Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Armed NPA militia surrenders in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 23 (PIA) – A member of the Militia ng Bayan of the New Peoples Army (MB-NPA) in the town of Alegria, province of Surigao del Norte voluntarily surrendered to the Army's 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) on January 21, 2018.

The rebel turned with him his issued AK47 rifle, magazine and several ammunitions. The returned militiaman was a certain aka “Jun”, a resident of Barangay Budlingin, Alegria town.

"He is an active NPA supporter before, and because of his enthusiasm, the NPAs issued him an AK47 rifle and was tasked to spy on our government forces to conduct of sniping, harassment and other tactical offensives in the said barangay," 2Lt. Jonel Castillo, 30IB spokesperson said.

Castillo also said that the Militia ng Bayan (MB) are armed NPA supporters living in the community utilized by the NPA guerilla as informants who assist in the conduct of their terroristic activities against government forces.

On his part, 30IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Allen Tomas said that for the past years, Brgy. Budlingin has been a stronghold of the NPA rebels and eventually, people realized how the NPAs destroyed their lives.

“It is also through our efforts in establishing peace with the community that supporters find their way back to our government. This is a clear manifestation of how the Surigaonons wanted nothing but peace,” he said.

"We call on our NPA brothers to give up your armed struggle. Come down and embrace a peaceful life with your families and with the government," Lt. Col. Tomas said. (30IB-Philippine Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Team Butuan wins KATROPA ballgame

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 – Team Butuan emerged as the over-all champion during the Inter-LGU and Open Basketball League organized by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) after the pocket tournaments held in various parts of the region starting 2016. Giving the toughest challenge for said crown to Team Butuan were the Municipality of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – 1st runner-up; Surigao City – 2nd runner-up; and Cabadbaran City – 3rd runner-up.

Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya or KATROPA on Hardcourt of the POPCOM-Caraga is an advocacy for men in another platform through an open commercial basketball tournament for known players. It is also a contribution to emerging initiatives to mobilize men as partners in women empowerment and gender equality. Said advocacy was launched in 2016.

POPCOM maximized the gathering of the huge crowd by repeatedly showing its short films and plugging about its program advocacy.

The Butuan Team as supported by private institutions, ARQ Builders and WBS Garments, was composed of the young stalwarts of the hardcourt, namely Jerham Guzman, Ton Delmonte, Clint Inocencio, Manuel Bunzo, James Paray, CD Gonzales, Van Balaba, Kev Plaza, JR Ayala, and co-coached and managed by Dave Makinano.

POPCOM Caraga Director Alexander A. Makinano featured the significance of this initiative and called for dynamic and responsible involvement among males in managing over-all concerns of the entire family.

“This advocacy is significant for it enhanced male involvement advocating and championing maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition and responsible parenting. Before, in-between or during breaks, and after each game, series of KATROPA advocacy materials were shown,” Makinano emphasized.

The good director also disclosed that along with this event were the oath-taking ceremonies of POPDEV Club Officers from the different high schools in Butuan, MR. GAD-KATROPA Officers-Butuan Chapter, and the Recognition and Awards for local media partners. This was to give due recognition to their invaluable contribution to the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) in support to the population thrusts of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte to host BSP national council meeting in May

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 23 – Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas revealed that the province will push through with the hosting of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) National Council Meeting in May 2018.

Matugas said that that province will take the lead in the conduct of Court of Honor which will be participated by 120 BSP councils nationwide and roughly over a thousand delegates. This was mentioned before the presence of municipal mayors all throughout the province as they convened at the New Expanded PGO Conference Hall on January 22, 2018.

Matugas also informed the body of the conduct of formal ceremonies, gala and fellowship. She further recommended that one municipality shall adopt at least one council. In other words, the municipal local government unit (LGU) shall take care of ushering, offering of souvenir mementos, special tour package, t-shirts, and other services to delight and satisfy the guests. Sumptuous meals and snacks will also be tendered.

She also said that the itinerary is in the work such that the delegates will enjoy the fascinating destinations in Siargao as this will help boost its tourism and economy.

Meanwhile, Matugas said that the local government is concentrating on how to enhance agricultural production, with emphasis on sustainable rice supply, livestock, poultry, fruits, vegetables and root crops.

"It is imperative to develop our farm industry and fishing grounds so we can avoid unnecessary importation of products from Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, and other neighboring provinces," the governor said.

She also disclosed that a proposed agreement between Transglobal Corporation and KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is underway so they can invest in the growth and expansion of the economy through agricultural development and livelihood advancement. 

"I want the Ipil Demo Farm and the Cancohoy Farm to maximize the harvests because our yields and produced must be maximized and should translate to sustainable and inclusive progress," Matugas said.

Law enforcement in matters respecting the illegal numbers game and those operations sanctioned by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) were substantively tackled.

On his part, Atty. Premolito Plaza explained that in all likelihood, general laws like the LGU Code of the Philippines may prevail over special laws, in accordance with the newest rulings upheld by the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines.

Some agreed that it is a tough balancing act to regulate these operations, however, the PCSO can issue licenses to where it deems proper. So much so that the clear distinction between issuing a business permit and regulating a business franchise was laid down during the actual deliberations. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


POPCOM Caraga honors media partners
 
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 – The Commission on Population (POPCOM)-Caraga awarded the local media partners in recognition to their invaluable contribution to the advocacy of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP), in support to the population thrusts of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

POPCOM recognized their vital contribution as media partners who brought the program at the doorstep of the Caraganons.

“These various media partners play an important role in disseminating the information about POPCOM’s three program components specifically, Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), and the Population and Development (PopDev) Integration, over the radio, television, print or even social media, for without their help, the agency’s goal and objectives would hardly reach our target population. Thus, they are worthy to be given due recognition for their efforts,” POPCOM Caraga Director Alexander A. Makinano said.

The advocacy of POPCOM for its various programs, as recognized by its regional director, have been possible with the help of media. According to Makinano, correct and complete information helps the couples and individuals to make a responsible decision as to their reproductive health.

Among those cited by POPCOM were: Manila Bulletin, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, ABS-CBN Butuan, RMN-DXBC Butuan, DXBR Bombo Radyo Butuan, DXBN Radyo Pilipinas, Radyo Trumpeta, DXHR Hope Radio, Bee TV-7 Butuan, RPN-DXKS Surigao, and RMN-DXRS Surigao.

The recognition was done during the Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) on Hardcourt Champion’s League: Inter-LGU and Open Basketball League in Caraga on Jan. 14 in Butuan City. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Surigaonons enjoy free viewing of movie ‘Siargao’

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) – Thousands of moviegoers became inspired with the blockbuster film “Siargao” during the free public screening that took place at the Surigao del Norte Provincial Gymnasium on January 21, 2018.

The movie was shown twice during that day at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“Surfing was a metaphor for the vibe of life itself. We wait for the wave, we catch it, we stand, we ride, we crash, then we surface and try again. Every time we rise to the surface to take our breath, it means we are alive, and able to go through everything all over again. So face up to your mistakes, and own up to your wrong decisions. There is always a second chance. This is an important life lesson that never gets old," emphasized Metro Manila Film Fest Gabi ng Parangal Best Director Paul Soriano.

Amid the intermittent heavy rains, the swarm and horde of movie enthusiasts cheerfully watched the movie.

Jovanie Eludo was thankful of his experience when the security guard handed him over the three extra tickets the last minute.

Atty. Charlo Paredes clarified that “the highly-awaited movie Siargao does not only promote Surigao del Norte's most famous island but also immortalizes the Surigaonon language.”

“It even dares to use Surigaonon's expression ‘Jawa!’ Literally, ‘jawa’ means ‘devil.’ Originally, Surigaonons use it to swear: ‘Jawa kaw!’ (You're a devil!) But, when it's exclaimed in a soft tone, it becomes an expression of endearment. In the movie, Diego (Jericho Rosales) spontaneously utters ‘Jawa!’ upon seeing his childhood friend again since he left the island. Surigaonons do that when we meet our long lost ‘kababayans,’” said Paredes.

Paredes also noted that lead actor Jericho Rosales talked like a native Surigaonon. “Casting the local surfers makes the movie more realistic. Showing the non-surfing spots of Siargao strengthens the island as a wholesome tourist destination. Noteworthy too was the inclusion of the environmental issue (Basura sa Baybay) and the LGU's solid waste management project – a must for this Pacific surfing hub,” he added.


Clearly, the movie's love story, according to Paredes, “may not be as intense as the usual Pinoy dramas or as cool as "rom-com" genre. But, it challenges millenials to reflect deeply on love relationships by going to a serene place like Siargao Island.” (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)