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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

DOH Caraga to strengthen measures vs polio

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- With the recent launching of the second round of the "Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio" on January 20, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga vowed to reach the 95 percent target coverage in the region through its intensified measures.

Apart from the house-to-house vaccination, the agency has situated health workers in strategic checkpoints all over Caraga to vaccinate children below five years old. The health agency has also encouraged the cooperation of more medical practitioners, especially pediatricians, to provide vaccination to their clients belonging to target age group.

According to DOH Caraga Assistant Regional Director Dr. Rodolfo M. Alboronz, it is important for the health agency in the country to achieve the given target coverage to ensure prevention and control of future cases of polio.

“The goal here is to leave no child unvaccinated,” he affirmed.

Previous accomplishment of DOH Caraga shows that the region has attained a 94 percent coverage. Among the provinces, Agusan del Norte has achieved the highest number of vaccinated children with over 99 percent covered. Meanwhile, Tandang City in Surigao del Sur has achieved a whopping 100 percent while the rest of the cities in Caraga completed the 95 percent target coverage. (PIA-Caraga)

Slain IP leader's son cries for justice

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) - The family of Datu Bontula Tinaghao Mansinugdan, an Indigenous People (IP) leader in a village in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, welcomed the new year with grief as they learned the killing of their family member by the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Datu Bontula was found dead near the Kinabonglohan Creek, Barangay Kinamaybay, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on January 1 after he was shot dead by the terrorist CPP-NPA.

At his young age, Gali – not his real name, an 11-year old son of Datu Bontula, accompanied by their punong barangay asked for help from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the national government and pleaded for justice to be served for the untimely death of his father.

Gali could not accept and understand until this time as to why the CPP-NPA inhumanely killed his father. He was with Datu Bontula on December 31, 2019, when the terrorist group had forcibly tied his father and abducted them.

He was also saddened to recall that one of the NPA members who called his father "bayaw" or brother-in-law did not help them.

While Gali was recounting the details to the media, he also stressed that he would never forget how his father suffered from the hands of the NPA, and he would fulfill his dream to become a soldier when he grows up, so he could protect his tribe.

Meanwhile, NCIP Caraga Regional Director Ferdausi Saniel Cerna said that the Commission and other concerned agencies will give the needed assistance to the bereaved family of Datu Bontula.

“We will be giving assistance to the family of Datu Bontula and we will help their adoptive family so they could cope with life,” cited Dir. Cerna.

Datu Manligonan “Larry” Mansinugdan, punong barangay of Kinamaybay also asked for government’s intervention particularly in addressing the security needs of the IPs in their respective communities, with the hope to curb the insurgency problem in the region.

“I hope the government could also place a patrol base for us to be secured in our community,” said Datu Manligonan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Slain IP leaders in Caraga reached 15

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) - Due to the relentless violence and abuses of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in the Caraga region, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) bared that some 15 Indigenous People leaders were already killed and left their families in grief.

According to NCIP Caraga Regional Director Ferdausi Saniel Cerna, the Commission has condemned at the highest level the ruthless acts of the terrorist CPP-NPA and the killing of IPs and their tribal leaders in the region.

He stressed that the withdrawal of support and the cutting of ties with the terrorist CPP-NPA by the IPs have caused the surge of attack and killing of the tribal leaders.

“In Caraga alone, I think more or less 15 tribal leaders were slain by the terrorist group because the IPs no longer give any form of support to the group,” cited Cerna.

Since the start of the implementation of Executive Order 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte, the IPs have shown higher trust and confidence to the government and have become more active in participating in the efforts towards addressing the insurgency problem.

The official added that the IPs are naturally peace-loving people, who just want to live a harmonious life in their respective communities.

With the help of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), the NCIP director hopes that a patrol base or army detachment will be established in every IP community that is affected by the insurgency, in order to protect them from the violence and abuses caused by the CPP-NPA.

“For me, I believe establishing a patrol base or army detachment in the area would really aid in securing the safety IP community,” added Cerna.

Datu Jumar Bucales, Municipal Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Lianga, Surigao del Sur, who was once ambushed by the terrorist group and survived from the incident, also asked the government for protection. He expressed with high hope for more IPs to avail and benefit from the programs and services of the government.

"We asked the government to continue to help the IPs, especially in their safety and security. We also hope that whatever would be beneficial to the community would really be given to them,” said Bucales. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DA to provide livelihood to CAFGUs in SurSur

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Aimed to uplift the lives of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU)- Active Auxiliary (CAA) members, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Region in partnership with the 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB), Philippine Army has strengthen its support to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and CAAs by providing livelihood assistance.

According to Captain Edwin Leo Francisco, 75IB Civil-Military Operations (CMO) officer, the livelihood program is under the Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) implemented by the DA. This program is funded by the DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) as part of the government’s effort of empowering the IPs to alleviate their lives from poverty.

The 4Ks project implementation is one of the directives of President Duterte’s administration through the provision of assistance in the form of agriculture and fisheries-related livelihood opportunities intended for IPs, it was learned.

“This is another milestone for the 75th IB since the CAAs of the unit will be first to avail of the 4Ks program throughout the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division,” said Captain Francisco.

This project will certainly elevate the lives of the CAAs who only received subsistence allowance which is not enough to sustain the needs of their respective families, Captain Francisco added.

Meanwhile, 75IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Warren Munda expressed his gratitude to the DA-Caraga for the opportunity that could benefit the 554 CAA members under his command.

“This project will have a great impact on the welfare and progress of our CAAs under the 75IB. This simply shows that the government is indeed pushing forward their services to make it closer to our CAAs,” Lt. Col. Munda said.  (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

POPCOM partners with pharma for FP service delivery

By Angelita B. Antonio

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 22 -- The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga in partnership with DKT Philippines is set to conduct three Family Planning (FP) service delivery activities in select health facilities in the region this month, providing free bilateral tubal ligation (BTL), non-scalpel vasectomy (NSV), and progestin subdermal implant (PSI) for qualified individuals.

The three-round service delivery starts at Cabadbaran District Hospital (Cabadbaran City) on January 20; followed by Surigao del Norte Provincial Hospital (Placer, Surigao del Norte) on January 21; and Bunawan District Hospital (Bunawan, Agusan del Sur) on January 23.

Both BTL and NSV are permanent modern family planning methods. BTL (for women) is a surgical procedure in which the fallopian tubes are permanently blocked or removed while NSV (for men) involves cutting and tying the vas deferens to prevent the sperm from entering the urethra, thereby preventing fertilization. PSI, on the other hand, is a long-acting method that uses a matchstick-sized rod that contains the hormone progestin inserted in the left arm of women to prevent impregnation up to three years.

POPCOM and DKT will grant material and financial support to the successful clients of the said FP services.

POPCOM encourages all qualified individuals to avail of the free service, especially those who are situated near the aforementioned facilities. Interested individuals may visit their local health units and signify their interest to the family planning (FP) coordinator. The FP coordinators will administer the pre-counseling and the consent form before finally referring the client to the procedure.

These activities form part of the intensified implementation of the National Program on Population and Family Planning (NPPFP), as one of the strategies in attaining and sustaining zero unmet need for modern family planning. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

SurSur IP reveals CNTs’ plan to harass military, civilians

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan 22 -- A concerned Indigenous People (IP) member in Diatagon, Lianga, revealed on January 21, the plans of the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists (CNTs) to harass the Community Support Teams of the 9th Special Forces “Hounds” Company and the IP community in Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

Alias Uway (who requested anonymity for security reasons) said that before the lifting of ceasefire from January 3 to 6, the leaders, and members of the Weakened Guerilla Front 19 (WGF19) and Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa mga Sumusunod (MAPASU), a militant and an alleged CNT-affiliated group conducted a meeting in Sitio Panukmuan, a far-flung sitio of Diatagon. Accordingly, they plan to harass the government troops in Kilometer 9 despite the presence of innocent civilians. Alia Uway said, he overheard the meeting since he was invited by a friend, who was also a MAPASU member.

“Nagplano ang MAPASU na irequest sa armado nga harason ang komunidad sa Kilometer 9 para magbakwit ang mga tao (MAPASU plans to request the armed group to harass the community of Kilometer 9 so that the people will evacuate). Nireport ko agad kasi may pamilya ako sa Kilometer 9,” Alias Uway said.

The 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn), on the other hand, is still validating the veracity of the information and this will not be taken lightly as this involves innocent civilians who are now working hard to attain lasting peace in the sitio through the various government programs and delivery of basic services.

Lt. Colonel Joey Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said that this might be the desperate move of the CNTs to hamper the development in the area and once again trigger IPs’ displacement, then falsely accuse and demonize the military on the harassment.

“They are trying to preempt the peace in the sitio because they are now on the losing end. Survival mode na sila at hirap na sila makagalaw dahil sa Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. Gusto nila guluhin ang sitio para matakot uli ang mga tao, then, magbakwit nanaman para magkaroon ng rason to remove military presence in the community,” LTC Baybayan said.

"Whatever happens, we will not leave the area as ordered by our Commander-in-Chief and until the objectives of the Surigao del Sur Task Force to end Insurgency are attained,” he added.

The 3SFBn official, further, said that in fairness to the group, they will continue to reach out to the MAPASU leadership for dialogues and hear their side since this is, by far, still an allegation and they cannot just accuse anyone.

“If there will be no harassments, well and good. If the allegation will materialize, then we already have a lead and suspects and this would only mean that the report against the alleged meeting and plot of MAPASU and the Communist NPA Terrorists to harass the Community Support Teams and the community is true and criminal charges will be filed against them as we have a witness,” said Colonel Allan Hambala, 401st Brigade Commander.

“If they will harass the community, mas magagalit ang mga tao sa kanila because the terroristic act will definitely be condemned by the peace-loving IPs in the sitio,” Colonel Hambala added. (3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Army offensive vs NPA resumes in AgNor

By 1Lt Miguel O Borromeo

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 22 -- Troops of the 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion resumed their offensive against the Communist New People's Army terrorists (CNTs) as they clashed with them again on January 16, 2020, in an uninhabited area of Maribuhok, Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

While on a combat operation, the 29IB troopers encountered more or less 10 CNTs believed to be members of Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) 16, Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 16 of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command (NEMRC) under alias Weng.
The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes; the troops continued to pursue the enemy but they hastily scampered in different directions leaving some of their valuable war materials such as one anti-personnel mine, two 40mm ammunition for M203 Grenade Launcher, 10 ponchos (raincoats), food supplies, other personal belongings, and subversive documents.

There was no casualty among the troops while there was an undetermined number of casualties on the side of the terrorists as indicated by bloodstains along their routes of withdrawal.

Such a positive encounter is a result of the civilians' cooperation with the Army to end the conflict in their area. It can also be recalled that Brgy. Bangayan of Kitcharao is one with the government in ending insurgency as they have declared CNTs as Persona Non-Grata (PNG) in their community through resolution No. 08 dated May 7, 2019, as well as the creation of their Barangay Task Force- ELCAC through resolution no. 01 on October 27, 2019.

Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB, was grateful for the information provided by the residents about the whereabouts of the CNTs. "This only proves that the residents are now ready to embrace change and peace in their area. This is evidence that you are now willing to 'walk the talk' which you have made as you signed the resolutions on PNG and BTF-ELCAC," he said.

"I know that the peace which we are all longing for is near at hand; we just need to believe so and do all we can to achieve it. Your Matatag troopers are always here to support and help you achieve the peace and development which you are all hoping for. We just need your continuous support and trust. In return, we promise to do our part," Criste added. (CMO Officer, 29IB, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DPWH Caraga puspusan ang road projects para sa mabilis na byahe

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 22 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang ginagawang road construction project ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga para sa mga kalsadang makakatulong para mapabilis ang biyahe sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Caraga region gayundin sa ibang lugar ng Mindanao.

Kabilang dito ang construction ng Agusan-Malaybalay road na nagkakahalaga ng P1.1 at nasa 77.62 percent sa buwan ng Disyembre noong nakaraang taon.

Sinimulan ang construction nito taong 2015 at inaasahang makakatulong ng maraming mamamayan.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ng mga residente ng Esperanza, Agusan del Sur sa ginagawang Agusan-Malaybalay road. Anila, bagamat hindi pa ito tuluyang natatapos, nakatulong na ito para mapadali ang pagdadala nila ng kanilang mga produkto sa merkado.

Naging emosyunal naman si Rosie Echinique habang nagpapasalamat sa gobyerno partikular na sa  DPWH dahil sa halos 30 taon na siya ay nakatira sa lugar, ngayon lang niya naranasan ang magkaroon ng magandang daan.

Ayon kay DPWH Caraga Regional Director Pol delos Santos, kabilang din ang Buenavista-Lawan lawan-boundary Bukidnon road sa mga inaasahang malapit ng matapos.

Samantala, dahil sa sunod-sunod na naranasang lindol sa iba’t ibang parte ng Mindanao, binigyang diin din ni director delos Santos ang patuloy na pag-iinspeksyon ng ahensya sa mga imprastraktura ng rehiyon at kabilang na ang Magsaysay bridge ng Butuan City na binuksan sa publiko noong Mayo 19, 1953. Ayon kay delos Santos nasa maayos pa na kondisyon ang tulay at walang pinsalang natamo sa sunod-sunod na lindol na naranasan sa Mindanao. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Pinaslang na IP leaders sa Caraga umabot na sa 15

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 22 (PIA) - Nasa mahigit kumulang 15 Indigenous People-leaders na ang binawian ng buhay dahil sa karahasang dulot ng Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ayon kay Direktor Ferdausi Saniel Cerna ng National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga, lubos na kinokondena ng komisyon ang pagpatay ng rebeldeng grupo sa mga IPs at tribal leaders.

Napag-alaman na ito ay sa kadahilang ayaw nang magbigay suporta ng IPs kaya sila ay inaatake at pinapatay ng grupo.

“Sa Caraga, siguro nasa mahigit-kumulang 15 na yata ang napatay, puro IP leaders. Sa kadahilanan na ayaw na ng mga IPs na sumapi doon sa kabila na kilosan. Kaya po sila tinaguriang demonyo ng kabila kaya po sila pinatay,” ani ni Cerna.

Sinabi din ni Dir. Cerna na magmula nang masimulan ang implementasyon ng Executive Order 70 ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, ay mas lumakas pa ang tiwala at mas naging aktibo pa ang mga ips sa ginagawang hakbang ng gobyerno upang labanan ang insurgency.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, ang mga IPs ay likas na mapagmahal at ayaw ng gulo dahil nais lamang nilang mamuhay nang matiwasay sa kanilang komunidad.

Hiling ng opisyal na sa tulong na rin ng National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) ay malagyan ng patrol base o army detachment sa mga IP communities na apektado ng insurgency. Ito ay upang mas maprotektahan ang mga IPs mula sa karahasan at pang-aabusong dulot ng CPP-NPA.

“Mas maganda po talaga na magkaroon po ng patrol base o detachment at nang sa ganun po ay meron silang matatakbuhan sa oras na kakailangin nila ng tulong at maprotektahan ang mga buhay nila. Kasi nga nasa malayo po yung mga IPs natin,” sabi ni Cerna.

Sang-ayon din dito si Datu Jumar Bucales, Municipal Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) sa Lianga, Surigao del Sur, na minsang na ring na-ambush at nakaligtas sa karahasan ng CPP-NPA. Hiniling din niya ang proteksyon at mapagpatuloy pa ang programa at serbisyo ng pamahalaan sa mga komunidad ng rehiyon.

"Nais naming masiguro talaga ang proteksiyon ng IPs at kung ano man ang makabubuti para sa sektor ay sana maibigay ng gobyerno,” banggit ni Bucales. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOH Caraga papaigtingin ang kampanya kontra polio

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 22 (PIA) -- Sa paglunsad ng pangalawang round ng Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio noong Enero 20, mas papaigtingan pa ng Department of Health (DOH) Caraga ang pagpapabakuna kontra polio upang makamit ang 95 porsyento target coverage.

Bukod sa house-to-house na pagbabakuna, nagdestino din ang ahensya ng mga health workers sa mga checkpoints sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa rehiyon upang bakuhahan ang mga batang may edad limang anyos pababa. Nakipag-ugnayan din ang ahensya sa mga health practitioners, lalo na sa mga pediatricians, upang hikayatin ang kanilang mga pasyenteng kabilang sa target age group na magpabakuna.

Binigyang-diin ng Assistant Regional Director ng DOH Caraga na si Dr. Rodolfo M. Alboronz ang kahalagahan ng pagkamit ng nasabing target coverage kung saan magiging mas madali nang maagapan ang pagkalap ng polio sa bansa.

“Ang pangunahing layunin ng ahensya ay ang mapabakunahan ang bawat bata sa bansa,” dagdag niya.

Ayon sa datos ng ahensya sa naunang round ng pagbabakuna, nakamit ng rehiyon ang 94 porsyento na coverage. Sa lahat ng probinsya sa Caraga, nakamit ng Agusan del Norte ang pinakamataas na coverage na 99 porsyento samantalang nakamit naman ng lungsod ng Tandag sa Surigao del Sur ang 100 porsyento na coverage habang ang natitirang lungsod sa Caraga ay nakamit ang 95 porsyento na coverage. (PIA-Caraga)