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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Army initiates forum for business sector vs NPA extortion

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 21 -- Business owners and members of the Rotary Club of North Butuan joined the one-day information drive initiated by the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army which was aimed to bring education and enlightenment on the different schemes of extortion activities of the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorists (CNTs) upon the business sector in the area.

The forum which held on January 14, 2020 at the unit’s headquarters at Jamboree Site, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was also designed to win the support of the business sector to finally put an end to the extortion activities of the CNTs in the areas of operation (AORs) of the 23IB.

The Rotary Club Butuan North which is a non-profit organization is a long-time partner of the 23IB and other government agencies especially in the efforts to bring the needed assistance and social development of communities in Butuan City and parts of Agusan del Norte. The partnership between the said organizations and government agencies promote different strategies to ensure better services for communities as part of the state’s efforts to realize sustainable development and inclusive peace.

During the forum, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, commander of 23IB, presented an overview of the unit, including its mission and objectives and the accomplished goals that considerably weakened the foremost enemy of the people of Butuan and Agusan del Norte – the guerrilla front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the NPA.

He also stressed the harmonious implementation of government programs through the convergence of different line agencies that brought positive impacts among the lives of residents in different communities in the AOR of 23IB. 

During the forum, the business owners expressed their gratitude to the unit for the shared knowledge and information about the NPA activities. They also assured their commitment to help the government, particularly the 23IB in its goal of ending the extortion activities of the CNTs in the area.

Lt. Col. Paulo expressed gladness upon the show of support of the business community towards the mission of the unit. He thanked the business owners and members of the Rotary Club of North Butuan for the time they spent with the 23IB, especially during the presentations and discussions in the said forum.

“As partners of the unit in peace and development, your unmeasured support to promote sustainable and long-lasting peace of the government for the community is highly appreciated. I urge you all to stop paying the revolutionary taxes being demanded by the NPA,” Paulo said.

Paulo also emphasized that winning peace and development, especially in communities, cannot be done solely by the government.

“There must be a harmonious partnership between the government and private sectors to bring peace and development in communities. This kind of convergence is very much needed now as the government successfully weakened the GF-4A and the remnants of their members are now on the run. Let us grab this situation and together let us go down to our people in communities to facilitate various development initiatives,” Paulo said.

He also emphasized that under the whole-of-nation approach of the government, the private sector can join and share their expertise in addressing development gaps in communities.

“The ultimate solution to the insurgency is the convergence of all efforts from the government and private sector,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA)

RTWPB orients employees in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 21 – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Caraga region recently provided a Productivity Toolbox Orientation to the 27 private employees here.

According to RTWPB Board Secretary VI Earl Dela Victoria, the Productivity Toolbox features the different productivity training programs and technical assistance to improve the capability and motivation of employees and enterprises to adopt productivity technologies for continuous improvement toward enterprise development and growth.

During the orientation Board Secretary Dela Victoria shared the advocacy of “Productivity Toolbox.” He also introduced the RTWPB basic programs and services to the participants.

He emphasized the importance and concepts of “Productivity” and how it will motivate to business owners and its workers to be more competitive and have always a positive values to keep.

He also challenged and encouraged the participants to take advantage to avail the free of charge programs and services from the agency. (NCLM/RTWPB Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Caraga's most wanted person falls to gov't authorities

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The composite team of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army successfully arrested Marcel N. Tejero also known as “Loloy Tejero," the most wanted person in the regional level on January 15, 6:00am, at Sitio Camangahan, Brgy. Ban-as, Lianga, this province.

The team was composed of Lianga Municipal Police Station (MPS), 1st Surigao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC), Regional Intelligence Division 13, Regional Intelligence Unit 13, and intelligence operatives of the 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB), and 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn), Philippine Army.

Based on the report, the suspect has standing warrants for three counts of murder, three counts of destructive arson, grave threats, grave coercion, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons.

Tejero, accordingly, was a member of the Magahat/Para-military group, involved in the killing of Ernesto Samarca, Dionel Campos, and Juvello Senzo, burning of ALCADEV (Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc.) and robbed the victims in Km. 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Brgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur last Sept. 1, 2015.

Tejero and five other most wanted in the region have a monetary reward amounting to P1.2 million under DILG Memo Circular No. 2015-136 dated Nov. 23, 2015, it was learned. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Forest nursery, chair factory planong itatayo sa Surigao del Sur

By Raymond Aplaya

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Enero 21 -- Kasado na ang itatayo na Permanent Forest Nursery at isang Chair Factory Building dito sa lalawigan ng Surigao del Sur.

Sa isang panayam, kinumpirma ni Thelma Alcoberes, hepe ng Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) nitong lalawigan, na kasalukuyan ngayong isinasagawa ang re-design at re–computation para sa itatayong Forest Nursery sa Brgy. Balibadon, Bayan ng Cortes, Surigao del Sur.

Ayon pa kay Alcoberes, natapos na sila sa kanilang coordination meeting kasama ang mga barangay officials sa nasabing barangay pati na ang joint ocular verification survey at reconnaissance survey sa lugar na tatayuan ng nabanggit na mga proyekto .

Dahil dito, aasahan na hindi tatagal at maisasagawa na ang bidding at MOA signing para sa itatayong proyekto.

Samantala idinagdag naman ni Alcoberes na ang itatayong chair factory ay isang joint project ng Provincial Government ng Surigao del Sur at ng Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Ang lalawigan ay siyang magpapatayo ng building, magbibigay ng manpower at lugar na tatayuan ng nasabing proyekto habang ang EMB naman ang siyang magbibigay ng mga kagamitan.

Ang nasabing mga proyekto ay isa lamang umano sa mga naaprubahang mga panukalang proyekto para sa taon na ito. (DXJS-RP Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Kampanya laban sa ASF pinaigting sa bayan ng Cantilan, SurSur

By John Cuadrasal

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Enero 21 -- Pinaigting ng pamunuan sa bayan ng Cantilan, Surigao del Sur ang kampanya nito laban sa African Swine Fever (ASF) matapos ang isinagawang information education communication (IEC) campaign kahapon, Enero 20.

Matagumpay na naisagawa sa tanggapan ng Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) ng Cantilan ang naturang IEC sa mga myembro ng Municipal Agriculture and Fishery Council (MAFC), partikular na ang 28 pangulo ng mga farmer associations ng bayan, kung saan pinalawig ang kanilang kaalaman ukol sa ASF at sa hakbangin ng LGU Cantilan laban dito.

Dagdag dito, ayon kay Dr. Jayzel dela Peña, Municipal Veterinarian designate ng Cantilan, pinoproseso na ngayon ng LGU-Cantilan, sa pangunguna ni Mayor Maria Carla Pichay, ang pagbuo ng mga Barangay African Swine Fever Prevention Task Force bilang dagdag hakbangin sa pag-iwas sa banta ng ASF.

Una nang inihayag ni Dr. Margarito La Torre, Acting Provincial Veterinary Officer ng Surigao del Sur, na unang nagkaroon ng kaso ng ASF sa lalawigan noong Nobyembre ng 2020 sa bayan ng Cortes ngunit agad na nakontrola ng kinauukulan sa pangunguna ng Department of Agriculture - Caraga. (DXJS RP Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)