Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 regional research fund grant, now open

By Ria Micate

BUTUAN CITY, Jan 31 – The Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) is now accepting capsule research proposals from local researchers of state universities and colleges in Caraga region for the 2018 Regional Research Fund (RRF) Grants.

The proposed studies should be aligned with the research priority areas of the consortium and/or in National Unified Health Research Agenda.

The CHRDC Research priority areas include dengue, respiratory diseases, lifestyle diseases, climate change and its impact on health, environmental health, endemic and epidemic diseases.

For the National Unified Health Research Agenda, it include the health technology and development, health financing, health service delivery, and social and environmental health concerns.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to the CHRDC Secretariat through email at caragahealth@gmail.com:

Duly accomplished capsule application form;
Curriculum Vitae of Key Investigators; and
Letter of Intent
Regional Research Fund (RRF) is a grant which provides funding support and capability-building to the researchers to become more actively involved in health research. It aims to promote local scientific studies that can respond to the current health concerns in the region. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


NPA eyed in “Abu Sayyaf-like execution” in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan 31 – Found “hogtied” with bullet hole in the chest, multiple hack wounds, and worst, beheaded, Mar Acevedo Bocales, a Manobo and member of Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA), was last seen alive on January 27, 2018, based on police initial investigation.

Also known as Nersan Acevedo and some other aliases to hide his true identity, the 31-year old family man, that time, was looking for some rare species of butterflies while also on a local hunt as sideline for a living. He was said to have been in the wilds of Mailig, Sitio Hagimitan, Barangay Bolhoon, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, according to PCI Florence Murao, chief of police (COP) of San Miguel Police Station.

Army officials believed that before his head was cut-off, Bocales first underwent torture.

“The abduction happened on January 27, 2018 when CAA Bocales was hunting in the hinterlands of Sitio Hagimitan, Brgy Bolhoon, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur,” an army report stated.

The army reported that the victim was a former rebel (FR) who “surrendered on December 25, 2016 with his firearm.” It was also said that “after receiving his benefits from the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) from the government, he became a member of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary.”

Meanwhile, the police chief cited that Purok President Juan Gonzaga said that members of New People’s Army (NPA) were behind the gruesome killing.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), through the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) under Major General Ronald Villanueva, has already issued a strong statement condemning the acts.

With what happened, Villanueva, whose camp was based in Cagayan De Oro (CDO), likewise said that “NPAs are worthy to be branded as terrorists by this government.” (Radyo Pilipinas/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano news: Pagpatay sa usa ka CAA sa Surigao Sur, gikondena sa military

Ni Capt. Al Anthony B Pueblas

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 31 – Rebelding New People’s Army kon NPA tinuod nga “Terorista”, human kini mikutlo sa kinabuhi sa usa ka lumad didto sa lungsod sa San Miguel, Surigao del Sur kaniadtong Enero 27, 2018.

Naila ang biktima nga si CAA Mar Acevedo Bocales, 31 ang pangidaron, minyo nga adunay tulo ka anak ug lumulupyo sa Sitio Haguimitan, Brgy Bolhoon, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. Ug kasamtangang sakop sa Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit kon Cafgu nga nakadestino sa Inagawan Outpost, Brgy La Purisima, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Nahinumduman nga kaniadtong Enero 27, 2018, gidagit sa gituohang mga NPA ang biktima samtang didto kini sa lasang nga bahin arun sa pagpanakop ug alibangbang isip laing pamaagi sa iyang panginabuhian.

Kaniadtong Enero 29, 2018 nakaplagan ni Renan Bocales ang wala nay kinabuhi nga lawas sa iyang igsuon ug  matud pa niya nga, “Walay kalouy nga gigapos sa mga rebelde ang akong igsuon sama sa usa ka mananap ug gihiwa-hiwa nila (NPA) ang lawas niini ug wala pa kini makontento giputlan pa kini ug liog hinungdan sa dali nga kamatayon niini. Nakita lamang nako ang putol nga ulo sa akong igsoun didto sa pangpang lima ka metros gikan sa iyang patayng lawas. Aduna sab igo pinusilan ang dughan niini nagpamatuod lamang nga ila gayud katuyoan ang kamatayun sa akong walay sala nga igsuon. Gipanamastamasan nila (NPA) pag-ayo ang hinulam nga kinabuhi sa akong igsuon,” matud pa sa saysay ni Renan Bocales.

“Dako kaayo ang akong kabalaka tungod kay wala na ang akong igsuon nga diin maoy nagbuhi sa among pamilya. Mag-unsa na lang ang iyang asawa ug tulo ka gagmayng mga anak nga wala na ang ilang amahan nga mao ra intawon ang ilang gisaligan aron mabuhi,” dugang pa ni Renan Bocales. 

Gikondena usab sa Brigade Kumander sa 402nd Infantry (STINGERS) Brigade nga si BGen Franco Nemesio M. Gacal ang dili makatarunganong pagpatay sa usa ka inosenting sibilyan nga diin naningkamot lamang kini para sa iyang pamilya.

 “Hugot namong gikondena ang Teroristang NPA sa padayong pagyatak niini sa katungod sa katawhan ug ang pagpatay sa usa ka lumad nga si Mar Bocales,” matud pa ni Gacal.


“Usa kini ka konkretong ebidinsya nga diin wala gayud magtamod ug wala magrespeto sa kasabutan sa GRP ug NDF nga mao ang CARHRIHL o Comprehensive Agreement on Respect on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law nga maoy nagpahinumdom sa duh aka grupo sa paghatag ug dakong respeto sa tawhanong katungod. Ang amo usab nga pakigtimbaya sa pamilyang nagbangutan. Manubag ang teroristang NPA sa dili makatarunganong pagpatay kay Mar Bocales,” dugang pa niya. (CMO Officer, 402Bde)