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Thursday, October 8, 2020

IPs want CNTs punished for killing IP leaders in SurSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) -- Following the killing of Datu Jomar Bucales, along with other Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, the IP communities called on the different concerned government agencies, media, and other sectors to help bring those responsible to justice.

Datu Jimmy Guinsod, provincial Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Surigao del Sur has appealed to the national government for swift justice and wanted the communist terrorist group (CTG) in the province to be punished by law for their terroristic acts.

As he shared his sentiments, he also revealed that Datu Bucales has been an active leader in the promotion of peace and development in Lianga and has been supportive of the government's initiatives.

During a press briefing facilitated by the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army, Secretary Allen Capuyan of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) bared that the killing incident of Datu Bucales and other IP leaders is an expression of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs') exploitation and abuse to the ancestral domain of the IP communities. “Such terroristic act should not be tolerated,” he said.

“Government agencies, media, and other sectors should work together to help protect the rights and welfare of the Indigenous Peoples against the CNTs. The task force ELCAC (ending local communist armed conflict) is useless if these terroristic acts continue. We will file a murder case and violation of international humanitarian law against the culprits,” cited Capuyan.

Capuyan emphasized the grassroots slogan that "those who have less in life should have more in law." This, he said, reminding the government officials and stakeholders to revisit the Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA) in order to put all resources and developmental efforts in the proper perspective.

"IPRA is a law to correct historical injustice ngunit nasaan na ngayon ang totoong pagkalinga sa mamamayan? (but where now can we see the real concern of the people?)" he said, adding that the efforts should be grounded on protecting indigenous peoples’ customary laws, their self-determination, and territorial rights as recognized under contemporary international law.

Mayor Novelita Sarmen of Lianga also expressed her condemnation to the brutal killing of the NPAs to the IPs. “It is with deep grief and sorrow to announce the untimely demise of Datu Bucales. We condemn such a brutal killing as it is a direct insult to democracy and to the most fragile peace and order we all hope to foster in our municipality,” she said.

Meanwhile, LTC Joey Baybayan, commanding officer of 3rd Special Forces Battalion, called on the IP leaders to closely coordinate with them should they have relevant activities and events to attend to, so they could be assisted/escorted to ensure their protection from the NPAs and prevent such incident.

Baybayan also recalled and recognized the late Datu Bucales for his efforts and initiatives in realizing peace and development in the ancestral domain.

Amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Sec. Capuyan, along with other officials took time and visited the municipality of Lianga and initiated a plan of actions to ensure that responsible people for the killing incident will be put to jail and suffer the consequences. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Jabonga residents undergo skills training on organic veggie production

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 8 -- After the successful conduct of training on organic vegetable production in the municipality of RTR in Agusan del Norte, residents of Brgy. Bangonay in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte were also given the same training held recently.

According to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva, this is still in line with one of the mandates of TESDA particularly on organic agriculture production.

Like the training conducted in RTR, the primary aim of the training is to provide food security to households which is also in line with the directives of TESDA Sec. Isidro S. LapeƱa.

Dir. Cueva added residents of Brgy. Bangonay will also learn how to produce organic vegetable by means of backyard gardening. “This is the same with the residents in Brgy. Tagbongabong… They will learn how to plant organic vegetables right at their own backyard and later on, the community will establish a communal garden… They themselves will harvest the products,” Cueva added.

During the short program conducted before the training, residents were able to receive 90 pcs. pots, 35 sacks of vermicompost fertilizer, chicken dung, 38 seedlings trays, 38 bolos, 38 sweat shirts and assorted seeds, among others.

Brgy. Bangonay is one of the priority barangays identified by the local government unit of Agusan del Norte to be given interventions through skills and livelihood trainings. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Army assists NCIP in reaching out to tribal community

By Capt. Joash U. Pramis

PLACER, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 8 -- The 901st Infantry (Fight’Em) Brigade, Philippine Army through the 29th Infantry (Matatag) Battalion (29IB) assisted the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) in the conduct of inter-agency visit to the Mamanwa tribe in Sitio Zapanta, Barangay Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Tuesday, October 6.

The said activity was attended by Secretary Allen Capuyan, Chairman of NCIP and at the same time the Executive Director of National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

The visit was initiated to gain first-hand information about the pressing issues and concern of the tribal communities within CADT 134 specifically their problems on ancestral domain management, livelihood and food security programs, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic health response, and human rights violations being perpetrated by the communist NPA terrorists.

Present during the said event were Kitcharao Mayor Aristotle E. Montante, 901st Brigade Commander Col. George L. Banzon, PNP Agusan del Norte Provincial Director P/Col Martin M Gamba, 29IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Isagani O Criste, and representatives from Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Education and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

In his message, Secretary Capuyan said that it was the 121st tribal community to be visited by NCIP in their 65 days continuous travel in Mindanao. He stated that the visit aims to show to the Indigenous People (IP) that the government is present in their community, specifically, they aim to create a venue for other agencies to know the actual situation of the IP in their respective tribal communities. He also added that the NCIP as the main agency that caters IP concern, they want to deepen the understanding of IP about their rights as stated in the Indigenous  Peoples Rights  Act or IPRA Law which aims to "Recognize, Protect and Promote the Rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous People."

He urged the Mamanwa community to be united and act as one so that they will have a formidable foundation in facing the challenges and resilient against the threats and exploitation of interest group. In addition, he also encouraged the IP to support the ‘whole of nation’ approach of the government in its fight against insurgency. He explained to the tribal community how the communist terrorist group exploits the vulnerabilities of IP for their communist agenda. He said that through the NTF ELCAC, the government is converging the efforts of different agencies to effectively address the issues and concerns, particularly, the prevailing conditions of IP communities that are susceptible to CTG exploitation.

On the other hand, he also encouraged the tribal leaders and its members to be prudent and  productive in the utilization of ancestral domains so that they can contribute to the efforts of the local and national governments in addressing the ill effects of global pandemic.

Meanwhile, Col. Banzon, lauded the efforts of the NCIP and other agencies for reaching out to the tribal communities in the far-flung areas. He said that the event was very timely because concerned agencies will have the first-hand knowledge about the interventions needed for the tribal community.

“Zapanta Valley was known to many as the hotbed for insurgency. For years, this place was associated with war and violence. This is the right time for us to make this place worth living for our Mamanwa brothers and sisters,” he said.

He also gave assurance that the 901st Brigade will continue to support to the programs of NCIP and NTF ELCAC so that IP communities will be strengthened and the fruition of peace efforts will also be enjoyed by every IP member.

As the program ends, the tribal leaders expressed their heartfelt thanks for giving importance to their community. They said that the significant event will bring new hope to their people who have been deprived of a peaceful and progressive community. (CMO Officer, 901IB/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Anti-COVID discrimination ug anti-mendicancy sa Nasipit aprobado na

By Ramil L. Pasco

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Oktubre 8 -- Giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte sa ikaduhang pagbasa atol sa sesyon regular niini kaniadtong Septembre 21, 2020, ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 418-2020 nga nagdeklara nga balido ang Municipal Ordinance No. 010-2020 nga anti-COVID discrimination ug ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 419-2020, nga nagdeklara nga balido ang Municipal Ordinance No. 011-202, kabahin sa anti-mendicancy, tanan gikan sa Sanguniang Bayan sa Nasipit, ning lalawigan.

Basi sa talaan sa Department of Health (DOH)-Caraga nga ang munisipyo sa Nasipit nakatala karon og mga kaso sa Covid-19 nga gidudahan ug nakumpirmang positibo.

Ang Municipal Ordinance No. 010-2020, nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Paterno S. Corvera, nahiuyon usab sa Provincial Ordinance No.555-2020, usa ka ordinansa nga nagdili sa bisan kinsa nga tawo nga maghimo bisan unsang buhat nga hinungdan sa kaulawan, pagpanghasi ug diskriminasyon sa daghang mga tawo batok sa tawo nga infected sa sakit nga Corona virus lakip na sa mga health workers, ug ingon man nagpatuman sa balaod sa lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ug pagpahamtang sa mga silot niini.

Sa laing bahin mahitungod sa Municipal Ordinance No. 11-2020, sa munisipyo sa Nasipit, sa pagpangamahan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Robertito J. Delo Pere, nagdili kani sa mga manlilimos ug ang mga tawo nga adunay mga sakit sa pangisip nga gawasnon nga nagsuroy-suroy sa kadalanan ug sa ubang pampubliko nga mga lugar nga mahimong hinungdan sa pila ka mga krimen, nameligro ang kinabuhi ug mga kabtangan, ingon man mga kagubot sa komunidad, labi na ning panahon sa COVID-19 pandemic diin peligro ang kahimsog ug kaluwasan sa mga tawo sa Nasipit.

Naaprobahan ang maong mga resolusyon ubos sa pagpangamahan ni Board Member James T. Reserva, tsirman sa Committee on Laws, Ethics and Good Government. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)