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Friday, November 8, 2019


Tandag residents avail services from Serbisyo Caravan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) - As government agencies take serious steps in reaching out to the locals to improve their quality of living, particularly those in conflict-affected areas in Caraga region, another Serbisyo Caravan was conducted, wherein issues and concerns of various communities were raised and discussed.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who serves as the cabinet officer for the Regional Development and Security (CORDS) personally attended the said caravan and answered all the queries and concerns of the residents.

CabSec. Nograles also revealed various projects and other development plans for the affected areas that would uplift their livelihood.

Benefitting residents from the serbisyo caravan were delighted to have learned that among the priority projects include the construction of access roads or farm to market roads.

According to Samuel Plasa Cedron, punong barangay of Maitum, it is a dream come true that their sentiments and concerns were addressed and resolved.

“This is an opportune time for us to raise our issues and concerns to the concerned agencies, so they could also help us address each and work together towards peace and development,” Cedron bared.

Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel emphasized that the local government is giving due attention to the needs of the residents and is regularly conducting consultations among different sectors in the city.

“We will continue reaching out to the grassroots and know what they need so they could live comfortably and peacefully in their area, especially those in the remotest areas,” said Pimentel.

During the caravan, beneficiaries have availed of the free medical and legal consultations, and a lot more of services from the concerned government agencies.

Locals hoped that this would sustain and would reach other remote areas. (JPG/NCM, PIA-Caraga)

30 cops undergo reformation seminar in Butuan

By PSMS Zena M Panaligan

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 - A total of 30 cops attended the seven-day Focused Reformation/Reorientation and Moral Enhancement (FORM Police) seminar that started on Thursday, November 5 at the headquarters of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13, this city.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Director BGen. Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. emphasized that the seminar is in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP's) internal cleansing efforts and shall instill discipline and reform among the participants who committed misdemeanors. 

Colonel Jason D. Ortizo, acting director of the PNP Chaplain Service, attended the occasion and served as facilitator of the activity.

“The FORM POLICE is not a punishment, but rather a restorative approach through a continuing re-training program that personnel must undergo to make them more service-oriented members of the organization,” bared BGen. Esquivel.

The participants came from the different city and provincial police offices in Caraga region and are facing administrative cases. (PNCO, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)    
               
AgNor IPs benefit from community immersion 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) -- As the conduct of community immersions were intensified reaching the grassroots in Caraga region, various government agencies constantly ensure that vulnerable sectors also receive the basic social services they need.

This also forms part of the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte, to stop the local communist armed conflict in the country. And the conduct of community immersion is just one of the initiatives of the government.

Maricel Maayo, a Mamanwa from Barangay Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City was one of the IPs who was delighted to receive the services provided to them by the government stakeholders.

She said the free medicines she received would help her children in treating them from minor sickness. She further emphasized that they have difficulty in buying medicines and other basic commodities considering that they are living in a remote area.

“Thank you to all government agencies for giving us medicines. It is such a great help,” said Maayo.

Teresita Subay, another Mamanwa, also stressed that they recognized the effort of the government particularly in implementing programs that help uplift their lives such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), wherein his son was a beneficiary, and is now a soldier.

“I have my trust and confidence to the government, and I will never support the NPA especially that my son is now a government soldier,” Subay said.

Ernesto Gaan, a sectoral datu also called on other IP tribes not to allow themselves to be deceived and fooled by the communist terrorist groups, as it would only cause harm to the IP communities.

He added that he is pleased to see the presence of the military in their community as it hinders any attempt of exploitation and abuse by the NPAs to them.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera urged residents in the barangays of Mahaba, Putting Bato, Conception, Bay-ang and Bayabas not to give any form of support to the NPAs in order to put a stop on insurgency and be able to live peacefully in their respective communities. (JPG/MFC, PIA-Caraga)

Bilang ng sumukong rebeldeng NPA, nadagdagan pa sa Surigao

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Nobyembre 8 (PIA) - Mahigit 40 dating miyembro ng New People's Army (NPA) ang nagsuko ng kanilang baril bilang bahagi ng kanilang pagbabalik-loob sa gobyerno.

Ito ay sa isinagawang 3rd Caraga Regional Task Force - Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) sa Tandag City na nasaksihan mismo ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, kasama ng iba pang opisyal.

Nangako ang mga ito na susuportahan ang pamahalaan at mamumuhay nang maayos at payapa sa kani-kanilang komunidad.

Tumanggap sila ng financial assistance at firearms remuneration na aabot sa kabuuang P1.6-milyon.

Lubos naman ang kanilang pasasalamat sa tulong na ibinigay sa kanila ng gobyerno.

Pinasalamatan din ni CabSec. Nograles ang mga dating rebelde sa kanilang pagsuko, at binigyang-diin na seryoso ang gobyerno sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 70 ni President Rodrigo Duterte.

Samantala, pagtitiyak naman ni Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel, na patuloy ang pagsasagawa ng Serbisyo Caravan at immersion sa mga lugar ng probinsya na apektado ng insurhensiya.

Ito ay upang mas maramdaman ng mamamayan ang sensirong pagtugon ng gobyerno sa kanilang pangangailangan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Programang 'Radio Rehab' ng PCOO, inilunsad sa Butuan City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Nobyembre 8 (PIA) - Kasabay sa kanyang pagbisita sa lungsod, iprinisenta ni Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar ang mga bagong equipment na makatutulong upang mas maging maganda, maayos at dekalidad ang mga radio station ng gobyerno.

Ang mga kagamitang ay  donasyon ng People’s Republic of China para sa rehabilitasyon ng  government radio stations sa bansa, at kabilang na dito ang Radyo Pilipinas (RP) Butuan.

Target ng PCOO na ma-rehabilitate at maiangat ang estado ng mga estasyon sa ilalim ng Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Ayon sa kalihim, sampung estasyon ang target na isasailalim sa rehabilitasyon. Maliban sa Butuan City, nagbigay rin ang China ng mahigit P100-milyong halaga ng radio broadcast equipment para sa mga estasyon sa Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Cebu City, Tawi-Tawi At Bataan.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, bukas ang pamahalaan sa mga bansang nais tumulong sa pagpapalakas ng pagbibigay impormasyon gamit ang radyo bilang platform.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Maria Lourdes Apego, station manager ng dxBN-Radyo Pilipinas Butuan, na mas pagbubutihin pa nila ang kanilang serbisyo publiko at pagbabalita. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)