Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Caraga cops seize hot logs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 20 -  Operatives from the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte have confiscated an estimated 5,000 board feet of Lauan lumbers and 878.76 board feet (489.9 cubic meters) of illegally cut mixed round logs with an estimated market value of PhP392,810.00 on June 13, 2018. 

Police Regional Office-13 director PCSupt. Noli Romana said the combined forces of the 15SAC - Special Action Force, Jabonga Municipal Police Station, Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office, San Luis Municipal Police Station, Agusan Del Sur Police Provincial Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seized the said forest products at Sitio Mahaba, P-3, Brgy. Baylo, San Luis, Agusan del Sur and Denoel Enterprises, Brgy. Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Authorities also confiscated a sawmill engine and circular blade.

Mark Gil Perang and Rose Lopio, owners of Lauan lumbers, were arrested while Eduardo Cayag Manlapaz, owner of mixed round logs, is at large.

The confiscated lumbers are now in custody of the DENR for proper disposition.

“I am calling on the people in Caraga to continue working with the PNP and our partner agencies to stop illegal logging in our area,” Romana said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

OWWA-Caraga holds OFW reintegration caravan in Siargao

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, June 20 (PIA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Caraga, in partnership with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte and other government line agencies, recently conducted an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Reintegration Caravan to around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents held at the Women’s Center in Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

It was highlighted by the Ice Cream Making training in which participants were given time to try the actual mixing of the ingredients and the whole process. They were able to produce two tubes of ice cream for the whole day which they all shared together.

The activity also provided the OFWs and their families with opportunities fro accessing projects and services that would help them mitigate the social cost of migration and cushion the impact of forced repatriation due to unexpected events. It also aimed to maximize the gains of overseas employment through local employment/re-employment  or business/enterprise development facilitation. 

Partner agencies like the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted various program and services campaign in relation to reintegration services that member-OFWs can avail of in their respective agencies.

The Reintegration Program is a package of interventions and mechanisms developed and implemented to facilitate the productive return of the OFWs to their families and communities upon their completion of overseas employment. These services include Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program, Enterprise Development and livelihood Program (EDLP), Organizational Development Trainings and other Techno-Skills Training interventions to capacitate them as well as provide them with viable livelihood undertaking.

OWWA, being at the forefront in promoting the welfare of the member-OFWs, is strengthening the implementation of its program and services particularly its reintegration programs for the returning OFWs. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Agusan Norte features Himig DRRM during NDRM celebration

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 20 (PIA) --  With the theme “Disaster Prepared and Responsive Province with Sustained Climate Change Resilient Communities,” the province of Agusan del Norte through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) will be hosting the 1st Himig DRRM during the month-long celebration of the National Disaster Resilient Month (NDRM) come July 2018.

According to PDRRMO chief Erma Suyo, the 1st Himig DRRM is a song writing composition and interpretation open to all local Filipino amateur composers, songwriters and/or lyricist. Song entry must be in Caraganon dialects and Bisaya or Cebuano or a combination of both.

Suyo said the activity is aimed to spread DRRM and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) awareness through singing and creative interpretation.

"It will also promote lasting cognizance in the four important thematic aspects of DRRM – disaster preparedness, disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster response and disaster recovery and rehabilitation," Suyo added.

Entries will be judged according to its Originality (30%); Creativity (20%); Style (20%); Reflection to the theme (15%); and Impact (15%.

Cash prizes await winners - 1st place winner will get P15,000 and a plaque; 2nd place – P10,000 plus a plaque; 3rd place – P5,000 and plaque; consolation prizes of P3,000 will also be given to seven participants/entries. Other awards also include Best Musical Score and Best Composer with P3,000 and P2,000 prizes and a certificate, respectively.

Finalists will be showcased and judged on July 31, 2018 at Robinsons Mall, Butuan City.

For more information and inquiries, those interested may contact Jorge Vincent Pagaran at Agusan del Norte PDRRM Office with telephone numbers (085) 817-1856; +63939 9248326/+63977684 4430. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

NFA starts selling low-priced rice in Caraga region

BUTUAN CITY, June 20 - The National Food Authority (NFA) has started distributing on Monday, June 18, its P27 and P32 per kilogram rice through 188 accredited retailers in Agusan and Surigao including the islands of Dinagat and Siargao.

The initial shipment of the 250,000 metric tons government-to-government rice arrived on June 2 at the Surigao and Subic ports, but the rice was not immediately unloaded due to bad weather.

Unloading of the 5,000 MT allotted for Surigao was completed only last Saturday, June 16 and after the necessary documentation and prescribed procedures, the stocks started to be distributed today, June 18.

In Tobaco, Albay, the NFA has unloaded parts of the 126,000 bags from MV An Thinh Phu.

Provincial Manager Alan Sabaybay led the operation with representatives from the surveyor, cargo handler and the shipping agent. 

Meanwhile, after 13 days at berth, unloading operations in Zambales have started with the skies getting clear today.

According to NFA Zambales Provincial Manager Jonathan Yazon, heavy rains have prevented the NFA office to unload the imported rice from MV Tyson 2 docked at the Subic Freeport. The weather has caused tremendous delays.

In other disport areas across the country, the vessels carrying imported rice have started to arrive. Without weather issues, unloading operations will proceed accordingly.

Two haulers discharged from MV Truong Loc docked at the Macabalan Port in Cagayan de Oro City arrived at the NFA office in Baloy loaded with 92,000 bags of imported rice from Vietnam.

The NFA awarded last May 4 to Vietnam and Thailand the contract to supply 250,000 metric tons of rice consisting of 200,000 MT of 25 percent and 50,000 MT of 15 percent broken rice. (NFA/PIA-Caraga)

79 former rebels take oath of allegiance in Bislig City

BISLIG CITY, June 20 - The 75th Infantry (MARAUDER) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (75IB, 4ID), Philippine Army affirmed the success on the surrender of six Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists and 73 members of Militia Ng Bayan, during the oath of allegiance held recently here.

The surrenderers yielded with 14 high powered firearms, 20 low powered firearms, various bomb materials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other paraphernalia were formally presented and subsequently followed by the Ceremonial Surrender of Firearms to 4ID Commanding General MGen. Ronald Villanueva.

MGen. Villanueva commended the continuing success of the Marauder operations in the area of responsibility. He also welcomed the former rebels and made them feel that there is a place for them to belong with and lean on to. “This is a great impact against the communist terrorists in this part of Mindanao,” he added.

Local government unit officials, media practitioners and spectators also witnessed the ceremony officiated by Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde, and the awarding of Certificate of Scholarship Commitment of TESDA presented by TESDA-Surigao del Sur provincial director Rey Cueva. They also received gift packs support from the Enhanced Comprehensive and Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government.

“This is the result of the collaborative efforts of all units in the area and local government unit officials, since the start of our anti-insurgency campaign, as more communist terrorists are coming to the folds of law,” BGen. Andres Centino, commander of 401st Brigade, Phil. Army said. (75IB/401st Brigade, Phil. Army/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)