Thursday, July 14, 2016


DTI AgNor to destroy seized 'substandard' products

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade of Industry (DTI) Butuan City/Agusan del Norte Provincial Office – Consumer Welfare Division will spearhead a destruction of confiscated non-conforming products forfeited in favor of DTI.

According to provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo, the products to be destructed violate the Product Standards Law or Republic Act No. 4109 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (DAO 2, Series of 2007) as contained in the decisions rendered by the Adjudication Officer.

The non-conforming products to be destroyed are plywood, Christmas lights, outlets, switches, DVD players, electric irons, extension wires, stand fans, desk fans, rice cookers, monobloc chairs, lighters, CFLs, helmets, receptacle, and others, said director Tidalgo.

The destruction will be held on July 20, 1:00 p.m. at Barangay Doongan here, she said. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Surigao Norte women micro entrepreneurs join entrep and customer service seminar

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 14 (PIA) - A total of 27 women entrepreneurs in the city joined the Entrepreneurship cum Customer Relationship Management Seminar  (SMERA) on July 1, 2016 held at the Training Room of  City Negosyo Center, DTI Surigao del Norte provincial office here.

DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan said that the one-day activity aims to capacitate the women participants with the basic knowledge in entrepreneurship as well as radically upgrade their current customer standards.

He explained that SMERA is a continuous learning program that equips micro, small and medium enterprise with knowledge, skills and capabilities to become more competitive in the domestic and global markets.

“This activity forms part of our continued support for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and our efforts in addressing the call of the government for inclusive growth and poverty reduction by providing opportunities for learning to various sectors like women, youth, farmers, indigenous people,” Celestino said. (SDR, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Over 10,000 drug personalities surrender to Caraga police

By PSI Charity S Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 (PIA) - More than 10,000 individuals involved in illegal drug activities have surrendered to the police since the implementation of Project Tokhang in Caraga last July 1, 2016.

In a monitoring of the Regional Tactical Operations Center, a total of 10,649 drug personalities comprised of 2,491 from Agusan del Norte; 2,340 from Agusan del Sur; 1,212 from Butuan City; 146 from Dinagat Islands; 1,811 from Surigao del Norte; and 2,649 from Surigao del Sur turned themselves in to authorities.

Police Regional Office 13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix said the surrendered persons are turned over to the local government units and will be monitored by the police.

Project Tokhang, a massive campaign to convince those involved in illegal drugs to reform, is the first phase under Project Double Barrel which was implemented nationwide last July 1, 2016.

The second phase of Project Double Barrel is Project HVT/LVT which focuses on the conduct of police operations against the high value or low value targets.

From July 1 to July 13, a total of 76 suspects were arrested and three drug personalities were killed during the conduct of police operations.

“These accomplishments are attributed to the collective efforts and strengthened partnerships among the PNP, LGU, community, and other stakeholders,” PCSupt. Felix said. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Rebels torch container van's gen set in San Agustin town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SAN AGUSTIN, Surigao del Sur, July 14 (PIA) – Around 15 fully armed men reportedly flagged down and burned the generator set of a container van owned by Rosendo Casino while traversing the national highway in Barangay Salvacion here on Wednesday, July 13.

Initial report from the Police Provincial Police (PPO) revealed that the said container van was loaded with bananas from the DOLE warehouse in Tabon-tabon, Tago town heading for Davao City. While traversing the said place, the said container van was flagged down by the fully armed men who introduced themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

The rebels accordingly instructed the driver to separate the tractor head and park along the center of the national highway.

Few minutes after, the suspects reportedly fled to the mountainous area of Purok 6, Barangay Salvacion, while the San Agustin Fire Station personnel arrived and declared fire out around 1:00 p.m. on the same day.

The Police Provincial Saftey Company based in Tagmalinao, Cagwait and the Philippine Army immediately conducted hot pursuit operations to run after the lawless armed group. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI set to launch mariculture platforms in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 14 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte is set to launch its shared service facilities (SFF) dubbed “Mobile Mariculture Platforms” (MMP) here on August 3, 2016, 2015 at the city mariculture park in barangay Nabago.

DTI provincial director Celestino Negapatan bared that the project will provide five pilot mobile mariculture platforms of Norwegian type fish cages that can accommodate 20,000 bangus fingerlings to about 150 4Ps beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

He said MMP project is one of the promising convergence undertakings where DTI committed to provide the said cages, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for the technical support, DSWD for the feeds and fingerlings, and the city government on the cage nets and security in the area. 

Negapatan, further said that the project is expected to harvest approximately 50 metric tons of milkfish (bangus) after six months.  (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Police burn P36 million worth of marijuana in Butuan

By PSI Charity S Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 recently burned uprooted marijuana plants and stalks worth about P36,193,500 at the quarry site in barangay Bonbon, this city on Thursday.

PRO 13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix spearheaded the activity together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 13, local government unit, and media personalities.

The marijuana stalks and plants were recovered from the towns of Loreto and La Paz, Agusan del Sur during the intensified campaign of Caraga police force.

In his message, PCSupt. Felix lauded the support of the local government units and the community which contributed to the success.

Police force in Caraga is making headway in its implementation of Project Double Barrel, an all-out anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine National Police. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)