caraga region

Caraga PNP seize more than P100K worth of drugs, suspect nab amidst COVID-19

March 22, 2020

Camp Col Rafael C Rodriguez, Butuan City--------- Despite of the intensive efforts of Police Regional Office (PRO) to maintain peace and order and ensure public safety and security amidst the implementation of Community Quarantine due to COVID-19, PNP Caraga does not undermine its anti-illegal drugs campaign where Php119, 180.00 worth of shabu were seized and drugs suspect was arrested in Butuan City yesterday, March 21. Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel Jr, PRO13 Director reported that personnel of Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 1, Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of BCPS 4 and DEU Butuan City Intel Branch in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 13 conducted anti-illegal drugs operation through buy-bust in Purok 10, Barangay Baan Km. 3, Butuan City around 4:15PM yesterday which resulted in the arrest of Vincent C Gaje, 39 years old, married, jobless and a resident of Purok 3, Barangay Bading, Butuan City. Seized during the buy-bust operation were four sachets of suspected shabu weighing 10.10grams with Dangerous Drug Board value of Php119,180.00, Php1,000.00 marked money, one cellular phone and Php380.00 cash money. Gaje is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 and 11, Article II of RA No. 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “I assure the Caraganons that despite of many undertakings of PNP Caraga during this time of medical crisis, we will continue our fight against all forms of criminality specially against illegal drugs,” PBGEN Esquivel, Jr said. “I continue to urge all Caraganons to STAY AT YOUR HOME and perform hygienic activities to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19. Also, continue monitoring your television and radios to keep updated on the latest news regarding this pandemic we are facing today,” he added. #TeamPNP #WeServeAndProtect #PNPKaubanMo #HomeOfTheBraveFriendlyPeaceCenteredPoliceForce

26,580 households in Bayugan City requiredto get home quarantine ID

March 20, 2020

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur--- At least 26,580 households in Bayugan City need to secure Home Quarantine Pass from the city hall which will be used by only one family member to buy food and medicines after the city was placed under general community quarantine on March 19. Bayugan City Mayor Kirk Asis issued Executive Order No. 65 Series of 2020 declaring the entire city of three urban barangays and 40 rural barangays under general community quarantine to regulate the movements of the residents outside their homes to avert the spread of the dreaded Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is the first time in the country that residents of an entire city are under home quarantine with their movements being regulated by the local government unit even as this only city of the province is still COVID-19 free.. The city has a total of 117, 117 people based on the 2018 census results done by the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur. Asis’ measure is more stringent than Malacañang’s directive about community quarantine. Based on the national government directive a barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay. A municipality or city-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality or city. A province-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different municipalities, component cities or independent component cities in the same province. Based on the Asis’ EO 65 guideline, only one family member is allowed to leave their home to buy basic necessities and necessary medical supplies. A Home Quarantine Pass will be issued per household will be distributed by barangay officials and their workers who will strictly monitor that anyone has brought the pass when he/she will go out of their home. Household members especially over 50 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health problems are advised to stay in their homes. Exempted from this directive are those who will leave home for essential work both in public and private sector but they are required to show their employment ID or certificate of employment. Failure to comply will be told to go home. Chaperons to the children and the elderly having sickness are also allowed provided that they will present a medical certificate. Passenger tricycle and single motorcycle drivers plying the city are also allowed provided that a Motor Tricycle Operator’s Permit and a driver’s ID will be presented.  

CNTs employ IEDs amid COVID-19 ceasefire declaration

March 19, 2020

Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur (ADS) – 8th Special Forces Company of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion, upon acting on a report of concerned civilians, recovers two (2) pieces of 12 kilogram grapeshot pressurized type improvised anti-personnel mine employed by Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) 10 meters away from a brangay road at Purok 4, Barangay New Salem, Bayugan City today. Earlier, the government declared unilateral ceasefire to allow AFP to shift its efforts to support the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) amid the COVID19 crisis nationwide. Yet, the CNTs take full advantage to cause casualties on government troops through tactical offensives despite the declaration of ceasefire. The recovered pressurized type of IEDs can inflict a fatal damage to victims within an estimated 10- to 15 meter radius according to its specifications and assessment of an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) expert. “Pressurized type of IEDs are extremely dangerous than command detonated IEDs kasi matamaan  lang ng kaunti ng biktima ito at mapressure sa required amount of force ng IED ay sasabog na ito,” an EOD expert, said. The community and the Army condemns the CNTs and the terroristic acts which violate and dishonor the International Humanitarian Laws and Human Rights laws through using banned anti-personnel mines landmines that cause severe or long term damage to the environment, superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering to potential victims. “While we do our duty in COVID-19, the CNTs take undue advantage by targeting the govvernment troops. We are battling the COVID-19 but the fact is, real virus stronger than COVID are these Communist NPA Terrorists who corrupts the nation and takes advantage of the COVID crisis situation because it is a potential scenario for a violent revolution,” LTC Joey B Bayayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said. Meanwhile, Colonel Allan D Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander urges all units and the public to be vigilant because the Communist NPA Terrorists are known violators of ceasefire agreements. “They are terrorists and know no laws and agreements. The COVID-19 crisis, if cannot be managed properly would be advantageous for them. We need the help and vigilance of everyone to cooperate with the procedures, checkpoints to stop the spread of the virus. In the same manner, we appeal to the public to report immediately the terrorist activities and the terrorists’ presence so we can act accordingly based on our constitutional mandate, “Colonel Hambala, said.

Agusan Sur declared under community quarantine

March 18, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO , Agusan del Sur—Even as Agusan del Sur still remains free from the dreaded Corona Virus  Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19), provincial officials are not taking any chances and declared the province under community quarantine effective midnight of March 17. Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. issued Executive Order No. 13-20 Series of 2020 placing the entire Agusan del Sur under community quarantine to avert the local transmission of the COVID-19. He said when the community quarantine takes effect, all passenger buses from Davao City, Butuan City, Bislig City and Tandag City are no longer allowed to pass by the province to pick up passengers. Only local public transportation vehicles are allowed to travel within the province’s boundaries. Exempted however from the transport ban are travels for purposes of medical interventions, transport of food, water and medicine supplies in and out of the province, transport of petroleum products and other basic commodities, travels of persons carrying exiting government contracts and projects, all travels of the Armed Forces and the police, all travels of health works doing official duties, disaster rescue workers  and official travels of the Task Force members. Since the global pandemic hit the country, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force has documented seven cases of person under monitoring   (PUM) but all were tested negative after they separately underwent 14-day home quarantine except for another case which was declared as persons under investigation (PUI) after having a cough on the last day of quarantine. Most of the PUMs came home from abroad while the lone PUI is an overseas Filipino worker in Thailand who returned home for vacation in Sta. Josefa town. The Provincial COVID-19 Task Force has even prepared mitigation measures if in case the pandemic will worsen and would finally infiltrate the province by identifying drug rehabilitation center, halfway houses and unused old buildings of district hospitals as possible isolation and treatment centers. Alfredo Plaza, provincial public information officer, said the task force agreed to use the facilities of the China-funded 150-bed drug treatment and rehabilitation center in San Francisco town, residential treatment and rehabilitation facility inside the 401st Army Brigade camp and the unused old facilities in the three district hospitals of the provincial government.

Mayor, DILG exec inaugurates Kalinaw building in Bayugan City

February 7, 2020

Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur (ADS) – Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary for Security Operations, Alexander L Macario, Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis led the inauguration and blessing of Kalinaw Building on February 6 at the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion headquarters in barangay Noli, Bayugan City. Kalinaw Buidling the first inter-agency facility to support the initiatives of the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as it will house the conduct of deradicalization and reintegration programs for Former Rebels (FRs) in CARAGA. “Tama na, sobra na. We need to end insurgency, especially here in Bayugan City. Before the deployment of the 3rd Special “Arrowhead” Battalion in our city, we ranked 113 among the competitive cities in the Philippines. After the conduct of Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA) and Community Support Program (CSP) from 2016-2018 by the Special Forces, our ranking significantly increased making us number 12 as of this date. We are grateful for our partnership with the 3rd SF Battalion to bring the basic and social services to the farthest barangays to address the root causes of insurgency that is why we supported and approved this project,” Mayor Kirk Asis, said. “This, I think, is the first of its kind, in the LGUs of the Philippines and I will bring this to the attention of the National Task Force ELCAC so that they can challenge the Local Chief Executives and Local Government Units (LGUs) nationwide to do the same, “Asec. Macario, said. “Kung gugustuhin ng LGU na tapusin ang insurgency, magagawa ito. Political will talaga and commitment ang kailangan para umunlad pa lalo ang bawat lugar sa Pilipinas. I commend the City of Bayugan City for this peace and development project borne out of the collective ideas of the members of Bayugan City Peace and Order Council, the Sangguniang Bayan Members and the Mayor,” Asec. Macario, added. Meanwhile, the Kalinaw Building is a fully furnished 3-storey facility that also aims to promote inter-agency collaborations to produce developmental and synergistic ideas that can greatly contribute in building lasting and genuine peace not only in Bayugan City but in the whole CARAGA Region.  This will also be an instrument of good governance as this will house the conduct of various stakeholders’ capability and capacity building through training and education such as the Retooled Community Support Program orientation to further implement EO 70 in the city. Also present to grace the activity are BGen Lincoln Francisco T Tagle AFP, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), BGen Maurito L Licudine AFP, 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander, COL Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, LTC Joey B Baybayan INF (GSC) PA, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, Bayugan City Officials and stakeholders and the officers, men and women of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion.

Former Rebels, CAFGUs finish TESDA training course

February 2, 2020

Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur – Five former rebels (FRs) and 15 members of Citizens’ Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion earned Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) National Certificates (NC I, II) on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) training through the Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat Incorporated’s (FSUCSI) Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program at FSUCSI grounds in Poblacion, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur yesterday, January 31.   This is the first time the CAFGUs and FRs experienced a graduation since most did not have the chance to go to school.  “Masarap pala ang pakiramdam ng pinaghirapan mo ang isang bagay at makaranas ng ganitong graduation,” alias Tobi, a former rebel, said. The graduates endured 36 months of skills training and assessments under the supervision of FSUCSI-TVET head Mary Grace M. Brongcano Ph.D, FSUCSI School Director, Rev. Fr. Carlito L. Clase, MAPTH and Jordano M. Jawel, SMAW trainer. The Bayugan City LGU, Provincial offices of TESDA and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Agusan Del Sur provided the food and allowances for the whole duration of the training. The graduates will also receive portable welding equipment to aid them in their livelihood. “We are grateful for committed heads of local and national government agencies who answered the call to end insurgency through increasing the economic activities in the conflict-affected areas and capacitating the affected communities to become resilient and productive,” LTC Baybayan, said. Colonel Allan D Hambala INF (MNSA) PA, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, said that more skills training intended for the FRs and CAFGUs, who are our partners in intensifying our integrated territorial defense system, will be conducted through the teamwork of committed government agencies actively supporting the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict by activating their respective Local Task Forces to End Insurgency and by promoting the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for rebel surrenderees.  “The End of insurgency lies in a government that puts premium to the welfare of its citizens. This is why we must have no letup in delivering the necessary government services for those in the conflict-affected areas. We believe that these efforts of the government will induce more rebels to surrender,” Colonel Hambala, ended.


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