By Greg Tataro, Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 18 (PIA) – P/SSupt. Romaldo Bayting, chief PNP, this province, paid a “New Year’s call” on Governor Johnny Pimentel at the latter’s office on Thursday morning, January 14.
During the occasion, the provincial police chief took advantage of the moment by briefing the governor on the current peace and order situation, highlighting practically all fronts of police activities including the status of evacuees at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center where 468 families or 2,437 individuals have remained taking shelter since the infamous “Lumad killings” took place on September 1.
Likewise, P/SSupt. Bayting made clear about the actions being undertaken by his office since the start of the election period on January 10.
Included in the information given was the directive coming from the higher-ups to carry out a re-shuffle of jobs affecting four chiefs of police (COPs) respectively assigned in Tandag City and in the towns of Cantilan, Bayabas, and Marihatag.
So far, Bayting said there had been no election-related violence that transpired anywhere in the province, even that of the shooting incident that happened in Barangay Anahao-Daan on January 13 where one village councilor, identified as Silverio Pontevedra, 68 years old of Barangay Anahao-Daan, Tago, died of gunshot wound along with a civilian driving the motorcycle named Jerick Laurente, 30 years old.
In a follow-up interview, the provincial PNP chief clarified that further investigation revealed personal grudge on the driver as the possible motive of the riding-in-tandem assailants who have yet to be unmasked.
Another civilian, Angelito Laurente, 75 years old, father of the motorcycle driver, also sustained a minor gunshot injury during the incident while the three of them were all on board a motorcycle passing through the barangay road of Purok Kalipayan, Sitio Cabalawan, Anahao-Daan, Tago town.
Bayting , who got the nod from the governor for a regular contact to keep the latter abreast of situation, said Governor Pimentel was satisfied of his report.
P/SSupt. Bayting had taken all of his key police officials in tow during his visit. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Population rise affects development says PopCom Caraga chief
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) - Caraga Region has an estimated population of 2.7 million in 2015. This is just a proportion of the country’s population that it is expected to rise to 104 million this year.
Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano disclosed that if the figure continues to increase, people in the region will compete for limited resources; the local government must meet the demands and needs of its ballooning populace.
“The effects of this population increase will become more evident for there will be lack of decent jobs, shortage of food and water supplies, overcrowded community, abused environment, increased number of urban migrants. These results affect the development of the locality,” Makinano emphasized.
The PopCom official also cited that failure to attain the desired family size (instead of two to three, it becomes four or more children), increasing number of unwanted pregnancy and teenage childbearing, and low contraceptive use are among the factors that contribute to the fast-growing population of Caraga.
Population experts explained that even if levels of childbearing declined to replacement fertility or two children per couple, still the populace would continue to grow, as population momentum represents natural increase of population.
Makinano elaborated that in the city for instance, as the administrative seat of the region - with its development; urban congestion has become apparent nowadays due to the increasing number of people living in the city. “Consequently, public schools and health facilities are overloaded; number of unemployed increased; more farm lands converted into commercial and residential; and experienced poor quality of water supply,” he added.
Makinano also said that population is intimately connected with development. "Population affects development and development affects population," he said.
In response to this trend, PopCom intensifies its implementation of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) through its three main program components, namely: Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RP-FP); Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD); and the Population and Development (PopDev). PPMP is the government’s prime strategic program to address emerging and perennial population, reproductive health, and other related issues. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
Cebuano News: Health personnel dialogue cum forum gipahigayon sa isla sa Siargao
Ni Mary Jul Escalante
SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte, Enero 18 (PIA) – Gipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang ang usa ka Health Personnel Dialogue cum Forum didto sa Kapitolyo Nan Siargao, ning probinsya.
Ang maong tigum gipangulohan ni Gobernador Sol F. Matugas ug gitambungan sa mga doctor ug mga personahe sa mga district hospitals sa mga munisipyo sa isla sa Siargao.
Atol sa maong tigum gipresentar ni Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ivonnie B. Dumadag ang HEALS (Health Education Agri-Aquaculture Livelihood and Spiritual Enhancement) Plus directions sa tuig 2016-2019 sa natad sa maayong panglawas.
Samtang si Provincial Health Officer Dr. Isabel B. Makinano maoy mipasabot mahitungod sa public health system.
Si Dr. Chloe Digal ang provincial health officer sa Siargao district hospital maoy mihatag sa Siargao district hospital accomplishment report sa tuig 2015 ug uban pang mga issues and concerns sa maong tambalanan.
Sa mensahe ni Gobernador Matugas, iyang gipasalamatan ang mga personahe sa mga nagkadaiyang district hospitals sa maong isla ug iyang gidasig ang tanan sa paghatag sa kalidad ug tinud anay nga serbisyo ug isipon ang balay tambalanan nga usa ka panimalay nga para sa tanan.
Ubay ubay ang mga naresolbar na mga issues and concerns atol sa maong dialogue ug pagkahuman nakigtigum pa ang gobernador sa mga empleyado sa Socorro District Hospital ug sa mga doctor sa mga kabaryohan nga nadestino sa maong isla. (SDR/PGO-PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)