(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 19 September 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TD "NIMFA" was estimated at 785 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.2N, 129.3E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving Northeast slowly. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds from South to Southwest with moderate to rough seas.PAGASA/jpf

Friday, August 23, 2019

SurSur PRLEC expands members

By Nida Grace P. Barcena


PRLEC members convene during its 5th regular meeting sponsored by the Police Provincial Office of Surigao del Sur held at the Conference Hall, PPO, Camp Vicente L. Pimentel Sr., Telaje, Tandag City on August 19, 2019. (Photo by TESDA-SDS)
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 23 (PIA) – Aimed to combat insurgency thru the implementation of skills training and livelihood programs, the Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) has expanded its membership during its 5th regular meeting held on Aug. 19 at the Police Provincial Office (PPO) Conference Room, Camp Vicente L. Pimentel Sr., this city.

Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Director and PRLEC Chair Rey Cueva said the expansion of membership implies additional intervention and livelihood program opportunities for the identified communities in the province.

The following agencies and stakeholders that were added included: Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science & Technology (DOST), Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). 

Also, the three other battalions based in the province - the 75th Infantry Battalion (75th IB), 67th IB, and the 3rd Special Forces (3SF) were included in the expansion of membership.

Director Cueva also presented the updates on the program implementation to the pilot area in Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Mampi, Lanuza town.

As suggested by NCIP Chief Engr. Charlyn Binghoy and Provincial Tourism Representative Michelle Pareja, the preservation of the IP customs and traditions (rituals, songs, making their costumes and accessories, etc.) will be included in the program implementation.

Also included in the discussion is the identification of the next target barangays.

The shortlists included Barangay Carromata in San Miguel under the AOR of 36th IB, Rajah Cabunsuan in Lingig town under the AOR of 67th IB, (Kilometer 9) Barangay Diatagon in Lianga town under the AOR of 3SF and Doña Carmen in Tagbina town under the AOR of 75th IB. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

 Former teacher yields in SurSur

 

TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 23 (PIA) -- A former teacher of the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) voluntarily surrendered to the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion (36IB), bringing along with him one carbine and magazine with ammunition on Monday, August 19, 2019, at the 36IB headquarters, Barangay Dayoan, Tago, this province.

The said armed TRIFPSS teacher was identified as Alias Val, 25 years old, single, a Manobo tribe and a resident of Sitio. Baroboan, Barangay Carromata, San Miguel.

According to Val, he was recruited as TRIFPSS teacher from May 20, 2012 up to January 25, 2017, and his recruiters promised him that his families would be supported financially while he is teaching and serving on the armed struggle.

Due to the strong campaign of the army, tribal leaders and the Department of Education, the School of Living Tradition (SLT) was established, while TRIFPSS schools began to stop its operation in the said community. Val, accordingly, decided to continue to serve the armed struggle as a "Milisya ng Bayan" from February 2017 to March 2019.

Val said he voluntarily surrendered because he wanted to live in peace and harmony without fear to the security forces. He also wanted to help the government in the pursuit of achieving genuine peace and preserving the cultural integrity of every tribal community.

“I want to take part and help the government to combat insurgency especially to my fellow IPs because I saw that the government is serious in helping the marginalized sector of the society especially the indigenous people's communities,” Alias Val said.

According to 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad, the surrender is a clear manifestation that the NPA is using TRIPFSS schools as their breeding ground for their future cadres and fighters.

"Alias Val is a proof that there is a link and support system between the TRIFPSS schools and the NPA Communist Terrorist Group," Lt. Col. Trinidad said.

The official further said that the radicalization process is being taught at TRIPFSS schools through poisoning the innocent minds and instilling hatred to the government.

Alias Val is still undergoing custodial debriefing and interview and will be processed and validated for enrollment to avail the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government. (CMO, 36IB/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Army troopers, LGU launch activity for peace, dev't

By 1Lt. Wifredo Quilang

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 23 – The local government unit (LGU) of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, in partnership with the 30th Infantry Python Battalion (30IB) and other stakeholders, launched recently the peace and development program to the constituents of Barangay Camam-onan in Gigaquit town.

Among the activities included supplemental feeding, provision of slippers for children, free medical check-up, provision of vegetable seedlings, disaster kits and sanitary toilet bowls, free haircut, and massage.
Gigaquit Mayor Chandru Bonite, in his message, thanked all the government agencies, private sectors, and to the python troopers for their continued support to promote peace and development in the province particularly in the municipality of Gigaquit.

“We made this commitment to support and provide necessary help to extend the delivery of basic services to the indigenous peoples and marginalized sector to promote health, wellness, skills development and enhancement especially here in the far-flung areas of the Gigaquit,” Bonite said.

Meanwhile, 30IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jeffrey A. Villarosa said that it is their mission to bring peace and security, especially in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs), Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) and Conflict Vulnerable Areas (CVAs) in order to allow services and programs from the local government unit, provincial government, national government agencies and civil society organizations (CSOs).


Villarosa then urged the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and their supporters to surrender now and lay down their arms and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and not waste the opportunity to live a normal life once again with their families. (Acting CMO Officer, 30IB-Philippine Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)