Wednesday, July 27, 2016


La Paz PNP confiscates marijuana plants

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur, July 27 (PIA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel of La Paz Municipal Police Station successfully confiscated marijuana plants with estimated weight of 10 kilos and approximate market value of P11,600 in Sitio Pinili, Barangay Valentina, of this municipality, just 40 kilometers away from the said police station.

It can be recalled that on July 25, 2016, a certain Bryan Manguinimba Padrones, a resident of Barangay Valentina reported that several marijuana plants were sighted. Immediately thereafter at 11:30 a.m. of same date, the team then proceeded to the said area and successfully located the marijuana plants at the center of newly harvested corn crops and subsequently uprooted 58 stalks of marijuana plants.

The uprooted plants were then brought to PNP Regional Crime Laboratory for examination and proper disposition. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


12 DepEd divisions join DRR CCA awareness contests

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) - Caraga region’s 12 schools’ division join in the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) – Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Awareness Contests for Students spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Department of Education (DepEd).

The contests are in line with this year’s observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) and focused on the NDCM theme “Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa.”

According to OCD regional director and RDRRMC chairperson Manuel Luis Ochotorena, the contests were aimed to inculcate the culture of disaster preparedness and raise more massive awareness on DRRM-CCA to Caraganon students.

The awareness contests that include Jingle, Poster Making and Essay Writing Contests and Quiz Bee were simultaneously conducted and were judged by the representatives from the office of the OCD, DepEd, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Information Agency.

The winners of concluded contests are as follows:

• Jingle Contest

First Place – Bayugan City Division

Second Place – Butuan City Division

Third Place – Surigao City Division

• Poster Making Contest

First Place – Surigao del Norte Division

Second Place – Bayugan City Division

Third Place – Surigao del Sur Division

• Essay Writing Contest

First Place – Agusan del Sur Division

Second Place – Surigao del Norte Division

Third Place – Bayugan City Division

• Quiz Bee

First Place – Dinagat Islands Division

Second Place – Surigao del Norte Division

Third Place – Surigao City Division

Ochotorena said the first place winners of quiz bee, poster making and essay writing contests received gold plaques, gold medals and cash prizes amounting to P3,000; the second place winners received silver plaques and silver medals and cash prizes amounting to P2,000 while bronze medals and plaques and P1,000.00 were given to the third place winners.

The winners of the jingle contest also received the same gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of P10,000.00 for the first place winner, P7,500.00 for the second place winner and P5,000.00 for the third place winner. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)





PopCom launches film festival for teens


BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA)  – In pursuit of addressing the diverse needs of young people today, the Commission on Population (PopCom) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) successfully conducted the Regional Population Health and Environment (PHE) Basic Script Writing & Film-making Orientation/Workshop, here in the city.

Around 33 participants coming from the different schools division regionwide actively participated in the orientation-workshop as a pre-requisite in joining the Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival.

As an output of the orientation-workshop, the participating schools division will develop a script and a short film that focused on the theme “Kabataan, Kalusugan, Kalikasan: Magkaugnay.”

According to PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano, the festival is one of the many approaches of the agency in helping the young people in the crucial stage of their development so that they will grow into healthy, responsible and productive adults.

“We hope that this innovative approach is instrumental in developing the skills of students particularly in script writing and film-making and will enhance their understanding on the importance of environmental impacts, including climate change that will affect the lives of all people,” Makinano added.

The winning film will be the region’s entry to the National Film Festival and will become the agency’s property as communication and information materials for Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP).

For the regional winners of the Script Writing : 1st place – P7,000; 2nd  place – P5,000; 3rd place – P3,000 while for the Best Film:  1st place – P15,000; 2nd place – P12,000, 3rd place – P8,000.  On the other hand, at the National level, winners will receive the following : 1st place – P75,000; 2nd place - P50,000.00 and 3rd place – P30,000. Plaque and medals will also be given to the regional winners and special prizes awaits for national winners. (PopCom/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor regulates business operations of LPG

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, July 27 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte now regulates the business operations of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the province with the recent approval of Provincial Ordinance No. 426-2016, authored by Provincial Board Member Virgilio R. Escasiñas, Jr.

The ordinance covers all refilling plants, re-fillers, haulers, dealers and retailers of LPG with business operations in the province regulating the hauling, refilling, dealing and retailing of LPG and the manufacture and repair of LPG cylinders.

Under the said ordinance, to ensure the safety and quality of the LPG sold to the public, the cylinder containing the LPG should bear all the information set forth in the Philippine National Standards. All LPG business operators are required at all times in their establishments or outlets and within the sales areas accessible to the public the maintenance of a weighing devices duly calibrated and sealed annually by the Provincial Treasurer, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) or any other government agency authorized therefore and which shall accurately measure LPG cylinders up to one-tenth (0.1) of one kilogram.

Operators are also required to display or post a signboard outside the store premises to inform the public and the authorities that they have complied with the provisions the said ordinance to contain the name and owner of the store, name of the company/manufacturer of the LPG offered for sale, price of the LPG product variants and invitation to consumers to verify the weight of each LPG product variant.

Other requirements include the provision of fire alarms, fire extinguisher and fire suppression devices and guides in case of LPG related accidents per revised building code of the province; the delivery service for the LPG shall secure conveyance certificate/permit from the Bureau of Fire Protection; and provision of information materials in the form of information board, brochures and emergency information kit to prevent LPG related accidents; logbook where the weight and condition of LPG cylinders sold and inventory are recorded for inspection by authorities; and the manufacture and/or repair of LPG cylinders should be accredited by the Bureau of Product Standards under PNS 03:2000.

Non-compliance of the said requirements of the ordinance and other violations that include selling LPG with tampered/defaced cylinder labels, selling underfilled LPG cylinders, illegal refilling, selling adulterated LPG and transporting/handling LPG cylinders in a vehicle enclosed cargo space, are penalized accordingly. First violation-reprimand and a fine of P1,000 for every count of violation. Second Violation-second warning plus a fine of P1,500 for every count of violation. Third and subsequent violations – fine of P2,500 for every count of violation and/or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, upon the discretion of the court and revocation of business permit.

A Task Force LPG headed by the PDRRMO was also created, which shall be exclusively responsible to effectively enforce the provisions of the said ordinance. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Barangay Ambago misanung sa panawagan sa kasamtangang administrasyon sa pagsulbad sa problema sa basura

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 27 (PIA) - Gikalipay sa kasamtangang administrasyon ang pagsanung sa Barangay Ambago sa panawagan kabahin sa inisyatibo sa pagsulbad sa problema sa basura sa dakbayan pinaagi sa pagpahigayon niini og Ecological Solid Waste Management Forum sa pagpanguna ni Barangay Kapitan Monico C. Bustillo uban sa iyang mga kagawad sa pakig-alayon sa Environment Management Bureau (EMB) ug City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) niadtong Hulyo 22, 2016 sa barangay Ambago Covered Court.

Gitambungan sa nagkadaiyang Stakeholders ug Home Owners Association, CENRO officer ug ni konsehal Cromwel Nortega sa komiteba sa Environment.

Tumong sa nahisgutang kalihokan ang pagpanday sa mga pamaagi sa pagpakunhod sa basura nga naghatag og kahugaw sa kasamtangan ug maedukar ang katawhan sa insaktong disposal ug segregation sa basura hinungdan sa panawagan ni Mayor Engr. Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada ang hugot nga kooperasyon sa katawhan sa dakbayan sa Butuan aron masulbad ang nagkadako nga problema sa basura. (Butuan City PIO/PIA-Caraga)