(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 13 November, 2019) Today, the center of TD "RAMON" was estimated at 515 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (12.2N,130.1E), with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 15 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


DA-PRDP boosts rubber industry in Butuan

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 -- The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) breaks ground for the construction of the P8.4 Million Infrastructure Component of the Integrated Rubber Production and Marketing Project of Km. 7 Farmers' Producers Cooperative (Km7FPC) in Tungao, Butuan City last April 3.

The P8.4 Million is part of the P22.4 Million approved Enterprise subproject for the (Km7FPC) that comprises the construction of a warehouse, seedling production building and seedbed to support the rubber growers of the locality.

“This project will surely help us reach our target of 500-hectare increase in rubber plantation per year. We also have started helping the rubber growers of the neighboring municipalities and not just the cluster members here in Butuan,” said General Manager Nilo Calipayan.

Calipayan said that they currently have a cumulative rubber planted area of around 1400 hectares for all the members of the Cooperative and he is expecting an increase in production after the completion of the project from DA-PRDP.

The members of the cooperative have been known for being industrious and united in helping one another. “We’re confident that a project like this will be handled well by the Cooperative since they have proven their good reputation and their zeal in this kind of business is outstanding,” said Deputy Project Director Jodel Tabada.

The projects will help the Cooperative to act as the service provider for the prospective rubber growers in Butuan City and will be providing inputs, tools, budded rubber planting materials of recommended clones considering that Km7FPC is an accredited Rubber Nursery of the Bureau of Plant Industry.

The Cooperative will also become the consolidation and trading center of rubber cup lumps in Tungao and nearby barangays. According to Calipayan, they also plan to process their rubber in the future by milling it to crumb rubber which will let them earn an additional amount of P8 per kilo.

Other than the P22.4 Million project, DA-PRDP has also approved and will soon start the implementation of the 9.82 km Farm-to-Market Road amounting to P158.9 Million to support the Cooperative’s enterprise and the rubber industry in Butuan.

The groundbreaking was headed by PRDP Regional Deputy Project Director Jodel A. Tabada together with City Administrator Rey Desiata, SP Committee on Infrastructure Vicente Rizal C. Rosario, Coop General Manager Nilo Calipayan, Coop Chairman Samuel Caliwanagan, PRDP-Caraga Infra Component Head Engr. Rene Morales, Cluster Members, and Barangay officials. (DA-PRDP Caraga/PIA Caraga)

PRO13 tops crime solution efficiency for 2 straight quarters

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 had the most number of crimes solved in the fourth quarter of 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019, topping the Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) among the 17 police regional offices nationwide.

According to Police Colonel James Goforth, Chief of the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), in the last quarter of 2018, PRO13 had the highest CSE rating at 86.19% followed by the National Capital Region Police Office with 86.07% as second and PRO4A with 79.32% as third.

While in the first quarter of 2019, PRO13 had the highest CSE rate at 89.39%, followed by the PRO11 with 85.41% as second, and PRO1 with 83.01% as third.

The results came from the Crime Research and Analysis Center of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

For the period October 1 to December 31, 2018, the total crime volume in the region reached 2259 comprised of 406 index crimes and 1,853 non-index crimes. Out of 2,259 crime volume, 1,947 crime incidents were solved by the police units.

While for the period January 1 until March 31 of this year, the RIDMD has recorded a total of 2,112 total crime volume comprised of 355 index crimes and 1,757 non-index crimes. Out of 2,112 crime volume, 1,888 crime incidents were solved.

“This is a result of collaborative efforts of the PNP, other law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders with the active support of the community. Rest assured that the fight against criminality and threats do not end here. We will continue to strengthen our anti-criminality campaign as well as our crime-solving efforts to improve the peace and order and ensure the safety and security of all Caraganons,” said Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, PRO 13 Director. (PNP Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Butuan Candidates Forum set Wednesday

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 (PIA) – Butuan’s mayoralty and congressional candidates will get the chance to inform the Butuanon electorates of their agenda during the Candidates Forum 2019 set on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Mini-Theater of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Morelos Campus, this city.

Except for lawyer Nonong Balanon, re-electionist mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, mayoralty bet Manny Esteves, and Edward Chan will be presented during the forum starting at 2:00 p.m.

Re-electionist vice mayor Jose Joboy Aquino, Audie Munda and former barangay captain Nestor Amora will be presented for the vice-mayoralty post.

For the congressional post, re-electionist representative Lawrence Fortun and former city councilor Sam Amante will be featured.

The candidates will inform the people on their stand on several issues and policies they care about and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Said event is organized by the FSUU Policy Center, Commission on Elections - Butuan City and Philippine Information Agency  – Caraga. The Candidates Forum will be viewed live via Philippine Information Agency Caraga Facebook page. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)

Wife files human rights violation against NPA at CHR-Caraga

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 23 -- A widow of murdered Punong Barangay Rubincio Castro Salamoren of San Pedro, San Luis, Agusan del Sur has filed a complaint of human rights violation against the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) operating in the said municipality at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Office in Butuan City on April 17, 2019.

Joy Salamoren is fighting for justice for the death of his husband who was shot to death by the members of the NPA's Guerilla Front 88 last February 27, 2019.

“They had no mercy taking the life of my husband who was a good man. I know that justice will be served. They cannot hide in the mountains forever,” she said.

She added that they have identified the suspects and the names were included in the case filed.

It was revealed by a certain “Ka Omar Ibarra,” spokesperson of the NPA, through a radio station that Salamoren was ambushed by an NPA hit squad as he was a “legitimate target” of the terrorist NPA.

It can be recalled that last February 27, 2019, Salamoren was driving his motorcycle towards San Luis Municipal Hall to attend a meeting when suddenly three persons shot him four times resulting to his death.

The suspects also took the victim’s sling bag, which according to his wife, contained the important documents and P20,000 cash.

Following his death, Barangay San Pedro, San Luis, Agusan del Sur has declared the CNTs and their allied organizations “Persona Non-Grata” last March 29, 2019.

“We strongly condemn the ruthless murder of our beloved chairman Robencio Salamoren by the NPA terrorists. There will be no acceptable reason or whatsoever to justify their criminal acts,” said Willy Manlicayan, newly installed barangay captain.

“Justice should be served for my husband’s murder. You (NPAs) are not just criminals, you are indeed terrorists. I just hope that the CHR will resolve my husband’s case in due time,” Joy added. (26IB/401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Communist NPA terrorists continue to surrender to Army unit in AgSur

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, April 23 -- More members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) continue to surrender to the 26th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army as the government troops conduct intensified focused military operation against the remaining members of the NPAs who are operating in the boundaries of Agusan del Sur and Bukidnon areas.

Three regular members of the communist terrorist group laid down their arms to 26IB on April 12, 2019 as a result of the continuous security operations conducted in the municipalities of San Luis and Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

This is also part of the security preparation for the upcoming local and national elections.

Alias ‘Angelo’, squad leader of Platoon 2 of Guerilla Front 88 surrendered, together with alias ‘Renan’, team leader, Squad 2, Platoon 1 and alias ‘Bamse’.

They brought along with them one AK47 rifle with three magazines and 30 live ammunitions, one M16 rifle with one magazine and 20 live ammunitions, one Caliber 45 pistol with one magazine and six ammunitions, one KG9 pistol with five ammunitions, and five grenade launcher ammunitions.

Guerilla Front 88 was almost dismantled on 2017. With their estimated manpower of 30 members, 15 had already surrendered from 2015 to date, while 13 died in encounters.

"These surrenderees were the remaining members of GF88, that is why we are eager to neutralize these terrorists by hook or by crook to dismantle them totally,” emphasized Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Jimenea, battalion commander of 26IB.

Angelo admitted that they conducted recovery efforts and massive recruitment to fill-up their depleted number, but only few were deceived to join.

LTC Jimenea relayed that it was the time when Angelo started to doubt his higher command’s leadership, and decided to think for himself and his family.

“We were only fooled by them, and as I see it, we have no more direction in what we are fighting for. It is useless to continue on this fight. That is the truth that must be realized by other NPAs, they are no more fighting for the people, but only for their few selfish leaders who live like kings in the plain, while we fight hard in the mountains,” Angelo said.

It can be recalled that from January to date, a total of 12 regular NPAs with 13 firearms have yielded to 26IB. They are being processed for enrollment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), where they will receive various assistance from the government to help them return to their normal lives.

Brigadier General Andres Centino, 401st Brigade Commander said "we are actively supporting the localized peace talk that the national government is promoting. That is why we are pushing these communists rebels to the edge, to offer them no other options than to surrender or die. With the overwhelming support of the peace-loving people of Agusan del Sur, we are positive that we can successfully dismantle all other NPA fronts in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.” (26IB/401st Brigade, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Siyam ka magpapatigayon magtukod og mga negosyo sa capitol complex

By Jay Vincent V. Demain

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 23 – Siyam ka lain-laing Negosyo ang itukod sa Capitol business Park/Capitol Commercial Complex, luna nga gipanag-iyahan sa probinsya dinhi sa siyudad sa Butuan.

Kini ang unod sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 070-2019 sa pagpangamahan ni Bokal Daniel O. Racaza nga naghatag katungod kang gobernador Agel Amante-Matba nga mopirma sa Lease Agreement tali sa panggamhanang probinsyal ug siyam ka negosyante sulod sa usa ka tuig.

Kini nga mga Negosyo naglangkob sa upat ka insurance agencies, airline ticketing office, kan-anan, tindanahna ug ukay-ukay.

Subay sa kasabotan, walo ka gatos ka pesos (P800.00) matag metro kwadrado and erenta sa nasangput nga mga Negosyo sulod sa usa ka tuig. Ang nasangpit nag rental rates subay sa Provincial Ordinance No. 313-2015 o ang Updated Revenue Code sa probinsya nga giamendahan sa Provincial Ordinance No. 377-2015.

Matod pa, mokita ang probinsya sa maong kasabotan og duolan sa lima ka gatos ka libo ka pesos (P500,000.00 sulod sa usa ka tuig.

Ang Capitol Business Park/Capitol Commerical Complex nga nahimutang atbang lamang sa Kapitolyo ug nagsukod og 128,972 metro kwadrado, maoy usa sa mga income generating project sa probinsya nga mopalambo sa panudlanan nini aron matubag ang panginahanglanon sa mga Agusanon.

Kini abling paplitihan sa bisan kinsang buot monegosyo dinhi. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)