Friday, June 10, 2016



DENR-13 celebrates environment month

By Herzon F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region celebrates the Environment Month this June with the theme “Combat Biodiversity Loss. Beat Climate Change!” with lots of activities focusing on increasing awareness of the people about biodiversity loss.

On the first day of June at 5:00 am, the employees carrying placards with environmental messages from the DENR regional office, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Agusan del Norte led by PENRO Paterno Olivera,  and the CENR Office of Nasipit led by CENRO Norman Asugan held a three-kilometer fun-walk in four separate directions in the city and converged at the Guingona Plaza where a brief program ceremony was held with a covenant signing expressing the signatories’ full support and participation in the preservation and protection of the biodiversity. Dozens of fruit seedlings were also given to interested individuals.

In the afternoon of the same day shortly after lunch, a poster-making contest was conducted at the DENR Covered Court, Regional Office in Barangay Ambago, where at least 30 young students, including persons with disability (PWD), indigenous people (IP) and senior citizens have registered their entries.

The DENR also celebrates the Eagle Week from June 6-12, 2016 with emphasis on preserving the Philippine Eagle and its habitat. A full-blast information campaign was conducted region-wide led by the Protected Area and Biodiversity Conservation Office under Assistant Regional Director Roberto A. Oliveros. A 15-minute documentary film showing was conducted in some schools where enrolment programs are going-on to create awareness to the students.

On June 6 which is the World Environment Day, the Office of the Regional Director through the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) held a press conference with Regional Directors Nonito M. Tamayo of DENR-13, Engr. Wilson Trajico of Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Engr. Alilo Ensomo Jr. of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). Afterwards, a Salida Festival was also conducted where each office presented a video-production drama with casts from their personnel. The 5 to 20 minutes video presentation focused on the theme of the environment month celebration “Combat Biodiversity Loss. Beat Climate Change! #GreenEnvironmentGawingForever.”

One June 10, in time with the 29th DENR Anniversary, several partners and environmental heroes were given recognition for their continued support in promoting the programs of the DENR. The Search for Mr & Miss Kalikasan was conducted in the evening in a ceremony hosted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

But the highlight of the environment month celebration will be on June 25 which is declared as the “Arbor Day.” Hundreds of participants will walk to the planting site to be led by several associations of local mountain bikers in a designated tree-planting site in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. Among the biker’s club members who signified their intention to participate are the MTBXU headed by Allan S. Taruk, BARS headed by Atty. James L. Bringas, and the PNP Bikers Club.

On June 28-30, the DENR employees will hold their Sports Fest within the city. The awarding of champions in the sports fest shall be held at the DENR Covered Court at 6:00 pm after the Just Duet singing competition. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DENR calls on urgent rehab of the seas

BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo echoed the urgent call of Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim on the need to rehabilitate the seas to secure its ability to produce sufficient food supply for the current and future generations.

“The people particularly those living along the coastal community shall stop disposing garbage in the seas to prevent further damage to coral reefs and marine life,” Tamayo said.

“If we lose them, we will lose our supply of food and other needs," Lim said. “We need to preserve and restore healthy and productive oceans with rich marine biodiversity,” she added.

The DENR officials issued the call as the nation recently celebrated the Month of the Ocean (MOO) last May, with the theme "Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity" that emphasizes the importance of marine biodiversity to food security.

Lim said our marine resources are under severe threat from habitat loss, climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and overexploitation in commercial fisheries.

“We need to inform the public on the relevance of biodiversity in sustaining people and livelihoods,” Lim said.

She reminded the people to care for the ecosystem’s diversity that includes the forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mud flats. “They have their own vital functions and roles in the development of marine-based livelihood, agriculture, and fisheries sectors,” she said.

The Philippines is the 5th among the only 17 megadiverse countries in the world declared by Conservation International in 1998. Its terrestrial and marine ecosystems are habitats for different birds, sea creatures, plants, and other animals.  (RPAO 13/PIA-Caraga)


215 nabbed, 240 guns seized for gun ban violation in Caraga

By PO2 Ryan C. Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) – At least 215 people have been arrested and 240 firearms confiscated through various police operations in the Caraga Region for violation of the election gun ban.

Based on the record of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13, most of the arrested persons were civilians numbering 191.

Included in the list of arrested were: two PNP personnel; two AFP troops; two government officials; one other law enforcement agency; two security guards; one Civilian Active Auxiliary; 13 members of threat groups; and one member of private armed group.

Violators were arrested through checkpoint operations, police patrols, and implementation of search warrant and warrant of arrest, buy bust operations, armed encounters, and Oplan Sita.

Topping the list of weapons were pistols with a total of 86, followed by revolvers with 72, and shotgun with 28. The rest were rifles with 15, class A light weapons with 23, class B light weapons with 2, and other improvised/homemade firearms with 14.

Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10591 (Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition) defines Class A light weapons as self-loading pistols, rifles and carbines, submachine guns, assault rifles and light machine guns not exceeding caliber 7.62MM which have fully automatic mode while Class B light weapons are designed for use by two or more persons serving as a crew, or rifles and machine guns exceeding caliber 7.62MM such as heavy machine guns.

PRO 13 regionald director P/CSupt. Rolando Felix said the arrested persons are facing charges for violation of Comelec gun ban and/or violation of R.A. No. 10591 while seized firearms will be subjected to ballistics examination to determine if these were used in the commission of crimes. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PNP Caraga needs new cops

By PO2 Ryan C Cagula

BUTUAN CITY, June 10 (PIA) - Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 is looking for more applicants to complete the 1,100 quota in Caraga with 800 rookie cops are expected to take their oath on July 1, 2016 (1st cycle) and another 300 new police officers on September 1, 2016 (2nd cycle).

 “Out of 719 applicants, only 556 comprised of 181 females and 375 males passed the agility test and the neuropsychiatric examination; they are now undergoing the physical, medical, and dental examination”, Officer-in-Charge of Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD) Supt Antonio Alberio, Jr. said on Wednesday.

Supt Alberio said the 556 aspirants belong to the 1st cycle of recruitment but this number may decrease depending on the result of different examinations.

Chief Supt Rolando B Felix, PRO 13 director, urged those interested applicants to submit their folders at RPHRDD office for the 2nd cycle recruitment.

Applicants must be Filipino citizens with good moral character, 21 years old and above but not over 30, and at least one meter and 62 centimeters tall for males and one meter and 57 cm for females.

They must be a holder of a bachelor’s degree from any recognized learning institution, have eligibility, and have no pending criminal case in any court and the Office of the Ombudsman.

For queries, please contact the Regional Public Information Office through hotline number at 09399354084 or the office of RPHRDD through landline at 815-1668. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)