Crime rate in Butuan decreases
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – “The crime rate here has a significant decrease due to the effective implementation of the ‘Oplan Tokhang’ in the different barangays of the city.”
This was the statement of Police Superintendent Lorenzo Trajano, deputy city director for administration of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO), during his interview over 107.8 Power FM/ Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.
Trajano disclosed that the successful conduct of Oplan Tokhang has resulted to the decreasing rate of crimes in the city that is mainly caused by the use of illegal drugs.
“There were 61 illegal drug users/pushers who surrendered on Wednesday in the different police stations of the city. From the start of our implementation of the Oplan Tokhang on July 1, we have already recorded some 3,000 illegal drug users and 400 pushers surrenderees here in the city,” he said.
Also, Police Superintendent Jun Lazaga, deputy city director for operation added that the said campaign will continue in the coming months until all the drug users/pushers will surrender to the local authorities.
“We are very serious in fulfilling our mandate to ensure the safety and welfare of the people and we will see to it that our mission will be realized,” stressed Lazaga.
Lazaga further disclosed that the city police office is intensifying its campaign against crimes. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
204 SurSur barangays cleared from rebel influence
By Nida Grace Barcena-Tranquilan
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 22 (PIA) – A total of 204 barangays of this province have been cleared of rebel influence by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Colonel Isidro Purisima, commander of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army bared that through the collaborative efforts of the different stakeholders thru “Bayanihan” conducted to the different communities and by bringing the government services closer to the people,"we have awaken most of the masses to withdraw their support with the New People’s Army (NPA)."
"Also, with the conduct of the series of Youth Leadership Summit to the young adults. We have empowered them and created awareness on their role in nation building," he added.
Col. Purisima also confirmed that the NPA has failed to hold the 47th founding anniversary celebration of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) here.
It can be recalled that Surigao del Sur was the favorite hub of the NPA in their celebration for 15 consecutive years.
Further, Col. Purisima said that numerous NPA camps were already seized by the troops under his area of responsibiltiy with 63 firearms gained and 115 CPP-NPA rebels neutralized or surrendered. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
PNP Caraga announces 2nd cycle of PO1 recruitment
By Nora C. Lanuza Molde
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The regional office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga is in need of another 300 applicants for the public safety forces of the 2nd cycle of PO1 recruitment program of the agency.
PNP Caraga regional director chief superintendent Rolando Felix urges interested qualified individuals to submit their requirements in folder at the Regional Personnel Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD) for assessment.
The initial requirements of PO1 include being a Filipino citizens with good moral character; 21 years old and above but not over 30; at least one meter and 62 centimeters (cm) tall for males and one meter and 57 cm for females; holder of a bachelor’s degree from any recognized learning institution; must have eligibility, and have no pending case, CSupt Felix said.
On July 16, 2016, a total of 640 new cops under the 1st cycle PO1 recruitment program took their oath at the headquarters of the Police Regional Office.
For more information, please contact the Regional Public Information Office through hotline number at 09399354084 or the office of RPHRDD through landline at 815-1668. (PNP/NCLM, PIA-Caraga)
DTI destroys confiscated uncertified products
By Nora C. Lanuza Molde
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Norte destroyed seized non-conforming products worth about P481,483 to raise consumers' awareness on safe and quality products on Wednesday at barangay Doongan covered court here.
Said activity was witnessed by Barangay Doongan Barangay Captain Gilberto Enriquez, resident auditors, Konsumador Hong Butuan officers and members, media practitioners, and store owners/representatives of the confiscated products.
The seized products destroyed include 434 pieces (pcs.) plywoods; 1,048 pcs. assorted Christmas lights; 63 pcs. assorted monobloc chairs; 74 pcs. assorted extension wires; 8 pcs. DVD players; 2 pcs. steam iron; 116 pcs. starters; 79 pcs. lamp holder; 73 pcs. lighters; 10 pcs. electric fans; 168 pcs. assorted CFL; 1 pc. helmet; 426 pcs. assorted plugs/outlets; 22 pcs. receptacle; 5 pcs. switch and 38 pcs. assorted rice cookers.
The products were confiscated in year 2015 and early part of 2016 from seven establishments in the city and Agusan del Norte, said DTI Agusan del Norte Consumer Welfare Division chief Wyn Palma. The establishments were handed administrative fines amounting to P236,280, Palma added.
“For our safety, we must use products that passed the requirements of the Philippine National Standards (PNS)," Plama added.
Safety of the consumers is the primary concern of DTI, mandatory products must pass the requirements of the PNS. Such as the required markings and labels on the product or product package to assure consumers that these products meet standards and are safe to use.
“The DTI urged the consumers to check on the Product Standards (PS) and Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) marks prior to purchase of these products because a well-informed and vigilant consumer is the best protected consumer,” said Gay A. Tidalgo, provincial director of DTI Agusan del Norte. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
RDC-Caraga urges stakeholders to support CARAT Expo 2016
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) is enjoining the regional line agencies and local government units to give full support to the Caraga Agri-Trade and Marketing Expo 2016 (CARAT Expo 2016) in view of the resolution passed by the Economic Development Committee and approved by the council through RDC chairperson and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas.
The CARAT Expo 2016, which is scheduled on November 7-13, 2016, is envisioned to be an annual gathering of producers, suppliers, marketers, investors and buyers and is a step towards advancing the agriculture sector of the region.
“The Caraga Region’s steady growth in terms of productivity and number of households engaged in agriculture in 2014 is attributed to increased investments in agriculture and implementation of innovative strategies. Thus, the Carat Expo 2016, as a strategic venue for marketing-matching and agri-investment linkages, will showcase the best products of the region with the aim of creating interest among marketers and investors in the agriculture sector, and opening new opportunities from production to marketing domains,” remarked Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, RDC vice-chairperson.
Meanwhile, Matugas also said that CARAT Expo 2016 was conceptualized to supplement the Philippine Cold Chain Project’s (PCCP) thrust of providing more focused marketing and trading initiatives to help increase productivity and create trade opportunities for small producers in Caraga.
With the Caraga agri, trade and marketing underway, it is poised to be the advantageous gateway for economic growth. This year, it will provide a great opportunity for small producers in Caraga to showcase their products, spur brilliant trading initiatives to help increase productivity, and gain other business instruments for enhanced marketing strategies. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
CSC promotes state workers’ participation to 116th PHL Civil Service anniversary
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – As the lead organizer of this year’s 116th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA), the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga enjoined all civil servants from government agencies, bureaus, local government units (LGUs), government owned and/or controlled corporations and state universities and colleges to actively participate in the month-long activities come September 2016.
The celebration is anchored on the theme, “Sigaw ng Lingkod Bayani:
Malasakit Para Sa Taumbayan, Kapwa Kawani, at Kalikasan." The activities are meant to instill “malasakit” or compassion with action for our health, the environment, deserving public servants, and the Filipino public who are the clients of government service offices.
“We encourage all government institutions to support the lined-up activities. You may post the official anniversary tarpaulin on conspicuous areas at your respective offices. The design template and specifications is uploaded in the CSC website, www.csc.gov.ph,” said CSC Caraga regional director Resureccion Pueyo.
To officially jumpstart the observance of PCSA on the 3rd of September, a R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run will be conducted and is open to all government employees, family members and other interested individuals. The objectives of the activity are promotion of good governance, healthy lifestyle, social consciousness as well as to provide financial assistance to the families of civil servants who died in line of duty, reiterated Pueyo.
Participating employees can avail of the half-day compensatory time-off who will be joining in the fun run.
As announced also, the grand finals of the Government Choral Competition will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City, on September 13, 2016. The grand prize winner will receive a plaque and P200,000 cash award while the first, second, and third runners up will receive a plaque and P150,000, P100,000, and P75,000 cash, respectively. Special awards for Best Conductor and Best Arrangement of the Competition Song are also at stake.
The competition aims to showcase musical creativity of government employees from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao; promote Filipino culture and arts through choral singing; and inculcate a culture of excellence in public service.
Other lined-up activities include coastal clean-up and mangrove planting to show care for the environment.
“We encourage the use of hashtag (#malasakitism) in all PCSA-related posts on social media to hype the cause to spread malasakit or compassion as one of the keys in achieving excellent service, benefitting the civil servants and the internal and external clients,” emphasized Pueyo. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
Basilisa police station holds earthquake drill
By Susil D. Ragas
BASILISA, Dinagat Islands, July 22 (PIA) – In line with the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM), the whole month of July, the municipal police station (MPS) of Basilisa in Dinagat Islands recently spearheaded an earthquake drill at the municipal hall of Basilisa and Tag-abaca National High School.
Inspector Roberto Angob, officer-in-charge of Basilisa MPS, said that the primary goal of the activity is to increase awareness of every Dinagatnon.
“This will help them prepare for natural disasters and calamities such as earthquakes, typhoons and landslides,” Angob said.
This year’s NDCM celebration is anchored on the theme "Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa." (SDR/Basilisa MPS/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Surigao Norte town strengthens support to Army’s peace, development outreach program
By 1Lt. Ryan D. Layug
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) – The municipality of Malimono in Surigao del Norte through its Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) has intensified the implementation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP’s) Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) to end conflicts and pursue peace, order and security in its locality.
It can be recalled that residents from Brgy. Tinago had evacuated to Malimono Municipal Gymnasium upon order by the NPA commander who also threatened them to suffer from the planned attack if they will refuse. However, the circulated reports deceptively appeared to be that residents were afraid of soldiers and that they wanted the military men to withdraw their presence in the barangay.
To verify the veracity of the situation, 1Lt Ryan Layug, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of 30IB led a Quick Reaction Team to engage the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) on July 12-13, 2016. "When I asked Tinago residents if it is true that they wanted the soldiers out of their barangay, majority vehemently denied the allegations," Layug said.
Meanwhile, reports were tipped to the soldiers, policemen and local government unit (LGU) that a rally was being organized secretly on July 13 to support the demanded pull-out of soldiers in Malimono by the IDPs. Media outlets were invited by Naghiusang Mag-uuma sa Surigao del Norte (NAMASUN) to cover the rally that was simultaneously conducted with the scheduled MPOC meeting.
"Some barangay chairpersons are now being manipulated by the NPAs. I will commit one company of soldiers here in Malimono to remove your fear and maintain security,” addressed Lt Col Rico Amaro, 30IB commander before the members of the MPOC.
"It's time to put an end to the presence of NPAs in Malimono. This is a 5th class municipality, we will not move forward with their presence because we don't want to be referred as red flagged municipality. Investors already denied us and we must not allow for the next generations of our kin to face difficulty in finding a job just because they came from an NPA-influenced town. We will implement and support PDOP," Mayor Wallace Sinaca said after soliciting the views of barangay chairpersons and the MPOC.
According to reports from concerned residents, the NPA is desperate to maintain its hold in Malimono because of the small-scale illegal mining where they usually got a share. Also, the farmers, fisherfolks, store owners, jeepney operators, government employees and other businesses in Malimono are being collected with revolutionary tax. (VLG/30IB Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)
DAR Agusan del Norte holds seminar on microfinance program
By Gil E. Miranda
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte carried out a series of Mentoring and Technical Guidance on Microfinance Technology to five Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from the different municipalities in the province in a period of one month, June 2016.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Virginia Batosalem, one of the facilitators, said the seminars aimed to strengthen the ARB organizations to become effective and efficient microfinance provider to its members.
“The ARBOs are equipped with the basic information on microfinance mentoring to improve its services to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary members as they are the frontline partners of the Department in the delivery of support services,” MARPO Batosalem added.
Discussed during the seminar were the necessary steps toward microfinance best practices, evaluation of the systems adopted, and identify the ARBOs common needs and weaknesses in ARB-members financing.
The selected ARBOs are guided properly in handling micro-credit services with the use of the system that could bring financial intelligence to its members.
The selected five ARBOs comprised Duque ARB Cooperative (DAREBCO); Avanceña Beneficiaries and Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (ABFMPC); San Antonio Integrated Farmers MPC (SAIFMULCO); Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative (PASCOFBEC), and Malicato ARB MPC (MARBMPC). (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
International forum features Mindanao envi payback scheme
DAVAO CITY, July 22 (PIA) - An incentive-based environmental program in Mindanao was featured as having one of the best practices for reducing emissions at a recently concluded international forum in Hanoi, Vietnam.
At the ASIA LEDS Forum 2016, a premier gathering of policymakers, donors, practitioners, and other experts involved in promoting Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and climate-resilient development in Asia, the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Mindanao was featured as a mechanism designed to maintain environmental integrity in the island-region.
Speaking at the international forum, Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) introduced PES as one of the government initiatives being implemented to allow Mindanao’s environment keep up with the region’s rapidly growing economy.
“As the island-region pursues inclusive socioeconomic growth and development, we believe that it must also sensibly manage its environment and natural resources to sustain them into the future,” said Antonino while adding “we are currently working on the adoption of the PES among our local government units.”
In the implementation of PES, farmers or landowners who have agreed to manage natural resources such as forests, watersheds, rivers, and streams are given incentive payments for rendering ecological services such as replanting of trees and ensuring the survival of the trees planted.
The Mindanao PES initiative will form part of the activities under the LEDS Mindanao program, which MinDA will undertake in partnership with the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – Philippines.
In one of the forum’s deep-dive sessions, MinDA’s executive director, Undersecretary Janet Lopoz highlighted the gains of the PES program, particularly in the municipality of Naawan in the province of Misamis Oriental.
“Through an ordinance issued by the local government of Naawan to adopt PES, households were required to pay certain fees for every cubic meter of water that they consume. As a result, the local government was able to raise a sizeable fund that was utilized for the municipality’s reforestation program,” Lopoz explained.
The PES mechanism is also seen to enhance the protection of ecosystems that provide environmental goods such as food, freshwater, fuel, and other natural resources that are used as inputs to the production process that help move the economy.
In addition to the PES initiative, the delegation from Mindanao also presented the One Stop Facilitation and Monitoring Center (OSFMC), a project designed to encourage the development of renewable energy (RE) sources in the region. The center aims to accelerate the application process of permits needed for the establishment of RE projects in the region.
Antonino underscored the role of the OSFMC in revitalizing socioeconomic growth in Mindanao as well as in fulfilling the long-term vision of a diversified energy mix for the region, which were hampered back then when power deficiency issues hit the region a year years back.
“While Mindanao’s economic performance steadily increased, its power generation industry was not moving at a parallel pace. Intermittent supply of energy led to losses in income and brought a lukewarm reception for other investments,” she said.
In achieving the OSFMC target, Antonino added that MinDA is proactively working with partners to ensure that Mindanao meets its energy needs with the end-view of securing ecological balance. MinDA created the center in partnership with the Department of Energy and USAID through the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee.
The PES and OSFMC are among the mechanisms implemented through MinDA’s flagship programs to fulfill its mandate to promote, coordinate and facilitate the active and extensive participation of all sectors to effect socioeconomic development of Mindanao.
Asia LEDS Forum 2016 is supported by USAID, United Nations Development Programme, Climate and Development Knowledge Network, LEDS Global Partnership and its Working Groups, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Society for International Cooperation. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)
Surigao Norte guv bares policy direction
By John Glenn A. Platil
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 22 (PIA) - Governor Sol Matugas elaborated the policy direction of her administration before the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and provincial employees at the SP Conference Room here on July 18, this year.
Gov. Matugas revealed that she will expand and amplify the programs and activities under her HEALS Agenda for the calendar year 2016-2019.
She said that on health, she wants the establishment of child friendly centers in all barangays; increase Senior Citizens’ medical allowance; institutionalization of the ‘Panambay sa Barangay’ program; and the creation of a Mobile Health Team complete with dental, eye care services, vans, and other mobile health services.
In education, she will strengthen programs in: Indigenous Peoples' (IPs) Education System; Badjaos/PWDs education; continue the campaign towards zero drop-out; sustain capacity development and support to the welfare of the teachers; promote special sports competitions and scouting for all; and intensify efforts to preserve local history, culture and arts.
To safeguard the environment, she will implement the following: establishment of marine sanctuaries in all municipalities; convergence of agencies in the campaign against illegal fishing; establishment of tree parks in all barangays and municipalities; and strict monitoring of large-scale mining companies’ operations and lobby for the non-issuance of new exploration permits.
For the agriculture and aquaculture development, she will enforce the promotion of organic farms; operationalize the Agri-Pinoy Trading Center; provide irrigation facilities; promote farm tourism; adopt cluster farming; engage women and youth in farm schools; expand the ‘Baroto sa Kalambuan’ program; intensify the production of high value marine products; and intensify the livestock program thru the expansion of forage and pasture as well as expansion of veterinary services.
She will also enhance livelihood opportunities through: TESDA skills training in the Provincial Manpower and Training Center with employment program in partnership with the mining industry; promote household business thru the Go Negosyo and ‘Puhunan sa Barangay’ Program; and promote micro enterprise.
Further, she will advance the tourism sector with the expansion of homestay program; opening of more roads leading to tourism destinations; revival of Surigaonon rich culture and heritage thru songs, dances, festival and cultural celebration; and the conduct of Sports and Cultural events.
On social services, she will allocate resources for special groups (Muslims, IPs, and Badjaos); intensify campaign against illegal drugs/ criminality (illegal gambling, illegal fishing, etc.) through the integrated approach involving family, church, and national line agencies; focus on children/youth needs and interests thru sports, culture, and the arts; empower more communities to become more resilient and protected from risks arising from natural hazards and climate change; and strengthen spirituality thru the conduct of Values Education Program in public offices; and the preservation of Surigaonons’ spiritual best practices/traditions. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
AgNor to increase financial help to family of deceased SC
By Aimee B. Sienes
BUTUAN CITY, July 22 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte has increased the burial assistance to the families of the deceased senior citizens in the province of Agusan del Norte.
The said assistance to the family was increased from P1,800 to P2,500.
It can be recalled that the said burial assistance started in the year 2001 through Provincial Ordinance No. 107-2001, which amounted to P1,500.
Considering the current cost of decent burial, the Provincial Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) Agusan del Norte Chapter requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte to increase the said assistance to P2,500.
The provincial government addressed the said request positively recognizing the vital role of senior citizens who are the pillars in the development of the society, as well as promoting the welfare of the senior citizens and continuously adopt measures to provide benefits or assistance to families of deceased senior citizens in the province.
To avail of the said assistance, the family shall comply and meet the requirements and submit to the Provincial Social Welfare, Population and Nutrition Services Office (PSWPNSO).
Funds for the said purpose under the General Fund shall be appropriated in the year 2017 in the amount of P2,000,000 and every year thereafter. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)