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Thursday, December 20, 2018


PNP Caraga initiates wedding ceremony of former rebels


BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Caraga initiated the wedding ceremony of former New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels at the St. Ignatius de Loyola Chapel of PNP Caraga headquarters early morning Sunday, Dec. 15.

The couple tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by the Regional Pastoral Officer, PCInsp. Mark Virgil J. Ibardolaza in the presence of PNP Caraga Regional Director PCSupt. Gilberto DC Cruz, members of the regional staff and other police personnel.

The newlywed were former members of the Guerilla Front 21, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee and surrendered to Regional Intelligence Division last July 27, 2018.

All expenses including the bridal gowns and accessories, ‘barong’ of the groom, floral decoration, wedding rings, cakes, and reception were sponsored by PNP Caraga in support of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government.

The region’s top cop congratulated the couple who have been blessed with two children.

“We appeal to the active members of the NPA and Militia ng Bayan to give up their arms and avail the E-CLIP. Our government is sincere in giving them programs if they would choose the right path for peace,” RD Cruz added. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)

PDEA declares Agusan Norte town drug-cleared

By: Arvin R. Silvosa

CARMEN, Agusan del Norte, Dec. 20 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga region declared the Municipality of Carmen as the first drug-cleared municipality in the province of Agusan del Norte.

PDEA Caraga Regional Director Aileen T. Lovitos awarded the Certificate to Carmen Municipal Mayor Ramon M. Calo during the convocation following the flag ceremony at the municipal grounds, Monday.

The eight barangays of the municipality have completed the three phases on the conduct of Barangay Drug-Clearing Operations which involve several relevant activities, documentary preparations, and actual implementation of drug supply and demand reduction strategies in priority drug-affected barangays. The barangays have satisfied the parameters for declaring “Drug-Cleared” status of drug-affected barangays.

The government’s unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs mandate the active roles of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) and the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) in drug clearing operations. They are to work directly with the Philippine National Police (PNP), together with BADAC as the first line of defense against the proliferation of prohibited drugs in the community.

Among those who also attended and witnessed the awarding were municipal officials and employees; PDEA officials; Municipal and Provincial National Government Agencies’ officials; Punong Barangays of the eight barangays of Carmen with members of the Sangguniang Barangays and Barangay Secretaries; and other local functionaries. (DILG-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

VAW desk officers sa ibat-ibang barangay sa Caraga tinalakay ang madalas na kinakaharap na pang-aabuso sa mga kababaihan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD SA BUTUAN, Disyembre 20 (PIA) - Paiigtingin pa ang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa pang-aabuso ng mga kababaihan.

Ito ang binigyang diin sa sa pagsasama-sama ng Violence Against Women (VAW) desk officers mula sa ibat-ibang barangay ng Caraga region sa isinagawang summit kamakailan dito sa lungsod.

Ayon kay Rosalina Sayawan, isang kagawad sa barangay Mangagoy, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, nangunguna ang physical abuse sa kanilang barangay maging sa ibang barangay na sakop ng lungsod.

Agad nila umanong binibigyang atensyon at akmang aksyon ang anumang reklamo na kanilang matatanggap mula sa mga biktima.

Dagdag pa ni Sayawan, may mga pagkakataon na ang misis ay nagrereklamo dahil sa binubogbog umano ito ng mister tuwing nalalasing. Ang iba naman ay dahil sa hindi pagkakaintindihan.

“Kapag may nagreklamo, mayroon kaming area or room para sa pag-handle ng mga VAW cases at doon namin kinakausap ang biktima,” sabi ni Sayawan.

Ayon naman kay Jessie Catherine Aranas, isang social welfare officer ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga at focal person ng Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking – Violence Against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC), mahalaga ang patuloy na pagpapalakas sa barangay VAW desk officers at nang madagdagan pa ang kanilang kaalaman sa mga batas na magtitiyak sa proteksyon ng mga kababaihang biktima ng mga pang-aabuso at karahasan.

Dagdag pa ni Aranas, mas nagiging aktibo na ang VAW desk officers sa pagganap sa kanilang tungkulin at dumadami na rin umano ang mga kababaihan na nagkakaroon ng lakas na loob na mag-report sa otoridad. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)