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Friday, September 20, 2019


Bayugan City rewards NPA surrenderees

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Punsalan

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 20 -- The 3rd Special Forces (Arrowhead) Battalion (3SFBn), Philippine Army presented on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Bayugan City Mayor’s Office of this province the surrenderees, including alias “Sion,” a rebel surrenderee who disclosed last August 2019 the arms cache in Sitio Hugmakan, Barangay San Juan, Bayugan City to Mayor Kirk Asis.

The city government of Bayugan immediately handed cash assistance to surrenderees aside from the support and interventions from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

Presented to the mayor are two surrenderees who are both residents of Barangay San Juan, Bayugan  City with one M16 rifle and three caliber 30 Garand rifles which were disclosed by alias “Sion” last August.

Alias “Sion’s” disclosure of the arms cache is a clear manifestation that Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) forcibly exploit indigenous peoples in hinterlands for their logistical support. “Indigenous Peoples cannot say “No” when tasked to become couriers because they will be killed. The IPs are threatened and forced. Lumad killings are part of the Communist NPA Terrorists’ way to gain support from the masses,” he said.

Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan, commanding officer of the 3SFBn, expressed his gratitude to the Bayugan City LGU for the constant support. “We express our sincerest gratitude to the Bayugan City LGU under Mayor Kirk Asis, who also leads the RDC-RPOC Social Welfare sector for his support in the attainment of the Executive Order No. 70’s Whole-of-Nation Approach in ending insurgency,” he underscored.

“With this gesture of providing assistance to surrenderees, it will greatly help in boosting the influx of surrenderees because they will see the government’s sincerity to attain lasting peace through ending the local communist armed conflict in this city,” added Baybayan.

The E-CLIP and Amnesty Program is one of the 12 clusters of EO 70 wherein the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is the lead agency. This cluster shall orchestrate the inter-agency operations to implement necessary assistance and interventions to surrenderees and their families. Further, it aims to reintegrate surrenderees into mainstream society and become productive citizens of the country. (CMO Officer, 3SFBn, PA/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)

BFAR eyes sustainable strategy to manage fishery resources

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 20 -- Representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regions 8, 11 and 13 convened on September 2, 2019 in Davao City for the inception meeting on the establishment of Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 2.

The Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 263, Series of 2019, or the establishment of FMAs for the conservation and management of fisheries in Philippine waters, was issued in January 28.

It seeks to provide a science-based, participatory and transparent governance framework and mechanism to sustainably manage fisheries in such areas, consistent with the principles of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM).

FMA is based on biological, economic and social goals of the exploited fishery resources.

The group provided a status report on the FMA per region; created a technical working group (TWG) for FMA 2; and listed down the action plans and to-do's for this year that are necessary for the creation of an FMA 2 Management Body (MB) and Scientific Advisory Group (SAG).

They have initially identified the municipalities that cover FMA 2, and the top priority species in the value chain such as the yellowfin tuna, skipjack tuna, mackerel and shortfin scad (galunggong), big eye scad (matambaka), and bullet tuna (turingan) that are needed to be controlled and protected in order to improve production in the three regions.


Accordingly, some stocks like the skipjack tuna and mackerel are being exploited beyond the limit and are already in danger of collapse. Thus, it was suggested that there should be a very strict management control like closure until recovery.

The country's territory has been grouped into 12 management areas and delineated based on approximate stock boundaries, range, distribution, and structure.

FMA 2 is bounded by the coastline of Davao and Caraga (municipalities of Tago, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Hinatuan, Bislig, and Lingig in Surigao del Sur), the eastern coastline of Siargao Island (General Luna and Pilar), and the eastern coastline of Samar and Northern Samar.

Regional directors Fatma M. Idris (BFAR 11), Visa T. Dimerin (BFAR 13) and Dr. John Albaladejo (BFAR 8), together with the provincial fishery officers (PFOs) and section heads, and representatives from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), participated in the said activity. (BFAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

15th techno forum highlights modernization of agri-fisheries sector


BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 20 -- Celebrating its 32nd founding anniversary, the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) had officially launched recently this year's Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition at the DA-BAR Grounds, Quezon City.

DA-BAR director Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar, in his opening remarks, mentioned that the event is in line with the paradigm of DA Secretary William Dar, which is to modernize the Philippine agriculture through agripreneurship.

"There is a need for the agriculture sector to be modernized and industrialized, and one way to achieve that is to exploit the potential of research and development (R&D) and make sure that mature technologies reach smallholder agriculture and create agripreneurs," said Eleazar.

In his keynote speech, Sec. Dar highlighted the direction and vision of the Department under his stint.


"We envisioned a food secure Philippines, with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk. This is the 'new thinking,' the center of development in agriculture is the farmers and fisherfolk," Dar said.

Likewise, the secretary urged agencies to anchor their plans, programs, projects and activities toward the Department's vision and goals. He also stressed the need to have good data management system in the Department.

"Let us elevate our gains in terms of improving data management in all agencies. We are here to help this country grow our sector of agriculture, and the technologies that we generate are the engines of this growth on agriculture," Dar said.

Meanwhile, the event also highlighted the launching of the second edition of Sec. Dar's book entitled ‘The Way Forward: Level Up Philippine Agriculture.’ The sequel places emphasis on harnessing R&D for agriculture, and on creating agripreneurs.

"Through this book, I am optimistic that more and more individuals and organizations from government, private sector and civil society will join the growing movement to make Philippine agriculture a modern and vibrant sector, where technology is a major driver; more agri-based enterprises and jobs are created; smallholders and agripreneurs are resilient to the effects of climate change; and growth is inclusive to alleviate poverty," wrote Dar who is also president of the Inang Lupa Movement, Inc.

The annual staging of the national technology forum sought to showcase collaboration between and among agencies toward a common goal of improving the resiliency and productivity of the farmers and fisherfolks.

Series of seminars were laid out to feature research-generated technologies that will not only provide insights, but will also encourage the public to venture into livelihood and business opportunities.


The event, which ran from August 14-16, 2019, was participated by around 50 exhibitors from various R&D partner institutions such as the regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, along with state universities and colleges, international organizations, non-government organizations, and local government units.

BFAR Caraga headed by regional director Visa Dimerin, with the active participation of the training division chief Anna Melissa Talavera and regional staff, put up a booth in the exhibit area. The group had displayed products derived from some of the regional bureau's trained organizations that venture fish processing and value-adding.

They also attended a series of seminars and product demonstration on processing technologies of various agricultural commodities such as coffee, batuan, soybean, jackfruit, and ginger to name a few. (BFAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PDEA idineklarang drug-cleared ang probinsya ng Agusan del Sur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Set. 20 (PIA) -- Sa pinaigting na kampanya ng pamahalaan kontra ilegal na droga, nadagdagan pa ang mga lugar na idineklarang drug-cleared sa rehiyon ng Caraga. Ito ay ang buong probinsya ng Agusan del Sur.

Ito ay matapos ang isinagawang assessment ng Barangay Drug-Clearing Program Regional Oversight Committee (BDCP-ROC) Caraga na pinangunahan ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Matatandaan na sa natitirang 63 drug-affected barangays, lungsod ng Bayugan, at anim na bayan ng probinsya, ang lahat ng ito ay nadeklara na ring drug-cleared ng PDEA. Ibig sabihin ang mga ito ay pumasa sa itinakdang criteria na basehan ng ahensiya sa pagdeklara.

Ang nasabing probinsya ang ikatlong lalawigan sa rehiyon na idineklarang drug-cleared habang ang Bayugan City ang pangatlong lungsod ng naideklara rin.

Ayon kay acting assistant regional director Irvin John Coderis ng PDEA Caraga, mahalaga ang koordinasyon at cooperasyon ng mga barangay officials na siya ring bumubuo sa Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs).

Malaking tulong ang nagagawa ng BADAC sa pagtukoy sa mga residente na posibleng sangkot sa ilegal na droga, dahil sila ang mas nakakakilala sa mga ito.

“Mahalaga ang aktibong partisipasyon ng mga barangay officials na siyang bumubuo sa barangay intelligence network dahil sila mismo ang kakakaalam at nakakakilala sa mga residente ng kanilang lugar,” sabi ni Coderis.

Samantala, paiigtingin din ng PDEA at mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang rehabilitation program para sa mga biktima ng ilegal na droga sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Kasabutan nga magpalambo sa CDH giaprobahan

By Shiene V. Deligero


DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Setyembre 20 -- Pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 066-2019 nga gipangamahanan ni Bokal Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, gitagaag otoridad si Gobernador Dale B. Corvera sa pagpirma sa kasabutan o Memorandum of Agreement tali sa probinsya ug syudad sa Cabadbaran, alang sa pagpaayo sa mga serbisyo sa panglawas ug pasilidad sa ospital sa Cabadbaran pinaagi sa paggahin og pondo sa gobyerno sa siyudad aron suportahan ang pagpatuman sa mga programa ug proyekto alang sa giingon nga ospital.

Sulod sa maong kasabutan mao ang mga programa ug proyekto sa ospital, labi na ang pagdugang og trabahante, pagkuha og mga bag-ong gamit para sa ospital ug pagpaayo sa mga pasilidad.

Aron matubag ang mga panginahanglan sa lungsod ug mga nasakupan niini, hugot nga mihatag og suporta ang probinsya alang sa pagpalambo sa mga pasilidad ug aron masiguro ang paghatud sa serbisyo nga adunay pasalig nga mahatag ang kalidad nga pag-atiman sa pasyente ug masiguro ang bentey-kuwatro oras nga operasyon sa lain-laing mga serbisyo sa ospital sa Cabadbaran District Hospital alang sa mga katawhan sa syudad sa Cabadbaran.

Ang pagpasar sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 066-2019 nahitabo niadtong ika-9th regular sesyon sa SP. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)