Tuesday, January 5, 2016

NFA Administrator inspects warehouse, public market in Tandag City



By Nida Grace P. Barcena



TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 5, 2016 (PIA) – National Food and Authority (NFA) Administrator Renan Dalisay personally inspected this morning the Moonglow Public Market and the Provincial Warehouse located in Barangay Mabua, this city.

NFA chief with his staff arrived Monday evening in the city accompanied by NFA Caraga regional director Genaro Nunez Jr. and staff after their brief visit in Agusan del Norte.

Right after his breakfast with the media and some NFA employees, Dalisay went to the public market to personally monitor the supply and prices of rice. Also, he was able to talk with some retailers in the market regarding the quality of the services they are offering to the public.

“I started the first working day of the year visiting the provincial warehouses to ensure the sufficiency of rice supply in the area,” Dalisay said. Meanwhile, Dalisay, assured the public that that there is enough rice to secure the areas which are vulnerable to the threat of Climate Change.

Also, several issues and concerns were also raised during his meeting with the NFA provincial employees.

After his visit in the city, the team proceeded to Agusan del Sur for a similar activity. The official will stay in Caraga region until January 6. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


NFA administrator visits Surigao Norte



By Susil D. Ragas



SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 5 (PIA) – The food authority’s administrator, regional director and staff led by National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Zenen Renan B. Dalisay arrived in the city on Jan. 4, for its first official visit here.

In his message, Dalisay assured that the whole region would have enough rice despite the onslaught of El Niño.

"We have sufficient stocks of rice and Caraganons have nothing to worry about, thousands bags of rice are currently stocked in various warehouses all over the region,” Dalisay said.

In effect, Dalisay backed the rice production which is one of the leading source of livelihood and profit of the region, especially the agricultural community.

He encouraged everyone to buy NFA rice which is cheaper than the commercial rice. "There is a difference in price but basically the quality is the same," said Dalisay.

Dalisay also led the inspection of NFA accredited rice retailers at the City Public Market, he was accompanied by NFA Caraga regional director Genaro S. Nuñez, Jr, Surigao del Norte provincial manager Gleen P. Echin and staff. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Army 402nd Brigade confirms failure of NPA to mark CPP’s 47th anniversary in SurSur



By Greg Tataro Jr.



TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 5 (PIA) – Col. Isidro Purisima, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander, this province, confirmed that the New People’s Army (NPA) has failed to hold the 47th founding anniversary celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) here on December 26, 2015.

Such celebration, characterized by plenum, has been traditionally held in the province annually for a very long time.

Earlier, 1Lt. Karl Jan Devaras, company commander of the 41st Civill Millitary Operations (CMO) Company of the 4th CMO Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA) based in Barangay St. Christine, Lianga town, this province, issued a press statement in this regard.

The young army CMO chief cited “withdrawal of support” from influenced masses in the province as well as “non-attendance of local media practitioners on the day of the celebration.”

“It is believed that several of the CPP-NPA influenced masses opted not to attend the anniversary and have withdrawn their support from the local Communist-Terrorist group due to their continuous abuses and extortion activities,” Devaras pointed out.

Besides, he stressed that “the tangible results of the Bayanihan efforts of the 402nd Infantry (STINGERS) Brigade in partnership with the Local Government Units and other local stakeholders in the pursuit of peace, security and development in Surigao del Sur,” as one of the main reasons to push through with the celebration.

Devaras noted in his statement that “Out of shame and desperation,” Jorge Madlos aka ‘Ka Oris, Mindanao CPP-NPA-NDF spokesperson, “blamed the AFP of orchestrating a threat to the local media practitioners which was allegedly from a lawless armed group.”

He said Col. Purisima “belied the allegation.”

“We will never stop media from informing the public, we respect the freedom of press for it is inherent in a democratic society; after all we are here to defend the democracy of our country,” Devaras quoted the brigade commander as saying.

With this turn of event, Col. Purisima expressed belief “the CPP-NPA in Surigao del Sur is now close to being dismantled,” it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Firecracker-related injuries reach 68 in Caraga



BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has recently recorded a total of 68 firework-related injuries regionwide, as of Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.

DOH Caraga information officer Romelyn Torraba said among the 68, 34 cases were children below 10 years old while 27 others had ages ranging from 11-20 years old. Two cases were recorded ranging from 21-30 years and five were adults, 31 years and older.

Torralba said the number of cases was higher compared to the same period last year.

She added that the victims were mostly injured with piccolo, however they only sustained minor injuries and are already out of danger. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)