Thursday, August 18, 2016


Over 6T drug personalities surrender in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 18 (PIA) - More than 6,000 drug personalities from various parts of the province have surrendered to police and local authorities under the intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Police Office.

Based on the latest data gathered, 5,821 drug users and 230 drug pushers have surrendered to authorities as of August 15, 2016 since July 1 with Barobo town having the highest number with 677 drug personalities; Bislig City with 605; Tagbina with 592, Hinatuan with 515; and Tandag City with 492.

Meanwhile, Carrascal only recorded 91 drug users and six drug pushers; followed by Bayabas with 109 drug users and nine drug pushers; San Miguel with 132; Carmen with 155 drug users and six drug pushers; and San Agustin with 158 drug users and nine drug pushers.

Bislig City has reportedly arrested six personalities who were engaged in anti-illegal drugs activities, followed by Tandag City, San Agustin and Madrid towns with five persons arrested; Cantilan, Carrascal, Lianga and Lingig have arrested four persons; Barobo, Hinatuan and Carmen recorded three arrested persons and the rest of the towns recorded only one.

The implementation of Project Double Barrel is aimed to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte’s key campaign promise: to stop – or at least suppress – crime in three to six months. The Project Double Barrel is an all-out anti-illegal drugs operational plan of the PNP under the supervision of PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


ANHS eyes school’s next ‘Albert Einstein’

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) - Student-researchers and science wiz of Agusan National High School (ANHS) here will compete in the annual school-based Science Fair on August 25-26, 2016. It will revolve around the theme, “Retrovive: Amplifying the echoes of time.”

The highlight of the event is the Science investigatory project contest where there are two categories: Individual and Group. During the congress, the proponents will be defending their science project and will be judged based on the following criteria: Creativity (30%), Scientific Thought and Engineering Goals (30%), Thoroughness (15%), Research Skills (15%), and Presentation Skills (10%).

Winners of the competition will qualify to join in the Division level Science Fair which will be scheduled later in the year.

Meanwhile, there are also minor competitions to be held which include science quiz, games, impromptu speaking, microscope focusing, process skills, on-the-spot painting, on-the-spot improvisation, poster making, collage making, barge making, and the search for Binibini and Ginoong Kalikasan 2016.

This event aims to promote Science and Technology consciousness among the youth and identify the most creative/innovative and the best Science researchers. It also encourages to promote Science investigatory projects that are related to environmental protection and conservation. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


OFW families affected in KSA crisis get monetary aid from OWWA Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 18 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga has released a total of P518,000 financial aid as of August 16 under its Relief Assistance Program (RAP) in support to OFWs including their families employed by construction companies in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), which suffered financial difficulties.

Under OWWA’s RAP, OFWs still at the jobsite can claim SR1590 from POLO-OWWA in Saudi Arabia and P6000.00 for their respective families. Repatriated OFWs who still have unclaimed salaries or end-of-service benefits may also receive P20,000 cash assistance from OWWA regional offices nearest their residence.

As of press time, OWWA Caraga has extended assistance to 10 repatriated OFWs and 53 families of OFWs stranded in KSA since the implementation of the program on July 26.

“This program is really of great help to us especially now that it has been several months already that my husband was not able to send us money because of the crisis in their company,” expressed Evamie Abuzo in local dialect.

Evamie is one of the recipients of P6,000 monetary aid afforded by OWWA to the families of OFWs stranded in crisis hit Saudi Arabia.

Fifty one year old Evamie is the spouse of OFW Editho Abuzo, one of the OFWs affected by retrenchment of construction companies in Saudi Arabia.

Among the companies identified under the RAP include Mohammed al-Mojil Group (MMG) Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies (SBG); Saudi Oger Ltd (SOL); Mohammad Hameed Al-Bargash and Bros Trading and Construction; Aluminum Company (ALUMCO L.L.C.); Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting Company; Arabtec Construction L.L.C.; Real EstateDevelopment and Investment Company.

Based on record, as of August 11, OWWA has already assisted a total of 7,155 OFWs including those who were still at the jobsite, families of OFWs stranded in KSA and those repatriated OFWs employed by the aforesaid companies and has released a total amount of P96,930,733.98 under the relief assistance program. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


NHCP invites Surigao Norte tourism office for training series

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 18 (PIA) - The Provincial Tourism and Culture Office (PTCO) is invited by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines to a series of training and seminars to be conducted soon by said agency.

According to PTCO chief Arturo M. Cruje, the seminars are designed for social studies, teachers, history graduate students, historians, researchers, tourism and culture officers, museum personnel and historical and cultural societies.

The aim of the seminars is to foster understanding and appreciation of local history and to disseminate local knowledge through historical writing, museums, memorial lectures, public commemorations, conference, declaration of historical landmarks and preservation of historic heritage.

He said the scheduled seminars include Doing Local History; The History Museum as Learning Tool; Putting – Up a Local Museum; and Academic Writing.

Cruje further said that Governor Sol F. Matugas is interested to put up a Provincial Museum on Surigaonon Social History.

“The museum will serve as the educational and cultural center which takes lead in the preservation of the province’s rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage. It aims to rebuild and reconstruct the province’s past and to venerate the great leaders who helped build the province,“ Cruje added. (PTCO-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)