41D AFP remains steadfast to mission, bares 2015 accomplishments
By Daisy Jane M. Apit
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – To show that that they remain steadfast and committed in their mission of establishing resilient security and investment conditions, attainment of lasting peace and stability, social progress and economic development in Caraga and Northern Mindanao, the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (4ID, AFP) bared their accomplishments for the year 2015.
4ID commander MGen. Oscar Lactao said during a press conference held in the city that the AFP together with other government agencies are continually undertaking better ways and means to accomplish their mission and that they are bringing the government closer to the people and converging everyone through the whole-of-nation approach.
The said approach coves five governance aspects which is collaborative work for local and national government agencies: (1) Security (AFP, PNP) which aims to provide services that impact on physical security/safety; (2) Governance (LGUs, DILG, NCIP) which promotes good governance in local areas; (3) Legal (DOJ, NCIP) which aims to deliver justice to constituents; (4) Development (DPWH, DAR, DOE, TESDA, DENR, DA, DOST, DAR) which promotes and improves socio-economic standing of the communities; (5) Social Protection (DepEd, PhilHealth, DSWD, DOH) which aims to provide immediate support in health, education and social welfare.
“All of these efforts are proofs that the government is doing its share in providing development and social protection to the people especially to isolated areas,” Lactao said.
He also bared that one of their undertakings was that out of eight provinces in their area of responsibility, four of those were already declared conflict manageable areas and ready for further developments.
“Camiguin, Dinagat Islands, Misamis Oriental and Suigao del Norte are conflict manageable areas while only four remaining provinces are undergoing normalization process,” Lactao added.
Furthermore, for the whole year, the AFP had a total record of 126 NPA captured, died during combat operation and surrendered. While 269 assorted firearms were recovered.
“We need to collectively address the culture of violence and the senseless armed struggle. For those still bearing arms, we enjoin you to come down and rejoin the mainstream of our society. And we call on all stakeholders to solve this problem and work hand in hand the Bayanihan way,” Lactao said.
Quoting the AFP IPSP “Bayanihan,” Lactao added that “Peace and security can be fully achieved through the concerted and united efforts of all stakeholders. (DJA, PIA-Caraga)
PNP, AFP to hold Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration, 67th Universal
Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary in SurSur
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 4 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) here is all geared up for the 2015 Human Rights Consciousness Week (HRCW) celebration on December 4-10 and the 67th Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary on December 10 as well.
P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, provincial PNP chief, confirmed receiving a memorandum from Regional Human Rights Affairs Office of the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) in Caraga.
With the respective themes “Karapatang Pantao: Igalang, Ipagtanggol, at Isakatuparan” for the HRCW and “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always” for the International Human Rights Day, the provincial police chief assured that activities cited in the memo would be duly carried out.
Among the main activities indicated in the memo include the “conduct of simultaneous reading of ‘Panata sa Karapatang Pantao’ to be led by the Police Human Rights Office-designate on December 7 Monday Flag Raising Ceremony; Mass sponsorship; Lecture on Republic Act (RA) 7438 also known as Rights of Persons Under Custodial Investigation and RA 9745 or Anti-Torture Act of 2009; Distribution of Human Rights IEC materials; Media guesting and the like.
However, the memo has likewise run the instruction of putting up “display of tarpaulin at the gates/in front of respective offices/station before December 1, 2015.”
Meanwhile, Capt. Regie Go, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) whose headquarters is co-located with the Police Provincial Office (PPO), said an order to observe both events had been already issued to all units province-wide.
Besides, it was stressed that the plan was to hold the activity jointly with the PNP during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony on December 7.
Go assured to make public other activities upon finalization of all details in this regard. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Butuan City: Grand winner for population, health
By Angie B. Antonio
BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - The city government of Butuan was named as National Winner for the Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award (RMSPDA), City Category.
The prestigious award is given by the Commission on Population (PopCom) to the deserving local government units based on the scoring criteria under the Population and Development Program (60%) and Health Management Program (40%) as identified by the National Technical Working Group and the National Board of Judges, composed of key officials of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).
During the ceremony at the Century Park Hotel, Manila, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. together with the City Population and Health Officials received a cash prize, and a Seal of Excellence, as grand winner.
On the other hand, the Municipality of Cantilan-Surigao del Sur also received a Seal of Excellence, as regional winner.
The RMSPDA is designed to perpetuate the legacy of Rafael M. Salas by honoring local government units, local chief executives and institutions or individuals for their outstanding contributions in the field of population and development. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)