ICRC set to conduct media orientation on international humanitarian law
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to hold a media briefing on ICRC activities in the Philippines and will orient participants on the basic principles of the international humanitarian law (IHL) on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.
According to ICRC Butuan head of office Olav Sinsuat, the media briefing is a follow-up to the one-day workshop held in October 2012 for jouralists in Caraga region.
“With this event, we aim to bring together Butuan-based journalists to update them with ICRC’s significant undertakings; enhance their awareness on IHL, its applicability and basic principles, who it protects globally, and how it protects journalists specifically; and encourage ethical reportage of humanitarian issues,” emphasized Sinsuat. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
BSP Butuan briefs stakeholders on NGC
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) conducted on Thursday the in-house seminar entitled "Know Your Money" at the BSP Multi-Purpose Hall, this city.
BSP Butuan City branch Jovito Mainit said their focus at this time is on the New Generation Currency (NGC), the currency banknotes in circulation.
“The in-house seminar entitled 'Know Your Money' is aimed to educate the public in the design, characteristics, and distinct features of the NGC and also disseminate the information on the demonization schedule of the old banknotes, the New Design Series (NDS),” Mainit disclosed.
Also, during the said seminar, Rose Zarate, Research Analyst II of BSP-Butuan reiterated that to carry out its mandate, the BSP focuses on these three Pillars of Strength: 1) Price Stability that entails keeping inflation low and stable to promote economic efficiency and improve the well-being of Filipinos; 2) Financial Stability wherein BSP seeks to maintain the health of the banking system so that it can effectively intermediate between providers and users of funds; and 3) Payments and Settlement System which helps ensure the safe, timely, and accurate payment and settlement of financial transactions.
Zarate further reiterated that the banknotes, denominated in P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1000, contain upgraded security features, as well as fresh and old design elements.
“Familiarize yourself with the design, characteristics and distinct features of the banknotes. Remember the following: feel the paper, examine the watermark, inspect the security fiber, view the windowed security thread and the embedded security thread, check the concealed value, optically variable ink and serial number, and recognize the portrait and color,” elaborated Zarate.
Zarate also reminded the general public on the pertinent laws and regulations to protect and maintain the integrity of the currency.
BSP is committed to promote and maintain price stability and provide proactive leadership in bringing about a strong financial system conducive to a balanced and sustainable growth of the economy. It shall conduct sound monetary policy and effective supervision over financial institutions under its jurisdiction. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Peace consultant in AgSur peacefully buried
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 30 (PIA) - Family and friends of the late Josefina Bajade, a peace consultant and retired provincial social welfare and development officer (PSWDO) who was killed recently by the New People’s Army (NPAs) were gathered at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur to attend her final interment and burial.
Governor Santiago Cane delivered his message in a eulogy expressing that no words of comfort would describe the sorrow felt by the bereaved family whose dearly departed died violently in pursuit of peace. He recollected the interventions of the late Josefina Bajade or Nic-Nic as a full-blooded social worker and as a peace process negotiator.
Cane further underscored that Nic-Nic is an epitome of a woman with courage who steadfastly stood amidst life threatening situations for fighting to bringforth lefties in the folds of the government. Also, all other co-workers and direct family members have enunciated late Josefina's utmost extent of boldness to take, even in struggle and risking life, in order to advance negotiated peace. For the hundreds of people who attended her funeral, they considered her brutal death as a huge loss of the province.
While the necrological mass was ongoing at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, supporters and friends of the late Josefina Bajade also brought with them placards with statements against the NPAs and praying for justice be served to her.
After the mass, an indignation rally was held going to San Lorenzo Ruiz Memorial Garden where she was buried. (JPG/VLG, PIA-Caraga)
PNP 13 nabs over 406 individuals linked to illegal drugs
By PO2 Ryan C. Cagula
BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) 13 had intensified its operations against illegal drugs making a total of 406 persons arrested from January 1 - May 29, 2016.
Based on the record, the PNP seized a total of 1,398.27 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and 17.90 grams of marijuana which the Dangerous Drug Board valued at P16.3 million.
They have also conducted a total of 280 operations mostly buy-bust, checkpoints, implementation of search warrants, and saturation drives.
“The days of drug pushers/users are already numbered as our troops will stage more police operations to bring them behind bars,” said PNP-13 regional director P/CSupt. Rolando B. Felix.
Included in the arrested persons were three PNP personnel: SPO2 Elmer L. Dela Torre, PO1 Edgaro M. Aquino, and SPO1 Eleonor N. Osico.
Felix warned that erring PNP personnel caught in illegal drugs activities will be dismissed from the service.
The region’s top cop also urged the community to strengthen its cooperation with the PNP to sustain these substantial gains against illegal drugs. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
DavNor solon vows to help Siargao Island to be the country's top tourist destination
By John Glenn Platil
SIARGAO ISLAND, Surigao del Norte, May 30 (PIA) - Davao del Norte first district representative Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez has vowed to support the development of Siargao Island to be one of the country's top tourist destinations.
In his recent visit to the island along with Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) president Atty. Fred Lim, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Usec. Ernesto Adobo, Jr., Alvarez said he fully supports Governor Sol Matugas and incoming Congressman Francisco Jose “Bingo” F. Matugas of the first district to develop Siargao as a universally-acclaimed leading tourism destination.
“I am always here in Siargao because I own a beach resort in General Luna since 1996. I really admire the warm hospitality and kindness of the people that is why this paradise is home to me, my family and President Duterte’s family,” said Alvarez.
He also praised Siargaonons for their good manners, principled values and absolute sincerity.
Alvarez is President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's bet for the speakership of the 17th Congress.
On May 28, Alvarez and Usec. Adobo also toured Sohoton Cove in Socorro town. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
PNP 13 joins Flag Day celebration
By SPO1 Zena Menioria Panaligan
BUTUAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) 13 joined the entire nation in a simple but significant celebration of the National Flag Day during the ceremonial activity on Saturday, May 28 here.
The celebration is in line with Presidential Proclamation No. 374 declaring May 28 of every year to commemorate the first time the national flag was hoisted in Imus, Cavite after Filipino fighters defeated the Spanish forces in the battle of Alapan.
PNP 13 regional director P/CSupt Rolando B. Felix led the raising of the national flag.
In his message, he called on the officers and men of PNP Caraga to keep in mind their significant role in safeguarding the democratic ideals and in upholding the role of law.
The flag will remain on display from May 28 to June 12 signifying the country’s 118th Independence Day. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
Tagalog News: IP groups sa Agusan del Sur kinondena ang mga rebeldeng NPA sa karumal-dumal na pagpatay sa mga inosenteng sibilyan
Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano
SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Mayo 30 (PIA) – Mariing kinondena ng mga indigenous peoples (IPs) sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur ang mga miyembro ng New People’s Army (NPA) na pumapatay umano ng mga inosenteng sibilyan, lalung-lalo na ang pagpatay sa kinikilalang peace negotiator na si Josefina Bajade ng nasabing probinsya.
Ayon kay Datu Batan-on II, pinuno ng San Francisco Tribal Leaders Cultural Association Incorporated, nanghihinayang anya siya at nang kanyang mga kasamahang IP leaders sa pagkamatay ni Josefina Bajade o Nanay Nic-Nic na walang-awang pinatay at nilinlang ng mga kasapi ng mga rebeldeng NPAs kamakailan lang sa Compostella Valley
Anya, isang ina ng mga lumad ang turing nila kay Nanay Nic-Nic na naging tapat sa tungkulin sa ilang taong panenerbisyo nito. Inaakyat umano ni Nanay Nic-Nic ang bundok para lang matugonan ang kinakailangang tulong ng mga lumad at naging mabuting facilitator sa mga miyembro ng NPA na gustong sumuko at magbagong-buhay at matulongang makapag-aral ang kanilang mga anak.
“Hindi napo kami makakahanap ng kagaya ni Nanay Nic-Nic na magaling talaga sa kanyang trabaho. Para na siyang ina sa aming mga lumad pati na rin sa mga beneficiaries ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program o 4Ps,” mungkahi ni Datu Batan-on.
Napag-alaman din na magpupulong-pulong ang lahat ng mga IP leaders sa probinsya at paplanuhin kung ano pa ang maaari nilang gawin o ibahagi sa pamilya ni Nanay Nic-Nic upang makamit ang hustisyang nararapat sa kanya.
Ayon naman sa dating miyembro ng NPA na si Julieto Canoy alyas Ka Boom na ang pagkamatay ni Josefina Bajade ay talagang kagagawan ng mga rebeldeng grupo na sila ring salarin sa pagkamatay ni Loreto, Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza ilang buwan palang ang nakakalipas.
Pinaaalalahanan din ni Ka Boom ang lahat, lalung-lalo na ang mga miyembro ng media na iwasang magbigay suporta sa rebeldeng grupo sa anumang paraan dahil umano may dala itong pahamak sa kanilang buhay at kapamilya sa panahong matigil ang kanilang pagbigay ng suporta at kapag wala na silang silbi para sa mga NPAs. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)