11.10.2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Former NPA bomb expert killed in Surigao del Sur

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 9 (PIA) – A former rebel identified as Caleb Rebrtchie Labanan was shot to death early morning on Monday at Sitio Greenfield, Sta Juana, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

Accordingly, the victim was in his farm when five unidentified armed men wearing bonnets approached and shot him several times. The victim sustained three gunshot wounds in his body particularly in his head, chest and shoulder causing his tragic demise.

The perpetrators allegedly withdrew immediately after the crime was committed towards Sitio, Katipunan, Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

The victim was known to have served as peace advocate and has performed counterinsurgency efforts in Caraga region as he finally sided the government after his growing realization of the dreadful communist terrorist activities he was into and being the skilled human asset in making explosive devices of the rebel group, it was learned. These made him become one of the targets for liquidation of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) or CNN.

The incident was allegedly perpetrated or sanctioned by the CNN specifically the GFC 14, NEMRC considering that said group has just concluded the recruitment of Milisya ng Bayan  (MBs) in Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, and that the incident seemed to be a test mission of the newly recruited MBs.

The Philippine Army immediately coordinated with the Bunawan local government unit and Philippine National Police. (Phil. Army/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte Tourism Office to attend tourism development planning for LGUs in Pasig City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 9 (PIA) – The Provincial Tourism Office of Surigao del Norte will attend a four-day Tourism Development Planning for local government units (LGUs) set on November 14-18, 2016 at the DAP Building, Pasig City.

The four-day planning workshop will be spearheaded by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), which seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of local government unit officials, particularly the local chief executive, Sangguniang chairperson on Tourism, tourism officer, provincial planning and development officer, and other tourism stakeholders.

Surigao del Norte Provincial Tourism and Culture Officer Arturo M. Cruje said the activity specifically aims to provide participants with an understanding of tourism development in the Philippines, and local development planning process from analysis of local tourism situation to adopting and financing local development plan.

He said at the end of the workshop, the participants would have formulated their LGU’s local tourism development plan concepts.

Cruje further said that the province gives preferential attention to the development of the tourism industry being a major employment generating industry in the country where unemployment and underemployment are still societal problems.

Governor Sol Matugas is encouraging the LGUs to participate in the said workshops, Cruje added. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


SurSur NGO launches aquaculture project

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 9 (PIA) – The Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Tigao or NAMATI successfully launched on Tuesday, Nov. 8 its bangus (milkfish), danggit (rabbitfish) and lobster Production project at Tigao Sanctuary in Cortes town, this province.

According to NAMATI chairperson Teddy Canda, the said project worth P1.245 Million was jointly funded by the local government unit of Cortes, Department of Social Welfare and Development thru the Sustainable Livelihood Program (DSWD-SLP), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Cortes Mayor William Angos graced the launching program with the presence of some members of the Tri Media Association of Surigao Sur, representatives from DOLE, and NAMATI members.

Mayor Angos said their assistance is part of the LGU's development plan under his administration.

On the other hand, Canda said that after about 20 years of existence of the said organization, this is the first time that the local government of Cortes town has extended financial assistance to them. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


60 responders undergo contingency planning for emergencies in Bislig

By  Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 9 (PIA) – Some 60 participants from the Bislig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) and Task Force LIB or Local Incidence of Bislig underwent a three-day Seminar Workshop Formulation for Contingency Planning for Earthquake held at Highland Function Farm, John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislig City.

According to Surigao del Sur Provincial DRRM officer Abel de Guzman, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Provincial DRRMO facilitated the activity, which started on Nov. 7 until Nov. 9.

During the planning workshop activity,  the group was able to formulate the contingency plan for earthquake with secondary effect to structural damages, fire and tsunami.

One of the participants, Youreallylove Sango of city DRRM office said that considering that Bislig City is about 200 kilometers away from the Philippine trench, the possibility to experience severe structural damages, fire incidents, and locally generated tsunami is high if magnitude 8 tectonic earthquake will take place.

Meanwhile, Bislig City DRRMC members recently finished the level four on Incident Command System (ICS) Training on All Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) held in Davao City. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: Caraga Food Safe Campaign pinaigting ng DOST, Winrock International at PIA Caraga

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 9 (PIA) – Mas pinaigting pa ang kampanya sa publiko tungo sa malinis at ligtas na pagkaing nabibili sa mga pamilihan sa rehiyon ng Caraga matapos nailunsad at nilagdaan ang Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Winrock International – Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga dito sa lungsod.

Ayon kay DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, na siya ring nangunguna sa Caraga Food Safety Team, ang nasabing kampanya ay base sa Republic Act 10611 o ang Food Safety Act of 2013 - ang batas na nagpapatibay sa food safety regulatory system sa bansa na nagproprotekta sa kalusugan ng mga konsumante at nagtataguyod sa mga lokal na pagkain at produkto.

Dagdag pa ni Mallonga, ang Food Safe Caraga ay isang information at education campaign ng Caraga Food Safety Team na binubuo ng ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno, kasama ang ibang partners sa non-government at civil society organizations.

Napag-alaman rin na ang Food Safe Caraga campaign ay naka-focus sa dalawang major components. Nagbibigay umano ito ng training programme on meat handling para sa mga meat shop operators, workers at meat vendors. At layon din ng nasabing kampanya na mapabuti pa ang food handling practices ng mga residente sa rehiyon at ito ay sa pamamagitan ng pagamit ng teknolohiya at media.

Sinigurado rin ng PIA na buo ang suportang ibibigay nito at gagamitin ng ahensya at lahat ng plataporma maiparating lang sa publiko ang mahahalagang impormasyon tungkol sa kampanya.

Ibinahagi rin ni Winrock International chief of party na si Dan Gudahl ang kanilang layuning matulungan ang mga Caraganon na makaiwas sa ibat-ibang sakit na dulot ng marumi at di-tamang paghahanda ng pagkain. Ang Winrock International ang syang magbibigay sa kinakailangang suport-pinansyal para sa nasabing kampanya.

Samantala, naging saksi naman si DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena sa naging paglagda ng MOU ng mga nabanggit na ahensya at pinuri ang kanilang naging inisyatibo para sa Caraga Food Safe Campaign.

Ang Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), at Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ay kabilang rin sa mga partner-agencies na tutulong sa pagpapatupad ng kampanya. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)