has a new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

P/SSupt. Romualdo Bayting formally assumed post effective November 16, 2015 replacing former P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero who served here for about a year and seven months.

Bayting has already paid courtesy call on Governor Johnny Pimentel at the latter’s office.

Prior to that, however, Pimentel had already told capitol employees about the relief of Verdadero during the Monday flag ceremony program.  Be that as it may, he seemed to be in disbelief that the Cortes town ambush incident was the main reason for sacking Verdadero. During that ambuscade carried out by New People’s Army (NPA) on September 18, SP04 Jesus Labastilla was killed and PO2 Joy Turaja got injured.

Meanwhile, the governor said with this turn of events, Bayting would naturally replace Verdadero as head of joint Task Force Bangkaw with the army.  The joint task force was purposely created to hunt down Loloy Tejero, Bobby Tejero, and Garito Layno—all primary suspects for the September 1 brutal killings of lumad leaders Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos and Bello Sinzo.

Until now, the three assailants had remained at large despite the respective arrest warrants issued by Lianga Regional Trial Court (RTC) a couple of weeks after the tragic event. 

Moreover, the new provincial PNP chief was also advised by Governor Pimentel to see Col. Isidro Purisima, commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA), to get the latest information and updates on the continuing manhunt operation.

PSSupt. Bayting have yet to meet his army counterpart.

Also, on Monday morning, the governor had a closed door meeting with Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, army 4th Infantry Division (4ID) commander.

Asked what transpired during the meeting, Governor Pimentel said it had been the same, referring to the primary suspects in spite of the P200,000 bounty on each head. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DA Caraga achieves 100% conversion of lands into organic farming area

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga presented over a hundred percent accomplishment on the conversion of agricultural areas here into organic farming against the target in 2014.

Citing figures from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) as its source, DA Caraga data released recently said that it has targeted for the year 2013 a total of 1,206 hectares, as part of the five percent organic agriculture area conversion for the whole region: Agusan del Norte (349); Agusan del Sur (345); Surigao del Norte (343); Surigao del Sur (87) and Dinagat Island Province (52).

For 2014, DA Caraga targeted 2,168 hectares of agricultural areas into organic farming: Agusan del Norte (320); Agusan del Sur (219); Surigao del Norte (673); Surigao del Sur (989.50) and Dinagat Island Province (147). The agriculture department here however said that as the year ended, the physical area devoted to organic agriculture or the agricultural area conversion reached 2,348.50 hectares or a 108 percent accomplishment for the area of conversion versus the target.

For 2015, the regional agriculture department here had targeted 2,961 hectares for organic farming conversion; 4,930 for the year 2016 and 14,905 for 2017 or a total of 26, 170.35.

Caraga Region based on the DA’s roadmap organic agriculture area for conversion and citing the figures of the area farms by geolocation, year and landuse (2002) has an agricultural area of 523, 407 hectares, five percent of which is targeted by DA Caraga or a total of 26,170 hectares for organic agriculture by the year 2017.

The DA regional field office here also reported an increase on the number of farmers who accordingly are actively engaged into organic agriculture. Citing figures from the year 2012 which recorded 998 farmers, the department had recorded 2,908 farmers as of the year 2014 or 1,995 farmers more into organic agriculture farming or an increase of 191 percent. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)


PRO 13 strengthens force, intensifies training of personnel

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office here strengthens its force and intensifies training of its personnel.

Regional Police chief spokesperson PSupt. Martin M. Gamba said that among the offshoots of the recent visit of the chief PNP here resulted to the addition of strength to the regional police force and more trainings to its personnel.

Aside from the 947 recruits allotted for the region this year, additional 1,000 recruitment for new police personnel is in the offing for the next year, Gamba said.

He also said that part of the strengthening of the regional police force is to upgrade the police public safety companies. A regional, provincial or city police public safety company at present has two platoons. A plan is also now on the offing to make the public safety companies be composed of four platoons.

Regarding the trainings of the personnel, the police community affairs development (PCAD) is on-going since last week, a post-blast investigation course assisted by the personnel of the US Embassy (who are experts of the subject matter taught) which ended last week, information operation course (also ended last week) and the patrol officers basic course, which emphasizes that police work is more on doing patrol on their respective beats, according to Gamba.

All trainings, the police spokesperson said, aim for the effectiveness and efficiency of the personnel in the delivery of their services to the community.

Furthermore, on the aspect of upgrading the police firearms, the PNP is in the process of acquiring 30,000 assault rifles and Caraga region is priority for its future distribution, Gamba said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)