Wednesday, May 31, 2017

26IB Phil. Army holds 1st Youth Leadership Summit in Rosario, AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) – The personnel of 26th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army have recently conducted the first Youth Leadership Summit in the municipality of Rosario, Agusan del Sur on May 26-28, 2017.

According to 2Lt. Rommel Arnado, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of 26IB, said activity was a collaborative effort of the 401st Brigade Philippine Army, Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Rosario, and National Youth Commission (NYC), among others.

During the summit, some 70 youths from various barangays actively shared their ideas on the topics discussed.

“In the three-day youth leadership summit, participants from the different barangays of Rosario will be oriented on programs and services of the government and how these will help address the issues and concerns that affect the community. The youth participants’ knowledge and skills are also enhanced so they can contribute to community-building and at the same time serve as advocates of peaceful change,” highlighted Lt. Arnado.

Also present during said activity were Capt. Jasper Gacayan, 401st Brigade, PA spokesperson, LGU officials, Liga ng mga Barangay president Eduardo de Paz, and Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Robinson Seroy.

“Transforming the Youth as Advocates of Peaceful Change,” is the theme of the first Youth Leadership Summit in the said municipality. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Army gathers 200 OSYs, students for 2017 YLS in AgSur town

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 31 — The 23rd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and the local government unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur recently conducted the “1st Esperanza Youth Leadership Summit 2017” with some 200 out-of-school youth and students coming from the different barangays of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The said YLS was held at the covered court of Esperanza National High School in Esperanza. This year's theme is “Transforming the Youth as Advocates of Peaceful Change.”

Mayor Leonida Manpatilan of Esperanza; Lt. Col. Licudine, 401st Deputy Brigade Commander; LTC Emil Cruz, 23IB Battalion Commander; Vice Mayor Victor Manpatilan of Esperanza; PInsp Geraldine Geraldino, deputy of Esperanza Municipal Police Station; and representatives from different local offices, YLS facilitators headed by Joshua Bebis, and other stakeholders were present during the opening ceremony.

The activity is aimed to inculcate positive values, attitudes and behavior to the participants that will ultimately develop a character based leadership among the youths. It also fostered unity of different communities and youth groups leading to synergy and commitment to community development, and enable the youths to discover, affirm and further use their inherent leadership attributes that will later create a positive impact to the society.

LTC Cruz underscored that the youth are the hope of our fatherland and the future of the nation. “They can also help our country in solving its social problems," he said. He also encouraged the youth to express their desires and aspirations for social reforms and change through peaceful means.

“It is very important to our youths to enhance their leadership capacity, motivate their selves on how to be a responsible and well-informed young adults of our society and community,” Mayor Manpatilan said. (23IB Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DAR, LBP, Agrarian-Group sign credit agreement for rice production

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 - The Provincial Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan de Norte has recommended to Land bank of the Philippines to approve the credit line amounting to P1.5 Million for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Rosario Agrarian Reform Cooperative (RARC) in Las Nieves Agusan del Norte under the Agrarian Production Credit Program of DAR and Department of Agriculture (DA).

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by DAR, Land Bank, and RARC last May 23, 2017 at Luciana Butuan City which defines separate roles in implementing the credit program.

The fund will be used to support the agrarian-beneficiary members  rice production activity in Barangay Rosario, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte .

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega encouraged the farmers to pay loans on time and manage their finances to avoid delinquency.

Account Officer Jonnie M. Sacote of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) explained before the group the provisions and implementing rules and regulations stipulated on the memorandum of agreement. 

RARC Chairman Isidro Madaje lauded DAR for the credit program offered to its members who are engaged in rice production.

“Mapasalamaton kami sa DAR ubos sa pagdumala ni PARPO II Andre B. Atega sa ayuda nga pinansyal (We thank DAR under the leadership of PARPO II Andre B. Atega for allowing us to avail support from its credit program),” Chairman Madaje said.

The Department continues to strengthen credit program for farmers as part of thrust of the DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano towards the improvement of agricultural productivity. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Army troopers encounter NPAs, recover firearms in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 31 - The 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army while conducting security operations in a remote area at Sitio Brazil, Brgy Mat-i, here encountered five unidentified members of New People's Army (NPA) at 7:30 p.m. on May 29, 2017.

A 10-minute firefight ensued that resulted to the death of an NPA member and the recovery of two high-powered firearms. It has also resulted to the wounding of two soldiers.

Civil Military Operations officer 2LT. Jonel Castillo said the NPA bandits have been taking advantage on the remote areas.

“They are there, planning to harass our security forces conducting checkpoints in urban areas. With this, we have sent our troops to conduct security operations to pre-empt their planned attacks." Castillo said.

Castillo also said that there were traces of bloodstains in the encounter site.

"We are calling this group to turn over their wounded to be given medical treatment. The wounded have his/her right to live,” said Castillo.

On his part, 30IB Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Rico Amaro said they will enforce the law uniformly, such that all violators of law regardless of group affiliations will be dealt with accordingly.

“These communist terrorists are planning to destabilize the security efforts of our authorities and we will never allow this to happen. We are encouraging the public to extend their full cooperation and support to facilitate the advancement of peace here in the province,” Amaro said. (30IB, Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


LGU-Veruela receives 2nd funding on Bottom-up Budgeting projects

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 31 – The Local government Unit (LGU) of Veruela of this province has just received a total of P5-million Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) project funds for the Rubber Industry Development and Yaman Pinoy (raw material support to meat processing).

Municipal Treasurer Elenita Peralta received the checks from Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist Jose Baron and Reonel Aniñon, Trade and Industry Development Specialist and BuB account person for Veruela projects last May 22, 2017.

The fund allotted for rubber industry development project with the amount of P4-million is intended to help 100 rubber farmers who will also intercrop with cacao trees in their 100-hectare rubber plantation.

This is to complement the banner program of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur, the Upland Sustainable Agro-Forestry Development (USAD).

Included in this project is the supply chain improvement (crumb rubber) and market matching which DTI will also help facilitate. The Yamang Pinoy project with an allocation of P1-million intends to provide the needed raw materials for meat processing. This will be handled by the Women’s Support Group now engaging into meat processing business.

Thirty members of this group will be trained on entrepreneurship, management, and proper handling of food. They will also be provided with starter kits for their businesses.

These two projects are expected to increase the income of the target groups and their members through the provision of enterprise and relevant technical support. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


DOE gears up for WESM Mindanao launch

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has been laying the groundwork in Mindanao in order to deliver quality, reliable, secure and affordable electricity to the region through the launch of Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) come June 2017.

Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella revealed this yesterday during a presentation on WESM in Cagayan de Oro City. “Secretary Cusi sends his message that WESM is not only for Luzon or Visayas but also for Mindanao,” said Fuentebella.

Fuentebella likened the spot market to “a dating place” to determine compatibility among potential energy partners.

The spot market is where the demand and the supply of electricity meet so that there will be an increased efficiency in the use of energy.

“Fairness and transparency. That is the bedrock of the rules to have a level playing field for the good energy participants to shine," he said during the forum.

The WESM mechanism will also bring more flexibility, progress, and most importantly, enhance the power of choice for the consumers, he added.

Fuentebella revealed that Cusi has been spearheading the DOE’s activities in Mindanao since last January because he aims for the island to level up.

The DOE official said they have already conducted consultations on the launch of WESM in Mindanao through trial operations.

“The real commercial operations will depend on the readiness criteria of the industry players here in Mindanao,” said Fuentebella.

Meanwhile, Cusi has assigned Usec. Benito Ranque and Asec. Redentor Delola to oversee the energy situation in Mindanao during the duration of martial law.

“Sec. Cusi tasked the DOE to monitor the Mindanao situation 24/7, to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of quality energy services for Mindanao,” Fuentebella said. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)


DOE wants better energy facilities for Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY, May 31 (PIA) - With the recent situation in Marawi City, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Securing Energy Facilities (IATFSEF), intends to map out a plan to secure all energy facilities in Mindanao.

At the same time, Cusi said the Department of Energy (DOE) and other concerned agencies should look into the opportunities offered by the present situation to work closely to build a better energy infrastructure and a more resilient energy system in Mindanao.

The IATFSEF continues to push for quality and reliable delivery of basic energy services to Marawi and the province of Lanao del Sur amid ongoing military operations against remnants of the Maute group.

The National Power Corporation-Mindanao Generation (NPC MinGen) declared that the operations of Power Plants in Marawi City and the Lanao area are back to normal.

As of 8:38 a.m. on Sunday (29 May), NPC MinGen reported that Agus 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP) with 2 units generated a total 33 megawatt (MW); Agus 2 HEPP with 2 units generated a total of 79 MW; Agus 4 HEPP with 3 units generated a total of 77 MW; Agus 5 HEPP with 2 units generated a total 32 MW; Agus 6 HEPP with 2 units generated a total 40 MW; 6. Agus 7 HEPP with 2 units generated a total of 25 MW; and Pulangi 4 HEPP with 2 units generated a total 37 MW.

NPC MinGen also reported that it continues to monitor the other engineering aspects, including the Lake Lanao elevation and the discharge of water to efficiently run the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant Complex.

The Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO) likewise submitted to the IATFSEF the current power supply situation in its franchise area.

As of 10:20 a.m. on Saturday (28 May), LASURECO reported that the 1st District of Lanao del Sur comprising 15 municipalities and the 2nd District comprising 16 municipalities are already 100% energized.


The three municipalities in Lanao del Norte are also 100 percent energized. (DOE/PIA-Caraga)