Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Army files charges vs left-leaning activists

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – In a recent development of the legal action taken by Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion Commander and executive director of the 4th Infantry Division's Advance Command Post Lt. Col. Rey Pasco against the left-leaning activists who staged a picket in front of the Bancasi Camp in the city, the rallyists now confront a criminal case filed before the trial court.

It can be recalled that it was sometime in October 2015 when the militant group carrying placards aggressively assembled for protests regarding their allegations of involvement among the military forces in the unjust killings of the ‘lumads’ (natives) in Surigao del Sur.

According to Pasco, aside from the absence of permit for them to conduct a peaceful protest, they willfully and maliciously caused damages to the military’s property by deliberately vandalizing and marking out several loud and foul words at the concrete fence of the camp’s vicinity discrediting the uniformed men in the service.

“With the kind of intolerable actuations and nuisance demonstrated by these activists, we are compelled to treat their unjust behavior the proper way, and that is through the legal act of filing a case to address this concern,” said Pasco.

Pasco added that they are here to serve, to safeguard the people and nation, and to advance peace and order activities, and not to endanger their fellow Filipinos as alleged.

Hence, in supplement to the resolution made on November 2015 and upon careful perusal of the records of the case, a probable cause against the respondents was found for the crime of alarm and scandal and malicious mischief to the following individuals identified as Isaias Genorga, Proseso “Sesoy” Torralba, Elaiza Rose “Elay” Pangilinan, Rosalinda Cunsad, and Ateliana “Atel” Hijos, among others.

Also, Pasco is encouraging those who encountered the same situation of harassment to speak out and bring the case into the proper proceeding to keep the accused aware of their offense, and be given appropriate justice of their illegal and undesirable acts. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


1,000 drug personalities in Bayugan City surrender

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, July 13 (PIA) – In line with the implementation of the Project Double Barrel dubbed “Project Tokhang” of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bayugan City Police Station has recently recorded some 1,000 drug users and pushers-surrenderees of said city.

It was learned that the city has the highest number of drug users and pushers surrenderees so far among other municipalities and cities in Caraga region.

According to PSupt. Reynante Sibayton, chief of Bayugan City Police Station, with the recent number of surrenderees, it is an indication of its intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

Based on the said police station’s report, the 43 punong barangays of the city personally accompanied and assisted the surrenderees who also took their oath in front of Mayor Kim Lope Asis, that they (surenderees) will no longer use illegal drugs.

The mayor also encouraged the surrenderees to change their lifestyle for good and find another livelihood that is legal. He also expressed his support to the programs of the government that addresses the rehabilitation and livelihood of the drug users. (JPG/MGBO/PIA-Caraga)


Govt agencies, partner stakeholders celebrate World Day Against Trafficking

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – Government agencies and partner stakeholders will once again celebrate this year’s World Day Against Trafficking on July 30, 2016 with the theme “Ituloy ang Laban Kontra Human Trafficking” (Continue the fight against Human Trafficking).

The Regional Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking – Violence against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC), which is composed of government agencies and partner stakeholders from the different sectors have lined-up activities for the said celebration.

The members of the council agreed to conduct several activities on July 29, 2016, a day before the actual day of celebration. Said celebration will start with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, this city.

Motorcade will then follow from the Guingona Park going to Luciana Convention Center, where the opening program will be held.

Also, there will be an Oratorical Contest and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest, which will be facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga. In the said contests, 1st prize winner will receive P4,000.00 with certificate; 2nd prize – P3,000.00 with certificate; 3rd prize – P2,000.00 with certificate; and total of 18 consolation prizes - gift certificates for both contests.

RIACAT-VAWC aims to establish functional structures and system at the local level, which will monitor and oversee implementation of the provisions of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Person Act and Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act and other women or violence against women-related laws and policies. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


SK registration in Bislig City set on July 15

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 13 (PIA) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) here has announced that they will start receiving registration of applicants on July 15 for this year’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections set in October.

Young adults aged 15 to 17 and have been a resident of a barangay for six years can qualify to apply for said post.

The registration on July 15 will start at 8:00 in the morning and will end at 5:00 in the afternoon. Deadline of application will also end on July 30, 2016.

COMELEC further reminded interested new/first-timer applicants to bring with them their authenticated birth certificate and marriage license (if married). The commission will also accommodate transfer of registrations, corrections of registrations and reactivation of registrations for those who have not voted for successive elections in national and local.

It was also learned that the SK election will be held in the last Monday of October which also falls on October 31. Applicants are also encouraged to register as early as possible starting July 15, and should not wait until the last day of registration to avoid hassle and long queues.

Pursuant to Section 1 of Republic Act No. 9164 as amended by Republic Act No. 9340, subsequent Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections shall be held on the last Monday of October and every three (3) years thereafter. (JPG/BS/PIA-Caraga)


DTI launchers 3rd Negosyo Center in AgNor

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – Another Negosyo Center of the province of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City has been launched and inaugurated  in the municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte recently.

According to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo, the Negosyo Center is the third in the province of Agusan del Norte and 9th in Caraga region.

During the launching, Nasipit mayor Enrico R. Corvera expressed gratitude on the setting up of the center. “I consider this establishment as among the answers of my dreams of spurring economic activity in the locality and fostering birth and growth of business enterprises in the municipality,” mayor Corvera said.

During the launching DTI Caraga assistant regional director Lolit P. Dorado commended the outstanding performance of the local government unit (LGU) of Nasipit it its revenue collection and for being the fourth most competitive municipality last 2015 for the 3rd to 6th category while at the same time securing the top spot under the economic dynamism pillar.

Also, DTI provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo thanked the LGU Nasipit for the free space provided for the Negosyo Center. Tidalgo also stressed on the different investment opportunities seen for the town and encouraged everyone to promote and make use of the center.

“Now that the DTI services have been brought  to your doorstep, take advantage of the different services offered by it,” Tidalgo said.

Tidalgo assured that the center will be offering very fast and efficient processing of business registration and delivery of services to would-be and existing entrepreneurs. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


OCD holds 1st Resilience Mobile Photography contest

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will hold the 1st Resilience Mobile Photography Contest this month of July.

The contest according to OCD regional director and RDRRMC chairperson Manuel Luis M. Ochotorena will help raise awareness on the programs, projects and activities on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in the country.

Ochotorena also said that the contest theme would focus on the resiliency of Filipinos to adapt to and recover from hazards and emergencies. This includes various programs, activities, and project that deal with disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery.

“The contest is open to all Filipino secondary and college students who are 16 years old and below during the duration of the contest period, except siblings, children or grandchildren of OCD employees," director Ochotorena said.

Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of three entries only and must register online at the official website of the OCD at www.ocd.gov.ph. Participants will fill out the online registration form. OCD will only accept entries submitted online.

The OCD’s online registration will automatically limit the submission of entries per participant to three and they are not allowed to use multiple email addresses in sending their entries.

Entries submitted should be an image/photo with corresponding “photo title” and “photo caption.” The caption must indicate the place where the image was taken, and must have an accurate description of what the photo is about.

Photographs should be created and taken by the contest participants; in full color; in landscape orientation; in digital format; taken using the best settings of the mobile device from January 1 to July 20, 2016 only.

The winners will receive P60,000; P50,000; P40,000; P30,000; and P20,000 for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth prize, respectively. The five winners will also receive a plaque and P10,000 each for seven participants as consolation prizes. A plaque and P30,000 will also be given to the Most Popular Photo.

Deadline of submission is on July 20 at 5:00 p.m. (NCLM, PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga launches Listahanan 2015

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – In time with the 2016 Regional Social Welfare and Development Forum held on Monday here, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has launched the 2015 Listahanan Database of poor families in Caraga region.

The launching was aimed to present the second round assessment and the 2015 Listahanan database users. Through the Listahanan, different sectors can keep posted of the comprehensive information on the poor families. This will also help or guide lawmakers and organizations in establishing more appropriate programs and services that directly addresses to the needs of the poor.

Formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or NHTS-PR, Listahanan identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It is an information management system, not a social protection program or service.

It was also learned that representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, academe, media and some of the newly-elected provincial governor and mayors graced the said occasion. 

The launching of the 2015 Listahanan Database of poor families in Caraga region is anchored on the theme “Listahanan Database: Essentials in Quality Service.” (JPG/MGBO/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan Public Safety Company plants trees at Taguibo Watershed

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Public Community Relations (PCR) Month celebration, the personnel of Butuan City Public Safety Company (BCPSC) recently conducted a tree-planting activity at the Taguibo Watershed Planting Site in Sitio Bunganman, Barangay Anticala, this city.

It was learned that said activity is primarily aimed to intensify its campaign to have a greener and healthier environment, and to sustain clean flow of water in the Taguibo Watershed area.

It also in support to the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Patrol Plan 2030 with its vision “Butuan, Premier Forest City.”

PSupt. Excelso Lazaga, officer-in-charge of BCPSC expressed that they are always guided with their mission to protect the safety and welfare of the localities and to help improve the environment.

During the tree planting activity, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Jerwin Paronda assisted the BCPSC, together with Punong Barangay Armando Boligol and “Datu Buhay” Ruben Dapeniagan, tribal chieftain in the said barangay. (JPG/MGBO/PIA-Caraga)


DAR Surigao Norte elects new sets of PARCCOM officers

By Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform provincial office in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) has elected its new set of officers for its Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) on July 8, 2016 at held at the RSY Pension House, this city.

The newly-elected seven private sector representatives were Robustiano Patayon, Jr. for non-government organizations; Antonio Garcia representing landowners with principal crops; Emmanuel Sendiong for landowners with other crops; Roberto Etac, Jr. of the farmers with principal crops; Fortunato Paje for farmers with other crops; Venancia Signar representing the agricultural cooperatives; and Nelson Ocon for farmer organizations.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, in her message, stressed that the PARCCOM plays a vital role in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

PARCCOM officers will coordinate and monitor the implementation of CARP in the province. It is CARP’s field level, multi-sectoral, collegial, deliberative and coordinative but not implementing body.

Relative to the PARCCOM chairmanship, three nominees were already identified by DAR Surigao del Norte that will be endorsed to the DAR Caraga regional office. The regional office will subsequently endorse it to the DAR central office and it will be the one to appoint the PARCCOM Chairman. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Selebrasyon ng World Day Against Trafficking pinaghahandaan na

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 13 (PIA) – Pinaghahandaan na ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno ang selebrasyon ng World Day Against Trafficking sa darating na Hulyo 30, 2016 sa pamamagitan ng paglikha ng mga aktibidades na dadalohan ng ibat-ibang sector.

Napag-alaman na ang mga miyembro ng Regional Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking – Violence against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC) ay sumang-ayon na may ibat-ibang aktibidades na pangungunahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga sa Hulyo 29, 2016.

Ayon kay DSWD Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli, magsisimula sa isang Thanksgiving Mass ang nasabing selebrasyon sa St. Joseph Cathedral at susundan ito ng isang motorcade mula Guingona Park hanggang sa Luciana Convention Center dito sa lungsod ng Butuan kung saan gaganapin din ang opening program.

May gaganapin ring Oratorical Contest at On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest sa buong araw. Ang 1st prize winner ay makakatanggap ng P4,000.00 at certificate; 2nd prize – P3,000.00 at certificate; 3rd prize – P2,000.00 at certificate; at 18 consolation prizes - gift certificates para sa dalawang contests.

Ang nasabing selebrasyon ay nakabase sa temang “Ituloy ang Laban Kontra Human Trafficking.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Mga kawani ng PIA-Caraga sumailalim sa isang mandatory drug test

Ni Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 13 (PIA) - Bilang pagtalima sa kontra drogang adbokasiya ng bagong adminitrasyong Duterte, isang mandatory drug test ang isinagawa nitong Martes sa lahat ng mga empleyado ng Philippine Information Agency o PIA-Caraga.

Ang drug test ay sorpresang isinagawa kasabay sa ginawang strategic planning session ng nasabing ahensiya. Kabilang sa sumalang sa drug test ay ang hepe ng PIA-Caraga na si regional director Abner Caga, information center managers at coordinators ng bawat probinsiya sa rehiyon Caraga, at iba pang staff nito.

Ito ay pinangasiwaan mismo ng mga personahe ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency o PDEA-Caraga.

Ayon kay director Caga, ang isinagawang drug test ay isa lamang sa mga hakbang upang mapatotohanan na malinis ang kanilang hanay mula sa ilegal na droga at malinis na nanenerbisyo sa publiko.

Samantala, ipinahayag naman ng PDEA chemist na si Mark Roy Paguyod na wala ni isa mang kawani ng PIA-Caraga ang nagpositibo sa paggamit ng ilegal na droga.

“Lahat ng empleyado ng PIA-Caraga ay nakakuha ng negatibong resulta at ito’y patunay lamang na negatibo sila sa paggamit ng shabu at marijuana,” sabi ni Paguyod.

Anya, nakabubuti ang ginawang drug test sapagkat ito’y naaayon sa nakasaad sa Section 36 ng Article 3 na lahat ng opisyal at empleyado sa pribado at pampublikong opisina ay pasasailalim sa drug test upang maiiwasan ang dulot na panganib sa workplace.

Ipinaabot naman ni director Caga sa PDEA-13 ang pasasalamat sa suporta nito. Ayon sa kanya, bilang communication arm ng pamahalaan, plano din ng ahensiya na hikayatin ang mga miyembro ng Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas o KBP sa rehiyon na simulan ang drug test sampu ng iba pang media organizations, nang sa gayun ay magkaroon ng moral ascendancy na sila mismo bilang tagapagbalita ay hindi nasasangkot sa paggamit at pagbebenta ng ilegal na droga.

Naniniwala si Caga na sa paraang ito ay mabigyang linaw din ang mga haka-haka patungkol sa negatibong impresyon sa mga media practitioners lalung-lalol sa usapin ng droga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Pulis nagpabiling bihag sa NPA

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Hulyo 13 (PIA) - Nagpabilin pa gihapon nga bihag sa New People’s Army (NPA) sa Surigao del Sur ang bagitong pulis nga si PO1 Richard Yu, human kini gibihag niadtong Hulyo 6, 2016 didto sa lungsod sa Carmen ning probinsya.

Matud pa ni SB member Michael Escuyos, ang tigpamaba sa Crisis Management Committee (CMC), ang impormasyon gihatag mismo sa usa ka nagpaila nga tigpamaba sa grupong NPA kinsa maoy miangkon nga nibihag sa biktima nga si “Ka Sandra.”

Kalabot sa maong taho, gikabutyag usab nga dunay kalabutan sa droga ang motibo sa pagbitbit sa NPA sa bagitong pulis, kini matud pa ni SB Escuyos, nga sumala pa anaa mipailalom sa igong imbistigasyon si Yu sa grupo nga nagunit niini.

Sumala pa sa taho nga gisaysay ni Escuyos, nga ang maong biktima, sumala pa sa taho nga gibutyag kanila, anaa sa maayong kahimtang og luwas sa katalagman samtang kini anaa pa sa mga kamot sa nagbihag niini.

Tungod sa pagpasumangil nga droga ang motibo sa NPA sa gihimong pagbihag kang PO1 Yu, gilayon midepensa ang hepe sa Municipal Police Station sa maong lungsod nga si Inspector Allan Joy Blasco. Matud pa sa opisyal nga wala pay bahid nga dautan ang pagkatao sa bagito nga pulis.

Gitin-aw usab sa maong opisyal nga walay bisyo si Yu, bisan pagpanigarilyo matud pa niya, balay, trabaho, og diha lamang sa iyahang babuyan ang lugar nga mga adtuanan niini.

Tungod sa maayong reputasyon, gilauman nga gilayon kini nga mabuhian ang among biktima. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur)