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Monday, September 9, 2019


PNP bares 1st Caraga Filmfest winners

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- Talented students of Agusan National High School (ANHS) were recognized for conceptualizing a movie that enlightens the people from the chaos and insurgency caused by the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

This was after the ANHS was declared as the over-all champion in their movie produced entitled “Kulintas,” during the awarding ceremony.

The movie entitled “Gomad” of Northwestern Agusan Colleges in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte bagged the second place while the Mother of Mercy Academy in Barobo, Surigao del Sur received the 3rd place award for their movie entitled “Ang Ugma.”

Winners received P35,000 for the 1st placer; P20,000 for the 2nd placer; and P15,000 each for three honorable mentions. Individual awards were P15,000 for Best Director; P10,000 for Best Picture; P5,000 for Best Actor; P5,000 for Best Actress; P15,000 for People’s Choice award, P50,000 for Congressional awards, P20,000 for Gawad Gilberto DC Cruz Award for Excellence and P15,000 for Chief PNP’s Choice Award.

According to PNP Caraga regional director Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, the creativity of the students in conceptualizing the reality of what is happening in the different communities and reflecting it in their own produced movies only showed that they are keen observant and have concern for the people affected.

Meanwhile, Police Major General Benigno Durana Jr., directorate for police community relations of the PNP, this initiative creates great impact to the people and will help save the future of the youth as they will not become victims of the deceptions of the CPP-NPA.

The selected movies will be shown in all the schools in the country thru the conduct of Independent Film National Campus Road Show. (JPG/John Charles Malazarte, PIA-Caraga)

AgNor IP community disowns CPP-NPA

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 9 -- A Higaonon Indigenous People’s Community in Agusan del Norte declared recently the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), and their allied organizations and its supporters persona non-grata.

The declaration was passed through a Barangay Resolution initiated by the barangay council, tribal leaders and the residents of Barangay Lawan-lawan, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

The weary IP community who were fed-up by the deception and manipulation of the CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) condemns and renounces their affiliation to any CPP-NPA organizations for killing of many tribal leaders and recruiting IP youths to be members of armed group.

“Let us not give the CPP-NPA a chance to once again deceive, manipulate and use our tribe especially the new generation,” said Punong Barangay More Migduyan. Let us renounce the CPP-NPAs and protect our tribe, as what you can see, our Brgy is on its developing process and it is far different from what it looks like before. Let us cut any ties and support to them until they will no longer exist in our area, Migduyan added.

Moreover, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23rd Infantry Battalion expressed his gratitude to the barangay council and tribal leaders of Lawan-lawan for withdrawing their support from the CNTs.

“I am glad that without a second thought you showed support to the government on its campaign of putting an end to the Local Communist Armed Conflict in your area. Indeed, you made the right decision. Let us continue to work hand-in-hand in solving insurgency," Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

War materials, supplies seized in SurSur clash

By  1Lt Jonald Romorosa

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 9 --  Various war materials, food supplies and documents with high intelligence value were seized in a clash between the government and the Communist terrorist group (CTG) on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in Lanuza town, this province.

A statement by the Army's 36th Infantry Battalion on Saturday said the encounter in a hinterland area in Lanuza occurred after the troops received information from locals about the presence of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the area.

According to 1Lt. Jonald Romorosa, 36IB civil-military operations officer, the rebels withdrew to different directions after the gunbattle, leaving backpacks, medical supplies, cellphones, anti-personnel mine switch, electrical wires, and other documents with high intelligence value. They also found batteries used for anti-personnel mine, food supplies, and personal belongings, Romorosa added.

In his statement, 36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said the operation was a result of the residents' commitment to end the communist insurgency in their area.

"The support of the community to the government and the Philippine Army is a manifestation that they want to live in peace and harmony," he said.

He further added that the community was already awakened in their 50 years of deception and lies.

"We will protect the peace-loving people of Surigao del Sur for them to feel the peace and security that they are longing for. To the remaining CTG (communist terrorist group), lay down your arms and return to the folds of the law. Avail the ECLIP of the government, and live together with your family," Trinidad said. (CMO,36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DSWD conducts 'Pamumunong Makamasa' in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) conducted recently a two-day community-driven development (CDD) activity dubbed as "Pamumunong Makamasa: LGU (local government unit) and CV (community volunteer) Exchange" held in Bayabas town.

The said activity aims to institutionalize the CDD process, which was a globally recognized strategy in achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes.

During day one, the LGU officials, employees, and the CVs underwent a short orientation on their roles and responsibilities followed by a focus group discussion with what they have experienced during the activity.

The activity helped the participants value their roles and responsibilities in the community, said Regional Community Development Specialist (RCDS) Elsa Montemor.
“There’s more that they can do being just an ordinary citizen, and it has proven through the CDD,” said Mayor Maria Clarita Garcia Limbaro, who is also an advocate of participatory governance.

Mayor Limabro added that volunteerism is very strong in Bayabas. “We count their contributions. CDD does not just create the building but it builds people and empowers the people in the community," she said.

Bayabas town has been a recipient of the KALAHI-CIDSS project from 2006 up to present.

Based on the data, 44 subprojects have already been implemented in the area amounting to 22,390,101.30. Of the total amount, P19,745,819.86 of which was the grant received from the funding partner agencies, while P2,644,281.44 was the LGU counterpart. Meanwhile, the participants (LGU officials, employees, and volunteers) committed to institutionalize and support the CDD strategy of the DSWD's KALAHI-CIDSS as they signed the pledge of commitment. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Army aids in delivery of health services to IPs

By 2Lt. Jezaira Buenaventura

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 9 -- The 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion participated in the government's whole-of-nation approach led by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga in delivering health services to indigenous peoples (IPs) residing in geographically isolated areas particularly in Sitio Pinamuyanan, La Paz, this province on August 30, 2019.

The activity was conducted following the increase in number of measles cases in Agusan del Sur in which IPs are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality due to limited access to proper healthcare caused by geographic restrictions.

Other concerned government agencies like PhilHealth, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), provincial local government unit (LGU) of Agusan del Sur, LGU of La Paz, Philippine National Police (PNP), and 401st Infantry Brigade, among others actively joined in the activity and carried out various services to residents of Sitio Pinamuyanan.

Apart from providing security and manpower assistance in medical and dental services, the 26IB Ever Onward troopers also provided free haircut, film showing and distributed hygiene kits to the IPs.

Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, 26IB commanding officer stated that “as defenders of the country and its people, we do not only act in response to war and insurgency but also during health urgencies."

"The Department of Health and other government agencies of Caraga can expect full support from the 26th IB in their future undertakings to deliver services especially to our indigenous people and other locals from far-flung areas,” he added. (CMO officer, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mahigit 2K residente nakinabang sa 'Project Heart' ng PNP

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 9 (PIA) -- Mahigit dalawang libong residente sa Barangay San Antonio, bayan ng RTR sa Agusan del Norte ang nakinabang sa isinagawang 'outreach program' na tinawag na “Project Kasing-kasing” o “Project Heart” ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga. Tatlumput-tatlong porsyento nito ay mga Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Tumanggap ng libreng gamot ang mga residente matapos dumaan sa medical check-up, tooth extraction, eye check-up, at circumcision. Nabigyan din sila ng school supplies, tsinelas, laruan, libreng gupit, at food packs.

Laking pasasalamat din ni Mayor Richard Daquipil sa PNP dahil sa napili ang kanyang barangay na maging benepisyaryo ng outreach program. Ang barangay San Antonio ay napabilang sa New People’s Army (NPA)-affected barangays sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ilan-ilang insidente na rin ang naitala sa lugar kung saan nagdulot ng pangamba sa seguridad ng mga residente. Matatandaan na noong nakaraang taon (2018), tatlong sundalo ang napatay sa pag-ambush ng teroristang grupong NPA sa nasabing lugar.

Ayon kay PNP Caraga regional director Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, ang “Project Heart” ay flagship program ng Police Regional Office 13 na layung matulungan ang mga kababayang mahihirap na nasa liblib na lugar ng rehiyon. Layun din nitong mas pagtibayin pa ang magandang relasyon ng mga kapulisan sa ibat-ibang komunidad na apektado ng insurhensiya.

Ito ay isang paraan din ng PNP sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order No. 70 o ang whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insurhensiya at pagkamit ng pangmatagalan na kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa bansa.

Ibinahagi rin ng opisyal na mula Enero hanggang Agosto ngayong taon, may kabuuang 12,000 Caraganon na ang nakabenepisyo sa kanilang “Project Heart.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Kontraktor sa rehabilitasyon ng runway sa Surigao City Airport, tiniyak na matatapos ngayong Nobyembre

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 9 (PIA) - Bagamat panahon na ng tagulan, tiniyak ng dalawang kontraktor ng rehabilitasyon ng Surigao City Airport na Pacific Concrete at VT Lao  na matatapos sa target deadline na Nobyembre ngayong taon ang 400-meter repair sa runway ng paliparan habang sa Pebrero ng susunod na taon ang kabuuang 700 meters.

Sa pangalawang pagkakataon na binisita at ininspeksyon ni Secretary Martin Andanar ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), kasama si Surigao City Airport manager Junelito Abrazado at regional director Abner Caga ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), sinigurado ng dalawang kontraktors na on-track sa schedule sa pagsasaayos ng runway.

Inaasahan na magagamit na rin ito ng ibang airline company tulad ng Philippine Airlines sa biyaheng Manila-Surigao. Sa kasalukuyan, 1,000-meters ng runway lamang ang nagagamit. Dahil dito, Cebu Pacific pa lamang ang nakakalapag sa runway at limitado lang din ang biyahe nito papuntang Cebu City.

Gumagawa na rin ng paraan ang kontraktors na mapadali ang pagsagawa ng runway reblocking at asphalting sa inisyal na 400-meters at nasa 10.26 percent na rin ang naisagawa sa asphalt overlay sa bahagi ng runway na kinakailangang mai-repair.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Sec. Andanar, na kasama ang Department of Transportation (DOTr), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), PIA, at mga bumubuo sa Ad-Hoc team na patuloy nilang imomonitor at iinspeksyonin ang nasabing airport upang masiguro rin ang full completion nito sa Pebrero 2020. 

Matatandaan na pinakiusapan ng provincial government ng Surigao del Norte at Surigao City Chamber of Commerce si Sec. Andanar na bigyan ng agarang aksyon ang rehabilitasyon ng runway ng Surigao City Airport.

Matatandaang hindi tinapos ng nauna nitong contractor ang konstruksyon dahil umano sa bankruptcy. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Pelikulang gawa ng mga mag-aaral, pinarangalan sa 1st PNP Caraga Film Festival

By John Charles E. Malazarte

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Sityembre 9 (PIA) -- Ipinamalas ng mga estudyante ng Agusan National High School (ANHS) ang kanilang galing sa paggawa ng pelikula at pagbibigay ng mensahe laban sa insurhensya, ng sila ay tanghaling over-all champion sa kanilang pelikulang “Kulintas” sa 1st Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Film Festival.

Tinanghal namang 2nd placer ang pelikulang “Gomad” ng Northwestern Agusan Colleges Sa Nasipit, Agusan del Norte at 3rd placer naman ang pelikulang “Ang Ugma” ng Mother of Mercy Academy Sa Barobo, Surigao del Sur.

Ang mga nanalo ay tumanggap ng P35,000 para 1st placer; P20,000 sa 2nd placer; at P15,000 sa bawat isa ng tatlong honorable mentions. Nabigyan din ng Individual Awards na P15,000 para sa Best Director; P10,000 para sa Best Picture; P5,000 para sa Best Actor; P5,000 para sa Best Actress; P15,000 para sa People’s Choice Award, P50,000 sa Congressional awards, P20,000 sa Gawad Gilberto DC Cruz Award for Excellence at P15,000 para sa Chief PNP’s Choice Award.

Ayon kay Police Brigadier General, Gilberto DC Cruz, regional director ng PNP-Caraga, patunay ito na mulat na ang mga kabataan sa mga maling gawain ng Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), gayundin sa iba't ibang isyu sa lipunan.

Binigyang-diin din ng opisyal na ang gobyerno ay laging nandyan at handang umalalay para sa mga kabataan.

Samantala, ayon naman kay Police Major General Benigno Durana Jr., directorate for police community relation ng PNP, malaking tulong ito para mailigtas ang mga kabataan mula sa panlilinlang ng NPA.

Ipapalabas ang mga nanalong pelikula sa mga eskwelahan sa buong bansa sa pamamagitan ng Independent Film National Campus Road Show. (JCM/JPG, PIA-Caraga)