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Friday, January 19, 2018

650 Caraga police to secure devotees
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 – Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 musters its 650 personnel to secure Sto. Niño devotees who will be joining the Kahimunan Festival in Butuan City on January 21.

PCSupt. Noli Romana, PRO13 director, said personnel from Regional Headquarters, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13, National Support Units, 23rd IB, Philippine Army, Butuan City Police Office and other stakeholders have been closely coordinating in laying down the security preparation to maintain peace and order during the observance of the Sto Niño feast.

“Annually, Caraganons participate in the festivity of Señor Sto Niño and we have to keep them safe from any untoward incidents,” Romana said.

Aside from security measures, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other partner agencies will also ensure the traffic management and crowd control especially during novena masses, procession, and street dancing.

“More people are expected to join the procession because the feast day of Sto. Niño fell on a Sunday,” he stated. (PNP-PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga cops captured 6 most wanted persons

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) – Police units in Caraga region arrested six most wanted persons on January 15, 2018, during the intensified manhunt operations regionwide.

Jason Pullos, charged with murder and listed as top one most wanted person in Agusan del Sur, was arrested in Claver town, Surigao del Norte while Arnel Danapa, Abel Butat and Edgar Dayong who were top three, four, and five most wanted persons, respectively, in Mainit, Surigao del Norte were nabbed in this town for murder.

Meanwhile, Fane Montañez, top three most wanted in Trento, Agusan del Sur was apprehended in Brgy. Salvacion of said municipality for murder.

In Agusan del Sur, Neljun Mobida voluntarily surrendered to La Paz Municipal Police Station. He’s the number three most wanted person in La Paz town for 2 counts of acts of lasciviousness.

“These accomplishments are attributed to the cooperation and support of the community to their police force. Finally, these criminals are placed behind bars and justice had been served to the victims,” Police Regional Office 13 director CSupt. Noli Romana said. (PNP-PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Lake Mainit farmers, fisherfolks receive 8-M worth of agri-fisheries projects

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 19 – Farmers and fisherfolks of Lake Mainit received P8 million worth of agri-fisheries interventions from the Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) on Jan. 12, 2018 during the Farmers and Fisherfolks Forum led by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piño as part of his “Byaheng Bukid.”

Piñol had a dialogue with the farmers and fisherfolks of the lakeside municipalities namely; Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Kitcharao and Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

After hearing issues from farmers and fishers, Piñol assured a 5 million worth of credit assistance through the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA), to be given to each of the lakeside municipalities in addition to the agri-fisheries interventions that were formally turned-over to the local farmers and fisherfolks.

“Being a son and grandson of a farmer, I have witnessed a lot of hardships and struggles being a farmer; that is why I have no other dream but to serve in the Department of Agriculture, to realize the long term vision of my late father and grandfather – to deliver services and interventions that will uplift the lives of every farmer and fisherman,” Piñol said.

Agri-fisheries interventions, which include 75 units of paddle boats and 50 units of motorized, fiberglass boats and three units of patrol boats and other fishing paraphernalia for the lakeside municipalities, were distributed amounting a total of P4.7 million. DA-Caraga distributed various production support which include rice seeds, farm inputs, planting materials, farm equipments, and drugs and biologics for livestock amounting P1.7 million. Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) also gave out Abaca plantlets amounting P1.2 million while Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) released insurance checks amounting P265,000. 

The distribution of the fiberglass boats was one of the priority programs of DA-BFAR better known as FB Pagbabago (Fiberglass Boats for Change) which aims to support the livelihood fishing activities of the marginalized, artisanal fishermen.

Likewise, an initial stocking of around 130,000 fingerlings in the 17,300-hectare Lake Mainit was spearheaded by DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo, together with BFAR-Caraga Regional Director, Dr. Juan Albaladejo and Mayor Crisanta Mondano.

It was the first batch of seedlings that were released in the lake for the year 2018. In 2017, BFAR-Caraga has accounted a total of 403,820 pieces of bangus and carp fingerlings stocked along the lakeside municipalities of Lake Mainit.

The dispersal of fingerlings was one of the major components of the Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL), a program of the DA-BFAR which aims to repopulate and bring back the integrity of the country’s lakes and river systems. (BFAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)