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Monday, January 13, 2020

Caraga police, military seize CNT-owned items

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 -- Four abandoned steel plates owned by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army Terrorists (CNTs) were recovered by the Caraga police and the 23rd Infantry Battalion (23rd IB), Philippine Army in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte on Saturday, January 11.

The operating troops of Alfa Company of 23rd IB discovered the abandoned steel plates in the hinterlands of Sitio Tabon, Brgy. Aclan in Nasipit during the conduct of the operation.

The recovery of the said items was made possible through the cooperation of barangay officials in the area.

According to the investigation, the said steel plates are suspected to be used as force protection during their conduct of tactical offensives and harassments to the unwary police stations, checkpoints and military detachments. (DMRosales/PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga police seize illegal hot logs in AgSur

BUTUAN CITY, June 13 -- An estimated P49,038.00 worth of logs acquired illegally were seized by the Caraga police on January 12 in Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Through the joint cooperation of the 1303rd Maneuver Company - Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13, Trento Municipal Police Station, and present Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel, assorted sizes of mixed dipterocarp lumber were confiscated and resulted in the arrest of the four suspects identified as Alpha A. Valisado, and three other minors whose identities remain confidential from Brgy. Manat Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Seized from their possession were four units of motorcycle Rusi-Chariot both color red, without plate number, loaded with a total of 521 pieces of undocumented lumber with an estimated volume of 2,451.9 bd ft.

The identified suspect was handed over to the custody of Trento Municipal Station while the three minors were referred to the Women and Children Protection Desk of the said station. The confiscated items are temporarily placed at the custody of Trento Municipal Police Station and will be turned over to the DENR for proper disposition.

The suspects will be charged for violating the Presidential Decree 705, also known as the Forestry Laws, Rules and Regulations. (DMRosales/PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga Army to resume operations vs CNTs as truce expires

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 -- The 402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade, Philippine Army is set to continue its offensive operations against the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in its Area of Responsibility (AOR) after the expiration of the holiday ceasefire between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Front on January 7, 2020.

BGen. Maurito Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander, expressed the determination of his troops to resume operations, especially after the CNTs violated the holiday truce.

"We adhered to the provisions of the ceasefire and saw to it that no violations will be committed by our troops. With the ceasefire officially terminated, our troops will continue our hunt for the CNTs as they have never ceased inflicting sufferings to our people,” he said.

The CNTs have failed to honor the truce as attacks happened in the different parts of the country, the first of which was in Labo, Camarines Norte on December 23, 2019. Attacks were also reported in Compostela Valley on December 30, 2019, and in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on January 4.

In Caraga region, the reported attacks were concentrated on the province of Agusan del Sur. Civilian trucks were burned in Brgy Libertad, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and recently, Datu Bontola Tinaghao Mansinugdan was killed mercilessly by the CNTs.

The national government has called for the CNTs to prove their sincerity in committing to honor official agreements should they wish to proceed with their operations in line with the preconditions set by the government of which was reiterated by BGen. Licudine.

“Time and time again, the government has gone the extra mile to honor the requests of the CNT but we are yet to see the same level of sincerity from their part. They must show their ability to honor agreements so that innocent lives will be spared and lasting peace can be attained,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide unilateral ceasefire as per the request of the CNTs, effective from 12:00 AM of December 23, 2019, to 11:59 PM on January 7, 2020. This also served as a confidence-building measure before the resumption of the formal peace talks. (402nd Brigade/PIA-Caraga)

2 young NPAs surrender in Surigao Sur

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 13 -- It's a new life for the new year for the two young New People’s Army (NPAs) who are included in the army’s watchlist and chose to surrender on January 9, 2020 to 7th Special Forces “Spartans” (SF) Company under 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) in Barangay Mararag, Marihatag town this province. They brought along with them one 5.56 M16A1 rifle, one M653 rifle, two long magazines with 86 rounds of ammunition.

Based on the report, both surrenderees are members of the communist NPA terrorists, CNTs’ Weakened Guerilla Front 19 (WGF19), Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

Alias John who was only 17-year-old then and alias Dave, who requested anonymity for security reasons, were buddies and both are residents of Barangay Mahaba in Marihatag town.

Alias Julian recruited them in the vicinity of Baliad in Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. As curious young individuals, they explored and joined the terrorist group but regretted their decision in the end because of miserable experiences. Starvation, exhaustion and the irrelevance of their existence as a terrorist group were factors for their surrender.

They had a chance to quit from the group when they were tasked to plead for food in the far-flung communities outside their guerrilla base. Both became squad leaders and stayed in the group from April to October 2019 and they formally surrendered this year.

“Gutom, pagod at takot sa aming buhay lang ang inabot namin. Mali talaga ang desisyon namin sa pagsali. Kaya nang inutusan kaming kumuha ng pagkain, tumakas nakami at ayaw na naming bumalik,” John said.

It can be recalled that last December 2019, the Marihatag Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC) hosted a peace dialogue in barangay Mahaba spearheaded by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur as the lead agency for Poverty Reduction, Employment and Livelihood Cluster. The Enhanced Local Comprehensive Integration Program (E-CLIP) for NPA surrenderees was discussed and disseminated in the community through leaflets distribution and the Community Support Program teams that were immersed in the barangay last year.

Colonel Allan D. Hambala, 401st ”Unite and Fight” Infantry Brigade commander, urged the members of the task force to be more active in delivering the basic services in the conflict-affected areas because the government’s visibility will surely create an impact to disprove the CNT’s promises and will weaken the CNTs’ will to fight which can induce for more surrenders in the future. (CMO-3rd SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Revival sa mango processing sa Carmen, gisugdan na

By Angel Lyn F. Gaviola

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 13 -- Dala ang kadasig sa direksyon sa pagpalambu nga gitahak sa probinysa karon, gisugdan na sa lungsod sa Carmen ang pagpakusog sa kampanya pag-revive sa mango industry ang mahimong mag-una nilang programa pagpa-angat sa ekonomikanhong kahimtang sa mga mulupyo ug tampo sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa kalambuan sa Agusan del Norte ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera.

Ang unang gihimong lakang sa lungsod mao ang pag revive sa mango processing plant nga pipila na ka tuig nga wala nag-operate tungod sa pipila ka mga babag. Kini ang magsilbing flagship project sa lungsod sunod sa Process! Process! Process! Project ubos sa Agus 3Ps or Plant and Process for Prosperity, usa sa mga flagship programs sa AGUSAN UP!

Ang mango processing plant kabahin sa nahimong proyekto sa Philippine Cold Chain Project sa United State Agency for International Development nga gi-turn over na sa munisipyo.

Sumala pa ni Joseph de los Santos, ang municipal agriculturist sa Carmen, nga dasunan ang mango processing pagpalambu sa mga uma sa mangga pagseguro nga naay igong suplay sa hilaw nga materyales nga iproseso sa planta.

Dugang ni De los Santos nga ang tinuod tulo ka tuig na nga walay nananum og mangga sa Carmen. Apan lapad na ang mga uma sa mangga sa lungsod ug ang mahimong tutokan na lang mao ang pagpabunga sa kasamtangang nagbarug nga mga punoan.

Gawas sa pagpabaskug sa kasamtangang mga punoan sa mangga mokampanya usab ang lungsod pagpananum og ubang mga high value crops sama sa saging, cacao, pinya, balanghoy, ug uban pa, isip supporta sa panawagan sa probinsya sa Plant! Plant! Plant!, laing proyekto sa probinsya ubos Agus 3Ps, dugang ni De los Santos. 

 “Ang atong mangga dinhi nag bear na gyud og fruits. Wala na kaayo nag-planting dinhe, wala na ka expansion. Three years nga wala nay planting. Wala na sab ga-require og planting materials sa mango, kanang pabunga na gyud. So kung duna mi mga planting karon kaning programa lagi sa Agusan Up! nga Plant! Plant! Plant! kadto nang sa banana, cacao, pineapple, cassava, calamansi mao to among gi-require nga pwede daghan gyud motanom ato,” pasabot ni De los Santos.

Subay niini, nagpadnagat usab ang Department of Agricultre (DA) og inputs pagpadaghan sa bunga ug pest control, fertilizer lakip na ang suporta sa pruning, dugang ni De Los Santos.

Nagtabang usab ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa pag-develop sa merkado sa inisyal nga na-produce sa processing plant, sumala pa ni Mari Criz Obedencio, Senior Business Counselor sa Negosyo Center sa Carmen. 

Sa bahin sa LGU sa Carmen, padayon ni De los Santos, nag-hire kini og mga tawo nga mo-spray isip suporta aron mamunga ang mga mangga unya ang bunga maoy isulod sa planta. Ug karon bag-o lamang, gipursige na gyod sa munisipyo nga masugdan na ang revival sa processing plant.

Sa kabahin sa probinsya, nahibaw-an gikan sa AGUSAN UP CORDINATING UNIT nga nakatakda nga i-host niini sunod bulan ang panagtagbo sa mga stakeholders sa industriya aron himoon ang kinatibuk-ang development roadmap sa industriya sa mangga  ug malatid ang angay himoon ug gikinahanglan pang mga suporta. Gilatid usab niini karon ang panginahanglan sa kalsada sa mga uma aron mapangitaan og paagi nga mahimo kining accessible. 

Ang AGUSAN UP! mao ang walo ka punto nga development agenda sa probinsya nga gilangkuban sa upat ka flagship programs: 1. Agus 3Ps o Plant and Process for Prosperity (alang sa ekonomikanhong kalambuan), 2. Amumang Agusanon (alang sa sosyal nga kalambuan), 3. Lunhaw’ng Agusan (alang sa pagpasiuli sa kabaskug sa kinaiyahan), ug 4. Hiniusang Lihuk Agusan (alang sa mga serbisyo pagpalambu sa sistema ug proseso sa pagdumala).

Ubos sa Agus 3Ps gipunting nga 125,000 ektaryas ang matamnan sa walo ka priority commodities nga mao ang mangga, abaca, saging, kape, cacao, bulanghoy, coconut, rubber ug kahoy pag-abot sa tuig 2027.  Gipunting usab nga makapabarug og pinakaubos 20 ka small, medium and large processing projects ilabina gikan sa nahisgutan nga mga crops sa mosunod nga walo ka tuig.

Pinaagi niini nga mga programa gipunting nga makab-ot sa probinsya ang panglantaw niini nga mahimong agri-forest processing center ug economic zone sa Caraga pag-abot sa tuig 2027, makunhoran ang gidaghanon sa mga pobreng pamilya ug matagamtam sa mga Agusanon ang haruhay nga kahimtang sa pagpuyo. (AGUSAN UP, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Revenue collection ng LTO Caraga tumaas ng mahigit dalawamput-tatlong milliong pesos sa taong 2019

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 13 (PIA) -- Dahil sa pusposang kampanya ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) Caraga sa iba’t ibang probinsya at bayan sa rehiyon, tumaas ang kanilang revenue collection ng mahigit P23 milyon mula buwan ng Enero hanggang Nobyembre sa taong 2019.

Ayon kay DOTr director Nordy Plaza, mula sa mahigit P376 milyon noong 2018, umabot sa P399 milyon ang kanilang collection sa taong 2019.

Dagdag pa ni Plaza, sa taong 2019 nakapagregister din sila ng 286,580 motor vehicles; at nakapag issue ng 190,695 licenses.   

Naniniwala din si Urbano Maglines Jr, ang LTO Caraga focal person for road safety, na nakatulong sa nasabing pagtaas ng collection ang kanilang law enforcement operations na umabot sa 7,411, mas mataas kompara sa 5,884 operations noong taong 2018.

Kompyansa si Plaza na mas tataas pa ang kanilang collection dahil sa patuloy na kampanya at law enforcement operations nito kung kaya’t pinaalalahanan din ng opisyal  ang mga vehicle owners at mga drivers na magrenew ng kanilang expired registrations at licenses. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)