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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

10 farmers take oath in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 8 (PIA) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Sur provincial office has confirmed some 10 qualified farmer-beneficiaries of the DAR’s Land Tenure Services program involving an area of 20.4377 hectares of agricultural land.

According to DAR Information officer Myra Yu, the beneficiaries, who were all from the municipality of Tagbina, took their oath at the Municipal Trial Court in Bislig City as part of the requirement of the program.

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as partner on the implementation also required them to undergo the process as one of the requirements in the processing of Voluntary Offer to Sell Claim Folders (VOSCF) and /or Compulsory Acquisition Claim Folders (CACFs).

During the activity, Criselda L. Enoy, 22 years old, one of the beneficiaries from Barangay Sayon, Tagbina, said that she was nervous during the oath taking and wondered at first why they have to undergo the process…"but after the Judge explained to us the purpose, I now fully understand the importance of the oath.”

Yu said the oath-taking ceremony is important to ensure that the identified farmer-beneficiaries have underwent a selection process conducted by the Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Office as stipulated in section 22 of Republic Act No.  6657 known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DOE prioritizes assessment of Sual plant

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has sent a team to the Sual Power Station on Monday to assess the restoration of its generating units that went offline.

"We need to make Team Sual aware that we are checking on them and all the others,” DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Aside from verifying reports, DOE wants to ensure the safety and reliability of the plant.

“Our goals are getting the correct reports and pushing them to a higher degree in doing their jobs. It's not just them giving the right account of what's going on. More importantly, it's the higher standard we are after,” Cusi said.

The Secretary said that in the end, audit teams must push and convince plant operators to procure quality materials to achieve a higher level in performing their functions.

"To achieve higher standards, rewards and penalties, monitoring and a fair system of grading should be in place."

Cusi added, “when we visit plants, we always show concern for the workers. We put pressure on the owners to provide the best resources for the workers to excel. Best equipment, facilities and fair benefits will result to better performance.”

Sual Unit 2 went online at 5:21 a.m. while Sual Unit 1 went offline at 10:15 a.m. on February 6, 2017 due to a possible condenser tube leak, but the power situation in Luzon is still manageable, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

“The grid is still normal at this time,” NGCP representative said in a statement. Based on the most recent update of NGCP, the Luzon grid will have a net reserve of 1,089 megawatts during the afternoon peak.

Accordingly, Sual Unit 2 is running at 647 megawatts and Malaya TPP Unit 2 will be utilized at minimum stable capacity of 130 megawatts to maintain normal system conditions.

Team Energy Sual disclosed that Sual Unit 1 is expected to return on line within three to four days. They will provide DOE periodic updates with regard to the plant conditions.

The Sual Power Station is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Philippines generating and supplying 1,294 megawatts for the Luzon Grid. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)

Army discredits NPA-NDF statements over killing of soldiers in Bukidnon

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Feb 8. (PIA) - Following the incident wherein three soldiers were killed by the New People's Army (NPAs) on February 1, 2017 in Malaybakay, Bukidnon, MGen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., 4th Infantry Division (4ID) commander, has expressed condemnation regarding the accusation and libelous statements of Luis Jalandoni of the National Democratic Front (NDF) saying that the death of the soldiers in Bukidnon was a rubout.

“That was a report from the military. There's a possibility that the military are the ones who shot at them because we still have no report from the NPA. It is never a policy of the NPA to waste several bullets in an encounter. It can be a rubout done by the military to put the blame to the NPA. Because the NPA has established a good reputation in different communities,” uttered Jalandoni, in a desperate attempt to cover up the acts committed by their terrorist members.

On the contrary, it can be noted that the day after the killing of the said soldiers, Allan Juanito, the NPA spokesperson for the Northcentral Mindanao Region, called up the media and owned up to the said killing saying that “the soldiers were on board two motorcycles when they were flagged down by the NPA in Sitio Kalib, Barangay Kibalabag in Malaybalay, at around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb 1).”

Juanito further averred that “the soldiers tried to fight back, pulling out their firearms, but the NPA shot at them first to defend themselves resulting to the soldiers’ death.

The said statements can also be seen in both local and national broadsheets and was heard over the local radio stations.

"Jalandoni's accusations have added more injury to the bereaved families and loved ones of the three soldiers who are in pain and suffering for the loss. His accusation of killing our own troop members is an attempt to deceive everyone about the incident and it is clear, therefore, that Jalandoni is not in touch with the situation on the ground,” said Madrigal.

Moreover, with  the admission of Juanito on the incident, “let us see if Jalandoni can sanction the perpetrators, apply the Geneva protocols, and bring them to justice. If he really wanted to pursue the peace talks with the government, he must order the NPA to stop terrorizing our communities, doing atrocities and start working with the whole nation on the attainment of lasting peace," added Madrigal. (4ID, PA/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: OSCA binalaan ang mga establisimento na tatanggi sa pagbigay ng 20% discount sa senior citizens

Ni Regal C. Oribia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Peb. 8 (PIA) - Papatawan ng kaukulang parusa ang mga business establishments na tatangging magbigay ng 20 porsyento diskwento sa mga senior citizens, ito ay ayon sa Office for Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) ng lungsod.

Dagdag pa ng OSCA, base sa Republic Act 9994 o Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010, ang isang senior citizen ay dapat mabigyan din ng VAT exemption sa mga gamot, mga gamit at aparatong panggamot, bayad sa mga doctor at iba pang licensed medical practitioner na nagbibigay ng serbisyong pangkalusugan, transportasyon gaya ng eroplano, barko at tren, hotel at mga establisyamento tulad ng restawran, sinehan, concert halls, serbisyo sa burol at libing at marami pang iba.

Kung sinuman ang lalabag sa batas ay maaaring makulong nang dalawa hanggang anim na taon at maaaring magmulta ng P50,000 hanggang P200,000. Ang mga aabuso naman sa mga pribilehiyo ng batas ay maaari ring makulong nang dalawa hanggang anim na taon at maaaring magmulta ng P50,000 hanggang P100,000.

Samantala, ayon sa tanggapan ng OSCA, may naitala na silang isang business establishment na kanilang kinasuhan dahil sa hindi pagsunod sa batas na kung saan marami na umanong mga senior citizens ang nagrereklamo dito. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Duha ka NPA, misurender sa Agusan Sur

Ni Regal C. Oribia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Peb. 8 (PIA) - Misurender ang duha ka miyembro sa New People’s Army kon NPA sa 23rd Special Forces Battalion nga naka-base sa Bayugan City diin nagdala kini ug mga armas nga M16, karbin, light anti-tank weapon ug duha ka improvised explosive device (IEDs) ug granada sa Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur niadtong Lunes, Pebrero 6.

Giila nga taga Northern Eastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NEMRC) ang duha ka NPA nga naga-operate pud sa Agusan del Norte ug Agusan del Sur nga ginganlang si Jerry Petelio ug Ranny Ayawon. Misurender kini kay tungod wala na matud pa kini gisustintuhan sa ilang lider sa NPA ug nahadlok na matud pa nga muatraka na pud ang mga sundalo.

Matud pa sa duha ka NPA, daghan na sa ilang mga kauban ang nagpadayag sa ilang mga sintemyento ug nagplano nga mubiya na ug dili na mubalik sukad nga gibayaw ni Duterte ang unilateral ceasefire sa nasod.

Sa laing bahin, gipasalig ni Lt. Col. Cristobal Zaragosa, 401st Brigade Brigade Commander nga ilang tabangan ang duha ka NPA nga misurender sa ilang mga kamot hantod nga makabalik kini sa ilang lugar sumala sa mando ni MGen. Benjamin Madrigal, ang 4th Infantry Division commander, ug tagaan usab ug mga benepisyo og mga insentibo para pud makapanimuyo sila sa ilang bag-ong kinabuhi nga diin kini ilalom sa Comprehensive Local Program (CLIP). (RCO/PIA-Caraga)