6.26.2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

4th CMO Battalion has new commander

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 19 (PIA) – Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, former commanding officer of 30th Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine Army is the new commanding officer of the 4th Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion.

During the Change of Command Ceremony held on Monday at the Division Advance Command Post here, LTC Amaro formally accepted his new role, functions and responsibilities as the new CMO commanding officer.

Lt. Col. Amaro stressed that he will continue the commendable deeds of the outgoing CMO officer Lt. Col. Manuel Valdez IV.

“I will continue whatever our outgoing commanding officer has started and initiated for the CMO here. Together with our CMO personnel, we will further enhance our collaboration with the different sectors so we will know their concerns and needs for continued development in the communities within the area of responsibility,” highlighted Lt. Col. Amaro.

Also, Valdez IV, the outgoing CMO Battalion commander, underlined that he has learned a lot from being the CMO Battalion commanding officer, which is according to him is far different from his function in his previous assignment. He also expressed his warm thanks and gratitude to all the CMO personnel for their support and cooperation in all its operations during his term.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Cristobal Zaragoza expressed his congratulatory message to the new commanding officer of the CMO Battalion, LTC Amaro, and underscored that he is confident that LTC Amaro could provide the services needed and expected from him.

BGen Zaragoza also lauded the service rendered by LTC Valdez during his term as the commanding officer of CMO Battalion. He added that LTC Valdez will be transferred at the 4th Infantry Division headquarters in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


SSS files P6.8M raps vs 4 transport operators

BUTUAN CITY, June 19 - More than 60 taxi drivers, through the assistance of the Social Security System (SSS), filed on Friday criminal complaints with the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office amounting to about P6.8 million against four transport corporations allegedly run by a single family for deliberate failure to remit SS contributions of their employees.

The criminal complaints were filed against EPE Transport Inc., (owned/managed by Ernesto Enriquez, Elisa Enriquez, Evelyn Marcelo, Jose Marcelo, Elmer Enriquez, Iluminada Enriquez); JME Transport Inc., (owned by Romeo Enriquez, Rosalina Enriquez, Jason Enriquez, Feliz Fabros, Teresita Reyes); R&E Transport Inc., (owned by Romeo Enriquez, Ernesto Enriquez, Evelyn Marcel, Rodrigo Enriquez, Rose Marie Fong); and Nine Stars Transport Corporations (owned/managed Rodrigo Enriquez, Teresita Enriquez, Efren Enriquez, Renato Enriquez).

“We will continue to hunt down delinquent employers as part of our Run After Contributions Evaders (RACE) or Operation Tokhang program, and these four corporations are just a few of the many companies who are not giving what is due to our workers based on the SS Law. We will make sure that our members get the right benefits according to their contributions so employers should remit promptly and religiously,” SSS President Emmanuel F. Dooc said.

The Association of Genuine Labor Organization (AGLO) which represents all employees of the transport companies led by Edgardo Acaso, likewise, said that they are fighting for what is right and just for them.

“We only want to get our benefits according to what is mandated by law which will only follow if our contributions deducted from our monthly pay is remitted by our companies. Though I am currently on a sick leave due to stroke, I am continuing this fight with my co-workers for our families and for those who have retired ahead of us,” Acaso said in Filipino during the case filing.

All four transport corporations have the same registered address at #37 Rose St., Reparo, Baesa, Caloocan City. SSS sent several billing and demand letters to the respondent but they still refused to pay the premium contributions of their employees.

Investigations by SSS Accounts Officer Mayonito Fesalbon showed that the companies willfully violated Section 22(a) and (d) in relation to Section 28 (e ) of the Republic Act 8282 or SS Law or non-remittance of SS monthly contributions of employees by any employer.

Documents showed that respondent JME Transport Inc. for its 29 complainant-employees, is delinquent in remittance of SS contributions and penalties since January 1994 to April 2016, amounting to P4.013 million as of June 30 last year, subject for re-assessment.

On the other hand, Nine Stars Transport Corp. for its four complainant-employees, likewise, failed to remit SS contributions from August 2002 to April 2016 amounting to P535,995 as of June 30 last year and still subject for a final computation.

R&E Transport Inc. and EPE Transport Inc, on the other, both violated the same SS Law for under-remittance of SS contributions or non-remittance of the employer’s share in the total monthly contributions.

R&E Transport Incorporated’s delinquencies reached P1.69 million as of June 30, 2016 for the period of January 1996 to April 2016 while EPE Transport Inc has an estimated delinquency of P629,162 as of June 30 last year for the period of February 1998 to April 2016. (SSS)


US, PH naval forces strengthen alliance thru ‘Sama-Sama’ maritime training

BUTUAN CITY, June 19 – The United States (US) and Philippine Naval Forces participate in the Maritime Training activity dubbed “Sama-Sama” today until June 25 in Cebu City.

Sama-Sama is designed to enhance the complexity and diversity of training opportunities, while strengthening the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines.

The exercise will focus on mutual security concerns that affect the Philippines including piracy and sea smuggling, maritime domain awareness and patrol, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness.

"The training we will perform over the next week will provide excellent opportunities to deepen our long-time maritime partnership with the Philippine Navy," said Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander, Task Force 73.  "We thank the Philippine Navy and the people of the Philippines for being gracious hosts and we look forward to enhancing our professional ties in meaningful ways that benefit both nations," he said.

The Tagalog phrase “sama-sama” or “together” is the central theme of the training both at sea and ashore.  The exercise provides valuable opportunities for U.S. and Philippine Navy personnel to learn and operate together at sea and foster professional dialogue during subject matter expert exchanges.

"We are honored to work with the US Navy during this maritime training activity Sama-Sama. Our training together will strengthen our relationships at the operator level and will also strengthen our alliance and partnership in maritime cooperation," said Commodore Loumer P. Bernabe of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Capt. Alexis Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7 said that the activity is an ideal framework to strengthen its relationship with partners in the Philippine Navy and to enhance readiness through training and evolutions ashore and at sea. "With more than 20 years of experience working together, we are able to plan and execute exercises like the maritime training activities that address shared maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability between our two navies,” said Walker.

The US and the Philippines continue to work together on a number of initiatives and conduct regular personnel exchanges through routine participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises such as Balikatan, Southeast Asian Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the Asian Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM-Plus), and many other bilateral subject matter expert exchanges.

United States assets participating in this year’s exercise include the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3), along with a P-8 Poseidon aircraft.  Marines assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Navy Seabees, and staff from Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 will also participate.

The Philippine Navy units will include the Del Pilar Class Frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15), BRP Agta, an AW109 helicopter, and a BN-2 Islander aircraft.  A Philippine Marine company and other naval staff will also join the exercise.

As U.S. 7th Fleet's executive agent for theater security cooperation in South and Southeast Asia, Commander, Task Force 73 conducts advanced planning, organizes resources, and directly supports the execution of maritime exercises, such as Pacific Partnership, the Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with Vietnam, and the multi-lateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. (U.S. Embassy/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: ASEAN info caravan dinaluhan ng mahigit isang libong estudyante sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Regal C. Oribia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 19 (PIA) - Sa layuning malawakang maibahagi ang impormasyon tungkol sa Association of Southeast Asian Nations o ASEAN, kinasa ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Caraga ang ASEAN Information Caravan dito sa lungsod.

Binahagi ni Jennifer Gaitano ng PIA-Caraga ang kahalagahan, mga mahahalagang impormasyon, pribilehiyo at mga benepisyo, bilang kasapi ng ASEAN sa mahigit kumulang isang libong college students ng Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) mula sa kursong Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) na ginanap sa Morelos campus.

Ayon kay Rica Ella Batino, isa sa mga estudyante sa nasabing unibersidad, malaking tulong umano ang mapabilang sa ASEAN sa paglago ng ekonomiya ng Pilipinas gayon na rin ang oportunidad ng mga Pilipino na makabisita o kaya makapagtrabaho sa ibang bansa, higit na sa larangan ng negosyo.

Nagpasalamat naman si Dr. Emiliana Lozano, dean ng college of Business Administration ng nasabing unibersidad, na sa pamamagitan umano ng Information Caravan na ito, matutukoy ng mga mag-aaral ang anumang nais nilang planuhin sa buhay bago pa sila makapagtapos ng kolehiyo. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)