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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Caraga RDRRMC on red alert as Mindanao placed under Martial Law

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) – Following the declaration of Martial Law in the island of Mindanao, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Operations Center Caraga has already activated effective 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Office of Civil Defense and chairperson of the RDRRMC Rosauro Arnel Gonzales, Jr., the activation will help to closely monitor the situation and maintain continuous coordination with the concerned member-agencies and offices of the region.

Gonzales said as per directive from the National DRRMC, the member-agencies are requested to assign two personnel to render 24-hour duty services at the RDRRMC Operations Center starting Thursday until the operations are terminated.

"Each personnel shall render 12 hours per shift to ensure efficient monitoring and coordination on relevant information and preparedness measures," Gonzales said.

The following are the concerned member-agencies requested to render duty services: Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Philippine Coast Guard. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Tandag City dad backs PRRD's martial law declaration

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 25 (PIA) – Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel expressed support to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s (PRRD's) declaration of Martial Law (ML) in the entire Mindanao for 60 days. He also urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to immediately implement checkpoints within the city.

Pimentel said he had already coordinated with the highest official of the 402nd Brigade in the person of Colonel Franco Nemesio Gacal, the current commanding officer based in Tandag City in relation to the declaration.

Pimentel called on the public to be vigilant all the time and immediately coordinate with the authorities if they have observed unusual activities in their area.

Mayor Pimentel also reminded the local constituents not to bring their firearms outside their residence to avoid incovenience.

Pimentel said the declaration of the Martial Law has a big difference compared to the previous ML declared under the Marcos regime. "The declaration made by President Duterte on Tuesday night was an immediate action to the incident in Marawi City that needed immediate response to control the situation," said Pimentel. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agusan Norte governor urges public to cooperate with security forces

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) - Relative to the declaration of Martial Law in the island of Mindanao on the evening of Tuesday, governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante Matba of the province of Agusan del Norte urged Agusanons to cooperate with the security forces in any way possible that will help bring back the normalcy of the situation in the entire Mindanao.

Governor Matba said that while waiting for specific guidance from the national level, everyone should remain calm and vigilant, and help the security forces in giving relevant and timely information of any activities and plans of the lawless/hostile groups.

Meanwhile, in support to the calling of governor Matba, Lt. Col. Emil J. Cruz, commanding officer of 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine Army (PA), assured that the security situation in the western part of Agusan Norte and Butuan City, Magsaysay in Misamis Oriental and Esperanza in Agusan Sur is manageable and under control.

"Our battalion is on red alert and continuously coordinates with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the area for the efficient handling/management of security conduct particularly in the conduct of intensified joint checkpoints and patrols," Cruz said.

"We are requesting the public to remain calm and to please cooperate with our (PNP and PA) for security procedures. We are doing these to prevent spill over of threat forces from Marawi and any threat group who will take advantage of situation by conducting terroristic or any violent activities. Rest assured your Phil. Army forces will strictly abide with the provisions of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights,” Cruz added.

Also, 29IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Joy Aynera said the security situation in the eastern part of Agusan del Norte and Butuan is under control.

Aynera said the 29IB, Phil Army has increased alertness and vigilance of troops in the entire Caraga region but request vigilance of the public and report any suspicious movement.

The 29IB coordinated with the PNP to effect increased checkpoints especially going and ingress cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran. Military presence is now implemented in the city as part of security measures, Aynera said.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has declared Martial Law in Mindanao following the violence happening in Marawi City. The declaration was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday, May 23. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)