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Thursday, January 3, 2019


Top NPA commander captured in AgNor

By 1Lt Roel Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 3 – Authorities nabbed Agusan del Norte’s top 1 most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist on Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 2018.

The top most wanted NPA terrorist was identified as Juoquin A. Madriñan Jr. alias Alto/Jun-Jun.

Madriñan was also listed as the top 2 in the list of criminals in the province.

He was caught in Barangay Tagcatong in Carmen town by the joint elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion under the operational control of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, Provincial Police Office of Agusan del Norte, 1st Agusan del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-13.

He was allegedly an intelligence officer of Sub-Regional Committee WANAS of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee and the current commanding officer of Special Partisan Armed Revolutionary Unit (SPARU) of NPA in CARAGA region.

During the arrest, confiscated in his possession are one-unit caliber 45 pistol with one magazine and 22 rounds of live ammunition for caliber 45, one hand grenade; and one piece sling bag.

The suspect was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for several murder cases and arson.

The captured NPA criminal is responsible for numerous crimes and atrocities and has warrants of arrest for several murder cases and arson.

Meanwhile, 23IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr. thanked the concerned citizens who bravely provided positive and timely information to the authorities about the activities and whereabouts of the captured commander.

“We extend our gratitude to the residents of the Municipality of Carmen for providing the information that led to the arrest of the top most wanted NPA criminal who is sowing fear amongst the ordinary people,” Lt. Col. Molina said.

Molina assured the public that the 23IB troopers will continue to perform their mandate of serving and protecting the people.

“It will abide by the rules of engagements, respect human rights and adhere to the rule of law in the performance of its mission,” Molina added. (23IB PA/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

DA chief leads turnover of Solar-Powered Irrigation Project in Agusan Sur

By Emmylou T. Presilda

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 3 - Just in time for the start of the planting season in Caraga region, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol spent his last day of work for the year 2018 by providing the rice farmers’ long-dreamed irrigation project.

Piñol leads the turnover of the first of the five Solar-Powered Irrigation Project (SPIS) established in Caraga region located in Brgy. Sinobong, Veruela, Agusan del Sur. This was received by Chairman Angelo Jalucon of the Cautan Sinobong Farmers Association (CASFA), a 58-member association.

The Php6-Million worth SPIS with a 25 Horsepower Irrigation Pump can irrigate up to 60 hectares, and more if additional pipes are added to reach farther areas.

SPIS is a project introduced by Piñol as part of his 10-Priority Agenda in lifting the state of rice farming in the country.

It aims to increase rice production by providing the water needed by farmers to irrigate their farms and enable them to plant and harvest at least twice a year thereby increasing productivity.

“Compared to the big NIA Irrigation systems that are costly and require millions of pesos for its construction, the SPIS is cheaper and can be built within three months,” said Piñol.

With the establishment of more SPIS, Piñol hopes to introduce later another technology called Fertigation. As the name implies, fertigation is a process in which fertilizer is applied with the irrigation water.

“Through this technology, fertilization becomes more accurate and uniform for every rice area,” Piñol added.

The DA's SPIS Project goes in tandem with the Easy Access Credit Loan Program called Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) that gives farmers the access to a loan of only six percent interest rate without collateral payable in two years for rice farmers.

The DA hopes that through this two flagship program under the Duterte Administration, farmers will finally graduate from the cycle of lending from loan sharks which hits them twice to poverty.

In 2019, a budget of Php3.4 Billion has been allocated for easy access credit financing under the Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC).

During the turnover ceremony and open forum with farmers, Piñol commits to allocating Php5 million under the PLEA Program of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council as initial fund for the farmers in Veruela.

According to Secretary Piñol, each farmer can avail the loan provided that they undergo the orientation, financial literacy program, and register under the Farmers Registration System.

In addition, Piñol directed DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo to conduct a Rice Derby in Veruela to determine the most suitable variety of rice for the locality.

LGU shall identify the five-hectare area for the said project, preferably those that benefit from the solar irrigation system.

Rice Derby is a technology demonstration initiative of the DA where Rice Seed Companies will be given a one-hectare area to showcase the yield capacity and performance of their product.

The farmers will then choose the best variety through the result of the demonstration.

Piñol also committed to providing the municipality a 1.5-kilometer Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) after seeing for himself the lack of good road network from the SPIS Service area to the barangay center.

“I would like to provide you a 1.5-kilometer FMR project but this would be included in the year 2020 since our budget for 2019 is already done. I would also instruct Director Monteagudo to establish a Multiplier farm for Native Pigs and native Chicken in this municipality. I am also instructing the Rice Focal Person of the Region to provide one rice seeds each to the 58 farmer-recipients of the SPIS,” Pinol said.

Mayor Myrna Mondejar of Veruela expressed her joy for the agriculture assistance received by the municipality and also commits to putting up their own counterpart to widen the coverage of the project to help more farmers. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)